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    Festival,  Pastime

    Panihati Chida Dahi Utsav – Raghunath Dasa Goswami takes shelter of Sri Nityananda Prabhu

    Sri Raghunath Dasa Goswami is one of the six primary disciples of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. He was the only son of a wealthy land owner. The wealth and opulence enjoyed by his family is compared to that of king Indra. Yet, RaghunathaDasa showed detatchment to worldly life right from an early age. Raghunatha’s detachment from worldly life and attachment to Lord Chaitanya Blessed by Namacharya, Haridasa Thakura and Lord Chaitanya, the young Raghunatha became very eager to join Sri Mahaprabhu in Puri and serve Him. He felt intense separation from the Lord. He tried to run away to Puri several times. This alarmed his family who placed a guard around…

  • 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…

  • Philosophy

    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…

  • Festival

    Nityananda Jayanti 2018

    Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir conducted Nityananda Trayodashi celebrations at New Delhi on 29 January 2018. The event was graciously hosted by Sri Pavan & Srimati Sadhana Sachdeva at their Farm House at Rajokri, New Delhi. The Deities of Sri Sri Gaura Nitai from Vrindavan and Gurugram arrived at the venue in the evening. Around 6 PM, the Deities were carried to their Altar set up in the lawns of the sprawling compound. Cultural Programme After the arrival of the Deiteis, a cultural programme was conducted. Children from Gurugram schools presented two performances. At first a group of eight children sang the bhajan “Nitai Pada Kamala” by Narottama Dasa Thakura to the…

  • Philosophy

    Understanding Nityananda Tattva

    Pañca–tattva Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is considered the most magnanimous of all incarnations of Lord Sri Krishna, since He freely distributed the most valuable wealth, the love of Godhead or Krishna-prema. He is always accompanied by other tattvas – His plenary expansion Śrī Nityānanda Prabhu, His incarnation Śrī Advaita Prabhu, His internal potency Śrī Gadādhara Prabhu and His marginal potency Śrīvāsa Prabhu. He is in the midst of them as the Supreme Personality of Godhead.  Spiritually there are no differences between these five tattvas, for on the transcendental platform everything is absolute. Yet there are also varieties in the spiritual world, and in order to taste these spiritual varieties (rasas) one should distinguish between them.In spiritually distinguishing between them…

  • 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…

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    Sri Nityananda Jayanti

    Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir conducted Nityananda Jayanti at New Delhi. This was the first celebration of this festival by VCM outside Vrindavan Saturday, February 20, 2016 Nityananda Jayanti is the most auspicious appearance day of Lord Nityananda. Lord Nityananda appeared in the year 1473 in West Bengal. He is Lord Balarama who appeared along with Lord Chaitanya who is Lord Krishna Himself for the propagation of the Sankirtana Movement. Srimad Bhagavatam, the foremost of Vedic Literature states that all activities of the human being culminate in ultimate success only if they satisfy the Supreme Lord. It is also stated there that in this age called Kali Yuga, for satisfying the Supreme…