• "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

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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!!..

14/11/06

Eight Prayers Glorifying Srimati Vrnda Devi

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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.

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

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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

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)

27/10/06

How To Acquire Spiritual Knowledge

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"I was very glad to learn that you are following our four principle rules, therefore your picking up of the process of acquiring spiritual knowledge from Bhagavad-gita is very nice. In the Bhagavad-gita it is said that one should "prostrate oneself at the feet of the wise, rendering him all forms of service & question him with a guileless heart again & again", is the only means to attain spiritual knowledge. "

- Letter to Bhakta Aatie - October 28, 1967

11/10/06

Hari-Katha and Kartika

Categories: Readings, Inspirational

from Hari-bhakti-vilasa, by Srila Sanatana Gosvami

Moreover, for those who hear Visnu-katha in this month, each half verse or quarter of verse yields the fruits of donating one hundred cows; indeed, O great sage, all other duties should be given up in favor of hearing scriptures from holy men. Be it for spiritual benefit or with other expectations, by engaging in Hari-katha one uplifts hundreds of his family?s generations.

A person will burn all sinful reactions and gain the fruit of ten thousand sacrifices for each day of Kartika spent in the delight of the scriptures. In fact, Madhusudana is not as pleased by sacrifices or by charity of cows and elephants as He is pleased by discourses from the scriptures during Kartika.

O eminent sage, by hearing Hari-katha one can transcend the distress accumulated in millions of births. By regularly trying to read Srimad Bhagavatam during this month one gains the benefit of reading all eighteen Puranas. (75-81) Furthermore, during Kartika a man should cultivate supreme devotion by living among Vaisnavas, at the cost of giving up acts of piety and other prescribed duties. (82)

(Skanda Purana, dialogue between Brahma and Narada)

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