"Pada Seva means to serve the lotus feet of Guru and Krishna.You cannot serve Krishna without Guru, or serve just Guru without serving Krishna. They must be served or offered pada seva simultaneously." - Srila Prabhupada

  • "A highly advanced Vaisnava lives in such a way that no one can understand what he is or what he was." (Srimad-Bhagavatam, 7.3.14, Purport)
  • "... there is nothing as profitable as the association of pure devotees." (Teachings of Lord Caitanya, Page 341)
  • "By the mercy of the spiritual master one receives the benediction of Krsna. Without the grace of the spiritual master, one cannot make any advancement." (Sri Sri Gurv-astaka, Verse 8)
  • "A pure devotee cannot forget the Supreme Lord for a moment, and similarly, the Supreme Lord cannot forget His pure devotee for a moment." (Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 8.15, Purport)
  • "The Spiritual Master is present wherever his sincere disciple is trying to serve his instructions. " (Srila Prabhupada letter, 12/01/73)
  • "I was born in the darkest ignorance, and my spiritual master opened my eyes with the torchlight of knowledge. I offer my respectful obeisances unto him." (Sri Guru Pranama)
  • "My dear Partha, one who claims to be My devotee is not so. Only a person who claims to be the devotee of My devotee is actually My devotee." (Lord Krsna, Adi Purana)
  • "Pure devotees of the Lord are more powerful than the waters of the sacred river Ganges. One can derive spiritual benefit out of prolonged use of the Ganges waters. But one can be sanctified at once by the mercy of a pure devotee of the Lord." (Srimad-Bhagavatam, 1.1.15, Purport)
  • "No one can approach the Supreme Personality of Godhead directly. One must approach Him through His pure devotees." (Nectar of Devotion, Chapter 12)
  • "Real knowledge can be obtained from a person who is in perfect Krsna consciousness. Therefore, one has to seek out such a bona fide spiritual master and, under him, learn what Krsna consciousness is. The spiritual master can drive away all nescience, as the sun drives away darkness." (Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 5.16, Purport)

The Vedic Concept of Time - Krishna’s energy


Vedic Concept Time | Sabita Biswas | Padaseva.in

Time is the ongoing sequence of events taking place continually; the past, present and future. We are all under the influence of time. Since we wake up in the morning, all through the day until night, all our activities are continuously controlled by time. Day, night, weeks, months and seasons of the year, keep changing endlessly in a wonderfully orchestrated manner.

The influence of time on us begins even before we are born. The effect of time is perceptible soon after the mother conceives and the growth of the embryo in the mother’s womb matches with the passage of time. After birth, we express the time duration a person has spent in this world, as his age (number of years).

When did time come into existence?

Our Vedic scriptures tell us that with the creation of the universe, time comes into existence, and time is one of Lord Krishna’s energies. Time is the imperceptible formless aspect of the Lord. The universe is created by the omnipotency of the Supreme Lord and it involves stepwise transformations and reactions of His material energy. With the incarnation of the first purusa (Karandakasayi Visnu/ Maha Visnu) and the subsequent formation of the principles of material creation (mahatattva), time is manifested. Hence, Kāla, or time, is the transformed manifestation of the principles of material creation. In simple words, time is a manifestation of the Lord’s energy and the ultimate source is Narayana or Vasudeva. This is stated in Srimad Bhagavatam

After the incarnation of the first puruṣa [Kāraṇārṇavaśāyī Viṣṇu], the mahat-tattva, or the principles of material creation, take place, and then time is manifested, and in course of time the three qualities appear.

- Srimad Bhagavatam 2.5.22

In the Bhagawad gita, when Lord Krishna explains His opulence to Arjuna, He states that He is the inexhaustible time.

Of letters I am the letter A, and among compound words I am the dual compound. I am also inexhaustible time, and of creators I am Brahmā.

- Bhagavad Gita 10.33

Time is the representative of Lord Krishna and everything – living and non-living is under the control of time.

With the concept of time, two qualities emerge – temporary and eternal. Temporary is transient, non-permanent and perishable; while eternal is non-perishable and without an end. It is said that the soul is eternal but the material world is temporary. Lord Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita that we are His parts and parcel and we existed in the past and will continue to exist in the future without interruption.

Never was there a time when I did not exist, nor you, nor all these kings; nor in the future shall any of us cease to be.

Bhagavad Gita 2.12

On the other hand, it is said that this material world is temporary and Srila Prabhupada, Founder-Acharya of ISKCON frequently quotes from Bhagavad Gita as ‘dukhalayam asasvatam’ i.e. to say this material world is temporary and full of miseries.

Krishna is tri-kaal-jna

As human beings we have limited memory of the past and cannot foretell the future. The Lord has a transcendental body and so He knows the past, present and future.  In the opening verse of the Srimad Bhagavatam, Sri Vyasdeva while offering obeisances to Lord  Krishna addresses Him as "abhijñaḥ svarāṭ", which Srila Prabhupad translates as "fully cognizant and fully independent".  The Lord knows all that is happening for every living entity as He is situated in the heart of every living entity as the Supersoul. He is the upa-drishta or the witness for all our activities throughout our life.  Lord Krishna also remembers the past. 

During the Kuruksetra battle, when the Lord imparts transcendental knowledge to Arjuna, He says that He had given this knowledge millions of years ago, to Vivasvan the Sun God.  Arjuna was then perplexed as to how could this be possible, and then the Lord tells him that He remembers all His previous births.

The Personality of Godhead, Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa, said: I instructed this imperishable science of yoga to the sun-god, Vivasvān, and Vivasvān instructed it to Manu, the father of mankind, and Manu in turn instructed it to Ikṣvāku.

- Bhagavad Gita 4.1

The Personality of Godhead said: Many, many births both you and I have passed. I can remember all of them, but you cannot, O sub-duer of the enemy!

- Bhagavad Gita 4.5

O Arjuna, as the Supreme Personality of Godhead, I know everything that has happened in the past, all that is happening in the present, and all things that are yet to come. I also know all living entities; but Me no one knows.

- Bhagavad Gita 7.26 

The Lord also predicted victory for the Pandavas in the Kurukshetra war when He showed Arjuna His virat rupa (universal form).

The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: Time I am, the great destroyer of the worlds, and I have come here to destroy all people. With the exception of you the (Pāṇḍavas), all the soldiers here on both sides will be slain.

- Bhagavad Gita 11.32

 Thus we see that the Lord is the knower of the past, present and future.

Time is the ultimate controller

We are all under the influence of time and time is the inevitable controller of us all. It is said that time or Kāla, is identical with the Lord Himself. Everything in this material world is under the influence of time and as a result, has a beginning and an end. This is true for all living entities - human beings, animals, plants and even for non-living objects; ultimately everything is perishable. A flower initially is a bud, it grows and blooms, after a few days it withers and ultimately gets destroyed. Similarly, in this material world, all living and non-living entities continually undergo change with time. These changes are discernable over variable time durations, it could be days – months – years - decades or millenniums; but ultimately there is aging and destruction.

Our scriptures call this destruction as pralaya, which in Sanskrit means dissolution, annihilation or death. The Srimad Bhagavatam describes 4 types of pralayas - constant, occasional, material and final. 


The destruction happening constantly at every moment, invisibly transforming our bodies and the bodies of all living entities is nitya pralaya.  


When a person attains knowledge of the Absolute (liberation), he is liberated and it is called atyantika or final annihilation.  


The annihilation happening at the end of Brahma’s day is occasional or Naimittika pralaya.


The annihilation that happens at the end of Brahma’s life is called material or Prakritika pralaya. 

Hence we see that among all kinds of killers, time is the ultimate because time silently devours everything. Time is the representative of Krishna and in due course of time everything will be annihilated.

At the end of the Kurukshetra war Bhismadeva was injured, was lying on a bed of arrows, about to die. Sympathizing with the sufferings of the Pandavas he said that this was all due to the influence of irreversible time. He said that time controls the world just as the wind controls the clouds.

In my opinion this is all due to inevitable time, under whose control everyone in every planet is carried, just as the clouds are carried by wind.

- Srimad Bhagavatam 1.9.14

Srila Prabhupad explains that Kāla or time controls even the action of the air and other elements. Everything is controlled by the supreme Kāla, a forceful representative of the Lord within the material world.

Time concept in the material world differs from that in the spiritual world

In the spiritual world, time is unlimited and eternal. Time has no ability to control the Lord, rather the Lord is the controller of time. As explained in the Brahma-saṁhitā it is said that the entire duration of the life of Brahma is less than a second of the Lord’s time.

yasyaika-niśvasita-kālam athāvalambya

jīvanti loma-vilajā jagad-aṇḍa-nāthāḥ

viṣṇur mahān sa iha yasya kalā-viśeṣo

govindam ādi-puruṣaṁ tam ahaṁ bhajāmi

In essence, the entire duration of Brahma’s life is equal to the time occupied in the Lord’s one breath.

- Brahma-saṁhitā (5.48)

 kālo ’yaṁ dvi-parārdhākhyo

 nimeṣa upacaryate


 hy anāder jagad-ātmanaḥ

It is also known that the duration of Brahmā’s life, is equal to one nimeṣa [less than a second] for the Supreme Personality of Godhead and that one day for Brahma is equivalent to 1000 caturyugas. (SB 3.11.19, SB 3.11.22).  Since one caturyuga comprises of four milleniums – Satya, Treta, Dvapar, and Kali; we can now understand that in comparison to time in the spiritual world, our life is as brief as a flash of lightning. Hence it is said that the Supreme Lord is eternal, unchanging and unlimited. Similarly, we can now also believe that it is not difficult for the supreme Lord to be actually present in the archa vigraha deity form that we worship in the temple.

- Srimad Bhagavatam 3.11.38

Take away message

  • The material world is temporary and we are only temporary caretakers of our families, wealth, property and possessions. We should conduct ourselves keeping in mind that we finally have to part with all these and that everything ultimately belongs to the Lord.
  • It is because of our illusion that we believe this material world to be our permanent residence and spend much time and effort, trying to make ourselves comfortable here.
  • The Lord is a witness to all our thoughts and actions. We can hide from everyone, but we cannot hide from the Lord.
  • Joy and sorrow in our lives are transient. Our one life is as brief as a flash of lightning in the long journey back to Godhead.

Janmasthami Special | Krishna - The Supreme Personality Of God Head | Art

īśvaraḥ paramaḥ kṛṣṇaḥ
anādir ādir govindaḥ

Kṛṣṇa who is known as Govinda is the Supreme Godhead. He has an eternal blissful spiritual body. He is the origin of all. He has no other origin and He is the prime cause of all causes.

Sri Brahma Samhita -  5.1

Janmasthami Special | Krishna & Cows | Art

cintāmaṇi-prakara-sadmasu kalpa-vṛkṣa-
lakṣāvṛteṣu surabhīr abhipālayantam
govindam ādi-puruṣaṁ tam ahaṁ bhajāmi

I worship Govinda, the primeval Lord, the first progenitor who is tending the cows, yielding all desire, in abodes built with spiritual gems, surrounded by millions of purpose trees, always served with great reverence and affection by hundreds of thousands of lakṣmīs or gopīs.

Sri Brahma Samhita -  5.29

Janmasthami Special | Krishna Playing Flute | Art

veṇuṁ kvaṇantam aravinda-dalāyatākṣam-
barhāvataṁsam asitāmbuda-sundarāṅgam
govindam ādi-puruṣaṁ tam ahaṁ bhajāmi

I worship Govinda, the primeval Lord, who is adept in playing on His flute, with blooming eyes like lotus petals with head decked with peacock's feather, with the figure of beauty tinged with the hue of blue clouds, and His unique loveliness charming millions of Cupids.

Sri Brahma Samhita - 5.30.


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Song Name: Jaya Jaya Jagannatha Sacira
By: Vasudeva Ghosa


jaya jaya jagannātha sacīra nandan 
tribhūvana kore jār caraṇa vandan


nilācale sańkha-cakra-gadā-padma-dhar 
nadīyā nagare daṇḍa-kamaṇḍalu-kar


keho bole purabete rāvaṇa badhilā
goloker vaibhava lilā prakāśa korilā


śri-rādhār bhāve ebe gorā avatār 
hare kṛṣṇa nām gaura korilā pracār


vāsudeva ghoṣa bole kori joḍa hāt 
jei gaura sei kṛṣṇa sei jagannāth


All glories, all glories to the dear son of Jagannatha Misra and Saci Devi! All the three worlds offer prayers unto His lotus feet.

In Nilacala He holds the conch shell, disc, club, and lotus flower, while in the town of Nadiya He holds a sannyasi staff and water pot.

It is said that in olden times, as Lord Ramacandra, He killed the demon Ravana. Then later, as Lord Krsna, He revealed the splendrously opulent pastimes of Goloka.

It is He who has come. He has come! Oh, from Vraja He has come to Nadiya. Accepting the mood and luster of Sri Radha, He has come from Vraja to Nadiya. He has come! Now Lord Govinda, the cowherd boy, has come as Lord Gauranga. He has come distributing the Hare Krsna Mahamantra!

Vasudeva Ghosa says with folded hands, “He who is Gaura is He who is Krishna is He who is Jagannatha.”


Srimati Radha Rani and Sri Krishna are Non Different | Drawing

Ekam Jyothi Rabhoo Dvidha 
Radha Madhava Roopakam

The one single effulgence 'Parabrahma' is resplendent in two ways as Radha and Madhava.
Rig Veda Parisishta

satyam satyam punah satyam
satyam eva punah punah
vina radha prasadena
mat-prasado na vidyate

Shri Krishna says: "O Narada! I tell you truly truly, again truly, truly, again and again - without the mercy of “Radharani”, one cannot attain my mercy.”
Narada Purana

108 Names of Narasimha Dev | Drawing

likucha-tilaka-sunuh sad-dhitartanusari
narahari-nitim etam shatru-samhara-hetum
akrita-sakala-papa-dhvamsanim yah pathet tam
daha daha narasimhasahya viryahitam me

The Lord appears in a seemingly bitter form to act for the protection of His devotee Prahlada. Anyone who reads this description of the character of Lord Narahari causes his enemies to retreat, and his sins are undone and vanquished. Burn Narasimha, burn my adversaries with Your unbearable power.
Sri Narasimha Stuti

108 Names of Narasimha Dev

1. Om narasimhaya namah
Obeisances unto the half-man half-lion Lord

2. Om mahasimhaya namah
Obeisances to the great lion

3. Om diyva-simhaya namah
Obeisances to the Divine lion

4. Om mahabalaya namah
Obeisances to the greatly powerful

5. Om ugra-simhaya namah
Obeisances to the angry terrifying lion

6. Om mahadevaya namah
Obeisances to the Lord of lords

7. Om stambha-ja-aya namah
Obeisances to One who appeared from the pillar

8. Om ugra-locanaya namah
Obeisances to one who possesses terrifying eyes

9. Om raudraya namah
Obeisances to the angry one

10. Om sarvadbhutaya namah
Obeisances to one who is wonderful in every way

11. Om srimanaya namah
Obeisances to the most beautiful

12. Om yoganandaya namah
Obeisances to the source of yogic bliss

13. Om trivikramaya namah
Obeisances to Lord Vamana (Who took three great steps)

14. Om harine namah
Obeisances to Sri Hari Who takes our troubles away

15. Om kolahalaya namah
Obeisances to the roaring (Varahadeva - Varaha-nrisimha)

16. Om cakrine namah
Obeisances to Him Who carries the disk

17. Om vijayaya namah
Obeisances to Him Who is always victorious

18. Om jaya-vardhanaya namah
Obeisances unto Him Who has ever increasing glories

19. Om panchananaya namah
Obeisances unto Him Who is five-headed

20. Om param-brahma-aya namah
Obeisances unto Supreme Absolute Truth

21. Om aghoraya namah
Obeisances to Him Who for His devotees is not horrible

22. Om ghora-vikramaya namah
Obeisances to Him Who has terrifying activities

23. Om jvalan-mukhaya namah
Obeisances to One Who has an effulgent face

24. Om jvala-maline namah
Obeisances to Him with effulgent garland of flames

25. Om mahajvalaya namah
Obeisances to He Who is most effulgent

26. Om maha-prabhuhaya namah
Obeisances to the Supreme Master

27. Om niti-laksaya namah
Obeisances to Him Who possesses all good (moral) qualities

28. Om sahasraksaya namah
Obeisances to the thousand-eyed One

29. Om durniriksyaya namah
Obeisances to Him Who is difficult to see (difficult to look at)

30. Om pratapanaya namah
Obeisances to Him Who oppresses His enemies with great heat

31. Om mahadamstraya namah
Obeisances to Him Who possesses huge teeth

32. Om yudha-prajnaya namah
Obeisances to the Supremely intelligent in battle (ready to fight)

33. Om canda-kopine namah
Obeisances to Him Who is likened to an angry moon

34. Om sada-sivaya namah
Obeisances to the All auspicious Lord

35. Om hiranyakasipu-dhvamsine namah
Obeisance to Him Who destroys Hiranyakasipu

36. Om daitya-danava-bhanjanaya namah
Obeisances to He Who destroys the masses of the race of demons and giants

37. Om guna-bhadraya namah
Obeisances unto Narasimha Who is full of wonderful qualities

38. Om mahabhadraya namah
Obeisances to Him Who is very auspicious

39. Om bala-bhadraya namah
Obeisances to Him Who is auspiciously powerful

40. Om subhadrakaya namah
Obeisances to the extremely auspicious One

41. Om karalaya namah
Obeisances to He Who possesses a wide open mouth

42. Om vikaralaya namah
Obeisances to Him with very wide open mouth

43. Om vikartaya namah
Obeisances to the Lord Who performs wonderful activities

44. Om sarva-kartrikaya namah
Obeisances to the Lord Who performs ALL activities

45. Om sisumaraya namah
Obeisances to Him Who also appears as Matsya

46. Om trilokatmaya namah
Obeisances to the Soul of the three worlds

47. Om isaya namah
Obeisances to the Lord known as the controller

48. Om sarvesvaraya namah
Obeisances to that supreme controller

49. Om vibhuaya namah
Obeisances to Narasimha Who is the BEST

50. Om bhaivaradambaraya namah
Obeisances to Him Who causes terror by roaring in the sky

51. Om divyaya namah
Obeisances to That Divine Person Narasimha

52. Om acyutaya namah
Obeisances to our infallible Lord Nara-simha

53. Om kavine namah
Obeisances to the Supreme intelligent (poet)

54. Om madhavaya namah
Obeisances to the husband of Srimati Laksmi devi

55. Om adhoksajaya namah
Obeisances to Him Who is beyond understanding (or beyond explaining)

56. Om aksaraya namah
Obeisances to the infallible One

57. Om sarvaya namah
Obeisances to He Who is the origin of everything

58. Om vanamaline namah
Obeisances to Him Who wears garland of forest flowers (or adorned by His loving devotees)

59. Om varapradaya namah
Obeisances to the Merciful Lord Who grants boons to the deserving like Prahlada

60. Om visvambaraya namah
Obeisances to Narasimha Who maintains the universe

61. Om adbhutaya namah
Obeisances to Him Who is wonderful

62. Om bhavyaya namah
Obeisances to He Who determines the future (Who is the future for His devotees)

63. Om sri-visnave namah
Obeisances to that Narasimha Who is the all pervading Lord Vishnu

64. Om purusottamaya namah
Obeisances to Narasimha Who is the Supreme Enjoyer

65. Om anaghastra namah
Obeisances to Him Who can never be wounded by weapons

66. Om nakhastraya namah
Obeisances to Him Who has sharp nails for weapons

67. Om surya-jyotine namah
Obeisances to Narasimha the source of Suns rays

68. Om suresvaraya namah
Obeisances to Narasimhadev, Lord of devatas

69. Om sahasra-bahu-aya namah
Obeisances to Nara-hari the thousand-armed Lord

70. Om sarva-jnaya namah
Obeisances to Him Who is the all-knowing

71. Om sarva-siddhi-pradayakaya namah
Obeisances to Him Who awards all perfections to the sadhakas (devotees)

72. Om vajra-damstraya namah
Obeisances to Narasimha Who has teeth like lightning bolts

73. Om vajra-nakhaya namah
Obeisances to Narasimha Who possesses nails like piercing lightning bolts

74. Om mahanandaya namah
Obeisances to the source of supreme bliss - Atmananda - Narasimha

75. Om param-tapaya namah
Obeisances to the source of All austerities, spiritual energy (and taptah - heat)

76. Om sarva-mantraika-rupa namah
Obeisances to that Divine Personality Who although one, he appears as the many mantrika formulas

77. Om sarva-yantra-vidaramaya namah
Obeisances to Him Who destroys all machines (demoniac plans/arrangements/vehicles for demoniac works)

78. Om sarva-tantratmakaya namah
Obeisances to Narasimha the essence of, and proprioter of all tantras (ritual rites - pujas)

79. Om avyaktaya namah
Obeisances to the Lord Who appears unmanifest

80. Om suvyaktaya namah
Obeisances unto Nara-simha Who for His devotees becomes wonderfully manifest from the pillar (or when needed)

81. Om bhakta-vatsala namah
Obeisances to the Lord Who always has the well-being of His devotee at heart

82. Om vaisakha-sukla-bhototthaya namah
Obeisances to That Narasimhadeva Who appeared during waxing moon of the month of Visakha (April-May)

83. Om saranagata-vatsalaya namah
Obeisances to the Lord Who is kind to those surrendered to Him (like the mother lioness who is kind to her cubs)

84. Om udara-kirtine namah
Obeisances to Nara-simha Who is universally famous

85. Om punyatmaya namah
Obeisances to Him Who is the essence of piety

86. Om mahatmaya namah
Obeisances to That great personality, Nara-simha

87. Om candra-vikramaya namah
Obeisances to Him Who is the performer of moonlike or great deeds, or who performs deeds that eclipse all others.

88. Om vedatrayaya namah
Obeisances to the Lord of the three original Vedas (Rg, Yajur, Sama)

89. Om prapujyaya namah
Obeisances to Narasimha Who is supremely worshipable

90. Om bhagavanaya namah
Obeisances to Narasimha the Supreme Personality of Godhead

91. Om paramesvaraya namah
Obeisances to He Who is the Supreme Controller (Nara-simha-deva)

92. Om srivatsamkaya namah
Obeisances to the Lord Who is just like Krishna, being marked with symbol of Laksmi

93. Om jagat-vyapine namah
Obeisances to Narasimha Who pervades the entire universe

94. Om jagan-mayaya namah
Obeisances to the Supreme Mystic Who makes the material world seem real

95. Om jagat-palaya namah
Obeisances to the protector of the universe (Nara-simha)

96. Om jagannathaya namah
Obeisances to the Lord of Universe

97. Om mahakhagaya namah
Obeisances to Him Who moves in the air or with the movement of the air (is everywhere)

98. Om dvi-rupa-bhrtaya namah
Obeisances to Him Who has double form (man-lion)

99. Om paramatmaya namah
Obeisances to Him Who is the Supersoul of All beings

100. Om param-jyotine namah
Obeisances to Him (Nara-simha) Whose effulgence is the source of Brahman

101. Om nirgunaya namah
Obeisances to Narasimha Who possesses transcendental qualities (not those of the material nature)

102. Om nrkesarine namah
Obeisances unto Him man-lion (or having a lion's mane while appearing part human)

103. Om para-tattvaya namah
Obeisances to the Supreme Absolute Truth (One Who is of the Supreme nature)

104. Om param-dhamaya namah
Obeisances to He Who comes from the Supreme Abode

105. Om sac-cid-ananda-vigrahaya namah
Obeisances to Narasimha Whose Form is made of eternal knowledge and bliss

106. Om laksmi-nrsimhaya namah
Obeisances unto the Man-Lion Form together with the Supreme Goddess of Fortune Srimati Laksmi-devi

107. Om sarvatmaya namah
Obeisances unto the universal, primeval soul (the Supreme Personality of Godhead - Narasimhadeva)

108. Om dhiraya namah
Obeisances unto Narasimha who is always sober (being never bewildered)

Om prahlada-palakaya namah
Obeisances unto Narasimha Who is the protector of Prahlada Maharaja, and those of that nature - surrendered unto Him.

Lord Narasimha Dev | Drawing


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Goddess of learning - Devi Sarasvati | Drawing

O Devi Saraswati, O goddess of learning, you have guided Lord Brahma to meditate on Krishna. 

I pray to you to also help me focus my mind on Krishna.

uvāca puratas tasmai
tasya divyā sarasvatī
kāma-kṛṣṇāya govinda
he gopī-jana ity api
vallabhāya priyā vahner
mantram te dāsyati priyam

Then the goddess of learning Sarasvatī, the divine consort of the Supreme Lord, said thus to Brahmā who saw nothing but gloom in all directions, "O Brahmā, this mantra, viz., klīṁ kṛṣṇāya govindāya gopī-jana-vallabhāya svāhā, will assuredly fulfill your heart's desire."
[Brahma Samhita 5.24]


Offer Food to Krishna | Drawing


Srila Prabhupada said that we must offer our food to Krishna before we eat.

I am helping my mother to cook for Sri Sri Radha Govinda.


Pandemic of another world

The year 2020 has got a very shivering start with COVID-19 pandemic taking lives. Thousands of people have lost their lives. Hundreds of brave and generous hearts have come together to fight the deadly virus and save humanity from this crisis.

Salute to Police Men and Medical Team for risking their lives for others. Various organization have stepped forward to distribute free meals to needy. ISKCON India has distributed over 12 Million Prasad Meals During COVID-19 to needy (as on April 17)!!!

What is a Pandemic?

One of the widely searched questions in Google is - What is a Pandemic?

Oxford Dictionary defines it as -
an outbreak of a disease that occurs over a wide geographic area and affects an exceptionally high proportion of the population

Like for example - COVID-19, Coronavirus, is infecting and affecting the human population across the globe, killing thousands. As per Visual Capitalist, till April 17 COVID-19 has claimed 147K lives.

COVID-19 isn't the first pandemic in human history.

In an article - History of Pandemics, it is sighted that since the year 165 AD till 8:38am PT, April 17, maximum life was threatened by  Black Death (Bubonic Plague). It took about 200 Million lives. Below amazing info-graphics is from the same article.

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History of Pandemics

Based on the below statics of ourworldindata.org, we can find that maximum deaths in the year 2017 were caused due to Cardiovascular Diseases, counting to 17.79 million deaths.

If we sum up all the cases then we come across 53.68 million human deaths (precisely 53,682,824) in 2017.

Using the scrollbar provided, we can see the count never exceeded in previous years (until 1990).

So we find historically, the Bubonic Plague virus was the deadliest to cost 200 Million lives.

What if we come across a virus that can cost lives more than that, something in Billions? 

It will create havoc in our society, isn't it? 

Or do we actually have such a virus that can potentially claim Billions of lives?

Pandemic Of Another World!!!

Congratulations friends, we humans are the virus which is creating seer imbalance in the entire ecological sphere.

Based on the below statics of ourworldindata.org, in the year 2018, we have collectively killed

  • 68.79 Billion Chickens
  • 1.48 Billion Pigs
  • 656.31 Million Turkey
  • 573.81 Million Sheep
  • 479.14 Million Goats
  • 302.15 Million Cattles (Cow, Buffalo etc)

This sums up to seventy-two billion two hundred eighty-one million four hundred ten thousand (72,281,410,000) animals, in 1 year. 

Rate of animal slaughter:
1 Year   =  72 Billion (Precidesly: 72,281,410,000)
1 Day    =  198 Million (Precidesly: 198,031,260)
1 Hour  = 8 Million (Precidesly: 8,251,302)
1 Second = 2 Thousand (Precidesly: 2,292)

Note: This count doesn't include eggs or fish.

Isn't this is really a proud accomplishment for us?

I understand we are so much devoted to our mission of causing genocides in the world of helpless animals that we become helpless to our cravings. Even in this situation of COVID-19, where the entire "better section of the world" is refraining from consuming meat, some of the people are helplessly dragged by their senses to the meat shop, to slaughter and buy the dead bodies. 

So this is extremely evident that we human are merciless section of creation which can never be tamed.

Breath of Fresh Air

With the pride of Industrialization and Modernization, we go around killing animals and destroying and polluting the environment around us.

With the myth of Scientific advancement, we try to intervene and control nature.

Today when the deadly virus (we human) are being confined into a bottle (our houses), nature is seen to breathe free fresh air and heal itself.

We all know, we will not be confined for long. Sooner or later we will get the cure to COVID-19 and we shall be out of our confinement.

Most of our loyal friends will succumb to their programmed mind and attack the ecology. Thereby feasting on the dead corpses of poor animals.

For the rest of us, let us understand reality.

We are already suffering irregular seasons and frequent cyclones. For most of us, we might not be fortunate enough to stay alive in this body and witness the hellish condition yet to come.

We are going to gift it to the next generation with all our love and affection.

We need to understand - Eating animal's flesh is not just killing us (through the various cardio diseases and epidemics and pandemics) but also adversely impacting the environment.

For many, it might be a laughing stock to hear the connection between animal flesh and global warming. 

Greenhouse Gas emission from Food

In very simple terms, Greenhouse gases are gases in Earth’s atmosphere that trap heat. They let sunlight pass through the atmosphere, but they prevent the heat that the sunlight brings from leaving the atmosphere. This contributes to Global Warming. Thereby increasing the heat, melting the polar ice, increasing sea level, creating an imbalance in the environment resulting in cyclones, hurricanes, and whatnot.

The above data from ourworldindata.org shows a stunning fact. Every food we eat contributes to greenhouse gas emissions.

Without going into the technicalities, sharing two excerpts from this website -
Regardless of whether you compare the footprint of foods in terms of their weight (e.g. one kilogram of cheese versus one kilogram of peas); protein content ; or calories, the overall conclusion is the same: plant-based foods tend to have a lower carbon footprint than meat .

As an example: producing 100 grams of protein from peas emits just 0.4 kilograms of carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2eq). To get the same amount of protein from beef, emissions would be nearly 90 times higher, at 35 kg CO2eq.


We must admit and agree that we are the most compassionless, merciless, and shameless species. Cries, tears, and blood of innocent animals make us feel more hungry. The breathless chopped head of the animals, soaked in blood, gulping for air doesn't make our heart melt. Of course, what to speak about those great souls who find pleasure in ripping off the skin from an animal, to make their fashion accessories. 

But still, if our love for our children and grandchildren is genuine, if our responsibilities don't end with pampering them by junk food, gadgets, movies then let us think seriously.

Study. There are innumerable authentic sources available to show the havoc that animal slaughter is causing to humanity and ecology.

Let us pledge for our children, when we get free from lockdown, may our freedom doesn't snatch away their freedom.

There are innumerable vegetarian cuisines available that can supply a far more healthy source of proteins and nutrition.

Jeff Peters has compiled quotes into a beautiful article in his website www.changeforayear.com. There he mentions

Vegan, vegetarian, plant-based, animal-free–whatever you call it, it’s not a fad. Since humans began recording their thoughts a few thousand years ago, many great minds have advocated veganism.

Please go through the wonderful post to learn what great men thought about animal-free diets.

May we become a healthy part of Nature and not a Virus causing pain and suffering.


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Srimati Radha Rani and Krishna | Drawing

rādhā-kṛṣṇa eka ātmā, dui deha dhari’
anyonye vilase rasa āsvādana kari’

Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa are one and the same, but They have assumed two bodies. Thus They enjoy each other, tasting the mellows of love.

[Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta 1.4.56]


Adi Shankara | Shankaracharya | Advaita Vedanta | Mayavad

Lord Shiva incarnated as an incredible saint and mystic named - Adi Shankara. He appeared in an area known as Kaladi, on the banks of river Purna (now known as  Kochi Kerala). He was born to a brahmin couple – Shivaguru and Aryamba.

Adi  Shankara | Shankaracharya | Advaita Vedanta | Mayavad

Adi Shankara

Setting the Stage - Appearance and Pastime of Lord Buddha

tataḥ kalau sampravṛtte
sammohāya sura-dviṣām
buddho nāmnāñjana-sutaḥ
kīkaṭeṣu bhaviṣyati

"Then, in the beginning of Kali-yuga, the Lord will appear as Lord Buddha, the son of Añjanā, in the province of Gayā, just for the purpose of deluding those who are envious of the faithful theist."
[Srimad Bhagavatam - 1.3.24]

At the time when Lord Buddha appeared, the people were mostly atheistic and preferred animal flesh. With an excuse of Vedic sacrifice, animal-killing was performed unrestrictedly. Thus Lord Buddha taking pity on the poor animals, preached nonviolence and established the rejection of Vedas. Less intelligent people, who were atheists, followed Him. Lord taught them moral discipline and nonviolence, which is the basic step for proceeding further on the path of God-realization.

The teachings of Lord Buddha

Ahimsa (Non-Violence)

Lord Buddha's intension was to stop animal slaughter. This is why therefore he preached that the greatest religious principle is nonviolence.

Denial of Vedic Scriptures and authorities

Due to misuse of Vedic injunctions and justifying violence based on misrepresentations of Vedas,  at that time it was necessary for Lord Buddha to reject the Vedas altogether. At least for the athesis people who didn't understand the true essence of Vedas.

Materialist Basis

Lord Buddha, based on his target audience, never taught or spoke about higher subject matter - soul, super-soul, God. Even if He didn't mention about Spiritual Knowledge, still, He advised stopping the material existence - Nirvana.


Nirvana is a Vedic concept of ceasing the process of material life which includes material desires, material activity, and the pains of material existence. Lord Buddha taught that the ultimate goal of life is nirvāṇa - to end the material cycle of existence. His idea was  - because of desire we are facing the troubles of material life, so our goal should be to make all your desires extinct. Thus there will be no more feelings of pain and pleasure. Become desirelessness or Make it Void or Make it Zero.

Because Lord didn't speak anything about the Higher Reality, God, the afterlife as per His philosophy was also Void.

That is why Buddhism Philosophy is called Voidism or Sunyavad.

Although Lord Budha was an incarnation of Vishnu, still the philosophy of Buddhism is atheism (as it didn't acknowledge the existence of God & His instructions - Vedas), which he had to preach based on the time, place & circumstances

With time, the authority and relevance of the Vedas have been severely undermined. Buddhism and atheism were becoming common and theistic philosophies were getting discouraged and suppressed. Thus the actual import of the Vedas was lost.

Instructions of the Lord

dvāparādau yuge bhūtvā kalayā mānuṣādiṣu
svāgamaiḥ kalpitais tvaṁ ca janān mad-vimukhān kuru

"In Kali-yuga, mislead the people in general by propounding imaginary meanings for the Vedas to bewilder them."
[Lord's Instruction to Shiva - Shiva Puran]

Just like we use sieves to filter out the unwanted material, Lord instructed Shiva to play the same role.

There were two intentions -

  1. Re-establish the Vedic Scriptures
  2. Filter out the atheist crowd from the theist.

Adi  Shankara | Shankaracharya | Advaita Vedanta | Mayavad

  Lord Shiva thus reported the same to Mother Parvati.
māyāvādam asac chāstraṁ pracchannaṁ bauddham ucyate
mayaiva kalpitaṁ devi kalau brāhmaṇa-rūpiṇā
brahmaṇaś cāparaṁ rūpaṁ nirguṇaṁ vakṣyate mayā
sarva-svaṁ jagato ’py asya mohanārthaṁ kalau yuge
vedānte tu mahā-śāstre māyāvādam avaidikam
mayaiva vakṣyate devi jagatāṁ nāśa-kāraṇāt

"The Māyāvāda philosophy," Lord Śiva informed his wife Pārvatī, "is impious (asac chāstra). It is covered Buddhism. My dear Pārvatī, in Kali-yuga I assume the form of a brāhmaṇa and teach this imagined Māyāvāda philosophy. In order to cheat the atheists, I describe the Supreme Personality of Godhead to be without form and without qualities. Similarly, in explaining Vedānta I describe the same Māyāvāda philosophy in order to mislead the entire population toward atheism by denying the personal form of the Lord.
[Shiva to Parvati - Padma Puran]

śṛṇu devi pravakṣyāmi tāmasāni yathā-kramamyeṣāṁ
śravaṇa-mātreṇa pātityaṁ jñāninām
apiapārthaṁ śruti-vākyānāṁ darśayal
loka-garhitamkarma-svarūpa-tyājyatvam atra ca
naiṣkarmyaṁ tatra cocyateparātma-jīvayor aikyaṁ mayātra pratipādyate

"My dear wife, hear my explanations of how I have spread ignorance through Māyāvāda philosophy. Simply by hearing it, even an advanced scholar will fall down. In this philosophy, which is certainly very inauspicious for people in general, I have misrepresented the real meaning of the Vedas and recommended that one give up all activities in order to achieve freedom from karma. In this Māyāvāda philosophy I have described the jīvātmā and Paramātmā to be one and the same."
[Shiva to Parvati - Padma Puran]

The advent of Adi Shankara

As instructed by Vishnu, Lord Shiva in the form of Adi  Shankara established countless facts proving the Buddhist Philosophy as Voidism and established the grounds and faith back on Vedic Scriptures. Adi  Shankara established four maths or monasteries on the four directions of India, to be held by his disciples who would be known as Shankaracharyas.

The philosophy of Advaita Vedanta or Mayavad

As we have seen Lord instructed Shiva to preach the philosophy of Mayavad, giving imaginary meaning to Vedic injunctions.

The principle messages of his philosophy were

- All / Everything / Everyone Is God. Hence this philosophy is known as Advaita (Non-Dual).

- The Absolute is  Supreme, all-pervading and hence has to be formless

- Everything is an illusion, only the Absolute Reality is Truth. Because it says everything is an illusion (Maya), this philosophy is called Mayavad and the followers are known as Mayavadi

- The perfection of Life is to merge back to that Absolute Truth

- The form, pastimes of Lord is all illusion

However, as we have seen earlier, these were false propagations to mislead the atheistic crowd.

The theistic crowd, or the, devotees of the Lord knows the bonafide knowledge,

- Reality is the philosophy of Achintya-bhedabheda-tattva which refers to the inconceivable oneness and difference of the Supreme Person and His energies.

- There is one Supreme Personality of Godhead, and we are His Part and Parcells, and this material world is His energy. Hence everything is real and not an illusion. Although the material world can be understood as temporary.

- The Vedic injunction is that the Supreme Person is spread all over the cosmic manifestation by His energy. This energy is spiritual, but because it acts in the material world it is called maya, or illusory energy.

- The Absolute Truth is understood in three phases—impersonal, localized, and as the Supreme Person. The Supreme Person's impersonal feature, brahman, is subordinate to His personal aspect, as the sun's rays are subordinate to the sun itself.

- The perfection of Life is not to merge back to that Absolute Truth, but, to return back to the Spiritual Abord.

- The form, pastimes of Lord is a reality

Adi Sankara's Mercy 

So as we have seen, his philosophy basically doesn't believe in the forms and qualities of the Lord. It believes the Nirguna Brahman to be an Absolute Truth. However, during his last days, he composed the following verses,

bhaja govindam bhaja govindam
govindam bhaja muudhamate .
naamasmara Naadanyamupaayam
nahi pashyaamo bhavatarane

Worship Govinda, worship Govinda, worship Govinda, Oh fool ! Other than chanting the Lord’s names, there is no other way to cross the life’s ocean.
[Stotram by Adi Shankra]

kadacit kalindi-tata-vipina-sangita-taralo
jagannatha svami nayana-patha-gami bhavatu me 

Who sometimes fervently plays His flute on the banks of the Yamuna river in Sri Vrindavana, who is like a bumblebee that blissfully tastes the lotus faces of the Vraja-gopis, and whose feet are worshipped by great personalities such as Laksmi, Shiva, Brahma, Indra, and Ganesha — may that Sri Jagannatha-deva be the object of my vision.
[Jagannathashtakam by Adi Sankara]

This is strange that someone whose philosophy is based on formless Brahman, who doesn't believe in the beautiful form of Lord, how can He compose such deep verses on Govinda (Krishna) or Jagannatha. The person who thinks Absolute is formless wouldn't have any faith or inclination towards any deity, let alone Supreme Personality of Godhead - Krishna / Govinda / Jagannatha.

The fact is Shiva couldn't hide his devotional heart even in the form of Shankara and composed following verses which clearly shows his devotional heart and gives a clear message - the ultimate epitome of spiritual practice and philosophy is Devotional Service onto Krishna.

This is the greatest mercy that Shiva did in the form of Adi Shankara towards his followers. He gave them a subtle hint about the fallacy of his Mayavad Philosophy. He offered them a gateway to escape the trap of the illusionary philosophy of Mayavad. 

This is why even though Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu warned everyone against the poisonous philosophy of Mayavad, he never blamed His dear devotee, Lord Shiva.

tāṅra doṣa nāhi, teṅho ājñā-kārī dāsa
āra yei śune tāra haya sarva-nāśa

Śaṅkarācārya, who is an incarnation of Lord Śiva, is faultless because he is a servant carrying out the orders of the Lord. But those who follow his Māyāvādī philosophy are doomed. They will lose all their advancement in spiritual knowledge.
[Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta - Ādi-līlā - Chapter 7.114]

The Conclusion

śūdrāḥ pratigrahīṣyanti
dharmaṁ vakṣyanty adharma-jñā

Uncultured men will accept charity on behalf of the Lord and will earn their livelihood by making a show of austerity and wearing a mendicant’s dress. Those who know nothing about religion will mount a high seat and presume to speak on religious principles.
[Srimad Bhagavatam - 12.3.38]

Although with the lights of scriptures, it is proven that Mayavad is like a terror in the land of God Consciousness, still there are innocent people falling into the trap.

There are many institutions and guru budding every year and they base their phylosophies on this Mayavad Theories. To make their business flourish, they try to present it in a way that is catchy for young and modern minds, they coin various terms like "Modern Religion", "Engineering", etc, but, inside is as void as ever.

We must be aware of the poisonous Mayavad Philosophy and keep ourselves safe.


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