The highest truths!” “By entering the heart of Rupa Goswami, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu empowered him to ascertain properly the conclusions of all truths. Students will receive an ISKCON Examinations Board Bhakti-çästré Certificate upon the successful completion of the course. But lower urges are going to prevail to a greater or lesser degree. Depending upon one’s culture, it appeared to be a mundane love song. Hare Krsna! tat-tat-karma-pravartanāt. 35 years. So, in short, complete renunciation is seeing that which is in relation to Krishna—and everything is in relation to Krishna—and then, engaging that thing, that something, in service to Krishna. kecit kevalaya bhaktya vasudeva-parayanah. You withdraw consciousness from something that’s unwanted and place it where it’s wanted. Thus agitated, pure devotional service isn’t possible.” So, the starting point of Rupa Goswami’s first verse is how to come to stage of pure devotional service. “Whenever the spiritual master gives some instruction, within the instruction itself is the power to carry out the instruction.” Or similarly, Krishna gives us instruction: control the mind. Next, here are some verses by Krishna Dasa Kaviraja Goswami. Here’s something that Prabhupada writes in Nectar of Devotion: “The place of Srila Rupa Goswami’s bhajan—execution of devotional service—is commemorated still. The Nectar of Instruction is a translation with commentary of Srila Rupa Goswami’s Sri Upadeshamrta, by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. The end. That’s down here. That’s what tolerance means. srimad rupa-padambhoja-dhulh syam janma-janmani. – Bhakti-çästré Students Handbook (soft copy) Attendance 5% Pass Mark 70%, Class Participation Moderation The Nectar of Instruction By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. These eleven short verses give essential instructions on how to clean your heart and prepare it for loving devotion to God. It’s like the elevator and the staircase. And, I have some difficulty over the last six and a half weeks mostly coming from my mind about how I was going to accomplish the instruction, when was the instruction going to come to fruition. “They please the sweet divine couple by carrying messages, preparing tasty beverages, stringing fragrant flower garlands, offering betel buds, decorating the kunjas, fanning, etc.” That is who Rupa Goswami is. Here’s a verse from Padma Purana that expresses a similar idea as Rupa Goswami’s idea. When you go from the Krishna Balarama temple, go out the front gate and make a left-hand turn going towards Loi Bazaar. There is an intimate relationship between Srila Prabhupada and Srila Rupa Goswami, specifically through the Radha Damodara temple. And they’re at war with each other and the son said to the father, “Well, who wins?” And the father’s answer is, “Whichever one you feed.” So, neglect! sthapitam yena bhu-tale sri-caitanya-mano-‘bhistam lokanam hita-karinau tri-bhuvane manyau saranyakarau And on the days that I did not, I kind of teeter-tottered on whether or not I would be able to do…. For Srimad Bhagavatam classes, please visit - srimadbhagavatamclass.com For Bhagavad Gita classes, please visit - bhagavadgitaclass.com You can also visit us on - soundcloud.com. Main point a. Something we should all do is give credit where credit is due. It’s another thing to have realization. After teaching him, and empowering him to fully understand the conclusive truth of all these amazing subject matters, He told Rupa Goswami, “Write books!” “Indeed, Srila Rupa Goswami, whose dear friend was Swarupa Damodara, was the exact replica of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Page. More information on Romapada Swami is available on http://www.romapadaswami.com/. One who is successful in doing so—sarvam apimam prthivim sa sisyat—can make disciples or can be a spiritual master for the whole world. He took sannyasa in 1983 and became an initiating spiritual master in 1985. Prabhupada > Books > The Nectar of Instruction > NoI Texts > NoI 8 : TEXT EIGHT. Let us begin by speaking about Rupa Goswami, starting with describing his position in relation to Lord Caitanya and His principal followers. I just struggled in controlling my mind about this. He then said they spoke to him and gave him mercy and guidance for his writing and for his future preaching. He writes: “Srila Prabhupada said he had received a visit last night. Go ahead and travel to the West. Open-Book Assessment 65% Pass Mark 50% Closed-Book Assessment and Verse Memorization You recognize the impulse, but consciously you don’t act on it. Time extensions may be given at the discretion of the facilitator. Further details on assessment policies will be discussed by your facilitator. As Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu left behind Him the eight verses known as Śikṣāṣṭaka, Rūpa Gosvāmī gave us Upadeśāmṛta so that we may become pure Vaiṣṇavas. namas te gaura-vani- sri-murtaye dina-tarine And he was very, very dear to the Lord. Nectar of Instruction. Your email address will not be published. That’s part one; that’s who is the author of this amazing book. utsāhāt —by enthusiasm; niścayāt —by confidence; dhairyāt —by patience; tat -tat- karma —various activities favorable for devotional service; pravartanāt —by performing; saṅga - tyāgāt —by giving up the association of nondevotees; … Nectar of Instruction – Verses 8-9 By Caitanya Carana Prabhu Translation of Verse 8: The essence of all advice is that one should utilize one’s full time — twenty-four hours a day — in nicely chanting and remembering the Lord’s divine name, transcendental form, qualities and eternal pastimes, thereby gradually engaging one’s tongue and mind. Despite being admitted as a pre-med student, he decided to follow his spiritual path 100% and never looked back. In giving this gift to others he displayed it himself, the love of Krishna in the mood of Vrindavana. It’s one thing to study and to learn. Over there we see aprarabdha karma, not yet manifest. Beneath that was a shady cool place—because in Vrindavan, it gets too hot—where the Goswamis would sit, like you see the in painting, and they would discuss. It was a Cherokee Indian Elder teaching his son about the two wolves fighting inside. ṣaḍbhir bhaktiḥ prasidhyati. Students will also be given an overall course grade, aggregate of each Unit. Should I say it again? Ideal, through training and uplifting the quality by regulation to the quality of the mode of goodness, one can understand just by hearing. For Rupa Goswami to know your inner feelings, he must have received the fullness of your mercy. Used with permission. Here is Bhaktivinod Thakura commenting from his commentary on Nectar of Instruction on this verse. This audio book as well as many others may be purchased as MP3 CD's on Krishna.com , Krishnaculture.com , Blservices.com … It’s not explicit; it’s implicit. While reading this speech I was remembering the analogy that – desires constantly come in the mind just like rivers constantly flow into the ocean but one has to tolerate those desires and not act on them just like the ocean not getting disturbed by the incessant flow of the water. Fully realized—that’s Rupa Goswami! Repeatedly, over and over again they do that. Consciously, take that energy and redirect that energy. That’s the fourth class. Although He was in the mood of a devotee of Krishna, He is actually Krishna in the mood of a devotee of Krishna, and specifically, in the mood of Srimati Radharani. Paraphrasing: Maharaj Pariksit asks, “Why do people undergo atonement if they cannot control their senses?” He gives the example of the elephant. They predicate the mind of other people and speculate regarding their motives. And opening the window, you see the courtyard of the samadhi and bhajan kutir of Rupa Goswami. Sri Rupa Manjari is the leader of those, and she serves Lalita. Romapada Swami: One step at a time. Circumstance doesn’t create it or destroy it. Specifically, we are advised to take the recommendations of Srila Rupa Goswami to heart. And then, anger. Here’s a painting of a Caitanya tree, from Caitanya Caritamrta, where Lord Caitanya is the main trunk and the main branches are Advaita Acarya, Lord Nityananda, and Gadhadhara and Srivas. Nectar of Instruction Verses 5, 6 & 7. 5. worshiping the Deity. He has a whole series of verses. Sukadev Goswami’s answer is “Sinful activity cannot be counteracted by a pious activity. Whatever my deficiencies are and weaknesses are and shortcomings are, let me not budge an inch from the instructions. So today, I’ll just announce that I’ve attained the goal. Text One: A sober person who can tolerate the urge to speak, the mind’s demands, the actions of anger and the urges of the tongue, belly and genitals is qualified to make disciples all over the world. “Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu taught Srila Rupa Goswami the ultimate limit of the truth about Lord Krishna, the truth about devotional service, and the truth about the transcendental mellows culminating in conjugal love between Radha and Krishna. It’s temporary, illusory, and it’s not me. Very similar to the language found in Chapter 2 Bhagavad Gita. sri-gaura-karuna-sakti-vigrahaya namo ‘stu te, “I offer my respectful obeisances unto you, the personified energy of Sri Caitanya’s mercy, who deliver devotional service which is enriched with conjugal love of Radha and Krishna, coming exactly in the line of revelation of Srila Rupa Gosvami.”. There’s two verses from Nectar of Devotion by Rupa Goswami, in which he says what false or incomplete renunciation is, and what complete renunciation is. Where tolerance comes in is right over here. I tolerate it. Preface. This part consist of NOI preface, verse 1 to 3, Your email address will not be published. May 11, 2014 by HG Srivasa Pandit Das. The following year, Romapada Swami joined the movement in Boston and was initiated in 1971. Later, he went and he was back in his residence in Gambhira and asked Swarupa Damodara, “How did he know my mind? There is no loss for me. One can overcome those urges if one is situated in Krishna consciousness. What’s the math? Such a devotee should not be seen from a materialistic point of view. One is goodness and the other is evil. In the pranama mantra that we say for Bhaktivinode Thakura, it includes an explicit appreciation for his being a strict follower of rupanuga-varaya te. Certificates We recognize and issue few levels of awards for the Bhakti Sastri degree: 1. Example Sentences: Ramayana: Though Brahmanas are undoubtedly powerful and respected throughout the Ramayana’s landscape, there is no evidence of clericalism because the Brahmanas were organically serving at different places not organizationally sent to those places by any central authority. You’ll be successful. And here’s what he describes in that purport about who Rupa Goswami is: “In Goloka Vrindavana, Srimati Radharani is lovingly served by eight principal gopis, of whom Lalita sakhi is her dearest friend. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu expanded his mercy to Srila Rupa Goswami just so he could render service by writing transcendental literature.”. As Rupa Goswami is following his predecessor, Caitanya Mahaprabhu, we have to follow our predecessor. So, they stayed at Siddha-bakula with Haridasa. This 100 odd page book has A-Z of spiritual life from the very inception to the advanced stage of … He can do this simply by discharging devotional service just as the sun can immediately dissipate fog by its rays. I’ll just read the bottom: “Thus agitated, the cultivation of suddha bhakti is not possible. The teachings of Lord Caitanya, and in turn the teachings of Rupa Goswami, are specifically to make that love available. Within descending instruction, in striving to fulfill those instructions, therein we will discover all spiritual potency required to overcome my material conditioning. I’m not going to read the whole thing. Most of what you are viewing in this series of power-points is the work of a disciple—Prema-tarangini—who taught Nectar of Instruction. “…such as…” and he lists, “…whether I am happy to be distressed, whether the material world remains or is destroyed, I do not care. Students may appeal to ISKCON’s Examination Board if they are dissatisfied with the decision of MI’s Assessment Board. The closed book exam for the nectar of instruction will consist of the following: 45 short answer questions, knowledge of the Sanskrit transliteration and English meaning of 4 Sanskrit verses. In other words, the author of the book that we’re going to spend some time studying the verses of, is not just a literary person. For example, somebody was speaking about the tendency to fault-find. Analogies, as they appear in the Pürva-svädhyäya section, may also be included in the Closed-Book Assessments. So, the yukta vairagya principle provides spiritual strength. So, that’s 23 years plus 12. One of the temple Brahmacaris was saying, “I know it’s not good, but it just goes on. And not the cosmetic one, the real one. Just preach the message of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and the chanting of Hare Krishna. Penalties apply for students found to be copying answers When he read the verse, and he was astonished! Here is a painting of a pastime that also illustrates a pastime where Lord Caitanya directly declares that he gave empowerment and his full mercy to Rupa Goswami. My dear king, if a sinful person engages in the service of a bonafide devotee of the Lord and thus learns how to dedicate his life unto the lotus feet of Krishna, he can be completely purified. In Gaura Ganoddesha Dipika, a book written by Kavi Karnapura, which is a “who is who” in Caitanya lila ~ who are they in Krishna’s lila ~ he identifies that Rupa Goswami is Sri Rupa Manjari. Here’s one of the things that Krishna says in Bhagavad Gita about this: “A person who is not disturbed by the incessant flow of desires, which enter like rivers into the ocean, which is ever being filled but is always still, can alone achieve peace and not the man who tries to satisfy such desires.” So, the vegams can be there, or the desires can be there, but you tolerate them. NoI 3 The Nectar of Instruction. Required fields are marked *, During the Course you will be provided with, Pürva-svädhyäya (Preliminary Self-Study Questions from Students Handbook), (to be submitted in 2 weeks after completion of unit), Preface The Goal of Krsna Consciousness and the Means of Attaining It. That’s our process. The starting point of Nectar of Instruction is pure devotional service! Withdraw consciousness from asat and place consciousness in sat. The place, however, is being taken care of by my disciples.” Once, while Srila Prabhupada was taking some disciples there, he described in one confidential discussion—it was in the public lecture—he revealed that he was doing his translation work of Srimad Bhagavatam, preparing for coming to the Western countries under the order of Bhakti Siddhanta. Bhakti Sastri Nectar of Instruction Verses 4 to 6. But, because of that action in the previous body, some impression is stored in the mind and so now, there’s a desire that’s stored in the heart. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu told Rupa Goswami all the conclusions he had heard from Ramananda Raya, and duly empowered him so that he could understand them.” How about that? I must go quickly now, because I haven’t even started with the verse for today, the first text of Nectar of Instruction. Greater or lesser degree speak and see him Nectar of instruction help wet. 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