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A Prayer of Freedom

18th July 2017 • Illuminations on Bhakti

_om namo bhagavate narasimhaya namas tejas-tejase avir-avirbhava vajra-nakha vajra-damshtra karmashayan randhaya randhaya tamo grasa grasa om svaha abhayam abhayam atmani bhuyishtha om ksraum_ “I offer my respectful obeisances unto Lord Nrisimhadeva, the source of all power. O my Lord who possesses…


Put Out the Forest Fire

2nd January 2017 • Illuminations on Bhakti

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…


Clean the Mirror of Your Heart

27th November 2016 • Illuminations on Bhakti

Seven benedictions of chanting the holy names of the Lord are mentioned in the first verse of the _Siksastakam_ prayers. The first benediction is _ceto-darpana-marjanam_ – _ceto_ means mind; _darpana_ means mirror and _marjanam_ means to cleanse. So, the chanting of the Holy Name cleanses the…


Approach Sri Krishna Through Srimati Radharani

20th October 2016 • Illuminations on Bhakti

There is a beautiful verse from the _Sri Caitanya-caritamrta_ (_Adi-lila_ 4.55): “The loving affairs of Sri Radha and Krishna are transcendental manifestations of the Lord's internal pleasure giving potency. Although Radha and Krishna are one in identity, They have separated Themselves eternally. Now, these two transcendental…


The Science of Bhakti

17th September 2016 • Illuminations on Bhakti

Srila Prabhupada described science as applying certain principals and getting a determined result. If you apply different principals, you get a different result. So Bhakti is the science of loving Krishna, taught by the spiritual master, according to time, place and candidate, following Vaisnava scripture. Krishna said something really interesting…


Distribute the Knowledge and Benefit the World

27th June 2016 • Illuminations on Bhakti

Everything material is easily, readily available, yet people are still suffering. Why? Because they don't have what they truly need - real knowledge. They're getting everything else. They're getting material facilities, they're getting material knowledge, they're getting opportunities to enjoy… still! People are suffering. I remember…


Preach the Knowledge You Have Received

15th May 2016 • Illuminations on Bhakti

It is described in the 11th Canto of Srimad Bhagavatam that just before leaving the planet, Lord Sri Krishna gave personal instructions to Uddhava. Uddhava was a very very intimate and confidential servant of Lord Krishna. Sometimes it is said, his bhakti is almost - not quite - on the…


“Be a Guru, Save the Land!”

7th March 2016 • Illuminations on Bhakti

Every society is suffering. Sometimes we would see Srila Prabhupada show great emotions for the suffering of the conditioned souls. His heart would be in pain to see people suffer. That's a quality of great souls. They have love for Sri Krishna, therefore they have love for all living entities…


The Way of the Material Mind

25th February 2016 • Active Meditations

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…


The Art of Taking Shelter

6th February 2016 • Illuminations on Bhakti

This material energy is compared to a vast ocean. No one can cross an ocean. But by the grace of the Supreme, through devotional service, that ocean becomes as small as a hoof print of a calf. Then one can easily walk over it. Otherwise, through one’s efforts alone it…