Vedic Thoughts

It is very much regrettable that unfortunate people do not discuss the description of the Vaikuntha [spiritual] planets but engage in topics that are unworthy to hear and bewilder one's intelligence. Those who give up the topics of Vaikuntha and take to talk of the material world are thrown into the darkest region of ignorance.

(Lord Brahma - Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.15.23)

Devotional service of the Lord that ignores the authorized Vedic literatures like the Upanisads, Puranas, and Narada-pancaratra is simply an unnecessary disturbance in society.

(Srila Rupa Gosvami - Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu 1.2.101)
If one only chants, with some slight faith, the holy names of lord Caitanya and Nityananda, very quickly he is cleansed of all offenses."

(Srila Krsnadasa Kaviraja Gosvami - CC, adi 8.31)
I offer my respectful obeisances unto Sri Krishna Caitanya and Lord Nityananda, who are like the sun and moon. They have arisen simultaneously on the horizon of Gauda to dissipate the darkness of ignorance and thus wonderfully bestow benediction upon all.

(Krishna das Kaviraj Goswami - Cc.Adi.1.2.)
The Lord is very satisfied with His devotee when the devotee greets other people with tolerance, mercy, friendship, and equality.

(Svayambhuva Manu - Srimad Bhagavatam 4.11.13)

With a single fragment of Myself, I pervade and support this entire universe.

(Lord Sri Krsna – Bhagavad gita 10.42)

Men who are like dogs, hogs, camels, and asses praise those men who never listen to the transcendental pastimes of Lord Sri Krsna, the deliverer from evils.

(Sri Saunaka Rsi - Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.3.19)

One achieves bhakti [love of God] by hearing and chanting about the Supreme Lord's special qualities, even while engaged in the ordinary activities of life in this world.

(Sri Narada Muni - Narada-bhakti-sutra 37)
The spiritual master is to be honored as much as the Supreme Lord, because he is the most confidential servitor of the Lord. This is acknowledged in all revealed scriptures and followed by all authorities.

(Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura - Sri Sri Gurv astaka)
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Krsna is the supreme personality of godhead and cause of all causes. He is original creator, maintainer, and annihilator of all universes. Lord Brahma and Lord Rudra are empowered secondary agents under the instructions of Krsna."

(Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur - CB madhya 1.149, commentary)
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------One who has unflinching devotion for the Personality of Godhead has all the good qualities of the demigods. But one who is not a devotee of the Lord has only material qualifications that are of little value.

(Prahlada Maharaja - Srimad-Bhagavatam 5.18.12)
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------One should try to keep himself satisfied in any condition of life—whether distress or happiness—which is offered by the supreme will. A person who endures in this way is able to cross over the darkness of nescience very easily.

(Sri Narada Muni – Srimad Bhagavatam 4.8.33)
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------There is no truth superior to Me. Everything rests upon me, as pearls are strung on a thread.

(Lord Sri Krsna - Bhagavad gita 7.7)
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------The wise inhabitants of the heavenly regions know that the perfection of the head is to offer obeisances to the Supreme Lord, the perfection of the life-breath is to worship the Lord, the perfection of the mind is to ponder the details of His transcendental qualities, and the perfection of speech is to chant the glories of His qualities.

(King Kulasekhara Alvar - Mukunda-mala-stotra 46)

If all types of worship, worship of Lord Krishna is best, and better than the worship of Lord Krishna is the worship of His devotee, the Vaisnava.

(Lord Siva - Padma Purana)
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------The conditioned soul sometimes personally appreciates the futility of sense enjoyment in the material world, and he sometimes considers material enjoyment to be full of miseries. However, due to his strong bodily conception, his memory is destroyed, and again and again he runs after material enjoyment, just as an animal runs after a mirage in the desert.

(Sukadeva Gosvami - Srimad-Bhagavatam 5.14.10)
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Krsna is all-attractive, but pure devotional service attracts even Him. This means that pure devotional service is even transcendentally stronger than Krsna Himself, because it is Krsna's internal potency.

(His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada - The Nectar of Devotion, p. 4)
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------After many births and deaths, he who is actually in knowledge surrenders unto me, knowing me to be the cause of all causes and all that is. Such a great soul is very rare.

(Lord Sri Krsna - Bhagavad-gita 7.19)
O my Lord [Krsna], persons who smell the aroma of your lotus feet, carried by the air of Vedic sound through the holes of the ears, accepts your devotional service. For them you are never separated from the lotus of their hearts.

(Lord Brahma - Srimad Bhagavatam 3.9.5)
A pure devotee of the Lord will not give up his shelter at the lotus feet of the Lord for a single moment—indeed, not for half a moment, even in exchange for the benediction of ruling and enjoying the opulence of the entire universe.

(Sri Havir Rsi - Srimad-Bhagavatam 11.2.53)
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------The materialist thinks that persons engaged in Krsna consciousness are crazy fellows wasting time by chanting Hare Krsna, but actually he does not know that he himself is in the darkest region of craziness because of accepting his body as permanent.

(His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada - srimad-Bhagavatam 3.30.3, purport)
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Pure devotional service in Krsna consciousness cannot be had even by pious activity in hundreds and thousands of lives. It can be obtained only by paying one price—that is intense greed to obtain it. If it is available somewhere, one must purchase
it without delay.

(Srila Rupa Gosvami – Padyavali)
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------This temporary life is full of miseries. Take shelter of the holy name as your only business.

(Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura – Gitavali)
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------The Lord is the bestower of all benedictions. If someone gives something to the Lord, he is not the loser; he is the gainer by a million times.

(His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada - Krsna, Chapter 11)


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