"Planet ISKCON" - 49 new articles
You can now listen to the workshop titled "Futuristic Pleasure: be here then" from Wed 21st July 2010 lead by Devamrita Swami here:
H.G. Sankarshan das Adhikari, USA: Sunday 6 March 2011--That Wondrous Spiritual Sky--and--Godhead and Mayavadis
A daily broadcast of the Ultimate Self Realization Course(TM) Sunday 6 March 2011 The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna, and His eternal consort, Srimati Radharani are enjoying transcendental pastimes in the topmost planet of the spiritual world, Sri Goloka Vrindavan. They are beckoning us to rejoin them. Our Mission: To help everyone awaken their original Krishna consciousness, which is eternal, full of knowledge and full of bliss. Such a global awakening will, in one stroke, solve all the problems of the world society bringing in a new era of unprecedented peace and prosperity for all. May that day, which the world so desperately needs, come very soon. We request you to participate in this mission by reviving your dormant Krishna consciousness and assisting us in spreading this science all over the world. Dedicated with love to ISKCON Founder-Acharya: His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, our beloved spiritual master, and to you, our dear readers. Today's Thought: That Wondrous Spiritual Sky Uploaded from Bhaktivedanta Ashram--Austin, Texas USA Why settle for ever-increasing chaos and confusion in this material world's cycle of birth and death when you can instead taste ever-increasing bliss by reviving the dormant love of God within you heart? While suffering is the pastime of the ignorant, those who are wise move up to a higher level of consciousness beyond the three modes of material nature and qualify themselves to regain their eternal identities in that wondrous spiritual sky where people never die. Sankarshan Das Adhikari The Amazing Spiritual Sky, Land of Immortality http://www.backtohome.com/images/spiritual-sky.jpg Answers According to the Vedic Version: Question: Godhead and Mayavadis My dear Srila Gurudeva, Why do we call God Godhead? And why does Your Grace talk about Mayavadi followers as people who do not worship well and do not understand, while we are asked to accept all religions and their way of expressing themselves? J. Answer: Head God and Formlessness Advocates The word god can refer to any controller such as the moon god, the sun god, etc. But when we say Godhead we are referring to the Supreme God, the supreme controller, the source of all existence. A Mayavadi is someone who says that the form and personality of God is maya or an illusion. Religion means to give loving service to God. But if there is no person there to accept our loving service, there is no question of religion. One may approach God as Krishna, Allah, or Jehovah. That is alright. But if we deny that He is person, as the Mayavadis do, there is no question of religion. In other words, Mayavadi philosophy is a covered form of atheism. They say that they accept God, but then they say that He has no form and no personality. It is better to come out honestly and declare oneself to be an atheist, than to say I am a theist and then deny God's form and personality, as the Mayavadis do. Sankarshan Das Adhikari Transcendental Resources: Receive the Special Blessings of Krishna Now you too can render the greatest service to the suffering humanity and attract the all-auspicious blessings of Lord Sri Krishna upon yourself and your family by assisting our mission. Lectures and Kirtans in Audio and Video: Link to High Definition Videos Link to Over 1,000 Lecture Audios Lecture-Travel Schedule for 2011 http://www.ultimateselfrealization.com/schedule Have Questions or Need Further Guidance? Check out the resources at:http://www.ultimateselfrealization.com or write Sankarshan Das Adhikari at: email@example.com Get your copy today of the world's greatest self-realization guide book, Bhagavad-gita As It Is available at: http://www.ultimateselfrealization.com/store Know someone who could benefit from this? Forward it to them. Searchable archives of all of course material: http://www.sda-archives.com Receive Thought for the Day as an RSS feed:http://www.backtohome.com/rss.htm Unsubscribe or change your email address Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Daily_Thought Copyright 2005-2011 by Ultimate Self Realization.Com Distribution of this material is encouraged. Simply we request you to acknowledge where it is coming from with a link to our sign up page: http://www.backtohome.com Our records indicate that at requested to be enrolled to receive e-mails from the Ultimate Self Realization Course at: This request was made on: From the following IP address:
Celebrations at the temple on Saturday March 19th...please come and enjoy kirtan, discourse on the pastimes of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and a sumptuous feast. This festival celebrates the appearance anniversary of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. It is observed annually (in late February, early March) by Krishna devotees all over the world—especially in the area of Mayapur, India, the place where He appeared in the year 1486. This year, Gaura Purnima falls on Sunday, February 28th (in the western world). Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu is Krishna Himself, appearing as His own devotee, to teach us that we can gain full enlightenment simply by chanting the holy names of the Lord: Those who witnessed the Lord's pastimes saw Him dance and chant with ecstatic love for God, the likes of which had never been seen before. Lord Chaitanya encouraged everyone to follow this same process. He taught that anyone—regardless of background or spiritual qualification—can develop their innate love of God and experience great spiritual pleasure by chanting the Hare Krishna mantra. The present-day International Society for Krishna Consciousness continues the work begun by Lord Chaitanya, who predicted that the chanting of the holy names of Krishna would spread all over the world. Gaura Purnima means "golden full moon," signifying that:
His followers generally observe this festival by fasting and chanting the holy names all day. At moonrise, a special multi-course feast is offered to the Lord and then enjoyed by all.
Celebrations at the temple on Saturday March 19th...please come and enjoy kirtan, discourse on the pastimes of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and a sumptuous feast.
This festival celebrates the appearance anniversary of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. It is observed annually (in late February, early March) by Krishna devotees all over the world—especially in the area of Mayapur, India, the place where He appeared in the year 1486. This year, Gaura Purnima falls on Sunday, February 28th (in the western world).
Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu is Krishna Himself, appearing as His own devotee, to teach us that we can gain full enlightenment simply by chanting the holy names of the Lord:
Those who witnessed the Lord's pastimes saw Him dance and chant with ecstatic love for God, the likes of which had never been seen before.
Lord Chaitanya encouraged everyone to follow this same process. He taught that anyone—regardless of background or spiritual qualification—can develop their innate love of God and experience great spiritual pleasure by chanting the Hare Krishna mantra.
The present-day International Society for Krishna Consciousness continues the work begun by Lord Chaitanya, who predicted that the chanting of the holy names of Krishna would spread all over the world.
Gaura Purnima means "golden full moon," signifying that:
His followers generally observe this festival by fasting and chanting the holy names all day. At moonrise, a special multi-course feast is offered to the Lord and then enjoyed by all.
HH BVMadhava Swami will be visiting New Govardhana over the next couple days. He will be giving the Sunday Feast Lecture TODAY (6th Mar) and Bhagavatam Class TOMORROW MORNING at 8am (7th Mar).
Please take advantage of Maharaja’s association – A very dear devotee of Tulasi , and Krsna, Balarama he is always speaking of Their divine glories.
Today at 16:30 – Tomorrow at 19:30
Today at 16:30 – Tomorrow at 19:30
Srimad Bhagavatam 12.2.2 - The scary description of Kali-yuga gives impetus to devotees to go back to Godhead (kaler dosa-nidhe rajann...)
A Writer of Pieces
New format–I will begin with a poem written on the day of its printing. Then I will print random excerpts of books I have printed over the last 30 years. I hope this variety will be pleasing.
Poem for March 5
You tell how you
You can give an example that
The avadhuta madman is distinguished only by
The birds flying across the trees
I have no particular skill
From Begging for the Nectar of the Holy Name (1992)
“My planned retreat is a month from now. What can I do right now to feel the friendly reciprocation of the holy name? He is my most dear friend. How to understand that? (A good sign that my consciousness is turning to japa: I’m chanting during the night, between dreams, etc. )
“Today, I rose at 1 A.M., said brief prayers, and started japa by 1:10 A.M. I kept going for two hours and chanted twelve rounds. But I don’t think of Krishna’s pastimes when I chant. Why is that? I say I don’t have time for it, that I can’t stop to read something that will remind me of Vraja-lila.
“Still, it is worthwhile to focus on chanting and hearing, to try to escape the plan-making mind. At the chanting retreat, I will be able to reduce all my other activities and concentrate on praying the holy names.
“Saturday, alone in room for almost one and a half hours of japa, 2:30-3:45 P.M. Something, a little spark of earnestness, was there and I was attentive. Later, I became sleepy.
From Spiritualized Dictionary (1997)
“This story captures my imagination because a writer often feels alone when he is in his ‘pit,’ writing out his desperate cry to the Lord. I suppose being an opera singer is similar if you are alone with only your voice as your offering. The aria is lifted on your voice and given the strength of spirit. O Krishna, please receive this melody I am offering at Your lotus feet.
“What aria are we singing? Rather than the song of the free bhakta, we are singing the song of the vaidhi-bhakta. That’s why our arias sometimes sound more like slave songs than the songs of those who are free to relish Krishna’s lilas. A vaidhi-bhakta prays to become spontaneous in his love for Krishna. He prays to see his activities not as work but as service. He prays to realize that he’s not chained to the material world by anything other than his uncontrolled mind and senses. He prays to love his guru.
“His prayer is his aria, and it helps to free him. He sings of his impatience to attain the goal; he sings of approaching death. He sings of duty and of the joy of taking up his beads early in the morning.
“Although most people prefer to sing for an audience, a vaidhi-bhakta also tries to sing alone. When he is alone, it’s easier for him to look at his lack of courage, his enviousness, his tendency to find fault, and his spiritual aspirations. It’s easier to sing the song of hope in the face of hopelessness: ‘I have been chanting my rounds for thirty years with these ears and this tongue and trying to hear the Lord’s name. I wish I could do better, but I don’t seem able. Still, while this body has breath, I will continue to chant the holy name. Dear Lord, I ask for nothing more than to continue this chanting and praying life after life. Please let me always serve Your devotees and chant Your holy name despite my failure to do either of these things properly. As You desire, please give me the strength to be a pure devotee. Please let me always understand the pure devotion to my spiritual master’s activities and to follow him with faith.’
“And as with any song, our aria will improve and deepen when we sing it with heart.”
From ISKCON in the 1970s: Diaries
“This chapter covers a period where Srila Prabhupada was traveling through the USA, and when our BBT Library Party managed to catch up with him in a few cities. In those days I was not a regulated diary writer. I was too busy serving, and I had not developed the habit. The continuity of what exactly I was doing at this time is not clear from these pages, therefore, but there are strong glimpses of Srila Prabhupada on morning walks, lectures and so on. Private meetings were more rare. I was mostly satisfied to see my divine master at least on frequent occasions and to always bring him news of the Library Party’s successful sale of his books at the universities. We tried to schedule our university visits to coincide with the cities Prabhupada visited. Little did we know then that his stay with us would be so brief, that this was his last tour of the USA.
“Here we also got a view of Prabhupada in argumentation and some of the very rebellious challenges that he met, such as the group of long-haired ‘disciples’ he spoke to in Los Angeles. Sometimes Prabhupada used to say that he could have stayed at home and loved Krishna, but because he saw people were suffering, he traveled; traveling meant to expose himself to many challenges. People may think that Prabhupada speaks too strongly, but if you get a glimpse at some of the challenges Prabhupada faced, you realize that he had to be strong. It was his opponents who resented that Prabhupada was so strong, whereas those who wanted to remain in Krishna consciousness aspired to be led by Prabhupada’s argumentation.
“This also helps us to understand Prabhupada’s statement about Christ, ‘We adore and offer obeisances to Christ.’ Since he himself was always on the preaching field, Prabhupada could appreciate how Christ gave everything to preach and yet was always tolerant, even against the ultimate challenges . . .
“Seeing my notes, in which I half-complain and half-assure myself to work hard, I draw some solace. I was doing as much as I could in the spirit of ‘work now, samadhi later.’ Prabhupada’s inspirational presence enabled us to work hard assisting him to expand the Krishna consciousness movement. We pray to always be thankful to Prabhupada for pushing us in those days. According to the Bhagavad-gita, whatever little assistance we offer to the Vaisnavas is to our eternal credit . . . Even from a sketchy diary like mine, one can appreciate how Srila Prabhupada was scattering seeds of spiritual instruction wherever he went. Many of those bhakti seeds are still growing; some are waiting to be cultivated by whomever will come forward to do it. For example, by his informal talks one evening in Detroit: ‘He is keen for an institute for all our philosophy books. Any scholar may come and study them and then argue with us, and we shall demonstrate how Krishna consciousness is superior.’ Prabhupada’s lectures are also full of hundreds of seeds (bhakti-lata-bija) thrown out to the hearts of the listeners—the only prayer to make to Krishna is, ‘Dear Lord, please give me the strength to serve You.’
“Prabhupada’s U.S. summer tour was interrupted when he got the chance to visit with India’s prime minister, Indira Gandhi. He left suddenly from Toronto. I was able to have a private meeting with him just before he left, and he assured me to stay on the same course of distributing his books to the university libraries, getting appreciations of his books from the scholars, and lecturing in the colleges.”
From The Qualities of Sri Krishna (1995)
“Rupa Gosvami defines a forgiving person as ‘a person who can tolerate all kinds of offenses from the opposite party.’ Lord Krishna tolerated Sisupala’s blasphemy. ‘Sri Yamunacarya further says in his prayer that the forgiving power of Lord Krishna is even greater than that of Lord Ramacandra, because Sisupala was always in the habit of insulting Krishna—not only in one lifetime, but continually throughout three lives. Still, Krishna was so kind that He gave Sisupala the salvation of merging into His existence.’ (NOD, Chap. 21, p. 171)
“Krishna is the supreme father. He loves all living entities. He is confident, secure, and filled with well-being. This is the basis of His forgiving nature. In turn, Lord Krishna will be pleased with us if we are forgiving to others. In the Bhagavad-gita, Krishna says that forgiveness as well as intelligence, knowledge, truthfulness, fearlessness, nonviolence, and austerities—‘all these various qualities of living beings are created by Me alone.’ (Bg. 10.5) To attain forgiveness, therefore, is to triumph in saintly behavior. Canakya Pandita describes forgiveness as a sadhu’s chief quality. Maharaja Ambarisa exemplified this forgiveness by showing mercy to Durvasa Maharaja, even though Durvasa tried to kill him. Similarly, Lord Nityananda forgave Jagai and Madhai.
“Lord Krishna sets the standard for a devotee’s forgiveness. He insists that since we want Him to forgive us, we should first of all be forgiving toward others. A saintly person forgives not only his own family members but his enemies. (Krishna is so kind to His enemies that He grants them liberation.) Prabhupada reminded us that Jesus Christ asked God to forgive the ignorance of those who crucified him. Christ gave his followers the following words in the Lord’s Prayer: ‘Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.’
“A good way to demonstrate forgiveness is to continue to give people Krishna consciousness despite their ingratitude. This is the preacher’s mood. Although there are so many reasons why we may want to reject the nondevotees, a devotee displays forgiveness by continuing to preach.”
Australian News: Calling out around the world – are you ready for a brand new beat – HH KKS in Brisbane
All those in the New Govardhana + Brisbane Area!!!! – Kadamba Kanana Swami Maharaja has specially requested the YOUTH to come and associate with him on WED 16 March.
If you live in the NEW GOVARDHANA AREA – Nitai Christian Durr will arrange transport for whoever would like to come, please contact him on 0422 724 920 or via facebook.
The Program starts at 7pm with Gaura Arati followed by an EVENING OF KIRTAN with MAHARAJA!
Please make the effort as Maharaj doesn’t often make it to Brisbane.
*KADAMBA KANANA SWAMI BRISBANE VISIT*
1966 March 5: "Today I have sent one letter to the Secretary Salvation Army for exchange. At 2 o'clock went to Ananda Ashram. Kirtan was performed in the evening. Very much appreciated."
1971 March 5: "Anyone reading our KRSNA book, TLC, NOD, and Bhagavad As It Is, is sure to become a Krishna Conscious person. Therefore somehow or other we must push on this literature distribution program."
1972 March 5: "Even I cannot give you any nice thing, still, because you have got some love for Krishna and your Spiritual Master, you are working very hard in every way just to push on this movement."
1972 March 5: "Practically now it is in the hands of you big guns to manage everything. if you go on helping me in this way, you may know it for certain that very soon you will see Krishna face-to-face."
1973 March 5: "We want to avoid skin disease and the Indian people are like the tannery expert. Such a cobbler is expert at skin disease. They will see our Sankirtana Party and think it is a white dance."
1974 March 5: "We do not say that one has to leave home. Either you leave home or remain there, you go on with your progressive interest and participation in this great movement."
Our editing is to correct grammatical and spelling errors only, without interpolation of style or philosophy.
>>> Ref. VedaBase => Letter to: Rupanuga, 17 February, 1970
Today I received the official pictures from Stanwell School from the opening day of CelebratingRE a month of events throughout the UK on the importance of religious education in schools. It’s always nice to enter into an auditorium were lovely music is being played, the students were very accomplished. The various faiths were invited to [...]
Lecture on Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 17, Texts 17-19 titled "The Top Then Brahmas" given by Prahladananda Swami.
Bhagavad-gita As It Is 17.17
sraddhaya paraya taptam
This threefold austerity, performed with transcendental faith by men not expecting material benefits but engaged only for the sake of the Supreme, is called austerity in goodness.
Bhagavad-gita As It Is 17.18
Penance performed out of pride and for the sake of gaining respect, honor and worship is said to be in the mode of passion. It is neither stable nor permanent.
Sometimes penance and austerity are executed to attract people and receive honor, respect and worship from others. Persons in the mode of passion arrange to be worshiped by subordinates and let them wash their feet and offer riches. Such arrangements artificially made by the performance of penances are considered to be in the mode of passion. The results are temporary; they can be continued for some time, but they are not permanent.
Bhagavad-gita As It Is 17.19
Penance performed out of foolishness, with self-torture or to destroy or injure others, is said to be in the mode of ignorance.
There are instances of foolish penance undertaken by demons like Hiranyakasipu, who performed austere penances to become immortal and kill the demigods. He prayed to Brahma for such things, but ultimately he was killed by the Supreme Personality of Godhead. To undergo penances for something which is impossible is certainly in the mode of ignorance.
Download: 2010-12-15b - Prahladananda Swami - BG 17.17-19 - The Top Ten Brahmas.mp3
Lecture on Srimad Bhagavatam, Canto 10, Chapter 1, Text 22 titled “Unclean and Lying”.
Srimad Bhagavatam 10.1.22
puraiva pumsavadhrito dhara-jvaro
bhavadbhir amsair yadushupajanyatam
Lord Brahma informed the demigods: Before we submitted our petition to the Lord, He was already aware of the distress on earth. Consequently, for as long as the Lord moves on earth to diminish its burden by His own potency in the form of time, all of you demigods should appear through plenary portions as sons and grandsons in the family of the Yadus.
“I worship the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Govinda, who is always situated in various incarnations such as Rama, Nrisimha and many sub-incarnations as well, but who is the original personality of Godhead, known as Krishna, and who incarnates personally also.”
In this verse from Srimad-Bhagavatam we find the words puraiva pumsavadhrito dhara jvarah. The word pumsa refers to Krishna, who was already aware of how the whole world was suffering because of the increase of demons. Without reference to the supreme power of the Personality of Godhead, demons assert themselves to be independent kings and presidents, and thus they create a disturbance by increasing their military power. When such disturbances are very prominent, Krishna appears. At present also, various demoniac states all over the world are increasing their military power in many ways, and the whole situation has become distressful. Therefore Krishna has appeared by His name, in the Hare Krishna movement, which will certainly diminish the burden of the world. Philosophers, religionists, and people in general must take to this movement very seriously, for man-made plans and devices will not help bring peace on earth. The transcendental sound Hare Krishna is not different from the person Krishna.
H.H. Prahladananda Swami: I thought he was going to pull out a book. He started reciting the whole chapter.
February 28th, 2011
to read the whole transcription of Mother Urmila’s lecture see here.
Today is the Disappearance day of His Holiness Tamal Krishna Goswami. This remembrance took place just a week after Maharaja’s departure. 2002-03-27 Radhadesh
gauravirbhava bhumes twam nirdesta sajjana priyah
vaisnava sarvabhauma sri jagannathaya te namah
"I offer my respectful obeisances unto Sri Jagannatha dasa Babaji Maharaja, who is respected by the entire Vaisnava community and who discovered the place where Lord Caitanya appeared."
Today marks the disappearance day of Srila Jagannatha Dasa Babaji. As part of our parampara, daily we pay our respectful obeisance to Srila Jagannatha Dasa Babaji on the alter. However today in order honour Srila Jagannatha Dasa Babaji we are posting some nectar about him which displays how merciful yet stringent this exemplary vaishnava was.
The dust of Vrndavana beyond caste or creed:
Once Babaji begged a roti from a Vrndavana street sweeper. Hearing about this, the leading men of Vrndavana said to Jagannatha Dasa Babaji, "Baba, you are the crest jewel of Vraja. It pains us to hear anyone criticizing you. But now everyone is talking against you. They are saying, 'Baba's gone mad. If he defies the age old traditions what will happen to society.'"
Babaji Maharaja replied, "You are all learned people. Don't you know the importance of the dust of Vrndavana? It is so surcharged with Krishna prema that even Lord Brahma desires to become a particle of Vraja dust. Therefore, isn't a Vrndavana sweeper who is constantly serving the dust, breathing it, rolling in it, and bathing in it more pure than anyone else?" Silence filled the air indicating everyone's acceptance of Babaji Maharaja's reply.
All glories to all the residents of the holy dhams:
Srila Jagannatha Dasa Babaji was over 120 years old and while living in a tent at Sri Navadvipa Dham with Bihari Lal, his servant, he would eat prasadam from a large brass plate which someone had given as a donation. A litter of puppies which had taken birth nearby began to come and eat off Jagannatha dasa Babaji's plate and he did not object. After a few days however, Bihari Lal saw what was happening, and he drov the dogs away. Jagannatha dasa Babaji chastised Bihari Lal angrily saying, "If the dogs can't eat I won't eat!" His servant had to search out and bring back the puppies, and as they joined Babaji again over his plate he exclaimed, "All glories to the dhama dogs!" Thus he showed by example the great respect which should be shown for all the residents of the holy dhamas.
Awareness, feeding the residents of the holy dhama and avoiding the sahjiya/pretenders all in one swoop:
When he was in his old age, Babaji Maharaja was nearly blind. Many people would come to see him and to offer him donations. His servant, Bihari would keep all these donations in a bag. One day, Babaji said, “Bihari ! How many rupees have I got?” Bihari had put some rupees aside for some service he had planned to render Babaji Maharaja. When asked by Jagannatha dasa Babaji about how many rupees were on hand, Bihari placed some rupees in his hand and kept twelve Rupees aside. Even though his eyesight was failing, Babaji Maharaja detected the discrepancy. “Bihari!” he said, “Why have you kept twelve Rupees aside? Give me all the rupees!” Smiling at this fun, Bihari surrendered the remaining coins to his guru. At that time, Babaji Maharaja made his wishes known as to how the money should be spent. The total came to two hundred rupees. Babaji ordered Birari to take the money at once and buy rasagolas, to feed the all the cows in Navadvipa dhama. However he made it clear"Feed them to all the dhamas cows, but don't give one to those rascal 'sahajiya babajis' (pretenders)."
Uncultured men will accept charity on behalf of the Lord and will earn their livelihood by making a show of austerity and wearing a mendicant's dress. ~ Srimad Bhagavatam 12.3.38 (1st half of verse)
Many people used to come and beg alms from Jagannatha dasa Babaji. He did not want to give them alms, but told them to do service. One day a man named Sri Gaura Hari dasa came and asked Jagannatha dasa Babaji Maharaja for alms, but Babaji Maharaja would give him nothing. When the man persisted for three days, fasting outside Babaji Maharaja’s tent, Babaji Maharaja finally relented. He tore off a piece of his kaupina, his undergarment and gave it to Bihari dasa, his servant, with the instruction to present it to the beggar as alms, thereby informing the beggar that he must first learn to control his senses before taking up the profession of a saint.
Those who know nothing about religion will mount a high seat and presume to speak on religious principles. ~ Srimad Bhagavatam 12.3.38 (2nd half of verse)
One day, Sri Babaji Maharaja remarked about the professional readers of Srimad-Bhagavatam, “This kind of professional Bhagavata kirtana is simply prostitution. Those who make their living by reading Srimad-Bhagavatam are offenders to the holy name of Krsna. No one should listen to the kirtana and Bhagavatam readings that they produce. And one who listens to such offensive readings and thus commits offenses against the holy name of Krsna certainly go to hell. Those who are involved in this professional reading should immediately give it up. Such a person should worship the residents of Vrndavana with great care and attention, considering himself most fallen, and thus pray for forgiveness.”
kirtaniya sada hari
When Babaji was well over 100 years old and some say 135 year or more, Bihari Lal, used to carry him on his shoulders in a basket. When Babaji would hear a kirtan or engage in kirtan, his body would extend itself out of the basket like a beautiful banyan tree and he would loudly shout, "Nitai ki nam eneche re! Nitai, ki nam diteche re!" "O Lord Nityananda, what a wonderful name you have brought! O Nitai, what a wonderful name you have given!"
Discovering the birthplace of Lord Chaitanya
After much exploring and research Bhaktivinoda Thakur was convinced that they found the spot of Lord Chaitanya’s birthplace. So he requested Jagannatha dasa Babaji to come and they went there to the spot, with Babaji being carried in his basket.
The scenario was that due to his old age, Srila Jagannatha dasa Babaji couldn't open his eyes, but had to forcibly open them with his fingers, what to speak of walk. If he went anywhere he was carried in his basket by Bihari Lal. However, upon arriving at the transcendental site, Babaji leapt out of the basket and danced in ecstasy shouting, "Haribol!" and "Gauranga!", definitely establishing the birthplace of Lord Chaitanya.
Jaya Srila Jagannatha Dasa Babaji!
In a very colorful occassion, amidst roaring kirtan and chanting of vedic mantras,Garuda flag was hoisted, marking the inauguration of Mayapur Gaura Purnima festival 2011.Speaking on the occassion, HH Jayapataka Swami, who has attended all the Gaura Purnima festivals (except one which he missed last year)for the past 39 years, highlighted how this festival is so dear to Srila Prabhupada.
Others on Madhava:
“Madhava’s kirtan is one of the most transcendent kirtan experiences I’ve ever had. He sings with so much heart and dedication that every one who is present is effortlessly transported to another universe on waves of his chanting. His melodies are rich and inviting, his voice is honest and true, and he always surrounds himself with beautiful musicians and artists – all part of his artful way of revealing a doorway to the divine
“Madhava is a powerful and inspirational devotional singer and master of mantra singing. His music and melodies bring ecstacy to our singing and dancing, bathing us in happiness as we respond to his illuminating voice.” — Loren Russo Yoga teacher, Miami FL, USA
“Madhava’s singing touches the heart…. his chanting is always sweet and full of energy. It is a wonderful experience being in his kirtans.” — Dr. Nisha Vastani Research Scientist, Uni Hospital- Zurich, Switzerland
“The kirtana of Madhava has an almost magnetic influence. The mind and heart get totally attracted, then drawn into the inside world where one can meet the soul of the universe. Tune in and you will have a deeply
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With deep affection and admiration for HH Tamal Krsna Goswami’s devotion to Srila Prabhupada, Maharaja’s godbrothers, disciples and Mayapur community devotees remembered & glorified His Holiness on his disappearance day. After Mangala Arthi, HH Bhakti Caru Swami sang the “je anilo prema dhana” prayers. From 10 a.m. onwards, glorification of Maharaj took place in the community hall, followed by pushpanjali and Arthi at Maharajas Samadhi.
Skype conference with Russian disciples. (Feb 3rd)
Jagannatha dasa: In an effort to serve devotees, I have created http://didprabhupadasay.wordpress.com for seeking and posting the source of quotes which are attributed to Srila Prabhupada
Srimad Bhagavatam 12.2.1 - The symptoms of Kali-yuga started manifesting as soon as Krsna left earth for His own abode (krsne sva dhamopagate dharma-jnanadibhih saha...)
We will celebrate the appearance of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu on March 19th. Since this is weekend day, everyone should have free time to participate in our festival. We want to spend the day chanting the Holy Name and hearing about Lord Chaitanya’s lila.
Guest Lodge will be open for Gaur Purnima. Please call 304-843-1600 Ext. 111 for reservation.Who is Lord Chaitanya: is believed by Gaudiya Vaishnavas that Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is Lord Krishna Himself in the mood of Srimati Radharani. He is known to be the most magnanimous form of God who gives the love of God through very easy process of chanting the Holy Names of the Lord. It was Lord Chaitanya who inaugurated the chanting of ‘Hare Krishna Maha Mantra’ as the process of deliverance for the age of Kali. Sankirtana movement was started by Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu which is gradually spreading throughout the world.
Appearance and Childhood: Lord Chaitanya appeared as son of Jagannatha Mishra and Sachidevi who were descendants of brahmanas originally residing in Sylhet. It was the evening of 18th February 1486, when the moon was about to rise and there was a lunar eclipse, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu appeared. At that time people were engaged in purificatory methods of the eclipse shouting louding “Haribol!!!” and Chaitanya Mahaprabhu took birth amidst the Holy Names. Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was a beautiful child with golden complexion. He was born under a nimba tree or Neem tree, thus was called as ‘Nimai’ by His mother and other ladies in the neighborhood. He was also called as ‘Gaura’ for His golden yellow complexion. Beautiful and attractive as He was, everyone loved to play with Him and came to see Him everyday. He had several pastimes in His childhood. Lord Chaitanya In his youth, Sri Chaitanya was erudite scholar and was unchallenged expert in Sanskrit. He soon became devotee of Lord Krishna after His father departure. He was associating with great devotees of that time and eventually became the eminent leader of Vaishnavas group. He was always seen with Lord Nityananda. The life of Lord Chaitanya is a vast literature and His pastimes are unlimited. In this article it is not possible to describe all the glories of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
Sent By His Grace Mukunda Dasa The weather is quite moderate right now with the mornings a little chilly while it is quite pleasant in the day. The gardens in our temple are in full bloom with various coloured Dalia, roses and other seasonal flowers. However the hot and unbearable summer will descend by beginning [...]
The main thing is to fix your mind on the sound of the chanting. As you strain and yearn to keep your attention fixed, this naturally brings a mood of devotion. This is the way you serve the holy name. Just as when cooking, if you try very hard not to burn the preparation, to spice it nicely, and to keep it cooking nicely, then you express your devotion in this way.
From Japa Reform Notebook
by Satsvarupa dasa Goswami
Antardwip das: GAUR PURNIMA 2011 Special Broadcast (subject to change) MARCH 5 th 8 am – 10am: Festival Inauguration 10am – 12:00 H.G. Tamohara Dasa - Devotee Care "Developing Community Systems of Devotee Care" 10 am – 2 pm: Bhakti Vrksha Festival 6:30 Stage Programs - The three lives of Bharata by HH Bhakti Marg Swami 7pm – 10pm: Kirtan led by Niranjana Swami
Kicking off at 6:30pm AEST (7:30pm in Byron Bay) on Saturday March 5, 2011*, tune in for the "Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya of modern kirtan": Dave Stringer.
Coming from a jazz musician background, and influenced by Saivite traditions of kirtan, Dave is being backed tonight by the Kirtan Australia "Hare Krishna Heavy Metal Orchestra": Prema Yogi on cartals, Sitapati on bass, and Vrajadhama on mrdanga.
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