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Monsoon In Vrindavan

 

Yesterday we went to Syama-dhak, near Govardhan Hill, where Radha and Krsna had many sweet pastimes. The forested area was a beautiful lush green from the monsoon rains that are showering down on Vrindavan now. Even the lakes and streams were bright green from a particular algae that grows in them this time of year! And most relishable was the association of a 98-year-old sadhu who shared with us his realizations on the importance of chanting the holy names of Krsna. I couldn’t stop taking photos of his different moods in Krsna consciousness! Vrindavan is such a wonderful place!

 

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The Vrindavan Research Institute


Today we had the extreme good fortune to visit the prestigious Vrindavan Research Institute where there are more than 32,000 Gaudiya Vaisnava scriptures, including many original writings of Srila Rupa Goswami, Srila Jiva Goswami, Srila Sanatana Goswami and Srila Narottam das Thakur. In fact, many of their writings are unknown and yet unpublished. A number of these scriptures had been kept for centuries in the Radha Damodar Temple in Vrindavan and were donated to the institute over 60 years ago. I could not believe my eyes when I was shown Srila Rupa Goswami’s original handwritten Bhakti Rasamrita Sindhu and Srila Narottam das Thakur’s handwritten Prarthana. Touched by the graciousness of the persons in charge, I offered to help in the restoration and maintenance of these sacred scriptures so dear to our hearts.

 

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Once Upon A Time / Вишвакарама возводит Вриндаван

Dear devotees! This coming Tuesday’s lecture [ May 18, 2021 ] is entitled, “Once Upon A Time.” We’ll be discussing a very interesting and unique pastime – the creation of the original town of Vrindavan 5,000 years ago by the architect of the demigods, Visvakarama. Of course, everything in Vrindavan is eternal, but that includes ‘creation pastimes’! And wait until you hear what special reward Lord Krsna bestowed upon the devatas! 3:30 pm India time on my YouTube channel.

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на русском   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7q1vjJmdWQo

на английском   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4T6hSfYKmuA

 

 

 

 

 

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О Кришна, Ты сама весна

«О Кришна, Ты сама весна, что заставляет лозу мадхвики (Радху) цвести от счастья.

Пусть же те, в чьих сердцах уже зародилась преданность Тебе, кто, отворив свой слух,

боготворят капли чистейшего великолепного океана нектара Твоих любовных игр во Врадже,

достигнут царства трансцендентной сладости и плавают в его волнах чистой любви».

[ Шрила Рупа Госвами, Видагдха-мадхава 7.62 ]

 

 

“O Krsna who are the springtime that makes the madhvika vine of Radha blossom with happiness. May those persons, in whose heart devotion for You has already sprouted and who open their ears to and worship drops of the pure and splendid nectar ocean of Your loving pastimes in Vraja, attain that kingdom of transcendental sweetness and swim in its waves of pure love.”

[ Srila Rupa Goswami, Vidagdha-madhava 7.62 ]

 

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Дом, где родился Шрила Бхактисиддханта Сарасвати Тхакур

Драгоценная фотография комнаты

в доме Шрилы Бхактивинода Тхакура на Гранд-роуд в Джаганнатха Пури,

где в этот мир явился Шрила Бхактисиддханта Сарасвати.

[ любезно предоставлено Е.C. Бхагават Махараджем ]

 

A precious photo of the room in Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur’s house on Grand Road in Jagannatha Puri where Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati appeared in this world.

[ courtesy of HH Bhagavat Maharaja ]

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Сокрушение

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“В детстве я был еще глупцом; ведь в этом возрасте кто знает, что такое паломничество в святое место? В юности, полны желаний удовольствий, я трепетал пред теми, кто наслаждается как короли. Сейчас же тело стало дряхло, и хотя органы чувств разрушены, петля их деятельности остается туго стянута на шее в форме привязанности к вещам этого мира. Увы, как же далеко я от Вриндавана!”

[ Шрила Прабодхананда Сарасвати, Вивека-стакам, стих 6 ]

 

 

 

A Lament

“In childhood I was already a fool; after all, at that age who knows what pilgrimage to a holy place is? In my youth, filled with desire for sense gratification, I stood in awe of those enjoying like kings. Now this body is taken over by decrepitude and although my sense organs are destroyed, the noose of their activities remains tight around my neck in the form of affection for the things of this world. Alas, how far I am from Vrindavan!

[ Srila Prabodhananda Sarasvati, Viveka-stakam, verse 6 ]

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At the house of Advaita Acarya / В доме Адвайты Ачарйи

На карттику в доме Адвайты Ачарйи в Шантипуре получил невообразимую милость. Пуджари по своей доброте поместил мне на голову священную шалаграма-шилу, которой Адвайта Ачарйа поклонялся 500 лет тому назад, призывая Господа явиться.

 


 

During Kartika, in Santipur, at the house of Advaita Acarya, I received unimaginable mercy. The pujari kindly placed the sacred salagram-sila that Advaita Acarya had worshipped 500 years ago, while appealing to the Lord to appear, on my head.

 

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Wish Fulfilling Trees!

Фотоальбом

In this album we see up close some of the famous ‘desire trees’ of Sri Vrindavan Dhama. These wish-fulfilling trees grant the desires of the residents of Vrindavan in their services to the Divine Couple. We spent a beautiful morning in such a forest of trees just at the foot of Varsana, the eternal residence of Srimati Radharani. While chanting and dancing there we were able to perceive the spiritual nature of that divine abode and the effect it had on purifying our hearts. The katha we had kept everyone spellbound for hours. We hanker to return there again and again!

The Most Sacred Bath

Фотоальбом

At the most sacred place in the universe, Radha Kunda, we heard many amazing pastimes about Radha and Krsna. Greatly inspired we then had had kirtan with Bada Haridas and then did parikrama around both Radha Kunda and Syama kunda. It is said that one who bathes in Radha Kunda achieves the same love that Radha has for Krsna and one who bathes in Syama Kunda achieves the same love that Syama ( Krsna ) has for Radha. It was a most remarkable day!

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The Desire Trees of Vrindavan / Деревья желаний Вриндавана

Дорогие ученики, больше часа катхи о Калпа-врикшах, деревьях желаний Вриндавана!

Dear disciples: This is a very interesting lecture on the glories of the Kalpa Vriksa trees in Vrindavan. Over an hour of katha about Desire Trees!

Varsana is the sacred home of Srimati Radharani where she lived with her parents during the early years of Her life. Along with her gopi maidservants Radharani would often traverse the wooded forests of Varsana as she and her friends went to the market to sell their milk products. Sometimes they would meet their beloved Krsna along the way. One of Radharani’s favorite forests still exists to this very day with ancient “desire trees” dotting the landscape. Our parikrama party had the good fortune to visit Varsana and that mystic forest, where we hugged the trees as per tradition and begged one day to become eternal servants of the Divine Couple.

 

https://narottam.com/2018/11/slava-dereviev-vrndavana/