For some, life is a burden

For some, an aversion

For some, indifference

For some, a responsibility

For some, a duty

For some, a game

For some, life is a challenge

For some, grief

For some, fearful

For some, an achievement

For some, an accident

For some, a drama

For a Krishna devotee, life is blissful!

~ HH Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji

A true devotee expects grace from the Lord like a lover expecting a gift from his beloved. The sadhak expects grace from the Lord like an employee expecting wages from his master.

~ HH Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji

For a good Bhakta the very thought of the Lord or the Guru itself is joy (smarane sukham).

~ HH Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji

A man who avoids going to a physician due to fear of taking medications for a small abscess will end up undergoing a major surgery for the same at a later date. Likewise one should not avoid going to a Mahan/Bhagavan thinking about one’s own shortcomings. The Lotus Feet of the Mahan/Bhagavan is the only way to destroy one’s sins; which not only removes the sins committed already, but also cleanses the mind of such intentions.

~HH Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji

A disciple who had received upadesa (initiation) of Gayatri Mantra from a ‘Uttama Guru’ did not embrace asceticism, though he was a deserving candidate. A Sadhu asked the reason for this. The disciple explained, “It is the rule that one who takes ‘sanyãs’ should not chant the Gayatri. I do not need that ãsrama (way of life), however great it be, if it forbids chanting the Mantra that the Guru has initiated me into!”

~HH Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji

The temple authorities bestow special attention and honour on the rich and the powerful who visit the temple in an ostentatious manner. But, the Lord does not even look at them. A bhakta stands in some corner of the temple shedding tears of devotion for the Lord. The Lord’s grace descends only on him!

~HH Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji

A Yogi with lot of effort controls his breath and holds the Lord within him but in the case of a Bhakta it is the Lord who goes around him!

~HH Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji

Bhakti shows the Lord. But, where does one find bhakti? In the Lord? No! Not in Him! In temples? No! Not in temples! Only in the company of a bhakta!

~HH Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji

There are two ways to overcome Maya. The vedanti fights against it whereas the bhakta takes shelter under the Divine Names of God

~HH Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji

Sometimes we consume food because we are hungry and at other times, we consume specific delicacies because we want to relish the taste. However, the food that we consume for the sake of taste also appeases hunger. Likewise, the Vedanti and yogi go about their spiritual practice in pursuit of liberation like the one who eats to satiate his hunger. A Bhakta performs Bhakti out of sheer love for it, like the one who eats just to relish the taste. Though it is never his intention, the Bhakta's pursuit will also take him to liberation just as the food consumed for taste fulfills hunger.

~HH Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji