Sunday, July 5, 2015
Swami Prakashanand Saraswati, a spiritual from ancient India (not to be confused with the modern Swami Prakashanand Saraswati from the 2015 news, and The Hunt with John Walsh) is alive and well in the hearts of the devotees who continue his tradition today.
The Swami was one of the most foremost devotees of the religious reformer, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Devotees of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu continue to consider the Saraswati as one of the most beloved writers in their tradition.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Swami Prakashanand Saraswati founded a monastic order in India in the middle ages, before he adopted Krishna devotion under the guidance of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Swami Prakashanand Saraswati is a well known Hindu Saint of the time, and was given a new name by Chaitanya, i.e. Prabhodhanand Saraswati.
Picture on top: A beautiful picture I found of the Swami and his beloved God Krishna in India.
Give us your opinion of the Swamiji in the comments section below and lets discuss the life of this legendary figure of India.
|Swami Prakashanand Saraswati and Lord Chaitanya|
Swami Prakashanand Saraswati, a 16th Century Hindu Saint was a shining light of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's movement. After he became a part of Lord Chaitanya's mission, Lord Chaitanya gave Swami Prakashanand Saraswati a new name: Prabhodhanand Saraswati. In one famous debate between him and Lord Chaitanya, he surrendered all that he had previously learned in the name of spiritual truths and accepted the divine teachings of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. He left his throne, left his disciples and spent the rest of his life in Vrindavan, fully devoted to Radha Krishna and Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
Saturday, May 31, 2014
|Latest news of Swami Prakashanand Saraswati 2014|
Source: A Meeting with Swami Prakashanand Saraswati
Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu points out Sankaracharya’s error in contradicting Vyasadeva.
Early in the year 1514, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was staying at the home of Chandrashekara Vaidya in Varanasi, India, then a great center of learning. Lord Chaitanya’s associates heard that one of the chief scholars of Varanasi, a sannyasi named Swami Prakashanand Saraswati, was complaining to his followers that Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was a sentimenalist who engaged in chanting the names of the Lord rather than in studying Vedanta, the proper duty of a sannyasi. Greatly disturbed by Swami Prakashanand Saraswati’s criticism, Sri Chaitanya’s associates were pleased when the Lord accepted an invitation for lunch at the home of the brahmana. Prakashananda Saraswati and his followers would also be there, so Prakashananda Saraswati could see for himself the ideal character of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
Lord Chaitanya’s meeting with Swami Prakashanand Saraswati began with Swami Prakashanand Saraswati asking the Lord why He chanted Hare Krishna. Lord Chaitanya replied that He was doing so on the order of His spiritual master.
om purnam adah purnam idampurnat purnam udacyatepurnasya purnam adayapurnam evavashishyate
Monday, August 19, 2013
|Glorious kirtan with Lord Chaitanya and Swami Prakashanand Saraswati|
Glimpse of a wonderful chanting session with Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Swami Prakashanand Saraswati, two famous Saints of the 16th Century India, with hundreds of devotees. You can really feel the ecstatic joy of the devotees and the Lord as devotees play musical instruments and dance and sing and faint with joy. As the latest news of the Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Prakashanand Saraswati spread throughout the district, more and more people joined the chanting and felt blessed to be part of this blissful scene.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
|Mahaprabhu and Prakashanand Saraswati|
More about Swami Ji here.
After associating with Shree Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in Shree Rangam, Shree Swami Prakashanand Saraswati converted from Shree to Gaudiya Vaishnavism. Empowered by Shri Chaitanya, he taught Shrimad Bhagavatam and other devotional works to Gopala Bhatta Goswami, his nephew. His eloquent speech would engladden everyone.
Good qualities and pure devotion to the Supreme Personality of Godhead ornamented his life. Even while sleeping he would remember Lord Chaitanya. Prakashanand Saraswati was an extremely enthusiastic exponent of Shree Chaitanya's doctrine and divinity.
parama-vairagya-sneha murti manoram
maha-kavi gita vadya-nrtye anupam
"Very austere and renounced, Prakashanand Saraswati overflowed with love for the Devotees. His handsome form pleased the eyes. He was a learned poet and scholar. No one could compare with him in the arts of singing, dancing, and playing musical instruments." (Bhakti-ratnakar)
Leaving Shree Rangam, he lived a detached life in Shree Vrindavana as a fully dedicated servant of Radha-Govinda. He was a rasika acharya, perfect in describing the nikunja-lilas of Gandharvika-Giridhari. He glorifies Lord Chaitanya, Radha-Krishna, Navadwipa, and Vrindavana with enlightened devotion. Prabodhananda Saraswati's writings bless the beginner with bhakti and shower rasika Vaishnavas with pure nectar. Sangita Madhava, Navadwipa-sataka, Chaitanya-chandramrta, Radha-rasa-sudhanidhi, Vrindavana-mahimamrta are some of his books.
Prakashanand Saraswati serves Shree Radha in Golok Vrindavan as Tungavidya-gopi, one of Her asta-sakhis. His samadhi is behind Kaliya-ghat near the Kadamba tree of Krishna leela.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
|Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the spiritual Master of 16th Century Saint, Swami Prakashanand Saraswati|
In the 16th century there were many descended Saints on this earth. At the same time, Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Who Graced this planet along with His eternal associates, was also present. Among His disciples, Swami Prakashanand Saraswati, Roop Goswami, Sanatan Goswami, Jeev Goswami and some others were prominent. In the next series of posts we're going to talk about Swami Prakashanand Saraswati, Shree Swamiji.