Teachings of Haridas Thakur

Since he was born in a Muslim family, Śrīla Haridāsa Ṭhākura could not enter the temple of Jagannātha due to temple restrictions. Nonetheless, he was recognized by Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu as Nāmācārya Haridāsa Ṭhākura. Haridāsa Ṭhākura, however, considered himself unfit to enter the Jagannātha temple. Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu could have personally taken Haridāsa Ṭhākura into […]

Vaishnava Humility

Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu saw in the distance that Haridāsa Ṭhākura was lying down flat on the road offering obeisances. Haridāsa Ṭhākura did not come to the Lord’s meeting place but remained fallen flat on the common road at a distance. All the devotees then went to Haridāsa Ṭhākura, saying, “The Lord wants to meet you. […]

Qualities of Haridāsa Ṭhākura

Although the Hindus and Muslims lived together in a very friendly manner, still there were distinctions between them at least 550 years ago. The Muslims were considered yavanas, or low-born, and whenever a Muslim was invited, he would be fed outside of the house. Although personally called by Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu and Nityānanda Prabhu to […]

Ideal Householder.

In the ideal householder’s life, the husband and wife live together, and the husband works very hard to secure paraphernalia for worshiping Lord Viṣṇu. The wife at home cooks a variety of foods for Lord Viṣṇu, and the husband offers it to the Deity. After that, ārati is performed, and the prasāda is distributed amongst […]

Example of Humility.

  According to Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura, there are three kinds of devotees, known as bhajana-vijña (experts in devotional service), bhajana-śīla (devotees engaged in devotional service), and kṛṣṇa-nāme dīkṣita kṛṣṇa-nāma-kārī (initiated devotees engaged in chanting). The author of Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta begs the mercy of all these devotees and asks them to be pleased with him. […]

What is artha-vāda & nāma-aparādha ?

When Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu explained the glories of the transcendental potency of the Lord’s holy name, the Hare Kṛṣṇa mahā-mantra, one unfortunate student said that such glorification of the holy name was an exaggeration in the śāstras to induce people to take to it. In this way the student interpreted the glories of the holy […]

Harijana Movement of Gandhi & Chaitanya.

  The men in Vedic society who engage in public sanitary activities like picking up stool and sweeping the street are called hāḍis. Sometimes they are untouchable, especially when engaged in their profession, yet such hāḍis also have the right to become devotees. This is established by Śrī Bhagavad-gītā (9.32), where the Lord declares: māṁ […]

Can Chanting of Hare Kṛṣṇa continue with offenses?

  When chanting the Hare Kṛṣṇa mahā-mantra, in the beginning, one may commit many offenses, which are called nāmābhāsa and nāma-aparādha. In this stage, there is no possibility of achieving perfect love of Kṛṣṇa by chanting the Hare Kṛṣṇa mahā-mantra. Therefore one must chant the Hare Kṛṣṇa mahā-mantra according to the principles of the above […]

Who goes to Hell?

In the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, Yamarāja, the superintendent of death, tells his assistants what class of men they should bring before him. There he states, “A person whose tongue never describes the qualities and holy name of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, whose heart never throbs as he remembers Kṛṣṇa and His lotus feet, and whose head […]

Service to Humanity.

  One who is not very expert in preaching may chant in a secluded place, avoiding bad association, but for one who is actually advanced, preaching and meeting people who are not engaged in devotional service are not disadvantages. A devotee gives the non-devotees his association but is not affected by their misbehavior. Thus by […]