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.

Go Deep in Your Spiritual Practice

22nd January 2015 • Illuminations on Bhakti

There are fish who swim near the surface and fish who swim deep within the ocean. Those who swim near the surface are usually picked off by the fishermen or by others, but those who swim deep are always protected by the ocean, never touched by anything outside. Going deep…


Mahatma - Under the Divine Energy

6th January 2015 • Illuminations on Bhakti

A great soul - as Srila Prabhupada would often say - is not one who has bright sparkling eyes, big beard and mustache, flowing robes and is always smiling despite what happens. That is not the description of a _mahatma_. We have to understand by _sastra_ who is actually _mahatma_…


Getting Out of the Frog's Well

17th December 2014 • Illuminations on Bhakti

In the _Bhagavad-gita_, in the 4th chapter, Krishna gives a very important statement regarding our journey back to the spiritual world. He says, _janma karma ca me divyam evaṁ yo vetti tattvataḥ tyaktvā dehaṁ punar janma naiti mām eti so ’rjuna_. „One who knows the transcendental nature of My appearance…


Do Three Things and Get the Full Mercy of the Lord

26th November 2014 • Illuminations on Bhakti

History is being made right now, that this movement will be spread all over the world. How fast? The more we become serious and fixed in our devotional service, the faster this movement will spread. Taking part in Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s movement means becoming an instrument for the mercy of the…


Just Try to Hear

9th November 2014 • Illuminations on Bhakti

There are different ways to worship the Lord, most fundamental is to hear. Because hearing, more than any other form of communication awakens knowledge. If you see something, you might not understand it so much. And if you feel something, that is also limited. You can also smell something or…


Early and Unbroken Japa for Maximum Benefit

9th November 2014 • Illuminations on Bhakti

Srila Prabhupada said something interesting with regards to _japa_. He said, “Every round you chant before _mangala aratik_ is worth four rounds after _mangala aratik_.” So your rounds before _mangala aratik_ will have much more spiritual potency. But that doesn’t mean you chant four rounds and think you have chanted…


Surrender — The Only Mood

16th September 2014 • Illuminations on Bhakti

One might ask, “How did Bali Maharaja get such personal association of the Supreme Personality of Godhead?” It is not easy and extremely rare to get the Lord’s personal association, very difficult. It is very, very rare that the Lord appears personally to someone in such a way. And Bali…