Sriman Jagadananda das “Our Spiritual Master, Our Guru”

Jagadananda das

All glories to my spiritual masters, Srila B.K. Giri Maharaja, Srila Govinda Maharaja, Srila Sridhara Maharaja and Srila Swami Maharaja.

Please accept my most humble obeisances.

We have all heard the popular saying “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” I’m not certain of the roots of this cliche, but it is one that has been repeated many times and is so commonplace most of its original meaning is lost. However, this is a powerful statement.

In  Elevation to Krsna Consciousness by A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, we find the following in chapter six entitled “Taking to Krsna Consciousness”:

“If we are sincere, we will get a sincere spiritual master by the grace of Kṛṣṇa. If, however, we want to be cheated, Kṛṣṇa will send us a cheater, and Read More...

Jagadananda das “Enthusiam”

Jagadananda das

Jagadananda das

 

Recently I came across a quote that I have read many times before throughout my life and has always remained with me. It is by Henry Ford, the founder of the Ford motor company. It reads:

“Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes shine to the stars. Enthusiasm is the sparkle in your eyes, the swing in your gait. The grip of your hand, the irresistible surge of will and energy to execute your ideas.”

—Henry Ford

Immediately I was reminded of the third text of the Nectar of Instruction: An authorized English presentation of Srila Rupa Gosvami’s Sri Upadesamrta:

utsāhān niścayād dhairyāt

tat-tat-karma-pravartanāt

saga-tyāgāt sato vtte

abhir bhakti prasidhyati

Word for word:

utsāhāt — by enthusiasm

niścayāt — by confidence

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Gopal Govinda Das “Scriptures Should Not Be Altered”

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I offer my humble obeisances to Sri Guru, Sri Sri Guru Gauranga and all vaishnavas.

September 2, 2015

When I was growing up back in the mid to late 1970’s, I remember my father used to wear a mood ring on his right hand. This was a popular fashion at the time. These rings were oval shaped crystals set on a gold or silver band in various sizes. What was unique to this ring, was the crystal would change colors according to your mood.  Happy, sad, angry etc. Many people wore them and some rings could get quite expensive. The fad eventually died out and I have no idea whatever happened to that ring.

Unfortunately, however, this is how modern society has been influenced to approach the scriptures and the spiritual life. That religion and scripture should be a reflection of their mood. Not Read More...

“Feeling Deep Separation” by Sriman Nabadwip das Adhikari

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Nabadwip das walking with Srila Prabhupada in New York (1971). He is wearing the dark jacket.

The following was composed in 2009 by Sriman Nabadwip das Adhikari as a Vyasa Puja Offering to Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

namah om visnupadaya krsna-presthaya bhutale
swami sri bhaktivedanta prabhupadaya te namah
gurvajnam sirasi-dharyam sakyavesa sva-rupine
hare-krsneti mantrena pascatya-pracya-tarine
visvacarya pravaryaya divya karunya murtaye
sri-bhagavata-madhurya-gita-jnana-pradayine
gaura-sri-rupa-siddhanta-sarasvati nisevine
radha-krsna-padambhoja-bhrngaya gurave namah

“I offer my respectful obeisances unto His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, who is very dear to Lord Krsna on this Earth, having taken shelter at His lotus Read More...

Вопрос: “А преданные Кришны Живут на Шива-локе?”

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English Version

Дата: 20 августа 2015

Следующий вопрос был размещен на странице “Контакты” Валерием Кишлалий:

Правда ли, что преданные Кришны живут на Шивалоке?

Уважаемый Валерий Кишлалий (Вайкунтха Нама дас),

Нет, это не правда!

Пожалуйста, откройте Бхагавад-гиту и читайте в главе 9, стих 25. *
Затем, читайте Б.Г. 8.8, Б.Г. 9.34 и Б.Г.18.65.

С уважением,

Кореспондент – секретарь.

* Б.Г. 9.25

янти дева-врата деван
питрин янти питри-вратах
бхутани янти бхутеджья
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Srila Giri Maharaja “Calendar/Tulasi Story – You Draw Nectar”

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From: Giri Maharaja
Subject: Calendar
Date: 4/15/2000
To: Sriman Mahananda dasa B.R.

Dear Mahananda Prabhu,

Dandavats.

I was looking for the Math Calendar. As usual I was probably looking in all the wrong places. Is it available for download somewhere? I’ve been using the ISKCON calendar which is calculated for our local time but of course it is not as complete in other respects as our own Math calendar.

Perhaps you could also fill me in on the practices for different festival days as they are followed at the Math there in Navadwipa. For example, I am accustomed to fasting till noon on the appearance day of my direct gurus such as Srila Sridhara Maharaj. I do likewise for Srila Bahktisiddhanta and Srils Bhaktivinoda Thakur. How far do we carry this out? Is it also done for Srila Gaurakishora, Read More...

Question: “Do devotees of Krishna Live on Shiva Loka?”

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Pусский

Date: Aug 20, 2015

The following question was posted to our “Contact” page by Valery Kishlaly:

Is it true that devotees of Krishna live on Shivaloka?

Dear Valery Kishlaly (Vaikuntha Nama dasa),

No, that is not true!

Please open Bhagavad-gita and read Chapter 9, verse 25.*
Then read—Bg 8.8, Bg. 9.34 and Bg 18.65.

With respect,

Correspondence Secretary

* Bg 9.25

yānti deva-vratā devān
pitṝn yānti pitṛ-vratāḥ
bhūtāni yānti bhūtejyā
yānti mad-yājino ’pi mām

“Those who worship the demigods will take birth among the demigods; those who worship the ancestors go to the ancestors; those who worship ghosts and spirits will take birth among such beings; and those who worship Me will live with Me.”

“Save Yourself, the Earth Will Be Just Fine”

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I recently heard a short clip from a comedian once styled as “the dean of counterculture comedians.” His humorous satire drives home a point worth considering, man’s influence over the earth. I invite you to hear the clip, a coarse analysis, followed by a much more refined theistic one. Hat tip to “The Mark Levin Show” which provided the Carlin sound track.

George Carlin speaks about man’s egoistic thinking that he can “save the planet.” Click on the player to hear it:

George Carlin

Srila Sridhara Maharaja speaks on man’s inability to change the environment:

Sridhara Maharaja: Many years ago, a German scholar expressed his opinion that Bhagavad Gita is the highest spiritual literature. His point was that Bhagavad Gita clearly advises Read More...

“With all well wishes for your mission in the line of Srila Guru Maharaj and Sri Gaurasundara.”

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The following is an email to a disciple of Srila Sridhara Maharaja who wrote to Srila Giri Maharaja in appreciation of his visit to our center in England during March of this year.

Dear _______________ ,

Please accept my humble obeisances.

It’s good to hear from you. I apologize for also being a bit “belated” with my response to your email.

It has taken me until now to get to the point where things are more or less back to normal here, after being away for six weeks or so. That said, my “eyes” for seva are always far bigger than my “stomach” can accommodate. So I am always running behind so much seva in front of me, but can never catch up to it.

I also hope to spend more time in the UK in the future and look forward to meeting with you Read More...

Sripad Avadhut Maharaja Endorses Srila Giri Maharaja’s Russian Tour!

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“You are a great preacher and I wish you success. The world is open for you: Russia, America, Ukraine, Africa.” — email to BKG, December 31, 2013.

“I’ve considered you as one of self-less devotees who are willing to take sufferings in sacrifice for Krishna consciousness.” — email to BKG, December 31, 2013.

“I wish you success. You have many great qualities …” — email to BKG, December 31, 2013.

“We remember that you have pleased Srila Gurudev when He manifested His pastimes in this world and we hope that you continue your devotional service with your followers and friends.

Humbly,

Swami B. B. Avadhut and Russian devotees” — email to BKG, December 19, 2013.