• Biography,  Philosophy

    Haridasa Thakura: Inspiring Chanter

    Haridasa Thakur (born 1451) was a prominent Vaishnava Acharya of the Gaudiya Vaishnava Sampradaya known for being a great preacher who served Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in establishing His Sankirtana movement. Born into a Muslim family, He was an ardent devotee of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. He was a contemporary of Srila Advaita Acharya and used to associate with him at Shantipura intimately. His integrity and unflinching faith in the face of extreme adversity are extolled in Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita, Antya lila. He is primarily famous for his dedication to constantly chanting the names of Lord Krishna. Haridasa Thakura and Advaita Acharya, two senior and well-respected religious personalities of Gaudiya Vaishnavism in…

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    Biography

    Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura- The seventh goswami

    Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura (1838-1914) is a prominent preceptor acharya in our succession of spiritual masters and disciples coming from Lord Krishna. He was a pioneering spiritual leader, a householder, a magistrate working in colonial India under the British rule, a prolific preacher, writer, and poet. Honoured as the “Seventh Gosvami”, he wrote volumes of books reintroducing the pure teachings of Lord Chaitanya at a time when those teachings had practically become lost. He composed hundreds of devotional songs glorifying Krishna to uplift the consciousness of the suffering people of this world. He corresponded with philosophers, theologians, leaders, scholars, and professors of his time and sent books, including The Life and…

  • Philosophy,  Pilgrimage

    Acceptance of Sannyasa by Srila Prabhupada

    Srila Prabhupada is widely regarded as the foremost Vedic scholar, a cultural ambassador, a prolific author and a spiritual teacher of the modern era. He is especially respected as the world’s most prominent contemporary authority on bhakti-yoga, devotional service to the Supreme Lord Krishna, as taught by the ancient Vedic writings of India. SrilaPrabhupada translated and commented in over eighty volumes of books, including the Bhagavad-gita As It Is, a concise handbook for understanding the purpose and goal of human life and the multi-volume Srimad-Bhagavatam, an epic biography of Lord Krishna, His incarnations, and His many devotees throughout the history of the universe. His books are translated into more than…

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    Parsva Ekadashi – 17 Sep 2021

    Sri Yudhishthira Maharaja asked Lord Sri Krishna, “What is the name of that Ekadashi that occurs during the light fortnight (shukla paksha) of the month of Bhadrapada (August-September “Hrishikesha masa”) ? Who is the worshipable Deity for this Ekadashi, and what merit does one attain in observing it? Kindly reveal all of this to me my Lord.” The Supreme Personality of Godhead Lord Sri Krishna addressed His devoted Yudhishthira as follows, “This Ekadashi, Oh Yudhishthira, is called Vamana Ekadashi, and it bestows upon those who observe it both great merit and ultimate liberation from material bondage. Therefore, because it removes all one’s sinful reactions, it is also called Jayanti Ekadashi.…

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    Srimati Radharani’s unique position

    Srimati Radharani’s Appearance “On the Ashtami tithi of Gaura paksha, in the month of Bhadra, King Vrishabhanu came to the Yamuna river to bathe and found himself engulfed in a golden aura of pure love. It was emanating from a lotus, which had a baby girl in its whorl. The King picked up the beautiful girl and decided to raise her as his own daughter. When the king returned to the palace with the baby, Queen Kirtida was delighted doubted if she were blind as she did not open her eyes. “Lord Krishna’s mother, Yashoda, heard that her best friend Kirtida had a baby, so she came to visit along…

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    Śrī Śrī Rādhā-kripa-kaṭākṣa-stava-rāja

    The PRAYER FOR THE MERCIFUL SIDELONG GLANCE OF SRI RADHA (An Appeal to Śīmatī Rādhāraṇi from the Ūrdhvāmnāya-tantra)Spoken by Lord Śiva to Parvati Translated by Kuśakratha dāsa श्री राधा-कृपा-कटाक्ष-स्तव-राजŚrī Rādhā-kṛpā-kaṭākṣa-stava-rāja Text 1मुनीन्द्र–वृन्द–वन्दिते त्रिलोक–शोक–हारिणिप्रसन्न-वक्त्र-पण्कजे निकुञ्ज-भू-विलासिनिव्रजेन्द्र–भानु–नन्दिनि व्रजेन्द्र–सूनु–संगतेकदा करिष्यसीह मां कृपाकटाक्ष–भाजनम् ॥१॥ munīndra-vṛnda-vandite triloka-śoka-hāriṇiprasanna-vaktra-paṇkaje nikuñja-bhū-vilāsinivrajendra-bhānu-nandini vrajendra-sūnu-saṅgatekadā kariṣyasīha māṁ kṛpā-kaṭākṣa-bhājanam ||1|| O goddess worshiped by the kings of sages, O goddess who remove the sufferings of the three worlds, O goddess whose face is a blossoming lotus, O goddess who enjoy pastimes in the forest, O daughter of Vrishhabhanu, O companion of Vraja’s prince, when will You cast Your merciful sidelong glance upon me? Text 2अशोक–वृक्ष–वल्लरी वितान–मण्डप–स्थितेप्रवालबाल–पल्लव प्रभारुणांघ्रि–कोमले ।वराभयस्फुरत्करे प्रभूतसम्पदालयेकदा करिष्यसीह मां कृपाकटाक्ष–भाजनम् ॥२॥…

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    Festival,  Pastime

    Srimati Radharani is not an ordinary woman

    A lecture by Srila Prabhupada on Srimati Radharani’s Appearance Day celebrations held in Montreal on Aug 30th 1968. Srila Prabhupada on Radharani Today is our Radhashtami ceremony. I must speak now something about Radharani, and then I shall go up, reach my apartment at twelve. In the meantime, you can observe the ceremonies. Today is the birthday of Srimati Radharani. Radharani is the pleasure potency of Krishna. Krishna is the Supreme Brahman. Just try to understand. Krishna is the Supreme Brahman. Param brahma param dhama pavitram paramam bhavan [Bg. 10.12]. Radharani is the pleasure potency of Lord Krishna and Not An Ordinary Woman So when param brahma wants to enjoy……

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    Annada Ekadashi – 03 Sep 2021

    Sri Yudhishthira Maharaja said, “Oh Janardana, protector of all living entities, please tell me the name of the Ekadashi that occurs during the dark fortnight of the month of Bhadrapada (August-September).”    The Supreme Lord, Sri Krishna, then replied, “Oh King, hear Me attentively. The name of this sin-removing, sacred Ekadashi is Aja. Any person who fasts completely on this day and worships Hrishikesha, the master of the senses, becomes free of all reactions to his sins. Even one who simply hears about this Ekadashi is freed from his past sins. Oh King, there is no better day than this in all the earthly and heavenly worlds. This is true…

  • Pastime

    Who is Lord Krishna, Why should we accept Him as our leader?

    Many a times Krishna consciousness movement is criticized for not being open and propagating only worship of one god – Lord Krishna. So today we will explore why only Lord Krishna is worshipped. A very well-known shloka from the scriptures says vasudeva-sutaṁ devaṁkaṁsa-cāṇūra-mardanamdevakī paramānandaṁkṛṣṇaṁ vande jagat-gurum The Lord who was born as the son of Vasudeva, who killed Kamsa and Canura and who gave lot of joy to Mother Devaki, that Krishna is the only Guru of the universe. Have you come across situations where you don’t know what to do? It’s not just simple humans but also prodigious leaders sometimes won’t know what to do? Maharaja Yudhisthira was known…