Understanding Sreemad Bhagavad Geeta

Understanding Sreemad Bhagavad Geeta

Sreemad Bhagwad Geeta is universally adored name and scripture and is commonly known to everyone across the globe. But the difficulty is this: there are thousands of commentaries on the Geeta, and in these commentaries the commentators have expressed their own views. They all have different views and ordinary people are confused about the actual message of Sreemad Bhagwad Geeta.

The speaker of the Geeta is the Supreme Lord, Sri Krishna. Only those who have entered into the heart of Sri Krishna can understand the real implication and significance of His sayings and the purpose of His speech and advice. Outside people cannot understand.

In India, and outside India, you will find many people who say, ‘We do not believe Krishna is Supreme Lord because He took birth and, therefore, He was a human being. He may have many powers, perhaps even superhuman powers. He may even be a great politician, a great diplomat. But He is still only a human being.’

Even those who have gone through the Geeta may also speak like this. It is most astounding. When I ask them, ‘Have you gone through the Geeta?’ The reply is, ‘Oh, yes.’ I ask them, ‘How! If you have gone through the Geeta, then you should accept the teachings of the Geeta.’

Supreme Lord Sri Krishna mentions in Sreemad Bhagwad Geeta (7.7), ‘There is nothing superior to Me.’

With emphasis, Sri Krishna says that He is the Supreme Lord. We read the Geeta, but we do not believe the teachings of Supreme Lord Sri Krishna. Why is this? He also says in the Geeta (9.24), ‘I am the only Master and the only Enjoyer of all yajnas (sacrifices). There are many verse in Sreemad Bhagwad Geeta substantiating Sri Krishna as Supreme Lord. In the Geeta (10.8), He says, ‘I am the cause of all creation, the origin of all the things.’ In verse (14.27), He says, ‘I am the cause of the impersonal formless God (Brahm).’ That impersonal, formless God is the halo of Sri Krishna’s own light, emanating from Sri Krishna Himself. And so on.

Sri Krishna is the Supreme Lord. How can we know the Supreme Lord? Without His grace, no one can know Him. If anybody says, ‘Yes. I can know Him.’ then he will be equal to or greater than the Supreme Lord. But the Supreme Lord, Infinite and Absolute, is One. Nothing can be outside the Infinite. If you say, ‘This flower is outside the Infinite,’ then the Infinite becomes finite. Even particle of dust cannot be outside the Infinite, or the Absolute will lose His position. The Absolute is One. The only way to get Him is to take absolute shelter at His Lotus Feet and to act according to His will. There is no other way to get Him except by means of exclusive, pure devotion.

Therefore, only those who have surrendered to Sri Krishna, who have access to the heart of Sri Krishna, can understand the implication and significance of His teachings. Those without knowledge of Sri Krishna, who have not submitted to Sri Krishna, how can they know. They may write many commentaries, but they cannot comprehend the actual significance of the teachings of Sri Krishna.

Even Sri Arjuna took the shelter unto Sri Krishna, means he also surrendered unto Sri Krishna, before he was imparted with this divine knowledge. He says in the Geeta (2.7), ‘I have lost my natural valor. I am bewildered and cannot ascertain what is right and what is wrong. I submit to you. I am your disciple. Please advise me ragarding my eternal welfare.’

Supreme Lord’s transcendental glories are revealed to the heart of the bonafide votaries according to the degree of submission. Degrees of submission to God are ad-infinitum, so revelations of the glories of Divinity will also be ad-infinitum.

— His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj

His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj
His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj

When does partial annihilation takes place?

Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj

One day of Sri Brahmaa is called a kalp.

The duration of the four ages or yugas have been described as follows:

the duration of Kaliyuga is 432000 solar years, double is the duration of Dvapar yuga, triple is the duration of Treta yuga and quadruple is the duration of Stya-yuga. The four-yugas combied are called one divya-yuga or catur-yuga. The reign of one Manu is comprised of 71 such divya or catur-yugas. The span of life of fourteen Manus is the duration of one day of the life of Sri Brahma.

Similar also is the duration of one night of Sri Brahma.

At the end of one day of Sri Brahma or at the end of a kalp, partial annihilation takes place.

Source: Dasavatar, by His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj

 

The need for Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur’s appearance

Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur

After the disappearance of Srila Svarupa Damodar Goswami, Srila Ramananda Raya and the Six Goswamis, Srila Srinivas Acharya, Srila Narottama Thakur and Srila Shyamananda Prabhu, a dark age descended on the world of Gaudiya Vaishnavism. Those unable to understand the transcendental purity of Sree Mahaprabhu’s dharm of love started numerous heretical sects or apasampradayas.

Srila Totarama Das Babaji named thirteen such heretical sects:

aul, baul, kartabhaja, neria, daravesha, sain
sahajiya, sakhibheki, smarta, jata-gosaïi
atibarii, curiadhari, gauranga-nagari
tota kahe ei teror sanga nahi kari

Educated upper class Bengali society was shocked and disgusted by the practices of these heretical sects and came to identify Sree Mahaprabhu’s religion with the lower classes, the uneducated and immoral. People of the gentle classes thus had no understanding or faith in Sree Mahaprabhu’s true religion. The most munificent incarnation Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu took pity on these bewildered persons and in order to reclaim them for his path of divine love sent his eternal associate Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur into this world.

Possessed of superhuman prowess, the Thakur wrote more than a hundred books in several different languages with the goal of defeating all the unorthodox views opposed to the true doctrines of Sree Mahaprabhu’s religion.

The result was that many members of discerning society and others from all over the world came to recognize the un-equalled value of Sree Mahaprabhu’s teachings.

The founder of the Chaitanya Math and the worldwide Gaudiya Maths, Srila Bhakti Siddhant Saraswati Goswami Thakur Prabhupad, based His mission on the books and teachings given by Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur and set into motion the fulfillment of Sree Mahaprabhu’s message, found in the Chaitanya Bhagavat:

prithivite paryanta ache jata desha-grama
sarvatra saïcara haibeka mora nama

My name will pervade every village and country in the world. (Chaitanya Bhagavat 3.4.126)

Lord Vaman Dev

Lord Vaman Dev

Lord Vaman Dev

Bali Maharaja had begun the performance of a fire-sacrifice in the field known as Bhrigukaccha on the bank of the Narmada River. He was a greatly charitable person. Brahmanas who were desirous of his charity were going to the place where the sacrifice was being held.

A new brahmana will beg alms after the sacred thread ceremony. Following this custom, Lord Vamana deva set out for the sacrificial arena of Bali Maharaja, holding His danda, waterpot and umbrella to beg alms from him. Lord Vamana deva was walking while holding His umbrella. Being small in size, He was completely covered by the umbrella. When the brahmanas saw Him from a distance, they thought that the umbrella was walking by itself, so they were very astonished. Later, they understood that a brahmana boy of small stature was underneath the umbrella. The brahmanas tried very hard to overtake him, but were unable to do so.

Lord Vamana deva bewildered all the brahmanas with His maya and became the first to arrive at the sacrificial arena.

The auspicious arrival of Vamanadeva in His brilliant effulgent form diminished the brilliance of the sacrificial fire. Understanding that a great personality had arrived, Bali Maharaja, his priests and others present there, rose up from their seats and welcomed the Lord by offering proper respects.

Later on, Lord Vamanadeva, the protector of dharma, said to Sri Sukracarya, the foremost of the Bhrigu dynasty brahmanas and guru of the demons, “Your disciple Bali Maharaja has undergone many difficulties. Please perform the yajna again for his welfare.”

Sri Sukracarya replied, “My disciple has seen You; he has chanted Your name and glories. Your rare lotus feet have been placed upon his head. Is my disciple still so impure that I have to perform a yajna to bless him?”

mantratas tantratas chidram
desa-kal
arha-vastutah
sarvam karoti nischidram
anusankirtanam tava
(Srimad-Bhagavatam 8.23.16)

“There may be discrepancies in pronouncing mantras, observing the regulative principles in serial order and moreover, there may be discrepancies in regard to time, place, person, articles and paraphernalia. But when Your Lordship’s holy name is chanted, everything becomes faultless.”

Sri Brij Mandal Parikrama invitation – 2017 English

Dear Prabhu/Sister,
Hare Krishna. Dandvat Pranam.

Supreme Lord Sri Krishna smiled and said –

‘Try to come to My Home-town of Braj-mandal, sometime.’……….

By the blessings of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj, we are pleased to announce that Sree Chaitanya Gaudiya Math is organizing 30 day long Braj-Mandal Parikrama. (Circumambulation of Sri Braj Mandal)

The details:

(1st Oct to 1st Nov, 2017)

1- Mathura 1 Oct to 5 Oct
2- Govardhan 6 Oct to 12 Oct
3- Barsana 13 Oct to 18 Oct
4- Gokul Mahavan 19 Oct to 25 Oct
5- Vrindavan 26 Oct to 1 Nov

Devotees will travel by Bus to Kamyavan from Goverdhan on 9-10 October.
From Barsana to NandGaon on 15-16 October and on 17 October to Kosi.

Please note:

1. Devotees interested in participating in this Braj Mandal Parikrama, must reach Sree Radheyshyam Ashram, Bengali Ghat, Mathura on Saturday 30 September, 2017.

2. Upon arrival devotees must deposit Rs 7500/- per person in the office and get a reciept and badge from the office. This will cover staying, prasadam and Bus charges during parikrama.

3. There will be a group photo for all the devotees participating in Sri Braj Mandal Parikrama and Guru Puja on 1 November, at Kesi Ghat on the banks of river Yamuna.

For more details please contact:

Email – bhakti.vichar.vishnu@gmail.com
phone – 0 9316103966 (From India)
91 9316103966 (from outside India)

Haribol.

Sri Guru-kripa prarthi,
Bhakti Vichar Vishnu

Sree Chaitanya Gaudiya Math
www.sreecgmath.org

Sri mati Radha Rani

Srimati Radha Rani

Srimati Radha Rani

A brief description about Sri Radharani from Sri Brahmavaivarta Purana is as under:

In the arena of highest divine mellow in the abode of Goloka She, who appeared from the left hand side of Sri Krishna and got attracted and ran towards Him, is known as ‘Radha’. Srimati Radha appeared from Sri Krishna and is His non-different manifestation. Hence She is dear-most to Sri Krishna. From the sweat pores of Sri Radharani million crores of cowherd girls and from the sweat pores of Sri Krishna, million crores of cowherd boys and cows appeared.

Once King Vrishabhanu was engaged in the worship of Yogamaya on the banks of river Kalindi in order to get a beautiful baby. Yogamaya Katyayini, being satisfied by his worship, gave the an effulgent egg to king Vrishabhanu and said, “I am subdued by your wife’s devotion; give this egg to her. You will be blessed with a beautiful baby girl. As soon as king Vrishabhanu placed the egg in front of his wife Srimati Kirtida, the egg broke and Sri Radha rani appeared.

Regarding the appearance of Sri Radharani it is also said –

by the fruit of the penances of king Vrishabhanu on the banks of river Yamuna, Srimati Radharani self-manifested on an unprecedented hundred petal lotus flower in Yamuna. Sri Vrishbhanu was extremely pleased being blessed with a wonderful and most beautiful baby girl but saw that the eyes of the baby were closed. He was all the while unhappy internally for the baby being sightless.

One day his friend king Nanda along with his wife Srimati Yasoda devi and the child Sri Gopal came to his place. While Sri Vrishabhanu was narrating his sorrow to king Nanda one surprising incident took place. Baby Gopal crawled towards Srimati Radharani and touched her. She immediately opened her eyes. Sruimati Radharani had taken a vow that she would open her eyes for the first time only when Sri Krishna will be there. Hence as soon as Sri Krishna came she opened her eyes.

— Excerpt from the lecture given by His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj (All India Sree Chaitanya Gaudiya Math) on September 05, 2011 on the day of Radhastami.

Srimati Radha Rani

Which karma are to be performed and which are to be avoided?

Which karma are to be performed and which are to be avoided?
His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj

Which karma are to be performed and which are to be avoided?

The devotional scriptural prescript is always to remember Sri Vishnu and never to forget Him. There may be hundreds of devotional forms.

The purpose of the list of devotional forms, or positive assertions, is to remember Sri Krishna and the purpose of the list of prohibitions, or negative assertions, is never to forget Sri Krishna.

Any action which may no be in the list of prescribed devotional forms but makes us remember Sri Krishna is allowed, and any action which may not be in the list of prohibitions but makes us forget Sri Krishna is prohibited.

— His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj

How to awaken love for Sree Krishna?

krishna-in-jail
krishna-in-jail

How to awaken love for Sree Krishna?

The name ‘Krishna‘ denotes that He pleases all by attracting all.

All others, other than Supreme Lord Shri Krishna are being attracted by Him.

As for example– It is the nature of the magnet to attract iron and it is the nature of iron to be attracted by magnet. But when there is rust on the iron, this nature is not seen to be manifested. When the rust is removed iron immediately runs towards the magnet.

All living beings of this world in their real selves have got attraction for Shri Krishna i.e. have got natural love for Shri Krishna. It is not to be borrowed from somebody else.

When soul by misuse of his relative independence becomes averse to Shri Krishna is enveloped by the illusory energy of Supreme Lord and is hurled down into this world of ocean of births and deaths.

A fortunate soul by the previous good impressions of the eternal good deeds, when comes in contact with the bonafide pure devotee, the eternal nature to love Krishna is awakened in him/her.

— His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj.

Source: His letters

Divine Lord Krishna
Divine Lord Krishna

Supreme Lord Sree Balarama

Supreme Lord Sree Balarama

Supreme Lord Sree Balarama

Supreme Lord Sree Balarama, serves Supreme Personality of Godhead Sree Krishna in His five Forms of Sree Maha-Sankarsana, Sree Karanodasayi Vishnu, Sree Garbhodasayi Vishnu, Sree Ksirodasayi Vishnu and Sree Anant-Shesa.

Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur has written as follows in the Amrta Pravaha Bhasya (commentary) of Sri Caitanya Caritamrta:

Sree Balaram, Who is one of the First Four Expanded Forms of Sree Krishna in Dwaraka, can be called the Original Sree Sankarsana. He is Sree Maha-Sankarsana in the second manifested expanded Four Forms of Sree Narayana in Vaikuntha. He serves Sree Krishna by taking the Form of Sree Maha-Sankarsana amd Four other forms i.e. Sree Karanodasayi Vishnu, Sree Garbhodasayi Vishnu, Sree Ksirodasayi and Sree Anant-Shesa. He Himself, while assisting in the pastimes of Sree Krishna, with the four Forms of Sree Maha-Sankarsana, Sree Karanodasayi Vishnu, Sree Garbhodasayi Vishnu and Sree Ksirodasayi Vishnu, does also the work of creation. Sree Shesa Who is known as Sree Ananta performs a variety of Sree Krishna’s service. In this way, Sree Balarama tastes the divine nectar of the service of Sree Krishna accepting all these Forms.

sei ta’ ‘ananta’ ‘sesa’—bhakta-avatara
isvarera seva vina nahi jane ara
sahasra-vadane kare Krishna-guna gana
niravadhi guna ga’na, anta nahi pa’na

sanakadi bhagavata sune yanra mukhe
bhagavanera guna kahe, bhase prema-sukhe

chatra, paduka, sayya, upadhana, vasana
arama, avasa, yajna-sütra, simhasana

eta murti-bheda kari’ Krishna-seva kare
krsnera sesata païa ‘sesa’ nama dhare
(Caitanya Caritamrta, Adi-lila 5.120-124)

“That Sree Ananta Shesa is the devotee avatara of Godhead. He knows nothing but the service of Lord Krishna. With His thousands of mouths He sings the glories of Lord Krishna, but although He always sings in that way, He does not find an end to the qualities of the Lord. The four Kumaras (Sanak etc.) hear Srimad Bhagavatam from His lips, and they in turn repeat the glories of Lord to be immersed in the ocean of transcendental bliss of love of God. Sree Ananta Shesa serves Lord Krishna by assuming the forms of the Lord’s umbrella, slippers, bedding, pillow, garments, easy chair, residence, sacred thread and throne. He is thus called Lord Shesa, as He is the last manifested Form of Sree Krishna to serve Him. He takes various forms for the service of Krishna.”

Sri Rupa Goswami’s Siksha

Sri Rupa Goswami's Siksha
Lord Krishna’s Vrindavan pastimes

Sri Rupa Goswami’s Siksha

Through Srila Rupa Goswami, Supreme Lord Sree Chaitanya Mahaprabhu taught the world about Lord Krishna’s Vrindavan pastimes and the process for attaining Sree Krishna in Vrindavan.

Srila Krishnadas Kaviraj Goswami writes,

“Through the mercy of Sri Sanatan Goswami I have learned the devotional doctrines, while by the grace of Sri Rupa Goswami I have been able to discover the extensiveness of the divine aesthetics of devotion.”

(Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita 1.5.203)

The Lord taught about sacred rapture and Vraja’s pastimes of love through Srila Rupa Goswami.

Who can effectively describe the subtleties of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s lila?

(Chaitanya Charitamrita 3.5.87)

vrndavaniyam rasa-kelivartam
kalena luptam nija-saktim utkah |
sancarya rupe vyatanot punah sa
prabhor vidhau prag iva loka-srstim ||

Just as the Lord enlightened the heart of Sree Brahma with the details of the creation and thus made the manifestation of the cosmos possible, so did Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu eagerly impregnate the heart of Srila Rupa Goswami with spiritual potency so that he could revive Sree Krishna’s Vrindavan pastimes which had almost been lost to memory. (Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita 2.19.1)

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His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj

His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj

His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj entered eternal pastimes of Supreme Lord Sree Radha-Krishna on 20 April 2017.

He was President Acharya of All India Sree Chaitanya Gaudiya Math, as well as World Vaishnav Association. He is Founder Achrya of GOKUL (Global Organization of KrishnaChaitanya’s Universal Love).

He is dear disciple of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Dayita Madhav Goswami Maharaj ‘Vishnupad’, Who is dear disciple of Jagadguru His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Siddhant Saraswati Goswami Thakur ‘Prabhupad’, Founder of All Gaudiya Maths, Gaudiya Missions and Chaitanya Math.

Maharaj ji is such a personality, He preached the teachings of Supreme Lord Sree Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Sree Harinam Sankirtan not only in India but across 32 countries of the world.

President Acharya of Gopinath Gaudiya Math – Pujyapad Bodhayan Maharaj,
President Acharya of Gaudiya Vedant Smiti – Pujyapad Paryatak Maharaj,
President Acharya of Saraswat Gaudiya Math – Pujyapad Govind Maharaj,
Founder Acharya of Vrinda Mission – Pujyapad Paramadvaiti Maharaj,
Founder Acharya of Srila Sant Goswami Gaudiya Math – Pujyapad Bharati Maharaj,
General Secretary of Gaudiya Mission – Pujyapad Sannyasi Maharaj,
President Acharya of Gaudiya Sangha – Pujyapad Sadhu Maharaj
Founder Acharya of Sree Madhav Goswami Gaudiya Math – Pujyapad Mahavir Maharaj
and
Pujyapad Jayapataka Maharaj, Pujyapad Radhanath Maharaj, Pujyapad Gopalkrishna Maharaj from ISKCON

consider His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj as Their Shiksha Guru and have great respects for Him.

Srila Tirtha Maharaj is a perfect example of Guru-nishtha, Guru mein samarpan, Guruji ki agya palan. He is perfect example for all Gaudiya Vaishnavas.

His Gurudeva said about Him that I have many disciples, but only one disciple is as per my desire/mind and that is Srila Tirtha Maharaj.

— B.V. Vishnu

Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj
Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj

Sri Chandogya Upanishad says…..

Sri Chandogya Upanishad says.....
Krishna

By rendering service to Sri Shyama (Sri Krishna), one attains His transcendental abode, which is full of spiritual bliss and astonishing, varietgated pastimes.

…………….. And within that spiritual world, one attains the eternal shelter of Sri Shyama.

— Sri Chandogya Upanishad (8.13.1)

Source : Back to Godhead / July-August 2016

Srila Sanatan Goswami

Srila Sanatan Goswami

Srila Sanatan Goswami

Srila Sanatan Goswami has been called the Bhakti-siddhantacharya, or the teacher of devotional doctrine, by which is meant the teacher of sambandha-jïana, or of the basic relations between Bhagavan (God), man and the world.

The founder of the Chaitanya Math, His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Thakur ‘Prabhupad’, whose various branches have spread throughout the world, mercifully gave His disciples a poem entitled “Who is a Vaishnava?”

The nectarean instructions which are found in this poem mention the teachings of Supreme Lord Sree Chaitanya Mahaprabhu to Srila Sanatan Goswami from Sree Chaitanya Charitamrita.

tai dushta mana nirjana bhajana
pracaricha chale kuyogi-vaibhava
prabhu sanatane parama yatane
shiksha dila yaha, cinta sei saba

So, wicked mind, you have deceptively been preaching nirjana-bhajana, the practice of the eremetic life, which is nothing more than a display, like that of a misleading yoga practitioner interested in the mystic powers. Study the teachings of the Supreme Lord to Srila Sanatan Goswami very carefully and meditate upon them.

Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Thakur Prabhupad thus instructs us all to give great attention to the Supreme Lord’s teachings to Srila Sanatan Goswami, or those teachings which He gave to the world through Srila Sanatan Goswami.

Srila Sanatan Goswami

Sri Braj Mandal Parikrama invitation – 2017

Braj Mandal Parikrama

Dear Prabhu/Sister,
Hare Krishna.Dandvat Pranam.

Supreme Lord Sri Krishna smiled and said –

‘Try to come to My Home-town of Braj-mandal, sometime.’……….

By the blessings of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj, we are pleased to announce that Sree Chaitanya Gaudiya Math is organizing 30 day long Braj Mandal Parikrama. (Circumambulation of Sri Braj Mandal)

The details:

(1st Oct to 1st Nov, 2017)

1- Mathura 1 Oct to 5 Oct
2- Govardhan 6 Oct to 12 Oct
3- Barsana 13 Oct to 18 Oct
4- Gokul Mahavan 19 Oct to 25 Oct
5- Vrindavan 26 Oct to 1 Nov

Devotees will travel by Bus to Kamyavan from Goverdhan on 9-10 October.
From Barsana to NandGaon on 15-16 October and on 17 October to Kosi.

Please note:

1. Devotees interested in participating in this Braj Mandal Parikrama, must reach Sree Radheyshyam Ashram, Bengali Ghat, Mathura on Saturday 30 September, 2017.

2. Upon arrival devotees must deposit Rs 7500/- per person in the office and get a reciept and badge from the office. This will cover staying, prasadam and Bus charges during parikrama.

3. There will be a group photo for all the devotees participating in Sri Braj Mandal Parikrama and Guru Puja on 1 November, at Kesi Ghat on the banks of river Yamuna.

For more details please contact:

Email – bhakti.vichar.vishnu@gmail.com
phone – 0 9316103966 (From India)
91 9316103966 (from outside India)

Haribol.

Sri Guru-kripa prarthi,
Bhakti Vichar Vishnu

Braj Mandal Parikrama

Sree Chaitanya Gaudiya Math
www.sreecgmath.org

Sri Shukrachrya glories Supreme Lord

Dasavatar by His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj

Lord Vamandeva, the protector of brahman-dharm, once said to Sri Sukrachtya, the foremost of the Bhrigu dunasty brahmans and the guru of the demons – Your disciple Bali Maharaj has undergone many difficulties. Please perform the yajna for his welfare.

 

Sri Shukrachrya replied – My disciple has seen You, he has chanted Your Name and glories. Your rare lotus feet have been placed upon his head. Is my disciple still so impure that I have to perform a yajna to bless him?

Sreemad Bhagavatam (8.23.16) says — There may be many discrepancies in pronouncing mantras, observing the regulative principles in serial order and moreover, there may be discrepancies in regard to time, place, person, articles and paraphernalia. But when Your Lordship’s holy Name is chanted, everything becomes faultless.

Source: Dasavatar by His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj

Some recent pastimes of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj — 1

Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj
Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj

This is fact that His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj is transcendental and so are His pastimes. Both are for our benefit. His pastimes towards the end of His transcendental visit on this earth especially in between 12 and 22 April were full of realizations and inspiration for His disciples and devotees. Everyone headed for Kolkata irrespective of where he/she were? Some left their jobs, some their shops, some left their families and some came with families for the Darshan of His Divine Grace. Medically some organs of His transcendental body were working and some were not. Some reports were good and some were not. Hence, no one could predict what will happen next? He could stay for two hours or two days or two months or two years, depending upon His own desire.

On 17th April, 2017, 5pm Dr. Shuvanan Roy (famous Cardiologist, Fortis Hospital, Kolkata) paid a visit. Observing His Divine Grace, he said – This is a miracle. He is surviving under these parameters. This is absolutely transcendental.

Dr. A.K. Atri (Head of department of Surgery, Government Medical College, Chandigarh) expressed similar thoughts.

Dr. Amitabh Mukherji of AMRI Hospital and niece of Srila Gurudeva (His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj), Dr. Sushmita Guharoy (Head of I.C.U., R.N.T Hospital) had been attending Srila Gurudeva for more than three years, with utmost care and affection. Devotees of Sree Chaitanya Gaudiya Math are thankful to them for their efforts.

18th April morning brought surprisingly good news for all. Pulse rate increased from 24 to 34, breathing rate went up from 17 to 21. Sri Tatpar Maharaj (personal assistant of Srila Gurudeva) mentioned that he saw Srila Gurudeva moving His lips and fingers of His holy feet while meditating on the pastimes of Sri Sri Radha-Govind ji.

However, on 20th April, around 10:12pm His parameters began to decline. Sri Prasad Prabhu immediately asked Sri Sanandan Das Brahmchari that he should sing one of the bhajan which is dear to Srila Gurudeva ……Radha Kund tat Kunj Kutir, Goverdhan Parvat Yamuna Tir…..Immediately all began to sing this bhajan. All ran towards to room of Srila Gurudeva.

And….while listening to this bhajan, Srila Gurudeva began His journey to Golok dham.

Whole night devotees came pouring in for His Darshan and continued with Sankirtan while sitting around Him.

srila bhakti ballabh tirtha goswami maharaj

Radha Kund 

lyrics Radha Kunda Tata Kunja Kutir

Srila Madhvacharya ji says….

Srila Madhvacharya
Srila Madhvacharya

The Supreme Lord is eternal, self-effulgent, always free from material contact, supremely pure and the sole all-pervading, all-knowing witness and overseer of the entire universe.

No reasonable person can present an evidence that these words may also be a description of the individual spirit soul.

Srila Madhvacharya ji (Sri Tattva Muktavali 61)

Source: Back to Godhead Magazine/ July-August 2016

Understanding Sreemad Bhagwad Geeta

Understanding Sreemad Bhagwad Geeta

Sreemad Bhagwad Geeta is universally adored name and scripture. It is commonly known to everyone across the globe. But the difficulity is this: there are thousands of commentaries on the Geeta, and in these commentaries the commentators have expressed their own views. They all have different views and ordinary people are confused about the actual message of Sreemad Bhagwad Geeta.

The speaker of the Geeta is the Supreme Lord, Sri Krishna. Only those who have entered into the heart of Sri Krishna can understand the real implication and significance of His sayings and the purpose of His speech and advice. Outside people cannot understand.

In India, and outside India, you will find many people who say, ‘We do not believe Krishna is Supreme Lord because He took birth and, therefore, He was a human being. He may have many powers, perhaps even superhuman powers. He may even be a great politician, a great diplomat. But He is still only a human being.’
Even those who have gone through the Geeta may also speak like this. It is most astouding. When I ask them, ‘Have you gone through the Geeta?’ The reply is, ‘Oh, yes.

‘ I ask them, ‘How! If you have gone through the Geeta, then you should accept the teachings of the Geeta.’

Supreme Lord Sri Krishna mentions in Sreemad Bhagwad Geeta (7.7), ‘There is nothing superior to Me.’

With emphasis, Sri Krishna says that He is the Supreme Lord. We read the Geeta, but we do not believe the teachings of Supreme Lord Sri Krishna. Why is this? He also says in the Geeta (9.24), ‘I am the only Master and the only Enjoyer of all yajnas (sacrifices). There are many verse in Sreemad Bhagwad Geeta substantiating Sri Krishna as Supreme Lord. In the Geeta (10.8), He says, ‘I am the cause of all creation, the origin of all the things.’ In verse (14.27), He says, ‘I am the cause of the impersonal formless God (Brahm).’ That impersonal, formless God is the halo of Sri Krishna’s own light, emanating from Sri Krishna Himself. And so on.

Sri Krishna is the Supreme Lord. How can we know the Supreme Lord? Without His grace, no one can know Him. If anybody says, ‘Yes. I can know Him.’ then he will be equal to or greater than the Supreme Lord. But the Supreme Lord, Infinite and Absolute, is One. Nothing can be outside the Infinite. If you say, ‘This flower is outside the Infinite,’ then the Infinite becomes finite. Even particle of dust cannot be outside the Infinite, or the Absolute will lose His position. The Absolute is One. The only way to get Him is to take absolute shelter at His Lotus Feet and to act according to His will. There is no other way to get Him except by means of exclusive, pure devotion.

Therefore, only those who have surrendered to Sri Krishna, who have access to the heart of Sri Krishna, can understand the implication and significance of His teachings. Those without knowledge of Sri Krishna, who have not submitted to Sri Krishna, how can they know. They may write many commentaries, but they cannot comprehend the actual significane of the teachings of Sri Krishna.

Even Sri Arjuna took the shelter unto Sri Krishna, means he also surrendered unto Sri Krishna, before he was imparted with this divine knowledge. He says in the Geeta (2.7), ‘I have lost my natural valor. I am bewildered and cannot ascertain what is right and what is wrong. I submit to you. I am your disciple. Please advise me ragarding my eternal welfare.’

(From the lectures of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj

Lord Narisimha Dev and Sri Prahlad

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Satiated by the prayers of devotee Prahlad, Lord Nrisimha deva wished to grant a boon to him, but Sri Prahlad had no desire of taking any boon.

The person who serves the Lord with the desire for worldly pleasures or for the Lord’s blessings to get worldly benefit is not an actual servitor but a trader. Then Lord Nrisimha deva said that if He did not give Prahlad a boon, His designation as Varad-arshabha, the Supreme Conferrer of boons, would be defamed. So Sri Prahlad replied — O Lord, if You wish to grant me a boon, please grant me the boon that there may not be any desire in my heart to ask a boon from You.

Lord Nrisimha deva replied — This cannot be accepted as your prayer for a boon because you have deceived Me.

Sri Prahlad then submitted this prayer to Lord Nrisimha deva — My father struck Your holy body with his mace and he behaved maliciously with me because I worship You. Kindly purify him.

Lord Nrisimha deva said to Sri Prahlad – Your father has seen Me and received My touch. Did this not purify him? O Prahlad ! do you think the dynasty in which you have taken birth is still impure? Along with you, twenty-one of your ancestral generations have become purified.

trih-saptabhih pita putah pitribhih saha te nagha
yat sadho sya kule jato bhavan vai kula-pavanah
(Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.10.18)

(O sinless one, O sadhu, Your father has become pure along with twenty-one forefathers. The reason for this is that having taken birth in their dynasty, you have become the purifier of that dynasty.)

Lord Sri Nrisimha deva has two dispositions. He is terrible with non-devotees, but with devotees, He is very affectionate and caring.

The favour of Lord Sri Nrisimha deva is very necessary for neophyte devotees who have the weakness of non-eternal propensities

digipaint narasimha pillar break by nairarun

 

Sri Shankracharya

Adi shankaracharya with his disciples

Lord Shiva appeared as Sri Shankracharya.

He re-established the supreme authenticity and decorum of the Vedas, and founded the philosophy of ‘brahmakaran-vad’ (Brahm as Ultimate cause).

In later ages, the Vaishnav stalwarts built the philosophy of bhakti upon this same foundation stone.
Source: Dasavatar by Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj

Srila Gadadhara’s Kshetra-sannyas

Love on the path of spontaneous devotion is not easy to comprehend

Srila Gadadhara Pandit Goswami, devotee of Supreme Lord Sree Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, went to live in Puri as a kshetra-sannyasi.

Srila Chaitanya Mahaprabu Mahaprabhu gave him the service of the Sri Tota Gopinath deity and told him to live in the Yamesvara Tota, or garden.

When Sri Mahaprabhu showed determination to go to Vrindavan, the devotees finally gave Him permission to leave after Vijaya-dashami.

Srila Gadadhara Pandit Goswami was unable to tolerate the idea of separation from the lord and also wished to remain with Him, but Sri Mahaprabhu reminded him of his vow to remain in Sri Jagannath Puri and forbade him to go to Vraja. Srila Gadadhara said to Him, “Sri Jagannath Puri is wherever You are. My vows to remain in Puri can go to hell.”

Sri Mahaprabhu again told him not to abandon his service to Lord Gopinath. Srila Gadadhara answered, “Seeing Your lotus feet is worth a million services to Lord Gopinath.”

When Sri Mahaprabhu said, “If you abandon your duties to Lord Gopinath, you will be at fault.”, Srila Gadadhara answered that he was willing to take that responsibility, but he would not disturb Sri Mahaprabhu by following alongside Him..

Other than Sri Mahaprabhu’s intimate associates, no one is able to understand the extent of Srila Gadadhara Prabhu’s devotion to Sree Gauranga Mahaprabhu. Love on the path of spontaneous devotion is not easy to comprehend. Srila Gadadhara was ready to abandon his vows, his service, everything for the sake of Sri Mahaprabhu.

When they all arrived at Cuttack, Sri Mahaprabhu called Srila Gadadhara and said, “Your decision to break your vows and leave your service has been made a reality. If you come with Me, that will make you happy. But do you want your own happiness or Mine? It will make Me unhappy if your vows to remain in Sridham Puri and to serve Lord Gopinath are broken. If you want My happiness, return to Puri and take up your vows again. That is all I have to say.”

When he heard Sri Mahaprabhu’s words, Srila Gadadhara fell to the ground in a faint. Srila Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya comforted him on Sri Mahaprabhu’s order and then accompanied him back to Puri.

Realization of Bhagavan

Realization of Bhagavan is of two types:

a) Aishvarya-pradahan. Realization in which reverence inspired by knowledge of His opulence is prominent. The aishvarya-pradhan feature is Sripati Narayan, the husband of the demi-goddess of fortune.

b) Madhurya-pradhan. Realization in which sweetness is prominent. The madhurya-pradhan feature is realized as Radhanath Sri Krishna, the beloved of Srimati Radha.

— His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Pragyan Keshav Goswami Maharaj

Srila Bhakti Pragyan Keshav Goswami Maharaj
Srila Bhakti Pragyan Keshav Goswami Maharaj

Source: Sri Srimad Bhakti Pragyan Keshav Goswami Maharaj / His Life and Teachings

Quotes on Navadwip Dham Parikrama by His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj.

Sri Navadvipa Dhama

By performing parikrama of dham, our love and attachment to the Supreme Lord increases and we lose interest in any matter not related to the Supreme Lord.

Sri Mayapura and Sri Navadvip dham are not parts of West Bengal or India or a land of matter. Sri Navadvip dham or Sri Mayapura dham has descended. As Sri Gaurhari is beyond our comprehension, His dham is also beyond our comprehension.

 

Can you show me your God? asks Sir C.V. Raman

Srila Paramgurudeva

The following events took place in 1930 while Jagadguru Srila Bhakti Siddhant Saraswati Goswami Thakur ‘Prabhupad’ was still present. A month-long festival was being held at the Calcutta Bagh Bazaar Gaudiya Math for Sri Janmashtami. Each day a different dignitary was invited to sit as Honorary Chairman of the evening meeting. Some students of world-renowned Nobel laureate scientist, Sir C. V. Raman were amongst those who came regularly to listen to the lectures of the Gaudiya Math preachers. One day, these students came to see Srila Prabhupada and complained that every day a different distinguished person was being made Honorary Chairman, but their professor, whose fame had spread throughout the world, had not even been invited.

Srila Prabhupada answered that he had no objection to making Sir. Raman Honorary Chairman for one evening. He asked Srila Paramgurudeva (His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Dayita Madhav Maharaj) to take charge of inviting him. Srila Paramgurudeva first went to Sir Raman’s house but did not find him there. The scientist’s wife sent him with an orderly to Sir Raman’s laboratory on Circular Road. There, Srila Paramgurudeva met with him on the second floor where he was sitting in a corner of a huge loft, engaged in his research activity. Sir Raman spoke neither Bengali nor Hindi and so their conversation took place in English.

Upon being asked by Sir Raman the reason for his coming, Srila Paramgurudeva answered, “A large month-long religious gathering is being held by the Bagh Bazaar Gaudiya Math on the ocassion of Sri Krishna Janmashtami. On each day, a different dignitary of the city is invited to grace the chairman’s seat and we humbly invite you to do the same.”

Sir Raman answered, “I do not believe in your Keshto-Bishtu (Krishna-Vishnu). I have no faith in anything that cannot be confirmed by direct sensory experience. I cannot waste my valuable time with imaginary things. I would gladly attend any conference dealing with science or education, but not a religious one.”

Srila Paramgurudeva said. “Your own students have been coming regularly to listen to the Math’s swamijis speak. It was their desire that you be honoured in the same way that so many other Calcutta community leaders has been. I have been asked by my Gurudeva to invite you, so please accept our invitation.”

Sir Raman then challenged Srila Paramgurudeva: “Can you show me your God? If you can show Him to me, I will go.”

One side of the lab room in which the conversation was being held was a windowless, door less wall, on the other side of which lay the whole of north Calcutta. Srila Paramgurudeva asked, “I can see nothing on the other side of this wall, but if I say that there is nothing there, will that be true?”

Sir Raman answered, “Perhaps you cannot see what is there, but you could with the appropriate instruments.”

Srila Paramgurudeva then asked him, “There is a limit to what your instruments can do. You can only see as far as they allow you. Can you say that there is nothing beyond these limits?”

Sir Raman replied, “Never mind. I will not waste my time on this. I will not give my attention to anything that is not within my sense experience. I will only spare my valuable time if you can actually show me your God. Can you do it?”

Srila Paramgurudeva: “If your students were to say to you that they will study your scientific findings only if you can show them the truth of what you have realized through your experiments, what would you say?”

Sir Raman: “I would make them realize it!”

Srila Paramgurudeva: “Can you make them realized before teaching them?”

Sir Raman: “No, I would first have to show them the process by which I have come to realize the truth. They will have to follow that process if they want to have the same realization. First they will have to earn their B.Sc. degree, then their M.Sc. Then they will have to study with me for another five years. Then I will be able to make them understand.”

Srila Paramgurudeva: “If this is true for you and your scientific knowledge, then can the seers of ancient India not say exactly the same thing? Follow their process and see whether you experience God’s existence or not. You are not able to show the scientific truths you profess to your students until they have adopted your process. Similarly, if you want to experience or understand God, you have to follow the process by which that is accomplished. If it does not happen, then you can deny the value. But how can you deny the value without having experimented?”

Sir Raman could not answer.

Srila Paramgurudeva’s quick-wittedness and presence of mind was such that it was impossible to get away with an illogical statement in his presence. Such capacity does not come with simple book learning. Only one who has surrendered himself to his spiritual master and has come to direct realization of the truth through his mercy can display such divine power. To such a person, a display of intelligence without any basis in realization cannot get very far.

Sri Shiva and His Object of worship

Shiva Tattva

As per the scriptures, Supreme Personality of Godhead Sri Krishna’s plenary portion is Sri Sadashiv and Sri Sadashiv’s partial manifestation is Lord Shiva.

From the perspective of Lord Krishna’s pastimes in opulence and majesty (aishvarya), Lord Krishna is Sri Shiva’s worshipful Deity, who is always loved, honored and respected by him.

However, in naravat-gat-vichar, Sri Krishna plays another role — that of an ordinary human being. He performs pastimes as a very young, small child who cannot do anything independently. His mother Srimati Yashoda devi, feeds Him and tends to all His needs. During these human-like pastimes, Lord Shiva might come and give Him benedictions.

In the scriptures called Puranas, it is stated that when Lord Krishna resided in Dvaraka, He worshiped Sri Shiva to beget a child from the womb of His wife Jambavati. Although Sri Shiva is worshiped by Lord Krishna in those pastimes, he never thinks himself superior.

Sri Shiva is always conscious that Sri Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead and that he is Sri Krishna’s Eternal servant.

It is essential to have a clear understanding of these truths.

One who knows these perspectives or considerations can understand the relationship between Sri Shiva and his Lord.

You have to choose One of the pair…….

Deities

Supreme Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu once visited His devotee Srila Gauri Das Pandit, alongwith His brother Sri Nityanand Prabhu.

When They were to leave, Srila Gauri Das Pandit requested Them to stay permanently at his place in Ambika-Kalna (West Bengal). In order to fulfill the desire of His devotee, Sri Mahaprabhu carved the deities of Himself and Sri Nityanand Prabhu from the nearby Neem tree.

Sri Mahaprabhu told Srila Gauridas pandit that there is no difference between Them and the deities. Srila Gauri Das Pandit prepared four plates of food (bhoga) and offered to Sri Mahaprabhu, Sri Nityanand Prabhu and the two deities. All four sat down and honored the Prasadam.

After eating food prasadam, They rested for a while and then sought permission to leave. Srila Gauri Das Pandit requested Them to stay. At that instant the two deities began to move towards the door.

Srila Gauri Das Pandit ran after Them and stopped Them. At this, the Original Supreme Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Sri Nityanand Prabhu started towards the door.

Srila Gauri Das ran after Them and requested Them to stop.

Then Sri Mahaprabhu said – You have to choose One of the pair. Either We two will stay or They will stay. Nityanand and I are directly present in these forms. You can tell either the deities to go, or we can leave. You choose.

Srila Gauri Das chose the real Gaur – Nitai (Sri Mahaprabhu – Sri Nityanand Prabhu) to stay and said that the deities could leave.

The real Gaur-Nitai entered into the temple of his house and stayed there, whereas the deities left the house.

They are still present at Ambika-Kalna, in West Bengal.

The Name of Supreme Lord, the deity form and the original form of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, are all one. No distinction should be made between Them, for all Three are of transcendental, spiritual substance.

Deities
Deities

Reference – Sri Chaitanya and His Associates / by His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj

When kadamba flowers blossomed on a lime tree

Lord Nityananda Prabhu

The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna, is the origin of unlimited expansions and avatars. He is the Avatari.

His first expansion is the Sankarshan or Sri Balaram. This same Sri Balaram appeared with Lord Chaitanya as Sri Nityananda Prabhu.

Sri Balaram’s expanison, Sri Maha-Sankarshan has His abode in the Vaikuntha planets, and He in turn expands as the Purush-avataras in the work of creation of the universe, first as the Sri Karanodakashayi Vishnu, Who lies in the causal ocean, then as Sri Garbhodakashayi Vishnu, Who lies in the ocean within the individual universes, and finally as the Kshirodakashayi Vishnu, Who not only lies in the ocean of milk, but is the Director of the individual universe and is present as the indweller of every living being within the universe.

Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu ordered Sri Nityananda Prabhu to preach pure devotion in Bengal. While wandering through Ganges valley, Lord Nitai was attracted by Srila Raghava Pandit’s pure devotional attitude and came to his house in Panihati. Along with Him came the three Ghosh brothers, Srila Govinda, Srila Madhava and Srila Vasudeva, who were known for their ability as kirtaniyas.

When they started singing, Lord Nityananda fell into a trance-like state and started to dance. When He had finished dancing, He sat on the deities’ altar; Sri Nityananda Prabhu’s entourage and Raghava Pandit performed an elaborate abhishek ceremony to honor Him. After the bathing ceremony, they dressed and garlanded Him, whereupon Lord Nityananda sat down again on the deities’ throne while Srila Raghava Pandit held the parasol.

At this moment, a miraculous event occurred. Lord Nityananda Prabhu, still in a trance-like state, ordered Srila Raghava Pandit to quickly bring Him a garland of kadamba flowers. Srila Raghava answered that kadamba trees were not yet in flower. Lord Nityananda Prabhu told him to look around the grounds of his house and he would find the flowers. As Srila Raghava searched, he was amazed to find kadamba flowers blossoming on a lime tree. He quickly picked the flowers and made a garland, which he placed around Lord Nityananda’s neck.

A few moments later, the house was filled with the fragrance of damanaka flowers. Lord Nityananda Prabhu said that Sri Mahaprabhu Himself had come from Puri wearing a damanaka garland to hear the kirtan.

Srila Narahari Chakravarti Thakur mentions this dance and kirtan in his Bhakti-ratnakara.

Nitvananda Trayodasi Festival
Nitvananda Trayodasi Festival

The Danda-mahotsava

the Ganges

When Srila Raghunath Das Goswami was at home, he was devising a plan for how he would be delivered from his material entanglements, he heard that Sri Nityananda Prabhu had made an auspicious appearance in the town of Panihati. Thinking that Sri Nityananda was the deliverer of the most fallen and that by His mercy he would surely be able to find his freedom, he went across to Panihati where he found the Lord sitting under a tree on a wooden seat, surrounded by his associates.

As soon as Srila Raghunath saw Him from a distance, he fell down like a rod. The merciful Lord Nityananda immediately had him brought close to Him and, understanding the deep-rooted desires of Raghunath’s heart, arranged for him to perform a service to the Vaishnavas so that he could realize them.

“Like a thief, you don’t come near me, but simply try to run away. Now that I have caught you, I shall punish you. I want you to feed all my followers chipped rice and yogurt.”

When he heard Sri Nityananda’s command, Raghunath’s mind was filled with joy. (Chaitanya Charitamrita 3.6.50-1)

The festival which Lord Nityananda ordered Srila Raghunath to put on is still celebrated as the Panihati Ciriadadhi Mahotsava.

Sri Nityananda Prabhu and a manifestation of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu Himself celebrated the festival, eating on the banks of the Ganges just as though They were cowherd boys on the banks of the Yamuna River. Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Sri Nityananda Prabhu, Their associates, numerous Brahmins and countless men and women from the area enjoyed a feast of milk and chipped rice and yogurt and chipped rice. The opportunity to serve the Lord and His devotees in this way was something that could not come about except for some great fortune.

On the following day, Raghunath Das Goswami emotionally asked Sri Nityananda through Srila Raghava Pandit how he could possibly gain freedom from his material entanglements and find the association of Sri Mahaprabhu. Like an ocean of mercy, Sri Nityananda Prabhu placed His feet on Srila Raghunath’s head and said,

“You arranged this feast on the banks of the river and Sri Mahaprabhu was merciful to you and came here himself to enjoy it. He blessed you by accepting the offering of chipped rice and yogurt. Then, after watching the devotees dancing, He took prasad in the evening. Lord Gauranga came here just to deliver you and now He has removed any impediments which remained. He will turn you over to Svarupa Damodar and making you His confidential servant, He will keep you by His side. Go home now and forget your worries. You will soon be able to go to the Lord without any difficulties.” (Chaitanya Charitamrita 3.6.139-143)

Source: www.sreecgmath.org

The Vedas and The Koran

The Vedas and the Koran

According to the Koran and Vedic literature, the heavens are subject to annihilation. At the time of annihilation, the heavenly planets, the earth and the hellish planets are destroyed. A new creation starts again.

‘One day the earth will be changed to a different earth, and so will be the heaven [The Koran 1:48]’

‘The sun and moon will be joined together [The Koran 75:9]’

‘The sky is split as under. [The Koran 84:1]’

The Kingdom of Supreme Lord, which lies beyond the coverings of material universe is eternal. In the kingdom of God, there is not need of sun and moon. This proves that the kingdom of God is never subject to creation or destruction.

‘That supreme abode of Mine is not illuminated by the sun or moon, nor by fire or electricity. Those who reach there, never return to this material world. [The Gita 15.6]’

‘Allah is the light of the heavens and the earth. [The Koran 24:35]’

‘He is the source of light in all luminous objects. [The Gita 13.19]’

The real truth is that God and His kingdom are factual. Even the pious demi-gods who dwell in the heavenly planets have fallen short of achieving that eternal abode.

As stated in Vedic literature and the Koran:

‘The foolish who admire the enjoyment of the heavenly planets should take note that even demi-gods who are residents of heaven, are always looking to the eternal abode of the Supreme Lord. [The Rig Veda 1.22.20]’

‘The demigods have no power to relieve or to avert your distress. Those, whom they invoke, themselves, seek the way of their Lord. Which one of them shall be the nearest? They hope for His grace and fear His chastisement. [The Koran 17:56-57]’

Source: ISLAM and THE VEDAS (Sri Rasamandala Das)

Srila Lochan Das Thakur

Srila Lochan Das Thakur

Srila Lochan Das Thakur was a devotee of Supreme Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.

He displayed devotion for Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu from his childhood.

Srila Lochan Das was married at a very young age, according to the customs of that epoque. His in-laws’ household was in a distant village. However, though he had entered the married station, he was extremely renounced and spent all his time discussing Sri Krishna-katha with other devotees of Sri Gauranga.

Since Srila Lochan Das was married at a very early age, his wife at first remained with her parents, but as the time approached when she was to join him, they began to worry because of Srila Locana Das’s indifference to material life. They approached his guru Srila Narahari Sarkara Thakur and told him of their disquiet. As a result, Srila Narahari ordered Srila Locana Das to go to his in-laws’ home.

When Srila Locana arrived in their village he was unable to remember where their house was, since it had been so long since he had visited. He asked a young girl in the street for directions, addressing her as “Ma”, or “mother”. When he arrived at his in-laws’ house, he learned that the girl whom he had addressed as his mother was in fact his wife. From that day on, he always looked upon his wife as a mother, worshiping Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga in an attitude of renunciation.

EUROPE PREACHING TOUR – 2017

EUROPE PREACHING TOUR - 2017

EUROPE PREACHING TOUR – 2017
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By the blessings of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj ji, Sree Chaitanya Gaudiya Math is engaging two specialist devotees for preaching the transcendental divine message of Sree Chaitanya Mahaprabhu across Europe.

The programs will be led by Bhakti Vichar Vishnu Maharaj and Hariballabh Das brahmchari.

The details of this spiritual adventure is as under:

February, 2017

– 2 to 4 Paris

– 5 to 6 Rouen

– 7 to 10 Dijon

– 11 to 14 Berlin

– 15 to 18 Prague

– 19 to 24 Vienna

Flying back to India on 24th Feb, 2017

All are invited to the programs.

For details, please contact:

Bhakti Vichar Vishnu at,
bhakti.vichar.vishnu@gmail.com

Uddhav Das, at Dijon
uddhavafrance@yahoo.fr

Prema Kishora Prabhuji at Berlin
Prema.kishora@gmail.com

Malati Devi Dasi at Prague
malatidevidasi@seznam.cz

Gopal Das Prabhuji at Vienna
Franz.Giner@oeaw.ac.at

 

Sri Sri Radha Ramana and Sri Gopal Bhatt Goswami

Sri Sri Radha Ramana

When Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami was visiting the pilgrimage centres of northern India, he found a Salagrama Sila on the banks of the Gandaki River. He took the worshipable stone and carried with him wherever he went, treating Sri Shalagram as Sri Vrajendranandan Krishna Himself.

One day he thought that he would like to worship the Lord in a deity form so that he could expand his service. On the very next day, he found that the Salagrama Sila had transformed into Sri Radha Ramana to fulfill the wish of his devotee.

The pastimes is also told in the following way. It is said that Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami used to daily worship twelve Salagramas. He developed a desire to serve the Lord in the form of a deity, thinking that in this way he would be able to worship him in a much better way.

The Lord within his heart knew his feelings and through a rich merchant had many beautiful items used in the worship of the deity, such as ornaments and clothes, sent to him. Sri Gopal began to worry that all these beautiful objects would be wasted because there was no way that he could use them unless he had a deity in human form. That night, he put the Salagramas to rest and in the morning he saw that one of them had been transformed into the Radha Ramana deity.

When Sri Rupa Goswami and Sri Sanatan Goswami heard that Sri Krishna had so mercifully appeared to Sri Gopal Bhatta Goswami, they immediately came with the other devotees for darshan, and when they saw him, they were ecstatic with love.

The annual festival commemorating Lord Radha Ramana’s appearance, when he is bathed publicly, takes place on the full moon day of Vaishakh. The Radha Ramana temple is considered one of the most important in Vrindavan.

Source: www.sreecgmath.org

Sri Ram

Sri Ram

In the pastimes of Sri Ramacandra, the following of ethical codes is of primary importance.

His pastimes strongly evoke the sentiment of compassion.

By the mercy of Sri Ramacandra, we can be saved from immorality and adharma (unrighteousness). The Supreme Lord, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu Himself, prayed to Sri Ramacandra in the following way to teach us: ‘Rama Raghava Rama Raghava Rama Raghava raksha mam’ (‘raksha mam’-rescue me).

From the pastimes of Sri Ramacandra, we learn about the necessity of accepting and serving a spiritual master, devotion to one’s parents and the duties of a brother and a wife. Supreme Lord Sri Ramacandra has exhibited the pastime of abandoning the opulence of royal life, which is very difficult to give up, and of abandoning a perfect wife for keeping dharma and ethics intact.

He accepted all kinds of suffering, accepted exile in the forest and went without food and sleep. He walked with His soft lotus feet on the forest paths, which were full of thorns. Out of love for His devotees, the Lord bestowed His mercy on the candala, Guhaka.

As the protector of one who surrenders to Him, the Lord awarded shelter to Vibhishana.

Sri Rama’s pastimes demonstrate how a henpecked person becomes miserable, and how those who consider someone merely dressed as a sadhu (lacking genuine qualification) to be a real sadhu, become cheated and end up miserable. By annihilating demons such as Ravana and Kumbhakarna, He destroys the living being’s inner demoniac tendencies. To instruct His subjects and for their pleasure, He underwent suffering by asking for Sita’s trial by fire and Her banishment to the forest. Austerities are prohibited for those with evil motives, who are in the mode of dark ignorance, because those austerities only create havoc in the world. To teach this, He killed the sudra Sambuka while the latter was engaged in performing austerities. He taught all these lessons by setting the example Himself.

When Lord Jagannath went away with His devotee

Lord Jagannath

Before taking sannyas, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu ordered Srila Jagadish Pandit (one of His devotees) to go to Nilachala to preach Sri Krishna-bhakti and the religious practice of the age, Harinama-sankirtan.

When he arrived in Puri, Sri Jagadish went for Lord Jagannath’s darshan and melted with love when he saw Him. When on his way back to Bengal, however, he felt extreme separation from Lord Jagannath.

Lord Jagannath Deva saw Srila Jagadish crying and so mercifully appeared to him in a dream and told him to take His vigraha and serve the same. Simultaneously, He appeared to the king of Orissa and ordered him that at the time of the nava-kalevara, when the deity of Lord Jagannath is changed, the outgoing form should be given to Srila Jagadish Pandit. Thus, when he met Sri Jagadish, the Maharaj considered it to be a great honor to give him Lord Jagannath’s outgoing form, which is known as the samadhi-stha-vigraha.

Srila Jagadish prayed to Lord Jagannath, asking Him just how he could possibly carry the heavy figure of the deity all the way back to Bengal. Lord Jagannath answered him that He would become as light as a cork; Sri Jagadish should simple cover Him with a new cloth and then carry Him with the help of a staff. Srila Jagadish would have to make permanent arrangements to stay wherever Lord Jagannath was set down on the ground.

Srila Jagadish enlisted the aid of two Brahmins, and they took turns carrying Lord Jagannath as far as the village of Jashora on the banks of the mother Ganges, near the town of Chakdaha in Bengal. Srila Jagadish left Lord Jagannath with one of the Brahmins and went to take his bath in the Ganges. Suddenly, the Brahmin found that Lord Jagannath was becoming very heavy and that he was no longer able to hold Him up. Thus when Sri Jagadish came back from his bath, he saw Lord Jagannath sitting on the ground and realized that the Lord wanted to stay in that very spot.

The story of Sri Tiruppana

The story of Sri Tiruppana

In the book Prapannamrita, we hear the story of Sri Tiruppana, who was born a low caste chandala in South India.

Once, he lost consciousness while chanting the Holy Names of Sri Hari by the bank of the river Kaveri. At that time, a brahmin priest named Muni was returning to the Sri Ranganath temple with water for the Deity’s abhishek.

Seeing the Sri Tiruppana lying on the bank of the river, he repeatedly called out to him in a rude manner. Disdaining to touch the lowborn person with his hands, and fearful that the water meant for the Deity might become impure, he threw a lump of earth at the prostrate figure and awakened him.

Arriving at the temple, Muni found that the doors were bolted from inside.

After calling out for a long time, the priest heard a voice speak to him. The voice said that Sri Ranganath Himself had been injured by the lump of earth that had been thrown at His humble servant by this proud priest. Unless the priest circumambulated the temple carrying the devotee on his shoulders, the doors of the temple will not open.

Thus, it came to pass that the priest did as he had been ordered, and only then the doors of the temple open.

The Tiruppani Sri Vaishnavas still worship Tiruppana as Muni-vahana because a bhramin named Muni had carried him (acted as his vahana) around the temple.

Source: Pearls of Devotion

His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Vedant Swami Maharaj (Founder – ISKCON)

Srila Bhakti Vedant Swami Maharaj

Our Most Revered Parampujyapada Parivajakacharya Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj came to USA and started kirtan. The ultimate goal is satisfaction of Sri Krishna. Krishna bestowed so much grace upon Srila Swami Maharaj. Our Paramgurudeva Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Thakur ‘Prabhupad’, the Absolute Counterpart of the Supreme Lord, was the founder of Sri Gaudiya Math and Sri Chaitanya Math. He as the spiritual master of Paramapujyapad Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj, imparted to him the power to preach all over the world.

Srila Swami Maharaj started on his life’s mission by praying for the grace of Supreme Lord Sri Krishna and His personal associates. We have heard that he came alone, with no assistance from others. His Gurudeva had given him the order to spread the all-embracing, all-accommodating divine knowledge and love of God throughout the world. He travelled from India with great difficulty and eventually disembarked in Boston. I have heard that he came by ship and that this was the first place he came to in the USA.

When I was in Vrindavan at Sri Chaitanya Gaudiya Math with my revered Gurudeva Parampujyapada Srila Bhakti Dayita Madhava Goswami Maharaj, we heard that a godbrother of our Gurudeva, Parampujyapada Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj, was staying at the Sri Sri Radha-Damodar temple. As he was a godbrother of our Gurudeva and a disciple of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Thakur, he was naturally the object of great regard and reverence.

Thinking, “I shall go there and pay my obeisances to him,” I made my way to the Sri Sri Radha-Damodar temple. Upon meeting him, I offered my humble obeisances and he then began to speak. Showing me his writings, he said, “I want to publish a monthly magazine, Back to Godhead. Please go through my writings.” It was his order, I tried to go through it. When I had gone through the text he had given me, he said, “I have written other articles. You should also go through those.” After that I prayed out to him, “Will you not come to our Math? Our Gurudeva is there. Please come and see him.”

He immediately agreed, saying, “Yes, I will come tomorrow to see your Gurudeva.”

— His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Maharaj

Worship of Sri Goverdhan

Sri Goverdhan

Srila Raghunatha Dasa Gosvami prays to Giriraja Govardhana as follows:

giri-nripa! haridasa-sreni-varyeti-nama
mritam idam uditam sri-radhika-vaktra-candrat
vraja-nava-tilakatve klpta! vedaih sphutam me
nija-nikata-nivasam dehi govardhana tvam

(Sri Govardhana-vasa-prarthana-dasakam, verse 8)

“O Gririraja Govardhana, when your nectarean name was uttered from the lotus lips of Srimati Radhika in Srimad-Bhagavatam (10.21.18), ‘Hantayam adrir abala hari-dasa-varyah,’ i.e. ‘O simple-hearted innocent gopis, this mountain is foremost amongst all the servitors of Sri Hari,’ then you were consecrated by all the Vedas as the new beautiful tilaka (sandalpaste mark) of Vraja-dhama. I therefore pray to you to bestow me a dwelling place in your vicinity.”

The Supreme Lord Sri Krishna stopped the worship of the demigods and introduced the worship of Govardhana, i.e. He introduced the service of Krishna and Krishna-bhaktas. One meaning of Govardhana is to enhance the sense-organs, so Govardhana-puja signifies the enhancement of the transcendental eternal spiritual sense-organs of Krishna and Krishna-bhaktas.

Since heaps of various items of cooked vegetable dishes were offered to Giriraja Govardhana in Govardhana-puja, this festival is also well-known as the Annakuta Festival. Sri Govardhana-dhari Gopala was originally installed by Vajra (the grandson of Krisha and son of Aniruddha). Due to Srila Madhavendra Puripada’s extraordinary pure devotion, Govardhana-dhari Gopala reappeared in Govardhana near the bank of Govinda-kunda. Srila Madhavendra Puripada performed the Annakuta Festival in Kali-yuga. This topic is narrated in detail in the Caitanya-Caritamrita (Madhya-lila, chap. 4).

 

Srimati Radha Rani

Srimati Radha Rani

Sri Krishna is The Predominating Aspect of the moiety and Srimati Radhika is The Predominated Aspect of the moiety. Moiety means one of the two parts of a thing.

There are two sides of Prema – union and separation. Prema in separation bestows much more happiness than Prema in union. This Prema is called ‘Adhirurha Mahabhava’, here manifestation of the Object of Worship (Krishna’s Sweet Form) is more than that caused by union.

For that reason Nandanandana Sri Krishna appeared in Kaliyuga as Sri Gauranga taking the mood of worship of Radha and Her complexion to taste His own extraordinary sweetness which She has tasted, sweetness of Prema in separation ‘vipralamba rasa’. As well as to perform the pastimes of the Most Munificent Form of Godhead, to distribute the highest Prema ‘unnata ujjwala rasa’, to all irrespective of caste, creed and nationality.

Radharani’s Prema is the purest and highest. She is most magnanimous. She is prepared to sacrifice everything for the satisfaction of Sri Krishna.

na gani apana duhkha, sabe vanchi tanra sukha,
tanra sukha amara tatparya
more yadi diya duhkha, tanra haila maha-sukha,
sei duhkha mora sukha-varya

“I do not consider my grief. I only want His satisfaction. My only object is His contentment. If by giving pain to me, He is highly delighted, that pang will be my greatest blessedness.”

Source: www.sreecgmath.org

His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Kusum Sraman Goswami Maharaj says…..

Srila Bhakti Kusum Sraman Goswami Maharaj

Sri Krishna will grant the fruit of being the resident of Davarka immediately to those who wear Tulsi beads around the neck.

The sins of the person who wears neck beads made of Srimati Tulsi tree with devotion after offering to Sri Vishnu will get vanquished and Devakinandan Sri Krishna will always remain pleased with him, he does not need to undergo further atonement, no more sins remain in his body.

— His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Kusum Sraman Goswami Maharaj.

Source: http://www.bvml.org/SBKSGM/wtbatn.html

Droplets of Nectar….

Droplets of nectar

Once the emperor of heaven, Devraj Indra, had committed a great offence for which his Gurudeva cursed him to take birth as a hog. Immediately, he became a hog and the throne of heaven was vacated. The demigods became disturbed and approached Sri Brahma for assistance.

‘Who will govern us?’ They asked. ‘Our emperor has become a hog. Our Gurudeva has cursed him.’

So Brahma said, ‘All right! let me go and fix the situation.’

The Brahma came to the world. Being omniscient, he recognized Indra in the body of a particular hog. This hog was surrounded by his wife and many piglets.

Brahma said, ‘Oh my dear sir, you are not a hog! You are the emperor of heaven! Why have you come here? Come along! Take the throne and govern your kingdom of heaven.’

Then the hog replied, ‘Who are you? I do not believe your words. I have such a nice, beautiful wife and children. I have so much responsibility. I cannot go.’

In the same way, the Supreme Lord Sri Krishna appears in this world and asks, ‘What are you doing here?’ Give up all these material things and take absolute shelter of Me. I shall rescue you from all sins. ‘ (Sreemad Bhagvad Geeta 18.66)

But we say, ‘Why have you come here? Who are you?’

We do not believe Him. Out of affection He comes to us, but we say, ‘Who are you? I have such a nice wife and children. I cannot give up these attachments. I have so much responsibility.’
Source: Droplets of Nectar from Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj (Vol. 2)

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The Loud Chanting of the Holy Names

The Loud Chanting of the Holy Names

One day, a Brahmin from a village named Harinadi (in Jessore district) started a debate with Srila Haridas Thakur on this (above mentioned) subject. He argued that the names of the Lord should be meditated upon and that there was no reason to chant them aloud. He wanted to know in which scripture it was stated that one should chant aloud.

In answer to these questions, Srila Haridas Thakur gave a detailed account of the glories of the Holy Name. He said that loud chanting of the Holy Names was a hundred times more powerful than japa. Through the loud chanting of the Names, even the birds, animals and other creatures are also saved. Animals, birds, insects and other creatures are unable to speak, but if they just hear the Holy Name, they can all cross over. If you chant the Holy Names silently, then you yourself will be saved, but if you chant aloud, then you will benefit others. Therefore, all the scriptures state that by the loud chanting of the Name, a hundred times greater result can be obtained.
(Chaitanya Bhagavat 1.16.280-2)

japato harinamani sthane shata-gunadhikah
atmanam ca punaty uccair japan shrotnn punati ca
(Naradiya Purana)

Someone who chants the Holy Names aloud is a hundred times better than one who performs japa, because the one who is chanting ‘japa’ simply benefits himself, while the person who chants ‘japa’ aloud not only does good for himself, but for all those who hear him as well. Who is better, the person who earns money and spends it all on himself, or the one who uses his money to support a thousand others? Through japa, one takes care of his own spiritual life, while through uccha-sankirtan, all living beings are benefited. This is the reason for its being considered superior.

Source: www.sreecgmath.org

Lord Vaman Dev

Lord Vaman Dev

chalayasi vikramane balim adbhuta-vamana
pada-nakha-nira-janita-jana-pavana
kesava dhrita-vamana-rupa jaya jagadisa hare
(Sri Jayadeva’s Dasavatara-stotra, 5th Verse)

“O Kesava! You assumed the form of Vamana to trick the great demon Bali Maharaj by Your steps, and to purify all living entities by the water that emanated from the nails of Your lotus feet. All glories unto You, Lord of the universe.”

Lord Vamanadeva, the protector of brahmana-dharma, saw Shukracarya, the foremost of the Bhrigu dynasty brahmanas and guru of the demons, once said to Sukracarya, “Your disciple Bali Maharaja has undergone many difficulties. Please perform the yajna again for his welfare.”

Sukracarya replied, “My disciple has seen You; he has chanted Your name and glories. Your rare lotus feet have been placed upon his head. Is my disciple still so impure that I have to perform a yajna to bless him?”

mantratas tantratas chidram
desa-kalarha-vastutah
sarvam karoti nischidram
anusankirtanam tava
(Srimad-Bhagavatam 8.23.16)

“There may be discrepancies in pronouncing mantras, observing the regulative principles in serial order and moreover, there may be discrepancies in regard to time, place, person, articles and paraphernalia. But when Your Lordship’s holy name is chanted, everything becomes faultless.”

Source: www.sreecgmath.org

Srimati Radharani

Srimati Radharani

By the fruit of the penances of king Vrishabhanu on the banks of river Yamuna, Srimati Radharani self-manifested on an unprecedented hundred petal lotus flower in Yamuna.

King Vrishbhanu was extremely pleased being blessed with a wonderful and most beautiful baby girl but saw that the eyes of the baby were closed. He was all the while unhappy internally for the baby being sightless.

One day his friend king Nanda along with his wife Yasoda devi and the child Gopal came to his place. While Sri Vrishabhanu was narrating his sorrow to king Nanda one surprising incident took place.

Baby Gopal crawled towards Radharani and touched Her. She immediately opened Her eyes.

Sri Radharani had taken a vow that she would see Sri Krishna only when she opens Her eyes for the first time. Hence as soon as Sri Krishna came she opened Her eyes.

Source: www.sreecgmath.org

Nand-nandan Sri Krishna

Nand-nandan Sri Krishna

All the avatars of Bhagavan are either plenary portions (amsha) or portions of the plenary portions (kalaa) of the Lord.
All of The Avatars appear millennium after millennium to protect the planets from disturbances created by the demons.
But They are not equal to Nand-nandan Sri Krishna as He is the Supreme Lord Himself.

— Sreemad Bhagawatam 1.3.28

The Svarupa or svayam-rupa, Vrajendranandan Sri Govind is the Cause of causes.

— Sri Brahm Samhita 5.1

All twelve rasa (five main and seven secondary mellows or moods) are manifested in their complete form only in Sri Nand-nandan Krishna. So, even though all the manifestations of the Supreme Being are one, the excellence of rasa is only fully realized in the original form of Nand-nandan Sri Krishna.

Source: Dasavatar, by His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj

Srila Vamsi Das Babaji Maharaj answers the question……

Srila Vamsi Das Babaji Maharaj

Q: How will I attain Supreme Lord Krishna’s mercy?

Srila Vamsi Das Babaji Maharaj replies:

If you cry for Him, you will get His mercy.

Who cries for Him? One who love Him, will cry for Him.
If you cry with tears of love, if you love Him and yearn for Him and cry for Him, you will get the Lord’s mercy.

Mukhe bali Hari, kaje anya kari,
prema-vari cokhe elo na.

“I recite the names of Lord Hari, but I act otherwise.
So the tears of love do not well up in my eyes.”

Source: www.sreecgmath.org

His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Dev Goswami Maharaj says….

Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Dev Goswami Maharaj

If the Supreme Personality of Godhead wills to show Himself to anyone, even the blind, they can see Him clearly, because the eyes of flesh are not necessary to see Him. By His will power alone, He can reveal Himself to any person. That was the case with Dhritarastra in the Kuru-sabha. Dhritarastra said, ‘For the time being, my Lord, restore my eyesight so that I can see Your wonderful form which others are seeing and praising. You can do anything, so for the time being, remove my blindness.’

‘It is not necessary to remove your blindness, Dhritarastra! When I will say you see Me, you will see Me.’

And by His order, Dhritarastra saw!

His wish is everything. His simple will is everything, the cause of all existence. The Kurus wanted to see Draupadi naked, but Draupadi’s appeal reached Him and He sanctioned unlimited cloth. As much clothing as they removed, so much cloth yet remained.

We are accustomed to think, This is good; this is bad and This is possible; this is impossible. But these rules do not apply in His case.

— His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Dev Goswami Maharaj.

Source: The Mystery of all mysteries.

His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj says…

Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj

In the pastimes of Supreme Lord Sri Ramchandra all the rasas (mellow) up to vatsalya ras (parental affection) is exhibited. However, due to moral codes having the highest priority in these pastimes, the mood of parental affection has a restricted nature. Maharaj Dasrath established these codes, so he was unable to prevent Sri Ramchandra from going to the forest. To exemplify these codes, Sri Ramchandra accepted exile in the forest to uphold a promise that his father had made.

Sri Ramchandra vowed to accept only one wife –‘Eka patni vrat dhar.’ Therefore, no one else can worship Him as a husband. Kant-ras (conjugal mood) is not exhibited in these pastimes. When the sages of Dandkaranya desired to have Sri Ramchandra as their husband, He told them to achieve conjugal bliss by paying allegiance to the gopis in His pastimes as Krishna.

Sri Krishna is Svayam Bhagavan, the Prime Supreme Personality of Godhead, whereas Sri Ram, Sri Narsimha and others are His partial manifestations (amsha) or the parts of the partial manifestations (kala).

— His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj

Srila Lokanath Goswami and Sri Radha Vinod ji

Krishna

Srila Lokanath Goswami constantly traveled through Braj, ecstatically visiting the various holy places where Sri Krishna had engaged in His pastimes. Once, he came to Khadiravana. Then he visited Kishori Kund near the village of Umarao by Chatravana. He was so impressed by the beauty of the site that he stayed there for some time to do his bhajan in isolation. After being engaged in this way for some time, he developed a deep desire to worship Srimati Radha and Sri Krishna in the deity form.

The Supreme Lord knows the desires of His devotees and feels Himself obliged to fulfill them. He came personally to give Sri Lokanath a deity, telling him that the name is Radha Vinod before disappearing. Srila Lokanath was astonished to see the deity and then filled with anxiety at the thought that the Supreme Lord Himself had come and gone. But Sri Radha Vinod cast His sweet glance on Srila Lokanath and said to him, “I live here on the banks of Kishori Kund in the village of Umarao. I saw your eagerness to serve Me and so I came here Myself. Who else would have brought Me to you? I am very hungry. Quickly prepare something for Me to eat.”

When he heard these words, tears began to flow from Srila Lokanath’s eyes. He quickly started cooking for Sri Radha Vinod and then made an offering which the deity ate with great satisfaction. He then made him a bed of flowers upon which he placed Him, fanned Him with branches and joyfully massaged his feet. Srila Lokanath devoted himself in body, mind and soul to Sri Radha Vinod.

He wondered where he would keep the deity, and decided to make a large bag which became Sri Radhavinod’s temple. He kept his worshipable Lord constantly close to his heart like a necklace. This attracted the people of Braj to Srila Lokanath and they wanted to built a house for him and his deity, but he refused. He was so renounced that he accepted nothing other than what he absolutely needed for the deity’s service.

After spending some time at Kishori Kund, Srila Lokanath came to Vrindavan.

Srila Lokanath Goswmai is considered to be Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s direct disciple and associate

Khadiravana
Khadiravana

Chaturmasya Vrat

Chaturmasya Vrat

Chaturmasya – Vrat’ is observed by all – Karmis, Gyanis, Yogis and Bhaktas for the attainment of their respective ends. It is a kind of penance. But there is a difference in the mode of sadhan, as the ends of Karmis, Gyanis, Yogis and Bhaktas are different. The ultimate goal of Bhaktas is the get love for Supreme Personality of Godhead Sri Krishna(Krishna-prem).

Supreme Lord Sri Chaitanya, our most Revered Paramgurudeva (His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Siddhant Sarasvati Gosvami Thakur Prabhupad) and our Most Revered Gurudeva(His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Dayita Madhav Gosvami Maharaj Vishnupad), observed Chaturmasya vrat only to teach us that we should also observe this Vrat.

Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu observed Chaturmasya Vrat at Purushottam Dham by spending the whole time with Sri Krishna-katha.

Listening and chanting of the Holy Name, Form, Attributes and Pastimes of Sri Krishna should be mainly performed. Alongwith this we should also observe exoteric rules an enjoined in the scriptures as far as practicable.

Gourd (louki), Bean (Kidney bean, a long size bean), Brinjal, Patal, Kalmishak, Purni shak are prohibited in the four months of Chaturmasya.

All leave of plants are prohibited in the month of ‘Shravan’, curd is prohibited in the month of ‘Bhadra’, and milk in the month of ‘Ashwin’, and all kinds of tasteful food is prohibited in the month of Kartik. There are other rules also. One must contact respective acharyas for more details.

Chatrumasya vrat begins on,

a) 15 July and completes on 11 November (for those who observe this vrat from Ekadashi)

and

b) 19 July and completes on 14 November (for those who observe this vrat from Purnima).

A Vaishnav is one who is more gentle than a rose, yet more terrible than the thunderbolt

Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur

In Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur’s pastimes we find that He personified the description of a Vaishnav as one who is more gentle than a rose, yet more terrible than the thunderbolt.
Although he was generally kind and sympathetic, He gave no quarter to dishonesty in the name of religion.

When He was in Orissa , in 1871, a member of the Khandait caste and the Atibari sect named Bishikishan who had gained some mystic powers through yoga practices proclaimed himself to be an incarnation of Sri Mahavishnu. He was staying with his acolytes at the edge of the jungle near the town of Bhubaneshwar.

Through his mystic powers, he had been able to cure incurable diseases and these powers had won for him a large following. One day he announced that on the full-moon day he would perform the ras-lila and invited girls of a nearby village to come and join him. The Chaudharis of the Bhringar clan found that he had polluted their womenfolk and went to complain en masse to the district commissioner, Mr. Ravenshaw. The commissioner gave the task of investigating the matter to Thakur Srila Bhakti Vinod, Who went personally into the jungle to meet with Bishikishan. Bishikishan told Him that he was living Mahavishnu and that Sri Jagannath Dev was nothing but a lifeless wooden statue. He tried in various ways to flatter the Thakur and to win Him over. When Srila B. V. Thakur saw that Bishikishan had no intention of stopping his efforts to deceive the people, Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur had him arrested and brought back to Puri.

The Thakur proceeded to investigate the background of Bishikishan and visited many villages for that. After accumulating a mass of evidence showing the extent to which this yogi was cheating people, he had him brought to the court. While the case was being heard, the yogi used his mystic powers to cause Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur and His family to be attacked by various illnesses, in an effort to intimidate Him, but without success.

The Thakur was determined to see Bishikishan punished for conspiracy to rebellion and gave him a sentence of one and half years.

In the months that followed, another on in Jaipur proclaimed himself to be the incarnation of Sri Brahma, while someone else in Khorda said that he was manifestation of Sri Balaram. Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur quickly thwarted their efforts to cheat the populace.

His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj says…

Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj

My most Revered Gurudev, used to give me the advice not to take any decision by own initiative as the mind and intellect of a finite being (conditioned soul) is also finite and prone to commit mistakes. Any decision taken by the finite mind and finite intellect can increase problems. The correct way is to take absolute shelter of the Lotus Feet of the Supreme Lord and His Absolute Counterpart Gurudev or suddha bhakta, who are omniscient and All-Merciful.

A light of Transcendental Divine Knowledge will then enter into the heart of such a surrendered soul and remove all their doubts. All problems will be solved immediately and effectively.

‘To those who always worship Sri Krishna with sincerity of heart, the Supreme Lord bestows wisdom to understand the way to attain Him.’ (Sri Bhagavad Gita10.10)

— His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj

 

Mercy of the Guru

Mercy of the Guru

There is one important incident from Srila Madhavendra Puri’s immaculate life to be told.

Sri Ramachandra Puri and Sri Isvara Puri were two of Srila Madhavendra’s initiated disciples.

However, Sri Ramachandra was unable to receive his spiritual master’s mercy because he showed him disrespect, whereas Sri Isvara Puri was blessed through his single-minded devotion to him and was thus able to attain the highest level of pure love for Krishna. Sri Ramachandra was unable to understand the sweetness and supremacy of his Gurudeva’s feelings of separation and had the audacity to give him advice based on knowledge of Brahma. Srila Madhavendra Puri became so angry that he shunned him completely.

Even though he was such a great loving devotee, Srila Madhavendra Puri became angry with his own disciple when he became offensive chastised him severely, using harsh words. When Sri Ramachandra told him to remember that he was a spiritual being, Srila Madhavendra lost his temper and said,”Get away from me, you most sinful rascal! I am dying from the distress of not having received Sri Krishna’s mercy, of not having attained Mathura, and you come to add to my misery! Go wherever you like, but don’t show your face to me again! If I see you while I am dying I will take a lower birth. I am dying from the distress of not having attained Sri Krishna and this lowly fool is teaching me about Brahma.”

As a result, Srila Madhavendra Puri withdrew his blessings from his disciple, who then started to develop material desires. He became a dry philosopher without any interest in Supreme Personality of Godhead. Not only that but he became critical of everyone, devoting himself to faultfinding.

Srila Prabhupada Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur comments — “Even though Sri Ramachandra Puri saw his own guru suffering of separation from Sri Krishna, he was incapable of recognizing the transcendental nature of his transport of emotions. He judged his guru to be an ordinary man and took his mood to be material, the result of some material insufficiency. As a result he tried to explain to him the value of experiencing the oneness of Brahma. Srila Madhavendra Puri reacted unfavorably to his disciple’s stupidity and disregard for his teachings and thus stopped wishing for his well-being. He abandoned him and drove him away.”

The words material desires means ”the desire for dry knowledge” and from that arose the tendency to criticize the devotees.

On the other hand, Sri Ishvara Puri not only adhered to his guru’s teaching but served him physically and thus received his mercy. He served the lotus feet of his spiritual master, even to the point of personally cleaning, as well as helping him to perform sravan of Sri Krishna’s name and pastimes. In this way he satisfied him completely.

He continuously repeated the name of Sri Krishna and recounted Sri Krishna’s pastimes to him. Srila Madhavendra Puri was so pleased with Sri Ishvara Puri that he embraced him and blessed him, saying, “May you have the wealth of love for Sri Krishna!”

From that time onward, Sri Ishvara Puri became an ocean of love for Sri Krishna, while Sri Ramachandra Puri became a mine of insults. These two personalities thus bear witness to the results of pleasing or displeasing a great soul. Srila Madhavendra Puri taught this truth through them.

He was the spiritual master of the whole world and he gave the gift of love of God

Grace of guru
Grace of guru

Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Dev Goswami Maharaj says….

Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Dev Goswami Maharaj

Sri Guru is not exclusively the same as the Supreme Lord Himself, but he fully represents the essence of the whole normal potency and embodies the most com­prehensive and excellent service and favor of the Lord.

As he is the fittest servitor of the Lord, he is empowered by the Lord to reinstate all misguided souls to their best interest. So, guru is the divine messenger of immortal hope and joy in this mortal and miserable world.

— His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Dev Goswami Maharaj ji

Srila Bhakti Srirup Siddhanti Goswami Maharaj says…

Obtaining the shelter of the lotus feet of a genuine guru is, without a doubt, a matter of both great fortune and great dilemma for the conditioned soul (living being).

If, however, a fortunate soul has a sincere longing and ardency to attain a true guru, he does so by the mercy of Sri Krishna.

— His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Srirup Siddhanti Goswami Maharaj

Sri Nrisimhadeva

Sri Narsimha Dev

vaisakhasya caturdashyam
suklayam sri nrikesari
jatas tad asyam tatpujot-
savam kurvita savratam
(Padma Purana)

“Sri Nrisimhadeva appeared on the fourteenth lunar day (Caturdashi-tithi) of the bright fortnight of the month of Vaishakha. So, on this day, it is proper to worship and celebrate the appearance of Lord Sri Nrisimhadeva

BABY NIMAI STEALS GOPAL’S OFFERINGS

Lord Chaitanya and His Associates

This is the childhood pastime of Supreme Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.

On another day, a Brahmin pilgrim passed through Navadwip (West Bengal, India) with Bala Gopal, his deity of the baby Krishna. Sri Chaitanya Maparabhu was called Nimai, when He was a child. His father Sri Jagannath Mishra offered the Brahmin a place to perform his puja as well as food to cook for an offering. When the pilgrim had finished cooking, he sat down to offer the bhoga to his deity. But as soon as he started meditation on his mantra, baby Nimai came and began eating the offering. The Brahmin saw this and started to shout in distress. Sri Jagannath Mishra was extremely disturbed by the incident and the Brahmin had to intercede to stop him from giving the child a spanking.

Although the Brahmin did not want to cook again, Sri Jagannath begged him to do so. Before he recommenced preparing the offering.

Sri Jagannath took baby Nimai to a neighbor’s house so that He would not do any more mischief. Once again,when the Brahmin sat down to meditate on his Bala Gopal mantra to make his offering, Sri Gaura Gopal appeared out of nowhere and started to enjoy the food-stuffs.

The Brahmin again began to shout in frustration, “Everything’s ruined. Everything’s ruined!” For a second time Sri Jagannath was devastated and once again was about to punish the child, only to be stopped by his guest. The Brahmin said,“He’s only a child and doesn’t understand anything. It’s not His fault. It seems that it is not my destiny to eat today.”

This time, baby Nimai’s older brother Sri Vishvarupa begged the Brahmin to try a third time, and so finally, on his insistence, he began to cook again. This time it was quite late at night and Nimai was fast asleep in His room so no one suspected any trouble.

Even so, the Brahmin waited until the entire household had gone to bed before making his offering; but once again, contrary to all expectation, Sri Gaura Gopal came to consume it. This time, however, He gave the Brahmin a vision of an extraordinary eight-armed form. In four of these hands, He held the conch, discus, mace and lotus flower of Sri Narayana; but in the palm of another hand, He held a lump of butter from which He was taking morsels with another.The last two hands were engaged in playing a flute. When the pilgrim Brahmin saw this wonderful vision, he fainted away completely.

When he came to consciousness, Nimai told him not to reveal this pastime to anyone. He told him, “You have been My servant for many, many births. This very same pastime also took place at Sri Nanda’s house in Gokula.”

The Brahmin decided to stop his travels and remain forever in Navadwip to be close to his Lord. Every evening after finishing his daily activities he would return to Nimai’s house to behold his worshipable lord.

Srimati Jahnava Devi’s Glory

Jaya Radhe Jaya Krishna Jaya Vrindavana

Sri Virabhadra Goswami was inundated with Srimati Jahnava Mata’s mercy, becoming Her direct initiated disciple. Sri Nityananda Das writes in his Prema-Vilasa that when Sri Virabhadra saw Srimati Jahnava Devi in a four-armed form, His mind was changed and He decided to accept Her as His diksha Guru.

Without the mercy of Sri Nityananda Prabhu’s energy, Srimati Jahnava Devi, no one is able to cross over the ocean of material life, nor can one obtain the service of Sri Nityananda Prabhu and enter into the loving service of His worshipable Sri Gaurhari and Sri Sri Radha-Krishna.

Srila Bhakti Vinode Thakur has written in his Kalyankalpatru:

“O Jahnava Devi! Be merciful today to your servant and deliver me from my pain. Give me a place in the boat of your lotus feet so that I can be sure to cross over the ocean of birth and death. You are Nityananda’s energy. You are devotion to Krishna and my guru. Please give this servant the desire tree of your lotus feet. How numerous are the fallen souls that you have saved? So this fallen beggar seeks a place at your feet.”

Srila Krishna Das in his song that begins as Jaya Radhe Jaya Krishna Jaya Vrindavana, has prayed for Jahnava Devi’s mercy after glorifying Krishna’s name, abode and associates: “Remembering Jahnava Devi’s lotus feet, the lowly Krishna Das sings the name of the Lord”.

Source: sree cg math

When Sri Mahaprabhu brought back the dead boy to life

Lord Chaitanya and His Associates

Supreme Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu would always perform Sri Harinam Sankirtan in the house of one of His devotee, Srila Srivas Pandit.

One day, Sri Srivas’s only son died while sankirtana was being performed in his house. Sri Srivas was afraid that the sounds of mourning from the women’s quarters would disturb Sri Mahaprabhu while He was engaged in singing the Holy Names. So he went directly into the house and tried to quiet the women by explaining spiritual truths to them. When they still didn’t stop their loud lamentations, he threatened to throw himself into the river and drown if they did not stop making noise. This had the desired result.

Later on that night, however, the kirtan came to a stop and Sri Mahaprabhu said, “Something doesn’t seem right. Has some tragedy taken place in the pandit’s house?” Sri Srivas answered, “How can anything be wrong, when I have Your smiling face in my home?”

“However, some of the other devotees said, “Prabhu, Srivas’ only son died in the evening about an hour after sunset.”

Mahaprabhu asked, “Why did no one say anything before now?”

The devotees answered, “Lord, Srivas told us not to, because he was afraid that it would interfere with Your pleasure in Sri Harinam kirtana.”

Sri Mahaprabhu said, “How could I ever abandon devotees who love Me to this extent!”. After this, He went inside and sat down beside the child’s dead body and brought him back to consciousness. He asked, “Child! Why do you want to leave the house of such a great devotee as Srivas?”

The dead child answered, “The few days that I was to spend in Sri Srivas’s house are over, and now I am following Your wishes in going elsewhere. I am a living being without any independence; I cannot go against Your wishes. Please be merciful to me that I never forget Your lotus feet, wherever I go.”

When Srivas’ family members heard the child speak such wisdom, they immediately forgot their distress and stopped mourning.

Sri Mahaprabhu said to Sri Srivas Pandit, “From this day on, Nityananda and I will be your sons. We will never leave you.”

His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj says……

Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj

According to Supreme Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Transcendental Divine Love is the strongest spiritual force on earth which can establish close relation of love and unity of hearts amongst all human beings and thereby establish real peace in the world.

All animated beings are inter-connected and are the parts of the potency of One Organic System — The All Pervading Soul. The knowledge of our common relation to that Absolute Soul will foster in us love and affinity for each other.

— His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj.

The Story of Sri Khir-chor Gopinath

Remuna, a place in Orissa

Srila Madhvendra Puripad, a devotee of Supreme Lord Sri Krishna once visited Remuna, a place in Orissa. During his visit to place he went for an audience (darshan) of Sri Gopinath deity.

Seeing the beautiful image of Lord Gopinath in Remuna, Srila Madhavendra Puri was overwhelmed with love, and started singing His names and danced for some time in ecstasy. He asked one of Lord Gopinath’s Brahmin servants what foods were offered to the deity. The Brahmin answered: “In the evening we offer Sri Gopinath twelve bowls of amrit-keli, a thickened milk preparation that is like the nectar of the gods. It is famous everywhere as Sri Gopinath’s khira, and no offering anywhere in the world is its equal. As the Brahmin spoke, other servants of Lord Gopinath started to make the amrita-keli offering to their deity. Srila Puri thought that if he could just get a taste of this preparation, he would be able to one day make it himself and offer it to his own Lord Gopal. However, this very thought shamed him, as it is improper to desire the food intended for the Lord. After watching the arati ceremony, Srila Madhavendra went outside and sat in the empty market-place, chanting the Holy Names.

In the meantime, the pujari had finished his duties and was taking rest when he had a vision of the deity in a dream telling him, “Get up! Open the door. I have put a bowl of amrit-keli khira aside for the sannyasi. It is hidden behind the pleats of My dress. You did not see Me put it there because of My power (maya). The sannyasi, whose name is Madhava Puri, is sitting in the marketplace. Quickly take this khira to him.”

The pujari was startled by the dream and immediately got up. He bathed, opened the door to the altar and found a bowl of the khira behind the deity’s cloth, just a he had been told. He took the bowl and went to find Srila Madhavendra Puri. He wandered through the market, shouting, “I have khira here for Madhava Puri. Lord Gopinath has stolen it for you. Take it and eat it with joy, for there is no person as fortunate as you in the three worlds.”

When Srila Madhavendra heard the pujari shouting in this way, he approached him and identified himself. The pujari gave him the khira and then fell at his feet.. He recounted the whole story to Srila Madhavendra sending him into paroxysms of divine love for Supreme Lord Sri Krishna. He respectfully ate the prasad and then, after washing the clay bowl, broke it into many small pieces and wrapped them up in his outer garment. Each day thereafter, he would eat a piece of the clay bowl and once again feel the same ecstatic love.

Knowing that word of this miracle would spread by morning, Srila Madhavendra Puri became fearful of the celebrity that would inevitably befall him and the crowd of people that would then surround him. So, he paid his obeisance to Lord Gopinath and left for Puri before dawn.