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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 In fact, many of their writings are unknown and yet unpublished.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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Здоровье

Дорогие ученики, друзья и доброжелатели! На прошлой неделе в Пуне (Индия) мне удалили небольшую опухоль на лице, которая, хотя и опасна сама по себе, оказалась доброкачественной. По совету доктора и в качестве меры предосторожности вчера я приехал в Нью-Дели, и один из ведущих пластических хирургов Индии удалил ряд других подозрительных повреждений в той же области лица. Я ушел с 44 швами! Результаты анализов будут на следующей неделе. Но я уверен, что они также будут благоприятными. Пожалуйста, не беспокойтесь обо мне. Буду держать вас в курсе. А пока уезжаю во Вриндаван на выходные. Шри Радхе!

 

Dear disciples, friends and well-wishers: Last week in Pune, India a doctor removed a small tumor from my face that athough dangerous by nature turned out to be benign. On his advice, and as a precaution, yesterday I came to New Delhi where one of India’s top plastic surgeons removed a number of other suspicious lesions from the same area on my face. I walked away with 44 stitches! The lab results will be back next week. But I’m pretty confident the results will also be benign. Please don’t worry about me. I’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, I’m off to Vrindavan for the weekend. Sri Radhe!

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Из “Хари-бхакти-виласы”

 

Кришна говорит Арджуне…

«О Партха! В Своем сердце Я всегда повторяю имена тех,

кто повторяет Мое имя –  с верой ли, или неуважительно».

[ “Ади Пурана”, цитата из “Хари-бхакти-виласы” 11.464 ]

 

шраддхайа хелайа нама ратанти мама джантавах

тешам нама шада партха вартате хридайе мама

 

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Krishna says to Arjuna …

“O Partha! In my heart I always chant the names of those who with faith or contempt chant My name.”

[ Adi Purana quoted in Hari-bhakti-vilasa 11.464 ]

sraddhaya helaya nama ratanti mama jantavah
tesam nama sada partha vartate hrdaye mama

 

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