Meditations on Pure Bhakti #3

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Srila Saccidananda Bhaktivinoda Thakura
The pioneer of Krishna consciousness in the West


                                                   'Here and Now'

We have to realize that Krishna consciousness is here and now, actually. Mayavadis misuse that, but Bhaktivinoda Thakura is the original propounder of the 'Here and Now' philosophy.

He says:

                  Forget the past that sleeps and ne’er
                  The future dream at all,
                  But act in times that are with thee
                  And progress thee shall call.  *

This is were the real nectar is, it's right here and it's right now!

We're thinking, "Well, it's going to be later on when we are at the festival..., or later on when I get this position..., later on when I get married..., or later on when I get free from marriage..." We're thinking it is somewhere else...

We're not realizing it's right here and it's right now!

We just have to really tune in and really purify our consciousness. We have to be very introspective.

Prabhupada says, "a gentleman thinks twice before speaking anything."

We have to very introspectively observe, "What's going on in my mind right now?"

Srila Sankarshan Das Adhikari
SB class, 6/9/05, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

* Note: from Saragrahi Vaishnava by Srila Saccidananda Bhaktivinoda Thakura
(found in The Seventh Gosvami: A Biography of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura p. 103
by Rupavilasa Dasa )

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