* (Sanskrit – ancient Indic language, classical literary language of India)
Lord Siva said:
Oh beautiful lady (Parvati), know that the Visnu, Narada, Bhagavata, Garuda, Padma and Varaha Puranas are sattvika; the Brahmanda, Brahma-vaivarta, Markandeya, Bhavisya, Vamana and Brahma Puranas are rajasika; and the Matsya, Kurma, Linga, Siva, Skanda and Agni Puranas are tamasika.
Purāṇas are made just to complete Vedic knowledge, or supplementary addition to the Vedic literature. Because Vedic literature is very difficult to understand, therefore they have been expanded by the Purāṇas for different classes of men. So there are three divisions of the Purāṇas: sattvika Purāṇa, rājasika Purāṇa and tamasika Purāṇa.
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Vraj Mandala Parikrama with Srila BV Narayana Maharaja
The place we have now arrived at is full of spiritual mysteries. It is a very unique and confidential location. Uddhava wanted to come to this place but he became so perplexed that he lost his way. When Krishna had gone to Mathura after being taken away by Akrura, the gopis spent months together in this place we are now. They did not eat or sleep or bathe or change their clothes, they were completely oblivious to all material considerations. They would not even return home to their families. They just laid around here totally shattered in utter despair. If there is any place in Vraja that could symbolize the most intense mood of separation, then this place is it. This place where we now stand within the boundaries of Nandagram exemplifies the highest mood of love in separation.
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Significant points given by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura Prabhupada
There is no peace or happiness in our worldly life. Circumstances create turmoil and annoyance.
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Cakalesvara Mahadeva came near the bank of Govardhana. He is present there. Why?
If anyone gives Govardhana`s caranamrita to Caklesvara Mahadeva, he will very quickly take away their sins and past karma, and give them vraja-vasa and vraja-seva. Therefore, the devotees offer Govardhana’s caranamrita to Sivaji. Giriraja Govardhana’s caranamrita is present in Manasi Ganga. He bathes and stays in Manasi Ganga. It is Giriraja Govardhana’s caranamrita. If anyone offers that Ganga water to Sivaji, then even without bhajana, he gives everything. He makes the path to the soul’s welfare clear.
Does he give all worldly perfections? No. He will give perfection in bhakti. Srila Sanatana Gosvami stayed near Cakalesvara Mahadeva and daily performed Govardhana parikrama. After some days, Srila Sanatana Gosvami said, “I won’t come stay with you. Worldly people come and their hearts are very dirty, therefore, they make you dirty. They give sweets, milk, flowers, and leave everything very dirty, so then flies and mosquitoes come. Just by coming and throwing things, is this puja?”
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In Manu Samhita states that we shouldn’t drink (or offer to God):
The milk of a cow (or other female animal) within ten days after her calving, that of camels, of one-hoofed animals, of sheep, of a cow in heat, or of one that has no calf with her.
…and all dairy cows are without calves from the first day!
Rig veda 10 87 17 (from the Indian Cow issue 33):
Milk derived forcibly from cows is poisonous and leads to many kinds of incurable diseases.
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Srila Raghunatha dasa Gosvami
has composed a prayer in his Vraja-vilasa-stava:
muda gopendrasyatmaja bhuja parisranga nidhaye
sphurad gopirvrndair yam iha bhagavatam pranayibhih
bhajadbhistair bhaktyas vamabhilasitam praptam acirad
yamitire gopisvaram anudinam tam kila bhaje
‘I daily worship Gopishvara Mahadeva, who is situated on the bank of Yamuna. That very Gopishvara was worshipped with deep devotion by the Gopis, and he quickly fulfilled their desire to attain a supremely precious jewel in the form of the embrace of the son of Nanda Maharaja [Krishna].’
Srila Sanatana Gosvami, the great Vaishnava saint who resided in Vrindavana near the old Sri Madana-Mohana temple, would go daily to see Sri Gopishvara Mahadeva at his temple. Once, in his older years, Sanatana Gosvami had a dream wherein Gopishvara Mahadeva appeared and instructed him: “Now that you are old, please do not go through so much trouble to see me.” Sanatana Gosvami replied, “I will continue to come. I cannot change this habit.” Gopishvara Mahadeva said, “Then I will come and stay very near to your residence, manifesting in Bankhandi” The very next day, Sri Gopishvara Mahadeva appeared in Bankhandi, halfway between his original temple and Srila Sanatana Gosvami’s residence. Seeing this, Sanatana Gosvami became overwhelmed with transcendental ecstasy, and from that day on he visited Bankhandi Mahadeva every day.
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