Illuminations on Bhakti

“Illuminations on bhakti“ is a series of short excerpts from Maharaja’s lectures, which bring inspiring points shedding light on our path of devotional service. They give valuable insights and practical guidance on how to advance in one’s practice and grow spiritually in developing our true nature, the nature of Krishna’s loving servants.

What Attracts the Lord?

18th October 2015 • Illuminations on Bhakti

Devotional service is most glorious, because it attracts the Supreme Lord. You can't attract Krishna by anything material. Sometimes devotees think differently. Let me tell you one story from the old days in New Vrndavan. So we were quite new. Some ladies in the temple, they were…


The Appearance of Srimati Radharani

26th September 2015 • Illuminations on Bhakti

It is a beautiful story of how Srimati Radharani appeared. There was one saintly and very devoted couple living in the area of Raval, near Varsana. Their names were Vrisabhanu and Kirtida. They performed so many austerities because they wanted a child that was the best of all children. By…


Bhakti - The Highest Principle of all Existence

10th September 2015 • Illuminations on Bhakti

Krishna can only be understood through _Bhakti. bhaktyā mām abhijānāti yāvān yaś cāsmi tattvataḥ_ Krishna says, "When you're full in _Bhakti_, then you can understand Me." Or "The more you develop your _Bhakti_, the more I reveal myself to you." _Bhakti_ is the means for understanding Krishna and _Bhakti_ is…


Krishna's Inconceivable Greatness

12th August 2015 • Illuminations on Bhakti

When God comes to this world He performs His pastimes with His most confidential followers. Just like when a king comes, he never comes alone. He comes with his entourage, his servants, his ministers. Krishna is the Supreme Lord. So when Krishna comes, His eternal associates come to assist Him…


The Principles of Real Association

20th June 2015 • Illuminations on Bhakti

Even having some attachment to material life and still thinking maybe that there is some happiness in this material world, the antidote is the association of great souls. _satam prasangan mama virya-samvido bhavanti hrt-karna-rasayanah kathah_ (SB 3.25.25) In the association of great souls…


Remember to Pray

21st May 2015 • Illuminations on Bhakti

Devotional service is the real nature of the soul. To access that natural inclination means to practice absorbing oneself in service, in the best and most intelligent way. Then you will find satisfaction. Not just trying to get it done. That may be hard when the mind is restless, because…


Mood of Respect

14th April 2015 • Illuminations on Bhakti

There are four categories of offenses that the Vaisnavas _Acaryas_ and specifically Bhaktivinoda Thakura explain. Offenses to the Lord in His deity form, offenses to the Holy Name, which is non-different from Krsna, offenses to Vaisnavas, and also offenses to non devotees. By the mercy of the…


Hearing - The Process of Acquiring Knowledge

19th March 2015 • Illuminations on Bhakti

We like to hear about a lot of things. We like to hear about the weather, sports, movie stars, music… If you hear rock-music you go deaf, but if you hear transcendental sound from Krsna or Krsna’s representative, then that sound is both pleasing and uplifting. This is the process…


Bring Your Mind Under Spiritual Energy

24th February 2015 • Illuminations on Bhakti

The mind is restless, _cancala_. In the 6th chapter of the _Bhagavad-gita_ Lord Krishna explains and Arjuna is asking the question, “You are asking me to control the mind, but I think You are asking me to control the wind.” It is easier to control the wind, he says…