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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…

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    Biography

    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…

  • Biography,  Festival,  Philosophy

    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…

  • Festival,  Philosophy

    Nityananda Jayanti: Glories of Lord Nityananda

    Nityananda Jayanti is the appearance day of Lord Nityananda, who is Lord Balarama Himself. Lord Balarama Bala means strength, not bodily power but spiritual strength. Lord Balarama is the first expansion of Sri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Balarama is described in the scriptures as the predominating Deity of the sandhini shakti (existential potency) of Lord Krishna. Balarama is a svamsha (direct) expansion of the Lord, and therefore there is no difference in potency between Kṛishṇa and Balarama. However, they differ in two aspects – bodily structure and mood. Krishna has the bluish-black complexion of freshly formed monsoon clouds while Balarama has the fair complexion of newly formed spring…

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    Lord Caitanya Delivers Buddhists

    Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was a scholar par excellence. On His tour to south India, Mahaprabhu defeated many types of philosophers by sound logic and converted them to Vaishnavism. The case of the defeat of some Buddhists by Mahaprabhu is a typical example. The Buddhist cult is established on the basis of argument and logic. They have two ways of understanding philosophy – Hīnāyāna and Mahāyānaā. They have nine chief principles: 1) The creation is eternal; therefore there is no need to accept a creator. (2) This cosmic manifestation is false. (3) “I am” is the truth. (4) There is the repetition of birth and death. (5) Lord Buddha is the…

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    Early Pastimes of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu

    Appearance of Lord Chaitanya When Lord decides to take his birth on earth, first he sends the incarnations of his respectable predecessors such as his father, mother and spiritual master. Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu took his birth on the full moon night of phalguna masa in the year 1486 (CE). He was the tenth child of Srimati Saci-Devi and Sri Jagannath Misra. They named him Nimai. He appeared in a town in the Nadiya distrct of Bengal, in the region of Navadvipa called Mayapur. At the time of His birth, there was a lunar eclipse on account of which people of Navadvip were bathing in the Ganga and resounding the name…

  • Philosophy

    Who are Pancha Tattva?

    (jaya) sri-krsna-caitanya prabhu nityananda sri-advaita gadadhara srivasadi-gaura-bhakta-vrnda Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare Panca-Tattva Lord Krishna enjoys by manifesting Himself as the Spiritual Masters, the devotees, the diverse energies, the incarnations and the plenary portions in the form of the Panca-Tattva. The Panca-Tattva are all six in one. I, therefore, worship the lotus feet of these six diversities of the one truth, the Panca-Tattva, by invoking their benedictions. I offer my respectful obeisances unto the spiritual masters, the devotees of the Lord, the Lord’s incarnations, His plenary portions, His energies and the primeval Lord Himself, Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Sri…

  • Biography,  Philosophy

    Sri Ramananda Raya

    Sri Ramananda Raya was one of the four personalities with whom Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu discussed the most confidential topics of Krishna consciousness. He is considered to be the best authority in transcendental knowledge of the loving affairs between Radha and Krishna so much that Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu kept him and Svarupa Damodara Gosvami all day and night to discuss the pastimes of Lord Sri Krishna. They are considered to be the chief assistants in pastimes of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Born around 500 years ago, in the village of Bentapur, adjacent to Brahmagiri, Alalnath, Ramananda Raya was eldest among his brothers Pattanayaka Gopinatha, Kalanidhi, Sudhanidhi and Nayaka Vaninatha. In the Gauragannodesha…

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    Understanding Sri Chaitanya Tattva

    The word Chaitanya means “living force.” As indicated in the revealed scriptures, Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is Kṛiṣhṇa Himself, the supreme living entity. As the Supreme, He is full in six opulences: wealth, fame, strength, beauty, knowledge and renunciation. Lord as the Cause of all Causes and all Incarnations As the Personality of Godhead, Lord is the reservoir of all spiritual and cosmic manifestation (animate and inanimate). He is the fountainhead of all incarnations. He is the complete form of sac-cid-ananda (full life, knowledge, and bliss). He is also known as the Absolute Truth. The Lord is not directly attached to the creation, maintenance, and destruction of the material world, for…

  • Philosophy

    A Village Encounter

    A passage from the life of Lord Chaitanya Lord Chaitanya’s Visit to Vrindavana Lord Chaitanya came to Vrindavan on the day of Karitika Purnima in the year 1515. For two months he toured various places of Vraja and excavated Shyam Kunda and Radha Kunda. Eventually, Lord Chaitanya was living at Akrura Ghata in Vrindavana and daily visiting holy spots in the area.One day His servant Balabhadra Bhattacharya was exasperated with endless invitations for Lord Chaitanya from brahmanas to visit Mathura and requested Lord Chaitanya to move to Prayaga on the occasion of Magha Mela held during Makara Sankranti for bathing in the Ganga on the full moon day. Lord Chaintanya…