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Niranjana Swami's Quote Of The Day

June 22

As devotees develop their loving friendship, they feel mutual happiness and satisfaction. When devotees get together to discuss, then they actually begin to experience what is the real basis of friendship amongst devotees. It’s not physical proximity, it’s not working together. Sometimes we say, “Yes, I’m with devotees all the time. I am up here, she is over there, he is over there, they are over there, we are in the same building together, and every time we cross, we think how to avoid each other. But I am always associating with devotees!” No, association is not a physical proximity. If association would mean physical proximity, we’d all be pretty pure! It’s not just physical proximity, it’s more to it than that.

August 19, 2012, Boston

June 21

Sometimes people who are too much motivated think that, “I am going to do something really big so that I can get somebody’s attention. I’ve got to do something that shows the big results, big this, big that”. They get so much into thinking of the results, of the big thing. But the real big result is supposed to take place right here, in the heart. That’s the big result that we are actually supposed to offer-- it is a clean heart. Because when there is a clean heart, then one becomes very potent, and one can actually become very instrumental to the Lord’s mission.

August 19, 2012, Boston

June 20

Queen Kunti says that one of the reasons why Krsna appears is to renovate the principles of hearing and chanting about Him, because when He appears in this world, He engages in many wonderful transcendental activities, which are later recorded in the form of scripture and then later discussed by His devotees. When His devotees are discussing His activities, which are always transcendental, it is understood that such topics of the Lord are non-different from the Lord Himself. Therefore, to discuss His transcendental activities is also absolute and has the same potency as if Krsna Himself was present.

August 19, 2012, Boston

June 19

One should learn to increase one’s love for the devotees, to satisfy them and to give up sense objects unfavorable to serving Krsna. And one should learn to view the entire universe as paraphernalia for the Lord’s service. By engaging the objects of the senses in Krsna’s service, one automatically becomes detached from them. And as one passes one’s days in the association of the Lord’s devotees, one’s transcendental ecstasy increases more and more, through discussions about the topics of Srimad-Bhagavatam and Bhagavad-gita. Therefore, one who wants to be free from the harassment of maya in the form of sense gratification must constantly associate with pure devotees of the Lord who have no engagement other than chanting and hearing the glories of the Lord and carrying out His mission on earth.

August 19, 2012, Boston

June 18

The Lord is so much inclined, He can’t neglect a devotee who is always fully depending upon Him. And therefore, when a devotee chants the Holy Name of the Lord in this mentality. It nourishes, it sustains, solidly maintains a devotees devotional service, so much so, that the Lord gives him the greatest benediction. Not only gives His heart, gives Himself, but He gives His devotee His devotional service, which is the means for perfection.

March 4, 2014, Mayapura, C.C. Adi Lila 8.16

June 17

A devotee is so forbearing. Cheated, cursed, neglected, insulted, insulted, disturbed or even killed!  But will never avenge himself. Why? Why? Because he is so forbearing, he is so tolerant! This type of devotional service, this type of mood in the chanting of the Holy Name of the Lord as Lord Caitanya Himself states, this behavior 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.  How can the Lord neglect such a devotee? He cannot neglect. He cannot turn away.

March 4, 2014, Mayapura, C.C. Adi Lila 8.16

June 16

Wherever there is Krsna, there cannot be maya. Wherever there is Krsna consciousness, there cannot be the influence of illusion.

August 26, 2018, Almaty

June 15

One requires spiritual strength in order to understand Krsna and to enter the spiritual world. Prabhupada says that we are not talking about physical strength. Spiritual strength is the strength to overcome the influence of the modes of material nature, to cross the ocean of material existence, and to become qualified to enter into that supreme abode which is unmanifest and infallible.

August 26, 2018, Almaty

June 14

Those who are inclined to look for contradictions will use them to justify their unwillingness to surrender. It's human nature. We scrutinize those who tell us to do something. The first thing we do is check, "Are they doing it?" The nature of the conditioned mind is to look for contradictions. The ability to surrender comes by having firm faith in the Absolute Truth in Whom there are no contradictions. Otherwise how can one have absolute faith if one sees too many contradictions?

October 9, 2014, Almaty

May 8

We have to see the spark, the potential for devotional service in every living being. Everyone has it. If they don't display that potential, then as Vaisnavas, as preachers of Krsna consciousness, we should be compassionate upon them and be thinking that if they are not displaying their potential for devotional service, maybe it is because some Vaisnava hasn't been merciful to them and hasn't touched their heart. Instead of looking at their faults or looking at their material qualification, we should see their spiritual qualification.

September 5, 2010, Almaty, Vaisnava Compassion