Exploring Siksastakam

Radhesyama Das - March 12, 2014 9:49 pm

"Sri Krishna Caitanya is perhaps the best example the world has seen of devotional ecstasy in love of God. He was a towering figure of golden complexion from whose lotus eyes hot tears of spiritual rapture poured constantly—a golden mountain erupting in ecstasy, its lava consuming everything in its path. He melted hearts as he heralded the holy name of Sri Krishna, swooning, dancing, and distributing the method to his spiritual madness— Sri Krishna sankirtana. "


Hari bol and Dandavat pranams to all my godbrothers and sisters and to all else active here on the Tattva-viveka. I hope all are in great spirits during this auspicious time and many are or will be making their way safely out to Audarya for the festival. Myself, unfortunately, will not be able to attend. In light of Lord Caitanya's upcoming appearance day, with Guru Maharaja's approval, I feel it is a great time for myself, and all else who would like to participate, to begin a comprehensive study of the eight verses of the Siksastakam using Guru Maharaja's commentary as the guide. With the Siksastakam being the only eight verses in writing that Mahaprabhu has left here on the planet, I feel it is my duty to serve this text by memorizing the verses both in Bengali and English, and also understand what Mahaprabhu aspired to convey in the eight verses of the Siksastakam. With Guru Maharaja leading the way, I feel this is a viable goal! I invite and would greatly appreciate all to join me as I begin this exploration, even if this has already been accomplished.


On Monday the 17th of this month, I will post the first verse of the Siksastakam. and every monday after I will post the following verse. During the week we can study the verse, memorize the Benghali and English translations, and study the corresponding chapter within Guru Maharaja's commentary, so if you don't have a copy handy, you can download a copy online at swamitripurari.com. We can us the Tattva-viveka to discuss insights and ask questions throughout the study. I am so grateful to be a part of such a sweet sangha, and I hope that by doing this I will become closer to my godbrothers and sisters. I hope many will decide to join in on the fun, and reap the benefits of studying Mahaprabhu's and Guru Maharaja's words.


In service,

Radhe Syama dasa


PS- Link to Siksastakam pdf: http://swamitripurari.com/2010/08/siksastakam-of-sri-caitanya/

Bhakti-rasa - March 18, 2014 6:25 pm

Radhe Syama, would it be appropriate for me and ok with you to pose questions to the study group (of 2) on a per verse basis in order to give some basis for discussion?

Braja-sundari Dasi - June 17, 2014 6:08 pm

Hey, where is everybody? I`m looking forward to resume study... :Praying:

Subal Das - July 5, 2014 4:07 pm

Can we get this study group going again or have I missed the boat?

Madan Gopal Das - July 7, 2014 12:08 pm

the boat sank... I'll try to start it up again - stay tuned.

Subal Das - July 7, 2014 1:20 pm

I'm in, let me know.

Madan Gopal Das - July 8, 2014 11:53 am