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Nov 30, 2017

FOCUS ON QUANTITY

19/11/2017
Delhi

Now just focus on quantity and gradually quality will be achieved


We have seen some sages doing chanting by surrounding them with fire; some during severe cold, standing in the river and chanting. But those who are devotees of Lord, what do they do? They only do continuous chanting of the holy names. What is achieved by knowledge and renunciation, devotees achieve the same by the mere chanting of holy names.

Lord is saying, whatever you do, you may eat, drink or enjoy, but always chant holy names. For Kali-yuga such a concession Lord has given. So no need to stand on one leg in the fire or in the river or upside down. And no need to suffer so much and put your body into trouble. Just sit down anyhow; during the winter there is nothing to worry, just sit down inside a blanket and chant the holy names. You may even lay down but just chant the holy names. 

Lord Himself is explaining the glories of the holy names, in any condition, you can chant, even the jivas who don’t want to chant. And how this chanting is achieved? By associating with devotees and hearing hari-katha from them. If the holy names are once tasted by the tongue, then no need to worry, chanting will be automatic. Automatic chanting will be there while performing your duties. 

I insist to you, chant one lakh of nama-japa, which means 64 rounds. You will see that during your sleep, the chanting will also continue. If someone chants 64 rounds, when he sleeps he will experience the chanting is also going on. Then what to say if he chants suddha-nama-japa?

Oct 1, 2017

DIKSA, THE TRANSCENDENTAL KNOWLEDGE

14/07/2017
Brazil


Diksa-guru is Krsna Himself that manifested in this material world; a manifestation of Baladeva Prabhu or Nityananda Prabhu. There are many types of guru: diksa-guru, siksa-guru, vartma-pradarsaka-guru, mahanta-guru. Actually, mahanta-guru is Krsna Himself. As like Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu, He is also acting the role of guru. 

Caitanya Mahaprabhu is Krsna, but He is taking the mood of bhakta, bhakta-bhava, and as a bhakta, He is acting the role of guru; so Caitanya Mahaprabhu is also acting the role of mahanta-guru. And at the same time, Caitanya Mahaprabhu is Krsna, so He resides in the heart of all the living entities; in the heart of the devotees. 

So, Caitanya Mahaprabhu is acting four roles: Krsna, devotee, caitya-guru and mahanta-guru.

The Paramatma, Supersoul, resides in the heart of all the living entities and His duty is just to witness; what the living entities are doing, He is just watching it. When the living entity’s sukrti is matured and accumulated and he has surrendered unto the lotus feet of guru, then caitya-guru who resides in the heart, Paramatma, gives us inspiration on how to develop our bhajana and sadhana. This is the process.

Sep 21, 2017

CAITANYA BHAGAVAT 2

January 11, 2017
Penha, Brasil

Audio here

gauranga-gunete jhure, nitya-lila tare sphure
(Gaurangera duti pada, 2)
One who is completely absorbed in the sweet pastimes of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu, Krsna-lila will automatically manifest in his heart, because Gaurasundara in non-different from Krsna. Krsna manifested in this Kali-yuga in the form of Sacinandana Gaurahari and took Srimati Radhika’s mood and complexion:
radhikara bhava kanti angikar kori
krsna avatirna hoila gauranga rupa dhari
“Antar krsna bahir gaura”, Caitanya Mahaprabhu is Krsna on the inside, but externally He is Gaura. Gauranga-lila means separation mood (vipralambha-mayi-lila) and Krsna-lila is sambhoga-mayi-lila (meeting lila). Krsna’s many sweet pastimes are beyond our material conception; you cannot understand it. If you are not in a very high level, as like Sukadeva Gosvamipada, uttam-uttam maha-bhagavata, it is very difficult to understand some of Krsna’s confidential lilas. For example, Krsna steals the cloths of the gopis; He performs rasa-lila with them and He also do water-sporting and boat-sporting with the gopis and this is beyond the rules and regulations of the society. In this way, Krsna’s many confidential lilas, if you listen from Srimad-Bhagavatam, maybe your mind will be very disturbed, because it is very difficult to reconcile. But Gaura-lila, you may understand; Chaiyanya Mahaprabhu’s lila is very sweet. For this regard, our acaryas explain, if you absorb in Gaura-lila, then by the causeless mercy of Sacinandana Gaurahari, you may understand about Krsna-lila; all our acaryas explain that again and again you have to listen Gaura-lila. 

Aug 7, 2017

SRI BRHAD-BHAGAVATAMRTAM - PART 1, 3RD CLASS

29 May 2015

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So continuing, I am discussing about Brhad-bhagavatamrtam, composed by Srila Sanatana Gosvamipad. Brhad-bhagavatamrtam is called the essence of Srimad Bhagavatam and here Srila Sanatana Gosvamipad explains two stories, one is the story of Narada Rsi and the other is the story of Gopa-kumar.

In the first part we discussed how Narada Rsi went to different places and he glorified the devotees. Narada Rsi first met with one brahmana in Prayaga, who used to worship his Thakurji Salagram-sila. Narada Rsi told him, “You are the best recipient of the mercy of the Lord”, and that brahmana told, “I am not the best recipient of the mercy of the Lord, the king who lives in South India worships the Lord and engages all of his wealth and money in Thakura-seva, so he is the best recipient of the mercy of the Lord”. 

Then Narada Rsi went to South India and saw how the king served his Thakurji and then Narada Rsi  said, “You are the best recipient of the mercy of the Lord”, then the king told, “I am not the best recipient of the mercy of the Lord, the best recipient of the mercy of the Lord is Indra, the king of the heavenly planets”.

Then Narada Rsi went to the heavenly planet and he also glorified Indra, who is the best recipient of the mercy of the Lord. Indra [being] very humble told, “I am not the best recipient of the mercy of the Lord; Brahmaji is the best recipient of the mercy of the Lord”. Then Narada Rsi came in Brahma-loka and met Brahmaji, who told, “Actually I am not the best recipient of the mercy of the Lord; Shiva is the best recipient of the mercy of the Lord (bhagavata-krpa-patra)”. 

SRI BRHAD-BHAGAVATAMRTAM - PART 1, 4TH CLASS

06 June 2015


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So continuing, I am giving classes about Brhad-bhagavatamrtam composed by Srila Sanatana Gosvamipad. There are two parts in Brhad-bhagavatamrtam: one is the story of Narada Rsi and the other, of Gopa-kumar. So we are discussing the first part of the book, the story of Narada Rsi and his enquiry of who is the best recipient of the mercy of the Lord (bhagavat-krpa-patra). For this regard he started [his search by] going to Prayaga, where the three holy rivers - Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati - merge together and he met with one old Brahmana who used to worship his Thakurji Salagrama-sila.

Then he also went to south India where there was a king living in his kingdom. That king also used to worship his Thakurji but the king told he was not the best recipient of the mercy of the Lord, after that the king said, “If you want to see the best recipient of the mercy of the Lord, you should go to heaven (Svarga-loka) [to see] Indra”. So Narada Rsi arrived in Indra-loka which is called heaven or Svarga-loka and Indra also told that he is not the best recipient of the mercy of the Lord. So then Narada Rsi went to Brahma-loka (Satya-loka) and Brahmaji also told that he is not the best recipient of the mercy of the Lord. Then Narada came in the place of Shiva-loka, Shivaji also said he is not the best recipient of the mercy of the Lord and then he went to Suta-loka where Prahlada Maharaja is staying.

Apr 27, 2017

SRI BRHAD-BHAGAVATAMRTAM - PART 1, 2ND CLASS

19 May, 2015
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I have discussed the first part of Sri Sri Brhad Bhagavatamrtam composed by Srila Sanatana Gosvami, and I also explained that in the Brhad Bhagavatamrtam there are two parts, one part glorifies about the devotees of Lord, and that’s the history of Narada Rsi, and the other part glorifies the devotion (Bhakti), and that is Gopa Kumar katha.

I have also told in the previous class that Narada Rsi came in the very super excellent and auspicious place, Prayaga Tirtha, where three rivers meet together Ganga, Yamuna and Sarasvati, and at that time he saw one poor brahman that used to worship his Thakurji Salagram. Narada Rsi told him, “You are the best recipient of the mercy of Lord”, then the brahman told, “I’m not the recipient of the mercy of Lord; if you want to see the best recipient of the mercy of Lord you should go to south India, and you will see that there is a king which worships the Lord with all his wealth and money”, this is called royal seva (rajakiya seva). 

Then Narada Rsi arrived in south India where he saw the king and how he served his Thakurji with all of his wealth and money; this is called raja seva, royal service. Then the king told, “I’m not the best recipient of the mercy of Lord (bhagavat krpa patra), if you want to see the best recipient of the mercy of Lord, then you should go to heaven; Indra is the best recipient of the mercy of Lord”. 


Mar 5, 2017

SRILA TRIVIKRAM MAHARAJ’S LETTER TO SRILA GURUDEV (BV Vana Maharaja)

The following is a letter Srila Bhaktivedanta Trivikrama Gosvami Mararaja wrote to our Dearmost Srila Gurudev on 27ᵀᴴ June 2002.

“Sri Sri Guru Gaurangau jayatah
Sri Devananda Gaudiya Math, Nabadwip, 27ᵀᴴ June 2002,
My dear respected and affectionate Vana Maharaja,
     I received your letter from Holland, dated from 19ᵀᴴ June 2002, yesterday and I am very much pleased. You spoke very nicely your lecture about “Peace and prayer”. Therefore, there are many points that if you would speak them, it would be nice.
     According to the qualification of the prayers, the results will be different. The conditioned souls are actually attached with material objects; therefore, they cannot understand the highest peacefulness of aprakrta vastu (Absolute Substance). And they (materialist peolple) are unable to realize about transcendental objects, for this reason, they never pray to Lord.
     Anyhow, I pray your lecture improve day by day. I hope Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu bless to you.
     In this moment, I have lost my memory. I cannot remember anything else. Also, I cannot see anymore, nor write.
     I think, in the rest of my life, it’s not possible again go to Vrndavana. I pray to Lord all you stay in Vrndavana and do bhajana and sadhana.
     I am an offender and from far I offer my obeisances to Vrndavana-dhama and you pay my obeisances to pujyapada Narayana Maharaja. Let him know that I am offering my dandavat pranamas to him and all you accept.

Paying obeisances,
Fallen Trivikrama.
27ᵀᴴ June 2002.”

Feb 9, 2017

SRI KSETRA PURI DHAM PARIKRAM 2017

Hare Krsna!

Please join this amazing Sri Ksetra Dhama Parikrama 2017!
+ Darsan of Sakshi Gopal temple on the way to Jagannatha Puri.

Jay Srila Gurudev ki jay!

Jan 31, 2017

CAITANYA BHAGAVAT 1

Penha, Brasil
January 10, 2017



I want to speak about Caitanya Bhagavat, the glorification about Lord Nityananda and Caitanya Mahaprabhu. 

Vrindavan Das Thakur, in Caitanya Bhagavat, very nicely glorifies Lord  Nityananda Prabhu. Who is Nityananda? In Krsna-lila, He is Baladeva Prabhu and now He has come in Gaura-lila in the form of Nityananda Prabhu. Baladeva means, who gives all kinds of transcendental strength, power, in our heart (cit-bal). 

Bala-hinena labhhyah, the Smriti sastra explains in this sanskrit verse, bala-hine na labhyah, who has no strength (power) cannot do anything. If you have no strength or power in your legs, then you cannot walk. If you have no power in your eyes, you cannot see. Bal means sakti, power, potency. In the same way, for you to practice the spiritual things, you need cit-bal, transcendental power, transcendental strength. 

Jan 22, 2017

INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE HEART




Jan 21, 2017

NAMA SANKIRTAN AND THE RADHA MANTRA

Santiago, Chile 
07 January, 2017
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Prabodhananda Saraswatipad in Radha-Rasa-Sudha-Nidhi grantha is praying, how all his limbs and body will absorb with Srimati Radhika:
radha-nama-sudha-rasam rasayitum jihvasti me vihvala
padau tat-padakankitasu caratam vrindatavi-vithishu
tat-karmaiva karah karotu hridayam tasyah padam dhyayatam
tad-bhavotsavatah param bhavatu me tat-prana-nathe ratih 
(Sri Radha-rasa-sudha-nidhi, text 142)
SYNONYMS 
radha-nama-sudha-rasam-the nectar of Radha's name; rasayitum-to taste; jihva-tongue; asti-is; me-of me; vihvala-agitated; padau-feet; tat-padakankitasu-marked with Her footprints; caratam-should walk; vrindatavi-vithishu-on the pathways in Vrindavana; tat-karma-Her work; eva-indeed; karah-hand; karotu-should do; hridayam-heart; tasyah-of Her; padam-feet; dhyayatam-should meditate; tad-bhavotsavatah-with a festival of love; param-great; bhavatu-may be; me-of me; tat-prana-nathe-to the Lord of Her life; ratih-love.

TRANSLATION
“May my tongue become overwhelmed by relishing the nectarean flavour of Radha’s holy name, may my feet walk over Vrindavana’s pathways that are marked with Her footprints, may my hands be engaged only in Her menial service, may my heart meditate on Her lotus feet, and may I develop love for the Lord of Her life (Krishna) through Her festival of emotions.”

Jan 11, 2017

SRIMAD BHAGAVAT-KATHA

Penha/SC, Brazil
09/01/2017



What is the essence of Srimad Bhagavat-katha? How the ordinary conditioned soul becomes free from maya and how to attain the highest divine love for Radha and Krsna? Especially in this Kali-yuga, there is only one process to attain the highest divine love and the abode of Lord and that’s called ‘nama-sankirtan’. The scriptures explain that in this Kali-yuga, there is no other way than the chanting of the holy names, not with karma, jnana, tapasya. The easiest way to attain the highest prema, divine love of Radha and Krsna, is the chanting of the holy names of Lord. 

But in this Kali-yuga, maya, the external illusory potency of Lord, is very powerful. No one can conquer her. Krsna says this to Arjun in the Bhagavad-gita. But only one process can conquer maya: [the one in which] one person absolutely and completely surrenders [itself] unto My lotus feet.