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Niranjana Swami's Quote Of The Day

October 26

We have needs other than simply maintaining our physical existence. Human existence is meant to facilitate our understanding of the purpose of life. Govinda dasa writes that just as a drop of water appears on a lotus leaf and can roll off at any moment, so life in the body is temporary. But let me worship Sri Hari. This is the only true necessity of life.

Lectures from a Disciple, Vol.2, Purpose of Sadhana Bhakti

October 25

Sometimes we mistake passion for enthusiasm, thinking that it means we must always keep ourselves busy. But if the mind is not fixed on Krishna in our business, then our activities are simply in the mode of passion, which will lead to suffering. Activities performed in the mode of passion do not satisfy us, nor do they increase our faith in the Lord and His holy name. If we want to actually become enthusiastic, we must understand the purpose behind everything we do; if we are consciously offering our activity to Krishna and we remain steady in the execution of our duties, we will become enthusiastic in whatever we are doing.

Lectures from a Disciple, Vol.2, Enthusiasm for Devotional Service

October 4

The Supreme Lord will never manifest Himself to one who has no spiritual strength. For those who are not situated in such an exalted platform of prema bhakti, what is their hope? One actually has to understand that in order to obtain spiritual strength, one has to seek his strength from one who actually has strength.

October 4, 2004, Divnomorsk

October 3

Not only do we need to know the answers that Srila Prabhupada gave to questions, but we have to understand his heart, because by understanding his heart, we can understand the motives he has in giving these answers to these questions.

October 3, 2004, Divnamorsk

October 2

Therefore the impersonalists who are accustomed to logic and argument can never approach the Supreme Lord in His personal feature, because they are more dependent upon logic and argument than they are dependent upon sabda brahma. Whenever they read scripture, they impose their own conclusions on the scripture. They take a statement from scripture and they say, "This means this." But it doesn't mean that. It means what it says. Those who are faithful accept it on the strength of what it says.

October 2, 2011, Budapest

October 1

It is not difficult to come in contact with Krishna. One can simply hear and chant about Krishna and Krishna agrees to appear. And when He appears in such places of sacrifice, He cleanses the heart of all the dust accumulated for years together. Such cleansing is the actual solution to the problems of life.

October 1, 1992, Ekaterinburg

October 1

It is not difficult to come in contact with Krishna. One can simply hear and chant about Krishna and Krishna agrees to appear. And when He appears in such places of sacrifice, He cleanses the heart of all the dust accumulated for years together. Such cleansing is the actual solution to the problems of life.

October 1, 1992, Ekaterinburg

September 30

If we associate with persons whose devotional service is influenced by karma or by jnana, and especially if it is being presented as pure devotional service, then that contamination can also affect our hearts and the result of this is that anarthas will grow rather than pure devotion in our hearts. So certainly we should properly discriminate on that message which has been spoken and we always should try to hear from a devotee who is protecting our devotional creeper and who is presenting Srimad Bhagavatam without any impure motive and who is simply interested in glorifying the Lord and qualities of pure devotional service.

September 30, 2004, Divnomorsk

September 13

The Vaisnava is not thinking of how to push others down and obstruct service to Krsna--because pushing others down, diminishing them, means that we are actually obstructing, getting in the way of, others' service to Krsna. Then we think, "My service is the most important. And because my service is most important, everybody should simply assist me in my service and then everybody will be rightly situated." Such envy--thinking that "I am the source of all service to Krsna. Everything is emanating from me. The wise who know this perfectly engage in my service and worship me with all their hearts." That is envy. We have to be very careful; the Vaisnava mentality means "How can I increase Krsna's service?"

September 5, 2010, Almaty, Kazakhstan

September 12

In the material world people make progress, move up, by pushing everyone else down. If I push everyone down and criticize them, then, "Here I am! I haven't spoken about any of my faults, because they don't exist. Now you recognize who I am." That's envy, and it becomes very dangerous in a society of devotees because, as we explained, the devotee's mentality should be to always want to push others forward but him- or herself stay back. Gopi-bhartuh pada-kamalayor dasa-dasanudasah--to become the servant of the servant of the servant.

September 5, 2010, Almaty, Kazakhstan

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