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Detailed observance for Sri Purushottama Month (May 16th to 13th of June 2018)

 Krishna Purushottama, The Extra Month

We call Purusottama month the ‘Adhi-Masa’ (extra month).  It is also called, ‘Mala-Masa’, which means dirty or useless month. In India, the sadhus (Holy persons), sadhakas (spiritual practitioners) and pious people of all sampradayas (linages) observe this month with all care. All are observing and engaging in austerities according to their capacity. We should try to observe the following practices for the whole month.

At least three times (morning, noon and evening) each day we should chant Kaundinya Muni’s mantra, which is found in the Hari-Bhakti Vilas:

        Goverdhana-Dharam Vande Gopalam Goparupinam

        Gokulotsavam eeshaanam Govindam Gopikapriyam

Meaning: Goverdhana-Dharam Vande: I worship the lifter of Govardhana Hill, Gopalam Goparupinam:Who has the beautiful form of a cowherd boy, and who continually plays with the Gopas. Gokulotsavam-eeshaanam: He is the Lord of Gokula wherein everyday is a festival. Govindam Gopikapriyam: He is the giver of pleasure to the cows and spiritual senses and the beloved of the Gopi damsels of Vraja.

  1. Try to maintain celibacy for this month.
  2. Instead of sleeping on a comfortable bed sleep on the floor (use a thin mat or blanket if necessary)
  3.  Bathe daily BEFORE SUNRISE.
  4. Get up 1 hour and 36 minutes before sunrise (during the Brahma-Muhurta) or as early as possible and chant ‘Pancha-Tattva’ and ‘Mahamantra’ at least 12 times.
  5. Each day chant a fixed number of rounds.  You can increase rounds this month according to your ability. For example, if you usually chant 16 rounds daily then in this Purushottama month try to chant at least 24,  32, or 64 rounds according to your convenience.
  6. If your schedule allows then perform puja daily by yourself. At least offer a ghee lamp to Radha-Krsna Deities or Sri Jagannath Deities or Their Picture. If possible, offer this twice in a day (morning and evening) while chanting the Sri Jagannatha-Astakam or any song about Sri Sri Radha- Krishna’s glories.
  7. Daily Tulasi Devi’s Parakrama, morning and evening.
  8. Take a vow to remain peaceful, and become 100% truthful throughout the month, just as a devotee should be throughout their entire life.
  9. Please be careful not to blaspheme anyone, especially the Vaisnavas and brahmanas.
  10. Try your best to please Sri Radha and Sri Krsna by performing spiritual practices according to your capacities.
  11. No cutting of hair or nails (optional).
  12. No cooking in mustard or sesame oil or rubbing these oils on your body.  It is best to cook with ghee, and eat boiled Hobisanna (Atap-rice mixed with Dal and vegetables, but no eggplant or tomoato, without salt if possible).

This month is called Mala-Masa (dirty or useless month) because all ritual forms of karma-kanda (reward seeking), pujas and yajnas (fire sacrifices) don’t give any results this month. Our Gaudiya Vaisnavas, however, disagree, saying it is called Mala-Masa because all days, weeks and months are created by the Supreme Lord for observing devotion. Therefore, we Gaudiya Vaisnavas try our best to follow devotional rituals as our previous teachers have established for the month.

Our previous teachers instructed us that in this month we have to observe devotional activities in a special manner. Then quickly and easily we can destroy the dirt and contamination caused by our sins, ignorance and Aparadhas.

Firstly, the Puranas say that the Supreme personality of Godhead, Sri Krsna’s FAVORITE MONTH is Purusottama Month.  Sri Krsna has not only personally created this month, but He also named it after Himself. Remember, Sri Krsna alone is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Purusottama. As Swayam Bhagavan, Sri Krsna is the most magnanimous, topmost origin of all the avataras and incarnations. And so Purusottama Month is the topmost, super best, most powerful spiritual reward giving month among all the twelve months.

Purusottama Month is the holiest month, far superior to the pious Vedic months of Vaisakha (April-May), Karttika (October-November) and Magha (January–February), which the Vedas praise as the three best reward-giving months of all the 12 months of the year.. Not only on the earth planet, but all over the universe Purusottama Month is honored and worshiped by all devotees, sages, demigods and even Laksmi Devi Herself.

If one sincerely worships Radha and Krsna in Purusottama month, he will attain everything he wants. One who observes Purusottamavrata will burn up the reactions of all his previous bad karma and attain the direct service of Radha and Krsna. Purusottama month is the best month for all spiritual advancement because Krsna overlooks all the aparadhas. Residence in the holy dhams during Purusottam Month yields 1000 times the benefit.

PURANIC EVIDENCE ON PURUSHOTTAM MONTH’S GLORIES

All these sastric quotations are from Padma and SkandaPurana:

1. Lord Sri Krsna: “Purusottama Month has all the power I have to bless its observer. One who followsPurusottamavrata will destroy all his past sinful reactions. Without performing Purusottamavrata, one cannot perform pure devotional service. The value of Purusottama month is far more valuable than all other types of austerities and religious activities mentioned in the Vedas. Anyone who observes Purusottamavrata will return to My abode, Goloka, at the end of his life.”

2. Durvasa Muni: “Just by bathing in a holy river during Purusottama Month, one becomes sinless. The glory of all other months is not equal to one-sixteenth of the glory of the Purusottama Month. By bathing in a holy place, giving charity and chanting the Holy Name of Krsna during Purusottama Month, all miseries are destroyed, one attains all kinds of perfection and fulfills all his desires.”

3. Valmiki Muni: “By observing Purusottamavrata, one attains more benefit than performing one hundred horse sacrifices. All holy places live within the body of a Purusottama Month vrati (an observer of this penance). Anyone who faithfully performs Purusottamavrata will go to GolokaVrndavana.”

4. Narada Muni: “Purusottama Month is the best of all months, vratas and austerities. Just by faithfully hearing the glories of Purusottama Month, one attains Krsna-bhakti and immediately nullifies his sinful reactions. One who performs Purusottamavrata properly will attain unlimited piety and spiritual merit (sukrti) and go to the spiritual world.”

5. Naimisaranya Sages: “Merciful Purusottama Month acts like a desire tree to fulfill a devotee’s desire.”

6.  Hari-bhakti-vilasa (Vol 4, Vs 437): “During Purusottama Month, one should remember Lord Krsna, and then donate thirty-three milk cakes cooked in ghee to grhastha Vaisnava brahmanas, who are well versed in sastras. Failing to do so, one loses all the piety he accumulated in the previous year.” Comment: Vrndavana vaisnavas usually observe this by donating two kilos of good quality milk cake from a sweet shop to a few Vaisnava pandas or pujaris or good temple devotees.

ADDITIONAL OBSERVANCES FOR PURUSHOTTAMA MONTH

During the holy month of Purushottama, certain spiritual practices are observed by devotees: Recitation of Sri Jagannathastakam in the mornings, of Chauragraganya Purusashtakam in the afternoons, performance of japam or chanting as instructed by Kaundinya Muni, Deep daana or ghee-lamp offerings in the evenings at the Vishnu, Krishna or Ram mandir, and last but not the least, reading the Brahmastava, 40 slokas in Sanskrit, from the Bhagavatam, chapter 14, Canto 10. This spiritual technique, when performed with devotion in Purushottama, can bestow manifold results on the sadhak. Observance of Purushottama vrata brings eternal joy to the soul.

SRILA BHAKTIVINODA THAKURA’S Purusottama Month VRATA:

Perform the NirapeksaVrata, which is 30 days of concentrated, one pointed worship and service to Radha-Govinda’s conjugal form by hearing, chanting, remembering Their divine names, forms, qualities, pastimes. All day and night, hear about Bhagavan Sri Krsna, chant the Hare Krsna Mahamantra, and take mahaprasada only.

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For Christmas Day

All Glories to Sri Brahma Madhva Gaudiya Saraswat Sampradaya (lineage). All Glories to my beloved Grand Spiritual Master His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Thakur PRABHUPADA & my beloved Spiritual Master His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Pramode Puri Goswami Maharaj.

Srila PrabhupadaDear Devotees,

Dandavat Pranams,

According to His Divine Grace Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur Prabhupada Christianity is an extended form of Vaisnavism So as this day is very dear to the Christians; and we are trying to be Vaisnavas we will gain spiritual benefit if we observe this day by chanting the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra.

HARE KRISHNA HARE KRISHNA KRISHNA KRISHNA HARE HARE
HARE RAMA HARE RAMA RAMA RAMA HARE HARE
Haribol.
Yours in the Service of Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s Mission.
B.B.Bodhayan.
Sri Gopinath Gaudiya Math(President).

A Humble Request for a successful Gaura Purnima Festival 2016

Dear Devotees and Well-Wishers,

All glories to Sri Brahman Madhva Gaudiya Saraswat Sampradaya (lineage). All glories to my beloved Grand Spiritual Master His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Swaraswati Goswami Thakur Prabhupada, and my beloved Spiritual Master His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Pramode Puri Goswami Maharaj.

I would like to share my concern about the upcoming Gaura-Purnima festival with you.  During the festival we will be hosting mostly economically poor but spiritually sincere devotees. For the most part, these devotees are unable to afford the cost of their food and lodging during the ten days (March 15th to March 24th, 2016) of the festival. This year the program adds a special Nagar Samkirtan program at Kolkata on March 25th. We are expecting even more devotees than last year, an average approximately 2,500 devotees each day.  We are therefore also expecting an increase in the quantity of bhoga/ingredients that will be required for the duration of the Gaura-Purnima festival.

The price of all ingredients has increased significantly, more than anticipated, and therefore we are humbly begging for your help (financially, physically, and mentally) in order to maintain the festival as we have maintained it over the last few years.  I hope you do not hesitate to become involved, and will help us to collect ingredients or donate financially towards the purchase of ingredients in order to serve the Vaisnavas who will attend the Gaura-Purnima festival this March, 2016.

This year an average of 2,500 devotees will gather daily to participate in Navadwipdham Parikrama and the Gaura-Purnima festival activities under the guidance of Sri Gopinath Gaudiya Math.

In order to cater to an average of 2,500 devotees daily, offering them Prasad three times each day, and for other arrangements for the festival, the following items will be needed

Description Indian Rupee USD (60R/$)
Deity’s outfits: INR 70 000.00 $1166.66
Flower decoration and Deities’ garlands for festival period (10-days) INR 90 000.00 $1500.00
Pandal and lighting for the entire festival INR 130 000.00 $2166.66
Miscellaneous expenses for preparing prasadam for 2500 devotees (Remuneration of cooks and assistants) INR 90 000.00 $1500.00
Rice (5,000 kilograms @Rs.40 per kilogram) INR 200 000.00 $3300.00
Dal (1,200 kilograms @ Rs. 120 per kilogram) INR 144 000.00 $2400.00
Potato (7,000 kilograms @ Rs. 15 per Kilogram)  INR 105 000.00 $1750.00
Wheat flour (500 kilograms @Rs.30 per Kilogram) INR 15 000.00 $250.00
Paneer  (5kg x10days plus 130kg Festival) Rs. 220 per kg INR 39 600.00 $660.00
Milk (10 litre x 10 days plus 130 litre festival) Rs.40 per litre INR  9 200.00 $153.33
Dahi Yogurt (3kgx10days plus 300kg festival)Rs. 125 per kg INR 41 250.00 $687.50
Rasgulla (100x10days plus 6000 pieces for festival) Rs. 6each INR 42 000.00 $700.00
Vegetable Oils (500 kilograms@ Rs.120 per Kilogram) INR 60 000.00 $1000.00
Ghee (clarified butter) 60 kilograms @Rs.400 per Kilogram INR 24 000.00 $400.00
Spices (salt, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger etc.) INR 85 000.00 $1416.66
Vegetables (cabbage, pumpkin, tomato, spinach, others) INR 110 000.00 $1833.33
 Fruits for every days and Ekadasi& Gaur-Purnima’s day INR 90 000.00 $1500.00
Mahaprabhu’s bathing ceremony (Mahabhisekh);  RajBhog after Mahabhisekh INR 25,000.00 $416.66
Sannyasa cloth Rs.300 x80 INR 24 000.00 $400.00
Sannyasa Donation Rs. 101 x 80 INR  8 080.00 $134.66
Brahmacari Dhoti Rs.350x 250 INR 87,500.00 $1458.34
Brahmacari Donation Rs.51x 250 INR 12,750.00 $212.50
Bengali (1000 pieces), Hindi (500 pieces) Magazine 1500 copies @ Rs.35 INR 52,000.00 $866.66
Fuel (Fire wood @ Rs.7.50kg for  20,000 Kg.) INR 150,000.00 $2500.00
Total for the festival INR 1 704 330.00
$28 405.50

Please let us know of your financial capacity to help with this Gaura-Purnima festival as you will have the opportunity to serve many Vaisnavas, for Krishna’s pleasure. Your spiritual life will surely blossom by the blessings of the Vaisnavas.

 

Yours in the service of Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s Mission,

 

B.B.Bodhayan

President,

Sri Gopinath Gaudiya Math

 

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You can choose to support and serve the Vaisnavas in any of these ways.

When using the Pay Pal link please select Gift.

Even a dollar will help.

Or directly deposit into any of the following accounts:

1)   Sri Gopinath Gaudiya Math Indian Account 

  This bank will accept only foreign currency (US Dollars or Euro)

Sri Gopinath Gaudiya Math. Post Office : Sri-Mayapur; District : Nadia (West Bengal);

Pin code- 741313; India.
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2)      US Bank Account

     ( This bank accepts only US Dollars)

Name: Asim Kumar Sau (Bodhayan Maharaj’s legal name)
Account # 01820-02328
Routing # 121000358
Bank of America
San Rafael Main Branch
CA4-114-01-01
1000 Fourth Street
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3)      Canadian Bank Account
Name: Association TerraNation

(Bodhayan Maharaj’s association in Canada)
Account #: 05-65636
Routing #: 00696010
Bank information:
CIBC
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Thank you for your support!

For Srila Rupa Goswami’s Dissapearance day

Sri Rupa Goswami’s Siksha

by Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaja

Through Rupa Goswami, Mahaprabhu taught the world about Krishna’s Vrindavan pastimes and the process for attaining Krishna in Vrindavan. Krishnadas Kaviraj Goswami writes, “Through the mercy of Sanatan I have learned the devotional doctrines, while by the grace of Rupa I have been able to discover the extensiveness of the divine aesthetics of devotion.” (Chaitanya Charitamrita 1.5.203)

The Lord taught about sacred rapture and Vraja’s pastimes of love through Rupa Goswami. Who can effectively describe the subtleties of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s lila? (Chaitanya Charitamrita 3.5.87)

vrndavaniyam rasa-kelivartam
kalena luptam nija-saktim utkah |
sancarya rupe vyatanot punah sa
prabhor vidhau prag iva loka-srstim ||

Just as the Lord enlightened the heart of Lord Brahma with the details of the creation and thus made the manifestation of the cosmos possible, so did Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu eagerly impregnate the heart of Rupa Goswami with spiritual potency so that he could revive Krishna’s Vrindavan pastimes which had almost been lost to memory. (Chaitanya Charitamrita 2.19.1)

While in Prayag, Mahaprabhu gave Rupa the direct order to write Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu. This has been stated by Rupa himself in the introductory verses to that book:

hrdi yasya preramaya pravartito’ham varaka-rupo’ pi |
tasya hareh pada-kamalam vande caitanya-devasya ||

I worship the lotus feet of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, known as Lord Chaitanya-deva, for by his inspiration I have set out to write this book even though I am nothing but a ignorant wretch. (Brs 1.1.2)

Particularly relevant in this connection is Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Goswami Thakur’s commentary on the importance of studying and writing books as an element of devotional practice: “The lives of the Goswamis were exemplary in their renunciation. Sometimes they would engage in chanting the holy names of the Lord, sometimes they would worship him by writing books on divine aesthetics, and sometimes they would remember or glorify Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.

There is an idea which has some currency amongst the prakrta-sahajiyas that devotional practice entails the renunciation of studying and writing devotional scriptures, indeed that any kind of scriptural study should be stopped so that one can attain to a state of ignorance. Those who follow in the footsteps of Rupa Goswami have no patience with such ideas. However, if a devotional practitioner studies or writes devotional scriptures for the sake of making money through which to satisfy his material senses or attain material fame, respect or any of the other insignificant and superficial goals which are classed as distractions or weeds in the garden of devotional service, then he will not attain the auspicious results which are the real fruit such activity. A real Rupanuga has no fruitive ambition for such petty results.” (Anubhasya, 2.19.131)

When Mahaprabhu was giving Rupa the outline for his book on sacred rapture, he described the characteristics of the different mellows and showed him how to get a taste of the fathomless ocean of sacred rapture, he pointed out how difficult it was to attain devotional service to Krishna. The jiva or living entity is an atomic spark of conscious energy.

There are countless jivas, who are divided into two categories–those which are mobile and those which are stationary. Those which have mobility are again divided into three: those which move on the land, in the air or in the water. Amongst those who live on the land, a small number are human beings, of which only a minority accept the Vedic principles. Outcastes such as Pulindas, Mlecchas, Savaras and Buddhists are in the majority. Of those who accept the Vedas, some do so in name only and engage in sinful activity. Those who practice the Vedic principles are in the minority. Those who are engaged in religious practices toward some fruitive end form the majority in this group.

Amongst millions of such karma-nistha followers of the Veda, one person may perhaps attain the level of spiritual knowledge; yet only one of many millions of such jnanis will be an actual liberated soul. And out of millions of liberated souls, it will still be difficult to find a devotee of Krishna. Devotion to Krishna which is thus so rare can take birth when a certain merit is attained through great good fortune. The seed to the devotional creeper comes through the mercy of the Lord and his devotee. The creeper of spontaneous ecstatic devotion does not flower anywhere within this world, not even in Vaikuntha in the spiritual world, but only in Vrndavan at Krishna’s lotus feet. Krishna’s feet are like the wish-fulfilling tree around which the vine of devotion wraps itself and bears fruit. This is described in a most clear and wonderful manner by Krishnadas Kaviraj Goswami in Chaitanya Charitamrita:

After wandering through this entire universe, birth after birth, some fortunate souls receive the seed of devotion (bhakti-lata-bija) by the mercy of Krishna and the guru. Upon receiving the seed of devotional service, one should take care of it by becoming a gardener and sowing it in his heart. If he waters the seed gradually by the process of sravana and kirtan [hearing and chanting], the seed will begin to sprout. As one waters the bhakti-lata-bija, the seed sprouts, and the creeper gradually increases to the point where it penetrates the walls of this universe and goes beyond the Viraja River between the spiritual world and the material world. It passes through the Brahma-loka, the Brahman effulgence until it finally reaches the spiritual sky and the spiritual planet Goloka Vrindavan where it takes shelter of the desire tree of the lotus feet of Krishna. There the creeper expands greatly and produces the fruit of love for Krishna, while the gardener continues to regularly sprinkle the creeper with the water of hearing and chanting here in the material world.

An offense to the Vaishnavas is like a mad elephant that uproots or breaks the creeper, causing its leaves to dry up.

The gardener must therefore take care to protect the creeper by making a fence around it so that the elephant of offenses may not enter. Even so, unwanted creepers, such as the weeds of desire for material enjoyment or release from the world, may grow along with the creeper of devotional service. Such weeds are countless in their variety. Some examples are forbidden activity, faultfinding and duplicity, causing suffering to other creatures, seeking wealth, adulation or mundane importance. All these weeds grow alongside the main creeper as one waters it, causing its growth to be curtailed.

As soon the devotee sees one of these weeds growing beside the original creeper, he must cut it down instantly. Then the real bhakti-lata can grow nicely all the way to Vrindavan where it will find shelter under the lotus feet of Krishna. (Chaitanya Charitamrita 2.19.151-61)

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Goswami Thakur has commented on this passage in his Anubhasya: “Through the act of watering the creeper of devotional service by hearing and chanting, weeds may also grow which results in the growth of the bhakti-lata being stifled. If one does not avoid bad association, which is the only way to be free of offenses while hearing and chanting, then one becomes attached to sense gratification, the idea of liberation from material bondage, various mystic achievements, or the practice of deception. One may also become addicted to the illicit association of women or practice other false manifestations of devotion practiced by the prakrta-sahajiyas or a dweller of the five places given by Pariksit to Kali, namely wherever there is gambling, intoxication, prostitution, animal slaughter and the accumulation of gold.

He starts to take the Vaishnavas to be members of a particular race or caste, he finds dishonest ways of collecting money, or makes a show of practicing spiritual life in seclusion while secretly harboring desires for fame and adulation. Or one’s desire for mundane reputation may result in his making compromises with nondevotees, compromising one’s philosophy or spiritual life, or becoming a supporter of the hereditary caste system by professing discipleship to a so-called guru who opposes Vishnu and the Vaishnavas. The sum and substance of these aberrant paths is that one becomes intoxicated in the gratification of one’s own senses and, in order to attain these superficial and destructible ends, in short, anything besides pure devotion, one presents oneself as a great saintly person or as a religious person in order to accumulate followers. None of these things is useful in attaining pure devotional service to Krishna.

“If one uproots the various weeds as soon as one sees them beginning to sprout, then the creeper of devotional service will be able to grow as far as Goloka Vrindavan where it will give forth transcendental fruits. If not, one will end up being cut off from the devotional life and, remaining in the material world, whether in the higher or lower planets, will have to suffer its vagaries.” (Anubhasya, 2.19.160-1)

There are twelve devotional sentiments. The five primary sentiments are those of peacefulness, servitude, friendship, parenthood, and erotic love. The seven secondary sentiments are humor, astonishment, heroism, compassion, anger, disgust and fear.

The five primary sentiments remain permanently within the devotee’s heart, while the secondary sentiments are adventitious, appearing only when there is cause. (Chaitanya Charitamrita 2.19.188)

The secondary rasas act as supporting elements for the primary sentiments, coming and going when propitious circumstances arise.

After serving their function, they again disappear, whereas the primary sentiments are permanently ensconced in the devotee’s heart.

In his teachings to Rupa Goswami, Mahaprabhu established that of the five primary rasas, the divine sentiment of conjugal love is foremost. The characteristics of santa-rasa abandonment of other desires and steady attachment to Krishna. Over and above these characteristics, the possessor of the serving mood has his service, the friend has an intimacy, while the parent has a sense of being the protector. The devotee in madhura-rasa has all these qualities with the addition of serving with her own body. Just as all the qualities of the other elements starting with the ether are added together to be united in earth, so are all the qualities of the other devotional moods united in the mood of erotic love. Since all the sentiments are present in madhura-rasa, it is the best.

Rupa Goswami’s samadhi temple can be found in the courtyard of the Radha Damodar temple in Vrindavan. This is also where he performed his bhajana at the end of his life. Other places consecrated to Rupa’s memory in the Vraja area include his place of worship near Nandagrama, called Terikadamba. In this place, Radha came in disguise to give Rupa milk, rice and sugar so that he could cook a sweet-rice preparation for Sanata n Goswami. When Sanatan tasted the sweet rice, he felt divine ecstasies invade his body. Upon learning how he had received the ingredients, however, Sanatan forbad Rupa to ever cook sweet rice again, so that Radharani would not have to go to any trouble on his behalf.

Rupa Goswami’s pastimes in this world came to an end in the month of Bhadra, on the twelfth day of the waxing moon, the day after Jhulana Ekadasi.

—-excerpt from the book “Sri Chaitanya: His Life and Associates” by Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj.

For Guru-Puja (Purnima) 2015

All Glories to Sri Brahma Madhva Gaudiya Saraswat Sampradaya (lineage). All Glories to my beloved Grand Spiritual Master His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Thakur PRABHUPADA & my beloved Spiritual Master His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Pramode Puri Goswami Maharaj.

Observing the Guru-Purnima ritual means worshipping all the members of our entire lineage. Actually, it is the appearance day of Vyasadeva, the energy incarnation of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna. Vyasadeva is the source of all of our authentic scriptures (shastra), Srimad Bhagavatam, all Puranas, Upanishads, the Mahabharata, etc. On this day we should try to understand Guru-Tattva and practice the path of devotion with a non-sectarian and non-judgemental manner. Otherwise it will be difficult for us to reach our final destination, the abode of Sri Sri Radha Krishna. In order to properly observe the Vyasa-Puja day we should not think guru is just an individual and worship only the personification of our initiating guru (diksha-guru); instead of that, we should worship the entire members of our lineage – Lord Krishna, Brahma, Narada, Vyasa…………Grand Spiritual Master (His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Thakur Prabhupada) and the initiating guru.

 

Yours in the Service of Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s Mission.

B.B.Bodhayan.

Sri Gopinath Gaudiya Math(President).

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Sri Purushottama Month (June 17 to July 16, 2015)

 Krishna Purushottama, The Extra Month

We call Purusottama month the ‘Adhi-Masa’ (extra month).  It is also called, ‘Mala-Masa’, which means dirty or useless month. In India, the sadhus (Holy persons), sadhakas (spiritual practitioners) and pious people of all sampradayas (linages) observe this month with all care. All are observing and engaging in austerities according to their capacity. We should try to observe the following practices for the whole month.

At least three times (morning, noon and evening) each day we should chant Kaundinya Muni’s mantra, which is found in the Hari-Bhakti Vilas:

        Goverdhana-Dharam Vande Gopalam Goparupinam

        Gokulotsavam eeshaanam Govindam Gopikapriyam

Meaning: Goverdhana-Dharam Vande: I worship the lifter of Govardhana Hill, Gopalam Goparupinam:Who has the beautiful form of a cowherd boy, and who continually plays with the Gopas. Gokulotsavam-eeshaanam: He is the Lord of Gokula wherein everyday is a festival. Govindam Gopikapriyam: He is the giver of pleasure to the cows and spiritual senses and the beloved of the Gopi damsels of Vraja.

  1. Try to maintain celibacy for this month.
  2. Instead of sleeping on a comfortable bed sleep on the floor (use a thin mat or blanket if necessary)
  3.  Bathe daily BEFORE SUNRISE.
  4. Get up 1 hour and 36 minutes before sunrise (during the Brahma-Muhurta) or as early as possible and chant ‘Pancha-Tattva’ and ‘Mahamantra’ at least 12 times.
  5. Each day chant a fixed number of rounds.  You can increase rounds this month according to your ability. For example, if you usually chant 16 rounds daily then in this Purushottama month try to chant at least 24,  32, or 64 rounds according to your convenience.
  6. If your schedule allows then perform puja daily by yourself. At least offer a ghee lamp to Radha-Krsna Deities or Sri Jagannath Deities or Their Picture. If possible, offer this twice in a day (morning and evening) while chanting the Sri Jagannatha-Astakam or any song about Sri Sri Radha- Krishna’s glories.
  7. Daily Tulasi Devi’s Parakrama, morning and evening.
  8. Take a vow to remain peaceful, and become 100% truthful throughout the month, just as a devotee should be throughout their entire life.
  9. Please be careful not to blaspheme anyone, especially the Vaisnavas and brahmanas.
  10. Try your best to please Sri Radha and Sri Krsna by performing spiritual practices according to your capacities.
  11. No cutting of hair or nails (optional).
  12. No cooking in mustard or sesame oil or rubbing these oils on your body.  It is best to cook with ghee, and eat boiled Hobisanna (Atap-rice mixed with Dal and vegetables, but no eggplant or tomoato, without salt if possible).

This month is called Mala-Masa (dirty or useless month) because all ritual forms of karma-kanda (reward seeking), pujas and yajnas (fire sacrifices) don’t give any results this month. Our Gaudiya Vaisnavas, however, disagree, saying it is called Mala-Masa because all days, weeks and months are created by the Supreme Lord for observing devotion. Therefore, we Gaudiya Vaisnavas try our best to follow devotional rituals as our previous teachers have established for the month.

Our previous teachers instructed us that in this month we have to observe devotional activities in a special manner. Then quickly and easily we can destroy the dirt and contamination caused by our sins, ignorance and Aparadhas.

Firstly, the Puranas say that the Supreme personality of Godhead, Sri Krsna’s FAVORITE MONTH is Purusottama Month.  Sri Krsna has not only personally created this month, but He also named it after Himself. Remember, Sri Krsna alone is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Purusottama. As Swayam Bhagavan, Sri Krsna is the most magnanimous, topmost origin of all the avataras and incarnations. And so Purusottama Month is the topmost, super best, most powerful spiritual reward giving month among all the twelve months.

Purusottama Month is the holiest month, far superior to the pious Vedic months of Vaisakha (April-May), Karttika (October-November) and Magha (January–February), which the Vedas praise as the three best reward-giving months of all the 12 months of the year.. Not only on the earth planet, but all over the universe Purusottama Month is honored and worshiped by all devotees, sages, demigods and even Laksmi Devi Herself.

If one sincerely worships Radha and Krsna in Purusottama month, he will attain everything he wants. One who observes Purusottamavrata will burn up the reactions of all his previous bad karma and attain the direct service of Radha and Krsna. Purusottama month is the best month for all spiritual advancement because Krsna overlooks all the aparadhas. Residence in the holy dhams during Purusottam Month yields 1000 times the benefit.

PURANIC EVIDENCE ON PURUSHOTTAM MONTH’S GLORIES

All these sastric quotations are from Padma and SkandaPurana:

1. Lord Sri Krsna: “Purusottama Month has all the power I have to bless its observer. One who followsPurusottamavrata will destroy all his past sinful reactions. Without performing Purusottamavrata, one cannot perform pure devotional service. The value of Purusottama month is far more valuable than all other types of austerities and religious activities mentioned in the Vedas. Anyone who observes Purusottamavrata will return to My abode, Goloka, at the end of his life.”

2. Durvasa Muni: “Just by bathing in a holy river during Purusottama Month, one becomes sinless. The glory of all other months is not equal to one-sixteenth of the glory of the Purusottama Month. By bathing in a holy place, giving charity and chanting the Holy Name of Krsna during Purusottama Month, all miseries are destroyed, one attains all kinds of perfection and fulfills all his desires.”

3. Valmiki Muni: “By observing Purusottamavrata, one attains more benefit than performing one hundred horse sacrifices. All holy places live within the body of a Purusottama Month vrati (an observer of this penance). Anyone who faithfully performs Purusottamavrata will go to GolokaVrndavana.”

4. Narada Muni: “Purusottama Month is the best of all months, vratas and austerities. Just by faithfully hearing the glories of Purusottama Month, one attains Krsna-bhakti and immediately nullifies his sinful reactions. One who performs Purusottamavrata properly will attain unlimited piety and spiritual merit (sukrti) and go to the spiritual world.”

5. Naimisaranya Sages: “Merciful Purusottama Month acts like a desire tree to fulfill a devotee’s desire.”

6.  Hari-bhakti-vilasa (Vol 4, Vs 437): “During Purusottama Month, one should remember Lord Krsna, and then donate thirty-three milk cakes cooked in ghee to grhastha Vaisnava brahmanas, who are well versed in sastras. Failing to do so, one loses all the piety he accumulated in the previous year.” Comment: Vrndavana vaisnavas usually observe this by donating two kilos of good quality milk cake from a sweet shop to a few Vaisnava pandas or pujaris or good temple devotees.

ADDITIONAL OBSERVANCES FOR PURUSHOTTAMA MONTH

During the holy month of Purushottama, certain spiritual practices are observed by devotees: Recitation of Sri Jagannathastakam in the mornings, of Chauragraganya Purusashtakam in the afternoons, performance of japam or chanting as instructed by Kaundinya Muni, Deep daana or ghee-lamp offerings in the evenings at the Vishnu, Krishna or Ram mandir, and last but not the least, reading the Brahmastava, 40 slokas in Sanskrit, from the Bhagavatam, chapter 14, Canto 10. This spiritual technique, when performed with devotion in Purushottama, can bestow manifold results on the sadhak. Observance of Purushottama vrata brings eternal joy to the soul.

SRILA BHAKTIVINODA THAKURA’S Purusottama Month VRATA:

Perform the NirapeksaVrata, which is 30 days of concentrated, one pointed worship and service to Radha-Govinda’s conjugal form by hearing, chanting, remembering Their divine names, forms, qualities, pastimes. All day and night, hear about Bhagavan Sri Krsna, chant the Hare Krsna Mahamantra, and take mahaprasada only.

Sri Purushottama Month (June 17 to July 16, 2015)

 Krishna Purushottama, The Extra Month

We call Purusottama month the ‘Adhi-Masa’ (extra month).  It is also called, ‘Mala-Masa’, which means dirty or useless month. In India, the sadhus (Holy persons), sadhakas (spiritual practitioners) and pious people of all sampradayas (linages) observe this month with all care. All are observing and engaging in austerities according to their capacity. We should try to observe the following practices for the whole month.

At least three times (morning, noon and evening) each day we should chant Kaundinya Muni’s mantra, which is found in the Hari-Bhakti Vilas:

        Goverdhana-Dharam Vande Gopalam Goparupinam

        Gokulotsavam eeshaanam Govindam Gopikapriyam

Meaning: Goverdhana-Dharam Vande: I worship the lifter of Govardhana Hill, Gopalam Goparupinam:Who has the beautiful form of a cowherd boy, and who continually plays with the Gopas. Gokulotsavam-eeshaanam: He is the Lord of Gokula wherein everyday is a festival. Govindam Gopikapriyam: He is the giver of pleasure to the cows and spiritual senses and the beloved of the Gopi damsels of Vraja.

  1. Try to maintain celibacy for this month.
  2. Instead of sleeping on a comfortable bed sleep on the floor (use a thin mat or blanket if necessary)
  3.  Bathe daily BEFORE SUNRISE.
  4. Get up 1 hour and 36 minutes before sunrise (during the Brahma-Muhurta) or as early as possible and chant ‘Pancha-Tattva’ and ‘Mahamantra’ at least 12 times.
  5. Each day chant a fixed number of rounds.  You can increase rounds this month according to your ability. For example, if you usually chant 16 rounds daily then in this Purushottama month try to chant at least 24,  32, or 64 rounds according to your convenience.
  6. If your schedule allows then perform puja daily by yourself. At least offer a ghee lamp to Radha-Krsna Deities or Sri Jagannath Deities or Their Picture. If possible, offer this twice in a day (morning and evening) while chanting the Sri Jagannatha-Astakam or any song about Sri Sri Radha- Krishna’s glories.
  7. Daily Tulasi Devi’s Parakrama, morning and evening.
  8. Take a vow to remain peaceful, and become 100% truthful throughout the month, just as a devotee should be throughout their entire life.
  9. Please be careful not to blaspheme anyone, especially the Vaisnavas and brahmanas.
  10. Try your best to please Sri Radha and Sri Krsna by performing spiritual practices according to your capacities.
  11. No cutting of hair or nails (optional).
  12. No cooking in mustard or sesame oil or rubbing these oils on your body.  It is best to cook with ghee, and eat boiled Hobisanna (Atap-rice mixed with Dal and vegetables, but no eggplant or tomoato, without salt if possible).

This month is called Mala-Masa (dirty or useless month) because all ritual forms of karma-kanda (reward seeking), pujas and yajnas (fire sacrifices) don’t give any results this month. Our Gaudiya Vaisnavas, however, disagree, saying it is called Mala-Masa because all days, weeks and months are created by the Supreme Lord for observing devotion. Therefore, we Gaudiya Vaisnavas try our best to follow devotional rituals as our previous teachers have established for the month.

Our previous teachers instructed us that in this month we have to observe devotional activities in a special manner. Then quickly and easily we can destroy the dirt and contamination caused by our sins, ignorance and Aparadhas.

Firstly, the Puranas say that the Supreme personality of Godhead, Sri Krsna’s FAVORITE MONTH is Purusottama Month.  Sri Krsna has not only personally created this month, but He also named it after Himself. Remember, Sri Krsna alone is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Purusottama. As Swayam Bhagavan, Sri Krsna is the most magnanimous, topmost origin of all the avataras and incarnations. And so Purusottama Month is the topmost, super best, most powerful spiritual reward giving month among all the twelve months.

Purusottama Month is the holiest month, far superior to the pious Vedic months of Vaisakha (April-May), Karttika (October-November) and Magha (January–February), which the Vedas praise as the three best reward-giving months of all the 12 months of the year.. Not only on the earth planet, but all over the universe Purusottama Month is honored and worshiped by all devotees, sages, demigods and even Laksmi Devi Herself.

If one sincerely worships Radha and Krsna in Purusottama month, he will attain everything he wants. One who observes Purusottamavrata will burn up the reactions of all his previous bad karma and attain the direct service of Radha and Krsna. Purusottama month is the best month for all spiritual advancement because Krsna overlooks all the aparadhas. Residence in the holy dhams during Purusottam Month yields 1000 times the benefit.

PURANIC EVIDENCE ON PURUSHOTTAM MONTH’S GLORIES

All these sastric quotations are from Padma and SkandaPurana:

1. Lord Sri Krsna: “Purusottama Month has all the power I have to bless its observer. One who followsPurusottamavrata will destroy all his past sinful reactions. Without performing Purusottamavrata, one cannot perform pure devotional service. The value of Purusottama month is far more valuable than all other types of austerities and religious activities mentioned in the Vedas. Anyone who observes Purusottamavrata will return to My abode, Goloka, at the end of his life.”

2. Durvasa Muni: “Just by bathing in a holy river during Purusottama Month, one becomes sinless. The glory of all other months is not equal to one-sixteenth of the glory of the Purusottama Month. By bathing in a holy place, giving charity and chanting the Holy Name of Krsna during Purusottama Month, all miseries are destroyed, one attains all kinds of perfection and fulfills all his desires.”

3. Valmiki Muni: “By observing Purusottamavrata, one attains more benefit than performing one hundred horse sacrifices. All holy places live within the body of a Purusottama Month vrati (an observer of this penance). Anyone who faithfully performs Purusottamavrata will go to GolokaVrndavana.”

4. Narada Muni: “Purusottama Month is the best of all months, vratas and austerities. Just by faithfully hearing the glories of Purusottama Month, one attains Krsna-bhakti and immediately nullifies his sinful reactions. One who performs Purusottamavrata properly will attain unlimited piety and spiritual merit (sukrti) and go to the spiritual world.”

5. Naimisaranya Sages: “Merciful Purusottama Month acts like a desire tree to fulfill a devotee’s desire.”

6.  Hari-bhakti-vilasa (Vol 4, Vs 437): “During Purusottama Month, one should remember Lord Krsna, and then donate thirty-three milk cakes cooked in ghee to grhastha Vaisnava brahmanas, who are well versed in sastras. Failing to do so, one loses all the piety he accumulated in the previous year.” Comment: Vrndavana vaisnavas usually observe this by donating two kilos of good quality milk cake from a sweet shop to a few Vaisnava pandas or pujaris or good temple devotees.

ADDITIONAL OBSERVANCES FOR PURUSHOTTAMA MONTH

During the holy month of Purushottama, certain spiritual practices are observed by devotees: Recitation of Sri Jagannathastakam in the mornings, of Chauragraganya Purusashtakam in the afternoons, performance of japam or chanting as instructed by Kaundinya Muni, Deep daana or ghee-lamp offerings in the evenings at the Vishnu, Krishna or Ram mandir, and last but not the least, reading the Brahmastava, 40 slokas in Sanskrit, from the Bhagavatam, chapter 14, Canto 10. This spiritual technique, when performed with devotion in Purushottama, can bestow manifold results on the sadhak. Observance of Purushottama vrata brings eternal joy to the soul.

SRILA BHAKTIVINODA THAKURA’S Purusottama Month VRATA:

Perform the NirapeksaVrata, which is 30 days of concentrated, one pointed worship and service to Radha-Govinda’s conjugal form by hearing, chanting, remembering Their divine names, forms, qualities, pastimes. All day and night, hear about Bhagavan Sri Krsna, chant the Hare Krsna Mahamantra, and take mahaprasada only.