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Hare Krishna Prabhus,
As many of you know in 2013 we had eight sat sanga programs at Srila Prabhupada’s Palace.
During these gatherings devotees shared memories and realizations about Srila Prabhupada and the positive moments in New Vrindaban’s history.
The schedule for our first sat-sanga of the year at the Palace is as follows:
Saturday, March 22nd, (the next weekend after Gaura Purnima )
5:45 p.m. Bhajans
6:00 p.m. Excerpts from Srila Prabhupada’s writings.
6:10 p.m. Stories and Realizations shared by keynote speakers
7:00 p.m. Arotika for Srila Prabhupada
7:30 p.m. Prasadam
The Keynote Speakers For March: Chaitanya Mangala das, Tamohara das
If you have any suggestions on who else we can invite to speak at these sat-sangas, please let me know.
Bhagvatam class by H.G.Govinda Dutta Prabhu
I worship two splendors who are more handsome than millions of Rati-Kamadevas, who have stolen the glory of millions of Laksmi-Narayanas, whose forms are effulgent as gold and sapphires, and who enjoy pastimes in the forest of Vrndavana.
[Source : Nectarean Glories of Sri Vrindavana-dhama by Srila Prabodhananda Sarasvati Thakura, 1-83 Translation.]
(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 29 September 2013, Melbourne, Australia, Srimad Bhagavatam 2.2.36)
When we engage in pious activities, the result is that our consciousness becomes pious and then our thoughts and our actions become pious. When we engage in purifying activities then gradually the result is that our consciousness changes, obviously. It is said,
In the Padma Purana, it is stated that there is aprārabdha-phalaṁ within the heart – unmanifest karma. Many reactions and too many activities are stored within the heart, and the result is that these are like seeds that are within the heart (bījaṁs). These bījaṁs create a particular inclination. So, because we have so many past sinful activities, there are so many sinful bījaṁs within the heart and therefore, the inclination towards sin is there and therefore, there are thoughts which are sinful.
Fortunately, it is mentioned in the Srimad Bhagavatam, in the chapter where Maharaja Pariksit is stopping kali from entering the kingdom, at that point, there is a purport which mentions that thoughts in the age of kali are free – you can think whatever you like and there is no reaction. That is a bit of relief. Let us be frank, I mean sometimes what comes into the mind!? We killed a few people! What to do? It happens. There is a bad driver for example. What to do and what not to do; and so many other things may happen within the mind but fortunately, there are no reactions for thinking it. But of course, if we contemplate sinful activities then it may lead to sinful actions,
dhyāyato viṣayān puṁsaḥ
saṅgas teṣūpajāyate, (Bhagavad-gita 2.62)
Because contemplation causes attachment and then from the attachment comes the desire to act.
This site has been revamped, with a new look and new functionality. Now it works well on tablets and phones. (And on my side, it’s also easier to use.) My thanks to my grand-disciple Uddhava Dasa (assisted by Ragalekha Devi Dasi) for all the work involved. Hare Krishna.
Compound Words: These nifty creatures are two in one. Take two separate words, fit them together and Voila! You get a brand new word!But compound words get tricky for 2nd graders when they have to learn to spell them! Two different words have different rules for spelling and its double the work.
So, we made it a game. We ‘hid’ each word on multi-colored Post-It notes all around the class. Students had 3 minutes to gather the different notes, put the words together, and write a sentence with the meaning.
Ready, Set, Go! I sat back and watched as they played and learned.
5:00 AM Mangal Arati
5:30 AM NRSIMHA PRAYERS
5:45 AM TULASI PRAYERS
6:00 AM JAPA
7:30 AM GURU PUJA
8:00 AM GREETING THE DEITIES IN THEIR NEW GAURA PURNIMA OUTFIT
8:20 AM SRIMAD BHAGAVATAM CLASS
5:00 PM ABHISHEKA ON THE ALTAR
6:00 PM LECTURE
7:00 PM ARATI
7:40 PM MAHA KIRTAN
8:00 PM PRASADAM FEAST
Your preparations for the Lord are welcome. Please bring them by 5:45 PM.
If any second initiated devotees are interested in helping cook in the deity kitchen on Gaura Purnima day, please contact Abhinanda das either on facebook or email:
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Much Gaura Purnima service is available, such as in the devotee kitchen (all morning), prasadam transfer (12:30 PM), cleaning the prasadam hall after the festival.
Tulasi — thanks.
Ojasvi Prabhu at Kirtan Mela Mayapur 2014 Day 3
Here are the notes I’ve prepared for speaking to a gathering of serious practitioners of bhakti-yoga on Gaura-Pūrṇimā …the anniversary celebrating the appearance of the Golden Avatāra, Śrī Krishna Caitanya.
The 4th, 5th, and 6th ślokas of Caitanya Caritāmṛta explain the reasons why Śrī Krishna and Śrī Krishna Caitanya appear in our world. The author of Cc, Śrīla Krishnadāsa Kavirāja, organizes these reasons into two groups: bahirāṇga-hetu and antarāṅga-hetu. This is often translated as “external” and “internal” reasons. “External” means “for the sake of other people,” and “internal” means “for his own sake.” So there are two groups of reasons for the avatāra of Śrī Krishna and Śrī Krishna Caitanya: reasons that benefit other people, and reasons that benefit himself. I will call these the “public motives” and “private motives” of these avatāra.
The 4th śloka explains their public motives. The 6th explains their private motives. And the 5th is important to both, because it explains how Śrī Krishna Caitanya accomplished the motives initiated many centuries earlier by Śrī Krishna.
Quoted from Vidagdha-mādhava of Śrī Rūpa Goswāmī
anarpita-carīḿ cirāt karuṇayāvatīrṇaḥ kalau
samarpayitum unnatojjvala-rasāḿ sva-bhakti-śriyam
sadā hṛdaya-kandare sphuratu vaḥ śacī-nandanaḥ
anarpita-carīṁ — No one made any attempt to give it
cirāt — For a very long time ago
karuṇayā — because of sympathy / compassion / kindness
avatīrṇa — he descends (avatāra)
kalau — in the age of Kali
what is it that has not been available for such a long time?
śriyam — a treasure …what kind?
sva-bhakti śriyam – the treasure of his own love
…this is the most important treasure because love is the only wealth that actually makes us happy, and “his own” love is divine love which is the only thing that can make us perfectly and totally happy.
…but what kind of love has not been available for a long time? Hasn’t divine love always been available?
ujjvala-rasā — the most beautiful, brilliant, intimate form of love – romantic love.
…hasn’t this also been available? i.e. Lakṣmī, Sītā, etc.?
unnata-ujjvala-rasā — the most exalted form of romantic love. (i.e. Vṛndāvana bhakti < gopī-bhakti < and even the love of Krishna that Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī herself experiences)
samarpayitum — he is not going to give just a little hint of it, but all of it, completely.
who is he? who is qualified to give what no one else has given?
hari — he is Hari, …but not black, not dark…
sandīpita — he is illuminated and bright
sundara-dyuti — with effulgent beauty …what color?
puraṭa / kadamba — the color of gold and kadamba flowers. (Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī’s color)
Who is this golden avatāra of Hari?
śaci-nandana — Śaci’s son, Gaura-hari, Śrī Krishna Caitanya.
Śrī Rūpa then gives a benediction:
hṛdaya-kandare — in the hidden chambers of our innermost heart
sphuratu — may he suddenly appear
sadā — forever!
Śrīla Prabhupāda has given us this beautiful translation:
May the Supreme Lord who is known as the son of Śrīmatī Śacī-devī be transcendentally situated in the innermost core of your heart. Resplendent with the radiance of molten gold, He has descended in the Age of Kali by His causeless mercy to bestow what no incarnation has ever offered before: the most elevated mellow of devotional service, the mellow of conjugal love.
Krishnadas Kaviraja explains what this verse means (Cc Ādi 3.5-31). He says,
Krishna forever enjoys bliss in the transcendental realm of Vrndavana, but every once in a while Vrndavana descends into our mundane realm. “Every once in a while” means once in every universal day – which means once every 8 billion years. Vṛndāvana descends into this world so that we can get a glimpse of real joy, real love – infinitely perfected in Krishna’s relationships with the inhabitants of Vrndavana. This happened fairly recently, about 5,000 years ago. That is why we currently know about Krishna.
Krishnadāsa Kavirāja explains Krishna’s motive for appearing in this world (Adi 4.14-35):
aiśvarya-jñānete saba jagat miśrita
aiśvarya-śithila-preme nahi mora prīta
“The whole world is full of awareness of my power, but love that is weakened by a sense of power does not please me.
As long as someone thinks of me as The Master their love cannot overpower me. But I want to taste the joy of being overpowered by love. I want my mother to protect me and chastise me. I want my friends to wrestle and race me, and say, ‘You’re not such a big man!’ I want to have to beg for the mercy of my lover! No religion or philosophy can thrill me as much as this!
I will take these devotees with me – my parents, my friends, and my lovers – and make them appear within the vision of the mortal world. We will display such unbridled, unrestricted pure love that cannot be found even in Vaikuntha and which amazes even me!
I will especially display my intimate romance with the gopīs, because this is the epitome of the unrestricted love that I crave, and that conquers my heart. This will bring me great joy, and will also benedict the whole world, because it will attract them to the supreme joy of the greatest love!
vrajera nirmala rāga śuni’ bhakta-gaṇa
rāga-mārge bhaje yena chāḍi’ dharma-karma
When my devotees hear about the pure and passionate love found in Vṛndāvana they will completely abandon the formal love inspired by morality and duty, and cultivate love for me with real, passionate affection – like the Vrajabāsīs!
This is why Krishna appears as an avatāra once every universal day. But after Vṛndāvana disappears from this mundane realm and a few thousand years have passed, Krishna is disappointed about the reaction. Krishnadāsa Kavirāja explains that he thinks:
cira-kāla nāhi kari prema-bhakti dāna
bhakti vinā jagatera nāhi avasthāna
“Even after all this time, people are still not embracing the blissful treasure of divine love. If people cannot experience the happiness of divine love, there is no point in the universe even existing at all!”
One of Krishna’s companions tries to console him. “Don’t worry, people do eventually become religious and worship God.” But Krishna becomes even more upset when he hears this. He says:
sakala jagate more kare vidhi-bhakti
vidhi-bhaktye vraja-bhāva pāite nāhi śakti
“The entire universe might become interested in the rules and regulations of religion – vaidhi-bhakti. But that will never be able to give them what I want to give them: the bliss of the divine love experienced in Vṛndāvana.”
His companion asks, “Why not be satisfied that they can at least attain some sort of divine love?” Krishna replies:
aiśvarya-jñānete saba jagat miśrita
aiśvarya-śithila-preme nāhi mora prīta
“The whole universe looks on me in awe. The kind of love that is polluted by awe is not very blissful, and doesn’t make me very happy.”
He goes on to say:
“No one can enter Vṛndāvana by following rules and regulations and looking upon me in awe. At best they can only hope to enter Vaikuṇṭha and associate with Nārāyaṇa.”
Then Krishna got an amazing idea. He decided to personally return to our mundane realm and show everyone how to attain the amazing blissful divine love of Krishna that shines in the transcendental realm of Vṛndāvana.
yuga-dharma pravartāimu nāma-sańkīrtana
cāri bhāva-bhakti diyā nācāmu bhuvana
“I will personally inaugurate a different religion, one that is beyond rules and regulations – the religion of Nāma Saṅkīrtana – which alone grants access to the intimate divine love available in Vrndavana. I will personally take the world by the hand and make them dance in joy!”
Krishna realized that you cannot effectively preach something you don’t practice. So, since he wanted to show the world how to love Krishna like the residents of Vrndavana, he could not continue to keep the identity of being Krishna. He would instead become a devotee of Krishna, so he could personally demonstrate how to attain ecstatic devotion, by his own example.
By saying that “he is hari with a brilliant golden complexion” a hint has already been given regarding how Krishna can accomplish his goal of spreading pure, unlimited devotion. He has to become a pure, unlimited devotee. The purest, most unlimited of all devotees is Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī, whose complexion is brilliantly golden. The next śloka, the 5th śloka of Caitanya Caritāmṛta explains this.
Quoted from the Diary of Śrīla Svarūpa Dāmodara Goswāmī
rādhā kṛṣṇa-praṇaya-vikṛtir hlādinī śaktir asmād
ekātmānāv api bhuvi purā deha-bhedaḿ gatau tau
caitanyākhyaḿ prakaṭam adhunā tad-dvayaḿ caikyam āptaḿ
rādhā-bhāva-dyuti-suvalitaḿ naumi kṛṣṇa-svarūpam
Rādhā — Rādhā
Krishna-praṇaya-vikṛti — is a very special creation of Krishna’s passionate love
hlādinī śakti asmāt— she is Krishna’s pleasure potency itself
eka-ātmānāu - Rādhā and Krishna are therefore a single being
api — but
deha-bhedam gatau tau — they attain two distinct forms
bhuvi — by manifesting tangibly
purā — since the very beginning
Line 3 (two become one)
adhunā — and now
tad-dvayam — those two
ekyam āptam — become one
prakaṭam caitanya ākhyam — manifesting as the being named Caitanya
Line 4 (Śrī Caitanya is…)
Kṛṣṇa-svarūpa — Krishna himself
suvalita — beautifully enwrapt in…
rādhā-bhāva — Rādhā’s character / Rādhā’s personality…
dyuti —and effulgent complexion.
naumi — “he is my everything.”
Śrīla Prabhupāda’s beautiful translation:
The loving affairs of Śrī Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa are transcendental manifestations of the Lord’s internal pleasure-giving potency. Although Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa are one in Their identity, They separated Themselves eternally. Now these two transcendental identities have again united, in the form of Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya. I bow down to Him, who has manifested Himself with the sentiment and complexion of Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī although He is Kṛṣṇa Himself.
Śrīla Krishnadāsa Kavirāja explains this verse (Cc. Ādi 4.56-100) by elaborately explaining who Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī is. If I had the chance I would explain all these verses for Śrīmatī Radharani’s appearance festival. But because it is important to explain the private motive for Śrī Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s appearance and since we are modern people, always rushing to our next appointments and always checking our digital clocks, I have to skip these verses for now.
An Original Composition of Śrīla Krishnadāsa Kavirāja
śrī-rādhāyāḥ praṇaya-mahimā kīdṛśo vānayaivā-
svādyo yenādbhuta-madhurimā kīdṛśo vā madīyaḥ
saukhyaḿ cāsyā mad-anubhavataḥ kīdṛśaḿ veti lobhāt
tad-bhāvāḍhyaḥ samajani śacī-garbha-sindhau harīnduḥ
śrī-rādhāyāḥ praṇaya — Śrī Rādhā’s passionate love for Krishna
mahimā — greatness
kīdṛśa — What is it like?
^ The first personal motive: to discover, “How great is Śrīmatī Rādhārānī’s love for me?”
anaya-eva — certainly no one except her
āsvādya yena — can taste / relish / enjoy that love
adbhuta-madhurimā — amazing sweetness
kīdṛśa — What is it like?
^ The second personal motive: to discover, “What types of amazing sweetness can she alone enjoy as a result of her love for me?”
madīya — from me
mad-anu-bhāvata — my reciprocation with her love
saukhya — happiness
kīdṛśa — What is it like?
^ The third personal motive: to discover, “What happiness does she experience in me and in my loving reciprocation with her?”
veti lobhāt — because of intense desire to know the answers to these three questions
tad-bhāva-āḍhyaḥ — taking her personality / character
samajani — he was born
hari-induḥ — The Hari-moon
śacī-garbha-sindhau — from the ocean of Śacī’s womb.
Śrīla Prabhupāda translates;
Desiring to understand the glory of Rādhārāṇī’s love, the wonderful qualities in Him that She alone relishes through Her love, and the happiness She feels when She realizes the sweetness of His love, the Supreme Lord Hari, richly endowed with Her emotions, appeared from the womb of Śrīmatī Śacī-devī, as the moon appeared from the ocean.
Śrīla Krishnadāsa Kavirāja explains this verse (CC A.4.231-275). First he explains why Krishna so fervently desires to comprehend Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī’s love for him:
kṛṣṇera vicara eka āchaye antare
pūrṇānanda-pūrṇa-rasa-rūpa kahe more
Once, Krishna thought within himself, “everyone says I am the form of complete bliss and complete joy…”
āmā ha-ite ānandita haya tribhuvana
āmāke ānanda dibe — aiche kon jana
“The three worlds derive bliss from me. But is there anyone who can give bliss to me?”
āmā haite yāra haya śata śata guṇa
sei-jana āhlādite pāre mora mana
“If there was someone who had hundreds and hundreds more qualities than I, that person could bring joy and pleasure to my heart.”
āmā haite guṇī baḍa jagate asambhava
ekali rādhāte tāhā kari anubhava
“In the whole of existence there is no one who has more qualities than I, with the sole exception of Rādhā. I understand that.
“My beauty conquers millions of lust-gods, there is no sweetness of beauty greater than or equal to mine, it gives bliss to all the three worlds… but my own eyes become enchanted when they see Rādhā’s beauty!
“The songs of my flute attract the three worlds, by my own ears are attracted to Rādhā’s voice! My scent fills the universe with fragrance, but the scent of Rādhā’s body takes my breath away and steals my mind! Because of my flavor, the whole world is full of flavor, but I become a slave to the flavor of Rādhā’s lips! My touch is more pleasant than millions of moon beams. But Rādhā’s touch pleases even me!
ei mata anubhava āmāra pratīta
vicāri’ dekhiye yadi, saba viparīta
“So it is easy to understand why I love her, and easy to understand my emotions and feelings. But when I try to understand her emotions and feelings… they seem completely opposite to mine. I become completely satisfied by experiencing her, but she becomes completely hungry by experiencing me!
When the wind blows through the bamboos and makes a sound like my flute, she becomes mad and begins hugging dark trees, thinking that they are me! When the wind somehow carries her a scent that resembles mine, she leaps into the air and tries to fly towards it! I cannot possibly comprehend or even describe the ecstatic bliss that she experiences in me, it makes me forget my own happiness and desire to experience hers!
Now, Krishnadāsa Kavirāja begins to explain that Krishna wants to experience himself through her eyes.
tāte jāni, mote āche kona eka rasa
āmāra mohinī rādhā, tāre kare vaśa
So I can understand that there is some unique flavor in me… which only she can taste… and which is so exquisite that it captivates Rādhā, who captivates me.
Finally the Kavirāja expresses the third desire, that Krishna wants to experience what she experiences in his love for her.
I am constantly trying to taste the flavor in my love that she tastes… but it is impossible! I cannot. But I cannot give up this desire, because every time I see her it becomes more intense.
I can taste what it is like to be the beloved, but unless I become the lover I cannot taste what it is like to be the lover. Bharata Muni claims that the lover and beloved enjoy pleasure equally, but at least in this case he is wrong. The lover, Śrī Rādhā, enjoys thousands of times more than the beloved, Śrī Krishna.
rādhā-bhāva ańgīkari’ dhari’ tāra varṇa
tina-sukha āsvādite haba avatīrṇa
“So I will accept Rādhā’s personality, which will transform my color to golden. Then, in that avatāra I will finally be able to fulfill my three desires!”
By fulfilling his personal motives, Śrī Krishna Caitanya automatically fulfilled his public motive. This is the most important lesson we have to learn from him.
By embracing the personality of Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī and becoming the topmost devotee of Krishna, he fulfilled his personal ambitions to understand the greatness of her love, the sweetness of himself, and the delight of experiencing his love from her point of view. By fulfilling these ambitions he automatically fulfilled the ambition of granting the world access to love of Godhead in Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī’s mood.
We must learn his example, otherwise we are not fit to advertise ourselves as members of Mahaprabhu’s sampradaya. What we must learn is that the only way to spread Krishna consciousness is to become Krishna conscious ourselves.
Even Krishna could not grant the world access to Krishna-prema until he himself realized it. If even Krishna cannot spread Krishna consciousness without first becoming Krishna conscious, who do we think we are? How do we expect to spread any real Krishna consciousness without ourselves doing much more than just following joining a social group and external rules and regulations. How do we expect to act as servants of Śrī Krishna Caitanya on behalf of Śrīla Prabhupāda until we but actually realizing Krishna-prema in the Vṛndāvana mood, as he did? It is impossible!
We have all kinds of wrong ideas about what the Krishna consciousness movement is, and what “preaching” is. Let it be declared boldly and without fear or doubt that first and foremost, most important and most powerful preaching is nāma-kīrtana, which also includes nāma japa. There has never been and never will be a more effective, more powerful, more practical way to spread the Krishna consciousness movement than to simply forget everything else and fill ones heart and mind with the chanting of the Hare Krishna mahā-mantra 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, year after year after year. The extent to which we do not fully believe this statement is the extent to which we do not fully believe in Śrī Krishna Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
The tenth anniversary of the Panca Tattva installation at Sridam Mayapur was celebrated with great pomp and enthusiasm by the devotees attending the festival.
ever at play
You are That
Ignoring your crying father, mother, children and other relatives, and not hearing their splendid words, with a very hard heart, quickly see the groves where Krsna enjoyed transcendental pastimes.
[Source : Nectarean Glories of Sri Vrindavana-dhama by Srila Prabodhananda Sarasvati Thakura, 1-82 Translation.]
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
H H Bhanu Swami Maharaj will be visiting Perth on Friday 07 March till Tuesday 11 March.
Maharaj will be giving classes in the mornings at 7.30 AM and evening at 7.30 PM from Saturday 08 March. Maharaj will also be speaking at the Sunday feast on 09 March and on Tuesday 11 at Gopinath dham followed by Kirtan with Madhava prabhu.
Bhanu Maharaj is a very senior disciple of HDG Srila Prabhupada. He is well versed with the conclusion of the sastras and translated many of the commentaries of many acharys (Spiritual teachers) into English. Bhanu Maharaj is very expert in presenting the philosophy with the power point presentations and he has many to show us too.
In this visit Maharaj will be giving a seminar on “Tattva Sandarbha“!
Please come and hear from Maharaj and clarify any of the doubts and questions you may have.
For more information please contact Sita Rama Lakshmana dasa(0422045525)
Sita Rama Lakshmana Dasa
(Kadamba Kanana Swami)
Preaching will not become successful if we are not endearing ourselves to Krsna. Preaching does not just depend on some techniques otherwise we could all learn hypnosis and with hypnosis, we could take over the world! There are yogis like that who can bring people under their will, “Chant Hare Krsna!” and look into their eyes. This is not the way we want people to chant – by force! We want people to chant voluntarily. We want service to be voluntary.
When Prabhupada invited everyone to come to the Sunday Love Feast, everyone would eat so much, be totally ecstatic and then, they would go home. Prabhupada never asked, he would wait until someone offered to help. If someone wanted to help then he would make them in charge of that particular task. As soon as one extended help, he would take that help but he never forced anyone. In this way, Srila Prabhupada was very expert and captured everyone.
So there are many ways, many fronts in which we can spread Krsna consciousness while dealing with the modes of material nature – battle it out in the soaking rain with a kirtan party or we can stand soaking in the rain with a bag full of books. We can stand in the street with an umbrella and invite people under the umbrella, it was an old system – boys went out in the rain with a big umbrella and then would call someone over and give them a book. Like that, many tricks were employed. Another system was to sit in the car and call people over. They would think that you are lost and you intend asking for the road – people always want to give directions – and then give the books out of the car. Some would stand on the street and knock on the windows of cars.
Anyhow, we have many fronts with which we can deal with people and Prabhupada was broad minded. In this way, this movement is not stereotyped; it is not that there is a particular mould that everyone would have to fit into and that everyone has to be the same. But in one way, everyone must be the same – we have to start taking responsibility for the Krsna consciousness of others. We may do it on our own front, in the area where we are expert, whatever we are good at.
If we take responsibility for the Krsna consciousness of others, if we keep ourselves preoccupied with that then the mercy will come. If you don’t know what you are good at then we will put you in the book distribution army because that is very powerful.
Prabhupada was good at that. Prabhupada was very good at taking the essence of things from everywhere, from all the teachings of the acharyas, taking it together, taking the spirit and bringing it home to people. The essence which meant surrender to Krsna and if you read Prabhupada’s books, in so many ways, he is telling us to surrender to Krsna. When you read his books, you get hit from so many different angles with the same message: surrender to Krsna.
The real purpose is pure devotional service; the reason is to give up false ego; one should bow down before Krsna, humility means to do everything for Krsna and so on. Finally after you have been reading for a while you think, “Maybe I should surrender to Krsna!” This is what reading does. So in this way, all of us can surrender in our own individual way. That is the one thing we all have in common. We are all very different – some are intellectuals, some are practical – it does not matter!