Chant Radhastakam and get darshan of Krsna this lifetime

October 8, 2019 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

Sri Radha Kunda-Vrndavana

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Photo from cover of Cyavana swamis book-Catch the Rising Moon

ShriRadhakundashtakam by Raghunath Das Goswami Bhavanuvad based on Shri Anant Das Babaji’s Stavamrita Kana Vyakhya
vṛṣabha-danuja-nāśān narma-dharmokti-raṅgair nikhila-nija-sakhībhir yat sva-hastena pūrṇam prakaṭitam api vṛndāraṇya-rājñā pramodais tad ati-surabhi rādhā-kuṇḍam evāśrayo me
After Krishn killed the demon Vrishabhasur, a wonderful lila took place, which started with a playful conversation between Radha and Krishn. [Radha teased Krishn that killing the demon was a sin, because it had come in the shape of a bull, and that he needed to atone by bathing in all the holy waters of the world before he could touch her. Krishn then used his divine powers to call all the holy waters and create his own lake, Shyam Kund. After bathing in it, he challenged his Beloved to make her own lake.] Then a divine lake was formed by Radha and her sakhis, who personally filled it with water. In the end, the work was completed by reluctantly accepting some help from Krishn. May this place of supreme beauty, Radha Kund, be my shelter. (For the full lila of Radha Kund’s appearance, see the April 2018 issue of Sandarshan.)
(1) vraja-bhuvi mura-śatroḥ preyasīnāṁ nikāmair asulabham api tūrṇaṁ prema-kalpa-drumaṁ tam janayati hṛdi bhūmau snātur uccair priyaṁ yat tad ati-surabhi rādhā-kuṇḍam evāśrayo me
If anyone bathes in this divine lake, the tree of sacred love grows in the earth of their hearts. The form of love they receive is rarely attained, even amongst the gopis themselves. May this place of supreme beauty, Radha Kund, be my shelter.
(2) agha-ripur api yatnād atra devyāḥ prasādaprasara-kṛta-katākṣa-prāpti-kāmaḥ prakāmam anusarati yad ucchaiḥ snāna-sevānubandhais tad ati-surabhi rādhā-kuṇḍam evāśrayo me
Although Krishna is worshipped by the whole universe, he himself worships Radha Kund. When Radha shows her sweet sulking (maan), he bathes here and offers seva to the kund, hoping to gain her kripa kataksh – a merciful glance from the corner of her eyes. May this place of supreme beauty, Radha Kund, be my shelter.
(3) vraja-bhuvana-sudhāṁśoḥ prema-bhūmir nikāmaṁ vraja-madhura-kiśorī-mauli-ratna-priyeva paricitam api nāmnā yā ca tenaiva tasyās tad ati-surabhi rādhā-kuṇḍam evāśrayo me
But Krishna does not only serve this place to attain his desires; he serves because he loves this lake like he loves Radha, and he is the one who named it after her. May this place of supreme beauty, Radha Kund, be my shelter.
(4) api jana iha kaścid yasya sevā-prasādaiḥ praṇaya-sura-latā syāt tasya goṣṭhendra-sūnoḥ sapadi kila mad-īśā-dāsya-puṣpa-praśasyā tad ati-surabhi rādhā-kuṇḍam evāśrayo me
The one who serves Radha Kund receives the greatest blessing; the vine of sacred love for Krishn grows in his heart. As the vine flourishes, tender buds of seva begin to appear, and when they burst into full bloom, the devotee becomes the maidservant of my beloved queen, Radha. May this place of supreme beauty, Radha Kund, be my shelter.
(5)taṭa-madhura-nikuñjaḥ klpta-nāmāna uccair nija-parijana-vargaiḥ samvibhajyāśritas taiḥ madhukara-ruta-ramyā yasya rājanti kāmyās tad ati-surabhi rādhā-kuṇḍam evāśrayo me
On the banks of this lake there are many beautiful groves, filled with the sweet songs of bees. Each one belongs to one of Radha’s sakhis, and they bear their names as well. May this place of supreme beauty, Radha Kund, be my shelter.
(6) taṭa-bhuvi vara-vedyāṁ yasya narmāti-hṛdyāṁ madhura-madhura-vārtāṁ goṣṭha-candrasya bhaṅgyā praṭhayatimitha īśā prāṇa-sakhyālibhiḥ sā tad ati-surabhi rādhā-kuṇḍam evāśrayo me
On the bank of this lake, Radha and her sakhis tease each other and joke so sweetly about her Beloved, Krishna. May this place of supreme beauty, Radha Kund, be my shelter.
(7) anudinam ati-raṅgaiḥ prema-mattāli-saṅghair vara-sarasija-gandhair hāri-vāri-prapūrṇe viharata iha yasmin dam-patī tau pramattau tad ati-surabhi rādhā-kuṇḍam evāśrayo me
In this water, filled with fragrant lotuses, the Divine Couple play every day. Their sakhis play with them, and all of them are madly in love. May this place of supreme beauty, Radha Kund, be my shelter.
(8) avikala mati devyāś cāru kuṇḍāṣṭakaṁ yaḥ paripaṭhati tadīyollāsi-dāsyārpitātmā aciram iha śarīre darśayaty eva tasmai madhu-ripur ati-modaiḥ śliṣyamāṇāṁ priyāṁ tām
If one chants this prayer to Radha Kund with complete faith and dedication, offering themselves as Radha’s maidservant, that person will soon have darshan of Krishn blissfully bound in her embrace, even in this very lifetime.

Prabhupada explains blasphemy, faultfinding, and calling a spade a spade

October 6, 2019 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

Feb 6 1976 conversations
Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: What is the way to draw the line between the following three things: blasphemy, fault-finding, and calling a spade a spade?
Prabhupāda: A spade a spade… Just like I am saying that “What you are? You are small fig only.” That is reality. And what is the other?
Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: The other is fault-finding and…
Prabhupāda: Fault-finding, that is another fault, that… vraṇam icchanti, makṣikā vraṇam icchanti, madhum icchanti(?) Just like the flies, they are finding out where is sore, and the bees, they are finding out where there is honey. So two animals, they have got two business: fault-finding and collecting the good things. These are two… Just like creature. They are two classes. Similarly, there are many rascals who are simply fault-finding.
Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: And blasphemy?
Prabhupāda: Blasphemy means you have good qualities, but still, I am defaming you.
Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: So the saintly person tends to overlook the bad qualities and see the good ones.
Prabhupāda: Yes.
Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Like Kṛṣṇa’s dealing with Pūtanā.
Prabhupāda: Yes. Hundreds and thousands of miles, this fog, simply by two minutes’ light of the sun—finished. [break] …working. If there was no sun, then so many ships are standing on the ocean. The cars, they are “bong, bong, bong, bong,” so many disturbances. You see? You cannot do anything. Daivī hy eṣā guṇamayī [Bg. 7.14]. What you can do? Immediately He can kill you all. Thousands of planets immediately finished. Bring your science to protect them. No, not possible. Māre kṛṣṇa rākhe ke. When Kṛṣṇa desires to vanquish, nobody can save you. Finished. Still, these rascals say, “There is no God.” Simply rascals. At least expose these rascals. We have no power to kill them, but at least we can expose them. That is also great service.

Some Conclusions-Srila Prabhupada nicely explains the difference between blasphemy fault finding and calling a spade a spade. But the best part was as the end- where he says since we cant kill all the demons and rascals in this age at least we can expose them. And that is what we should try to do which he says is– a “great service”. We do not want to become faultfinders or blasphemers because that is offensive to pure chanting the Lords Holy names, but we do want to expose all those who say they are bona fide gurus, and so called leaders, but do not follow the Acaryas orders to become such.
Hare Krsna
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More good instructions by Lord Rsabdev and Jada Bharata

October 3, 2019 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

SB 5.1.6 purport….When Priyavrata’s father, Svāyambhuva Manu, requested him to accept the responsibility of ruling over the world, he did not welcome the suggestion. This is the symptom of a great, liberated devotee. Even though engaged in worldly affairs, he does not take pleasure in them, but remains always absorbed in the Lord’s service. While thus serving the Lord, he deals externally with worldly affairs without being affected. For example, although he has no attraction for his children, he cares for them and educates them to become devotees. Similarly, he speaks to his wife with affectionate words, but he is not attached to her. By rendering devotional service, a devotee acquires all the good qualities of the Supreme Lord. Lord Kṛṣṇa had sixteen thousand wives, all of them very beautiful, and although He dealt with each of them as a beloved husband, He was not attracted or attached to any of them. In the same way, although a devotee may enter family life and act very affectionately toward his wife and children, he is never attached to these activities.
SB 5.5.22-Of the two energies manifest [spirit and dull matter], beings possessing living force [vegetables, grass, trees and plants] are superior to dull matter [stone, earth, etc.]. Superior to nonmoving plants and vegetables are worms and snakes, which can move. Superior to worms and snakes are animals that have developed intelligence. Superior to animals are human beings, and superior to human beings are ghosts because they have no material bodies. Superior to ghosts are the Gandharvas, and superior to them are the Siddhas. Superior to the Siddhas are the Kinnaras, and superior to them are the asuras. Superior to the asuras are the demigods, and of the demigods, Indra, the King of heaven, is supreme. Superior to Indra are the direct sons of Lord Brahmā, sons like King Dakṣa, and supreme among Brahmā’s sons is Lord Śiva. Since Lord Śiva is the son of Lord Brahmā, Brahmā is considered superior, but Brahmā is also subordinate to Me, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Because I am inclined to the brāhmaṇas, the brāhmaṇas are best of all.
PURPORT-In this verse the brāhmaṇas are given a position superior to that of the Supreme Lord…….The evolutionary process is also explained in Caitanya-caritāmṛta (Madhya, Chapter Nineteen), wherein it is said that there are two types of living entities—moving and nonmoving. Among moving entities. there are birds, beasts. aquatics, human beings and so on. Of these. the human beings are supposed to be the best, but they are few. Of these small numbers of human beings, there are many low-class human beings like mlecchas, Pulindas, bauddhas and śabaras. The human being elevated enough to accept the Vedic principles is superior. Among those who accept the Vedic principles generally known as varṇāśrama (presently known as the Hindu system), few actually follow these principles. Of those who actually follow the Vedic principles, most perform fruitive activity or pious activity for elevation to a high position. Manuṣyāṇāṁ sahasreṣu kaścid yatati siddhaye: [Bg. 7.3] out of many attached to fruitive activity, one may be a jñānī—that is, one philosophically inclined and superior to the karmīs. Yatatām api siddhānāṁ kaścin māṁ vetti tattvataḥ: [Bg. 7.3] out of many jñānīs, one may be liberated from material bondage, and out of many millions of liberated jñānīs, one may become a devotee of Kṛṣṇa.
SB 5.5.23O respectful brāhmaṇas, as far as I am concerned, no one is equal or superior to the brāhmaṇas in this world. I do not find anyone comparable to them. When people know My motive after performing rituals according to the Vedic principles, they offer food to Me with faith and love through the mouth of a brāhmaṇa. When food is thus offered unto Me, I eat it with full satisfaction. Indeed, I derive more pleasure from food offered in that way than from the food offered in the sacrificial fire.
SB 5.12.13-Who are the pure devotees mentioned here? In an assembly of pure devotees, there is no question of discussing material subjects like politics and sociology. In an assembly of pure devotees, there is discussion only of the qualities, forms and pastimes of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. He is praised and worshiped with full attention. In the association of pure devotees, by constantly hearing such topics respectfully, even a person who wants to merge into the existence of the Absolute Truth abandons this idea and gradually becomes attached to the service of Vāsudeva.
PURPORT-The symptoms of pure devotees are described in this verse. The pure devotee is never interested in material topics. Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu has strictly prohibited His devotees to talk about worldly matters. Grāmya-vārtā nā kahibe: one should not indulge in talking unnecessarily about news of the material world. One should not waste time in this way. This is a very important feature in the life of a devotee.

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