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Niranjana Swami's Quote Of The Day

September 11

We cannot be envious of somebody and use it for Krsna's service. But still, as Prabhupada is explaining here, completely purified envy exists in the spiritual world. What is the symptom of purified envy? That it is always to increase Krsna's service--without ever any malice. In contrast, when we are envious in the material world, we want to put others down. We want to either do better than others or achieve something better than them, and the way we do it is by diminishing what they are doing.

September 5, 2010, Almaty, Kazakhstan

September 10

Those who are not on a platform on which they can always speak about Krsna, but have a desire to always speak about Krsna, may restrict themselves from speaking about others out of fear of suffering. And generally that's good. At least they are not speaking unnecessarily about others and causing disturbance to others, but the motivation of not wanting to suffer is not completely pure. When a devotee actually has awakened his spontaneous attraction to always speak about Krsna, he doesn't have to worry about speaking critically or unnecessarily about others.

September 5, 2010, Almaty, Kazakhstan

September 9

It is natural to speak about somebody else, but unfortunately, if the tongue is not controlled, then immediately when we get in the association of others, we will begin speaking about somebody else and will be looking for something to say about them. And if we are not careful, or if we do not control our propensity to speak about others, eventually we may say something that may be disturbing either to the person about whom we are speaking or to somebody who has a relationship with that person, and before we know it, we are causing harm to others.

September 5, 2010, Almaty, Kazakhstan

August 31

One moment of full consciousness is much better than a lifetime of fearfulness. So if we get just one moment of full consciousness from chanting and that will be sufficient to help us along the path of continuous chanting, so that one can enter into this state of Krsna consiousness.

March 15, 2011, Taipei

August 30

One who is in proper consciousness sees that nothing can happen without Krsna’s will. If I’m put in a difficult situation, it’s due to my past misdeeds. (...) A devotee is thinking: “Actually, I deserve much more, but Krsna has reduced it to this so I can remember Him. If it were so difficult, I wouldn’t be able to remember Him but I can still remember Him - Krsna is so kind.” That is how the devotee thinks.

May 15, 2011, Kishinev

August 29

Pride is so dangerous. Pride is a cause of so many sufferings and inconveniences. Pride means ‘disconnected from Krsna’; it means ‘I’m forgetting that I’m a servant’. Self-esteem, as we said it before, is not pride, self -worth is not pride in the sense ‘I’m so important’. Self-worth means ‘even though I’m so insignificant, even though I’m a wretch, even though I have neither love for Krsna nor qualifications - we can think of all our disqualifications - somehow by the mercy of Lord Caitanya and His devotees, I’ve been given the opportunity to serve Him.’ That gives us a sense of self-worth.

May 15, 2011, Kishinev

August 28

Everyone needs a sense of self-worth. There’s nothing wrong in having it. We need to feel wanted. Krsna wants everyone of us. Krsna has a connection with everyone of us. Krsna wants everyone of us to serve Him to be happy. If we are conscious of our identity as servants of Krsna, then we’ll feel that sense of self-worth, but if we forget that we are subordinate to Krsna and take credit for our activities, then we’ll lose connection with our devotional service.

May 15, 2011, Kishinev

August 27

You have a future also and that future is as a soul. You have to think of the future, not just how much you can enjoy now. Those who understand the laws of nature and the purpose behind this world are intelligent - they think of the future. If you try to forget Krsna and simply become happy separate from Him, you should think of the future that will come - then you’ll want to call out and pray. That is the word of encouragement. Think now before it’s too late and before you have to ask yourself: “Why didn’t I do it?”

May 15, 2011, Kishinev

August 26

We need to take shelter to get a protection of someone who helps us to eradicate these motives, so that we can chant Hare Krsna in the proper state of mind thinking ourselves helpless and dependent, like a child crying for his mother. Prabhupada says that’s how we should chant, like a child. A child doesn’t know anyone except his mother. He gets nourishment from of his mother’s breast and thinks: “Now I have a shelter.” This is the state of mind that enables us to feel some connection with Krsna. By cultivating this state of mind while chanting Hare Krsna we may progress along the path of devotional service towards perfection, not towards an unfulfilled destiny. A devotee always feels hopeful to attain that perfection. Therefore, he goes on chanting and endeavoring with confidence.

May 15, 2011, Kishinev

August 25

Does Krishna want the leaf, the fruit, the flower or the water? They are all His anyway. We may offer Him a leaf, a flower, a fruit or water but what makes Him inclined to accept it? It’s not because it’s a leaf. Imagine that we go out, pull off a leaf from the tree, throw it on the altar and say: “OK, Krsna, You asked for a leaf, there it is. Now, where is my reward?” Unfortunately, sometimes people do like that - they come in, take darsan of the Deity, drop a little donation in the box and go home waiting to see how it will be turned into a palace. But that’s not service, it’s mixed service. Some mixed motives are there. We should always be hankering for an opportunity to serve.

May 15, 2011, Kishinev