Gaura Purnima, March 7, Dallas

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Mar 122012

“Every mother will be most attentive her child’s welfare. And that is how we should care for every living entity. Of course, it is hard to keep track of one’s child at every moment, but a sensitive mother can tell the meaning of the child’s different crying. If we call out the name of Krishna — or Gauranga — in an ordinary or mechanical way, the Lord may not pay much heed. But if the intensity of the cry reaches the stage where we call out in utter dependance, urgency, and helplessness, then Krishna’s attention will be drawn. So if we want to capture Krishna’s attention, or Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s attention, we have to cry out like that. Srila Prabhupada said that the chanting of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra is like the genuine cry of a child for its mother: ‘Mother Hara (Radha), please help me achieve the grace of the supreme father, Krishna.’ Chaitanya Mahaprabhu has Radharani’s mood. To call out to  Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is like calling out to Radharani (Hare). But it’s a question of the urgency and the intensity. The Lord reveals Himself to the devotee who chants sincerely.”



Mar 112009



On March 10, with about thirty other devotees, Giriraj Swami celebrated Gaura-purnima at Syamananda and Radha Priya’s house in Moorpark, California.

The program was very sweet, with melodious bhajanas and kirtana, Maharaja’s talk, arati, and a sumptuous feast.

Here is the lecture:

Sri Advaita Acarya’s Appearance Day, 2003

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Feb 012009


Advaita Acarya

jaya jaya sri-caitanya jaya nityananda
jayadvaita-candra jaya gaura-bhakta-vrnda

We are gathered here to celebrate the appearance day of Sri Advaita Acarya. Advaita Acarya is an incarnation of Maha-visnu. In terms of pastimes, He appeared before Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and so was considered an elder by Mahaprabhu. He was actually older than Lord Caitanya’s own father.

Advaita Acarya, although Visnu Himself, was in the mood of a Vaisnava. As a Vaisnava, He felt compassion for the fallen conditioned souls who were suffering without Krsna consciousness. Although previously Navadvipa had been a great center of devotion, it had deteriorated into a center of dry learning. Thus, Advaita Acarya felt compassion for the fallen souls of the age, so engrossed in material affairs, devoid of devotional service to Krsna. In the mood of a humble Vaisnava, although He was Visnu Himself, He felt that He was not capable of delivering the fallen souls. He believed that only Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu Himself could preach the yuga-dharma of hari-nama-sankirtana and deliver them.

Advaita Acarya Prabhu was an ideal householder. He had read in the scriptures that the Lord sells Himself to a devotee who offers Him a Tulasi leaf and a palmful of water. As a grhastha brahmana, He worshipped a salagrama-sila at home. Therefore, He specifically began to worship Salagrama with Ganges water and Tulasi leaves with the aim of bringing about Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s descent. Continue reading »