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Tribhuvanath is also a name of Lord Caitanya:
by Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya
tam pranamami ca shri-shaci-tanayam
ujjvalaâbrilliant; varanaâcomplexion; gaura-vara-dehamâbeautiful golden body; vilasitaâsported; niravadhiâincessantly; bhavaâecstasy; videhamâtranscendental body; tri-bhuvanaâthe three worlds; pavanaâliberating; kripayahâby His mercy; leshamâatomic particle; tamâto Him; pranamamiâI bow down; caâalso; shri-shaci-tanayamâto the son of mother Shaci.
I offer my respectful obeisances to the beautiful son of Shri Shacidevi. His superexcellent spiritual body is a brilliant golden colour. He is incessantly churned by sublime transcendental ecstasies. A tiny fraction of His mercy is able to deliver all the three worlds.
Comment Posted By varahanarasimha On 29.07.2011 @ 17:41
Sevananda Prabhu told me this is Srila Prabhu , he mentioned something very nice:
That Srila das Prabhu joined when he was 16 and then he told me a nice pastime from the old sankirtana days:”This situation happened to me once in Scottsdale ,Arizona ,in `71 . A blind lady was listening to me preach about the Krishna Book ,when she asked me , ” What color is God ?” I said He is Blue -the color of a dark, blueish raincloud . she said with great pleasure - I knew it !”
Comment Posted By varahanarasimha On 29.07.2011 @ 17:37
this sankirtana devotee has full faith in:
mookam karoti vachalam pangum langayate girim
yatkrupa tamaham vande paramananda madhavam
word to word meaning:
aham â I; vande- (pay)obeisances(to); tam â that; paramananda-
supremely blissful; madhavam- Madhava (who has lakshmi as his
consort); yat- whose; krupa- compassion; karoti- makes; mookam- the
dumb (into); vachalam- to speak ; pangum- (and makes)a lame person;
langayate- (to) climb; girim- (a) mountain
I pay obeisances to that supremely blissful Madhava( who has Lakshmi
as his consort), whose compassion makes a dumb to speak and makes a
lame person to climb the mountain
I guess we have to add and make the blind read Srila Prabhupadas books
Comment Posted By varahanarasimha On 25.07.2011 @ 13:03
dear mother Vrindavan lila devi dasi
Please accept my humble obaisences
All glories to Srila Prabhupada
First I want to remind us about the statement by Srila Rupa Goswami:
naham vipro na ca nara-patir napi vaisyo na sudro
naham varni na ca grha-patir no vanastho yatir va
gopi-bhartuh pada-kamalayor dasa-dasanudasah
“I am not a brahmana; I am not a ksatriya; I am not a vaisya or a sudra. Nor am I a brahmacari, a householder, a vanaprastha, or a sannyasi. I identify myself only as the servant of the servant of the servant of the lotus feet of Lord Sri Krsna, the maintainer of the gopis. He is like an ocean of nectar, and he is the cause of universal transcendental bliss. He is always existing with brilliance.” (Padyavali 74)
And of course you are not a woman but a pure spirit soul.There has been several Goswaminis in our line so women are not excluded, but Srila Prabhupada has also made varnasrama statements about women in general.They should not be overlooked or ignored.
Actually many women find it “hurtful” to their egoes to be called mothers and mataji and wants to be called Prabhus. This was done by Srila Prabhupada on a few occasions, but in general this was not his standard, nor is it the general Gaudiya vaisnava standard.Actually in many Gaudiya maths, women are often addressed as Didi, sister.
In his conversation with Ramananda Raya, Lord Caitanya asked him to go beyond the discussion of varna and asrama.Sometimes nowadays female devotees become leaders, GBC’s and TP’s ,some believe it is a transgression of Srila Prabhupadas instruction.I do not agree, if our godsister is qualified to be a manager.Surely if she is qualified.If the standards set by Srila Prabhupada are met why not? Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura also mentioned
to his son Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Prabhupada in one of his last instructions to him that varna asrama must be set up.This was also the desire of Srila Prabhupada.Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura emphasized in his many writting to go beyond varnasrama by realizing Krsna through the chanting of the Mahamanta, and avoiding 10 offences.
He instructed even grhastha disciples to chant 64 rounds daily as this is the instruction of Lord Caitanya.Srila Prabhupada made it minimum 16 ,and encouraged devotees to chant more and serve more.
I hope this is of some value to the vaisnavas.
Comment Posted By varahanarasimha On 18.07.2011 @ 14:52
Kavicandra Maharaja I do not believe you are saying that all grhasthas are fallen and should be working in a barn?
And those in grhastha life is not recomended to stay there “forever”.Sri Prahlada Maharaja has advised;
SB 5.18.13: Just as aquatics always desire to remain in the vast mass of water, all conditioned living entities naturally desire to remain in the vast existence of the Supreme Lord. Therefore if someone very great by material calculations fails to take shelter of the Supreme Soul but instead becomes attached to material household life, his greatness is like that of a young, low-class couple. One who is too attached to material life loses all good spiritual qualities.
SB 5.18.14: Therefore, O demons, give up the so-called happiness of family life and simply take shelter of the lotus feet of Lord NrÌ£simÌhadeva, which are the actual shelter of fearlessness. Entanglement in family life is the root cause of material attachment, indefatigable desires, moroseness, anger, despair, fear and the desire for false prestige, all of which result in the repetition of birth and death.
There is a difference between grhasthas and grhamedhis..this has to be made very clear
Comment Posted By varahanarasimha On 12.07.2011 @ 11:12
Very interesting indeed and well written.Lets look for the instructions in Srimad Bhagavatam for women:
SB 7.11.25: To render service to the husband, to be always favorably disposed toward the husband, to be equally well disposed toward the husband’s relatives and friends, and to follow the vows of the husband â these are the four principles to be followed by women described as chaste.
SB 7.11.26-27: A chaste woman must dress nicely and decorate herself with golden ornaments for the pleasure of her husband. Always wearing clean and attractive garments, she should sweep and clean the household with water and other liquids so that the entire house is always pure and clean. She should collect the household paraphernalia and keep the house always aromatic with incense and flowers and must be ready to execute the desires of her husband. Being modest and truthful, controlling her senses, and speaking in sweet words, a chaste woman should engage in the service of her husband with love, according to time and circumstances.
SB 7.11.28: A chaste woman should not be greedy, but satisfied in all circumstances. She must be very expert in handling household affairs and should be fully conversant with religious principles. She should speak pleasingly and truthfully and should be very careful and always clean and pure. Thus a chaste woman should engage with affection in the service of a husband who is not fallen.
SB 7.11.29: The woman who engages in the service of her husband, following strictly in the footsteps of the goddess of fortune, surely returns home, back to Godhead, with her devotee husband, and lives very happily in the VaikunÌ£tÌ£ha planets.
Comment Posted By varahanarasimha On 11.07.2011 @ 10:58
Regarding there being more than 108 Upanisads , please see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Upanishads we certainly accept Caitanya Upanisad that was rediscovered by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura though it may not be in the list of the 108 main Upanisads
Comment Posted By varahanarasimha On 07.07.2011 @ 09:03
prayojanam sann abhidheya-bhakti-
siddhanta-vanya samam atra gaura- |
kishora-sambandha-yuto bhavet kim
cittam gato bhakti-vinoda-devah ||8||
When will Bhaktivinoda Prabhu, himself the representative of the proyojana-tattva, appear in my mind, accompanied by Gaura Kishora Das Babaji, the personification of the sambandha-tattva, and by Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati, the incarnation of the abhidheya-tattva. [bhakti-vinoda or taking delight in devotional service is the ultimate goal of prema, sambandha is the relationship with Mahaprabhu (Gaura-kishora) and the devotional processes established by the doctrine, or bhakti-siddhanta are the abhidheya-tattva.]
shikshamritam sajjana-toshanim ca
cintamanim catra sajaiva-dharmam |
prakashya chaitanya-prado bhavet kim
citte dhrito bhakti-vinoda-devah ||9||
When will Bhaktivinoda Prabhu, who made people conscious of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu through his publications Chaitanya-shikshamrita, Sajjana-toshani, Harinama-cintamani, and Jaiva Dharma, be held constantly in my mind.
gadadharabhinna-tanur jahau yah |
prapanca-lilam iha no bhavet kim
drishyah punar bhakti-vinoda-devah ||10||
When will Bhaktivinoda Prabhu appear to us again? Being non-different from Gaura-shakti Gadadhara Pandit, he left the material world on the same day as he, the dark-moon-day of Asharha month.
Comment Posted By varahanarasimha On 02.07.2011 @ 09:41
I found this beautiful prayer to Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura:
(This poem appeared in the Gaudiya magazine, July 1939, 7.47)
chaitanya-devasya dayavatarah |
sa gaura-shaktir bhavita punah kim
padam drishor bhakti-vinoda-devah ||1||
O ocean of unlimited compassion, you are the incarnation of Chaitanya Devaâs mercy. You are the energy of Gauranga. O Bhaktivinoda, when will you again be visible to me? ||1||
ekatmako gaura-kishorakena |
shri-gaura-karunya-mayo bhavet kim
nityam smritau bhakti-vinoda-devah ||2||
When will Bhaktivinoda Prabhu, the embodiment of Mahaprabhuâs blessings, remain fixed in my memory? He is dear to Jagannath Prabhu and is not different from Gaura Kishora Das Babaji.
adarsham acaravidhau dadhau yah |
sa jagarukah smriti-mandire kim
nityam bhaved bhakti-vinoda-devah ||3||
When will Bhaktivinoda Prabhu, who gave the example how to act by preaching the jewel of the Holy Name, remain alive in the temple of my memory?
namaparadhai rahitasya namno
mahatmya-jatam prakaÃ¶am vidhaya |
jive dayalur bhavita smritau kim
kritasano bhakti-vinoda-devah ||4||
When will Bhaktivinoda Prabhu, most merciful to all living beings, take his place in my mind after revealing the glories of the Holy Name, void of any offenses?
satoâsato harsha-kunaÃ¶yayosh ca |
prakashako gaurajano bhavet kim
smrityaspadam bhakti-vinoda-devah ||5||
When will I remember Bhaktivinoda Prabhu, the member of Gaurangaâs entourage who revealed his hidden birthplace, to the joy of the saintly and the envious reaction of the wicked?
nirasya vighnan iha bhakti-ganga-
bhagiratho nitya-dhiyam padam kim
bhaved asau bhakti-vinoda-devah ||6||
Like King Bhagiratha, he saved the entire world by destroying all impediments and allowing the Ganga of pure devotion to flow. When will Bhaktivinoda Prabhu be the permanent object of my meditation?
mahatmya-shamsi guru-vaishnavanam |
nama-grahadarsha iha smritah kim
citte bhaved bhakti-vinoda-devah ||7||
When will I remember Bhaktivinoda Prabhu, who preached the message of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu throughout the world, who glorified the guru and the Vaishnavas and who set the example for chanting the Holy Name.
Comment Posted By varahanarasimha On 02.07.2011 @ 09:40
Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Prabhupada also worshipped Lord Kurma as a child on the instruction of his father:
Worship of Kurmadeva
In 1881, Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakur started construction of Bhakti Bhavana in Calcuttaâs Ram Bagan district. While digging the foundations for the building, a small deity of Kurma was found. Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakur taught his seven-year-old son the rules for worshiping a deity and the Kurma mantra, after which Bimala Prasad started to regularly wear tilaka and to perform the deityâs puja. In 1885, a centre for publishing Vaishnava literature named âThe Vaishnava Depositoryâ was opened at Bhakti Bhavan. From this time, the boy started to gain experience with the printing press and helped with proofreading, etc. Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakur resumed publishing his monthly magazine Sajjana-toshani in that year. He also travelled with his father to many of the ShripaÃ¶as of some of Mahaprabhuâs associates, such as Kulinagrama and Saptagram, where he heard his father lecture on the doctrines of the Holy Name.
( by HH Ballabha Tirtha Maharaja)
Comment Posted By varahanarasimha On 02.07.2011 @ 09:25