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Kirtana, Japa and Rules

Mahanidhi Madan Gopal Das Devotees often say, “There are no hard and fast rules in chanting Hare Krishna.” Thus anything goes in the name of nama-japa: chanting on tulsi beads a fixed number of rounds of the maha-mantra, Hare Krishna Hare…
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Just Living in Vrndavana Gives Prema

Mahanidhi Madan Gopal Das Since one can practice bhakti anywhere, why does Srila Rupa Goswamipada stress physically living in Vrindavan, kuryad vasam vraje sada? (Bhakti Rasamrita Sindhu 1.2.295) Why, because Vraja Dhama has the inconceivable…
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Chitta and Concentration

Mahanidhi Madan Gopal Das Chitta is a representative of the mahat-tattva within a human being. The Srimad Bhagavatam (3.26.22), says that chitta by nature is pure and peaceful. In pure chitta, one can see Bhagavan Sri Krishna and one’s eternal…
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Giriraja and Radha’s Lotus Feet

Mahanidhi Madan Gopal Das Why do raganuga bhaktas especially worship Govardhana shilas? Sri Krishna Dasa Kaviraja answers in Caitanya-caritamrita (3.6.294-307): “One day during His gambhira-lila in Jagannatha Puri, Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu…
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Vrndavana is Krishna’s Body—Darsana and Bare Feet

Mahanidhi Madan Gopal Das Unlike any other place on earth which may have trees and magical forests, sacred mountains, lakes, rivers and curious creatures, Sri Dhama Vrndavana is directly the transcendental body of Bhagavan Sri Krishna. In…
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Vegan or Bhakta: Which Way to Go?

Mahanidhi Madan Gopal Das The perfection of human life is to serve, love and please Bhagavan Sri Krishna with all of one’s thoughts, words and deeds. This is the ultimate Sanatana Dharma, eternal religious practice. Bhagavan Sri Krishna tosana…
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Vaisnava Means Ten Things

Mahanidhi Madan Gopal Das Whether a Vaisnava is in the category of a mukta purusa, siddha, uttama, madhyama, or kanishta, all Vaisnavas do the following: * Accepts Gopala mantra diksa from a qualified Guru *Daily worship Sri Krishna *Daily…
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THREE Best Times to Chant Hare Krishna Japa

Mahanidhi Madan Gopal Das Because they are the ideal periods for meditation and divine absorption, the three best times to chant Hare Krishna nama japa are: 1) Early Morning: 3 AM to 6 AM 2) Half Hour Before Sunrise: New Delhi today appx.…
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Self-Realization Means What?

Mahanidhi Madan Gopal Das Sometimes we hear someone say, “O so and so is self-realized” which is the goal of all spiritual practices. But exactly what does it mean to be a self-realized soul? There is a common saying, “it takes one to…
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Beautiful Truths of Bhagavata 003

Mahanidhi Madan Gopal Das Srimad Bhagavatam is known as the “king of all spiritual books” (Grantha Raja) for good reason. Within this divinely immaculate, tri-guna-free, spiritual sastra, the amalapurana, one will find all the sweet, majestic…