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Nrsimhadeva glory, Srinivas Acarya, Madhavendra Puri, glories – Prabhuji 7 Mar 2020

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ANANYATA – EXCLUSIVE DEVOTION – Whats Wrong With Taking the Maha-Prasada of Dvarakadisa?

Srila Gurudeva always served with the moods of the Vraja-devīs. Someone once brought mahā-prasāda from the Dvārakādīśa Temple to Śrīla Gurudeva. Gurudeva respectfully accepted  and distributed  to others, but refused to personally eat the remnants of Rukmiṇī.The person was offended and said, “You accept alms given by low-castes but will not take the mahā-prasāda of Dvārakādīśa!”“We are the resolute servants of the Vraja-devīs,” Gurudeva replied, “and will only accept their remnants. We collect raw ingredients that we prepare and offer to Śrī Śrī Radha-Vinoda Bihārī and we subsist only on Their mahā-prasāda.”Śrīla Gurudeva thus taught his followers how to be uncompromising. Gurudeva advised, “Follow in the anugatya of the Vaiṣṇavas. In an emergency, or to enable your guru-sevā, you can take the prasāda from Lord Rāma or at a Viṣṇu temple. However, you should always strive to be fully committed to Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa in Vraja.”Śrīla Gurudeva recounted a story in this regard:“An old Bābājī Mahārāja once lived in a village called Raṇavāḍī in Vraja-maṇḍala more than a hundred years ago. At one point, the desire awakened in him to have darśana of Dvārakā. A brāhmaṇa family came who were going to Dvārakā and offered to take the Bābājī along, paying the full cost of travel. The Bābājī agreed and they took him along with them. When this Bābājī Mahārāja returned to Vraja, all the sādhus neglected him. He could no longer remember the eight-fold daily pastimes of Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa and suffered immensely.“This Bābājī had a friend named Siddha Kṛṣṇadāsa Babaji, who was always absorbed in service to harināma and Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa. Bābājī Mahārāja visited his friend, but when Siddha Kṛṣṇadāsa saw him come he refused to associate with him, saying; Srimati Radhika would be angered with someone who had taken the brand of Dvāraka and had eaten the remnants of Rukmiṇī’s cooking.’“That Bābājī Mahārāja became greatly distressed and thought,‘This life is useless if the pastimes of Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa do not appear in my heart!’ He went back to his cottage and, locking himself inside, repented and prayed for forgiveness from Śrīmatī Rādhikā. After three days a fire rang from within his body and consumed him. The villagers forced open the door days later and found only a pile of ashes.”Śrīla Gurudeva fearlessly preached the message of Mahāprabhu, the aspiration for mañjarī-bhāva—the service of Śrīmatī Rādhikā as Her confidential maidservant. He continuously read the glories of the Vraja-devīs and explained how this is the line and mood of the Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇavas. Many reputed Gauḍīyas reserve or hide this mood without explaining  to anyone. A dedicated disciple should endeavor to emulate Śrīla Gurudeva’s sentiment. Simultaneously, he should offer respect from a distance to anyone who does not adhere to Śrīla Gurudeva’s mood.Srila Gurudeva ki Jaya! (Excerpted from the Bhaktabandhav book publication, “Sri Guru Darshan”.

Aksaya-trtiya Hari-katha

Today, on Aksaya-trtiya the universe was created by Brahma. The universe took its shape today, so today is the first day of Creation. Also, Brahma created barley, which is like a medicine, and which is the root of all the corn and other foodstuffs. Barley is given today to Krsna...

Kartika-vrata in Vraja-mandala

If anyone has the desire to follow kārtika-vrata, urjā-vrata, he should always reside in the holy dhāma of Śrī Vraja-māṇḍala. If one tear for God falls from the eyes, this is like an offering of flowers. This love is our worship. In kali-yuga, even by thousands of spiritual rituals, we cannot attain freedom from māyā. On the other hand, if a person’s heart once melts and cries out for the mercy of God, all help will come to him. Even though God is omnipresent, when we come to His holy dhāma, we experience a different kind of relief. In the holy dhāma, there is good opportunity for saintly association. Even if we are not in the holy dhāma physically, if we remember these holy places, Śrī Guru and Vaiṣṇavas will definitely help us. We are not alone, Guru and Vaiṣṇavas are always with us. When one follows this vrata, he should offer a ghee lamp and bhoga to Rādhā-Dāmodara. In this month especially, one should be careful to avoid making offenses and to have good character. Give respect to all; don’t have any anger fire or bad desires. Try to always be humble, and then certainly you will receive mercy. By the causeless mercy of our spiritual preceptors, we are trying to follow kārtika-vrata, urjā-vrata. How can we attain the mercy of Urjeśvarī Śrīmatī Rādhārānī? How can we attain the mercy of Rādhā-Dāmodara? Our lineage of divine masters have called us to the holy dhāma. Śrīmatī Rādhārānī has manifested Her countless sakhīs and mañjarīs from Her heart. The night of śaradiya-rāsa-purnima is very auspicious. Śrī Vṛndāvana-dhāma will help everyone, including conditioned souls, mystic yogīs, and so forth. This pure help is not ordinary. In other places, only after millions of lives of practice may one attain perfection. Even then there is no guarantee of one’s destination. Śrīmatī Rādhārānī’s potency is present everywhere in Śrī Vraja-māṇḍala, especially during this month. Therefore, Śrī Guru is inviting us to be here. By staying in Śrī Vraja-māṇḍala, we can receive Vṛndā-devī’s mercy. Later, Śrīmatī Rādhārānī will give the sincere practitioner self-realization and service to Kṛṣṇa.

Diti's Vrata – Srimad Bhagavatam

A woman, following the orders of her husband, should start this vrata, which can fulfill all one’s desires, on the first day of the waxing fortnight of the Agrahāyaṇa month. Before beginning worship of the Lord, the woman should hear the story of the Maruts’ birth. Under the instructions of qualified brāhmaṇas, she should clean her teeth, bathe, and dress herself with white cloth and ornaments in the morning before taking breakfast, and then engage in the worship Lord Viṣṇu and Lakṣmī...

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