Explanation of the Guru Daksina article

Ayoda-dhaumya had three disciples, Upamanyu, Aruni and Veda. The revered spiritual master used to often treat his disciples quite harshly. When Veda had his own disciples, he did not want to do the same with them and he behaved like a loving teacher. One of his students was Uttanka. When his period … Read More

Uddhava Kyari (Nanda Grama)

  Uddhava Kyari (Udho-kriya-sthana)   The word ‘kyari’ means a ‘garden’ that is being systematically cultivated and also regularly watered. This particular garden was situated within the kunja or forest grove of kadamba trees belonging to Vishakha-sakhi, whose kunda is also nearby.   When Krishna left Vrindavana, all the residents especially the … Read More

Karma Yoga, the science of action

Question and answer. Summary of a more elaborate answer.   Karma (action) is a fundamental part of our existence and Karma yoga is a branch of Bhakti Yoga.  The spiritual soul is active by nature, it cannot stop doing something even for a moment. na hi kaścit kṣaṇam api jātu tiṣṭhaty akarma-kṛt kāryate … Read More

Vimala Kunda (Kamyavana)

First story There is a story related in the Puranas regarding the appearance of Vimala-kunda. Once during caturmasya, all the sacred tirthas visited Kamyavana to pay their homage to Krishna, but the sacred lake Pushkara Tirtharaja failed to come. Therefore, in order to compensate for Pushkara Tirtha’s failure to appear, Krishna caused … Read More

Vrinda Devi Astakam (Vrindadevyastakam)

  (1) gāńgeya-cāmpeya-taḍid-vinindi- rociḥ-pravāha-snapitātma-vṛnde! bandhūka-bandhu-dyuti-divya-vāso vṛnde! namas te caraṇāravindam (2) bimbādharoditvara-manda-hāsya- nāsāgra-muktā-dyuti-dīpitāsye vicitra-ratnābharaṇa-śriyāḍhye! vṛnde! namas te caraṇāravindam (3) samasta-vaikuṇṭha-śiromaṇau śrī- kṛṣṇasya vṛndāvana-dhanya-dhāmni dattādhikāre vṛṣabhānu-putryā vṛnde! namas te caraṇāravindam (4) tvad-ājñayā pallava-puṣpa-bhṛńga- mṛgādibhir mādhava-keli-kuñjāḥ madhvādibhir bhānti vibhūṣyamāṇā vṛnde! namas te caraṇāravindam (5) tvadīya-dūtyena nikuñja-yunor atyutkayoḥ keli-vilāsa-siddhiḥ tvat-saubhagaḿ kena nirucyatāḿ tad vṛnde! namas te … Read More

Yasoda-kunda, Nanda Gaon (Nandagrama)

This pond is situated in Nanda Gaon, south of Nanda-bhavana. Mother Yasoda used to daily bath here. Sometimes, she would bring Krishna and Balarama along and joyfully watch Their childhood games. After bathing, Mother Yasoda would pray for Krishna’s well-being to Nrisimhadeva in the temple on the bank of the pond. An … Read More

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