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Radha Vinod Ji Jamai Thakur temple in Vrindavan.

The deity of Vinod Ji was mysteriously found in a river by the great devotee named Vancharam in eastern Bengal. Once while taking his daily bath in the river he heard a voice saying “take me out of the water and bring me to your home” but Vancharam couldn’t locate the source of the voice. The next day the same thing happened. On the third day when he was going out of the water something clung to his foot and to his surprise it was the beautiful deity of Sri Kṛṣṇa.
Vinod Ji as Vancharam called Him was very luxurious there was no end to His demands. When Vancharam couldn’t fulfill His demands He either urged someone else or He Himself brought the things wanted somehow from somewhere, sometimes He had to steal or plunder. Once Vinod Ji wanted to eat vegetable made of mustard flowers. After sunset He went to the field of a farmer and collected the flowers. At night He said to Vancharam in a dream “since long I haven’t eaten vegetable prepared from mustard flowers. You offer it today”. Vancharam didn’t know where he could get mustard flowers, with tension in his mind he visited Vinod-Thakur Ji in the morning and saw that the deity was decorated with mustard flowers and had more wrapped in a pitambara cloth. Vancharam was well known for his hospitality and his door was open for anyone. One night when he and his wife were sleeping, three guests knocked at the door. Vinod Ji didn’t want their sleep to be disturbed so He received the guests Himself. Vinod Ji went to the shop where Vancharam used to purchase provisions and said to the shop keeper, “Vancharam has sent me to get some things on loan” the shop keeper asked, how can I give provisions to someone I never seen or heard of before? Vinod Ji gave him a gold bangle and said “return this to Vancharam”.
The shop keeper agreed. Next morning Vancharam surprised and confused asked the guests when they had come and who opened the door? Your son opened the door and made all the arrangements for the food. We did not want to disturb you. At noon when the shop keeper came with the gold bangle, the mystery was solved. Vancharam used to smoke hukka water pipe and offer it to Vinod Ji who enjoyed it after every meal, because it was shared with love. Even today Vinod Ji still enjoys His Hukka. And he really smokes it by Himself. For a long time Vinod Ji was without a consort, sportive as He was He began to think of marriage. He decided to marry the royal landlord Rajarishi Banavari lal’s daughter whose name was Radha. Vinod Ji inspired and sent one of His devotees to the Raja landlord to tell him about the mysterious deity of Sri Kṛṣṇa found by Vancharam and worshipped in his home. The Raja heard all about the daily pastimes and miracles performed by Vinod ji and decided to visit the place with his wife and daughter Radha. As they were looking at Vinod Ji Radha clasped her mother and said, look mother how He is smiling and looking at me! Foolish said the mother. The sweet smiles of Vinod Ji so captured the heart of Radha that she thought of Him day and night and often visited Him together with her father who also grew stronger affection for Vinod Ji. One day Radha said to her father in front of Vancharam that she wanted to take Vinod Ji home. But will Vancharam let us do so the father replied? Vancharam directly said, who am I to say that you should or should not? At night Vinod Ji said to Vancharam in a dream, “Let Me go with the Raja. I am pleased with you. Don’t be sad, for you will soon realize Me”. Radha served Vinod Ji with heart and soul, she arranged His meals, clothing and decorations. Vinod Ji was very much pleased with her service but He often teased her. He would sometimes after eating rub His dirty hands on her dress sometimes pinch her and sometimes even spit at her. Her love for Vinod only increased and so did His love pranks. One day, He caught the corner of the princess’s sari and said, “You must marry Me.” she told her mother about it who first didn’t believe. After some time, the princess became ill. Vinod Ji told Radha’s mother in a dream, “Radha will not survive but you need not worry. She will die to live with Me as My bride. You should make one deity of Radha from the wood of the dry cedar tree in your garden and marry her to Me.” And so it happened that as soon as the deity of Radha was installed, the princess Radha passed away. The cremation of princess Radha was carried out at the same time that Radha’s deity form was being installed beside Vinod Ji . Sri Vinod Ji now became Sri Radha-Vinod Ji. After some time, the landlord Raja later known as Sri Vanamali Das went to Vrindavan and brought Sri Radha-Vinod Ji with him. He constructed and established a temple at this place.
Rajarishi Ray Vanamali Das became a great devotee of the Sri Gaudiya Vaishnava Sampradaya by the mercy of Sri Radha Vinod Ji.
Photo of Aghoracharya Vishnuswami Totagopinathdas Suryasu Ram
At Radha Vinod Ji Jamai Thakur temple in Vrindavan

Aghoracharya Vishnuswami Totagopinath Das Suryasu Ram

Aghoracharya Vishnuswami Totagopinath Das Suryasu Ram Born in Sweden by the Name Daniel in the year 1982 on the 28th day of July At the age of six after being informed that his body was sick and was diagnosed with terminal diabetes. Asking the Questions of who am I? what am I? why am I suffering? Eventually Came to the realization that his body is a machine that was broken. This Triggered him to explore spirituality setting the framework of his journey inwards and to the Vast land of Bharta Varsh. It has been 12 journeys to India so far. In 2002 he went to Punjab and Lived with a Sikh family for 6 weeks. Learning about Selfless service, Dharma, Meditation, Prayer, Singing the name of God in true nonsectarian spirit. In 2007 Exploring Haridwar Rishikesh and Vrindavan where He met his Guru for the first time. Venturing back to Sweden and Continuing Research on Indian religion Philosophical studies And spiritual practices. In 2008 Venturing back to India and to Vrindavan he received Diksha in Shyamanandi Parivar from Sri Hridayananda Das Babaji. Living in the Ashram with his beloved guru and god brothers developing a strong Loving relationship to Radha Krsna and rendering service as a Pujari he was also developing a strong presence of Shiva visiting him daily either in his dreams or while he was rendering his service and duties. After direct instructions from his senior God brother and Gurudeva Sri Hridayananda Das Babaji blessing him he set out for Varanasi In search of Aghora. Meeting his now Guru Babaji Anil Ram Aghori Of the Kina Ram Aghora Sampradaya and first received mantra diksha and a year later received sanyasi diksha further directing him to teach Sri Aghor Vaishnava siddhanta all over the world. Including his attendance at Maha kumbh mela in Haridwar in 2010, living a couple of years as a homeless wandering sadhu in India. Aghoracharya Vishnuswami maintains a ashram in Sweden and has disciples all over USA, Canada, Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Mexico, Sweden, England, Germany, Austria, Spain, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, India, Italy, Bangladesh

Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam
The world is one family

Words from Aghoracharya Vishnuswami Totagopinath Das Suryasu Ram.
“Our tradition of Sri Aghor Vaishnav Siddhanta Rudra Sampradaya knows very well that Lord Shiva and His Shakti are expansions of Sri Hari the personality of Godhead. But instead of just worship and glorifying them we also pay attention to their teachings of devotional service to Sri Hari.
Similarly Sri Guru accepts worship and praises but doesn’t really appreciate it if one doesn’t pay attention to what Guru does or says. Rudra the Aghoreshwar taught Narada muni, Narada taught Veda Vyasa, Vyasa taught Sukadeva Goswami the Avadhuta and Sukadeva taught emperor Pariksit and the rest of the world about devotional service to the divine couple absolute truth Sriman Hari.The concept of duality can never be applied to bhakti the eternal relationship between the soul and God. The individual soul and God are never separated because God is omnipresent. The suffering experienced in one’s mind is always connected to karma, cause and effect, a pattern self created in delusion. In utter reality there is no suffering inside of us. Beyond confusion the eternal nature of the Self shines brightly. You are sat-chit-ananda, eternally blissful and free from ignorance. A diamond remains ever pure regardless of how much dust that covers it.”

  • Aghoracharya Vishnuswami

Painting made by Aniruddha Das a
Disciple of Aghoracharya Vishnuswami Totagopinathdas Suryasu Ram

Gopis

Thus seeing how the gopis were always disturbed because of their total absorption in Kṛṣṇa, Uddhava was supremely pleased. Desiring to offer them all respect, he sang as follows. Uddhava sang: Among all persons on earth, these cowherd women alone have actually perfected their embodied lives, for they have achieved the perfection of unalloyed love for Lord Govinda. Their pure love is hankered after by those who fear material existence, by great sages, and by ourselves as well. For one who has tasted the narrations of the infinite Lord, what is the use of taking birth as a high-class brahmana, or even as Lord Brahma himself?
How amazing it is that these simple women who wander about the forest, seemingly spoiled by improper behavior, have achieved the perfection of unalloyed love for Kṛṣṇa, the Supreme Soul! Still, it is true that the Supreme Lord Himself awards His blessings even to an ignorant worshiper, just as the best medicine works even when taken by a person ignorant of its ingredients.
When Lord Sri Kṛṣṇa was dancing with the gopīs in the rasa-lila, the gopis were embraced by the arms of the Lord. This transcendental favor was never bestowed upon the goddess of fortune or other consorts in the spiritual world. Indeed, never was such a thing even imagined by the most beautiful girls in the heavenly planets, whose bodily luster and aroma resemble the lotus flower. And what to speak of worldly women who are very beautiful according to material estimation?
The gopis of Vrindavan have given up the association of their husbands, sons and other family members, who are very difficult to give up, and they have forsaken the path of chastity to take shelter of the lotus feet of Mukunda, Kṛṣṇa, which one should search for by Vedic knowledge. Oh, let me be fortunate enough to be one of the bushes, creepers or herbs in Vrindavan, because the gopis trample them and bless them with the dust of their lotus feet.
The goddess of fortune herself, along with Lord Brahma and all the other demigods, who are masters of yogic perfection, can worship the lotus feet of Kṛṣṇa only within her mind. But during the rasa dance Lord Kṛṣṇa placed His feet upon these gopis breasts, and by embracing those feet the gopis gave up all distress. I repeatedly offer my respects to the dust from the feet of the women of Nanda Maharaja’s cowherd village. When these gopis loudly chant the glories of Sri Kṛṣṇa, the vibration purifies the three worlds.

  • Srimad Bhagavatam 10.47.57-63

Arjuna

Arjuna said to Sri Krishna: Your form, adorned with various crowns, clubs and discs, is difficult to see because of its glaring effulgence, which is fiery and immeasurable like the sun. You are the supreme primal objective; You are the best in all the universes; You are inexhaustible, and You are the oldest; You are the maintainer of religion, the eternal personality of Godhead.

– Bhagavad Gita 11.17-18

Narayana

Narayana is the Lord of the universe. This master is the ruler of himself. He is the eternally auspicious one and He is constant and unchanging. This Narayana is the highest thing to be known. He is the inner-psyche of all. He is the supreme object and the highest goal of attainment. Narayana is the supreme Brahman. Narayana is the supreme reality. Narayana is the supreme light. Narayana is the supreme Self. Narayana is the most excellent meditate and meditation.

– Yajur Veda

Nothing is unobtainable

Nothing is unobtainable for devotees who have satisfied the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is the cause of all causes, the original source of everything. The Lord is the reservoir of unlimited spiritual qualities. For devotees, therefore, who are transcendental to the modes of material nature, what is the use of following the principles of religion, economic development, sense gratification and liberation, which are all automatically obtainable under the influence of the modes of nature? We devotees always glorify the lotus feet of the Lord, and therefore we need not ask for anything in terms of dharma, kama, artha and moksha. Religion, economic development and sense gratification — these are described in the Vedas as tri-varga, or three ways to salvation. Within these three categories are education and self-realization; ritualistic ceremonies performed according to Vedic injunction; logic; the science of law and order; and the various means of earning one’s livelihood. These are the external subject matters of study in the Vedas, and therefore I consider them material. However, I consider surrender to the lotus feet of Lord Vishnu to be transcendental.
Narayana, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the well-wisher and friend of all living entities, formerly explained this transcendental knowledge to the great saint Narada. Such knowledge is extremely difficult to understand without the mercy of a saintly person like Nārada, but everyone who has taken shelter of Nārada’s disciplic succession can understand this confidential knowledge.
Prahlada Maharaja continued: I received this knowledge from the great saint Narada Muni, who is always engaged in devotional service. This knowledge, which is called bhagavata-dharma, is fully scientific. It is based on logic and philosophy and is free from all material contamination.

– Srimad Bhagavatam Mahapurana 7.6.25-28

The suffering and duality

“The suffering experienced in one’s mind is always connected to karma, cause and effect, a pattern self created in delusion. In utter reality there is no suffering inside of us. Beyond confusion the eternal nature of the Self shines brightly. You are sat-chit-ananda, eternally blissful and free from ignorance. A diamond remains ever pure regardless of how much dust that covers it.”

“The concept of duality can never be applied to bhakti the eternal relationship between the soul and God. The individual soul and God are never separated because God is omnipresent.”

  • Aghoracharya Vishnuswami