bhaktisiddhanta saraswati


‘Those favoured by God find their paths set by thorns’

‘There is no peace or happiness in our worldly life.  Circumstances create turmoil and annoyance’

‘As dalliance with the body in luxury increases, so wanes the spirit of service to the Lord’

‘Let me not desire anything but the highest good for my worst enemies’

‘To recite the name of Sri Krsna is bhakti

‘A devotee feels the presence of God everywhere, but one averse to the Lord denies His existence everywhere’.

‘We are put to test and trial in this world.  Only those who attend the kirtan of the devotees can succeed’

‘The Lord Gaurasundara, puts His devotees in various difficulties and associations to test their patience and strength of mind.  Success depends on their good fortune’

‘Look within.  Amend yourself, rather than pry into the frailties of others’

‘When faults in others misguide and delude you – have patience, introspect, find faults in yourself.  Know that others cannot harm you unless  you harm yourself’

How to please the Dhama: 1. print books; 2. nama-hatta; and, 3. distribute literature.

Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati

Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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‘But worldly people take a contrary view and give the service of Godhead the second or subsidiary place to morality on the assumption that moral living may easily dispense the same.  There are people who admit the existence of God in their practical conduct as a means of establishing themselves in moral life as if Godhead is a mere steward and caterer of their worldly conveniences and comforts.  They opine that Godhead exists only for making us moral and not for our service.  To make Him exist for morality is to make Him an order-supplier.  Such misguided persons make a show of serving God for a time in order that while leading a life of gross worldliness they may pass before the world as self-restrained holy personages, but their purpose is to turn their so-called object of worship into an Impersonal Entity in the long run.  Godhead exists in His Transcendental Form that is visible only to His devotees who render their services for the gratification of His Senses.  Neither conventional morality, which are divorced from the service of Godhead and are practised for the sensual gratification of men, has any place in the conduct of those who live for the gratification of the Senses of God.  All morality, sanctity, good manners, patience, humility, and every other good quality of the head and heart are alway anxious to serve the purpose of the devotees if they are accepted for the worship of God.  Thus it should be admitted on all hands that to seek to separate morality from theism and to imagine Godhead Himself to be subservient to the rules of conventional morality, is nothing short of undiluted atheism’

[Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur, ‘Spiritual Morality and Aesthetic Culture’ p.107-8]