Keep the audio player or the remote control within reach of your left hand, so you can occassionally pause or replay the audio track to deepen your contemplation on a particular scene, expression or loving exchange.
The Life of Srila Bhaktsiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura
Start chanting the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra japa either silently in the mind or by softly whispering. Adjust the audio volume so that you simultaneously hear the lilaand attentively hear the Hare Krishna maha-mantra. Experiment until you find the perfect sound level that affords maximum concentration on both the pastimes of Krishna and His sweet Holy Names. While chanting japa with full-heart concentration, listen to the lila narration while mentally trying to vizualize the pastime, to be there, to feel the loving exchanges of Radha and Krishna, and to think what seva you would be offering Them at that moment.
Whenever you want to deeply meditate or reflect upon a particular lila, a part of a lila, or a special exchange or scene within a lila, you can simply pause the audio track while continuing your nama japa. The japa walk thru technique is easy and blissful.
Lord Chaitanya’s Special Mercy
After sometime of chanting japa and listening to the japa walk thru series, you will no longer think you are just a listener or observer of the lila. If Sri Krishna is merciful to you, you will feel that you are personally there, directly walking with Radha and Krishna and serving Them in every possible way.
This is the perfection of Hare Krishna Maha Mantra japa. And this audio series is presented to help everyone attain this perfection. Maha-mantra Radha-Krishna lila meditation ki jai! Jaya Jaya Sri Radhe!
What follows is a beautiful japa walk thru lila meditation. Sink your mind, heart and aspirations into this lila and rise in the land of bliss. Hare Krishna! Once Madana-mohini displayed an intensely contrary mood maan that Vamshidhari could not remove by any means. The playful Dhira-lalita Shyama then devised a charming trick. But Devi just threw it away in disgust. By chance that garland fell on Krishna. Hari immediately frowned, grimaced and sighed as if He had been badly injured. Shyama then sat silently in a corner of the kunja looking very sad.
Namacharya - The Life of Srila Haridasa Thakura (Lives of the Vaisnava Acaryas Vol. IV)
At this, Krishna laughed mischievously and enveloped Radha in a loving embrace! Here we share those memories, and invite our readers to relish the sweet and sometimes humorous exchanges between the liberated ones. He was writing translations and purports to the beginning three volumes of his Srimad Bhagavatam series in the English language.
That is how we began our acquaintance and friendship. Swamiji was very charming, and full of realization, humor and affection. He was so kind upon me. I was a much younger man, junior in all ways. Yet Swamiji treated me just like a son or a very little brother. He always encouraged me, asked about my welfare, and shared hari-katha from his writings.
Although his material circumstances were then so poor, he always seemed to me to be one of the richest devotees in spiritual blessings. He was a very learned and humble Vaisnava. He worked very diligently on his manuscripts, and often spoke about the order from his guru maharaja, His Divine Grace Srila Bhaktisiddhanta SarasvatiThakura Prabhupada. Swamiji had every intention to somehow spread this Krishna knowledge in the West, despite all obstacles.
Most of us at that time were quite doubtful that he could succeed to go. He was practically penniless then, without sponsors or connections. Many of us were not so favorable for any Indian to go to the mleccha [western] countries, so we did not encourage him. Nevertheless, he was undaunted. I think he had just completed his third volume of the Srimad Bhagavatam and he was carrying all three in his hands.
He then explained to our group how he had finally printed the last texts and now the books were ready to go to the West. Of course, we were willing to do that. So he carefully passed around the stack of three, brick-red,cloth bound books, and asked each of us to touch them and give our blessings, which we did. Swamiji explained with deep seriousness how these Bhagavata books, now blessed, could not go across the ocean by themselves. Someone would have to take them to the west, popularize them, and distribute them properly to the public. So he then humbly requested, with folded palms, that our assembly would also bless him to accompany the books and preach on their behalf.
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In this way he took us all by surprise. I thought at that time how remarkable a Vaisnava he was, to request such blessings and to arrange for receiving them so wonderfully. I remember when I gave my blessings to him, I felt a spiritual surcharge in my heart. I feel honored to have been some very small part of that glorious success. There is an amazing story behind this. It says nothing about appearance day. Life is too short, memory is very weak and time is less. Thus we offer the following 25 verses to summarize all the essential principles, practices and actual goal of Gaudiya Vaisnava Dharma.
We have arranged them in a logical sequence to facilitate clear understanding. Devotees will obtain tremendous spiritual benefit by reflecting deeply upon each one; learning them and following their guidance. At least this one verse all should memorize, meditate and realize. Our [the upasakas] way to attain perfection [upasana] is to follow the delightful method of worship done by the newlywed gopis of Vraja vraja vadhu. The highest goal of human life is Krishna prema, pure love of God. These are the transcendental tenets of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, and thus deserve our highest respect, love and care.
It is He who revealed the Veda to Brahma, the first sage, within his heart. Sri Krishna is beginningless, the greatest of all, and the cause of all causes. While wearing a golden hued garment and a vaijayanti flower mala, Krishna fills the holes of His flute with the nectar of His lips, and the cowherd boys sing His glories as He enters the forest of Vrindavana, beautifying the earth with His lovely footprints.
These two, although one soul, have manifested in this world in separate forms since ancient times. He, who is known as Caitanya, has now manifest as the union of Radha-Krishna. Rubbing his eyes, Uddhava lovingly told Vidura in amazement O Mind!
- Haridasa Thakur.
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- Glories of Lord Sri Krishna Caitanya!
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Stay aloof [apahaya durat] from all great things or persons like Vrajavasis [sarva mahatam], and live in Vrindavana with love. Uttama bhakti is practiced deliberately and actively, solely for the pleasure of Bhagavan Sri Krishna. In such a spiritual body one can serve Krishna.
Worship Me and offer your respects unto Me. Thus you will truly and certainly come to Me. I promise you this because you are dear to Me. All other rules and prohibitions are subservient to this. The mind is so restless, agitating, powerful and obstinate. It seems harder to check than even the wind.
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Our time is limited and our lives are full of obstacles. Therefore we should worship the essence, just as the swan extracts only the milk from the water. Suka Muni said [phala shruti for rasa-lila cp. I am Yours, I am Yours! I cannot live without You! Knowing this, please take me to Your lotus feet! A human being is very, very fortunate if he has taken diksha or initiation from a genuine wisdom teacher or illuminator, commonly known as guru.
On his own, a seeker on the path of enlightenment will face many obstacles and challenges created by his karmic inheritance, the environment, and other living entities.
The opposition to self-realization appears before one in many forms i. Alone—how will one ever conquer all these seemingly invincible foes? The secret is the power and blessings of a real guru.