On the shore of the ocean at Nilacala, in the temple of Jagannatha, resides daru-brahman, the Supreme Personality of Godhead in wooden form. Having mercifully descended in this material world, He is bestowing both material enjoyment and liberation. At this same dhama, in order to give good fortune to mankind and make known the dharma of Kali-yuga, Sri Caitanya, the Supreme Personality of Godhead in the form of a sannyasi, came and set up residence in the house of Kasi Misra. There, along with His devotees, He gave out love of Godhead to all, just as a desire tree gives treasure freely. There the Lord took great care to present the proper spiritual teachings to the living entities. This He did by making various devotees explain different aspects of devotional service, while He sat and listened in great bliss. In this way, through Ramananda Raya’s mouth He taught the concept of rasa, through the mouth of Sarvabhauma He taught the real principle of liberation, through the mouth of Rupa Gosvami in Vrindavana He taught the details of rasa and through the mouth of Haridasa He taught the full glories of the holy name.
- Glories of the Holy Name
- Accepting the Holy Name
- Blasphemy of Vaisnavas
- Worshiping the Demigods as Independent of Krishna
- Disregarding the Guru
- Criticism of Scripture
- Interpreting the Holy Name
- Committing Sin on the Strength of the Name
- Giving the Name to the Unfaithful
- Considering the Name as Equal to Material Piety
- Inattention While Chanting
- Attachment to “I and Mine”
- Offenses in Serving the Deity
Course Materials: Hari-nāma-cintāmani with the translations of His Holiness Bhanu Swami
Target Audience: Hari-nāma-cintāmani by Sri Bhaktivinoda Thakur is a must for anyone who regularly chants the Holy Names of the Lord in Japa or kirtan.
Assessment Plan: An examination held at the end of the course.
Course Requirement: None – Open for all.