Month: October 2012

Always Something To Look At

“All glories to Kunja-vihari, whose garments surpass the splendor of gold, whose crown is decorated with a splendid peacock feather, and whose new, glistening youthfulness delights the women of Vraja.” (Shrila Rupa Gosvami, Shri Kunja-vihary-astakam, 5) śātakumbha-ruci-hāri-dukūlaḥ keki-candraka-virājita-cūlaḥ navya-yauvana-lasad-vraja-nārī rañjano… Read More ›

Something New

“All glories to Kunja-vihari, whose garments surpass the splendor of gold, whose crown is decorated with a splendid peacock feather, and whose new, glistening youthfulness delights the women of Vraja.” (Shrila Rupa Gosvami, Shri Kunja-vihary-astakam, 5) śātakumbha-ruci-hāri-dukūlaḥ keki-candraka-virājita-cūlaḥ navya-yauvana-lasad-vraja-nārī rañjano… Read More ›

Colorfully Decorated

“All glories to Kunja-vihari, who playfully announces Madanotsava (Cupid’s festival) with the melodies from His colorfully decorated flute, and whose pastimes are praised by a multitude of male and female parrots.” (Shrila Rupa Gosvami, Shri Kunja-vihary-astakam, 4) rāga-maṇḍala-vibhūṣita-vaḿśī vibhrameṇa madanotsava-śaḿsī… Read More ›

Praised By Parrots

“All glories to Kunja-vihari, who playfully announces Madanotsava (Cupid’s festival) with the melodies from His colorfully decorated flute, and whose pastimes are praised by a multitude of male and female parrots.” (Shrila Rupa Gosvami, Shri Kunja-vihary-astakam, 4) rāga-maṇḍala-vibhūṣita-vaḿśī vibhrameṇa madanotsava-śaḿsī… Read More ›

Destroyer of Family Traditions

“All glories to Kunja-vihari, who stopped His relatives from performing the famous sacrifice, who then took away Indra’s pride, and who in sport lifted Govardhana Hill to protect against the weapon of Indra.” (Shrila Rupa Gosvami, Shri Kunja-vihary-astakam, 3) sarvataḥ… Read More ›

Chain of Respectability

“If even the respectable Sita, who is dear to Lakshmana’s elder brother, who was trained well by His superiors, can be struck by distress, then the influence of time is indeed insurmountable.” (Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 16.3) mānyā guru… Read More ›

Insurmountable Destiny

“If even the respectable Sita, who is dear to Lakshmana’s elder brother, who was trained well by His superiors, can be struck by distress, then the influence of time is indeed insurmountable.” (Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 16.3) mānyā guru… Read More ›

Grown Men Can Cry

“Having reflected for a moment, the powerful Hanuman, with eyes overflowing with tears, lamented over Sita.” (Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 16.2) sa muhūrtam iva dhyātvā bāṣpa paryākulekṣaṇaḥ | sītām āśritya tejasvī hanumān vilalāpa ha || Is it okay for a… Read More ›

Tears of Kindness

“Having reflected for a moment, the powerful Hanuman, with eyes overflowing with tears, lamented over Sita.” (Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 16.2) sa muhūrtam iva dhyātvā bāṣpa paryākulekṣaṇaḥ | sītām āśritya tejasvī hanumān vilalāpa ha || It is said that when… Read More ›

Staying With Him

“Having praised Sita, who is praiseworthy, and Rama, who is particularly dear because of His virtues, that foremost among monkeys again began to think.” (Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 16.1) praśasya tu praśastavyām sītām tām hari pungavaḥ | guṇa abhirāmam rāmam… Read More ›