"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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The Mafia in Krishna Consciousness

Very recently our heart was shattered by a brutal terror attack, in India. Speaking about terrorist attacks, we must be vigilant and extra careful not to become a victim. 

Even in our journey of back to Spiritual Abode, Goloka Vrindavan, there is a risk from many mafia agents. Each moment we are at war with them. 

There is a famous quote which says 
If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not to fear the result of a hundred battles.

Let us know our enemies carefully and also know our self-defense. 

Master Mind Gangster: Maya Devi and Kaliyuga
Everything is actually orchestrated by these two partners. Very expertly they set up everything to make a devotee fall down from the path of Krishna Consciousness.

Spoiled Friend: Mind
The mind can be misleading. Just like a spoiled friend, mind leads us into the wrong association of these potential threats. 

Petty Street Hooligans: Materialistic People 
Street Hooligans are notoriously involved in breaking the peaceful ambiance of a society. A peaceful day turns chaotic because of sudden fights or stone attacks by these kinds of people. They can't be logically dealt with. Intelligence is to avoid confronting them. 

A similar act is done by materialistic people. They can shatter a peaceful spiritual day by their stone-like atheistic or materialistic words. Scriptures and Acharyas warn us to avoid their association or at least minimize to bare necessity. 

Cyber Criminals: Entertainment Industries
Cyber Criminals attacks internet users and steals their secret information like user id, password, bank details etc. The victim gets penalized by an empty bank account.

There was a time when there used to be true "Family Shows" and healthy comedy shows on TV which could be enjoyed by everyone in a family. However, the Entertainment Industry nowadays is nothing more an advertisement agency to break the four pillars of spiritual life - No Meat Eating, No Gambling, No Illicit Relation, and No Intoxication.

Just like the cybercriminals steal credentials, these industries steal the intellect of an aspiring devotee. They become attracted the animalistic life promoted with the false promise of happiness.  

Drug Dealers: Fake Gurus
Drug dealers use very tactful and promising words to attract their clients. Their initial warm welcoming words leads the victim to poisonous drugs. Least bothered about the health of their victims, they sell drugs only for money. 

All the flowery language used by fake gurus, swamis, self-proclaimed Godmen and so-called incarnations are nothing more than the trap of a drug dealer. Many times they will disregard the Vedic literature which exposes their true identity.  They attract people looking for a shortcut in the spiritual life. However sweet may their words be or however intellectual may their words be, they are selling nothing more than poison for it is a warning in scriptures. 

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.
Padma Puran / Garga samhita 10.61.26

Suicide Bomber: Gossipers 
Suicide bombers hide the explosives undercover and associates with an unsuspected victim. And soon both of them are dead. 

As we get into devotee association, sometimes we carry the misgivings of material culture. We bring in the culture of fault findings, envy, jealousy, pride. Soon we also start to gossip (do prajalpa) in devotee association. Anyone who is having a nature of gossiping is a potential suicide bomber. For certain his spiritual growth is destroyed and so is ours. The only way to help ourselves is to run away from such a person. 

Deadliest Terrorist: Mayavadis  
Hard-core terrorists are merciless, ruthless killing machines. They cherish the genocide and homicide and consider these heinous acts as their achievements. Sometimes they attach religious reasons for their inhuman activities. They pervert the actual meaning of holy scriptures and give their interpretation to support their activities. Their intelligence is so perverted that they do not realize they are committing sin.

Mayavadis are no better than this class of demoniac people. They twist the scriptural injunctions and cook their own interpretations. They come up with theories like Joto Mot toto Poth, Manav Seva Madhav Seva, Daridra Narayan, Everyone is God etc. The most heinous crime they do is, they deny the beautiful form of Lord. Because of this offensive nature, anyone who hears or reads such a theory or from such a person, his devotional life comes to an end forever. 

This is confirmed in the Padma Purāṇa Uttara-khaṇḍa (25.7), in the words of Lord Śiva himself:

māyāvādam asac chāstraṁ 
pracchannaṁ bauddham ucyatemayaiva 
kalpitaṁ devi kalau brāhmaṇa-rūpiṇā
brahmaṇaś cāparaṁ rūpaṁ nirguṇaṁ vakṣyate 
mayāsarva-svaṁ jagato ’py asya 
mohanārthaṁ kalau yugevedānte 
tu mahā-śāstre māyāvādam avaidikammayaiva 
vakṣyate devi jagatāṁ nāśa-kāraṇāt

"The Māyāvāda philosophy," Lord Śiva informed his wife Pārvatī, "is impious (asac chāstra). It is covered Buddhism. My dear Pārvatī, in Kali-yuga I assume the form of a brāhmaṇa and teach this imagined Māyāvāda philosophy. In order to cheat the atheists, I describe the Supreme Personality of Godhead to be without form and without qualities. Similarly, in explaining Vedānta I describe the same Māyāvāda philosophy in order to mislead the entire population toward atheism by denying the personal form of the Lord."
Padma Purāṇa Uttara-khaṇḍa (25.7)

In the Śiva Purāṇa the Vishnu told Lord Śiva:
dvāparādau yuge bhūtvā kalayā mānuṣādiṣusvāgamaiḥ kalpitais tvaṁ ca janān mad-vimukhān kuru
"In Kali-yuga, mislead the people in general by propounding imaginary meanings for the Vedas to bewilder them."

Padma Purāṇa,  Lord Śiva tells Pārvatī:
śṛṇu devi pravakṣyāmi tāmasāni yathā-kramamyeṣāṁ śravaṇa-mātreṇa pātityaṁ jñāninām apiapārthaṁ śruti-vākyānāṁ darśayal loka-garhitamkarma-svarūpa-tyājyatvam atra ca pratipādyatesarva-karma-paribhraṁśān naiṣkarmyaṁ tatra cocyateparātma-jīvayor aikyaṁ mayātra pratipādyate

"My dear wife, hear my explanations of how I have spread ignorance through Māyāvāda philosophy. Simply by hearing it, even an advanced scholar will fall down. In this philosophy, which is certainly very inauspicious for people in general, I have misrepresented the real meaning of the Vedas and recommended that one give up all activities in order to achieve freedom from karma. In this Māyāvāda philosophy I have described the jīvātmā and Paramātmā to be one and the same."

Śrīla Prabhupāda writes in CC purport of Adi 7.110
The Māyāvādī philosophers have presented their arguments in such attractive, flowery language that hearing Māyāvāda philosophy may sometimes change the mind of even a mahā-bhāgavata, or very advanced devotee. An actual Vaiṣṇava cannot tolerate any philosophy that claims God and the living being to be one and the same.

Chaitanya Mahaprabhu has also given clear warning 
Śrīpāda Śaṅkarācārya has described all the Vedic literatures in terms of indirect meanings. One who hears such explanations is ruined.
Sri Caitanya Caritamrita 1.7.109

Śaṅkarācārya, who is an incarnation of Lord Śiva, is faultless because he is a servant carrying out the orders of the Lord. But those who follow his Māyāvādī philosophy are doomed. They will lose all their advancement in spiritual knowledge.

Sri Caitanya Caritamrita 1.7.114

However, each one of us is having a facility to safeguard ourselves from the attack of these vicious agents

Field Marshal: Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Nityananda Prabhu 
General: Acharyas of bonafide Sampradaya like Srila Prabhupada 
Brigadier: Spiritual Master
Colonel: Mentors or Counselors 
Soldiers: Devotees
Bunker: Devotee Association 
Hand Grenades: Scriptures 
Machine Gun: Chanting the Mahamantra
Nuclear Bomb Shield: Shelter of Krishna

Let us all use our self-defense, only then can we remain safe in the journey back to Godhead.


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3 Approaches to Deal with Mind - which one is yours?

"The more serious you are about spiritual life, the more you keep your mind in captivity."
His Holiness Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

The different approach of dealing with the mind can broadly be understood as 3 different ways of handling a dog, the amateur style, the mafia style, and the trainer style.

If we visit an amateur we will see the dog is actually the owner of the house. He even bites the owner when the owner isn't "obedient" to the dog. While dealing with the mind, the majority of us take this approach and get dictated by our mind. Most of the people who aren't even thinking about controlling mind falls under this category. This includes all fake Guru, Sanyasis and Swamis who speak great length about meditation, mind and God but are addicted to alcohol, cigarettes, hookah, intoxication, the taste of flesh, wealth or illicit relation.

The mafia, as soon as he sees the dog not listening to him, he takes out his gun and bang. Some people who realize their mind need to be controlled, opt for a similar approach and follow "Impersonal meditation" techniques. They sit concentrating on light or breath and try to kill their mind, by trying to kill every thought that pops up. Although the matter of fact is 99% of them are unsuccessful & 99.99% of the remaining 1% who got success was definitely not of Kaliyuga City.
If we sit and just do deep breathing, filling our lungs with fresh air, automatically we feel fresh. This freshness is not because of successful meditation by because of increase in Oxygen level in blood. Most of the people get cheated because of this. The goal of meditation is to focus on God not to feel the freshness. Naturally, those who are trying to control their mind must be controlling their senses. If anyone says that he is doing meditation but do intoxication or eat flesh fall in the previous category.

The trainer, he observes the dog's behavior, restricts its demand (disciplines it) and encourages it when obedient. A very few numbers of people, one in a million as said by Krishna, who are intelligent take the effort to train their mind as a dog trainer.
rasa-varjaḿ raso 'py asya, paraḿ dṛṣṭvā nivartate (ceasing such engagements by experiencing a higher taste, he is fixed in consciousness.)
Bhagavad Gita 2.59

They, the devotees of Krishna, are controlling their mind perfectly by engaging it completely on Krishna. It is possible only because they have engaged their senses in the service of Krishna. And the bliss that they get from this, is the higher taste which naturally helps their mind to give up material sense gratification of flesh-eating, intoxication, wealth and illicit relation, without an artificial effort.

Thus a devotee of Lord is considered the greatest Yogi, as Krishna confirms,
And of all yogis, the one with great faith who always abides in Me, thinks of Me within himself and renders transcendental loving service to Me – he is the most intimately united with Me in yoga and is the highest of all. That is My opinion.
Bhagavad Gita 6.47

Therefore we must understand the effective and correct way of controlling the mind is by becoming a devotee of the Lord.


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