Apr 132015
 

04.11.15_05.LagunaTRUST THE SIMPLE PROCESS

“People don’t get to have any fun in this world. If you go to LAX airport with a flower garland like this on, everyone will look at you like, ‘You can’t do that! Where did you get that anyway, Buddy? Why do we have to wear these polyester things and you get to wear flowers?’ That’s Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. You get to wear flowers, you get to sing, you get to dance, and all you have to do is follow this simple order. Because if you just trust Lord Chaitanya’s process—that’s all it is, just trust the process—and do the simple things strictly, with full faith, then all success will be there.”

—Vaisesika Dasa

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Vaisesika Dasa
Giriraj Swami

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Apr 102015
 

WTS_coverCoverMany devotees have requested that Giriraj Swami’s books be made available in e-book editions. We are pleased to announce that Watering the Seed (Revised and Expanded) and Life’s Final Exam: Death and Dying from the Vedic Perspective are now available as e-books on Amazon. And we hope to have them available soon in other formats, from other vendors. Please click below:

Watering the Seed: Revised and Expanded
Life’s Final Exam: Death and Dying from the Vedic Perspective

Apr 062015
 

Prabhupada-in-MelbourneGiriraj Swami read and spoke from Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.3.23.

“In other words, Lord Sri Krsna is the property of His pure, unconditional devotees, and as such only the devotees can deliver Krsna to another devotee; Krsna is never obtainable directly. Lord Caitanya therefore designated Himself as gopi-bhartuh pada-kamalayor dasa-dasanudasah, or ‘the most obedient servant of the servants of the Lord, who maintains the gopi damsels at Vrndavana.’ A pure devotee therefore never approaches the Lord directly, but tries to please the servant of the Lord’s servants, and thus the Lord becomes pleased, and only then can the devotee relish the taste of the tulasi leaves stuck to His lotus feet. In the Brahma-samhita it is said that the Lord is never to be found by becoming a great scholar of the Vedic literatures, but He is very easily approachable through His pure devotee.” — SB 2.3.23 purport.

Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.3.23

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Apr 052015
 

ABYogaGiriraj Swami read and spoke from Bhagavat-gita 15.7 at the Atma Bhakti Yoga Center in Dallas.

“Our origin is Krishna, and so our natural love is for Him—and He has natural love for us. In fact, a great sage said that the two most basic necessities for the living entity are to love and be loved. But that desire to love and be loved can be perfectly fulfilled only in relationship to our origin—Krishna. Bhakti-yoga is the process by which our dormant love for Him can be awakened.”

Bhagavad-gita 15.7

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Apr 032015
 

gopakumar_krishna.l-1Giriraj Swami read and spoke from Sri Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila 8.90.

“In pure vaidhi-bhakti you can only worship Laxmi-Narayana. But, it is not always so absolute that we do not have spontaneous feelings for Radha and Krishna. Although we worship in vaidhi-bhakti according to the rules and regulations and with awe and reverence, there can still be some mood of worshiping Radha and Krishna — but not at the cost of the rules and regulations. In the Nectar of Devotion it states that even if one is advanced internally one will still follow the rules and regulations externally just like a neophyte. But there is a difference in that if you keep worshiping Radha and Krishna with awe and reverence, eventually as you progress, you will develop spontaneous attraction for Radha and Krishna.  Whereas if you worship Laxmi-Narayana and make spiritual advancement, you are still worshiping Laxmi-Narayana. So the general rule is that we continue what we are doing and as we progress we will get the mood of worshipping in spontaneous devotional service. But, we have to be patient and await that opportune moment.”

Cc Madhya 8.90

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Mar 312015
 

Lord_Rama_Crossing_the_OceanGiriraj Swami read and spoke from Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.7.23.

“If we try to enjoy the property of God without God, we will be vanquished, sooner or later. Once, Srila Prabhupada compared the Western countries to Ravana, who was in possession of Sita, or Laksmi, the goddess of fortune. He said that just as Lord Ramachandra crossed the ocean to get back Sita, similarly, he also crossed the ocean—to reclaim Laksmi. And just as Lord Ramachandra was assisted by so many monkeys, he was assisted by us. The idea was to get back Sita, or Laxmi, from Ravana and reunite her with Rama. In other words, he wanted to get the wealth that was being kept captive by the people in the Western world and engage it in the service of Lord Rama, or Krishna consciousness.”

SB 2.7.23, Rama-navami Evening

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Mar 302015
 

Rama-Kills-RavanaGiriraj Swami read and spoke from Srimad-Bhagavatam 9.10.20.

There are two kinds of strength — daiva and purusakara. Daiva refers to the strength achieved from the Transcendence, and purusakara refers to the strength organized by one’s own intelligence and power. Transcendental power is always superior to the power of the materialist. Depending on the mercy of the Supreme Lord, one must fight one’s enemies even though one may not be equipped with modern weapons. Therefore Krsna instructed Arjuna, mam anusmara yudhya ca: “Think of Me and fight.” We should fight our enemy to the best of our ability, but for victory we must depend on the mercy of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. — SB 9.10.20 purport

Srimad-Bhagavatam 9.10.20

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Mar 292015
 

viduraniGiriraj Swami read and spoke from Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.81.6-7.

“Duryodhana  was affronted that Krishna did not accept his invitation to enjoy a royal banquet with him. So Krishna explained, ‘There are only two reasons to accept an invitation to eat: One is if you are hungry, and the other is if the invitation is extended with love. I was not hungry, and you have no love for me, and so I did not accept your invitation.’ But even though Krishna was not hungry—He is never hungry materially—He was hungry for His devotee’s love.  And that love was offered to Him through the banana peels He ate from Vidura. He relished that offering of love.”

Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.81.6-7

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Mar 282015
 

Back to Godhead - Volume 11, Number 0304 - 1976Today is Sri Rama-navami, the appearance day of the Personality of Godhead Ramacandra. It is also the fortieth anniversary of the opening of Srila Prabhupada’s Krsna-Balarama temple in Vrindavan.

In his purport to Sri Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila 16.281, Srila Prabhupada explained why he established the temple.

“Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu personally renovated Vrndavana-dhama and advised His chief disciples, Rupa and Sanatana, to develop it and open it to attract the spiritual vision of the general populace. At present there are about five thousand temples in Vrndavana, and still our society, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, is constructing a huge, magnificent temple for the worship of Lord Krsna and Lord Balarama, along with Radha-Krsna and Guru-Gauranga. Since there is no prominent Krsna-Balarama temple in Vrndavana, we are attempting to construct one so that people will be attracted to Krsna-Balarama, or Nitai-Gauracandra. Vrajendra-nandana yei, saci suta haila sei. Narottama dasa Thakura says that Balarama and the son of Maharaja Nanda have advented Themselves as Gaura-Nitai. To propagate this fundamental principle, we are establishing a Krsna-Balarama temple to broadcast to the world that worship of Gaura-Nitai is the same as worship of Krsna-Balarama. Continue reading »

Mar 282015
 

dhruvamaharajaGiriraj Swami read and spoke from Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.3.10.

“When one gets Krishna consciousness, or spiritual consciousness, one is fully satisfied and doesn’t want anything else. In the beginning most people come with material desires. Because they don’t know about Krishna and love for Krishna, they have selfish desires for material gratification or for release from material bondage. But as they learn about and practice bhakti-yoga—with great force, without mixing it with other processesthey become akama, free from any selfish desire, and desire only Krishna and Krishna’s satisfaction. And that brings them the highest satisfaction and bliss.”

Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.3.10

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