Damodar das

May 192019

titiksavah karunikah
suhrdah sarva-dehinam
ajata-satravah santah
sadhavah sadhu-bhusanah

Translation: The symptoms of a sadhu are that he is tolerant, merciful, and friendly to all living entities. He has no enemies, he is peaceful, he abides by the scriptures, and all his characteristics are sublime.  —Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.25.21

“Srila Prabhupada related this verse to his own situation in Juhu—trying to preach, establish his mission and build a temple there. He said that a sadhu has no enemies (ajata-satravah). The sadhu does not create enemies, but people become enemies out of their own character. ‘We are simple teaching,’ he said, ‘ “My dear human being, my dear friend, you become a surrendered soul to Krishna.” So, what is our fault? We do not create any enemy, but they become enemy, out of their own nature. Because we are spreading Krishna consciousness, the envious, who are more dangerous than snakes, are putting so many impediments. But we have to tolerate (titiksavah) and be merciful (karunikah). Be peaceful (santah). What can be done? Depend on Krishna.’

“Fortunately for us, these characteristics of a Vaishnava were fully exemplified in Srila Prabhupada—as in Prahlada Maharaja—and thus by studying his character we can know what a Vaishnava is and follow in his footsteps.”

Nrsimha prayers (Right-click to download)
Nrsima-caturdasi talk (Right-click to download)

May 052019


Initiation Ceremony by HH Giriraj Swami

Posted by ISKCON Durban on Saturday, May 4, 2019

On Sri Gadadhara Pandita’s appearance day, via Skype, Giriraj Swami officially connected seven disciples with Srila Prabhupada and the parampara: Anil Basdew became Ananda Krishna dasa, Clive Jugathpal became Krishna Kishore dasa, Leeann Govindsamy became Lila Manjari dasi, Mayawatee Sewjathan became Madhumati dasi, Pranesa Sewpershad became Pradhana Gopika dasi, Reena Sewpershad became Radhika Kishori dasi, and Sheena Basdew became Shobha Radha dasi. Please bless them and support them in their efforts in Krishna consciousness.

Sri Rama-navami, April 13, Houston

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Apr 172019

Giriraj Swami read and spoke on Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.7.23-25.

“Ravana wanted to steal the property of the Lord and enjoy it for himself. We, in our own ways, may have that same inclination—to be the proprietors, the enjoyers, and the controllers. The materialistic mind and false ego put us in competition with the Supreme Lord. And it is a great process to become free from the sense of false proprietorship.”

Rama-navami talk (Right-click to download)

The Criteria for Spiritual Success, April 12, Bhakti Urban Farm, Houston

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Apr 162019

“Jatayu was really no match for Ravana. But still, out of duty and love, he fought Ravana and was defeated. Later, when Lord Ramachandra was traveling through the forest looking for Sita, He came upon Jatayu, who explained exactly what he had seen. Lord Ramachandra was so pleased with Jatayu that He embraced him and told him He loved him like His own father. Jatayu died in the Lord’s arms, and Lord then performed the funeral ceremony for him just like a dutiful son. Srila Prabhupada used this story to illustrate the point that if we give our lives to the service of the Lord, even if the opposing elements are too powerful for us to be victorious externally, the Lord will be pleased and we will be successful.”

Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.7.23 (Right-click to download)

Sunday Festival Talk, April 7, Dallas

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Apr 092019

Giriraj Swami read and spoke from Bhagavad-gita 3.10.

“After reading, discussing, and considering, the conclusion is that we should engage in sankirtana-yajna. That will enable us to live happily in this life and to go back home, back to Godhead at the end of this life. We should all chant as much as possible—Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare/ Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare. Srila Prabhupada said that anyone can chant. ‘Even a child can take part in the chanting and dancing.’ ”

Sunday Festival Talk (Right click to download)

Living Happily in This Life and the Next, April 3, Darshan Room, Dallas

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Apr 082019

Giriraj Swami read and spoke from Bhagavad-gita 3.10.

“The Lord created this material world to enable the conditioned souls to learn how to perform yajñas (sacrifices) for the satisfaction of Visnu, so that while in the material world they can live very comfortably without anxiety, and after finishing the present material body they can enter into the kingdom of God. That is the whole program for the conditioned soul. By performance of yajña, the conditioned souls gradually become Krsna conscious and become godly in all respects. In the Age of Kali, the sankirtana-yajña (the chanting of the names of God) is recommended by the Vedic scriptures, and this transcendental system was introduced by Lord Caitanya for the deliverance of all men in this age. Sankirtana-yajña and Krsna consciousness go well together.” (Gita 3.10 purport)

Darshan Room Discussion (Right-click to download)