Harikhatha of Srila Bhakti Prapanna Tirtha Goswami Maharaj
– About the Appearance of Lochan Das Thakur.
– Biography and Songs of Lochan Das Thakur.
– About the Disappearance of Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhu. The disappearance of Srila Jagadish Pandit.
– From Srimad Bhagavatam 11.14.
– About the importance of our right place on the path of devotion (from Srila Sridhar Maharaj).
– Answers to devotees’ questions.
India, Kulia Gramm Nabadwip Dhan, SREE CAITANYA SRIDHAR SEVA ASHRAM.
English / Russian
Avatara Sara Gora Avatara
avatāra-sāra, gorā-avatāra, kena nā bhajili tā’re
kari’ nīre vāsa, gela nā piyāsa, āpana karama phere
kaṇṭakera taru, sadāi sevili (mana), amṛta pāibāra āśe
prema-kalpataru, śrī gaurāńga āmāra, tāhāre bhāvili vine
saurabhera āśe, palāśa ślkili (mana), nāśāte paśila kīṭa
ikṣudaṇḍa bhāvi’, kāṭha cuṣili (mana), kemane pāibi miṭha
hāra baliyā, galāya parili (mana), śamana kińkara-sāpa
śītala baliyā, āguna pohāli (mana), pāili vajara tāpa
saḿsāra bhajili, śrī gaurāńga bhulili, nā sunili sādhura kathā
iha parakāla, du’kāla khoyāli (mana), khāili āpana māthā
1) O my mind, why don’t you worship Sri Gaurasundara, the crown-jewel of all incarnations? You always stay in water but your thirst is never satiated due to your own past bad activities.
2) You always hope to attain sweet, juicy fruits from your worship of thorn trees, but this is not possible. Our Gaurasundara is a desire-tree offering divine love, but you left Him, thinking Him to be poison.
3) O my mind, searching for some sweet aroma, you smell the beautiful palasa flower (but it has no scent), and instead, an insect from the flower enters your nose. You suck on dry wood, mistaking it for sugar cane, so how can you get any sweet juice?
4) O my mind, death is like snake which you put around your neck, thinking it to be a garland. You entered fire, thinking it to be cool, and suffered excruciating burning.
5) O my mind, enjoying material pleasures, you never heeded the devotees’ words and forgot Gaurasundara. Thus, both this world and the next are lost to you.
From ŚB 11.14:
Text 19: My dear Uddhava, just as a blazing fire turns firewood into ashes, similarly, devotion unto Me completely burns to ashes sins committed by My devotees.
Text 20: My dear Uddhava, the unalloyed devotional service rendered to Me by My devotees brings Me under their control. I cannot be thus controlled by those engaged in mystic yoga, Sāṅkhya philosophy, pious work, Vedic study, austerity or renunciation.
Text 21: Only by practicing unalloyed devotional service with full faith in Me can one obtain Me, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. I am naturally dear to My devotees, who take Me as the only goal of their loving service. By engaging in such pure devotional service, even the dog-eaters can purify themselves from the contamination of their low birth.
Text 22: Neither religious activities endowed with honesty and mercy nor knowledge obtained with great penance can completely purify one’s consciousness if they are bereft of loving service to Me.
Text 23: If one’s hairs do not stand on end, how can the heart melt? And if the heart does not melt, how can tears of love flow from the eyes? If one does not cry in spiritual happiness, how can one render loving service to the Lord? And without such service, how can the consciousness be purified?
Text 24: A devotee whose speech is sometimes choked up, whose heart melts, who cries continually and sometimes laughs, who feels ashamed and cries out loudly and then dances — a devotee thus fixed in loving service to Me purifies the entire universe.
Text 25: Just as gold, when smelted in fire, gives up its impurities and returns to its pure brilliant state, similarly, the spirit soul, absorbed in the fire of bhakti-yoga, is purified of all contamination caused by previous fruitive activities and returns to its original position of serving Me in the spiritual world.
Text 26: When a diseased eye is treated with medicinal ointment it gradually recovers its power to see. Similarly, as a conscious living entity cleanses himself of material contamination by hearing and chanting the pious narrations of My glories, he regains his ability to see Me, the Absolute Truth, in My subtle spiritual form.
Text 46: When the yogī thus controls his mind by intensely concentrated meditation, his illusory identification with material objects, knowledge and activities is very quickly extinguished.