Mantra: "man" means "mind" and "tra" means "to deliver".Thus a mantra is a transcendental sound vibration with potency to liberate the mind from material conditioning.
"Hare" is the vocative case (addressing form) of "Hari". This is another name for K
'eka' kṛṣṇa-nāme kare sarva-pāpa nāśa
premera kāraṇa bhakti karena prakāśa
Simply chanting the Hare Kṛṣṇa mahā-mantra without offenses vanquishes all sinful activities. Thus pure devotional service, which is the cause of love of Godhead, becomes manife
acirād eva sarvārthaḥ
sidhyaty eṣām abhīpsitaḥ
yeṣāḿ nirbandhinī matiḥ
Those who are eager to awaken their spiritual consciousness and who thus have unflinching, undeviated intelligence certainly attain the desired goal of life ver
An unalloyed devotee who has developed ecstatic love for Kṛṣṇa is always
engaging his words in reciting prayers to the Lord. Within the mind he is
always thinking of Kṛṣṇa, and with his body he either offers obeisances by
bowing down before the Deity or
jātiḥ śāstraḿ japas tapaḥ
For a person devoid of devotional service, birth in a great family or nation, knowledge of the revealed scriptures, performance of austerities and penance, and c
Persons desiring to follow in the footsteps of such eternal devotees of the Lord
as the Vṛṣṇis and Vṛndāvana denizens are called rāgānugā devotees, which
means that they are trying to attain to the perfection of those devotees.
These rāgānugā devotees d
In the Brahmāṇḍa Purāṇa it is said that all the results of traveling on all the
pilgrimages within the three worlds can be achieved simply by touching the
holy land of Mathurā. In many śāstras (scriptures) it is said that simply by
In Bhagavad-gītā the Lord Himself said, "One can understand Me
only through devotional service." In beginning His teaching of the
Bhagavad Gītā, the Lord said to Arjuna, "Because you are My devotee,
I shall teach these secrets to you." Vedic knowledge m
A devotee should not expect immediate relief from the reactions of his past misdeeds.
No conditioned soul is free from such reactionary experiences, because material
existence means continued suffering or enjoying of past activities. If one has finishe
kṛṣṇa-bhakti — abhidheya, sarva-śāstre kaya
ataeva muni-gaṇa kariyāche niścaya
A human being's activities should be centered only on devotional service to Lord Kṛṣṇa. That is the verdict of all Vedic literatures, and all saintly people have firmly conc
In the Padma Purāṇa there is a statement of submission in feeling by devotees
praying to the Lord: "My Lord, I know that young girls have natural affection
for young boys, and that young boys have natural affection for young girls.
I am praying at Your
In many places devotional service has been compared to a creeper.
One has to sow the seed of the devotional creeper, bhakti-latā, within his heart.
As he regularly hears and chants, the seed will fructify and gradually grow
into a mature plant and then
The attitude of the disciple should be to satisfy the bona fide spiritual master.
Then it will be very easy for him to understand spiritual knowledge.
This is confirmed in the Vedas, and Rūpa Gosvāmī will further explain
that for a person who has unflin
Śuddha-bhakti, the activity of the soul proper, in other words,
engagement in the transcendental loving service of the Lord,
is performed in a liberated condition.
(The Nectar of Instruction).
māḿ ca yo 'vyabhicāreṇa
sa guṇān samatītya
atyāhāraḥ prayāsaś ca
jana-sańgaś ca laulyaḿ ca
ṣaḍbhir bhaktir vinaśyati
One's devotional service is spoiled when one becomes too entangled in the following six activities:
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