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What is Gyan (knowledge)?

  A decade ago, when I started studying the scriptures from my gurus, I met quite a few devotees who asked me to read their gurus’ books if I wanted to receive the right devotional knowledge. Their suggestions left me wondering how one could get gyan (knowledge) just by reading books. Was it so easy to read a devotional book, just as one would pick up a novel, and become a knowledgeable devotee? It is one thing to faithfully read the works of one’s guru or spiritual master, but it’s quite....

The Compassionate Name of Radharani

  In 2011, I was in Buenos Aires, Argentina, giving a lecture in a temple I was invited to speak at. Before starting the lecture, in my usual manner, I greeted the audience with, “Radhe Radhe,” only to find that no one greeted me back. I found myself in a very strange situation, wondering why this was the case when they were all followers of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. After I delivered the lecture, my disciples came to me and said, “Maharaj, there is a rule that the temple followers should not....

The Path of Love or the Path of Fear?

  People call me a spiritual master, the one who is learned and has a grip on the scriptures and understands the essence of the Lord’s words. For me, the scriptures are important but I feel without bhajan all scriptures are ineffective and dry until or unless you attain sacred love (prem) for the Lord. Scriptures can give basic knowledge but realisation can only come from the performance of bhajan.     What is this bhajan?     The Gopal Tapini Upanishad states that bhajan is ras (nectar) and....

Which God Should One follow?

  Devotees often wonder why I am so liberal when I belong to the Gaudiya Sampraday, but not all of the lineage’s devotees and acharyas are fanatical. As an acharya, my first priority is to make people spiritual and then make them capable of choosing their own path. I don’t like to put pressure on anyone to choose a particular god, or one that I am fond of. From recent personal experience, I have noticed that everyone is actively engaged in talking about various gods but very few actually focus....

Etiquette of Devotee Association

    गप्पें मत मारो   गप्पें न मार भाई सत्संग बीच आके ॥ हरि की कथा है ज्योति, जग की कथा है तोथी । बन्द कर दे तेरी पोथी, जप राम राम जाके ॥ हीरा बिके जँवाहरा, मत बेच वहाँ तूँ चारा । भक्तों को लागे खारा, क्यों हँसता दिल दुखा के ॥ सत्संग बीच आना, गप शप नहीं लगाना । चुपके से उठके जाना, सन्तों को ना खिजा के ॥ जेहि हरि कथा न भावे, वो अपनें घर को जावे । यों अचलराम गावे, चरणों में सिर झुका के ॥      Guppe Mat Maaro   Guppe na maar bhai satsang beech aake Hari ki katha hai jyoti jag ki katha hai tothi....