Quotes

Humility is not about externals – it is an internal consciousness. The devotee thinks: “I am dependent on the mercy of the Lord, I am the servant of the Lord, and by serving the Lord and praying for His mercy I can advance in spiritual life. I don’t think myself great because greatness is something that is relegated to the Supreme Great.”

HH Candramauli Swami

In Braj, the devotees are always thinking: “What else can I do for Krishna? How can I serve Him better, more, or differently?” We can also try to think like this and thereby inspire Krishna to give us more and more ideas. In this way, our movement will continue to expand.

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The best way to teach is by example. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu taught us by His won example how to attain love of God. We should always remember to be good examples for others to observe and follow.

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The key to having good relationships with others is to have a good relationship with oneself. Once one understands that the self is a joyful servant, all relationships will be positive.

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By carefully chanting one’s natural relish for the Holy Name awakens. Not casual chanting – careful chanting. Chant with the mindset that ‘this will purify my consciousness and connect me to Krsna.’

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Stay close to japa and the Srimad-Bhagavatam and you will never loose enthusiasm in bhakti.

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Spiritual people are by nature very kind. Thy see God in the heart of everyone. Therefore, they are always thinking of how to serve others.

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When we glorify Krishna, He becomes happy. Why? Because it is for our own benefit. Krishna has created all these special festivals just to give us opportunities to glorify Him. And then, we forget about our problems. Many of our problems are within our own minds; glorification of Krishna causes the mind to divert its attention from the amterial to the spiritual, and then we forget about our problems, or they cease to exist.

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Krishna comes in His holly name and in the Deity. But He is also represented by the Guru, whose service is to bring one to the stage of self-realization. One who follows the Guru is following Krishna. One who deviates from Guru is deviating from Krishna.

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Nothing an exist separate from Krishna. We understand this theoretically, but the only way to practically realize this is not through philosophical speculation; it is through devotional service only.

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When you only serve yourself, it gets boring. We have been doing this for the last 8 million births, and we are still not happy. Serving others brings some happiness. But serving Krishna brings you and everyone else complete happiness. By serving God, everyone becomes served.

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People in material consciousness are always disturbed. Only those involved in devotional service can fix the mind and develop an attachment to service. That attachment cultivates a service attitude, and that service attitude causes the mind to naturally become controlled, and glide toward the spiritual energy.

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Srila Prabhupada was once asked by a reporter in New York: “What do you get from chanting Hare Krishna?” He thought Prabhupada might say “fame” or “prestige”. But Prabhupada replied: “We get chanting from chanting.” The more you chant, the more you want to chant. It is beyond tangibility; it is the substance of existence. And Caitanya Mahaprabhu is so merciful that He made it so easy.

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This material world is simply a world of duality; nothing is absolute. Beautiful, ugly; hot, cold; honor, dishonor – there are constant dualities. Sri Krishna explains that we must simply tolerate. The suffering that comes by way of dualities of this world are part of living in this world. No one – devotee or non devotee – can get rid of these dualities, except by tolerating them and raising one’s consciousness to the point of remaining unaffected.

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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.

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Sankirtan: ‘san’ means together. It also has another meaning: complete. There is no more complete way to glorify the Lord than with sankirtan. There are many ways to glorify the Lord, but sankirtan is the most complete.

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The word ‘kirtan’ comes from ‘kirti’, which means fame. So those who perform kirtan are spreading the fame of the Lord. It also means that those who are performing kirtan are famous. This is explained by the acaryas: one who is glorifying the Lord is also glorious.

HH Candramauli Swami

Lord Caitanya has empowered the Hare Krishna maha-mantra in this age. The other mantra that is equal to that is the Panca Tattva maha-mantra. But Lord Caitanya chanted Hare Krishna do we follow that. However, this gives you the idea of the power of chanting the names of Lord Caitanya and His associates.

HH Candramauli Swami

Krishna says in the Bhagavad-gita that four types of people come to Him: those in distress, those who want economic gain, those who are curious to understand what is Krishna consciousness or spiritual life, and those seeking perfection in spiritual practice. The first two are not as glorious or lofty, but because they have come, Krishna calls them ‘mahatma’. Anyone who comes to devotional service is considered by Krishna to be a great soul, no matter the reason.

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The humility of a Vaishnava is the ornament that attracts the mercy of the Lord. Tolerance means to thank the Lord for putting us in a situation where we can only turn to Him with prayerful submission. Not asking anything for ourselves except the opportunity to serve the devotees is the platform of complete peace and happiness. Give respect to others. All these together allow us to chant the Holy Name with great enthusiasm.

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The greatest spiritual moments of our lives are when we are in difficulty, because then we can go into our own hearts and take shelter of the Lord completely. When there is no other shelter but Krishna, that is our ultimate success.

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It is the innate nature of the living entity to do good to others. In spiritual life that mainly takes the form of giving Krishna consciousness to those who are unfortunate (everybody). This outreach mood is the best way to please Lord Caitanya and the spiritual master.

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The material energy is personified as Maya, who is designed to attract the conditioned souls to try and fulfill their material desires. For a devotee, Maya is a friend as she pushes us closer to Krishna by showing us the futility of trying to enjoy her. Another meaning of maya is mercy.

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If you are chanting and also living your life in ways that are favorable for devotional service, you will make rapid progress. But if you are chanting and also doing things that are unfavorable, the Holy Name will work slowly on you. What is unfavorable? Sinful activities, fault finding and envy. The Holy Name will remove these unfavorable things, but at the same time, we have to be willing to let them go.

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All happiness and complete fulfillment is based on the quality of relationships. That relation that is the source of all relationships is our love for Krishna. When one loves Krishna, one loves everyone, as everyone and everything has its origin in Krishna.

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The Lord is so eager to bring us home, back to Godhead, that He has given us the most simple process – just chant Hare Krishna and be happy! But when you give something away for free, people don’t value it. What is the price for chanting the Holy Name? Nothing but your time, and a little bit of your faith. Lord Caitanya had made it so easy for us to be happy.

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When one becomes sincere in the service of the Lord, the Lord takes full personal charge of the devotee’s life. As the material energy works to control and give reactions to the living entity when he tries to enjoy material life, so the Lord takes particular care of the devotee in Krishna consciousness to purify him from whatever stock of sinful tendency is still there within the devotee’s life. Sometimes it feels like punishment, but it is only loving care.

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The Hare Krishna maha-mantra is completely pure and powerful on its own. But it becomes even more powerful when it is received from a pure devotee. Just like when Sukadeva Goswami spoke Srimad-Bhagavatam. It had already been spoken by others, but Sukadeva Goswami made it sweeter and more available. It is very important to take shelter of Krishna’s pure devotee.

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As you get stronger in your spiritual life, Maya gets more crafty in her ways of tricking you. Maya is a magician; she can trick you in ways you can’t even conceive. She works to purify your attachments completely. She doesn’t want you to be a casual devotee. She wants to put a little extra pressure on you to make you move forward. Therefore Prabhupada says we have to push each other, or else Maya will push us.

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There is no such thing as an obstacle for a sincere person. Obstacles become opportunities for advancement, because they help us to develop humility. Often, to learn how to be humble, we have to be put in a situation where we are forced to be humble. Therefore, devotees appreciate obstacles because they ultimately bring out one’s good qualities.

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Having material desires is not a disqualification in devotional service. It’s just when we act on the material desires and try to fulfill them, we become less qualified. If we simply tolerate our desires for material happiness and engage in devotional service, then after some time our material desires will be reduced and eventually disappear. Krishna is pleased simply by our attempt to serve Him.

HH Candramauli Swami

We are currently in the ‘Iron Age’. To be spiritually-minded or God conscious is considered very difficult. Therefore the Lord is very merciful in this Age – He comes personally to show us the means of God realization. And it is so simple – simply chant and attain the highest stage of God realization.

HH Candramauli Swami

Lord Caitanya says: “Some people say this is good and this is bad. Materially it’s all bad.” Our position as devotees of the Lord is to act neutrally by seeing that everything in this world is owned and controlled by the Supreme Lord, and to endeavor to use everything in his service for His pleasure.

HH Candramauli Swami

We have done so much and sacrificed much in order to come to devotional service, Krishna consciousness. Still we must be very careful not to again waste time in materialistic activities and thereby throw away this rare and precious jewel. Use every moment of time in Krishna consciousnessby constantly hearing, chanting and remembering the glories of the Lord.

HH Candramauli Swami

Sing the glories of Sri Krishna’s names while carefully meditating on the meaning of the words. This is called nama-smaranam, and through this practice one will begin to taste the ever-increasing sweetness of Krishna through His name.

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One thing that needs to be undrstood is that we need to have full faith in the Holy Names. That faith really brings the mercy of the Holy Name. When we understand how complete the process of chanting is, and we chant with faith and enthusiasm, the Holy Name becomes more and more available. Faith brings about mercy. Bhakti means to have faith. How to get faith? Associate with those who have it.

HH Candramauli Swami

To realize Krishna in the form of the Deity is not caused by way of approaching the Deity – it is caused by chanting the Holy Names. The Name itself opens all aspects of spiritual understanding – all philosophical teachings become realized through the process of chanting.

HH Candramauli Swami

There are so many ways to develop pride - our talents, position, prestige, etc… Raghunatha dasa Gosvami teaches us in his Manah-siksa to give up all pride! Do not become attached to these things. Be attached to Krishna, His cows and His devotees!

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We must separate the mind from the self, and direct it properly. It is always filled with its own ideas of how to do things, and can lead us to trouble. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta says that the mind is a non-devotee. Do not allow it to lead you astray.

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How to keep quality while faced with many services? Krishna is glorified as Bhakta Vatsalah not Karma Vatsalah. By focusing on quality in everything we do and how we connect with others, life’s devotion arises.

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One way to reduce distraction while chanting is to seek association of enthusiastic chanters. Another way is to create a sacred space, as Sacinandana Swami would say. A sacred space is one that reduces all external distractions and is therefore very conducive to focused chanting.

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Srila Prabhupada taught us that we are Krishna’s eternal servants only. This is our only identity. This is the conclusion of transcendental knowledge. If we forget this, we will think and act in the wrong way.

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In the association of pure devotees, discussion of the pastimes and activities of the Supreme Personality of Godhead is very pleasing and satisfying to the ear and the heart. By cultivating such knowledge one gradually becomes advanced on the path of liberation, and therefore he is freed, and his attraction becomes fixed. Then real devotion and devotional service begin.

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​If we see everyone as a spirit soul, we will automatically respect them.​ Showing respect to others will naturally give us humility and also allow us to remain peaceful. We must practice giving respect to others, especially senior Vaisnavas.

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To be tolerant means to remain calm in a disturbing situation. A person with a high level of chanting does not need to worry about developing tolerance; good quality japa means automatic high tolerance.

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Forgiveness is a quality in the mode of goodness. It becomes easier to forgive when we think of ourselves as humble servants, and if we remember that we are not the controller.

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​The material energy is compared to a forest fire - it is constantly scorching the living entity with various types of suffering. A blazing fire is very dangerous; the only thing that can put it out is a torrential downpour of rain. What is the downpour of rain? The Holy Name. It is the means for putting out the fire of material existence. When you are fixed in chanting, the material energy cannot touch you. It gives complete protection and freedom from the influence of the material energy. ​

HH Candramauli Swami

Krishna’s holy name and Krishna’s lotus feet are both fully powerful with all the purifying energy of the Lord. Taking shelter of Krishna by always remembering His lotus feet, one can attain full perfection in bhakti. But that is very difficult for the conditioned soul in this age, therefore His holy name is more merciful.

HH Candramauli Swami

We are prone to habit and at times that causes us to repeat our mistales. Rather than lamenting our mistakes or mentally beating ourselves up, carefully observe what caused the mistake and apply intelligence to avoid it and grow from it. Praying to Krsna and Guru awakens that intelligence.

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To teach by example what are the characteristics and activities of an ideal king and to destroy the demon of lust that is residing in the heart of the living entitiy, the Supreme Personality of Godhead Sri Ramacandra descended into this material realm. All glories unto Him.

HH Candramauli Swami

Please place the beautiful enchanting forms of Sri Sri Radha Krishna firmly on the altar of your heart and with a vocie filed with enthusiasm and a mind saturated with devotion chant Their holy names.

hare krsna hare krsna krsna krsna hare hare
hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare

HH Candramauli Swami

Hearing goes to the heart and purifies the mind of all misgivings. What are those misgivings? Identifying with that which we are not: “I” and “mine.” This is all a mistake; we are not any of these things and we don’t own any of it.

HH Candramauli Swami

The act of chanting is sacred. If we can overcome inattention, we will see a fast acceleration in our spiritual growth - very fast, because attentive japa expands itself into everything we do. Inattentive japa is what is slowing down our progress.

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When one is absorbed in Krishna, even life or death does not make a difference because Krishna is there. When Krishna is not there, life is death. When Krishna is there, death is the beginning of eternal life with Krishna.

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There is nothing to ask from God. Bhakti means, “What can I do for You?” and then one becomes satisfied. That is the satisfaction of the heart.

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The quality of our service depends on the quality of our sadhana. It is not about the experitse that we put into the service - it is about the determination to carry out the service. The determination becomes fortified by hearing and chanting the gloris of the Lord. We begin our determination by daily chanting carefully the Hare Krishna maha-mantra.

HH Candramauli Swami

Japa should be the foremost activity of our lives. It is just a matter of prioritization. The glories of the Holy Name and the benefits cannot be calculated. If you are chanting the Holy Name, there is nothing that can harm you. Nothing. You are completely protected.

HH Candramauli Swami

Just by a moment’s association with a pure devotee of the Lord we can be freed from all material desires and hankerings. We are not eager for this association because we are covered by Maya and cannot see or understand the immense spiritual benefit.

HH Candramauli Swami

Sri Govinda, Gopinath and Madan Mohan are the principle deities of Sri Vrndavan Dham, which represent the full process of pure devotional service. Sri Radha Raman is the embodiment of all three.

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Because this Age of Kali is filled with so many bad qualities and is always dangerous, the Lord is very kind to the conditioned souls. One can achieve the highest perfection of love of Krishna simply by chanting His holy name. This is the supreme benefit offered in this horrible age.

HH Candramauli Swami

Krishna consciousness is most wonderful and very sublime. With the appearance of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu it becomes more so. Therefore we want to please Him by being an instrument of His mercy in the lives of others. Preach, preach, preach!

HH Candramauli Swami

Srila Prabhupada’s books are so foundational. They connect us with Krishna and the acaryas and they give us a clear understanding of how to practice bhakti. The written word is very powerful; one can absorb it, meditate on it and go deeper into the written word. People want these books; they are looking for this knowledge although they may not be conscious of it.

HH Candramauli Swami

Nityananda Prabhu is teaching how to worship Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.

bhaja gauranga kaha gauranga
laha gaurangera nama re
ye jana gauranga bhaje
sei amara prana re

Worship Gauranga, speak about Gauranga, chant the name of Gauranga. Gauranga is your life. He is the life of your life. This is Nityananda Prabhu’s business.

HH Candramauli Swami

To preach is to be compassionate. When we see someone who needs encouragement, we don’t feel goop because we are in a better position. We think: “What can I do to bring them up?” And when they come up by our efforts, that gives us great happiness. That is bhakti.

HH Candramauli Swami

The mercy of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is the mercy of Radha and Krishna, and to receive that mercy means to enthusiastically join the kirtan of Mahaprabhu. He came to give the world harinam sankirtan.

HH Candramauli Swami

If we have little or no taste for chanting Hare Krsna, the formula is to chant, chant, chant, japa and kirtan. The taste will soon arise.

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A non-devotee’s life is filled with fear, but a devotee is always free from fear. Why? Because he knows the Lord always protects His devotees and that nothing can happen without the sanction of the Lord.

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Through the study of sastra, Especially Srimad-Bhagavatam, Brahma-samhita and Brhad-Bhagavatamrta, you learn one thing: there is only Krishna. That is all there is. There are only two aspects of existence: Krishna and Krishna’s energy. So when you look at everything – this is Krishna. There is no other subject or category of existence but Krishna.

HH Candramauli Swami

Srila Prabhupada said that third class is to fall down, and first class is to get back up. We think, “Oh I failed, I can’t do it.” You are thinking it’s about you. But actually it’s the mercy of the Lord that will make the difference, not you; and your effort will bring about the mercy. But without mercy, success does not manifest.

HH Candramauli Swami

Humility attracts the attention of the Lord. Humility is so powerful that it’s considered bhakti in itself. Out of all the qualifications of a Vaishnava, humility is the topmost because it actually is bhakti in action. Humility means receptivity: humility to the Lord’s mercy and the Lord’s instructions.

HH Candramauli Swami

The spiritual master is always prepared to impart knowledge to the disciple and specifically when the disciple is very inquisitive. Inquisitiveness on the part of a disciple is greatly necessary for the progressive disciple. If one is not very inquisitive about self-realization, one need not approach a spiritual master simply to make a show of discipleship.

Srila Prabhupada in the purport to Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.8.24

Lord Krishna states in the Gita that He is equal to all, never partial. His love for all living beings is perfect as no one is more or less that another. A statement by a very saintly Trappist monk Thomas Merton gives the proper mindset. He explains that we belong to God. Yet everyone else also belongs to God. We just happen to be conscious of it, and to make a profession out of this consciousness. Does that entitle us to consider ourselves different, or even better than others? The whole idea is preposterous.

HH Candramauli Swami

Making the right decisions in spiritual life starts with arranging time for quality sadhana. The sadhana that we are performing may not always give us result immediately, but this should not cause discouragement. When the time is right, the Lord will reveal Himself.

HH Candramauli Swami

Hatred, racism, anxiety, alienation, famine, war – the list of individual and sociological anomalies goes on and is daily increasing worldwide. A devotee wants to help, and make a positive difference in bringing people out of their suffering conditions. We must think of ways to reach these people with the message of Krishna Consciousness. This is the highest service.

HH Candramauli Swami

Lord Siva is very dear to all Vaishnavas as he is deemed “Vaishnvam yatha Shambhu”, the topmost of all Vaishnavas. We pray to him to help us in our devotion to Lord Krishna.

HH Candramauli Swami

To face difficulty in the course of preaching work is a kind of austerity. These difficulties do not go in vain. The more we face difficulties, the more we draw the attention of Krishna. So in that way we shall be prepared to meet all kinds of difficulties in our preaching work. Such an attempt gives us a lift in our progressive march in Krishna consciousness.

Srila Prabhupada’s letter to Upendra, April 22nd 1970

One who puts his faith in the mind is delivering one’s life into the hands of un untrustworthy person. Never trust the mind, always distrust. We gain right direction only from guru, sadhu and sastra.

HH Candramauli Swami

Ekadasi: Bhaktivinoda Thakura glorifies her as “The Mother of Devotion”. Take advantage of this day of accelerated devotion. A day for chanting, chanting and more chanting.

HH Candramauli Swami

Those who think they can make advancement in spiritual life without chanting the holy names of the Lord are suffering from grand hallucinations.

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The thing about Krsna consciousness is, the more you make advancement, the more you realize how not advanced you are. If you think you are advanced, that’s a problem.

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The three things one should always be satisfied with are wife, money and food. The three things one should never be satisfied with are chanting the holy names, hearing the glories of the Supreme Lord and giving in charity.

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What is that which is more closer to us than our body which we cannot see?
Sri Krishna. He is within our heart next to us, the soul. Turn your vision inward and gradually you will see Him more and more outward.

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What is most secret of all secrets?
Transcendental knowledge, as described by Krishna in Bhagavad-gita. This secret will be revealed to us in proportion in which we are attached to serving Krishna with love.

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To honor great souls is to honor the Lord, to hear about their activities causes us to lose attraction to mundane topics, to understand what they taught causes detachment from all that is material.

All glories to Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura!

HH Candramauli Swami

What is love?
Love is that emotion which, when experienced, fulfills the purpose of one’s existence and is the perfection of happiness. It is the essence of one’s being and the only goal of life. Love is given to us by Krishna and it is meant to please Him. Everything else that goes by the name of love is only lust.

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What is that thought that gives complete happiness and satisfaction?
Knowing that Krishna is one’s only shelter.

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What is the greatest deception?
When we preform devotional service in order to achieve personal profit and gain.

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What is the greatest deception?
When we preform devotional service in order to achieve personal profit and gain

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What is the worst bankruptcy we can experience?
The loss of enthusiasm, which is the element through which bhakti unfolds.

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Sri Nityananda Ram has appeared and everything became auspicious. May Lord Nityananda’s mercy be upon everyone.

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What is the greatest value in life?
Vaisnava-association – its true value can never be over-estimated because there you can always find Krishna.

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What is the most important understanding needed for spiritual progress?
To understand how very fallen I am and how much I am in need of Krishna’s mercy.

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What is the greatest solace?
To know that the suffering given to a devotee by the Lord is His way of bringing His sincere devotee closer to Him in loving devotion.

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Material happiness is compared to the village idiot who smashes his head against a wall and then stops and says, ‘O it feels so good.’

HH Candramauli Swami

How do you know if you are in the spiritual world or the material world?

Srila Prabhupada makes that clear in his LA S.B. lecture April 15th 1973.

“Those who are jealous and envious, they are within this material world. And those who are not jealous, they are in the spiritual world. Simple thing. You test yourself, ‘Whether I am jealous, envious of my other associates, friends, everything?’ Then I am in the material world. And if I am not jealous, then I’m in the spiritual world. Anyone can test. There is no question of whether I’m spiritually advanced or not. You can test yourself.”

HH Candramauli Swami

What is beyond all the greatest miss-fortune?
To have the availability of the association of Vaisnavas and the chanting of the Holy Names of Krishna and neglecting these most precious and valuable gems. It’s compared to possessing immense wealth yet being unable to use it.

HH Candramauli Swami

What is that fear that is most desirable?
The fear of again being trapped by the Mayic energy.

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What is the most dangerous mentality?
To believe that Radha Krishna pastimes are like ordinary boy and girl.

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What is the most valuable commodity?
Time. Do not waste it, use it always to be serving Krishna in Krishna consciousness.

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What is the most important time?
Now! Live each moment as the most important one, seeing it as an opportunity to remember Krishna and serve Him or His devotees.

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What is the greatest benediction one can get?
The opportunity to serve. Wanting to satisfy His devotees, Krishna gives us opportunity for service. That is the true benediction.

HH Candramauli Swami

What is that activity which is unaffected by the passing of time?

Both by rising and by setting, the sun decreases the duration of life of everyone, except one who utilizes the time by discussing topics of the all-good Personality of Godhead.

HH Candramauli Swami

What is the method for destroying all types of unhappiness and lamentation?

Then Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu said, “My dear Rupa, please recite that verse from your drama which, upon being heard, makes all people’s unhappiness and lamentation go away.”

“‘I do not know how much nectar the two syllables “Krs-na” have produced. When the holy name of Krsna is chanted, it appears to dance within the mouth. We then desire many, many mouths. When that name enters the holes of the ears, we desire many millions of ears. And when the holy name dances in the courtyard of the heart, it conquers the activities of the mind, and therefore all the senses become inert.’”

HH Candramauli Swami

What is that which is most of all desired?
Love given and love received.

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What is the most annoying association?
A person who is always complaining. At that time our mind becomes that person.

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What is the greatest lamentation?
At the time of death feeling, ‘I didn’t take enough time to practice my Krishna consciousness.’

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What is the most effective way to unify all living entities?
The congregational chanting of the holy names of Krishna. Sri harinama sankirtana ki jaya!

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What is the most valuable loss?
Time not used in the service of the Lord.

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What is the greatest of all satisfaction?
Being fully absorbed in reading Srimad-Bhagavatam.

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What is the topmost successful financial investment? Wealth use in the service of the Lord and for His mission.

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What is the most obvious fault?
To imagine you have none.

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What is the most powerful of all weapons?
Transcendental knowledge. It destroys illusion and reveals eternal Truth.

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What is the greatest and grandest of all illusions?
The idea that one can be happy in this material world in material activities.

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What is the most valuable treasure?
The love for Radha Krishna residing deep within your own heart.

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What is the greatest miss-fortune?
To forget the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

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What is the greatest happiness?
Association of the pure devotees of Krishna.

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Srila Prabhupada would often say, ‘Taking responsibility for Krishna’s sake, this is advancement of Krishna consciousness.’ Giving Krishna consciousness to others one is immediately recognized by Krishna.

HH Candramauli Swami

Offering humble prostrated obeisances before the Lord and His pure devotees purifies the heart and opens wide the door for receiving His mercy. One who never does so will be forced to bow down to the Lord in the form of Death.

HH Candramauli Swami

Just worship Balarama
He’s better than Obama
What to speak of Osama
He’ll take all your kama
And bring you to the holy Dhama
On the ultimate Parikrama
JAI BALARAMA!!!

HH Candramauli Swami

I may plan, you may plan, yet the only plan that works is Krishna’s plan. Following the orders of the spiritual master and knowing how to follow is Krishna’s plan for you.

HH Candramauli Swami

In maintaining material pride or prestige only our false ego finds some satisfaction, but there is no satisfaction for our heart, which naturally strives to love Krishna. Don’t accept anything else. Strive for pure devotional service; that is our only nature.

HH Candramauli Swami

By respecting other living entities we are offering respect to Krishna, who resides in the heart of all.

HH Candramauli Swami

The material world is a grand illusion. Our eyes are created to see the beautiful form of Shri Shri Radha Krishna, our ears are meant only to hear Their pastimes, our hands and legs are meant only for Their service, and our tongue is for tasting Their life giving remnants and to glorify Them endlessly.

HH Candramauli Swami

Shri Shri Radha Madan Mohan - Radha Krishna Beauty Personified. Shri Shri Radha Govinda - Radha Krishna most Playful. Shri Shri Radha Gopinath - Radha Krishna extremely Delightful. Shri Shri Radha Ramanji - The embodiment of all Beauty, Playfulness and Delightfulness.

HH Candramauli Swami

Fear is negative, love is positive. Shri Shri Radha Krishna standing on Their altar are lovingly inviting us to join with Them in Their eternal pastimes of love. There is nothing to fear, nothing to lose. ma sucah

HH Candramauli Swami

Feeling grateful for the rare gift of eternal life with Krishna given to us by His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada. The entrance of the new year causes us to reflect what we have done and what we are doing and to make a vow to increase our loving devotional service.

HH Candramauli Swami

Trying to improve our material position is like trying to straighten the tail of a dog. The material energy is always changing, so this endeavor is simply a waste of time and energy. Put your time and energy to develop your loving relationship with Krishna. That is only and best use of this human form of life.

HH Candramauli Swami

Srimati Radharani is very kind, Her heart is butter-soft and She completely controls Shri Krishna. As Srila Prabhupada sings, Radharani khusi habe. “O’ brother The Supreme Lord Krishna will bestow virtue upon you – but He will do this only when Srimati Radharani first becomes pleased with you. This I surely declare to you.”

HH Candramauli Swami

The material energy is constantly trying to drag our attention away from Krishna and devotion to Him. The daily strength needed to resist Maya’s distractions and allurements is mainly situated on the quality of our early morning sadhana, particularly our chanting of 16 rounds of japa.

HH Candramauli Swami

“I offer my respectful obeisances unto the Supreme Lord, Hari, the congregational chanting of whose holy names destroys all sinful reactions, and the offering of obeisances unto whom relieves all material suffering.” SB 12.13.23

Only those persons who regularly attend to the Kirtan of the Holy Name will achieve success in Krishna Consciousness in this life.

HH Candramauli Swami

At every moment we have the opportunity to chose to serve Krishna and His devotees or to satisfy our personal desires and whims. Krishna tests us so that we have the opporunity to advance. Without His merciful testing we gradually glide down towards material attractions.

HH Candramauli Swami

Each day in the life of a devotee is an opportunity to serve to learn and to grow. If we view it just as a series of things to do, then we haven’t yet begun to live.

HH Candramauli Swami

Actions performed by the influence of the mode of ignorance are always destructive to the performer and others. In passion actions are performed with personal gain in mind and therefore always selfish with results uncertain. In goodness one cultivates good moral and religious character which allows one some material satisfaction and position. Yet although goodness is lofty it is within the material energy and therefore binding one to another material birth.

HH Candramauli Swami

Complete faith in the words of the spiritual master and Shri Krishna, daily chanting 16 good rounds and strictly following the 4 prohibitions is the formula for complete success.

HH Candramauli Swami

When things are going good CHANT, when things are not good Chant, when you would rather be some other place Chant. The Holy Name is the panacea for all ills, chills and spills and is bringing to us spiritual thrills.

HH Candramauli Swami

Persons may approach Krishna and the process of devotional service for many reasons. Yet only those who understand that the only purpose of Krishna Consciousness is to awaken our natural love for Krishna will be successful.

HH Candramauli Swami

To honor, glorify and to serve Vaishnavas is the heart of the Lord. Krishna makes it His focus to serve and fully care for His devotees. How He loves His devotees is not comprehensible by any mortal being. We learn from Krishna how dear His devotees are to Him. Never offend another living being and you will always be close to Krishna’s heart. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu spoke, ‘I give My full mercy to those who chant Krishna’s names and never find fault with others.’

HH Candramauli Swami

Perhaps we may even doubt the existence of the spiritual world as it is so far removed from our current life experiences. One way using reverse logic, by studying and observing the nature of material existence, we can understand and experience that material existence is simply one form of suffering after another and it all ends in death. Yet we as living beings always look for and desire happiness and eternal existence.

HH Candramauli Swami

The modes of material nature qualitatively dictate how the living entity is entangled.

In ignorance a person thinks: ‘If I can get, then I can do, then I can be…’
In passion a person thinks: ‘If I can do, then I can get, then I can be…’
In goodness a person thinks : ‘If I can be, then I can do, then I can get…’

One in devotional service achieves everything desirable by the grace of the Lord’s devotee.

HH Candramauli Swami

Only when we stop trying for material happiness will the fruit of our endeavor in spiritual life begin to ripen.

HH Candramauli Swami

We want to act in a way as to please the Lord, and the Lord is pleased if we please His devotees.

HH Candramauli Swami

Lust, anger, greed, illusion, false pride, and envy are the enemies of the aspiring devotee. Victory of these still leaves the more subtle contaminations such as self-deceit, a desire to be worshipped and the tendency for fault finding. Take full shelter of Krsna’s holy name and sincerely, humbly cry out for His mercy. We are helpless without Their (Radha’s and Krishna’s) mercy.

HH Candramauli Swami

Being humble, we attract Krishna’s mercy. Being humble means not expecting anything but the opportunity to serve. Being humble is the nature of the soul in its true relationship with Krishna. Become humble by putting it to practice.

HH Candramauli Swami

The spiritual world is the only reality, what goes on in this material world is experienced differently by different persons. It is a reflection of one’s consciousness and therefore only a dream. When Krishna came to this world, He brought the spiritual world within Him. Bring Krishna into everything and you are no longer in this dreamlike nightmare of illusion.

HH Candramauli Swami

Gossip, fault finding and criticism only cause the mind to become disturbed. They are compared to witches that steal away the treasure of your heart, your natural love for Krishna.

HH Candramauli Swami

Our main business in to become Krishna conscious. That is the main business of human life. If we waste our time striving for material improvement and forget to chant Hare Krishna, that will be a great loss.

Srila Prabhupada, Teachings of Queen Kunti 10.

This verse spoken by Lord Sri Krishna from SB 10.86.52 is the way of success.

“One can gradually become purified by seeing, touching and worshiping temple deities, places of pilgrimage and holy rivers. But one can attain the same result immediately simply by receiving the glance of exalted sages.”

HH Candramauli Swami

Maya means illusion or that what appears to give something, yet always gives something different – unhappiness and frustration. She throws the living entity away from Krishna and then she reminds of how important her plan for our sense gratification is. Keep Krishna in front and maya will always remain behind. Chant Hare Krishna as much as possible

HH Candramauli Swami

An itch on the skin and so you scratch and scratch and it feels better, but wait a few seconds and then it returns with greater irritation. Srila Prabhupada rightly compares the desire for sex like and itch. Tolerate the itch (sex desire) and gradually it with reduce and eventually leave. Chant Hare Krishna!

HH Candramauli Swami

Enthusiastically chant Krishna’s holy names, worship Sri Sri Radha Krishna in Vrindavan and serve the holy Vaisnavas. The degree of your enthusiasm on these 3 areas equally brings the mercy of Guru and Krsna. Enthusiasm is the element through which bhakti unfolds more and more.

HH Candramauli Swami

At the time of death one will lament, “O, I wish I had given more time for Krishna and His devotees.” Those who are wise will want to avoid such heart breaking lamentation.

HH Candramauli Swami

Srila Prabhupada gives the method by which we can express our love for Krishna. Chant the Hare Krishna maha-mantra and spread its glories everywhere.

HH Candramauli Swami

If you are thinking of an easy way to accelerate your spiritual advancement and overall happiness, then chant your 16 rounds first thing in the morning.

HH Candramauli Swami

Krishna consciousness is the process of detachment from the temporary and attachment to Sri Krishna!

HH Candramauli Swami

The entire present materialistic civilization is geared in the wrong direction. They propagandize that sense gratification and material gain will bring happiness. Happiness and satisfaction come more and more as we welcome Sri Krishna, the Lord of our life, into our heart and mind.

HH Candramauli Swami

Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu said that obstacles one encounters in one’s execution of devotional service are opportunities for greater spiritual advancement and knowledge. Welcome them and then pray for His mercy.

HH Candramauli Swami

The activities and tattva surrounding Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu are mysterious, deep as an ocean in spiritual truths and extremely pleasing to the heart and mind.

HH Candramauli Swami

Enthusiasm is a symptom of a living entity; it cannot be stopped. It is just like a powerful engine: if you utilize it properly, it will give immense production. Therefore, enthusiasm should be purified. Instead of employing enthusiasm for attaining material goals, one should be enthusiastic about achieving the perfectional stage of devotional service.

Srila Prabhupada, purport to Narada-bhakti-sutra 5

Sometimes we say, “I have no time to chant, I have no time to hear about Krishna and Lord Caitanya.” In this way we are fooled by Maya, cheated out of the happiness of loving devotion.

HH Candramauli Swami

Following the instructions in regards to our duties in Krishna Consciousness is very good and wanted. But a devotee becomes recognized by Guru and Krishna by putting enthusiasm in all he does, acting with the heart and full energy to serve more and more. As Krishna is unlimited so is devotional service to Him.

HH Candramauli Swami

Brahminical initiation is the actual initiation in that 1st initiation prepares one for 2nd initiation by connecting one to Krishna’s representative who trains one to acquire brahminical qualities.

HH Candramauli Swami

Our heart is full of sweet love for Krishna, and it is like a beautiful, fragrant flower. But it is closed. When the Holy Name comes, it opens up the flower of our heart and we can offer that love to Krishna. This is the power of Krishna’s holy name.

HH Candramauli Swami

In order to take shelter of Krishna’s name, we have to follow the process of bhakti. Bhakti is a process, and the Holy Name is the principle that makes the process powerful. But Prabhupada said, if you are chanting the holy names of the Lord, and you are not following the process that is given by the acaryas, you are cooking with smoke.

HH Candramauli Swami

There are two categories of householders, grhasta and grhamedi. Grhasta means devotee, grhamedi means miser. One who lives with a family and is always engaged in serving the Lord, that is grhasta. One who is always worried about and working to maintain family life that is grhamedi

HH Candramauli Swami

In each of the Supreme Lord’s incarnations He exhibits many of His transcendental qualities, yet we observe that each one exhibits a particular outstanding quality. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu – compassion; Sri Ramacandra – righteousness; Lord Nrsinghadeva – complete protection; yet in Lord Sri Krishna we find His sweetness, which is all attractive

HH Candramauli Swami

Devotional service is not about what position we hold, how much we have or who were are, it is about our desire to serve whatever situation Krishna puts us in.

HH Candramauli Swami

One who practices seeing oneself in others acts in a way to treat that person as one would treat oneself.

HH Candramauli Swami

The political situation worldwide is becoming more and more ominous. War, economic collapse, political intrigue, blatant racism and just moral turpitude all on the increase. Don’t wait until thing fall apart to get serious in Krsna Consciousness. At that time it may be too late.

HH Candramauli Swami

Especially people from India are accustomed to touch the feet of a devotee for blessing. Srila Prabhupada cautioned us that we should avoid this with people who are not initiated as they give us some of their karma. If unavoidable, touch them on their back and chant Hare Krishna.

HH Candramauli Swami

Maya is left, maya is right. By keeping our vision straight forward we are with Krishna and fully under His all loving shelter. Think of Him always.

HH Candramauli Swami

This Month of Damodara brings much opportunity to personally associate with the Lord by every day with a loving heart filled with gratitude offering Him a lamp and singing Damodarastaka. So simple yet so spiritually powerful, bringing immediate peace and joy.

HH Candramauli Swami

As long as we accept any other shelter aside from Krishna we remain vulnerable to be exploited or defeated by the material energy. Only Krsna is capable of giving protection. He says, “In all situation just depend on Me, remember Me.”

HH Candramauli Swami

We may come to Krishna Consciousness for various reasons, but we can only stay fixed in our practice for one reason, and that is to love Krishna by serving Krishna and His devotees.

HH Candramauli Swami

Knowledge about Krishna increases our attraction for Him which results in greater enthusiasm for devotional service. Read Srimad-Bhagavatam every day. Especially the 10th Canto of His appearance in this world.

HH Candramauli Swami

Unless we are convinced, not just theoretically but within our hearts and minds, that there is no happiness in this material world, our spiritual life has not yet begun. Only when we give up trying to enjoy material life, then our spiritual life will actually begin.

HH Candramauli Swami

See every moment as an opportunity to remember Krishna and serve Him with your heart. He is always there to receive our love. What else can we give? What else could He need from us?

HH Candramauli Swami

All glories to Srila Prabhupada, who so expertly in the form of this ISKCON movement did what no one else ever did before; by bridging all national and racial boundaries, he attracted the world to chant:

Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

HH Candramauli Swami

By remembering all the blessings, mercy, unimaginable good fortune we have received and are still receiving from Srila Prabhupada our heart is grateful. With a grateful heart now we can properly serve the Lord and His mission.

HH Candramauli Swami

In His desire to satisfy His devotees, Krishna gives us opportunities to render some service to Him. We should know it is our good fortune and the greatest benediction one can get.

HH Candramauli Swami

Material world means Kuntha – place where there is always anxiety. Spiritual world is Vai-kuntha – the place of no anxiety. Chant, dance, take prasada and be happy – your ticket out of the world of anxiety.

HH Candramauli Swami

Haridas Varya, He is the best of all devotees and is also the sweet compassionate Krishna Himself. Get attracted to Him and His service, and you will always be very happy.

HH Candramauli Swami

Material illusion is that we look at something and we think, ‘I can enjoy that.’ With the mercy of the Lord we can see through that illusion and realize that there is no enjoyment there. Therefore devotee thinks, ‘I don’t want to come back to this place. I want to go back to Godhead, I want to live eternally in transcendental loving relationship with the Supreme Lord.’ And that is devotee’s desire.

HH Candramauli Swami

Krishna takes pleasure in whatever He does. Whether killing demons or dancing with His gopis. His love is absolute. Devotees eagerly hear about His activities and derive great pleasure. Krishna is all-wonderful!

HH Candramauli Swami

Chanting, chanting, chanting, still no taste comes? Don’t give up! Don’t become discouraged! Continue knowing that Krishna is accepting your effort to chant His name although not perfectly. But try to improve by applying the instructions of the acaryas in regards to improving our japa.

HH Candramauli Swami

As long as the living entity is still attached to trying to enjoy the material activities by fruitive desires, he cannot become fearless because fearlessness comes when one gives up the idea that there is safety and satisfaction in this world. The only safety and satisfaction is the shelter of the Lord.

HH Candramauli Swami

Everything in the material world is subject to the time factor, therefore nothing here lasts. Everything in the spiritual world exists eternally and expands into ever new and blissful features. One who is devoid of intelligence cannot understand this and therefore dies repeatedly. One who understands this and lives in this ways lives eternally in unending joy.

HH Candramauli Swami

Bhakti is immense in substance and content, yet it can be described as the nature of the soul’s love for Krishna. Initially it takes the form of simple knowledge, then progresses to knowledge mixed with love and finally only pure love as exhibited by the residents of Sri Vrindavan Dham.

HH Candramauli Swami

You can always find Krishna in His holy name and in the association of devotees. If you have the two, your life is perfect!

HH Candramauli Swami

The holy place known as Mathura is spiritually superior to Vaikuntha, the transcendental world, because the Lord appeared there. Superior to Mathura-puri is the transcendental forest of Vrindavana because of Krishna’s rasa-lila pastimes. And superior to the forest of Vrindavana is Govardhana Hill, for it was raised by the divine hand of Sri Krishna and was the site of His various loving pastimes. And, above all, the superexcellent Sri Radha-kunda stands supreme, for it is overflooded with the ambrosial nectarean prema of the Lord of Gokula, Sri Krishna.

Srila Rupa Gosvami, Sri Upadesamrita, from Verse 9

Everything is the energy of the Supreme Lord and therefore by absolute definition everything is spiritual: sarvam khalv idam brahma. Material energy is understood as being separated from Krishna. Keep your consciousness always in Krishna and you are in the spiritual energy – ananda.

HH Candramauli Swami

One of the primary regulative principles of bhakti is to make pilgrimage to holy places. By visiting Vrindavan, Mayapur, Jagannath Puri, or any of the other pastime places of the Supreme Lord, one derives great spiritual merit and transcendental happiness.

HH Candramauli Swami

Service is life and life is service. And when the Supreme Personality of Godhead recognizes someone’s service, that person’s life becomes perfect.

HH Candramauli Swami

Krishna is wonderful in whatever way He manifests Himself. As Shri Damodar He charms the hearts of all with His childlike mischief and also teaches that He can only be captured by pure loving service.

HH Candramauli Swami

The activities of devotional service are all under the spiritual potency, therefore fully capable of awarding pure devotional service. We derive benefit according to our motivation. By mixing desire for material gain with spiritual activities we are depriving ourselves of the actual benefit available. It is like having gold and thinking it is iron – no value.

HH Candramauli Swami

Today starts the auspicious month of Karttik. All glories to Shri Damodara, the life of Srimati Radharani and the bliss of Mother Yashoda. All glories to Srila Prabhupada who has presented Shri Vrindavana Krishna in all of His glory and attractive pastimes

HH Candramauli Swami

The illusionary material energy (Maya) is a pure devotee of the Lord. Her service is to keep you distracted away from devotional service. She knows your weak points, therefore always look to strengthen where you are weak and increase in strength where you are strong. The constant chanting of Hare Krishna is where we get much strength.

HH Candramauli Swami

At initiation we promise before the Lord, the spiritual master, the assembly of Vaishnavas and the sacred fire to stay true to our vows of chanting 16 rounds daily and follow the 4 regulative principles this life. We have come to Krishna after suffering countless lives in various species. Please don’t throw away the rare gem of spiritual life. Stay true and fixed in your vows.

HH Candramauli Swami

In order to get free from material attachment we have to revive our natural attraction to Krishna. By fixing our mind on a particular form of Krishna and remembering and serving that form throughout the day gradually our love for Him is regained.

HH Candramauli Swami

Fear personified is afraid of Krsna and so for a devotee engaged in hearing and chanting the glories of the Lord with enthusiasm all material dangers disappear.

“Living beings who are entangled in the complicated meshes of birth and death can be freed immediately by even unconsciously chanting the holy name of Krsna, which is feared by fear personified.” (SB 1.1.14)

Therefore, the name of Krsna is as powerful as Lord Krsna Himself. There is no difference at all. Anyone, therefore, can take advantage of the holy names of Lord Sri Krsna even in the midst of greatest dangers. (SB 1.1.14, from the purport)

HH Candramauli Swami

Lord Ramacandra appeared to destroy the King of the demons Ravana. That same Ravana is represented in the heart as the desire to enjoy sensual pleasures with the opposite sex. With the arrow of mercy (detachment) coming from the Lord’s pure devotee remove that destroyer (lust) of knowledge and self-realization.

HH Candramauli Swami

In the age of Kali deviations easily become the standard. There should be no compromise in our Vaishnava appearance. Srila Prabhupada gave us the standard, kunthi mala, tilak, dhoti, sari. There is nothing to be ashamed of. We are proud to be known as Gaudiya Vaishnavas. Proper Vaishnava dress helps us maintain proper consciousness regarding our identity and responsibility in service to Srila Prabhupada and the Vaishnavas.

HH Candramauli Swami

One symptom of an intelligent person is to gather valuable learning from the past, to make thoughtful plans to serve Krishna in the future and to live fully in the present by always remembering Krishna and trying to serve Him with devotion.

HH Candramauli Swami

By endeavoring to fulfill our spiritual desires, all desires become fulfilled automatically perfectly. Material desires are never fulfilled and only increase whenever we try to fulfill them. Because we are spiritual beings we can never be fulfilled materially, only spiritually.

HH Candramauli Swami

Many times we see that a devotee’s natural enthusiasm towards devotional life decreases as time goes on. This may occur for various reasons, yet the daily chanting of 16 good rounds and regularly hearing of Srimad-Bhagavatam will keep us spiritually strong. Sravanam, kirtanam about Krishna.

HH Candramauli Swami

Those devotees who accept difficulties in life as the arrangement of the Lord will always make spiritual progress in any and every circumstance.

HH Candramauli Swami

In the discharge of devotional service, two things are required – prayer and endeavor. We need to pray for the mercy, for guidance and intelligence and then make an effort.

HH Candramauli Swami

We cannot do it on our own. We need to turn to Guru, to Krishna, and beg for Their mercy. Then we can succeed. That is our process.

HH Candramauli Swami

Transcendental knowledge is like a weapon which destroys attachment and illusion. And it is the path which leads to freedom. Take advantage of it by reading daily and you will taste the freedom.

HH Candramauli Swami

Srimad-Bhagavatam is the most perfect of all scriptures. One who develops a taste for reading Srimad-Bhagavatam actually develops a taste for pure devotional service.

HH Candramauli Swami

Act locally, think spiritually. Always remember Shri Krishna and fight on behalf of Truth. Be a spiritual warrior, one who acts to protect others from decay and destruction.

HH Candramauli Swami

All glories to Srila Prabhupada, who always tried to “catch the rhino” and who wanted his disciples to try in the same way. All glories to Krishna prasadam, which never fails to give devotees the enthusiasm to push on despite all difficulties. All glories to Srimati Tulasi Maharani, by whose presence everything becomes pleasing and auspicious. All glories to Srimad-Bhagavatam, which takes our thoughts into the realm of transcendence and strengthens our spiritual resolve.

HH Candramauli Swami

‘Formal initiation means to accept, officially, to abide by the orders of Krishna and His representative. That is formal initiation. Officially accept, “Yes, sir, I shall accept. I shall do whatever you say.” This is initiation, official acceptance of the job. That’s all. Initiation means this is the beginning of accepting the orders of Krishna and His representative to carry out. This is the beginning. That is initiation.’ (Srila Prabhupada in a BG Lecture 7.1, June 29, 1974, Melbourne)

‘By the mercy of the spiritual master the impossible becomes easy.’

HH Candramauli Swami

We can only hope for the opportunity to engage in service at the lotus feet of all the Vaishnavas. Without their mercy, we are lost. All glories to Srila Prabhupada, for giving us this most wonderful life of pure devotional service.

HH Candramauli Swami

We should be conscious of how to act in all circumstances – this is the art of Krishna consciousness. That is the test, to remember Krishna and to serve Him in every and all situations, which are our challenges and our way to become more fixed, provided we accept them in the right way.

HH Candramauli Swami

Kirtan is our life. Why? One reason is that it’s pleasing to Lord Nityananda and Lord Caitanya when devotees enthusiastically chant and dance in glorification of the Supreme Lord, Sri Krishna. Srila Prabhupada loved to see his devotees chanting and dancing in happiness of love of Godhead. We should humbly pray at the lotus feet of the Lord and His pure devotees to give us the desire and opportunity to chant and dance more and more.

HH Candramauli Swami

Sruti Kirti Prabhu, in quoting Srila Prabhupada, said, “Two important activities of a Vaishnava are swimming and laughter“.

HH Candramauli Swami

Humility is the mindset to aspire for. Tolerance is the decoration of the heart. Laughter is the means of balance. Intelligence is the protection from wasting time. And Krishna’s lotus feet are the only shelter.

HH Candramauli Swami

Material energy is formidable; even as a devotee, one has to exercise great caution, because Maya is looking to trip us up. Why? So we become more fully dependent on Krishna. How? By being clear in intentions, which is assured by purified intelligence. Using one’s intelligence is a feature of full dependence.

HH Candramauli Swami

This life is precious and Krishna consciousness is also very, very precious, a most valuable jewel, an unbelievable gift and an unbelievable chance to reach the highest perfection of existence. To awaken one’s ecstatic love for Lord Krishna, we have to protect it, nourish it, cherish it and be strong enough in order to give it to others.

HH Candramauli Swami

ISKCON is Srila Prabhupada’s transcendental body. As children and grandchildren, we inherit the property of the father and along with it all the concerns in maintaining and expanding it. Whatever pleases Srila Prabhupda and serve his devotees – we should be willing to take that on happily.

HH Candramauli Swami

All glories to the holy name of Lord Krishna. We are equipped with the weapon of knowledge and detachment and are able to fully achieve shelter of the perfect Person by chanting His beautiful holy names. May we embrace it, cherish it, remember it, chant it, distribute it and worship it as our life and soul.

HH Candramauli Swami

This world is only suffering, but real suffering is one’s separation from dear Lord Krishna. Therefore ‘always remember Shri Krishna, never forget Him’ is the essence of all activities. And only by the mercy of the Lord coming through Srila Prabhupada is any success attained

HH Candramauli Swami

Let us renew our desire to serve, with a special emphasis on the cultivation of qualities that are pleasing to Krishna and favorable for devotional service, done in association with other devotees.

HH Candramauli Swami

Those who are only interested in their own spiritual advancement fail to understand that to give Krishna consciousness to others is the way to advance. Giving Krishna to others is dependent on reading daily Srila Prabhupada books. Those who do not hear regularly can hardly understand anything about spiritual life.

HH Candramauli Swami

One has to make a concerned effort to prevent the passion and ignorance modes from affecting oneself. If one is engaged in Krishna’s service, it is all equally transcendental. One has to be able to remain fixed on Krishna and devotional service in any and all situations by carefully controlling the mind and senses and focusing on Krishna and His name.

HH Candramauli Swami

Purification of the mind and heart by hearing and chanting the glories of the Lord and His pure devotees – this is the formula, this is the medicine to counteract the evils of Kali.

HH Candramauli Swami

To rise above the aversions and attractions of this world and rise to the platform of Krishna consciousness it takes determination. Determination makes difficult things easy. Be determined to advance and you will fortify your steadiness.

HH Candramauli Swami

What glorification can even come close to the glories of the holy name of Krishna? Srila Prabhupada was successful because he spread the glories and the chanting of the Holy Name everywhere. That remains the foremost pillar of all success. All glories to Shri Krishna sankirtanam.

HH Candramauli Swami

Enthusiasm without patience does not last, they must go together. Enthusiasm means –‘How can I serve?’ and patience – you depend on Krishna for the results.

HH Candramauli Swami

Srimati Radharani’s mercy is our goal. As Srila Prabhupada stated: ‘When you receive the mercy of Radharani, then and only then will you be successful in life.’ Radhe Radhe, all glories to Your Divine lotus feet, all glories for Your completely perfect love for Syamasundara.

HH Candramauli Swami

A little bit of Srimati Radharani’s mercy is enough to revive a dead man to ecstasy. She is our real Mother and object of worship in Vrindavana. As Srila Prabhupada wrote in his poem on arriving in Boston: “When Srimati Radharani gives Her mercy, then only is your devotional life a success.” All glories to Krsna-mayi, One who is within and without for Krishna only. Another of Srila Prabhupada’s most amazing gifts – Radha-bhava. Jay Sri Radhe!

HH Candramauli Swami

Time, the force of invincibility, takes the present into a completely different dimension. The end of the body is the beginning of eternal life for those who live and serve in pure devotion to the Lord. Why waste time in something that is designed to waste time and only gives illusionary satisfaction? Maya’s illusions are very powerful, but remember that they remain only an illusion.

HH Candramauli Swami

Preaching is the essence. People are locked into a lifestyle of suffering. It is our duty as human beings to show mercy to others by giving them a chance to change through education and opportunity. Education is nice, but opportunity must accompany.

HH Candramauli Swami

Whatever one may do should be done as an offering to the Lord, for the glorification of the Lord and the pleasure of His devotees. As long as some selfish motivation remains, it is not actually devotional service. To offer means for the pleasure of others.

HH Candramauli Swami

We have promised to chant 16 rounds every day. The promise is only for our advancement and advancement in Krishna consciousness is the only success in life. Failing to chant regularly we remain unfortunate.

HH Candramauli Swami

Lust, the eternal enemy of the soul. Pride, its counterpart. Partners in the crime, trying to divert the soul away from God and into material energy. The humble teachings of Gita were given to us by Srila Prabhupada. Meditate on these instructions and know them to be your real and only source of success in devotional service.

HH Candramauli Swami

Keep your face, eyes and mind fixed on Krishna’s lotus feet and play the echo of Srila Prabhupada’s instructions over and over. There’s nothing in this place, it’s all just a grand illusion, a show. Krishna is everything and He is all we ever want. Never forget it!

HH Candramauli Swami

Srila Prabhupada said: “The problem with you Western devotees is you don’t have a healthy fear of Maya.” We take Maya too lightly. Maya can easily charm those who put their guard down. We must never ever consider ourselves safe from the attraction of Maya.

HH Candramauli Swami

All glories to those devotees who never let go of the lotus feet of Lord Shri Krishna. Their association is more valuable than all the wealth in the world, for they can bring you directly to the lotus feet of Shri Krishna.

HH Candramauli Swami

If somehow or other one can develop deep attraction and attachment for chanting Hare Krishna, then all success is achieved. Krishna is merciful and His Supreme mercy is available through offenseless chanting of His holy names.

Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

HH Candramauli Swami

Unless we are eager for devotional service, we will never understand why things are the way they are. When one is properly engaged in devotional service there cannot be any more desirable situation. Lord Krishna is nondifferent from His service.

HH Candramauli Swami

His Divine Grace appeared on this day to inspire us to surrender more and more and to serve the Lord in loving spontaneous service. All glories to Srila Prabhupada, the greatest Prabhu of all the prabhus. All glories to that special soul who has brought joy to millions of unfortunate souls who would never have changed but by his grace.

HH Candramauli Swami

His lips are sweet, His face is sweet, His eyes are sweet, His smile is sweet, His loving heart is sweet, His gait is sweet, everything is completely sweet about the Lord of Sweetness.

Madhurastakam 1, Sri Vallabhacarya

Tomorrow is the most holy and auspicious occasion of the anniversary celebration of the Divine Appearance of Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead – Janmastami. May Srila Prabhupada bestow his special mercy so that we may fully honor and participate in this grand celebration.

HH Candramauli Swami

By keeping our hearts and minds on the spiritual world and tolerating the inconveniencies of existing in this world we should try to serve and remember the Supreme Lord and His devotees.

HH Candramauli Swami

Time is Krishna, and for a devotee time works to bring him closer and closer as he remains fixed in his service. But also the devotee is thinking that time is bringing him closer to the termination of this body and he wants to use each moment in the Lord’s service. Wasting time is like throwing away the most valuable, precious gift, because he values each moment to serve the Lord. It becomes painful when time is wasted.

HH Candramauli Swami

Tolerance is one of the most essential qualities. In order to chant Krishna’s holy name, one must develop this quality. Even the gross materialist will tolerate difficulties, inconveniences, in order to try to fulfill his plans. A devotee must be humble, prideless, tolerant and respectful to all. By his words and example, Srila Prabhupada taught us what it means to be tolerant in order to achieve the priceless goal of Krishna consciousness.

HH Candramauli Swami

Srila Prabhupada has given us entrance into Goloka-dhama and into the bliss of Hari Nama. May we be eager to take part in dancing and chanting of Krishna’s holy names.

HH Candramauli Swami

Living beings who are entangled in the complicated meshes of birth and death can be freed immediately by even unconsciously chanting the holy name of Krishna, which is feared by fear personified.

Srila Prabhupada in the purport to Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.1.14

Lord Balarama, none other than the Supreme Personality of Godhead, is the original spiritual master, the remover of obstacles, the possessor and giver of spiritual strength, and the object of worshipable meditation for His devotees. All glories to His lotus feet. May His qualities and activities become fixed within our hearts. All glories to Lord Balarama!

HH Candramauli Swami

Each moment is another opportunity to improve our service and devotion. Make use of each moment! Always choose Krishna!

HH Candramauli Swami

To take up Krishna consciousness means declaring war on societies’ accepted values. We must always be careful not to be affected or victimized by the polluted atmosphere. The only hope, the mercy of Shri Caitanya Mahaprabhu coming in the form of chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra: hare krsna hare krsna krsna krsna hare hare, hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare.

HH Candramauli Swami

Lord Krishna says in Bhagavad-gita: “Know that all opulent, beautiful and glorious creations spring from but a spark of My splendor.” Everything has meaning when it is seen in connection to its source – Lord Shri Krishna.

HH Candramauli Swami

Prahlada Maharaja’s prayers to the Lord are prayers of wanting to be an instrument in saving the fallen conditioned souls by giving them devotion to Shri Krishna. Prahlada’s compassion is immeasurable and beyond human intellect to understand. But if we could obtain just a small drop of that quality of compassion, then we could actually offer something significant in devotion.

HH Candramauli Swami

Always remember the importance of devotee association. This is the
means to achieve lasting happiness and it inspires us in our service.

HH Candramauli Swami

Don’t be lazy, be Krishna conscious. Preach the glories of the Holy Name. Srila Prabhupada said: “Love for Shri Krishna is best shown when one wants to spread the glories of the Lord.”

HH Candramauli Swami

How to fight for Shri Krishna, that should be our concern. Taking help from Srila Prabhupada and the previous acaryas and begging for their mercy and guidance, that should be our plan of action. Their mercy, our endeavor.

HH Candramauli Swami

The path of pure devotional service is not without obstacles. A devotee always remembers Lord Krishna in all circumstances and does his best to serve accordingly, all else is up to Shri Krishna.

HH Candramauli Swami

As our affection grows toward Shri Krishna, it also naturally develops towards all living beings. Wherever we are directed by the Lord, we are duty bound to be an instrument of His compassion. Nothing selfish can remain.

HH Candramauli Swami

Srila Prabhupada said this ISKCON movement will become successful when we have the quality of devotees that are willing to give their lives in order to show compassion to the conditioned souls. Something to aspire for.

HH Candramauli Swami

One must be alert not to consider oneself advanced or ‘safe’ just because one is receiving honor, attention, praise, facility and gifts. These are all external to bhakti and can cause one to fall if seen as the fruit of bhakti. The real fruit is our attraction and eagerness to chant Krishna’s name and render service to the conditioned souls.

HH Candramauli Swami

Always remember that those who have a material body are suffering because of it and others are foolishly thinking, “If I could only enjoy that body.” The illusion of a fool. Matter is always a source of suffering. Only when used in Krishna’s service is it beneficial. Always remember Krishna. Always. There is no other way, no other way, no other way.

HH Candramauli Swami

Maya is very tricky and one has to learn carefully how to discern between Maya and Krsna. Be engaged in constant prayer, with the eagerness to serve and not waste a moment. Have determination and careful attention to be constantly thinking about Krsna and how to serve best in every circumstance.

HH Candramauli Swami

Devotion is beautiful and humility is its inner and outer substance. Just like the skin of a fruit that protects the fruit along with being the inner sweetness of that fruit.

HH Candramauli Swami

The living entity achieves peace only when it is in full service and surrender to the Supreme Lord.

HH Candramauli Swami

A devotee must always be meek and humble despite all the favor shown to him by the Supreme Lord. The path of a humble servant is the path of success.

HH Candramauli Swami

The heart achieves happiness only when the Lord is pleased. Always remember Krishna and never ever forget Him. Always chant His holy names.

HH Candramauli Swami

All glories to the Holy Name – the cure, the medicine for all ailments caused by Kali’s influence. It is the life of Bhakti, the essence of sadhana, the bliss of the chanter’s heart and the happiness of his mind.

HH Candramauli Swami

We must always remain enthusiastic no matter what. Enthusiasm, determination and patience, chanting and reading, associating with devotees and being strict in following the process given by Srila Prabhupada. That is the formula for progress, provided we avoid offenses, especially to the devotees.

HH Candramauli Swami

Srila Prabhupada has given everything, we need only to have faith and eagerness to reach out for it and spread it to others – an act of devotion fueled by a spirit of compassion.

HH Candramauli Swami

Hearing and chanting the glories of the Supreme Lord in association with seriously minded saintly persons is the greatest treasure in this age of Kali, and service of the spiritual master and the pure devotees are the means for gaining release from maya.

HH Candramauli Swami

If we may have material desires, we should do two things: pray to get rid of them, and at the same time, when we get face to face with the opportunity to fulfill material desires, we say no, it’s not for me, Krishna. Because every time you say no, spiritual world becomes closer. And every time you say yes, you push it further away.

HH Candramauli Swami

A conditioned soul under the spell of material nature cannot understand that any action he performs for sense gratification is faulty and that only his activities in devotional service to the Lord can give him release from the reaction of faulty activities… One who desires material liberation has to turn his activities to devotional service. There is no alternative.

Srila Prabhupada in the purport to Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.27.3

A devotee always remembers Lord Krishna in all circumstances and does his best to serve accordingly, all else is up to Shri Krishna.

HH Candramauli Swami

Srila Prabhupada has opened up the entire spiritual world with the master key of his exemplary pure loving devotional service. We need only to hold on tightly to his lotus feet and pray to become the humble servants of the Vaishnavas.

HH Candramauli Swami

As soon as one surrenders and accepts the Lord’s mercy in the form of devotional service and tries his best to serve despite the difficulties and hardships, then there is an automatic decrease in the difficulties and hardships. Surrender, Surrender, Surrender. Always be in that mood. The rest is up to Shri Krishna.

HH Candramauli Swami

Why does the foolish living being continuously look toward the future for whatever he is looking for? Even so in Krishna consciousness, it is ‘later’. What about now? Live in the moment. Think of Sri Krishna and serve Him now. Now is the only time and thoughts of Lord Krishna are always now, not later.

HH Candramauli Swami

Srila Sanatana Gosvami is the ideal spiritual master, for he delivers one the shelter of the lotus feet of Madana-mohana. Even though one may be unable to travel on the field of Vrndavana due to forgetfulness of his relationship with the Supreme Personality of Godhead, he can get an adequate opportunity to stay in Vrndavana and derive all spiritual benefits by the mercy of Sanatana Gosvami

Srila Prabhupada in the purport to Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Adi-lila, 1.47

Srila Sanatana Gosvami is the ideal spiritual master, for he delivers one the shelter of the lotus feet of Madana-mohana. Even though one may be unable to travel on the field of Vrndavana due to forgetfulness of his relationship with the Supreme Personality of Godhead, he can get an adequate opportunity to stay in Vrndavana and derive all spiritual benefits by the mercy of Sanatana Gosvami

Srila Prabhupada in the purport to Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Adi-lila, 1.47

Srila Sanatana Gosvami is the ideal spiritual master, for he delivers one the shelter of the lotus feet of Madana-mohana. Even though one may be unable to travel on the field of Vrndavana due to forgetfulness of his relationship with the Supreme Personality of Godhead, he can get an adequate opportunity to stay in Vrndavana and derive all spiritual benefits by the mercy of Sanatana Gosvami

Srila Prabhupada in the purport to _Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Adi-lila_, 1.47

We sometimes look forward to the future. That may be alright. But that may also cause us to not be fully in the present. Lord Krishna and Krishna consciousness are available now. ‘In the future’ means to live in the medium of mental speculation – manodharma. Be here now.

HH Candramauli Swami

The giving and receiving of the mercy goes on simultaneously. The ability to give depends on how one is able to receive the mercy, but at the same time the act of giving generates a flow of mercy that is greater than the capacity of the giver. That is Lord Caitanya.

HH Candramauli Swami

Srila Prabhupada has opened up the door wide by tirelessly giving Sri Krishna’s mercy. It is up to us to take as much as we can handle. It is unlimited. Lord Krishna loves His pure devotees unlimitedly. Because of that we are blessed by the Lord if we simply try our best to follow.

HH Candramauli Swami

Always remember that the goal of this Krishna Consciousness practice is to awaken the eternal natural love for Krishna. There is no second goal. Through devotional service with surrender by hearing and chanting the Lord’s glories.

HH Candramauli Swami

The material body is the cause of our suffering. We compound that suffering by accepting material life as our source of happiness. And sex life further increases, compounds one’s suffering unendingly.

HH Candramauli Swami

Srila Prabhupada has opened up the spiritual world with all its variegatedness, enough to captivate one eternally. Why do we still look toward the things of this world, which are utterly tasteless? It’s just a bad habit that won’t go away. Kick it out with the enthusiastic chanting of Sri Krishna’s holy name.

HH Candramauli Swami

One must always cry, beg, plead and aspire only for mercy. Our only qualification is mercy. Fortunately Srila Prabhupada and Lord Caitanya are extremely merciful. But in understanding how one is dependent on receiving mercy, one should act as an instrument for that same mercy to others, for it is in giving that one receives.

HH Candramauli Swami

A devotee tries to make good of an apparently negative situation, a disturbance in the normal course of events or any situation which is undesirable. By succeeding, it brings great opportunity for Shri Krishna’s mercy to manifest.

HH Candramauli Swami

Unless we regularly hear, chant and associate with devotees in a mood of caring, sharing, friendship and love, we have missed the whole point. It is all about purification, not about complaining, arguing, criticizing, defeating and just plain dwelling at what we want to do or see happen. Better to chant Hare Krishna, take Krsna prasadam and be happy.

HH Candramauli Swami

Whether we accomplish a lot or a little, or whatever happens on a certain day, because we are trying to serve, that day is wonderful.

HH Candramauli Swami

As long as we are solely focused on ourselves we can understand very little of how to be Krsna conscious. Service means to serve in such a way that the object of your service is benefitted maximally. Krsna conscious means always conscious of Krishna.

HH Candramauli Swami

Be very, very careful and keep good watch on your mind, using the senses only for serving the Lord and His devotees. Maya is very tricky and very subtle. She can present illusion, wrong action, as right. Trnad api sunicena, this is the mood a devotee continuously cultivates.

HH Candramauli Swami

Krishna conscious practice is not simply following a pattern of activities and thoughts. It is a dynamic ongoing internal process of purification that requires constant attention to all aspects of one’s environment, association, needs. Remembering Krishna always gives one the discrimination and intelligence to act and speak beneficially.

HH Candramauli Swami

As Rupa Gosvami says and Srila Prabhupada emphasizes – always see how your time is being used. Do not waste a single moment of your time, yet make it free from the effects of the mode of passion.

HH Candramauli Swami

‘Always remember Me,’ Lord Krishna says. That should be our focus. Serve Shri Krishna, remember Shri Krishna and treat His devotees and others properly, correctly, with concern born of the mood of service in devotion.

HH Candramauli Swami

Whatever one may do should be done as an offering to the Lord, for the glorification of the Lord and the pleasure of His devotees. As long as some selfish motivation remains, it is not actually devotional service. To offer means for the pleasure of others.

HH Candramauli Swami

Do not be discouraged by where you are, be encouraged by where you are going.

HH Candramauli Swami

The Ekadasi day means to reduce bodily activity and chant the Holy Names throughout the day and night. Srila Prabhupada wanted devotees to increase their chanting on these days.

HH Candramauli Swami

Constant cultivation of devotion to guru and Krishna along with meditating on developing humility, pridelessness, tolerance and respect for others are the qualifications essential in order to be able to properly chant the Holy Name.

HH Candramauli Swami

Vaishnava seva is the way to please Lord Krishna and receive His mercy so one can relish chanting the Holy Names.

HH Candramauli Swami

All glories to the holy name of Krishna. “When the name Krishna enters on to one’s tongue, one desires millions of tongues, and when the name Krishna enters the ears, one desires millions of ears, and when it enters the courtyard of the heart, it conquers over the mind and all the senses become inert.” What glorification can even come close to the glories of the holy name of Krishna?

Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

Full faith in the name of Krishna is the topmost of all knowledge.

HH Candramauli Swami

When Lord Caitanya asked Sri Ramananda Raya: “What is the greatest unhappiness?” Ramananda Raya replied: “I know of no greater unhappiness than the separation from the devotees of the Lord.” Their presence is almost or as good as Krishna’s because they carry Sri Krishna in their heart of hearts.

HH Candramauli Swami

Just as a bee is always interested in the honey in the flower and does not consider the thorns and colors, highly qualified persons, who are uncommon, accept only the good qualities of others, not considering their bad qualities, whereas the common man can judge what are good qualities and what are bad qualities.

Srila Prabhupada

We gain greater appreciation, renewed spiritual sentiment when we hear how others are glorifying and expressing their gratitude to Srila Prabhupada. It is easy to become routine and forget how everything is a product of Srila Prabhupada’s mercy. So never stop hearing the glories of Srila Prabhupada. It is the most effective way to renew your love and commitment

HH Candramauli Swami

So long as the living entity is still attached to trying to enjoy the material activities by fruitive desires, he cannot become fearless because fearlessness comes when one gives up the idea that there is safety and satisfaction in this world. The only safety and satisfaction is the shelter of the Lord

HH Candramauli Swami

To see faults in others is easy and natural for a proud person. To always look for good qualities and to magnify them is the quality of a Vaisnava. Adosa-darsi. One who doesn’t see others’ faults. We need to work on that.

HH Candramauli Swami

The Supreme Lord is all-good and completely perfect. Success means to try one’s best to understand the plan of the Lord and act accordingly. Srila Prabhupada physically present would make everything clear. In his manifestation of aprakṛta, to know exactly how best to serve requires deeper contemplation and reflection. Nothing is lacking, only our sincerity.

HH Candramauli Swami

One should carefully control his mind, senses and speech. Speaking truthfully and beneficially, avoiding speech that offends, regularly reciting the scriptures. Austerity of speech, especially in this age, is very difficult. Fortunately we have been supremely blessed by the holy names of Sri Krishna and can relish His association eternally

HH Candramauli Swami

Every moment in Krishna consciousness is precious. Life is ticking away. ‘Both with the rising and the setting of the sun another day is lost and one is closer to death, except for one who engages himself in hearing the message of the all-good Personality of Godhead.’ (SB 2.3.17) Srila Prabhupada has given us everything; it is up to us to use it properly, wisely.

HH Candramauli Swami

Spiritual life means accepting some voluntary austerity for achieving eternal blissful life. We want easy life, but that is just a dream as material energy forces one to accept difficulties to just gain sense gratification which inevitably ends up in suffering.

HH Candramauli Swami

Spiritual life means entering into the family of Krishna. As Krishna is the Supreme Father of all living entities, so all living entities are our family members. Yet we have forgotten this and remain attached to material family life in the illusion that this will bring happiness when actually it is the cause of all of suffering. A well with no water.

HH Candramauli Swami

It is important to learn the art of hearing and practice that art, because hearing is an art. Is it hard to perfect the hearing process? Yes, because the mind is restless, stubborn, difficult and impossible to control. But by constant practice you can do it. Just give up useless material sense enjoyment and practice the process of hearing.

HH Candramauli Swami

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.” Early japa is blessed by Srimati Radharani and the previous acaryas. This is the key to making rapid advancement – chant early.

HH Candramauli Swami

The association of devotees, that is the fast track. It works very quickly to bring our consciousness back to its normal state of pure devotional service. To regularly hear and chant in the association of devotees, that is the essence.

HH Candramauli Swami

Tests are welcomed by devotees, because it gives them the opportunity to say no to Maya and surrender more to Kṛiṣhṇa

HH Candramauli Swami

How merciful is Lord Caitanya? That is beyond our ability to understand. Srila Prabhupada is a carrier of that mercy. Aspiring to be his loyal followers we must imbibe that same spirit. Give, give, give. It is difficult, but it is our way of appreciating what he has given us, and of course, increasing that appreciation.

HH Candramauli Swami

We can see the quality of our devotion in how we deal with the reversals.

HH Candramauli Swami

If you don’t follow the instructions of your spiritual master, who is acting on behalf of the Lord, you are actually saying no to Krishna.

HH Candramauli Swami

Wherever we are, whatever we are doing, simply by remembering Krishna we are with Him. And being with Him means you are no longer under the control of material energy.

HH Candramauli Swami

Saralata, or simplicity, is the first qualification of a Vaishnava, whereas duplicity or cunning behavior is a great offense against the principles of devotional service. It is better to remain in the species of birds and beasts than to obtain a human birth but allow duplicity to enter the heart.

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura

Tolerance is of two kinds – that of the difficulties and that of the niceties. We need to endure both.

HH Candramauli Swami

One should seek that association which brings one closer to Krishna and be the association to uplift others who need that mercy.

HH Candramauli Swami

We should develop attraction for more chanting. “This is the time I can meet Krishna.” Develop eagerness and then attraction for chanting.

HH Candramauli Swami

How do we associate? By keeping Krishna and devotional service in the center. Relationships based on something temporary are temporary, and those based on the eternal are eternal

HH Candramauli Swami

Enthusiastic for material activities and lazy when it comes to spiritual activities, we therefore remain caught up in a network of anxieties and never taste the happiness of spiritual life

HH Candramauli Swami

Everyone gets tested at every minute. There is a way to pass the tests – always think of Krishna.

HH Candramauli Swami

There are two things: the behavior and the philosophy. Philosophy is not enough. It is the behavior that makes the philosophy alive

HH Candramauli Swami

The essence of Krishna consciousness as far as the practice is concerned is ‘what pleases the spiritual master’.

HH Candramauli Swami

In the kirtana of the Holy Name, so much mercy is easily available, but we can miss it if we do not do two things: be eager for it and appreciate it.

HH Candramauli Swami

Service done with the attitude of attracting others to Krishna is preaching.

HH Candramauli Swami

Study of the Vedas does not bring one complete understanding of the knowledge. It is the service attitude that reveals the truth.

HH Candramauli Swami

Whatever service you are doing, put everything into it. Full attention, full enthusiasm. Life is meant to be lived, not watched

HH Candramauli Swami

When we are engaged in devotional service we are fully protected and uplifted by Guru’s and Sri Krishna’s mercy even if it is done imperfectly. When we act independently or for personal gain we are placed in an always precarious, somewhat dangerous situation.

HH Candramauli Swami

Attentive and submissive hearing from our spiritual master is our ticket back home to Godhead.

HH Candramauli Swami

What makes our devotional service perfect? Sincerity. Even if one carries out one’s devotional service imperfectly, just putting the sincere effort into it makes it perfect.

HH Candramauli Swami

There are unlimited opportunities to increase the quality of our service. We should always think of ways to improve. And that is how the sweetness in devotional service comes, with practice. So, work on perfecting your service.

HH Candramauli Swami

Lord Nrsimha will say, “Dear child! Sit down freely and live happily here in Sri Gauranga-dhama. May you nicely worship the Divine Couple, and may you develop loving attachment for Their holy names. By the mercy of My devotees, all obstacles are cast far away. With a purified heart, just perform the worship of Radha and Krsna, for such worship overflows with sweet nectar.”

Prayer by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura

Even though Lord Nrsimha is terrifying toward the sinful souls, He offers great auspiciousness unto the devotees of Lord Krishna headed by Prahlada Maharaja. When will He be pleased to speak words of compassion unto me, a worthless fool, and thereby make me fearless?

Prayer by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura

Weeping, I will beg at the lotus feet of Lord Nrsimha for the benediction of worshipping Radha and Krishna in Navadvipa, perfectly safe and free from all difficulties. When will this Lord Hari, whose terrible form strikes fear into fear itself, ever become pleased and show me His mercy?

Prayer by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura

When you get away from the idea to find faults, your life will become happy.

HH Candramauli Swami

All we can give Krishna is love through our desire to serve.

HH Candramauli Swami

Messages from the Ramayana

Bad association can mean hearing criticism of others, things which are against the principles of Vaishnava culture and practice. Never hear criticism, it is poison.

HH Candramauli Swami

Messages from the Ramayana

Be attached to the instructions of your superior. If you follow the instructions, no matter if there are failures, it is just a matter of time when you will reap success.

HH Candramauli Swami

Messages from the Ramayana

Association of non-devotees brings one more and more on the material platform. Association of devotees brings one back to the spiritual world.

HH Candramauli Swami

Messages from the Ramayana

When you make a commitment, the unforeseen becomes foreseen, the obstacles become opportunities and all the possibilities of success reveal themselves.

HH Candramauli Swami

Messages from the Ramayana

Faith in the spiritual master and Krishna is so powerful that all the conclusions of the Vedic scriptures are automatically revealed in one’s heart.

HH Candramauli Swami

Messages from the Ramayana

Uncertainty becomes joy when we welcome flexibility instead of a set of expectations.

HH Candramauli Swami

Messages from the Ramayana

Forgiveness is a tool that frees the anchor of frustration from the mud of revenge which allows one to sail the ocean of joy. The earlier in life one learns this, the better the life.

HH Candramauli Swami

Messages from the Ramayana

The laws of nature cannot be changed to accommodate someone’s whim. An oyster develops pearls in time. What is required is patience.

HH Candramauli Swami

Messages from the Ramayana

Empathizing is easiest not when you put yourself in the shoes of the person but when you enter the mood of that person. Understanding pain is not about undergoing pain.

HH Candramauli Swami

Messages from the Ramayana

The degree of details indicates the degree of love. The sign of love is in the precision of details.

HH Candramauli Swami

Messages from the Ramayana

Every word from the mouth of great souls is the truth or becomes the truth eventually. One can experience the power of the words of a great soul to the degree one has the patience to wait for its tangible manifestation in time.

HH Candramauli Swami

Messages from the Ramayana

The depth of contribution, the height of one’s value system and the width of tolerance determine the real size of a human being.

HH Candramauli Swami

Messages from the Ramayana

Just like a fish can drown in water in absence of oxygen, similarly a human is trapped in a mountain of pride when there is absence of humility.

HH Candramauli Swami

Associating with the Vaishnavas and serving them is the art of bhakti. Learn that art and grow in your personal spiritual life.

HH Candramauli Swami

If one is inattentive or lazy, one will lose his enthusiasm in bhakti. Srila Prabhupada said that out of the four activities of the body, the worst is oversleeping because it leads to the others and it wastes the most valuable thing you have in life: time.

HH Candramauli Swami

Spiritual master’s mercy are his instructions.

HH Candramauli Swami

Messages from the Ramayana

Sharp words cause mental wounds that don’t heal with time, but heal with timely love.

HH Candramauli Swami

Messages from the Ramayana

The enthusiasm to celebrate success is the greatest cause of many failures. Success can be achieved by enthusiasm but is sustained only when coupled with patience.

HH Candramauli Swami

Messages from the Ramayana

Knowledge with the wrong understanding of its application is worst than ignorance itself.

HH Candramauli Swami

We are in this material world because we want to do ‘our thing’. Stop doing your own thing and start doing Krishna’s thing.

HH Candramauli Swami

By austerities we can reach the platform of bhakti. In Krishna consciousness, austerities are two things: chanting the holy name of the Lord and associating with and serving the Vaishnavas – they can bring one to perfection.

HH Candramauli Swami

See each moment as the best of moments. Wherever you are now is the most important part of your life – because in this moment you can be fully Krishna conscious. Taking care of the present means that the future can be bright. Use every moment for Krsna consciousness; don’t waste time, time is precious

HH Candramauli Swami

There is an old saying: “Tell me who you associate with and I will tell you who you are.” We get strength from associating with devotees. Everything we need is in that association because there we will find Krishna.

HH Candramauli Swami

Messages from the Ramayana

Gravity amid praise and equanimity amid insult are two keys that open the padlock of triumph.

HH Candramauli Swami

Messages from the Ramayana

Excellence is a by-product of persistently choosing quality over quantity.
Srila Prabhupada stated: “Chant 16 good rounds.”

HH Candramauli Swami

Messages from the Ramayana

  • on the obvious and yet always hidden reality - time

Except for Krsna consciousness, everything else in this world is temporary. Each day is bringing us closer to death, reminding us not to hold onto the temporary. Holding on to Krishna is holding on to eternity.

HH Candramauli Swami

Messages from the Ramayana

Forgiveness is the fragrance that the Sandalwood tree leaves on the axe that cuts it, the stone that grinds it and in the smoke that burns it.

HH Candramauli Swami

Messages from the Ramayana

Just as pearls are strung on a string, diverse humans with individual shortcomings are held together through the thread of a higher pursuit - service to God and each other.

HH Candramauli Swami

Messages from the Ramayana

Everyone has good qualities and everyone has faults; it depends what you want to focus on. Try to find good in the bad and try not to see bad in the good.

HH Candramauli Swami

Messages from the Ramayana

The fundamental point of our success is to learn to accept the instructions of the superiors and carry them out with enthusiasm.

HH Candramauli Swami

Messages from the Ramayana

By bad association, one can lose one’s faith in Truth. To give up the association of non-devotees and accept the association of Vaishnavas, that is our first duty.

HH Candramauli Swami

Messages from the Ramayana

Those who dedicate their life for the welfare of others cannot expect a life of ease. As fire burns lumber, so sacrifice burns slumber

HH Candramauli Swami

Messages from the Ramayana

One of Lord Ramacandra’s names is Maryada-Purushottama - the Supreme Person, best of all persons; the perfect person who carries out the religious principles in the most ideal and exemplary way.

HH Candramauli Swami

Messages from the Ramayana

Questioning superiors gives a correct understanding when coupled with a submissive attitude.

Manthara used coercion as the way to get Keikeyi, her master, to submit to her demands.

HH Candramauli Swami

Messages from the Ramayana

One cannot appreciate the beauty of things when one’s lower nature prevails. Real vision is more the property of the heart than of the eyes.

HH Candramauli Swami

Messages from the Ramayana

True culture is to respect all. To respect only those useful to one’s personal interests is a feature of the false ego.

HH Candramauli Swami

If in a given day we take up the chanting of Hare Krishna, then our day is perfect.

HH Candramauli Swami

Srila Prabhupada would often tell us how important association with and cooperation with devotees is for our progress in Krsna consciousness by using the story in Aesop’s Fables of the bundle of sticks which when together cannot be broken but by taking each stick individually each one is easily broken. The value of association of devotees can only be underestimated.

HH Candramauli Swami

Bhakti is the path of faith, firm faith. ‘Sri Krishna will give me all protection, He protects what I have, carries what I lack.’ This kind of faith is very, very powerful.

HH Candramauli Swami

When everything is taken away due to the force of time, all that will remain is Krishna’s holy name. Why not make it our only possession even while we are still surrounded by the fortifications of our accumulated objects of desire. When Krishna’s name is all that remains, then we are truly possessed of the greatest good fortune.

HH Candramauli Swami

Nothing happens by accident. Everything happens for a reason. Even if you find yourself in a difficult situation. There is something you can learn from it, gain from it. And that is the positive aspect of that situation.

HH Candramauli Swami

Just before Srila Prabhupada left this planet, devotees asked him what would please him the most and he replied, “That you cooperate!” Cooperation does not mean, ‘What is my opinion, what is your opinion’, but what is Krishna’s opinion, or what is the spiritual master’s instruction. The highest and most complete principle of cooperation is to understand that we can fulfill all our needs by coming to a common ground, ‘What does Krishna want?’

HH Candramauli Swami

A devotee likes to feel completely helpless. He knows, “Whatever I have is the mercy of the Lord” and that at any time Krishna can take everything away, and in any moment he can give everything. That is Krishna - all powerful. So a devotee always knows that he is in a dependent situation.

HH Candramauli Swami

The knowledge of the scriptures inspires one towards personal sacrifice and personal sacrifice opens up the door to bhakti. And when one is situated in bhakti or when he is fully engaged in devotional service, austerity and knowledge automatically come.

HH Candramauli Swami

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

Srila Prabhupada

Grhastha devotees who are regularly earning money are required to regularly offer a percentage of their earnings to the temple or to support the preaching efforts. If this is neglected, then one will receive karmic reactions from the money earned. Please take this very seriously.

HH Candramauli Swami

We can learn how to awaken our love for Krishna by hearing about the love of others toward Sri Krishna. When we hear about the pure love of the residents of Sri Vrndavan Dham, its force acts powerfully upon our mind and heart.

HH Candramauli Swami

A devotee is conscious and cautious; conscious of Krishna and cautious of acting in a proper way.

HH Candramauli Swami

When one’s heart becomes soft, melted by the love of the Lord Sri Krishna one’s life is perfect.

HH Candramauli Swami

Whether it is easy or hard, pleasant or unpleasant, whatever the mindset or situation, always remain enthusiastic. The mind will dictate, complain, feel this or that. Never mind, just remember Sri Krishna and continue serving with a desire to please. With Srila Prabhupada guiding, we are secure.

HH Candramauli Swami

Lord Krishna told Arjuna four things: ‘’Think of Me, become My devotee, worship Me, offer your homage to Me, then I promise you will come to Me.” Sri Krishna is true to His promise.

HH Candramauli Swami

May the Supreme Lord who is known as the son of Srimati Saci-devi be transcendentally situated in the innermost chambers of your heart. Resplendent with the radiance of molten gold, He has appeared in the Age of Kali by His causeless mercy to bestow what no incarnation has ever offered before: the most sublime and radiant mellow of devotional service, the mellow of conjugal love.

Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Adi-lila 1.4

Lord Krishna says in Bhagavad-gita that the senses drag the mind of a man to their objects despite him having great intelligence. Sense objects are stumbling blocks, but only if we contemplate them. They are part of the illusion, and one must rise above them and become Krishna conscious. Therefore, practice detachment, determination and refusal to submit to the mind’s demands and attachments.

HH Candramauli Swami

In Kali-yuga, the boat is on rough waters, but Srila Prabhupada, the expert captain, is taking us across to the shore of Krishna-loka. May we always act according to his perfect instructions.

HH Candramauli Swami

In all cases, in every situation, at every minute, one must remember Krishna and depend on Him. Krishna consciousenss is a matter of constant practice, following scriptural directions and conduct that is conducive to devotion and devotional service.

HH Candramauli Swami

Humility - the skin that gives protection to the fruit of bhakti as it ripens.

HH Candramauli Swami

A person becomes great when he sees only the good qualities of others. This is not blindness, but one who sees only good in others is just like an expert geologist who can find gold buried within stone. By Srila Prabhupada’s mercy, we hope to attain this most precious vision.

HH Candramauli Swami

Sri Krishna is merciful when He gives us the opportunity for service but He is more merciful when He gives us challenges and apparent obstacles. This gives us the opportunity to deepen our dependence upon Him and our relationship with Him.

HH Candramauli Swami

Time is the imperceptible force that destroys everything material. We should harmonize our existence in accordance with the plan of the Lord, only then will the destructive nature of time take on another feature, wherein it will bring us closer to reality, back home, back to Godhead.

HH Candramauli Swami

When a devotee is in a calamitous condition, he takes it as a benediction of the Supreme Lord and takes responsibility himself for his past misdeeds. In such a condition, he offers still more devotional service and is not disturbed. One who lives in such a disposition of mind, engaged in devotional service, is the most eligible candidate for promotion to the spiritual world. In other words, such a devotee’s claim for promotion to the spiritual world is assured in all circumstances.

HH Candramauli Swami

Plan making; everyone is making plans in this world for success and happiness. Yet history teaches that all these plans, no matter who makes them and how grandiose they are, are all destroyed by time. One in knowledge makes a plan to find out the plan of the Lord; that is the only successful plan making.

HH Candramauli Swami

The rascal mind fights us continuously. We need to focus carefully on controlling the mind and senses and be very cautious in connection with sense objects. They are Maya’s powerful ammunition to kill the yogi. Although we are aspiring to love Krsna, still the mind and senses carry a separate agenda. Never ever trust the mind; it can cheat you, the soul, at any moment.

HH Candramauli Swami

Pride in victory, or moroseness in defeat, is useless. One should fully depend on the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is responsible for the victory and defeat of all living entities.

Srila Prabhupada

Our real problem is greed; greed to have and enjoy what does not actually belong to us. Everything is the property of God.

HH Candramauli Swami

Strive for the essence. To always remember Krishna and never forget Him is reality and real austerity.

HH Candramauli Swami

In our movement, the beginning of spiritual life is to surrender. If there is no surrender, then there is no advancement. This is the beginning. If surrender is lacking, then there is no beginning even, what to speak of advancement.

Srila Prabhupada

Try to keep yourself always engaged in service and very carefully control the mind and senses. Useless, unnecessary talk will only cause unhappiness and loss of Krishna consciousness. Don’t waste time.

HH Candramauli Swami

Quality japa focuses the mind properly. We must look forward to improved chanting by being eager to chant and to cultivate the proper mood. The Holy Name is the essence of everything as it is both Krishna and the yuga-dharma.

HH Candramauli Swami

One mistake of judgment often made by the neophyte devotees is that any time there is some disturbance or some difficulty, they are considering that the conditions or the external circumstances under which the difficulty took place are the cause of the difficulty itself. That is not the fact. In this material world, there is always some difficulty, no matter in this situation or that situation. Therefore simply by changing my status of occupation or my status of life; that will not help anything. Because the real fact is that if there is any difficulty with others, then that is my lack of Krishna consciousness, not theirs. Is this clear?

Srila Prabhupada

Ekadasi, known as the Mother of devotion, is very auspicious. Reducing bodily requirements and increasing chanting brings great advancement and renews one’s enthusiasm. It is a special opportunity to absorb ourselves more in Krishna’s holy name.

HH Candramauli Swami

One must always consciously and seriously pursue the proper attitude of devotion. To always try to think of Krishna with devotion and a mood of surrender.

HH Candramauli Swami

Srila Prabhupada has given us something that is priceless. It can only be bought with a lifetime of faith. The more we accept it and surrender to it, the more we can see Krishna smiling.

HH Candramauli Swami

The spiritual master speaks, but if we are not ready to hear, then it will do no good. We must be eager to hear and follow.

HH Candramauli Swami

When you love God, you see God everywhere.

HH Candramauli Swami

With steady determination and faith in the instructions of the spiritual master and Krishna’s holy names, one can perform the impossible. Srila Prabhupada did the impossible and so can those who follow him strictly, sincerely.

HH Candramauli Swami

We reflect on the temporary nature of everything, as man’s nature is to always see death for someone else. The fact is different. Human life means a time to prepare for death. If you are not ready now, then you have some work to do. Our fear is not using this life to the fullest and becoming routine in our service. Time is the friend of the devotee who is bringing him closer to his eternal Lord in loving devotional service.

HH Candramauli Swami

As Srila Prabhupada said, this material world is a horrible place. Why waste precious time trying to control it or to enjoy it? Use it in Krishna’s service and be free from its negativity and attain to eternal life free from all material bodies. This is the gift of Krishna consciousness.

HH Candramauli Swami

Those who give everything they can in whatever they do always find satisfaction in their life. Why should it be different when it comes to serving the orders of the spiritual master?

HH Candramauli Swami

The greatest of all faults is to imagine you have none.

HH Candramauli Swami

Our biggest problem is that we don’t trust the Lord and so we are always making plans for our happiness. Therefore we continue to struggle and are always bewildered.

HH Candramauli Swami

Everything belongs to Krishna, we belong to Krsna, whatever we have is coming from Krishna, and when we use these things for His service, these items become spiritual and bring happiness and progress, and Krsna then gives more of the same. A devotee is never in want.

HH Candramauli Swami

Humility is the ornament of a devotee’s character, but it must be grounded in the instructions of the spiritual master.

HH Candramauli Swami

Ignorance is the cause of material desires, material desires are the cause of bondage, bondage causes suffering and re-birth again in the material energy. Only a fool will think material life can provide happiness.

HH Candramauli Swami

We are insignificant and the service we render is the same, but Krishna is sooooo kind that He makes the insignificant appear significant. That is His love for His devotees.

HH Candramauli Swami

The difficulties, challenges and obstacles we encounter remain so when we forget Krishna and forget the goal of our activities, which is to please Krishna.

HH Candramauli Swami

What does it take? Enthusiasm, determination, patience, hearing, chanting the Lord’s glories, associating with devotees, avoiding non-devotee association and following the process as given by Srila Prabhupada and the previous acaryas.

HH Candramauli Swami

It seems, as time moves along, that many of the services and worship functions that were present in earlier ISKCON have lost importance, like honoring and discussing the Appearance Days of the Lord and specially the Appearance and Disappearance Days of the great Acaryas. Unless we do this, we will not appreciate or understand our Bhakti culture and its heritage.

HH Candramauli Swami

The instructions of the spiritual master are the instruction of the Lord. Krishna empowers His own will and desire to those who take His orders as their life and soul. Complete allegiance to the spiritual master is the perfection of Krishna consciousness.

HH Candramauli Swami

Preach, preach, preach; these are the words of Srila Prabhupada, to do it not as an extension of one’s false ego, but as a service to humanity with a desire to please Srila Prabhupada, the predecessor acaryas and ultimately the Supreme Lord.

HH Candramauli Swami

When we chase after our own happiness, we miss it. When we engage our life’s effort to make Krishna and others happy, we discover our own happiness.

HH Candramauli Swami

Krishna is always available through His holy names. Are we able to welcome Him into our hearts?

HH Candramauli Swami

Everything around us is constantly changing, but the Lord remains as He is, always attracting His devotees to His loving service. Live each moment in thoughts of Him, aspire to serve Him by serving His parts and parcels and take full shelter of His lotus feet and His holy name.

HH Candramauli Swami

Every moment used in the service has great value. Every time we surrender to sense gratification we stop our progress in Krishna consciousness and waste precious time.

HH Candramauli Swami

We, living entities, cannot be anything other than servants. All other roles are based on the false conception that ‘I am the enjoyer.’ We can either be a good or less than good servant, but only a servant.

HH Candramauli Swami

Srila Prabhupada said this movement can capture the whole world in 18 days, the only considerations is whether we are ready to surrender fully. That is the requirement. We should therefore pray to Krishna to give us His mercy in the form of intelligence to surrender to each situation in the mood of service to the Vaisnavas and the spreading of Krishna consciousness.

HH Candramauli Swami

Krishna says, “It is not that I live in the Kingdom of God, Vaikuntha; nor is it that I live in the heart of the yogi.” The yogi wants to find out where Krishna is within the heart. But Krishna says, “I am not in the abode in the spiritual sky, nor am I in the heart of the yogi.” Then where are You? Krishna says, “I stay where My pure devotees are chanting My glories.” That is Vrndavana.

HH Candramauli Swami

Each time we take time to help others in Krishna consciousness, we are simultaneously increasing our own knowledge, enthusiasm and devotion. To plant seeds is our business, and if just one of them produces just one serious Vaisnava, then our life is successful.

HH Candramauli Swami

The tendency of the conditioned soul is that he is never really satisfied, so he looks toward the future for happier times. If one on the spiritual path doesn’t correct this mentality, then he is no better than a foolish karmi who acts only for himself and is rarely satisfied. Therefore see each moment as an opportunity to serve the Lord and His devotees and realize that wherever you are and whatever you are doing now will mold the future. Be Kṛṣṇa conscious now. Serve to your fullest capacity now, and later will be a better now.

HH Candramauli Swami

The ‘’take mentality’’ will always bring dissatisfaction and unrest. We have to keep reminding ourselves that real spiritual life means to be situated in a mode of giving.

HH Candramauli Swami

Some days things just go the way of uncertainty, reverses, obstacles and situations which test our tolerance. What can one do but try to remember Kṛṣṇa. One who in this way remains steady in mind despite these reverses can get the mercy of the Lord.

HH Candramauli Swami

Association with devotees is the basis of one’s advancement in Krishna consciousness. When one is humble and free from the enjoying spirit, any devotee association is purifying. Of the many gifts Srila Prabhupada has given us, association of devotees is the source of everything else we do.

HH Candramauli Swami

We preach to the non-devotees: “If you just chant Hare Krishna and read our philosophy, your life will become sublime.” The same remedy applies to us. The only difference is we need to understand that it will work by increasing the medicine more and more.

HH Candramauli Swami

A first class disciple knows just what to do without being told. A second class carries out the instruction only when told and a third class thinks he knows what to do but always makes mistakes.

HH Candramauli Swami

At every moment we are faced with the choice whether to serve Krishna and Guru or the material energy. By listening to the many apparent ‘’good reasons’’ Maya dictates, we normally choose to follow Her. That’s our problem, therefore our advancement in Krishna consciousness is practically nil.

HH Candramauli Swami

Money is Lakshmi and it is meant to be used in the Lord’s service.If we fail in that, then guaranteed Maya will arrange to take it in multiple ways.

HH Candramauli Swami

Humility attracts the attention and mercy of the Lord. But what does it mean to become humble in the real sense of the word? One who is humble doesn’t expect anything but the opportunity to serve. As practice is the basis of successful action, so one has to practice becoming humble, because that is the nature of the soul in its true relationship with Krishna.

HH Candramauli Swami

The highest form of ecstatic love is only manifested in Sri Vrindavana Dhama, where Krishna is simply seen as the most attractive and beautiful boy of Vrindavana and where He loses all His aisvarya, all His oppulences, and His mood of awe and reverence. He becomes the best friend, the best son, and the best lover. The mood of Vrindavana is so sweet that the acaryas glorified it as the highest form of devotion

HH Candramauli Swami

Prabhupada used to say: “If you want to give something to Krishna, give it to Radharani. And Radharani will give it to Krishna.” If Radharani is pleased with your offering to Her, she will immediately offer that to Krishna, as your love for Him. So we approach Krishna through Radharani. Radharani’s mercy is the mercy of pure devotion to Krishna.

HH Candramauli Swami

Two things make the basis of surrender: to accept things favorable for executing devotional service and be careful to avoid the unfavorable things. By getting to know which principles to accept and which to reject, one will learn how devotional service is all-auspicious and develop the proper mood of bhakti.

HH Candramauli Swami

In devotional service, with the order comes the empowerment. A devotee knows: ‘I cannot do it, but Krishna can. If I can surrender to Krishna and pray to Him, then the most difficult things become not only easy, but a routine, by the mercy of the spiritual master.’

HH Candramauli Swami

We must make the desire of Srila Prabhupada and Krishna our foremost concern. Our life is one of devotion and devotion means to please the Lord and His beloved devotees.

HH Candramauli Swami

Srila Prabhupada saved us. We owe him everything and more. This is Lord Caitanya’s gift to us. We are blessed beyond imagination. Chant the Holy Names, that is the way to show our appreciation.

HH Candramauli Swami

In order to obtain the fruits of hearing the Bhagavatam, one should have faith in the words of the spiritual master and an attitude of humility about his own worth; he should be victorious over the flaws of the mind and have unswerving concentration on the topics he is hearing.

Padma Purana, found in Bhagavata-mahatmya 5.76

As long as one has a material body there will always be difficulties. One should control these difficulties so as they do not cause unnecessary disturbances to one’s spiritual growth. Therefore one must be diligently aware of how one is acting, speaking and thinking so as to be Krishna conscious in every situation. Krisha says, ‘Always think of Me’.

HH Candramauli Swami

Srila Prabhupada, the Holy Name and our devotional service. If we focus on these and develop a strong relationship with them, then actually all problems go away. Srila Prabhupada gave us everything and the means how to access it, we just have to go for it with enthusiasm.

HH Candramauli Swami

So although a physical body is not present, the vibration should be accepted as the presence of the spiritual master, vibration. What we have heard from the spiritual master, that is living.

Srila Prabhupada, Lecture Excerpt; Los Angeles, January 13, 1969

When the disciple chants 16 rounds and follows the 4 regulative principles the spiritual master is pleased. He is more pleased when there is regular daily service and most pleased when the disciple takes up the mission of preaching Krishna consciousness.

HH Candramauli Swami

Srila Prabhupada made a statement that “chanting Hare Krishna without following the process is like cooking with smoke.” Of course, when you get to that stage of purified consciousness you can just chant, but we cannot simply jump to that level, we cannot begin there. We must rise to that level by following the complete package as given by Srila Prabhupada: we must serve Vaishnavas, regularly hear Srimad-Bhagavatam, worship the Deity; we must follow the prescribed rules and regulations.

HH Candramauli Swami

Serve to your fullest each day, for each day is the only reality. Be here now. Live in the present, and the future will manifest according to how you act in the present. Each moment is another opportunity to improve your service and devotion. Devotion with intelligence, that is bhakti.

HH Candramauli Swami

The path of imperfection is the struggle with the mind and the senses in this material world, the struggle which simply leads to unhappiness and frustration. That is the nature of this world. It is temporary and miserable. And the light that gives illumination on the path of bhakti is transcendental knowledge, which helps us get out of the darkness.

HH Candramauli Swami

We are helpless, dependent. Krishna puts us in a helpless situation. He is arranging for us to get into that helpless situation, so we could awaken our actual relationship of dependence on Him.

HH Candramauli Swami

In my books the philosophy of Krishna consciousness is explained fully, so if there is anything which you do not understand, then you simply have to read again and again. By reading daily the knowledge will be revealed to you and by this process your spiritual life will develop.

HH Candramauli Swami

We must learn to accept the results of our activities as the mercy of Krishna. With this only can one live in devotional service and always remain positive.

HH Candramauli Swami

The biggest problem devotees have in chanting japa is that they are only waiting to finish it. That is the death of japa. We should take our time and try to nicely hear the Name.

HH Candramauli Swami

Life is natural and simple when we focus our all energy on service and depend on Krishna for the rest.

HH Candramauli Swami

The Holy Name is the means of success for all classes of men in all stages of life, in all situations, times, places, circumstances. It is the doubtless and fearless means of success.

HH Candramauli Swami

Through all our attempts at austerity, we must still be humble, carefully controlling the mind and senses. And most importantly, everything must be done as an offering to please the Supreme Lord Shri Krishna!

HH Candramauli Swami

The love and concern of the Vaisnavas is a strong stick of Krishna’s mercy that carries and nourishes us throughout our struggles, giving us strength and determination and attracting our heart to Him. One should always remember Krishna’s mercy in this way and never take it for granted, for it is very very precious and the source of all happiness in devotional life. Sadhu sanga with Krishna in the center.

HH Candramauli Swami

It is the duty of each and every one who has received Srila Prabhupada’s and Krishna’s mercy to be their instrument for giving Krishna consciousness to others. Do good to others by giving them a chance to perfect their lives in devotional service.

HH Candramauli Swami

Discomforts, sickness, cultural disorientation, climatory changes, whatever, we must continue to serve Srila Prabhupada’s mission despite all difficulties. That is our life and it is our greatest privilege.

HH Candramauli Swami

One cannot understand or truly evaluate the immense spiritual benefit of visiting the Holy places of Krishna’s or Lord Caitanya’s pastimes. Srila Prabhupada made great efforts to establish temples in Sri Vrndavan and Sri Mayapur and he very much wanted us, his devotees, to yearly visit and receive the mercy of these Holy Dhamas.

HH Candramauli Swami

Welcome the New Year by welcoming the Supreme Lord with harinam kirtan.
Kirtaniya sada hari

HH Candramauli Swami

We need to be strict in sense control, especially the tongue. Without control of the tongue all the other senses are aroused. Of course, our hope is to always depend on Krsna and always try to act in the best way possible. Krsna’s mercy is always available.

HH Candramauli Swami

If we want to follow the path of true auspiciousness, we should give up the countless opinions of people and only hear the words of the Vedas.

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura

We are trapped souls in the state of forgetfulness of Krishna and Krishna is giving you the chance now to re-establish your relationship with Him by this chanting process. So take full advantage of it and be happy.

Srila Prabhupada

Try to serve to make others happy, that is humility.

HH Candramauli Swami

To honor the Lord, the best way is to honor, glorify and serve His pure devotee.

HH Candramauli Swami

For a devotee, taking proper care of the material body means taking care of Krishna’s property so it can be used in the best possible way in His service.

HH Candramauli Swami

Read the Bhagavad-gita As It Is: Study it, distribute it, preach it, live it. It is the most important scripture in existence being the direct words of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Shri Krishna.

HH Candramauli Swami

Those who are actually advanced in knowledge are able to appreciate the essential value of this age of Kali. Such enlightened persons worship Kali-yuga because in this fallen age all perfection of life can easily be achieved by the performance of sankirtana.

Srimad-Bhagavatam, 11.5.36

Krishna is the epitome of beauty. The soul is part of Him and therefore very beautiful. Those who are not connected to Krishna by devotional service have lost their beauty; although their material body may appear attractive, it is factually ugly.

HH Candramauli Swami

Things that are very difficult to do become easy to execute if one somehow or other simply remembers Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. But if one does not remember Him, even easy things become very difficult. To this Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu I offer my respectful obeisances.

Sri Caitanya-caritamrta Adi-lila 14.1

The perfect father and mother know exactly what the child needs; therefore we should not ask for or try for anything material. It will be provided. A true devotee only asks to be engaged in devotional service.

HH Candramauli Swami

As long as one is not favored by the dust of the feet of pure devotees, he cannot even touch the path of devotional service, which is the solution to all the problems of material life.

Teachings of Lord Caitanya, Ch 11; SB 7.5.32

When faults in others misguide and delude you, have patience, introspect, find faults in yourself. Know that others cannot harm you unless you harm yourself.

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Gosvami Maharaja

Padam padam vipadam; the material world is simply a place of danger, and forgetfulness of Krishna is what causes it to be a reality in our life.

HH Candramauli Swami

The actual meaning of Deity darsan is to present oneself before the Lord in such a way that the Lord wants to see you.

HH Candramauli Swami

The disease is material desire, the cure offense-less chanting of Krishna’s holy name. Sri Caitanya-caritamrta states that if one is unable to finish his prescribed rounds, he is in a diseased condition.

HH Candramauli Swami

All, everything and anything wonderful is found completely and perfectly in the Personality of Krishna. Do you have the faith that this is the Absolute Truth?

HH Candramauli Swami

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 by following the process of devotional service, because the process of devotional service is the means by which you can develop in the chanting of the Holy Name. There are devotees who are chanting for 25 years but they are not advancing. Why? Because they are not following the process given by Srila Prabhupada.

HH Candramauli Swami

If one doesn’t have pure desire and instead acts on his material desires, he will never achieve pure devotional service and never become fixed in Krishna consciousness, because this attempt to fulfill his material desires will always drag him away from Krishna. So the process is to “desire purely”. And anyone can do that at any point of the devotional path, “My dear Lord, from now on I will remain fixed in your devotional service. No matter what!”

HH Candramauli Swami

Strength means intelligence.

Srila Prabhupada

If you lose your wealth,
you lose nothing.
If you lose your health,
you lose something.
If you lose your spiritual values,
you lose everything.
Our character defines the quality
of our relations.

HH Candramauli Swami

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura, one of the greatest astrologers of his time, gives information from the Siddhanta-siromani that this universe measures 18,712,069,200,000,000 x 8 miles. This is the circumference of this universe. From CC Madhya 21.84

Still the foolish living entity thinks himself important.

HH Candramauli Swami

A Vaishnava is someone who always depends on Krishna, on the mercy of the spiritual master, at every second. Every moment, every second, even millisecond. That is Krishna consciousness. Always feeling oneself dependent, helpless. Then Krishna pours His mercy into the heart of devotee.

HH Candramauli Swami

Srimad Bhagavatam is compared to the transcendental form of the Lord. “If one is serious about reading Srimad Bhagavatam, he must begin by seriously studying the first and second cantos.” (SB 4.24.52, purport)

HH Candramauli Swami

Two things to always forget: All the bad things others did to you and all the good things you did for others. Two things to always remember: Krishna’s holy name and that death can happen at any moment

HH Candramauli Swami

If one is purified by following Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s orders—that is, by chanting the holy name of Krishna—one must certainly be eager to render service to the Lord. This is the test. When one engages enthusiastically in the Lord’s service, it is to be understood that he is reaping the results of chanting the names of Krishna and Hari.

Sri Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya 16.188

Who is young? Who is old? One who has knowledge of the goal of life lives each day as if it were his last.

HH Candramauli Swami

As His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada said while in his last moments of life, ‘Don’t think this will not happen to you.’ When we look at our lives, do we see we live life that way or we act as it will go forever? One must always remember the temporary nature of this body and the precarious position we are in. Time gives no notice when it will strike.

HH Candramauli Swami

Our problems arise when we forget to chant or when we chant with an attitude of “when will I finish in order to do something better”. But what is better? This is s foolish statement born out of ignorance, a lack of clear vision. Chanting will be our activity in death, therefore it is of supreme importance. All glories to the Holy Name! We are fortunate, but we are unfortunate because we don’t fully utilize this most precious gift

HH Candramauli Swami

Self-assuredness is a characteristic of material life. We are always better situated when we remember our helpless situation and cry out for Krishna’s mercy.

HH Candramauli Swami

The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: My dear Uddhava, by associating with My pure devotees one can destroy one’s attachment for all objects of material sense gratification. Such purifying association brings Me under the control of My devotee. One may perform the astanga-yoga system, engage in philosophical analysis of the elements of material nature, practice nonviolence and other ordinary principles of piety, chant the Vedas, perform penances, take to the renounced order of life, execute sacrificial performances and dig wells, plant trees and perform other public welfare activities, give in charity, carry out severe vows, worship the demigods, chant confidential mantras, visit holy places or accept major and minor disciplinary injunctions, but even by performing such activities one does not bring Me under his control.

Srimad-Bhagavatam 11.12.1-2

The price of Krishna consciousness is eternal vigilance. We must always be eager and ready to serve despite all difficulties and other desires. One must be fixed in the concept of duty.

HH Candramauli Swami

Srila Prabhupada began his mission in the West at 70 years of age. In Krishna consciousness anything is possible provided one has great determination. Determination is the main feature of success.

HH Candramauli Swami

We have to deeply learn to act in Krishna consciousness by always seeing things through the eyes of the scriptures and the great souls who are always grateful for the opportunity for devotional service and see themselves as very fallen souls. That is our real position.

HH Candramauli Swami

Srila Prabhupada is so great, so kind and concerned for the struggling conditional souls that even almost three decades after his departure the arca vigraha forms of the Lord all over the world are continually showering Their mercy and beautiful darsan. Therefore let us reciprocate by attending the morning program and enthusiastically serve by chanting and dancing for Their pleasure.

HH Candramauli Swami

One of the characteristics of a devotee is to be introspective. One should seriously ask oneself, ‘What do I really want in life, Krishna?’

HH Candramauli Swami

The pure devotee, spiritual master, is our only well wisher and giver of God’s gift. The gift of devotional service, the gift of all gifts - love of Krishna.

HH Candramauli Swami

As Krishna’s lotus feet, when meditated on, destroy mountains of dirt from the mind, Srimati Radharani’s hand in blessing reliefs our fatigue and warms our hearts in devotion to Her.

HH Candramauli Swami

Bhakti means to work hard, to engage all your abilities and intelligence. But for what? Simply to please Krishna, simply to serve His devotees. That is bhakti.

HH Candramauli Swami

Srila Prabhupada’s glories are unlimited and each time we attempt to speak them, we learn more about this extraordinary personality. One can never really understand the glory and spiritual potency of Srila Prabhupada. Srila Prabhupada is the personification of all good qualities. And whatever good qualities we may develop and exhibit are coming through his loving mercy. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

HH Candramauli Swami

The main point is to learn how to respect each other. Each of us becomes respectable when we act according to how we are supposed to act. A brahmana is respected for his knowledge, a ksatriya for his prowess, a vaisya for his ability to increase the economic substance of a society, and sudra is respected for his dedication to those three higher orders in his service.

HH Candramauli Swami

Pure devotional service is the only way we can achieve full happiness. Yet 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 he remains fixed in devotional service. In other words, pure desire is as good as pure devotional service because it will gradually lead one to a purified existence.

HH Candramauli Swami

Of all the devotees, this Govardhana Hill is the best! O my friends, this hill supplies Krishna and Balarama, along with Their calves, cows and cowherd friends, with all kinds of necessities — water for drinking, very soft grass, caves, fruits, flowers and vegetables. In this way the hill offers respects to the Lord. Being touched by the lotus feet of Krishna and Balarama, Govardhana Hill appears very jubilant.

Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.21.18

The Vedic culture of respect goes for all categories, but especially towards the ladies. The woman has a source of energy and strength. So the more we honor our ladies and respect them, the more they will accept that and give strength, honor, encouragement, nourishment, and affection to all aspects of our devotional process.

HH Candramauli Swami

Srila Prabupada sings, ‘Only when Srimati Radharani is pleased with you is your devotional service successful.’ She is the full embodiment of devotional kindness.

HH Candramauli Swami

Often people approach the Supreme Lord for something material; some wealth, happiness, health. It is like approaching a wealthy person who tells you, ‘Ask anything you want, I will give it to you’, and you ask for 5 cents, when you can ask for much more. In the same way, we should approach the Lord for much more than material benefits, we should approach Him for His mercy. And what is this mercy? It is pure love of God and service to His lotus feet.

HH Candramauli Swami

If we want to know about God, we hear from God; we hear about God from God. Or if you hear about God from God’s pure devotee who speaks only about God and also knows God enough to speak about God, than that is the best form of knowledge. Therefore, to get the ultimate knowledge and to get the connection with God, we need to hear from God or from God’s devotee.

HH Candramauli Swami

The more one feels imperfect in Krishna’s service, the more he is advancing in Krishna consciousness. Even the topmost devotees feel they are inadequate in their service to the Lord. So it is good to feel inadequate, and to try harder to please Krishna with better service. But one should never feel, ‘Oh, I have seen Krishna, and so I have reached perfection’ – this is not Krishna consciousness.

Srila Prabhupada - Letter to Hamsaduta and Himavati, Los Angeles, March 3, 1968

No Time for Chanting and Reading

Many times we say, “I am doing too much service - I have no time for chanting and reading.” This mentality is completely karma-buddhi, fruitive mentality in the service of the Lord. We cannot understand that this conception of distinguishing between service and bhajan is like a bad smell coming out of our body. That’s why we never get the mercy of the spiritual master.

From an article by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati

Maya Danava said, “What has been destined by the Supreme lord for oneself, for others, or for both oneself and others, cannot be undone anywhere or by anyone, whether one be a demigod, a demon, a human being, or anyone else.”

Srila Prabhupada’s purport

Maya Danava said, “However I plan, you plan or both of us plan, the Lord has planned what is to happen. No one’s plan will be successful without His sanction.” We may make our own various plans, but unless they are sanctioned by the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Visnu, they will never be successful. Hundreds and millions of plans are made by all kinds of living entities, but without the sanction of the Supreme Lord they are futile.

(SB 7.10.64, verse and purport)

Prabhupada says that the quality of great souls, their outstanding quality, is that they can tolerate any circumstance no matter how difficult it may be. This is how you can tell one of the major outstanding qualities of a great soul - tolerance beyond the level of what we understand as tolerance.

HH Candramauli Swami

The Lord manifests His mercy in the form of allowing us to serve Him. We might sometimes think, “But why should I serve?” Why shouldn’t you? Service is the greatest benediction you can get. You can’t get anything higher than that - the opportunity to serve.

HH Candramauli Swami

Krishna comes to this world to manifest His Holy Dhama, to bring His pure devotees with Him, to perform His lilas here, all for the upliftment of the conditioned souls who are inclined to His service. It is a form of mercy. Out of all the qualities of the Supreme Absolute Truth, the most wonderful quality is His mercy.

HH Candramauli Swami

Even though society has grown in material amenities, material happiness and distress are the same. For a Vaishnava, he is indifferent to material happiness and distress as he enjoys the happiness of devotional service.

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati, Caitanya Bhagavata12.190, purport

Even though we are sitting on the treasure-house of devotion, we are sometimes still looking for a treasure-house of material life. But it is pale… dry… stale… rotten…

HH Candramauli Swami

Vrindavan is a place but also the state of pure Krishna consciousness. Always remember Krishna and you will always reside in Vrindavan.

HH Candramauli Swami

Materialistic studies are the glare of Maya only for they are an obstacle to spiritual progress. They create illusion in this material world and turn the living entity into an ass.

Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura from Kalyana Kalpataru

Asantatah – not satisfied or dissatisfaction

Three things one must be satisfied with:

Money, Wife, Food

Three things that one should never be satisfied enough with:

Chanting the Holy Name.
Speaking the glories of Krishna
Giving in Charity

HH Candramauli Swami

We are in such a situation where we have been given a possibility to come to the highest level of spiritual attainment. Caitanya Mahaprabhu is the entrance into that realm. When we take shelter of Caitanya Mahaprabhu, then the whole process of bhakti reveals itself more and more.

HH Candramauli Swami

Srila Prabhupada wrote to Satsvarupa Maharaja that “by always writing, one’s language will be sharper when he preaches, and one will be forced in choosing words to think of Krishna. Topics later used, early versions of books, bases for philosophic themes are constantly developed as he writes.”

HH Candramauli Swami

Sickness can be both hellish and very rewarding. When we have a strong atmosphere of love and concern among devotees, it is rewarding. When that is absent, the misery of sickness is compounded.

HH Radhanath Swami

Our schedule should always leave sufficient time for hearing, chanting and reading Srila Prabhupada’s books.

HH Candramauli Swami

Culture is the means to decrease the tendency of the living being to act on his animal propensities and to uplift one toward his godly propensities. The essence of the Vedic Culture is spiritual. In Western societies there is only animal culture.

HH Candramauli Swami

During the daytime we are illusion-ed by our gross body, and at night by our subtle body. Material life is simply illusion. The scriptures say: tamasi ma jyotir gama, “Don’t remain in this darkness. Go to the light”. The only reality is Krishna.

HH Candramauli Swami

Are we surrendered? Here is the checklist

“The six aspects of full surrender to Krsna are (1) accepting things favorable for devotional service, (2) rejecting things unfavorable for devotional service, (3) believing firmly in the Lord’s protection, (4) feeling exclusively dependent on the mercy of the Lord for one’s maintenance, (5) having no interest separate from that of the Lord, and (6) always feeling meek and humble before the Lord.”

Quote from the Hari-bhakti-vilasa 11.417

We have to understand that Krishna’s love is more than everyone’s love combined. If you could put all the love together, of all living entities, in one place and try to total it, that would be a drop of Krishna’s love. Insignificant… So you can imagine the love Krishna has for His devotees. We can’t imagine. We can just talk about it, how wonderful it is.

HH Candramauli Swami

Simply by one’s own effort, no one in this world can overcome distraction. Such a victory can only come by Your merciful blessings. It is impossible for any jiva to overcome inattention [in japa] by personal effort. By Your mercy, oh Lord, it can be accomplished very easily. Therefore it is absolutely necessary to beg for Your grace with great humility, for this is the only means of salvation.

Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura

It is simply by cooperation we can do very big thing. “United we stand; divided we fall.” This is our…. So be strong in pushing on Krishna consciousness, and Krishna will help.

Srila Prabhupada - March 16,1976 Mayapur

Human life is actually a preparation for death, as death will direct us to our next body. Therefore one who is actually in knowledge lives each moment as if it was his last by always keeping Krishna in our front.

HH Candramauli Swami

Why we exist.

Why is there a need to create the spiritual sparks? The answer can be given in this way: Since the Absolute Personality of Godhead is omnipotent, He has both unlimited and limited potencies. This is the meaning of omnipotent. If the Personality of Godhead did not possess both limited and unlimited energies, He could not be called omnipotent.

CC Adi 7.116, purport

We should at least once a year visit the pastime places of Lord Krishna and Lord Caitanaya. To visit Holy places is a regulative principle.

HH Candramauli Swami

By finding faults with others our mind becomes disturbed, polluted and leads to offense. By finding fault within oneself we become aware of our own faults and we begin the process for correction. Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu says, “I give My full mercy to those who always chant the Holy Names and do not find fault with others.

HH Candramauli Swami

Why don’t we read Srila Prabhupada’s books? Laziness or just not interested. It’s a disease.

HH Candramauli Swami

True cooperation exist only on a spiritual level or on the level of following instructions of the spiritual master. Love means to serve, love means to cooperate.

HH Candramauli Swami

The mind likes to go where it wants to go, it will take you everywhere. But by the process of attentive haring we can focus the mind on Krishna. Maharaj Pariksit was going to die in 7 days, and what did he do? He left everything and went to hear about Krishna thinking, “When I am dying I want to think about Krishna and attain Him.” And that is the perfection of life, to think about Krishna at the moment of death and go back to the spiritual world.

HH Candramauli Swami

We need to take shelter of Krishna and beg for His mercy at every moment. It is a moment to moment thing.

HH Candramauli Swami

Unalloyed love for God means love that is not tinged by desire for material benefit, nor for fruitive results. Unalloyed love is to know, “God is great, I am His part and parcel, and therefore He is my supreme lovable object.”…If one reaches this point – God is my only beloved, Krishna is the only lovable object – then one’s life is perfect. And when one tastes that transcendental relationship with Krishna, then one feels real happiness.

Srila Prabhupada, The Science of Self-Realization

Maya is strong! This understanding gives one the urgency to call out for Krishna.

HH Candramauli Swami

The nature of the Vaisnava is compassion. It means that they want to see others become Krishna conscious and they also want to help others become Krishna conscious. That is called compassion.

HH Candramauli Swami

This world is simply a dream, material happiness is only an idea. Time is the passing of this rotting body. Devotional service is Reality. Krishna is waiting.

HH Candramauli Swami

We must always be eager and ready to serve, despite all difficulties and other desires. One must be fixed in this concept of duty.

HH Candramauli Swami

Krishna said, “Once you return to Me, then you will understand that all the hardships you encountered were worth it”.

HH Candramauli Swami

It is a good idea to always carry reading material everywhere and in this way utilize the time for reading whenever the opportunity arises. Reading Srila Prabhpada’s books increases one’s ability to preach and also absorbs the mind in transcendence, and it is essential to stay fresh in Krsna consciousness.

HH Candramauli Swami

The more you make advancement, the more you are aware how far you have to go.

HH Candramauli Swami

Personal Values:

Best day - TODAY
Greatest comfort - WORK WELL DONE
Best teacher - ONE WHO MAKES YOU WANT TO LEARN
Best gift - FORGIVENESS
Greatest happiness - PLEASING SERVICE TO OTHERS
Most valuable treasure - KRSNA’S HOLY NAME
Greatest knowledge - KNOWLEDGE OF KRSNA
Greatest achievement - LOVE OF KRSNA

HH Candramauli Swami

Personal Values (from the negative side):

Greatest handicap - FEAR
Easiest thing to do - FIND FAULT
Greatest mistake - GIVING UP
Greatest stumbling block - EGOISM
Most disagreeable person - COMPLAINER
Worst bankruptcy - LOSS OF ENTHUSIASM
Meanest feeling - REGRET OF OTHERS’ SUCCESS

HH Candramauli Swami

Whatever is outside of Krishna is simply the dance of maya, a shadow of the reality only.

HH Candramauli Swami

When chanting mantras or offering prayers, a devotee should be aware of their meaning and also of the goal. Both sadhya (goal) and sadhana (means to attain the goal) must be in there, otherwise we will achieve very little, or something different, from the activity.

HH Candramauli Swami

Those who criticize others drink poison. Those who praise others drink nectar.

HH Candramauli Swami

All glories to Srimati Radharani who is love personified as She mercifully distributes Krishna love for all! May Srimati Radharani’s love for Krishna be our source of constant devotion.

HH Candramauli Swami

Krishna is not seeing your body, He is seeing you! He sees your heart and the condition of your consciousness. He wants to see your devotion; that is, your enthusiasm for service.

How enthusiastic are you to serve?

HH Candramauli Swami

Urdhva pundra or Vaishnava tilak. Wearing the markings is a sign of surrender to the Lord indicating the body is a temple of the Lord rather than my property for enjoyment. Sri Citanya Mahaprabhu has stated, “A forehead without tilak is a crematorium, a dead body.”

HH Candramauli Swami

Dharmo raksita raksitaha. If you protect dharma, dharma will protect you. One who lives by eternal religious principles lives happily.

HH Candramauli Swami

Krishna’s Holy Name is more brilliant than millions of suns. By carefully avoiding offenses while chanting we remain in the sunlight of His everlasting spiritual brilliance.

HH Candramauli Swami

Srila Prabhupada would always say, “Initiation means beginning”, the beginning of spiritual life. Actually the process of initiation is ongoing and is only complete when it reaches full surrender.

HH Candramauli Swami

If one is working to their ability, their capacity, that’s the best, that’s perfection. Because Krishna doesn’t see so much the results, He sees how hard you try. That’s all. The perfection of devotional service is whatever Krishna gives you. He gives you some time, some facilities, some resources, He gives you intelligence, abilities… Use it for service, that’s perfection. It’s not how much you have, what you have, it’s how you use it in His service.

HH Candramauli Swami

Sometimes we think that this service is better or more desirable than that service. But service is service. Because whatever pleases the Supreme Lord, that’s the perfection of our life. Whatever you do, if it’s done with devotion, and devotion means enthusiasm, than that’s perfection.

HH Candramauli Swami

When devotees cooperate and work together in a friendly manner, trying to serve, Krishna arranges things in such a way that everything works nicely. As soon as there is cooperation, amazing things happen by Krishna’s arrangement.

HH Candramauli Swami

If we take shelter of the lotus feet of the spiritual master, we can become free from illusion, fear and distress. If we wholeheartedly beg for his mercy without any deceit, then the spiritual master bestows all auspiciousness upon us.

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati

The USA remembers this day in 2001 as a day of mourning. Those who are actually in knowledge understand the material world is always a dangerous place, and rather than mourn they chant Hare Krishna and always read Srimad Bhagavatam.

HH Candramauli Swami

Take shelter of the lotus feet of Lord Nityananda and feel cooling relief from the burning fire of material existence which destroys all the good qualities of the human being.

HH Candramauli Swami

Everything you are looking for, you can find it in the Holy Name. Therefore; chant, chant, chant!

HH Candramauli Swami

Devotees should always give credit to Krishna and to others, simply being happy with the opportunity to serve.

HH Candramauli Swami

Our great fortune to have come in contact with Srila Prabhupada cannot be estimated. He carries the full mercy of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, capable of bringing all souls Back to Krishna.

HH Candramauli Swami

Today’s occasion is a wonderful opportunity to glorify Srila Prabhupada. The glorification of Srila Prabhupada is means for pleasing Krsna. And, of course, as we remember His Divine Grace, we remember his instructions, and that is essential for our spiritual growth.

HH Candramauli Swami

O Krishna, those who continuously hear, chant and repeat Your transcendental activities, or take pleasure in others’ doing so, certainly see Your lotus feet, which alone can stop the repetition of birth and death.

SB 1.8.36 – Prayers by Queen Kunti

Don’t be lazy or self-complacent; push yourself, that is Krishna consciousness. But always know Krishna is in control, and depend on Him in all circumstances.

HH Candramauli Swami

A person who gives up the spiritual for the temporary, material - loses both.

HH Candramauli Swami

Srila Prabhupada’s life mission included giving us transcendental knowledge in the form of his books and lectures. If we neglect the regular daily reading of Srila Prabhupada’s books, we are likened to a person who is given a valuable gift, yet is ungrateful to the giver.

HH Candramauli Swami

It’s appropriate that a disciple wants to offer worship of the spiritual master on his Vyasa Puja. Talks and eulogies and fruits and flowers do not constitute worship of the Guru. Actual worship is executed by the disciples who dedicate their life to following the order of their spiritual. That is actual worship. If that is not there everything else has little or no value.

HH Candramauli Swami

Material desires are not a disqualification for performing devotional service, as long as we do not act upon them. The disqualification is if one tries to fulfill them through devotional service. Just serve the Lord for the Lord’s pleasure.

HH Candramauli Swami

How can you tell if someone is advanced? By how much they are developing the qualities of a Vaishnava, and how eager they are to serve.

HH Candramauli Swami

To keep the body strong, we need food. The soul also needs food: the transcendental sound vibration. It will make us grow and grow, until we become souls in love with Krishna.

HH Candramauli Swami

If you want to change others, change yourself, because by changing yourself, you will see others differently.

HH Candramauli Swami

My dear King, when Krishna’s devotees dance in kirtana, they destroy the inauspiciousness of the earth by the touch of their feet, the directions by their glance, and the higher planetary systems by their upraised arms.

Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur, Caitanya Bhagavata adi 2.184, also found in the Padma Purana and in the Hari-bhakti-sudhodaya (20.68)

Devotional service works in such a way that one either goes up or he goes down. You cannot stay at one place. If you try to make advancement, you will. But, as soon as you start taking it lightly, or become proud, you will go down. Always endeavor to move upward.

HH Candramauli Swami

If you want to be happy, don’t try for it, but instead try to make others happy. The mood of service brings about the mood of happiness. That is Krishna consciousness.

HH Candramauli Swami

Forget two things and remember two things. Forget all the bad things done by others to you, and forget all the good things you have done for others. Remember always Krishna’s Holy Name and always remember death is ready to strike at any moment. When we live each moment as our last, we will do what is most important.

HH Candramauli Swami

The more we try and give Krishna to others, Krishna reciprocally gives Himself to us. One who sees himself in others actually sees.

HH Candramauli Swami

Everything that is spiritually valuable is found in the association of devotees. Why we are not eager for association is a feature of the false ego’s defense system.

HH Candramauli Swami

Prabhupada writes that to hear in an absorbed way with rapt attention, you need to be pure in mind. Otherwise you cannot do it. And to be pure in mind, you need to be pure in action. And in order to be pure in action, you need to be pure in eating, sleeping, mating and defending. Always strive for regulation. Regulation is essential for good health, sadhana and efficient service.

HH Candramauli Swami

It is due to volumes of mercy coming from the Lord through His pure devotee that we are able to have the opportunity to engage in devotional service. Devotional service is a great privilege. It is very rarely attained.

HH Candramauli Swami

Satisfaction in Krishna consciousness comes by fully concentrating on the nature of one’s service. The more one fully concentrates on the nature of one’s service, the more one goes deeper into the service and can feel the presence of Krishna through that service. Without trying to put our heart, soul, intelligence and efforts into it, we don’t really experience the happiness that comes by way of that activity.

HH Candramauli Swami

A very great mystery that should be understood within Vaisnava culture is that the obstacles that the Lord puts on the devotees’ path are specially meant to increase the Krishna consciousness of those devotees and to glorify them. Therefore, the devotees are never discouraged because we are servants; we are ready to serve Krishna in any way, and at any time according to His desire.

HH Candramauli Swami

One should never deviate from the instructions of one’s spiritual master. Understand this principle and you will never become discouraged in devotional service.

HH Candramauli Swami

A person who is a householder but is initiated by a sannyasi has the duty to spread Krishna consciousness at home; he should call his friends and neighbors to his house and hold classes. Holding a class means chanting the holy name of Krishna and speaking from Bhagavad-gita or Srimad-Bhagavatam. It is the duty of each and every householder to learn about Krishna from his sannyasi spiritual master.

Srila Prabhupada, SB 3.21.31, purport

Through chanting, one can associate with Krishna. What better association can we get?

HH Candramauli Swami

Never be discouraged by low results or no results. Our determination should never waver in the face of success or failure. Just try your best.

HH Candramauli Swami

If we become overly involved with our problems, the mind gets diverted. All our problems disappear when we give Krishna consciousness to others. Preach, preach, preach!

HH Candramauli Swami

We are all dear to the Lord, but those who bring others to the Lord are most dear to Him. The perfect example are the gopis; their mood is to bring others to Krishna so they can have loving exchange with the Lord. That is Krishna consciousness.

HH Candramauli Swami

One who lives for the mission of the spiritual master lives with his spiritual master. Association does not mean physical proximity.

HH Candramauli Swami

Do your service in the mood that others will get inspired by it. Bhakti means quality. Our results do not need to be perfect; as long as we earnestly endeavor to put in quality, that is bhakti.

HH Candramauli Swami

Determination is the main feature of success. It means to use your intelligence to apply Krishna consciousness in each and every situation.

HH Candramauli Swami

Grhastha devotees, however, are generally engaged in material activities, and therefore if they do not take to Deity worship, their falling down is positively assured.

Srila Prabhupada, SB 7.5.23-24, purport

Never become discouraged and your return to Godhead is guaranteed. The only way to fail in Krishna consciousness is to quit.

HH Candramauli Swami

Every devotee’s duty is to act in such a way that their behavior is the standard of Krishna consciousness. It attracts others to want to hear and follow.

HH Candramauli Swami

Phones are called cell; a cell is also a place of lock up in a prison. Computers put us on the net; net is something you catch things in. The net is consisting of many webs; webs are how spiders catch their prey. Maya is explaining just how she captures us.

HH Candramauli Swami

The spiritual master is pleased when we try our best to follow instruction and remain humble. Humility opens the door wide to Krishna’s mercy and Krishna’s mercy comes through the spiritual master. When the spiritual master is pleased we make advancement.

HH Candramauli Swami

Each day we should take rest looking forward to another day of service. This should be our mind set, never becoming complacent, lazy or self-assured. Always chase after Krishna in a mood of service and surrender.

HH Candramauli Swami

Everything belongs to Krishna, so keep the body healthy for His service. For health: eat simply, exercise regularly and maintain a regulated lifestyle.

HH Candramauli Swami

A good way to keep attention on improving our japa is to everyday write down what was the overall quality of our chanting. Critique yourself on quality, quantity, time chanted, anything that will assist in improving japa. Read about the glories of the Holy Name and speak with other devotees about your chanting. Here is where we can improve our Krsna consciousness overall.

HH Candramauli Swami

Nothing material has any value to Krishna. He owns it all, but He is eager to reciprocate to our service in love.

HH Candramauli Swami

Ekadasi is deemed the Mother of Devotion. Making it like any other day or simply a day of denial of grains is offensive.

HH Candramauli Swami

To break a strong habit takes time and it requires determination and Krishna’s mercy. As time goes on, old habits become deeply embedded in our way of acting. One’s sincere prayer along with steady chanting of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra begins to uproot them. Be determined and have patience.

HH Candramauli Swami

One should establish a solid base for Krishna consciousness. Foundation is chanting Hare Krishna and loving Vaishnava relationships. All others system of improvement must include these things along with strong sadhana.

HH Candramauli Swami

No Time for Chanting and Reading

“Many times we say, ‘I am doing too much service - I have no time for chanting and reading.’ This mentality is completely karma-buddhi, fruitive mentality in the service of the Lord. We cannot understand that this conception of distinguishing between service and bhajan is like a bad smell coming out of our body. That’s why we never get the mercy of the spiritual master.”

Oriya article by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati

The holy name of Krishna is our real friend, all that we need. Let it be our meditation in life, so that when death comes it is hardly noticed.

HH Candramauli Swami

Despite the disturbing dualities of the material world, devotees are not disturbed at all. Because they fix their minds on the lotus feet of the Lord and concentrate on the holy name of the Lord, they do not feel the so-called pains and pleasures caused by the dualities of this material world. Srimad Bhagavatam 6.17.29, purport

Srila Prabhupada

The false ego’s job is to make you feel important. A tiny little insect who is simply giving trouble to others and pretends to be great or do something great. The false ego is so strong and simultaneously so subtle. Therefore we need to always remember how useless and insignificant we are.

HH Candramauli Swami

As it was explained by one senior devotee, “The false ego is compared to a big rusty noise making tank that consumes a lot of gas, is very slow and in constant need of repair.” To get rid of the false ego we must have the mercy of Krishna coming through the parampara system. Otherwise the big tank remains weighing us down.

HH Candramauli Swami

When chanting japa one’s mind sometimes thinks about what and how one will carry out one’s service. But through Krishna’s Holy Name everything is accomplished. By concentrating on Krishna, He does everything. Therefore the best way to plan out one’s service is to absorb oneself in Krishna’s Holy Name. Krishna is the only doer and everything is easily understood and accomplished through the Holy Name.

HH Candramauli Swami

A lackadaisical attitude toward spiritual activities is a horrible disease, it can only be cured by senior devotee association.

HH Candramauli Swami

This world is dangerous and our existence in this body is also dangerously threatened. Our only hope is the mercy and protection of the Lord and our only prayer is to never forget Him, ‘O Lord, I simply plead my case. Please, help me to always remember You.’

HH Candramauli Swami

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati says, “Your mind is a non-devotee! And you should not associate with non-devotees.” Therefore, we have to preach to the mind and make it a devotee by constantly bringing it back to the lotus feet of the Lord.

HH Candramauli Swami

A devotee of the Lord is in knowledge and he knows that this material world is a dangerous place. Alongside, he feels pain for those who suffer, knowing that until they take to Krishna consciousness, they live a very risky and precarious existence. Take shelter of Krishna’s Holy Name and be happy.

HH Candramauli Swami

A devotee wants to use each moment for the ultimate goal. Don’t waste time, it is like throwing away the most valuable commodity. We should always be serving Krishna in Krishna consciousness.

HH Candramauli Swami

A devotee is always careful to avoid the severest of all aparadhas, Vaishnava aparadha. Whatever advancement one makes can be halted and obliterated by Vaishnava aparadha. One must always be in a mood to offer respect to others and not expect any for oneself. If we always act according to this, then our devotional service will be very progressive.

HH Candramauli Swami

Krishna consciousness is based on love and trust and, as Srila Prabhupada often said, “working together within the present structure” in order to bring about the greatest benefit to all.

HH Candramauli Swami

Anyone who desires to go back home, back to Godhead, has to learn to be tolerant and forbearing. That is the instruction of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. (Srila Prabhupada) How tolerant? There is no limit.

HH Candramauli Swami

Simple living allows for high thinking, the practical lifestyle that is conducive to the practice of Krishna consciousness. Otherwise we have to unnecessary struggle and waste life’s precious time.

HH Candramauli Swami

More than anything else we are dependent on the mercy of Krishna coming through Srila Prabhupada. We pray to be able to recognize how to take that mercy and offer it back in the form of devotional service. That is pleasing to the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

HH Candramauli Swami

By giving others Krishna, one is recognized by Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Being recognized by Mahaprabhu, your life has become perfect.

HH Candramauli Swami

Srila Prabhupada would tell us, “You western devotees do not fear maya enough”. A healthy fear of maya inspires caution in everything we do and brings shelter at the lotus feet of Krishna.

HH Candramauli Swami

Real independence means declaring our full dependence on Guru and Krishna.

HH Candramauli Swami

Everyone who has an opinion of a particular situation can only see partially. The complete perspective is beyond one’s knowledge and intelligence. Therefore, in trying to adjust a situation to facilitate increased opportunities for Krishna consciousness, in all cases one must base everything on the instructions of s spiritual master.

HH Candramauli Swami

We can say for sure that existence in this body is temporary and time is bringing us closer to its inevitable end. As devotees, Krishna gives us assurance of His complete protection, but from the point of concern, we must live each moment as if it were our last, and in that way become serious to keep attention on Krishna and devotional service.

HH Candramauli Swami

Our day has meaning when we are able to give others happiness and inspiration in their devotional life.

HH Candramauli Swami

Lord Krishna spoke to Lord Brahma:
“The highest devotion is attained by slow degrees by the method of constant endeavor for self-realization with the help of scriptural evidence, theistic conduct and perseverance in practice”.
The essential quality within theistic conduct is humility.

HH Candramauli Swami

Vaishnava philosophy heals the mind and Vaishnava care heals the heart. Strong philosophical mind and a loving soft heart.

HH Candramauli Swami

A devotee’s only fear is that he is cautious not to become victimized by the material energy. Therefore he is conscious of Krishna always and seeks shelter at His lotus feet.

HH Candramauli Swami

The conditioned soul has material attachments, anarthas and also makes mistakes and commits offences. These are not disqualifications for practicing devotional service. Everyone is encouraged to practice to purify their heart and mind and awaken pure love for Krishna which is what we really want and need.

HH Candramauli Swami

Those who are truly fortunate are those who are always engaged in serving the Vaishnavas.

HH Candramauli Swami

Material life produces only dissatisfaction. Devotees can find satisfaction in any situation because they remember Krishna’s holy name.

HH Candramauli Swami

One of the main duties of a grhastha is to invite saintly devotees and hold Krishna consciousness programs. Association of devotees and hearing and chanting give us life, enthusiasm and happiness.

HH Candramauli Swami

A women is considered virtuous and chaste when she follows the directions of her husband. A disciple is blessed when he adheres strictly to the guidance of his spiritual master. Srila Prabhupada’s ISKCON is sufficient for all our spiritual advancement. We need not look anywhere else.

HH Candramauli Swami

As soon as one gives up the desire for material sense gratification and engages in devotional service, one feels the happiness of the soul’s relationship with Krishna.

HH Candramauli Swami

Vaisnava relationships are the basis of Krsna consciousness and their quality is one’s strength in devotional life. As we get the mercy and the favor of the Vaisnavas we get the Lord’s mercy.

HH Candramauli Swami

If we are more concerned about our family life than our service to Krishna next life we will get another family to continue our concern.

HH Candramauli Swami

Service is the greatest benediction one can get. Lord wants to satisfy His devotees, so He gives us opportunity for service. That is our good fortune.

HH Candramauli Swami

Krishna consciousness at time means getting out of our comfort zone and doing something for Srila Prabhupada’s movement. We want to be able to be recognized by Krishna; that is the way. Human life is fulfilled when we sacrifice for the benefit of others.

HH Candramauli Swami

Vaishnava’s culture puts great emphasis on honoring, glorifying and worshiping the saints of the past. Their words are the pathway to Krishna and their lives the perfect examples of pure devotional service.

HH Candramauli Swami

When we blame others for what happens to us, we lose the opportunity to correct the problem. As Srila Prabhupada said, “Do not be disturbed by the instrument of your karma.”

HH Candramauli Swami

A devotee who accepts reverses in life as the arrangement of the Lord will always make spiritual progress in any and every circumstance.

HH Candramauli Swami

Sincerity is the key that opens up the unlimited storehouse of mercy. Being sincere means to carefully follow the spiritual master’s instructions and to chant Krishna’s holy name with attention.

HH Candramauli Swami

Faith is the main principle of bhakti. It arises through association and cultivation of transcendental knowledge.

HH Candramauli Swami

As you make advancement in Krishna consciousness, the maya energy will seek to incite or trip you up in more and more subtle ways and if you are not careful then it is just a matter of time when you fall. Be conscious of Krishna, be cautious of maya. The Holy Name and the association of advanced devotees - that is our spiritual strength and protection against maya. And humility is our ornate at all times.

HH Candramauli Swami

When you advance in your devotional service to Krishna, these three things happen: love increases, happiness increases and attachment to maya decreases. These are symptoms of bhakti.

HH Candramauli Swami

Whatever we have and whatever we are is all the mercy of Krishna. Use His gifts in His services and receive more. Whatever you give you get. But giving out of love is the most spiritually fulfilling.

HH Candramauli Swami

One kind of disciple wants to hear what he needs to make progress, therefore welcomes criticism as an opportunity for growth. Another type wants to hear only what he likes and gets upset or unhappy when given the necessary medicine.

HH Candramauli Swami

Everything in material life eventually gets lost; everything in spiritual life builds more and more until it reaches perfection – pure devotional service.

HH Candramauli Swami

Whatever pleases the Supreme Personality of Godhead is what gives perfection to your life. If it is done with devotion, enthusiasm, it is perfection.

HH Candramauli Swami

Transcendental knowledge is described by Krishna in Bhagavad-gita as ‘’most secret of all secrets”.
The secret is revealed in how much we are attached to serving Krishna with love.

HH Candramauli Swami

Make time for chanting, make time for reading Srila Prabhupada’s books and especially make time and seek out the association of advanced Vaisnavas.

HH Candramauli Swami

It is a weakness to speak when one should remain silent, it is a weakness to remain silent when one should speak. Erring on the side of silence is safer.

HH Candramauli Swami

Through chanting and hearing the glories of the Lord, the senses get purified. As the senses become more purified, Krishna reveals Himself more and more. Chant and hear!

HH Candramauli Swami

If you have the association of devotees and you chant the Holy Name, your life is perfect – in the two you can always find Krishna.

HH Candramauli Swami

By not following Ekadasi we incur sin which interferes with spiritual advancement. Nirjala Ekadasi is extra special mercy; by this simple austerity we are relieved. Chant more!

HH Candramauli Swami

Being in this material world means being in a fallen condition. We should never become proud of anything we have or do in this world.

HH Candramauli Swami

If we live beyond our needs, we will cause difficulties. Therefore, devotees’ motto is: Simple living, high thinking!

HH Candramauli Swami

Do not be attached either to opulence or poverty, be attached to Krishna. Be satisfied with whatever you have and use it in Krishna’s service, that is happiness.

HH Candramauli Swami

Excuses are not reasons for not chanting at least16 rounds and following the 4 regs. One who breaks a promise is not a gentleman/lady.

HH Candramauli Swami

Whatever one gets, whatever one does and whatever one becomes, if it is not in relation to service to the Supreme Lord, is lost in due course of time. Only service to Krishna has everlasting value.

HH Candramauli Swami

Lord Sri Krishna is the reservoir of all mercy. His Name is the embodiment of His full mercy. Therefore if we want that mercy, then every day we must chant our rounds with utmost attention as early as possible.

HH Candramauli Swami

The most important way God has given us to receive knowledge is through the ears. And when we hear pure knowledge, immediately we get some understanding. So, just try to hear!

HH Candramauli Swami

This world is temporary, and soon we will have to leave. Our only concern should be to engage fully in Sri Harinam and spread the teaching of Lord Caitanya. Therefore one must strictly adhere to the instructions of Srila Prabhupada and preach, preach, preach!

HH Candramauli Swami

The only formula for success is in our devotional activities is to always remember Krishna and never forget Him. Therefore, we should humbly but urgently pray for the desire, ability and determination to always remember Krishna. Then all of our troubles will turn into opportunities to increase our love.

HH Candramauli Swami

Reading is essential. Transcendental knowledge kicks out all maya, inspires the mind and purifies the heart.

HH Candramauli Swami

Cooperation means putting Krishna’s interest first, but that must be carried out with intelligence, care and concern for one another. Fighting, criticizing, faultfinding and insensitivity to another must stop. A Vaisnava is always humble, tolerant and patient.

HH Candramauli Swami

Spiritual life is like a razor’s edge; one must be very careful not to be inattentive, otherwise one will get cut. How important it is to avoid faultfinding and argumentation amongst devotees! That has no place in Krishna consciousness. Disagreement will be there, but all is resolved by putting Krishna in the center. That is the process.

HH Candramauli Swami

Krishna as Supersoul in our heart is the greatest expression of His love for us. He agrees to always be with us guiding us at every moment. Are we willing to take His guidance? He manifests Himself externally as Sri Guru and so we can always receive His message through His representative.

HH Candramauli Swami

Krishna consciousness is a fight against our material desires and attachments. Strong japa will help to overcome all difficulties and apparent obstacles.

HH Candramauli Swami

If you really want to capture Krishna you must get out of your “comfort zone”. Krishna is not cheap!

HH Candramauli Swami

Every moment is an opportunity to remember Krishna and serve Him with our heart. He is always there to receive our love. What else can we give?

HH Candramauli Swami

Purification of consciousness is the basis for all understanding. Chanting the Lord’s holy name offenselessly is necessary, along with an attitude of submission and service. Then one can begin to understand and experience transcendental knowledge as it is.

HH Candramauli Swami

Each day we can learn and re-learn, continuing to try to improve our spiritual life. But let us stop making the same mistakes over and over again. We have to strive to always do what is best.

HH Candramauli Swami

Krishna at times sends or allows His devotee suffering. How we should respond is exemplified in Lord Brahma’s prayers SB.10.14.8. This prayer by the devotee is the key that opens the door to eternal life.

HH Candramauli Swami

Our biggest problem is we have little faith in Krishna and His care. Therefore we take to material ways to fill our life or solve our problems.

HH Candramauli Swami

The things of this world may give a little temporary relief from suffering, but serving Krishna and His devotees gives lasting pleasure to our heart.

HH Candramauli Swami

Krishna consciousness must be spread. It is the only good; it will save everyone and give them real and eternal happiness.

HH Candramauli Swami

Life is meant to know Krishna and to love him. This birth is our best one; we met Srila Prabhupada, he saved us and gave us real life. The Holy Name, the greatest philosophy, Krishna in the person of His Deity and the best food anywhere. It is a divine gift, a special gift. Nothing we can do to repay. Maybe there is: give it to others.

HH Candramauli Swami

Quality is Krishna consciousness, quantity is secondary. Sometimes we take quantity as success. But the sastra say: One moment’s association, once chanting purely… It is the quality that counts and also satisfies our minds and hearts.

HH Candramauli Swami

Srila Prabhupada has said with reference to keeping up on our day to day duties. “Remember means to remember to write it down on paper” How often we forget?

HH Candramauli Swami

The mercy of Srila Prabhupada flows continuously through his powerful words.
We only need to be eager to receive it.

HH Candramauli Swami

Practice hearing, practice chanting, practice associating with devotees, practice serving Krishna. Practice awakens our natural inclinations. Practice more and more.

HH Candramauli Swami

Senses are either serpents or servants; they either bite and poison you or assist and elevate you. If you want to make them your friends – fix your mind on Krishna, fix your mind on devotional service.

HH Candramauli Swami

The mind always gives us reasons to quit. That’s why we always need to concentrate on the instructions of our spiritual master.

HH Candramauli Swami

Be here now. Live in the present, the future will manifest according to how we act in the present. Each moment is another opportunity to improve our service and devotion.

HH Candramauli Swami

Laziness is a feature of the mode of ignorance. One must always be enthusiastic and endeavor with intelligence. Maya is always noting our inattention in order to divert us further away. Always remember Krishna never forget Him.

HH Candramauli Swami

It is the duty of each and every one who has received Srila Prabhupada’s and Krishna’s mercy to be their instrument for giving Krishna consciousness to others.

HH Candramauli Swami

We can see in a study of the life of Srila Prabhupada how he kept a very regulated schedule. Although it appears to be an impossibility, one must strive for regulation. Our spiritual life depends on it. To give in to irregulation is to surrender to maya.

HH Candramauli Swami

When everything is taken away by time, all we have is the Holy Name and the love of His devotees. Practice now by sadhu sanga and nama ruci.

HH Candramauli Swami

Getting naturally attracted to Krishna comes by constantly hearing about Him; His sweet Names, beautiful Forms, transcendental Qualities and amazing Pastimes. The heart then becomes purified and all material contamination is washed away and then one becomes truly happy.

HH Candramauli Swami

All success comes when we exclusively depend on the mercy of the Lord coming through His pure representative.

HH Candramauli Swami

When looking for perfection, we must understand that EVERYTHING in this world is always filled with imperfection. Perfection is only found in Krishna and our relationship with Him.

HH Candramauli Swami

Conditioned soul means due to contact with material energy one thinks and acts under Maya’s dictation. Liberated soul is one who thinks and acts by the direction or Guru and Krishna.

HH Candramauli Swami

Srila Prabhupada wanted devotees to become expert at a service and then use it to serve Krishna and to spread Krishna Consciousness.

HH Candramauli Swami

By waking early-at least an hour and half before sunrise-and chanting our rounds we are getting a lot of extra mercy. Rising late is the death of spiritual life.

HH Candramauli Swami

The mind is our best friend or worst enemy. We make it our friend when all our activities are carefully guided by guru and sastra.

HH Candramauli Swami

Try to see everything in connection to the Supreme Lord. Complete happiness means: “Everything belongs to Krishna and I am Krishna’s servant.”

HH Candramauli Swami

If we can always remember to practice the quality of humility, then we will always be satisfied in our Krishna consciousness.

HH Candramauli Swami

Patience is a symptom of surrender and a virtue necessary for self realization.

HH Candramauli Swami

The material nature is so constituted that a little inattention away from Krishna can cause one to be severely victimized by maya. Always remember Krishna is not an option it is the only means to achieve Krishna consciousness.

HH Candramauli Swami

We want the taste for hearing about Krishna. Keep going on hearing and keep on following the instructions of the pure devotees, then that taste will develop.

HH Candramauli Swami

We want to become so attracted to hearing and chanting the glories of the Lord that if we don’t have that opportunity we feel disturbed. If we are not absorbed in the mood of trying to hear and chant the glories of the Lord we don’t find the happiness we are looking for.

HH Candramauli Swami

The process of Krishna consciousness is all about realization, whether it comes by way of service or continual hearing. We don’t want to be just a theoretical devotee, “I know the philosophy but I don’t really realize it.” Realization means it becomes a part of you. And that realization comes by service and constant hearing with faith.

HH Candramauli Swami

What you do is more important than what you own, and what you are is more important than what you do. Do those things that make you Krishna conscious and you will have everything and more.

HH Candramauli Swami

What you do is more important than what you own, and what you are is more important than what you do. Do those things that make you Krishna conscious and you will have everything and more.

HH Candramauli Swami

Do not take material disturbances seriously:
‘As long you are perturbed by material disturbances, you should know that your devotional life has not begun – this is confirmed everywhere.’ HDG Srila Prabhupada Remain fixed in your chanting of The Holy Names and all these disturbances will pass as the wind continues on its path.

HH Candramauli Swami

Unless one is convinced, not just theoretically but within their heart and mind, that there is no happiness in this material world, spiritual life has not yet begun. It really has not begun. We are practicing to really begin the process of spiritual life.

HH Candramauli Swami

Essential: Early japa; Important: Reading Srila Prabhupada’s books; Not Essential: What we worry about; Not important: Fault finding and Gossip

HH Candramauli Swami

Ignorance automatically invites suffering; transcendental knowledge is the path to freedom. Take advantage of the gift of transcendental knowledge Srila Prabhupada gave to the world and daily read his books.

HH Candramauli Swami

A devotee lives each moment as the most important one. Living in the moment means that each moment is an opportunity to remember Krishna and serve Him or His devotees. Be here now!

HH Candramauli Swami

By the grace of Srila Prabhupada the entire world is being blessed, although most are not aware. May we open our hearts and minds to his words.

HH Candramauli Swami

One cannot begin to calculate the spiritual merit received in the association of a great soul. That is where our eagerness must be placed.

HH Candramauli Swami

Bhaktivinode Thakur labels Ekadasi “Mother of Devotion”. On this day advancement in Krishna Consciousness is more available. One should increase chanting and decrease the bodily needs.

HH Candramauli Swami

Krishna conscious practice is easy, but the rascal mind tends to complicate everything. Practice ignoring the mind and hearing more and more about Krishna.

HH Candramauli Swami

Determination is the faculty of the human being. If we want to do something, we must be determined. ‘I want to be Krishna conscious. Therefore, whatever I have to do or not do, I will accept in order to achieve that goal.’

HH Candramauli Swami

We are so tiny and insignificant, yet the tendency of the condition soul is to think he is important, and that causes us to stay in the material world life after life.

HH Candramauli Swami

One has to open one’s heart to the Lord and the Lord’s pure devotee to pray for the strength and for the facility to carry out the instructions in one’s devotional service. And that makes the Lord very much inclined to that devotee.

HH Candramauli Swami

In the association of great souls the mercy is easily available. But one has to be very careful not to commit offence which turns that treasure into misfortune.

HH Candramauli Swami

The association of advanced Vaishnavas is the heart of Krishna conscious happiness. May we always be aware of the importance of Vaishnava seva, Vaishnava sanga and Vaishnava krpa.

HH Candramauli Swami

One of Maya’s great illusions, especially for those who are preaching, is to take credit for their actions. We can only pray that the Lord places the words in our mouth, so we can speak with heartfelt sincerity which is pleasing and helpful to all.

HH Candramauli Swami

The strength of one’s devotion is proportional to the amount of faith one has in Krishna and the spiritual master. That is tested by how enthusiastic we are to strictly follow the spiritual master’s instructions.

HH Candramauli Swami

Those feet that never touch the Holy Places of Lord Nityananda and Lord Caitanya’s pastimes are no better than the feet of a frog and always contain a bad smell.

HH Candramauli Swami

As devotees, our lives are the Holy Name, we know nothing else but the Holy Name, we desire nothing else but to chant the Holy Name and place our minds at the lotus feet of the Holy Name.

hare krsna hare krsna krsna krsna hare hare
hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare

HH Candramauli Swami

May the Supreme Lord who is known as the son of Srimati SacI-devI be transcendentally situated in the innermost core of your heart. Resplendent with the radiance of molten gold, He has descended in the Age of Kali by His causeless mercy to bestow what no incarnation has ever offered before: the most elevated mellow of devotional service, the mellow of conjugal love.

Caitanya-caritamrta Adi 3.4.

Just worship Lord Caitanya who is like a bright shinning moon in the forest of Godruma.

HH Candramauli Swami

No doubt, to be a genuine devotee is quite an elevated consciousness and this comes by sincerely following the process.

HH Candramauli Swami

We must learn to act and speak in the most perfect way acceptable for Krishna consciousness. Of course, this process is not mechanical and it is always dependant on the Lord’s mercy. We must, therefore, try to receive His mercy more and more.

HH Candramauli Swami

The essence of the consciousness which helps us to avoid offenses is respect. We should respect Vaishnavas no matter what category or level of spiritual practice they are in. Respect is given, understood and enhanced by how we address each other.

HH Candramauli Swami

If we are still maintaining material desires to enjoy worldly happiness then we are ineligible to taste the sweetness of Krishna’s Vrindavan pastimes.

HH Candramauli Swami

Praying for the Krishna and Guru mercy and direction in all that we do or say is the sure path to success.

om ajnana-timirandhasya
jnananjana salakaya
caksur unmilitam yena
tasmai sri gurave namah

HH Candramauli Swami

Srila Prabhupada’s main part of his mission was to give us Krishna, The Supreme Personality of Godhead, His Names, Forms, Qualities and amazing Pastimes. Daily hearing the Lord’s glories in the form of His lilas gives satisfaction to the heart, peace to the mind and happiness to the soul. Please don’t waste time.

HH Candramauli Swami

Srimati Radharani is our Supreme Mother and as our Mother She is concerned that all living entities receive the mercy of our Father Krishna. Lord Caitanya is endowed fully with Her mercy. To that Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu I offer my life in the service of His lotus feet.

Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

HH Candramauli Swami

A humble devotee always thinks, “Other devotees are doing more and better service than me. Let me try to do more and better service.”

HH Candramauli Swami

The essence of Krishna consciousness activity is to be 100% fixed on the orders of the spiritual master with unflinching determination to carry them out. All success is guaranteed solely on this principle.

HH Candramauli Swami

Real suffering is not the pains of this body, real suffering means to forget Krishna and the goal of life. May we practice more seriously to always remember Krishna and never forget Him. This is the platform of success.

HH Candramauli Swami

Humility attracts the mercy of the Lord. By humility one can honestly assess one’s position in spiritual activity and be determined to advance.

HH Candramauli Swami

The element of envy is always ready to display its ugly head as soon as we think we are important. Then the tendency to minimize or not appreciate others appears. May we sincerely and seriously cultivate true humility and always depend on the Lord’s mercy.

HH Candramauli Swami

As long as a devotee can see Krishna in everything, then the struggle will bring advancement. But we must always depend on the Lord’s mercy in all our efforts.

HH Candramauli Swami

Practice makes perfect. The more we practice Krishna consciousness, the better we become. It is natural. Eagerness is the quality of success.

HH Candramauli Swami

The Lord does not accept our chanting when preformed for anything material. We should approach chanting of Krishna’s Holy Name only to beg to be engaged in His service.

HH Candramauli Swami

The essence of our spiritual activities is found only in Sri Harinam Sankirtan. All glories to the Lord in His most powerful incarnation – His Holy Names; Hare, Krishna and Rama.

HH Candramauli Swami

Our only real and lasting relationship is with our beloved Lord Sri Krishna. That is what we must keep traveling towards, eventually to come back home, back to His lotus feet in transcendental loving service.

HH Candramauli Swami

Material happiness is an oxymoron it only leads to suffering. The happiness of liberation (jnanananda) is temporary and causes one to fall back down, the happiness of love of God (premananda) enraptures the soul in bliss but highest is the happiness of being absorbed in rendering loving service to the Lord (sevananda). That is the mood of the Gopis and the process taught by Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu.

HH Candramauli Swami

In the material world, whatever activity we do and the benefit gained is lost. Whatever we do in devotional life brings us closer to Krishna and eternal life. How are we using our time?

HH Candramauli Swami

Whatever we are doing, if it doesn’t increase our attachment to Sri Krishna and His service it is simply a waste of time. Srama hi eva kevalam.

HH Candramauli Swami

Don’t waste time! It is like throwing away the most valuable commodity. We should always be serving Krishna in Krishna consciousness.

HH Candramauli Swami

Maya is always ready and waiting, and at the same time working to push us out. It is a razor’s edge and our only hope is to humbly take shelter of Krishna and His devotional service, beginning with carefully chanting japa.

HH Candramauli Swami

Sex desire is the adi-rasa of this material world. Everyone is doing it, but no one is happy because of it. Factually, they are suffering because of it. Devotees need to kick out this false feeling of happiness by the power of determined service to the Supreme Lord. Then we are completely free from Maya’s shackles and truly happy.

HH Candramauli Swami

Everything is based on relationship. We are developing our relationship with the Supreme Personality of Godhead and we also need to develop relationships with Vaishnavas.

HH Candramauli Swami

Service is life; life is service to Krishna and His devotees.

HH Candramauli Swami

One should never be disturbed by external deficiency. Just be positive and humbly approach all situations. In that mood the proper and best response will be possible.

HH Candramauli Swami

How to always do what is best is what we have to strive for. Therefore, in all cases ‘depend on Me’, Krishna says. But in order to fully understand how to depend on Krishna, one has to be fixed and free from all desires for fruitive activity and sense gratification, and free from envy.

HH Candramauli Swami

To come closer to Truth and its “art of practice” requires strict adherence to the instructions of the spiritual master and the principles of Vaishnava etiquette, which allows Krishna’s mercy to be experienced.

HH Candramauli Swami

Krishna’s Name is Krishna. There are no hard and fast rules. Simply chant, chant, chant and pray to Srila Prabhupada for direction and to Lord Nrsinghadeva to rip out material attachments and give us protection.

HH Candramauli Swami

By the sweet mercy of Srimati Radharani Sri Vrindavan Dham becomes merciful to all. There is a certain mood that reveals Sri Vrindavan Dham, that mood is unalloyed love for Krishna.

HH Candramauli Swami

We must be attached to our service over everything else and do the best we can in other areas. Service is our offering to Krishna and our purpose of existence.

HH Candramauli Swami

Let us be very conscious and cautious in every word, thought and deed and never act passionately or whimsically but with sensitivity to each particular situation.

HH Candramauli Swami

Srila Prabhupada said on a few occasions, “If we don’t preach Krishna Consciousness we will become envious”. It’s our sacred duty to give this mercy to others as our gratitude for receiving this precious gift of transcendental knowledge.

HH Candramauli Swami

Today is Advaita Acarya’s Appearance day. We need to dive into Caitanya-lila. It is glorious to be able to hear these most inspiring pastimes.

HH Candramauli Swami

Where the Lord is present, as stated by Sanjaya in the concluding verse of the Gita, ‘there is always extraordinary power and victory.’

HH Candramauli Swami

The path of spiritual life is difficult and Maya is within and without. We will only be successful by developing an attitude of humble service. ‘How can I serve, O Lord? Please, show me how I can serve.’

HH Candramauli Swami

One can always find a reason not to co-operate. A devotee thinks of ways to co-operate, knowing that is what is pleasing to Srila Prabhupada.

HH Candramauli Swami

The living entity must be detached from the results. Everything is for Krishna; that alone is devotional service. Purified desire brings activity pleasing to the Lord. Our only desire should be to please Krishna and His devotees.

HH Candramauli Swami

The Supreme Lord in all of His different forms displays different degrees of His mercy. Lord Jagannatha, Baladeva and Subhadra give Their mercy even to those who do not seek it. Jagannatha Ratha Yatra Ki Jay!

HH Candramauli Swami

A sincere devotee prays and worships Lord Nrsinghadeva, as He opens the path to the worship of Radha Krishna by destroying the 6 demons residing in the heart. Kama, krodha, lobha, moha, mada and matsarya. Bahir Nrsingho Hrdaye Nrsingho!

HH Candramauli Swami

Vaishnava seva is the essence of devotional live. How we relate to others is reflected on one’s relationship with Krishna.

HH Candramauli Swami

We are meant to fit with life, not that life must fit with us. Krishna is Life. The more you serve Krishna, the more you live life.

HH Candramauli Swami

Generally the process is: faith leads to knowledge, which leads to austerity, which leads to renunciation of everything material, which awakens Bhakti. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu has made it direct: ‘Chant Krsna’s Names always and eat only Krishna prasadam

HH Candramauli Swami

More than any other katha, when we glorify His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada we can feel the mercy of Krishna. Krishna loves His pure devotees more than anyone can ever begin to imagine. Therefore, the glorification of Srila Prabhupada is means for pleasing Krishna.

HH Candramauli Swami

Tomorrow never comes, now is the only time. Remember Krishna now!

HH Candramauli Swami

We belong to Krishna eternally. What will it take for us to understand that we have nothing to do with this material world?

HH Candramauli Swami

As long as we keep the Holy Name foremost, we will always be in the mood of Sri Vrindavan.

HH Candramauli Swami

When we give up trying to enjoy material life, then our spiritual life will actually begin.

HH Candramauli Swami

The more we remember Krishna, the more we are with Him. When with love, it brings great happiness. Practice, practice, practice!

HH Candramauli Swami

When we accept the difficulties as the mercy of the Lord then those difficulties actually awaken within us the realizations how to perceive our responsibilities. Krishna gives the intelligence.

HH Candramauli Swami

Love means to serve, love means to cooperate with other devotees even when it is difficult.

HH Candramauli Swami

When the mind is fixed in devotional service, Krishna’s lotus feet, chanting the Holy Names, hearing and speaking the glories of Krishna, then it develops attachment. And as the attachment develops through the service attitude, the mind becomes naturally controlled.

HH Candramauli Swami

Everything necessary to become fully Krishna conscious is there in Srila Prabhupada’s books.Time is precious, don’t waste it.

HH Candramauli Swami

For one who is attached to his material body, death is a fearful reality. For one who is attached only to Krishna and His service, death becomes the welcomed step to eternal life in unending bliss and perfect knowledge.

HH Candramauli Swami

Determination is the feature that makes difficult things easy and easy things natural. Srila Prabhupada would often say the difference between human and animal is determination. Intelligence means to see the outcome of something before the act. Act only in Krishna consciousness.

HH Candramauli Swami

Whatever this year brings, a devotee will always remain fixed on serving the lotus feet of the Lord and try as best as possible to raise others to the platform of devotional service.

HH Candramauli Swami

Before we can understand Vrindavan Krishna, we must approach Him as the source of all existence. Srimad Bhagavatam systematically instructs its readers by first describing Krishna as the all powerful source of everything, both material and spiritual.

HH Candramauli Swami

Everyone in the material world is filled with material desires and all bad qualities. The process of Krsna consciousness is the cleansing of the heart - ceto darpanam marjanam. The process works. Stay in the shower, it takes time.

HH Candramauli Swami

Always take shelter of chanting and you will conquer over all difficulties.

HH Candramauli Swami

Through practicing humility in association of others we learn how to improve in serving and in the qualities needed for serving.

HH Candramauli Swami

To be an authority means to be kind and concerned for the spiritual well-being of others, otherwise there is deficiency in the authority.

HH Candramauli Swami

Krishna likes to glorify His devotee, but a devotee does not like to take credit for anything, no matter what it is. As soon as we take credit we become implicated. And then maya, seeing that, tempts us more and more with opportunities for material enjoyment.

HH Candramauli Swami

Hari-kirtan, Hari-katha and Hari-puja. This comprises the entire process of devotional service.

HH Candramauli Swami

To the degree we depend on something other than Krishna to give us protection, to that degree we are left to struggle on our own; a very precarious situation.

HH Candramauli Swami

In any activity in Krishna consciousness two things are required, prayer and endeavor. You pray for the mercy, guidance, and intelligence and then you make an effort.

HH Candramauli Swami

One may lose a battle, still the war can be won. By always remaining steady in our execution of devotional service eventually we will attain the full shelter of Krishna’s lotus feet.

HH Candramauli Swami

The devotee does not take suffering seriously. He simply takes it as an opportunity to surrender more and he tolerates the difficulties that come with being in the material body and being in the world.

HH Candramauli Swami

Challenges and difficulties are opportunities to make spiritual progress. Actually, this is the whole process of life itself. One makes advancement, both materially and spiritually, when one accepts difficulties as opportunities.

HH Candramauli Swami

In getting we make a living, in giving we make a life.

HH Radhanath Swami

In serving we find happiness, in loving we find perfection, in death we ascend to real life.

HH Candramauli Swami

The process of learning develops by understanding how completely dependent we are on the mercy of Guru and Krishna in everything we do.

HH Candramauli Swami

By culturing the mode of goodness, one can understand the position of the transcendental Lord and how the Lord is always prepared to remove all obstacles on the path of understanding Him.

HH Candramauli Swami

The spiritual master’s happiness and satisfaction is to witness those who have taken his shelter progress on the path of loving devotion to Sri Sri Radha Krishna.

HH Candramauli Swami

This month devotees around the world are distributing Srila Prabhupada’s books. This pleases His Divine Grace immensely. We should try to do our part in this great service. ‘Man proposes, God disposes.’

HH Candramauli Swami

How to conquer lust? It’s simple in explanation and that is practice. Practice to remember Krishna. Practice leads to perfection. When you are in danger you easily remember Krishna. We are always in danger, but we foolishly think are not. That is maya.

HH Candramauli Swami

The quality of a Vaisnava is that he never listens to faults of others. When we lend an ear to fault finding we are gradually uprooting our devotional creeper.

HH Candramauli Swami

Krishna wants to take full care and control of a devotee’s life but we still want to be the controller and therefore we struggle unnecessarily. The only thing we must control is our mind and senses in His service.

HH Candramauli Swami

Krishna says in Gita, chap. 7, “I am the ability in all living beings.” Krishna has kindly provided each of us with some skill or talent. By using that in His service it becomes perfected and is a source of personal happiness and spiritual progress.

HH Candramauli Swami

A person who compromises or sacrifices real spiritual values in order to achieve some monetary gain is never happy. A person’s noble values is what makes that person in the eyes of God and others - glorious.

HH Candramauli Swami

Nothing is so urgent in this entire creation to keep us from faithfully chanting the Lord’s name early each day.

HH Candramauli Swami

What are we respecting? That Krishna is in the heart of every living being. So if we are disrespecting someone, we are disrespecting Krishna in the heart of that person. The less we understand the spiritual nature of our existence, we will judge things by bodily evaluation: I like, I don’t like.

HH Candramauli Swami

Attentive japa grants us entrance into the association of the Lord. We must feelingly pray for that attention, it is beyond our capacity to make it happen solely by our endeavor.

HH Candramauli Swami

Our loving attraction for Lord Krishna is natural and spontaneous. By carefully following the guidance and instructions of the spiritual master and the predecessor acaryas it will automatically arise. The process is perfectly explained in Jaiva Dharma by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura.

HH Candramauli Swami

Enthusiasm is the life of bhakti, and the merit of our enthusiasm is valued by how eager we are to hear transcendental subjects and associate with devotees.

HH Candramauli Swami

Anger is one letter short of the word danger. This destroyer of bhakti is curbed by the element of forgiveness. Practice Practice Practice.

HH Candramauli Swami

After coming in contact with the mercy of Srila Prabhupada and the process of loving Krishna it is a sign of insanity to again look towards material sense enjoyment for satisfaction.

HH Candramauli Swami

A devotee never thinks that he is safe. Maya is always ready and waiting to test us with material allurements.Therefore we must always pray for Krishna’s mercy and protection.

HH Candramauli Swami

Maya is Krishna’s energy and is very powerful. Devotees have two more powerful weapons: Krishna’s Holy Names and Srimad Bhagavatam.

HH Candramauli Swami

The mind becomes controlled by developing humility and humility only develops through serving superiors - parents, teachers and senior devotees.

HH Candramauli Swami

Always chant Krishna’s names and serve others by speaking worsds that are pleasing and in glorification of the Lord and His devotees. Lord Caitanya gives His mercy to one who never blasphemes or criticizes others.

HH Candramauli Swami

We must always put our sadhana and our service to Krishna first. Then despite what happens we can remain Krishna conscious. We may need to do some service to family and body, but do it in the spirit of detachment, always keeping our mind and energy focused on our service to Guru and Krishna.

HH Candramauli Swami

That which comes easy goes easy, that which comes with great difficulty goes with great difficulty. On becoming Krishna conscious we realize nothing in existence can ever compare.

HH Candramauli Swami

All things worthy of attaining come in due course of time. Along with the proper endeavor, faith in the Lord and the spiritual master brings about the patience needed to pursue our spiritual goals.

HH Candramauli Swami

The materialistic people spend there days lamenting about the past and dreaming about the future, and at present they are always in anxiety. One who is in knowledge takes lessons from the past, carefully plans for the future and lives completely in the present, absorbed in service to the Lord.

HH Candramauli Swami

The holy name of Krishna is all there is. Everything else is pale. Great austerities, great learning, great achievements, great mysticism, all together and everything else which is great or desirable, either material or spiritual, cannot equal a particle of a particle of the greatness of Krishna’s holy name.

HH Candramauli Swami

The first step in dealing with any difficulty is to accept it. If you resist it, it only gets harder. Second step is to try to deal with it as if you are an expert in these kind of issues and call out to the Lord for His mercy.

HH Candramauli Swami

It is natural to love Krishna, why are we willing to accept anything else and then try and be happy. Strive for pure devotional service, that is our only nature. This body is only a burden on the soul and everything else materially connected.

HH Candramauli Swami

When we try to maintain some material pride or prestige, our false ego finds some satisfaction, but our heart finds no satisfaction.

HH Candramauli Swami

When the Supreme Personality of Godhead recognizes someone’s service, that person’s life becomes perfect and nothing is unachievable for him.The formula is to always be eager to give Krishna consciousness to those suffering in material life.

HH Candramauli Swami

When a disciple is very serious to execute the mission of the spiritual master, he immediately associates with the Supreme Personality of Godhead. This is the only secret of success in seeing the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

HH Candramauli Swami

Hearing about Srila Prabhupada without regularly hearing his presentation on the science of bhakti will cause one to develop sentimental attachment with no deeper understanding and hearing only the philosophy without hearing about Srila Prabhupada can lead the person to an impersonal understanding.

HH Candramauli Swami

The association of great souls is so powerful that it can bring one quickly to the platform of purified consciousness. It is incomparable, because in the association of those who hear and chant the Lord’s glories, the Lord is personally present. He likes that association, so He becomes personally present to purify the hearts of the devotees who hear and chant His glories.

HH Candramauli Swami