Prasadam is Thakurji Himself. Both Krishna and Prasadam are non-different. This we all know as we do Krishna Bhajana. However in Raganuga Bhajana, the concept of honouring Krishna Prasadam goes a little bit deeper as compared to other systems of Bhakti. Especially people at the stage of Nishtha or steadfastness in devotional activity abide by a customized rule book which is in direct resonance with Braja Bhakti. Continue reading “Honouring Prasadam”
Sriman Chaitanya Mahaprabhu displayed the mood of one drowned in the ocean of ecstatic mellows during the course of His last 12 years of manifest pastimes. He wailed day in day out in separation from His beloved Sri Krishna during the Gambhira pastimes at Puri. Continue reading “Bhakti Tattva – Part Four”
The transcendental position of Vishuddha Sattva is also described in Bhagavat Sandarbha.The Bhagavata Sandarbha establishes that the Personality of Godhead is the original compiler of the Vedic system and thus establishes the aspect of Bhagawan that is the form of Parabrahman or the original Purusa, Sri Krishna.The Paramatma Sandarbha describes the particular aspect of Godhead that exists in the heart of every living entity. Continue reading “Bhakti Tattva – Part Three”
The Lord Sriman Mahaprabhu bifurcated the entire movement into 2 parts. He appointed Rupa Goswami as the head of the sadhakas at Vrindavana and appointed Sri Nityananda Prabhu as his chief preacher of the Holy Name and sent Him amongst the jeevas or living entities in Bengal to encourage them to take to Krishna Bhajana. Sri Nityananda Prabhu is the very fountainhead of devotional activity and soon flooded Gauda desha or Bengal with the mellows of devotional activity.The two brothers Gaura and Nitai are non-different and each considered the other dear as one’s own life. Lord Nityananda sold Himself to the village folk of Bengal. He would render Himself to anyone who would once utter the name “Gaura”. He thus established the brilliance of Sri Gauracandra. Sri Nityananda delivered everyone in Gauda desha although the entire land was strewn with fallen ones. This was the glory of Sri Nityananda Prabhu; the fountainhead of Love of Godhead. Continue reading “Bhakti Tattva – Part Two”
Based on the Chaitanya Charitamrita ; this is a series of articles that delineates the Bhakti tattva rooted on the life and teachings of Sriman Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. The article series focuses on the Madhya leela of the great work. Continue reading “Bhakti Tattva – Part One”
The Chaitanya Charitamrita is the magnum opus written by Srila Krishnadasa Kaviraja Goswami . This is especially so because of the subject. Sriman Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is the subject of the work. Sriman Mahaprabhu is the very same Supreme Personality of Godhead Sri Krishna who advented 530 years ago adorning the mood of a perfect devotee. Many religious and spiritual organizations have declared that the study of this great work is the Ph.d of Spiritual sciences.
In the Bhakti world , the Shastras are often the most misinterpreted elements of knowledge. The intention of the writer of the Shastra , his mood and his ideas are communicated in words. Sanskrit was the original language of all spiritual literature. Depending on the sadhana , the spiritual practices one is undertaking and the most important ,the Guru, the same Shastra will highlight different spiritual connotations in the minds of the spiritual aspirant. In Vedic times, when there was less “consciousness pollution” , lesser amount of material contamination ; Continue reading “Interpretation”
Gaudiya Vaishnavism is a parampara based on the various moods of Sri Nandanandana based on the “original mood” as transmitted into the system by Sriman Mahaprabhu. The intention of the statement can be elaborated by a small example. For a person who “attains His swaroop” or original nature makes the slightest distinction when he is dealing with “rasa” or devotional mellow. For example for a person who appreciates
About 50 to 100 years back; things in the world of Krishna Bhajana (The means) and Sadhana(The means to the goal) were very different. Although Sriman Mahaprabhu during His time revealed the most esoteric aspect of the Highest Goal; this was under clout even about a 100 years ago. Sriman Mahaprabhu’s vibrant and ecstatic moods were concealed by the preachers of His movement since the past century for obvious social reasons. However today we have a more mature devotee clan.
In Krishna Bhajana , the devotee expects nothing in return for his service. He is simply happy when he serves the Lord. Here what is important is this mood. Attaining this mood itself is an important aspect of our “Prayojana”- The Goal. However it is a common sight that we meet devotees who engage in Krishna Bhajana , yet there is a dearth of this mood in “totality”. They say that “We are puny creatures and that we are not qualified to serve Krishna , yet we do it”. Continue reading “Attaining the Highest ideal”