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Friday, September 30, 2005

Settling down, finally

Today, for the first time in 10 days, I could offer a warm meal to Giridhāri....

Rādhākuṇḍa, September 29, 2005

The Vrajbasis I stay with are cool. They have three little noisy kids and a TV though, so its sometimes kinda noisy, but they are very friendly. They grow very fragrant Karnikāra flowers in the garden - I stick them in Giridhārī's ears, as it should be, since the Bhāgavat says karnayoh karnikāram. In his book Prākṛta Rasa aranya chedini, Narasingha Swami quotes Bhaktisiddhanta as saying that the word dhīra in the final  Rāsa līlā verse means ṣaḍ-vega-jayi acañcalaḥ rāgānugā gosvāmī, which is allright, but he creates the impression that being dhīra (steady, calm) is a prerequisite of hearing Rāsa līlā, instead of the result of hearing Rāsa līlā  I dont know in which context Bhaktisiddhanta speaks like that, but the Caitanya Caritāmṛta Antya 5,44 clearly mentions the word dhira as a result of hearing the Rāsa līlā. tina guna ksobha nahi, mahā-dhīra hoy. Apart from all the twisted, unsupported and counterfeit arguments he presents, Narasingha does make a good point when he states that the ācārya is not materially omniscient, quoting from Bhakti Rasāmṛta Sindhu that sarvajñata, or omniscience, is a quality of Śiva, which is unattainable for the jīvas.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Birthday




Today is my dīkṣā-anniversary, Advaitadās is 23 years old and still - Prabhu Sītānāth's only western kṛpā-pātra! Anup Gosāi arranged for a great feast - rice, 2 subjis, puris, kacauris, jilāpis and rāja-bhog. He also gives dakṣiṇā to everyone, while Dhruva Gosāi chants Klasien Okken ki jay! Finally some brahmin bhojan after all the stuff I ate so far!

I do some bhajan under the beautiful Advaita Vaṭ (Banyan) tree - (see images above) where Advaita Prabhu resided and worshipped.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Kīrtan at Śṛṅgāra Bat



The kīrtanīyas at Śṛṅgār Bat perform fine kīrtan for my mother's viraha utsava, memorial festival.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Bhāratīya dina-pañji

Indian diary, Volume seventeen, part two

(For the first time online!)

VṚNDĀVANA -  Little sleep still to recover from 2 sleepless nights. Bhajan seems to go very well though, back in the holy dhama, by its grace. In the lounge of the Guest house I meet Dhanurdhara Swāmī. He is interested to know that many ' prominent' western rāgānugīs got into rāgānugā bhakti more due to academic pursuits than due to lobha, though some lobha must certainly be there.

The weather is warm and partly cloudy. In the afternoon I visit Kuśakratha Dās in the MVT to pay my respects. I have never met him. He is to depart soon and it can be seen on him too. He looks like an inmate of Auschwitz, totally emaciated, yet he is totally blissful and very friendly. He says he did not read my work. Because he can hardly speak due to throat cancer I don't want to tire him too much and take my leave.

Śītalā Dāsī tells me that throwing ashes into a holy river redeems the soul and she felt that strongly when she threw her father's ashes into the Yamunā.

With Dwarikanath Das I plan a trip to Navadwip via Bendel to celebrate Sādhu Bābā's birthday utsava,

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Śrīla Haridās Ṭhākur’s disappearance day


From Advaita Prakāśa –


eka dina haridāser mane cintā hoilo;
ek sthāne bahu din vāsa nahe bhālo
ālāp saṁsarge hoy māyār sambandha
krame saṁsār āsaktite jīv hoy andha
udāsīner dharma tāhe nā hoy rakhan
ataeva jana saṅga tyāg sarvottam


"One day Haridāsa thought to himself: “It is not good to stay in one place for a long time. One gets into small talk and develops false relationships. Then gradually one gets attached to material life or family life and the soul becomes blind. Then the life of a carefree renunciant cannot be maintained. Therefore the best is to live in solitude, outside of society.”