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Dec 2016
Krsna – Caring and Carefree

Sri Gita Govinda Act Two Aklesa Kesava Krsna goes wherever anyone has a little bit of love. He doesn’t steal and run away with this. Instead, He nurtures that person. When a small plant is growing, the farmer cares for it, provides shelter, waters it appropriately, and prepares so that the plant can grow to be strong without being damaged. Krsna cares for the sadhakas who come to Vrndavan, and are in Vrnda-devi’s garden. He is Aklesa-Kesava, always caring for all the sadhakas in Vraja. If one is only offering obeisance to Vrndavan-dhama, and has respect for the Vraja-devis, for Srimati Radhika, Krsna is very attracted to that person. He Read more

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03
Dec 2016
The Feast of Love

Sri Gita Govinda How does Madhava taste the feast of love in Vraja? The feast in Vraja is not for only a few minutes or hours. It is incessant, and also, it is going on all over Vraja. Damodara cannot pass beyond any place where a feast is not going on in Vraja. When Krsna first came in the forest of Vraja, He began His pastimes with the gopis of different groups—the tatastha, vipaksa, suhrt, and svapaksa-gopis. Some of the gopis are against Radharani’s group, like those in Candravali’s party—such as Saibya, Bhadra, and so forth. They also make a festival for Krsna. Those who don’t have real, pure love, Read more

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02
Dec 2016
Love’s Nectar Lives in the Heart

Sri Gita Govinda It is spring in Vrndavan. Krsna has covered His body with the nila-vasana, blue shawl of Srimati Radhika. He has taken Her shelter by accepting the color of Her dress as His own bluish syama-complexion. And He has smeared His body with sandal, which is born from the dust of the Vraja-devis. Sweetly smiling, Krsna is moving through the gardens of Vraja. The sun rises in the morning, after being away for ten or twelve hours. He is smiling and his saffron anuraga rays are spreading over the land. Similarly, when Krsna enters the forest of Vraja, He is the transcendental sun, and spreads His love in Read more

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30
Nov 2016
23 October 1996 – Mathura

The Disappearance Day of Srila Gopala Bhatta Gosvami, Srila Raghunatha Das Gosvami, and Srila Krsnadas Kaviraja Gosvami. [Harikatha spoken by Nitya Lila Pravista Om Visnupada Astottara Sata Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja — Srila Gurudeva] Srila Gurudeva: Today is a very sacred day. The Caturmasya-vrata is going on. And, we are observing the Kartika-vrata during this vrata. It begins from Ekadasi. Today is Dvadasi. And, Kartika will again commence on the full moon i.e. from Sarad-purnima to the next Purnima. It is written in Hari-bhakti-vilasa that Damodara-vrata, Urja-vrata, or the Kartika-vrata should either begin from Ekadasi, Dvadasi, or from the day of the full moon—Sarad-purnima. But the Gaudiya Vaisnavas Read more

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30
Nov 2016
The Sannyasis’ Song

39 Nov 2016 p.m. – Sri Gita Govinda Srila Jayadeva Gosvami is describing the beauty of Vrndavan. Krsna experiences and desires to explain the glories and beauty of Vraja. He thinks, “What can I say? What glories can I explain?” He then proceeds step by step, with the desire to meet directly with Srimati Radharani. But He sees Her expansions at every step. Everyone is filled with Her nectar. They keep Her nectar in their hearts, and then their beauty and moods are ever increasing. Krsna becomes very greedy to taste their loving moods. Tasting this, He feels extremely pleased. But after tasting, He becomes more greedy to taste more Read more

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29
Nov 2016
Soft Stones and Hard Hearted Snakes

Sri Gita Govinda Verse 37 adyotsaṅga-vasad-bhujaṅga-kavala-kleśād iveśācalaṁ prāleya-plavanecchayānusarati śrīkhaṇḍa-śailānilaḥ kiṁ ca snigdha-rasāla-mauli-mukulāny ālokya harṣodayād unmīlanti kuhūḥ kuhūr iti kalottālāḥ pikānāṁ giraḥ Translation “O sakhi, I have heard that many snakes live in the Malaya Hills, whose breeze has surely been overwhelmed by their burning poison. It seems that it is now on its way to the Himālayas to cool down in the icy waters there. The cuckoos are loudly singing kuhu-kuhu in mellifluous voices, jubilant on seeing the tender and tasty mango buds.” Srila Gurudeva’s Commentary In this verse Rādhā’s sakhī paints a picture of two intensifiers (uddīpana) of śṛṅgāra-rasa that stimulate Her kāma. “Now it is springtime and the Read more

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28
Nov 2016
The Fragrance of Love

Sri Gita Govinda – 27 Nov 2016 p.m. Sri Radha-Kunja Hari-katha The Vraja-devis’ hearts are decorated with the essence of hladini-sakti, Srimati Radhika’s love. Krsna sees that there is place for Him everywhere in Vraja. There are many devotees. They are each in their own place. They each offer bhoga, perform arati, give puspanjali, decorate Thakuraji with flowers, and so forth. Why don’t all Krsna’s devotees worship one Krsna-murti, all together? They all have unique loving moods. Srila Gurudeva said, “I am making temples in the hearts of the devotees. This is more important than the external temple structures.” Krsna sees crores and crores of the Vraja-devis each have a Read more

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27
Nov 2016
Spring—Krsna Entering the Heart

Sri Gita-Govinda – 26 Nov 2016 p.m. Sri Radha-Kunja Hari-katha The Vraja-devis are with Krsna. Krsna desires something. The Vraja-devis also desire something. But there is one problem. Lila-sakti, Yogamaya-devi, has a very serious arrangement. Everything is done, but without Srimati Radhika’s choice, nothing is done. And also, Srimati Radharani doesn’t say anything directly. The sakhis, headed by Lalita and Visakha, wait to understand the desire of Radhika and then they fulfill that. Sometimes, the gopis will ask Rupa or Rati Manjari what Radhika desires. They wait to understand Radhika’s moods. But Radhika never says Her desire externally, directly. Krsna desires to meet with Radhika, but She will not let Read more

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26
Nov 2016
The Many Wonders of Love

25 Nov 2016 – Sri Gita Govinda Sri Radha-Kunja Hari-katha Krsna looks at the moods of the Vraja-devis from a distance. He sees that they are not selfishly thinking of themselves. Even for a moment they cannot forget Krsna. At every moment they have new inspiration and moods to serve Krsna. To enhance their loving moods of service, Krsna is not present directly before them. Krsna desires to serve and help the gopis. For those who always serve Him and think about Him, He desires to serve them in return. But when the gopis are always receiving newer and newer moods to serve, and they are always active in newer Read more

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Nov 2016
Sri Mangala-Gita, Padma Payodhara

24 Nov 2016 – Sri Gita Govinda We are present near Guru-pada-padma and the Vaisnavas in Sri Vrndavan-dhama. This is Gurudeva’s eternal residence. Guru and Vaisnavas never leave Vraja-mandala. Goloka eva nivasaty akhilatma bhuto—Goloka Vrndavan has room for all living entities. Without the causeless mercy of Hari-Guru-Vaisnavas, however, one cannot enter or stay in Vrndavan-dhama. Jayadeva Gosvami describes the anuraga of Sri Krsna. How to collect this? There is only one method to receive this. The Vrajavasis have this anuraga, and this manifests through their loving service. So by performing loving service under their guidance, trying to follow their moods, you can achieve this anuraga and subsequently entrance and eternal Read more

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