Shloka 2. Bhagavad Gita 4:11:
In whatever way one worships me, I honor him in that same way, for in all their various ways men do follow my path, Partha.
19 [Saying] ‘My son, my friend, the lord of my heart’–he who has pure bhakti toward me in these bhavas, 20 who feels himself superior, equal, or [...]
68 The Brajadevis are of various natures and forms; they are her [Radha’s] kayavyuha forms and causes of her rasa. 69 Without many consorts there is no enjoyment of rasa; therefore there are many manifestations of lila-companions. 70 There are, in Braj, many different kinds [of women], with many different kinds of bhava and rasa, [...]
14 The purpose of this avatara [Chaitanya] was to taste the sweetness of the juice of prema-rasa, and to propagate among people the bhakti of the raga-marga. 15 Krishna, the crest-jewel of rasikas, the epitome of mercy and grace, [descended] in the desire to be the source of these two things. 16 “All the world is [...]
Natural devotion includes practitioners meditating on their spiritual selves in relationship to Radha-Krishna in the eternal Braj. The identity we develop depends on our unique eternal nature. In the conditioned state, our spiritual identity remains dormant in a seedlike state. As we progress in devotional practice, that seed begins to germinate and grow in consciousness. [...]
12 “For a long time I have not given the gift of prema-bhakti. Without bhakti the world has no stability. 13 In all the world they have vidhi-bhakti for me. [But] in vidhi-bhakti there is no power to gain the bhava of Braj. 14 All the world is involved in knowledge of my divinity. But [...]
I’ve been quite busy managing various stages of constructing my home, and it’s coming together even better than I imagined–thanks to my wife’s imagination. Our vision of how we want to spend our elder years is manifesting, and I feel more optimistic, hopeful, and at home than ever before. At this traditional time of thanksgiving, [...]
As I read reports of rapid highway infrastructure development accompanied by destruction of traditional sacred spaces in Vrindaban, Braj, India which leads to ending the traditional lifestyles of many residents, I am saddened for those who live there and are traumatized by all this. I would also be saddened if such changes occurred here in [...]
I’m reading a very interesting book, From Where You Dream: The Process of Writing Fiction, by Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Robert Olen Butler. It seems the process of writing literary fiction is quite similar to the process of natural devotion in which we enter into a loving relationship with Radha-Krishna. They both involve a daily entrance [...]
I just started my second book which will expand upon the final chapter of my Universalist Radha-Krishnaism book, “Remembering Radha-Krishna Throughout the Day.” I gave the philosophical basis and an introduction to the praxis of natural devotion in Universalist Radha-Krishnaism. Now, I will give a detailed explanation of the practice of involving ourselves in the [...]
Yet, absorbed in each other’s love and lost in each other’s thoughts there is scarcely room in their hearts for thought of anything else. God-dess and the devotee become mutually subservient to each other and surrender their freedom to each other. The pure divine love of the devotee controls God-dess.