Sri Radha Madhava

Sri Radha Madhava

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The Great Makar Sankranti!

Salutations and adoration to the Supreme Lord, the primordial power that divided the year into the four seasons. Salutations to Surya, the Sun God, who on this great day of Makar Sankranti embarks on his northward journey, the auspicious Uttarayana. All seekers of Truth, aspirants on the path of Yoga, devotees of God, lovers of mankind, all these pay tribute to the Supreme Father of energy, the vital force of creation itself. Thus we chant in the great Gaiyatri: 'Tamaso Ma Jyotir Gamaya'!
 Lead us out of darkness into the Light!
'Tamaso Ma Jyotir Gamaya'

'Tamaso Ma Jyotir Gamaya'
 "The sun signifies knowledge, spiritual light and wisdom. Makar Sankranti signifies that we should turn away from the darkness of delusion in which we live, and begin to joyously let the light within us shine brighter and brighter. We should gradually begin to grow in purity, wisdom, and knowledge, even as the sun does from this day."
    ~ Swami Shivananda Saraswati

Makar Sankranti marks the transition of the Sun into the zodiac sign of Makara rashi (Capricorn) on its celestial path. The day is also believed to mark the arrival of Spring in India and is a enormous event, with many fold benefits to all devotees. 
May all of us be blessed throughout the year with the Grace of Divine Love, Compassion, Joy and Light. Om Shanti! Shanti! Shanti!!

Friday, November 07, 2014

Be Like Graceful Ganga!!

Be like Graceful Ganga,
Accepting whatever offered,
Still flowing, uncomplaining,
Spirit sparkling clear!

    ~*~ AUM ~*~


Monday, November 03, 2014

Choose a path! ~*~

Pick a way, the one most appealing to you!
Then keep on the path moving forward!
Om! You will reach your goal! ~*~

Friday, October 10, 2014

Navratri in Himalayas ~*~ ~*~ ~*~ ~*~ Jai Mata Di! ~*~

                                Special celebrations during Navratri in Himanchal.

                                                             Jai! Jai! Durga Ma!

                           The wonderful Kumari Puja ~*~Jai Mata Di!! ~*~

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Sri Radha*ღ☆¸.•°*♥ Beloved Embodiment of Perfect Devotion

   Thus we live in that constant Divine Joy which unites all hearts.
In this joy of one's heart one discovers the soul which is Bliss Eternal!
Saints tell us that in the heart one beholds the Soul which is but the
Reflection of God - the Spirit Absolute!
      Christ says: "The pure in heart shall see God!" which indeed means that
those who take to the Life at Heart in the Love of God shall see the heart
pure as it truly is and thus they behold the Self dwelling there as the Soul!
      But when man forgets his Life at Heart ~~~ that keeps man away from
the heart, in the darkness of his physical and mental attachments and
therefore he is 'impure', being blinded by the false light and delights of this
world!  Yet in the sweet Remembrance of Lord's sacred Name, man's
attention draws within.
      While tasting the most subtle joys of such inward communion in the very
center of one's being - the heart stands revealed. The great mysteries of the
heart unfold themselves to the earnest seeker of spirituality- God is being
experienced and also seen!
                                              ~ Grace of Grace ~

From : The Letters of Swami Jnanananda Giri

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Sri Radha Krishna's Divine Love

     Sri Radha, here with Sri Krishna, is His own Ecstatic Enrapturing Potency,Hladini Shakti, His Bliss aspect. Due to the perfection of Sri Radha's exceedingly glorious Love called Madana Maha Bhav,  Lord Krishna Himself, while enjoying as the Object of Her selfless love, then goes beyond this and becomes a  repository of Love. Thus the Beloved Sri Krishna seeing the perfect ecstasy of Sri Radha's devotion, Himself becomes the Lover of Sri Radha!    In the Divine Leelas they go on changing parts, between Lover and Beloved.
This is the exquisite play of Sri Radha Krishna. That as He was ever the object of Sri Radha's worship, still He always adored Her as His Beloved. Both are Lovers and both are Beloveds.  ~Divine~ Sri Radha Krishna.

                                                                            .,« ҉ »..

Monday, August 18, 2014

Sri Krishna Janamashtami´♥ღ¸.•°* with The Poems of Rasakhan *ღ☆¸.•°*♥*ღ☆¸.•°*♥

         That Absolute Krishna ღ☆¸.•°*♥

That Absolute Krishna ~
       the Creator worships Him night and day.
The ever-auspicious Shiva
       constantly meditates upon Him.

That Absolute Krishna is worshiped
       by the proud and the foolish ~
       by the destitute as well as by kings.

That Absolute Krishna
       is honored by yogis and ascetics
       while they withstand the cold and heat
                 that afflicts their bodies.

That Absolute krishna is the Vrindavan Moon,
       and He increases loving desires
                 a million fold.

He is Rasakhan's life, and He liberates
       the world from its false pride.

That same lotus-eyed Krishna
       now stands before His Mother Yashoda,
                 anxiously waiting for a milk-sweet.

*♥ *
vei brahm brahma jahi sevat hain rain-din,
sadasiva  sada hi  dharat dhyan gadhe hain
vei  visnu  jake  kaj  mani  mudh raja rank
jogi jati hvai kai seet sahyau ang dadhe hain
vei brajachand  rasakhani  pran pranan ke,
jake  abhilakh  lakh-lakh  bhanti  badhe  hain
jasudha ke aage basudha ke  man-mochan se,
tamras-lochan  kharochan  kau  thadhe  hain
*♥ *

                                   *ღ☆¸.•°*♥ *ღ☆¸.•°*♥

              A Worthy Mood

Your vitality is real
       when God is pleased with it.

Beauty is true when it delights Him.

A head has value when it bows at His feet
       and a heart is a heart if it touches Him.

The best milk is milked by Krishna.
       Curds are exalted when served by Him.

What else can Rasakhan say?
       The mood is worthy if it pleases Him.

 *♥ *
pran vahi ju rahain rijhi va par rup vahi jihi vahi rijhayau
sis vahi  jin ve parse  pad ank vahi  jin  va  parasayau
dudh vahi ju duhayau ri vahi, dahi su sahi ju vahi dharakayau
aur kahan laun kahaun rasakhani ri bhav vahi ju vahi man bhayau
*♥ *

                                  *ღ☆¸.•°*♥ *ღ☆¸.•°*♥

                      Looted by Love   

Since the day I saw
           the son of Nanda,
I have abandoned every rule
           and severed all ties             
                       with my home.

His beautiful glance
          has clobbered me!

I've lost control of my heart ~
          I've been looted by Love.

Like a river rushing to the ocean
          cannot be contained,
the barriers of my family
         have all been shattered.

Rasakhan is intoxicated:
  "My heart whirls with Krishna,
       a Treasure House of Divine love,
          as I gulp the blissful nectar of His beauty."

*♥ *
ja din te  nirakhyau nandanandan kani taji kar bandhan tutyau
charu  bilokin  kini  sumar  samhar  gai  man  mor  ne  lutyau
sagar ke salila jimi dhave na roki rukai kul ko pul tutyau
matta bhayau man sang phire rasakhani sarup sudharas ghutyau
*♥ *

                                 *ღ☆¸.•°*♥ *ღ☆¸.•°*♥   

                         My Beloved  

I will adorn Hari's heart with a flower garland
       of jasmine and kunda flowers
       that I have gathered from the bowers
                   filled with gunja berries
                                  and beautiful creepers.

O, friend!  When will I be able to delight
           and please my Beloved.?

My plan is to suddenly call out to Hari.

Then,  that abode of Elixir will
        turn around, look at me,
                     and smile.

*♥ *
kunjani kunjani gunja ke punjani manju latani sau mala  banaibo
malati  mallika  kund  sau  gundi  hara hari  ke hiyra pahiraibo
ali  kabai  in  bhavne  bhaine  aapun  rijhi  kai  pyare  rijhaibo
mai jhakai Hari  hankaribo rasakhani  takai phiri kai musikaibo
*♥ *

                                *ღ☆¸.•°*♥ *ღ☆¸.•°*♥

                        The Magic Flute

What magic is Hari filled with today
    that makes His flute so full of enchantment? 

Whoever hears His flute's song
    abandons all sense of worldly decorum
                   in a moment!

My clever friend, what to say?
        Now, the youthful ladies
                   dally around Krishna's door.

In this circle of Vraja, there is not a single lady left
          who has not been plundered
                     by that blissful Treasure!

*♥ *
Kaun thagauri bhari Hari aju bajai hai bansuriya rang-bhini
tan  sunin  jinhin  tinhin tabhin  tit  saj  bida  kara  dini
ghumain ghari nand ke dvar navini kaha kahun bal pravini
ya braja-mandal main rasakhani su kaun bhatu ju latu nahin kini
*♥ *
                                  *ღ☆¸.•°*♥ *ღ☆¸.•°*♥ 

Rasakhan says,
“Worship Govinda the way a village woman balances a
water jug upon her head, with effortless concentration.”

                                   *ღ☆¸.•°*♥ *ღ☆¸.•°*♥ 


The Poems of Rasakhan 
~ Treasure House of Love~

Translated by
      Shyamdas, Krishna Kinkari and David Haberman
  published by :
      Pratham Peeth Publications 2007

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Happy Hariyali Teej! ஜ۩۞۩ஜஜ۩۞۩ஜஜ۩۞۩ஜ ♥.•¤**¤•.¸.•¤**¤•♥ *•. .•* * ♥

Hey Hare Pyare!  It is the time of Hariyali Teej,
when we find ...'Sri Krishna Nirikshaya Vanita Utsava!'
That the Lord Krishna Himself is a complete Festival 
for all women!! Just like the Hariyali Teej is a Festival
for all women. He is the essence of all that is charming,
attractive, delightful and absorbing by His perfect Lilas.
He steals the hearts of the Gopis and possesses their minds
with His side-long glance, dashing smile and sweet whispers.
Even the peacocks are dazzled by His flute and graceful dance
in this most enchanting time of the bright half of rainy Sravana.
This is the time when the finest cool breezes graze the green
Tulsi gardens of Sri Vrindavan in the heart of all the devotees
and they respond by singing and decorating with lustrous flowers
beautiful swings for the Beloved Couple to enjoy the Hari Ras
of Their Divine Play in this magical season of over-whelming Love.
Now is the moment to feel and see in the heart the Eternal Pass time
in all its fragrant and lush beauty, astonishingly intoxicating beyond words,
the Divine Couple, Sri Radha Krishna, the most dear and the most Beloved.



Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Beloved Sant Gulab Singhji ~ ☾☆*.°Sufi Mystic●°*•○°★☾☆¸.•*

This amazing photo was taken in the Raj Mata quarters
of the NIS, Patiala (Palace). Where we were all guest of

Dr. M.S. Melhotra, a great devotee of the beloved Master!!
It was in the late afternoon, after tea and after informally
explaining some of the Divane Shamsi Tabriz of Rumi,
from the original Persian!!  See it in his eyes!! 

Friday, July 11, 2014

☆.•*°★☾~Divane Hafiz~°☆¸.•*

"I caught the Happy Virus last night
     When I was out Singing Beneath the Stars*
It is Remarkably Contagious, so Kiss Me!"

 ☆*.*.°☆ *●°*•○°★☾ °☆ ¸.•*~Hafiz ~

  This wonderful Sufi painting is by Reza Badrossama

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Divine Kundalini Shakti¸¸.◦ ◦.¸¸.◦✿◦◦¸◦❤◦¸◦✿ॐ✿◦¸◦❤◦¸◦✿◦.¸¸.◦Our Own Mysterious and Amazing Hidden Power!!

      This is the Kundalini Shakti seen here in her Goddess form. As the power of the Lord or God's Divine Energy of the cosmos, she is the light of innumerable universes. Her splendour is beyond description. Thus her manifestations are countless!  She is worshiped as the Divine Mother and as the other half of Lord Shiva. She is never separate from Him, but is the primal force of life underlying all existence.               
       Worshiping her includes the total acceptance of all creation for she is the center of everything, vitalizing the body through her energy. She is the beauty in all things beautiful, the power, the fragrance, the color, the taste, the music, the enchantment, the dance, the grace. She is the intelligence of the mind and the devotion in worship, and the magnetism of all lovers.
      As Kundalini Shakti she lies dormant in the Muladhara Chakra at the base of the spine in the form of a serpent power, coiled around the Swayambhu Shivalinga. When she bestows her grace on her sincere devotees, she awakens and leads the individual soul up from Chakra to Chakra, plane to plane, and unites him with Lord Shiva in the Sahasrara. The Divine Shakti maintains the play of all forms through the three Gunas, the three fundamental attributes or modes of instinct: Sattva (purity), Rajas (passion), Tamas (darkness).
     Thus the Devi holds in one hand the TRISHUL (Shula), also a symbol of the triad of man's three bodies: the gross physical body or Sthula Sharira; the subtle Astral body or Linga Sharira; and the causal body, the individual soul or Karana Sharira.
     In the worship of Divine Mother it is necessary to overcome any dislikes, aversions, misuse, perversions, weaknesses, and negativeness. All obstacles must be removed. For this the Devi holds in one hand the BOW (Danusha) as a symbol of concentrated focus, discrimination and alertness. For this purpose external worship, rituals and ceremonies make a valuable contribution.
      The SKULL in the Shakti's hand is symbolic of a pure empty mind. This means a mind free from preconceived ideas that block the way for new perceptions. This paves the way for Divine insights such as insights by intuition during meditation, japa or just quiet reflection. In contrast to preconceived ideas stands true knowledge, which is knowing from personal experience. Information is often mistaken for knowledge. If the Divine Nectar received in those blessed indescribable moments falls, caught up in the passion of the illusion of worldly affairs, it falls like water and streams off and is lost because the aspirant might only recognize too late what has happened.
       The Skull, emptiness of mind, is shown to remind one that to continue the minds habit of interpreting would be a big mistake. Thus, empty the mind as with the repetition of mantra from the guru. The need for an aspirant is not to learn new things, but to absorb Divine Nectar. This ambrosia obtained from spiritual practice is the precious spiritual food (the intuitive insights) that needs to be absorbed, not analyzed and prejudged.
       The NOOSE held by Kundalini Shakti is a warning not to be caught in the old traps of mechanicalness and intellectualization, preoccupation with self and turning a deaf ear. Discover old traps and even recognize traps before they have been laid. Basically the NOOSE warns of being caught in the pride of knowledge.
       The GOAD (Ankusha) that Devi holds shows that goading or pushing is necessary, even on to the last efforts. She signals the sadhak to keep going, moving forward, to persevere, discriminate, and pursue development.
     The ARROWS shown here to us by Kundalini Devi represents the five senses that need to be brought under control by awareness and refinement and then shot in a fine straight line by direct commitment and a clear sight of the target. A specific goal may be missed by running in too many directions!
      The Kundalini Shakti is pure and blissful. She is the Mother of Nature itself. It is therefore that one should first approach the Mother so that she may bring her spiritual child who is worthy to unite with the Father!
     Devi is Shakti of Lord Shiva. She is Jada shakti, Chit shakti, Iccha Shakti, Kriya shakti, Jnana shakti. She is Maya shakti, Maya, Mahamaya, Sri Vidya, Lalita, Kundalini, Rajeshwari and Parvati. As Sati she manifested to Lord Shiva in ten separate forms, the Das Mahavidya: Kali, Tara, Shodashi, Bhuvaneshwari, Bhairavi, Chinnamasta, Dhumavati, Bhagalamukhi, Matangi,and Laxmi.
   Glory to all these wonderful manifestations of the Divine Mother!
We adore Her in all Her forms!

                              ~Om Shakti! Om Shakti! Om shakti Om!
                         Brahma shakti! Vishnu Shakti! Shiva Shakti Om!
                           Iccha Shakti! Kriya Shakti! Jnana Shakti Om!
                               ~Om Shakti! Om Shakti! Om Shakti Om!~

Saturday, April 05, 2014

"Ye Noor uska, ye zahoor uska,*ღ☆¸ Gar tu na dekhe, to kasoor kiska?!" *ღ☆¸.•°*♥☆Om Babaji ¸★° ☾

"The Inner Light is His! The outer view is His!!
 If you can't see this, whose fault it is?!"
*ღ☆¸.•°*♥☆ ¸★° ☾ °☆ *ღ☆¸.•°*♥☆ ¸★

This wonderful Hafiz painting is by Reza Badrossama

The Divine Mother ~ Adi Shakti ~*~

Monday, March 17, 2014

¸.•°*♥ Aaj Holi Hai! ¸.•°*♥

      Be drenched in the indelible color of the Beloved Sri Radha Krishna
               ~ ღ☆¸.•°*♥ हरी ॐ *ღ☆¸.•°*♥ ¸.•°*♥ Happy Holi!¸.•°*♥

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

"The subject tonight is Love" °☆ ¸. * ● ¸★°Hafiz ☾ °☆ ¸. * ●★ *

°☆ ¸. * ● ¸★° ☾ °☆ ¸. * ●★ * "The whole world just got thick again with God. And everywhere I look makes me feel very proud ~ That all the objects and creatures remain looking so poised ~ And acting so cool while keeping the Great Secret so well ~ And not blissfully shout all day long ~ the Reality ~ ~ ~ ~ I AM ~ I AM THE WINE! °☆ ¸. * ● ¸★° ☾ °☆ ¸ * ●★ * The whole universe just got stoned out of its mind again On the Beauty of God!" °☆ ¸. * ● ¸★° ☾ °☆ ¸. * ●★ * °☆ ¸. * ● ¸★° ☾ °☆ ¸. * ●★ * °☆ ¸. * ● ¸★° ☾ °☆ ¸. * ●★ * ☆ ¸. * ●★ *°☆"No one can keep us from carrying God wherever we go!" °☆ ¸. * ● ¸★° ☾ °☆ ¸. * ●★ *°☆ ¸. * ● ¸★° ☾ °☆ ¸. * ●★ * °☆ ¸. * ● ¸★° ☾ °☆ ¸. *Hafiz ~*~

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Swami Sacinandanji and Sri Shyam Dasji ~Govardhana~

This was taken with wonderful Sacinandan Swamiji and dear Shyam Dasji at Jutipura, Govardhan, Nov. 2009. It was an amazing Bhakti week of Hari Katha, Kirtana, and Ras Lila! Full of Hari Ecstasy!!
Full of Graceful Hari bliss, he spreads intense Love for God in the Divine forms of Sri Radha and Sri Krishna!! Ah ho!! ~*~*~*~*~*~

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Mata Narvada Puriji's Maha Samadhi ~Basant Panchmi~ Feb.4,2014

On Feb.20,2013 I was sitting with Mata Narvada Puriji,(German) outside her small simple room on the top of Santoshpuri Ashrama near the flowing Gangaji at Septha Rishi. There was a flood of Light around her and an aura of bliss! The only other German lady-sadhu I had met was Uma, a disciple of Swami Shivananda Saraswati of Rishikesh,and she was living in a wonderful cave up in the mountains there. And like the last time I was totally blown-away, over-whelmed. Maybe it was her calm beauty and great simplicity,totally centered, or her charming, friendly way she spoke that reached straight in to capture the heart. Mataji Narvada Puri had come to India in the early 70's at the age of 24 yrs. Her life is an inspiration,a testimony of vairag, detachment, and perfect devotion to the Guru.
"Holy waters, holy places, holy people can give you liberation in one moment. It is possible! Commonly called a "miracle": to remove the veil of ignorance, to clear impurities stored up for generations. Arrival in Banaras and the next day you got enlightened! Not forever, but enough to change life and work until eternity to regain and establish the bliss."*
"The Shiva temple by the roadside solved the search for the right place. You just came back home, you go straight up to the holy shrine. The doors are still closed. You don't ask who is inside. You sit by the wall and your heart starts singing,flying high, knocking at the paradise unknown. No question, your innocence is back, you don't mind winning the prize. The time was right, the light could be recognized. Shiv!"* ... "The eternal smile of hope goes on. Now Shiva has become everything and everywhere. You can touch Him in the wall, love Him in the wind, listen to Him in the drums of the snake tamers. You can geet up without losing Him. You know now with whom you are dancing..."* Feb.5,2014 Mataji Narvada Puri'S Samadhi sanskaras were done on this day at her Ashrama, Santoshpuri, and she was entered next to her Baba's Samadhi (near to where she stands in this photo!)
"The little garden place of your life will blossom again to create flowers of love to fade away while leaving a seed of indestructible devotion. With eyes open, you have passed away long ago." * * The quotes here are all from Mataji Narvada Puri's book: 'Tears of Bliss'.

Monday, February 03, 2014

Sankirtan Samraat Swami Mukund Hariji Maharaj of Bathinda & Hari Nikunj Ashram.

His Ashrama, Sri Hari Nikunj,in Bankey Bihari Basti was the first place I stayed in Vrindavan way back in 1971. At that time it was a delightful friendly little Ashram, where one was invited to stay by Maharajji himself, who was often there, though he had a lovely place in Bathinda, Punjab also. There was daily kirtan and puja, but most outstanding to me was that this small Ashram would daily prepare food and distribute it to more than 50 mahatmas, sanyasis, and sadhus,who calmly stood in a long line with their own containers to be filled. And last would be feed just anyone who wanted to eat! At least in those days there were three or four places in Vrindavan, this holy abode of Lord Krishna, that were "free kitchens" for sadhus and devotees of all kinds. I thought that was so beautiful! And I still do. Every day we would rush to have the 'Darshan' of these sadhus. The first one always to be fed was a young Mauni Baba who would come, but only sit under the tree outside, and never even stood in the line. Years later we came to know this Bengali Baba as Swami Vimalananda Saraswatiji, a disciple of the renowned Swami Akhandananda saraswati. The Mahant, manager-sadhu, of the Ashram at that time was Sri Ladali Sharonji,from Punjab. All our time was spent in spiritual pursuits. This was the address in Vrindavan left on all letters I had received from Baba Sripadji, that brought me to the ecstasy that is Sri Vrindavan. And the meeting of Swami Mukund Hariji, his kindness of magnificent Grace that manifested around him no matter the occasion, what to say of witnessing his amazing sankirtanas, that I always tape-recorded. Specially since Balyogiji Sripad Baba had given me a new portable tape-recorded(rare at the time)for this purpose. One of the Greatest experiences of my life was at the Opening of the new Ashrama, when the entire 7 days of the Srimad Bhagavath Septha was completed with me sitting right up in front taping the whole thing, in the company of these wonderful saints. This was in the early 1970's. The inspired Speaker was Goswami Atul Krishnaji and the exalted Listener was Swami Mukunda Hariji. Baba Sripadji and countless saints and devotees were present for the Kathas and kirtana daily. The end result, which I was completely not expecting, is an ecstasy and vision far beyond words to describe!! So is the company and grace of the saints. ~*~ Hari Om ~*~

Friday, December 20, 2013

With Baba Ram Dasji in Maui

This was my third meeting with the amazingly beautiful Baba Ram Dasji after many years. On this perfect day in Maui. His lovely house was to be found in the North-West part of the island. And though we had an address there is something about the house that one recognized it on sight. Maybe it is the calm peacefulness and all that bliss! Surely enough, Dasi Ma was expecting us and immediately came to the door and invited us inside. And Baba Ram Dasji was also there with a most radiant smile, warm and welcoming. One just stood awhile and took in that wonderful moment of fullness and mutual recognition. It was like being finally face to face with Love itself! I offered him my gift from India, the Tibetan 'Yak Wool' shawl that he joyfully accepted. We then followed him into the spacious sitting room, that was also a shrine and full of light. Calmly he began speaking with us, sweetly inquiring and interested, listening to all our replies with a deep mood of underlying joy. And there appeared a most beautiful, and complete, rainbow right over his head that ended into the ocean itself, seemingly, since there were big windows behind him. It was most astonishing and inspiring!
He spoke of many things,of the beauty of life and the trails of ageing. He said that when he had become so ill, after his stroke and the paralysis,he spoke to Baba Neemkaroliji, and asked him why all this had happened to him. He said, "You promised me 'Grace'. What is this?" He answered, "This is the 'Grace' that you are in this most difficult state and yet you are in bliss and in my presence. That you have accepted all things in your life, this is 'Grace'!
This beautiful man of 82 yrs. now, gently shared with us many blessings. All his words fell on our ears like pure 'Grace'. He spoke of the rolls everyone plays in life, and how all of it was ever leading us towards a final goal, towards a sublime state of Pure Grace, where we can realize our actual True Self and find That One as our own Ultimate Being. How all of life is for this purpose of finding Oneself in This Very Moment,The Now,and staying finely tuned to the Presence as Present. " I am Infinite!", he said as if in a reverie, as if in an abstracted state of momentary absorption. And there spread a sublime state of bliss through all of us present there with him.
Then Ram Dass told us that his Guru once came close to him and said, "Love everyone!" and he came closer and repeated it. And then he came right up to him, face to face and again slowly and clearly said,"Love everyone! I'm telling you to love everybody in the world that's all!" "So, I'm a Democrat, and I put George Bush there." and he pointed to his shrine right in front of us, where his Guru, Neemkaroli Baba's photo was prominent among others. And he showed us that now there is the photo of the Head of the Senate placed there instead of Bush. And he continued,"So, I go,'Hello Anandamayi Ma!,Awe! Nityananda! and I said, 'Hello George!' And I said that I have to see his soul. All I'm doing is reacting to his incarnation. And then I felt sorry for his soul, that has got a lousy incarnation!! As I took leave of this most beautiful soul I said,"You are pure joy." He said, "I surrender to Him." About 'Darshan' he said, "You know this is interesting, in India I learned that you don't see the Guru, the Guru sees you. See, you stand there and wait, you put effort behind." I said," I didn't wait though, I came running to India, looking all around. But when you see that person it's as if you can't find on your own, but it's there." And he said, "Yeah, it's there."

Saturday, November 02, 2013

A Very Happy Divali to All!

’•,`’•,*,•’`,•’ •♪ღ♪*•JOYFUL♥•♪ღ♪*•
,•’``’•,•’``’•,.•♪ღ♪ & GRACES♥•♪ღ♪*•
’•,`’•,*,•’`,•’TO YOU ALL! ♥•♪ღ♪*
.'.◦✿◦¸◦❤◦¸.'.ღϠ₡ღ✻ OM!Ϡ₡ 


Monday, September 30, 2013

What about Krishna's Flute? ♫*•*¨¨*•♫•♫ ♫*•*¨¨*•♫•♫

" To awaken their divine attachment
Hari entered Vrindavan playing His flute.
The Svanminis sang about the song of His flute
Whoever is attached to His attributes 
Ends up attached to Him."

"Separation is Krishna in the heart.
Union is Krishna in the world."
"They are His divine powers,
His shaktis,
They abide in the glades of Vrindavan
For His sheer enjoyment."

"Their love is to be emulated."
"What is profound does not appear before all.
This lila is not openly revealed
because ras only flourishes in concealment."

"The Svaminis are intimate with Gopal.
And experience Him through every door of perception."
"The call of Shri Krishna's flute
Kindles in those women
Who live around the hills and waters of Braja
The spiritual conjugal mood.
"There are others who are nearby but cannot hear.
Lila is replete with purpose and Krishna
Awakens only those whose time has come.
Others simply will not respond to His calling."

"It is a Lila-Invitation.
Is Overwhelming!!"

               These are excerpts from ~

             (The Song of the Flute)

             presented by Shyamdas

Published by the International Pushthimargiya Vaishnav Parishad (U.K.)
#12 Old Oak Rd., London W37HL.

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Saturday, September 14, 2013

☆°•. ★¸.•*¨Sri Radha Ashtami ~ Sept.13,2013¸.•°☆°•. ★¸.•*¨

I think of my Sri Radha in my deepest inmost thoughts.
I know she is there, unmoving, forever mine ~
I am conscious of her presence...

Beautiful one, your face is lovely as the moon,
and the nightingales singing in wild abandon
wrench at my heart and are driving me distracted!

Speak to me, my love, speak such words to me
that I shall be anointed by them; as a king is anointed
by sacred holy oil, let me be anointed by the honeyed
sweetness of your words.

My love, my love, you are my all -
my secret wealth, my jewel, my gem
in a vast ocean that contains all loveliness.

My Radha, there is in my heart one idea,
in my mind one thought ~ My love,
it is you held by my encircling love.

                            ~ Gita Govind ~
                                  Jaya Dev

                                                     "Shree Radhey"

Blessed One,         
       In the Grace, ever since merging in the ecstasy of the uttermost Grace of Divinity, the silent communication of the heart is inscrutable as He Himself and His Lila.
       On the occasion of Sri Radha Ashtami we visit Sri Barsana, the blissful realm of Sri Radha.  All devotees gather at Sri Ji's Mandir at the break of dawn to witness the Mangala Arti then kirtan, and the Samaj continues singing throughout the night, to the Abhishek, the auspicious bathing of Sri Radha with curds and milk.  The sacred Samaj of Sri Radha's Advent is sung with great devotion as the sun rises over Sri Ji's Dham.
       Each day following Radha Ashtami special Raslilas are performed at the sacred sites where Sri Thakurji and His Beloved perform even to this day, their Lilas.  At Sri Prem Srovar, a sacred tank filled with the tears of the Divine Couple Sri Gopal Chandra Dev is taken out on a gorgeously decorated barge and afterward He and Sri Ji watch fireworks from a beautiful throne in front of their temple. At Mur Kuti, site of the Peacock Dance this Lila is performed. Jhulan (swing) Lila is done at Vilas Ghar, where Sri Ji and Shyam Sunder pass their time in Divine Love Dalliance and again repeat their Lila in the forest of Ghaverban.  At Priya Kund the deities of Jaipur Raj Mandir also go boating to the delight of all, and a glorious samaj is sung while carrying the Divinities back to the temple, and end at Sri Ji's Temple.  At Sankrikor, the narrow ravine where Sri Thakurji demanded a 'tax' of curd and milk from Sri Radha and the Gopis going to market, the Lila and Samaj are re-enacted.  The ecstasy of these occasions cannot be easily communicated!
      Kadam Kandi is a very beautiful green forest between dry brown hills, where Sri Naga Baba did his sadhana.  Once while walking in the forest his long hair was caught in a tree and he refused to allow anyone to disentangle it. He wanted the Jugal Kishore (Sri Radha and Krishna) to free him.  When Sri Thakurji Himself appeared, Naga Baba told Him to go away and come back with Sri Radhika - and he did so to free His bhakta!  A grand mela (festival) and Lila happens in this holy place in the valley and atop the hill at the Samadhi of Sri Naga Baba.  All the Gopis of the very caste who once played with Sri Gopal come in the same colorful dress they have worn for centuries - filling the lovely tree-shaded kund amidst the forest with a flood of orange, red, gold and green, as well as old traditional kirtans.  Thence all the devotees go on to Kama for darshan.  Kama is a 'second Vrindavan', a city of many, many temples...  There is also an ancient ruined temple atop the hill with 84 mystic pillars, one for every 'kos' (2 miles) of the 84 kos of Vraj Dham,  (the 84 sacred sites of Vraj).

       From Kama the Mela moves to Karehla, where Maha Ras Lila is performed but once a year, on Purnima (full-moon).  Here, at the site of the original Ras Lila, a masterly crafted golden mukhet (crown) 500 years old, is worn by Thakurji, a once a year darshan.  One then proceeds to Pashia, a supremely holy forest, unchanged from the time of the Mahabharat, when Sri Krishna graced this earth.  Ashwatthama, son of Dronacharya, killed the children of the Pandavas by treachery. Arjuna did not kill him because he was the son of his Guru, but shaved his head and beard, a sign of disgrace.  Ashwatthama retired to Pashia, where he did great penance to please Lord Shankara.  The inhabitants of the surrounding villages believe he still dwells in this woods and it has not been touched by profane hands.  Only sadhus living within the forest will take the dead wood to burn, within the forest itself, otherwise each tree, plant and animal lives and dies according to its Karma in its own place.  Each Saturday the people of the neighboring villages do parikrama of the forest to obtain the blessings of Ashwatthama, who is very kind, they say, who cures illnesses and grants boons.  The forest remains today just as the woods and hermitages, which Sri Ram Chandra passed through when He was exiled, are discribed by Goswami Tulsidasji in his Ram Charitmanasa.
       Since then, Shanji has been going on in Vraj.  Shanjis are mystical diagrams of sacred places in Vraj.  Just as they were made by Sri Radhika and Her Sakhis, the girls of Vraj make them today at their homes, on the walls, with cow dung and flowers.  At Sri Ji Mandir the Samaj of how Sri Radhika and Her friends made Shanjis is sung daily, and a beautiful Shanji, made with colored sand is prepared.  Uchogam, the village of Lalita Sakhi, was made showing the temples, sacred kund, Gopis and Gopas, animals; then Prem Sarover, Sanket (where Radha and Krishna met for the first time), Nandagaon, Kokilban, and Sheshshai - the bed of the snake Shesha, on which Sri Narayan lies on the ocean of milk (khir, according to Vrajavasis...), served by Sri Lakshmi, with the Lotus of the 14 worlds, the seat of Brahma, sprouting from His Naval.

             How to describe the eternal bliss of Sri Vraj Dham?  ☆°•. ★¸.•*¨

☆°•. ★¸.•*¨An unsigned letter written in the handwriting of Baba Asim Krishna Das in 1972, and addressed to me in the handwriting of Baba Sripadji. 

                                     ☆°•. ★¸.•*¨  Jai Jai Sri Radhey!  ☆°•. ★¸.•*¨