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સ્ટોરી મિરર માટે- રેખા પટેલ (વિનોદિની), ડેલાવર (યુએસએ)
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 20 July 2018  
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સ્ટોરી મિરર માટે- રેખા પટેલ (વિનોદિની), ડેલાવર (યુએસએ)હું રેખા વિનોદ પટેલ , 2૫ વર્ષથી અમેરિકાના ડેલાવર સ્ટેટમાં રહુ છુ. મુળ વતન ગુજરાતના ચરોતરનું વાલવોડ ગામ, પરંતુ બચપણ થી લઈને યુવાની ભાદરણમાં વીતી હતી. ત્યાંજ રહીને બીએસસી કેમેસ્ટ્રીનું ભણતર પૂરું કર્યું. લગ્ન બાદ અમેરિકા આવવાનું બન્યું.હું ગૃહીણી અને બે દીકરીઓની માતા છું. મારાલેખન કાર્યની શરૂઆત કવિતાઓથી કરી હતી, આજે ગઝલ, કવિતા, વાર્તા અને નવલકથા અને આર્ટીકલ્સ લખું છું. મારા પતિ વિનોદનાં સાથ અને પ્રોત્સાહનને કારણે ટુંકા સમય ગાળામાં હું અહી સુધી પહોચી શકી છું. આથી મેં મારું ઉપનામ " વિનોદિની " રાખેલછે.લેખનકાર્યની શરૂઆતમાં મારી ટુંકીવાર્તાઓને  ‘ચિત્રલેખા, માર્ગી, ફીલિંગ્સ, અને અભિયાન જેવા મેગેઝીનમાં સ્થાન મળ્યું. ત્યારબાદ કોલમિસ્ટ તરીકે પણ કારકીર્દીની શરૂઆત થઈ. સહુ પ્રથમ અમેરિકા વિશેની રસપ્રદ માહિતી આપતી  "અમેરિકા આજ કાલ”  નામની મારી કોલમ  “ફીલિંગ્સ" મેગેઝીનમાં બે વર્ષ ચાલી હતી.ત્યારબાદ ગુજરાતી મેગેઝીન "અભિયાનમાં"  વીકલી કોલમ  " અમેરિકાના ખત ખબર " બે વર્ષ પ્રસિદ્ધ થઈ રહી.હાલમાં હું ફીલિંગ્સ સાથે ફરી જોડાઈ મારા પ્રવાસ વર્ણન " દેશ વિદેશની વાતો" કોલમ લખી રહી છું. સાથે દિવ્યભાસ્કર ઓન લાઈન સાથે NRG ન્યુઝ રિપોર્ટર તરીકે જોડાઈ છું. અમેરિકામાં ન્યુ જર્સી સ્થિત "ગુજરાત દર્પણ" અને એટલાન્ટાના "રાષ્ટ્ર દર્પણ" માં મંથલી કોલમ આપું છું. આ વર્ષે ફેબ્રુઆરી ૨૦૧૮માં ત્રણ પુસ્તકો પૈકી  "તડકાનાં ફૂલ" - ટુંકી વાર્તાઓ, "એકાંતે ઝળક્યું મન " -  કવિતાઓનું પુસ્તક ,  " અમેરિકાની ક્ષિતિજે" - અમેરિકા વિશેના અવનવા આર્ટીકલ્સ - જે પાર્શ્વ પબ્લીકેશન અમદાવાદથી પબ્લીશ થયેલા છેઆ પહેલા ગુર્જર પ્રકાશન માંથી ટૂંકી વાર્તાઓનો સમૂહ " ટહુકાનો આકાર, સાથે બે પુસ્તકો લીટલ ડ્રીમ્સ, સાથે નવલકથા લાગણીઓનો ચક્રવાત, પાર્શ્વ પબ્લીકેશનમાં, એમ કુલ મળીને છ પુસ્તકો ચાર વર્ષમાં પબ્લીશ થયેલા છે.હ્યુસ્ટન સ્થિત સહિયારા સર્જન ગ્રુપ સાથે જોડાઈને બીજા ત્રણ પુસ્તકો ક્રિયેટ સ્પેસ ઉપર ઉપલબ્ધ છે. આજ ગ્રુપ સાથે જોડાઈને "સંવર્ધન માતૃભાષાનું" નામના મહા ગ્રંથનો ભાગ બનવાનું સૌભાગ્ય પ્રાપ્ત થયું છે. વરસોથી દેશથી દુર છું છતાય ભારતીયતા વાણી અને વર્તનમાં રાખવી મને પસંદ છે. તેથી મારી મોટાભાગની વાર્તા આપણી સંસ્કૃતિને આજુબાજુ વણાએલી હોય છે. એક સમય હતો કે અમેરિકા જેવા દેશોમાં ગુજરાતી વાંચનની ભારે અછત હતી. ત્યારે મારા જેવા હજારો પુસ્તક પ્રેમીઓને આની ભારે ખોટ લાગતી. વાંચ્યા વગર મને એકપણ દિવસ ચાલતું નહોતું. એવા સમયમાં હું દેશમાંથી ખાસ પુસ્તકો લઇ આવતી. છતાં પણ પુરતા પડતા નહોતા. છેવટે ઈન્ટરનેટની સુવિધાને કારણે વાંચન સાથે લેખન કાર્યની સુવિધા મળી. આજ કાર્યને આગળ વધારવા માટે મે ડેલાવરમાં ગુજરાતી હિન્દી સાહિત્ય માટે ફ્રી લાઈબ્રેરી શરુ કરી છે. સાથે વધુ વાંચન માટે મારો બ્લોગ પણ વિકસાવ્યો છે. જેમાં મારા પબ્લીશ થયેલા દરેક લખાણ સુવ્યવસ્થિત રીતે મળી આવે છે. http://vinodini13.wordpress.com/     આજકાલ ઇન્ટનેટ અને સોશ્યલ મિડીયાને કારણે અને ગુજરાતી બચાવો ના આંદોલનને કારણે ગુજરાતમાં પણ માતૄભાષાને નવુજીવન દાન મળ્યુ. જેના કારણે સરકારી કચેરીઓ, અને  શૈક્ષણિક સંસ્થાઓમાં હવે ગુજરાતી ભાષાનો ઉપયોગ વધી ગયો છે. ગુજરાતમાં પણ હવે અંગ્રેજી માધ્યમની શાળાઓની સંખ્યા વધી રહી છે. ત્યારે અમેરિકામાં ઘરમાં ગુજરાતી બોલવાનો બાળકોને પોતાની ભાષા શીખવવાનો પ્રયત્ન વધુ રહ્યો છે. વિદેશમાં સ્થાઈ થયેલા પરિવારો દેશથી દૂર રહેવાને કારણે અંતરમાં દેશની યાદ વધુ રહે છે. પરીણામે  તેઓ માતૃભાષાને વધારે મહત્વ આપતા હોય છે. ભાષાની ખોરવાઈ રહી છે, આ સમસ્યાને હલ કરવા ગુજરાત સરકાર પણ મદદે આવી છે. આ માટે શિક્ષકો, ન્યુઝ પેપર, ટીવી પ્રસારણ માધ્યમ, સમાજ, અને અન્ય સંસ્થાઓ પ્રયત્ન શીલ બન્યા છે. આવા સંજોગોમાં ગુજરાતી ભાષાને આધુનિક ટેકનોલોજીથી સમૃદ્ધ બનાવવાના તેમ જ તેને લોકો સુધી પહોંચાડવા માટે ઇન્ટરનેટના માધ્યમ દ્વારા જે પણ લોકો બ્લોગ કે ઓનલાઈન પ્રકાશિત થતી વેબસાઈટ દ્વારા વાંચનનો ફેલાવો કરી રહ્યા તેમના કાર્યને સરાહાવું જોઈએ. ભાષાને પ્રેમ કરતાં લોકો માટે અને સ્ટોરીમિરર જેવી વેબસાઈટની આવી ઓન લાઇન મદદ બહુ કામની બની રહે છે. આમા મદદ કરનાર દરેક્ને ધન્યવાદ આપવો ઘટે. "હાથમાં પુસ્તક હોય તેને વાંચવામાં ઘૂંટડે ઘૂંટડે પાણી પીતા હોઈએ એવો ભાવ આવે છે. જ્યારે ઈન્ટરનેટ ધ્વારા વંચાતું સાહિત્ય એક શ્વાસે ખાલી કરાએલા પાણીના ગ્લાસ જેવું લાગે છે. તરસ બંનેથી છીપાય છે. પરંતુ મઝા બેવમાં અલગ છે."" હું એકજ વાત હંમેશા કહેતી આવી છું કે સારું પુસ્તક જીવનમાં પ્રગતિ તરફ લઇ જશે. વિચારોને ઉચ્ચતા આપશે. જેમ ઉત્તમ મા સો શિક્ષકોની ગરજ સારે છે તેમ ઉત્તમ પુસ્તક સો સાઇકોલોજીસ્ટ ડોક્ટરોની ગરજ સારે છે. મનથી નીરોગી રહેવા ઉત્તમ વાંચનને જીવનનો ભાગ બનાવવો આવશ્યક છે." 

Nitai and Chaitanya
 Anu Jain  
 19 January 2020  

All glories, all glories to the two brothers, Nitai and Chaitanya, the most merciful Lords. Their mercy is nowhere else to be found. They even delivered the most fallen Jagai and Madhai, who were wrought with mistakes, and bestowed upon them pure love of Godhead. May they also bestow their mercy upon us so that we may be able to drown in the ocean of Krishna prem and thus experience unprecedented love of Godhead. They freely distributed the most purifying names of Sri Krishna, which are the true treasure in the world. Without the Holy names of the Lord and without pure love of Godhead, life has no meaning. But when one chants the names of the Lord with love and devotion, one shall be blessed with the darshan of the divine couple at the end of one's life. This is the most wonderful benediction that the two munificent brothers bestow upon the sincere devotees. These beautiful truths have been wonderfully described by Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur in the following bhajan found in the Gitavali:`doyāl nitāi caitanya’ bole’ nāc re āmār mannāc re āmār man, nāc re āmāra manChanting the holy name “Doyal Nitai Caitanya!” – O my mind, please dance! O my mind, please dance! O my mind, please dance!(emon, doyāl to nāi he, mār kheye prema dey)(ore) aparādha dūre jābe, pābe prema-dhan(o nāme aparādha-vicāra to nāi he)(takhon) kṛṣṇa-nāme ruci ha’be, ghucibe bandhanOh! Such a merciful personality as Nityananda Prabhu is not to be found anywhere! He suffers a beating from Jagai and Madhai and still gives them the love of God! Oh! When your offenses are being vanquished, you will obtain the treasure of love of God! But in these names of Caitanya and Nitai there is no consideration of offenses! Once you have a taste for the holy name of Krsna, bondage to this world will come to an end.(3)(kṛṣṇa-nāme anurāg to ha’be he)(takhon) anāyāse saphal ha’be jīvera jīvan(kṛṣṇa-rati vinā jīvan to miche he)(ese) bṛndābane rādhā-śyāmer pa’be daraśan(gaura-kṛpā ha’le he)Oh! When there is attachment to the holy name of Krsna, the life of a living being very easily becomes successful! Oh! Without affection for Krsna, life is simply useless! At the end of life, you will obtain the beautiful vision of Radha and Syama in Vrndavana – but only when the mercy of Lord Gaura is first received! Oh!

Spiritual guidance
 Anu Jain  
 19 January 2020  

vancha-kalpatarubhyash chakripa-sindhubhya eva chapatitanam pavanebhyovaishnavebhyo namo namahaI offer my respectful obeisances unto the Vaishnava devotees of the Lord. They are just like desire trees and can fulfill the desires of everyone, and they are full of compassion for the fallen conditioned souls.All glories to the devotees of the Lord, who are the personifications of mercy and are always eager to bestow the highest benediction of Krishna prema upon the living entities. The glories of the Vaishnavas and the importance of associating with them has been elaborately described through-out the vedic literatures and numerous historic pastimes depict the great potency of association with vaishnavas, in which even the most fallen living entities could rise up to the platform of pure love for the Lord just due to associating with them and following their instructions. The pastimes of Narad Muni, Valmiki Rishi and many others are great examples of the power of associating with devotees of the Lord. In the Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita it is stated:bhakta pada-dhuli ara bhakta padajala;bhakta bhukta avasesha – tin mahabala.ei tina seva hoite krishna prema hoy;punah punah sarva sastre phukariya koy“The foot dust of a devotee, his footwater or the remnants of his food – these three are all very powerful. Service of these three yields love for Krishna; this is what all the scriptures loudly proclaim.”The beautiful interactions between vaishnavas and the importance of their association can be seen through-out the Sri Chaitanya Chairtamrita, which is full of pastimes of Sachinandan Gaurahari and his devotees. He personally gave a lot of respect to Srila Haridas thakur and would go to visit him at Siddha Bhakul daily. He instructed Srila Rupa Goswami to take the blessings of all the vaishnavas in Puri so that he may be able to compose literatures describing the transcendental names, forms, qualities and pastimes of the Lord. Srila Raghunath Das goswami was similarly instructed by Nityananda Prabhu to serve the vaishnavas by arranging for the Panihati Chidadahi utsav. Considering the association of Srila Rupa goswami to be dearer to him than his very life air, Srila Raghunath das goswami lamented bitterly upon his disappearance and even likened Giri-govardhan to a python and Radhan kund to the gaping mouth of tigress. Such is the importance of the association of the Vaishnavas. Therefore the Vaishnavas identify themselves as Gopi-bhartur pada-kamalayor dasa-dasa-dasanudasah, meaning the servant of the servant of the servant of the beloved of the Gopis. These pure devotees of the Lord have been likened to the wish fulfilling desire trees, for they can bestow Krishna prem upon the sincere surrendered souls. Srila Bhakti Vinod thakur therefore says,kṛṣṇa se tomāra, kṛṣṇa dīte pāro, tomāra śakati āche; Krishna is yours and you have the power to give Krishna. They have further been described as being full of compassion for the conditioned living entities, for they personally come and give Krishna, even to the most undeserving people they freely bestow their mercy. They create Sukriti for the living entities by blessing them with their darshan, and being thus blessed the spiritual life of a jiva begins. Therefore, let us take shelter at the lotus feet of the exalted devotees of the Lord, as they are fully capable of bestowing Krishna upon those who take shelter of their cooling lotus like feet.

Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad
 Anu Jain  
 20 January 2020  

All glories to Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad, the vast ocean of whose glories cannot be adequately and sufficiently described. Bringing with her the mercy of her Swamini Srimati Radhika, Nayan-mani manjari descended to this earthly planet in the form of Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur and showered upon all, who took shelter of his cooling lotus feet, the nectar of Krishna Prema, thus making their lives successful. Soft as a rose and yet strong as a thunderbolt, this powerful personality with a golden hue and towering physique, left a deep impression upon whomsoever he met and instilled within the hearts of all sincere living entities the inclination to serve Krishna. Some of his limitless amazing qualities have been beautifully described in the following verses composed by his dear disciple, Srila Bhakti Rakshak Shridhar Maharaj, which pleased His divine Grace Srila Bhakti Siddhanta so much that he instructed all the devotees of the gaudiya maths to daily sing these prayers.sujanarbuda-radhita-pada-yugamyuga-dharma-dhurandhara-patra-varamvaradabhaya-dayaka-pujya-padampranamami sada prabhupada-padamHis lotus feet are served in devotion by multitudes of high, virtuous souls; he is the establisher of the religion of the age (as Sri Krsna-sankirtana); he is the presiding monarch (of the Visva Vaisnava-Raja-Sabha - the universal society of the pure devotees that are the true 'kings' or guides of all); and he is the fulfiller of the most cherished desires of those who dispel fear (for all souls). I make my obeisance unto the lotus feet of that illustrious great soul, worshippable by one and all - perpetually do I make my obeisance unto the radiance emanating from the toenails of the holy feet of my Lord.bhajanorjjita-sajjana-sangha-patimpatitadhika-karunikaika-gatimgati-vancita-vancakacintya-padampranamami sada prabhupada-padamHe is the leader of the fortunate souls blessed with the treasure of internal pure devotion; he is greatly merciful upon the fallen souls, being their only shelter; and his inconceivable holy feet are the shelter for the deceivers, by deceiving them. I make my obeisance unto his lotus feet - perpetually do I make my obeisance unto the radiance emanating from the toenails of the holy feet of my Lord.ati-komala-kancana-dirgha-tanumtanu-nindita-hema-mrnala-madammadanarbuda-vandita-candra-padampranamami sada prabhupada-padamI make my obeisance unto his divine, charming yet commanding lofty form of golden hue. That beautiful figure shames the mad ecstasy of golden lotus stems. Venerated by tens of millions of Cupids, the moons of the toenails of my Worshipful Divine Master reveal the beauty of his lotus feet. Perpetually do I make my obeisance unto that effulgence emanating from the toenails of the holy feet of my Lord.nija-sevaka-taraka-ranji-vidhumvidhutahita-hunkrta-simha-varamvaranagata-balisa-sanda-padampranamami sada prabhupada-padamLike the moon that delights the stars, he is surrounded by his circle of personal servitors, making their hearts bloom in divine ecstasy. The malicious non-devotees are made to flee in panic by the sound of his thunderous roar, and the simple, inoffensive souls attain the ultimate fortune by accepting his lotus feet. I make my obeisance unto him; perpetually do I make my obeisance unto the brilliance emanating from the toenails of the holy lotus feet of my Lord.vipuli-krta-vaibhava-gaura-bhuvambhuvanesu vikirtita gaura-dayamdayaniya-ganarpita-gaura-padampranamami sada prabhupada-padamHe has revealed the vast, magnificent beauty of Sri Gaura Dhama; he has broadcast the tidings of the supreme magnanimity of Sri Gauranga throughout the whole universe; and in the hearts of the fit recipients of his grace, he has firmly established the lotus feet of Sri Gaura. I make my obeisance unto him; perpetually do I make my obeisance unto the effulgence emanating from the toenails of the holy feet of my Lord.cira-gaura-janasraya-visva-gurumguru-gaura-kisoraka-dasya-paramparamadrta-bhakti-vinoda-padampranamami sada prabhupada-padamHe is the eternal shelter and the Universal Guru for the souls surrendered unto Sri Gauranga. Absorbed in the service of his Gurudeva, Sri Gaura Kisora, he wholeheartedly adores Sri Bhaktivinoda Thakura. I make my obeisance unto him; perpetually do I make my obeisance unto the effulgence emanating from the toenails of the holy feet of my Lord.raghu-rupa-sanatana-kirti-dharamdharani-tala-kirtita-jiva-kavimkaviraja-narottama-sakhya-padampranamami sada prabhupada-padamHe is the illustrious personality to raise the flag that sings the glory of Sri Rupa, Sri Sanatana, and Sri Raghunatha. His glory is sung throughout the world as nondifferent from the powerful personality of brilliant erudition, Sri Jiva. And he has won the renown of being one with the hearts of Srila Krsnadasa Kaviraja and Thakura Narottama. I make my obeisance unto him; perpetually do I bow down to the brilliance emanating from the toenails of the holy feet of my Divine Master.krpaya hari-kirtana-murti-dharamdharani-bhara-haraka-gaura-janamjanakadhika-vatsala-snigdha-padampranamami sada prabhupada-padamBestowing his grace upon all souls, he is Hari-kirtana incarnate. As the associate of Sri Gaura, he relieves Mother Earth of the burden of offenses committed upon her. And he is so gracious that his endearance of all beings excels that of even a father. I make my obeisance unto him - the mine of all these qualities; perpetually do I bow down to the effulgence emanating from the toenails of the holy feet of my Divine Master.saranagata-kinkara kalpa-tarumtaru-dhik-krta-dhira-vadanya-varamvaradendra-ganarcita-divya-padampranamami sada prabhupada-padamLike a wish-fulfilling tree for his surrendered servitors (he fulfills their heart's aspirations), even a tree is shamed by his magnanimity and forbearance. And great personalities who are competent to confer boons - they, too, worship his lotus feet. I make my obeisance unto him; perpetually do I bow down to the radiance emanating from the toenails of the holy feet of my Divine Master.parahamsa-varam paramartha-patimpatitoddharane-krta-vesa-yatimyati-raja-ganaih parisevya-padampranamami sada prabhupada-padamThe crownjewel of the paramahamsas, the Prince of the treasure of the supreme perfection of life, Sri Krsna-prema, he accepted the robes of a mendicant sannyasi just to deliver the fallen souls. The topmost tridandi sannyasis attend his lotus feet. I make my obeisance unto him; perpetually do I bow down to the effulgence emanating from the toenails of the holy feet of my Divine Master.vrsabhanu-suta-dayitanucaramcaranasrita-renu-dharas-tam-ahammahad-adbhuta-pavana-sakti-padamHe is the dearmost intimate follower of the Divine Daughter of Sri Vrsabhanu, and I know myself as the most fortunate by taking the dust of his holy feet upon my head. I make my obeisance unto his invincible, wondrously purifying lotus feet - perpetually do I bow to the brilliance emanating from the toenails of the holy feet of my Divine Master.pranamami sada prabhupada-padam Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad, the vast ocean of whose glories cannot be adequately and sufficiently described. Bringing with her the mercy of her Swamini Srimati Radhika, Nayan-mani manjari descended to this earthly planet in the form of Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur and showered upon all, who took shelter of his cooling lotus feet, the nectar of Krishna Prema, thus making their lives successful. Soft as a rose and yet strong as a thunderbolt, this powerful personality with a golden hue and towering physique, left a deep impression upon whomsoever he met and instilled within the hearts of all sincere living entities the inclination to serve Krishna. Some of his limitless amazing qualities have been beautifully described in the following verses composed by his dear disciple, Srila Bhakti Rakshak Shridhar Maharaj, which pleased His divine Grace Srila Bhakti Siddhanta so much that he instructed all the devotees of the gaudiya maths to daily sing these prayers.sujanarbuda-radhita-pada-yugamyuga-dharma-dhurandhara-patra-varamvaradabhaya-dayaka-pujya-padampranamami sada prabhupada-padamHis lotus feet are served in devotion by multitudes of high, virtuous souls; he is the establisher of the religion of the age (as Sri Krsna-sankirtana); he is the presiding monarch (of the Visva Vaisnava-Raja-Sabha - the universal society of the pure devotees that are the true 'kings' or guides of all); and he is the fulfiller of the most cherished desires of those who dispel fear (for all souls). I make my obeisance unto the lotus feet of that illustrious great soul, worshippable by one and all - perpetually do I make my obeisance unto the radiance emanating from the toenails of the holy feet of my Lord.bhajanorjjita-sajjana-sangha-patimpatitadhika-karunikaika-gatimgati-vancita-vancakacintya-padampranamami sada prabhupada-padamHe is the leader of the fortunate souls blessed with the treasure of internal pure devotion; he is greatly merciful upon the fallen souls, being their only shelter; and his inconceivable holy feet are the shelter for the deceivers, by deceiving them. I make my obeisance unto his lotus feet - perpetually do I make my obeisance unto the radiance emanating from the toenails of the holy feet of my Lord.ati-komala-kancana-dirgha-tanumtanu-nindita-hema-mrnala-madammadanarbuda-vandita-candra-padampranamami sada prabhupada-padamI make my obeisance unto his divine, charming yet commanding lofty form of golden hue. That beautiful figure shames the mad ecstasy of golden lotus stems. Venerated by tens of millions of Cupids, the moons of the toenails of my Worshipful Divine Master reveal the beauty of his lotus feet. Perpetually do I make my obeisance unto that effulgence emanating from the toenails of the holy feet of my Lord.nija-sevaka-taraka-ranji-vidhumvidhutahita-hunkrta-simha-varamvaranagata-balisa-sanda-padampranamami sada prabhupada-padamLike the moon that delights the stars, he is surrounded by his circle of personal servitors, making their hearts bloom in divine ecstasy. The malicious non-devotees are made to flee in panic by the sound of his thunderous roar, and the simple, inoffensive souls attain the ultimate fortune by accepting his lotus feet. I make my obeisance unto him; perpetually do I make my obeisance unto the brilliance emanating from the toenails of the holy lotus feet of my Lord.vipuli-krta-vaibhava-gaura-bhuvambhuvanesu vikirtita gaura-dayamdayaniya-ganarpita-gaura-padampranamami sada prabhupada-padamHe has revealed the vast, magnificent beauty of Sri Gaura Dhama; he has broadcast the tidings of the supreme magnanimity of Sri Gauranga throughout the whole universe; and in the hearts of the fit recipients of his grace, he has firmly established the lotus feet of Sri Gaura. I make my obeisance unto him; perpetually do I make my obeisance unto the effulgence emanating from the toenails of the holy feet of my Lord.cira-gaura-janasraya-visva-gurumguru-gaura-kisoraka-dasya-paramparamadrta-bhakti-vinoda-padampranamami sada prabhupada-padamHe is the eternal shelter and the Universal Guru for the souls surrendered unto Sri Gauranga. Absorbed in the service of his Gurudeva, Sri Gaura Kisora, he wholeheartedly adores Sri Bhaktivinoda Thakura. I make my obeisance unto him; perpetually do I make my obeisance unto the effulgence emanating from the toenails of the holy feet of my Lord.raghu-rupa-sanatana-kirti-dharamdharani-tala-kirtita-jiva-kavimkaviraja-narottama-sakhya-padampranamami sada prabhupada-padamHe is the illustrious personality to raise the flag that sings the glory of Sri Rupa, Sri Sanatana, and Sri Raghunatha. His glory is sung throughout the world as nondifferent from the powerful personality of brilliant erudition, Sri Jiva. And he has won the renown of being one with the hearts of Srila Krsnadasa Kaviraja and Thakura Narottama. I make my obeisance unto him; perpetually do I bow down to the brilliance emanating from the toenails of the holy feet of my Divine Master.krpaya hari-kirtana-murti-dharamdharani-bhara-haraka-gaura-janamjanakadhika-vatsala-snigdha-padampranamami sada prabhupada-padamBestowing his grace upon all souls, he is Hari-kirtana incarnate. As the associate of Sri Gaura, he relieves Mother Earth of the burden of offenses committed upon her. And he is so gracious that his endearance of all beings excels that of even a father. I make my obeisance unto him - the mine of all these qualities; perpetually do I bow down to the effulgence emanating from the toenails of the holy feet of my Divine Master.saranagata-kinkara kalpa-tarumtaru-dhik-krta-dhira-vadanya-varamvaradendra-ganarcita-divya-padampranamami sada prabhupada-padamLike a wish-fulfilling tree for his surrendered servitors (he fulfills their heart's aspirations), even a tree is shamed by his magnanimity and forbearance. And great personalities who are competent to confer boons - they, too, worship his lotus feet. I make my obeisance unto him; perpetually do I bow down to the radiance emanating from the toenails of the holy feet of my Divine Master.parahamsa-varam paramartha-patimpatitoddharane-krta-vesa-yatimyati-raja-ganaih parisevya-padampranamami sada prabhupada-padamThe crownjewel of the paramahamsas, the Prince of the treasure of the supreme perfection of life, Sri Krsna-prema, he accepted the robes of a mendicant sannyasi just to deliver the fallen souls. The topmost tridandi sannyasis attend his lotus feet. I make my obeisance unto him; perpetually do I bow down to the effulgence emanating from the toenails of the holy feet of my Divine Master.vrsabhanu-suta-dayitanucaramcaranasrita-renu-dharas-tam-ahammahad-adbhuta-pavana-sakti-padamHe is the dearmost intimate follower of the Divine Daughter of Sri Vrsabhanu, and I know myself as the most fortunate by taking the dust of his holy feet upon my head. I make my obeisance unto his invincible, wondrously purifying lotus feet - perpetually do I bow to the brilliance emanating from the toenails of the holy feet of my Divine Master.pranamami sada prabhupada-padam

Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad
 Anu Jain  
 23 January 2020  
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The pure devotees of the Lord are endowed with amazing qualities, one of which is renunciation and complete sense control. Their pastimes are awe inspiring and fill the devotees following in their footsteps with admiration and respect for them. One such great personality who performed numerous extraordinary pastimes is Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur, the spiritual master of Srila Prabhupad.Once, when he was about three years old, Vimala Prasad, the illustrious son of Bhakti Vinod thakur who later came to be known as Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur, ate a Mango without first offering it to the Family deity. When his father came to know that he has eaten a Mango without first offering it to Sri Krishna, he was very displeased and heavily chastised the young boy. Understanding that one should not eat anything without offering it first and feeling greatly distressed at heart, Vimala Prasad, merely a three years old boy, vowed to never again eat Mangos in his entire life. From that day forth, Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur upheld this vow for his entire life, even though he was just a small child when he had taken this vow and even though his eating the mango was merely an act performed in childish innocence. He would accept raw mango preparations but he never ate one single ripe mango in his entire life.All glories to the austerity of these great personalities. All glories to Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad.