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Swami B.S.Tirtha Maharaj visits Atlanta

June 2012
Swami B.S.Tirtha Maharaj visits Atlanta

Photo: Shrila Maharaj in the Hanuman Mandir.

His Divine Grace Swami B.S. Tirtha Maharaj, Founder Acharya of the Gaudiya Vaishnava Association (GVA) was in Atlanta between May 3rd and May 13th. During the eleven days of his stay Shrila Maharaj delivered discourses on Shrimad Bhagavatam, the cream of all Vedic literatures, and Shri Isopanishad every evening in the Cumming area. Shrila Maharaj spoke about Emperor Parikshit, a great devotee of Lord Shri Krishna, who ruled the entire world, and how after being cursed he was delivered by Shrila Sukadeva Goswami. Shrila Maharaj spoke on Shri Isopanishad, which is part of the Yajur veda, wherein he emphasized the fact that the Lord has a sat-chit-ananda form.

May 5, being Narasimha Caturdasi, the appearance day of Lord Shri Narasimha deva, the Hanuman Mandir in Alpharetta invited Shrila Maharaj to talk about the prayers sung by Shri Prahlad Maharaj to Lord Narasimha deva after killing Hiranyakasipu. Shrila Maharaj stressed that by devotional service alone one can satisfy the Lord.

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Shrila Maharaj with Johns Creek Mayor Mr. Michael E. Bodkar and his staff.

The Mayor’s office of Johns Creek invited Shrila Maharaj on the 8th of May. Mayor Michael Bodker spoke with Shrila Maharaj about GVA and mentioned GVA’s participation in the Johns Creek parade every year. The Mayor honored Shrila Maharaj with gold medallions of City Hall. Shrila Maharaj gave his blessings to the Mayor and presented garlands from Vrindavan along with Indian sweets.

 

Prior to his Atlanta visit, Shrila Maharaj visited places in Texas, Arizona, New Jersey and Connecticut to deliver a series of lectures on Bhakti Yoga (devotional). He also tells Hari Katha. For more information on Shrila Maharaj or GVA lectures and classes, email usa@gva.in or call 1-888-948-2872.

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Sanskrit slokas with translations:

oṁ pūrṇam adaḥ pūrṇam idaṁ

pūrṇāt pūrṇam udacyate

pūrṇasya pūrṇam ādāya

pūrṇam evāvaśiṣyate (Isopanishad - Invocation)

The Personality of Godhead is perfect and complete, and because He is completely perfect, all emanations from Him, such as this phenomenal world, are perfectly equipped as complete wholes. Whatever is produced of the Complete Whole is also complete in itself. Because He is the Complete Whole, even though so many complete units emanate from Him, He remains the complete balance.

manye dhanābhijana-rūpa-tapaḥ-śrutaujastejaḥ-

prabhāva-bala-pauruṣa-buddhi-yogāḥ

nārādhanāya hi bhavanti parasya puṁso

bhaktyā tutoṣa bhagavān gaja-yūtha-pāya

Prahlāda Mahārāja continued: One may possess wealth, an aristocratic family, beauty, austerity, education, sensory expertise, luster, influence, physical strength, diligence, intelligence and mystic yogic power, but I think that even by all these qualifications one cannot satisfy the Supreme Personality of Godhead. However, one can satisfy the Lord simply by devotional service. Gajendra did this, and thus the Lord was satisfied with him.


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