Bhaktivinoda Thakur appeared in 1838 in a wealthy family in the Nadia district, West Bengal. He revealed that he is an eternal associate of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu by his extraordinary preaching activities and prolific writing. Bhaktivinoda Thakur had a responsible government position as the District Magistrate (high court judge), maintained a Krishna conscious family and wrote almost one hundred books on Krishna consciousness. He received spiritual inspiration and direction from Srila Jagannatha Dasa Babaji. Bhaktivinoda Thakur was the one who discovered the appearance place of Lord Caitanya.
Quotes by Bhaktivinoda Thakur
My friend, you are being washed away in material nature's waves of time. Please try to understand that you are the eternal servant of the Lord. Then everything will stop and you will stop and you will be eternally happy.
If one sincerely takes shelter of the holy names of Krishna by chanting Hare Krishna, he will achieve spiritual perfection within the compass of his normal daily activities.
If you have faith that the soul is the eternal servant of Krishna, then you will have no more misery.
Srimad Bhagavatam does not allow its followers to ask anything from God except eternal love towards Him.
If one chants the holy names of the lord, even in helpless condition or without desiring to do so, all the reactions of his sinful life departs, just as when lion roars, all the small animals flee in fear.
This temporary life is full of miseries. Take shelter of the holy name as your only business.
A person who can understand that the Absolute Truth can exist with form and variety in a pure transcendental state can properly see that Vishnu, His name and His qualities are all one and inseparable from Him. This concept of Krishna with personality is actual knowledge. With this understanding one can take to chanting the holy name, knowing that it is Krishna Himself.
In the teachings of Sriman Mahaprabhu, there are two principal instructions: developing the taste for chanting of holy names and displaying compassion for the fallen souls.
Krishna is the supreme will in Himself and He exercises His supreme power at His pleasure, which submits to no law, because all law has proceeded from His will and power.
Although the quality of being self-satisfied is eternally present in Krishna, the quality of enjoying pastimes is also eternally present in him. For the Supreme Lord to possess contradictory characteristics in perfect harmony is natural. In one aspect, Krishna has the quality of self-satisfaction and in another aspect, he manifests his opposite quality of enjoying pastimes with others.
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