• Sri Gurvastakam

    Sri Gurvastakam

    I want to give an explanation of Sri Guru – what are the symptoms of a bona fide guru – and to show you examples that have been given in the epics [Vedic scriptures]. You can apply this to your own guru. Our Sri Guru is akhanda-guru-tattva, Sri Baladeva Prabhu or Sri Nityananda Prabhu, so all teachings should be applied to him and to others who are following this... Read More
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  • Our Master - His Life

    A most endearing hallmark of his preaching was the heart-stealing affection he showed to all. As an uttama-bhāgavata, he entered the deepest recesses of the heart to give the unmistakable reassurance that he is one's eternal well-wisher. The depth of his affection is a tangible reality for all who have experienced it, and this in itself bears subjective testimony to the fact that he was a true emissary of the Supreme Lord.

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  • Namah

    As long as Śrīla Gurudeva, the beloved of Śrī Kṛṣṇa, is physically manifest, it is wise to render intimate service to him, and thereby attain perfection. But if we are not able to attain perfection because we have failed to develop attachment to him, attachment wherein we consider him to be the lord of our heart; if we have failed to serve him by giving him our full heart in complete sincerity and selflessness, then we have certainly been deprived...

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  • The Most Compassionate

    Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is certainly more intelligent than each and every one of us, and He knows how to make the fallen souls of Kali-yuga best understand His high-level teachings. Indeed, His teachings are comprehensible by all. Still, our misfortune prevails. First, we do not accept His teachings. Second, to impress others with our prowess we mix something of our own with them...

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Rays of The Harmonist

  • The Real Fruit of Sevā
  • “I Will Gratify My Malice by Stopping the Course of the World”
  • Everything is Accomplished by Hearing Hari-kathā (Part 3 of 3)

tn srila bv narayanaby Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Māhārāja

Śrīla Raghunātha dāsa Gosvāmī prays, “O Śrīmatī Rādhike, You are adorned with such good qualities. When will I receive the good fortune to serve You?” 

What does sevā (service) mean here? If we fan someone, the air should reach that person, shouldn’t it? Why do we fan someone? Why do we take that trouble? Is it not hard work to do so? So why do we do that? If we massage someone’s feet or if we cook for them, it is laborious, so why do we do such service? It is because there is some gain in it. ...

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tn srila bhakitsiddhantaby Śrīla Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda

If we disregard, or ignore, the devotees of God for elevating ourselves, we will be cast into the prison of three dimensions and spring towards [our materiality’s] inflation instead of contraction. ...

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tn srila bv narayanaby Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Māhārāja

“Aho, this is the only hari-kathā that can deliver one from the cycle of birth and death. Only from this hari-kathā can I receive kṛṣṇa-prema, not from anywhere else. Oh, how beautiful his hari-kathā is! How glorious this place is, where Bhagavān’s līlā-kathā is being spoken.” In this way, he’ll extol the qualities of hari-kathā. He’ll repeatedly offer praṇāma to the listeners, thinking, “They are blessed to be able to hear such hari-kathā.” ...

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Featured: Jaiva Dharma

JaivaDharma 200

This compelling narrative based on spiritually developed personalities and others in cultured Bengali life a few hundred years ago, serves as the basis of Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura's presentation of the Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava philosophy, from its basic tenets to its esoteric pinnacle. Woven into the story are penetrating philosophical questions that are commonly pondered and eternally relevant. The depth of the answers gives clarity and direction to the quest to establish ourselves in our jaiva-dharma, our soul's constitutional function.

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Harmonist

On the day of Srila Gurudeva's vyasa-puja, 2nd Feb. 2011, a special edition of Rays of The Harmonist was published and presented in honour of him. It features 188 pages of valuable articles by our guru-varga regarding the glories of sri guru, as well as affectionate offerings to him from senior Vaisnavas and Vaisnavis in our own sanga and some from other sangas.

Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja

Many times we heard from Srila Gurudeva that there is actually no difference between the appearance and disappearance day of a Vaisnava. A pure devotee does not appear in this world due to the reactions of his previous activities, like an ordinary conditioned soul...

Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja

There are no words in the English language to describe these four viraha-mahotsava festivals, held in honor of the divine disappearance of our most worshipful Srila Gurudeva, nitya-lila pravista om visnupada Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja.

Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja

Pujyapad Bhaktivedanta Tirtha Maharaja was here in Mathura for a few days to join the Viraha Sabhas in honor of our most worshipful Divine Master nitya-lila pravista om vishnupad Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Goswami Maharaja that took place in Govardhan, Vrndavan and Mathura...

Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja

We have organized viraha-sabhas, gatherings for the purpose of offering deep, heartfelt śraddhā-puṣpāñjali and remembering the transcendental glories of Śrīla Gurudeva...

Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja

On December 29, 2010, at 3.00 am, in Sri Jagannatha Puri-dhama, our beloved Srila Gurudeva nitya-lila pravista om visnupada Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja left the external vision of the souls in this world and accepted maha-samadhi.

Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja

Today, Sri Krsna Navami Tithi, the 29th of December, on the most auspicious day of the appearance of nitylila pravista om vishnupada Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Vaman Gosvami Maharaja, our most beloved Gurudeva, Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayan Gosvami Maharaja has entered the eternal pastimes of Sri Sri Radha and Krsna at 03.00 AM in Sri Jagannath Ksetra Dham, the transcendental residence of Sri Jagannath Deva, Sri Baladeva and Srimati Subhadra.

Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja

Vidura was the prime minister of King Dhrtarastra. He was an extremely religious person, a very high class of devotee who was fully surrendered to Sri Krsna. He knew past, present and future. He saved the five Pandavas from burning in the house of lac and he protected them on several other occasions...

Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja

After hearing from the gopis, and especially after hearing Brahmara-gita from Srimati Radhika, Uddhava was astonished. He was especially astonished to hear and see Srimati Radhika's divyonmada, of which citra-jalpa is one of the features, and which is one of the symptoms of Her adhirudha-modana-mahabhava.

Sri Srimad Bhakti Prajnana Kesava Gosvami Maharaja

We have been staying in Delhi at Sri Sri Ramana-bihari Gaudiya Matha since October 7th, and will do our best to share our experiences over the past 10 days. Usually we don't write a photo-tour report with devotees' personal experiences and feelings, but this is such a heartfelt time that we beg your permission to do so.

purebhakti.com

Purebhakti.com is a place of pilgrimage on the web for it is the home of Srila Gurudeva's Harikatha and reservoir for over hundred of his books across three different languages, for download, as well as all issues of the Rays of the Harmonist, and the Harmonist Monthly online edition. Purebhakti.com also host the Vaisnava Calendar for approximately 470 locations around the world.

Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja

Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja: What is a manjari? We have heard about kamala-manjaris and mango-manjaris. Any creeper or good flower has manjaris. Although the manjari appears first and then the flower, the manjari is always located above the flower. When a bee comes to sit on the flower and drink its honey, the manjaris tremble, being overjoyed.

Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja

This surrender and complete dedication of the heart to guru is called tadatmya (oneness of heart) in Sanskrit. When an iron rod is placed in fire, the qualities of the fire enter the iron. When fire permeates an iron rod it is the fire that burns other objects; it is not that the iron rod burns other objects; The iron rod may ‘consider,’ “I am fire,” in the sense that the qualities of the iron have become one with the qualities of the fire; it now does the work of fire.

Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja

As Lalita trains Srimati Radhika in this way [for Radhika’s naocturnal meeting with Sri Krsna], Rupa Manjari watches, and our guru in this world, as sakhi-manjari in that world, also watches.

Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja

This is the third of the three important slokas discussed by Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura in his Rag-vartma-candrika:
sravanotkirtanadini vaidhi-bhakty uditani tu
yany angani ca tanyatra vijneyani manisibhih

Parikrama

Abhista-bhava-mayi: Whatever practices we execute at the time of our sadhana (the practice executed to attain our goal) will be the same at the time of sadhya (the goal of life, the stage of siddhi, perfection). Sadhakas remember Krsna, Govinda, now, at the time of their sadhana, and they will do so in siddha-sarira (spiritual form as a gopi-manjari) as well. Both remembrances are the same, but one is unripe and the other will be ripe. The subject of the mood will never change, just as kirtana will never be changed, whether in the stage of sadhana or siddha. The sadhakas' absorption in their constitutional mood is called abhista-bhava-mayi.

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