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December 20, 2006

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 - Bhauma: On the Earth - Conclusion

In today's class, Srila Dhanurdhara Maharaja concludes the first chapter of Part 1 of the Brihad Bhagavatamrta, Bhauma: On the Earth, and gives us a preview of the second chapter, Divya: In Heaven.


December 13, 2006

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 - Bhauma: On the Earth Texts 50-51

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1: Finding the Essence of the Supreme Lord's Mercy
Bhauma: On the Earth Texts 50-51

pundarikaksa-devasya
tasya darsana-lobhatah
maha-prasada-rupannady-
upabhoga-sukhaptitah

sadhu-sangati-labhac ca
nana-desat samagatah
nivasanti sada tatra
santo visnu-parayanah

TRANSLATION
Saintly devotees of Lord Visnu come from various countries to reside permanently in the kingdom. They come out of eagerness to see the lotus-eyed Deity of the Lord, to relish the food and other special remnants from the Lord, and to obtain the association of spiritually advanced persons.


November 29, 2006

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 - Bhauma: On the Earth Text 44

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1: Finding the Essence of the Supreme Lord's Mercy
Bhauma: On the Earth Texts 44

aham varakah ko nu syam
datum saknomi va kiyat
vaibhavam vartate kim me
bhagavad-bhajanam kutah

TRANSLATION
Who am I but a most wretched person? How much charity am I able to give? What opulence do I have? And how have I ever reciprocated with the Lord in devotional service?


November 22, 2006

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 - Bhauma: On the Earth Text 35

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1: Finding the Essence of the Supreme Lord's Mercy
Bhauma: On the Earth Texts 35

bhojayitva tato dinam
antyajan api sadaram
atosayad yatha-nyayam
sva-srgala-khaga-krimin

TRANSLATION
Next he respectfully fed everyone else, including the most fallen outcastes. In suitable ways, he satisfied even the dogs, jakals, birds and insects.


November 15, 2006

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 - Bhauma:On the Earth Texts 24-25

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1: Finding the Essence of the Supreme Lord's Mercy
Bhauma: On the Earth Texts 24-25

ekada tirtha-murdhanye
prayage muni-pungavah
maghe pratah krta-snanah
sri-madhava-samipatah

upavista mudavista
manyamanah krtarthatam
krsnasya dayito 'siti
slaghante sma parasparam

TRANSLATION
Once a group of exalted sages were at Prayaga, the best of pilgrimage sites, during the month of Magha. The sages had taken their bath and were happily seated before the Deity of Sri Madhava. Feeling satisfied, as if all their goals in life had been fulfilled, they were praising one another, saying, "You are the recipient of Lord Krsna's mercy."


November 8, 2006

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 - Bhauma:On the Earth Text 11

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1: Finding the Essence of the Supreme Lord's Mercy
Bhauma: On the Earth Text 11

bhagavad-bhakti-sastranam
ayam sarasya sangrahah
anubhutasya caitanya-
deve tat-priya-rupatah

TRANSLATION
This book collects the essence of the scriptures teaching devotional service rendered to the Supreme Lord. These essential teachings I have personally realized under the shelter of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. I received them from His dear devotee Sri Rupa.


November 1, 2006

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 - Bhauma:On the Earth Text 8

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1: Finding the Essence of the Supreme Lord's Mercy
Bhauma: On the Earth Text 8

jayati jayati krsna-prema-bhaktir yad-anghrim
nikhila-nigama-tattvam gudham ajnaya muktih
bhajati sarana-kama vaisnavais tyajyamana
japa-yajana-tapasya-nyasa-nistham vihaya

TRANSLATION
All glories, all glories to Sri Krsna-prema-bhakti! Knowing that the feet of Prema-bhakti secretly compromise all the truths of the Vedas, Liberation herself has come to worship her. Indeed, Liberation, abandoned by the Vaisnavas, has now given up her dependence on mantras, penance, sacrifice, and renunciation and is eager to have the shelter of Prema-bhakti.


October 25, 2006

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 - Bhauma:On the Earth Text 5

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1: Finding the Essence of the Supreme Lord's Mercy
Bhauma: On the Earth Text 5

jayati jayati vrndaranyam etan murareh
priya-tamam ati-sadh-svanta-vaikuntha-vasat
ramayati sa sada gah palayan yatra gopih
svarita-madhura-venur vardhayan prema rase

TRANSLATION
All glories, all glories to this place where we are living Lord Murari's Vrndavana forest! He prefers residing here to residing in Vaikuntha or in the hearts of elevated saints. In Vrndavana, while always tending His cows, He gives pleasure to the gopis, whose love for Him in the mood of the rasa dance He increases by sweetly playing His flute.


October 18, 2006

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 - Bhauma:On the Earth Text 4

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1: Finding the Essence of the Supreme Lord's Mercy
Bhauma: On the Earth Text 4

jayati mathura-devi srestha purisu mano-rama
parama-dayita kamsarater jani-sthiti-ranjita
durita-haranan mukter bhakter api pratipadanaj
jagati mahita tat-tat-krida-kathastu viduratah

TRANSLATION
All glories to goddess Mathura-devi, the best of holy cities! She enchants the mind, she is most dear to the enemy of Kamsa, and she is adorned with the Lord's birthplace. The city of Mathura is acclaimed throughout the world for dispelling misery and bestowing liberation and devotion, not to mention the various pastimes the Lord has played there.


October 11, 2006

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 - Bhauma:On the Earth Text 2

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1: Finding the Essence of the Supreme Lord's Mercy
Bhauma: On the Earth Text 2

sri-radhika-prabhrtayo nitram jayanti
gopyo nitanta-bhagavat-priyata-prasiddhah
yasam harau parama-sauhrda-madhurinam
nirvaktum isad api jatu na ko 'pi saktah

TRANSLATION
All glories above all to the gopis, headed by Sri Radhika, who are famous as the Lord's dearmost devotees. No one can even begin to properly describe the charm of their supreme affection for Sri Hari.


October 4, 2006

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 - Bhauma:On the Earth Text 1

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1: Finding the Essence of the Supreme Lord's Mercy
Bhauma: On the Earth Text 1

jayati nija-padabja-prema-danavatirno
vividha-madhurimabdhih ko 'pi karisora-gandhih
gata-parama-dasantam yasya caitanya-rupad
anubhava-padam aptam prema gopisu nityam

TRANSLATION
All glories to that inconceivable Lord who descended to bestow the gift of perfect love for His own lotus feet. He is an ocean filled with many kinds of sweetness, and He always bears the fragrance of fresh youth. In His form as Sri Caitanya He has realized the last extreme of transcendental experience, the love residing eternally in the gopis.