Jan 01

Because of their favorability, the six qualities beginning with enthusiasm should be honored –

bhajane utsaha yara bhitare bahire, sudurllabha krsna-bhakti pabe dhire dhire krsna-bhakti prati yara visvasa niscaya, sraddhavan bhaktiman jana sei haya krsna-seva na paiya dhira-bhave yei, bhaktira sadhana kare bhaktiman sei yahate krsnera seva krsnera santosa, sei karme vrati sada na karaye rosa krsnera abhakta-jana-sanga parihari’, bhaktiman bhakta-sange sada bhaje hari krsna-bhakta yaha kare tad anusarane, bhaktiman acaraya jivane marane ei chaya jana haya bhakti adhikari, visvera-mangala kare bhakti paracari (Bengali verse by Sri Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakura)

“Within, without, he who serves with (1) enthusiasm will gradually attain to the rarest pure devotion. In devotion to Lord Krsna, one who has (2) firm faith is a person loyal and devoted on the path. And if Sri Krsna’s service he fails to attain, yet practices with (3) patience – devout is such a man. (4) That which serves Lord Krsna, for only Krsna’s pleasure, in such action, the devotee can never feel anger. (5) Abandoning the company of the non-devotee, ever with devotees, the devout serve Sri Hari. (6) Following the pure devotees’ direction on the path, the true devout practice, as a matter of  life and death. Who follow these six qualities qualify for pure devotion – they purify the universe by their preaching mission.” (Bengali verse translation)

[from Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar, Sri Prapanna Jivanamrtam 3.5]

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Dec 01

Sri Mahanet – December 2020

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To render service to the devotees according to their respective qualifications is conducive to pure devotion  –

“Knowing Krsna and His name to be identical truth, one embraces exclusively the holy name’s path; and thus who is initiated into chanting the name properly should be mentally respected as a member of the family.

And he who serves Krsna by constant worship of the name, within his heart e’er residing at Sri Vrndavana Dhama know him an intermediate devotee, make obeisance at his feet and keep him as a faithful friend in your thought and deed.

And who, by internal service to the name, knows his divine identity, sees Krsna, only Krsna in every form and entity;  seeing nothing separate from Krsna in the entire creation, he sees all souls equally serving Krsna’s predilection —

 know such a veteran votary most honored and most cherished, serve him in thought, word, and deed, with heart’s fulfillment relished: with obeisance, inquiry, service, him in all respects entreat by the grace of such a great soul we can reach Lord Krsna’s feet.”

(Bengali verse translation of instructions to an intermediate devotee, from Sri Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur)

[from Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar, Sri Prapanna Jivanamrtam 3.4]

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Nov 01

Sri Mahanet – November 2020

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These four jewels are accepted as the greatest treasure favorable to the performance of  Hari-kirtana    —

 “One who knows himself more insignificant than a blade of grass, who is as forbearing as a tree, and who gives due honor to others without desiring it for himself, is qualified to sing the glories of Lord Hari constantly.”

– the Supreme Lord Sri Caitanyacandra

[from Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar, Sri Prapanna Jivanamrtam 3.3]

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Oct 01

Sri Mahanet – October 2020

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Of everything favorable, Hari-sankirtana performed by souls surrendered unto the lotus feet of Lord Hari is paramount.

“May the Sri Krsna Sankirtana be all-victorious in its pristine glory! This congregational chanting of the holy names of the Lord cleanses the looking-glass of consciousness, extinguishes the raging forest fire of material existence, and spreads the benediction moonrays that cause the lotus of the heart to bloom. This chanting is the life and soul of divine consorthood. Expanding the ocean of pure ecstasy, it is the flavor of full nectar at every moment, bathing and cooling the entire self.”

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Sep 01

Sri Mahanet – September 2020

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“Everything should be done that encourages the service of Sri Krsna and His devotee, and whatever is conducive to the state of exclusive surrender must be executed: such a firm conviction is called anukulyasya-sankalpah – Acceptance of the Favorable.”

[from Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar, Sri Prapanna Jivanamrtam 3.1]
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