Damodar das

Jul 272016
 

07.26.16, Kishori Youth Ministry performance in Carpinteria from Derek Carter on Vimeo.

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Giriraj Swami spoke to the touring devotees about his first meeting with Srila Prabhupada and his early days in the Hare Krishna movement.

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Meeting With the Kishori Youth Ministry

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Jul 062016
 

07.04.16_01.SBGiriraj Swami read from Sri Caitanya-bhagavata on the auspicious occasion of Gundica-marjana, Sri Gadadhara Pandita’s disappearance day, and Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura’s disappearance day—and the twentieth anniversary of Giridhari Priya dasa’s worship of his Gaura-Nitai Deities, shown here on his altar.

“After taking darshan of Lord Jagannatha with great bliss, Lord Nityananda went to see Gadadhara Pandita at the Tota-gopintha temple. Gadadhara and Nityananda loved each other deeply. There, seeing the three-fold bending form of Gopinatha, Lord Nityananda cried incessant tears of joy. Hearing of Nitai’s arrival, Gadadhara Pandita stopped reciting Srimad-Bhagavatam and immediately ran to greet the Lord.” (Sri Caitanya-bhagavata, Antya 6)

“This is another feature of Gadadhara Pandita—he was very learned and he loved to recite Srimad-Bhagavatam. Lord Caitanya would hear him recite Srimad-Bhagavatam, and He heard the pastimes of Dhruva Maharaja and Prahlada Maharaja hundreds of times.” —Giriraj Swami

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Kirtan led by Sarvatma dasa
Ye Anilo Prema-dana led by Sarvama dasa
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Nrsimha Prayers led by Giriraj Swami

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Jun 292016
 

prabhupada-associationDuring a Skype conversation with devotees in Mumbai, Giriraj Swami read and spoke from Srimad-Bhagavatam 4.30.35:

Translation: Whenever pure topics of the transcendental world are discussed, the members of the audience forget all kinds of material hankerings, at least for the time being. Not only that, but they are no longer envious of one another, nor do they suffer from anxiety or fear.

Purport: Vaikuntha means “without anxiety,” and the material world means full of anxiety. As stated by Prahlada Maharaja, sada samudvigna-dhiyam asad-grahat: the living entities who have accepted this material world as a residence are full of anxiety. A place immediately becomes Vaikuntha whenever the holy topics of the Personality of Godhead are discussed by pure devotees. This is the process of sravanam kirtanam visnoh, chanting and hearing about the Supreme Lord, Visnu. As the Supreme Lord Himself confirms:

naham tisthami vaikunthe
yoginam hrdayesu va
tatra tisthami narada
yatra gayanti mad-bhaktah

“My dear Narada, actually I do not reside in My abode, Vaikuntha, nor do I reside within the hearts of the yogis, but I reside in that place where My pure devotees chant My holy name and discuss My form, pastimes and qualities.” Because of the presence of the Lord in the form of the transcendental vibration, the Vaikuntha atmosphere is evoked. This atmosphere is without fear and anxiety. One living entity does not fear another. [SB 4.30.35]

Srimad-Bhagavatam 4.30.35

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Srila Tamal Krishna Goswami’s Appearance Day, June 23, Carpinteria, California

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Jun 242016
 

06.23.16_04.TKG_App_Carp“Sometimes we would discuss something together and at times he was clearly right, but other times I would feel that I saw something that he didn’t see—and he would not agree. But I had faith in him because it happened again and again that in the morning he would chant and reflect on whatever the issue was and if it really was a point where he should have come around, he did come around. Although he was such a powerful and forceful person, he was controlled, even invisibly, by Krishna and Srila Prabhupada.

—Giriraj Swami

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Devotees’ Appreciations
Giriraj Swami’s Appreciation

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Living Happily and Achieving Liberation through Performance of Sankirtana, June 6, McClean, Virginia

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Jun 172016
 

harinam-sankirtan3Giriraj Swami read and spoke from Bhagavad-gita 3.10 at a home program.

“In the Age of Kali, the sankirtana-yajna (the chanting of the names of God) is recommended by the Vedic scriptures, and this transcendental system was introduced by Lord Caitanya for the deliverance of all men in this age. Sankirtana-yajna and Krsna consciousness go well together. Lord Krsna in His devotional form (as Lord Caitanya) is mentioned in the Srimad-Bhagavatam (11.5.32) as follows, with special reference to the sankirtana-yajna:

krsna-varnam tvisakrsnam
sangopangastra-parsadam
yajñaih sankirtana-prayair
yajanti hi su-medhasah

‘In this Age of Kali, people who are endowed with sufficient intelligence will worship the Lord, who is accompanied by His associates, by performance of sankirtana-yajna.’ Other yajnas prescribed in the Vedic literatures are not easy to perform in this Age of Kali, but the sankirtana-yajna is easy and sublime for all purposes.” (Bg 3.10 purport)

Bhagavad-gita 3.10, McClean, Virginia

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Delivering the World From Envy by Spreading Krishna Consciousness, June 5, Baltimore, Maryland

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Jun 122016
 

prahladaGiriraj Swami read and spoke from Srimad-Bhagavatam 5.18.9.

” ‘If the Krsna consciousness movement spreads all over the world, and if by the grace of Krsna everyone accepts it, the thinking of envious people will change. Everyone will think of the welfare of others. Therefore Prahlada Maharaja prays, sivam mitho dhiya. In material activities, everyone is envious of others, but in Krsna consciousness, no one is envious of anyone else; everyone thinks of the welfare of others. Therefore Prahlada Maharaja prays that everyone’s mind may become gentle by being fixed at the lotus feet of Krsna (bhajatad adhoksaje). As indicated elsewhere in Srimad-Bhagavatam (sa vai manah krsna-padaravindayoh) and as advised by Lord Krsna in Bhagavad-gita (18.65), man-mana bhava mad-bhaktah, one should constantly think of the lotus feet of Lord Krsna. Then one’s mind will certainly be cleansed (ceto-darpana-marjanam).’ (SB 5.18.9 purport)

“Krishna consciousness means always thinking of Krishna. By always thinking of Krishna, ceto-darpana-marjanam—our consciousness will be purified, we will become happy, and we will think of the welfare of others. That is why we have temples. That is why we are undertaking building a new temple here—to give people a chance to come and think of Krishna and become happy and peaceful and bring peace to the world. That is the only motive. Devotees are so selfless. It takes a lot of effort to get architectural drawings made, get permits from the government, organize the materials and contractors, and raise funds. It requires great endeavor. But that is the merciful nature of Vaishnavas—they want to do good for others by spreading Krishna consciousness.”

Srimad-Bhagavatam 5.18.9, Baltimore

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Utilizing the Human Form of Life to Realize Our Lost Relationship with Krishna, June 5, Potomac, Maryland

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Jun 082016
 

Krishna-Welcomes-Gopa-KumarGiriraj Swami read and spoke from Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.3.17.

” ‘A living being, especially the human being, is seeking happiness because happiness is the natural situation of the living entity. But he is vainly seeking happiness in the material atmosphere. A living being is constitutionally a spiritual spark of the complete whole, and his happiness can be perfectly perceived in spiritual activities. The Lord is the complete spirit whole, and His name, form, quality, pastimes, entourage, and personality are all identical with Him. Once a person comes into contact with any one of the above-mentioned energies of the Lord through the proper channel of devotional service, the door to perfection is immediately opened.’ (SB 2.3.17 purport)

“God, or Krishna, is perfect and complete. And when we are established in our relationship with Him, we feel completeness. Without our eternal relationship with Krishna we feel incomplete, and so we try to overcome the feeling of incompleteness with so many things—’If I get this record, I will feel complete. If I get this job, I will feel complete. If I get this spouse, I will feel complete. If I have a child, I will feel complete’—whatever it may be. But we never feel complete with those things, because we are complete only in relationship with the Supreme Complete Whole, Krishna.”

Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.3.17, Potomac

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The Path of Deity Worship, June 4, Bethesda, Maryland

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Jun 062016
 

2016-Jun-4-HomeProgramGiriraj Swami read and spoke from Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.3.22.

“Only attention engaged in the service of the Lord, especially in dressing and decorating the temple, accompanied by musical kirtana and spiritual instructions from scriptures, can save the common man from the hellish cinema attractions and rubbish sex-songs broadcast everywhere by radios. If one is unable to maintain a temple at home, he should go to another’s temple where all the above performances are regularly executed. Visiting the temple of a devotee and looking at the profusely decorated forms of the Lord well dressed in a well-decorated, sanctified temple naturally infuse the mundane mind with spiritual inspiration.” (SB 2.3.22 purport)

Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.3.22, Bethesda

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How to Live and Die Gloriously, June 4, Institute for Applied Spiritual Technology (IFAST), Silver Spring, Maryland

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Jun 062016
 

2016-Jun-4-IFASTGiriraj Swami read and spoke from Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Antya-lila, Chapter 8.

“Regarding the offense “to not have complete faith in the chanting of the holy names and to maintain material attachments, even after understanding so many instructions on this matter,” I once asked Ravindra Svarupa Prabhu what the connection was. He explained that we hold onto material attachments because we don’t have complete faith in the holy name—we don’t have faith that the holy name will give us everything we need. We  don’t have faith that our need and desire to love and be loved will be satisfied by Krishna, so we hold on to some attachment. Or economically, we don’t know if Krishna will take care of us so we keep working hard and accumulating more and more money at the cost of our spiritual life—because we don’t have complete faith. Yes, we should take precautions, but we should realize that what will really stay with us is our relationship with Krishna and His associates, and we should not not invest too much in what we will leave behind, at the cost of what is permanent.”

How to Live and Die Gloriously, IFAST

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