Rays of The Harmonist
- “Gauḍīya Vedānta”, “Śrīla” & “Śrī Rūpānuga-dhārā”
- Porridge and Mortar
- Vinoda and Vinoda-bihārī
by Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Māhārāja
Śrī B. N. Śukla, Sāhityabhūṣaṇa Mahodaya has submitted some questions to us. Because the responses to these questions are beneficial for everyone, they are being published in this edition of Śrī Bhāgavata-patrikā. –Editor [Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja]...Read More
by Śrīla Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda
The special advice that Śrī Caitanyadeva has given to us about the easy way to get rid of desires, a way so natural to mankind, is nothing more than taking shelter of devotion....Read More
A glorification of Śrī Śrīmad Bhakti Prajñāna Keśava Gosvāmī Mahārāja
A discussion of this sort ought to start from the beginning, from the root of the matter, and in discussing roots and beginnings, the subject of guru is bound to arise. ...Read More
Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja was always extremely eager to extol the superlative character and precepts of his beloved gurudeva, Śrī Śrīmad Bhakti Prajñāna Keśava Gosvāmī Mahārāja, one of the foremost disciples of Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda.
This book is divided into four parts. Parts 1 and 2 consist of articles and letters by Śrī Śrīmad Bhakti Prajñāna Keśava Gosvāmī Mahārāja. Part 3 consists of words of tribute by his godbrothers and a godsister, and Part 4 consists of homages by his own disciples.
First I explained abhista-bhava-mayi, which may be in an unripe or ripe stage. In the stage of sadhana it is the absorption that "We are gopis;" and in the siddha stage we will actually become gopis. In both cases, it is abhista-bhava-mayi.
We have completed the explanations of the first two slokas quoted and discussed by Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura in his Raga-vartma-candrika, but in summary. The first sloka is:
krsnam smaran janam casya prestham nija samihitam
tat tat katha ratas casau kuryad vasam vraje sada
Whether or not maha-aisvarya is present, if Krsna's pastimes are nara-lila, then it is madhurya. On the other hand, if by the presence of maha-aisvarya Krsna knows that, "I am Isvara, God," and His bhakta also knows that He is God, that is aisvarya-lila.