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A time filled with love, devotion, and gratitude.

After going through the intense summer and a humid monsoon, we in India perceive sarat, or autumn, as one of the most beautiful seasons of the year. According to the vedic calendar, Sarat falls during the months of Asvin and Karttika, of which Karttika carries special significance because it is favored by Lord Krishna.

Everyone loves certain foods, drinks, clothes, and music, and Lord Krishna is no exception. In fact, we have our likes because w

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The Significance of Dipavali by Damodar das

8162150495?profile=RESIZE_400x“Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura, quoting from the Vaisnava-tosani of Srila Sanatana Gosvami, says that the incident of Krsna’s breaking the pot of yogurt and being bound by Mother Yasoda took place on the Dipavali Day, or Dipa-malika. Even today in India, this festival is generally celebrated very gorgeously in the month of Kartika by fireworks and lights, especially in Bombay.” —Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.9.1 purport

“My dear Krsna, Yasoda took up a rope to bind You when You committed an offense

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The Original Idea of Diwali by Giriraj Swami

8162145699?profile=RESIZE_400xIn a letter dated October 10, 1968, Srila Prabhupada wrote,

“Diwali ceremony can be observed in the temple by illuminating hundreds of candles in different parts of the temple and offering special prasada to the Deity. This ceremony was observed by the inhabitants of Ayodhya, the kingdom of Lord Ramachandra. While Lord Ramachandra was out of His kingdom due to His fourteen years’ banishment by the order of His father, His younger stepbrother, Bharata, took charge of the kingdom, and the day on w

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अध्याय बारह -- कुमारों तथा अन्यों की सृष्टि

1 श्री मैत्रेय ने कहा : हे विद्वान विदुर, अभी तक मैंने तुमसे पूर्ण पुरुषोत्तम भगवान के काल-रूप की महिमा की व्याख्या की है। अब तुम मुझसे समस्त वैदिक ज्ञान के आगार ब्रह्मा की सृष्टि के विषय में सुन सकते हो।

2 ब्रह्मा ने सर्वप्रथम आत्मप्रवंचना, मृत्यु का भाव, हताशा के बाद क्रोध, मिथ्या स्वामित्व का भाव तथा मोहमय शारीरिक धारणा या अपने असली स्वरूप की विस्मृति जैसी अविद्यापूर्ण वृत्तियों की संरचना की।

3 ऐसी भ्रामक सृष्टि को पापमय कार्य मानते हुए ब्रह्माजी क

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Happy Diwali by Giriraj Swami

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We wish you all a happy Diwali. Diwali, or Dipavali, marks the end of the year, and by the year’s end we want to pay our debts, rectify our relationships–and then try to do better the next year.

The Vedic literatures inform us that in the present age, Kali-yuga, the recommended process for self-realization, or God realization, is the chanting of the holy names of the Lord. Of course, we know that Lord Krsna appeared about five thousand years ago and spoke the Bhagavad-gita. At the end of the Bh

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DIWALI FESTIVAL: 10th October. 1968,
(Letter from Srila Prabhupada to Hamsadutta dasa written from Seattle., Letters book Vol 1. p.549.)

Diwali ceremony can be observed in the temple by illuminating 100’s of candles, indifferent parts of the temple, and offering a special Prasad to the Deity. This ceremony was observed by the inhabitants of Ayodhya, the Kingdom of Lord Ramachandra, while Lord Ramachandra was out of His Kingdom due to His 14 years banishment by the order of His father. His young

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Meaning and Reasons for Diwali Celebrations

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Compiled by Mother Gandhari dasi Ayurvedic Lifestyle and Bhakti Yoga Instructor

Diwali comes from the word Dipavali which has two words dipa means light and avali means carrier. Therefore Dipa or Diya (1) signifies ‘coming to light’. In the Vedic Literature it is mentioned: “Tamasa Ma, Jyotir Gamaya” means ‘Do not remain in Darkness, Come to Light’, meaning ‘come to spiritual awareness or awakening’.

In the Bhagavat Gita Chapter four verse seven and eight Lord Krsna says: ‘yada yada hi dharmasy

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Laksmi Puja

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Laksmi Puja means worship of Laksmi Devi, the consort of Lord Visnu. Goddess Laxmi is said to have emerged from the ocean of milk at Diwali. On that day, Laxmi puja was performed to honour Her and as such, every year at Diwali, She is worshipped and offered prayers (not observed by Gaudiya Vaisnavas).

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अध्याय ग्यारह परमाणु से काल की गणना

1 भौतिक अभिव्यक्ति का अनन्तिम कण जो कि अविभाज्य है और शरीर रूप में निरूपित नहीं हुआ हो, परमाणु कहलाता है। यह सदैव अविभाज्य सत्ता के रूप में विद्यमान रहता है यहाँ तक कि समस्त स्वरूपों के विलीनीकरण (लय) के बाद भी। भौतिक देह ऐसे परमाणुओं का संयोजन ही तो है, किन्तु सामान्य मनुष्य इसे गलत ढंग से समझता है।

2 परमाणु अभिव्यक्त ब्रह्मांड की चरम अवस्था है। जब वे विभिन्न शरीरों का निर्माण किये बिना अपने ही रूपों में रहते हैं, तो वे असीमित एकत्व (कैवल्य) कहलाते हैं। निश्र्

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Happy Diwali

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The glorious festival of Diwali symbolizes the triumph of good over evil, teaches us to vanquish ignorance that subdues humanity and to drive away darkness that engulfs the light of knowledge.
 
On the auspicious occasion of this Festival of Lights, let us offer sincere prayers to the Lordships to help us burn away the negative influences of lust, anger, greed, pride, hatred, jealousy and ego so that our lives are filled with the transcendental echo of chants and the glittering rays of devotion
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eParikrama 2020 Day 12 – Prema-sarovara

8156563674?profile=RESIZE_584xIn 2016, 2017 and 2018, His Holiness Kadamba Kanana Swami took us to Prema-sarovara, where Radha and Krsna once met, and in a moment of separation, They shed so many tears that it formed the waters of this sarovara. Check out Maharaja’s full kirtans and lectures below, along with a few photos, at Prema-sarovara during Parikrama 2017 and Parikrama 2018.

In the Prema-sarovara, all the holy rivers manifest. There is a story explaining how all the holy rivers came here on a pilgrimage. This place ca

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Diwali festival in India is a 5-day celebration starting from Dhanteras with every single day having its own significance. Out of this, on the Dhanteras day people worship Mother Lakshmi devi and seek Her blessings, especially in form of wealth. The word “dhan” means wealth. This makes them think that Dhanteras is only for worshiping Lakshmi devi, the goddess of fortune. However, this is not a complete understanding. Dhan-teras, or Dhan triodashi, is also the day when Lord Dhanvantari appeared

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Yashoda tries to bind Krishna

By Karnamrita Das

[Reposted from 10-11-2011]One of the recommendations for advancing in devotional service is the observance of Kartika Vrata (special devotional practices) especially in Vrindavana, India, or at some holy place, but anywhere that we worship Krishna during the Vedic month of Kartika, or Damodara, which corresponds to October-November. It began yesterday on the full moon and continues to the following full moon. As the next month of Margashirsha represents Krishna, [Bg 10.35] thi

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अध्याय दस - सृष्टि के विभाग

1 श्री विदुर ने कहा : हे महर्षि, कृपया मुझे बतायें कि लोकवासियों के पितामह ब्रह्मा ने भगवान के अन्तर्धान हो जाने पर किस तरह से अपने शरीर तथा मन से जीवों के शरीरों को उत्पन्न किया?

2 हे महान विद्वान, कृपा करके मेरे सारे संशयों का निवारण करें और मैंने आपसे जो कुछ जिज्ञासा की है उसे आदि से अंत तक मुझे बताएँ।

3 सूत गोस्वामी ने कहा : हे भृगुपुत्र, महर्षि मैत्रेय मुनि विदुर से इस तरह सुनकर अत्यधिक प्रोत्साहित हुए। हर वस्तु उनके हृदय में थी, अतः वे प्रश्नो का एक एक करके उत

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Question: Namaste Swamiji. It is said that we should always associate with selfless people, and that’s very critical. Then, how should we interact with the people who are selfish? As you say, we should also love them as they are also part of God. So, if we are surrounded by such people, how should we act?
Radhanath Swami: By being a good example. Of course, if those people open their minds and hearts for us to speak to them about higher virtues and higher truths in life, then that is our servic

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Devotees often ask me, “If Krsna is really merciful towards His devotees, why do so many devotees seem to experience misery? I hear in all these lectures that Krsna is so merciful but I don’t experience it – I just had an accident!” Others tell me: “A good friend distanced himself from me,” or “This great devotee is dying from cancer, so how can we make a general statement that Krsna is merciful to His devotees? Maybe He is merciful to Srila Prabhupada, but not to me or those I know…” I would l

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eParikrama 2020 Day 11 – Narada-kunda

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In 2018, His Holiness Kadamba Kanana Swami took us to Narada-kunda, a place to reflect on Narada Muni, a pure Vaisnava, and the meaning of true bhakti. Check out Maharaja’s full kirtan and lecture below, along with a few photos, at Narada-kunda during Parikrama 2018.

Narada Muni desired to join the pastimes of Krsna as a gopi. He went to Kusuma-sarovara, took his bath there and transformed into Narada gopi. That, of course, was very convenient for him to enter the pastimes of the gopis. When Kr

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As devotees, we don't realise the great fortune of being able to wear the attire of a Vaishnava, apply Tilak on our forehead, wear Tulsi beads on our neck, chant the Holynames of Krishna, associate with His wonderful devotees, engage in His service, honour His prasadam, visit His holy dhamas, circumbulate Tulsi, see His holy deities, hear His Katha, participate in His festivals, read His words in the scriptures. These are by no way ordinary activities. These are blessings of an immeasurable kin

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Doing A Loop by Bhaktimarga Swami

8154136654?profile=RESIZE_400xMy cousin, Corry, her hubby, Eric, and our young Muslim friend, Victor, came together to talk spiritual. And it wasn’t a conversation devoid of opinions about the American election. Political opinions often tend to polarize people. It occupies many peoples’ lives. Spiritual conversations can do the same—occupy and polarize. At least our group succeeded in hitting common ground when talking stayed on the other-worldly thoughts.

I had shared my realizations with Gabriel of St. Mary’s. We dwelt on

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अध्याय नौ -  सृजन-शक्ति के लिए ब्रह्मा द्वारा स्तुति

1 ब्रह्माजी ने कहा : हे प्रभु, आज अनेकानेक वर्षों की तपस्या के बाद मैं आपके विषय में जान पाया हूँ। ओह ! देहधारी जीव कितने अभागे हैं कि वे आपके स्वरूप को जान पाने में असमर्थ हैं। हे स्वामी, आप एकमात्र ज्ञेय तत्त्व हैं, क्योंकि आपसे परे कुछ भी सर्वोच्च नहीं है। यदि कोई वस्तु आपसे श्रेष्ठ प्रतीत होती भी है, तो वह परम पूर्ण नहीं है। आप पदार्थ की सृजन शक्ति को प्रकट करके ब्रह्म रूप में विद्यमान हैं।

2 मैं जिस रूप को देख रहा हूँ वह भौतिक कल्मष से सर

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