MONTHLY ARCHIVE OF UPDATES

NOVEMBER 2015

 

 

Sun, 1 November 2015:

Holy Darshan
On the auspicious day of Srila Narottam Das Thakur's disappearance day, we are fortunate to have the darshan of His Divine Grace Srila Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj.

 

 

Narottam Das Thakur: Our Guru, Our Protector, Our Shelter
"Narottam Das Thakur is our Guru-varga. If you think how much he tried to preach, you will wonder, 'How is it possible?' You can understand how much he preached and how he protected our line if you think about his songs."
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SONG: Ei-bara karuna kara | এইবার করুণা কর
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SONG: Ye anila prema-dhana | যে আনিল প্রেমধন
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Mon, 2 November 2015:
Sripad Bhakti Vichar Jajavar Maharaj (by Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj)
"Srila Jajavar Maharaj joined the Gaudiya Mission of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur at a very young age. He could sing nicely, and he looked very simple—there was not a shadow of inauspiciousness in his body..."
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Stri-Sanga and Jiva-Himsa
Two of the four regulative principles: "You must avoid stri-sanga and purush-sanga, and from today, do not eat and do not cook any fish, meat, poultry, eggs, onion, garlic, or masoor dal. Take prasad."
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SONG: Gurudev krpa-bindu diya | গুরুদেব ! কৃপাবিন্দু দিয়া
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Tue, 3 November 2015:
A Step Further
"In this age of Kali, Harinam is the main means to get Krishna, but we take the second initiation to get more connection with the Guru, to get more connection and attachment with service."
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SONG: Jaya jaya gurudever | জয় জয় গুরুদেবের
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Wed, 4 November 2015: (Sannyas day of Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj)
Follow Your Dream
"'What is my desire? My only desire is that I can be a servant of the Vaishnavs.' It is not necessary to become a manager, or a big guru— if you want to become the dust of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, that is sufficient to go to Goloka Vrindavan."
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Chayoa ("A Wish") | চাওয়া
A Bengali poem written by His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj in 1955: "I do not desire to be an autonomous king of this world. I do not desire to be an exalted young renunciant on the path of liberation... I only want to have love and attachment to the feet of Sachi Suta's servants."

Sannyas Day (20 photographs, 2.3 Mb)
Several archive photographs taken on 6 November 1985, on the day Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj accepted sannyas order.

 

A Morning at Sri Nabadwip Dham
Photograph of the devotees, Deities, and the temples, taken earlier this morning.

 

 

Resumed Marbling
A few photographs of the marbling works at Sri Govinda Kunda resumed after the rainy summer season.

 

 

SONG: Ki jani ki bale | কি জানি কি বলে
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Thu, 5 November 2015: (Appearance day of Om Vishnupad Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj)
The Root of Our Fortune
"Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj came in this world to rescue us, and he created our Guru—by his grace we have got shelter of our bona fide Guru. So, we must worship his lotus feet."
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Loving Search for the Lost Servant
"The Lord's Loving Search for His Lost Servants: Great intensity is expressed here in a simple way. It is a mad search—an urgent campaign. With great earnestness Krsna comes to deliver His lost servants, to take us home." The complete and unamended text is now available for online reading and download.

 

SONG: Sri Rupa-manjari-pada | শ্রীরূপমঞ্জরী-পদ
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Note: Some preparations that are known to be favourite to His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj include: natural orange juice (with just a little sugar), cholar dahl (split chickpea dal), alu bhaja (deep-fried potato), muri, puri/luchi with alu bhaja, aloo dum, samosa, pineapple chutney, puspanna, gokul pitha, ripe chaunsa mango, posta bora.

 

Fri, 6 November 2015:
Sri Vyasa Puja Mahamahotsav (64 photographs, 3.9 Mb)
His Divine Grace Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj is leading the celebration of the divine appearance day of Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj in the company of the honourable devotees, exalted Vaishnavs, and well-wishers.

 

SONG: Ke yabi ke yabi | কে যাবি কে যাবি
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Sat, 7 November 2015: (Sri Rama Ekadashi)
Ekadasi Vrata: Make Your Guru Happy
"Mahaprabhu told us to follow the Ekadasi vrata, and we follow it—to please our Guru, to please our Guru-varga, and make Mahaprabhu happy."
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Festival at Sri Hapaniya Dham (33 photographs, 2.2 Mb)
The day after Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj's appearance day, devotees take a trip to His Divine Grace's holy birthplace at Sri Hapaniya Dham.

 

SONG: Nitai gunamani amara | নিতাই গুণমণি আমার
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Sri Ekadashi Guidance (Updated)
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, 8 November 2015:
Sanatan-Siksa: The Path to the Supreme Goal (Appended)
"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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Sanatan-Siksa: Hero and Heroine
His Divine Grace Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj is reading from Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Madhya-lila, Chapter 23: "Vrajendra Nandan Krishna is the best of heroes, and the best heroine is Radha Thakurani. Hearing about Krishna's qualities, one after another, brings satisfaction to the ears of the devotees."
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Sri Bhakti Raksak Harikathamrta
A Bengali compilation of discourses gives by His Divine Grace Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj is available for online reading, purchase, and now download (high quality PDF scan, 27 Mb).

 

SONG: Jaya 'guru-maharaja' | জয় ‘গুরু-মহারাজ’
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Mon, 9 November 2015:
Sanatan-Siksa: "You Are Mine!"
His Divine Grace Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj is reading from Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Madhya-lila, Chapter 23: "You will start the service to Krishna in Vrindavan and preach to others what the Vaishnav etiquette is. This is your duty—I am giving you this service. Then Mahaprabhu put His hand on Sanatan's head and blessed him, 'It will all be revealed to you.'"
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SONG: Sujanarvuda-radhita | সুজনার্ব্বুদরাধিতপাদযুগং
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Tue, 10 November 2015:
Darshan of Sri Govinda Kunda (13 photographs, 0.6 Mb)
A few photographs taken yesterday at the holy banks of Sri Govinda Kunda at Sri Gupta Govardhan temple in Sri Nabadwip Dham. Among the news are continuing marbling and painting maintenance of Sri Sevak Bhavan.

 

SONG: Namo namah tulasi maharani | নমো নমঃ তুলসী মহারাণি
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Wed, 11 November 2015:
Sanatan-Siksa: The All-Attractive Lord
His Divine Grace Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj is reading from Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Madhya-lila, Chapter 24: "The amazing qualities of the Lord are such that even the self-satisfied, the great renounced persons are also drawn to the causeless devotion to this wondrous Lord. He is such that anyone's mind can be attracted to Him."
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SONG: Janama saphala ta'ra | জনম সফল তা'র
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Thu, 12 November 2015: (Sri Govardhan Puja)
Involve with Resolve
"We are suffering so much, getting too much unhappiness—the solution is in good association and worship of the Lord in the association of a good devotee. If you surrender fully, if you actually want some good association, want a bona fide Guru, then your chaitya guru will take you to the mahanta guru."
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Sri Govardhan Puja (15 photographs, 1.1 Mb)
In the shelter of the lotus feet of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj, devotees celebrate Sri Govardhan Puja and worship the cows at Sri Gupta Govardhan temple at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat, Sri Nabadwip Dham. (Photographs taken this morning)

 

Darshan of Sri Gurudev and Govinda Kunda (12 photographs, 0.7 Mb)
A few photographs taken on a quiet mid-autumn morning at the holy banks of Sri Govinda Kunda at Sri Gupta Govardhan temple in Sri Nabadwip Dham. His Divine Grace Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj takes a stroll and oversees the planting and marbling. (11 November 2015)

 

Sri Govardhan Puja class (Video, Bengali)
An archive video recording of Sri Govardhan Puja day celebrated at Srila Sridhar Seva Ashram in Sri Govardhan Dham, in the shelter of the holy lotus feet of His Divine Grace Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj.

 

 

Fri, 13 November 2015:
Lacking Strength or Lacking Effort?
"We must understand how many hours of our time we waste—spend on ourselves, on our own enjoyment—and how many hours we spend on practising. We have come here for service—we have not come for enjoyment. This is our promise."
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SONG: Yadi Gaura na ha'te | যদি, গৌর না হ'ত
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Sat, 14 November 2015:
No Shortcuts
"If you think you can conquer illusory environment, can conquer your ego and everything else, it is not possible. These are Gurudev's words. He said it is only possible through sravanam, kirtanam—through practising. Not in any other way."
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Waves of Service at Sri Nabadwip Dham (38 photographs, 2.3 Mb)
The holy lotus feet of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj are a fountainhead of all sorts of nectarean service waves. How fortunate the devotees are who get to bathe and swim in those holy waters, or participate in those holy pastimes in any way!

 

SONG: Gaya gora madhur svare | গায় গোরা মধুর স্বরে
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Sun, 15 November 2015: (Disappearance of Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad)
Eve of Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj's Appearance
His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj is speaking in Bengali on the eve of the divine appearance day of Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
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Mon, 16 November 2015:
Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj's Appearance Festival
Morning class (Damodar month kirtans and glory):
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Noon programme (the official assembly):
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Evening class (shelter of Sri Gurudev's lotus feet, their eternal service and glory):
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Tue, 17 November 2015:
The Wealth of Heart
"We must always keep the advice that our Guru gives us in our heart. It is necessary to do it otherwise we cannot proceed... Some obstacles can come—not only can come, they will definitely come—but we must proceed even with obstacles."
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News from Sri Nabadwip Dham (35 photographs, 2.5 Mb)
Further news from the steps of Sri Govinda Kunda: marbling, painting, gardening and many more service activities going on under the guidance of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj

 

 

Pastimes of Prahlad Maharaj and Ajamil (Bengali class)
His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj's recent Bengali class, speaking extensively on the pastimes of Prahlad Maharaj and Ajamil.
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Preaching Jaiva-Dharma (Bengali class)
His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj's recent Bengali class, speaking about the difference between 'brain-washing' and preaching and teaching the devotees how to present Mahaprabhu's conception.
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Wed, 18 November 2015:
Tolerance vs. Chastity
"When you have that kind of love and affection to your Guru, Deity, and Vaishnavs, at that time there are no rules and regulations. Humility, tolerance, giving honour to others is the rule, but when you see there is some problem, it is not the time for tolerance."
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Thu, 19 November 2015:
(Disappearance of Sri Gadadhar Pandit, Srila Dhananjay Pandit, Srila Srinivas Acharya.)
Appearance of Sri Giriraj
"...When I was doing Govardhan parikrama, I was looking both sides, thinking (Gurudev was also thinking), 'You have made the temple in Govinda Kunda, but how you will bring Govardhan? How will you get Him?'"
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Sri Govardhan Puja Day (Bengali class)
His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj's recent Bengali class on the holy day of Sri Govardhan Puja, at the temple of Mahaprabhu's Divine Waterplay, including reading about the glories of Sri Govardhan from Sri Garga-samhita.
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Sadhu-sanga, Nama Sankirtan (Bengali class)
His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj is reading from Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Madhya-lila, chapter 23, at one of the evening darshans earlier this year.
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Stocking Hay (9 photographs, 0.8 Mb)
A few photographs taken yesterday at Sri Nabadwip Dham: stocking hay for the cows, further painting progress, and the noon arati.

 

 

Fri, 20 November 2015:
Sri Yogapith Temple (11 photographs, 0.7 Mb)
With the blessings and for the service of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj, devotees take a quick trip to Sri Dham Mayapur and take the darshan of the holy birthplace of Sriman Mahaprabhu.

 

News from Sri Nabadwip Dham (10 photographs, 0.8 Mb)
As the painting is continuing steadily, more areas are cultivated affectionately at the territory of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.

 

 

Parikrama of Sri Govardhan
"How do we do parikrama? Govardhan is like a peacock, our temple is near Manasa Ganga, at the mouth of Govardhan, and we start the parikrama from the tail and do half portion one day, and the second half the next day."
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Sat, 21 November 2015:
The Aanyor Village
"During the parikrama, we pass a village called Aanyor when we go to see Govinda Kunda. One day, Madhavendra Puri was sitting there and chanting all day..."
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Sun, 22 November 2015: (Sri Utthan Ekadashi)
Holy Places for Holy Deeds
"As long as there are the glories of the Lord in the world, there will be Ganga, there will be Yamuna, there will be Govardhan, but now is Kali-yuga, and the time is coming when the Ganges will disappear, Govardhan will disappear..."
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— { Sri Vyasa Puja Invitation } —
Dear Devotees, Friends, and Well-Wishers,
On 27 December 2015 (Sunday), in the shelter of the lotus feet of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj and in the company of the worshippable devotees, we are celebrating the divine appearance day of Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. We would like to humbly invite you to please join us in the festival programmes and services here at Sri Nabadwip Dham, India, or any other centres worldwide as per your convenience. Shall you have any questions, we are always at your service: info.at.scsmathinternational.com

 

Srila Gaura Kishor Das Babaji Maharaj
The transcendental pastimes and character of a great Vaishnav of our sampradaya: "'Why are you staying here in Radha Kunda? My lila is not in Vrindavan, now My lila is going on in Nabadwip, so you must come here.' And he came here...."
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SONG: Mayura-mukuta | ময়ূর-মুকুট
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SONG: Ki-rupe paiba seva | কিরূপে পাইব সেবা
"I am so wicked, how will I ever get service? I do not have any attachment to Sri Guru and Vaishnavs!"

SONG: Ye anila prema-dhana | যে আনিল প্রেমধন
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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.

 

Mon, 23 November 2015: (Sri Ekadashi paran is at 6:00-9:35 a.m.)
Heartfelt and Fervent
"Even two trees can get Your lotus feet, can get mercy from You, Prabhu! But I am even lower than that, I have no devotion, but You can rescue me..."
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Terminal Foolishness
"People do not understand that if your get some honour, if you get some donation, or some respect, who is it for? It is for the Guru and his mission. If you do not think like this, then pratistha will attack you even more."
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Glimpses of Sri Nabadwip Dham
A few photographs taken at Sri Govinda Kunda on the early morning of last Friday, 21 November.

 

 

Tue, 24 November 2015:
Mind the Manners
"If you come to the temple and do not pay dandavat, it is one kind of offence, seva-aparadh. It is disrespect. Imagine I come to your house, but I do not talk to you. What kind of culture is it? "
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Wed, 25 November 2015:
Internal Inspiration
"Without the chaitya guru's instruction you cannot get a bona fide Guru. Chaitya guru's instruction is not open: it comes from the heart. You get some feeling and come to a bona fide Guru."
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Thu, 26 November 2015:
Proper Attachment and Approach
Questions and answers: • Result of fasting on Ekadasi • Getting faith and intensifying faith • Feeling unsatisfied with your service result • Proper attachment to and faith in the Guru • Removing material attachment • Adjusting with the family.
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Fri, 27 November 2015:
Service Capacity
"Those who have much capacity, must use it. If you have some knowledge, you have some capacity for preaching but do not preach, it is a hellish position. Preaching is our life; without preaching it is kaitava, cheating."
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Sat, 28 November 2015:
Practise with Affection
"What did Prabhupad Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur re-introduce saffron for? Why did Prabhupad and Mahaprabhu make tilak, kanthi-mala, following Ekadasi, and so on? It means that you must always practise properly."
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Quiet Morning at Sri Nabadwip Dham
A few photographs taken this morning around Sri Govinda Kunda at Sri Nabadwip Dham (7 photographs, 0.5 Mb).

 

 

শ্রীমদ্ভগবদ্গীতা প্রথমোঽধ্যায়ঃ : সৈন্য-দর্শন
"ধৃতরাষ্ট্র কহিলেন, হে সঞ্জয় ! ধর্ম্মভূমি কুরুক্ষেত্রে যুদ্ধার্থ সমবেত হইয়া মৎপুত্ত্র ও পাণ্ডুপুত্রগণ কি করিলেন ?"

 

Sun, 29 November 2015:
Settle Your Heart in Service
"For so many years, so many births, we have been always moving around, but now we must stop and settle in one place, that is in our own home. If you think about Nabadwip, think about Mahaprabhu every day, then one day Krishna will easily bring you here."
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Mon, 30 November 2015:
Love Your Service
"Those of you who have some service, do not leave it! You get service by fortune, remember it—your mercy, your connection with mercy is there. Your mind always disturbs you, but you must not leave your service."
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Odds and Ends
'You do not have to make everybody happy. You must make your Guru happy. That is sufficient.'

 

Sri Sri Prema-Vivarta
“The soul is a spiritual spark, and Krishna is the spiritual sun. Seeing eternal Krishna, the soul adores Him.”

Those who are surrendered souls always follow their guru. They do not think what's right, what's wrong, what is correct or not correct. What their Guru told them to do, they do that.

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