MONTHLY ARCHIVE OF UPDATES

APRIL 2015

 

Wed, 1 April 2015: (Paran 5:34–9:33; Disappearance of Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj)
Srila Gurudev's Festival at Sri Nabadwip Dham
Photographs taken today at the morning and noon programmes, on the disappearance day of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, presided over His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj. (Photographs, 9.3 Mb)

 

The Gift of Guru
"If Gurudev had not come, who would have been able to tell us about the glories of Gauranga?"
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Odds and Ends
Several educating excerpts from the lectures of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj that were not included in the main posts:
Tiredness • Two modern gurus • The 3 a.m. loudspeaker in Nabadwip • All the glitters is not gold • Purpose of collection • Stepmothers serving prasadam • Using Guru for your pleasure • Daily kirtans • Addiction to arepa.
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Guidance: Issue #02, 2015/1 (ePub, 0.3 Mb)
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 from January to March 2015. We pray this serves as a source of guidance, nourishment, and life to all the devotees and well-wishers worldwide.

 

Thu, 2 April 2015:
Srila Gurudev's Disappearance Day, Morning Class (Bengali)
Appreciating the good fortune and practice • Urging to preach for Gurudev • Separation from devotees—the most painful • Reading from Sri Sri Prema-vivarta (Chaters 6-10)
অত্যন্ত দুর্লভ সৌভাগ্য • ভক্ত বিরহ সবচেয়ে খারাপ দুঃখ • গুরু ভোগ জন্য নয় • শ্রীশ্রীপ্রেমবিবর্ত্ত থেকে পড়া: "জীব-গতি", "সকলের পক্ষে নাম", "কুটীনাটী ছাড়", "যুক্তবৈরাগ্য", "জাতিকুল" (অধ্যায় ৬-১০).
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Kirtans: Sri Rupa-manjari padaSrimad Rupa Goswami Prabhur SochakaHari Haraye
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Fri, 3 April 2015:
Srila Gurudev's Disappearance Day, Noon Programme (Bengali)
Raghunath Das Goswami's pain of separation and nourishment • Guru as nondifferent from the Lord • Srila Gurudev's coming to the Math, relationship with Srila Sridhar Maharaj, pranam mantra • The glory of the Math • Prayer to Srila Gurudev's feet and guidance for the devotees.
রঘুনাথদাস গোস্বামীর বিপ্রলম্ভব্যথা ও আশা • গুরুদেব সাক্ষাৎ ভগবান • শ্রীল শ্রীধর মহারজের সঙ্গে শ্রীল ভক্তি সুন্দর গোবিন্দ দেবগোস্বামী মহারাজের সম্পর্ক • মাঠের প্রচুর মহিমা • গুরুদেবের চরণে প্রর্থনা ও ভক্তের জন্য উপদেশ, ইত্যাদি.
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Kirtans (preceding the lecture):
• Ye anila prema-dhana • Amara jivana sada pape rata • Jaya Radha-Madhava
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Sat, 4 April 2015:
Jagadananda Pandit's Chastity
Pastimes of Jagadananda Pandit and Sanatan Goswami that are an example for the whole world to follow: what is the real meaning of praise and chastisement? How extreme can one's chastity be?
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Sun, 5 April 2015:
Evening Class (Bengali)
Sanatan siksa, Reading from Sri Sri Prema-vivarta (chapters 10-16).
সনাতন সিক্ষা, শ্রীশ্রীপ্রেমবিবর্ত্ত থেকে পড়া: "জাতিকুল", "নবদ্বীপ-দীপক", "বৈষ্ণব-মহিমা", "শ্রীগৌরদর্শনের ব্যাকুলতা", "বিপরীত বিবর্ত্ত", "শ্রীনবদ্বীপে পূর্বাহ্ন-লীলা", "পীরিতি কিরূপ ?" (অধ্যায় ১০-১৬).
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Kirtans:
• Sri Guru charana-padma • Sri Krishna Chaitanya Prabhu daya kara more • Ei-bara karuna kara Vaisnava Gosai • Akrodha paramananda Nityananda Raya • Yadi Gaura na ha'ta • Gaya Gora madhur svare • Hari Haraye.
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Mon, 6 April 2015:
Divine Guidance
Printed originally in 1993, this is the third book by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj that was published from Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. Now this book is added to the Library and is available for online reading, download, and worship.

 

Wholesome Transformation
Kirtan, purity of mind, good association, and prasad—transform your life with chaste practice: "Practise Krishna consciousness in this way and you will see how much your spiritual life will increase."
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Tue, 7 April 2015:
The Ball Is in Your Court
Now is the time to make the best of your good fortune: fulfil your Guru's desire, practise, and become successful!
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Wed, 8 April 2015:
Daily Kirtans
The page is prepared as a guideline for the devotees keeping in their hearts the express and repeated desire of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj that all devotees, wherever they may be staying, sing bhajan songs daily, try to learn them by heart and understand their meaning, for their own eternal benefit.

 

Thu, 9 April 2015:
Nityananda Consciousness
The glory of Sri Nityananda Prabhu and the offence of worshiping Mahaprabhu ignoring Nityananda Prabhu or His devotees.
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Fri, 10 April 2015:
A Purposeful Assembly (Bengali)
His Divine Grace Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj speaking to the assembly of Vaishnavs just prior to the beginning of the Gaura Purnima festival week.
Class: Vital meaning of Hari-katha • Gopal's mercy for Madhavendra Puri • Mahaprabhu's teachings: constant chanting, not to talk nonsense, not to dress fancy, not to mix with materialists, taking prasad.
Kirtans: Vandana • Sri Guru charana-padma • Sri Krishna Chaitanya Prabhu daya kara more • Ei-bara karuna kara Vaishnava Gosai • Parama karuna pahu dui jana • Avatara sara Gora avatara • Hare Krishna mahamantra.
Class continues: Parikrama and the festival programme outline • True jive daya • Hari Haraye Namah Krishna.
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Sat, 11 April 2015:
Stay On Board
The key how not to find yourself thrown off the board: take in the Captain's instructions and stay on board without discriminating against the members of the family.
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Sun, 12 April 2015:
A Reality Check
"Our Gurudev and Vaishnavs bestow their mercy on us, but we cannot see it because our ego is standing in the way. We think we know everything, we have everything, we are very powerful and very knowledgeable, but in fact we know nothing, we have nothing."
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Mon, 13 April 2015:
Hampering or Hankering?
Are you hampering your spiritual life with position, ego, tiredness, and pride, or hankering to proceed? Heed the words of Sri Gurudev: "Until death—for as long as you have life in this body—you must continue your practitioner's life! That is the most important thing for us in our life."
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Tue, 14 April 2015: (Disappearance of Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur)
Sincere Joy
"We are sad when others are happy and we always tells lies, but actually if somebody is preaching Krishna consciousness, it is good for us!"
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Ye Anila Prema-Dhana Karuna Prachura (Sung on disappearance days of Vaishnavs)
"Where has Advaita Acharya, the Lord who mercifully brought the wealth of divine love to this world, gone? I will break my head on a rock, I will enter into fire—where shall I go to reach the reservoir of all qualities, Sri Gauranga?"
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Hari-katha at Mamgachhi (the birthplace of Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur)
• Two kirtans written by Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur: 'Bimala hemajini tanu anupama re!' and 'Are bhai! Nitai amara dayara avadhi!'
• Hari-katha: Mahaprabhu giving His blessing to Narayani Devi (mother of Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur), kirtan in the house of Srivas Pandit.
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Wed, 15 April 2015: (Today is Sri Ekadashi)
Paupers and Misers (Preaching Guidance)
O paupers! Become rich by practising Krishna consciousness yourself, then preach to others. O misers! You have accumulated some property—distribute it; otherwise one day you will become a mango tree on a hill and all your fruit will rot!
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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.

 

Thu, 16 April 2015: (Paran 5:21–9:27 am)
Stick to Your Guns
"We are in the battlefield, and if some opposition group or enemy is coming towards you, you cannot go back. You must go forward and fire otherwise if you turn back and run away, they will shoot you in your back!"
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Note: the Mac OS iCal file of the Vaishnava Calendar has been updated, please re-upload your calendar! Download here.

 

Fri, 17 April 2015:
The Bliss of Solitude
Are you tired of the world around and feel like being alone? An educational story told by Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur may help you curb that desire—and all other material desires as well.
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Sat, 18 April 2015: (Appearance of Srila Gadadhar Pandit Goswami)
More Than Meets the Eye
"Gurudev is pleased through service. We may not be able to see it with our eyes, but that is because our eyes are always full of dust. We may see and understand him only externally...."
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Pranam mantra of Sri Gadadhar Pandit Goswami:

nilambhodhi-tate sada sva-viraha-ksepanvitam bandhavam
srimad-bhagavati katha madiraya sanjivayan bhati yah
srimad-bhagavatam sada sva-nayanasru-payanaih pujayan
gosvami-prabaro gadadhara-vibhur-bhuyat mad-eka-gatih

"On the shore of the broad blue ocean Gadadhar Pandit used to read Srimad Bhagavatam to Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, who was suffering from the great internal pain of separation from Himself (Krishna). Gadadhar Pandit supplied the wine of Krishna-lila to intoxicate his afflicted friend and give Him relief. As he read, tears would fall from his eyes like flower offerings onto the pages of Srimad Bhagavatam. May the pleasure of that brilliant personality, Gadadhar Pandit, the best of the Goswamis, be my only object in writing this book."
(Composed by Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj)

 

Sun, 19 April 2015:
Austerity in Service
"You think in your service everything will go smoothly, but it is impossible—everything cannot go smoothly. Krishna will test you, will examine you: how much tolerance do you have? How much love and affection do you have for the Lord and for your Guru?"
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Mon, 20 April 2015:
Passed or Failed?
"When you join the temple who will give you a certificate? You must make your certificate yourself. You can easily understand yourself whether you pass or fail. Examine yourself, 'Is the taste for Hari-katha, Krishna-katha coming to me or do I think more about other things?'"
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Tue, 21 April 2015:
Glory of the Holy Name: Pastime at Gora Daha
Mahaprabhu rescues a child god at the lake that later became known as Gora Daha (Gora's lake), revealing the glory of the Holy Name—a Pastime that is recorded on the holy pages of Sri Sri Prema-vivarta.
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Wed, 22 April 2015:
Chanting: Any Time
"You can chant at all times. It is not necessary to always chant on the beads, you can chant with your mouth: your mouth has two lips, just open your lips, say, 'Hare Krishna', and 'Hare Krishna', 'Hari' will come out of your mouth. What is the problem?"
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Thu, 23 April 2015:
Chanting: Any Place
A Pastime of Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, short and straightforward: "One day Mahaprabhu went to the bathroom with His tongue stuck out between His teeth...."
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First Steps in Surrender
Global answers to two global questions about surrender that can make even the boldest dreams come true.
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Fri, 24 April 2015:
Questions and Answers: Family, Books, Weeds, and Chanting
His Divine Grace is replying to the questions: How to adjust with family members? How to bring them to Krishna consciousness? What to do if there is virtually no time to read books? How to get rid of the weeds growing in our heart? Does Gurudev accept our day-to-day material activities? What to think of while chanting the Holy Name?
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Standing Invitation
"You can make an announcement and tell everyone that I want devotees to come and stay here, do some service. It is my humble prayer to everyone—any time you want to come, I always say to you, 'Please come.'"
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Sat, 25 April 2015: (Sri Jahnavi Puja, Sri Ganga Puja)
"I am Gora's!"
"If somebody does not follow our main conception, does not follow Srila Sridhar Maharaj's conception, does not follow Gurudev's conception, Gurudev's order, we cannot mix with them, we cannot accept the religion that they themselves have invented."
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"I am Gora's!"
The video recording of the class given by His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj on the first day of Sri Chandan-yatra festival, in Sri Nabadwip Dham. (10 min, 113Mb)

 

News From the Veranda (Second initiation & two new books)
Several pictures taken today at the veranda of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj.

 

 

 

 

Sun, 26 April 2015:

Sri Chandan-Yatra
The first days of Sri Chandan-yatra programmes at Sri Nabadwip Dham held under the guidance of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj.

 

News from Sri Ekachakra Dham
A new construction underway that largely expands the temple compound for the service to Their Lordships Sri Sri Guru Gaura Nityananda Jiu. (Photograps taken a few weeks ago.)

 

News from Ladies' Ashram in Kalna
With most of the recent construction and reconstruction works being finished, the ashram is now ever so radiant in its simple beauty and quiet environment.

 

 

Mon, 27 April 2015:
Chastity Is Not Lip-Deep
"My word is very heavy, but I have to say it..." Who can appreciate chastisement coming from the lotus mouth of Sri Gurudev? Fortunate is the soul who hears such chastisement, and even more fortunate is the soul who digests it.

 

Tue, 28 April 2015:

The New Land in Sri Nrisimha Palli (26 April 2015)
Photographs of the new land purchased by His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj for Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.

 

 

Open letter to devotees:

All glory to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga

Dear devotees,

Please accept my dandavat pranam.

I am writing to convey my great happiness that we have succeeded in acquiring land in Sri Nrsimha Palli. By the mercy of the devotees in Brazil, Turkey, Venezuela, and England, it has been possible. We tried to acquire this land in the time of Srila Gurudev, but some obstacles came up amongst the persons who were in possession of it and it was not possible. Now at last those obstacles have gone away, and we have succeeded in obtaining the land. I believe Srila Gurudev will be very happy about this.

I plan to start to establish a Temple at this site soon.

Yours sincerely,

Swami B. N. Acharya

 

Wed, 29 April 2015: (Today is Mohini Ekadashi)
Sleeping Habit
"To maintain the brahmacharya life, you must wake up for mangal arati—then your sannyas, your brahmacharya will last longer... If at your young age you sleep for 10-12 hours, it is very bad for your future."
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All glory to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga

Dear Devotees,

In view of the recent earthquakes in Nepal and North India, many devotees have expressed their concern for His Divine Grace, the Math temples, and the devotees. His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj is requesting everyone not to worry and assures that by the mercy of Srila Gurudev everything is continuing peacefully at all branches and temples of the Math here in India and all devotees, foreign and Indian, are not affected and continue their service uninterrupted.

Your servants,
On behalf of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math International

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.

 

Thu, 30 April 2015: (Paran 8:26–9:26 a.m.)
Sri Sri Prema-vivarta (Online reading and download)
Ever since its publication, His Divine Grace has been continually giving classes, Bengali and English, reading from this holy book and stressing the importance of realising and following its every word. Available both for purchase in the online bookstore and for download, Sri Sri Prema-vivarta is now added to the library for online reading.

New Preaching Paraphernalia
A new Tata Winger van has been added to the preaching paraphernalia of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math for the service to the lotus feet of Sri Gurudev, the devotees, and the Mission.

 

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Where Your Desire
Can Take You
Two lessons taught by Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu: both King Prataparudra and Damodar Pandit had strong desire for Mahaprabhu's mercy and earnestness in service, but was their attainment the same?

 

Sri Sri Prema-Vivarta
“Do not endeavour to make monasteries, temples, or big houses, but if you have wealth, brother, then you can make them, as you desire.”

If you remember Krishna's face, Gurudev's face at the time of death, it will be a good luck for you. If you do not practise, chanting will not come to your mouth at the time of death.

"HUMILITY, TOLERANCE, GIVING HONOUR TO OTHERS | HUMILITY, TOLERANCE, GIVING HONOUR TO OTHERS"