“O King of the earth! One who organizes a festival for Hari at home, for such a person too in Hari’s world a festival is eternally organized.”
“O Mahadeva! I am telling you the truth! The holy name of Krishna is most confidential. Know for certain that this holy name can bring a dead man back to life.” [ Srila Sanatan Goswami. Sri Hari bhakti-vilasa 11.501 quoted from the Visnu-dharmottara ]
“In a variety of ways, the inauspiciousness of the earth is destroyed by the feet, the inauspiciousness of the directions is destroyed by the eye-glances and the inauspiciousness of the heavens is destroyed by the arms of a Viṣṇu-bhakta dancing out of joy.” [ Hari-bhakti-vilasa 8.288 ]
On Vijaya ekadasi we visited Nityananda vat, near Madan Modan temple, on the banks of the Yamuna river. My old friend, Anup Goswami, who is a direct descendent of Lord Nityananda, once again allowed me to chant 16 rounds on the original beads of Srila …
“Я поклоняюсь ежедневно Махадеву, тому, который на берегу Ямуны. Тому же Гопишваре Махадеву со всей своей преданностью поклонялись гопи, и он быстро исполнил их пожелание заполучить ценнейшую драгоценность – объятья сына Нанды Махараджи”. [ Шрила Рагхунатха дас Госвами, «Враджа-виласа-става» ] https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10205736299349683&set=a.3707173840886.2134384.1321748113&type=3&theater&viewas=100000686899395 “Each day I worship Gopisvara Mahadeva, who is situated on the bank of Yamuna. […]
Volume 14, Chapter 8 Mar 3, 2016 “Welcome home!” Mahavan dasa, a Russian disciple, greeted me as I came out of New Delhi’s slick new airport terminal, tired after my flight from Bangalore. Mahavan is my secretary when I travel in India. A brahmachari in his thirties, he wears saffron, shaves his head, and […]
Yesterday we went on pilgrimage to Varsana, where Srimati Radharani lived as a young girl. We walked through the sacred grounds, chanted the holy names and prayed for mercy at every step. The people and sites of that transcendental abode touched our he…
As the sun was setting we walked down the parikrama path and just before Kesi Ghat we turned right into the small lanes winding through Vrindavan town to the Radha Raman temple. When we arrived we took darsan of He who charms the heart of every residen…
Kamayavan, a two-hour drive from the town of Vrindavan proper, is full of transcendental holy places. Most significantly the Deity of Vrinda devi, worshipped by Srila Rupa Goswami, resides there. Kameswar Mahadeva, one of the 5 principle Siva lingam’s of Vraja is also situated in Kamyavan. There are numerous sacred kundas, including Dharma kunda, where […]
Radha Kunda is one of the places that has retained an ambiance of antiquity despite all the development and construction around Vrindavan.To convey that special mood I used different filters on my camera lens to capture the mood of “old Vrindavan” at Radha Kunda.
I have come back Home, to Vrindavan, after a 3-month break in South India.To absorb the mood of this sacred dhama I went to Surya Kunda yesterday. Surya Kunda is where Srimati Radharani goes each day to worship the Sun God and meet Her beloved, Sri Krs…
Volume 14, Chapter 7 Feb 21, 2016 Whenever I come to Mumbai I stay at the home of my disciple Narottam Dasa Thakur Das and his wife Manjari Devi Dasi. Today, Narottam had come with me to the hospital for my PET scan, a checkup for any recurrence of the cancerous skin cells I […]
Глава 7 Всякий раз, приезжая в Мумбай, я останавливаюсь в доме своего ученика Нароттам Даса Тхакур Даса и его жены Манджари Деви Даси. Сегодня Нароттам отправился со мной в больницу на ПЭТ-сканирование для контроля рецидива рака кожи, хирургически удаленного у меня в прошлом году. – Что-то я в два раза больше нервничаю, – сказал […]
“О царь земли! Тому, кто устраивает дома для Хари праздник – в мире Хари также вечно будет праздник”. [ как сказано в “Бхакти-расамрита-синдху” 1.2.220, из Падма Пураны ]
“Среди этих разнообразных путей: неблагодать земли устраняется благодаря стопам, неблагоприятные направления устраняются взглядами, а неблагодать с небес – руками Вишну-бхакт, танцующих в блаженстве”. [ Хари-бхакти-виласа 8.288 ]
“О Махадев! Скажу тебе… воистину, святое имя Кришны – самое мистичное из всех. Знай точно: оно вернет и мертвого обратно к жизни”. [ Шрила Санатана Госвами, “Шри Хари-бхакти-виласа” 11.501, цитируется по “Вишну-дхармоттаре” ] _____________ “O Mahadeva! I am telling you the truth! The holy name of Krishna is most confidential. Know for certain that […]
The other day we drove many hours through a jungle area to vist Sringeri, the site of the first matha established by Sankaracarya, who propagated Mayavada ( impersonalist ) philosophy in the 8th century. Sringeri is located on the banks of the Tunga ri…
Lord Caitanya taking sanyasa from Keshava Bharati“So, this is formal accepting of sannyasa, but real sannyasa will be fulfilled when you’ll be able to induce the people of the world to dance like you. That is real sannyasa. This formal dress is not sannyasa. Real sannyasa is when you can induce other people to become […]
Mesmerized by the old houses of the brahmans we visited outside of Udupi the other day, we returned to learn more. In one home we were fascinated to find Vedic mantras, in the form of colorful yantras, painted on walls throughout the house. The beautif…
Yesterday we visited several ancient temples near Udupi. We also took the opportunity to visit centuries old houses of Brahmans who serve in such temples. We were amazed by many of the artifacts and paintings we saw in those homes.
One of the beautiful features of India is that there are ancient temples of the Lord everywhere throughout the country. Nearby where we are staying in the south is an old temple where Lord Nrsimhadeva is worshipped. The other day we visited the temple to have the Lord’s darsan and pray to Him. One time […]
“The blessed Lord said: ‘Go to Mathura, to your dearest pasturing grounds, to the land adorned with many places of My pastimes. There you will again meet your guru, most dear to Me. And by his mercy you will be empowered to understand everything in full. By the power of My mercy, you will wander […]
“Honor the Bhagavatam and other scriptures that tell of this devotional service. Hear from them regularly about the Lord’s pastimes. For when those narrations enter the holes of your ears and you relish them with love, they will swiftly award you the Lord’s abode.” [ Brhad Bhagavatamrta, Volume Two, Chapter Three, Text 124 ]
We are 11 days into the New Year. Let us all take shelter of a great saint’s advice: “O New Year, all glories to you! Pay special attention to the development of Sri Mayapur. Publish devotional literature. Satisfy the people of the world by distributing the Lord’s holy names. Guide the living entities in such […]
Today we had the good fortune to attend ISKCON Mangalore’s 10th annual Ratha Yatra parade through the streets of the city. Both the devotees and the public enjoyed it very much. All glories to the Lord of the Universe – Jagannatha Swami!
“Это правда, что мантра с именами Бога действенна, только если получена от истинного представителя Бога в ученической преемственности – и при должно проведенной инициации. Также правда, что в прежние времена, опасаясь неблаготворных последствий оскорблений Хари-намы, обычно лишь те, кто уже были очищены, поклонялись именам Кришны и Его внутренней энергии. Потому в особенности Харе Кришна мантра […]
“My dear boy, whatever you desire while chanting your mantra, by its power you will fully receive. Indeed, you will attain more than you desire. This chanting, please understand, is another form of service to Lord Jagannatha. Have faith in this and never give up your japa. By the potency of this mantra, may you […]
The other day myself and Badahari prabhu visited an ancient Siva temple in Koteswara, Karnataka. The temple was very clean and well organized. The brahmana priests were friendly and curious at to how we, as westerners, had adopted Vedic culture. We fel…
This photo just surfaced. Srila Prabhupada is giving prasadam to my son, Gaura Shakti das, in New Mayapura, France in 1975. One greatly fortunate soul, for sastra says … “The remnants of food offered to Lord Krsna are called maha-prasädam. After this same maha-prasadam has been taken by a devotee, the remnants are elevated to […]
The other day a devotee asked me what is my favorite prayer from our Vaisnava scriptures. I replied with the following verse by Narada Muni, who was requesting a benediction from Lord Krsna. In service to my spiritual master, I would like to follow in his footsteps. “O swan gliding in the lakes of the […]
The holy town of Udupi lies on the Arabian Sea in the South Indian state of Karnataka. The town is famous as a place of pilgrimage because of the temple Sri Krishna Matha. This temple was founded by Srila Madhvacharya (A.D. 1238 -1317), one of the grea…
In appreciation of the service rendered by his disciples, Srila Prabhupada once said that his guru maharaja, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati, had sent them to help him in his preaching mission. One disciple spoke up and said, “But Srila Prabhupada how could that be? We were so sinful before we met you.” Srila Prabhupada replied, “That […]
A few special shots of our parikrama to Vrinda Kunda this Kartika. May Vrinda Devi bless all who approach her for residence in sacred Sri Vrindavan Dhama.
I would like to thank all the wonderful devotees who participated in our Kartika parikrama in Vrindavan this past month. For all who participated it was surely one the most enriching spiritual experiences of our lives. We invite many other devotees to …
Myself and Bada Haridas prabhu are on an extended break in South India, resting and recuperating from a year of extensive traveling. Most of our time is spent hearing and chanting the glories of the Lord. In my studies I came across the following descr…
The sacred village of Raval has a special flavor to it, for it is where Srimati Radharani displayed Her infant pastimes. The charm and mystic of Raval penetrated our hearts as our parikrama party heard and sang the glories of Radharani in that simple v…
Towards the end of Kartika our parikrama party journeyed in wooden boats down the sacred Yamuna river to the famed asrama of Durvasa Muni.There we spent a wonderful day chanting the glories of Srila Prabhupada and recounting his pastimes amongst us. Al…
This morning I went on Govardhan parikrama with BB Govinda Maharaja and a few devotees. I wanted to say goodbye to one of my favorite places in Vrindavan before I leave this weekend. I purposefully left my camera behind, but couldn’t resist to take a few photos with my iPhone in the amazing light that […]
From Yavat, where Radharani lived with Her in-laws, to Ter Kadamba, where Srila Rupa Goswami did bhajan, is one of the most sacred and beautiful walks in Vrindavan. It was our final parikrama in Kartika and we relished every step.
Our second and final parikrama around Govardhan Hill this Kartika yielded some wonderful photos showing the beauty and sanctity of one of Vrindavan’s most sacred places.