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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Mar 232015
 

RadhaNilamadhava3.22Giriraj Swami read and spoke from Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.12 during the Sunday festival in Houston.

“We should know in perfect consciousness that human life is bestowed upon the conditioned soul to achieve spiritual success, and the easiest possible procedure to attain this end is to chant the holy name of the Lord. In the previous verse, we have discussed this point to a certain extent, and we may further be enlightened on the different types of offenses committed unto the feet of the holy name. Srila Jiva Gosvami Prabhu has quoted many passages from authentic scriptures and has ably supported the statements in the matter of offenses at the feet of the holy name.” — SB 2.1.12 purport

Giriraj Swami: In the previous purport Srila Prabhupada discussed all the ten offenses, but here he is going to discuss further. The holy name is a person—it is Krishna—and so it has feet and feelings. The holy name is actually hurt—Krishna actually feels pain—when we commit these offenses. So, we should be very conscious that we are dealing with a person—the Supreme Person.

Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.1.12

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Mar 222015
 

03.22.15_DallasRtadhvaja Swami and Giriraj Swami spoke at a home program.

“Srila Prabhupada’s motto was, ‘Everything for Krishna; nothing for me.’ So, that is perfection, and we should work towards that. If within our house we have the motto ‘Everything for Krishna; nothing for me (meaning nothing independent of Krishna),’ and in this body if we dedicate everything for Krishna and nothing for me, at the time of death we will think of Krishna and go to Krishna and get a spiritual body, which is suitable for serving Him.”

—Giriraj Swami

Rtadhvaja Swami
Giriraj Swami

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Mar 192015
 

03.17.15_BV_ManorGiriraj Swami read and spoke from Srimad-Bhagavatam  9.14.1-3.

“Srila Rupa Gosvami’s Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu, or The Nectar of Devotion, lists six characteristics of pure devotional service. One is klesaghni — it brings relief from material distress; and another is subhada — it bestows auspiciousness. These two characteristics come at the stage of sadhana-bhakti. Two more come at the stage of bhava-bhakti, and two more at prema-bhakti, but these two come at the stage of sadhana-bhakti. There are several elements to auspiciousness, and one is happiness. It is not the same happiness that comes at bhava-bhakti, but there is happiness in Krishna consciousness from the very beginning. We feel it. Yet because of conditioning or materialistic association we may be lured by the false promise of reducing our distress or increasing our happiness by the standard material formulas, which don’t work.”

Srimad-Bhagavatam  9.14.1-3

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Mar 172015
 

03.15.15_LeicesterGiriraj Swami read and spoke from Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.3.17.

“The  devotees in Hong Kong had arranged a Rolls-Royce to pick up Srila Prabhupada at the airport. One of the reporters at the press conference asked him, ‘You are supposed to be a spiritual person, why are you riding in a Rolls-Royce car?’ Srila Prabhupada replied, ‘As spiritual master, I am the representative of God. In the kingdom of God everything is made of spiritual gems. Actually, they should have received me in a vehicle made from spiritual gems. Even if they had received me in a solid gold Rolls-Royce, it would not have been good enough. But because this is all they could offer, I had to accept it.’ And then Srila Prabhupada said to me, ‘What else can you say to such envious people?’ But there is truth to what Srila Prabhupada said—there is always truth to everything he said.”

Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.3.17, Leicester, England

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Mar 172015
 

03.15.15_02.BVManor 03.15.15_01.BVManor———————-
Giriraj Swami read and spoke from Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Antya-lila, Chapter 8.

isvara-puri gosañi kare sripada-sevana
svahaste karena mala-mutradi marjana

Translation: Isvara Puri, the spiritual master of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, performed service to Madhavendra Puri, cleaning up his stool and urine with his own hand.

Cc Antya 8.28

Giriraj Swami: You can see the contrast — Ramachandra Puri was so proud that he thought he could instruct his spiritual master, and Isvara Puri was so humble that he was willing to clean up his stool and urine. So, one who is very proud is actually fallen, and one who is humble is actually exalted.

Caitanya-caritamrta, Antya 8, Bhaktivedanta Manor, England

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Mar 152015
 

03.14.15_BVManorGiriraj Swami presented a seminar entitled “Secrets of Success—and Failure—in Devotional Service,” based on Srila Rupa Gosvami’s Upadesamrta, translated into English, with elaborate purports, by Srila Prabhupada as The Nectar of Instruction.

“Mercy means the Lord can give mercy or not give as He pleases. But our business as devotees is to make ourselves fit candidates to receive the Lord’s mercy. One of the main qualifications is to be eager for the His mercy. Being eager requires us to be humble and realize we cannot be successful without the Lord’s mercy. Whatever sadhana we perform can only be successful with the Lord’s mercy. So, feeling completely helpless and dependent on the Lord, we can beg for His mercy, pray for His mercy, and chant in the mood to receive His mercy.”

Secrets of Success – Part 1, Bhaktivedanta Manor, England
Secrets of Success – Part 2, Bhaktivedanta Manor, England 

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Mar 142015
 

03.13.15_SohoGiriraj Swami read and spoke from Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.4.18.

“Though a person be even the most sinful man, he can at once be purified by systematic contact with a pure Vaisnava. A Vaisnava, therefore, can accept a bona fide disciple from any part of the world without any consideration of caste and creed and promote him by regulative principles to the status of a pure Vaisnava, who is transcendental to brahminical culture. The system of caste, or varnasrama-dharma, is no longer regular even amongst the so-called followers of the system. Nor is it now possible to reestablish the institutional function in the present context of social, political and economic revolution. Without any reference to the particular custom of a country, one can be accepted to the Vaisnava cult spiritually, and there is no hindrance in the transcendental process. So by the order of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, the cult of Srimad-Bhagavatam or the Bhagavad-gita can be preached all over the world, reclaiming all persons willing to accept the transcendental cult. Such cultural propaganda by the devotees will certainly be accepted by all persons who are reasonable and inquisitive, without any particular bias for the custom of the country. The Vaisnava never accepts another Vaisnava on the basis of birthright, just as he never thinks of the Deity of the Lord in a temple as an idol.”

SB 2.4.18 purport

SB 2.4.18, Soho, London

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