Caitanya Mahaprabhu

Lord Chaitanya’s love to Lord Jagannatha

Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu was very thirsty to see the Lord, and His eyes became like two bumblebees drinking the honey from the lotuslike eyes of Lord Jagannātha, who is Kṛṣṇa Himself. The eyes of Lord Jagannātha conquered the beauty of blossoming lotus flowers, and His neck was as lustrous as a mirror made of sapphires.Lord […]

What is behavior of devotee?

Saṅgāt sañjāyate kāmaḥ (Bg. 2.62). One develops his consciousness according to society and association. As Śrīla Nityānanda Prabhu admits, a devotee should be very careful when associating with those who are not devotees. When asked by a householder devotee what the behavior of a devotee should be, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu immediately replied:asat-saṅga-tyāga,–ei vaiṣṇava-ācāra‘strī-saṅgī’–eka asādhu, ‘kṛṣṇābhakta’ […]

Cooling effect of devotion in the heart

To give us practical instructions, Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu cleansed the temple twice. His second cleansing was more thorough. The idea was to throw away all the stumbling blocks on the path of devotional service. He cleansed the temple with firm conviction, as is evident from His using His own personal garments for cleaning. Śrī […]

Cleansing our hearts

If a devotee at all wants to cleanse his heart, he must chant and hear the glories of the Lord, Śrī Kṛṣṇa (śṛṇvatāṁ sva-kathāḥ kṛṣṇaḥ). This is a simple process. Kṛṣṇa Himself will help cleanse the heart because He is already seated there. Kṛṣṇa wants to continue living within the heart, and the Lord wants […]

Etiquettes in front of Deity

There are many offenses one can commit while serving the Lord, and these are described in the Bhakti-rasāmṛta-sindhu, Hari-bhakti-vilāsa and other books. According to the rules and regulations, no one should accept obeisances in the temple of the Lord before the Deity. Nor is it proper for a devotee to offer obeisances and touch the […]

Diplomacy is also good when used for Bhakti

Śrī Rāmānanda Rāya was indeed a diplomatic minister for the King (King Prataparudra). His general behavior was very expert, and simply by describing the King’s love for Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, he gradually softened the Lord’s mind. A diplomat in the material world knows how to deal with people, especially in political affairs. Some of the […]

Who are kanaphata yogis

In India there is still a class of professional mendicants who are very much like the gypsies of Western countries. They know some magical art and mystical processes, and their business is to beg from door to door, sometimes pleading and sometimes threatening. Such mendicants are sometimes called yogīs and sometimes kāṇaphāṭā yogīs. The word […]

The Beda Kirtan pastime of Lord Chaitanya in Jagannath Puri

The great Personality of Godhead, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, then took all of them to the temple of Jagannātha and began the congregational chanting of the holy name there. After seeing the dhūpa–ārati of the Lord, they all began congregational chanting. Then the paḍichā, the superintendent of the temple, came and offered flower garlands and sandalwood […]

Teachings of Haridas Thakur

Since he was born in a Muslim family, Śrīla Haridāsa Ṭhākura could not enter the temple of Jagannātha due to temple restrictions. Nonetheless, he was recognized by Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu as Nāmācārya Haridāsa Ṭhākura. Haridāsa Ṭhākura, however, considered himself unfit to enter the Jagannātha temple. Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu could have personally taken Haridāsa Ṭhākura into […]

Vaishnava Humility

Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu saw in the distance that Haridāsa Ṭhākura was lying down flat on the road offering obeisances. Haridāsa Ṭhākura did not come to the Lord’s meeting place but remained fallen flat on the common road at a distance. All the devotees then went to Haridāsa Ṭhākura, saying, “The Lord wants to meet you. […]