Story of the cleansing of Gundhicha Temple by Lord Chaitanya & His devotees

When these three people came before the Lord, He begged them for permission to wash the temple known as Gundhicha. The Gundhicha temple is situated two miles northeast of the Jagannātha temple. At the time of the Ratha-yātrā festival, Lord Jagannātha goes to the Gundhicha temple from His original temple and stays there for one week. […]

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 […]

Everything connected to Lord is worshipable

The Lord’s clothing, bedding, slippers and everything required as an ordinary necessity are all transformations of Śeṣa, Viṣṇu, the expansion of Śrī Baladeva. Thus the cloth and other paraphernalia of the Supreme Personality of Godhead are but other forms of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Everything connected to the Lord is worshipable. Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu […]

Ready to give up life for Krishna

“Still, isn’t it the nature of an attached man to give up his life if he does not attain his desired object? For instance, some of the wives of the brāhmaṇas who were performing sacrifices gave up their lives in the presence of their husbands for the sake of Krishna” This refers to the day […]

Why Devotees chant mantra before eating prasadam

It is the practice of Vaiṣṇavas while taking prasāda to chant the holy name of Lord Hari at intervals and also sing various songs, such as śarīra avidyā-jāla. Those who are honoring prasāda, accepting the remnants of food offered to the Deity, must always remember that prasāda is not ordinary food. Prasāda is transcendental. We […]

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. […]

Causeless Mercy

“‘O my Lord! O unlimited one! Although I was merged in the ocean of nescience, I have now, after a long time, attained You, just as one may attain the seashore. My dear Lord, by getting me, You have obtained the right person upon whom to bestow Your causeless mercy.’” This is a verse from […]

Regulative principles in holy places of pilgrimage

According to the Vedic regulative principles, one has to be celibate before entering a holy place of pilgrimage. Generally people are very much addicted to sense gratification, and unless they have sex at night, they cannot sleep. The regulative principles therefore enjoin that before a common man goes to a holy place of pilgrimage, he […]

Result of Criticizing devotees

“If the mercy of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu is not bestowed upon a person-regardless of how learned a scholar that person may be and regardless of his seeing or listening-he cannot accept Lord Caitanya as the Supreme Personality of Godhead. The same principles can be applied to demoniac persons, even though they be in the sampradāya […]