July 4, 2020

Mahaṛṣi Kṛṣṇa Dvaipāyana Veda Vyāsa is ādi-guru (the foremost guru). He is guru for all – karmīs (fruitive workers), jñānīs (impersonalists), yogīs (mystics) and bhaktas (devotees). Any karmī, who wants to spread the glories [about the process of reward seeking activities], cannot do so without the mercy of Śrīla Vyāsadeva. Whatever evidence [pramāṇa] he desires to present, he will have to take shelter of the scriptures composed by Śrīla Vyāsadeva. Similarly for jñānīs who think that the Vedānta is topmost, even that has been composed by Śrīla Vyāsadeva. Yogīs who talk about yoga sādhan...

July 4, 2020

Due to the brief association of Śrīmān Mahāprabhu, Śrīla Sanātana Gosvāmī understood and realized that Śrīmān Mahāprabhu’s dearmost scripture is Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam. Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam is so deep that one cannot understand it merely by reading it himself. One needs the association of high class devotees [Vaiṣṇavas] who are well-versed in it and being the direct manifestation of the Lord, Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam reveals itself according to one’s qualification

June 30, 2020

Everyone has a guru; whether one is a karmī (fruitive worker), a jñānī (impersonalist) or a yogi (mystic), every one accepts and regards śrī guru. However such a guru can’t take them to the eternal abode. It is said in the Bhagavad-gītā (15.6), ‘yad gatvā na nivartante tad dhāma paramaṁ mama’. Upon reaching that place one doesn’t need to return to this material world. That place is eternal. The word ‘guru’ is to be attributed only to that personality who has attempted to take you to that eternal abode.

June 26, 2020

However, after some time, by some good fortune, Devānanda Paṇḍita got an opportunity to nicely serve Vakreśvara Paṇḍita. Because of this affectionate service, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu showed His favour to Devānanda Paṇḍita during His next visit, saying, “You are the servant of My dear devotee Vakreśvara Paṇḍita. By serving him you have greatly pleased Me.”

June 26, 2020

Followers of the vidhi-mārga, see that Lord Jagannātha went away to Guṇḍicā [promising Lakṣmī that He would return soon]. Since He did not return for five days, Lakṣmī goes to investigate the reason for this on the fifth day, although She will not bring Him back by force. This is called Herā Pañcamī [‘Herā’ means to see and ‘pañcamī’ is the fifth day of the lunar cycle].  Lakṣmī goes with a lot of pomp on a palanquin via Badā Ḍanḍā (the Grand Road) to Guṇḍicā, accompanied by Her maid-servants, elephants, horses, hand torches and many musical instruments.

June 22, 2020

Today is the Ratha-yātrā of Jagannātha and it is also the disappearance day of Svarūpa Dāmodara. By worldly considerations, Svarūpa Dāmodara was born in Navadvīpa. His earlier name was Puruṣottama Bhaṭṭācārya or Puruṣottama Ācārya.

June 22, 2020

During Ratha-yātrā, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu and His many eternal associates would dance in front of Śrī Jagannātha-deva’s chariot. They never thought to themselves “I have to pull the cart,” “I have to touch the rope,” or “I have to shout ‘Jaya Jagannātha,’ just as everyone else is doing.” These days, those who attend Ratha-yātrā bring with them many emotions and sentiments. They say things like, “I pulled the chariot for a whole minute,” and, “I was able to see Jagannātha very clearly.” In reality, acts such as pulling the ratha rope will never change the hearts of those who are since...

June 22, 2020

When Nityānanda Prabhu kicked Śivānanda Sena, He made him the exclusive, privileged recipient of His foot dust, which can remove all the miseries of material existence. Otherwise, if he had affectionately given him His foot dust, all other devotees present would have also rushed for it. Who will make you understand this? It is very difficult.

June 20, 2020

Even though He heard Dhruva-caritra and Prahlāda-caritra from Gadādhara Paṇḍita over a 100 times, He was not satisfied. [It could not quench His insatiable thirst to hear more.] He implored, “Speak more! Speak more!” Once, Nityānanda Prabhu brought fine rice from Bengal as an offering to Ṭoṭā-gopīnātha. With great affection, Gadādhara Paṇḍita prepared and offered the rice to Gopīnātha. Nityānanda Prabhu was to honour Gopīnātha prasāda there that day. Suddenly Mahāprabhu arrived there and said, “Gadādhara! What is this? Is there no invitation for Me?” [And he merrily joined Gadādhara and...

June 20, 2020

Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura stayed in Jagannātha Purī for five years. When he was appointed superintendent of the temple, he introduced a new system to streamline all the sevās. Roles, services, and all other details were clearly defined, recorded, and systematically documented – who would be responsible for what kind of sevā, when that particular sevā would be performed and how it would be performed. This was initially opposed by the pāṇḍās (local pūjārīs) but Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura persisted and the new system was introduced. No one could haphazardly perform any sevāin the temple o...

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