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Niranjana Swami's Quote Of The Day

April 24

We often speak about this required faith—sraddha.  Sraddha means that one must have firm conviction that, by chanting the Holy Name of the Lord and rendering devotional service to the Lord, automatically all one's subsidiary duties can be fulfilled.  This sraddha is favorable for the execution of bhakti, but in what should we place our faith?  We must place our faith in the pure Holy Name.  It is that pure Holy Name, which will deliver us from the material world; that will bring us to the lotus feet of the Lord: Krsna nama haite pabe krsnera carana: Indeed, simply by chanting the Hare Krishna mantra, one will be able to see the lotus feet of the Lord.” (CC Adi 7.73). Therefore, the relationship between the spiritual master and the disciple is based upon those instructions which are related to the Holy Name of the Lord.  
MKV, Vol 2- Pg 4, (Initiation Lecture—Kiev, Ukraine—15/11/01) 

April 23

Even though we chant the Holy Name here in the material world as a means of purification, our understanding is that the Holy Name of the Lord and the Lord Himself are non-different.  Our connection with the Holy Name is our connection with Krishna.  If our connection with the Holy Name and with Krishna is non-different, then that is an eternal connection.  We are eternal servants of Krishna. Therefore, we should want to establish and keep our eternal relationship with the Lord.  Unfortunately, we have forgotten that relationship; so, at the time of initiation, the disciple is given the Holy Name of the Lord—the means to remember Him—and that Holy Name must be chanted with great faith.
MKV, Vol 2- Pg 4, (Initiation Lecture—Kiev, Ukraine—15/11/01)

April 22

All instructions of the spiritual master must be understood and heard in relationship to the Holy Name of the Lord.  Why?  Because the connection between the spiritual master and the disciple is on the basis of the Holy Name.  It is the Holy Name, which purifies the heart; it is the Holy Name, which delivers us from the material world; it is the Holy Name, which establishes our relationship with the Lord.  We are forever dependent upon our relationship with the Holy Name.
MKV, Vol 2- Pg 3, (Initiation Lecture—Kiev, Ukraine—15/11/01)

April 21

What is this connection between the spiritual master and the disciple?  It is generally understood that the primary connection is on the basis of siksa—or instruction; but which instructions should a disciple be dependent upon?  Permanent instructions.  If we want to make a permanent connection, we must be dependent upon those instructions which will not change.  If we become dependent upon some temporary instructions as the only means of our connection, then what will happen when the situation changes?  Where is the connection?  Sometimes disciples are waiting for that order—"Where is that instruction?  Where is that order?  Give me something to do"—as if THAT, in itself, would be the only requirement for making the eternal bond between the disciple and the spiritual master.  Certainly, a disciple should be eager for service; and such instructions are also given.  However, we should understand that the most relevant instructions are those, which will carry us through our journey in the material world, all the way back home, back to Godhead. 
MKV, Vol 2- Pg 3, (Initiation Lecture—Kiev, Ukraine—15/11/01)

April 20

Sometimes a neophyte devotee thinks that he is too advanced even for the association of exalted devotees and will seek out the association of some greater personality so that he can have some higher connections.  He thinks, “See?  He is great.  I am connected to him; therefore, I am great too!” Such a person uses great personalities, not wanting to say anything good about them.  Instead, he tries to get the greater devotee to say good things about him, using him for his own glorification.  Of course, great personalities are fortunately very merciful, and they know just how to deal with people who have this kind of mentality like in the case of Vallabha Bhatta, Lord Caitanya was very merciful in crushing his pride.
(Caitanya Caritamrita Lectures Book, Adi Lila: 8.62 Kiev—May2, 2000, Pg 103)

April 19

The natural behavior of a Vaisnava is to always look for good qualities.  We should set aside whatever faults there may be and look for what other devotees are sincerely doing. Sometimes it may be very difficult to find something favorable, and we might conclude, “Oh, this person is not a devotee.”  We may think so many other thoughts.  If our consciousness is absorbed in that way, we should seek out the association of the devotees in whom we can see good qualities. Srila Rupa Gosvami explains in Nectar of Instruction that we should mentally honor a neophyte devotee, and it may be necessary to do it from a distance so that we will not always be absorbed in looking for some fault.  Therefore, we should keep ourselves in the association of those devotees who have good qualities that we can see and appreciate.
(Caitanya Caritamrita Lectures Book, Adi Lila: 8.62 Kiev—May2, 2000, Pg 102)

April 18

Sometimes it is necessary to point out a general misbehavior or fault that exists in somebody to teach and conclude a particular subject. Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura gives the example of Sukadeva Gosvami in Srimad-Bhagavatam.  He speaks about envious householders who are engaged in sex life, and then during the day, they are engaged in making money.  Therefore sometimes it is necessary to speak about a general class of people and give them a particular instruction to make it clear that we should try to avoid this type of misbehavior.  Thus, we have to be discriminating, and we have to know what the wrong type of mentality is. But we should not always dwell on it.  We should look within ourselves to see our own tendencies and not always dwell on the faults of others.
(Caitanya Caritamrita Lectures Book, Adi Lila: 8.62 Kiev—May2, 2000, Pg 101)

April 17

The mentality of Vaisnavas is to always accept the good—not be like the fly that always goes only to the sore. Have you ever tried to keep flies away from nasty places? You cannot keep them away. You may have a sore or cut, and a fly comes directly to it, and keeps coming back even though you try to swat it away.  This is the same thing as the “fault-finding mentality.”  You might try to do something to divert a person’s consciousness from looking for fault, but the faultfinder cannot control himself.  
(Caitanya Caritamrita Lectures Book, Adi Lila: 8.62 Kiev—May2, 2000, Pg 101)

April 16

Everyone has a combination of faults and glories, but a Vaisnava, a sober man, accepts only a man’s glories and not his faults.  He knows faults will exist, but he is not interested in accepting the faults.  Prabhupada used to always say, “Why not appreciate the moon for its illuminating potency instead of trying to look for the little marks on the moon?  This is the mentality of the critic.”
(Caitanya Caritamrita Lectures Book, Adi Lila: 8.62 Kiev—May2, 2000, Pg 100)

April 15

Although there is generally no criticism in a society of Vaisnavas who possess this mentality, there may sometimes be criticism out of love on the transcendental and spontaneous platform.  Lord Caitanya sometimes spoke critically of devotees, but it was an expression of His love for them.  For example, during the time when Lord Caitanya was leaving to go to South India; and He gave different reasons why no one should accompany Him by pointing out faults in their past behavior. Krsnadasa Kaviraja Gosvami explains that by doing so, Lord Caitanya was actually showing the exceptional qualities of these devotees and the particular type of intimate relationship that each of them had with Him.  Moreover, He was pointing out how their love for Him is so strong that when they appeared to transgress social etiquette, the Lord was lovingly accepting their transgressions.  The Lord was actually glorifying His devotees by speaking about them as though they had faults.
(Caitanya Caritamrita Lectures Book, Adi Lila: 8.62 Kiev—May2, 2000, Pg 96)