Please, therefore, describe the Almighty Lord's activities which you have
learned by your vast knowledge of the Vedas, for that will satisfy the
hankerings of great learned men and at the same time mitigate the miseries
of the masses of common people who are always suffering from material pangs.
Indeed, there is no other way to get out of such miseries.
O VyAsadeva, you are freed from all sins. Thus I have explained my birth and
activities for self-realization, as you asked. All this will be conducive
for your personal satisfaction also.
Recently I've read this prominent Vaisnava tantra of the Pancaratra canon spoken by Siva to Narada Muni in 716 verses, similar in length to BG. The reading of Sanskrit takes about 2 hours. I had a very good feeling after reading it.
(The first two chapters in English edition are in Harvard-Kyoto transliteration system. All other online versions of this edition seem to lack Sanskrit.)
svAyambhuvo dhurjatayaz ca sarve
prAdurbhave suSThu jaTA-ghaTAyAm
succhAyakAH sUrya-samAz ca vRkSA
AbAla-zobhAH sanakAdi-vac ca
From the branches and roots of the trees of Vraja all BrahmAs and Zivas
emanate. Although the trees of Vraja are as splendid as the sun, they still
are wonderful parasols to shade one from the sun's rays. They shine with the
luster of youth, just as the four KumAras. (VizvanAtha CakravartI ThAkura -
VrajarIticintAmaNi 2.21, trans. Kuzakratha dAsa)
praphullatAyai kusumAkaro 'yam
zrI-nArado yatra babhUva gopI
tathatmaddha na samyati
It is true that by practicing restraint of the senses by the yoga system one
can get relief from the disturbances of desire and lust, but this is not
sufficient to give satisfaction to the soul, for this [satisfaction] is
derived from devotional service to the Personality of Godhead. (SB 1.6.35)
yogam nishevato nityam
kayas cet kalpatam iyat
tac chraddadhyan na matiman
yogam utsrijya mat-parah
Although the physical body may be improved by various processes of yoga, an
yat tad brahma paraM sUkSmam
yaM gRNanti hi sAtvatAH
The Supreme Personality of Godhead, VAsudeva, KRSNa, is extremely difficult to understand for unintelligent men who accept Him as impersonal or void, which He is not. The Lord is therefore understood and sung about by pure devotees.
Now Aristoxenus the Musician says that this argument comes from the Indians:
for a certain man of that nation fell in with Socrates at Athens, and
presently asked him, what he was doing in philosophy: and when he said, that
he was studying human life, the Indian laughed at him, and said that no one
could comprehend things human, if he were ignorant of things divine.
(Eusebius of Caesarea: Praeparatio Evangelica (Preparation for the Gospel). Tr. E.H. Gifford, 1903 -- Book 11, Preface, Ch. III)
Prabhupada: Well, there was some income tax office pleader. So I have given
the idea that "The fifty percent, that is promotion expenditure." So he
accept..., "Yes, it can be done." Where is the profit? Whatever is profit is
promotion expenditure. We give to ISKCON commission, or some way or other,
it is spent. So he admitted, "Yes, it can be done." And last night I was
suggesting, "For promotion spend." Even if we open a temple, that is
Jagadisa: Profit means that people are putting money in their pocket and
enjoying. And we don't.
"Once, on the full moon of Karttika, a festival honoring Srimati Radharani was being nicely celebrated. Shri Krishna was worshiping Radharani in His rasa-mandala in Goloka, when many other exalted personalities, including the four Kumaras, demigods, demigodesses, sages, saints and others arrived to also worship the beloved of Lord Krishna. They presented her various precious gifts. Lord Shiva began singing songs like nectar for the pleasure of Lord Krishna. All the demigods fell unconscious. Upon regaining their consciousness, they saw that the entire rasa-mandala was flooded with water
tatah priyatama vishno
radhika gopikasu ca
karttike pujaniya ca
The Way to Worship Sri Sri Radha-Damodara
In the Padma Purana it is said: "Because She is the gopi most dear to Lord
Vishnu, Sri Radha should be worshiped along with Lord Damodara during the
month of Karttika. (HBV 16.195)
sanketavasare cyute pranayatah samsaj jaya radhaya
prarabhya bhrukuti hiranya-rasana damna nibaddhodaram
kartikyam janani-krtotsava-vare prastavana purvakam
catani prathayantam atma-pulakam dhyayema damodaram
Amayo yaz ca bhUtAnAM
jAyate yena suvrata
tad eva hy Amaya dravyaM
na punAti cikitsitam
O good soul, does not a thing, applied therapeutically, cure a disease which was caused by that very same thing?