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Krsna Prasadam

The following excerpt from a letter written by Srila Prabhupada was circulated on Facebook last week, and my wife read it aloud to me. It was very informative in that it explained our position on vegetarian vs. non-vegetarian, and the benefits of eating Krsna prasadam (food offered first to the Lord).

…Regarding propaganda against animal slaughter in BTG. Please do not print any picture showing how a cow is being murdered in our BTG. This will pollute the whole atmosphere. We are not meant for moving anyone’s sentiment against animal slaughter, we are neither Buddhists or Jains, whose main propaganda is against animal slaughter. Even the so-called vegetarians who do not take Krishna prasadam are as much sinful as the non-vegetarians. Our propaganda is different, to make people Krishna Conscious, which automatically makes them sympathetic against any kind of animal slaughter. According to Srimad-Bhagavatam, one living entity subsists on the…

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The Blessings of Krishna: Trusting God and Learning to Lean on Him

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Bhaktivedanta VedaBaseBhagavad-gītā As It Is 1.19

sa ghoṣo dhārtarāṣṭrāṇāḿ

hṛdayāni vyadārayat

nabhaś ca pṛthivīḿ caiva

tumulo ‘bhyanunādayan

SYNONYMS

saḥ — that; ghoṣaḥ — vibration; dhārtarāṣṭrāṇām — of the sons of Dhṛtarāṣṭrahṛdayāni — hearts; vyadārayat — shattered; nabhaḥ — the sky; ca — also; pṛthivīm — the surface of the earth; ca — also; eva — certainly; tumulaḥ — uproarious; abhyanunādayan — resounding.

TRANSLATION

The blowing of these different conchshells became uproarious. Vibrating both in the sky and on the earth, it shattered the hearts of the sons of Dhṛtarāṣṭra.

PURPORT

When Bhīṣma and the others on the side of Duryodhana blew their respective conchshells, there was no heart-breaking on the part of the Pāṇḍavas. Such occurrences are not mentioned, but in this particular verse it is mentioned that the hearts of the sons of Dhṛtarāṣṭra were shattered by the sounds vibrated by the Pāṇḍavas’ party. This is due to the Pāṇḍavas and their confidence in Lord Kṛṣṇa. One who takes shelter of the Supreme Lord has nothing to fear, even in the midst of the greatest calamity.

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Fear can be one of the most debilitating emotions a living creature can feel. It can literally paralyze an individual and in some cases even cause their death. A rabbit will literally drop dead from fright. Heart attacks can occur because of fear. Long term psychological problems can result when repeated fear or stress are ongoing and relentless.

The purport—explanation of the gurus in Disciplic succession—tells us that if we take shelter of the Supreme Lord, in other words, throw all of our cares over onto God and put all of our faith in Him, we will have nothing to fear, because the Lord will take care of us. That may mean we will overcome any problems facing us, with God’s help. It many also mean, we will be completely successful in our endeavors. But, either way, we will not be alone as we go through the trials of our life.

The secret to making our world free from fear is to learn to live in total alignment with the wishes of God.

God desires us to “…always worship Me with exclusive devotion, meditating on My transcendental form…” (Chapter 9: verse 22, Bhagavad Gita As It Is by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada )

We do that by hearing about God, chanting His holy name, remembering Him throughout our day, offering prayers to Him, worshipping Him, assisting others who also serve Him, and cultivating a warm and loving relationship with God and the fellow members of the community. Finally we must learn to completely surrender to the Lord, let go and let God. That means putting your money where your mouth is and actually believing in God and His love for you. It means taking complete shelter of the Lord and being ready to live a fearless life, cared for by God and blessed by His love. He will…”carry what [we] lack, and …preserve what [we] have. (BG 9:22: purport)

The Bhagavad Gita teaches us that our soul is eternal and we do not die if our body dies. This knowledge should be comforting. Death of the body is merely a transition for our soul, like opening a door and going into another room.

So seek alignment with God through various  methods of connecting with Him and His devotional community, no matter what that may be.

Love God and love each other. Take shelter of the Lord and let Him take care of you.

Hare Krishna,

Abhidheya dd

 

Dancing For The Lord

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Dancing For The Lord

(Dedicated To Lord Chaitanya MahaPrabhu on the Festival of Gaura Purnima 2014)

Let my feet leap—

Let my heart soar,

Dancing for The Lord.

 

Let my songs sing—

Let my eyes adore,

Dancing for The Lord.

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Let my form sway—

Let my soul rejoice!

Dancing for The Lord.

 

Let the moments still,

Let all time cease,

Dancing for The Lord.

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Let my hair rise!

Let my skin tingle!

Dancing for The Lord.

 

Let the world be gone.

Let all actions cease.

Dancing for The lord.

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Let the mellows blend…

As I soak in You,

Dancing for The Lord.

 

Let my mind calm.

Let emotions peace.

Dancing for The Lord.

 

Let the God within

Touch the God without,

Dancing for The Lord.

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Let me bow my heart,

As I bow my head,

Dancing for The Lord.

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Eternal yoke—

To You my God,

Dancing for The Lord.

 

© Abhidheya Devi Dasi (V. L. Murray)

 

The Blessings of Krishna: Srimad Bhagavatam 1:7:22

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Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 1.7.22

arjuna uvāca

kṛṣṇa kṛṣṇa mahābāho

bhaktānām abhayańkara

tvam eko dahyamānānām

apavargo ‘si saḿsṛteḥ

SYNONYMS

arjunaḥ uvācaArjuna said; kṛṣṇaO Lord Kṛṣṇa; kṛṣṇaO Lord Kṛṣṇa; mahābāhoHe who is the Almighty; bhaktānām — of the devotees; abhayańkara — eradicating the fears of; tvam — You; ekaḥ — alone; dahyamānānām — those who are suffering from; apavargaḥ — the path of liberation; asiare; saḿsṛteḥin the midst of material miseries.

TRANSLATION

Arjuna said: O my Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa, You are the almighty Personality of Godhead. There is no limit to Your different energies. Therefore only You are competent to instill fearlessness in the hearts of Your devotees. Everyone in the flames of material miseries can find the path of liberation in You only.

PURPORT

Arjuna was aware of the transcendental qualities of Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa, as he had already experienced them during the Kurukṣetra War, in which both of them were present. Therefore, Arjuna‘s version of Lord Kṛṣṇa is authoritative. Kṛṣṇa is almighty and is especially the cause of fearlessness for the devotees. A devotee of the Lord is always fearless because of the protection given by the Lord. Material existence is something like a blazing fire in the forest, which can be extinguished by the mercy of the Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa. The spiritual master is the mercy representative of the Lord. Therefore, a person burning in the flames of material existence may receive the rains of mercy of the Lord through the transparent medium of the self-realized spiritual master. The spiritual master, by his words, can penetrate into the heart of the suffering person and inject knowledge transcendental, which alone can extinguish the fire of material existence.

Thoughts:

            When I read this exquisite verse, my heart hears a lovely prayer to be used in those moments when the darkside comes in a tries to destabilize our well-being. I think it should be memorized and learned so that it is automatic.

            “A devotee of the Lord is always fearless because of the protection given by the Lord.”

How many times do we as devotees forget that we are the specially loved of God. Lord Krishna always responds to His devotees with protection. And the more faith we have in that fact, the quicker we can receive that blessing.

             “The spiritual master is the mercy representative of the Lord… The spiritual master, by his words, can penetrate into the heart of the suffering person and inject knowledge transcendental, which alone can extinguish the fire of material existence.”

               The spiritual master is God’s great Grace. How wonderful to be able to receive the Grace of God through the assistance of one much more knowledgeable than us. His wisdom can alleviate our suffering and show us the way to God’s peace on earth

Hare Krishna,

Abhdiheya dd

 

The Expansions of Lord Nityānanda

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Nityananda

Today we honor the Appearance Day of Lord Nityananda. It is advised that devotees observe a half day fast, and meditate on some of the glories of Lord Nityananda. With this in mind we are posting one nice chapter from the Sri Caitanya-caritamrta describing the Lord and his devotees.

Sri Caitanya-caritamrta 1975 Edition
By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Adi-lila Chapter 11

The Expansions of Lord Nityānanda

As the branches and subbranches of Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu were described in the Tenth Chapter, in this Eleventh Chapter the branches and subbranches of Śrī Nityānanda Prabhu are similarly listed.

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Meaning of the Auspicious Marks on the Lotus Feet of Sri Nityananda Prabhu

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Nityananda lotus feet

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koti-candra-susitala

The lotusfeet of Lord Nityananda
are cooling like a million moons

Meaning of the Auspicious Marks on the Lotus Feet of Sri Nityananda Prabhu
Compiled and translated by Dasaratha-suta dasa

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The Blessings of Krishna: Krishna, the Remover of Obstacles

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Full Text and Purport from The Srimad Bhagavatam, Canto One by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Srila Prabhupada

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 1.7.10

sūta uvāca

ātmārāmāś ca munayo

nirgranthā apy urukrame

kurvanty ahaitukīḿ bhaktim

itthambhūta-guṇo hariḥ

SYNONYMS

sūtaḥ uvācaSūta Gosvāmī said; ātmārāmāḥ — those who take pleasure in ātmā (generally, spirit self); ca — also; munayaḥ — sages; nirgranthāḥ — freed from all bondage; apiin spite of; urukrame — unto the great adventurer; kurvantido; ahaitukīm — unalloyed; bhaktim — devotional service; itthambhūta — such wonderful; guṇaḥ — qualities; hariḥ — of the Lord.

TRANSLATION

All different varieties of ātmārāmas [those who take pleasure in ātmā, or spirit self], especially those established on the path of self-realization, though freed from all kinds of material bondage, desire to render unalloyed devotional service unto the Personality of Godhead. This means that the Lord possesses transcendental qualities and therefore can attract everyone, including liberated souls.

PURPORT

Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu explained this ātmārāma śloka very vividly before His chief devotee Śrīla Sanātana Gosvāmī. He points out eleven factors in the śloka, namely (1) ātmārāma, (2) munayaḥ, (3) nirgrantha, (4) api, (5) ca, (6) urukrama, (7) kurvanti, (8) ahaitukīm, (9) bhaktim, (10) itthambhūtaguṇaḥ and (11) hariḥ. According to the Viśvaprakāśa Sanskrit dictionary, there are seven synonyms for the word ātmārāma, which are as follows: (1) Brahman (the Absolute Truth), (2) body, (3) mind, (4) endeavor, (5) endurance, (6) intelligence and (7) personal habits.

The word munayaḥ refers to (1) those who are thoughtful, (2) those who are grave and silent, (3) ascetics, (4) the persistent, (5) mendicants, (6) sages and (7) saints.

The word nirgrantha conveys these ideas: (1) one who is liberated from nescience, (2) one who has no connection with scriptural injunction, i.e., who is freed from the obligation of the rules and regulations mentioned in the revealed scriptures like ethics, Vedas, philosophy, psychology and metaphysics (in other words the fools, illiterate, urchins, etc., who have no connection with regulative principles), (3) a capitalist, and also (4) one who is penniless.

According to the Śabdakośa dictionary, the affix ni is used in the sense of (1) certainty, (2) counting, (3) building, and (4) forbiddance, and the word grantha is used in the sense of wealth, thesis, vocabulary, etc.

The word urukrama means “the one whose activities are glorious.” Krama means “step.” This word urukrama specifically indicates the Lord’s incarnation as Vāmana, who covered the whole universe by immeasurable steps. Lord Viṣṇu is powerful, and His activities are so glorious that He has created the spiritual world by His internal potency and the material world by His external potency. By His all-pervading features He is everywhere present as the Supreme Truth, and in His personal feature He is always present in His transcendental abode of Goloka Vṛndāvana, where He displays His transcendental pastimes in all variegatedness. His activities cannot be compared to anyone else’s, and therefore the word urukrama is just applicable to Him only.

According to Sanskrit verbal arrangement, kurvanti refers to doing things for someone else. Therefore, it means that the ātmārāmas render devotional service unto the Lord not for personal interest but for the pleasure of the Lord, Urukrama.

Hetu means “causal.” There are many causes for one’s sense satisfaction, and they can be chiefly classified as material enjoyment, mystic powers and liberation, which are generally desired by progressive persons. As far as material enjoyments are concerned, they are innumerable, and the materialists are eager to increase them more and more because they are under the illusory energy. There is no end to the list of material enjoyments, nor can anyone in the material universe have all of them. As far as the mystic powers are concerned, they are eight in all (such as to become the minutest in form, to become weightless, to have anything one desires, to lord it over the material nature, to control other living beings, to throw earthly globes in outer space, etc.). These mystic powers are mentioned in the Bhāgavatam. The forms of liberation are five in number.

Therefore, unalloyed devotion means service to the Lord without desire for the above-mentioned personal benefits. And the powerful Personality of Godhead Śrī Kṛṣṇa can be fully satisfied by such unalloyed devotees free from all sorts of desires for personal benefit.

Unalloyed devotional service of the Lord progresses in different stages. Practice of devotional service in the material field is of eighty-one different qualities, and above such activities is the transcendental practice of devotional service, which is one and is called sādhanabhakti. When unalloyed practice of sādhanabhakti is matured into transcendental love for the Lord, the transcendental loving service of the Lord begins gradually developing into nine progressive stages of loving service under the headings of attachment, love, affection, feelings, affinity, adherence, following, ecstasy, and intense feelings of separation.

The attachment of an inactive devotee develops up to the stage of transcendental love of God. Attachment of an active servitor develops up to the stage of adherence, and that for a friendly devotee develops up to the stage of following, and the same is also the case for the paternal devotees. Devotees in conjugal love develop ecstasy up to the stage of intense feelings of separation. These are some of the features of unalloyed devotional service of the Lord.

According to Haribhakti-sudhodaya, the import of the word itthambhūta is “complete bliss.” Transcendental bliss in the realization of impersonal Brahman becomes comparable to the scanty water contained in the pit made by a cow’s hoof. It is nothing compared with the ocean of bliss of the vision of the Personality of Godhead. The personal form of Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa is so attractive that it comprehends all attraction, all bliss and all tastes (rasas). These attractions are so strong that no one wants to exchange them for material enjoyment, mystic powers and liberation. There is no need of logical arguments in support of this statement, but out of one’s own nature one becomes attracted by the qualities of Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa. We must know for certain that the qualities of the Lord have nothing to do with mundane qualities. All of them are full of bliss, knowledge and eternity. There are innumerable qualities of the Lord, and one is attracted by one quality while another is attracted by another.

Great sages, such as the four bachelor-devotees Sanaka, Sanātana, Sananda and Sanatkumāra, were attracted by the fragrance of flowers and tulasī leaves anointed with the pulp of sandalwood offered at the lotus feet of the Lord. Similarly, Śukadeva Gosvāmī was attracted by the transcendental pastimes of the Lord. Śukadeva Gosvāmī was already situated in the liberated stage, yet he was attracted by the pastimes of the Lord. This proves that the quality of His pastimes has nothing to do with material affinity. Similarly, the young cowherd damsels were attracted by the bodily features of the Lord, and Rukmiṇī was attracted by hearing about the glories of the Lord. Lord Kṛṣṇa attracts even the mind of the goddess of fortune. He attracts, in special cases, the minds of all young girls. He attracts the minds of the elderly ladies by paternal affection. He attracts the mind of the male in the humors of servitude and friendship.

The word hari conveys various meanings, but the chief import of the word is that He (the Lord) vanquishes everything inauspicious and takes away the mind of the devotee by awarding pure transcendental love. By remembering the Lord in acute distress one can be free from all varieties of miseries and anxieties. Gradually the Lord vanquishes all obstacles on the path of devotional service of a pure devotee, and the result of nine devotional activities, such as hearing and chanting, becomes manifested.

By His personal features and transcendental attributes, the Lord attracts all psychological activities of a pure devotee. Such is the attractive power of Lord Kṛṣṇa. The attraction is so powerful that a pure devotee never hankers for any one of the four principles of religion. These are the attractive features of the transcendental attributes of the Lord. And adding to this the words api and ca, one can increase the imports unlimitedly. According to Sanskrit grammar there are seven synonyms for the word api.

So by interpreting each and every word of this śloka, one can see unlimited numbers of transcendental qualities of Lord Kṛṣṇa that attract the mind of a pure devotee.

Excerpt from the Purport:

The word hari conveys various meanings, but the chief import of the word is that He (the Lord) vanquishes everything inauspicious and takes away the mind of the devotee by awarding pure transcendental love. By remembering the Lord in acute distress one can be free from all varieties of miseries and anxieties. Gradually the Lord vanquishes all obstacles on the path of devotional service of a pure devotee, and the result of nine devotional activities, such as hearing and chanting, becomes manifested.

Thoughts:

By focusing on the Lord, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, taking up active, undistracted practises of worship and study, one becomes a serious devotee of God. As one’s practise continues, the Lord removes all obstacles from the path of the inquirer/student, allowing them to live more comfortably and to gleen even greater results from their devotions. Such is the love of the Lord for His devotee.

Abhidheya dd