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Oct 13 2008 Preacher’s concession

Hare KrishnaBy Danavir Goswami

The following is an excerpt from a forthcoming volume of Sri Garga Samhita, Canto 4 Chapter 8 verses 21-23. The translations are from Kusakratha Prabhu and the purports are from Danavir Goswami


Sep 19 2008 Remembering Sadaputa Prabhu

Hare KrishnaBy Danavir Goswami

We are shocked and very sorry to hear of the sudden departure of Sriman Sadaputa dasa Adhikari (Dr. Richard L. Thompson) His work in establishing Krishna consciousness through science was brilliant and effective.


Jul 22 2008 Bright Spots

Hare KrishnaBy Danavir Goswami

July, 2008: Over the past few months I visited several ISKCON centers in North America and experienced many, many noteworthy devotional services and people. Here are a few bright spots which especially drew my attention.


Jun 15 2008 Chanting Siva mantras

Hare KrishnaBy Danavir Goswami

As mentioned in our previous posts Yoga Mart and Zombie Jamboree, catering to the whimsical public taste can compromise our faithfulness to the parampara. It is very risky to adopt a process of chanting that was not handed down through the disciplic succession of Vaisnavas.



Hare KrishnaBy Danavir Goswami

In this paper, we’ll address concerns coming from devotees of Lord Krishna, vegans and others regarding the use of commercial, organic and devotional dairy products.


Nov 12 2007 Govardhana’s Sinking

Hare KrishnaBy Danavir Goswami

Sri Pulastya said: O arrogant mountain, you would not fulfill my desire! Therefore every day you will become smaller by the size of a sesame seed.



Hare KrishnaBy Rupanuga Vedic College

These four new titles are the Vedic evidence companions for the recently produced Vedic Cosmos DVD (52 minutes). For further information on them please visit the website of RVC


Sep 20 2007 Radha’s Birth

Hare KrishnaBy Danavir Goswami

Because Sri Sri Radha Krsna are not different and because Sri Krsna is the master of all potencies, therefore Sri Radha is also the master and source of all potencies. He is by nature full of sweetness and bliss, free from the three modes, and eternally manifest beyond the material nature.



Hare KrishnaBy Rupanuga Vedic College

Danavir Goswami, the inaugurator of the Bhakta Program and the author of Fortunate Souls (The Bhakta Program Manual), is inviting initiated male devotees to come and learn from him the art of setting up and running a Bhakta Program.


Jul 7 2007 Yamuna’s Leftover Rice

Hare KrishnaBy Danavir Goswami

I may not be the only devotee who wondered what to do with leftover rice prasadam. For years, I have been in a quandary—should it be refrigerated and then served cold the next day?; or should it be refrigerated and reheated the next day?; or something else?



Hare KrishnaBy Danavir Goswami

In my previous paper entitled Yoga Mart I explain fifteen reasons why I am of the opinion that the recent upsurge in gymnastic and meditational yoga-related courses being offered within ISKCON, for the most part, compromises the mission of the organization.


Sep 24 2006 Yoga Mart

Hare KrishnaBy Danavir Goswami

We find a growing conception among uneducated devotees that ISKCON's success depends on not rejecting any type of so-called spiritual ideas. This monstrous misunderstanding needs rectification. Srila Prabhupada wanted multitudes to enter the open doors of Lord Caitanya's loving sankirtana house, yet all unauthorized misconceptions and bogus practices carried by the members were to remain outside.


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I would like to know the value traditional gaudiyas gave to Garga samhita.
Who and where were these text quoted?
I guess 6 Goswamis never quoted this.
Please let me know


Comment posted by scooty.ram on October 13th, 2008
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• “The confidential science of pure devotional service is taught explicitly only in a few Vedic scriptures little known to the public. Amongst these rare texts are the Gopala-tapani Upanisad, the Narada-pancaratra, the Garga-samhita, the Visnu Purana, the Hari-vamsa Upapurana, the Uttara-khanda of the Padma Purana, and the Bhagavata Maha-purana.”

— (Srila Sanatana Gosvami’s Dig-darsini Commentary
on Brhad-bhagavatamrta: 1.1. 21-23)

“Mayapura is the Lord’s yogamaya potency. It is filled with ever-increasing bliss. In the Garga-samhita it is described as ‘the destroyer of sins.’”

maya mayapuri saksat
sri-garga-samhitayam sa
kirtita papa-nasini

—(Navadvipa-dhama-mahatmya, Chapter 3; Text 19 by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura)

“Parvati said, ‘O lord Siva, Please describe to me the most wonderful character and confidential activities of the One on whom you meditate and adore with great devotion. Previously I heard from your mouth the thousand names of Lord Krsna, now please tell me His story.’

Siva (Mahadeva) replied, ‘O Goddess who provides welfare to all, the life story of Lord Krsna has been included in the Garga-samhita.’”

—(Garga-samhita Mahatmya, taken from Sammohana-tantra)

Comment posted by Danavir Goswami on October 14th, 2008
3 Akruranatha

How could we possibly avoid talking to sinners, debauchees, thieves, adulterers, the ill-behaved, and the immoral?

It is much, much easier to take some fruit, peanuts and tapioca and go out on book distribution!

Comment posted by Akruranatha on October 14th, 2008
4 varahanarasimha

I recall when Garga samhita started coming out some Gaudiya math persons objected that this book is not quoted by our acaryas, but soon they realized they where wrong.Now some Gaudiya maths take the Garga samhita very serious. Kusakrata Prabhu has done a great service by translating it and HH Danavir Maharaja for commenting on it.

i just found another place where Bhaktivinoda Thakura quoted Garga Samhita:

It sn his Sri Amnaya Sutra part 1:

“I take shelter of the perfect Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is older than the oldest, greater than the greatest, the supreme person, the supreme master, full of transcendental bliss, a jewel mine of mercy, and a jewel mine of transcendental virtues.”

In Bhaktivinoda Thakuras, Navadvipa Dhama Mahatmya praman khanda:

Text 24

Prthu-kunda (in Navadvépa) is described in Garga-samhitä, where Arjuna says: O son of Devaki, please tell me who owns this wonderful lake filled with golden lotuses and surrounded by golden vines?

Text 25

The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: In ancient times the great king Prthu of the Sväyambhuva dynasty performed spiritual austerities here. This is his wonderful lake.

text 26

O son of Prthä, one who drinks the water here is at once free from all sins. The lowest of men who bathes here attains the supreme abode.

Comment posted by varahanarasimha on October 15th, 2008
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In regards to vers 4.8.22-23 of the Garga Samhita;

A person who follows the vow of ekadasi should not talk to liars, offenders of brahmanas, sinners, debauchees, thieves, adulterers, and the ill-behaved and immoral.

I fully agree with HH Danavir Maharajas analyzise of this vers, even about the lady in the trafic light.However being a sankirtana devotee for 30 years I like to offer another light this vers can be seen in, and with this I mean no disrespect to Danavir Maharaja.
While constantly associating with nondevotees, the bookdistributors may take this ekadasi to take a break from nondevotee association. Not that this day is used in frivilious talk and elaborate honoring ,elaborate ekadasi feasts, but used for 24 hours hearing and chanting about Krishna. Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura has sung that ekadasi is the mother of devotion.

There is many other days a devotee can do bookdistribution.However if it is not possible , then surely go on sankirtana that day and at least chant extra rounds and hear extra about Krsna, read Srila Prabhupadas books more etc.We have seen other talks with Srila Prabhupada where he did not mind but actually encouraged strict ekadasi performance.

But Danavir Maharaja has emphazised correctly.In a time when less persons go on sankirtana , maybe on these days, the non regular sankirtana devotees could go out.Thus give some much needed rest for the regular sankirtana devotees, that day after day have to see and assocaite with nondevotees.

Comment posted by varahanarasimha on October 15th, 2008
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Some devotees keep ekadasi so strictly, nirjal every time, and chanting all night through without sleep. (!) We have to admire them. To me it seems super human.

I remember Mahanidhi Swami as being one of these transcendental personalities, when I saw him in Vrndavan in 1991: he was fasting from even water and doing parikrama every ekadasi (probably still is), a very holy, advanced sadhu.

I am glad we have some great examples like that. People should not think the bhakti cult is just an “easy path” for those who cannot come up to truly high standards of knowledge, austerity, renunciation and detachment.

On the other hand, those of us who just fast from grains and beans and who try to hear and chant a little more, although we are fallen, are also following Prabhupada’s orders. He made it easy for us.

Not that we should have the mentality of taking advantage, but we should also avoid the mentality of condemning those who do the minimum that Srila Prabhupada required.

The more we raise the minimum standards, the more we exclude people who cannot handle that much austerity. Therefore the best policy is to be lenient with others and not impose standards Srila Prabhupada himself did not impose, and at the same time we can take whatever personal vows of austerity that we find optimizes our own ability to serve the sankirtan movement.

This looks like it will be another great book by Danavir Maharaja.

[For the editors (if there is still time for typo corrections): I think the word “allusive” in the text should be changed to “elusive”. “Elusive” means difficult to discern or hard to express (eluding the grasp), whereas “allusive” means given to allusions or casual references to other works. For example, Tarentino or Spielberg movies are often “allusive” in the sense that they contain allusions or references to other movies and pop culture. Saintly persons can extract “elusive” essentials from the Vedas, because they know the actual purpose (”vedais ca sarvair aham eva vedyo”) and how to help others achieve that purpose.]

Comment posted by Akruranatha on October 15th, 2008
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“I think the word ‘allusive’ in the text should be changed to ‘elusive’. ”

Correction noted with much thanks.

Comment posted by Danavir Goswami on October 16th, 2008
8 varahanarasimha

Srila Prabhupada had high expectation of devotees in the beginning of ISKCON he tried hard to introduce 64 rounds. Even in Gaudiya Math most devotees do not chant 64 rounds they have minimum 4 for grhasthas in some temples.Srila Prabhupada wanted a higher standard.So he introduced minimum 16 rounds.Now this being said this is the month of Kartika. One of Radharanis names is Kartika ,She Herself becomes this month to accept the devotees devotion. Especially it is recommended if possible we spend 1 month in Vrindavan if possible .1000 times more is the benefit of devotional service this month and by staying in Vrindavan and performing devotional service another 1000. However those who sacrifice everything to stay in the west to distrbute Srila Prabhupadas books I am sure Radharani will give them all blessings even as if they where in Vrindavan for Kartika, similarly is the case with ekadasi.Thus HH Danavir Maharaja has really given us his mercy in this matter, by his enlivening purports to this text.

Of course some are strict like Akruranatha Prabhu is mentioning.For sannyasis, varnaprasthas and widovs to perform more tapasya is easier.Thus Hari Bhakti Vilasa says that those who fail to observe Kartika in these 3 catagories go to hell.

In either case, we should always try to surrender more to Krsna, not less.We will not be like Sukracaray that told Bala Maharaja not to surrender to Krsna.To always try to fully surrender to Krsna is always the best.

Comment posted by varahanarasimha on October 16th, 2008
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I have a question for Danavir Maharaja: I would like to know if you also will translate the parts of Garga Samhita that Kusakrata Prabhu did not ?

Comment posted by varahanarasimha on October 17th, 2008
10 Danavir Goswami

In response to Comment #9: Yes, we have begun arranging for the translation work of the cantos not translated by Kusakratha Prabhu. Thank you.

Comment posted by Danavir Goswami on October 24th, 2008
11 varahanarasimha

Maharaja you just made my day , I am very happy , and looking forward to read commentaries to the Garga Samhita

Thank you very much

Comment posted by varahanarasimha on October 27th, 2008
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this is from Garga samhita mahatmya:

Sri Garga Samhita Mahatmya:

Saunaka Rsi said, “I have heard from you in detail glorification of the Puranas, which is very pleasing to the ears. Now, kindly tell me about the Garge Samhita, which is filled with narrations of the transcendental pastimes of the Lord. In this Samhita, there is wonderful glorification of Sri Radha and Madhava.”

Suta Gosvami said, “O Saunaka, the glories of the Garga Samhita were revealed to me by Narada Muni. Thereafter, Lord Siva had spoken it to Parvati, along with the Sammohana-tantra. Lord Siva resides underneath an eternal banyan tree on Mount Kailash.”

“One day, as she sat along with her husband, surrounded by numerous Siddhas, Parvati requested him to narrate the pastimes of Lord Krsna.”

Lord Siva replied, “O goddess, listen now as I recite to you the life of Lord Krsna when He had incarnated on the earth, which is the remover of all kinds of sins. Long ago, Lord Krsna had Himself narrated His pastimes to Radha, and then later on, to Sesa, who thereafter recited them to Dharma. Dharma then recited the story of Lord Krsna’s earthly pastimes to his sons, Nara and Narayana and Narayana narrated it to Narada Muni. Later on, Narada Muni narrated the pastimes of Lord Krsna to Garga Muni, whereby he attained the platform of realized transcendental knowledge. At that time, Narada Muni said to Garga Muni.”

Narada Muni said, “O sage, I have narrated the glories of Lord Krsna briefly and so it would be good if you compose them in a more elaborate form. Previously, I had inspired Srila Vyasadeva to compose the Srimad-Bhagavatam for this same purpose. The Samhita composed by you should be in the format of me narrating it to king Bahulsva.”

Garga Muni cheerfully accepted this most difficult task put before him by Narada Muni. Thereafter, Narada Muni ascended into the sky, holding his vina in his hand, and went to Brahmaloka. And, Gargacarya composed the Garga Samhita, which bestows devotion to Lord Krsna upon the hearer.

In this regard, the following history is cited: There was a king named Pratibahu, the son of Vajra, who resided at Mathura, the abode of Lord Krsna. His wife was named Malini. He performed some difficult vows in the hopes of receiving a son. And yet, in spite of all his endeavours, the king did not receive a son and so he became quite morose. No one could him because it was his belief that the life of a man without a son is completely useless.

Comment posted by varahanarasimha on October 28th, 2008
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One day, after the king had become old and grey, the sage, Sandilya, came to him. Seeing how the king appeared morose, the sage inquired about his welfare. In reply, King Pratibahu revealed to him is misfortune of having no son. The sage then spoke to the king for his welfare.

Sandilya Muni said, “O King, after trying so many means for fulfilling your desire, without success, you should now listen to the Garga Samhita, along with your wife. In his Kali-yuga, Lord Visnu bestows riches and sons upon those who relish this divine literature. And at the end of life, such persons proceed to the abode of the Lord, Goloka. There are no hard and fast rules for listening to the Garga Samhita- it can be heard at all times and at all places. However, those who are not devoted to their spiritual master, who have no faith in the existence of God, who are sinful, and who do not follow the life of a Vaisnava, will achieve no good result while listening to the Garga Samhita.”

“The speaker of the Garga Samhita should be selected with great care. He should not be an envious person who continually criticizes others. He should be devoted to Lord Krsna and well-versed in the devotional literature. After the recitation of the Garga Samhita, there should be the performance of hari-name-sankirtana. The bona-fide speaker of the Garga Samhita should be treated with all due respect and he should be awarded gifts in charity in consideration of his highly meritorious service rendered.”

King Pratibahu became very pleased while listening to the words of the sage, Sandilya. He said, “O sage, I take shelter of you. Please recite the Garga Samhita to me and in this way, bestow upon me a son.”

Thereafter, a nice pandal was erected by the side of the Yamuna and all the people of Mathura came to listen. After the conclusion of the recitation, the sage, Sandilya, was given a great deal of wealth in charity by the king. Then, by the mercy of the great sage, Radha and Krsna appeared before the king. Everyone stood up and then bowed down to offer obeisances to the Supreme Lord and His consort. The king and his queen offered prayers, as did the sage, Sandilya, and the citizens appealed to the Lord to forgive their sins, benedict the king with a son, and award them all devotion at His lotus feet.

Lord Krsna then said, “Whatever ever has been spoken by all of you will certainly come to pass. The Samhita composed by sage Garga fulfills all aspiration of those who respectfully hear it.”

Comment posted by varahanarasimha on November 13th, 2008

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