During this month of Kartik…let us bind Sri Krsna with ropes of our love

Dear devotees,

Hare Krsna.
Dandvat pranam. Jai Srila Prabhupad.

The month of Kartik starts today. A very special thing about this month is that whoever tries to please SriSri Radha Damodarji with love, that devotee will attain ‘prema’ by which they can bind Lord Damodar.

This month is also called Urja vrata. Urja means sakti, and it specifically refers to Krsna’s internal potency, antaranga sakti – Srimati Radhika. Urja vrata actually means Radha vrata, a vow taken for the happiness of Srimati Radhika. If one hears Her glorification in this month, the fruit will come in the form of love for Srimati Radharani – the controller of Sri Krsna.

This month is also called Kartika. The adhistatri-devata, predominating deity, of Kartika month is Kirtika-kumari, the young daughter of Kirtika, Srimati Radhika. Those who honor this month, of which Radhika is the predominating deity, by going to the pastime places of Krsna, will certainly, without any doubt at all, have all their desires completely fulfilled. They will attain service at the Lotus Feet of SriSri Radha Krsna in Vrindavan.

We should make some sincere efforts to serve and please SriSri Radha Sharadbihariji in this month of Kartik. Sri Krsna and our Acharyas have told us numerous ways in which we can do this but to keep it very simple – we should try to chant some really nice rounds of Mahamantra every day, sing kirtan nicely, and read Srimad Bhagavatam nicely.

Also, Sri Krsna has laid out a simple plan for us in Bhagavat Gita. As a mater of fact Sri Krsna has described numerous strategies in Bhagavat Gita to help us become Krsna conscious. But for this month of Kartik, let us look at some of the instructions from Srimad Bhagavat Gita which would makes SriSri Radha Damodarji very happy.

patram pushpam phalam toyam, yo me bhaktya prayacchati
tad aham bhakti upaharitam, asnami prayatatmanah

"If one offers me with love and devotion, a patram (leaf), pushpam (flower), phalam (fruit) or toyam (water), I will accept it." – this is the most basic of what we can do…whatever we eat in month of Kartik, should be offered to Krsna…we eat everyday anyway…so let us make our lifestyle such that whatever we eat we offer to Krsna.

Another instruction from Srimad Bhagavat Gita –

man mana bhava madbhakto, mad yaji mam namaskuru
mam evaiyasyi satyam te, prati jani priyo asi me

1 – Always think of Me…how do we do that – by not mechanically doing our activities during day but doing them with consciousness that it is for pleasure of Krsna….this will stop many useless activities, will stop many time wasting activities that we do daily which dont yield anything for us,
2 – become my devotee…means be devoted to me…means perform devotional service to Krsna, meaning discharging one of the 9 devotional services…I would recommend sharavn (listening) and kirtan (chanting)…which is simplified into chanting of Hare Krsna Mahamantra and reading Srimad Bhagavatam or listening Bhagavat katha.
3 -worship me – for us in the month of Kartik, it means to do some service like offering aarti once in a day or offering flower (if we follow the patram pushpam shloka..this will be done)
4 – offering dandvats to Krsna – very simple, just every morning offer one, two, five..some # of dandvats to SriSri Radha Sharadbihari

Sri Krsna guarantees that if we do these 4 things, we will attain Him without fail (mam eva yasyi).

One more instruction from Bhagavat Gita –

maccitta mad gat prana, bodhyanta parasparam
kathayantas ca mam nityam, tusyanti ca ramanti ca

Out of this shloka, the two important things we need to take for this Kartik is – bodhyanta parasparam…preaching among themselves AND kathayantas ca mam nityam – conversing about Me…so we should especially in this month of Kartik, spend some time talking about Sri Krsna to our friends and family…most easiest is family…our immediate family..we can have some time every evening where we can sit together and read from Bhagavatam or Bhagavat Gita….and also discuss His pastimes with each other. Sharing pastimes of Krsna is so pleasurable. But me trying to describe how sharing pastimes of Krsna is pleasurable is like glorifying gulab jamun theoretically…we have to eat it to know the real taste…reading about the glories of eating gulab jamun dont do justice….similarly we have to share pastimes of SriSri Radha Krsna with out family, friends…and see how much nectar we derive from it.

So just by trying to implement these 3 shlokas from Bhagavat Gita our Kartik month can become successful…our life can become successful. There are numerous instruction in Gita..and then there are more elaborate instructions in Srimad Bhagavatam, Sri Chaitanya Charitamritam, Sri Bhakti Rasamrita Sindhu…

Also please try to recite Sri Damodar Ashtakam daily. Offer a ghee lamp to SriSri Radha Damodarji or SriSri Yashoda Damodarji daily while reciting Sri Damodar Ashtakam. Attached is a pdf copy of Damodar AShtakam.

Lastly, please let us know if we can serve in anyway to help make this month of Kartik successful for you. SriSri Yashoda Damodarji ki Jai !!! SriSri Radha Damodarji ki Jai !!!

Oh one more ‘last thing’….in Sri Chaitanya Charitamritam Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu instructs about different limbs of devotions service. Pls read Sri Chaitanya Charitamritam Madhya Lila chp 22 text 112 – 129…especially 128-129 where Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu talks about – sadhu-sanga, nama-kirtana, bhagavata-sravana mathura-vasa, sri-murtira sraddhaya sevana…if you dont have Sri Chaitanya Charitamritam with you, here is the link – http://vedabase.net/cc/madhya/22/en

your servant,
Padmanabh das

Prashant Patel
Program Manager, Lenovo WW Maint Inventory
2020 Technology Parkway,
Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
Phone: (717) 610-2140, T/L: 471-2140

Damodarastakam.pdf

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