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Topic: Mantra meditation

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More on this topic Krishna Meditation—the significance of, reasons for, and philosophy behind Hare Krishna mantra meditation. "You Can Pronounce Krishna in Any Way"—Does true spirituality require a specific hairstyle, clothing style, vocabulary, and a diet of curried vegetables? How to Chant on Beads—How to get up and running in your practice of chanting Hare Krishna in the privacy of your own...
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Lord Jesus Christ, Mohammed, and all the world’s scriptures emphasize glorifying God’s names. What is unique about this kind of prayer? According to Vedic calculation, great time spans are measured in yugas, or ages. The Vedas describe four yugas-Satya-yuga, Treta-yuga, Dvapara- yuga, and Kali-yuga-which repeat themselves in cyclical order like the four seasons. The duration of Satya-yuga is 1,...
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This is the eighth in a series of articles on offenses to be avoided when trying to progress spiritually by chanting God’s names. This article discusses the offense of not having complete faith in the spiritual nature of chanting Hare Krishna and holding on to material attachments. A real summer job—not babysitting! I made it to the hotel before six in the morning so as to have the breakfast...
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On the first of January this year, at our ISKCON center in Boise, Idaho, we held a “japathon”—an eight- hour session of japa (chanting the Hare Krishna mantra on beads). It was a spiritually rejuvenating way to begin the New Year, and many in our mostly Indian congregation took part wholeheartedly. Some chanters completed seventy-four rounds, while others did sixty-four, fifty, thirty-two,...
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“Praise ye the Lord. Praise ye the name of the Lord; praise Him, O ye servants of the Lord… . Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord.” (Psalms, 135, 150) Among all the practices of the Hare Krishna movement, the most prominent is the public chanting of God’s names, ecstatic dancing, and playing of musical instruments—a spontaneous street liturgy common in most major cities throughout...
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According to an Indian proverb, there’s nothing that a goat won’t eat and nothing that a madman won’t say. Madmen? Sometimes it seems like we’re living in a world of them, or at least a world of fools. The human impulse is to say something—anything. Something stupid, something contentious, something sweet, deceitful, smart, ridiculous, or empty. Big strings of words, amounting to nothing. It’s...
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Whether one chants meditatively on beads or exuberantly with musical instruments, the Hare Krishna mantra is the easiest and most potent means to spiritual advancement. “O my Lord, Your holy name alone can render all benediction to living beings, and thus You have millions of names, like Krishna and Govinda. In these transcendental names You have invested all Your transcendental energies. There...
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Allen Ginsberg: If you’re identifying love, however, with the shabda [sound] Krishna, what of those people who identify love with the shabda Allah? Srila Prabhupada: Well, of course, if that shabda identifies with God, we have no objection. As Caitanya Mahaprabhu says, namnam akari bahudha nija-sarva- shaktis: God has many names, in which He has invested His transcendental energies. God is...
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Does true spirituality require a specific hairstyle, clothing style, vocabulary, and a diet of curried vegetables? Allen Ginsberg: Your Divine Grace, my original question was, Is the complicated ritual and the Sanskrit language—are they going to keep people from accepting what you’re giving. Srila Prabhupada: No, no. We are translating, presenting everything in the English language. All our...
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"The guru does not manufacture a new process to instruct the disciple. The disciple receives from the guru an authorized process received by the guru from his guru. This is called the system of disciplic succession (evaḿ paramparā-prāptaḿ imaḿ rājarṣayo viduḥ [Bg. 4.2]). This is the bona fide Vedic system of receiving the process of devotional service, by which the Supreme Personality of Godhead...
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This transcendental vibration, by chanting of: Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare HareHare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare ...is the sublime method for reviving our Krishna consciousness. As living spiritual souls we are all originally Krishna conscious entities, but due to our association with matter from time immemorial, our consciousness is now polluted by material...
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In Sanskrit, man means “mind” and tra means “freeing.” So a mantra is a combination of transcendental, spiritual sounds meant to liberate the mind from the anxieties of life in the material world. Ancient India’s Vedic literatures single out one mantra as the maha (great) mantra. The Kali-santarana Upanishad explains, “These sixteen words— Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/...
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Meditation is the seventh stage in the eightfold mystic yoga system by which one gradually learns to sit still, control the breath, withdraw the senses from the world, fix the mind on one point, and eventually attain full concentration on the object of meditation. In Western countries, “meditation” has become a buzzword. In the 1960s the only meditation that people discussed was “Transcendental...
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According to people who estimate such things, last October saw the arrival on earth of human being number six billion. Many people wish that he or she had never made it. They complain that the planet’s already too crowded and every new birth just adds to the problem. As I look out my window at the cows grazing in a spacious pasture nearby, crowding and overpopulation are far from my mind....
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One fall day in 1972, the part of Philadelphia called University City was overrun by bright yellow posters. A rapid metastasis followed. The next day the posters had taken over Center City, and yellow tendrils were reaching delicately along main avenues toward the outlying districts. The following morning all the telephone poles on the street before our Krishna temple were infested with shining...
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Have you ever wondered why so many people chant the Hare Krishna Maha-mantra and what it's all about? In this 8-minute video His Holiness Giriraja Swami explains the significance and benefit of chanting the holy names of Krishna via the Maha-mantra, or great chant for deliverance: Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama, Hare Hare For more...
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How can we study nonmaterial aspects of reality when we’re living in a world of matter? Modern mechanistic science rests on the premise that reality is ultimately reducible to a simple set of mathematical equations. Such a view fails to account for two important aspects of reality: consciousness, and complex biological form. Here, in the first of a series of articles excerpted from the conclusion...
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I often dress in a way that identifies me, in the West at least, as a devotee of Lord Krishna. But when I’m asked, “Are you a Hindu?” I’m never ready to reply with an unequivocal “Yes!” Why is that? As a member of the Hare Krishna movement, I, like Hindus, accept the Vedic literature as the best source of knowledge, especially spiritual knowledge. And I’m a disciple of Srila Prabhupada, who gave...
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Musician and sustainability enthusiast Mitrasena dasa tells why he first decided to try chanting the Hare Krishna mantra, and what happened as a result.
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A selection of Srila Prabhupada's commentaries and conversations about the name "Krishna," including its Sanskrit etymology (word origin). Where possible, we've provided links for further exploring the topic or obtaining your own copy of the book quoted. The meaning of the name "Krishna": "The name Krishna means 'all-attractive.' God attracts everyone; that is the definition of 'God.' We have...
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Who Is Crazy? One of the first pieces of Krishna conscious literature widely distributed in the western world, "Who Is Crazy?" inspired many people to investigate the spiritual dimension of their lives. Lord Sri Krishna says, "My dear Arjuna, there are different classes of men. One class of men, they are sleeping. And another class of men, they are awake. They are not sleeping." And how is this...
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"Illusioned by the material energy, people are so engrossed in subject matters for sense gratification that they have very little time to understand the question of self-understanding, even though it is a fact that without this self-understanding all activities result in ultimate defeat in the struggle for existence." Today's Smart Quote comes from the third paragraph in the purport to...
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"We cannot, therefore, expect knowledge (veda) with these imperfect senses. With all these deficiencies, in conditioned life we cannot give perfect knowledge to anyone. Nor are we ourselves perfect. Therefore we accept the Vedas as they are." Today's Smart Quote is from the Introduction to Sri Isopanishad, which was delivered as a lecture by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada...
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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 the Bhagavad-gita As It Is, in the purport to Chapter 2, verse 30: TEXT 30: dehi nityam avadhyo 'yam...
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" . . . a saintly person can tolerate all kinds of miserable conditions of life, a learned man can discharge his duties without awaiting favorable circumstances, a heinous person like Kamsa can act in any sinful way, and a devotee can sacrifice everything to satisfy the Supreme Personality of Godhead." Today's Smart Quote is from Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Chapter One, the...
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"The mass of people know that God is great, but they do not know how great God actually is. That we will find in the Vedic literature." Today's Smart Quote is from the Science of Self-Realization, Chapter Five, "Practicing Yoga in the Modern Age": Spiritual life means human life, and material life means animal life. That's all. We have to make the adjustments that are recommended in the...
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"If drugs could help God realization, then drugs would be more powerful than God. How can we accept that?" Today's Smart Quote is from the Science of Self-Realization, Chapter Five, "Practicing Yoga in the Modern Age". During a visit to South Africa in 1976, Srila Prabhupada answered these and other questions for interviewer Bill Faill of the Durban Natal Mercury. Mr. Faill: Then one can be...
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" . . . if someone becomes a pure Vaishnava, or devotee of the Lord, ten generations of his family before his birth and ten generations after will be liberated." Today's Smart Quote is from Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Chapter Sixty-four, The Story of King Nriga: At this time, Lord Krishna was present among His relatives who were members of the kshatriya class. To teach them...
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"If a tuberculosis patient eats something and you eat the remnants, you will be infected with tuberculosis. Similarly, if you eat krishna-prasadam, then you will be infected with Krishna consciousness." Today's Smart Quote is from the Science of Self Realization, Chapter Five, "Practicing Yoga in the Modern Age". During a visit to South Africa in 1976, Srila Prabhupada answered these and...
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". . . if you want to stop crime, then you must gather as many people as possible for mass sankirtana. This congregational chanting of the holy name of God will dissipate all the dirty things in everyone's heart. Then there will be no more crime." Today's Smart Quote is from the Science of Self Realization, Chapter Six, "Finding Spiritual Solutions to Material Problems." During a visit to...
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"We are just like a poor medical man with a small private practice who could open a big hospital if he were given the facility. The government is the executor. If they take our advice and adopt the process of sankirtana, then the problem of crime will be solved." Today's Smart Quote is from the Science of Self Realization, Chapter Six, "Finding Spiritual Solutions to Material Problems."...
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"The impersonal sound of Krishna is om, but the sound Hare Krishna contains om. The chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra is clearly recommended for this age." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Bhagavad-gita As It Is , 8.13: TRANSLATION After being situated in this yoga practice and vibrating the sacred syllable om, the supreme combination of letters, if one thinks of the Supreme...
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"Some say that the devotee should remain in holy places like Vrindavana or some holy town where the Lord lived, but a pure devotee can live anywhere and create the atmosphere of Vrindavana by his devotional service." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Bhagavad-gita As It Is , 8.14: TRANSLATION For one who always remembers Me without deviation, I am easy to obtain, O son of Pritha,...
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"No one should satisfy himself, as is the rule in the material world, but one should satisfy Krishna." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Bhagavad-gita As It Is , 2.48: TRANSLATION Perform your duty equipoised, O Arjuna, abandoning all attachment to success or failure. Such equanimity is called yoga. PURPORT: Krishna tells Arjuna that he should act in yoga. And what is that yoga? Yoga...
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"There is nothing in the universe that does not belong to either the para or the apara prakriti; therefore everything is the property of the Supreme Being." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to the purport to Mantra One of Sri Isopanishad: TRANSLATION Everything animate or inanimate that is within the universe is controlled and owned by the Lord. One should therefore accept only those...
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"From the highest planet in the material world down to the lowest, all are places of misery wherein repeated birth and death take place. But one who attains to My abode, O son of Kunti, never takes birth again." Today's Smart Quote is from the Bhagavad-gita As It Is , 8.16: PURPORT: All kinds of yogis -- karma, jnana, hatha, etc. -- eventually have to attain devotional perfection in bhakti-yoga...
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"Brahma lives . . . by earth calculations . . . 311 trillion and 40 billion earth years. By these calculations the life of Brahma seems fantastic and interminable, but from the viewpoint of eternity it is as brief as a lightning flash." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Bhagavad-gita As It Is , 8.17: TRANSLATION By human calculation, a thousand ages taken together form the duration of...
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"On this earth, Vrindavana, ninety miles southeast of Delhi, is a replica of that supreme Goloka Vrindavana located in the spiritual sky. When Krishna descended on this earth, He sported on that particular tract of land known as Vrindavana, comprising about eighty-four square miles in the district of Mathura, India." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Bhagavad-gita As It Is , 8.21:...
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"If you maintain a slaughterhouse and disobey the order of Christ, "Thou shalt not kill," and you proclaim yourself Christian or Hindu, that is not religion." Today's Smart Quote is from the Science of Self Realization, Chapter Six, "Human Society or Animal Society?" From an interview with India's Bhavan's Journal in August, 1976. Interviewer: Exactly what is Krishna consciousness? Could you...
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"If you do not accept that Krishna is the supreme entity, then try to understand. That is education: there is someone supreme; Krishna is not Indian; He is God." Today's Smart Quote is from the Science of Self Realization, Chapter Six, "Human Society or Animal Society?" From an interview with India's Bhavan's Journal in August, 1976. "Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. If you do...
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" . . . without pleasing the Supreme Personality of Godhead, no one can become happy. Unfortunately people do not know who God is and how to make Him happy. Our Krishna consciousness movement is therefore meant to present the Supreme Personality of Godhead directly to the people." Today's Smart Quote is from the Science of Self Realization, Chapter Six, " Altruism: Temporary and Eternal." In...
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"A tree lives for hundreds and hundreds of years, but there is no point in living a long time like trees, or breathing like bellows, or begetting children like hogs and dogs, or eating like camels. A humble God-centered life is more valuable than a colossal hoax of a life dedicated to godless altruism or socialism." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Mantra Two of Sri Isopanishad:...
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"We are given this human form of life not to work hard like asses, swine and dogs but to attain the highest perfection of life. If we do not care for self-realization, the laws of nature force us to work very hard, even though we may not want to do so. Human beings in this age have been forced to work hard like the asses and bullocks that pull carts." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport...
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" . . . if one has not understood that the purpose of the Vedas is to reach Krishna and simply engages in the rituals, etc., then he is uselessly wasting time in such engagements.." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 2.52: PURPORT (continued): . . . The Vedic rites and rituals are imperative for neophytes: comprehending all kinds of prayer three times a day,...
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"It is said that a fool is undiscovered as long as he does not speak, and certainly a well-dressed fool cannot be identified unless he speaks, but as soon as he speaks, he reveals himself at once. The immediate symptom of a Krishna conscious man is that he speaks only of Krishna and of matters relating to Him." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 2.54: TRANSLATION...
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". . . on the moon there are higher classes of living beings, though they may not be perceived by the gross senses." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 8.25: TRANSLATION The mystic who passes away from this world during the smoke, the night, the fortnight of the waning moon, or the six months when the sun passes to the south reaches the moon planet but again...
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". . . a fully Krishna conscious person is not at all disturbed by the onslaughts of the threefold miseries, for he accepts all miseries as the mercy of the Lord, thinking himself only worthy of more trouble due to his past misdeeds." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 2.56: TRANSLATION One who is not disturbed in mind even amidst the threefold miseries or...
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"There is always some upheaval in the material world which may be good or evil. One who is not agitated by such material upheavals, who is unaffected by good and evil, is to be understood to be fixed in Krishna consciousness." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 2.57: TRANSLATION In the material world, one who is unaffected by whatever good or evil he may obtain...
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" . . . one who has tasted the beauty of the Supreme Lord Krishna, in the course of his advancement in Krishna consciousness, no longer has a taste for dead, material things." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 2.59: TRANSLATION The embodied soul may be restricted from sense enjoyment, though the taste for sense objects remains. But, ceasing such engagements by...
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"Krishna consciousness is such a transcendentally nice thing that automatically material enjoyment becomes distasteful. It is as if a hungry man had satisfied his hunger by a sufficient quantity of nutritious eatables." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 2.60: TRANSLATION The senses are so strong and impetuous, O Arjuna, that they forcibly carry away the mind...
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" . . . unless one is Krishna conscious it is not at all possible to control the senses." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 2.61: TRANSLATION One who restrains his senses, keeping them under full control, and fixes his consciousness upon Me, is known as a man of steady intelligence. PURPORT (excerpt): That the highest conception of yoga perfection is Krishna...
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"The so-called yogis who meditate on something other than the Vishnu form simply waste their time in a vain search after some phantasmagoria. We have to be Krishna conscious--devoted to the Personality of Godhead. This is the aim of the real yoga." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 2.61: PURPORT (excerpt): . . . Srila Baladeva Vidyabhushana, a great scholar...
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"The senses require real engagements, and if they are not engaged in the transcendental loving service of the Lord, they will certainly seek engagement in the service of materialism." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 2.62: TRANSLATION While contemplating the objects of the senses, a person develops attachment for them, and from such attachment lust develops,...
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"The Supreme Lord walks and does not walk. He is far away, but He is very near as well. He is within everything, and yet He is outside of everything." Today's Smart Quote is Mantra Five of Sri Isopanishad: TRANSLATION The Supreme Lord walks and does not walk. He is far away, but He is very near as well. He is within everything, and yet He is outside of everything. PURPORT (excerpt): Here is...
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"We should not take it for granted that because we cannot see God with our eyes the Lord has no personal existence." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Mantra Five of Sri Isopanishad: TRANSLATION The Supreme Lord walks and does not walk. He is far away, but He is very near as well. He is within everything, and yet He is outside of everything. PURPORT (excerpt): We should not take it...
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" . . . both those who declare themselves to be God and those who accept them as God will have to suffer for it. Anyone can claim to be God, and any foolish person can accept, but no one will benefit by serving a false God." Today's Smart Quote is from the A Second Chance, Chapter Two, in the section entitled, "Spiritual Form and Spiritual Pastimes." Sometimes a so-called incarnation of God...
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"The fact is that there is nothing but God within and without. Everything is a manifestation of His different energies, like the heat and light emanating from a fire, and in this way there is a oneness among His diverse energies." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Mantra Five of Sri Isopanishad: TRANSLATION The Supreme Lord walks and does not walk. He is far away, but He is very...
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"The effulgence pervading the universe is considered to be the rays of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. The supreme abode of Krishna is always throwing off the effulgence known as brahmajyoti, and that effulgence is emanating from His body." Today's Smart Quote is from the Nectar of Devotion, Chapter 21, "Qualities Of Sri Krishna": . . . Srila Rupa Gosvami has attempted to give evidences...
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"Due to material defects, the naked eye cannot see anything properly. One cannot see properly unless one has heard from a superior source, and the highest source is the Vedic wisdom, which is spoken by the Lord Himself." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Mantra Six of Sri Isopanishad: TRANSLATION He who sees everything in relation to the Supreme Lord, who sees all living entities as...
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"Although it is by our energy that this body is produced, we do not know how our veins are created or how our bones are created. And because we do not know, we are not God. But Krishna knows." Today's Smart Quote is from the A Second Chance, Chapter Two, in the section entitled, "The Absolute Truth Full of Knowledge." What are the characteristics of the original source? The Srimad-...
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"In India even today parents often give their children names of God, such as Krishna, Govinda, or Narayana. Thus the parents chant the names Krishna, Govinda, or Narayana and get the chance to be purified." Today's Smart Quote is from the A Second Chance, Chapter 3, in the section entitled, "At The Final Hour." . . . Here it is clearly mentioned that the child Narayana was so young that he...
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"One Calcutta businessman at the time of death asked about the management of his mill. He might have taken his next birth as a rat in his mill. This is possible. At the time of death, whatever you are thinking will carry you to your next body." Today's Smart Quote is from the book A Second Chance, Chapter 3, in the section entitled, "Death, a Critical Time of Life." As mentioned above, one'...
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". . . a person in Krishna consciousness knows how to use everything in the service of the Lord; therefore he does not become a victim of material consciousness." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 2.63: TRANSLATION From anger, complete delusion arises, and from delusion bewilderment of memory. When memory is bewildered, intelligence is lost, and when...
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"By chanting the holy name of Krishna, we make immediate contact with Krishna Himself. The reason for this is that the Lord's name is not material: it is spiritual and absolute." Today's Smart Quote is from A Second Chance, Chapter 5, in the section entitled, "The Vishnudutas to the Rescue." . . . The name Narayana has the full potency of the Supreme Personality of Godhead--Narayana, or...
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"In India, as in many other countries, some people follow the custom of leading a procession with a decorated dead body for the pleasure of the lamenting relatives. In the same way, modern civilization is a patchwork of activities meant to cover the perpetual miseries of material existence." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Mantra Nine of Sri Isopanishad: TRANSLATION Those who...
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"Religious people generally do not know that the highest perfection of religion is the attainment of devotional service." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 9.02: PURPORT (excerpt): Religious people generally do not know that the highest perfection of religion is the attainment of devotional service. As we have already discussed in regard to the last verse of...
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". . . with our naked eye we perceive the sun globe simply as some glaring substance, but when we see through authorized books of science and other literature, we can understand how much greater the sun globe is than this earth and how powerful it is. So seeing things through the naked eye is not actually seeing. Seeing things through the authorized books or authorized teachers is the correct...
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"A person who is not disturbed by the incessant flow of desires--that enter like rivers into the ocean, which is ever being filled but is always still--can alone achieve peace, and not the man who strives to satisfy such desires." Today's Smart Quote is from the Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 2.70: TRANSLATION A person who is not disturbed by the incessant flow of desires--that enter like rivers into...
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"The activities of the different species of living beings are begun from the very moment of the creation. It is not that all is evolved. The different species of life are created immediately along with the universe." Today's Smart Quote is from the Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 9.8: TRANSLATION The whole cosmic order is under Me. Under My will it is automatically manifested again and again, and...
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"The example can be given of a high-court judge sitting on his bench. By his order so many things are happening -- someone is being hanged, someone is being put into jail, someone is awarded a huge amount of wealth -- but still he is neutral. He has nothing to do with all that gain and loss. Similarly, the Lord is always neutral, although He has His hand in every sphere of activity." Today's...
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"There are many controversies between the impersonalists and the personalists about the Lord's appearance as a human being. But if we consult Bhagavad-gita and Srimad-Bhagavatam, the authoritative texts for understanding the science of Krishna, then we can understand that Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 9.11:...
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". . . one has to work in Krishna consciousness to satisfy Krishna (or Vishnu); and while performing such activities one is in a liberated stage. This is the great art of doing work, and in the beginning this process requires very expert guidance." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 3.9: TRANSLATION Work done as a sacrifice for Vishnu has to be performed;...
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"Krishna consciousness is a serious education, not an ordinary religion." Today's Smart Quote is from the Science of Self Realization, Chapter One, in the section entitled, "Reincarnation and Beyond" Mike Robinson: Do you often quote references? Srila Prabhupada: Yes, we quote many references. Krishna consciousness is a serious education, not an ordinary religion. More about the...
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". . . All living entities within the material creation are conditioned by material nature because of their forgetfulness of their relationship to Vishnu, or Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. The Vedic principles are to help us understand this eternal relation." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 3.10: TRANSLATION In the beginning of creation, the...
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"One who is disturbed by the whirlpool of material energy is not qualified to become an acharya." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Mantra Thirteen of Sri Isopanishad: PURPORT (excerpt): The conviction that Krishna is all in all is established when one hears the transcendental message from the undisturbed acharya with faith and love. One who has no faith in or love for Lord Krishna...
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"Due to repeated birth and death in so many material bodies, we have all forgotten that we are part and parcel of God, that we have an intimate relationship with Him, and that somehow or other we have fallen into this material world. It is very difficult to exactly pinpoint the origin of this forgetfulness." Today's Smart Quote is from A Second Chance, Chapter 9, in the section entitled, "...
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". . If we forget the purpose of human life and simply take supplies from the agents of the Lord for sense gratification and become more and more entangled in material existence, which is not the purpose of creation, certainly we become thieves, and therefore we are punished by the laws of material nature. A society of thieves can never be happy, because they have no aim in life." Today's Smart...
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"Material scientists and politicians are trying to make this place deathless because they have no information of the deathless spiritual nature. This is due to their ignorance of the Vedic literature, which contains full knowledge confirmed by mature transcendental experience." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Mantra Fourteen of Sri Isopanishad: PURPORT (excerpt): Material...
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"The officers and directors are engaged as representatives of the government, and to offer some bribe to the officers and directors is illegal. . . In other words, Krishna does not approve the unnecessary worship of the demigods." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 9.23: TRANSLATION Those who are devotees of other gods and who worship them with faith actually...
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". . . As soon as we understand that God is the proprietor of everything, then all the troubles of the world will immediately be solved. This may take some time. It is not expected that everyone will understand this high philosophy, but if the intelligent people in every country try to understand it, that will be sufficient." Today's Smart Quote is from the Science of Self Realization,...
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" . . . We can see the power of chanting the holy name of Krishna by studying the Krishna consciousness movement. In this movement all kinds of sinful activities are being given up by persons who have been addicted to bad habits ever since they were living in the wombs of their mothers." Today's Smart Quote is from A Second Chance, Chapter 11, in the section entitled, "A Special Concession...
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"On the ground we may see only clouds in the sky, but if we fly above the clouds we can see the sun shining. From the sky, skyscrapers and cities seem very tiny; similarly, from God's position this entire material creation is insignificant." Today's Smart Quote is from the Introduction to Teachings of Lord Caitanya: On the ground we may see only clouds in the sky, but if we fly above the...
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"The Krishna consciousness movement is therefore distributing sublime information to the entire human society to the effect that by simply chanting the Hare Krishna mantra one can become perfect in this life and go back home, back to Godhead." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 9.25: TRANSLATION Those who worship the demigods will take birth among the demigods;...
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" . . . to make advancement in spiritual life, one must view everything material with a pessimistic eye unless it is utilized to serve and please Krishna. We are not very much hopeful for any lasting pleasure or satisfaction for our deepest cravings within this realm of gross matter." Today's Smart Quote is from the Science of Self Realization, Chapter Seven, in the section entitled, "...
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" . . We ask our students to refrain from illicit sex, meat-eating, gambling, and intoxication. People think that this is all very difficult—a botheration. But if someone else says, "You may do whatever nonsense you like, simply take my mantra," then people will like him." Today's Smart Quote is from the Science of Self Realization, Chapter Two, in the section entitled, "Saints and Swindlers...
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". . . without being fully in Krishna consciousness, one should not give up his occupational duties. No one should suddenly give up his prescribed duties and become a so-called yogi or transcendentalist artificially. It is better to be situated in one's position and to try to attain Krishna consciousness under superior training." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Bhagavad-gita As It Is...
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". . . Fear is due to worrying about the future. A person in Krishna consciousness has no fear because by his activities he is sure to go back to the spiritual sky, back home, back to Godhead. Therefore his future is very bright." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 10.4-5: TRANSLATION Intelligence, knowledge, freedom from doubt and delusion, forgiveness,...
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". . . Krishna consciousness is so powerful that even a late beginner can become a lover of God by following the regulative principles of devotional service.." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 3.41: TRANSLATION Therefore, O Arjuna, best of the Bharatas, in the very beginning curb this great symbol of sin [lust] by regulating the senses, and slay this...
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" . . . If we regularly chant Hare Krishna without offense, we shall remain free from all sinful reaction, and our attachment for the Supreme Lord in devotional service will increase." Today's Smart Quote is from A Second Chance, Chapter 15, in the section entitled, "Offenses Against the Holy Name." The key to successful chanting, therefore, is to carefully avoid sin altogether. By chanting...
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". . . Unless one is firmly convinced of the different opulences of the Supreme Lord, he cannot engage in devotional service. Generally people know that God is great, but they do not know in detail how God is great . . . One should not neglect to understand fully how great Krishna is, for by knowing the greatness of Krishna one will be able to be fixed in sincere devotional service." Today's...
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". . . we should at least theoretically accept Sri Krishna as the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and with that submissive spirit we can understand the Bhagavad-gita. Unless one reads the Bhagavad-gita in a submissive spirit, it is very difficult to understand Bhagavad-gita, because it is a great mystery.." Today's Smart Quote is from the Introduction to Bhagavad-gita As It Is: Therefore...
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". . . In this material world we find that everything is temporary. It comes into being, stays for some time, produces some by-products, dwindles and then vanishes. That is the law of the material world, whether we use as an example this body, or a piece of fruit or anything. But beyond this temporary world there is another world of which we have information." Today's Smart Quote is from the...
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". . . If someone is asked what he did exactly at the same time one day earlier, it would be very difficult for a common man to answer immediately. He would surely have to dredge his memory to recall what he was doing exactly at the same time one day before. And yet, men often dare claim to be God, or Krishna. One should not be misled by such meaningless claims." Today's Smart Quote is from the...
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". . We are associated with the three modes of material nature, but we must become detached through devotional service to the Lord. If we are not attached to devotional service to the Lord, then we cannot become detached from the modes of material nature." Today's Smart Quote is from the Introduction to Bhagavad-gita As It Is: . . .That padam avyayam, or eternal kingdom, can be reached by one...
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". . A man dies after it has been decided what form of body he will have in the next life. Higher authorities, not the living entity himself, make this decision. According to our activities in this life, we either rise or sink. This life is a preparation for the next life. . ." Today's Smart Quote is from the Introduction to Bhagavad-gita As It Is: The process of quitting this body and getting...
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" . . . Just as materialists engage their minds in reading newspapers, magazines and so many materialistic literatures, we must transfer our reading to these literatures [Bhagavad-gita, Srimad-Bhagavatam, etc.] . . . in that way it will be possible for us to remember the Supreme Lord at the time of death." Today's Smart Quote is from the Introduction to Bhagavad-gita As It Is: The forgetful...
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" . . What is the difference between someone who thinks, 'I am a stone,' and someone who thinks, 'I am void'? Why should we become stone, wood, or void? Our actual position should be in reciprocating loving affairs with Krishna." Today's Smart Quote is from the Science of Self Realization, Chapter Eight, in the section entitled, "The Perfection of Self-realization" The devotee is actually...
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" . . . The mind is always flying to this and that, but one must practice concentrating the mind always on the form of the Supreme Lord, Sri Krishna, or on the sound of His name." Today's Smart Quote is from the Introduction to Bhagavad-gita As It Is: The mind is always flying to this and that, but one must practice concentrating the mind always on the form of the Supreme Lord, Sri Krishna, or...
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" . . . Consciousness cannot be produced by a combination of matter." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 10.22: TRANSLATION Of the Vedas I am the Sama Veda; of the demigods I am Indra, the king of heaven; of the senses I am the mind; and in living beings I am the living force [consciousness]. PURPORT: The difference between matter and spirit is that matter...