• "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.

25/11/06

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!!..

18/11/06

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

17/11/06

The Mayavadi Blues

Categories: Humour, Podcasts

This is a song by a different Ekendra das. You can download the mp3 or, if you have broadband, listen to it here (5.2MB ) :

Once upon a time, I elected myself king
Told my pizza chef, "make me one with everything"
then I went out shoppin' didn't buy nothin' at all
I couldn't tell a t-shirt from a cotton ball
bought a ticket to Topeka but I landed in Duluth.
"All things bein' equal," I wish it was the truth

chorus:

I got the Mayavadi Blues
Yeah, the Mayavadi Blues
You know that I feel like I'm gonna merge
Yeah, it's all one now, baby
The subject and the object are one and the same.

Well, they sent me off to college, but it was all in vain.
I asked the teacher, "what is knowledge?"
He told me that there ain't no knower, no knowin', no thing bein' known
I said, "thanks a lot for nothin' I shoulda just stayed home"
That night, instead of string beans, Mama fed us dirt
She said, "It all comes from the same place, eat your dinner, it won't hurt."

(chorus)

My baby said she loved me She called me "honey child"
Then I found out I was just another station on her dial
She said, "It ain't nothin' personal. Nothin' ever is.
I just gotta keep on movin', gotta follow my bliss."
I said, "I'm shavin' my head, I might as well become a monk,
if all I'm gonna get from you is that Mayavadi junk."

(chorus)

So if you're feelin' upset and your feet can't find the ground
Gettin' treated like an object? Gettin' the runaround?
Well, you ain't the only one- I been there and I'll attest
It ain't no fun bein' an impersonalist
'Cause if everything is illusion, then I'm only pretend
This ain't no song and there ain't no end to my Mayavadi Blues

16/11/06

Srila Prabhupada Will Return For Us If We Are Cooperative

"So far as I am concerned, in relationship with my disciples who are so kindly cooperating with me in the matter of my rendering service to my Spiritual Master, for them I am always ready to come back from Goloka Vrindaban, if they are not delivered along with me. So don't be worried about the clutches of Maya. Be fixed up in your determination and go on serving the Supreme Lord, Krishna, with determination."

- Letter to Brahmananda das - November 15, 1969

14/11/06

Eight Prayers Glorifying Srimati Vrnda Devi

Categories: Readings

by Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakur ...

Text 1

gangeya-campeya-tadid-vinindi-
rocih-pravaha-snapitatma-vrnde
bandnuka-bandhu-dyuti-divya-vaso
vrnde namas te caranaravindam

`gangeya - golden; `campeya - campaka flower; `tadit - lightnigs;
`vinindi - chastising; `rocih - splendor; `pravaha - with rivers;
`cnapita - bathed; `atma - own; `vrnde - multitad; `bandhuka - of the
bandhuka flower; `bandhu - friend; `dyuti - splendor; `divya -
transcendental; `vasah - garments; `vrnde - Vrnda-devi; `namah -I
offer respectful obeisances; `te - to you; `carana - feet;
`aravindam - the lotus flower.

You are bathed by streams of splendor the rebuke gold,
lightning, and the campaka flower. Your splendid garments are
friend to the bandhuka flower. O Vrnda, I bow to your lotus feet.

Text 2

bimbadharoditvara-manda-hasya
nasagra-mukta-dyuti-dipitasye
vicitra-ratnabharana-sriyadhye
vrnde namas te caranaravindam

`bimba - bimba fruits; `adhara - lips; ` uditvara -
extraordinary; ` manda - gentle, `hasya - smile; ` nasa - of the
nose; `agra - on the tip; `mukha - pearl; `dyuti - by the splendor;
`dipita - illuminated; `asye - face; `vicitra - amazing and
colorful; ` ratna - jewels; `abharana - and ornament; `sriya - with
the beauty; `adhye - enriched.

Your face is splendid with a pearl decorating the tip of Your
nose and awonderful gentle smile on Your bimba-fruit lips. You
are decorated with wonderful jewel ornaments. O Vrnda, I bow to
you lotus feet.

Text 3

samasta-vaikuntha-siromanau sri-
krsnasya vrndavana-dhanya-nhamni
dattadhikare vrsabhanu-putrya
vrnde namas te caranaravindam

`samasta - all; `vaykuntha - of the Vaikuntha worlds; `surah-manau -
the crown jewel; `sri-krsnasya - of Sri Krsna; `vrndavana -
Vrndavana; `dhanya - opulent and auspicious; ` dhamni - in the
abode; `datta - given; `adhikare - dominion; `vrsabhanu - of King
Vrsabhanu; `putrya - by the daughter (Srimati Radharani).

Vrsabhanu?s daughter Radha made you guardian of Krsna?s
opulent and auspicious abode of Vrndavana, the crest jewer of all
Vaikuntha planets. O Vrnda, I bow to your lotus feet.

Text 4

tvad-ajnaya pallava-puspa-bhrnga
mrgadibhir madhava-keli-kunjah
madhy-adibhir bhanti vibhusyamana
vrnde namas te caranaravindam

`tvat - your; `ajnaya - by the order; `pallava - blossoming; `puspa -
by flowers; `bhrnga - by bymble-bees; `mrga - by deer; `adibhih -
and others; `madhava - of Lord Madhava; `keli - for perfoming
pastimes; ` kunjah - groves; `madhu - with springtimes; `adibhih -
and the other seasons; `bhanti - appears very aplendid;
`vibhusyamanah - being decorated.

By Your order the groves where Madhava enjoys pastimes are
splendidly decorated with blossoming flowers, bumble-bees, deer,
honey, and other things. O Vrnda, I bow to your lotus feet.

Text 5

adiya-dutyena nikunja-yunor
atyutkayoh keli-vilasa-siddhih
tvat-saubhagam kena nirucyatam tad
vrnde namas te caranaravindam

`tvadiya - your, `dutyena - because of the message; `nikunja-yunoh -
of Radha and Krsna who perform pastimes in the groves (of
Vrndavana); ` ati-utkayoh - very enthusiastic (to perform
pastimes); ` keli - amorous; ` vilasa - pastimes; ` siddhih -
perfection; ` tvat - your; `saubhajam - good fortune, `kena - by
whom; `nirucyatam - may be described; `tat - therefore.

Because you became Their messenger the eager and youthful
divine couple enjoyed the perfection of transcendental pastimes
in the forest. O Vrnda, I bow to your lotus feet.

Text 6

rasabhilaso vasatis ca vrnda-
vane tvad-isanghri-saroja-seva
labhya ca pumsam krpaya tavaiva
vrnde namas te caranaravindam

`rasa - the rasa dance; ` abhilasah - the desire; `vasatih -
residence; `ca - and; `vrndavane - in Vrndavana; `tvat - your; `isa -
of the Lord (krsna); ` anghrii - feet; `saroja - of the lotus
flower; `seva - service; ` labhya - is attainable; ` ca - and; `pumsam
- by the living entities; ` krpaya - be the mercy; `tava - your; `eva
- indeed.

By your mercy the people attain residence in Vrndavana, the
desire to serve your masters lotus feet, and the desire to assist
in the rasa dance. O Vrnda, I bow to your lotus feet.

Text 7

tvam kirtyase satvata-tantra-vidbhir
lilabhidhana kila krsna-saktih
tavaiva murtis tulasi nr-loke
vrnde namas te caranaravindam

`tvam - you; `kirtyase - are glorified; `satvata-tantra-vidbhih - by
those who know the Satvata-tantra; `lila - pastimes; ` abhidhana -
by the name; `kila - indeed; `krsna - of Lord Krsna; `saktih - the
potency; `tava - your; `eva - indeed; ` mirtih - form; ` tulasi -
tulasi; `nr-loke - in human society.

They who are learned in the Satvata-tantra glorify you. You
are Krsna?s pastime-potency. The tulasi plant is you form in the
world of men. O Vrnda, I bow to you lotus feet.

Text 8

bhaktya vihina aparadha-laksaih
ksiptas ca kamadi-taranga-madhye
kpamayi tvam saranam prapanna
vrnde namas te caranaravindam

O Vrnda Devi, I offer my respectful obeisances to your lotus feet. Those who are devoid of devotion to Lord Hari, and who are thrown by their offenses into the waves of lust and other inauspicious qualities, may take shelter of you.

10/11/06

Helena Dreams About Prabhupada

this one is a must read!

by Bhakta Giovanni Battista

Dear Devotees,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

Every day, thanks to Srila Prabhupada's love, I have the opportunity to go out and distribute his books.

Recently Lilananda Prabhu and I have been distributing books in a working-class area of Rome known as Centocelle.

Visualize blocks of flats at least seven storys high, working-class dwellings where you find the strangest situations and the worst smells emanating from within. Below the apartment complex is an interminable series of shops where the people, under a high dose of passion, enter and exit without taking notice of anyone around them. Now add all the raucous noises of the city: welcome to Centocelle!

Unfortunately, yesterday I woke up late, and so I could not finish my rounds before our morning program (here it starts at 6:15 am). So after doing various things, I managed to go out at 11 o'clock. While driving toward Centocelle, I was trying think of a place to finish my rounds peacefully, but I could not. Then I had an idea: on previous days I had noticed a street right before reaching "the jungle area" that led to a zone of humble villas that might be peaceful.

Once there, I knew I had done the right thing: there were airplanes in the sky and trains on the tracks, but it was much more peaceful than the rest of the area. I parked the car and went to chant. There weren't many passersby, but every once in a while someone would appear, mostly older people, curiously looking at this strange person dressed in white, with no hair and murmuring to himself. I would say hello in a friendly way and try to put them at ease, but unavoidably the word spread in the area and more than one person "by chance" walked nearby to see the strange sight. After finishing my rounds and honoring prasadam, I went forth to distribute books. After visiting some houses, I reached an old green wooden gate, a young man and woman came to open the gate and invite me into their garden. I learned that they were brother and sister, Antonio and Stefania. After a while their sister Maria joined us; she was very curious to hear about the books. While I spoke, Stefania went away three times, later explaining to me that she had to check on her three-year-old daughter Helena, who was having difficulty breathing. I learned she had difficulty especially during sleep, and so it was very important that special care be taken at that time.

I saw that these people were very simple and innocent, not wealthy at all but very well disposed to hear about Krsna. After some time their parents arrived and Antonio exclaimed, "Mom, Dad, he is a Hare Krsna monk!" The mother jokingly said to me: "I saw you walking back and forth before and thought you had just escaped from a clinic nearby!" We all laughed. The father, in a wise mood, said, "But I told them that you were meditating!" (In fact, I had met him earlier on the street, where he told me that he already knew the devotees and that he was a follower of Father Pio. I sensed then that he was not interested in the books, so I politely greeted him and walked on).

After I had spoken to them for twenty minutes, Stefania, Helena's mother, felt inspired to buy "The Journey of Self-Discovery." Enchanted by this simple family, I decided to give them a BTG for free. Then I invited them to the Sunday Feast and left. When I meet such people, I feel the urgency to improve myself and become a better instrument in Srila Prabhupada's hands to distribute the transcendental knowledge found in his books.

Around 5 p.m. I decided to head back to the temple. While walking to the car, I thought of Maria, Stefania's sister. I remembered how attracted she was by devotional music, and since I had a CD in the car, I decided to go to their home and give it to them as a gift. They had all left such a nice feeling in my heart.

As I approached their house I saw Stefania standing outside. As soon as she saw me she called to me loudly: "Padre Giovanni! Padre Giovanni!"

"I'm coming!" I called.

Breathlessly she continued, "As soon as you left us, my daughter Helena woke up and ran toward me with a very blissful face, such as I had never seen before, and exclaimed, 'Mom, mom, I dreamt of an angel with no hair!!'

"I said, 'Oh! And what was He like?'

"'He was wonderful -- bright-faced, without hair, but with a pony-tail on the back of his head and a sign on his forehead. He was baptizing everybody!'"

Upon hearing that, I was a little confused. Then the grandmother said, "I took your magazine and showed it to Helena, asking her to tell me if she recognized the angel as I turned the pages. When I reached the first page, where there is a picture of your spiritual master in saffron clothes, Helena opened her eyes wide and pointed to him: 'Here he is! It's him! It's him!!'"

At this point, I have to admit, I struggled to hold back my tears. Srila Prabhupada had appeared in the dream of this special soul in the body of a little girl, just as I was in the garden presenting his books!

The grandmother continued: "We were all amazed and asked Helena if he had told her something. She said 'Yes, I remember that he was speaking about books, books, reading books.'" At this point a shiver went up my spine -- it really was Srila Prabhupada!

They invited me into the house to meet Helena. I noticed the little girl playing with her cousin, but when she turned and saw me with the tilak and no hair, she retreated and started to cry: "I don't want to see! I don't want to see!" She hid behind a wall, and Stefania took her into another room.

Meanwhile, the grandmother told me Helena was not new to these miraculous encounters. "Once, while Helena was in the hospital, she told me that Padre Pio was by her side telling her to be peaceful because everything would be ok." Curious, the grandmother had shown her a photo of Padre Pio, and Helena had said that it was him! Another time, Giovanna (the grandmother) dreamed that Pope Jean Paul II entered their house carrying a letter and saying, "This is the letter you are all waiting for. You can give it to Helena. Everything will be ok." At that time the entire family was in anxiety, waiting for a reply from the Vatican Hospital about whether Helena had a certain rare and grave illness. The day after that dream, a letter arrived saying she did not.

Feeling at ease in that house, I started preaching about the importance of book distribution and how this service is so dear to Srila Prabhupada. Helena calmed down but was still afraid of me, so after a little while I gave them the bhajan CD and left. While driving back to the temple I was moved and had a constant thought: Srila Prabhupada in His infinite mercy never leaves us. He is present when we read his books, and much more when we distribute them. At the temple I told the devotees what had happened, and they were all enthusiastic and full of gratitude. They also perceived Srila Prabhupada's presence.

I had an idea: I asked for Helena's birthday details and gave them to Ramanuja Dasa, a devotee from Peru who is living in Rome. He has studied Vedic astrology extensively and teaches it. After a week, during the Sunday Feast, Ramanuja called me aside to show me Helena's astral chart. "You know, Prabhu," he said, "I've been doing this work for about twenty years, but I have seen an astral chart like this one only once or twice! This is a very elevated soul. She has all the planets favorable for spiritual life, she's intelligent, and she has positive karma. For sure in her last life she was a devotee."

Upon hearing those words, I felt very lucky. I've been going on sankirtana for a whole year, but I never had a meeting like this one. I went to visit them again four or five times, bringing them prasadam, garlands, devotional pictures, music CDs, and t-shirts for Helena.

I learned that the miracle continued: From the day of the "meeting with the angel," Helena has told the story to everyone she meets, and even if she cannot read, she opens Srila Prabhupada's books often because, she says, "Prabhupada told me to read." In her room she insisted there be a photo of Srila Prabhupada and one of Gopal Krsna close to her bed. She often wants to hear stories about Krsna, and in particular she likes the maha-mantra. When she listens to the maha-mantra, she insists on wearing a t-shirt with a picture of mother Yasoda and Krsna, and then she dances while chanting Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare. Simply wonderful!

This is Srila Prabhupada's mercy! Even a child of three can perform devotional service to the Supreme Personality of Godhead! I sincerely hope this story can infuse in the core of your heart the desire to serve more and more this eternal mission, which only Srila Prabhupada could have founded: ISKCON, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.

Your aspiring servant,

Bhakta Giovanni Battista

09/11/06

Who Is Devoted To Who?

Categories: Inspirational

samo 'haṁ sarva-bhūteṣu
na me dveṣyo 'sti na priyaḥ
ye bhajanti tu māṁ bhaktyā
mayi te teṣu cāpy aham
[Bg. 9.29]

The Lord says that "I am... Although I am equal to everyone..." God is nobody's enemy and nobody's special friend, just like the king, the government, nobody's enemy, nobody's friend. As you act, so you get result. Similarly, for common man, there is no special favor from God. Ye tu bhajanti māṁ bhaktyā. Ye tu. This tu means "but." Here is a word, but. But means just like we sometimes say that "I am such and such, but..." "But" means there is something special. So this word is used here, tu. Tu means "but." What is that "but?" Ye tu bhajanti māṁ prītyā: "Anyone who is engaged in devotional service of Me, so for him I have got special attention." Ye tu mām..., ye bhajanti tu māṁ bhaktyā mayi te teṣu cāpy aham: "As he is always, constantly engaged in My service, similarly, I am also engaged always in his service," the Lord says.

Here one passage is quoted by a great commentator, Baladeva Vidyābhūṣaṇa, that bhagavān bhakta-bhaktimān. Just like we become devoted, similarly, God also becomes devoted to us. You don't think that one-sided devotion. No. Just like love is never one-sided. Love is reciprocation, reciprocation. Similarly, although God is great, He becomes a devotee of the devotee. He takes pleasure in that way. It is clearly stated that "I also try to devote Myself for his service." As we take pleasure in serving God, similarly, God also takes pleasure by serving the devotee. That is reciprocation.

- Bhagavad-gita Lecture 9.29-32 - New York, December 20, 1966

Categories: Bala Gopala's Darsan

rohiṇī-hṛdayānandī
vasudevātmajo balī
nīlāmbaro rauhiṇeyo
jarāsandha-vadho 'malaḥ

He is the bliss of Rohiṇī's heart (rohiṇī-hṛdayānandī), the son of Vasudeva (vasudevātmaja), powerful (balī), dressed in blue garments (nīlāmbara), the son of Rohiṇī (rauhiṇeya), the killer of Jarāsandha (jarāsandha-vadha), and supremely pure (amala).

- Sri Gopala-sahasra-nama - Text 22

08/11/06

Bala Gopala's Darsan

Categories: Bala Gopala's Darsan

rādhā-mukhābja-mārtaṇḍo
bhāskaro ravijo vidhuḥ
vidhir vidhātā varuṇo
vāruṇo vāruṇī-priyaḥ

He is the sun that makes the lotus of Śrī Rādhā's face bloom (rādhā-mukhābja-mārtaṇḍa). He is glorious like the sun (bhāskara and ravija). He is glorious like the moon (vidhu). He is the creator (vidhi and vidhātā). He is the controller of Varuṇa (varuṇa), the descendent of Varuṇa (vāruṇa), and the beloved of Vāruṇī (vāruṇī-priya).

- Sri Gopala-sahasra-nama - Text 21

07/11/06

Bala Gopala's Darsan

Categories: Bala Gopala's Darsan

vṛṣabhānur bhavo bhāviḥ
kāśyapiḥ karuṇā-nidhiḥ
kolāhalo halī hālī
helī haladhara-priyaḥ

He is a sun rising among the heroic warriors (vṛṣabhānu). He is the universal form (bhava) and the father of all existence (bhāvi). He is the son of Kaśyapa (kāśyapi). He is an ocean of mercy (karuṇā-nidhi). His voice is like thunder (kolāhala). He is Balarāma, the holder of the plow (halī and hālī). He rebukes His enemeies (helī). He is dear to Lord Balarāma (haladhara-priya).

- Sri Gopala-sahasra-nama - Text 20

06/11/06

Institutional Considerations From The Founder of The Institutions

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?The idea of an organized church in an intelligible form, indeed, marks the close of the living spiritual movement? The people of this world understand preventive systems; they have no idea at all of the unprevented positive eternal life. Neither can there be any earthly contrivance for the permanent preservation of the life eternal on this mundane plane of popular scale.?

?The Supreme Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, in pursuance of the teachings of the scriptures enjoins all absence of conventionalism for the teachers of the eternal religion. It does not follow that the mechanical adoption of the unconventional life by any person will make him a fit teacher of religion. Regulation is necessary for controlling the inherent worldliness of conditioned souls. But no mechanical regulation has any value, even for such a purpose. The bona-fide teacher of religion is neither any product of, nor the favourer of any mechanical system. In his hands no system has likewise the chance of degenerating into a lifeless arrangement.?

- from ?The Harmonist? - Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura

05/11/06

The Hare Kṛṣṇa Mantra Does Not Require Any Purification To Chant

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The Hare Kṛṣṇa mantra does not require śodhana, or purification of the mantra:

As enjoined in the Hari-bhakti-vilāsa (1.215, 219, 220):

na cātra śātravā doṣā
narṇasvādi-vicāraṇā
ṛkṣarāśi-vicāro vā
na kartavyo manau priye
nātra cintyo 'ri-śuddhyādir
nāri-mitrādi-lakṣaṇam
siddha-sādhya-susiddhāri
rūpā-nātra vicāraṇā

There is śodhana, or purification of the mantra, but there is no such consideration for the Kṛṣṇa mantra. Balitvāt kṛṣṇa-mantrāṇāṁ saṁskārāpekṣaṇaṁ na hi. "The Kṛṣṇa mantra is so strong that there is no question of śodhana." (1.235)

- Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta Madhya-līlā 24.331

04/11/06

Spiritual Education is a Solid Asset

Categories: Readings

The duration of life, so far as the body is concerned, may be taken; however one tries to keep it intact, no one can do it. But the spiritual education we receive in Kṛṣṇa consciousness cannot be taken away by the sun. It becomes a solid asset.

- Easy Journey to Other Planets

03/11/06

Education = Congregational Empowerment

Categories: Inspirational

"Leaders and managers must understand how to help develop, nurture and empower our congregation members. More and more of ISKCON?s members are congregational members. Everywhere in the world our congregation and the potential for increasing our congregation is very great. In order to maximize the opportunities to understand Lord Nityananda?s and Prabhupada?s vision of spreading Krishna consciousness in every corner of the world, we must engage many more people to make progress in their own spiritual life. The type of work that is being done to nurture youth, the grihastha ashram, the congregational preaching in the communities that surround our temples, and the work we do in various educational programs are keys to the future success of our movement. Without making congregational development a top priority, we will not be able to take full advantage of the mercy that Lord Caitanya is giving us. The most important service is to preach to the devotees and help cultivate Krishna consciousness in the hearts of all the living beings who approach Srila Prabhupada and Lord Caitanya?s movement."

- Anuttama Dasa

108 names of Sri Radhika

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(uttered by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, according to tradition)

srimad radha rasa-mayi rasa-jna rasika tatha
rasesvari rasa-bhakti rasa-purna rasa-prada

rangini rasa-lubdha ca rasa-mandala-karini
rasa-vilasini radha radhika rasa-purnada

rama-ratna ratna-mayi ratna-mala su-sobhana
raktosthi rakta-nayana raktotpala-vidharini

ramani raamani gopii vrindavana-vilasini
nana-ratna-vicitrangi nana-sukha-mayi-sada

samsara-para-tarani venu-gita-vinodini
krsna-priya krsna-mayi krsna-dhyana-parayani

sadananda ksina-madhya krsnaa krsnalaya subha
candravali candra-mukhi candra ca krsna-vallabha

vrindavanesvari devi krsna-rangi para-gatih
dhyanatita dhyana-magna sada krsna-kutuhali

prema-mayi prema-rupa premaa prema-vinodini
krsna-priya sadanandi gopi-mandala-vasini

sundarangi ca svarnabha nila-patta-vidharini
krsnanuragini caiva krsna-prema-sulaksana

nigudha-rasa-sarangi mrgaksi mrga-locanah
asesa-guna-para ca krsna-pranesvari sama

rasa-mandala-madhya-stha krsna-rangi sada-sucih
vrajesvari vraja-rupa vraja-bhumi-sukha-prada

rasollasa madonmatta lalita rasa-sundari
sarva-gopi-mayi nityaa nana-sastra-visarada

kamesvari kama-rupa sada krsna-parayana
para-sakti-svarupa ca srsti-sthiti-vinasini

saumya saumya-mayi radha radhika sarva-kamada
ganga ca tulasi caiva yamuna ca sarasvati

bhogavati bhagavati bhagavac-citta-rupini
prema-bhakti sada sangi premananda-vilasini

sadananda devii nityaa nitya-dharma-parayani
trailokyakarsani adya sundari krsna-rupini

satam astottaram nama yah pathet prayatah sucih
pratah-kale ca madhyahne sandhyayam madhya-ratrike
yatra tatra bhavet tasya krsnah prema-yuto bhavet

If a pious and clean devotee recites these 108 holy names of Sri Radhika - either in the morning, at midday, in the evening or in the night - wherever and however that person lives, they become endowed with ecstatic love for Lord Krishna.

(from "Radha Krishna Nectar" compiled and translated by Dasaratha-suta das)

01/11/06

Bala Gopala's Darsan

Categories: Bala Gopala's Darsan

Today's darsan is available as a desktop wallpaper image by clicking on the image below:

varaṁ deva mokṣaṁ na mokṣāvadhiṁ vā
na cānyaṁ vṛṇe ?haṁ vareśād apīha
idaṁ te vapur nātha gopāla-bālaṁ
sadā me manasy āvirāstāṁ kim anyaiḥ

"O Lord Dāmodara, although You are able to give all kinds of benedictions, I do not pray to You for the boon of impersonal liberation, nor for the highest liberation of eternal life in Vaikuṇṭha, nor for any other, similar boon. O Lord, I simply wish that this form of Yours as baby Gopāla in Vṛndāvana may ever be manifest in my heart, for what is the use to me of any other boon besides this?"

(Dāmodarāṣṭaka 4)

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