MONTHLY ARCHIVE OF UPDATES
Wed, 1 June 2016: (Sri Apara Ekadashi)"My Devotee Is Always with Me"
"Actually those who serve Gurudev and the Lord full-heartedly, always stay with Gurudev and the Lord." His Divine Grace gives the examples of three devotees of the Lord that illustrate this truth: Laksmi Priya Devi, Srivas Pandit's son, and Chhota Haridas.
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Thu, 2 June 2016: (Appearance of Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur)On passing away of Sripad Santosh Prabhu
Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj's written statement addressing the worldwide devotee community, sent this morning.
Nabadwip Dham (7 photographs, 0.7 Mb)
Fri, 3 June 2016:Vaishnavs' Dealings: All Mercy
"A senior devotee must be humble, tolerant and give honour to others, but sometimes they also can chastise you—that is your blessing. Sometimes also they can chastise for preaching. I can give an example. It happened in Nityananda Prabhu's time..."
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শ্রীমদ্ভগবদ্গীতা • ষোড়শোঽধ্যায়ঃ : দৈবাসুরসম্পদ্-বিভাগ যোগ
"কাম, ক্রোধ ও লোভ এই তিন প্রকার আত্মনাশকর নরক প্রাপ্তির দ্বারস্বরূপ, অতএব এই তিনটীকে পরিত্যাগ করিবে । এই তিন প্রকার নরকদ্বার হইতে বিমুক্ত মানব নিজের শ্রেয়ঃসাধন করেন এবং পরম গতি লাভ করিয়া থাকেন ।"
Sat, 4 June 2016:Not So Fast!
"We want to leave the material world, but you have had a relation with it since millions of millions of years ago, it is always inside you to your bone. It is not easy to leave material things, material ego, you must understand the situation you are in."
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Sun, 5 June 2016:At Srivas Pandit's House
Not only the Lord is always present there, but He personally takes care of His great devotee's needs, but "our eyes are blind by the dust of the material world, so how can we see the supra-mundane things?"
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Mon, 6 June 2016:Revolt!—and Surrender
"If you can do both, sravan-kirtan and service, then nothing will be able to remove you from your spiritual life. You must try very hard. The life of a brahmachari is an austere life, but if you can tolerate it, it will be very good for you."
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Tue, 7 June 2016:Collecting Jivas, Collecting Bhog
"Try to serve there—it is necessary to have the strongest practising and the strongest faith, these two are the main things. Try to find people through preaching, find people who would stay permanently at the temple, do proper service..."
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Wed, 8 June 2016:Evening Programme at Sri Nabadwip Dham (12 photographs, 0.8 Mb)
Photographs taken today during the evening programme: His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj is addressing the assembled devotees on the eve of the Vaishnav-seva in honour of Sripad Santosh Krishna Prabhu.
Thu, 9 June 2016:Vaishnav-Seva in Honour of Sripad Santosh Prabhu
(40 photographs, 2.1 Mb)
Photographs taken today during the Vaishnav festival held in honour of late Sripad Santosh Krishna Prabhu at Sri Nabadwip Dham in the shelter of the lotus feet of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj.
Photo Album: In
Honour of Sripad Santosh Prabhu
The Wonderful Nature of
Fri, 10 June 2016:Clear Aim In Life
"Every devotee must have a target. If you get on a plane but then realise there is no pilot, how will the plane fly? If we have no aim in life, it will not take us anywhere. We must think, 'I have come to Krishna consciousness and I will practise it properly.'"
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Sat, 11 June 2016:Using / Serving
"You cannot use Nrisinghadev for your own purpose or benefit—you must serve Nrisinghadev. We must give something to our Guru and the devotees, we should not take so much from our Guru or take anything from the devotees..."
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শ্রীমদ্ভগবদ্গীতা • সপ্তদশোঽধ্যায়ঃ : শ্রদ্ধাত্রয়-বিভাগ-যোগ
"অর্জ্জুন বলিলেন—হে কৃষ্ণ ! যাহারা শাস্ত্রবিধিকে পরিত্যাগ পূর্ব্বক, শ্রদ্ধা সহকারে পূজা করে, তাহাদের নিষ্ঠাকে কি বলা যায় ? উহা কি সাত্ত্বিক বা রাজসিক, অথবা তামকিস ?"
(3 photographs, 0.3 Mb)
Sun, 12 June 2016:Preaching Guidance: Blood, Cockroaches, and the Core
"Give your blood to bring people, try, then people will come. By only doing puja and sitting in one place people will not come. If you practise properly yourself, what you say to others will work. If you have a strong desire to preach, then strong mercy will come to you..."
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Mon, 13 June 2016:A "Happy Style" Life
"If you come for devotional activities, you should not make yourself an enjoyer. Do not be a deha-rami, do not live like this. In heaven the demigods live in a very comfortable way, but sometimes they forget the Lord and become demons like it was with Jay and Vijay..."
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জীবকে সত্য দয়া কি ? (ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রীল ভক্তি নির্ম্মল আচার্য্য মহারাজের হরি-কথামৃত)
"আজকে আপনাকে ওষুধ দিলাম, রোগ সারলো, কিন্তু কালকে আর একটা রাগ হবে—আবার ওষুধ দিতে হবে । এটা হচ্ছে সাময়িক শান্তি । প্রকৃত সাধুরা যে জিনিস দেয়, সেই জিনিস পেলে আপনার চাওয়ার বাসনাটাই কেটে যায় না, আপনার চাওয়ার বাসনাই থাকে ।" কিন্তু উপায় কি, সত্য দয়া কি ?
Tue, 14 June 2016:Eternal Pastimes of Eternal Devotees
"Devotees cannot leave Lord Krishna, Bhagavan, they always stay with Him. Sometimes our eyes see that they change their body, but actually Bhagavan's lila, devotees' lila is always going on..."
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Wed, 15 June 2016:Surrender: Your Choice, Your Faith
"Those who came in this world and who can chant in this body, can follow Mahaprabhu's instruction, are very fortunate, otherwise this body is useless. If we surrender to the Lord, we must get proper devotion. There is one story in Mahabharata..."
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In honour of Sri Ganga Mata Goswamini and Srila Baladev Vidyabhusan Prabhu, from the archive:
Guru and His Grace:
Thu, 16 June 2016: (Sri Nirjal Ekadasi)Devotion to Devotees
"Devotees have no caste, no colour, nor any other distinctions—Krishna always helps anyone who serves His devotees cent per cent. In Mahaprabhu's time, there was one sweeper called Jhadu Thakur..."
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Sri Ekadashi Guidance
(Sri Sri Prema Vivarta)
Make Your Guru Happy"
Fri, 17 June 2016: (Sri Ekadasi paran is at 4:56–9:22 a.m.)Vital Force of Devotion
"Sometimes devotees become tired and it is necessary to charge them—it is necessary for the devotees to have Hari kirtan, sadhu-sanga. Just as the more you rub sandalwood the more smell comes, when you get the association of a good sadhu, you get a great benefit."
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Visting Sri Ekachakra and Hapaniya Dham (5 photographs, 0.3 Mb)
To the joy of the devotees, His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj pays a visit to two temples, at Sri Ekachakra Dham (the birthplace of Sriman Nityananda Prabhu) and Sri Hapaniya Dham (the birthplace of Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj).
শ্রীমদ্ভগবদ্গীতা • অষ্টাদশোঽধ্যায়ঃ : মোক্ষযোগ
"হে অচ্যুত ! তোমার কৃপায় আমার মোহ বিনষ্ট হইয়াছে, আমি স্বরূপস্মৃতি লাভ করিয়াছি, আমি নিঃসংশয়ে শরণাপত্তিতে অবস্থিত হইলাম,—তোমার আদেশ পালন করিব ।"
Sat, 18 June 2016: (Festival at Sri Panihati)Chira-Dadhi Mahotsav at Sri Panihati / News From Nabadwip
(17 photographs, 1.3 Mb)
Surrounded by his associates, servitors, and devotees, His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj takes part in the annual festival of flat rice and yoghurt in honour of Srila Raghunath Das Goswami. Sharing several photographs taken this morning and afternoon at Sri Panihati during the busy festival attended eagerly by devotees and people from all over India, as well as a few photographs of the goshala progress taken at Sri Nabadwip Dham.
From the archive:
Treading the Wrong Path
Das Goswami: Breaking Free
Real Mercy, Real
Festival in Sri Panihati 2015
(10 photographs, 1 Mb)
Sun, 19 June 2016:Understanding Maya
"Maya is very powerful, and she always tries to remove jiva souls from their service to the Lord. So, disturbance must come—her duty is like that. Maya's duty is to always take over and remove from Krishna consciousness. We must be careful."
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Mon, 20 June 2016: (Anniversary Festival at Sri Parama Karuna Temple, Caracas)Foundation of Devotional Life
"If you can do sadhu-sanga, sravan, kirtan properly and every day, then material attachment will gradually go away. We cannot follow all sixty-four rules and regulations, but among them there are five practices that are the best and most important for us..."
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Speaking Online to Caracas (6 photographs, 0.2 Mb)
From the archive:
Karuna Nitai Gaurachandra
Parama karuna |
পরম করুণ পহুঁ দুই জন
Tue, 21 June 2016:Service and Sincere Practice
"By the mercy of Nityananda Prabhu, Raghunath Das Goswami got some great mercy, and you can understand that he actually got that mercy through Vaishnav seva..."
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Wed, 22 June 2016:Glimpses from Sri Nabadwip Dham (12 photographs, 0.9 Mb)
Sharing photographs taken around Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Sri Nabadwip Dham, yesterday and today early in the morning.
Thu, 23 June 2016:Smart, Savvy, and Sannyasi
Addressing questions about the fundamental characteristics of a devotee: an intelligent approach to obtaining Vaishnavs' prasad, harmonising any environment, and what matters far more than the colour of the cloth.
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Fri, 24 June 2016:Wholesome and Wholehearted
"You take initiation and think everything is finished, but it is not so. Continue your job, take care of your family, but do it only for the Lord. Krishna does not want big prasadam from you—whatever you can give to Him, He accepts it. It is necessary to give your heart."
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Sat, 25 June 2016:The 'Crazy', the Wicked, the Restless
"There was once a sahajiya Guru. He could not teach others anything good, he did not know anything and used to always cheat his disciples, but once he thought, 'Every day I go house to house, but in this area there is this rich king...'"
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Sun, 26 June 2016:A Name and the Holy Name
"Hare Krishna maha-mantra does not equal to any name—it is not the same as a husband's name, as my name, or anyone else's. The Holy Name is non-different from Krishna."
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Mon, 27 June 2016:Divine Backing
"No one can stop, attack, or defeat those who have Gurudev's backing. It is necessary to have this kind of strong faith. It all depends upon faith. No one can destroy those who have a strong faith in their Gurudev."
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দণ্ড মহৎসব (ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রীল ভক্তি নির্ম্মল আচার্য্য মহারাজের হরি-কথামৃত)
"আপনারা বহু ভাগ্যের ফলে আজকে এখনে রঘুনাথদাস গোস্বামীর দণ্ড মহৎসব করতে আসলেন । দণ্ড মানে কি ? শাস্তি । এই শাস্তি এই জগতের শাস্তি নয়—এই শাস্তি যদি কেউ পেলে, ভগবদ-ধামে যাওয়া যায় ।"
শ্রীমদ্ভগবদ্গীতা • গীতামাহাত্ম্যম্
"যে জন শ্রদ্ধাপূর্ব্বক অর্থযুক্ত গীতা শ্রবণ করিয়া গীতা-মাহাত্মা শ্রবণ করেন, ইহলোকে তাঁহার পুণ্যফল সর্ব্বসুখের কারণ হইয়া থাকে । গীতাপাঠ করিয়া যিনি মাহাত্ম্য পাঠ না করেন, তাঁহার পাঠফল বৃথা, পণ্ডশ্রম হয় ।"
Tue, 28 June 2016:Where is Hari?
"We ask many questions, we want to know everything, but actually it is not necessary. We must serve our Gurudev, we must serve our Lord, then we will get benefit. Sadhu-sanga is not eating together with the sadhu or sleeping together with the sadhu."
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Wed, 29 June 2016:Rely On Gurudev
"Gurudev is nondifferent from Krishna; at the same time Gurudev is like Radharani. Many obstacles will come in our practising life, but if we remember Krishna, if we remember our Gurudev and if we serve our Gurudev, then they must protect us."
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Thu, 30 June 2016:Odds and Ends (6)
Several educating excerpts from the lectures of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj that were not included in the main posts:
• Accept or reject? • Sincere service until death • The result of chanting • Seasonal fruit • Observing Ekadasi • What is devotion • ISKCON Ratha-Yatra • Three prayers on the way to Ekachakra • What is mercy?
Download the audio (3.3 Mb, 9 min)
#07 (EPUB file, 0.8 Mb)
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