Topic: Krishna's incarnations

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One of the most awe-inspiring of Lord Krishna's forms is Sri Nrisimhadeva, His half-man, half-lion incarnation. Lord Nrisimha descended to protect His devotee Sri Prahlada Maharaja from the atheistic king Hiranyakashipu, Prahlada's father. The Boy Saint Prahlada Sri Prahlada Maharaja was a devotee of Lord Krishna from birth, having acquired knowledge of devotional service in the womb. Once,...
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SHIVA is among the most widely worshiped deities in India. With names such as Mahadeva ("the great god") and Nataraja ("the king of dancers"), he is venerated in ancient holy cities like Benares, where Shaivites (as his worshipers are called) devote their lives to him, viewing him as the Supreme Lord. The fact is, he is supreme. As the scriptures say, "Srimad-Bhagavatam is supreme among Puranas...
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Eons ago a wonderful incarnation of God revealed the relation between divine anger and transcendental love. Ferocious beauty. Red eyes glare out from a fearsome visage that writhes with rage. The form is massive. The powerful arms thrash in all directions. The being appears to be half man and half lion, with a huge many-headed serpent rising and coiling behind Him—a gorgeous yet forbidding halo...
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When I was eleven, the seldom-used formal dining room of our home in California was my secret refuge. The sliding-glass doors allowed plenty of sunlight into the room, and the prayers I said near them would come to brighten my life. I discovered the dining room as my place of introspection. Sometimes, while my sister and brother played outside, I was intent on staying inside to ponder the...
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Yes and no. The engineer of the universe, Brahma, mentions Durga as Krishna's illusory energy—Maya—in his collection of prayers to Krishna known as the Brahma-samhita. The commentary to Srimad-Bhagavatam, 11.2.48 discusses this: ". . .the Brahma-samhita (5.44) says, sristhi-sthiti-pralaya-sadhana-shaktir eka chayeva yasya bhuvanani bibharti durga. Maya is like a shadow of the Supreme...
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"A godless civilization arises from illusion, and the result of such a civilization is lamentation. A godless civilization, such as that sponsored by the modern politicians, is always full of anxieties because it may be crushed at any moment." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Mantra Seven of Sri Isopanishad: TRANSLATION PURPORT (excerpt): A godless civilization arises from illusion...
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"The forms of the living entities in this world are embodied in material nature, and they work like any material machine. The anatomy of a material body must have a mechanical construction with veins and so forth, but the transcendental body of the Supreme Lord has nothing like veins." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Mantra Eight of Sri Isopanishad: TRANSLATION Such a person must...
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"Religion without philosophy is sentiment, or sometimes fanaticism, while philosophy without religion is mental speculation." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 3.3: TRANSLATION The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: O sinless Arjuna, I have already explained that there are two classes of men who try to realize the self. Some are inclined to understand it by...
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"But if the conditioned souls insist on staying here, what can Krishna or His servant do? They allow us to go on with our materialistic activities, because the first condition for getting out of the material prison house is that we must desire to get out." Today's Smart Quote is from A Second Chance, Chapter 10, in the section entitled, "Changing Bodies." But if the conditioned souls insist...
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"The devotees of the Lord are released from all kinds of sins because they eat food which is offered first for sacrifice. Others, who prepare food for personal sense enjoyment, verily eat only sin.." Today's Smart Quote is from Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 3.13: TRANSLATION The devotees of the Lord are released from all kinds of sins because they eat food which is offered first for sacrifice....
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"Now they are talking about the problem of overpopulation, but the fact is that God has supplied enough. Actually there is enough land and enough food if it is properly used. People are artificially creating problems, and the scientists are helping them by giving them so many destructive devices." Today's Smart Quote is from the Science of Self Realization, Chapter One, in the section...
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". . . it is understood that innumerable incarnations are always coming out from the body of Krishna, just like waves in the ocean. No one can even count how many waves there are, and similarly no one can count how many incarnations are coming from the Lord's body." Today's Smart Quote is from the Nectar of Devotion, Chapter 22, "Qualities of Krishna Further Explained": Jayadeva Gosvami, in...
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"Human beings are not the only living entities to have a spirit soul. We are all spirit souls—beasts, birds, reptiles, insects, trees, plants, aquatics, and so on. The spirit soul is simply covered by different dresses, just as some of you are dressed in white clothes, some in green, some in red, etc." Today's Smart Quote is from the Science of Self Realization, Chapter Seven, in the section...
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"The simple way to worship the Supreme Lord in this age of disturbance is to hear and chant about His great activities. The mental speculators, however, think that the activities of the Lord are imaginary; therefore they refrain from hearing of them and invent some word jugglery without any substance to divert the attention of the innocent masses of people." Today's Smart Quote is from the...
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"By knowing the science of God, one gradually becomes freed from material attachments, and one's doubtful mind becomes crystal clear by the grace of the Lord. One who attains this stage is a liberated soul and can see the Lord in every step of life." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Mantra Thirteen of Sri Isopanishad: PURPORT (excerpt): Any lowborn person can be purified by the...
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" . . . he who fails to understand Krishna, the cause of all causes, becomes baffled about achieving the ultimate goal of life and is thus subjected to the routine of being promoted to the higher planets and then again coming down, as if situated on a Ferris wheel which sometimes goes up and sometimes comes down." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 9.21:...
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"Although one who is situated in Krishna consciousness may not have any interest in the world, he still works to teach the public how to live and how to act. Experienced persons in Krishna consciousness can act in such a way that others will follow." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 3.20: TRANSLATION Kings such as Janaka attained perfection solely by...
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"As living entities, we can move, but a table cannot because it does not possess living force. Movement and activity may be considered to be signs or symptoms of the living force. Indeed, it may be said that there can be no activity without the living force." Today's Smart Quote is from the Introduction to Teachings of Lord Caitanya: The word caitanya means living force. As living entities, we...
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". . . a philosopher is better than a laboring man, a mystic is superior to a philosopher, and of all the mystic yogis, he who follows bhakti-yoga, constantly engaging in the service of the Lord, is the highest..." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Mantra Fifteen of Sri Isopanishad: PURPORT (excerpt): In the Bhagavad-gita (6.46-47) there is a comparative analysis of the three...
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". . . You can fly from New York to Boston in one hour, but it takes even longer than that just to get to the airport. This situation is called maya-sukhaya. Maya means "false," "illusory." We are trying to create some very comfortable situation, but we have created another uncomfortable situation..." Today's Smart Quote is from the Science of Self Realization, Chapter Seven, in the section...
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". . . When a diamond is set in a golden ring, it looks very nice. The gold is glorified, and at the same time the diamond is glorified. The Lord and the living entity eternally glitter, and when a living entity becomes inclined to the service of the Supreme Lord he looks like gold. The Lord is a diamond, and so this combination is very nice." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Bhagavad...
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". . . One should therefore not indulge in hearing and speaking of the rubbish activities of worldly politicians and so-called big men in society but should mold his life in such a way that he can engage in godly activities without wasting a second." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Mantra Seventeen of Sri Isopanishad: TRANSLATION Let this temporary body be burnt to ashes, and...
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". . . The pure devotee has no actual chance to fall down, because the Supreme Godhead personally takes care of His pure devotees. Therefore, the intelligent person should take directly to the process of Krishna consciousness and happily live in this material world. He will eventually receive the supreme award of Krishna." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 9.34...
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" . . . The instructions of Krishna are not meaningless dogma. . . In other words, do not follow blindly, on the basis of sentiment alone. One who fails to apply logic can easily be misled by unscrupulous persons." Today's Smart Quote is from A Second Chance, Chapter 14, in the section entitled, "Logic and Reason." The instructions of Krishna are not meaningless dogma. Religion often gives...
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". . . We are trying to control nature, as presently we are trying to control space or planets, and this tendency to control is there because it is in Krishna. But although we have a tendency to lord it over material nature, we should know that we are not the supreme controller . . ." Today's Smart Quote is from the Introduction to Bhagavad-gita As It Is: Now the jivas, or the living entities...
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" . . . Even if a person is unaware of the potency of a certain medicine, if he takes that medicine or is forced to take it, it will act even without his knowledge, for its potency does not depend on the patient's understanding. Similarly, even though one does not know the value of chanting the holy name of the Lord, if one chants the holy name--knowingly or unknowingly--the chanting will be...
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" . . . by the slow process of devotional service, under the guidance of the bona fide spiritual master, one can attain the highest stage, being freed from all material attachment, from the fearfulness of one's individual spiritual personality, and from the frustrations that result in void philosophy. Then one can ultimately attain to the abode of the Supreme Lord." Today's Smart Quote is from...
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" . . If we decide to enjoy this material world, Krishna gives us the intelligence to become a very shrewd businessman or a popular politician or a cunning man so that we can earn money and enjoy ourselves. ." Today's Smart Quote is from the Science of Self Realization, Chapter Eight, in the section entitled, "The Perfection of Self-realization" Everything happens by the combined mercy of...
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" . . . one is easily relieved from all sinful reactions by chanting the holy name of the Lord and chanting His qualities and activities. This is the only process recommended for relief from sinful reactions. Even if a person chants the holy name of the Lord with improper pronunciation, he will achieve relief from material bondage if he chants without offenses." Today's Smart Quote is from A...
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" . . Krishna consciousness is not manufactured by us through mental speculation. It is prescribed in the Bhagavad-gita, which says that when we think in Krishna, chant in Krishna, live in Krishna, eat in Krishna, talk in Krishna, hope in Krishna, and sustain in Krishna, we return to Krishna, without any doubt. And this is the substance of Krishna consciousness." Today's Smart Quote is from...
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"When a man sees only frustration in his expectations, he thinks, "Why am I here?" Everyone is interested in himself and his own welfare. No one is interested in the Supreme Self . . . One's real self-interest lies in Vishnu, or Krishna. The conditioned soul forgets this, and therefore suffers material pains." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 1.30:...
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" . . . No one should be depressed by thinking that he will never be out of the clutches of matter, for there is every possibility of being rescued, exactly as it is possible for a log, which is floating down a river, to come to rest on the bank.." Today's Smart Quote is from the to Teachings of Lord Caitanya, Chapter Eleven: "Service to the Lord": The living entity, transmigrating through 8,...
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". . . It is foolish and artificial, therefore, to think oneself equal to the Supreme Lord, and it is still more foolish to think that one has not seen God. Everyone is seeing God according to his capacity; the only difference is that the theist sees God as the Supreme Personality, the most beloved, Krishna, and the atheist sees the Absolute Truth as ultimate death..." Today's Smart Quote is...
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"On the authority of Sri Krishna, one has to believe that there is a soul different from the material body, not that there is no such thing as soul, or that living symptoms develop at a certain stage of material maturity resulting from the interaction of chemicals." Today's Smart Quote is from Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 2.30: TRANSLATION O descendant of Bharata, he who dwells in the body can...
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All over the world we find the kind of literature we call scripture. These works tell us a particular kind of tale. They report those extraordinary occasions on which the divine penetrated into our world, and our tiny space and time housed for a while the eternal and infinite. Witnesses to these incursions, utterly changed by what they had seen, found themselves compelled to pour into the world’...
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Here's how the Srimad-Bhagavatam describes Shiva’s uncommon appearance: The engineer of the universe, Brahma, had asked four of his sons, celibate sages known as the Kumaras, to populate the worlds. When they refused, on the grounds that they wished to use their time purely for spiritual pursuits, Brahma became angry. Here's what happened next: “Although Brahma tried to curb his anger, it came...
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From Srimad-Bhagavatam, 1.11.16-17, Purport, by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada: "Baladeva [Balarama]: He is the divine son of Vasudeva by his wife Rohini. He is also known as Rohini-nandana, the beloved son of Rohini. He was also entrusted to Nanda Maharaja along with His mother, Rohini, when Vasudeva embraced imprisonment by mutual agreement with Kamsa. So Nanda Maharaja is...