Illuminations on Bhakti

Put Out the Forest Fire

The second of the seven benedictions of chanting the holy names of the Lord mentioned in the first verse of the Siksastakam prayers is bhava-maha-davagni. Davagni means forest fire, a blazing forest fire. Birth, death, disease, old age – miseries of the mind and body; miseries coming from other living beings; miseries coming from higher powers. Srila Prabhupada would say, “If anybody thinks this material world is a nice place, he should know that he is crazy. Why? Because no one can be happy here, no one stay here. There is a sign on the door of the material world: Anyone who enters here does not come out alive.” That is the charateristic of this world…

ISKCON Prison Ministry

As prison minister for ISKCON HH Candramauli Swami is actively involved in prison preaching programs and guiding prisoners interested in Krishna consciousness.

Find out more information about the ISKCON Prison Ministry at www.iskconprisonministry.org.

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Daily Drops of Nectar

For a conditioned soul, the intelligence helps the mind fulfill the desires through the senses, and the mind keeps him bound by the actions and reactions of the material energy. When one comes to devotional service, however, the intelligence receives guidance from the guru and sastra, and begins to guide the mind away from accepting and rejecting based on likes and dislikes. Then the intelligence ultimately helps one rise above the material energy and keep one situated in devotional service.

— HH Candramauli Swami

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The Way of the Material Mind

Most of the people try to derive pleasure by indulging in gossiping about other people, but lets see what Socrates says about this: In ancient Greece, Socrates was reputed to hold knowledge in high esteem. One day an acquaintance met the great philosopher and said, “Socrates, do you know what I just heard about your friend?” “Hold on a minute,” Socrates replied. “Before telling me anything I’d like you to pass a little test. It’s called the Triple Filter Test*.” “Triple filter?” “That’s right,” Socrates continued. “Before you talk to me about my friend, it might be a good idea to take a moment and…

A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda
Founder-Ācārya of ISKCON

Srila Prabhupada Said

One who seeks pleasure externally, he is materialist, and one who seeks pleasure internally, he is spiritualist.

— Los Angeles, February 8, 1969