Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati

Sri Viraha Astakam

Srila Prabhupada, I discovered my heart’s true aspiration in your glorification of your own spiritual master, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saravati, in 1959. Please may your words become one with my heart. May I forever be an instrument in carrying out your will. “The jivas have reshackled themselves with the heavy chains of ignorance and delusion, and [...]

All Perfections Come From The Holy Name

“I am overjoyed to hear that your enthusiasm for chanting is increasing. As our contaminations are removed by chanting, the Lord’s form, qualities, and pastimes will be revealed to us in the holy name. There is no point in making a separate effort to artificially remember the Lord’s form, qualities, and pastimes. The Lord and [...]

Heart Deep Japa

“Japa must be heart deep and not only with the lips like something mechanical – in other words, chanting with the heart is our goal.” [ Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura ]

What Nectar!

This morning we discovered a treasure-trove of nectar in a private collection next to an old temple here in Orissa. Amongst many valued articles were ancient Gaudiya Sampradaya palm-leaf scriptures and a piece of sannyasa cloth worn by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur. I held the cloth to my head for a long time and prayed [...]

Relishing The Mellows

“The holy names of Krsna are the bestowers of all spiritual benedictions and are nondifferent from Krsna, the embodiment of all transcendental mellows. Simply by chanting the holy names of Krsna, one relishes the transcendental mellows related with Krsna. There is no possibility of relishing the transcendental mellows related with Krsna by any other process.” [...]

Meeting the Challenge

After posting the scheduled programs for our Ratha Yatra here in Durban over the upcoming Easter weekend, I received several letters challenging our choices to include activities that apparently aren’t Krsna conscious. Activities like a philharmonic orchesetra, a gospel choir, an astrology booth, men on stilts, clowns and so on. Several letters also questioned the [...]

Our Love, Our Life

I am in Vrindavan for a few days. Remembering Srila Prabhupada’s famous purport to the 11th verse of Nectar of Instruction, I took a group of devotees to Radha Kunda. Wanting to share the mercy with others I present the following photos which I feel capture the mood of that most sacred place. I pray [...]

To Serve – To Fly

The other day King Goodwill flew several religious leaders, including myself, to his program in Zululand in a helicopter. During the one-hour flight over Zulu territory I was remembering Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati who introduced many innovations to expand preaching. All over India he staged free theistic exhibits and dioramas depicting the pastimes of Sri Krishna [...]

Now I Truly Understand

“Today the ship is plying very smoothly. I feel today better. But I am feeling separation from Sri Vrindaban and my Lords Sri Govinda, Gopinath, Radha Damodar. My only solace is Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita in which I am tasting the nectarine of Lord Chaitanya’s lila. I have left Bharatabhumi just to execute the order of [...]

When The Time Comes

“In my horoscope was written, ‘After seventieth year this man will go outside India and establish so many temples.’ I could not understand. ‘What is this that I have to go outside India?’ Guru Maharaja foretold. He told my Godbrothers, Sridhara Maharaja and others that, ‘He’ll do the needful when the time comes. Nobody requires [...]