Chanting leads to Transcendental ecstasies
Jan08

Chanting leads to Transcendental ecstasies

In the beginning, there may not be the presence of all transcendental ecstasies, which are eight in number. These are: (1) being stopped as though dumb, (2) perspiration, (3) standing up of hairs on the body, (4) dislocation of voice, (5) trembling, (6) fading of the body, (7) crying in ecstasy, (8) trance. But there is no doubt that chanting for a while takes one immediately to the spiritual platform, and one shows the first symptom...

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Govinda
Jan07

Govinda

kim no rajyena govinda kim bhogair jivitena va yesam arthe kanksitam no rajyam bhogah sukhani ca ta ime ’vasthita yuddhe praṇams tyaktva dhanani ca acaryah pitarah putras tathaiva ca pitamahah matulah svasurah pautrah syalah sambandhinas tatha etan na hantum icchami ghnato ’pi madhusudana api trailokya-rajyasya hetoh kim nu mahi-krte nihatya dhartarastran nah ka pritih syaj janardana (Bhagavad Gita 01.32 – 01.35)...

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No other Kirtan is recommended
Jan04

No other Kirtan is recommended

No other kirtana is recommended. This hari-kirtana was started five hundred years ago in Bengal by Lord Caitanya. In Bengal there is competition between the Vaisnavas and the saktas. The saktas have introduced a certain type of kirtana called kali-kirtana. But in the Vedic scriptures there is no recommendation of kali-kirtana. Kirtana means hari-kirtana. One cannot say, "Oh, you are Vaisnava. You can perform hari-kirtana. I shall...

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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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