Lord Jagannatha and Mother Ganga

February 21, 2020 in Articles by Laksman dasa

Lord Jagannatha and Mother Ganga
With love and confidence I share these two verses of Chaitanya Charitamrita, Madhya-lila, 15, 134 and 135:
134- Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu said, \”In this Age of Kali, Kṛṣṇa is manifest in two forms-wood and water. Thus He helps conditioned souls to become liberated by seeing the wood and bathing in the water. 135- \”Lord Jagannātha is the Supreme Lord Himself in the form of wood, and the River Ganges is the Supreme Lord Himself in the form of water.
I share this beautiful prayer to Mother Ganga: Sri Ganga Stotram: Prayer to Mother Ganga, by Srila Sankaracharya.
1) Oh, goddess Ganga! You are the divine river of heaven. You are the one who saves us from the three worlds. You are pure and restless. You adorn the head of Lord Shiva. Oh mother! May my mind always rest on your lotus feet. 2) Mother Bhagirathi! You give happiness to everyone. The meaning of your sacred waters is praised in the Vedas. I am ignorant and I am not able to understand its importance. Oh, Devi! You are full of mercy. Please protect me. 3) Oh, Devi! Your waters are as sacred as the charanamrite of Sri Hari. Your waves are white like snow, the moon and pearls. Please wash all my sins and help me cross the ocean of samsara. 4) Oh, Mother! Those who participate in your pure waters, reach without a doubt the highest state. Oh, Mother Ganga! Yama, the Lord of death cannot harm your devotees. 5) Oh, Jahnavi! Your waters flowing through the Himalayas make them even more beautiful. You are Bhishma’s mother and the daughter of sage Jahnu. You are the savior of the one who falls from his path, and that is why you are revered in the three worlds. 6) Oh, Mother! You fulfill all the wishes of your devotees. Those who bow before you do not have to suffer. Oh, bargain! You are restless to merge with the ocean, just like a young man eager to meet his beloved. 7) Oh, Mother! Those who bathe in your waters do not have to be born again. Oh Jahnavi! You are in the highest esteem. You destroy the sins of your devotees and save them from hell. 8) Oh, Jahnavi! You are full of compassion. You purify your devotees with your holy waters. Your feet are adorned with the jewels of Indra’s crown. Those who seek refuge in you get the blessing of happiness. 9) Or Bhagavati! Take away my illnesses, sorrows, difficulties, sins and bad attitudes. You are the essence of the three worlds and you are like a necklace around the Earth. Or Devi! You are the only refuge of mine in Samsara. 10) Oh, Ganga! Those who seek happiness love you. You are the source of happiness for Alakapuri and the source of eternal bliss. Those who reside on its banks are as privileged as those who live in Vaikuntha. 11) Oh, Devi! It is better to live in your waters, like turtles or fish, or on your shores like a poor chandala, than to live far from you like a rich king. 12) Oh, Goddess of the Universe! Purify us! Oh, daughter of Jahnu muni! Who recites this Ganga Stotram every day, certainly achieves success. 13) People who have devotion to Mother Ganga, always achieve happiness and achieve liberation. This beautiful and lyrical Gangastuti is a source of supreme happiness. 14) This prayer, Sri Ganga Stotram, written by Srila Shankaracharya, devotee of Lord Siva, purifies us and fulfills all our desires.
Hare Krishna, this YouTube link is a beautiful Artika or Mother Ganga worship in Varanasi.

Sri Isvara puri Tirobhava Tithi (Disappearance day)

February 21, 2020 in Articles by Laksman dasa

Sri Isvara puri Tirobhava Tithi (Disappearance day)
Monday, February 12, 2018 [Mayapura, West Bengal, Bharata Bhumi time]
Srila Prabhupada glorifies Sri Isvara Puri
compiled by Yasodanandana dasa
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Srila Prabhupada describes the authorized Brahma-Madhva-Gaudiya disciplic succession though Sri Isvara Puri
Letters : 1968 Correspondence : February : Letter to: Upendra — Los Angeles 13 February, 1968 : 68-02-13 :

There are four Sampradayas from the beginning of the creation. One is called Brahma Sampradaya, and is coming down by disciplic succession from Brahma; another Sampradaya is coming down from Laksmi, called Sri Sampradaya; another is coming down from the Kumaras, they are known as Nimbarka Sampradaya; another Sampradaya is coming from Lord Siva, Rudra Sampradaya or Viṣṇu Svāmī. These are four bona fide Sampradayas that are accepted by the bona fide spiritualists. The Impersonalist Sampradaya is not original neither the Impersonalist Sampradaya or party can help us. At the present moment there are so many Sampradayas, but we have to test them about their method of disciplic understanding. Anyway, all the four Sampradayas above mentioned, they are after worshiping the Supreme Lord Visnu, in His different Expansions, and some of them are in favor of worshiping Radha Krishna. In the later age the Brahma Sampradaya was handed down though Madhva Acarya; in this Madhva Acarya disciplic succession came Isvara Puri. This Isvara Puri was accepted as Spiritual Master of Lord Caitanya. Therefore, we being in disciplic succession of Caitanya Mahaprabhu, we are known as the Madhva Sampradaya. And because Lord Caitanya appeared in Bengal, which country is called Gaudadesa, our Sampradaya party is known as Madhva Gaudiya Sampradaya. But all these Sampradayas are non-different from one another because they believe and worship the Supreme Lord. Any other Sampradaya who are Impersonalist or voidist or nondevotee, they are rejected by us.
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