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Cleansing the Mirror of the Mind
July 18, 2016 – 12:33 am | 8 Comments
Cleansing the Mirror of the Mind

Nama-sankirtana cleanses the mirror of our awareness in a way that involves using our head (su-medhasa) to soften our heart.

Param Vijayate Sri-Krishna-Sankirtanam
July 11, 2016 – 12:33 am | 13 Comments
Param Vijayate Sri-Krishna-Sankirtanam

In the form of Krishna kirtana, Krishna nama is both high, being one with God, and highly accessible at the same time.

Sanga: Hari-Bhakti-Vilasa
February 18, 2016 – 12:33 am | 25 Comments
Sanga: Hari-Bhakti-Vilasa

The appearance of Krishna in any form is tied to the love that his devotees have for him. Indeed, love of Krishna and Krishna are one. You cannot have one without the other.

Gaura-Visnupriya
February 11, 2016 – 12:33 am | 19 Comments
Gaura-Visnupriya

Visnupriya is the personification of devotional service. She appeared during the advent of Sri Gaura to assist him in preaching the holy names.

Prayojana
January 25, 2016 – 12:33 am | No Comment
Prayojana

Once he is so liberated, he never again returns to this world of repeated birth and death. The proof of this is found in “sound” or revelation (sabda).

Abhideya
November 23, 2015 – 3:49 am | No Comment
Abhideya

Devotion attracts him, devotion reveals him, the Lord is influenced by devotion. Nothing is more powerful than bhakti.

Sambandha
October 12, 2015 – 1:33 am | No Comment
Sambandha

The Srimad Bhagavatam (1.2.11) shows that there is an aspect of the divine beyond even Brahman. It is paratpara, or “beyond that which lies beyond.”

Introduction to Vedanta
July 27, 2015 – 2:46 am | One Comment
Introduction to Vedanta

For the Gaudiyas, the unblemished commentary on the Vedanta Sutra is the Srimad Bhagavatam.

Sanga: Balarama and the Gopis
April 3, 2015 – 12:30 am | 4 Comments
Sanga: Balarama and the Gopis

The Goswamis are revealing the feeling of the text as they understand its implications even better than its author Vyasa did- vyaso vetti na vetti va.

Sri Upadesamrta: Verse Nine, Part One
June 20, 2013 – 1:53 pm | No Comment
Sri Upadesamrta: Verse Nine, Part One

The following is an installment of our classroom series: Sri Upadesamrta, with Illuminations by Srila B. R. Sridhara Deva Goswami, published by Gosai Publishers, 2009. View past installments, here.
vaikunthaj janito vara madhu-puri tatrapi rasotsavad
vrndaranyam udara-pani-ramanat tatrapi govardhanah
radha-kundam ihapi gokula-pateh …

Sri Upadesamrta: Verse 8, Part 2
May 7, 2013 – 5:43 am | 3 Comments
Sri Upadesamrta: Verse 8, Part 2

When one is exclusively devoted and unconscious of the environment, then one may go on with his smarana within. But this is not at all possible for the beginners.