July 13, 2020 in Articles by Laksman dasa

(Isana Dasa)

In the 18th chapter of Srila Prabhupada’s Teachings of Lord Caitanya, we read about the conversation between Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Prakashananda Sarasvati.  Prakashananda was chief amongst the large following of Mayavadi sannyasis at Benares.  According to the sannyasis who followed the Mayavadi teachings of Shankaracharya, singing, dancing and playing musical instruments were regarded as sinful activities.  The Mayavadi sannyasis considered Lord Caitanya to be an uneducated sentimentalist; and Lord Caitanya avoided their association and continued His sankirtan movement.

Srila Prabhupada writes (TLC):  “ ……both Tapan Mishra and Chandra Sekhar Acharya were feeling very sorry about strong criticism against Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu, and they came together and prayed  for the Lord to meet the Mayavadi sannyasis.”  At that time, a brahmana came to Lord Caitanya and begged Him to participate in a meeting of the Mayavadi sannyasis at his home and Lord Caitanya accepted his invitation. 

Srila Prabhupada continues:  “The next day Lord Caitanya went to the house of the brahmin.  He saw that all the Mayavadi sannyasis were sitting there.  He offered His respects to all the sannyasis, as was usual, and then He went to wash His feet.  After washing His feet, He sat down at that spot, not amongst the Mayavadi sannyasis, but in a place where water was kept for washing the feet.  While He was sitting there, the other sannyasis saw a glaring effulgence emanating from His body.  All the Mayavadi sannyasis were attracted by this glaring effulgence, and they stood up and showed Him respects.”

Then Prakashanada Sarasvati very respecftfully invited Lord Caitanya to join the other sannyasis, and Prakashananda enquired as to why Lord Caitanya was not following the path of Shankaracharya, but was engaging in singing and dancing.  Lord Caitanya explained as follows: 

“My dear sir, I may inform you that my spiritual master saw me as a great fool, and therefore he more or less punished Me and said that, because I am such a fool, I have no jurisdiction in the study of Vedanta.  So he kindly gave me the chanting of Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare / Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.  My spiritual master told Me:  ‘You go on chanting this Krishna mantra, and it will make You all-perfect.’”(TLC)

In the course of their discussion, Lord Caitanya pointed out many of the truths of Vedanta philosophy, uncompromised by the faulty explanations of Shakaracharya.  And finally Lord Caitanya explained:

“As a result of this chanting, sometimes I become impatient and cannot restrain Myself from dancing and laughing or crying or singing – just like a madman.  When I first wondered whether I had become a madman by chanting this Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare / Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare, I approached my spiritual master and informed him that by chanting this Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare / Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare, ‘I am becoming just like a madman, so what is My actual position?’”(TLC)

Srila Prabhupada continues, “Lord Caitanya informed Prakashananda that when His spiritual master understood Him, the spiritual master said:  “It is the transcendental nature of the Holy Name of Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare / Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare to transport a man into spiritual madness.  Anyone who sincerely chants this Holy Name is actually elevated very soon onto the platform of love of God, and therefore he becomes mad after Him.”(TLC)

It is at this point, near the very end of chapter 18, that Srila Prabhupada discloses an essential key to understanding the mystery of how we invoke this benediction of love of Krishna through this chanting process.  Srila Prabhupada explains as follows: 

“The process is that a bonafide spiritual master chants the Holy Name, Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare / Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare, and the transcendental sound vibration enters into the ear of the disciple.  If the disciple follows in the footsteps of his spiritual master and chants the Holy Name with equal respect, that becomes the worship of the transcendental Name.When the transcendental Name becomes worshiped by the devotee, the Name Himself spreads His glories within the heart of the devotee, and when he is perfectly qualified in chanting such transcendental vibration of the Holy Name, he is quite fit to become a spiritual master for delivering all the people of the world.”(TLC Ch 18)

(It is to be noted that the above quotes are taken from the 1968 copyright edition of TLC.  The same text as presented on the web site, presents the words of this chapter in a way that distorts Srila Prabhupada’s presentation, even to the extent of changing Srila Prabhupada’s words “equal respect” to “similar respect”.  Upon questioning editor Dravida das regarding the reason for this change, he told me that Hayagriva concluded that it would not be possible for us to ever chant the Holy Name with “equal respect” and therefore decided to change Srila Prabhupada’s words in this way.  However, we will show, with reference to our body of Vaishnava teachings, that “equal respect” is Srila Prabhupada’s purposeful choice of words, and his exact meaning.)

Therefore as we are sincere to progress in this cultivation of Krishna consciousness, the following question arises in our mind: 

“How can we chant the Holy Name with equal respect?”

In our Vaishnava songbook we find the prayer of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur entitled Gurudeva. The second verse is translated as follows: 

                                                                      I offer you all respects,

                                          for thus I may have the energy to know you correctly. 

                                            Then by chanting the holy name in great ecstasy,

                                                                  all my offenses will cease.

Similarly, in the Thakur’s Kabe habe bolo, the same feelings of transcendental veneration are expressed in verse number 7: 

                                                       Oh enjoyer of the nectar of the name,

                                                           When will I touch your lotus feet

                                                                     Until the end of time?

                                                      When, oh when will that day be mine?

“Until the end of time” can only mean, “I have no other shelter, and my ardent aspiration is to hold your divine lotus feet within my heart without cessation.” 

Similarly, in our Sri Sri Gurv-asktaka prayer that we sing every morning, we have the following instruction in the 7th verse: 

                                                     The spiritual master is to be honored

                                                            as much as the Supreme Lord,

                                         because he is the most confidential servitor of the Lord. 

                                            This is acknowledged in all revealed scriptures

                                                          and followed by all authorities.

In his purport to Caitanya-caritamrita, Madhya-lila 17.15, Srila Prabhupada gives us another flavor, or ingredient, of the over-all formula for how to associate with the pure devotee for receiving his mercy:

The word ‘snigdha” (very peaceful) and the word ‘su-snigdha’ (affectionate) are used in verses 14 and 15, and they are also found in Srimad Bhagavatam 1.1.8: bruyah snigdhasya sisysasya guravo guhyam apyy uta

                                        ‘A disciple who has actual love for his spiritual master,

                                            is endowed by the blessings of his spiritual master

                                                          with all confidential knowledge’. 

Srila Sridhara Swami has commented that the word ‘snigdhasya’ means ‘prema-vatah’.  The word ‘prema-vatah’ indicates that one has great love for his spiritual master.

There are scores of such quotes.  But we do not wish to expand the volume of this short essay.  The understanding that we hope to bring into focus, for our mutual benefit, is that when our love and respect for Srila Prabhupad are sincere and nicely fixed-up, we will begin to be blessed with an  understanding of his his mood of devotion in chanting the Holy Name of the Lord.  Then we can begin to follow in his footsteps in this way. 

In a very straight-forward and beautifully poetic way, Srila Prabhupada elucidates the process by which we come to understand his devotional feelings so that we can begin to cultivate those same feelings through our own chanting.  In his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam, 1.5.25 we find the following: 

                                                    Pure devotion is as much infectious,

                                                                      in a good sense,

                                                                 as infectious diseases…..       

                                                               The neophyte devotee

                                                           becomes practically enriched

                                     with the transcendental qualities of the pure devotee,

                                                                         which means

              attraction for the Personality of Godhead’s name, fame, quality, pastimes, etc.

                                       Infection of the qualities of the pure devotee means

                                                   to imbibe the taste of pure devotion

                      always in the transcendental activities of the Personality of Godhead……..

                                    … can become attracted, one can have steadiness,

                         one can have perfect taste, one can have transcendental emotions,

                   and at last one can be situated on the plane of loving service of the Lord.

                                                                All these stages develop

                                                     by the association of pure devotees,

                                                    and that is the purport of this stanza. 

Again, to say the same in one line, we recite, from the prayer of Srila Narottama das Thakur: 

                                                    From him, Krishna prema emanates;

                                                          By him, ignorance is destroyed.

Contemplating these abhideya guidelines, the conclusion is that Krishna consciousness is not a mechanical process.  It is a process of invoking the blessings of His Divine Grace, bestowed in reciprocation for our steadfast veneration, combined with sincere feelings of love.  As these ingredients are cultivated everything is revealed. Srila Prabhupada discourages blind faith; but urges us to make the experiment for ourselves.  Not to understand the taste of honey by licking the outside of the bottle; but to enter within and acquire the actual taste.  Srila Prabhupada explains that we must imbibe that taste in his intimate transcendental association.  Hence the meaning of “Prabhupadanuga”,  not an official  slogan of political  membership, but a condition of the heart.  A heart condition, in which we savor love of Krishna,  relished by Krishna’s pure devotee as he chants the Holy Name.  In this way we receive Lord Caitanya’s mercy through the authorized acharya in disciplic succession.  “He lives forever by his divine instructions and the follower lives with him.”  Such are his divine instructions.   

Krsna is your property-you have the power to give Him to me

July 9, 2020 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

Therefore guru must be authorized person, not that bhūmi-phala-guru(?). No. “I am guru,” no. You cannot become guru unless you are agent to draw out the mercy water from the ocean of mercy of Kṛṣṇa. That is guru. And therefore a guru is not an ordinary person. He is the representative, bona fide representative of Kṛṣṇa. Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura has sung, kṛṣṇa se tomāra, kṛṣṇa dite pāra: “Vaiṣṇava Ṭhākura, Kṛṣṇa is your property. If you like, you can give.” Vedeṣu durlabhaṁ adurlabhaṁ ātma-bhaktau [Bs. 5.33]. You cannot get Kṛṣṇa by studying Vedas. That is not possible. There is Kṛṣṇa in the Vedas, but you cannot pick up. It is not possible. But if you go to the Kṛṣṇa’s favorite person… Kintu prabhor yaḥ priya eva tasya. Kṛṣṇa’s very dear servant, confidential servant, is guru. Nobody can become guru unless he is in confidence of Kṛṣṇa.
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Prabhupāda: Kṛṣṇa-prāpti hoy yāhā haite. That is spiritual master, one who can give you Kṛṣṇa. Kṛṣṇa se tomāre, kṛṣṇa dite pāra, dhāi tava pāche pāche-Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura. “Kṛṣṇa… I am seeking after Kṛṣṇa, Vaiṣṇava Ṭhākura, my spiritual master. So Kṛṣṇa is your property.” Kṛṣṇa is not independent. He is the property of the devotee. Kṛṣṇa se tomāra, kṛṣṇa dite pāra, dhāi tava pāche pāche: “I am just following you, sir. Because Kṛṣṇa is your property, if you like, you can deliver: ‘Take it immediately.’ ” So it is not flattering; it is in the śāstras. Vedeṣu durlabha adurlabha ātmā-bhaktau. You cannot get Kṛṣṇa by studying all the Vedas.Vedeṣu durlabha. Durlabha means it is not possible. Athāpi te deva padāmbuja-dvaya-prasāda-leśānugṛhīta eva hi, jānāti tattvam [SB 10.14.29]. Prasāda-leśa. Prasāda-leśa. One who has got little favor of Kṛṣṇa, he knows Kṛṣṇa-tattva. Yat-kāruṇya-kaṭākṣa-vaibhavavatāṁ gauram eva stumaḥ.Link to this page:

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This is my guru’s qualifications-what is yours?

July 9, 2020 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

This is my guru’s qualifications-how about yours?

We have to select a guru by whose order we wont make mistakes

March 2 1966 NYNow, to take such guidance means the spiritual master should also be a very perfect man. Otherwise, how can he guide? …Therefore one has to select a spiritual master whose order, carrying, you’ll not commit a mistake. You see? Now, suppose if you accept a wrong person as spiritual master, and if you, if he guides you wrongly, then your whole life is spoiled. So one has to accept a spiritual master whose guidance will make his life perfect. That is the relation between spiritual master and disciple. It is not a formality. It is a great responsibility both for the disciple and for the spiritual master.

SB 2.8.7 purport…In the process of devotional service, the first step is to take shelter of the spiritual master and then inquire from the spiritual master all about the process. This inquiry is essential for immunity to all kinds of offenses on the path of devotional service. Even if one is fixed in devotional service like Mahārāja Parīkṣit, he must still inquire from the realized spiritual master all about this. In other words, the spiritual master must also be well versed and learned so that he may be able to answer all these inquiries from the devotees. Thus one who is not well versed in the authorized scriptures and not able to answer all such relevant inquiries should not pose as a spiritual master for the matter of material gain. It is illegal to become a spiritual master if one is unable to deliver the disciple.

“Unless one is under the shelter of a realized spiritual master, his understanding of the Supreme is simply foolishness” quote from TLC

Nov 30 1976…Therefore guru must be authorized person, not that bhūmi-phala-guru(?). No. “I am guru,” no. You cannot become guru unless you are agent to draw out the mercy water from the ocean of mercy of Kṛṣṇa. That is guru. And therefore a guru is not an ordinary person. He is the representative, bona fide representative of Kṛṣṇa. Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura has sung, kṛṣṇa se tomāra, kṛṣṇa dite pāra: “Vaiṣṇava Ṭhākura, Kṛṣṇa is your property. If you like, you can give.” Vedeṣu durlabhaṁ adurlabhaṁ ātma-bhaktau [Bs. 5.33]. You cannot get Kṛṣṇa by studying Vedas. That is not possible. There is Kṛṣṇa in the Vedas, but you cannot pick up. It is not possible. But if you go to the Kṛṣṇa’s favorite person… Kintu prabhor yaḥ priya eva tasya. Kṛṣṇa’s very dear servant, confidential servant, is guru. Nobody can become guru unless he is in confidence of Kṛṣṇa.

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The Power of the Pure Devotee of the Lord

July 9, 2020 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

“The Lord is all powerful, and by His grace His pure devotee can be as powerful as He may desire, and there is no limit to it.”
(Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.15.13, Purport)

“Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura has sung that the devotees of Lord Caitanya are so powerful that each one of them can deliver a universe.”
(Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 4.24.58, Purport)

“Pure devotees of the Lord are more powerful than the waters of the sacred river Ganges. One can derive spiritual benefit out of prolonged use of the Ganges waters. But one can be sanctified at once by the mercy of a pure devotee of the Lord.”
(Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.1.15, Purport)

“The verdict of all revealed scriptures is that by even a moment’s association with a pure devotee, one can attain all success.”
(Caitanya-caritāmṛta Madhya, 22.54)

“Kṛṣṇa is yours; you have the power to give Him to me. I am simply running behind you shouting, ‘Kṛṣṇa! Kṛṣṇa!'”
(Ohe Vaiṣṇava Thākura, Verse 4)

“It is said that a single pure devotee of the Lord can deliver all the fallen souls of the world…” (Bhagavatam 2.8.5, Purport.)—————————————————
Hare Krsna
 –many so called devotees think that practically anybody can become spiritual master or guru, but here above we see some of the massive qualifications of such a great Maha Bhagavat pure devotee of the Lord. These great personalities are even present in their pictures or murti-what conditioned soul can honestly say such a thing? Unless he is a madman nobody would dare to claim such a thing. The only “loophole” if you want to call it that for anybody to assume a title as “acarya” is this order given by Srila Prabhupada himself. And this order was never changed or altered by him.
“….A person who is liberated acharya and guru cannot commit any mistake, but there are persons who are less qualified or not liberated, but still can act as guru and acharya by strictly following the disciplic succession.”Link to this page:

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our hummingbird story

July 4, 2020 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

The last few days  in a row,this Anna’s hummingbird has been perched on a branch 1 foot away from our screened kitchen window while I bathe our Salagram Silas and chant mantras. He just sits there, watches and listens, and doesnt go away. When I am done with the Silas I hold them all up on a plate so he can take full darshan of the Lords. I put Them on the altar, and return to the kitchen, and he is still sitting there on his branch.


This is exactly how we should be with rapt attention while we are absorbed in the Transcendental Vibration of Hare Krsna maha mantra and reading the books daily. Unfortunately many devotees do not like to do this wonderful activity on a daily basis like this simple bird does- and have gone away with little to no interest in hearing in association of the Lords devotees.
Oct 19 1972 Vrndavana…..So dharmaḥ svanuṣṭhitaḥ puṁsāṁ viṣvaksena-kathāsu yaḥ, notpādayed yadi ratim [SB 1.2.8]. This hearing process is very, very important. But people are not interested in hearing. They are simply busy in some other duties. My Guru Mahārāja used to say… One who was not interested in hearing, he used to call him a daṇḍavat-class. Daṇḍavat-class of menThat means simply he knows how to make daṇḍavats, that’s all. (laughter) Anyone who will come to him, he would see whether he is a daṇḍavat-class of man or hearing class of man. So daṇḍavat is nice, but by offering daṇḍavat, if one does not develop the intent of hearing, śravaṇam, then he is not making very much progress. As you know, because I was little interested in hearing, my Guru Mahārāja, he accepted me as his disciple. He marked this. “This boy is interested in hearing. He does not go away.” Actually, I do not know. I could not understand what he was speaking in the beginning, but still I was very much interested to hear him, out of curiosity or something like that.So hearing is very important thing. Notpādayed yadi ratim, viṣvaksena-kathāsu yaḥ. Kathā. Hari-kathā. This is accepted by Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu

Below is another hummingbird , who is not so fortunate and got caught, by his own doing in the garage windows , thinking thru that window was the way out of the garage. He tried so hard, but exhausted himself and them my wife had to rescue him in the red cloth until he recovered from his ordeal and then fly away. 
Simple story and a good lesson to learn-one bird is intelligent- sits and hears me chant Transcendental  mantras, takes darshan of the Lord in Sila form, then can fly away, “as free as a bird”. The other bird tries again and again to be free, but by his own foolishness- he traps himself.
Hare Krsnadamaghosa das


Hearing about Krsna is the remedy for all sufferings in this age of kali

July 3, 2020 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

Here is one of the world’s major problems right now….

SB 10.1.17-Once when mother earth was overburdened by hundreds of thousands of military phalanxes of various conceited demons dressed like kings, she approached Lord Brahmā for relief.


When the world is overburdened by unnecessary military arrangements and when various demoniac kings are the executive heads of state, this burden causes the appearance of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. As the Lord says in Bhagavad-gītā (4.7):“Whenever and wherever there is a decline in religious practice, O descendant of Bharata, and a predominant rise of irreligion—at that time I appear Myself.” When the residents of this earth become atheistic and godless, they descend to the status of animals like dogs and hogs, and thus their only business is to bark among themselves. This is dharmasya glāni, deviation from the goal of life. Human life is meant for attaining the highest perfection of Kṛṣṇa consciousness, but when people are godless and the presidents or kings are unnecessarily puffed up with military power, their business is to fight and increase the military strength of their different states. Nowadays, therefore, it appears that every state is busy manufacturing atomic weapons to prepare for a third world war. Such preparations are certainly unnecessary; they reflect the false pride of the heads of state. The real business of a chief executive is to see to the happiness of the mass of people by training them in Kṛṣṇa consciousness in different divisions of life. Cātur-varṇyaṁ mayā sṛṣṭaṁ guṇa-karma-vibhāgaśaḥ (Bg. 4.13). A leader should train the people as brāhmaṇas, kṣatriyas, vaiśyas and śūdras and engage them in various occupational duties, thus helping them progress toward Kṛṣṇa consciousness. Instead, however, rogues and thieves in the guise of protectors arrange for a voting system, and in the name of democracy they come to power by hook or crook and exploit the citizens. Even long, long ago, asuras, persons devoid of God consciousness, became the heads of state, and now this is happening again. The various states of the world are preoccupied with arranging for military strength. Sometimes they spend sixty-five percent of the government’s revenue for this purpose. But why should people’s hard-earned money be spent in this way? Because of the present world situation, Kṛṣṇa has descended in the form of the Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement. This is quite natural, for without the Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement the world cannot be peaceful and happy.

And here is the solution to these problems according to Srimad Bhagavatam which is the literary incarnation of God-Krsna.

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Hearing in the association of devotees is the medicine to stop the cycle of birth and death

July 1, 2020 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

SB 10.1.4-Glorification of the Supreme Personality of Godhead is performed in the paramparā system; that is, it is conveyed from spiritual master to disciple. Such glorification is relished by those no longer interested in the false, temporary glorification of this cosmic manifestation. Descriptions of the Lord are the right medicine for the conditioned soul undergoing repeated birth and death. Therefore, who will cease hearing such glorification of the Lord except a butcher or one who is killing his own self?

PURPORT-In India it is the practice among the general populace to hear about Kṛṣṇa, either from Bhagavad-gītā or from Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, in order to gain relief from the disease of repeated birth and death. Although India is now fallen, when there is a message that someone will speak about Bhagavad-gītā or Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, thousands of people still gather to hear. ….If we hear the glories of the Supreme Personality of Godhead from liberated persons, this hearing will certainly free us from the bondage of material activities, but hearing Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam spoken by a professional reciter cannot actually help us achieve liberation. “O Arjuna, there is no truth superior to Me.” (Bg. 7.7) Simply by understanding this fact—that Kṛṣṇa is the Supreme Personality of Godhead—one can become a liberated person. But, especially in this age, because people are interested in hearing Bhagavad-gītā from unscrupulous persons who depart from the simple presentation of Bhagavad-gītā and distort it for their personal satisfaction, they fail to derive the real benefit. There are big scholars, politicians, philosophers and scientists who speak on Bhagavad-gītā in their own polluted way, and people in general hear from them, being uninterested in hearing the glories of the Supreme Personality of Godhead from a devotee. A devotee is one who has no other motive for reciting Bhagavad-gītā and Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam than to serve the Lord. Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu has therefore advised us to hear the glories of the Lord from a realized person (bhāgavata paro diya bhāgavata sthane). Unless one is personally a realized soul in the science of Kṛṣṇa consciousness, a neophyte should not approach him to hear about the Lord, for this is strictly forbidden by Śrīla Sanātana Gosvāmī, who quotes from the Padma Purāṇa:avaiṣṇava-mukhodgīrṇaṁ pūtaṁ hari-kathāmṛtam śravaṇaṁ naiva kartavyaṁ sarpocchiṣṭaṁ yathā payaḥ One should avoid hearing from a person not situated in Vaiṣṇava behavior. A Vaiṣṇava is nivṛtta-tṛṣṇa; that is, he has no material purpose, for his only purpose is to preach Kṛṣṇa consciousness. So-called scholars, philosophers and politicians exploit the importance of Bhagavad-gītā by distorting its meaning for their own purposes. Therefore this verse warns that kṛṣṇa-kathā should be recited by a person who is nivṛtta-tṛṣṇa. Śukadeva Gosvāmī epitomizes the proper reciter for Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, and Parīkṣit Mahārāja, who purposefully left his kingdom and family prior to meeting death, epitomizes the person fit to hear it. .. The Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement is therefore trying to train qualified preachers to recite Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam and Bhagavad-gītā throughout the entire world, so that people in general in all parts of the world may take advantage of this movement and thus be relieved of the threefold miseries of material existence.The instructions of Bhagavad-gītā and the descriptions of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam are so pleasing that almost anyone suffering from the threefold miseries of material existence will desire to hear the glories of the Lord from these books and thus benefit on the path of liberation. Two classes of men, however, will never be interested in hearing the message of Bhagavad-gītā and Śrīmad-Bhāgavatamthose who are determined to commit suicide and those determined to kill cows and other animals for the satisfaction of their own tongues. 

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but there are persons who are less qualified or not liberated, but still can act as guru and acharya by strictly following the disciplic succession

June 30, 2020 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

Hare Krsna-below we have 3 items of interest. the first Srila Prabhupada explains who is Acarya and later on who can “act” as acarya when the founding acarya has passed away.

In the first quote..”A person who is liberated acharya and guru cannot commit any mistake, but there are persons who are less qualified or not liberated, but still can act as guru and acharya by strictly following the disciplic succession
This letter written in April 26, 1968 by Srila Prabhupada laid the foundation for his later letter and last instruction on who would and could continue initiations in iskcon after his passing.

The second one Srila Prabhupada says…..”Anyone accepts the assistants of Lord Caitanya as ever liberated—he also becomes liberated, simply by accepting the associates of Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu who is helping Caitanya Mahāprabhu’s mission, simply by accepting this, the man who is accepting, he becomes liberated.” And the  third and last letter tells us in plain english who is to initiate and who are these disciples after Prabhupada passes away. This is the recorded evidence and there are NO other statements along these lines ever given by Srila Prabhupada to the contrary after that, as far as who is the current Acarya of his Iskcon organization.So yes, sincere devotees today  and into the future can become ritvik “acarya” or officiating acarya under the guidance of Srila Prabhupada. BUT-all those they initiate are Srila Prabhupadas disciples not the devotees performing the ceremony and name giving. This “order” to become official guru and act on their own was never given by Srila Prabhupada.. The only power he gave to any disciple was to become an officiating guru or ritvik-thats all. These people were also called monitor gurus-like when a teacher has to leave the classroom and he authorizes some leading student to continue what he was teaching. There is a vast difference in spiritual realization level between the two types of gurus. To take on the task as did Srila Prabhupada, he tells us one must be qualified and ordered by his own guru. These two  very important elements (the order and qualifications) are missing in our own levels of spiritual achievement.

Hare Krsna

damaghosa das——————————–

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Sri Vakresvara Pandita tirobhava Tithi (disappearance day) Wednesday, July 18, 2018 [Mayapura, West Bengal, Bharata Bhumi time]

June 28, 2020 in Articles by Laksman dasa

Srila Prabhupada explains the Glories to Sri Vakresvara Panditacompiled by Yasoda nandana dasa

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śrīvāsa, haridāsa, rāmadāsa, gadādharamurāri, mukunda, candraśekhara, vakreśvarae-saba paṇḍita-loka parama-mahattvacaitanyera dāsye sabāya karaye unmattaSYNONYMSśrīvāsa—Śrīvāsa Ṭhākura; haridāsa—Haridāsa Ṭhākura; rāmadāsa—Rāmadāsa; gadādhara—Gadādhara; murāri—Murāri; mukunda—Mukunda; candraśekhara—Candraśekhara; vakreśvara—Vakreśvara; e-saba—all of them; paṇḍita-loka—very learned scholars; parama-mahattva—very much glorified; caitanyera—of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu; dāsye—the servitude; sabāya—all of them; karayeunmatta—makes mad.
TRANSLATIONŚrīvāsa, Haridāsa, Rāmadāsa, Gadādhara, Murāri, Mukunda, Candraśekhara and Vakreśvara are all glorious and are all learned scholars, but the sentiment of servitude to Lord Caitanya makes them mad in ecstasy.Sri Caitanya-caritamrta – 1975 Edition : Cc. Adi-lila : Adi 6: The Glories of Sri Advaita Acarya : Adi 6.49-50
vakreśvara paṇḍita--prabhura baḍa priya bhṛtyaeka-bhāve cabbiśa prahara yāṅra nṛtyaSYNONYMS

vakreśvara paṇḍita—of the name Vakreśvara Paṇḍita; prabhura—of the Lord; baḍa—very; priya—dear; bhṛtya—servant; eka-bhāve—continuously in the same ecstasy; cabbiśa—twenty-four; prahara—a duration of time comprising three hours; yāṅra—whose; nṛtya—dancing.
Vakreśvara Paṇḍita, the fifth branch of the tree, was a very dear servant of Lord Caitanya’s. He could dance with constant ecstasy for seventy-two hours.

In the Gaura-gaṇoddeśa-dīpikā, verse 71, it is stated that Vakreśvara Paṇḍita was an incarnation of Aniruddha, one of the quadruple expansions of Viṣṇu (Vāsudeva, Saṅkarṣaṇa, Aniruddha and Pradyumna). He could dance wonderfully for seventy-two continuous hours. When Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu played in dramatic performances in the house of Śrīvāsa Paṇḍita, Vakreśvara Paṇḍita was one of the chief dancers, and he danced continuously for that length of time. Śrī Govinda dāsa, an Oriyā devotee of Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu, has described the life of Vakreśvara Paṇḍita in his book Gaura-kṛṣṇodaya. There are many disciples of Vakreśvara Paṇḍita in Orissa, and they are known as Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇavas although they are Oriyās. Among these disciples are Śrī Gopālaguru and his disciple Śrī Dhyānacandra Gosvāmī
Sri Caitanya-caritamrta – 1975 Edition : Cc. Adi-lila : Adi 10: The Trunk, Branches and Subbranches of the Caitanya Tree : Adi 10.17 :

āpane mahāprabhu gāya yāṅra nṛtya-kāleprabhura caraṇa dhari’ vakreśvara bale
—personally; mahāprabhu—Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu; gāya—sang; yāṅra—whose; nṛtya-kāle—at the time of dancing; prabhura—of the Lord; caraṇa—lotus feet; dhari‘-embracing; vakreśvara—Vakreśvara Paṇḍita; bale—said.
Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu personally sang while Vakreśvara Paṇḍita danced, and thus Vakreśvara Paṇḍita fell at the lotus feet of the Lord and spoke as follows.
Sri Caitanya-caritamrta – 1975 Edition : Cc. Adi-lila : Adi 10: The Trunk, Branches and Subbranches of the Caitanya Tree : Adi 10.18

“daśa-sahasra gandharva more deha’ candramukhatārā gāya, muñi nācoṅ–tabe mora sukha”
—ten thousand; gandharva—residents of Gandharvaloka; more—unto me; deha‘-please deliver; candra-mukha—O moon-faced one; tārāgāya—let them sing; muñi nācoṅ—let me dance; tabe—then; mora—my; sukha—happiness.
“O Candramukha! Please give me ten thousand Gandharvas. Let them sing as I dance, and then I will be greatly happy.”

PURPORTThe Gandharvas, who are residents of Gandharvaloka, are celebrated as celestial singers. Whenever singing is needed in the celestial planets, the Gandharvas are invited to sing. The Gandharvas can sing continuously for days, and therefore Vakreśvara Paṇḍita wanted to dance as they sang.975 Edition : Cc. Adi-lila : Adi 10: The Trunk, Branches and Subbranches of the Caitanya Tree : Adi 10.19

bhāgavatī devānanda vakreśvara-kṛpātebhāgavatera bhakti-artha pāila prabhu haite
SYNONYMSbhāgavatī devānanda—Devānanda, who used to recite Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam;vakreśvara-kṛpāte—by the mercy of Vakreśvara; bhāgavatera—of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam;bhakti-artha—the bhakti interpretation; pāila—got; prabhuhaite—from the Lord.
TRANSLATIONDevānanda Paṇḍita was a professional reciter of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, but by the mercy of Vakreśvara Paṇḍita and the grace of the Lord he understood the devotional interpretation of the Bhāgavatam.
PURPORTIn the Caitanya-bhāgavata, Madhya-līlā, Chapter Twenty-one, it is stated that Devānanda Paṇḍita and Sārvabhauma Bhaṭṭācārya’s father, Viśārada, lived in the same village. Devānanda Paṇḍita was a professional reciter of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, but Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu did not like his interpretation of it. In the present town of Navadvīpa, which was formerly known as Kuliyā, Lord Caitanya showed such mercy to him that he gave up the Māyāvādī interpretation of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam and learned how to explain Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam in terms of bhakti. Formerly, when Devānanda was expounding the Māyāvādī interpretation, Śrīvāsa Ṭhākura was once present in his meeting, and when he began to cry, Devānanda’s students drove him away. Some days later, Caitanya Mahāprabhu passed that way, and when He met Devānanda He chastised him severely because of his Māyāvāda interpretation of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam. At that time Devānanda had little faith in Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu as an incarnation of Lord Kṛṣṇa, but one night some time later Vakreśvara Paṇḍita was a guest in his house, and when he explained the science of Kṛṣṇa, Devānanda was convinced about the identity of Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu. Thus he was induced to explain Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam according to the Vaiṣṇava understanding In the Gaura-gaṇoddeśa-dīpikā, verse 106, it is described that he was formerly Bhāguri Muni, who was the sabhā-paṇḍita who recited Vedic literature in the house of Nanda Mahārāja.
Sri Caitanya-caritamrta – 1975 Edition : Cc. Adi-lila : Adi 10: The Trunk, Branches and Subbranches of the Caitanya Tree : Adi 10.77

The three brothers Govinda, Mādhava and Vāsudeva Ghoṣa all belonged to a kāyastha family. Govinda established the Gopīnātha temple in Agradvīpa, where he resided. Mādhava Ghoṣa was expert in performing kīrtana. No one within this world could compete with him. He was known as the singer of Vṛndāvana and was very dear to Śrī Nityānanda Prabhu. It is said that when the three brothers performed saṅkīrtana, immediately Lord Caitanya and Nityānanda would dance in ecstasy. According to the Gaura-gaṇoddeśa-dīpikā (188), the three brothers were formerly Kalāvatī, Rasollāsā and Guṇatuṅgā, who recited the songs composed by Śrī Viśākhā-gopī. The three brothers were among one of the seven parties that performed kīrtana when Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu attended the Ratha-yātrā festival at Jagannātha Purī. Vakreśvara Paṇḍita was the chief dancer in their party. This is vividly described in the Madhya-līlā, Chapter Thirteen, verses 42 and 43.
Books : Sri Caitanya-caritamrta – 1975 Edition : Cc. Adi-lila : Adi 10: The Trunk, Branches and Subbranches of the Caitanya Tree : Adi 10.115 : PURPORT :

kāśī-miśra, pradyumna-miśra, rāya bhavānandayāṅhāra milane prabhu pāilā ānandaSYNONYMSkāśī-miśra—of the name Kāśī Miśra; pradyumna-miśra—of the name Pradyumna Miśra; rāyabhavānanda—of the name Bhavānanda Rāya; yāṅhāra—of whom; milane—meeting; prabhu—the Lord; pāilā—got; ānanda—great pleasure.
TRANSLATIONIn the list of devotees at Jagannātha Purī [which begins with Paramānanda Purī, Svarūpa Dāmodara, Sārvabhauma Bhaṭṭācārya and Gopīnātha Ācārya], Kāśī Miśra was the fifth, Pradyumna Miśra the sixth and Bhavānanda Rāya the seventh. Lord Caitanya took great pleasure in meeting with them.
PURPORTIn Jagannātha Purī Lord Caitanya lived at the house of Kāśī Miśra, who was the priest of the king. Later this house was inherited by Vakreśvara Paṇḍita and then by his disciple Gopālaguru Gosvāmī, who established there a Deity of Rādhākānta. The Gaura-gaṇoddeśa-dīpikā (193) states that Kāśī Miśra was formerly Kubjā in Mathurā.. Pradyumna Miśra, an inhabitant of Orissa, was a great devotee of Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu. Pradyumna Miśra was born of a brāhmaṇa family and Rāmānanda Rāya of a non-brāhmaṇa family, yet Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu advised Pradyumna Miśra to take instruction from Rāmānanda Rāya. This incident is described in the Antya-līlā, Chapter Five.Bhavānanda Rāya was the father of Śrī Rāmānanda Rāya. His residence was in Ālālanātha (Brahmagiri), which is about twelve miles west of Jagannātha Purī. By caste he belonged to the karaṇa community of Orissa, whose members were sometimes known as kāyasthas and sometimes as śūdras, but he was the governor of Madras under the control of King Pratāparudra of Jagannātha Purī.Books : Sri Caitanya-caritamrta – 1975 Edition : Cc. Adi-lila : Adi 10: The Trunk, Branches and Subbranches of the Caitanya Tree : Adi 10.131

cakravartī śivānanda sadā vrajavāsīmahāśākhā-madhye teṅho sudṛḍha viśvāsī
cakravartī śivānanda
—of the name Śivānanda Cakravartī; sadā—always; vraja-vāsī—resident of Vṛndāvana; mahā-śākhā-madhye—amongst the great branches; teṅho—he is; sudṛḍha viśvāsī—possessing firm faith.
Śivānanda Cakravartī, the thirty-third branch, who always lived in Vṛndāvana with firm conviction, is considered an important branch of Gadādhara Paṇḍita.

PURPORTThe Gaura-gaṇoddeśa-dīpikā, verse 183, mentions that Śivānanda Cakravartī was formerly Lavaṅga-mañjarī. The Śākhā-nirṇaya, written by Yadunandana dāsa, also names other branches of Gadādhara Paṇḍita, as follows: (1) Mādhava Ācārya, (2) Gopāla dāsa, (3) Hṛdayānanda, (4) Vallabha Bhaṭṭa (the Vallabha-sampradāya, or Puṣṭimārga-sampradāya, is very famous), (5) Madhu Paṇḍita (this famous devotee lived near Khaḍadaha in the village known as Sāṅibonā-grāma, about two miles east of the Khaḍadaha station, and constructed the temple of Gopīnāthajī in Vṛndāvana), (6) Acyutānanda, (7) Candraśekhara, (8) Vakreśvara Paṇḍita, (9) Dāmodara, (10) Bhagavān Ācārya, (11) Ananta Ācāryavarya, (12) Kṛṣṇadāsa, (13) Paramānanda Bhaṭṭācārya, (14) Bhavānanda Gosvāmī, (15) Caitanya dāsa, (16) Lokanātha Bhaṭṭa (this devotee, who lived in the village of Tālakhaḍi in the district of Yaśohara and constructed the temple of Rādhāvinoda, was the spiritual master of Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura and a great friend of Bhūgarbha Gosvāmī), (17) Govinda Ācārya, (18) Akrūra Ṭhākura, (19) Saṅketa Ācārya, (20) Pratāpāditya, (21) Kamalākānta Ācārya, (22) Yādava Ācārya and (23) Nārāyaṇa Paḍihārī (a resident of Jagannātha Purī).
ri Caitanya-caritamrta – 1975 Edition : Cc. Adi-lila : Adi 12: The Expansions of Advaita Acarya and Gadadhara Pandita : Adi 12.88 :

The Story of Parasurama

June 26, 2020 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

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                     The Story of Parsurama the Saktyavesa Avatara of God

SB 9.15 summary…The son of Jamadagni was Rāma, or Paraśurāma. When a king named Kārtavīryārjuna stole Jamadagni’s desire cow, Paraśurāma, who is ascertained by learned experts to be a saktyāveśa incarnation of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, killed Kārtavīryārjuna. Later, he annihilated the kṣatriya dynasty twenty-one times. After Paraśurāma killed Kārtavīryārjuna, Jamadagni told him that killing a king is sinful and that as a brāhmaṇa he should have tolerated the offense. Therefore Jamadagni advised Paraśurāma to atone for his sin by traveling to various holy places.
SB 9.16.9-My dear King Parīkṣit, the sons of Kārtavīryārjuna, who were defeated by the superior strength of Paraśurāma, never achieved happiness, for they always remembered the killing of their father.PURPORTJamadagni was certainly very powerful due to his austerities, but because of a slight offense by his poor wife, Reṇukā, he ordered that she be killed. This certainly was a sinful act, and therefore Jamadagni was killed by the sons of Kārtavīryārjuna, as described herein. Lord Paraśurāma was also infected by sin because of killing Kārtavīryārjuna, although this was not very offensive. Therefore, whether one be Kārtavīryārjuna, Lord Paraśurāma, Jamadagni or whoever one may be, one must act very cautiously and sagaciously; otherwise one must suffer the results of sinful activities. This is the lesson we receive from Vedic literature.
SB 9.16 18-19 purport.…Paraśurāma is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and his eternal mission is paritrāṇāya sādhūnāṁ vināśāya ca duṣkṛtām [Bg. 4.8]—to protect the devotees and annihilate the miscreants. To kill all the sinful men is one among the tasks of the incarnation of Godhead. Lord Paraśurāma killed all the kṣatriyas twenty-one times consecutively because they were disobedient to the brahminical culture. That the kṣatriyas had killed his father was only a plea; the real fact is that because the kṣatriyas, the ruling class, had become polluted, their position was inauspicious. Brahminical culture is enjoined in the śāstra, especially in Bhagavad-gītā (cātur-varṇyaṁ mayā sṛṣṭaṁ guṇa-karma-vibhāgaśaḥ [Bg. 4.13]). According to the laws of nature, whether at the time of Paraśurāma or at the present, if the government becomes irresponsible and sinful, not caring for brahminical culture, there will certainly be an incarnation of God like Paraśurāma to create a devastation by fire, famine, pestilenceor some other calamity. Whenever the government disrespects the supremacy of the personality of Godhead and fails to protect the institution of varṇāśrama-dharma, it will certainly have to face such catastrophes as formerly brought about by Lord Paraśurāma.

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Sri Svarupa Damodara Goswami tirobhava tithi [disappearance day] Sunday, June 25, 2017 Mayapura, West Bengal, Bharata bhumi time

June 23, 2020 in Articles by Laksman dasa

Tuesday, June 23, 2020 [ Mayapura, West Bengal, Bharata Bhumi time]Srila Prabhupada glorifies Sri Svarupa Damodara Goswamicompiled by Yasoda nandana dasa

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Srila PrabhupadaSri Svarupa Damodara Goswami trying to revive Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu

Śrī CaitanyaMahāprabhu is none other than the combined form of Śrī Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa. He is the life of those devotees who strictly follow in the footsteps of Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī. Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī and Śrīla Sanātana Gosvāmī are the two principal followers of Śrīla Svarūpa Dāmodara Gosvāmī, who acted as the most confidential servitor of Lord Śrī KṛṣṇaCaitanyaMahāprabhu, known as Viśvambhara in His early life. A direct disciple of Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī was Śrīla Raghunāthadāsa Gosvāmī. The author of Śrī Caitanyacaritāmṛta, Śrīla KṛṣṇadāsaKavirāja Gosvāmī, stands as the direct disciple of Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī and Śrīla Raghunāthadāsa Gosvāmī.Sri Caitanya-caritamrta – 1975 Edition : Cc. Adi-lila : Adi 1: The Spiritual Masters
Sri Caitanya-caritamrta – 1975 Edition : Cc. Adi-lila : Adi 4: The Confidential Reasons for Lord Caitanya’s Appearance : Śrī Svarūpa Dāmodara Gosvāmī was the principal figure among Lord Caitanya’s confidential devotees. The records of his diary have revealed these confidential purposes of the Lord. These revelations have been confirmed by the statements of Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī in his various prayers and poems.
Sri Caitanya-caritamrta – 1975 Edition : Cc. Adi-lila : Adi 4: The Confidential Reasons for Lord Caitanya’s Appearance : Adi 4.41 : PURPORT : Lord Caitanya has accepted the role of Rādhārāṇī, and we should support that position, as Svarūpa Dāmodara did in the Gambhīrā (the room where Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu stayed in Purī). He always reminded Lord Caitanya of Rādhā’s feelings of separation as they are described in Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, and Lord Caitanya appreciated his assistance. But the gaura-nāgarīs, who place Lord Caitanya in the position of enjoyer and themselves as His enjoyed, are not approved by Lord Caitanya or by Lord Caitanya’s followers. Instead of being blessed, the foolish imitators are left completely apart. Their concoctions are against the principles of Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu. The doctrine of transcendental enjoyment by Kṛṣṇa cannot be mixed up with the doctrine of transcendental feeling of separation from Kṛṣṇa in the role of Rādhārāṇī.
rādhā kṛṣṇa-praṇaya-vikṛtir hlādinī śaktir asmādekātmānāv api bhuvi purā deha-bhedaṁ gatau taucaitanyākhyaṁ prakaṭam adhunā tad-dvayaṁ caikyam āptaṁrādhā-bhāva-dyuti-suvalitaṁ naumi kṛṣṇa-svarūpam
rādhā—Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī; kṛṣṇa—of Lord Kṛṣṇa; praṇaya—of love; vikṛtiḥ—the transformation; hlādinī śaktiḥ—pleasure potency; asmāt—from this; ekaātmānau—both the same in identity; api—although; bhuvi—on earth; purā—from beginningless time; dehabhedam—separate forms; gatau—obtained; tau—these two; caitanyaākhyam—known as Śrī Caitanya; prakaṭam—manifest; adhunā—now; tatdvayam—the two of Them; ca—and; aikyam—unity; āptam—obtained; rādhā—of Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī; bhāva—mood; dyuti—the luster; suvalitam—who is adorned with; naumi—I offer my obeisances; kṛṣṇasvarūpam—to Him who is identical with Śrī Kṛṣṇa.
TRANSLATION“The loving affairs of Śrī Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa are transcendental manifestations of the Lord’s internal pleasure-giving potency. Although Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa are one in Their identity, They separated Themselves eternally. Now these two transcendental identities have again united, in the form of Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya. I bow down to Him, who has manifested Himself with the sentiment and complexion of Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī although He is Kṛṣṇa Himself.”
PURPORTThis text is from the diary of Śrīla Svarūpa Dāmodara Gosvāmī. It appears as the fifth of the first fourteen verses of Śrī Caitanyacaritāmṛta.Sri Caitanya-caritamrta – 1975 Edition : Cc. Adi-lila : Adi 4: The Confidential Reasons for Lord Caitanya’s Appearance : Adi 4.55

rādhā-kṛṣṇa eka ātmā, dui deha dhari’anyonye vilase rasa āsvādana kari’SYNONYMSrādhākṛṣṇaRādhā and Kṛṣṇa; eka—one; ātmā—self; dui—two; deha—bodies; dhari‘-assuming; anyonye—one another; vilase—They enjoy; rasa—the mellows of love; āsvādana kari‘-tasting.
TRANSLATIONRādhā and Kṛṣṇa are one and the same, but They have assumed two bodies. Thus They enjoy each other, tasting the mellows of love.PURPORTThe two transcendentalists Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa are a puzzle to materialists. The above description of Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa from the diary of Śrīla Svarūpa Dāmodara Gosvāmī is a condensed explanation, but one needs great spiritual insight to understand the mystery of these two personalities. One is enjoying in two. Śrī Kṛṣṇa is the potent factor, and Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī is the internal potency. According to Vedānta philosophy, there is no difference between the potent and potency: they are identical. We cannot differentiate between one and the other, any more than we can separate fire from heat.Everything in the Absolute is inconceivable in relative existence. Therefore in relative cognizance it is very difficult to assimilate this truth of the oneness between the potent and the potency. The philosophy of inconceivable oneness and difference propounded by Lord Caitanya is the only source of understanding for such intricacies of transcendence.
In fact, Rādhārāṇī is the internal potency of Śrī Kṛṣṇa, and She eternally intensifies the pleasure of Śrī Kṛṣṇa. Impersonalists cannot understand this without the help of a mahābhāgavata devotee. The very name Rādhā suggests that She is eternally the topmost mistress of the comforts of Śrī Kṛṣṇa. As such, She is the medium transmitting the living entities’ service to Śrī Kṛṣṇa. Devotees in Vṛndāvana therefore seek the mercy of Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī in order to be recognized as loving servitors of Śrī Kṛṣṇa.
Lord CaitanyaMahāprabhu personally approaches the fallen conditioned souls of the iron age to deliver the highest principle of transcendental relationships with the Lord. The activities of Lord Caitanya are primarily in the role of the pleasure-giving portion of His internal potency.The absolute Personality of Godhead, Śrī Kṛṣṇa, is the omnipotent form of transcendental existence, knowledge and bliss in full. His internal potency is exhibited first as sat, or existence-or, in other words, as the portion that expands the existence function of the Lord. The same potency while displaying full knowledge is called cit, or samvit, which expands the transcendental forms of the Lord. Finally, the same potency while playing as a pleasure-giving medium is known as hlādinī, or the transcendental blissful potency. Thus the Lord manifests His internal potency in three transcendental divisionsSri Caitanya-caritamrta – 1975 Edition : Cc. Adi-lila : Adi 4: The Confidential Reasons for Lord Caitanya’s Appearance : Adi 4.56
ati gūḍha hetu sei tri-vidha prakāradāmodara-svarūpa haite yāhāra pracāra
SYNONYMSati—very; gūḍha—esoteric; hetu—reason; sei—that; trividha—three; prakāra—kinds; dāmodarasvarūpa haite—from SvarūpaDāmodara; yāhāra—of which; pracāra—the proclamation.
TRANSLATIONThat most confidential cause is threefold. Svarūpa Dāmodara has revealed it.
Sri Caitanya-caritamrta – 1975 Edition : Cc. Adi-lila : Adi 4: The Confidential Reasons for Lord Caitanya’s Appearance : Adi 4.104

svarūpa-gosāñi–prabhura ati antaraṅgatāhāte jānena prabhura e-saba prasaṅga
SYNONYMSsvarūpagosāñiSvarūpaDāmodaraGosāñi; prabhura—of Lord CaitanyaMahāprabhu; ati—very; antaraṅga—confidential associate; tāhāte—by that; jānena—he knows; prabhura—of Lord CaitanyaMahāprabhu; e-saba—all these; prasaṅga—topics.
TRANSLATIONSvarūpa Gosāñi is the most intimate associate of the Lord. He, therefore, knows all these topics well.
PURPORTPrior to the Lord’s acceptance of the renounced order, Puruṣottama Bhaṭṭācārya, a resident of Navadvīpa, desired to enter the renounced order of life. Therefore he left home and went to Benares, where he accepted the position of brahmacarya from a Māyāvādī sannyāsī. When he became a brahmacārī, he was given the name Śrī Dāmodara Svarūpa. He left Benares shortly after, without taking sannyāsa, and he came to Nīlācala, JagannāthaPurī, where Lord Caitanya was staying. He met CaitanyaMahāprabhu there and dedicated his life for the service of the Lord. He became Lord Caitanya’s secretary and constant companion. He used to enhance the pleasure potency of the Lord by singing appropriate songs, which were very much appreciated. SvarūpaDāmodara could understand the secret mission of Lord Caitanya, and it was by his grace only that all the devotees of Lord Caitanya could know the real purpose of the Lord.SvarūpaDāmodara has been identified as Lalitādevī, the second expansion of Rādhārāṇī. However, the authoritative Gaura-gaṇoddeśa-dīpikā of Kavikarṇapūra describes Svarūpa Dāmodara as the same Viśākhādevī who serves the Lord in Goloka Vṛndāvana. Therefore it is to be understood that Śrī Svarūpa Dāmodara is a direct expansion of Rādhārāṇī who helps the Lord experience the attitude of Rādhārāṇī.Sri Caitanya-caritamrta – 1975 Edition : Cc. Adi-lila : Adi 4: The Confidential Reasons for Lord Caitanya’s Appearance : Adi 4.105
_śeṣa-līlāya prabhura kṛṣṇa-viraha-unmādabhrama-maya ceṣṭā, āra pralāpa-maya vāda
SYNONYMSśeṣalīlāya—in the final pastimes; prabhura—of Lord CaitanyaMahāprabhu; kṛṣṇaviraha—from separation from Lord Kṛṣṇa; unmāda—the madness; bhramamaya—erroneous; ceṣṭā—efforts; āra—and; pralāpamaya—delirious; vāda—talk.
TRANSLATIONIn the final portion of His pastimes, Lord Caitanya was obsessed with the madness of separation from Lord Kṛṣṇa. He acted in erroneous ways and talked deliriously.
Lord Śrī Caitanya exhibited the highest stage of the feelings of a devotee in separation from the Lord. This exhibition was sublime because He was completely perfect in the feelings of separation. Materialists, however, cannot understand this. Sometimes materialistic scholars think He was diseased or crazy. Their problem is that they always engage in material sense gratification and can never understand the feelings of the devotees and the Lord. Materialists are most abominable in their ideas. They think that they can enjoy directly perceivable gross objects by their senses and that they can similarly deal with the transcendental features of Lord Caitanya. But the Lord is understood only in pursuance of the principles laid down by the Gosvāmīs, headed by Svarūpa Dāmodara. Doctrines like those of the nadīyā-nāgarīs, a class of so-called devotees, are never presented by authorized persons like Svarūpa Dāmodara or the six Gosvāmīs. The ideas of the gaurāṅga-nāgarīs are simply a mental concoction, and they are completely on the mental platform.Sri Caitanya-caritamrta – 1975 Edition : Cc. Adi-lila : Adi 4: The Confidential Reasons for Lord Caitanya’s Appearance : Adi 4.107

yabe yei bhāva uṭhe prabhura antarasei gīti-śloke sukha dena dāmodara
SYNONYMSyabe—when; yei—that; bhāva—mood; uṭhe—arises; prabhura—of Lord CaitanyaMahāprabhu; antara—in the heart; sei—that; gīti—by the song; śloke—or verse; sukha—happiness; dena—gives; dāmodaraSvarūpaDāmodara.
TRANSLATIONWhenever a particular sentiment arose in His heart, Svarūpa Dāmodara satisfied Him by singing songs or reciting verses of the same nature.Sri Caitanya-caritamrta – 1975 Edition : Cc. Adi-lila : Adi 4: The Confidential Reasons for Lord Caitanya’s Appearance : Adi 4.110

Books : Sri Caitanya-caritamrta – 1975 Edition : Cc. Adi-lila : Adi 7: Lord Caitanya in Five Features : Adi 7.11 : PURPORT : Although Kṛṣṇa is the reservoir of all pleasure, He has a special intention to taste Himself by accepting the form of a devotee. It is to be concluded that although Lord Caitanya is present in the form of a devotee, He is Kṛṣṇa Himself. Therefore Vaiṣṇavas sing, śrī-kṛṣṇa-caitanya rādhā-kṛṣṇa nahe anya: Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa combined together are Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya Mahāprabhu. Caitanyākhyaṁ prakaṭam adhunā tad-dvayaṁ caikyam āptam.Śrī Svarūpa-dāmodara Gosvāmī has said that Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa assumed oneness in the form of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu.______________________________________________________________________________________
When Svarupa Damodara came from Kashi, he submitted a verse before the Lord, glorifying Him.
This verse has been recorded by Kavi Karnapura in his Chaitanya Chandrodaya Nataka as follows:

heloddhunita khedaya vishadaya pronmila-damodaraushamyacchastra vivadaya rasadaya cittarpitonmadayashashvad-bhaktivinodaya sa-madaya madhurya-maryadayashri chaitanya dayanidhe tava daya bhuyadamandodaya
“O Ocean of Mercy, Shri Chaitanya! Let that which easily drives away whatever pain we have been experiencing in this material world; that which is all purifying, that which manifests the greatest transcendental bliss; that which by its sunrise casts away all the doubtful conclusions of the shastra; that which rains rasa on our hearts and minds, rules our consciousness and thus causes jubilation; that all-liberating, all-auspiciousness-giving, the limit of madhurya-rasa mercy of yours-let it arise within our hearts. “
________________________________________________Sri Sivananda sena tirobhava tithi

Ratha yatra day Tuesday, June 23, 2020 [Mayapura, West Bengal, Bharata Bhumi time]

June 23, 2020 in Articles by Laksman dasa

Srila Prabhupada explains the potency of Rathayatra

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Srila Prabhupāda
: Melbourne, Tokyo, and many other places. And India also, in Calcutta also. So this festival, taking part in these festivals means a step forward for our self-realization. Rathe ca vāmanaṁ dṛṣṭvā punar janma na vidyate. Simply by seeing the Lord on the chariot, one makes advancement for stopping the repetition of birth and death.So I am very glad that you have taken so much trouble to come here. Now will you chant Hare Kṛṣṇa mantra along with the devotees and take part in honoring the prasādam? The prasādam is also one of the programs. Our Hare Kṛṣṇa movement is standing on three principal things: chanting, dancing, and eating prasādam. It is not very difficult. It is very enjoyable to chant, dance, and take prasādam. And if you like, you can hear a little philosophy of this movement. Or even if you do not understand the philosophy, even you do not read the books, simply if you take part in these three things, chanting, dancing, and taking part in eating the prasādam, your life will gradually progress in spiritual advancement of life. And if you continue this, then some day will come, even in this life it may come, that you will understand what is Kṛṣṇa. And as soon as you understand Kṛṣṇa, then after leaving this body you go back to home, back to Godhead, directly (?). This is stated in the Bhagavad-gītā. Those who have read Bhagavad-gītā… Lord Kṛṣṇa says,
janma karma me divyaṁyo jānāti tattvataḥ
tyaktvā dehaṁ punar janma
naiti mām eti kaunteya
[Bg. 4.9

Simply by understanding Kṛṣṇa, Kṛṣṇa’s appearance, Kṛṣṇa’s disappearance, Kṛṣṇa’s activities. This Rathayātrā is one of the activities of Kṛṣṇa. Therefore to take part in the Rathayātrā festival means to associate with Kṛṣṇa directly. So in this way, if we associate with Kṛṣṇa’s name, Kṛṣṇa’s pastimes, Kṛṣṇa’s qualities, Kṛṣṇa’s form, then, gradually, we transcend this material existence. Janma karma me divyaṁ yo jānāti tattvataḥ. If we simply try to understand about Kṛṣṇa’s movement, then the result is, Kṛṣṇa says, tyaktvā dehaṁ: we have to give up this body. But if we give up this body after being elevated into Kṛṣṇa consciousness, then Kṛṣṇa says, tyaktvā dehaṁ punar janma naiti [Bg. 4.9]. Then, after giving up this body, you haven’t got to accept another material body. Tyaktvā dehaṁ punar janma naiti [Bg. 4.9]. Then where shall I go? Kṛṣṇa says, mām eti: “He comes to Me.
There is planet beyond this material sky. There is another sky. That is also stated in the Bhagavad-gītā. Paras tasmāt tu bhavo ‘nyo ‘vyakto ‘vyaktāt sanātanaḥ [Bg. 8.20]. There is another sky, which is eternal. This sky is temporary. Just like your body, my body, or anything in this material world, they are temporary. They have got a date of birth, and they grow, they stay, they produce some by-products, then dwindle, and then vanishes. That is material nature. But there is another nature, which is called spiritual nature. Even when everything is annihilated, that nature stands. So that spiritual nature, or spiritual sky, is described in the Vedic literature, in the Upaniṣads, that there is no need of sunshine, there is no need of moonshine, there is no need of electricity. That is another sky. So our only business is to transfer ourself from this sky to that sky, that illuminating sky. That is the Vedic injunction. Tamasi mā jyotir gamaya: “Don’t remain in this darkness, in this world of darkness. Come to the world of light.” So this movement is very important movement. We are trying to educate people how to transfer one from this world of darkness to the world of light, which is called Goloka Vṛndāvana. So I am very much thankful to you that you have given me your time. So we have got our books; our devotees are preaching. Take advantage of this opportunity and make your life successful.Thank you very much.Devotees: Haribol!

Srila Prabhupada lectures : Festival Lectures : Ratha-yatra — London, July 13, 1972
Srila Prabhupāda: There were not many. The Rathayātrā is very nice. He was chanting with a group of devotees, and while the car festival is going on. And sometimes car used to stop. It still stops. That is the fashion of Jagannātha. And nobody could, even an elephant could not draw it. Then Caitanya Mahāprabhu will say, “All right, come on.” So He would push it with His head and it will go on
1969 Conversations : August, 1969 : Lord Caitanya Play — August 4, 1969, Los Angeles

Srila Prabhupada explain the glories of Srila Svarupa Damodara Goswami

Sri Caitanya-caritamrta – 1975 Edition : Cc. Adi-lila : Adi 1: The Spiritual Masters : Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu is none other than the combined form of Śrī Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa. He is the life of those devotees who strictly follow in the footsteps of Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī. Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī and Śrīla Sanātana Gosvāmī are the two principal followers of Śrīla Svarūpa Dāmodara Gosvāmī, who acted as the most confidential servitor of Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya Mahāprabhu, known as Viśvambhara in His early life. A direct disciple of Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī was Śrīla Raghunātha dāsa Gosvāmī. The author of Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Śrīla Kṛṣṇadāsa Kavirāja Gosvāmī, stands as the direct disciple of Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī and Śrīla Raghunātha dāsa Gosvāmi

Sri Caitanya-caritamrta – 1975 Edition : Cc. Adi-lila : Adi 4: The Confidential Reasons for Lord Caitanya’s Appearance : Śrī Svarūpa Dāmodara Gosvāmī was the principal figure among Lord Caitanya’s confidential devotees. The records of his diary have revealed these confidential purposes of the Lord. These revelations have been confirmed by the statements of Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī in his various prayers and poems.

Tirobhava tithi (disappearance day) of Srila SacCidAnanda Thakura Bhaktivinoda Thakura

June 23, 2020 in Articles by Laksman dasa

Srila Sac Cid Ananda Bhaktivinoda Thakura TirobhavaTithi [disappearance]. Mayapura, West Bengal time . Monday, June 22, 2020 [Amavasya dark moon]
Srila Gadadhara pandita Tirobhava Tithi

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A few gems from Srila Prabhupada about Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura.

   After fulfilling his responsibility to produce a nice child, one should take sannyāsa and engage in the perfectional paramahaṁsa stage. paramahaṁsa refers to the most highly elevated perfectional stage of life. There are four stages within sannyāsa life, and paramahaṁsa is the highest order. The Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam is called the paramahaṁsa-saṁhitā, the treatise for the highest class of human beings. The paramahaṁsa is free from envy. In other stages, even in the householder stage of life, there is competition and envy, but since the activities of the human being in the paramahaṁsa stage are completely engaged in Kṛṣṇa consciousness, or devotional service, there is no scope for envy. In the same order as Kardama Muni, about one hundred years ago, Ṭhākura Bhaktivinoda also wanted to beget a child who could preach the philosophy and teachings of Lord Caitanya to the fullest extent. By his prayers to the Lord he had as his child Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Gosvāmī Mahārāja, who at the present moment is preaching the philosophy of Lord Caitanya throughout the entire world through his bona fide disciples.Books : Srimad-Bhagavatam : Canto 3: “The Status Quo” : SB 3.22: The Marriage of Kardama Muni and Devahuti : SB 3.22.19 : PURPORT

When Lord Viṣṇu appeared in the great arena of sacrifice at the time when King Pṛthu was performing a great sacrifice (aśvamedha), He predicted that the Kumāras would very soon come and advise the King. Therefore Pṛthu Mahārāja remembered the causeless mercy of the Lord and thus welcomed the arrival of the Kumāras, who were fulfilling the Lord’s prediction. In other words, when the Lord makes a prediction, He fulfills that prediction through some of His devotees. Similarly, Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu predicted that both His glorious names and the Hare Kṛṣṇa mahā-mantra would be broadcast in all the towns and villages of the world. Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura and Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Prabhupāda desired to fulfill this great prediction, and we are following in their footstepsBooks : Srimad-Bhagavatam : Canto 4: “The Creation of the Fourth Order” : SB 4.22: Prthu Maharaja’s Meeting with the Four Kumaras SB 4.22.42

The living entity’s position is herein likened to a dog’s. By chance a dog may have a very rich owner, and by chance he may become a street dog. As the dog of a rich man, he will live very opulently. Sometimes in Western countries we hear of a master leaving millions of dollars to a dog in his will. Of course, there are many dogs loitering in the street without food. Therefore, to liken the conditional existence of the living entity to that of a dog is very appropriate. An intelligent human being, however, can understand that if he has to live the life of a dog, he had best become Kṛṣṇa’s dog. In the material world a dog is sometimes elevated and is sometimes on the street, but in the spiritual world, Kṛṣṇa’s dog is perpetually, eternally happy. Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura has therefore sung: vaiṣṇava ṭhākura tomāra kukura baliyā jānaha more. In this way Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura offers to become a Vaiṣṇava’s dog. A dog always keeps himself at his master’s door and does not allow any person unfavorable to the master to enter. Similarly, one should engage in the service of a Vaiṣṇava and try to please him in every respect. Unless one does so, he does not make spiritual advancement. Apart from spiritual advancement, in the material world if one does not develop his qualities in goodness, he cannot be promoted to the higher planetary system. As confirmed by Bhagavad-gītā (14.18)Books : Srimad-Bhagavatam : Canto 4: “The Creation of the Fourth Order” : SB 4.29: Talks Between Narada and King Pracinabarhi : SB 4.29.30, SB 4.29.31, SB 4.29.30-31

Thakura Srila Prabhupāda: Yes. And so-called educated, they practically guide. You’ll be surprised to know that in 1950, one of my students, he was a government statistics officer. So he went to some village, and he gave me report that the villagers inquired from him that “Babuji, agar angarej ko vote diyayai pasatela (?)”Dr. Arnold Toynbee: Yes.Srila Prabhupāda: You understand Hindi? No.Dr. Arnold Toynbee: No, I don’t. No, no, no.Srila Prabhupāda: No. The inquiry was that “If we again give votes to the Englishmen, will they come and do.” (laughs)Dr. Arnold Toynbee: Yes, yes, yes.Srila Prabhupāda: Yes. So they were feeling the… Actually, in India… In our childhood, we know. Every Indian felt very secure. They never expected that Britishers will go. They were so sympathetic. And now they… This is the pulse felt by that statistics officer. They are not very much satisfied with the present system of government. British administration was very much appreciated by the Indians. Even Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura appreciated. Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura, he has written in something, somewhere, that “The Britishers also very nice because they don’t interfere with the religious affairs.” So as soon as they changed their views and tried to divide the Hindus and Muslims, the British Empire lost. According to Queen’s declaration, the Britishers pledged that “They will not interfere with your religious affairs.” Later on, for political purposes, when they interfered with this Hindu-Muslim question, then the British Empire lost.Conversations : 1973 Conversations : July, 1973 : Room Conversation with Dr. Arnold Toynbee, Famous Historian, at his home or office — July 22, 1973, London

Srila  Prabhupāda: We are translating the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam and other Vedic literature. You have seen the sample, original verse, word to word meaning, then translation, then giving a purport.Professor La Combe: You wrote the commentary.Srila Prabhupāda: Yes.Professor La Combe: What is the paramparā from Caitanya?Srila Prabhupāda: From CaitanyaMahāprabhu? Yes. The Six Gosvāmīs: Rūpa, Sanātana, BhaṭṭaRaghunātha, Śrī Jīva, GopālaBhaṭṭa, DāsaRaghunātha. The Six Gosvāmīs. Then from the Gosvāmīs there is Śrīnivāsācārya. Then from him, I think, this KṛṣṇadāsaKavirāja Gosvāmī, and then Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura. Then Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākura, then Jagannāthadāsa Bābājī, then Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura, then GauraKiśoradāsa Bābājī Mahārāja, then my GuruMahārāja. Next we are. I am the tenth or eleventh, eleventh from CaitanyaMahāprabhu.Conversations : 1974 Conversations : June, 1974 : Room Conversation with Professor Oliver La Combe Director of the Sorbonne University — June 14, 1974, Paris :

Srila Prabhupāda: Vedas, when Lord Buddha wanted stop animal killing, these rascals came with Vedas. “Vedas there is sacrifice, there is animal killing.” So he thought that these rascals will create botheration. By bringing Vedas, there is… He said, “I don’t care for it.”vedamāniyābauddhahayatanāstika
vedāśraya nāstikyavādabauddhakeadhikaSimilarly, these rascals are giving evidence of Rūpa Gosvāmī’s advice, that “Here is Rādhākuṇḍa…” But whether you have followed other things.Guest: Vāco vegaṁmanasaḥSrila Prabhupāda: Yes. Vāco vegaṁmanasaḥkrodhavegaṁ, pṛthivīṁsaśiṣyāt. Etānvegān yo viṣa… You are manipulated by the udaravegam, upasthavegam. First there is test: etānvegān yo viṣahetadhīraḥ [NoI 1]. Then for him Rādhākuṇḍa. Dhīras tatranamuhyati [Bg. 2.13]. He has got three dozen sevādāsī, and living in Rādhākuṇḍa. My Guru Mahārāja wanted to publish Govindalīlāmṛta. He asked permission of Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura. So first of all Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura, “I’ll tell you some day.” And when he reminded, he said, “Yes you can print one copy. If you are so much anxious to print it, print one copy. You’ll read and you will see that you have printed. Not for distribution.” So we are printing all these books for understanding properly. Not that “Here is Rādhākuṇḍa. Let us go.” Jump over like monkey. “Here is rāsalīlā. Immediately…”Acyutānanda: Even in Kṛṣṇa book rāsalīlā should not be told in public.Srila Prabhupāda: No, why? Kṛṣṇa book must be there, in the book must be there.Acyutānanda: But in public…Srila Prabhupāda: But you should go gradually. You should go gradually. You first of all understand Kṛṣṇa, then kṛṣṇalīlā. If you have not understood Kṛṣṇa, then you’ll think Kṛṣṇa’s rāsalīlā is just like we mix with young women. And that becomes as polluted. Because they do not understand Kṛṣṇa. Manuṣyāṇāṁsahasreṣu kaścid yatatisiddhayeyatatāmapisiddhānām [Bg. 7.3]. Kṛṣṇa understanding so easy? If you do not understand Kṛṣṇa how can you go to the Kṛṣṇa’s confidential activities?Acyutānanda: Some of the devotees, they said that it is for liberated souls. So they said, “Well, we are all liberated.”Srila Prabhupāda: Yes. Liberated for going to hell.Devotee: In your Kṛṣṇa book, Śrīla Prabhupāda, you’ve given such clear explanations along with the stories of Kṛṣṇa that it’s very difficult to misinterpret, because you use such clear explanation.Srila Prabhupāda: No, you read all the books first of all. Then you’ll be able to understand.Conversations : 1976 Conversations : August, 1976 : Room Conversation — August 16, 1976, Bombay
Rāmeśvara: In the Fifth Canto, you’ve quoted from Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura that the most sacred place in the whole universe is Śrī Māyāpura-dhāma.Srila Prabhupāda: Yes.Rāmeśvara: In all the universe.TamālaKṛṣṇa: In each universe there is a Vṛndāvana and a Māyāpura. That means in each universe there’s a planet earth like this planet?Srila Prabhupāda: Yes. There are so many planets. Each universe full of planets. Koṭiṣu vasudhādi-vibhūtibhinnam. There are millions of universes, and in each universe there are millions of planets. Koṭiṣu vasudhādi-vibhūtibhinnam. (end) Conversations : 1976 Conversations : June, 1976 : Morning Walk — June 7, 1976, Los Angeles :

Ambassador: What was your connection with McGill? I heard from…Srila Prabhupāda: (Sic:) McGill. McGill I was…Ambassador: You preached (?) first in McGill?Srila Prabhupāda: No, I was lecturing only.Atreya Ṛṣi: Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura’s [break]Srila Prabhupāda: He sent his first book…Ambassador: Yes.Srila Prabhupāda: …in 1896. Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura was the first origin of this movement. But he simply thought of it. And he was expecting some others that willing to take up the work. Well, somebody says that I am the same man. And I was born in 1896. So he wanted to combine the whole civilized nations under this Caitanya Mahāprabhu’s cult, HareKṛṣṇa movement. I think I have given this hint in the Teachings of Lord Caitanya.Conversations : 1975 Conversations : March, 1975 : Room Conversation with Canadian Ambassador to Iran — March 13, 1975, Iran

Srila Prabhupāda: He gave so much service to Kṛṣṇa. From his family maintenance… He could have renounced, but he said that the family has to be maintained. So he… Markaṭa-vairāgya. Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura was against giving sannyāsa. He didn’t like these bābājīs. They were markaṭa-vairāgya, superficially… Markaṭa-vairāgya means monkey. They live naked, eat fruits, live in the jungle. That is vairāgya. But three dozen wives. Markaṭa-vairāgya. Markaṭa means monkey. Superficially vairāgya, nāgā-bābā. They eat vegetables, fruits, live in the jungle, no house, or, all, everything like vairāgya. But sex. We have… I have seen in Vṛndāvana. They have got a party, each monkey, women’s party, and the male will come to any female, “Now ready,” “Enter.” You can see it. Markaṭa-vairāgya nāhi paraloka dasaya(?).So this should not be encouraged. Then gradually it will deteriorate into…  April, 1977 : Conversation: Vairagya, Salaries, and Political Etiquette — April 28, 1977, Bombay

Subject: List of Books of Thakura Bhakti vinodaFollowing is a list of selected writings of Srila Bhaktivinoda, which number more than one hundred books, poems and articles authored by the Thakur. 1849 Ula-candi-mahatmya (Bengali) – Verses glorifying the Ula-candi deity of Birnagar
1850 Hari-katha (Bengali) – Topics of Lord Hari – a poem
1850 Llla-kirtana (Bengali) – A poem glorifying the Lord’s Pastimes
1851 Sumbha-Nisumbha-yuddha (Bengali) – Verses about Durga’s battle with the two demons, Sumbha and Nisumbha
1855 This year commenced the beginning of articles published in various periodicals and magazines
1860 Maths of Orissa (English) – Bhaktivinoda Thakura’s visits to various Orissa temples, monasteries
1863 Hjana-grama (Bengali) – The Deserted Village – Thakura Bhaktivinoda’s poem about Ula, the village of his birth. He returned to find it’s population decimated from cholera. 1863 Sannyassi (Bengali) – Poem
1866 Speech (English) – Gautama – Lecture about Gautama Muni and the philosophy of nyaya (logic)
1868 Sac-cid-dnanda-premalankara (Bengali) – Poem composed by The Thakura after his first reading of Caitanya-caritamrta 1869 The Bhagavat: Its Philosophy, Its Ethics, and Its Theology (English) Lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam (PDF)Picture (Metafile)writings/bhagavata.pdf 1870 Garbha-stotra-vyakhya (Bengali) – Prayers by the Demigods for Sri Krsna, in the womb. From the Tenth Canto of Srimad-Bhagavatam 1871 Thakura Haridasa (English) – About Namacarya Haridasa Thakura’s disppearance, from the engravings on the samadhi tomb at Jagannatha Puri 1871 The Temple of Jaganntha at Puri (English) – The history of the establishment of the great temple in Puri, Orissa, and the hypocrisy of temple priests as opposed to sincere devotional worship in pure love of God.Picture (Metafile)writings/mandir.htm 1871 The Akharas in Puri (English) – Criticisms on monasteries in Jagannatha Puri
1871 The Personality of Godhead (English)
1871 Saragrahi (English) – Poem about the mood of a devotee who knows how to extract the essence of Krsna consciousness from all things 1871 To Love God (English) – An article describing Bhakti as the religion of the soul, based on Christ’s teachings.
1871 The Attibaris of Orissa – Editorial letter challenging a sect of pseudo Vaisnavas in Orissa.
1872 Vedantadhikarana-mala (Sanskrit) – Verses on Vedanata with Srila Bhaktivinoda’s Bengali translations and purports. 1874 Datta-kaustubham (Sanskrit) – 104 verses on philosophy with Sanskrit purports.
1876 Datta-vamsa-mala – A description of the Thakur’s family tree; genealogy of the Datta family of Bali Samaj.
1878 Bauddha-vijaya-kavyam (Sanskrit) – Poem on the defeat of atheistic Buddhism
1880 Sri Krsna-samhita – A major treatise on Lord Krsna and the science of Krsna consciousness. Long introduction on philosophy and historical development of Indian religion. Samhita is 281 Sanskrit verses with purports. Srila Bhaktivinoda explains that his conclusions were revealed to him while in deep spiritual trance.Picture (Metafile)writings/non-sectarian.htm 1881 Sri Sri Kalyan Kalpa-taru – Songbook of 63 Bengali songs describing the Desire-Tree of spiritual life in service to Sri Sri Gaura-Nitai. (RTF)Picture (Metafile)writings/kalyana.rtf 1881Sajjana-tosani (Bengali) – Monthly periodical, 17 volumes extant.
1883 Review of Nitya-rupa-samstha-panam, a book on the eternal nature of the Lord’s Deity form.Picture (Metafile)writings/vigraha.htm
1886 Srimad Bhagavad-gita – Included Sanskrit commentary on Gita by Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura entitled Sarartha-varsini, along with the Thakura’s elaborate Bengali introduction and Bengali translation and purport of verses, entitled Rasika-ranjana. 1886 Sri Caitanya-siksamrta (Bengali) – Prose work on Lord Caitanya’s instructions and their application in the modern world. 1886 Sri Sanmodana-bhasyam (Sanskrit) – commentary of Lord Caitanya’s Siksastakam, with a Bengali song for each verse that expands on Lord Caitanya’s devotional moods. (RTF)Picture (Metafile)writings/sanmodaya.rtf 1886 Bhajana-darpana-bhasya (Sanskrit) – Commentary on Srila Raghunatha das Gosvami’s Manah-siksa.
1886 Dasopanisad-curnika (Bengali) – Prose book on the essentials from ten principal Upanisads.
1886 Bhavavali (Sanskrit) – Verses about rasa, as written by different Acaryas, published along with Bhaktivinoda Thakur’s Bengali song translation of the verses. 1886 Prema-pradipa (Bengali) – A philosophical novel about three men from Calcutta who travel to Vrndavana to meet a Vaisnava. Two are impersonalists who gradually develop devotion to the Supreme Lord, but the third is misled by the mystic yoga process. (Word)Picture (Metafile)writings/pradipa.doc 1886 Sri Visnu-sahasra-nama-stotram – 1,000 names of Lord Visnu from Mahabharata, published by the Thakura with Sanskrit commentary of Srila Baladeva Vidyabhusana. 1887 Sri Krsna-vijaya (Bengali) – The pastimes of Lord Krsna, composed in the 1470’s by Maladhara Vasu (Gunaraja Khan), with Bhaktivinoda’s Bengali introduction. This book was one of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s favorite books. 1887 Sri Caitanyopanisad (Sanskrit) – Nineteen verses with Bhaktivinoda’s Sanskrit commentary, on Sri Krsna’s appearance as Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. 1890 Amnaya-sutram (Sanskrit) -130 aphorisms from Upanisads, with commentary and quotes from various ancient scriptures. Bhaktivinoda’s own Bengali translation called the Laghu-bhdsya on the principle truths of Vaisnava philosophy. 1890 Sn Navadvipa-dhama-mahatmyam (Bengali) – Eighteen chapters describing the complete tour of the land of Navadvipa as traversed by Lord Nityananda. (RTF)Picture (Metafile)writings/navadvip.rtf 1890 Siddhanta-darpanam (Bengali) – Translation of the Sanskrit work by Srila Baladeva Vidyabhusana. It quotes from many scriptures that Srimad-Bhagavatam is the crown jewel of all the Puranas. 1891 Srimad Bhagavad-gita – With Srila Baladeva Vidyabhusana’s Sanskrit commentary, Gita-bhusana.
1891 Sri Godruma Kalpatavi (Bengali) – Collected essays describing Srila Bhaktivinoda’s program of Nama-hatta, the Market Place of the Holy Name. He describes the personnel of the marketplace, how the holy names are purchased, various officers of the market, qualifications of the participants, and descriptions of his actual preaching activities. 1892 Sri Hari-nama – A pamphlet for public distribution, describing the transcendental glories of the holy names, and the ten offenses against the chanting of the holy names. 1892 Si Nama – A pamphlet for public distribution, describing the 100 names of Lord Caitanya in eight songs meant to be sung in kirtana, with three more songs on Lord Caitanya’s glories, and a Bengali essay from Lord Caitanya’s instructions. 1892 Sri Nama-tattva-siksastaka – A pamphlet for public distribution, describing Lord Caitanya’s Siksastaka, with Bengali rpose translation and songs. 1892 Sri Nama-mahima – A pamphlet for public distribution on the eight-verse Sanskrit prayer by Srila Rupa Gosvami called Sri Namastakam, describingthe glories of the holy name of the Lord. Accompanying each verse is the Thakura’s Bengali prose translation and songs. 1892 Sri Nama-pracara – A pamphlet for public distribution with various songs he composed for the general public to sing in kirtana and bhajana, containng the basics of Lord Caitanva’s teachings. 1892 Sriman Mahaprabhur Siksa (Bengali) – Describing Lord Caitanya’s philosophy in eleven chapters (dasa-mula), with purports. (RTF)Picture (Metafile)writings/siksamrta.rtf 1892 Vaisnava-siddhanta-mala (Bengali) – Summary of the basic tenets of Gaudlya Vaisnava philosophy, composed for the general public.Picture (Metafile)writings/mala.htm 1893 Sri Tattva-viveka – A treatise on Realizations of Eternity, Knowledge and Bliss, discussing Lord Caitanya’s teachings compared to other Oriental and Western philosophers. (RTF)Picture (Metafile)writings/viveka.rtf 1893 Soka-satana – A book of 13 Bengali songs for the general public.
1893 Saranagati (Bengali) – A book of 50 songs about Love of God, it has became very famous in India, and its songs are sung daily in hundreds of temples. (RTF) (Balarama font)Picture (Metafile)writings/saranagati.rtf 1893 Gitavali (Bengali) – A book of 73 songs to be sung regularly by devotees. Used as part of daily devotional practice. (RTF)Picture (Metafile)writings/gitavali.rtf 1893 Gita-mala (Bengali) – A book of 80 songs, arranged in five chapters. (RTF)Picture (Metafile)writings/gitamala.rtf
1893 Baula-sangita (Bengali) – A book of 12 songs, intended to help the public understand the difference between the false Baulas (wandering fakirs) and the real Baulas. 1893 Dalaler Gita (Bengali) – A song describing Lord Nityanana’s opening of the Marketplace of the Holy Name in Navadvipa. 1893 Jaiva Dharma (Bengali) – A philosophical novel in 40 chapters, this question and answer dialogue discussions in-depth aspects of the philosophy. (Word)Picture (Metafile)writings/jaiva_dharma_1-6.doc Chapters 1-6Picture (Metafile)12-17Picture (Metafile)18-23Picture (Metafile)24-32Picture (Metafile)33-40Picture (Metafile)1893 Tattva-sutram – 50 Sanskirt aphorisms with commentary in Sanskrit and Bengali. (Balarama font)Picture (Metafile)writings/tattwa.htm
1894 Vedarka-didhiti – commentary on the Isopanisad, including various commentary and purports on Isopanisad.
1894 Tattva-muktavali – 119 Sanskrit verses composed by Sri Madhvacarya to refute the Sankaracarya impersonalists, with Bhaktivinoda’s Bengali translations. 1895 Amrta-pravaha-bhasya (Bengali) – commentary on Krsna dasa Kaviraja’s Sriu Caitanya-caritamrta.
1895 Hari-bhakti-kalpa-latika (Sanskrit) – A work on pure devotion by an unknown author, which Thakura Bhaktivinoda edited and published in Puri. 1895 Sodasa Grantha (Sanskrit) – Sixteen works by Sri Vallabhacarya, edited and published by the Thakura.
1895 Sri Gauranga-stava-kalpataru (Sanskrit) – A twelve verse poem by Srila Raghunatha dasa Gosvami, edited and published by the Thakura. 1895 Manah-santosani (Bengali) – A translation of the Sanskrit Sri Krsna Caitanyodayavali by Pradyumna Misra, a close relative of Lord Caitanya. 1895 Mukunda-mala-stotram (Sanskrit) – Sixty-two verses glorifying the Lord’s transcendental position, composed by King Kulasekhara. 1895 Sri Laksmi-carita (Bengali) – A short work by Sri Maladhara Vasu, edited and published by Bhaktivinoda Thakura.
1895 Bala-Krsna-sahasra-nama (Sanskrit) – The 1,000 names of Baby Krsna; 1,000 names of Cowherd boy Krsna; 108 names of Krsna; and 1,000 names of Srimati Radharani. 1895 Sriman Mahaprabhor Asta-kaliya-lila-smarana-mangala-stotram (Sanskrit) – An eleven verse poem for Remembrance of Lord Caitanya’s day-long pastimes. 1896 Sri Gauranga-lila-smarana-mangala-stotram (Sanskrit) – 104 Sanskrit verses describing all the pastimes and teachings of Lord Caitanya found in Sri Caitanya-bhagavata and Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, with English introduction on life and precepts of Lord Caitanya. 1896 Sri Ramanuja-upadesa (Bengali) – Sanskrit verses on the life teachings of Sripad Ramanujacarya, with Bengali translation. 1896 Artha-pancaka (Bengali) – Explanatory notes on Sri Pillai Lokacarya’s book on the five principle points of Ramanuja’s philosophy. 1896 Sva-likhita Jivania (Bengali) – A 200-page prose letter written to his son, Lalita Prasad Datta, who requested the details of his father’s personal life. 1897 Brahma-samhita (Bengali) – Edited and published by Srila Bhaktivinoda, with original Sanskrit verses, Srilaq Jiva Gosvami’s commentary, and the Thakura’s Bengali introduction, translations and purports, called Prakasini. 1898 Sri Krsna-karnamrta (Bengali) – Original Sanskrit verses and commentary on Sri Sri Radha-Krsna’s conjugal pastimes by Sri Bilvamangala Thakura, published and edited by the Tahkura with introduction, final Bengali translations and summary. 1898 Piyusa-varsini-vrtti (Bengali) – A commentary on Srila Rupa Gosvami’s Upadesamrta (Nectar of Instruction).
1898 Srimad Bhagavad-gita – edited and published by Srila Bhaktivinoda, with Sanskrit commentary Dvaita-bhasyam by Sripada Madhvacarya. 1898 Sri Goloka-mahatmyam (Bengali) – Original Sanskrit text and Bhaktivinoda’s translations of Sanatana Gosvami’s Brhad-bhagavatamrta. 1899 The Hindu Idols (English) – A 32-page letter of rebuttal to a Christian articile slandering Kali, Durga and Lord Siva. 1899 Sri Bhajanamrta (Bengali) – Original Sanskrit by Srila narahari Sarakara Thakura, an associate of Lord Caitanya, with Srila Bhaktivinoda’s Bengali translation. 1899 Sri Navadvipa-bhava-taranga (Bengali) – 168 verses glorifying the area of Navadvipa. (RTF)Picture (Metafile)writings/taranga.rtf
1900 Sri Harinama-cintamani (Bengali) – Srila Haridasa Thakur’s teachings on the Holy Name. (RTF)Picture (Metafile)writings/harinama.rtf
1901 Srimad Bhagavatarka-marici-mala (Bengali) – Original Sanskrit verses with Bengali prose translations and purports. 1901 Padma Purana (Sanskrit) – Original Sanskrit verses, edited and published by Srila Bhaktivinoda.
1901 Sankalpa-kalpadruma (Bengali) – Original Sanskrit verses, edited and published with Bengali translationsby Srila Bhaktivinoda. 1902 Padma Purana (Bengali) – Published as a supplement to his Harinama-cintamani.
1904 Sat-kriya-sara-dipika (Bengali) – A Sanskrit work from Hari-bhakti-vilasa by Srila Gopala Bhatta Gosvami, with Bhaktivinoda’s prose translation. 1906 Prema-vivarta (Bengali) – Edited and published by Bhaktivinoda Thakura, this book by jagadananda Pandita discusses Sri Caitanya’s philosophy on divine love, and various types of devotees and service. 1907 Sva-niyama-dvadasakam (Bengali) – The last literary work of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura before he retired to his cottage at Jagannath Puri. This book of verses of self-imposed vows is Sanskrit verses with Bengali translationsThe following works of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur either have no specific publication dates, are extracts from larger works, or are otherwise miscellaneous:

This is an incomplete list of Thakura Bhaktivinoda’s works, excerpted from various sources, including the list compiled by Dasaratha-suta dasa for the book, “The Seventh Goswami”.

The Sudarshana Cakra

June 15, 2020 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

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Sudarshana cakra
SB 9.5 summary…What is this Sudarśana cakra? The Sudarśana cakra is the glance of the Supreme Personality of Godhead by which He creates the entire material world. Sa aikṣata, sa asṛjata. This is the Vedic version. The Sudarśana cakra, which is the origin of creation and is most dear to the Lord, has thousands of spokes. This Sudarśana cakra is the killer of the prowess of all other weapons, the killer of darkness, and the manifester of the prowess of devotional service; it is the means of establishing religious principles, and it is the killer of all irreligious activities. Without his mercy, the universe cannot be maintained, and therefore the Sudarśana cakra is employed by the Supreme Personality of Godhead. When Mahārāja Ambarīṣa thus prayed that the Sudarśana cakra be merciful, the Sudarśana cakra, being appeased, refrained from killing Durvāsā Muni, who thus achieved the Sudarśana cakra’s mercy.

May 5 1960 BTG magazineThe Lord said to Durbasha Muni who picked up a quarrel with a great householder devotee namely King Amburish. As a result of misunderstanding between the King and the Muni, the latter tried to kill the King when Sudarshan Chakra, the celebrated weapon of Godhead, appeared on the scene for protection of the devotee King. When Sudarshan Chakra attacked Durbasha Muni he fled away frightened by the weapon and sought shelter practically from all big Gods of the heaven. Everyone was unable to protect him so ultimately he approached the Personality of Godhead who also sent the Muni to beg pardon from the King and glorified His devotees by saying, “The saints are my heart and I am also their hearts. They do not know anything besides myself and reciprocally I also do not know anyone else besides them.”

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The Power of Transcendental Chanting Hare Krsna Mantra

June 15, 2020 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

                             The Power of mantra chanting
Hare Krsna-Below we have arranged a series of quotes  starting with material sound vibrations which  have the power to circle the earth 7 times in one second . Going from there to spiritual vibrations which can penetrate the hearts and ears of all living entities and also travel all the way to the Vaikuntha planets in the spiritual sky. Also included is the process of how to chant these mantras as given by the bona fide spiritual master Srila Prabhupada

.Hare Krsna

damaghosa das—————————————

Aug 21 1973 london 
Just like electricity is everywhere, electrons. One who can tackle the electrons, they can talk without any direct connection by electronic method, thousand thousand miles away. Just like radio message, television message. So similarly, Kṛṣṇa is also everywhere. Just like the waves of sound wave is going on. As soon as you produce, I produce one sound, immediately within a second the sound goes round the earth seven times. So if a material thing has got so much power, just think how much power God has got. 
SB 1.8.13 purport
The brahmāstra, the supreme weapon released by Aśvatthāmā, was something similar to the nuclear weapon but with more radiation and heat. This brahmāstra is the product of a more subtle science, being the product of a finer sound, a mantra recorded in the Vedas. Another advantage of this weapon is that it is not blind like the nuclear weapon because it can be directed only to the target and nothing else. Aśvatthāmā released the weapon just to finish all the male members of Pāṇḍu’s family; therefore in one sense it was more dangerous than the atomic bombs because it could penetrate even the most protected place and would never miss the target.
Madhya 17.45-When the Lord loudly chanted “Hari bol!” the trees and creepers became jubilant to hear Him.
PURPORT-The loud chanting of the Hare Kṛṣṇa mantra is so powerful that it can even penetrate the ears of trees and creepers-what to speak of animals and human beings. Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu once asked Haridāsa Ṭhākura how trees and plants could be delivered, and Haridāsa Ṭhākura replied that the loud chanting of the Hare Kṛṣṇa mahā-mantra would benefit not only trees and plants but insects and all other living beings. One should therefore not be disturbed by the loud chanting of Hare Kṛṣṇa, for it is beneficial not only to the chanter but to everyone who gets an opportunity to hear.


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