The songs of Vaishnava Acharyas capture the essence of the Vedic philosophy. The following audio libraries are available to help devotees learn these songs.
Gitavali: "A Collection of Songs" by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura was originally published in 1893-70. These Bengali songs were specifically composed for loud singing and glorification of the Supreme Lord.
The songs composed by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura have inspired all types of people, from ordinary conditioned souls to highly elevated devotees. The devotional songs from the book Kalyana-Kalpataru, is food for the soul and are very praiseworthy in human society.
Saranagati: "Surrendered to the Lord's Shelter" by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura was originally published in 1893. These Bengali songs outline the six-fold process of submissive surrender unto the Supreme Lord: 1) humility, (2) dedication of the self, (3) acceptance of the Lord as one's only maintainer, (4) the consciousness of 'Krsna will surely protect me', (5) execution of only those acts favorable to pure devotion, and (6) renunciation of activities adverse to pure devotion.
The songs in this section are sung every day in all the ISKCON temples. The temple program starts with Mangala Arati at 4:15 AM with devotees singing Guruvashtaka: “Prayers to the Guru” and end with Shayana Arati, where devotees sing a song glorifying the divine couple Sri Radha Krishna to engage them in service.
Singing these handpicked songs composed by the acharyas is a very good way to be absorbed totally in Krishna consciousness. These songs reveal highest levels of bhakti and are sure to evoke love for Krishna.
Srila Narottama Dasa Thakura, one of the acharyas in the Gaudiya-sampradaya composed many songs in simple Bengali language but the purport—the deep meaning of his songs—is very significant. These are recognized as authoritative by all Krishna conscious devotees.
Srila Prabhupada was expert at everything: cooking, preaching, Deity worship, public relations, sankirtan, selling incense, construction, and everything else it took to run a temple. Here we present few of his recordings which are sure to evoke devotion and are guaranteed to melt hearts of the listeners.