Damodar das

Sep 142014
 

09.05.14_GoogleThe following is adapted from Google’s invitation to the talk:

People usually try to avoid death—both the topic and the event. And why should we contemplate death and dying—how can we profit? As a friend of our speaker said shortly before his death, “When you get this close to death, you see that it is not what you thought. All our life we fear it, but when you are this close you see that it is not the end; it is a portal to opportunities beckoning us, beyond which we are able to see our true existence and nature—that we are all actually entities that don’t pass away. It is not something negative or destructive; it is the opposite of that—hugely life affirming. Life is for learning lessons, and death is our best instructor to teach us the most important of lessons, because it reveals the essence and purpose of our life and throws a light on our real spiritual nature.”

In this talk, Giriraj Swami, author of Life’s Final Exam, will present experiences of people who left their bodies in a heightened state of consciousness, so that we can use their valuable insights to make the best out of the rest of our lives.

Bio:

Giriraj Swami is an author, spiritual leader, and founder of the Bhaktivedanta Hospice and the Vrindavan Institute of Palliative Care in India, whose mission is to provide patients the best possible physical, emotional, and spiritual care. He currently resides in Carpinteria, California, and lectures throughout the world on Vedic philosophy and practice.

Sep 112014
 

07.09.14_04.ISVGiriraj Swami and Vaisesika Dasa spoke and accepted disciples during the ceremony.

“The spiritual master goes from place to place speaking about Krishna and in that way captures the soul. Then the person who becomes inspired by that spiritual master captures him by asking for initiation. So they capture each other in different ways. In this way they enter into a sacred relationship that is meant to connect to the adi-guru, the original spiritual master, who is Krishna. Srila Prabhupada would give the example of copper wire. No matter how far down the line you are, if the wire is connected, you will get electricity.”

—Vaisesika Dasa

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Initiation Talk by Vaisesika dasa
Initiation Talk and Name-giving by Giriraj Swami

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Sep 092014
 

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Giriraj Swami read and spoke from Bhagavad-gita 8.5.

“Where does the atma [soul] go when it leaves the body? That is something that we all should consider, because we don’t know how long we will be in this body—100 years, 100 days, 100 hours, 100 minutes, 100 seconds—we don’t know how long we have. Sooner or later we must leave this body. And the duration of our life within this body is much less than the duration of our life after we leave the body, because we are eternal and will continue to live, forever, after leaving this body. So that is a question we have to ask: ‘Where do we go after we leave this body?’ And here Krishna explains that according to our thoughts at the time of death, we attain to our next position.”

Bhagavad-gita 8.5

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Sep 022014
 

23Giriraj Swami read and spoke from Sri Caitanya-caritamrita, Adi-lila, Chapter 4.

“Krishna is saying here that He left the gopis to increase their love for Him. But the gopis did not accept His statement, because the gopis’ love for for Krishna is without limit. There is no question of Krishna’s increasing their love or eagerness, because it is already at the highest stage—and it is naturally always increasing. But it may be true in the case of other devotees. For example, if  someone is in the stage of asakti and wants to come to the stage of bhava but he is not quite able, Krishna may give him darsana—as Krishna gave darsana to Narada Muni—and then disappear. Then the devotee will be the mood of intense separation, always crying and lamenting that ‘I had Krishna and I lost Him—Krishna is not coming back.’ Feeling completely heartbroken, free from all lust and pride and full of humility, the devotee can cry for Krishna. With such longing in separation the devotee who is in asakti can come to bhava.”

Radhastami 1993, Auckland NZ

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Aug 262014
 

SP_VP_LA_GRS_in_Prabhupada's_roomDevotees met in Srila Prabhupada’s quarters in the evening for an intimate sharing of Srila Prabhupada memories.

“My parents invited a family friend who was a psychologist. She came in my room and began to inquire, ‘Tell me, Glenn, did you feel that your parents didn’t love you?’ ‘Which parents?’ I asked. ‘I have passed so many lifetimes, and in every lifetime I have had different parents.’ It went on like this for some time, and she left the room. Then I overheard her speaking with my parents. ‘I am sorry, I but I don’t think there is anything I can do.’ Then I realized that she had come to ‘cure’ me. When I related this incident to Srila Prabhupada here, he responded, ‘Yes, you have been permanently infected; you can never be cured.’ ”

Sril Prabhupada Vyasa-puja Evening

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Aug 232014
 

SP_AbhisekLAse“Srila Prabhupada said that even if the disciple cannot follow all the regulations strictly, simply by the spiritual master glancing favorably on him, the disciple can make spiritual advancement. The best offering we can give to Srila Prabhupada and the predecessor authorities is that we actually become advanced in Krishna consciousness, and become empowered to do the impossible—because to spread Krishna consciousness around the world is virtually materially impossible for people with our backgrounds. But by the unlimited mercy of such a close associate of Krishna as Srila Prabhupada, it becomes very possible.”

—Banabhatta dasa

The following Devotees shared their heartfelt remembrances and realizations during Srila Prabhupada’s Vyasa-puja (birthday) celebrations.

  1. Naikatma dasa
  2. Balai dasi
  3. Drutakarma dasa
  4. Kriyashakti dasi
  5. Satyanarayana dasa
  6. Devadahiti dasi
  7. Mriganatha dasa
  8. Jagajannani dasi
  9. Bhargava dasa
  10. Mukunda Datta dasa
  11. Banabhatta dasa
  12. Gopal Ananda dasa
  13. Punyattama dasa
  14. Narahari dasa
  15. Bhojadeva dasa
  16. Arcita dasa

Vyasa-puja Homages

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Aug 212014
 


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Giriraj Swami read and spoke from Srimad-Bhagvatam 10.2.31 for the morning class on Srila Prabhupada’s Vyasa-puja day.

“In Srila Prabhupada’s initiation letter to me he wrote, ‘I marked it in your person when I was in Boston, and I prayed to Krishna that this good soul may be aware of the importance of Krishna consciousness.’

“The pure devotee prays to Krishna to give mercy to the fortunate conditioned soul. And because Krishna is bhakta-vatsala—affectionate and favorably inclined to His devotees—He fulfills their desires. Within the heart He encourages the candidate—the object of the devotee’s mercy—to appreciate the value of Krishna consciousness and accept the process of devotional service.”

Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.2.31

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Aug 202014
 

Srila-Prabhupada-With-Giriraj-Maharaj-After Srila Prabhupada left us on November 14, 1977, I came across a section in Srimad-Bhagavatam—Canto 4, Chapter 28—in which he explicitly discusses the disappearance of the spiritual master and how the disciple is to serve him—even in separation. The following paragraph summarizes the essence of his instructions:

“The disciple and spiritual master are never separated, because the spiritual master always keeps company with the disciple as long as the disciple follows strictly the instructions of the spiritual master. This is called the association of vani (words). Physical presence is called vapuh. As long as the spiritual master is physically present, the disciple should serve the physical body of the spiritual master, and when the spiritual master is no longer physically existing, the disciple should serve the instructions of the spiritual master.” (Srimad-Bhagavatam 4.28.47, purport)

This instruction—“As long as the spiritual master is physically present, the disciple should serve the physical body of the spiritual master, and when the spiritual master is no longer physically existing, the disciple should serve the instructions of the spiritual master”—seems simple enough, but like almost all of Srila Prabhupada’s instructions, to follow it properly requires deep faith, surrender, and realization.

For example, we may want to render personal service to the spiritual master, but we may also be afraid—that we might disappoint him, that we might fail, that he might chastise us, even that he might reject us or banish us. Thus disciples may shy away from direct, personal service. We must have faith that whatever the spiritual master does will be beneficial for us, purifying and edifying for us, whether or not it is pleasing to our mind and senses. Continue reading »

Aug 192014
 

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“That is the specific reason why Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, appears. Any incarnation of Vishnu could kill the demons, deliver the devotees, and re-establish the principles of dharma, but only Krishna can show us the beautiful life that awaits us if we join Him in intimate love in Vrindavan. Therefore Srimad-Bhagavatam (10.33.36) says:

anugrahaya bhaktanam
manusam deham asthitah
bhajate tadrsih krida
yah srutva tat-paro bhavet

‘Krishna manifests His eternal humanlike form and performs His pastimes to show mercy to the devotees. Having heard such pastimes, one should engage in service to Him.’ ”

 

Janmastami Evening Talk

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Aug 102014
 
Madhudvisa prabhu

Madhudvisa Dasa

“My father was always very loving to all of us. He was always our well-wisher. Whatever we did, he was there to support us. Whenever we came he would want to have a kirtan. It didn’t matter if it was just for five minutes. He would just do it real quick. It didn’t matter what was going on in our lives. Even if we were broken down on the side of the road, he would say, ‘Let’s have a kirtan. It’s alright, let’s have a kirtan right now.’ I think I will hold that the strongest in my heart—because of him I will never stop chanting.”

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Badrinarayana Swami
Svavasa dasa
Kurma das
Amala Bhakta das
Bhakti Charu Swami
Siddhanta das
Hridayananda Das Goswami
Yasonandana das
Abhay Charan das
Nikilananda das
Chay Gosai das
Ramai Swami
Madhudvisa das
Kriyashakti dasi
Sukla dasi
Malati dasi
Drutakarma das
Divyadristi dasi
Naikatma das
Ksudhi das
Tamal Krishna Goswami
Giriraj Swami

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