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    Shrila Vinod Bihari Das babaji - Bhajans. Format: MP3. Content: Шрила Винод Бихари Дас бабаджи - бхаджаны. Формат: MP3. Содержание:

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    Shrila Bhaktipragyana Keshava Goswami - kirtans. Format: MP3. Content: Шрила Бхакти Прагьяна Кешава Госвами - киртаны. Формат: MP3. Содержание:

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    Devotees thronged Ghats, temples in Braj on Mauni Amavasya

    Vrindavan, 06.02.2019 Devotional fervor ran high in Braj on the occasion of Mauni Amavasya which was observed on the new moon day of Magha Krishna Paksha of the Hindu calendar. Since it fell on a Monday (February 4) this time, people also received the benefit of it being a Somavati Amavasya. Mauni Amavasya has great significance in the Hindu spiritual tradition. It is said that on this day, Rishabh Dev – considered as the first sage – broke his long vow of silence and bathed in the holy waters at Sangam (confluence of the Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati) in Prayagraj. It is also the third and most important ‘shaahi snaan’ date of Kumbh Mela. In Braj, devotees took a dip in the Yamuna at Vishram Ghat during ‘Brahma Muhurta’ and performed various rituals to propitiate the gods, particularly Lord Shiva, Vishnu and the Sun God. After observing ‘maun vrata’(vow of silence) during the day, people flocked to temples and gave sesame seeds, grains, and clothes in charity. Undeterred by the cold and dense fog, many also did Vrindavan and Giriraj Parikrama. Huge crowds gathered in the Bhandira Van temple where Lord Brahma performed the marriage of Radha and Krishna. It is believed that bathing in the waters of the sacred well during the ‘Brahma Muhurta’ on Somavati Amavasya fulfills all wishes. Married women also took a dip in the adjoining pond to be blessed with a child. Krishna is holding his hand over Radha's head to put sindur in her part in Bhandira Van temple
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    For 14 days, Paramahamsa Vishwananda led 70 of His Shree Peetha Nilaya residents on a pilgrimage through South India. The group travelled to nine cities to explore the roots of our Sri Sampradaya and some of the history of Lord Rama on His trek to rescue His beloved Sita. The group enjoyed more than 30 temples, many of which are Divya Desams: the 108 Vishnu temples that are mentioned in the poetic works of the Tamil Alvars (saints). As always, traveling with the Master includes delights and surprises along the way. This time, the group was blessed to encounter three saints and enjoy the hospitality of several other gurus and acharyas. A highlight of the trip was a ritual bath in Adhi Setu (the ocean near Rameswara) and the blessing of being bathed by the sacred waters of 22 sacred tirthams (ponds) to absolve all sins. The group also enjoyed a swim in the sea where Lord Rama’s monkey army built the floating bridge to Lanka.
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    Video - Radha-kunda preaching

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    Shrila Vinod Bihari Das Babaji - Bhajans. Format: MP4. Content: Шрила Винод Бихари Дас Бабаджи - бхаджаны. Формат: MP4. Содержание:

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    Качественный профессиональный перевод для Invision Community 4.3.x. Перевод сделан самостоятельно. Купить и скачать можно только на этом сайте. Больше нигде не выкладывается. Этот перевод сделан профессионально, не содержит орфографических, грамматических и лексических ошибок. Переведены все официальные приложения, а также добавлен перевод приложений Video Systems, Musicbox, Membermap, Specious ACP, Swiper Slider, PM viewer, Menu Icons. После покупки вы сможете скачивать обновления неограниченное время для Invision Community 4.x.x. Для демонстрации можете покликать этот сайт: переключение языков внизу страницы и в правом верхнем углу. Текущая версия перевода соответствует версии Invision Community 4.3.6.

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    Even Radha's sakhis are constantly chanting Radhe Radhe

    In the earthly realm of Vrindavan and in the spiritual sky, Radha Rani known as Vrindavanesvari, the Queen of Vrindavan, which means that Radha Rani is the one and only controller of everything including the heart of Shri Krishna. In Vraja Gokula, there are two instances wherein Radha’s sakhis will sometimes chant the Hare Krsna Mahamantra to nourish Radhika’s taste in sambhoga vilasa: When She meets with Krsna and to soothe Radha’s searing heart in times of separation from Her beloved Shyam. At other times, the sakhis will sweetly sing “Radhe Radhe!” as they serve Shri Radha throughout the day. Now let’s consider the reality of the present day Vrindavan where I have been living for the last 27 years. In Vraja Dhama, everyone chants “Radhe Radhe” from the time they wake up until the time they take rest. For Vrajavasis, the name of Radha is inseparable from their breathing. They hear the name of Radhe in the wombs of their mothers; they are born with the name of Radha in their ears; they move with the name of Radha in their lives; they dream with the name of Radha in their minds; and they die with the name of Radha on their tongues. By continually hearing and chanting “Radhe Radhe” in this way, every Vrajavasi automatically becomes full of Radha-bhava or gopi-bhava. And this is the goal that all Gaudiya Vaisnavas hope to attain especially by residing in Vrndavana. In Radha-rasa-sudha-nidhi, verses 95-97, Gaudiya rasika Acharya Shrila Prabodhananda Saraswati glorifies Radha’s completely pure and ecstatic Holy Name thus: “The name of Radha is the liquid rasa of blissful love (premananda rasam). Radha’s name give the greatest joy when chanted with tender loving affection (mahasukha karam uccharitam prematah). The two syllables Ra and Dha, contain all divine knowledge (vidya para dvakshara). Shri Krisna becomes supremely pleased whenever He hears someone chanting “Radhe Radhe!” (japa mudha gayati). “Even once chanting of Radha nama will immediately attract Shri Krishna (japa sakrid gokulapati akarshak). Lord Madhava Himself lovingly chants Radha nama (mantra japa priti svayam madhava). Sometimes, Hari sits with the sakhis and chants Radha nama until tears run down His lotus face (ali svayam japa ashru mukha hari).” “Sometimes, Krishna goes along the banks of Yamuna and enters the bowerhouse alone (kalindi tata kunja mandira gato). Shyama sits down like the King of Yogis to mediate on the radiance of Radha’s sweet lotus feet (pada jyotir dhyana). Krishna starts chanting Radha nama and soon becomes drenched in tears of love (sada japa prema-ashru purno hari) as He relishes the amazing blossoming mellows of Radha’s blissful loving enchantment (adbhutam ullasad rati rasananda sammohitah). “May the most amazing two syllables (Ra and Dha) become manifest to me forever (tad adhbhutam me radheti varna dvayam). The embrosial elixir “Radha” is my life and soul (tad amritam pradeti me jivanam).” Jai Jai Shri Radhe!!
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    Confusion over Hariyali Teej dates

    ← Radha Vallabh Ji on Haryali Teej Vrindavan, 2018.08.12 The Teej tithi falling across two dates has created confusion among devotees and the possibility that some will miss out on the Hariyali darshan of their beloved Thakur. Some temples are celebrating Hariyali Teej on the 13th, while others are celebrating on 14th. The festival will be celebrated in Radharaman temple starting on the evening of Monday 13th , but, at Banke Bihari temple the darshan of Thakurji amongst greenery will start from the morning of the 14th. Due to a Supreme Court ruling, doe to excessive crowds in the evenings, Banke Bihari’s management has been told to put up flower bangalows earlier so that devotees can have this spectacular darshan in the mornings also. According to tradition, on Hariyali Teej, Bihariji can be seen sitting on His silver swing when the temple opens in the evening at 5pm, however, this year, management is considering bringing out the swing in the morning also. In the evening, the temple will open at 4pm and will remain open until midnight. Assistant manager, Umesh Saraswat, said that the final decision about Hariyali Teej darshan timings will be made at a meeting on the 13thAugust. Visitors to Radha Vallabha and Radharaman temples will enjoy special songs about Thakurji’s swing pastime, which will continue until Raksha Bandhan on 26th August. Authorities have informed that Vrindavan roads will be closed to visitor vehicles from the 13th and will stay closed until after the Independence Day celebrations on the 15th. The efforts to reduce the traffic congestion will include 80 checkpoints where visitor cars will be redirected by 800 police personnel. E –Rickshaws and tempos will also be stopped, so people will have to walk from the carparks into town. Yesterday also, there were huge crowds in Vrindavan’s temples for Hariyali Amavasya, the tithi that marks the date of the last flower bangalows of the season.
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    Vaishnavas Scriptures Authors: View the list Languages: Russian, English, Hindi, Sanskrit, Bengali, China, Spain, German, Tamil, etc. Format: pdf. Folders / files: 512 / 9589 Вайшнавские писания Авторы: Посмотреть список Языки: русский, английский, хинди, санскрит, бенгали, китайский, испанский, немецкий, тамильский и другие. Формат: pdf. Папки / файлы: 512 / 9589

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    Shrila Bhakti Vedanta Narayana Goswami - Audio Books. Description: A series of lectures by Srila Bhakti Vedanta Narayana Maharaj. Narrator (male voice) is reading the text of the lecture on the background of the Indian traditional music. Language: Russian, English. Format: MP3. Contents: Шрила Бхакти Веданта Нараяна Госвами - Аудио книги. Описание: Серия лекций Шрила Бхакти Веданта Нараяна Махараджа. Рассказчик (мужской голос) читает текст лекции на фоне индийской традиционной музыки. Язык: русский, английский. Формат: MP3. Содержание:

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    Serial 'Mahabharat' Description: Serial 'Mahabharat' presents the story of the throne of Hastinapur, the kingdom ruled by the Kuru clan where Kauravas and the Pandavas compete for rulership. Both Duryodhan and Yudhisthir claim to be first in line to inherit the throne. When Bhishma asked for Gandhari's hand in marriage for his blind nephew Dhritarashtra, her brother Shakuni got furious. Though he agreed later, he swore to himself that he would destroy the Kuru race. He sowed the seeds of the battle of Kurukshetra during the adolescence of the Kauravas (sons of Dhritarashtra) and Pandavas (nephews of Dhritarashtra) by poisoning the mind of Duryodhan; the eldest Kaurav against the Pandavas. This results in the Kurukshetra war where Shri Krishna imparts "Bhagavat-Gita" (holy scripture of Hinduism) to his Pandav cousin Arjuna. The battle saw the deaths of Bhishma Pitamah, the mighty Karna among many. All the sons of Dhritarashtra and Gandhari died in the war. The Battle produces "conflicts of kinship and friendship, and instances of family loyalty and duty taking precedence over what is just." Cast: Genre: Epic, historical, drama. Directed by: Siddharth Anand Kumar, Amarprith G., S. Chawda, Kamal Monga, Loknath Pandey. Production company: India, Swastik Pictures, 2013-2014. Audio: Russian (MP3, 2 ch, 192 Kbit/s), Hindi (AAC, 2 ch, 192 Kbit/s). Subtitles: Russian, English. Video: MPEG-4 AVC, ~ 2000 Kbit/s, 1280х720, 1920х1080. Container: MP4. Duration: 267 х ~ 00:20:00. Size: 221 GB. Сериал 'Махабхарата' Описание: Сериал 'Махабхарата' рассказывает о соперничестве двух ветвей династии Куру: это Кауравы, сто сыновей царя Дхритараштры, старшим среди которых был Дурьодхана, и Пандавы — пять двоюродных братьев во главе с Юдхиштхирой. Кауравы воплощают в эпосе темное начало. Пандавы — светлое, божественное. Основную нить сюжета составляет соперничество двоюродных братьев за царство и столицу — город Хастинапур. Царём страны становится старший из Пандавов мудрый и благородный Юдхиштхира. Зависть и злоба Кауравов преследуют Пандавов всю жизнь, но с момента провозглашения Юдхиштхиры царём, они достигают предела. Согласно традиции, каждый из присутствующих на церемонии коронации может вызвать будущего царя на поединок; отказ невозможен, он расценивается как проявление слабости. Кауравы, зная, что Юдхиштхира плохой игрок в кости, вызывают его на поединок, и он проигрывает имущество, царство, братьев, жену и самого себя. По требованию деда Кауравов и Пандавов, мудрого Бхишмы, проигранное возвращается Юдхиштхире, но его вторично вызывают на игру, и он опять проигрывает всё. В результате на совете рода было решено: Пандавы и их жена Драупади отправляются в изгнание на 13 лет. Когда в положенный срок Пандавы возвращаются в царский дворец, вероломные Кауравы отказываются соблюдать условия договора, и с этого момента братья начинают готовиться к войне. Армии Пандавов и Кауравов встречаются на поле Куру и сражаются 18 дней. Погибают почти все, лишь Пандавы-победители остаются в живых. Юдхиштхира воцаряется в столице отвоеванного царства, где долго и счастливо правит подданными. В ролях: Жанр: Эпос, исторический, драма. Режиссеры: Сиддхартх Ананд Кумар, Амарпpит Г., С. Чхавда, Камал Монга, Локнатх Пандей. Компания производитель: Индия, Свастик Пикчез, 2013-2014 гг. Аудио: Русский (MP3, 2 ch, 192 Кбит/с), хинди (AAC, 2 ch, 192 Кбит/с). Субтитры: Русские, английские. Видео: MPEG-4 AVC, ~ 2000 Кбит/с, 1280х720, 1920х1080. Контейнер: MP4. Продолжительность: 267 х ~ 00:20:00. Размер: 221 ГБ.

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    Описание облика Кришны

    Текст из "Брихад Бхагаватамриты" Санатана Госвами: "Затем я увидел на расстоянии луноподобное лицо Шри Пурушоттама Бхагавана, украшенное огромными лотосоподобными глазами, на чьем лбу сверкала тилака цвета драгоценных камней, чья кожа светилась как заколдованное облако (читай - грозовое облако), чьи красные губы великолепно сияли, и чья мягкая улыбка была подобна лунному свету, дарующему безграничную милость каждому." Текст из "Шри Шри Радха-Кришна-ганодеша-дипики" Шрила Рупа Госвами: Сладостная, подобная нектару красота тела Господа Кришны сияет, словно черная краска для подводки глаз. Его тело цветом напоминает цветок синего лотоса или цейлонский сапфир. Его тело очаровательно как изумруд, дерево тамала или скопление прекрасных темных облаков. Он океан нектарной красоты. Он одет в желтые одежды, а на Его шее гирлянда из лесных цветов. Он украшен различными драгоценными камнями и подобен сосуду, хранящему нектар многочисленных трансцендентальных игр. У Него длинные вьющиеся волосы, а тело умащено многочисленными ароматными маслами. Его дивной красоты корона окрашена множеством разнообразных цветов. Его прекрасный лоб украшают знаки тилаки и локоны, вьющихся волос. Игривые движения Его вздернутых черных бровей чаруют сердца гопи. Его подвижные глаза прекрасны, словно цветы синего и красного лотоса. Кончик Его носа красив, как клюв Гаруды, царя птиц. В ушах Его, свисающие до самых щек серьги, осыпанные различными самоцветами. Его прекрасное лотосное лицо великолепно как скопление миллионов лун. Он так и сыплет милыми шутками, а Его подбородок просто неподражаем. Его чарующей красоты шея имеет три плавных изгиба. Обитатели всех трех планетных систем заворожены красотой Его шеи, украшенной жемчужным ожерельем. Грудь Кришны, украшенная ожерельем из жемчуга и сияющим, подобно молнии камнем Каустубха, жаждет наслаждений в обществе прекрасных гопи. Украшенные браслетами на запястьях и выше локтей, руки Кришны простираются до самых Его коленей. Его красноватые словно лотос ладони украшены различными благоприятными знаками. Ладони Кришны украшают благоприятные знаки булавы, раковины, ячменного зерна, зонта, полулуния, стрекала для управления слоном, флага, цветка лотоса, жертвенного столба, плуга, кувшина и рыбы. Прекрасный живот Кришны – обитель самой красоты. Его небесного очарования спина словно сама приглашает гопи игриво прикоснуться к ней. Бедра Кришны, подобные напоенному нектаром цветку лотоса, сводят с ума самого Купидона. Ноги Его словно чудные деревья платана. Они чаруют женские сердца. Колени Кришны полны очарования, красоты и великолепия. Его лотсные стопы украшены драгоценными ножными браслетами. Стопы Кришны прекрасны как розы, их украшают различные благоприятные знаки: диск, полумесяц, восьмиугольник, треугольник., ячменное зерно, знак неба, зонт, сосуд для воды, раковина, отпечаток коровьего копыта, свастика, стрекало для управления слоном, цветок лотоса, лук и плод джамбу. Прекрасные стопы Кришны, словно два океана, наполненные счастьем чистой любви. Словно полные луны, собравшиеся в цепочку, чудесные ногти украшают их пальцы. Хотя мы порой красоту Кришны сравниваем с различными предметами, с ней ничто не сравнится. Здесь мы просто слегка касаемся красоты Кришны, чтобы пробудить привязанность читателя.
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    Video - A day in Vrindavan

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    Guru Parampara : Гуру Парампара

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    В архиве несколько фотографий гуру, его гуру (парам-гуру) и гуру его гуру (парам-парам-гуру). Все вместе - парампара.

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    Vraja Vilasa 101: The residents of Radha Kund

    Because of having worshiped the beautiful lotus feet of Sri Gāndharvā and Acyuta with the ever fresh sweetness of ecstatic spiritual love in their previous lives, some great souls are able to live on the bank of my Swamini’s dearmost lake, Sri Radha Kund. These great devotees are my life and soul! purā premodrekaiḥ pratipada-navānanda-madhuraiḥ kṛta-śrī-gāndharvācyuta-caraṇa-varyārcana-balāt nikāmaṁ svāminyāḥ priyatara saras-tīra-bhuvane vasanti sphītā ye te iha mama jīvātava ime Stavāmṛta Kaṇā Vyākhyā : In this verse Raghunath Das Goswami praises the great souls who live around Sri Radha Kund. Sri Radha Kund is the crown jewel of Vraja and the exclusive abode of Sri Sri Radha Madhava’s confidential noontime dalliances. There is no place more dear to the Divine Pair than this one. Sri Radha Kund is as dear to Sri Krishna as Sri Radha is and Sri Shyama Kund is as dear to Sri Radha as Shyamasundar is, because the two kundas are non-different from Sri Sri Radha Madhava. These two water bodies are especially assisting the separated Couple when they want to meet each other, or to soothe the blazing fire of separation they feel when they are unable to. The Mahājanas sing: śrī kṛṣṇa jokhon rādhā daraśana lāgi utkaṇṭhita hoy; sakala upāya biphala hoiyā rādhā kuṇḍāśraya loy tat kāle rādhāra pāya daraśana emati kund prabhāva; rādhāra-o temati śyāma kuṇḍāśraye kṛṣṇa saṅga hoy lābha “When Krishna becomes eager to see Radha, and all his endeavors fail, he takes shelter of Radha Kund. At that moment he gets the audience of Radha on the strength of the kund. In the same way Radha also takes shelter of Shyama Kund and thus attains the company of Sri Krishna.” Therefore the most fortunate (sukṛti-śāli) people reside around Sri Radha Kund, the crown jewel of Vraja Mandal. The sukṛti mentioned here does not refer to ordinary pious merit, but the great merit accrued from worshipping the lotus feet of Sri Sri Radha Govinda, which is attained by the grace of the great devotees. Hence Raghunath Das Goswami has written in this verse: purā premodrekaiḥ pratipada-navānanda-madhuraiḥ kṛta-śrī-gāndharvācyuta caraṇa-varyārcana-balāt: “Because of having worshiped the beautiful lotus feet of Sri Gāndharvā and Acyuta with the ever-fresh sweetness of ecstatic spiritual love in their previous lives…” When this great abundance of sweet love appears in the heart of the sādhaka, he will become able to relish the ever-fresh transcendental bliss of bhajan. Sri Radharani mercifully bestows on those who have previously worshiped Sri Sri Radha Madhava’s lotus feet with such love a place to stay at Sri Radha Kund. The attraction to reside around Sri Radha Kund awakens within the heart of a person who is totally fixed on Sri Radha’s lotus feet. Their knowledge and meditations are all aimed at Swamini Sri Radha, for whom she is everything and to whom she is dearer than millions of life airs, and they don’t know anything but her lotus feet, in life or in death. Those who are fixed in her worship develop the desire to love Sri Krishna’s lotus feet. For example, Śrīla Prabodhānanda Sarasvatī has written: rādhā-nāma-sudhā-rasaṁ rasayituṁ jihvāstu me vihvalā pādau tat-pada-kāṅkitāsu caratāṁ vṛndāṭavī-vīthiṣu tat-karmaiva karaḥ karotu hṛdayaṁ tasyāḥ padaṁ dhyāyatāt tad-bhāvotsavataḥ paraṁ bhavatu me tat-prāṇa-nāthe ratiḥ “May my tongue become overwhelmed by relishing the nectarean flavour of Radha’s holy name, may my feet walk over the Vrindavan pathways that are marked with her footprints, may my hands be engaged only in her menial service, may my heart meditate on her lotus feet, and may I develop love for the Lord of her life (Krishna) through her festival of emotions.” (Rādhā-rasa-sudhā-nidhi 142) It is such sādhakas, who are so fixed in Radha that Swamini mercifully allows to live on the bank of her kund, which is nondifferent from her, and such fortunate sādhakas are thus living on the bank of the kund, nourished by drinking the nectar of prema. In other words, the greatly intelligent souls who exchange hearing, chanting and remembering topics about Sri Radha’s names, forms, qualities and pastimes with each other reside on the bank of Swamini’s kund. Raghunath Das Goswami never left the bank of the kund to go anywhere else. His firm determination was to stay on the bank of the kund, spend his time eating fruits, roots and buttermilk from Vraja and ultimately to leave his body there. atraiva mama saṁvāsa ihaiva mama saṁsthitiḥ — “Here alone will I reside; this alone is my permanent abode!” (Vilāpa-kusumāñjali 97) With the same determination he prays, “May the great souls who live around Sri Radha Kund be my means of survival.” pratipade navānanda, sumadhura sevānanda, yugalera arcana prabhāve. purākāle santa gaṇe, kṛṣṇa premāmṛta pāne, vāsa kore rādhākuṇḍa-tīre. se sab mahānta gaṇa, nāma dhare mahājana, sabe mora jīvana upāya. brahmāṇḍa tārite pāre, jane jane śakti dhare, koto dine luṭāibo pāya? “All the great souls who live on the bank of Radha Kund on the strength of their sweet and constantly blissful worship of the Divine Pair in previous lives, in which they drank the nectar of love for Krishna, are my very life. each one of these great souls, that are named mahājanas, is able to save the whole world; how many more days before I can roll at their feet?” Commentary of Sri Radha Kund Mahant, Pandit Sri Ananta Das Babaji Maharaj is named Stavāmṛta Kaṇā Vyākhyā (a drop of the nectar of Stavāvalī), and was published in Gaurābda 503 (1989 A.D.) from Sri Krishna Chaitanya Shastra Mandir, Vrajananda Ghera, PO Radhakunda (district Mathura), U.P., India. Devotional songs in Bengali that follow each commentary were composed by Dr. Haripada Sheel.
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    Aja (Annada) Ekadasi

    Sri Yudhisthira Maharaja said, "Oh Janardana, protector of all living entities, please tell me the name of the Ekadasi that occurs during the dark fortnight of the month of Bhadrapada (August-September)." The Supreme Lord, Shri Krishna, then replied, "Oh King, hear me attentively. The name of this sin-removing, sacred Ekadasi is Aja. Any person who fasts completely on this day and worships Hrishikesha, the master of thesenses, becomes free of all reactions to his sins. Even one who simply hears about this Ekadasi is freed from his past sins. Oh King, there is no better day than this in all the earthly and heavenly worlds. This is true without a doubt. There once lived a famous king named Harishchandra, who was the emperor of the world and a person of great truth and integrity. His wife's name was Chandramati, and he had a son named Lohitashva. By the force of destiny, however, Harishchandra lost his great kingdom and sold his wife and son. The pious king himself became a menial servant of a dog-eater, who made him guard a crematorium. Yet even while doing such menial service, he did not forsake his truthfulness and good character, just as soma-rasa, even when mixed with some other liquid, does not lose its ability to bestow immortality. The king passed many years in this condition. Then one day he sadly thought, 'What shall I do? Where shall I go? How can I be delivered from this plight?' In this way he drowned in an ocean of anxiety and sorrow. One day a great sage happened by, and when the king saw him he happily thought, 'Ah, Lord Brahma has created brahmins just to help others.' Harishchandra paid his respectful obeisances to the sage, whose name was Gautama Muni. With joined palms the king stood before Gautama Muni and narrated his pitiful story. Gautama Muni was astonished to hear the king's tale of woe. He thought, 'How has this mighty king been reduced to collecting clothes from the dead?' Gautama Muni became very much compassionate toward Harishchandra and instructed him on the process of fasting for purification. Gautama Muni said, 'Oh king, during the dark fortnight of the month of Bhadrapada there occurs an especially meritorious Ekadasi name daja (Annada), which removes all sins. Indeed, this Ekadasi is so auspicious that if you simply fast on that day and perform no other austerity, all your sins will be nullified. By your good fortune it is coming in just seven days. So I urge you to fast on this day and remain awake through the night. If you do so, all the reactions of your past sins will come to an end. Oh Harishchandra, I have come here because of your past pious deeds. Now, all good fortune to you in the future!' So saying, the great sage Sri Gautama Muni immediately disappeared for their vision. King Harishchandra followed Gautama Muni's instructions concerning fasting on the sacred day of Aja Ekadasi. Oh Maharaja Yudhisthira, because the king fasted on that day, the reactions to his previous sins were completely destroyed at once. Oh lion among kings, just see the influence of this Ekadasi fast! It immediately vanquishes whatever miseries one maybe suffering as a result of past karmik sinful activities. Thus all Harishchandra's miseries were relieved. Just by the power of this wonderful Ekadasi, he was reunited with his wife and son, who had died but were now revived. In the heavenly regions the devas (demigods) began beating on their celestial kettle drums and showering down flowers upon Harishchandra, his queen and their son. By the blessings of the Ekadasi fast, he regained his kingdom without difficulty. Moreover, when king Harishchandra left the planet, his relatives and all his subjects too went with him to the spiritual world. Oh Pandava, whoever fasts on Aja Ekadasi is surely freed from all his sins and ascends to the spiritual world. And who soever hears and studies the glories of this Ekadasi achieves the merit gained by performing a horse sacrifice.
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    Shrila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

    Abhay Charanaravinda Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (Bengali: অভয চরণারবিন্দ ভক্তিবেদান্ত স্বামীপ্রভুপাদ, Sanskrit: अभय चरणारविन्द भक्तिवेदान्त स्वामी प्रभुपादः, abhaya-caraṇāravinda bhakti-vedānta svāmī prabhupāda) (1 September 1896 – 14 November 1977) was a Gaudiya Vaishnava teacher and the founder-acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), commonly known as the "Hare Krishna Movement". His mission was to propagate Gaudiya Vaishnavism, a school of Vaishnavite Hinduism (the association with Hinduism which Bhaktivedanta Swami frequently sought to dissuade) that had been taught to him by his guru, Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati, throughout the world. Born Abhay Charan De in Calcutta, he was educated at the prestigious local Scottish Church College. Before adopting the life of a pious renunciant (vanaprastha) in 1950, he was married with children and owned a small pharmaceutical business. In 1959 he took a vow of renunciation (sannyasa) and started writing commentaries on Vaishnava scriptures. In his later years, as a traveling Vaishnava monk, he became an influential communicator of Gaudiya Vaishnava theology to India and specifically to the West through his leadership of ISKCON, founded in 1966. As the founder of ISKCON, he "emerged as a major figure of the Western counterculture, initiating thousands of young Americans." Despite attacks from anti-cult groups, he received a favorable welcome from many religious scholars, such as J. Stillson Judah, Harvey Cox, Larry Shinn and Thomas Hopkins, who praised Bhaktivedanta Swami's translations and defended the group against distorted media images and misinterpretations. In respect to his achievements, religious leaders from other Gaudiya Vaishnava movements have also given him credit. He has been described as a charismatic leader, in the sense used by sociologist Max Weber, as he was successful in acquiring followers in the United States, Europe, India and elsewhere. After his death in 1977, ISKCON, the society he founded based on a type of Hindu Krishnaism using the Bhagavata Purana as a central scripture, continued to grow and is respected in India, though there have been disputes about leadership among his followers. Early life Born on 1 September 1896, the day after Janmastami, one of the most important Vaishnava holidays, in a humble house in the Tollygunge suburb of Calcutta, he was named Abhay Charan, "one who is fearless, having taken shelter at Lord Krishna's feet." Since he was born on the day of Nandotsava ("the celebration of Nanda," Krishna's father, a traditional festival in honor of Krishna's birth) he was also called Nandulal. His parents, Sriman Gour Mohan De and Srimati Rajani De, were devout Vaishnavas (devotees of Vishnu). In accordance with Bengali tradition, his mother had gone to the home of her parents for the delivery, and only a few days later Abhay returned with parents to his home at 151 Harrison Road in Calcutta, where he was brought up and educated. He received a European led education in the Scottish Church College. This school was well reputed among Bengalis; many Vaishnava families sent their sons there. The professors, most of whom were Europeans, were known as sober, moral men, and it is believed that the students received a good education. The college was located in north Calcutta, not far from Harrison Road where Abhay's family lived. During his years in the college, Abhay Charan De was a member of the English Society as well as that of the Sanskrit Society, and it has been suggested that his education provided him a foundation for his future leadership. He graduated in 1920 with majors in English, philosophy and economics. However he rejected his diploma in response to Gandhi's independence movement. His refusal to accept the diploma he had earned was in protest of the British. He also wore the homespun cotton cloth the followers of Gandhi wore in support of home industry and protest of British rule in India. Religious career n 1922, when Abhay Charan De first met his spiritual master, Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura, he was requested to spread the message of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in the English language. Later in 1932 Abhoy Charan De became a formally initiated disciple of Bhaktisiddhanta. In 1944, (from his front room at Sita Kanta Banerjee, Calcutta), Abhoy Charan De started the publication called Back to Godhead, for which he acted as designer, publisher, editor, copy editor and distributor. He personally designed the logo, an effulgent figure of Caitanya Mahaprabhu in the upper left corner, with the motto: "Godhead is Light, Nescience is darkness" greeting the readers. In his first magazine he wrote: "Under the circumstances since 1936 up to now, I was simply speculating whether I shall venture this difficult task and that without any means and capacity; but as none have discouraged me, I have now taken courage to take up the work." (A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami, Back to Godhead magazine (Vol.1, 1-4, 1944)) In 1947, the Gaudiya Vaishnava Society recognised Abhoy Charan De's scholarship with the title Bhaktivedanta, (bhakti-vedānta) meaning "one who has realised that devotional service to the Supreme Lord is the end of all knowledge" (with the words Bhakti, indicating devotion and Vedanta indicating conclusive knowledge). His later well known name, Prabhupāda, is a Sanskrit title, literally meaning "he who has taken the shelter of the lotus feet of the Lord" where prabhu denotes "Lord", and pāda means "taking shelter." Also, "at whose feet masters sit". This name was used as a respectful form of address by his disciples from late 1967 early 1968 onwards. Previous to this, as with his early disciples, followers used to call him "Swamiji". From 1950 onwards, Abhoy Charan Bhaktivedanta lived at the medieval Radha-Damodar mandir in the holy town of Vrindavan, where he began his commentary and translation work of the Sanskrit work Bhagavata Purana. Of all notable Vrindavana's temples, the Radha-Damodara mandir had at the time the largest collection of various copies of the original writings of the Six Gosvamis and their followers - more than two thousand separate manuscripts, many of them three hundred, some even four hundred years old. His guru, Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati, had always encouraged Bhaktivedanta Swami that "If you ever get money, print books", referring to the need of literary presentation of the Vaishnava culture. Renunciation Keshavaji Gaudiya Matha was the place where Bhaktivedanta used to live, he had written and studied in the library of this building, here he edited the Gauḍīya Patrikā magazine and this is the place where he donated the murti of Lord Chaitanya who stands on the altar beside the Deities of Radha Krishna (named Śrī Śrī Rādhā Vinodavihārījī). During his visit in September 1959 he entered the doors of this matha dressed in white, as Abhoy Babu, but would be leaving dressed in saffron, a sannyasi. He received the sannyasa name Swami (स्वामी Svāmi), not to be confused with the title Swami. In this matha, in Mathura Vrndavana, Abhoy Charan Bhaktivedanta took Vaishnava renunciate vows,sannyasa, from his friend and godbrother Bhakti Prajnana Keshava, and following this he single-handedly published the first three volumes covering seventeen chapters of the first book of Bhagavata Purana, filling three volumes of four hundred pages each with a detailed commentary. Introduction to the first volume was a biographical sketch of Caitanya Mahāprabhu. He then left India, obtaining free passage on a freight ship called the Jaladuta, with the aim and a hope of fulfilling his spiritual master's instruction to spread the message of Caitanya Mahaprabhu around the world. In his possession were a suitcase, an umbrella, a supply of dry cereal, about eight dollars worth of Indian currency, and several boxes of books. Mission to the West A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami sailed to USA in 1965. His trip to the United States was not sponsored by any religious organization, nor was he met upon arrival by a group of loyal followers. As he neared his destination on the ship, the Indian freighter Jaladuta, the enormity of his intended task weighed on him. On 13 September he wrote in his diary, "Today I have disclosed my mind to my companion, Lord Sri Krishna." On this occasion and on a number of others, he called on Krishna for help in his native Bengali. Examining these compositions, academics regard them as "intimate records of his prayerful preparation for what lay ahead" and a view on "how Bhaktivedanta Swami understood his own identity and mission." "I do not know why You have brought me here. Now You can do whatever You like with me. But I guess You have some business here, otherwise why would You bring me to this terrible place? How will I make them understand this message of Krishna consciousness? I am very unfortunate, unqualified and most fallen. Therefore I am seeking Your benediction so that I can convince them, for I am powerless to do so on my own." By journeying to USA, he was attempting to fulfill the wish of his guru, possible only by the grace of "his dear Lord Krishna". It is in July 1966 "global missionary Vaishnavism" was brought to the West by Bhaktivedanta Swami, "the soul agent", founding the International Society for Krishna Consciousness in New York City. Bhaktivedanta Swami spent much of the last decade of his life setting up the institution of ISKCON. Since he was the Society's leader, his personality and management were responsible for much of ISKCON's growth and the reach of his mission. When it was suggested to him at the time of founding the ISKCON in 1966 that a broader term "God Consciousness" would be preferable to "Krishna Consciousness" in the title, he rejected this recommendation, suggesting that name Krishna includes all other forms and concepts of God. After a group of devotees and a temple had been established in New York another center was started in San Francisco in 1967. From there he traveled throughout America with his disciples, popularizing the movement through street chanting (sankirtana), book distribution and public speeches. Once ISKCON was more established in the USA a small number of devotees from the San Francisco temple were sent to London, England. After a short time in London they came into contact with The Beatles, of whom George Harrison took the greatest interest, spending a significant time speaking with Bhaktivedanta Swami and producing a record with members of the later London Radha Krsna Temple. Over the following years Bhaktivedanta Swami's continuing leadership role took him around the world some several times setting up temples and communities in all of the major continents. By the time of his death in Vrindavan in 1977, ISKCON had become an internationally known expression of Vaishnavism. In the twelve years from his arrival in New York until his final days, he: circled the globe fourteen times on lecture tours that took him to six continents; initiated many disciples, awarding sannyasa initiations; introduced Vedic gurukul education to a Western audience; directed the founding of the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust, which claims to be the world's largest publisher of ancient and classical Vaishnava religious texts; founded the religious colony New Vrindavan in West Virginia; authored more than eighty books (with many available online) on Vedantic philosophy, religion, literature and culture (including four published originally in Bengali); introduced international celebrations in the capitals of the world like that of Jagannatha processions; watched ISKCON grow to a confederation of more than 108 temples, various institutes and farm communities. It is believed that Bhaktivedanta Swami's most significant contribution are his books. Within the final twenty years of his life Bhaktivedanta Swami translated over sixty volumes of classic Vedic scriptures (such as the Bhagavad Gita and the Srimad Bhagavatam) into the English language. For their authority, depth, and clarity, his books have won praise from professors at colleges and universities like Harvard, Oxford, Cornell, Columbia, Syracuse, Oberlin, and Edinburgh, and his Bhagavad-Gītā As It Is was published by Macmillan Publishers, in 1968 and unabridged edition in 1972, and is now available in over sixty languages around the world and some other books by Bhaktivedanta Swami are available in over eighty different languages. The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust was established in 1972 to publish his works, it has also published massively researched multivolume biography, Srila Prabhupada-lilamrta, that in opinion of Larry Shinn will "certainly be one of the most complete records of the life and work of any modern religious figure". Prabhupada reminded his devotees before his disappearance that he would live forever in his books, and through them would remain present as a spiritual master or guru. Bhaktivedanta Swami had instilled in his followers an understanding of the importance of writing and publishing not only with regard to his works, but also their own initiatives. His early disciples felt Prabhupada had given them Back To Godhead for their own writings from the very start. A prominent Gaudiya Vaishnava figure, Shrivatsa Goswami, who as a young man had met Bhaktivedanta Swami in 1972, affirmed the significance of book publishing and distribution in spreading the message of Caitanya in an interview with Steven Gelberg: "Making these Vaisnava texts available is one of Srila Prabhupada's greatest contributions. Apart from the masses, his books have also reached well into academic circles and have spurred academic interest in the Chaitanya tradition ... The significance of making these texts available is not merely academic or cultural; it is spiritual."
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