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Post Author: Prahladesh    Date: 2008-01-12 20:55:50
Dear Bhaktiratna Sadhu Swami Gauraangapaada,
please, accept my humble obeisances.

Samasti Guru Sri Nityananda Prabhu Ki Jaya !!!

Rasaraja Mahabhava Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu Ki Jaya !!!

First of all, I'd like to congratulate you.
You are doing a wonderful and inestimable work to the Vaisnava Community.
Your contributions helps me a lot.

I've lived in Portugal with my wife Ananda Krsna Lila Devi Dasi and my son Atma Nivedana Dasa.
Togheter we've worship Salagram Sila.
You can see some photos in:

My Diksha Guru is HH Hrdaynanda Dasa Goswami.

Maharaj, I need a special favor.
I don't have personal computer, and for me is very complicated to read texts with diacritcs, (generally I use a computer of some library only as a guest and not as a administrator).

If it was not difficult, do you know some devotee that mercifully could sent to me the complete Prathistha Viddhi Manual by e-mail without diacritcs?

In the future, me and my family are planing to do here in Portugal Vastu Homa, Prana Prathistha and Cakra Prathistha.
We know that is a very important and useful Manual.
So, by now and as a beginning, we'd like with your help to study the Prathistha Viddhi manual.

Anticipatorily thank you very much.

Your servant
Prahladesh Dasa

Post Author: Swami Gaurangapada    Date: 2008-01-15 20:02:15
Dear Prahladesha dasa prabhu, Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna! Jaya Shri Guru Parampara! Pranams! I have been buried under a lot of services for the past few days including my own Naama Bhajana. Thank for your most valuable presence here in the NITAAI Yoga Community and your kind appreciation. My pranams and blessings to Anadi Krishna Lila dd and Atma Nivedana dasa.

I have a little bad news for you. I have the an old photocopy of the Pratishtha Viddi but the couple of pages of the exact Mantras at the time of invocation of the divine senses of the Lord is missing. Also the book is not in eform as yet. We will see what we can do since it is full of diacritics.

Also after discussion with older Gaudiya Math pandits and learned devotees and the pramana, we came to the conclusion that the prana pratishta of a Deity (similar to what the smartas do) was not recommended by Shrila Sarasvati Prabhupada. He always said that the Deity appears first in the heart of the pure devotee and then becomes manifest externally. To give prana to the Deity by rituals is not what he recommended, it seems. He himself performed a simple worship for 15-20 minutes behind closed doors and bathing during the installation of Shri Shri Shri Gaura Gandharvika Giridhari at Shri Chaitanya Math, Mayapura, which is the origin of all the Sarasvata and Bhaktivedanta Temples all over the world. I am also not aware of references where Shrila Swami Prabhupada directly advocates this Prana Pratishta viddhi. He used to advice on an elaborate bathing ceremony during installation. This prana pratishta seems to have been later introduced in our line. As per my knowledge, it is not mentioned in the Hari Bhakti Vilasa or Sat Kriya Sara Dipika also. I will do some further research into this and get back when I have more information.

You have a nice pictorial blog. We don't publicly publish email addresses on this forum to prevent spam etc. Please let me know if I can help further. Thank you.

Daaso'smi, Swami Gaurangapada.

Post Author: Prahladesh    Date: 2008-01-17 17:16:04
Dear Bhaktiratna Sadhu Swami Gauraangapaada,
please, accept my humble obeisances.

Samasti Guru Sri Nityananda Prabhu Ki Jaya !!!

Rasaraja Mahabhava Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu Ki Jaya !!!

Maha Mantra Hare Krsna Ki Jaya !!!

We agree completely with your wonderful explanation about this topic.

Our Acaryas are all favourable to do the Prana Prathistha in a simple way.
Especially in this Era, they salient more the devotion through the congregational chanting of the Lord's Names than the tecnichal procedures.

When Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada installed the Deities of Krsna Balaram Mandir, he followed all the procedures just because if he didn't, the Brahmanas of Vrndavana won't accept the Deities.

It was another feature of his mercy.

Neverthless, if it was not difficult, we'd like to know all the procedures to appreciate the Vedic Culture richness.


Your aspiring servant
Prahladesh Dasa

Post Author: Swami Gaurangapada    Date: 2008-01-17 17:20:06
Nityaananda! Gauraanga! Hare Krishna! Thank you Prahladesha dasa prabhu. I agree. I will add a "todo" tag to this post and let you know if I can do something about your request. When you click on submit, your post goes into the approval queue so you need not have to click on submit again.

Daaso'smi, Swami Gaurangapada.

Post Author: Bhakta Igor    Date: 2008-01-17 19:26:00
Nityananda Gauranga Hare Krsna
Most interesting - on above link there seems to be picture of salagrama sila entitled Sri Nityananda Prabhu! Dear Prahladesh das Prabhu, plese tell us more about that Nityananda sila!
Nityananda Gauranga Hare Krsna

Post Author: Bhakta Igor    Date: 2008-01-18 14:54:01
Nityananda Gauranga Hare Krsna
I just noticed that on there is also Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu Sila! This is very interesting. Could you please tell us what are specific details/marks of Nityananda or Gauranga silas?

Post Author: Prahladesh    Date: 2008-01-19 21:00:06
Nityananda, Gauranga, Hare Krsna.

With the permission of Vaisnavas and Vaisnavis.

"The Lord resides in many worshipable forms, but of all forms the Salagrama Sila is the best (Skanda Purana - quoted in the Hari Bhakti Vilasa)

"Though a Salagrama Sila may be indentified by markings (especially Cakras) as a particular form of Visnu, you may also worship Him as your chosen form of the Lord, for all forms reside in the Salagrama Sila." (Pancaratra Pradipa)

The main activity of Gaudiya Vaisnavas is to chant the Holy Names of the Lord.
But, there are four activities that are very important and support the chanting:

pancange sad-dhiyam anvaya-sukrti-matam sat-krpaika-prabhavat
raga-praptesta-dasye vraja-jana-vihite jayate laulyam addha
vedatita hi bhaktir bhavati tad-anuga krsna- sevaika-rupa
ksipram pritir visuddha samudayati taya gaura-siksaiva gudha

The five angas are serving the deity, tasting the meaning of Bhagavatam with relishing devotees, associating with the superior devotees on raga marga, chanting the name and living in Mathura. Practicing these five with an offenseless heart, one attains real mercy. Through that mercy arises a greed to serve the inhabitants of Vraja who are impelled by raga. From that greed, there arises raganuga sadhana-bhakti, which transcends the scriptural injunctions and exclusively serves Krsna with a mood of affection of the Vraja vasis. By practicing this bhakti (sadhana), very soon, pure, exclusive priti (kevala prema) for Krsna will arise. This is the esoteric teaching of Mahaprabhu.
(Mahaprabhura Siksa - Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur)

Gaudiya Vaisnavas see Sri Nityananda Prabhu, Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu, Sri Sri Gadai Gauranga and Sri Sri Radha Krsna in everything, even when they worship Salagrama Sila or do Agni Hotra Yajna.

For example, Gaudiya Vaisnavas generally don´t worship Salagrama Sila as Lord Narayana, but as Krsna, especially related with Srimati Radharani.
The most elevated conception of Salagrama Sila worshiping is expressed in the worship of Sri Sri Radha Ramana of Gopala Bhatta Goswami in Vrndavana.
Sri Krsna, Who gives pleasure (Ramana) to Radha.

When Gaudiya Vaisnavas do the Agni Hotra Yajna, it is only to satisfy the Lord.
As for example, the Sri Krsna Ashttotara Sata Nama Homa, Vaisnava Homa, Mula Mantra Homa, Krishnavarana Homa with the oblations to the Priya Sakhis, Sahacaris, Ranginis, Shri Lalita and the other Gopis, beginning with oblations to the spiritual masters, etc.

They are not interested in Ganesh Homa, Maha Kali Homa, Durga Homa, Navgraha Homa, etc.

Gaudiya Vaisnavas see Sri Sri Radha Krsna even in the worship of Lord Nrsimhadeva.
Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur explains this very beautifully in his Navadvip Bhava Taranga:

e dusta hrdaye kama adi ripu chaya
kutinati pratisthasa sathya sada raya
hrdaya-sodhana ara krsnera vasana
nrsimha-carane mora ei to' kamana

Within my sinful heart the six enemies headed by lust perpetually reside, as well as duplicity, the desire for fame, plus sheer cunning. At the lotus feet of Lord Narasimha, I hope that He will mercifully purify my heart and give me the desire to serve Lord Krsna.

kandiya nrsimha-pade magibo kakhana
nirapade navadvipe jugala-bhajana
bhaya bhaya paya yan'ra darsane se hari
prasanna hoibo kabe more daya kari

Weeping, I will beg at the lotus-feet of Lord Narasimha for the benediction of worshipping Radha and Krsna in Navadvipa, perfectly safe and free from all difficulties. When will this Lord Hari, Whose terrible form strikes fear into fear itself, ever become pleased and show me His mercy?

yadyapi bhisana murti dusta-jiva-prati
prahladadi krsna-bhakta-jane bhadra ati
kabe va prasanna ho'ye sa krpa-vacane
nirbhaya karibe ei mudha akincane

Even though Lord Narasimha is terrifying toward the sinful souls, He offers great auspiciousness unto the devotees of Lord Krsna headed by Prahlada Maharaja. When will He be pleased to speak words of compassion unto me, a worthless fool, and thereby make me fearless?

svacchande baiso he vatsa sri-gauranga-dhame
jugala-bhajana hau rati hau name
mama bhakta-krpa-bale vighna jabe dura
suddha cite bhajo radha-krsna-rasa-pura

He will say, "Dear child! Sit sown freely and live happily here in Sri Gauranga-dhama. May you nicely worship the Divine Couple, and may you develop loving attachment for Their Holy Names. By the mercy of My devotees, all obstacles are cast far away. With a purified heart, just perform the worship of Radha and Krsna, for such worship overflows with sweet nectar."

ei boli' kabe mora mastaka-upara
sviya sri-carana harse dharibe isvara
amani jugala-preme sattvika vikare
dharaya lutibo ami sri-nrsimha-dvare

Saying this, will that Lord delightedly place His own divine lotus-feet upon my head? I will experience sublime love for the Divine Couple Radha-Krsna and undergo the ecstatic transformations called sattvika. Falling on the ground, I will roll about at the door of Sri Narasimha's temple.

(Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur, - "Sri Navadvipa Bhava Taranga", 36-40)

So, we humbly are trying to worship:

Sri Nitaisundara Sila
Sri Gaurasundara Sila and
Sri Rasika Kanta Sila (Krsna Who is the beloved of Rasika (another name of Sri Radha (Who enjoy many transcendental mellows)).

Aspiring to serve Vaisnavas and Vaisnavis.

Prahladesh Dasa

Post Author: Prahladesh    Date: 2008-01-19 21:06:28
Sri Caitanya Caritamrta Adi Lila 7.15

The three predominators [Caitanya Mahāprabhu, Nityānanda Prabhu and Advaita Prabhu] are worshipable by all living entities, and the fourth principle [Śrī Gadādhara Prabhu] is to be understood as Their worshiper.


In his Anubhāṣya, Śrī Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura, describing the truth about the Pańca-tattva, explains that we should understand that Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu is the supreme predominator and that Nityānanda Prabhu and Advaita Prabhu are His subordinates but are also predominators. Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu is the Supreme Lord, and Nityānanda Prabhu and Advaita Prabhu are manifestations of the Supreme Lord. All of Them are viṣṇu-tattva, the Supreme, and are therefore worshipable by the living entities. Although the other two tattvas within the category of Pańca-tattva ?namely, śakti-tattva and jīva-tattva, represented by Gadādhara and Śrīvāsa ?are worshipers of the Supreme Lord, they are in the same category because they eternally engage in the transcendental loving service of the Lord.

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