TULASI: The Dearest to the Divine

TULASI: The Dearest to The Divine by Gauranga Darshan Das The most adorable and transcendentally fragrant tulasi is endowed with transformative potency and has a special significance in the worship of Lord Krishna. What kind of offerings please God? Gorgeous, expensive, elaborate…? Not necessarily! If one can afford, one may make magnificent offerings to God, but what the Supreme Lord…

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Devatas Bathe Giridhari 

Devatas Bathe Giridhari by Gauranga Darshan Das Holy scriptures glorify the Supreme Lord as atma-rama – self-satisfied, who does not need to seek happiness from anything beyond Himself. He is the source of everything that exists in the entire cosmic manifestation. Offering anything to Him may be compared to the offering of a small lamp to the Sun God who…

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DEEPAVALI: A Warm Welcome with Lamps of Love

DEEPAVALI: A Warm Welcome with Lamps of Love By Gauranga Darshan Das Just as the Ayodhya-vasis welcomed Lord Rama back to Ayodhya with the lamps of this love on the Dipavali day, after fourteen years of separation, let us all welcome the Lord back into our hearts, with the lamps of our love, after many lifetimes of separation. Although the…

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POWER OF ASSOCIATION

SADHU-SANGA: POWER OF ASSOCIATION By Gauranga Darshan Das The company that we keep plays a significant role in our lives. Our desires, habits, and goals are often dependent on the association that we are in (saṅgāt sañjāyate kāmaḥ, BG 2.62). Associating with cultured people helps us develop good habits, and associating with corrupt people makes us corrupt generally. The holy…

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Who Is Srimati Radharani?

WHO IS ŚRĪMATĪ RĀDHĀRĀṆĪ? By Gauranga Darshan Das Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī and Śrī Kṛṣṇa are one in Their identity. Yet, They manifested themselves eternally as two personalities to experience the highest form of spiritual, loving exchanges. Rādhārāṇi is Kṛṣṇa’s spiritual energy (svarūpa śakti) personified. She is a transformation of the eternal potency of love that Kṛṣṇa carries within Himself. The Attractor…

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Jagannatha Ratha-yatra: An Earnest Invitation

An Earnest Invitation By Gauranga Darshan Das Just imagine you haven’t seen your most beloved one for a long time. When you meet him or her again, wouldn't that reunion be the cause of your great pleasure? But something different happened about 5000 years ago, when the reunion of two most intimate parties had been the cause of enhanced separation.…

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Ten Characteristics of Lord Caitanya’s Mercy

Ten Characteristics of Lord Caitanya’s Mercy Gauranga Darshan Das The devotees of Lord Kṛṣṇa become ecstatic and extremely joyful by rendering loving devotional service unto Him. Once Kṛṣṇa Himself became desirous of experiencing their happiness. So, He concluded that unless He adopts the moodof a devotee, He cannot experience the happiness of a devotee. The topmost devotee of Lord Kṛṣṇa…

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Which Is Greater: 99 or 100?

Which Is Greater: 99 or 100?  By Gauranga Darshana Das Sometimes, determining which of two actions is better is not as simple as it may first appear.  Which is greater, 99 or 100? Of course 100 is greater. Then why ask the question? Because the question may be about more than just the numbers. Imagine that one student honestly scores…

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Selfless and Seamless Devotion: Lessons from Life & Character of Prahlada

Selfless and Seamless Devotion: Lessons from the Life & Character of Prahlāda By Gauranga Darshan Das Devotional service rendered to God with a materially unmotivated heart and with unwavering regularity completely satisfies the self. Achieving anything in life requires focus and determination. If our efforts and attitudes are consistent, we can achieve our intended goals easily and quickly. But if…

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An Eventful Jump: Lessons from Hanuman’s Search for Mother Sita

An Eventful Jump: Lessons from Hanuman’s Search for Mother Sita By Gauranga Darshan Das Who is qualified for spiritual life? Only brāhmaṇas? Or sannyāsīs, or human beings, scholars, or Indians!? – Whether one is a man or a woman, householder or a renunciant, Indian or an American, aristocratic or underprivileged, rich or poor, educated or illiterate, child or an elder,…

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