They are Vaikuntha Children

May 30, 2016 in Yasoda nandana Dasa by Laksman dasa

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“These children are given to us by Krishna, they are Vaisnavas and we must be very careful to protect them. These are not ordinary children, they are Vaikuntha children, and we are very fortunate we can give them chance to advance further in Krishna Consciousness. That is very great responsibility, do not neglect it or be confused. Your duty is very clear.”
 
(Srila Prabhupada letter, July 30, 1972)

Srila Prabhupada explains the beauty of devotional service

May 29, 2016 in Hasti Gopala Dasa by Laksman dasa

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Chapter 8: Attaining the Supreme

TEXT 28
vedesu yajnesu tapahsu caiva
danesu yat punya-phalam pradistam
atyeti tat sarvam idam viditva
yogi param sthanam upaiti cadyam
SYNONYMS
vedeṣu—in the study of the Vedas; yajñeṣu—in the performances of yajña, sacrifice; tapaḥsu—undergoing different types of austerities; ca—also; eva—certainly; dāneṣu—in giving charities; yat—that which; puṇya-phalam—the result of pious work; pradiṣṭam—directed; atyeti—surpasses; tat—all those; sarvam idam—all those described above; viditvā—knowing; yogī—the devotee; param—supreme; sthānam—abode; upaiti—achieved peace; ca—also; ādyam—original.
TRANSLATION
A person who accepts the path of devotional service is not bereft of the results derived from studying the Vedas, performing austere sacrifices, giving charity or pursuing philosophical and fruitive activities. At the end he reaches the supreme abode.

Srila Prabhupada-our Guru for eternity

May 29, 2016 in Damaghosa Dasa by Laksman dasa

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Montreal August 15 1968

Devotee: Will you always be our spiritual master?

Prabhupāda: I don’t follow. What do you say?

Devotee: Will you be our spiritual master for eternity?

Prabhupāda: I think so. (laughs) Whatever we do here, it is for eternity because it is not on the material stages. It is all on the spiritual platform. There is a song by Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura,cakhu-dān dilo yei janme janme pitā sei: “One who has opened the eyes, he is, birth after birth, he is my father.

Devotee: Oh, that is… Hare Kṛṣṇa.

Prabhupāda: Cakhu-dān dilo yei. Cakhu-dān means one who has opened the eyes, that is spiritual master. Janme janme pitā seiJanme janme means birth after birth, he is my father. 
All right distribute prasādam. Hare KṛṣṇaHare KṛṣṇaKṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa,

Properly Respecting the Lord’s Servants

May 29, 2016 in Yasoda nandana Dasa by Laksman dasa

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“The servants of God come to propagate God consciousness, and intelligent people should cooperate with them in every respect. By serving the servant of God, one can please God more than by directly serving the Lord. The Lord is more pleased when He sees that His servants are properly respected because such servants risk everything for the service of the Lord and are very dear to the Lord.”
 
(Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.16, Purport)

Sri Sri Radha Raman Avirbhva Tithi

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Srila Prabhupada:   Just like Prabodhānanda Sarasvatī did. He said, dante nidhāya tṛṇakaṁ padayor nipatya. The preaching method he is teaching. Prabodhānanda Sarasvatī, he was a great devotee of Lord Caitanya. He wrote one book, Caitanya-candrāmṛta, “The Moonlight of Lord Caitanya,” in Sanskrit. He belonged to southern India. And his nephew became one of the Gosvāmīs. When Lord Caitanya was staying at his home, he was at that time householder. Later on he took sannyāsa and became Prabodhānanda Sarasvatī. At that time Gopāla Bhaṭṭa… Actually, their family title was Bhaṭṭa, Bhaṭṭācārya. Bhaṭṭācārya is given title to the very learned brāhmaṇa. Cakravartī, Bhaṭṭācārya—these are brāhmaṇa’s title who are very learned, very influential. So Bhaṭṭācārya. So at that time Gopāla Bhaṭṭa Gosvāmī was little boy. So Lord Caitanya stayed with this Veṅkaṭa, Veṅkaṭanātha. His name was Veṅkaṭa. Later on he became Prabodhānanda Sarasvatī.

Sri Madhavendra Puri avirbhava tithi

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 Subject: Sri Madhavendra Puri Avirbhava Tithi – Saturday, May 21, 2016

Srila Prabhupada explains the exalted position of Madhavendra Puri in the Gaudiya Sampradaya


Books : Bhagavad-gita As It Is – Macmillan 1972 Edition : Bg: introduction :
1) Kṛṣṇa, 2) Brahmā, 3) Nārada; 4) Vyāsa, 5) Madhva, 6) Padmanābha, 7) Nṛhari, 8) Mādhava, 9) Akṣobhya, 10) Jayatīrtha, 11) Jñānasindhu, 12) Dayānidhi, 13) Vidyānidhi, 14) Rājendra, 15) Jayadharma, 16) Puruṣottama, 17) Brahmaṇyatīrtha, 18) Vyāsatīrtha, 19) Lakṣmīpati, 20) Mādhavendra Purī, 21) Īśvara Purī, (Nityānanda, Advaita), 22) Lord Caitanya, 23) Rūpa (Svarūpa, Sanātana), 24) Raghunātha, Jīva, 25) Kṛṣṇadāsa, 26) Narottama, 27) Viśvanātha, 28) (Baladeva) Jagannātha, 29) Bhaktivinode, 30) Gaurakiśora, 31) Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī, 32) His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda
Books : Srimad-Bhagavatam : Canto 2: “The Cosmic Manifestation” : SB 2.9: Answers by Citing the Lord’s Version : SB 2.9.6 : PURPORT :
When Lord Brahmā was perplexed about how to construct the material manifestations in the universe and went down within the water to find out the means and the source of his lotus seat, he heard the word tapa vibrated twice. Taking the path of tapa is the second birth of the desiring disciple. The word upāśṛṇot is very significant. It is similar to upanayana, or bringing the disciple nearer to the spiritual master for the path of tapa. So Brahmājī was thus initiated by Lord Kṛṣṇa, and this fact is corroborated by Brahmājī himself in his book the Brahma-saṁhitā. In the Brahma-saṁhitā Lord Brahmā has sung in every verse govindam ādi-puruṣaṁ tam ahaṁ bhajāmi **. Thus Brahmā was initiated by the Kṛṣṇa mantra, by Lord Kṛṣṇa Himself, and thus he became a Vaiṣṇava, or a devotee of the Lord, before he was able to construct the huge universe. It is stated in the Brahma-saṁhitā that Lord Brahmā was initiated into the eighteen-letter Kṛṣṇa mantra, which is generally accepted by all the devotees of Lord Kṛṣṇa. We follow the same principle because we belong to the Brahmā sampradāya, directly in the disciplic chain from Brahmā to Nārada, from Nārada to Vyāsa, from Vyāsa to Madhva Muni, from Madhva Muni to Mādhavendra Purī, from Mādhavendra Purī to Īśvara Purī, from Īśvara Purī to Lord Caitanya and gradually to His Divine Grace Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī, our divine master.

Sri Srinivasa acarya

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Srila Prabhupada glorifies Sri Srinivasa acarya
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Books : Sri Caitanya-caritamrta – 1975 Edition : Cc. Adi-lila : Adi 7: Lord Caitanya in Five Features : Adi 7.22 : PURPORT :

People generally cannot understand the actual meaning of chanting and dancing. Describing the Gosvāmīs, Śrī Śrīnivāsa Ācārya stated, kṛṣṇotkīrtana-gāna-nartana-parau: not only did Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu and His associates demonstrate this chanting and dancing, but the six Gosvāmīs also followed in the next generation. The present Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement follows the same principle, and therefore simply by chanting and dancing we have received good responses all over the world. It is to be understood, however, that this chanting and dancing do not belong to this material world. They are actually transcendental activities, for the more one engages in chanting and dancing, the more he can taste the nectar of transcendental love of Godhead
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Paramahamsas in the line of succession – Qualifications

May 28, 2016 in Narasimha Dasa by Laksman dasa

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In his Purport to Srimad-Bhagavatam, 2.9.43, Srila Prabhupada describes who is a genuine disciple and who is a genuine spiritual master. The original guru is Lord Sri Krishna and the original disciple is Lord Brahma. Devotees in the Brahma Sampradaya receive transcendental knowledge through the paramapara coming through Narada Muni, Vyasadeva, Sukadeva Goswami—and other great paramahamsas in this line of succession.  All this is described.
Qualifications of Genuine Disciples and Gurus:
Those who attempt to understand Vedic knowledge through grammar alone are not allowed access into the pure transcendental knowledge of bhakti-yoga. Such jnanis, yogis, karmis, and even prakrita-bhaktas, generally try to capture Vedic knowledge through scholarship, or under the tutorship of institutional leaders or professional clerics or pundits. Because they have not surrendered to a “realized person”, a pure devotee, they remain on the mundane plane.
“One who is now the disciple is the next spiritual master. And one cannot be a bona fide and authorized spiritual master unless one has been strictly obedient to his spiritual master.” (SB.2.9.43, Purport)

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Srila Prabhupada – Important Quotes

May 28, 2016 in Damaghosa Dasa by Laksman dasa

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Srila Prabhupada: “I wish that each and every branch shall keep their separate identity and cooperate keeping the acharya in the center. On this principle we can open any number of branches all over the world. 
(Letter, February 11, 1967)

Sept 3 1976So you have got this opportunity, Kṛṣṇa consciousness. Everything is explained in the Bhagavad-gītā, what is what. Do not lose this opportunity. Do not be foolish, misled by so-called scientists or philosophers or politicians. Take to Kṛṣṇa consciousness. And that is possible only guru-kṛṣṇa-kṛpāya [Cc. Madhya 19.151]. By the mercy of guru and by the mercy of Kṛṣṇa you can achieve all success. This is the secret.
yasya deve parā bhaktir
yathā deve tathā gurau
tasyaite kathitā hy arthāḥ
prakāśante mahātmanaḥ
So this guru-pūjā which we are doing, it is not self aggrandizement; it is real teaching. You sing daily, what is that? Guru-mukha-padma-vākya āra nā kariyā aikya **. Bas, this is translation. I tell you frankly, whatever little success is there in this Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement, I simply believed what was spoken by my Guru Mahārāja. You also continue that. Then every success will come.
Thank you very much

Srila Prabhupada and Krishna’s little warriors

May 28, 2016 in Padmapani Dasa by Laksman dasa

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Therefore, I recommend you to read books more

May 26, 2016 in Yasoda nandana Dasa by Laksman dasa

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Therefore, I recommend you to read books more and more and try to understand the subject matter from different angles of vision and be always discussing it with your godbrothers” (Letter to Bhargava, Los Angeles, 13 June 1972)
“And I am very much stressing nowadays that my students shall increase their reading of my books and try to understand them from different angles of vision. Each sloka can be seen from many, many angles of vision.”
(Letter to Tribhuvanatha dasa, Los Angeles, 16 June, 1972)

Lord Nrsimha dev will protect His devotees

May 26, 2016 in Articles, Damahosa Dasa by Laksman dasa

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Hare Krsna-

Below is three different classes given by Srila Prabhupada explaining three different things, yet they are all tied together as one. The first one he is encouraging us to continue fighting with the atheistic or demoniac forces now present almost everywhere on this planet.  The second one he tells us that if we keep ourselves constantly engaged in Krsna Consciousness activity and to be careful and attentive, then going back to Godhead is assured. The last one explains why we will only suffer if we continue to serve anyone but Krsna-and that nobody will appreciate our service, like Krsna can. Therefore the best thing is to transfer all our actions to Krsna seva , for Krsna will be happy, we will be happy and the entire world will be happy.

Hare Krsna

damaghosa das


Calcutta Feb 4 1977–

So you have very kindly joined this movement. You have not joined this movement for your poverty. You are not poverty-stricken. Sometimes people join this movement for poverty-stricken. But you are not belonging to that. You have voluntarily joined. So don’t be disappointed. There is now opposition, but don’t be disappointed. Kṛṣṇa will give you protection. Try to go on with this para-upakāramovement. Maybe because it is a fight against atheism, so some of our soldiers may fall down. But that should not discourage us. We must go on fighting with this atheistic civilization and try to push (this) Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement.

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Srila Prabhupada describes the amazing pastime of Lord Caitanya taking the form of Lord Narasimha

May 26, 2016 in Yasoda nandana Dasa by Laksman dasa

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Sri Narasimha Caturdasi
May 20, 2016
eka-dina prabhu śrīvāsere ājñā dila

‘bṛhat sahasra-nāma’ paḍa, śunite mana haila

SYNONYMS

ekadina—one day; prabhu—the Lord; śrīvāsere—unto Śrīvāsa Ṭhākura; ājñā—order; dila—gave; bṛhat—great; sahasranāma—one thousand names; paḍa—read; śunite—to hear; mana—mind; haila—wanted.

TRANSLATION

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Sri Narasimha Caturdasi, May 20, 2016

May 26, 2016 in Yasoda nandana Dasa by Laksman dasa

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Srila Prabhupada explains Sri Narasimha Lila
As described in this chapter, Hiraṇyakaśipu was ready to kill his own son Prahlāda Mahārāja, but the Supreme Personality of Godhead appeared in front of the demon as Śrī Nṛkeśarī, half lion and half man, and killed him.

Following the instructions of Prahlāda Mahārāja, all the sons of the demons became attached to Lord Viṣṇu, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. When this attachment became pronounced, their teachers, Ṣaṇḍa and Amarka, were very much afraid that the boys would become more and more devoted to the Lord. In a helpless condition, they approached Hiraṇyakaśipu and described in detail the effect of Prahlāda’s preaching. After hearing of this, Hiraṇyakaśipu decided to kill his son Prahlāda. Hiraṇyakaśipu was so angry that Prahlāda Mahārāja fell down at his feet and said many things just to pacify him, but he was unsuccessful in satisfying his demoniac father. Hiraṇyakaśipu, as a typical demon, began to advertise himself as being greater than the Supreme Personality of Godhead, but Prahlāda Mahārāja challenged him, saying that Hiraṇyakaśipu was not God, and began to glorify the Supreme Personality of Godhead, declaring that the Lord is all-pervading, that everything is under Him, and that no one is equal to or greater than Him. Thus he requested his father to be submissive to the omnipotent Supreme Lord.

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Srila Prabhupada re Real effect of contact with bona fide spiritual master

May 26, 2016 in Yasoda nandana Dasa by Laksman dasa

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The Super soul and soul both are unchanged. 
The difference is that in material contact, the soul appears to be changed. 
But the Super soul is not affected by material contamination; therefore there is no sign of change. 
The change of soul is like that water becomes ice in contact with refrigerator. 
And as soon as there is temperature the ice again becomes water. 
Similarly the changing nature of the soul is just like change of water to ice. 
The tendency of ice is to melt and become water again. 
So due to contamination of matter, the soul by illusion identifies with material existence. 
But the tendency is to melt again to Krishna Consciousness. 
So when there is sufficient temperature in contact with bona fide Spiritual Master and devotees, 
the soul again becomes Krishna Conscious, like the water.
Srila Prabhupada letter, November 12, 1968