ISKCON Derire Tree's Posts (13238)

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For Srila Prabhupada, the term “Society, Friendship and Love,” was used to refer to the primary allurement which keeps us shackled in the material world of illusion and suffering. The following excerpt is indicative of his general usage of the term:

Persons who are conditioned in the society, friendship, and love, this is the attraction for material life. “Society, friendship and love,” they think, “divinely bestowed upon man.” But that, it is not divinely bestowed upon man. From spiritual point of view, it is the gift of maya. Society, friendship and love is the gift of maya, illusion. (SB 3.25.23, Lecture, Nov 10 1968)

In the same lecture, Srila Prabhupada vividly describes just how society, friendship and love are illusory:

So we like society, friendship. Oh, I do not know how many intimate friendship I had, but those are now just like dream, everything finished. Now I am making new friendships with your countrymen, with you younger boys of this country, and I have forgotten the friendship which I made the whole life in India. So this friendship, this love, this society, this country—everything illusion. Just like dream. (SB 3.25.23, Lecture, Nov 10 1968)

Does this imply that Srila Prabhupada’s present association with his disciples is but another dream, another phase of illusion? It is clear that Srila Prabhupada used the term to refer to material association. Spiritual association is eternal, and has eternal value.

The phrase, “society, friendship and love” may be traced to a poem by William Cowper entitled “The Solitude of Alexander Selkirk”, where, oddly enough, they are associated with the soothing benefits of religion, and may almost imply spiritual association. The stanza in question runs as follows:

Society, Friendship, and Love

Divinely bestow’d upon man,

O had I the wings of a dove

How soon would I taste you again!

My sorrows I then might assuage

In the ways of religion and truth,

Might learn from the wisdom of age,

And be cheer’d by the sallies of youth.

Alexander Selkirk’s adventures in the South Pacific were the source of another well-known piece of Literature: Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe. The four years Alexander Selkirk spent marooned on a desert island fascinated the English public of the early 18th century, and were remarked by his companions to have effected a wonderful transformation of his somewhat roguish character. It was observed that Selkirk had attained a certain peace of mind after spending over four years on the island, where his only mental occupation, after securing food and shelter, was his daily reading of the Bible. But the change in his character appears to have been short-lived: he returned to his former unruly ways in the association of fellow buccaneers.

All of which raises another question: just what is the value, or the price, of association? The example of a man shipwrecked on an island was given by Father Tanner in a lively debate with Srila Prabhupada concerning the real situation regarding Srila Prabhupada’s disciples. Were they really pure, or was their apparent purity of conduct merely the effect of their temporary association? A man shipwrecked on an island may live a very pure life while on the island, and the effect of his solitude may last some time after being rescued, but, like Alexander Selkirk, he is bound to fall back to his old ways once placed in his old environment.

Srila Prabhupada’s response to this argument is telling: a person is considered pure so long as he remains engaged in a purifying process. What may happen in the future, or in different circumstances is not important. He is to be accepted for what he is at present.

The Father found something wanting in this view, feeling perhaps that it entails a sort of hypocrisy, or only an outward show of purity. Srila Prabhupada’s answer was that the process of devotional service is both internal and external. The difficulty for the Father seems to be one of choice: if it is possible for someone who is once pure to become impure by his own choosing, how can he ever be considered to have been pure? But purity never entails a loss of freedom. Srila Prabhupada answers succinctly: “I say that there is every chance of falling down. That is up to you to keep fit.” (Room Conversation, July 11 1973).

Source: http://www.dandavats.com/?p=18952

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The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust is very happy to announce the release of a new website, www.bbt.info, your ultimate guide for all things BBT. Visit this website to learn more about BBT, its mission, organization, and governance, the unique relationship between BBT and ISKCON, and more.

Other key highlights from this website:

1. BBT Global’s Financial Statements, as well as more information about BBT Grants.

2. BBT Affiliates with information about BBT Media—the reliable source for BBT ebooks and audiobooks; Bhaktivedanta Archives—Collections of Audio recordings, documents, publications and images of Srila Prabhupada and ISKCON activities primarily from 1965-77; BTG Magazine and Krishna.com

3. A ‘Srila Prabhupada said’ section with extensive instructions from Srila Prabhupada on various BBT related topics like “BBT only”, BBT money, BBT Structures and Publishing.

Source: http://www.dandavats.com/?p=81758

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The Ministry of Education invites devotees to a symposium designed to bring together the many ISKCON-members involved in Education:

"Dear ISKCON educator and leader, 

Please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. 

We are delighted to inform you that the ISKCON Ministry of Education, will be hosting its 2nd Annual International Symposium of Education “Viplavah 2020” on February 21st & 22nd, 2020, at ILS Venue in Sridham Mayapur. 

We were very encouraged by the huge number of devotees who participated in Viplavah 2019 [https://www.flickr.com/photos/165029849@N02/albums/72157707723779915] and aim that Viplavah 2020 will be to provide ISKCON educators and leaders around the world another opportunity to connect with other educators serving in Srila Prabhupada’s mission and expand their frame of reference by hearing from and sharing with them. 

We are hopeful that this small step will help us fulfil the desire of His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada for education within ISKCON. 

The ILS organized by SPT is an important leadership event and we encourage everyone to participate wholeheartedly in it. Our symposium Viplavah 2020 is organized immediately after ILS conclusion and before the Kirtan Mela to ensure logistics convenience for our participants.

Viplavah 2020 will host upto 200 participants. We would like to invite you to please join us. And if you are able to join us then email us on viplavah.iskcon@gmail.com so that we may register you. 

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Viplavah 2020 International Education Symposium 

Dates: February 21st & 22nd, 2020

Location: Gita Bhavan, Sri Dhama Mayapur

Event Type: Ted-talk style presentations for 15 mins followed by 10 minutes Q&A with each speaker

Agenda: The detailed agenda and list of final speakers shall be circulated around 15th January 2020

Thank you. Hare Krishna.

Your servant,

Tapana Mishra dasa"

Source: https://iskconnews.org/invitation-to-viplavah-2020-international-education-symposium,7236/

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From Plane to DNA by Bhaktimarga Swami

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 I sat in seat 16 F, on an Air Canada flight—en route to Washington’s Dulles Airport—which was slightly delayed, and outside my window was the right wing of the plane.  It was ever so inviting to walk that wing had the window been open.  The aircraft stood there so long, and I felt rather crammed in the seat with no motion happening.  A deterrent to walking the wing was the fact that it was just de-iced.  Imagine the slippery nature of that dynamic; It might be the only meaningful stepping for today.  It was at this point that chanting became important.  I would be in a meeting for hours.  

Looking at my bead bag stuffed in the pouch in front of me, the beads within were beckoning to be used.  Out they came with my right hand fingering through each bead as my mouth softly uttered the names: Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare/ Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare (softly because I have to respect the passenger next to me.) How I admire that wine-coloured bead-bag before me.  It was a gift from South Africa.

The plane landed and an amiable person, by the name of Janardana, arrived for my pick up, his accent—Dutch—so familiar to me as it was the community I grew up in when a child.  Come to think of it I left some saliva in a tube just yesterday destined for ancestry.ca, to determine by my DNA what is the full ancestral background that my body is made up of.  Results are forthcoming.   

My parents are from the Netherlands, but is there more to the origins of my body of which I am not aware?
 
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2515108933?profile=RESIZE_710xIt’s been another one of those weeks wherein caring for our severely autistic/mentally daughter has very nearly eclipsed all other activities. Again. Same as every minute of every day. For years on end. In order that we might truly learn and grow deeper with sincere affection from the difficult experience which the Supreme Lord has sent as mercy to reform us from all selfish considerations. Or complaint (tat te nukumpam…) about the severe circumstance we must necessarily endure. As each endless day of severest ordeal crawls on it’s long journey into darkest night. Iron character is forged in the fire of ordeal. We are thusly compelled to continue anew each morning with our impossible life. As if the material energy had focused like a club specifically fashioned to brutally beat the spirit of mundane enjoyment completely from our consciousness. In order to cause all superficiality of being to be harshly scoured like a veneer from our souls.

Needless to say, we don’t worry much about threats of nuclear war, global famine or possible pandemics. Because universal devastation is continually revisited upon us as a constant daily occurrence within our household. As if this life were only training for the next hardship. And even the promise of eventual death is no guarantee that the next life will be any better (“Hello Mr. Sunshine!”) in our learning sojourn into Forever. And our journey to Love.

Much of our present difficulty is pertaining to our daughter’s full onset of OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) with her becoming an adult. Apparently, with adulthood various symptoms of OCD manifest within childhood can often become intensified and more severe. This has certainly been the case with our daughter who now has become completely obsessed with endlessly repeating each and every ordinary everyday activity. As if she were trapped in a rut of endless repetition—while constantly looking to us to reassure and somehow facilitate her every movement. Like she had become a zombie who also takes a certain perverse glee in observing our frustrations as we have to repeatedly urge her to take each bite of food. And each sip of water.

After finally being toilet-trained at nine years old (we used to jokingly refer to this important day as Independence Day because it happened on the Fourth of July) her obsessive compulsions have nearly caused this to be lost as she requires constant prompting for every little thing. And I mean every little thing. After being able to dress herself since early childhood—she is now unable to do so. Or completely unwilling—at least. And gleefully resists attempts to help her do what she already knew how to do. Each moment only feels like a lifetime. Her OCD has caused her to often violently demand (for her mother especially) to be forced to fulfill her every little need. As we dance madly backwards on thin ice trying to avoid potentially dangerous emotional outbursts. While simultaneously worrying about the neighbors might “think” of the ongoing litany of accompanying primal screams (“The hurricane inside the house has just started WWIII again—would someone please shut the windows!”).

OCD can be treated in cognitive adults who wish to achieve some measure of rehabilitative therapy. Of their own volition. Our child is more like a chimpanzee. Wild. And almost without any language skills whatsover. There is absolutely no possibility of a medical professional trying to “communicate” or reason with her about getting help overcoming an disorder which she not only doesn’t see as a problem—but actually a cause of self-stimulation. This combined with the self-stimulating textbook SIB (Self-Injurious Behavior) which she exhibits in a severe way common to many autistics. Apparently many severely autistic people eventually have all their all their teeth removed after they’ve finally picked away at their gumlines to expose raw nerves at the root. Like camels who enjoy eating thorns because of the bloody taste and “pleasurable” pain which is thereby incurred.

Whew! Thank God for small slivers! Life stings. And how was your day?

In the past couple of years that I’ve been publishing articles for the worldwide Hare Krishna community, I have often wondered about other special needs children (and their brave-hearted loving parents), but have heard very little about them. In fact, almost nothing as if they were merely some unpleasantness to be marginalized, discounted and swept beneath the “carpet.” Some time ago, after reading “Futility is the Principle,” parents of a special needs child contacted me for advice. From what they told me of their impending ordeal they were handling it quite well in a Krishna Conscious way. But were nonetheless very dismayed by the apparent lack of compassion which they had experienced from “devotee” friends in their local temple community. And they were very surprised to discover that non-devotee “karmis” were actually more compassionate and sympathetic to their parenting ordeal. Although the name of their child has been changed in respect for their privacy and anonymity what follows is the parent-to-parent advice I gave them. May Sri Guru and the Supreme Lord Shri Krishna Chaitanyadev kindly bless them and other loving parents of special needs children with ever deeper spiritual understanding with which to embrace their difficulty and lovingly raise their children.

Parent-to Parent

It sounds like your long first two years with “Hari” is more physically severe than what we initially experienced with our daughter (who has become more difficult as she has grown older, larger and bigger). Hopefully, you have a good relationship with your pediatrician. This can be very helpful. When your son begins to walk pay special attention to toe-walking which can denote autism. Because our daughter cannot speak we haven’t been able to have her vision tested. But as your child’s speech hopefully develops it might be more possible for you to do so.

I’m sorry to hear of the obvious lack of real compassion which you have experienced with those local practitioners of Krishna Consciousness with whom you have contact. It is shocking to perceive firsthand that those who should be repositories of Mercy and Divine Grace can sometimes be so devoid of basic compassion. Unfortunately, this stonehearted mood appears to have permeated much of the world in a way that is almost too awkwardly painful to mention.

Our own experience is that by having a child which requires special attention and greater affection from the parents forces us to go to a much deeper place of real love which transcends philosophical theory. Those who make a mere catechism of philosophical theory (without actual realization and maturity of insight) cannot appreciate or understand the potentially positive transformation unconditional affection may have upon the heart. Please forgive them for what they obviously do not have the “eyes” to “see.” (All of us can only ” see” what we can “see.” And “be” what we can “be.”)

What advice I would give to good parents like yourselves with a very young child with special needs and developmental delay is to love them with all your heart in an extremely unconditional way. Such affection with the help of Supersoul (the Guru within) will teach you deep things which might not be possible to learn from the Scriptures alone (or from ceremonial religiosity alone).

Resist the natural temptation to compare your child with any other “normal” children. You are souls. You must see this child as a soul which might be helped greatly by the influence of transcendental sound vibration erupting from your own hearts and out into the ether which surrounds you in your own home. Make your child like a Deity by your devotions towards whom you are constantly singing the kirtan of Sri Hari! Formal considerations of official puja or temple worship may become less possible because of the natural constraints of your own situation. This makes it so as a soul you must make the vibration of Hari kirtan from your own heart, lungs and tongue a constant existential salient point until the Holy Name Itself becomes your Deity. Please know that this child who has appeared to you with the name “Hari” is a great Mercy upon you so that you will be completely consumed with the Holy Name “Hari” which you will be sure to hear, chant and r emember with great forebearance.

Depending on degree of severity in your child’s impairment, possibly some help might be derived from conventional medicine or alternative therapies. With affectionate discernment avail yourselves of what help you might be able to get, but don’t be disappointed if convention largely fails you in your noble sojourn to find help for your child. Be wary of alternative “therapies” which self-promote “cures” under the auspices of an expensive price tag (which often inadvertently exposes insipid profit motivations by charlatans). And if possible avoid conventional medicine’s standard approach to prescribe pharmaceutical ameliorations (as a last resort they wanted to prescribe respirdol for our daughter which is a powerful anti-psychotic with potentially fatal side effects like diabetes and an otherwise rare form of liver cancer).

At first our daughter was diagnosed with PDD (Pervasive Developmental Delay) at the age of three. At age four we received the full-on diagnosis of autism. Nothing has helped us more than being literally forced to “fly our own planes” and become the souls we really were. Finally. After all. At last.

From such informal inspirational depth of being we can “see” that as loving parents we are indeed fully-equipped as jiva souls to deal with all adversity (‘adversiddhi?”) which comes our way by the Sweet Will of Providence. And that such external difficulty is not only not a “bad” thing but is actually our true inmost necessity and requirement come to help us become reformed within (tat te nukumpam…) and awakened with actual spiritual consciousness in a way that is completely transcendental to any external considerations whatsoever. If we can catch the gist of such a penetrating idea and embrace our apparent hardship with grace, courage and compassion it can transform our world in an extremely positive way.

Please know that I also suffered a great deal emotionally as my long sought after first born child was diagnosed as autistic and mentally retarded. They might as well have given me the news of her death, which is how it felt at first. I was emotionally devastated by this and it very nearly ruined my life at the time. I went from being a top Ford salesman to being virtually unable to sell anything (after a lifetime of sales work). I cried a lot with self-pity, “Why me, God?” This caused me to call out to Krishna as if I was at the time of my own death. Eventually, by His Grace I evolved from within to divest myself of all self-pity (as the most useless human emotion) by harmonizing spiritually from deep within until I could ask, “Why not me, God?”

Unfortunately, we are also very shocked to see that some “devotees” have very little compassion towards each other or especially towards the “meat-eating, demon, karmis” who they often appear to like sneering down their noses at with impervious disdain. For many years I have not viewed other souls who do not know of Krishna consciousness with such hateful disregard. I see “non-devotees” as souls in forgetfulness of their true inner natures. Yet, I nonetheless feel compelled to share affectionate friendship with them. As I always seek the goodness within others as fragmental portions of the same Supreme Spirit which suffuses all beings and all things. And I hope that by my unconditional friendship with them t hey might eventually become positively influenced towards real spiritual awakenment in a very positive way.

Please forgive me for saying that those persons who demonstrate a manifest lack of genuine concern for the suffering of others are themselves suffering from want of compassion in their lives which are dried up by extreme tendencies towards philosophical theory and subsequent heartless renunciation. Please show them your unconditional compassion and affection also.

Source: http://www.dandavats.com/?p=7656

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Do you remember me? by Caranaravinda Dasa

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I was distributing in Byron Bay, Australia. When I approached a man, he asked, “Do you remember me?”

“No, sorry, I don’t.”

“Three years ago, you gave me the Bhagavad-gita, and I gave you a donation.
I thought it might help me through my troubled times. I had lost my business and my family, so I was drinking a lot. Basically I wanted to drink myself to death. Miserable.

“I would drink and then read a few words from the Gita. Then I would drink more, then would read more. This went on for quite a few days.

“One day I woke up in the morning and thought, I have to get my life together.

“I went back to England, where I’m from, and went to a rehab center. It was such a success that I ended up starting my own rehab center. Now I’ve also set one up here. And it all happened because of the Bhagavad-gita, which saved my life!

“And now that you’ve reminded me of this, I’m going to start using the teachings of Krishna when I give guidance to the drug and alcohol addicts.”

He gave a nice donation for another Bhagavad-gita and went on his way to help others.

Source: http://www.dandavats.com/?p=81748

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HG Satyasena prabhu ACBSP left the mortal world yesterday evening in Belgaum (India). By Krishna’s mercy, just before leaving the body, he was in the temple – all good, chanting, listening class and all of a sudden he left!
He left his body in Uttarayan (Makar Sankranti was just the day before yesterday) in the temple – while chanting, listening katha in the association of devotees, his family was there, HH Bhakti RasamritaSwami was also there – so surely he has gone back to his eternal service for his beloved Lord in Goloka Vrindavan.
We request all the devotees to please offer prayers, extra chanting for that great soul who gave all of us so much fatherly love for so many years and inspired all of us all the time.

Source: http://www.dandavats.com/?p=81739

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How To Memorize Verses by Dravida Prabhu

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1. Study Sanskrit Pronunciation Guide and learn how all the letters are pronounced and what consonants and the long and short vowels are.
2. Read the English translation of a memorable verse and become familiar with it.
3. Study word-for-word meanings for the first line of verse.
4. Determine the meter of the first line of the verse (more below).
5. Chant the first line of the verse repeatedly until memorized, always keeping the meaning of each word in mind.
6. Proceed to the second line, then the third, and complete the verse. Share with your friends.
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HOW TO MEMORIZE VERSES:

1. Study Sanskrit Pronunciation Guide and learn how all the letters are pronounced and what consonants and the long and short vowels are.

2. Read the English translation of a memorable verse and become familiar with it.

3. Study word-for-word meanings for the first line of verse.

4. Determine the meter of the first line of the verse (more below).

5. Chant the first line of the verse repeatedly until memorized, always keeping the meaning of each word in mind.

6. Proceed to the second line, then the third, and complete the verse. Share with your friends.

SANSKRIT METER

The meter of a verse is the combination of light and heavy syllables that make up each line. A light syllable is held half as long as a heavy one (like an eighth note versus a quarter note in music).

1. A syllable is a combination of letters with one vowel sound.

2. A light syllable is one with a short vowel followed by less than two consonants.

3. A heavy syllable is one with a long vowel or with a short vowel followed by two or more consonants.

4. Ignore hyphens and spaces between words.

5. Aspirated consonants (ph, gh, jh, etc.) count as one consonant.

6. As soon as you see an anusvära (à) or a visarga (ù), the previous syllable is heavy.

7. The last syllable of each line is almost always heavy, regardless of other considerations.

The above is given in sutra form at the end of the Sanskrit Pronunciation Guide as follows: “There is no accentuation of syllables in Sanskrit, or pausing between words in a line, only a flowing of short and long (twice as long as the short) syllables. A long syllable is one whose vowel is long (ä, ai, au, e, é, o, è, ü) or whose short vowel is followed by more than one consonant (including ù and à). Aspirated consonants (consonants followed by and h) count as single consonants.”

Sample verses:

Srila Rupa Gosvami’s Mukunda-muktävalé

Text 4
yajïa-bhaìga-ruñöa-çakra-nunna-ghora-megha-cakra
våñöi-püra-khinna-gopa-vékñaëopajäta-kopa
kñipta-savya-hasta-padma-dhäritocca-çaila-sadma
gupta-goñöha rakña rakña mäà tathädya paìkajäkña
yajïa–sacrifice; bhaìga–broken; ruñöa–angered; çakra–indra; nunna–sent; ghora–terrible; megha–of clouds; cakra–hosts; våñöi–of rains; püra–by a flood; khinna–distressed; gopa–of the gopas; vékñaëa–seen; upajäta–manifested; kopa–anger; kñipa–placed; savya–left; hasta–hand; padma–lotus; dhärita–held; ucca–tall; çaila–mountain; sadma–abode; gupta–protected; goñöha–vraja; rakña–please protect; rakña–please protect; mäà–me; tathä–in that way; adya–now; paìkajäkña–O lotus-eyed lord.

O Lord, Indra became angry when his sacrifice was stopped, and he sent terrible clouds that sent down torrents of rain and produced great floods. You became angry to see the gopas troubled by the storm, and You lifted the great hill Govardhana with Your left lotuslike hand, thus protecting Vraja. O lotus-eyed Lord, please, please protect me in the same way.

CC Madhya 3, TEXT 181
aàhaù saàharad akhilaà

sakåd udayäd eva sakala-lokasya
taraëir iva timira-jaladhià

jayati jagan-maìgalaà harer näma
aàhaù—the resultant action of sinful life, which causes material bondage; saàharat—completely eradicating; akhilam—all; sakåt—once only; udayät—by rising; eva—certainly; sakala—all; lokasya—of the people of the world; taraëiù—the sun; iva—like; timira—of darkness; jala-dhim—the ocean; jayati—all glories to; jagat-maìgalam—auspicious for the whole world; hareù näma—the holy name of the Lord. name of the Lord.

TRANSLATION

As the rising sun immediately dissipates all the world’s darkness, which is deep like an ocean, so the holy name of the Lord, if chanted once without offenses, can dissipate all the reactions of a living being’s sinful life. All glories to that holy name of the Lord, which is auspicious for the entire world.

CC Antya 1, TEXT 160
kvacid bhåìgé-gétaà kvacid anila-bhaìgé-çiçiratä
kvacid vallé-läsyaà kvacid amala-mallé-parimalaù
kvacid dhärä-çälé karaka-phala-pälé-rasa-bharo
håsékäëäà våndaà pramadayati våndävanam idam
kvacit—somewhere; bhåìgé-gétam—the humming songs of the bumblebees; kvacit—somewhere; anila-bhaìgé-çiçiratä—coolness from the waves of the mild breezes; kvacit—somewhere; vallé-läsyam—the dancing of the creepers; kvacit—somewhere; amala-mallé-parimalaù—the pure fragrance of the mallikä flowers; kvacit—somewhere; dhärä-çälé—abounding in showers; karaka-phala-pälé—of pomegranate fruits; rasa-bharaù—overabundance of juice; håñékänäm—of the senses; våndam—to the group; pramadayati—is giving pleasure; våndävanam—the forest of Våndävana; idam—this.

TRANSLATION

My dear friend, this forest of Våndävana is giving great pleasure to our senses in various ways. Somewhere bumblebees are singing in groups, and in some places mild breezes are cooling the entire atmosphere. Somewhere the creepers and tree twigs are dancing, the mallikä flowers are expanding their fragrance, and an overabundance of juice is constantly flowing in showers from pomegranate fruits.

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By Damodarleela dasa and Arjuna Krishna dasa

Recently the Maharashtra Padayatra was at Koregaon in the Sangli district, a village enriched with devotees. Cintamani devi dasi, the daughter of a brother of Lokanath Maharaja, stays here and as part of a Vaishnava family she naturally follows the same spiritual path. Her son, Caitanya dasa, who studies in gurukul, was also at home to welcome padayatra and he sang and performed kirtan with us. They have a combined family, a rarity nowadays, and all are devotees. If a mataji becomes a devotee she can enlighten two families – her own and her in-laws. We had a grand evening programme and sankirtan in the village attended by many of the residents, who happily danced with us and cooked fifty-six bhoga preparations for Their Lordships, the first time fifty-six preparations have been offered to Them. In temples what is cooked for the temple deities is offered to Sri Sri Nitai-Gauracandra, but this bhoga was especially for our Gaura-Nitai. All glories to the devotees in Koregaon and their love for Their Lordships.

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Blessed by darshan of Lord Narasimha

Sri Laksminarasimha, known to the locals as Jwala (flaming) Narasimha, is a self-manifested saligram at Narasimhapur (Kole village). His appearance is enormously impressive and a pleasure to the eyes. One can see the Lord with sixteen arms tightly holding the demon Hiranyakasipu. “The foremost amongst the sages, Parashar, performed austerities on the bank of the river Krishna with a heart full of devotion, meditating on Lord Narasimhadev.” Lord Narasimhadev was pleased with the devotion of Parashar Muni and hence appeared in this wonderful sixteen-handed form, the same blazing form that the Lord had assumed while killing Hiranyakasipu. As it was not possible for anyone to establish this ferociously blazing form on earth, the Lord ordered Parashar Muni to immerse Him in the nearby river Krishna. With a heavy heart, the sage immersed the deity in the water. We all had darshan of Lord Narasimha and prayed to always keep us in the service of Nitai-Gauranga.

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Jai Sri Rama

Two kilometres from Narasimhapur is Bahe Borgaon, where Sri Ramachandra and Laxman rested briefly on their way back from slaying Ravana. Lord Rama was meditating there when the river Krishna flooded and disturbed His meditation. To avoid the disturbance Sri Hanuman spread both his hands to obstruct the flow of the river, diverting it around his hands and thus forming an island. This is now a sacred place for the devotees. Swami Samarth Ramdas installed the Maruti (Hanuman deity) behind the Rama temple here in 1651 and is said to have been inspired to write the devotion-filled Bhimrupi Stotra while contemplating the deity. Of the eleven Maruti installed by Samarth Ramdas throughout Maharashtra, this one is found at the most salubrious of locations. We all had darshan of Lord Rama, Laxman and Sita maiya and prayed to the upright-standing deity of Hanuman that we get devotion like he has for Lord Rama so we may serve our spiritual master with that devotion. Visiting such holy places provides us padayatris with spiritual strength.

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Source: http://www.dandavats.com/?p=74515

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pil1_slideshow.jpg?profile=RESIZE_710xTo assist the vision of Chief Minister Ms. Mamata Banerjee to develop spiritual tourism in the Ganga Sagar belt, ISKCON is ready to launch a permanent, semi-mechanized, modern and compact kitchen, which will be capable to prepare up to 10,000 meal per day at the Sagar Island, West Bengal, India, during the Ganga Sagar Mela in 2020. ISKCON’s management hopes this initiative will be helpful to serve the pilgrims and devotees by fulfilling their prolonged demand to have an adequate prasadam  facility in a neat and clean place.   

The Ganga Sagar Project, an initiative of ISKCON Mayapur, offers people the opportunity to experience  hot, sumptuous, nutritionally well-balanced, 100% pure vegetarian sanctified food throughout the year,  because the Indian Vedic culture describes that any Tirth-Yatra (pilgrimage) is incomplete without honoring prasadam. 

The meal named “Annamrita-Thali”, consists of Rice, Dhal, Roti, Sabji, Pickle/chutney and a sweet, will be available from 8 AM to 8 PM throughout the day, said Sundar Govind Das, Project Manager of ISKCON Ganga Sagar. The semi-mechanized kitchen, where the food will be prepared using steam, is considered healthier than the direct heat of the flame. The devotees will prepare the meal in the compact kitchen, which has been designed in such a way that proper hygiene, food safety & security norms are maintained.  

This project has already fulfilled its commitment to serve 100,000 meals during the Ganga Sagar Mela, absolutely free of cost for last 15 years at the Sagar Island.

Apart from the above mentioned festivals it has been decided,  that this pilot project will be continued by ISKCON throughout the year by offering meals to the pilgrims on “pay as you can” basis. "Our actual objective is, in any circumstances, no one should leave Ganga Sagar Dham without receiving Lord Kapila Muni’s and Ganga Devi’s mercy in the form of prasad,” said Sundar Govind Das.  This project is absolutely non-profit, non-sectarian but a charitable initiative to feed the poor and hungry pilgrims regardless of their cast, creed, race, language or religion, to encourage Universal Brotherhood.

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Also, in case of natural calamities and emergency situations, the ISKCON kitchen is capable of instantly  rendering  relief by  supplying   food to the affected people, under the guidance of the local Government.  

A couple of months ago the island was severely affected by the Cyclone Bulbul, which left trails of devastation. All the communication was shut down for nearly two days, due to which there was more appeal for cooked food among the locals and pilgrims who were stuck in the Sagar Island. This was the moment when the ISKCON management  decided to to build a permanent modern kitchen at Ganga Sagar.

Source: https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-to-set-up-mega-kitchen-at-ganga-sagar,7235/

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Best Breakfast by Bhaktimarga Swami

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It was at Tyendinaga, in Mohawk Territory—where in the summer of 2012, I napped in between the rows of soy beans,  and swam in a creek for a break, and where the fish bit Daruka's chest—that Jaya and I had a great breakfast this morning.  Yes, indeed, Jay and I stopped at "the Twins’ farm" (as we call it) and took food for fuel.
 
Graham and Dhyanachandra are identical twins, who used to live in Toronto, and do janitorial services at the Krishna centre.  Dhyanachandra is spending the winter in Panama, while his brother, Graham, now newly married, lives with his Malaysian wife and, get this, her twin sister.
 
The one-and-a-half sets of twins proved to be good hosts.  I blessed the food with mantras and we all partook.  From a local farmer’s plum jam that we spread over the waffles, we experienced only delight.  From Dhyanachandra's own bee hive, we mixed honey into the oatmeal.  And out of curiosity, I spooned on one waffle some more of Dhyanachandra’s harvest.  Boldly, I added his special tomato sauce all over that waffle.  Organic with local herbs cooked into it, the sauce was phenomenal.  Then Dhyana dripped onto Jay's waffle some Eagle Brand to which I remarked, "You're going to get behind the wheel after taking that?"

Jay and I were looked after.  At least for myself, I was fuelled enough to get some walking in.  David and Daniel joined me to the Christie Pitts and then back. 

I am grateful to anyone who grows, harvests and serves.  And to those who spare some time to walk off the calories.  https://www.instagram.com/p/B7C3RdPgVk0/?igshid=1hcr20mxycyyy
 
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I had the opportunity to visit Mauritius for a few days along with a few devotees from Goa. I am sharing my experience of being in this small island in the middle of the Indian Ocean for those who haven't had the opportunity to be here. Mauritius is very much like India or more specific, very much like Goa but it is definitely more beautiful than Goa. 

THE BLUE ISLAND

One of the most striking feature of this place that really stands out is the colour of the ocean here. The crystal blue, transparent, aqua, turquoise waters of it's ocean has the power to mesmerize anyone. No wonder, why people from all over the world flock to this island for recreation. God's wonders are just amazing. How He creates so many different oceans with so many different colours and shades. Speaking of the wonder of God, another wonder of this island is that at different places in this small island, the temperature and the climate is different. It is called micro-climate.

THE CLEAN ISLAND

The other very striking feature of this country is the way the Government of Mauritius has achieved remarkable success in maintaining this place clean and tidy in spite of the constant influx of tourists throughout the year. Not one beach is dirty, not one plastic littered here and there. So much different than the public cleanliness standards in India which is comparison is pathetic. Can't just give credit to the Government here or the blame the Government of India. I think it has got a lot to do with the mindset of the people in the respective countries. India and Indians definitely have a lot to learn from Mauritians at least in this aspect. 

THE GREEN ISLAND

Also, how the Government of Mauritius has been able to strike a perfect balance between urbanisation and maintaining the natural greenery is remarkable. It shows that Government has clearly defined policies to protect the environment and not strip everything off in the name of urbanisation like it happens in India. This is also one reason why people prefer to come here. One really feels one with nature in this country. The roads and traffic is very well organized. Perfect and neat roads with sign boards at every turn, traffic lights which regulate the traffic meticulously. No honking, no traffic congestion, everything smooth and the best part is that the police is hardly visible. Just driving in the smooth roads with greenery all around is a thrilling experience. The Government is so committed to maintain the natural environment of this country that even the mobile towers are designed to look like a huge palm trees. Until one carefully observes them, it is very difficult to tell that they are actually mobile towers. 

THE RECREATION ISLAND

One of the main source of income for the country being through importing of sugarcane, one finds sugarcane cultivation throughout the country. In fact, Mauritius appears to be one big sugarcane field. Even though this place is very far off from India, one can still find a spiritual connection to India. Practically outside every house of a Hindu in Mauritius there is a small temple of Hanumaji. Something, that is not seen even in India. Even though there is Vedic culture still active here, one thing I strongly felt was that the further you go away from India, the more difficult it gets to practice spiritual life. The land of India is best suited for spiritual life compared to lands outside India. Material life may be great in Mauritius or other foreign countries but for spiritual life, India is the best. You realise the value of the land of India only when you experience life outside India. Being filled with beautiful scenic settings and first class beaches with blue waters, there is a natural mood of enjoyment and fun that permeates this place. Everyone here is always in a constant picnic mood.

THE KRISHNA CONSCIOUS ISLAND

Despite all the odds, ISKCON devotees are doing their best to preach in this island and they have achieved a great amount of success with three beautiful temples and many small preaching centers all over the place. Having around 3000 devotes connected to ISKCON is not an easy task. It was the great desire of Srila Prabhupada to see Mauritius become the first Krishna conscious country in the world. The power of that one desire of a pure devotee is felt strongly when one sees the preaching happening in this country with one's own eyes. There is a long way still to go but if the devotees continue pushing on the way they have been doing, I am sure it will not take a long time till Srila Prabhupada's prediction comes true.

THE LAND BEYOND THIS ISLAND

Mauritius is definitely a very beautiful place to be in and it has definitely won my heart but I also realize that being a part of this material world, the laws of this world are going to act on it. As Krishna mentions in the Bhagvat-gita 8.16
 
ā-brahma-bhuvanāl lokāḥ

punar āvartino ’rjuna

"From the highest planet in the material world down to the lowest, all are places of misery wherein repeated birth and death take place."

Mauritius is good but it is not the best because it cannot satisfy the soul. Our soul can experience satisfaction only in the spiritual world swimming in the crystal clear, nectarean ocean of devotional service. Just imagine, if Mauritius which is a tiny island in the tiny earth planet can give one so much joy, how much joy one can experience if one reaches the limitless spiritual world. Let this thought inspire all of us to practice Krishna consciousness more enthusiastically. 
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In America motherhood is considered old-fashioned. People are ashamed to be mothers. Women are taught to be professionals. Child care is given to other professionals, and thus children miss out on the love of a mother and have so many psychological difficulties. In America, 68% of couples get divorced. Of the parents of my friends I grew up with, my mother and father are the only couple that stayed together.

There is a need for ideal mothers, ideal fathers, ideal brahmacaris, ideal sannyasis, etc.

Devotees like to be insulted. We feel we are getting Krishna’s special mercy. It makes us humble.

Varnasrama teaches how to perform our duties in a pure spiritual consciousness that develops our devotion for God.

Who we consider is great in human society shows our degradation – movie stars, musicians, athletes, TV stars. What is their consciousness? What do they think about? Most of them are not even happy. Newspapers tell of their scandals. We are idolizing people who always involved in scandals.

All people can make an impact on the world if they simply act in harmony with the will of God because they have the power of God behind them.

Srila Prabhupada, just one Bengali man, spread the message of sanatana-dharma all over the world. Many thousands of people worldwide are reading Bhagavad-gita by his influence.

The duties of this world are temporary, but our duties to God are eternal.

If you are just doing your material duties but ignoring your spiritual duties, you are in the category of Duryodhana.

Three things help spiritualize our lives:
Association with sadhus, hearing from them, and serving them.
Leading a moral life.
Regularly bathing our consciousness in the sound of the holy name.
From Travel Adventures of a Krishna Monk: https://is.gd/89FOy9

Source: http://www.dandavats.com/?p=73994

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If one has drunk the poison of offending a devotee, one should, with that same mouth, drink the life-giving nectar of sincerely praising (and serving) that devotee. Haridasa Thakura says, “If anyone offends a sadhu in a moment of delusion and madness, he must fall at the sadhu’s feet and bitterly repent; weeping with full contrition, he must beg for forgiveness. He should declare himself a fallen wretch in need of a Vaisnava’s grace. A sadhu is very merciful; his heart will soften and he will embrace the offender, thus exonerating [pardoning] him from his offenses.” (Hari-nama-cintamani, chapter 5)

In other words, if you have offended a Vaisnava, do not simply continue with your life as if nothing had happened. Turn around 180 degrees! Make up for your bad behavior. Repent, ask for forgiveness and offer some service. Be real, honestly, feel that your behavior was not good at all. A person cannot forgive you from the heart if they do not see that you have actually understood what had gone wrong. The river of forgiveness needs a certain slope in order to flow; this slope is understanding and admitting the mistake you have made.

Source: http://www.dandavats.com/?p=73869

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From Back to Godhead

Hare Krsna couples know from the start 
that their life together has a spiritual purpose.

IN MY MOTHER’S wedding photo, she holds a thin bunch of flowers as if she wished to hide it somewhere. The Town Hall marriage chamber resembles a waiting room of an old-fashioned office. My parents, in their everyday attire of poor college students, look blissful but embarrassed, as if they cannot fully comprehend what is happening: Are we really married? What now? Get out and go back to our classes, or what?

In those times the sixties the young Polish intelligentsia took pride in abandoning the old rites of the Catholic tradition. Under Communist influence, marriage was thought of as merely a formality, a matter of signatures. Twelve years later, my parents placed their signatures on a divorce document.

I’m remembering this as I leaf through my own wedding album. In the background I can see my mother’s face. Touched, she is watching as my husband and I throw grains into the sacrificial fire, while a devotee softly explains to her the meaning of the rituals.

In my childhood, I used to wrap myself in a window curtain and dream I was wearing a beautiful silk dress, so long that I would have to lift it with both hands when stepping up the stairs. Soon enough, life forced me to admit I wasn’t a fairy-tale princess. But now my old dream was to be fulfilled at, of all places, a Hare Krsna temple the same temple where I’d learned every day that I’m not my female body and not meant to be the center of attraction. A wedding ceremony was to be performed for two persons striving to understand that the attachment between man and woman is a trap of maya (illusion), and that our real family is Krsna’s family in the spiritual world.

Krsna consciousness is both idealistic and practical. It makes the highest perfection love of God accessible to people with various natures and inclinations. Celibacy and absolute dedication to spiritual practice are encouraged and praised, and so is a sincere desire to pursue Krsna consciousness in married life. Devotees wishing to create a family can have their material needs fulfilled while getting unlimited opportunities to keep Krsna in the center.

Devotee families have their own unique offering to make to Krsna. Theirs is not an inferior brand of spirituality. Nor is marital happiness something shameful, as was often believed in the medieval ages of Christianity. God does not envy our enjoyment. But if we want our happiness to last, it has to be built on the principle of serving Krsna’s enjoyment, because we are all His servants and cannot have lasting enjoyment by acting against our nature.

Lasting Impressions

The night before my wedding, the devotee who would be dressing the temple Deities the next morning asked me which clothing I most liked seeing the Deities dressed in. I felt touched: she wanted to help me appreciate and remember our Deities on that special day.

Until recently, in all traditional societies, religious rituals accompanied major transitions in life, such as being born, taking up education, or getting married. The Vedic scriptures call those ritualssamskaras, or purifying rites. Samskara means “impression,” like ruts in soft clay or a riverbed. The purpose of samskara is to create a deep, lasting impression in the mind of the person for whom it is performed. The impression will channel the stream of the person’s thoughts and emotions in a way conducive to spiritual advancement. On the social level, samskaras help clarify for members of the society their place in it: their rights, duties, progress. Psychologically, samskaras aid the development of one’s sense of identity, purpose, and fulfillment in life.

The vivaha-samskara (wedding rite) offers an excellent opportunity to spiritualize thoughts, emotions, and commitments that accompany being united with one’s chosen partner. A Vaisnava wedding (a wedding of devotees of Krsna) is not only a colorful, joyful ceremony but also a source of devotional inspiration for years to come. When difficulties arise in the relationship, we may ask ourselves, “How did I get into this situation? Why did I marry this person?” Then the mind will go back to the wedding day and automatically remember Lord Krsna, His devotees, and His loving service.

Sanctioning a relationship by a Vaisnava wedding is not all it takes to make a marriage successful. And one can even undergo this meaningful ceremony thoughtlessly. One person will meditate on the ritual’s essential meaning, while another may be preoccupied worrying about a pimple. The foundation for a good marriage is laid long before, beginning from childhood. Proper motives for entering the relationship are essential. A senior devotee, married for many years, once told me, “If we are honest and respect each other, Krsna can make our marriage like soft grasses, and if we are cheaters, He can make it like a swamp.”

Still, the Vaisnava wedding ceremony helps the couple take their first step together in harmony with each other and with God. Even if the partners have already lived together before accepting Krsna consciousness, undergoing the vivaha-samskara can deepen their relationship and make it more satisfying. It helps the couple realize, “We are together not because it somehow happened this way, not by mistake, not in a passing episode of blind passion. The life we share is sanctified and meaningful, an important aspect of our spiritual life. Any little effort to make our relationship pleasing to Krsna goes to our eternal benefit.”

Prayers for Success

Next moment, I’m inside. As sweet sounds of Hare Krsna chanting envelop me, suddenly the anxiety goes away. The bridegroom and I approach the altar and stand before the Deities. Mentally, we offer Them a prayer we have prepared:

“Our dear Radha and Krsna, O Divine Couple, please accept us. Please teach us to serve You and not try to imitate You. If You think we can help each other grow in love and devotion to You, then let this marriage ceremony be auspiciously performed under Your merciful glance. May we never forget this ceremony. Then our relationship will stand the test of time. May our parents, who are blessing us now, never feel sorrow remembering our wedding.”

Then I offer my own prayer:

“O Srimati Radharani, so beautifully decorated with ornaments and flowers, smiling with such simplicity and kindness, You are the real princess. I am happy standing before You in humble submission. The desire of my childhood has now melted away.”

Source: http://www.dandavats.com/?p=81612

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Krsna will win! by Kadamba Kanana Swami

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Krsna is so attractive, yet our material desires constantly bounce back up like a ball in water. We push it down, but then it always pops back up. How about that? Krsna will always win in the end because Krsna is the most attractive, however maya also appears to be attractive. Not as attractive as Krsna, but enough to make you think, “Yes, you can have Krsna, but He is far away. But I am here right now. You also have to live now. I mean of course, pure love of God is a beautiful and desirable thing, but what about now?” So this is the ongoing difficulty. However, by regular practice of Krsna consciousness, we are assured to always get more and more attracted to Krsna, and less and less to maya. So in this way, Krsna will always win!

Source: https://www.kksblog.com/2020/01/krsna-will-win/

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One of the Monks... by Bhaktimarga Swami

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One of the monks visiting at the Montreal ashram did not wake up at the usual time.  I went to him reminding him of the hour.

"It's 6:30 a.m."
 
"I was thinking to rest a little more," he said.  
 
Not argumentatively, but with a slight firmness, I expressed, "Well, that's eight and a half hours.  That's not enough, really?"  This chap is actually a good person but just once in a while…. 
 
The excuse was: "I woke up in the middle of the night so my sleep got disturbed."  

My response was: "I had a dream that disturbed my sleep.  I was swimming and a tiger cub saw me, came toward me in the water and his mother then came,  attacked me and killed me.  It was so real, but I got up anyway to attend the morning sadhana.”

Yes, it was a guilt trip I laid on him but I consider it training.  I rapped my knuckles on a nearby desk and said, "So, let's go,” meaning let’s get to the shower.  The job was done.  He washed away the ignorance and came to the balance of our morning sadhana smiling with a refreshed attitude!  I was glad we understood each other.  

Later in the afternoon, whichever men and women were around, all climbed into two vehicles for a quick trip to the Metro subway, where a reserved spot was set for our kirtan chanting. There were some lovely people there (pedestrians) who relished the sound.  https://www.instagram.com/p/B7AY92bgdc_/?igshid=8cran48xfv3r
 
In the evening, I ran another one of those "9 Devotions Workshops."  It was splendid! 
 
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Good To Expect Bad by Achyut Gopal Das

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Mosquitoes are something that bother me and very often as an unconscious reflex action and many times as a conscious action, I catch myself killing many of them. This is just one of the many sins and offenses I commit, mentally, verbally and physically. How can I then not expect any reactions for these actions of mine. Why should I pray for a life of no difficulties. Rather, I should be praying to God to give me my quota of reactions so that I learn my lessons quickly and rectify my offensive and sinful mentality. 

The Srimad-bhagvatam mentions the episode of King Pariksit garlanding Shamika Rsi with a dead snake due to being afflicted with unbearable hunger and anger which is very unusual of the tolerant and saintly King. What is commendable is his thought process as soon as he commits this offense. 
 
The Srimad-bhagvatam 1.19.1-3 mentions it in this way - "While returning home, King Parīkṣit felt that the act he had committed against the faultless and powerful brāhmaṇa was heinous and uncivilized. Consequently he was distressed. King Parīkṣit thought: "Due to my neglecting the injunctions of the Supreme Lord I must certainly expect some difficulty to overcome me in the near future. I now desire without reservation that the calamity come now, for in this way I may be freed of the sinful action and not commit such an offense again. I am uncivilized and sinful due to my neglect of brahminical culture, God consciousness and cow protection. Therefore I wish that my kingdom, strength and riches burn up immediately by the fire of the brāhmaṇa’s wrath so that in the future I may not be guided by such inauspicious attitudes."
 
One may feign praying for punishment for one's offenses or one may pray for punishment for one's offenses not expecting God to fulfill it. But the King not only prayed for some punishment but when he heard the news of punishment, he became satisfied that his prayers are answered. The Srimad-bhagvatam 1.19.4 mentions - "While the King was thus repenting, he received the news of his imminent death, which would be due to the bite of a snake-bird, occasioned by the curse spoken by the sage’s son. The King accepted this as good news, for it would be the cause of his indifference toward worldly things." Thus, King Pariksit leads by his example of how a devotee should think while living life in this world.

When one asks the question, "Why do bad things happen to good people?", it shows an inherent defective attitude that, one is a very good person having done no bad. We all are guilty of doing bad, either knowingly or unknowingly and therefore we should expect some bad thing or the other in our life and when the bad does come upon us, we can see it as God's grace on us because everything including the bad is in indeed God's grace on us for our highest good. At least, that is how I want to see my life...
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Are you still wondering if God exists or not? And if you know He exists, are you still not sure who He is and how to find Him? Waste no more time. After many years of in-depth research, the scholars at Vedic schoolsh have given their conclusion for the benefit of all sincere seekers of spiritual perfection. Based on the evidences found in the scriptures they confidently declare that Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Later on in this article we will see how they come to this conclusion.

The word Veda means knowledge. Vedas are the the most authentic source of knowledge, both material and spiritual. Vedas are considered a manual for understanding life and the universe we live in. Being what they are, Vedas not only give a comprehensive and concluding information on what God is, who God is, what His attributes and activities are, but they also inform us when God comes to Earth, where He appears, how He looks during a particular visit, what He does during His visit and so on. It is like when the president of a country is scheduled to visit a certain place, announcements are made by government agencies detailing when he will come, how he will come, what his schedule will be and so on. In the past all the information found in the Vedas have come true and there is no doubt among Vedic scholars that all that is predicted in the Vedas will also come true. This makes Vedic knowledge matchless.

Just as one cannot see the president of a country without going through the process outlined by the government, considering the Vedas as the highest authority, God cannot be seen, perceived or even understood unless we follow the process given in the Vedas to know Him.

One may ask why only Vedas? What about Quran, Bible and other scriptures? A simple answer is, while other scriptures do talk about God, the Vedas give amazingly accurate and in-depth information on God.  As mentioned above, Veda describe God’s transcendental attributes, His eternal abode, His pastimes, His various energies and their functions like creation, maintenance and annihilation of innumerable universes and so on. Vedas show us how God’s expansions appear, why they appear and when they appear. Vedas also give a complete education on how to achieve God’s abode, blissfully be with Him, render loving devotional unto Him, and how God magnanimously reciprocates with His devotees’ service attitude. Vedas give a fascinating yet scientific description of both material and spiritual worlds. And no surprise they are capable of delivering such knowledge as Lord Krishna says in Bhagavad Gita (15.15): “By all the Vedas, I am to be known. Indeed, I am the compiler of Vedanta, and I am the knower of the Vedas.”

It may not be considered a fault if the word “God” sounds like an imagination to some. In fact this is expected of conditioned souls, as Lord Krishna, who, according Vedic scriptures, is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, declares in Bhagavad Gita – naham prakasah sarvasya yoga-maya-samavrtah mudho ‘yam nabhijanati loko mam ajam avyayam, meaning “I am never manifest to the foolish and unintelligent. For them I am covered by My internal potency, and therefore they do not know that I am unborn and infallible.”

Vedic scriptures unanimously declare Lord Krishna as the Supreme Lord, but to know that Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, who is generally known by historians as a saintly person who propagated the cult of prema bhakti, or loving devotional service, is none other than the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna, is certainly an exciting revelation.

In the following lines we bring to you a compilation of verses from Vedic scriptures that predict Lord Krishna’s advent as Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in Kaliyuga, in Sri Mayapur, during this period. You can see it for yourself how the Vedic scriptures predicted all detail of God’s arrival and how accurately Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu matched the description. The overwhelming number of evidences make the text a little long but it’s worth reading if you are serious about this most important subject matter. Sanskrit verses are followed by their translation, and explanation as applicable.

 

Sriptures quoted are: Bhagavat Puran | Adi Puran | Kurma Puran | Garuda Puran | Narasimha Puran | Padma Puran | Narada Puran | Brahma Puran | Bhavisya Puran | Agni Puran | Matsya Puran | Vayu Puran | Markandeya Puran | Varah Puran | Vaman Puran | Upa Puran | Ananta Samhita | Mahabharat | Atharva Ved | Sama Ved | Chaitanya Upanishad | Chandogya Upanishad | Svetasvatar Upanishad | Purusa-Bodini-Upanisad

Prediction of Lord Gauranga’s advent in the form of a brahmana.

In the Adi-Puran and in the Narada Puran, the Supreme Lord says:

aham eva dvija-srestho nityam pracchanna-vigrahah
bhagavad-bhakta-rupena lokam raksami sarvada

I shall advent in the form of a Brahmana devotee [aham eva dvija-srestho] and I shall hide my factual identity [prachanna vigrahah]. I shall deliver all the worlds [lokam raksami sarvada].

Prediction of His advent as a Sannyasi (A person in renounced order of life)

In the Upa-Puranas, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna speaks to Srila Vyasadeva:

aham eva kvacid brahmansannyasa asramam asritah
hari bhaktim grahayami kalau papa-hatan naran

O Brahmana, I occasionally take the Sannyas Asram [sannyasa asrama asritah] in an attempt to bring the fallen people of Kali Yuga to take up the path of Bhakti or devotional service to Lord Krishna [hari bhaktim grahayami].

Prediction of His actual time of incarnation

In the Kurma-Purana, it is stated:

kalina dahyamanam uddhararaya tanu-bhrtam
janma prathama sandhyayam bhavisyati dvijalaye

The Supreme Person will appear in the first part of the age of Kali [janma prathama sandhyayam]. He will appear in the home of a Brahmana [bhavisyati dvijalaye], to save the embodied conditioned souls [uddharaya tanu-bhrtam] burning in the troubles of Kali-Yuga.

Description of the purpose of Sri Chaitanya’s incarnation.

In the Garuda-Purana, the Supreme Person says:

kalina dakyamananam paritranaya tanu-bhrtam
janma prathama sandhyayam karisyami dvijatisu

In the first part [prathama sandhya] of the age of Kali, I will come among the brahmanas [karisyami dvijatisu] to save the fallen souls, [paritranaya tanu-bhrtam] who are being burned by the troubles of the age of Kali [kalina dahyamananam].

Prediction of the name of His mother and the actual name of His future
birthplace.

In the Garuda-Purana, the Supreme Lord says:

aham purno bhavisyami yuga-sandhyau visesatah
mayapure navadvipe bhavisyami sachi sutah

I will take birth as the son of Sachi [bhavisyami sachi sutah], in Navadvip-Mayapur [mayapure navadvipe]. I will come in my complete spiritual form in the first part of Kali-Yuga.

Prediction of the name of His future first wife and His future assumption of the sannyasa order

In the same Garuda-Purana, it is Also stated:

kaleh prathama sandhyayam lakshmi- kanto bhavisyati
daru-brahma-samipa-sthah sannyasi gaura-vigrahah

In the first part of Kali-Yuga, the Supreme Personality of Godhead will come in a gold-like form. First He will become the husband of Lakshmi [Srimati Lakshmi Devi, Lord Chaitanya’s first wife]. Then He will become a sannyasi, near Lord Jagannatha who will appear in a divine wooden form.

Prediction of the bodily color of Sri Chaitanya and the nature of His
future activities.

In the Nrsimha-Purana, it is said:

satye daitya-kuladhi-nasa-samaye simhordhva-martyakrtis
tretayam das-kandharam paribhavan rameti namakrtih
gopalan paripalayan vraja-pure bharam haran dvapare
gaurangah priya-kirtanah kali-yuge chaitanya-nama prabhuh

The Supreme Personality of Godhead who in the Satya-Yuga appeared as a half-man, half-lion to cure a terrible disease that had ravaged the daityas, and who in the Treta-Yuga appeared as a person named Rama [Lord Ramachandra], the person who defeated the ten-headed Demon Ravana, and who in the Dvapara-Yuga removed the earth’s burden, and protected the Gopa [cowherd men] people of Vraja-pura, will appear again in the Kali-Yuga. His form will be golden, He will delight in chanting the Lord’s holy names, and His name will be Chaitanya.

Prediction of the future advent of Sri Chaitanya by His direct name

In the Padma-Purana, it is said:

yatrayogesvarah saksad yogi-cintyo janardanah
chaitanya vapur aste vai sandranandatmakah

The Supreme Personality, Janardana, who is the object of the yogis’ meditation [yogi-chintyo- janardanah], who saves the devotees from various sufferings, and who is the master of all yogic practices [yogesvarah], who is always full of divine transcendental ecstasy and bliss [sandra-ananda-atmakah], will advent in His own divine form of Sri Chaitanya [Chaitanya-vapah].

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Description of the time and place Sri Chaitanya’s future advent

In the Padma-Purana, the Supreme Personality of Godhead Himself states:

kaleh prathama-sandhyayam gaurangotham mahi-tale
bhagirathi-tate ramye bhavisyami sachi-sutah

I shall appear on this earth [mahi-tale] in the first part of Kali-Yuga [kaleh prathama sandhyayam] in a beautiful place on the bank of the Bhagirathi [bhagirathi-tate ramye]. I shall have a golden form [gaurangah], and I shall take birth as the son of Sachi [bhavisyami sachi-sutah].

Prediction of the purpose of Sri Chaitanya’s advents

In the Narada-Purana, the Supreme Personality of Godhead says:

aham eva kalau vipra nityam prachanna-vigrahah
bhavavad-bhakta-rupena lokan raksami sarvada

O Vipra, in the age of Kali, I will come disguised [nityam prachanna vigraha] as a devotee [bhagavad-bhakta-rupena] and I will save all the worlds [lokan raksami sarvada].

Prediction of His mother’s name and the nature of His specific preaching method [sankirtana]

The Supreme Personality of Godhead states in the Narada-Purana:

divija bhuvi jayadhvam jayadhvam bhakta rupinah
kalau sankirtana arambhe bhavisyami sachi-sutah

O Divija (demigods), please come and advent as devotees on this earth [bhuvi jayadhvam jayadhvam] in the age of Kali-Yuga. I will incarnate as the son of Sachi [bhavisyami sachi-sutah] to inaugurate the congregational chanting of the name of Krishna [kalau sankirtana arambhe].

Prediction of the revelation of Sri Chaitanya’s form

In the Brahma-Purana, the Supreme Personality of Godhead says:

kaleh prathama sandhyayam gaurangotham mahi-tale
bhagirathi-tate bhumni bhavisyami sachi-sutah

I will reveal my eternal golden form [gaurangotham mahi-tale] in the first part of Kali- Yuga [kaleh prathama sandhyayam]. I will advent on the earth on the bank of the Bhagirathi [bhagirathi-tate bhumni] as son of Mother Sachi [bhavisyami sachi-sutah].

Prediction of the future sannyasi role and ecstasy of Sri Chaitanya

In the Bhavisya-Purana, the Supreme Lord says:

anandasru-kala-roma harsa-purnam tapo-dhana
sarve mama eva draksyanti kalau sannyasa-rupinam

O austere sage, you should know that in the age of Kali, everyone will see my transcendental form as a sannyasi [kalau sannyasa rupinam]. I will be exhibiting symptoms of ecstasy like shedding tears of bliss and hairs standing in ecstasy [anandasru-kala-roma-harsa-purnam].

Prediction of the color of Sri Chaitanya and the nature of His future associates.

In the Agni-Purana, it is said:

prasantatma lamba-kanthas gaurangas ca suravrtah

The Supreme Personality of Godhead will come in a golden form [gaura-anga], full of peace [prasantatma], and a beautiful long neck [lamba-kanthah]. He will be surrounded by many saintly devotees [sura-avrtah]. (Note: This is an indirect prediction of the future advent of the members of the Pancha-Tattva.)

Prediction of the characteristics of Sri Chaitanya.

In the Matsya-Purana, the Supreme Personality of Godhead says:

mundo gaurah su-dirghangas tri-srotas-tira-sambhavah
dayaluh kirtana-grahi bhavisyami kalau-yuge

In the age of Kali, I shall advent [bhavisyami kalau yuge] where the three rivers meet [tri-srotas-tira-sambhavah]. I shall have a shaven head [mundah]. I shall have a golden complexion [gaurah]. I will be very kind and always chant the holy name of Krishna [dayaloh kirtana-grahi].

yogapith3Prediction of the name of the river where Sri Chaitanya will take his birth and other characteristics

In the Vayu-Purana, the Supreme Personality of Godhead states:

suddho gaurah-su-dirghango ganga-tira-samudbhavah
dayaluh-kirtana-grahi bhavisyami kalau yuge

In the age of Kali-Yuga, I shall come [bhavisyami kalau yuge] in a place on the bank of the Ganges [ganga-tira-samudbhavah]. I will be very pure [suddhah], have a golden complexion [gaurah], and be very tall [su-dirghangah] and chant the holy names of Krishna. [Vyau Puran next quote]

Prediction that the Supreme Lord will leave Goloka and come in a golden form

In the Markandeya-Purana, the Supreme of Godhead declares:

golokam ca parityajya lokanam trana-karanat
kalau gauranga-rupena lila-lavanya-vigrahah

In the Kali-Yuga, I will leave Goloka and, to save the people of the world, I will become the handsome and playful Lord Gauranga.

Prediction of one of the purpose of Sri Chaitanya’s appearance

In the Varaha-Purana, the Supreme Personality of Godhead declares:

aham eva dvija-srestho lila-pracurya-vigrahah
bhagavad-bhakta-rupena lokan raksami sarvada

I shall come as the best of the brahmanas [aham eva dvija-srestha]. I will exhibit many pastimes [lila-pracurya-vigrahah] in the form of a devotee [bhagavad-bhakta-rupena]. I shall deliver the people of the world [lokan raksami sarvada].

Prediction of the name of the mother of Sri Chaitanya and His future role as the deliverer of the darkness of Kali-Yuga.

In the Vamana-Purana, the Supreme Personality of Godhead declares:

kali-ghora-tamas-channat sarvan acara varjitan
sachigarbhe ca sambhuya tarayisyami narada

O Narada Muni, I will take birth in the womb of Sachi [sachi-garbhe ca sambhuya]. I shall save the people, who will give up all proper good conduct [sarvan acara varyitan], from the terrible darkness of the age of Kali-Yuga [kali-ghora-tamas-channan].

Prediction of the future advent of Sri Chaitanya, His birth time, His mother, His birth city, His name and His mission

In the Vayu-Purana, the Supreme Personality of Godhead says:

paurnamasyam phalgunasya phalguni-rksa-yogatah
bhavisye gaura-rupena sachi-garbhe purandarat

svarnadi-tiram asthaya navadvipe janasraye
tatra dvija-kulam prapto bhavisyami janalaye

bhakti-yoga-pradanaya lokasyanugrahaya ca
sannyas-rupam asthaya krishna-chaitanya-nama-dhrk

tena lokasya nistaras tat kurudhvam mamajnaya
dharitri bhavita cabhir mayaiva dvija-dehina

I shall advent in the month of Phalguna, when the star Phalguni is conjoined with the full moon. I shall incarnate in a golden complexion in the womb of Sachi and Purandara Misra. I will be born in the city of Navadvipa,on the Ganges’s shore, in a Brahmana’s family. I shall take the renounced order of life [sannyasa] and show kindness to the people in general and engage them in Bhakti. I will be known as Sri Krishna Chaitanya. All of you should follow My order and deliver the people of the world. I shall appear as a Brahmana. I shall make this earth fearless.

Prediction of Sri Chaitanya’s birth city, the name of the river close to His birth site, the name of His mother, His close associates and their divine roles in His lila (pastimes), His divine reason for incarnating as well as different names by which Sri Chaitanya will be known.

In the Ananta-Samhita, it is said:

svarnadi-tiram asritya navadvipe dvijalaye
sampradatum bhakti-yogam lokasyanugrahaya ca
sa eva bhagavan krmo radhika-prana-vallabhah
srsty-adau sa jagannatho gaura asin mahesvari
avatirno bhavisyami kalau-nija-ganaih saha
sachi-garbhe navadvipe svardhuni-parivarite
aprakasyam idam guhyam na prakasyam bahir mukhe
bhaktavataram bhaktakhyam bhaktam bhakti-pradam svayam
man-maya-mohitah kecin na jnasyanto bahir-mokhah
jnasyanti mad-bhakti-yuktah sadhavo-nyasinotmalah
krmavatara-kale-yah striyo ye purusah priyah
kalau te’vatarisyanti sridama-subaladayah
catuh-sasti-mahantas te gopa dvadas balakah
caitanyera simhera…
dharma-samsthapanarthay a viharisyami tair aham
kale nastam bhakti-patham sthapayisyamy aham punah
gacchantu bhuvi te putrah jayantam bhakta-rupinah
dharma-samsthapanam kale kurvantu te mamajnaya
krishnas chaitanya-gaurango gaurachandrah sachi-sutah
prabhur gauro gaura-harir namani-bhakti-dani me

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“To show mercy to the people and give them devotional service, the Supreme Personality of Godhead will appear in a Brahmana’s home in Navadvip by the Ganges’ shore. The Supreme Person, Sri Krishna Himself, who is the life of Srimati Radharani, and is the Lord of the universe in creation, maintenance, and annihilation, appears as Gaura, O Mahesvari.

In Kali-Yuga, I will descend to the earth with My associates. In Navadvip, which is surrounded by the Ganges, I will take birth in Sachi-devi’s womb.

They who are bewildered by My illusory potency will not understand the great secret of the appearance in this world of Me in My personal form,
in My form as the incarnation of devotion,
in My form as the incarnation of a devotee,
in My form bearing the name of a devotee,
in My form as a devotee, and
in My form as the giver of devotional service.

This secret is not to be revealed to them. Only the saintly, pure, renounced devotees, diligently engaged in My devotional service, will be able to understand Me in these five forms.

My dear male and female associates, headed by Sridama and Subala, who came to this world at the time of My advent as Lord Krishna, will come again during the Kali-Yuga.

The Gopas will become the sixtyfour mahantas and the twelve gopalas. To establish the truth of religion, I will enjoy many pastimes with them.

In this way I will again reveal the path of devotional service, which has been destroyed in the course of time. My sons should also descend to the earth, assume the forms of devotees, and, by My order, also work to re-establish the principles of true religion.

At this time My names will be: Krishna Chaitanya, Gauranga, Gaurachandra, Sachisuta, Mahaprabhu, Gaura and Gaurahari. Chanting these names will bring devotion to Me.”

Other major Vedic literature describing characteristics of the advent of Sri Chaitanya

The Great Epic Mahabharata (Dana-Dharma, Visnu-Sahasra-Nama Stotra) points out the divine characteristics of Sriman Mahaprabhu’s appearance.

suvarna varna hemango varangas candanangadi
sannyasa krt-chamah santo nistha shanti parayanah

He has a golden complexion [suvarna varnah]. His limbs are very beautiful [vara-anga] and are smeared with sandalwood pulp [candana-angadi]. He has the appearance of molten gold [hema-anga].

The Supreme Lord Chaitanya accepts the renounced order of life [sannyasa-krt]. He is fully sense-controlled or equipoised [sama], and is completely peaceful [santa]. He is completely fixed (in the chanting of the holy name of Lord Krishna), [nistha]. He is the highest abode of devotion and transcendental peace. (He silences the mayavadi impersonalists) [nistha santi parayanah].

The sanskrit words suvarna-varna indicate one who has gold-like complexion. The Vedic text to support this point is: yada pasya pasyate rukma-varnam kartaram isam purusam brahma-yonim. The words rukma-varnam kartaram isam refer to the Supreme Person [Sri Chaitanya] who has a complexion like molten gold.

Is there any specific reference in the Vedas as to when in this yuga, the Supreme Lord’s Avatar- Sri Krishna Chaitanya was scheduled to appear?

In the Atharva-Veda; Purusa-Bodini-Upanisad, it is said:

saptame gaura-varna-visnor ity aena sva-saktya
caikyam etya pratar avatirya saha svaih sva-manum siksayati

“In the seventh manvantara, in the beginning of the Kali-Yuga, the Supreme Personality of Godhead will, accompanied by His own associates, descend in a golden form to the earth. He will teach the chanting of His own names.”

When exactly does He come in the kali-yuga, and where does He specifically appear and what will He do?

In the Atharva Veda, the Supreme Person says:

itotham krta sannyaso’vatarisyami sa-guno nirvedo
niskamo bhu-girvanas tira-atho’ lakanandayah kalau
catuh-sahasrabdhopari panca-sahasrabhyantare
gaura-varno dirghangah sarva-laksana-yukta isvara
prarthito nija-rasasvado bhakta-rupo misrakhyo
vidita-yogah syam

I will descend on the earth after the passage of four thousand years in the Kali-Age, [kalau chatuh sahasrabdhopari] and before the passage of five thousand years [pancha sahasra abhyantare]. I will come on the earth on the bank of the Ganges, [tira-sthah
alakanandayah]. I will be a tall and saintly Brahmana devotee. I will have all the auspicious symptoms of an exalted person [dirghangah sarva-laksana-yuktah].
I will exhibit renunciation. I will have all auspicious signs. I will be a devotee, practicing bhakti yoga. I will taste the rasa of My own devotional service.

In the Sama Veda, the Supreme Lord says:

tathaham krta sannyaso bhu-girvano ‘vatarisye
tire’lakanandayah punah punah isvara-prarthitah sa-
parivaro niralambo nirdhuteh kali-kalmasa-kavalita-
janavalambanaya

I shall come to the earth, accompanied by My associates, in a place by the bank of the Ganges. I will advent to save the people who are afflicted and devoured by the sins of the age of Kali. I will manifest as an Avadhut Brahman Sannyasi.

What is the name of the place where the Supreme Lord appears?

The Chandogya Upanisad describes the place of advent of the Supreme Lord Sri Krishna Chaitanya. In the Sabadvipa Dham Mahatmya (text 5) Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur explains:

tan-madhye daharam saksan mayapuram itiryate
tatra vesma bhagavatas chaitanyasya paratmanah
tasmin yas tv antarakaso hy antardvipah sa ucyate

The spiritual city in the shape of a lotus has the abode of Sri Mayapur as its heart. Sridham Mayapur is the divine abode of Lord Chaitanya, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. In the middle of Mayapur is the place called Antardvip.

Are there any other relevant scriptural references in the vedas describing the appearance or qualities of Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu?

The Svetasvatara Upanisad (Ch. 6, text 7) describes the qualities of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Chaitanya:

tam isvaranam paramam mahesvaram tam devatanam paramam ca daivatam
patim patinam paramam parastad vidama devam bhuvanesam idyam

“O Supreme Lord, you are the Supreme Mahesvara, the worshipable Deity of all the demigods and the Supreme Lord of all Lords. You are the controller of all controllers, the Personality of Godhead, the Lord of everything worshipable.”

Svetasvatara Upanisad Ch 3 text 12, 14

mahan prabhur vai purusahsattvasyaisa pravartakah
sunirmalam imam praptim isano jyotir avyayah

“The Supreme Personality of Godhead is Mahaprabhu, who disseminates transcendental enlightenment. Just to be in touch with Him is to be in contact with the indestructible brahmajyoti. ”

Sri Chaitanya Upanisad (Chaitanyopanisad), text 5:

jahnavi-tire navadvipe golokakhye dhamni govindo
dvi-bhujo gaurah sarvatma maha-puruso mahatma
maha-yogi tri-gunatitah sattva-rupo bhaktim loke
kasyatiti. tad ete sloka bhavanti

“The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Govinda, the supreme enjoyer, whose form is transcendental, who is beyond the touch of the three modes of material nature, and who is all pervading Supersoul residing in the-hearts of all living entities, will appear again in the Kali-age. Appearing as the greatest devotee, the Supreme Personality of Godhead will assume a two-armed form of golden complexion in His abode of Goloka Vrindavan manifested on the bank of the Ganga at Navadvip. He will disseminate pure devotional service in the world.

The appearance of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is further predicted in the following verses

Sri Chaitanya Upanisad text 6 says in what color the Lord will appear in the Kali-yuga, and what He will do:

eko devah sarva-rupi mahatma gauro rakta syamala-sveta-rupah
chaitanyatma sa vai chaitanya-saktir bhaktakaro bhakti-do bhakh-vedyah

“The Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is the master of all transcendental potencies, and who may be known only by devotional service, [bhakti vedyah] appears in innumerable transcendental forms. He has appeared in red, white and black complexions, [gauro rakta syamala sveta rupah] and He will also appear in the golden form of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. He will assume the role of a perfect devotee
[bhakta akarah] and He will teach the conditioned souls the path of pure devotional service [bhakti dah].

Chaitanya Upanisad, text 7 predicts the nature of the form of Lord Chaitanya and how He is understood

namo vedanta vedyayakrmaya paramatmane
sarva chaitanya rupaya chaitanyaya namo namah

I offer my respectful obeisances unto Him, who is understood by Vedanta [namo vedanta vedyaya], who is Lord Krishna [Krishnaya], the Supersoul [paramatmane], whose form is fully transcendental and conscious of everything [sarva-chaitanya-rupaya]. We offer our humble obeisances again and again. [chaitanyaya namo namah]

What is the result of understanding the divine position of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu?

Sri Chaitanya-Upanisad. text 8:

vedanta vedyam purusam puranam chaitanyatmanam visva-yonim mahantam
tam eva viditva’ mrtyum eti nanyah pantha vidyatetyanaya

“Knowing Him who is the object of knowledge in the Upanisads, the oldest person, the embodiment of consciousness, the source of the universe and the greatest of all, one crosses over death. There is no other path for going there.”

What will Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu do in this incarnation?

Sri Chaitanya-Upanisad. text 9:

sva-nama mula-mantrena sarvam hladayati vibhuh

The Supreme powerful [vibhuh] Lord Sri Krishna Chaitanya appears in His golden form, and He will fill the universe with bliss [hladayati] by the chanting of His own holy names [sva-nama-mula-mantrena].

Which mantra will this yuga avatar chant?

Sri Cartanya Upanisad text 10.

sa eva mula-mantra japati harir iti krishna iti rama iti

Sri Krishna Chaitanya will chant the maha-mantra comprised of the divine names of Hari, Krishna and Rama, i.e., Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare.

Quotations of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s bodily features according to some of the great devotees present at the time

Srila Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya, one of the foremost disciples of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in Jagannath Puri, composed an entire series of prayers describing in detail the various features of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, called Sri Gauranga-Prati-Anga-Varnanakhya-Stava-Rajah, or the King of Prayers, proclaiming the glory of each limb of Sri Gauranga. Let us carefully present a few of these divine gems.

Lord Chaitanya’s bodily luster:

Srila Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya, a great scholar of his time, who later became a disciple of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, has described the complexion of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s body.

tapta hema dyutim vande kali-krishnam jagad-gurum
caru-dirgha-tanum srimac chaci-hrdaya-nandanam

I worship Lord Krishna, the spiritual master of the universe, who appears in the age of Kali with a luster like molten gold. His body is beautiful and tall. He is like molten gold, and He is the delight and the son of Sachidevi.

Srila Prabodhananda Sarasvati Thakura also describes Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s golden complexion.

ananda lilamaya vigrahaya hemabha-divya-cchavi-sundaraya

“O Lord Chaitanyachandra, O Lord whose form is full of blissful pastimes, O Lord whose complexion is as splendid as gold…”

Srila Krishna das Kaviraj Goswami similarly describes Lord Chaitanya:

tapta hema sama kanti prakanda sarira

“…the luster of His expansive body resembles molten gold…”

Prabodhananda Sarasvati further describes Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s golden complexion.

svayam devo yatra-kanaka-gaurah karunaya

“His complexion is as fair as molten gold.”

Sri Chaitanya’s beautiful hair:

lasan-mukha-lata-naddha charu-kuncita-kuntalam

“His lovely curling locks are interwoven with creepers of glistening pearls…”

Sri Chaitanya’s shoulders and chest:

Prabhodananda Sarasvati Thakura describes the shoulders of Sriman Mahaprabhu as simha skandham…“whose shoulders are like a lion…”

Srila Krishna das Kaviraj Goswami also points out the nature of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s shoulders and voice: simha griva simha-virya simhera hunkar – “He has the shoulders of a lion, the powers of a lion, and the loud voice of a lion.”

Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s arms reach all the way to His knees: ajanulambita bhumau kanaka vadatau

And kankanangada-vidyoti-janu-lambi-bhaja-dvayam – “….His two arms, glittering with bracelets and bangles, extend down to His knees.”

Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s face:

prema-pravaha-madhura raktotpala-vilocanam
h la-prasuna-susnigdha nutanayata-nasikam

Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s beautiful eyes are just like reddish lotus flowers. They are most beautiful, just like lakes of Krishna Prema. His nose is arched and is resplendent just like the sesame flower.

sri-ganda-mandollasi ratna-kundala-manditam
savya-karna-suvinyasta sphurac-caru-sikhandakam

Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s cheeks are round and they shine brilliantly. He wears jeweled earrings. He has a peacock feather placed near His left ear.

madhura-sneha-susnigdha praraktadhara-pallavam
isad-danturita-snigdha sphuran-mukta-radoijvalam

Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s lips are tender and very lustrous. They resemble reddish blossoming flowers. He reveals his pearl-like teeth out His kindness.

Chaitanya-charitamrita, Adi-Lila 3.77

sankirtana-pravartaka sri krma-chaitanya sankirtana-yajne tanre bhaje sei dhanya

“Lord Sri Krishna Chaitanya is the initiator of sankirtana [congregational chanting of the holy name of Lord Krishna]. One who worships Him through sankirtana is fortunate indeed”

Susloka-Satakam -59- Sri Gauranga Mahima

vintala-kamala-vaktrah pakva-bi nbadharosthas
tila-kusu na-su-nasah katnbu-kanthah su-dirghah
suvaliuta-bhuja-dando nabhi-gambhira-rupah
sphuratu hrdaya-madhye gaura-candro-natendrah

“His face is flawless like a blooming lotus and His lips are red as ripe as bimba fruits. His nose is as beautiful as the sesame flower and his neck is like a three-ringed conch. He is very tall and His rod-like arms make artistic movements while He dances. His navel is
very deep. May my Lord Gaura Chandra, the king of dancers, reveal Himself in the core of My heart.”

Some interesting questions answered:

Does Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu appear in every day of lord brahma? Just like the original Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna does appear once in every day of Lord Brahma.

Answer: Srila Prabhupada once explained in Melbourne, Australia, in answer to the question of how long it would be before Lord Krishna would come to this planet again in His personal form: after 8 billion 600 milion years.

Devotee: How long do you say it is before Krishna comes to this planet again in His physical form?

Srila Prabhupada: Now, calculate, I have already given the duration of one day, twelve hours, of Brahma means 4,300,000 years multiplied by one thousand….the eight billion.

Devotee (2): 600,000,000.

Srila Prabhupada: So Krishna comes after this period in one day, after one day of Brahma, He appears.

Devotee: Srila Prabhupada, does Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu also appear every day of Brahma?

Srila Prabhupada: Yes, following Krishna. Krishna comes in the Dvapar-Yuga. There are four sets of yugas: Satva, Treta, Dvapar, Kali. So Krishna comes at the end of Dvapar-Yuga, and Chaitanya Mahaprabhu comes in the Kali-Yuga so almost the same year, same circulation…Similarly, Krishna appears in rotation in this universe after so many years, eight billion years. So next He goes to another universe….[Melbourne Australia. 22nd May 1975.]

Did the Srimad-Bhagavatam (Bhagavat-Puran), the foremost of all Vedic literatures predict the appearance of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu?

In the seventh canto of the Srimad-Bhagavatam, Prahlad Maharaj directly hints at the hidden nature of the Supreme Lord’s appearance. Because the Supreme Lord is also called Tri-Yuga, or one who appears in only three yugas (satya, dvapara, treta), He is sometimes said to appear in a concealed form, in the age of Kali.

channah kalau yad abhavas tri-yugo’tha sa tvam (Srimad Bhagavatam 7.9.38)

Are there any more direct references in the Simad Bhagavatam, than the above reference?

In the Tenth Canto of the Srimad Bhagavatam, chapter eight, Gargamuni the family priest of Nanda Maharaja, explains that the young boy Sri Krishna has three colors – white, red and yellow – when He appears in His transcendental form in different ages. In the current incarnation of Krishna, He has appeared …as black.

asan varnas trayo hy asya grhnatotnvyugam tanuh
suklo raktas tatha pita idanim krmatam gatah
(Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.8.13)

Srila Krishna das Kaviraj Goswami, the celebrated author of the Sri Chaitanya-charitamrta, explains that the three colors of white, red and yellow are the three bodily colors which the Supreme Lord assumes in the ages of Satya, Treta and Kali respectively.

sukla rakta pita-varna ei tina dyuti satya-treta-kali-kale dharena sri-pati

The Bhagavatam explains in the conversation between Karabhajan Muni and King Nimi, that in the Dvapara-Yuga, the Supreme Lord, the Personality of Godhead appears in a blackish form [dvapare bhagavan syamah]. He has a yellow dress and carries His own weapons [pita-vasa-nija-ayudhah]. He is beautified with the mark of Srivatsa and the Kaustubha jewel [sri vatsa-adibhih ankais ca laksanaih]. This is the actual description of His characteristics [upalaksitah].

The great sage continues his instruction to King Nimi by saying that people in general in the age of Dvapar-Yuga worshiped the Lord of the Universe [iti dvapara urvisam stuvanti jagad isvaram]. In the age of Kali, they worshipped the Supreme Person by the regulation of the scriptures [tantra vidhana].

krishna varnam tvisakrmam sangopangastra parsadam
yajnaih sankirtana prayair yajanti hi sumedhasah
(Srimad-Bhagavatam 11.5.32)

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

How does this verse refer to the advent of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, since his name is not directly mentioned there?

Just as the symptoms and characteristics of the various previous incarnations are mentioned in the scriptures, similarly the symptoms of the appearance of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu are described.

Krishna-varnam indicates that He belongs to the category of Krishna. Krishna varnam also means one who constantly repeats and sings the name of Krishna. The main business of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was the chanting of the holy name of Krishna. Thus the words Krishna varnam and Krishna Chaitanya are equivalent.

Srila Krishna das Kaviraj Goswami has elucidated the two meanings of the words Krishna varnam by stating:

krishna ei dui varna sadayanra mukhe athava krmake h’nho varne nija sukhe

Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu always sings the two syllables Krish & na [Krishna ei dui varna sada yanra mukhe], or He always relishes great transcendental pleasure while describing Lord Krishna [athava krmake tinho varne nija-sukhe].

As we can see the evidences that Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is the Supreme Personality of Godhead and so is non-different from Lord Sri Krishna are compelling as the predictions made in the scriptures and the advent and activities of Lord Chaitanya perfectly match. This is apart from the fact that many of Lord Chaitanya’s associates recognized Him as the Supreme Lord and have written volumes of books and prayers glorifying His transcendental activities. Sri Chaitasnya charitamrita, Chaitanya Bhagavat and Chaitanya mangal are some of the most famous literature in this regard.

Since Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu appeared in Sri Mayapur dham, the founder-acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness decided to establish ISKCON’s headquarters in Sri Mayapur. All Gaudiya vaishnavas celebrate the appearance day of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, known as Gaura purnima, with great festivities and devotional programs along with days long kirtan and ecstatic chanting of the maha-mantra, recommended by Bhagavan Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu- Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare.

Sastric Quotes Sourced mainly from http://www.krishna.com/blog/2012/03/2/kirtan-avatar%E2%80%94shri-chaitanya-gives-divine-love , 
http://iysmumbai.com/blog/2014/06/24/shastric-predictions-on-sri-chaitanya

Source : http://mayapurvoice.com/svagatam/vedic-verses-reveal-secrets-sri-chaitanya-mahaprabhu/

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By Madhava Smullen

A popular Zoom conference, Wisdom of the Sages, has gone public and become a daily podcast, delivering transformational wisdom, Bhakti-yoga philosophy, and profound stories with fun and energy on Youtube, Instagram and most podcast platforms.

Hosts Raghunnath Cappo and Kaustubha Das have a comfortable chemistry, having both grown up in the New York Hardcore Punk scene of the early 1980s, found Krishna consciousness, and begun living as brahmacharis in 1988.

When Raghunath went on to share Srila Prabhupada’s teachings through his hardcore band Shelter, and Kaustubha became a book distributor, the two grew close, regularly spending time together in both the U.S. and holy pilgrimage sites in India every year.

Today, Raghunath is a popular yoga teacher, heads up Supersoul Farm retreat center in Upstate New York, and continues to tour with his bands Shelter and Youth of Today. Kaustubha, meanwhile, serves as Senior Educator at the Bhakti Center in Manhattan, and regularly speaks on Bhakti-yoga at yoga studios and universities.

“In March of last year, Raghunath mentioned to me that he wanted to start sharing something daily online, primarily as a way to engage in daily hearing for himself,” Kaustubha says. “I suggested reading Srimad Bhagavatam, and he began meeting a couple of friends at his home at 5:00am every day and broadcasting it live via Zoom conference, and Instagram Live.”

The listernship grew gradually over the following months, and by September forty to fifty people were tuning in every morning, with more downloading and listening later in the day. Kaustubha joined as co-host, and both the audience and their positive feedback continued to grow until the pair decided to take their show from the underground into the open, launching it as a podcast on January 1st, 2020. 

To this day, it also remains as a Zoom conference to give the hosts a chance to engage live with their audience – mostly 30 to 45-year-olds from the yoga or hardcore punk worlds, looking for more meaning in life.  

“The concept is that hearing the Bhagavatam daily is a super powerful spiritual practice, and when it is done with friends it becomes fun and it is easier to stick with,” says Kaustubha. “Most people will never be able to go to a temple every day, so we share it online via Zoom conference. We read the verses and selected purports and we try to keep it fun and entertaining, almost like a talk show. But because the Bhagavatam is so deep, it brings a lot of spiritual substance to the online gathering.”

He adds: “Neither of us are great Bhagavatam scholars. Our only qualification is that we have had some great teachers and we have heard from Srila Prabhupada. We try to share with others what they have shared with us in a language people can understand. We’ve both been practicing bhakti for over thirty years and have seen a lot. So we try to draw from that experience.”

Wisdom of the Sages is currently broadcasting daily from Raghunath’s yoga teacher training in Govardhana Eco-Village near Mumbai, India until January 25th, and after that in Jaipur and Vrindavan. From February 6th, it will return to New York, where Raghunath and Kaustubha will each call in from their homes. 

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The show is available to watch on Youtube or listen to as an audio podcast, and runs for one hour every day. Each episode begins with a short monologue by Ragunath, followed by invocation mantras. The two hosts then begin reading Bhagavatam verses, dipping into Srila Prabhupada’s purports here and there.  

“If an important topic comes up that the audience wants to hear more about, we take the time to get into it,” Kaustubha says. “The audience is really eager to learn more about bhakti and how to apply it in their lives practically. So we share from our life experience as best we can. We try to keep it fun and entertaining, but deep and real.”

During Wisdom of the Sages’ run as a Zoom conference only, Raghunath and Kaustubha read until the end of the fourth Canto of Srimad-Bhagavatam, but they’re going back to the beginning for the relaunch as a podcast.

“The Bhagavatam will take us through many topics, especially how to practice yoga in a practical and dynamic way; keeping an even mind as we pass though challenges; not getting caught up in distractions; staying focused on serving; and remembering God,” says Kaustubha. “We’ll also cover all types of issues from politics, gender issues, and sexuality, to dealing with toxic environments at work, how we relate as bhakti yogis with our families, and more.”

Wisdom of the Sages will also occasionally feature guests, to illustrate how different people live a variety of bhakti-centered lifestyles.

“The show has really been like a support group for practicing Bhakti,” Kaustubha says. “We all share thoughts and questions with each other throughout the day via WhatsApp. And people have found that it is so approachable that their friends and family can relate to it. So it helps them explain what they are getting into. We get comments like ‘I caught my avid atheist husband watching the show on his own today!’”

The show’s Apple Podcasts page is already packed with five-star reviews. “Wisdom of the Sages is truly the centerpiece of my daily spiritual and yoga practice,” says one listener, while another raves, “This is the most incredible podcast in the world. It gets to the essence of what we need most (wisdom) in a way that’s humble, funny and inspiring. I continue to share this with all of my friends and family. It’s great for anyone at any time in their life. So relatable.”

Kaustubha and Raghunath, in turn, have a lot of affection for their listeners. “They’re like a family to us,” says Kaustubha. “A growing family of people who want to practice Bhakti. So we will do our best to serve them any way we can, whether it’s through more online connections, or through workshops, retreats, or pilgrimages.”

Watch the daily Wisdom of the Sages podcast here: https://www.youtube.com/wisdomofthesages

Listen to audio at Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/wisdom-of-the-sages/id1493055485

Or Spotify Podcasts: https://open.spotify.com/show/0K6KdeWaciOxM5IY8TZVCK?si=slrzEAJuQRiA0i6COOrKmA&fbclid=IwAR3w9Tx_hjJAtds6uhwZGEL7KC0j_pTtrr5HzFyl2BQEJ9OpE02BlkQKWcs

Or Podbay: https://podbay.fm/podcast/1493055485

Source: https://iskconnews.org/wisdom-of-the-sages-podcast-applies-bhakti-philosophy-to-modern-life,7234/

 

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