"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)

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Newton's Story | Big Bang Theory | Evolution of Our Universe | The Truth: God or Evolution

When thoughtful humans look into the dark sky and witness moon and numerous illuminating stars, they immediately split into two groups - One who recognizes The Creator and One who theorizes the Evolution of Our Universe.

Sharing a story from the life of Sir Isaac Newton

Source: The Truth: God or evolution? 
by Marshall and Sandra Hall, Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, MI


Sir Issac Newton's Story


Sir Isaac had an accomplished artisan fashion for him a small scale model of our solar system, which was to be put in a room in Newton's home when completed. The assignment was finished and installed on a large table. The workman had done a very commendable job, simulating not only the various sizes of the planets and their relative proximities, but also so constructing the model that everything rotated and orbited when a crank was turned. It was an interesting, even fascinating work, as you can imagine, particularly to anyone schooled in the sciences.



Newton's atheist-scientist friend came by for a visit. Seeing the model, he was naturally intrigued and proceeded to examine it with undisguised admiration for the high quality of the workmanship. 

"My, what an exquisite thing this is!" he exclaimed. "Who made it?

Paying little attention to him, Sir Isaac answered, "Nobody.

Stopping his inspection, the visitor turned and said, "Evidently you did not understand my question. I asked who made this.

Newton, enjoying himself immensely no doubt, replied in a still more serious tone, "Nobody. What you see just happened to assume the form it now has.

"You must think I am a fool!" the visitor retorted heatedly, "Of course somebody made it, and he is a genius, and I would like to know who he is!

Newton then spoke to his friend in a polite yet firm way: "This thing is but a puny imitation of a much grander system whose laws you know, and I am not able to convince you that this mere toy is without a designer or maker; yet you profess to believe that the great original from which the design is taken has come into being without either designer or maker! Now tell me by what sort of reasoning do you reach such an incongruous conclusion?"

Newton's friend quickly understood how foolish he had been. He realized that there had to be a Master Designer and Creator for everything! 

It is not difficult for a logical human to accept the existence of God if one observes the world with an open mind.

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Existence of God: Simple observation of the world.

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The six blind men & the elephant.

The Blind Men and the Elephant is a famous Indian fable that tells the story of six blind men that come across different parts of an elephant in their life journeys. Let us understand the deeper aspect of the story and avoid becoming one of them.








Six Blind Men and the Elephant 



A long time ago, in the valley of the Brahmaputra in India there lived six men who were much inclined to boast of their wit and lore. Though they were no longer young and had all been blind since birth, they would compete with each other to see who could tell the tallest story. 

One day, however, they fell to arguing. The object of their dispute was the elephant. Now, since each was blind, none had ever seen that mighty beast of whom so many tales are told. So, to satisfy their minds and settle the dispute, they decided to go and seek out an elephant. 

Having hired a young guide, Dookiram by name, they set out early one morning in a single file along the forest track, each placing his hands on the back of the man in front. It was not long before they came to a forest clearing where a huge bull elephant, quite tame, was standing contemplating his menu for the day. 

The six blind men became quite excited; at last they would satisfy their minds. Thus it was that the men took turns to investigate the elephant's shape and form. 

As all six men were blind, neither of them could see the whole elephant and approached the elephant from different directions. After encountering the elephant, each man proclaimed in turn: 

'O my brothers,' the first man at once cried out, 'it is as sure as I am wise that this elephant is like a great mud wall baked hard in the sun.

'Now, my brothers,' the second man exclaimed with a cry of dawning recognition, 'I can tell you what shape this elephant is - he is exactly like a spear.

The others smiled in disbelief. 

'Why, dear brothers, do you not see,' said the third man -- 'this elephant is very much like a rope,' he shouted. 

'Ha, I thought as much,' the fourth man declared excitedly, 'This elephant much resembles a serpent.

The others snorted their contempt. 

'Good gracious, brothers,' the fifth man called out, 'even a blind man can see what shape the elephant resembles most. Why he's mightily like a fan.

At last, it was the turn of the sixth old fellow and he proclaimed, 

'This sturdy pillar, brothers of mine, feels exactly like the trunk of a great areca palm tree.

Of course, no one believed him. 

Their curiosity satisfied, they all linked hands and followed the guide, Dookiram, back to the village. Once there, seated beneath a waving palm, the six blind men began disputing loud and long. Each now had his own opinion, firmly based on his own experience, of what an elephant is really like. For after all, each had felt the elephant for himself and knew that he was right! 

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People who are attempting to understand The Absolute Truth, The God, on their own endeavor, by their mental speculation, are in no better situation than these blind men. Just as each one of the blind men grabbed one part of the elephant and assumed a shape for elephant, many time these mental speculators feel or grab one aspect of the Absolute Truth and hence they get bewildered,  confused and hence doesn't get a complete picture of the Absolute Truth.

Just as it happened with the blind men, each was firmly believing their assumption about the elephant, mental speculators also have a firm belief about their speculation about God. This is the prime reason for disrespecting other religions and hatred and intolerance. If the blind men were wise, they should have understood their limitations & approached their guide, Dookiram, the one who had eyes. Similarly, even we should give up fruitless attempt of mental speculation and surrender to a wise man, whose spiritual eyes are wide open.

This is why scriptures repeatedly insist on accepting knowledge in a proper disciplic succession.


The Supreme Self can never be known by any amount of argument, reasoning, intelligence, or by much hearing. 
(Katha Upanishad 1.2.23)

Only unto those great souls who serve the spiritual master and the Lord with implicit faith is the import of the Vedas fully revealed. 
(Svetasvatara Upanishad 6.23)

Just try to learn the truth by approaching a spiritual master. Surrender to him and inquire from him and render service at his lotus feet. The self-realized soul can impart knowledge unto you, for he has seen the truth. 
(Bhagavad-gita 4.34)

In the Padma Purāṇa it is clearly said,

sampradaya vihina ye mantras te nisphala matah
atah kalan bhavisyanti catvarah sampradayinah


If one does not follow the four recognized disciplic successions, his mantra or initiation is useless. In the age of Kali there will be four sampradayas.

In other words, if one desires to take up spiritual life, it is imperative that one follows a genuine sampradaya. Otherwise, our condition will be like "The blind leading the blind".


Please read our article to know about Sampradaya.


Summary of lessons learned:
  1. We must Know & Understand our weaknesses.
  2. Approach a person who does not have that weakness,i.e, for the blinds: they should have approached their guide, Dookiram, the one who had eyes., for us, we should surrender to a wise man, whose spiritual eyes are wide open.

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Qualities of Krishna

Qualities of Krishna - An answer to Why Krishna is The Supreme Personality of Godhead, what are the sixty-four (64) qualities of Krishna, what are the qualities of Vishnu, Siva and Brahma.

Qualities of Krishna


The Divine and Transcendental Qualities of Krishna


ananta kṛṣṇera guṇa, cauṣaṭṭi — pradhāna
eka eka guṇa śuni’ juḍāya bhakta-kāṇa

“The transcendental qualities of Lord Kṛṣṇa are unlimited. Out of these, sixty-four are considered prominent. The ears of the devotees are satisfied simply by hearing all these qualities one after the other.
[Sri Caitanya Caritamrita - Madhya-līlā 23.69] 
Attempting to analyze the transcendental qualities of Krishna is like counting the ocean waves. Like Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, who is Krishna Himself , has said - Krishna has unlimited qualities. Out of which 64 are most prominent. This article will be attempting to discuss on these 64 qualities.

ahaṁ sarvasya prabhavo
mattaḥ sarvaṁ pravartate
iti matvā bhajante māṁ
budhā bhāva-samanvitāḥ

I am the source of all spiritual and material worlds. Everything emanates from Me. The wise who perfectly know this engage in My devotional service and worship Me with all their hearts.
[Bhagavad Gita - 10.8]

na me viduḥ sura-gaṇāḥ
prabhavaṁ na maharṣayaḥ
aham ādir hi devānāṁ
maharṣīṇāṁ ca sarvaśaḥ

Neither the hosts of demigods nor the great sages know My origin or opulences, for, in every respect, I am the source of the demigods and sages.
[Bhagavad Gita - 10.2]
From the above verses of Bhagavad Gita, one can clearly understand Krishna as the Origin of entire creation, including all Demi-Gods and Sages.

ete cāṁśa-kalāḥ puṁsaḥ
kṛṣṇas tu bhagavān svayam
indrāri-vyākulaṁ lokaṁ
mṛḍayanti yuge yuge

All of the above-mentioned incarnations are either plenary portions or portions of the plenary portions of the Lord, but Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa is the original Personality of Godhead. All of them appear on planets whenever there is a disturbance created by the atheists. The Lord incarnates to protect the theists.
[Srimad Bhagavatam 1.3.28] 
From the above verse of Srimad Bhagavatam, one can clearly understand Krishna as The Original Personality of Godhead and as the fountainhead of all incarnations including Balaram, Narayan, Vishnu.



Three Tattvas - Vishnu, Siva and Jiva




So Krishna is the original living entity and from Him emanates many other living entities, which can be classified in three grades, as explained below

For example, some electric bulbs have the power of one thousand candles, some have the power of five hundred candles, some the power of one hundred candles, some fifty candles, etc., but all electric bulbs have light. Light is present in every bulb, but the gradations of light are different. Similarly, there are gradations of Brahman. The Viṣṇu svāṁśa expansions of the Supreme Lord in different Viṣṇu forms are like lamps, Lord Śiva is also like a lamp, and the supreme candle power, or the one-hundred-percent light, is Kṛṣṇa. The viṣṇu-tattva has ninety-four percent, the śiva-tattva has eighty-four percent, Lord Brahmā has seventy-eight percent, and the living entities are also like Brahmā, but in the conditioned state their power is still more dim. There are gradations of Brahman, and no one can deny this fact.
[Srimad Bhagavatam 4.1.15 - Purport ]


The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna, is the origin. 

According to the Vedic conception, there are two types of expansions: 
  1. God's personal expansions, called viṣṇu-tattva,  
  2. His partial part-and-parcel expansions, called jīva-tattva. 
There are many varieties of personal expansions: puruṣa-avatāras, śaktyāveśa-avatāras, manvantara-avatāras, and so on. 

For the creation of this material world, the Lord expands as Brahmā, Viṣṇu, and Maheśvara (Śiva). 

Viṣṇu is a personal expansion, and Brahmā is a jīva-tattva expansion. Even we and all demigods fall under this category. Between the personal viṣṇu-tattva expansions and the jīva-tattva expansions is a kind of intermediate expansion called Śiva, or Maheśvara. 



Qualities of Jiva Tattva




Out of the 64 Qualities of Krishna, the first fifty (50) qualities may appear partially in Jiva. These will be more prominent in Lord Brahma, however for us in a conditioned state, these might not manifest in full. 

jīveṣv ete vasanto ’pi
bindu-bindutayā kvacit
paripūrṇatayā bhānti
tatraiva puruṣottame

‘These qualities are sometimes very minutely exhibited in living beings, but they are fully manifested in the Supreme Personality of Godhead.’
[Sri Caitanya Caritamrita - Madhya-līlā 23.77] 




Qualities of Siva Tattva




The above mentioned qualities are also present in demigods like Lord Siva. Apart from above 50, 5 more Qualities of Krishna partially appear in Siva Tattva, so total of 55 qualities out of 64 qualities of Krishna.

atha pañca-guṇā ye syur
aṁśena giriśādiṣu

‘Apart from these fifty qualities, there are five other qualities found in the Supreme Personality of Godhead that are partially present in demigods like Śiva.
[Sri Caitanya Caritamrita - Madhya-līlā 23.77] 




Qualities of Vishnu Tattva




All the above qualities appear in full in Visnhu Tattva (Personal expansion of Krishna - like Narayan, Vishnu, Narasimha Dev etc). Apart from above 55, 5 more Qualities of Krishna are present in Vishnu Tattva. So Vishnu Tattva has 60 qualities out of 64 qualities of Krishna.

athocyante guṇāḥ pañca
ye lakṣmīśādi-vartinaḥ
avicintya-mahā-śaktiḥ
koṭi-brahmāṇḍa-vigrahaḥ


There are another five qualities, which exist in the Vaikuṇṭha planets in Nārāyaṇa, the Lord of Lakṣmī. These qualities are also present in Kṛṣṇa, but they are not present in demigods like Lord Śiva or in other living entities.
[Sri Caitanya Caritamrita - Madhya-līlā 23.80] 




List of Qualities - Jiva Tattva




  1.  Beautiful features of the entire body
  2.  Marked with all auspicious characteristics
  3.  Extremely pleasing
  4.  Effulgent
  5.  Strong
  6.  Ever youthful
  7.  Wonderful linguist
  8.  Truthful
  9.  Talks pleasingly
  10.  Fluent
  11.  Highly learned
  12.  Highly intelligent
  13.  Genius
  14.  Artistic
  15.  Extremely clever
  16.  Expert
  17.  Grateful
  18.  Firmly determined
  19.  An expert judge of time and circumstances
  20.  Sees and speaks on the authority of Vedas, or scriptures
  21.  Pure
  22.  Self-controlled
  23.  Steadfast
  24.  Forbearing
  25.  Forgiving
  26.  Grave
  27.  Self-satisfied
  28.  Possessing equilibrium
  29.  Magnanimous
  30.  Religious
  31.  Heroic
  32.  Compassionate
  33.  Respectful
  34.  Gentle
  35.  Liberal
  36.  Shy
  37.  The protector of surrendered souls
  38.  Happy
  39.  The well-wisher of devotees
  40.  Controlled by love
  41.  all-auspicious
  42.  Most powerful
  43.  all-famous
  44.  Popular
  45.  Partial to devotees
  46.  Very attractive to all women
  47.  all-worship able
  48.  all-opulent
  49.  all-honourable
  50.  The supreme controller.




List of Extra - Qualities - Siva Tattva




Besides all of the above-mentioned fifty qualities, Lord Krishna possesses five more, which are sometimes partially manifested in Lord Siva. These transcendental qualities are as follows:


  1.  Changeless
  2.  all-cognizant
  3.  Ever fresh
  4.  sac-cid-ananda (possessing an eternal blissful body
  5.  Possessing all mystic perfections.




List of Extra - Qualities - Vishnu Tattva




Krishna also possesses five other qualities, which are manifest in the body of Narayana / Vishnu, and they are listed as follows:


  1.  He has inconceivable potency.
  2.  Uncountable universes generate from His body.
  3.  He is the original source of all incarnations.
  4.  He is the giver of salvation to the enemies whom He kills.
  5.  He is the attractor of liberated souls.




List of Extra - Qualities - Krishna




Besides these sixty transcendental qualities, Krishna has four more, which are not manifested even in the Vishnu / Narayana form of Godhead, what to speak of the demigods or living entities. They are as follows:


  1.  He is the performer of wonderful varieties of pastimes (especially His childhood pastimes
  2.  He is surrounded by devotees endowed with wonderful love of Godhead.
  3.  He can attract all living entities all over the universes by playing on His flute.
  4.  He has a wonderful excellence of beauty which cannot be rivaled anywhere in the creation.



Therefore we can summarize as

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Lord Krishna.         64 qualities or 100%
Vishnu Tattva.        60 qualities or ~94%
Shiva Tattva.           54 qualities or ~84%
Jiva Tattva.             50 qualities or ~78%

To know more about Krishna who is also known as Param Purushottam, Purnavatar or Supreme Personality of Godhead, please read our article - Is Krishna Avatar of Vishnu?

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Reference from Srimad Bhagavatam 1.3.28:

Learned scholars in transcendental subjects have carefully analyzed the summum bonum Krsna to have sixty-four principal attributes. All the expansions or categories of the Lord possess only some percentages of these attributes. But Sri Krsna is the possessor of the attributes cent percent. 

And His personal expansions such as svayam-prakasa, tad-ekatma up to the categories of the avataras who are all visnu-tattva, possess up to ninety-three percent of these transcendental attributes. 

Lord Siva, who is neither avatara nor avesa nor in between them, possesses almost eighty-four percent of the attributes. 

But the jivas, or the individual living beings in different statuses of life, possess up to the limit of seventy-eight percent of the attributes. In the conditioned state of material existence, the living being possesses these attributes in very minute quantity, varying in terms of the pious life of the living being. The most perfect of living beings is Brahma, the supreme administrator of one universe. He possesses seventy-eight percent of the attributes in full. 

All other demigods have the same attributes in less quantity, whereas human beings possess the attributes in very minute quantity. The standard of perfection for a human being is to develop the attributes up to seventy-eight percent in full.

The living being can never possess attributes like Siva, Visnu or Lord Krsna. A living being can become godly by developing the seventy-eight-percent transcendental attributes in fullness, but he can never become a God like Siva, Visnu or Krsna. He can become a Brahma in due course. 

The godly living beings who are all residents of the planets in the spiritual sky are eternal associates of God in different spiritual planets called Hari-dhama and Mahesa-dhama. 

The abode of Lord Krsna above all spiritual planets is called Krsnaloka or Goloka Vrndavana, and the perfected living being, by developing seventy-eight percent of the above attributes in fullness, can enter the planet of Krsnaloka after leaving the present material body.

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Happy to serve?

 Management - Employee Relationship: HAPPY TO SERVE 😄

One very frequently used term is Duty. What is Duty?

According to dictionaries, duty is "A moral or legal obligation; a responsibility". Duty is also synonymous with Service. This is quite frequently used words in our society. You meet a Software Engineer or an army or labor and ask his profession, he will say "Service". 

Now comes, a bit difficult to swallow word, "The Servant". According to dictionaries, a servant is "A person who performs duties for others". 

But let me, with your permission, modify this definition. "A person who has been allotted any duty is a servant". What I mean to say will be clear by this example, let's say you have hired a person. You have allotted some responsibilities to him. Since you have allotted some duties (service -  to serve you) he is your servant. Even if he is idle and chooses not to fulfill his duties, he will still be a servant, a lazy/idle servant. Therefore, a person who has been allotted any duty is a servant.

If we ask anyone, "Are you a servant?" 
The majority answer would be, 
"No, I have a job",     
"No, I have a business",     
"How dare you ask me this question, do you know who I am?"

But, in reality, each one of us are a servant.  😱 How?

With our birth, we have untold duties towards our parents, family, relatives, society, country. Hence we are a servant. We may, shut our brain, eyes, ears and choose not to deliver our duties, but it doesn't matter, we would still be a servant, an idle servant. 👀

Just small observations, all the big aristocratic individuals, the politicians, the union leaders are nothing but "a public servant". Even they admit it, at least during an election campaign. 😄 Individuals employed in the service of a government ‘a government servant’, a member of the civil service is 'a civil servant', Judge, Teachers, Software Engineers, Farmers, Maids, Businessman, anyone and everyone is a servant. 

How about a husband-wife? Are they not each other's servants? If they have a kid, are they not their kid's servant? 😮

If you happen to see a man (however rich he might be or let him be the king of the world) walking his dog in the morning, please ask this question to yourself (not to that person), "Isn't he a servant of his dog??" 😜

Actually, slavery is nothing foreign to our nature. 😇

The svarupa, or actual identity of the living entity, is described by Lord Caitanya.

Jīvera 'svarupa' haya-kṛṣṇera 'nitya-dāsa': 

the real identity of the living entity is that he is eternally a servitor of the Supreme Lord.
(Chaitanya Charitamrita Madhya 20.108) 

But there is a difference between a servant in the material world vs a servant in the spiritual world. 😕

Service in the material world is centered around self-satisfaction. 

The person we serve, his goal is to be happy himself (by our service). Our goal is to be happy ourselves (by the salary we receive). This is why in corporate sectors employees frequently switch companies, choosing on the basis of salary increment. This selfish, self-centered mentality worsens even more in Kaliyug. 



As predicted in Srimad Bhagavatam 12.3.36: 
[In Kali Yuga]
Servants will abandon a master who has lost his wealth, even if that master is a saintly person of exemplary character.

Masters will abandon an incapacitated servant, even if that servant has been in the family for generations.

Cows will be abandoned or killed when they stop giving milk.

Srimad Bhagavatam 12.3.42: 
[In Kali Yuga]
Men will no longer protect their elderly parents, their children or their respectable wives. Thoroughly degraded, they will care only to satisfy their own bellies and genitals.


[At times there is a need to flip through the pages of scriptures just to understand how self-centered and fallen we are, and, what we think/is taught as practicality is nothing but inhumanity. 🙍]


Why be sarcastic and blame others. We ourselves can not imagine serving the "human" who is working at our home - maid. Can we wash his / her feet and welcome them to our home? No right? 😥

But Krishna did!!!

He washed the feet of Sudama. Sudama even though a devotee and friend of Krishna, he is still a jiva-atma, spirit-soul, while Krishna is The Supreme Personality of Godhead. He is The Only Purusha, The Only Enjoyer, The Master of all Demi-Gods and Spirit Souls, The Ruler of entire manifestation - Jagannath! Yogis do austerities birth after birth just to get a little glimpse of his lotus feet and here is Krishna, washing the feet of his Devotee!!  It's like a VVIP like president of a nation serving an ordinary citizen by washing his feet. 😯


This is the spiritual world!! 

The world where Krishna enjoys being at the service of his servants (devotees) and His devotees enjoy being at service of Krishna. 

Where else can we find The Emperor carrying the shoes of his servant on his head like Krishna did for Nand Maharaj? 

Or can a King become a driver for his servants like Krishna did for Arjuna? 

Every pastime that Krishna did with his devotees is nothing but a short promo /ad/trailer of the Mega Movie running eternally at Goloka Vrindavan. 

It is very difficult for an ordinary brain to conceive or understand the amount of pleasure Krishna gets by serving His dear devotees and vice versa.  




Therefore being a servant, here in the material world, is very different from the spiritual world.

The Material world is the world of Exploitation. The spiritual world is a world of pure service.

[HH Bhakti Charu Swami Maharaj.]

Now we understand we all are servants (even if we desire or ignorantly assume our self to be the boss) and serving in Material World can never give happiness (since it is always centered around exploitation), unlike Spiritual World where to-serve is more blissful than to-be-served. Hence intelligent souls opt to serve in spiritual platforms more than in material platforms.

How to serve in the platform of the spiritual life?

To chant the holy name and dance in ecstasy is so easy and sublime that one can achieve all the benefits of spiritual life simply by following this process.
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The Sankirtana movement we have started offers the best process for becoming purified of all sinful reactions and coming immediately to the platform of spiritual life.

[Srimad Bhagavatam 6.2.11, His Devine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.]


Simply by associating with a pure devotee, one becomes wonderfully advanced in Krishna Consciousness. Sadhu-sanga, or association with a devotee, means always engaging in Krishna Consciousness by chanting the Hare Krishna mantra but he whose heart is contaminated sees things differently. Therefore by sat-sanga, or association with devotees, one becomes perfectly pure in heart.

[His Devine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.]


In the devotional service of the Lord, the only qualification required is surrender. Surrendering oneself is in one’s hand. If one likes, he can surrender immediately, without delay and that begins his spiritual life.

[His Devine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.]


One must seek the association of persons who are Krishna Conscious and who engage in devotional service. Without such association one cannot make advancement.

[His Devine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.]


Thus in a summary, if we want to feel the glimpse  of the spiritual world, we need to do the following:

  • Surrender our self to Krishna, understanding the fact we are His mere servants.

  • Chant the holy name - Hare Krishna Hare Krishna * Krishna Krishna Hare Hare * Hare Rama Hare Rama * Rama Rama Hare Hare.

  • Seek the association of persons who are Krishna Conscious and who engage in devotional service. 

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Understand Mind through Social Media | Psychology of Mind





Social Media (like Facebook, Twitter etc) has a concept of showing a stream of activities (feeds) on our homepage. The nature of the post that we see here depends upon the kind of friends circle we have. If we have only devotee friends we will see Devotional Feeds, if we have materialistic friends we will get materialistic feeds like sports, movie, news, their personal material gains etc.

Our mind is quite similar to this homepage.

It is getting constant feeds from the various sources we are connected to through our Knowledge Acquiring Sense (the eyes, ears, nose, tongue, and touch). These feeds create an impression on our mind, called samskara. This shapes our consciousness. Some of the samskaras are so strong that we carry it for lifetimes and find it difficult to shed off.

So we have to be extremely careful in choosing our association. The most powerful senses are our eyes, ears, tongue.

What we see or watch (news, website, mundane literature, social media post, movies, YouTube video, cheap comedy, etc. or devotional books, videos, post, website )

What we hear (mundane songs which teach us worshiping opposite gender, our senses, intoxicant  or devotional kirtan, spiritual lectures)

What we talk (some mundane gossip or something devotional?)

What we eat (there is a concept of GIGO - Garbage In Garbage Out. So the kind of food we are taking in, impacts our physiology, as stated in scriptures and proved by modern science)

Therefore it is always strict advice of every scripture that we must restrict our association. Out of the six unfavorable principles of Bhakti mentioned by Srila Rupa Goswami, three are about this.

  1. Eating more than necessary or collecting more funds than required
  2. Talking unnecessarily about mundane subject matters
  3. Associating with worldly-minded persons who are not interested in Krsna-consciousness

Even Krishna warns us to control our sense organs;
The sense organs for acquiring knowledge—the eyes, ears, nose, tongue and touch—should be fully controlled and should not be allowed to engage in self-gratification.
Bhagavad Gita 8.12

However as every one of us will agree, it is very difficult to control the urges of our senses. However, Krishna provides us a solution - experiencing a higher taste will help us overcome the attraction of these lower sense desires.

Though the embodied soul may be restricted from sense enjoyment, the taste for sense objects remains. But, ceasing such engagements by experiencing a higher taste, he is fixed in consciousness.
Bhagavad Gita 2.59


By the sincere practice of Krishna Consciousness principles, following the four regulative principles (NO Non-Vegetarian diet, NO Intoxication, NO Gambling, NO Illicit Relation), honestly chanting the holy name and serving Lord and His Devotees helps us to develop a natural inclination to perform devotional activities and in turn, help us to voluntary reject the materialistic way of life. Because the devotional service of Krishna is the highest taste.

Kṛṣṇa attraction means decreasing attraction for the material world. Go on. (chants japa) One can test his advancement for spiritual life, how he is being detached to the material life. That's all. It is not to be taken certificate from others. Just like when you eat, you haven't got to take certificate from others. You'll feel, "Yes, I'm satisfied." That's all. You don't require, while eating nicely, you don't require to take certificate: "Am I eating nicely?" You'll know yourself. 
Srila Prabhupada, General Lecture, 18 July 1971, Detroit

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One God Many Religion | Similarity in Gita and Bible | Father of Jesus | Krishna is God



Every true seeker of spiritual knowledge understands and admits that there is only one God, and, every scriptures and religion speaks about Him.

Like Srila Prabhupada had repeatedly said, 
God is neither Indian nor American nor otherwise, neither Christian nor Hindu nor Muslim. God is God.

Still, there are few people, who either with limited or perverted knowledge or due to their selfish agendas tend to create differences. These classes of people tend to mislead the innocent people resulting in hate based on religious grounds.

Many young people are choosing to become atheists because they feel religiosity causes violence and social division. 

If we seek the shelter of an authentic guru from an authentic Sampradaya, we get to understand the truth without any distortion. Thus we get to understand every religion talks about the same God and there are no contradictions.

The purpose of this article is an attempt to draw parallels between two powerful scriptures of the world, Srimad Bhagavad Gita and Holy Bible. Some of the very important Statements of Sri Krishna (in Srimad Bhagavad Gita), listed below, are also been repeated by His dear Son - Lord Jesus (in Holy Bible), thus proving Jesus was referring to Krishna in Bible.

There can be many more similarities but focusing on the prime messages to keep the length of article short. 

1. Krishna / God is in everyone’s heart as the Supersoul.


Srimad Bhagavad-Gita:

“I am the Supersoul, O Arjuna, seated in the hearts of all living entities.” (Lord Krishna,Bhagavad-Gita 10.20)

“I am in everyone’s heart as the Supersoul.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 7.21)


“I, dwelling in their hearts.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 10.11)


“The Supreme Lord is situated in everyone’s heart.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 18.61)


Holy Bible:

“One God and Father of all, who [is] above all, and through all, and in you all.” (Ephesians 4:6)

“And they tempted God in their heart.” (Psalm 78.18)


2. Krishna / God – the Source of Knowledge

Srimad Bhagavad-Gita:

“I am seated in everyone’s heart, and from Me come remembrance, knowledge and forgetfulness. By all the Vedas, I am to be known. Indeed, I am the compiler of Vedanta, and I am the knower of the Vedas.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 15.15)

Holy Bible:

“The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.” (John 14.10)

3. Krishna / God – Our Father

Srimad Bhagavad-Gita:

“It should be understood that all species of life, O son of Kunte, are made possible by birth in this material nature, and that I am the seed-giving father.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 14.4)

“I am the father of this universe, the mother, the support and the grandsire. I am the object of knowledge, the purifier and the syllable om. I am also the Rg, the Sama and the Yajur Vedas.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 9.17)

“I am the son of God” (Jesus)

4. Krishna / God has form and not formless.

Srimad Bhagavad-Gita:

“Fools deride Me when I descend in the human form. They do not know My transcendental nature as the Supreme Lord of all that be.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 9.11)

Holy Bible:

“God said ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness.’ ” (Genesis 1:26)

5. Krishna / God can only be known through a Spiritual Master

Srimad Bhagavad-Gita:

“Just try to learn the truth by approaching a spiritual master. Inquire from him submissively and render service unto him. The self-realized souls can impart knowledge unto you because they have seen the truth.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 4.34)

Holy Bible:

“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6)

6. We should love Krishna / God with unfailing devotion

Uddhava-Gita:

“I am the Supreme Lord of all creation and I create and destroy this universe, being it’s ultimate cause. I am the Absolute Truth and one who worships Me with unfailing devotional service comes to Me.” (Lord Krishna, Uddhava Gita 12.45)


Srimad Bhagavad-Gita:

“O son of Kunti, all that you do, all that you eat, all that you offer and give away, as well as all austerities that you may perform, should be done as an offering unto Me.
In this way you will be freed from all reactions to good and evil deeds, and by this principle of renunciation you will be liberated and come to Me.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad Gita 9.27 - 28)

“Engage your mind always in thinking of Me, offer obeisances and worship Me. Being completely absorbed in Me, surely you will come to Me.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad Gita 9.34)

Holy Bible:

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might” (Deu 6:5)

7. Who inherits the kingdom of Krishna / God and who doesn't?

Srimad Bhagavad-Gita:

“Pride, arrogance, conceit, anger, harshness and ignorance-these qualities belong to those of demoniac nature, O son of Prtha.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 16.4)

“Bewildered by false ego, strength, pride, lust and anger, the demons become envious of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is situated in their own bodies and in the bodies of others, and blaspheme against the real religion.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 16.18)

 “One who is not envious but is a kind friend to all living entities, who does not think himself a proprietor and is free from false ego, who is equal in both happiness and distress, who is tolerant, always satisfied, self-controlled, and engaged in devotional service with determination, his mind and intelligence fixed on Me-such a devotee of Mine is very dear to Me.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 12-13-14)

Holy Bible:

“Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings,and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” (Galatians 5:21) 

“Nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor covetous,nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit kingdom of God.”(Corinthians 6:10)

8. Supreme Abode of Krishna / God needs no Sun and Moon.

Srimad Bhagavad-Gita:

“That supreme abode of Mine is not illumined by the sun or moon, nor by fire or electricity. Those who reach it never return to this material world.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 15.6)

Holy Bible:

“And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light; and they shall reign for ever and ever.” (Revelation 22:5)

9. Krishna /God is the beginning and the end.

Srimad Bhagavad-Gita:

 “Of all creations I am the beginning and the end and also the middle.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 10.32)

“Of letters I am the letter A, and among compound words I am the dual compound.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 10.33)


Holy Bible:

“I am alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.” (Revelation 22:13)



Thus it is a proof for the entire humanity that every religion speaks about one Supreme Personality of Godhead. He has many names according to His qualities. We may call Him God, we may call Him Allah (The Greatest One) or we may call Him Krishna (The All Attractive One).

The below quote summarizes the entire article with a graphic example.

A dog will recognize his master in whatever way he dresses. The master may dress in robes, suit and tie, or stand naked, but the dog will always recognize his master. If we cannot recognize God, our beloved master, when he comes in a different dress from another religion, then we are less than that dog.
- HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj.  
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janma karma ca me divyam 
evaṁ yo vetti tattvataḥ 
tyaktvā dehaṁ punar janma 
naiti mām eti so 'rjuna

One who knows the transcendental nature of My appearance and activities does not, upon leaving the body, take his birth again in this material world, but attains My eternal abode, O Arjuna.
Bhagavad Gita 4.9
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TIPS ON HOW TO BECOME A RESPONSIBLE PARENT.




Hare Krishna.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada, Sri Guru and Gauranga.

So the topic is about how to become a RESPONSIBLE PARENT.

If we are a little observant then we can see that every living organism starting from a worm to an animal to bird to human, everyone gets a chance to become a parent. Worms, birds, animals all teach their offspring how to earn food. We humans call this earning livelihood. But this is just a bare necessity.

As a human, the definition of a responsible parent is a bit higher than the worm and animals. The thing which differentiates us from an animal is moral values and habits. 

Let us discuss few points which can be important for us

1. PARENT THEM BY AN EXAMPLE

yad yad ācarati śreṣṭhas
tat tad evetaro janaḥ
sa yat pramāṇaṁ kurute
lokas tad anuvartate


Whatever action a great man performs, common men follow. And whatever standards he sets by exemplary acts, all the world pursues.
Bhagavad Gita 3.21


This instruction of Krishna is extremely important for parents because they are the first role model for their children.

Hence we parents have to be an example for our kids.

Let us say if we are always engaged with TV, Smart Phone, Social Media, our child will definitely want to copy us. Now if we won't allow them, they will question us, "why can't we when you are doing the same." Even if they don't ask us verbally, they might have this in their mind. Our teachings fail when we cannot walk our talk.

Research shows that the reason why one watches TV or wastes time on Phone, Social Media, Cartoons, Movies is that they want to avoid getting bored. The reason why one gets bored is that they have time but no activities to engage themselves.

The best antidote to all the negative influences and addiction is to engage our children in some quality activities.

As a parent, we need to spend some quality time with them, play with them or recite some stories, stories which can help them build their strong character. Our Vedic Scriptures are full of such exemplary characters.  So instead of polluting their innocent mind with fiction characters like Captain America,  Spiderman,  Superman, we can introduce them to legends like Hanuman, Arjuna, Lord Ram, Lord Krishna etc.

We as parents should learn to control our emotions mainly in front of our children.

One of the main causes of shouting is bringing the tensions of the office into the house and showing the frustration on our partner and child.

If our children watch us shouting or yelling or disrespecting others, even they tend to follow it. This is again on a similar line to what we discussed earlier, we need to set a proper example for our children to follow. 

Another moral that we need to imbibe in our children by example is Art of Accepting our mistakes.

By apologizing for our standard doesn't fall. We should say sorry whenever we do anything wrong, not just to them but even to others, especially our spouses.

As a civilized person, we must teach them the culture of Thanking Others, Forgiving Others and Apologizing.



So we need to be cautious about the way our child is perceiving us.

We must try :

"NEVER EVER  LIE IN FRONT OF OUR KID"

"AVOID GADGETS INFRONT OF THEM"

"BE AT OUR BEST"


2. SHOW OUR AFFECTION :

Many times young parents get confused with the emotion of Affection.

We must understand that giving all comforts, giving all kinds of video games, new gadgets, and new toys are not "Affection".

Real affection is in giving them our quality time, speaking to them with words of love and touching them with love, giving them hugs and kisses, make them believe that we actually love them. This means a lot to them. They will not be feeling unsecured ever in their life.

This also helps in actually strengthening our bonds with them. This bond becomes the foundation of our relationships throughout our life.

Many times parents get overreacted and try to forcefully make their children do or no do something. Although it is important to make them obedient and disciplined we must be careful not to make them rebellious.

Today we can find parents becoming over lenient or over strict. Both extremes are harmful to the growing child.

It is important for us parents to go understand how to go strike a balance between the two extremes.

If we force our children to do or not to do something they might be frustrated and suffocated.

One way to deal with this situation is to reason with them.  For this, we need to get down to their intellect. This mantra works based on the bonding we have with our children.



Another aspect of showing affection is attentive listening.

Many parents do a mistake by not listening to their children. Children love to share their experiences,  day in school or day in the park, or their friend's activity, etc. This act of sharing their experiences deepens our bond, teaches them how to be expressive, teaches them the art of communication and most importantly makes them feel secure.



We must make it a point to ask our little ones about their day in school or playground.

3. DO NOT LET THEM GET ADDICTED:

viṣayā vinivartante
nirāhārasya dehinaḥ
rasa-varjaṁ raso 'py asya
paraṁ dṛṣṭvā nivartate

Though the embodied soul may be restricted from sense enjoyment, the taste for sense objects remains. But, ceasing such engagements by experiencing a higher taste, he is fixed in consciousness.
Bhagavad Gita 2.59


Many times we find ourselves struggling to give up something which we know is not good. Like smokers find it difficult to quit smoking, alcoholics find it difficult to quit alcohol, TV addicts find it difficult to quit TV, Krishna in Bhagavad Gita tells us a way to overcome this. He says paraṁ dṛṣṭvā nivartate which means the only solution is getting a higher taste.

For example, a person having once tasted the comfort of AC will never tend to opt for the fan in a summer afternoon. 

The child getting addicted to useless cartoons? Let us tell them stories with expressions so that their little imaginative brain can actually see our story with their eyes.

A child getting addicted to junk foods? Let us cook the best recipe and feed them with love and affection. 

We must give quality time to our children, ensure to have at least one meal together. 

The biggest mistake that young parents do is to have their peace, they tend to hand over mobile to their kids. We must never commit this mistake. 


4. GIVE THEM RESPONSIBILITY:

Children today are the future of tomorrow. If we want them to be responsible tomorrow we must train them from today. Our modern education system teaches them the responsibility of dominating and exploiting others so that one day they can be called leaders of the company/society and can earn bread.

But real responsibility is taking care of others by compassion and caring, this is not taught in the modern education system. We must teach this at our home.

Giving them responsibility means asking them to help mothers in household chores, serving water to elders, especially to father when he returns home after work, filling water bottles, giving medicines to grandparents, etc.


5. PUNISHMENT and ENCOURAGEMENT

No doubt punishment is extremely important for a growing child. Unless one is punished he will not understand the core teachings of life. However, at times, it is seen parents tend to get to extream. We must learn to strike a balance.

Punishment is counteracted by encouragement / praises.

Like in case of unforgivable offenses we might have to punish our child, we must also praise/ encourage when we see something good.

We must understand only punishment can lead to a mentally disturbed, cruel, insensitive and violent child.

Similarly, only praises can make a child proud, arrogant, self-centered.

Hence we must properly try to balance between the two sides.


BONUS TIP: RAISING LIKE A HUMAN.

āhāra-nidrā-bhaya-maithunaṁ ca
sāmānyam etat paśubhir narāṇām
dharmo hi teṣām adhiko viśeṣo
dharmeṇa hīnāḥ paśubhiḥ samānāḥ

Eating, sleeping, sex, and defense—these four principles are common to both human beings and animals. The distinction between human life and animal life is that a man can search after God but an animal cannot. That is the difference. Therefore a man without that urge for searching after God is no better than an animal.
The Mahabharata 


At the beginning of the article, we briefly touched upon the difference between animal and human, this verse from Mahabharata makes it clear.

We must engage our children in the service of the Lord. We must inculcate a culture of daily prayers and deity worship at our home, help them with devotee association, help them by discussing the scriptural injunctions.

This makes a child more humble and humane. He will grow up as a part of this society as an asset to this society and not like another parasite exploiting society.



Thank you very much
CHANT HARE KRISHNA AND BE HAPPY
   



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