The Job of Maya, the illusory energy of Krishna

By Niraj Bidawatka

A person surrenders when he is in a helpless state and comes to the conclusion that he has no power to defend himself. He comes to the realization that the enemy is very strong and that he cannot over power the enemy on his own strength. In such a situation, he has two options, either he should surrender unto the enemy or approach someone, who is more powerful than the enemy.

In our case, we are overpowered by māyā, the material illusory energy of the Supreme Lord. In the Bhagavad-gita (7.14), Krishna says that “It is impossible to overpower My illusory energy called māyā. One can surpass it only by surrendering unto Me”

surrender - daivi hyesa guna mayi

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When Traders become greedy, they take to Large-Scale Commerce and Industry

By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda

9. A picturesque scene of green paddy fields enlivens the heart of the poor agriculturalist, but it brings gloom to the face of the capitalist who lives by exploiting the poor farmers.

With good rains, the farmer’s business in agriculture flourishes. Agriculture is the noblest profession. It makes society happy, wealthy, healthy, honest, and spiritually advanced for a better life after death. The vaiśya community, or the mercantile class of men, take to this profession. In Bhagavad-gita the vaiśyas are described as the natural agriculturalists, the protectors of cows, and the general traders. When Lord Sri Krishna incarnated Himself at Vrindavana, He took pleasure in becoming a beloved son of such a vaiśya family. Nanda Maharaja was a big protector of cows, and Lord Sri Krishna, as the most beloved son of Nanda Maharaja, used to tend His father’s animals in the neighboring forest. By His personal example Lord Krishna wanted to teach us the value of protecting cows. Nanda Maharaja is said to have possessed nine hundred thousand cows, and at the time of Lord Sri Krishna (about five thousand years ago) the tract of land known as Vrindavana was flooded with milk and butter. Therefore God’s gifted professions for mankind are agriculture and cow protection.

light of Bhagavata verse 9

Trade is meant only for transporting surplus produce to places where the produce is scanty. But when traders Continue reading

What is the most important thing that the Bhagavad Gita teaches us?

Answer by Niraj Bidawatka

Surrender to Krishna

The most important instruction of the Bhagavad Gita is that Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead (Bhagavan) and that we should surrender unto Him alone. We should understand that all the other so-called gods are in fact Continue reading

How can one be a sincere devotee of God?

Answer by Niraj Bidawatka

King Pratap Rudra, the ruler of Orissa takes shelter of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu

King Pratap Rudra, the ruler of Orissa takes shelter of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu

One can become a sincere devotee of God by taking the shelter of a self-realized spiritual master, who is always engaged in the service of Krishna through his mind, body and speech. Without taking shelter of the devotees of Krishna, one cannot even hope of being recognized by Krishna.

Krishna, in the Adi Purana states, mad bhaktanam ca ye bhatka te me bhakta tama matah: “Those who are the devotees of My devotee, are My real devotees.” Krishna, in this verse, makes it abundantly clear that He does not consider those persons as His devotees, who claim that they are Continue reading

Do all Religions ultimately point to the same God?

Answer by Niraj Bidawatka

Yes. God is one and all religions point to the same God. Just as water is the same for all religions and for all castes, creeds and nationalities. Its called water in English, “neer” in sanskrit, “wasser” in German and “paani” in Hindi. But ultimately the substance is the same.

Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead

Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead

Similarly, the Christians call Him “God”, Muslims call Him “Allah”, the Jews call Him “Jehovah” and the Hindus call Him “Bhagavan”. But ultimately He is the same person. From the Bhagavad Gita we can understand that Continue reading

How does a person attain enlightenment?

Answer by Niraj Bidawatka

Jagadguru Srila Prabhupada ki Jay

When one understands that he is not this body, but a spirit soul, and then further comes to understand that the spirit soul is the eternal servant of Krishna, he gets enlightenment. Such an enlightened soul transcends the cycle of birth and death and goes back home, back to Godhead.

The entire Bhagavad Gita was spoken by Krishna to enlighten us about this fact. The last instruction of Bhagavad Gita is mam ekam sharanam vraja: “Just surrender unto Me”. When one gets enlightened that one is a part and parcel of God, one immediately surrenders to the will of the Supreme Lord.

Such enlightenment is possible only through the aegis of a guru, or spiritual master. It is the guru, who enlightens the soul that he is not this body but a spirit soul, which in turn is a part and parcel of God, or Krishna.

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By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda

jayatām suratau pangor

mama manda-mater gatī



[Cc. Adi 1.15]

This is the surrendering process of the author, Kavirāja Gosvami. Before beginning to write Caitanya-caritamrta, he submitted himself to the lotus feet of Madana-mohana. Those who have gone to Vrindavana, they have seen the temple of Radha-Madana-mohana. It was established by Sanatana Goswami, the first disciple of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu.

The Radha Madan-mohan Temple in Vrindavana. It was established 500 years ago by Srila Sanatana Goswami.

The exquisite temple of Sri Sri Radha Madan-mohan in Vrindavana. It was established 500 years ago by Srila Sanatana Goswami.

Sanatana Goswami established this Madana-mohana temple, Rupa Goswami established the Govindaji’s temple, Jiva Goswami established Radha-Damodara temple and Gopal Bhatta Goswami established Radha-Ramana temple. In this way, in Vrindavana there are seven temples authorizedly established by the Gaudiya-sampradaya, Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s sampradaya.

Later on, many big, big kings and zamindars (landlords) also established many temples, big, big temples. And altogether, there are five thousand temples in a small city like Vrindavana, and thousands of men go to Continue reading


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda

Originally, there are four Vaishnava sampradāya: from Lord Brahmā comes the Brahma-sampradāya; and from Lord Shiva, Rudra-sampradāya; and from the goddess of fortune, Lakshmi, Śrī-sampradāya; and from the catuh-sana, Kumāra-sampradāya. So the four sampradāya are coming from time immemorial. We (the Hare Krishna people) belong to the Brahma-sampradāya, the Gaudiya-sampradāya.

One can identify the sampradaya of a devotee by the tilak (holy mark on the forehead). This particular tilak is worn by the Gaudiya vaishnavas, the followers of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu

One can identify the sampradaya of a devotee by the tilak (holy mark on the forehead). This particular tilak is worn by the Gaudiya vaishnavas, the followers of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu

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What are some healthy habits we should start following as soon as possible to live a happier life?

Answer by Niraj Bidawatka

Krishna taking lunch with His friends

Krishna taking lunch with His friends

  • Start Chanting Hare Krishna maha-mantra daily: This habit of chanting the holy name of Krishna will make you the most happy person. The holy name has the power to vanquish all your sins. Moreover, since the name of Krishna is non-different than Krishna, the Personality of Godhead, you will experience great joy when you start chanting it. So start chanting the mantra now. The mantra is as follows:

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