Students like satellites should reflect whatever light they receive from authors and not imprison the facts and thoughts just as the Magistrates imprison the convicts in the jail! Thought is progressive. The author’s thought must have progress in the reader in the shape of correction or development. He is the best critic, who can show the further development of an old thought; but a mere denouncer is the enemy of progress and consequently of Nature.
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.
Out of his fathomless compassion, our most worshipful Śrīla Gurudeva, Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja, bestowed his blessings upon the world through his immaculate translations and commentaries of the life- transforming ancient Vedic literatures. His authority is that he has presented, without adulteration, the Vedic literature and those literatures in pursuance of it.
It is mentioned in the Purāṇas that the beloved day of ekādaśī can fulfill all of the desires of every human being. By following this vow all sins are destroyed, one achieves all of the goals of human life, and one is able to please Śrī Kṛṣṇa. The following are four well-known considerations regarding the vow of ekādaśī: observing it pleases Bhagavān; it is based on scriptural injunctions; it imposes restrictions on taking meals; and failing to follow it results in offenses accruing. The vow of ekādaśī is very dear to Śrī Hari.
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)…
‘Śrī Jagannātha Ratha-yātrā’ is bound to take one’s appreciation of Ratha-yātrā to new heights, beyond the thrill of an extraordinary cultural or religious experience. Annually, in Purī, India, approximately a million people attend the ancient Ratha-yātrā festival, to take darśana of Lord Jagannātha on His chariot, and at least three times that view it from other places in India and around the world. Still, the deep significance of Ratha-yātrā, being most confidential, is not widely known.
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, a sound vibration beyond the mundane realm, specific in sequence, possessing unlimited glory. “To make spiritual progress in this age of quarrel and hypocrisy, there is no other way, no other way, no other way… “
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.
“The potency of a fully-grown tree is present in the seed of that tree. With water, air, and light, the seed sprouts, and gradually leaves, branches, flowers, manjaris, and finally fruits, also manifest. The entire tree or creeper is there in its seed, but all its features sprout only when air, water and sunlight touch it. Similarly, the full potency of our eternal sentiments of love for the very Soul of all, Śrī Kṛṣṇa, is dormant in our souls, but it awakens only by adopting the pure bhakti process.”
This authoritative book is an anthology of evidence from the Upaniṣads and Purāṇas like Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam establishing Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu as the original Supreme Personality of Godhead and the source of all incarnations of the Supreme Lord. In the case of discerning the truth about the Lord’s incarnations, only two kinds of evidence are acceptable. The first is evidence extracted from the bona fide scriptures, and the second is taken from the realization of great devotees, who are expert…
This book especially investigates the philosophy of Sri Sankaracarya, whose philosophical misinterpretations of the Vedas were so influential that not only did he succeed in driving Buddhism out of India, but what most of us now think of as Hinduism is fundamentally nothing but his brand of impersonal Mayavadism. To quote the author, “…it can be safely concluded that in truth, any philosophy which has the propensity to dilute, divide, and confuse the rational, logical or factual understanding of the Supreme Lord’s personal form, has at some juncture been influenced by the deceptive forces of Mayavadism.”