Monthly Archives: March 2022

Atma (jiva) and Paramatma (Krishna) | Nature of Soul | Sanatan Dharma

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According to Sanatan Dharma, the eternal and intrinsic nature of a living entity (atman), including Man, is to perform seva (service). Sanatan dharma, being transcendental, refers to the universal and axiomatic laws that are beyond our shifting belief systems. The Vedic literatures, which are the oldest scriptures in the world, give us some much-needed insight on this subject. The Vedic scriptures, that form the very basis of the tenets of Sanatan Dharma, conclude that a living entity achieves the perfection of his existence only when he dovetails his eternal nature in serving the Supreme Lord. Instead, if he chooses to serve his own senses or his false ego, then he encircles himself in a material quagmire that only makes him suffer in multiple ways. The service attitude that a soul (atma) possesses towards Supersoul (Paramatma), is not based on any obligation, but is instead built on a foundation of a loving relationship. The whole purpose of our existence is to render loving devotional service unto the Supreme Lord, recognizing Him to be our ever well-wisher and our eternal object of love. 

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Krishna is the Supreme Lord | Evidence from Vedic scriptures

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Lord Krishna is the Supreme Lord. The fact that He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead is confirmed throughout the Vedic scriptures. We are going to present some of these pieces of evidence in this article that shall conclusively establish this truth. Before discussing further, let us examine the opulence and qualities that characterize the Supreme Lord. According to the Vishnu Purana :

Aisvaryasya samagrasya viryasya yasasah sriyah
Jnana vairagyayas caiva san nam bhaga itingana
(Vishnu Purana 6.5.74)

One who possesses these six opulences of wealth, power, fame, beauty, knowledge, and renunciation in its entirety is known as Bhagavan or the Supreme Lord.

Chaitanya Charitamrita further elaborates this definition as follows :

Yanra bhagavatta haite anyera bhagavatta
Svayam bhagavan sabdera tahatei satta
(Chaitanya Charitamrita, Adi, 2.88)

Only He who is the source of all other divinities is eligible to be designated as svayam bhagavan or the primeval Lord.

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Worshiping Tulsi plant – 10 benefits | Glories of Tulsi devi

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#1 Benefits of watering Tulsi devi or offering her to Krishna

Ya drista nikjila agha sangha samani sprista vapuh pavani
Roganam abhivandita nirasini siktantaka trasini
Pratya satti vidhayini bhagavatah krishnasya samropita
Nyasta taccarane vimukti phalada tasyai namah
(Skanda Purana)

O Tulsi, simply by looking at you, all sins are removed, simply by touching you, one’s body becomes pure. By praying to you, all diseases are removed. If one waters Tulsi, his fear of Yamaraja is eliminated. Just by planting or transplanting Tulsi, one achieves nearness to the Supreme Personality of Godhead. If one offers Tulsi at the lotus feet of Lord Krishna, she awards that person with liberation and devotion to Krishna. Therefore I pay my humble obeisances to the wonderful Tulsi devi.

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Lord Chaitanya is Lord Krishna | evidence from scriptures

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Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, had mercifully appeared at Yogpeeth (in Mayapur) about 500 years ago (in the year 1486 AD), to bless us with the most wonderful, deep and ecstatic pastimes of Gaura Lila. The word ‘Yoga’ means ‘connection’ and the term ‘Yogpeeth’ denotes the place where the Supreme Lord connects with or descends into this material world. Lord Chaitanya is none other than Lord Krishna (Vrajendra-nandana jei, saci-suta hoilo sei, balarama hoilo nitai).

The identity of Lord Chaitanya as Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead can be verified in several Vedic scriptures like Srimad Bhagavatam, Mahabharata, Garuda Purana, Nrsimha Purana, Padma Purana, Bhavishya Purana, Narada Purana, etc. We are quoting references from some of these scriptures that shall conclusively establish His divine identity.

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Yuga dharma : Chanting the Holy name of Krishna (Harinama) | Evidence from Scriptures

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Krishna, the Supreme Person is the origin of all dharma, the essence of all Vedas, and the meditation of all great authorities who understand the absolute truth. By practicing the yuga-dharma (spiritual practices for the specific yuga), everyone will attain the highest satisfaction of soul, mind, and body. Krishna and His holy name are non-different. His name is all-powerful, all-auspicious. Simply by chanting the holy name of Krishna, one can transcend the modes of material nature and attain the supreme spiritual goal. Kali Yuga, the age of quarrel and hypocrisy, that is marked with violence, deceit, and overall spiritual degeneration is the last of the four ages (Satya, Treta, Dvapara, and Kali). In this age of Kali, there is no means of attaining salvation other than chanting the holy names of Lord Hari.

harer-nama harer-nama harer-namaiva kevalam
kalau nasty-eva nasty-eva nasty-eva gatir anyatha
(Brhad Naradiya Purana)

In this age of Kali the only means of deliverance is chanting of the holy name of Lord Hari. There is no other way. There is no other way. There is no other way.

Hare krsna hare krsna krsna krsna hare hare
Hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare
Iti sodasakam namnam kali kalmasa nasanam
Natah parataropayah sarva vedesu drsyate
(Kali Santarana Upanishad)

The sixteen syllables of the Hare Krishna Mahamantra: ‘Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare’ destroy all inauspiciousness in this age of Kali. This is the verdict of the Vedas.

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Kanistha, Madhyama, Uttama adhikari – Vaishnava classification

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Grhita visnudiksako vishnu pujaparo narah
Vaisnavo bhihito bhijnairitaro smadavaisnavah
(Padma Purana)

One who is initiated into the Vaishnava mantra and who is devoted to worshiping Lord Vishnu is a Vaishnava. One who is bereft of these practices is not a Vaishnava.

Dvedha hi bhagavata sampradaya pravrttih
Ekatah samksepatah sri narayanad brahma naradadidvarena
Anyatastu vistaratah sesat sanat kumara sankhyayanadi dvarena
(Sridhara Svami’s commentary)

Vaishnavas are classified into different sampradayas or lineages according to their inclinations. The first of these sampradayas have originated from Lord Narayana by way of Brahma, Narada, and so on. Another sampradaya comes from Sesha Bhagavan and has been delineated by the Sanat Kumaras.

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Devotion to Lord Gauranga is the topmost spiritual practice

dandabhanga leela bhumi dwadash bhuja gauranga chaitanya

Acharya dharmam paricharya visnum
Vicharya tirthani vicharya vedan
Vina na Gaura priyapada sevam
Vedadi dusprapa padam vidanti
(Chaitanya Chandramrita, Text 22)

Those who follow the rules of varnasrama dharma and occupational duties, or worship lord Vishnu for many many lives, visit places of pilgrimages, or scrutinizingly study the vedas but do not serve the lotus feet of the dear devotees of Lord Gauranga who are constantly absorbed in chanting, preaching and meditating upon His Holy glories and Pastimes – they shall never be able to understand or attain the transcendental abodes of Nabadwip or Vrindavan which is beyond the reach of the four vedas.

Kaivalyam narakayate tri dasa pur akasha puspayate
Durdantendriya kala sarpa patali protkhata damstrayate
Visvam purna sukhayate vidhi mahendradis ca kitayate
Yat karunya kataksa vaibhav-avatam tam Gauram eva stumah
(Chaitanya Chandramrita, text 5)

For those who have attained the merciful sidelong glance of Lord Gauranga, impersonal liberation (merging into the brahmajyoti) becomes as painful as going to hell, the heavenly cities of the demigods seem to be as trivial as mere flowers floating in the sky, the venomous and poisonous fangs of the untamable black snakes of the senses become extracted and uprooted, the whole world which is otherwise full of misery becomes full of supreme joy and the exalted positions of Brahma, Indra and all the demigods become as insignificant as those of tiny insects. Let us glorify that supremely merciful Lord Gauranga.

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Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s educational (Vidya Vilasa) pastimes | Chaitanya Bhagavata recitation

The following is a recitation from Sri Chaitanya Bhagavata, Adi Khanda, Chapter 11, Verses 1- 68. In these verses, Srila Vrindavan das Thakur describes Lord Chaitanya’s educational and scholarly pastimes (Vidya vilasa). These are also sometimes referred to as the ‘vidya vilasa’ pastimes of the Lord.

 

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Radharani – Best devotee of Krishna | Gaudiya Vaishnavism

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#1 Prahlada is the best of the devotees

Kvaham rajah prabhava isa tamo dhike smin
Jatah suretara kule kva tavanukampa
Na brahmano na tu bhavasya na vai ramaya
Yan me rpitah sirasi padma karah prasadah
(Srimad Bhagavatam, 7.9.26)

O my Lord, O Supreme, because I (Prahlada) was born in a family of atheists and demons where the modes of passion and ignorance are dominant, what is my position? And what is to be said of Your causeless mercy, which You never offered even to Lord Brahma, Lord Shiva or the goddess of fortune, Lakshmi? You never put Your lotus hands upon their heads, but You have mercifully put it on mine.

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