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Niranjana Swami's Quote Of The Day

October 6

Our previous acharyas always help us discriminate ‘what is useful’ and ‘what is useless’. Sometimes, we may gravitate towards a certain understanding about bhakti, which may be compromised. And it’s compromised because we can’t fully surrender, and when we hear about full surrender, it’s disappointing because of our own limitations. Or, it may not be disappointing, but it may be fearful.
MKV, Vol 8- Pg 36,  Chanting with Feeling - January 17, 2014 - Baltic Festival

October 5

Lord Caitanya Himself has stated that a devotee who is engaged in the chanting of the Holy Name of the Lord does not retaliate, even if he is rebuked or chastised. He says that such forbearance must be practiced by the devotee. Then He says something very, very important: This type of mood in the chanting of the Holy Name of the Lord is the behavior that solidly maintains devotional service for the devotee. It gives him the means by which he can actually be situated in devotional service, because he is so tolerant that the Lord cannot neglect! Others may neglect, but the Lord will not neglect!
MKV, Vol 8- Pg 23-25, How to Achieve the Ultimate Goal of Chanting- March 04, 2014 -Śrī Māyāpur Dhāma

October 4

If we want to actually achieve the ultimate goal of chanting, we have to become free from offenses. And unless the ultimate goal is achieved, which is devotional service to the Supreme Lord, any other achievement is useless. Because the only full achievement of chanting the Holy Name of the Lord, is to achieve love for the Supreme Lord. Love, which is freed from all material desires. MKV, Vol 8- Pg 22, How to Achieve the Ultimate Goal of Chanting- March 04, 2014 -Śrī Māyāpur Dhāma

October 3

By repeat offenses to the Holy Name of the Lord, one loses his taste for chanting. Such a devotee doesn’t associate with the devotees for the purpose of increasing his attraction for chanting, and by those offenses, gradually he may give up the chanting of the Holy Name of the Lord. There is no purpose! “Why am I chanting? There are so many more important things to do than chanting!” Then, what happens is that one falls into the materialistic conception of life.
MKV, Vol 8- Pg 19, Our Progress in Life is Gauged by Our Chanting- May 01, 2001-Moscow

October 2

As you know it is my desire to receive regular reports from devotees who are serving as counselors for my disciples. It is my opinion that, although it takes some time and commitment to write such reports, the effort to do so helps me tremendously to better understand how my aspiring disciples and disciples are doing in their devotional service. I keep record of every counselor report I receive and I use them in the course of my travels when meeting and speaking with disciples.

Taking Care of Devotees, p.182-183 (from a letter to a disciple)

October 1

You should establish regular meetings with your counselees, and you should establish a basis for meeting, not only to discuss the devotees themselves, but to have philosohpical and enlivening discussions about both the philosophy and practical aspects of Krishna consciousness. If the meetings are always about the devotees themselves, the meetings may become stagnant, since there may not be that much change from one meeting to the next. Therefore, there should always be some kind of Krishna conscious discussion.

Taking Care of Devotees p.182, 2nd paragraph (from a letter to a disciple)

September 30

If you want to have any hope of inspiring somebody, then you must be prepared to give as much of yourself as you possibly can to them without ever expecting anything in return, even if they don't respond to your preaching. By preaching without attachment to the results, we can remain inspired to preach in any condition, whether somebody is receptive or not. 

Taking Care of Devotees, p.179, 1st paragraph (from a letter to a disciple)

September 29

The offering of inspiration to others is not so much something which can be taught as much as it should be experienced. When you are inspired, the inspiration can more easily affect others. If you are not inspired, no matter how hard you might try to create inspiration in somebody else, there is much less of a chance that you will be successful.

Taking Care of Devotees p.178, 3rd paragraph (from a letter to a disciple)

September 28

It is difficult to predict how and when Krishna's mercy will manifest in one's life. Sometimes it may not manifest until many long years of suffering have come before it. When I say manifest, I mean that it will become clear that, this is mercy! The mercy is there right now. A devotee is never overlooked by the Lord.

Taking Care of Devotees p.177 first paragraph (from a letter to a disciple)

September 27

We all can look forward to fulfilling Prabhupada's dream for all of us. When he came on the Jaladuta he said, "O Lord, how will I ever deliver them? But certainly You could deliver them.'' Prabhupada prayed for our deliverance — all of us. He wanted us all to achieve this perfection of life, to chant the holy name of the Lord purely, to go back home to Godhead, and to make this our last life.

Taking Care of Devotees, p.171, Last Paragraph

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