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Niranjana Swami's Quote Of The Day

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

September 24

Even if we are not fully devoted ourselves, if we associate with pure devotees, our hearts too will become gradually clean.

Krasnodar, June 1996

September 23

We cannot attract others to Krsna consciousness by an external show of devotion. Even if we try to behave like devotees, our imitation will not have the same effect. We have to actually become devotees.

Krasnodar, June 1996

September 22

The Supersoul in the heart fulfills the dictations of every living entity. If the living entity wants to forget the Lord, the Supersoul fulfills that desire. If the living entity wants to turn to Krsna, however, then Krsna will help the living entity from within the heart.

Krasnodar, June 1996

September 21

A devotee’s example is a very, very powerful principle. Those who see a devotee’s example have the potential of becoming attracted to Krsna. If we want to become effective preachers in Krsna consciousness, we must be empowered by the Lord’s potency. Otherwise, we cannot change others’ hearts.

Krasnodar, June 1996

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