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Kartik Navadwip Mandal Parikrama 2020 organized by the Mayapur Chandra’s, is a virtual medium by which devotees are taken on parikrama to the nine-islands and various holy places in and around Mayapur, India. They participate in hearing and chanting about the glories of Sri Sri Gaura Nitai and Their associates. Going on Navadwip Mandal Parikrama is already considered to be very auspicious, but by doing so in the month of Kartik, one's devotional service is increased by many folds.

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eParikrama 2020 Day 24 – Unchagaon

8214009685?profile=RESIZE_584xIn 2016, 2017 and 2019, His Holiness Kadamba Kanana Swami took us to Unchagaon, the birthplace of Lalita Devi, who is the most intimate associate of Srimati Radharani. Check out Maharaja’s full bhajans, kirtans and lectures, along with a few harinamas and photos, during Parikramas 2016, 2017 and 2019.

Lalita is older than Srimati Radharani and has a strong left-wing nature. As the protector and dedicated servant of Srimati Radharani, she is always ready to rebuke Krsna for His lack of faithfuln

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8214006253?profile=RESIZE_400xParamahamsa Srila Gaura Kishore Das Babaji Maharaj was born into a vaishya family on the banks of the Padma River in Bagayan village in Faridpur district in what is now Bangladesh. His given name was Vamsi Das. He was born sometime in the middle of the nineteenth century. He is important to us because he was the diksha guru of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Goswami Prabhupada. Vamsi Das’s parents had him married at an early age according to the custom of the time, but he always remained detache

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The Origin of MANtra by Bhaktimarga Swami

8213999654?profile=RESIZE_400xIt was somewhere near Oakland in California

Where people drive everything from a Harley to a Porsche

Anuttama and I were ambling on our humble feet

As traffic whizzed by like a roaring missile fleet
 

We got to talking about an absolute need

We had this idea that manifest like a seed

A retreat for conscious men who will open up

Get drunk on nectar brimming to the top of the cup
 

The bonding, we thought, would be most valuable

A feeling that would rub most palpable

There was a very good reason t

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By Giriraj Swami

Today is the disappearance day of Srila Gaurakisora dasa Babaji Maharaja. Srila Gaurakisora dasa Babaji was a great devotee - a maha-bhagavata. He was a disciple of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura and was very renounced. He had lived for many years in Vrindavan, roaming the twelve forests, chanting the holy names of Krishna, eating by begging alms, and sleeping under trees. Later, after Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura discovered Lord Chaitanya’s birthplace in Mayapur, Srila Jagannatha da

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Srila Gaura-Kisora Dasa Babaji

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SRILA GAURA-KISORA DASA BABAJI 

RENUNCIATION PERSONIFIED

Srila Gaura-Kisora dasa Babaji is the spiritual master of Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura. He was born in a vaisya family in a small village beside Padma River in Bangladesh. Following his father, he earned his livelihood by selling grains. He was devotionally inclined from childhood and spent many hours singing bhajans and hearing Krishna-katha. He was married very young but when his wife died in 1849, he immediately left home and went

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अध्याय बाईस ---- कर्दममुनि तथा देवहूति का परिणय

1 श्रीमैत्रेय ने कहा : सम्राट के अनेक गुणों तथा कार्यों की महानता का वर्णन करने के पश्र्चात मुनि शांत हो गये और राजा ने संकोचवश उन्हें इस प्रकार से संबोधित किया।

2 मनु ने कहा : वेदस्वरूप ब्रह्मा ने वैदिक ज्ञान के विस्तार हेतु अपने मुख से आप जैसे ब्राह्मणों को उत्पन्न किया है, जो तप, ज्ञान तथा योग से युक्त और इंद्रियतृप्ति से विमुख हैं।

3 ब्राह्मणों की रक्षा के लिए सहस्र-पाद विराट पुरुष ने हम क्षत्रियों को अपनी सहस्र भुजाओं से उत्पन्न किया। अतः ब्र

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(Friday, November 20th– Los Angeles, CA)— Double-platinum recording artist, WILLOW, and British musician Jahnavi Harrison release their brand-new collaboration R I S E today! The six track EP featuring timeless Sanskrit mantras and original lyrics inspired by sacred texts of the bhakti tradition. 

Listen to R I S E here!

In the search for a deeper connection and inner calm, WILLOW and Jahnavi have combined their musical influences to create a spiritual, meditative and uplifting coll

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8210200465?profile=RESIZE_584xIn 2017 and 2018, His Holiness Kadamba Kanana Swami took us to the Sudevi Mandir in Kamyavana, where we meditate on Sudevi, one of the asta-sakhis. Sudevi was an expert in training male and female parrots and she always remained at the side of her dear friend, Srimati Radharani. Check out Maharaja’s full kirtans and lectures below, along with a few photos, at the Sudevi Mandir in Kamyavana during Parikrama 2017 and Parikrama 2018.

At Sudevi Mandir, we pray that we are able to cultivate our mind

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It Makes A Difference by Bhaktimarga Swami

8210188084?profile=RESIZE_400xThe first day of the MANtra Retreat was a smashing success. Anuttama is just the best host. Tomorrow will be most exciting—a good speaker from the UK, Bhuta Bhavana, who raises the topic of empowerment. Check it out, 10 AM. Register if you haven’t, gentlemen.

At noon today one of my good friends from Vaughn came over and accepted two garlands for his Ganesh deity. He was proudly letting me know that he lost 35 lbs due to diet change and walking 10 kilometres per day.

I later came upon a tall fel

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 अध्याय इक्कीस ----- मनु-कर्दम संवाद

1 विदुर ने कहा : स्वायंभुव मनु की वंश परंपरा अत्यंत आदरणीय थी। हे पूज्य ऋषि, मेरी आपसे प्रार्थना है कि आप इस वंश का वर्णन करें जिसकी संतति-वृद्धि मैथुनधर्म के द्वारा हुई।

2 स्वायंभुव मनु के दो पुत्रों--प्रियव्रत तथा उत्तानपाद--ने धार्मिक नियमानुसार सप्त द्वीपों वाले इस संसार पर राज्य किया।

3 हे पवित्र ब्राह्मण, हे पापविहीन पुरुष, आपने उनकी पुत्री के विषय में कहा है कि वे प्रजापति ऋषि कर्दम की पत्नी देवहूति थीं।

4 उस महायोगी ने, जिसे अष्टांग योग के सिद्धांतो

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What Hare Krishna Means by by Giriraj Swami

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Chaitanya Mahaprabhu teaches us, na dhanam na janam na sundarim kavitam va jagad-isa kamaye. (Siksastaka 4) Dhanam means wealth . . . But Chaitanya Mahaprabhu says, na dhanam: “I don’t want money.” Just the opposite. Everyone wants money. He says, “No, I don’t want money.” Na dhanam na janam: “I don’t want many men as My followers.” Just the opposite. Everyone wants. The politicians, the yogis, the swamis, everyone wants, “There may be hundreds and thousands of my followers.” But Chaitanya Maha

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Joyfully Being Alone by Karnamrita Das

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This subject is an extension of a frequent topic of mine which I deal with on a daily basis: extolling the virtue of introspection and self-analysis as part of clearing out impediments to devotion in the stage of bhakti called anartha-nivritti (retiring unwanted habits of thought and action)–such anartha’s are often the source of many of our problems. We live in a time of busy-ness and addiction to innumerable distractions, where it isn’t seen as cool to just be sitting down without a handheld

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eParikrama 2020 Day 22 – Mathura

8206491085?profile=RESIZE_584xIn 2017, His Holiness Kadamba Kanana Swami took us on a boat trip on River Yamuna to Mathura, the birthplace of Krsna in this material world about 5,000 years ago. Check out Maharaja’s full kirtan along with a few photos, on the way to Mathura during Parikrama 2017.

In Chapter 13 of the Nectar of Devotion, it is mentioned about residing in Mathura dhama or Mathura mandala, which refers to the holy dhama of Vrndavana. “So this attainment of transcendental loving devotional service to the Lord is

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Barry Brown by Bhaktimarga Swami

8206484688?profile=RESIZE_400xThe following poem is in honour of my dear friend, Baladev, AKA Barry Brown. We traveled as monks in a small party through the United States, experiencing what most people haven’t gone through.


Baladeva / Barry Brown
 

I know you never knelt at a church’s pew

You were Jewish, then Vaishnava, now a “Hin-jew”

As monks in travel we looked at the bible

Viewed the Old Testament exploring the tribal

On that same motel floor you wrestled with Giri

You lost—he won, leaving you feeling weary

On behalf o

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अध्याय बीस : मैत्रेय--विदुर संवाद 

1 श्री शौनक ने पूछा-- हे सूत गोस्वामी, जब पृथ्वी अपनी कक्ष्या में पुनः स्थापित हो गई तो स्वायंभुव मनु ने बाद में जन्म ग्रहण करने वाले व्यक्तियों को मुक्ति-मार्ग प्रदर्शित करने के लिए क्या-क्या किया?

2 शौनक ऋषि ने विदुर के बारे में जानना चाहा, जो भगवान कृष्ण का महान भक्त एवं सखा था और जिसने भगवान के लिए ही अपने उस ज्येष्ठ भाई का साथ छोड़ दिया था जिसने अपने पुत्रों के साथ मिलकर भगवान की इच्छा के विरुद्ध षड्यंत्र किया था।

3 विदुर वेदव्यास के आत्मज थे और उनसे किसी प्

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8206597090?profile=RESIZE_584xThe Annual MANtra, Men's Retreat, usually held in New Vrindaban, USA, is going virtual this year and it all happens this weekend beginning Friday evening November 20 (EST), and continues through Sunday, Nov. 22.  All men are invited ages 16 and up. 

This annual men’s sanga will feature interactive sessions with leading devotees of all ages and backgrounds including Mahatma, Chaitanya Charana & Sutapa, Bhuta Bhavana, Namarasa, Raghunatha, Partha, Kaunteya, Anuttama, Madhvacarya, and Gopal Lila pr

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eParikrama 2020 Day 21 – Mukharai

8203343054?profile=RESIZE_584xIn 2018, His Holiness Kadamba Kanana Swami took us to Mukharai, which is the village that used to be the home of Radharani’s maternal grandmother, Mukhara. Mukhara sometimes acted as an obstacle, but in other times, facilitated the secret meetings of Radharani and Krsna. Check out Maharaja’s full kirtan and lecture below, along with a few photos, at Mukharai during Parikrama 2018.

Love for Krsna is difficult to attain, as we all experience. We love to an extent. If I asked, “Do you have the tast

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Sri Gopastami by Giriraj Swami

8203338484?profile=RESIZE_584xToday is Gopastami, the day on which Krishna and Balarama and other boys Their age, who previously had tended the calves, were given charge of the cows. This event is described in Srimad-Bhagavatam (10.15.1):

tatas ca pauganda-vayah-sritau vraje
  babhuvatus tau pasu-pala-sammatau
gas carayantau sakhibhih samam padair
  vrndavanam punyam ativa cakratuh

“When Lord Rama and Lord Krsna attained the age of pauganda [six to ten] while living in Vrndavana, the cowherd men allowed Them to take up the t

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Krishna, the Supreme Cowherd Boy

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suklastami karttike tu
smrta gopastami budhaih
tad-dinad vasudevo ‘bhud
gopah purvam tu vatsapah

“The eighth lunar day of the bright fortnight of the month of Kartik is known by authorities as Gopastami. From that day, Lord Vasudeva served as a cowherd, whereas previously He had tended the calves.”
-Srimad Bhagavatam 10.15.1, translation

Many important pastimes take place on Gopastami. One pastime takes place on this day a few years after Krishna first started tending the cows. On this day, Jat

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