ALWAYS CHANT

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare

AND BE HAPPY FOREVER!

AND BE HAPPY FOREVER

Monday, June 29, 2015

Purushottama Month & Caturmasya - A Time for Devotion

Often when we hear of Purushottama month or Caturmasya (4 months of austerities from certain foodstuffs), we may feel there is just too much restriction, especially in not being able to take our favourite foodstuffs such as tomatoes, honey, runner beans etc. 

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Instead of looking at it as a bane, we must learn how to look at these months as a boon. It is a time we are restricting such foodstuffs in order to control our senses and to get closer to Sri Guru and Krsna. 

In that instance, we cannot also say we will cook some potatoes and rice and that will do for the devotees. Instead, we must remember when we cook, we are indeed cooking for Sri Guru and Krsna. It is a time when we have to think creatively and out of the box to come up with simple yet palatable dishes for our Lordships. 

We can take this time and cook something nice for Sri Guru and Krsna and most importantly to cultivate loving relationships and develop out devotion with Them. It's like this. Would we cook something not so palatable for our family members? When we cultivate loving relationships with Sri Guru, we must ask ourselves, "Will Gurudeva like to take this?"

Therefore, we must embrace such months where many inspirational recipes may emerge from our hearts to cook for Their Lordship. After all these holy months are a time when we are tested of our patience, tolerance and devotion.

 So, happy cooking and chanting and observing these holy months!

Purushottama month ki jaya!1
Caturmasya months ki jaya!!

Below are some cooking ideas for these months.

a) Dhall and chapati or rice and spinach
b) tofu gravy
c) ladies fingers in grated coconut
d) pumpkin chutney with chapati or white rice
e) apple chutney with chapati
f) fried cabbage and potatoes
g) stir fried asparagus, fried tofu and capsicum
h) pan fried radish with a little bit of chilli powder

and the list goes on. 










Sunday, December 28, 2014

Paranormal Encounters

The Malaysian devotees had the good fortune to host Srimati Uma didi, especially during the most auspicious occasion of the Appearance Day of Srila Bhaktivedanta Vamana Gosvami Maharaja and the Disappearance Day of Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja. 

Below are two short excerpts of the glories of Srila Bhaktivedanta Vamana Gosvami Maharaja by Srimati Uma didi. 


The Ghostly Wedding

"Once my Gurudeva wanted to visit his disciple in a nearby village. At that time there was no public transportation. So, Guru Maharaja used to walk everywhere. He walked for a very long time and soon it was really late at night. He was passing by a jungle and the time was almost ten at night.

Suddenly, he saw some bright lights. It was as though some wedding festival was going on. A person approached Guru Maharaj and asked Guru Maharaj to bless his daughter and son-in-law. Although, very late, and not thinking anything out of the ordinary, Guru Maharaj obliged. 

After the young couple got their blessings, Guru Maharaj went on his way to his disciple's house. Soon he reached his disciple's house and knocked on the door.

Upon opening the door, the disciple was shocked to see Guru Maharaj arriving at his home very, very late at night. 

"Gurudeva, you have come so late. What happened? inquired the disciple.

"O I went to bless a young couple on their wedding day. It was on the way and I thought, I might as well do it."

The disciple looked very puzzled. "But there's no houses anywhere near here, Gurudeva. No matter, we will look into this tomorrow."

The next day, Guru Maharaj and the disciple went to the spot where the wedding festival was held. The place was covered with trees. 

This shows that Guru Maharaj not only delivers humans but also other entities such as ghosts."

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The Foot Bath Water of a Mahajana

"Once a brahmacari who was residing in Rupa Sanatana Math went to the Yamuna River to take his bath. As he was dipping himself, he felt someone was pushing him. It was as though a heavy weight was put on him. He kept coming up to the surface but to his surprise, there was no one around. 
Each time he dipped, he felt something heavy was on him. 

Feeling a little afraid, he came out of the water and started off towards the math. He felt someone was following him. 

That night, he saw a female ghost in his room. The ghost said that she had committed suicide because the man who was supposed to marry her did not keep his promise. After seeing the brahmacari, the ghost said she had fallen in love with him. 

The ghost also warned the brahmacari not to tell anyone of this incident as it will kill him. Fearing for his life, the brahmacari did as he was told.

Soon , the brahmacari grew thinner and thinner and looked very pale. 

It so happened, the brahmacari's room was adjacent to another building and his sister was staying there. She heard her brother talking to someone every night. Feeling suspicious, she decided to confront her brother. 

"Who are you talking to every night. I hear voices coming from your room. Tell me honestly!" demanded the sister. 

"There is a female ghost. If anyone knows about this, it will kill me," the brahmacari said. 

Soon, the sister told everyone in order to save her brother. Many tried to reason with the ghost to leave the brahmacari alone. 

The female ghost said that it will go if she can get the foot bath of a mahajana. Not any mahajana but the foot bath of my Guru Maharaja.

My Guru Maharaja's foot bath water was quickly brought to the brahmacari's room. Soon enough, the ghost left the brahmacari. 

The shows how very powerful, Guru Maharaja was. We should not think my Guru Maharaja and Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaj are any different. 
 


Once Sripad Bhaktivedanta Madhava Maharaj told our Guru Maharaj that he wanted to serve him. 

Our Guru Maharaj said, "Don't think I am any different from Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaj. You should serve him.""


Saturday, December 27, 2014

A Little Bird Flew into My Home




On the Disappearance day of  Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja, this heart felt poem was written:



A Little Bird Flew into my Home

Today, a little bird flew into my home
It was beautiful
With a long red neck
and colourful feathers
I chanted "Radhe! Radhe!" to it
It looked at me, disoriented

Today, a litte bird flew into my home
I chanted "Haribolo!"
It looked my way
To whom do I owe my remembrance to the Holy Names?
To my Guru and Guru-varga

Today, a little bird flew into my home
I marvel at its beauty
At its creation
I think he must be Kanhaiya's friend
Perhaps he's here with a message

Today, a little bird flew into my home
I remember Srila Prabhupad
I remember my Gurudeva
I remember seeing Srila Prabhupad in my Gurudeva
as I chant "Hare Krsna!" to the bird

Today, a little bird flew into my home
I think about the beauty of Srila Prabhupad
Without whom the Westerners and Asians alike
will not be able to chant the Holy Names
What sacrifice he had done for us all!

Displaying 20141027_084945.jpgToday, a little bird flew into my home
I remember how Srimati Radhika's parrot, Suka
eating pomegranate from Her Lotus Hands
Yet, it flew away
Then, caught by Kanhaiya
Suka felt morose

Today, a little bird flew into my home
Where will I be without my Srila Prabhupad?
Where will I be without my Srila Gurudeva?
What will I do, without their Hari-Katha?
Displaying 20141027_085224.jpgEternally, I am indebted
For now, friends call me to speak
their Hari-Katha

Today, a little bird flew into my home
I pray that I maybe an instrument in their hands
Always trying my utmost best
And most of all to serve my Guru Manjari
In my wonderful svarup, someday

Today, a little bird flew into my home ....
Actually, it is His home ...


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Mercy of Sri Guru


Srila Bhakti Promode Puri Maharaja




Below is a short excerpt of Sripad Bibuddha Bodhyan Maharaja's class about his Srila Gurudeva - Srila Bhakti Promode Puri Maharaj when he was in Malaysia. 



“In 1983, Srila Bhakti Promode Puri Maharaja used to stay in Sri Caitanya Gaudiya Math. He used to give initiation to a few people at that time. He was 82 years old. One lady disciple who was initiated for 6 months found out she had terminal cancer. She had only 3 weeks to live. So she came to Srila Gurudeva to take his darshan and his foot bath water and to die eventually.
Sripad Bhakti Bibuddha Bodhyan Maharaj

Usually from 3:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m., Srila Gurudeva used to chant. The devotee came to visit Srila Gurudeva. After Srila Gurudeva finished his prayers and chanting by 11:00 a.m., she told him everything.

Srila Gurudeva said, “Let us get Sri Krsna’s direct caranamrita.”

Srila Gurudeva ordered the devotee to go to Kesi Ghat at 3:00 a.m. to get the caranamrita and foot dust of Krsna. Then she was ordered to go to Nidhuvan at 12:00 p.m. to take the foot dust of Krsna. She did everything as instructed.

That lady devotee is still alive with sound health.”                                                           


This is the glory of a bona-fide Sri Guru. One should never look upon him as an ordinary human being. Our lineage or guru-parampara is not an ordinary one. We are very fortunate to be in this line of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Sri Nityananda Prabhu.

Jay Srila Gurudeva!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Sri Guru is Always Perfect

Lately a disciple of Srila Prabhupada and sannyas disciple of Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja visited Malaysia. His name is Sripad Bhaktivedanta Avadhuta Maharaja (see picture below). He gave a very sweet class on how Sri Guru is perfect in every way.












Sripad BV Avadhuta Maharaja Below is the excerpt of the class:

"Once Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja's (Srila Prabhupada) ordered his disciple to post a letter. The disciple took the envelope and noticed it was not sealed. 

He went back to Srila Prabhupada and pointed out the unsealed envelope. Srila Prabhupada simply said, "Post it."

The perplexed disciple did not know what to do. He went out of Srila Prabhupada's room but thought hard that an unsealed envelope will never get delivered. He went back to Srila Prabhupada and told his Guru what he thought. 

Again, Srila Prabhupada simply said, "Just take the envelope to the post office."

Now, the very confused disciple came out of the room feeling even more lost. He thought perhaps he must articulate himself better to make Srila Prabhupada understand. So he went back to Srila Prabhupada's room and told his Guru once again about the unsealed envelope. 

This time, Sripa Prabhupada became somewhat annoyed and slammed his hands on the armchair and said, "You don't know Sri Guru! Whatever Sri Guru says is perfect. Do as I have told you to do so!"

Without wasting a moment, the disciple immediately headed towards the post office . The clerk at the counter took the envelope, sealed it and placed the envelope with the other envelopes of the same destination.

Moral of the Story
Whatever our Srila Gurudeva has said or ordered is always perfect. We are not to question it. We cannot use mere logic and our material senses to understand Sri Guru. It is only by Sri Guru's mercy, can we realize who He is.

Jay Srila Gurudeva!










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