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Niranjana Swami's Quote Of The Day

November 25

Just as a pure rainwater when falling from the sky contacts the earth and is muddied, so the pure spirit soul, when coming in contact with the three modes of material nature, becomes "muddied" by material nature and absorbs itself in various material designations that have nothing to do with the real self. Devotional service, however, clears the mud - and the consciousness - and allows us to see ourselves in our natural relationship with Krishna. 

Lectures from a Disciple, Vol.2, Purpose of Sadhana-bhakti

November 24

By taking shelter of Krishna we come under the protection of teh Lord's internal potency and are therefore ourselves protected from the influence of the three modes. How do we take shelter of Krishna? We simply have to transform our consciousness from material consciousness to our natural spiritual consciousness. It is natural for the tiny spirit sould to seek shelter under the Supreme.

Lectures from a Disciple, Vol.2, Purpose of Sadhana-bhakti

November 7

We should pray that some day we too can make Srila Prabhupada smile likу those devotees that made Prabhupada smile. The more we appreciate our own fortune at having the opportunity to be in the association of such wonderful Vaisnavas, who know how to make Prabhupada smile, the more dedicated we will become to helping Srila Prabhupada and these devotees continue the sankirtana mission of spreading Krishna consciousness to every corner of the world.

Lectures from a Disciple, Vol. 2, "Srila Prabhupada's Smile"

November 6

Every living being has an eternal relationship with Krishna; this means that each of us is meant to love Krishna. If we have not established our eternal relationship with Krishna, we are like a hand separated from the body. A hand separated from the body has no function. Similarly, every living entity is meant to be connected to Krishna. Without that connection, we serve no function.

Lectures from a Disciple, Vol. 2, "Spiritual Emotions"

October 27

As soon as we give up the association of devotees, maya will catch us and say, "Be in my company." No one can remain neutral or without company. One must either associate with maya or associate with Krishna and His devotees.

Lectures from a Disciple, Vol. 2, Sadhu-sanga - Association with Devotees

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

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