Jun 282018
 

 

Sravanam and kirtanam with HH Giriraj Swami and Madhava dasa.

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Posted by Madhava Kirtan Community on Wednesday, June 27, 2018

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Madhava dasa (Right click to download)
Devamrita Swami (Right click to download)
Dhananjaya dasa (Right click to download)
Giriraj Swami (Right click to download)

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Jun 262018
 

Yesterday we were blessed with the association of seven stalwart brahmachari book distributors who are following the Warped music tour. They arrived the night before, attended our entire morning program, and then, after breakfast, we discussed various aspects of the practice and preaching of Krishna consciousness. These devotees are extending Srila Prabhupada and Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s mercy to many, many fortunate fallen souls.

Hare Krishna.

Yours in service,
Giriraj Swami

Discussion with Book Distributors

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Jun 232018
 

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Today we were blessed to observe Nirjala Ekadasi with about twenty devotees from the Mantra House program in Los Angeles. Not only did we chant many rounds together, but we also discussed many interesting points related to the practice and preaching of Krishna consciousness. “Everyone should be friendly for the service of the Lord. Everyone should praise another’s service to the Lord and not be proud of his own service. This is the way of Vaisnava thinking . . . Everyone should be allowed to render service to the Lord to the best of his ability, and everyone should appreciate the service of others.” (Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.5.12 purport)

Hare Krishna.

Yours in service,

Giriraj Swami

Nirjala Ekadasi with Mantra House Devotees (Right click to download)

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Second Initiation, June 17, Laguna Beach

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Jun 212018
 

At the Sunday program at Laguna Beach, Indradyumna Swami initiated Madhav Gharmalkar, son of Sri Vallabha dasa and Ananda Vrindavan dasi, and gave him the name Nilamadhava dasa, and Giriraj Swami gave Jivan-mukta dasa second initiation.

Second-initiation talk (Right click to download)

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Panihati Cida-dadhi Festival, June 16, Laguna Beach

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Jun 172018
 

“Lord Nityananda was by nature very merciful and funny. Being merciful, He spoke to Raghunatha dasa as follows. ‘You are just like a thief, for instead of coming near, you stay away at a distant place. Now that I have captured you, I shall punish you. Make a festival and feed all My associates yogurt and chipped rice.’ Hearing this, Raghunatha dasa was greatly pleased.” —Sri Caitanya-caritamrta Antya 6.49–51

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06.16.18 IDS  PanihatiLaguna (Right click to download)
06.16.18 GRS Panihati Laguna (Right click to download)

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A Happy Conclusion

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Jun 132018
 

By Srila Prabhupada’s mercy, I successfully completed my vratas (vows) for the sacred, extra month of Purusottama. I chanted extra rounds and read and recited the fifteenth chapter of the Bhagavad-gita (Purusottama-yoga) every day—and I finished the first draft of my book about Srila Prabhupada and Juhu (I’ll Build You a Temple). And, remembering how Dr. Patel brought Prabhupada a palmful of sea water on the last day of the month, for his auspicious bath, I also took some sea water on my head. So, by Srila Prabhupada and devotees’ grace, I feel a sense of accomplishment and internal happiness.

Hare Krishna.

Yours in service,
Giriraj Swami

Chanting Before Srila Prabhupada

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Jun 122018
 

This morning while chanting japa before my deity of Srila Prabhupada, I was struck by how merciful he had been to accept me as his disciple, appreciating that, despite all my failings, he will never let me go but would do whatever it takes to deliver me. As he said of his guru maharaja, “My spiritual master was no ordinary spiritual master—he saved me.” Thinking of Srila Prabhupada’s compassionate, selfless commitment, my hard heart melted.

Hare Krishna.

Your grateful servant,
Giriraj Swami

Gathering at Rajani Priya’s House, June 6, Carpinteria

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Jun 072018
 

Giriraj Swami, Indradyumna Swami, and all the other devotees staying at the ashram in Carpinteria went to visit Rajani Priya dasi (Rose Forkash), age 97, and spent two hours with her.

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Indradyumna Swami’s kirtan (Right click to download)

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Seeing the Worship

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Jun 062018
 

Indradyumna Swami Maharaja has come to spend four weeks with me at my ashram in Carpinteria, and today, watching him do his Deity worship, I was reminded of a statement in Srimad-Bhagavatam (7.5.23–24 purport) that a devotee “unable to worship the Deity must at least see the Deity worship, and in that way he may achieve success also.” Deity worship is one of the five most potent items in devotional service, and witnessing Maharaja’s worship had a powerful effect on my heart.

Hare Krishna.

Yours in service,
Giriraj Swami

Fifty Years Later . . .

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Jun 012018
 

After almost fifty years, I was surprised to receive a letter this week from my freshman roommate at Brandeis University, Sam Hamburg. He had heard that I had “changed my name” from Glenn Teton to Giriraj, and he had traced me, followed me, and then written me, saying that he would be in Santa Barbara on Friday, June 1, and asking if he could visit. I welcomed him, and we spent two wonderful hours together. Since Brandeis, he had become a clinical psychologist, specializing in marriage, and I had become a Hare Krishna devotee. We remembered old friends and professors, shared experiences and lessons learned, and found that fifty years had not diminished our affection and appreciation for each other. He gave me a copy of his book Will Our Love Last? A Couple’s Road Map, and I gave him a copy of my Life’s Final Exam.

Sam, thank you so much for remembering me and visiting me. I treasure our friendship.

—Giriraj