Srila Haridas Thakur in Lord Caitanya's company

Summary: The following section is taken from Chapter 16 of Adi-kanda of Caitanya Bhagavat, translated by Kusakratha Prabhu. It discloses *unique* direct teachings of Haridas Thakur to conditioned souls. It also discloses 1st class "interfaith dialogue", presented by our Nama-acarya Haridas Thakur. Dive deeply!

Reading Assignment

False gurus "Putana" are slayers of all infants
June 30, 2013

On the side of the banks of the river Ganga was a cliff on which grew a great fig tree. In the hollow of that tree lived a vulture named Jaradgava who, due to misfortune, had no eyes and no claws. Out of pity, the birds residing on that tree used to take out a little portion of their own food and give it to the vulture to keep him alive. Jaradgava lived on that tree and protected the young fledgling birds there.

Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur

Summary: Within the writings of Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur, we find a very suitable style which he used to address the audience of his times, one that is quite effective for that of our times, as well: humble persuasion, invoking a most reasonable presentation of the science of how to live one's life spiritually. While Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur presents scriptural support for each of the declarations he makes, his preaching style mainly rests upon convincing his reader of his conclusions by the sharp logic and reasonable statements that he makes. Reason, not dogma, prevails. This week's reading assignment exhibits this particular style of Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur, while addressing the topic of niyamas which correspond to different principles of spiritual elevation.