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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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,…
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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…
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Bhakti, Karma and Falldown part four “Taking and Surrender”

Mahanidhi Madan Gopal Das In this last article, we will describe how Krishna takes everything and gives Himself, and the power of surrendering to Sri Krishna. Most pious Bharatvasis believe, follow and say, “If you worship Durga or Siva…
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Bhakti, Karma and Falldown part three “Fall and Protection”

Mahanidhi Madan Gopal Das In parts one and two, we described the conjunction of material and spiritual in Krishna’s pastimes; its relevance in a life of sadhana; and repentance in bhakti bhajan. Devotion means lovingly serving Krishna…
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Bhakti, Karma and Falldown part one

Mahanidhi Madan Gopal Das There is an amazing relationship between the destruction of karma in bhakti bhajan, and the first six children of Mother Devaki who were brutally murdered at birth by the asuric King Kamsa. Sri Visvanatha Cakravartipada…

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