MONTHLY ARCHIVE OF UPDATES

AUGUST 2015

 

Sat, 1 August 2015:
Rupa-Siksa: Pure Devotion
His Divine Grace continues reading from Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Madhya-lila, chapter 19. "Pure devotion means you have no desire for anything without Krishna, and no other desires about Krishna also—you only always want devotion to Krishna. Why, when you practise Krishna consciousness, do you not get energy, do you not feel happiness?"
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News from Sri Nabadwip Dham
With the recent rains and rise of the Ganges, the level at Sri Govinda Kunda has increased fast, leaving the Kunda and the area around flooded. Three photographs taken yesterday at Sri Nabadwip Dham.

 

 

Invitation:
Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj's Disappearance Day
On Friday, 14 August, is the holy disappearance day of our supremely worshippable Srila Guru Maharaj, Om Vishnupad Sri Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. We would like to extend an invitation to all devotees and friends to join us in the special worship, lecture, reading of scriptures, kirtan, glorification, bhoga offering, prasad distribution, and other practices of pure devotion on this holy separation festival (viraha maha-mahotsav) that shall be held under the guidance and in the shelter of the lotus feet of Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj in Sri Nabadwip Dham and our other Indian and worldwide centres.
আগামী ১৪ শ্রীধর, ২৮শে শ্রাবণ, ১৪২২ (ইং ১৪ই আগষ্ট, ২০১৫) শুক্রবার পরমারাধ্যতম শ্রীল গুরুমহারাজ পরমহংসকুলচূড়ামণি ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রীশ্রীমদ্ভক্তিরক্ষক শ্রীধর দেবগোস্বামী মহারাজের তিরোভাব তিথি ও বিরহ মহামহোৎসব । এতদুপলক্ষে শ্রীনবদ্বীপ ধামে আর আমাদের অন্যান্য দেশী ও বিদেশী কেন্দ্রে সংকীর্ত্তন মুখে শ্রীল গুরুমহারাজের ও শ্রীমঠের শ্রীবিগ্রহগণের বিশেষ পূজা, পাঠ, পারায়ণ, ভাষণ, মহিমাশংসন, ভোগরাগ, আরতি ও মহাপ্রসাদ বিতরণ প্রভৃতি ভক্ত্যঙ্গানুষ্ঠানের বিপুল আয়োজন হইতেছে । অতএব মহোদয়, অনুগ্রহপূর্ব্বক আপনি সবান্ধবে এই শুদ্ধ ভক্ত্যঙ্গানুষ্ঠানে সর্ব্বতোভাবে যোগদান করিয়া আমাদের সকলের উৎসাহ বর্দ্ধন করিবেন এই প্রার্থনা ।

* Some of the preparations that are known to be favourite to His Divine Grace Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj include: cholar dahl (split chickpea dal), aloo dum, aloo posta, aloo bhaja (deep-fried potato), muri, luchi (puri) with aloo bhaja, samosas, pineapple chutney, puspanna, natural orange juice with just a little sugar, ripe chaunsa mango, gokul pitha sweets.

 

Sun, 2 August 2015:
Odds and Ends (2)
Several educating excerpts from the lectures of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj that were not included in the main posts:
• Cleaning service • Great things ahead • Love and affection • "Haribol! Hare Krishna!" • Using or serving? • Sleeping and eating • Jointly and with honour • The doctor • Wherever you are • Life for service • Chastity • Gaura Nitai and Ekadasi • Using devotees' energy wisely • Brahmachari and restaurants • How to get Gurudev • Making others happy • Your witness.
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News from Sri Nabadwip Dham
A few more pictures from Sri Nabadwip Dham taken yesterday.

 

 

 

Mon, 3 August 2015:
Sanatan-siksa: Supreme Personality of Godhead
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj is reading from Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, chapter 20: "Everything exists in Krishna-lila, that is why Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, He is purnatama Bhagavan, whereas Ramachandra and others are not."
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Maintenance Service
The interior of the Sevak Bhavan in Dum Dum Park, Kolkata, receives a full fresh coat of paint: the corridor walls, the rooms, as well Srila Gurudev's veranda.

 

News from Sri Nabadwip Dham
As the water level is steadily increasing, the water starts creeping on to the main temples' area. A photograph taken yesterday in the afternoon from the steps of the Centenary Museum.

 

 

Tue, 4 August 2015:
অদোষ দরশি
ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রী শ্রীল ভক্তি নির্ম্মল আচার্য্য মহারাজের হরি-কথামৃত: "কুলিয়াতে পাষণ্ডীরা অত্যাচার কৈল যা'রা তা সবার দোষ ক্ষমা করি, জগতে কৈলে ঘোষণা 'তরোরিব সহিষ্ণুনা' হন 'কীর্ত্তনীয়ঃ সদা হরিঃ'" এবং অম্বরীষ মহারাজের কথা ।
অডিও ডাউনলোড (6.7 Mb, 20 min)

নবদ্বীপ-দীপক ও বৈষ্ণব-মহিমা
ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রী শ্রীল ভক্তি নির্ম্মল আচার্য্য মহারাজ শ্রীশ্রীপ্রেমবিবর্ত্ত থেকে পড়ছেন : নবদ্বীপ-দীপক ও বৈষ্ণব-মহিমা ।
অডিও ডাউনলোড (5.4 Mb, 16 min)

News From Sri Nabadwip Dham
Two photographs of Sri Govinda Kunda taken today and yesterday.

 

 

 

Wed, 5 August 2015: (Disappearance of Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami Prabhu)
Make the Festival, with Heart and Soul
"I am telling to everyone who is staying in the temple, to every centre: you must make a festival for Srila Sridhar Maharaj. If you want to show that you want to serve Srila Sridhar Maharaj, then make a good festival on this day."
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Thu, 6 August 2015:
Sanatan-Siksa: the Three Worlds
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj is reading from Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, chapter 21: "The place where all forms of the Lord reside is Paravyoma Dham, the spiritual sky. In that Paravyoma Dham there is a countless number of Vaikuntha planets..."
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Fri, 7 August 2015:
শ্রীশ্রীপ্রেমবিবর্ত্ত
"আনের মন রাখিতে গিয়া আপনাকে দিবে ফাঁকি মনের কথা জানে গোরা কেমনে হৃদয় ঢাকি । গোরা বলে, 'আমার মত করহ চরিত আমার আজ্ঞা পালন কর চাহ যদি হিত' । 'গোরার আমি, গোরার আমি' মুখে বলিলে নাহি চলে, গোরার আচার, গোরার বিচার লইলে ফল ফলে, লোক দেখান গোরা ভজা তিলক মাত্র ধরি' গোপনেতে অত্যাচার গোরা ধরে চুরি ।"
এই বই এখানে অনলাইন পড়াতে বা অনলাইনে বইয়ের দোকানে কিনতে পারেন ।

 

News From Sri Nabadwip Dham (23 photographs, 2.2 Mb)
As rainy days alternate with occasional sunny, the level of the Ganges is still slowly rising day by day. Despite the changes in the daily life of the devotees and some austerity, all services are continuing peacefully in the shelter of the lotus feet of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj.

 

Sat, 8 August 2015:
Sanatan-Siksa: Brahmas' Realm
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj is reading from Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, chapter 21: "There is an unlimited number of universes, and each universe has its own Brahma and Siva. Once, one Brahma came to Dvaraka to see Krishna..."
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News From Sri Nabadwip Dham (13 photographs, 0.8 Mb)
After a few drier days, the level of water has slightly decreased. Several photographs taken yesterday, 7 August 2015.

 

 

 

Sun, 9 August 2015:
News From Sri Nabadwip Dham (10 photographs, 1 Mb)
Several further photographs taken yesterday, 8 August 2015: the ground and the plants of the main temples emerge slowly from the water.

 

 

Mon, 10 August 2015: (Today is Sri Kamika Ekadashi)
Discard Your Mind
"Whether happiness comes or sadness comes, it is the same; whether your enemy comes or you friend comes it is also the same. It is not even necessary to think who is your enemy and who is your friend."
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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.

 

Tue, 11 August 2015: (Paran is at 5:15-9:33)
Permanent Solution
"We need a permanent solution, and it is possible, we can get a permanent solution in this life. If, in this body, you practise Krishna consciousness properly, then through good association you can conquer maya, you can conquer birth and death..."
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Wed, 12 August 2015:
Satyavadi-gram: The Truthful Village
"Once, Narad Goswami came to visit this visva brahmanda in a human body. He was walking down a street when he came across one house..."
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Thu, 13 August 2015:
Service and Karma
"Sometimes some service comes to you, and you are not satisfied with it, you want to do something else, but here is an example from Gurudev's times..."
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Fri, 14 August 2015: (Disappearance Day of Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj)
Ma Muncha-Pancha-Dasakam
A heart-felt poem composed by His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj: "Don't abandon me. Deliver this servant. O Krishna! O ocean of mercy for the destitute! Helplessly subjugated by material nature, I have fallen within this terrible world."
• Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj reading: (Download, 1.5 Mb)
The poem in Bengali (original scan from Sri Gaudiya Darshan, 1967)

This day in 2013:
• Morning Bengali class of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj:
(Download, 13.8 Mb, 40 min)
• Morning kirtans:
(Download, 15.9 Mb, 47 min)
• Noon class of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj (includes a ten-minute archive recording of Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's Bengali lecture at the end):
(Download, 11.5 Mb, 34 min)


Photo Album: (35 photographs, 3.4 Mb)
A collection of selected photographs of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj is now added to the archive of photographs. (Part 1)

 

News From Sri Nabadwip Dham (5 photographs, 0.3 Mb)
Over the last few days the water level has been steadily decreasing, allowing Sri Govinda Kunda to slowly emerge from the flood. A few photographs taken yesterday, on 13 August 2015.

 

 

Some of the preparations that are known to be favourite to His Divine Grace Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj include: cholar dahl (split chickpea dal), aloo dum, aloo posta, aloo bhaja (deep-fried potato), muri, luchi (puri) with aloo bhaja, samosas, pineapple chutney, puspanna, natural orange juice with just a little sugar, ripe chaunsa mango, gokul pitha sweets.

 

Sat, 15 August 2015:
Viraha Maha-mahotsav (15 photographs, 1.6 Mb)
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj's disappearance day honoured and observed at Sri Nabadwip Dham with an assembly of Vaishnavs, dignitaries, and honourable devotees.

 

Sun, 16 August 2015:
Know Better, Look Deeper
"Who knows the Guru? Who can understand the Guru? Who can understand Krishna? Those who have got mercy from Lord Krishna, can understand Krishna; those who have got mercy from the Guru, can understand the Guru."
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Mon, 17 August 2015:
Clean and Sincere Heart
How to make your heart a clean place? "Through service. How to do service? If you leave your ego, you can leave the world; if you can leave the world, then you can clean your heart. The answer is easy"
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Tue, 18 August 2015:
Vaishnav Etiquette
"Even if your enemy comes to your house from far away, you must at least give them some prasad, some sweet rice, some Tulasi, water, and talk to them sweetly."
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Wed, 19 August 2015:
A New Lease of Life
"When you get association of a sadhu you understand that you have wasted all your time on maya. Maya has always been taking our time, and we have been always listening to her instruction, but now, by sadhu-sanga, we understand that we did wrong..."
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Thu, 20 August 2015:
Sanatan-Siksa: Krishna's Beauty
His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj is reading from Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, chapter 21: "From all Krishna's Pastimes, the best are His human Pastimes, where His form is just like that of a human being. His dress of a cowherd boy, His carrying a flute, His lasting youth and expert dancing all suit His human Pastimes very much."
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Paving Progress at Sri Nabadwip Dham (0.5 Mb)
After the floods recede, His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj ensures the workers resume the paving works. Photographs of the areas next to Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj's bhajan kutir and the Centenary Museum taken this morning and two days ago.

 

Fri, 21 August 2015:
Sanatan-Siksa: Maya's Family
His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj is reading from Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, chapter 22: "The eternally liberated soul are associates of Krishna and relish the joy of service. The eternally conditioned souls averse to Krishna enter eternal material life and relish all sorts of hellish sufferings."
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শ্রীভক্তিরক্ষক হরিকথামৃত : ১ আত্মতত্ত্ব ও ভগবৎ-তত্ত্ব
"ইন্দ্রিয় দেখিয়ে দেবে, মন চাইবে, বুদ্ধি বিচার করবে, কিন্তু আলোটা তো চাই, ‘Light’ জ্ঞান । তাহলে জ্ঞানের কণা হচ্ছে আত্মা, আর তারও উপরে হচ্ছে গিয়ে পরমাত্মা যা আরো সুসূক্ষ্ম । আত্মাতো ‘Partial’ (অংশ) কিন্তু পরমাত্মা আরো ব্যাপক সে একে ‘Control’ (নিয়ন্ত্রণ) করতে পারে..."

 

Sat, 22 August 2015:
Rescue, Recruit, and Retain
"We joined Krishna's family and we must now increase our family. By hook or by crook, we must make new devotees and show them the right path, teach them the proper devotional activities, then they can easily go to their own home."
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Sun, 23 August 2015:
A Life of Joy—Whose Joy?
"We must understand, 'How will I serve my Guru? How will I please my Guru?' It is not important that I become happy, it is important that I make my Guru happy."
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Mon, 24 August 2015:
Service Foundation
"Householder devotees can practise everything individually at their homes and come to the programme at the centre every Sunday. You eat every day, you go to the toilet every day, and you must practise every day too!"
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Tue, 25 August 2015:
Sanatan-Siksa: The Cry of a Surrendered Soul
His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj is reading from Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, chapter 22: "They gave me nonsense orders and without any shame I follow them all. They had no mercy on me, nor were they ever satisfied. Somehow, I have surrendered at Your fearless lotus feet, please engage me now as Your servant."
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Wed, 26 August 2015 (Sri Pavitraropani Ekadashi):
Sri Hari Smaran: A Month of Festivals
An invitation to the devotees, friends and well-wishes to join the auspicious festivals in India, as well as in the temples, centres, and sanghas worldwide.

 

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, 27 August 2015: (Paran at 5:17-6:28 a.m.)
(Disappearance of Srila Rupa Goswami, Srila Gauri Das Pandit)
At Gauri Das Pandit's House
"Gauri Das Pandit was a grihastha devotee who lived in Kalna. His brother was the father of Jahnava and Vasudha. Once, Mahaprabhu and Nityananda Prabhu came to Kalna by boat and decided to visit Gauri Das Pandit's house..."
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Kirtan: Ye Anila Prema-Dhana Karuna Prachura
"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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Srila Rupa Goswami Prabhu (from previous updates)
"He is actually an associate of Mahaprabhu. Before that, in Dvapara yuga, he was an associate of Krishna, and Krishna Himself sent him to teach us, the fallen souls. On his disappearance day we can ask him for some mercy so that we can continue our service to the Lord."
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Rupa Sanatan: First Encounter (from previous updates)
"Rupa and Sanatan stayed in Ramkeli-gram in Malda district, Gauda Mandal and worked for the emperor Hussein Shah. They heard that somebody tried to start kirtan, and, understanding that it had to be Mahaprabhu, they went to meet with Him."
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Fri, 28 August 2015:
Appreciate Your Fortune
"We come and go, come and go, but the fortunate souls get good association. Good association comes through faith: the kind of benefit you get from the Lord depends on how much faith you have for your Guru."
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শ্রীভক্তিরক্ষক হরিকথামৃত : ২ জীবের চরম প্রাপ্তি
"এই জগতের প্রতি দুর্ব্বার আকর্ষণ, রাগ, দ্বেষ, অহঙ্কারই হল মূল বিপদ । সংস্কারাবদ্ধ আমাদের আসক্তিই এখন পথ-প্রদর্শক হয়ে দাঁড়িয়েছে । প্রকৃত পক্ষে তারই হাত হতে নিস্কৃতি পাওয়া দরকার । আত্মরক্ষা করা দরকার ।"

 

Sat, 29 August 2015: (Sri Baladev Purnima, fast till noon)
Asraya Vigraha Sri Baladev
"Without the shelter of Nityananda Prabhu, without the shelter of Baladev Prabhu, we cannot think about Krishna. We must understand how to serve, how to give nourishment to Baladev."
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Baladev Purnima: A Special Day
"In India, some devotees are worshipping Radha-Krishna's Jhulan Yatra today, but we are making a programme for Baladev, who is nondifferent from Gurudev and Nityananda Prabhu. This is our line, the line of Rupanuga Guru-varga."
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Sun, 30 August 2015:
শেণাগতি: ভক্তি-অনুকূল, ভক্তি-প্রতিকূল
ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রী শ্রীল ভক্তি নির্ম্মল আচার্য্য মহারাজ "শরণাগতি" থেকে পড়ছেন: "বড় দুঃখ পাইয়াছি স্বতন্ত্র জীবনে, সব দুঃখ দূরে গেল, ও পদ বরণে ।" (His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj is reading from Sarangati)
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Mon, 31 August 2015:
Becoming Haridas
"The main problem is that everybody wants to be a Haridas, but nobody wants to be a dasanudas (servant of the servants), nobody wants to be a Gurudas (servant of the Guru), nobody wants to be a Vaishnavdas (servant of the Vaishnavs)..."
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Sincere Enquiry
'Life is always temporary, but how can you during this temporary life attain something eternal? This is what we must all understand. You must search for the eternal things, you must find where the original source is.'

 

Sri Sri Prema-Vivarta
“O intelligent soul, take shelter at Gora's feet. What other sadhu or Guru is there besides Gora?”

We are conditioned souls and Gurudev can take us from that kind of hellish position and use us for the service of the Lord.

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