MONTHLY ARCHIVE OF UPDATES

OCTOBER 2015

 

Thu, 1 October 2015:
Sanatan-Siksa: Awakening Taste for Service
His Divine Grace Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj recapitulates first part of Chapter 22, Madhya-lila, Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita: "You may not know anything about Krishna consciousness and have different material desires, but if you practise Krishna consciousness properly, you can get service."
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Fri, 2 October 2015:
Sanatan-Siksa: Full Faith
His Divine Grace Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj is reading from Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Madhya-lila, Chapter 22: "Sadhus speak Krishna-katha, speak about Bhagavatam, and if somebody has faith in those talks about the Lord, believes what the sadhus say, then Krishna gives them devotion."
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শ্রীভক্তিরক্ষক হরিকথামৃত : ৪ পরমার্থ লাভের পন্থা
"একমাত্র ভগবানের নামানুশীলনের দ্বারাই সর্ব্বকার্য্য সিদ্ধ হবে বা সর্ব্বার্থ লাভ হতে পারে । কেবল শব্দানুশীলনের দ্বারা, কিন্তু সেই শব্দ—‘শব্দব্রহ্ম’ । শব্দব্রহ্মের অনুশীলনের দ্বারাতেই, হরিকীর্ত্তনের দ্বারাতেই সর্ব্বার্থ সিদ্ধ হতে পারে ।"

শ্রীভক্তিরক্ষক হরিকথামৃত : ৫ বন্ধন মুক্তির উপায়
"সুতরাং শাস্ত্রে পুনঃ পুনঃ বলছেন মনুষ্য জন্মকে পশু জন্মের মত ব্যবহার করতে যেয়ো না । আহার, নিদ্রা, ভয় ও মৈথুন সব জন্মেই পাওয়া যেতে পারে । কুকুর রাস্তায় ঘুমিয়ে যে সুখ পাবে তুমি ভাল বিছানায় ঘুমিয়েও সে সুখ পাবে না । শূকর বিষ্টা ভোজন করে যে তৃপ্তি পাবে, তুমি পঞ্চব্যঞ্জন দিয়ে খেয়েও সে তৃপ্তি পাবে না । সুতরাং এগুলি যেখানে যাবে সেখানেই পাবে, কেউ কেড়ে নেবে না ।"

 

Sat, 3 October 2015:
Sanatan-Siksa: Power Transmission
His Divine Grace Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj is reading from Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Madhya-lila, Chapter 22: "When a devotee surrenders fully and practises Krishna consciousness properly, Krishna gives them whatever virtues or good qualities He has. This is called power transmission."
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Sun, 4 October 2015:
Sanatan-Siksa: Surrender in Good Association
His Divine Grace Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj is reading from Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Madhya-lila, Chapter 22: "Giving up all bad association, giving up adherence to social rules of varnas and asrams, thus ridding yourself of all material possessions (attachment), take exclusive shelter at the lotus feet of Krishna."
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Mon, 5 October 2015:
Sanatan-Siksa: Six Limbs of Surrender
His Divine Grace Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj is reading from Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Madhya-lila, Chapter 22: "Acceptance of the favorable, rejection of the unfavorable, the faith that 'He will surely protect me,' embracing the Lord's guardianship, complete dependence on Him, and the perception of one's utter helplessness without Him."
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Tue, 6 October 2015:
Sanatan-Siksa: Sixty-Four Devotional Practices
His Divine Grace Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj is reading from Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Madhya-lila, Chapter 22: "Sometimes somebody does only one practice, Ambarish Maharaj and others followed all sixty-four devotional practices, but if you can properly follow at least one of these practices, that is sufficient."
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Wed, 7 October 2015:
Sanatan-Siksa: Spontaneous Loving Devotion
His Divine Grace Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj is reading from Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Madhya-lila, Chapter 22: "Sanatan, I have described the practices of devotion guided by rules and regulations (vaidhi-bhakti) to you, now hear about the signs of devotion guided by spontaneous love and affection (raganuga-bhakti)."
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Thu, 8 October 2015: (Sri Indira Ekadasi)
Observing Ekadasi
"Mahaprabhu told everybody how to observe Ekadasi, and our Guru-varga also follow it. We must understand how to follow the Ekadasi day. Why do you leave your food? Not to please yourself, but to please the Lord."
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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.

 

Fri, 9 October 2015: (Sri Ekadasi paran is at 5:38-9:30 a.m.)
নামসেবা, ভক্তসেবা, প্রসাদসেবা
ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রী শ্রীল ভক্তি নির্ম্মল আচার্য্য মহারাজের হরি-কথামৃত: "এই কলি-যুগে সাধু পাওয়া কষ্ট বড় জীবের জানিয়া, 
সাধুগুরুরূপে কৃষ্ণ আইল নদীয়া । তব নিজ-জন প্রসাদ সেবিয়া উচ্ছিষ্ট রাখিবে যাহা, আমার ভোজন পরম-আনন্দে প্রতিদিন হবে তাহা ।"
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Sat, 10 October 2015:

Favourite Preparations
When asked, His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj replies, "When devotees give me something with affection, I take that." The following, however, is a list of preparations favourite to His Divine Grace that was provided by the servitors of His Divine Grace.

 

Sun, 11 October 2015:
Stick to Your Service
"If somebody speaks bad about you behind your back or in front of you, always ignore it, always go forward and do your service. If you do it in this way, you can progress in your spiritual life."
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Mon, 12 October 2015:
Sri Guru: Mercy, Heart, and Service
"Through sastra, through knowledge you can understand many things, but without the mercy of the Guru you cannot observe the Guru—you cannot realise, cannot understand who the Guru is, what the Guru's position is."
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Tue, 13 October 2015:
(Sri Vyasa Puja Maha-mahotsav of Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj)
Sri Guru: Dedication and Determination
"Your aim should be straight, 'I will do what Gurudev wants. Any kind of condition can come, any problem can come, any sadness or unhappiness can come, but I will not leave Krishna consciousness, I will serve my Guru.'"
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Sri Vyasa Puja Adhivas (22 photographs, 1.4 Mb)
Full house: devotees come from all over India to honour and participate in Sri Vyasa Puja Maha-mahotsav of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj. Photographs taken yesterday, on the eve of the Vyasa Puja day.

 

Wed, 14 October 2015:

Photographs taken at Sri Nabadwip Dham on the holy Sri Vyasa Puja day of
Ananta-Sri-Vibhusita Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj:



Morning:
Arati, parikrama,
class, initiations

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Noon:
Class, speeches,
Sri Guru Puja

(2.6 Mb)

Noon:
Prasad Seva,
Vaishnav Seva

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Joyous News:
Two new
publications

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Preaching Mood and Service Mood
Preaching: "Our aim will be to anyhow use everybody for the service to my Guru." Service: "The main meaning of service is being under the guidance of a Guru. If you are not under the guidance of your Guru, it is bhajan of Maya, not bhajan of the Guru."
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Thu, 15 October 2015:
Sanatan-Siksa: The Path to the Supreme Goal
His Divine Grace Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj is reading from Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Madhya-lila, Chapter 23: "Now hear about the fruit of devotion—prema, the ultimate goal of life. Deep attachment to Krishna grows into what is called love. This prema is the goal of life, the abode of all possible joy and happiness." It all begins with sukriti...
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Fri, 16 October 2015:
Sri Vyasa Puja Address (Bengali)
His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj is addressing the assembled Vaishnavs and devotees on His Holy Appearance day.
Morning: Download the audio (16.7 Mb, 49 min)
Noon: Download the audio (14 Mb, 41 min)

 

Sat, 17 October 2015:
Sri Vyasa Puja, Adhivas Day (Bengali)
His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj is speaking on the eve of His Divine Appearance Day.
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Sun, 18 October 2015:
Keep Out of Danger
Are you unhappy with others' service? Do you like going to the beach and Ganges? Do you like what is on others' plate? Is your mind disturbing you? "Brother, you are swimming in maya for nothing, coming up to the surface, choking and struggling. The soul is a servant of Krishna! Believe it and there will be no misery left."
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Mon, 19 October 2015:
Serve Your Guru with Strongest Faith
"It is necessary to have the strongest faith and to serve your Guru with the strongest faith, then you will get the best result in your spiritual life. I am sure about that."
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Sri Guru's Guidance (Bengali)
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj is speaking about a disciple's service and hankering mood, the nature of Sri Guru, and also reads and translates into Bengali from the two new books Guidance. (The class is in Bengali with occasional English.)
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Tue, 20 October 2015:
Perfect Service Mood
"Through association even a naughty man can become perfect. If you rub a piece of iron against a magnet, the iron gets the power of the magnet. In the same way, if you keep good association, through that some of its power will also come to you."
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Wed, 21 October 2015:
My Home, My Family, My Place
"Who are my family members? Devotees of Krishna... Master, tie me in front of your door. When your enemy comes, I will keep them away from your house boundary. I will take the remnants of your devotees' prasadam, and when you call me, I will come to you dancing!"
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Thu, 22 October 2015:
Health Is Wealth in the Service of Mahaprabhu
Several excerpts from the lectures of His Divine Grace on the subject matter. Health is not to be neglected: "When my health just starts going down, I immediately take medicine because I do not want to waste my time on sleeping and resting."
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Fri, 23 October 2015:
Odds and Ends (3)
Several educating excerpts from the lectures of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj that were not included in the main posts:
• Use time wisely • Joining the temple • Saving for the ticket • Caracas terrorists • Food for the coat • Chanting during lectures • Every insect has a purpose • Dayal Nitai Chaitanya dancing in your heart.
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শ্রীভক্তিরক্ষক হরিকথামৃত : ৬ বৈষ্ণব জীবনে আনুগত্য
"আত্মনিবেদন বা আত্মসমর্পণ করে প্রভুর আশ্রিত পশুর মত থাকতে হবে । পশু দুধ দেয়, ফসল দেয়, কিন্তু এসবের মালিক সে নয়, মালিক হলেন তিনি যাঁর আশ্রয়ে সে আছে । আমরা মালিকের behalf (পক্ষে)-এ কাজ করব । আর যদি তা না করি, তাহলে কর্ম্মের ফল অনুযায়ী ব্রহ্মাণ্ড ভ্রমন হবে, যা করছি অনাদি কাল থেকে ।"

A Walk to Sri Govinda Kunda (6 photographs, 0.4 Mb)
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj takes a stroll to Sri Govinda Kunda to supervise water pumping and the garden cultivation, and a few photographs around Sri Govinda Kunda.

 

 

Sat, 24 October 2015: (Sri Papankusha Ekadashi)
The Gift of Vision
"We can observe and understand the Guru and Vaishnavs by the mercy of the Guru and Vaishnavs; otherwise just by their external appearance and external activities we cannot see who is a Vaishnav, or who is the Guru."
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Two Oceans of Pastimes
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj is speaking about the glories and pastimes of Srila Raghunath Das Goswami and Srila Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami on their disappearance day.
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Ye Anila Prema-Dhana Karuna Prachura
"Where is my Raghunath Das? Where are the saviours of the fallen souls? Where are my Raghunath Bhatta and Gopal Bhatta? Where is my Krishadas Kaviraj? Where has the great dancer Sri Gauranga suddenly gone?"
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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.

 

Sun, 25 October 2015:
Service Encouragement
"If you have even a little desire to serve the Guru, the Guru will come and take service from you—Krishna will come and take service from you. The Lord always searches, always hankers and desires to take service from the devotees."
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Mon, 26 October 2015:
Purity of Service
"Sadhus, Guru, Vaishnavs worship the Lord daily—it is an eternal service. Devotees think, 'The Lord is the master of my house—I am a member of His family. I have got everything for Him. Everything in this world exists for Him.'"
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Clasping Nityananda Prabhu's Feet
"Nityananda is nondifferent from Guru-tattva: without mercy of the Guru you cannot get the mercy of Krishna. When will Nityananda Prabhu give me some mercy? When will He be compassionate to me and relieve me from the mundane illusion?"
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Sri Nabadwip Dham and Sri Ekachakra Dham (0.8 Mb)
While the marbling works are gradually continuing at Sri Nabadwip Dham, a group of devotees takes a short trip to the lotus feet of Sri Sri Guru Gaura Nityananda Prabhu.

 

 

Tue, 27 October 2015: (Beginning of Kartik-vrata)
Srila Raghunath Das Goswami: Internal Transformation
"'Do not become a hypocrite. Go back to your home! Serve your parents, serve your family—you can even get married—and at heart serve Me, love Me, think about Me.' Maintain your family as Krishna's family and you will be very happy."
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Kartik Month: Sri Sri Damodarastakam
"To the Supreme Lord, whose form is the embodiment of eternal existence, knowledge, and bliss, whose shark-shaped earrings are swinging to and fro, who is beautifully shining in the divine realm of Gokula, who is quickly running from the wooden grinding mortar in fear of Mother Yasoda, but who has been caught from behind by her who ran after Him with greater speed—to that Supreme Lord, Sri Damodara, I offer my humble obeisances."
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Defeating the Pride
A recent Bengali class of His Divine Grace Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj:
• Mahaprabhu defeating Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya, Digvijayi Pandit, tricking thieves, teaching Prakasananda Saraswati a lesson • Bali Maharaj's surrender • teaching Indra a lesson (Govardhan Pastime) • strong faith in Deity service (Gopal Bhatta Goswami, Raghunandan Thakur) • rare and valuable life.
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Initiation of Srila Murari Gupta:
"One day, his Gurudev thought, 'I will give initiation to whoever I first see tomorrow.' The next morning, he saw a dead body floating in the Ganges. He gave Harinam maha-mantra to that body and the devotee came back to life. This is who we now know as Murari Gupta."
—Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj


Holy Darshan of His Divine Grace
Two photographs taken during the online class of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj.

 

 

Sri Ekachakra Dham
Two further photographs taken by the devotees during their trip to the birthplace of Sriman Nityananda Prabhu.

 

 

 

Wed, 28 October 2015:
Reaching Honey
"If you chant the Holy Name without offence, if you serve the Lord sincerely, without being a hypocrite and without deceit, if you follow Krishna consciousness and practise properly, you must get the taste of the honey."
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Initiations: Fortunate Souls
Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj initiates several devotees who came to take shelter at His Divine Grace's holy lotus feet from Midnapore, West Bengal.

 

 

Sri Kartik Begins (Video: 2 min, 70 Mb)
From the roof of the Nat Mandir: glimpses of the first day of morning Kartik parikramas at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math in Sri Nabadwip Dham.

 

 

Kartik Month: Sri Sri Siksastakam
The eight verses spoken by Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and the songs by Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur written on those verses. These songs are chanted at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math during the Kartik month. Complete texts and the audio recordings of Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj singing the songs.

 

Thu, 29 October 2015:
Wake up!
"In this age of Kali, Krishna has appeared in this world in the form of the Name and He comes to distribute His name door to door, but only the fortunates souls can receive that Holy Name."
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SONG: Sri Guru-Parampara | শ্রীগুরুপরম্পরা
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Fri, 30 October 2015:
Take Notice
"In Kali-yuga, people are given only 120 years of life—it is a very short time! How many days will we be alive in this world? We do not know it. Now that you have a human life and consciousness, chant, 'Radha-Madhava'!"
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SONG: Sri Guru charana-padma | শ্রীগুরুচরণ-পদ্ম
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শ্রীভক্তিরক্ষক হরিকথামৃত : ৭ ধর্ম্ম শিক্ষা ও বিশ্বাস
"বর্ত্তমান জগতে যে সমস্ত সমস্যা রয়েছে তন্মধ্যে শিক্ষা-সমস্যার স্থান সর্ব্বাপেক্ষা গুরুত্বপূর্ণ । আহার নিদ্রা ইন্দ্রিয়তর্পনাদিই মনুষত্ব নয় ।"

শ্রীভক্তিরক্ষক হরিকথামৃত : ৮ শ্রীশরণাগতি
"ভগবানের ভক্তিতেই সর্ব্বার্থসিদ্ধি হয়, এই দৃঢ় বিশ্বাসে বিধাতার কৈঙ্কর্য্য পর্য্যন্ত বাদ দিয়ে একান্তভাবে কৃষ্ণপাদপদ্মাশ্রয়কেই বলে—শরণাগতি ।"

শ্রীভক্তিরক্ষক হরিকথামৃত : ৯ বজীবের স্বাধীন ইচ্ছার নিশ্চয়াত্মক স্বার্থকতা
"ঈশ্বর জীবকে সম্পূর্ণরূপে ত্যাগ করেন না, কিন্তু তাহার স্বাধীন ইচ্ছার পথেও প্রতিবন্ধক হন না এবং অন্য এক ব্যবস্থানুযায়ী, তাঁহারই আদিষ্ট সাধুসন্তের এবং ধর্ম্মগ্রন্থাদির অন্তর্নিহিত তত্ত্বের সহায়তায় তিনি যে কোন প্রকারে তাঁর ভক্তকে তাঁর দিকে আকর্ষিত করিতে, তাহাকে স্বগৃহে ফিরাইয়া আনিতে স্বয়ং আবির্ভূত হন ।"

 

Sat, 31 October 2015:
Welcome to the Family
"Krishna Himself comes in this world as the Guru to teach us: we have lost our address, but Krishna sends His associate as the Guru to take us to our real home. So, today you are very fortunate to get this connection."
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SONG: Sri Gurvastakam | শ্রীগুর্ব্বষ্টকম্
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Issue #18 (2019/1)

 


 

Real Mercy,
Real Service
Real mercy: 'Getting mercy means getting service: if you have service, you have mercy.'
Real service: 'Practise properly, keep proper association, and always avoid the Nama aparadh, seva aparadh, dham aparadh, Vaishnav aparadh. Chant the Holy Name properly, without deceit, and with proper attention and service mood.'

 

Sri Sri Prema-Vivarta
“Brother, tell Me, after abandoning worldly affairs, where will you go? You will go to the forest, and there also you will find worldly troubles. Your belly will go with you.”

When will Nityananda Prabhu be kind to me?

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