Saṅkalpa-kaumudī is an attempt to call to attention the demanding nature of devotional service in practice. The inspiration for writing this book came from a thorough study of Bṛhad-bhāgavatāmṛta and hearing of the tireless effort of its central character, Gopa-kumāra, to perfect his devotional service.
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Chant more is a treasure house of the unlimited shining facets of the jewel that is the holy name. The chapters are a compilation of inspirational, meditational and philosophical talks by His Holiness Sivarama Swami, on the subject of japa, sankirtan, harinama and sadhana.
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Sri Damodara Janani
Srila Prabhupada said, “Even in this material world, there is no comparision to a mother’s love, for a mother loves her child without any exceptation of return.” With my head upon their lotus feet, I dedicate this book to every devotee’s mother, including mine, Dushi.
Varnasrama Compendium Volume 1 The Varnas
“….the eternal principles of varnasrama will be the same and thus in time ISKCON will have fulfilled its worldwide remit to organise itself along the lines of daiva-varnasrama. Having done that, our movement can then inspire world leaders to follow our model.”
The Awakening of Spontaneous Devotional Service
“In writing this book I have tried to shed light on the truths of raganuga-bhakti in a way that would assist devotees – regulated, spontaneous, or the many shades in between – to both pursue their spiritual calling and maintain stability in the movement. If I have made any mistakes or created offences in the process I beg my readers to forgive me.”
Sadhavo Hrdayam Mahyam
“Saints Are My Heart”
“All living beings seek love, and that search is ended when one falls in love with the Lord.”
Born from the offense to the Lord’s dear devotee, Ambarisa Maharaja, the meeting between Lord Narayana and Durvasa Muni is intimately retold in conversational dialogue, personalising the discussion in the style of Bhaktivinoda Thakura’s Jaiva Dharma and thus inviting the reader to enter deeply into the mood of this unique loving exchange. The sparkling ornament of this pastime is the love the Lord has for His devotee and the lengths to which He will go to reciprocate that love. Decorated with a bouquet of original artwork, this book joins the growing list of jewels sprouting from the soil of New Vraja-dhama.
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My Daily Prayers
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His Holiness Sivarama Swami has written several books, the most well-known of these the Krsna In Vrindavan series. This series is a lifetime project; three volumes have been published and others are in production.
Based on Srimad-Bhagavatam 10:21 and the writings of the previous acaryas.
“Sakhi, if you see the lotus faces of Radha and Sri Krishna, decorated with the king of flutes, if you see Their exchange of glances in the late morning hours, oh my friends, without a doubt you have seen everything.
Following their group-leaders, the cows walked on Krishna’s right side and the buffaloes on His left side. They appeared like the stream of the Ganges and the waters of the Yamuna flowing about a bluish elephant of joy.”
A wonderful book of Lord Krishna’s transcendental pastimes for all audiences. It is filled with delightful descriptions of the land of Vrndavan and the pastimes of its inhabitants, the beauty of Sri Krishna, the forest of Vrndavan, glorifications of His most beloved Radharani and His dear servant Giriraja, talks between Srimati Radhika and Her gopi friends, and much more. Nearly 600 pages of pure nectar!
Na Paraye ‘Ham
With this second book in his planned series Krishna in Vrindavan, Sivarama Swami again inundates our hearts with the nectar of pastimes and conversations from the transcendental land of Braja.
Based on the commentaries of Srila Prabhupada and the previous acaryas. Na Paraye ‘Ham explains some of the principles of transcendental love – describing Sri Krishna’s love, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s love, and Srimati Radharani’s love, respectively. Their love flows like great rivers into the ocean of prema, and by the mercy of our predecessor acaryas, devotees can touch the shores of that ocean and savor some drops of its nectar.
Krsna-sangati – Meetings with Krsna
This the third volume of the Krsna in Vrndavan series is replete with the pastimes Lord Krsna manifested five thousand years ago. The focus of Krsna-sangati is how during these pastimes Krsna repeatedly leaves and then again meets the residents of Vrindavan. Devotees always want to meet Krsna, but to increase their bliss and their love He repeatedly separates from them. That is His mercy. However when the Lord and His pure devotees meet after extended periods of separation they both taste the happiness of samaddhimat-sambhoga. But whether in separation or meeting with Krsna, His associates always bathe in transcendental ecstasy.
Sivarama Swami brilliantly weaves the different commentaries that the acaryas have written on Lord Krsna’s pastimes with verses from sastra into an absorbing transcendental narrative.
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Suddha Bhakti Cintamani
From the introduction by Gopiparanadhana Dasa: In the association of pure devotees, discussion of the pastimes and activities of the Supreme Personality of Godhead is very pleasing and satisfying to the ear and the heart. By cultivating such knowledge one gradually becomes advanced on the path of liberation, and thereafter he is freed, and his attraction becomes fixed. Then real devotion and devotional service begin. – Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.25.25 In Suddha-bhakti-cintamani, Sivarama Swami is making a major statement to the devotees of ISKCON as he traces the progression of faith, attraction, and devotion through regulated devotional practice. What he says here is invaluably useful for all who have strayed from Krsna and are serious about going back to Him. He explains how the adhikaras for various depths of hearing krsna-lila are acquired in the course of this standard cultivation. In this way he gives us the information we need to decide for ourselves what we are ready to hear and speak about. And he does this with strict adherence to guru, sastra, and sadhu.
The Siksa-guru: Implementing Tradition in ISKCON
Within our Society (the International Society for Krishna Consciousness), guru has been taken to be synonymous with diksa-guru, but what about those great souls who have introduced us to Krsna consciousness? What relationship do we have with these Vaisnavas, and what are our obligations toward them, as well as toward parents, teachers, sannyasis, and other superiors who help guide us back to Godhead? Not much has been said by the Society on these topics, and hardly any appreciation is shown for those souls who labor to elevate us day by day.
The scriptures, however, glorify as guru all Vaisnavas who guide a conditioned soul back to Godhead — be they instructors or initiators — advocating a culture of honor and respect. ISKCON needs to reflect upon these principles further, and the purpose of this book is to act as a catalyst toward such an end.
Siksa Outside ISKCON?
What is Srila Prabhupada’s understanding of Siksa for his followers? This paper offers the following answers:
1. The association of Vaisnavas, and the instructions they impart, Siksa, are the assured means of success for spiritual practitioners. This is the injunction of Sastra.
2. However, Srila Prabhupada observed that when his followers received instructions outside ISKCON, their devotional practices, for various reasons, became impaired.
3.Therefore, Srila Prabhupada directed his followers to take Siksa solely from ISKCON’s members
The Bhaktivedanta Purports – Perfect Explanation of the Bhagavad-gita As It Is
This substantial analytical work refutes those who would tamper with the teachings of the Bhagavad-gita, using this eternal philosophy for their own purposes, in defiance and ignorance of the intent of the speaker Himself. Sivarama Swami defends with clear logic and humor the honor and devotional purports given by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
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The chapters in this book are a compilation of podcasts posted on SivaramaSwami.com since its inception in 2006. They are a combination of inspirational, meditational, and philosophical talks on the subject of chanting japa, sankirtan, harinama, and sadhana.
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