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Bhagavata Pravaha by Gauranga Darshan Das presents a Quick Overview of the Bhagavatam’s stories, Philosophy and Wisdom. Its a Simplified Summary of Srimad Bhagavatam with Life Lessons.Have you read Srimad Bhagavatam, the sweetest fruit of the Vedic tree, yet? Does its size and depth impede your progress? Wish you could acquaint yourself with a quick outline of the entire text before you could dive deeper? - Bhagavata Pravaha is your essential friend to get your Bhagavatam journey started. It familiarizes you with the flow of the Bhagavatam’s narration, its key philosophical concepts and vital teachings.Have you already studied Srimad Bhagavatam? Looking for a quick revision of all twelve cantos? Wish you could have a bird’s-eye view of the entire text in one place? - Bhagavata Pravaha is your faithful companion to take you deeper in your study and to help you better understand the connections between different sections. In the Bhagavata Pravaha, Gauranga Darshan Das presents the wisdom of Srimad Bhagavatam in a simplified and concise form. Bhagavatam Pravaha’s clarity and ease of reading leaves a beginner with an inspiration for life, taste for more, and impetus to start a deeper study. For a seasoned reader, Bhagavata Pravaha complements the meditation on the Bhagavatam’s vital characters, episodes, philosophy and themes along with invaluable life lessons. While in his earlier multi volume work "Bhagavata Subodhini", author Gauranga Darshan Das presented a detailed verse-by-verse overview of Srimad Bhagavatam based on the explanations of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Visvanatha Chakravarti Thakur, in the BHAGAVATA PRAVAHA, he does the same in a much simplified and concise manner, along with jewel-like life lessons. With its concise narration, simplified summary, practical wisdom and enchanting illustrations, Bhagavata Pravaha by Gauranga Darshan Das serves as an "easy start for young and new readers" and an "enlivening revision for the seasoned readers" of Srimad Bhagavatam. About the Author: Gauranga Darshan Das, is Associate Dean of Bhaktivedanta Vidyapitha Research Center (www.vidyapitha.in) at ISKCON Govardhan Eco Village, and a member of the ISKCON Board of Examinations (BoEx). He has written books namely Gita Subodhini, Bhagavata Subodhini, Caitanya Subodhini, Disapproved but not Disowned and Bhagavata Pravaha. He teaches sastric courses at several places in India.
Read all the enthralling pastimes of the Supreme Lord in the MANVANTARAS of the current day of Lord Brahma in BHAGAVATA SUBODHINI Canto 8, in its usual colorful and concise form with verse-by-verse overview in sections and subsections, summary tables, flowcharts, nectar slokas and thematic compilations, based on the commentaries of SRILA PRABHUPADA and SRILA VISVANATHA CAKRAVARTI THAKUR, as presented by Gauranga Darshan Das.
‘Bhagavata Subodhini’ is a systematic study guide to Srimad Bhagavatam. Bhagavata Subodhini unveils the exciting structure and flow of the Bhagavatam cantos by giving the connections between chapters, subsections and verses in a lucid manner for easy readability and assimilation of its contents and delight in the splendor of its message.
‘Bhagavata Subodhini Canto 8’ is the sixth volume of the series, and gives a bird’s eye view of the expanse and the depth of the enchanting episodes in the Eighth Canto of Srimad Bhagavatam. The Eighth Canto of the Bhagavatam vividly presents the theme of Manvantara or the reign of the Manus. Manus are the administrators of the universe, appointed by the Supreme Lord. There are fourteen Manus who rule in one kalpa or a day of Lord Brahma that spans over 1000 catur-yugas (catur-yuga is the combination of the four yugas namely Satya, Treta, Dvapara and Kali). Thus, each Manu rules for about seventy-one catur-yugas. In every manvantara, there are six kinds of personalities who manage various functions of the universe. They are: the Manu, the sons of Manu, the demigods, Indra, the seven great sages and the Manvantara avatara of the Lord. In this canto, Sukadeva Goswami describes the six types of main persons in each of the fourteen Manvantaras (past, present and future) in the current day of Brahma, and elaborates selected pastimes of the Lord in some manvantaras. Thus, we hear the episodes of Svayambhuva Manu, Gajendra, Samudra Manthan, Mohini Murti bewildering Lord Siva, Bali Maharaja’s deliverance by Lord Vamanadeva and the pastimes of Matsya avatara. In all these episodes, the Lord’s protection aspect is vividly described.
Maintaining a similar style like that of his previous volumes of Bhagavata Subodhini, Gauranga Darshan Das presents this volume on the Eighth Canto with simplified flow charts, summary tables, diagrams, additional notes from the commentaries of acharyas, along with interesting thematic compilations and many other features.
Bhagavata Subodhini attempts to become a constant companion for all Bhagavatam lovers as acknowledged by several readers across the globe. Bhagavata Subodhini simplifies the apparent complexity in understanding the Bhagavatam, by integrating the explanations of our beloved acharyas, thus catering for the taste and needs of avid readers, scholars and newcomers.
About the Author :
Gauranga Darshan Das is the Dean of Bhaktivedanta Vidyapitha (www.vidyapitha.in) at ISKCON Govardhan Eco Village (GEV). He teaches scriptural courses at several places in India. He has written books including Gita Subodhini, Bhagavata Subodhini, Caitanya Subodhini, Disapproved but not Disowned, and compiled vital scriptural verses in the form of the Ratnamala and Tattvamala series. He runs a free monthly e-magzine called Bhagavata Pradipika and regularly writes articles on spiritual subjects.
BHAGAVATA SUBODHINI CANTO 9 by Gauranga Darshan Das is a systematic study guide to the Ninth Canto of Srimad Bhagavatam. This book presents all the wonderful stories of the kings of the Sun dynasty and the Moon Dynasty in the current (Vaivasvata) manvantara including Lord Rama, Lord Parasurama and several great kings including Ambarisha, Mandhata, Ikshvaku, Hariscandra, Sagara, Bhagiratha, Yayati, Pururava, Rantideva and many others, ending with a prelude to Lord Krishna's appearance and pastimes in the Tenth Canto of Srimad Bhagavatam. Maintaining a similar style like that of his previous volumes of Bhagavata Subodhini series, Gauranga Darshan Das presents this seventh volume in a colourful and concise form with verse-by-verse overview of the chapters divided into sections, subsections and their interconnections, summary tables, flowcharts, nectar slokas, thematic compilations, and additional notes from the commentaries of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Visvanath Cakravarti Thakur. Bhagavata Subodhini attempts to become a constant companion for all Bhagavatam lovers as acknowledged by several readers across the globe. Bhagavata Subodhini simplifies the apparent complexity in understanding the Bhagavatam, by integrating the explanations of our beloved acharyas, thus catering for the taste and needs of avid readers, scholars and newcomers. About the Author : Gauranga Darshan Das is the Associate Academic Dean of Bhaktivedanta Vidyapitha Research Center (www.vidyapitha.in) at ISKCON Govardhan Eco Village (GEV). He is a member of ISKCON Board of Examinations (BoEx) and GEV Administrative council. He has written books including Gita Subodhini, Bhagavata Subodhini, Caitanya Subodhini, Disapproved but not Disowned, Bhagavata Pravaha and Caitanya Pravaha and compiled vital scriptural verses in the form of the Ratnamala and Tattvamala series. He runs a free monthly e-magazine called Bhagavata Pradipika and regularly writes articles on spiritual subjects. He has delivered over 5000 hours of spiritual discourses so far.
BHAGAVATA VIVEKA: Practical Wisdom from Bhagavatam Stories Book 1: ANSWERS TO LIFE'S QUESTIONS We spend time for effective resource management and money management, but how often do we spend time for life management? The timeless wisdom of Srimad Bhagavatam introduces us to emotions, situations, decisions and doubts that were felt by ancient people, but are the common inheritance of modern humans. Scriptural study is not just meant for gathering information, but must be aimed at heart transformation and for practical application. In the Bhagavata Viveka, Gauranga Darshan Das presents ageless stories from the Bhagavatam in his unique thought-inspiring style to translate wisdom into relatable and adoptable practices. For serious practitioners of bhakti-yoga, Bhagavata Viveka will be a handbook of inspirational wisdom, aiding in their pursuit for excellence. As for the newcomers to spirituality, Bhagavata Viveka will serve as the source of fundamental knowledge for inner transformation. Answers to Life’s Questions, the first book of Bhagavata Viveka series presents time tested wisdom on how to – Dodge conflicting mindsets? Enliven relationships? Win over worries? Deal with unrealistic expectations? Find meaning and purpose for life? – Answers to these questions help newcomers know the basics of spiritual life, and help seasoned devotees to strengthen their commitment. Contents of BHAGAVATA VIVEKA, Practical Wisdom from Bhagavatam Stories, by Gauranga Darshan Das Book 1: ANSWERS TO LIFE'S QUESTIONS 1. How to Respond Effectively? 2. When To Apologize And When Not To? 3. How To Deal With Seniors and Juniors? 4. Why Does One Suffer? 5. Is God Partial? 6. Who Is My Dearest Friend? 7. Can One Man’s Mistake Make Many Culprits? 8. Do The Scriptures Have Multiple Meanings? 9. Do I Need A Guru? 10. Can God Be Not God? 11. Can God Create A Stone That He Cannot Lift? 12. What Hurts God? 13. Are Devotees Poor? 14. How to Live? How to Leave? 15. Who Is The Most Beautiful Person?
A brief synopsis of entire Bhagavatam highlighting the main theme of each canto. The flow of Bhagavatam is presented in the forum of questions and answers, expanding the important sections. Based on this flow, the spiritual journey of a spiritual seeker is prented in the second part, addressing the various possible spiritual paths, hurdles on the journey, many support systems on the way and finally the goal or destiny of the seeker. 1) A quick reference guide for the systematic reading of Srimad Bhagavatam for the beginers. 2) Opens the unseen doors of philosophical, theological and enigmatic (and also rasik) insights of the sastra to dive deep within the shoreless ocean of the Bhagavatam.
CAITANYA PRAVAHA by Gauranga Darshan Das is a simplified summary of the pastimes, philosophy and wisdom of Sri Caitanya-caritamrita, the most famous biography of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Sri Caitanya-caritamrita, written by Srila Krishnadas Kaviraj Goswami is ranked by advanced spiritualists as the post-graduate study of the science of bhakti-yoga and the innermost sentiments of God. Wish you could acquaint yourself with a quick outline of the entire text before you could dive deeper into this divine ocean of nectar? Or are you looking for a quick revision of this masterpiece work, having already studied it in detail? Then Caitanya Pravaha is what you are looking for. Caitanya Pravaha by Gauranga Darshan Das is a succinct and simplified rendition of the entire Caitanya-caritamrita with practical insights and captivating illustrations. With all its philosophical depth, theological intricacies, cultural nuances, pragmatic wisdom and spiritual inspiration made accessible in an easy-to-read format, Caitanya Pravaha effectively aids all the seekers who wish to inaugurate a truly transforming spiritual journey. Caitanya Pravaha is also an invitation to the seasoned readers who have varying degrees of acquaintance with the oceanic nectar of Caitanya-caritamrita, to catch in one place all the high tides of love revealed in it. Following a similar style of his earlier book Bhagavata Pravaha, Gauranga Darshan Das presents Caitanya Pravaha in a lucid format to make Lord Caitanya's biography accessible even to newcomers and children. -- Gauranga Darshan Das (www.gaurangadarshan.com) is a spiritual author and sastric teacher. He is the Associate Academic Dean of Bhaktivedanta Vidyapitha Research Center at ISKCON Govardhan Eco Village, and a member of ISKCON Board of Examinations (BoEx). He has written the Subodhini series of study guides and other self-development books. He runs a free monthly e-zine called Bhagavata Pradipika and regularly writes educational articles. He delivered over 5000 hours of spiritual discourses so far.
AT LAST! The india story!In October 1970 Bhaktivedanta Swami arrives in Bombay with twenty Western disciples to revive Krishna Consciousness in India, where Krishna’s Name had gone nearly extinct. Over the next two years, in an unimaginable display of pure magic, Prabhupada quickly establishes ISKCON as a major spiritual force in India. Follow Shyamasundar’s eye-witness account, from Prabhupada’s first months in Bombay--to Amritsar, Surat, Kumbha Mela, Juhu, Delhi, Vrindaban, Calcutta, Mayapur, Madras, Vizag—as Prabhupada lays the foundations for Krishna’s movement in the land of His birth. In June 1971, Shyamasundar becomes Prabhupada’s personal secretary and travels with him for years around the globe—all over India, to cold-war Russia, to Africa, Australia, the Pacific Rim, across Europe and America—witness to Prabhupada’s incredible achievements. As they travel, Prabhupada and Shyamasundar share a rare blend of philosophy, action, and humor, debating Western philosophers and storming the citadels, laughing all the way. At last, here are Shyamasundar’s never-heard-before, action-packed stories in 500 pages, with 180 rare photos, describing in factual, poetic, and intimate details this most exciting episode in Prabhupada’s amazing journey! About Author - I was born in the body of Samuel Speerstra, in Salem, Oregon in May ,1942. From early childhood I thrived on adventure and risk. After graduating from Reed College in 1965, I met Bhaktivedanta Swami in San Francisco in January 1967, and immediately became his disciple Shyamasundar Das. The Swami wed me to my girlfriend Melanie (Malati Devi Dasi) in a smoke-filled storefront in Haight-Ashbury we called the Radha-Krishna Temple. In 1968, to please Swamiji, I traveled with five chosen devotees to London. There, we witnessed firsthand Krishna's magic display; we befriended the Beatles and, courtesy of Apple Records, spread Hare Krishna Mantra around the world. In October 1970, the Swami took twenty of his Western disciples to India, and together--as Prabhupad and his Dancing White Elephants--we barnstormed the country. In June 1971, Prabhupad accepted me as his Personal Secretary. I was by Prabhupad's side, day and night, in Europe, USA, Africa, Asia, Australia-even behind Brezhnev's Iron Curtain. I never saw him sleep, I never saw him make an error of any kind. How did I get this lucky, to observe close-up the life of the Perfect Person? Srila Prabhupad, the Magic Man himself!
What would be your response to someone’s mistake?Can you excuse him or her wholeheartedly?Errors cannot be endorsed, but disapproval of wrong-doings need not make one apathetic to the wrongdoers.“Hate the Sin, Not the Sinner!” is the golden principle exemplified by great people.In DISAPPROVED BUT NOT DISOWNED, Gauranga Darshan Das describes the strict yet sensitive dealings of God and godly people to inspire a journey from apathy to empathy, and from rejection to reformation, while responsibly dealing with others’ mistakes. Through relevant episodes from Srimad Bhagavatam, Sri Caitanya-caritamrita and Ramayana, this book describes the nature of loving, compassionate and forgiving hearts, along with attractive illustrations. This book also emphasises the importance of genuine repentence for one’s mistakes, and an honest attempt to rectify them and not repeat them.About the Author : Gauranga Darshan Das is dean of the Bhaktivedanta Vidyapitha (www.vidyapitha.in) at ISKCON Govardhan Eco Village (GEV). He teaches scriptural courses at several places in India. He has written study guides including Gita Subodhini, Bhagavata Subodhini and Caitanya Subodhini, and compiled vital scriptural verses in the form of the Ratnamala and Tattvamala series. He runs a free monthly e-magzine called Bhagavata Pradipika.
Book 1: 32 Enthralling Stories of Dhruva, Brahma, Siva, Sati, Vyasa, Narada, Devahuti, Parikshit and others Age-old stories from the ancient scriptures reveal ever-fresh and relevant lessons to readers of all ages. In the entire scriptural library the position of Srimad Bhagavatam is unique. The Bhagavatam contains several enlivening tales of wonderful children like Dhruva and Prahlada, virtuous women like Suniti and Kunti, noble kings like Parikshit and Prithu, wise sages like Vyasa and Narada, and powerful incarnations of God like Rama and Narasimha. “Bhagavatam Tales” is an amazing collection of stories retold by Gauranga Darshan Das in a lucid language, to nurture the young minds with every turn of the page. This image-rich story-book enlivens both young and young-at-heart readers with vital values and thought-inspiring activities. Owing to its simplicity and applicability, this book is a close friend to every child, a faithful companion to every teacher, and a must-have in every school’s library. The first volume of Bhagavatam Tales presents 32 stories from the Bhagavatam’s first three cantos and the first twelve chapters of the Fourth Canto. The stories are narrated in a lucid language for the understanding of the younger generation. Along with colorful illustrations that bring the stories alive, each story is presented with important lessons and values like compassion, responsibility, forgiveness, positivity, friendship, respect, leadership, gratitude and so on. The activities at the end of each chapter will not only enthuse the children but adults too. Bhagavatam Tales by Gauranga Darshan Das enlivens children with fascinating stories, enthrals them with bright illustrations, enlightens them with brilliant values, and enthuses them to practically apply the lessons. About the Author: Gauranga Darshan Das, a disciple of His Holiness Radhanath Swami, is a spiritual author and sastric teacher. He holds a Master’s degree from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore. He is a resident monk at ISKCON Govardhan Ecovillage (GEV) and serves as the Dean of the Bhaktivedanta Vidyapitha Research Center (BVRC). He has authored over 20 books including the Subodhini, Pravaha & Ratnamala series, and has delivered over 6000 hours of spiritual discourses. He regularly conducts scriptural courses for adults and children. Know more on gaurangadarshan.com
it is Krishna who says in the Bhagvad Gita 4.9
Janma karma ca me divyam
evam yo vetti tattavatah
tyaktva deham punar janma
naiti mam-eti so’rjunathe more we hear about the appreance of Krishna and His divine pastimes , the more assured we are of exiting the merry-go-round of birth and death and going back to him Janmashtami Wonders of the 8th Child is an attempt to evoke sublime emotions to enable a truly loving bond with Krishna through his many childhood adventures embellished with deep philosophical insights