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Qualified?

Recently I was told that we are all not qualified for raganuga bhakti. And instead of going into arguments I remembered Gurudeva.

I said: “You are right. We are not qualified for anything. But you know, it is the mercy of Sri Gurudeva and only that, which MAKES us qualified. And because Gurudeva is the dearest friend of the fallen, our disqualification will attract his mercy more and thus we will become qualified.”

Raganuga bhakti is very very little, if at all, about qualification, but EVERYTHING about MERCY.

krsna-tad-bhakta-karunya-matra-labhaika-hetuka

pusti-margataya kaiscid iyam raganugocyate

|| BRS 1.2.309 ||

“The mercy of Krsna and His devotees is the only cause of attaining raganuga-bhakti. Some call this type of devotion pusti-marga.”

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Snippets of nectar

Śrīmat Dāsa Gosvāmī described in his ‘Muktā Caritra’ how Kṛṣṇa anxiously lamented about Śrī Rādhā’s absence to His own Queen Satyabhāmā in Dvārakā after describing His Vraja-līlā to her: mad vaksaḥ sthala campakāvalir iyam man netra padma dvayī saudhā siktir iyaṁ mad eka vilasat sarvāṅga lakṣmīr iyam mat prāṇoru vihaṅga vallarir iyam mat kāmita śrīr … Continue reading Snippets of nectarb.gif?host=flowingnectarstream.wordpress


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We are very fortunate

“Every individual soul is qualified to become Rādhikā’s maidservant; this is the great, rare gift of Śrīman Mahāprabhu.The mahājanas say that each and every soul is eligible for the service of Śrī Rādhā, and by the power of associating with these mahājanas pure God-consciousness spontaneously manifests itself in the pure spirit soul. sei gopī bhāvāmṛta … Continue reading We are very fortunateb.gif?host=flowingnectarstream.wordpress


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Śrī-Śrī Rādhāṣṭamī Līlā From the first day of the bright lunar quarter of the month of Bhādra, a band is sitting down at the Lion Gate of Vṛṣabhānu Mahārāja’s town, making it as beautiful as Nandīśvara (at the time of Kṛṣṇa’s birthday). On the third day of the light lunar quarter of Bhādra is the … Continue reading Śrī-Śrī Rādhāṣṭamī Līlāb.gif?host=flowingnectarstream.wordpress


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Kanta-bhava or manjari-bhava

Discussions after discussions…the highest, the best,…bona fide, un-bona fide, etc… It seems to be an endless lila in this material world.. In regards to the highest sweetness: nija nija bhāva sabe śreṣṭha kari’ māne nija-bhāve kare kṛṣṇa-sukha āsvādane taṭastha ha-iyā mane vicāra yadi kari saba rasa haite śṛńgāre adhika mādhurī “Everyone considers their very own … Continue reading Kanta-bhava or manjari-bhavab.gif?host=flowingnectarstream.wordpress


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Why Svamini will accept us

How wonderful is Śrī Raghunātha dāsa’s pure absorption in Rādhā’s service! He says: vilapāmi kāpi dāsī – “I am known as Your maidservant, Your real maidservant, and my life burns in the fire of separation from You!”  We also do bhajana in allegiance to the ācāryas, therefore we must also somehow attain this condition.  “I … Continue reading Why Svamini will accept usb.gif?host=flowingnectarstream.wordpress


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Utkalika Vallari, verse 23

VERSE 23: bhājanaṁ varam ihāsi viśākhe gaura nīla vapuṣoḥ praṇayānām tvaṁ nija praṇayinor mayi tena prāpayasva karuṇārdra kaṭākṣam O Viśākhe! You are the greatest object of golden Rādhikā’s and bluish Kṛṣṇa’s love! Please bless me and help me to obtain Their merciful glances! KṚPĀ KAṬĀKṢAḤ (Merciful Glance) Makaranda Kaṇā Vyākhyā: In this verse Śrīla Rūpa … Continue reading Utkalika Vallari, verse 23b.gif?host=flowingnectarstream.wordpress


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Utkalika Vallari, verse 22

giri-kuñja kuṭīra nāgarau lalite devi sadā tavāśravau iti te kila nāsti duṣkaraṁ kṛpayāṅgīkuru mām ataḥ svayam O Lalitā-devi! The lovers of the nikuñja-cottage on the hill are under your loving control, so there is nothing which is hard to attain for you! Please personally accept me out of your mercy (and engage me in the … Continue reading Utkalika Vallari, verse 22b.gif?host=flowingnectarstream.wordpress


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The goal ataeva gopī-bhāva, kari aṅgīkāra, rātri-dina cinte rādhā, kṛṣṇera vihāra siddha-dehe cinti kare, tāhāṅñi sevana, sakhī-bhāve pāya rādhā, kṛṣṇera caraṇa [CC 2.6.228-229 “You all must accept gopi-bhava, and day and night think about Radha-Krishna’s pastimes while mentally serving the Divine Couple in your siddha deha. By practicing raganuga-bhakti like this, you will definitely attain … Continue reading The essence of Gaudiya Vaishnavismb.gif?host=flowingnectarstream.wordpress


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Utkalika Vallari, verse 21

diśi vidiśi vihāram ācarantaḥ saha paśupāla vareṇya nandanābhyām praṇayi jana-gaṇās tayoḥ kurudhvaṁ mayi karuṇāṁ bata kākum ākalayya O Loving companions of the children of the best cowherders (Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa)! You always play and wander all over Vṛndāvana with Them! Please hear about my sorrow and be merciful to me! PRAṆAYI JANA KṚPĀ PRĀRTHANĀ (Praying For The … Continue reading Utkalika Vallari, verse 21b.gif?host=flowingnectarstream.wordpress


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Utkalika Vallari, verse 20

VERSE 20: bhavatīm abhivādya cāṭubhir varam ūrjeśvari varyam arthaye bhavadīyatayā kṛpāṁ yathā mayi kuryād adhikāṁ bakāntakaḥ O Ūrjeśvari (Rādhikā, the goddess of the Kārtika-month)! I pitifully pray to You for this benediction: May Bakāntaka (Kṛṣṇa, the killer of Bakāsura), be more kind to me, knowing me to be Yours! RĀDHĀ NIṢṬHĀḤ (Loyalty to Rādhā) Makaranda … Continue reading Utkalika Vallari, verse 20b.gif?host=flowingnectarstream.wordpress


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To bestow: verb (used with object): to present as a gift; give; confer (usually followed by on or upon): “The trophy was bestowed upon the winner.”   brahmāṇḍa bhramite kona bhāgyavān jīva guru-kṛṣṇa-prasāde pāya bhakti-latā-bīja (Caitanya caritamrta, Madhya 19.151) “Wandering throughout the universe, some (kona) fortunate (bhagyavan) jivas by the mercy of Guru and Krishna … Continue reading Bhakti is a process of bestowalb.gif?host=flowingnectarstream.wordpress


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Question: Dear Tarun Govinda das, could you shed some light on manjari bhava being the highest bhava for Gaudiya Vaishnavas? Answer: Radhe Radhe. I would be careful with using attributes as the “highest”, the “best”, etc… Every individual soul can have an individual relationship with the Divine Couple. Srila Rupa Goswami writes in his Bhakti … Continue reading Why the mood (bhava) of the manjaris is uniqueb.gif?host=flowingnectarstream.wordpress


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[Beginning was not recorded – Main lecture starts with the verses of the song]   Sri Guru Carana Padma [download] Śrī Guru-caraṇa-padma (Śrīla Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura) śrī guru-caraṇa-padma, kevala bhakati-sadma, vando muĩ sāvadhāna-mate jahāra prasāde bhāi, e bhava tariyā jāi, kṛṣṇa-prāpti haya jahā ha’te (1) The lotus feet of śrī Guru are the treasure house … Continue reading Lecture on Śrī Guru-caraṇa-padma (Śrīla Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura) by Tarun Govinda dasb.gif?host=flowingnectarstream.wordpress


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The luster of Kṛṣṇa’s body eclipsed the beauty of hundreds of moons (puṣkara), His eyes resembled lotus flowers (puṣkara) blooming in the blazing sun and His sidelong glances defeated Cupid’s flower arrows (puṣkara). Kṛṣṇa was eager to play in the water (puṣkara) to mitigate His love-fatigue and that of His girlfriends. Kṛṣṇa dipped into the … 

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Nectarine meditations (1)

yat pītaṁ śrutivāṅ manobhir aniśaṁ tṛṣṇāpradaṁ tvadbhutaṁ
saṁsārāmaya hāryapi praṇayajonmādāndhya mohādikṛt
śaśvac carvitam eva bhūri rasadaṁ dehādi hṛt puṣṭidaṁ
taj jīyād amṛta spṛhā haram idaṁ govinda līlāmṛtam (5) All glories to Śrī Govinda Līlāmṛta, the immortal nectar pastimes of Śrī Govinda, which defeats the nectar of the gods, or the desire for liberation, which constantly bestows a wonderful … 

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The Guru Dilemma

The necessity to take shelter of a true sat guru One who wants to worship the Supreme Lord must first take shelter of the lotus feet of Śrī Guru. Bhajana-sādhana is far removed from one who does not take shelter of the lotus feet of Śrī Guru, because this is the gate through which one … 

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Raganuga-bhakti revisited

Sadhaka: “I received diksha from Harikesa Swami in ’83. Then he left us and I don’t see any need to take shelter again to practice raganuga bhakti. I just read the purva acaryas granthas and thereby attain perfection. There is anyway no true sat guru available for me poor Westerner and I don’t believe in …

 

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VERSE 19:  praṇipatya bhavantam arthaye paśupālendra kumāra kākubhiḥ vraja yauvata mauli mālikā karuṇā pātram imam janaṁ kuru O Prince of the cowherders (Kṛṣṇa)! I offer my obeisances unto You and I pitifully pray to You: Please make me the object of mercy of the crowngarland of young girls of Vraja (Śrī Rādhikā)! ŚRĪ RĀDHĀ KṚPĀ-PĀTRA …

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VERSE 18: sarva ballaba vareṇya kumārau prārthaye bata yuvāṁ praṇipatya līlayā vitarataṁ nija dāsyaṁ līlayā vitarataṁ nija dāsyam O Śrī Kṛṣṇa! You are the son of the king of Vraja! O Śrī Rādhike! You are the daughter of Vraja’s greatest king Śrī Vṛṣabhānu! I pray to You while offering my obeisances: Playfully bestow Your service … Continue reading Sri Utkalika Vallari, verse 18b.gif?host=flowingnectarstream.wordpress


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