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Gita Jayanti and Christmas Book Distribution Marathon

BY MADHUDVISA DASA

Nov 30, USA (SUN) —

Gita Jayanti and the holiday season are coming at the same time. So it is a great opportunity to give the Bhagavad-Gita to others as a gift. It is the most sublime and valuable knowledge. The perfect gift.

This is Srila Prabhupada’s original 1972 edition of “Bhagavad-Gita As It Is,” the most authorized and popular edition of Bhagavad-Gita throughout the whole world.

“And I declare that he who studies this sacred conversation worships Me by his intelligence.” BG 18:70

For more than twenty years this book was unavailable as ISKCON released a “Revised and Enlarged Edition” in 1983 and stopped printing Prabhupada’s original book. (more…)

November 30, 2006 at 4:39 pm Leave a comment

Tattva Sandarbha – Section 3

BY SRILA JIVA GOSWAMI

All glories to Srila Rupa Gosvami and Srila Sanatana Gosvami in the land of Mathura. They have engaged me in writing this book to broadcast the essential truth about the Supreme Lord.

Sri Jiva Toshani Commentary

According to Sanskrit grammatical rules, the pronoun imam (this) is used for objects near at hand, to indicate proximity. Since the book is not done yet, use of imam “this book” in this verse may seem a defect. Baladeva Vidyabhushana comments, however, that because the book already exists within the mind of Srila Jiva Gosvami, he speaks of it as having already come into existence. (more…)

November 30, 2006 at 4:19 pm Leave a comment

Prabhupada Padma-vakya – Nov 28

November 28, 1966, New York
Caitanya Caritamrta Madhya 20.137-138
“…you must always remember. In the spiritual, absolute sense, God plus me is also God, and God minus me is also God. When I am minus, that does not mean God has lost some of His capacity. No. He is full.”
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November 28, 1972, Hyderabad
Bhagavad-gita 2.24
“We are trying to make a permanent settlement here. Making very nice building, spending millions of dollars, making it very strong so that it may not, may not be destroyed. So everyone is trying to keep himself permanent.”
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November 28, 1974, Bombay
Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.25.28
“We do not die after the annihilation of this body, but you are so dull by the influence of maya, we think that death is inevitable.”
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November 28, 1975, Delhi
Srimad-Bhagavatam 5.5.1
“This is a bag of three elements: kapha, pitta, vayu. Or if we don’t understand kapha pitta vayu, we can understand that this body is made of flesh, bone, mucus.”
Audio Text
Bhaktivedanta Book Trust. HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada.

November 29, 2006 at 9:01 am Leave a comment

Tattva Sandarbha – Section 2

 

BY SRILA JIVA GOSWAMI

In Kali-yuga, we take shelter of Sri Krishna Caitanya by congregational chanting of the holy names. He is blackish within but golden without and He manifested the opulence of His beautiful bodily limbs to the common people.

Sri Jiva Toshani Commentary

Here Srila Jiva Gosvami explains the meaning of the opening verse. Lord Krishna, whose color is blackish, covered Himself with the golden color of Srimati Radharani to appear as Krishna Caitanya in Kali-yuga. He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, but His purpose is to show us how to be a devotee. For this reason, it is not readily apparent that He is the Supreme Lord, thus Srimad Bhagavatam describes Him as the “hidden incarnation.” (more…)

November 29, 2006 at 8:27 am Leave a comment

The Krishna Consciousness Movement Illustrated History Page

Nov 28, USA (TUE) — See this excellent new website, conceived by Rasala das, the founder of the Protectacow website. The new site, the Krsna Consciousness Movement Illustrated History page, is filled with many historical images. “Click” on each image and you’re shown a caption that describes the scene or moment in time.

The site developers have gathered together an excellent collection of pictures that illustrate the timeline of Srila Prabhupada’s transcendental activities. Many of the early photos are seldom seen online, and will be especially pleasing to the Vaisnavas.

November 29, 2006 at 8:25 am Leave a comment

Tattva Sandarbha – Section 1

BY SRILA JIVA GOSWAMI

Sri Jiva Toshani Commentary

In Vedic culture every undertaking begins with an invocation, technically called Mangalacarana. The purpose is to invoke the blessings of the Supreme Personality of Godhead for removing any obstacle to the completion of the work. This book, Sri Shat Sandarbha, being a detailed treatise on the Lord’s name, fame, abode, qualities, pastimes, and associates, is already all-auspicious. As such it needs no invocation. Following in the footsteps of the previous acaryas, however, and to set an ideal for his reader, Srila Jiva Gosvami performs Mangalacarana.

Mangalacarana is of three types and it may have one or more verses. The three types are:

    Namaskriyatmaka: paying obeisances to one’s worshipable deity, to one’s teacher(s), or to both.

    Asirvadatmaka: praying to the Lord for His blessings or bestowing blessings upon the readers, or pronouncing “All glories to the Lord.”

    Vastu-nirdesatmaka: summarizing the subject matter of the book. (more…)

November 28, 2006 at 9:10 am Leave a comment

Lord Jagannath’s Mystic Visitors

BY SOMANATH KHUNTIA [ Click for larger image ]


Nov 27, PURI, ORISSA (MON) — Lord Jagannath is a mystic Deity, and there are many phenomena surrounding Him which cannot be explained by modern science. Not only do sages, seers and people from different parts of the world come to see Him, but inhabitants of other spheres come as well. As He is considered the Master of the universe, He attracts all. There is documented evidence to support many of these occurrences in the form of eyewitness reports and objects left by divine beings when they came. These events are also documented in ancient epics, palm-leaf scripts, and in texts written by scholars and sages of the past. Some are as follows:

1) Manima Daka Sloka from Niladri:

Mahodaya
Rajadhi Rajarajeshwar
Ishwara Thakur, Manima
Anantakoti Brahmanda
Ishwara Thakur, Manima
Chaturdasha Bhubana
Ishwara Thakur, Manima

In the daily rituals of the temple this sloka is recited at the time when Lord Jagannath retires to bed. The meaning is this:

“Oh Lord Jagannath
You are king of kings
You are master of many universes
You are the controller of all creations”

The khuntia worshipper who recites this sloka then scatters flower petals up into the air to welcome all the divine beings who have come that evening to observe this ritual. (more…)

November 28, 2006 at 8:53 am Leave a comment

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