Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura: Appearance day Sunday 19th Sept Sridham Mayapur time

September 19, 2021 in Articles by Laksman dasa

Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura: Appearance day Sunday 19th Sept Sridham Mayapur time.

Bhaktivinod Thakur

    Sri Sacidananda Bhaktivinoda Thakura appeared in 1838 in a wealthy family in the Nadia district, West Bengal. He revealed that he is an eternal associate of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu by his extraordinary preaching activities and prolific writing. Living as a, mahabhagavata Vaisnava, he stayed in the grhasta ashram until the last few years of his life. Then he renounced everything, accepted babaji, and entered samadhi, totally absorbed in the loving service of Gaura-Gadadhara and Radha-Madhava.
 
   “He had a responsible government position as the District Magistrate (high court judge), maintained a Krishna conscious family, and wrote almost one hundred books on Krishna consciousness. At the same time, he served the Supreme Lord in so many ways. That is the beauty of his life. After a full day of government service he would sleep four hours, get up at midnight and write until morning. That was his daily program.” (Srila Prabhupada)
 
   Thakura Bhaktivinoda took Vaisnava diksa from Sri Vipinvihari Goswami in the line of Sri Jahnava Mata. Afterwards, he received spiritual inspiration and direction from Srila Jagannatha Dasa Babaji. Holding an exalted government post, vast erudition, and spiritual accomplishment never disturbed Bhaktivinoda Thakura. He remained prideless, always humble, friendly to all. Charity seekers at his home always left happy and satisfied. A well-wisher to everyone, he never kept grudges, even with opponents to his preaching. In fact, he never spoke a word that would hurt another’s feelings. 

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Sri Vamanadeva avatara jayanti – Srila Jiva Goswami Tirobhava tithi Tuesday, September 10, 2019 [Mayapura, West Bengal, Bharata Bhumi]

September 19, 2021 in Articles by Laksman dasa

Subject: Sri Vamanadeva avatara jayanti –
Srila Jiva Goswami avirbhava tithi [appearance day] Saturday, September 18, 201 [Mayapura, West Bengal, Bharata Bhumi time]
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Srila Prabhupada glorifies Sri Vamanadeva and Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhupada
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These questions are not to be discussed in public. These are very higher understanding-SP

September 17, 2021 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

Room Conversation about nature of the jiva soul
London August 17 1971
 
Prabhupāda: They will be visible in due course of time.
Śyāmasundara: What he was telling me was that the table itself has a jīva soul, that the table is a person.
Prabhupāda: No no.
Revatīnandana: So that’s what I was asking. ‘Cause I said, “Does the table have a jīva soul?” I was trying to ask that question.
Śyāmasundara:That’s what completely threw me off. I thought, “Oh…” That means the table is a person, this is a person, this is a…
Prabhupāda: A particular jīva soul was in that body. Then it is also proved that every jīva soul is individual. Although they are living combinedly, everything is individual.
Revatīnandana: Well, doesn’t… That’s all right then. Now the…
Prabhupāda: But that one jīva soul was prominent. He was visible. Others were in dormant condition. This proves that every individual soul is separate from the other; still, they can remain together. Just like the sunshine, they create… a small shining particles, combined together, molecules. So everything is combined spirit particles.
Haṁsadūta: Everything that we see around us, everything.
Prabhupāda: Everything. Sarvam idam khalv idaṁ brahma. Everything is Brahman. But when they are covered, that is called material exis...
Śyāmasundara: Each jīva is…
Prabhupāda: Just as sunshine is not covered, it is called cloudy. But this light, whatever light you are seeing, that is also sunshine. That is not different from the sunshine. And above the cloud, there is bright. So matter means when it is covered by something, it is matter. That covering is unconsciousness. That covering is also created of the sunshine, by the same energy. And then, by the same energy it is dissipated also. So the conclusion is living being, when it is covered by ignorance, that is material.
Revatīnandana: But this, the body itself is sort of a manifestation of ignorance.
Prabhupāda: Yes. When the ignorance is gone, then you have got spiritual body.
Revatīnandana: Then I know that I am not this body. Then I know that I am not this body. Now, the question is…
Prabhupāda: Then I am not ignorance.
Revatīnandana: Then there is some distinction, between the nature of the soul and the nature of the body.
Prabhupāda: That distinction is inconceivable. You cannot make clear distinction. Therefore it is called acintya.
Revatīnandana: The distinction between the soul and the body?
Prabhupāda: Yes. Everything. We distinguish matter and spirit. That distinction is inconceivable by you. You cannot make a clear distinction. Therefore it is called acintya bhedābheda tattva, inconceivable one and different, simultaneously.

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Srila Prabhupada re The beauty of Radharani

September 15, 2021 in Articles by Laksman dasa

Srila Prabhupada explains the beauty of Radharani
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“Among the gopīs, Śrīmatī Rādhikā is the foremost. She surpasses all in beauty, in good qualities, in good fortune and, above all, in love.” 

(Caitanya-caritāmṛta Ādi 4.214)

“The beauty of Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī’s eyes forcibly devours the beauty of newly grown blue lotus flowers, and the beauty of Her face surpasses that of an entire forest of fully blossomed lotuses. Her bodily luster seems to place even gold into a painful situation. Thus the wonderful, unprecedented beauty of Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī is awakening in Vṛndāvana.” (Caitanya-caritāmṛta Antya 1.169, Purport)

“The beauty of Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī is described as follows: ‘Her eyes defeat the attractive features of the eyes of the cakorī bird. When one sees the face of Rādhārāṇī, he immediately hates the beauty of the moon. Her bodily complexion defeats the beauty of gold. Thus, let us all look upon the transcendental beauty of Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī.” (Nectar of Devotion, Chapter 44)

“In the Vidagdha-mādhava, Second Act, verse 31, Kṛṣṇa tells His friend, ‘My dear friend, what a wonderful thing it is that since I have seen the beautiful lotus eyes of Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī, I have developed a tendency to spit on the moon and the lotus flower!’ ” (Nectar of Devotion, Chapter 50)

“There is no comparison to Radharani’s beauty and the luster of Her transcendental body. The so-called beauty of the moon has fallen on the ground in the presence of Radharani’s beauty.” (From Vrindavana by Srila Narottama das Thakura)

“Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī’s affection, Her exquisite beauty and good behavior, Her artistic dancing and chanting and Her poetic compositions are all so attractive that they attract the mind of Kṛṣṇa, who attracts the mind of everyone in the universe.” (Caitanya-caritāmṛta Madhya 17.212)

“Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī has stated that devotional service attracts even Kṛṣṇa. Kṛṣṇa attracts everyone, but devotional service attracts Kṛṣṇa. The symbol of devotional service in the highest degree is Rādhārāṇī. Kṛṣṇa is called Madana-mohana, which means that He is so attractive that He can defeat the attraction of thousands of Cupids. But Rādhārāṇī is still more attractive, for She can even attract Kṛṣṇa. Therefore, devotees call Her Madana-mohana-mohinī—the attractor of the attractor of Cupid.” (Nectar of Devotion, Chapter 1)

“Srimati Radharani is the most beautiful, and She always enchants Krishna, but at the same time, Krishna is always the Enchanter of Radharani. This reciprocal attraction of Radharani and Krishna is the basic principal of Lord Caitanya’s philosophy.” (Srila Prabhupada Letter, May 22, 1969)

“In the Caitanya-caritāmṛta it is said that when Kṛṣṇa comes before Rādhārāṇī, She becomes so much engladdened by seeing the beauty of Kṛṣṇa that She becomes more beautiful. And as soon as Rādhārāṇī becomes beautiful, Kṛṣṇa becomes engladdened and He becomes more beautiful. So unlimitedly there is competition of becoming more beautiful, duhe lage hurai… That is the statement. Competition. Because in the spiritual world everything is unlimited. So unlimitedly, both of Them becoming beautiful and both of Them enjoying unlimitedly. This is Kṛṣṇa consciousness.”  (Srila Prabhupada Lecture, New Vrindavan, September 6, 1972)

“In the Lalita-mādhava, Rūpa Gosvāmī explains that the movements of Kṛṣṇa’s eyebrows are just like the Yamunā, and the smiling of Rādhārāṇī is just like the moonshine. When the Yamunā and the moonshine come in contact on the bank of the river, the water tastes just like nectar, and drinking it gives great satisfaction. It is as cooling as piles of snow.” (Nectar of Devotion, Chapter 44)

“In the words of Vaiṣṇava poets, it is said that the Lord’s beauty is so enchanting that it defeats hundreds of thousands of Cupids. He is therefore called Madana-mohana. It is also described that the Lord sometimes becomes mad after the beauty of Rādhārāṇī. Poets describe that under those circumstances, although Lord Kṛṣṇa is Madana-mohana, He becomes Madana-dāha, or enchanted by the beauty of Rādhārāṇī. Actually, the Lord’s beauty is superexcellent, surpassing even the beauty of Lakṣmī in Vaikuṇṭha. The devotees of the Lord in the Vaikuṇṭha planets want to see the Lord as the most beautiful, but the devotees in Gokula or Kṛṣṇaloka want to see Rādhārāṇī as more beautiful than Kṛṣṇa.”   (Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 3.15.42, Purport) Srila Prabhupada explains  The beauty of Radharanicompiled by APdmapani dasa

“Kṛṣṇa is the most beautiful, Rādhārāṇī is the most beautiful. Couple, young couple. Our object of worship when we see how nice Rādhārāṇī, how nice Kṛṣṇa, beauty. Yes. Wherefrom the beauty worship has come in this material world unless there is beauty in the original form, Kṛṣṇa and Rādhārāṇī? So, God cannot be nirākāra (without form). Otherwise, why this beauty worship has come?”   (Srila Prabhupada Lecture, Bombay, October 13, 1973)

Rādhe jaya jaya madhava-dayite. How She is? Gokula-taruṇī-maṇḍala-mahite. Taruṇī, taruṇī means young girls. You’ll see the pictures, they are all young girls. But of all the young girls, She is the most beautiful. She is enchanting to the young girls also. She is so beautiful. Gokula-taruṇī-maṇḍala-mahite. Dāmodara-rati-vardhana-veśe. And She always dresses Her so nicely that Dāmodara, Kṛṣṇa, becomes attracted by Her beauty. Hari-niṣkuta-vṛndā-vipineśe. And She is the only lovable object of Kṛṣṇa, and She is the queen of Vṛndāvana. This queen of Vṛndāvana.”

(Srila Prabhupada Radhastami Lecture, Montreal, August 30, 1968)

“Madana means Cupid. Cupid enchants everyone. Cupid. And Kṛṣṇa enchants Cupid. Therefore, His name is Madana-mohana. He’s so beautiful that even Cupid is enchanted by Him. But again, on the other side, Kṛṣṇa, although He’s so beautiful that He enchants the Cupid, still He is enchanted by Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī. Therefore, Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī’s name is Madana-mohana-mohinī. Kṛṣṇa is the enchanter of the Cupid, and Rādhārāṇī is the enchanter of that enchanter. So these are very high-grade spiritual understanding in Kṛṣṇa consciousness. It is not fiction or imagination, concoction. They are facts. They are facts. And every devotee can have such privileges if he is actually advanced.”   (Srila Prabhupada Lecture, Los Angeles, April 23, 1973)

The Bona fide guru can be present wherever the disciple wants–SP

September 14, 2021 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

Hare Krsna-below are many statements by Srila Prabhupada regarding the Absolute nature and potency of the Lords pure devotee. Kindly consider them in light of many many present day mis-conceptions.
“Just as Krishna can be present simultaneously in millions of places. Similarly, the spiritual master can be present wherever the disciple wants. A spiritual master is the principle, not the body. Just like a television can be seen in thousands of places by the principle of relay monitoring.”
 
(Srila Prabhupada Letter, May 28, 1968)
 
June 8 1976
Bharadvāja: I understand, Śrīla Prabhupāda, that the pure devotee can be as pervasive as Supersoul?
Prabhupāda: Hmm?
Bharadvāja: By the mercy of Supersoul, he can be present in many places at once?
Prabhupāda: Yes. By the grace of Kṛṣṇa, a devotee can become anything.
Duryodhana-guru: So in other words that means the pure devotees can be omniscient?
Prabhupāda: Everything. God is omniscient, so a pure devotee can become omniscient by the grace of God.
“There is no difference between me and my picture. Therefore we
should honor and keep pictures in that spirit. If we throw pictures
this way and that way, that is offence. The name and picture are as good as the person in spiritual world. In the material world either picture or person, everything is illusion.”  (Srila Prabhupada Letter, September 4, 1972)
 

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Radharani Talks to a Bumblebee

September 10, 2021 in Articles by Laksman dasa

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Tuesday, September 14, 2021 Radha Astami [Mayapura, West Bengal, Bharata Bhumi]
Subject: Radharani Talks to a Bumblebeecompiled by Padmapani dasa

http://www.prabhupadaconnect.com/Radharani-Talks-to-a-Bumblebee.html

Srimati Sita Thakurani Avirbhava Tithi [appearance day] – Saturday, September 11., 2021 [Mayapura, West Bengal, Bharata Bhumi time]

September 9, 2021 in Articles by Laksman dasa

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“Kṛṣṇa is always prepared to accept you”

September 8, 2021 in Articles by Laksman dasa

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“Kṛṣṇa is always prepared to accept you”compiled by Balarama dasa, Australia

Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Ādi-līlā 7.108 Audio for this lecture: https://prabhupadavani.org/transcriptions/670218ccsf/

San Francisco, Feb. 18, 1967

Excerpts:

Bhaktijana: But Kṛṣṇa will always be there if we want to go back?

Prabhupāda: Eh? Kṛṣṇa is always prepared to accept you. He’s always prepared. But because He has given us independence, we misuse it and we fall under the clutches of māyā. That is our misfortune. We create this misfortune, and we can create our good fortune. “Man is the architect of his own fortune.” So if you become Kṛṣṇa conscious, it is to your good fortune. If you become māyā conscious, it is to your bad fortune. You are the creator.

Bhaktijana: When the souls that were never conditioned at all…, do they also have the independence?

Prabhupāda: Yes, but they have not misused. They know that “I am meant for Kṛṣṇa’s service,” and they are happy in Kṛṣṇa’s service.

Bhaktijana: Could they ever misuse it?

Prabhupāda: Yes, they can misuse it also. That power is there. Yes?

Devotee: Well, I believe you once said that once a conditioned soul becomes perfected and gets out of the material world and he goes to Kṛṣṇaloka, there’s no possibility of falling back.

Prabhupāda: No! There is possibility, but he does not come. Just like after putting your hand in the fire, you never put it again if you are really intelligent. So those who are going back to Godhead, they become intelligent. Why going back to Godhead?

Just like we are in renounced order of life. So we have renounced our family life after thinking something. Now, if somebody comes, “Swāmījī, you take thousand millions of dollar and marry again and become a family man,” I’ll never become, because I have got my bad experience. I’ll never become.

So if one is intelligent enough, if he has got actually the bitter taste of this material world, he’ll never agree. He’ll never agree. But those who have not advanced to such knowledge, oh, they think, “Oh, this material enjoyment is very nice. Let me taste it and let me do business in my sannyāsī life, and stealthily and privately, let me enjoy.” These things are going on. That means they have no taste. They come to hospital-making or this philanthropy. This come again.

Bhaktijana: Has my soul ever been liberated?

Prabhupāda: That you know. I do not know.

Bhaktijana: If I was once liberated…

Prabhupāda: You are liberated. You are liberated. Simply just a cloud has covered you. Drive away the cloud. There is no question that you were ever. You are ever-liberated. That, the sky is always spiritual, but it is sometimes overcrowded with cloud, this māyā. This is called māyā. Actually, you are not conditioned. You are thinking. Just like in the dream you are thinking that tiger is eating you.

You were never eaten by tiger. There is no tiger. So we have to get out of this dream. Don’t you sometimes dream that tiger is eating you? Is there any tiger? You are simply thinking. So if you keep in Kṛṣṇa consciousness, that nonsense thinking will go away. Therefore we have to keep ourself always in Kṛṣṇa-thinking, so that this dream will never come. If you are always awakened, then dream never comes. So keep yourself always awakened by Kṛṣṇa consciousness.

All right. Distribute prasādam. [end]”

Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Ādi-līlā 7.108

San Francisco, Feb. 18, 1967

Audio for this lecture: https://prabhupadavani.org/transcriptions/670218ccsf/

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Subject: “There are many karmīs in the dress of devotees”

Srila Prabhupada: SB 8/9/28 Purport.

“..There are many karmīs in the dress of devotees, but the Supreme Personality of Godhead can detect their purpose. The karmīs want to use the property of the Lord for their selfish sense gratification, but a devotee endeavours to use the Lord’s property for God’s service. Therefore a devotee is always distinct from the karmīs, although the karmīs may dress like devotees…”

: https://prabhupadabooks.com/sb/8/9/28

Sri Krishna Janmastami Celebration at Vancouver Krishna Balaram Mandir

September 6, 2021 in Articles by Laksman dasa

Below is the link to some photos of our Sri Krishna Janmastami Celebration at Vancouver Krishna Balaram Mandir.
Link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/19T06fdWtCun21rP1fwEJT1q6RLLWG-Ji?usp=sharing

Complete proof of Srila Prabhupada approving the post samadhi initiation system (Message of Godhead,1955)

September 6, 2021 in Articles by Laksman dasa

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Complete proof of Srila Prabhupada approving
the ritvik initiation system (Message of Godhead,1955)

Hare Krsna. All glories to His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
The following paragraph below completely refutes the Living Guru Experimental Project ideas. It is known how the LGEP has deceived all its followers for over 43 years since 1978. It is falsely perceived that the connection with Srila Prabhupada can only be established via the so-called self appointed “living Gurus”. Nowhere do we find even a single statement that the spiritual master ceases to exist after he leaves his body. Instead, we find all statements contradictory to the previous supposition. 
Here is a snippet taken from Srila Prabhupada’s article called “Message of Godhead” published in 1955 in which it is stated clearly that When one thus becomes interested in the permanent happiness of the permanent soul, he becomes a disciple of Santan Goswami or a real Sanatanist, i.e., the transcendentalist.”
Taken from Page 8: Message of Godhead,1955 typed script (Link to the complete article: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_8-kt7efGMeL8YdiS4_Hmbn2EIYbPhx7/view?usp=sharing)

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SRILA PRABHUPADA – A MATERIALISTIC SO-CALLED GURU INSTRUCTS HIS MATERIALISTIC DISCIPLES ABOUT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND SENSE GRATIFICATION, AND BECAUSE OF SUCH INSTRUCTIONS THE FOOLISH DISCIPLES CONTINUE IN THE MATERIALISTIC EXISTENCE OF IGNORANCE.

September 6, 2021 in Articles by Laksman dasa

SRILA PRABHUPADA – A MATERIALISTIC SO-CALLED GURU INSTRUCTS
HIS MATERIALISTIC DISCIPLES ABOUT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
AND SENSE GRATIFICATION, AND BECAUSE OF SUCH INSTRUCTIONS
THE FOOLISH DISCIPLES CONTINUE IN THE MATERIALISTIC EXISTENCE OF IGNORANCE.

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Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam » Canto 8 » Chapter 24 » Text 51:(Suta Gosvami to King Pariksit):jano janasyādiśate ’satīṁ gatiṁyayā prapadyeta duratyayaṁ tamaḥtvaṁ tv avyayaṁ jñānam amogham añjasāprapadyate yena jano nijaṁ padam
SYNONYMS
janaḥ—a person who is not a bona fide guru (an ordinary person); janasya—of an ordinary person who does not know the goal of life; ādiśate—instructs; asatīm—impermanent, material; gatim—the goal of life; yayā—by such knowledge; prapadyeta—he surrenders; duratyayam—insurmountable; tamaḥ—to ignorance; tvam—Your Lordship; tu—but; avyayam—indestructible; jñānam—knowledge; amogham—without material contamination; añjasā—very soon; prapadyate—achieves; yena—by such knowledge; janaḥ—a person; nijam—his own; padam—original position.
TRANSLATION
A materialistic so-called guru instructs his materialistic disciples about economic development and sense gratification, and because of such instructions the foolish disciples continue in the materialistic existence of ignorance. But Your Lordship gives knowledge that is eternal, and the intelligent person receiving such knowledge is quickly situated in his original constitutional position.
PURPORTSo-called gurus instruct their disciples for the sake of material profit. Some guru advises that one meditate in such a way that his intelligence will increase in regard to keeping his body fit for sense gratification. Another guru advises that sex is the ultimate goal of life and that one should therefore engage in sex to the best of his ability. These are the instructions of foolish gurus.In other words, because of the instructions of a foolish guru one remains perpetually in material existence and suffers its tribulations. But if one is intelligent enough to take instructions from the Supreme Personality of Godhead, as enunciated in Bhagavad-gītā or the Sāṅkhya philosophy of Kapiladeva, one can very soon attain liberation and be situated in his original position of spiritual life. The words nijaṁ padam are significant. The living entity, being part and parcel of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, has the birthright to a position in Vaikuṇṭhaloka, or the spiritual world, where there is no anxiety. Therefore, one should follow the instructions of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Then, as stated in Bhagavad-gītā, tyaktvā dehaṁ punar janma naiti mām eti so ’rjuna: [Bg. 4.9] after giving up one’s body, one will return home, back to Godhead. The Lord lives in the spiritual world in His original personality, and a devotee who follows the instructions of the Lord approaches Him (mām eti). As a spiritual person, such a devotee returns to the Personality of Godhead and plays and dances with Him. That is the ultimate goal of life.

VYASA PUJA OFFERING – Harinam dasa

September 6, 2021 in Articles by Laksman dasa

Dear Srila Prabhupada,
You have made it so easy for me to understand who I am. After wondering in this universe in 8,400,000 species of life for millions of births I don’t know how I have met your disciples who taught me to give up my nonsense trying to enjoy what cannot be enjoyed. Over and over again they encouraged me not to leave your service. By your clear instructions you said over and over again If I keep chanting Hare Krishna I would reach the highest perfection of human life one day soon. When? I did not know. But the world I left behind was, is, and will always be an illusion and no one can be happy in a world that ends in old age, disease, and death.,
The Hare Krishna mahamantra is from the spiritual world and its secrets can only be revealed to one who worships the name of Krishna as nondifferent from Him. Thank you for teaching us your clear explanations in your lectures and books that is flawless and complete truth for all time. All we are to do is to simply repeat what you have already have given without any change because the knowledge is perfect and easily understood by anyone regardless of age, education, gender, and race as it is our natural constitution existence transcendental to the material world of duality.
We are all looking for eternal life, knowledge, and bliss at every moment because that is our eternal spiritual qualities. When one achieves these perfections one knows that there is nothing higher just like when all the pieces of the puzzle are present the picture becomes clear. Thank you for this causeless mercy. Krishna has to be given freely to others otherwise it is not Krishna your have. This you have proven by your own example.
This age of Kali quarrel and hypocrisy has no effect on those who follow in your footsteps because you are the direct representative of Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and his disciples. The sankirtan movement will increase for the next 10,000 years in every town and village.  
O spiritual master, this most fallen soul is a testament to your eternal glory and legacy and anyone who follows you is sure to achieves the same very soon. Knowledge of Krishna the summum bonum is proof of the mercy of Krishna.

Śaṅkara became celebrated by the name “the pillow of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu.

September 6, 2021 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

In ecstasy, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu rubbed His face against the walls all night long, making a peculiar sound, “goṅ-goṅ,” which Svarūpa Dāmodara could hear through the door.
 
Lighting a lamp, Svarūpa Dāmodara and Govinda entered the room. When they saw the Lord’s face, both of them were full of sorrow.
 
They brought the Lord to His bed, calmed Him and then asked, “Why have You done this to Yourself?”
 
Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu replied, “I was in such anxiety that I could not stay in the room. I wanted to go out, and therefore I wandered about the room, looking for the door.
“Unable to find the door, I kept hitting the four walls with My face. My face was injured, and it bled, but I still could not get out.”
 
In this state of madness, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu’s mind was unsteady. Whatever He said or did was all symptomatic of madness.
 
Svarūpa Dāmodara was very anxious, but then he had an idea. The following day, he and the other devotees considered it together.

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Summer harvest coming in-some pic’s to show and SP says- live this way…

September 3, 2021 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

Hare Krsna—I am very happy to present here some pictures of the “fruits of our labor”, which will get offered to the Supreme Lord Sri Krsna.
the Harvest is now coming in-below are “some” of the tomatoes that we picked from three different places-greenhouse, raised beds, and hoop house. This years tomato harvest will be double last years
We have three different pear trees-only two of them put out- in a big way. The first one Ubilean , has huge pears and very sweet, that one is almost done. The pears shown here below are Rescue pears and are putting out about 50 or 60  pears.
We put them all in a small fridge  in the garage and keep them at 40 degrees F and that way they last a lot longer. Luckily they  ripen in staggered times so nothing gets wasted.
And the grapes, what can I say? There are thousands of them out there. Today I dried one rack in the dehydrator for making into raisins. We use raisins for subjis, sweets, eating as fresh and dried fruit, etc.
Krsna’s packing system is so nice, it is edible, and will not harm the environment like plastic, chemicals, glues, etc etc.

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The Nectar of Krsna Prasadam described by Sri Caitanya and Krsnas lips as well–SP

September 2, 2021 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

Hare Krsna-This very intimate conversation between Lord Caitanya and Ramananda Raya may not be for everyone-yet. But it give us a clue as to the inner world of Krsna Prema-especially in this pastime regarding Lord Krsna’s Prasadam and His Transcendental lips.
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Antya 12.13-–Vāsudeva Datta, Murāri Gupta, Vidyānidhi and many other devotees went to see Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu. All together, they numbered two or three hundred.
Antya 16.77--All the devotees remained with Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu continuously for four months. Then the Lord ordered them back to Bengal, and therefore they returned.
Antya 16.78–As long as the devotees were in Nīlācala, Jagannātha Purī, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu maintained His external consciousness, but after their departure His chief engagement was again the madness of ecstatic love for Kṛṣṇa.
 
Note—So here above we see how many Bengali devotees came to Jagannatha puri annually to see Lord Caitanya. But we also see, for an unknown reason, that they were not allowed to see the ecstatic pastimes of Transcendental madness He experienced only in the company of His most intimate devotees.
                       
                          Now for the story of Krsna Prasadam
Antya 16.90–The servants of Lord Jagannātha first garlanded Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu and then offered Him Lord Jagannātha’s prasāda. The prasāda was so nice that its aroma alone, to say nothing of its taste, would drive the mind mad.
Antya 16.93–To Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu the prasāda tasted millions upon millions of times better than nectar, and thus He was fully satisfied. The hair all over His body stood on end, and incessant tears flowed from His eyes.
Antya 16.96–The Lord said again and again, “Only by great fortune may one come by a particle of the remnants of food offered to the Lord.” The servants of the Jagannātha temple inquired, “What is the meaning of this?”
PURPORT-The remnants of Kṛṣṇa’s food are mixed with His saliva. In the Mahābhārata and the Skanda Purāṇa it is stated: mahā-prasāde govinde nāma-brahmaṇi vaiṣṇave svalpa-puṇyavatāṁ rājan viśvāso naiva jāyate
“Persons who are not very highly elevated in pious activities cannot believe in the remnants of food [prasāda] of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, nor in Govinda, the holy name of the Lord, nor in the Vaiṣṇavas.”
Antya 16.97–Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu replied, “These are remnants of food that Kṛṣṇa has eaten and thus turned to nectar with His lips. It surpasses heavenly nectar, and even such demigods as Lord Brahmā find it difficult to obtain.
Antya 16.98–“Remnants left by Kṛṣṇa are called phelā. Anyone who obtains even a small portion must be considered very fortunate.
Antya 16.99–“One who is only ordinarily fortunate cannot obtain such mercy. Only persons who have the full mercy of Kṛṣṇa can receive such remnants.
Antya 16.107--As they tasted the uncommon sweetness and fragrance of the prasāda, everyone’s mind was struck with wonder.
Antya 16.108-109–Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu said, “These ingredients, such as sugar, camphor, black pepper, cardamom, cloves, butter, spices and licorice, are all material. Everyone has tasted these material substances before.
 
Antya 16.110–“However,” the Lord continued, “in these ingredients there are extraordinary tastes and uncommon fragrances. Just taste them and see the difference in the experience.
Antya 16.111–“Apart from the taste, even the fragrance pleases the mind and makes one forget any other sweetness besides its own.
Antya 16.112--“Therefore, it is to be understood that the spiritual nectar of Kṛṣṇa’s lips has touched these ordinary ingredients and transferred to them all their spiritual qualities.
PURPORT-Since everyone had previously tasted these ingredients, why had they become extraordinary and spiritually tasteful? This was proof that food, prasāda, becomes uncommonly flavorful and tasteful by touching Kṛṣṇa’s lips.
Antya 16.113–“An uncommon, greatly enchanting fragrance and taste that makes one forget all other experiences are attributes of Kṛṣṇa’s lips.
Antya 16.114–“This prasāda has been made available only as a result of many pious activities. Now taste it with great faith and devotion.”
Antya 16.115--Loudly chanting the holy name of Hari, all of them tasted the prasāda. As they tasted it, their minds became mad in the ecstasy of love.

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