Śrī Guru Praṇāma – Obeisances To The spiritual Master

Śrī Guru Praṇāma - Obeisances To The spiritual Master

Śrī Guru Praṇāma

Obeisances To The spiritual Master

oṁ ajñāna-timirāndhasya jñānāñjana-śalākayā
cakṣur unmīlitaṁ yena tasmai śrī-gurave namaḥ

I offer my respectful obeisances unto my spiritual master, who has opened my eyes, blinded by the darkness of ignorance, with the torchlight of knowledge.

Śrīla Prabhupāda Praṇati:

nāma oṁ viṣṇu-pādāya kṛṣṇa-preṣṭhāya bhū-tale
śrīmate bhaktivedānta-svāmin iti nāmine

I offer my respectful obeisances unto His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda, who is very dear to Lord Kṛṣṇa, having taken shelter at His lotus feet.

namas te sārasvate deve gaura-vāṇī-pracāriṇe
nirviśeṣa-śūnyavādi-pāścātya-deśa-tāriṇe

Our respectful obeisances are unto you, O spiritual master, servant of Sarasvatī Gosvāmī. You are kindly preaching the message of Lord Caitanyadeva and delivering the Western countries, which are filled with impersonalism and voidism.

Śrī Śrī Gurv-aṣṭaka:

1.
samsara-davanala-lidha-loka-
trāṇāya karunya-ghanaghanatwam
prāptasya kalyāṇa-guṇārṇavasya
vande guroḥ sri-charanaravindam

The spiritual master is receiving benediction from the ocean of mercy. Just as a cloud pours water on a forest fire to extinguish it, so the spiritual master delivers the materially afflicted world by extinguishing the blazing fire of material existence. I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of such a spiritual master, who is an ocean of auspicious qualities.

2.
mahapraboh kirtana-nritya-gita-
vāditra-mādyan-manaso rasena
romancha-kampashru-taranga-bhajo
vande guroḥ sri-charanaravindam

Chanting the holy name, dancing in ecstasy, singing, and playing musical instruments, the spiritual master is always gladdened by the saṅkīrtana movement of Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu. Because he is relishing the mellows of pure devotion within his mind, sometimes his hair stands on end, he feels quivering in his body, and tears flow from his eyes like waves. I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of such a spiritual master. [Read More…]

Srila Prabhupada explains the appearance of Lord Krishna

As stated in the Bhagavad-gītā, the Lord says that His appearance, birth, and activities, are all transcendental, and one who understands them factually becomes immediately eligible to be transferred to the spiritual world. The Lord’s appearance or birth is not like that of an ordinary man who is forced to accept a material body according to his past deeds. The Lord’s appearance is explained in the Second Chapter: He appears out of His own sweet pleasure. When the time was mature for the appearance of the Lord, the constellations became very auspicious. The astrological influence of the star known as Rohiṇī was also predominant because this star is considered to be very auspicious. Rohiṇī is under the direct supervision of Brahmā. According to the astrological conclusion, besides the proper situation of the stars, there are auspicious and inauspicious moments due to the different situations of the different planetary systems. At the time of Kṛṣṇa’s birth, the planetary systems were automatically adjusted so that everything became auspicious.

that time, in all directions, east, west, south, north, everywhere, there was an atmosphere of peace and prosperity. There were auspicious stars visible in the sky, and on the surface in all towns and villages or pasturing grounds and within the minds of everyone there were signs of good fortune. The rivers were flowing full of waters, and lakes were beautifully decorated with lotus flowers. The forests were full with beautiful birds and peacocks. All the birds within the forests began to sing with sweet voices, and the peacocks began to dance along with their consorts. The wind blew very pleasantly, carrying the aroma of different flowers, and the sensation of bodily touch was very pleasing. At home, the brāhmaṇas, who were accustomed to offer sacrifices in the fire, found their homes very pleasant for offerings. Due to disturbances created by the demoniac kings, the sacrificial fire alter had been almost stopped in the houses of brāhmaṇas, but now they could find the opportunity to start the fire peacefully. Being forbidden to offer sacrifices, the brāhmaṇas were very distressed in mind, intelligence and activities, but just on the point of Kṛṣṇa’s appearance, automatically their minds became full of joy because they could hear loud vibrations in the sky of transcendental sounds proclaiming the appearance of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. [Read More…]

BG7.5 Lecture on Janmashtami Festival | Srila Prabhupada

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Nitāi: “Besides this inferior nature, O mighty-armed Arjuna, there is a superior energy of Mine, which are all living entities who are struggling with material nature and are sustaining the universe.”

 

Prabhupāda:

 

apareyam itas tv anyāṁ
prakṛtiṁ viddhi me parām
jīva-bhūtāṁ mahā-bāho
yayedaṁ dhāryate jagat
[Bg. 7.5]

 

So Kṛṣṇa has explained this material world, bhūmir āpaḥ analo vāyuḥ. Now, this is also nature, prakṛti. There is another nature, prakṛti. Prakṛti means strī-liṅga, woman. Jīva-bhūta, the living entities, are not mentioned in this connection as puruṣa. Not puruṣa. The Māyāvādī philosophers, they think themselves as puruṣa. The karmīs also, they think they are puruṣa. Puruṣa means enjoyer, and prakṛti means enjoyed. But Kṛṣṇa does not say that the living entity is puruṣa. He says prakṛti. Prakṛti is always subordinate to the puruṣa. That is the natural way.

 

In the Manu-saṁhitā it is said that prakṛti, or strī, never deserve to be independent. Na strī svātantryam arhati. So as soon as the living entity is accepted as prakṛti, then it is to be understood that she is under the control of the supreme puruṣa, Puruṣottama. Kṛṣṇa is Puruṣottama. And Kṛṣṇa has been accepted as the puruṣa by Arjuna. Paraṁ brahma paraṁ dhāma pavitraṁ paramaṁ bhavān, puruṣaṁ śāśvatam [Bg. 10.12]. It is not that Kṛṣṇa has become puruṣa now, and before that He was impersonal. No. Kṛṣṇa is puruṣaṁ śāśvatam, eternally He is puruṣa, eternally He is enjoyer. He’s never enjoyed. You cannot enjoy Kṛṣṇa, or God, for your sense gratification. That is not possible. He can use you for His sense gratification. That is bhakti-mārga. The bhaktas, they never claim to be puruṣa. They are always subordinate. Mama janmani janmanīśvare bhavatād bhaktir ahaitukī tvayi [Cc. Antya 20.29, Śikṣāṣṭaka 4]. This is bhakti-yoga.

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Beautiful Names of Cowherd Boys

Names of Cowherd Boys

Names of Cowherd Boys
(From Govinda Vṛndāvana portion of Gautamīya tantra)

Text 119
tasyāgre bhagavān rāma āsīnaḥ su-mahāsane
nitya-yauvana-saṁyukto nayanānanda-vigrahaḥ

tasya – of Him, agre – in the presence, bhagavān – Lord, rāma – Balarāma, āsīnaḥ – sitting, su-mahāsane – great throne, nityā-yauvanaḥ – eternal youth, samyukto – endowed with, nayanānanda-vigrahah – whose form brings bliss to the eyes.

Facing Lord Kṛṣṇa, on a great throne sits Lord Balarāma, who is eternally youthful, whose form brings bliss to the eyes.

Text 120
apaṇgeṇgita-saṁyukto ramya-vaktrārūnekṣaṇaḥ
koṭi-kotīndu-saṇkāsa-lāvaṇyāmṛta-sāgaraḥ

apāṅga – in the corner of His eyes, in gītā – signals, saṁyukto – endowed, ramyā-vaktrārunekṣaṇaḥ – with graceful reddish eyes, kotih-kotīndu-sankāsa – the splendor of millions and millions of moons, lāvaṇya – handsomeness, amṛta – of nectar, sāgarah – an ocean.

…who sends hinted messages from the corners of His graceful, reddish, bending eyes, who is glorious like millions of millions of moons, who is a great ocean of handsomeness,…

Text 121
nīla-kuntala-saṁsakta-vāma-gaṇda-vibhūṣitaḥ
su-snigdhā-nīla-kuntala-nīla-vastropaśobhitaḥ

nīla – dark, kuntala – hair, saṁsakta – touching, vāma – left, gaṇda – cheek, vibhūṣitaḥ – decorated, sū-snigdhā – glorious, nīla – dark, kuntala – hair, nīla – blue, vastra – garments, upaśobhitaḥ – decorated.

…whose glistening dark locks decorate His left cheek, who is dressed in blue garments,…

Text122
nīlaratnādy-alaṅkāra-sevyamānaḥ tanu-śriyaḥ
visrasta-nīla-vasana-rasanā-vilasat-kātiḥ

nīlaratna – with sapphires, ādy – beginning, alaṅkāra – ornaments, sevyamānas – served, tanu – of the body, śriyaḥ – with the splendor, visrasta – loosened, nīla – blue, vasana – garments, rasanā – belt, vilasat – splendid, kātiḥ – belt.

…whose ornaments of sapphires and other jewels are themselves decorated by the glory of His transcendental form, whose blue garments are tied by a belt at His splendid hips,…

Text 123
nīla-majīra-saṁsakta-su-pāda-dvandva-rājitaḥ
kotī-candra-pratīkāśa-nakha-maṇḍala-māṅditaḥ

nīla – blue, majīra – anklets, saṁsakta – touched, su-pāda-dvandvā-rājitah – splendid feet; kotīḥ-candrā-pratīkāśa – splendor of ten million moons, nakha-maṅdala-māṅditaḥ – decorated with nails.

…whose glorious feet are decorated with blue anklets, and whose nails are splendid like ten million moons.

Text 124
revaty-ādy-anucaryaś ca śatā-saṅkhyāś cā yoṣitaḥ
tābhiḥ parivṛtā rāmaḥ suśubhe paramaḥ pumān

revatī – with Revatī, ādi – headed, anucaryaś – followers, ca – and, śatā-saṅkhyāś – hundred in number, ca – and, yoṣitaḥ – women, tābhiḥ – of them, parivṛtā – surrounded, rāmaḥ – Lord Balarāma, suśubhe – shines, paramaḥ, pumān – the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

Lord Balarāma, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is surrounded by a hundred maidservants headed by Revatī, shines with great splendour.

Text 125
yathā kṛṣṇas tathā rāmaḥ subāhuḥ subalo ‘pi ca
śrīdāmāḥ vasudāmāś ca sudāmāś ca mahābalaḥ

yathā – as, kṛṣṇas – Kṛṣṇa, tathā – so, rāmah – Balarāma, subāhuḥ – Subāhu; subala – Subala; api – also; ca – and; śrīdāmā – Śrīdāmā; vasudāmāḥ – Vasudāmā; ca – and; sudāmā – Sudāmā; ca – and; mahābalaḥ – Mahābala.

As Lord Kṛṣṇa is glorious, so also are glorious Lord Balarāma and the gopas Subāhu, Subala, Śrīdāmā, Vasudāmā, Sudāmā Mahābala,…

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Text 126
lavaṇgas ca mahābāhuḥ stoka-kṛṣṇāḥ ‘rjjunas tathā
aṁsuka vṛṣabhas caiva vṛṣala jaya-mālavaḥ

Lavaṅga, Mahābāhu, Stoka-kṛṣṇa, Arjjuna, Aṁsuka, Vṛṣabha, Vṛṣala, Jaya-mālava,…  [Read More…]

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