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Niranjana Swami's Quote Of The Day

June 6

If we chant in good association, we will develop taste for chanting by the mercy of the advanced Vaishnavas, and thus we will strengthen our determination. Our desire to become free from offenses will become stronger, and we will hope to one day experience the full holy name.

Lectures from a disciple, Vol 1, p. 186, Minsk, 5.19.2002

June 5

Bhaktivinoda Thakura tells us that there are three requirements for those who actually want to reach pure chanting: We must chant in the association of devotees who relish the holy name, we have to remove ourselves from all distractions, external and internal, and we must be steady and determined in our chanting.

Lectures from a disciple, Vol 1, p. 186, Minsk, 5.19.2002

June 4

Recently, a devotee asked me “When a preacher goes to some place and people say, ‘Please come back,’ how does he not feel the natural rise of pride in his achievement of attracting them to Krishna?” This is easily reconciled by the devotee’s unwillingness to claim the credit for his preaching, and for his overwhelming desire to share the glories of the Lord with others. A Vaishnava always offers his obeisances to his superiors in his mind before speaking to others, then offers obeisances to his audience.

Lectures from a disciple, Vol 1, p. 183-184, Minsk, 5.19.2003

June 3

A devotee does not want to be respected. If such respect comes, he accepts it, but he does not seek it out.

Lectures from a disciple, Vol 1, p. 183, Minsk, 5.19.2002

June 2

As long as we remain on the platform of nama-aparadha, however, which is described as “bahu janma”, we will not be able to achieve love of God even after millions of lifetimes of chanting. We must become free of the ten offenses.

Lectures from a disciple, Vol 1, p. 182, Minsk, 5.19.2002

June 1

Even if we chant namabhasa, we can still experience a certain amount of bliss. We can even be elevated enough to attain Vaikuntha. But if we want to achieve the Lord’s full presence, imbued with our rasa or relationship with Him, and thus become qualified to enter into the topmost abode, Goloka Vrndavana, then we have to chant suddha-nama.

Lectures from a disciple, Vol 1, p. 182, Minsk, 5.19.2002

May 31

Attracting the attention of Krishna should be the goal of everything a devotee does. By attracting the Lord’s attention, a devotee invokes His presence.

Lectures from a disciple, Vol 1, p. 181, Minsk, 5.19.2002

May 30

A Vaishnava’s only interest is to attract the Lord. Material qualities do not attract the Lord. What attracts the Lord is humility, pridelessness, tolerance, and simplicity.

Lectures from a disciple, Vol 1, p. 178, Minsk, 5.19.2002

May 29

If we throw pearls before swine, the swine will trample them. This is because these animals do not know the real value of what we have presented. Similarly, those who do not understand the value of the Lord’s holy name will offend the holy name.

Lectures from a disciple, Vol 1, p. 177, Minsk, 5.19.2002

May 28

Sometimes people chant Hare Krishna so that they will be recognized as great devotees. If they are chanting for personal recognition, then how can they simultaneously concentrate on glorifying the Lord? The two states of mind are opposed.

Lectures from a disciple, Vol 1, p. 176, Minsk, 5.19.2002

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