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  • The Science of Gratitude

    Q: I try to practice gratitude every day for everything that happens to me, so whom should I address inner thoughts and prayers: to Krishna, Radha, Guru or all of them together? — “Sri Sri Prapanna-jivanamritam”: we always need some guidance — even in praying. — Imposing something or expecting something from the higher is karma-kanda. But devotees are trying to give something to the Lord. — Dhruva Maharaj attracted the Lord by the power of his meditative heart and he and his desire became transformed. — Vaishnavas are philosopher stones that transform us. By praising them we properly praise Sri Guru. — Guru and Vaishnav are the next nearest to us, to direct pray to Radha or Krishna, generally, is not encouraged.  Appropriate order. — We sing, mostly, songs for our practitioners’ stage, addressing the Vaishnavas. — Sahajiism: what is real? — Saraswati Thakur avoided showing emotions publicly not to mislead his disciples. — The reason for being for a disciple is to fulfill the order of Guru. — Guru — Radharani’s delegation. — Definition of Vrindavan.  — Krishna: sweet or scary? — My life, Vrindavan and Krishna Himself are of no value to me without service to Srimati Radharani. — Gratitude in the form of service. — Life meant to serve others. — Gratitude to Krishna for the association with His devotees. — Murari Gupta and Varaha-avatar: when disqualification is the best praise. — Drops of nectar from the lotus mouths of the devotees. — Srila Sridhar Maharaja’s poetry. — Each generation of the devotees can contribute something fresh, but you have to be under the influence of the higher, of the Vaishnavas.

    Chiang Mai 2018 - The Science of Gratitude

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    Author: Bhakti Sudhir Goswami Cycle: Chiang Mai 2018 Uploaded by: Priyanana Created at: 29 June, 2018
    Duration: 00:54:09 Date: 2018-06-27 Place: Gupta Govardhan Chiang Mai Downloaded: 29 Played: 133

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    In terms of expressing gratitude, it doesn’t mean that we cannot voice that in our own way, but we take help from the mantras that have been there since the beginning, before the beginning, in praise of Sri Guru and the Vaishnavas.
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    The reason for being for a disciple is to fulfill the order of Guru.
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    A devotee, still, internally, may in the form of prayer express their gratitude to Krishna in this way, “Oh, Krishna, you are so kind to me to give me the association of your devotees. That is Your supreme mercy upon me to bring me in connection with your devotees, Guru and Vaishnav, and others. And I’m in a fortunate situation that I’m surrounded by them”.
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    We are hearing how the great devotees are expressing their hearts then when that time comes, our heart will be equipped to eloquently express these prayers and gratitude.
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    Contemporary devotees, each generation — they can, actually, contribute something fresh and original. But to do that you have to be equipped, and for to be real and substantial, you have to be under the influence of the higher.