Vol 1 Issue 6
TALKS OF GOKUL Krsner-Matirastu
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Occasions Of The Month Glories of Appearance and Disappearance of devotees:In Vaishnavisim, the appearance and disappearance of acharyas are both occasions of celebrations. The appearance of an exalted devotee is auspicious and inspirational because we get to associate with the teachings of an Acharya who explains the principles of bhakti to us. By following the directions and trying to live the philosophy explained by them, we can attempt to perfect our spiritual life. It is only by the association of these acharyas that we inculcate many devotional qualities, which would further help us in the path of attaining love of Godhead. An Acharya never ceases to be. He always lives in His instructions. All Acharyas â€œlive forever in their instructions and the follower lives with them.â€? Their disappearance from this material world signifies their going back and joining the Eternal pastimes of the Lord. Therefore, the disappearance of an Acharya is also worthy of celebration. While we lament the loss of their divine association, we also rejoice their going back to Godhead to eternal happiness. By:- Vrinda Dhasmana
Madhavacharya was a Hindu philosopher and the main proponent of the dual branch of Vedanta. He is a very important Acharya in our Guru Parampara. In fact, he is fifth in our bonafide Guru Parampara, and he has received knowledge of the Absolute truth from none other than Vyasa Deva, who is an empowered incarnation of Vayu Deva. Madhvacharya also established the deity of Udupi-Krishna, who is still worshipped in Udupi. Madhavacharya was undefeatable in Vedic debates as well physical power. He was powerful preacher and a born devotee. We should all try and follow in his footsteps.
By:- Vrinda Dhasmana
Devotional Art Gaurangi
Keshva Sethi Gaurangi
Learnings from Tales Old Woman and the wooden sticks There was an old woman who lived all alone. She was very poor. She used to go to the forest every day to collect wooden sticks, then she would bind them in a bundle, and carry them to her house. She would then sell them and make money. As she was old, her back used to ache when she used to bend and pick up the wooden sticks. Her arms used to hurt when she used to pick up the bundle of sticks and carry them on her head. Then one day, when she bound the sticks and picked them up, then suddenly the bundle slipped from her hand, and all the precious wooden sticks she had gathered with such difficulty, shattered on the ground and flew in all directions. The old woman looked a picture of misery. Tears started running down her cheeks and she prayed to God for help. Her prayers were so sincere the God Himself appeared in front of her. He asked, “Dear lady, why do you cry? How can I help you?” The old woman said, “God, I am very sad! All the precious wooden sticks which I had gathered with such difficulty have flew in all directions! My back aches and I can’t go around and pick all of them up again. Oh, do help me God!” God asked, “What do you want to me to do?” She said, “Dear God, kindly pick up all the wooden sticks which have shattered to the ground, bind them on a bundle and put them back on my head!”
Moral:MATERIAL DESIRES HAVE STRONGLY BOUND AND BLINDED US, AND JUST LIKE THE FOOLISH, OLD WOMAN, WE ASK KRISHNA FOR SILLY, UNSENSBLE DESIRES. WE DON’T UNDERSTAND THAT WE SHOULD ASK FOR HIS MERCY. IF HIS MERCY IS ALWAYS WITH US, THEN WE WILL CERTAINLY BE FREED FROM THE BINDINGS OF MIND AND MATERIAL CONSCIOUNESS. By:- Vrinda Dhasmana
Sloka Memorization BG Chapter-8 Text-6
यं यं वा प मर भावं यज य ते कलेवरम् । तं तमेवै त कौ तेय सदा त ावभा वत: ॥ yaṁ yaṁ vāpi smaran bhāvaṁtyajaty ante kalevaramtaṁ tam evaiti kaunteyasadā tad-bhāva-bhāvitaḥ
Translation Whatever state of being one remembers when he quits his body, O son of Kuntī, that state he will attain without fail.
Fun of Vrindavan Riddle Fiddle 6
1. In Bhagwat Gita the 3 phases of absolute truth are compared to? (mention the example given in BG) 2. Which incarnation of Krishna enteres into every thing as paramatma? 3. Name the 4 bonafide sampradayas 4. Prajapati Dakshâ€™s head was replaced by whose head? 5. Name the two main rivers of Kailash. 6. Who was Murari Gupta in Rama lila? 7. What does 'Krishna' mean? 8. The crane demon who was killed by Krishna. 9. Which type of yoga is recommended for the age of Kali? 10. Who is the author of Vedant-Sutra?
By:- Gaurang Arora
From Srila Prabhupada's Life
Srila Prabhupada did not need anything from us, but he mercifully showed us the proper way to honor a guest, what to speak of the spiritual master. By:- Gauranga Grover
Word Search 12 forests are covered during Vraj Mandal Parikrama.
Mahavana Kamyavana Madhuvana Talavana Kumudavana Bhandirvana Vrindavana Khadiravana Lohavana Bhadravana
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By:- Arindam Sharma
Vedic Heros Lord Siva Lord Shiva is the best of all devotees. Therefore all devotees of Lord Krsna are also devotees of Lord Shiva. In Vrindavana there is Lord Shiva’s temple called Gopishvara. The gopis used to worship not only Lord Shiva but Katyayani, or Durga, as well, but their aim was to attain the favor of Lord Krsna. A devotee of Lord Krsna does not disrespect Lord Shiva, but worships Lord Shiva as the most exalted devotee of Lord Krsna. Consequently whenever a devotee worships Lord Shiva, he prays to Lord Shiva to achieve the favor of Krsna, and he does not request material profit. In Bhagavad-gita (7.20) it is said that generally people worship demigods for some material profit. Driven by material lust, they worship demigods, but a devotee never does so, for he is never driven by material lust. That is the difference between a devotee’s respect for Lord Shiva and an asura’s respect for him. The asura worships Lord Shiva, takes some benediction from him, misuses the benediction and ultimately is killed by the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who awards him liberation. Lord Shiva, or Rudra, is the king of the ghosts. Ghostly characters worship Lord Shiva to be gradually guided toward a path of self- realization. Mayavadi philosophers are mostly worshipers of Lord Shiva because Sripada Sankaracarya is considered to be the incarnation of Lord Shiva for preaching godlessness to the Mayavadi philosophers. However, there are some compositions of Sankaracharya in the glories of Lord Krishna, though he preached impersonalism. By:- Bavini Kapoor
Recipe for Devotion Vanilla Cake Ingredients:250 gram flour 2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda pinch of salt condensed milk (1 tin) 100 gm butter softened 1 cup water vanilla essence
Cooking Method:Preheat the oven at 180 degree C line two 6 inch round pan. In a bowl, shift the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In a new bowl combine all the wet ingredients. Mix the wet with the dry until well combined. Pour in the tin and bake for 25-30 min until soft and spongy on touch
Offer it to the lord and honor it as Prasadam
Many Moons HH Jayapataka Swami Jayapataka Swami was born as John Gordan Erdman on April 9, 1949 (the ekadasi after ramanavami) in Milwaukee, USA. He was born into a opulent family. When he joined Brown University as a fresh enrollee and heard a guest lecture on the life of Buddha that he lost all interest in his studies and began searching for a spiritual teacher. After some time of searching he met the devotees from ISKCON temple doing kirtan and distributing book at a park. He was so amazed that he joined ISKCON and just after 2 months he took initiation from Srila Prabhupad in 1968 in New York. And in a 2 year’s time he took Sannyas initiation on the day of the most auspicious Radhashtami in 1970, in Calcutta. Srila Jayapataka Swami has a massive popularity, not only in ISKCON and other Gaudiya organizations, but also in the other Vaishnava sects. Many eminent personalities from all walks of life take pleasure in associating with him and consider themselves fortunate even if they happen to get a chance to see him. Srila Jayapataka Maharaj’s contribution to ISKCON is enormous. He is a proven upholder of Gaudiya Vaishnava siddhanta and a protector of ISKCON in many ways. He has written number of books on Vaishnava philosophy elucidating the teachings of the previous Vaishnava acharyas and narrating pastimes of Lord Chaitanya and His eternal associates. Sri Navadvipa Mandal parikrama is a powerful and enlightening program that HH Jayapataka Maharaj has been coordinating since 1972. Srila Prabhupada took pleasure in calling his “Jaya pataka” his victory flag.
This is very significant. A spiritual master of his towering caliber would not use such words without purpose. Jayapataka Swami has indeed lived up to Srila Prabhupada’s expectations and continues to be his victory flag even today. No surprise Srila Prabhupada entrusted to him. ISKCON’s most ambitious, flagship project at Sri Mayapur when he said, “I have given you the kingdom of God. Now develop it”. Lord Krishna’s plan for Srila Jayapataka Swami was completely unknown to the world until he got a deadly brain stroke in October 2008. For ISKCON, as if the world had come to a halt. He collapsed and went into a frightening slumber for few days. Doctors gave up but the “victory flag” of Srila Prabhupada didn’t give up. He fought with death. He fought valiantly. By his Himalayan will-power, prayers of devotees and the ultimate sweet will of Lord Krishna, he emerged victorious. He returned to Sri Mayapur amidst the cheers and loud chanting and dancing of thousands of devotees. After this, His Holiness Jayapataka maharaj lost the ability to walk on his own. The right side of his body became extremely weak. Despite this, he returned to the preaching field and continues to inspire. He lived for others benefit when he was at the peak of his health and he lives for others’ benefit when he has lost it. This is a quality of maha bhagavat vaishnavas. Lately his body has developed more complications and hospital doctors are in the process of working out the best possible solution for him. We must all always keep him in our prayers so that he may continue to preach and spread Lord Chaitanya’s message while keeping good health.
By:- Pranav Handa
Perfect Question, Perfect Answer Frequently Asked Questions Question - Who am I? Answer:A Simple Test for a Thoughtful person. Am I my head or my face ? No, it is my face. Am I my chest ? No, it is my chest. Am I my arm or my hand ? Am I my leg ? No, it is my leg. All the parts of my body—indeed, my entire body—is mine. But who am I, the owner of the body ? If we perform the experiment as above, we can immediately come to the very first understanding in spiritual life: we are not our bodies; rather we are conscious of them. Under the influence of illusion, however, we falsely identify ourselves with our bodies and think we belong to a certain family, nation, race, religion, political party, and so on. The goal of human life is to awaken from this illusion and become reinstated in our real identities as fully conscious spiritual beings. Our daily lives can be compared to acting in a play. We have become so absorbed with our temporary roles in this play that we have completely forgotten our true offstage identities. Someone is taking the part of our parent, another person is acting as our lover, another as our friend or foe, but actually it is all simply a performance; our real identities are something else. Our very bodies are nothing more than costumes, but out of illusion we identify ourselves with them and try to relate to others on the basis of these costumes. The resulting relationships are not false; they are real, but they are temporary and therefore illusory. When the curtain falls on our play—when death comes—all the different relationships we have cultivated during our lives will be finished, and our real self, an individually conscious spirit soul, will be transferred to a new situation.
Moral:If Namabhasa, contaminated chanting of the holy name is so powerful then what of those devotees who are chanting the pure name? - Srila Prabhupada
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Answers of Last Issue Riddle Fiddle 5 1. Pandukeshwar in Uttrakhand 2. Lord Brahma 3. Urukrama 4. Gadadhar Pandit 5. 4,32,000 years 6. Vishvambhar 7. Bali Maharaj is the grandson of Prahlad Maharaj 8. 360 yeaars 9. Sukhdev Goswami and Parikshit Maharaj (there are however multiple conversation in between) 10. Bali Maharaj, Prahlad Maharaj, Vritasur