• Ekadashi,  Philosophy

    Indira Ekadasi – 13 Sep 2020

    Indira Ekadasi occurs during the dark fortnight (krishna paksha) of the month of Aswina (September-October). The glory of Indira Ekadasi is related in the Brahmavaivarta Purana. There Lord Krishna extols the Ekadasi to Yudhisthira by narrating the story of a devotee King named Indrasena. The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna said, “If a person fasts on the holy Indira Ekadasi, all his sins are eradicated and his forefathers who may have fallen into hell obtain liberation. O best of kings, merely hearing about this sacred Ekadasi delivers the great merit of performing a horse sacrifice. King Indrasena “In the Satya-yuga there lived a powerful king named Indrasena, who…

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    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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    Srila Jiva Goswami – A Brief Sketch

    The disciplic succession of Lord Chaitanya has numerous gems each a great authority on the superlative principles of Gaudiya Vaishnavism. The philosophy of Lord Chaitanya was first expounded in the glowing literature of the six Goswamis of Vrindavan, namely Sri Sanatana Goswami, Sri Rupa Goswami, Sri Raghunatha Dasa Goswami, Sri Jiva Goswami, Sri Gopala Bhatta Goswami and Sri Raghunatha Bhatta Goswami. These personalities were powerful acharyas who epitomised the supreme teachings of Lord Chaitanya. Their lives absorbed in pure devotional activities, they inhabited the holy land of Vrindavan and offered to posterity an incomparable treasure trove of devotional works that form the powerful legacy for devotees of Lord Chaitanya all…

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    Panihati ChidaDahi Utsava – A Story

    Lord Nityananda Bestows His Mercy on Raghunatha dasa Raghunatha dasa was a young man, wealthy and renounced. His love for Lord Chaitanya rendered his family and possessions insignificant for him. His only desire was to escape the confines of family and serve Lord Chaitanya at Jagannath Puri. Repeated attempts to flee the family had ended in failure because of his protective father for whom Raghunatha was the only heir. Raghunatha had been wedded to a beautiful girl to tie him to family life. His intense desire to serve Lord Chaitanya was undiminished. He tried to run away again and again, but was recaptured. When he came to know that Lord…

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    Srila Kaliya Krsnadasa Disappearance – 23 Nov 2019

    Srila Kaviraja Goswami writes (Chaitanya Charitamrta-Adilila 11.37.) that Kaliya Krishna Dasa Thakura was one of the principle devotees of Nityananda Prabhu. He knew nothing other than the lotus feet of Sri Nityananda Prabhu. In the Gaura-ganoddesa-dipikä (132) it is said that Kälä Krsnadäsa, who was also known as Käliyä Krsnadäsa, was formerly a gopa (cowherd boy) of the name Lavanga. He was one of the twelve cowherd boys. Srila Bhaktisiddhänta Sarasvati Thäkura writes in his Anubhäñya, “Käliyä Krsnadäsa had his headquarters in a village named Äkäihata, which is situated in the district of Burdwan within the jurisdiction of the post office and police station of Katwa. It is situated on…

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    Srila Narahari Sarakara Thakura – Disappearance – 23 Nov 2019

    Sri Narahari Sarkar Thakura was born at Sri Khanda. Sri Krsnadasa Kaviraja Gosvami describes that the residents of Sri Khanda formed a branch of the desire tree of love of God. “Sri Khandavasi (the residents of Sri Khanda) Mukunda and his son Raghunandana were the thirty ninth branch of the tree, Narahari was the fortieth, Chiranjiva the forty first and Sulocana the forty second. They were all big branches of the all merciful tree of Caitanya Mahaprabhu. They distributed the fruits and flowers of love of Godhead anywhere and everywhere. [Chaitanya Charitamrita Adi-lila 10.78-79] Srila Jagannatha das Babaji Maharaj once stated – “Navadwip is the abode of Goloka. Vrindavana is…

  • Biography,  Philosophy

    Kashishvara Pandit – Disappearance day – 11 Nov, 2019

    Kashishvara Pandit was a disciple of Isvara Puri and son of Vasudeva Bhattacarya, who belonged to the dynasty of Kanjilala Kanu. His surname was Caudhuré. It is said in the Gaura-gaëoddesa-dipika (137) that the servant of Kåñëa in Våndavana named Bhångara descended as Kashishvara Pandit during the pastimes of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Shri Ishvara Puri sent his disciples, Govinda and Kashishvara Pandit, to Jagannatha Puri to humbly serve Lord Chaitanya. Reluctant to accept service from His God brothers, Shri Chaitanya finally agreed since it was His guru’s wish. Kashishvara Pandit, who was strong and powerfully built, used to walk before Lord Chaitanya keeping the crowds from touching Him. And after…

  • Biography,  Philosophy

    Sri Bhugarbha Gosvami – Disappearance day – 11 Nov, 2019

    Sri Bhugarbha Gosvami was a disciple of Sri Gadadhara Pandit. In Radha Gopinatha’snitya-nikunjalila  he is Prema-manjari or Bhadra Rekhika. He shared an intimate friendship with Sri Lokanatha Gosvami so much that Bhakti-ratnakara 1.317 says – “Lokanatha’s affection for Bhugarbha was well known everywhere. They only had different bodies, in spirit they were one.” According to the Sadhana-dipika, Bhugarbha was Lokanatha’s paternal uncle. Whatever may be the relation between Lokanath Goswami and Bhugarbha Goswami, inspired by Lord Chaitanya, they were the first and most senior devotees to settle in Vrndavana. Before the arrival of Sri Rupa and Sri Sanatana Gosvamis they tried to uncover the lost holy places of Radha-Govindaji. Bhugarbha…

  • Biography,  Philosophy

    Srila Vrindavana dasa Thakura

    Srila Veda Vyasa who compiled the pastimes of Lord Krishna in the Srimad Bhagavatam took birth in Bengal as Srila Vrindavana dasa Thakura and presented the pastimes of Lord Chaitanya in the epic ‘Sri Chaitanya Bhagavata’. Srila Vrindavana dasa Thakura was the nephew of Srila Srivasa Pandita, the close associate of Lord Chaitanya and one of the Pancha Tattva. Srila Srivasa Pandita is the incarnation of Narada Muni. These facts are revealed in the book ‘Gaura-Ganoddesha Dipika’ of Kavi Karnapura. Srila Vrindavana dasa was born on the dvadasi tithi of Krishna paksha in the month of Vaishakha in the year 1429 of the Saka era (1507 AD). About his birthplace,…

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    Ekadashi,  Philosophy

    How to observe ekadasi as per Srila Prabhupada’s instructions ?

    Ekadasi is a powerful opportunity for us, the souls trapped in material existence, to perform recommended austerities and make our way back to our original home in the spiritual sky. The spiritual atmosphere is infused with selfless devotional feelings of the pure souls for Lord Krishna and His devotees. Enlightened humans should make best use of the opportunity to invigorate in themselves, this pure Vaikuntha consciousness transcendental to the debilitating impurities of the material atmosphere. His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada has given some simple principles for observing all Ekadasis   “One should observe fasting on Ekadasi day, the eleventh day after the full moon and the eleventh…