All I Want
Dec31

All I Want

When it comes down to it, all I want is to chant well, feel Krishna’s presence while I chant, relish the nectar of the name, and be a servant of the name. Bhaktivinoda Thakura says there is nothing else in the three worlds but the holy name. Krishna has shown this to me by allowing me to observe other devotees’ transformations (at the retreats) through good chanting. As their chanting improved, their desires changed. As...

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Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta on mechanical chanting
Dec30

Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta on mechanical chanting

"The holy name of Krishna means divine sound. It can be compared to a capsule of medicine. The capsule is not the medicine. Externally one capsule may look like another, but within one capsule maybe medicine and within another may be cyanide. The capsule itself is not the medicine. It is not the sound of Krishna’s name that is Krishna. Krishna is within the sound. The holy name must be be surcharged with the proper spirit...

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Degrees of Lust
Dec29

Degrees of Lust

dhumenavriyate vahnir yathadarso malena ca yatholbenavrto garbhas tatha tenedam avrtam (Bhagavad Gita 03.38) Translation: As fire is covered by smoke, as a mirror is covered by dust, or as the embryo is covered by the womb, the living entity is similarly covered by different degrees of this lust. Purport: There are three degrees of covering of the living entity by which his pure consciousness is obscured. This covering is but...

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No other way – Only Name
Dec27

No other way – Only Name

harernamaharernamaharernamaevakevalam kalau nasty eva nasty eva nasty evagatiranyatha [Cc. Adi 17.21] For your perfection you simply chant the name of the Lord harernama, harer. Harer means of the Lord and nama means name. Thrice. Just like we give stress three times, "You do it. You do it. You do it." This is a good stress. Similarly, the sastra says harernamaharernamaharernama, namaevakevalam, simply chant the Lord's...

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Krishna will give, do not worry but chant
Dec26

Krishna will give, do not worry but chant

Power of Holy Names etenaiva hy aghono 'sya krtam syaad agha-nishkrtam yadaa naaraayanaayeti jagaada catur-aksharam "The Vishnudutas continued: Even previously, while eating and at other times, this Ajaamila would call his son, saying, "My dear Narayana, please come here." Although calling the name of his son, he nevertheless uttered the four syllables naa-raa-ya-na. Simply by chanting the name of Narayana in this...

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