Pranam mantra of Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhu
yah sankhya-pankena kutarka-pamsuna
vivarta-gartena cha lupta-didhitim
suddham vyadhad vak-sudhaya mahesvaram
krsnam sa jivah prabhur astu me gatih
“With his nectarean teachings, Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhu revealed the Supreme Lord, Krishna, whose effulgence had been hidden by the quicksand of calculation, the dust storm of fallacious logic, and the ditch of illusionism. May he be my shelter.”
—Sri Baladev Vidyabhusan
Divine Words of His Divine Grace Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev Goswami
Suspicion and the hesitation are the worst enemies. We may be near to the truth, but because of our previous karma, our suspicious nature deceive us..
According to the result of our karma we shall be placed in a particular environment, and we must start our spiritual life from wherever we are placed; we must begin our work of conquering all those samskaras that comprise the mental encasement we are living in.
(Samskars is defined as: the faculty of memory, mental impression on the mind of acts done in a former state of existence.)
Divine Words of His Divine Grace
And one thing we must always keep in mind is that we can’t investigate all of the subtle, higher knowledge as a subjective researcher. Rather, according to the degree of our saranagati, our surrender, the Truth will come down to make Himself known to us. We must always remember this, otherwise some spirit of imitation will be created in us. Knowledge of the higher domain is not under the jurisdiction of the intellect, and to think so is very dangerous. Intellectualism is dangerous; it will cause us to think that we have “caught the Infinite”. It will be negligence to the infinite characteristic, the infinite aspect of the Lord. He is Adhoksaja, beyond the grasp of academic research.
Srila Bhakti Raksaka Sridhar deva Goswami
(From Golden Stair Case)
Divine Words of the Guardian of Devotion
Devotee: How can we detect pratistha within ourselves?
Srila Guru Maharaj: That comes with the development of internal perfection and our continuous thankfulness to Gurudeva. It is necessary to understand and feel that everything comes from above: “I have nothing. I have no position and therefore my present situation always depends on the mercy of my Gurudeva. It may be withdrawn from me at any moment. Whatever I may have is not a fixed thing in me. It is not as a matter of right but is only extended grace in me. The moment it is withdrawn I am nowhere. It is all Krsna’s svarupa-sakti. I am tatastha-sakti and have no capital. I am working on the capital of my Master. I have no capital of my own.” We must be able to remain on such a plane of thinking and realize that, “Without His help, without His grace, I am in darkness. My fate is dark. As long as He extends His grace in me I can see. If the light is withdrawn, the eye is helpless.” We are to realize the position that it is not our birth-right.
Uddhava-Gita TEXT 31
gunah srjanti karmanicguno ‘nusrjate gunanjivas tu guna-samyukto bhunkte karma-phalany asau
It is the material senses that perform pious and sinful activities, it is the three modes of material nature that inspire the senses to engage in fruitive activities, and it is the living entity who enjoys the fruit of his karma, with the help of his senses.
It was previously described how sinful living entities are degraded to a hellish condition of life. Now, the question may arise as to whether the living entities are helpless or are they the master of their own destiny? The answer is that it is the senses that worship the demigods and perform other ritualistic activities. It is the senses that enjoy intimate association with another’s wife, and perform other abominable acts, thus creating the destiny of the living entity. It is due to being impelled by the three modes of material nature that the senses create one’s future body. The minute independence of the living entity consists of how he chooses to associate with the modes of nature. It is in this way that the living entity experiences suffering or enjoyment of his pious and sinful acts.
Power of Harinam
Ajâmila Delivered by the Vishnudûtas: the Motivation for the Holy Name
ajñānād athavā jñānād
sańkīrtitam agham pumso
dahed edho yathānalah
As a fire burns dry grass to ashes, so the holy name of the Lord, whether chanted knowingly or unknowingly, burns to ashes, without fail, all the reactions of one’s sinful activities.
Fire will act, regardless of whether handled by an innocent child or by someone well aware of its power. For example, if a field of straw or dry grass is set afire, either by an elderly man who knows the power of fire or by a child who does not, the grass will be burned to ashes. Similarly, one may or may not know the power of chanting the Hare Krishna mantra, but if one chants the holy name he will become free from all sinful reactions.
śudhyanti dānaiḥ santuṣṭyā
kālena—by due course of time (the land and other material things become purified); snāna-śaucābhyām—by bathing (the body becomes purified) and by cleansing (unclean things become purified); saṁskāraiḥ—by purificatory processes (birth becomes purified); tapasā—by austerity (the senses become purified); ijyayā—by worship (the brāhmaṇas become purified); śudhyanti—become purified; dānaiḥ—by charity (wealth becomes purified); santuṣṭyā—by satisfaction (the mind becomes purified); dravyāṇi—all material possessions, such as cows, land and gold; ātmā—the soul (becomes purified); ātma-vidyayā—by self-realization.
O King, by the passing of time, land and other material possessions are purified; by bathing, the body is purified; and by being cleansed, unclean things are purified. By purificatory ceremonies, birth is purified; by austerity, the senses are purified; and by worship and charity offered to the brāhmaṇas, material possessions are purified. By satisfaction, the mind is purified; and by self-realization, or Kṛṣṇa consciousness, the soul is purified.
na yatra śravaṇādīni
kurvanti sātvatāṁ bhartur
yātudhānyaś ca tatra hi
na—not; yatra—wherever; śravaṇa-ādīni—the activities of bhakti-yoga, beginning with hearing and chanting; rakṣaḥ-ghnāni—the sound vibration to kill all danger and bad elements; sva-karmasu—if one is engaged in his own occupational duty; kurvanti—such things are done; sātvatām bhartuḥ—of the protector of the devotees; yātudhānyaḥ—disturbing elements, bad elements; ca—also; tatra hi—there must be.
My dear King, wherever people in any position perform their occupational duties of devotional service by chanting and hearing [śravaṇaṁ kīrtanaṁ viṣṇoḥ SB 7.5.23], there cannot be any danger from bad elements. Therefore there was no need for anxiety about Gokula while the Supreme Personality of Godhead was personally present.
śrutim apare smirtim itare bhāratam anye bhajantu bhava-bhītāh aham iha nandam vande yasyālinde parambrahma
Raghupati Upādhyāya recited, “Those who are afraid of material existence worship the Vedic literature. Some worship smriti, the corollaries to the Vedic literature, and others worship the Mahābhārata. As far as I am concerned, I worship Krishna’s father, Mahārāja Nanda, in whose courtyard the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the Absolute Truth, is playing.”