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    Ekadasi – The Divine Purpose

    The day of Ekadasi is considered very auspicious. It is a day of fasting. It is meant for practicing austerities for a divine purpose. The spell of material identity conditions us to a limited conception of life circumscribed by birth and death and replete with interminable problems. The wise humans recognise this constricted state and contemplate freedom. If such thoughtful persons encounter the teachings of Lord Chaitanya through a bonaifed Guru in His lineage, then a path of blissful austerity that leads to the highest dimension of blissful spiritual existence opens up before them. “The specific significance of these incarnations is that to prosecute their ways of self-realization is simply…

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    Philosophy

    Lord Chaitanya: Giver Of The Ultimate Benediction

    Lord Chaitanya is Krishna Himself. He appeared 530 years ago in the holy land of Mayapur in Navadvip, West Bengal. He is the Absolute Truth, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. 500 years ago, it was the period of ascendency of the Mughals. Muslims, who made several attempts to efface the ancient Vedic spiritual culture of India with their own, ruled the land. Imposing oppressive laws on the population, they wished to coerce the locals to give up their spiritual traditions. The ancient Vedic varnashrama system, had knowledgeable Brahmanas advising powerful Kshatriyas who protected the Vedic principles in society. By the degrading influence of the age of Kali, both these classes…

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    Celebrating Gaura Purnima

    Following a genuine spiritual path is absolutely essential for every human being. This is because the consciousness in the human form has been lent the power to question reality and probe deeper meanings. Yet, this is an age when exploring the spiritual dimension seems to be accorded little priority. Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is Krishna Himself, who came to deliver the greatest spiritual benefit to the most spiritually bereft. Knowing the souls of Kali Yuga to be weak and incapable of the severe penances and austerities needed to quell the overwhelming urges of illusion, Lord Chaitanya gave them the simple, but all-powerful process of Harinama Sankirtana – the congregational chanting of…

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    Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura’s Dream

    In 1885, Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura wrote, “Lord Chaitanya did not advent Himself to liberate only a few men in India. Rather, His main objective was to emancipate all living entities of all countries throughout the entire universe and preach the eternal dharma. Lord Chaitanya states in Sri Caitanya-bhagavata, ‘In every town, country, and village My name will be sung.’ There is no doubt that this unquestionable order will come to pass. . . . Although there is still no pure society of Vaishnavas, Lord Chaitanya’s prophetic words will in a few days come true . . .   “Very soon the unparalleled path of hari-nama-sankirtana will be propagated all over…