On The Road

Real Sanyasa

Lord Caitanya taking sanyasa from Keshava Bharati“So, this is formal accepting of sannyasa, but real sannyasa will be fulfilled when you’ll be able to induce the people of the world to dance like you. That is real sannyasa. This formal dress is not sannyasa. Real sannyasa is when you can induce other people to become [...]

Mathura: The Land Adorned With My Pastimes

“The blessed Lord said: ‘Go to Mathura, to your dearest pasturing grounds, to the land adorned with many places of My pastimes. There you will again meet your guru, most dear to Me. And by his mercy you will be empowered to understand everything in full. By the power of My mercy, you will wander [...]

Narrations

“Honor the Bhagavatam and other scriptures that tell of this devotional service. Hear from them regularly about the Lord’s pastimes. For when those narrations enter the holes of your ears and you relish them with love, they will swiftly award you the Lord’s abode.” [ Brhad Bhagavatamrta, Volume Two, Chapter Three, Text 124 ]

New Year Advice

We are 11 days into the New Year. Let us all take shelter of a great saint’s advice: “O New Year, all glories to you! Pay special attention to the development of Sri Mayapur. Publish devotional literature. Satisfy the people of the world by distributing the Lord’s holy names. Guide the living entities in such [...]

Mantra’s Fruit

“My dear boy, whatever you desire while chanting your mantra, by its power you will fully receive. Indeed, you will attain more than you desire. This chanting, please understand, is another form of service to Lord Jagannatha. Have faith in this and never give up your japa. By the potency of this mantra, may you [...]

Three Very Powerful Substances

This photo just surfaced. Srila Prabhupada is giving prasadam to my son, Gaura Shakti das, in New Mayapura, France in 1975. One greatly fortunate soul, for sastra says … “The remnants of food offered to Lord Krsna are called maha-prasädam. After this same maha-prasadam has been taken by a devotee, the remnants are elevated to [...]

Favorite Prayer

The other day a devotee asked me what is my favorite prayer from our Vaisnava scriptures. I replied with the following verse by Narada Muni, who was requesting a benediction from Lord Krsna. In service to my spiritual master, I would like to follow in his footsteps. “O swan gliding in the lakes of the [...]

Service Rendered

In appreciation of the service rendered by his disciples, Srila Prabhupada once said that his guru maharaja, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati, had sent them to help him in his preaching mission. One disciple spoke up and said, “But Srila Prabhupada how could that be? We were so sinful before we met you.” Srila Prabhupada replied, “That [...]

Vrindavan yatra

I would like to thank all the wonderful devotees who participated in our Kartika parikrama in Vrindavan this past month. For all who participated it was surely one the most enriching spiritual experiences of our lives. We invite many other devotees to join us next year! To reside in Vrindavan, even for a short time, [...]

Transcendental Influence

Myself and Bada Haridas prabhu are on an extended break in South India, resting and recuperating from a year of extensive traveling. Most of our time is spent hearing and chanting the glories of the Lord. In my studies I came across the following description of Prahlada Maharaja from the Hari bhakti sudhodaya [15.1-2 ]. [...]