Haridasa Thakura’s Disappearance Day, September 26, 1996, Bombay

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Today is the disappearance day of Namacarya Srila Haridasa Thakura, so we shall read from Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Antya-lila, Chapter Eleven, “The Passing of Haridasa Thakura”:

The summary of this chapter is given by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura in his Amrta-pravaha-bhasya as follows. In this chapter it is described how Brahma Haridasa Thakura gave up his body with the consent of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, and how the Lord Himself personally performed the funeral ceremony and carried the body to the sea. He personally entombed the body, covered it with sand, and erected a platform on the site. After taking a bath in the sea, He personally begged prasada of Jagannatha from shopkeepers and distributed prasada to the assembled devotees.


namami haridasam tam
caitanyam tam ca tat-prabhum
samsthitam api yan-murtim
svanke krtva nanarta yah


Let me offer my respectful obeisances unto Haridasa Thakura and his master, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, who danced with the body of Haridasa Thakura on His lap.


jaya jaya sri-caitanya jaya dayamaya
jayadvaita-priya nityananda-priya jaya

All glories to Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, who is very merciful and who is very dear to Advaita Acarya and Lord Nityananda!

jaya srinivasesvara haridasa-natha
jaya gadadhara-priya svarupa-prana-natha

All glories to the master of Srinivasa Thakura! All glories to the master of Haridasa Thakura! All glories to the dear master of Gadadhara Pandita! All glories to the master of the life of Svarupa Damodara!

jaya kasi-priya jagadananda-pranesvara
jaya rupa-sanatana-raghunathesvara

All glories to Lord Sri Caitanya, who is very dear to Kasi Misra! He is the Lord of the life of Jagadananda and the Lord of Rupa Gosvami, Sanatana Gosvami, and Raghunatha dasa Gosvami. Continue reading »

Sri Rama-ekadasi

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Oct 192009


On the Rama-ekadasi thirty-five years ago, at Hare Krishna Land, Juhu, Srila Prabhupada completed his translation of Sri Caitanya-caritamrta. In this talk, Giriraj Swami discusses this event and reads from Prabhupada’s concluding words: “Today, Sunday, November 10, 1974–the Rama-ekadasi–we have now finished the English translation of Sri Krsnadasa Kaviraja Gosvami’s Sri Caitanya-caritamrta in accordance with the authorized order of His Divine Grace Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Gosvami Maharaja, my beloved eternal spiritual master, guide, and friend. . . . I think that His Divine Grace is always seeing my activities and guiding me within my heart by his words. . . . Spiritual inspiration comes from within the heart, wherein the Supreme Personality of Godhead, in His Paramatma feature, is always sitting with all His devotees and associates. . . . On this occasion, I request my disciples to continue their cooperation fully, so that people all over the world will benefit by reading our transcendental literatures, such as Srimad-Bhagavatam and Sri Caitanya-caritamrta.”

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On March 10, with about thirty other devotees, Giriraj Swami celebrated Gaura-purnima at Syamananda and Radha Priya’s house in Moorpark, California.

The program was very sweet, with melodious bhajanas and kirtana, Maharaja’s talk, arati, and a sumptuous feast.

Here is the lecture:

Jun 162008

On June 15, 2008, His Holiness Giriraj Swami and His Holiness Indradyumna Swami celebrated the Panihati Cida Dahi Festival at the Panca-tattva temple in Laguna Beach, California. Giriraj Swami  was asked to give the main talk, and Indradyumna Swami too gave a wonderful talk. Both spoke eloquently on the glories of Srila Raghunath dasa Gosvami in relation to the Cida Dahi festival. This MP3 recording includes both lectures.

The festival concluded with the sumptuous, world-famous feast of the Laguna Beach temple. The feast included samosas, chutney, dahi wada, pooha (cida), a pastry with corn and panir, a spiral savory, a rich sabji, a drink, and a four- or five-tier cake with icing and strawberries.

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