Apr 01

Sri Mahanet – April 2021

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The fundamental objective is to maintain constant remembrance of Sri Hari in every time, place and circumstance –

“If persons engaged in the devotional service of Lord Hari are unable to obtain food and shelter despite their attempts, or if their acquisitions are lost or destroyed, they should, without anxiety, absorb their hearts deeply in the thought of Lord Hari.” – Sri Vyasadeva

[from Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar, Sri Prapanna Jivanamrtam 3.8]

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Mar 01

Sri Mahanet – March 2021

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Within renunciation in devotion (yukta-vairagya), the foremost principle is to see everything in relationship to Lord Krsna (Krsnasambandha-jnana) –

“Adorned with the articles that have been offered to You, such as garlands, fragrant clothing, and ornaments, we, Your personal servitors who partake of Your holy remnants alone, will certainly be able to conquer Your illusory energy (maya).” – Srimad Uddhava

[from Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar, Sri Prapanna Jivanamrtam 3.7]

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Feb 01

Sri Mahanet – February 2021

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Only renunciation in devotion (yukta-vairagya) is favorable –

“A person with genuine insight will accept only as much facility as needed to fulfill his personal necessity. Over or under acceptance of one’s due measure may cause a fall from spiritual practices.”

[from Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar, Sri Prapanna Jivanamrtam 3.6]

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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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