The goddess Chinnamasta, beheading herself, and in this act of willful self destruction, nourishes herself and her cohorts on her own blood.
The Vaisnava path is the path of saints, lovers, criminals, and heretics – Krsna embraces all equally. The greatest devotees of Krsna include the most terrible demons, such as Vritra, Ravana, Bali Maharaj, and Mayasura. Durga and Kali are His handmaidens, and the harlot Fortune herself is His beloved mistress. Taking Lord Krsna as our spiritual master and beloved, we follow His supreme example above all others. Krsna defies all cultural norms, all taboos – He kills as He wishes, He enjoys sex as He wishes, He plays and sports as He wishes – and He teaches us, His friends and disciple to do the same. Through His incredible mercy, the most terrible sins and taboos become transformed into acts of pious devotion.
To make progress, one does not need to fast or pray or observe vigils or even perform deity worship at temple. One needs to love Krsna madly, passionately, and to enjoy this world as part of His pastimes. Everything we do creates karma – unless we do it for Krsna, in which case there is no karma, there is only devotion. There is liberation. So if we eat meat, it is bad karma — but if we offer it to Krsna, instead it is devotion. If we kill a person then it is bad karma — but if we kill an enemy of Krsna, instead it is devotion. If we have sex with some attractive person, it is promiscuous — but if we have sex with an attractive person for Krsna, instead it is devotion. If we sacrifice an animal, maybe it is criminal — but if we sacrifice an animal (with Vedic mantras) for Krsna, it is devotion.
121 O heart, please worship the splendour that bears the name Radha, a splendour that with its crown fills the circle of the directions with rays of light, a splendour that shines with the glory of jewels in many tinkling bracelets, armlets, and necklaces, a splendour that wears a tinkling belt on its hips, and sweetly tinkling anklets on its beautiful lotus feet.
122 May Lord Krsna’s first beloved, who is the crown jewel of beautiful girls, whose bodily hairs stand upright because of Her intense love for Lord Krsna, who is splendid like kunkuma, who trembles in passionate amorous pastimes, who smiles gently, and who stays in a palace in a mandara-tree forest, protect me.
123 O queen whose lotus feet are worshipped by the girls of Vraja, O queen whose festival of love is inconceivable to the great saints, O queen who is the abode of fathomless nectar, please give to me the sweet glory of service to your lotus feet.
124 O Radha, when will I see You as, the playful moon of Your face humbly bowed, and Your veil and curling locks of hair a little lifted by Your graceful fingers, with a great splendour of sidelong glances from frightened eyes You suddenly see Your lover?
125 May Sri Radha, a single ray of light from the blissful nectar moon of whose face makes the full moon of this world seem very insignificant, whose red lips are an ocean of nectar sweetness, who passionately loves Krsna, and who is His very life, be pleased with us.
Kateri Amman darshan.
Sri Sri Radha Golokananda
New Goloka, NC
August 29, 2013
The Janmashtami sale is still running at the Krishna store, and almost everything is half price, so now is a great time for any of you interested in trying mahamantram chanting for yourself to buy some useful, affordable accessories. Here’s three excellent items that can bring a lifetime of spiritual enhancement:
Tulsi wood malas beginning at $1.47, variety of shapes and sizes
Bead bags for holding a mala beginning at $1.47, variety of colors and sizes
Counter beads to keep track of rounds chanted beginning at $0.62, variety of colors
Or you can purchase a ready-to-go kit of these items and more for $6.97.
If you have any questions on how to get started on chanting, please do not hesitate to ask me! Hare Krishna!
Sri Sri Radha Golokananda
New Goloka, NC
August 28, 2013
When a person becomes attracted by Kṛṣṇa and is in full Kṛṣṇa consciousness, he does not care for any worldly duties, even though very urgent. Kṛṣṇa consciousness is so powerful that it gives everyone relief from all material activities. Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī has written a very nice verse wherein one gopī advises another, “My dear friend, if you desire to enjoy the company of material society, friendship and love, then please do not go to see that smiling boy Govinda who is standing on the bank of the Yamunā and playing His flute, His lips brightened by the beams of the full moonlight.” Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī indirectly instructs that one who has been captivated by the beautiful smiling face of Kṛṣṇa has lost all attraction for material enjoyments. This is the test of advancement in Kṛṣṇa consciousness: a person advancing in Kṛṣṇa consciousness must lose interest in material activities and personal sense gratification.