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This website - is overflowing...

Jagat - Wed, 24 Nov 2004 20:04:20 +0530
This website is overflowing with Krishna katha--

Whose mind would not be pleased? This is Vaikuntha, this is Goloka.

Jai Radhe! Jai Krishna ! Jai Vrindavan !
Satyabhama - Wed, 24 Nov 2004 20:15:04 +0530

If my Lord, with His red coral mouth
and red lotus eyes,
who once swallowed up and spat out
this great wide earth
grants me the grace
to run about here in worship-
hands filled with flowers for the offering
mind filled with His body, ravishing my senses
mouth swelling and boiling over with praises-
what's wrong if I remain here,
roaming this place?

Jagat - Wed, 24 Nov 2004 21:26:19 +0530
|| 12.12.48 ||

saGkIrtyamAno bhagavAn anantaH
zrutAnubhAvo vyasanaM hi puMsAm |
pravizya cittaM vidhunoty azeSaM
yathA tamo’rko’bhram ivAti-vAtaH ||

When the infinite Person is glorified,
is experienced through hearing, and enters the heart,
He erases all sufferings, leaving no remainder,
just like the sun erases the darkness,
or like a great wind blows away the clouds.

|| 12.12.49 ||

mRSA giras tA hy asatIr asat-kathA
na kathyate yad bhagavAn adhokSajaH |
tad eva satyaM tad u haiva maGgalaM
tad eva puNyaM bhagavad-guNodayam ||

Words that do not describe the Supreme Lord Adhokshaja
are a false and faithless misuse of the power of speech.
On the other hand, where the Lord’s qualities are manifest,
that verily is the truth, that verily is auspiciousness
and that verily is holy.

|| 12.12.50 ||

tad eva ramyaM ruciraM navaM navaM
tad eva zazvan manaso mahotsavam|
tad eva zokArNava-zoSaNaM nRNAM
yad uttamaHzloka-yazo’nugIyate ||

Yea! Where the reputation of the glorious Lord is sung,
that verily is delightful, pleasurable and ever fresh and new;
that verily is an eternal, magnificent festival of joy for the mind;
that verily is the sun that dries up the ocean of lamentation!

|| 12.12.51 ||

na yad vacaz citra-padaM harer yazo
jagat-pavitraM pragRNIta karhicit |
tad dhvAGkSa-tIrthaM na tu haMsa-sevitaM
yatrAcyutas tatra hi sAdhavo’malAH ||

The words that do not glorify the world-sanctifying qualities of Hari
are nothing more than a gathering place venerated by crows,
and avoided by the swans. For where is Achyuta,
there gather the sinless and the saintly.

|| 12.12.52 ||

tad vAg-visargo janatAgha-samplavo
yasmin prati-zlokam abaddhavaty api |
nAmAny anantasya yazo’GkitAni yat
zRNvanti gAyanti gRNanti sAdhavaH ||

That use of words, even if defective in some way,
if decorated with the names and fame of the infinite Lord,
can bring about a revolution in the sinful consciousness of the world.
The saintly therefore hear, sing and repeat such words.
Satyabhama - Wed, 24 Nov 2004 21:32:14 +0530
One verse, two different meanings, from Swamy Vedanta Desika...

O Lord of Gods, the belt, so finely wrought
that circles Your waist, enslaves my eyes:
encircled by Your pitambaram, it thrills at the touch
of Your left hand, resting on Your thigh-
bristling with lovely beams of light,
its hairs stand on end.

O Lord of Gods, this dazzling, well-born young girl of Yours
wrapped in her sari
yellow as your pitambaram, enslaves my eyes:
She thrills at the touch of her lover's hand,
bristling with a lovely radiance,
her hairs stand on end.

kavitaarkika simhaaya kalyaanaguna saayine
srimate venkatesaaya vedaanta gurave namah smile.gif
Advitiya - Wed, 24 Nov 2004 23:08:32 +0530
aho rasika Jagadananda! That was a very clever announcement, indeed.

Since this website is overflowing with krishna katha, in my mind I started reciting this verse:

rAma-rAma-gAna-ramya-divya-chanda-nartanam |
yatra tatra kRSNA-nAma-dAna-loka-nistaraM
prema-dhAma-devam eva naumi gaura-sundaram ||

Shri Lord Chaitanya’s pilgrimages to South India was actually for the purpose of rescuing the residents of that place. At roadsides, temples and holy sanctuaries He would chant in sweet tunes “kRSNa kRSNa kRSNa kRSNa kRSNa kRSNa kRSNa he”. Sometimes, carried away by some indescribable divine exultation, He would sing “rAma rAma” and dance sweetly in ecstatic rhythm. He would deliver one and all, irrespective of time, place or circumstance by magnanimously inducing them to chant the holy names of Krishna. I sing with joy the unending glories of my golden Lord Gaurasundara, the divine abode of pure love.
[From Prema-dhama-deva-stotram by Shrila Bhakti-Rakshak Shidhar dev Goswami Maharaj].

Jagat - Wed, 24 Nov 2004 23:34:27 +0530
You can't go wrong by putting lots of Krishnas in a verse. I like this one by Prabodhananda--

hare kRSNa kRSNeti kRSNeti mukhyAn
kadAbhyasya vRndAvane syAM kRtArthaH

When will I make my life a success in Vrindavan,
by chanting those all-perfect mantras of amazing names,
consisting primarily of Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna,
which were sung by the embodiment of mercy, Chaitanya Deva?

(VMA 17.89)