Damodar das

Apr 292018
 

“Prahlada Maharaja said that even saintly persons are pleased when a snake or a scorpion is killed. The significance of this statement is that Nrsimhadeva had killed the demon Hiranyakasipu, but he was still angry. He was still in a ferocious mood because he thought that people may criticize or find fault with him that he had killed the father of this five-year-old boy and now the boy had no father. So, in order to pacify the Lord, Prahlada uttered this verse: even a saintly person is happy when a snake or a scorpion is killed. He is telling Lord Nrsimhadeva not to worry, that no one will be displeased with him for this action, because Hiranyakasipu was like a snake or a scorpion biting and stinging people for no reason, and even saintly persons are pleased when such a person is killed. Then Lord Nrsimhadeva was pacified.”

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Nrsimha-caturdasi (Right click to download)

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Arca-vigraha Dasi’s Disappearance Celebration, April 21, Mumbai

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Apr 232018
 

From Carpinteria, Giriraj Swami spoke to devotees in Juhu, via Skype.

“One amazing experience Mother Arca-vigraha had was that when she was absorbed in Krishna katha she would be relived from the excruciating pain from her cancer.

“We have so many exalted devotees in this movement. Mother Arca-vigraha was certainly one of them. So, these occasions are good for us because we get to remember them. But we shouldn’t wait until devotees leave their bodies to appreciate and glorify them. We should do it whenever we get the opportunity, as a regular practice.”

Arca-vigraha’s Disappearance Celebration, Mumbai (Right-click to download)

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Initiation, April 15, San Diego

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Apr 222018
 

During a blissful ceremony in the San Diego temple, Giriraj Swami spoke on Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.15.25 and performed the initiations of Bhakta Will Southall, who received the name Vaishnava dasa; Bhaktin Usha Madan, who received the name Urjesvari dasi; and Bhaktin Farida Sharafutdinova, who received the name Saraswati dasi.

 

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Kirtan (Right-click to download)
Initiation talk and name-giving (Right-click to download)

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Gadadhara Pandita’s Appearance Day, April 15, San Diego

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Apr 202018
 

“In the Gaura-ganoddesa-dipika (147-53) it is stated, ‘Sri Krsna’s pleasure potency, formerly known as Vrndavanesvari, is now personified in the form of Sri Gadadhara Pandita in the pastimes of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Sri Svarupa Damodara Gosvami has pointed out that in the shape of Laksmi, the pleasure potency of Krsna, she was formerly very dear to the Lord as Syamasundara-vallabha. The same Syamasundara-vallabha is now present in Lord Caitanya’s pastimes as Gadadhara Pandita. Formerly, as Lalita-sakhi, she was always devoted to Srimati Radharani. Thus Gadadhara Pandita is simultaneously an incarnation of Srimati Radharani and Lalita-sakhi.’ In the twelfth chapter of this part of the Caitanya-caritamrta there is a description of the descendants or disciplic succession of Gadadhara Pandita.” (Cc Adi-lila 10.15 purport)

COMMENT by Giriraj Swami

“Gadadhara Pandita in Krishna-lila was Srimati Radharani, but because Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu had adopted the mood of Srimati Radharani, Gadadhara Pandita did not exhibit Radharani ‘s mood but he took the role of supporting Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in his attitude as Srimati Radharani.”

Jaya Radha-Madhava (Right-click to download)
Gadadhara Pandita’s Appearance Talk (Right-click to download-

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Guaranteed Eternal Life, April 14, Encinitas, San Diego

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Apr 172018
 

Giriraj Swami read and spoke from Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.3.17.

“The appeal of our eternal life with Krishna is like the carrot. We see it before us, and we accelerate our spiritual endeavors. But we also get little whips from the stick of old age and disease. Srila Prabhupada says that a devotee’s old age or disease in the present life is an impetus to his progressing in Krishna consciousness and achieving his eternal life with Krishna. In any case we are going to be subjected to old age and disease—janma-mrtyu-jara-vyadhi duhkha-dosanudarsanam (Gita 13.9)—but for a devotee they are not impediments but are impetuses to progress further in Krishna consciousness. In fact, whatever a devotee experiences should serve an impetus to progress further in spiritual values.”

Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.3.17 (Right-click to download)

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Sri Rama-navami, March 25, Santa Barbara, California

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Mar 272018
 

Giriraj Swami read and spoke from Sri Brhad-bhagavatamrta (2.4.250-274).

“Gopa-kumara said, ‘Hanuman then quickly made me leave that place and enter the inner precincts of the city, where I saw the most amazing sight — the Supreme Lord in His form as the best of human beings. He sat comfortably on a royal throne in the best of palaces, a palace full in all charming attractions. Happy and marked with all the signs of a great personage, He seemed somewhat like Lord Narayana.’ (Text 255-256) Commentary by Srila Sanatana Gosvami: ‘Lord Ramacandra’s face beamed with satisfaction, and His body showed all the marks of a perfect person that are set forth in scripture, such as an expansive chest, a neck like a bull’s, and mighty arms as broad as the trunk of a sala tree. His youthfulness, His ornaments, and the exquisite shape of His limbs made Him look much like the Lord of Vaikuntha.’ (256) ‘But certain especially attractive features distinguished Him from that Lord.’ (Text 257)”

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First kirtan by Sarvatma dasa (Right-click to download)
Kirtan by Isvara Puri dasa (Right-click to download)
Second kirtan by Sarvatma dasa (Right-click to download)
Talk by Giriraj Swami (Right-click to download)
Nrsimha Prayers by Giriraj Swami (right-click to download)

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Maha Gaura-purnima Festival, March 10, Laguna Beach, California

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Mar 122018
 

“If someone has sraddha, faith, they can give you faith. That means they can make you a devotee, because devotional service begins with faith—adau sraddha [Brs 1.4.15, Cc Madhya 23.14]. So, the conclusion is that we should treasure and serve every devotee. Each and every devotee is special. That is Lord Caitanya’s instruction: Always chant the holy names and serve the devotees. So if we serve the devotees and always chant the holy name, our pathway back to Godhead is cleared. Not only can we go back to Godhead, but we can take many others with us. That is the basic principle of the Panca-tattva—to taste Krishna consciousness and give it to others.”—Giriraj Swami

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Vaisesika Dasa – Talk and Kirtan (Right click to download)
Giriraj Swami’s Kirtan (Right click to download)
Giriraj Swami’s Talk (Right click to download)

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Sri Gaura-purnima, March 1, Ventura, California

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Mar 032018
 

Giriraj Swami read and spoke on Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Madhya-lila 15.103-107 at the home of Krishna Kirtan das and Kandarpa Manjari dasi.

“Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu says that if one chants the holy name even once he is considered a Vaishnava and the best of human beings; he is worshipable and worthy of service. But Srila Prabhupada clarifies that that chanting of one name should be done with faith. He makes the point that even if one is a neophyte, if one has faith that the holy name of Krishna is Krishna Himself, he is a pure devotee and by his association others can become devotees. He is considered a pure devotee based on his faith that the holy name of Krishna and Krishna Himself are identical. He may be new and not very knowledgeable in scripture—which is what distinguishes a neophyte from an advanced devotee—but because he has that faith and chants the holy name of Krishna without offense, he is considered a pure devotee. And by chanting just one name of Krishna without offense he becomes free from all sinful reactions. So, faith is a most important factor in Krishna consciousness.

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Gaura-purnima Kirtan (Right click to download)
Gaura-purnima Talk (Right click to download)

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Constant Chanting — The Doubtless and Fearless Way to Success for All, February 9, Moorpark, California

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Feb 122018
 

Giriraj Swami read and spoke from Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.1.11, on the occasion of Abhay Charan’s birthday.

“In this verse, Sri Sukadeva Gosvami recommends the transcendental chanting of the holy name of the Lord. By offenseless chanting and hearing of the holy name of the Lord, one becomes acquainted with the transcendental form of the Lord, and then with the attributes of the Lord, and then with the transcendental nature of His pastimes, etc. Here it is mentioned that one should constantly chant the holy name of the Lord after hearing it from authorities. This means that hearing from the authorities is the first essential. Hearing of the holy name gradually promotes one to the stage of hearing about His form, His attributes, His pastimes, and so on, and thus the necessity of the chanting of His glories develops successively. This process is recommended not only for the successful execution of devotional service, but also even for those who are materially attached. According to Sri Sukadeva Gosvami, this way of attaining success is an established fact, concluded not only by him but also by all other previous acaryas.” —Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.1.11 purport

Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.1.11 (Right click to download)

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