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Sri Nityananda Trayodasi

Jan 31, KUALA LUMPUR (SUN) — Today is the glorious Appearance Day of Sri Nityananda Prabhu.

The Life of Sri Nityananda Prabhu

Excerpts from Chapter 11 of Sri Sri Bhakti-ratnakara
by Sri Narahari Cakravarti Thakur

Sri Nityananda’s Family

In Ekchakra lived a pious brahmin who was famous because of his title `Ojha’. He was a wealthy man but had affection for his Yajamanas on whose behalf he performed his worship. His wife was a lady of sweet disposition but she was unhappy because she had no child although she was able to bear children. Each of her children died at the time of birth.

At last she got a son who was born at a very auspicious moment. The Ojha felt both happy and sad simultaneously and dedicated his only son to the mercy of Paravati Sankara. He and his wife analysed the fate of their son and out of dissatisfaction they named him Haro. But others in the village kept different sweet names for the child and would often visit the Ojha’s house to see the nice child. Day by day the child grew into a beautiful boy. (more…)

January 31, 2007 at 3:35 pm Leave a comment

Images From Mayapur

BY VRINDAVAN LILA DASI

 

Lord Nityananda on His Appearance Day

Jan 31, MAYAPUR (WED) — Scenes from the Holy Dhama – Photography by Vrindavan Lila devi dasi

January 31, 2007 at 3:10 pm Leave a comment

Appearance of Lord Varahadev

 

Jan 30,  KUALA LUMPUR (TUE) — Today is the auspicious Appearance Day of Lord Varaha, the Boar incarnation.

O Kesava! O Lord of the universe! O Lord Hari,
who have assumed the form of a boar! All
glories to You! The earth, which had become
merged in the Garbhodaka Ocean at the
bottom of the universe, sits fixed upon the tip of Your tusk like a spot upon the moon.
Sri Dasavatara Stotra, 3rd Sloka (more…)

January 30, 2007 at 2:57 pm Leave a comment

Ayurveda – The Original Medicine

BY JAYASRI RADHA DEVI

Jan 28, DENVER, COLORADO (THE HUB) — The Vedic Viewpoint and Other Spiritual Perspectives.

Veda means knowledge, and the Vedas are the original “how to” books sent by God, who is also known as Krishna, Jehovah, Allah, Vishnu, etc. Ayurveda is the original medical science and science of life, given by God, who is called by the name Danvantari Bhagavan.

According to Ayurveda, there are three items which make up the physical body, namely phlegm (Kapha), bile (Pitta), and air (Vata). Ayurveda treatment concerns itself with the cause of these three elements (water, fire, air) which are the basic conditions of the body. Ayurveda contains the field of biology, botany, herbology, medicine, anatomy, nutrition, hygiene and surgery.

The body is composed of five gross elements of earth, water, fire, air and ether. These elements are shaped according to the modes of nature each person has acquired, such as goodness (Sattva), passion (Rajas), and ignorance (Tomas). These modes mix with the five gross elements to form subtle energy principals, which the Ayurveda calls tri dosha, (vata, pita, and kapha) which are the energy principals that help produce and distribute these substances along with others to keep the body fit. (more…)

January 29, 2007 at 10:12 am Leave a comment

Bhaimi (Jaya) Ekadasi from the Bhavishya-uttara Purana

Jan 29, KUALA LUMPUR (MON) — It is said that if one observes upavasa on this day then one receives entrance to Visnu’s abode, even though one has not performed the other vratas of the year. The half-day fast (vrata) for the appearance of Lord Varahadev is also observed on this Ekadasi day, and the utsav (festival celebration – pujas and feasting, etc.) is observed on the Dvadasi, which is when He appeared.

Yudhisthira Maharaj said, “Oh Lord of the lords, Sri Krishna, all glories unto You! Oh Master of the universe, You alone are the source of the four types of living entities – those born from eggs, those born from perspiration, those born from seeds and those born from embryos. You alone are the root cause of all, Oh Lord, and therefore You are the creator, maintainer and destroyer.

“My Lord, You have so kindly explained to me the auspicious day known as Sat-tila Ekadasi, which occurs during the dark fortnight (krishna paksha) of the month of Magha (January – February). Now please explain to me the Ekadasi that occurs in the light fortnight (shukla or Gaura paksha) of this month. By what name is it known, and what is the process for observing it? Who is the presiding Deity that is to be worshipped on this sublime day, which is so very dear to You?

Lord Sri Krishna replied, “Oh Yudhisthira, I shall gladly tell you about the Ekadasi that occurs during the light half of this month of Magha. This Ekadasi obliterates all kinds of sinful reactions and demoniac influences that may be affecting the spirit soul. It is known as Jaya Ekadasi, and the fortunate soul who observes a fast on this sacred day is relieved of the great burden of ghostly existence. Thus there is no better Ekadasi than this, for it truly bestows freedom from birth and death. It is to be honoured very carefully and diligently. So I as you to listen to Me very attentively, Oh Pandava, as I explain a wonderful historic episode regarding this Ekadasi, an episode that I have already related in the Padma Purana. (more…)

January 29, 2007 at 10:07 am Leave a comment

Parishad: Sri Ramanujacarya

Jan 28, KUALA LUMPUR (SUN) — Today is the Disappearance Day of Sri Ramanujacarya.

Sri Ramanuja Acarya appeared around 1017 A.D in a pious brahmana family. He became the formost Acarya in the Sri Sampradaya and was reputed to be the incarnation of Laksmana, the younger brother of Lord Ramacandra. He was a boy of extraordinary intelligence and placed himself under the charge of Yadavacarya, a renown Sankarite scholar. His guru was struck with his marvelous intellect and became very uncomfortable on account of his firm faith in Bhakti.

One day while taking a massage, Yadavacarya was explaining to Ramanuja a sutra “tasya yatha kapyasam pundarikamevamaksini” (Chandogya 1.6.7), saying that according to Sankara, the two eyes of Pundariksa are like two lotuses which are red like the nates of a monkey. On hearing this interpretation with the unbecoming and low simile, Ramanuja’s soft heart, tender by nature and softened by devotion, melted and as he was massaging, tears rolled down from the corners of his eyes like flames of fire and fell on the thigh of Yadava. Looking up at the touch of the hot tears, Yadava understood that something troubled his disciple. Ramanuja explained his dismay at hearing such an unbecoming explanation from his guru. He thought it sinful to compare with the posterior of a monkey the eyes of the Supreme Personality of Godhead – who is endowed with all gracious qualities and who is the repository of all the beauty of the universe. Yadava was angry at the boy’s audacity and told him to explain the verse if he could. Ramanuja analysed the word kapyasam to mean `blossomed by the sun’ and the verse to mean “The eyes of that Golden Purusa are as lovely as lotuses blossomed by the rays of the sun.” (more…)

January 28, 2007 at 3:10 pm Leave a comment

A Beautiful Day at Harihara Kshetra

BY VRINDAVAN LILA & PADMALOCHAN DAS

Jan 27, MAYAPUR, INDIA (SAT) — The devotees in Mayapur spent a very beautiful day at Harihara Kshetra, where Lord Visnu and Lord Siva are residing combined into one Deity form – Harihara. This deity has quite a history. A few times Harihara has been stolen by bandits and recovered. The last time this happened, Harihara was held in the custody of the police for 8 months.

Only after ISKCON (GM, Nitai Prasad Prabhu) had contacted them were they willing to release Him, under condition that a nicer temple would be built for Him first. So, ISKCON Bhaktivedanta Charity Trust has restored and significantly improved the existing temple in Harihara Kshetra.

On Vasanta Panchami day, devotees bathed Harihara in celebration of His release from Police custody. (more…)

January 27, 2007 at 11:22 pm Leave a comment

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