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February 19, 2014

Jaiva-Dharma - Wednesday, February 19, 2014

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami continues with Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura's 1896 novel, Jaiva-Dharma.


February 12, 2014

Jaiva-Dharma - Wednesday, February 12, 2014

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami continues with Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura's 1896 novel, Jaiva-Dharma.


February 5, 2014

Jaiva-Dharma - Wednesday, February 5, 2014

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami continues with Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura's 1896 novel, Jaiva-Dharma.

Note: Maharaja's phone lost power and so this class is abruptly cut off.



January 29, 2014

Jaiva-Dharma - Wednesday, Jaunary 29, 2014

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami continues with Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura's 1896 novel, Jaiva-Dharma.



January 15, 2014

Jaiva-Dharma - Wednesday, Jaunary 15, 2014

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami continues with Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura's 1896 novel, Jaiva-Dharma.



January 8, 2014

Jaiva-Dharma - Wednesday, Jaunary 8, 2014

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami continues with Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura's 1896 novel, Jaiva-Dharma.



January 1, 2014

Jaiva-Dharma - Wednesday, Jaunary 1, 2014

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami continues with Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura's 1896 novel, Jaiva-Dharma.



December 25, 2013

Jaiva-Dharma - Wednesday, December 25, 2013

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami continues with Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura's 1896 novel, Jaiva-Dharma.



December 18, 2013

Jaiva-Dharma - Wednesday, December 18, 2013

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami continues with Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura's 1896 novel, Jaiva-Dharma.



December 11, 2013

Jaiva-Dharma - Wednesday, December 11, 2013

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami continues with Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura's 1896 novel, Jaiva-Dharma.



December 4, 2013

Jaiva-Dharma - Wednesday, December 4, 2013

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami continues with Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura's 1896 novel, Jaiva-Dharma.



November 27, 2013

Weekly Sanga - Wednesday, November 27, 2013

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



November 20, 2013

Weekly Sanga - Wednesday, November 20, 2013

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



November 13, 2013

Jaiva-Dharma - Wednesday, November 13, 2013

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami continues with Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura's 1896 novel, Jaiva-Dharma.



October 30, 2013

Jaiva-Dharma - Wednesday, October 30, 2013

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami continues with Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura's 1896 novel, Jaiva-Dharma.



October 23, 2013

Jaiva-Dharma - Wednesday, October 23, 2013

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami continues with Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura's 1896 novel, Jaiva-Dharma.



October 16, 2013

Jaiva-Dharma - Wednesday, October 16, 2013

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami continues with Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura's 1896 novel, Jaiva-Dharma.



October 9, 2013

Jaiva-Dharma - Wednesday, October 9, 2013

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami continues with Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura's 1896 novel, Jaiva-Dharma.



September 18, 2013

Jaiva-Dharma - Wednesday, September 18, 2013

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami continues with the fourth chapter of Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura's 1896 novel, Jaiva-Dharma, entitled “Vaisnava Dharma is Nitya Dharma.”



September 11, 2013

The Glories of Srimati Radharani - Wednesday, September 11, 2013

In today's sanga, Dhanurdhara Swami shares his realizations on Srimati Radharani in honor of Her appearance day. Maharaja also shares his experience of the previous night at The Bhakti Center where he gave a talk entitles, "Sri Radha: Her Story, Songs, and Philosophy" and meets author Naomi Wolf.



September 4, 2013

Jaiva-Dharma - Wednesday, September 4, 2013

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami continues with the fourth chapter of Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura's 1896 novel, Jaiva-Dharma, entitled “Vaisnava Dharma is Nitya Dharma.”



August 21, 2013

Jaiva-Dharma - Wednesday, August 21, 2013

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami continues with the fourth chapter of Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura's 1896 novel, Jaiva-Dharma, entitled “Vaisnava Dharma is Nitya Dharma.”



August 14, 2013

Jaiva-Dharma - Wednesday, August 14, 2013

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami continues the third chapter of Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura's 1896 novel, Jaiva-Dharma, entitled “Naimittika-Dharma is to be Relinquished.”



August 7, 2013

Jaiva-Dharma - Wednesday, August 7, 2013

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami continues the third chapter of Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura's 1896 novel, Jaiva-Dharma, entitled “Naimittika-Dharma is to be Relinquished.”



July 31, 2013

Jaiva-Dharma - Wednesday, July 31, 2013

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami continues the third chapter of Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura's 1896 novel, Jaiva-Dharma, entitled “Naimittika-Dharma is to be Relinquished.”



July 24, 2013

Jaiva-Dharma - Wednesday, July 24, 2013

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami continues the third chapter of Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura's 1896 novel, Jaiva-Dharma, entitled “Naimittika-Dharma is to be Relinquished.”



July 17, 2013

Jaiva-Dharma - Wednesday, July 17, 2013

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami continues the third chapter of Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura's 1896 novel, Jaiva-Dharma, entitled “Naimittika-Dharma is to be Relinquished.”



July 10, 2013

Jaiva-Dharma - Wednesday, July 10, 2013

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami continues the third chapter of Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura's 1896 novel, Jaiva-Dharma, entitled “Naimittika-Dharma is to be Relinquished.”



July 3, 2013

Jaiva-Dharma - Wednesday, July 3, 2013

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami continues the third chapter of Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura's 1896 novel, Jaiva-Dharma, entitled “Naimittika-Dharma is to be Relinquished.”



June 26, 2013

Jaiva-Dharma - Wednesday, June 26, 2013

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami continues the third chapter of Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura's 1896 novel, Jaiva-Dharma, entitled “Naimittika-Dharma is to be Relinquished.”



June 19, 2013

Jaiva-Dharma - Wednesday, June 19, 2013

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami continues the third chapter of Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura's 1896 novel, Jaiva-Dharma, entitled “Naimittika-Dharma is to be Relinquished.”



June 5, 2013

Jaiva-Dharma - Wednesday, June 5, 2013

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami continues the third chapter of Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura's 1896 novel, Jaiva-Dharma, entitled “Naimittika-Dharma is to be Relinquished.”



May 29, 2013

Jaiva-Dharma - Wednesday, May 29, 2013

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami discusses the third chapter of Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura's 1896 novel, Jaiva-Dharma, entitled “Naimittika-Dharma is to be Relinquished.”



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 1, 2013

Jaiva-Dharma - Wednesday, May 1, 2013

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami discusses the second chapter of Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura's 1896 novel, Jaiva-Dharma, entitled “The Nitya-Dharma of the Jiva is Pure and Everlasting.”




April 24, 2013

Jaiva-Dharma - Wednesday, April 24, 2013

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami discusses the second chapter of Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura's 1896 novel, Jaiva-Dharma, entitled “The Nitya-Dharma of the Jiva is Pure and Everlasting.”




April 17, 2013

Jaiva-Dharma - Wednesday, April 17, 2013

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami discusses the second chapter of Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura's 1896 novel, Jaiva-Dharma, entitled “The Nitya-Dharma of the Jiva is Pure and Everlasting.”



April 10, 2013

Jaiva-Dharma - Wednesday, April 10, 2013

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami discusses the second chapter of Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura's 1896 novel, Jaiva-Dharma, entitled “The Nitya-Dharma of the Jiva is Pure and Everlasting.”



April 3, 2013

Jaiva-Dharma - Wednesday, April 3, 2013

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami discusses the second chapter of Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura's 1896 novel, Jaiva-Dharma, entitled “The Nitya-Dharma of the Jiva is Pure and Everlasting.”



March 20, 2013

Jaiva-Dharma - Wednesday, March 20, 2013

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami continues the first chapter of Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura's 1896 novel, Jaiva-Dharma, entitled “The Eternal and Temporary Dharmas of the Jiva.”



March 6, 2013

Jaiva-Dharma - Wednesday, March 6, 2013

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami continues the first chapter of Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura's 1896 novel, Jaiva-Dharma, entitled “The Eternal and Temporary Dharmas of the Jiva.”



February 20, 2013

Jaiva-Dharma - Wednesday, February 20, 2013

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami begins the first chapter of Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura's 1896 novel, Jaiva-Dharma, entitled “The Eternal and Temporary Dharmas of the Jiva.”




February 6, 2013

Weekly Sanga | Wednesday, February 6, 2013

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



January 30, 2013

Weekly Sanga | Wednesday, January 30, 2013

In today's sanga, Dhanurdhara Swami calls in from Jaipur and shares his realizations on his recent studies and from his recent travels in Sri Jagannatha Puri, Mumbai, and Jaipur.



January 23, 2013

Weekly Sanga | Wednesday, January 23, 2013

In today's sanga, Dhanurdhara Swami shares his realizations on his recent studies and his realizations from his stay in Sri Jagannatha Puri while traveling on a bus on his way to Alarnatha.

Note: This class is fairly short due to bad phone reception.



January 16, 2013

Weekly Sanga | Wednesday, January 16, 2013

In today's sanga, Dhanurdhara Swami shares his realizations on his recent studies, including those from the Brihad Bhagavatamrta and his realizations from his stay in Sridhama Mayapur.



January 9, 2013

Weekly Sanga | Wednesday, January 9, 2013

In today's sanga, Dhanurdhara Swami shares his realizations on his recent studies, including those from the Brihad Bhagavatamrta.



January 2, 2013

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 84

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 84

ya idam narada-proktam sivanusasanam visvasiti sraddhate sa bhaktiman bhavati sa prestham labhate sa prestham labhata iti

TRANSLATION

Anyone who trusts these instructions spoken by Narada and is convinced by them will be blessed with devotion and attain the most dear Lord. Yes, he will attain the most dear Lord.


December 26, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 83

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 83

ity evam vadanti jana-jalpa-nirbhaya eka-matah kumara-vyasa-suka-sandilya-garga-visnu-kaundilya-sesoddhavaruni-bali-hanumad-vibhisanadayo bhakty-acaryah

TRANSLATION

Thus say the founding authorities of devotional service: the Kumaras, Vyasa, Suka, Sandilya, Garga, Visnu, Kaundilya, Sesa, Uddhava, Aruni, Bali, Hanuman, Vibhisana, and others -- speaking without fear of worldly gossip and sharing among themselves one and the same opinion.


December 19, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 82

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 82

guna-mahatmyasakti-rupasakti-pujasakti-smaranasak ti-dasyasakti-sakhyasakti-vatsalyasakti-kantasakty-a tma-nivedanasakti-tan-mayasakti-parama-virahasakti-rupai kadhapy ekadasadha bhavati

TRANSLATION

Although devotional service is one, it becomes manifested in eleven forms of attachment: attachment to the Lord's glorious qualities, to His beauty, to worshiping Him, to remembering Him, to serving Him, to reciprocating with Him as a friend, to caring for Him as a parent, to dealing with Him as a lover, to surrendering one's whole self to Him, to being absorbed in thought of Him, and to experiencing separation from Him. This last is the supreme attachment.


December 12, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 81

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 81

tri-satyasya bhaktir eva gariyasi bhaktir eva gariyasi

TRANSLATION

Devotional service is the most precious possession of a person who honestly uses his mind, body, and words.


December 5, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 80

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 80

sa kirtyamanah sighram evavirbhavaty anubhavayati bhaktan

TRANSLATION

When He is glorified, the Lord swiftly reveals Himself to His devotees and allows them to know Him as He is.


November 28, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 81 / Akincana Krishna's Wedding Address

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 81

tri-satyasya bhaktir eva gariyasi bhaktir eva gariyasi

TRANSLATION

Devotional service is the most precious possession of a person who honestly uses his mind, body, and words.


November 21, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 80

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 80

sa kirtyamanah sighram evavirbhavaty anubhavayati bhaktan

TRANSLATION

When He is glorified, the Lord swiftly reveals Himself to His devotees and allows them to know Him as He is.


November 14, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 79

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 79

sarvada sarva-bhavena niscintair bhagavan eva bhajaniyah

TRANSLATION

Those who are free of doubts should constantly worship the Supreme Lord with all their hearts.


November 7, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 78

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 78

ahimsa-satya-sauca-dayastikyadi-caritryani paripalaniyani

TRANSLATION

One should cultivate such good qualities as nonviolence, truthfulness, cleanliness, compassion, and faith.


October 31, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 77

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 77

sukha-duhkheccha-labhadi-tyakte kale pratiksamane ksanardham api vyartham na neyam

TRANSLATION

Patiently enduring till the time when one can put aside material happiness, distress, desire, and false gain, one should not waste even a fraction of a second.


October 24, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 76

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 76

bhakti-sastrani mananiyani tad-bodhaka-karmani karaniyani

TRANSLATION

One should respect the revealed scriptures of devotional service and discharge the duties they prescribe.


October 10, 2012

Weekly Sanga | Wednesday, October 10, 2012

In today's sanga, Dhanurdhara Swami shares his realizations on his return to Sri Vrindavana Dhama.



September 19, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 74

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 74

vado navalambyah

TRANSLATION

One should not indulge in argumentative debate.


September 12, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 73

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 73

yatas tadiyah

TRANSLATION

Pure devotees are not distinguished by externals like social class, for they belong to the Lord.


September 5, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 72

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 72

nasti tesu jati-vidya-rupa-kula-dhana-kriyadi-bhedah

TRANSLATION

There are no distinctions among such pure devotees in terms of social class, education, bodily beauty, family status, wealth, occupation, and so on.


August 29, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 71

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 71

modante pitaro nrtyanti devatah sa-natha ceyam bhur bhavati

TRANSLATION

Thus the pure devotees' forefathers become joyful, the demigods dance, and the world feels protected by good masters.


August 22, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 70

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 70

tirthi-kurvanti tirthani su-karmi-kurvanti karmani sac-chastri-kurvanti sastrani

TRANSLATION

Their association makes holy places holy, works auspicious, and the scriptures authoritative.


August 15, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 69

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 69

tirthi-kurvanti tirthani su-karmi-kurvanti karmani sac-chastri-kurvanti sastrani

TRANSLATION

Their association makes holy places holy, works auspicious, and the scriptures authoritative.


August 8, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 68

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 68

kanthavarodha-romasrubhih parasparam lapamanah pavayanti kulani prthivim ca

TRANSLATION

Conversing among one another with throats choked, hair standing on end, and tears flowing, the Lord's intimate servants purify their own followers and the whole world.


August 1, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 67

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 67

bhakta ekantino mukhyah

TRANSLATION

Among the Lord's devotees, the greatest are those who are dedicated to Him solely as His intimate servants.


July 25, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 66

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 66

tri-rupa-bhanga-purvakam nitya-dasya-nitya-kanta-bhajanatmakam prema karyam premaiva karyam

TRANSLATION

After breaking through the aforementioned coverings of the three modes of nature, one should act only in pure love of God, remaining perpetually in the mood of a servant serving his master, or a lover serving her beloved.


July 22, 2012

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila Chapter 1 Text 123

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 123

raya kahe, -- "kon grantha kara hena jani?
yahara bhitare ei siddhantera khani?"

TRANSLATION

Ramananda Raya inquired, "What kind of drama are you writing? We can understand that it is a mine of conclusive statements."


July 18, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 65

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 65

tad arpitakhilacarah san kama-krodhabhimanadikam tasminn eva karaniyam

TRANSLATION

Offering all one's activities to the Lord, one should feel desire, anger, and pride only with regard to Him.


July 11, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 64

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 64

abhimana-dambhadikam tyajyam

TRANSLATION

One should put aside false pride, hypocrisy, and other vices.


July 4, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 63

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 63

stri-dhana-nastika-caritram na sravaniyam

TRANSLATION

One should not find entertainment in news of the opposite sex, money, and atheists.


June 27, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 61

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami continues with the Narada Bhakti Sutra, Sutra 61.

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 61

loka-hanau cinta na karya niveditatma-loka-vedatvat

TRANSLATION

After consigning to the Lord all one's mundane and Vedic duties, one no longer need worry about worldly loss.


June 20, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 61

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 61

na tatsiddhau loka-vyavaharo heyah kintu phala-tyagas tat-sadhanam ca karyam eva

TRANSLATION

After consigning to the Lord all one's mundane and Vedic duties, one no longer need worry about worldly loss.


June 6, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 60

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 60

santi-rupat paramananda-rupac ca

TRANSLATION

Furthermore, bhakti is the embodiment of peace and supreme ecstasy.


May 23, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 58

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 58

anyasmat saulabhyam bhaktau

TRANSLATION

Success is easier to attain by devotional service than by any other process.


May 16, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 57

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 57

uttarasmad uttarasmat purva-purvo sreyaya bhavati

TRANSLATION

Each earlier stage should be considered better than the one following it.


May 9, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 56

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 56

gauni tridha guna-bhedad artadi-bhedad va

TRANSLATION

Secondary devotional service is of three kinds, according to which of the three material modes predominates, or according to which material motivation -- distress and so on -- brings one to bhakti.


May 2, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 55

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 55

tat prapya tad evavalokayati tad eva srnoti tad eva bhasayati tad eva cintayati

TRANSLATION

Having obtained pure love of God, one looks only at the Lord, hears only about Him, speaks only of Him, and thinks only of Him.


April 25, 2012

Weekly Sanga | Wednesday, April 25, 2012

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami shares his realizations and takes questions.


April 18, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 55

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 55

tat prapya tad evavalokayati tad eva srnoti tad eva bhasayati tad eva cintayati

TRANSLATION

Having obtained pure love of God, one looks only at the Lord, hears only about Him, speaks only of Him, and thinks only of Him.


April 11, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 53

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 53

prakasyate kvapi patre

TRANSLATION

Nonetheless, from time to time pure love of God is revealed to those who are qualified.


April 4, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 52

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 52

mukasvadana-vat

TRANSLATION

[Trying to describe the experience of pure love of God] is like a mute's effort to describe what he tastes.


March 28, 2012

Preview: Paradox and Perfection

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami gives us a preview of an upcoming lecture entitled Paradox and Perfection.


March 21, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 51

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 51

anirvacaniyam prema-svarupam

TRANSLATION

The true nature of pure love of God is beyond description.


March 7, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 49

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 48

yo vedan api sanyasyati kevalam avicchinnanuragam labhate

TRANSLATION

That person who renounces even the Vedas obtains exclusive and uninterrupted attraction for God.


February 29, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 48

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 48

yah karma-phalam karmani sanyasyati tato nirdvandvo bhavati

TRANSLATION

[Who can cross beyond illusion?] That person who renounces material duties and their profits, thus transcending duality.


February 22, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 47

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 47

yo vivikta-sthanam sevate yo loka-bandham unmulayati nistraigunyo bhavati yo yoga-ksemam tyajati

TRANSLATION

[Who can cross beyond illusion?] That person who stays in a secluded place, cuts off at the root his attachment to mundane society, becomes free from the influence of the three modes of nature, and gives up hankering for material gain and security.


February 15, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 46

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 46

kas tarati kas tarati mayam yah sangam tyajati yo mahanubhavam sevate nirmamo bhavati

TRANSLATION

Who can cross beyond illusion? One who abandons material association, serves the sages, and becomes selfless.


February 8, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 44

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 44

kama-krodha-moha-smrti-bhramsa-buddhi-nasa-sarva-nasa-karanatvat

TRANSLATION

Material association is the cause of lust, anger, confusion, forgetfulness, loss of intelligence, and total calamity.


February 1, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 43

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 43

duhsangam sarvathaiva tyajyah

TRANSLATION

One should give up all kinds of degrading association.


January 11, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 39

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 39

mahat-sangas tu durlabho 'gamyo 'moghas ca

TRANSLATION

The association of great souls is rarely obtained, difficult to understand, and infallible.


January 4, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 37

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 37

loke 'pi bhagavad-guna-sravana-kirtanat

TRANSLATION

One achieves bhakti by hearing and chanting about the Supreme Lord's special qualities, even while engaged in the ordinary activities of life in this world.


December 28, 2011

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 36

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 36

avyavrtta-bhajanat

TRANSLATION

One achieves bhakti by worshiping the Lord ceaselessly.


December 21, 2011

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 35

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 35

tat tu visaya-tyagat sanga-tyagac ca

TRANSLATION

One achieves bhakti by giving up sense gratification and mundane association.


December 14, 2011

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 34

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 34

tasyah sadhanani gayanty acaryah

TRANSLATION

Standard authorities have described the methods for achieving devotional service.


December 7, 2011

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 33

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 33

asmat saiva grahya mumuksubhih

TRANSLATION

Therefore seekers of liberation should take to devotional service alone.


November 30, 2011

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 28

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 28

tasya jnanam eva sadhanam ity eke

TRANSLATION

Some say that knowledge is the means for developing devotion.


November 23, 2011

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 27

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 27

isvarasyapy abhimani-dvesitvad dainya-priyatvac ca

TRANSLATION

Furthermore, the Lord dislikes the proud but is pleased with the humble.


November 16, 2011

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 25

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 25

sa tu karma-jnana-yogebhyo 'py adhikatara

TRANSLATION

Pure devotional service, on the other hand, is far superior to fruitive work, philosophical speculation, and mystic meditation.


November 9, 2011

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 24

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 24

nasty eva tasmims tat-sukha-sukhitvam

TRANSLATION

In such false devotion one does not find pleasure exclusively in the Lord's pleasure.


November 2, 2011

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 22

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 22

tatrapi na mahatmya-jnana-vismrty-apavadah

TRANSLATION

Even in the case of the gopis, one cannot criticize them for forgetting the Lord's greatness.


October 19, 2011

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 21 (Continued)

In today's class Srila Dhanurdhara Swami continues Sutra 21.

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 21

yatha vraja-gopikanam

TRANSLATION

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


September 21, 2011

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 15

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 15

tal-laksanani vacyante nana-mata-bhedat

TRANSLATION

Now the characteristics of devotional service will be described according to various authoritative opinions.


September 14, 2011

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 14

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 14

loke 'pi tavad eva bhojanadi-vyaparas tv a-sarira-dharanavadhi

TRANSLATION

For as long as the body lasts, one should engage minimally in social and political activities and in such matters as eating.


September 7, 2011

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 7

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 7

sa na kamayamana nirodha-rupatvat

TRANSLATION

There is no question of lust in the execution of pure devotional service, because in it all material activities are renounced.


August 31, 2011

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 9

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 9

tasminn ananyata tad-virodhisudasinata ca

TRANSLATION

Renunciation also means being exclusively dedicated to the Lord and indifferent to what stands in the way of His service.


August 24, 2011

Narada Bhakti Sutra Sutra 4

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 4

yal labdhva puman siddho bhavaty amrto bhavati trpto bhavati

TRANSLATION

Upon achieving that stage of transcendental devotional service in pure love of God, a person becomes perfect, immortal, and peaceful.


August 17, 2011

Narada Bhakti Sutra Sutra 3

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 3

amrta-svarupa ca

TRANSLATION

This pure love for God is eternal.


August 3, 2011

Narada Bhakti Sutra Sutra 2

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 2

sa tv asmin parama-prema-rupa

TRANSLATION

Devotional service manifests as the most elevated, pure love for God.


July 27, 2011

Narada Bhakti Sutra Sutra 1

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 1

athato bhaktim vyakhyasyamah

TRANSLATION

Now, therefore, I will try to explain the process of devotional service.


July 20, 2011

Wednesday Sanga | July 20, 2011

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


July 13, 2011

Wednesday Sanga | Remembering Sripada Aindra Prabhu

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami shares his remembrances of Sripada Aindra Prabhu, as well as his recent studies and realizations.


June 22, 2011

Wednesday Sanga | June 22, 2011

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


June 15, 2011

Wednesday Sanga | June 15, 2011

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


June 8, 2011

Wednesday Sanga | June 8, 2011

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


June 1, 2011

Wednesday Sanga | June 1, 2011

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


May 25, 2011

Wednesday Sanga | May 25, 2011

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


May 18, 2011

Wednesday Sanga | May 18, 2011

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


May 11, 2011

Wednesday Sanga | May 11, 2011

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


May 4, 2011

Wednesday Sanga | May 4, 2011

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


April 20, 2011

Wednesday Sanga | April 20, 2011

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami shares his recent studies and realizations from Bhagavad-gita.


April 13, 2011

Wednesday Sanga | April 13, 2011

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


April 6, 2011

From The Seer to The Seen - A Journey of Selflessness

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami gives a preview of an upcoming presentation, “From The Seer to The Seen - A Journey of Selflessness.”


March 30, 2011

Wednesday Sanga | March 30, 2011

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


March 23, 2011

Wednesday Sanga | March 23, 2011

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


March 16, 2011

Wednesday Sanga | March 16, 2011

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


March 2, 2011

Wednesday Sanga | March 2, 2011

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


February 23, 2011

Wednesday Sanga | February 23, 2011

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami shares his recent studies and realizations on the life and pastimes of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.


February 9, 2011

Wednesday Sanga | February 9, 2011

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


February 2, 2011

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10 Chapter 15 Text 1

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 10 Chapter 15 Text 1

sri-suka uvaca
tatas ca pauganda-vayah-sritau vraje
babhuvatus tau pasu-pala-sammatau
gas carayantau sakhibhih samam padair
vrndavanam punyam ativa cakratuh

TRANSLATION

Sukadeva Gosvami said: When Lord Rama and Lord Krsna attained the age of pauganda [six to ten] while living in Vrndavana, the cowherd men allowed Them to take up the task of tending the cows. Engaging thus in the company of Their friends, the two boys rendered the land of Vrndavana most auspicious by imprinting upon it the marks of Their lotus feet.


January 26, 2011

Wednesday Sanga | January 26, 2011

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


January 19, 2011

Wednesday Sanga | January 19, 2011

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


January 12, 2011

Wednesday Sanga | Why Are You a Devotee?

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami shares his recent studies and realizations, including a question he posed in a previous discussion with others, "Why are you a devotee?"


January 5, 2011

Wednesday Sanga | January 5, 2011

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami continues to share excerpts from Sripada Bhakti Raksak Sridhara Maharaja's book, Follow the Angels, adding his own realizations.


December 29, 2010

Wednesday Sanga | December 29, 2010

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami shares his thoughts on his recent studies including his thoughts on the departure of Sripada Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja. Maharaja also shares an excerpt from Sripada Bhakti Raksak Sridhara Maharaja's book, Follow the Angels, adding his own realizations.


December 22, 2010

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10 Chapter 16 Text 31

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 10 Chapter 16 Text 21

krsnasya garbha-jagato 'ti-bharavasannam
parsni-prahara-parirugna-phanatapatram
drstvahim adyam upasedur amusya patnya
artah slathad-vasana-bhusana-kesa-bandhah

TRANSLATION

When Kaliya's wives saw how the serpent had become so fatigued from the excessive weight of Lord Krsna, who carries the entire universe in His abdomen, and how Kaliya's umbrellalike hoods had been shattered by the striking of Krsna's heels, they felt great distress. With their clothing, ornaments and hair scattered in disarray, they then approached the eternal Personality of Godhead.


December 15, 2010

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10 Chapter 16 Text 27

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 10 Chapter 16 Text 21

tam nartum udyatam aveksya tada tadiya-
gandharva-siddha-muni-carana-deva-vadhvah
pritya mrdanga-panavanaka-vadya-gita-
puspopahara-nutibhih sahasopaseduh

TRANSLATION

Seeing the Lord dancing, His servants in the heavenly planets -- the Gandharvas, Siddhas, sages, Caranas and wives of the demigods -- immediately arrived there. With great pleasure they began accompanying the Lord's dancing by playing drums such as mrdangas, panavas and anakas. They also made offerings of songs, flowers and prayers.


December 8, 2010

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10 Chapter 16 Text 21

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 10 Chapter 16 Text 21

tah krsna-mataram apatyam anupravistam
tulya-vyathah samanugrhya sucah sravantyah
tas ta vraja-priya-kathah kathayantya asan
krsnanane 'rpita-drso mrtaka-pratikah

TRANSLATION

Although the elder gopis were feeling just as much distress as she and were pouring forth a flood of sorrowful tears, they had to forcibly hold back Krsna's mother, whose consciousness was totally absorbed in her son. Standing like corpses, with their eyes fixed upon His face, these gopis each took turns recounting the pastimes of the darling of Vraja.


December 1, 2010

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10 Chapter 16 Text 20

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 10 Chapter 16 Text 20

gopyo 'nurakta-manaso bhagavaty anante
tat-sauhrda-smita-viloka-girah smarantyah
graste 'hina priyatame bhrsa-duhkha-taptah
sunyam priya-vyatihrtam dadrsus tri-lokam

TRANSLATION

When the young gopis, whose minds were constantly attached to Krsna, the unlimited Supreme Lord, saw that He was now within the grips of the serpent, they remembered His loving friendship, His smiling glances and His talks with them. Burning with great sorrow, they saw the entire universe as void.


November 24, 2010

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10 Chapter 16 Texts 13-15

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 10 Chapter 16 Texts 13-15

tan alaksya bhayodvigna
gopa nanda-purogamah
vina ramena gah krsnam
jnatva carayitum gatam
tair durnimittair nidhanam
matva praptam atad-vidah
tat-pranas tan-manaskas te
duhkha-soka-bhayaturah
a-bala-vrddha-vanitah
sarve 'nga pasu-vrttayah
nirjagmur gokulad dinah
krsna-darsana-lalasah

TRANSLATION

Seeing the inauspicious omens, Nanda Maharaja and the other cowherd men were fearful, for they knew that Krsna had gone to herd the cows that day without His elder brother, Balarama. Because they had dedicated their minds to Krsna, accepting Him as their very life, they were unaware of His great power and opulence. Thus they concluded that the inauspicious omens indicated He had met with death, and they were overwhelmed with grief, lamentation and fear. All the inhabitants of Vrndavana, including the children, women and elderly persons, thought of Krsna just as a cow thinks of her helpless young calf, and thus these poor, suffering people rushed out of the village, intent upon finding Him.


November 17, 2010

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10 Chapter 16 Text 9

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 10 Chapter 16 Text 9

tam preksaniya-sukumara-ghanavadatam
srivatsa-pita-vasanam smita-sundarasyam
kridantam apratibhayam kamalodaranghrim
sandasya marmasu rusa bhujaya cachada

TRANSLATION

Kaliya saw that Sri Krsna, who wore yellow silken garments, was very delicate, His attractive body shining like a glowing white cloud, His chest bearing the mark of Srivatsa, His face smiling beautifully and His feet resembling the whorl of a lotus flower. The Lord was playing fearlessly in the water. Despite His wonderful appearance, the envious Kaliya furiously bit Him on the chest and then completely enwrapped Him in his coils.


November 10, 2010

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10 Chapter 16 Text 5

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 10 Chapter 16 Text 5

viprusmata visadormi-
marutenabhimarsitah
mriyante tira-ga yasya
praninah sthira-jangamah

TRANSLATION

The wind blowing over that deadly lake carried droplets of water to the shore. Simply by coming in contact with that poisonous breeze, all vegetation and creatures on the shore died.


November 3, 2010

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10 Chapter 15 Text 52

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 10 Chapter 15 Text 52

anvamamsata tad rajan
govindanugraheksitam
pitva visam paretasya
punar utthanam atmanah

TRANSLATION

O King, the cowherd boys then considered that although they had drunk poison and in fact had died, simply by the merciful glance of Govinda they had regained their lives and stood up by their own strength.


October 27, 2010

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10 Chapter 15 Text 47

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 10 Chapter 15 Text 47

evam sa bhagavan krsno
vrndavana-carah kvacit
yayau ramam rte rajan
kalindim sakhibhir vrtah

TRANSLATION

O King, the Supreme Lord Krsna thus wandered about the Vrndavana area, performing His pastimes. Once, surrounded by His boyfriends, He went without Balarama to the Yamuna River.


October 20, 2010

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.


September 8, 2010

Weekly Sanga - Wednesday, September 8, 2010

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



August 18, 2010

Weekly Sanga - Wednesday, August 18, 2010

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



August 11, 2010

Weekly Sanga - Wednesday, August 11, 2010

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



August 4, 2010

Weekly Sanga - Wednesday, August 4, 2010

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



July 28, 2010

Weekly Sanga - Wednesday, July 28, 2010

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



July 21, 2010

Weekly Sanga - Wednesday, July 21, 2010

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami shares his own thoughts and realizations from his recent studies including some more thoughts and remembrances of Sripad Aindra Prabhu.



July 14, 2010

Weekly Sanga - Wednesday, July 14, 2010

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami shares his own thoughts and realizations from his recent studies including the idea of prayerful reading.



June 30, 2010

Weekly Sanga - Wednesday, June 30, 2010

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami shares his own thoughts and realizations from his recent studies including the story of Gajendra.



June 2, 2010

Spirituality in Daily Life

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami shares his own studies and realizations, specifically spirituality in daily life and how to practically apply spirituality and devotion no matter what one's prsent situation may be.



May 5, 2010

The Yoga of Reflection - 5 May 2010

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami continues with Chapter One from the Bhagavad-gita, "Dharma and Distress."

In this new sanga series called The Yoga of Reflection with Mahamuni dasa, Srila Dhanurdhara Maharaja will discuss a particular philosophical point in the sastra from different angles. He will start with key themes from the Bhagavad-gita. After expounding on the point under discussion, Maharaja will discuss the point in depth with Mahamuni and then open the discussion for others.



April 28, 2010

The Yoga of Reflection

Last Wednesday, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami finished the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. He is starting a new sanga series called The Yoga of Reflection with Mahamuni dasa. Each week Maharaja will discuss a particular philosophical point in the sastra from different angles. He will start with key themes from the Bhagavad-gita. After expounding on the point under discussion, Maharaja will discuss the point in depth with Mahamuni and then open the discussion for others.

This Wednesday the discussion will be from Chapter One in the Gita, "Dharma and Distress."



April 21, 2010

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Text 3.13

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Text 3.13

etena bhutendriyesu dharma-laksanavastha-parinama vyakhyatah

TRANSLATION

In this way, the change in the characteristics, state, and condition of objects and of the sense is explained.



April 14, 2010

Our Intrinsic Nature

Our Intrinsic Nature

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami gives an informal talk on our intrinsic nature in bhakit.


April 7, 2010

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Text 3.10

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Text 3.10

tasya prasanta-vahita samskarat

TRANSLATION

The mind's undisturbed flow occurs due to samskaras.



March 31, 2010

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Text 3.9

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Text 3.9

vyutthana-nirodha-samskarayor abhibhava-pradurbhavau nirodha-
ksana-cittanvayo nirodha-parinamah

TRANSLATION

The state of restraint, nirodha, is when there is a disappearance of outgoing [i.e. worldy] samskaras and the appearance of restraining samskaras. These emerge in the mind at the moment of restraint.



March 17, 2010

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Text 3.1

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Text 3.1

desa-bandhas cittasya dharana

TRANSLATION

Concentration is the fixing of the mind in one place.



March 10, 2010

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Text 2.53

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Text 2.53

dharanasu ca yogyata manasah

TRANSLATION

Additionally, the mind becomes fit for concentration.



March 3, 2010

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Text 2.52

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Text 2.52

tatah ksiyate prakasavaranam

TRANSLATION

Then, the covering of the illumination [of knowledge] is weakened.



February 24, 2010

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Text 2.49

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Text 2.49

tasmin sati svasa-prasvasayor gati-vicchedah pranayamah

TRANSLATION

When that [asana] is accomplished, pranayamah, breath control, [follows]. This consists of the regulation of the incoming and outgoing breaths.



February 17, 2010

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Text 2.46

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Text 2.46

sthira-sukham asanam

TRANSLATION

Posture should be steady and comfortable.



February 10, 2010

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Text 2.44

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Text 2.44

svadhyayad ista-devata-samprayogah

TRANSLATION

From study [of scripture], a connection with one's deity of choice is established.



February 3, 2010

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Text 2.41

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Text 2.41

sattva-suddhi-saumanasyaikagryendriya-jayatma-darsana-yogyatvani ca

TRANSLATION

Upon the purification of the mind, [one attains] cheerfulness, one-pointedness, sense control, and fitness to perceive the self.



January 27, 2010

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Text 2.39

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Text 2.39

aparigraha-sthairye janma-kathanta-sambandhah

TRANSLATION

When refrainment from covetousness becomes firmly established, knowledge of the whys and wherefores of births manifest.



January 20, 2010

Mahamuni on Bhakti and Petitionary Prayer

Unable to give class today due to his traveling schedule, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami has invited Mahamuni to cover for him.

In this evening's class, Mahamuni discusses bhakti and petitionary prayer, beginning by commenting on the latter half of Chapter 9 of Bhagavad-gita.



January 6, 2010

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Text 2.33

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Text 2.33

vitarka-badhane pratipaksa-bhavanam

TRANSLATION

Upon being harassed by negative thoughts, one should cultivate counteracting thoughts.



December 30, 2009

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Text 2.30 (Continued)

In today's class, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami contunes with The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Text 2.30.


The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Text 2.30

ahimsa-satyasteya-brhamacaryaparigraha yamah

TRANSLATION

The yamas are nonviolence, truthfulness, refrainment from stealing, celibacy, and renunciation of [unnecessary] possessions.



December 23, 2009

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Text 2.30

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Text 2.30

ahimsa-satyasteya-brhamacaryaparigraha yamah

TRANSLATION

The yamas are nonviolence, truthfulness, refrainment from stealing, celibacy, and renunciation of [unnecessary] possessions.



December 16, 2009

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Text 2.28

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Text 2.28

yoganganusthanad asuddhi-ksaye jnana-diptir-aviveka-khyateh

TRANSLATION

Upon the destruction of impurities as a result of the practice of yoga, the lamp of knowledge arises. This culminates in discriminative discernment.



December 2, 2009

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Text 2.23

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Text 2.23

sva-svami-saktyoh svarupopalabdhi-hetuh samyogah

TRANSLATION

[The notion of] conjunction is the means of understanding the real nature of the powers of the possessed and of the possessor.



November 25, 2009

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Text 2.22

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Text 2.22

krtartham prati nastam apy anastam tad-anya-sadharanatvat

TRANSLATION

Although the seen ceases to exist for one whose purpose is accomplished [the liberated purusa], it has not ceased to exist altogether, since it is common to other [not-liberated] purusa.



November 18, 2009

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Text 2.21

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Text 2.2

tad-artha eva drsyasyatma

TRANSLATION

The essential nature of that which is seen is exclusively for the sake of the seer.



November 11, 2009

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Text 2.20

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Text 2.20

drasta drsi-matrah suddho 'pi pratyayanupasyah

TRANSLATION

The seer is merely the power of seeing; [however,] although pure, he witnesses the images of the mind.



November 4, 2009

Karma Yoga According to Sri Ramanuja with Mahamuni

Filling in for Srila Dhanurdhara Swami, Mahamuni gives an overview of karma yoga according to Sri Ramanuja.


October 28, 2009

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Text 2.18

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Text 2.18

prakasa-kriya-sthiti-silam bhutendriyatmakam bhogapavargartham drsyam

TRANSLATION

That which is knowable has the nature of illumination, activity, and inertia [sattva, rajas, and tamas]. It consists of the senses and the elements, and exists for the purpose of [providing] either liberation or experience [to purusa].



October 21, 2009

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Text 2.16

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Text 2.16

heyam duhkham anagatam

TRANSLATION

Suffering that has yet to manifest is to be avoided.



October 14, 2009

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Text 2.15

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Text 2.15

parinama-tapa-samskara-dukhair guna-vrtti-virodhac ca dukham
eva sarvam vivekinah

TRANSLATION

For one who has discrimination, everything is suffering on account of the suffering produced by the consequences [of action], by pain [itself], and by the samskaras, as well as on account of the suffering ensuing from the turmoil of the vrttis due to the gunas.



October 7, 2009

Overview of Pramana with Mahamuni

Filling in for Srila Dhanurdhara Swami, Mahamuni gives an overview of Pramana, or sources of knowledge.


September 30, 2009

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Text 2.13

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Text 2.13

In this evening's class, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami continues with The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali 2.13.



September 23, 2009

Overview of the Six Primary Schools of Hindu Thought with Mahamuni

Due to his traveling schedule, Srila Dhanurdhara Maharaja is unable to make this evening's sanga class. However, Maharaja has asked Mahamuni to speak on the six primary schools of Hindu thought.

From Mahamuni:

Greetings everyone,

Dhanurdhara Maharaja asked me to give this Wednesday's talk, and provide an introduction to the six primary schools of Hindu thought. I think that the idea is that as he is discussing the Yoga tradition and applying its insights to our general sadhana, I should give some background of the key schools which have influenced the thought behind traditions like the Vaishnava Vedanta and similar schools. My plain is to discuss some of the key beliefs which they share, the key points of dispute, and what I take to be their decisive contributions to Indian thought. It may help to have a little list of the schools, so please note the following.

  1. Mimamsa (Interpretation): focus on scriptural interpretation, particularly of the ritual portion of the Veda, and philosophy of language. Root text: the Mimamsa sutras of Jaimini.
  2. Vedanta: focus on interpreting the Upanishads and Gita, and providing a coherent Brahman-centered metaphysics based on such texts. Root text: the Vedanta sutras of Badarayana (Vyasa)
  3. Samkhya (Analysis): focus on identifying the fundamental features of reality under the most basic categories, generally in support of meditational practice. Samkhya thought generally pervades many other schools, and Samkhya ideas go back to the Upanishads and the Mahabharata. Root text: the Samkhya-karika of Isvarakrishna.
  4. Yoga (Spiritual discipline): focus on the psychology of spiritual discipline for the sake of meditational practice. Like Samkhya, it basic yoga notions pervade many of the other schools, and goes back to the Upanishads and Mahabharata. Root text: the Yoga-sutras of Patanjali.
  5. Nyaya (Logic): focus on the theory of knowledge, and logic. This school wants to defend the Vedic culture, the existence of God, and a basic realist picture of the world against competing schools like Buddhism. Other schools borrow from its logical theory. Key text: the Nyaya sutras of Gautama.
  6. Vaisheshika (Atomism): a realist school which defends a metaphysical picture somewhat different from the Samkhya. It becomes subsumed into Nyaya around 1000 CE. Root text: the Vaisheshika sutras of Kanada.

Generally the six schools are grouped into three sets of two sister schools, as above. Aside from these, there were influential Hindu schools like the Grammarian school, and non-Hindu schools like Buddhism, Jainism and Charvaka (the materialist tradition).

Thanks.

Muni



September 16, 2009

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Text 2.10

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Text 2.10

In this evening's class, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami continues with The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali 2.10.



September 2, 2009

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Text 2.6

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Text 2.6

In this evening's class, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami continues with The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali 2.6.



August 26, 2009

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Text 2.3

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Text 2.3

In this evening's class, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami continues with The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali 2.3.



August 19, 2009

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Text 2.1

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Text 2.1

In this evening's class, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami continues with The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali 2.1.



August 12, 2009

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Text 1.51

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Text 1.51

In this evening's class, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami continues with The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali 1.51.



August 5, 2009

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: A Summary

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
A Summary

In this evening's class, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami gives a summary of what has been covered thus far in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.



July 29, 2009

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Text 1.41

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Text 1.41

In this evening's class, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami continues with The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali 1.41.



July 22, 2009

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Text 1.41

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Text 1.41

In this evening's class, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami continues with The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali 1.41.



July 15, 2009

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Text 1.38

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Text 1.38

In this evening's class, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami continues with The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali 1.38.



July 8, 2009

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Text 1.36

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Text 1.36

In this evening's class, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami continues with The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali 1.36.



July 1, 2009

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Text 1.32

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Text 1.32

In this evening's class, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami continues with The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali 1.32.



June 24, 2009

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Text 1.30

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Text 1.30

In this evening's class, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami continues with The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali 1.30.



June 17, 2009

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Text 1.27

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Text 1.27

In this evening's class, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami continues with The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali 1.27.



June 10, 2009

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Text 1.23

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Text 1.23

In this evening's class, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami continues with The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali 1.23.



June 3, 2009

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Text 1.23

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Text 1.23

In this evening's class, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami continues with The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali 1.23.



May 27, 2009

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Text 1.19

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Text 1.19

In this evening's class, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami continues with The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali 1.19.



May 20, 2009

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Text 1.17

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Text 1.17

In this evening's class, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami continues with The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali 1.17.



May 13, 2009

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Text 1.16

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Text 1.16

In this evening's class from Moscow, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami continues with The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali 1.16.



May 6, 2009

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Text 1.15

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Text 1.15

In this evening's class, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami continues with The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali 1.15.



April 29, 2009

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Text 1.12

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Text 1.12

In this evening's class, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami continues with The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali 1.12.



April 22, 2009

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Text 1.8

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Text 1.8

In this evening's class, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami continues with The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali 1.8.



April 8, 2009

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Text 1.7

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Text 1.7

In this evening's class, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami continues with The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali 1.7.



April 1, 2009

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Text 1.5

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Text 1.5

In this evening's class, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami continues with The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali 1.5.




March 25, 2009

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Text 1.3

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Text 1.3

In this evening's class, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami continues with The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali 1.3.




March 18, 2009

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Text 1.2 Continued with Updated Outline

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Text 1.2

In this evening's class, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami continues with The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali 1.2. Included below is an updated outline of tonight's class.




March 11, 2009

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Text 1.2

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Text 1.2

In this evening's class, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami continues with The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.




March 4, 2009

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali - An Introduction

In this evening's class, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami gives an introduction to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.

Maharaja is basing his class on an advanced copy of a new translation of the Yoga Sutras by Edwin Bryant, professor of Hinduism at Rutgers University. Publication is expected later this spring by Farrar Straus & Giroux, a division of Macmillan.



February 25, 2009

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 4 Text 51

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 4 Text 51

svamin kapi-patir dasye
ity-adi-vacanaih khalu
prasiddho mahima tasya
dasyam eva prabhoh krpa

TRANSLATION

My dear spiritual master, Hanuman's greatness is well known from scriptual statements like "The chief of the monkeys became perfect by acting as the Lord's servant." His servitude is proof of the Lord's mercy.



February 18, 2009

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 4 Text 31

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 4 Text 31

kuto 'tah suddha-bhaktir me
yaya syat karuna prabhoh
dhyayanha banasya dauratmyam
tae-cihnam niscinomi ca

TRANSLATION

So how can any pure devotion appear in me that would signify the Lord's mercy? I see proof of my lack of devotion when I ponder the wickedness of Banasura.



February 11, 2009

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 4 Text 14

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 4 Text 14

itah prabhrti kartayo
nivaso niyato 'tra hi
mayabhibhuya daksadio-
sapam yusmat-prahbhavatah

TRANSLATION

From now on I intend to stay here permanently with you. By your power I shall certainly be able to overcome the curses I received from Daksa and others.



February 4, 2009

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 Chapter 4 Text 6

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1 Chapter 4 Text 6

krsnavisto yo 'smrtatmeva matto
nrtyan gayan kampamano rudams ca
lokan sarvan uddharan smasrtibhyo
visnor bhaktim harsayam asa tanvan

TRANSLATION

While immersed in meditation on Krsna, you seemed to forget your own existance. Like a madman you danced and sang and called out loudly, your body trembling. In this way you spread devotional service unto Lord Visnu, delivering all the worlds from the cycle of material life and filling them with joy.



January 28, 2009

Reflections on Puri

In today's class, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami reflects on this year's Puri yatra on it's last day. Srila Dhanurdhara Maharaja offers his realizations and remembrances of this year's yatra.



January 21, 2009

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 14, 2009

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 15 Text 4

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
Chapter 15 Text 4

ei-mata mahaprabhu bhakta-gana-sange
nilacale rahi' kare nrtya-gita-range

TRANSLATION

While Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu stayed at Jagannatha Puri, He constantly enjoyed chanting and dancing with His devotees.



January 7, 2009

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 15 Text 1

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
Chapter 15 Text 1

sarvabhauma-grhe bhunjan
sva-nindakam amoghakam
angi-kurvan sphutam cakre
gaurah svam bhakta-vasyatam

TRANSLATION

While Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu was taking prasadam at the house of Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya, Amogha criticized Him. Still, the Lord accepted Amogha, thereby showing how much He was obliged to His devotees.



December 31, 2008

New Year's Eve at Indira Gandhi International Airport

This evening's New Year's Eve class, is an informal talk by Srila Dhanurdhara Swami as he waits for a delayed flight at Indira Gandhi International Airport en route to a retreat in Israel.



December 24, 2008

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 14 Text 47

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
Chapter 14 Text 47

ihan jagannathera ratha-calana-samaya
gauda saba ratha tane, age nahi yaya

TRANSLATION

Outside the garden, when it was time to pull Jagannatha's car, all the workers called gaudas tried to pull it, but it would not move forward.



December 17, 2008

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 14 Text 36

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
Chapter 14 Text 36

ei-mata jagannatha karena bhojana
ei sukhe mahaprabhura judaya nayana

TRANSLATION

Indeed, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu was fully satisfied just to see how Lord Jagannatha accepted all the food.



December 10, 2008

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 13 Text 202

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
Chapter 13 Text 202

premavese mahaprabhu upavana pana
puspodyane grha-pindaya rahila padiya

TRANSLATION

Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu entered the garden and, immersed in great ecstatic emotion, fell flat on a raised platform there.



December 3, 2008

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 13 Text 169

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
Chapter 13 Text 169

suryera kirane mukha kare jhalamala
malya, vastra, divya alankara, parimala

TRANSLATION

Lord Jagannatha was garlanded, dressed with nice garments and adorned with beautiful ornaments. His face was glittering from the rays of sunshine, and the entire atmosphere was fragrant.



November 26, 2008

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 13 Text 156

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
Chapter 13 Text 156

yadavera vipaksa, yata dusta kamsa-paksa,
taha ami kailun saba ksaya
ache dui-cari jana, taha mari' vrndavana,
ailama ami, janiha niscaya

TRANSLATION

"I have already killed all the mischievous demons who are enemies of the Yadu dynasty, and I have also killed Kamsa and his allies. But there are two or four demons still living. I want to kill them, and after doing so I shall very soon return to Vrndavana. Please know this for certain.



November 19, 2008

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 13 Text 72

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
Chapter 13 Text 72

apani nacite yabe prabhura mana haila

sata sampradaya tabe ekatra karila

TRANSLATION

When the Lord Himself wanted to dance, all seven groups combined together.



November 12, 2008

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 13 Text 65

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
Chapter 13 Text 60

lilavese prabhura nahi nijanusandhana
iccha jani 'lila sakti' kare samadhana

TRANSLATION

Indeed, the Personality of Godhead forgot Himself in the course of His transcendental pastimes, but His internal potency [lila-sakti], knowing the intentions of the Lord, made all arrangements.



November 5, 2008

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 13 Text 60

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
Chapter 13 Text 60

rajara tuccha seva dekhi' prabhura tusta mana
sei ta' prasade paila 'rahasya-darsana'

TRANSLATION

Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu had been very satisfied to see the King accept the menial task of sweeping the street, and for this humility the King received the mercy of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. He could therefore observe the mystery of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu's activities.



October 29, 2008

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 13 Text 50 (Continued)

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
Chapter 13 Text 50

tri-bhuvana bhari' uthe kirtanera dhvani
anya vadyadira dhvani kichui na suni

TRANSLATION

When the sankirtana resounded, it filled the three worlds. Indeed, no one could hear any sounds or musical instruments other than the sankirtana.



October 22, 2008

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 13 Text 50

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
Chapter 13 Text 50

tri-bhuvana bhari' uthe kirtanera dhvani
anya vadyadira dhvani kichui na suni

TRANSLATION

When the sankirtana resounded, it filled the three worlds. Indeed, no one could hear any sounds or musical instruments other than the sankirtana.



October 15, 2008

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 13 Text 25

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
Chapter 13 Text 25

suksma sveta-balu pathe pulinera sama
dui dike tota, saba -- yena vrndavana

TRANSLATION

The fine, white sand spread all over the path resembled the bank of the Yamuna, and the small gardens on both sides looked just like those in Vrndavana.



October 8, 2008

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 13 Text 17

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
Chapter 13 Text 17

uttama hana raja kare tuccha sevana
ataeva jagannathera krpara bhajana

TRANSLATION

Although the King was the most exalted respectable person, still he accepted menial service for the Lord; he therefore became a suitable candidate for receiving the Lord's mercy.



October 1, 2008

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 13 Text 2

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!



September 24, 2008

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 12 Text 203

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
Chapter 12 Text 203

svatantra isvara prabhu kare nana khela
'dhoya-pakhala' nama kaila ei eka lila

TRANSLATION

The fully independent Supreme Personality of Godhead performs various types of pastimes. The pastime of washing and cleansing the Gundica temple is but one of them.



September 10, 2008

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 12 Text 188

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
Chapter 12 Text 188

advaita-nityananda vasiyachena eka thani
dui-jane krida-kalaha lagila tathai

TRANSLATION

Sri Advaita Acarya and Nityananda Prabhu sat side by side, and when prasadam was being distributed They engaged in a type of mock fighting.



September 3, 2008

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 12 Text 185

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
Chapter 12 Text 185

prabhu kahe, -- purve siddha krsne tomara priti
toma-sange ama-sabara haila krsne mati

TRANSLATION

Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu said to Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya, "From your previous birth you have been in Krsna consciousness. Thus you love Krsna so much that simply by your association we are all developing Krsna consciousness."



August 27, 2008

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 12 Text 174

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
Chapter 12 Text 174

ei maha-prasada alpa karaha asvadana
dekha, jagannatha kaiche karyachena bhojana

TRANSLATION

Svarupa Damodara Gosvami then said, "Just take a little of this maha-prasadam, and see how it is that Lord Jagannatha has accepted it."



August 20, 2008

Caitanya-caritamra Madhya-lila Chapter 12 Text 143

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
Chapter 12 Text 143

acarya-gosanira putra sri-gopala-nama
nrtya karite tanre ajna dila gauradhama

TRANSLATION
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu then ordered Sri Gopala, the son of Advaita Acarya, to dance.



August 13, 2008

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 12 Text 137

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
Chapter 12 Text 137

cari-dike bhakta-gana karena kirtana
madhye nrtya karena prabhu matta-simha-sama

TRANSLATION
All around Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu all the devotees performed congregational chanting. The Lord, just like a maddened lion, danced in the middle.



August 6, 2008

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.



July 30, 2008

Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 328

Srila Dhanurhdara Swami continues his discussion on the Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 328.



July 23, 2008

Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 326

Srila Dhanurhdara Swami continues his discussion on the Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 326.



July 16, 2008

Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 325

Srila Dhanurhdara Swami continues his discussion on the Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 325.



July 9, 2008

Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 325

Srila Dhanurhdara Swami continues his discussion on the Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 325.



July 2, 2008

Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 325

Srila Dhanurhdara Swami continues his discussion on the Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 325, "The Most Confidential Wisdom."



June 25, 2008

Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 322

Srila Dhanurhdara Swami continues his discussion on the Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 322.



June 18, 2008

Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 321

Srila Dhanurhdara Swami continues his discussion on the Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 321, Five Attitudes of Absorption of the Lord.



June 11, 2008

Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 320

Srila Dhanurhdara Swami continues his discussion on the Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 320.



June 4, 2008

Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 320

Srila Dhanurhdara Swami continues his discussion on the Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 320.



May 28, 2008

Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 320

Srila Dhanurhdara Swami continues his discussion on the Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 320.



May 21, 2008

Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 320

Srila Dhanurhdara Swami continues his discussion on the Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 320, Attaining the Lord Through Amorous Love.



May 14, 2008

Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 320

Srila Dhanurhdara Swami continues his discussion on the Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 320, Attaining the Lord Through Amorous Love.



May 7, 2008

Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 316

Srila Dhanurhdara Swami continues his discussion on the Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 316, General Desciptions of Raganuga.



April 23, 2008

Bhakti Sandharba Anuccheda 312

Srila Dhanurhdara Swami continues his discussion on the Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 312, General Desciptions of Raganuga.



April 16, 2008

Bhakti Sandharba Anuccheda 311

Srila Dhanurhdara Swami continues his discussion on the Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 311, General Desciptions of Raganuga.



April 9, 2008

Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 311

Srila Dhanurhdara Swami continues his discussion on the Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 311, General Desciptions of Raganuga.

Note: Seems as though, everyone was disconnected from the conference call. As result, the recording stopped when call stopped.


March 26, 2008

Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 311

Srila Dhanurhdara Swami continues his discussion on the Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 311, General Desciptions of Raganuga.



March 19, 2008

Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 310-312

Srila Dhanurhdara Swami continues his discussion on the Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 310-312, General Desciptions of Raganuga.



March 12, 2008

Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 310

Srila Dhanurhdara Swami continues his discussion on the Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 310. This begins the final section of Bhakti Sandarbha on raganuga-bhakti. This section is very important for everyone as it mostly describes the essence of devotional service, to serve Krishna out of natural attachment.



March 5, 2008

Srila Dhanurdhara Swami Returns To The US

In this evening's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami, having just returned from India earlier in the day, shares his realizations in a causal, informal talk.


February 27, 2008

Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 309

Srila Dhanurhdara Swami continues his discussion on the Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 309.



February 20, 2008

Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 307

Srila Dhanurhdara Swami continues his discussion on the Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 307.



February 13, 2008

Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 305

Srila Dhanurhdara Swami continues his discussion on the Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 305.

Note: We had trouble calling in today and as a result or sound quality is not the best.
Your servant,
Rathi Krishna dasa



February 6, 2008

Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 304

Srila Dhanurhdara Swami continues his discussion on the Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 304.



January 23, 2008

Jagannatha Puri Sanga with Satsvarupa dasa Gosvami and Dr. Fakir Mohan

In today's class, we have the association of Satsvarupa dasa Gosvami reading a passage from his book Srila Prabhupada in Jagannatha Puri and Dr. Fakir Mohan gives a talk on nama tattva


January 9, 2008

Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 300-303

Srila Dhanurhdara Swami continues his discussion on the Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 300-303.



December 26, 2007

Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 298

Srila Dhanurhdara Swami continues his discussion on the Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 298.



December 19, 2007

Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 296-297

Srila Dhanurhdara Swami continues his discussion on the Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 296-297.



December 9, 2007

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 8 Text 52

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 8 Text 52

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

TRANSLATION
As it is not possible to filter muddy water through mud, or purify a wine-stained pot with wine, it is not possible to counteract the killing of men by sacrificing animals.


December 5, 2007

Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 286-295

Srila Dhanurhdara Swami continues his discussion on the Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 286-295.



November 28, 2007

Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 286-295

Srila Dhanurhdara Swami continues his discussion on the Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 286-295.



November 21, 2007

Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 286-295

Srila Dhanurhdara Swami continues his discussion on the Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 286-295.



November 14, 2007

Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 286

Srila Dhanurhdara Swami continues his discussion on the Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 286.



November 7, 2007

Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 285

Srila Dhanurhdara Swami continues his discussion on the Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 285.

Note: Unfortunately, the call cut out at the very end and I was unable to get back on.


October 31, 2007

Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 286

Srila Dhanurhdara Swami continues his discussion on the Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 286.

Note: Unfortunately, the call cut out at the very end and I was unable to get back on.


October 24, 2007

Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 285

Srila Dhanurhdara Swami continues his discussion on the Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 285.

Note: I didn't have the best connection today, so some places the audio quality is spotty at best. I working on ways of improving the recording but I'm limited to the quality of the line I call in on.


October 17, 2007

Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 284

Srila Dhanurhdara Swami continues his discussion on the Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 284, Pure and Mixed Worship.

Note: I didn't have the best connection today, so some places the audio quality is spotty at best.


October 3, 2007

Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 284

Srila Dhanurhdara Swami continues his discussion on the Bhakti Sandarbha with Anuccheda 284.


September 26, 2007

Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 283-303

Srila Dhanurhdara Swami continues his discussion on the Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 283-303, and its topic of arcana or deity worship.


September 12, 2007

Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 283-303

Srila Dhanurhdara Swami continues his discussion on the Bhakti Sandarbha with Anuccheda 283-303, which begins the arcana or deity worship section of the Bhakti Sandarbha.



September 5, 2007

Srila Prabhupada's Vyasa Puja with Jayadvaita Swami and Bhakti Madhava Puri Swami

Tonight's sanga, in honor of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada's Vyasa Puja, features Jayadvaita Swami and Bhakti Madhava Puri Swami sharing their memories and realizations of Srila Prabhupada.



August 29, 2007

Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 283

Srila Dhanurhdara Swami continues his discussion on the Bhakti Sandarbha with Anuccheda 283.

Unfortunately, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami was disconnected from the conference call about 30 minutes into the call. Maharaja managed to call back in shortly thereafter.


August 23, 2007

Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 279

Srila Dhanurhdara Swami continues his discussion on the Bhakti Sandarbha with Anuccheda 279.



August 15, 2007

Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 278

Srila Dhanurhdara Swami continues his discussion on the Bhakti Sandarbha with Anuccheda 278.



August 8, 2007

Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 275

Srila Dhanurhdara Swami continues his discussion on the Bhakti Sandarbha with Anuccheda 275.

Note: There's a bit of an echo on this recording.



August 1, 2007

Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 270

Srila Dhanurhdara Swami continues his discussion on the Bhakti Sandarbha with Anuccheda 270.

Note: There's a bit of an echo for the first 5 minutes or so of this recording.



July 25, 2007

Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 269

Srila Dhanurhdara Swami continues his discussion on the Bhakti Sandarbha with Anuccheda 269.



July 11, 2007

Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 265

Srila Dhanurhdara Swami continues his discussion on the Bhakti Sandarbha with Anuccheda 265.



July 4, 2007

Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 264

Srila Dhanurhdara Swami continues his discussion on the Bhakti Sandarbha with Anuccheda 264.



June 27, 2007

Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 262

Srila Dhanurhdara Swami continues his discussion on the Bhakti Sandarbha with Anuccheda 262.



June 20, 2007

Bhakti Sandarbha Questions & Answers Session

Srila Dhanurhdara Swami continues his discussion on the Bhakti Sandarbha with a questions and answers session.

Due to technical difficulties, there were problems with the recording and only the second half of the class was recorded. I also apologize for the poor sound quality of today's recording.

Your servant,
Rathi Krishna dasa



June 6, 2007

Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 255

Srila Dhanurhdara Swami continues his discussion on the Bhakti Sandarbha with Anuccheda 255.



May 30, 2007

Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 253

Srila Dhanurhdara Swami continues his discussion on the Bhakti Sandarbha with Anuccheda 253.



May 23, 2007

Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 251

Srila Dhanurhdara Swami continues his discussion on the Bhakti Sandarbha with Anuccheda 251.



May 16, 2007

Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 248

Srila Dhanurhdara Swami continues his discussion on the Bhakti Sandarbha with Anuccheda 248.



May 9, 2007

Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 247

Srila Dhanurhdara Swami continues his discussion on the Bhakti Sandarbha with Anuccheda 247.



May 2, 2007

Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 243

Srila Dhanurhdara Swami continues his discussion on the Bhakti Sandarbha with Anuccheda 243.



April 18, 2007

Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 240

Srila Dhanurhdara Swami continues his discussion on the Bhakti Sandarbha with Anuccheda 240.

Note: I must apologize for the quality of the recording. I had many technical difficulties today and missed the first 5 or 10 minutes of the class. Pardon the inconvenience. ys, rkd.



April 11, 2007

Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 239

Srila Dhanurhdara Swami continues his discussion on the Bhakti Sandarbha with Anuccheda 239.



April 4, 2007

Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 238

Srila Dhanurhdara Swami continues his discussion on the Bhakti Sandarbha with Anuccheda 238.



March 28, 2007

Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 238

Srila Dhanurhdara Swami continues his discussion on the Bhakti Sandarbha with Anuccheda 238 where the importance of proper sadhusanga is discussed.



March 21, 2007

Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 237

Srila Dhanurhdara Swami continues his discussion on the Bhakti Sandarbha with Anuccheda 237.

[Unfortunately, I missed the first 10-15 minutes of the class. My apologies for the inconvenience. ys, rkd.]



March 14, 2007

Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 236

Srila Dhanurhdara Swami continues his discussion on the Bhakti Sandarbha with Anuccheda 236.



March 7, 2007

Bhakti Sandarbha Anuccheda 235

In today's class, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami's begins with Bhakti Sandarbha. The Bhakti Sandarbha is the fifth part of the Sad Sandarbha (six sandarbhas) which was originally started by Srila Gopal Bhatta Gosvami but then expanded upon and completed by Srila Jiva Gosvami.

The Sad Sandarbha's six parts are as follows.

  1. Tattva Sandarbha - Wherein the different aspects of tattva or truth are explained. It concludes the highest tattva is the Bhagavata Purana, also known as the Srimad Bhagavatam.

  2. Bhagavata Sandarbha - Wherein the distinction of the brahman (impersonal), the paratamta (internal) and the bhagavata (fully personal) aspects of God is made and establishes the bhagavata manifestation as the highest.

  3. Paramatma Sandarbha - Wherein the paramatma or supersoul is discussed. The paramatma is the manifestation of God residing in every living entity's heart.

  4. Krishna Sandarbha - Wherein Krishna is established with scriptural reference as being the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

  5. Bhakti Sandarbha - Wherein bhakti or devotional process to Krishna is explained.

  6. Priti Sandarbha - Wherein prema bhakti is established as the highest form of liberation.

Srila Dhanurhdara Swami starts the class with Anuccheda 235 where the concept of saranagata, surrender, is explained.

For more on this section, please see Srila Dhanurdhara Swami's journal entry from February 1, 2005, entitled Lessons from Bhakti Sandarbha.


February 28, 2007

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 11 Chapter 23 Text 57

On the 25th anniversary of his entering the sannyasa asrama, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami shares his realizations on the sannyasa asrama and tells his own story of taking sannyasa.

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 11 Chapter 23 Text 57

etam sa asthaya paratma-nistham
adhyasitam purvatamair maharsibhih
aham tarisyami duranta-param
tamo mukundanghri-nisevayaiva

TRANSLATION
I shall cross over the insurmountable ocean of nescience by being firmly fixed in the service of the lotus feet of Krsna. This was approved by the previous acaryas, who were fixed in firm devotion to the Lord, Paramatma, the Supreme Personality of Godhead.


January 17, 2007

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 - Prapancatita: Beyond the Material World Text 75

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1: Finding the Essence of the Supreme Lord's Mercy
Prapancatita: Beyond the Material World Text 75

tvat-tatato mad garudaditas ca
sriyo 'pi karunya-visesa-patram
prahlada eva prathito jagatyam
krsnasya bhakto nitaram priyas ca

TRANSLATION
There is a greater recipient of Krsna's mercy than your father, me, and other servants like Garuda, and even the goddess of fortune. His name is Prahlada. He is famous throughout the world as the dearmost devotee of Krsna.



January 10, 2007

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 - Prapancatita: Beyond the Material World Text 1-4

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1: Finding the Essence of the Supreme Lord's Mercy
Prapancatita: Beyond the Material World Text 1-4

sri-pariksid uvaca
bhagavantam baram tatra
bhavavistataya hareh
nrtyantam kirtayantam ca
krta-sankarsanarcanam

bhrsam nandisvaradims ca
slaghamanam nijanugan
pritya sa-jaya-sabdani
gita-vadyani tanvatah

devim cmam prasamsantam
kara-talisu kovidam
durad drstva munir hrsto
'namad vinam ninadayan

paramanugrhito 'si
krsnasyeti muhur muhuh
jagau sarvam samakirtayat
su-svaram samakirtayat

TRANSLATION
Sri Pariksit said: Arriving in Sivaloka, from a distance the sage Narada saw Lord Siva, Sri Hara, who had just finished his worship of Lord Sankarsana, Sri Hari. Entranced in ecstatic love, Lord Siva was dancing and loudly singing the glories of the Lord, while his associates played instrumental music and shouted "Jaya! Jaya!" With great affection he praised his assistants like Nandisvara, as well as the goddess Uma, who was expertly clapping her hands. The sight of all this delighted Narada. Vibrating his vena and nodding his head to show respect, he called out several times, "You are the greatest recipient of Krsna's mercy!" and in a sweet voice he recounted to Lord Siva everything just told to him by their father, Lord Brahma.



January 3, 2007

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 - Divya: In Heaven Text 14

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1: Finding the Essence of the Supreme Lord's Mercy
Divya:In Heaven Text 14

asya na svarga-rajyasya
vrttam vetsi tvam eva kim
kati varan ito daitya-
bhityasmabhir na nirgatam

TRANSLATION
Are you unfamiliar with what ruling heaven means? Don't you know how many times we have had to flee heaven in fear of the Daityas?



December 27, 2006

Brihad Bhagavatamrta Part 1 - Divya: In Heaven Text 7

Brihad Bhagavatamrta
Part 1: Finding the Essence of the Supreme Lord's Mercy
Divya:In Heaven Text 7

sahasra-nayanair asru-
dhara varsantam asane
sviye nisannam tat-parsve
rajantam sva-vibbhutibhih

TRANSLATION
Indra shone forth in his own opulence as he sat on his throne next to the Lord, shedding from his thousand eyes a downpour of tears.


December 20, 2006

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

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


December 13, 2006

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

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

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

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

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


November 29, 2006

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

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

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

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


November 22, 2006

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

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

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

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


November 15, 2006

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

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

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

upavista mudavista
manyamanah krtarthatam
krsnasya dayito 'siti
slaghante sma parasparam

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


November 8, 2006

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

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

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

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


November 1, 2006

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

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

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

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


October 25, 2006

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

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

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

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


October 18, 2006

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

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

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

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


October 11, 2006

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

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

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

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


October 4, 2006

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

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

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

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



September 13, 2006

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 1 Text 140

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 140

sivanandera sange aila kukkura bhagyavan
prabhura carana dekhi' kaila antardhana

TRANSLATION
A dog accompanied Sivananda Sena and the devotees, and that dog was so fortunate that after seeing the lotus feet of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu, it was liberated and went back home, back to Godhead.



September 6, 2006

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 1 Text 137

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 137

sarvabhauma-ghare prabhura bhiksa-paripati
sathira mata kahe, yate randi ha-uk sathi

TRANSLATION
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu was invited to dine at the house of Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya. While He was eating sumptuously, the son-in-law of Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya [the husband of his daughter Sathi] criticized Him. Because of this, Sathi's mother cursed him by praying that Sathi would become a widow. In other words, she cursed her son-in-law to die.



August 30, 2006

Sri Radha-Krpa-Kataksa-Stava-Raja - Srimati Radharani's Appearance Day

In this evening's Radhastami-themed Sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami begins the class with the following verses where Lord Shiva glorifies Srimati Radharani.

sri-radha-krpa-kataksa-stava-raja

munindra-vrnda-vandite tri-loka-soka-harini
prasanna-vaktra-pankaje nikunja-bhu-vilasini
vrajendra-bhanu-nandini vrajendra-sunu-sangate
kada karisyasiha mam krpa-kataksa-bhajanam
||1||

asoka-vrksa-vallari-vitana-mandapa-sthite
pravala-vala-pallava prabha ’runanghri-komale
varabhaya-sphurat-kare prabhuta-sampadalaye
kada karisyasiha mam krpa-kataksa-bhajanam
||2||

ananga-ranga mangala-prasanga-bhangura-bhruvam
savibhramam-sasambhramam drganta-bana-patanai
nirantaram vasi-krta-pratiti-nanda-nandane
kada karisyasiha mam krpa-kataksa-bhajanam
||3||

tadit-suvarna-campaka-pradipta-gaura-vigrahe
mukha-prabha-parasta-koti-saradendu-mandale
vicitra-citra-sancarac-cakora-sava-locane
kada karisyasiha mam krpa-kataksa-bhajanam
||4||

madonmadati-yauvane pramoda-mana-mandite
priyanuraga-ranjite kala-vilasa-pandite
ananya-dhanya-kunja-rajya-kama keli-kovide
kada karisyasiha mam krpa-kataksa-bhajanam
||5||

asesa-hava-bhava-dhira-hira-hara-bhusite
prabhuta-sata-kumbha-kumbha-kumbhi kumbha-sustani
prasasta-manda-hasya-curna-purna-saukhya-sagare
kada karisyasiha mam krpa-kataksa-bhajanam
||6||

mrnala-vala-vallari taranga-ranga-dor-late
latagra-lasya-lola-nila-locanavalokane
lalal-lulan-milan-manojna mugdha-mohanasrite
kada karisyasiha mam krpa-kataksa-bhajanam
||7||

suvarna-malikancita-tri-rekha-kambu-kanthage
tri-sutra-mangali-guna-tri-ratna-dipti-didhiti
salola-nila-kuntala prasuna-guccha-gumphite
kada karisyasiha mam krpa-kataksa-bhajanam
||8||

nitamba-bimba-lambamana-puspa-mekhala-gune
prasasta-ratna-kinkini-kalapa-madhya manjule
karindra-sunda-dandika-varoha-saubhagoruke
kada karisyasiha mam krpa-kataksa-bhajanam
||9||

aneka-mantra-nada-manju-nupura-rava-skhalat
samaja-raja-hamsa-vamsa-nikvanati-gaurave
vilola-hema-vallari-vidambi-caru-cankrame
kada karisyasiha mam krpa-kataksa-bhajanam
||10||

ananta-koti-visnu-loka-namra-padmajarcite
himadrija-pulomaja-virincaja-vara-prade
apara-siddhi-rddhi-digdha-sat-padanguli-nakhe
kada karisyasiha mam krpa-kataksa-bhajanam
||11||

makhesvari kriyesvari svadhesvari suresvari
triveda-bharatisvari pramana-sasanesvari
ramesvari ksamesvari pramoda kananesvari
vrajesvari vrajadhipe sri radhike namo ’stu te
||12||

iti mam adbhutam-stavam nisamya bhanu-nandini
karotu santatam janam krpa-kataksa-bhajanam
bhavet tadaiva-sancita-tri-rupa-karma-nasanam
bhavet tada-vrajendra-sunu-mandala-pravesanam
||13||

rakayam ca sitastamyam dasamyam ca visuddha-dhih |
ekadasyam trayodasyam yah pathet sa svayam sivah ||14||

yam yam kamayate kamam tam tam apnoti sadhakah |
radha-krpa-kataksena bhuktvante moksam apnuyat ||15||

uru-daghne nabhi-daghne hrd-daghne kanta-daghnake |
radha-kunda-jale sthita yah pathet sadhakah satam ||16||

tasya sarvartha-siddhih syad vak-samarthyam tatha labhet |
aisvaryam ca labhet saksad drsa pasyati radhikam ||17||

tena sa tat-ksanad eva tusta datte mahavaram
|
yena pasyati netrabhyam tat-priyam syamasundaram ||18||

nitya-lila-pravesam ca dadati sri-vrajadhipah |
atah parataram prarthyam vaisnavasya na vidyate ||19||

iti srimad-urdhvamnaye sri-radhikayah krpa-kataksa-stotram sampurnam
|



August 16, 2006

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10 Chapter 3 Texts 1-5 - Krishna's Appearance Day

Sri Krishna Janmastami - The Appearance Day of Lord Krishna

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 10 Chapter 3 Text 1-5

sri-suka uvaca
atha sarva-gunopetah
kalah parama-sobhanah
yarhy evajana-janmarksam
santarksa-graha-tarakam
disah prasedur gaganam
nirmalodu-ganodayam
mahi mangala-bhuyistha-
pura-grama-vrajakara
nadyah prasanna-salila
hrada jalaruha-sriyah
dvijali-kula-sannada-
stavaka vana-rajayah
vavau vayuh sukha-sparsah
punya-gandhavahah sucih
agnayas ca dvijatinam
santas tatra samindhata
manamsy asan prasannani
sadhunam asura-druham
jayamane 'jane tasmin
nedur dundubhayah samam

TRANSLATION
Thereafter, at the auspicious time for the appearance of the Lord, the entire universe was surcharged with all the qualities of goodness, beauty and peace. The constellation Rohini appeared, as did stars like Asvini. The sun, the moon and the other stars and planets were very peaceful. All directions appeared extremely pleasing, and the beautiful stars twinkled in the cloudless sky. Decorated with towns, villages, mines and pasturing grounds, the earth seemed all-auspicious. The rivers flowed with clear water, and the lakes and vast reservoirs, full of lilies and lotuses, were extraordinarily beautiful. In the trees and green plants, full of flowers and leaves, pleasing to the eyes, birds like cuckoos and swarms of bees began chanting with sweet voices for the sake of the demigods. A pure breeze began to blow, pleasing the sense of touch and bearing the aroma of flowers, and when the brahmanas engaging in ritualistic ceremonies ignited their fires according to Vedic principles, the fires burned steadily, undisturbed by the breeze. Thus when the birthless Lord Visnu, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, was about to appear, the saints and brahmanas, who had always been disturbed by demons like Kamsa and his men, felt peace within the core of their hearts, and kettledrums simultaneously vibrated from the upper planetary system.



August 9, 2006

Nectar of Devotion Chapter 41: Fraternal Devotion - Balarama's Appearance Day

Balarama Purnima - The Appearance Day of Lord Balarama

Nectar of Devotion
Chapter 41: Fraternal Devotion

One devotee described the personal beauty of Baladeva as follows "Let me take shelter of the lotus feet of Balarama, whose beauty is enhanced by the earrings touching His cheeks. His face is decorated with tilaka made from kasturi [musk], and His broad chest is decorated with a garland of gunja [small conchshells]. His complexion is as white as an autumn cloud, He wears garments of blue color, and His voice is very grave. His arms are very long, touching His thighs, and He has shown His great strength by killing the Pralamba demon. Let me take shelter of this chivalrous Balarama."

Baladeva's affection for Krsna is illustrated in this statement to Subala: "My dear friend, please inform Krsna not to go to Kaliya's lake today. Today is His birthday, and so I wish to go along with mother Yasoda to bathe Him. Tell Him He should not leave the house today." This shows how Balarama, Krsna's elder brother, took care of Krsna with parental love, within the scope of fraternal affection.




August 2, 2006

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 1 Text 130

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 130

damodara-svarupa-milane parama ananda
sikhi-mahiti-milana, raya bhavananda

TRANSLATION
Eventually there was a meeting with Svarupa Damodara Gosvami, and the Lord became very greatly pleased. Then there was a meeting with Sikhi Mahiti and with Bhavananda Raya, the father of Ramananda Raya.



July 26, 2006

Caintanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 1 Text 128

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 128

raja-ajna lana tenho aila kata dine
ratri-dine krsna-katha ramananda-sane

TRANSLATION
Upon the order of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, Sri Ramananda Raya took leave of the King and returned to Jagannatha Puri. After he arrived, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu very much enjoyed talking with him both day and night about Lord Krsna and His pastimes.



July 19, 2006

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 1 Text 120

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 120

brahma-samhita, karnamrta, dui punthi pana
dui pustaka lana aila uttama janina

TRANSLATION
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu also found two other books -- namely, the Brahma-samhita and Krsna-karnamrta. Knowing these books to be excellent, He took them to present to His devotees.



July 12, 2006

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 1 Text 112

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 112

tabe bhattathari haite krsna-dasera uddhara
rama-japi vipra-mukhe krsna-nama pracara

TRANSLATION
After this, Krsnadasa, the servant of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu, was delivered from the clutches of a Bhattathari. Caitanya Mahaprabhu then preached that Lord Krsna's name should also be chanted by brahmanas who were accustomed to chanting Lord Rama's name.



July 5, 2006

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 1 Text 110

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 110

caturmasya tanha prabhu sri-vaisnavera sane
gonaila nrtya-gita-krsna-sankirtane

TRANSLATION
Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu passed the Caturmasya months with the Sri Vaisnavas, singing, chanting the holy name and dancing.



June 28, 2006

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 1 Text 105 (Continued)

In this evening's class, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami continues with Text 105 of the Caitanya-caritamrta, Madhya-lila.


June 21, 2006

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 1 Text 104

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 104

godavari-tira-vane vrndavana-bhrama
ramananda raya saha tahani milana

TRANSLATION
Once the Lord mistook the forest on the bank of the river Godavari to be Vrndavana. In that place He happened to meet Ramananda Raya.



June 14, 2006

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila Chapter 6 Text 12

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila
Chapter 6 Text 12

ei-mata vihare gaura lana bhakta-gana
raghunatha-milana ebe suna, bhakta-gana

TRANSLATION
The Lord thus enjoyed His life with His devotees. O devotees of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, now hear how Raghunatha dasa Gosvami met the Lord.



June 7, 2006

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila Chapter 6 Text 8

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila
Chapter 6 Text 8

tanra sukha-hetu sange rahe dui jana
krsna-rasa-sloka-gite karena santvana

TRANSLATION
Two people -- Ramananda Raya and Svarupa Damodara Gosvami -- stayed with the Lord to pacify Him by reciting various verses about Krsna's pastimes and by singing appropriate songs for His satisfaction.



May 31, 2006

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 1 Text 103

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 103

jiyada-nrsimhe kaila nrsimha-stavana
pathe-pathe grame-grame nama-pravartana

TRANSLATION
After visiting Kurma-ksetra, the Lord visited the South Indian temple of Jiyada-nrsimha and offered His prayers to Lord Nrsimhadeva. On His way, He introduced the chanting of the Hare Krsna maha-mantra in every village.



May 24, 2006

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 1 Text 99

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 99

sarvabhauma lana gela apana-bhavana
trtiya prahare prabhura ha-ila cetana

TRANSLATION
After Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu saw Lord Jagannatha in the temple and fell down unconscious, Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya took Him to his home. The Lord remained unconscious until the afternoon, when He finally regained His consciousness.



May 17, 2006

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 1 Text 97 (Continued)

In today's class, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami continues with Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 1Text 97.



May 10, 2006

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 1 Texts 95-96

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 95

mata bhakta-ganera tahan karila milana
sarva samadhana kari' kaila niladri-gamana

TRANSLATION
At the house of Advaita Prabhu, He met His mother as well as all the devotees from Mayapura. He adjusted everything and then went to Jagannatha Puri.

Text 96

pathe nana lila-rasa, deva-darasana
madhava-purira katha, gopala-sthapana

TRANSLATION
On the way toward Jagannatha Puri, Caitanya Mahaprabhu performed many other pastimes. He visited various temples and heard the story about Madhavendra Puri and the installation of Gopala.



May 3, 2006

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 1 Texts 84-87

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 84

ya te lila-rasa-parimalodgari-vanyaparita
dhanya ksauni vilasati vrta mathuri madhuribhih
tatrasmabhis catula-pasupi-bhava-mugdhantarabhih
samvitas tvam kalaya vadanollasi-venur viharam

TRANSLATION
The gopis continued, "Dear Krsna, the fragrance of the mellows of Your pastimes is spread throughout the forests of the glorious land of Vrndavana, which is surrounded by the sweetness of the district of Mathura. In the congenial atmosphere of that wonderful land, You may enjoy Your pastimes, with Your flute dancing on Your lips, and surrounded by us, the gopis, whose hearts are always enchanted by unpredictable ecstatic emotions."

Text 85

ei-mata mahaprabhu dekhi' jagannathe
subhadra-sahita dekhe, vamsi nahi hate

TRANSLATION
In this way, when Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu saw Jagannatha, He saw that the Lord was with His sister Subhadra and was not holding a flute in His hand.

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April 26, 2006

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 1 Texts 79-81

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 79

raja-vesa, hati, ghoda, manusya gahana
kahan gopa-vesa, kahan nirjana vrndavana

TRANSLATION
She thought of Him in the calm and quiet atmosphere of Vrndavana, dressed as a cowherd boy. But at Kuruksetra He was in a royal dress and was accompanied by elephants, horses and crowds of men. Thus the atmosphere was not congenial for Their meeting.

Text 80

sei bhava, sei krsna, sei vrndavana
yabe pai, tabe haya vanchita purana

TRANSLATION
Thus meeting with Krsna and thinking of the Vrndavana atmosphere, Radharani longed for Krsna to take Her to Vrndavana again to fulfill Her desire in that calm atmosphere.

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April 19, 2006

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 1 Texts 68-72

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 68

uthi' mahaprabhu tanre capada mariya
kahite lagila kichu kolete kariya

TRANSLATION
When Rupa Gosvami fell down like a rod, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu got up and gave him a slap. Then, taking him on His lap, He began to speak to him.


Text 69

mora slokera abhipraya na jane kona jane
mora manera katha tumi janile kemane

TRANSLATION
"No one knows the purport of My verse," Caitanya Mahaprabhu said. "How could you understand My intention?"

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April 12, 2006

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 1 Text 52-55

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 52

nirantara ratri-dina viraha unmade
hase, kande, nace, gaya parama visade

TRANSLATION
In the attitude of separation, Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu appeared mad both day and night. Sometimes He laughed, and sometimes He cried; sometimes He danced, and sometimes He chanted in great sorrow.

Text 53

ye kale karena jagannatha darasana
mane bhave, kuruksetre panachi milana

TRANSLATION
At those times, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu would visit Lord Jagannatha. Then His feelings exactly corresponded to those of the gopis when they saw Krsna at Kuruksetra after long separation. Krsna had come to Kuruksetra with His brother and sister to visit.

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April 5, 2006

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 1 Text 46

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 46

prathama vatsare advaitadi bhakta-gana
prabhure dekhite kaila, niladri gamana

TRANSLATION
The first year after Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu accepted the renounced order of life, all the devotees, headed by Sri Advaita Prabhu, went to see the Lord at Jagannatha Puri.



March 29, 2006

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 1 Text 41

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 41

laghu-bhagavatamrtadi ke karu ganana
sarvatra karila vraja-vilasa varnana

TRANSLATION
Who can count the rest of the books (headed by the Laghu-bhagavatamrta) written by Srila Rupa Gosvami? He has described the pastimes of Vrndavana in all of them.



March 22, 2006

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 1 Text 31-34

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 31

tabe prabhu vraje pathaila rupa-sanatana
prabhu-ajnaya dui bhai aila vrndavana

TRANSLATION
Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu then sent the two brothers Srila Rupa Gosvami and Srila Sanatana Gosvami to Vraja. By His order, they went to Sri Vrndavana-dhama

Text 32

bhakti pracariya sarva-tirtha prakasila
madana-gopala-govindera seva pracarila

TRANSLATION
After going to Vrndavana, the brothers preached devotional service and discovered many places of pilgrimage. They specifically initiated the service of Madana-mohana and Govindaji.

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March 15, 2006

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 1 Text 14

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 14

bhakti kari' sire dhari tanhara carana
sesa-lilara sutra-gana kariye varnana

TRANSLATION
Placing his lotus feet upon my head in great devotion, I shall now describe in summary the Lord's final pastimes.



March 8, 2006

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 1 Text 3-5

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 3-5

jayatam suratau pangor
mama manda-mater gati
mat-sarvasva-padambhojau
radha-madana-mohanau

TRANSLATION
Glory to the all-merciful Radha and Madana-mohana! I am lame and ill advised, yet They are my directors, and Their lotus feet are everything to me.


divyad-vrndaranya-kalpa-drumadhah-
srimad-ratnagara-simhasana-sthau
srimad-radha-srila-govinda-devau
presthalibhih sevyamanau smarami


TRANSLATION
In a temple of jewels in Vrndavana, underneath a desire tree, Sri Sri Radha-Govinda, served by Their most confidential associates, sit upon an effulgent throne. I offer my humble obeisances unto Them.

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March 1, 2006

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila Chapter 1 Text 2

Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 2

vande sri-krsna-caitanya-
nityanandau sahoditau
gaudodaye puspavantau
citrau san-dau tamo-nudau

TRANSLATION
I offer my respectful obeisances unto Sri Krsna Caitanya and Lord Nityananda, who are like the sun and moon. They have arisen simultaneously on the horizon of Gauda to dissipate the darkness of ignorance and thus wonderfully bestow benediction upon all.


February 15, 2006

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.23 Conclusion

In today's class, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami concludes Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10 Chapter 23, The Brahmanas' Wives Blessed.

Text 46

anyatha purna-kamasya
kaivalyady-asisam pateh
isitavyaih kim asmabhir
isasyaitad vidambanam

TRANSLATION
Otherwise, why would the supreme controller -- whose every desire is already fulfilled and who is the master of liberation and all other transcendental benedictions -- enact this pretense with us, who are always to be controlled by Him?

Text 47

hitvanyan bhajate yam srih
pada-sparsasayasakrt
svatma-dosapavargena
tad-yacna jana-mohini

TRANSLATION
Hoping for the touch of His lotus feet, the goddess of fortune perpetually worships Him alone, leaving aside all others and renouncing her pride and fickleness. That He begs is certainly astonishing to everyone.

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February 8, 2006

Preview: Conclusion of The Brahmanas' Wives Blessed

In tonight's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami gives a preview of next week's class for the conclusion of Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10 Chapter 23: The Brahmanas' Wives Blessed.


January 25, 2006

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.23.33-37

Text 33

sravanad darsanad dhyanan
mayi bhavo 'nukirtanat
na tatha sannikarshena
pratiyata tato grihan

TRANSLATION
It is by hearing about Me, seeing My Deity form, meditating upon Me and chanting My names and glories that love for Me develops, not by physical proximity. Therefore please go back to your homes.

Text 34

sri-suka uvaca
ity ukta dvija-patnyas ta
yajna-vatam punar gatah
te canasuyavas tabhih
stribhih satram aparayan

TRANSLATION
Srila Sukadeva Gosvami said: Thus instructed, the wives of the brahmanas returned to the place of sacrifice. The brahmanas did not find any fault with their wives, and together with them they finished the sacrifice.

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January 18, 2006

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.23.30-32

Text 30

grihnanti no na patayah pitarau suta va
na bhratri-bandhu-suhridah kuta eva canye
tasmad bhavat-prapadayoh patitatmanam no
nanya bhaved gatir arindama tad vidhehi

TRANSLATION
Our husbands, fathers, sons, brothers, other relatives and friends will no longer take us back, and how could anyone else be willing to give us shelter? Therefore, since we have thrown ourselves at Your lotus feet and have no other destination, please, O chastiser of enemies, grant our desire.

Text 31

sri-bhagavan uvaca
patayo nabhyasuyeran
pitri-bhratri-sutadayah
lokas ca vo mayopeta
deva apy anumanvate

TRANSLATION
The Supreme Personality of Godhead replied: Rest assured that your husbands will not be inimical toward you, nor will your fathers, brothers, sons, other relatives or the general populace. I will personally advise them of the situation. Indeed, even the demigods will express their approval.

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January 11, 2006

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.23.27-29

Text 27

prana-buddhi-manah-svatma
darapatya-dhanadayah
yat-samparkat priya asams
tatah ko nv aparah priyah

TRANSLATION
It is only by contact with the self that one's vital breath, intelligence, mind, friends, body, wife, children, wealth and so on are dear. Therefore what object can possibly be more dear than one's own self?

Text 28

tad yata deva-yajanam
patayo vo dvijatayah
sva-satram parayishyanti
yushmabhir griha-medhinah

TRANSLATION
You should thus return to the sacrificial arena, because your husbands, the learned brahmanas, are householders and need your assistance to finish their respective sacrifices.

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January 4, 2006

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.23.24-26

Text 24

tas tatha tyakta-sarvasah
prapta atma-didrikshaya
vijnayakhila-drig-drashta
praha prahasitananah

TRANSLATION
Lord Krishna, 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.

Text 25

svagatam vo maha-bhaga
asyatam karavama kim
yan no didrikshaya prapta
upapannam idam hi vah

TRANSLATION
[Lord Krishna said:] Welcome, O most fortunate ladies. Please sit down and make yourselves comfortable. What can I do for you? That you have come here to see Me is most appropriate.

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December 21, 2005

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.23.12-19

Text 12

na te yad om iti procur
na neti ca parantapa
gopa nirasah pratyetya
tathocuh krishna-ramayoh

TRANSLATION
When the brahmanas failed to reply even with a simple yes or no, O chastiser of the enemy [Parikshit], the cowherd boys returned disappointed to Krishna and Rama and reported this to Them.

Text 13

tad upakarnya bhagavan
prahasya jagad-isvarah
vyajahara punar gopan
darsayan laukikim gatim

TRANSLATION
Hearing what had happened, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the Lord of the universe, simply laughed. Then He again addressed the cowherd boys, showing them the way men act in this world.

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December 14, 2005

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.23.10-11

Text 10-11

desah kalah prithag dravyam
mantra-tantrartvijo 'gnayah
devata yajamanas ca
kratur dharmas ca yan-mayah
tam brahma paramam sakshad
bhagavantam adhokshajam
manushya-drishtya dushprajna
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 Krishna 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.


December 7, 2005

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.23.7-9

Text 7

gas carayantav avidura odanam
ramacyutau vo lashato bubhukshitau
tayor dvija odanam arthinor yadi
sraddha ca vo yacchata dharma-vittamah

TRANSLATION
Lord Rama and Lord Acyuta are tending Their cows not far from here. They are hungry and want you to give Them some of your food. Therefore, O brahmanas, O best of the knowers of religion, if you have faith please give some food to Them.

Text 8

dikshayah pasu-samsthayah
sautramanyas ca sattamah
anyatra dikshitasyapi
nannam asnan hi dushyati

TRANSLATION
Except during the interval between the initiation of the performer of a sacrifice and the actual sacrifice of the animal, O most pure brahmanas, it is not contaminating for even the initiated to partake of food, at least in sacrifices other than the Sautramani.

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November 30, 2005

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.23.5-6

Text 5

ity adishta bhagavata
gatva yacanta te tatha
kritanjali-puta vipran
danda-vat patita bhuvi

TRANSLATION
Thus instructed by the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the cowherd boys went there and submitted their request. They stood before the brahmanas with palms joined in supplication and then fell flat on the ground to offer respect.

Text 6

he bhumi-devah srinuta
krishnasyadesa-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 Krishna, and we have been sent here by Balarama. We wish all good for you. Please acknowledge our arrival.


November 23, 2005

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.23.3-4

Text 3

prayata deva-yajanam
brahmana brahma-vadinah
satram angirasam nama
hy asate svarga-kamyaya


TRANSLATION
[Lord Krishna said:] Please go to the sacrificial arena where a group of brahmanas, learned in the Vedic injunctions, are now performing the Angirasa sacrifice to gain promotion to heaven.

Text 4

tatra gatvaudanam gopa
yacatasmad-visarjitah
kirtayanto bhagavata
aryasya mama cabhidham


TRANSLATION
When you go there, My dear cowherd boys, simply request some food. Declare to them the name of My elder brother, the Supreme Lord Balarama, and also My name, and explain that you have been sent by Us.



November 16, 2005

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.23.1-2

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.


Text2

sri-suka uvaca
iti vijnapito gopair
bhagavan devaki-sutah
bhaktaya vipra-bharyayah
prasidann idam abravit


TRANSLATION
Sukadeva Gosvami said: Thus entreated by the cowherd boys, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the son of Devaki, replied as follows, desiring to please certain of His devotees who were brahmanas' wives.