- Thursday, 21 July 2005
- Last Updated: Sunday, 25 March 2012
[July 21, 2005 is the first day of Caturmasya, the four month period each year, from July to November, in which devotees observe certain rules and regulations in order to advance in their bhakti. Srila Narayana Maharaja speaks about Caturmasya each year, and we are sending you an excerpt of one of the lectures in which he discussed it. This particular lecture was given on the first day of the second half of Caturmasya, a few years ago. For those of you who do not have the calendar and would like to follow the austerities of this month, or some part of them, the list is included at the bottom of the excerpt. -ed]
Tridandisvami Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja
VISVARUPA MAHOTSAVA AND THE SANNYASA CEREMONY OF
SRILA BHAKTIVEDANTA SWAMI PRABHUPADA
(Sri Kesavaji Gaudiya Matha: Mathura, India, September 13, 2000)
Today is a very sacred day in our line. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu took sannyasa
and began to search for his brother, Sri Visvarupa. While searching, He
found out on this day that His brother had been in Pandarapur, and there
he had left his body and had taken samadhi on the bank of the river Bhima.
Then, although Mahaprabhu was observing Caturmasya-vrata very strictly for
four months, He shaved off His hair on this day. Before this year, He had
never shaved for these four months, nor did He cut his nails. He observed
all the rules and regulations of Caturmasya.
Caturmasya Vrata Fasting