22
Apr 2017
The Glories of Govinda

14 June 1996 [Hari-katha spoken by Nitya Lila Pravista Om Visnupada Astottara Sata Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja – Srila Gurudeva] Srila Gurudeva: Sankaracarya’s followers are advaita-vadis. They always say, “Sarvam khalv idam brahma, tat tvam asi, and aham brahmasmi.” But we are Vaisnavas. I was from a Tiwari family that belonged to the Kasyapa lineage. My village was on the banks of the Ganga. We know what bhakti is. Ramacandra went to Sabari’s house and ate the fruits she had already tasted. He did not go the asrama of the risis who would always say, “I am Brahma.” He would not eat anything they offered. They did not Read more

More Details
20
Apr 2017
Long Lost Love

Hari-katha inspired by the Guru-varga; translated from Hindi. When a person loves someone in this material world, then all the qualities of that person whom he loves enters within him. But by having a relation with the personalities of the transcendental world we will be led to the Dhama by them. They will bring us to the Dhama when the situation is favorable and we are ready. Bringing us to the Dhama, they will not leave us until we achieve Krsna-prema. During the month of Kartika, on the day of Sarad Purnima, Krsna desired to engage in the Rasa-lila. Krsna manifested Srimati Radharani from His left side. After manifesting from Read more

More Details
19
Apr 2017
The Spotless Purana

12 June 1996 Houston Recitation of the Srimad Bhagavatam (The Spotless Purana) [A translation of Hindi Hari-katha spoken by Nitya Lila Pravista Om Visnupada Astottara sata Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja – Srila Gurudeva] Srila Gurudeva: First of all, I offer my unlimited obeisances unto the lotus feet of my most worshipable Gurudeva, Nitya Lila Pravista Om Visnupada Astottara sata Sri Srimad Bhakti Prajnana Kesava Gosvami Maharaja. I also offer my unlimited obeisances to the Srimad Bhagavatam and to the person who manifested this book, Srila Vyasadeva. I also offer my obeisances to the first person who discoursed on the Srimad Bhagavatam i.e. Sri Sukadeva Gosvami. I live in Read more

More Details
16
Apr 2017
Govinda Damodara Madhaveti

11 June 1996 Houston [A translation of Hindi Hari-katha spoken by Nitya Lila Pravista Om Visnupada Astottara sata Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja – Srila Gurudeva] [Sripad Visnu das introduces Srila Gurudeva to the audience after kirtan] Sripad Visnu das: Hare Krsna, welcome everyone to today’s evening program. Yesterday, I gave an introduction of Srila Gurudeva in Hindi. So, for the benefit of everyone today, I would like to speak a few words in Hindi and English. So, we are very fortunate to have us His Divine Grace Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja among us. He is from Sri Kesavaji Gaudiya Math in Mathura and from Sri Rupa Read more

More Details
13
Apr 2017
The History of Sri Giriraja

10 June 1996 Houston [The following transcription contains conversations between Srila Gurudeva Nitya Lila Pravista Om Visnupada Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja and the devotees when they were on a morning walk on 10 June 1996 in Houston, U.S.A.] Guest: A beautiful temple is there in Trivandrum, Kerala. Srila Gurudeva: Sankaracarya had appeared in Kerala. We went with our Gurudeva to many of the temples in South India. We were about 500 pilgrims. Guest: You went by walk? Srila Gurudeva: We went by train and then, we would walk visiting different temples. The Adi Kesava temple is also there in Kerala. It is situated on the sea shore. It Read more

More Details
10
Apr 2017
Krsna’s Flute Song

09 June 1996 Houston [A translation of Hindi Hari-katha spoken by Nitya Lila Pravista Om Visnupada Astottara sata Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja who is referred to as Srila Gurudeva] [A member of the audience introduces Srila Gurudeva in Hindi] Despite his advanced age, Svamiji travels all over India to preach the Gita and Bhagavat. And now he is preaching all over the world as well. He is a devotee of Sri Radha-Krsna. He has written more than fifty books. He is proficient in giving discourses in Hindi, Bengali, and English. I request Svamiji to give a lecture in Hindi today. Svamiji has been in Houston since the sixth Read more

More Details
07
Apr 2017
What is Pure Bhakti?

08 June 1996 Houston [A translation of Hindi Hari-katha spoken by Nitya Lila Pravista Om Visnupada Astottara sata Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja Srila Gurudeva] Srila Gurudeva: First of all, I offer my unlimited obeisances unto the lotus feet of my paramaradhya Sri Sri Gurudeva—Nitya Lila Pravista Om Visnupada Sri Srimad Bhakti Prajnana Kesava Gosvami Maharaja. I also offer my unlimited obeisances unto the lotus feet of my Siksa-Guru—Nitya Lila Pravista Om Visnupada Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja. He preached in many countries of the world. He preached harinama everywhere. I live in Vrndavana-Mathura. Sometimes, I also live in Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s birthplace Sri Navadvipa Dhama. Navadvipa Dhama is Read more

More Details
04
Apr 2017
Sanatana-dharma

09 June 1996 Houston [Hari-katha spoken by Nitya Lila Pravista Om Visnupada Astottara Sata Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja] [On 09 June 1996, before Srila Gurudeva spoke in English at a popular radio station, he spoke in Hindi on another radio programme. The following transcription is a translation of his Hindi talk] Radio show host: We pray for your blessings Maharajaji. Srila Maharajaji, according to you what should a human being do to advance spiritually? Srila Gurudeva: First of all, I offer my dandavat pranama at the lotus feet of my spiritual master, Nitya Lila Pravista Om Visnupada Astottara sata Sri Srimad Bhakti Prajnana Kesava Gosvami Maharaja. In regard Read more

More Details
01
Apr 2017
Pariksit Maharaja and Tisthan Vraje

07 June 1996 Houston [Hari-katha of Nitya Lila Pravista Om Visnupada Astottara Sata Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja Srila Gurudeva] [The following transcription is a translation of Srila Gurudeva’s class in Hindi] Pariksit Maharaja — The Rajarsi and tisthan vraje tad-anuragi-jananugami The sadhus are always immersed in rasa. Staying in Vrndavana, always be in the association of such mahapurusas. Serve them and chant Krsna’s names under their guidance. The topmost activity is to listen to hari-katha. And, worship the deity form of Krsna, while considering the deity form to be non-different from Krsna Himself. Decorate your head with the dust of the pastime places of Krsna. By doing like Read more

More Details
28
Mar 2017
Guru Gives Relation

08 June 1996 Houston [Hari-katha of Nitya Lila Pravista Om Visnupada Astottara Sata Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja Srila Gurudeva] [The following transcription is a translation of Srila Gurudeva’s conversation with the devotees in Hindi] Srila Gurudeva: One must never smoke. One must also not take onion and garlic. Sripad Madhava Maharaja: Visnu dasa said that the scientists found out that there are are twenty types of poison in onion and garlic. Srila Gurudeva: One will not realize now because of his unfortunate condition. But onion and garlic have much poison. Therefore, Indians prohibited onion and garlic in the past. So, one should never eat onion and garlic. You Read more

More Details