Dhanurdhara Swami returns to the Bhakti Center, presenting a series of talks on the 23rd Chapter of Srimad Bhagavatam’s 10th Canto featuring the telling of The Brahmana’s Wives Blessed.
These talks will serve as a special segment of our regular Tuesday Night Sanga in which Dhanurdhara Swami will narrate and explain the meaning of the famous Krishna pastime from beginning to end. There is much to discuss in terms of yoga, theology, Vedanta philosophy, and rasa.
The hearing and contemplation of the pastimes of Krishna, (especially as found in Srimad Bhagavatam) comprise an essential limb of the practice of bhakti-yoga. These talks will be a special opportunity to learn and practice bhakti-yoga.
For a long time those brahmana ladies had heard about Krishna, their beloved, and His glories had become the constant ornaments of their ears. Indeed, their minds were always absorbed in Him. Through the apertures of their eyes they now forced Him to enter within their hearts, and then they embraced Him within for a long time. In this way they finally gave up the pain of separation from Him, just as sages give up the anxiety of false ego by embracing their innermost consciousness. (Description of the devotion of the wives of the brahmans’s. Srimad-bhagavatam 10.23.23)
Dhanurdhara Swami was initiated into the Gaudiya Vaishnava lineage by Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in 1974. In 1982, he accepted the sannyasa ashrama or renounced order of life.He is the author of three books — Waves of Devotion: A Comprehensive Study of The Nectar of Devotion,Greetings from Vrindavana, a selected collection of his thoughts and realizations from 2000–2004, and Japa Meditations: Contemplations on Entering the Holy Name, a collection of selected personal realizations on japa meditation by Maharaja and others. He is currently working on several writing projects including a contemporary book on bhakti and a book on kirtana.
Dhanurdhara Swami spends half of the year in India where he focuses on bhajana, studying, writing and taking people on pilgrimage of holy places. The other half of the year Maharaja is in the west where he spends his time traveling and speaking about bhakti-yoga.