A short biography of Syamananda Pandita

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Those who know the associates of Sri Gauranga to be eternally liberated souls will attain their place by the side of the son of the king of Vraja. Sri Syamananda Prabhu, Srinivasa Acarya and Sri Narottama dasa Thakura were the internal associates of Sri Gaurasundara. They incarnated in this world in order to spread the teachings of Sri Gaura-Krsna after His departure from it. Sri Syamananda made his appearance at Utkala in the village of Dharenda Bahadurpur. His father’s name … Read More

Prema-dhvani (Jaya-dhvani)

Jaya-nitya-lila-pravishta om Vishnu-pada paramahamsa parivrajakacharya ashtottara-shata Shri Srimad His Divine Grace Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja Prabhupada ki jaya. Jaya om Vishnu-pada paramahamsa parivrajakacharya ashtottara-shata Shri Srimad Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Goswami Maharaja Prabhupada ki jaya. Jaya om Vishnu-pada paramahamsa Srila Gaura Kisora Dasa babaji Maharaja ki jaya. Jaya om Vishnu-pada paramahamsa Srila Saccidananda Bhaktivinoda Thakura ki jaya. Jaya om Vishnu-pada paramahamsa Srila Jagannatha Dasa Babaji Maharaja ki jaya. Ananta-kotivaishnava-vrinda ki jaya. Namacharya Haridasa Thakura ki jaya Premse kaho Shri-Krishna-Caitanya, Prabhu … Read More

Mithuna Sankranti – the Sun enters into Gemini

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Today is Mithuna Sankranti, which means that the Sun entered into the celestial area of Mithuna (Gemini). According to the calendar I have, it happened at 8:05 of caribbean time. Mithuna is the third zodiac of the ecliptic since the beginning of the year.   In western astrology Mithuna is Gemini and is represented by the twins Castor and Pollux, known as the Dioscuri.   In Vedic astrology Mithuna is represented by a couple, a man and a woman. It … Read More

Panihati chida-dadhi mahotsava

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  The Chida-dadhi Mahotsav, also known as the Chipped Rice Festival of Panihati, is a yearly celebration of the pastimes of Srila Raghunatha dasa Goswami and Lord Nityananda Prabhu. This astonishing pastime took place on the banks of the Ganges at Panihati, which is just north of Calcutta. Lord Caitanya and his associates enjoyed many transcendental pastimes here. Chida-dadhi Mahotsav remembers how the Lord mercifully reciprocated with His devotees by arranging, through Nityananda Prabhu and Raghunatha dasa, to provide an … Read More

Nirjala Ekadasi (Pandava or Bhima Ekadasi)

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The importance During the hottest season (northern hemisphere), if one can perform upavasa without water one is performing a great feat. One may take only caranamrta and acamana water. Bhima the mighty warrior of the Pandava dynasty requested one vrata day by which he could obtain the fruits of all the other days of vrata that he was incapable of observing. Vyasadeva advised him to follow this difficult vrata. One should worship the Lord in the evening by bathing him … Read More

Bhrigu, Visnu and Laksmi – Why the devotees shave – Why Padmavati is worshiped in Tirupati

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Once sage Bhrigu was approached by the demigods to identify who is the greatest among Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. So Sage Bhrigu thought of a plan to test all three.   First he went to Lord Brahma and didn’t pay any respect to him and even insulted him. Lord Brahma become very angry and was about to curse him. Bhrigu had to flee hurriedly to save himself.   Second he reached Kailasha to meet his brother Lord … Read More

Some devotees worship the Devas

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Question Reading the Srimad Bhagavatam, first Canto, chapter 17, verse 34, in the purports of His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada, he ensures that only Krishna should be the object of our worship, If so, which I have always accepted, why there are devotees who offer sacrifice and adoration to demigods Shiva, Indra etc.? Does not his fact contradict what Srila Prabhupada, all the glory for him, has indicated to us that we should do, that only Krishna should be our … Read More

Why do I need a Diksa Guru if I can have many Siksa Gurus?

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Question Why do I need a Diksa Guru if I have so many Siksa and also I have Srila Prabhupad who can instruct me?   Answer The mechanism of diksa works this way: a disciple asks “please accept me” and a Guru says “yes”, if he so wants. Without a “yes” you are nobody’s disciple and the idea of “so many siksa gurus” and “I can read Srila Prabhupada’s books” is a cover for an anarchic mentality, where you say … Read More

Barefoot parikramā of Govardhana is superior to wearing shoes?

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Sometimes devotees think that barefoot parikramā of Govardhana is superior to wearing shoes, or that walking is superior to taking a vehicle. One should not consider one type of parikramā as superior to another.   Srila Jiva Goswami says in the Gopāla-campū (Pūrva, 15): nātrāpy aṅghri-krāmitāvaśyakatvaṁ svacchandatvād yānam apy atra diṣṭam “It is not required that the parikramā should be performed by foot. One can also take a vehicle (and obtain the same result)”.    

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