Jhulan Yatra: The Festival of Swings

Jhulan Yatra: The Festival of Swings by Gauranga Darshan Das Devotional festivals open the doors to unparalleled pleasure for one and all, hence they bear great significance in traditional India. They are not mere rituals performed by sentimentalists, instead, they are heartfelt expressions of gratitude and love of the devotees. They provide opportunities for us to offer practical services to…

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Key for Good Friendships

Key for Good Friendships by Gauranga Darshan Das Generally, rich people do not like to identify with poor people. King Drupada and Dronacharya studied under the same guru in the same school when they were boys. But after some years, when poor Droṇa approached Drupada for financial assistance, Drupada gave him a cold reception. In contrast to this, Kṛṣṇa’s warm…

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Janmastami: Why does Krishna Appear?

Janmastami: Why does Krishna Appear? by Gauranga Darshan Das Krishna who appeared on the Mother Earth by her invitation, also appears in our hearts when we invite Him. That is Janmastami – to invite Krishna into our hearts with our love, and to open our hearts to receive His love. The midnight of the eighth day of the dark fortnight…

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The First Love Letter & The First Queen

The First Love Letter & The First Queen Gauranga Darshan Das Princess Rukmiṇī was the young daughter of Bhīṣmaka, King of Vidarbha. She had heard of Kṛṣṇa's beauty and other attractive qualities from sages like Nārada Muni, and thus desired Him as her husband. Lord Kṛṣṇa also wanted to marry her. Rukmiṇī’s brother Rukmī was envious of Kṛṣṇa and wanted…

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THE REUNION OF SITA & RAMA

THE REUNION OF SITA & RAMA by Gauranga Darshan Das A profound lesson from Ramayana that inspires us to revive our eternal relationship with the Lord. God loves us. It’s true! And we can access it and experience it, if we approach Him in the right spirit. Just as we can watch a desired video by clicking the right link,…

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Dealings In Divine Discourses

Dealings In Divine Discourses Six Qualities exhibited by Naimiṣāraṇya sages in their hearing of Śrimad Bhāgavatam by Gauranga Darshan Das Śrīmad Bhāgavatam is a literary masterpiece like no other. It is rich with sacred wisdom and is presented as an amalgamation of intriguing spiritual conversations. Thus, Śrīmad Bhāgavatam reigns supreme in genres of spirituality, philosophy and devotion. While Śukadeva Gosvāmī…

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The Mad Elephant Offense

The Mad Elephant Offense by Gauranga Darshan Das "9 Stories that Reveal the Causes and Consequences of Vaiṣṇava-aparādha, and the Ways to Overcome It" Devotees are so dear to the Lord who is not only within their hearts, but also keeps them within His heart (sādhavo hṛdayaṁ mahyaṁ. sādhūnāṁ hṛdayaṁ tv aham, SB 9.4.68). The association of such devotees is…

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The Two Divine Boars

THE TWO DIVINE BOARS by Gauranga Darshan Das (Varāha Dvādasi Special) Boar is a wild animal, probably not known for its beauty or great work. But when God appears in the form of a boar, He looks extremely beautiful and performs the most wonderful deeds. Just as the Supreme Lord appears in the human society as Lord Rāma and Lord…

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