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Jan 222019
 

Giriraj Swami gave the keynote presentation on his book Life’s Final Exam: Death and Dying from the Vedic Perspective at the Bhaktivedanta Medical Retreat in Houston.

 

Live from Bhaktivedanta Medical Retreat in Houston, where Giriraj Swami is giving the keynote presentation on his book Life’s Final Exam: Death and Dying from the Vedic Perspective.

Posted by Anish Pillai on Saturday, January 19, 2019

Death and Dying From the Vedic Perspective – Keynote Presentation

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Jan 142019
 

Giriraj Swami spoke on Srimad-Bhagavatam 5.5.18, and Visvambhara dasa, Nityananda dasa, and Rtadhvaja Swami followed, at Balaram Prasad and Siddhesvari Priya’s housewarming event.

Giriraj Swami singing mangalacarana and kirtan
Talks by Giriraj Swami, Visvambhara dasa, Nityananda dasa, and Rtadhvaja Swami

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Jan 132019
 

Giriraj Swami read and discussed Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.1.11 at a bhakti-vriksha gathering at Rajesh and Seema Sharma’s home in Frisco, Texas.


Kirtan
Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.1.11
Nrsimha Prayers

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Jan 112019
 

Giriraj Swami read and spoke from Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.3.23.

“In other words, Lord Sri Krsna is the property of His pure, unconditional devotees, and as such only the devotees can deliver Krsna to another devotee; Krsna is never obtainable directly. Lord Caitanya therefore designated Himself as gopi-bhartuh pada-kamalayor dasa-dasanudasah, or ‘the most obedient servant of the servants of the Lord, who maintains the gopi damsels at Vrndavana.’ A pure devotee therefore never approaches the Lord directly, but tries to please the servant of the Lord’s servants, and thus the Lord becomes pleased, and only then can the devotee relish the taste of the tulasi leaves stuck to His lotus feet. In the Brahma-samhita it is said that the Lord is never to be found by becoming a great scholar of the Vedic literatures, but He is very easily approachable through His pure devotee. In Vrndavana all the pure devotees pray for the mercy of Srimati Radharani, the pleasure potency of Lord Krsna. Srimati Radharani is a tenderhearted feminine counterpart of the supreme whole, resembling the perfectional stage of the worldly feminine nature. Therefore, the mercy of Radharani is available very readily to the sincere devotees, and once She recommends such a devotee to Lord Krsna, the Lord at once accepts the devotee’s admittance into His association. The conclusion is, therefore, that one should be more serious about seeking the mercy of the devotee than that of the Lord directly, and by one’s doing so (by the good will of the devotee) the natural attraction for the service of the Lord will be revived.” —SB 2.3.23 purport

Darshan Room Discussion

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Jan 072019
 

Giriraj Swami read and spoke from Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.3.17.

“A moment passed in the association of a pure devotee by hearing and chanting the transcendental messages of the Lord is a perfect guarantee for eternal life, for returning home, back to Godhead. Mad-dhama gatva punar janma na vidyate. In other words, a devotee of the Lord is guaranteed eternal life. A devotee’s old age or disease in the present life is but an impetus to such guaranteed eternal life.” (Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.3.17 purport)

COMMENT by Giriraj Swami

In the beginning of the purport, Srila Prabhupada said we should accelerate our devotional service. The disease or old age a devotee suffers can serve as an impetus to accelerate or intensify his or her devotional service, move them more quickly along the path toward eternal life—back home, back to Godhead. Devotees don’t reject things as bad because they see that anything can be good if accepted in the proper spirit as an impetus to go back home, back to godhead. Devotees don’t blame the Lord for any circumstantial reversal but rather see that the Lord is making an arrangement to help them come back to Him more quickly.”

Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.3.17

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Dec 272018
 

On Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati’s disappearance day, Giriraj Swami awarded first initiation to Vishal Amarnani and his wife, Shweta, giving them the names Vraja Bihari dasa and Sveta-manjari dasi. While discussing the ten offenses against the holy name, he read and spoke on Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.15.25 and Sri Caitanya-caritamrta Adi 8.31.

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Initiation Kirtan
Initiation Talk

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A Devotee is Pleasing to Everyone, November 19, San Diego

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Dec 022018
 

Giriraj Swami read and spoke from Srimad-Bhagavatam 4.8.6.

“Dhruva Maharaja was pleasing to everyone. He was pleasing to his brother, who was the threat to his kingdom; to his father; even to his step-mother, who was so mean to him. Srila Prabhupada was like that too. He spoke about the art of criticizing. He quoted a Sanskrit sloka, that instead of saying, ‘The tree is dead and dry,’ one should say, ‘The beautiful tree that is so full of luxuriant foliage and produces so many fruits and flowers and provides so much shade, has lost its juice.’ It’s the same as saying that the tree has dried up, but is says it in a tactful, palatable way.

“On a morning walk in Vardha, Srila Prabhupada said, ‘It is a great art how to criticize—unfortunately, you do not know that art.’ In a way, he was criticizing us, but the way he led into it by saying that it was a great art—not a simple matter—made it more palatable.”

Srimad-Bhagavatam 4.8.6

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The Glories of Srila Gaurakisora dasa Babaji, November 18, San Diego

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Nov 222018
 

“Gaurakisora dasa Babaji was so renounced that he would sleep on the ground. For food he would get some rice and parch it in the sun. And if there was nothing else, he would take mud from the Ganges and ingest that. For clothing he would wear whatever cloth was lying in the street, or go to the crematorium and pick up whatever rejected cloth was there.

“He was uneducated—it was said that he was illiterate. He could not even sign his own name. Yet despite his being illiterate, learned scholars would approach him with difficult passages from the shastra and he would explain the meaning. Sometimes people would come and read to him from the shastra and he would deliver learned discourses, based on his deep realization of Krishna consciousness.

“Internally, he was absorbed in the loving mellows of Radha and Krishna.”

Kirtan
Srila Gaurakisora dasa Babaji’s Disappearance Day

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Lord Brahma’s Creations, November 18, San Diego

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Nov 212018
 

Maitreya and Vidura

Giriraj Swami read and spoke from Srimad-Bhagavatam 4.8.3-5.

“Piety refers to the process of cleansing the heart. As recommended by Lord Caitanya, one has to cleanse the dust from the mirror of the mind, and then advancement on the path of liberation begins. Here also the same process is recommended. Malam means ‘contamination.’ We should learn to despise all the causes of devastation, beginning from irreligion and cheating, and then we shall be able to make advancement in a life of piety. The possibility of our attaining Krsna consciousness will be easier, and we shall not be subjected to repeated devastation. The present life is repeated birth and death, but if we seek the path of liberation, we may be saved from repeated suffering.” — SB 4.8.5 purport

Srimad-Bhagavatam 4.8.3-5

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