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Feb 2017
The Glories of Svamiji, and Vraja-mandala

28 October 1996 Mathura The Glories of Svamiji, and Vraja-mandala [Harikatha spoken by Nitya Lila Pravista Om Visnupada Astottara Sata Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja — Srila Gurudeva] [Before Srila Gurudeva himself spoke, he requested Sripad Lokanatha Maharaja from ISKCON to speak on the glories of Vraja-mandala parikrama.] Sripad Lokanatha Maharaja: This is our standard prayer during our Vraja-mandala parikrama. This is the tenth year of ISKCON’s Vraja-mandala parikrama. Of course, Srila Narayana Maharaja has gone around how many times? Devotee: 54. Sripad Lokanatha Maharaja: Srila Maharaja has done parikrama 54 times now. Devotees: Haribol! [Applause] Sripad Lokanatha Maharaja: So, we are little children. [Laughter] We are little children Read more

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Feb 2017
The Stages of Bhakti

Srila Gurudeva in San Francisco – 04 July 1996 [Hari-katha of Nitya Lila Pravista Om Visnupada Astottara Sata Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja Srila Gurudeva] grhe va vanete thake, ha gauranga bo’le dake sada hari bole dake If you are in family life or you are living in the renounced order; no harm, but you should always chant Sri Gaurahari’s name. Also, hear hari-katha in sadhu sanga. If you are not in sadhu sanga, then the name you chant will not be so qualified. On the other hand, if you are in the association of bona fide sadhus, then your chanting of the name and the hearing of hari-katha Read more

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Feb 2017
Follow Their Example – 27 Oct 1996

27 October 1996 Mathura [Harikatha spoken by Nitya Lila Pravista Om Visnupada Astottara Sata Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja — Srila Gurudeva.] Srila Gurudeva: namamisvaram sac-cid-ananda-rupam lasat-kundalam gokule bhrajamanam yasoda-bhiyalukhalad dhavamanam paramrstam atyam tato drutya gopya [“I worship the Supreme Isvara, Sri Krsna, whose form is sac-cid-ananda, whose fish-shaped earrings swing and play upon His cheeks, who is supremely splendorous in the transcendental dhama of Gokula, who, due to breaking the yoghurt pot, is very fearful of Mother Yasoda and jumping down from the wooden grinding mortar quickly runs away, and who, chased by Yasoda, who hastily runs after Him, is ultimately caught from behind.” (Sri Damodarastakam, Verse 1)] Read more

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Feb 2017
Glories of Srila Prabhupada

[Hari-katha inspired by the Guruvarga] Today is the appearance day of Nitya Lila Pravista Parivrajakacarya Srila Prabhupada Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami Thakura. Srila Prabhupada Sarasvati Thakura came to distribute Mahaprabhu’s anarpita carim cirat unnata-ujjvala-rasa (the highest mood of pure loving service to Krsna i.e. the blazingly effulgent paramour love conceived of by the gopis). If anybody is connected or related to Srila Prabhupada’s movement even a little, then they will never forget this eternal relation. It is not possible. It is possible for people to forget mundane relations, but this eternal relation with Rupa-Raghunatha, the Gosvamis, and the Guruvarga is very deep. It is not possible to be distanced from them. Read more

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Feb 2017
Srila Prabhupada Avirbhava P.M.

[Hari-katha inspired by the Guru-varga] We are very lucky to hear the glories of Prabhupada Sarasvati Thakura. The associates of the Lord appear in this world by the desire of God, and also return to the spiritual world by the desire of God. They come to make a platform, to give training to the jivas, and to open a center where they can cultivate their spiritual nature. Sometimes we follow the proper course, and think we are doing well, but we are actually in a polluted state. Everyone likes fresh air and no one likes pollution. There must be a process of purification. When a great storm comes, with heavy Read more

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Feb 2017
Srila Prabhupada’s Avirbhava

[Hari-katha inspired by the Guru-varga] Today is the appearance day of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada, our Paramesthi-Gurudeva. He manifested Vraja-pattana, a branch office of Vraja-bhumi, in this world. After Dvapara-yuga, Krsna’s pastimes places disappeared. Mahaprabhu sent the Six Gosvamis to Vrndavana to rediscover these pastime places: ei chaya gosai jabe vraje koila vasa radha-krsna-nitya-lila korila prakasa The Six Gosvamis manifested the pastime places of Radha and Krsna during the time of Mahaprabhu. After Krsna disappeared at the end of Dvapara-yuga, even the name of Vrndavana was changed. Some other sampradayas even now say that Vrndavana is located in Kamyavana. The Six Gosvamis came and by the desire of Mahaprabhu, Read more

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Feb 2017
Maha-prasada Cake and Kirtan Highlights

On the evening of Param Gurudeva’s appearance day, after hearing pushpanjali from the devotees, everyone shared a huge maha-prasada cake, followed by a rip-roaring night kirtan! Gaura Hari Hari Bol! Param Gurudeva’s Vyasa-puja Cake Param Gurudeva’s Vyasa-puja Evening Kirtan

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Feb 2017
Nityananda Trayodasi Kirtan

Haribol! Every day is a festival with Vaisnavas in the dhama, every day there is ecstatic kirtan and amazing prasada, but still, some days stand out as super excellent, such as the appearance day of Lord Nityananda! Click the link if you’d like to see some of the Nityananda Trayodasi Kirtan at Sri Radhe Kunj, Bhaktabandhav Dham. Nityananda Trayodasi Kirtan

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Feb 2017
Acarya Kesari

26 October 1996 Mathura Acarya Kesari [Harikatha spoken by Nitya Lila Pravista Om Visnupada Astottara Sata Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja — Srila Gurudeva on the disappearance day of Srila Bhakti Prajnana Kesava Gosvami Maharaja.] Srila Gurudeva: Today is a very auspicious day. This day marks the beginning of the Kartika month. It is also the day of the Saradiya Rasa-purnima in Vrndavana. Our Paramardhya (most worshipable) Nitya Lila Pravista Om Visnupada Astottara Sata Sri Srimad Bhakti Prajnana Kesava Gosvami Maharaja entered nitya-lila (the eternal pastimes of Sri Radha-Krsna) on this day. So many pastimes of Sri Krsna manifested in this month. Seeing the splendor of the full moon, Read more

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Feb 2017
The Appearance Day of Srila Bhakti Prajnana Kesava Gosvami Maharaja

The Appearance Day of Srila Param Gurudeva [Hari-katha inspired by the Guru-varga] Today is the appearance day of nitya-lila pravista om visnupada astottara-sata Sri Srimad Bhakti Prajnana Kesava Gosvami Maharaja, our beloved Param Gurudeva. We all know of his life and teachings by the mercy of Srila Gurudeva. Why are we repeating them on this day? Everyday we worship Gurudeva, with guru-puja. Today why do we follow any special program? Everyday we should worship the guru-parampara, Gurudeva, Param Gurudeva, paratpara-guru, paramesthi-guru and so forth. This is the rule of Vaisnavas. What is special about the appearance day? The guru-varga have explained why this day is worshipable, and why many people Read more

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