Damodar das

Oct 052017
 

“It is important that devotees take care of each other. Like other people, devotees have different aspects to their lives—physical, emotional, social, and spiritual. So we want to support each other in all these ways. Of course, with devotees, everything is for Krishna. We help each other in all respects to better serve guru and Krishna. That is really our goal: gopi-bhartu pada-kamalayor dasa-dasanudasa—we want to be the servant of the servant of Krishna, the maintainer of the gopi damsels of Vrindavan. In our conditioned life, each of us wants to be the center—that is material life. But in spiritual life, Krishna is the center. We have to work on keeping Krishna in the center and ourselves as the servants, the servants of the servants of Krishna.”

Mitrotsava talk

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Sep 282017
 

“Srila Prabhupada wrote to one disciple, ‘You cannot survive without my mercy, and I cannot survive without your mercy. It is reciprocal. This mutual dependance is based on love—Krishna consciousness.'”

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Devotees’ appreciations (right-click, save as to download)

1.Balaram Chandra das
2. Sarvatma das
3. Yudhisthira das
4. Radha Priya dasi
5. Sri Murti dasi
6. Balarama das
7. Krsangi dasi
8. Gaudacandra das
9. Sri Vallabha das
10. Rajani Priya dasi
11. Siddhi-lalasa dasi
12. Varsabhanavi dasi
13. Syamananda das
14. Apsara Kund
15. Abhay Charan
16. Purusottama Ksetra das
17. Revati dasi
18. Bhakta Rob
19. Vrajesvari dasi
20. Shyam Gopal das
21. Gandharvika Haulkhory
22. Tulsi Manjari dasi
23. Parvata Muni das
24. Sita dasi
25. Giridhari Priya das
26. Lavanga Manjari dasi
27. Aditi dasi
28. Visnupriya dasi
29. Hari Bhakta das
30. Adilakshmi Nanduri
31. Shyama Chandra das
32. Bhaktin Vivian
33. Radhika Bhuckory

Kirtan by Giriraj Swami
Vyasa-puja Address by Giriraj Swami

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Sep 242017
 

IMG_0877Giriraj Swami read and spoke from Srimad Bhagavatam 3.15.25.

“When one is free from all ten of these offenses in chanting the holy name of God, he develops the ecstatic bodily features called pulakasru. Pulaka means “symptoms of happiness,” and asru means “tears in the eyes.” The symptoms of happiness and tears in the eyes must appear in a person who has chanted the holy name offenselessly. Here in this verse it is stated that those who have actually developed the symptoms of happiness and tears in the eyes by chanting the glories of the Lord are eligible to enter the kingdom of God. In the Caitanya-caritamrta it is said that if one does not develop these symptoms while chanting Hare Krsna, it is to be understood that he is still offensive. Caitanya-caritamrta suggests a nice remedy in this connection. There it is said in verse 31, Chapter Eight, of Adi-lila, that if anyone takes shelter of Lord Caitanya and just chants the holy name of the Lord, Hare Krsna, he becomes freed from all offenses.” SB 3.15.25 purport.

Vyasa-puja, London

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Giriraj Swami’s Vyasa-puja, September 16, Dallas, via Skype

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Sep 192017
 

10-01-16_grs_vp_10_dallasGiriraj Swami read and spoke from Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.5.12.

“Everyone should be friendly for the service of the Lord. Everyone should praise another’s service to the Lord and not be proud of his own service. This is the way of Vaisnava thinking, Vaikuntha thinking. There may be rivalries and apparent competition between servants in performing service, but in the Vaikuntha planets the service of another servant is appreciated, not condemned. This is Vaikuntha competition. There is no question of enmity between servants. Everyone should be allowed to render service to the Lord to the best of his ability, and everyone should appreciate the service of others. Such are the activities of Vaikuntha. Since everyone is a servant, everyone is on the same platform and is allowed to serve the Lord according to his ability.” —SB 7.5.12 purport.

“Srila Prabhupada said he wanted us to act on the platform of madhyama-bhakta. The madhyama-bhakta has four different ways of dealing with four different categories of people. The Bhagavatam (11.2.46) says, prema-maitri-krpopeksa. Prema — he should give his love to the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Maitri — he should make friends with devotees. Krpa — he should give mercy to innocent people. And upeksa — he should neglect the envious. These are the distinguishing characteristics of the madhyama-bhakta. Many devotees are more like kanisthas than madhayamas, so  how do we help them become madhyamas? It seems clear from the verse that if we work on developing love for the Supreme Lord and His representative, the spiritual master, making friends with devotees, showing mercy to the innocent, and neglecting the envious, then we can develop that intermediate standing in devotional service.”

Vyasa-puja talk via Skype, Dallas
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Giriraj Swami’s Vyasa-puja, September 13, Pakistan, via Skype

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Sep 162017
 

1“The Padma Purana and our acharyas, especially Jiva Gosvami, have explained that there are ten offenses in the chanting of the holy names. And, to get the proper benefit, one should chant without offense. One of the ten offenses is pramada, which means ‘inattention’ or ‘carelessness’. Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura  says that if we avoid the offense of inattention — in other words, if we chant with attention by pronouncing and hearing every syllable — chanting with attention will destroy all the other offenses. And Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura says if we don’t try to hear the holy name but allow our minds to wander here and there, then inattentive chanting will allow the other offenses to flourish.”
Vyasa-puja, Pakistan

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Giriraj Swami’s Vyasa-puja, August 26, Durban, via Skype

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Aug 272017
 

GRS_VP_2017_DurbanGiriraj Swami read and spoke from Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.15.25.

“We have read about different symptoms, pulakasru—symptoms of happiness, like tears in the eyes—that come from offenseless chanting. If we don’t experience such symptoms it is to be understood that we are committing offenses while chanting. What to do? Srila Prabhupada says at the end of the purport:

” ‘Caitanya-caritamrta suggests a nice remedy in this connection. There it is said in verse 31, Chapter Eight, of Adi-lila, that if anyone takes shelter of Lord Caitanya and just chants the holy name of the Lord, Hare Krsna, he becomes freed from all offenses.’

“Caitanya-caritamrta, Adi-lila 8.31, states, ‘But if one only chants, with some slight faith, the holy names of Lord Caitanya and Nityananda, very quickly he is cleansed of all offenses. Thus as soon as he chants the Hare Krsna maha-mantra, he feels the ecstasy of love for God.

“Purport: ‘Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura remarks in this connection that if one takes shelter of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Nityananda, follows Their instructions to become more tolerant than the tree and humbler than the grass, and in this way chants the holy name of the Lord, very soon he achieves the platform of transcendental loving service to the Lord, and tears appear in his eyes. There are offenses to be considered in chanting the Hare Krsnmaha-mantra, but there are no such considerations in chanting the names of Gaura-Nityananda. Therefore, if one chants the Hare Krsnmaha-mantra but his life is still full of sinful activities, it will be very difficult for him to achieve the platform of loving service to the Lord. But if in spite of being an offender one chants the holy names of Gaura-Nityananda, he is very quickly freed from the reactions to his offenses. Therefore, one should first approach Lord Caitanya and Nityananda, or worship Guru-Gauranga, and then come to the stage of worshiping Radha-Krsna.’ “

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