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Queen Kunti’s Prayers

Queen Kunti’s Prayers

August 10, 2007 at 10:14 pm Leave a comment

Srila Rupa Goswami – our supervisor

The opening salvo of the preface for The Nectar of Instruction begins thus: “The Krsna consciousness movement is conducted under the supervision of Srila Rupa Goswami.” What does it mean to have this role? How actively involved is Srila Rupa Goswami in our everyday lives? Is he literally supervising all of us?

Before understanding this supervisory function, we need to know who Srila Rupa Goswami is in relation to ourselves, our spiritual masters, and the previous acaryas going back to the time of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Each of the acaryas were unlimitedly powerful, being pure nitya-siddhas, capable of delivering the entire world, but preached in tune with Lord Chaitanya’s wishes to lesser or greater degrees. (more…)

August 8, 2007 at 3:33 pm Leave a comment

First Annual North American Patron-Leaders Weekend of Bhakti



Verse: Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.3.43
[note: transcription is not verbatim]

krsne sva-dhamopagate dharma-jnanadibhih saha kalau nasta-drsam esa puranarko ‘dhunoditah

TRANSLATION: This Bhagavata Purana is as brilliant as the sun, and it has arisen just after the departure of Lord Krsna to His own abode, accompanied by religion, knowledge, etc. Persons who have lost their vision due to the dense darkness of ignorance in the age of Kali shall get light from this Purana.

PURPORT: Lord Sri Krsna has His eternal dhama, or abode, where He eternally enjoys Himself with His eternal associates and paraphernalia. And His eternal abode is a manifestation of His internal energy, whereas the material world is a manifestation of His external energy. When He descends on the material world, He displays Himself with all paraphernalia in His internal potency, which is called atma-maya. In the Bhagavad-gita the Lord says that He descends by His own potency (atma-maya). His form, name, fame, paraphernalia, abode, etc., are not, therefore, creations of matter. (more…)

July 6, 2007 at 7:28 am Leave a comment

Krishna, the Expert Thief


Mar 1, MADURAI, SOUTH INDIA (SUN) — Krsna not only steals butter, He steals our hearts by gradually removing our sins, attachments and offences and thus making it a suitable residence for Him to manifest His pastimes. Therefore, He is called Hari, thief. Because we are unwilling to give back to Him all that we have stolen, He steals it back. However, the day will come when this will no longer be necessary. The day will come when we will willingly give Him everything we have: our possessions, our talents and, most importantly, our full attention, 24 hours a day. Why will we do this? We will do it because we will have no choice, because Krsna’s association is unlimitedly more intoxicating than any drug and like all addicts, we will do anything, beg, borrow or steal, to get our fix. (more…)

March 1, 2007 at 9:21 pm Leave a comment

Tattva Sandarbha – Section 5


Some parts of Gopala Bhatta Gosvami’s writings were in proper order, some were not. Some parts were incomplete or lost. Now, after proper deliberation, Sri Jiva writes it in the proper order.

Sri Jiva Toshani Commentary

The question may arise that if Gopala Bhatta Gosvami has already composed a work on this same subject, why should Rupa and Sanatana engage Jiva Gosvami in compiling a similar work? Jiva Gosvami replies in this verse. His mission is to complete the task begun by Gopala Bhatta Gosvami and to set it all in the proper order.


December 3, 2006 at 4:15 pm Leave a comment

Tattva Sandarbha – Section 4


Sri Gopal Bhatta Gosvami, born in a South Indian Brahmana family, and a friend of Srila Rupa and Sanatana Gosvamis, has compiled a book after studying the works of the eminent Vaishnavas.

Sri Jiva Toshani Commentary

Srila Gopal Bhatta Gosvami was the son of Venkata Bhatta, the head priest of the temple of Lord Ranganatha at Sri Rangam, which was the headquarters of the Sri Vaishnava sect. In his youth Gopala Bhatta had the opportunity to study the writings of the eminent Vaishnavas of the Sri Sampradaya. While touring South India, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu stayed at the house of Venkata Bhatta for the four months of the rainy season. There He held philosophical discussions with Venkata Bhatta, as is evident from the Caitanya Caritamrita, Madhya Lila, chapter nine, and the Bhakti Ratnakara, first wave. (more…)

December 1, 2006 at 4:16 pm Leave a comment

Tattva Sandarbha – Section 3


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

Tattva Sandarbha – Section 2



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

Tattva Sandarbha – Section 1


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

Three Component Parts of the Lord’s Internal Energy – Part 2


The second of the three “internal modes” is samvit-sakti (cit) – the Lords “knowledge” potency.

It is between this energy and the external energy (maya), that the marginal energy-the living entities (jivas), exist [1]. It is understood that the marginal energy is emanating from the samvit-sakti. It is this potency through which the Lord “knows Himself and causes others to know Him” [2] as well. When the jivas are covered by maya, they forget the Lord and their eternal relationship with Him, and become eternally conditioned (nitya-baddha) [3] in the darkness of her existence.

Because the Lord is omnipotent, He is fully cognizant without restriction-knowing everything everywhere. The jivas on the other hand, are limited in their cognition, due to innumerable impediments. “The cognition of the living beings has three divisions: direct knowledge, indirect knowledge and perverted knowledge.” [4]  (more…)

November 27, 2006 at 8:49 am Leave a comment

Three Component Parts of the Lord’s Internal Energy – Part 1


There are three spiritual modes of internal energy called sandhini-sakti, samvit-sakti, and hladhini-sakti. Over the next few weeks each of these component parts will be presented, beginning with this paper on sandhini-sakti.

Eternality, or sat, is conducted by the sandhini potency, and is the impersonal Brahman (brahmajyoti) feature of Godhead. Being limitless, it extends in all directions-three-fourths in Vaikuntha, and one-fourth as the resting place of this cosmic manifestation, or mrtyu-loka (the place of death). Juxtaposed to the sat feature, Mrtyu-loka is known as asat, or nonexistent, being impermanent. (more…)

November 26, 2006 at 6:25 pm Leave a comment

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