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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…
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Five Rites of Purification

By: Mahanidhi Swami Any conditioned soul from any country, caste or creed can get freed from the samsara. All one needs to do is take diksha in the Gaudiya Vaisnava Sampradaya. Then by the grace of Guru and God, he/she will eventually attain…
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Does Guru Come Back for Me

By: Mahanidhi Swami Some say that the Guru-vandanam verse “chakshu dan dilo ye, janme janme prabhu sei” refers to the principle of guru-tattva. It does not mean that one’s present individual guru appears again in the next life to…
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Pre 1967 essay by Srila Prabhupada

By Mahanidhi Swami WHY DID Krishna APPEAR ON EARTH Bhagavan Sri Krishna appeared as Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in the womb of Srimat Sachimata to solve the following in relation with His transcendental pastimes with Srimati Radharani. Sri…
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THE LORD OF LOVE APPEARS

By: Mahanidhi Swami We are very fortunate to have been born in a Kali-yuga wherein svayam bhagavān Śrī Kṛṣṇa has united with the bodily complexion [dyūti] and sentiment [bhāva] of Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī to appear in His most…
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The Magha Month Vrata

By: Mahanidhi Swami * What is it? Extensively described in the Puranas, the magha month vrata is a one month long penance, vow or vrata observed from pausa purnima until magha purnima to please Bhagavan Sri Kåñëa worshiped as Lord Madhava,…
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Purusottama month vrata (adhika mas)

2015: 17th june—16th july 16 By: Mahanidhi Swami introduction to purusottama month: Purusottama month or adhika masa (extra month) is also called mala masa, which means the dirty or useless month. In India, the sadhus, sadhakas and…
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BHISMA PANCHAKA

By: Mahanidhi Swami Upon hearing about Bhisma-panchaka, non-devotees respond by saying, “O what a terrible vrata!”(word bhisma means terrible) I. INTRODUCTION: Bhisma Panchaka is a special 5-day vrata starting on Utthana Ekadasi…
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Special Five Days…Don’t Miss!!!

By: Mahanidhi Swami The most auspicious spiritual month of Purusottama is soon ending. For various reasons, many could not observe the one month long vow or vrata prescribed in the shastras. But do not lament. Since this is the “additional…
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TLC: Tulasi Loving Care

By: Mahanidhi Swami Caretakers and householders should treat Tulasi-devi like a member of the family. She is a person and like all individuals, Tulasi thrives on attention, love and tender care. Tulasi-devi is a divine being, a Maharani,…