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This blog is for sharing one of the six loving exchanges between vaishnavas - bhajana katha sravanam alapa - sharing and discussing bhajan topics with devotees.

It is also my humble attempt to follow the instruction my gurudeva would give at the end of every class: take these pastimes and instructions into your heart. Therefore in the hopes that it will make some impression in my heart, I am sharing lecture notes, quotes, book excerpts, and other words from the brahma-madhva-gaudiya sampradaya and vaisnava/is around the world.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

When O when!

Sri Gaura Nitai, Imli Tala, Vrndavana

When O When

When O when will I see
Merciful Gaurnitai
When can I wash Their lotus feet
See Their brilliant dancing forms?

When O when will I hear
Merciful Gaurnitai
Singing gleefully
in kirtan

When O when will I see
Merciful Gaurnitai
Their almond lotus eyes
Tearing up with love?

When O when will I see
Merciful Gaurnitai
Their chests glowing with yellow tilak
Their pink lotus palms?

When O when will I see
Merciful Gaurnitai
Their long, strong arms embracing devotees
Again and again

When O when will I see
Merciful Gaurnitai
Dhotis whirling in kirtan
Ornaments jangling from Their ears?

When O when will I smell
Merciful Gaurnitai
The fragrance of Their bodies
Purifying my offenses

When O when will I feel
Merciful Gaurnitai
Their long, strong arms, embracing

O if I taste
Enough Gaurnitai mahaprasad
Maybe one day
They will embrace me

Gaurnitai, let me wash your feet
With tears because
I am most fallen and wretched
Destitute and offensive

O Gurudeva
Please help me
I want to serve
Merciful Gaurnitai

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Jai Gauranga!!!

The auspicious occasion of Sri Gaura Purnima is coming up soon!

"I worship Sri Caitanyadeva, whose hair is intertwined with beautiful garlands of pearls, whose face is splendorous like a radiant moon, whose limbs are smeared with candana and aguru and who, adorned with wonderful clothes, garlands and transcendental, glittering ornment, dances while absored in ecstaties of sweet mellows. His body of golden complexion, being adorned with the ornaments of bhava, makes Him appear like an enchanting Cupid amidst the presence of His intimate associates."

- as quoted in Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur's book, Sri Bhajan Rahasya, commentated on by Sri Srimad Bhaktivednta Narayana Goswami Maharaja