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Where is Raghunatha Dasa?
October 13, 2016 – 12:33 am | 4 Comments
Where is Raghunatha Dasa?

Published here are the songs sung in honor of Srila Raghunatha Dasa Goswami from Sri Gaudiya-gitanjali.

Where Sakti Rules
October 6, 2016 – 12:33 am | 21 Comments
Where Sakti Rules

Krishna in the Bhagavad-gita, only teaches the theory of bhakti-yoga, but it is Radha who teaches it by her example and personifies the perfection of devotion. She does so within the divine lila, play, and furthermore it is her shakti that empowers our earthly teacher and example, the guru.

Mysticism
September 19, 2016 – 12:33 am | 3 Comments
Mysticism

The purpose of mysticism in all major religious traditions is to realize all of the implications of what it means to be consciousness: self realization and God realization. This subjective experience is arrived at by invoking a great deal of objectivity within what could be called a first person introspective discipline. The objectivity takes the form of detachment from sense objects through a gradual process of external withdrawal and internal focus.

The Bhagavata and Bhaktivinoda
September 15, 2016 – 12:30 am | 86 Comments
The Bhagavata and Bhaktivinoda

Bhaktivinoda sought to revive and continue that tradition of enlightened reform exemplified by Caitanya, whose message of bhakti to Krishna challenged caste barriers and brought the Bhagavatam forward as the “ripened fruit of the tree of Vedic knowledge.”

Srila Jiva Goswami
September 12, 2016 – 12:33 am | 5 Comments
Srila Jiva Goswami

He has said, “So that no one makes any offence at the supremely glorious, supramundane feet of my Gurus, and so that everyone understands the greatness of my Gurus, first of all I have had to raise my head.”

Her Divine Appearance
September 8, 2016 – 12:33 am | No Comment
Her Divine Appearance

She first opened Her eyes and saw Krsna. This is lila: eternal incidents, events, repeated in a particular way a like drama.

Labor of Love
September 5, 2016 – 12:33 am | No Comment
Labor of Love

The idea that I shall have to labor to live is very dishonorable. The ancient scholars searched for a position where we can live without labor.

The Glory of Krishna’s Birth
August 25, 2016 – 12:30 am | 11 Comments
The Glory of Krishna’s Birth

The graceful Yasoda, austere by nature, began to develop the signs of pregnancy. Her appetite became marked by intense hankering for varieties of milk sweets, and her natural gravity gave way to whimsy.

Awakening Lila in the Heart
August 22, 2016 – 12:33 am | 2 Comments
Awakening Lila in the Heart

Study Srimad Bhagavatam, the Tenth Canto especially, under good guidance, then gradually the lila will awaken in your heart.

Haladhara and His Horn
August 18, 2016 – 12:30 am | 7 Comments
Haladhara and His Horn

With his buffalo horn, he leads the world of divine service and with his plow he prepares the field of our heart where the seed of that seva is first planted.

Jaya Rupa! Jaya Radhe!
August 15, 2016 – 12:33 am | 10 Comments
Jaya Rupa! Jaya Radhe!

If one attaches oneself to Radha as her assistant and intimate friend, the intimacy that she experiences with Krishna becomes the experience of oneself, a handmaiden who is wholly identified with Sri Radha in service to her.