1. With firm faith, work as ordered by guru,then life is successful

    We should have firm faith, niscaya.But niscayat; at the same time, you should not sit idly. You should work according to the direction of the spiritual master. "Now Krsna has given me assurance. Now let me sleep. Everything will come automatically." No. Tat-tat-karma-pravartanat [Upadesamrta 3]. The spiritual master says, "You must do this," you must do that. That is called tat-tat-karma-pravartanat. Not that "Now I am initiated and..."
  2. The duty of the devotee

    Preya means immediately palatable, and sreya means ultimately beneficial. That is called sreya. Just like for a child, playing is priya, preya. He likes to play. But he is by force, by the parents, he is studied books. That is called preya. But because without education his future life will be dark, so parents know it.
  3. High Speed Japa: the Math

    (Edited. Author unknown. Found on the internet.) Ever heard of the 3-minute round? Ever seen Krishna devotees who chant relatively slow finish their 16 rounds in one and a half hour? I have, and still do, and it never fails to amaze me. The maha-mantra consists of 16 names, of 2 syllables each: hare krishna hare krishna krishna krishna hare hare hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare
  4. Give it to Krsna

    Bhakti means you must engage your senses fully, with more enthusiasm, but it should be for Krsna. That's all. If you want to do business, do it very nicely, but give the profit to Krsna. Yat karosi yaj juhosi yad asnasi, kurusva tad mad-arpanam [Bg. 9.27]. Krsna says, "Give it to Me."
  5. Hospital blankets and Krsna consciousness

    This is Krsna consciousness. You have to act by the desires of Krsna. That is the proper use of your senses. You cannot use for your purpose. Anything... Just like you are working in some establishment. Anything in that establishment, you can use for the proprietor's business. You cannot use it. Just like in hospital there are blankets. It is written there, "Hospital Property." So long you are in the hospital, you can use it. But you cannot take...
  6. Unless free from anarthas, bhakti not substantial

    Bhakti-yoga means hearing and chanting: chant Hare Krsna and hear Srimad-Bhagavatam. That's all. Sit down together, all the family members, and chant Hare Krsna and read some passages from Bhagavad-gita or Srimad-Bhagavatam. This is bhakti-yoga. If possible, install Deity, worship it properly. There is no need of going to cinema, restaurant, eating all nonsense. This will be automatically finished.
  7. Why ghosts create disturbances

    One who commits suicide becomes a ghost. Ghost means he does not get this material body. He remains in the subtle body, mind, intelligence. Therefore ghost can go because he is in the mind. Mind speed is very strong. If you have got this material body, you cannot go immediately hundred miles off.
  8. varnasrama educational system

    It was the custom of the brahmanas -- they would not accept anyone's service. They will sit down anywhere and open a school for teaching Vedic literature. Pathana, pathana. He will personally become learned, and he will teach others. And the students, they will go from door to..., brahmacari, door to door for begging, "Mother, give me some alms." And they will give, because their students are there in the gurukula or catuspathi.