Vedic Thoughts

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)

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The manifestation of unadulterated devotional service is exhibited when one’s mind is at once attracted to hearing the transcendental name and qualities of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is residing in everyone’s heart. Just as the water of the Ganges flows naturally down towards the ocean, such devotional ecstasy, uninterrupted by any material condition, flows towards the Supreme Lord.

(Lord Kapila - Srimad Bhagavatam 3.29.11-12)
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Anyone who has any desire or aspiration for satisfying his senses by becoming more and more important, either in the material sense or in the spiritual sense, cannot actually relish the really sweet taste of devotional service.

(His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada - The Nectar of Devotion, p. 33)
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One should engage in penance and austerity to attain the divine position of devotional service. By such activity, one’s heart is purified, and when one attains this position, he attains eternal, blissful life, which is transcendental to material happiness and which continues forever.

(Lord Rsabhadeva - Srimad Bhagavatam 5.5.1)
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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)
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What is unattainable for one who has satisfied the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the shelter of the goddess of fortune? Even so, those who are dedicated to His devotional service never want anything from Him.

(Srila Sukadeva Gosvami - Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.39.2)
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Persons who are impelled by pure devotional service in Krsna consciousness and who therefore go to see the Deities of Krsna in the temple will surely get relief from entering again into the prison of a mother’s womb.

(Hari-bhakti-sudhodaya)
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The highest devotion is attained by slow degree by the method of constant endeavor for self realization, with the help of spiritual evidence, theistic conduct, and perseverance in practice.

(Lord Brahma - Sri Brahma Samhita 5.59)
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The unalloyed devotional service rendered to Me by My devotees brings Me under their control. I cannot be thus controlled by those engaged in mystic yoga, Sankhya philosophy, pious work, Vedic study, austerity, or renunciation.

(Lord Sri Krsna - Srimad Bhagavatam 11.14.20)
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For one who has given up material sense enjoyment and accepted the principles of devotional service, the opulence of Visnuloka [the kingdom of God] is awaiting.

(Padma Purana)
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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)
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If brahmananda, the bliss of merging into the Lord’s Brahman effulgence were multiplied one hundred trillion times, it would still not equal even an atomic fragment of the ocean of transcendental bliss felt in devotional service to the Lord.

(Srila Rupa Gosvami - Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu 1.1.38)
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|Within the heart of a person overpowered by lamentation or anger, there is no possibility of Krsna's being manifest.

(Padma Purana)
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I do not pray for heavenly pleasure. I do not even aspire for liberation. Simply let the nectar of Lord Krsna's transcendental pastimes flood my ears, day after day.

(Sri Kaviratna - Padyavali 2.10)
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If a devotee follows the instructions of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, he lives in the company of the Lord. Wherever he lives, he converts that place into Vrndavana and Navadvipa. This means that materialism cannot touch him. This is the secret of success for one advancing in Krsna consciousness.

(His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada - Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Madhya-lila 7.129, purport)
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Nonviolence (Ahimsa) / Truthfulness (Satya) / Non-stealing (Asteya) / Chastity (Brahmacharya) / Non-attachment (Aparigraha)

(Lord Mahavira, 540 - 468 B.C.)
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Therefore the essence of all religious principles in the age of kali is the sacrifice of chanting of holy names of the lord one can not be delivered by following any other religious principles.

(Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu – Caitanya Bhagvad, madhya 1.148)
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One should chant the Holy Name of the Lord in a humble state of mind, thinking oneself lower than the straw in the street. One should be more tolerant than a tree, devoid of all sense of false prestige, and ready to offer all respect to others. In such a state of mind one can chant the Holy Name of the Lord constantly.

(Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu - SRI SIKSHASTAKAM(3)
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Every creature is born alone and dies alone, and alone one experiences the just rewards of his good and evil deeds.

(Sri Akrura – Srimad Bhagavatam 10.49.21)
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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)
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From association with devotees is born faith. From faith is born pure knowledge. From pure knowledge is born meditation. From meditation is born devotional service, which pleases Lord Krsna and destroys all sufferings.

(Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura - Sri Datta-kaustubha, Text 30)
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If something happens by providential arrangement, we should not be very sorry. The more we try to rectify such reversals, the more we enter into the darkest region of materialistic thought.

(Lord Brahma – Srimad Bhagavatam 4.19.34)
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I regard as great even the smallest gift offered by my devotees in pure love, but even great offerings presented by non devotees do not please me.

(Lord Sri Krsna – Srimad Bhagavatam 10.81.3)
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What assurance of real happiness is there in all of one's wealth, youthfulness, sons, and family members? This life is tottering like a drop of water on a lotus petal; therefore you should always serve and worship the lotus feet of Lord Krsna.

(Govinda Dasa Kaviraja - Bhajahu Re Mana Sri Nanda-nandana)
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Under no circumstances can the words of a person, bewildered by the illusory energy of the Lord, deviate the intelligence of those who are completely surrendered souls.

(Sri Uddhava – Srimad Bhagavatam 3.2.10)

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