Damodar das

Nov 042019
 

“The Lord created this material world to enable the conditioned souls to learn how to perform yajnas (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 yajna, the conditioned souls gradually become Krsna conscious and become godly in all respects. In the Age of Kali, the sankirtan-yajna (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. Sankirtan-yajna and Krsna consciousness go well together.” —Bhagavad-gita 3.10 purport

Bhagavad-gita 3.10 (Right click to download)

Nov 032019
 

Giriraj Swami read and spoke on Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.5.12.

“As members of ISKCON we all under the authority of Srila Prabhupada. And we can serve Srila Prabhupada according to our individuality. But by definition, devotional service must be anukula—favorable—and for our service to be favorable, we have to know what our master wants. We can’t properly offer the master something he doesn’t want under the plea that that is my individuality, because that is a false conception of individuality. So, the first thing is that Srila Prabhupada is the master and we need to know what the master wants. As long as we give him something that he wants, we are all right. We are not all going to offer the same thing, but what we offer will be within the range of what the master wants.”

Unity in Variety (Right click to download)

Oct 302019
 

Giriraj Swami read and spoke on Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.7.32.

“Children play with an umbrella generally known as a frog’s umbrella, and Lord Krishna, when He was only seven years old, could snatch the great hill known as the Govardhana Parvata at Vrndavana and hold it for seven days continuously with one hand, just to protect the animals and the inhabitants of Vrndavana from the wrath of Indra, the heavenly king, who had been denied sacrificial offerings by the inhabitants of Vrajabhumi.” —Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.7.32 purport

Govardhana-puja, Evening Program (Right click to download)

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Oct 302019
 

Giriraj Swami read and spoke from Sri Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila chapter 14

hantayam adrir abala hari-dasa-varyo
yad rama-krishna-carana-sparasa-pramodah
manam tanoti saha-go-ganayos tayor yat
paniya-suyavasa-kandara-kanda-mulaih

Translation
“[Lord Caitanya said:] ‘Of all the devotees, this Govardhana Hill is the best! O my friends, this hill supplies Krishna and Balarama, as well as Their calves, cows and cowherd friends, with all kinds of necessities — water for drinking, very soft grass, caves, fruits, flowers and vegetables. In this way the hill offers respect to the Lord. Being touched by the lotus feet of Krishna and Balarama, Govardhana Hill appears very jubilant.’”—CC Antya 14.86

Govardhana-puja Morning Class (Right click to download)

Oct 292019
 

Giriraj Swami read and spoke on Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.9.18-19.

“Krishna is served by hundreds and thousands of goddesses of fortune. Nonetheless, He steals butter like one who is poverty-stricken. Yamaraja, the controller of all living entities, fears the order of Krishna, yet Krishna is afraid of His mother’s stick. These contradictions cannot be understood by one who is not a devotee, but a devotee can understand how powerful is unalloyed devotional service to Krishna; it is so powerful that Krishna can be controlled by an unalloyed devotee. This bhrtya-vasyata does not mean that He is under the control of the servant; rather, He is under the control of the servant’s pure love.” —Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.9.19 purport.

Dipavali Evening Houston (Right click to download)