Damodar das

Apr 222014
 

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“Low self-esteem means that you consider yourself insignificant—that you have no value. Humility means that you consider yourself an insignificant servant of Krishna and that you have no value independent of Him. Generally, people with low self-esteem think about themselves a lot—how bad they are. In the eleventh canto of Srimad-Bhagavatam there is a discussion of false ego in the modes of goodness, passion, and ignorance. To think how bad you are is also false ego; you are absorbed in yourself. Humility means that you realize that you are insignificant but that you have a relationship with Krishna and Krishna’s devotees and that by their mercy you can practice and preach Krishna consciousness; you can do things that have real value to yourself and to the world. Humility does not mean thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.”

Skype call with Iranian devotees

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Apr 182014
 

03.2014-02-12Giriraj Swami read and spoke from Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.6.

“Loving devotional service to Krishna is not a part-time job. It is continuous. Srila Prabhupada said that the closest thing in the material world to love for Krishna is a mother’s love for her child. It is not a part-time job; it is 24/7. Loving devotional service to Krishna is apratihata—uninterrupted, unbroken. It is continuous. And in that awakened condition of love one does not want to do anything but serve Krishna with love, to make Him happy. And by making Krishna happy, one feels happiness and satisfaction.”

Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.6, Dallas

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Apr 182014
 

Giriraj Swami leading kirtan during the procession.

Giriraj Swami spoke at the festival site after the Ratha-yatra procession.

“Then I realized that Srila Prabhupada was my my guru, and I bowed down and surrendered to him. Ever since then I have been trying to serve him. If I could perfectly follow all the instructions he gave me at that very first meeting, I would be perfect in Krishna consciousness. Everything was there in the very first meeting. Since then I have wanted to bring people to meet Srila Prabhupada, and he is still available through his teachings, through his instructions, through his books, through his society, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, and through his sincere followers.”

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Ratha-yatra Address, Dallas, 2014

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Apr 152014
 

1654404_10152249448784929_1845577006_nGiriraj Swami read and spoke from Sri Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila 1.46–81.

“At the Ratha-yatra, Lord Chaitanya recited the following verse:

seita parana-natha painu
yaha lagi’ madana-dahane jhuri genu

‘I have gotten that Lord of My life, for whom I was burning in the fire of lusty desires.’ (Cc Madhya 1.55)

“All the scriptures proclaim that the gopis’ love for Krishna is completely pure and spotless, free from any material taint ofselfish desire. So, when Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in the mood of the gopis says that he is burning in the fire of lusty desires, He really means that He is burning in the fire of separation—separation from pleasing Krishna. The gopis know that Krishna is pleased by their service more than anyone else’s. And because their only ambition is to see Krishna happy, they want to serve Him, not for their own happiness, but to give Krishna the highest transcendental pleasure. But they express their desire in terms of lust, or selfish desires—also to please Krishna.” —Giriraj Swami

Ratha-yatra Morning, Dallas, 2014

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Apr 142014
 

1613948_10152122339734615_2682282199734336055_nGiriraj Swami read and spoke from Bhagavad-gita 3.37.

“Somehow we have come from Krishna into material contact, and our pure love has become lust. But if we go back to Krishna, that lust can be returned to its original state of pure love. We can go back to Krishna by coming in touch with Him even here, by coming in contact with His holy names, forms, qualities, and service—service to Krishna is also Krishna. If we immerse ourselves in these activities, that lust, which is not our real nature, can be purified and returned to its original state of pure love for Krishna.”

Bg 3.37 Dallas

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Apr 132014
 

1559260_10152122338719615_3260227624458222997_o“The Lord, Sri Krishna, says,

daivi hy esa guna-mayi
mama maya duratyaya
mam eva ye prapadyante
mayam etam taranti te

‘This divine energy of Mine, consisting of the three modes of material nature, is difficult to overcome. But those who have surrendered unto Me can easily cross beyond it.’  (Bg 7.14)

“One who surrenders to Krishna can easily overcome Maya—not directly, but by Krishna’s mercy. We do not have the strength to fight Maya independently. Maya is a very powerful energy of Krishna’s. When we surrender to Krishna He will arrange for our release from the clutches of Maya. So, Ravana is lust personified. He could be killed only by the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Ravana had ten heads, and as soon as one head was cut off another head would grow. In our own practice of Krishna consciousness, we can recognize this phenomenon. Material desires come one after another. And lust does not mean only sexual desire but any desire to enjoy independent of Krishna, any desire to enjoy anything in forgetfulness of Krishna which will take us further away from Krishna.” —Giriraj Swami

Rama-navami Morning Talk

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Apr 102014
 

sita-rama-forest-2It is stated that in Satya-yuga demons and devotees lived on different planets; in Treta-yuga demons and devotees lived on the same planet but in different families—like Dasarstha and Janaka on the one hand and Ravana on the other; in Dvarapa-yuga devotees and demons appeared in the same family—like the Kauravas and the Pandavas; and in Kali-yuga the divine and demonic propensities reside in the same person. Unfortunately, we almost all have that experience. We have love in our hearts, Krishna in our hearts, but unfortunately, we also have Ravana—that lusty, greedy, angry entity. So the question is: Are we going to follow Rama, or are we going to follow Ravana? The idea is that we can use even anger in the service of the Lord. We should use the anger in our heart and say, ‘I am not going to take this misbehavior anymore. I am not going to chase after this or that, do this or do that. I am not going to tolerate it.’ In this way we can make progress.

Rama-navami Evening Kirtan
Rama-navami Evening Talk

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Apr 082014
 

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Giriraj Swami read and spoke from Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.3.21 during the Sunday program in Houston.

“The common man who is puffed up with his material position and does not bow down before the Deity of the Lord in the temple, or who defies temple worship without any knowledge of the science, must know that his so-called turban or crown will only succeed in further drowning him in the water of the ocean of material existence. A drowning man with a heavy weight on his head is sure to go down more swiftly than those who have no heavy weight. A foolish, puffed-up man defies the science of God and says that God has no meaning for him, but when he is in the grip of God’s law and is caught by some disease like cerebral thrombosis, that godless man sinks into the ocean of nescience by the weight of his material acquisition. Advancement of material science without God consciousness is a heavy load on the head of human society, and so one must take heed of this great warning.” (SB 2.3.21 purport)

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Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.3.21

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Apr 072014
 

bvt-grayscaleRtadhvaja Swami and Giriraj Swami read and spoke from Kabe Habe Bolo by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura.

“This is the aspiration of the devotee who is making advancement—to relish the ecstasy of the holy name. Not as a selfish desire, but as a sign that Krishna and the acharyas are pleased, that they have granted him admittance into the nectarean realm of pure chanting. Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura mentions specifically, ‘after grasping the feet of a saint who constantly relishes the flavor (rasa) of devotion.’ ‘Grasping the feet’ can be taken literally, but ‘grasping the feet’ can also mean holding tightly to the instructions and following them.” —Giriraj Swami

Rtadhvaja Swami and Giriraj Swami on Kabe Habe Bolo

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Apr 022014
 

SP_airport“We were all at the departure gate, and Srila Prabhupada went down the ramp to board the airplane. All the devotees were crying. I asked Arundati dasi, ‘Why are all the devotees crying?’ She replied, ‘Because Srila Prabhupada is leaving.’ Then I had a doubt: maybe this is the one thing about Krishna consciousness that is not perfect—the spiritual master has to leave. But she told me that Srila Prabhupada had said that on the absolute platform, meeting and separation are the same—both are occasions of ecstasy. That struck me as a perfect answer, but I wasn’t sure how practical it was. Then one day we were chanting in front of the Copley Square subway station, and  I suddenly felt Srila Prabhupada’s presence. It felt like he was really there. I became emotional, and I realized it was true—on the absolute platform, there was no difference between meeting and separation.”

Seeking and Serving the Pure Devotee, Sunday Program, Dallas

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