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Manjaris 64 Arts

Mahanidhi Madan Gopal Das The famous 64 arts and talents, which Krishna and Balarama mastered in two months at Gurukul, are mentioned in many shastras, including Srimad Bhagavatam (10.45.35-36); Brahma-samhita (37 tika); Bhakti-rasamrita-sindhu (2.1.84); Vrindavan Mahimamrita (11.69,13.4); Govinda-lilamrita (13.1140; and Sadhana Amirta Chandrika (19), catuh-shashthi-kalanvitam. Srila Prabhupada: “Srimati Radharani makes Krishna happy in so many […]

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Does Diksha Make a Difference?

Mahanidhi Madan Gopal Das What is the difference between sincerely practicing bhakti and serving Krishna with and without diksha? Diksha is a ritual involving surrendering of oneself to a spiritual guide to receive divine knowledge, purification and liberation. What counts most, however, is the humble mentality, submissive attitude and loving feelings behind a devotee’s practice. […]

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How To See Krishna Everywhere

Mahanidhi Madan Gopal Das Most all of the 8,400,000 species of life have eyes to see the reality they live in. It is only human beings, however, that have the eyes to see God, Bhagavan Sri Krishna. In Gita, Sri Krishna describes the vision of the perfect person who sees Krishna everywhere. By such divya […]

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Beautiful Truths of Bhagavata 005 “Bhagavatam Mahima”

Mahanidhi Madan Gopal Das Srimad Bhagavatam is called the “king of all spiritual books” (Grantha Raja) for good reason. Within this triguna-free, transcendental treatise, the amala-purana, which showcases the absolutely selfless, divine love of Srimati Radharani, one can find all the sweet, majestic and beautiful truths about the sadhana and sadhya (daily practice and perfection) […]

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Gaudiya Paribhasa Sutras

Mahanidhi Madan Gopal Das What is a paribhasa sutra? It is often seen that one of the first few verses of a spiritual book or chapter presents its very essence. If it does, then this verse is called the paribhasa-sutra. Although usually appearing only once in a whole book or chapter, it is the regulator, […]

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Astonishing Power of Gopal Mantra

Mahanidhi Madan Gopal Das The eighteen syllable Gopal (Krishna) mantra, highlighted in the Gopal Tapani Upanisad, is the actual diksha mantra for all Gaudiya Vaisnavas. In Brhad Bhagavatamrita, Sri Sanatana Goswami reveals the inconceivably amazing power and effect of the Gopal mantra. In his narrative of an archetypal, young Vrajavasi cowherd named Gopa-kumar, Sri Sanatana […]

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Eight Jhulan Japa Meditations

Mahanidhi Madan Gopal Das From Shravan month, sukla tritiya “Hariyali Teej” until Shravan Purnima, all the Thakurjis in Vraj enjoy Their annual twelve-day blissful rainy season swing festival (jhulanotsava). Below are translations of popular Hindi and Bengali jhulan bhajans, you can meditate upon while chanting Hare Krishna maha-mantra japa. Radha-Krishna Jhulan Lila Meditation Japa Chanting […]

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The First Gaudiya Vyasa-puja Celebration

Mahanidhi Madan Gopal Das Srila Vrndavana dasa Thakura describes how Caitanya Mahaprabhu instituted the first Gaudiya Vaisnava Vyasa-puja ceremony in 1509 a.d. through Sri Nityananda Prabhu in Shrivasa Angana, Navadvipa. “Srivasa Pandita, the head priest for the function, gave Prabhu Nityananda a flower garland to offer to a painting of Vyasadeva. Holding the garland in […]

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Bhakti, Work or Service?

Mahanidhi Madan Gopal Das You said work. But is it work? Let’s see the difference between “work” and “service”. Two words: work and service. Work means doing, toiling, labour, struggle, drudgery. Work means karm, and karm brings bondage, samsara and misery. Service is not work. The word service means to help, aid, assist. Service with […]