MONTHLY ARCHIVE OF UPDATES

AUGUST 2017

 

Tue, 1 August 2017:
Devotional Prudence
"Sometimes we go out, we go here and there and everywhere. Our mind is very naughty, but we have some sumedha, subuddhi, so we must think, 'How should I spend the rest of my life?'"
Download the audio (0.4 Mb, 1 min | 29 July 2012)

 

Wed, 2 August 2017:
Love for the Temple
"Many people come—some are bad, some are good—we must run with them. We do not want to reject them, we must run the centre—anyhow we must try and try, heart and soul. If we try for the Guru, Vaishnavs and Bhagavan, they will look after us."
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Thu, 3 August 2017: (Sri Pavitraropani Ekadasi, start of Sri Hari Smaran month)
Srila Rupa Goswami Prabhu (1)
"Tomorrow is Srila Rupa Goswami Prabhu's and Srila Gauridas Pandit's disappearance day. We want to say something about them because our Guru Maharaj Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj and our Gurupadpadma are Rupanuga-dhara—they are holding Srila Rupa Goswami's flag."
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Srimad Rupa-pada-rajah Prarthana Dasakam
"Srila Rupa Goswami is the mine of the most precious treasure, the leader of the associates of Lord Chaitanya. Despite my lowliness, when will—disregarding all my various qualifications and disqualifications—Srimad Rupa Prabhu grace me with the dust of his holy lotus feet?"

 


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..."

ADDITIONAL READING:

"Observing Ekadasi" (by Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj)
"Ekadasi Vrata: Make Your Guru Happy" (by Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj)
"No Other Shelter" (by Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj)
"Mahadvadasi" (by Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj)
"Ekadasi and liberation" (by Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj)
"Ekadasi Tithi: One of the Practices" (by Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj)

 


Sri Hari Smaran Month starts today. Coming festivals:
4 August (Fri): Disappearance of Srila Rupa Goswami and Srila Gauri Das Pandit Goswami.
7 August (Mon): Appearance of Sri Baladev.
15 August (Tue): Sri Sri Krishna Janmashtami.
16 August (Wed): Sri Nandotsav. Appearance of Srila Srimad Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad.
28 August (Mon): Sri Lalita Saptami.
29 August (Tue): Sri Radhashtami.
3 September (Sun): Appearance of Sri Vamanadev and Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhu.
4 September (Mon): Appearance of Srila Sachchidananda Bhakti Vinod Thakur.
5 September (Tue): Disappearance of Srila Haridas Thakur.
6 September (Wed): Vishvarup Mahotsav. End of month-long festival at Nabadwip, Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.

 

 

Fri, 4 August 2017: (Disappearance of Srila Rupa Goswami Prabhu, Srila Gauridas Pandit)
Srila Rupa Goswami Prabhu (2)
"We must all pray to Srila Rupa Goswami, 'Prabhu, wherever you are staying now, please forgive our offences. Please engage us to serve your servant, please tolerate us. Prabhu, please accept us as a dog at your lotus feet!'"
Download the audio (1.3 Mb, 4 min | 29 July 2012)

Srimad Rupa-Goswami-Prabhura Sochaka
শ্রীমদ্রূপগোস্বামি-প্রভুর শোচক
"O my very goal of life, Sri Rupa Goswami! He is extremely merciful, an ocean of great qualities. Whoever gets his mercy, gets the feet of Chaitanya and attains Radha and Krishna in Vraja Dham (Vrindavan). His nature is such that he gave mercy to the worst, most sinful, fallen, miserable souls. How much more can one mouth possibly say? Please accept me! May I always, at every moment, remember your lotus feet—please hear this prayer of mine!"

Srila Rupa Goswami Prabhu
"He is actually an associate of Mahaprabhu. Before that, in Dvapara yuga, he was an associate of Krishna, and Krishna Himself sent him to teach us, the fallen souls. On his disappearance day we can ask him for some mercy so that we can continue our service to the Lord."
or Download the audio (2.9 Mb, 9 min | 18 August 2013)

Rupa Sanatan: First Encounter
"Rupa and Sanatan stayed in Ramkeli-gram in Malda district, Gauda Mandal and worked for the emperor Hussein Shah. They heard that somebody tried to start kirtan, and, understanding that it had to be Mahaprabhu, they went to meet with Him."
Download the audio (2 Mb, 6 min | 13 June 2015)

Service Subordination
"We start service by the mercy of Nityananda Prabhu, by the mercy of Radharani. Without Their mercy we cannot do anything. One day, Sanatan Goswami came to Rupa Goswami. He asked him, 'For so many days I have not taken sweet rice..."
Download (1.7 Mb, 5 min | 21 September 2009)

Dignity of the Divine Servitor: Descent of Knowledge
"When in Vrindavana, Rupa Goswami wanted to offer his Guru, Sanatan Goswami, some sweet-rice. He thought, 'My Gurudeva likes sweet-rice. If I can secure some milk, sugar, raisins, nuts, etc., I shall be able to make some sweet-rice, offer it to Krishna, and then to my Gurudeva.' A little later, a young girl, perhaps twelve or fourteen years of age, came to Rupa Goswami's bhajan-kutir in Kadam Kandi..."

Sri Rupa-Sanatan Siksa (EPUB file, 0.5 Mb)
"Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita: Sri Rupa-Satana Siksa, read and expounded by His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj." An electronic version of the published previously online matter available now for download, reading and worshipping on phones, tablets, eBook readers, etc.

At Gauri Das Pandit's House
"Gauri Das Pandit was a grihastha devotee who lived in Kalna. His brother was the father of Jahnava and Vasudha. Once, Mahaprabhu and Nityananda Prabhu came to Kalna by boat and decided to visit Gauri Das Pandit's house..."
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Srila Gauri Das Pandit's Gaura Nitai
The story of how Srila Gauri Das Pandit's Deities manifested Themselves at his house in Kalna.
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SONG: Sri Sad-Goswamy-Astakam | শ্রীশ্রীষড়্­গোস্বাম্যষ্টকম্
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"I offer my respectful obeisances unto the Six Goswamis, namely Sri Rupa Goswami, Sri Sanatan Goswami, Sri Raghunath Bhatta Goswami, Sri Raghunath Das Goswami, Sri Jiva Goswami, and Sri Gopala Bhatta Goswami, who are always engaged in chanting the Holy Name of Krishna and dancing. They are just like the ocean of love of God, and they are popular both with the gentle and with the ruffians, because they are not envious of anyone. Whatever they do, they are all-pleasing to everyone, and they are fully blessed by Lord Chaitanya. Thus they are engaged in missionary activities meant to deliver all the conditioned souls in the material universe."

 

SONG: Sri Guru Parampara | শ্রীগুরুপরম্পরা
"Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is nondifferent from Sri Sri Radha-Krsna and is the very life of Sri Rupa's followers. Srila Svarup Damodar Goswami, Srila Rupa Goswami Prabhu, and Srila Sanatan Goswami Prabhu are dear to Visvambhar."

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. If anyone comes to you, their sins go away."

SONG: Vaisnava thakura dayara sagara | বৈষ্ণব ঠাকুর দয়ার সাগর
"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. Mercifully give me a drop of faith and bestow upon me the wealth of Krishna's Name."

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: Ye anila prema dhana | যে আনিল প্রেমধন
"I will break my head on a rock, I will enter into fire. Not finding the association of Sri Gauranga, who performed His Pastimes with all these associates, Narottam Das weeps."

SONG: Sri Rupa-manjari-pada | শ্রীরূপমঞ্জরী-পদ
"The lotus feet of Sri Rupa Manjari are my wealth, my bhajan (service), my puja (worship), the wealth of my life, and whatever ornaments I may have. Her lotus feet are the very life of my life."

 

Sat, 5 August 2017:
Life Values
"In this life people work for themselves and for their family maintenance from birth to death, they do not get time to even come to the temple to pay dandavat. Krishna gave this human body only for service, so if you can spend minimum 50% of this life on service, that will be good for your next life."
Download the audio (1.6 Mb, 5 min | 29 July 2012)

 

Sun, 6 August 2017:
Malini Devi and Vishvarup
"The name Srivas Pandit's wife is Malini Devi. You know, one time Malini chastised Srivas Pandit. Once, Vishvarup Prabhu, Nimai's elder brother, came to their house to ask Srivas Pandit for help..."
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Mon, 7 August 2017: (The holy appearance of Lord Baladev, fast until noon)
Baladev Purnima: Double Festival in Russia
"Today, everybody is celebrating Sri Sri Baladev Prabhu's appearance day everywhere. Today is also the Deities' installation day in Saint Petersburg temple, our main centre in Russia. Even Madhavendra Puri showed us how important it is to serve the Deities..."
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sphurad-amala-kiritam kinkini-kankanarham
chalad-alaka-kapolam kundala-sri-mukhabjam
tuhina-giri-manojnam nila-meghambaradhyam
hala-musala-visalam kama-palam samide
"He is adorned with a shining spotless crown, bangles, and ankle bells; His curly hair plays on His lotus cheeks, and earrings embellish the beauty of His lotus face; dressed in fine clothes of rich blue colour like that of a cloud, He is as captivating as a snow-capped mountain; He is also carrying a great plough and a club. This Balaram—One who fulfils all desires—do I offer my prayers to."

Baladev Purnima: A Special Day
"In India, some devotees are worshipping Radha-Krishna's Jhulan Yatra today, but we are making a programme for Baladev, who is nondifferent from Gurudev and Nityananda Prabhu. This is our line, the line of Rupanuga Guru-varga."
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Devotion Conquers—Ego Repels
Lord Balaram, Kaliya-daman Lila, Saubhari Muni, Sudama Vipra, the sun, a vessel, a drum, a pig, and a drop of water—all these are woven together to guide us towards perfect devotion.
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Asraya Vigraha Sri Baladev
"Without the shelter of Nityananda Prabhu, without the shelter of Baladev Prabhu, we cannot think about Krishna. We must understand how to serve, how to give nourishment to Baladev."
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SONG: Sri Dasa-Avatara-Stotram | দশাবতারস্তোত্রম্
"O Lord of the universe! You have assumed the form of Balaram! All glory to You! On Your white body You wear garments the colour of clouds and the color of the River Yamuna when she is frightened by the striking of Your plough."

শ্রীআশ্রয়বিগ্রহ-শ্রীবলদেবের মহিমা
ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রী শ্রীল ভক্তি নির্ম্মল আচার্য্য মহারাজের হরি-কথামৃত: শ্রীআশ্রয়বিগ্রহ-শ্রীবলদেবের মহিমা আর শ্রীগুরুচরণ-সেবের অর্থ: শিষ্যের জীবন আর একমাত্র প্রবৃত্তি; এবং শ্রীল ভক্তিবিনদ ঠাকুরের শরণাগতির ১৯ গান "সর্ব্বস্ব তোমার চরণে সঁপিয়া".
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Tue, 8 August 2017:
Manage and Maintain
"Our life is like this—devotees always serve, always engage in preaching movement, with sadhu-sanga and Nama-sankirtan. Always do Harinam sankirtan in the street. If we try, we can manage everything, it is not a problem."
Download the audio (1 Mb, 3 min | 29 July 2012)

 

Wed, 9 August 2017:
Gauri Das Pandit's Pastimes
"Gauri Das Pandit is also a dearmost devotee of Nityananda Prabhu and a dearmost devotee of Mahaprabhu. You know that one time Nityananda Prabhu and Mahaprabhu went to Kalna, the area where Gauri Das Pandit lived..."
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Thu, 10 August 2017:
Mercy Is Above Justice
"Gurudev is merciful, but it does not mean that one more chance will come to everybody. Mercy is above justice, but not for everybody. The Guru can say, 'Come back to the temple,' but it does not mean you will think, 'OK, I can make the same offence again!'"
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Fri, 11 August 2017:
Unity Is Strength
"We joined Gurudev's mission because we want to serve. Somebody may not like me, but Nitai Gaurachandra like my service, then what is the problem? I cannot understand why I must run away from my service. Why should we fight among each other?"
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Sat, 12 August 2017:
Off Base
"I can give you all one example today. We never go to Vrindavan for jhulan-yatra—it is sahajiyas' style and conception, it not our conception. But once a brahmachari, one of Gurudev's disciples, wanted to do some programme there at this time..."
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Sun, 13 August 2017:
Ego and Ginger—Watch Out!
"(1) If somebody is doing some wrong, they must get some punishment, it is necessary, but at the same time we always try to keep all the devotee at the lotus feet of Gurudev, it is also necessary. (2) Do not use ginger in subjis. It is not good for health, and not good for the devotional life also."
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"শ্রীকৃষ্ণ ও তাঁহার ভক্তের সেবার এবং শরণাগত ভাবের অনুকূল বিষয় সমূহ কর্ত্তব্য বলিয়া নিশ্চয়কে ‘আনুকূল্যের সঙ্কল্প’ বলা যায় ।" পরমানুকূল্য-বিধানকারী কী এবং মুখ্যসম্পত্তি-গুণ পরমমঙ্গল কী ?

 

    

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Mon, 14 August 2017:
Sri Krishna Janmastami: Our Fortune and Focus
"We feel very fortunate today to have got a bona fide guru and we are spending this day for Lord. Many people have a holiday today and are enjoying with material things, but Krishna's devotees' enjoyment is for Krishna. That is their hope, that is their fortune."
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Related to the adhivas of Sri Krishna Janmastami:

"Tell me about Krishna!"
"Today is the adhivas of Sri Krishna Janmastami, it is a very good day and we must tell something about Krishna's pastimes. Who knows Krishna? Only Krishna's parsad (associate), can understand Krishna's lila."
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Dear and Dearmost
"Today we are speaking about some of Krishna's childhood pastimes. We can actually get Krishna's mercy only through devotees. We always first take shelter of our Guru's lotus feet because otherwise, without this shelter, we cannot get any connection with this line."
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Tue, 15 August 2017: (Sri Krishna Janmastami, full fast till midnight, then no grains)
Sri Krishna Janmastami: Service Festival
"We should actually be more affectionate with Nanda Maharaj and Yasoda. Tomorrow is actually the main day—today we are fasting for the Lord, but tomorrow we are making a festival for Nanda Maharaj."
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dadhi-mathana-ninadais-tyakta-nidrah prabhate
nibhrta-padam agaram ballavinam pravistah
mukha-kamala-samirair asu nirvapya dipan
kavalita-navanitah patu mam bala-krsnah

"That child Krsna, who, awakening by the sound of butter-churning, stealthily enters the homes of the cowherd ladies, swiftly blows out the lamps with the breeze of His lotus mouth and devours the fresh butter—may He kindly protect me."
~Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu

Appearance of Lord Krishna
"This festival is celebrated all over the world, and you heard that even in Nabadwip Dham many people do not know about Krishna consciousness, do not know about Rupa Goswami's line, but they know Krishna and they fast the whole day and night for Krishna."
Download the audio (2.1 Mb, 7 min | 14 August 2009)

Emporium of All Rasa
"In Krishna-lila, everything is there—santa-, dasya-, sakhya-, vatsalya-, madhura-rasa—that is why Krishna is considered the Supreme Personality of Godhead."
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Sri Krishna Janmastami: Celebrate and Realise
"What we are making the Janmastami festival for? To show ourselves and our big ego? No, we are making this festival to give much nourishment to the devotees through Hari-katha, through Krishna-katha, by giving good things to them."
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Sri Krishna Janmastami: Surrender and Practise Daily
"We have to understand Krishna's Pastimes. We have to be niskama bhakta: we must have no material desire, and we must not ask Krishna for anything."
Download the audio (3.5 Mb | 18 August 2014)

Sri Krishna Janmastami: Path Back to Home
"We are taking so many things, but our hunger will not finish, there will always be some material desire. But if you surrender to Krishna, to His devotee, and if you worship Krishna, if you chant the Holy Name of Krishna, you will get real benefit, you can go to your real home."
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Sri Krishna Janmastami and Sri Nandotsav 2014
Photographs from the festival celebrated in Sri Nabadwip Dham, West Bengal, India under the guidance of Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj.

 

Sri Krishna Janmastami and Sri Nandotsav 2015
Photographs of the grand festival at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, celebrated in the shelter of the holy lotus feet of Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj.

 

Sri Krishna Janmastami Adhivas 2016 (8 photographs, 0.6 Mb)
Several photographs taken last night during the evening programme in honour of the appearance day of Lord Sri Krishna, held peacefully and beautifully in the shade of the lotus feet of Om Vishnupad Jagad Guru Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj in the company of dignitary devotees and Vaishnavs.

 


SONG: Suno he rasika-jana | শুনহে রসিক জন
"The transcendental qualities of Sri Krishna are innumerable. Krishna is the spiritual master of the entire universe, a wishfulfilling desire-tree, and the captain of the boat in the ocean of material existence."

SONG: He deva bhavantam vande | (হে) দেব ভবন্তং বন্দে
"The transcendental qualities of Sri Krishna are innumerable. Krishna is the spiritual master of the entire universe, a wishfulfilling desire-tree, and the captain of the boat in the ocean of material existence."

SONG: Jaya Radha-Madhava | জয় রাধামাধব
"Glory to Radha-Madhava, the beloved of Srimati Radharani! Glory to Kunja-bihari, the Enjoyer of pastimes in the groves of Vraja."

SONG: Yasomati-Nandana | যশোমতীনন্দন
"Sri Krishna, who is known as Kana, is Yasoda's darling son, Vraja's paramour, Gokula's delight, the gopis' life and wealth, the enchanter of Cupid, and the conqueror of Kaliya."

SONG: Hari he dayala mora | হরি হে দয়াল মোর
"O Hari! O my merciful Lord! All glories to You, the Lord of Radha! So many times I have avoided You, but this time please take me as Your own."

OTHER RELATED SONGS:
Sri Guru Parampara | শ্রীগুরুপরম্পরা
Dasavatara Stotram | দশাবতারস্তোত্রম্
Janama saphala ta'ra | জনম সফল তা'র
Mayura mukuta | ময়ূর-মুকুট
Yasomati-Nandana | যশোমতীনন্দন
Sri Damodarastakam | শ্রীশ্রীদামোদরাষ্টকম্

 

Wed, 16 August 2017: (Sri Nandotsav, appearance of Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj)
Beacon Light
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj is giving a concise account of the close relationship between Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math and Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad.
Download the audio (1.1 Mb, 3 min | 10 March 2016)

Srila Swami Maharaj Prabhupad
"Without his mercy we would not have been able to think anything today, but we are very happy and we are making today a festival for Srila Swami Maharaj, on his appearance day. Everybody must pray for his mercy."
Download the audio (2.9 Mb, 9 min | 15 August 2009)

 

Sri Nandotsav:
"Today we are also making a big festival—we must make Nanda Maharaj happy."

~Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj

 

namah om visnupadaya krsna-presthaya bhutale
swami sri bhaktivedanta prabhupadaya te namah
gurvajnam sirasi-dhrtva saktyavesa sva-rupine
hare-krsneti mantrena pascatya-prachya-tarine
visvacharya prabaryaya divya karunya murtaye
sri bhagavata-madhurya-gita-jnana pradayine
gaura-sri-rupa-siddhanta-saraswati nisevine
radha-krsna-padambhoja-bhrngaya gurave namah
"I offer my humble obeisances unto His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, who is Krishna's beloved associate and who came down to this plane from Goloka. Taking the order of his guru on his head, he is the saktyavesa (empowered) avatar of Nityananda Prabhu personified. He distributed the Hare Krishna mantra all over the Eastern and Western world, delivering and uplifting all fallen souls. He is the best of millions of Jagad Gurus, because he is the personification of divine mercy. He has distributed the sweet nectar of Srimad Bhagavatam and the transcendental knowledge of Srimad Bhagavad-gita all over the world. He is constantly engaged in exclusive devotional service to Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakura, Srila Rupa Goswami, and Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu. I offer my humble obeisances unto Srila Prabhupada, who is like a bumble-bee always tasting the nectar of the lotus feet of Sri Sri Radha and Govinda."

 

Thu, 17 August 2017:
Krishna's Childhood Pastimes
"Although Krishna lived in Nanda-gram, He spent much time playing with His cowherd boyfriends in Gokul. He showed so many things in His pastimes—He played with cows and dust of Vrindavan (dhuli-khela), He ate soil, He killed demons..."
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Fri, 18 August 2017: (Sri Annada Ekadasi)
Essential Service
"Krishna Himself comes in the form of the Guru, and if we do not understand the Guru, then we cannot understand anything. Sadhu-sanga does not mean eating with the sadhu, sleeping with the sadhusadhu-sanga means following the sadhu's order, instruction."
Download the audio (1.6 Mb, 3 min | 22 August 2011)

 


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..."

ADDITIONAL READING:

"Observing Ekadasi" (by Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj)
"Ekadasi Vrata: Make Your Guru Happy" (by Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj)
"No Other Shelter" (by Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj)
"Mahadvadasi" (by Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj)
"Ekadasi and liberation" (by Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj)
"Ekadasi Tithi: One of the Practices" (by Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj)

 

Sat, 19 August 2017:
Proper Channel and Approach
"We do not go directly to Lord Krishna or Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu—we go for association, we go to great Vaishnavs, then our Guru. This is how we go to the Lord Himself. If you take another train, it will not fulfil your desire and take you to your goal."
Download the audio (1.3 Mb, 4 min | 22 August 2011)

 

Sun, 20 August 2017:
Straight Line
"Krishna's Name, this Hare Krishna maha-mantra, is nondifferent from the Lord. Krishna's Name, beauty, pastimes, associates are non-different from Krishna Himself, and only Krishna Himself or His associates can give Krishna, can give Krishna's Name to others."
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— · Sri Vyasa Puja Announcement · —
pujya-sri-guru-varga-vandita-mahabhavanvitayah sada
paurvaparya-parampara-prachalita-prajya-pramurtakrteh
bhakter nirmala-nirjharasya nibhrtam samraksakam sadaram
vande sri-gurudevam anata-sira acharya-varyam nijam
"I bow my head in eternal obeisance to my Gurudev, the best of acharyas, Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj. He is the ever vigilant, stalwart guardian of the current of pure devotion whose highest form flows from our most worshippable Sri Rupanuga Guru-varga in their exclusive dedication to Mahabhav, Srimati Radharani."

Dear Devotees, Friends, and Well-Wishers,

Please accept our humble dandavat pranam at your holy feet.

The most worshippable day of the divine appearance of our Spiritual Master Ananta-sri-vibhusita Om Visnupad Paramahamsa-kula-chudamani Visva-varenya Sri Srimad Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj manifests this year on Thursday, 21 September 2017. On this occasion we humbly bow down at your feet and pray to you that you may find it possible to bless us by your presence at the festival dedicated to this holy event that shall be adorned with holy services and devotional activities such as kirtans, lectures, special offering of worship, prasad seva, etc. here in India or at any of our affiliated centres worldwide.

We would also like to invite everybody to send in their Vyasa Puja offerings of prayers, homage, and worship to be presented to His Divine Grace on this holy occasion. We request everybody to send their letters not later than 17 September 2017 in order to be able to present the offerings timely and duly. Our email address is: info.at.scsmathinternational.com.

Your aspiring servants at,
SCSMathInternational.com

 

Mon, 21 August 2017:
Be Great. Be Strong
"Stay together, continue preaching movement, invite devotees. I am very happy with your preaching. You can go to other countries from time to time—to Colombia, Peru, Brazil, and so on. You can travel everywhere and preach. You will be an example for the whole world."
Download the audio (1.3 Mb, 4 min | 22 August 2011)

 

Tue, 22 August 2017:
My Hope
"Whatever you get as one hour's salary each day, keep it in your bank and that will be your deposit for your spiritual life. Use yourself and engage others in service of the Lord. That is my hope and prayer."
Download the audio (1.8 Mb, 6 min | 22 August 2011)

 

Wed, 23 August 2017:
Spiritual Sustenance
"Try your best. Do not get so much involved with family affairs and mundane things, the main thing is that you must sacrifice your life for the Guru, for Krishna. When we took initiation, we have left the mundane family and become members of Krishna's family."
Download the audio (1.3 Mb, 4 min | 19 September 2015)

 

Thu, 24 August 2017:
Sincere Surrender and Service
"'I am giving everything to you. Now I am under your shelter—I will not think about myself, my duty is to always think about you, and what you will do is up to you.' If you think about the meaning of this song, you can understand how much you must surrender."
Download the audio (1 Mb, 3 min | 19 September 2015)

 

Fri, 25 August 2017:
Detained by Karma
"Some darkness can come to the devotees' hearts, but the Lord says, 'I personally come to their heart and give some exalted knowledge by which that darkness is removed from their hearts.'"
Download the audio (1.5 Mb, 5 min | 10 September 2013)

 

Sat, 26 August 2017:
Power of Proper Practice
"If you can continuously practise every day, then you can be perfect, but if you do not practise, everything will be damaged and rust will come... Can you show me anyone who has been doing sravan and kirtan continuously and fell down?"
Download the audio (1.5 Mb, 5 min | 10 September 2013)

 

Sun, 27 August 2017:
Approaching, Not Encroaching
"You cannot get the darshan of Radharani, you cannot get the mercy of Radharani just by going to Vrindavan. You do not have to go and stay in Vrindavan—wherever you stay, you can serve the Lord, you can engage in His service and worship." How?
Download the audio (1.5 Mb, 5 min | 12 September 2013)

শ্রীশ্রীপ্রপন্নজীবনামৃতম্: প্রাতিকূল্য-বিবর্জ্জনম্
"শ্রীভগবান্ ও তাঁহার ভক্তের সেবার এবং প্রপত্তিভাবের প্রতিকূল বিষয় বর্জ্জনীয় বলিয়া নিয়মকে ‘প্রাতিকূল্য বিবর্জ্জন’ কহে । যেখানে কৃষ্ণকথাসুধাসরিৎ নাই, যেখানে কৃষ্ণাশ্রিত সাধুলোক নাই, যেখানে কৃষ্ণকীর্ত্তনরূপ মহোৎসব হয় না, সে স্থান যদিও সুরেশলোক হয়, সেখানে বাস করিবে না ।"

 

Mon, 28 August 2017: (Sri Lalita-saptami)
"Save Me, Enlist Me!"
"When will Nityananda give me some mercy and my material desires become removed from my heart?... We do not have any quality, qualification, or anything else, but on the appearance day of Sri Lalita Devi we can pray to her that she may take us into her circle and give some us service..."
Download the audio (5.3 Mb, 16 min | 12 September 2013)

Sri Lalita Devi: Our Service Line
"If you do not worship Lalita Devi properly, you will not get mercy from Srimati Radharani; if you do not serve Srimati Radharani (Gurudev, Guru Maharaj) properly, you will not get mercy from the Lord."
Download the audio (1.2 Mb, 4 min | 20 September 2015)

Sri Lalita Devi: Prema-Guru
The Appearance Day of she who manages the Pastimes of Sri Radha Krishna, who is able to teach Srimati Radhika, who is able to intensify the feelings of the Divine Couple, and without whose mercy we shall never be able to reach Krishna.
Download the audio (9.5 Mb, 21 min | 12 September 2013)

 

Tue, 29 August 2017: (Sri Radhastami, fast till noon)
Sri Radhastami: Do Not Cheat Yourself
"If you chant, 'Radhe, Radhe,' you will not get Radharani. It is necessary to serve Radharani, that means to serve Gurudev. Radharani's lotus feet are non-different from the lotus feet of Sri Guru. It is necessary to know what the real service is."
Download the audio (1.6 Mb, 5 min | 23 September 2012)

Our Lord's Beloved Power [a chapter from Affectionate Guidance]
"Today is Sri Radhastami, the Appearance Day of Srimati Radharani. The Rupanuga Sampradaya gives some special, unique appreciation of Srimati Radharani. They feel that without the merciful connection of Srimati Radharani, they cannot approach towards Krishna at all. Only if the order is coming from Her will they move towards Him. They are extremely fanatical about Srimati Radharani, and that is their foremost qualification."

 

Ultimate Prayer
What should we pray for on the great auspicious days like Sri Lalita Saptami and Sri Radhastami?
Download the audio (0.6 Mb, 2 min | 20 September 2015)

Sri Radhastami: Capture the Captor
"If we cannot capture Gurudev, who is nondifferent from Srimati Radharani, we cannot capture Krishna, the Lord. How can we capture Srimati Radharani? Through Her servants. We must observe this day today very carefully, very respectfully, with our heart and soul."
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Sri Radhastami: Worship with Extreme Care
"How to worship Radharani—how? Gurudev said, 'You must walk in Radharani's place on your head, not on your legs.' It is that kind of place, but how can we see it?"
Download the audio (5.4 Mb, 16 min)

Sri Radhastami Bengali Classes (2 September 2014)
Morning class and kirtans: Download (30.7 Mb, 67 min)
Noon class and kirtans: Download (24 Mb, 52 min)

 


SONG: Radha-kunda-tata | করাধাকুণ্ডতট
"...I know all these things are nourishing the pastimes of the Divine Couple, I can never leave all these things so dear to me, without them I know I'll surely die."
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SONG: Radhika-charana-padma | রাধিকা চরণ পদ্ম
"The lotus feet of Sri Radha are the abode of all auspiciousness, the supreme goal of life. Without the lotus feet of Sri Radha, one will never meet Krishna. All the Vedas say that Krishna belongs to the maidservants of Sri Radha."
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SONG: Radha bhajane yadi | রাধা-ভজনে যদি
"If one does not develop within his heart the desire for Radha-bhajan, then his Krishna-bhajan goes for nothing. One who worships Krishna alone is ignorant. Who does not adore Sri Radha is an egotist."
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SONG: Radhe Radhe Govinda | রাধে রাধে গোবিন্দ
"Please may you all together give me your mercy, I am extremely wicked!"
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SONG: Yadi Gaura na ha'te | যদি, গৌর না হ'ত
"If Sri Gaura had not come, what would have happened? How would we have maintained our lives? Who would have revealed to the world Sri Radha's glory and the extremes of Her ecstatic divine love?"
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Wed, 30 August 2017:
Sri Radhastami Celebration
(29 August 2017 | 7 photographs, 0.3 Mb)
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj and Srila Bhakti Kusum Ashram Maharaj preside over the holy festival celebrating the appearance of Srimati Radharani. The festival passes peacefully and happily as most fortunate devotees attend special kirtans, lectures, prasad seva and other services on this day at the lotus feet of Sri Gurupadpadma. Sharing a few photographs taken during the class and kirtans.

 

Thu, 31 August 2017:
Tama-Sanga
"It is very sad to see what people are doing with their life time. They think this is the highest lifestyle, but it is the same as a dog's lifestyle!"
Download the audio (1.2 Mb, 4 min | 10 September 2013)

 

 

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Learning to Appreciate
Four questions and answers about the value of the human body, worshipping Lord Siva, offending Vaishnavs, and eternal relationship with the Guru..

 

Sri Sri Prema-Vivarta
“Brother, worship Gaura's feet sincerely: never worship other gods or goddesses.”

Separation does not come in one day. When you connect with your Guru every day, serve him, live with him, have that continuous relation, then slowly, slowly separation comes.

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