Nrsimha Caturdasi, May 23, Dallas

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May 312013

08.Nrsimha_Caturdasi_05.23.13_DallasSacinandana Swami, Rtadhvaja Swami, and Giriraj Swami spoke during the evening program on Sri Nrsimhadeva’s appearance day.

“My dear devotees, there are so many bad things in our hearts — even when we have practiced Krishna consciousness for forty-plus years, like me. There can be something like impatience and intolerance in the heart. It is a real thing. We are in danger in this world. We have accepted so many strange guests in our heart. Shouldn’t we make our heart a place for the Lord to reside in? Shouldn’t  He be our guest of honor? This making the heart a suitable place for the Lord to reside in is done by praying to Lord Nrsimhadeva to help us. It is done also by coming into the devotees’ association and understanding, ‘I am a fallen soul. My achievements in devotional service are very weak and modest. I require the mercy of the Lord in my life.’ With this understanding you can pray to Lord Nrsimhadeva to protect you from the six internal enemies that make our hearts so unpleasant.” — Sacinandana Swami




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Govardhan Retreat Opening Session, November 22, Govardhan

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Nov 242011

“Giriraj Govardhan is a manifestation of Krishna’s heart. And the heart is usually the core of the person. We say, ‘If you want to understand me, you have to know my heart.’ If you know someone’s heart, then only you know the person. So, my dear devotees, Giriraj is Krishna’s heart, a manifestation of Krishna’s loving heart to please the foremost of His devotees, Srimati Radharani. He is Krishna Himself. For that reason devotees are extremely hesitant to take Giriraj away from Vraj. They know this is the heart of the Lord, and He never wants  to leave Vrindavan. So enter the world — the heart — of Krishna while you are here. Hear about Him. Get to know Him more. Develop your relationship with Him. Take time for Krishna. Forget your old surroundings and your old world  —  it is not required. Enter this new world.” — Sacinandana Swami

Japa Retreat Level 3 — Questions and Answers, October 1, Philadelphia

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Oct 072010

“There are anarthas, such as the desire for recognition and fame, in the heart, and they give you trouble. Now what are you going to do about them? Do you believe that they will eventually just automatically disappear? No. One should think, “Let’s look at what they are exactly. Why are they there? Let me open the closet,” and so on. Then let the light of Krishna consciousness shine on them.

I have done this over the past years and found great benefit. I see how things that I previously didn’t dare to look at now dissolve. And do you know why they dissolve? It is not because of my own strength. I am too weak. I am a conditioned soul. These materialistic anarthas have been here life after life. Just having knowledge of some verses will not drive them away. I sincerely have to turn to Krishna. And the question that Krishna asks is, “Wait a minute, you are asking me to take this away. Do you really want to lose it?” And I think, “Of course, we have our philosophy.” But Krishna asks, “Are you really prepared to become a humble devotee without any prestige and honor?” And then I have to scratch my head. And I begin to understand why my lips say, “I want to be pure,” yet my heart says, “But not just now, please. I actually like these things.” This is the situation of a conditioned soul who is divided.” — Sacinandana Swami