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    Lord Ramachandra: The Quintessential Leader

    yad yad ācarati śreṣṭhas tat tad evetaro janaḥ sa yat pramāṇaṁ kurute lokas tad anuvartate  “Whatever action is performed by a great man, common men follow in his footsteps. And whatever standards he sets by exemplary acts, all the world pursues.” Bhagavad Gita (3.21) Great persons who make a powerful impact on people’s lives are emulated by the masses. The late president of India, Dr. Abdul Kalam was an admired leader. He had wonderful qualities that attracted children and students to him wherever he went. He inspired everyone by his words, actions and qualities. Whatever standards such leaders establish, the rest of the people follow. Knowing that the living example…

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    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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    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…

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    Sri Sanatana Gosvami

    Sri Sanatana Gosvami appeared in 1488, five years before Sri Rupa Gosvami, in a Sarasvata brahmana family in Bengal. Sanatana and his two brothers, Rupa and Anupama, were always absorbed in bhakti from early childhood. In his youth, Sri Sanatana dreamt that a beautiful brahmana boy gave him a Srimad Bhagavatam. Feeling ecstatic he awoke. But seeing neither the boy nor the Bhagavatam he felt sad. When Sanatana began his puja that morning, however, Krishna Himself, disguised as a beautiful brahmana boy, came and said, “Take this Srimad Bhagavatam from Me, always study it, and you will attain perfection.” In Krishna-lila-stava, Sri Sanatana Gosvami glorifies the Srimad Bhagavatam: “O holy…

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    Sri Vakresvara Pandita – Disappearance day – 16 Jul, 21

    Sri Vakreshvara Pandit was Lord Caitanya’s very dear servant and is considered to be the fifth branch of the Lord Caitanya’s tree, In the Gaura-ganoddesa-Dipika(71) it is stated that Vakreshvara Pandita was an incarnation of Aniruddha, one of the quadruple expansions of Vishnu (Vasudeva, Sankarsana, Aniruddha, and Pradyumna). While some others like Vakreshvara Pandit’s initiated disciple Gopala Guru Gosvami and many others in Orissa, including Dhyan Chandra, a disciple of Gopala Guru Gosvami, says in his books that Vakreshvara Pandit is an incarnation of Tungavidya-Sakhi, an expert singer, and dancer serving as one of Srimati Radharani’s ashta-sakhis. Vakreshvara Pandit was born in the village of Guptipara near Triveni. He could…

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    Sri Svarupa Damodara – Disappearance day – 12 Jul, 21

    Srila Svarupa Damodara Goswami was Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s personal secretary and always stayed with Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. He is the eternal associate and friend of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. When Sriman Mahaprabhu took Sannyasa, he became half-mad. He is more like the second Mahaprabhu, in the sense that he fully understood the Lord’s conclusions on Krishna-tattva and Krishna-bhakti, and could fully represent them.  As such, whoever wanted to bring before the Lord a book, poem, or song would first bring it to Svarupa Damodara, who would examine it before the Lord would hear it.  The Lord did not delight in hearing literature and song which was opposed to the conclusions of bhakti (bhaktisiddhanta-viruddha),…

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    Srila Shyamananda Prabhu – Disappearance day – 25th Jun, 2021

    Srila Shyamananda Prabhu was a great devotee of Lord Chaitanya. He was a contemporary of the great Acharyas Srinivasa Acharya and Narottama Dasa Thakura. The three were eternal associates of Lord Chaitanya incarnated to spread His teachings after the Lord’s disappearance. They studied under Srila Jiva Goswami in Vrindavan. They created a resurgence of Lord Chaitanya’s Bhakti movement in Bengal and Orissa, where it was flagging in the period after the Lord had left the planet. Birth & Childhood Sri Shyamananda was born on the Purnima (full moon day) of the month of Chaitra in a place called Dharenda Bhadura Puram, Utkala (Orissa). Noticing the auspicious moment of his birth…

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    Sri Sridhara Pandita

    Among the innumerable devotees of Lord Chaitanya there was an exceptional devotee named Kholavecha Sridhara. In Krishna Lila his name was Kusumasava. “Kholaveca” is a nickname meaning bark-seller. He used to sell banana leaves, stems, flowers, and bark. Given their abundance in Bengal where he used to live, this was certainly not a lucrative business. Sridhara Pandit was a resident of Navadwip. He used to live at the northern extremity of Mayapur and to the southeast of the Chand Kazi’s Samadhi, in the place which is now known as Sridhara Angan. He was materially very poor but nevertheless a great example of how even a man in utter penury could…

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    Agni-Pariksha of Mother Sita

    A Gaudiya Vaishnava Perspective Mother Sita was the daughter of Maharaja Janaka and the wife of Lord Rama. She was born on Vaishakha shukla paksha navami. Her appearance day this year falls on 21st May 2021.  She was known for her beauty, noble qualities, good behavior, and intelligence. Mother Sita was a chaste, devoted wife who insisted on accompanying her husband to the forest for fourteen years. She was a princess and it was not expected of her to make such a sacrifice but mother Sita loved her husband so much that she could not stay a moment without Him. She felt without Lord Rama, Ayodhya would be like a jungle…