Vedic Thoughts

In this world, there is nothing so sublime and pure as transcendental knowledge. Such knowledge is the mature fruit of all mysticism. And one who has achieved this enjoys the self within himself in due course of time.

Bhagavad-gita 4.38

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I am the only enjoyer and the only object of sacrifice. Those who do not recognize My true transcendental nature fall down.

Bhagavad-gita 9.24

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I am seated in everyone’s heart, and from Me come remembrance, knowledge and forgetfulness. By all the Vedas I am to be known; indeed I am the compiler of Vedanta, and I am the knower of the Vedas.

Bhagavad-gita 15.15

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O son of Kunti, the nonpermanent appearance of happiness and distress, and their disappearance in due course, are like the appearance and disappearance of winter and summer seasons. They arise from sense perception, O scion of Bharata,
and one must learn to tolerate them without being disturbed

Bhagavad-gita 2.14.
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A person who neither rejoices upon achieving something pleasant nor laments upon obtaining something unpleasant, who is self-intelligent, unbewildered, who knows the
science of God, is to be understood as already situated in Transcendence

Bhagavad-gita 5.20

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Prahlada Maharaja said: One who is sufficiently intelligent should use the human form of body from the very beginning of life -- in other words, from the tender age of childhood -- to practice the activities of devotional service, giving up all other engagements. The human body is most rarely achieved, and although temporary like other bodies, it is meaningful because in human life one can perform devotional service. Even a slight amount of sincere devotional service can give one complete perfection.

Srimad Bhagavatam 7.6.1
Prahlada Maharaja instructs his fellow students
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Sri Havir said: The most advanced devotee sees within everything the soul of all souls, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna. Consequently he sees everything in relation to the Supreme Lord and understands that everything that exists is eternally situated within the Lord.

Havi Yogendra to King Nimi Srimad Bhagavatam 11.2.45
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Those who are advanced and highly qualified and are interested in the essence of life, know the good qualities of Kali-yuga. Such people worship the age of Kali because in this age, simply by chanting the Hare Krishna maha mantra, one can advance in spiritual knowledge and attain life's goal.

Sri Karabhajana to King Nimi Srimad Bhagavatam 11.5.36
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Krishna is the origin of Lord Vishnu He should always be remembered and never forgotten at any time. All the rules and prohibitions mentioned in the shastras should be the servants of these two principles.

Padma Purana
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A person who considers demigods like Brahma and Shiva to be on an equal
level with Narayana is to be considered an offender and an atheist.
Padma Purana

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------In the teachings of Sriman Mahaprabhu, there are two principal instructions: developing a taste for the chanting of the Lord’s holy names and displaying compassion for the fallen souls. The greatness of a Vaishnava depends on the extent to which he possesses these qualities... All good qualities of a Vaishnava automatically manifest in a Vaishnava who endeavors for these two qualities.

Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura Sri Chaitanya-shikshamrita 1.7
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In Vaishnava philosophy there is no spirit of material enjoyment and there is no concept that material objects are enjoyable; rather than the attitude of enjoyment, the attitude of service is prominent.

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura,
Sri Chaitanya-bhagavata, Madhya 19.195, commentary

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Instead of worshipping Lord Vishnu, people have been educated to worship matter. According to the direction of modern society, men think they can advance in civilization by manipulating matter to build skyscrapers, big roads, automobiles, and so on. Such a civilization must certainly be called materialistic because its people do not know the goal of life.

His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Srimad-Bhagavatam 5.1.14,purport

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------And whoever, at the end of his life, quits his body remembering me alone at once attains my nature. Of this there is no doubt.

Lord Sri Krishna, Bhagavad-gita 8.5
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------One who sees that the living entities and the Supreme Lord are always distinct is very dear to the Lord.

Padma Purana (quoted by Srila Madhvacharya)

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------In Vaikuntha [the spiritual world] nothing exists but devotional service, rendered through sankirtana [collective glorification of the Lord] and in many other forms. It goes on incessantly, with great enthusiasm, spreading the ecstasy of pure love.

Lord Shiva,
Sri Brahad-bhagavatamrita 3.50

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------The gopis spoke thus: Dear Lord, whose navel is just like a lotus flower, Your lotus feet are the only shelter for those who have fallen into the deep well of material existence. Your feet are worshiped and meditated upon by great mystic yogis and highly learned philosophers. We wish that these lotus feet may also be awakened within our hearts, although we are only ordinary persons engaged in household affairs.

Srimad Bhagavatam 10/82.48
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------After many, many births and deaths one achieves the rare human form of life, which, although temporary, affords one the opportunity to attain the highest perfection. Thus, a sober human being should quickly endeavor for the ultimate perfection of life as long as his body, which is always subject to death, has not fallen down and died. After all, sense gratification is available even in the most abominable species of life, whereas Krishna consciousness is only possible for a human being.

Srimad Bhagavatam 11.9.29

( The Avadhuta brahmana to Kind Yadu)
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------One who was taken his birth as a human being in the land of India (Bharata-varsa) should make his life successful and work for the benefit of all other people.
Chaitanya Charitamrita. Adi-lila 9.41
( Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu)

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Things that are very difficult to do become easy to execute if one somehow or other simply remembers Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. But if one does not remember Him, even easy things become very difficult. To this Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu,
I offer my respectful obeisance.

Chaitanya Charitamrita. Adi-lila 14.1
(Krishnadasa Kaviraja Goswami)
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------In this age of Kali, the holy name of the Lord, the Hare Krishna maha-mantra, is the incarnation of Lord Krishna Simply by chanting the holy name, one associates with the Lord directly. Anyone who does this is certainly delivered.

Chaitanya Charitamrita. Adi-lila 17.22
(Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu)

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Pure devotional service in Krishna 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)

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------One who engages in the transcendental service of the Lord in body, mind and word is to be considered liberated in all conditions of material existence.

(Bhakti-rasamrita-sindhu 1.2.187)
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No one can understand Krsna as He is by the blunt material senses. But He reveals Himself to the devotees, being pleased with them for their transcendental loving service unto Him.

(Srila Rupa Gosvami - Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu 1.2.234)

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