Mar 022015
 

03.02.15_VdvnOn Srila Madhavendra Puri’s disappearance day, Giriraj Swami read and spoke from Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Antya-lila, chapter 8.

ayi dina-dayardra natha he
mathura-natha kadavalokyase
hrdayam tvad-aloka-kataram
dayita bhramyati kim karomy aham

Translation: “O My Lord! O most merciful master! O master of Mathura! When shall I see You again? Because of My not seeing You, My agitated heart has become unsteady. O most beloved one, what shall I do now?”

ei sloke krsna-prema kare upadesa
krsnera virahe bhaktera bhava-visesa

Translation: In this verse Madhavendra Puri teaches how to achieve ecstatic love for Krsna. By feeling separation from Krsna, one becomes spiritually situated.

Cc Antya 8.34–35

Giriraj Swami: This is a very important principle. Srila Krsnadasa Kaviraja Gosvami says it here, and Srila Prabhupada has said it on numerous occasions, that to develop love for Krishna one should develop feelings of separation from Him.

Madhavendra Puri’s Disappearance Day, Vrindavan

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Feb 232015
 
Acarya Srinivasa dasa

Acarya Srinivasa dasa

Ananda Gopika dasi

Ananda Gopika dasi

Arjuna Sakha dasa

Arjuna Sakha dasa

Candramukhi dasi

Candramukhi dasi

Gokulesvari dasi

Gokulesvari dasi

Govinda-mohini dasi

Govinda-mohini dasi

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First Initiation

Mauritius
Rajeev Envadoo – Arjuna Sakha dasa
Amita Putoo – Ananda Gopika dasi
Gaitree Seemungtoo – Gokulesvari dasi
Meera Lokonoparano – Mukhara dasi
Sunitha Caussey – Malini dasi

Durban
Amit Ramjee – Acarya Srinivasa dasa
Carmin Ramjee – Govinda-mohini dasi
Chandrika Kassie – Candramukhi dasi
Reshina Sheodass – Rasika dasi

Vrindavan
Suhas Rawale – Subala dasa

Second Initiation

Durban
Sudama dasa

Mauritius
Arjuna Sakha dasa (Rajeev)
Vaisnava dasa
Gokulesvari dasi (Gaitree)
Kamala dasi
Lalita Sakhi dasi
Sundari dasi

Feb 232015
 

02.23.15_05.Initiations_Vdvn“Ultimately Krishna wants to hear some love within our chanting. He wants to hear our heart. He is not really interested to hear some material mumbling. Krishna wants to hear the call of our heart. Therefore the definition of this last offense is that somebody who is chanting without priti—without paying attention, without giving importance to chanting, without understanding that this is the most important thing he can do—he is adhama, the lowest of mankind. And if you give importance to chanting, it is not difficult to chant all the time. If something is really important to you, you will do it all the time without any trouble. If the child is important to the mother, she will take care of it twenty-four hours a day. It is not that she will just take care for one and a half hours, looking at her watch, and then think, ‘That is it—now the rest of the day is mine to enjoy.’ The point is not sixteen rounds; the point is to give importance to this process. The point is to put your heart into this process. Then the offenses will not be there. Unless we really put our heart into this process and do it in the proper mood, our chanting will be offensive and will not bring satisfaction, and then we will have to look for satisfaction somewhere else.”

—Bhakti Vijnana Goswami Maharaja

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Bhakti Vijnana Goswami
Giriraj Swami
Initiation Ceremony

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Feb 222015
 

02.22.15_vdvnLaxmimoni dasi: Because we have times when we are strong and times when we we are weak, we should make arrangements in our lives so that we are protected against our tendencies to become weak.

Giriraj Swami: Very practical. Once, Jayadvaita Swami and I were staying in the temple president’s office in Spain at night, and before going to sleep, Maharaja told me that I should wake him up at 4 o’clock the next morning. Then he added, “And if I don’t get up, you should nudge me. And if I still don’t get up, you should pour water in my face. And whatever I say in the morning, don’t listen to that, but listen to what I am telling you now.” This is an example of putting yourself in a situation that helps you to overcome your weaknesses.

Discusion in Srila Prabhupada’s House, Vrindavan

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Feb 202015
 

02.18.15_09.TKG_Dis_VdvnGiriraj Swami: The palace at Govardhana was owned by the Maharaja of Chhatarpur, and after discussing, Tamal Krishna Goswami and I decided to try to get the property. Tamal Krishna Goswami suggested that I go and see the king with a local lawyer. We didn’t know what to expect, but we went to Chhatarpur, to Khajuraho, and the king was there at his palace. He was a little older—in his seventies. So, we brought up that we would like to acquire the palace at Govardhana. He was aware of ISKCON—he had been to the Krishna-Balaram temple and had been very impressed with the temple’s management. So he was quite confident that we would do a good job with the palace.

Kesava Bharati Dasa Goswami: He also fell in love with Giriraj Maharaja (laughter).

Giriraj Swami: So, in Srila Prabhupada’s style, I asked him to donate the property to us. He said, “You know, if you had approached me a few years ago, I would have done it. But times are not good for kings these days (laughter), and I am just not in a position to give it to you.” I asked how much he wanted, and he named a figure that was a fraction of what he could have gotten for it. It seemed within our budget, and I didn’t want to argue with him too much, so I agreed. The lawyer, who was perhaps more practical or experienced than me, whispered in my ear that I should have the king show me his deity and then in front of the deity have him repeat his offer, so he wouldn’t go back on it.

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Kesava Bharati Dasa Goswami
Vrindavan-viharini dasi
Nanda Kumar dasa
Giriraj Swami

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Feb 192015
 

02.18.15_TKG_Disap_PuspanjaliMy dear Srila Gurudeva, Tamal Krishna Goswami,

Please accept my prostrated obeisances in the dust of your lotus feet. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Thank you for the wonderful day today, spent at your samadhi at your palace at Govardhana. Thank you for the association of close godbrothers, united in love for you and Srila Prabhupada, and for the association of your fortunate disciples, who are fixed in devotion at your lotus feet. May we always be associated in loving service to Srila Prabhupada and Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. I love you.

Your eternal servant,
Giriraj Swami

Feb 182015
 

02.18.15_VdvnGiriraj Swami read and spoke from Srimad-Bhagavatam 4.24.30 on Siva-ratri day in Vrindavan.

“Why did Lord Rama worship Lord Siva? Srila Prabhupada gives the answer that Krishna likes to worship and serve His devotees. Krishna drove the chariot of Arjuna — it doesn’t mean that Arjuna is supreme; rather, it means that Krishna likes to serve His devotees. Krishna worshiped the feet of Sudama Brahmana — it doesn’t mean that Sudama Brhamana is supreme; rather, it means that Krishna likes to serve His devotees. So if even the Supreme Lord Himself is eager to serve and worship His devotees, then why should not one devotee be eager to serve and worship another? This is really the mood of Gaudiya Vaishnavism, of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu — gopi-bhartur pada-kamalayor dasa-dasa-dasanudasah: ‘I am not a brahmana, I am not a kshatriya, I am not a vaisya, or a sudra. Nor am I a brahmacari, a householder, a vanaprastha, or a sannyasi. I identify myself only as the servant of the servant of the servant of the lotus feet of Lord Sri Krishna, the maintainer of the gopis of Vrindavan.’ That is our actual identity.”

02.18.15, SB 4.24.30, Siva-ratri, Vrindavan

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Feb 162015
 

02.12.15_03.Mukara_GangaGiriraj Swami accompanied Mukhara-devi’s husband, Gopal Acharya dasa; her son, Sakhi Sharan dasa; and her daughter-in-law, Sveta Manjari dasi, to the Yamuna, where Sakhi Sharan immersed her ashes in the river. During the program Sveta Manjari sang Vasanti-rasa by Srila Narottama dasa Thakura, Sri Rupa Manjari Pada, also by Narottama dasa Thakura, and Mama Mana Mandire by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura. Giriraj Swami sang the song of separation, Ye Anilo Prema-dhana, by Narottama dasa Thakura, and all four shared remembrances and realizations about Mukhara-devi dasi.

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Vasanti-rasa, Sveta Manjari dasi
Sri Rupa Manjari Pada, Sveta Manjari dasi
Mama Mana Mandire, Sveta Manjari dasi
Ye Anilo Prema-dhana, Giriraj Swami
Kirtan, Giriraj Swami
Talk by Sakhi Sharan dasa
Talk by Gopal Acharya dasa
Talk by Sveta Manjari dasi
Talk by Giriraj Swami

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Feb 122015
 

GRS_BCSOn his arrival in Vrindavan, Giriraj Swami met with devotees and shared an account of his time in Kolkata and Mayapur.

“In Mayapur, Yadubara Prabhu showed the trailer for his feature documentary film about Srila Prabhupada, entitled Acharya. It will run about ninety minutes. The trailer was very moving and impressive. So I spoke with Yadubara Prabhu for a while, and then it came time for the puspanjali and arati for Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura. The Panca-Tattva made many arrangements.”

Arrival Talk in Vrindavan

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Feb 102015
 
Gaura Govinda Swami and Giriraj Swami in Mauritius 1995

Gour Govinda Swami and Giriraj Swami in Mauritius, 1995

The celebrations started at Srila Gour Govinda Swami Maharaja’s samadhi and then continued in the Mayapur Community Hall.

“Srila Gour Govinda Maharaja told me there were three things that were causing him distress: ‘One is that I want to preach to the preachers—when I see devotees falling down and going away it gives me great pain in my heart. The second is that I want to show that everything is in Srila Prabhupada’s books—and those people who say that Srila Prabhupada gave only the ABCs, I want to make them mum.’ He was so strong about that. And the third thing he said is that ‘Everything is in ISKCON, and people do not have to go outside for so-called “higher teachings.” ‘ ”

—Madhavananda dasa

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Je Anilo Prema-Dhana by Niranjana Swami
Talk by Niranjana Swami
Talk by Giriraj Swami
Talk by Guru Prasada Swami
Talk by Madhavananda dasa

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