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The following tracks are posted to help the practitioners in our Ashram learn the extra kirtans that are sung every morning and evening during the month of Kartik. They are not officially produced and released yet, but I am posting them here anyway because I know that the devotees who recorded them want to help others. Scroll down for an e-book of the kirtan guide.
The following tracks were recorded by Manasa Krishna Prabhu and Sadhu Priya Prabhu in Russia.
Evening (Sikshastakam songs)
The following kirtans written by Bhaktivinod Thakur correspond to Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s eight principle teachings called Sri Sikshastakam. They were recorded at SCS Mission in Salt Lake City, Utah and feature Sudarshan, Bimal Krishna, and Nitai Prabhus along with others.
Below are e-books of the kirtan guide so that you can follow along with the words. I copied the following descriptions from GaudiyaDarshan.com’s e-book directory.
by Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math
A comprehensive collection of Gaudiya–Vaishnav songs and prayers as sung at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math Nabadwip. Compiled, translated, and published by Sadhu Priya Prabhu of Australia.
Kirtan Guide (Pocket Edition)
By Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math
A revised and abridged version of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math’s Kirtan Guide. In this new edition the songs have been grouped into categories and laid out according to the manner in which they are sung. New songs have been added, an explanation and series of examples for the ornaments (akars) added to numerous songs has been provided, and a set of guidelines for following Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math’s style of kirtan has been included.
The devotees under the guidance of Yudhamanyu Prabhu Seva Vikram celebrated the festival of Sri Ram Navami in Chongqing, China. Our Sita Devi in Chongqing, took the story of Lord Ram that was published on our website, translated it and narrated the story in Chinese to all the assembled devotees and guests.
Here are a few short video clips of the program…
The first chapter begins with fourteen Sanskrit verses giving ontology so that we can understand the pastimes and what is going to be presented in the <span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita</span>. The first six verses describe Mahaprabhu, then the next five describe Nityananda Prabhu. The next two verses describe the truth of Adwaita Prabhu and the following verse describes the Pancha-tattva. <em><a href=”http://sevaashram.com/sermons/adi-lila-ch-1-spiritual-masters/” target=”_blank”>Listen to lecture…</a></em>
Dear devotees and listeners of Mahabharata,You can find here links to individual chapters of Sri Mahabharata recorded by me as MP3 files. Please feel free
Srila Janardan Maharaj sings Nama-Sankirttana at the end of the Sunday Feast. Watch video…
by Srila Narottama dasa Thakura
(sung after morning and evening class)
hari haraye namah krsna yadavaya namah
yadavaya madhavaya kesavaya namah
O Lord Hari , O Lord Krishna, I offer my obeisances to You, who are known as Yadava, Hari, Madhava, and Kesava.
gopala govinda ram sri madhusudana
giridhari gopinatha madana-mohana
O Gopala, Govinda, Rama, Sri Madhusudana, Giridhari, Gopinatha, Madana-mohana
sri-caitanya nityananda sri advaita-candra
gadadhara srivasadi gaura-bhakta-vrinda
All glories to Sri Chaitanya and Nityananda. All glories to Sri Advaita Acharyya and His consort, Sri Sita Thakurani. All glories to Lord Hari, the Spiritual Master, the Vaisnavas, Srimad Bhagavatam, and Srimad Bhagavad-gita.
jaya rupa sanatana bhatta raghunata
sri-jiva-gopala-bhatta dasa raghunata
All glories to Sri Rupa Goswami, Sanatana Goswami, Raghunata Bhatta Goswami, Sri Jiva Goswami,
Gopala Bhatta Goswami, and Raghunata dasa Goswami.
ei chay gosanir kori carana vandana
jaha hotte bighna-nas abhista purana
I offer my obeisances to the Six Goswamis. By offering them my obeisances all obstacles to devotion
and destroyed and all spiritual desires are fulfilled.
ei chay gosanir yanra muni tanra dasa
tan-sabara pada-renu mora panca-grasa
I am a servant of that person who is a servant of these Six Goswamis.
The dust of their holy feet is my five kinds of foodstuffs.
tandera carana sebi bhakta sane basa
janame janame mora ei abhilasa
This is my desire, that borth after birth i may live with those devotees who serve the lotus feet of these six Goswamis.
ei chay gosani yabe braje koila basa
When these six Goswamis lived in Vraja they revealed and explained the eternal Pastimes of Radha and Krishna.
anande bolo hari bhaja vrindavana
sri-guru-vaisnava-pade majaiya mana
Absorbing your mind in meditation upon the divine feet of the spiritual master and the holy Vaisnavas, chant the names of Lord Hari in ecstasy, and worship the transcendental realm of Vrindavana.
sri-guru-vaisnava-pada-padme kori asa
(hari) nama-samkirttana kohe narottama dasa
Desiring the lotus feet of Sri Guru and the Vaisnavas, Narottama dasa sings the sankirttana of the Holy Name.
Srila Gurudev, Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, sings Sri Nama Kirttana in 2006 at the Vaishnava Festival in Lahta, Russia. Listen to the song…
Jashomati Nandana.mp3 (5 minutes, 4.9 MB)
This is the song we sing at morning and noon arotiks in the temples at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math in India and here at the temples in San Jose and Santa Cruz.
by Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur
( 1 )
yashomati-nandana braja-baro nagara, gokula-ranjana kana
gopi-parana-dhana madana manohara, kaliya-damana-vidhana
Sri Krishna is the beloved son of Yasodamayi, the transcendental lover of the land
of Vraja and the delight of Gokula. One of His nicknames is Kana. He is the life and
soul of the gopis. He is the enchanter of Cupid and the conqueror of the Kaliya serpent.
( 2 )
amala harinam amiya-vilasa
vipina-purandara navina nagara-bora, bamsi-badana suvasa
The Holy Names of Krisha are spotless and full of sweetness and beauty. Krishna
is the king of the forest of Vrindavan. He is the ever-fresh youth, an excellent dresser,
and the best of lovers. He always plays sweet melodies upon His flute.
( 3 )
braja-jana-palana asura-kula-nasana, nanda-godhana rakhoyala
govinda madhava navanita-taskara, sundara nanda-gopala
Krishna is the guardian of all who live in Vrindavan, and the destroyer of demons.
He tends the cows and is known as Govinda, for He delights the cows, the earthly and the spiritual
senses. He is Madhava, the husband of the goddess of fortune. Krishna, the beautiful
cowherd boy of Nanda Maharaj, loves to steal butter.
( 4 )
yamuna-tata-cara gopi-basana-hara, rasa-rasika krpamoya
Sri-radha-vallabha vrindavana-natabara, bhakativinod-asraya
Wandering on the banks of the Yamuna River, Krishna stole the garments of the
gopis while they were bathing. He enjoys the mellows of the rasa dance. He is the
most merciful, beloved lover of Srimati Radharani. He is the great dancer of
Vrindavan, and the supreme shelter of Srila Bhaktivinod Thakura.
121109 Madhya 20 Instructions to Sanatan Goswami-Expansions of the Lord.mp3 (45 minutes, 2.59 MB)
Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu explained to Sanatan Goswami how the living entity is one of Lord Krishna’s energies. After this, the Lord explained the way of devotional service. While discussing the Absolute Truth, the Lord analyzed Brahman, Paramatma and Bhagavan, as well as the expansions of the Lord called svayam-rupa, tad-ekatma and avesha, which are divided into various branches known as vaibhava and prabhava. Thus the Lord described the many forms of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. He also described the incarnations of God within the material world, incarnations such as the purusha-avatars, manvantara-avatars, guna-avatars and saktyavesa-avatars. The Lord also discussed the divisions of Krishna’s different ages, such as balya and pauganda, and the different pastimes of the different ages. He explained how Krishna attained His permanent form when He reached youth. In this way Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu explained and described everything to Sanatan Goswami.
(Summary of Chapter 20 from Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita by Srila Krishnadas Kaviraj Goswami, translation and commentary by Srila Prabhupad)
121103 Kartik month.mp3 (46 minutes, 2.65 MB)
Having recently returned from a trip to China and India, Srila Janardan Maharaj shares his experiences and discusses the super auspicious month of Kartik. This lecture was recorded at the Saturday evening public program at our San Jose Seva Ashram.
120527 Vamanadev Lila Excerpt.mp3(9 minutes, 4.3 MB)
In a Sunday feast class earlier this year Srila Janardan Maharaj recounted the pastimes of Bali Maharaj and Sri Vamanadev to illustrate the meaning of yukta vairagya, proper renunciation as well as sharanagati, surrender. Lord Vamanadev is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu who appears to be a brahmin, bramachari dwarf. This is just a nine minute clip from that lecture that pertains to the pastimes of Sri Vamandev.
Lalita Saptami San Jose.mp3 (29 minutes, 19.9 MB)
An excerpt from the lecture:
This is the favorite day of Srila Gurudev…. We’ve heard him say how Lalita Saptami was in his personal opinion more exclusive than Radhastami. More specific. We are in the line of Lalita Devi and anyone who has connection to Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj and his mission through Srila Gurudev and our acharyas will automatically go to the service group of Lalita Devi….
It’s a very exclusive day that we observe with care and attention. Some cautiousness…. We take our Gurudev’s lotus feet on our head and try to remember the glories he shared with us and pray not to make any offense in the attempt…. In Gurudev’s language she is the chief super-guardian of the service and the pastimes of Radha and Govinda.
120826 Bhakti is With Our Senses Serving Krishna.mp3 (44 minutes, 20.4 MB)
The following is an excerpt from this lecture:
Krishna is giving so much love and as Srila Govinda Maharaj would say, the bhakta is depositing it in Krishna. He is not keeping it in the pocket because the liberated soul is not an enjoyer, the liberated soul is a servant–but not the way we think of service in this world, as being oppressive. In that [spiritual] world it is the most liberating eternal connection.
sarvopadhi-vinirmuktam tat-paratvena nirmalam
hrishikena hrishikesha-sevanam bhaktir ucyate
(Bhakti Rasamrita Sindhu: 1.1.12)
“Bhakti, or devotional service, means engaging all our senses in the service of the Lord, the master of all the senses. When the spirit soul renders service unto the Supreme, there are two side effects. One is freed from all material designations, and one’s senses are purified simply by being employed in the service of the Lord.”
The service of your senses to Hrishikesh, the Lord of the senses, the enjoyer–that is bhakti. Bhakti is with our senses serving Krishna. Now we are spiritualizing our senses in the material world. Krishna says in Bhagavad-gita that in the practice of bhakti the Lord, the individual, and the things that are being offered–all of them merge into transcendence. Which is to say, this is all Krishna’s property. When you are offering a flower to Krishna it becomes spiritualized because it is of Krishna’s nature. It is his energy: “Everything is strung upon Me like pearls strung upon a thread.”
Everything becomes transcendent. Srila Sridhar Maharaj, Srila Prabhupad, and Srila Govinda Maharaj also talk about how everything is spiritual because everything is connected with Krishna… It is not disconnected. The disconnect comes with material consciousness. That is the only disconnect. But with Krishna consciousness everything is Krishna’s property and everything rises to that level of spirituality. The thing which is being offered is no longer mundane because it is Krishna’s energy. You can see like that. Everything is part and parcel of Krishna.
om purnam adah purnam idam purnat purnam udacyate
(Brihad-aranyaka Upanishad: 5.1.1)
Everything is perfect and complete but the perfection is not realized until we have connection with the complete which is purnam Krishnam.
120825 Janmastami in Ponderosa Park.mp3 (37 minutes, 16.9 MB)
The following is a transciption of the first few minutes of the talk Srila Janardan Maharaj gave at Ponderosa Park in Sunnyvale, California on August 25th, 2012:
Everything about Krishna is eternal. Before our eyes He appears and disappears, but actually Krishna is existing eternally. For that matter, so are we. The living entity is always existing.
na tv evaham jatu nasam
na twam neme janadhipah
na chaiva na bhavisyamah
sarve vayam atah param
(Srimad Bhagavad-gita: 2.12)
“Never was there a time when you, I or all these kings did not exist. Just as we exist in the present so we have existed in the past and shall continue to exist in the future. ”
We are existing eternally as souls and Krishna is also existing eternally and His pastimes are eternal, but there’s a difference between us as conditioned living entities and the Lord.
nityo nityanam chetanash chetananam
eko bahunam yo vidadhati kaman
Of all the living entities who are nitya there is one who is supreme, nityo nityanam. Chetanash chetananam, and we are conscious but our consciousness is limited. In Bhagavad-gita it is said that we are kshetrajna; we have consciousness of this body. But the Lord is conscious of all living entities. Therefore He says, “I am maintaining all these living entities in this world and everywhere.” The Lord is maintaining everyone.
nityo nityanam chetanash chetananam eko bahunam yo vidadhati kaman
These things can be understood if we come in contact with the devotees.
Normally in this world everyone is making some plan for happiness. They’re trying to get something out of this world but they don’t know what actually is their own real interest. Happiness and unhappiness coming and going; this is normal in this world. One day we’re happy one day we’re not. What is giving them some real happiness, not just something sukha dukha?