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Comment by Dandavats dasa on May 28, 2017 at 10:49am

Serve the Mission of Authorized Hare Krsna
Vaisnava Guru-Parampara in Full Surrender

kiba vipra, kiba sudra, nyasi kene naya
yei krsna-tattva-vetta, sei 'guru' haya
 [Cc. Madhya 8.128]
[Preaching work is for the guru. So Krsna... Caitanya Mahaprabhu says it doesn't matter whether he is a grhastha or vanaprastha or a brahmana or sudra. It doesn't matter. If he knows what is Krsna consciousness and preaches, then he is guru. That's all. So we have to become like that. It doesn't matter what we are, but whether I am preaching nicely. That is required. But still there is some regulative principles like sannyasi and brahmacari will be like this, grhastha will be like this. That is the external. But the main business is preaching. So you have got good opportunity, you have got good name, Krsna consciousness movement, it is being appreciated. So live very cautiously and preach very cautiously and seriously, then in this one life you will become successful, go back to home, back to Godhead. One life. You haven't got to wait for another life. If this life we work sincerely, then our business is finished. Tyaktva deham punar janma naiti [Bg. 4.9]. That is assured by Krsna. "After giving up this body, he doesn't come to this material world." Then where does he go? Mam eti, "He comes to Me." This is said by Krsna. Why shall we disbelieve? So serve this life very sincerely and go back to Krsna immediately. That is intelligence. Why should you wait for another life? We do not know what life we can get. May not be possible. So we should be very responsible to this life in serving Krsna. Make yourself successful. Don't waste a single moment. Every moment should be utilized to serve Krsna. Always think, how I can serve Krsna? The direction is already there. The work is sufficient. If you don't want to do, that is a different thing. There is sufficient work to do. If you cannot do anything, you can go and meet any man and request him, "Please chant Hare Krsna." What is the difficulty? You can request. That your endeavor to request him is your service. He may not chant. But if you request him, "Please chant Hare Krsna..." If you cannot do anything, if you meet anyone in the street and say "Please... (end)]

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Darsana -- June 28, 1971, San Francisco

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Comment by Dandavats dasa on March 16, 2017 at 3:29pm

Lord Sri Krsna never leaves Goloka Vrndaban

[In spite of all the property of Krsna, Krsna doesn't care for this material world. He is busy in the spiritual world. Radha-madhava kunja-bihari. He's busy in Vrndavana. He has many servants. Just big man has got many secretaries, servants, they look after, similarly, in this material world. His representatives -- Brahma, Visnu, Mahesvara -- they are managing the affairs of this whole universe. But He's enjoying in Vrndavana. Jaya radha-madhava kunja-bihari. He has no concern. He doesn't care what is happening here. But it, it does not mean that He doesn't care, but He has no anxiety how the things are being managed. When it is mismanaged, then sometimes Krsna comes in His Vasudeva form. Not the original Krsna. Original Krsna never leaves Vrndavana. Padam ekam na gacchati. He's always in His abode.]

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Bhagavad-gita 2.1 -- Ahmedabad, December 7, 1972

[So Narayana's place is there, sa dhamani. That is His own abode. This is also Narayana's abode, this material world. Just like king. King's kingdom is very widespread, but still, he has got a palace. That is sa dhamani. Everywhere his property, government property, but still there is a government house, particular. Similarly, everything belongs to God, isavasyam idam sarvam [Iso mantra 1], everything. Everything, God's property. Bhoktaram yajna-tapasam sarva-loka-mahesvaram [Bg. 5.29]. He is the proprietor. But still He has got His own abode. That is Goloka Vrndavana. Goloka eva nivasaty akhilatma-bhuto [Bs. 5.37]. That is God. He's always there. He hasn't got to go out for some business. No. He hasn't got to work for maintaining His establishment. No. He is complete, and He's staying there. Just like Krsna... It is said in the sastra: vrndavanam parityaja na padam ekam gacchati. Krsna never leaves Vrndavana. He doesn't go anywhere. He's always existing there. But still, He's everywhere. That is His inconceivable potency. Goloka eva nivasaty akhilatma-bhuto. We are limited. I am sitting here; I'm not in my apartment. But Krsna is not like that. Krsna is in His abode, Goloka Vrndavana -- He doesn't leave that place any moment -- but you'll find Krsna everywhere. Goloka eva nivasaty akhilatma-bhuto [Bs. 5.37]. Don't think that "Krsna is not here." Krsna is here also. You see, personally, Krsna is present here. Don't think that it is not Krsna, it is some stone statue. No. He's Krsna. But because you cannot see Krsna, He's appearing just that you may see. Because you cannot see without stone and wood. Therefore it is called arca-vigraha, arca-avatara. Arca-avatara.]

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.1.41 -- Los Angeles, June 7, 1976

Comment by Dandavats dasa on March 16, 2017 at 3:26pm

He never leaves Goloka Vrndaban

[Krsna is the original Supreme Personality of Godhead, and Baladeva is Krsna's immediate expansion. Both Lord Krsna and Baladeva appeared as sons of Vasudeva, so both of Them may be called Vasudeva. From another point of view, because Krsna never leaves Vrndavana, all the forms of Krsna that appear elsewhere are His expansions. Vasudeva is Krsna's immediate expansion, so Vasudeva is not different from Krsna. It is to be understood that the Vasudeva referred to in this verse of Bhagavad-gita is Baladeva, or Balarama, because He is the original source of all incarnations and thus He is the sole source of Vasudeva. The immediate expansions of the Lord are called svamsa (personal expansions), and there are also expansions called vibhinnamsa (separated expansions).]

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Bg 10.37

[Adi-caturbhuja, the original expansions from Baladeva, are Vasudeva, Sankarsana, Pradyumna and Aniruddha. All of Them are visnu-tattvas, or nondifferent Personalities of Godhead. In the incarnation of Sri Rama, all these different expansions appeared for particular pastimes. Lord Rama is the original Vasudeva, and His brothers were Sankarsana, Pradyumna and Aniruddha. Aniruddha is also the cause of Maha-Visnu, from whose breathing the Rg Veda appeared. All this is nicely explained in the Markandeya Purana. In the incarnation of Lord Krsna, Aniruddha appeared as the son of the Lord. Lord Krsna in Dvaraka is the Vasudeva expansion of the original group. The original Lord Krsna never leaves Goloka Vrndavana. All the plenary expansions are one and the same visnu-tattva, and there is no difference in Their potency.]

>>> Ref. VedaBase => SB 3.1.34

Comment by Dandavats dasa on February 20, 2017 at 1:00pm

devarsi-bhutapta-nrnam pitrnam / na kinkaro nayam rni ca rajan
sarvatmana yah saranam saranyam / gato mukundam parihrtya kartam [SB 11.5.41]

"'One who has given up all material duties and taken full shelter at the lotus feet of Mukunda, who gives shelter to all, is not indebted to the demigods, great sages, ordinary living beings, relatives, friends, mankind or even his forefathers who have passed away.'

Srila Prabhupada writes in his purport that 'It is said:

adhyapanam brahma-yajnah pitr-yajnas tu tarpanam
homo daivo balir bhauto nr-yajno 'tithi-pujanam

But when one takes to the sankirtana-yajna (the chanting of the Hare Krsna mantra), one does not have to perform any other yajna. In Srimad-Bhagavatam, Narada Muni made a statement about the systematic performance of bhagavata-dharma in connection with statements previously made by the nine Yogendras before Maharaja Nimi. The sage Karabhajana Rsi explained the four incarnations of the four yugas, and at the end, in this verse, he explained the position of Krsna's pure devotee and how he is absolved of all debts.

Srila Prabhupada spoke the following at a lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.8.49 -- Mayapura, October 29, 1974 on the same topic.

Therefore the conclusion is that you can be freed from the debts ofdevarsi-bhutapta-nrnam pitrnam nayam rni na kinkarah [SB 11.5.41].


Sarvatmana ye saranam saranyam gato mukundam parihrtya kartam. One who has taken full shelter of Krsna, sarvatmana, without any reservation, he's no more rni. He's no more. He's fully liquidated.

How? Krsna says,

sarva-dharman parityajya mam ekam saranam vraja
aham tvam sarva-papebhyo moksayisyami ma sucah (Bg. 18.66)

"If you think that without liquidating the debts of so many persons, devata, rsi, bhuta, apta, general people, if you think by simply surrendering to Me you will be liable to punishment for not paying bills to so many persons," Krsna assures, ma sucah: "don't bother, I'll give you protection."

So from the material point of view, everyone must be prepared to pay, to take protection. But does it mean that if one becomes devotee he becomes irresponsible? No. These things automatically come.

All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Comment by Dandavats dasa on February 20, 2017 at 12:59pm

Hare Krsna

Please accept my humble obeisance. All glories to Srila Prabhupada


What are the debt we owe to demigods,  sages,  forefathers,  living entities,  etc.

Q: What are different debts a person owes to demigods, sages, forefathers, living entities, etc. ?

Ans: Srila Prabhupada writes in his purport of verse Cc madhya 22.140 'After birth, every man is indebted in so many ways.

He is indebted to the demigods for their supplying necessities like air, light and water.

When one takes advantage of the Vedic literatures, one becomes indebted to great sages like Vyasadeva, Narada, Devala and Asita.

When one takes birth in a particular family, he becomes indebted to his forefathers.

We are even indebted to common living entities like cows, from whom we take milk. Because we accept service from so many animals, we become indebted. '

Q: How does a common person supposed to pay these debts ?

Ans : Srila Prabhupada writes in the next verse CC madhya 22.141

"By offering oblations with ghee, one satisfies the demigods.

By studying the Vedas, one performs brahma-yajna, which satisfies the great sages.

Offering libations of water before one's forefathers is called pitr-yajna.

By offering tribute, one performs bhuta-yajna.

By properly receiving guests, one performs nr-yajna."

These are the five yajnas that liquidate the five kinds of indebtedness — indebtedness to the demigods, great sages, forefathers, living entities and common men. Therefore one has to perform these five kinds of yajnas.

Q: Does a devotee has to perform all these yajnas ?

Ans : A devotee is absolved of all such debts.

Caitanya Mahaprabhu tells to Sri Sanatana Goswami in Cc madhya 22.140

"If a person gives up all material desires and completely engages in the transcendental loving service of Krsna, as enjoined in the revealed scriptures, he is never indebted to the demigods, sages or forefathers.

And in the next verse Krishna Das Kaviraja quotes below verse from Srimad Bhagavatam

Cc MADHYA 22.141

Comment by Dandavats dasa on February 3, 2017 at 9:28am

vande 'ham sri-guroh sri-yuta-pada-kamalam sri-gurun vaisnavams ca
sri-rupam sagrajatam saha-gana-raghunathanvitam tam sa-jivam
sadvaitam savadhutam parijana-sahitam krsna-caitanya-devam
sri-radha-krsna-padan saha-gana-lalita-sri-visakhanvitams ca

I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of my spiritual master and unto the feet of all Vaisnavas. I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of Srila Rupa Gosvami along with his elder brother Sanatana Gosvami, as well as Raghunatha Dasa and Raghunatha Bhatta, Gopala Bhatta, and Srila Jiva Gosvami. I offer my respectful obeisances to Lord Krsna Caitanya and Lord Nityananda along with Advaita Acarya, Gadadhara, Srivasa, and other associates. I offer my respectful obeisances to Srimati Radharani and Sri Krsna along with Their associates Sri Lalita and Visakha.

he krsna karuna-sindho
dina-bandho jagat-pate
gopesa gopika-kanta
radha-kanta namo 'stu te

O my dear Krsna, You are the friend of the distressed and the source of creation. You are the master of the gopis and the lover of Radharani. I offer my respectful obeisances unto You.

radhe vrndavanesvari
vrsabhanu-sute devi
pranamami hari-priye

I offer my respects to Radharani, whose bodily complexion is like molten gold and who is the Queen of Vrndavana. You are the daughter of King Vrsabhanu, and You are very dear to Lord Krsna.

vancha-kalpatarubhyas ca
krpa-sindhubhya eva ca
patitanam pavanebhyo
vaisnavebhyo namo namah

I offer my respectful obeisances unto all the Vaisnava devotees of the Lord. They can fulfill the desires of everyone, just like desire trees, and they are full of compassion for the fallen souls.

sri-advaita gadadhara

I offer my obeisances to Sri Krsna Caitanya, Prabhu Nityananda, Sri Advaita, Gadadhara, Srivasa and all others in the line of devotion.

hare krsna hare krsna
krsna krsna hare hare
hare rama hare rama
rama rama hare hare

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Bg Introduction

sri-advaita gadadhara

I offer my obeisances to Sri Krsna Caitanya, Prabhu Nityananda, Sri Advaita, Gadadhara, Srivasa and all others in the line of devotion.

hare krsna hare krsna
krsna krsna hare hare
hare rama hare rama
rama rama hare hare

krsna-varnam tvisakrsnam
yajnaih sankirtana-prayair
yajanti hi su-medhasah

krsna-varnam -- repeating the syllables krs-na; tvisa-with a luster; akrsnam -- not black (golden); sa-anga -- along with associates; upa-anga -- servitors; astra -- weapons; parsadam -- confidential companions; yajnaih -- by sacrifice; sankirtana-prayaih -- consisting chiefly of congregational chanting; yajanti -- they worship; hi -- certainly; su-medhasah -- intelligent persons.

In the age of Kali, intelligent persons perform congregational chanting to worship the incarnation of Godhead who constantly sings the names of Krsna. Although His complexion is not blackish, He is Krsna Himself. He is accompanied by His associates, servants, weapons and confidential companions.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => SB 11.5.32

Comment by Dandavats dasa on February 3, 2017 at 9:27am

Vaisnava Prayers:

1. Prayer to Srila Prabhupada:

nama om visnu-padaya krsna-presthaya bhu-tale
srimate bhaktivedanta-svamin iti namine

namas te sarasvate deve gaura-vani-pracarine

"I offer my respectful obeisances unto His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, who is very dear to Lord Krsna, having taken shelter at His lotus feet. Our respectful obeisances are unto you, O spiritual master, servant of Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami. You are kindly preaching the message of Lord Caitanyadeva and delivering the Western countries, which are filled with impersonalism and voidism."

2. Prayer to Lord Caitanya:

namo maha-vadanyaya krsna-prema-pradaya te
krsnaya krsna-caitanya-namne gaura-tvise namah
 [Cc. Madhya 19.53]

"O most munificent incarnation! You are Krsna Himself appearing as Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu. You have assumed the golden color of Srimati Radharani, and You are widely distributing pure love of Krsna. We offer our respectful obeisances unto You."

3. Prayer to Lord Krsna:

namo brahmanya-devaya go-brahmana-hitaya ca
jagad-dhitaya krsnaya govindaya namo namah

"I offer my respectful obeisances unto Lord Krsna, who is the worshipable Deity for all brahmanas, the well-wisher of the cows and the brahmanas, and the benefactor of the whole world. I offer my repeated obeisances to the Personality of Godhead, known as Krsna and Govinda."

>>> Ref. VedaBase => TQE 8k: How to Prepare and Offer Prasadam

Prayers Found in Introduction to
Bhagavad Gita As It Is:  

om ajnana-timirandhasya
caksur unmilitam yena
tasmai sri-gurave namah

sthapitam yena bhu-tale
svayam rupah kada mahyam
dadati sva-padantikam

I was born in the darkest ignorance, and my spiritual master opened my eyes with the torch of knowledge. I offer my respectful obeisances unto him. When will Srila Rupa Gosvami Prabhupada, who has established within this material world the mission to fulfill the desire of Lord Caitanya, give me shelter under his lotus feet?

Comment by Dandavats dasa on February 3, 2017 at 9:24am

visrjya smayamanan svan
drsam vridam ca daihikim
pranamed danda-vad bhumav
visrjya -- giving up; smayamanan -- who are laughing; svan -- one's own friends; drsam -- the outlook; vridam -- the embarrassment; ca -- and; daihikim -- of the bodily conception; pranamet -- one should offer obeisances; danda-vat -- falling down like a rod; bhumau -- upon the ground; a-even; sva -- to the dogs; candala -- outcastes; go -- cows; kharam -- and asses.
Disregarding the ridicule of one's companions, one should give up the bodily conception and its accompanying embarrassment. One should offer obeisances before all -- even the dogs, outcastes, cows and asses -- falling flat upon the ground like a rod.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => SB 11.29.16

Comment by Dandavats dasa on February 2, 2017 at 11:45am


[Those words which do not describe the glories of the Lord, who alone can sanctify the atmosphere of the whole universe, are considered by saintly persons to be like unto a place of pilgrimage for crows. Since the all-perfect persons are inhabitants of the transcendental abode, they do not derive any pleasure there.]

>>> Ref. VedaBase => SB 1.5.10

[On the other hand, that literature which is full of descriptions of the transcendental glories of the name, fame, forms, pastimes, etc., of the unlimited Supreme Lord is a different creation, full of transcendental words directed toward bringing about a revolution in the impious lives of this world's misdirected civilization. Such transcendental literatures, even though imperfectly composed, are heard, sung and accepted by purified men who are thoroughly honest.]

>>> Ref. VedaBase => SB 1.5.11

[Those words that do not describe the glories of the Lord, who alone can sanctify the atmosphere of the whole universe, are considered to be like unto a place of pilgrimage for crows, and are never resorted to by those situated in transcendental knowledge. The pure and saintly devotees take interest only in topics glorifying the infallible Supreme Lord.]

>>> Ref. VedaBase => SB 12.12.51

[Men of small knowledge are very much attached to the flowery words of the Vedas, which recommend various fruitive activities for elevation to heavenly planets, resultant good birth, power, and so forth. Being desirous of sense gratification and opulent life, they say that there is nothing more than this.]

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Bg 2.42, Bg 2.43, Bg 2.42-43

[Austerity of speech consists in speaking words that are truthful, pleasing, beneficial, and not agitating to others, and also in regularly reciting Vedic literature.]

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Bg 17.15

[Firm faith in the blissful narration of My pastimes, constant chanting of My glories, unwavering attachment to ceremonial worship of Me, praising Me through beautiful hymns, great respect for My devotional service, offering obeisances with the entire body, performing first-class worship of My devotees, consciousness of Me in all living entities, offering of ordinary, bodily activities in My devotional service, use of words to describe My qualities, offering the mind to Me, rejection of all material desires, giving up wealth for My devotional service, renouncing material sense gratification and happiness, and performing all desirable activities such as charity, sacrifice, chanting, vows and austerities with the purpose of achieving Me -- these constitute actual religious principles, by which those human beings who have actually surrendered themselves to Me automatically develop love for Me. What other purpose or goal could remain for My devotee?]

>>> Ref. VedaBase => SB 11.19.20, SB 11.19.21, SB 11.19.22, SB 11.19.23, SB 11.19.24, SB 11.19.20-24

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