Damodar das

Sep 202018
 

Giriraj Swami read and spoke from Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.7.17 on the occasion of Vamana-dvadasi.

“In the beginning stage we sort of surrender but then we go back on our surrender. As Bhurijana Prabhu said, ‘They surrender, but then they take it back.’ This is common in Kali-yuga, because the atmosphere is so polluted and so surcharged with nescience that it is easy to be affected. The illusory energy will wear away one’s determination to surrender to Krishna. It is hard to withstand the assaults of Maya. Devotees who work in the material world, especially if they have to work in the association of nondevotees, face a constant barrage from the material nature. It is hard to maintain one’s determination. We can do so only if we have very strong spiritual association, with pure devotees, and strong spiritual practices to counteract the pernicious influence of materialistic people within a materialistic culture that is constantly bombarding us with messages that we should act independently, enjoy our senses to the hilt, and progress materially at all costs.

“We know that there are different stages in devotional service, and we should assess where we are. We should evaluate ourselves at every moment: Are we surrendering more to Krishna or to Maya—to the unsteady mind?”

Appearance Day of  Vamanadeva and Jiva Goswami (Right click to download)

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Sep 182018
 


Giriraj Swami read and spoke from Bhagavad-gita 9.13.

“One can become free from the control of material nature as soon as he surrenders his soul to the Supreme Personality of Godhead. That is the preliminary formula. Being marginal potency, as soon as the living entity is freed from the control of material nature, he is put under the guidance of the spiritual nature. The guidance of the spiritual nature is called daivi prakrti, divine nature. So when one is promoted in that way — by surrendering to the Supreme Personality of Godhead — one attains to the stage of great soul, mahatma. — Bhagavad-gita 9.13 purport.

Comment by Giriraj Swami: “This daivi prakrti is Srimati Radharani. We can become mahatmas by taking shelter of Radharani (daivi prakrti) — not directly, but by taking shelter of a mahatma who has taken shelter of a mahatma who has taken shelter of a mahatma — ultimately to a mahatama who has taken direct shelter of Srimati Radharani.”

Bhagavad-gita 9.13, Radhastami (Right click to download)

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Sep 132018
 

Bada Hari das led a beautiful kirtan and Giriraj Swami read and discussed from Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.1.11

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Sep 132018
 

Giriraj Swami read and spoke from Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.51.23-26

“As he gazed at the Lord, King Mucukunda saw that He was dark blue like a cloud, had four arms, and wore a yellow silk garment. On His chest He bore the Srivatsa mark and on His neck the brilliantly glowing Kaustubha gem. Adorned with a Vaijayanti garland, the Lord displayed His handsome, peaceful face, which attracts the eyes of all mankind with its shark-shaped earrings and affectionately smiling glance. The beauty of His youthful form was unexcelled, and He moved with the nobility of an angry lion. The highly intelligent King was overwhelmed by the Lord’s effulgence, which showed Him to be invincible. Expressing his uncertainty, Mucukunda hesitantly questioned Lord Krsna as follows.” — Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.51.23-26

Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.51.23-26 (Right click to download)

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Sep 122018
 

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Giriraj Swami read and spoke from Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.1.11:

“O King, constant chanting of the holy name of the Lord after the ways of the great authorities is the doubtless and fearless way of success for all, including those who are free from all material desires, those who are desirous of all material enjoyment, and also those who are self-satisfied by dint of transcendental knowledge.”

Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.1.11

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Sep 102018
 

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“These are serious vows. Srila Prabhupada said that if he had relaxed the regulative principles he could have made millions of disciples. But he didn’t want cheap disciples. He said that one moon brightens the night more than millions of teeny stars twinkling. He wasn’t after twinkling stars; he was after one moon. And he said that by Krishna’s grace, he had gotten many moons.

“Prabhupada said that chanting is easy—anyone can chant—but the determination to chant, at least sixteen rounds daily, is not so easy.” —Giriraj Swami

First initiates:

1. Indira Manrakhan became Indira Radha dasi
2. Jenny Coopoosamy became as Jayasri Radhika dasi
3. Madhulika Rana became Yasomati dasi
4. Nishana Baboolall became Nitya Radhika dasi
5. Rajshree Soburrun became Rajesvari dasi
6. Satidanand Soburrun became Saci Dulal das
7. Salonee Robichon became Saci Sundari dasi
8. Cicily Carter became Sundari Priya dasi

Second initiates:

1. Abhirama das
2. Nitya-manjari dasi
3. Indira Radha dasi
4. Rajesvari dasi
5. Saci Dulal das
6. Saci Sundari dasi
7. Vrindavan Nath das
8. Karunavatara das
9. Kishori Radha dasi
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Talk by Giriraj Swami, Keshava Bharati Das Goswami, and Bhakti Sundar Swami
Kirtan by Giriraj Swami
Talk by Giriraj Swami and Name Giving

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Sep 092018
 

“I can honestly say that I love you, Giriraj Swami Maharaja. The love that we share is the love of a time-tested friendship that goes deep and is more satisfying than any mundane one. It is a relationship based on serving together during the pioneer days of our spiritual master’s mission. It is said that things equal to the same thing are equal to each other. Because of our deepening love for our spiritual master and Krishna, our love for each other is solidified forever. My hope is that we will meet each other back in the spiritual world. Certainly the possibility is there, for in a letter to Tusta Krishna Das, Srila Prabhupada wrote, ‘Siddhasvarupa will go, you will go, all others will go. We will have another ISKCON there. Only Mr. Nair will not go.’ ” — Indradyumna Swami

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Giriraj Swami
Giriraj Swami and Indradymna Swami
Godbrothers
Kesava Bharati Dasa Goswami
Indradyumna Swami
Partha Sarathi Dasa Goswami
Badahari Das
Cakri Das
Disciples and Friends
Anuradha Dasi
Balarama Das
Chaitanya Chandra Das
Danavari Dasi
Gauranga Chandra Das
Guru Bhakti Dasi
Indira Radha Dasi
Indulekha Dasi
Jagadisananda Das
Jaya Sri Radhe Dasi
Jivan-mukta Das
Kalpataru Dasi
Kandarpa Manjari dasi and Radhika
Karunavatara Das
Kishori Radha Dasi
Krishna Kirtan Das
Lalitadevi Dasi
Madana-mohana-mohini Dasi
Manasi Ganga Dasi
Nandini Dasi
Narayani Dasi
Nila Madhava Das
Nishana Baboolal
Nitai-lila Dasi
Nitya-manjari Dasi
Pandit Srivas Das
Premi Bhakta Das
Priti Radhika Dasi
Revati Dasi and Purushottama Kshetra Das
Saci Sundari Dasi
Sarvabhauma Das
Sita Dasi
Sukha-sagari Dasi
Sukumari Dasi
Sundari – Cicily Carter
Swarup Damodar Das
Vinod Bihari Das
Vrinda Priya Dasi
Vrindavan Natha Das
Youth in Bombay
Yasomati Dasi

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Sep 062018
 

Giriraj Swami, Janmashtami abisheik September 3, Houston from Derek Carter on Vimeo.

Giriraj Swami, Srila Prabhupada’s Vyasa-puja, September 4, Houston from Derek Carter on Vimeo.