Barefoot parikramā of Govardhana is superior to wearing shoes?

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 … Read More

Answering the question, why a lady devotee should tie her hair.

The Krishna consciousness movement represents a milenary culture. During the time, numerous cultural aspects have been forming. Some of them are primary, some other are secondary. It’d interesting to understand which one is part of a category and which one is in the other.   Women keep their hair loose and nicely … Read More

The destiny of someone who abandons his spiritual master – and reinitiating

Question Maharaja, could you please clarify few extra points: what are the ramifications for someone, who abandons his or her Guru in good standing and gets reinitiated by someone else? (For example I heard, that a devotee who abandones his Guru is going to take birth as a worm in his next … Read More

Various questions on initiation

  Questions Hare Krishna, Maharaja! Please except my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada! Could you please give an answer to the following question, or rather a few related questions? These questions came up on Russian devotees forum. 1. Is reinitiation acceptable? If so, in what circumstances. 2. Is there such … Read More

Gahvaravana (Varsana)

  Gahvara means “deep”, “dense”, “inaccessible” and “secret”. True to its name, this place is a dense forest thick with trees, creepers, groves (keli-kunjas) and Priya-Priyatama’s sweet and intimate pastimes. It is shaped like a conch. Situated here is a sitting-place (baithaka) of Vallabhacarya, where he recited Srimad-Bhagavatam, Radha-sarovara and a rasa-mandala. … Read More

Why sometimes we fast in Dvadasi and not in Ekadasi

Mahadvadasi Sometimes, due to the manner in which the ekadasi tithi and the dvadasi tithis are positioned in relation to the sunrise (there are eight different cases), the vrata is observed on the dvadasi and the fast is broken the next day, the trayodasi. Such a fast day is called a Mahadvadasi, … Read More

Radharani ki jaya, Maharani ki jaya

(1) rādhārāṇī kī jaya, mahārāṇī kī jaya bolo barsāne vālī kī jaya jaya jaya (2) ṭhakurāṇī kī jaya, hari priyā kī jaya vṛsabhānu-dulārī kī jaya jaya jaya (3) gaurāńgī kī jaya, hemāńgī kī jaya vrajarāja-kumārī kī jaya jaya jaya (4) vraja-rāṇī kī jaya, vraja devī kī jaya gahvara vana vārī kī jaya … Read More

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