MONTHLY ARCHIVE OF UPDATES
Wed, 1 February 2017: (Sri Krishna Vasanta Panchami)Austerity: Part of Service
"Krishna always tests His devotees—He tests them to see, 'How much tolerance, how much patience do they have? How much can they sacrifice for Me? If they get austerity, will they leave Me or not?' He wants to clean us..."
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In Honour of Sri Vasanta Panchami:• Sri Vishnupriya Devi:
• Srila Pundarik Vidyanidhi:
• Srila Raghunath Das Goswami:
- Mahaprabhu's Teachings to Srila Raghunath Das Goswami• Srila Raghunandan Thakur: • Srila Visvanath Chakravarti Thakur:
- Breaking Free
- Internal Transformation
- Running From Pratistha
Thu, 2 February 2017:Preaching Programme (Day 1)
Having spent a few days in Nabadwip, His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj sets out for the next preaching programme in the area. Sharing first photographs from the evening programme at Sripad Ashok Prabhu's house.
(9 photographs, 0.6 Mb | 1 February 2017)
Fri, 3 February 2017: (Appearance of Sri Advaita Acharya)Preaching Programme (Day 2)
His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj continues showering mercy on the fortunate souls while visiting devotees, giving classes and going on Sankirtan. Sharing photographs of the second day of preaching programme.
(18 photographs, 1.1 Mb | 2 February 2017)
Sat, 4 February 2017:Core Qualities of Disciple
"Disciple has to be always surrendered, this is first of all, and the second main quality is faith—it is necessary to have both surrender and strongest faith. If I fully surrender to my Guru, then faith will come automatically..."
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Programme (Day 3)
Sun, 5 February 2017:Our Mantra, Our Japa
"The main thing is that through service you must be able to always remember your Guru, remember the Lord. That is your main mantram—always think about your Guru, think about your Gurudev's service."
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Programme (Day 4)
Mon, 6 February 2017: (Disappearance of Srila Ramanuja Acharya)Heart to Heart
"Heart to heart connection with Guru and Krishna comes through service: through pleasing your Guru, through making your Guru happy, that connection is transferred to your heart. This transcendental power comes from above automatically."
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Programme (Day 5)
Tue, 7 February 2017: (Sri Bhaimi Ekadashi, tomorrow paran is at 6:18-10:00 a.m.)Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj (about tomorrow's appearance day of Sri Varahadev): "Varahadev is the master of Koladwip. Make a very nice sweet rice offering for Varahadev, with best rice, nuts, raisins, good milk, etc."
Arriving | Sri
Ekachakra Festival 2017
"Today, by our great fortune we have arrived here at Sri Ekachakra Dham, the land of Lord Nityananda Prabhu. The Lord Himself appeared here as Nityananda Prabhu, a son of Hadai Pandit and Padmavati..."
Sri Ekadashi Guidance
(Sri Sri Prema Vivarta)
Wed, 8 February 2017: (Sri Varahadev appearance)Sri Varaha Dvadasi | Sri Ekachakra Festival 2017
Photographs of Sri Varaha Dvadasi, paran and Sri Nityananda Trayodasi adhivas observed at Sri Ekachakra Dham in the shade of the lotus feet of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj.
(40 photographs, 3 Mb | 8 February 2017)
Dham: Exclusive Land (Evening Bengali
(31 January 2015)
Thu, 9 February 2017: (Sri Nityananda Prabhu's appearance day)Sri Nityananda Prabhu's Appearance Day
The most auspicious festival of the appearance day of Lord Nityananda is observed smoothly and happily here at Sri Ekachakra Dham. We bow down at the lotus feet of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj and pray for his causeless mercy to get the ability to appreciate and worship this day properly.
(68 photographs, 5.4 Mb | 9 February 2017)
Cry and Call, "Doyal Nitai!"
(Evening Bengali class)
Sriman Nityananda Dvadasakam
Fri, 10 February 2017:Final Day | Sri Ekachakra Festival 2017
Taking the footdust of Sri Gurupadpadma Sri Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj, devotees slowly start leaving and yet one more annual festival at Sri Ekachakra Dham draws to its end leaving the devotees nourished and yet hungry for the mercy of Lord Nityananda.
(32 photographs, 2 Mb | 10 February 2017)
(9 February 2017 | Noon Bengali class)
Sat, 11 February 2017: (Appearance of Srila Narottam Das Thakur)Whole-Hearted Service
"Narottam Das Thakur was born in Sripat Keturi (Bangladesh) and in his life he composed many Vaishnav songs. Actually, all our Guru-varga serve the Lord and serve their Guru whole-heartedly, with body, mind, and speech."
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Thakur: Our Guru, Our Protector, Our Shelter
Srila Narottam Das
Thakur: Bona Fide Benefactor
In Praise of Srila Narottam Das Thakur [From Affectionate Guidance]
Sun, 12 February 2017:Vaishnav Seva
Leaving Sri Ekachakra Dham, Sri Gurupadpadma Sri Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj returns to Sri Nabadwip Dham stopping on the way at a Vaishnav seva programme as well as two other houses to nourish the devotees and extend them the invitation to the upcoming festivals.
(37 photographs, 2.5 Mb | 11 February 2017)
Mon, 13 February 2017: (Disappearance of Sripad B.P. Siddhanti Maharaj)Clean Heart, Open Door
"We are sitting in the nat mandir and this is not a place for idle talks. If you engage yourself in sravan and kirtan, then all dirt from your heart will go away, but if you do not clean the dirt from your heart, Bhakti Devi will never come there."
Download the audio (3.7 Mb, 8 min | 8 February 2017 | Bengali)
Ye anila prema-dhana |
যে আনিল প্রেমধন
Tue, 14 February 2017:Nityananda: Our All in All
"It is necessary to always meditate on this in your heart: 'When will Nitaichand give His mercy to me? When will my desires become insignificant? When will Nityananda be merciful to me and relieve me from the material illusion?'"
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Wed, 15 February 2017:Mercy Through Surrender and Service
"There is only one way how to get out of this suffering—we must take shelter of the lotus feet of Nitai. We must not use Nitai, we must serve Him. Only when you serve Him can you get His mercy."
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Thu, 16 February 2017: (Appearance day of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur)Darshan of Sri Nabadwip Dham
Several photographs taken around Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip—while His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj is busy with preparations to the Tarakeshwar inauguration festival, the programmes and services in Nabadwip continue smoothly and happily with devotees preparing to welcome the Gaura Purnima pilgrims soon.
(34 photographs, 2.6 Mb | 15-16 February 2017)
vilasatu hrdi nityam bhakti-siddhanta-vani
"With his first step, he cut asunder the whole plane of
exploitation, and with his second, he put a stop to all the calculations of
the different scholars with their different conceptions of liberation. With
his third step, he eased the hard rules and regulations by a touch of the
Divine Love: he gave us the worship of Sri Sri Radha and Govinda. The real
existence of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad is in his
divine teachings. May those teachings dance eternally within the core of your
Biography of Bhagavan Sri
Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad
Embodiment of Mercy
Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur (Bengali
Prabhupada-padma Stavakah |
Sri Guru Parampara |
Fri, 17 February 2017:Srila Saraswati Thakur's Festival at Sri Mayapur
In the late afternoon His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj attends the annual Gaudiya Math sangha dedicated to the observance of the appearance day of Bhagavan Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur Goswami Prabhupad at Sri Chaitanya Gaudiya Math, Sri Dham Mayapur.
(32 photographs, 2.3 Mb | 16 February 2017)
In honour of Srila Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaj's appearance day:
divyam dirgha-bhujaravinda-nayanam sarasvatam sundaram
"I offer my obeisance unto the beautiful follower of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur, Srimad Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaj. He has a radiant form, long arms, and lotus eyes. He crushes the pride of the wicked and squashes the cruel oppression of the heretics and demons. He is like a thunderbolt on the mountain of hypocrisy. He is the sole friend of the intelligentsia and a shining sun above the lotus of the aristocracy."
(Composed by Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj)
Srila Prabhupad's Preaching
The Root of Our
Ei-bara karuna kara |
এইবার করুণা কর
কিরূপে পাইব সেবা
(ওহে) বৈষ্ণব ঠাকুর
Sat, 18 February 2017:Arrival at Tarakeswar Temple
His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj arrives safely in Tarakeswar to prepare for the grand inauguration festival on 26 February. Every day His Divine Grace goes out to collect bhog for the festival and supervises the final finishing works at the temple. Sharing first pictures of the temple.
(15 photographs, 0.8 Mb | 17 February 2017)
Sun, 19 February 2017:Message of Guru, Vaishnavs
"As many days the Lord gives us, that many days we will stay here. You are only a security guard, one day you will have to leave. We pray at your feet and ask you to please always engage in service of the Lord, always chant the Holy Name of the Lord."
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Evening Kirtans [17 February]
Mon, 20 February 2017:Coming to Give or to Take?
"There is going to be a new temple in your village, what is it for? It is for your benefit, it is here so that you can chant the Holy Name, so that you can come to the line of pure devotion. If you serve the Guru, you will get the Lord."
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Tue, 21 February 2017:Programmes at Sri Tarakeswar Temple
His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj, accompanies by a group of devotees, continues daily collection of bhog in the area of Tarakeswar and every evening the devotees and visitors have the fortune to hear Hari-katha from his lotus mouth. Sharing some photographs taken over the last few days.
(20 photographs, 1 Mb | 18-20 February 2017)
Wed, 22 February 2017: (Sri Vijaya Ekadasi)Finishing Samsara
"How many times will you keep on coming and going? To stop coming and going does not mean you must give up your family, job, business, etc. In happiness or sadness, you can stay in your family, but you must make your family Krishna's family."
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Sri Ekadasi Guidance
(Sri Sri Prema Vivarta)
Thu, 23 February 2017: (Sri Ekadasi paran is at 6:09-9:56 a.m.)Switching Focus
"There are two ekadasis every month, and it is necessary to follow them. The Lord is pleased with those who observe it, so we do it out of love for the Lord, for Krishna. It is a duty of every human being."
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Fri, 24 February 2017:Messengers of Hope
"If you wear Tulasi neck beads, the yamaduts cannot touch you. The sadhus, Guru, Vaishnavs come to remind us that we are all Lord's children—if you want to overcome maya it is necessary to get the mercy of the sadhus and the Guru..."
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Programmes at Sri Tarakeswar
Sat, 25 February 2017: (Sri Sivaratri, Tarakeswar Festival's Adhivas)Sivji Maharaj—Param Vaishnav [20 Jan 2016 | Translated from Bengali]
"Some say, 'You are a Siva bhakta, I am a Krishna bhakta!' You must not say such things. Siva and Krishna are not different from each other, and at the same time Krishna and Siva are one. Siva is an expansion of Krishna."
Programmes at Sri Tarakeswar
"...Lord Siva entered the rasa-mancha in this mood, and Krishna understood who had come. Everyone wondered where the new gopi had come from and why Krishna was giving her so much honour."
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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 ।"
Sun, 26 February 2017: (Sri Tarakeswar Inauguration Festival)Sri Tarakeswar Temple Inauguration
The grand festival passes beautifully and smoothly in the shade of the lotus feet of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Sri Srimad Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj with many thousands in attendance and an enormous prasad distribution. May these photographs nourish all those who have not been able to come and extend the joy reigning at the temple all over the world. (24 photographs, 1.5 Mb | 25 February 2017)
Temple Inauguration Adhivas Day
At about 8 a.m. His Divine Grace Srila Acharya Maharaj is taking the devotees on a parikrama to Baba Taraknath temple, there the devotees will take some water into the pots and carry it back to the temple with Harinam Sankirtan. After that, the inauguration and festival will commence and finish by noon time with a massive prasad distribution.
"The chief of the Devas, whose body is decorated by snakes, whose body shines like the moon, who has five heads, who carries his weapon known as Pasupat, who gives boons, who is of satisfied nature, who holds the Ganga on his head, who maintains those who give obeisance to him, who is easily pleased—I offer my obeisances to Sada Siva, who is dear to Hari, and whose crown is the moon."
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Mon, 27 February 2017: (Disappearance day of Srila Jagannath Das Babaji Maharaj)Srila Jagannath Das Babaji Maharaj
"One day Srila Jagannath Das Babaji received a divine call from Radharani saying, 'Why are you staying in Vrindavan? You must go to Nabadwip!' He could not walk, so his servant Bihari Das carried him in a basket on his head to Nabadwip." Go-Astami
"Feed the cows, give some garland to the cows, give some sweets to the cows. When Srila Jagannath Das Babaji Maharaj got some pranami, he would buy sweets and give them to the cows..."
Download (1 Mb, 2 min | 14 November 2010)
Tue, 28 February 2017:
Sri Tarakeswar Temple Inauguration: Newspaper Coverage
Two newspaper articles published in Indian newspapers reporting the news of a new temple inauguration that took place in Tarakeswar at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. (2 photographs, 0.3 Mb)
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