August 2009

‘Real renunciation means perfect dependence on God. Every living being is dependent on someone else because he is so made. Actually everyone is dependent on the mercy of the Supreme Lord, but when one forgets his relation with the Lord, he becomes dependent on the conditions of material nature. Renunciation means renouncing one’s dependence on the conditions of material nature and thus becoming completely dependent on the mercy of the Lord’

(His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Srimad Bhagavatam 1.18.22 purport)

‘Mere artificial restraint and austerity of the body and the mind, a mechanical regulation of diet and living in a solitary place do not constitute brahmacarya, for they change their sky, not their mind, who scour across the sea. Then the animals in the zoo would have been the best brahmacaris’

(His Divine Grace Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur Maharaja, ‘Vaisnavism and Namabhajan’, p.5)

‘Krsna’s acceptance of the position of charioteer is an exhibition of His opulence of renunciation’ (Bhagavad-gita As It Is 18.78 purport)


Oh, what a strange web we weave, when first we start to deceive

‘Our laughters and tears are alike deceitful. They are the reflexes of gain or loss of ephemeral, trivial and ugly sensuous pleasures. Bankrupt commercialism cannot provide the due incentive for the real function of the soul, the realization of which can alone meet our proper requirements’

(Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur, ‘Spiritual Morality and Aesthetic Culture’)