MONTHLY ARCHIVE OF UPDATES
Sun, 1 January 2017: (Disappearance of Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhu, Srila Jagadish Pandit)Initiation into the Holy Name
As the material world celebrates the beginning of a new year, these fortunate souls are celebrating the beginning of their new life in the shelter of the holy lotus feet of Sri Gurupadpadma Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj.
(7 photographs, 0.5 Mb | 1 January 2017)
Guidance, Issue #09
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In honour of Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhu:
Jiva Goswami Prabhu: The All-Rounder
Jiva Goswami Prabhu
Mon, 2 January 2017:Vaishnava-Vandana: Service Track
"What happen if you do not follow the line? It says you must give up karma. Does it mean you must give up your job, you must stop cooking, eating, etc.? What does it mean? What is service? If you want to do service, who should you remember?"
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Bhaja re bhaja re amar |
ভজ রে ভজ রে আমার
Tue, 3 January 2017:Been There, Heard That
"What will I hear at the class? They say one and the same thing every day, every sannyasi says the same thing—I am not this body, I am atma. I know all this! Why will I go to the class?"
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Wed, 4 January 2017:Service Will Take You Home
"This house is not your house. Where is home? You have lost your address and I have come to take you to your own home. In the place where I have come from, the Lord is crying there for us—for us, His lost children."
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Thu, 5 January 2017:Preaching Programme : Day Two
Photographs taken during the second day of the preaching programme of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj: Harinam initiations, nagar sankirtan, and Hari-katha.
(13 photographs, 1 Mb | 5 January 2017)
Programme : Day One
Fri, 6 January 2017:Maya Family or Chaitanya Saraswat Family?
"This family's name is Chaitanya Saraswat Family. If you can stay in this family, then you will be able to chant the Holy Name together, as a member of the family, in the place where this family is."
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Sat, 7 January 2017:Preaching Programme : Day Four
Photographs taken today, during the fourth day of the preaching programme of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj. Sri Guru's pastimes and words are nondifferent from those of the Lord—how fortunate are the souls who get to witness these. (15 photographs, 1.4 Mb | 7 January 2017)
Programme : Day Three
Sun, 8 January 2017: (Sri Putrada Ekadashi)Perils of Karma
"You can see many people chanting, professional kirtan singers chant Hare Krishna for two-three hours with a harmonium, but it gives no benefit to anybody. Why? Ten thousand people listen to their chanting, but not even one person will come to this line. Why?"
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Sri Ekadashi Guidance
(Sri Sri Prema Vivarta)
Make Your Guru Happy"
Mon, 9 January 2017:How Can Vyasa Not Know?
"Of course it can be. You may write something or do something but it is coming from The Lord—He is writing, He is doing everything. Devotees are always humble, they feel, 'We do not know anything, but Krishna is giving some power.'"
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Programme : Day Five
Wed, 11 January 2017:Preaching Programme : Day Seven
Photographs of the final, seventh day of the preaching programme of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj: Hari-katha, kirtan, and initiations.
(19 photographs, 1.1 Mb | 10 January 2017)
Tue, 10 January 2017:Preaching Programme : Day Six
Presenting photographs taken during the sixth day of the preaching programme as His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj continues to tirelessly bless the devotees and fortunate souls with his holy association and Hari-katha—morning, day, and evening! (21 photographs, 1.3 Mb | 9 January 2017)
Thu, 12 January 2017: (Anniversary Festival at Sri Ganga Sagar Temple)Nimai: "Worship Me! I will give you everything!"
"On special days, all the ladies would come to the Ganga to do Ganga puja, they would bring some white rice, bananas, other different fruit and ingredients, but Mahaprabhu would break their puja..."
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Fri, 13 January 2017:Anniversary Festival at Sri Ganga Sagar Temple
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj leads the anniversary festival of the Deity installation at Sri Ganga Sagar temple of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.
(30 photographs, 1.9 Mb | 12 January 2017)
Today:"Just the day before He left to take sannyasa, from the afternoon until the evening, there was a spontaneous gathering of devotees in the home of Nimai Pandita. Nimai, knowing that early the next morning He would leave Navadwipa to take sannyasa, attracted His followers in such a way that almost every leading devotee came to see Him that evening..." (Continue reading >>>)
Sat, 14 January 2017: (Makar Sankranti)Crazy Inside Out
"(1) She wanted something very much and because she could not get it she became crazy. But I am surprised—nobody becomes crazy because they want Krishna! (2) Those who say there is a difference between householders, brahmacharis, sannyasis, will go to hell."
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Today:"According to solar calculation, it was on the day of Makara-sankranti, an auspicious conjunction of the stars, that Nimai Pandita went to Katwa to take sannyasa, the renounced order of life. Many men flocked there, until a huge crowd gathered. The ordinary public was very much enraged. Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu began performing kirtana, and the angry mob grew, sometimes creating a disturbance. In this way the whole day passed with no decision..." (Continue reading >>>)
Sun, 15 January 2017: (Remembrance day of sannyas-lila of Sriman Mahaprabhu)Devotion: Transformation of Heart
"Even if you are a householder, you can practise—if you maintain your svadharma, without markata-vairagya, phalgu-vairagya, without looking at others' wives, then you can stay in your house and maintain your life properly, then such life is also good for you."
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Mon, 16 January 2017:My Only Shelter
"I will serve those who take shelter of Nitai-Chaitanya, who serve Nitai-Chaitanya. I do not have any quality or qualification to serve Nitai-Chaitanya, but I will serve those who are serving Nitai-Chaitanya!"
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Tue, 17 January 2017:Karma-Bandhan
"If you water and nourish unwanted branches, they will grow stronger, and, interfering with the main branches of your tree, will not let them grow..."
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Wed, 18 January 2017: (Disappearance of Srila Jayadev Goswami)Keeping Current Clean
"Through sraddha comes good association, sadhu-sanga. What happens during sadhu-sanga? Sravanam, kirtanam. There are many kinds of katha in this world, but what you listen to from a sadhu, is called sravan-kirtan."
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Thu, 19 January 2017:Preaching Programme: Day One
Sharing first holy glimpses from the first evening of the second preaching programme of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj that started yesterday, on 18 January.
(13 photographs, 0.7 Mb | 18 January 2017)
Fri, 20 January 2017: (Disappearance of Srila Lochan Das Thakur)Trying Times
"You know that before Mahaprabhu came it was a very difficult time, and now also a very difficult time is coming. I was surprised to read how difficult the situation was at that time. It is unbearable. We cannot even imagine these things."
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Preaching Programme: Day
In honour of Srila Lochan Das Thakur:
Ye anila prema-dhana |
যে আনিল প্রেমধন
Sat, 21 January 2017:Purity of Preaching
"Mahaprabhu only chanted and danced, and our preaching will also be chanting and dancing. People will be happy and they will get more benefit. If there is any programme without chanting, without kirtan, then it is called a mayavadi conception."
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Sun, 22 January 2017:Uluberia Preaching Programme: Day Two
Devotees go out for Harinam sankirtan and gather to hear Hari-katha from the lotus mouth of His Divine Grace, after which everybody takes part in a massive prasad seva.
(15 photographs, 1.2 Mb | 22 January 2017)
Mon, 23 January 2017: (Sri Shat-tila Ekadashi)Triumph of Sankirtan Movement
"Illusory environment is very strong, and when somebody enjoys life, it is not so easy to come out of that kind of environment. Only through sankirtan can people come out of the illusory environment, there is no other way. I want to have a strong preaching group..."
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(Sri Sri Prema Vivarta)
Tue, 24 January 2017: (Sri Ekadasi paran is at 6:54-10:00 a.m.)Nurture Devotion, Not Desires
"We must not waste our time on doing some nonsense—when we have time, we should read books, practise, chant, preach. That is our life. We must cut all unwanted branches. As soon as desires come to your heart or mind, you must immediately cut them off..."
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Wed, 25 January 2017:Collecting Rice, Distributing Mercy (1)
Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj has set out for the annual massive rice collection in preparation to Sri Gaura Purnima: hearing Hari-katha from the lotus mouth of His Divine Grace, the rice mill owners happily donate rice to the Temple.
(19 photographs, 1 Mb | 24 January 2017)
Thu, 26 January 2017:Collecting Rice, Distributing Mercy (2)
Photographs taken during the second day of the bhog collection: His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj visits a few wholesalers and gives a public evening class.
(9 photographs, 0.4 Mb | 25 January 2017)
Fri, 27 January 2017:Collecting Rice, Distributing Mercy (3)
The collection and preaching continues smoothly and very successfully with as much as two tons(!!) of rice collected so far. His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj is pleased and happy.
(11 photographs, 0.6 Mb | 26 January 2017)
Sat, 28 January 2017:What You Wish Is What You Get
"We are like insects in the stool. If you take some worms out of the stool, they will always go back to the stool, their character is like that. You cannot conquer this illusory environment unless you get proper mercy."
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Preaching In Betur
Sun, 29 January 2017:Accepting Guru's Order
"Gurudev gave some explanation about uttam, madhyam and adham devotees. If you tell somebody something and then they do it, that is called madhyam..."
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Nityananda Prabhu's Land
Knock, Knock! (Ahvana Poem)
touching your feet—please come!"
Strike While the
Iron Is Hot
Mon, 30 January 2017:His Things For His Service
"For the service of the Lord you can do everything. Krishna bail to you. If you use His property for yourself, a reaction will come, but if you use His property and His things for your Gurudev, for Krishna, the Lord, then no reaction comes."
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Tue, 31 January 2017:
শিবজী মহারাজ : পরম বৈষ্ণব (ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রীল ভক্তি নির্ম্মল আচার্য্য মহারাজের হরি-কথামৃত)
"কেউ বলে, 'তুমি শিব ভক্ত, আমি কৃষ্ণ ভক্ত !' এরকম বলবেন না । শিব আর কৃষ্ণ আলাদাও নয়, আবার শিব আর কৃষ্ণ একও নয় । শিব হচ্ছেন কৃষ্ণের অংশবিশেষ । শিব ভগবানের সেবক, শিবজী মহারাজ পরমভক্ত ।"
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