Articles by Gauranga Darshan Das

Srimad-Bhagavatam: The Book Form of Lord Krishna

Srimad Bhagavatam: The Book Form of Lord Krishna by Gauranga Darshan Das A brief outline of the twelve cantos of the Bhagavatam, which represent the bodily limbs of Lord Krishna and present ten transcendental topics. Of all the sacred Vaiṣṇava scriptures, Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam is considered the topmost. Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu hailed the Bhāgavatam as the spotless authority (pramāṇam amalam) amongst…

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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 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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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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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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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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