Damodar das

Inaugurating the Bhakti-vriksha at Naimisaranya Dasa and Sri-gopika Dasi’s Home in McKinney, Texas, January 4

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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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Spiritual Initiations, December 25, Carpinteria

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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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Gunagrahi Das Goswami Maharaja’s Memorial Service, November 17, San Diego

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Nov 182018
 

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Remembrances from Various Devotees
Remembrance from Vrajendranandana Das
Remembrance from Giriraj Swami

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Srila Prabhupada’s Disappearance Festival, November 11, New Dvaraka, Los Angeles

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Nov 132018
 

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Giriraj Swami offering arati to Srila Prabhupada.

Panel Discussion with Bhargava dasa, Dugdha-pana dasa, and Giriraj Swami
Kirtan by Giriraj Swami
Talk by Giriraj Swami

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Govardhana-puja, November 8, Carpinteria

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Nov 102018
 

Govardhana-puja, Giriraj Swami

Posted by Kandarpa Manjari Devi Dasi on Thursday, November 8, 2018

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Govardhana-puja talk by Giriraj Swami
Kirtan by Sarvatma das and Radhika
Nrsimha Prayers by Giriraj Swami

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Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, “Concluding Words,” November 2, Moorpark, California

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Nov 052018
 

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Damodarastaka by Radhika and Apsara, Moorpark
Mantras by Narottam das, Moorpark
Caitanya-caritamrta, Antya-lila 20, Conclusion, by Giriraj Swami

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Celebrating Kartik, November 27, Ojai, California

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Oct 292018
 

Srimad-Bhagavatam mentions two words: parisrama, which means hard labor, or great endeavor, and krsna-krpa, Krishna’s mercy. Our acharyas explain that the two-finger gap preventing Mother Yasoda from tying the rope around Krishna can be bridged by a combination of parisrama — our hard labor — and krsna-krpa, Krishna’s mercy. Whatever we do in our spiritual endeavors requires these two ingredients: our sincere efforts and Krishna’s mercy. By that combination we can bind Krishna, or Krishna allows himself to be captured and bound by us.” —Giriraj Swami
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Kirtan by Radhika
Talk by Dhananjaya Dasa
Talk by Giriraj Swami

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