MONTHLY ARCHIVE OF UPDATES
Fri, 1 April 2016:New Temple in Tarakeshwar: Construction Progress
(18 photographs, 1 Mb)
Photographs of our new temple in Tarakeshwar: since the photographs last year, the construction has progressed smoothly and steadily. At present three teams are working at the site, building and decorating the temple.
Sat, 2 April 2016:Real Beauty
"In this material world we always run after beauty, smell, sound, and so on, but if you see Krishna's beauty, you will forget everything..."
Download the audio (1 Mb, 2 min | 10 March 2016)
Sun, 3 April 2016: (Sri Papa Vimochani Ekadashi)Birth and Death (1): Family Bond
"If your relative dies today, what can you do? Nothing. If you have a strongest faith, then you know 'I have a service to my Guru. If he protects them, no one can destroy them.' Every time we change our body we always get a father and a mother, what can you do?"
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#06 (EPUB file, 0.6 Mb)
Sri Ekadashi Guidance
Mon, 4 April 2016: (Sri Ekadasi Paran is 6:54-9:37 a.m.)Birth and Death (2): As He Wishes
"I told him, 'Why are you talking like this? You will be OK, do not worry,' but who will listen to me? The Lord is the proprietor. 'Marabi rakhabi, yo ichchha tohara: You can kill me, You can protect me, it is up to You.'"
Download the audio (3.1 Mb, 9 min | 14 March 2016)
Tue, 5 April 2016:Birth and Death (3): Games of Maya
"Maya is always testing whether you love me or you love your parents. If I lose my parents, I will get other parents next birth, but if I lose my Guru, if I lose Krishna, I will not get them again. You must decide what is important for you, but my feeling is like this."
Download the audio (0.8 Mb, 3 min | 14 March 2016)
Wed, 6 April 2016:Birth and Death (4): No Fear
"Who can stop the one who has got mercy of Krishna? I did not personally serve my mother, but Krishna served her. Gurudev told me, 'If you serve Vaishnavs, Krishna will come and serve you,' and I believe it 200%. If you want relief from birth, death, disease, and old age problems, you must practise Krishna consciousness properly."
Download the audio (2.4 Mb, 7 min | 14 March 2016)
Thu, 7 April 2016:Partake in Service Joy
"Gurudev's disappearance festival is very soon, on 18 April (Monday), and we are inviting everybody to take part in it. A festival means we come to serve. When somebody hears Hari-katha and gets pleasure serving the Lord, there is no one as fortunate as them."
Download the audio (2.4 Mb, 7 min | 24 March 2016)
—: INVITATION :—
Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's Disappearance Day
On 18 April, Monday, we are observing the holy disappearance day of our Divine Master Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, and we would like to extend a cordial invitation to all devotees and well-wishers to kindly join the programme and service activities in the central Math in Sri Nabadwip Dham, India, or at any of our affiliated centres.
Some of the preparations that are dear to Srila Gurudev: Rice, mung or chana dal, stir-fried karela, neem begun, sak, poshta bora, cauliflower pakoras, mixed vegetable subji, paneer rasa, boiled potato, mango chutney, tomato chutney, achar (pickle), cucumber salad, paramanna (sweet rice), sandesh, rasagullas, vanilla ice-cream.
Fri, 8 April 2016:Be on Guard
"We have got an opportunity to serve the lotus feet of Gurudev, but if somebody leaves their service, it is their loss. Maya is always around you, and she is always searching for your weak point—she will always try to remove you from the service."
Download the audio (1.9 Mb, 6 min | 24 March 2016)
শ্রীমদ্ভগবদ্গীতা • নবমোঽধ্যায়ঃ : রাজগুহ্যযোগ
"এই অতি গূঢ় আমার কীর্ত্তনাদি শুদ্ধভক্তিরূপ জ্ঞান অসূয়াশূন্য তোমাকে বিজ্ঞান অর্থাৎ আমার সাক্ষাৎ অনুভবের সহিত বলিতেছি, যাহা অবগত হইলে সংসার বা ভক্তির প্রতিবন্ধক সকল অমঙ্গল হইতে মুক্তি লাভ করিবে ।"
Sat, 9 April 2016:Vaishnava Calendar: Additional Files
iCal: for iPhones, iPads and Mac OS computers.
Wall Calendar: a two-side A3 poster to print out and hang.
Ekadasi Days: a separate list of Ekadasi days and paran times.
Bengali: Sri Gaudiya Parva Talika | Ekadasi Tithi.
Sun, 10 April 2016:Service Attachment: "I cannot stop his service!"
"You must understand what service mood is. Everybody must have attachment to their service. If in lieu of service you want liberation, enjoyment, and so on, you will get it, but you will forget devotion, you will forget the Lord."
Download the audio (1.5 Mb, 5 min | 24 March 2016)
Mon, 11 April 2016:Real Kirtan, Real Joy
"You are practising, chanting the Holy Name, doing kirtan, but do not get any pleasure. Why are you not getting pleasure? When you do kirtan, you must feel so much joy and pleasure, but why do you not feel it?"
Download the audio (1.7 Mb, 5 min | 24 March 2016)
Tue, 12 April 2016: (Appearance of Sri Ramanuja Acharya)Make the Best of Your Life
"Worship Krishna and your house will become Vrindavan, then you will not have to come again in this mortal world. As you saw, so you reap: you always have to change the 'dress', but you are not this body, you are a soul. How many days will we live in this world? What is this body for?"
Download the audio (4 Mb, 12 min | 24 March 2016)
In honour and memory of Sri Ramanuja Acharya:
• Service: Faith and Surrender
"Gurudev told the story of Dhanur Das and his wife, Ramanuja Acharya's disciples, and how they maintained their family life..."
to See the Guru: Chastity
Odds and Ends:
Ramanuja Acharya's bed
Wed, 13 April 2016:Dignity of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math: (1) At the Roots
"...This is how we, very fallen souls, by the mercy of Gurudev also got an opportunity to take shelter of such a bona fide Guru as he is. That is our happiness, that is our joy, that is our great luck and great fortune."
Download the audio (3.9 Mb, 10 min | 26 March 2016)
Thu, 14 April 2016:Dignity of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math: (2) Powerful and Bona Fide
"This is a real place, and we have come to such a beautiful place and have taken shelter of such a great, bona fide Guru. We cannot do anything ourselves, but our Guru is so powerful that he can take us from the illusory environment. This is our prayer and hope."
Download the audio (3 Mb, 8 min | 26 March 2016)
Fri, 15 April 2016: (Sri Rama Navami, appearance of Lord Ramachandra. Fast until noon.)Dignity of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math: (3) Our Practising Life Principle
"Krishna always tests us, but we cannot tolerate so much. Also we do not accept what is in favour of devotion properly—sometimes we accept what is favourable but sometimes we also accept what is unfavourable to devotion. This is bad."
Download the audio (1.8 Mb, 5 min | 26 March 2016)
শ্রীমদ্ভগবদ্গীতা • দশমোঽধ্যায়ঃ : বিভূতিযোগ
"আমি ব্রহ্ম, পরমাত্মা ও নারায়ণেরও আকরতত্ত্ব অদ্বয়জ্ঞান-স্বরূপ কৃষ্ণ, আমা হইতেই চিদচিদ্ বিলাসময় বিশ্ব, তচ্চেষ্টা ও উদ্দেশ্য সাধ্য-সাধনময় বেদাদি শাস্ত্র সমস্তই প্রবর্ত্তিত—এই রহস্য বিচারপর সুমেধগণ ধর্ম্মাধর্ম্ম সমুদয় উল্লঙ্ঘন পূর্ব্বক রাগভক্তি অবলম্বনে আমার ভজন করিয়া থাকেন ।"
• "Lord Ramachandra became King
during Treta-yuga, but because of His good government, the age was like
Satya-yuga. Everyone was religious and completely happy."
Sat, 16 April 2016:Dignity of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math: (4) Entering Service Planet
"We have joined this mission, we have accepted a Guru and taken initiation, but now we must serve our Guru. What Gurudev gave us is incomparable, inconceivable, and we must have faith in that. Practise properly, make your house a temple, then you can continue your practising life wherever you are."
Download the audio (5 Mb, 13 min | 26 March 2016)
Sun, 17 April 2016: (Sri Kamada Ekadasi)Festival: Vision and Focus
"Gurudev's disappearance festival means Vaishnav seva. Vaishnav is the main focus for us. Appearance and disappearance look different, but following Vaishnavs' vision we think that on these two tithis Gurudev always takes worships from us."
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Mon, 18 April 2016: (Disappearance day of Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj)A New Sannyasi (4 photographs, 0.3 Mb)
On this holy day His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj gives second initiation to fortunate devotees and confers the sannyas order on Sripad Bhakti Rasik Sannyasi Maharaj.
Written Statement on Mission's Affairs (Signed 13
Samadhi Mandir Verses
From the archive:Service in Separation
"If you follow your Guru's instruction, if you fulfil his desire, even after his disappearance, if you always think what will make him happy, then you will get his association, you will feel joy..."
Download the audio (5 Mb, 13 min | 22 April 2013)
The Bond with the Guru
"If you have a very strong relationship with the Guru, offences and undesirable things will gradually go away. If you have some material desire and do not want to remove it, and instead you want more and more, you will never get relief from that desire."
Download the audio (14 Mb, 30 min | July/August 2014)
Srila Gurudev's Disappearance Day, Year 2015 (Bengali)
Tue, 19 April 2016:Weaknesses
"If in this life you think, 'This is my house, I will not leave this house,' then next birth you will become a lizard. Attachment is a very dangerous thing. The kind of attachment you have for your family life should come for your Guru, the Vaishnavs, and Bhagavan."
Download the audio (1.8 Mb, 4 min | 16 April 2013 & 27 March 2016)
Письменное заявление (Russian Translation)
Официальное обращение Ом Вишнупада Шрилы Бхакти Нирмала Ачарьи Махараджа к преданным с целью прояснения неясностей, которые существуют в семье Шри Чайтанья Сарасват Матха, касательно видения и указаний Шрилы Гурудева о будущем Миссии после его ухода.
Wed, 20 April 2016:Looking for Advice?
"The mind does not know what is the right way and what is the wrong way. We cannot control our mind, but the Guru, Vaishnavs, Bhagavan can, so the intelligent men will always take good association and will always leave bad association."
Download the audio (1.2 Mb, 3 min | 29 July 2013)
Thu, 21 April 2016:Cut No Slack
"Ego can take everything away—it can remove your service, it can take Krishna away. We think we have been initiated for many years but still have not reached our destination, we do not feel so much enthusiasm for service and begin to slacken. This is very bad for us."
Download the audio (1.2 Mb, 3 min | 29 July 2013)
Fri, 22 April 2016:Step Forward
"Krishna is always waiting for our service, but the main thing that we must understand is that we must not only say we are disciples of Mahaprabhu—you will get the result when you follow His instruction, follow His advice."
Download the audio (1 Mb, 2 min | 29 July 2013)
Sat, 23 April 2016:Eating Out
"One time, soon after I joined the temple, I asked Gurudev why we must avoid the outside food—like, if you go to some restaurant, there is some vegetarian food, why must we avoid it? And I heard the answer from Gurudev..."
Download the audio (0.6 Mb, 2 min | 29 July 2013)
Sun, 24 April 2016:Perfect Resolve
"Enjoyment will never go away from you, but what will go away? Krishna consciousness—the most important thing. You will never get this opportunity again. That is why it is necessary to understand what this life is for, what Krishna consciousness is, and that is why good association is so necessary."
Download the audio (4.5 Mb, 12 min | 29 July 2013)
শ্রীমদ্ভগবদ্গীতা • একাদশোঽধ্যায়ঃ : বিশ্বরূপ-দর্শনযোগ
"হে অর্জ্জুন ! তুমি এই যে নরাকৃতি দ্বিভুজ রূপ দর্শন করিতেছ, আমার এই সচ্চিদানন্দময় নরমূর্ত্তির দর্শন অত্যন্ত সুদুর্ল্লভ । দেবতারাও এই রূপের নিত্য দর্শনাভিলাষী । যে ব্যক্তি আমারই সেবাকার্য্যে নিরত, আমিই যাহার পরম আশ্রয়, আমাতেই ভক্তিযুক্ত, বিষয়ে অনাসক্ত এবং সমস্ত প্রাণীর প্রতি শত্রুভাবশূন্য তিনিই আমাকে লাভ করেন ।"
Mon, 25 April 2016:Relief and Relish
What is it that can give you an extraordinary relief and what is it that you can relish in this very lifetime? "Our time is always going, our life is always passing, but you will not get this kind of opportunity again."
Download the audio (1.4 Mb, 4 min | 29 July 2013)
Tue, 26 April 2016:Eternal Values
"How many days will you be alive in this world? Even if you are alive for thirty more years, then you will sleep for fifteen years, and the other fifteen you have other things to do, and the time is gone. How many days do we have to do Hari-bhajan? You must count it."
Download the audio (1.8 Mb, 5 min | 3 November 2010)
Wed, 27 April 2016: (Disappearance of Sripad Krishna Das Babaji Maharaj)Nimai's Playground: Body, Mind, Soul
Nityananda Prabhu is remembering Pastimes of Mahaprabhu: "He is the master, protector, and maintainer of the whole world. He is the shinning moon of Mayapur, dissipating the dark ignorance of the world, He is the source of all nectar for all of Nabadwip."
Download the audio (3.4 Mb, 9 min | 3 November 2010)
In honour of Sripad Krishna Das Babaji Maharaj:Pranama-mantra:
saumyam sattva-tanum sahasya-vadanam kantham sutana-anvitam
krsna-ananda-karam ratantama-nisam nama-aksaram sundaram
sri-nandisvaram-asritam vraja-bhuvi gaure cha mayapuram
vande yukta-viraga-bhakti-lasitam sri-krsna-dasa-prabhum
"I am offering my obeisance to Sri Krishna Das Prabhu, whose form is very beautiful and auspicious, who always smiles and has a very melodious voice; who day and night chants the Holy Name in a very beautiful way, bringing about the nectar of Lord Krishna; who resides in Vraja during the pastimes of Lord Krishna and in Mayapur during the pastimes of Gaura; and who sports in devotion with proper renunciation."
Root of Our Fortune
Thu, 28 April 2016:Madhukori Bhiksa
"To do madhukori means like bees that go flower to flower and collect nectar drop by drop, the sadhus go begging for the service to the Lord—not for their own pleasure. They collect a handful at a time and give what they collect for the service to their Guru."
Download the audio (2.2 Mb, 6 min | 16 April 2013)
Fri, 29 April 2016:Devotional Take on Naughty Neighbours
"If your neighbours are not good, you can pray to Krishna, to the Lord. Also, if you have power to preach, then through your association the neighbours will become good. Otherwise pray. I am not joking..."
Download the audio (1.6 Mb, 4 min | 29 July 2013)
শ্রীমদ্ভগবদ্গীতা • দ্বাদশোঽধ্যায়ঃ : ভক্তিযোগ
"যে সকল ভক্ত উক্ত প্রকারে সর্ব্বদা আপনাতে অনন্যভক্তি হইয়া (দ্বিভুজ শ্যামসুন্দরাকার) আপনাকে উপাসনা করেন, এবং যাহারা নির্ব্বিশেষ ব্রহ্ম ভাবনা করেন, এই উভয়ের মধ্যে কাহারা শ্রেষ্ঠ যোগবিৎ অর্থাৎ জ্ঞানযোগী ও ভক্তিযোগীর মধ্যে কে শ্রেষ্ঠ ?"
Remembering the disappearance of Srila Abhiram Thakur:• SONG: Ye anila prema-dhana | যে আনিল প্রেমধন
"Where has Advaita Acharya gone? Where are my Svarup, Rupa, Sanatan? Where is my Raghunath? Where are the saviours of the fallen souls?"
Sat, 30 April 2016:Poison-Free Service
"You do Vaishnav seva and become proud, 'I am spending money', 'I am doing this', 'I am doing that'—this kind of mentality can come, but our mood should be, 'I am not doing anything', 'I cannot do anything.'"
Download the audio (1.9 Mb, 5 min | 19 December 2010)
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