MONTHLY ARCHIVE OF UPDATES

APRIL 2018

 

Sun, 1 April 2018:
Jump!
"This depends on you, you must be strong. My words are very heavy—I say forget it, forget everything. You still hesitate, but what is the problem? Do service, and whatever food, prasadam, comes, take that. Even if you have nobody, you have Krishna."
Download the audio (1.9 Mb, 6 min | 22 February 2018)

 

Mon, 2 April 2018:
Another Plane of Existence
"He may be crazy, but Nityananda Prabhu wants his service, and Nityananda Prabhu is crazy Himself. You see, Bhaktivinod Thakur himself also says, 'When will I become crazy?' He is a magistrate, a very educated man, and what does he say?"
Download the audio (1.1 Mb, 3 min | 22 February 2018)

 

Tue, 3 April 2018:
Foul Pill to Swallow
"If you are attached with material things and have material desires, it is called anyabhilasita. It must be given up. And you must remember also what Chaitanya-charitamrita says..."
Download the audio (0.8 Mb, 2 min | 22 February 2018)

 

Wed, 4 April 2018:
Dangerous Deviation
"That is the conception. We must understand it and we must know it clearly within ourselves." His Divine Grace illustrates where good judgement is applicable and where it is groundless and inauspicious.
Download the audio (1.6 Mb, 5 min | 22 February 2018)

 

Thu, 5 April 2018:
Lift the Anchor
"First you must remove the anchor, then the boat can go. When you have so many material desires inside you, how will you go? You will chant and work the whole day, but there will be no result."
Download the audio (2.6 Mb, 8 min | 22 February 2018)

 

All glory to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga

Dear devotees,

Please accept my humble obeisance.

It is with a very saddened heart that I am writing to give the news that our worshippable Sripad Bhakti Bhusan Puri Maharaj, the faithful long-term servitor and manager of our Sri Puri Dham Temple, left his body on the morning of 5 April 2018 in the holy abode of Sri Puri Dham, in the association of Vaishnavs and devotees.

'duhkha-madhye kona duhkha haya gurutara?'
'krsna-bhakta-viraha vina duhkha nahi dekhi para'

"Separation from a devotee of the Lord is the saddest day in our lives."

Everybody who has visited our Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math temple in Sri Puri Dham cannot forget how affectionate and loving he was to all devotees and visitors and how year after year he was there to take care of all pilgrims during Sri Ratha Yatra and at other times. He has served the devotees, Deities and the temple of the Mission for many years and his humble mood and service shall forever be remembered, glorified and worshipped.

When Srila Haridas Thakur passed away, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu said, "Haridasa vina sunya haila medini: without Haridas, this world has become void." The loss of the association of Sripad Puri Maharaj is no doubt irreparable, but we pray that his example will always inspire all devotees in service to our Srila Gurudev and the Mission.

Your faithful servant,

Swami B. N. Acharya

 

In honour of Sripad Krishna Das Babaji Maharaj:

Pranama-mantra:
saumyam sattva-tanum sahasya-vadanam kantham sutana-anvitam
krsna-ananda-karam ratantama-nisam nama-aksaram sundaram
sri-nandisvaram-asritam vraja-bhuvi gaure cha mayapuram
vande yukta-viraga-bhakti-lasitam sri-krsna-dasa-prabhum
"I am offering my obeisance to Sri Krishna Das Prabhu, whose form is very beautiful and auspicious, who always smiles and has a very melodious voice; who day and night chants the Holy Name in a very beautiful way, bringing about the nectar of Lord Krishna; who resides in Vraja during the pastimes of Lord Krishna and in Mayapur during the pastimes of Gaura; and who sports in devotion with proper renunciation."

The Root of Our Fortune
"Srila Krishna Das Babaji Maharaj was a good kirtaniya and a good singer, and that Krishna Das Babaji Maharaj would walk from Nabadwip to Hapaniya and chant Srila Sridhar Maharaj's song..."
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Get Cracking
"'Time has passed as I have been busy in my material life, and I have got nothing—only became burdened. What sort of world is this?' In this world there is no want of food, no want of money, no want of anything except only one thing..."
Download (1.8 Mb, 6 min)

Prayers to Sri Vaishnav 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: 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."

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! Prabhu, you see no fault in others, you are the saviour of the fallen. Please deliver Narottam this time!"

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."

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?"

 

Fri, 6 April 2018:
Poorer Than the Poor, yet Richer than the Rich
"You would think, 'How will they live?' but Krishna arranges everything. 'Those who have nothing have Krishna.' That is saranagata."
Download the audio (2.1 Mb, 6 min | 22 February 2018)

In Honour of Sripad B.B. Puri Maharaj (25 photographs, 1.7 Mb)
Presenting a brief selection of photographs of His Holiness taken during 2008-2017 to retain the darshan of his holy feet for the benefit of the world.

 

 

Sat, 7 April 2018: (Disappearance of Srila Abhiram Thakur)
Wise up
"It is easy to understand what I am saying, and it is necessary to understand it. If you have one leg in one boat, and the other leg in another boat, what will be your position? You will fall down into the Ganges."
Download the audio (1.7 Mb, 5 min | 22 February 2018)

 

Sun, 8 April 2018:
Be Strong and Steady
"By hook or by crook, anyhow, we must use our life for service to the Guru and Krishna. Chant the Holy Name with humility, tolerance and giving honour to others."
Download the audio (1.5 Mb, 5 min | 16 July 2017)

 

Mon, 9 April 2018:
Preaching Programmes in Hooghly (13 photographs, 0.8 Mb)
To the great joy of the devotees and eternal benefit of all souls, His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Sri Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj visits Hooghly district and attends noon and evening programmes.

 

 

Tue, 10 April 2018: (Disappearance of Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur)
Do Not Despair
"Do not discourage yourself. Sometimes Krishna tests us to see how much we can tolerate. Practise properly, chant the Holy Name properly without offences, and one day you will conquer everything, do not worry."
Download the audio (1.4 Mb, 4 min | 16 July 2017)

 


In honour of Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur:

~ Pranam-mantra ~

dasa-vrndavanam vande krsna-dasa-prabhum tatha
chhannavatara-chaitanya-lila-vistara-karinau
dvau nityananda-padabja-karuna-renu-bhusitau
vyakta-chchhannau budhachintyau vavande vyasa-rupinau
sri-guru-gaura-gandharva-govindas cha ganaih saha
jayanti pathakas chatra sarvesam karunarthinah

"I offer my obeisances to Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur and Srila Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami, who made public the pastimes of the hidden avatar, Sri Chaitanya. They were both adorned with the mercy-dust of the lotus feet of Nityananda. I offer my obeisances to these two inconceivable sages who assumed the form of Vyasadeva, one—explicitly (Vrindavan Das Thakur), another—hiddenly (Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami). Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gandharva Govinda and Their associates are ever victorious and we, the students, pray for Their mercy."
(Composed by Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj)

Under a Haritaki Tree
"Vrindavan Das Thakur's mother's name is Narayani, and she was a niece of Srivas Pandit. Mahaprabhu always held kirtans in the house of Srivas Pandit, and Narayani lived in that same house. When she was very little, she got Mahaprabhu's mercy..."
Download the audio (2.6 Mb, 8 min | 31 December 2012)

Clasping Nityananda Prabhu's Feet
"Nityananda is nondifferent from Guru-tattva: without mercy of the Guru you cannot get the mercy of Krishna. When will Nityananda Prabhu give me some mercy? When will He be compassionate to me and relieve me from the mundane illusion?"
Download the audio (2.1 Mb, 6 min | 20 October 2015)

Vrindavan Das Thakur: A Life of Chastity
"Vrindavan Das Thakur is a disciple of Sriman Nityananda Prabhu and is the main servitor of Nityananda Prabhu. He has so much chastity for Him..."
Download the audio (1.5 Mb, 5 min | 18 May 2015)

Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur
His holy birthplace (Mamgachhi), his holy Deities (Sri Sri Gaura Nitai), his holy pastimes place (haritaki tree), and his holy samadhi (Denur)...

 

 

Composed by Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur:

SONG: Nitai amara dayara avadhi | নিতাই আমার দয়ার অবধি
"O brothers! My Lord Nitai's mercy is limitless! Bestowing His mercy upon the souls of this world He wanders from place to place perpetually offering the great treasure of ecstatic spiritual love to all."

SONG: Bimala hema-jini | বিমল হেমজিনি
"His spotless figure defeats pure gold! Various flowers garlands adorn Him highlighting His beauty, and, in His ecstatic thrill, the hairs on His body standing erect defeat the stamens of kadamba flowers! His body is covered with drops of perspiration..."

Prayers to Sri Vaishnav 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: 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."

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! Prabhu, you see no fault in others, you are the saviour of the fallen. Please deliver Narottam this time!"

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."

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?"

 

Wed, 11 April 2018:
Preaching Programmes in Tarakeshwar (9 photographs, 0.5 Mb)
The holy disappearance day of Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur is spent in several preaching programmes that His Divine Grace undertakes in the area of Tarakeshwar throughout the day.

 

 

Thu, 12 April 2018: (Sri Varuthini Ekadasi)
If You Want to Go Home
"In this age of Kali, to get your real home, to reach the place we all come from, the only religion is chanting the Holy Name, and if you want to chant this Name, this Name must come from a Guru-parampara..."
Download the audio (1.7 Mb, 5 min | 16 July 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..."

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, 13 April 2018:
Great Fortune
"I think you are not ordinary souls. In this world there are millions of millions of people, there are so many big wealthy people, so many people who have a very big position in the country, but none of them are as fortunate as you are."
Download the audio (2.2 Mb, 7 min | 3 March 2018)

 

Sat, 14 April 2018:
Modern Milieu
"All over the world almost everybody runs behind money, runs behind property, gold, wealth. How many fortunate people are there who come to pure Krishna consciousness? The whole world is covered by the illusory environment, Kali Maharaj."
Download the audio (1.3 Mb, 4 min | 3 March 2018)

 

Sun, 15 April 2018:
"I Pray You Can Come"
"I am very glad that you come every year, and that every year you make the effort thinking, 'How can I come for the parikrama every year?' You are all in my heart, there is no doubt about it because we all come from the same family."
Download the audio (1 Mb, 3 min | 3 March 2018)

Standing Invitation
"You can make an announcement and tell everyone that I want devotees to come and stay here, do some service. It is my humble prayer to everyone—any time you want to come, I always say to you, 'Please come.'"
Download the audio (1 Mb, 3 min | 19 April 2015)

 

Mon, 16 April 2018: (Holy Appearance day of Sri Gadadhar Pandit Goswami)
Preaching Programme in Kolkata (5 photographs, 0.4 Mb)
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Sri Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj preaches at a well-attended Vaishnav seva programme in Gouranga Nagar district of northern Kolkata.

 

 

Evening Kirtans (Sri Nrisingha Palli)
• Vandana • Sri Guru charana-padma • Sri Krishna Chaitanya Prabhu daya kara more • Ohe Vaishnava Thakura dayara sagara • Nitai-pada-kamala • Emona durmati • Jaya Radha Madhava, Hare Krishna maha-mantra.
Download the audio (9.6 Mb, 27 min | 3 March 2018)

«Наставления», том 3 (файл PDF, 3.5 Mb)
Электронная версия третьего тома наставлений Его Божественной Милости Ом Вишнупада Шрилы Бхакти Нирмала Ачарьи Махараджа, в которую вошли лекции, опубликованные на английской версии сайта с января по март 2015 года. Мы склоняемся перед стопами всех преданных и молимся, чтобы эти лекции смогли послужить источником духовного руководства, сил и жизни в их служении.

 


 

— { Pranam mantra of Sri Gadadhar Pandit Goswami } —

nilambhodhi-tate sada sva-viraha-ksepanvitam bandhavam
srimad-bhagavati katha madiraya sanjivayan bhati yah
srimad-bhagavatam sada sva-nayanasru-payanaih pujayan
gosvami-prabaro gadadhara-vibhur-bhuyat mad-eka-gatih

"On the shore of the broad blue ocean Gadadhar Pandit used to read Srimad Bhagavatam to Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, who was suffering from the great internal pain of separation from Himself (Krishna). Gadadhar Pandit supplied the wine of Krishna-lila to intoxicate his afflicted friend and give Him relief. As he read, tears would fall from his eyes like flower offerings onto the pages of Srimad Bhagavatam. May the pleasure of that brilliant personality, Gadadhar Pandit, the best of the Goswamis, be my only object in writing this book."

(Composed by Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj)

Sri Gadadhar Pandit's Life in Puri
A special discourse given by His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj for Sri Gaudiya Darshan, 1995, dwelling on "Puri Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math" and "Jagannathdev and His Dham."

Pandit Sri Gadadhar Goswami [Posted at Sri Gaudiya Darshan]
Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj's article on Srila Gadadhar Pandit's paramount sacrifice: "Pandit Goswami's life is a special offering of silent and complete self-sacrifice to his beloved. Only those who can taste unprecedented joy by appreciating the wonder within the ornament of contradiction in seeing the bag of a beggar on Laksmi Devi’s shoulder are fit to appreciate the extraordinary glory of Srimat Pandit Goswami's unprecedented personality..."

পণ্ডিত শ্রীগদাধর গোস্বামী ["Pandit Sri Gadadhar Goswami," the original Bengali article]
শ্রীল ভক্তিরক্ষক শ্রীধর দেব গোস্বামী মহারাজের প্রবন্ধ: "পণ্ডিত গোস্বামী চরিত্র নিজ প্রিয়তমের উদ্দেশ্যে একটী নীরব পূর্ণ-আত্মোৎসর্গময় উপটোকন বিশেষ । লক্ষ্মীদেবীর স্কন্ধ ভিক্ষার ঝুলি দর্শনে যাঁহারা বিরোধালঙ্কারের চমৎকারিতা হৃদয়ঙ্গমে যে অপূর্ব্ব সুখাস্বাদনে সমর্থ, তাঁহারাই শ্রীমৎ পণ্ডিত গোস্বামী অপূর্ব্ব ব্যক্তিত্বের অসাধারণ মহিমা অনুভবের অধিকারী ।"


Prayers to Sri Vaishnav 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: Thakura vaisnava-gana | ঠাকুর বৈষ্ণবগণ
"O worshippable Vaisnavas, I offer you this prayer. I am very fallen and misbehaved. Destiny has immersed me in the fearsome ocean of material existence. Please grab me by the hair and pull me to the shore."

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."

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! Prabhu, you see no fault in others, you are the saviour of the fallen. Please deliver Narottam this time!"

SONG: Dhana mora nityananda | ধন মোর নিত্যানন্দ
"Nityananda is my wealth, Gaurachandra is my lord, my very life is the Divine Couple. Advaita Acharya is my strength, Gadadhar is my family, and Narahari is my play and pastimes."

 

Tue, 17 April 2018:
Nimai and Brahman's Offering
"Mahaprabhu did so many Pastimes, you would not believe how many—if I was to tell His whole Pastimes, all time would be finished. For example, when Mahaprabhu was just four years, an old sannyasi came to His house..."
Download the audio (1.1 Mb, 3 min | 11 August 2003)

 

Wed, 18 April 2018: (Aksaya-tritiya; beginning of 21 days Chandan Yatra of Sri Sri Jagannathdev)
Vaishnav Seva in Sri Puri Dham (29 photographs, 1.6 Mb | 17 April 2018)
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Sri Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj comes to Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math in Sri Puri Dham to hold a special Vaishnav seva programme in honour of Sripad Bhakti Bhusan Puri Maharaj in the assembly of honourable Vaishnavs and devotees of the Dham.

 

In honour of Sri Chandan-yatra:

"I am Gora's!"
"Today is a very good auspicious day. Every year we make this festival, Sri Sri Chandan-yatra maha-mahotsav. It takes place in several places, and mainly this festival takes place in Puri. Gurudev also wanted to make this festival in Nabadwip."
Download the audio (2.4 Mb, 7 min)

 

In honour of Sripad B.V. Jajavar Maharaj's appearance day:

— { Pranam mantra } —

saumyam suddha-tanum sudhamsu-vadanam sarasvatam sundaram
namananda-puram prasanta-manasam samsara-santarakam
abalayad-bhagavat-padabja-madhupam dinarti-ham daivatam
vande bhakti-vicharakam prabhu-varam yayavara-svaminam

"I offer my obeisance unto my great master, the worshippable Srimad Bhakti Vichar Jajavar Maharaj. He is a beautiful follower of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur and has been a bee in the lotus feet of the Lord since his youth. He has a divine form and a moonlike face. He is filled with the Name's ecstasy and his heart is tranquil. He is gentle, he relieves the fallen of their distress, and he delivers the world."

(Composed by Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj)

Sripad Bhakti Vichar Jajavar Maharaj (by Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj)
"Srila Jajavar Maharaj joined the Gaudiya Mission of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur at a very young age. He could sing nicely, and he looked very simple—there was not a shadow of inauspiciousness in his body..."
Download the audio (8.4 Mb, 25 min | 24 October 1987)

 

Thu, 19 April 2018:
Inner Feelings
"Everybody comes here, but everybody's desire is not the same—somebody comes for enjoyment, somebody comes for service, and somebody wants to take something from here... How can you feel that your devotion is increasing?"
Download the audio (1.2 Mb, 4 min | 10 March 2015)

 

Fri, 20 April 2018:
Pure and Profound
"If you live in America, or if you live in Russia, it is not a problem—if you always give respect to Nabadwip Dham, if you always give respect to your Guru from there, always think about your Guru from a far away place, then you can get his association."
Download the audio (1.2 Mb, 4 min | 10 March 2015)

একমাত্র দয়াল সাগর (ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রীল ভক্তি নির্ম্মল আচার্য্য মহারাজের হরি-কথামৃত)
"শ্রীমন্ নিত্যানন্দ প্রভুর কথা যদি আমরা শ্রবণ কীর্ত্তন করি এবং তাঁর সেবা করিতে পারি তাহলে আমাদের পরম কল্যাণ বস্তু লাভ হবে । সেই কল্যাণ বস্তু লাভের জন্য অনেক লোক রাধাকৃষ্ণের চরণে সেবা করিতে যান কিন্তু সেই সেবা পাওয়ার আগে নিত্যানন্দ প্রভুর সেবা করিতে হবে ।"

 

In honour of Sri Sankar Acharya's appearance:

"From here, see how far Sri Sankarpur shines along the bank of the Ganga. When Sankar Acharya was conquering all directions, he came there to conquer Nabadwip. At heart, Sankar Acharya was a great Vaisnava; only externally was he acting as a nondualist and servant of Maya. He was a highly empowered manifestation of Siva who was expert at preaching a conception of veiled Buddhism. According to the order of the Lord, Siva performs this duty. When Sankar Acharya came to Nadia, Gaurachandra revealed Himself to Sankar Acharya in a dream and mercifully spoke sweet words to him. 'You are My servant, and following My order, you are very cleverly preaching illusionism. Nabadwip Dham is very dear to Me, and illusionism will never have a place here. Here, Vrddha Siva and Praudha Maya propagate imaginary interpretations of the scriptures. They deceive, however, only those who oppose My devotees. In general, My devotees reside here. This place is not for preaching misconception. Therefore, you should go elsewhere. Do not trouble the residents of Nabadwip.' Understanding the position of Nabadwip through this dream, Sankar Acharya went elsewhere, inspired with devotion."
(Sri Nabadwip Dham Mahatmya, chapter 15)

 

Sat, 21 April 2018:
Utility of Life
"You are born in India, but you do not understand the proper practice. Look at them—they come from abroad, but they chant kirtans, listen to Hari-katha. What will become of you? Next life, you will have to take birth in the land of mlechhas, and they will get the Lord."
Download the audio (1.5 Mb, 5 min | 10 March 2015)

 

Sun, 22 April 2018:
Non-Jealous Mood
"Somebody can make some offence to you, but you will not do that to them, you must give them chance, you must give them some nourishment. If somebody swears you, you will give some nourishment to them."
Download the audio (2.1 Mb, 6 min | 10 March 2015)

 

In honour of Sri Jahnavi Puja (Sri Ganga Puja):

"...While speaking, they went to Jan Nagar and saw the beauty of the hermitage of Jahnu Muni. Nityananda Prabhu said, 'This charming abode is known as Jahnudwip and Bhadravan. Jahnu Muni performed austerities here and saw the golden form of Gaura. Once, when Jahnu Muni sat here to perform his evening meditation, His copper vessel fell into the swiftly flowing River Ganga. The copper vessel fell into the river and floated away. Jahnu Muni then drank all the water of the Ganga with his palm. Maharaj Bhagirath thought, "Where did the Ganga go?" Bewildered, he began to think over the situation. Understanding that Jahnu Muni had drunk all the water of the Ganga, Maharaj Bhagirath became concerned. Sober Maharaj Bhagirath worshipped the sage for some time, and eventually the Ganga broke out of the sage's body. Thereafter, she became known as Jahnavi. The whole world now calls her 'Jahnavi'.'"
(Sri Nabadwip Dham Mahatmya, chapter 13)

 

Mon, 23 April 2018:
Visiting Sri Midnapore Temple
(16 photographs, 0.9 Mb | 21-22 April 2018)
For the devotees in Midnapore, the weekend passes in a most auspicious and fortuante way as His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Sri Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj visits Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math Temple placing his holy lotus feet in the hearts of the devotees.

 

Tue, 24 April 2018: (Appearance of Sri Jahnava Devi and Sri Sita Devi)
Service Life, Service Consciousness
"There is no prohibition to live a family life, neither is there a prohibition to raise children, but you must make your family Krishna's Family and you must give up bad habits. It is not like if you offer everything to Govinda, you will have nothing to eat. This is not true."
Download the audio (1.2 Mb, 4 min | 10 March 2015)

Nityananda Prabhu's Marriage
"Everybody says that for the devotees Nityananda Prabhu never marries, but He has two saktis, Jahnava and Vasudha. They were actually daughters of Surya Das, Gauri Das Pandit's brother..."
Download the audio (1.2 Mb, 3 min | 20 September 2009)

 

Wed, 25 April 2018:
Strongest Faith (1)
"What devotion you have depends on what faith you have—the more faith in the Lord you have, the more devotion you will get. You cannot buy devotion with money, wealth, etc.—you must pay with faith, the strongest faith."
Download the audio (0.7 Mb, 2 min | 10 March 2015)

 

Thu, 26 April 2018: (Sri Mohini Ekadashi)
Strongest Faith (2) Gopal Bhatta Goswami
"You have eyes in your heart, and if you have such feeling towards the Deity in your heart and do your service with such faith, then you can easily see Krishna everywhere, hear Krishna-nama everywhere, nothing else besides Krishna-nama will enter your ears..."
Download the audio (1.3 Mb, 4 min | 10 March 2015)

 


 

"Do you know the meaning of upavas (fasting)? 'Upavas' means 'nikate vasa', sitting near. Near whom? Near the Lord, near Hari."
(~Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj, Eternal and Internal Devotion)

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, 27 April 2018:
Strongest Faith (3) Raghunandan Thakur
"Mukunda's son Raghunandan also has full faith. One day, when he was ten years old, his mother said to him, 'Raghunandan, I am very busy today. I have cooked the offering, but I have no time to offer it to the Deities. You can offer today...'"
Download the audio (1 Mb, 3 min | 10 March 2015)

"হৃদয়ে নিতাইয়ের কীর্ত্তন করুন" (ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রীল ভক্তি নির্ম্মল আচার্য্য মহারাজের হরি-কথামৃত)
"আপনাদের কাছে এই আমাদের প্রার্থনা যে আপনারা সব সময় এই উৎসবের কথা মনে রাখিবেন । নিতাইয়ের চরণ সবসময় চিন্তা করিতে হয় । এসব কীর্ত্তনগোল করিতে হইবে—সেবা করিতে করিতে হৃদয়ে কীর্ত্তন করিতে হইবে । এই ভাবে চিন্তা করিলে বুঝিতে পারিবেন যে এই নিত্যানন্দ প্রভুর চরণ বিন আর কিছু নাই ।"

 

Sat, 28 April 2018: (Sri Nrisingha-chaturdasi Adhivas)
Devotional Heart
"There are so many pastimes of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Nityananda Prabhu, but, although we live in this country, we do not understand anything, but people come from abroad and crave for it so much. Think about it—how much devotees at Srivas Pandit's house gave to Mahaprabhu..."
Download the audio (1 Mb, 3 min | 10 March 2015)

 

In honour of the festival from the previous updates:

Festival of the Lord—for the Lord
His Divine Grace speaking on the adhivas of Sri Nrisingha chaturdasi in 2015: "You have all come here to observe this festival tomorrow. Amidst so many things you have come here thinking about the Lord. You have been planning it, you have been thinking about it..."
Download the audio (1.4 Mb, 4 min | 2 May 2015 | Bengali)

Perfect Attitude To Nrisinghadev
"I heard it directly from the lotus mouth of Gurudev, and these are very important and confidential words. You must listen to it with your heart because you cannot understand Nrisinghadev teachings with your common intelligence..."
Download the audio (1.4 Mb, 4 min | 20 May 2016 | Bengali)

Lord Nrisinghadev's Pastime
"Today is a very auspicious day, today is Lord Nrisinghadev's appearance day—the Lord appeared in this world on this day to protect His devotee..."
Download the audio (9.1 Mb, 23 min | 3 May 2015, Bengali class)

Lord Nrisinghadev
"'Please, remove the obstacles to pure devotion and bad elements from our society'—that is our only prayer to Lord Nrisinghadev."
Download the audio (0.6 Mb, 2 min | 5 may 2012)

Using / Serving
"You cannot use Nrisinghadev for your own purpose or benefit—you must serve Nrisinghadev. We must give something to our Guru and the devotees, we should not take so much from our Guru or take anything from the devotees..."
Download the audio (1.5 Mb, 4 min)

শ্রীনৃসিংহদেবের কথা (ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রীল ভক্তি নির্ম্মল আচার্য্য মহারাজের হরি-কথামৃত)
"আজকে খুবি শুভ দিন—ভগবান শ্রীনৃসিংহদেবের আবির্ভাব তিথি । ভক্তকে রক্ষা করবার জন্য ভগবান আবির্ভূত হয়েছেন আজকে দিনে..."

শ্রীশ্রীনৃসিংহ-চতুর্দ্দশী (১৯৯০ সাল)
শ্রীল ভক্তিসুন্দর গোবিন্দ দেবগোস্বামী মহারাজ ভগবান শ্রীশ্রীনৃসিংহদেবের লীলা আর মহিমা বর্ণনা করিতেছেন এবং শ্রীমদ্ভাগবতম্ থেকে পড়িতেছেন ।
(Extensive Bengali lecture of Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, spoken in May 1990, describing the Pastimes of the Lord in His form of Sri Nrsimhadev and reading from Srimad Bhagavatam, Canto 7)
Download the audio (27.5 Mb, 81 min)

 

Sun, 29 April 2018: (Sri Nrisingha-chaturdasi, fast until sunset, then no grains)
Entrance to Service Planet
"The main lesson today is to pray to the Lord and ask Him to remove material desires from our hearts. That is the glory of Nrisinghadev's appearance at Nrisingha Palli. I remember one time Gurudev asked devotees, 'What do you want?'"
Download the audio (1 Mb, 3 min | 24 May 2013)

 

ito nrsimha parato nrsimho
yato yato yami tato nrsimhah
bahir nrsimho hrdaye nrsimho
nrsimham adim saranam prapadye
"Nrsimha is here, Nrsimha is there—Nrsimha is wherever I go. Nrsimha is outside, Nrsimha is within my heart. I am surrendered unto that primeval Lord Nrsimha."
Download the audio (2.4 Mb, 7 min)

 

 

SONG: Sri Dasavatar Stotram | দশাবতারস্তোত্রম্
"O Hari! O Kesava! O Lord of the universe! You have assumed a half-man, half-lion form! All glory to You! You ripped apart the bee-like body of Hiranyakasipu with the amazingly sharp nails of Your beautiful lotus hands."

 

Mon, 30 April 2018: (Paran is 5:10-5:49 a.m. Appearance of Lord Buddha, Srila Srinivas Acharya)
Inauguration of Sri Nrisingha Palli Temple
(41 photographs, 2.8 Mb | 29 April 2018)
Long awaited and grand: His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Sri Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj inaugurates the temple of Sri Sri Nitai Gauranga and Sri Sri Laksmi Nrsimhadev in the presence of supremely fortunate assembled Vaishnavs. The Festival of Lord Nrisinghadev's appearance passes in a most glorious and auspicious way.

 

In honour of Lord Buddha's appearance:

SONG: Sri Dasavatar Stotram | দশাবতারস্তোত্রম্
"O Hari! O Kesava! O Lord of the universe! You have assumed the form of Buddha! All glory to You! Your heart filled with compassion, You decry the scriptural injunctions for animal sacrifice."

"At the beginning of Kali-yuga, the Lord will appear as Lord Buddha, the son of Anjana, in the province of Gaya, just for the purpose of deluding those who are envious of the faithful theist." (Srimad Bhagavatam, 1.3.24)

 

In honour of Srila Srinivas Acharya:

Time for Sravan
"You must see the sadhu with your ears, because you cannot see a sadhu with your eyes. This is actually not a place for play or tourism, this is a place for sravan and kirtan. You must listen with your heart. One time, Acharya Srinivas was sitting with Narottam Das Thakur in one place..."
Download the audio (2.4 Mb, 7 min)

In Praise of Srila Narottam Das Thakur (From Affectionate Guidance, chapter 17)
Narottam Thakur's close associates and peers were Syamananda and Srinivas. These three great devotees were sent back to Bengal to continue the preaching of Mahaprabhu. The Bengali Vaisnavas were very eager to read the writings of Sri Rupa, Sanatan, Raghunath, Krishna Das Kaviraj, Lokanath Goswami, Gopal Bhatta Goswami, Prabhodananda Saraswati and the other Goswamis; so Narottam, Syamananda and Srinivas travelled from Vrindavan towards Bengal with many copies of those great books...

 

 

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Sanatan-siksa: Spontaneous Loving Devotion
'Sanatan, I have described the practices of devotion guided by rules and regulations (vaidhi-bhakti) to you, now hear about the signs of devotion guided by spontaneous love and affection (raganuga-bhakti).'

 

Sri Sri Prema-Vivarta
“Eat food in the mode of goodness and reject intoxicants. Be kind to all beings and loudly chant the Name.”

If you think you are doing something wrong, then remove that kind of activity. You should try to understand it yourself.

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