"Pada Seva means to serve the lotus feet of Guru and Krishna.You cannot serve Krishna without Guru, or serve just Guru without serving Krishna. They must be served or offered pada seva simultaneously." - Srila Prabhupada

  • "A highly advanced Vaisnava lives in such a way that no one can understand what he is or what he was." (Srimad-Bhagavatam, 7.3.14, Purport)
  • "... there is nothing as profitable as the association of pure devotees." (Teachings of Lord Caitanya, Page 341)
  • "By the mercy of the spiritual master one receives the benediction of Krsna. Without the grace of the spiritual master, one cannot make any advancement." (Sri Sri Gurv-astaka, Verse 8)
  • "A pure devotee cannot forget the Supreme Lord for a moment, and similarly, the Supreme Lord cannot forget His pure devotee for a moment." (Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 8.15, Purport)
  • "The Spiritual Master is present wherever his sincere disciple is trying to serve his instructions. " (Srila Prabhupada letter, 12/01/73)
  • "I was born in the darkest ignorance, and my spiritual master opened my eyes with the torchlight of knowledge. I offer my respectful obeisances unto him." (Sri Guru Pranama)
  • "My dear Partha, one who claims to be My devotee is not so. Only a person who claims to be the devotee of My devotee is actually My devotee." (Lord Krsna, Adi Purana)
  • "Pure devotees of the Lord are more powerful than the waters of the sacred river Ganges. One can derive spiritual benefit out of prolonged use of the Ganges waters. But one can be sanctified at once by the mercy of a pure devotee of the Lord." (Srimad-Bhagavatam, 1.1.15, Purport)
  • "No one can approach the Supreme Personality of Godhead directly. One must approach Him through His pure devotees." (Nectar of Devotion, Chapter 12)
  • "Real knowledge can be obtained from a person who is in perfect Krsna consciousness. Therefore, one has to seek out such a bona fide spiritual master and, under him, learn what Krsna consciousness is. The spiritual master can drive away all nescience, as the sun drives away darkness." (Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 5.16, Purport)

How to survive in the Middle of a Hunting Ground, with the Predators!!

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Once in an episode of Animal Planet, it was shown, a pride of lions trying to hunt down a buffalo. The entire herd fought with all their strength to save him from the lions. All of a sudden, the buffalo got confused and ran away from the herd, straight into the pride. It was an easy victory for the lions and suicide for the confused buffalo. The herd stood at a distance, helplessly looking at their member dying in front of their eyes.


Welcome to the harsh reality of “The Hunting Ground”!! 


Maya & Kali Yuga - the two deadly predators, are jointly working along with their agents, just like a pack of lions, to hunt us (the souls) down. We should be cautious not to be as ignorant as the Buffalo. But how to save ourselves?

It has been predicted in Srimad Bhagavatam about Kali Yuga, that 

Religion, truthfulness, cleanliness, tolerance, mercy, duration of life, physical strength and memory will all diminish day by day because of the powerful influence of the age of Kali.
[Srimad Bhagvatam - 12.2.1]


Uncultured men will accept charity on behalf of the Lord and will earn their livelihood by making a show of austerity and wearing a mendicant’s dress. Those who know nothing about religion will mount a high seat and presume to speak on religious principles.
[Srimad Bhagvatam - 12.3.38]


Cities will be dominated by thieves, the Vedas will be contaminated by speculative interpretations of atheists, political leaders will virtually consume the citizens, and the so-called priests and intellectuals will be devotees of their bellies and genitals.
[Srimad Bhagvatam - 12.3.32]

With each passing moment, Kali Yuga is gaining its strength, because His influence is increasing on us, which is why people are getting diverted from Religion, creating an irreligious & Godless society and since society is becoming atheists, Kali Yuga is gaining its strength. It is a cycle. 

Kali Yuga Empowerment Cycle

Hence it is not very surprising to find so many leaders, politicians, intellectuals, movies, books and websites flooding around us which questions the existence of God, at times (directly or indirectly) supporting or promoting irreligious activities (like cow slaughter) and thus pulling people away from God Consciousness. People who have no knowledge about scriptures are coming forefront (live on media or TV Channels) with their speculative interpretations and preaching Vedic knowledge in their own whimsical way. That is why we have so many versions of Bhagavad Gita in bookstores, but hardly any of these are actually addressing the core message. Definitely, their motive is not to uplift the Godless society but to fill their own bank account. And now there is a trend to see self-proclaimed Godmen who openly reject the Vedic Scriptures.

There are some occasions when we meet the devotees of Lord or Vaishnava. For example, during the month of Geeta Jayanti, devotees distribute Bhagavad Gita in streets, malls, parking lots, railway stations, parks everywhere. It is then we actually understand the philosophical depth of the following verse spoken by Lord Krishna, in Bhagavad Gita – 7.3:

Out of many thousands among men, one may endeavor for perfection, and of those who have achieved perfection, hardly one knows Me in truth.

Because instead of embracing the moment, we mock at devotees, blaspheme and insult them or even chase them away assuming them to be a salesman. What we do not understand is, a Vaishnava is "para dukha dukhi" [one who suffers seeing the suffering of others]

We are the suicidal buffalo and these devotees, out of their causeless mercy, enters the hunting ground, trying to fight for us, against the claws of Maya & Kali Yuga. If we chase the devotees off, thinking ourselves to be intellectually enlightened by modern science, we will then prove ourselves to be as smart as the buffalo, who “isolated” himself from his guardian herd by his “ignorance” and ran straight into the hungry jaws.

It is really a pitiable condition. By the causeless mercy of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (who is none different from Supreme Personality of Godhead – Sri Krishna) & endless sacrifice of Srila Prabhupada & other Vaisnava Acharyas, Hari Naam is distributed freely to each one of us, across the globe, yet we (especially Indians) are not eager to grab it. 

However, despite all of its dark nature, there is one good quality in this age of Kali Yuga:
Although Kali-yuga is an ocean of faults, there is still one good quality about this age: simply by chanting the names of Krishna, one can become free from material bondage and be promoted to the transcendental kingdom.
[Srimad Bhagvatam - 12.3.51]

Along with the chanting, we need to follow the strategy owned by animals – we need to be in a pack. When animals are in a group, predators find it difficult to hunt them down. We need to save ourselves in the association of Vaisnavas. 

So let us take advantage of this special spiritual gift given during the dark times of Kali Yuga to quickly raise ourselves spiritually by chanting of God’s, Sri Krishna’s, holy names and keep an association of devotees  always, otherwise, we would be an easy prey to Maya and Kali Yuga set out for hunting.



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The Ongoing Divine Pastimes of The Lord



Many times my wife and I discuss how blissful would have been the experience of those fortunate souls who were present during the various pastimes of the Lord. I am sure many people wished to be present during the period when Lord was carrying out His pastimes. Even we two used to repent many times, wishing, if we could be present then until we realized we are already present in an ongoing divine pastime of The Lord.

About some 500 years ago, this material world was extremely blessed and purified by the auspicious appearance of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Sri Nityananda Prabhu. Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is non-different from The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna and Sri Nityananda is non-different from Lord Balaram.

Vrajendra-nandana jei, saci-suta hoilo sei, balarama hoilo nitai

Lord Krishna, who is the son of the King of Vraja, became the son of Saci (Lord Caitanya), and Balarama became Nitai.

During Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's pastimes, thousands and thousands of souls, as fallen as Jagai and Madhai were blessed by the Lord and delivered from this material world, with the potency of Hari Naam.

dina-hina jata chilo, hari-name uddharilo, tara sakshi jagai madhai

The holy name delivered all those souls who were lowly and wretched. The two sinners Jagai and Madhai are evidence of this.

Hari Naam or Hare Krishna Mahamantra has nothing to do with this material world. It is golokera prema-dhana, which means "The treasure of divine love in Goloka Vrindavana has descended as the congregational chanting of Lord Hari’s holy names."

Lord Caitanya also declares in Sri Caitanya-Bhagavata (Antya, 4.126):



ebe nama sankirtana tiksna khadga laiya
antara asura jivera pheliba katiya
yadi papi chadi dharma dura dese yaya 
mora senapati-bhakta yaibe tathaya


Taking the sharp sword of the congregational chanting of the Holy Name, I will root out and destroy the demoniac mentality in the hearts of the conditioned souls. If some sinful people escape and giving up religious principles go to far off countries, then My commander in chief (Senapati Bhakta) will appear to chase them and distribute Krsna consciousness.

His commander in chief (Senapati Bhakta) is none other than His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, who was deployed from Spiritual world to deliver souls across the globe.

So actually the divine pastimes of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu have not yet come to an end. We are in an extension period of His pastimes (The Golden Era) and we are so much fortunate to be present in this age.

Having said and understood our fortune, we must not forget that when Lord was physically present in front of Hiranakashipu, Hiranyakshya, Ravana, Kansa, Duryodhana, Chand Kazi, Jagai, Madhai and all other demonic personalities, none of them could understand that He was The Supreme Personality of Godhead.

It happens every time in every age, it is only a few fortunate souls who could make use of their intelligence, could understand. While others blinded by their false ego and pride and using their own speculative intellect reject their only savior, the Supreme Lord.

Therefore how fortunate or how unfortunate we are, actually depends on us, our consciousness, our intelligence. Needless to say, we must be really intelligent and active not to miss the opportunity that has been graced upon us.

Understanding The Mission.

In Chaitanya Bhagvat Mahaprabhu himself said,



Prithivi te ache joto nagar adi gram,
sarvatra prachar hoibe mora naam;

Which means that the holy name will be preached in all the villages and towns of the world.

This is an intimate desire of Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Thus the Krishna Conscious movement was established by The Supreme Lord Himself. And to fulfill His desire is the heart and soul of all the Vaishnava Acharyas in His lineage.

After Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, His teachings were widely propagated by the Shad Goswamis (Srila Rupa Goswami , Sanatana Goswami , Jiva Goswami , Raghunatha Bhatta Goswami , Gopala Bhatta Goswami & Raghunatha Dasa Goswami ). Then their disciples further took the responsibility of spreading the Holy Name. This auspicious mission of Krishna Consciousness was later given a form of Society by Srila Prabhupada and came to be known as the International Society of Krishna Consciousness, better known as ISKCON.

And we can see in this cold freezing darkness of Kaliyuga, how ISKCON has spread like a warm blanket across the entire globe. Disciples of Srila Prabhupada are now continuing the mission of spreading God Consciousness or Krishna Consciousness by spreading the Holy Names.








We have a great opportunity to associate ourselves with Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's movement that was started 500 years back by the Lord Himself and is still going on. It is His pastime.

Let us pray that may we never be bewildered by the lifestyle of any bewildered souls and reject this rarest of rare opportunity to associate ourselves with Lord's Pastime.



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pralaya-payodhi-jale dhritavan asi vedam
vihita-vahitra-caritram akhedam
kesava dhrita-mina-sarira jaya jagadisa hare


0 Kesava! O Lord of the universe! O Lord Hari, who have assumed the form of a fish! All glories to You!
You easily acted as a boat in the form of a giant fish just to give protection to the Vedas, which had
become immersed in the turbulent sea of devastation.


[Sri Dasavatara-stotra]
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The eternal Spiritual Master - Lord Balarama



O Lord Balarama the remover of darkest ignorances,
You are the actual spiritual master of every living entity;
You always appear before the advent of Lord Krishna,
Ripen the barren deserted hearts of souls for bhaktilata to grow.

O Lord you're the supreme controller of all controllers,
O Balarama, You as Ananta Shesha hold the earth on your head;
O Lord you enjoy pastimes as king of serpents,
My mind serpent has attacked me, O king save me.

O Lord you are Lord Ananta the thousand-headed one,
The enemy of Dhenukasura, destroyer of lust;
The enemy of Dvivida, destroyer of  anger,
The enemy of Balvala, destroyer of greed.

O Kesava you assumed the form of Lord Balarama,
You carry plowshare whose strike fear river Yamuna;
O Lord you are Sankarshana, the servitor of Lord Krishna,
May that Lord hold me in my devotional service.

I wander in forest of material world searching happiness,
Smacked hard by unseen destiny falls in a dark ocean of no hope;
Gathering all weakest strength with folded hands I pray unto You,
Raise me to hold Your lotus feet that nourishes divine auspiciousness.

I failed to understand You, lost all my devotion to become materialist,
Many weeds grown into my heart, O Haladhara appear to my vision;
I drink the nectar of Your beauty as you destroy irreligion of my heart,
The very moment inauspiciousness dissipates, awakens ones real identity.

No determination to follow religious path, bereft of spiritual practices,
I the wicked soul always cheats myself, no trace of devotion unto You;
Falling on ground, weeping piteously, no composure in heart I pray to You,
O Lord Balarama favour this rogue Your mercy and give me spiritual strength.

I take complete refuge in You alone, You are my only hope of deliverance,
O Lord Balarama I sing unto with devotion, the eternal spiritual master glories;
Vahasi Vapushi Visade Vasanam Jaladabham, Hala-hati-bhiti-milita-yamunabham,
Kesava Dhrita-Haladhara-Rupa Jaya Jagadisa Hare Jaya Jagadisa Hare.


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The Swing Festival - Jhulan Yatra




Everyone come along for Divine couple is here,
The swing festival called Jhulan Yatra begins;
Monsoon arrives Radha Govinda engages playfully,
Devotees serve the Lord who is hard to please.

Beauty of Sri Radha Govinda magnifies boundlessly,
Decorated with flower garlands, smelling ever so fragnantly;
Lovely curly locks of Sri Krishna simply spell binds ones mind,
Srimati Radharani looks mesmerizingly beautiful a spotless lotus.

Ashtasakhi headed by lalita visakha expertly serves the Divine couple,
Under guidance all manjaris assist the sakhis in devotion of Radha Gopala;
Devotees lovingly prepare flower dresses for their Lordships,
Such divine couple Sri Radha Krishna is devotees life and soul.

O Radha beloved of Madhava, you become pleased even to a beast,
O Lord Krishna you give benediction only when Radha is pleased;
O Radharani I the fallen soul with ferocious mind pray to you,
Engage my mind body words unto serve you the Divine couple.

Jhulan Yatra a wonderful opportunity for every soul,
Devotees gather serve sing and dance in jubilation;
Everywhere tumultuous sound of Harinaam Sankirtan erupts,
Ruptures and melts even the stone hearted if heard even by mistake.

Decorated with newly blossomed Jasmine flower around the neck,
Sri Radha Govinda swings in a forest of Vrindavan under kadam tree;
Chance for everyone to ask benediction as Lord is in pleasing mood,
I the servant of the servant of Yours longs for service of Divine couple.

O all fill your eyes with this sight, these glorious form charm all the worlds,
O Radha Govinda decorated with garland of flowers, You delight the Gopis;
O Radharani be merciful unto me, give residence in Vrindavan,
I worship Krishna - the son of Nanda, the most beautiful form Gopala.

I see joy in all directions surrendering to You and blissfully sing,
Radhe Jaya Jaya Madhava-dayite, Gokula-taruni-mandala-mahite;
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare,
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare.


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भुजे सव्ये वेणुं शिरसि शिखिपिंछं कटितटे
दुकूलं नेत्रांते सहचर कटाक्षं विदधते
सदा श्रीमद्बृंदा वनवसतिलीलापरिचयो
जगन्नाथः स्वामी नयनपथगामी भवतु मे ॥ २ ॥



bhuje savye venum shirasi shikhi-piccham katitate
dukulam netrante sahacara-kataksham ca vidadhat
sada srimad-vrindavana vasati-lila-paricayo
jagannatha svami nayana-patha-gami bhavatu me



Who holds a flute in His left hand, who wears a peacock feather on His head and a fine yellow silken cloth around His hips, who from the corners of His eyes bestows loving sidelong glances upon His companions, and who is forever known as the one who performs wondrous pastimes in the divine abode of Sri Vrindavana — may that Sri Jagannatha-deva be the object of my vision.



[Jagannathashtakam]


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सर्वोपनिषदो गावो दोग्धा गोपालनंदनः ।
पार्थो वत्सः सुधीर्भोक्तादुग्धं गीतामृतः महत् ॥.

This Gitopanisad, Bhagavad-gita, the essence of all the Upanishads, is just like a cow, and Lord Krishna, who is famous as a cowherd boy, is milking this cow.  Arjuna is just like a calf and learned scholars and pure devotees are to drink the nectarean milk of Bhagavad-gita

[Gita mahatmya 6]

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