• "Here in this world there are thousands of newspapers and magazines reporting the stale, repetitious happenings of this limited space. So for reporting the news of the unlimited spiritual realm, concerning the eternal, ever-fresh Supreme Personality of Godhead, we could publish a newspaper at every second, what to speak of daily."
    - Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura
Bala Gopala's Mrdanga : An insignificant attempt (by an insignificant entity) to render service to this instruction.


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Ajna Tahal

Categories: Inspirational

?Patrolling On the Lord's Command?
by Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur

nadiya-godrume nityananda mahajana
patiyache nam-hatta jivera karana

In the land of Nadiya, on the island of Godruma, the magnanimous Lord Nityananda has opened up the Marketplace of the Holy Name, meant for the deliverance of all fallen souls.

(sraddhavan jan he, sraddhavan jan he)
prabhura ajnay, bhai, magi ei bhiksa
bolo `krsna,' bhajo krsna, koro krsna-siksa

O men of faith! O men of faith! By the order of Lord Gauranga, O brothers, I beg this one request: Chant "Krsna!", worship Krsna, and follow Krsna's instructions.

aparadha-sunya ho'ye loho krsna-nam
krsna mata, krsna pita, krsna dhana-pran

Being careful to remain free of offenses, just take the holy name of Krsna. Krsna is your mother, Krsna is your father, and Krsna is the treasure of your life.

krsnaera samsara koro chadi' anacar
jive doya, krsna-nam -- sarva-dharma-sar

Giving up all improper behavior, carry on your worldly duties only in relation to Krsna. The showing of compassion to all fallen souls by loudly chanting the holy name of Krsna is the essence of all forms of religion.


Contaminate Everything With Krishna Philosophy

"I have heard that you may be going to Heidelberg, Germany, where there is a very large and important university. That is our best field. Become yourself very convinced and learned in our Krishna philosophy and take it into such university and contaminate everything with it. We are not afraid to challenge every mundane philosopher and defeat them, because they are simply operating on the mental platform which is constantly changing, so they cannot have any real authority. But because we are hearing from the Source of all knowledge, Krishna, through His representatives, the saints and acaryas in disciplic succession, we have got solid basis for understanding. If we are very much convinced to preach in this way, the intelligent class of men will respect and join us, and this will be your success in Germany. If a Marx can change so many men's minds to follow his imperfect philosophy, what can Krishna, the Supreme Perfect, accomplish! If we remain pure and teach others purely, then we will achieve all success and the whole world listen to us and be delivered from their very dangerous condition. Thank you very much for assisting me in this great endeavor, I think you are convinced that it is the highest and most exalted activity of all."

- Letter to: Sivananda, 12 December, 1971


The World Cherishes Duplicity

Categories: Quotes

"The worldly people generally cherish doubleness of heart or duplicity, speaking out one thing abroad and concealing a different thing inside. And the funny part of it is that they are anxious to present this doubleness of their heart to the public as liberality or the virtue of conciliation. These double-tongued men give to the creeds of persons, who are candid and do not adopt duplicity themselves, the designations of sectarianism, bigotry, etc. but we should only associate with those who are candid, and not with the others."

--Sri Caitanya's teachings, Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Maharaj chapter 5, p 211


Bala Gopala's Darsan

Categories: Bala Gopala's Darsan

nāgo navāmbho virudo
vīrahā varado balī
go-patho vijayī vidvān
śipiviṣṭaḥ sanātanaḥ

He is the serpent Ananta (nāga). He is the cause of new rains (navāmbha). He is a tumultuous sound (viruda), the killer of heroic warriors (vīrahā), the giver of benedictions (varada), powerful (balī), the Lord who follows the path of the cows (go-patha), victorious (vijayī), wise (vidvān), effulgent (śipiviṣṭa), and eternal (sanātana).

- Sri Gopala-sahasra-nama - Text 23


The Weight Of The World

"Now upon the shoulders of you the leaders of this Movement falls the responsibility of practically saving this earth planet from the present dangerous position. So the work is in your hands. Let me be free now to translate books, that is my desire.

You become very responsible and convinced of this our Krishna philosophy and if you maintain your purity then you will convince everyone else with this philosophy, that is our mission. Kindly assist me to please Lord Caitanya in this way, by spreading Krishna Consciousness or pure love of God, and know it for certain that by this work you shall very very soon go back to Home, back to Godhead."

- Letter to Bhutatma das, 5 December, 1971


Shree Saligram Sila-stotram

Categories: Readings

Yudhistiro Uvacha

King Yudhistir asked

?Shree Dev Dev devesa Devarchanamutamam
Tat sarbam srotaumichhami Bruhime Purushotamam / 1/

My dear Supreme Lordship Purushotam, I request you know the significance of the saligram sila.

Shree Bhagavan Uvacha - The Lord Replied

?Gandakyam Chotare Tire Girirajshchya Dakshine !
Das Yojan Vistirnam Mahachhetra Vasundhara //2//
?Saligramo Vabet Devo Devi Dwara Bati Vabet
Uvayo Sangamo Yatra Mutistratrana Sansaya //3//
?Saligramo Sila Yatra Yatra dwara Bati Sila
Uvayo Sangamo Yatra Mutistratrana Sansaya //4//

The mountains known as the Himalaya are situated on the bank of river Gandaki. In the south of this Himalaya a big and beautiful tract of land is situated where you can find saligrams sila. This is the place where Devi Dwarabati begins. This place is called by those who know, Sri Mukti Kshetra.

?Ajanma Krita Papanam Prayaschitam Ya Ichati
Saligram Silawari Paphari Namastute //5//
? Akal Mritu Haranam Sarvabyadhi Binasanam
Vishu Padodakam Pitwa Shirasha Dharyamyaham //6//
?Sankha Madhya Sthitam Toyyam Vramitam Keshavopari
Angalagnam Manukshanam Bramha Hatya Dikam Dayat //7//

Saligram Silas found here are very precious and significant. These silas are considered to be directly Lord Vishnu Himself and the person who worships or even keeps in the house or bathes the Salagram and drinks water or pour those waters on their head, that man becomes free from all sin and it prevents from untimely death. That person becomes free from all sin and all material disease. The most feared sin of Bramahatya ( killing of a Brahmin) is also washed away simply by worshiping the Saligram.

?Snano Dakam Piben Nityam Chakrankita Sirot Vabam
Partkshallya Sudham Tatoyam Bramha Hatya Byapohati //8//
?Agnistomasahasnani Vajapaya Satanicha
Samyak Phalama Bapnoti Visnornai Vedya Vakshina //9//

That person who does snan (bathing) of saligram with chakra everyday get gets rid of all sin like Bramahatya, and if he drinks such water daily gets the equal boon of thousand of havan (fire sacrifices) of Lord Vishnu.

?Naivadyayuktam Tulsim cha Misritam Vishesta Pada Jalen Vishnu
Yoshnati Nityam Purato Murari Prapnoti Yazya Uta Koti Pundyam //10//

The person, who worships saligram with Tulsi leaf daily, gets the boon of million Yajna also.

Khandita Sphutita Viina Vandi Dakdhya Tathi Va Cha
Saligram Sialyatra Tatra Dosho Na Vidyate//11//

Even if a Salagram is damaged or broken, all sila are good to worship

Namantra Pujanam Naiva Natirtham Na cha Bhabanaa
Na stutir Na uppachars cha Saligram Silar cha ne //12//
Bramha Hatya Dikam Papam Manobak Karya Sambhamam
Shirgram Nachyati Tatsarvam Saligram Silrchana//13//

With out worship, with out offering any sweets or with out any pilgrims - only chanting this saligram mantra is enough to wash away all sins and is the fulfillment of all desire.

?Nanabarna Mayam Chiva Nana Bhogena Vestitam
Tathavarprasadena Laxmi Kantam Balamhayam //14//
?Narayanorbhabo Dev Chakramadya Cha Karmana
Tathavarprasadena Laxmi Kantam Balamhayam//15//

There are various kinds of size and shape of saligram in which Lord Vishnu is situated representing all the different incarnations.

?Krishane Sila Taneyatra Susmam Cakram Cha Drisyate
Saovagyam Santatim Dhatye Sarva Sakshaym Dadhaticha//16//

Good Luck increases and one gets satisfaction from children, and in every way in every aspect, all good enters one's life by worshipping saligram black in colour with little chakras.

Vashu Devschya Chinhani Distwa Papai Pramuchyate
Sridhar Sukare Bame Harivbarnatu Disyate//17//
?Varaha Rupenam Devam Kurmangai Rapi Chinhitam
Gopadam Tatra Dissheta Varaham Vamanam Tatha //18//

A person who gets the chance to see the Vasudev sila, that person he became free from sins. Shreedhar, Sukar, Vamanadev, Harivarna,Varaha, Kurma and lots of other type of saligram are available also. Some Saligram has marking of cow's foot marks and some that of Narshimha Avatara (half lion half man).

?Pitavarnam Tu Devanam Rakta Varnam Vayabhaham
Narashinho Vawet Devo Mokshadam Cha Prakrititam//19//
Sankha Chakra Gada Kurma Sankho Yatra Pradisyate
Sankha Varnaschya Devanaman Vame Devaschya Lakshanam//20//
?Damodarm Tatha Sthulam Madhya Chakram Pratisthitam
Purna Dwarena Sankrina Pita Rekha Cha Drischyate //21//
?Chhatrakare Vabet Rajam Vartule Cha Mahasreeya
Chipite Cha MahaDukham Sulagretu Ranam Dhrubam//22//

Yellowish Saligram is very auspicious as Lord Himself (Pitambara) but reddish saligram is considered to bring fearful situations and is dangerous to worship. The sacred symbols of Sankha (conch), Chakra (disc), Gada (club), Kurma (tortoise) are printed on the saligram stones. Saligram with Sankha (conch) sign is considered to be Vamanrup (Vamandev) of Lord Vishnu, where as chakra in the middle is consider as Damodar saligram. Saligrams of different shapes; round, umbrella shape which has white lines are also available; worshipping this kind of saligram gives wealth and reputation in society. Flat shaped saligram creates sorrow in a family and saligram with sharp front side creates war - fighting and tension in family.

?Lalate Shesha Vogastu Siropari Sukanchanam
Chakrakanchanavarnanam VamaDevaschya Lakshnam//23//
Vamaparbe Cha Bai Cakre Krishna Varnas tu Pingalam
Laxinarshimhadevanam Prithak Varnastu Drisyate//24//

Saligrams which have chakra around the head or in the forehead and rest parts are clean and smooth is considered very auspicious and this type is to be considered as Vamandev sila. Yellowish or black in left side with a chakra is consider as Laxmi Narshimha sila.

Lamboste Cha Dalidram Syat Pingale Hani Revacha
Lagna Cakre Vabet Baydhir Bidare Maranamdrubam//25//

Worshipping a long shape sila create poverty, and saligram having lagna (rising) chakra create long term chronic diseases even death.

Padom Dakamcha Nirmalyam Mastake Dharayet Shada
Visnor Dristam Vakshitabyam Tulsi Jal Misritam//26//
Kalpa Koti Sahasrani Vaikunthe Basate Sada
Saligram Sila Vinur Hatya Koti Vinasanam//27//

Any person who offers a Tulasi leaf while worshipping the saligram gets salvation and can stay at Vaikuntha (the place where Vishnu live - means free from anxiety) for million years.

Tasmat Sampujayet Dhyatwa Pujitam Chapi Sarvada
Saligram Silas Trotram Yah Pathecha Dijotam//28//
Sa Gakshet Parmam Sthanam Yatra Lokeshworo Hari
Sarva Pap Binir Muktwa Vishnu Lokam Sa Gashati//29//

Therefore always worship saligram, and chant saligram stotra which is very beneficial for mankind. We can get one a higher position on Vishnu Lok (Vaikuntha) simply by doing so. All sins will also be destroyed and it is guaranteed that one gets to Vishnulok simply from this process of worshiping the saligram.

Dusovataro Devanam Prithak Varnastu Disyate
Ipsitam Labate Rajyam Vishnu Pooja Manukramat//30//
Kotyohi Vramhahatyanamgamyagamya Kotaya
Ta Sarva Nasamayamti Vishu Nai Vidya Vakshanat//31//
Vishno Pador Dakam Pitwa Koti Janmaghanasanam
Tasma Dasta Gunam Papam Ghumou Vindupatnat//32//

There are various types of description available for Lord Vishnu?s ten primary incarnation therefore the Lord?s incarnation Shree Saligram?s worship, the Prayer to the Saligram and drinking the Lord's bathing water wash away sins of million lives and one gets great prosperity, wealth and reputation through this, so everyone everywhere the Saligram should be worshiped.

Iti Shree Vishotara Purane Shree Saligram Sila-stotram Sumpurnam!!..


Prabhupada's Program Will Make Us Topmost Members Of Society

"So our program if it is kept pure according to my many instructions, will give you the deserved reputation of being the topmost members of the society. That is very much wanted so that we may hope to change the society as a whole."

- Letter to Jagadish das - 17 November, 1970

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