MONTHLY ARCHIVE OF UPDATES

DECEMBER 2017

 

Fri, 1 December 2017:
Do Not Get Drifted
"Guru and Vaishnavs try to do everything so that we do not turn away from the service of the Lord. Maya is pulling us in one direction, Guru and Vaishnavs are pulling us in the other direction, and our mind is perverted and fickle. If we do not practise all the time, then we will have to come to this position time after time."
(This Bengali class has been posted before as a single file and can be listened to/downloaded here:)
Download (17.3 Mb, 48 min | 6 December 2012 | Bengali)

 


In honour of the coming grand festival of Om Vishnupad Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's divine appearance day, we are presenting The Benedictine Tree of Divine Aspiration, a very beautiful and nourishing book that was published after the first World Tour of His Divine Grace, 1992-1993.

Chapter 3: Demolishing Pillars of Ego
"The position of Krsna is that He is very near and dear to everyone of us, but why are we not feeling His presence within our heart? We have received the Harinama Mahamantra from a great Guru, but how much actual progress are we making? We are eager to make ourselves like pillars of ego, thus preventing ourselves from making much progress. It is necessary to remove the ego from between ourselves and Krsna. If we can make ourselves very humble, tolerant and in the mood of giving honour to others—not only by mouth, but actually by our nature—then the enemy tendency will not come from any other side."

 

Sat, 2 December 2017:
Source of Our Sustenance
"To rescue us, the Lord gives us some engagement, but we live just to have some money, to have some food and clothes... We have got this human birth but only worry about these things! How will we be rescued from this situation?"
(This Bengali class has been posted before as a single file and can be listened to/downloaded here:)
Download (17.3 Mb, 48 min | 6 December 2012 | Bengali)

 


In honour of the coming grand festival of Om Vishnupad Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's divine appearance day, we are presenting The Benedictine Tree of Divine Aspiration, a very beautiful and nourishing book that was published after the first World Tour of His Divine Grace, 1992-1993.

Chapter 4: The Eye-Opener (by Sri Adhoksaja Dasa Adhikari)
"Lord Krsna Himself glorifies the position of an Acharyya, and says that He Himself comes as the Acharyya. We cannot see Lord Krsna, He is spiritual and we are material. But He comes in the form of a Spiritual Master. So, you see, we have the Lord Himself explaining about His own Self, His own wealth."

Chapter 5: Life's Destination
"Everywhere we find chanted the Glories of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krsna. Still the question arises, 'What is Krsna consciousness, and why should we worship Krsna?' We must try to do something good for our self, for our soul. Good is possible through the processes of humility, tolerance, and giving honour to others. We should try to avoid the opposing environment, and in that way we can happily study what is the soul, what is God, and what is the super benefit of this life."

 

Sun, 3 December 2017:
God Proposes—God Disposes
"The Lord's service can never be stopped. If somebody thinks, 'The temple cannot run without me!' that is their mistake, that is their ego. If somebody has such ego, it is their own problem and misconception—they will suffer for that..."
(This Bengali class has been posted before as a single file and can be listened to/downloaded here:)
Download (17.3 Mb, 48 min | 6 December 2012 | Bengali)

 


In honour of the coming grand festival of Om Vishnupad Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's divine appearance day, we are presenting The Benedictine Tree of Divine Aspiration, a very beautiful and nourishing book that was published after the first World Tour of His Divine Grace, 1992-1993.

Chapter 6: Reaping the Eternal Fruit
"In the world there may be billions of humans, of which maybe only a few hundred thousand are imprisoned. The rest are free to live and do their business in the world. Similarly, in the Transcendental World, all the residents live their lives happily without any obstacles; this plane is also known as Seva-bhumi, or the Land of Service. There, everyone gives joy to one another. As everyone serves the Supreme Lord, He also serves them—as a son serves his father and a father serves his son."

Chapter 7: Our Super Benefit
"When the visible universe is considered to revolve around the sun, the scientific term applied is 'heliocentric'; and when the earth is considered the central point of reference, the term used is 'geocentric'; but we need to make our lives 'Godcentric.' We need to invite Him into our families. If whatever we do, we first offer to Him, then all our activities will become unselfish. More than that, they will also become transcendental. Nothing inauspicious will be able to enter there—everything will be auspicious."

 

Mon, 4 December 2017: (Adhivas of Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's appearance festival)
Adhivas of Srila Gurudev's Appearance Day
(20 photographs, 1.3 Mb | 4 December 2017)
The adhivas (eve) of the festival in honour of the appearance day of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj passes peacefully in a family circle of worldwide devotees (from the USA, Colombia, Malaysia, Mauritius, and other countries) who have come specially to observe the Festival at the lotus feet of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj.

 

Understand Your Duty
"You can see worms in cow dung—they are enjoying so much in it, they are so comfortable in it that if you take them out, they will again go into the cow dung. It is necessary to fear this. If we do not serve the Lord, what will be our position? What danger will we be in?!"
(This Bengali class has been posted before as a single file and can be listened to/downloaded here:)
Download (17.3 Mb, 48 min | 6 December 2012 | Bengali)

 


This day in 2011:

Sri Guru: Merciful Shelter
"We got this human body, but we did not do what a human should be doing. We were spending our life busy with eating, sleeping, mating, defending (dogs, goats, cats, sheep, etc. do all this and we did the same), but our Gurudev has brought us to this path..."

Practise Carefully
"That is why we have fallen into the illusory environment—we forget the Lord, we forget the real thing and run here and there... Remember this. It is my prayer to you all—you have all had darshan of Gurudev, but now it is necessary to practise."

Practise. Serve. Believe.
"You have come here to serve the Lord and you have come to a real, bona fide Guru. This is your Math, you have received so much blessing from Gurudev. You must think that this Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math is a ship, and the captain of this ship is Gurudev. If we can stay on this ship, we can reach the place that this ship is taking us to."

Download the audio (13.9 Mb, 41 min | 11 December 2011 | Bengali)

Sri Vyasa Puja Offering
"That day, in the heart of Gaura-desh, morning, noon, and evening as if merged and there sounded a stupefying song of flute. On this auspicious day, a ray of light fell from the sky. In the district of brahmans, in the house of a brahman, for the sake of jiva souls there took birth an unprecedentedly beautiful child."
Download the audio (3.7 Mb, 11 min | 11 December 2011)

 


This day in 2014:

Love for Guru: Service and Commitment
"We are always busy with our own interest, with our own enjoyment, but we must understand: who do we love more, our Guru or ourselves? We must realise it for ourselves in our heart. If we love our Guru more, then we must serve more—we must give more time for our Guru."
Download the audio (4 Mb, 11 min | 7 December 2014)

Service: Proof of Love
"Every year we make this festival together, and we must promise on this day: Gurudev is giving us life for one more year, and for one more year we will engage ourselves in service to our Guru."
Download the audio (3.2 Mb, 10 min | 6 December 2014)

 


This day in 2015:

Sri Vyasa Puja Festival Adhivas
His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj is addressing the assembled Vaishnavs on the appearance day of Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj (Bengali class):
Download the audio (32.4 Mb, 95 min | 26 December 2015 | Bengali)

 


In honour of the coming grand festival of Om Vishnupad Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's divine appearance day, we are presenting The Benedictine Tree of Divine Aspiration, a very beautiful and nourishing book that was published after the first World Tour of His Divine Grace, 1992-1993.

Chapter 8: Everyone's Real Friend (By Sripad B.A. Sagar Maharaj)
"Just as we were so fortunate to have the association of Srila Prabhupada, we are now so lucky to have Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. He is carrying the same current. He is a personality of the same soil, the same land. He can, and is, giving us these teachings."

Appendices:
Acharyya-charana-vandana | Chanting Mahamantra | Dasa-vidha Namaparadha

Note: A permanent link to the entire book 'The Benedictine Tree of Divine Aspiration' is now added to the library and can be found under the section "Books by Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj."

 

Tue, 5 December 2017: (Grand festival—appearance day of Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj)
Guru's Mission
"Who can understand Gurudev? Can we recognise the Guru with these material eyes? Can we recognise the Lord with these material eyes? Can you recognise the Lord with your knowledge? Never. It is to understand him with your heart..."
Download the audio (1.7 Mb, 5 min | 8 December 2014 | Bengali)

 

gurvvabhista-supurakam guru-ganair asisa-sambhusitam
chintyachintya-samasta-veda-nipunam sri-rupa-panthanugam
govindabhidham ujjvalam vara-tanum bhakty anvitam-sundaram
vande visva-gurun cha divya-bhagavat-premno hi bija-pradam

"I offer my obeisance unto he who perfectly fulfils his Gurudev's most cherished desires; who is fully adorned with the blessings of his Gurudev’s associates; who is expert in all aspects of Vedic knowledge, both conceivable and inconceivable; who is the pre-eminent follower of Srila Rupa Goswami Prabhu's line; who is known as 'Govinda'—Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj; whose beautiful, effulgent, exalted form is infused with pure devotion; who is the Guru of the entire universe; and who is the giver of the seed of divine love for the Supreme Lord."

 

Biography of Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj
A glorification article that sprang forth from the interpretation of the Pranam-mantra of His Divine Grace and was originally published as an Appendix to the Revealed Truth.

 


 

Sri Vyasa Puja, 2010: Bengali Class
Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj's Bengali lecture given on the holy day of Sri Vyasa Puja of Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj on 23 December 2010:
Download (16.4 Mb, 46 min)

Sri Vyasa Puja, 2011: Morning Kirtans
• Vandana • Krsna haite chatur-mukha • Samsara davanala-lidha-loka • Sri Krishna Chaitanya Prabhu jive daya kari' • Bhaja re bhaja re amara • Thakura vaisnava gana • Nitai-guna-mani amara • Emona durmati.
Download the audio (3.7 Mb, 43 min | 12 December 2011)

Sri Vyasa Puja Offering
"That day, in the heart of Gaura-desh, morning, noon, and evening as if merged and there sounded a stupefying song of flute. On this auspicious day, a ray of light fell from the sky. In the district of brahmans, in the house of a brahman, for the sake of jiva souls there took birth an unprecedentedly beautiful child."
Download the audio (3.7 Mb, 11 min | 11 December 2011)

Sri Guru's Order
"Wherever you live, you can practise your spiritual life. The main thing is to follow the order of your Guru. When you receive an order from Gurudev, that becomes your duty. Our Rupanuga-sampradaya Guru, he came from the transcendental abode, but when he was here we could not understand that..."
Download the audio (5.3 Mb, 16 min | 23 December 2013)

Gurudev: His Example and Teachings
"Gurudev conquered the whole world with his love and affection. Many people throughout the world do not know English language or cannot fully understand it, but they could understand Gurudev through their heart."
Download the audio (5.2 Mb, 15 min | 8 December 2014)

Sri Vyasa Puja Festival in 2015
His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj is addressing the assembled Vaishnavs on the appearance day of Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj (Bengali classes):
Adhivas: Download the audio (32.4 Mb, 95 min)
Morning: Download the audio (19.4 Mb, 57 min)
Noon: Download the audio (19.3 Mb, 57 min)
Evening: Download the audio (19.6 Mb, 57 min)

 


SONG: Jaya jaya gurudever | জয় জয় গুরুদেবের
"All glory to the effulgent arati of Srila Gurudev taking place at the foot of Govardhan for the beneft of the world!"

Krsna haite chatur-mukha | কৃষ্ণ হৈতে চতুর্ম্মুখ
Samsara-davanala | সংসার-দাবানল
Gurudev! krpa-bindu diya | গুরুদেব! কৃপাবিন্দু দিয়া
Sri-guru-charana-padma | শ্রীগুরুচরণ-পদ্ম

 

Wed, 6 December 2017:
Sri Vyasa Puja Festival of Srila Gurudev
(36 photographs, 2.4 Mb | 5 December 2017)
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj leads the celebration of the holy appearance day of Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj in the assembly of Vaishnavs, fortunate devotees, friends and well-wishers. The festival is glorious, well attended and is observed with the divine and radiant dignity of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, in the shelter of the lotus feet of Sri Gurupadpadma.

 

Thu, 7 December 2017: (Disappearance day of Bhagavan Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur)
Stay Awake
"The intelligent people always avoid bad association and always keep good association. Through the association of the sadhus, what is unfavourable to devotion, all desires that bind you, everything will finish. At the same time, do you know what Maya Devi says?..."
Download the audio (2 Mb, 5 min | 25 Dec. 2010 | Mostly Bengali)

 


In honour of Bhagavan Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad:

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 | 25 December 2010)

Irreparable Loss
"We can pray, 'Wherever you are staying now, please shower your mercy upon us so we can be servants of the servants of your lotus feet, and so that we may not leave this line of devotion. Please, do not reject me. You can make me your foot dust...'"
Download the audio (0.7 Mb, 2 min | 25 December 2010)

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 | 25 December 2010)

Srila Prabhupad's Glory (3): Current of Pure Devotion
"Nobody can give what he gave to the world. He is the holder of suddha-bhakti-mandakini, holy Mandakini River of pure devotion (the very source current of pure devotion) and he brings its flow into the world."
Download the audio (1.3 Mb, 4 min | 25 December 2010)

Vaisnav Ke? (An Appeal to Your Mind)
"We do not want to stay in the temple because there are so many rules and regulations—everything has to be maintained at a certain time, and if you live alone, nobody will tell you anything, but you will be losing your devotional activities. Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur said that nirjan bhajan is self-deception."
Download the audio (6.3 Mb, 19 min | 6 March 2016)

SONG: Jayare jayare jaya paramahamsa | জয়রে জয়রে জয় পরমহংস
"Glory, glory, glory to Sri Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Thakur, this great swan-like perfect personality, abode of highest mercy, who is the path and refuge for the low and miserable who have no refuge!"

SONG: Sujanarvuda-radhita-pada-yugam | সুজনার্ব্বুদরাধিতপাদযুগং
"I hold on my head the dust of his tremendous, wondrously purifying feet and eternally offer my obeisance to them."

SONG: Ye anila prema-dhana | যে আনিল প্রেমধন
"Where has Advaita Acharya, the Lord who mercifully brought the wealth of divine love to this world, gone?"

Sri Sri Dayita Dasa Dasakam (Text and Audio)
A poem composed by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj after the disappearance of his Divine Master Bhagavan Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad: "O Dina-nayana, wherever that great soul may be, please quickly take this servitor there."

 

Fri, 8 December 2017:
Chanting or Cheating Yourself?
"The Holy Name will never come in bad association, only the letters, some Namabhas can come, but the transcendental Name does not come in this way. If the transcendental Name comes even once in your life, then you can see the transcendental vibration everywhere..."
Download the audio (1.4 Mb, 4 min | 25 December 2010)

 

Sat, 9 December 2017:
Know and Practise
"It is necessary to read the books, to know what is written in them and to practise that—it is necessary to study, otherwise you will not get anything. If you do not read, you can chant the kirtans, you must listen to Hari-katha."
Download the audio (1 Mb, 3 min | 25 December 2010)

 

Sun, 10 December 2017:
Pursue Spiritual Education
"What is mundane education? If you try to get so much mundane education, it is all illusory environment—it creates bondage to spiritual benefit and it makes a gadha (a donkey) out of the jiva. Then you must understand that spiritual knowledge is necessary."
Download the audio (2 Mb, 6 min | 25 December 2010)

 

Mon, 11 December 2017:
Mercy Is All in All
"You cannot know the Lord through your education, through your intelligence, or knowledge. You must feel it with your heart."
Download the audio (1 Mb, 3 min | 8 December 2014 | Bengali)

শ্রীশ্রীপ্রপন্নজীবনামৃতম্: (৮) কার্পণ্যম্
"হে নাথ, যে ব্যক্তি তোমার প্রতিজ্ঞা স্মরণ করিয়া “আমি তোমারই” বলিয়া একমাত্র শরণাগত হয়, সেও তোমার কৃপাপাত্র । কেবলমাত্র আমাকেই বর্জ্জন করিয়া কি তোমার এই প্রতিজ্ঞা ? হে ভগবন্, যদি চতুরানন-প্রমুখ তোমার স্তবকারী হইলেন, পঞ্চানন-প্রমুখ দেবগণ তোমার ধ্যানকারী হইলেন, শতক্রতু প্রভৃতি দেবগণ তোমার আজ্ঞাকারী হইলেন, তবে হে বাসুদেব, আমরা তোমার কে ?"

 

Tue, 12 December 2017:
Cherishing Service (1)
"When you do service, some kind of sorrow, sadness, some kind of problems will come—that is our happiness. So much pleasure also comes through service: when we engage ourselves in chanting, dancing, playing, with sankirtan, that brings even much happiness."
Download the audio (0.9 Mb, 3 min | 29 November 2010)

 

Wed, 13 December 2017: (Tomorrow is Sri Saphala Ekadasi)
Cherishing Service (2)
"It is the highest place of service, but he said he would not go there because it was too cold.... But when Mahaprabhu told Sanatan Goswami and Rupa Goswami to go to Govardhan, Vrindavan, they did not say like this..."
Download the audio (0.8 Mb, 3 min | 29 November 2010)

 

Thu, 14 December 2017: (Sri Saphala Ekadasi)
Healthy Service Mood
"We must go to do service thinking, 'I do not have any qualification to stay here. Prabhu, please give me some qualification—I am a fallen soul, please give me some mercy so that I can stay there and serve you.'"
Download the audio (1.2 Mb, 5 min | 29 November 2010)

 


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)

 

Fri, 15 December 2017:
Lord's Care for Devotees
"The Lord is always ready for the protection of His devotees—He can never tolerate harassment and chastisement of His devotees. Mahaprabhu said it also, 'If you disrespect a devotee, the Lord Himself cannot tolerate that.'"
Download the audio (1.1 Mb, 5 min | 29 November 2010)

 

Sat, 16 December 2017:
Practise Kirtans
"Stay here and serve here, get some training. You must come to the class, to the sankirtan. Everybody must go for sankirtan every evening, then go to take prasadam—I will be very happy. Why waste our time?"
Download the audio (1.8 Mb, 8 min | 29 November 2010)

 

Sun, 17 December 2017:
Different Perspective
"If you want to get great things, you must give up small things. We always run behind kanak (money), kamini (companions), and pratistha (name and fame), always worry, "How will I get everything?" But we have only three duties..."
Download the audio (1 Mb, 5 min | 23 January 2012)

 

Mon, 18 December 2017:
The Proof of the Pudding
"You should come and practise. It is not necessary to think so much—you will not get the taste just by watching a football match, you must come and play football, play and enjoy with us!"
Download the audio (0.5 Mb, 2 min | 23 January 2012)

 

Tue, 19 December 2017:
Preaching Programme in Uluberia
(11 photographs, 1.8 Mb | 16-17 December 2017)
Vaishnavs in Uluberia (Howrah District, near Kolkata) spend the weekend busily engaged in Vaishnav seva and soaking in the nourishment of the holy association of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj. Sharing a few glimpses of the loving programmes.

 


In honour of Srila Lochan Das Thakur:

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: Dhana mora nityananda | ধন মোর নিত্যানন্দ
"The feet dust of the Vaishnavs is where I sport and take bath, Vaishnavs' name is the water oblation. My mind is intently fixed upon the remnants of Vaishnavs, and I am elated hearing the name of Vaishnavs."

Composed by Srila Lochan Das Thakur:

SONG: Akrodha paramananda | অক্রোধ পরমানন্দ
"The anger-less, prideless, supremely joyful Nityananda Ray wanders throughout the towns. Going from door to door to the homes of the lowly and fallen souls, He distributes the Hare Krsna mahamantra."

SONG: Nitai gunamani amara | নিতাই গুণমণি আমার
"Nitai, the jewel of all good qualities, my Nitai, the jewel of all good qualities, brought a flood of divine love and inundated the earth. Lochan Das says, 'Anyone who did not serve Nitai knowingly committed suicide.'"

SONG: Parama karuna | পরম করুণ পহুঁ দুই জন
"Nitai and Gaurachandra are the two most merciful Lords, the crest-jewels of all Avatars, the only source of joy. 'Fallen into samsara, I never aspired for Their feet. Now Yamaraj subjects me to my karma,' says Lochan Das."

SONG: Ke yabi ke yabi bhai | কে যাবি কে যাবি ভাই
"The Lord's Names are the ferryboat, Sri Guru is the captain, and the outstretched arms in the sankirtan are the oars. All souls have been delivered by the winds of divine love, only Lochan Das has remained behind..."

 

vaisnavera guna-gana karile jivera trana
suniyachhi sadhu-guru-mukhe
"Singing the glories of the Vaishnavs rescues and protects the jiva soul. I heard this from the mouth of sadhus and my Guru."
"If we give some honour, give some glorification to the Vaishnavs, it is actually for our benefit. It is for our own benefit that we do some ceremonies, some festivals, glorifying the Vaishnavs. It is necessary for our spiritual life, and it is one of the bhaktyanga, one of the practising processes. That is why we make Vaishnavs' disappearance and appearance festivals."
(Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj)

 

Wed, 20 December 2017:
South India: Coconuts and Liberation
Why do they offer coconuts to the Lord? Does breaking coconuts symbolise breaking the ego? If we want to go to heaven, what are the necessary qualifications? Why is bhakti necessary?
Download the audio (1.5 Mb, 7 min | 23 January 2012)

 

Thu, 21 December 2017: (Disappearance of Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhu)
Maya Devi's Service
"Without Maya Devi's games, without her this world cannot run. Krishna has some desire and He produces everything everywhere through Maya Devi. She serves and makes Krishna happy."
Download the audio (1 Mb, 4 min | 24 July 2013)

 


In honour of Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhu:

—: Pranam mantra of Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhu :—

yah sankhya-pankena kutarka-pamsuna
vivarta-gartena cha lupta-didhitim
suddham vyadhad vak-sudhaya mahesvaram
krsnam sa jivah prabhur astu me gatih
"With his nectarean teachings, Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhu revealed the Supreme Lord, Krishna, whose effulgence had been hidden by the quicksand of calculation, the dust storm of fallacious logic, and the ditch of illusionism. May he be my shelter."
—Sri Baladev Vidhyabhusan

 

Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhu
"I have no power to say what kind of devotion to his Guru Jiva Goswami had. Jiva Goswami's service cannot be compared to anyone's service. Whatever order he would get, he would place it on his head and do it all the time—his mind never went to any other place."
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Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhu: The All-Rounder
"Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhu did everything alone—he cooked, did puja, cleaned the temple, brought water from the Yamuna, and also did personal service to his Guru. He was busy with his service from morning to night, and did everything alone."
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Protected Journey
Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj explains the pranam-mantra of Srila Jiva Goswami in the book Dignity of the Divine Servitor: "I offer my full dandavats unto the lotus feet of Srila Jiva Goswami who is the protector of our spiritual life. He rescues us from the whole illusory environment..."

Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhura Sochaka
A song composed by Srila Narahari Thakur in glorification of Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhu's life, character, and service. Bengali verses and English transliteration.

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

 

Fri, 22 December 2017:
Why Is Vaishnav Higher?
"Here Indian people mostly worship Ganesh (Ganapatya), Siva (Sivaite), the Sun (Saura), Mother Kali, Mother Durga. Those who worship Vishnu are called Vaishnavs—they always worship Krishna..."
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Sat, 23 December 2017:
Why So Many Paths?
"They give different paths because if night does not come, you will not be able to understand what is day. Krishna also does not talk directly about bhakti-yoga at first. First He had spoken about many yogas, He did not say, 'Hey, first is the bhakti-yoga!'"
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Sun, 24 December 2017:
Vaishnav: Living Scripture and More
"Sadhu-sanga is necessary, but sadhu-sanga does not mean only staying with the sadhu: sometimes you can be disturbing instead. When you are Gurudev's association, some light can come at any moment and within a moment you can be glorious."
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Mon, 25 December 2017:
Vaishnav Dharma
"Vaishnav dharma is not Hindu dharma, Vaishnav dharma (jaiva dharma) is everybody's religion, and this is what we preach about. Jaiva dharma is the religion of everybody—even a tree, a bird, an ant, etc. Even a mosquito's religion is jaiva dharma, not Hindu dharma."
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Tue, 26 December 2017:
Faith Is the Currency
"I have carried so many things from Nabadwip, it is such a heavy load on My head—do I now have to go again back to Nabadwip with all this? I cannot do it. I must distribute it! If somebody can pay at least a little price, I will distribute it to them!"
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Wed, 27 December 2017:
Love for Guru: Love Service, Love Vaishnavs
"We must accept Mahaprabhu's teaching—not to disrespect others. When the Guru chastises you, he is giving you sweet things—but do the disciples understand this? They do not. If a disciple really loves his Guru, he would never leave."
Download the audio (0.5 Mb, 2 min | 20 May 2017 | Bengali)

 

Thu, 28 December 2017:
Make Lord's Temple In Your Heart
"We took initiation but our hopes have not been fulfilled and we become fickle-minded. Who can conquer your mind? Sadhus can. They can create a temple in your mind."
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Fri, 29 December 2017: (Sri Putrada Ekadasi)
Welcome To The Family
"You are very fortunate because you are going to become a member of Lord Krishna's family. In this age of Kali, the lifetime is very short, so Krishna Himself has come in the form of His Name..."
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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, 30 December 2017:
Odds and Ends (8)
• Control your senses • Too much eating, sleeping • Heavy load • Garlanding an acharya • Goswami title • Gurudev's Temple • Meaning of names • Salt Laky City's Deity of Mahaprabhu • Where is your dhoti? • Dress code of Mahaprabhu's group • Do not leave the saffron clothes • Always chant • Hold on • Growing and offering • Honouring Vaishnav calendar dates • Follow tithi, not the calendar dates • Service place • Poisoned life • Save time for the Lord • Simple and clear process • Favourite pastime?
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শ্রীশ্রীপ্রপন্নজীবনামৃতম্: শ্রীশ্রীভগবদ্বচনামৃতম্
"যাহারা গৃহ, পুত্ত্র, কলত্র, আত্মীয়-স্বজন, ধন, প্রাণ, ইহলোক, পরলোক পরিত্যাগ করিয়া আমার শরণ লইয়াছে, তাহাদিগকে পরিত্যাগ করিতে আমার উৎসাহ কিরূপে হইবে ? যাঁহারা আমার জন্য ধর্ম্ম ও সমাজ পরিত্যাগ করিয়াছেন, আমি তাঁহাদিগকে বিশেষরূপে পালন করিয়া থাকি ।"

 

Sun, 31 December 2017:
Guidance, Issue #13 (EPUB file, 0.9 Mb)
An ePub file for offline reading on mobile phones and tablets containing the lectures of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj published here from October to December 2017. We pray this serves as a source of guidance, nourishment, and life to all the devotees and well-wishers worldwide.

 

শ্রীশ্রীপ্রপন্নজীবনামৃতম্: অবশেষামৃতম্
"এই গ্রন্থপ্রণয়নকার্য্যে আমার যে-সমস্ত সতীর্থ সুহৃদ্­বৃন্দ ও সজ্জনগণ জড়মতি আমার এই হৃদয়ে উৎসাহ-সঞ্চারাদি দ্বারা বা এই গ্রন্থের সংশোধনাদি দ্বারা অথবা ইহার অধ্যয়নাদি দ্বারা বা অন্য যে কোন প্রকারে তাঁহাদের মঙ্গলময় কৃপা এই অধম জনে বিস্তার করিয়াছেন বা করিবেন, তাঁহাদের সকলের শ্রীপাদপদ্ম আমি এই স্থানে পুনঃ পুনঃ বন্দনা করিতেছি"
শ্রীশ্রীপ্রপন্নজীবনামৃতম্ (বাকি অধ্যায়):
শ্রীশ্রীপ্রভুপাদপদ্ম-স্তবকঃ (সুজনার্ব্বুদরাধিতপাদযুগং...)
শ্রীমদ্ভক্তিবিনোদবিরহদশকম্ (হা হা ভক্তিবিনোদঠক্কুর ! গুরো !)
শ্রীশ্রীমদ্­গৌরকিশোরনমস্কারদশকম্ (গুরোর্গুরো মে পরমো গুরুস্ত্বং)
শ্রীশ্রীদয়িতদাসদশকম্ (নীতে যস্মিন্ নিশান্তে নয়নজলভরৈঃ স্নাতগাত্রার্ব্বুদানাং)
শ্রীমদ্রূপপদরজঃ-প্রার্থনা-দশকম্ (শ্রীমচ্চৈতন্যপাদৌ চরকমলযুগৌ)
শ্রীদয়িত-দাস-প্রণতি-পঞ্চকম্ (ভয়ভঞ্জন-জয়শংসন-করুণায়তনয়নম্)
প্রণতি-দশকম্ (নৌমি শ্রীগুরুপাদাব্জং যতিরাজেশ্বরেশ্বরম্)
শ্রীগুরু আরতি-স্তুতি (জয় ‘গুরু-মহারাজ’ যতিরাজেশ্বর)
প্রণাম-মন্ত্রম্

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Start the Fire
'Answers to three question—accepting a guru, preaching to a child, and the meaning of Namabhas. 'You first start the fire, the wind will come!''

 

Sri Sri Prema-Vivarta
“Just saying, 'I am Gora's! I am Gora's!' does not do. Only when you follow Gora's practices and Gora's conception will you get the proper result.”

I tell everybody: if somebody does much service, and much pride comes, they become very fat and heavy, and their boat sinks.

"HUMILITY, TOLERANCE, GIVING HONOUR TO OTHERS | HUMILITY, TOLERANCE, GIVING HONOUR TO OTHERS"