By his own life’s example, Śrīla Gurudeva, nitya-līlā-praviṣṭa Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja reveals the stages acquired in the gradual development of pure devotion to Śrī Kṛṣṇa. He teaches us what to do, and what not to do, in order to advance in bhakti. He also teach us the importance of acquiring sukṛti, spiritual credits accrued by knowingly or unknowingly engaging in acts of devotion, and saṁskāras, impressions on the heart attained from the sukṛti of this and previous lives.
This compelling narrative, based on spiritually developed personalities 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.
We are not these mortal bodies and this world is not our real home. We are but passers-by, taking a material body for some time only to leave it, and then taking another. Lost and forlorn, we remain oblivious to our blissful real identity. This journey of the soul ends joyfully, however, by the mercy of true saints, such as Śrīla Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja. Part One of this book consists of selected lectures by him, as well as interviews and informal meetings on the topic of the truth of the soul (jīva-tattva). Part Two delivers three chapters from Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura’s Jaiva-dharma, and Part Three consists of quotes by Śrīla Bhaktivedānta Svāmī Mahārāja, Śrīla Prabhupāda.
The intriguing pastimes of Durvāsā Muni – he who cursed Ambarīṣa Mahārāja, he who blessed Śrīmatī Rādhikā, he who incensed the residents of Dvārakā, he who was charmed by Kṛṣṇa and Balarāma – are bound to captivate all. This booklet, containing sixteen engaging narrations of the history of Maharṣi Durvāsā, is written in simple, story-tale style. In this way, it easily lends itself to drama and art, and is sure to be a source of family delight.
What are the beautiful yet highly disciplined internal attitudes that are to be deeply embedded in the heart of one who sincerely aspires to be follower of Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī? In this book, the foremost rūpānuga, Śrīla Raghunātha dāsa Gosvāmī, reveals the firmness of mind required to attain that topmost goal. These eleven nectarean and startling instructions to his “brother mind” are truly for the serious practitioner and sincere aspirant.
“O wicked mind, although you adopt the path of sādhana, you imagine yourself purified by bathing in the trickling urine of the great donkey of full-blown deceit and hypocrisy.”
This booklet is a collection of Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārājas remembrances of his instructing spiritual master and dear friend, Śrīla A. C. Bhaktivedānta Svāmī Prabhupāda. It is a deep and revealing account of the intimate relationship between the two, from their first meeting in 1947 until Śrīla Prabhupāda's departure from this world in 1977.
It was through this wonderful literary work that the true history of Śrī Navadvīpa-dhāma was first revealed to the world. Now, thousands of pilgrims visiting the holy places on Śrī Navadvīpa’s nine islands prayerfully chant the verses from these pages, which extol the glories of this abode and the unprecendented mercy that Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu and His associates shower upon those who come here. This charming pocket-sized book is an excellent companion for one on Śrī Navadvīpa-dhāma parikramā.
In this pictorial presentation, Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja’s gives the ancient as well as recent history of Śrī Navadvīpa-dhāma’s nine islands, making this book an excellent guide for any pilgrim. The second part of the book contains descriptions of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu’s glorious associates and the pastime places in the surrounding area of Śrī Gauḍa-maṇḍala, which includes Bangladesh.
Out of the seven hundred verses of the Bhagavad-gītā, Verse 18.65 captures the essence of the entire Gītā: “Absorb your mind and heart in Me, become My devotee, worship Me, offer your praṇāma to Me, and then certainly you will come to Me. I make this promise to you because you are very dear to Me.” The first three chapters of Nectar of Govinda-līlā explain the three elements of this verse in relation to our aim to enter Goloka Vṛndāvana. Other chapters contain a colourful description, infused with pure Gauḍīya siddhānta, of Vasanta-pañcami, the first day of Spring, and other nectar.
In this booklet, a translation of a Hindi lecture spoken in 1964, Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja systematically guides us in understanding the actual nature of our soul. He begins with a captivating story from Vedic history in which two kings, the lord of the demigods and the lord of the demons, vie with each other for factual knowledge of the soul's identity. The contents herein provide a complete foundation for understanding all other devotional literature.
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