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.


Specific and General Instructions

16th September 2014 • Illuminations on Bhakti

In the general sense, these are instructions for everybody: chant Hare Krishna, take only _prasadam_, worship the Lord etc. These are the general instructions in the _sastra_ and in the words of the spiritual master. But then specifically, we have to work under the guidance of Krishna’s representative, in order…

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Simplicity in Deity Worship

16th September 2014 • Illuminations on Bhakti

Deity worship means three things: punctuality, cleanliness, simplicity. Most important is simplicity. Keep it simple, so you can keep it clean and be on time. It doesn’t mean you don’t increase the worship, but you can increase according to how much you can do nicely. But everything should always be…

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Devotional Service and the Mode of Passion

14th September 2014 • Illuminations on Bhakti

The mode of passion is a hard struggle to enjoy material life. This mode you see everywhere. People get up early, go to work, spend all day working, sometimes in places they don’t like, or with people they don’t like.... in order to get money, so they can use…

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Helping Others in a Proper Way

14th September 2014 • Illuminations on Bhakti

The pigeon is foolish because it has too much affection and concern for another pigeon. This leads to unhappiness. Sometimes when you are really concerned about someone, if you get overly involved you can lose your individuality, you also become affected by that other person, in a…

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Depend on Krishna

14th September 2014 • Illuminations on Bhakti

We are helpless, dependent. When Krsna puts you in a helpless situation then you realize, you are helpless. It's necessary sometimes to be put in to that situation. And Krsna will do that, just to remind you. It is not like, “Oh, somehow I have…

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Chant Hare Krishna and Follow the Process

14th September 2014 • Illuminations on Bhakti

Without following the rules and regulations you cannot make advancement in Krishna consciousness. That is why Srila Prabhupada said that chanting Hare Krishna must be accompanied with following the process of devotional service. Sometimes devotees say "Kirtan Mela is all I am interested in, I will not…

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Pure Desire

14th September 2014 • Illuminations on Bhakti

Pure devotional service is the only way we can achieve full happiness. Nothing less will work. But guess what? There is also one other way. And that is “becoming purely motivated”. Which means that one may still have material desires, material attachments, but one does not act on them and…

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