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Pandava Nirjala Ekadashi

Posted in Vaishnav Calendar Notes with tags on May 31, 2012 by padmanabhdas

Today is fasting for Sat-tila Ekadashi

Posted in Vaishnav Calendar Notes with tags , , , , on January 19, 2012 by padmanabhdas

Dear devotees,

Hare Krsna.
Dandvat pranam. Jai Srila Prabhupad.

Even though per lunar calculations today it is 12th day after the full moon, we are fasting for Sat-tila Ekadashi today….some may wonder as to why on some Ekadashis we fast on next day…

According to calculations the Ekadashi (11th day after full moon or new moon) was yesterday but if the ‘tithi’ does not fall at sunrise, then it is to be observed the next day. So if Ekadashi tithi comes at Brahma Muhrat (approx 90 mins before sunrise) then it is called ‘suddha’ or pure Ekadashi and we observe Ekadashi fast on the same day..but there are occasions when it does not and in such events it is to be observed on a Dwadsi (12th day after full moon or new moon). Also another small detail…today is termed as Trisprsa Dwadsi…it is termed as Trisprsa Dwadsi when the tithi begins after sunrise and ends before sunrise the next day (all our Vedic tithi calculations are form sunrise as opposed to 12 AM midnight).

What I mentioned above is technical detail not very important to us but sometimes it helps to understand. What is important in there is that even for tithis it is very important for it to appear at Brahma Muhrat or 90 mins before sunrise otherwise it looses its meaning. As a matter of fact the tithi which appears after sunrise and diminishes before the next day sunrise is called ‘lost’ tithi…similarly, for us devotees, getting up early in morning before sunrise in Brahma Muhrat is very important…we have to manifest/ present ourselves in service to SriSri Radha Shyamsundar by Brahma Muhrat…then we are in good shape otherwise we also are risk of being ‘lost’ in material world.

Anyway, the main thing…Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu has outlined various devotional services which you can read here – http://vedabase.net/cc/madhya/22/en

and then at end Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu concludes that out of these all,..sakala sadhana srestha aei pancha anga….out of all that He described, 5 are most important (we were discussing this briefly at Dharmendra Prabhu and Preeti didi’s home program)…which are these 5 – sadhu sanga Naam kirtan Bhagavat shravan, Mathura vasa Sri murtira sraddhaya sevana – associating with devotees, chanting of Holy name (Hare Krsna Mahamantra) on japa beads and in congregation (sankirtan), listening of Srimad Bhagavatam from a devotee or reading Srimad Bhagavatam, residing in Mathura/ Vrindavan dham, and serving the Vigraha/ Deity of SriSri Radha Krsna….these five are most important and we should specially try to do as many of these 5 on Ekadashi day. If we do this then what happiness…Sri Mahaprabhu says – Krsna prema janmaya aei pancera alpa sanga…just alpa sanga…little association with these 5 devotional practices will give birth to Sri Krsna Prema…love for Sri Krsna which is goal of our life…so easy and so simple…

Yet we have made our life style such that even these simple 5 things has become very hard for us…let us make our life style suitable…atleast for one day on Ekadashi, let us make our life style suitable that we are able to take maximum benefit by executing most of the 5 things mentioned above.

Also, pasted below is the story of Sat-tila Ekadashi. I sincerely wish for everyone to have a good Ekadashi super-charged with Krsna Consciousness. Every Ekadashi is re-charge time !!!!

*********** Story of Sat-tile Ekadashi *********************

Sat-Tila Ekadashi
(Trisprisha Ekadashi)
from Bhavisya-uttara Puran
Sri Daalbhya Rishi said to Palastya Muni, "When the spirit soul comes in contact with the material energy, he immediately begins to perform sinful activities, such as stealing, killing, and illicit sex. He may even perform many other terrible deeds, such as killing a brahmin. Oh purest of personalities, please tell me how these unfortunate souls may escape the punishment of being sent to hellish regions of creation. Kindly inform me how, by giving even a little in charity, one may be easily released from the reactions of his sins."

Pulastya Muni replied, "Oh fortunate one, you have asked me an important and confidential question, which not even Brahmaa, Vishnu, Shiva or Indra has ever asked. Please listen very carefully to my answer.

"With the arrival of the month of Magh (January – February), one should bathe, carefully control his senses by giving up lust, anger, pride, jealousy, faultfinding, and greed, and meditate on the Supreme Personality of Godhead Lord Sri Krishna. One should then gather up some cow dung before it touches the ground and, after mixing it with sesame seeds and cotton, form 108 balls. This should be done on the day when the constellation of Purva-ashadha nakshatra arrives. then one should follow the rules and regulations of Sri Ekadashi, which I shall now explain to you.

"After bathing, the person who intends to observe Ekadashi should worship the Supreme Lord. While praying to Lord Sri Krishna by chanting His holy name, he should promise to observe the Ekadashi fast. He should remain awake overnight and perform a homa (fire sacrifice). Then the devotee should perform an Arati ceremony for the pleasure of the Lord – Who holds a conch, disk, club, and so on in His hands – offering Him sandalwood paste to his feet, incense, camphor, a bright ghee lamp, and delicious food preparations. Next the devotee should offer the 108 balls of cow dung, sesame seeds, and cotton wool into the sacred fire whilst chanting such holy names of the Lord as Purusha sukta, and other names. Throughout the whole day and night he should also observe the standard Ekadashi vrata (fast, which in this case is a fast from all kinds of grains and beans). On this occasion one should offer the Lord – pumpkin, coconut, and guava. If these items are unavailable, betel nut may be substituted.

"The devotee should pray to Lord Sri Janardana, the benefactor of all living beings, in this way; ‘Oh Lord Sri Krishna, You are the most merciful Personality of Godhead and the giver of liberation to all fallen souls. Oh Lord, we have fallen into the ocean of material existence. Please be kind to us. Oh lotus-eyed divinity, please accept our most humble, affectionate and respectful obeisances. Oh protector of the entire world, we offer You our humble respects again and again. Oh Supreme Spirit, Oh Supreme One, Oh source of all our forefathers, may You and Your eternal consort, Srimati Laxmi-devi, please accept these humble offerings.’

"The devotee should then try to please a qualified brahmin with a warm welcome, a pot full of water (purna kumbha), an umbrella, a pair of shoes, and clothes (cloth – dhoti, and anga vaastra), requesting him at the same time to bestow his blessings, by which one may develop unalloyed love for Lord Sri Krishna. According to one’s ability, one may also donate a black cow to such a brahmin, particularly to one who is very well versed in all the injunctions of the Vedic scriptures. One should also offer him a pot full of sesame seeds.

"Oh exalted Daalbhya Muni, black sesame seeds are especially suitable for formal worship and fire sacrifices while white or brown ones are meant to be eaten by a qualified brahmin. One who can arrange to give both kinds of sesame seeds (black and white or brown) especially on this Sat-tilaa Ekadashi day will be promoted to at least the heavenly planets after leaving this present body, for as many thousands of years as the number of seeds that would be produced if the seeds he donated were sown in the ground and grew into mature, seed bearing plants.

"On this Ekadashi a faithful person should
(1) bathe in the water mixed with sesame seeds,
(2) rub sesame seed paste on his body,
(3) offer sesame seeds into the fire in sacrifice,
(4) eat sesame seeds,
(5) give sesame seeds away in charity,
(6) accept charitable gifts of sesame seeds.
These are the six (sat) ways in which sesame seeds (tilaa) are utilised for spiritual purification on this Ekadashi. Therefore it is called Sat-tilaa Ekadashi.

"The great Devarishi Naarad Muni once asked the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna, ‘Oh mighty armed Lord, Oh You who are so affectionate to Your loving devotees, please accept my most humble obeisances. Oh Yaadava, kindly tell me the result one obtains by observing Sat-tilaa Ekadashi.’

"Lord Sri Krishna replied, ‘Oh best of the twice born brahmins, I shall narrate to you an account of an incident I personally witnessed. Long ago on earth there lived an old female brahmini who worshipped Me every day with controlled senses. She very faithfully observed many a fast, especially on special days honouring Me (My various appearance days Janmaasthami, Rama-navami, Vaman Dwadasi, Nrisimha Chaturdasi, Varaha Dwadasi, Gaura Purnima, etc.) and served Me with full devotion, devoid of any personal motive. Her rigorous fasting made her quite weak and thin. She gave charity to brahmanas and to young maidens (kanyas), and even planned to give away her house in charity. Oh best of the brahmanas although this spiritually minded woman gave charitable donations to worthy people, the odd feature of her austerity was that she never gave food to brahmanas or the devas (demigods).

"’I began to reflect on this curious omission: "This fine woman has purified herself by fasting on all the auspicious occasions and by offering Me strict devotional worship. Therefore she certainly has become eligible to enter My personal abode, which is unattainable by ordinary persons." So I came down to this planet to examine her, disguising Myself as a follower of Lord Shiva’s, complete with a garland of skulls draped around My neck and a begging pot (kumandalu) in My hand.

"’As I approached her, she said to Me, "Oh respectful one, tell me truthfully why You have come before me."

"’I replied, "Oh beautiful one, I have come to get some sacred alms from you" – whereupon she angrily threw a dense lump of mud into My begging pot! Oh Naarada Muni I simply turned around and went back to My personal abode, astonished at this fine brahmani’s peculiar mixture of great magnanimity and stinginess.

"’At last this austere lady reached the spiritual world in her self-same body, so great were her efforts at fasting and charity. And because she had indeed offered Me a lump of mud, I transformed that mud into a beautiful home. However, Oh Naradaji, this particular house was just like that mud completely devoid of any edible grains, as well as any furniture or ornamentation, and when she entered it she found only an empty structure. She therefore approached Me and said with great anger, "I have fasted repeatedly on so many auspicious occasions, making my body weak and thin. I have worshipped You and prayed to You in so many different ways for You are truly the master and protector of all the universes. Yet despite all this there is no food or wealth to be seen in my new home, Oh Janardana, please tell me. Why is this?"

"’I replied, "Please return to your house. Sometime later the wives of the devas (demigods) will pay you a visit out of curiosity to see the new arrival, but do not open your door until they have described to you the glories and importance of Sat-tilaa Ekadashi."

"’Hearing this, she returned to her house. Eventually the devas’ wives arrived there and in unison said, "Oh beautiful one, we have come to have your darshan. Oh auspicious one, please open the door to your house and let us see you.

"’The lady replied, "Oh most dear ones, if you want me to open this door, you will have to describe to me the merit one obtains by observing the sacred fast of Sat-tilaa Ekadashi." But to this request, not even one of the wives responded.

"’Later, however, they returned to the house, and one of the wives nicely explained the sublime nature of this sacred Ekadashi. And when the lady at last opened her door, they saw that she was neither a demigoddess, a Gandharvi, a she-demon, nor even a Naga-patni. She was simply an ordinary human lady.

"’From then on the lady observed Sat-tilaa Ekadashi, which awards ALL material enjoyment and liberation at the same time, as it has been described to her. And she finally received the beautiful furnishings and grains she had expected for her home. Moreover, her once ordinary material body was transformed into a beautiful spiritual form made of sac-cid-ananda (eternality, knowledge, and bliss), with a fine complexion. So, by the mercy and grace of Sat-tilaa Ekadashi, both the lady and her new home in the spiritual world were at last radiantly splendid and lustrous with gold, silver, jewels, and diamonds.

"’Oh Naradaji, a person should not ostentatiously observe Ekadashi out of greed, with the hope of attaining wealth dishonestly. Selflessly, he should simply donate sesame seed, clothes, and food according to his capacity, for by doing so he will achieve good health and exalted spiritual consciousness, birth after birth. Ultimately, he will be given release from the bonds of this world (liberation) and admittance into the Lord’s supreme abode will be his to enjoy. That is my opinion, Oh best of the demigods deva-rishis).’

"Oh Daalbhya Muni," Pulastya Rishi concluded, "one who properly observes this wonderful Sat-tilaa Ekadashi with great faith become free from all kinds of poverty – spiritual, mental, physical, social, and intellectual – as well as all kinds of ill luck and evil omens (sakuna). Indeed, following this Ekadashi fast by donating, sacrificing, or eating sesame seeds frees one of all past sin, without a doubt. One need not wonder how this happens. The rare soul who properly performs these acts of charity in the right devotional mood, following the Vedic injunctions, will become utterly free of all sinful reactions and go back to Godhead, back home to the spiritual world."

Thus ends the narration of the glories of Magh-krishna Ekadashi, or Sat-tilaa Ekadashi, from the sacred Bhavishya-uttara Purana of Srila Krishna Dwaipayana Vyaasa.

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your servant,
Padmanabh das

Determining Ekadasi and Mahadvadasi

Posted in Vaishnav Calendar Notes with tags , , , , on January 19, 2012 by padmanabhdas

Srila Prabhupada Letter to Madhudvisa 69-09-30 England:
"Regarding you first question, we observe Ekadasi from sunrise to sunrise. The 12 midnight is western
astronomical calculation, but the Vedic astronomical calculation begins either from the sunrise or the moonrise.
Generally it is sunrise. Our calculation is like this: when the sunrise is there, Ekadasi tithi (date) must be there.
If Ekadasi tithi is not in the sunrise and the tithi begins, say after a few minutes after the sunrise, then we
accept that day as previous to Ekadasi. All our ceremonies are calculated in that way. This means we must see
the tithi during sunrise. Therefore, sometimes our dates of ceremonies do not exactly coincide like the western
calculations. Just like Christmas Day they have fixed up on the 25th December, but our Janmastami tithi is not
fixed up like that. My birthday is on the 1st September, 1896, but this year the tithi of my birthday was fixed for
the 4th September. So it is very difficult to calculate, therefore we have to take help from the Indian expert
almanac astronomers."

The tithi at sunrise rules the day

If the tithi begins after sunrise and ends before sunrise of the next day (lost) it is combined with the next tithi.

If the same tithi falls on sunrise two days in a row, observances are scheduled on the first day; except Ekadasi,
Amavasya, or Purnima tithis which are scheduled for the second day.

Ekadasi must come in prior to the brahma muhurta (1 hour 36 min before sunrise). When it does so it is called
Suddha Ekadasi, pure Ekadasi. If it begins after that, it is considered impure and is therefore to be observed on
the Dvadasi (making Mahadvadasi or compounded) on the next day.

If Ekadasi falls on sunrise two days in a row, fasting is observed on the second day.

If Ekadasi begins after sunrise and ends before sunrise the next day it is considered Lost, too short, thus not
full, and impure. Therefore the next day is called Unmillani Mahadvadasi.

If Dvadasi begins after sunrise and ends before sunrise on the next day (Trayodasi), it is also lost, and is to be
observed as Trisprsa Mahadvadasi.

If Dvadasi falls on the sunrise two days in a row the first Dvadasi becomes Vyanjuli Mahadvadasi.

When the following Amavasya or Purnima falls on sunrise two days in a row the preceding Dvadasi becomes
Paksa-Vardhini-Mahadvadasi, Paksa based. Parama Ekadasi in the month of Purusottama.

Breaking Time

Q: If one was fasting on Ekadasi and breaks the fast too early by eating grains at let’s say six o’clock instead of
eight o’clock the next morning, did one actually break the Ekadasi, or does one just lose the results of having
observed the complete fast? In other words, when does the grain fasting start and stop?

A: (Bhanu Swami) Technically speaking a day begins at sunrise. That means that before sunrise is a part of the
previous day. So the Ekadasi vrata starts at sunrise and lasts until the next sunrise. If one eats grains during
this period, one breaks the fast and the vrata and the results, and gets bad results as well. This also does not
allow one to get up and eat grains before the sunrise of the day on which the Ekadasi vrata begins, for those
early hours are meant for japa and prayer, not for eating.

A: (Krsna Ksetra Das, ISKCON monitor for Deity worship): Ekadasi bhoga should be offered up until the time the
fast is to be broken.

Note: The time given in the calendar is the time up to which the fast should be broken, after sunrise. In other
words, between sunrise and the time given in the calendar – within that interval the fast should be broken.
Therefore in most cases only the balya-bhoga offering would come into consideration: no sweet rice for Sri Sri
Gaura-Nitai!

A: (Bhakticaru Swami) Ekadasi begins/ends at the sunrise according to smartas but according to the Gosvamis
at the beginning of brahma-muhurta (two muhurtas, i.e. 96 min before the sunrise) Hari Bhakta Vilasa 12.316:

udayat prak yada vipra muhurta dvaya samyuta
sampurna ekadasi nama tatraiva upasaved grhi

"Oh brahmana, two muhurtas before sunrise, if there is an Ekadasi available, it is called a complete and pure
Ekadasi. On this Ekadasi, even every householder should fast."

Offering Grains to the Spiritual Master and Lord Caitanya

In a conversation, Srila Prabhupada said that grains should not be offered to either the spiritual master or Lord
Caitanya and His associates on Ekadasi.

Devotee: On Ekadasi, we can offer the Deity grains?

Prabhupada: Oh, yes. But not guru. Ekadasi observed by jiva-tattva, not by Visnu. We are fasting for clearing
our material disease, but Radha-Krsna, Caitanya Mahaprabhu… Caitanya Mahaprabhu also may not be offered
grains because He is playing the part of a devotee. Only Radha-Krsna, Jagannatha can be offered grains.
Otherwise, Guru-Gauranga, no. And the prasadam should not be taken by anyone. It should be kept for the
next day. [Srila Prabhupada Room Conversation, Tokyo, April 22, 1972]

If there is only one plate for all Deities and the main Deity is Krsna or Jagannatha, grains should be offered as
on normal days. If the main Deities are Gaura-Nitai, offer only non-grain preparations.* It is best to replace the
normally offered grain preparations with non-grain preparations so that there are the same number of
preparations as on normal days. If, however, grain preparations are being cooked for Krsna or Jagannatha, it
may be difficult to cook additional non-grain preparations for the spiritual master and Gaura-Nitai. In that case
serve larger quantities of the non-grain preparations to the spiritual master and Gaura-Nitai, and prepare the
offering plate for Krsna or Jagannatha as on normal days.
Note:
If you are cooking for a restaurant where grains will be served on Ekadasi, you may offer the grains to
Gaura-Nitai with the understanding that They will offer the bhoga to Krsna.

Mahaprasadam on Ekadasi

On Ekadasi, strict followers of Vaisnava regulations avoid eating any mahaprasada from an offering that
includes grains. The sastra explains that the papa-purusa (sin personified) takes shelter in grains on Ekadasi,
and therefore we avoid grains at all cost on that day, not even taking non-grain preparations of mahaprasada
from an offering plate. Ekadasi mahaprasada should be stored until the next day; if that is not possible it can
be distributed to persons not strictly following Vaisnava regulations or to animals. In fact, mahaprasada
maintains its purity on Ekadasi despite the presence of the papa-purusa, and therefore it will purify anyone
who eats it. Nevertheless, the followers of Caitanya Mahaprabhu, being strict followers of Vaisnava regulations,
avoid mahaprasada on that day because their strict sadhana will be hampered by the presence of the
papa-purusa.

Ekadasi Feast on Holidays other than Ekadasi

Q: When we have a feast after a fast, like the Janmastami feast, Nrsimhacaturdasi feast or Gaurapurnima feast,
it’s said that that feast should be an "Ekadasi feast". However, considering that the papapurusa only enters
grains and beans on Ekadasi days, there seems to be no logical reason for this. Or is there?

A: (B.V. Tripurari Swami) Actually the tithis (astrologically calculated times) commemorating the appearance of
God are to be observed by worship and worship is to be done before eating. Therefore eating, which principally
involves taking grains, should be done following the tithi and usually this means on the following day. Taking
food or honoring prasada that does not consist of grains is somewhat of a concession and perhaps a practical
consideration as well, as feasting directly following fasting is not the best practice. You may find more
information in Hari-bhakti-vilasa, and the method for observing Krsna Janmastami is discussed in Sat-sandarbha.

A: (Dhyanakunda dd) Krsna-ksetra Prabhu explained that to the Indian mind "feast" MEANS grains. There is no
question of a non-grain feast. Rice and bread are essential ingredients of any full meal, what to speak of a
feast. Therefore "Ekadasi feast" is an oxymoron, something that was invented by ISKCON in the West.

Q: If the reason is that the feast should be light (considering that usually these feasts are taken between
6:PM and midnight) then it also doesn’t make that much sense, because potatoes and cheese (especially when
combined) are much more difficult to digest than rice and corn for example. And considering how many sweets
are taken during these feasts and the quantity of these feasts in general, is this really a rational reason?

A: (Dhyanakunda dd) You are completely right. The original standard (and the one Srila Prabhupada (SP) taught
– there are some letters to this effect) is: you fast the whole day, take a *light meal* at night to break the fast
("Ekadasi meal" is synonymous to "light meal"), and you have the real feast, with grains etc., the day after. It
has nothing to do with the papapurusa.

Krsna-ksetra Prabhu explained that we Westerners made the "Ekadasi break-fast" into the feast because it
was impractical for us, and required too much patience to wait until the next day. Read the Lilamrta, the first
Janmastami SP made in New York in 1966: at midnight, the disciples expected a real meal, when he entered
with a tray of apple slices! The real feast was on the next day. But we the Westerners have missed the point
and invented all kinds of Ekadasi foodstuffs which are actually defying the goal of Ekadasi. I have heard
potatoes are not indigenous to India – this is why they are not used in Jagannatha offerings at Puri.

Prasadam Prayer on Ekadasi

Q: If you accidentally start singing "sarira avidya-jal" on Ekadasi it’s likely that some devotees start screaming:
"No! No! It’s Ekadasi!" The reason is that in this prayer the word "grains" is there (anna). But then I wonder
about the Gurvastaka: catur-vidha-sri- bhagavat-prasada-svadvanna-trptan… And besides that, many times anna
is translated as "food", "foodgrains", etc. Monier-Williams translates anna as that which is "eaten". Thus I
wonder where the tradition not to sing this song exactly comes from, and whether it’s necessary to skip this
prayer on this day.

A: (Dhyanakunda dd) I have heard it first from Kurma Prabhu. I speculate it is the same as with the word
"meat" in English. Originally, it meant "any food," but later it came to mean that food which was regarded as
most essential, namely flesh. I guess the word anna also initially meant ‘any food’ (like in ‘annamaya stage’,
which is basically milk), but then it came to mean the essential food, i.e. grains. The role of rice in the tropical
cultures is much greater than in ours. So, theoretically, you could persist in chanting the song on Ekadasis, but
it would make a really strange impression.

Non-observance of Ekadasi

Gaura Keshava das: According to Gaudiya Vaisnava sastras non- observance of Ekadasi Vrata is a sin equal to
killing one’s guru. (Different sampradayas have different ways of dealing with sins that are committed. Some
advocate prayascitta. In general though Gaudiya Vaisnavas tend towards not performing specific prayascittas
but simply continuing with their main form of sadhana i.e. chanting the holy name of the Lord. Of course, one
also has to remember not to committed sins on the strength of chanting. Therefore no one should think that
"because I am chanting therefore I will be forgiven for breaking Ekadasi, etc." The proper attitude if or when
one commits a sin like "breaking" Ekadasi, it to think of oneself as a sinner.)
I have never seen anything in sastra that states that "if one breaks Ekadasi one can do such and such and be
relieved of that sin". However in Deity worship we often advise people to do some form of atonement for
offenses. Normally a devotee will fast for one day in atonement. That fasting should not be done on the
Dvadasi (12th) day (the next day to Ekadasi when one is supposed to break the fast) but usually on the next
day, on Trayodasi (13th day).

Today is appearance day of Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami

Posted in Vaishnav Calendar Notes, Vaishnavas with tags , , on January 13, 2012 by padmanabhdas

Dear devotees,

Hare Krsna
Dandvat pranam. Jai Srila Prabhupad.

Today is the appearance day of Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami, the beloved servant of SriSri Radha Ramanji residing in Sri Vrindavan dham.

Previously few other emails have been sent on Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami and also on SriSri Radha Ramanji but it is hard to stop the greed to glorify both of Them when opportunity presents. There is no harm in repetition and it only tends to purify the heart of person who writes and person who reads.

Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami was very dear to Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and thus Mahaprabhu gave him his garments and wooden plank which was used as a seat by Mahaprabhu….Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami ecstatically received the ‘Maha’ (prasad) and worshipped it all his life. Today also devotees can take darshan of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s garments and wooden seat at SriSri Radha Ramanji temple. This temple is evidence of desire and longing of Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami to have a more closer and loving relationship with Deity (Thakurji). His intense desire to use the paraphernalia which he had received from a rich merchant made Sri Krsna to appear in the form of SriSri Radha Ramanji. Apart of Vrinda devi, SriSri Radha Ramanji is the only other original Deity in Vrindavan who remained in Vrindavan after Muslim invasion.

SriSri Radha Ramanji has such a beautiful form and has very intricate features manifest like nails and teeth…you can see the tooth in one of the pictures attached. On the back side of His body, part of the original Shaligram shila from which He manifested Himself can be seen. There is a story that the small son of one of the servants was playing with the Deity once and put a small stick in one ear of the Deity and pushed it through out the other ear. The stick however, had blood on it, and that boy died vomiting blood that very day. Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswamiji would sometimes see that SriSri Radha Ramanji had taken the form of Sri Gaurasundar – Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, "Becoming subservient to the love of Sri Gopal Bhatta Goswami, SriSri Radharaman would sometimes accept the form of Sri Gaurasundar".

SriSri Radha Ramanji has been very merciful on Harrisburg devotees and has give some intimate ‘Maha’ (prasadam) in various forms through various devotees. We sincerely pray to Sri Acharya varga represented by Srila Prabhupad that the mercy of SriSri Radha Ramanji, Sri Vrindavan Dham, and Their devotees continues to flow on us.

I am attaching some pictures in this email which have been treasured for some time…pls look at these pictures with rapt attention and try to loose yourself in the beauty of this blackish son of Nand Maharaj who has appeared by His own will and mercy to give taste to fallen souls like myself.

Also pasted below is small description / life history of Srila Gopal bhatta Goswami. Let us all pray to Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami and SriSri Radha Ramanji that we develop liking, longing and taste for darshan of SriSri Radha Ramanji and His devotees like Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami himself had developed.

SriSri Radha Ramanji Bhagawan ki Jai !!! SriSri Gaura Nitai ki Jai !!! Sri Vrindavan Dham ki Jai !!!! Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami ki Jai !!!

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ananga-manjari yasit sadya gopala-bhattakah
bhatta-gosvaminam kecit ahuh sri-guna-manjari

She who was formerly Ananga Manjari has appeared to enrich Mahaprabhu’s pastimes as Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami. Some say that Gopal Bhatta is actually Guna Manjari. (Gaura-ganoddesa-dipika 184)

Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami appeared in 1500 AD (though, according to some authorities, he was born in 1503) as the son of Venkata Bhatta in the town of Srirangam in South India. Their residence was in a village not far from Srirangam called Belagundi.

According to Narahari in the Bhakti-ratnakara, Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami was given a vision in a dream by Mahaprabhu in which he was fortunate enough to witness all the Lord’s Nabadwip pastimes. An eternal associate of Krishna, he appeared in a faraway place in order to participate in Lord Gauranga’s pastimes. Even so, he was able to know long before he even saw him that the Lord had appeared and taken sannyas. Gopal Bhatta did not particularly like the Lord’s appearance as a sannyasi. He was distressed and crying alone when the Lord appeared to him and gave him the dream vision of his Nabadwip lila. In this vision, the Lord was overwhelmed by ecstatic love, embraced him and drenched him in his tears.

Having said this to Gopal, the Lord embraced him and drenched him in his tears. He then told him to keep all these experiences secret, and Gopal felt great joy in his mind. (Bhakti-ratnakara 1.123-4)

Through the power of Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s merciful association, Venkata Bhatta, his brother Prabodhananda Saraswati, his son Gopal Bhatta Goswami, and all the other members of his family, were inspired to give up the worship of Lakshmi-Narayan and became engaged in the exclusive devotional service of Radha and Krishna. Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami took initiation from his uncle, Tridandi Yati Srimat Prabodhananda Saraswati. Proof of this is found in the Hari-bhakti-vilasa:

bhakter vilasams cinute prabodha-
nandasya sisyo bhagavat-priyasya
gopala-bhatto raghunatha-dasam
santosayan rŸpa-sanatanau ca

Gopal Bhatta, the disciple of Prabodhananda who is dear to the Lord, has collected these devotional activities to satisfy Raghunath Das, Rupa and Sanatan Goswamis. (Hbv 1.2)

Gopal’s parents were very fortunate, for they surrendered themselves, life and soul, to the feet of Lord Chaitanya. They ordered their son to go to Vrindavan before they left this world, absorbed in meditating on the Lord. Gopal travelled directly to Vrindavan where he met with Rupa and Sanatan. (Bhakti-ratnakara 1.163-5)

Gopal Bhatta comes to Vrindavan

When Gopal arrived in Vrindavan, Rupa and Sanatan wrote to Mahaprabhu to tell him. The Lord was overjoyed and immediately wrote back telling them to affectionately take care of him as though he were their own younger brother. Srila Sanatan Goswami compiled the Hari-bhakti-vilasa and published it in Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami’s name. Rupa Goswami considered Gopal to be as dear to him as his own life and engaged him in the deity worship of Radha Raman.

Sri Gopal Bhatt Goswami became one of the Six Goswamis, but he always kept an attitude of meekness and humility. Thus, when Krishnadas Kaviraj approached him for permission to write the Chaitanya Charitamrita, he granted it, but under the condition that he not write about him. Krishnadas Kaviraj Goswami could not go against the order of Gopal Bhatta and thus did nothing more than mention his name. Sri Jiva Goswami writes in the introduction to the Sat-sandarbha that he wrote it on the basis of an earlier text by Gopal Bhatta. Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami also wrote a book called the Sat-kriya-sara-dipika (”Light on the essential sacraments for the Vaishnavas”). Thus his contribution to Gaudiya Vaishnava literature was in editing the Hari-bhakti-vilasa, preparing the notes for Jiva’s Sat-sandarbha and in compiling the Sat-kriya-sara-dipika. He also gave great joy to the community of devotees by writing a commentary on Bilvamangala’s Krishna-karnamrta.

Amongst his disciples were Srinivas Acharya and Sri Gopinath Das Goswami. The following story is told about Gopinath Das Goswami becoming Gopal Bhatta’s disciple. One day, Gopal Bhatta went to visit the town of Dev-van, (Now, Debbannd) Saharanapura, not far from Haridvara. On that occasion, a simple, devoted Brahmin engaged in his service in a most unpretentious manner. He had no children, but desired to have a son. Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami knew the desire of the Brahmin and blessed him that he would have a devotionally minded male child. The Brahmin promised Gopal Bhatta that he would give him his first son to be his servant and disciple. This son was Gopinath Das Goswami.

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Padmanabh das

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Sri Nimbarka Acharya appearance day 11/10

Posted in Vaishnav Calendar Notes, Vaishnavas on November 13, 2011 by padmanabhdas

Sri Nimbarka Acarya comes in the line of the Kumara Sampradaya and is believed to have lived around the 11th and 12th centuries. Born in the modern Murgarapattam in the southern Dravidian province, he was the son of Aruni and Jayanti, a very pious brahman a couple of the Tailanga order.

He was a great ascetic of the Tridandi order. He wrote many books according to the Dvaitadvaitavada and he lived most of his devotional life at a place called Nimbagrama near Govardhana at Vrindavana.

While at Nimbagrama, he defeated a great Jain pandit in a discussion. The Jain had refused to dine with him saying that the Sun had already set and so he would not take any food. At this, Nimbarka by his own potency made the sun appear from a Nimba tree and the astonished Jain accepted his hospitality. It is said that his name Nimbarka or Nimbaditya has been derived from this miracle of Aditya or Arka meaning sun from a nimba tree.

Once in a village near the forest of Bilva Paksha, a group of brahmanas came to engage in the worship of Lord Siva. Just as Lord Visnu is very much pleased when He is offered the leaves of His most beloved Tulasi, so Lord Siva is pleased by offerings of leaves from the bilva or bael tree. Thus the brahmanas worshipped Lord Siva by offering bilva leaves, for a period of one fortnight and satisfied Lord Siva greatly.

Amongst those brahmanas was one whose name was Nimbarka. He had been particularly attentive in his worship of Lord Siva. Being especially pleased with Nimbarka’s devotion, Lord Siva personally appeared to him.

"Nimbarka," said Lord Siva, "at the edge of this village is a sacred bael forest. There, in that forest, the four Kumaras are absorbed in meditation. By their mercy you will receive transcendental knowledge, for they are your spiritual masters, and by rendering service unto them you will receive all that is of value." After saying this Lord Siva disappeared.

Nimbarka immediately went to that place and with great determination he searched for the four Kumaras in every direction, until he finally found them, shining as brilliantly as the sun. They were seated on a very beautiful natural platform beneath a tree and they appeared like fire blazing on an altar. They were all very young, seeming to be no more than five years in age, but they appeared most noble in character as they sat there naked, rapt in meditation. Nimbarka was so excited that he cried out, "Hare Krsna!"

This sudden sound startled the four brothers, breaking their meditation. Opening their eyes, they saw before them the blissful form of an ideal devotee, and with great pleasure they embraced Nimbarka, one after another.

"Who are you," they asked, "and why have you come here? We are certainly ready to answer all your prayers."

Nimbarka fell at the feet of the four brothers like a rod, and with great humility he introduced himself.

With a sweet smile on his face Sanat Kumara then said, "The all-merciful Supreme Personality of Godhead, knowing that Kali-yuga will be extremely troublesome for the living entities, resolved to proagate devotional service to Himself. With this goal in mind, He has empowered four personalities with devotion and sent them into this world to preach. Ramanuja, Madhva, and Visnuswami are three and you are the fourth of these great souls. Laksmi accepted Ramanuja as a disciple, Brahma accepted Madhva, Rudra accepted Visnuswami and meeting you today we have the good fortune of being able to instruct you. This is our intention. Previously we were engaged in meditating on the impersonal Brahman, but by the causeless mercy of Lord Visnu, we have been relieved of this sinful activity. Since I have realised that it is essential to preach pure devotional service, I have composed a literary work entitled Sanat Kumara Samhita. After taking initiation from me, you should follow the instructions I have set forth therein."

Nimbarka was greatly enlivened at the prospect of taking initiation and he immediately ran to take bath in the Ganges. After this he quickly returned and prostrated himself once more before the effulgent brothers.

"O deliverers of the fallen," said Nimbarka, in all humility, "please deliver this low-born rascal."

In that sacred bael forest Nimbarka began to worship Sri Sri Radha Krsna according to the Sanat Kumara Samhita and he chanted the mantra they had given him. Very soon Radha and Krsna revealed Themselves to Nimbarka. They stood before him, spreading an effulgence which illuminated all directions. In sweet voices They addressed him thus: "Nimbarka, you are very fortunate, for you have performed Sadhana in Sri Navadwipa. We both combine, and assume one form, as the son of Sacidevi." At that moment Radha and Krsna combined and displayed Their form of Gauranga.

Beholding this splendid vision, Nimbarka began to tremble. "Never," he said, "Never have I ever seen or heard of such a form at any time."

Lord Gauranga then said, "Keep this form, which I now show you, a secret for the time being. Just preach about devotional service and the pastimes of Radha and Krsna, for I gain great satisfaction from this. When I make My appearance and perform My education pastimes, you will also appear. Taking birth in Kashmir as a great pandit, you will tour all over India defeating all opposition. Your reputation and learning will be celebrated everywhere and you will be known as KESAVA KASHIMIRI. Whilst wandering in Sri Navadwipa you will come to Sri Mayapur. Simply by hearing your name all the great pandits of Navadwipa will flee. Intoxicated with scholastic pride, I will take great pleasure in defeating you. However, by the mercy of Mother Sarasvati, the goddess of learning, you will realize My true identity. Giving up your false pride, you will take shelter of Me and I will reward you with the supreme gift of loving devotional service and will again despatch you to preach. Thus you can satisfy Me by preaching the philosophy of dvaita-advaita. Keep My identity a secret. In the future when I begin My sankirtan movement, I will personally preach, taking the essence of your philosophy and the philosophies of Madhva, Ramanuja and Visnuswami."

After instructing Nimbarka in this way, Lord Gauranga disappeared, and filled with intense ecstacy, Nimbarka began to shed tears of love. After worshipping the lotus feet of his gurus and taking their permission, he left Sri Navadwipa to begin his preaching mission.

Today is Gopastami

Posted in Vaishnav Calendar Notes on November 2, 2011 by padmanabhdas

(Also, today is disappearance day of Srinivas Acharya, Sri Gadadhara das Goswami and Sri Dhananjay Pandita…pls try to read something about these wonderful personalities today. Thanks)

Dear devotees,

Hare Krsna.
Dandvat pranam. Jai Srila Prabhupad.

Today is Gopastami. Today Sri Krsna started herding cows (till now He used to heard calves).

When Sri Krsna reached the pauganda age…six years of age is generally considered pauganda age, He wanted to be initiated as a Gopa….cowherd boy…so He started asking permission from His mother and father for the same. They of course thought He is too small for the task of herding cows. Earlier also Sri Krsna wanted to herd cows and at that time, Sri Nand Baba and Sri Yashoda mayi gave permission to tend to calves….so Sri Krsna was doing that but now He wanted to take care of bigger cows…

He used to argue that I am now very strong and able. And that He was….there was no doubt. Sri Krsna did every thing before schedule. Just soon after Garga muni did the namkaran samskar, He started crawling…at age of few months…and Srimad Bhagavatam says that He also started walking soon…so He was way ahead on the pediatric child developmental curves. As a matter of fact it is said that Sri Krsna resembled an adolescent (Kishor) at the age of seven (Till 5 yrs Kaumara, on 6th Pauganda begins, and on 11th Kishor stage begins)…that is why SriSri Kishor Kishori at Chicago temple while They look very young are small children between 7 and 11.

So finally Nand baba and Ma Yashoda gave permission. In the presence of Brahmans and all village people ceremony was carried out to award Sri Krsna, Balaram and other boys the position of cowherd boy…they were given the ropes, sticks, horns and flutes to carry.

Mother Yashoda wanted Sri Krsna to wear sandals while herding cows but He refused. It is a long pastime but we have often discussed this in our Friday class so I am going to skip it but we need to understand that shoes we wear represent dust/ dirt accumulated for years in our life…when we enter Vrindavan, we cant enter with shoes or sandals ON…we have to leave behind the dirt collected from endless lifetimes and enter into Vrindavan…with innocence as cow (cow represents innocence), purity of heart (like cow milk), being fearless (just like the cows were in presence of Krsna) and with no selfish interest (just like the cows and animals of Vrindavan…all are present to give pleasure to SriSri Radha and Krsna)…we enter Vrindavan..SriSri Kishor Kishori keeps watching us…They will become happy…and extend Their hands to give us shelter.

At the end of ceremony, being accompanied by musical instruments SriSri Krsna Balaram approached the cows…They washed their (cow’s) feet, bowed before the cows, fed them sweet fodder, offered praise to cows. Then SriSri Krsna Balaram took blessings from Sri Nand Baba and Ma Yashoda. Nand Baba gave a nice herding stick to Them and mother Yashoda gave Them nice tilak and then said – "O Rama (Balaram)…you stay in front of Krsna, Subal you stay behind, Sridam and Sudama you stay on Krsna’s sides and rest of the boys you please stay gathered around Krsna." This is the heart of a mother who is worried about her child going to herd cows in forest.

After the ceremony, SriSri Krsna Balaram called all the cows by making sounds like – hiyah hiyah..thus asking the cows to move. But they did not move at all. Why would they,,,,if they stay ahead of Krsna, then they will not be able to see Him …so finally Krsna went in front of cows and started walking and all cows started to follow Him.

Sri Krsna loved cows very much. When the cows are satisfied Krsna is satisfied. When the cows are hungry Krsna is hungry too. He calls them near by their individual names…He embraces them when they come near Him…Krsna relishes their scent (only people who has lived in village can appreciate this part as they have first hand experience of relishing the scent of cows)…He examines the cows closely to see if they are OK…feeds them with His own hands. AND the cows – without Krsna their heart is empty (sunyayitam jagatam saravam Govinda virahena mi) and they stand motionless as if they are paintings…they only recover and enjoy the sense of taste, smell, touch, seeing, hearing when they are reunited with Krsna. This is the relationship of Krsna with cows and of cows with Krsna….so much love…where are we?

He Srimati Radharani…pls give us the association of your devotees who can guide us, mercifully bless us to be able to serve Sri Krsna just like these cows serve Him.

There is so much to this pastime…to give as an example….Cows – Go is our senses…so pls read the pastimes of Go-charan and think how the senses can be serving Sri Krsna and how Sri Krsna (Lord Hrisikesh) gives us pleasure through devotional service. Pls find some time to read the Go-charan lila in Srimad Bhagavatam at this link –

http://vedabase.net/sb/10/15/en

namo brahmanya devaya, go brahman hitayaca, jagat dhitaya Krsnaya, Govindaya namo naham !!!

SriSri Krsna Balaram ki Jai !!! Sri Gopastami ki Jai !!! Sri Gopa Bhakta Vrinda Ki Jai !!!

(Todays is the first day when Gopis feel a lot of separation from Krsna as He is away herding cows for a whole day…so when Sri Krsna comes back from herding cows…they all come out to see Krsna…there is a beautiful painting made under Srila Prabhupad’s instructions on this…pls observe as to how the young Gopis are shown standing on terraces/ hiding to see Krsna as He returns…this is a very nectarean subject matter which devotees should learn about…Acharyas have written voluminous commentaries about this pastime of Sri Krsna returning home after herding cows…it is covered in couple shlokas in Srimad Bhagavatam but is expanded a lot more by our Acharyas…hopefully someday SriSri Radha Sharadbihari will give us an opportunity to discuss this wonderful pastime in company of devotees who are eager to relish it…pls pray for that moment…this pastime is lovingly called in Vrindavan as ‘Sanjhi Lila’).

Let us offer our danavts to Cows who are very dear to Sri Krsna. Please see as to how you can serve them nicely today and in this coming year. This is the go-puja mantra from Srila Sanatana Goswami’s Kartik Mahatmya –

lakshmir ya loka-palanam dhenu-rupena samsthita
ghritam vahati yajnarthe yama-pasham vyapohatu
agratah santu me gavo gavo me santu prishthatah
gavo me parshvatah santu gavam madhye vasamy aham

May Lakshmi, who takes the form of a cow among the protectors of this world and thus provides clarified butter for the sacrifice, free us from the fetters of death. Let cows be before me, behind me, and at my sides. May I live amidst cows!

your servant,
Padmanabh das

Today – Srila Prabhupad disappearance day (10/29) – fast till Noon

Posted in Reflections, Vaishnav Calendar Notes on October 29, 2011 by padmanabhdas

Dear devotees,

Hare Krsna.
Dandvat pranam. Jai Srila Prabhupad.

Today is the day when Srila Prabhupad disappeared from our physical vision to join the eternal pastimes of SriSri Radha Damodarji…which could be either by joining The Divine Couple in Goloka Vrindavan OR by going to some other planet to reclaim lost souls like us back to the Lotus Feet of his beloved Sri Krsna.

Today, we fast till noon. Today, please take some time to thank Srila Prabhupad for coming over to this material world for us, he had no need but just out of compassion for us, he came over. He also had no need to come to West, he was nicely situated at the Lotus Feet of SriSri Radha Damodarji in Vrindavan, but he left all that, he took the risk of coming to West….for the sole reason of helping us.

There is a verse from Srimad Bhagavatam where sage Karbhajan discusses Yuga avataras and he describes Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu –

tyaktva su-dustyaja-surepsita-rajya-lakṣmim, dharmiṣṭha arya-vacasa yad agad araṇyam
maya-mṛgamm dayitayepsitam anvadhavad, vande maha-puruṣa te caraṇāravindam

This verse according to our Acharyas predicts the appearance of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. It says, su-dustyaja surepsita rajya lakṣmim…O Krsna, leaving the association of Godess of fortune and all her opulence, which is being sought by big big Devatas, cursed by a elderly (acarya vacasu…brahmins..elderly people) You left for forest….You out of your pure mercy chased after the fallen conditioned souls who are in pursuit of sense enjoyment (sounds like Srimad Bhagavatam is describing us)…..I worship the Lotus feet of such Personality.

The above text describes Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Sri Krsna, Sri Rama…but it also describes Srila prabhupad’s dear Thakurji SriSri Radha Damodarji and also describes Srila Prabhupad.

Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu left Srimati Vishnupriya and took sanyas and chased after fallen souls to give them love of Krsna…SIMILARLY…Sri Krsna also left the opulence of Mathura to come to Vrindavan by the words (acarya vacasa) of His parents Sri Vasudev and Devaki…He runs through vrindavan chasing cows and His friends ( there is more to this as to how this verse describes Sri Krsna but that is for some other time)…SIMILARLY this verse describes Sri Ramchandra also as He also left His opulence in Ayodhya on the vacan…words of His mother and father, roamed in forest and blessed devotees….SIMILARLY it describes Srila Prabhupad’s favorite Thakurji SriSri Radha Damodarji and Srila Prabhupad himself…how…SriSri Radha Damodarji left the opulence of living in temple in Washington DC and travel on a bus which was going through forest of sheer illusion to catch & chase the people of US who are fallen and in pursuit of sense enjoyment (this is the same SriSri Radha Damodarji who resides in Sri Gita Nagari Dham)…and SIMILARLY Srila Prabhupad – Their beloved servant, left the opulence of Vrindavan, the most beautiful place on this planet, left the the opulence of living near SriSri Radha Damodarji and all Vaishnav Acharyas, devotees, Vrajvasis to come to this concrete jungle which is infested by dwi-pada pasu…two legged animals (us)…to chase after them and to give them Krsna Consciousness…driven by just pure love and compassion for them (us).

So this Srila Prabhupad is one and only for us. Let us thank him today by promising him that we will follow the path he has prescribed nicely. We will chant nicely, Follow all 4 regulative principles nicely. And we will love all devotees and be compassionate towards all living entities. This is called taking Srila Prabhupad’s heritage. Look at the beautiful picture of Srila Prabhupad in our house…close our eyes and see that picture captured in our heart…see the beautiful eyes full of love and compassion, see the beautiful tilak which curves sharply on his nose (his tilak in all his pictures is identical…he is an expert)…ad his beautiful childlike innocent laughter…Oh Srila Prabhupad…please bless us that we may never never never forget you. If that happens, all hope is lost…so pls dont let us ever forget you.

Many of us might be aware that Srila Prabhupad after writing his commentary on Bhagavat Gita, he communicated Bhagavat Gita in a more simple form in Bengali language, in a poetic form called ‘Gitar Gan’ (song of Gita)…I am sharing some of the wonderful poetry from Gitar Gan.

In the introductory stanzas of this wonderful work Srila Prabhupad writes –

Vṛndavana ramya sthana, seva kunja tara nama, śrī Radha Damodara sthtiti
tanhara caraṇe mui, ekanta asraya lai, kṛpa kori koro mora gati

In the lovely place of Vrndavana dhama, in grove named Seva Kunja, is where SriSri Radha Damodarji is situated. Their lotus feet is my only shelter that I take. Please show mercy upon me and become my refuge.

abhaya caraṇa Tava, asraye sarvada raba, ei mora nitya-kala asa
Bhaktivedanta bole, ami kintu dasa hole, vimocana e mayara phansa

I always remain fearless by always taking shelter at Your lotus feet. This is my eternal wish. Bhaktivedanta says, “I am only Your servant. Please release me from the noose of maya.

In the translation of 2 very imp shlokas from 18th chapter Srila Prabhupad writes…just see how nicely it is written, very clear and very simple…straight from Krsna’s flute to Srila Prabhupad’s heart to the paper…

manmana mad-bhakta hao more namaskar, amake paibe tumi pratijna amar

Always think of Me and become My devotee. Worship Me and offer your homage unto Me. Thus you will come to Me without fail. I promise you this because you are My very dear friend.

sarva dharma tyagi lao amara saran, raksiva tomake ami sada sarvaksan
kona cinta na karibe pap nahi habe, amara sarane tumi para santi pabe

Abandon all varieties of religion and just surrender unto Me. I shall deliver you from all sinful reaction. Do not fear.

I am attaching some pics of Srila Prabhupad I have. We are very fortunate to have come in contact with Srila Prabhupad. Let us all please fan that spark of good fortune and turn into a blazing fire of Krsna Consciousness.

Srila Prabhupad left this planet on 14th November, 1977 in Vrindavan…which is where his samadhi is built. He stayed on this planet for 81 years.

Srila Prabhupad charan kamal renu abhilasi –

Srila Prabhupad das dasanu das,
Padmanabh das