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  • The Most Compassionate

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  • 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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Rays of The Harmonist

  • Śrī Dāmodarāṣṭakam and Cāturmāsya-vrata
  • A Mine of Valuable Instructions
  • The Importance of Observing Cāturmāsya-vrata

tn srila bv vamana thumbby Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Vāmana Gosvāmī Māhārāja

❝During the month of Kārtika, if one performs pūjā (worship) to please Śrī Rādhikā, Dāmodara Śrī Hari becomes pleased, because Ūrjeśvarī Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī is the presiding deity of this month. The possessor of all potencies, Dāmodara Śrī Kṛṣṇa, does not accept worship without His svarūpa-śakti (intrinsic potency), otherwise known as hlādinī-śakti. Likewise, Śrī Rādhā-devī, that antaraṅga (intimate) or parā-śakti (supreme energy) rejects everything in the absence of Her prāṇanātha (the Lord of Her life). That is precisely why the Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇavas under the guidance of Śrī Svarūpa Dāmodara and Śrī Rūpa Gosvāmī have accepted only the worship of rādhāliṅgita-vigraha Yugala (the Divine Couple when Kṛṣṇa’s form is embraced by Śrī Rādhā).❞ ...

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tn srila bv narayanaby Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Māhārāja

❝You have asked about the glories of the month of Kārtika. In the month of Kārtika many pastimes of Kṛṣṇa took place: (a) On the very first day of Kārtika, that is, on [Śāradīya-]pūrṇma, mahā-rāsa took place in Vaṁśivaṭa in Vṛndāvana, and the supremacy of Śrīmatī Rādhikā was established. (b) In this Kārtika month, Mother Yaśodā bound Kṛṣṇa to a grinding mortar with the rope of her love. Prior to this, in any of His other manifestations, no one was able to bind Kṛṣṇa. ... ❞

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tn srila bv vamana thumbby Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Vāmana Gosvāmī Māhārāja

❝Even though Cāturmāsya-vrata is not mentioned among the sixty-four limbs of bhakti described in Śrī Bhakti-rasāmṛta-sindhu, Śrīman Mahāprabhu personally observed Cāturmāsya-vrata while staying in Purī, Śrī Raṅgam, and other places, thus imparting to the living entities of the world instructions on the necessity of following this vrata.❞ ...

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Following in Śrīla Prabhupāda’s  footsteps (in his anugatya), our parama-gurudeva, oṁ viṣṇupāda astotarsata Śrī Śrīmad Bhakti Prajñāna Keśava Gosvāmī Mahārāja, began publishing a monthly Hindi magazine entitled Śrī Bhāgavata Patrikā in June 1955, to preserve the spiritual legacy of Śrīla Prabhupāda.  The magazine came from Śrī Keśavajī Gauḍīya Maṭha, Mathura, and its chief editor was his dear disciple our Śrīla Gurudeva, oṁ viṣṇupāda aṣṭotara-śata Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja. Under Śrīla Gurudeva’s editorship, the magazine was published every month till 1974.


In March 1996, on Śrila Gurudeva’s command, the publication of the Patrikā resumed. Its purpose is to promote the flow of prema-dharma as practised and propagated by the most merciful incarnation, Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya Mahāprabhu, who advented to purify the age of Kali. Since then, it has been published every month.

In 2004, by the desire of Śrila Gurudeva, Śrī Bhāgavata Patrikā was renamed Śrī Śrī Bhāgavata Patrikā. Presently, it is an exceptional carrier of the unadulterated message of Śrī Rūpa-Raghunātha in the Hindi language.

The sole motivation for continuous publication of “Śrī Śrī Bhāgavata Patrikā” would only be to fulfil Śrila Gurudeva’s innermost desire and his final order on 13 November, 2010, at Govardhana: “You should continue to print my books with the same enthusiasm with which they are being printed now.” It is therefore only by Śrila Gurudeva’s causeless mercy that Śrī Śrī Bhāgavata Patrikā will remain manifest for us conditioned souls, helping us to connect more deeply with him and our rūpanuga-guruvarga.

Finally, we pray at Śrila Gurudeva’s lotus feet to bless those who serve Śrī Śrī Bhāgavata Patrikā – and that includes those who read and appreciate it – with the ability to practise and preach the conceptions of Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī.

[Below is an excerpt of an article  by oṁ viṣṇupāda astotarsata Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktiprajñāna Keśava Gosvāmī Mahārāja. It was published in the very first edition of Śrī Bhāgavata Patrikā in June 1955 and is about the purpose of the patrikā. To read the original article in Hindi, please  click here]

The use of the word Śrī before the word Bhāgavata implies the eternality of the Bhāgavata. The word patrikā means “the carrier of the message, or the discussion”, so the use of the word patrikā after the word Bhāgavata means that this patrikā conveys the conduct‚ conceptions and discussions that are based on the eternal doctrines of the Bhāgavatam.

Śrī Bhāgavata Patrikā also spreads awareness of the meaning of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam to sampradāyas that do not have faith in the topmost viṣṇu-tattvagaura-bhagavat-tattva. Temporary, inconsistent and false conceptions and writings will not be published in it. Useless talks and any topics that give rise to anarthas such as eating, sleeping, defending and mating will not find a place in this patrikā. To fulfil the aforementioned goals, this patrikā will mainly publish the writings of previous mahājanas and of living mahā-purūṣas. This is the speciality and pride of Śrī Bhāgavata Patrikā.

In the country where there was once no language other than the Vedic language – Sanskrit, where the sole worshipful object of all souls, Śrī Kṛṣṇa appeared, and where, as recently as medieval times, refined sentiments were expressed in the Sanskrit language, Hindi has been established as the vehicle with which to conduct its administrative affairs. Whatever system is presently manifest and whatever becomes manifest in the course of time and the ceaseless flow of change we will adopt for the service of the divine couple Śrī Śrī Rādha Kṛṣṇa. This patrikā has therefore adopted, with a favourable attitude, the national language of Hindi as the vehicle through which to distribute the eternal truth.

   We pray at the lotus feet of all our readers that they fully review the contents of this magazine carefully, for by doing so, they will be greatly benefited. The language and conceptions of the spiritual world differ from the languages and conceptions born of the stream of worldly consciousness, and they are far more profound. For this reason, some parts of this magazine may not be easily understood initially, but for one who repeatedly reads the words of our illustrious guru-varga, its contents will become sweeter and sweeter, just as the tongue afflicted by jaundice gradually tastes the sweetness of sugar candy.

The Śrī Śrī Bhāgavata Patrikā team

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