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Who is My Guru? Part one

By Mahanidhi Swami When one becomes serious about spiritual progress in life he/she may seek a Guru to learn how to attain spiritual perfection. But who is my guru, what to look for, and how to choose which one among the thousands of divine…
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Who is My Guru? part two

By Mahanidhi Swami Each and every Guru, be they vartma pradarshaka, siksha or diksha, is an extraordinary and special personality. If we are connected with any of these guardians of Divinity, we are fortunate and should be very grateful…
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What is Upanayanam?

By Mahanidhi Swami The word Upanayanam means adjacent to, supplemental to the eye, or keeping one close by. Upanayanam is the eye of spiritual knowledge, or the vision induced by proper initiation into the Gayatri. The term Upanayanam…
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Vyasa Puja Starts with Obeisances

By Mahanidhi Swami The word namaḥ is uttered by all disciples whenever they offer respects unto the lotus feet of their respective spiritual masters: om ajnana timirandhasya, jnan anjana shalakaya, chakshur unmilitam yena, tasmai sri…
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The Gaudiyas First Vyasa Puja Celebration

By Mahanidhi Swami Srila Vrndavana dasa Thakura describes how Caitanya Mahaprabhu instituted the first Vyasa-puga ceremony in 1509 a.d. through Sri Nityānanda Prabhu in Srivāsa Angana, Mayapura, West Bengal: “Srivasa Pandita, the…
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Sri Guru and Vyasa Puja - part one

By Mahanidhi Swami To serve and not to be served is the constitutional position of the jiva, the living entity. Forgetting his real eternal nature, the conditioned soul becomes the false master of the material world. He plays the role of…
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Meaning of Mantra

By Mahanidhi Swami For success in chanting any mantra, one must engage his senses, mind and heart. Mantra chanting demands complete absorption of our entire being. Expectation and visualization also play a key role in bringing perfection. In…
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Guru Tattva Nectar Drops

By Mahanidhi Swami To honor the Samasti Guru Bhagavan Sri Krishna and Srila Vedavyasa on this Guru Purnima celebration, we enclose the following most inspiring and illuminating quotes concerning the truth of Sri Guru. The true spiritualist…
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Gaudiya Pancharatrika Diksha - Part One

By: Mahanidhi Swami Diksha mantras are chanted daily as a form of meditation, praising the Ishta-Devata, and calling out for mercy. Within the Gaudiya Vaisnava tradition most all the Gurus initiate disciples with the ancient pancharatrika…
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Gaudiya Vaisnava Diksha- Part Two

By: Mahanidhi Swami "The Sanskrit word diksha is formed of two syllables: di which comes from the root dan meaning to "give spiritual knowledge" (divya-jnana); and ksha from the root kshaya meaning "to destroy sinful activities." Diksha is…