Vedic Thoughts

The whole world is full of violence, and a devotee's first business is to stop this violence, including the unnecessary laughter of animals. A devotee is the friend not only of human society but of all living entities, for he sees all living entities as sons of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. He does not claim himself to be the only son of God and allow all others to be killed, thinking that they have no soul. This kind of philosophy is never advocated by a pure devotee of the Lord.

(His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada - Srimad-Bhagavatam 4.22.24,Purport)
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As rivers flow to their dissolution in the sea, giving up their names and forms at their destination, so the wise man who becomes free from material names and forms attains the Supreme Absolute, the wonderful Personality of Godhead.

(Mukunda Upanishad 3.2.8)
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In the vedic literatures, including ramayana, puranas and mahabharata, from the very beginning to the end, as well as in
the middle, only krsna, the supreme personality of godhead is explained.

(Sri Hari Vamsa)
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Mathura is superior to Vaikuntha because Lord Krishna appeared there. Vrindavana is superior to Mathura because Krishna performed His rasa-lila there. Govardhana Hill is superior to Vrindavana because Krishna lifted it and enacted many blissful pastimes there. But the superexcellent Radha Kunda stands supreme above all for it is overflowing with the ambrosial nectarean prema of Radha and Krishna.

(Sri Upadesamrita, verse 9)
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The ideal place to execute Krsna consciousness is Vrajabhumi, or Vrndavana, where the people are naturally inclined
to love Krsna and Krsna is naturally inclined to love them.

(Krsnadasa Kaviraja Gosvami - Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Madhya-lila 4.95)
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The word brahman indicates the complete supreme personality of godhead, who is Sri Krsna. That is the verdict of all vedic literatures.

(Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu - CC madhya lila 6.147)
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Caught in the grip of ignorance, self proclaimed experts consider themselves learned authorities. Befooled, they wander about this world engaging in arguments and counterarguments, like the blind leading the blind.

Katha Upanisad 1.2.5)
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Just as there is no yuga equal to Satya-yuga, no scriptures equal to Vedas, no pilgrimage equal to Ganges, so there is no month equal to Karttika. Therefore Karttika is very dear to the vaishnavas and they follow all its rules with proper devotion.

(Skanda Purana)
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All holy places and all holy rivers, streams and lakes reside in the circle of Mathura during Karttika.

(Srila Rupa Gosvami - Mathura Mahatyam Text 179)
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Sex life is compared to the rubbing of two hands to relieve an itch. Grhamedis, so-called grhasthas who have no spiritual knowledge, think that this itching is the greatest platform of happiness, although actually it is a source of distress. The krpanas, the fools who are just the opposite of brahmanas, are not satisfied by repeated enjoyment. Those who are
dhira, however, who are sober and who tolerate this itching, are not subjected to the sufferings of fools and rascals.

(Prahlada Maharaja's prayers to Lord Nrsimhadeva - Srimad Bhagavatam 7.9.45)
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Sri Krsna, the Personality of Godhead, who is the Paramatma Supersoul] in everyone's heart and the benefactor of the
truthful devotee, cleanses desire for material enjoyment from the heart of the devotee who has developed the urge to hear His messages, which are in themselves virtuous when properly heard and chanted.

(Suta Gosvami - Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.17)
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The bhakti cult is the topmost of all transcendental activities, and therefore it is simultaneously sublime and easy. It is sublime for the pure devotees who are serious about getting in contact with the Supreme Lord, and it is easy for the neophytes who are just on the threshold of the house of bhakti.

(His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada - Srimad Bhagavatam 1.2.7, Purport)
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In the modern setup of democratic states the citizens can have no cause for grievances, because the whole administration is conducted by the people themselves. If the people themselves are dishonest, the administrative machinery must be corrupt. Although a damned government of the people may be given a good or fancy name, if the people are not good they cannot have a good government, regardless of which party governs the administration. Therefore good character is the first principle for good government and equal distribution of wealth.

(His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada - Light of the Bhagavata, page 5)
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In the association of pure devotees, discussion of the pastimes of the Supreme Personality of Godhead is very pleasing and satisfying to the ear and heart. By cultivating such knowledge one gradually becomes advanced on the path of liberation, and thereafter he is freed, and his attraction becomes fixed. Then real devotion and devotional service begin.

(Lord Kapila - Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.25.25)
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The Lord does not award the devotional service to ordinary person who are not serious about it. But even such unserious person who execute devotional service according to the regulative principles during the month of karttika, and within the jurisdiction of mathura in India, are very easily awarded the Lord's personal service.

(Nector Of devotion 12 - Furthur aspects of trancendental service)
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Saintly persons, who are friends to all living entities, have a peaceful consciousness. They have controlled their senses and minds, and they easily attain the path of liberation, the path back to Godhead. Being unfortunate and attached to the miserable material condition, a materialistic person cannot associate with them.

(Sukadeva Gosvami - Srimad-Bhagavatam 5.14.39)
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Even though one may be very learned and wise, he is mad if he does not understand that the endeavor for sense gratification is a useless waste of time. Being forgetful of his own interest, he tries to be happy in the material world, centering his interests on his home, which is based on sexual intercourse and which brings him all kinds of material miseries. In this way one is no better than a foolish animal.

(Lord Rsabhadeva - Srimad-Bhagavatam 5.5.7)
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Regardless of time or place, one who chants the holy name, even while eating or sleeping, attains all perfection.

(Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu - Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Antya-lila 20.18)
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(Sri Prahlada Maharaja - Srimad-Bhagavatam 5.18.9)
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May there be good fortune throughout the universe, and may all envious persons be pacified. May all living entities become calm by practicing bhakti-yoga, for by accepting devotional service they will think of each other's welfare. Therefore let us all engage in the service of the supreme transcendence, Lord Sri Krsna, and always remain absorbed in thought of Him.

(Sri Prahlada Maharaja - Srimad-Bhagavatam 5.18.9)
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Only an empowered personality can distribute the holy name of the Lord and enjoin all fallen souls to worship Krsna. By distributing the holy name of the Lord, he cleanses the hearts of the most fallen people; therefore he extinguishes the blazing fire of the material world. Not only that, he broadcasts the shining brightness of Krsna's effulgence throughout the world. Such an acarya, or spiritual master, should be considered nondifferent from Krsna—that is, he should be considered the incarnation of Lord Krsna's potency.

(Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura -Quoted in Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Madhya-lila 25.9, purport)
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(Narada Muni - Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.15.17)
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What is the value of a prolonged life which is wasted, inexperienced by years in this world? Better a moment of full consciousness, because that gives one a start in searching after his supreme interest.

(Srila Sukadeva Gosvami – Srimad Bhagavatam 2.1.12)
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When faults in others misguide and delude you—have patience, introspect, find faults in ourself. Know that others cannot harm you unless you harm yourself.

(Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura - Discourse in Dhaka,
Bangladesh, 1935)

 

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