Separating story from sāra or the essence
Often we come across stories in the purāṇas, that, on the face of it, do not make any sense. How does one understand them?
HARI HARAYE NAMAḤ KṚṢṆA
Nāma-saṅkīrtana by Narottama Dāsa Ṭhākura
Pronouncing the Hare Kṛṣṇa mahā-mantra
Chanting the Hare Kṛṣṇa mahā-mantra is the main sādhānā in the Caitanya tradition. Incredibly, the vast majority of chanters get the mantra hopelessly wrong.
Bhakti is not a group dharma
From Pearls of Wisdom – A Questions and Answer Anthology Question: What is the destination of a person who practices devotion on an individual basis and is not part of an institution but takes guidance regarding sādhana from genuine sādhūs? Answer: When Kṛṣṇa played on His flute on […]
Śrī Guru-vandanā by Narottama Dāsa Ṭhākura
ŚRĪ GURU-CARAṆA-PADMA Translation by Śrī Babaji (1) śrī-guru-caraṇa-padma, kevala-bhakati-sadma, bando mui sāvadhāna mate jāhāra prasāde bhāi, e bhava toriyā jāi, kṛṣṇa-prāpti hoy jāhā ha‘te The lotus feet of Śrī Guru are the abode of pure bhakti. I bow down to them with great reverence. O brothers and sisters! […]
Śrī Jīva Goswami explains how the relationship between the gopīs and Kṛṣṇa is not immoral
We hear that the gopīs are married to the gopas, and not to Kṛṣṇa. The gopīs accept Kṛṣṇa as their lover, or paramour. Isn’t this highly immoral? Many bhaktas think that the topic is beyond discussion given the conditioned nature of the jīvas and therefore is not to […]
ŚRĪ ŚRĪ ṢAḌ-GOSVĀMY-AṢṬAKAM
Prayer to the Six Gosvāmīs by Śrīnivāsa Ācārya (Śrī Babaji’s translation) (1) kṛṣṇotkīrtana-gāna-nartana-parau premāmṛtāmbho-nidhī dhīrādhīra-jana-priyau priya-karau nirmatsarau pūjitau śrī-caitanya-kṛpā-bharau bhuvi bhuvo bhārāvahantārakau vande rūpa-sanātanau raghu-yugau śrī-jīva-gopālakau I offer my respectful obeisances unto Śrī Rūpa Gosvāmī, Śrī Sanātana Gosvāmī, Śrī Raghunātha Bhaṭṭa Gosvāmī, Śrī Raghunātha dāsa Gosvāmī, Śrī Jīva […]
Prayer to the Guru by Śrī Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākura
This is one of my favorite prayers. We present Śrī Babaji’s translations below.
Śruti-stuti – Prayers of the vedas personified
The Prayers of the Vedas personified appear in the Śrīmad Bhāgavatam SB 10.87.14–18. We present Babaji’s translations below. जय जय जह्यजामजित दोषगृभीतगुणांत्वमसि यदात्मना समवरुद्धसमस्तभग:अगजगदोकसामखिलशक्त्यवबोधक तेक्वचिदजयात्मना च चरतोऽनुचरेन्निगम: jaya jaya jahy ajām ajita doṣa-gṛbhīta-guṇāṁtvam asi yad ātmanā samavaruddha-samasta-bhagaḥaga-jagad-okasām akhila-śakty-avabodhaka tekvacid ajayātmanā ca carato ’nucaren nigamaḥ Be victorious! Be glorious! […]
The difference between a viśeṣaṇa, an upādhi and an upalakṣaṇa
Definitions of viśeṣaṇa, upādhi and upalakṣaṇa.