We Can Publish A Paper Every Minute

January 30, 2024 in Articles by Yasoda nandana dasa

“…So the purpose was that this material world is only a manifestation, exhibition, of one-fourth energy of Kṛṣṇa. And within this material world, there are so many universes. And each and every universe, there are so many planets. So this is one of the planets, in which we are living. And in this planet, there are so many cities—Calcutta, Bombay, Madras, Delhi, Paris, London, and so many, hundreds and thousands. And each and every city, there are newspapers. And each newspaper is publishing three, four editions daily. So this is the most insignificant planet, still, there are so many news to hear. Therefore it is said here, śrotavyādīni rājendra nṛṇāṁ santi sahasraśaḥ [SB 2.1.2] = “Millions and millions subject matter for hearing.”

This is a fact. Every paper is publishing three, four editions daily, especially in the Western countries. So if they have got so much news in the material world in this insignificant planet, just imagine how much news are there in the three-fourth manifestation of His energy.

So my Guru Mahārāja said that “You are surprised, Mr. Marabhya, that we are publishing a paper daily. So we can publish every minute a paper. Unfortunately, there is no customer.” They have customer for news in this newspaper, but our news, we have to canvass, “Will you kindly take this? Will you kindly take this?” They are not interested. They’re interested in this material news—radio, paper, magazine, edition after edition. Therefore it is said… This is the meaning of śrotavyādīni rājendra nṛṇāṁ santi sahasraśaḥ [SB 2.1.2].

So they have no time to read a little news we are giving about God in the Back to Godhead. They have no… Why? Now, apaśyatām ātma-tattvam [SB 2.1.2]. They do not know what is ātmā, what is the active principle of all these activities. They do not know…”

An Excerpt from the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 2.1.2

Paris, June 11, 1974

Audio for this lecture: https://prabhupadavani.org/transcriptions/740611sbpar/

Compiled by,

Balarama dasa

Turning Crows Into Swans

January 30, 2024 in Articles by Yasoda nandana dasa

I share that yesterday I saw a video of Srila Prabhupada that spoke of swans and crows, this is very interesting, pure devotees of God or Krishna are compared to swans, swans have the ability to extract from a mixture of milk and water only milk and leave the water, likewise the pure devotees of God or Krishna have the ability to extract the spiritual part of everything and leave the material part, swans like to live in clean places, with clear water full of lotus flowers, likewise pure devotees of God or Krishna like good philosophy, take food offered to God or Krishna, go to temples where there is a peaceful atmosphere with incense, crows do not like that, People who are like crows do not like that, they go to dirty places, where meat, fish and eggs are eaten, nightclubs, where there is alcohol and drugs, it is a practical fact that birds of the same plumage fly together, crows they don’t go where the swans, they don’t like it, and swans don’t go where crows are, they don’t like it, another difference between people who are like swans and those who are like crows is that pure devotees of God or Krishna are free from lust and of greed, and those who are like ravens, are full of lust and greed.

Once some reporters went to do an interview with Srila Prabhupada, one of them told him that all great spiritual personalities like you do great miracles, what miracles you have done, Srila Prabhupada was surrounded by his disciples and he replied that you see all these people Before coming to Krishna consciousness they were addicted to all kinds of sinful activities, they ate meat, fish and eggs, they were addicted to alcohol and drugs, they played games of chance and they also had illicit sex, they were like crows, now They are swans, now they only eat prasada or food offered to God or Krishna, they only drink pure water, they do not play games of chance because they are completely satisfied with what they have, and if they marry they only have sex to procreate and if not they practice celibacy, Turning crows into swans seems a little miracle.

Written by,

Haripada dasa

The False Ego

January 30, 2024 in Articles by Yasoda nandana dasa

When a soul does not surrender to God or Krishna, he lives full of ignorance and acts in the false ego possessed by the illusion of “I” and “mine”. Such a person is considered a mean rogue, because he is believing that he is the creator, that the world is his, that he is the creator of his destiny and the enjoyer of the fruits of his activities; that he is his own protector and maintainer; that these are his wife, brothers, son and daughters, and that by his own effort he will be able to achieve all perfection and glory. Such people are proud of the power of their knowledge; not considering the control of the Lord, they believe that by their own brain they can increase and expand the arts and science.

In Srimad Bhagavatam it is said that one should not to be a father, mother, public leader and spiritual master, if you are not able to free your dependents from the cycle of birth and death. The cause of all the violence in the world on a personal and collective level is the false ego.

These people, if they can hear the glories of the Name of God or Krishna, they do not believe them but they do so out of social custom. Being hypocrites and cheaters, they may chant the shadowed Name, but they will never attain prema or pure love for God or Krishna. This offense is due to being strongly attached to maya or ignorance, and liberation is very difficult.

Believe the creator, the giver, the protector; possessor of a body and a house, offspring and a wife; feeling like a brahmana or priest or sudra or worker, husband or wife, king or citizen, all these have to be rejected. Ego means identity or personality and when we identify with something that we are not, that is called a false ego. The false ego is what binds us to this material world, now one can ask how I detach myself from the false ego? 

When one serves a representative of God with faith, love, attachment and gratitude, the false ego disappears and one is situated in the true ego, and becomes an expert in happiness. Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura always said that the false ego is very subtle, and the subtlest thing about the false ego is identification with religion, everyone says I am a Christian, I am a Muslim, I am a Jew, I am a Hindu, I am Hare Krishna , etc., but everything is pure hypocrisy. Nobody practices anything. The true ego is that I am an eternal spiritual soul, eternal loving servant of God and His devotees, and when one is situated in his constitutional position he is happy. If not, one lives in sheer ignorance there will be much suffering. One’s egoism must be aimed at going back to Godhead.

Written by,

Haripada dasa

Kṛṣṇa, Puruṣottama, Will Speak From Within

January 30, 2024 in Articles by Yasoda nandana dasa

Srila Prabhupada Initiation lecture:

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.16.35

Honolulu, Jan. 28, 1974

Audio for this lecture: https://prabhupadavani.org/transcriptions/740128sbhon/

EXCERPT:

“….Puruṣottama is the Supreme Person, and the Supreme Person by His expansion as the Supersoul is present in everyone’s heart. Īśvaraḥ sarva-bhūtānām. He’s guiding, as friend. He’s guiding as friend, but He speaks directly with the living entity as soon as we are purified by devotional serviceTeṣāṁ satata-yuktānāṁ bhajatāṁ prīti-pūrvakam [Bg. 10.10].

That if…, that qualification we have to attain, then Kṛṣṇa, puruṣottama, will speak from within, just like He spoke from within of Brahma = tene brahma hṛdā ādi-kavaye [SB 1.1.1].

We have to become qualified to talk with the Supreme Person, and He will give us advice. He’s giving us advice. He’s ready to give us advice from within and from without—from within as Supersoul and from without as the spiritual master. Therefore it is said, guru-kṛṣṇa-kṛpāya bhakti-latā-bīja [Cc. Madhya 19.151]. Both things are required—guru and Kṛṣṇa.

If we are sincere, if we actually want Kṛṣṇa, Kṛṣṇa is within your heart. He will help you in meeting the spiritual master, His representative. And by the instruction of the spiritual master, you will develop more and more your Kṛṣṇa consciousness, your original position. This is called devotional service, or bhakti-latā. Bhakti-latā-bīja…”

Compiled by,

Balarama dasa

Hearing From The Mouth Of A Pure Devotee

January 28, 2024 in Articles by Yasoda nandana dasa

Eleven times in a single verse, SB 4.20.25, it is said that

initiation occurs by “hearing from the mouth of A PURE DEVOTEE”.

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SB 4.20.25

1.the transcendental vibration from the mouths of great devotees

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2.the opportunity to hear from the mouth of Your pure devotee.

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3.one has to hear glorification of the Lord from the mouth of A PURE DEVOTEE.

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4.The transcendental vibration from the mouth of A PURE DEVOTEE

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5.This awakening voice comes through the mouth of A PURE DEVOTEE. .

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6. Although when A PURE DEVOTEE speaks the articulation of his voice may resemble the sound of this material sky, the voice is spiritually very powerful because it touches the particles of saffron dust on the lotus feet of the Lord.

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7. As soon as a sleeping living entity hears the powerful voice

emanating from the mouth of A PURE DEVOTEE,

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8. For a conditioned soul, therefore, it is very important

to hear from the mouth of A PURE DEVOTEE,

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9. The process of hearing from A PURE DEVOTEE

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10. but if one hears from the mouth of A PURE DEVOTEE,

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11. Therefore, this process of hearing from the mouth of A PURE DEVOTEE

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Link to this page: https://prabhupadabooks.com/sb/4/20/25

“hearing from the mouth of A PURE DEVOTEE”.

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SB 4.20.25

1. from the mouths of GREAT DEVOTEES

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2. from the mouth of Your PURE DEVOTEE.

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3. from the mouth of A PURE DEVOTEE.

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4. from the mouth of A PURE DEVOTEE

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5. through the mouth of A PURE DEVOTEE. .

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6. when A PURE DEVOTEE speaks …the voice is spiritually very powerful

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7. from the mouth of A PURE DEVOTEE,

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8. from the mouth of A PURE DEVOTEE,

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9. from A PURE DEVOTEE

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10. from the mouth of A PURE DEVOTEE,

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11. from the mouth of A PURE DEVOTEE

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SB 4.20.25-Translation

My dear Lord, You are glorified by the selected verses uttered by great personalities.

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Such glorification of Your lotus feet is just like saffron particles.

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When the transcendental vibration from the mouths of great devotees carries the aroma of the saffron dust of Your lotus feet, the forgetful living entity gradually remembers his eternal relationship with You.

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Devotees thus gradually come to the right conclusion about the value of life.

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My dear Lord, I therefore do not need any other benediction but the opportunity to hear from the mouth of Your PURE DEVOTEE.

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SB 4.20.25-Purport

It is explained in the previous verse that

one has to hear glorification of the Lord from the mouth of A PURE DEVOTEE.

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This is further explained here.

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The transcendental vibration from the mouth of A PURE DEVOTEE is so powerful that

it can REVIVE the living entity’s memory of

his eternal relationship with the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

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SB 4.20.25-Purport

In our material existence,under the influence of illusory māyā,

we have almost forgotten our eternal relationship with the Lord,

exactly like a man sleeping very deeply who forgets his duties.

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In the Vedas it is said that

every one of us is sleeping under the influence of māyā.

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We must get up from this slumber and engage in the right service,

for thus we can properly utilize the facility of this human form of life.

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As expressed in a song by Ṭhākura Bhaktivinoda,

Lord Caitanya says, jīva jāga, jīva jāga.

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The Lord asks every sleeping living entity to get up and engage in devotional service so that his mission in this human form of life may be fulfilled.

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This awakening voice comes through the mouth of A PURE DEVOTEE.

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SB 4.20.25-Purport

A PURE DEVOTEE always engages in the service of the Lord, taking shelter of His lotus feet, and therefore he has a direct connection with the saffron mercy-particles that are strewn over the lotus feet of the Lord.

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Although when A PURE DEVOTEE speaks

the articulation of his voice may resemble the sound of this material sky,

the voice is spiritually very powerful

because it touches the particles of saffron dust on the lotus feet of the Lord.

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As soon as a sleeping living entity hears

the powerful voice emanating from the mouth of A PURE DEVOTEE,

he immediately remembers his eternal relationship with the Lord,

although up until that moment he had forgotten everything.

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For a conditioned soul, therefore, it is very important

to hear from the mouth of A PURE DEVOTEE,

who is fully surrendered to the lotus feet of the Lord

without any material desire, speculative knowledge

or contamination of the modes of material nature.

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SB 4.20.25-Purport

Every one of us is kuyogī because

we have engaged in the service of this material world,

FORGETTING our eternal relationship with the Lord as His eternal loving servants.

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It is our duty to rise

from the kuyoga platform to become suyogīs, perfect mystics.

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The process of hearing from A PURE DEVOTEE

is recommended in all Vedic scriptures,

especially by Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu.

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One may stay in his position of life—it does not matter what it is—

but if one hears from the mouth of A PURE DEVOTEE,

he gradually comes to the understanding of

his relationship with the Lord and thus engages in His loving service,

and his life becomes completely perfect.

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Therefore, this process of

hearing from the mouth of A PURE DEVOTEE

is very important for making progress in the line of spiritual understanding.

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Link to this page: https://prabhupadabooks.com/sb/4/20/25

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Note-This is initiation.

(1) CAUSE- (2) EFFECT RELATIONSHIP

“(1)When the transcendental vibration from the mouths of great devotees

carries the aroma of the saffron dust of Your lotus feet,

(2)the forgetful living entity gradually remembers his eternal relationship with You.”

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“(1)The transcendental vibration from the mouth of A PURE DEVOTEE is so powerful that

(2)it can REVIVE the living entity’s memory

of his eternal relationship with the Supreme Personality of Godhead.”.

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“(2)This awakening voice comes (1) through the mouth of A PURE DEVOTEE.”

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“(1) As soon as a sleeping living entity hears

the powerful voice emanating from the mouth of A PURE DEVOTEE,

(2) he immediately remembers his eternal relationship with the Lord,

although up until that moment he had forgotten everything.”

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“(1) if one hears from the mouth of A PURE DEVOTEE,

(2) he gradually comes to the understanding of

his relationship with the Lord and thus engages in His loving service,

and his life becomes completely perfect.”

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NOTE- But who is a pure devotee?.

“A PURE DEVOTEE,

who is fully surrendered to the lotus feet of the Lord

without any material desire, speculative knowledge

or contamination of the modes of material nature.”

(SB 4.20.25-Purport)

By,

Caitanya Priya Das

“Interpretations for Sense Gratification”

January 28, 2024 in Articles by Yasoda nandana dasa

Why are Instructions for Ritvik Initiations Misunderstood?

By, Narasimha dasa

This question often arises: Why do many devotees reject Srila Prabhupada’s clear and common-sense order for ritvik initiations? Some suggest it is due to ignorance, or misunderstandings caused by false propaganda. Others say it because they are falsely ambitious. Others say it is due to jealousy or envy, and perhaps missing or altered recordings. Any or all these things may be true, but the primary reason is best described by Srila Prabhupada himself in many places, including the following letter and quotes cited below.

“I have got this personal experience in my Guru Maharaj’s institution. Different Godbrothers took the words of Guru Maharaj in different interpretations for sense gratification and the whole mission [was] disrupted. This is still going on for the last 40 years without any proper settlement. I am always afraid of this crack, but I am sure if our aim is to serve Krishna sincerely and the Spiritual Master simultaneously, that will be our success. That means serve Krishna and the Spiritual Master simultaneously with equal faith and serious vow, and then success is sure. ” (Letter, Oct.18, 1969)

Srila Prabhupada often warned that personal motives among His disciples could ruin His mission. Due to personal motives for sense gratification people lose their intelligence by becoming lusty and greedy. There are no limits for those possessed by greed and false ambitions. They may commit any abominable action for their ambitions. They may even kill their own children, parents, brothers, or spiritual master. This verdict of shastra is confirmed throughout history.

For sincere devotees, it is easy to conclude that Srila Prabhupada is the real acharya and diksa-guru for this age.He is self-effulgentFor devotees not polluted by bad association, this conclusion will be the natural result of hearing from Him, hearing about Him, reading His books, and following His instructions without personal ambitions.Such devotees easily understand the beauty and bliss of Srila Prabhupada’s instructions for ritvik initiations.

Text 9: Lord Kṛishṇa was sent by Arjuna into the assembly as the spiritual master of the whole world, and although His words were heard by some [like Bhīṣma] as pure nectar, it was not so for the others, who were completely bereft of the last farthing of past pious works. The King [Dhṛtarāṣṭra or Duryodhana] did not take the words of Lord Krishṇa very seriously. (Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.1.9)

Srila Prabhupada explains: “… By past pious deeds, one may become the king of a country, but because the results of the pious acts of Duryodhana and company were dwindling, it became evident from their actions that they were sure to lose the kingdom to the Pāṇḍavas. The message of Godhead is always like nectar to the devotees, but it is just the opposite to the non-devotees. Sugar candy is always sweet to a healthy man, but it tastes very bitter to persons suffering from jaundice.” (SB. 3.1.9, Purport)

Srila Prabhupada: “Why this Gauḍīya Maṭha failed? Because they tried to become more than guru. He, before passing away, he gave all direction and never said that ‘This man should be the next ācārya.’ But these people, just after his passing away they began to fight, who shall be ācārya. That is the failure. They never thought, ‘Why Guru Mahārāja gave us instruction so many things, why he did not say that this man should be ācārya?’

“They wanted to create artificially somebody ācārya and everything failed. They did not consider even with common sense that if Guru Mahārāja wanted to appoint somebody as ācārya, why did he not say? He said so many things, and this point he missed? The real point? And they insist upon it. They declared some unfit person to become ācārya. Then another man came, then another, ācārya, another ācārya. So better remain a foolish person perpetually to be directed by Guru Mahārāja. That is perfection. And as soon as he learns the Guru Mahārāja is dead, ‘Now I am so advanced that I can kill my guru and I become guru.’ Then he’s finished.” (Conversation, August 16, 1976, Bombay)

 Further points to consider:

 A.) Throughout Srila Prabhupada’s books, he clearly teaches that only a fully self-realized pure devotee specifically appointed by Krishna or the maha-bhagavata acharya can become a bona fide spiritual master and impart diksha to new devotees. This is proven by innumerable scriptural quotes, and by the personal examples of many great devotees, such as Sri Gadadhara Pandit and Srila Gaura Kishora das Babaji, who did not agree to initiate their own disciples without a direct order from Lord Chaitanya or Lord Krishna. 

 B.) When specifically asked how initiations would be continued after his disappearance, Srila Prabhupada replied, “I shall appoint some of you to act as representatives of the Acharya… Ritvik. Yes.” (Conv. May 28th, 1977)

 C.) Srila Prabhupada gave many follow-up instructions, including an official signed document (July 9th, 1977) stating the same thing: ritvik initiations “henceforward.”

 D.) The ritvik system was already functioning in ISKCON for many years prior. He simply sanctioned the GBC to manage it without his personal oversight. [Note: “Ritvik” is not a “vada” or philosophy. It is in fact an authorized Vedic system of management and sadhana by which priests conduct rituals under the auspices of a self-realized Acharya.]

 E.) Srila Prabhupada repeatedly insisted that nothing in ISKCON management or sadhana be changed. 

 F.) Srila Prabhupada often explained that the guru-paramapara is continued by bona fide disciples of the Acharya. The bona fide spiritual master is never bound by external Vedic traditions. His mission is not dependent on ecclesiastical conventions, successor acharyas, his physical presence, or the voting and decisions of clerics.

Unfortunately, just prior to (and immediately after) Srila Prabhupada’s disappearance in November of 1977, polluted members of the GBC made illicit plans for artificially posting themselves as acharyas through duplicity and deceit. They avoided conducting “frank and open discussions” with senior Godbrothers conversant with Srila Prabhupada’s books. They acted duplicitously and avoided consulting Srila Prabhupada through His books and recordings. They decided instead to defy Srila Prabhupada’s many warnings for the sake of consulting a Gaudiya Matha sannyasi whom Srila Prabhupada explained had played a major role promoting unqualified diksa-gurus, causing severe disruptions in the Gaudiya Matha.

Iskcon’s leading gbc men defied Srila Prabhuapda’s orders and avoided consulting Prabhupada’s books and other senior disciples. Without authority, the gbc continues to promote misguided upstarts as diksa-gurus in iskcon. 

Fortunately, despite the gbc’s deceit and false propaganda, many sincere souls have understood that Srila Prabhupada is the initiator and teacher for all real ISKCON devotees in this age. For them, Srila Prabhupada’s order for the continuation of ritvik initiations is nectar and common sense. Had Srila Prabhupada’s instructions been followed by the GBC, ISKCON would not have devolved into various factions of hodge-podge, quasi-Hindu organizations but remained a powerful spiritual movement.

Power of The Krsna Book

January 28, 2024 in Articles by Yasoda nandana dasa

Srila Prabhupāda: Yes. If you read Kṛṣṇa book and if you believe,

 then you see Kṛṣṇa. He’s not different from the book.

 Devotees: Jaya Śrīla Prabhupāda.

Gurukṛpā: Questions, Śrīla Prabhupāda? Anybody who would like to address some question to His Divine Grace, please raise your hand and stand up, any questions. (pause)

Srila Prabhupāda: Everything is solved? (laughter)

Puṣṭa Kṛṣṇa: You had a question?

Guest: Is it possible to see Kṛṣṇa right now?

Srila Prabhupāda: Why don’t you see Him in your back?

Guest: But can’t I just see Him?

Srila Prabhupāda: Well, you have no eyes to see.

Guest: Can I see Him within?

Srila Prabhupāda: Yes.

Guest: Why? Why is it not so easy? Why can’t each one of us…?

Puṣṭa Kṛṣṇa: Why is it so difficult to see Kṛṣṇa? Why can’t each of us see Him within?

Srila Prabhupāda: You have to become qualified.

Guest: Why do I have to become qualified? Why?

Srila Prabhupāda: Yes. Suppose if there is a big man before you in some big meeting, can you talk with him?

Guest: Why…

Srila Prabhupāda: No, no. First of all, answer this. Suppose there is a big meeting going on, and some big man is present. Suppose the President is there. Can you talk with him? Why? Why you cannot talk? For talking we think you require some qualification. It is not that He’s so cheap that you talk with Kṛṣṇa immediately.

ataḥ śrīkṛṣṇa-nāmād
na bhaved grāhyam indriyaiḥ
sevonmukhe hi jihvādau
svayam eva sphuraty adaḥ
[Cc. Madhya 17.136]

So, if you accept Kṛṣṇa as the Supreme Lord, then you have to qualify yourself to talk with Him.

Guest: By His grace, Kṛṣṇa will show Himself to you.

Srila Prabhupāda: Yes. If you read Kṛṣṇa book and if you believe, then you see Kṛṣṇa. He’s not different from the book.

Guest: But we could read words till the cows come home. What good is that going to do?

Devotee: You have to accept what you read. You can’t read with an argumentative attitude, or you can’t ask questions in an argumentative attitude. You’ll never learn.

Guest: I can only accept what I experience.

Srila Prabhupāda: What is your experience?

Guest: My experience is that I have seen Kṛṣṇa with (sic) me own eyes.

Srila Prabhupāda: You have seen?

Guest: Yes.

Srila Prabhupāda: That’s very nice. (devotees laugh)

Guest: It hasn’t been hard.

Srila Prabhupāda: That’s nice.

Guest: I haven’t had to read any words.

Srila Prabhupāda: Oh, then you are perfect.

Devotee: Are there any other questions please?

Srila Prabhupāda: Sit down. You are perfect. (laughter)

Guest: We are all perfect.

Srila Prabhupāda: Yes.

Guest: I must speak.

Puṣṭa Kṛṣṇa: But please, you can speak afterwards. Please sit down.

Srila Prabhupāda: You have already spoken. Don’t take the whole time. Let others question.

Puṣṭa Kṛṣṇa: Others also want to see Kṛṣṇa. Are there any other questions please?

Girl: How can we stop speculating?

Puṣṭa Kṛṣṇa: How can we stop speculating?

Srila Prabhupāda: Stop speculation? Don’t manufacture ideas. You take what Kṛṣṇa says. Then it will automatically stop. Speculation, the question of speculation comes when you do not accept what Kṛṣṇa says. If you accept Kṛṣṇa, what Kṛṣṇa says, then there is no scope of speculation. That is our movement, that “Accept Kṛṣṇa’s teachings as it is. Don’t speculate; then it is lost.” This is our movement. Kṛṣṇa says that ahaṁ sarvasya prabhavo mattaḥ sarvaṁ pravartate [Bg. 10.8]: “I am the origin of everything. Everything emanates from Me.” If you accept, then it is all right. And if you speculate, you can do that, but our movement is to accept Kṛṣṇa

Brahmā means, janmādy asya yataḥ [SB 1.1.1]the origin of everything. Here is the person. He says, ahaṁ sarvasya prabhavo mattaḥ sarvaṁ pravartate [Bg. 10.8]. 

Accept it. Very simple thing. You are searching after who is the origin of everything, and Kṛṣṇa says, “I am the origin of everything.” So, if you accept, your question is solved. If you don’t accept, go on speculating. There is no difficulty. Difficulty is when you do not accept Kṛṣṇa’s instruction. Then difficulty is. Otherwise, there is no difficulty. And why people do not accept? That is also explained in the Bhagavad-gītāBahūnāṁ janmanām ante jnānavān māṁ prapadyate [Bg. 7.19]. After many, many births speculation, when one actually comes to the platform of knowledge, bahūnāṁ janmanām ante jnānavān māṁ prapadyate. So, we don’t find many such jnānavānVāsudevaḥ sarvam iti sa mahātmā [Bg. 7.19]. One who’s accepted VāsudevaKṛṣṇa, as everything, that kind of mahātmā is very, very rare to be found. It is not very ordinary thing.

 So anyone who’s accepted Kṛṣṇa as everything, he is the greatest mahātmā. Most fortunate. And we can practically see in these modern countries, everyone four or five years or at most ten years, who never heard what is Kṛṣṇa. Now thousand, they are devotees of Kṛṣṇa, because they have accepted KṛṣṇaVāsudevaḥ sarvam iti sa mahātmā [Bg. 7.19]. You accept blindly or knowingly, the result will  be the same. If you touch fire knowingly or unknowingly, it willl burn. This is the position. If you accept Kṛṣṇa as the Supreme, ahaṁ sarvasya prabhavaḥ [Bg. 10.8], the origin of everything, then the action will be there. Sa mahātmā sudurlabhaḥ. You’ll become the greatest mahātmā. And what is the sign of mahātmā? Mahātmānas tu māṁ pārtha daivīṁ prakṛtim āśritāḥ bhajanty ananya-manaso [Bg. 9.13]. 

That is mahātmā. He is under the control of daivī prakṛti. As we are controlled by this material nature, a mahātmā is controlled by the spiritual nature. And what is the sign? Bhajanty ananya-manaso, Hare KṛṣṇaHare KṛṣṇaKṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa, Hare Hare. This is the sign. Without any division. So, these young boys, girls, they’re always chanting. That you’ll see: Hare KṛṣṇaHare KṛṣṇaKṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa They are mahātmās. Sa mahātmā sudurlabhaḥApi cet sudurācāro bhajate mām ananyabhāk sādhur eva sa mantavyaḥ [Bg. 9.30]. These things are there. Very simple thing. You accept Kṛṣṇa the Supreme, you follow instruction, you become a great mahātmā. And if you don’t accept,

aśraddadhānāḥ puruṣā
dharmasyāsya parantapa
aprāpya māṁ nivartante
mṛtyusaṁsāravartmani
[Bg. 9.3]

If you don’t accept aśraddadhānāḥ, then you’ll never understand what is God, and you’ll be rotating in the cycle of birth and death. Mṛtyusaṁsāravartmani. You have to accept this path. There are two paths. Either you accept Kṛṣṇa, go back to home, back to Godhead, or you accept the path of repetition of birth and death. Two alternatives in this human life. Now it is up to you to make your choice which way you want to go.

Guest: After his demise… [break]

Srila Prabhupāda: What is that?

Gurukṛpā: After if one becomes purified, is it possible when he becomes transferred to the spiritual world that he can meet Rūpa Gosvāmī and other great…

Srila Prabhupāda: Yes. Provided you are pure, purified, you can meet everyone. The condition is purified. Yeṣām antagataṁ pāpam. That is stated in the… That is purification. No more sinful life. Yeṣām antagataṁ pāpaṁ janānāṁ puṇyakarmaṇām. A person is always engaged in pious activities. Te dvandvamohanirmuktā bhajante māṁ dṛḍhavratāḥ [Bg. 7.28]. So, so long one is infected with sinful activities, he cannot understand, neither he can surrender to Kṛṣṇa. That is also explained by Kṛṣṇa:

na māṁ duṣkṛtino mūḍhāḥ
prapadyante narādhamāḥ
māyayāpahṛta-jnānā
āsuriṁ bhāvam āśritāḥ
[Bg. 7.15]

This is the signs. And one who is free from all sinful activities, mahātmāmahātmānas tu māṁ pārtha daivīṁ prakṛtim āśritāḥ bhajanty ananya-manaso [Bg. 9.13]. 

This is the signs. If one is not accepting Kṛṣṇa—Kṛṣṇa means God—as the Supreme, he’s placing himself as the Supreme. Just like so many rascals: “I am God.” So, such persons are called duṣkṛtina, sinful. Mūḍha. If one is claiming “I am God,” how much foolish he is just you can consider. He is under the clutches of māyā, being kicked up by the material energy in so many ways, and he’s thinking he is God. So they are duṣkṛtino mūḍhāḥ narādhamāḥ. That has been explained. So, this simple language is there in the Bhagavad-gītā. There is no difficulty. If we actually accept, then our life is…

janma karma ca me divyam
yo jānāti tattvataḥ
tyaktvā dehaṁ punar janma
naiti mām eti
[Bg. 4.9]

So we are trying our bit to understand Kṛṣṇa and to make others to understand Kṛṣṇa. And therefore, we have published about eighty-two books, big books and small books. So we request that you either accept Kṛṣṇa without any hesitation, or try to understand Kṛṣṇa by reading all these literatures. And they are being well received all over the world by big, big professors and other exalted persons. So, you can take advantage. Thank you very much.

Devotees: Jaya Śrīla Prabhupāda.

Puṣṭa Kṛṣṇa: Many people have brought dakṣiṇā and things like that. Should they bring now?

Srila Prabhupāda: When they want to do?

Puṣṭa Kṛṣṇa: I was thinking that maybe they could do… It was a little bit too crowded for everyone to come up earlier. Perhaps we could have a kīrtana and I could ask those devotees who brought some offering to bring them.

Srila Prabhupāda: As you say. (end)

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Glimpses Into the Transcendentally Blissful year of 1967 in San Francisco

January 28, 2024 in Articles by Yasoda nandana dasa

Srila Prabhupada arriving at San Francisco Airport and being greeted by the poet, Alan Ginsberg, and devotees, including Mukunda.

Newspapers highlighting the Hare Krishna Explosion

The first ever Ratha Yatra in San Francisco

His Divine Grace leading the ecstatic kirtan at Hippie Hill

The Jagannatha Baladeva & Subhadra deities installed in the San Francisco temple in March of 1967

His Divine Grace with their Lordships, Jagannatha Baladeva & Subhadra

Everyone Pray to Srila Prabhupada

January 28, 2024 in Articles by Yasoda nandana dasa

Hear me my dear friends
our love never ends
to ever heal and mend
and lift us to transcend.

Simply believe the truth
we are loving servants me and you
within ourselves is all the proof
see within is all you have to do.

By hearing from him fully awake
to our love beyond this poison lake
Srila Prabhupada his most divine grace
reveals the path we must embrace.

Everyone pray to Srila Prabhupada
please take me on the path you trod
please accept me as your sold out dog
and let me hear your words from God.

Yes everyone pray to Prabhupada
O you who are fully self realized
I beg you please force open my eyes
to see whats seen by the pure and wise.

Pray O dearest preacher of Krishna God
Ac Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada
living in your law books to reveal our job
please kindly help me rise beyond all odds.

Pray O most worshipable guru of the universe
please let me hear all your most important words
so this ocean of suffering we may easily traverse
we must know in our hearts you always come first.

Yes pray O servant of the servant of Lord Krishna
O my dear eternal father and ever well wisher
we are fully dedicated to you birth after birth
to you ordered by Krishna to reveal our life’s worth.

No don’t stop praying our life is a prayer
to set the perfect example of living everywhere
by simply following our savior who loudly declares
just you obey Krishna’s laws with no faults or errors.

Yes life is a prayer we must live with great care
not waisting a moment for we have no time to spare
this is the sincerity to Krishna we must manifest
by just studying Prabhupada’s life most greatly blessed.

Born in to a family of pure devotee parents
he was enabled to appear to us pure and transperent
as the external manifestation of God or Krishna 
to train disciples how to leave this material existence.

Prabhupada was sent here by Lord Krishna above
to reveal to the world perfectly pure unalloyed love 
for he lives in his words, real disciples and pictures
and his purely translated authentic Vedic scriptures.

I believe it was Lord Jesus who revealed Him to me
because of my prayers for illumination most desperately
Lord Jesus entered my heart when I prayed for him to
and from there real life did start when I knew he was true.

Real life begins when we know them beyond sin
for us to aim in the only direction to win
over the obstacles that we have in this place
having forgotten Krishna we fell from grace.

And thus our only hope is Prabhupada’s scope
purely passed down through a pure disciplic succession
he sees always the Lord who must not be ignored
so possesses the full power to give perfect directions.

In conclusion my dear godbrothers and sisters
its our duty to bless souls with Prabhupada’s assistance
by knowing and distributing his books his greatest wishes
we are blessing the world with the world’s greatest riches.

And its best we cooperate as much as we can together
because Prabhupada said that is how we show him our love
he said we are his limbs that make all possible for him
so if we think were not his limbs is that not a sin?

He said Iskcon is me but is it really now
since Prabhupada departed us please tell me how?
it seems iskcon was stolen like Sita from Ramachandra
so now we have fake iskcon now fallen into blunder.

We know its only those who take Prabhupada seriously
who know just what happened not at all mysteriously
and behold it reveals even in our sacred scriptures
that all goes down when gone is the pure servant of Krishna.

But that is only for those who think he is gone
for Prabhupada’s real servants forever he lives on
most strongly through his texts he makes his readers blessed
to know our real problems are repeated births and deaths.

And so now its up to us to give up anger greed and lust
and come together to show the world our real must
we must wake up to see all life is one family under God
and our differences are illusions to behave just like dogs.

Yes we must take most seriously Lord Gauranga’s wake up call
and parade through the streets to spread God’s names to all
and trust all is possible when we perform this sacrifice
all wars can be diverted and the world can be paradise.

But if we remain asleep we only call all disaster
we heard this loudly preached by our spiritual master
if he had a few sincere disciples this world could be saved
but being absorbed in Maya this world becomes a grave.

One pure devotee Prabhupada said can save a universe
like most humble Jayananda always most eager to serve
he did not put down his fallen brothers he fed them prasad
and was always busy in the service of Srila Prabhupada.

This is our duty to praise pure devotees like him
who show us the way Prabhupada’s full mercy we win
everyone who met him loved him baring not his absense
this is the nature of the one who truly spiritually advances.

Now in seperation of Prabhupada I can’t help but beg
please return to me you made me live and know what is dead.
I now realize my most glorious days was when you were here
when oh when will I realize you really never disappeared.

I have no love nor devotion drowning in material emotion
still by remembering you I feel I’m stepping in a nectar ocean
please push me on O all victorious servant of Bhagavan
so I stop being like a crow and become just like a swan.

All I see is faults I can not see the good in all
like you could see to engage us in the service of Gopal
if not for you I would not be striving the right direction
because by the grace of God I saw in you all perfection.

Yes just because I saw you time then did stand still
you revealed to me a divine person is very very real
with out you Prabhupada I would only follow my mind
to nothing but distractions from life’s very goal divine.

So I beg you please stay with this cripple minded freak
and with you I believe I’ll climb the highest mountain peak
and overcome all obstacles to surrender to Krishna’s feet
but with out you I must most sadly remain in bed asleep.

Thank you for giving me something good to say
please come in closer is all that I can pray
please send your good servants to inspire me on
I can not stand alone with out going wrong.

I pray my readers got your blessings here
as I lean on you to speak what all must hear
the real purpose to life completely clear
chant Krishna’s holy names fully sincere.

Sincere meaning Lord engage me for Your pleasure
so I may realize life’s most precious treasure
service unto You my real love for ever and for ever
to know my real pleasure that grows forever better.

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare

Again we must thank Srila Prabhupada
for bringing us together to come closer to God
please do not leave me my most precious friends
I pray I did you service with a love to never end.

Written by,

Anubhava Ananda dasa

Srila Prabhupada Describes The Glories of Sri Narahari Sarakara Thakura

January 28, 2024 in Articles by Yasoda nandana dasa

khaṇḍavāsī mukunda-dāsa, śrī-raghunandana

narahari-dāsa, cirañjīva, sulocana

ei saba mahāśākhā–caitanya-kṛpādhāma

prema-phala-phula kare yāhāṅ tāhāṅ dāna

Śrī Khaṇḍavāsī Mukunda and his son Raghunandana were the thirty-ninth branch of the tree, Narahari was the fortieth, Cirañjīva the forty-first and Sulocana the forty-second. They were all big branches of the all-merciful tree of CaitanyaMahāprabhu. They distributed the fruits and flowers of love of Godhead anywhere and everywhere

Śrī Mukunda dāsa was the son of Nārāyaṇa dāsa and eldest brother of Narahari Sarakāra. His second brother’s name was Mādhava dāsa, and his son was named Raghunandana dāsa. Descendants of Raghunandana dāsa still live four miles west of Katwa in the village named Śrīkhaṇḍa, where Raghunandana dāsa used to live. Raghunandana had one son named Kānāi, who had two sons-Madana Rāya, who was a disciple of Narahari Ṭhākura, and Vaṁśīvadana. It is estimated that at least four hundred men descended in this dynasty. All their names are recorded in the village known as Śrīkhaṇḍa. In the Gaura-gaṇoddeśa-dīpikā, verse 175, it is stated that the gopī whose name was Vṛndādevī became Mukunda dāsa, lived in Śrīkhaṇḍa village and was very dear to Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu. His wonderful devotion and love for Kṛṣṇa are described in the Caitanyacaritāmṛta, Madhyalīlā, Chapter Fifteen. It is stated in the Bhakti-ratnākara (Eighth Wave), that Raghunandana used to serve a Deity of Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu.

Narahari dāsa Sarakāra was a very famous devotee. Locana dāsa Ṭhākura, the celebrated author of Śrī Caitanyamaṅgala, was his disciple. In the Caitanyamaṅgala it is stated that Śrī Gadādhara dāsa and Narahari Sarakāra were extremely dear to Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, but there is no specific statement regarding the inhabitants of the village of Śrīkhaṇḍa.

Cirañjīva and Sulocana were both residents of Śrīkhaṇḍa, where their descendants are still living. Of Cirañjīva’s two sons, the elder, Rāmacandra Kavirāja, was a disciple of Śrīnivāsācārya and an intimate associate of Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura. The younger son was Govinda dāsa Kavirāja, the famous Vaiṣṇava poet. Cirañjīva’s wife was Sunandā, and his father-in-law was Dāmodara Sena KavirājaCirañjīva previously lived on the bank of the Ganges River in the village of Kumāranagara. The Gaura-gaṇoddeśa-dīpikā, verse 207, states that he was formerly Candrikā in Vṛndāvan.
Sri Caitanya-caritamrta – 1975 Edition : Cc. Adi-lila : Adi 10: The Trunk, Branches and Subbranches of the Caitanya Tree : Adi 10.78-79

pura madhumati prana-sakhi vrindavane sthitadhuna narahary-akhyah sarakarah prabhoh priyah

   She who was previously Radha’s intimate girlfriend named Madhumati is today Narahari Sarkar, the Lord’s dear associate. (Gaura-ganoddesha-dipika 117)

Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakur, Mahaprabhu’s personal representative, confirmed this in his Gaura-arati:

narahari adi kare camara dhulay

saïjaya, mukunda, vasu ghosha adi gay

   Narahari and the other residents of Shrikhanda fanned with the camara, while Sanjaya, Mukunda and Vasu Ghosh sang.

– See more at: http://gaudiyahistory.com/narahari-sarakara-thakura-biography/#sthash.9d3TbtxG.dpuf

Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakur, Mahaprabhu’s personal representative, confirmed this in his Gaura-arati:

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Srila Narahari Sarkar Thakur in Sriman Mahaprabhu’s Pastimes

In glorification of Narahari Sarkar Thakur on his Disappearance day.References from Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita.
Translation and purport by Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad.



Adi-lila 10: The Trunk, Branches and Sub-branches of the Chaitanya Tree
Text 78-79
:

Sri Khandavasi Mukunda and his son Raghunandana were the thirty-ninth branch of the tree, Narahari was the fortieth, Chiranjiva the forty-first and Sulochana the forty-second. They were all big branches of the all-merciful tree of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. They distributed the fruits and flowers of love of Godhead anywhere and everywhere.

Purport by Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad:

Sri Mukunda Das was the son of Narayan Das and eldest brother of Narahari Sarakar. His second brother’s name was Madhava Das, and his son was named Raghunandana Das…

…Narahari Das Sarakar was a very famous devotee. Lochan Das Thakur, the celebrated author of Sri Chaitanya-mangal, was his disciple. In the Chaitanya-mangal it is stated that Sri Gadadhar Das and Narahari Sarakar were extremely dear to Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, but there is no specific statement regarding the inhabitants of the village of Srikhanda.

Madhya-lila 1: The Later Pastimes of Lord‚ Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu
Text 132:

Eventually, Narahari Das and other inhabitants of Khanda, along with Shivananda Sen, all arrived, and Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu met them.

Madhya-lila 10: The Lord’s Return to Jagannath Puri
Texts 88-90:

Advaita Acharya then held a festival that lasted two or three days. Thereafter, they all made a firm decision to go to Jagannath Puri.

All the devotees met together at Navadvip and, with mother Sachi’s permission, departed for Niladri, Jagannath Puri.

The inhabitants of Kulina-grama – Satyaraja, Ramananda and all the other devotees there – came and joined Advaita Acharya.

Mukunda, Narahari, Raghunandana and all the others came from Khanda to Advaita Acharya’s home to accompany Him to Jagannath Puri.

Madhya-lila 11: The Beda-kirtan Pastimes of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu
Text 90
:

Gopinath Acharya continued to point out the devotees. “Here is Suklambar. See, there is Sridhar. Here is Vijay, and there is Vallabha Sen. Here is Purusottam, and there is Sanjaya.”

Text 92-93:

“Here are Mukunda Das, Narahari, Sri Raghunandana, Chiranjiva and Sulochana, all residents of Khanda.

“How many names shall I speak to you? All the devotees you see here are associates of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, who is their life and soul.”

Madhya-lila 13: The Ecstatic Dancing of the Lord at Ratha-Yatra
Text 46
:

Another party was formed by the people of Khanda. These people were singing in a different place. In that group, Narahari Prabhu and Raghunandana were dancing.

Madhya-lila 15: The Lord Accepts Prasada at the House of Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya
Text 112:

Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu then turned His attention to three persons – Mukunda Das, Raghunandana and Sri Narahari – inhabitants of the place called Khanda.

Text 132

Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu then ordered Narahari: “I wish you to remain here with My devotees. In this way the three of you should always execute these three duties for the service of the Lord.”

Purport by Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad:

Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu set forth three duties for three different people. Mukunda was to earn money and follow the religious principles, whereas Narahari was to remain with the Lord’s devotees, and Raghunandana was to engage in the Lord’s service in the temple. Thus one person worships in the temple, another earns money honestly by executing his professional duty, and yet another preaches Krishna consciousness with the devotees. Apparently these three types of service appear separate, but actually they are not. When Krishna or Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is the centre, everyone can engage in different activities for the service of the Lord. That is the verdict of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.

Antya-lila 10: Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu Accepts Prasada from the Devotees
Texts 59-60:

In each of the seven groups was a principal dancer like Advaita Acharya and Lord Nityananda.

The dancers in the other groups were Vakresvar Pandit, Acyutananda, Pandit Srivas, Satyaraja Khan and Narahari Das.

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Sva-Niṣṭha
by Śrīla Narottam dās Ṭhākur

dhana mora nityānanda pati mora gaurachandra

prāṇa mora jugala-kiśora
advaita āchāryya bolo gadādhara mora kula
narahari vilasai mora

1) Lord Nityānanda is my wealth. Lord Gaurachandra is my master.

The youthful Divine Couple is my life. Advaita Āchāryya is my strength.
Gadādhara is my family. Narahari Sarakara is my glory.

vaiṣṇavera pada-dhūli tāhe mora snāna-keli

tarpaṇ mora vaiṣṇavera nāma
bichāra koriyā mane bhakti-rasa āsvādane
madhyastha śrī-bhāgavata purāṇa

2) The dust of the devotees’ lotus feet is my bathing water.

The chanting of the devotees’ names is my satisfaction. Considering the
merits of all Vedic literatures in the light of devotional service, I have
concluded that the Śrīmad Bhāgavatam is the best of all scriptures.

vaiṣṇavera uchiṣṭa tāhe mora mano-niṣṭha

vaiṣṇavera nāmete ullāsa
vṛndāvane chaturā tāhe mora mano-gherā
kohe dīne narottama dāsa

3) My mind is firmly convinced of the spiritual benefit obtained

by eating the remnants of foodstuff left by the devotees. The names
of the devotees are my happiness. The land of Vṛndāvan is the enclosure
within which I keep my mind. Thus speaks the lonely servant Narotta

pura madhumati prana-sakhi vrindavane sthita
adhuna narahary-akhyah sarakarah prabhoh priyah

She who was previously Radha´s intimate girlfriend named Madhumati is today Narahari Sarkar, the Lord’s dear associate. (Gaura-ganoddesha-dipika 117)