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Niranjana Swami's Quote Of The Day

August 7

Therefore, there is so much emphasis, “Yes, come to class!” – “No, not to class. I am too busy doing this, doing that.” “No, this is it. This is what it is all for – to sit in front of Radha-Gopivallabha and hear and chant about Them, that’s what it’s all about, that’s what the building is here for, otherwise what’s the value?” It’s not here to run around, working hard, doing this, doing that and forgetting the whole goal. So, this is the importance of being a sadhaka and actually putting emphasis on hearing and chanting. And I think my time is up...

August 19, 2012, Boston

August 6

Prabhupada says, “Familiarity breeds contempt.” Prabhupada even said that about his own disciple who was very close to him. He said, “Actually he became too familiar, and familiarity breeds contempt.” And what happens? In the same way you become too familiar and start thinking, “They are ordinary people, they are doing…” and then you don’t want to associate with them anymore. But when you associate with each other by hearing and chanting, these feelings can be put aside because there's a higher goal, a higher objective. Not only that, it’s purifying. It’s very purifying. And what comes out is the feeling like, “Wow, there is some benefit being around these people. I don’t have to hide in my room all the time and try to avoid them in the hallway.”

August 19, 2012, Boston

August 5

What allows us to see each other for who we really are (or should be) is seeing others as devotees who want to become purified by the process of hearing and chanting about Krsna. When we associate with each other on that platform, it is very purifying. What happens is that friendship begins to strengthen, there is a bonding because there is communality between everybody. “Yes, we are all in this together. We are all in this together! We are all trying to become purified by hearing and chanting about Krsna.”

August 19, 2012, Boston

August 4

We tend to see people according to the roles we play in social intercourse. If we're not careful, we start thinking, “He does this, he does that. I don’t like the way he does that, I don’t like the way she does this”, and we start categorizing people according to the habits we don’t like about them. Because we play different social roles and because the material world is not completely harmonious, we become disharmonious. We avoid doing anything together which would break down this barrier, and which would allow us to see each other as a servant of Krsna.

August 19, 2012, Boston

August 3

That is the Lord’s mission, and those who are sincere servants of the Lord they continue His mission by discussing His activities and pastimes in this world in the association of others, who are eager to hear such transcendental narrations. The more one goes on hearing the more that desire is awakened within the heart to tell others, and then the Lord's mission continues. So that is the Lord’s mission, and that’s how it’s applied in a very general way to the process of hearing and chanting.

August 19, 2012, Boston

August 2

Sometimes devotees say, “Yes, I work with devotees in the same place. We do the same business together”, and things like that. But what do they talk about? They talk about taxes; they talk about profit, this and that. Yes, there is some association, but what is association? Association is mac-citta mad-gata-prana bodhayantah parasparam (Bg10.9) hearing and discussing topics related to Lord Krsna. That is association. Therefore, when one actually begins to associate on this platform, then the whole paradigm of day to day identifying with one another according to the different roles we play in the material world, the whole paradigm gets smashed.

August 19, 2012, Boston

August 1

In all of these stages, from sraddha to prema, pure love of God, there is always hearing about Krsna, except that it becomes deeper, it becomes thicker, it becomes more relishable, and therefore devotees never give up this process of hearing and chanting. But most important in the beginning stage, there must be hearing. That is devotional service.

August 19, 2012, Boston

July 31

Sometimes people have this fixed conception in their mind that, when they have heard from somebody, then they need a mission. “What’s my service? What’s my mission? What am I going to do?” They start thinking that mission means doing something with the body. If they don’t go on hearing, then sometimes due to impurities that are still within the heart – anarthas, a lot of anarthas, unwanted things within the heart – if one doesn’t go on hearing, then one can lose sight of the goal of the service.

August 19, 2012, Boston

July 30

Prabhupada would oftentimes speak about the difference between following in the footsteps and imitating. He would say that following in the footsteps of the previous acaryas means that we follow the same path they themselves walked. It also means to follow their instructions. Therefore, mahajano yena gatah sa panthah....they leave behind instructions by which their followers can traverse the same path as they themselves also traversed. Imitating means that we try to artificially imitate the position of being fully realized without being fully realized.

April 29, 2014, Vitebsk, Belarus, BG 6.32

July 29

Every day we must regularly hear. This is our regulative principle of bhakti yoga. This festival is meant to remind us of what we are supposed to be doing every day when we leave. It is not just, "Oh, I am going to hear at the festival," and then we go back and think, "Until the next festival." No, it is not from festival to festival. It is every day. Why? Because it cleanses the heart; that makes us qualified to relish Srimad Bhagavatam. It makes us qualified to get some taste, because we are regulating our lives around devotional service. And gradually, then, the influence of these unwanted things will be destroyed. This is the power.

June 15, 2014, Carpathian Festival in Ukraine, S.B. 1.2.19