Damodar das

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
 

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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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Mar 122015
 

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Prahaladananda Swami, Bhakti Charu Swami, Radhanath Swami, and Giriraj Swami participated in the questions and answers session.

“Getting things done is important. But the spirit and the unity of the community is what will give substance to what you get done. We can build a temple, but people are not going to be Krishna conscious beyond a certain level just due to the temple. They are going to be Krishna conscious by the quality of the association they get when they come to the temple. In one purport Srila Prabhupada writes that the purpose of developing all these temples is to give people the opportunity to associate with devotees. And the quality of their association with devotees is what is going to be important. In Mayapur, with the Temple of Vedic Planetarium, there are going to be millions of people coming from all over the world to see the temple and experience the atmosphere of Mayapur. But what is really going to open their hearts to receive the mercy of Srila Prabhupada and Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is the quality of the association of devotees they get when they come.”

— Radhanath Swami

GBC Leadership College, Q and A, Govardhan Eco-Village, Wada

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Mar 102015
 

03.09.15_EcoVillage_WadaGiriraj Swami read and spoke from Srimad-Bhagavatam 4.16.4.

“Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura says that if one speaks about others while influenced by devotional impediments such as envy, pride, hatred, or the desire for position, one commits an offense at the feet of Bhakti-devi. So, for the sake of the institution we may have to point out the defects of even another member of the institution, but those who do so being influenced by these impediments are offenders at the feet of Bhakti-devi. Now, this warning should make us introspective: ‘Am I doing this out of envy, pride, hatred, or the desire for distincion?’ We may not be sure. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu has stated that the weeds may closely resemble the devotional creeper and that it may not be easy to distinguish between the two. So what do we do in such a situation? One course is to consult an expert gardener who can distinguish between weeds and creepers.”

SB 4.16.4, Govardhan Eco-Village, Wada, Maharashtra

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