Lecture – Jayapataka Swami – Panihati and Initiation

Lecture – Jayapataka Swami – Panihati and Initiation

 
 
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We were blessed to have the association of HH Jayapataka Swami for one day here in Dallas on Panihati day.  This lecture is a wonderful account of the Panihati festival along with the devotees that participated in it.  He then initiated three devotees.

Veda -> Veda Priya Radha devi dasi
Isha -> Isha Prema devi dasi
Ashkan ->  Asesa Gaura Hari das

Dallas, TX
2013-06-22 

Lecture – Devamrita Swami – Controlling the Heart

Lecture – Devamrita Swami – Controlling the Heart

 
 
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Devamrita Swami spoke at the home of Ananda Lila dasi and Chaitanya Lila das.  He spoke on many topics — but the point that stood out for me was the need to control one’s heart through Bhakti.  He also answered some questions from the devotees present.

Dallas, TX
2013-06-03 

Flower Arati – Radhastami

Flower Arati – Radhastami

 
 
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An amazing 30 minute flower arati and abhishek of the Radha Kalachandji deities here in Dallas.  Bhajans led by Hari das and Giridhari Swami.

Dallas, TX
2012-09-22 

Lecture – Radhastami – Giriraj Swami

Lecture – Radhastami – Giriraj Swami

 
 
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Morning lecture given on Radhastami by Giriraj Swami on Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 9, Text 13.

Dallas, TX
2012-09-22

TEXT 9.13

mahatmanas tu mam partha
daivim prakritim asritah
bhajanty ananya-manaso
jnatva bhutadim avyayam

TRANSLATION

O son of Pritha, those who are not deluded, the great souls, are under the protection of the divine nature. They are fully engaged in devotional service because they know Me as the Supreme Personality of Godhead, original and inexhaustible.

PURPORT

In this verse the description of the mahatma is clearly given. The first sign of the mahatma is that he is already situated in the divine nature. He is not under the control of material nature. And how is this effected? That is explained in the Seventh Chapter: one who surrenders unto the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna, at once becomes freed from the control of material nature. That is the qualification. One can become free from the control of material nature as soon as he surrenders his soul to the Supreme Personality of Godhead. That is the preliminary formula. Being marginal potency, as soon as the living entity is freed from the control of material nature, he is put under the guidance of the spiritual nature. The guidance of the spiritual nature is called daivi prakriti, divine nature. So when one is promoted in that way — by surrendering to the Supreme Personality of Godhead — one attains to the stage of great soul, mahatma.

The mahatma does not divert his attention to anything outside Krishna, because he knows perfectly well that Krishna is the original Supreme Person, the cause of all causes. There is no doubt about it. Such a mahatma, or great soul, develops through association with other mahatmas, pure devotees. Pure devotees are not even attracted by Krishna’s other features, such as the four-armed Maha-Vishnu. They are simply attracted by the two-armed form of Krishna. They are not attracted to other features of Krishna, nor are they concerned with any form of a demigod or of a human being. They meditate only upon Krishna in Krishna consciousness. They are always engaged in the unswerving service of the Lord in Krishna consciousness.

Bhajan – Gopal Krishna Goswami – Toronto 24hr Kirtan – 24

Bhajan – Gopal Krishna Goswami – Toronto 24hr Kirtan – 24

 
 
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http://youtu.be/KpC23hOvG3U

Gopal Krishna Goswami concludes the Toronto 24hr Kirtan program with a bhajan and short lecture about the importance of chanting the Holy Name of the Lord. 
Toronto, CA
2011-08-13

Bhajan – Ajamil das das – Toronto 24hr Kirtan – 23

Bhajan – Ajamil das das – Toronto 24hr Kirtan – 23

 
 
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Ajamil das leading the grand finale bhajan at the Toronto 24hr Kirtan.  He is joined by many other wonderful devotees and kirtan singers.
Toronto, CA
2011-08-13