20-07-2021 About Yamuna Bhavavali, part 4

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Harikhatha of Srila Bhakti Prapanna Tirtha Goswami Maharaj and Sripad Bhakti Kamal Tyagi Maharaj

Topics:
– Appearance festival of Bhakti Vigyan Bharati Maharaja;
– Punar Yatra – Returning of Lord Jagannatha;
– About Shayana Ekadashi;
– About Yamuna Bhavavali, part 4 (from slok 10);
– Lord Jagannath Magnanimity;
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20-07-2021

India, Nabadwip, Kulia Gram, SREE CAITANYA SRIDHAR SEVA ASHRAM.

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Words of wisdom

Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev Goswami Maharaj

Krishna’s divine will is in the background of everything that exists. And when one comes in connection with that paramount power, that original plane of reality, he will not have any care; he will become fearless,
mayasantusta-manasah sarvah sukha-maya disah
(Srimad-Bhagavatam 11.14.13)

“You were born of Nectar, to taste Nectar. Do not allow yourself to be satisfied by anything else but nectar”

One day will come when our egoistic feeling will dissolve and from within, our real self, a member of the infinite world, will spring up and awaken, and we will find ourselves in the sweet waves of that environment. There, everything is sweet. The breeze is sweet, the water is sweet, the trees are sweet, whatever we come in contact with is sweet, sweet, sweet.

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About Ratha Yatra

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Harikhatha of Srila Bhakti Prapanna Tirtha Goswami Maharaj

Topics:
– About Mystery of Ratha Yatra
– Pranam Mantras

12.07.2021

India, Nabadwip, Kulia Gram, SREE CAITANYA SRIDHAR SEVA ASHRAM.

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Sri Gundicha Marjan Lila

Gaudiya Gosthipati Srila Sri Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami

The cleansing of the Guṇḍichā Temple is summarised by Śrīla Kṛṣṇadās Kavirāj Goswāmī in Śrī Chaitanya-charitāmṛta.

sri-gundicha-mandiram atma-vrindaih
sammarjayan kshalanatah sa gaurah
sva-chitta-vach chhitalam ujjvalam cha
krishnopavesaupayikam chakara
(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita: Madhya-lila, 12.1)
“Sri Gaurasundar swept and cleansed the Gundicha temple with His devotees, making it as cool and bright as His own Heart and a befitting sitting place for Sri Krishna.”

Sriman Mahaprabhu cleansed the temple with brooms, waterpots and His own cloth, accompanied by hundreds of devotees.

premollase sodhena, layena krishna-nama
bhakta-gana ‘krishna’ kahe, kare nija-kama
(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita: Madhya-lila, 12.85)
The Lord swept in the ecstasy of prema while calling the Holy Name of Krishna. The devotees also called out, ‘Krishna!’ as they engaged in their service.

dhuli-dhusara tanu dekhite sobhana
ka̐ha ka̐ha asru-jale kare sammarjana
(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita: Madhya-lila, 12.86)
The body of the Lord became covered with dust and dirt and was beautiful to behold. The Lord cleansed some areas of the temple with His tears.

trina, dhuli, jhinkura, saba ekatra kariya
bahirvase lana phelaya bahira kariya
(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita: Madhya-lila, 12.88)
Combining all the grass, dust and sand into a pile, the Lord began to gather it into His outer cloth and throw it outside.

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About Srila Sri Gadadhar Pandit Goswami

In Gaura-lila, Gadadhar Pandit is holding the helm. Everything belongs to him, still he has to admit he’s dispossessed, that Gauranga has taken everything! He is exhaustively dedicated to Gauranga. So Srila Kaviraj Goswami says, «Te̐ho laksmi-rupa, ta̐ra sama keha nai: he represents the main potency of Gauranga, and no one is to be compared with him.» This is the conclusion of Srila Kaviraj Goswami about Sri Gadadhar. He is Gaura-premamaya, the embodiment of Sri Gaura’s love.

Gadadhar Das represents the halo of Radharani, but Gadadhar Pandit represents Her mood, Her nature — Her heart. It is as if Mahaprabhu has taken away Gadadhar Pandit’s soul, and the body is still standing! That is the position of Gadadhar Pandit. He is quite empty, and following Mahaprabhu. He is not full in himself. Something, the most important thing, his heart, has been taken by Mahaprabhu, so he has no other alternative but to follow Him. He is wholly given to Mahaprabhu. Gadadhar Pandit’s position, the part he played, was something like that of Radharani, Her heart stolen by Krishna, the empty body still standing. Radha-bhava-dyuti-suvalitam naumi Krsna-svarupam: He was fully engrossed in the conception of Sri Gauranga. Gauranga had taken everything from him, so he had no other alternative. He was fully engrossed, captured completely by Him.

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About Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur

There was another thing I also heard about him from another source, Ram Gopal Vidyabhusana, an M.A. and Barrister-at-law.

Ram Gopal Vidyabhusana told me, “Once we went to visit him. We had heard that a Government officer, an educated man, had become a Vaisnava Babaji. So we went to see him, and someone amongst us asked him, ‘Please speak something about Krsna and Krsna-nama (the Holy Name of Krsna).’

“After a moment, Bhaktivinoda Thakur then said, ‘Oh, you want to hear something about Krsna, you want? You want Krsna-nama?’

“Then the consequence of that enquiry had such an influence on his body and mind, that as it is written by him personally in his own poem, Sri-Nama-Mahatmya:

Cakse dhara—From my eyes tears flowed; dehe gharmma—my body perspired; murcchita haila mana—I fell into a faint; kari’ eta upadrava—the Holy name created a great turmoil in me; citte varse sudha-drava—causing a rain of nectarine current in my heart; more dare premera sagare— and casting me into the ocean of ecstasy, of Love; kichu na bujhite dila, more ta’ batula kaila—I could not feel the environment around me, and became as though mad; mora citta-vitta saba hare—I lost myself in that though

That gentleman, Ram Gopal Vidyabhusana said, “I saw with my own eyes that all these symptoms were displayed in his body and mind, simply upon hearing our enquiry. Bhaktivinoda Thakur said, ‘You are so fortunate, you have come to hear Krsna-nama from me? Krsna—! Krsna—!’ In this way, he entered into another domain, and so many symptoms and expressions appeared in his body and mind—convulsions, tears, all these things.” I heard this from an eye-witness.

Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhara Deva Goswami

05.07.2021 About Yamuna Bhavavali, part 3

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Harikhatha of Srila Bhakti Prapanna Tirtha Goswami Maharaj and Sripad Bhakti Kamal Tyagi Maharaj

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– About Yamuna Bhavavali, part 3;
– Answers to devotees questions;
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05.07.2021

India, Nabadwip, Kulia Gram, SREE CAITANYA SRIDHAR SEVA ASHRAM.

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Devotion to Krishna

The Lord also says in the Srimad Bhagavatam (10.82.44):

mayi bhaktir hi bhutanam, amrtatvaya kalpate
distya yad asin mat-sneho, bhavatinam mad-apanah

“Devotion to Me is the only means for the living beings to attain eternal life. O Gopis, by your fortune, your love and affection for Me is the only reason for your getting My association.”

This is the general meaning. However, in Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Srila Krsnadasa Kaviraja Goswami has drawn out the inner meaning, which is just the opposite:

“Through devotion, everyone wants Me to help them attain the highest position of eternal benefit, and if they have a connection with Me, they consider themselves fortunate. But I consider Myself fortunate because I have come in touch with the valuable affection that I found in your hearts. By My fortune, I got your association.”

From Srila Bhakti Rakshaka Sridhar Dev Goswami Maharaj’s Divine Harikatha

Srimad Bhagavatam 4.29.49

आस्तीर्य दर्भै: प्रागग्रै: कार्त्स्‍न्येन क्षितिमण्डलम् ।
स्तब्धो बृहद्वधान्मानी कर्म नावैषि यत्परम् ।
तत्कर्म हरितोषं यत्सा विद्या तन्मतिर्यया ॥ ४९ ॥

āstīrya darbhaiḥ prāg-agraiḥ
kārtsnyena kṣiti-maṇḍalam
stabdho bṛhad-vadhān mānī
karma nāvaiṣi yat param
tat karma hari-toṣaṁ yat
sā vidyā tan-matirjaya

Translation

My dear King, the entire world is covered with the sharp points of kuśa grass, and on the strength of this you have become proud because you have killed various types of animals in sacrifices. Because of your foolishness, you do not know that devotional service is the only way one can please the Supreme Personality of Godhead. You cannot understand this fact. Your only activities should be those that can please the Personality of Godhead. Our education should be such that we can become elevated to Kṛṣṇa consciousness.