Friday, December 26, 2008

Vaishnava Marriage and Bhakti

A recent talk in Mayapur discussing topics including:

* The purpose of Vaishnava marriage

* Why mothers are due more respect than fathers

* Are the sannyasa and brahmacari ashrams necessary for bhakti?

* Jiva Goswami on how varnashram can cover bhakti

* Readings from an article by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta discussing how in Vaishnava marriage neither the husband nor the wife are the servant of each other, rather both are serving together for the pleasure of Krishna.

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Bhajan in Separation

Govardhan Retreat 2008

For the last few months, Krishna Kund and I have been traveling and giving talks. We just got back to Bhubaneswar (whew!) where we hope to catch our breath before our upcoming Puri parikrama/retreat beginning on the 22nd of January.

From November 27th to December 3rd we attended the Govardhan Retreat, which was a deeply moving experience. HH Sacinandan Maharaja spoke on the topic of the process of obeisances given by Sanatan Goswami in his book Sri Krishna Lila Stava; Bhurijan Prabhu spoke about the trials and difficulties experienced by Srila Sanatan Goswami; Mother Jagattarini gave dramatic readings from sections of Rupa Goswami's Vidagdha Madhava, and we gave a series of talks about bhajan in separation. There were about 6 hours of intense hari-katha per day along with hours of kirtan, bhajans, tasty healthy prasadam and wonderful association.

Recordings of the Bhajan in Separation seminar

Blue cows at Govardhan Hill

Pictures from previous Govardhan Retreats