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Niranjana Swami's Quote Of The Day

October 4

A devotee has to learn to feel helpless while executing his duty. Why does a devotee perform a particular duty? He knows he must be dutiful in order to please guru and Krsna. Duty purifies us. We carry out so many self-imposed duties, thinking we must do them, but the greatest, most compelling duty is to offer whatever we are doing to Krsna.

Lectures From a Disciple, Vol 1, p. 242
Hartford, 1992

October 3

Real knowledge is not achieved by academic pursuits but through surrender to Krsna — the practice of bhakti.

Lectures From a Disciple, Vol 1, p. 242
SB 7.6.24

October 2

When we meditate on the guru’s order, we will gradually become detached from the body.

Lectures From a Disciple, Vol 1, p. 240
SB 3.28.25, Moscow, 31.03.96

October 1

What is the meditation of a bhakti-yogi? It is strict adherence to the guru’s instructions. Srila Prabhupada explains in the fourth canto that “one should not try to see Krsna behind some bush in Vrndavana. He should know that Krsna personally manifests His form through the instructions of the spiritual master.” This is a devotee’s meditation.

Lectures From a Disciple, Vol 1, p. 240
SB 3.28.25, Moscow, 31.03.96

September 30

Living in the association of devotees is an ideal opportunity for us to overcome our envious mentality. It forces us to learn tolerance. We have to learn to overlook others’ shortcomings. We have to learn to improve our own character and to concentrate more on our own humility than the lack of humility in others. We also have to overcome the tendency to see faults in others rather than confront faults in ourselves. The desire to find fault is envy. If we dwell on it and become focused on the shortcomings of our immediate associates, then we will never be able to see our own shortcomings and we will not be able to improve. Better we seek out the good qualities of devotees and overlook the faults.

Lectures From a Disciple, p. 278, SB 4.30.12-13

September 29

When we are envious, we try to imitate God. We do not realize that whatever position we achieve comes only by God’s grace. Instead we think our status comes by dint of our own abilities, and we think that we can therefore surpass everyone—that there is no one better or more intelligent than ourselves. We have to break that tendency if we wish to become Krsna conscious. Krsna very kindly and mercifully breaks the pride of His devotees, because pride and envy stop us from advancing in Krsna consciousness.

Lectures From a Disciple, p. 277, SB 4.30.12-13

September 28

When we are surrounded by opulence, we think we have power, control, so what need do we have to depend on God? We think ourselves self-sufficient. Then we think we do not want to see anyone superior to ourselves. This mentality is, of course, one of the characteristics of demons.

Lectures From a Disciple, p. 277, SB 4.30.12-13

September 27

One who is always absorbed in loving devotional service to Krsna has achieved the ultimate platform of surrender. We should look for those symptoms in the devotees, serve them, and will then have the hope that someday we can be fully surrendered ourselves.

Krasnodar,
June 1996

September 26

While the world recognizes the true qualities of the devotees, the devotees remain meek and humble. This is a principle of surrender. Surrender simply means to always depend upon Krsna; surrender is not artificial.

Krasnodar,
June 1996

September 25

The devotee does not want glorification, but glorifying the devotees gives Krsna pleasure. He wants to show the world, “Just see the qualities of My devotees! I want the whole world to see their qualities. My devotees don’t want recognition but pure love!”

Krasnodar, June 1996

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