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March 2013 Blog Posts (34)

Vaisnavism is not cowardism, by Srila Prabhupada

"Somebody was criticizing me that "Swamiji, you are introducing this Hare Kṛṣṇa movement. People are becoming coward. They simply chant Hare Kṛṣṇa." So I replied that "You will see the power of Hare Kṛṣṇa movement in due course of time." He required... Because there were two battles in India: the battle between Rāvaṇa and Rāma, Rāma-Rāvaṇa, the battle of Rāmāyaṇa; and another battle was Battle of Kurukṣetra. And in these two battles the hero…

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Festival of Jagannatha Misra

SRI CAITANYA BHAGAVATA

Adi Lila Chapter 3.




1. Even before He took his birth, the Lord propagated the chanting of His holy name.



2. Streams of people went for their bath in the Ganga at the time of the eclipse and all the…

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Added by Shri Nrsngha Dasa on March 27, 2013 at 20:32 — 1 Comment


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Sri Caitanyä-astaka, Third, Eight Prayers Glorifying Lord Caitanya by Srila Rupa Goswami from Stavamala

 

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upäsita-padämbujas tvam anurakta-rudrädibhiù…

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Prathama Sri Caitanyäastaka First Eight Prayers Glorifying Lord Caitanya by Srila Rupa Goswami from Stavamala

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sadopäsyaù çrémän dhåta-manuja-käyaiù praëayitäà

vahadbhir girbäëair giriça-parameñöhi-prabhåtibhiù…

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Added by Shri Nrsngha Dasa on March 26, 2013 at 11:30 — 1 Comment


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A Simple Proof of Sri Krsna Caitanya's Divinity, by Tamohara dasa, acbssp A.Bh.S.

 Prabhu Nityananda, Shri Krsna Chaitanya

 

Aug 10, '07 CALGARY—

One day, our dear Nimai Pandita decided to take a stroll in Navadwipa. At this time in His pastimes, He was still living at home and involved in learning, teaching, and debate. In fact, His incredible scholarship was becoming well known throughout the entire…

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Added by Welcome on March 25, 2013 at 10:00 — 1 Comment

Humbler than a blade of grass...by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Goswami Thakura

Humbler than a blade of grass...by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Goswami Thakura

 

Question 1: How can one hear harikathā in the association of devotees when one is residing far away from them?

Answer: In our maṭhas, harikathā is being delivered all the time and everyone there is engaged in hari-seva. It is our foremost duty that, by all means, we should associate with devotees whose life and soul is…

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Added by Tamohara d co-tp. Editor Bh.S on March 17, 2013 at 6:30 — No Comments

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All glories to Srila Prabhupada, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada, founder acarya of ISKCON, foremost Vaisnava…

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Added by Tamohara d co-tp. Editor Bh.S on March 17, 2013 at 6:30 — 2 Comments

Difficulties in the material world

I had wanted to post more today, but life as always, has a way of interfering.  Things are looking a little better KC wise in my area of Maya-world.  I have maintained my japa and gayatri chanting, but little else has happened due to time constraints. I have several articles kicking around waiting to be published, but  not enough time to get them typed out and coherent yet.   Japa Japa Japa Japa.  Japa is truly the lifeline. Let all else lack, but chant japa!!!!!   Japa will keep that…

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Added by Parvati Devi Dasi A. Bh.S on March 15, 2013 at 13:41 — 1 Comment


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Srila Jagannatha Dasa Babaji - Disappearance

Srila  Jagannath Das Babji Samadhi Mandir, Navadwip, West Bengal

gauravirbhava…

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greed...by Srila Gour Govinda Swami

Here this word lobha, greed, is very, very significant. The Lord has greed. It is quite natural that we have greed. We are greedy persons, materially greedy. This greed of the material world is condemned, it is considered as one of the enemies. In the 16th chapter, 21st verse of Sri Bhagavad-gita you'll find Lord Krsna has said: tir-vidham narakasyedam dvaram nasanam atmanah kamah krodhas tatha lobhas tasmad etat trayam tyajey Lord Krsna says, give up these three, kama, krodha, lobha - lust, anger and greed. If you become influenced or affected by these three then you will open your door towards hell, so give up these things. This lobha (greed) is very bad. Those persons who are materially greedy, definitely they suffer. For example, one very small story is there. A greedy boy was in his house when his mother put some nice berries into an earthen pot, like a water pot that has a very narrow opening. The boy developed greed to get some of those berries so he put his hand into the pot and grasped a handful of those berries. When he tried to get his hand out of the pot, it got caught because the opening was so narrow and caused some pain as he pulled but it wouldn't come out so he was crying. This is suffering out of greed. Though he's suffering, he's not allowing any berries to get out. A simple story showing the consequence of greed is suffering. Therefore Bhagavan Sri Krsna in Sri Bhagavad Gita says to give up this greed. But this greed can be utilised in Sri Krsna's service. This word lobha (greed) is a very ancient word, it is not a modern word. The seed of this greed is also there in Bhagavan and in Bhakta also. So in respect of Bhagavat bhakta, the devotee of the Lord will say, lobha sadhu sange hari katha. How can you utilise this greed? Develop this greed to have more and more sadhu sanga, association of sadhus and hear more and more Sri Krsna katha. Develop this greed, This is very nice greed, this is spiritual greed, transcendental greed. One should not give up this greed. One should develop this greed more and more. The more you develop this greed the more you get spiritual relishment and spiritual advancement. One who is not greedy he cannot make advancement in the spiritual path in this respect. But material greed should be given up, whereas spiritual greed should be developed. Again it is said: krsna bhakti rasa bhabita matih kriyanam jadi kutopi labhyate tatra laulyam api mulyame-kalam Laulya means 'lobha' (greed). That means from this verse you can understand how the seed of greed is there. The purport is that if you have such spiritual greed you can achieve sri krsna-bhakti-rasa, mellow of sri krsna-bhakti, otherwise if you are devoid of this greed you cannot have it, cannot achieve it. Sadhu sange hari katha. One should develop this greed of having more and more sadhu-sanga and hearing more and more hari-kirtan, hari-katha, than you will make advancement in bhajan-sadhan. Materialistic people don't know the use of this greed, they abuse it, utilising it for material enjoyment, material possessions, they suffer. So when you speak about the advent of Sri Sacinandana Gaura Hari, the Appearance of Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu, this greed is there.
Here this…
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Chick Peas and Squash

Rinse and clean one cup dry whole chick peas, then soak overnight covered at least a couple of  inches over their top, in water with some salt. When ready to start the next day, cook them in the same water for about an hour at low-medium heat in a deep pot, until soft. When they squash easily with a fork, they are cooked. Be sure to cook them until soft, not hard or firm. …

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Unique position of Lord Shiva

by Purushottam Kumar

Lord Shiva has a very unique and significant position in the cosmic manifestation. In fact Lord Shiva is the most powerful, second only to Lord…

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Added by Shri Nrsngha Dasa on March 10, 2013 at 20:42 — 1 Comment

Granting Perfect Love

Granting Perfect Love

gopisvara
Sri Gopisvara Mahadeva

Lord Siva eternally resides in Lord Krsna's abode, Vrndavana, where he manifests many forms to render devotional services to Him. The form of Gopisvara Mahadeva was manifested by Lord Krsna's desire. When Krsna desired to perform His rasa dance, Srimati Radhika, the embodiment of His pleasure potency, manifested from His left side…

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Added by Tamohara d co-tp. Editor Bh.S on March 10, 2013 at 4:00 — 3 Comments

Mahasivaratri Kijaya!

(7): No, but do we offer the prayer first to Śiva...?

Prabhupāda: That you do. There is no harm. Lord Śiva is also called Mahādeva. Amongst the demigods, he is the chief. So if you worship Lord Śiva... We…

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Added by Tamohara d co-tp. Editor Bh.S on March 9, 2013 at 11:00 — 3 Comments

Panca Tattva!

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Sri Ishvara Puri - Disappearance Day

Sri Krishnadasa Kaviraja Gosvami has described in Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita that the first sprout of the desire tree of devotion was manifested in the person of Sri Madhavendra Puri, and that sprout developed into a sapling in the person of Sri Ishvara Puri. Then, in the person of…

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Added by Shri Nrsngha Dasa on March 8, 2013 at 15:30 — 3 Comments

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