Srila Haridasa Thakura’s Glories and Disappearance

Today is the disappearance day of Haridasa Thakura. Try to understand who Haridasa Thakura is. Hear his glories and allow the awakening of even a little respect for him within your heart. This is puja to him. This is sraddha, faith. This is a good chance to be connected to Mahaprabhu’s line. Haridasa Thakura’s glories were sung by Mahaprabhu Himself.

Despite utilizing great amounts of paraphernalia, there is no guarantee that Mahaprabhu will accept your worship. However, simply by hearing Haridasa Thakura’s glories and awakening faith in those glories—a very sweet and nectarful method of making a relationship with Mahaprabhu and His sampradaya is found. A person who accepts these glories will achieve a happiness that will remain his, regardless of any kind of situation he is placed in.
How did Haridasa Thakura appear in this world? How did he help the jivas?…

DO YOU KNOW THE AIM AND OBJECT OF YOUR LIFE?

“Don’t criticize all the Kaṁsas and Jarasandas. Spend your time in always glorifying Nanda, Yaśodā, the gopas, gopīs, Kṛṣṇa, and the devotees. Don’t care much for your life’s maintenance. A lower-class devotee can do so, but when you are mature, you have nothing to do in this regard. What you need will easily come. Don’t talk prajalpa. Chant one lākha of holy names daily. If this is not possible, then chant fifty-thousand names. If not, then thirty-two rounds. If not, then go to the ocean and at once jump in. You should certainly go to the Pacific or Atlantic Ocean. Chant, but if your bona fide guru has come to give a lecture, then go and hear. Then your chanting will become high-class. Be confident that by doing all this, surely kṛṣṇa-prema will come. First finish these things, then do anything to maintain your life. The holy name will arrange everything for you.

“Don’t associate with friends or family members if they are not devotees. They are all cheaters. If you are ugly, with two or three children, your husband will reject you and take a new wife. So, give up all your other jobs and come to śaraṇāgati—full surrender to Kṛṣṇa…”

Appearance of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura

Today is the appearance day of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura. Yesterday, we endeavored to hear the glories of Srila Jiva Gosvami. Today, I will repeat what I have heard about the glories of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura from the Guruvarga. For the pleasure of Guru and Vaisnavas, we will endeavor to hear the kirtana of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura. They have left this for us. A farmer plants seeds in a field and these seeds grow into trees and plants that bear fruits and vegetables respectively. A person who eats the seed eats poison. One should not harm the seed. The seed should be planted in the ground and then the plant should be nurtured. One can then obtain fruits, vegetables, and many grains from the plants. Those people who don’t follow the Avirbhava and Tirobhava tithis of the Guruvarga destroy themselves by the seed…

Pt. 4 HOW IDEAL WAS THE LIFE & CHARACTER OF GAURA KISHORA DAS BABAJI?

After sometime, Śrīla Bābājī Mahārāja spoke the following words to the assembled devotees, “Except the absence of the desire for obtaining the objects of this world, I didn’t see any transcendental mood in the landlord brāhmaṇa who came from so far while being simultaneously absorbed in bhāva. I understood by listening to a few words of his that his consciousness is not absorbed in hari-bhajana in the least. Hari-bhajana cannot be ‘measured’ and speculated on by ordinary people. If even a drop of hypocrisy is present in hari-bhajana, then although detachment, renunciation, and moods of so-called bhāva are exhibited, such renunciation is not real nor is it bhāva-bhakti. Such artificial renunciation will immediately vanish whenever there are testing times. Renunciation is always looking for the opportunity to seek the shelter of a person whose consciousness is infused with rati, the preliminary stage of love of Godhead…

Parsva Ekadasi and Vamana Dvadasi

Today is Parsva Ekadasi and Vamana Dvadasi. Both these tithis are together. This is called vishnu-srinkhala-yoga. These tithis have come together to bind Vishnu. In the beginning of the rainy season there is Sayana Ekadasi. On that day, Hari lays down to rest on His left side. Two months later, at the halfway point of caturmasya, Lord Vishnu turns on to His right side. Two of Bhagavan’s saktis are bhu-sakti and lila-sakti. Sometimes bhu-sakti receives prominence in Bhagavan’s service and sometimes lila-sakti has prominence. Sri-sakti and lila-sakti are one and bhu-sakti is separate. If you go to the temples of South India, you will always see Sri-devi and Bhu-devi present in the temple with Vishnu.
However, these are extrinsic points on the import of this day. What is the real matter?…

Pt.3 HOW IDEAL WAS THE LIFE & CHARACTER OF GAURA KISHORA DAS BABAJI?

March 1912
All of you are the servants of Śrī Kṛṣṇa-Caitanya Mahāprabhu and Śrī Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa. I am your servant. All of you have named me as ‘Śrī Gaura Kiśora dāsa.’ Please bestow such mercy upon me that no spot of infamy will ever blemish this name that you have causelessly bestowed upon me. If any infamy is incurred, then you will feel ashamed of yourselves in Śrī Vraja-maṇḍala and Śrī Gauda-maṇḍala.

Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu has bestowed the thirty-two syllable, sixteen name mahā-mantra to the residents of this world. You should write this mahā-mantra clearly on a paper, and then, while seeing these names, you should chant the mahā-mantra and the other mantras (which you received at the time of initiation). May you not look at any object of this world of Māyā…

Srila Jiva Gosvami’s Appearance Day

Today is Srila Jiva Gosvami’s appearance day. Now, we shall remember the glories of His priya parisada, His dear associate Srila Jiva Gosvami. This mahaprasada is bhagavat prasada, and by taking this we can consider our lives successful. Bhagavan’s prasada means His priya bhaktas, His dear devotees. Those who are God’s atyanta priyas, who are very dear to Him and the recipients of His mercy, are Bhagavat-prasada. They appear in this world to benefit the conditioned souls by connecting them to God. To take shelter of these devotees and hear their glories is only possible for those who are extremely fortunate. Bhagavan Himself is yajnesvara-hari—He appears from yajnas to distribute causeless mercy. Those people who received God’s blessings can help the world. One who has not received God’s blessings and is…

Pt.2 HOW IDEAL WAS THE LIFE & CHARACTER OF GAURA KISHORA DAS BABAJI?

One day, Prāṇa Gopāla Gosvāmī gave a blanket to Śrīla Bābājī Mahārāja to protect himself from the winter. When Śrīla Bābājī Mahārāja wrapped it around himself during the night, he felt a little sleepy. On the next day, he took the blanket and while returning it to Prāṇa Gopāla Gosvāmī, he said, “Gaura Kiśora doesn’t have prema for your blanket. This blanket made me sleep for the entire night and didn’t let me do bhajana. Therefore, you should keep it with you.”

On another day, a person gave Bābājī Mahārāja a shawl. Śrīla Bābājī Mahārāja folded the shawl and kept it hanging from his bhajana-kuṭīra. When someone asked him why he did so, he said, “By seeing that I have a shawl, the winter will not come near me. It will run far away…”

HOW IDEAL WAS THE LIFE & CHARACTER OF GAURA KISHORA DAS BABAJI

Śrīla Gaura Kiśora dāsa Bābājī Mahārāja was born in the Year 1830. He was born in a mercantile family in a village called ‘Bāghajāna.’ This village, situated on the banks of the river Padma, lies within the precincts of Tepakola, a division within Bangladesh’s Faridpura District. His childhood name was Vaṁśīdāsa.

– Life as a Householder

Because of his parents’ repeated requests and endeavors, Śrīla Bābājī Mahārāja was married in his childhood according to the standards of society. As a householder, he maintained his family by running his family business.

– Pañcarātrikī-dīkṣā

While enacting his gṛhastha-līlā, Bābājī Mahārāja accepted initiation from a Gosvāmī who belonged to the line of Śrī Advaita Ācārya Prabhu. Thus, he spent those years of his life as an ideal householder Vaiṣṇava. His wife departed from this abode when Bābājī Mahārāja was only…

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