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Jun
13
Thu
ŚB 6.2.42
Jun 13 @ 6:00 AM – 7:00 AM
ŚB 6.2.42

Speaker: Narahari Prabhu

Text 42:
When his intelligence and mind were fixed upon the form of the Lord, the brāhmaṇa Ajāmila once again saw before him four celestial persons. He could understand that they were those he had seen previously, and thus he offered them his obeisances by bowing down before them.
Jun
14
Fri
ŚB 6.2.43
Jun 14 @ 6:00 AM – 7:00 AM
ŚB 6.2.43

Speaker: Abhirama Prabhu

Text 43:
Upon seeing the Viṣṇudūtas, Ajāmila gave up his material body at Hardwar on the bank of the Ganges. He regained his original spiritual body, which was a body appropriate for an associate of the Lord.
Jun
15
Sat
CC Ādi 7.48
Jun 15 @ 6:00 AM – 7:00 AM
CC Ādi 7.48

Speaker: Devavrata Prabhu

Text 48:
On the basis of scriptures like Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, which reveal these confidential directions, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu instructed Sanātana Gosvāmī regarding all the regular activities of a devotee.
Jun
16
Sun
Ganga Puja
Jun 16 all-day
Sri Baladeva Vidyabhusana — Disappearance
Jun 16 all-day
Srimati Gangamata Gosvamini — Appearance
Jun 16 all-day
Jun
17
Mon
Fasting for Pandava Nirjala Ekadasi
Jun 17 all-day
ŚB 6.2.44 – 46
Jun 17 @ 6:00 AM – 7:00 AM
ŚB 6.2.44 - 46

Speaker: Bhakti Abhaya Ashrama Swami

Text 44:
Accompanied by the order carriers of Lord Viṣṇu, Ajāmila boarded an airplane made of gold. Passing through the airways, he went directly to the abode of Lord Viṣṇu, the husband of the goddess of fortune.
Text 45:
Ajāmila was a brāhmaṇa who because of bad association had given up all brahminical culture and religious principles. Becoming most fallen, he stole, drank and performed other abominable acts. He even kept a prostitute. Thus he was destined to be carried away to hell by the order carriers of Yamarāja, but he was immediately rescued simply by a glimpse of the chanting of the holy name Nārāyaṇa.
Text 46:
Therefore one who desires freedom from material bondage should adopt the process of chanting and glorifying the name, fame, form and pastimes of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, at whose feet all the holy places stand. One cannot derive the proper benefit from other methods, such as pious atonement, speculative knowledge and meditation in mystic yoga, because even after following such methods one takes to fruitive activities again, unable to control his mind, which is contaminated by the base qualities of nature, namely passion and ignorance.
Jun
18
Tue
Break fast 05:49 – 10:18 (LT)
Jun 18 all-day
ŚB 6.2.47 – 49
Jun 18 @ 6:00 AM – 7:00 AM
ŚB 6.2.47 - 49

Speaker: Radhesa Prabhu

Texts 47-48:
Because this very confidential historical narration has the potency to vanquish all sinful reactions, one who hears or describes it with faith and devotion is no longer doomed to hellish life, regardless of his having a material body and regardless of how sinful he may have been. Indeed, the Yamadūtas, who carry out the orders of Yamarāja, do not approach him even to see him. After giving up his body, he returns home, back to Godhead, where he is very respectfully received and worshiped.
Text 49:
While suffering at the time of death, Ajāmila chanted the holy name of the Lord, and although the chanting was directed toward his son, he nevertheless returned home, back to Godhead. Therefore if one faithfully and inoffensively chants the holy name of the Lord, where is the doubt that he will return to Godhead?
Jun
19
Wed
ŚB 6.3.1 Plus Intro
Jun 19 @ 6:00 AM – 7:00 AM
ŚB 6.3.1 Plus Intro

Speaker: Vidagdha Madhava Prabhu

Yamarāja Instructs His Messengers

As related in this chapter, the Yamadūtas approached Yamarāja, who very exhaustively explained bhāgavata-dharma, the religious principle of devotional service. Yamarāja thus satisfied the Yamadūtas, who had been very disappointed. Yamarāja said, “Although Ajāmila was calling for his son, he chanted the holy name of the Lord, Nārāyaṇa, and simply by a glimpse of the chanting of the holy name, he immediately achieved the association of Lord Viṣṇu’s order carriers, who saved him from your attempt to arrest him. This is quite all right. It is a fact that even a chronically sinful person who chants the holy name of the Lord, although not completely without offenses, does not take another material birth.”

By chanting the holy name of the Lord, Ajāmila had met four order carriers of Lord Viṣṇu. They were very beautiful and had quickly come to rescue him. Yamarāja now described them. “The Viṣṇudūtas are all pure devotees of the Lord, the Supreme Person in regard to the creation, maintenance and annihilation of this cosmic manifestation. Neither King Indra, Varuṇa, Śiva, Brahmā, the seven ṛṣis nor I myself can understand the transcendental activities of the Supreme Lord, who is self-sufficient and beyond the reach of the material senses. With material senses, no one can attain enlightenment about Him. The Lord, the master of the illusory energy, possesses transcendental qualities for the good fortune of everyone, and His devotees are also qualified in that way. The devotees, concerned only with rescuing the fallen souls from this material world, apparently take birth in different places in the material world just to save the conditioned souls. If one is somewhat interested in spiritual life, the devotees of the Lord protect him in many ways.”

 

Yamarāja continued, “The essence of sanātana-dharma, or eternal religion, is extremely confidential. No one but the Lord Himself can deliver that confidential religious system to human society. It is by the mercy of the Lord that the transcendental system of religion can be understood by His pure devotees, and specifically by the twelve mahājanas Lord Brahmā, Nārada Muni, Lord Śiva, the Kumāras, Kapila, Manu, Prahlāda, Janaka, Bhīṣma, Bali, Śukadeva Gosvāmī and me. Other learned scholars, headed by Jaimini, are almost always covered by the illusory energy, and therefore they are more or less attracted by the flowery language of the three Vedas, namely Ṛg, Yajur and Sāma, which are called trayī. Instead of becoming pure devotees, people captivated by the flowery words of these three Vedas are interested in the Vedic ritualistic ceremonies. They cannot understand the glories of chanting the holy name of the Lord. Intelligent persons, however, take to the devotional service of the Lord. When they chant the holy name of the Lord without offenses, they are no longer subject to my rulings. If by chance they commit some sinful act, they are protected by the holy name of the Lord because that is where their interest lies. The four weapons of the Lord, especially the club and the Sudarśana cakra, always protect the devotees. One who chants, hears or remembers the holy name of the Lord without duplicity, or who prays or offers obeisances to the Lord, becomes perfect, whereas even a learned person may be called to hell if he is bereft of devotional service.”

 

After Yamarāja thus described the glories of the Lord and His devotees, Śukadeva Gosvāmī further explained the potency of chanting the holy name and the futility of performing Vedic ritualistic ceremonies and pious activities for atonement.

Text 1:
King Parīkṣit said: O my lord, O Śukadeva Gosvāmī, Yamarāja is the controller of all living entities in terms of their religious and irreligious activities, but his order had been foiled. When his servants, the Yamadūtas, informed him of their defeat by the Viṣṇudūtas, who had stopped them from arresting Ajāmila, what did he reply?
Jun
20
Thu
ŚB 6.3.2 – 5
Jun 20 @ 6:00 AM – 7:00 AM
ŚB 6.3.2 - 5

Speaker: HH Bhakti Prabhupada-vrata Damodara Swami

Text 2:
O great sage, never before has it been heard anywhere that an order from Yamarāja has been baffled. Therefore I think that people will have doubts about this that no one but you can eradicate. Since that is my firm conviction, kindly explain the reasons for these events.
Text 3:
Śrī Śukadeva Gosvāmī replied: My dear King, when the order carriers of Yamarāja were baffled and defeated by the order carriers of Viṣṇu, they approached their master, the controller of Saṁyamanī-purī and master of sinful persons, to tell him of this incident.
Text 4:
The Yamadūtas said: Our dear lord, how many controllers or rulers are there in this material world? How many causes are responsible for manifesting the various results of activities performed under the three modes of material nature [sattva-guṇa, rajo-guṇa and tamo-guṇa]?
Text 5:
If in this universe there are many rulers and justices who disagree about punishment and reward, their contradictory actions will neutralize each other, and no one will be punished or rewarded. Otherwise, if their contradictory acts fail to neutralize each other, everyone will have to be both punished and rewarded.
Jun
21
Fri
Snana Yatra
Jun 21 all-day
Sri Sridhara Pandita — Disappearance
Jun 21 all-day
ŚB 6.3.6 – 11
Jun 21 @ 6:00 AM – 7:00 AM
ŚB 6.3.6 - 11

Speaker: Gauda Chandra Prabhu

Text 6:
The Yamadūtas continued: Since there are many different karmīs, or workers, there may be different judges or rulers to give them justice, but just as one central emperor controls different departmental rulers, there must be one supreme controller to guide all the judges.
Text 7:
The supreme judge must be one, not many. It was our understanding that you are that supreme judge and that you have jurisdiction even over the demigods. Our impression was that you are the master of all living entities, the supreme authority who discriminates between the pious and impious activities of all human beings.
Text 8:
But now we see that the punishment ordained under your authority is no longer effective, since your order has been transgressed by four wonderful and perfect persons.
Text 9:
We were bringing the most sinful Ajāmila toward the hellish planets, following your order, when those beautiful persons from Siddhaloka forcibly cut the knots of the ropes with which we were arresting him.
Text 10:
As soon as the sinful Ajāmila uttered the name Nārāyaṇa, these four beautiful men immediately arrived and reassured him, saying, “Do not fear. Do not fear.” We wish to know about them from Your Lordship. If you think we are able to understand them, kindly describe who they are.
Text 11:
Śrī Śukadeva Gosvāmī said: Thus having been questioned, Lord Yamarāja, the supreme controller of the living entities, was very pleased with his order carriers because of hearing from them the holy name of Nārāyaṇa. He remembered the lotus feet of the Lord and began to reply.
Jun
22
Sat
Sri Syamananda Prabhu — Disappearance
Jun 22 all-day
CC 7.49 – 50
Jun 22 @ 6:00 AM – 7:00 AM
CC 7.49 - 50

Speaker: Kamalini Devi Dasi

Text 49:
While Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu was instructing Sanātana Gosvāmī, both Candraśekhara and Tapana Miśra became very unhappy. Therefore they submitted an appeal unto the lotus feet of the Lord.
Text 50:
“How long can we tolerate the blasphemy by Your critics against Your conduct? We should give up our lives rather than hear such blasphemy.
Jul
1
Mon
Fasting for Yogini Ekadasi
Jul 1 all-day
Jul
2
Tue
Break fast 05:53 – 10:21 (LT)
Jul 2 all-day
Jul
5
Fri
Sri Gadadhara Pandita — Disappearance
Jul 5 all-day
Presentation on Gadadhara Pandit
Jul 5 @ 6:00 AM – 7:00 AM

Gadadhara Pandit | Gaudiya History

Presentation by Kamalini Devi Dasi

Jul
6
Sat
Gundica Marjana
Jul 6 all-day
Jul
7
Sun
Ratha Yatra
Jul 7 all-day
Sri Sivananda Sena — Disappearance
Jul 7 all-day
Sri Svarupa Damodara Gosvami — Disappearance
Jul 7 all-day
Jul
11
Thu
Sri Vakresvara Pandita — Disappearance
Jul 11 all-day
Jul
17
Wed
Fasting for Sayana Ekadasi
Jul 17 all-day
Jul
20
Sat
(green leafy vegetable fast for one month)
Jul 20 all-day
First month of Caturmasya begins [PURNIMA SYSTEM]
Jul 20 all-day
Srila Sanatana Gosvami — Disappearance
Jul 20 all-day
Jul
25
Thu
Srila Gopala Bhatta Gosvami — Disappearance
Jul 25 all-day
Jul
27
Sat
Srila Lokanatha Gosvami — Disappearance
Jul 27 all-day
Jul
30
Tue
Fasting for Kamika Ekadasi
Jul 30 all-day
Jul
31
Wed
Break fast 06:21 – 10:26 (LT)
Jul 31 all-day
Aug
8
Thu
Sri Raghunandana Thakura — Disappearance
Aug 8 all-day