"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)

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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
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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.
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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]



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Offer Food to Krishna | Drawing

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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.


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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.


PandemicsOfAnotherWorld | Padaseva.in | https://www.visualcapitalist.com/history-of-pandemics-deadliest/
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.

Conclusion

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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