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November 2020 Blog Posts (57)

Gopal Sahasra Nama

In Vraja some Vaisnavas and especially among the Babajis they also often chant Gopal Sahasranama and Radha Sahasra Nama and 64 rounds of Japa 120 round or something in between some even more.There is no Vraja life without Gopal Sahasrana Nama and Radha Sahasra Nama it is that important to many Vrijabasis internal life there ,Srila Prabhupada often said we should follow the internal life of the Vrijabasis then we will also become Vrijabasis no matter where we are ,Vrijabasis offer obaisences…

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Added by Paramananda das on November 30, 2020 at 11:57pm — No Comments

was Margaret Thatcher a good leader ?

some argue that Margaret Thatcher was a good leader, leading people in braking the 4 regulative principles and living as a materialist so no she was not a good leader ,but she was unusual from the material perspective ,not at all a spiritual leader in any sense ,but she did get a garland from Sri Sri Radha Gokulananda and I do know she is well-respected around the world, she was not a bad person for sure , when Falkland was attacked she stood up for England when so many did not want to…

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Added by Paramananda das on November 30, 2020 at 2:28pm — No Comments

Vaisnava Amrta chapter 2 Female leaders in ISKCN

chapter 2 of Vaisnava Amrta

Female leaders in ISKCON !

Srila Prabhupada was very clear about women leaders:

Television Interview -- July 9, 1975, Chicago

Woman reporter: There is one question I have for you. You say that a woman’s brain is smaller than a man’s.

Prabhupada:Woman?

Nitai:Woman’s brain is smaller than a man’s brain.

Prabhupada:Yes, that is a fact. In the history there is no woman who is a big philosopher, a big mathematician, big scientist,…

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Added by Paramananda das on November 30, 2020 at 11:30am — No Comments

Vrindadevi apperanceday !

Vrindadevi and Sridhama was cursed by Sri Radha to come to the material world to play the role of the demon Jalandhar and Vrinda became his wife ,so this is also when the marriage of Tulsi and Salagrama sila is performed today like in our ISKCON Baltimore temple today,this pastime is found in Brahma Vaivarta Purana translated by His Grace Kusakratha Prabhu

Tulsi Vivah

Asta-Nama-Stava from the Padma Purana The Eight Names of Vrinda-devi

Vrindavani, vrinda, visvapujita,…

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Added by Paramananda das on November 29, 2020 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

Virocana the son of Prahlada Maharaja and Chandgya Upanisad

Virocana the son of Prahlada Maharaja and Chandgya Upanisad

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chandogya_Upanishad

Chandogya Upanisad , I was looking through the second chapter of Bhagavad Gita for a verses from Chandogya Upanisad ,I thought I had seen one but it is in the commentaries of the acaryas, but Srila Prabhupada has mentioned Chandogya Upanisad in his 8,26 purport ,Many of the commentators of these Upanisads are…

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Added by Paramananda das on November 29, 2020 at 2:38pm — No Comments

Virocana the son of Prahlada Maharaja and Chandogya Upanisad

Virocana the son of Prahlada Maharaja and Chandgya Upanisad

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chandogya_Upanishad

Chandogya Upanisad , I was looking through the second chapter of Bhagavad Gita for a verses from Chandogya Upanisad ,I thought I had seen one but it is in the commentaries of the acaryas, but Srila Prabhupada has mentioned Chandogya Upanisad in his 8,26 purport ,Many of the commentators of these Upanisads are…

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Added by Paramananda das on November 29, 2020 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Vaisnava Amrta chapter 1

The glories of Sri Krsnas flutes ,this is from the book I am working on ,

In the Ujvala Nilamani it has been stated: Visakha devi describes Krsna's flute to Srimati Radharani: "As it touches His splendid teeth, Krsna's flute looks like a crystal wand. Where it touches Krsna's red lotus palm, it looks like a ruby stick, and where it touches Krsna's blue lotus cheek it looks like a sapphire. Look ! In this way Krsna's flute looks like these three different jewels."

Krsna uses the…

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Added by Paramananda das on November 27, 2020 at 12:36pm — No Comments

Paramatma Sadarbha Anuccheda 1

Sri Paramatma-sandarbha

Volume One

by Srila Jiva Goswami

Mangalacarana

tau santosayata santau

srila-rupa-sanatanau daksinatyena bhattena

punar etad vivicyate

tasyadyam granthana-lekham

kranta-vyutkranta-khanditam paryalocyatha paryayam

krtva likhati jivakah

Srila Gopala Bhatta Gosvami, the great philosopher from the southern provinces who greatly pleased Srila Rupa Gosvami and Srila Sanatana Gosvami, left many valuable notes that defeat…

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Added by Paramananda das on November 27, 2020 at 11:11am — No Comments

Priti Sandarbha Anuccheda 1

In 1992 in ISKCON Toronto ,I had a discussion with HH Gaura Govinda Swami about the Sat Sandarbhas ,I was reading the translationes done by Kusakratha Prabhu .Maharaja stated if I could explain to devotees about Priti Sandarbha and the other Sandharbhas I could benefit many devotees.He also offered me to come to Bhuvanesvara and study the Priti Sandarbha under him , I however did not see it so important to leave my book distribution service to give all my attention to reading and teachings…

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Added by Paramananda das on November 27, 2020 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Why Srila Prabhupada did not call his institution Gaudiya Samiti

Srila Narayana Maharaja was sad when Srila Prabhupada had left Kesavaji Gaudiya math and taken up residence in Radha Damodara ,temple. To me it appears that one incident that changed Srila Prabhupadas mind was when he was preaching in Agra after he had taken sannyasa and one family wanted to take diksa from Srila Prabhupada one disciple of Bhakti Prajana Kesava Maharaja stated that he could not give diksa but only Srila Kesava maharaja .After this Prabhupada left Kesavaji Gaudiya math and…

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Added by Paramananda das on November 26, 2020 at 2:01pm — No Comments

Army Sizes in Rama Lila

So Ravanas army had 320 million demons this was stated to Sitadevi in Ramayana and Lord Ramachandras army is described in one place to be a billion and other places in Ramayana says 1 lakh crores that is 100.000 times 10 million so a trillion soldiers many of those varnaras only where fighting with nails and teeth…Image may contain: 1 person, indoor

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Added by Paramananda das on November 26, 2020 at 11:32am — No Comments

Sanideva attains Sri Krsnas mercy

Hearing the news of the birth of Sri Krsna many saints and demigods visited Nandgaon to see Lord Krishna, one among them being Shanidev.

Everyone was allowed to have Krishna’s darshan except Shanidev.

Yashoda stopped him at the door and saying that her son would be frightened at the sight of Lord Shani.

Shanidev was highly disappointed and went to the nearby forest(Kokilavana ) and prayed, “ I am your servant. You have appointed me to judge and punish sinners according to…

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Added by Paramananda das on November 26, 2020 at 11:30am — No Comments

Vaisnava Amrta chapter 19 Krishna Karnamrta

Lord Caitanya brought 2 books from His trip to South India one was Krsna karnamrta the other was Brahma Samhita. Lord Caitanya was very fond of Krsna Karnamrta and would listen to it regularly .Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Prabhupada commented on Brahma Samhita and so did Srila Jiva Goswami .Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Prabhupada suggested to daily chant the Brahma Samhita (along with also daily chanting 64 rounds of the Hare Krsna Mahamantra).

Lord Caitanya would hear the Krsna karnamrta in the…

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Added by Paramananda das on November 25, 2020 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Uttahana Ekadasi

has four names: Haribodhini - Prabodhini - Devotthani - Utthana Ekadasi and it is the second Ekadasi (Kartik Shukla, light fortnight) in the month of Kartik.

Lord Brahma said to Narada Muni, "Dear son, O best of the sages, I shall narrate to you the glories of Haribodhini Ekadasi, which eradicates all kinds of sins and bestows great merit, and ultimately liberation, upon the wise persons who surrender unto the Supreme Lord.

"O best of the brahmanas, the merits acquired by bathing…

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Added by Paramananda das on November 25, 2020 at 2:28pm — No Comments

How Lord Caitanya gave his mercy to a Fisherman that daily chanted Narasimha Mantras !

How Lord Caitanya gave his mercy to a Fisherman that daily chanted Narasimha Mantras !

there is a wonderful pastime in CC Antya lila chapter 18 where one Fisher man caught Lord Caitanya and by touching the Lords body he developed love of Godhead, not understanding what was happening he started to chant Narasimha mantra but it just made the low of Godhead stronger.Lord Caitanya bestowed such mercy to a fisherman that was chanting Narasimha mantras :

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Added by Paramananda das on November 25, 2020 at 7:37am — No Comments

Mother Yasodas complexion is dark

Mother Yasodas complexion is dark

The problem with this beautiful painting on the left is that Mother Yasodas complexion is blackish like Sri Krsna this is described by Srila Rupa Goswami in Radha Krsna Ganodessa Dipika ,the one to the right is in line with Srila Rupa Goswami

TEXT 27

Krnsa's mother is named Yasoda because she bestows (da) fame (yasah) on the cowherd residents of Vraja. She is like the personification of parental love for Krnsa. Her complexion is dark and…

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Added by Paramananda das on November 24, 2020 at 11:19am — No Comments

Dhananjaya Pandit

It was Dhananjaya Pandits disapperanceday 2 days ago

CC Adi lila chapter 11

Text 31

নিত্যানন্দ–প্রিয়ভৃত্য পণ্ডিত ধনঞ্জয় ।

অত্যন্ত বিরক্ত, সদা কৃষ্ণপ্রেমময় ॥ ৩১ ॥

nityānanda-priyabhṛtya paṇḍita dhanañjaya

atyanta virakta, sadā kṛṣṇa-premamaya

Synonyms

nityānanda-priya-bhṛtya — another dear servant of Nityānanda Prabhu; paṇḍita dhanañjaya — Paṇḍita Dhanañjaya; atyanta — very much; virakta — renounced; sadā — always; kṛṣṇa-prema-maya — merged in love of…

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Added by Paramananda das on November 24, 2020 at 3:30am — No Comments

Visiting Man Sarovara with Aindra Prabhu

Visiting Man Sarovar with Aindra Prabhu

I recall one day I asked Aindra Prabhu if he like to go with me to Man Sarovar and take bath and darshan and chant Japa on the long way.He said lets go tomorrow one more devotee went with us and we started after the morning program and after we had both done our Govardhana and Salagrama pujas ,Normally Aindra Prabhu would do his puja late in the evening but this is one of the days he did it early .So we walked and chanted it is a long walk from…

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Added by Paramananda das on November 24, 2020 at 1:53am — No Comments

Vaisnava Amrta chapter 18 Sri Krsnas Makara earrings

Lord Krsna is described to wear Makhara earrings:

In Govinda Lilamrta it is stated:

Govinda Lilamrta/ Nisanta Lila-1 Sri Yugala-Kisora Rise :

1/56 Krishna's eyes are tired and intoxicated, His body is covered with nail marks and smeared with black mascara, yet He smells like a fragrant lotus! Curling hairs decorated His forehead, plus mind-teasing Makara earrings dance over His glossy cheeks, but herein lies a cunning sweet smile! Seeing Krishna's face thus captivatingly…

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Added by Paramananda das on November 23, 2020 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Srinivasa Acarya

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Srinivasa_Acarya

Today is the holy disapperance day of Srinivasa acarya

This is from the pastimes of Srinivas Acarya from Bhakti Ratnakara

Srinivas Acharya Thakur lived in Sripat Jajigram in West Bengal with his two wives, Isvari and Srimati. One day while Srinivas was sitting for japa and meditation on Vraja lila, he entered into deep samadhi. It was not unusual for him to…

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Added by Paramananda das on November 22, 2020 at 9:24am — 2 Comments

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