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Why Did Mahaprabhu Go To East Bengal Instead of Vrindavan?

Why Did Mahaprabhu Go To East Bengal Instead of Vrindavan?

When they arrived at the capital, the king was captivated by their beautiful natures and embraced them warmly. He said, “I accept you as my brothers,” and he gave them the names Sākara Mallika and Dabira Khāsa. The king spoke sweetly when welcoming them, but you should know that the nature of wicked people is fickle—kṣaṇe ruṣṭe kṣaṇe tuṣṭe ruṣṭe tuṣṭe kṣaṇe kṣaṇe—at any moment, they may change their mood from being pleased with you to being ready to kill you…

Kripa Daily: HOW CAN WE CHANT HARI NAMA AND INTERNALLY GO ON PARIKRAMA OF THE DHAMA?

Kripa Daily: HOW CAN WE CHANT HARI NAMA AND INTERNALLY GO ON PARIKRAMA OF THE DHAMA?

1985 Śrīla Gurudeva traveled to Śilīguḍī (northwest Bengal) to join the inauguration ceremonies of the Gauḍīya Vedānta Sami’s new center: Śyāmasundara Gauḍīya Maṭha. The train journey from Mathurā lasted two days and nights. Śrīla Gurudeva traveled with a group of brahmacārīs—mostly his junior godbrothers.Śrīla Gurudeva’s bhajana never ceased under any circumstance. He always completed his fixed number of rounds even if he was traveling or extremely busy. His unshakable practice included waking, singing prayers to Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa and Their associates, and chanting harināma during brāhma-muhūrta. Most of the other maṭhavāsīs (temple residents) woke later or after sunrise, and then carried on with their regular activities.Feeling responsible for the brahmacārīs’ spiritual well-being, Gurudeva sharply questioned them, “What do you do when you wake up in the morning?”Receiving only silence and nervous looks in response, Gurudeva admonished the brahmacārīs, saying, “Your life is meant for bhajana and guru-sevā. Why don’t you utilize your valuable time? You left your homes but continue to engage in frivolous activities and think only about eating, sleeping, and idly passing the day. What benefit will come of this? Try to enter into the realm of transcendence. If you don’t, you will not only waste this life, but you will have to be reborn again and again to reap the result of karma performed in your present birth. There is no guarantee you will receive another human body in your next life. You may have to traverse the millions of plant and animal species before again coming to the human platform.”Śrīla Gurudeva continued, “Amongst all the living entities in the various species of life, taking birth in the human form is extremely rare; yet is even more rare to meet with sādhus, the beloved devotees of Bhagavān.durlabho mānuṣo dehodehināṁ kṣaṇa-bhaṅguraḥtatrāpi durlabhaṁ manyevaikuṇṭha-priya-darśanamŚrīmad-Bhāgavatam 11.2.29Among life forms, the human body is rarely attained, and it can be lost at any moment. However, for those who have achieved human life, This is even more rare to come in the association of pure devotees, who are dear to the Lord of Vaikuṇṭha.“You are so fortunate to be born as humans in the land of dharma,” Śrīla Gurudeva said, “and are even more fortunate to stay in the company of sādhus. But still, you do not value or a upon this opportunity for spiritual progress. I am here and ready to help you, but you are only interested in uselessly passing the time.”Most of the brahmacārīs were stout and sturdy, but they shifted in their seats like children before Gurudeva, not knowing what to say—dreading the rest of the long journey. Conditioned souls want to roam here and there freely. It is very difficult for them to remain under the watful eye of sādhus.

Kripa Daily: WHAT IS REAL GURU SEVA?

Kripa Daily: WHAT IS REAL GURU SEVA?

Śrī Ramānujācārya gave 108 instructions before he departed from this world, and Śrīla Prabhupāda Sarasvatī Ṭhākura regularly discussed these same instructions with his disciples. He would sometimes give classes on the Upadeśāvali of Rāmānujācārya for many days on end.”Śrīla Gurudeva was fond of narrating the highly instructive pastimes of Ramānujācārya. He told us that Ramānujācārya used to speak hari-kathā to his disciples in the morning after they had performed kīrtana and stutis together. Our connection to transcendental sound will develop when we perform the activities of bhakti in the association of high-class of sādhus. Śrīla Svāmī Prabhupāda used to call his disciples to sit with him and chant harināma together after maṅgala-āratī for this very reason.Śrīla Gurudeva would take devotees with him to chant during his morning walks. During these walks, he would hear and answer their questions and would sometimes test them by presenting questions of his own. By method such as these, our ācāryas attract devotees toward the Supreme Lord and His activities.Once, when Ramānujācārya had finished speaking hari-kathā in the morning the newly married daughter of one of his disciples approached him weeping profusely.“What is wrong my daughter?” Ramānujācārya asked.The girl replied, “Guru Maharaja, I do not want to complain, but I cannot tolerate my situation any longer. My in-laws are treating me like a slave. I have been married into a far away village, and the whole day I am abused and forced to work without any rest. I have no time to chant my guru-mantras or do any bhajana. They say this is all useless activity. Please protect me Guru Mahārāja and give me a place at your lotus feet!”

Kripa Daily: Love vs. Lust, Rasika vs. Nirvisesa

Kripa Daily: Love vs. Lust, Rasika vs. Nirvisesa

Surely Krsna has left all the gopis to meet Srimati Radhika. Therefore, this verse can be interpreted in two ways. The first meaning is general, but the special meaning is that Raghunatha dasa Gosvami is doing prarthana to Srimati Radhika, his istadevi. “O my dear Radhika, You are Sthalakamalini, not Jalakamalini. You are like a land-lotus, not a water-lotus.” Yuktam garvita. “It is befitting that you are proud.” These are very beautiful ideas…

Kripa Daily: How To Transcend Mundane Lust

Kripa Daily: How To Transcend Mundane Lust

Mahaprabhu knew that he had a sense of disrespect, and He therefore told him, “While seeing all these girls, Ramananda Raya is like a tree—like dry wood. No transformation takes place in his body. What to say of all these girls, if a deva-kanya, demigoddess, will come, still there will be no reaction at all in his body or mind. This is because he is always remembering rasa-lila. He has told me rasa-lila katha…

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