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Harmony is a compilation of excerpts from the discourses given by our beloved Gurudeva, Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja. His Purpose was to give us the tools and keys to create an ideal society in which Everyone is happy, as well as to inspire in us a longing to achieve the ultimate goal of our lives. The Theme of these excerpts is basically centered around following verses.

These are the symptoms of one who chants the hare krsna maha - mantra. he is actually very exalted, but he thinks himself lower than the straw in the street. his tolerance is like that of a tree, Which does not protest when it is cut down and does not ask anyone for water when it is drying up.

"The tree gives its own wealth of fruits, flowers, and so on to anyone who asks. Even while tolerating scorching heat and torrents of rain, the trees gives shelter to others. A Vaisnava is the most exalted of all, But he does not think that he is better than others. On the contrary, he gives all respect to others, knowing that Krsna resides in the hearts of all."

 

About the Author

Vedic scripture describes the astounding qualities of saints of the caliber of Srila Gurudeva, nitya-lila-pravista om visnupada Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja, as follows: "The symptoms of a sadhu are that he is tolerant, merciful, and friendly to all living entities. He has no enemies, he is peaceful, he abides by the scriptures, and all his char- acteristics are sublime."

(Srimad - Bhagavatam 3.25.21) When will the world again see a Vaisnava such as Srila Gurudeva? His heart surges at every moment with the profound rapture of serving Srimati Radhika under the guidance of Sri Rupa-manjari and Sri Vinoda-manjari.; and of serving Caitanya Mahaprabhu under the guidance of Sri Rupa Gosvami and his beloved Gurudeva. His every breath is given to bestowing upon the fallen souls of this material world the true path by which they, too, can experience his unbounded joy. He perfectly embodies every teaching he imparts. With utmost love and affection, with a personalism that reveals his omni- science, and with teachings that never com- promise the Absolute Truth, he powerfully guides each and every person toward their ultimate good fortune. His momentary loving glance fills one's very self with the deep confidence that one's dear-most friend and eternal well-wisher is now standing before him.

 

Foreword

The word harmony is defined as a combination of parts into a pleasing or orderly whole; congruity; agreement in feeling, action, ideas, interests; and peaceable or friendly relations. Musically, harmony is achieved when different instruments and voices come together and work to complement one another in order to bring out the best in the entire composition. The aim is not for each musician to claim more or less attention for his own part in the arrangement, but to enhance the experience of the audience, and also of the other musicians. Each musician gives his undivided attention to improving his contribution to the production, and the conductor is responsible for suggesting areas of improvement for each musician.

We are the musicians, our sanga is the orchestra, and our worshipful Srila Gurudeva is our conductor. Srila Gurudeva is well-known for presenting the very elevated and confidential aspects of the Gaudiya Vaisnava philosophy. At the same time, he is avidly practical and down-to-earth in his approach to communication, relationships, and group dynamics. He is a cutting-edge revolutionary, not only in the most exalted transcendental topics, but also in basic transactional processes.

His approach to bhakti-siddhanta, conclusive philosophical truths, is precise, systematic, and scientific. He is deeply realized in the transcendental pastimes of the Lord, and his narrations of the Lord's pastimes are enchanting. At the same time, he exemplifies and emphasizes harmony with others and with the divine arrangements in all circumstances. As an eternal associate of the Supreme Lord's internal pleasure potency, what is hidden from him ? What is beyond his power? Yet, although all-knowing and powerful, he appeared in our midst as a surpassingly humble and unassuming personality. The instructions presented in Harmony appear to be extremely simple, but we think you will find that they are actually extraordinary. We published a preview of this book during Kartika, 2010, and this present work is the revised and full edition. After publishing the preview, we did some minor editing while reviewing Srila Gurudeva's sound-files. Still, we are very conditioned souls. So we beg you, honored readers, to kindly excuse whatever mistakes we have made in compiling this presentation of Srila Gurudeva's guiding words.

 

Contents

 

FOREWORD I
PERFECTING SOCIETY  
BEAUTIFUL LEADERSHIP 2
GOD: THE MOST RESPECTFUL LEADER 3
RAGS 6
THE GIFT OF SUKRTI 6
UNCONDITIONAL KINDNESS 7
AN IDEAL SOCIETY 8
A SOCIETY WITHOUT POLITICS 10
LOVING MANAGEMENT 11
THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING 13
GROUP DYNAMICS. 13
CONSIDERATE PREACHERS 13
DON'T FEAR 13
LEARNING HARMONY  
HUMILITY 16
HUMILITY SPRINGS FROM BHAKTI 16
GIVING LIKE A TREE 17
NOT ASKING IN RETURN 18
MORE HUMBLE THAN THE GRASS 19
OFFERING ALL RESPECT TO OTHERS 19
LOVE AND AFFECTION 21
DEDICATION TO OTHERS' WELFARE 21
GIVING UP SELF-PRAISE 23
TEACHERS NEED THESE QUALITIES 24
NEVER RETALIATING 24
THE SAGE AND THE SCORPION 25
NEVER TAKING REVENGE 25
HONORING EVEN THE GRASS 27
RESPECTING THE KANISTHA AND THE DEER 28
CRITICISM DESTROYS BHAKTI  
CRITICIZE, AND LOSE THE HOLY NAME 32
To SURELY RECEIVE KRSNA-PREMA 32
ON ONE CONDITION 32
As You Sow, So SHALL You REAP 33
THE VAISNAVA AND THE PROSTITUTE 35
WE ARE NOT MASTERS TO CHASTISE 36
A SPECIAL HELL FOR V AISNAVA-APARADHIS 38
IF YOU HAVE THE POWER 38
NOT EVEN IN THE MIND 40
THE KINGDOM OF KALI 41
THE MEDICINE TO CURE CRITICIZING 42
BHAKTI AVOIDS QUARRELS  
DON'T QUARREL 46
"I HAVE NOT COME TO SIT IN COURT:' 46
"I AM NOT A COURT:: 47
"I AM ALSO NOT A COURT:: 47
NO ONE QUARRELS IN GOLOKA VRNDAVANA 48
HOW BEST TO AVOID QUARRELS 48
TREES DON'T QUARREL 49
THE KING DIDN'T QUARREL 50
KRSNA DOESN'T QUARREL 51
THE QUARRELING DEMON NAMED MURA 51
KRSNA'S FRIENDS DON'T QUARREL.. 52
KRSNA'S GOPIS DON'T QUARREL 52
KRSNA'S COWS DON'T QUARREL 54
1 WILL NO LONGER HEAR ABOUT QUARRELS. 55
LIKE RED BULLS 55
NO ONE ELSE TO BLAME 58
PAY ATTENTION TO THIS MESSAGE 58
FREEDOM FROM ANGER 58
CONSIDERING KRSNA'S MERCY 59
NO ONE ELSE IS GUILTY 60
HARMONIOUS ASRAMAS  
BHAKTI DOESN'T DEPEND ON ASRAMA 64
"YOU ARE ROTTEN': 64
POLITE HOUSEHOLDERS 65
TOLERANT HOUSEHOLDERS 66
CRITICIZING THAT BRAHMACARI 66
"HE FLED FROM HERE': 66
"BRING HIM TO ME" 67
"PRABHUPADA IS SO MERCIFUL': 67
HARMONIOUS HOUSEHOLD- LIFE. 69
TIT FOR TAT 69
GOOD BEHAVIOR BRINGS TRUST 69
A NO-PROBLEM HOUSEHOLD LIFE 70
CONTROLLED SENSES REMOVE PROBLEMS 70
KRSNA REMOVES PROBLEMS 72
INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL HARMONY 73
FOR PEACE IN THE FAMILY 74
IF SOMEONE URINATES ON YOU 75
ACCEPTING RESPONSIBILITY  
ON GOOD COMMUNICATION 78
HEARING THE OTHER PERSON'S MOODS 78
OUR PROBLEMS: NOT DUE TO OTHERS 80
DON'T WORRY ABOUT OTHERS' BEHAVIOR 81
I CHEATED THEM FIRST 82
HAPPY TO BE CURSED 83
FREEDOM FROM ANGER AND RESENTMENT 85
TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR OUR EXPERIENCE 85
NO BLAME, No REVENGE 87
TWO LOVING BROTHERS 88
BROTHERS IN THE MODE OF GOODNESS 89
RULES AND REGULATIONS CREATE PEACE 91
THE UNCONTROLLED TONGUE CREATES WARS 92
UNCONTROLLED THOUGHTS CREATE QUARRELS 93
AN ATOM BOMB TO KILL A MOSQUITO' 94
UNCONTROLLED EATING CREATES MADNESS 95
A PURE HEART 95
HE FULLY DEPENDED ON KRSNA 97
HE RETURNED EVIL WITH WELL-WISHING 97
HE BLAMED HIMSELF 98
HE CONTROLLED BY LOVE 99
SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES  
THE WISDOM OF SASTRA 102
WHAT IF I POINT THE FINGER? 102
NEITHER FRIEND NOR ENEMY 102
FOR PEACE OF MIND 103
   
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Harmony

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2011
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About the Book

Harmony is a compilation of excerpts from the discourses given by our beloved Gurudeva, Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja. His Purpose was to give us the tools and keys to create an ideal society in which Everyone is happy, as well as to inspire in us a longing to achieve the ultimate goal of our lives. The Theme of these excerpts is basically centered around following verses.

These are the symptoms of one who chants the hare krsna maha - mantra. he is actually very exalted, but he thinks himself lower than the straw in the street. his tolerance is like that of a tree, Which does not protest when it is cut down and does not ask anyone for water when it is drying up.

"The tree gives its own wealth of fruits, flowers, and so on to anyone who asks. Even while tolerating scorching heat and torrents of rain, the trees gives shelter to others. A Vaisnava is the most exalted of all, But he does not think that he is better than others. On the contrary, he gives all respect to others, knowing that Krsna resides in the hearts of all."

 

About the Author

Vedic scripture describes the astounding qualities of saints of the caliber of Srila Gurudeva, nitya-lila-pravista om visnupada Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja, as follows: "The symptoms of a sadhu are that he is tolerant, merciful, and friendly to all living entities. He has no enemies, he is peaceful, he abides by the scriptures, and all his char- acteristics are sublime."

(Srimad - Bhagavatam 3.25.21) When will the world again see a Vaisnava such as Srila Gurudeva? His heart surges at every moment with the profound rapture of serving Srimati Radhika under the guidance of Sri Rupa-manjari and Sri Vinoda-manjari.; and of serving Caitanya Mahaprabhu under the guidance of Sri Rupa Gosvami and his beloved Gurudeva. His every breath is given to bestowing upon the fallen souls of this material world the true path by which they, too, can experience his unbounded joy. He perfectly embodies every teaching he imparts. With utmost love and affection, with a personalism that reveals his omni- science, and with teachings that never com- promise the Absolute Truth, he powerfully guides each and every person toward their ultimate good fortune. His momentary loving glance fills one's very self with the deep confidence that one's dear-most friend and eternal well-wisher is now standing before him.

 

Foreword

The word harmony is defined as a combination of parts into a pleasing or orderly whole; congruity; agreement in feeling, action, ideas, interests; and peaceable or friendly relations. Musically, harmony is achieved when different instruments and voices come together and work to complement one another in order to bring out the best in the entire composition. The aim is not for each musician to claim more or less attention for his own part in the arrangement, but to enhance the experience of the audience, and also of the other musicians. Each musician gives his undivided attention to improving his contribution to the production, and the conductor is responsible for suggesting areas of improvement for each musician.

We are the musicians, our sanga is the orchestra, and our worshipful Srila Gurudeva is our conductor. Srila Gurudeva is well-known for presenting the very elevated and confidential aspects of the Gaudiya Vaisnava philosophy. At the same time, he is avidly practical and down-to-earth in his approach to communication, relationships, and group dynamics. He is a cutting-edge revolutionary, not only in the most exalted transcendental topics, but also in basic transactional processes.

His approach to bhakti-siddhanta, conclusive philosophical truths, is precise, systematic, and scientific. He is deeply realized in the transcendental pastimes of the Lord, and his narrations of the Lord's pastimes are enchanting. At the same time, he exemplifies and emphasizes harmony with others and with the divine arrangements in all circumstances. As an eternal associate of the Supreme Lord's internal pleasure potency, what is hidden from him ? What is beyond his power? Yet, although all-knowing and powerful, he appeared in our midst as a surpassingly humble and unassuming personality. The instructions presented in Harmony appear to be extremely simple, but we think you will find that they are actually extraordinary. We published a preview of this book during Kartika, 2010, and this present work is the revised and full edition. After publishing the preview, we did some minor editing while reviewing Srila Gurudeva's sound-files. Still, we are very conditioned souls. So we beg you, honored readers, to kindly excuse whatever mistakes we have made in compiling this presentation of Srila Gurudeva's guiding words.

 

Contents

 

FOREWORD I
PERFECTING SOCIETY  
BEAUTIFUL LEADERSHIP 2
GOD: THE MOST RESPECTFUL LEADER 3
RAGS 6
THE GIFT OF SUKRTI 6
UNCONDITIONAL KINDNESS 7
AN IDEAL SOCIETY 8
A SOCIETY WITHOUT POLITICS 10
LOVING MANAGEMENT 11
THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING 13
GROUP DYNAMICS. 13
CONSIDERATE PREACHERS 13
DON'T FEAR 13
LEARNING HARMONY  
HUMILITY 16
HUMILITY SPRINGS FROM BHAKTI 16
GIVING LIKE A TREE 17
NOT ASKING IN RETURN 18
MORE HUMBLE THAN THE GRASS 19
OFFERING ALL RESPECT TO OTHERS 19
LOVE AND AFFECTION 21
DEDICATION TO OTHERS' WELFARE 21
GIVING UP SELF-PRAISE 23
TEACHERS NEED THESE QUALITIES 24
NEVER RETALIATING 24
THE SAGE AND THE SCORPION 25
NEVER TAKING REVENGE 25
HONORING EVEN THE GRASS 27
RESPECTING THE KANISTHA AND THE DEER 28
CRITICISM DESTROYS BHAKTI  
CRITICIZE, AND LOSE THE HOLY NAME 32
To SURELY RECEIVE KRSNA-PREMA 32
ON ONE CONDITION 32
As You Sow, So SHALL You REAP 33
THE VAISNAVA AND THE PROSTITUTE 35
WE ARE NOT MASTERS TO CHASTISE 36
A SPECIAL HELL FOR V AISNAVA-APARADHIS 38
IF YOU HAVE THE POWER 38
NOT EVEN IN THE MIND 40
THE KINGDOM OF KALI 41
THE MEDICINE TO CURE CRITICIZING 42
BHAKTI AVOIDS QUARRELS  
DON'T QUARREL 46
"I HAVE NOT COME TO SIT IN COURT:' 46
"I AM NOT A COURT:: 47
"I AM ALSO NOT A COURT:: 47
NO ONE QUARRELS IN GOLOKA VRNDAVANA 48
HOW BEST TO AVOID QUARRELS 48
TREES DON'T QUARREL 49
THE KING DIDN'T QUARREL 50
KRSNA DOESN'T QUARREL 51
THE QUARRELING DEMON NAMED MURA 51
KRSNA'S FRIENDS DON'T QUARREL.. 52
KRSNA'S GOPIS DON'T QUARREL 52
KRSNA'S COWS DON'T QUARREL 54
1 WILL NO LONGER HEAR ABOUT QUARRELS. 55
LIKE RED BULLS 55
NO ONE ELSE TO BLAME 58
PAY ATTENTION TO THIS MESSAGE 58
FREEDOM FROM ANGER 58
CONSIDERING KRSNA'S MERCY 59
NO ONE ELSE IS GUILTY 60
HARMONIOUS ASRAMAS  
BHAKTI DOESN'T DEPEND ON ASRAMA 64
"YOU ARE ROTTEN': 64
POLITE HOUSEHOLDERS 65
TOLERANT HOUSEHOLDERS 66
CRITICIZING THAT BRAHMACARI 66
"HE FLED FROM HERE': 66
"BRING HIM TO ME" 67
"PRABHUPADA IS SO MERCIFUL': 67
HARMONIOUS HOUSEHOLD- LIFE. 69
TIT FOR TAT 69
GOOD BEHAVIOR BRINGS TRUST 69
A NO-PROBLEM HOUSEHOLD LIFE 70
CONTROLLED SENSES REMOVE PROBLEMS 70
KRSNA REMOVES PROBLEMS 72
INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL HARMONY 73
FOR PEACE IN THE FAMILY 74
IF SOMEONE URINATES ON YOU 75
ACCEPTING RESPONSIBILITY  
ON GOOD COMMUNICATION 78
HEARING THE OTHER PERSON'S MOODS 78
OUR PROBLEMS: NOT DUE TO OTHERS 80
DON'T WORRY ABOUT OTHERS' BEHAVIOR 81
I CHEATED THEM FIRST 82
HAPPY TO BE CURSED 83
FREEDOM FROM ANGER AND RESENTMENT 85
TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR OUR EXPERIENCE 85
NO BLAME, No REVENGE 87
TWO LOVING BROTHERS 88
BROTHERS IN THE MODE OF GOODNESS 89
RULES AND REGULATIONS CREATE PEACE 91
THE UNCONTROLLED TONGUE CREATES WARS 92
UNCONTROLLED THOUGHTS CREATE QUARRELS 93
AN ATOM BOMB TO KILL A MOSQUITO' 94
UNCONTROLLED EATING CREATES MADNESS 95
A PURE HEART 95
HE FULLY DEPENDED ON KRSNA 97
HE RETURNED EVIL WITH WELL-WISHING 97
HE BLAMED HIMSELF 98
HE CONTROLLED BY LOVE 99
SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES  
THE WISDOM OF SASTRA 102
WHAT IF I POINT THE FINGER? 102
NEITHER FRIEND NOR ENEMY 102
FOR PEACE OF MIND 103
   
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