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Tue, 03/31/2015 - 09:14
The dharma SAstras prescribe age as the only criterion for performing Upanayanam. They have not mandated Gurubalam etc for performance of Upanayanam. There is  authority for performance of Upanayana even at the early age of five. We have to always keep in mind that in respect of any karma, dharma SAstras provide for multiple options and thus allowing from the age of five to sixteen for performance of Upanayanam with different associated benefits. According to Manu, a BrAhmaNa who is desirous of brahmavarcas can perform Upanayanam at the age of five.
brahmavarcasa kAmasya kAryam viprasya pancame !
--- Manu
According to Angiras, a BrAhmaNa who is desirous of brahmaVarcas can perform Upanayanam at the age of five.
brahmavarcasa kAmasya pancame abde agrajanmanah !!
--- Angiras Now the issue is that if some body strongly believes that Gurubalam is a must for this purpose, then it becomes a mental block for performance of Upanayanam within the age prescribed by SAstras. We need to understand that by Upanayanam one is drawn towards the Guru for study of Vedas. Hence Guru kataksham will be there for any one who undergoes Upanayanam.  But in the family if there is serious difference of opinion among the elders on this point, one can get it resolved by approaching one's own family Guru and act accordingly. If in the process the decision gets delayed, only the boy is deprived of the benefit of early study of Vedas. The specific date for Upanayanam has to be fixed for the boy concerned based on PancAnga. One should not go by a common muhurta date as far as possible.जय जय श्रीराधे
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Sun, 03/22/2015 - 08:29
Talk on "Vedic Management'' at the National Vedic Conference on 20th  March 2015 conducted by Sri Venkateswara Vedic University,  Tirupati.

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Sat, 03/21/2015 - 16:41
SECRETS OF MAHAMANTRA  Five partsbyDr S Kannan

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Sat, 03/07/2015 - 13:45
As part of the Indian Heritage Series Lectures of Arts Culture India  Foundation, Sri Caintanya Mahaprabhu's Jayanti was celebrated and a Talk on " SECRETS OF MAHAMANTRA" was given by Dr.S.Kannan on 5th March 2015 Thursday  from 6 30 p m to 8 00 p m at  Sri Parvati Centre, 28/160, Eldams Road, Alwarpet, Chennai 600018. जय जय श्रीराधे

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Sat, 02/28/2015 - 07:32
SrI Caitanya MahAprabhu’s Jayanti will be celebrated by the devotees across the Globe with special devotional fervor on  Thursday, the 5th March, 2015.महामन्त्रप्रदातारं माधुर्यभावसागरम् !मधुकृष्णस्वरूपं तं महाप्रभुं नमाम्यहम् !!MahAmantrapradAtAram mAdhuryabhAva sAgaram !MadhukrshNasvarUpam tam mahAprabhum namAmyaham !!
I offer my respectful obeisance to SrI Caitanya MahAprabhu,The bestower of the MahAmantra,The ocean of MAdhurya bhAva, The honeyed form of SrI RAdhAkrshNa.
हरे कृष्ण हरे कृष्ण कृष्ण कृष्ण हरे हरे !हरे राम हरे राम राम राम हरे हरे !!
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Sun, 02/22/2015 - 19:23
Ques: One of the key issue in my thinking is the topic on soul. One of the books on outlines of Vedanta discusses the point of view of materialism where the perceiver has no independent existence without the perceived. That is the soul is nothing, only void but seems to be a positive entity due the series of perceptions of phenomena. Neurology today says many feelings and emotions are based on the exposure of the brain to the correct stimuli at the right time or otherwise the cells go waste and cannot be revived. Similarly at old age, cells die, causing dementia etc. The neo cortex of the brain learns from experience and manages in the world till it decays.
For me, this approach is so dominating that it is difficult to surmount this understanding and relate to soul.It is told that without a substantial stratum of consciousness (unchanging and unaffected), it is impossible to have varying perceptions themselves. Now, here is the confusion. That such a reference plane is required for perceptions, is not easy to comprehend. The example is the flowing river which is perceptions and the river bed which is static. The example is easy, but not the soul. Same concept is told (one of the lectures in IIT-K available in youtube on 'who am I') in Mandokya Upanishad on the " Turiya", the fourth state common to all three states of Jagrat, Swapna and Nidra. This is told as the key to advaita.If this concept is understood, then I think, other aspects of advaita follow.I am not able to comprehend this. Is it like relativity. Like unless light velocity is constant, you cannot explain the world. This is proved but not easy to understand.Thus a never changing conscious is required to perceive the varying. Otherwise there is no datum to refer is it? For me this point is to be resolved primarily, before trying to understand other concepts of advaita.I request you to throw some light on this subject .
 Ans: Atman is the core substratum which is beginningless, changeless and permanent. It is the witness of the three states of consciousness (avasthA traya) - waking (JAgrad), dream (svapna) and deep sleep (sushupti). It transcends the three bodies (Sariras) in terms of  gross (sthUla), subtle (sUkshma) and Causal (KAraNa) and the five sheaths (KoSas) comprising of annamaya, prAnamaya, manomaya, vijnAnamaya and Anandamaya. It is of the nature of satcidAnanda. In simple terms, the Atman is the changeless truth which in connection with the KAraNa , sUkshma and sthUla Sariras manifests in multifarious names and forms based on the accumulated karma phala. While the sthUla SarIra undergoes six-fold modifications, the fixed point of reference is always the embedded and invisible Atman representing the individual soul. Turiya is the fourth state which transcends the three states of cosnsciousness and is the true nature of the self in its exalted form representing the flight from gross to subtle, from ephemeral to eternal and from sound to silence. The term "Atman" as appearing in the Upanishads has to be properly interpreted. In certain contexts, it also refers to the Supreme ParamAtmA. The Vedic Statements talk about Bheda as well as abheda. Hence a holistic approach is required. A clear-cut understanding comes through Chapter 15 of Srimad BhagavadgItA which clearly establishes the three-fold tattvatraya concept of Cit (Atman- Consciousness) acit (Jada- Insentient) and ISvara (Brahman- Purushottama- Supreme). It is only through Atman that consciousness is established. In the various Vedic Scriptures the qualities of Atman have been explained and without that the JIva in manifested form cannot be identified. The identity of that individual soul is clearly established and well-connected through various births. Otherwise it would be difficult for one to account for birth defects, poverty at birth, orphaned on birth and so on. Each JivAtman gets specifically identified, connected and manifests in an appropriate  bodily form. The samsAra goes on till liberation based on kaivalyAnubhava (Advaita) or reaching the lotus feet of the Supreme BhagavAn (Moksha- Dvaita, ViSishtAdvaita). The individual Soul in the state of bondage is mAyAdhIna ( under the control of MAyA) while the realized Souls are MAyAtIta (transcended MAyA) . Only BhagavAn is MAyAdhISa as MAyA is always under his divine control.
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Whether it is correct to write in English as "GAyatri"?

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 08:27
It is गायत्री ---- ईकारान्तः In English we have to distinguish between GAyatri andGAyatrI. Some people use GAyatree . In Transliteration , it has to be written as Gāyatrī Anyhow, it should end with ईand that is important. जय जय श्रीराधे
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Fri, 01/09/2015 - 23:42
 1.Q: Once vasanas are expended, will jeevatma remain individualistic. I am told that ego and feeling of I is a major problem for realising God ( I do, I feel, I am this etc). Will the Jeevatma come in the way of oneness.A: The VAsanas will get exhausted only when "I" and the associated ego disappear.
 Q:As regards purification of the Jeeva, right approaches would help. For example I seem to treat a snake or a scorpion differently if seen in the wild, in the garden or in the bathroom. Ahimsa is fundamental feeling in all the three situations but sometimes himsa seems to be inevitable. Ants and cockroaches in the kitchen may be a more blatant example, I use insecticides etc to kill them. Further, human body is having both friendly bacteria and unfriendly ones, and I take anti-bio-tics to kill them when not under control.I use milk on a daily basis, while it belongs rightly to the calf. Plants are lower forms of life and I live on it, while it is possible to avoid animal products. Will it be possible for the entire world to avoid animal products. To top it all, we use milk and honey in worship. Even using flowers plucked from plants and offered to God, slightly disturb me. The bees and some birds seem to coexist with flowers and depend on their nectar. I do not think it is perfect to offer to God these things, though we like to worship God with nice things.Thus it seems one can never get rid of vasanas completely. We can only reduce the vasanas. I am sure some answers should be there in our Vedas for these. Kindly share this knowledge.A: Himsa without selfish interest and for the purpose of dharma is not reckoned as Himsa. According to GItA, leaf, flower. fruit and water( patram, pushpam, phalam and toyam) are the acceptable offerings to the Supreme . But the moot point is the inherent Bhakti BhAva. Without that God does not accept anything from anyone. We should not stretch our compassion to other living beings too far so as to die of starvation. The Vedas say that "annam na nindyAt ! tad vratam !." Human life is very rare and hence for protecting it one has to take proper care by consuming appropriate food. As regards killing of animals " Mens Rea" should be there for one to be held guilty.Any offering to Supreme with devotion does not incur sin. He relieves one from all known and unknown sins . aham tvA sarvapApebhyo mokshayishyAmi mA Sucah !
Q:Worldly existence seem to be having many contradictions. Animals, which are programmed to live in certain way and have no free will, some of them kill others for prey. Himsa is apparent to us but it happens naturally. As if it is meant that way. Vegetarians seems to be only doing less himsa, considering plants are also lives of different order. It seems creation itself, like good and bad bacteria within human body, is in a larger scale, seen in nature, with such happenings, one harming the other. Many humans do not like a deer being killed and eaten by a tiger. Thus what we feel and what nature is, are not in sync apparently. Neither we can agree nor disagree. But no doubt that the feeling of sadness when a deer is killed is there and we may try to protect the deer, given an opportunity. At the same time, we know very well that wild animals starve to death if they are not given or getting such prey and in zoos wild animals are offered such prey.In a very very subtle way vegetarians are also not absolutely harmless and of course, we seem to have no qualms about offering milk to god, which rightly belong to its calf. We seem to be sort of conditioned, rather than being true to ourselves. What we feel and what is nature, I feel, is not in sync for some reason. If, for so many thousands of years, great thinkers have not found an answer, will it be worthwhile searching for such answer. If answer is there, why it is not apparent or common knowledge. I definitely know that I am not the first one to feel so, but since I have not come across answers, I am searching. Hope you will appreciate and through some light. A: Animals live by instinct while human beings are bestowed with the power of viveka. Animals do not incur any sin by eating other animals as they are programmed in that fashion.All the milk from the cow cannot be consumed by the calf. It is our duty to first feed the calf with cow milk and take only the extra milk gracefully for offering to Supreme and for human consumption. By offering to God, food becomes prasAda .and is free from contamination of sins.Everything is well-connected in nature by design and we do not perceive it due to our own limitations in understanding.People bestowed with intellect always search for answers for the puzzle of creation. But only a few succeed with the grace of BhagavAn.
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Thu, 01/08/2015 - 21:49
Q: I believe God has no second and hence the world, senses and thoughts and whatever is a part of the Brahmam - it may be an over simplification, but I wish to be corrected if wrong. A: All this is verily the Supreme.
Sarvam Khalvidam Brahma  - ChAndogyopanishad ISavAsyamidam sarvam --  IsAvAsyopanishad 
Q: Does it mean even the vasanas are attached to the part of Brahmam?
A: VAsanas are not all  attached to Brahman.  It is attached only to JIvAtmAs.
3.Q: The question I understand is not answered so far - as to how the vasanas came about in the first place. Was there a chance to use free will the first time and it was used against dharma at the first instance?
A: Yes. When the Jivas accumulate karmas through sakAma karma , VAsanas start to accumulate in terms of Karma Phala.
 4. Q:Have you tried to reconcile Darwin's theories and the big bang theory etc with the non-duality concept derived from Vedas? Where does vasana fit in here. Can there be a large repository of the deeds done by the portion of the Brahmam over a mind boggling length of time. As the concept of self and mind and feelings are not in the realm of Darwin or the recent origin of universe theories, I expect reconciliation would not be easy.
A: Darwin's Theory is not correct as per Vedic Scriptures. All the Beings have been independently  created by the Brahman  Each Being brings with it its own baggage od VAsanas based on the Karmas.
 Vedic Scriptures give vivid  details of creation of the Universe.  
Q:It is told that world is a manifestation of the Brahman, animate and inanimate. Thought, feelings and intellect are transitory and hence are only a short reflection of Brahman in various forms for the time being. Apparently the vasanas influence these. Is this right understanding?
A: Thought, feelings and intellect are to be used to  realize the Brahman. No doubt  VAsanas impact these until divine grace is obtained and one pursues the path of nishkAma karma.
Q:I am told that no intellect can understand such matters of Brahmam and only belief and dhyana can make one realise Brahmam. Scientific inquiries and reasoning does not help. Does it mean Jnana is different from such reasoning. A: According to Advaita, Self realization is only through knowledge. JnAnAt eva tu kaivalyam.But It is ViSvAsa (utmost faith) which takes you forward in the pursuit of the Supreme. The recommended and safer path for  Kali Yuga is Bhakti Yoga through devotional nAma japa  of RAdhAKrishNa.
Q: I really do not know if I deserve to get answers, as I do not consider myself as a seeker with total dedication. All the same I thought I should start.
A: VedAnta is  your birth right. A truthful person like you  is verily  a true seeker.
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Tue, 12/16/2014 - 19:51
In the scheme of nature, there is a free will for an individual to do something or not to do something or do differently. This is the free space available to us.Destiny , on the other hand, plays its trick starting with the birth of a child. Why one is born poor and another rich ? Why one is healthy and another has serious birth defects? One loses the mother the moment it is born? One is born dead? The questions are too many.But what is the force which causes such disparities ? Whether God is to be blamed for this partiality?The only logical answer could be the Karma Theory which explains that the human being takes birth to exhaust his PrArabdha Karma. This gets extinguished only by experiencing in the world , going through the vicious cycles of pleasures and pains. In the process there is always a little scope to do some action within a limited domain. Just like a Cow which is tied by a long rope has the freedom to move within the space determined based on the length of the rope, human beings have some free will to exercise. Beyond that limited area the tied cow cannot roam about. This represents the force of destiny. The reason why people lose their precious life suddenly due to accidents, dieseases, natural calamities like Tsunami , earthquake and so on cannot be otherwise explained.Self- effort is absolutely essential for any one without taking shelter under the guise of destiny. Therefore one has to do his Svadharma in a given environment without any expectation. If destiny decides otherwise, one should have the will power to take it in his stride in a positive manner. For this meditation techniques help a lot to make one develop equanimity towards the dualities. One should take caution not to abuse the little free will that is available to him.Desapite one's best intentions and efforts, the effect of PrArabdha Karma embedded as VAsanAs may suddenly manifest and impact one any time. But that is the secret of life .
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Tue, 12/16/2014 - 19:45
Bhagavad GItA has the main objective of Bhakti Yoga . But there are other valued aspects related to Karma and JnAna as well. Karma Yoga can be applied to both materialistic pursuits and religious/spiritual endeavors. The principles are the same. While one is about society another is  regarding divinity. Instead of not doing any thing (Karma SanyAsa) Karma Yoga is far superior. The philosophical inputs of Gita appeals to the mind, body and intellect representing Bhakti, Karma and JnAna Yogas. We can emulate best practices of great men as well both at the materialistic and religious / spiritual levels: Yadyat Acarati Sreshthah tadtadevetaro janah !
sa yat pramANam kurute lokas tadanuvartate !!
--- Bh. G . iii- 21
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Tue, 12/16/2014 - 08:50
SrI RAdhA is MahAlakshmI in the form of NIlA DevI. She is worshipped with intense prema bhakti bhAva by AzhvArs and AndAl (GodA) as Nappinnai. She is also fondly adored as Pinnai. Pinnai MaNAlan is verily RAdhA Vallabha.
Along with chanting of TiruppAvai , chanting of SrI RAdhA KrupA katAksha Stava helps one to gain the bliss of Krishna katAksha and His divine association.
SrIgovindapriyAm rAjnIm vrndAvana manoharIm !KrpAsvarUpiNIm divyAM rAdhA devIm namAmyaham !!
I offer my respectful obeisances to the Goddess Sri Radha Devi, Sri Krishna’s beloved Queen, the source of the beauty of Brindavan, who is auspicious and is of the form of mercy.
SrIrAdhikAkrpApAtrAm vishNucittasutAm sudhAm !SrIkrshNapremamagnAm tAm godA devIm namAmyaham !!
I offer my respectful obeisances to SrI Goda DevI (AndAl) who is blessed by SrI RAdhA DevI (in the form of NIla DevI), the nectar like daughter of SrI Vishnu citta (PeriyAzhvAr), immersed in Sri Krishna Prema Bhakti.

Sri Radha Krupa Kataksha Stava Raja Stotram
Sri Krishna  Krupa Kataksha  Stava Raja Stotram
Barsane Wali Radhe
Paramadhan Radhe 

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Sun, 12/14/2014 - 09:43
If we analyse the sequence of events in Mahabharata many things baffle our understanding. Bhagavan Krishna took avatara to get rid of all evil forces and protect those who are virtuous in order to cleanse the earth. This is the core objective around which every thing else revolves. The birth of Pandavas, Draupadi et al are by divine command. Hence their birth and actions are also like that, unable for us to understand by applying logical reasoning. Manifestations:Krishna - NarayanaArjuna - NaraDraupadi : Sakti Yudhisthira - Yama Arjuna - IndraBhima - VayuNakula / Sahadeva - Ashvini Devas
Due to a boon of Siva in her previous birth, Draupadi got married to panca pandavas, the holistic combination of divine saktis. That is why she is worshipped as Draupadi Amman. The Prakrti Tattva (Draupadi) is verily embedded in the Panca bhutas (Panca Pandavas).
Yudhisthira repeatedly tells Duryodhana that only between them as Kings, the gambling game should take place. But the latter forces Sakuni upon Yudhisthira through dubious means and cheats him finally. It is not that Yudhisthira does not know his limits or the nuances of dharma . The moot point is that even he is no exception in the larger context of divine dispensation and is reduced to merely a puppet when destiny strikes harder.
As held by various Sages, we have to unconditionally submit to whatever the Supreme does. As a follower of Scriptures one may think that certain deeds of Krishna are not clear from a dharmic perspective. But for a pure devotee whatever Krishna does is only dharma. That is the amazing beauty of devotion. Until we reach that ecstatic stage, such questions are bound to arise.
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Sat, 12/06/2014 - 18:28

SrI DattAreya was born to SrI anasUyA devI - atri maharishi. He represents trimUrtis in the form of brahMA, VishNu and sadASiva .

Adau brahmA madhye vishNurante devah sadASivah !
MUrtitraya svarUpAya dattAtreya namostu te !!
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Sat, 11/22/2014 - 06:53
While Mystics know the embedded secrets of cosmic order and time concept in a holistic manner and much better than us, the detailed descriptions of the features and deterioration of Kali Yuga as spelt out in the various PurANAs and other Vedic Scriptures is not yet fully visible. Taking this into consideration coupled with other factors like the duration of Kali yuga, manifestation of Kalki avatAra , views of traditional AcAryas and so on, it is difficult to conclude with certainty that Kali Yuga was already over ( in 1974 or so) and that we are in the Satya Yuga (Kruta yuga) Sandhi kAla. The difference in the time duration concept for Devas (1 day of Devas = 1 year of human beings) makes the subject more complex.
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Sun, 11/09/2014 - 16:26
ACI Excellence  Award For Young Artistes for the year 2014 was presented to Archana Bharadwaj, Aarathi Bharadwaj and Anahita   Ravindran by Arts Culture India Foundation, Chennai on 8th November 2014 in a Felicitation Function at  GRT Grand, Chennai.  These Awards were presented in recognition of their excellence in Vocal Carnatic Music as upcoming Artistes. We heartily congratulate these  talented young Artistes  and wish them all the best.

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Fri, 10/10/2014 - 21:51
 It is very auspicious to recite SrI DAmodarAshtakam and pray for the blessings of  SrI RAdhAkrishNa during the month of  kArtikai and   especially  on DeepAvali day.

namAmISvaram sac-cid-Ananda-rUpam
lasat-kuNdalam gokule bhrAjamAnam !
yaSodAbhiyolUkhalAd dhAvamAnam
paramrushtamatyam tatodrutya gopyA !!
rudantam muhur netra-yugmam mrujantam
karAmbhoja-yugmena sAtanka-netram !
muhuh SvAsa-kampa-trirekhAnka-kantha
sthita graivam damodaram bhakti-baddham !!
itIdruk sva-leelAbhirAnanda-kuNde
sva-ghosham nimajjantamAkhyApayantam !
tadIyeSitajneshu bhaktair jitatvam
punah prematastam satAvrutti vande !!
varam deva moksham na mokshAvadhim vA
na cAnyam vruNe‘ham vareSAdapIha !
idam te vapurnAtha gopAla-bAlam
sadA me manasyAvirAstAm kimanyaih !!
idam te mukhAmbhojamayakta-neelair
vrutam kuntalaih snigdha-raktais ca gopyA !
muhuscumbitam bimba-raktAdharam me
manasyAvirAstAmalam laksha-lAbhaih !!
namo deva dAmodarAnanta vishNo
prasIda prabho duhkha-jAlAbdhi-magnam !
krupA drushti vrushtyAtidInam batAnu
gruhANeSa mAmajnamedhyakshi-drSyah !!
kuberAtmajau baddha-mUrtyaiva yadvat
tvayA mocitau bhakti-bhAjau krutau ca !
tathA prema-bhaktim svakAm me prayaccha
na mokshe graho me‘sti damodareha !!
namaste‘stu dAmne sphurad-dIpti-dhAmne
tvadIyodarAyAtha viSvasya dhAmne !
namo rAdhikAyai tvadIya-priyAyai
namo ‘nanta-leelAya devAya tubhyam !!
जय जय श्रीराधे
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Wed, 09/10/2014 - 20:19
One who does annadānam(feeding of poor) daily, one who is a nitya agnihotri, one who is an expert of Vedānta, one who has lived for more than eighty years, one who undertakes fasting on ekādaśi, one who is a chaste woman who adores and follows her husband – to all these six I offer my profound salutations.nityānnadātā   taruāgnihotri vedāntavid candrasahasradarśi !
āsi ca pativratā ca ṣad jīvaloke mama vandanīyā !!
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RADHASHTAMI Celebrations - 2 September 2014 - Tuesday

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 10:32
SrI  RAdhA is none other than SrI MahAlakshmI, who out of great compassion, facilitates the individual Self to get the divine grace of the Supreme BhagavAn SrI KrshNa, the glorious YogeSvara. According to the Scriptures, the best way to approach SrI KrshNa is through first obtaining the grace of SrI RAdhA. Even a grave sinner gets redemption through Her ceaseless divine grace and becomes purified to serve the lotus feet of SrI RAdhA KrshNa. Let us not miss this opportunity to offer our humble and sincere prayers to the ever fresh and fragrant queen of BrndAvan. On this most auspicious RAdhAshtamI  day, may SrI RAdhA shower Her blessings on all. 
श्रीगोविन्दप्रियां राज्ञीं वृन्दावन मनोहरीम् !कृपास्वरूपिणीं दिव्यां राधा देवीं नमाम्यहम् !!
Sri Radha Krupa Kataksha Stava Raja Stotram
 Sri Krishna  Krupa Kataksha  Stava Raja Stotram
 Barsane Wali Radhe
 Paramadhan Radhe 
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