"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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The Supreme Person - Lord Krishna



Cherish the treasure all, the happy day has come,
The Supreme Person Lord Krishna has appeared;
Mathura The holy place, the all auspicious abode,
The Lord and Master of all the cause of causes.

O Lord You swiftly moved to Vrindavan after appearance,
Accepts Yashoda Nanda your devotees as parents for pleasure;
You are the darling of all Vrajavasis, the loved butter theif,
O dear enchanter Lord Krishna, I want to sing your glories always.

Clad in yellow garment decorated with flowers, You are rising sun,
The Divine flute touches Your sweet lips, the sweet music drowns one;
Your dance pose of three bends attracts even cupids, O Madan Mohana,
O Lord of compassion remove fear of worldy existence, thou salutations.

You as cowherd boy from Nandagrama gives happiness to elderly gopis,
Positioning Yourself as their son when Brahma stole playfully in illusion;
O Lord you are the protector of devotees, the destroyer of miscreants,
So push thy onward march, O pious soul a real hero stands for one indeed.

Fallen in spine-chilling material world, I am in agony till very end,
My heart burns in the fire of sense gratification, I pour butter instead water;
One who associates Your devotees and worships You only suffering ceases,
I try to take shelter of Your lotus feet as my life and death.

When will I meet that Lord Krishna, who is dark in complexion,
When will I be able to serve You in various ways, and give a seat in my heart;
Decorate with peacock feather, Cook food offer sandalwood paste, other fragnances,
O Lord Krishna, the son of Nanda when will these happen, I the fallen soul take pity on me.

Such a wicked mind I have, it binds me to this material world to enjoy the senses,
To acaryas prayers You answered, Your pure and elevated devotees finally has come;
One of Your associates called Srila Prabhupada the expert navigator of material ocean,
O Lord hearing Your devotees words I came weeping to Your lotus feet and tell my story.

Give thou shelter at Your lotus feet O Lord Krishna even Goddess Lakshmi desires,
O Lord I accept my defeat as all my endeavors are useless and sing Your holy name;
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare,
Hare Rama    Hare Rama     Rama    Rama    Hare Hare.

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The Saviour of the fallen souls



Srila Prabhupada all glories unto you, saviour of the fallen souls,
The inaugurator of Krishna Consciousness across the world;
I the unworthy servant of Your feet tries to glorify you,
On most auspicious appearance day of Yours I humbly pray to you.

If I do not remain true to you, Srila Prabhupada,
I'll lose everything that I spiritually gained;
Your divine words picked me from material nescience,
I hold Your lotus feet to get over from this calamity.

Your Divine Grace instructed to follow the teachings,
Embrace them with all sincerity, make them your very existence;
You said I don't need your worship, I want your very self as an offering,
That is how you worship the representative of Srila Vyasadeva.

With a little knowledge about the spiritual sky I get puffed up,
I start thinking myself a liberated soul actually the topmost fool;
I forget my ultimate goal and start imitating the pure devotees,
Please save me from this mentality as I try to associate thy teachings.

Lust, greed, anger and other vices forcefully invade my heart,
Soldiers of maya, enemy of Krishna mercilessly tear me apart;
As I have fall apart from Your grace which flooded the earth,
With love of Krishna, the magnanimous gift ever received.

Maya offers me all that I want wealth, women, money, name and fame,
I think these are result of my devotion, try to justify my deceptive claim;
I will start not remain true to you Srila Prabhupada, surrounded by deviants;
To make my position deceitfully strong and I get lost in my path of devotion.

Not recognizing my real friends who criticize me when I am wrong,
I associate myself with a bunch of fools who always praise me;
Forgetting Your glories as the Lord's chosen one I try to eclipse you,
I will become bereft of the Lord's greatest boon and Your mercy.

I see the material nature dreadful ocean, bodies swept away in dangerous currents;
No one can ever swim those waves where deadly aquatics wait for their prey;
On that ocean, there is a ship sailing smoothly with the strong wind,
Of Hare Krsna maha-mantra in its sail, the best captain Srila Prabhupada steering it.

Devotees blissfully chant and dance on the deck, a flag on the mast bears ISKCON,
In the middle of the night world is asleep, only the sound of holy name glides through the air;
Who will ever want to leave that shelter, I came to You being swept away by the holy name,
Mechanically I try to surrender to You even then you appreciate and gave me compassion.

In Caitanya Mangala, Srila Locana das Thakura writes about Your appearance,
A great Senapati-bhakta would preach Krishna Consciousness proclaimed Mahaprabhu;
Yadi Papi Chadi Dharma Dure Dese Yaya Mora Senapati-bhakta Yaibe Tathaya,
Srila Prabhupada it is You who made this happen, the divinely empowered personality.

If I ever deviate from Your instructions, please bring me back Srila Prabhupada,
Help me become free from Maya's allurement as I know now the consequences;
My will is weak and heart is impure, but still, I want to receive your grace,
My only hope is the blessings of Vaisnavas and the blows from Your Divine Grace.

I was unable to serve you in person but make be strong to serve your instructions,
You said never ever leave ISKCON, devotee cooperation and GBC is ultimate;
Srila Prabhupada makes me a speck of dust at your lotus feet to regain my real identity,
I Lokanath Gaura your grand disciple failing, again and again, prays to you.

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Matsya Avatar | Drawing




pralaya-payodhi-jale dhritavan asi vedam
vihita-vahitra-caritram akhedam
kesava dhrita-mina-sarira jaya jagadisa hare


0 Kesava! O Lord of the universe! O Lord Hari, who have assumed the form of a fish! All glories to You!
You easily acted as a boat in the form of a giant fish just to give protection to the Vedas, which had
become immersed in the turbulent sea of devastation.


[Sri Dasavatara-stotra]
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The eternal Spiritual Master - Lord Balarama



O Lord Balarama the remover of darkest ignorances,
You are the actual spiritual master of every living entity;
You always appear before the advent of Lord Krishna,
Ripen the barren deserted hearts of souls for bhaktilata to grow.

O Lord you're the supreme controller of all controllers,
O Balarama, You as Ananta Shesha hold the earth on your head;
O Lord you enjoy pastimes as king of serpents,
My mind serpent has attacked me, O king save me.

O Lord you are Lord Ananta the thousand-headed one,
The enemy of Dhenukasura, destroyer of lust;
The enemy of Dvivida, destroyer of  anger,
The enemy of Balvala, destroyer of greed.

O Kesava you assumed the form of Lord Balarama,
You carry plowshare whose strike fear river Yamuna;
O Lord you are Sankarshana, the servitor of Lord Krishna,
May that Lord hold me in my devotional service.

I wander in forest of material world searching happiness,
Smacked hard by unseen destiny falls in a dark ocean of no hope;
Gathering all weakest strength with folded hands I pray unto You,
Raise me to hold Your lotus feet that nourishes divine auspiciousness.

I failed to understand You, lost all my devotion to become materialist,
Many weeds grown into my heart, O Haladhara appear to my vision;
I drink the nectar of Your beauty as you destroy irreligion of my heart,
The very moment inauspiciousness dissipates, awakens ones real identity.

No determination to follow religious path, bereft of spiritual practices,
I the wicked soul always cheats myself, no trace of devotion unto You;
Falling on ground, weeping piteously, no composure in heart I pray to You,
O Lord Balarama favour this rogue Your mercy and give me spiritual strength.

I take complete refuge in You alone, You are my only hope of deliverance,
O Lord Balarama I sing unto with devotion, the eternal spiritual master glories;
Vahasi Vapushi Visade Vasanam Jaladabham, Hala-hati-bhiti-milita-yamunabham,
Kesava Dhrita-Haladhara-Rupa Jaya Jagadisa Hare Jaya Jagadisa Hare.

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The Swing Festival - Jhulan Yatra




Everyone come along for Divine couple is here,
The swing festival called Jhulan Yatra begins;
Monsoon arrives Radha Govinda engages playfully,
Devotees serve the Lord who is hard to please.

Beauty of Sri Radha Govinda magnifies boundlessly,
Decorated with flower garlands, smelling ever so fragnantly;
Lovely curly locks of Sri Krishna simply spell binds ones mind,
Srimati Radharani looks mesmerizingly beautiful a spotless lotus.

Ashtasakhi headed by lalita visakha expertly serves the Divine couple,
Under guidance all manjaris assist the sakhis in devotion of Radha Gopala;
Devotees lovingly prepare flower dresses for their Lordships,
Such divine couple Sri Radha Krishna is devotees life and soul.

O Radha beloved of Madhava, you become pleased even to a beast,
O Lord Krishna you give benediction only when Radha is pleased;
O Radharani I the fallen soul with ferocious mind pray to you,
Engage my mind body words unto serve you the Divine couple.

Jhulan Yatra a wonderful opportunity for every soul,
Devotees gather serve sing and dance in jubilation;
Everywhere tumultuous sound of Harinaam Sankirtan erupts,
Ruptures and melts even the stone hearted if heard even by mistake.

Decorated with newly blossomed Jasmine flower around the neck,
Sri Radha Govinda swings in a forest of Vrindavan under kadam tree;
Chance for everyone to ask benediction as Lord is in pleasing mood,
I the servant of the servant of Yours longs for service of Divine couple.

O all fill your eyes with this sight, these glorious form charm all the worlds,
O Radha Govinda decorated with garland of flowers, You delight the Gopis;
O Radharani be merciful unto me, give residence in Vrindavan,
I worship Krishna - the son of Nanda, the most beautiful form Gopala.

I see joy in all directions surrendering to You and blissfully sing,
Radhe Jaya Jaya Madhava-dayite, Gokula-taruni-mandala-mahite;
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare,
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare.

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Lord Jagannath Baladev Subhadra Maharani | Drawing


भुजे सव्ये वेणुं शिरसि शिखिपिंछं कटितटे
दुकूलं नेत्रांते सहचर कटाक्षं विदधते
सदा श्रीमद्बृंदा वनवसतिलीलापरिचयो
जगन्नाथः स्वामी नयनपथगामी भवतु मे ॥ २ ॥



bhuje savye venum shirasi shikhi-piccham katitate
dukulam netrante sahacara-kataksham ca vidadhat
sada srimad-vrindavana vasati-lila-paricayo
jagannatha svami nayana-patha-gami bhavatu me



Who holds a flute in His left hand, who wears a peacock feather on His head and a fine yellow silken cloth around His hips, who from the corners of His eyes bestows loving sidelong glances upon His companions, and who is forever known as the one who performs wondrous pastimes in the divine abode of Sri Vrindavana — may that Sri Jagannatha-deva be the object of my vision.



[Jagannathashtakam]


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Lord Krishna | Drawing



सर्वोपनिषदो गावो दोग्धा गोपालनंदनः ।
पार्थो वत्सः सुधीर्भोक्तादुग्धं गीतामृतः महत् ॥.

This Gitopanisad, Bhagavad-gita, the essence of all the Upanishads, is just like a cow, and Lord Krishna, who is famous as a cowherd boy, is milking this cow.  Arjuna is just like a calf and learned scholars and pure devotees are to drink the nectarean milk of Bhagavad-gita

[Gita mahatmya 6]

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Lord of the Universe - Jagannatha



Reaches heights of mercy as You come on roads,
Opening Your arms ready to embrace all of us;
With Baladeva and Subhadra on colorful chariots,
O Lord of the Universe Jagannatha, who will not be enticed.



Devotees sing and dance in jubilation when you take grand ride,
No more fasting anymore as palatial prasadam flows for everyone;
Whoever takes Your prasadam with transcendental faith love arouses,
O Jagannatha who can be more merciful, for I the fallen soul.


On shore of ocean, You manifested in a spiritual form of wood,
Purusottama-kshetra Nilachala, Your eternal abode of pastimes;
Oh what a glory of that place, even asses attains the spiritual form,
Veda-vyasa writes even demigods faint again and again by this sight.



Your holy place never annihilates, even at dissolution of the Universe,
You showed this to your devotee Rishi Markandeya, who took shelter here;
O Lord all your devotees desire to stay here at your lotus feet,
I still fail to understand the glories, attacked by witch of material desires.


Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu, initiator of congregational chanting,
Sings the holy names and dances with devotees in Ratha Yatra;
How fortunate souls are they, Your holy name entered holes of ears,
May that holy name enter ears of mine into the heart, this Ratha Yatra.


Jayadeva Goswami desires to offer Gita Govinda on a cloth,
Your devotee went in trance singing, You sung for your devotee;
Just by pure desire O my Lord you accepted the offering,
I the most fallen, desires Your Holy Name always dance on my tongue. 


Every devotee offers gifts to you as a loving exchange on Your Ratha Yatra,
O Lord your abode is bedecked of jewels with Goddess Laxmi your consort;
What can I offer you I the wretched soul, in past You stole minds of Gopis,
You being the master of all senses, I offer my mind to your lotus feet.



O Lord Jagannatha with wide open lotus eyes, with Baladeva and Subhadra,
Giving darshan to all the people, I repeatedly sing Your name and glories;
Jagannathah Svami Nayana-Patha-Gami Bhavatu Me,
Jaya Jagannatha Jaya Jagannatha Jaya Baladeva Jaya Subhadra Ki Jaya.
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Dear Srila Prabhupada






Dear Srila Prabhupada,
Please accept my humble obeisances at your lotus feet.

I never thought that I will get an opportunity for serving Lord Krishna ever in my life.

I never thought that one day I will experience all those unforgettable moments by hearing your divine words and from those who are following you.

Srila Prabhupada, you are not only someone special for me but also an irreplaceable personality in my life.

I want to express how much your presence means to me but somehow I am out of words to express gratitude for you.

Before coming to Krishna Consciousness, I used to spend my time by doing what the other people do for enjoying life, but none of these things ever satisfied me.

Dear Srila Prabhupada, you know everything. I am just trying to express myself through these words, I am trying somehow, but I am not able to express, my feelings for you.

I want to dedicate my life for the service of the Lord, and I will keep trying to write the perfect lines to glorify you.

I am really thankful to you for sharing the knowledge of Krishna consciousness with the whole world, otherwise, I would have been rotting in the whirlpool of Maya.

Your Aspiring Servant
Narayan



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The Most Blessed Moment



I cannot understand how it could happen, because I know all my limitations very clearly.

Srila Prabhupada, it could be possible by only Your's and Your Servant's causeless mercy, that I came in contact with Your teachings, through the commentaries of Bhagavad Gita As It Is which is the nectar of all the sastras. That was the most significant moment in my millions of lifetimes. After coming in this movement of Krishna Consciousness, I understood that someone is praying for us, that is why I am here, in this Vaishnava Community and getting a chance to perform Bhakti in the association of devotees.

Kali-Yuga is rapidly progressing and everything around us is degrading due to the influence of Maya and Kali. Srila Prabhupada, I am always fearful that my limitations and conditionings may again pull me down and I may lose this most valuable opportunity. From the day I came in contact with your teachings, Srila Prabhupada, my inquisitiveness has increased exponentially. Srila Prabhupada, the gifts that you have given to this world is immense and I am also one amongst thousands to receive it.

In Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna tells Arjuna that people of the world, observes and then follows the actions of great souls in this world.
Whatever action a great man performs, common men follow. And whatever standards he sets by exemplary acts, all the world pursues.

- Bhagavad Gita 3.21

You have shown by your own personal example, by serving your Spiritual Master and Lord Caitanya – against all odds – is the foremost duty of a devotee. Today, we all can see that all your disciples and grand disciples are trying to follow your instructions and propagating this Krishna Consciousness movement across the world.  It is wonderful to see so many people practicing Krishna Consciousness today and thus thousands, including myself, are relishing this precious association of the devotees.

Krishna clearly says to Arjuna that there is no truth superior to Him
O conqueror of wealth, there is no truth superior to Me. Everything rests upon Me, as pearls are strung on a thread.
Bhagavad Gita: 7.7
and also mentions that the ultimate goal of Vedic Knowledge is to know Him

By all the Vedas, I am to be known.
Bhagavad Gita: 15.15

The same truth is mentioned in all Vedic Scriptures and was widespread by Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and his associates. Still with the passing of time and lacking the systematic scriptural studies,  most people became ignorant about the ultimate goal of Vedas, hence, misunderstood that Sanatan Dharma (or Hinduism) supports polytheism. But now, people across the world know that all the revealed scriptures and all the religions of the world speak about only one God - Krishna, who is the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

How has it become possible?

Only because of Your mercy and efforts. How determined you were to fulfill your Spiritual master’s desires! Hope someday even we can get this mood by Your mercy. You are the original Torchlight with which, thousands of blown out candles like me, are getting lightened up with the treasure trove of Spiritual Knowledge.

I always feel the most blessed moment of my life is when I came into this Krishna Consciousness movement.

Glorifying Your Divine Grace, Srila Prabhupada is like showing lamp to the sun but for my own purification, with all my humility, I am attempting to write this poem. Humbly beg to please forgive my offenses.

Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead,
Conditioned souls have forgotten;
Thereby all of them fell into material ocean,
Suffering here terribly, full of lamentation.

Srila Prabhupada, Your Divine Grace came here to save us,
The matchless gift of Krishna Consciousness, you gave us;
In old age with no wealth, you went to the West,
To deliver the most fallen souls by giving them the Best.

For His pure devotee, Krishna made all arrangements,
Many youths came to help with great encouragement;
Because of your mercy, many got this wonderful chance,
I am also one, who got your merciful glance.

To spread glories of Krishna, is your life’s only goal,
Undoubtedly, spiritual master’s instruction is your life and soul.
Please bless me that I can follow your instruction as my life and soul,
Without your causeless mercy, no hope of achieving this ultimate goal.


Your's most insignificant servant, always in the queue to serve you, life after life,
Lokanath Gaura Das.
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Appearance of Sri Nityananda Prabhu | Sri Nityananda Trayodasi Festival | 2019



Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Nityananda Prabhu are none different from the transcendental brothers, The Supreme Personality Godhead, Krishna and His first expansion Lord Balaram. They both appeared in the dark age of Kaliyuga, for explaining to us how to devote our lives in the Transcendental Loving Service of Krishna, and thus, escape this miserable place of repeated birth and death.

Nityananda Prabhu delivered the whole world. He is an unparalleled ocean of mercy. Only by his mercy do I understand the truth about Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Only by his means has the greatness of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu been proclaimed.

Caitanya Bhagavata Adi-lila Chapter Nine
Therefore all the Gaudiya Vaishanava Devotees celebrate this auspicious day with great enthusiasm and with humble heart expressing gratitude for Nityanand Prabhu, who is Balaram Himself, for gracing His causeless mercy on the whole world.

Nityanand Trayodasi Mahamahotsav was organized by Bhakti Vriksha 7 of  ISKCON Kolkata. All the devotees came together to serve for the pleasure of Vaishanavas and Nityananda Mahaprabhu.   

17th February 2019
Vegetable Cutting Service.




















18th February 2019
Deity Bhoga Preparation Seva





















































Vegetable Cutting Seva














Chapatti & Puri Preparation


















Prasad Distribution Seva






















Drama




 It was an extremely inspiring and spiritually enriching day for each of the devotees. We pray to Their Lordships for the spiritual wellbeing of everyone.

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