Swami B.V. Bharati

Akṣaya Trītīyā and Candana-yātrā

If one seeks wealth and performs charity on this tithi [with this motivation], one will never experience any deficiency of wealth in his whole life. His wealth will become inexhaustible; but it does not mean he will attain Vaikuṇṭha. With respect to the example above, the term ‘akṣaya’ implies that such an individual will never experience any deficit of wealth in this life.

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Recognizing a Praṇayi-bhakta

Although a praṇayi-bhakta may be present before us, and though we may personally witness his conduct, we will be unable to recognize him until we become completely sincere and surrender ourselves to his will. Without sincerity and surrender, we will not realize that his activities are those of a mahā-bhāgavata, and not of an ordinary devotee.

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Affection and Reproach

(By Sri Srimad Bhakti Vijnana Bharati Gosvami Maharaja) While a bona fide guru protects the sentiments of his bona fide disciple and even glorifies him at times, he also chastises him according to the dictates of necessity. The disciple who yearns only to receive...

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The Gravity of the Post of Ācārya

By Srila Bhakti Vijnana Baharti Gosvami Maharaja Śrīla Mahārāja used to mention, “Prior to performing every significant activity, Guru Mahārāja would first call upon different devotees in private to seek their opinions and only later reveal his personal verdict on the...

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Nāma-cintāmaṇi

(Excerpt from the book Visuddha Caitanya Vani, by Sri Srimad Bhakti Vijnana Bharati Gosvami Maharaja ) The beggar’s fortune There was once a beggar who was unable to eat properly, even after a full day of collecting alms. One day while walking alone through the...

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Non-duplicity and Compassion

Prerequisites for the Sincere Observance of Bhāgavata-dharma by Sri Srimad Bhakti Vijnana Bharati Gosvami Maharaja In the beginning of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam,Śrīla Vedavyāsa has stated: dharmaḥ projjhita-kaitavo ’tra paramo nirmatsarāṇāṁ satāṁvedyaṁ vāstavam atra vastu...

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Volcanic Energy

The words of Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda, the very embodiment of Śrī Gaurāṅga-deva’s mercy potency (śrī-gaura-karuṇā-śakti-vigraha), were the very life and soul of my most worshipful gurupāda-padma, Śrī Śrīmad Bhakti Dayita Mādhava Gosvāmī Mahārāja. Throughout his life, he deeply imbibed the principles of Śrīla Prabhupāda and perfectly followed his conduct, without the slightest deviation. This book is a collection of my personal experiences with Guru Mahārāja, as well as my personal views on the lessons to be learned from those experiences.

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AFFECTION & REPROACH

“It is quite evident from Guru Mahārāja’s many letters
that a person who is unable or unwilling to conduct his life
according to the rules of the maṭha must not be granted residence there. And regarding the authorities of the maṭha, it should be known that meting out chastisement befits others only when the admonisher knows how to be affectionate.”

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Visuddha Caitanya Vani

As śrī caitanya-vāṇī enters my ears, it cleanses my heart, where it then seats itself. By completely dispelling all the accumulated
filth in my heart, it has provided me with the
opportunity to escape the blazing forest fire of material existence

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