“The Science of Gratitude”. Srila Goswami Maharaj. 27 June, 2018. Gupta Govardhan
Q: I try to practice gratitude every day for everything that happens to me, so whom should I address inner thoughts and prayers: to Krishna, Radha, Guru or all of them together?
— “Sri Sri Prapanna-jivanamritam”: we always need some guidance — even in praying. — Imposing something or expecting something from the higher is karma-kanda. But devotees are trying to give something to the Lord. — Dhruva Maharaj attracted the Lord by the power of his meditative heart and he and his desire became transformed. — Vaishnavas are philosopher stones that transform us. By praising them we properly praise Sri Guru. — Guru and Vaishnav are the next nearest to us, to direct pray to Radha or Krishna, generally, is not encouraged. Appropriate order. — We sing, mostly, songs for our practitioners’ stage, addressing the Vaishnavas. — Sahajiism: what is real? — Saraswati Thakur avoided showing emotions publicly not to mislead his disciples. — The reason for being for a disciple is to fulfill the order of Guru. — Guru — Radharani’s delegation. — Definition of Vrindavan. — Krishna: sweet or scary? — My life, Vrindavan and Krishna Himself are of no value to me without service to Srimati Radharani. — Gratitude in the form of service. — Life meant to serve others. — Gratitude to Krishna for the association with His devotees. — Murari Gupta and Varaha-avatar: when disqualification is the best praise. — Drops of nectar from the lotus mouths of the devotees. — Srila Sridhar Maharaja’s poetry. — Each generation of the devotees can contribute something fresh, but you have to be under the influence of the higher, of the Vaishnavas.