Pure Krishna Bhakti is the Way
If we want to be fully happy, the way to achieve this is pure Krishna bhakti. To whatever extent we mix sense gratificatory desires into bhakti, to that extent we will experience anxiety. Therefore those who are fully intelligence desire pure bhakti and nothing else. The Vedic wisdom promotes pure bhakti. And all the great acharyas, the great spiritual masters who have guided the Vedic civilization for thousands of years, have all promoted pure bhakti. So it is very clear from many different angles of vision that pure bhakti is the way to go for getting out of the cycle of birth and death, for achieving the perfectional stage of perfect spiritual enlightenment.
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
I just read this neat little artcle entitled "How I met Krishna" and thought I'd share it.
"Coming face-to-face with the much-venerated Govardhan Hill for the first time can be an awesome experience. It is a fairly widespread hill made up of large stones. The first thought that comes to mind is - is this the same hill that the seven-year-old Krishna lifted so effortlessly on his little finger? The logical mind refuses to accept it, but then, who is to argue with religious mythology?"
Now that your interest is peaked, you may want to follow this link to read the rest:
jaya om visnu-pada paramahamsa parivarjakacarya astottara-sata sri srimad a. c. bhaktivedanta svami maharaja –ki jaya!
My Dearly Beloved Spiritual Master, Srila Prabhupada – eternal father of my eternal soul …
I prostrate this broken, nearly useless body at your lotus feet. My body, my mind, my heart –these are temporary things –but they belong to you, as long as breathing remains … fit for nothing, but ever-ready to serve you.
The only lasting thing of me is my soul. Take it please, and make it right, good, pure and useful: fashion it somehow into a proper thing so that I may be of some usefulness in your eternally-perfect, heavenly mission.
You somehow deigned to enter this terrible and dangerous material world for a little time, in order to bring us news of your friend, Krishna.
Without you, the world would be an even lesser place than it is, without any hope at all.
It is so difficult to imagine how you eagerly chose to leave that eternally-ecstatic Goloka world named for the Supreme Person of persons, Sri Krishna … where every “thing” is actually a living personality, whose only thought is of Krishna … just to guide the lost souls of this insignificant planet back home – Back to Godhead.
How odd, how strange, how confining this place must have been for you!…
You, who have known unlimited sporting pastimes in the forest bowers of Goloka Vrindavan with Sri Sri Radha-Krishna for a whole eternity of endless time!
Yet by your unimaginable mercy you chose to come – to save all of us imprisoned here – helplessly caught up in the never-ending cycle-web of Samsara. Caught up by our own sins! We so ignorantly spend-out our lives trying to avoid accepting the truth: everything here in this material world dies … time-after-time; life-after-life; birth-after-death after death-after-birth.
You so generously spent-out a whole entire lifetime, tirelessly serving Lord Krishna, by serving His lost and bewildered prodigal children.
Telling us who we really are, and where we really belong, day-after-day; year-after-year; book-by-book. Ten thousand years’ worth of Truth!
So simple a Truth!
And so simple and easy are your Instructions of how to get (the literal HELL) out of this miserable place –how to go back home: Back to Godhead!
Oh! The ecstatic transcendental love in every Krishna-filled word you have spoken, each book you have so carefully written … in your simple, grace-filled instructions!
Even just a little thing: the picking up of a pen – such an ordinary act – yet filled with the grace and dignity of an intimate associate of God Himself!
Is that how one picks up a pen in heaven? It certainly appears so!
I have loved to hear your voice, filled with such confidence, power and authority, from the moment I first heard you in that little storefront temple of heavenly bliss, in San Francisco!
Your words are always perfectly chosen according to time, place and circumstance: easy to understand, sweet nectar to even these dirty ears.
Each note of every one of your Bhajanas is filled with the potential hearing of the transcendental sound of Lord Krishna’s flute!
That old, dirty-golden curtain cord rope-belt that inspired you to bind my heart to Krishna with the transcendentally-golden Lila–Name of His rope-binding by Mother Yasoda is gone now.
Yet the dasa-name remains … as does my spoiled-child rebelliously-prodigal nature.
But by your unfathomable, merciful grace, there is hope … even for one as fallen as me.
My dear Srila Prabhupada, this offering will remain just what it is –an incomplete, half-offering, until I finally actually grow up, becoming a little genuine, and am able to get Back Home, and give it to you in person.
Until that day, please stick to me, don’t give up on me: somehow keep me enthused and on-course.
Your love is the only lifeline I’ve got.
I love you, Srila Prabhupada, beyond anything any words can tell.
Your always-fallen, ever-hopeful prodigal son,
Where to stay in Vrindavana? Can somebody suggest a good place near ISKCON temple which is also cheap?
I was looking for some suggestion on where to stay on my trip to Vrindavana. I have been there before and I stayed at a dharamshalla but I was not happy there particularly because they didn't had a hand shower attached with the toilet(I think it is called hand shower bidet in Europe). I had to use hand to wash off after attending the call of nature and was not very happy with it.
Can somebody suggest a place which has a handshower/bidet attached to the toilet? May be ISKCON guest house might have them but they are always full in festival times.
All replies will be appreciated. Thanks.
As such there is no direct solution to what I am asking, I still just felt like blowing out some whistles.
I don't know why so many people are against ISKCON. ISKCON is contributing so much in vrindavan area, distributing food and so many things.
I occasionally go to vrindavana and it is always a trouble with my parents who do not want me to go there even though I just go occasionally.
I don't chant at my home because it might make my parents unhappy. so i chant at local temple nearby.
Today, the priest at local temple starting asking 100 questions like why i am chanting while walking, why i am chanting at all, where did i learn this. I first wanted to avoid him but when he was asking many then i said okay i go to iskcon temple .
then he said you should go to banke bihari temple in vrindavana. That is the "real" temple. ISKCON is "just like that" built by the english. Many of these local priests are like that - racist .
Devotees in white bodies (those dancing white elephants) especially living in vrindavana, India should be very careful of people like these. Many of these local priests are just like that even though they might outwardly appear favourable - racist people.
Matajis, please cover your self very nicely . I have heard local people complaining about mothers in white bodies especially and especially those who are young. I suggest matajis can cover their face with a ghoonghat as described here ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghoonghat ). It is very painful to hear those local people talk about women in our movement like this but so many people talk like that so it is hard to hard to fight with all.
I guess ghoonghat is a very good idea to save oneself from lust of other people. It is contaminating.
I am a neophyte devotee expressing my views. Sorry, if i said something wrong or something too much.
Best wishes to all devotees on journey back home.
Jai Shri Krishna!