19-09-2021 Appearance Day of Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur

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Harikhatha of Srila Bhakti Prapanna Tirtha Goswami Maharaj

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– About Glory of Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur;
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19-09-2021

India, Assam, SREE CAITANYA SRIDHAR SEVA ASHRAM.

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Glories of Srimati Lalita Devi

Srimati Lalita Devi

Svarupa Damodara is Lalita Devi in Krsna-lila. He gives permission there to join the service of Radharani. He is canvassing to look after the interests of Radharani. Such intense attention to the service of Radharani is never found anywhere else. Lalita Devi sometimes even chastises Krsna boldly. She takes risks by reproaching Krsna, “You do not know the dignity of my Mistress.”

Sometimes Radharani feels ashamed within Her mind. She thinks, “What does He say about Me?” Lalita Devi replies, “This shame is very bad. You just sit quietly. You do not know Your own interest. I know what is Your interest, Your position. I cannot tolerate that Your dignity should be minimized in any way, ever.” That is the spirit of Lalita Devi, of Svarupa Damodara.

Svarupa Damodara is the constant companion of Mahaprabhu in Puri. He is a scholar of the highest class and also a very good singer. Without consideration of his elevated social position, he will perform the simplest service. Svarupa Damodara is there always, everywhere with Mahaprabhu. When Mahaprabhu was lost, the devotees inquired after Him the whole night and Svarupa Damodara was there with a lantern, moving along the seashore, looking for Him.

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Glories of Srimati Radharani

satyam satyam punah satyam satyam eva punah punah
vina radha prasadena mat-prasado na vidyate

Shri Krishna says: “O Narada! I tell you truly truly, again truly, truly, again and again – without the mercy of Shrimati Radharani, one cannot attain my mercy.”

(Narada Purana)

yad amiya-mahima srirbhagavatyah kathayam pratipadam anubhutam capy alabdhvabhidheya
tad akhila-rasa-murti-syama-lilavalambam madhura-rasa-dhi-radha-padapadmam prapadye

She is the conclusion to be established in Bhagavatam by so many descriptions of events, so many stories of devotion etc. The highest aim of Bhagavatam is to establish Radha-dasyam , service to Radharani, and everything in Bhagavatam is preparatory towards that end. But still Her name is not mentioned anywhere in Bhagavatam . Everywhere in Srimad Bhagavatam every word is used only to prove Her noblest position, but still no name is expressively given there for Her. Krsna is akhila-rasamrta-murtih : He is the combination of all sorts of ecstasies, and the main support of that akhila-rasamrta-murtih is Srimati Radhika. She is the only support of that lila of Syama: the sole support, the fountain of madhura-rasa (Divine Consorthood). I surrender myself to the Holy Feet of that Srimati Radharani who is the only support, the gist, the all in all of the whole life of akhila- rasamrta-murtih : of He who consists in Himself of all sorts of high rasas, ecstasies. She is His only support and I surrender myself to Her Holy feet.

Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev Goswami

Prayer of Sri Vritrasura

SRIMAD BHAGAVATAM

Sri Vritrasura Prayer

aham hare tava padaika-mula-
dasanudaso bhavitasmi bhuyah
manah smaretasu-pater gunams te
grnita vak karma karotu kayah

O my Lord, O Supreme Personality of Godhead, will I again be able to be a servant of Your eternal servants who find shelter only at Your lotus feet? O Lord of my life, may I again become their servant so that my mind may always think of Your transcendental attributes, my words always glorify those attributes, and my body always engage in the loving service of Your Lordship?
(SB 6.11.24)

Prayer of Prithu Maharaj

SRIMAD BHAGAVATAM

Prayer of Prithu Maharaj

tvan-mayayaddha jana isa khandito
yad anyad asastartatmano ’budhah
yatha cared bala-hitam pitasvayam
tatha tvam evarhasi nahsamihitum

My Lord, due to Your illusory energy, all living beings in this material world have forgotten their real constitutional position, and out of ignorance they are always desirous of material happiness in the form of society, friendship and love. Therefore, please do not ask me to take some material benefits from You, but as a father, not waiting for the son’s demand, does everything for the benefit of the son, please bestow upon me whatever You think best for me.
(SB 4.20.31)

Prayers of Akrura

SRIMAD BHAGAVATAM

Prayers of Akrura
(SB 10.40.25-29)

Thus mistaking the temporary for the eternal, my body for myself, and sources of misery for sources of happiness, I have tried to take pleasure in material dualities. Covered in this way by ignorance, I could not recognize You as the real object of my love.

Just as a fool overlooks a body of water covered by the vegetation growing in it and chases a mirage, so I have turned away from You.

My intelligence is so crippled that I cannot find the strength to curb my mind, which is disturbed by material desires and activities and constantly dragged here and there by my obstinate senses.

Being thus fallen, I am approaching Your feet for shelter, O Lord, because although the impure can never attain Your feet, I think it is nevertheless possible by Your mercy. Only when one’s material life has ceased, O lotus-naveled Lord, can one develop consciousness of You by serving Your pure devotees.

Obeisances to the Supreme Absolute Truth, the possessor of unlimited energies. He is the embodiment of pure, transcendental knowledge, the source of all kinds of awareness, and the predominator of the forces of nature that rule over the living being.

Srila Sacchidananda Bhakti Vinod Thakur

Srila Bhaktivionda Thakur

Pranam mantra

vande bhaktivinodam sri-gaura-sakti-svarupakam
bhakti-sastrajna-samrajam radha-rasa-sudha-nidhim

“I offer my obeisance unto Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur, the embodiment of Sri Gaurasundar’s potency. He is the king of all knowers of the scriptures of pure devotion and an ocean of the nectar of devotion to Srimati Radharani.”

guru-dam grantha-dam gaura-dhama-dam nama-dam muda
bhakti-dam bhuri-dam vande bhakti-vinodakam sada

“I offer my obeisance forever with joy unto the Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur who is the prolific giver of Sri Guru, the scriptures, the abode of Sri Gaura, the Holy Name, and pure devotion.”

A brief biography

Srila Sachchidananda Bhakti Vinod Thakur, the nineteenth century pioneer of Krishna consciousness, was born in 1838 in Bengal. He worked tirelessly to preserve the spiritual tradition and literature of India; he composed, edited, and published more than 100 books in Sanskrit, Bengali, and English.

The pioneer of pure devotion, it was Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur who foretold that people the world over would join under the banner of Sri Chaitanya Maharabhu’s Hari-nam-sankirtan [congregational chanting of the Holy Names of Lord Krishna]. By his profuse writings, Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur infused the current which was to be the renaissance of a devotional civilisation, which had become overgrown with spurious interpretations and misrepresentation.

He advocated exclusive surrender [saranagati] to the service of the Supreme Lord’s pure devotees as the life of devotion, and to this end he composed a great stream of books, prayers, poems, and commentaries in Sanskrit, Bengali, Hindi, English, and other languages, which are now revered by the genuine devotees as scripture. His style of presentation was chiefly analytic, simple, and appealing. He taught that the apparently sophisticated philosophies and doctrines which deviate one to materialism, salvation, voidism, etc. (karma, jnana, sunyavada, etc.) must be abandoned by the true aspirants of devotion; yet, he acknowledged that from the universal standpoint such ‘charming’ distractions served to segregate the insincere from the sincere. Thus, he foresaw that inevitably the intelligentsia of the world must come to appreciate the all-attractive path of divine love given by Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.

The Thakur inaugurated the worship of Lord Chaitanya at the holy site known as Sri Yoga Pith, the advent location of Sri Chaitanyadev in the holy Sri Dham Mayapur.

On the Appearance Day of Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur

Sunday, 17 October 1955, Sri Gaudiya Darshan, Volume 1, Issue 3 By Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj

mukam karoti vachalam pangum langhayate giri
yat krpa tam aham vande sri guru dina-taranam

“I offer my obeisance unto Sri Guru, the deliverer of the destitute, by whose mercy a mute speaks and a cripple crosses a mountain.”

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17-09-2021 Adhivas Appearance of Sri Vamanadev, Srila Jiva Goswami

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Harikhatha of Srila Bhakti Prapanna Tirtha Goswami Maharaj

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– Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhu;
– Sri Vamanadev;
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17-09-2021

India, Assam, SREE CAITANYA SRIDHAR SEVA ASHRAM.

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Focusing on our fortune

Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami MaharajWhy is happiness eluding us? Because we are never satisfied. No matter how much we get, we always hanker for more. Such is the nature of every one of us in all fields and walks of life. How then could finite material objects and flickering bodily or intellectual pleasures satiate our infinite hankerings?
For as long as we go on searching for happiness within the material plane, our efforts and endeavours are destined to be irrevocably frustrated. Due to their natural limitations, material objects and goals simply cannot satisfy our limitless hankerings. Only by seeking out the beauty and love of the unlimited spiritual realm can we hope to be successful in our common quest for lasting happiness.

Waiting to help us

The Lord is always there, even in the worst period of our lives. He is waiting, waiting to help us. We must only look up for His grace, with sincerity with all sincerity. He is everywhere, waiting; “My boy, look at Me. Don’t make much of the external environment. I am here, very near to you. You have cast your focus aside, you have cast your consciousness outside. Make it internal and you will find Me here. Make it above. You are looking down to secure servants and comforts, but if you look up, for existence higher than you, you will find Me in that plane. Look up! Don’t look down, searching for servants.”
You want to become a master and thus are searching for servants, hunting after things for your service. Take the opposite course, become a servant and search for your master, your Lord, then you will be uplifted, taken up to a higher domain. If you want to live in a higher domain you will have to serve. If you want to be a master, then you will have to come down in the lower zone, where you can be a master.
This is neither exaggeration nor imagination, it is something scientific. You can enjoy only those that are of a lower position. So, by attempting to enjoy, mean association becomes inevitable. Only by preparing for higher service will you be able to come in contact with your soul’s higher position.
Sacrificeby sacrifice you go up; by enjoying spirit you will have to go down. We are to understand what is exploitation and enjoyment, and what is higher service. Divine service is pure, and in that service there is also a pure type of joy and ecstasy. By giving we become gainers and by extorting we become losers. This scientific truth should be understood.

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Sri Caitanya-bhagavata, Antya-khanda 4

Sri Chaytanya Mahaprabhu saying:

“I have advented to propagate the congregational chanting of the Holy Names of Krsna and by this I will deliver this sinful material world. In this age, those demons and evil forces that have never accepted My lordship and authority will weep in joy by chanting My names. Furthermore, I will vigorously distribute this ordinarily most rare devotional service, which is always most earnestly sought after by the demigods, sages, and perfected beings, to even the most abominable sinners, dog-eaters, untouchables, and women. However, those who, becoming intoxicated with education, wealth, family heritage, and knowledge, criticize and offend My devotees, I will deprive of everything and they will never know My true identity.”

Sri Caitanya-bhagavata, Antya-khanda 4, by Vrndavana dasa Thakura’