Release of new book: Sri Namastaka of Srila Rupa Gosvami Prabhupada

Dear devotees,

Hare Krishna. Please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and his followers.

We are pleased to inform you that by the mercy of Srila Rupa Gosvami Prabhupada and his followers, we have been able to release an English translation of his Namastaka and commentaries on it by Srila Baladeva Vidyabhusana and Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura.

Namastaka contains eight Sanskrit verses on the glories of the holy name of Lord Krsna, and it appears in the final portion of Srila Rupa Gosvami’s Stava-mala. Srila Baladeva Vidyabhusana Prabhu commented on the entirety of Stava-mala in Sanskrit, and his commentary on Namastaka reveals his deep insights into the power, significance and method of offenselessly chanting the holy names of Lord Krsna.

Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura also presented prose paraphrases and versified explanations of the Namastaka in Bengali. With his characteristic penetrating intelligence, Srila Bhaktivinoda clarified some of the complicated concepts presented in Srila Baladeva Vidyabhusana’s Sanskrit commentary on the Namastaka.

In this edition, we have presented Srila Rupa Gosvami’s Namastaka along with Srila Baladeva Vidyabhusana’s commentary and Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura’s paraphrase and explanation together. We have presented the Sanskrit text in Devanagari, the Bengali text in Bengali, and then a transliteration followed by synonyms and translation. The edition also contains informative footnotes and appendixes mostly containing relevant statements from the writings of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

Devotees in India can order the book from Amazon.in here. Devotees outside of India can do so by emailing ruparaghunathavani@gmail.com.

Your servants,

Rupa Raghunatha Vani Publications

www.ruparaghunathavani.com

Prabodhananda Sarasvati’s Viveka-satakam Release

Almost five hundred years after its composition, Srila Prabodhananda Sarasvati’s Viveka-satakam (A Hundred Verses of Wisdom) has been published for the first time. Although an ancient manuscript of the text was listed among a private collection in 1883, its whereabouts was unknown for many decades. After locating the manuscript in the course of my research work, it was a joy to verify that it was at least four hundred years old. Upon analyzing the text, it became clear that it had many characteristics common to other works of Srila Prabodhananda. Yet there was a difficulty – it was a poor transcription into Bengali characters and a number of incorrect readings compromised the text intelligibility to some extent. I was fortunate to come across a manuscript in Devanagari that proved to be essential to determine the original readings.

In a quasi-autobiographical tone, Srila Prabodhananda tells us some of his experiences and impressions in life, his struggles in worldly affairs, his anxieties in family life and above all, his burning desire to give up everything to go to Vrindavan, which is glorified throughout the book. It is clear that at the time of composition the author was already an adherent of Lord Caitanya’s philosophy, as he expresses his desire to serve the Lord birth after birth, declares that Krsna, the Lord of Gokula, is superior even to Lord Visnu, and mentions Srimati Radharani’s name several times. He also mentions the name “Radha-ramana” a few times, which hints that this name had special significance to him.

The present edition features other two texts previously unknown among Srila Prabodhananda’s works: Caitanya-citrastakam and Nityanandastakam. Manuscripts of these texts were subsequently located in different places in India, and each of them is several centuries old. In these two texts, the author praises both Lords with selected poetical words.

This edition includes the original Sanskrit text in Devanagari, the transliterated Roman text with diacritics, word-for-word meanings, an English translation, a foreword by H.H. Bhakti Vikasa Swami, and an article by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura about the life of Srila Prabodhananda Sarasvati. It also includes an extensive introduction that presents recent findings about Prabodhananda, and addresses several misconceptions, such as the idea that he was previously known as Prakasananda.

The book was published by the Bhakti Vikasa Trust and can be ordered at <books@bvks.com> or www.bvks.com/b65

This publication is part of the Baladeva Vidyabhusana Project. For more details, please visit: www.vidyabhusanaproject.blogspot.in

Gita Lessons to be Included in School Syllabus: Haryana CM

GURGAON: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today said that lessons from ‘Gita’ and other holy books would be included in the syllabus of schools for imbibing moral values among students while also declaring that a university will be set up in Gurgaon.

According to an official statement released here, Khattar made these announcements while addressing a gathering at a function organized in Government College for Women, Sector 14.

Khattar said the focus would be on imparting value based moral and quality education and not mere teaching two plus two, a statement released by his government said.

For this, a rapport would be established between private schools and government schools, he added.

“Lessons from ‘Gita’ and other holy books would be included in the syllabus of schools for imbibing moral values among students,” the statement said quoting Khattar.

The Chief Minister also said that the proposal for setting up a university in Gurgaon will be moved and it would be set up.

He also inaugurated a multi purpose hall constructed at a cost of Rs 7.26 crore in the college premises besides laying foundation stones of another three projects which included construction of new science block and teaching block in Government College for Women and DSD Government College and extension of district library in Gurgaon.

He assured to connect the old Gurgaon City with Metro facility and announced construction of Cultural Bhawan in Bal Bhawan of Sector 4, opening of Cultural Center on 10 acres of land in Sector 53, widening of Old Delhi Road from local Mahavir Chowk to Dundahera and several other demands, the statement said.

In his address, the Chief Minister said focus will be laid on women empowerment during the year and all programmes relating to women and girl child will be given priority, whether it is for checking female foeticide or improving female literacy.

He said that presently the female literacy is at 66 per cent and efforts will be made to take it to 100 per cent.

He said that all government schools for girls would have facility of toilets and for upkeep and maintenance of these toilets, a ‘Haryana Swachhta Kosh’ will be constituted.

Original article here

Ramayana Book in Kannada

The timeless wisdom and teachings of the all-time classical epic “Ramayana” has been the beacon light to the lives of billions. The historical narration of the divine life of Lord Sri Ramachandra touches every aspect of life and has guided people to endure challenges of life successfully.
Originally born in Britain, His Holiness Bhakti Vikas Swami was attracted towards scriptures from an early age. After coming in touch with ISKCON Founder Acharya His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Bhakti Vikas Swami decided to dedicate his life for propagating Krishna Consciousness. The different books which Swamiji has written have been translated to various languages and widely distributed throughout the world.
HH Bhaki Vikas Swami has presented “Ramayana” in simple and lucid english. Seeing the need for this book in Kannada, a team of devotees have translated and published “Valmiki Ramayana” in Kannada. 

The launch of this book is scheduled on 14th December, 2014 Sunday at 9:30 am at the well known Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) Mini Hall, 16th cross, Vyalikaval, Bangalore.
Learned scholar Sri Tatacharya from Melukote, famous astrologer Sri S.K.Jain and Chairman of MCA, Karnataka Government, Sri M.S.Murthy and other dignitaries will grace the occasion.
The organizers request all the readers to please attend the enlightening program and benefit from it.
To get your copy of Kannada Ramayana, please contact 9740928296 / 9986074691 or SMS KANR to 542423

This Event Has Been organized by the Devotees of ISKCON Seshadripuram, Bangalore.
We humbly Request devotees to contribute towards our new temple project to help expand our activities to all parts of the city. Please Visit http://iskconbangalore.co.in/securepage/ to contribute now!

Who Is Supreme?

Who is Supreme

Book writen by Gokula Candra das and printed by Bhakti Vikasa Trust. A book is based on the teachings of Srila Prabhupada and establishes the supremacy of Lord Krsna over the 33 crores of demigods. 160 pages with 8th color photos, hundreds of slokas quoted, and elaborate question-answers at the end of each chapter. Useful for preaching in India, or to Indians. To place the order write to  iskcon.salem@pamho.net.

Excerpt from the book:

Foreword

The purpose of human life is not to amass money, to become famous or popular, or even to have a long and healthy life. All these achievements are temporary and thus of no intrinsic worth. Considering this, a truly intelligent person does not concentrate on such ephemeral goals but asks really important questions “Who am I? What is the purpose of life? Why do we have to struggle and suffer? Is there life after death” as well as the ultimate queries: Is there God? What is our relationship with God? Who is God, and how can we understand Him? Since time immemorial, these questions and the attempts to answer them have been the primary focus of enlightened people throughout the world.

Particularly, the culture of India was characterized by an extraordinarily elevated ethos of philosophical and theological discussion and a commitment for fulfilling the spiritual aim of life. Although modern materialism has much weakened India’s traditions, Hinduism (the present-day remnant of Vedic culture) remains vibrant and has become an influential cultural trajectory throughout the contemporary world. Yet, due to its richness and complexity, and to a lack of qualified guides in the modern age, Hinduism is often misunderstood even by its own practitioners. Especially the question “Who, if any, among the plethora of gods and goddesses in the ‘Hindu pantheon’ is supreme?” might seem to be an irresolvable conundrum.

“Who Is Supreme?” tackles this riddle; not with the pablum and word jugglery characteristic of many of today’s popular gurus, but with a straightforward and lucid analysis of the seminal sources of Vedic knowledge, including the “Puranas” and other corollary texts.

Having practiced and taught Vedic wisdom for more than eighteen years, the author, Gokula Candra Dasa, is eminently qualified to impart these vital insights, which, since time immemorial, have been passed down by great rsis for the benefit of human society. Herein the author has presented the essence of that vast lore, as per the teachings of His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the foremost exponent of Vedic culture in the modern age. I therefore request the reader to carefully and seriously peruse this book, with faith that understanding its conclusions will help one attain the topmost platform of spiritual realization.

Om tat sat

Bhakti Vikasa Swami

6 July 2011 (Salem, Tamil Nadu, India)

Sri Bhaktisiddhanta Vaibhava

Bhaktisiddhanta Vaibhava

The result of over twenty years of research, Sri Bhaktisiddhanta Vaibhava presents a wealth of newly translated material. Replete with anecdotes told by disciples who lived with him, this devotional, philosophical, cultural, and historical study gives intimate insights into the activities, teachings, and character of an empowered emissary of the Supreme Lord.

Sri Bhaktisiddhanta Vaibhava is presented in three volumes:

  • Volume 1 features a biographical overview, plus detailed analysis of the message, mission, and personality of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati.
  • Volume 2 details the preaching challenge that Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati faced, and also includes biographical sketches of several of his disciples and associates.
  • Volume 3 features an overview of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati’s contributions, with selections from his lectures, writings, and colloquies, also his astrological chart, and appendixes that include important details concerning Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati and the Gaudiya Matha.

Featuring over 170 photos, many republished after more than seventy years, Sri Bhaktisiddhanta Vaibhava is a collector’s piece to be treasured by devotees and students of religion.

Order: www.amazon.com/Sri-Bhaktisiddhanta-Vaibhava-ebook/dp/B003XT5J3S

On speaking strongly

On speakin strongly

On Speaking Strongly in Srila Prabhupada’s Service was written for the perusal of all members of Srila Prabhupada’s ISKCON, especially for devotees who feel impelled to follow Srila Prabhupada’s example of preaching Krsna’s message in a strong, clear, and provocative manner. Speaking Strongly is particularly for those who maintain Srila Prabhupada’s vision of ISKCON as a revolutionary movement with a mission to change society, to rouse people to think about life’s important questions, and to get them to embrace the only permanent solution to life’s problems: Krishna consciousness.

In Speaking Strongly, Bhakti Vikasa Swami submits hundreds of quotes wherein Srila Prabhupada indicates that his followers should speak strongly for the benefit of the world and not shy away from embracing the uncompromising, realistic style of sastra, which presents not vague notions such as “spreading love” but solutions to the undeniable problems of material existence, and is especially relevant to the current disastrous condition of human society.

Taking a holistic and practical approach, Bhakti Vikasa Swami carefully examines the pros and cons of  speaking strongly under various circumstances. Drawing on almost forty years of personal experience, the author discusses issues such as:

  • Who is qualified to speak strongly?
  • When should strong speech be used?
  • Is the strong preacher a fanatic?
  • Is strong speaking contrary to humility?
  • When and how should tact be employed?

The ultimate merit of On Speaking Strongly in Srila Prabhupada’s Service is that it reminds the reader of what ISKCON is supposed to be—a distinct vital spiritual movement—and offers a philosophical basis from which to help restore ISKCON to its original glory.

Orders: www.speakingstrongly.com/orders

Freedom within captivity: Holy Jail

Holy jail

Holy Jail is a touching compilation of the activities of ISKCON Prison Ministries (IPM) by His Holiness Candramauli Maharaja. In over thirty years of operation, the lives of hundreds of inmates have changed due to the practice of Krishna consciousness and the support received by devotees.

The prisoners very beautifully, and with great depth, express how they came to Krishna through the help of ISKCON Prison Ministries and how their lives have been changed for the better through the love and care showered upon them by IPM sevaks.

There are also wonderful memories of those great devotees who have served with ISKCON Prison Ministries and sadly left their material bodies to continue their eternal service. You’ll also find anecdotes, a history of the Prison Ministries, letters, art, poetry from prisoners, as well as their vyasa-puja offerings to Srila Prabhupada—an uplifting read.