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February 23, 2014

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 5 Text 25

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 5 Text 25

ucchista-lepan anumodito dvijaih
sakrt sma bhuñje tad-apasta-kilbisah
evam pravrttasya visuddha-cetasas
tad-dharma evatma-rucih prajayate

TRANSLATION

Once only, by their permission, I took the remnants of their food, and by so doing all my sins were at once eradicated. Thus being engaged, I became purified in heart, and at that time the very nature of the transcendentalist became attractive to me.



February 16, 2014

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 4 Texts 17-18

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 4 Texts 17-18

bhautikanam ca bhavanam
sakti-hrasam ca tat-krtam
asraddadhanan nihsattvan
durmedhan hrasitayusah

durbhagams ca janan viksya
munir divyena caksusa
sarva-varnasramanam yad
dadhyau hitam amogha-drk

TRANSLATION

The great sage, who was fully equipped in knowledge, could see through his transcendental vision the deterioration of everything material due to the influence of the age. He could also see that the faithless people in general would be reduced in duration of life and would be impatient due to lack of goodness. Thus he contemplated for the welfare of men in all statuses and orders of life.



February 9, 2014

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 4 Text 4

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 4 Text 4

tasya putro maha-yogi
sama-drn nirvikalpakah
ekanta-matir unnidro
gudho mudha iveyate

TRANSLATION

Vyasadeva said: On hearing Suta Gosvami speak thus, Saunaka Muni, who was the elderly, learned leader of all the rsis engaged in that prolonged sacrificial ceremony, congratulated Suta Gosvami by addressing him as follows.



February 2, 2014

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 4 Text 1

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 4 Text 1

vyasa uvaca
iti bruvanam samstuya
muninam dirgha-satrinam
vrddhah kula-patih sutam
bahvrcah saunako ’bravit

TRANSLATION

Vyasadeva said: On hearing Suta Gosvami speak thus, Saunaka Muni, who was the elderly, learned leader of all the rsis engaged in that prolonged sacrificial ceremony, congratulated Suta Gosvami by addressing him as follows.



January 20, 2014

Puri Kirtan-Katha Retreat 2014: The Lord’s Ecstatic Dancing at Ratha Yatra - Part 1

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 13 Text 2

jaya jaya sri-krsna-caitanya nityananda
jayadvaita-candra jaya gaura-bhakta-vrnda

TRANSLATION

All glories to Sri Krsna Caitanya and Prabhu Nityananda! All glories to Advaitacandra! And all glories to the devotees of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu!



January 19, 2014

Weekly Sanga - Wednesday, January 19, 2014

In today's sanga, Dhanurdhara Swami shares his realizations on his recent studies and from his recent travels.



January 12, 2014

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10 Chapter 38 Text 26

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 10 Chapter 38 Text 26

tad-darsanahlada-vivrddha-sambhramah
premnordhva-romasru-kalakuleksanah
rathad avaskandya sa tesv acestata
prabhor amuny anghri-rajamsy aho iti

TRANSLATION

Increasingly agitated by ecstasy at seeing the Lord’s footprints, his bodily hairs standing on end because of his pure love, and his eyes filled with tears, Akrura jumped down from his chariot and began rolling about among those footprints, exclaiming, “Ah, this is the dust from my master’s feet!”



January 5, 2014

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10 Chapter 38 Text 21

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 10 Chapter 38 Text 21

labdhvanga-sangam pranatam krtanjalim
mam vaksyate ’krura tatety urusravah
tada vayam janma-bhrto mahiyasa
naivadrto yo dhig amusya janma tat

TRANSLATION

Having been embraced by the all-famous Lord Krsna, I will humbly stand before Him with bowed head and joined palms, and He will address me, “My dear Akrura.” At that very moment my life’s purpose will be fulfilled. Indeed, the life of anyone whom the Supreme Personality fails to recognize is simply pitiable.



December 22, 2013

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10 Chapter 38 Text 16

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 10 Chapter 38 Text 16

apy anghri-mule patitasya me vibhuh
sirasy adhasyan nija-hasta-pankajam
dattabhayam kala-bhujanga-ramhasa
prodvejitanam saranaisinam nrnam

TRANSLATION

And when I have fallen at His feet, the almighty Lord will place His lotus hand upon my head. For those who seek shelter in Him because they are greatly disturbed by the powerful serpent of time, that hand removes all fear.



December 15, 2013

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10 Chapter 38 Text 14

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 10 Chapter 38 Text 14

tam tv adya nunam mahatam gatim gurum
trailokya-kantam drsiman-mahotsavam
rupam dadhanam sriya ipsitaspadam
draksye mamasann usasah su-darsanah

TRANSLATION

Today I shall certainly see Him, the goal and spiritual master of the great souls. Seeing Him brings jubilation to all who have eyes, for He is the true beauty of the universe. Indeed, His personal form is the shelter desired by the goddess of fortune. Now all the dawns of my life have become auspicious.



December 8, 2013

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10 Chapter 38 Text 12 (8 December 2013)

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 10 Chapter 38 Text 12

yasyakhilamiva-habhih su-mangalaih
vaco vimisra guna-karma-janmabhih
prananti sumbhanti punanti vai jagat
yas tad-viraktah sava-sobhana matah

TRANSLATION

All sins are destroyed and all good fortune is created by the Supreme Lord’s qualities, activities and appearances, and words that describe these three things animate, beautify and purify the world. On the other hand, words bereft of His glories are like the decorations on a corpse.



December 1, 2013

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10 Chapter 38 Text 12

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 10 Chapter 38 Text 12

yasyakhilamiva-habhih su-mangalaih
 vaco vimisra guna-karma-janmabhih
prananti sumbhanti punanti vai jagat
 yas tad-viraktah sava-sobhana matah

TRANSLATION

All sins are destroyed and all good fortune is created by the Supreme Lord’s qualities, activities and appearances, and words that describe these three things animate, beautify and purify the world. On the other hand, words bereft of His glories are like the decorations on a corpse.



November 24, 2013

Weekly Sanga - Sunday, November 24, 2013

In today's sanga, Dhanurdhara Swami shares his realizations on his recent studies and from his recent travels.



November 17, 2013

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10 Chapter 38 Text 8

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 10 Chapter 38 Text 8

yad arcitam brahma-bhavadibhih suraih
sriya ca devya munibhih sa-satvataih
go-caranayanucarais carad vane
yad gopikanam kuca-kunkumankitam

TRANSLATION

Those lotus feet are worshiped by Brahma, Siva and all the other demigods, by the goddess of fortune, and also by the great sages and Vaisnavas. Upon those lotus feet the Lord walks about the forest while herding the cows with His companions, and those feet are smeared with the kunkuma from the gopis’ breasts.



November 10, 2013

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10 Chapter 38 Text 7

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 10 Chapter 38 Text 7

kamso batadyakrta me ’ty-anugraham
draksye ’nghri-padmam prahito ’muna hareh
krtavatarasya duratyayam tamah
purve ’taran yan-nakha-mandala-tvisa

TRANSLATION

Indeed, today King Kamsa has shown me extreme mercy by sending me to see the lotus feet of Lord Hari, who has now appeared in this world. Simply by the effulgence of His toenails, many souls in the past have transcended the insurmountable darkness of material existence and achieved liberation.



November 3, 2013

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10 Chapter 38 Text 1

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 10 Chapter 38 Text 1

sri-suka uvaca
akruro ’pi ca tam ratrim
madhu-puryam maha-matih
usitva ratham asthaya
prayayau nanda-gokulam

TRANSLATION

Sukadeva Gosvami said: After passing the night in the city of Mathura, the high-minded Akrura mounted his chariot and set off for the cowherd village of Nanda Maharaja.



October 27, 2013

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10 Chapter 82 Text 39

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 10 Chapter 82 Text 39

sri-suka uvaca
gopyas ca krsnam upalabhya cirad abhistam
yat-preksane drsisu paksma-krtam sapanti
drgbhir hrdi-krtam alam parirabhya sarvas
tad-bhavam apur api nitya-yujam durapam

TRANSLATION

Sukadeva Gosvami said: While gazing at their beloved Krsna, the young gopis used to condemn the creator of their eyelids, [which would momentarily block their vision of Him]. Now, seeing Krsna again after such a long separation, with their eyes they took Him into their hearts, and there they embraced Him to their full satisfaction. In this way they became totally absorbed in ecstatic meditation on Him, although those who constantly practice mystic yoga find such absorption difficult to achieve.



October 20, 2013

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10 Chapter 82 Text 45

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 10 Chapter 82 Text 45

aham hi sarva-bhutanam
adir anto ’ntaram bahih
bhautikanam yatha kham var
bhur vayur jyotir anganah

TRANSLATION

Dear ladies, I am the beginning and end of all created beings and exist both within and without them, just as the elements ether, water, earth, air and fire are the beginning and end of all material objects and exist both within and without them.



October 13, 2013

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10 Chapter 82 Text 39

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 10 Chapter 82 Text 39

sri-suka uvaca
gopyas ca krsnam upalabhya cirad abhistam
yat-preksane drsisu paksma-krtam sapanti
drgbhir hrdi-krtam alam parirabhya sarvas
tad-bhavam apur api nitya-yujam durapam

TRANSLATION

Sukadeva Gosvami said: While gazing at their beloved Krsna, the young gopis used to condemn the creator of their eyelids, [which would momentarily block their vision of Him]. Now, seeing Krsna again after such a long separation, with their eyes they took Him into their hearts, and there they embraced Him to their full satisfaction. In this way they became totally absorbed in ecstatic meditation on Him, although those who constantly practice mystic yoga find such absorption difficult to achieve.



September 29, 2013

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10 Chapter 23 Text 35

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 10 Chapter 23 Text 35

tatraika vidhrta bhartra
bhagavantam yatha-srutam
hrdopaguhya vijahau
deham karmanubandhanam

TRANSLATION

One of the ladies had been forcibly kept back by her husband. When she heard the others describe the Supreme Lord Krsna, she embraced Him within her heart and gave up her material body, the basis of bondage to material activity.



September 22, 2013

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10 Chapter 82 Text 39

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 10 Chapter 82 Text 39

sri-suka uvaca
gopyas ca krsnam upalabhya cirad abhistam
yat-preksane drsisu paksma-krtam sapanti
drgbhir hrdi-krtam alam parirabhya sarvas
tad-bhavam apur api nitya-yujam durapam

TRANSLATION

Sukadeva Gosvami said: While gazing at their beloved Krsna, the young gopis used to condemn the creator of their eyelids, [which would momentarily block their vision of Him]. Now, seeing Krsna again after such a long separation, with their eyes they took Him into their hearts, and there they embraced Him to their full satisfaction. In this way they became totally absorbed in ecstatic meditation on Him, although those who constantly practice mystic yoga find such absorption difficult to achieve.



September 15, 2013

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10 Chapter 23 Text 23

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 10 Chapter 23 Text 23

prayah-sruta-priyatamodaya-karna-purair
yasmin nimagna-manasas tam athaksi-randraih
antah pravesya su-ciram parirabhya tapam
prajnam yathabhimatayo vijahur narendra

TRANSLATION

O ruler of men, for a long time those brahmana ladies had heard about Krsna, their beloved, and His glories had become the constant ornaments of their ears. Indeed, their minds were always absorbed in Him. Through the apertures of their eyes they now forced Him to enter within their hearts, and then they embraced Him within for a long time. In this way they finally gave up the pain of separation from Him, just as sages give up the anxiety of false ego by embracing their innermost consciousness.



September 8, 2013

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10 Chapter 82 Text 38

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 10 Chapter 82 Text 38

etav adrsta-pitarau yuvayoh sma pitroh
samprinanabhyudaya-posana-palanani
prapyosatur bhavati paksma ha yadvad aksnor
nyastav akutra ca bhayau na satam parah svah

TRANSLATION

Before these two boys had ever seen Their real parents, you acted as Their parents and gave Them all affectionate care, training, nourishment and protection. They were never afraid, good lady, because you protected Them just as eyelids protect the eyes. Indeed, saintly persons like you never discriminate between outsiders and their own kin.



August 25, 2013

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10 Chapter 82 Text 31

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 10 Chapter 82 Text 31

sri-suka uvaca
nandas tatra yadun praptan
jnatva krsna-purogaman
tatragamad vrto gopair
anah-stharthair didrksaya

TRANSLATION

Sukadeva Gosvami said: When Nanda Maharaja learned that the Yadus had arrived, led by Krsna, he immediately went to see them. The cowherds accompanied him, their various possessions loaded on their wagons.



August 11, 2013

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10 Chapter 82 Text 20

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 10 Chapter 82 Text 20

sri-vasudeva uvaca
amba masman asuyetha
daiva-kridanakan naran
isasya hi vase lokah
kurute karyate ’tha va

TRANSLATION

Sri Vasudeva said: Dear sister, please do not be angry with us. We are only ordinary men, playthings of fate. Indeed, whether a person acts on his own or is forced by others, he is always under the Supreme Lord’s control.



August 4, 2013

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10 Chapter 82 Text 9

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 10 Chapter 82 Text 9

tatra snatva maha-bhaga
uposya su-samahitah
brahmanebhyo dadur dhenur
vasah-srag-rukma-malinih

TRANSLATION

At Samanta-pancaka, the saintly Yadavas bathed and then observed a fast with careful attention. Afterward they presented brahmanas with cows bedecked with garments, flower garlands and gold necklaces.



July 28, 2013

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10 Chapter 82 Text 1

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 10 Chapter 82 Text 1

sri-suka uvaca
athaikada dvaravatyam
vasato rama-krsnayoh
suryoparagah su-mahan
asit kalpa-ksaye yatha

TRANSLATION

Sukadeva Gosvami said: Once, while Balarama and Krsna were living in Dvaraka, there occurred a great eclipse of the sun, just as if the end of Lord Brahma’s day had come.



July 21, 2013

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10 Chapter 81 Text 37

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 10 Chapter 81 Text 37

bhaktaya citra bhagavan hi sampado
rajyam vibhutir na samarthayaty ajah
adirgha-bodhaya vicaksanah svayam
pasyan nipatam dhaninam madodbhavam

TRANSLATION

To a devotee who lacks spiritual insight, the Supreme Lord will not grant the wonderful opulences of this world — kingly power and material assets. Indeed, in His infinite wisdom the unborn Lord well knows how the intoxication of pride can cause the downfall of the wealthy.



July 14, 2013

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10 Chapter 81 Text 36

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 10 Chapter 81 Text 36

tasyaiva me sauhrda-sakhya-maitri-
dasyam punar janmani janmani syat
mahanubhavena gunalayena
visajjatas tat-purusa-prasangah

TRANSLATION

The Lord is the supremely compassionate reservoir of all transcendental qualities. Life after life may I serve Him with love, friendship and sympathy, and may I cultivate such firm attachment for Him by the precious association of His devotees.



July 7, 2013

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10 Chapter 81 Text 19

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 10 Chapter 81 Text 19

svargapavargayoh pumsam
rasayam bhuvi sampadam
sarvasam api siddhinam
mulam tac-caranarcanam

TRANSLATION

Devotional service to His lotus feet is the root cause of all the perfections a person can find in heaven, in liberation, in the subterranean regions and on earth.



June 30, 2013

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10 Chapter 81 Texts 6-7

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 10 Chapter 81 Texts 6-7

sarva-bhutatma-drk saksat
tasyagamana-karanam
vijnayacintayan nayam
sri-kamo mabhajat pura
patnyah pati-vratayas tu
sakha priya-cikirsaya
prapto mam asya dasyami
sampado 'martya-durlabhah

TRANSLATION

Being the direct witness in the hearts of all living beings, Lord Krsna fully understood why Sudama had come to see Him. Thus He thought, “In the past My friend has never worshiped Me out of a desire for material opulence, but now he comes to Me to satisfy his chaste and devoted wife. I will give him riches that even the immortal demigods cannot obtain.”



June 23, 2013

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10 Chapter 81 Texts 1-2

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 10 Chapter 81 Texts 1-2

sri-suka uvaca
sa ittham dvija-mukhyena
saha sankathayan harih
sarva-bhuta-mano-’bhijñah
smayamana uvaca tam
brahmanyo brahmanam krsno
bhagavan prahasan priyam
premna niriksanenaiva
preksan khalu satam gatih

TRANSLATION

[Sukadeva Gosvami said:] Lord Hari, Krsna, perfectly knows the hearts of all living beings, and He is especially devoted to the brahmanas. While the Supreme Lord, the goal of all saintly persons, conversed in this way with the best of the twice-born, He laughed and spoke the following words to that dear friend of His, the brahmana Sudama, all the while smiling and looking upon him with affection.



June 16, 2013

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10 Chapter 80 Text 43

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 10 Chapter 80 Text 43

ittham-vidhany anekani
vasatam guru-vesmani
guror anugrahenaiva
puman purnah prasantaye

TRANSLATION

[Lord Krsna continued:] We had many similar experiences while living in our spiritual master’s home. Simply by the grace of the spiritual master a person can fulfill life’s purpose and attain eternal peace.



June 9, 2013

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10 Chapter 80 Text 40

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 10 Chapter 80 Text 40

aho he putraka yuyam
asmad-arthe ’ti-duhkhitah
atma vai praninam presthas
tam anadrtya mat-parah

TRANSLATION

[Sandipani said:] O my children, you have suffered so much for my sake! The body is most dear to every living creature, but you are so dedicated to me that you completely disregarded your own comfort.



June 2, 2013

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10 Chapter 80 Text 33

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 10 Chapter 80 Text 33

nanv artha-kovida brahman
varnasrama-vatam iha
ye maya guruna vaca
taranty añjo bhavarnavam

TRANSLATION

Certainly, O brahmana, of all the followers of the varnasrama system, those who take advantage of the words I speak in My form as the spiritual master and thus easily cross over the ocean of material existence best understand their own true welfare.



May 22, 2013

Weekly Sanga | Wednesday, May 22, 2013

In today's sanga, Dhanurdhara Swami shares his realizations on his recent studies and from his recent travels.



May 19, 2013

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10 Chapter 80 Text 31

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 10 Chapter 80 Text 31

kaccid gurukule vasam
 brahman smarasi nau yatah
dvijo vijnaya vijneyam
 tamasah param asnute

TRANSLATION

My dear brahmana, do you remember how we lived together in our spiritual master’s school? When a twice-born student has learned from his guru all that is to be learned, he can enjoy spiritual life, which lies beyond all ignorance.



May 12, 2013

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10 Chapter 80 Text 23

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 10 Chapter 80 Text 23

ku-cailam malinam ksamam
 dvijam dhamani-santatam
devi paryacarat saksac
 camara-vyajanena vai

TRANSLATION

By fanning him with her camara, the divine goddess of fortune personally served that poor brahmana, whose clothing was torn and dirty and who was so thin that veins were visible all over his body.



May 5, 2013

Weekly Sanga | Sunday, May 5, 2013

In today's sanga, Dhanurdhara Swami shares his realizations on his recent studies and from his recent travels.



April 28, 2013

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10 Chapter 80 Text 15

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 10 Chapter 80 Text 15

sa tan adaya vipragryah
prayayau dvarakam kila
krsna-sandarsanam mahyam
katham syad iti cintayan

TRANSLATION

Taking the flat rice, the saintly brahmana set off for Dvaraka, all the while wondering "How will I be able to have Krsna's audience?"



April 21, 2013

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10 Chapter 80 Text 6

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 10 Chapter 80 Text 6

sri-suka uvaca
krsnasyasit sakha kascid
brahmano brahma-vittamah
virakta indriyarthesu
prasantatma jitendriyah

TRANSLATION

Sukadeva Gosvami said: Lord Krsna had a certain brahmana friend [named Sudama] who was most learned in Vedic knowledge and detached from all sense enjoyment. Furthermore, his mind was peaceful and his senses subdued.



April 14, 2013

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10 Chapter 80 Text 1

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 10 Chapter 80 Text 1

sri-rajovaca
bhagavan yani canyani
mukundasya mahatmanah
viryany ananta-viryasya
srotum icchami he prabho

TRANSLATION

King Pariksit said: My lord, O master, I wish to hear about other valorous deeds performed by the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Mukunda, whose valor is unlimited.



April 7, 2013

A Talk in Middle America

In today's sanga, Dhanurdhara Swami discusses his recent lecture to a group of conservative Christians and the reception he received.

Dhanurdhara Swami and Graham on his farm. 
Dhanurdhara Swami and Graham on his farm.



March 24, 2013

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 2 Chapter 1 Text 11

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 2 Chapter 1 Text 11

etan nirvidyamananam
icchatam akuto-bhayam
yoginam nrpa nirnitam
harer namanukirtanam

TRANSLATION

O King, constant chanting of the holy name of the Lord after the ways of the great authorities is the doubtless and fearless way of success for all, including those who are free from all material desires, those who are desirous of all material enjoyment, and also those who are self-satisfied by dint of transcendental knowledge.



March 17, 2013

Caitanya-bhagavata Madhya-khanda Chapter 1 Text 42

Caitanya-bhagavata Madhya-khanda
Chapter 1 Text 42

niravadhi kṛṣṇāveśa prabhura śarīre
mahā-viraktera prāya vyavahāra kare

TRANSLATION

Ecstatic love of Kṛṣṇa was constantly visible in the body of the Lord, and He became most renounced in His dealings.


March 3, 2013

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 7 Chapter 9 Text 43

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 7 Chapter 9 Text 43

naivodvije para duratyaya-vaitaranyas
tvad-virya-gayana-mahamrta-magna-cittah
soce tato vimukha-cetasa indriyartha-
maya-sukhaya bharam udvahato vimudhan

TRANSLATION

O best of the great personalities, I am not at all afraid of material existence, for wherever I stay I am fully absorbed in thoughts of Your glories and activities. My concern is only for the fools and rascals who are making elaborate plans for material happiness and maintaining their families, societies and countries. I am simply concerned with love for them.



February 24, 2013

Caitanya-bhagavata Madhya-khanda Chapter 1 Text 92

Caitanya-bhagavata Madhya-khanda
Chapter 1 Text 92

kṛṣṇa-preme kānde prabhu śacīra nandana
catur-dike veḍi’ kānde bhāgavata-gaṇa

TRANSLATION

The son of Śacī cried out of love for Kṛṣṇa, and all the devotees surrounding the Lord also cried loudly.


February 17, 2013

Weekly Sanga | Sunday, February 17, 2013

In today's sanga, Dhanurdhara Swami shares his realizations on his recent studies and from his recent travels.



February 10, 2013

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10 Chapter 23 Text 24

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 10 Chapter 23 Text 24

tas tatha tyakta-sarvasah
prapta atma-didrksaya
vijnayakhila-drg-drasta
praha prahasitananah

TRANSLATION

Lord Krsna, who witnesses the thoughts of all creatures, understood how those ladies had abandoned all worldly hopes and come there simply to see Him. Thus He addressed them as follows with a smile upon His face..



February 3, 2013

Weekly Sanga | Sunday, February 3, 2013

In today's sanga, Dhanurdhara Swami shares his realizations on his recent studies and from his recent travels.



January 20, 2013

Srimad Bahagavatam Canto 10 Chapter 23 Text 17

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 10 Chapter 23 Text 17

gas carayan sa gopalaih
sa-ramo duram agatah
bubhuksitasya tasyannam
sanugasya pradiyatam

TRANSLATION

He has come a long way with the cowherd boys and Lord Balarama, tending the cows. Now He is hungry, so some food should be given for Him and His companions.



January 13, 2013

Srimad Bahagavatam Canto 10 Chapter 23 Texts 10-11

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 10 Chapter 23 Texts 10-11

desah kalah prthag dravyam
mantra-tantrartvijo 'gnayah
devata yajamanas ca
kratur dharmas ca yan-mayah
tam brahma paramam saksad
bhagavantam adhoksajam
manusya-drstya dusprajna
martyatmano na menire

TRANSLATION

Although the ingredients of sacrificial performance -- the place, time, particular paraphernalia, mantras, rituals, priests, fires, demigods, performer, offering and the as yet unseen beneficial results -- are all simply aspects of His opulences, the brahmanas saw Lord Krsna as an ordinary human because of their perverted intelligence. They failed to recognize that He is the Supreme Absolute Truth, the directly manifest Personality of Godhead, whom the material senses cannot ordinarily perceive. Thus bewildered by their false identification with the mortal body, they did not show Him proper respect.



January 6, 2013

Srimad Bahagavatam Canto 10 Chapter 23 Text 9

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 10 Chapter 23 Text 9

iti te bhagavad-yacnam
srnvanto 'pi na susruvuh
ksudrasa bhuri-karmano
balisa vrddha-maninah

TRANSLATION

The brahmanas heard this supplication from the Supreme Personality of Godhead, yet they refused to pay heed. Indeed, they were full of petty desires and entangled in elaborate rituals. Though presuming themselves advanced in Vedic learning, they were actually inexperienced fools.



December 30, 2012

Srimad Bahagavatam Canto 10 Chapter 23 Text 6

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 10 Chapter 23 Text 6

he bhumi-devah srnuta
krsnasyadesa-karinah
praptan janita bhadram vo
gopan no rama-coditan

TRANSLATION

[The cowherd boys said:] O earthly gods, please hear us. We cowherd boys are executing the orders of Krsna, and we have been sent here by Balarama. We wish all good for you. Please acknowledge our arrival.



December 23, 2012

Srimad Bahagavatam Canto 10 Chapter 23 Text 1

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 10 Chapter 23 Text 1

sri-gopa ucuh
rama rama maha-baho
krsna dusta-nibarhana
esa vai badhate ksun nas
tac-chantim kartum arhathah

TRANSLATION

The cowherd boys said: O Rama, Rama, mighty-armed one! O Krsna, chastiser of the wicked ! We are being harassed by hunger, and You should do something about it.



December 16, 2012

Weekly Sanga | Sunday, December 16, 2012

In today's sanga, Dhanurdhara Swami shares his realizations on his recent studies.



December 2, 2012

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila Chapter 1 Text 193

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 193

"kavitva na haya ei amrtera dhara
nataka-laksana saba siddhantera sara

TRANSLATION

Srila Ramananda Raya said, "This is not a poetic presentation; it is a continuous shower of nectar. Indeed, it is the essence of all ultimate realizations, appearing in the form of plays.


November 18, 2012

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila Chapter 1 Text 181

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 181

prabhu kahe, -- "raya, tomara ihate ullasa
sunitei lajja, loke kare upahasa"

TRANSLATION

Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu said, "My dear Ramananda Raya, you are jubilant at hearing these poetic expressions, but I am ashamed to hear them, for people in general will joke about the subject of this verse."


November 11, 2012

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila Chapter 1 Text 177

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 177

nija-pranayitam sudham udayam apnuvan yah ksitau
kiraty alam uri-krta-dvija-kuladhiraja-sthitih
sa luncita-tamas-tatir mama saci-sutakhyah sasi
vasi-krta-jagan-manah kim api sarma vinyasyatu

TRANSLATION

"'The moonlike Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is known as the son of mother Saci, has now appeared on earth to spread devotional love of Himself. He is the emperor of the brahmana community. He can drive away all the darkness of ignorance and control the mind of everyone in the world. May that rising moon bestow upon us all good fortune.'"


November 4, 2012

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila Chapter 1 Text 169

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 169

balad aksnor laksmih kavalayati navyam kuvalayam
mukhollasah phullam kamala-vanam ullanghayati ca
dasam kastam astapadam api nayaty angika-rucir
vicitram radhayah kim api kila rupam vilasati

TRANSLATION

"'The beauty of Srimati Radharani's eyes forcibly devours the beauty of newly grown blue lotus flowers, and the beauty of Her face surpasses that of an entire forest of fully blossomed lotuses. Her bodily luster seems to place even gold into a painful situation. Thus the wonderful, unprecedented beauty of Srimati Radharani is awakening in Vrndavana.'


October 21, 2012

Weekly Sanga | Wednesday, October 21, 2012

In today's sanga, Dhanurdhara Swami shares his realizations on his recent studies.



October 14, 2012

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila Chapter 1 Text 147

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 147

raya kahe, -- "kaha dekhi bhavera svabhava?"
rupa kahe, -- "aiche haya krsna-visayaka 'bhava'"

TRANSLATION

Ramananda Raya inquired, "What are the characteristics of emotional love?"

Rupa Gosvami replied, "This is the nature of emotional love for Krsna:


September 30, 2012

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10 Chapter 13 Text 2

On today's sanga, we join Dhanurdhara Swami as he gives a talk at Shanti Shakti in Moscow, Russia, on the Srimad Bhagavatam.

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 10 Chapter 13 Text 3

srnusvavahito rajann
api guhyam vadami te
bruyuh snigdhasya sisyasya
guravo guhyam apy uta

TRANSLATION

O King, kindly hear me with great attention. Although the activities of the Supreme Lord are very confidential, no ordinary man being able to understand them, I shall speak about them to you, for spiritual masters explain to a submissive disciple even subject matters that are very confidential and difficult to understand.



September 23, 2012

Radhastami - The Glories of Srimati Radharani

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami shares his realizations on Srimati Radharami, in honor of Her appearance day, Sri Radhastami.


September 16, 2012

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila Chapter 1 Text 148

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 148

pidabhir nava-kalakuta-katuta-garvasya nirvasano
nisyandena mudam sudha-madhurimahankara-sankocanah
prema sundari nanda-nandana-paro jagarti yasyantare
jnayante sphutam asya vakra-madhuras tenaiva vikrantayah

TRANSLATION

"'My dear beautiful friend, if one develops love of Godhead, love of Krsna, the son of Nanda Maharaja, all the bitter and sweet influences of this love will manifest in one's heart. Such love of Godhead acts in two ways. The poisonous effects of love of Godhead defeat the severe and fresh poison of the serpent. Yet there is simultaneously transcendental bliss, which pours down and defeats the poisonous effects of a snake, as well as the happiness derived from pouring nectar on one's head. It is perceived as doubly effective, simultaneously poisonous and nectarean.'"


September 9, 2012

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila Chapter 1 Text 142

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 142

ekasya srutam eva lumpati matim krsneti namaksaram
sandronmada-paramparam upanayaty anyasya vamsi-kalah
esa snigdha-ghana-dyutir manasi me lagnah pate viksanat
kastam dhik purusa-traye ratir abhun manye mrtih sreyasi

TRANSLATION

"[Experiencing previous attachment to Krsna (purva-raga), Srimati Radharani thought:] 'Since I have heard the name of a person called Krsna, I have practically lost My good sense. Then, there is another person who plays His flute in such a way that after I hear the vibration, intense madness arises in My heart. And again there is still another person to whom My mind becomes attached when I see His beautiful lightninglike effulgence in His picture. Therefore I think that I am greatly condemned, for I have become simultaneously attached to three persons. It would be better for Me to die because of this.'


September 2, 2012

Weekly Sanga | Sunday, September 2, 2012

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami shares his realizations on his recent studies and travels, including last weekend's Bhakti Immersion Retreat.

For pictures from the Bhakti Immersion Retreat, please see here.

For a video of the highlights of the retreat, please see here.


August 19, 2012

Weekly Sanga | Sunday, August 19, 2012

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami shares his realizations on his recent studies and travels, including Krishna's Brahma-vimohan lila, which is found in the 10th Canto of the Srimad Bhagavatam.


August 12, 2012

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila Chapter 1 Text 140

qCaitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 140

raya kahe, -- "kaha dekhi premotpatti-karana?
purva-raga, vikara, cesta, kama-likhana?"

TRANSLATION

Then Ramananda Raya inquired from Rupa Gosvami about the causes of the loving affairs between Krsna and the gopis, such as previous attachment, transformations of love, endeavors for love, and exchanges of letters disclosing the gopis' awakening love for Krsna.


August 5, 2012

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila Chapter 1 Text 131

qCaitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 131

tabe rupa-gosani yadi sloka padila
suni' prabhu kahe, -- 'ei ati stuti haila'

TRANSLATION

When Rupa Gosvami thus recited his verse, Caitanya Mahaprabhu disapproved of it because it described His personal glories. He expressed the opinion that it was an exaggerated explanation.


July 29, 2012

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila Chapter 1 Text 126

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 126

raya kahe, -- "vidagdha-madhava ara lalita-madhava
dui natake prema-rasa adabhuta saba"

TRANSLATION

"The two plays are called Vidagdha-madhava and Lalita-madhava. Both of them wonderfully describe ecstatic emotional love of God."


July 15, 2012

Weekly Sanga | Sunday, July 15, 2012

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami shares his realizations on the current section of the Caitanya-caritamrta, Antya-lila Chapter 1 - Srila Rupa Gosvami's Second Meeting With the Lord.


July 8, 2012

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila Chapter 1 Text 110

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 110

bhakta-sange kaila prabhu dunhare milana
pindate vasila prabhu lana bhakta-gana

TRANSLATION

Thus Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and His personal devotees met Rupa Gosvami and Haridasa Thakura. The Lord then sat down in an elevated place with His devotees.


July 1, 2012

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila Chapter 1 Text 111

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 111

rupa haridasa dunhe vasila pinda-tale
sabara agrahe na uthila pindara upare

TRANSLATION

Rupa Gosvami and Haridasa Thakura sat at the foot of the elevated place where Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu was sitting. Although everyone asked them to sit on the same level as the Lord and His associates, they did not do so.


June 24, 2012

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila Chapter 1 Texts 103-104

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila
Chapter 1 Texts 103-104

ara dina mahaprabhu dekhi' jagannatha
sarvabhauma-ramananda-svarupadi-satha
sabe mili' cali aila sri-rupe milite
pathe tanra guna sabare lagila kahite

TRANSLATION

On the next day, after visiting the temple of Jagannatha as usual, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu met Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya, Ramananda Raya and Svarupa Damodara. They all went together to Srila Rupa Gosvami, and on the way the Lord greatly praised his qualities.


June 17, 2012

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila Chapter 1 Text 100

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 100

sloka suni haridasa ha-ila ullasi
nacite lagila slokera artha prasamsi'

TRANSLATION

When Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu chanted this verse, Haridasa Thakura, upon hearing the vibration, became jubilant and began to dance while praising its meaning.


June 10, 2012

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila Chapter 1 Text 92

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 92

svargapaga-hema-mrnalininam
nana-mrnalagra-bhujo bhajamah
annanurupam tanu-rupa-rddhim
karyam nidanad dhi gunan adhite

TRANSLATION

"'The river Ganges flowing in the heavenly planets is full of golden lotus flowers, and we, the residents of those planets, eat the stems of the flowers. Thus we are very beautiful, more so than the inhabitants of any other planet. This is due to the law of cause and effect, for if one eats food in the mode of goodness, the mode of goodness increases the beauty of his body.'"


June 3, 2012

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila Chapter 1 Text 91

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 91

phalena phala-karanam anumiyate

TRANSLATION

"'By seeing a result, one can understand the cause of that result.'


May 27, 2012

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila Chapter 1 Text 81

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 81

ratha-yatraya jagannatha darsana karila
ratha-agre prabhura nrtya-kirtana dekhila

TRANSLATION

At that time, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu went there to meet him, and when He saw the leaf pushed into the roof and saw the verse, He began to read it.


May 13, 2012

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila Chapter 1 Text 62

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 62

bhakta-gana lana kaila gundica marjana
aitota asi' kaila vanya-bhojana

TRANSLATION

After Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, taking all His devotees with Him, performed the Gundica-marjana [washing and cleansing of the Gundica temple], He went to the garden known as Aitota and accepted prasadam at a picnic within the garden.


May 6, 2012

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila Chapter 1 Text 57

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 57

toma-dunhara krpate inhara ha-u taiche sakti
yate vivarite parena krsna-rasa-bhakti

TRANSLATION

"May Rupa Gosvami, by Your mercy, become so powerful that he will be able to describe the transcendental mellows of devotional service."


April 29, 2012

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila Chapter 1 Text 48

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 48

'rupa dandavat kare', -- haridasa kahila
haridase mili' prabhu rupe alingila

TRANSLATION

When the Lord arrived, Rupa Gosvami immediately offered his obeisances. Haridasa informed the Lord, "This is Rupa Gosvami offering You obeisances," and the Lord embraced him.


April 22, 2012

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila Chapter 1 Text 38

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 38

rupa-gosani prabhu-pase karila gamana
prabhure dekhite tanra utkanthita mana

TRANSLATION

Rupa Gosvami then departed to see Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, for he was very eager to see Him.


April 15, 2012

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila Chapter 1 Text 34

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 34

etha prabhu-ajnaya rupa aila vrndavana
krsna-lila-nataka karite haila mana

TRANSLATION

Meanwhile, following the order of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, Srila Rupa Gosvami returned to Vrndavana. He desired to write dramas concerning the pastimes of Lord Krsna.


April 8, 2012

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila Chapter 1 Text 25

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 25

utkanthaya cali' sabe aila nilacale
purvavat mahaprabhu milila sakale

TRANSLATION

Thus in great anxiety they all walked to Jagannatha Puri, where Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu met them as usual.


April 1, 2012

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila Chapter 1 Text 20

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 20

eka-dina sivanande ghatiyale rakhila
kukkurake bhata dite sevaka pasarila

TRANSLATION

One day while Sivananda was detained by a tollman, his servant forgot to give the dog its cooked rice.


March 25, 2012

Yogamaya New York Teacher Training Seminar - March 25, 2012

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami gives a seminar on bhakti to the teacher training class at Yogamaya New York.


March 18, 2012

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila Chapter 1 Text 13

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 13

vrndavana haite prabhu nilacale aila
svarupa-gosani gaude varta pathaila

TRANSLATION

When Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu returned to Jagannatha Puri from Vrndavana, Svarupa Damodara Gosani immediately sent news of the Lord's arrival to the devotees in Bengal.


March 11, 2012

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila Chapter 1 Text 9

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 9

madhya-lila sanksepete karilun varnana
antya-lila-varnana kichu suna, bhakta-gana

TRANSLATION

I have briefly described the pastimes of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu known as the madhya-lila. Now I shall attempt to describe something about His last pastimes, which are known as the antya-lila.


March 4, 2012

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila Chapter 1 Text 2

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 2

durgame pathi me 'ndhasya
skhalat-pada-gater muhuh
sva-krpa-yasti-danena
santah santv avalambanam

TRANSLATION

My path is very difficult. I am blind, and my feet are slipping again and again. Therefore, may the saints help me by granting me the stick of their mercy as my support.


February 12, 2012

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila Chapter 1 Text 1

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 1

pangum langhayate sailam
mukam avartayec chrutim
yat-krpa tam aham vande
krsna-caitanyam isvaram

TRANSLATION

I offer my respectful obeisances to Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu, by whose mercy even a lame man can cross over a mountain and a dumb man recite Vedic literature.


February 5, 2012

The Appearance Day of Sri Nityananda

On today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami discusses the importance of one's sanga, aspects of guru tattva, and the appearance day of Sri Nityanananda.



January 15, 2012

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 2 Chapter 1 Text 25

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 2 Chapter 1 Text 25

sri-jaiminir uvaca
matur evam maha-ramya-
prasnenananditah sutah
tam natva sasru-romancam
arebhe pratibhasitum

TRANSLATION

Sri Jaimini said: Delighted by this most pleasing inquiry from Mother Uttara, her son, Pariksit, bowed down to her and began his reply. Tears poured from his eyes, and his bodily hairs stood on end.


January 8, 2012

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 2 Chapter 1 Text 21

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 2 Chapter 1 Text 21

ye sarva-nairapeksyena
radha-dasyecchavah param
sankirtayanti tan-nama
tadrsa-priyata-mayah

TRANSLATION

They chant His names and are full of unique love for Him. Indifferent to everything else, they want only to become servants of Sri Radha.


January 1, 2012

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 2 Chapter 1 Text 20

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 2 Chapter 1 Text 20

param kastham gatam tat-tad-
rasa-jatiyatocitam
athapi rasa-krt-tadrg-
bhaktanam astu ka gatih

TRANSLATION

They have all attained the ultimate limit of happiness, each in his own kind of ecstatic reciprocation with the Lord. But what place is destined for the exceptional devotees of the performer of the rasa dance?


December 25, 2011

Remembering Srimati Yamuna Devi

On today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami, along with others, remembers Srimati Yamuna Devi who had just passed away on December 20, 2011.


December 18, 2011

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 2 Chapter 1 Text 15

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 2 Chapter 1 Text 15

tatra sri-krsna-padabja-
saksat-seva-sukham sada
bahudhanubhavantas te
ramante dhik-krtamrtam

TRANSLATION

The pure devotees living in Vaikuntha enjoy forever in varied ways the happiness of directly serving Sri Krsna’s lotus feet. In comparison, the nectar of liberation appears condemned.


December 11, 2011

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 2 Chapter 1 Text 14

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 2 Chapter 1 Text 14

vaikuntham durlabham muktaih
sandrananda-cid-atmakam
niskama ye tu tad-bhakta
labhante sadya eva tat

TRANSLATION

That abode, Vaikuntha, is made of concentrated ecstasy and pure consciousness. Even for liberated souls it is difficult to attain. But the Lord’s devotees who are free from selfish desires reach it at once.


December 4, 2011

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 2 Chapter 1 Text 13

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 2 Chapter 1 Text 13

bhakta bhagavato ye tu
sa-kamah svecchayakhilan
bhunjanah sukha-bhogams te
visuddha yanti tat-padam

TRANSLATION

But even the devotees of the Personality of Godhead who still have material desires can enjoy the pleasures they wish and then become fully purified and go to the Lord’s abode.


November 27, 2011

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 2 Chapter 1 Text 11 (Continued)

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami continues with the Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 2 Chapter 1 Text 11.

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 2 Chapter 1 Text 11

bhogante muhur avrttim
ete sarve prayanti hi
mahar-adi-gatah kecin
mucyante brahmana saha

TRANSLATION

But when their enjoyment ends, all these persons must return to this mundane earth. Only a select few of those who have reached the planets of Mahar and beyond are liberated along with Brahma.


November 20, 2011

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 2 Chapter 1 Text 11

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 2 Chapter 1 Text 11

bhogante muhur avrttim
ete sarve prayanti hi
mahar-adi-gatah kecin
mucyante brahmana saha

TRANSLATION

But when their enjoyment ends, all these persons must return to this mundane earth. Only a select few of those who have reached the planets of Mahar and beyond are liberated along with Brahma.


November 13, 2011

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 2 Chapter 1 Text 7

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 2 Chapter 1 Text 7

sri-kṛṣṇa-karuṇa-sara-
patra-nirdhara-sat-katham
srutvabhut paramananda-
purna tava pitamahi

TRANSLATION

After your grandmother heard the sacred narration about the search for the person most favored by the essence of Lord Kṛṣṇa’s mercy, she was filled with the highest bliss.


October 30, 2011

Remembering Srila Prabhupada and Karttika at Govardhana

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami shares his experiences and realizations of Srila Prabhupada as he celebrates his disappearance at Govardhana with other disciples of Srila Prabhupada and his grand disciples. Maharaja also gives us a glimpse of Karttika at Govardhana.


October 16, 2011

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 21

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 21

yatha vraja-gopikanam

TRANSLATION

The cowherd women of Vraja are an example of pure bhakti.


October 2, 2011

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 2 Chapter 1 Text 2

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 2 Chapter 1 Text 2

srimad-bhagavatambhodhi-
piyusam idam apiban
na trpyami muni-srestha
tvan-mukhambhoja-vasitam

TRANSLATION

O best of sages, I cannot drink enough of this nectarean ocean of Srīmad-Bhagavatam, its fragrance enhanced by contact with your lotus mouth.


September 18, 2011

Remembering His Grace Gopiparanadhana Prabhu

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami remembers His Grace Gopiparanadhana Prabhu and shares his recent studies and realizations.


September 11, 2011

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 2 Chapter 1 Text 1

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 2 Chapter 1 Text 1

sri-janamejaya uvaca
satyam sac-chastra-vargartha-
sarah sangrhya durlabhah
gudhah sva-matre pitra me
krsna-premna prakasitah

TRANSLATION

Sri Janamejaya said: Truly, my father gleaned the essential meaning of all eternal scriptures, and with great love for Krsna he revealed to his mother that rare confidential truth.


September 4, 2011

Radhastami - The Glories of Srimati Radharani

In today's sanga, on the appearance day of Srimati Radharani, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami shares his thoughts and realizations on Srimati Radharani.


August 28, 2011

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 7 Text 159

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 7 Text 159

tasam natham ballavinam sametam
tabhih premna samsrayanti yathoktham
matah satyam tat-prasadan mahattvam
tasam jnatum saksyasi tvam ca kincit

TRANSLATION

If you follow my advice and with pure love take shelter of the gopis and their master, Lord Sri Krsna, then, O mother, I promise that by Krsna's mercy you will be abole to understand something of the gopis' greatness.


August 21, 2011

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 7 Text 158

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 7 Text 158

gopinam vitatadbhuta-sphutatara-premanalarcis-chata-
dagdhanam kila nama-kirtana-krtat tasam visesat smrteh
tat-tiksna-jvalanocchikhagra-kanika-sparsena sadyo maha-
vaikalyam sa bhajam kadapi na mukhe namani kartum prabhuh

TRANSLATION

The gopis were consumed by the expansive flames of the wondrous blazing fire of love for Krsna. If my guru chants the names of these gopis and recalls a gopi's distinguishing qualities, he too is touched by sparks shooting forth from the flames of this intense fire, and he at once becomes greatly agitated. Therefore he has to avoid pronouncing the gopis' names.


August 14, 2011

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 7 Text 153

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 7 Text 153

kevalam paramam dainyam
avalambyasya siksaya
sriman-madana-gopala
caranabjam upasata

TRANSLATION

Encountering a mood of great and single-minded humility, they began worshipping the lotus feet of Sriman Madana-gopala according to Narada's instructions.


August 7, 2011

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 7 Text 148

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 7 Text 148

uddhavena smaryamanam
vijitam satyabhamaya
anyabhir mahisibhis ca
ranjitam tat-tad-ihaya

TRANSLATION

Uddhava suggested to Narada what was best to eat, Satyabhama fanned him, and the other queens pleased him with various kinds of service.


July 31, 2011

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 7 Text 144

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 7 Text 144

tvadiyas tah kridah sakrd api bhuvo vapi vacasa
brda srutyangair va sprsati krta-dhih kascid api yah
sa nityam sri-gopi-kuca-kalasa-kasmira-vilasat-
tvadiyanghri-dvandve kalayatu-taram prema-bhajanam

TRANSLATION

Whether by speaking, thinking, hearing, or physical contact, if any person in this world comes in touch even once with these pastimes of Yours and is convinced of their importance, may he be endowed eternally with the power to worship Your feet in pure love, feel resplendent with the saffron dust from the pitcher-like breasts of the blessed gopis.


July 24, 2011

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 7 Text 143

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 7 Text 143

payam payam vraja-jana-gana-prema-vapi-marala
sriman-namamrtam aviratam gokulabdhy-utthitam te
tat-tad-vesacarita-nikarojjrmbhitam mista-mistam
sarvai lokan jagati ramayan matta-cesto bhramani

TRANSLATION

O swan gliding in the lakes of Vraja-vrasis' love, I wish that I may wander everywhere always chanting, drinking the nectar of Your names. Those most sweet names arise from the ocean of Gokula and spread the glories of Your infinitely varied dress and ways of acting. As I wander, behaving like a madman, may I distribute joy to everyone in all the worlds.


July 17, 2011

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 7 Text 140

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 7 Text 140

sri-pariksid uvaca
nartitva narado harsad
bhaiksya-vat sad-vara-dvayam
yacamano jagadedam
tam vadanya-sriomanim

TRANSLATION

Sri Pariksit said: Narada danced in sheer joy. And like a mendicant asking alms, he begged from Krsna two excellent boons. Speaking to the Lord, the crest jewel of charitable persons, the is what Narada said.


July 10, 2011

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 7 Texts 133-134

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 7 Texts 133-134

svayam prayagasya dasasvamedha-
tirthadike dvaravati-parante
sambhasitanam visaye bhramitva
purnarthatam srimad-anugrahena

vipradinam srotu-kamo munindro
harsat krsnasyananad eva saksat
evam matah prarthayam asa hrdyam
tasmin ramyodara-simhe varam prak

TRANSLATION

From Dasasvamedha-tirtha in Prayaga to Dvaraka, Narada had wandered. And he had spoken with devotees--the brahmana at Prayaga, and all the others--who by the Lord's divine grace had each achieved perfection. Feeling great pleasure, Narada, the king of sages, now wanted to hear of this perfection directly from Lord Krsna's own mouth. Dear mother, Lord Krsna is the all-attractive lion among generous benefactors. Now, therefore, Narada begged from Him the first blessing he wished to receive.


July 3, 2011

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 7 Text 130

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 7 Text 130

na sambandhaved asmaranam kadapi
sva-jivananam yad api priyanam
tathapi kenapi visesanena
smrtih praharsaya yatha su-jivitam

TRANSLATION

Those dear as life one can never forget, but when reminded of them in a special way one feels happy, like one who has lived a life of good fortune.


June 26, 2011

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 7 Text 128

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 7 Text 128

icchet punas tadrsam eva bhavam
klistam kathancit tad-abhavatah syat
yesam na bhatiti mate 'pi tesam
gadhopakari smrti-dah priyanam

TRANSLATION

One may want to feel that separation again, and may indeed feel distressed if one cannot. Thus a person who can remind one of a beloved not present is considered the most sincere and helpful friend.


June 19, 2011

Drama as Yoga

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami shares his recent studies and realizations. Maharaja gives a preview of his featured talk at the Boston Yoga and Chant Fest, which includes "Drama as Yoga."


June 12, 2011

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 7 Text 127

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 7 Text 127

tac-choka-duhkhoparamasya pascac
cittam yatah purnataya prasannam
samprapta-sambhoga-maha-sukhena
sampanna-vat tisthati sarvadaiva

TRANSLATION

After the pain of despair is relieved, one's heart feels fully satisfied, delighting constantly as one enjoys the great pleasure of meeting with one's beloved.


June 5, 2011

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 7 Text 123

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 7 Text 123

pratyuvacoddavah smitva
prabho bhityapi lajjaya
tato brahmanya-devena
svayam uktah pravesya sah

TRANSLATION

Uddhava smiled and answered, "My Lord, because he is afraid and embarrassed." Then the Lord, who always favors the brahmanas, Himself brought Narada inside and spoke to him.


May 15, 2011

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 7 Text 117 (Continued)

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami continues with Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 7 Text 117.

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 7 Text 117

ekah sa me tad-vraja-loka-vat priyas
tadrn-maha-prema-bhara-prabhavatah
vaksyaty adah kincana badarayanir
maj-jivite sisya-vare sva sannibhe

TRANSLATION

Just one person, almost as dear to Me as the devotees of Vraja, will be able to describe those topics--Sukadeva, the son of Badarayana Vyasa. By the power of great love in the mood of the Vraja-vasis, he will speak something of those matters to his excellent disciple who resembles him in spiritual qualities and whom I once brought back to life.


May 8, 2011

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 7 Text 117

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 7 Text 117

ekah sa me tad-vraja-loka-vat priyas
tadrn-maha-prema-bhara-prabhavatah
vaksyaty adah kincana badarayanir
maj-jivite sisya-vare sva sannibhe

TRANSLATION

Just one person, almost as dear to Me as the devotees of Vraja, will be able to describe those topics--Sukadeva, the son of Badarayana Vyasa. By the power of great love in the mood of the Vraja-vasis, he will speak something of those matters to his excellent disciple who resembles him in spiritual qualities and whom I once brought back to life.


May 1, 2011

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 7 Texts 111-112

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 7 Text 111-112

akasa-yana vidhi-rudra-sakrah
siddah sasi deva-ganas tathanye
gavo vrsa vatsa-gana mrgas ca
vrksah khaga gulma-latas trnani

nadyo 'tha meghah sa-carah sthiras ca
sacetanacetanakah prapancah
prema-pravahottha-vikara-ruddah
sva-sva-svabhavat parivrttim apuh

TRANSLATION

Brahma, Rudra, Indra, Candra, the Siddhas, and other demigods moving in the sky were overcome by changes aroused in them by the current of ecstatic love. So too were the cows, bulls, calves, and wild beasts, the trees, birds, bushes, creepers, and all other beings, both moving and nonmoving, alive and inert. Each of them underwent a transformation by which their own nature changed into nature just the opposite.


April 24, 2011

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 7 Texts 104-5

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 7 Text 104-105

sodasanam sahasranam
sa-satanam mad-aptaye
krta-katyayani-puja-
vratanam gopa-yositam

nidarsanad iva sviyam
kincit svasthayitum manah
tavatya eva yuyam vai
mayatraita vivahitah

TRANSLATION

Some 16,100 gopis had with vows worshiped Katyayani to obtain Me. To bring My mind somewhat to peace by seeing a likeness of them, I married the same number of you queens here in Dvaraka.


April 17, 2011

Sacred Rivers Yoga: The Yoga of Forgiveness

Today's sanga is entitled “The Yoga of Forgiveness” given by Dhanurdhara Swami on Sunday, April 17, 2011, at Sacred Rivers Yoga in Glastonbury, Connecticut.


April 10, 2011

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 7 Text 100

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 7 Text 100

tasam abhave purvam me
vasato mathura-pure
vivaha-karane kacid
icchapy asin na manini

TRANSLATION

My dear proud lady, when living in Mathura-puri without the gopis I at first had no desire to marry.


April 3, 2011

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 7 Text 98

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 7 Text 98

tamisra-punjadi yad eva kincin
madiya-varnopamam iksyate taih
sa-cumbanam tat parirabhyate mad-
dhiya param ta kva nu varnaniyam

TRANSLATION

If they see a patch of darkness resembling My complexion, they embrace and kiss it, mistaking it for Me. What more can I describe?


March 27, 2011

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 7 Text 97

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 7 Text 97

adrsyamane ca mayi pradipta-
viyoga-vahner vikalah kadacit
mrta ivonmada-hatah kadacid
vicitra-bhavam madhuram bhajante

TRANSLATION

And when they cannot see Me they become so torn that the fire of separation leaves them sometimes as though dead and sometimes as though insane. Thus they partake of the nectar of wonderful ecstasies.


March 20, 2011

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 7 Text 96

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 7 Text 96

drste 'pi samyen mayi tan na duhkham
viccheda-cintakulitamanam vai
harsaya tesam kriyate vidhir yo
duhkham sa sadyo dvi-guni-karoti

TRANSLATION

So their pain won't be relieved even if they see Me. Their hearts will be so disturbed by thoughts of separation from Me that whatever measures I take for their happiness will only double their grief.


March 13, 2011

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 7 Text 93

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 7 Text 93

stuvata brahmanoktam yad
vrddha-vakyam na tan mrsa
tesam pratyupakare 'ham
asakto 'to maha-rni

TRANSLATION

The praise offered by the venerable Brahma was not spoken in vain: I can never fully repay these devotees, and so I am utterly indebted to them.


March 6, 2011

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 7 Text 89

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 7 Text 89

stambhe 'ntardhapya deham svam
sthita lajja-bhayanvita
samlaksya prabhuna prokta
samrambhavesatah sphutam

TRANSLATION

She hid herself behind a pillar and stood there, filled with shame and fear. Krsna noticed her and, still angry, spoke to her in a clear voice.


February 27, 2011

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 7 Text 85

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 7 Text 85

tato 'nyabhis ca devibhir
etad evanumoditam
satrajiti param mana-
geham tad-asahavisat

TRANSLATION

[Uddhava said:] The other queens all agreed. Only Satybhama, Satrajiti, unable to tolerate those words, entered her chamber of anger.


February 20, 2011

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 7 Text 80

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 7 Text 80

tabhyam sneha-bharenasya
palanam tat-tad-ihitam
ato 'syaitadrso bhavas
tayor yukto hi me priyah

TRANSLATION

“Because of their exceptional love, they were allowed to raise the Lord as their child and cherish His many wonderful activities. Therefore His special attitude toward them is fitting, and very much pleasing to me.”


February 13, 2011

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 7 Texts 76-78

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 7 Texts 76-78

tad-durvaco nisamyadau
devakyoktam abhijnaya
samasta-jagad-adhara-
bhavad-adhara-bhutaya

ascaryam atra kim murkhe
purva-janmani yat tapah
samam sri-vasudevena
mayakari sutaya tat

ato 'yam avayoh praptah
putratam vara-desvarah
asmin nanda-yasodabhyam
bhaktih samprarthita vidhim

TRANSLATION

[Uddhava told Krsna:] The wise Devaki shelters You, who shelter the entire world. When she heard those wicked words, she said, “Foolish woman, what is unusual here? Sri Vasudeva and I, in our previous lives, underwent austerities to get the Lord as our son, and therefore, the Lord, the bestower of all boons, accepted that role. But Nanda and Yasoda prayed to Lord Brahma for pure devotion.”


February 6, 2011

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 7 Text 63

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 7 Text 63

parito muhur alokya
srimad-dvaravatisvaram
sri-yadavendram atmanam
pratyabhijnatavanams tada

TRANSLATION

Looking around again, Krsna remembered that He was the master of Sri Dvaraka, the divine king of the Yadavas.


January 23, 2011

Sunday Sanga | January 23, 2011

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami shares his recent studies and realizations from Jagannatha Puri.


January 16, 2011

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 7 Text 60 (Continued)

In today's class, Srila Dhanurdahra Swami continues with Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 7 Text 60.



January 9, 2011

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 7 Text 60 (Continued)

In today's class, Srila Dhanurdahra Swami continues with Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 7 Text 60.

Please note: This class gets cut off as Maharaja loses his phone connection.


January 2, 2011

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 7 Text 60

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 7 Text 60

sri-pariksid uvaca
evam rasantaram nitva-
nujam svasthayitum vacah
yad uktam balaramena
srutva bhavantaram gatah

TRANSLATION

Sri Pariksit said: Balarama spoke these words to change His younger brother's ecstatic mood and bring Him back to normal. Indeed, upon hearing what Balarama said, Krsna did change His mood.


December 19, 2010

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 7 Text 57

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 7 Text 57

dustan samhara tac-chistan
pratipalaya samprati
yajnam patir-svaseyasya
dharma-rajasya santanu

TRANSLATION

Now please destroy the wicked and protect everyone else. Your cousin Dharmaraja, King Yudhistira, has undertaken a sacrifice. Please see to getting it performed.


December 12, 2010

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 7 Text 44

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 7 Text 44

astu tavad idanam tad
gamyate tvaraya vane
santosa-de pradose 'dya
maya tvam modayisyase

TRANSLATION

Anyway, right now I have to go to the forest. Tonight at dusk, O bestower of satisfaction, You will enjoy with Me.


November 28, 2010

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 7 Text 29

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 7 Text 29

sri-bhagavan uvaca
adya prabhate bho matar
asminn eva ksane maya
citrah kati kati svapna
jagrateva na viksitah

TRANSLATION

The Supreme Lord said: Dear mother, this morning during My sleep I saw many amazing things in just a short moment as if I were awake!


November 21, 2010

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 7 Text 22

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 7 Text 22

sri-balarama uvaca
sri-krsna krsna bho bhratar
uttisthottistha jagrhi
pasyadya velatikranta
visanti pasavo vanam

TRANSLATION

Sri Balarama said: Sri Krsna, My dear brother! Get up, get up! Wake up from Your sleep! Just see, it is now getting late. The cows are already entering the forest.


November 14, 2010

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 7 Texts 15-16

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 7 Texts 15-16

naradas tu krtagaskam
ivatmanam amanyata
devanam yadavanam ca
sange 'gan na kutuhalat

viyaty antarhito bhutva
baddhvaikam yoga-pattakam
nivisto bhagavac-cesta-
madhuryambhavaya sah

TRANSLATION

Narada, however, thinking he had committed an offense, did not accompany the demigods and the Yadavas. Instead with great curiosity he hid himself in the midst of the sky, fixing himself in a yoga sitting posture, to observe the sweetness of the Lord's acts.


November 7, 2010

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 7 Text 5

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 7 Text 5

samstabhya yatnad atmanam
svasthyam janayitum prabhoh
prapa canantaram hrdi

TRANSLATION

With difficulty, Brahma brought himself under control and started thinking of how to restore his Lord to normal. Soon an idea came into his heart.


October 31, 2010

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 7 Text 1

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 7 Text 1

sri-pariksid uvaca
ittham sa-parivarasya
matas tasyarti-rodanaih
brahmandam vyapya sanjato
mahotpata-cayah ksanat

TRANSLATION

Sri Pariksit said: Dear mother, as the sound of Krsna lamenting with His family members filled the universe, a series of terrible omens quickly ensued.


October 24, 2010

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 6 Text 120

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 6 Text 120

yat tatra ca tvayakari
nirvisah kaliyo hradah
soko 'yam vipulas tesam
soke 'nyat karanam srnu

TRANSLATION

That You rid Kaliya's lake of its poison has only greatened their misery. And please hear of still other reasons for their sorrow.


October 10, 2010

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 6 Text 113

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 6 Text 113

sri-pariksid uvaca
srimad-gopala-devas tac
chrutva sambhranti-yantritah
jatantas-tapatah susyam-
mukhabjah sankayakulah

TRANSLATION

Sri Pariksit said: Having heard all this, the blessed Lord Gopala felt overwrought with worry for His devotees. Scorching anxiety dried up His lotus face. He was filled with dread.


October 3, 2010

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 6 Text 111

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 6 Text 111

vrindaranya vraja-bhuvi gavam tatra govardhane va
naste himsa-harana-rahite raksakasyapy apeksa
gavo gatvosasi vipinatas ta mahisy-adi-yuktah
svairam bhuktva sa-jala-yavasam sayam ayanti vasam

TRANSLATION

Vrindavana Forest, Govardhana Hill, and the whole area of Vraja, are free from violence and theft. So one need not bother to watch one's cows. The cows simply go out into the forests in the morning with the other domestic animals like the buffaloes, eat grass and drink water as they like, and then in the evening com home.


September 19, 2010

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 6 Text 106

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 6 Text 106

ayam hi tat-tad-vipinesu kautukad
vihartu-kamah pasu-sangha-sangatah
vayasya-vargaih saha 'titum
prayati nityam svayam agrajanvitah

TRANSLATION

Every day, Krsna takes His older brother with Him and goes out into the various forests, eager to enjoy with His herds of cows and wander about in the company of His many friends.


September 12, 2010

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 6 Text 105

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 6 Text 105

vraja-sthitanam tv ahar eva kala-
ratrir bhaved eka-lavo yugam ca
ravim rajo-vartma ca pasyatam muhur
dasa ca kacin meralim ca srnvatam

TRANSLATION

For those who live in Vraja, daytime is like the black night at the end of the universe, and in the blink of an eye a millennium. In such a state, they look at the sun and the trails of dust on the road again and again and listen for the sound of the flute.


September 5, 2010

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 6 Text 102

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 6 Text 102

sri-pariksid uvaca
tac chrutva kutsitam vakyam
asakta sodhum anjasa
yasodayah priya-sakhi
rama-mahatha kopita

TRANSLATION

Sri Pariksit said: Balarama's mother Rohini, Yasoda's dear friend, couldn't tolerate these insults. Angrily, she replied.


August 29, 2010

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 6 Texts 93-94

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 6 Texts 93-94

sri-pariksid uvaca
tad-viccheda-maha-duhkha-
sankaya mlapitani sah
devaki-bhimajadinam
mukhany avanatany adhah

ksarad-asran sa-sneham
vilokya mrdulasayah
masi-karpara-patrani
vyagro 'yacata samjnaya

TRANSLATION

Sri Pariksit continued: From dread of the great pain of separation from Krsna, the faces of the ladies like Devaki and Rukmini were pale, downcast, and full of tears. Looking at those women affectionately, gentle-hearted Krsna quickly gestured for an inkpot and paper.


August 22, 2010

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 6 Text 88

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 6 Text 88

srutva te tatra visvasya
sarve sarala-manasah
bhavat-pritim samalocya-
lankaran dadhur atmasu

TRANSLATION

The residents of Vraja, all simple-hearted people, trusted Nanda's words. Thinking about Your loving affection, they accepted the jewelry and put it on their bodies.


August 8, 2010

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 6 Text 76

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 6 Text 76

sri-pariksid uvaca
tac ca sri-bhagavan krtva
srutam apy asrutam yatha
ajanann iva papraccha
soka-vegad athoddhavam

TRANSLATION

Sri Pariksit said: Although the Personality of Godhead must have heard these words, He pretended He had not. Driven by sorrow, He then inquired from Uddhava as though ignorant.


August 1, 2010

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 6 Texts 73-75

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 6 Texts 73-75

padmavaty uvaca
tvayanutapyate krsna
katham man-mantritam srnu
yad ekadasabhir varsair
nanda-gopasya mandire

dvabhyam yuvabhyam bhratrbhyam
upabhuktam hi vartate
tatra dadyan na dadyad va
go-raksa-jivanam sa te

sarvam tad garga-hastena
ganayitva kananusah
dvi-guni-krtya mad-bhartra
tasmai deyam sape svayam

TRANSLATION

Padmavati said: Krsna, why should You lament? Just listen to my advice. Whi living eleven years in the home of Nanda Gopa, You two brothers enjoyed various comforts. For that, I swear, my husband will repay Nanda twice over. My husband will see to it that Garga Muni calculates the amount to the smallest fraction and delivers it by his own hand And if Nanada owes You payment for tending his cows, let him pay You or not, as he wishes.


July 25, 2010

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 6 Text 61

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 6 Text 61

kataryad gaditam krsna
sakrd gostham kayapi tat
gatva prasanga-sangatya
raksa tatratya-jivanam

TRANSLATION

I anxiously requested, "Krsna, please find some excuse to go to Your cowherd village just once and save the lives of the people there."


July 18, 2010

Remembering Aindra Prabhu

In this morning's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami shares his remembrance and realizations of Sripad Aindra Prabhu of the Krishna-Balarama Mandir 24 Hour Kirtan in Vrindavana, who recently left his body.

Maharaja also continues with the Brihad Bhagavatamrta.

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 6 Text 57

sri-pariksid uvaca
asataka tad-vacah sodhum
gokula-prana-bandhavah
rohini-nandanah sriman
baladevo rusabravit

TRANSLATION

Sri Pariksit said: Blessed Baladeva, the darling son of Rohini and intimate friend of all Gokula, couldn't tolerate hearing these words. Angrily, He spoke in reply.


July 11, 2010

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 6 Text 42

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 6 Text 42

sri-pariksid uvaca
tac chrutva dusta-kamsasya
janani dhrsta-cestita
jara-hata-vicara sa
sa-sirah-kampam abravit

TRANSLATION

Sri Pariksit said: Upon hearing this, the mother of the wicked Kamsa spoke out, her head shaking, her manner bold, her judgment spoiled by old age.


July 4, 2010

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 6 Text 39

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 6 Text 39

mohita iva krsnasya
mangalam tatra hi
icchanti sarvada sviyam
napeksante ca karhicit

TRANSLATION

As if entranced, in each event they wanted only to assure Krsna's welfare. They never thought about themselves.


June 27, 2010

Weekly Sanga - Sunday, June 27, 2010

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami shares his own thoughts and realizations during his time at a kirtan retreat hosted by Sacinandana Swami in Croatia.



June 6, 2010

A Walk Along the Hudson

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami shares his own thoughts and realizations of the events of the past few days, including his recap of the 12 hour kirtan at The Bhakti Center, during a walk in the West Village of New York.



May 30, 2010

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 6 Texts 29-30

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 6 Texts 29-30

sri-rohiny uvaca
as tan sri-hari-dasa tvam
maha-durdaiva-maritan
saubhagya-gandha-rahitan
nimagna dainya-sagare

tat-tad-vadava-vahny=arcis-
tapyamanan visakulan
ksanacinta-sukhinya me
ma smrteh padavim naya

TRANSLATION

Sri Rohini said: Alas, dear servant of Sri Hari, the residents of Vraja have by evil fate been all but slain. They have lost the last trace of good fortune and are drowning in an ocean of gloom. There they suffer, poisoned and scorched, in the flames of an underwater fire. So please do not destroy my moment of happiness by reminding me of them.


May 16, 2010

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 6 Text 28

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 6 Text 28

sri-pariksid uvaca
tad-vakya-tattvam vijnaya
rohini sasram abravit
cira-gokula-vasena
tatratya-jana-sammata

TRANSLATION

Sri Pariksit said: Because Rohini had long lived in Gokula, its residents held her in high regard. She knew the inner meaning to Uddhava's words. So with tears in her eyes, she decided to speak.


May 9, 2010

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 6 Text 24

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 6 Text 24

idanam yad vraje gatva
kim apy anvabhavam tatah
maha-saubhagya-mano me
sa sadyas curnatam gatah

TRANSLATION

What I saw on my recent trip to Vraja took my pride in my special good fortune and suddenly crushed it into dust.


May 2, 2010

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 6 Texts 19-21

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 6 Text 19-21

sri-pariksid uvaca
uddhavo 'tyanta-sambhranto
drutam utthaya tat-padau
tasyabhipretya hrd-gatam

hrt-prapta-bhagavat-tat-tat
prasada-bhara-bhag-janah
tadiya-prema-sampatti-
vibhava-smrti-yantritah

radanair vivaso dino
yatnad dhairyam sritl munim
avadhapyaha matsaryat
sattvikat pramudam gatah

TRANSLATION

Sri Pariksit said: Impelled by great respect for Narada, Uddhava suddenly stood up, held Narada's feet, and embraced them. Aware of what Narada was thinking, Uddhava remembered many devotees who had received the Lord's special favor. As Uddhava meditated on those devotees, their love for the Lord, and the wealth of their loving ecstasies, he felt distress, thinking himself fallen, and cried helplessly. Only with some effort was he able to regain his composure. Then he became joyful and spoke to the sage, moved by the sattvika emotion of jealousy.


April 25, 2010

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 6 Texts 9

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 6 Text 9

tusnim-bhutas ca te sarve
vartamanah sa-vismayam
tatra sri-naradam praptam
aiksantapurva-cestitam

TRANSLATION

All of them sat there silent, in shock. They saw that Sri Narada had arrived and that he was acting strange.


April 18, 2010

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 6 Texts 1-3

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 6 Texts 1-3

sri-pariksid uvaca
tac chrutvarye maha-prema-
rasavesena yantritah
maha-visnu-priyo vina-
hasto 'sau vismrtakhilah

sada-dvaravati-vasa-
bhyastantah-pura-vartmana
prabhu-prasada-desantah-
pravesascarya-vahina

purvabhyasad ivabhyasam
prasadasya gato munih
bhutavisto mahonmada-
grhitas ca yathetarah

TRANSLATION

Sri Pariksit said: Noble mother, after hearing Ugrasena's advice, Narada, the dear devotee of Lord Maha-visnu, became absorbed in the taste of exalted love of God, which seized him in its grip. Forgetting everything else, he started off, vina in hand. Having spent much time before in Dvaraka, Narada automatically took the familiar roads to the center of the city, amazing roads that led to the neighborhood of the Lord's palaces, and came to the palace of Krsna's that he knew how to reach from earlier visits. Under the spell of intense transcendental agitation, Narada seemed like an ordinary person haunted by a ghost.


April 11, 2010

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 5 Text 129

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 5 Text 129

yathaham prarthya tat-sanga-
sthitim napnomi karhicit
tan-maha-labhato hino
'satyaya rajya-raksaya

TRANSLATION

In contrast, despite my begging to stay in Krsna's company, I never obtain that blessing. I am deprived of that achievement because of my degraded occupation of protecting the kingdom.


April 4, 2010

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 5 Text 118

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 5 Text 118

na janimah kada kutra
punar esa vrajed iti
uddhavo nityam abhyarne
nivasan sevate prabhum

TRANSLATION

We cannot be sure when He might go somewhere else. But Uddhava is always by His side, serving Lorda Krsna, his master, and residing with Him.


March 28, 2010

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 5 Text 113

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 5 Text 113

jita-vak-pati-naipunya
yad idam nad tvayoditam
tad asambhavitam na syad
yadavendra-prabhavatah

TRANSLATION

You can defeat the wit of even Brhama, the master of speech. And so, by the power of our Lord Yadavendra, what you have said to us cannot be untrue.


March 24, 2010

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Text 3.3

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Text 3.3

tad evartha-matra-nirbhasam svarupa-sunyam iva samadhih

TRANSLATION

Samadhi is when the same dhyana shines forth as the object alone and [the mind] is devoid of its own [reflective] nature.



March 21, 2010

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 5 Text 106

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 5 Text 106

sayyasanatanalapa-
krida-snanasanadisu
vartamana api svan ye
krsna-premna smaranti na

TRANSLATION

While eating, sleeping, sitting, walking, speaking, bathing, enjoying diversions, the Yadus are so absorbed in pure love for Krsna that they even forget their own families and possessions.


March 14, 2010

Bhagavad-gita Seminar at Sacred Rivers Yoga

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami gives a Bhagavad-gita seminar at Sacred Rivers Yoga in Glastonbury, Connecticut.



March 7, 2010

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 5 Text 103-105 (Continued)

In today's class, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami continues with Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 5 Text 103-105.

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 5 Text 103-105

yesam darsana-sambhasa-
sparsanugamanasanaih
bhojanodvaha-sayanais
tathanyair daihikair drdaih

duschedaih prema-sambandhair
atma-sambandhato 'dhikaih
baddhah svargapavargeccham
chittva bhaktim vivardhayan

krsno vismrta-vaikuntho
vilasaih svair anu-ksanam
navam navam anirvacyam
vitanoti sukham mahat

TRANSLATION

Krsna has now forgotten Vaikuntha, for He is bound by intense, unbreakable loving exchanges with these Yadus. He sees the Yadus, touches them, talks with them, sits with them. He eats and sleeps with them, follows then when they walk, takes part in their marriage ceremonies, and shares in their other activities of embodied life. These relations are more tangible then the yogis' union with Him in meditation. Thus, by His pastimes Krsna spreads among the Yadus infinite pleasure, ever fresh and indescribable, destroying any desire they might have for heaven or liberation, and increasing more and more their devotion to Him.


February 28, 2010

Gaura Purnima

In honor of Sri Gaura Purnima, the appearance day of Sri Krishna Caitanya Mahaprabhu, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami speaks on gaura-lila.

Srila Dhanurdhara Maharaja speaks in depth on the pastimes surrounding Mahaprabhu's entrance into the sannyasa asrama and His reasoning behind it.



February 21, 2010

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 5 Texts 103-105

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 5 Text 103-105

yesam darsana-sambhasa-
sparsanugamanasanaih
bhojanodvaha-sayanais
tathanyair daihikair drdaih

duschedaih prema-sambandhair
atma-sambandhato 'dhikaih
baddhah svargapavargeccham
chittva bhaktim vivardhayan

krsno vismrta-vaikuntho
vilasaih svair anu-ksanam
navam navam anirvacyam
vitanoti sukham mahat

TRANSLATION

Krsna has now forgotten Vaikuntha, for He is bound by intense, unbreakable loving exchanges with these Yadus. He sees the Yadus, touches them, talks with them, sits with them. He eats and sleeps with them, follows then when they walk, takes part in their marriage ceremonies, and shares in their other activities of embodied life. These relations are more tangible then the yogis' union with Him in meditation. Thus, by His pastimes Krsna spreads among the Yadus infinite pleasure, ever fresh and indescribable, destroying any desire they might have for heaven or liberation, and increasing more and more their devotion to Him.


February 7, 2010

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 5 Text 95

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 5 Text 95

ugrasenam maha-rajam
parivrtya cakasatah
pratiksamanam sri-krsna-
devagamanam adarat

TRANSLATION

Surrounding Maharaja Ugrasena, the Yadavas glowed brilliantly, as with reverent eagerness they awaited the arrival of Sri Krsna.


January 31, 2010

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 5 Text 89

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 5 Text 89

tad yahi tasya parama-priya-varga-mukhyan
sri-yadavan nirupama-pramadabdhi-magnan
tesam mahattvam atulam bhagavams tvam eva
janasi tad vayam aho kim u varnayema

TRANSLATION

Therefore, go see the divine Yadhavas, the Lord's most beloved associates, who live immersed in a vast, unequaled ocean of joy. My lord Narada, you know very well how great they are. What can I tell you about their glories?


January 24, 2010

Partha Sarathi dasa Goswami: Legacy of Love

Today's class is given by Srila Partha Sarathi dasa Goswami. Partha Sarathi Maharaja is in Puri attending Srila Dhanurdhara Maharaja's Puri Yatra.

You can find out more about Partha Sarathi dasa Goswami here.



January 17, 2010

Lord Caitanya Takes Sannyasa

In today's class, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami, in Kolkata en route to Puri, gives a us an update of the upcoming Puri Yatra and also being the 500th anniversary of Lord Caitanya taking sannyasa, describes the pastime of Mahaprabhu taking sannyasa.



January 13, 2010

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Text 2.34

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Text 2.34

vitarka himsadayah krta-karitanumodita lobha-krodha-moha-
purvaka mrdu-madhyadhi-matra duhkhajnanananta-phala iti pratipaksa-bhavabam

TRANSLATION

Negative thoughts are violence, etc. The may be [personally] performed, performed on one's behalf by another, or authorized by oneself; they may be triggered by greed, anger, or delusion; and they may be slight, moderate, or extreme in intensity. One should cultivate counteracting thoughts, namely, that the end results [of negative thouhgts] are ongoing suffering and ignorance.



January 10, 2010

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 5 Text 82

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 5 Text 82

sri-pariksid uvaca
sokarteva tatah kunti
krsna-darsana-jivana
sasram sa-karunanam praha
smaranantu tat-krpakrpe

TRANSLATION

Sri Pariksit said: Mother Kunti, for whom the sigh of Krsna was life, seemed tormented with sorrow, remembering how Krsna had at times shown His mercy and at other times not. She then spoke, pitifully, with tears in her eyes.


January 3, 2010

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 5 Text 68

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 5 Text 68

tatparyasya vicarena
krtenapi na tat sukham
kincit karoty utamusya
vancanam kila bodhanat

TRANSLATION

Even carefully studying the purport of those instructions has not made me any happier. Rather, His words only make me remember how He deceived me.

In addition to today's verse, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami remembers Her Grace Rasajna devi dasi. You can read more about Rasajna here.


December 27, 2009

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 5 Text 62-63

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 5 Text 62-63

sva-dharmaika-paraih suska-
jnanavadbhih krta rane
bhismadibhih prahara ye
varma-marma-bhido drdhah

te tasyam mat-krte svasya
sri-murtau cakra-panina
varyamanena ca maya
sodhah svi-krtya varasah

TRANSLATION

Swayed by dry speculation, concerned only with their own dharma, Bhisma and others on the field of war fiercely attacked Lord Sri Krsna, piercing His armor and flesh. Lord Krsna, the wielder of the Sudarsana cakra, tolerated for my sake those repeated attacks on His divine body, although I tried to stop Him.



December 20, 2009

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 5 Text 53

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 5 Text 53

drona-bhismadi-guravo
'bhimanyu-pramukhah sutah
pare 'pi bahavah santo
'smad-dhetor nidhanam gatah

TRANSLATION

It is our fault than many saintly persons met their demise, including venerable teachers like Drona and Bhisma, and sons like Abhimanyu.



December 13, 2009

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 5 Text 45

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 5 Text 45

sri-pariksid uvaca
atha ksanam lajjayeva
maunam krtvatha nihsvasan
dharma-rajo 'bravin matr-
bhratr-patnibhir anvitah

TRANSLATION

Sri Pariksit said: For a moment, Dharmaraja Yudhisthira remained quiet, and then he sighed, as if embarrassed. At last he spoke, followed in turn by his brothers, wife, and mother.



December 6, 2009

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 5 Text 43

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 5 Text 43

uddisya yan kaurava-samsadam gatah
krsnah samaksam nijagada madrsam
ye pandavanam suhrdo 'tha vairinas
te tadrsa me 'pi mamasavo hi te

TRANSLATION

Once in the court of the Kauravas, with me and other sages present, Krsna said of you, "A friend of the Pandavas is My friend, and their enemy is My enemy. The Pandavas are My very life airs.


November 29, 2009

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 5 Text 36

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 5 Text 36

yudhisthirayapi maha-pratistha
loka-dvayotkrstatara pradatta
tatha jarasandha-vadhadina ca
bhimaya tenatmana eva kirtih

TRANSLATION

Krsna bestowed upon Yudhisthira the highest prestige, greater than that of anyone else in the upper and lower worlds. And by favors like allowing Bhima to kill Jarasandha, Krsna granted Bhima unequaled fame.


November 22, 2009

Reflections on the Govardhana Japa Retreat

In today's class, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami reflects on and shares his realizations from a recent japa retreat at Govardhana.



November 15, 2009

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 5 Text 35

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 5 Text 35

cirena dvarakam gantum
udhyato yadu-jivanah
kaku-stutibhir avrtya
sva-grhe raksyate 'naya

TRANSLATION

Krsna, the life of the Yadus, tried for a long time to leave for Dvaraka, but by enveloping Him with plaintive prayers she kept Him in her home.



November 8, 2009

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 5 Text 34

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 5 Text 34

vicitra-vakyair bahudha ruroda
sphuten nrnam yac-chravanena vaksah
bhavatsv api sneha-bharam param sa
raraksa krsna-priyatam apeksya

TRANSLATION

She often lamented with poignant words that could shatter the heart of anyone who heard them. And she bore the burden of love for all of you, staying tied to you only because you are very dear to Lord Krishna.



November 1, 2009

Sunday Vrindavana Sanga and Kirtan

In today's class, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami gives a spontaneous talk and invites us to a Vrindavana kirtan at Srila BB Govinda Swami's ashrama.



October 18, 2009

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 5 Text 30

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 5 Text 30

sri-pariksid uvaca
iti pragayan rasanam munir nijam
asiksayan madhava-kirti-lampatam
abo pravrttasi mahattva-varnane
prabhor apiti sva-radair vidasya tam

TRANSLATION

Sri Pariksit said: While singing enthusiastically in this way, the sage instructed his own tongue, which was greedy to chant the glories of Lord Madhava, "Oh, you are too busy talking about the greatness of our master!" To stop that tongue, he then seized it with it his teeth.



October 11, 2009

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 5 Text 29

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 5 Text 29

krsnasya karunya-kathas tu dure
tasya prasayo bata nigraho 'pi
kamsadayah kaliya-putanadya
baly-adayah prag api saksino 'tra

TRANSLATION

We speak of Krsna's kindness, but even the punishments He metes out are worthy of praise. To this there have been many witnesses--including Kamsa, Kaliya, and Putana and, in the more distant past, Bali and others.



October 4, 2009

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 5 Text 28

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 5 Text 28

idanim paramam kastham
praptabhut sarvatah sphuta
visista-mahima-sreni-
madhuri-citratacita

TRANSLATION

Now His identity as God has been shown, for He has appeared in all His splendor, adorned with His unique glories and the varied wonders of His charming sweetness.



September 27, 2009

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 5 Text 25

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 5 Text 25

he krsna-bhrataras tasya
kim varnyo 'purva-darsitah
rupa-saundarya-lavanya-
madhuryascaryata-bharah

TRANSLATION

O Krsna's brothers, how can the infinite wonders of His bodily beauty, His effulgence, and His charm be properly described? Features so attractive have never been seen in anyone else.



September 20, 2009

Srila Dhanurdhara Swami's Vyasa Puja Address

Today we are celebrating Srila Dhanurdhara Swami's Vyasa Puja. In lieu, of his usual class on Brihad Bhagavatamrta, we offer you Maharaja's Vyasa Puja address.



September 13, 2009

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 5 Text 21

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 5 Text 21

atmana marita ye ca
ghatita tvarjunadibhih
narakarhas ca daiteyas
tan-mahimnamrtam gatah

TRANSLATION

And by the power of His glory, demons fit for hell have become immortal after being slain by Him or by such companions as Arjuna.



September 6, 2009

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 5 Text 15

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 5 Text 15

aho srnuta purvam tu
kesancid adhikarinam
anena diyamano 'bhun
moksah sthitir ityam sada

TRANSLATION

Please just hear what I have to say: Before Krsna gave the gift of liberation only to a qualified few. And this has always been the rule.



August 30, 2009

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 5 Text 14

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 5 Text 14

yasya prasadah san-mauna-
santi-bhakty-adi-sadhanaih
prarthyo nah sa svayam vo 'bhut
prasanno vasa-varty api

TRANSLATION

We can only pray to satisfy Him through our disciplines of silence, peace, and devotion. But being naturally satisfied with you, He has even submitted Himself to your control.



August 23, 2009

Sri Radhastami - The Glories of Radharani

In today's class, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami speaks on the glories of Radharani in honor of Her upcoming appearance day.



August 16, 2009

Janmastami Realizations

In today's class, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami shares his realization from this past Sri Krishna Janmastami celebration, the appearance day of Sri Krishna Himself.



August 9, 2009

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 5 Text 9

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 5 Text 9

anye 'vataras ca yad-amsa-lesato
brahmadayo yasya vibhutayo matah
maya ca yasyeksana-vartma-vartini
dasi jagat-srsty-avananta-karini

TRANSLATION

All other incarnations of Godhead expand from mere portions of His plenary portions. Great gods like Brahma are considered His material opulences. And material nature is His maidservant. Standing always in view ready to serve Him, she enacts creation, protection, and destruction of the universe.



August 2, 2009

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 5 Text 8

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 5 Text 8

yo brahma-rudradi-samadhi-durlabho
vedokti-tatparya-visesa-gocarah
sriman nrisimhah kila vamanas ca
sri-raghavendro 'pi yad-amsa-rupah

TRANSLATION

For Brahma, Rudra and other demigods He is difficult to realize even in advanced meditations. He can be known through words of the Vedas only when one understands their special purport. Sriman Nrsimha, Sri Vamana, and Sri Raghavendra are His plenary expansions.



July 26, 2009

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 5 Text 6

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 5 Text 6

hanumad-gaditam tesu
krsnanugraha-vaibhavam
muhuh sankirtayam asa
vina-gita-vibhusitam

TRANSLATION

Narada chanted at length the glories of the precious treasure of which Hanuman had spoken--Krsna's favor on the Pandavas. Narada accompanied his words by playing his vina.



July 19, 2009

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 5 Text 1

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 5 Text 1

sri-pariksid uvaca
tatra sri-narado harsa-
bharakrantah sa-nartanam
rajadhanyam pravistavan

TRANSLATION

Sri Pariksit said: Sri Narada, beside himself with joy, arrived dancing at the kingdom of the Kurus and raced to their capital city.



July 12, 2009

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 4 Text 117

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 4 Text 117

aho kim apare srimad-
draupadi mahisi-vara
tadrsa bhratarah srimad-
bhimasenarjunadayah

TRANSLATION

Just see, his superlative queen is none other at Srimati Draupadi, and his brothers are such men as the bessed Bhimasena and Arjuna.



July 5, 2009

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 4 Text 115

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 4 Text 115

krsna-prasada-janitah
krsna eva samapitah
nasakan kam api pritim
rajno janayitum kvacit

TRANSLATION

The king achieved all this opulence by Krsna's mercy, and has offered it all to Krsna. It never had any power to please him.



June 28, 2009

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 4 Text 112

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 4 Text 112

tesam jyesthasya samrajye
pravrttir bhagavat-priyat
ato bahu-vidha deva-
durlabha rajya-sampadah

TRANSLATION

The eldest of these brothers rules the state out of love for the Personality of Godhead. Thus his kingdom is rich in all sorts of assets rarely enjoyed by the demigods.



June 21, 2009

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 4 Text 108

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 4 Text 108

tada bhaveyam tatrasu
itvam tu gacchadya pandavan
tesam grhesu tat pasya
param brahma narakrti

TRANSLATION

I must be ready to present myself before Him without delay, whenever He might call. But now you please go visit the Pandavas at their home and see the Supreme Absolute Truth in His appearance like a human being.



June 14, 2009

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 4 Texts 101-104

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 4 Text 101-104

athapi sahajavyaja-
karuna-komalatmani
avakra-bhava-prakrtav
arya-dharma-prasadarsake

eka-patni-vrata-dhare
sada vinaya-vrddhaya
lajjayavanata-srimad-
vadane 'dho-vilokane

jagad-ranjana-siladhye
'yodhya-pura-purandare
maha-rajadhiraje sri-
sita-laksmana-sevite

bharata-jyayasi prestha-
sugrive vanaresvare
vibhisanasrite capa-
panau dasarathamaje

kausalya-nandane srimad-
raghunatha-svarupini
svasminn atyantiki pritir
mama tenaiva vardhita

TRANSLATION

Even so, I simply feel more attracted to the Supreme Lord in His eternal identity as Sri Raghunatha, the sin of Dasaratha and joy of Mother Kausalya. His heart always tender with natural, unaffected compassion, He is spontaneously attracted to loving exchanges with His devotees, exchagnes free from any tinge of duplicity. He demonstrates how to follow properly the religious duties of a civilized people, and He upholds the strict vow of only having one wife. In the shyness of intimate humility, His face always hooks downward, His eyes fixed on the ground. His exalted character is pleasing to all. He stands with bow in hand, the king of kings, the hero of the city Ayodhya, served by Sita and Laksmana, and with Bharata as His older brother. He rules the race of monkeys as the dear friend of Sugriva and gives shelter to Vibhisana. By my hearing of the pastimes of Krsna, the unlimited loving attraction I feel toward my own master has increased.



May 31, 2009

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 4 Text 93

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 4 Text 93

sri-pariksid uvaca
atha ksanam nisasvasa
banumam dhairya-sagarah
jagada naradam natva
ksanam hrdi vimrsya sah

TRANSLATION

Sri Pariksit said: Hanuman, the ocean of sobriety, then sighed for a moment, and after a brief time in though he bowed down to Narada and spoke..



May 24, 2009

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 4 Text 88

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 4 Text 88

prabhoh priya-tamanam tu
prasadam paramam vina
na sidhyati priya seva
dasanam na phalaty api

TRANSLATION

Without the unconditional mercy of the Lord's most beloved friends, a devotee's loving service can never succeed or bear fruit.



May 10, 2009

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 4 Text 85

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 4 Text 85

aho maha-prabho bhakta-
vatsalya-bhara-nirjita
karosy evam api sviya-
cittakarsaka-cesita

TRANSLATION

O master of all masters, You are conquered by Your great affection for Your devotees! This is how You attract their hearts.



May 3, 2009

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 4 Text 82

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 4 Text 82

are prema-paradhina
vicaracara-varjitah
niyojayatha tam dautye
sarathye 'pi mama prabhum

TRANSLATION

O Pandavas, pure love has subdued you! Ignoring discrimination and etiquette, you engage my Lord as your messenger and charioteer.



April 19, 2009

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 4 Texts 76

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 4 Text 76

sarathyam parsadatvam ca
sevanam mantri-dutate
virasananugamane
cakre stuti-natir api

TRANSLATION

He acted as their servant, advisor, messenger,charioteer, and court attendant. He kept watch for them at night, followed them on processions, and even offered them praise and obeisances.



April 12, 2009

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 4 Texts 73-74

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 4 Text 73-74

so 'dhuna mathura-puryam
avatirnena tena hi
praduskrta-nijaisvarya-
para-kastha-vibhutina

krtasyanugrahasyamsam
pandavesu mahatmasu
tulayarhati no gantum
sumerum mrd-anur yatha

TRANSLATION

But now He has descended to Mathura-puri, where He displays the summit of His opulences and powers. All the mercy He has shown me cannot equal even a speck of the mercy He has shown the saintly Pandavas, any more than a molecule of earth can equal Mount Sumeru.



March 29, 2009

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 4 Text 67

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 4 Text 67

aho bhavan eva visuddha-bhaktiman
param na seva-sukhato 'dhimanya yah
imam prabhum vacam udara-sekharam
jagada tad-bhakta-gana-pramodinim

TRANSLATION

Indeed, your devotion for the Lord is absolutely pure, for you consider nothing more valuable than the pleasure of serving Him. You delighted all His devotees by speaking to that best of generous Lords these words:



March 22, 2009

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 4 Text 62

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 4 Text 62

sri-pariksid uvaca
ksanat svasthena devarsih
pranamya sri-hanumata
raghu-vira-pranamaya
samanitas tad-alayam

TRANSLATION

Sri Pariksit said: In the blink of an eye Hanuman became sober and bowed down to show respect to the sage among the demigods. Hanuman greeted him with reverence and brought him to the temple of Lord Ramacandra, the hero of the Raghus, so that Narada could offer obeisances.



March 15, 2009

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 4 Text 61

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 4 Text 61

sri-narada uvaca
sriman bhagavatah satyam
tvam eve parama-priyah
aham ca tat-priyo 'bhuvam
adya yat tvam vyalokayam

TRANSLATION

Sri Narada said: O blessed one, truly you are the dearest devotee of the Supreme Lord! Today just by seeing you I too have become dear to the Lord.



March 8, 2009

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 4 Text 57

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 4 Text 57

vicitrair divya-divyais ca
gadya-padyaih sva-nirmitaih
stutim anyais ca kurvanam
dandavat-pranatair api

TRANSLATION

He glorified the Lord with various prayers, in prose and verse, most excellent compositions of his own. He also recited prayers composed by others. And he repeatedly offered prostrate obeisances.



March 1, 2009

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 4 Text 54

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 4 Text 54

sri pariksid uvaca
aye matar abo bhadram
abo bhadram iti bruvan
utpatyasanatah khena
munih kimpurusam gatah

TRANSLATION

Sri Pariksit said: O dear mother, the sage Narada then jumped up from his seat and flew through the sky to Kimpurusa-vars all the while repeating, "How wonderful! How wonderful!"



February 22, 2009

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 4 Text 50

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 4 Text 50

atmanam nitya-tat-kirti
sravanenopadharayan
tan-murti-parsvatas tisthan
rajate 'dypi purva-vat

TRANSLATION

He keeps himself alive by constantly hearing the glories of Lord Rama. Staying be the side of the Lord's Deity, He is present even today with the same splendor as always.



February 15, 2009

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 4 Text 23

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 4 Text 23

vicitra-seva-danam hi
hanumat-prabhrtisv iva
prabhoh prasado bhaktesu
matah sadbhir ne cetarat

TRANSLATION

The Lord truly gives His mercy, saintly authorities believe, when He grants the right to render various kinds of service, a blessing He gives to such devotees as Hanuman. Nothing else counts as His mercy.



February 8, 2009

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 4 Text 10

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 4 Text 10

yah sva-prabhu-pritim apeksya paitrkam
rajyam svayam sri-narasimha-samstutau
samprarthitasesa-janoddhrticchaya
svi-krtya tad-dhyana-paro 'tra vartate

TRANSLATION

Responding to your Lord's love, you agreed to assume your father's throne. And as you told Lord Nrsimha in your prayers, by doing this you wished to help deliver all people. You are still on that royal seat, fixed in meditation on Lord Nrsimha.



February 1, 2009

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part One Chapter 4 Text 1

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 4 Text 1

sri-pariksid uvaca
srutva mahascaryam ivesa-bhasitam
prahlada-sandarsana-jata-kautukah
hrd-yanatah sri-sutale gato 'cirad
dhavan pravistah puram asuram munih

TRANSLATION

Sri Pariksit said: After the sage Narada heard Lord Siva'swords, which impressed him as most amazing, he was eager to see Prahlada in person. He at once, therefore, traveled to Sri Sutala by the path of the heart and entered running into the city of the demons.



January 18, 2009

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 15 Text 8

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
Chapter 15 Text 8

sugandhi-salile dena padya, acamana
sarvange lepaye prabhura sugandhi candana

TRANSLATION

While worshiping Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, Advaita Acarya would offer Him scented water to wash His mouth and feet. Then Advaita Acarya would smear very fragrant sandalwood pulp all over His body.



January 11, 2009

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 15 Text 3

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
Chapter 15 Text 1

jaya sri-caitanya-caritamrta-srota-gana
caitanya-caritamrta -- yanra prana-dhana

TRANSLATION

All glories to the listeners of Sri Caitanya-caritamrta who have accepted it as their life and soul!



January 4, 2009

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 11 Text 39

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 11 Text 39

tam menire 'bala mudhah
strainam canuvratam rahah
apramana-vido bhartur
isvaram matayo yathat

TRANSLATION
The simple and delicate women truly thought that Lord Sri Krsna, their beloved husband, followed them and was dominated by them. They were unaware of the extent of the glories of their husband, as the atheists are unaware of Him as the supreme controller.


December 21, 2008

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 11 Text 33

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 11 Text 33

yadyapy asau parsva-gato raho-gatas
tathapi tasyanghri-yugam navam navam
pade pade ka virameta tat-padac
calapi yac chrir na jahati karhicit

TRANSLATION
Although Lord Sri Krsna was constantly by their sides, as well as exclusively alone, His feet appeared to them to be newer and newer. The goddess of fortune, although by nature always restless and moving, could not quit the Lord's feet. So what woman can be detached from those feet, having once taken shelter of them?


December 14, 2008

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 11 Text 32

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 11 Text 32

tam atmajair drstibhir antaratmana
duranta-bhavah parirebhire patim
niruddham apy asravad ambu netrayor
vilajjatinam bhrgu-varya vaiklavat

TRANSLATION
The insuperable ecstasy was so strong that the queens, who were shy, first embraced the Lord in the innermost recesses of their hearts. Then they embraced Him visually, and then they sent their sons to embrace Him [which is equal to personal embracing]. But, O chief amongst the Bhrgus, though they tried to restrain their feelings, they inadvertently shed tears.


December 7, 2008

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 11 Text 28

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 11 Text 28

pravistas tu grham pitroh
parisvaktah sva-matrbhih
vavande sirasa sapta
devaki-pramukha muda

TRANSLATION
After entering the house of His father, He was embraced by the mothers present, and the Lord offered His obeisances unto them by placing His head at their feet. The mothers were headed by Devaki [His real mother].


November 30, 2008

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 11 Text 31

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 11 Text 31

patnyah patim prosya grhanupagatam
vilokya sanjata-mano-mahotsavah
uttasthur arat sahasasanasayat
sakam vratair vridita-locanananah

TRANSLATION
The queens of Lord Sri Krsna rejoiced within their minds to see their husband home after a long period abroad. The queens got up at once from their seats and meditations. As was socially customary, they covered their faces shyly and looked about coyly.


November 23, 2008

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 11 Text 27

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 11 Text 27

sitatapatra-vyajanair upaskrtah
prasuna-varsair abhivarsitah pathi
pisanga-vasa vana-malaya babhau
ghano yatharkodupa-capa-vaidyutaih

TRANSLATION
As the Lord passed along the public road of Dvaraka, His head was protected from the sunshine by a white umbrella. White feathered fans moved in semicircles, and showers of flowers fell upon the road. His yellow garments and garlands of flowers made it appear as if a dark cloud were surrounded simultaneously by sun, moon, lightning and rainbows.


November 16, 2008

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 11 Text 26

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 11 Text 26

sriyo nivaso yasyorah
pana-patram mukham drsam
bahavo loka-palanam
saranganam padambujam

TRANSLATION
The Lord's chest is the abode of the goddess of fortune. His moonlike face is the drinking vessel for eyes which hanker after all that is beautiful. His arms are the resting places for the administrative demigods. And His lotus feet are the refuge of pure devotees who never talk or sing of any subject except His Lordship.


November 9, 2008

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 11 Text 24

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 11 Text 24

raja-margam gate krsne
dvarakayah kula-striyah
harmyany aruruhur vipra
tad-iksana-mahotsavah

TRANSLATION
When Lord Krsna passed over the public roads, all the ladies from the respectable families of Dvaraka went up to the roofs of their palaces just to have a look at the Lord. They considered this to be the greatest festival.


November 2, 2008

Srila Prabhupada's Disappearance

In today's class, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami reflects on Srila Prabhupada's disappearance.



October 26, 2008

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 11 Text 21

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 11 Text 21

bhagavams tatra bandhunam
pauranam anuvartinam
yatha-vidhy upasangamya
sarvesam manam adadhe

TRANSLATION
Lord Krsna, the Personality of Godhead, approached them and offered due honor and respect to each and every one of the friends, relatives, citizens and all others who came to receive and welcome Him.


October 19, 2008

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 11 Text 20

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 11 Text 20

nata-nartaka-gandharvah
suta-magadha-vandinah
gayanti cottamasloka-
caritany adbhutani ca

TRANSLATION
Expert dramatists, artists, dancers, singers, historians, genealogists and learned speakers all gave their respective contributions, being inspired by the superhuman pastimes of the Lord. Thus they proceeded on and on.


October 12, 2008

Dhanurdhara Swami Speaks From Govinda Kunda

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami speaks from Govinda Kunda at Govardhana Hill. Govinda Kunda is where a repentant Indra offers prayers to Krishna after Krishna lifts Govardhana Hill and Krishna is then bathed with milk from the Surabhi cow.

Maharaja speaks on many topics in today's class including finding at new place at Govinda Kunda, Vedic culture and varnasrama dharma.



October 5, 2008

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 13 Text 11

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
Chapter 13 Text 11

ucca drdha tuli saba pati' sthane sthane
eka tuli haite tvaraya ara tulite ane

TRANSLATION

Strong, puffed-up cotton pads called tulis were spread out from the throne to the car, and the heavy Deity of Lord Jagannatha was carried from one pillowlike pad to the next by the dayitas.



September 28, 2008

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 13 Text 1

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
Chapter 13 Text 1

sa jiyat krsna-caitanyah
sri-rathagre nanarta yah
yenasij jagatam citram
jagannatho 'pi vismitah

TRANSLATION

May the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krsna Caitanya, who danced in front of the car of Sri Jagannatha, be all glorified! By seeing His dancing, not only was the whole universe held in wonder, but Lord Jagannatha Himself became very much astonished.



September 17, 2008

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 12 Text 196

Despite many technical trials and tribulations, we made it through this evening.

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
Chapter 12 Text 196

ei-mata dui-jane kare balabali
vyaja-stuti kare dunhe, yena galagali

TRANSLATION

Thus They both went on talking and praising one another, although Their praise appeared negative, for it appeared as if They exchanged ill names.



September 14, 2008

The Psychology of Bhagavad-gita

In today's class, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami recounts his outreach efforts of the past few days while in the Arlington, VA/Washington DC area. Maharaja focuses on a presentation of Bhagavad-gita he gave.



September 7, 2008

Sri Radhastami - The Appearance Day of Srimati Radharani

In honor of Her appearance day, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami glorifies Srimati Radharani.

Note: The first 20-30 minutes were cut off. My apologies for any inconvinence. - Rathi Krishna dasa


August 24, 2008

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10 Chapter 16 Text 1

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 10 Chapter 16 Text 1

sri-suka uvaca
vilokya dusitam krsnam
krsnah krsnahina vibhuh
tasya visuddhim anvicchan
sarpam tam udavasayat

TRANSLATION
Sukadeva Gosvami said: Lord Sri Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, seeing that the Yamuna River had been contaminated by the black snake Kaliya, desired to purify the river, and thus the Lord banished him from it.


August 17, 2008

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 11 Text 7

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 11 Text 7

bhavaya nas tvam bhava visva-bhavana
tvam eva matatha suhrt-patih pita
tvam sad-gurur nah paramam ca daivatam
yasyanuvrttya krtino babhuvima

TRANSLATION
O creator of the universe, You are our mother, well-wisher, Lord, father, spiritual master and worshipable Deity. By following in Your footsteps we have become successful in every respect. We pray, therefore, that You continue to bless us with Your mercy.


August 10, 2008

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 11 Texts 4-5

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 11 Texts 4-5

tatropanita-balayo
raver dipam ivadrtah
atmaramam purna-kamam
nija-labhena nityada
prity-utphulla-mukhah procur
harsa-gadgadaya gira
pitaram sarva-suhrdam
avitaram ivarbhakah

TRANSLATION
The citizens arrived before the Lord with their respective presentations, offering them to the fully satisfied and self-sufficient one, who, by His own potency, incessantly supplies others. These presentations were like the offering of a lamp to the sun. Yet the citizens began to speak in ecstatic language to receive the Lord, just as wards welcome their guardian and father.


August 3, 2008

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 11 Text 3

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 11 Text 3

tam upasrutya ninadam
jagad-bhaya-bhayavaham
pratyudyayuh prajah sarva
bhartr-darsana-lalasah

TRANSLATION
The citizens of Dvaraka, having heard that sound which threatens fear personified in the material world, began to run towards Him fast, just to have a long desired audience with the Lord, who is the protector of all devotees.


July 27, 2008

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 11 Text 1

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 11 Text 1

suta uvaca
anartan sa upavrajya
svrddhan jana-padan svakan
dadhmau daravaram tesam
visadam samayann iva

TRANSLATION
Suta Gosvami said: Upon reaching the border of His most prosperous metropolis, known as the country of the Anartas [Dvaraka], the Lord sounded His auspicious conchshell, heralding His arrival and apparently pacifying the dejection of the inhabitants.


July 20, 2008

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 10 Text 30

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 10 Text 26

etah param stritvam apastapesalam
nirasta-saucam bata sadhu kurvate
yasam grhat puskara-locanah patir
na jatv apaity ahrtibhir hrdi sprsan

TRANSLATION
All these women auspiciously glorified their lives despite their being without individuality and without purity. Their husband, the lotus-eyed Personality of Godhead, never left them alone at home. He always pleased their hearts by making valuable presentations.


July 13, 2008

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 10 Text 26

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 10 Text 26

aho alam slaghyatamam yadoh kulam
aho alam punyatamam madhor vanam
yad esa pumsam rsabhah sriyah patih
sva-janmana cankramanena cancati

TRANSLATION
Oh, how supremely glorified is the dynasty of King Yadu, and how virtuous is the land of Mathura, where the supreme leader of all living beings, the husband of the goddess of fortune, has taken His birth and wandered in His childhood.


July 6, 2008

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 10 Text 25

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 10 Text 25

yada hy adharmena tamo-dhiyo nrpa
jivanti tatraisa hi sattvatah kila
dhatte bhagam satyam rtam dayam yaso
bhavaya rupani dadhad yuge yuge

TRANSLATION
Whenever there are kings and administrators living like animals in the lowest modes of existence, the Lord in His transcendental form manifests His supreme power, the Truth Positive, shows special mercy to the faithful, performs wonderful activities and manifests various transcendental forms as is necessary in different periods and ages.


June 29, 2008

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila Chapter 4 Text 98

Caitanya-caritamrta
Antya-lila Chapter 4 Text 98

amara ei deha prabhura karye na lagila
bharata-bhumite janmi' ei deha vyartha haila"

TRANSLATION
"My body could not be used in the service of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Therefore although it took birth in the land of India, this body has been useless."


June 22, 2008

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 10 Text 24

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 10 Text 24

sa va ayam sakhy anugita-sat-katho
vedesu guhyesu ca guhya-vadibhih
ya eka iso jagad-atma-lilaya
srjaty avaty atti na tatra sajjate

TRANSLATION
O dear friends, here is that very Personality of Godhead whose attractive and confidential pastimes are described in the confidential parts of Vedic literature by His great devotees. It is He only who creates, maintains and annihilates the material world and yet remains unaffected.


June 15, 2008

Panihati Cida Dahi Utsava

In today's lecture, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami shares the pastime of the Panihati Cida Dahi Utsava of Srila Raghunatha dasa Gosvami.



June 8, 2008

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 10 Text 21

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 10 Text 21

sa vai kilayam purusah puratano
ya eka asid avisesa atmani
agre gunebhyo jagad-atmanisvare
nimilitatman nisi supta-saktisu

TRANSLATION
They said: Here He is, the original Personality of Godhead as we definitely remember Him. He alone existed before the manifested creation of the modes of nature, and in Him only, because He is the Supreme Lord, all living beings merge, as if sleeping at night, their energy suspended.


June 1, 2008

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 10 Text 18

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 10 Text 18

uddhavah satyakis caiva
vyajane paramadbhute
vikiryamanah kusumai
reje madhu-patih pathi

TRANSLATION
Uddhava and Satyaki began to fan the Lord with decorated fans, and the Lord, as the master of Madhu, seated on scattered flowers, commanded them along the road.


May 25, 2008

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 10 Text 17

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 10 Text 17

sitatapatram jagraha
muktadama-vibhusitam
ratna-dandam gudakesah
priyah priyatamasya ha

TRANSLATION
At that time Arjuna, the great warrior and conqueror of sleep, who is the intimate friend of the most beloved Supreme Lord, took up an umbrella which had a handle of jewels and was embroidered with lace and pearls.

Note: Due to a technical problem, Srila Dhanurdhara Maharaja's voice is double up in an echo type effect. The class, however, is still legible.


May 18, 2008

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 10 Text 15

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 10 Text 15

mrdanga-sankha-bheryas ca
vina-panava-gomukhah
dhundhury-anaka-ghantadya
nedur dundubhayas tatha

TRANSLATION
While the Lord was departing from the palace of Hastinapura, different types of drums -- like the mrdanga, dhola, nagra, dhundhuri and dundubhi -- and flutes of different types, the vina, gomukha and bheri, all sounded together to show Him honor.


May 11, 2008

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 10 Text 7

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 10 Text 7

kamam vavarsa parjanyah
sarva-kama-dugha mahi
sisicuh sma vrajan gavah
payasodhasvatir muda

TRANSLATION
Sri Hari, Lord Sri Krsna, resided at Hastinapura for a few months to pacify His relatives and please His own sister [Subhadra].


May 4, 2008

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 10 Text 4

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 10 Text 4

kamam vavarsa parjanyah
sarva-kama-dugha mahi
sisicuh sma vrajan gavah
payasodhasvatir muda

TRANSLATION
During the reign of Maharaja Yudhisthira, the clouds showered all the water that people needed, and the earth produced all the necessities of man in profusion. Due to its fatty milk bag and cheerful attitude, the cow used to moisten the grazing ground with milk.


April 27, 2008

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 10 Text 1

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 10 Text 1

saunaka uvaca
hatva svariktha-sprdha atatayino
yudhisthiro dharma-bhrtam varisthah
sahanujaih pratyavaruddha-bhojanah
katham pravrttah kim akarasit tatah

TRANSLATION
Saunaka Muni asked: After killing his enemies who desired to usurp his rightful inheritance, how did the greatest of all religious men, Maharaja Yudhisthira, assisted by his brothers, rule his subjects? Surely he could not freely enjoy his kingdom with unrestricted consciousness.


April 20, 2008

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 9 Text 45

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 9 Text 45

tatra dundubhayo nedur
deva-manava-vaditah
sasamsuh sadhavo rajnam
khat petuh puspa-vrstayah

TRANSLATION
Thereafter, both men and demigods sounded drums in honor, and the honest royal order commenced demonstrations of honor and respect. And from the sky fell showers of flowers.


April 13, 2008

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 9 Text 43

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 9 Text 43

suta uvaca
krsna evam bhagavati
mano-vag-drsti-vrttibhih
atmany atmanam avesya
so 'ntahsvasa uparamat

TRANSLATION
Suta Gosvami said: Thus Bhismadeva merged himself in the Supersoul, Lord Sri Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, with his mind, speech, sight and actions, and thus he became silent, and his breathing stopped.


April 6, 2008

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 9 Text 41

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 9 Text 41

muni-gana-nrpa-varya-sankule 'ntah-
sadasi yudhisthira-rajasuya esam
arhanam upapeda iksaniyo
mama drsi-gocara esa avir atma

TRANSLATION
At the Rajasuya-yajna [sacrifice] performed by Maharaja Yudhisthira, there was the greatest assembly of all the elite men of the world, the royal and learned orders, and in that great assembly Lord Sri Krsna was worshiped by one and all as the most exalted Personality of Godhead. This happened during my presence, and I remembered the incident in order to keep my mind upon the Lord.


March 30, 2008

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 9 Text 38

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 9 Text 38

sita-visikha-hato visirna-damsah
ksataja-paripluta atatayino me
prasabham abhisasara mad-vadhartham
sa bhavatu me bhagavan gatir mukundah

TRANSLATION
May He, Lord Sri Krsna, the Personality of Godhead, who awards salvation, be my ultimate destination. On the battlefield He charged me, as if angry because of the wounds dealt by my sharp arrows. His shield was scattered, and His body was smeared with blood due to the wounds.


March 23, 2008

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 9 Text 35

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 9 Text 35

sapadi sakhi-vaco nisamya madhye
nija-parayor balayo ratham nivesya
sthitavati para-sainikayur aksna
hrtavati partha-sakhe ratir mamastu

TRANSLATION
In obedience to the command of His friend, Lord Sri Krsna entered the arena of the Battlefield of Kuruksetra between the soldiers of Arjuna and Duryodhana, and while there He shortened the life spans of the opposite party by His merciful glance. This was done simply by His looking at the enemy. Let my mind be fixed upon that Krsna.


March 16, 2008

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 9 Text 34

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 9 Text 34

yudhi turaga-rajo-vidhumra-visvak-
kaca-lulita-sramavary-alankrtasye
mama nisita-sarair vibhidyamana-
tvaci vilasat-kavace 'stu krsna atma

TRANSLATION
On the battlefield [where Sri Krsna attended Arjuna out of friendship], the flowing hair of Lord Krsna turned ashen due to the dust raised by the hoofs of the horses. And because of His labor, beads of sweat wetted His face. All these decorations, intensified by the wounds dealt by my sharp arrows, were enjoyed by Him. Let my mind thus go unto Sri Krsna.


March 2, 2008

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 9 TExt 30

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 9 Text 30

tadopasamhrtya girah sahasranir
vimukta-sangam mana adi-puruse
krsne lasat-pita-pate catur-bhuje
purah sthite 'milita-drg vyadharayat

TRANSLATION
Thereupon that man who spoke on different subjects with thousands of meanings and who fought on thousands of battlefields and protected thousands of men, stopped speaking and, being completely freed from all bondage, withdrew his mind from everything else and fixed his wide-open eyes upon the original Personality of Godhead, Sri Krsna, who stood before him, four-handed, dressed in yellow garments that glittered and shined.


February 24, 2008

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 9 Text 28

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 9 Text 28

dharmartha-kama-moksams ca
sahopayan yatha mune
nanakhyanetihasesu
varnayam asa tattvavit

TRANSLATION
Then he described the occupational duties of different orders and statuses of life, citing instances from history, for he was himself well acquainted with the truth.


February 17, 2008

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 9 Text 24

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 9 Text 24

sa deva-devo bhagavan pratiksatam
kalevaram yavad idam hinomy aham
prasanna-hasaruna-locanollasan-
mukhambujo dhyana-pathas catur-bhujah

TRANSLATION
May my Lord, who is four-handed and whose beautifully decorated lotus face, with eyes as red as the rising sun, is smiling, kindly await me at that moment when I quit this material body.


February 10, 2008

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 9 Text 22

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 9 Text 22

na hy asya karhicid rajan
puman veda vidhitsitam
yad vijijnasaya yukta
muhyanti kavayo 'pi hi

TRANSLATION
Yet, despite His being equally kind to everyone, He has graciously come before me while I am ending my life, for I am His unflinching servitor.


February 3, 2008

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 9 Text 22

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 9 Text 20

yam manyase matuleyam
priyam mitram suhrttamam
akaroh sacivam dutam
sauhrdad atha sarathim

TRANSLATION
O King, that personality whom, out of ignorance only, you thought to be your maternal cousin, your very dear friend, well-wisher, counselor, messenger, benefactor, etc., is that very Personality of Godhead, Sri Krsna.


January 27, 2008

Puri Realizations

Srila Dhanurhdara Swami shares his thoughts and realizations from his recent trip to Puri.



January 20, 2008

Dhanurdhara Swami reads from the Caitanya-caritamrta

In today's class, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami recounts pastimes from the Caitanya-caritamrta during his visit to Jagannatha Puri.



January 6, 2008

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 9 Text 16

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 9 Text 16

na hy asya karhicid rajan
puman veda vidhitsitam
yad vijijnasaya yukta
muhyanti kavayo 'pi hi

TRANSLATION
O King, no one can know the plan of the Lord [Sri Krsna]. Even though great philosophers inquire exhaustively, they are bewildered.


December 30, 2007

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 9 Text 13

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 9 Text 13

samsthite 'tirathe pandau
prtha bala-praja vadhuh
yusmat-krte bahun klesan
prapta tokavati muhuh

TRANSLATION
As far as my daughter-in-law Kunti is concerned, upon the great General Pandu's death, she became a widow with many children, and therefore she suffered greatly. And when you were grown up she suffered a great deal also because of your actions.


December 23, 2007

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 9 Text 10

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 9 Text 10

yatha pankena pankambhah
suraya va surakrtam
bhuta-hatyam tathaivaikam
na yajnair marstum arhati

TRANSLATION
Lord Sri Krsna is situated in everyone's heart, yet He manifests His transcendental form by His internal potency. This very Lord was sitting before Bhismadeva, and since Bhismadeva knew of His glories, he worshiped Him duly.


December 16, 2007

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 9 Text 9

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 9 Text 9

tan sametan maha-bhagan
upalabhya vasuttamah
pujayam asa dharma-jno
desa-kala-vibhagavit

TRANSLATION
Bhismadeva, who was the best amongst the eight Vasus, received and welcomed all the great and powerful rsis who were assembled there, for he knew perfectly all the religious principles according to time and place.


November 25, 2007

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 8 Text 48

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 8 Text 48

aho me pasyatajnanam
hrdi rudham duratmanah
parakyasyaiva dehasya
bahvyo me 'ksauhinir hatah

TRANSLATION
King Yudhisthira said: O my lot! I am the most sinful man! Just see my heart, which is full of ignorance! This body, which is ultimately meant for others, has killed many, many phalanxes of men.



November 18, 2007

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 8 Text 46

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 8 Text 46

vyasadyair isvarehajnaih
krsnenadbhuta-karmana
prabodhito 'pitihasair
nabudhyata sucarpitah

TRANSLATION
King Yudhisthira, who was much aggrieved, could not be convinced, despite instructions by great sages headed by Vyasa and the Lord Krsna Himself, the performer of superhuman feats, and despite all historical evidence.



November 4, 2007

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 8 Text 41

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 8 Text 41

atha visvesa visvatman
visva-murte svakesu me
sneha-pasam imam chindhi
drdham pandusu vrsnisu

TRANSLATION
O Lord of the universe, soul of the universe, O personality of the form of the universe, please, therefore, sever my tie of affection for my kinsmen, the Pandavas and the Vrsnis.



October 28, 2007

Srimad Bhagavatam Canot 1 Chapter 8 Text 37

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 8 Text 37

apy adya nas tvam sva-krtehita prabho
jihasasi svit suhrdo 'nujivinah
yesam na canyad bhavatah padambujat
parayanam rajasu yojitamhasam

TRANSLATION
O my Lord, You have executed all duties Yourself. Are you leaving us today, though we are completely dependent on Your mercy and have no one else to protect us, now when all kings are at enmity with us?



October 21, 2007

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 8 Text 36

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 8 Text 36

srnvanti gayanti grnanty abhiksnasah
smaranti nandanti tavehitam janah
ta eva pasyanty acirena tavakam
bhava-pravahoparamam padambujam

TRANSLATION
O Krsna, those who continuously hear, chant and repeat Your transcendental activities, or take pleasure in others' doing so, certainly see Your lotus feet, which alone can stop the repetition of birth and death.



October 14, 2007

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 8 Text 31

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 8 Text 31

gopy adade tvayi krtagasi dama tavad
ya te dasasru-kalilanjana-sambhramaksam
vaktram niniya bhaya-bhavanaya sthitasya
sa mam vimohayati bhir api yad bibheti

TRANSLATION
My dear Krsna, Yasoda took up a rope to bind You when You committed an offense, and Your perturbed eyes overflooded with tears, which washed the mascara from Your eyes. And You were afraid, though fear personified is afraid of You. This sight is bewildering to me.



October 7, 2007

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 8 Text 29

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 8 Text 29

na veda kascid bhagavams cikirsitam
tavehamanasya nrnam vidambanam
na yasya kascid dayito 'sti karhicid
dvesyas ca yasmin visama matir nrnam

TRANSLATION
O Lord, no one can understand Your transcendental pastimes, which appear to be human and are so misleading. You have no specific object of favor, nor do You have any object of envy. People only imagine that You are partial.



September 30, 2007

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 8 Text 28

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 8 Text 28

manye tvam kalam isanam
anadi-nidhanam vibhum
samam carantam sarvatra
bhutanam yan mithah kalih

TRANSLATION
My Lord, I consider Your Lordship to be eternal time, the supreme controller, without beginning and end, the all-pervasive one. In distributing Your mercy, You are equal to everyone. The dissensions between living beings are due to social intercourse.



September 23, 2007

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 8 Text 27

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 8 Text 27

namo 'kincana-vittaya
nivrtta-guna-vrttaye
atmaramaya santaya
kaivalya-pataye namah

TRANSLATION
My obeisances are unto You, who are the property of the materially impoverished. You have nothing to do with the actions and reactions of the material modes of nature. You are self-satisfied, and therefore You are the most gentle and are master of the monists.



September 16, 2007

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 8 Text 25

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 8 Text 25

vipadah santu tah sasvat
tatra tatra jagad-guro
bhavato darsanam yat syad
apunar bhava-darsanam

TRANSLATION
I wish that all those calamities would happen again and again so that we could see You again and again, for seeing You means that we will no longer see repeated births and deaths.



September 9, 2007

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 8 Text 21

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 8 Text 21

krsnaya vasudevaya
devaki-nandanaya ca
nanda-gopa-kumaraya
govindaya namo namah

TRANSLATION
Let me therefore offer my respectful obeisances unto the Lord, who has become the son of Vasudeva, the pleasure of Devaki, the boy of Nanda and the other cowherd men of Vrndavana, and the enlivener of the cows and the senses.



September 2, 2007

Srimad Bhagavtam Canto 1 Chapter 8 Text 18

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 8 Text 18

kunty uvaca
namasye purusam tvadyam
isvaram prakrteh param
alaksyam sarva-bhutanam
antar bahir avasthitam

TRANSLATION
Srimati Kunti said: O Krsna, I offer my obeisances unto You because You are the original personality and are unaffected by the qualities of the material world. You are existing both within and without everything, yet You are invisible to all.



August 26, 2007

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 8 Text 13

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 8 Text 13

vyasanam viksya tat tesam
ananya-visayatmanam
sudarsanena svastrena
svanam raksam vyadhad vibhuh

TRANSLATION
The almighty Personality of Godhead, Sri Krsna, having observed that a great danger was befalling His unalloyed devotees, who were fully surrendered souls, at once took up His Sudarsana disc to protect them.



August 19, 2007

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 8 Text 8

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 8 Text 8

gantum krtamatir brahman
dvarakam ratham asthitah
upalebhe 'bhidhavantim
uttaram bhaya-vihvalam

TRANSLATION
As soon as He seated Himself on the chariot to start for Dvaraka, He saw Uttara hurrying toward Him in fear.



August 12, 2007

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 8 Text 7

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 8 Text 7

amantrya pandu-putrams ca
saineyoddhava-samyutah
dvaipayanadibhir vipraih
pujitaih pratipujitah

TRANSLATION
Lord Sri Krsna then prepared for His departure. He invited the sons of Pandu, after having been worshiped by the brahmanas, headed by Srila Vyasadeva. The Lord also reciprocated greetings.



August 5, 2007

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 8 Text 1

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 8 Text 1

suta uvaca
atha te samparetanam
svanam udakam icchatam
datum sakrsna gangayam
puraskrtya yayuh striyah

TRANSLATION
Suta Gosvami said: Thereafter the Pandavas, desiring to deliver water to the dead relatives who had desired it, went to the Ganges with Draupadi. The ladies walked in front.



July 29, 2007

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 7 Text 14

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 7 Text 14

yada mrdhe kaurava-srnjayanam
viresv atho vira-gatim gatesu
vrkodaraviddha-gadabhimarsa-
bhagnoru-dande dhrtarastra-putre
bhartuh priyam draunir iti sma pasyan
krsna-sutanam svapatam siramsi
upaharad vipriyam eva tasya
jugupsitam karma vigarhayanti

TRANSLATION
When the respective warriors of both camps, namely the Kauravas and the Pandavas, were killed on the Battlefield of Kuruksetra and the dead warriors obtained their deserved destinations, and when the son of Dhrtarastra fell down lamenting, his spine broken, being beaten by the club of Bhimasena, the son of Dronacarya [Asvatthama] beheaded the five sleeping sons of Draupadi and delivered them as a prize to his master, foolishly thinking that he would be pleased. Duryodhana, however, disapproved of the heinous act, and he was not pleased in the least.



July 22, 2007

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 7 Text 11

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 7 Text 11

harer gunaksipta-matir
bhagavan badarayanih
adhyagan mahad akhyanam
nityam visnu-jana-priyah

TRANSLATION
Srila Sukadeva Gosvami, son of Srila Vyasadeva, was not only transcendentally powerful. He was also very dear to the devotees of the Lord. Thus he underwent the study of this great narration [Srimad-Bhagavatam].



July 8, 2007

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 7 Text 6

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 7 Text 6

anarthopasamam saksad
bhakti-yogam adhoksaje
lokasyajanato vidvams
cakre satvata-samhitam

TRANSLATION
The material miseries of the living entity, which are superfluous to him, can be directly mitigated by the linking process of devotional service. But the mass of people do not know this, and therefore the learned Vyasadeva compiled this Vedic literature, which is in relation to the Supreme Truth.



July 1, 2007

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 7 Text 4

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 7 Text 4

bhakti-yogena manasi
samyak pranihite 'male
apasyat purusam purnam
mayam ca tad-apasrayam

TRANSLATION
Thus he fixed his mind, perfectly engaging it by linking it in devotional service [bhakti-yoga] without any tinge of materialism, and thus he saw the Absolute Personality of Godhead along with His external energy, which was under full control.



June 24, 2007

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 7 Text 1

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 7 Text 1

saunaka uvaca
nirgate narade suta
bhagavan badarayanah
srutavams tad-abhipretam
tatah kim akarod vibhuh

TRANSLATION
Rsi Saunaka asked: O Suta, the great and transcendentally powerful Vyasadeva heard everything from Sri Narada Muni. So after Narada's departure, what did Vyasadeva do?


Note: My apologies for the background noise on today's recording. I was not using my usual recording set up.

Your servant,
Rathi Krishna dasa


June 17, 2007

The Panihati Chida Dahi Mahotsava of Raghunatha dasa Gosvami

Panihati Festival 2007 - Click to enlarge.

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami recaps the Panihati Chida Dahi Mahotsava of Raghunatha dasa Gosvami as well as the previous day's festival at the home of the Raval Family in upstate New York.

Pictured above, from left to right, is Indrayumna Swami, Bhakti Brnga Govinda Swami, Jayadvaita Swami, Varsana Swami and Dhanurdhara Swami.




June 10, 2007

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 6 Text 33

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 6 Text 33

pragayatah sva-viryani
tirtha-padah priya-sravah
ahuta iva me sighram
darsanam yati cetasi

TRANSLATION
The Supreme Lord Sri Krsna, whose glories and activities are pleasing to hear, at once appears on the seat of my heart, as if called for, as soon as I begin to chant His holy activities.



June 3, 2007

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 6 Text 28

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 6 Text 28

prayujyamane mayi tam
suddham bhagavatim tanum
arabdha-karma-nirvano
nyapatat panca-bhautikah

TRANSLATION
Having been awarded a transcendental body befitting an associate of the Personality of Godhead, I quit the body made of five material elements, and thus all acquired fruitive results of work [karma] stopped.



May 27, 2007

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 6 Text 25

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 6 Text 25

etavad uktvopararama tan mahad
bhutam nabho-lingam alingam isvaram
aham ca tasmai mahatam mahiyase
sirsnavanamam vidadhe 'nukampitah

TRANSLATION
Then that supreme authority, personified by sound and unseen by eyes, but most wonderful, stopped speaking. Feeling a sense of gratitude, I offered my obeisances unto Him, bowing my head.



May 20, 2007

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 6 Text 22

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 6 Text 22

sakrd yad darsitam rupam
etat kamaya te 'nagha
mat-kamah sanakaih sadhu
sarvan muncati hrc-chayan

TRANSLATION
O virtuous one, you have only once seen My person, and this is just to increase your desire for Me, because the more you hanker for Me, the more you will be freed from all material desires.



May 13, 2007

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 6 Text 19

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 6 Text 19

didrksus tad aham bhuyah
pranidhaya mano hrdi
viksamano 'pi napasyam
avitrpta ivaturah

TRANSLATION
I desired to see again that transcendental form of the Lord, but despite my attempts to concentrate upon the heart with eagerness to view the form again, I could not see Him any more, and thus dissatisfied, I was very much aggrieved.


May 6, 2007

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 6 Text 16

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 6 Text 16

dhyayatas caranambhojam
bhava-nirjita-cetasa
autkanthyasru-kalaksasya
hrdy asin me sanair harih

TRANSLATION
As soon as I began to meditate upon the lotus feet of the Personality of Godhead with my mind transformed in transcendental love, tears rolled down my eyes, and without delay the Personality of Godhead Sri Krsna appeared on the lotus of my heart.


April 29, 2007

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 6 Text 13

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 6 Text 13

nala-venu-saras-tanba-
kusa-kicaka-gahvaram
eka evatiyato 'ham
adraksam vipinam mahat
ghoram pratibhayakaram
vyaloluka-sivajiram

TRANSLATION
I then passed alone through many forests of rushes, bamboo, reeds, sharp grass, weeds and caves, which were very difficult to go through alone. I visited deep, dark and dangerously fearful forests, which were the play yards of snakes, owls and jackals.


April 22, 2007

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 6 Text 9

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 6 Text 9

ekada nirgatam gehad
duhantim nisi gam pathi
sarpo 'dasat pada sprstah
krpanam kala-coditah

TRANSLATION
Once upon a time, my poor mother, when going out one night to milk a cow, was bitten on the leg by a serpent, influenced by supreme time.


April 15, 2007

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 6 Text 1

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 6 Text 1

suta uvaca
evam nisamya bhagavan
devarser janma karma ca
bhuyah papraccha tam brahman
vyasah satyavati-sutah

TRANSLATION
Suta said: O brahmanas, thus hearing all about Sri Narada's birth and activities, Vyasadeva, the incarnation of God and son of Satyavati, inquired as follows.


April 8, 2007

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 5 Text 30

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 5 Text 30

jnanam guhyatamam yat tat
saksad bhagavatoditam
anvavocan gamisyantah
krpaya dina-vatsalah

TRANSLATION
As they were leaving, those bhakti-vedantas, who are very kind to poor-hearted souls, instructed me in that most confidential subject which is instructed by the Personality of Godhead Himself.


April 1, 2007

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 5 Text 28

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 5 Text 28

ittham sarat-pravrsikav rtu harer
visrnvato me 'nusavam yaso 'malam
sankirtyamanam munibhir mahatmabhir
bhaktih pravrttatma-rajas-tamopaha

TRANSLATION
Thus during two seasons -- the rainy season and autumn -- I had the opportunity to hear these great-souled sages constantly chant the unadulterated glories of the Lord Hari. As the flow of my devotional service began, the coverings of the modes of passion and ignorance vanished.


March 25, 2007

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 5 Text 26

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 5 Text 24

tatranvaham krsna-kathah pragayatam
anugrahenasrnavam manoharah
tah sraddhaya me 'nupadam visrnvatah
priyasravasy anga mamabhavad rucih

TRANSLATION
O Vyasadeva, in that association and by the mercy of those great Vedantists, I could hear them describe the attractive activities of Lord Krsna And thus listening attentively, my taste for hearing of the Personality of Godhead increased at every step.


March 18, 2007

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 5 Text 24

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 5 Text 24

te mayy apetakhila-capale 'rbhake
dante 'dhrta-kridanake 'nuvartini
cakruh krpam yadyapi tulya-darsanah
susrusamane munayo 'lpa-bhasini

TRANSLATION
Although they were impartial by nature, those followers of the Vedanta blessed me with their causeless mercy. As far as I was concerned, I was self-controlled and had no attachment for sports, even though I was a boy. In addition, I was not naughty, and I did not speak more than required.


March 11, 2007

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 5 Text 23

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 5 Text 23

aham puratita-bhave 'bhavam mune
dasyas tu kasyascana veda-vadinam
nirupito balaka eva yoginam
susrusane pravrsi nirviviksatam

TRANSLATION
O muni, in the last millennium I was born as the son of a certain maidservant engaged in the service of brahmanas who were following the principles of Vedanta. When they were living together during the four months of the rainy season, I was engaged in their personal service.


February 18, 2007

Remembering Srila Tamal Krishna Goswami

In honor of the disappearance day of Srila Tamal Krishna Goswami, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami shares his realizations and pastimes of Srila Gurudeva.

Srila Tamal Krishna Goswami
Srila Tamal Krishna Goswami


January 28, 2007

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 15 Text 41

Caitanya-caritamrta
Madhya-lila Chapter 15 Text 41

acaryere ajna dila kariya sammana
'a-candala adi krsna-bhakti dio dana'

TRANSLATION
With great respect, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu requested Advaita Acarya, "Give Krsna consciousness, devotion to Krsna, even to the lowest of men [candalas]."


January 21, 2007

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10 Chapter 25 Text 23

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 10 Chapter 25 Text 23

ksut-trd-vyatham sukhapeksam
hitva tair vraja-vasibhih
viksyamano dadharadrim
saptaham nacalat padat

TRANSLATION
Lord Krsna, forgetting hunger and thirst and putting aside all considerations of personal pleasure, stood there holding up the hill for seven days as the people of Vraja gazed upon Him.


January 14, 2007

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10 Chapter 25 Text 20

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 10 Chapter 25 Text 20

athaha bhagavan gopan
he 'mba tata vrajaukasah
yathopajosam visata
giri-gartam sa-go-dhanah

TRANSLATION
The Lord then addressed the cowherd community: O Mother, O Father, O residents of Vraja, if you wish you may now come under this hill with your cows.


January 7, 2007

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10 Chapter 25 Text 17

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 10 Chapter 25 Text 17

na hi sad-bhava-yuktanam
suranam isa-vismayah
matto 'satam mana-bhangah
prasamayopakalpate

TRANSLATION
Since the demigods are endowed with the mode of goodness, the false pride of considering oneself the Lord should certainly not affect them. When I break the false prestige of those bereft of goodness, My purpose is to bring them relief.


December 31, 2006

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10 Chapter 25 Text 16

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 10 Chapter 25 Text 16

tatra pratividhim samyag
atma-yogena sadhaye
lokesa-maninam maudhyad
dhanisye sri-madam tamah

TRANSLATION
By My mystic power I will completely counteract this disturbance caused by Indra. Demigods like Indra are proud of their opulence, and out of foolishness they falsely consider themselves the Lord of the universe. I will now destroy such ignorance.


December 24, 2006

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10 Chapter 25 Text 13

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 10 Chapter 25 Text 13

krsna krsna maha-bhaga
tvan-natham gokulam prabho
tratum arhasi devan nah
kupitad bhakta-vatsala

TRANSLATION
[The cowherd men and women addressed the Lord:] Krsna, Krsna, O most fortunate one, please deliver the cows from the wrath of Indra! O Lord, You are so affectionate to Your devotees. Please save us also.



December 17, 2006

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10 Chapter 25 Text 11

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 10 Chapter 25 Text 11

aty-asarati-vatena
pasavo jata-vepanah
gopa gopyas ca sitarta
govindam saranam yayuh

TRANSLATION
The cows and other animals, shivering from the excessive rain and wind, and the cowherd men and ladies, pained by the cold, all approached Lord Govinda for shelter.



November 26, 2006

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10 Chapter 25 Text 5

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 10 Chapter 25 Text 5

vacalam balisam stabdham
ajnam pandita-maninam
krsnam martyam upasritya
gopa me cakrur apriyam

TRANSLATION
These cowherd men have acted inimically toward me by taking shelter of this ordinary human being, Krsna, who thinks Himself very wise but who is simply a foolish, arrogant, overtalkative child.



November 19, 2006

Srimad Bhagavtam Canto 10 Chapter 25 Text 1

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 10 Chapter 25 Text 1

sri-suka uvaca
indras tadatmanah pujam
vijnaya vihatam nrpa
gopebhyah krsna-nathebhyo
nandadibhyas cukopa ha

TRANSLATION
Sukadeva Gosvami said: My dear King Pariksit, when Indra understood that his sacrifice had been put aside, he became furious with Nanda Maharaja and the other cowherd men, who were accepting Krsna as their Lord.



November 12, 2006

Sunday, November 12, 2006

I regret to inform our listeners that due to technical difficulties, today's Sanga class was not recorded. Please accept my apologies. If any of our listeners has made a recording of today's class, I would greatly appreciate it if you could get in contact with me at .

Your servant,
Rathi Krishna dasa

November 5, 2006

Srimad Bhagavtam Canto 10 Chapter 24 Text 24

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 10 Chapter 24 Text 24

na nah purojanapada
na grama na grha vayam
vanaukasas tata nityam
vana-saila-nivasinah

TRANSLATION
My dear father, our home is not in the cities or towns or villages. Being forest dwellers, we always live in the forest and on the hills.



October 29, 2006

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10 Chapter 24 Text 13

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 10 Chapter 24 Text 13

sri-bhagavan uvaca
karmana jayate jantuh
karmanaiva praliyate
sukham duhkham bhayam ksemam
karmanaivabhipadyate

TRANSLATION
Lord Krsna said: It is by the force of karma that a living entity takes birth, and it is by karma alone that he meets his destruction. His happiness, distress, fear and sense of security all arise as the effects of karma.



October 22, 2006

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10 Chapter 24 Text 8

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 10 Chapter 24 Text 8

sri-nanda uvaca
parjanyo bhagavan indro
meghas tasyatma-murtayah
te 'bhivarsanti bhutanam
prinanam jivanam payah

TRANSLATION
Nanda Maharaja replied: The great Lord Indra is the controller of the rain. The clouds are his personal representatives, and they directly provide rainwater, which gives happiness and sustenance to all creatures.



October 15, 2006

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10 Chapter 24 Text 3

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 10 Chapter 24 Text 3

kathyatam me pitah ko 'yam
sambhramo va upagatah
kim phalam kasya voddesah
kena va sadhyate makhah

TRANSLATION
[Lord Krsna said:] My dear father, kindly explain to Me what this great endeavor of yours is all about. What is it meant to accomplish? If this is a ritual sacrifice, then for whose satisfaction is it intended and by what means is it going to be executed?



October 8, 2006

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10 Chapter 24 Text 1

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 10 Chapter 24 Text 1

sri-suka uvaca
bhagavan api tatraiva
baladevena samyutah
apasyan nivasan gopan
indra-yaga-krtodyaman

TRANSLATION
Sukadeva Gosvami said: While staying in that very place with His brother Baladeva, Lord Krsna happened to see the cowherd men busily arranging for a sacrifice to Indra.



September 17, 2006

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 1 Text 143

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 143

saba lana kaila gundica-grha-sammarjana
ratha-yatra-darasane prabhura nartana

TRANSLATION
First the Lord washed the temple of Gundica very thoroughly. Then everyone saw the Ratha-yatra festival and the Lord's dancing before the car.



September 10, 2006

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 1 Text 138

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 138

varsantare advaitadi bhaktera agamana
prabhure dekhite sabe karila gamana

TRANSLATION
At the end of the year, all the devotees from Bengal, headed by Advaita Acarya, again came to see the Lord. Indeed, there was a great rush of devotees to Jagannatha Puri.



September 3, 2006

Krsna Book Chapter 30: Krishna's Hiding from the Gopis

Krsna Book
Chapter 30: Krsna’s Hiding from the Gopis

When Krsna suddenly disappeared from the company of the gopis, they searched for Him everywhere. After not finding Him anywhere, they became afraid and almost mad after Him. They were simply thinking of the pastimes of Krsna in great love and affection. Being absorbed in thought of Him, they experienced loss of memory, and with dampened eyes they began to see the very pastimes of Krsna—His beautiful talks with them, His embracing, kissing and other activities. Being so attracted to Krsna, they imitated His dancing, His walking and His smiling, as if they themselves were Krsna. Due to Krsna’s absence, they all became crazy; each one of them told the others that she was Krsna Himself. Soon they all assembled together and chanted Krsna’s name very loudly as they moved from one part of the forest to another, searching for Him.

Actually, Krsna is all-pervasive: He is in the sky, and He is in the forest; He is within the heart, and He is always everywhere. The gopis therefore began to question the trees and plants about Krsna. There were various types of big trees and small plants in the forest, and the gopis addressed them: “Dear banyan tree, have you seen the son of Maharaja Nanda passing this way, laughing and playing on His flute? He has stolen our hearts and gone away. If you have seen Him, kindly inform us which way He has gone. Dear asoka tree, dear naga flower tree and campaka flower tree, have you seen the younger brother of Balarama pass this way? He has disappeared because of our pride.” The gopis were aware of the reason for Krsna’s sudden disappearance. They could understand that when they had been enjoying Krsna they thought themselves to be the most fortunate women within the universe, and since they were feeling proud, Krsna had disappeared immediately just to curb their pride. Krsna does not like His devotees to be proud of their service to Him. He accepts everyone’s service, but He does not like one devotee to proudly consider himself better than others. If sometimes there are such feelings, Krsna ends them by changing His attitude toward the devotee.



August 27, 2006

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 1 Text 135

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 135

prataparudrere krpa kaila sei sthane
gaudiya-bhakte ajna dila vidayera dine

TRANSLATION
In that garden, Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu bestowed His mercy upon King Prataparudra. Afterwards, when the Bengali devotees were about to return home, the Lord gave separate orders to almost every one of them.



August 20, 2006

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 1 Text 133 (Continued)

In today's class, Dhanurdhara Maharaja continues with Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 1 Text 133.

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 133

snana-yatra dekhi' prabhu sange bhakta-gana
saba lana kaila prabhu gundica marjana

TRANSLATION
After seeing the bathing ceremony of Lord Jagannatha, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu washed and cleaned Sri Gundica temple with the assistance of many devotees.



August 13, 2006

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 1 Text 133

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 133

snana-yatra dekhi' prabhu sange bhakta-gana
saba lana kaila prabhu gundica marjana

TRANSLATION
After seeing the bathing ceremony of Lord Jagannatha, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu washed and cleaned Sri Gundica temple with the assistance of many devotees.



August 6, 2006

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 1 Text 132

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 132

narahari dasa adi yata khanda-vasi
sivananda-sena-sange milila sabe asi'

TRANSLATION
Eventually Narahari dasa and other inhabitants of Khanda, along with Sivananda Sena, all arrived, and Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu met them.



July 30, 2006

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 1 Text 131

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 131

gauda ha-ite sarva vaisnavera agamana
kulina-grama-vasi-sange prathama milana

TRANSLATION
All the devotees from Bengal gradually began arriving at Jagannatha Puri. At this time, the residents of Kulina-grama also came to see Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu for the first time.



July 23, 2006

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 1 Text 125

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 125

virahe vihvala prabhu na jane ratri-dine
hena-kale aila gaudera bhakta-gane

TRANSLATION
When Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu finally left Alalanatha to return to Jagannatha Puri, He was overwhelmed both day and night due to separation from Jagannatha. His lamentation knew no bounds. During this time, all the devotees from different parts of Bengal, and especially from Navadvipa, arrived in Jagannatha Puri.



July 16, 2006

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 1 Text 113

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 113

sri-ranga-puri saha tahani milana
rama-dasa viprera kaila duhkha-vimocana

TRANSLATION
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu then met Sri Ranga Puri and mitigated all the sufferings of a brahmana named Ramadasa.

NOTE: Due to a technical problem the first 10 or 15 minutes of the Srila Dhanurdhara Maharaja's class was not recorded.


July 9, 2006

Caitanya-caritamtra Madhya-lila Chapter 1 Text 110 (Continued)

In today's class, Srila Dhanurdhara Maharaja continues with Caitanya-caritamrta, Madhya-lila, Chapter 1 Text 110.


NOTE: There was a slight technical problem with my connection to today's sanga that may have affected the recording.


July 2, 2006

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 1 Text 107

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 107

sri-ranga-ksetra aila kaverira tira
sri-ranga dekhiya preme ha-ila asthira

TRANSLATION
When Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu came to the land of Sri Ranga-ksetra, on the bank of the Kaveri, He visited the temple of Sri Ranganatha and was there overwhelmed in the ecstasy of love of Godhead.



June 25, 2006

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 1 Text 105

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 105

trimalla-tripadi-sthana kaila darasana
sarvatra karila krsna-nama pracarana

TRANSLATION
He visited the places known as Tirumala and Tirupati, where He extensively preached the chanting of the Lord's holy name.



June 18, 2006

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila Chapter 6 Text 317

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila
Chapter 6 Text 317

sei bhata raghunatha ratre ghare ani'
bhata pakhaliya phele ghare diya bahu pani

TRANSLATION
At night Raghunatha dasa would collect that decomposed rice, bring it home and wash it with ample water.


June 4, 2006

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila Chapter 6 Text 1

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila
Chapter 6 Text 1

krpa-gunair yah kugrhandha-kupad
uddhrtya bhangya raghunatha-dasam
nyasya svarupe vidadhe 'ntar-angam
sri-krsna-caitanyam amum prapadye

TRANSLATION
With the ropes of His causeless mercy, Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu employed a trick to deliver Raghunatha dasa Gosvami from the blind well of contemptible family life. He made Raghunatha dasa Gosvami one of His personal associates, placing him under the charge of Svarupa Damodara Gosvami. I offer my obeisances unto Him.



May 28, 2006

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 1 Text 102

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 102

tabe ta' karila prabhu daksina gamana
kurma-ksetre kaila vasudeva vimocana

TRANSLATION
After bestowing mercy upon Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya, the Lord started for southern India. When He came to Kurma-ksetra, He delivered a person named Vasudeva.



May 21, 2006

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 1 Text 98

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 98

kruddha hana eka gela jagannatha dekhite
dekhiya murcchita hana padila bhumite

TRANSLATION
After His sannyasa rod was broken by Nityananda Prabhu, Caitanya Mahaprabhu apparently became very angry and left His company to travel alone to the Jagannatha temple. When Caitanya Mahaprabhu entered the Jagannatha temple and saw Lord Jagannatha, He immediately lost His senses and fell down on the ground.



May 14, 2006

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 1 Text 97

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 97

ksira-curi-katha, saksi-gopala-vivarana
nityananda kaila prabhura danda-bhanjana

TRANSLATION
From Nityananda Prabhu, Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu heard the story of Ksira-curi Gopinatha and of the witness Gopala. Then Nityananda Prabhu broke the sannyasa rod belonging to Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu.



May 7, 2006

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 1 Texts 89-94

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 89

sannyasa kari' cabbisa vatsara kaila ye ye karma
ananta, apara -- tara ke janibe marma

TRANSLATION
For the twenty-four years after Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu accepted the renounced order, whatever pastimes He executed were unlimited and unfathomable. Who can understand the purport of such pastimes?

Text 90

uddesa karite kari dig-darasana
mukhya mukhya lilara kari sutra ganana

TRANSLATION
Just to indicate those pastimes, I am presenting a general survey of the chief pastimes in the form of a synopsis.

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April 30, 2006

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 1 Texts 82-83

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 82

tomara carana mora vraja-pura-ghare
udaya karaye yadi, tabe vancha pure

TRANSLATION
The gopis thought, "Dear Lord, if Your lotus feet again come to our home in Vrndavana, our desires will be fulfilled."

Text 83

bhagavatera sloka-gudhartha visada karina
rupa-gosani sloka kaila loka bujhaina

TRANSLATION
In one verse, Srila Rupa Gosvami has explained the confidential meaning of the verse of Srimad-Bhagavatam for the understanding of the general populace.



April 23, 2006

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 1 Texts 72-78

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 72

svarupa kahe, -- yate janila tomara mana
tate jani, -- haya tomara krpara bhajana

TRANSLATION
Srila Svarupa Damodara Gosvami replied to Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu, "If Rupa Gosvami can understand Your mind and intentions, he must have Your Lordship's special benediction."

Text 73

prabhu kahe, -- tare ami santusta hana
alingana kailu sarva-sakti sancariya

TRANSLATION
The Lord said, "I was so pleased with Rupa Gosvami that I embraced him and bestowed upon him all necessary potencies for preaching the bhakti cult.

Text 74

yogya patra haya gudha-rasa-vivecane
tumio kahio tare gudha-rasakhyane

TRANSLATION
"I accept Srila Rupa Gosvami as quite fit to understand the confidential mellows of devotional service, and I recommend that you explain devotional service to him further."

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April 16, 2006

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 1 Text 56

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 56

ei dhuya-gane nacena dvitiya prahara
krsna lana vraje yai -- e-bhava antara

TRANSLATION
Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu used to sing this song [seita parana-natha] especially during the latter part of the day, and He would think, "Let Me take Krsna and go back to Vrndavana." This ecstasy was always filling His heart.



April 9, 2006

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 1 Text 49

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 49

prabhu-ajnaya bhakta-gana pratyabda asiya
gundica dekhiya ya'na prabhure miliya

TRANSLATION
Following the order of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, all the devotees used to visit Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu every year. They would see the Gundica festival at Jagannatha Puri and then return home after four months.



April 2, 2006

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 1 Text 42

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 42

tanra bhratus-putra nama -- sri-jiva-gosani
yata bhakti-grantha kaila, tara anta nai

TRANSLATION
Sri Rupa Gosvami's nephew, Srila Jiva Gosvami, has compiled so many books on devotional service that there is no counting them.



March 26, 2006

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 1 Text 35-38

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 35

hari-bhakti-vilasa, ara bhagavatamrta
dasama-tippani, ara dasama-carita

TRANSLATION
Some of the books compiled by Srila Sanatana Gosvami were the Hari-bhakti-vilasa, Brhad-bhagavatamrta, Dasama-tippani and Dasama-carita.

Text 36

ei saba grantha kaila gosani sanatana
rupa-gosani kaila yata, ke karu ganana

TRANSLATION
We have already given the names of four books compiled by Sanatana Gosvami. Similarly, Srila Rupa Gosvami has also compiled many books, which no one can even count.

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March 19, 2006

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 1 Text 25

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 25

sahajei nityananda -- krsna-premoddama
prabhu-ajnaya kaila yahan tahan prema-dana

TRANSLATION
Sri Nityananda Prabhu is by nature very much inspired in rendering transcendental loving service to Lord Krsna. Now, being ordered by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, He distributed this loving service anywhere and everywhere.

Unfortunately I had some technical problems recording today's class. I am currently in the process of salvaging the recording. My apologies for the inconvenience.

March 12, 2006

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 1 Text 6

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 6

jaya jaya gauracandra jaya krpa-sindhu
jaya jaya saci-suta jaya dina-bandhu

TRANSLATION
All glories unto Sri Gaurahari, who is an ocean of mercy! All glories unto You, the son of Sacidevi, for You are the only friend of all fallen souls!



February 26, 2006

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 1 Text 1

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 1

yasya prasadad ajno 'pi
sadyah sarva-jnatam vrajet
sa sri-caitanya-devo me
bhagavan samprasidatu

TRANSLATION
Even a person with no knowledge can immediately acquire all knowledge simply by the benediction of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Therefore I am praying to the Lord for His causeless mercy upon me.


February 12, 2006

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.15 Conclusion

In today's class, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami concludes Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10 Chapter 15, The Killing of Dhenuka, The Ass Demon.

Note: Due to technical difficulties, the beginning of the class was not recorded.

February 5, 2006

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.15.41

Text 41

krsnah kamala-patraksah
punya-sravana-kirtanah
stuyamano 'nugair gopaih
sagrajo vrajam avrajat

TRANSLATION
Then lotus-eyed Lord Sri Krsna, whose glories are most pious to hear and chant, returned home to Vraja with His elder brother, Balarama. Along the way, the cowherd boys, His faithful followers, chanted His glories.


January 29, 2006

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.15.38-40

Text 38

phala-prakara-sankirnam
daitya-dehair gatasubhih
raraja bhuh sa-talagrair
ghanair iva nabhas-talam

TRANSLATION
The earth then appeared beautifully covered with heaps of fruits and with the dead bodies of the demons, which were entangled in the broken tops of the palm trees. Indeed, the earth shone like the sky decorated with clouds.

Text 39

tayos tat su-mahat karma
nisamya vibudhadayah
mumucuh pushpa-varshani
cakrur vadyani tushtuvuh

TRANSLATION
Hearing of this magnificent feat of the two brothers, the demigods and other elevated living beings rained down flowers and offered music and prayers in glorification.

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January 22, 2006

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.15.33-37

Text 33

tenahato maha-talo
vepamano brihac-chirah
parsva-stham kampayan bhagnah
sa canyam so 'pi caparam

TRANSLATION
Lord Balarama threw the dead body of Dhenukasura into the tallest palm tree in the forest, and when the dead demon landed in the treetop, the tree began shaking. The great palm tree, causing a tree by its side also to shake, broke under the weight of the demon. The neighboring tree caused yet another tree to shake, and this one struck yet another tree, which also began shaking. In this way many trees in the forest shook and broke.

Text 34

balasya lilayotsrishta-
khara-deha-hatahatah
talas cakampire sarve
maha-vaterita iva

TRANSLATION
Because of Lord Balarama's pastime of throwing the body of the ass demon into the top of the tallest palm tree, all the trees began shaking and striking against one another as if blown about by powerful winds.

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January 15, 2006

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.15.25-32

Text 25

vidyante 'bhukta-purvani
phalani surabhini ca
esha vai surabhir gandho
vishucino 'vagrihyate

TRANSLATION
In the Tala forest are sweet-smelling fruits no one has ever tasted. Indeed, even now we can smell the fragrance of the tala fruits spreading all about.

Text 26

prayaccha tani nah krishna
gandha-lobhita-cetasam
vanchasti mahati rama
gamyatam yadi rocate

TRANSLATION
O Krishna! Please get those fruits for us. Our minds are so attracted by their aroma! Dear Balarama, our desire to have those fruits is very great. If You think it's a good idea, let's go to that Tala forest.

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January 7, 2006

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.15.19-24

Note: Today's class is on Saturday due to Srila Dhanurdhara Swami's travel schedule.

Text 19

evam nigudhatma-gatih sva-mayaya
gopatmajatvam caritair vidambayan
reme rama-lalita-pada-pallavo
gramyaih samam gramya-vad isa-ceshtitah

TRANSLATION
In this way the Supreme Lord, whose soft lotus feet are personally attended by the goddess of fortune, concealed His transcendental opulences by His internal potency and acted like the son of a cowherd. Yet even while enjoying like a village boy in the company of other village residents, He often exhibited feats only God could perform.

Text 20

sridama nama gopalo
rama-kesavayoh sakha
subala-stokakrishnadya
gopah premnedam abruvan

TRANSLATION
Once, some of the cowherd boys -- Sridama, the very close friend of Rama and Krishna, along with Subala, Stokakrishna and others -- lovingly spoke the following words.

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January 1, 2006

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.15.18

Text 18

anye tad-anurupani
manojnani mahatmanah
gayanti sma maha-raja
sneha-klinna-dhiyah sanaih

TRANSLATION
My dear King, other boys would sing enchanting songs appropriate to the occasion, and their hearts would melt out of love for the Lord.


December 18, 2005

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.15.8

Text 8

dhanyeyam adya dharani trina-virudhas tvat-
pada-spriso druma-latah karajabhimrishtah
nadyo 'drayah khaga-mrigah sadayavalokair
gopyo 'ntarena bhujayor api yat-spriha srih

TRANSLATION
This earth has now become most fortunate, because You have touched her grass and bushes with Your feet and her trees and creepers with Your fingernails, and because You have graced her rivers, mountains, birds and animals with Your merciful glances. But above all, You have embraced the young cowherd women between Your two arms -- a favor hankered after by the goddess of fortune herself.


December 11, 2005

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.15.6-7

Text 6

ete 'linas tava yaso 'khila-loka-tirtham
gayanta adi-purushanupatham bhajante
prayo ami muni-gana bhavadiya-mukhya
gudham vane 'pi na jahaty anaghatma-daivam

TRANSLATION
O original personality, these bees must all be great sages and most elevated devotees of Yours, for they are worshiping You by following You along the path and chanting Your glories, which are themselves a holy place for the entire world. Though You have disguised Yourself within this forest, O sinless one, they refuse to abandon You, their worshipable Lord.

Text 7

nrityanty ami sikhina idya muda harinyah
kurvanti gopya iva te priyam ikshanena
suktais ca kokila-gana griham agataya
dhanya vanaukasa iyan hi satam nisargah

TRANSLATION
O worshipable one, these peacocks are dancing before You out of joy, these doe are pleasing You with affectionate glances, just as the gopis do, and these cuckoos are honoring You with Vedic prayers. All these residents of the forest are most fortunate, and their behavior toward You certainly befits great souls receiving another great soul at home.


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December 4, 2005

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.15.3-5

Text 3

tan manju-ghoshali-mriga-dvijakulam
mahan-manah-prakhya-payah-sarasvata
vatena jushtam sata-patra-gandhina
nirikshya rantum bhagavan mano dadhe

TRANSLATION
The Supreme Personality of Godhead looked over that forest, which resounded with the charming sounds of bees, animals and birds, and which was enhanced by a lake whose clear water resembled the minds of great souls and by a breeze carrying the fragrance of hundred-petaled lotuses. Seeing all this, Lord Krishna decided to enjoy the auspicious atmosphere.

Text 4

sa tatra tatraruna-pallava-sriya
phala-prasunoru-bharena padayoh
sprisac chikhan vikshya vanaspatin muda
smayann ivahagra-jam adi-purushah

TRANSLATION
The primeval Lord saw that the stately trees, with their beautiful reddish buds and their heavy burden of fruits and flowers, were bending down to touch His feet with the tips of their branches. Thus He smiled gently and addressed His elder brother.

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