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Shiva’s Real Marriage

Mahanidhi Swami It is a widespread idea that Shiva Ratri is the day Sri Shivaji married Srimati Sri Parvati-devi. The Bengali yearly calendar, circulated in the millions, boldly proclaims: “Shiva Ratri, the day Lord Shiva married Parvati.” However…
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Shivaji Discovers Radha Kunda

Mahanidhi Swami One day during the wave of a kalpa rising and falling in the endless ocean of time, Shankara Mahadeva visited Vraja Mandala and came to Govardhana Hill. Astonished, amazed, overwhelmed and plunged into the ocean of Krishna…
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Panditji & Swamiji

Mahanidhi Madan Gopal Das One of the oldest and most famous Gaudiya Vaisnava scholars in Vraja today is 99 year old Pandita Sri Krishna Dasa Babaji Maharaja, Bhakti-tirtha. Srila Prabhupada and Pandita Sri Krishna Dasji became friends in…
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O, How Glorious are Devotees!

Mahanidhi Swami   In the last article, we heard about the glories of brahmanas. Here Sri Narottama Dasa Thakura reminds us of the power and position of the saintly devotees of Bhagavan Sri Krishna. May we always be blessed with the…
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Ji Means What?

Mahanidhi Swami The word ji or jiu (Bengali) is added to the name of any senior personality deserving our respect, honor, service and worship such as Krishna Ji, Ramachandra Ji, Thakura Ji, Govindadeva Ji, Sri Radha Ramana Ji and Sri Sri Radha…
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Brahmanas: Respect or Not? part two

Mahanidhi Swami   Gaura nitya-parishad Murari Gupta describes how Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu once honored the brahmanas in Gaya by drinking their foot water. (Sri Krishna Chaitanya Carita Maha Kavya 1.15.11-12) While narrating this…
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Brahmanas: Respect or Not?

Mahanidhi Madan Gopal Das   It is very sad to see that in the holiest of places, Sri Dhama Vrindavana, the yatris and pilgrims show very little if any respect to the brahmanas, pandas and tirtha gurus.   Of course, such neglect…
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Are You a Vaisnava?

Mahanidhi Swami   About anyone who is even slightly inclined to Krishna bhakti, we often hear people say, “O, this person is a good devotee, a nice Vaisnava!” But exactly how does one define who is and who is not a Vaisnava,…