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Vrindavana

“The word vana means ‘forest.’ Vrindavana is the name given to the forest where Shrimati Vrinda Devi (Tulasi Devi) grows profusely.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Chaitanya Charitamrita, Madhya 17.193 Purport) Though golf has the attached stigma of being the sport for lazy,… Read More ›

Unbreakable

“The conditioned soul may have one kind of body in the present birth, but he has a different body in the next birth. In the material world, the living entity has no fixed body but transmigrates from one body to… Read More ›

Saying Grace

“Then taking the payasa from Indra’s hands, Maithili [Sita], a woman possessing luminous smiles, mentally offered it to her husband, Rama, as well as to Lakshmana.” (Valmiki Ramayana, Aranya Kand, Ch 57) Eating prasadam is one of the central practices… Read More ›

Natural Beauty

“My dear sir, Krishna’s form was most wonderful when He appeared on this planet and exhibited the potency of His internal energy. His wonderfully attractive form was present during His pastimes on this planet, and by His internal potency He… Read More ›

The Most Beautiful

“At the time, there were not yet visible any signs of manhood on the boy’s beautiful face, which was dark-blue in complexion and had an all-auspicious gaze. Rama had a gold chain round His neck, a small tuft of hair… Read More ›

Seeing God

“Rama is like a mad elephant in battle. He has a purified and unblemished family lineage for His trunk, brilliance and splendor for His excitement, and two powerful arms for tusks. O Ravana, you are not even qualified to look… Read More ›

Vaikuntha at Home

“The maha-bhagavata, the advanced devotee, certainly sees everything mobile and immobile, but he does not exactly see their forms. Rather, everywhere he immediately sees manifest the form of the Supreme Lord." (Lord Chaitanya, Chaitanya Charitamrita, Madhya 8.274) Question: “I love… Read More ›

The Spiritual Hut

“Then, making an offering of flowers and performing customary rites to ensure the peacefulness of the home, Lakshmana showed the hermitage he built to Rama.” (Valmiki Ramayana, Aranya Kand, 15.25) In this passage from the Ramayana, we see that Lakshmana… Read More ›

Unconditional Love

“The activities of Lord Rama were full of suffering, but Lakshmana, of His own accord, tolerated that suffering.” (Chaitanya Charitamrita, Adi 5.150) When Lord Krishna came to earth as Lord Rama, He was born as the eldest son to the… Read More ›

A Beautiful Morning

  “…Rama used to be awakened with vocal and instrumental music, the tinkling of elegant ornaments, and the peals of goodly mrdangas…” (Bharata speaking to his mothers, Valmiki Ramayana, Ayodhya Kand, Sec 88) This one passage describes the essence of… Read More ›