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  1. Kartik Braj Darshan with Vrindavan Today (Day 11)

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    The temple belongs to the Ramanuj Sampradaya. It was built by Seth Sanehiram Dilkhush Ganediwal in 1723.

    Situated opposite the Shyamsundar temple in Loi Bazaar area of Vrindavan, is the little known Sava Man Shaligram Mandir. In this temple are worshipped two huge Shaligram Shilas, one weighing Sava Mann or 48 Kgs and the other, Ek (one) Mann i.e. 38.4 Kgs. Of them, the one that is spherical is named Narisngh Muktinarayan, and the other ellipsoidal shila is called Hiranyagarbha.

    The temple belongs to the Ramanuj Sampradaya, and currently served by the temple mahant Shri Ram Acharya. According to Shri Laxmikant Acharya, one of the priest of the temple, Seth Sanehiram Dilkhush Ganeriwal built this temple in the year 1723. Along with the Shaligram Shilas, a beautiful Ram Darbar with life-like vigrahas of Bhagwam Shri Ram, Devi Sita and Shri Lakshman grace this quaint shrine. Every day the twin shilas are worshiped with Tulsi leaves. 

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    Presiding deity of Shaligram

    In addition to its unusual dimensions, the sava mann shaligram jodi is considered extraordinary due to the fact that It is venerable even if/when the shilas become ‘khandit’ (broken).

    It is believed that a great saint of the Shri Sampradya was doing severe penance in the forests of Nepal, when appearing to him, Bhagwan Shaligram asked him to take His two vigrahas lying in the Gandaki for ages to Vrindavan for worship. Following the instructions, the saint dived into the river. However, he was distressed to find only one shila. While he was lamenting, a celestial sound prodded him to try once again. This time the attempt was successful; the second shila was also found. The yogi made a bamboo carrier for the deities and carried Them all the way to Vrindavan on foot.

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    Mahant Shri Ram Acharya

    According to another account, the second shila was brought from a temple in Hyderabad’s Sitaram Bagh area where it was kept alone. It is believed that just one Shaligram Shila is incomplete, hence in the interest of both (both deities and both ‘bhakt’ and ‘bhagwan’), They came together in Shri Dham Vrindavan.  

    Shaligrams Shilas that are worshipped by Vaishnavas as Bhagwan Shri Vishnu are black coloured fossil-stones characterized by the presence of discus marks created by the ammonites. They are found on the banks of the Kali-Gandaki river (Damodar Kund) in Nepal. The lower Gandaki is popularly known as Mukti-Natha-Kshetra and Shaligrama-Kshetra.

    The story of Shaligram is mentioned in the Puranas which state that in order to kill the asura Jalandhar, Bhagwan Vishnu had to defile his chaste wife Vrinda’s sati dharma. When he did so by impersonating Jalandhar, she cursed Him to become a stone. This led to Shri Vishnu taking the form of Shaligram Shila.

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    Main gate of the temple
  2. Site Admin
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    В санскрите именуется аханкарой. Ложное эго есть ошибочное отождествление души с материей двумя способами: «Я» (как например, «Я есть это тело») и «Мое» («эта земля моя»).

    Первичное состояние ложного эго есть тамаса-буддхи, «разум, находящийся в неведении». Это происходит, когда духовная душа вступает в контакт с махад-брахманом, пограничной энергией. Тамаса-буддхи порождает три гуны материальной природы, они воплощаются в ум (гуна благости), чувства (гуна страсти) и объекты чувственного восприятия (гуна невежества). Аханкара отождествляет личность с одной из этих форм в соответствии с тем, какая из гун имеет наибольшее влияние (три гуны постоянно конкурируют в борьбе за руководство живым существом). Так личность, находящаяся под воздействием гуны благости, отождествляется с умом, гуны страсти — с чувствами, невежества — с объектами чувственного восприятия. Но все это результат тамаса-буддхи, первичного неведения — неведения Кришны.

    В Одиннадцатой песни «Шримад-Бхагаватам» Кришна говорит Уддхаве, что ложное эго является чид-ачин-маях, тем, что относится и к духу и к материи, потому что оно связывает между собой чид (имеющую сознание душу) с ачид (не имеющей сознания материей). Сущность ведического метода йоги состоит в культивировании исходной чистоты ума. Это кратко выражено в высказывании Кришны: «Умом можно управлять, если он сосредоточен на Личности Верховного Господа. Достигнув устойчивого состояния, разум освобождается от нечистых желаний. Когда гуна благости наберет силу, человек может полностью отвергнуть гуны страсти и невежества, а постепенно он сможет стать трансцендентным даже к гуне благости. Когда ум освобождается от топлива природы, огонь материального существования затухает. Тогда человек достигает трансцендентного уровня непосредственной связи с объектом медитации, Верховным Господом» («Шримад-Бхагаватам». 11.9.12). См. Буддхи, Сознание, Ум, Гуны материальной природы, Душа, Тонкое тело, Сверхдуша.

  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

     

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