Rajapur Jagannath deities

Summary: During our Mayapur Yatra, we will be visiting many places which are so transcendental and sublime that our limited consciousness cannot fathom the fortune we will be receiving!

Jagannath Baldev Subhadra
October 8, 2006

Summary: The following essay has been provided by Madhavananda das, the editor of Krsna Kathamrita (website http://www.gopaljiu.org/). It was one of Bhaktivinoda Thakur's first works and was written in 1871. In it, Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur is addressing an audience that is highly educated, strongly influenced by European Rationalism and Modernity, yet still grounded and sentimentally connected to the traditions of the past --- an audience wrestling with how to integrate or somehow address these two strong forces acting upon their lives and within their times. Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur speaks strongly and persuasively on issues such as ritual, deity worship, blind acceptance of traditional views vs.

Lord Shiva accepts Ganga on his head.JPG
October 3, 2007

Summary: The glories of Mother Ganges, as found in the Padma Purana (from Bindu Magazine).

Reading Assignment TWO FROGS VISIT THE GANGA (Adapted from the Padma Purana, canto 7, chapter 9)

Radha kund & Syama kund at Govardhan
December 10, 2007

Summary: Since I have returned from Vrndavan, I have been engaged in speaking about Govardhan Hill and Radha Kund + Syama Kund at public programs. This absorption has inspired me to share something very nice. Within the attached file is a small portion of a book written by Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakur, which discloses the splendor of Vraja. The final portion focuses upon the splendor of Govardhana Hill and Radha Kund. At the very beginning of the attached file is a verse from Srimad Bhagavatam in which Uddhava is declaring that "Krishna is so attractive, that he enhances the beauty of ornaments, or He is the ornament of ornaments!" Or, in other words, one my say "Why is Vraja so opulent and filled with splendor?

Lord Nityananda takes Jiva Goswami on Navadvipa parikrama

Summary: The abode of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu's appearance is Sri Navadvipa Dhama. Soon, together with a number of devotees from America and from India, a parikrama of this most holy of the Lord's places of pastimes will take place. In anticipation of that event, I am including a small excerpt from Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura's books which describes the glories of the dhama. An actual historical parikrama was conducted by Lord Nityananda Prabhu, in his display of kindness upon Jiva Goswami, describing the ancient history of the dhama, and disclosing the pastimes of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu that took place in these locations. Jayadeva Goswami was a great poet and a great devotee of Lord Krishna. His Gita Govinda is perhaps his most famous writing.

Bhubaneshwar.JPG

Summary: On Oct 10 a number of devotees will be assembling in Bhubaneswar, Orissa to seek the blessings of Lord Siva (as is the custom) for an auspicious yatra, visiting the places of pastimes performed by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu in this part of Orissa during our 8-day 140-member parikrama of Jagannath Puri and surrounding places visited by Lord Caitanya. There is a very ancient connection between Lord Krishna, worshiped in His form as Lord Jagannatha in Puri, and Lord Siva, worshiped in many temples in Bhubaneswar. The intimacy of these two sacred places has some very amazing narrations connected to it, which will be made extensively on our Parikrama itself.