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October 31, 2019

Śrīla Siddhāntī Gosvāmī Mahārāja was considerably bold and straightforward in his lectures. He would never hold back when refuting others’ mistaken philosophies, nor would he attempt to avoid confrontation by speaking indirectly. Because of his impartial nature, he spoke in the same manner publicly as he did privately.

Dharma, artha, kāma and mokṣa can only be considered puruṣārtha, the goal of life, when they are used to attain prema, the topmost puruṣārtha; otherwise they are to be understood as sheer foolishness. A person desiring to follow bhāgavata-dharma must be well aware of this. These subjects can only be understood after one takes complete and unconditional shelter at the lotus feet of the dearest associates of the Lord, and then follows in their footsteps; otherwise they will be deceived by Śrī Kṛṣṇa.

Ekāntika-bhakti (single-pointed devotion) by definition means to render service in a manner pleasing to one’s most worshipful object of service. Therefore, only activities pleasing to the sevya can be designated as service.

Unless and until one is compassionate to oneself, it is not possible that one can be compassionate to others.

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