MONTHLY ARCHIVE OF UPDATES

JANUARY 2015

 

 

Thu, 1 January 2015: (Sri Ekadashi)
A Glimpse from the Dham
Two photographs taken two days ago of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj watching the boat at Sri Govinda Kunda, Nabadwip, being taken out for maintenance and repairs.

 

 

Sri Ekadashi Guidance
Guidelines on how to observe and honour this holy day: Ekadashi takes an indispensible part in the life of a sincere practitioner. At Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Ekadashi and paran are observed with affection and without fail according to the dates given in the Calendar.

 

New Year Message
His Divine Grace Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj addressing the devotees worldwide, expressing his wishes and blessings for the new 2015: "It is necessary to preach, follow, and practise Krishna consciousness more. Next year, with a good heart and good health, continue your service to Gurudev."
Download the audio (0.5 Mb, 2 min), watch the video.

 

Fri, 2 January 2015: (Paran by 9:13 am)
Guidance: Issue #01 (ePub, 0.5 Mb)
We are presenting an ePub file for offline reading on mobile phones and tablets containing the lectures of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj published here as of today and pray this serves as a source of guidance, nourishment, and life to all the devotees and well-wishers worldwide.

 

Sat, 3 January 2015:
দুর্লভ মনুষ্য জন্ম ও তাহার অর্থ
"জীব জাগ, জীব জাগ, গোরাচাঁন বলে, কত নিদ্রা যাও মায়া-পিশাচীর কোলে । তোমারে লইতে আমি হইনু অবতার, এনেছি ঔষধি মায়া নাশিবার লাগি' ।"
Download the audio (20 Mb, 60 min)

Kirtans
Chanted on 28 December 2014 by His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj:
Sri Guru charana-padma • Sri Krishna Chaitanya Prabhu daya kara more • Ohe Vaishnava Thakura dayara sagara • Nitai-pada-kamala • Emona durmati samsara bhitare • Sarvasva tomara charane sapiya
Download the audio (11.3 Mb, 33 min)

 

Sun, 4 January 2015:
Open Your Eyes
What are you doing with your life? Who are your true family and well-wishers? How to get connection with the Lord? There is an unparalleled gift from the Lord and His associates right in front you...
Download the audio (2.6 Mb, 8 min)

 

Mon, 5 January 2015:
Chaste and Selfless
"If you have attachment to service for your own happiness, not for the happiness of your Guru—if your own happiness means more to you than the happiness of your Guru—then it is a problem."
Download the audio (4.2 Mb, 13 min; English and Bengali)

 

Tue, 6 January 2015:
সাধন-জীবনের নীতি
His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj speaking in Bengali to the devotees on the fundamental principles of a practitioner's life.
Download the audio (13.7 Mb, 40 min)

Kirtans
Chanted on 29 December 2014 by His Divine Grace:
Sri Guru charana-padma • Sri Krishna Chaitanya Prabhu daya kara more • Ohe Vaishnava Thakura dayara sagara • Nitai-pada-kamala • Gaurangera duti pada • Gaya Gora madhur svare • Hari haraye Nama Krsna
Download the audio (11.3 Mb, 33 min)

 

Wed, 7 January 2015:
Come What May
"So many obstacles will come, but our life is service to the Lord, our heart is service to the Lord, and we are grateful for anything that happens."
Download the audio (1.3 Mb, 4 min)

 

Thu, 8 January 2015:
জীবন: অনিত্য, দুর্ল্লভ ও ভগবানের সুখে অর্থে
"যে ভাবে ব্রজগপীর ভগবানকে সখী করেছিলেন, ভগবানকে খুশি করেছিলেন, অমাদের সেই ভাবে ভগবানকে খুশি করতে হবে, ভগবানকে সুখে করতে হবে—ভগবানের খুশি আমাদের ভজন ।
Download the audio (12 Mb, 34 min)

Kirtans
Chanted on 30 December 2014 by His Divine Grace:
Sri Guru charana-padma • Sri Krishna Chaitanya Prabhu daya kara more • Ohe Vaishnava Thakura dayara sagara • Parama karuna • Gaurangera duti pada • Hari haraye Nama Krsna
Download the audio (9.3 Mb, 28 min)

Two Photographs
Taken on 5 January 2015 in Sri Nabadwip Dham at the veranda of His Divine Grace during the evening class.

 

 

 

Fri, 9 January 2015:
At a Crossroads
Guidance for those who are uncertain about their life situation and those facing an important choice in their life: to join the temple or remain a householder?
Download the audio (2.4 Mb, 8 min)

 

Sat, 10 January 2015:
Announcement:

Ganga Sagar Preaching and Temple Inauguration
It has already become a tradition that Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math takes part in the large-scale annual preaching at the Ganga Sagar Mela, and this year we are happy to announce that the construction of our temple has finished and His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj is inaugurating the temple installing there the presiding Deities—Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gandharva Govindasundar Jiu.
     Although on such a short notice, we are cordially inviting all the devotees to take part in the festival. The Ganga Sagar Mela is on 14-15 January. The Deity and Temple inauguration is on 13 January. The Address is Ganga Sagar, Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Ganga Sagar Ashram, Village Chakaphuladubi, South 24 Paragons, W.Bengal, phone number 9775384623. Shall you require advice on how to reach the Math from Kolkata, feel free to contact us at info.at.scsmathinternational.com.
গঙ্গাসাগর: আগামী সপ্তাহে, ১২-১৫ জানুয়ারী বার্ষিক গঙ্গাসাগর মেলা এবং ১৩ই জানুয়ারী অমাদের গঙ্গাসাগরের শ্রীচৈতন্য সার্বত মঠে ঠাকুরের (শ্রীশ্রীগুরু-গৈরাঙ্গ গান্ধর্ব্ব গোবিন্দসুন্দরজীউ) শুভ প্রতিষ্ঠা দিন । এই মহোৎসবে আপনাকে সবিনয়ে সাদর আমন্ত্রণ জানাইতেছি ।

Ganga Sagar Temple Inauguration: Preparation
As the time approaches the auspicious day, the devotees are busy preparing for the festival both at the Ganga Sagar Math and at the place of the Mela (a half-an-hour drive from the temple). Presented here are several pictures capturing the activities at the temple (taken just a short while ago today).

The Significance of Ganga Sagar (by Sripad B.K. Tyagi Maharaj)
A comprehensive article from Sri Gaudiya Darshan explaining the ontological and spiritual significance of Ganga Sagar Mela and appreciation of the Gaudiya Vaishnavs towards this event: "The origin and glory of the Ganges and the Lord’s Pastimes at Ganga Sagar are described in Srimad Bhagavatam and other Gaudiya Vaishnava scriptures. Here they are presented in summary form..."

 

Sun, 11 January 2015:
Correction: Try and Pray
How to help others in their service, when you know they are doing something wrong, without hurting their feelings and discouraging them? Is there anything that can secure your life in Krishna consciousness?
Download the audio (1.6 Mb, 5 min)

 

Mon, 12 January 2015:
Kirtan Pastimes
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj reading in Bengali from Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Adi-lila, chapter 17, on 31 December 2014.
Download the audio (10 Mb, 29 min)

 

Tue, 13 January 2015 (Mahaprabhu leaves Nabadwip; Deity installation in Ganga Sagar):
Proper Utilisation
"All our Guru-varga gave their life for service to the Lord. Gurupad-padma, Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur—they all used everybody and everything for service to the Lord."
Download the audio (1 Mb, 3 min)

In a lecture about Sriman Mahaprabhu's sannyas-lila, Srila Govinda Maharaj commented: "We have seen that Srila Guru Maharaj was always deeply intoxicated with Mahaprabhu’s sannyas-lila. He established as a rule in Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math that for the three days the devotees will live very simply and eat only some rice and dalma, dal with mixed vegetables."

 

Wed, 14 January 2015: (Sriman Mahaprabhu is walking to Katwa; preaching at Ganga Sagar Mela)
আমাদের প্রতিজ্ঞ
"দুর্লভ মানব জন্ম লভিয়া সংসারে কৃষ্ণ না ভজিনু দুঃখ কহিব কাহারে । দিন যায় মিছা কাজে নিশা নিদ্রাবশে নাহি ভাবি মরণ নিকটে আছে বসে । অতএব মায়া মোহ ছাড়ি বুদ্ধিমান নিত্যতত্ত্ব কৃষ্ণভক্তি করুন সন্ধান ।"
Download the audio (9.3 Mb, 27 min)

 

Thu, 15 January 2015: (Sriman Mahaprabhu takes sannyas; preaching at Ganga Sagar Mela)
Sannyas Lila: Roaming the Land
"Mahaprabhu would go in a zigzag way—sometimes He went to the East, sometimes to the West, and the devotees followed Him not knowing where He was going..."
Download the audio (7.5 Mb, 25 min)

Sri Nimai Sannyas (English, Bengali, an audio recording)
Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj's poem expressing the grief-stricken hearts of the residents of Nabadwip: "Vishvambhar, the son of Jagannath Mishra, who resides in Nabadwip, Sachi's Nimai, has taken sannyas. A tumult of cries filled the sky—Sachi's Nimai has taken sannyas!"

From Sri Sri Prema Dhama Deva Stotram:
laksa-lochanasru-varsa-harsa-kesa-kartanam
koti-kantha-krsna-kirtanadhya-danda-dharanam
nyasi-vesa-sarvadesa-ha-hutasa-kataram
prema-dhama-devam eva naumi gaura-sundaram

"Sri Gaurasundara departed from Nabadwip and went away to become a sannyasi (monk), leaving behind his family members and friends whose eyes were filled with tears. He accepted the staff and waterpot as his only possessions, the emblems of a renunciate. When his long hair was cut off and his head was shaved, thousands of voices sang the holy names. The devotee's eyes shed rivers of tears, since they knew he was going into the world and leaving them behind. From that time, whoever saw him in the red garments of a sannyasi cried out loud in grief. I sing with joy the unending glories of my sweet Lord, my golden Gaurasundara, the one and only divine abode of pure love."

 

Fri, 16 January 2015: (Sri Ekadashi)
Sannyas Lila: Breaking the Staff
As Mahaprabhu heads towards Jagannath Puri, more Pastimes unfold. Shortly before entering the Jagannath temple, Nityananda Prabhu breaks the danda of Mahaprabhu. Why did He do it and why did Mahaprabhu allow Him to do it?
Download the audio (2 Mb, 6 min)

Sri Ekadashi Guidance
Guidelines on how to observe and honour this holy day: Ekadashi takes an indispensible part in the life of a sincere practitioner. At Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Ekadashi and paran are observed with affection and without fail according to the dates given in the Calendar.

 

Sat, 17 January 2015: (Paran between 6:36 a.m. and 10 a.m.)
Meeting Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya
"...In the meantime, Mahaprabhu reached the Jagannath temple. Chanting 'Jagannath, Jagannath,' He entered the Garba mandir."
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Sun, 18 January 2015:
Strong Desire
"If you have this kind of strong desire, mercy will come. It is necessary to have such permanent, unflinching desire for service, for chanting or anything else." What kind of desire is it?
Download the audio (1 Mb, 3 min)

Invitation:

Sri Nityananda Prabhu's Appearance Day (on 1 February 2015)
We are cordially inviting all devotees, friends, and well-wishers to join the grand celebration of the holy appearance day of Sri Nityananda Prabhu at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Sri Ekachakra Dham (the birthplace of Sri Nityananda Prabhu) or the local centres worldwide and participate in the worship, lectures, kirtans, prasad seva, and other numerous services. If anyone wishes to come to the temple at Sri Ekachakra Dham and requires assistance, please contact us at info.at.scsmathinternational.com.

শ্রীশ্রীনিত্যানন্দপ্রভুর শুভাবির্ভাব তিথি ১ ফেব্রুয়ারি ২০১৫ হইবে আর এই দিনে শ্রীচৈতন্য-সারস্বত মঠে, শ্রীএকচক্রা ধামে ও আমাদের আন্যান্য দেশি বিদেশি আশ্রমে, বিশেষ পূজা, পাঠ, পারায়ণ, কীর্ত্তন, ভাষণ ও প্রসাদ বিতরণ অনুষ্ঠান করা হবে । এই মহামহোৎসবে আপনাকে আন্তরিকভবে আমন্ত্রণ জানাইতেছি । শ্রীএকচক্রা ধামের ঠিকানা : শ্রীচৈতন্য-সারস্বত কৃষ্ণানুশীলন সংঘ, গর্ভাবাস (একচক্রা গ্রাম), বীরবন্দ্রপুর, জেলা-বীরভূম, পশ্চিমবঙ্গ ।

 

Mon, 19 January 2015:
Abhidheya: the Main Practice
"Why do we do kirtan? Why do we do service? We must understand it, then we will get happiness through our service."
Download the audio (2 Mb, 7 min)

 

Tue, 20 January 2015:
সেব-প্রবৃত্তি
ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রী শ্রীল ভক্তি নির্ম্মল আচার্য্য মহারাজের হরি-কথামৃত ও কীর্ত্তন ।
His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj's recent Bengali class and kirtans.
Download the audio (15 Mb, 44 min)

 

Wed, 21 January 2015:
The Soul's Misery
"Illusory environment means we are covered by an illusory net and we forget everything. Overcoming this illusory environment will depend on the quality of our surrender."
Download the audio (2.2 Mb, 7 min)

 

Thu, 22 January 2015:
Adosa-Darasi
"Gurudev said, 'If you criticise somebody, that fault will come to you.' He did not want to hear anybody criticising or anybody being criticised. Criticism takes one to a hellish position."
Download the audio (1.4 Mb, 5 min)

 

Fri, 23 January 2015:
The Garden of Sri Sri Guru Gauranga
A few glimpses of the flower garden at its blossom at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Sri Nabadwip Dham, captured yesterday.


 

A Glimpse of the Evening Darshan
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj giving Hari-katha to the assembled devotees.

 

 

 

Sat, 24 January 2015:
Sadhu-Sanga: Primary Practice
"Life is very short, we can die any time, so we must realise now what we must do—what Srimad Bhagavatam says, what Srimad Bhagavad-gita says—and follow that."
Download the audio (1.1 Mb, 4 min)

 

Sun, 25 January 2015: (Sri Krishna Vasanta Panchami)
Full Surrender
His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj explains the six limbs, constituents, of surrender.
Download the audio (1.3 Mb, 4 min)

 

Mon, 26 January 2015: (Appearance Day of Sri Advaita Acharya)
Ganga Sagar: Temple Inauguration and Preaching
Three pages and over 150 photos taken during the grand preaching programme at Ganga Sagar this year:
Part One (preparation to the temple inauguration; 27 Mb)
Part Two (inauguration, sankirtan, prasad seva, initiations; 29 Mb)
Part Three (Ganga Sagar Mela, worship of Ganga Devi; 14.5 Mb)
Also available for download as a single PDF (25 Mb).

 

Tue, 27 January 2015:
Vibhavari Sesa
"O souls! The night has ended and the light has come. Awake and arise! Chant 'Hari! Hari!' The Supreme Lord Krishna is the bestower of liberation, the demon Mura's enemy, and Sri Radha's lover. He appears as Hayagriva, the horse-headed Avatar."
Download the audio (2.4 Mb, 7 min)

 

Wed, 28 January 2015:
Reviving Srila Prabhupad's Preaching
"...At that time Srila Sridhar Maharaj decided to go to Vrindavan and do bhajan, but when he got some akash dhvani, "What did I give you sannyas for? For your own self?" he hurried away from Vrindavan..."
Download the audio (1.2 Mb, 4 min)

 

Thu, 29 January 2015: Tomorrow is Ekadashi
Reforming Others
Three educational stories from the life of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur and his disciple Sripad B.D. Madhav Maharaj.
Download the audio (1.4 Mb, 5 min)

 

Fri, 30 January 2015: Sri Ekadashi
Proper Positioning
"It is not easy to take sannyas, but it is very easy to fall down: if you can avoid kanak, kamini, pratistha and give them to their proprietors, then you will have no problem and you will not fall down."
Download the audio (1.1 Mb, 4 min)

Sri Ekadashi Guidance
Guidelines on how to observe and honour this holy day: Ekadashi takes an indispensible part in the life of a sincere practitioner. At Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Ekadashi and paran are observed with affection and without fail according to the dates given in the Calendar.

 

 

Sat, 31 January 2015: Varaha Dvadasi, paran between 6:25 and 10:00 a.m.
Sri Ekachakra Dham: Varaha Dvadasi (Noon arati and prasad seva)
As the day unfolds, a few hundred devotees arrive at the Math, and are just in time for the noon arati and prasad seva.

 

 

Kirtans
Chanted on 30 January 2015 at Sri Ekachakra Dham, led by His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj:
Vandana • Sri Guru charana-padma • Sri Krishna Chaitanya Prabhu daya kara more • Ohe Vaishnava Thakura dayara sagara • Nitai-pada-kamala • Akrodha paramananda Nityananda Raya • Gaurangera duti pada • Sarvasva tomara charane sapiya • Jaya Radha-Madhava
Download the audio (12.2 Mb, 36 min)

Sri Ekachakra Dham: Varaha Dvadasi (Morning)
Pictures of a chilly late winter morning at Sri Ekachakra temple of Sri Sri Guru Gaura Nityananda on the adhivas day of Sri Nityananda Prabhu's appearance day and Varaha Dvadasi, the appearance of Lord Varahadev.

 

Sri Nityananda Prabhu's Appearance Day: Setting the Mood
As the supremely fortunate devotees from all over India and overseas converge at Sri Ekachakra Dham at the lotus feet of Om Vishnupad Sri Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj, the preparation for the festival is in full joyful swing—decorating the temple, collecting the bhog (innumerous sacks of vegetables) and fuel (a truck-full of logs), preparing the cooking area, to name just a few. After the evening arati, His Divine Grace gives an evening lecture preparing the devotees' hearts to celebrate the glorious day.
First part of the lecture (yesterday, 30 January), Bengali and occasional English.
Download the audio (5.5 Mb, 16 min)

 

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Sri Bhakti Siddhanta Vani
'If someone does not consider it necessary to faithfully follow their Guru and the Vaishnavs, their endeavour to serve the Lord is not service to the Lord—it is service to maya.'

 

Sri Sri Prema-Vivarta
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