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.

Jananivas prabhu serves the deities intimately
June 7, 2009

In this text from Ray of Visnu chapter 13, Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Sarasvati discusses the difference between Idolatry and worship of Sri Murti with an American Professor.

Reading Assignment

Jananivas prabhu serves the deities intimately
August 2, 2010

Summary: Only with very intimate devotees will the Deity interact in such a manner as took place between Pundarika Vidyanidhi and Lord Jagannath. A very similar exchange recently took place between Jananivasa Prabhu in Mayapur and the Lord Jagannath Deities. It is a most intimate loving exchange! {For the contemporary context: see below.}

Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur

Summary: Following last week's reading assignment, I have again selected quotes from a book put together and published under the direction of Bhakti-siddhanta Saraswati Thakur, which were gleaned from the vast writings of his divine father Srila Saccidananda Bhaktivinoda Thakura. These quotes display the great calmness and patience of BVT as he weaves his way through the bias of rationalists and sectarian Christian thought. Bear in mind that his audience is a hostile group of argumentative intellectuals. His line of reasoning is still quite relevant today, especially for our preachers who face persons who will yield to well thought out and persuasive arguments presented in a reasonable tone and in a gentlemanly manner.