deity worship

Eternal Worship

“The nondevotee impersonalists imagine the material forms of the Lord, and ultimately they merge in the impersonal brahmajyoti of the Lord, whereas the pure devotees of the Lord are worshipers of the Lord both in the beginning and also in… Read More ›

Basking in Sweetness

“Seeing that sweet and beautiful form, the muni wants to keep worshiping it. Again and again, the muni praises the great spiritual merits of King Dasharatha.” (Janaki Mangala, 20) madhura manohara mūrati cāhahiṃ | bāra bāra dasarathake sukṛta sarāhahiṃ ||… Read More ›

Sakshi-gopala

“The Lord heard the story of Sakshi-gopala with great pleasure because He wanted to impress upon the atheists that the worshipable Deities in the temples approved by the great acharyas are not idols, as alleged by men with a poor… Read More ›

What Is Maya

“Since the Supreme Personality of Godhead is the original cause of everything, the Vaishnava sees everything in relationship with Krishna, even in this material world. By such advanced knowledge, everything becomes spiritualized. In other words, everything in the material world… Read More ›

Lifesaver

“Meditation on saguna is not very tasteful, and nirguna remains far away from the mind. Therefore, take the life-giving remedy of Shri Rama’s holy name, says Tulsi.” (Dohavali, 8 ) saguna dhyāna ruci sarasa nahiṃ nirguna mana te dūri |… Read More ›

Within and Without

“Having made up his mind thus, that heroic monkey, Hanuman, eager to see Vaidehi, wished for the sun to set.” (Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 2.48) iti saṃcintya hanumān sūryasyāstamayaṃ kapiḥ | ācakāṃkśe tato vīro vaidehyā draśanotusakaḥ Shri Hanuman, the faithful… Read More ›

Thanksgiving 2010

“The sages, knowing Me as the ultimate purpose of all sacrifices and austerities, the Supreme Lord of all planets and demigods and the benefactor and well-wisher of all living entities, attain peace from the pangs of material miseries.” (Lord Krishna,… Read More ›

Bow Down

“Always chanting My glories, endeavoring with great determination, bowing down before Me, these great souls perpetually worship Me with devotion.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 9.14) Though the ancient scriptures of India, the Vedas, are quite complex as far as teachings go,… Read More ›

Parenthood

“After rising early in the morning, Mother Yashoda first of all offered her breast milk to Krishna, and then she began to chant various mantras for His protection. Then she would decorate His forehead very nicely and bind His arms… Read More ›