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Srimati's Abhiseka – Govinda-lilamrta

The eight prominent sakhīs know where Kṛṣṇa will go in the daytime. They each give an earring to Śrīmati Rādhārāṇī. Rādhārāṇī thus wears eight earrings. Rādhārāṇī maintains a connection with each of the aṣṭa-sakhīs by these earrings and is able to instruct them by Her mind. We have seen that in Gurudeva’s class people used to clip their microphones to His clothing. Why was this? They were recording him. They were not just recording his words but they were also sending the signal to different countries all over the world, so that all his devotees could hear his hari-kathā. The clip on Gurudeva’s shoulder would go to Russia, another clip on his uttarīya would go to America. In this way his message was immediately spread in many languages. It is quite a similar case with these earrings used by Rādhārāṇī. People do not understand what decoration is. Real decoration is this service performed by the sakhīs. The set of earrings connects to the eight prominent sakhīs. If people have some transcendental knowledge, they can understand this. Otherwise, they will think this is only imagination. The sakhīs and mañjarīs adorn Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī’s nose with a shining pearl. This ornament hangs from the middle of Her nose and touches the top of Her upper lip. Kālī, Durgā and some demigoddesses wear this. Bulls and buffaloes also where a ring in the center of the nose so their master can tie them or pull them as he needs to. But do not think that the nose rings worn by buffaloes and those worn by the gopīs, Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī and Kṛṣṇa Himself are in any way the same. Śrīmatī is offered this nose ring. It has the special ability to not allow any bad smell, dust or bacteria to go inside the nose. The gopīs wear this and so does Kṛṣṇa. The function of this nose ring is very special. Do not think that it is used to pull the Vrajavāsīs around. Lalitā Devī leads the other sakhīs in decorating Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī’s body. Lalitā Devī has arranged many different jeweled ornaments. She gives Rādhārāṇī bangles made of ivory. The sakhīs place rings on Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī’s fingers, and paint Her nails with mehindi. They place around Her neck a pearl necklace, the syamantaka-maṇi, and a garland of flowers. Then they decorate Her hair with very small flowers. After the sakhīs and mañjarīs have finished bathing and dressing Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī, the gopīs give Her a mirror and show Her reflection. By showing Rādhārāṇī Her own reflection, She is able to see the image of Kṛṣṇa in the syamantaka-maṇi.

CAN WE LIVE WITHOUT SANKHA? – Merciful Speech of the Genuine Vaiṣṇavas?

One cannot feel any peace in this world without the merciful speech of the genuine vaiṣṇavas. A person may take so many pharmaceutical drugs to alleviate his aches and pains, but nothing will give permanent help, and nothing will cleanse his heart and mind of contaminations. The only method to clean the heart is the blowing of the divine conch, or the speech of the Vaiṣṇavas. Kṛṣṇa beats with His gadā, club, and plays with His lotus, and cuts with His cakra, but these cannot clean the anarthas in the sādhakas’ hearts. Only the śaṅkha is capable for this task. This is called bhagavad-vāṇī; vāṇī-vaibhava. Śrīla Gurudeva is not gone. His vāṇī is present. This is connected to līlā-śakti and is called vyāsa-pūjā. Only if vyāsa is present can he be worshipped. How can one worship vyāsa, do vyāsa-pūjā, if he is not present? How can he accept any of one’s offerings if we have no faith in his transcendental nature? Is Gurudeva gone? Where has he gone? He has not gone. He is with us, always taking care of us and attending all our programs. This is his vāṇī vaibhava, and is the program of līlā-śakti. This is called vyāsa-pūjā.

Verse 10: Further Discussion on Rāgānuga-bhakti

Because the practice of smaraṇa is predominant in rāgānuga-bhakti, some persons, prior to the actual appearance of rāga within the heart, make a deceitful display of solitary bhajana while still plagued with anarthas. They consider themselves rāgānuga-bhaktas and thus begin to practise remembrance of aṣṭa-kālīyā-līlā. But...

Part Three: Gaudiya Matha Seva and Establishing the Gaudiya Vedanta Samiti

In his lectures, Sri Gurupada-padma often mentioned his internal mood when he named the Samiti. It reflected his understanding that to nurture transcendental life it is absolutely necessary to adopt the pure teachings of the mahajanas. These pure teachings were presented by Sri Vedavyasaji, who compiled Vedanta-sutra for the ultimate welfare of the jivas. The Vedanta is the distillation of the Upanisads, which are in turn the essence of the Vedas. There are more than eleven hundred Upanisads, and their established subject is the worship of sarva-saktiman, the possessor of all potencies and the shelter of all transcendental qualities, who is the blissful para-brahma. In other words, the Upanisads teach the practice of bhakti. Only through this practice can the jiva become forever free from birth, death and the threefold miseries, and attain the loving service of the supremely blissful complete Reality (purna-brahma), Sri Krsna...

HOW DO WE MAKE OUR ENEMY SENSES OUR FRIENDS?

“No! I am great and superior to all. I am more qualified than everyone else. All must spread my glories far and wide.” “Mahārāja, you are not being honest with yourself. You do not know how to offer proper respect. You are not very competent and are in fact quite ordinary.”

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