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    This a humble request for support of many years ongoing seva in Sri Radhakund dham

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    This a humble request for support of many years ongoing seva in Sri Radhakund dham. For very long time Sri Lakshmi Narayana das babaji maharaja (dadaji) whoes together with his few disciples is day and night dedicating to cleaning manteining and renovating Sri Radhakund, Sri Shyamakund, Sri Lalita kund and few other important sacred places here in Sri Radhakund. Unfortunatly present time they don't have enough people to deal with this wonderful seva. So babaji employed 4 extra workers for be able to continue in this seva properly as its needed. Salary of this workers its 250 INR per day so its 1000 INR per day totaly, babaji himself and that few disciples which are staying with him they mantain there lifes mainly by madhukari prasadam and they are not able to bear such big extra cost burden, so babaji humbly way aproach me to try to ask some devotees for some help for this seva. So, please, anyone who is interesting in this special seva to Radharani's lotus feet in the way of regular monthly donations or just some donation or by interesting become a voluntary and help in this seva by own hands as well, kindly contact babaji maharaja or send support on this babaji maharaja ashram bank account:  Laxmi Narayan das SBI branch Radha kund AC n 11717061458 ifsc CD n sbin 0005944, his phone number: +91 98974 57066. Also for more informations and conection with this seva you can write a msg on this page. Dandavat Pranam Jay Sri Radhe!!!  

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    gd4aksaya.jpgSri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja
    May 6, 2000 - Hawaii

    [Respected Harikatha Readers, Please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Sri Guru and Gauranga. This year, 2018 , April 18th & 19th (see calendar for your location) is Aksaya-tritiya, (an auspicious day to start new projects), Candana-yatra of Lord Jagannatha, the anniversary of the inauguration of Sri Gaudiya Vedanta Samiti,  and the opening of the doors of Sri Badrinarayana.

    Today is a very auspicious day – Aksaya-trtiya. We will observe it tomorrow, however, because today there are three tithis (lunar time period) touching one day. Today the door of Bhadri-narayana will be open, and therefore a festival will be observed in Puri with Lord Jagannatha. Candana-yatra will also begin on this auspicious day.

    Especially, anyone who will begin anything on this day, that endeavor will be successful. Aksaya means ‘not perishable.’ If you are sincerely taking diksa initiation today, your bhakti will be very successful.

    Today, on Aksaya-trtiya the universe was created by Brahma. The universe took its shape today, so today is the first day of Creation. Also, Brahma created barley, which is like a medicine, and which is the root of all the corn and other foodstuffs. Barley is given today to Krsna.

    Today is the birthday of our Gaudiya Vedanta Society. On this day Sri Abhaya Carana Bhaktivedanta Svami Maharaja became one of the founder members of Gaudiya Vedanta Samiti.

    Devotee: Not many devotees realize this.

    Brajanath dasa:  The Gaudiya Vedanta Samiti was founded by Srila Bhakti Prajnana Kesava Gosvami Maharaja in 1941. Srila Prabhupada was present there.

    Srila Narayana Gosvami Maharaja: He was one of the founding members. Krsna Consciousness and Gaudiya Vedanta Samiti are the same thing. This Krsna Consciousness movement is actually coming from Brahma, Narada, Vyasa, and Sukadeva Gosvami, who are all members of ISKCON. To serve Krsna is ISKCON. Srila Bhaktivedanta Svami Maharaja is not the establisher of ISKCON, but the re-organizer. He himself has said this. *(See endnote)

    ISKCON is transcendental. All Those who serve Krsna, and all those who wish to serve Krsna, are ISKCON. So, we are all in ISKCON.

    [Endnote: “Thus Brahma was initiated by the Krsna mantra, by Lord Krsna Himself, and thus he became a Vaisnava, or a devotee of the Lord, before he was able to construct the huge universe. It is stated in the Brahma-samhita that Lord Brahma was initiated into the eighteen-letter Krsna mantra, which is generally accepted by all the devotees of Lord Krsna. We follow the same principle because we belong to the Brahma sampradaya, directly in the disciplic chain from Brahma to Narada, from Narada to Vyasa, from Vyasa to Madhva Muni, from Madhva Muni to Madhavendra Puri, from Madhavendra Puri to Isvara Puri, from Isvara Puri to Lord Caitanya and gradually to His Divine Grace Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati, our divine master.” (Srimad-Bhagavatam, 2.9.6 Purport by Srila Bhaktivedanta Svami Maharaja)

    In another verse, Rupa Gosvami says, krsna-bhakti-rasa-bhavita matih kriyatam yadi kuto 'pi labhyate. (I have translated the words Krsna consciousness from krsna-bhakti-rasa-bhavita.) So here Rupa Gosvami advises, "If Krsna consciousness is available, please purchase it immediately. Don't delay. It is a very nice thing." (Journey of Self Discovey, by Srila Bhaktivedanta Svami Maharaja)]

  2. 30704165_2099487190285221_2589111559972192256_n.jpgBy Swami B.G. Narasingha

    Since the arrival of Srila A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and the beginnings of the Hare Krsna movement in New York in 1965, many stories have come down to the present generation regarding the struggles and successes of His Divine Grace. Yet little is known to us of the struggles and successes of preaching in the west during the time of and shortly after the manifest pastimes of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura, a time before most contemporary Vaisnavas were yet to be born. One such inspiring story is that of Adhoksaja Visnu and Srila Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaja.

    Our story begins in 1888 with the appearance of Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaja in a renowned brahmana Goswami family of the Nityananda-vamsa lineage (the family of Sri Nityananda Prabhu). His childhood name was Atula-candra Bandyopadhyaya.

    In 1920, at the age of 32, Goswami Maharaja joined the Gaudiya Matha and soon became an initiated disciple of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura receiving the name, Aprakrta Dasa. Sometime later Bhaktisiddhanta awarded Aprakrta Dasa the upadhi (title) ‘Bhakti Saranga.’ Henceforth, he was known as Aprakrta Bhakti Saranga Goswami Prabhu, or Aprakrta Prabhu for short.

    After many years of distinguished service in the Gaudiya Matha, in a second attempt to establish Krishna consciousness in the west (late in 1936), Bhaktisiddhanta sent Aprakrta Bhakti Saranga Goswami Prabhu, a householder at the time, to London for preaching the mission of Sri Krsna Caitanya. Before departing to London, Sarasvati Thakura gave Aprakrta Prabhu the govardhana, salagrama and gomati silas for worship.

    A few months later on 1st January 1937, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura departed this world while staying at the Gaudiya Matha, Bagh Bazaar temple in Calcutta. News of this tragic event reached Aprakrta Bhakti Saranga Goswami Prabhu in London via telegram.

    In that far away land Aprakrta Bhakti Saranga Goswami Prabhu endured the shock of separation from his beloved spiritual master and continued to press on the mission of Sri Krishna Caitanya according to the order of his beloved Gurudeva by holding lectures in such places as Caxton Hall, London and meeting such distinguished personalities of British society such as Lord Zetland and others. He met with the King and Queen of England at Buckingham Palace and he attended the World Congress of Faiths at Oxford University as the representative of Gaudiya Vaisnavism, delivering a lecture glorifying the sankirtana of the Holy Name of Lord Krsna.

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    In the days, weeks and months that followed, the preaching continued but the finances ran thin, very thin. Having some connections back in India, Aprakrta Prabhu decided to write the King of Darbhanga province in Bihar requesting the King to send him financial assistance.

    After waiting for several weeks and receiving no reply the situation became desperate. Money was exhausted as was the food supply and the rent at the boarding house was due.

    One morning Aprakrta Prabhu went for a morning walk in Kensington Park. While strolling thru the park he noticed a sparkling object in a thicket of ornamental bushes. On closer examination Aprakrta Prabhu found a small Deity of Lord Visnu lying there. Lifting the Deity from the bush he saw that the four arms held the sankha, cakra, gada and padma. According to sastra, he understood the arrangement of the Lord’s symbols in each of His four hands indicated the Sri Murthy was Adhoksaja Visnu.

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    Astonished at his discovery and feeling blessed, Aprakrta Prabhu returned to the boarding house with the Deity. Upon entry the landlady approached him and said she had found a discarded sealed envelope with his name on it. Opening the envelope Aprakrta Prabhu found an enclosed check from the King of Darbhanga, payable at a London bank for 100 British Pounds!

    Though the sun seldom shines in London, the sun of the blessings of his worshipable Lord did indeed seem to be shining on Aprakrta Prabhu that day. Going to the bank he produced the check for payment, but when the bank teller asked for identification Aprakrta Prabhu realised that the check was payable to his initiated name and not his secular name as in his official documents of identification.

    After some discussion the bank teller insisted that Aprakrta Prabhu needed to produce some form of identification. At the point of complete despair Aprakrta Prabhu glanced over the shoulder of the bank teller and there he saw a newspaper opened to the social section and there was the photo of Aprakrta Prabhu along with the announcement that Aprakrta Bhakti Saranga Goswami of India was to be giving a lecture at the local town hall.

    Aprakrta Prabhu pointed to the newspaper, “Surely this announcement is sufficient identification to prove to you who I am.” Pleasantly surprised the bank teller acknowledged the identity of Aprakrta Prabhu and cash the check. Aprakrta Prabhu returned to his residence and prepared an offering for Adhoksaja Visnu whom had shown His extra ordinary mercy to him on that day, 16th June 1937.

    Later that year after enduring many hardships and having achieved success in his preaching Aprakrta Prabhu returned to India with the Sri Murthy of Adhoksaja Visnu and was joyfully received by his affectionate Godbrothers and well-wisher on 6th October 1937.

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    In 1942 Aprakrta Prabhu received sannyasa initiation from Srila Sridhara Maharaja becoming Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaja and continued his preaching in India until his departure from this world in 1964. Goswami Maharaja opened twenty-two temples and among those are some very important tirthas (holy places) such as Imli-tala in Vrndavana and Acarya Bhavan in Mayapura.

    Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaja was also a near and dear friend of our Guru Maharaja, Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. The two preached together on numerous occasions in the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s. In 1955, during our Guru Maharaja’s vanaprastha life, Goswami Maharaja requested our Guru Maharaja to stay at his Delhi asrama to write articles for the math’s Bengali publications and to edit the English edition of the Sajjana Tosani magazine.

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    To wrap up this article and to cement the glories of Srila Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaja in our memories of great and venerable Vaisnavas, we present to you a glorification of Goswami Maharaja written in 1929 by Sri Bhaktisiddhanta Saravati Thakura titled, “A Genuine Goswami”:

    A Genuine Goswami

    In the great land of Bharata, from distant Kashmir near the high peaks of the Himalayas to the banks of the Indian ocean, who does not know Bhakti Saranga Prabhu?

    Every Gaudiya preacher and the numerous supporters of the tridandi preachers from the ocean to the Himalayas throughout the land of the Aryans and the south know of Sri Bhakti Saranga Prabhu’s eloquence and capability in Sanskrit, English, and Bengali.

    Nearly every single fortunate resident of Gauda has seen, more or less, His holy character, his pure heart’s ecstasy, his earnestness for Krsna, and his profound love for Sri Gaurasundara.

    With his assiduousness, his constant, all-rounded endeavours from dawn until midnight for the benefit of the society of Gaudiya Vaisnavas, his unparalleled spirit of dedication to Krsna and His devotees, he is fulfilling his name ‘Atula’ [‘unparalleled’].

    He has wiped away the moon’s imperfections and replaced them with the immense light from the moon of krsna-prema’s sole path. Thus, by reproaching even the pleasant, shining moon, his position as the unparalleled moon (‘atula-candra’) amongst Gauracandra’s exclusive followers has been realised.

    He is the teacher (‘upadhyaya’) of worshippable (‘vandya’) Vaisnavas. He is the sole reformer of the rsi’s laws. His heartfelt endeavours are the enlivening energy of Sri Caitanya Math’s Institute for Spiritual Education (Para-vidyapitha). He is a genius amongst the goswamis, and himself is a genuine goswami. The pure devotees have heard that he is renowned to be ‘Bhakti-Saranga’ (‘the embodiment of the essence of devotion’) on account of his expertise and excellence in devotion. Seeing the beauty of the holy lotus feet of this great transcendentalist, the world of pure Vaisnavas is enchanted.

    He is the secretary of the Sri Visva Vaisnava Raja Sabha. He is one of the editors of Sri Gaudiya Matha’s Srimad Bhagavatam. He is an exemplar in the world of the pure Vaisnavas, a follower of the Sri Rupanuga Vaisnavas, and thus worshippable to the world.

    (Translated from the Bengali article published in the 7th February 1929 issue of the daily Nadia Prakasa)

    In the everyday hustle and bustle of preaching in the west and performing our many duties and services to Krsna and our guru-varga, we often forget, or have never heard of the previous generations of devotees who sacrificed and endured against all odds to spread the glory of the mission of Sri Krsna Caitanya, and who achieved the ultimate grace of the Supreme Lord to become one of His eternal associates. Had they not done their duty and performed their service in the mission of Mahaprabhu, we ourselves would not be where we are today, basking in the rays of the effulgent sun of Lord Caitanya’s sankirtana movement. Let their memory and their achievements never be forgotten. All glories to Lord Caitanya’s devotees past, present and future!

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  4. Anon APRIL 9, 2018 AT 14:29 About siddha-pranali, is it something that is eternally existing, our identity, or is it something that our guru gives us? Does our guru simply create the 11 points of our manjari identity and then tell us to meditate on it, and thus gradually through meditation we CREATE that identity? … Continue reading Questions about Siddha Pranali – again.

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    10d448c2d833dcc715d17e07c2f6d382.jpg Radha Kund, 2018.03.06 (VT): Radha Kund is full of fascinating devotees; people who have given up worldly life to spend all their time absorbed in meditation on Shri Radha and Krishna’s pastimes. Even among the exalted sants and sadhus of Radha Kund, Shri Anant Das Babaji stands out.

    Pandit Anant Das Babaji is the Mahant of Radhakund and one of the most respected scholars in the Gaudiya Sampraday today. As well as doing daily Radha Kund parikrama at such an advanced age, Anant Das Babaji is renowned for his translations and commentaries on around 60 important scriptures.

    Every evening before sunset, Anant Das Babaji sets out to do Radha Kund parikrama. He has spent most of his life in this way – writing, teaching and serving deities throughout the day, and walking around Radha Kund in the evening. After living in Braj for 70 years, Babaji appears completely in tune with the divine spiritual energy of Radha Kund.

    Maharaj was born in Jharkhand in 1927. In his youth, he lived and worked as a teacher and had a wife and children, before leaving it all behind to live as a renunciate. He met his Guru, Shri Kunjabihari Das Babaji Maharaj, in 1950, but it was several years before the Master allowed him to return to Radha Kund and reside there permanently.

    Over the next several decades, Maharaj underwent a deep study of the Gaudiya scriptures and devoted himself to intense spiritual practices. Later, under his Guru’s guidance, he began to write commentaries on the Gaudiya scriptures. Maharaj is the current Mahant (abbot or spiritual leader) of Radha Kund, and has thousands of disciples from all over India and abroad. As Mahant, the gaddi or spiritual seat he occupies is that of Shri Raghunath Das Goswami.

    Through Babaji’s discourses, translations, and by his mercy, the glories of Radha Kund and the six Goswamis are revealed, with the special flavor of his Guru Parampara’s mood.

    As can be expected at such an advanced age, it is not easy for Babaji to move around physically, but he is not about to let such difficulties stop him from having darshan of his beloved Shri Radha Kund.


  6. Shri Shri Vinod Bihari Das Babaji Maharaj's Satsang - Shuddha bhakti aur Kashaay

    Anything you do with unconditional love for Radha Krishna is called bhakti. But in Shuddha bhakti there doesn't exist any hint of pride or 'I'. A devotee of shuddha bhakti cannot think he is responsible for any deeds occurring through him. He doesn't think his body as 'I', things related to body as his belongings and has no attachment to worldly matters. The 'avidya-jaata ahankar' which means ego originating from ignorance, doesn't exist in the stage of shuddha bhakti.

    There are two tendencies of ego: Jad vritti (materialistic) and chita vritti (spiritual). Jad vritti implies that the person thinks his body as himself and the things related to the body as his belongings. Chita vritti implies that the person thinks himself as servant of God and God as his only belonging. This body is not me and the actions of this body is controlled by God. I do not hold responsibility for those actions, whether good or bad. Whatever such a person does is to please God and believes that the result of the actions will be as per the desire of God. So he is content and unaffected by the result of his actions.

    Shuddha bhakti is the stage where the Jad vritti of ego becomes extinct and the Chita vritti is full blown. This means till the Jad vritti is even scarcely present, shuddha bhakti cannot be attained. It is the stage of bhakti where the person has no consciousness about his body and the worldly matters, is always immersed in comtemplation of nectarine pastimes of Krishna, fully conscious as a Manjari or whatever form one has in that divine abode of Krishna.

    There are four stages of Kashaay (astringent qualities of mind) : Jagrat kashaay, Supta kashaay, Murchhita kashaay and Nirdhuta kashaay. Kashaay means killer. Desires, anger, greed, envy, enmity, etc. are the killers that do not let us proceed in the path of bhakti.

    In Bhagvat Gita, Arjuna asks: 
    Atha kena prayuktoyam paapam charati poorushah, anicchannapi vaarshneya balaadiva niyojitaha.

    He Krishna, you are telling me to surrender myself unto you but an unseen force is compelling me to sin without my desire. Prayuktoyam means compels. Anicchannapi means 'even though I don't want to'. Which force is this? It is this Kashaay.

    Kaam esh krodh esh rajoguna samudbhavah, mahashano mahapapma viddhyenamih vairinam.

    Krishna says, the desires (kaam) and their resultant anger (krodh) originate from rajoguna which invokes the tendencies of sin, is all-devouring and insatiable.

    These are the Kashaay. Jagrat kashaay means Kashaay which is visibly present in a person. When even small attractions deter us from bhakti, slightest criticism causes anger in us, then know that we are in the stage of jagrat kashaay. Our desires attract our minds towards them. When we are unable to satisfy those desires, we get irritated and angry. This anger causes many vaishnav aparadhas and hinders our progress towards shuddha bhakti.

    After fighting constantly with one's desires and anger, chanting harinaam and rendering service to vaishnavas, praying whole-heartedly to sri gurudev and Radha Krishna to constrain these desires, a sadhak may land on Supta kashaay stage. Supta means asleep. Here the killers are asleep, so they don't disturb the sadhak. But the association of materialistic people provides the necessary push the killers need to wake up again. It would seem to the sadhak as if now he doesn't have any desire other than returning to the Lord's lotus feet. But as soon as the killers get a little push, in the form of a wrong association or a little aparadh, again the desires spring up, anger, envy and enmity destroy our power to think clearly.

    Chanting harinaam and progressing a little ahead comes the stage of Murchhita kashaay. Murchhita means fainted. Now the killers have fainted and require a lot of pushing, slapping, sprinkling of water on their faces, etc. to wake them up. It seems to the sadhak that they are totally bereft of desires and other kashaay but they actually exist inside the sadhak. Guru and vaishnava aparadhas or prolonged association with materialistic people can wake them up. A sadhak has to be very cautious as to not loose his footing in this complicated and narrow path of bhakti.

    When the kashaay has reduced to Murchhita kashaay, a sadhak enters the Ruchi and Bhav dasha of bhakti. At this stage, he has not yet reached the shuddha bhakti but he starts realising the signs preceding the stage of shuddha bhakti. He starts being immersed in contemplation of the pastimes all the time. He gets 'Jhanki darshan' which is the sighting of an image like view of a scene of Radha Krishna's divine pastimes very briefly, almost like a flash. This causes a little introduction of 'Prem vikaras', the symptoms of prema bhakti like crying, shaking, hair raising, changing of skin color, etc. Wordly matters seem like poison and this body a burden. It is a very high stage of bhakti. But beware, even at this stage the kashaay can wake up if the sadhak commits guru and vaishnava aparadhas. And falling from this stage is very painful.

    But if the sadhak is successful in progressing ahead, he finally reaches the stage of Nirdhuta kashaay. Nirdhuta means bereft. This is the stage of prema bhakti, shuddha bhakti. The killers have abandoned him and he is now free from dangers of entanglement. That is why it is called Nirapad bhoomi. Apad means danger. Nirapad bhoomi means danger less zone. Now the sadhak totally forgets his body, is ever-blissful, enjoying the nectarine pastimes of Radha Krishna. This is the ultimate stage of bhakti a sadhak can reach in this human birth. It is the ultimate purpose of a human birth. It is the peak potentiality defining the superiority of human birth over all other creatures.

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