The doctrine Of evolution is difficult to hide from. It is so pervasive in textbooks of science, geography, history, and literature that the reader, numbed by repetition, hardly notices the constant drone. Our children need help to remain awake to spiritual life amidst this sleepy cloud of propaganda. We need to teach them the truth. And we need to show them, clearly and specifically, how evolutionists are lying. Does it really matter? Is it important for our children to know the origin of life and the universe? Perhaps they can be clear about spiritual life without bothering to think about Darwin one way or the other. But can they? In most standard modern versions, evolution links tightly with the outlook that all order, law, and life come about by chance. But spiritual life means connecting with the Supreme Spirit, Krishna, who is a person directing the cosmos and giving the seed of life. Also inherent in most of today‚Äôs evolutionary views is the notion that life is a complicated organization of matter. But spiritual life begins when one understands that the self, the essential living being, is irreducibly spirit, always distinct from matter.
Is it possible to achieve a state of complete purity? "It is," Mukunda says, "otherwise it would be a zero sum game." The basic tenet of the Hare Krishnas is that we're not the physical body and that we're all a part of God. "The Hare Krishnas encourage people to love God better, whatever you choose to call god, and be more sincere to whatever they adhere to and to show compassion to all, including all animals. "It's non-sectarian and it's not even a religion. Srila Prabhupada called it a cultural movement for the respiritualisation of society." His devotion and practice over the years has deepened, and what he's starting to realise more and more is that it's non sectarian. Reflecting on the movement's birthday, he says: "The 50th year is a turning point in a person's life and glorified in marriages, anniversaries. "At the time I signed the first document I had no idea it was going to expand and be anything like it is now.
Verses and Praises of Lord Balarama. ‚ÄúO Kesava! O Lord of‚Ä¶
Verses and Praises of Lord Balarama.
“O Kesava! O Lord of the Universe! O Lord Hari, who have assumed the form of Lord Balarama, the wielder of the plow! All glories to You! On Your brilliant white body You wear garments the color of a fresh blue rain cloud. These garments are the color of the River Yamuna, who feels great fear due to the striking of Your plowshare.”
“All glories to Rama-ghata, where Lord Balarama performed His rasa dance. All glories to Lord Balarama, the son of Rohini. All glories, all glories to the residents of Vrndavana.”
“Powerful Lord Balarama is sixteen years old, full of the luster of youth and has a fair complexion the color of crystal. Balarama wears blue garments and a garland of forest flowers. Balarama’s handsome hair is tied in a graceful topknot. Splendid earrings adorn Balarama’s ears. Sri Baladeva’s neck is splendidly decorated with garlands of flowers and strings of jewels. Splendid armlets and bracelets ornament Douji’s graceful and very strong arms. Balarama’s feet are decorated with splendid jeweled anklets. Sri Baladeva is Sri Krsna’s dearest friend. Baladeva is a great reservoir of the nectar mellows of many kinds of transcendental pastimes.”
“Lord Balarama’s beauty is enhanced by the earrings touching His cheeks. Balarama’s face is decorated with tilaka made from musk, and Balarama’s broad chest is ornamented with a garland of gunja. Sri Baladeva’s complexion is as white as an autumn cloud, and He wears blue garments. Balarama’s voice is very grave and His arms are very long, touching His thighs.”
“The splendor of Lord Balarama’s transcendental form eclipses many millions of glistening rising moons, and the slightest scent of His boundless strength is sufficient to destroy many armies of demons. Although He knows the supernatural power of His younger brother, Krsna, still, out of love for Him, Balarama never leaves Krsna alone in the forest even for a moment. I offer my prayers to Lord Balarama, the enemy of Dhenukasura.”
“The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krsna, is the fountainhead of all incarnations. Lord Balarama is His second body. They are both one and the same identity. They differ only in form. He is the first bodily expansion of Krsna, and He assists in Lord Krsna’s transcendental pastimes.
That original Lord Krsna appeared in Navadvipa as Lord Caitanya, and Balarama appeared with Him as Lord Nityananda.
May Sri Nityananda Rama be the object of my constant remembrance. Sankarsana, Sesa Naga and the Visnus who lie on the Karana Ocean, Garbha Ocean and ocean of milk are His plenary portions and the portions of His plenary portions.
Lord Balarama is the original Sankarsana. He assumes five other forms to serve Lord Krsna. He Himself helps in the pastimes of Lord Krsna, and He does the work of creation in four other forms. He executes the orders of Lord Krsna in the work of creation, and in the form of Lord Sesa He serves Krsna in various ways. In all the forms He tastes the transcendental bliss of serving Krsna.
That same Balarama is Lord Nityananda, the companion of Lord Gaurasundara.”
Sanskrit In Croatia: From Sarasvati To Hrvati. For most of the‚Ä¶
Sanskrit In Croatia: From Sarasvati To Hrvati.
For most of the Croatian people (or as they call themselves, Hrvati) when it comes to defining their origins and tracing their ancient roots they turn towards the land of Iran and Persia. According to academia the name Hrvat comes from Hrovat which comes from the Slavic Horvat which originates from the Indo/Slavic Harvat and which is ultimately traced to Persia and the name Harahvaiti.
Harahvaiti however, is the corrupted name of Sarasvati, the great Vedic Goddess, the Mother of Sanskrit, the great river of the Rig Veda and the Goddess of learning. The Persians had a tendency to replace a Sanskrit ‘S’ with a Persian ‘H’, and so the word Haravaiti is actually Sarasvati.
This tendency can be seen in their word for ‘week’, hapta, which is in the Sanskrit sapta meaning week. Their name for the ‘Sun’,Hvar, is the Sanskrit Svar meaning the same. In the Avestan we find the seven rivers of the Aryan land are described as hapta hendu, an obvious corruption of sapta sindhu, the seven rivers of India. Finally there are the rivers of Iran, Haravaiti and Harayu which are the Vedic rivers of Sarasvati and Sarayu. And so if the name of Croat (Hrvat) comes from Harvat and this in turn comes from Harahvaiti, we must conclude that the source is Sarasvati.
Sarasvati is one of many words which are cognate with the Croatian language.
Med is a Croatian word meaning honey and this comes from the Sanskrit Madhu, a name for Krsna. The Russian Medvedev and the Croatian Medvjed both mean ‘honey eater’ a name for the bear and they both come from the Sanskrit Madhava, a name for Krsna which means ‘he who intoxicates like honey’. Below are some of the many similarities which are shared between the Sanskrit and Croatian language.
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Krishna has no father, He has no mother. But He appears in this world with a father and with a mother in almost every incarnation as a wonderful pastime to exchange love with His devotees and to attract our hearts to Him. So Krishna, the original personality of Godhead in the spiritual world expands Himself as Balaram, His first expansion. And Balaram is non-different than Krishna Himself. There is absolutely no difference. But as Balaram, Krishna assists Himself in His loving pastimes. So when we speak of expansion, this is inconceivable to the mind. Because in the spiritual world, Balaram is always existing and Krishna is always existing. Neither One exists before the other.
Janmastami Lila We all like a good story. It makes our day,‚Ä¶
We all like a good story. It makes our day, inspires our heart, and we experience a gamut of emotions. When it comes to Krishna’s birth story He doesn’t disappoint. In Sanskrit, stories about God are called Lila. This is to remind us that His stories are not of the world, although sometimes taking place in the world.
There are many reasons Krishna comes here, and they converge, layer upon layer, story upon story, to create ”Lila”. For his birth Lila, Janmastami, we’ll pick up the action in the prison house of Kamsa, a paranoid selfish king, who created seriously dangerous conditions for the citizens of the world. Krishna’s parents, Vasudeva and Devaki, were imprisoned there – part of Kamsa’s reign of terror as prophecy told that their child would be the ruin of Kamsa. When it was time for Krishna’s birth, his mother was more beautiful than ever before and Kamsa, who was waiting to kill the child, knew that this was the one. His time of waiting was over, and he had his target under lock and key.
The saying “If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans” is appropriate here. And Krishna says in the Gita, “Of cheaters, I am the greatest cheat.” So while Kamsa was sleeping, Krishna took birth quietly in the darkness of the midnight hour. To protect Him from Kamsa he was concealed in a basket and taken from the prison, carried across a wild and raging river, and brought to a small village called Gokul. There he was exchanged with a baby girl; she was returned to the prison house.
The baby girl, of course, was no ordinary one. This was Yogamaya, the powerful energy of Krishna. The following day, when Kamsa came to claim the newborn, she was ready. Being so fearful that this was the child who was destined to kill him, he took her from her mother and got ready to smash the delicate child on the ground. But Yogamaya slipped from his hands, took on her real form, and told Kamsa the real Krishna was elsewhere. Krishna was safe, Kamsa was devastated, and his parents elated.
More than just coming to remove the pride of the foolishly arrogant and greedy rulers, Krishna comes to delight, rescue, entertain and enliven his devotees. To those who depend on Him he brings Himself into their lives in thrilling scenes of last minute rescues and dramatic endings. This churns emotions and pulls the hearts of all who love Him. And we are also brought into these Lilas just by our very listening to them, our reflection and appreciation of them, and our growing affection for them.
Janmastami comes but once a year, but if we let the Lila sink in we can access the relationship that’s open to us with Krishna long after the bells are quiet and the midnight songs are sung. Being part of Krishna’s story will bring light and sunshine into our own. That’s the power of Lila.
Please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
We at the TOVP would like to extend to you our warmest wishes on Sri Krsna Janmastami, the most auspicious appearance day of Lord Krsna. When the world was in chaos, Krsna personally came to annihilate the demons and to deliver his devotees. He displayed the sweetness and grandeur of his pastimes, gave us the Bhagavad-Gita, and established His devotee Yudhisthira as the emperor of the world. He famously promised:
‚ÄúOne who knows the transcendental nature of My appearance and activities does not, upon leaving the body, take his birth again in this material world, but attains My eternal abode, O Arjuna.‚ÄĚ
Whenever Srila Prabhupada spoke on Janmastami he would begin with this verse, and throughout his books and lectures he quoted it over 730 times. He made it his life‚Äôs mission to preach about Krsna. He taught us that Krsna is the Absolute Truth, the original source of creation and the cause of all causes. He is eternally young, all-knowing, and always blissful. All truth, opulence, fame, strength, wisdom and beauty emanate from Him.
‚ÄúThe purpose of this Krsna consciousness movement is to inform everyone that no one is superior to Krsna, God.‚ÄĚ
Teachings of Lord Kapila 1
In 1966, Srila Prabhupada celebrated Janmastami in New York with only a small band of fledgling devotees, but today on ISKCON‚Äôs 50th anniversary year, millions of people all over the world attend our festivals and hear Krsna‚Äôs message. Janmastami marks the beginning of an eternal life of loving devotional service. It‚Äôs an opportunity to bring Krsna into the center of our lives by hearing, remembering and discussing His nature and pastimes. By molding our lives in this way, and by engaging our words, activities and resources as much as possible in Krsna‚Äôs service, we will surely receive the unlimited mercy that Krsna came to this world to give us.
‚ÄúWith the appearance of Ňörńę KŠĻõŠĻ£ŠĻáa within our heart, we become cleansed of the impurities of material contact, much as the morning appears new and fresh with the appearance of the sun.‚ÄĚ
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In this spirit of remembering Krsna‚Äôs nature and appearance, and to increase your appreciation for Their Lordships Sri Sri Radha-Madhava, we would like to present the many meanings of the name Madhava, which reflects both the sweetness of Lord Krsna in Vrindavana and the supreme opulence of Lord Vishnu. We will also describe the most prominent Radha-Madhava deities that have been worshipped in our history.
The many meanings of Madhava
The name Madhava is a very prominent name for both Lord Vishnu and Lord Krishna. Srila Prabhupada has translated Madhava in his Bhagavad-gita and Srimad Bhagavatam in many ways: ‚ÄúHusband of the goddess of fortune,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúMaster of all energies,‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúHe who appears in the Madhu dynasty.‚ÄĚ As a name of Vishnu, ‚ÄúMa‚ÄĚ refers to Laksmi and ‚ÄúDhava‚ÄĚ means husband or consort. In reference to Krsna, Madhava is usually explained as coming from the root ‚ÄúMadhu‚ÄĚ.
‚ÄúSrila Sanatana Gosvami has explained the various meanings of the word Madhava as follows: Madhava normally indicates Krsna to be “the Lord, who is the consort of the goddess of fortune, Laksmi.” This name also implies that Lord Krsna descended in the dynasty of Madhu. Since the spring season is also known as Madhava, it is understood that as soon as Lord Krsna entered the Vrndavana forest, it automatically exhibited all the opulences of spring, becoming filled with flowers, breezes and a celestial atmosphere. Another reason Lord Krsna is known as Madhava is that He enjoys His pastimes in madhu, the taste of conjugal love.‚ÄĚ
Jayadeva Goswami‚Äôs Radha-Madhava
In our Vaishnava history, many important Radha-Madhava deities have been worshipped by famous devotees. The oldest we know about belonged to Jayadeva Goswami, who lived in Navadvipa about 700 years before Lord Caitanya. Jayadeva is described by Srila Prabhupada as a pure devotee and a mahajana, and his Gita-Govinda was relished by Lord Caitanya Himself.
One day as Jayadeva was worshipping Radha-Madhava in Campahati, They appeared before him in a vision and transformed into Lord Gauranga, who is described in the Caitanya-caritamrta as being the same golden color as the campaka flower. Lord Gauranga told him to move to Puri. Many years later Jayadeva Goswami moved to Vrindavana and his deities are still there today in the Radha-Damodara Temple. Srila Prabhupada lived there for six years before coming to the west, and he was trying to organize the construction of a temple for them in 1965.
Bhaktivinode Thakura‚Äôs Radha-Madhava
Another important set of Radha-Madhava deities are the family deities of Bhaktivinode Thakur. They were originally worshipped in Bengal by Krsnananda Dutta, who was a disciple of Lord Nityananda and the father of Sri Narottama Dasa Thakur. When Krsnananda retired he moved to Puri, and then settled in the nearby village of Choti. The worship was passed down generation to generation until it came to Bhaktivinode Thakur and Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur.
Unfortunately, after Srila Bhaktisiddhanta’s disappearance the worship became neglected. In about 1950, a neighboring family wanted to claim the land which was in the name of the deities. They stole the deities and buried Them, telling everyone that the deities had become broken and thus had to be submerged in the river.
Although lost for many decades, They were re-discovered in the year 2000 and are now being worshipped in Kendrapara until their new temple can be built in Choti. Every Kartik They travel to Vrindavana to sit on the altar with Radha-Syamasundara in the Krsna Balaram Mandir.
Jaya Radha-Madhava ‚Äď ‚ÄúThis is original Krsna‚ÄĚ
Bhaktivinode Thakur published a collection of songs and prayers in 1893 called Gitavali, which included the bhajana we know as ‚ÄúJaya Radha Madhava‚ÄĚ. Srila Prabhupada had a very deep connection with this song, which he introduced after naming the Radha-Madhava deities who are currently worshipped in Mayapur.
While Srila Prabhupada was traveling in India in 1971, he received three sets of Radha-Krsna deities from a gentleman named Mr. Dalmia. Prabhupada sent one set to the ISKCON center in Boston (Radha-Gopivallabha), one to the center in Berkeley (Radha-Gokulananda), and one set (Radha-Madhava) he kept with him. On the 11th of February, 1971, in Gorakhpur, Srila Prabhupada organized an installation ceremony for Sri Radha-Madhava, and introduced the song ‚ÄėJaya Radha-Madhava‚Äô to the devotees. From this time forward, Srila Prabhupada began regularly singing Jaya Radha-Madhava before his lectures.
Over the next three days he elaborated on its meaning. He explained that this song describes the ‚ÄúOriginal Krsna‚ÄĚ in Vrindavana.
‚ÄúThis is actual picture of Krsna, Radha-Madhava giri-vara-dhari. Original Krsna this is. Radha-Madhava giri-vara-dhari. Vraja-jana-vallabha. His business is to please the inhabitants of Vrndavana. That’s all. He has no other business. And the vraja-jana also, they have no other business than to please Krsna. That’s all. This is original Krsna.‚ÄĚ
Purport to Jaya Radha-Madhava, February 14, 1971, Gorakhpur
As Satsvarupa recalled in his Prabhupada Lilamrta,
On the third morning after introducing Jaya Radha-Madhava, Prabhupada again sang it with the devotees responding. Then he began to explain it further. Radha-Madhava, he said, have Their eternal loving pastimes in the groves of Vrndavana.
He stopped speaking. His closed eyes flooded with tears, and he began gently rocking his head. His body trembled. Several minutes passed, and everyone in the room remained completely silent. Finally, he returned to external consciousness and said, “Now, just chant Hare Krsna.”
After this, the Radha-Krsna Deities of Gorakhpur became known as Sri Sri Radha-Madhava.
After Srila Prabhupada‚Äôs tour concluded, Radha-Madhava were worshipped in Calcutta for a year. In 1972, Srila Prabhupada brought the deities to Mayapur for the first International Gaura-Purnima festival, and told the devotees that They should stay in Mayapur.
Mayapur Radha-Madhava with Astasakhis
Srila Prabhupada wanted big deities for the Mayapur temple: Madhava should be 5′ 10″ and black marble; Radharani should be 5′ 81/2″ and white marble. He said their pose should be like that of the small Deities. Although They did not appear during his lifetime, he nevertheless set their arrival in motion.
In 1978, Prabhupada came in a dream to a wealthy industrialist and ISKCON devotee named Radhapada Dasa. Srila Prabhupada asked him to help the Mayapur devotees, which inspired him to sponsor the carving of the large Radha-Madhava deities. They were carved in Jaipur, and installed in Mayapur during the 1980 Gaura Purnima festival. Four of the gopis were installed in 1986, and four in 1992. So the small Radha-Madhava deities have been in Mayapur for 44 years, and the large deities for 36 years.
Radha-Madhava‚Äôs new home
Krsna‚Äôs position as the most worshipable Person in the Universe was clearly established at the Rajasuya sacrifice. The Pandavas conquered the entire planet and collected tribute from everyone in order to accomplish this. Yudhisthira was not motivated by personal fame, ambition or ego. He simply desired that Krsna should be exalted and worshipped in front of all the important kings, sages and demigods of the universe.
As the Pandavas engaged the wealth of the planet in worshipping Krsna by honoring Him at the Rajasuya Yajna, we at the TOVP are trying to follow in their footsteps by raising funds from all directions to build a grand temple for Sri Sri Radha-Madhava that will spread Their name and fame throughout the world.
Construction is pushing ahead steadily and the concrete layers on the three domes are nearly complete. Our monthly construction budget is about half a million US Dollars. We have already made many of the stainless steel supports for the kalashas, which will be the prominent gold-plated peaks of the TOVP. This unique monument will attract millions of souls to come and learn about Krsna. 2016 is the auspicious year of ISKCON‚Äôs fiftieth anniversary, and Krsna‚Äôs appearance day is the perfect time for us all to do our best, according to our capacity, to complete His new home in Mayapur.
We are grateful for the help of all our donors, both large and small, in this regard. This month, please consider giving a larger portion of your pledge than the usual monthly payment. This will go a long way towards helping us complete the domes so we can thereafter begin the interior finishing work. As Srila Prabhupada used to say with regard to the nightly dictations he made to write his many books, ‚ÄėLittle drops of water wear away a stone.‚ÄĚ Let us all do what we can to assure that Krishna‚Äôs glories are known and celebrated for hundreds of years.
Yours in the Service of Sridham Mayapur,
Braja Vilas das
Global Fundraising Director
The ego [primarily] pure has been defiled on account of the external passions since the beginningless past, (359) and what has been added from outside is like a [soiled] garment to be washed off. As when a garment is cleansed of its dirt, or when gold is removed from its impurities, they are not destroyed but remain as they are; so is the ego freed from its defilements. (Lankavatara-sutra, Sagathakam 755-756, D.T. Suzuki, London 1932)