Jump to content

Blogs

Featured Entries

Our community blogs

  1. Swami Mukundananda explains the three key steps to change your life. Life transformation is a long journey. However, to succeed in it, you need to make a firm decision and stay committed to it.

  2. Relish the sweet leelas of Shri Krishna with a devotional heart. Swami Mukundananda's playful narration of the divine pastimes of Lord Krishna is truly enchanting. Experience your mind getting naturally drawn to the pastures of Vrindavan as you lose yourself in the heart touching lilas of Shri Krishna.

    List of top 5 lilas of shri krishna:

    00:10 - Shri Krishna lila #1 : Shri Krishna Damodara Lila 
    08:34 - Shri Krishna lila #2 : Shri Krishna Butter Stealing Lila
    17:51 - Shri Krishna lila #3 : Shri Krishna Govardhan Lila 
    28:24 - Shri Krishna lila #4 : Shri Krishna Kaliya Nag Lila 
    34:37 - Shri Krishna lila #5 : Sweet Lilas of Shri Krishna & Friends 

  3. Shrila Bhakti Gaurava Narasingha Swami

    On Thursday, January 2nd, 2020 at 1:31pm, corresponding with saptamī during the month of Pauṣa, Caitanyābda 534, our beloved Guru Mahārāja, Oṁ Viṣṇupāda Paramahamsa Parivrājakācārya Śrī Śrīmad Bhakti Gaurava Narasiṅgha Mahārāja entered the eternal midday pastimes (madhyāhna-līlā) of Śrī Śrī Rādhā-Mādhava. He was surrounded by his disciples, friends and well-wishers who were loudly singing the holy names. According to astrological calculations, Śrīla Guru Mahārāja departed at an auspicious moment, indicating that he is no longer a participant of this material realm.

    Śrīla Guru Mahārāja had been performing pastimes of illness for about five months while establishing an āśrama in Vermont, USA. During that time, he extended his mercy to many disciples and well-wishers, giving them final instructions and blessings. Although he experienced many physical disturbances, Śrīla Guru Mahārāja remained mentally alert and at the end of December 2019, he decided to return to Govindajī Gardens in India. How all this unfolded was nothing short of miraculous. Indeed, everyone that personally witnessed this could see the divine hand of Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa at play. All the devotees of our mission are deeply indebted to Guru Mahārāja’s very dear friend, Śrīpāda Bhakti Abhaya Gosvāmī Mahārāja and Kuñjavihārī Prabhu, the object of Guru Mahārāja’s affection. Both these devotees performed outstanding guru-sevā during Śrīla Guru Mahārāja’s illness pastimes in Vermont. Gosvāmī Mahārāja and Kuñjavihārī Prabhu were able to bring Guru Mahārāja back to India against all odds. All the devotees in Vermont – Kalki, Mañjarī, Dāruka, Yogamāyā, Vāsudeva, Anaṅga, Bhakta-priya, Kṛṣṇa Kīrtana, Daniella, Līlā-smaraṇa, Vraja-kiśora, Vṛnda, as well as Hari Prasāda and family, all helped in so many ways to make this seemingly impossible journey a reality. Other devotees such as Prahlāda Prabhu and Anurādhā also contributed in many ways to serve Guru Mahārāja. Our humble daṇḍavats to all these Vaiṣṇavas and all the other innumerable devotees who helped.

    On returning to India, a group of devotees helped Kuñjavihāri serve Guru Mahārāja around the clock – Advaita Ācārya Prabhu, Gaura-Gopāla Prabhu, Rūpānuga Prabhu, Caitya-Guru Prabhu, Caitanya Dāsa Prabhu and Śyāma-kuṇḍa Prabhu. Our tireless Syāmasundara ‘Sevā-vigraha’ Prabhu also did tremendous service in organising so many important legal and managerial necessities. Guru Mahārāja's very dear godbrother Śrī Prema Kiśora Prabhu had also come with his wife Paṇḍita Mātājī, and he led kīrtana every night for the transcendental pleasure of Guru Mahārāja. We should also mention here the very important services rendered by Mukunda Prabhu, Thaldīpa Kṛṣṇa Prabhu, Muralī-Kṛṣṇa Prabhu, Yaśodā Mātājī, Dr. Phanimādhava and Dr. Rājendra.

    On the day of his disappearance from this mortal world, for about six hours, Śrīla Guru Mahārāja’s eyes remained open, without blinking. Then, five minutes before his departure, all his vital signs returned to normal again and at 1:31pm, his eyes closed for the last time.

    His transcendental form was bathed, he was dressed in new cloth and tilaka was applied in twelve places. Then the sannyasa-mantra was written on his chest and he was decorated with candana and flower garlands. At 6:30pm hundreds of people flocked to take his darśana, offering garlands and flowers at his lotus feet. For many hours, the devotees and many members of the public sat outside on the verandah of his bhajana-kuṭīra chanting the mahā-mantra. On hearing of his departure, many beautiful words of appreciation came from godbrothers, godsisters and admirers from all corners of the globe.

    The following morning at around 8:00am, Śrīla Guru Mahārāja was carried in procession from his room for darśana of Śrīla Prabhupāda, Śrī Śrī Gaura-Rādhā-Mādhava, Jagannātha, Gaura-Gadādhara and Yoga-Narasiṁha. As his transcendental form came to Govardhana Hill, the bamboo under the basket he was being carried in, began to slip and the devotees carrying him were forced to put him down between Govardhana and Govinda Kuṇḍa while they fixed the bamboo. Those who are of keen spiritual intelligence will understand that this was no accident – it was indicative of the desire of our pūrvācāryas to find residence at the foot of Govardhana Hill where they engage in the nitya-sevā of the Divine Couple.

    His divine form was then lowered into the samādhi-pītha, where he was offered worship and naivedyam by Kuñjavihārī Prabhu. All the devotees then took antya-darśana (last darśana) of Śrīla Guru Mahārāja. After the samādhi-pītha was filled, a photo of Śrīla Guru Mahārāja was established and the first arati was offered by Syāmasundara Prabhu, during which time Gaura Gopāla Prabhu sang the newly composed samādhi ārati song for the pleasure of Guru Mahārāja and the devotees.

    For all his disciples and followers, Śrīla Guru Mahārāja was like a blazing sun, dissipating the darkness of ignorance. His articles, books and lectures are the invaluable legacy that have inspired devotees around the world, and will continue to do so for years to come. But now the sun of Śrīla Guru Mahārāja has set, and we, his followers, are drowning in a deep, dark ocean of intense pain and separation, bereft of shelter. We have lost our spiritual guide and our dearmost friend – the thought of never seeing him again in this lifetime has broken our hearts. We will never again be able to sit with him, discuss philosophy, laugh or honour prasādam together. Everything around us feels bleak and lifeless.

    śūnyāyate mahā-goṣṭhaṁ girīndro 'jagarāyate
    vyāghra-tuṇḍāyate kuṇḍaṁ jīvātu-rahitasya me

    “Now that I no longer have the preserver of my life, the land of Vraja has become desolate, Govardhana Hill has become like a great serpent, and Rādhā-kuṇḍa appears like the gaping mouth of a ferocious tiger.” (Prārthanāśraya-caturdaśaka, verse 11, by Raghunātha Dāsa Gosvāmī)

    Our only consolation is that he is now with his Guardians, Śrīla Prabhupāda, Śrīla Śrīdhara Mahārāja and Śrīla Purī Mahārāja - either preaching with them on another plane, or with them in the green pastures of Vraja-bhūmi happily serving the Divine Couple, Śrī Śrī Rādhā-Dāmodara.

    He has left us with the priceless gift of devotional service and the treasure of Gauḍīya siddhānta, and all his sincere and dedicated followers will be able to find the strength that they require and attain his direct, personal association by faithfully adhering to his instructions and propagating them.

    Swami B.V. Giri

     

  4. darsan-shri-banke-bihari-ji-vrindavan.jpgVrindavan, 01 December 2019

    Bihar Panchami, the appearance day of Shri Banke Bihari was celebrated in Vrindavan today. It was on this day, the 'panchami tithi of Margashirsha Maas' in (VS) 1563 that the incarnation of Lalita Sakhi, Swami Haridas, made the divine couple to manifest in Nidhivan as a result of his intense devotion.

    Swami Haridas, often known as 'Sangeet Samrat', was the guru of the famous court poet Tansen. He is credited with a large body of devotional compositions, especially in the Dhrupad style.

    It is said that whenever he began his 'raag seva' on the 'Tanpura', his closest disciple Vitthalvipul would hear the jingling of anklets in the groves. Puzzled by the strange sound, he asked Swamiji about its origins. The sweet incarnation of Lalita Sakhi told him to wait for the auspicious time when the secret will be revealed.

    Back home, Vitthalvipul's father, Govind was growing anxious about his son's whereabouts. Just as he made up his mind to go in search of him, he was stopped by his father Ashudheer who sent Govind's brother Jagannath to Vrindavan instead.

    On reaching Vrindavan, Jagannath saw Swami Haridas and Vitthalvipul lost in trance while remembering the sweet Lord. As soon as Swamiji came back to the material realm, he questioned him, "when are you coming to reside permanently in Vrindavan". Jagannath fell at the guru's feet and pleaded, "please do not ask me to go back." Swamiji smiled and said that he wanted eternal 'Vrindavan Vaas' for everyone so that they be freed from the cycle of birth and death.

    Meanwhile Vitthalvipul was becoming more and more curious to know the source of the mysterious anklet sounds. Sometimes he would peep inside the 'nikunj' sitting at the entrance to which Swamiji used to sing for Shyama-Shyam. On one occasion he ventured inside the grove, only to be dejected by the darkness he encountered there. He would often ask his uncle about the mystery.  Jagannath instructed him to wait patiently for Swamiji to reveal his 

    Then one day Swami Haridas called Vitthalvipul and asked him, "do you know whose birthday is it today?" Seeing him confused he added, "it's good to not know. It is your birthday, and I want to gift you something today." Vitthalvipul humbly replied that his only wish was to know the secret of Swamiji's nikunj lila and have a glimpse of his beloved Shyama Kunjbihariji. Haridasji smiled and said, "This is exactly what I want to give you." Vitthalvipul became ecstatic listening to his guru's sweet words.

    Lifting the 'Taanpura', Swamiji closed his eyes. As soon as he started singing, the grove filled with mystical blue-golden light in which appeared the smiling divine couple of Shyama Kunjbihari. Startled, Swamiji halted his singing. When Shyamaji exclaimed "Lalite", he replied, "Forgive me Kishori ji, I was enraptured by your brilliance." Bihari ji chimed in, "Now we will stay here in this form."

    Overwhelmed with emotions, Swamiji asked him in a choked voice, "…but how will you be worshipped outside the grove." "You just have to worship me with love," replied Shri Nikunjbihari.

    Understanding his will, Swamiji requested him thus, "Oh Lord, the radiance of this form of yours is too intense and wondrous for our eyes that are conditioned by material existence to bear. Please have mercy on us and merge into each other like the raincloud and lightning are one." Granting his wish, the divine forms united, appearing as Shri Banke Bihari, and entire Nidhivan began resounding with chants of 'Banke Bihari lal ki Jai'.

    Swami Haridas continued his seva for the 'unmanifest' forms of Shyama-Shyam in the 'nikunj' and also that of the manifested deity of Shri Banke Bihari. Whatever seva he offered for one, was simultaneously realised for the other as well. After sometime Swamiji entrusted the seva of Shri Banke Bihari Lal to Jagannath and his sons. He laid down the rules which included three 'Aartis'. Sitting besides the deity's seat (Gaddi), he would sing the ragas during the seva.

    According to the order of service decided by Swami Haridas, 'Shrigaar' for Shyamaji's Gaddi was done before that of Bihariji. One day when Jagannath was fully engrossed in the seva, She appeared and draped Her 'chunri' (stole) on his head. Jagannath became anxious and thought, "Oh what an offence I have committed", but the golden goddess told him to stay like that. Jagnnath never took the 'chunri' off his head after being graced by Shri Radha thus.

    Of Jagannath's three sons, Gopinath was in charge of  Shrigaar Seva, Meghshyam of Rajbhog Seva and Muraridas of Shayan Bhog Seva. Megshyam's second son (out of four) Biharidas was fortunate to be graced with the close association of Swami Haridas. Towards the end of his mortal play, Swamiji shared many secrets related to the lilas of 'Priyalal' with him. Entrusting the seva of his 'unmanifest' nikunj Shyama-Shyam to Biharidas, He finally entered 'nitya lila'.

  • Blog Statistics

    17
    Total Blogs
    8,623
    Total Entries
    1,308,341
    Views

ABOUT US

Shri KrishnaInternational Vaishnavas Portal: download Vaishnava scriptures for free, Vaishnava news, blogs, gallery, videos, bhajans, lectures, practice, instructions, holy places map, Krishna stories. Non-religious platform for glorifying the ideals of Krishna-bhakti (love to Krishna).

Chant daily with love to Shri Krishna:
Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare,
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare!

OUR PAGES

×