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“So you must be very enthusiastic that “I shall preach the glories of the Lord to my best capacity…My Lord is so great, so kind, so beautiful, so wonderful. So I must speak something about my Lord.” This is the qualification, enthusiasm." Srila Prabhupada in a lecture.

"I've made my plans for gaining fame and fortune
Finding peace of mind in the shelter of my dreams
But you came as time destroyer of the worlds
And woke me from the slumber of my passions and my schemes

Oh my Lord take me back
I've wandered off the track
And I want to learn to love you once again."
... From the song, "Take Me Back" by Mangalananda (Michael Cassidy)

"By remembering the lotus feet of the Panca-tattva, a dumb man can become a poet, a lame man can cross mountains, and a blind man can see the stars in the sky." Caitanya Caritamrta Adi Lila 8.5

"Love of God is eternally existing within everyone; it simply has to be evoked by the process of hearing.” --Srila Prabhupada, The Golden Avatar (Teachings of Lord Caitanya)

"Not to hurt our humble brethren (the animals) is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission—to be of service to them whenever they require it... If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men." -Saint Francis of Assisi (1181-1226), Christian Saint

It is not astonishing that impediments are placed before those who are spreading the Krsna conscious movement all over the world. Nevertheless, if we adhere to the lotus feet of the Six Goswamis and pray for their mercy, all impediments will be annihilated, and the transcendental devotional desire to serve the Supreme Lord will be fulfilled." [Caitanya-caritamrta, Antya-lila, 1.3-4, purport, by HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada].

"We are the living graves of murdered beasts, slaughtered to satisfy our appetites. How can we hope in this world to attain the peace we say we are so anxious for?" George Bernard Shaw (from the poem, Living Graves, published 1951)

"If we are actually surrendered to the lotus feet of Krishna, our only desire should be to satisfy Krishna. That is pure Krishna consciousness. Surrender means not that we demand something from the Lord but that we completely depend on His mercy. If Krishna likes, He may keep His devotee in a poverty-stricken condition, or if He likes He may keep him in an opulent position. The devotee should not be concerned in either case; he should simply be very serious about trying to satisfy the Lord by rendering Him service" – Srila Prabhupada

“Religion means the laws given by God, and anyone who follows those laws is religious, whether a Christian, a Hindu, or a Muslim.” - Srila Prabhupada

"Try to say something bonafide. You don't have to be a great orator, make funny jokes or play lot of fancy bhajans.. Just try to say something bonafide. In singing, you don't have to be such a great singer, great musician. But if you chant Hare Krishna sincerely, the vibration will act. So, while speaking, if we speak something genuinely truthful from Bhagavad Gita As It Is, Srimad Bhagavatam, Chaitanya Charitamrita, Nectar of Devotion, it will be effective." - HH Jayadvaita Maharaj

"Anyone who has any desire or aspiration for satisfying his senses by becoming more and more important, either in the material sense or in the spiritual sense, cannot actually relish the really sweet taste of devotional service." Srila Prabhupada (The Nectar of Devotion, p 33)

"This life of material existence is just like hard wood, and if we carve Krsna out of it,that is the success of our life." (Srila Prabhupada in a Letter 26.1.1968)

"Krsna consciousnss is based on the faith and conviction of our heart and..... how we are willing to implement that faith in our actions in life." - HH Radhanath maharaj

"Philosophy is like a map. Which is necessary to give us directions. But it can never take you there, never could take you there, never will take you there. Philosophy has never taken anyone to the goal of life. It can only show you the way... We must understand the essence - Bhakti and you must put that into your life. And if you do, your heart will gradually melt. And in that state out of love, you will gradually begin to long more and more and more for the presence of God in your life." - HH Radhanath Swami

"Simplicity means no duplicity. Simplicity means no personal ambitions. Simplicity means just a honest simple life, for the pleasure of Krishna, Guru and the Vaisnavas. That is simple living, high thinking." - HH Radhanath Swami

"There should be some better place for the soul. Why should happiness be so elusive..." - HH Jayadvaita Swami

"The Lord understands the mentality and sincerity of a particular living entity who is engaged in Krishna consciousness and gives him the intelligence to understand the science of Krishna in the association of devotees." - Srila Prabhupada

"One should not give up anything which can be utilized in the service of the Lord. That is a secret of devotional service." - Srila Prabhupada

"When one is not attached to anything, but at the same time accepts everything in relation to Krsna, one is rightly situated above possessiveness. On the other hand, one who rejects everything without knowledge of its relationship to Krsna is not as complete in his renunciation." (Srila Prabhupada from Bhakti -rasamrta- sindhu 2.255)

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