Damodar das

Jun 192017
 

06.17.17_05.Initiations_CarpGiriraj Swami read and spoke from Sri Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila 19.151 and Adi-lila chapter 8.

“It is said in the sastra (Cc. Antya 7.11), krsna-sakti vina nahe tara pravartana: one cannot distribute the holy names of the Hare Krsna maha-mantra unless he is empowered by the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Therefore one should not criticize or blaspheme a devotee who is thus engaged.” —Cc Adi 8.24

Giriraj Swami: “If we criticize or blaspheme more advanced, or more empowered, devotees, the result will be more damaging, but actually we should not do it with any devotee. Every devotee in ISKCON is directly or indirectly engaged in propagating the holy name of the Lord; we should not blaspheme any of them. If one has the responsibility of a teacher—or even a friend—one may have to correct one’s student or friend, but that should not be done with envy or malice, to hurt the person or to build oneself up by pushing another down, but out of a genuine desire to help them.”

Bhakta Jarred, now based in Denver, became Jivan-mukta dasa, and Shilpa Gupta, from Dallas, became Sri-gopika dasi.

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Initiation Talk
Vows and Name Giving

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Jun 112017
 

Screen-Shot-2017-06-09-at-11.30.36-AM“We may forget God, but He never forgets us. He makes arrangements to rescue us. We do not ask to be rescued. In previous ages people used to seek out a spiritual master. They realized their humble situation in this world, and as soon as their intelligence awakened they would seek out a guru:

tad viddhi pranipatena
pariprasnena sevaya
upadeksyanti te jnanam
jnaninas tattva-darsinah

‘Just try to learn the truth by approaching a spiritual master. Inquire from him submissively and render service unto him. The self-realized souls can impart knowledge unto you because they have seen the truth.’ (Bhagavad-gita 4.34)

“Nowadays no one looks for a guru, so the guru has to look for you. One disciple prayed to her guru, ‘It took you so long to find me—please don’t kick me away.’ Since we left the kingdom of God, we’ve been traveling through universe after universe, in various species of life, body after body, mixed up in this whole phantasmagoria of this material world—but the Lord never forgets us.” —Indradyumna Swami

Indradyumna Swami, Initiation Talk
Giriraj Swami, Initiation Talk and Name Giving

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Jun 052017
 

06.04.17_01.Laguna_Beach“At Panihati, Raghunatha dasa went to everyone there. He bowed down to them. He took dust from their feet with genuine feelings of humility and gratitude and reverence. And he offered prayers to everyone. Seeing that this came from his heart, Lord Nityananda said that because you have served the devotees — his service was so humble — because you have served them so nicely and pleased them so much in their hearts, Lord Chaitanya Himself came to this festival. And soon you will attain freedom from all entanglements of this world. You will become one of the most intimate associates of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, under the guidance of Svarupa Damodara Gosvami.” — Radhanath Swami

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Giriraj Swami, Panihati
Radhanath Swami, Panihati
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Jun 012017
 

05.27.17_01.LA“So your present engagement is very nice; neither I think that you can be better educated in the universities. Practically we find that in your country there are so many big universities, and the government arranges for educating the entire population, but still hippies are coming out of the institutions. It is understood that in some of the big universities the entire student body has become hippies. Of course, the hippy philosophy is nice in the sense that they have become disgusted with the materialistic way of life. Therefore they want to renounce the stereotyped way of life. Unfortunately, they have no good leader, neither they have information that there is another beautiful life in Krishna consciousness.” — Srila Prabhupada letter to Giriraj Swami

Giriraj Swami: “So, that is where Srila Prabhupada came in. As he observed, ‘The hippies know what is wrong, but they don’t know what is right.’ He was the leader that we needed, and he showed us what was wrong and what was right—the beautiful life in Krishna consciousness.”

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Prabhupada Festival, Los Angeles (Right click to download)

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Nrsimha-caturdasi, May 9, Carpinteria, California

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May 122017
 

05.09.17_01.Nrsimha_Chaturdasi_Carp“When we come into the material world and want to compete with Krishna, the first thing we need is another identity — not ‘servant of Krishna’. That is the false ego. And then the mind acts as the agent of the false ego. That is why the mind is so difficult to control — because it is the false ego’s agent to make sure we don’t surrender to Krishna. So we really need mercy. And we need association — the association of each other.”

Prahlada Maharaja prays, “I offer my respectful obeisances unto Lord Nrsimhadeva, the source of all power. O my Lord who possess nails and teeth just like thunderbolts, kindly vanquish our demonlike desires for fruitive activity in this material world. Please appear in our hearts and drive away our ignorance so that by Your mercy we may become fearless in the struggle for existence in this material world. . . . By associating with persons for whom the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Mukunda, is the all in all, one can hear of His powerful activities and soon come to understand them. The activities of Mukunda are so potent that simply by hearing of them one immediately associates with the Lord. For a person who constantly and very eagerly hears narrations of the Lord’s powerful activities, the Absolute Truth, the Personality of Godhead in the form of sound vibrations, enters within his heart and cleanses it of all contamination.” (Srimad-Bhagavatam 5.18.8, 11)

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Nrsimha-caturdasi talk
Nrsimha-caturdasi prayers

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From the Archives: Nrsimha-caturdasi, May 13 2014, Dallas

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May 082017
 

Nrsimha_catGiriraj Swami read and spoke from Srimad-Bhagavatam 5.18.9 during the morning program.

“The mercy of Lord Nrsimhadeva is manifest in different ways: There are internal demons and external demons, and He is fully competent and inclined to vanquish both. As preachers we face both internal and external demons, and being sincere in our service we are quite distressed by the internal demons—not just because they disturb our consciousness in our own bhajana, or worship, but because they also interfere with our ability to help others. So we take shelter of Krishna consciousness. Prahlada is actually praying that people think of Krishna, for the power of thinking of Krishna is immeasurable. As stated in the last paragraph of the purport, ‘If the Krishna consciousness movement spreads all over the world, and if by the grace of Krishna 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 Krishna consciousness, no one is envious of anyone else; everyone thinks of the welfare of others.’ (SB 5.18.9 purport)”

Nrsimha-caturdasi Kirtan
Nrsimha-caturdasi Talk

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CHASING RHINOS WITH THE SWAMI HAS ARRIVED!

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May 052017
 

BOOK-CoverFINALwebjpgVolume One of Shyamasundar’s long-awaited memoir is now available. This is a most intimate, detailed, and exciting account of Bhaktivedanta Swami’s amazing adventures in the dawn of the Hare Krishna movement. Volume One describes the Swami’s halcyon days in San Francisco and London, 1967–1970, and describes the real story of Lord Jagannath’s advent in the Western world, meeting the Beatles and, with them, broadcasting the Mahamantra around the globe. These, and a hundred more never-heard-before stories, along with 128 rare photos, will transport you into those magic days: Chasing “rhinos” with the Swami.

“There have been other memoirs involving His Divine Grace, to be sure, but the attention to detail and visceral manifestation of time and place found in Shyamasundar’s book is something new. It has never before been accomplished in quite this way. His street savvy, intelligence, common sense, and love for Prabhupada all come through with a tangible freshness, allowing readers entrance into the narrative in a very real way. . . . A must-read for all students of philosophy, the ’60s counterculture, cosmic consciousness, Eastern thought, and life itself.”
—Steven J. Rosen (Satyaraja Dasa), author of 30 books on Eastern spirituality

With its fast pace and novelistic style, Volume One of Chasing Rhinos With The Swami has become a runaway best-seller for all audiences and, with only a limited number of books remaining in this first edition, NOW is the time to enjoy this book while it’s still available from the <chasingrhinos.com> website.

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“This book is masterfully written and is truly unique—a must-read for devotees, their families, and friends.”
—Radhanath Swami

“I just received a copy of Chasing Rhinos with the Swami Volume 1, and I am ecstatic. Just looking at the photos, and glancing at the text, filled me with such great joy that I couldn’t contain myself and had to write you immediately. Thank you for taking up this tremendous service!”
—Giriraj Swami

Arca-vigraha’s Disappearance Celebration, May 2, Mumbai

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May 022017
 

Arca-vigraha_in_VrindavanToday I had a wonderful Skype call with the devotees in Mumbai in celebration of Mother Arca-vigraha’s disappearance day. My godbrother Narottamananda Prabhu’s talk was especially enlivening and enlightening. How sublime that we all could gather to remember and appreciate and glorify a great Vaishnavi.

Hare Krishna.

Yours in service,
Giriraj Swami

Arca-vigraha’s Disappearance Celebration

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Giriraj Swami Radio Now Has Over 400 Lectures to Hear

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Apr 132017
 

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