True harmony

Proper harmony, or order, leads to coherence, unity and the absence of impediments. Conversely, artificially making everything equal without considering virtue and fault or qualification and disqualification cannot be called harmony.

It is not true harmony to try to please everybody in every way saying that all are equal. To try to please everybody means to please nobody.

Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Goswami Maharaja in Introduction to Srimad Bhagavad-gita

The world will be ruined, but this line is eternal

I want a revolution like this: we should come to the real path, in the real sense. Krsna will arrange for someone to come after me; and after that anyone else will come, and this will not be ruined. The world will be ruined, but this line is eternal. Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura has said that this line is eternal. Someone from any group will come.

Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja, January 15, 2000

You should always be engaged in sadhu-sanga

Jana sangas ca—you should not be bound by bad association. Never accept any food or water from the hands of those people who do not engage in the worship of Krishna. Don’t accept anything from them; in their association your intelligence will be destroyed. In their proximity, your bhakti should be kept confidential.

Never be engaged in prolonged conversations with them, even if one of the persons happens to be your son, brother, or husband. You can meet and cheat them by speaking on worldly subject matters. But never speak on the confidential truths of bhakti. This way, you should behave accordingly.

You should always be engaged in sadhu-sanga. What is the meaning of sadhu-sanga? It means associating with a high class of a devotee who is in the line of our guru, and especially in the line of Srila Rupa Gosvami and Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. On finding such a sadhu, you should try to follow his association and listen to his katha.

Don’t be entangled in the association of worldly people. The association of people who have no devotion must be avoided at all costs, or else your devotion will be destroyed. This applies even to a godbrother. The godbrother may be chattering here and there, so even your godbrother’s association must be avoided.

Rather, you should associate with a devotee absorbed in the devotional services of Krishna. This devotee weeps while he continuously chants the holy name, and he is much more advanced than us

Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja (Den Haag, 14 May 1996)

Everybody wants to fight….

Devotee: How to avoid politics amongst devotees?

Srila Bhakti Vaibhava Puri Maharaja: “People cannot remain without politics. They will not do harinama, but in the name of harinama they will do politics. They will not repeat Nama.

They will not believe that Krishna is the only Personality Who can save us from all the calamities. They don’t believe it. They think that their will power, their own capacities, their qualifications or their tactics can save them. That’s why you find politics in the Institutions.

Wherever you will go you will find politics. This is kali. Kali means fighting. This is the age of wrangling. Everybody wants to fight….”

Srila Bhakti Vaibhava Puri Goswami Maharaja (Vrindavana 10-10-1992)

My request is this

Since Srimad-Bhagavatam has not openly declared the manjari mood, we also should not do so. We are not greater than Sri Vyasadeva, Srila Sukadeva Gosvami, Srila Rupa Gosvami or Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. We should keep that mood in our hearts, as a wife who has a paramour does not give her husband any such indication. In India it is done like this, but not in the West. Westerners can declare more than ten husbands at a time, but in India, to declare another beloved would create a very big problem.

I request that if you think you have greed for the mood of a manjari, keep it in your heart so that nobody can have a scent of it. Otherwise, in a day or two you may commit offenses and your mood will disappear forever. This is not a subject for preaching everywhere in the marketplace. Keep it inside, like camphor. If camphor burns at an open doorway it evaporates, whereas if it is kept hidden behind closed doors, its fragrance will increase. It is very good if one has actual greed. I appreciate this, and I offer my heartfelt blessings to you if you have this. But keep it in your heart and don’t disturb others, otherwise they will end up collecting so many lady friends and engage in so-called parakiya mood, meaning illicit and immoral connection with the opposite sex.

My request is this: do not be mad to be a manjari. First try to follow Sri Upadesamrta, and then the other writings of Srila Rupa Gosvami. You can then gradually reach the top of the bhakti tree. Don’t try to jump at once to the top of the tree, otherwise you may fall down, break your arms and legs, and crack your head. So be careful.

Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja (Volgograd, Russia: September 13, 2004)

They all hunted after the Great Spirit

Plato looked at the peak of the Spiritual question from the West and Vyasa made the observation from the East; so Confucius did it from further East, and Schlegel, Spinoza, Kant and Goethe from further West.

These observations were made at different times and by different means, but the conclusion is all the same in as much as the object of observation was one and the same.

They all hunted after the Great Spirit, the unconditioned Soul of the Universe…. It requires a candid, generous, pious and holy heart to feel the beauties of their conclusions.

Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura