MONTHLY ARCHIVE OF UPDATES

SEPTEMBER 2018

 

Sat, 1 September 2018:
Sri Baladev Prunima in Bogota
(26 August 2018 | 27 photographs, 1.4 Mb)
Photographs taken during from the celebration of the appearance day of Lord Balaram in the association of family and friends in Bogota, Colombia.

 

Sri Baladev Prunima in Paipa
(26 August 2018 | 39 photographs, 2.8 Mb)
Photographs of the celebration of the appearance day of Lord Balaram in the association of family and friends in Bogota, Colombia, with an update on the ongoing Temple construction progress.

 

 

Sun, 2 September 2018:
London Temple
"I am very happy because we are going to celebrate the festival of the temple inauguration anniversary in London, as we do every year on this day. This is how Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math London, Hatton Cross, happened:..."
Download the audio (1.8 Mb, 5 min | 24 August 2018)

 

Mon, 3 September 2018: (Sri Krishna Janmastami, fast until midnight, then no grains)
Spiritual Vitality
"I may not be able to attend this day's programme, but my heart, mind and everything is there and I am very happy with those who have come and joined the festival. As for those who have not joined it, I am praying to them: please come and join, participate in this festival; please continue your spiritual life. You think that it is not necessary for you to come to the temple to practise Krishna consciousness, but this is not correct."
Download the audio (4.9 Mb, 14 min | 24 August 2018)

 

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

 

Related to Sri Krishna Janmastami:

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."
Download the audio (2 Mb, 6 min | 22 August 2011)

"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."
Download the audio (1.7 Mb, 5 min | 13 August 2009)

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."
Download the audio (1.9 Mb, 6 min | 13 August 2009)

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."
Download the audio (2 Mb, 6 min | 22 August 2011)

 

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."
or Download the audio (2.3 Mb, 7 min | 20 August 2011)

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."
or Download the audio (9.3 Mb, 27 min | 22 August 2011)

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."
Download the audio (10 Mb | 18 August 2014)

 


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

 

Tue, 4 September 2018: (Festival of Sri Nandotsav, appearance of Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad)
Programmes at Sri Nrisingha Palli
(1-3 September | 19 photographs, 1.4 Mb)
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj arrives with the devotees at Sri Nrisingha Palli and starts the three-day festival of Sri Krishna Janmastami.

Sri Krishna Janmastami Celebration: Caracas
(3 September | 52 photographs, 3.2 Mb)
Photographs of the grand Sri Krishna Janmastami celebration held at Sri Sri Parama Karuna Nitai Gaurachandra's Temple in Caracas, Venezuela, in the association of devotees and friends.

 

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."

 

Wed, 5 September 2018:
Sri Krishna Janmastami Celebration
Sri Nrisingha Palli
(23 photographs | 1.8 Mb)
Sri Nandotsav
(Sri Nrisingha Palli)

(12 photographs | 1 Mb)
Kolkata
(8 photographs | 0.8 Mb)
 
Bokaro
(17 photographs | 1 Mb)
Ticul
(12 photographs | 0.8 Mb)
Aiuruoca
(12 photographs | 1 Mb)
 
Singapore
(2 photographs | 0.2 Mb)

 

 

Thu, 6 September 2018: (Sri Annada Ekadasi)
Cherished Hope
"My heart, my mind, my everything is saying, 'When will I go to Nabadwip Chaitanya Saraswat Math temple?' I will make the temple good again..."
Download the audio (1 Mb, 3 min | 24 August 2018)

 


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)
Yogini Ekadasi

 

Fri, 7 September 2018:
ভবরোগের বোঝা (ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রীল ভক্তি নির্ম্মল আচার্য্য মহারাজের হরি-কথামৃত)
"দীক্ষা নিয়ে শুধু চারবার মালা জপলে আর আজেবাজে কথা বেশি বললে, কাজ হবে না । শুধু হরিনাম নিলেই হবে না—হরিনাম নিলে ঠাকুরের প্রসাদ ভক্ষণ করতে হবে : 'প্রসাদ-সেবা করিতে হয় সকল প্রপঞ্চ জয়' । প্রসাদ সেবা করবেন ।"

Sri Baladev Purnima: Orizaba
(26 August | 8 photographs, 0.7 Mb)
Sharing photographs of devotees celebrating Sri Baladev Purnima (the appearance of Lord Baladev) at the temple of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math in Orizaba, Mexico.

Sri Krishna Janmastami Celebration: Orizaba
(3 September | 7 photographs, 0.5 Mb)
Several photographs from the grand celebration of Sri Janmastami Festival, Sri Nandotsav, as well as the appearance day of Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj held by the devotees in Orizaba, Mexico.

 

Sat, 8 September 2018:
Advice
"Without being a pure Vaishnav, without being a proper devotee, you cannot serve the Guru. Service to your Gurudev does not mean only massaging his feet, this is not service. Service means you must follow what your Gurudev tells."
Download the audio (1.8 Mb, 5 min | 1 September 2018)

 

— · Sri Vyasa Puja Invitation · —

Dear Vaishnavas, Devotees, Friends and Well-Wishers,

Please accept our humble obeisance at your holy feet.

It is our immense causeless fortune that the crown jewel tithi—the holy advent day (Sri Vyasa Puja) of His Divine Grace Om Visnupad Paramahamsa-kula-chudamani Visva-varenya Sri Srimad Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj—is manifest on 10 October 2018 (Wednesday) this year. On this occasion we appeal to you in heartfelt hope that you may join the Festival (kirtans, lectures, aratik and prasad-seva are among the innumerable services held on the day) in the centres and temples in India as well as worldwide.

We pray that you find it possible to join the Festival here in India or at any other Centre as per your convenience. We shall feel blessed to have your association on this supremely joyful day.

We also invite everyone wishing to express their offering of homage and prayers unto the holy lotus feet of His Divine Grace to do so until 7 October 2018 (Sunday). As each year, all written offerings are submitted to His Divine Grace on the day of Sri Vyasa-Puja therefore we humbly request everybody to honour the timing of submission.

Your aspiring servants
On behalf of SCSMathInternational.com
Email: info.at.scsmathinternational.com

 

Sun, 9 September 2018:
Vaishnava Culture
"What have you taken initiation for? Outside people who are not initiated also chant the Holy Name, but they take outside food, eat at random—they cook for themselves or their wife or mother cooks for them and they eat that, but devotees should not do that."
Download the audio (1 Mb, 3 min | 1 September 2018)

Speaking to Devotees in Spain
(8 September 2018 | 6 photographs, 0.4 Mb)
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj is granting his merciful darshan to the devotees assembled at a preaching centre in Spain.

Sri Krishna Janmastami Celebration: Mauritius
(8 September 2018 | 5 photographs, 0.5 Mb)
Sharing photographs of the devotees celebrating Sri Krishna Janmastami at the temple of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math in the city of Long Mountain in Mauritius.

Publishing News: Along with the recent Bengali publications of Sri Gaudiya Gitanjali, Second Volume of Sri Upadesh, Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math has produced a third publication (a soft-cover reprint) of Srimad Bhagavad-gita in English. All three books are available for purchase online at gaudiyadarshan.com and at the Temples of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.

 

 

Mon, 10 September 2018:
Pure Devotees' Practice
"I tell everybody—you can turn your house into a temple. That is what Prabhupad Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur wanted. He said, 'I want to make a temple in everybody's heart.' You can make a temple in your house."
Download the audio (3.2 Mb, 9 min | 1 September 2018)

 

Tue, 11 September 2018:
"What Answer Will You Give?"
"When the time comes to cross the river in a boat and you see that you have no ticket, then you will regret it, 'What have I done? Why did I not follow what Gurudev told me? Why did I not practise properly?'"
Download the audio (2.3 Mb, 7 min | 1 September 2018)

Arrival in Sri Ganga Sagar
(10 September 2018 | 10 photographs, 1 Mb)
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj is visiting the Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math Temple in Ganga Sagar, much to the joy of the devotees serving the Temple.

 

 

Wed, 12 September 2018:
My Happiness
"We always ask the Deities for our own happiness—we always think about our own happiness and pray to the Lord for our own happiness. Only saying you are surrendered will not do, you must be surrendered."
Download the audio (1 Mb, 3 min | 1 September 2018)

 

Thu, 13 September 2018:
Janmastami: Making the Lord Happy
"What is Janmastami? What service can we do? We are coming here to celebrate Janmastami, but what is our duty? If we can make devotees happy, if we can serve devotees, then Krishna will be happy. That is called Janmastami."
Download the audio (3.8 Mb, 11 min | 1 September 2018)

 

Fri, 14 September 2018: (Appearance of Sri Sita Thakurani)
অনিবার্য টান—কার প্রতি ? (ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রীল ভক্তি নির্ম্মল আচার্য্য মহারাজের হরি-কথামৃত)
"আসলে বিষয় ছাড়া খুব দুষ্কর । আমরা চাই যে বিষয় ছেড়ে দেব, কিন্তু গৃহের আসক্তি ছাড়তে পারছি না, স্ত্রীর আসক্তি ছাড়তে পারছি না, পুত্রেতে আসক্তি ছাড়তে পারছি না । আমার ছেলে, মেয়ে, স্ত্রী, পুত্র, কন্যার প্রতি যে টানটা থাকবে, সেই টানটা ভগবানের প্রতি থাকতে হবে ।"

 

Sat, 15 September 2018:
Karma-Buddhi
"When you do some service, you must understand that the result belongs to the Lord—He is the master, the owner of the result. If you do some service and want to get something in return, this is not asakati-rahita (being free from attachment)."
Download the audio (1.1 Mb, 4 min | 12 September 2013)

 

Sun, 16 September 2018: (Sri Lalita Devi)
Sri Lalita Devi
"This is Uchagaon, Guru Maharaj's dearmost place. He said, 'First go to Uchagaon, then you can enter Varshana.' He explained that if you do not get the mercy of Lalita Devi, you cannot get the mercy of Srimati Radharani."
Download the audio (3.2 Mb, 10 min | 15 November 2012)

Kirtans at Uchagaon
• Radhe Jaya Jaya • Radhe Govinda.
Download the audio (2.5 Mb, 8 min | 15 November 2012)

 

"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)

 

Mon, 17 September 2018: (Sri Radhastami; fast until noon)
Krishna's Dearmost
"Without service to Radharani's lotus feet, no service can be possible. If, however, we can serve the associate servitors of Radharani, we can get the supreme benefit. And Gurudev is non-different from Srimati Radharani, therefore it is necessary to serve the Guru."
Download the audio (2.4 Mb, 7 min | 13 September 2013)

 

Published in previous years:

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."
Download the audio (3.1 Mb, 9 min)

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."
Download the audio (1 Mb)


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."
Download the audio (1.1 Mb)


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."
Download the audio (1.1 Mb)


SONG: Radhe Radhe Govinda | রাধে রাধে গোবিন্দ
"Please may you all together give me your mercy, I am extremely wicked!"
Download the audio (1 Mb)


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?"
Download (1.3 Mb, 4 min)

 

Tue, 18 September 2018:
Appearance of Srimati Radhika
"She appeared on this day in Raval. Mother Kirtida and King Vrisabhanu lived in Raval, near Gokula. We often say that Varshana is the birthplace of Srimati Radharani, but they came there later—Her birthplace is in Raval..."
Download the audio (5.3 Mb, 16 min | 13 September 2013)

Cultural Festival in Caracas
(15-16 September 2018 | 73 photographs, 7.4 Mb)
Sharing photographs taken during a recent two-day cultural festival of India held at a prestigious venue in Caracas and attended by the Ambassador of India. Among the numerous activities of the event were cultural programmes, food and handicraft fairs, Odissi dance, kirtan.

 

 

Wed, 19 September 2018:
Heart for Preaching
"I see the devotees and I am thinking that devotees's hearts will not be broken—they will always keep their heart for preaching for Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, for preaching for Gurudev and Guru Maharaj. That is why I still have some hope."
Download the audio (2.1 Mb, 7 min | 15 September 2018)

Sri Radhastami Festival at Sripat Hapaniya Dham
(17 September 2018 | 12 photographs, 1.1 Mb)
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj comes to Sripat Hapaniya Dham to observe the holy appearance day of Srimati Radharani. Sripat Hapaniya Dham's hidden glories are such that it is considered non-different from Sri Varshana therefore every year this festival is observed at this holy place.

Sri Radhastami Festival in Caracas
(17 September 2018 | 38 photographs, 5.2 Mb)
Devotees celebrate the festival in honour of Srimati Radharani's holy appearance with grandeur and affection engaging in various services of Sri Sri Parama Karuna Nitai Gaurachandra.

 

 

Thu, 20 September 2018:
Three Pillars of Religion
"We have come to this world for preaching, for Krishna consciousness. What is Krishna consciousness? It means service—jive daya, Name ruchi, Vaishnava seva. You must go to each fallen soul and give them the message of Gurudev, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Guru Maharaj."
Download the audio (1.6 Mb, 5 min | 15 September 2018)

 

Fri, 21 September 2018: (Sri Vijay Mahadvadasi, Appearance of Lord Vamanadev, Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhu; tomorrow paran is 5:28-9:29 a.m.)
সাধুসঙ্গের প্রভাব (ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রীল ভক্তি নির্ম্মল আচার্য্য মহারাজের হরি-কথামৃত)
"প্রত্যেক দিন কীর্ত্তনে আমরা গাই, “রামচন্দ্র সঙ্গ মাগে নরোত্তম দাস” । বিভিন্ন কীর্ত্তনে নিজের নাম বা গুরুদেবের নাম করে লেখা আছে, এখানে গিয়ে নরোত্তমদাস ঠাকুরের গুরু কি রামচন্দ্র ? না । তিনি হচ্ছেন তাঁদের শিক্ষা-গুরু বলা চলে । কেন তিনি তাঁর সঙ্গ মাগছেন ? কেন এটা প্রার্থনা করছেন ?"

Grand Preaching Programme in Bokaro
(19 September 2018 | 37 photographs, 2.7 Mb)
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj attends a large preaching programme lovingly arranged by the devotees in a town near Bokaro Steel City.

 

 


 

Lord Vamandev
"Vamandev was a son of Aditi and Kasyap Rishi. Aditi was very sad because all of her sons had left the heaven because of the torturing of the demons, that is why Vamandev came to her womb. On the other side, there was Bali Maharaj..."
Download the audio (2.3 Mb, 7 min | 3 October 2015)

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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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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বামনদেব ও বলি মহারাজ (Pastimes of Lord Vamanadev and Bali Maharaj)
ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রী শ্রীল ভক্তি নির্ম্মল আচার্য্য মহারাজ ভগবানের লীলা ও বলি মহারাজের আদর্শস্বরূপ শরণাগতির সম্পর্কে বর্ণনা করেন ।
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বামনদেবের কথা (ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রীল ভক্তি নির্ম্মল আচার্য্য মহারাজের হরি-কথামৃত)
"দৈত্যরাজ ছিল বলি মহারাজ । সে বলি মহারাজ দেখতে পারলেন যে, সব অসুররা পরাজিত হচ্ছে, সবাই মরে যাচ্ছে আর উনি ভাবলেন, 'আমাকে বিরাট যজ্ঞ করতে হবে ।' এদিকে স্বর্গে অদিতি চিন্তা করলেন, 'হে প্রভু ! তোমার ইচ্ছায় এ সব হচ্ছে, তুমি একটু ব্যবস্থা করে দাও—আবির্ভুত হও !' আর সে অদিতির গর্ভেই ভগবান বামন-রূপে আবির্ভুত হলেন..."

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..."

chalayasi vikramane balim adbhuta-vamana
pada-nakha-nira-janita-jana-pavana
kesava dhrta-vamana-rupa jaya jagadisa hare

"O Kesava! O Lord of the universe! O Lord Hari, who have assumed the form of a dwarf-brahmana! All glories to You! O wonderful dwarf, by Your massive steps You deceive King Bali, and by the Ganges water that has emanated from the nails of Your lotus feet, You deliver all living beings within this world."

—: 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

 

 


 

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)
Yogini Ekadasi

 

Sat, 22 September 2018: (Appearance of Srila Sachchidananda Bhaktivinod Thakur)
Glories of Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur (7 September 2014)
"Unless you have no ego, unless you reject jealousy, you cannot understand what Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur has given to us. Only a rupanuga (follower of Srila Rupa Goswami) can understand the glories of Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur, otherwise it is impossible."

Glories of Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur
A Bengali class on the holy appearance day of Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur spoken in 2014 by His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj.
Download the audio (18.5 Mb, 41 min | 7 September 2014)

 

vande bhaktivinodam sri-gaura-sakti-svarupakam
bhakti-sastrajna-samrajam radha-rasa-sudha-nidhim

"I offer my obeisance unto Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur, the embodiment of Sri Gaurasundar's potency. He is the king of all knowers of the scriptures of pure devotion and an ocean of the nectar of devotion to Srimati Radharani."

 

Extraordinary Glories of Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur
"Devotion is akinchana-guhya-vidya (sacred education, para-vidya, suddha-saraswati), and he who enhances devotion, its beauty and charm and distributes it to us is called Bhaktivinod Thakur. It is his appearance day that we are celebrating today."
Download the audio (4.3 Mb, 13 min | 7 September 2014)

Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur
"If Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur had not come in this world, where, in whose lotus feet would we have found our shelter? He gave us all these things and he gave us Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur. If you think about it, you can understand how much he gave to the jiva souls..."
Download the audio (3.6 Mb, 11 min | 3 October 2015)

 

On the Appearance Day of Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur
"In this world there is no comparison or substitute to Srila Bhakti Vinod's unparalleled gift. He appeared on today's date. Thus this day is also supremely worshippable, desirable, and merciful. I have no gift with which I worship this great day..."

শ্রীল ভক্তিবিনোদ-আবির্ভাব-তিথিতে
"জগতে শ্রীল ভক্তিবিনোদের এই অতুলনীয় দানের কোন উপমা নাই—কোন বিনিময় নাই । আজ্­কের এই তিথিকে অবলম্বন করিয়াই তিনি প্রকটিত হইয়াছিলেন । অতএব এই তিথিও পরম পূজনীয়া, বরণীয়া এবং করুণাময়ী । আমার এমন কোন উপায়নই নাই যাহার দ্বারা আমি এই তিথিবরার পূজা করি ।"

 

SONG: Sri Guru Parampara | শ্রীগুরুপরম্পরা
"...Their dear follower is Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur. His associate is the best of the topmost devotees, Srila Gaura Kisor Das Babaji, whose sole joy is Sri Hari's service."

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."

 

Sun, 23 September 2018: (Disappearance of Namacharya Srila Haridas Thakur)
Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur's Festival
(22 September 2018 | 15 photographs, 1.7 Mb)
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj attends a grand festival in honour of Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur's appearance day organised by Sri Surabhi Kunja Math with all the principal Gaudiya Maths in attendance.

 

 

By remembering the glory of Srila Haridas Thakur all our impurities will go out.
(Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj)

 

Srila Haridas Thakur's Niryan
"Everybody must remember the three wishes of Srila Haridas Thakur. 'I want to keep Your lotus feet in my heart, to see Your lotus face with my eyes, and with my my mouth, I want to chant Your name. This is my only hope and prayer...'"
Download the audio (1.9 Mb, 6 min | 3 October 2015)

Withdrawal of Srila Haridas Thakur
"On this day Mahaprabhu gave a great festival for Haridas Thakur; on this day Haridas Thakur left this world. Actually, Haridas Thakur is always with us—he did not leave this world, only his body left..."
Download the audio (3.1 Mb, 9 min | 11 September 2011)

Disappearance of Srila Haridas Thakur (24 September 2009)
The sad and loving Pastime of the Lord and His devotee, Namacharya Haridas Thakur: "Prabhu, do not give me Maya. I know you love me so much, that is why I do not want to hear from You any further. Please give me some mercy—I want to go before You. Please, Prabhu, fulfil my desire."

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."

 

Mon, 24 September 2018:
Speech at Sri Surabhi Kunja
"Today is a very good day—the holy appearance day of Sachchidananda Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur. We have assembled here at this festival hosted by the Saraswata Gaudiya Vaishnav Sangha on this lunar day at Surabhi Kunja every year since 1996. This year too we have all assembled here on this very occasion..."
Download the audio (3.8 Mb, 12 min | 22 September 2018 | Bengali)

 

Tue, 25 September 2018:
Service under Guidance
"Gurudev also may not know something, but if Gurudev gives his mercy to somebody, they may know it. Those who serve under the guidance have anugatya. It is our duty to serve under the guidance of Gurudev. If we can do that, that is very good."
Download the audio (2.1 Mb, 6 min | 15 September 2018)

 

Wed, 26 September 2018:
Continue Preaching Programme
"You should continue your preaching. Go to house programmes from time to time—have istha gosthi, nama-hatta, Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Sankirtan Maha-Mandal programmes. You can also go to the street with street sankirtan. It will give happiness to Gurudev."
Download the audio (3.7 Mb, 11 min | 15 Sept. 2018 | Incl. Kirtan)

 

Thu, 27 September 2018:
Our Plan and Programme
"Only chanting four rounds, offering some bhog and taking prasad is not sufficient for your spiritual life. You cannot reach your destination in this way. Sitting in one place, offering the bhog, eating and spending so much time watching facebook—this is not what our life is for. We did not come to Gurudev for that."
Download the audio (1.1 Mb, 3 min | 8 September 2018)

 

Fri, 28 September 2018:
আমার প্রার্থনা (ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রীল ভক্তি নির্ম্মল আচার্য্য মহারাজের হরি-কথামৃত)
"আপনারা সবাই হরিনাম করবেন, আপনারা সবাই মঠে যাবেন, সব সময় হরিভজন করবেন তাহলে আমিও অত্যন্ত শান্তি পাব । আমি খুশি হব কি করে ? যদি আপনারা হরিনাম করেন, ভগবানের নাম করেন, গুরুদেবের কথা প্রচার করেন, তাহলে আমি তার চাইতে অনেক বেশি খুশি হব ।"

 

Sat, 29 September 2018:
Trials and Tribulations (1)
"Many troubles, problems will come in our service life, in our spiritual life, but we must avoid them—we must not give so much attention to that. We must go forward, ahead; do not look behind at what has passed. We must wage war against illusory environment."
Download the audio (1.5 Mb, 5 min | 8 September 2018)

Visiting Sri Tarakeshwar Temple
(26-27 September 2018 | 6 photographs, 0.5 Mb)
Much to the joy and nourishment of the local devotees and servitors, His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj visits Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math temple in Tarakeshwar.

 

 

— · Newsletter · —

All Glory to Sri Sri Guru Gauranga

Dear Devotees, Friends, and Well-Wishers,

Please accept our humble obeisance at your holy feet.

By the grace of Sriman Nityananda Prabhu, Sriman Mahaprabhu and all Guru-varga, devotees fulfil the desire of Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj and complete the construction of a new centre in Bulacan, the Philippines. Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math Philippines Branch shall be inaugurated this year on 10 October (Wednesday) on the holy appearance day of Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj under whose guidance and in whose shelter the devotees maintain and run their service life.

With this regard, praying for the mercy of all the worldwide Vaishnavs, devotees extend a cordial invitation to anyone wishing to visit the inauguration of the Center. The programme of the festival includes various services such as kirtans, reading from the scriptures, lectures, arotik and distribution of prasadam.

May the banner of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math fly high in every corner of the world and every heart of its family members.

Contact information:
Lot 15, Block 8, Woodbridge subdivision,
Poblacion, Pandi, Bulacan, the Philippines
Web: http://philippines.scsmath.org
Ishani Devi Dasi
scsmath.philippines@yahoo.com.ph
+63 92031 63750

 

Sun, 30 September 2018:
Trials and Tribulations (2)
"You can see that when you are going to do some service, some problem can come, some difficulty can come. Why is it necessary to think about ourselves? we must think about the service, about preaching, about the jiva souls. These are the main things for us."
Download the audio (2 Mb, 6 min | 8 September 2018)

 

 

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OFFLINE READING, ePub:
(All lectures of His Divine Grace Om Visnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj posted here on the website)
Issue #1 (31 Dec '14)
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Sincere Campaign
'You are chanting the Holy Name yourself and you should engage others in chanting: you must tell others about it. It may give them some austerity to hear it and they may not want to hear it, but tell them again and again—try and try, again and again.'

 

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.”

The taste for the Holy Name will not come if I have some material desire in my heart.

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