You should know what constitutes real initiation. Is reciting the mantras into the ear, real initiation? A person who is externally initiated, but is not heartily adopting the principles, activities, teachings, and behavior of his guru, is not really a disciple. Who was the guru of Sri Haridasa Thakura? Who has he taken initiation from? But Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu made him Namacharya…
And the persons who are taking flesh and all these things will have to become cows as well. The cows they have killed will come in the form of men and they will take the flesh of their slaughterers who have now come in the form of cows. There is a reaction to everything. There must be a reaction. So we should try to avoid all these bad things and try to take shelter at the lotus feet of Krsna…
If there is no parakiya-bhava there, then it will not be present in this material world, which is a shadow of the spiritual world. If a cow is grazing, then the shadow of the cow will be like the cow and not like that of a man. So this material world is a perverted reflection of that world. So, all of Krsna’s pastimes in prakata-lila (manifest pastimes) are there in their root form in Goloka Vrndavana. If these pastimes were not there, then how could the shadow come in this material world…?
You should see by the instance of the creeper. The creeper is lying down on the earth. If there is a tree, or a bamboo or anything to support the creeper, then the creeper will go up, otherwise not. So if the conditioned souls take the help of the lotus feet of Krsna, and the devotees like Lalita, Visakha…
There are those who say, “You are not qualified to listen to these discussions.” Then for whom are these discussions written? Those who propagate this notion of ineligibility are misguiding other devotees. By listening to these pastimes, a greed will manifest in you to serve like the associates of Sri Radha and Krsna. But how will greed arise in you if you choose to not listen to these pastimes? How will you learn to serve? When you are young, you go to school to learn, but if you rather say…
All of you are most fortunate to come in this line. Don’t give up. Be energetic and try to develop your bhakti with the aid of enthusiastic endeavors. You should earn because you are grhastas (householders), you should. But don’t be completely engaged and immersed in only those efforts. Money is needed only to maintain our lives, but it is not the object of our lives…
What is Bhaktabandhav
Sri Krsna says:
asmakam bandhava bhakta
bhaktanam bandhava vayam
“I am the dearmost friend of the devotees, and the devotees are My dearmost friends.”
The title ‘Bhaktabandhav – dearmost friend of the devotees’ was given to our Srila Gurudeva, Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja, by his spiritual master. Bhakta means devotee and bandhav is the Sanskrit word for superlative friendship, indicating a loving bond that cannot be broken.
Krsna teaches that serving the devotees is more important than His own worship. Moreover, that those who consider themselves His devotees are not His real devotees, but those who are the devotees of His devotees, they are the real devotees. Therefore, our focus at Bhaktabandhav is serving the devotees and helping all people attain their true, spiritual identity, as pure loving devotees of the absolute, loving reality, the Divine Couple, Sri Sri Radha-Krsna.
We help people develop their ultimate, spiritual potential, by personal guidance in applying the principles of pure bhakti-yoga. Our mission is not to change or save the world, but to help the individual transcend it. The world is a training ground, the university of life. We help people graduate to a higher ground, the spiritual plane of existence. Once we’ve trained the next generation of spiritual leaders, we guide them in training the next generation of spiritual aspirants, helping them transcend bondage to materialism. Thus, the mission of the world is fulfilled.
Our Headquarters and Daily Schedule
People of over a dozen nationalities and disciples of a dozen gurus reside harmoniously together in our mission headquarters, Sri Radhe Kunj, Vrindavan, India.
Our doors are always open, welcoming everyone for daily free feasts and programs full of illuminating classes, japa, meditation, guided pilgrimage, singing and dancing in kirtan, and courses on existential truths, the process of spiritual progress, and attainment of the ultimate goal of life, pure love of the absolute, loving reality.
Our morning services began at 4:30 a.m. with a half hour of prayers to the saints and the Divine Couple, Sri Sri Radha-Krsna, followed by the first of five daily aratis. Senior monks wake hours before this, and go on daily pilgrimage of various holy sites, returning in time for the 4:30 prayers and mangala-arati.
After the pre-dawn arati in the temple, residents and guests perform their morning meditations, gayatri-mantras, and japa chanting of the mahamantra: Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare.
From 6 to 7 a.m. the monks sing kirtans, followed by the morning class until 8 a.m, and the arati to the ascended line of pure gurus. After breakfast, the monks attend to their various duties and services, including outreach work, preparation of a free lunch feast for our hundreds of daily guests, publication work, temple maintenance, and so forth. In the evening, we have a program of kirtana, class, and aratis, beginning from 5:30 p.m. and ending at 9:30 p.m.
“Rasik Mohan Das and the Bhaktabandhav team are doing an invaluable service publishing the hari-katha of Sripada Premananda Prabhu, Srila Gurudeva B.V. Narayana Gosvami Maharaja, and the books of the acaryas. Books like Sri Guru Darsana, Krsna-karnamrta, Radha-rasa-sudha-nidhi, and so on, provide a wealth of information and purification: these volumes make one feel as though they are in Gurudeva’s presence, imbibing pure bhakti as only he could provide it.”
— Steven J. Rosen, Satyaraja Dasa (acbsp), author of 30 books on Gaudiya Vaishnavism, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Vaishnava Studies, and associate editor of Back to Godhead
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