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This book, Śrī Guru Darśana, is a revelation or darśana of the life of Śrīla Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja, an eternal associate of Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa sent from Vraja, as well as his darśana or teachings to the world. He came in an unbroken succession of divine masters, descending from the Supreme Lord Himself, the original Divine Master. Such a spiritual lineage is considered a prerequisite for a bona fide guru by religious authorities throughout India.
Śrīla Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja, renowned as Śrīla Gurudeva, embodies all the descriptions of a pure guru of the highest caliber, as evidenced in the Vedic scriptures. He spent five decades serving the mission of his spiritual master. Having fully assimilated his master’s teachings, he then traveled the globe thirty-one times to fulfill the heart’s desire of his Guru-varga (spiritual lineage of gurus) by broadcasting the message of divine love for Kṛṣṇa. He left an invaluable legacy by publishing scores of books. Concurrent to his literary legacy, the legacy of his loving dealings, humility, and purity, touched the hearts of people around the world. He truly practiced what he taught; therefore he was able to transform the lives of hundreds of thousands. This edition, of 1400 pages, comes with gilding and 96 Color Plates.
This present edition of Śrīmad Bhagavad-gītā contains the essential meanings given in the commentaries of Śrīla Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākura and Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura. It is further illuminated by the exegesis of Śrīla Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja. This translation is complimentary to the authoritative and popular Bhagavad-gītā As It Is by Śrīla A. C. Bhaktivedānta Svāmī Prabhupāda.
In the forward, Srila Bhaktivedanta Vamana Gosvami Maharaja writes:
“To understand the actual conclusions of Śrīmad Bhagavad-gītā and to philosophically deliberate upon them, one must take shelter of the instructions of the previous ācāryas and follow those instructions. One will then be able to perceive and realize the inner intention of the Gītā. A subject becomes easy to understand if the author himself gives an explanation, or commentary, otherwise one’s own understanding of the subject will naturally be tainted by the four defects: error, illusion, imperfect sense perception, and deception. Consequently, one cannot possibly understand the intention of the Gītā unless one takes shelter of the realized truth imparted by the sages who know past, present and future, and the previous ācāryas within the disciplic succession, who are devoid of such faults. There is no other way.”
In his introduction to his Rasika-rañjana commentary on the Gītā, jagad-guru Śrīla Saccidānanda Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura writes,
“The most compassionate Bhagavān Śrī Kṛṣṇa, whose words always hold true, spoke Śrīmad Bhagavad-gītā, which is an investigation into the essential import of all the Vedas, to His friend, Arjuna, to deliver the entire world. These instructions of the Gītā are the only means to deliver the world.”
Every page of this biography, written by one pure Vaiṣṇava about another, offers enthralling information about the lion-like ācārya, Śrīmad Bhakti Prajñāna Keśava Gosvāmī Mahārāja. It not only describes his glorious life, spotless character and courageous preaching but it also details his lucid and penetrating delivery of Gauḍīya philosophy. It depicts the qualities of a true ācārya, who with his every breath demonstrates the pinnacle of loyalty to guru and who resolutely protects the tenets of his disciplic lineage for the benefit of the souls of this world. This biography is complete in every way and leaves the reader honoured to have come into contact with such a pure and dignified Vaiṣṇava.
In this compelling narrative, Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura presents the conclusions of all the Vedas. Through the medium of questions and answers, he makes a comparative analysis of all religious beliefs, and thus leads the reader, step by step, to the ultimate goal of life.
In Jaiva-dharma you will find answers to questions such as:
– What is the eternal true nature of the soul?
– Is there a unifying concept that is the basis of all religious teachings?
– Why have I come into this material world?
– What is the difference between God and I?
– Are logic and intelligence alone sufficient to understand transcendental subject matters?
– What is the process for awakening my spiritual awareness?
– What is the description of the spiritual realm?
– What are the activities of God and the liberated souls and what is the superexcellent quality of their loving exchanges?
Lord Brahma’s prayers of devotion to Sri Krsna. These prayers, offered at the dawn of creation by Brahma, the secondary creator of the universe, contain all the essential truths of Vaisnava philosophy.
“Lord Brahma described in a samhita (compilation) of one hundred chapters whatever essence of pure bhakti he had been holding in his heart in connection with the Supreme Lord. Among those chapters, this Fifth Chapter is most worshipable for Gaudiya Vaisnavas because it is extremely practical and advantageous for the living entity. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu personally brought Brahma-samhita from South India for His devotees.” [Srila Prabhupada Sarasvati Thakura]
Perhaps the most important of all of Srila Narottama dasa Thakura’s work, Prema bhakti-candrika is popularly known as Sri Rupanuga-gita, as it contains the essence of all the teachings of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Prema bhakti-candrika literarily means, the rays of the moonlight of loving devotion Sri Krsna. These rays of the moonlight of loving devotion are so soothing that they cool down the effects of the burning fire of material existence, and they enable the conditioned soul to drink the nectar of loving devotional service to Radha and Krsna. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu revealed to the world the essence of Krsna-bhakti. He gave to the world what was never given before—love of Krsna, as practiced by the inhabitants of Vrindavana. He instructed the six Gosvamis headed by Srila Rupa and Srila Sanatana to write volumes of devotional scriptures about the nature of love of Krsna. The Gosvamis carried out the instructions of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu by writing volumes of devotional scriptures.
As an empowered spiritual master who teaches according to time, place and circumstance, Srila Narottama dasa Thakura, took the essence of those writings and composed Prema Bhakti-candrika in a simple style, in the Bengali language. Though these renditions of Sri Caitanya’s teachings appeared simple, the purport is deep. The teachings of Lord Caitanya has thus been given in gist in the form of Sri Prema Bhakti Candrika. The Gosvami’s books that were difficult to understand by the common masses were thus made easily understandable by the teachings of Srila Narottama dasa Thakura in his book—Sri Prema Bhakti-candrika.
Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu had a strong desire to explain and distribute the glories of Śrīmatī Rādhārānī in this world. How can one understand Her glories, and follow Her followers? In His lifetime, Mahāprabhu was very pleased to meet with Śrī Prabhodānanda Sarasvatī, for He recognized him as one who could distribute the glories of Śrīmatī Rādhārānī.
One who stays in Vṛndāvana engaged in bhajana under the guidance of sad-guru and Vaiṣṇavas will in time, upon becoming fully immersed in rasamayī-bhakti, have realization of this storehouse of divine nectar. When this nectar enters the heart, one can achieve svarūpa-siddhi and become qualified for direct kṛṣṇa-sevā. Kṛṣṇa will not accept us into His service until we have realization of vraja-rasa and vraja-bhakti and follow the footsteps of the Vraja-devīs. Prabodhānanda Sarasvatīpāda drank the nectar of vraja-rasa that was given to him by Mahāprabhu, and then reserved it for us in this book. He taught us how to follow the footsteps of Śrīmatī Rādhārānī, pray for Her service, and always remember Her.
Śrīla Gurudeva came to distribute the same unnata-ujjvala-rasa-sva-bhakti-śrīyam. He therefore called everyone to Vṛndāvana. He took his followers on Vraja-maṇḍala Parikramā and instructed them how to enter vraja-bhakti. This book teaches us how to become qualified for eternal vraja-sevā in our perfected spiritual forms. It is necessary for us to strive to understand and follow this. If we can do so, then we can realize all spiritual truths.
By studying this book, one can quickly enter the deep truths of Vraja-bhakti and in due course, realize and relish Rādhā-rasa.
This book is about Srila Gurudeva, Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja, and the significance of his samadhi in Navadvipa-dhama.
“How can one enter into samadhi in that eternal world? Srila Gurudeva explains that for this, Sri Guru first gives guru-mantra and guru-gayatri. Our first step should be to chant and remember our guru-mantra and pray to the mantra-devata, “How can I be with Gurudeva? How will Gurudeva accept me? When will I again be with my Guru Maharaja engaged in his service – not only internally but also externally?” By the power of this mantra (mantra-sakti) we will establish relationship with Yogamaya-devi, and she then gives entrance into the samadhi-kunja.” — excerpt from Sri Guru Darsana As It Is.
‘Nectar for the All-Attractive’ is compiled and edited from lectures and dictations spoken on Śrīla Bilvamaṅgala Ṭhākura’s Śrī Kṛṣṇa-karṇāmṛta. This book offers hope to sincere aspirants on the path of bhakti-yoga. Hope and a guiding lamp, it sheds light on a land where Absolute Truth and Absolute Beauty live as one in the All-Attractive Divinity, a fresh youth who sits with cupped ears, thirsty to drink the nectar springing from the lips of His beloved devotee.
All beings yearn for love, for all beings are sparks of the Supreme Love. That Love is waiting for us all with arms outstretched, eager to embrace His lost servants. The Divine Potency, Śrīmatī Rādhārānī, keen to fulfill Her Beloved’s every want, sends Her confidential associates to this world to deliver the fallen souls. Like ladders descending into a deep and dark well, our
Gauḍīya saints have come, extending their hands to lift us up and carry us across the fearsome ocean of repeated birth and death to our souls’ eternal home in Vraja. Such saints have offered the highest possible destination to the most wretched, granting entrance into the loving service of the Divine Couple, Śrī Śrī Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa.
Inside this Vilāpa-kusumāñjali, A Bouquet of Woeful Entreaties, Raghunātha dāsa Gosvāmī prays for rādhā-niṣṭhā, one-pointed devotion and attachment to the service of Śrīmatī Rādhārānī’s lotus feet. He taught everyone vairāgya, renunciation and the process of pure bhajana, how to achieve vraja-sevā and the blessings of svarūpa-śakti and the Vraja-devīs. Gurudeva brings a flow of rasa like a river. This is a river, not a lake, meaning, this rasa is continuously flowing. In Vilāpa-kusumāñjali, Stavāvali and other books, Dāsa Gosvāmī brought this flow. If anyone bathes in or drinks this, he will be attracted to the service of the Divine Potency, Śrīmatī Rādhikā.
Raghunātha dāsa Gosvāmī starts this book by encouraging us to follow rāga-mārga, the path of spontaneous loving devotion. One who does not want to cross over this material ocean should not read this book. On the other hand, one who desires to follow the process of rāgānuga-bhakti and achieve kṛṣṇa-prema and rādhā-dāsyam will regularly pray with these verses of Vilāpa-kusumāñjali and will keep this book close to his heart like a cherished friend and guardian.
“Our ācāryas have marked this Keśava–vrata, which is performed in the month of Vaiśākha, April/May, in the Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava Calendar. This month is named after Śrī Viśākhā Devī. Viśākhā-devī is our śikṣā-guru, as written by Raghunātha dāsa Gosvāmī in his Manaḥ-śikṣā, verse 9, viśākhāṁ śikṣālī-vitaraṇa-gurutve priya-saro: O mind, always remember Śrī Viśākhā as the instructing spiritual master in the arrangements of service rendered unto the Divine Couple. Without a guardian—without guru—a person is destitute. He is like an orphan vulnerable to many dangers. Many dangerous tāmasika people will come to him because he has no knowledge or spiritual guide. Viśākhā Devī is śikṣā-guru. Lord Keśava took shelter of her. When this month comes it means that Viśākhā Devī has now arrived to take responsibility for our spiritual lives. She promises to train those who surrender to her during this month and to help them achieve spiritual perfection.” – Śrī Keśava-vrata
We trust various persons of authority to inform us about material subject matters, but whom shall we trust in regard to transcendental subject matters and the transcendental world? We cannot experience transcendence with any of our material senses. How then, can we have an idea of that pure reality? We can see the body, but not the soul. How can we verify that there is a soul beyond matter? Though God is everywhere, we don’t see Him. How then, can we determine who is God? Although it is evident that we cannot control the world, how can we trust that there is a God from whom this creation has come, and how can we be confident that it is He who controls it? Millions of people are born daily, and millions also die. Who controls this overwhelming tide of birth and death? Sea waves come on schedule, the sun appears on schedule, and new days come with continuous regularity. We do not control those rhythms, yet somehow, everything is maintained.
We are not these mortal bodies and this world is not our real home. We are but passers-by, taking a material body for some time only to leave it, and then taking another. Lost and forlorn, we remain oblivious to our blissful real identity. This journey of the soul ends joyfully, however, by the mercy of true saints, such as Śrīla Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja. Part One of this book consists of selected lectures by him, as well as interviews and informal meetings on the topic of the truth of the soul (jīva-tattva). Part Two delivers three chapters from Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura’s Jaiva-dharma, and Part Three consists of quotes by Śrīla Bhaktivedānta Svāmī Mahārāja, Śrīla Prabhupāda.
Bhakti-rasāmṛta-sindhu-bindu (a drop from the nectarean ocean of devotion), is a brief summary of the essential topics presented in Bhakti-rasāmṛta-sindhu by Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī. It describes the nature of uttama-bhakti, sādhana-bhakti, the stages in the development of prema, the limbs of bhajana, offences committed in the performance of devotional service, offences against the holy name, vaidhi– and rāgānuga-sādhana-bhakti, bhāva-bhakti and prema-bhakti. Faithful persons who study this book will obtain the qualification to enter into the wealth of the prema of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu.
“Śrī Bṛhad-bhāgavatāmṛta alone is the main foundation of all the scriptures written by Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī, Śrīla Raghunātha dāsa Gosvāmī and so on. All the other books of our Gosvāmīs manifested from this one book alone.” – Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja
Sri Vraja-mandala parikrama, originally inaugurated by Sriman Mahaprabhu Himself, has been conducted for over fifty years under the supervision and guidance of Srila Gurudeva, Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja. This book is a beautiful exposition of the confidential places of Sri Krsna’s sweet pastimes in Vraja. The sincere devotee who has a deep thirst to enter into the sweetness of the land of Vraja will find ambrosial nectar flowing through these pages.
“Blessed is the land of Vraja, where the creator of the universe, Lord Brahma, dwells in the form of a mountain range in Varsana, to have the dust of the Divine Couple Sri Sri Radha-Krsna’s lotus feet on the head: where the maintainer, Lord Visnu, has assumed the forms of Govardhana and Visnu-parvata: where the moon-crested Lord Siva has taken up residence as Nandisvara Hill in Nandagrama: and where Sri Uddhava, the best of Hari’s servants, lives as a blade of grass, a small shrub or a creeper on the bank of Kusuma-sarovara.”
The scriptures tell us of the incalculable value of even a moment’s association with a true saint, and Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja is exalted even among saints. With great sincerity, his disciples and followers thus availed themselves of any opportunity to accompany him on his morning walks and attend his morning darśanas. In those informal settings, they freely asked a variety of questions, his illuminating responses revealing a mere glimpse of the devotion radiating brilliantly within his heart. Sometimes personal, sometimes disciplinary, sometimes humorous and always loving, he would impart the deepest understandings of the scriptures for the benefit of all.
There are four volumes of the ‘Walking with a Saint’ series, covering the conversations of Śrīla Gurudeva through the years 2007 to 2010.
In the year 1991, Srila Gurudeva led four discussions on Raga-vartma-candrika by Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura, who is considered to be the incarnation of Srila Rupa Gosvami and who came to further illuminate Rupa Gosvami’s mission. This book is a compilation of those discussions.
“I am writing something for those very lucky persons who have greed for rāga (a state of intense absorption in Śrī Kṛṣṇa due to an unquenchable loving thirst for Him), but who cannot find the path to achieve it. This book will be their guide – a moonbeam (candrikā) to illuminate the path (vartma) leading to the loving devotion of the residents of Goloka Vṛndāvana. This path is practically unknown in the world.” This is how Śrīla Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākura introduced Śrī Rāga-vartma-candrikā. The Hidden Path of Devotion is a presentation of four classes given on this great classic.
This book is compiled from the lectures of Srila Gurudeva, Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayaṇa Gosvamī Maharaja. At the end of the eighteenth chapter of the Bhagavad-gītā, what is sarva-guhyatama, or the most secret of all secrets, is given. It is full of rasa, and is the highest limit of bhakti. If someone’s mind is fully absorbed in the lotus feet of Śrī Krsna, then that is the highest form of worship.
Out of the seven hundred verses of the Bhagavad-gītā, Verse 18.65 captures the essence of the entire Gītā: “Absorb your mind and heart in Me, become My devotee, worship Me, offer your praṇāma to Me, and then certainly you will come to Me. I make this promise to you because you are very dear to Me.” The first three chapters of Nectar of Govinda-līlā explain the three elements of this verse in relation to our aim to enter Goloka Vṛndāvana. Other chapters contain a colourful description, infused with pure Gauḍīya siddhānta, of Vasanta-pañcami, the first day of Spring, and other such nectar.
Śrīla Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja often held gatherings in which he invited prominent Vaiṣṇavas, to discuss topics vital to Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇavism. In Varṣāṇā each Kārtika, the topic was rādhā-tattva. At the time of Jhūlana-yātrā, the topic was Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī. At other times, the topic was the true purport of Śrīmad- Bhāgavatam. It is in this same spirit that we are presenting in this book, words spoken or written by various pure Vaiṣṇavas in the line of Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī.
Since establishing service to Śrīmatī Rādhikā was so integral to Śrīla Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja’s mission, and since we have access to so many of his recorded lectures and written articles, we have chosen a selection to comprise Part One of the book, and excerpts from his commentary on Śrī Rāya Rāmānanda Saṁvāda and his Śrī Harināma Mahā-mantra, to comprise Part Two. Part Three consists of thirteen articles by our guru-varga, and Part Four of kīrtanas and aṣṭakams to Śrīmatī Riādhārāṇī.
“Who is Śrī Rādhā? She is the tender, divine counterpart of the Supreme Personality, Śrī Kṛṣṇa. She is the personification of His potency, specifically His potency of bliss, and She kindly bestows that transcendental bliss upon anyone who takes shelter of Her. This has been fully realized by stalwart practitioners of bhakti, such as the exalted authors of the articles herein. It is their sincere desire to see others relish substantial, never-diminishing happiness, the path to which they skillfully reveal in Śrī Rādhā: Our Supreme Shelter.”
Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam is the fully ripened, nectarean fruit of the desire tree of all Vedic literature, and within this Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, gopī-prema has been ascertained to be the ultimate objective of the living being. In the chapter called Veṇu-gīta, some of the towering waves of this gopī-prema can be seen, and yearning to be immersed in this nectarean ocean sprouts even in the hearts of the faithful devotees who are situated on its shore. In his beautiful commentary on the verses of Veṇu-gīta, Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja reveals the depth of the commentaries his spiritual predecessors, Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī and Śrīla Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākura.
Utkalikā means “very intense eagerness mixed with extreme restlessness,” and vallarī means “creeper”. Utkalikā-vallarī thus means “the vine of intense longings”. In this book, Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī reveals the very nature of these longings, which consists solely of the desire to render service to Śrī Śrī Rādhā Kṛṣṇa as the devoted maidservant of Śrīmatī Rādhikā. “His sweet devotion to the brilliantly shining amorous rasa is a honeybee whose delightful humming has fully blossomed in this prayer.”
Issuing from the divine mouth of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, the eight verses comprising this Śrī Śikṣāṣṭaka shine as the supremely radiant jewel of transcendental literature. They are the very essence of all the Vedas and a necklace for all Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇavas. This definitive edition, with the translation and commentary of Śrīla Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja, features the soul-stirring commentaries of Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura and Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura.
Sri Upadesamrta by Srila Rupa Gosvami gives instructions indispensable for practitioners (sadhakas) of the devotional path (bhakti). Without following these instructions, entering the realm of pure devotion and especially following the intricate and elevated path of spontaneous devotion (raganuga-bhakti) is not only difficult, but impossible. This unprecedented edition contains the commentaries of Srila Radha-ramana dasa Gosvami, Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura and Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami Prabhupada.
This is a summary work examining the verse “Absorb your mind and heart in Me, become My devotee, worship Me, offer your obeisances to Me, and certainly you will come to Me.”, the essence of the Bhagavad-gita. This brief publication offers vivid illustrations of the practical application of this verse with many pastimes of Krishna and our great saintly predecessors.
More than five hundred years ago, the Supreme Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu sat with His intimate devotee Śrī Rāmānanda Rāya on the banks of the river Godāvarī. For the benefit of all living beings, the Lord inquired from him about the ultimate goal of life, as if ignorant.
Śrī Rāmānanda’s initial response did not satisfy Lord Caitanya, who probed for a deeper answer. Again and again He dismissed the goal Śrī Rāmānanda put forth, calling it external. Finally, when Śrī Rāmānanda touched upon the natural, eternal religion of the soul, the Lord was somewhat satisfied. His subsequent inquiries continued to depths that astounded and delighted His devotee, who replied wonderfully to each of them.
In their conversation, the prema of Śrīmatī Rādhikā is established as the crest- jewel of all attainments. By hearing with complete faith this conversation between Śrī Rāmānanda Rāya and Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, one will achieve prema-bhakti to the lotus feet of Śrī Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa, and automatically, as a secondary result, one will also achieve complete knowledge of kṛṣṇa-tattva, rādhā-tattva, prema-tattva, and rasa-tattva – the fundamental truths regarding the Supreme Lord, Śrī Kṛṣṇa, His eternal consort Śrī Rādhā, the love They share, and the varieties of exchanges between Śrī Kṛṣṇa and His intimate associates.
After taking shelter of this desire tree of aspirations presnted by Srila Visvanath Cakravati Thakura, that is to say, in order to attain the desire for the seva described in this compilations, one should sincerely, and without duplicity, with body, mind and words, remain under the guidance of the devoted persons who are completely immersed in this seva. These topmost, incomparable and transcendental aspirations can then quickly be fulfilled. Thus, the name of this book, Sri Sankalpa-kalpadrumah, is appropriate, because it makes one’s desires bear fruit. The sadhaka’s life attains success only when the impetus to obtain these trancendental aspirations appear in the heart by the causeless mercy of the guru and Vaisnavas.
In this book Srila Rupa Gosvami has given a brief yet vital description of the names, forms, qualities and different services of Sri Radha’s and Sri Krsna’s cherished companions. In the Brhad-bhaga, or first part, of this composition, he describes those in vatsalya-rasa and madhura-rasa, and in the Laghu-bhaga, or second part, he describes those in sakhya-rasa and dasya-rasa. Sometimes, especially in the second part, he depicts in detail the beautiful forms of Sri Radha and Sri Govinda, as well as Their bodily limbs, Their ornaments and the astonishing paraphernalia used by Them. Such a comprehensive description of Sri Krsna and His companions will not be found in any other single scripture.
Early one morning, Vrajendra-nandana Sri Syamasundara, the unrestricted carefree enjoyer of rasa, disguised Himself as a young woman of heart-stealing beauty and went to the courtyard of Srimati Radhika. Covering His lotus-like face with a crimson veil, He appeared before Her, His eyes bashfully lowered. Within His heart, He yearned to hear of the excellence of Her love for Him and the inferiority of His love for Her.
This incomparable narrative poem has been painted with the soft brush ofŚrīla Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākura’s supremely sweet and natural prema-bhakti and the color of the all enchanting nectar of rasa. This literary composition consists of four astonishing and delightfully charming stories of the mischievous meetings of the Divine Couple, Sri Sri Radha-Krsna. These stories are so delightful that one naturally becomes joyful by absorbing oneself in them. By their very nature, these pastimes allure the reader to relish the eternal sweetness of the transcendental realm.
This book is a commentary on Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura’s Bhajana-rahasya, by Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja. Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura presents an astounding analysis of the mahā-mantra based on Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu’s Śikṣāṣṭakam. Supporting his presentation by referencing abundant quotes from Vedic literature, he guides the practitioner of bhakti through the successive stages of perfection, from śraddhā (initial faith) to prema (pure love of God). In Bhajana-rahasya-vṛtti, the first ever commentary on this text, Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja has expanded on the meaning of each verse. In easily comprehensible language, he illuminates the process of bhajana.
Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Prabhupada wrote of the Bhajana-rahasya, “He (Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura) has collected into the form of a book several confidential hints from his own method of bhajana to guide sincere sadhakas who are performing bhajana under his direction. Some years ago, this destitute person (Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura) observed him performing bhajana. He was constantly reciting and relishing verses such as the ones in this book, thus becoming overwhelmed with pure love of Kṛṣṇa. For sadhakas whose faith is on the neophyte platform, the system of arcana is also provided.
Śrī Prabandhāvalī contains authentic and inspiring accounts of the life histories and teachings of modern day ācāryas in the Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava line, as well as from those from the time of Mahāprabhu – Śrī Advaita Ācārya, Śrī Nityānanda Prabhu and Śrīla Raghunātha dāsa Gosvāmī. The last three chapters of the book impart essential instructions on the practice of pure bhakti.
In this pictorial presentation, Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja’s gives the ancient as well as recent history of Śrī Navadvīpa-dhāma’s nine islands, making this book an excellent guide for any pilgrim. The second part of the book contains descriptions of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu’s glorious associates and the pastime places in the surrounding area of Śrī Gauḍa-maṇḍala, which includes Bangladesh.
The enclosed map of Sri Gauda-mandala offers another dimension of involvement to the reader of this and other books about Sriman Mahaprabhu and His followers. The locations of many places were verifiable, but over time, some places have been forgotten or obscured by changes in landscape, and therefore are not easily located or available for darsana.
What are the beautiful yet highly disciplined internal attitudes that are to be deeply embedded in the heart of one who sincerely aspires to be follower of Srila Rupa Gosvami? In this book, the foremost rupanuga, Srila Raghunatha dasa Gosvami, reveals the firmness of mind required to attain that topmost goal. These eleven nectarean and startling instructions to his “brother mind” are truly for the serious practitioner and sincere aspirant.
“O wicked mind, although you adopt the path of sadhana, you imagine yourself purified by bathing in the trickling urine of the great donkey of full-blown deceit and hypocrisy.” [Verse 6]
Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja compiled this booklet to educate the public at large about the mahā-mantra, using quotes from the Vedic scriptures to show that the holy name is authentic, beyond worldly sound vibration, specific in sequence, possessing unlimited glory and that chanting it awards the highest spiritual fruit. “To make spiritual progress in this age of quarrel and hypocrisy, there is no other way, no other way, no other way… .”
Hare Kṛṣṇa Hare Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Hare Hare, Hare Rāma Hare Rāma Rāma Rāma Hare Hare.
This exceptional book, a compilation of five essays, is glorified by all those in the Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava sampradāya for fearlessly glorifying and protecting its philosophical principles. The five topics are (1) The Śrī Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava Sampradāya and Sannyāsa, (2) Pāñcarātrika and Bhāgavata Guru-paramparā, (3) The Gauḍīya Sampradāya is in the Line of Madhvācārya, (4) Babājī- veṣa and Siddha-praṇālī and (5) Eligibility to Hear Rāsa-līlā Kathā. Each refutation is elaborately and conclusively proven with evidence from śāstra.
“With folded hands, it is our earnest prayer that, after deeply and seriously studying this Prabandha-pañcakam, the camaraderie within the pure sampradāya may be protected and preserved.” [Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja]
In this beautiful song of the gopīs, we are taken to Śrī Vṛndāvana, to the bank of the Yamunā, where the gopīs are expressing the deep pain in their hearts in their separation from Śrī Kṛṣṇa. The moods of their song would be impossible to understand had our venerable ācāryas not revealed them. In Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja’s commentary, he draws on the meanings they imparted, sprinkling them with the splendid realizations in his own heart, along with well grounded instructions for us all.
The very concept that the all-powerful Supreme Person is unaware of His Godhood, fears His mother, and plays mischievously with His friends is universally delightful. This book presents a number of the childhood pastimes of God, Krsna, who, by the act of His own spiritual potency, forgets that He is God and plays like an ordinary child. These pastimes are described in India’s ancient scriptures, which state that although God is infinite, unlimited, and inconceivable, He is ultimately a person. He manifests in many forms and is mostly worshiped with great reverence. In His original and topmost feature, however, He inspires such intimate, sweet affection in the heart of his dear devotees that, although He enacts astonishing pastimes, both He and they remain unaware of His Godhood.
These translated lectures comprise the immaculate commentary of Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja on Srila Sanatana Gosvamipada’s Sri Brhad-bhagavatamrta. Descriptions given tell how, having recently arrived in Sri Vaikuntha-dhama, the most desirable of places and which entrance into is sought after by unlimited saintly persons, Gopa-kumar is feeling despondent and cannot even ascertain the cause of his own dissatisfaction. At that time he is approached by Sri Narada Rsi, who becomes his siksa-guru(instructing spiritual master) and enlightens him with the tattvanecessary to complete his spiritual journey and thereby attain the fulfilment of all his long cherished internal desires in the transcendental land of spontaneous loving devotion to Sri Sri Radha-Govinda, Sri Goloka-Vraja.
In this booklet, a translation of a Hindi lecture spoken in 1964, Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja systematically guides us in understanding the actual nature of our soul. He begins with a captivating story from Vedic history in which two kings, the lord of the demigods and the lord of the demons, vie with each other for factual knowledge of the soul’s identity. The contents herein provide a complete foundation for understanding all other devotional literature.
For thousands of years, devotees have sung Śrī Dāmodarāṣṭakam, especially in the revered month of Kārtika. These eight verses mark the profound blossoming of Śrī Satyavrata Muni’s love for Śrī Dāmodara, as he prays, “Please appear before me in Your beautiful, eternal form as a young cowherd-boy, and grant me the perfection of life.” The true meaning of this prayer remained mostly hidden until the late 1500s, when Śrīla Sanātana Gosvāmī wrote his elucidating commentary. Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja’s lively and poignant supplementary commentary serves to make these essential meanings even more accessible.
This book is a priceless collection of Sanskrit, Bengali and Hindi devotional prayers and songs written by the Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava ācāryas. By learning these prayers and reciting them regularly under the guidance of a rasika Vaiṣṇava, one will be able to perceive the devotional moods of their exalted self-realized authors.
An excerpt from a lecture by Srila Gurudeva entitled, “The Jewel Book.”
“Sri Gita-govinda is a ‘jewel book’ brought by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. We all know that Sri Jayadeva Gosvami has written this beautiful Gita-govinda, but without Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu it would have remained locked like a pearl in the oyster shell or a jewel in a locked case. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu manifested the glories of Sri Gita-govinda. Just as without Srila Rupa Gosvami no one would have known the inner moods of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, similarly, by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu relishing the moods of Sri Gita-govindaits glories became manifest for the whole world. I have explained this very high-class philosophy, but only rare devotees in this world can understand it. I have called you here only to give you this.”
In his Bhakti-rasāmṛta-sindhu-bindu, Śrīpāda Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākura has briefly explained the path of rāgānuga-bhakti(spontaneous loving devotion). He has given a more detailed description of the same subject matter in this book, presented in two illuminations. In the First Illumination, he ascertains the paths of vaidhī and rāgānuga-bhakti.
The Second Illumination presents concepts in relation to Śrī Kṛṣṇa’s aspects of supreme opulence (aiśvarya) and consummate sweetness (mādhurya). Also described are the principles of Kṛṣṇa’s sarvajñatā (omniscience) and mugdhatā (quality of being charmingly oblivious and captivated), the concepts of svakīya (marital love) and parakīya (paramour love), the types of cherished eternal forms attained by rāgānuga devotees upon ascending to the realm of perfected divine love (prema), the authority of the Yogamāyā potency, and so on.
Rays of the Harmonist’ is the official magazine of the community of devotees following Srila Gurudeva, Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja. We have a selection of the archived printed editions available to ship to you. Other editions, along with the newest editions, are available online as pdfs.
Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Prabhupada writes: “Those who have achieved self-realization, who know the truth about the soul, serve God while in this world; they do not busy themselves in worldly pleasures like those who desire the fruits of enjoyment, nor are they thrown off the track of their true well-being by erroneously conceiving of the processes and paraphernalia of service to God as worldly matters. They serve God in this world and also in the world beyond. They forever announce the truth that all jīvas have no other duty than to serve Godhead. They are truly wise and ever anxious to see all jīvas acquire their true welfare.
“In regard to paramārtha, or the ultimate perspective, the human race consists of mere infants. Infants do not understand how to act for their own good, but rather, make efforts at times to place their own hands within flames, or they become impatient while trying to hold the moon within their grasp. Men, too, constantly act in various ways just like infants. But those who are accomplished in soul-realization constantly make efforts, for the benefit of all, to correct the deliberations of men whose mentality is of such infantile nature. Take advice from these wise personalities, the devotees of God, who are true well-wishers of all, and be ready to obey their guidance in all ways. All may acquire perfect welfare by obeying God’s instructions, which are embodied in the Vedic treatises. There is nothing else beyond this where men can find guidance among themselves.” – Excerpt from the July, 2018 Edition of Rays of the Harmonist.