Srimad Bhagavatam Puja Prayers
1. nasta-prayesv abhadresu, nityam bhagavata-sevaya
bhagavaty uttama-sloke, bhaktir bhavati naisthiki
By regularly hearing the Bhagavatam and by serving the pure devotees, all that is troublesome to the heart is almost completely destroyed, and loving service unto Bhagavan Sri Krsna, who is praised with transcendental songs, is established as an irrevocable fact. (SB 1.2.18)
Why do Gaudiya Vaisnavas observe Kartika vrata?
Gaudiyas especially observe Kartik vrata for the purpose of worshiping and pleasing Srimati Radharani. Because Radha is most famous as Karunamayi Radha, we very strictly follow all the rules and regulations of the Kartika Vrata, NIYAMA SEVA, so that Srimati showers us with Her divine compassion. The goal of this month, our lives and every moment is simply to gain a glance of mercy and favor from our beloved Swamini Radha. May Sri Radha and all Her merciful sakhis and manjaris bless us with gopi-bhava and Srimati Radhika’s eternal loving service in groves of Sridhama Vrndavana. For Gaudiya Vaisnavas, Kartika Vrata is more important than any other vrata in the year. Other vratas observed for the satisfaction of Syamasundara and His expansions last for one day at most, but Sri Radha’s pleasure vow of Kartika LASTS FOR ONE MONTH.
Glories of Lord Ganesha
(This is an excerpt from a lecture titled – ‘Ganesha Glories’ from ‘Tattva Darshan’ series, part 13, given by Mahanidhi Swami)
Ganesha Chaturthi, the birthday of Lord Ganesha, is one of the most popular Indian festivals. Lord Ganesha is Half Man Half elephant - Elephant’s head and a human’s body. He is a very enigmatic and very famous Indian demigod India - Ganapati.
Purusottama month vrata (adhika masa)
2012 18th AUG—17th SEPT
(New version by mahanidhi swami)
INTRODUCTION TO PURUSOTTAMA MONTH:
Purusottama month, or adhika masa (extra month) is also called mala masa, which means dirty or useless month. In India the sadhus, sadhakas and pious people of all sampradayas (Vaisnvava and Advaitan) undertake serious penances and austerities (vratas) during Purusottama Month. Now let us examine the name, history, benefits and method of practice of this age old, scripturally bonafide “King of All Vratas” or month long penances.