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    Kamada Ekadashi -23 Apr 2021

    The glories of Kamada Ekadashi are found in the Varaha Purana in a conversation between Maharaja Yudhishthira and Lord Krishna. Referring to this conversation to some great sages of the universe, Sri Suta Goswami said, “O sages, let me offer respectful obeisances unto the Supreme Lord Hari, Bhagavan Sri Krishna, the son of Devaki and Vasudeva, whose mercy allows me to describe the day of fasting that removes all kinds of sins. It was the great devotee Maharaja Yudhisthira to whom Lord Krishna narrated the glories of the twenty-four primary Ekadashi, which destroy sin. Exalted sages have selected these twenty-four narrations from the eighteen Puranas, for they are truly sublime.…

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    Papamochani Ekadashi – 8th April 2021

    Addressing Lord Sri Krishna, Yudhishthira Maharaja said, “O Supreme Lord, I wish to hear about the Ekadashi that occurs during the dark fortnight of the month of Chaitra (March-April). What is its name and what results can one attain by observing it?” Lord Sri Krishna, replied, “O best of kings, for the benefit of everyone I shall describe to you the glories of this Ekadashi which is known as Papamochani. The history of this Ekadasi was once narrated to the emperor Mandhata by Lomasa Rishi.” Lomasa Rishi narrates, “The Ekadashi that occurs during the dark part of the month of Chaitra is named Papamochani Ekadashi.  For the faithful devotee, it…

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    Sri Srivas Pandita – Appearance day – 4th April, 2021

       païca-tattvatmakaà kåñnaà bhakta-rüpa-svarüpakam bhaktavataraà bhaktakhyaà namami bhakta-Saktikam I offer my obeisances unto the Supreme Lord, Kåñna, who is non-different from His features as a devotee, devotional incarnation, devotional manifestation, pure devotee and devotional energy. The pure devotee mentioned in the above verse is Srivas Pandit. One amongst the celebrated Pancatattva, he assisted Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu in His pastimes. He is also the incarnation of Narad Muni, the celebrated devotee of the Lord, who always sings the glories of the Lord while playing on his Vina. He appeared in 1456 at Srihatta and was older to Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu by 30 years. His father’s name was Jaladhar. Srivas Pandit had…

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    Amalaki Ekadashi – 25 Mar 2021

    The glories of Phalguna-Shukla Ekadashi, or Amalaki Ekadashi, are found in the Brahmanda Purana in a conversation between sage Vasishtha and the great King Mandhata. King Mandhata’s Query King Mandhata asked Vasishtha Muni, “O great sage, kindly be merciful and tell me of a holy fast that will bestow me eternal benefit.” Vasishtha Muni replied, “O king, listen as I describe the best of all days of fasting, Amalaki Ekadasi. One who faithfully observes a fast on this Ekadashi obtains wealth, is freed from the effects of all kinds of sins, and attains liberation. Fasting on this Ekadasi is even more purifying than donating one thousand cows in charity to…

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    Sri Purusottama Das Thakura

    The twenty-third and twenty-fourth prominent devotees of Nityänanda Prabhu were Sadäçiva Kaviräja and his son Puruñottama däsa, who was the tenth gopäla. From birth, Puruñottama däsa was merged in the service of the lotus feet of Lord Nityänanda Prabhu, and he always engaged in childish play with Lord Kåñëa. Çré Känu Öhäkura, a very respectable gentleman, was the son of Puruñottama däsa Öhäkura. He was such a great devotee that Lord Kåñëa always lived in his body. – (Chaitanya Charitamrita Adi 11.38-40) “Sadasiva Kaviraja and Nagara Purusottama, who were father and son, are described in the Caitanya-Bhagavata as maha-bhagyavan, greatly fortunate. They belonged to the vaidya caste of physicians. The…

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    Srila Jagannatha Dasa Babaji Maharaj

    Srila Jagannatha Dasa Babaji Maharaja, a prominent spiritual master coming in the line from Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, was the disciple of Srila Vishvanatha Chakravarti Thakura. Srila Jagannatha Dasa Babaji Maharaja, or Babaji Maharaja, as he was known, was born in West Bengal in 1776 but later moved to Vrindavana, where Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura met him in 1880.  Because of his pure spiritual vision, Babaji Maharaja was able to reveal many holy sites of Navadvipa, including Lord Chaitanya’s birthplace, Sri Srivas angan etc. It is said that although Babaji Maharaja was old and invalid, on finding Lord Chaitanya’s birth-site he danced jly. When Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura’s son, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati, was twelve years old, Babaji Maharaja,…

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    Sri Rasikananda

    In the Christian year 1590 (Sakabda 1512), on the first day of the bright fortnight of the month of Kartik, during the night of the festival Dipamalika, when the houses are decorated with rows of lamps, Sri Rasikananda Deva made his appearance in this world. His father was Sri Acyuta Deva, the king of Rohini. After passing many years without having a male issue, Sri Acyuta Deva, by the mercy of Lord Jagannath, was blessed with this jewel of a son. The village of Rohini or Royni was situated within the country known as Mallabhumi, encompassed on one side by the Suvarnarekha River (Suvarna meaning golden and rekha, a line).…

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    Vijaya Ekadasi – 09 Mar 2021

    Yudhishthira Maharaj said, “Oh Lord Sri Krishna, O glorious son of Vasudeva, please be merciful to me and describe the Ekadasi that occurs during the dark fortnight of the month of Phalguna (February-March).” Lord Shri Krishna replied, “Oh Yudhishthira, Oh king of kings, gladly I shall tell you about this great fast, known as Vijaya Ekadasi. Whoever observes it certainly achieves success in this life and the next. All the sins of one who fasts on this Ekadasi and hears its sublime glories are eradicated. Narada Muni once asked Lord Brahma, who sits on a lotus flower about the Vijaya Ekadasi. Shri Narada said, “Oh best of all the demigods,…

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    Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura – Appearance day 3rd March 2021

    SrilaBhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Pranati nama om vishnupadayakrishnapresthayabhutale srimatebhaktisiddhantasarasvatiitinamine WORD FOR WORD namah–obeisances; om-address; visnu-padaya–unto him who is at the feet of Lord Visnu; krsna-presthaya–who is very dear to Lord Krsna; bhu-tale–on the earth; srimate–all-beautiful; bhaktisiddhantasarasvati–SrilaBhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati; iti–thus; namine– who is named. TRANSLATION I offer my respectful obeisances unto His Divine Grace SrilaBhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati, who is very dear to Lord Krishna, having taken shelter at His lotus feet. srivarsabhanavidevidayitayakrpadhaye krishnasambandhavijnanadayineprabhavenamah WORD FOR WORD   sri-varsabhanavi-devi-dayitaya–unto Sri Varsabhanavi-devi-dayita Dasa, the servant of the lover of SrimatiRadharani; krpa-abdhaye–who is an ocean of mercy; krsna-sambandha–(of) the relationship with Krsna; vijnana–(of) the science; dayine–who is the deliverer; prabhave–unto the master; namah–obeisances. TRANSLATION I offer my respectful obeisances…