07 The Lord and his holy name are nondifferent
Jun30

07 The Lord and his holy name are nondifferent

The holy name is identical with Krsna: "'The holy name of Krsna … is identical with Krsna …'" – Padyavali (24), by Rupa Gosvami – [cited: Sri Caitanya caritamrta Madhya lila 15.110] The Hare Krsna mantra is nondifferent from Krsna: [Lord Sankarsana to King Citraketu] All living entities, moving and nonmoving, are My expansions and are separate from Me. I am the Supersoul of all...

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04 The meaning of the name “Rama”
Jun29

04 The meaning of the name “Rama”

"Rama" means spiritual enjoyment: Those who are actually yogis truly enjoy, but how do they enjoy? Ramante yogino 'nante−their enjoyment is unlimited, that unlimited enjoyment is real happiness, and such happiness is spiritual, not material. This is the real meaning of Rama, as in the chant Hare Rama. Rama means enjoyment through spiritual life. Spiritual life is all pleasure, and Krsna is all...

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02 Qualifications and disqualifications for understanding and chanting the holy name
Jun27

02 Qualifications and disqualifications for understanding and chanting the holy name

Only the devotee can understand the transcendental nature of Krsna's name: [The demigods to Lord Krsna in the womb of DevaKi]: O Lord, Your transcendental name and form are not ascertained by those who merely speculate on the path of imagination. Your name, form and attributes can be ascertained only through devotional service. As stated in the Padma Purana: atah sri−Krsna−namadi na bhaved grahyam indriyaih sevonmuKhe...

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05 Relative importance of chanting and deity worship
Jun26

05 Relative importance of chanting and deity worship

In Kali−yuga, chanting of the Hare Krsna mantra is more powerful than Deity worship: As it is said in Srimad−Bhagawtam (12.3.52): krte yad dhyayato vi tretayam yajato makhaih dvapare paricaryayam kalau tad dhari−kirtanat "Whatever result one obtained in Satya−yuga by meditating on Visnu, in Treta−yuga by performing sacrifices and in Dvapara−yuga by serving the Lord's lotus feet one can also...

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Who is Krishna?
Jun25

Who is Krishna?

Krishna is a name of the Supreme Lord, or God. It means “the all-attractive person.” And “Rama” means “the source of all pleasure.” Each of us, every living entity, seeks pleasure. But we do not know how to seek pleasure perfectly. With a materialistic concept of life, we are frustrated at every step in satisfying our pleasure because we are constantly being told to enjoy through our bodily senses. To enjoy real pleasure, one must...

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