August 2021

August 1, 2021: Cooling Association Of A Sadhu

“On this planet, the intrinsic nature of sandalwood is that it’s very cooling amongst other refrigerants. More cooling than sandalwood is the moon and even more cooling than sandalwood and the moon is the association of a sadhu.” [ source unknown ]
candanam sitalam loke
candanadapi candramah
cañdra-candanayor madhye
sitala sadhu sasgatih

August 2, 2021: Album- Govind Dev Temple
August 19th is Srila Rupa Goswami’s disappearance day festival. Every Tuesday and Friday [beginning August 6th] up until his festival we’ll speak on the glories of Srila Rupa Goswami and his beloved deities, Radha Govinda, on my YouTube channel. Yesterday I visited the temple of Govindaji here in Vrindavan. Personally designed by Rupa Goswami it was completed in 1590, 26 years after his departure from this world. Please join us for more katha in the upcoming series!

August 4, 2021:Our Worshipable Devotees

 “The policy should be that the people may not understand gopīs like ordinary girls, or like that. You should be careful to present the gopīs. But it does not mean that, “We shall not utter even the name of the gopīs. We have taken vow to boycott the gopīs.” No! They are our worshipable devotees. How we can avoid them?”
[ Conversation in Boston with BTG staff. December 24, 1969 ]

August 4, 2021: Lecture- The Hidden Pastimes of Govindaji – Part 1

Dear devotees: This Friday’s lecture [ August 6th ] is entitled “The Hidden Pastimes of Govindaji – Part 1” We’ll discuss newly found historical information on how Rupa Goswami discovered his beloved istha-deva, Govinda-dev in Sri Vrindavan Dhama. We’ll also hear and how Govindaji got His name! It’s the first part of a series leading up to Srila Rupa Goswami’s disappearance day festival on August 19th.

August 4, 2021: Maintaining Our Tradition

Maintaining Our Tradition
“It is the characteristic of a devotee to observe and protect the Vaishnava etiquette. Maintenance of the Vaishnava etiquette is the ornament of a devotee.”
[ Caitanya Caritamrita: Antya-lila 4, 129 ]

August 8,2021: Green Day Of The Moonless Night

Today is a special day in Sri Vrindavan Dhama. It’s called Hariyali Amavasya. Radha and Krsna begin sitting on Their swings today and continue Their swing pastimes for two weeks. In celebration everyone, including all the Vrindavan deities, dress in green today. Thousands of Vraja-vasis were out and about all day, including myself and a small group of devotees. We visited the ancient temple of Radhavinode Jamai Thakur and a small beautiful kunja just off the parikrama marg called Madan Tera, where Krsna conquered Cupid, the demigod of love.

August 8, 2021: Lecture- The Hidden Pastimes of Govindaji – Part 2 

Dear Devotees: Tomorrow’s lecture [ Tuesday, August 10th ] is entitled, “The Hidden Pastimes of Govindaji – Part 2 ]. We’ll hear exciting details of how Rupa Goswami worshipped Govindaji after His installation and how Lord Caitanya responded to Rupa Goswami’s request for assistance in serving Govindaji. Nectar details from pastimes 500 years ago!

 August 10, 2021: For You Forever
Dearest Srila Prabhupada: Your glorious appearance day festival is coming soon and I am preparing a Vyasa Puja offering for you. But in reality, as I look back, I see that my whole life has been an offering to your mission of spreading the holy names to every town and village along with my godbrothers, godsisters, and all the wonderful devotees in your movement. I gave you my youth, my middle age, and now the few remaining years I have left. Srila Prabhupada, I will happily do it all again if that is your desire. I can beat that drum for you forever! Your eternal servant, Indradyumna Swami

August 12, 2021: Lecture- The Hidden Pastimes Of Govindaji – Part 3 

Dear devotees! Tomorrow’s lecture [ Friday, August 13th ] is entitled, “The Hidden Pastimes Of Govindaji – Part 3”. In this episode, we discuss in great detail how the large temple of Govindaji in Vrindavan came about. Hear how the Moghul emperor Akbar 1st played a major role in its construction and how thousands of men worked for 30 years to create the great architectural wonder that it is. We will conclude the lecture with a beautiful prayer by Srila Jiva Goswami in praise of the temple.