The essential teachings on SPIRITUAL PERFECTION from the lives of 80 Gaudiya Vaisnava Saints are revealed here in this two part book.
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The first section of this work offers descriptions, maps and photographs showing the reader the types, locations, and histories of Vrindavana’s samadhis (shrines of departed saints). In this part are also prayers, methods of worship and secrets of finding the saints’ mercy making this a valuable handbook for spiritual advancement. The second section has brief, poignant biographies, full of pastimes and philosophy, on the lives of 80 of Lord Chaitanya’s followers.
“One will receive the mercy of the Gosvamis and the compassionate followers of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu by obtaining their association. That association is available in their books, in the books describing their activities, in the line of their followers, and in their samadhis sitting in Vrindavana.
Unlike the common men in India who are burned or forgotten at death, the great devotees of Lord Chaitanya are buried and remembered, served and worshiped. Their spiritualized bodies are lovingly placed in the sacred earth of Vrindavana near Krishna’s temples or lila sthanas (places of Radha-Krishna’s pastimes). Stone structures of simple or ornate design call samadhi mandirs, or just samadhis, mark the place where these exalted devotees eternally reside. The samadhi mandirs act as focal points for faithful devotees to connect with the spiritual mercy, blessings, and inspiration continually emanating from these self-realized souls in samadhi.
By visiting the samadhis, offering obeisances, circumambulating them, offering prayers of submission, and articles of worship such as sweets, incense, ghee lamps, flowers, and Yamuna water a sincere devotee will receive mercy from these eternal associates of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Since liberated souls are beyond the limitations of time and space, they sometimes appear before a devotee to personally guide him on the path back home, back to Godhead.
There are many such instances in Gaudiya Vaisnava history. Not only history, the words of the previous acaryas prove the power of Vaisnava samadhis. As previously quoted, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura said, “The eternal associates of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu can show themselves to us if they choose to.”
The Gaudiya Vaisnava Samadhis in Vrindavana explains the meaning, history, and significance of samadhis. With its many Vaisnava biographies, directions, photographs, and instructions on how to approach and worship the samadhis the book functions both as a guidebook for visiting Vrindavana’s samadhis, and as a handbook for advancing in Krishna consciousness. Those who can’t visit the samadhis can also use the book to read about the lives and teachings of Lord Chaitanya’s eternal associates whenever observing their tirobhava (disappearance day) or avirbhava (appearance day).”
CONTENTS: Acknowledgements, Introduction, Samadhis: Purpose, Definition and Philosophy, History of Samadhis,
Types of Samadhis, Location of Samadhis, Visiting the Samadhis, Samadhi Worship and Festivals,
Vaisnava Biographies (Descriptions of the lives of 80 great Gaudiya Vaisnavas), Appendixes, Sri Bhagavatastakam, References.
Author: Mahanidhi Swami
Year Published: 2008
Format: Hard Cover, 8.75” x 5.50”
Pages: 192. Illustrated
Shipping Weight: ≈ 475 grams
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