Topic: Relationships with Krishna

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"How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” One, two, three, four, five. Poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning had something else in mind when she penned her beatific “How do I love thee?” question, but the Vedic literature of ancient India, highly poetic itself, answers that there are primarily five ways that an “I” and a “thee” can love each other: (1) in a mood of reverence, (2) in a mood of...
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Because my family frequently moved when I was a child, I attended a succession of Sunday schools and vacation Bible schools. Consequently, I had occasion to ask a number of religious instructors a question that had me genuinely puzzled. I knew that God was so great and powerful that it cost Him virtually no effort at all to maintain and control this vast creation. He could do it with the tip of...
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The Vedic teachings say the highest truth has both male and female aspects. The female nature is called shakti ("the energy") and the male shaktiman ("the energetic"). They are one and different simultaneously, like the sun and sunshine; each gives meaning to the other. The male and female aspects of the Supreme Being are described in histories like Srimad-Bhagavatam, Ramayana and Mahabharata,...
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We conditioned souls are originally Krishna conscious living entities, but owing to a desire to be independent of God and to be the Supreme ourselves, we have fallen from our original position and become covered by maya (illusion), who provides us with false identities of gross and subtle matter. By the grace of Krishna and His pure devotees we fallen souls can regain our original Krishna...
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Since early July there has been heavy fighting in parts of Eastern Ukraine. The result is ISKCON devotees are leaving their homes, having to flee to safer areas. Some have even lost their homes due to mortar and other combat-zone destruction. Most have left with only what they could carry. Some drove away with snipers firing on their vehicles. In one case, a devotee’s car was destroyed by...
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". . . people are under the impression that the soul is different from the body and that when the body is finished, or one is liberated from the body, the soul remains in a void and becomes impersonal. But actually that is not the fact. How can the soul, which is so active within this body, be inactive after being liberated from the body?" Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Bhagavad-...
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"If Krishna wants, the devotee can do anything which is ordinarily undesirable; and if Krishna does not want, he shall not do that which he would have ordinarily done for his own satisfaction." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 2.64: TRANSLATION But a person free from all attachment and aversion and able to control his senses through regulative principles of...
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"One who is not connected with the Supreme [in Krishna consciousness] can have neither transcendental intelligence nor a steady mind, without which there is no possibility of peace. And how can there be any happiness without peace?" Today's Smart Quote is from the Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 2.66: TRANSLATION One who is not connected with the Supreme [in Krishna consciousness] can have neither...
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"Simply by sitting, one can learn; then one can eat the remnants of the food offered to God, nice palatable dishes. In every state devotional service is joyful. One can execute devotional service even in the most poverty-stricken condition." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 9.2: PURPORT (excerpt): The process of devotional service is a very happy one (susukham...
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"Not by merely abstaining from work can one achieve freedom from reaction, nor by renunciation alone can one attain perfection.." Today's Smart Quote is from Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 3.4: TRANSLATION Not by merely abstaining from work can one achieve freedom from reaction, nor by renunciation alone can one attain perfection. PURPORT: The renounced order of life can be accepted when one has...
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"Foolish people say that the Vaishnavas do not work, but the Vaishnavas work for Krishna twenty-four hours a day. They are not idle do-nothings." Today's Smart Quote is from A Second Chance, Chapter 9, in the section entitled, "Compelled to Work." . . . The Yamadutas say that everyone with a material body must work. An ant and an elephant both have to work. The ant requires only a grain of...
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"We may try to make something with matter, but matter does not create itself. Hydrogen and oxygen will come in contact only when moved by the superior energy. Only fools can expect the entire cosmic manifestation, which is only matter, to come into being automatically." Today's Smart Quote is from the Science of Self Realization, Chapter One, in the section entitled, "The Tiny World of Modern...
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"The spiritual spark is so beautiful that when it leaves the so-called beautiful body, which in fact is full of stool and vomit, no one wants to touch that body, even if it is decorated with a costly costume." Today's Smart Quote is from the Science of Self Realization, Chapter One, in the section entitled, "Truth and Beauty" Mundane intellectuals and aesthetics, however, are deluded by the...
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" . . . understanding "I am a spirit soul, not the body" does not mean one is cured of illusion. Only when a person fully understands that he is the eternal servant of Krishna and he acts on that understanding is he truly self-realized." Today's Smart Quote is from A Second Chance, Chapter 11, in the section entitled, "Spiritual Senses." . . . Brahman realization is not enough. A sick man's...
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"If, however, anyone has any material desire to be fulfilled, he had better pray for it to the Supreme Lord (although that is not pure devotion), and he will thus achieve the desired result." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 9.24: TRANSLATION I am the only enjoyer and master of all sacrifices. Therefore, those who do not recognize My true transcendental nature...
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". . . because He [Krishna] is the perfect person, His beauty, opulence, fame, strength, knowledge, and renunciation are all unlimited sources of transcendental bliss for the individual soul. The individual soul becomes attracted by all these different opulences when they are imperfectly represented by other conditioned souls, but the individual soul is not satisfied by such imperfect...
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". . . All you have to do is bow down before Krishna with faith and say, "My Lord Krishna, I was forgetful of You for so long, for so many lives. Now I have come to consciousness; please accept me." That's all..." Today's Smart Quote is from the Science of Self Realization, Chapter Seven, in the section entitled, "Saintly Compassion" The Vaishnava knows that as soon as one surrenders, one...
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". . . You cannot say, "I am committing this sin, but no one can see me." Krishna is the supreme witness sitting within your heart. He notes down what you are thinking and what you are doing." Today's Smart Quote is from the Science of Self Realization, Chapter Seven, in the section entitled, "Saintly Compassion" People do not believe in a next life, because they want to avoid this...
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" . . . The very word ahankara [false ego] means 'I am doing this, I am doing that, and therefore I have become so big.'" Today's Smart Quote is from A Second Chance, Chapter 12, in the section entitled, "Bewildered by Desire." So, Ajamila had this quality of gentleness, which is prominent in brahmanas. Also, despite all his training, Ajamila was not proud. He was free of ahankara, or false...
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"Instead of taking from God, we give to God. It was in this relationship that Krishna's mother, Yasoda, told the Lord, "Here, eat this or You'll die. Eat nicely." In this way Krishna, although the proprietor of everything, depends on the mercy of His devotee.." Today's Smart Quote is from the Introduction to Teachings of Lord Caitanya: There are no other literatures in the world in which God...
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". . . the chanting of Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare should be continued without stoppage. This will protect a devotee from all accidental falldowns." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 9.31: TRANSLATION He quickly becomes righteous and attains lasting peace. O son of Kunti, declare it boldly...
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" . . As soon as you have some attachment for anything material, it will kick you upon the face, deteriorate, and disappoint you. It's bound to dissatisfy and frustrate you. That's a fact." Today's Smart Quote is from the Science of Self Realization, Chapter Seven, in the section entitled, "Protecting Oneself from Illusion" Everyone wants to repose his loving tendency in some object which...
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" . . . In the Bhagavad-gita, Lord Krishna instructs His disciple Arjuna, "Just surrender unto Me, and I shall protect you from all sinful reactions." And Arjuna accepts Krishna's instruction with the words . . ."I will do as You say." . . . If we follow Arjuna's example, we will be in direct contact with Krishna, and we will be able to surmount all difficulties in both our spiritual and...
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". . . If a living entity says that he is not controlled but that he is free, then he is insane. The living being is controlled in every respect, at least in his conditioned life.." Today's Smart Quote is from the Introduction to Bhagavad-gita As It Is: The subject of the Bhagavad-gita entails the comprehension of five basic truths. First of all, the science of God is explained and then the...
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" . . . We may live for thousands of years on a higher planet and enjoy a very high standard of life, complete with beautiful wife, abundant wealth, and the finest wine, but there is no permanent benefit. For a devotee, such a life is hellish, because he does not wish to live without Krishna. That is genuine spiritual realization." Today's Smart Quote is from A Second Chance, Chapter 16, in...
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" . . . The pure devotee's business is to satisfy Krishna, and as soon as he chants the Hare Krishna maha-mantra, he remembers how to do so." Today's Smart Quote is from A Second Chance, Chapter 16, in the section entitled, "Lord Krishna's Transcendental Pastimes." The pure devotee's business is to satisfy Krishna, and as soon as he chants the Hare Krishna maha-mantra, he remembers how to...
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". . Modern stories, fiction and histories are different from the transcendental pastimes of the Lord in that one will tire of hearing mundane stories but one never tires of hearing about Krishna. . ." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Bhagavad-gita As It Is 10.18: TRANSLATION O Janardana, again please describe in detail the mystic power of Your opulences. I am never satiated in...
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" . . . we have to practice remembering the Lord always, twenty-four hours a day, by chanting His names and molding our life's activities in such a way that we can remember Him always." Today's Smart Quote is from the Introduction to Bhagavad-gita As It Is: The names of the Lord and the Lord are nondifferent. So Lord Krishna's instructions to Arjuna to "remember Me" and Lord Caitanya's...
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" . . . The holy name is so powerful that if someone derides us, saying, "Why are you chanting Hare Krishna--it is nonsense!" he also gets spiritual benefit." Today's Smart Quote is from A Second Chance, Chapter 16, in the section entitled, "Indiscriminate Mercy." One attains freedom from all sinful reactions immediately upon recitation of the holy name, even if one does not understand the...
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" . . . Whether one is without desire [the condition of the devotees], or is desirous of all fruitive results, or is after liberation, one should with all efforts try to worship the Supreme Personality of Godhead for complete perfection, culminating in Krishna consciousness." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 4.11: TRANSLATION As all surrender unto Me, I...
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" . . . One will find in the Bhagavad-gita all that is contained in other scriptures, but the reader will also find things which are not to be found elsewhere." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 1.1: TRANSLATION Dhritarashtra said: O Sanjaya, after my sons and the sons of Pandu assembled in the place of pilgrimage at Kurukshetra, desiring to fight, what did...
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" . . . One should not be afraid of dying, but one should be cautious and ask, "What sort of situation will I attain in my next life as a result of my activities?" Today's Smart Quote is from A Second Chance, Chapter 17, in the section entitled, "Permanent Credit." . . . It is nature's law that everyone here must die. No one who takes birth in the material world can live eternally. The...
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" . . . To act in Krishna consciousness, one has to follow the leadership of authorized persons who are in a line of disciplic succession . . . Otherwise even the most intelligent men will be bewildered regarding the standard actions of Krishna consciousness. For this reason, the Lord decided to instruct Arjuna in Krishna consciousness directly." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to...
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" . . there is a higher authority, a supreme director. Otherwise, how is it that the son of a rich and pious man becomes a hippie in the street or that a man who works very hard and becomes rich is told by his doctor, "Now you may not eat any food, but only barley water"?" Today's Smart Quote is from the Science of Self Realization, Chapter Three, in the section entitled, "Krishna...
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" . . Actually, however, there is a great plan for everything—the Vedic plan. The Vedic literature gives directions regarding how men and women should unite, how they should beget children, and what the purpose of sex life is." Today's Smart Quote is from the Science of Self Realization, Chapter Three, in the section entitled, "Krishna Consciousness:Hindu Cult or Divine Culture?" Actually...
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" . . One should clearly understand that the Krishna consciousness movement is not preaching the so-called Hindu religion. We are giving a spiritual culture that can solve all the problems of life, and therefore it is being accepted all over the world." Today's Smart Quote is from the Science of Self Realization, Chapter Three, in the section entitled, "Krishna Consciousness:Hindu Cult or...
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" . . A farmer may consider, "The front part of the hen is very expensive because I have to feed it. Better to cut it off." But if the head is missing there will be no eggs anymore, because the body is dead. Similarly, if we reject the difficult part of the scriptures and obey the part we like, such an interpretation will not help us." Today's Smart Quote is from the Science of Self...
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" . . . At the time of death one is certainly bewildered because his bodily functions are disordered. At that time, even one who throughout his life has practiced chanting the holy name of the Lord may not be able to chant the Hare Krishna mantra very distinctly. Nevertheless, such a person receives all the benefits of chanting the holy name." Today's Smart Quote is from A Second Chance,...
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". . . Because the material nature is dependent upon You [Krishna], the living entities can only attempt to act. But without Your sanction and will they cannot perform anything or achieve the results they desire." Today's Smart Quote is from Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Chapter Chapter Eighty-five, "Spiritual Instruction for Vasudeva, and the Return of the Six Dead Sons of...
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" . . Jesus Christ taught, "Thou shalt not kill." But his followers have now decided, "Let us kill anyway," and they open big, modern, scientific slaughterhouses. "If there is any sin, Christ will suffer for us." This is a most abominable conclusion." Today's Smart Quote is from the Science of Self Realization, Chapter Four, in the section entitled, "Jesus Christ Was A Guru" A preacher of...
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" . . . Krishna also understands that Arjuna wants to see the universal form to set a criterion, for in the future there would be so many imposters who would pose themselves as incarnations of God. The people, therefore, should be careful; one who claims to be Krishna should be prepared to show his universal form to confirm his claim to the people. ." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to...
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" . . . Krishna is not obliged to reveal Himself unless one surrenders fully in Krishna consciousness and engages in devotional service. Thus it is not possible for persons who depend on the strength of their mental speculations to see Krishna." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 11.4: TRANSLATION If You think that I am able to behold Your cosmic form, O my...
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" . . . The practice of reduced eating is automatically done when one eats only krishna-prasadam, or food which is offered first to the Lord. Reducing the eating process is very helpful in the matter of sense control. And without sense control there is no possibility of getting out of the material entanglement." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 4.29:...
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"As honey and butter become melted even in slight sunshine, softhearted persons become easily melted. Nectar, however, is by its nature always liquid. And the hearts of those who are in pure ecstatic love with Krishna are by nature always liquified, just like nectar. A pure devotee of Krishna is always specifically qualified with nectarean qualifications and sometimes with the qualifications of...
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" . . . Sometimes the members of the Krishna consciousness society are afraid of the impending danger of world war and ask what would happen to them if a war should occur. In all kinds of danger they should be confident of their protection by the Vishnudutas or the Supreme Personality of Godhead, as Krishna Himself confirms in the Bhagavad-gita (9.31): kaunteya pratijanihi na me bhaktah...
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" . . . Lord Krishna states . . . "Give up all other duties and surrender unto Me." That is the real religious principle everyone should follow. Even though one follows the Vedic scriptures, one may not know this transcendental principle, for it is not known to everyone. To say nothing of human beings, even the demigods in the upper planetary systems are unaware of it. . ." Today's Smart...
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"Even if you are considered to be the most sinful of all sinners, when you are situated in the boat of transcendental knowledge you will be able to cross over the ocean of miseries." Today's Smart Quote is from Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 4.36: TRANSLATION Even if you are considered to be the most sinful of all sinners, when you are situated in the boat of transcendental knowledge you will be...
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"Foolish persons who do not have sufficient knowledge think that nature is moving without a plan and all manifestations are but accidental formations. There are many so-called scientists who suggest that perhaps it was like this, or maybe like that, but there is no question of 'perhaps' and 'maybe.' There is a specific plan being carried out in this material world." Today's Smart Quote is...
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". . . the devotee always absorbed in Krishna consciousness has no anxieties for his maintenance or protection. Being constantly absorbed in Krishna consciousness, he ultimately achieves the highest perfection. While in material existence, he lives very peacefully and blissfully, without cares and anxieties, and after quitting this body he goes back home, back to Godhead.." Today's Smart Quote...
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". . . Generally if a person is breathing he is accepted to be alive. But a person without Krishna consciousness may be compared to a bellows in a blacksmith’s shop. The big bellows is a bag of skin which exhales and inhales air, and a human being who simply lives within the bag of skin and bones without taking to Krishna consciousness and loving devotional service is no better than the bellows...
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" . . . persons who want some material benefit in exchange for devotional service are certainly foolish because they want something which is poisonous for them. The real goal of devotional service is love of Godhead, and although a person may desire material benefits from Krishna, the Lord, being all-powerful, considers the person's position and gradually liberates him from a materially...
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" . . The saffron robes and the shaven head are not essential, although they create a good mental situation, just as when a military man is dressed properly he gets energy—he feels like a military man. Does that mean that unless he is in uniform he cannot fight? No." Today's Smart Quote is from the Science of Self Realization, Chapter Five, in the section entitled, "Practicing Yoga in the...
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" . . . a devotee is always conscious that his desires are not independent; unless Krishna fulfills them, they cannot be fulfilled. . . one should always think of himself as the most fallen among souls so that Krishna will take care of him..." Today's Smart Quote is from the to Teachings of Lord Caitanya, Chapter Twelve: "The Devotee": There is no essential difference between a fully...
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" . . Our bodily constitution and mental atmosphere are determined according to how and what we eat. Therefore the shastras recommend that to become Krishna conscious, you should eat remnants of food left by Krishna. 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...
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" . . without God consciousness there is no difference between a dog and a man: the dog eats, we eat; the dog sleeps, we sleep; a dog has sex, we have sex; a dog tries to defend itself, and we also try to defend ourselves. These are the common factors. The only difference is that a dog cannot be instructed about his relationship with God, but a man can." Today's Smart Quote is from the...
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" . . the vast majority of the Indian people are fully conscious of God, and they try to follow the laws of God. Here in the West, even big college professors do not believe in God or in life after death. But in India, even the poorest man believes in God and in a next life. He knows that if he commits sins he will suffer and if he acts piously he will enjoy..." Today's Smart Quote is from...
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" . . the essence of all religion is the same. Our proposal is that whatever religious system one follows, he should try to understand God and love Him. If you are a Christian, we do not say, "That is no good; you must become like us." Our proposition is that whether you are a Christian, Muslim, or Hindu, simply try to understand God and love Him." Today's Smart Quote is from the Science of...
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"By nature's own way the complete system of material activities is a source of perplexity for everyone. In every step there is perplexity, and therefore it behooves one to approach a bona fide spiritual master who can give one proper guidance for executing the purpose of life. ." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 2.7: TRANSLATION Now I am confused about my...
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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. The sun rises first in India, but that does not mean that the sun is Indian; similarly, although Krishna appeared in India, now He has come to the Western countries, through this Krishna consciousness movement." Today's Smart...
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"For scholars who have simply studied Vedic literature by way of grammatical knowledge or mere academic qualifications, Krishna is not possible to understand. Nor is He to be understood by persons who officially go to the temple to offer worship. They make their visit, but they cannot understand Krishna as He is. Krishna can be understood only through the path of devotional service . . ."...
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". . . the gross materialist, without seeing the hand of God in such artistic manifestations as the actual flowers blooming in nature, concludes that the Absolute Truth is impersonal. Actually, the Absolute is personal, but He is independent. He does not require to personally take a brush and colors to paint the flowers, for His potencies act so wonderfully that it appears as if flowers have...
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"As the embodied soul continuously passes, in this body, from boyhood to youth to old age, the soul similarly passes into another body at death. A sober person is not bewildered by such a change." Today's Smart Quote is Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 2.13: TRANSLATION As the embodied soul continuously passes, in this body, from boyhood to youth to old age, the soul similarly passes into another...
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"The highest pleasure in terms of matter is sex pleasure. The whole world is moving under its spell, and a materialist cannot work at all without this motivation. But a person engaged in Krishna consciousness can work with greater vigor without sex pleasure, which he avoids. That is the test in spiritual realization. Spiritual realization and sex pleasure go ill together.." Today's Smart...
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Fifty centuries ago, during a fierce war, Lord Krishna and one of His pure devotees achieved a unique intimacy… In the midst of the great battle, surrounded by the clash of arms, the pounding of hooves, the rattle of trappings, the shouts of warriors, and the screams of wounded men and beasts, where the dust churned up by the horses dimmed the sun and blood turned the earth to mud, Krishna...
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The complete conception of God includes God and His energies, which exist simultaneously with Him and are in a sense identical to Him. The sum of Krishna's energies is Radha, His eternal consort. Like the sun and sunshine, Krishna and Radha are one. Radha embodies the totality of love for Krishna. Thus She is known as the personification of Bhakti, or loving devotion to God. Loving God is our...