Recently I came across a quote that I have read many times before throughout my life and has always remained with me. It is by Henry Ford, the founder of the Ford motor company. It reads:
“Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes shine to the stars. Enthusiasm is the sparkle in your eyes, the swing in your gait. The grip of your hand, the irresistible surge of will and energy to execute your ideas.”
Immediately I was reminded of the third text of the Nectar of Instruction: An authorized English presentation of Srila Rupa Gosvami’s Sri Upadesamrta:
Although we were unable to join with you on Thanksgiving day, we were, nevertheless, thinking about and remembering you and your family. Your consistent kindness, generosity and inclusion, which you extend so graciously to our humble selves, are never lost on us, although we are not always able to reciprocate directly or sufficiently.
Although we do not live per se a cloistered life, our spiritual practicing life often deters us from societal interactions that expose us to meat eating, gambling, illicit sex and intoxication. Before receiving spiritual initiation we took a vow to strictly shun these four items we consider to be sinful activities. While it is sufficient for us to maintain Read More...
Dear devotees and friends, we humbly invite you to participate in the festival for the Grand 87th Appearance Day Celebration of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math’s Sevaite President Acharya, Om Vishnupad Paramahamsa Parivrajakacharya-varya Astottara-sata Sri Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj which will take place at SCSM Global Headquarters in New Jersey, USA and at the SCSM Global Centers in the UK and Odessa, Ukraine.
This festival will include kirtana, discourses and other all-auspicious activities. Please RSVP by clicking on the contact page and using one of the methods available there.
Your generous service donation has been received and is gratefully acknowledged.
I’m very glad you sent me this email because I did not recognize the PayPal email notice of yesterday which showed the sender as “Natural Art Paintings” and almost marked the notice to go to my Junk Mailbox. Luckily, my curiosity got the better of me and I opened the email and saw it was from you, thus saving me from the offense of “casting it to the dustbin.”
You may say it is a small service donation you sent, but I certainly do not see it as such. Sriman Uddharan Prabhu has told me how much you are struggling to maintain our Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math Global — UK Centre and he has caused me to remember Srila Sridhara Maharaja’s Read More...
Some time ago (July 26, 2014) you expressed some surprise at the amount of tolerance a guru may have with his disciples:
My God how much trouble can Guru withstand on behalf of his disciple!
Recently I had reason to write something about this to one of my disciples. I referred to a very nice reference to forgiveness by Srila Prabhupada (Swami Maharaja) towards a disciple, which is explained by Srila Sridhara Maharaja. When I recently heard Srila Sridhara Maharaja speak about it on a recording, I remembered your remark and thought you might also like to hear it.
Here is the relevant portion of my letter:
“… you return to me asking forgiveness. Then I must say, “Yes, all is forgiven.” Read More...
You show many things; some external, some internal, some mixed. I described some of each.
By faith and surrender to Sri Guru we will come to know our real nature, our internal nature. That nature you have, and it is very beautiful. Srila Sridhara Maharaja said it is “our golden selves”:
Our tendency at present is to cure what we see on the outside. We think, “I want everything to follow my control, my sweet will. When everything obeys me, then I will be happy.” But we must take just the opposite attitude. As Mahaprabhu has said:
trinad api sunicena
taror api sahisnuna
kirtaniyah sada harih
We should create no resistance against our environment. Still, Read More...
Word for word:
yadā yadā — whenever and wherever; hi — certainly; dharmasya — of religion; glāniḥ — discrepancies; bhavati — become manifested; bhārata — O descendant of Bharata; abhyutthānam — predominance; adharmasya — of irreligion; tadā — at that time; ātmānam — self; sṛjāmi — manifest; aham — I.
Whenever and wherever there is a decline in religious practice, O descendant of Bharata, and a predominant rise of irreligion – at that time I descend Myself.
The word sṛjāmi is signiﬁcant herein. Sṛjāmi cannot be used in the sense of creation, because, according to the previous verse, there is no creation of the Lord’s form or body, since all of the forms are eternally existent. Therefore, sṛjāmi means that the Lord manifests Himself as He is. Although the Lord appears on schedule, namely at the end of the Dvāpara-yuga of the twenty-eighth millennium of the seventh Manu in one day of Brahmā, He has no obligation to adhere to such rules and regulations, because He is completely free to act in many ways at His will. He therefore appears by His own will whenever there is a predominance of irreligiosity and a disappearance of true religion. Principles of religion are laid down in the Vedas, and any discrepancy in the matter of properly executing the rules of the Vedas makes one irreligious. In the Bhāgavatam it is stated that such principles are the laws of the Lord. Only the Lord can manufacture a system of religion. The Vedas are also accepted as originally spoken by the Lord Himself to Brahmā, from within his heart.