In this booklet, a translation of a Hindi lecture spoken in 1964, Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja systematically guides us in understanding the actual nature of our soul. He begins with a captivating story from Vedic history in which two kings, the lord of the demigods and the lord of the demons, vie with each other for factual knowledge of the soul’s identity. The contents herein provide a complete foundation for understanding all other devotional literature.
The Way of Love is compiled from the lectures of Srila Gurudeva, Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja, a modern-day saint in the Gaudiya Vaisnava tradition. He translated the writings of prominent Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇavas into Hindi, publishing nearly fifty Hindi sacred texts. Later, most of these invaluable masterpieces were translated into English and other major languages of the world.
This booklet is Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja’s brief narration of his early life, his devotional childhood experiences and his personal reflections on them. It also includes excerpts from his lectures on being one at heart with śrī guru in a mood of separation from him.
In Verse 18.65 of Bhagavad-gītā, Śrī Kṛṣṇa says: “Absorb your mind and heart in Me, become My devotee, worship Me, offer your obeisances to Me, and certainly you will come to Me.” This instruction captures the essence of Śrī Kṛṣṇa’s teachings to His disciple and friend Arjuna, and to all those who seek guidance on the path of self-realization. This booklet offers vivid examples of the practical application of this verse and includes many pastimes of Kṛṣṇa and our great saintly predecessors.
The purpose of this booklet is to introduce the reader to the beauty and wonder of one’s own natural being. Sages say that our souls are each more brilliant and powerful than thousands of suns, and that we come to experience this by hearing from those who are self-realized.
Long ago, an evil monarch named Hiranyakashipu seized control of the entire universe. Although he made life impossible for all, his son Prahlad, who was always absorbed in meditating on the Lord, remained undisturbed. Seeing the boy’s natural predilection for spiritual life and thus taking him as an archenemy, Hiranya-kashipu tried to kill him, but without success. If we follow the teachings of Prahlad Maharaja, we will also become fearless pure devotees of the Lord.
Compiled under the guidance of Śrīla Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja. Beyond Liberation. This popular booklet, based on the teachings of Jaiva-dharma, outlines three distinct paths that people follow in order to achieve happiness in life. The third is the positive principle in life, the force of pure love. That force is far beyond material enjoyment and higher than impersonal liberation. It is such a powerful force that it can ultimately transport one to the spiritual world, a realm in which only sweet love and harmony exist.
From the lectures of Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja This small book is a summary study of one of the most remarkable and illuminating pastimes of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krsna. Learn how one mother, through her love, achieved something that even the greatest mystics and yogis could not attain. By what power does the Supreme Lord forget His own supremacy and act like an ordinary human being? What is the secret by which the Supreme Controller of all the universes becomes bound and helpless, like a small child?
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and all the teachers in His line want us to be happy. Everyone wants to be happy, but generally we can only find a very little happiness and affection in this world, and even then it is mixed with sorrows and suffering. Why is it that we are unhappy, even though we have so many possessions? We should consider this. Napoleon was not a street beggar, and neither was President Kennedy. Princess Diana was also not a street beggar; she was not at all ugly, foolish, or ignorant. On the contrary, she had name, fame, beauty and everything one could desire, and she was married to Charles, but she was still not happy.
Why is it that even people who seem to have everything are unhappy, in spite of their wealth and opulence? We
should think about this very seriously.
“I want to be controlled by Krishna and His friends in the spiritual world.“ I want to be controlled by them. Even Krishna wants to be controlled by His friends’ love and affection for Him. And His friends also want to be controlled by love and affection. You can also control Krishna by love and affection. Do you want to control Krishna like that? But first you must be completely controlled by love and affection. To be controlled in this way is called ‘devotional surrender.‘
This short treatise describes Śrīman Mahāprabhu’s extraordinary compassion upon the souls of Kali-yuga. It focuses on His identity, the three purposes of His advent, a unique description of the eight unprecedented distinctions of His compassion, and His most sacred gift to the souls of this age. Śrīman Mahāprabhu gave full freedom to His unprecedented mercy potency, telling her, “Karuṇā, I surrender unto you. In whichever direction you choose, however far you want to go and to whatever place you want to travel, drown everyone in the flood of prema.”
Based on Prameya-ratnāvalī of Śrī Baladeva Vidyābhūṣaṇa, Vaiṣṇava-siddhānta-mālā is a lively presentation of the nine prameyas, or truths. Clear and simple answers are given to many questions, such as, “What is the guru-paramaparā?” What is the śakti, or potency, of Bhagavān?” “If the pastimes of Śrī Kṛṣṇa are beyond matter, then how were they able to be seen at the end of Dvāpara-yuga?” “If Bhagavān is attained through the soul’s own self-manifested knowledge, then what is the necessity of studying the Vedic scriptures?” “Are all souls of one type or are there different gradations among them?” This book also contains an authoritative deliberation on the subject of the holy name and the different stages of chanting.