No One Should Criticize a Pure Devotee

September 29, 2016 in Padmapani Dasa by Laksman dasa

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No One Should Criticize a Pure Devotee


“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 so are very dear to the Lord. The Lord declares in the Bhagavad-gita [18.69] that no one is dearer to Him than one who risks everything to preach His glory.”
 (Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.16, Purport)
 

“It is said, therefore, by Vaisnava authorities that even the most intelligent person cannot understand the plans and activities of a pure devotee. The exact words are vaisnavera kriya mudra vijne na bujhaya. A person who is thus always engaged in the service of the Lord or is always thinking and planning how to serve the Lord is to be considered completely liberated at present and in the future. His going back home, back to Godhead, is guaranteed. He is above all materialistic criticism, just as Krishna is above all criticism.
(Bhagavad-gita As It Is 9.28, Purport)
 

Even the most learned or experienced person cannot understand the movements of a Vaisnava, a pure devotee. No one, therefore, should criticize a pure Vaisnava. A Vaisnava knows his own business; whatever he does is precisely right because he is always guided by the Supreme Personality of Godhead.”
(Srimad-Bhagavatam 9.4.68, Purport)
 

“Caitanya Mahaprabhu has very strongly recommended that one not commit any offense at the lotus feet of a devotee. Such offenses are compared to a mad elephant because when a mad elephant enters a garden it causes devastation. Therefore one should be extremely careful not to commit offenses at the lotus feet of a pure devotee.”
(Srimad-Bhagavatam 9.4.68, Purport)
 

“The Lord can tolerate insults upon Himself by any miscreant because the father tolerates even insults from the son. But He never tolerates insults upon His devotees. By insulting a great soul, one has to forego all the results of pious acts and benedictions also.”
(Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.15.10, Purport)
 

“The devotee of the Lord does not retaliate against the wrongdoer, but the Lord does not tolerate any mischief done to the devotee by the miscreants. The Lord can excuse a person on his own account, but He excuses no one who has done harm to His devotees.”
(Bhagavad-gita As It Is 1.35, Purport)

Namacarya Srila Haridas Thakur-courtesy of the Prabhupada Connection

September 15, 2016 in Damaghosa Dasa by Laksman dasa

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The Glories of Haridasa Thakura


(Namacarya Srila Haridasa Thakura chanting japa.)

“Although Thakura Haridasa happened to take his birth in a Muslim family, he was elevated to the post of namacarya by Lord Caitanya due to his rigidly attended principle of chanting three hundred thousand holy names of the Lord daily: Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare. And because he chanted the holy name of the Lord constantly, it is understood that in his previous life he must have passed through all the ritualistic methods of the Vedas, known as sabda-brahma. Unless, therefore, one is purified, one cannot take to the principles of Krishna consciousness or become engaged in chanting the holy name of the Lord, Hare Krishna.”

(Bhagavad-gita As It Is 6.44, Purport)

“so one who is serious about hearing, he can become future nice preacher”–SP

September 15, 2016 in Articles, Damahosa Dasa by Laksman dasa

(Srila Prabhupada Room Conversation, May 10, 1969, Columbus, Ohio)

This boy hears very nicely. He does not go away,” the first impression he gave to other godbrothers. “So I shall make him disciple.” These very words he said. Actually I did not follow him in the beginning. High philosophical speaking and I was a new boy. I could not follow him, but actually I was so much glad to hear him. That’s all. So that was my qualification, whatever you may say. I was simply asking, “When Guru Maharaja will speak? When he will speak? When?And I will sit down and go on hearing, and I will understand or not understand – -others will disperse — I will not disperse. That he marked. Yes. First. There was first one instance. At that time I was not initiated. There was a circumambulation of whole Vrndavana. So although I was not initiated, I was one of the important members of the… So I thought, “Let me go. What these people are doing, circumambulating all over Vrndavana?” So I went to Mathura. Then I went to the Vrndavana interior, which place was known as Kosi. So in that Kosi one of my godbrothers declared that “Prabhupada is going tomorrow back to Mathura. So he will speak this evening. So anyone who wants to hear him, they can stay. And others may prepare to…” …. So they were to go to see some other temple which is called Sesayi Temple. So although I was new man, I did not like to go to see the Sesayi Temple. I decided that “I shall hear.” So at that time I was new, so all other, some of my important godbrothers, they were sitting like this, and I was sitting. At last, you see. But he knew that “This boy is new.” Everyone has gone, all others except a few selected godbrothers. So he marked it that “This boy is interested to hear me.” So hearing is very important. Hearing. Just like Arjuna heard from Krsna. Come on. (People entering) (Break) …because I was serious for hearing, and therefore now I am serious about kirtanam, means speaking, or preaching. Do you follow what I say? Yes. So one who is serious about hearing, he can become a future nice preacher. Sravanam kirtanam. Next stage is developed. That is development. If one has actually heard nicely, then he will speak nicely. Sravanam kirtanam smaranam. Then consciousness will automatically develop because when you speak or you hear, unless your mind is concentrated, your consciousness is right, you cannot rightly hear or speak. Sravanam kirtanam smaranam pada-sevanam. And then the development, “How I shall serve Krsna? Krsna is so loving. Krsna is so great,” that automatically comes. Not silent, but activity.”
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Srila Prabhupada asks a disciple-what does it mean-to be Krsna Conscious?

September 14, 2016 in Damaghosa Dasa by Laksman dasa

Hare Krsna
Below is a conversation and part of a lecture where Srila Prabhupada is asking a disciple what he thinks it means to be- “Krsna Conscious” ? I am sure if it went on Srila Prabhupada would have gotten a lot of different answers, so he gives us the answer in a short clear way, which is easy to understand. Please read below for his answer. The following lecture next, he explains a little bit more of how to attain this God or Krsna Consciousness. There is another conversation, which I have repeatedly  and unsuccessfully tried to find where Srila Prabhupada is speaking about being in Vrndavana as a young man and Bhaktisiddhanta Maharaja is opening a new temple and practically all the disciples have left to see the installation of the new deity-except for our Srila Prabhupada and a very few others, whose guru basically tells him that “this boy likes to hear me” and what will the other disciples “see” when they go to the installation -they will see some stone statue of Krsna, but not actually “see” the Lord, personally. He said, we see first- by hearing from the guru. These things are significant.

Srila Prabhupada glorifies the transcendental appearance of Lord Vamana Deva and Jiva Goswami Prabhupada

September 14, 2016 in Damaghosa Dasa by Laksman dasa

Sri Vamana Dvadasi- Transcendental appearance of Lord Vamana deva
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 [Los Angeles, California, USA  time]
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 [Mayapura, West Bengal, India time]
A few words of nectar from Srila Prabhupada about Sri Vamanadeva, (courtesy of Damaghosa Prabhu)
Hare Krsna to All
Pranams
All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Lord Vamana Dev.
Today is Lord Vamana Dev’s appearance and we as devotees should hear about His lila and some of the philosophical points connected to it.
Below are a few verses and purports from Srimad-Bhagavatam which I think everyone will find very instructive.
Hari bol
Damaghosa das
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SB 8.19.21   Lord Vamanadeva Begs Charity from Bali Maharaja 
   The Personality of Godhead said: O my dear King, even the entirety
of whatever there may be within the three worlds to satisfy one’s
senses cannot satisfy a person whose senses are uncontrolled
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Avirbhava Tithi (appearance day) of Srila Sac Cid Ananda Bhaktivinoda Thakura

September 14, 2016 in Yasoda nandana Dasa by Laksman dasa

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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. Srimad-Bhagavatam “The Status Quo” The Marriage of Kardama Muni and Devahuti  SB 3.22.19

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Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura. re: O When will that Day Come?

September 14, 2016 in Yasoda nandana Dasa by Laksman dasa

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O When will that Day Come?
(San Francisco Rathayatra, 1975)
 
“Sriman Mahaprabhu did not descend with His associates to deliver a certain number of human beings in the land of India, but rather His purpose was to deliver and uplift all living beings in all countries of the world by preaching the eternal religion of all souls. He has personally said:

prthivite ache yata nagaradi grama/ sarvatra prachara hoibe mora nama. ‘My Name will be preached in all the countries and towns that exist throughout the world.’
 
(Chaitanya Bhagavata, Antya 4.126)
 
There are many kinds of religion in the world, and among all of them the highest development of religion is the congregational chanting of the Supreme Lord’s divine names. Of this there is no doubt. Alas! When will that day come when all greatly fortunate souls in countries such as England, France, Russia, Prussia and America will take up banners, kettle drums, mridangas and karatalas and thus cause the ecstatic waves of Hari Nama Kirtana and the singing of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s Holy Name to rise in the streets of their towns and cities? O when will that day come when pure and transcendental Krishna prema (love of God) will be the only religion of all souls and all tiny sectarian religions will meet in the unlimited and universal religion of devotional service to Krishna, as rivers merge into the great ocean? O when will that day come?”
 
(Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, Sajjana Tosani 4.3, 1885)

Tirobhava tithi [disappearance day of namacarya Srila Haridasa Thakura

September 14, 2016 in Yasoda nandana Dasa by Laksman dasa

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A summary of this Third Chapter of Antyalīlā is given by Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura as follows. A beautiful young brāhmaṇa girl in Jagannātha Purī had a very handsome son who was coming every day to Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu. This was not very much to the liking of Dāmodara Paṇḍita, however, who therefore told Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, “If You display so much love for this boy, people will doubt Your character.” Hearing these words from Dāmodara Paṇḍita, the Lord sent him to Navadvīpa to supervise the affairs of His mother, Śacīdevī. He also especially requested Dāmodara Paṇḍita to remind His mother that He was sometimes going to her home to accept the food she offered. Thus, following the order of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, Dāmodara Paṇḍita went to Navadvīpa, taking with him all kinds of prasāda from Lord Jagannātha.

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If we dont preach KC, then in a few years-no more– Hari Hari bol–SP

September 13, 2016 in Damaghosa Dasa by Laksman dasa

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Srila Prabhupāda: Yes. That is preaching. Therefore we are writing so many books. Unless we take care of the books and preach and read ourself, understand the philosophy, this Hare Kṛṣṇa will be finished within few years. Because there will be no life. How long one can artificially go on, “Hare Kṛṣṇa! Haribol!” That will be artificial, no life.

Yaśomatīnandana: That’s right Prabhupāda. We are so foolish, we never realize anything unless you tell us like that. Without preaching…

Srila Prabhupāda: Without preaching, without understanding philosophy, you cannot keep your strength. Everyone should be thoroughly well-conversed with the philosophy which we are putting… That means you must read thoroughly every day. So many books we have got. And Bhāgavata is so perfect that any verse you read, you get a new enlightenment. It is so nice. Either Bhagavad-gītā or Bhāgavata. But it is not ordinary writing.

Morning Walk – December 12, 1973, Los Angeles

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Here is a very practical solution Srila Prabhupada gives to us–
Preach to one person a day-that is sufficient
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Please accept my blessings. I am in due receipt of your letter dated December 10, 1972, and I am very much disturbed to hear from you that you have become disturbed in your mind. Do not be disturbed. There is no cause for anxiety. You are doing your best to serve Krishna, that is very much appreciated, so do not lose enthusiasm out of frustration, that will spoil everything. Krishna Consciousness means we should always be satisfied and happy, not that we must work something impossible, becoming overburdened, and then because we are unhappy by so much trouble we lose enthusiasm altogether and give up all hope. No, if too much endeavour is there, that is to be avoided. By all means we must preserve our spiritual status, that is the point, not that we are mad after big buildings, many devotees, life-members, this, thatno, these are only ways to engage the devotees so that they may apply the principles of devotional living to some kind of work for practical realization of these principles. It is not the result of the work we want. If only one person daily, if we sincerely preach to such one 
person in a day, that is sufficient, never mind big, big programmes. 

Hare Krsna

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Sri Radha-Astami -: 108 Names Sri Radha

September 8, 2016 in Damaghosa Dasa by Laksman dasa

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Sri Radhika Stotra 108 Names od Radharani
by Srila Raghunatha Dasa Goswami

aviksatmesvari kascid vrndavana-mahesvarim 
tat padamboja-matraika gati dasyati katara 
patita tat-saras tire ruda tyartha-ravakulam 
tac chri-vaktreksanavaptyai namanyetani sanjagau
Some maidservant, unable to find her Mistress, has fallen on the bank of Radhakunda, crying in great anxiety, being very eager to take exclusive shelter of Her Lotus Feet, glorifying Her by singing the following names of Her Mistress:

radha gandharvika gosthayuva-rajaika-kamita 
gandharva radhika candrakantir madhava-sangini
1. Radha, 2. Gandharvika, 3. The only girl desired by the prince of Vraja, 4. Who is worshipped by the Gandharva-angels, 5. Whose luster is like the moon, 6. Who accompanies Madhava.
damodaradvaita-sakhi kartikotkirtidesvari 
mukunda dayita-vrnda dhammilla mani-manjari
7. Damodar’s unrivalled girlfriend, 8. The queen who bestows fame on the Kartika month, 9. The crestjewel of Mukunda’s ladyfriends.
bhaskaropasika varsabhanavi vrsabhanuja 
ananga manjari jyestha sridama varajottama
10. Who worships the sun, 11. Who belongs to King Vrsabhanu, 12. Who is born from King Vrsabhanu, 13. Ananga Manjari’s older sister, 14. Sridama’s younger sister, 15. The greatest
kirtida-kanyaka matr-sneha-piyusa-putrika 
visakha-savayah prestha visakha jivitadhika
16. Kirtida’s daughter, 17. Who is the nectarean object of Her mother’s affection, 18. Who is of the same age as Visakha, 19. Who is dearer than life to Visakha.
pranadvitiya lalita vrndavana viharini 
lalita prana-laksaika-raksa vrndavanesvari
20. Who is none other than Lalita’s very life, 21. Enjoys in Vrndavana, 22. Who saves Lalita’s life lakhs of times, 23. Queen of Vrndavana.
vrajendra-grhini krsna-praya-sneha-niketanam
vraja go-gopa-gopali jiva-matraika-jivanam
24. Who is as dear to Mother Yasoda as Krsna, 25. Who is the only life of the life of the cows, cowherdsmen and cowherdgirls of Vraja.
snehalabhira-rajendra vatsalacyuta-purva-ja 
govinda pranayadhara surabhi sevanotsuka
26. Who is the object of King Nanda’s affection, 27. Who gets parental affection from Balaram, 28. Who is the object of Govinda’s love (Govinda is eager to serve His surabhi cows).
dhrta nandisvara-ksema gamanotkanthi-manasa 
sva-dehadvaitata drsta dhanistha dhyeya-darsana
29. Who is very eager to go to Nandisvara for serving Krsna, 30. Who is regarded as non-different from her by Dhanistha and seen in her meditations, (Dhanistha is Yasoda’s maidservant).
gopendra-mahisi paka-sala-vedi prakasika 
ayur-varddha-karaddhana rohini ghrata-mastaka
31. Who is seen in Mother Yadosa’s kitchen, 32. Whose cooked grains increase Krsna’s life, 33. Whose head is smelt by Rohini.
subala nyasta sarupya subala priti-tosita 
mukhara-drk sudha-naptri jatila drsti-bhasita
34. Who has bestowed a form equal to Hers to Subala, 35. Who is very fond of Subala, 36. Who is nectar in Mukhara’s eyes, 37. Who is afraid to see Her mother-in-law, Jatila.
madhumangala narmokti janita-smita-candrika 
paurnamasi bahih khelat prana-panjara sarika
38. Who smiles like the moonbeams after hearing Madhumangala’s jokes, 39. The she-parrot of Whose heart is caught in Paurnamasi’s cage.
sva ganadvaita jivatuh sviyahankara-vardhini 
sva ganopendra padabja sparsa-lambhana harsini
40. Who is the only life of Her friends, 41. Who increases the pride of Her relatives, 42. Who is very happy to touch Upendra’s feet with Her friends.
sviya vrndavanodyana paliki krta-vrndaka 
jnata vrndatavi sarva lata-taru-mrga-dvija
43. Who has placed Vrnda in charge of Vrndavana’s gardens, 44. Who is known by all the vines, trees, deer and birds of Vrndavana.
isac candana samghrsta nava-kasmira-deha-bhah 
java-puspa pritha-hari patta cinarunambara
Whose body shines with fresh vermillion ground with some sandalpaste, 46. Whose silken dress shines more reddish than the java flower.
caranabja-tala-jyotir arunakrta-bhutala 
hari citta camatkari caru nupura nihsvana
47. Whose lotus footsoles make the surface of the earth shine crimson-red, 48. Who astonishes Hari’s mind with the sweet sound of Her anklebells.
krsna-sranti-hara sroni pitha-valgita ghantika 
krsna sarvasva pinodyat kucancan mani-malika
49. The nice sounds of whose waistbells remove Krsna’s fatigue, 50. The pearl necklace on whose firm, raised breasts is everything to Krsna.
nana-ratnollasad sankha-cuda caru bhuja-dvaya 
syamantaka-mani bhrajan mani-bandhati-bandhura
51. Whose two beautiful arms are adorned with conchshell bangles inset with various jewels, 52. On Whose wrist the beautiful Syamantaka jewel shines.
suvarna darpana-jyotir ullanghi mukha-mandala 
pakka dadima bijabha dantakrstaghabhic chuka
53. The shining of Whose face defeats that of a golden mirror, 54. Whose teeth, that shine like ripe pomegranate seeds, attract the parrot-like Aghabhit (Krsna).
abja-ragadi srstabja-kalika karna-bhusana 
saubhagya kajjalankakta netranandita khanjana
55. Whose ruby earrings are shaped like lotus buds, 56. Whose wagtail-like eyes are anointed with beautiful eyeliner, giving great joy to the eyes.
suvrtta mauktika mukta nasika tilapuspika 
sucaru nava-kasturi tilakancita-bhalaka
57. Whose nose, that is beautiful as a sesame flower, is adorned with a round pearl, 58. Whose forehead is adorned with beautiful tilak made of fresh musk.
divya veni vinirdhuta keki-pincha-vara-stutih 
netranta-sara vidhvamsakrta canurajid dhrtih
59. Whose divine hairbraid is worshiped by peacock feathers (being defeated in beauty), 60. The arrows of Whose glances destroy the patience of Krsna, Who defeated the Canura wrestler.
sphurat kaisora-tarunya sandhi-bandhura-vigraha 
madhavollasakonmatta pikoru madhura-svara
61. Who is blooming teenage beauty personified, 62. Who pleases Madhava, 63. Who maddens Madhava with Her sweet, cuckoo-like voice.
pranayuta-sata prestha madhavotkirti-lampata 
krsnapanga-tarangodyat smita-piyusa-budbuda
64. Who is more attached to Madhava’s great glories than to millions of lives, 65. Whose nectarean smiles provide bubbles on the waves of Krsna’s glances.
punjibhuta jagallajja vaidagdhi-digdha-vigraha 
karuna vidravad deha murtiman madhuri-ghata
66. Who is the very form of cleverness, embarrassing the whole world, 67. Whose body melts in kindness, 68. Who is abundant sweetness personified.
jagad-gunavati-varga giyamana gunoccaya 
sacyadi subhaga-vrnda vandyamanoru-saubhaga
69. Whose glories arre loudly sung by all the great ladies of the world, 70. Who is incessantly praised by beautiful ladies like Saci.
vina-vadana sangita rasalasya visarada 
narada pramukhodgita jagad anandi sad-yasah
71. Who is expert in singing and playing vina in the rasa dance, 72. Whose pure glories are sung by sages headed by Narada, giving joy to the world.
govardhana-guha geha grhini kunja-mandana 
candamsu-nandini baddha bhagini-bhava-vibhrama
73. She is the housewife in the caves in Govardhana, 74. She decorates the kunja, 75. She has a sisterly relationship with Yamuna, (Yamuna is the daughter of the sun and Radha is thedaughter of Vrsabhanu, the sun in Taurus).
divya kundalata narma sakhya-dama-vibhusita 
govardhanadharahladi srngara-rasa-pandita
76. She is adorned with the wreath of divine Kundalata’s friendship, 77. She is the professor in amorous rapture, giving joy to the holder of Govardhana.
girindra-dhara vaksah srih sankhacudari-jivanam 
gokulendra-suta-prema kama-bhupendra-pattanam
78. She is Laksmi on the chest of the holder of Govardhan, 79. She is the life of the enemy of Sankhacuda, 80. She is the settlement of Cupid for the love of the son of Gokulendra.
vrsa-vidhvamsa narmokti sva-nirmita sarovara 
nija kunda-jala-krida jita sankarsananuja
81. Who made Her own pond after the killer of Arista mocked Her, 82. Who defeats Sankarsana’s younger brother in sports in Her own pond.
mura-mardana mattebha vihara-mrta-dirghika 
girindra-dhara-parindra rati-yuddhoru simhika
83. She is the ambrosial pond of enjoyment for the intoxicated elephant who defeated Mura, 84. She is a powerful lioness fighting amorous sports with the king of lions, the holder of the best of mountains.
sva tanu-saurabhonmatti krta mohana madhava 
dor-muloccalana krida vyakuli-krta kesava
85. Who enchants Madhava with Her intoxicating bodily fragrance, 86. Who agitates Kesava by playfully showing Her armpit.
nija kunda-tati kunja klrpta keli kalodyama 
divya malli-kulollasi sayyakalpita vigraha
87. Who expands Her artful plays in the kunja on the bank of Her own pond, 88. Who makes a bed of divine jasmine flowers there with joy.
krsna vama-bhuja nyasta caru daksina gandaka 
savya bahu-lata baddha krsna daksina sad-bhuja
89. Who places Her beautiful right cheek on Krsna’s left arm, 90. Who holds Krsna’s right arm with Her left vine-like arm.
krsna daksina caruru slista vamoru-rambhika 
girindra-dhara drg-vaksor mardi-sustana-parvata
91. Whose beautiful, broad, banana-like left hip touches Krsna’s right hip, 92. Whose nice, mountain-like breasts are being massaged by the Holder of Govardhana.
govindadhara piyusa vasitadhara-pallava 
sudha-sancaya carukti sitali-krta madhava
93. Whose leaf-like lips are scented by the nectar of Govinda’s lips, 94. Whose beautiful words distribute nectar, cooling Madhava off.
govindodgirna tambula raga rajyat kapolika 
krsna sambhoga saphali-krta manmatha sambhava
95. Whose cheeks are colored by the pan from Govinda’s lips, 96. Who realizes Krsna’s fancies of amorous enjoyments.
govinda marjitoddama rati-prasvinna sanmukha 
visakha vijita krida-santi nidralu-vigraha
97. The profuse perspiration from whose face is wiped off by Govinda, 98. Who is being fanned by Visakha when She falls asleep after playing with Krsna.
govinda-carana-nyasta kaya-manasa jivana 
svapranarbuda nirmanchya hari pada-rajah kana
99. Who has placed Her life, body and mind at Govinda’s lotus feet, 100. Who worships the dust of Hari’s lotus feet with billions of hearts.
anumatracyutadarsa sayyamanatma locana 
nitya-nutana govinda vaktra-subhramsu-darsana
101. Who curses Her eyes for every second that they do not see Acyuta, 102. Who beholds Govinda’s ever-fresh moonlike face.
nihsima hari-madhurya saundaryadyeka-bhogini 
sapatnya dhama murali-matra bhagya kataksini
103. Who is the only enjoyer of Hari’s endless sweetness and beauty, 104. Who can only blink at the fortune of Her co-wife, the Murali flute.
gadha buddhi-bala krida jita vamsi-vikarsini 
narmokti candrikotphulla krsna kamabdi-vardhini
105. Who takes Krsna’s flute after defeating Him in a gambling match, 106. Who increases the ocean of Krsna’s desires by the full moonbeams of Her joking words.
vraja-candrendriya-grama visrama-vidhu-salika 
krsna sarvendriyonmadi radhetyaksara-yugmaka
107. Who is the moonlike resting place for all the senses of the moon of Vraja (Sri Krsna), 108. The two syllables of Whose name Ra-dha madden all of Krsna’s senses.
idam sri radhika namnam astottara satojjvalam 
sri radhalambhakam nama stotram caru-rasayanam 
yo dhite parama pritya dinah katara-manasah 
sa natham acirenaiva sa natham iksate dhruvam
Whoever recites these 108 names of Sri Radha, that consists of all beautiful, nectarean Radha-nama, with great love, humility and eagerness, will certainly and swiftly behold Her Master.
iti srimad raghunatha dasa gosvami viracita stavavalyam 
sri radhika-stottara-sata nama stotram sampurnam.
Thus ends Sriman Raghunatha Dasa Gosvami’s Sri Radhika’s 108 names-prayer.


Srila Prabhupada about Radhastami

September 8, 2016 in Damaghosa Dasa by Laksman dasa

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Hare Krsna

Pranams

All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srimate Radharani

I dont remember where I got the following, but it is all Prabhupada/Radha NECTAR

Hari bol

Damaghosa das

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SRIMATE RADHARANI

 

Who is that girl with Krishna? Many wonder this. First we need to understand that God is not with a material woman. So Who is He with? Srila Prabhupada explains it best, so I will put his words on this web site.

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Srila Prabhupada: Let there be one scripture

September 7, 2016 in Yasoda nandana Dasa by Laksman dasa

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In this present day, people are very much eager to have one scripture, one God, one religion, and one occupation.
Therefore, ekam sastram devaki-putra-gitam: let there be one scripture only,
one common scripture for the whole world – Bhagavad-gita.
Eko devo devaki-putra eva: let there be one God for the whole world – Sri Krishna.
Eko mantras tasya namani: and one hymn, one mantra, one prayer — the chanting of His name:
Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.
Karmapy ekam tasya devasya seva: and let there be one work only —
the service of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
Introduction to Bhagavad-gita As It Is

Janmastami/vyasa puja report

September 7, 2016 in Damaghosa Dasa by Laksman dasa

Hare Krsna to all

Pranams
All glories to Srila Prabhupada

Below we have a few videos that you can watch of our Janmastami and vyasa puja program here which we observed. 
Due to the great distances between all our group members we did both events on the same day, so all could attend both of them.

Hare Krsna

damaghosa das
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opening kirtan

touring the temple room

abhisek

puspha puja

FANATICISM IS RELIGION- WITHOUT PHILOSOPHY

September 6, 2016 in Damaghosa Dasa by Laksman dasa

Hare Krsna-
Below we have a short study of Bhagavad Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam verses wherein the Lord is explaining to us why we should have knowledge of Him and not approach Him just sentimentally, although that is also good, but one must go past that sentimental stage. 

Sept 10 1973 Stockholm–
Prabhupāda: Because it is a science. Religion means a kind of faith. It is not faith. It is a science. Science must be based on logic and philosophy. Science means that. And religion means sometimes sentiments.So religion without philosophy is sentiment, and philosophy without religion is mental speculation. Both must be combined. Then it is perfect. You cannot have religion without philosophy. That is sentiment, fanaticism. So religion must be on the basis of science and logic. That is first-class religion
Sometimes devotees say well this person sings nicely so he must have lots of devotion, or this person gives money frequently, so he also must have lots of bhakti. But the real test is how we know Him, in Truth. Knowing Him in truth means eventually, we should be less and less inclined towards matters of materialistic life. Unless
vairagya or detachment from maya manifests in our life, then we are still clinging to illusions, anarthas, etc.

And if this knowledge of Him is not so important,as some say, then why did Lord Krsna take the trouble to speak it to Arjuna in the first place?  Just to have something to say, on the battlefield? Like most of the modern foolish facebook postings which consume our valuable time but do nothing for us spiritually? This sacred Divine conversation in Bhagavad Gita has been handed down now for over 5000 years and continues to be heard and read. What today of what we now do, will be around 5000 years from now? Nothing. But the Bhagavad Gita is still here and will continue for millions of more years as well.

Srila Prabhupada wrote his books for us to read, to study, and be absorbed into our consciousness to help us advance to the spiritual platform which is past the sensual, mental and intellectual levels of consciousness. These three material levels are all to real and most of us function somewhere, within them.  If we were actually completely on the spiritual platform, then we would be liberated and know our svarupa siddhi-our eternal relationship with the Lord. How many of us know what that is? Honestly ? Yes we all know we are servants eternally, but each of us has one particular rasa with Krsna and that relationship is revealed when we are liberated. If we dont know it yet, then we are still conditioned bhaktas. And how to move above those lower platforms means we need jnana and vijnana-knowledge and realized knowledge which comes from sincere , regulated chanting, and service without offense.

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POP QUIZ-Why and When was Deity worship first begun???

September 6, 2016 in Damaghosa Dasa by Laksman dasa

SB 7.14.39-My dear King, when great sages and saintly persons saw mutually disrespectful dealings at the beginning of  treta yuga, Deity worship in the temple was introduced with all paraphernalia.
PURPORT
As it is said in Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (12.3.52):
kṛte yad dhyāyato viṣṇuṁ
tretāyāṁ yajato makhaiḥ
dvāpare paricaryāyāṁ
kalau tad dhari-kīrtanāt
“Whatever result one obtained in Satya-yuga by meditating on Viṣṇu, in Tretā-yuga by performing sacrifices and in Dvāpara-yuga by serving the Lord’s lotus feet one can also obtain inKali-yuga simply by chanting the Hare Kṛṣṇa mahā-mantra.” In Satya-yuga, every person was spiritually advanced, and there was no envy between great personalities. Gradually, however, because of material contamination with the advance of the ages, disrespectful dealings appeared even among brāhmaṇas and Vaiṣṇavas. Actually, an advanced Vaiṣṇava is to be respected more than Viṣṇu. As stated in the Padma Purāṇa, ārādhanānāṁ sarveṣāṁ viṣṇor ārādhanaṁparam: of all kinds of worship, worship of Lord Viṣṇu is the best. Tasmāt parataraṁ devitadīyānāṁ samarcanam: and recommended more than worship of Viṣṇu is worship of theVaiṣṇava.

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