MONTHLY ARCHIVE OF UPDATES

FEBRUARY 2017

 

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..."
Download the audio (1 Mb, 3 min | 19 July 2013)

 


In Honour of Sri Vasanta Panchami:

Sri Vishnupriya Devi:
- Clearing Obstacles
- Vishnupriya Devi's Sacrifice
Srila Pundarik Vidyanidhi:
- Householders: Appearance Is Deceptive
Srila Raghunath Das Goswami:
- Mahaprabhu's Teachings to Srila Raghunath Das Goswami
- Breaking Free
- Internal Transformation
- Running From Pratistha
Srila Raghunandan Thakur:
- Vigraha Is Not a Doll
Srila Visvanath Chakravarti Thakur:
- Enthusiasm for Service

 

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..."
Download the audio (1.1 Mb, 3 min | 19 July 2013)

Preaching Programme (Day 3)
Third day of the preaching programme. His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj gives class at Kartik Prabhu's house, arranges a sraddha ceremony and continues manifesting His merciful pastimes. (16 photographs, 1 Mb | 3 February 2017)

 

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."
Download the audio (1.5 Mb, 4 min | 19 July 2013)

Preaching Programme (Day 4)
Sharing photographs taken during the fourth day of the preaching programme of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj in Hooghly district.
(27 photographs, 1.9 Mb | 4 February 2017)

 

 

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."
Download the audio (2.4 Mb, 5 min | 19 July 2013)

Preaching Programme (Day 5)
The preaching programme carries on into the fifth day as His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj continues showering devotees and fortunate souls with Hari-katha, kirtan, and nourishment.
(23 photographs, 1.3 Mb | 5 February 2017)

 

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
This morning, His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj, accompanied by about fifteen devotees, arrives from Sri Nabadwip Dham in Sri Ekachakra Dham to observe the holy appearance day of Sri Nityananda Prabhu.
(24 photographs, 1.5 Mb | 7 February 2017)

Arriving at Sri Ekachakra Dham (30 January 2015)
"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..."

 

When you go to Ekachakra, you should sing,

ara kabe nitaichand karuna karibe
samsara-vasana mora kabe tuchha ha'be

"When will Nityananda Prabhu give me some mercy? When will material desires be removed from my heart?"

kabe nityananda more kari' daya
chhadaibe mora visayera maya

"When will Nityananda be compassionate to me and relieve me from the mundane illusion?"

kabe habe bala se dina amara
aparadha ghuchi suddha name ruchi
krpa-bale ha'be hrdaye sanchara

"Please tell me, when will that day be mine? When will my offences be removed? When will the taste for the pure Name arise in my heart by the power of mercy?"


About Sri Ekachakra Dham:

Nityananda Prabhu's Land and Mercy
Clasping Nityananda Prabhu's Feet
Ekachakra Festival: Attachment To Prasadam
Sri Ekachakra Dham: History and Glory
At Nityananda Prabhu's Feet

The Nectarean Glories of Sri Nityananda Prabhu
(Sri Sri Nityananda Mahimamrita, by Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj)

 


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.

"Sri Ekadasi" (Sri Sri Prema Vivarta)
"One day, Gaurahari left the Gundicha Temple and sat in the Jagannath Vallabha garden. It was pure Ekadasi, and the Lord spent the whole day and night chanting the Name of Krishna..."

SONG: Suddha-bhakata | শুদ্ধ ভকত-চরণ-রেণু
"I carefully observe the holy days related to Madhava, they are the mother of devotion."

SONG: Sri hari-vasare | শ্রীহরি-বাসরে হরি
"On the holy day of Sri Hari, Sriman Mahaprabhu, the life and soul of the universe, began dancing..."

 

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)

 

Sri Ekachakra Dham: Exclusive Land (Evening Bengali class)
"By the mercy of our Gurupadpadma, by a great fortune, we have arrived today at the holy land of Nityananda Prabhu. If you want to get the Lord, you must want the mercy of Lord Nityananda—without His mercy we cannot proceed, cannot progress in our spiritual life."
Download the audio (3.5 Mb, 8 min | 7 February 2017)

Varaha Avatar (31 January 2015)
"Today is the day when we must worship Varahadev. He is the master of Koladwip, so today at the time of His worship we must make a special offering. The Lord took the form of a boar and killed Hiranyaksa..."

SONG: Dasa-avatara-stotram | দশাবতারস্তোত্রম্
"O Hari! O Kesava! O Lord of the universe! You have assumed the form of a boar! All glory to You! The earth sits fixed atop the tip of Your tusk like a dark spot upon the moon."

 

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)
"Who will give mercy to such a low fallen soul as myself except Nityananda? Except Nityananda, there is no one in this world who can give mercy to me. We must worship this Nityananda Prabhu."
Download the audio (5.3 Mb, 12 min | 7 February 2017)

Sriman Nityananda Dvadasakam
"O my heart! Please eternally serve the lotus feet of that beautiful Sri Nityanandachandra who gives us Gaura-Krishna. By neglecting the lotus feet of Nityananda Prabhu all sadhana or bhajan—spiritual practices, services or worship—become an illusion, just like a dream."

SONG: Akrodha paramananda | অক্রোধ পরমানন্দ
SONG: Dhana mora nityananda | ধন মোর নিত্যানন্দ
SONG: Nitai-gunamani amara | নিতাই গুণমণি আমার
SONG: Nitai-pada kamala

 

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)

 

Pandav Tala (9 February 2017 | Noon Bengali class)
"There is also Pandav tala near our temple. When the Pandavs were exiled from their kingdom, they started travelling to many different places, and when a few years passed, they came here to Ekachakra..."

 

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."
Download the audio (2.7 Mb, 6 min | 16 June 2010)

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."
Download the audio (3.1 Mb, 9 min | 4 November 2012)

Srila Narottam Das Thakur: Bona Fide Benefactor
"Who will you call a Guru? A Guru is not someone whose profession is to make disciples, who only takes your money. The Guru gives a conception, gives some wealth, property, with which you can go to your real home..."
Download (2.7 Mb, 6 min | 4 November 2012)

In Praise of Srila Narottam Das Thakur [From Affectionate Guidance]
"Today is the Disappearance Day of Srila Narottam Thakur, so I would like to say a few words to glorify him. Narottam Das Thakur was not just a song writer, he was a great pandit and more than that, he was a devotee of Sri Chaitanyadev."

SONG: Sri-Guru-parampara | শ্রীগুরুপরম্পরা
SONG: Thakura vaisnava-gana | ঠাকুর বৈষ্ণবগণ
SONG: Ki-rupe paiba seva | কিরূপে পাইব সেবা
SONG: Nitai-pada kamala

 

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)

SONG: Ye anila prema-dhana | যে আনিল প্রেমধন
"Where is my Raghunath Das, my Raghunath Bhatta, my Krisha Das Kaviraj? Not finding the association of Sri Gauranga, who performed His Pastimes with all these associates, Narottam Das weeps."

 

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?'"
Download the audio (3 Mb, 7 min | 8 February 2017 | Bengali)

 

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."
Download the audio (3.5 Mb, 8 min | 8 February 2017 | Bengali)

 

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)

 

nikhila-bhuvana-maya-chhinnavichchhinna-kartri
vibudhabahula-mrgya-mukti-mohanta-datri
sithilita-vidhi-raga-radhya-radhesa-dhani
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 heart."

Biography of Bhagavan Sri Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad
Presenting the first part of the biographical compilation dedicated to Bhagavan Sri Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad taken from a lecture of Om Vishnupad Jagad Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. The page shall be updated and expanded in the course of time.

Srila Prabhupad: Embodiment of Mercy
"Today is the holy appearance day of Bhagavan Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Thakur Prabhupad, whom we are here to offer prayers to in the assembly of the devotees. He is Jagad Guru and what he gave to the world, no one else could ever give..."
Download the audio (1.9 Mb, 6 min)

Srila Prabhupad's Glory (1)
"Acharya-vandana: If you can realise the meaning this song, you can get all glorification of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur. Sujanarvuda-radhita-pada-yugam: We sing it but we do not realise its meaning because if we realised its meaning, we would get taste singing it. We must sing it every day and be conscious of it."
Download the audio (3 Mb, 9 min)

Srila Prabhupad's Glory (2)
"Mahaprabhu predicted this, and Prabhupad fulfilled it through Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj, Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, Srila Gurudev. Now, in every village, all day, all night there is Hari-katha and kirtan going on."
Download the audio (2.9 Mb, 8 min)

Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur (Bengali class)
His Divine Grace Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj is speaking on this day in 2015 about Srila Prabhupad's birth, youth, initiation, Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur's founding the Yogapith temple, Srila Saraswati Thakur's preaching pastimes, divine power transmission, and vast contribution to the sampradaya.
Download the audio (25.4 Mb, 74 min | 9 February 2015)

SONG: Sri Sri Prabhupada-padma Stavakah | সুজনার্ব্বুদরাধিতপাদযুগং
"My master, Prabhupad Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur, established the religion of the age, Krishna-sankirtan, and is the chief minister of the universal assembly of leading Vaisnavas. His lotus feet are worshipped by millions of virtuous souls and fulfil the desires of those who dispel souls' fears. Eternally I offer my obeisance to my master's worshippable feet."

SONG: Bhaya-bhanjana jaya-samsana | ভয়ভঞ্জন-জয়শংসন
"He (of divine form) came forth from the birthplace of the golden lotus—the ocean of the mellow of divine consorthood. His large, merciful eyes dispel (the suffering souls') fear and proclaim (the surrendered souls') victory. His tongue (constantly) vibrates the whole Earth planet with Sri Krishna-sankirtana, his beauty resplendent in the robes of the sun's radiance (saffron) that purifies the universe and dispels the suffering of material existence. On his Holy Day of Advent, I (again and again) bow down unto that beloved associate of Sri Vrisabhanu-nandini, and the servitors of his lotus feet."

SONG: Sri Guru Parampara | শ্রীগুরুপরম্পরা
"The follower of Srila Gaura Kisor Das Babaji, the great soul Dayita Das, whose wealth is Sri Krsna-kirtan, fulfilled the desires of the whole world. He is the dearmost of Sri Varsabhanavi and is always engaged in Her service."

 

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
tejo-dipta-vapur budhaika-suhrdam karbura-garvapaham
pasandasura-chanda-danda-dalanam dambhadri-dambholikam
vande vandya-kulabja-bhaskara-vibhum saranga-gosvaminam

"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)

Reviving Srila Prabhupad's Preaching
"...At that time Srila Sridhar Maharaj decided to go to Vrindavan and do bhajan, but when he got some akash dhvani, "What did I give you sannyas for? For your own self?" he hurried away from Vrindavan..."
Download the audio (1.2 Mb, 4 min)

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."
Download the audio (7.6 Mb, 22 min)

Godbrothers' Bond
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj tells about the close and reverent relationship that Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj had with his godbrothers, Srila Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaj, Srila Bhakti Kamal Madhusudan Maharaj, and Srila Krishna Das Babaji Maharaj.
Download the audio (1.7 Mb, 4 min | 19 September 2009)

SONG: Ei-bara karuna kara | এইবার করুণা কর
"O worshippable Vaisnava, be merciful to me this time. O saviour of the fallen, without you there is no one. In every birth I aspire for the dust of your feet."

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! It is not possible to conquer maya by engaging in maya. I see no other way to get relief except for the mercy of sadhus."

SONG: Ohe Vaisnava Thakura | (ওহে) বৈষ্ণব ঠাকুর
"O worshippable Vaishnav, ocean of grace, be merciful to this servant. Give me the shade of your feet and purify me. I clasp your feet. You can give Krishna, you have that power. Calling, 'Krishna!' 'Krishna!', I run after you."

 

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)

Temple—Transcendental School
"You go to school, college and in the end you become an ass, but the school that Prabhupad Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur made can actually make you a human."
Download the audio (3.1 Mb, 9 min | 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."
Download the audio (1.9 Mb, 6 min | 17 February 2017)

Evening Kirtans [17 February]
• Sri Guru charana-padma • Sri Krishna Chaitanya Prabhu daya kara more • Ohe Vaishnava Thakura dayara sagara • Nitai-pada-kamala • Emona durmati samsara bhitare • Gaya Gora madhur svare
Download the audio (9.3 Mb, 28 min)

 

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."
Download the audio (4.1 Mb, 12 min | 17 February 2017)

 

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."
Download the audio (6 Mb, 18 min | 17 February 2017)

 


Sri Ekadasi Guidance
Guidelines on how to observe and honour this holy day: Ekadasi takes an indispensible part in the life of a sincere practitioner. At Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Ekadasi and paran are observed with affection and without fail according to the dates given in the Calendar.

"Sri Ekadasi" (Sri Sri Prema Vivarta)
"One day, Gaurahari left the Gundicha Temple and sat in the Jagannath Vallabha garden. It was pure Ekadasi, and the Lord spent the whole day and night chanting the Name of Krishna..."

SONG: Suddha-bhakata | শুদ্ধ ভকত-চরণ-রেণু
"I carefully observe the holy days related to Madhava, they are the mother of devotion."

SONG: Sri hari-vasare | শ্রীহরি-বাসরে হরি
"On the holy day of Sri Hari, Sriman Mahaprabhu, the life and soul of the universe, began dancing..."

 

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."
Download the audio (3.3 Mb, 10 min | 21 February 2017 | Bengali)

 

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..."
Download the audio (1.7 Mb, 5 min | 21 February 2017 | Bengali)

Programmes at Sri Tarakeswar Temple
The programmes continue daily and smoothly with fewer and fewer days left till the festival. The devotees here are busily engaged in their services under the guidance of His Divine Grace Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj in eager anticipation of the inauguration.
(18 photographs, 1.1 Mb | 21-23 February 2017)

 

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 Temple
Sharing pictures taken yesterday during the day and evening class. All is proceeding smoothly with hundreds of devotees filling Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Tarakeswar, from all over Bengal and many more expected later today and tomorrow.
(26 photographs, 1.7 Mb | 24 February 2017)

Gopeshwar Mahadev's Surrender
"...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)

Sri Tarakeswar Temple Inauguration Adhivas Day
Sharing photographs taken throughout the day on the eve of the grand festival of inauguration a new branch of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. His Divine Grace marked that this kind of fortune of being present at such a festival does not come every day and we must appreciate our fortune and understand that the Lord comes in the form of a Deity to take out service. (24 photographs, 1.5 Mb | 25 February 2017)

From Tarakeswar:
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.


devadidevam-ahibhusanam-indukasam
panchananam pasupatim varadam prasannam
gangadharam pranatapalakamasutosam
vande sadasiva-haripriya-chandramaulim

"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."

 

From the archive:
Sivji Maharaj and Nandi: Journey to Sri Nabadwip Dham
His Divine Grace Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj is telling how Sri Sada Siva Gangadhar and Nandi came to the Math: "So many things have happened, and it was all like a miracle..."
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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)

 

Sad news:
With a saddened heart we are bound to inform the devotee family of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math that on the holy day of Sri Sivaratri this world forever became bereft of the auspicious association of Sripad Yudhamanyu Prabhu Seva Vikram. The glory of his victorious service is renowned and shall forever be remembered and worshipped.

 

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?"

 

Tue, 28 February 2017:

All glory to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga

Dear devotees,

Please accept my humble obeisance.

Now that our recent festival for the inauguration of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math’s new Temple in Tarakeshwar has been completed with grand success, I wish to take this opportunity to express my sincere admiration for Sri Yudhamanyu Prabhu Seva Vikram. His passing is a cause of sadness for us all, and I am especially sorry to be late in offering something in glorification of him.

Yudhamanyu Prabhu Seva Vikram was dear to every member of our Mission. He has set a great example for everyone of what it means to be servitor of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. Srila Gurudev’s extreme fondness and mercy towards him were clearly evident to everyone, and many devotees from around the world cared for him as a close personal friend. He has been regularly visiting India for many years, and I have had the fortune of personally observing his sincere and humble mood of service.

Yudhamanyu Prabhu’s seva in China was incomparable. His complete dedication and success in fulfilling the desire of Srila Gurudev illustrates to us all the essence of spiritual life.

I feel I have no words to describe my heart at the news of this passing of another of Srila Gurudev’s beloved and stalwart associates. It is a great loss for our Mission, and I pray that devotees will step forward in the void of his absence to continue the service of Srila Gurudev’s Mission and all that he took so much care to establish. I also hope that devotees will pray for Sri Yudhamanyu Prabhu’s family and personal friends at this difficult time. Krishna has taken Yudhamanyu Prabhu into His personal care now, and we cannot but accept Krishna’s divine will with our heads bowed.

Your faithful servant,

Swami B. N. Acharya

 

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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Floating On the Surface
'We just come and stay in Sridhar Maharaj's temple, Gurudev's temple and do not know any conception. We float on the surface, following the desires that enter our mind—we do not go deep; but we must understand what Sridhar Maharaj made this temple for.'

 

Sri Sri Prema-Vivarta
“Gora knows your thoughts, so how will you cheat Him? When you are sincere, you will understand Gora's teachings.”

Those who have material attachment, who think, 'This is mine, this is yours,'
always wander throughout the fourteen worlds.

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