In verses 51 to 55 of Śrīla Śrīdhara Mahārāja's Prema Dhāma Deva Stotram, Rūpa, Sanātana, Rāmānanda and other associates of Mahāprabhu are glorified. The Lord's pastimes with Vallabha Bhaṭṭa are briefly narrated, and His mood while residing in the Gambhīra is described.
Verses 46 to 50 of Prema Dhāma Deva Stotram by Śrīla Śrīdhara Mahārāja deals with Mahāprabhu's preaching against māyāvāda, and in particular His interpretation of the famous ātmarāma verse of the Bhāgavatam. In his commentary, Swami B.V. Giri expands on these verses with explanations on the Catuh-ślokī Bhāgavata and the Daśa-mūlā of Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura.
‘Śrī Śrī Gaura Gopāla Praśasti’ (In Praise of Śrī Śrī Gaura Gopāla) is a Bengali composition by Śrīla Bhakti Pramoda Purī Gosvāmī, in praise of the pastimes and teachings of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu. Śrīla Purī Gosvāmī also explains the non-difference between Gaura and Kṛṣṇa and the importance of nāma-bhajana. This was first published on March 29th 1964 in Śrī Caitanya Vāṇī magazine, Volume 2 Issue 4, and translated into English by Swami B.V. Giri.
On the occasion of the upcoming Gaura Pūrṇimā festival, we present this Sanskrit song, ‘Śrī-Gaura-hari Kusuma Stavāṣṭākam’ (‘Eight flower-like Prayers to Śrī Gaura-hari’) which was composed by Śrīla Śrīdhara Deva Gosvāmī Mahārāja and originally published in Śrī Gauḍīya Darśana magazine, Volume 8, Issue 9 in 1963.
In verses 41 to 45 of Prema Dhāma Deva Stotram by Śrīla Śrīdhara Mahārāja, Swami B.V. Giri explains the significance of Mahāprabhu's discovery of Śrī Rādhā-kuṇḍa and His visit to the sacred Imlitalā. The Lord's teachings to Rūpa-Sanātana as well as the conversion of Prakāśānanda Sarasvatī are also described in detail.
In verses 37 to 40 of Prema Dhāma Deva Stotram by Śrīla Śrīdhara Mahārāja, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu's travels to Prayāga and Vraja are described. In particular, His feelings of separation and the famous verse of Śri Mādhavendra Purīpāda are explained in detail by Swami B.V. Giri.
In verses 33 to 36 of Prema Dhāma Deva Stotram by Śrīla Śrīdhara Mahārāja, Swami B.V. Giri expounds upon Mahāprabhu's return to Bengal and the effect it had on His mother, Śacī Devī and the residents of Gauḍa-deśa. The Lord's meeting with Rūpa-Sanātana and His travels through the forest of Jhāḍakhaṇḍa are also explained.
In this section of verses from Prema-dhāma Deva Stotram, Swami B.V. Giri elucidates upon Mahāprabhu’s discovery of the Brahma-saṁhitā and Kṛṣṇa Karṇāmṛta, His ecstatic dancing at Rātha-Yātrā, Pratāparudra’s devotion to the Lord and Mahāprabhu’s leaving Puri to return to Bengal.
In verses 25 to 28 of Prema Dhāma Deva Stotram, Swami B.V. Giri continues to elucidate on Mahāprabhu's talks on the five primary rasas with Rāmānanda Rāya, and how the Lord revealed His yugala-rūpa (original form of Rādhā-Govinda) to Rāmānanda. Mahāprābhu's travels to Kūrma-kṣetra and Śrīraṅgam are also discussed.
In this week's commentary to Prema Dhāma Deva Stotram, the transcendental beauty of Śrīman Mahāprabhu is discussed, the beginning of His travels to South India, and His meeting with Śrī Rāmānanda Rāya on the banks of the Godāvarī River.