MONTHLY ARCHIVE OF UPDATES

OCTOBER 2018

 

Mon, 1 October 2018:
Preach and Practise
"Approach people with Krishna consciousness, tell them what is the message of Mahaprabhu, Gurudev and Guru Maharaj. Go door to door. Sometimes you will be rejected by them, but you must go again, you must try and try, and you will be successful."
Download the audio (1.1 Mb, 4 min | 8 September 2018)

 

Tue, 2 October 2018:
Guidance, Issue #16 (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 July to September 2018. We pray this serves as a source of guidance, nourishment, and life to all the devotees and well-wishers worldwide.

All the previous Guidance issues, containing over a thousand lectures spoken by His Divine Grace, are available for download from the Library section of the website:

Issue #01, 2014 (ePub file, 1 Mb)
Issue #02, 2015/1 (ePub file, 0.8 Mb)
Issue #03, 2015/2 (ePub file, 0.9 Mb)
Issue #04, 2015/3 (ePub file, 0.8 Mb)
Issue #05, 2015/4 (ePub file, 0.9 Mb)
Issue #06, 2016/1 (ePub file, 0.6 Mb)
Issue #07, 2016/2 (ePub file, 0.6 Mb)
Issue #08, 2016/3 (ePub file, 0.8 Mb)
Issue #09, 2016/4 (ePub file, 0.7 Mb)
Issue #10, 2017/1 (ePub file, 0.7 Mb)
Issue #11, 2017/2 (ePub file, 0.7 Mb)
Issue #12, 2017/3 (ePub file, 0.8 Mb)
Issue #13, 2017/4 (ePub file, 0.9 Mb)
Issue #14, 2018/1 (ePub file, 0.9 Mb)
Issue #15, 2018/2 (ePub file, 0.9 Mb)
Special Edition: Sri Rupa-Sanatan Siksa (ePub, 0.8 Mb)

 

Favourite Preparations
When asked, His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj replies, "When devotees give me something with affection, I take that." The following, however, is a list of preparations favourite to His Divine Grace that was provided by the servitors of His Divine Grace.

 

Wed, 3 October 2018:
Your Fortune, My Fortune
"You have assembled here today for this occasion to give mercy to a fallen soul like myself. I feel humbled and very fortunate. It is very difficult to get the darshan of Vaishnavs. When I am giving initiation, do you know what I am remembering?..."
(Spoken on the adhivas of His Divine Grace's appearance on 12 October 2015)

Sri Vyasa Puja, Adhivas Day (Bengali, entire class)
His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj is speaking on the eve of His Divine Appearance Day.
Download the audio (32.5 Mb, 95 min | 12 October 2015)

 

Thu, 4 October 2018:
Be Conscious and Cautious
"To live eternally in Vraja, you must enter a relationship with your Guru, after that if you practise, you can understand your destination. How can we make Gurudev happy? If we can understand it step by step, then we will be able to understand the main teaching."
(Spoken on the adhivas of His Divine Grace's appearance on 12 October 2015)

 

Fri, 5 October 2018: (Sri Indira Ekadasi)
Greatness Is Not Measured by Cloth
"Religion means we must bring the jiva souls to Krishna consciousness. Gurudev gave this duty to me, and this is not only my responsibility, it is your responsibility too. Gurudev said, 'One does not become a sannyasi just by wearing a sannyasi's clothes.'"
(Spoken on the adhivas of His Divine Grace's appearance on 12 October 2015)

 


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, 6 October 2018:
Surrender: Eye-Opener
"'Do you not know who this is? Can you not recognise Him? He is the Guru of all, He is Lord Krishna Himself! He has come to this world to awaken the souls. He took sannyas from Keshav Bharati.' Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya did not believe it."
(Spoken on the adhivas of His Divine Grace's appearance on 12 October 2015)

 

Sun, 7 October 2018:
Mercy Means Anugatya
"It is necessary to always think about the order of your Guru. Guru's mercy means following the order of the Guru—if you follow the order of your Guru, then you get his mercy. You can go to the market, buy chanting beads and chant on them—but it is not the same."
(Spoken on the adhivas of His Divine Grace's appearance on 12 October 2015)

The One Channel of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math
Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj: "That is my mood to Srila Guru Maharaj, and who will follow that, I believe he must be benefited, for that is the real exclusive devotional line." (From 'Affectionate Guidance', Chapter 20)

 

Mon, 8 October 2018:
Neither Cry nor Laugh
"You must ask yourself first, 'Do you love yourself or your Guru more? Do you love the Lord or yourself more?' Examine yourself. How long will you sleep in the lap of Maya? How long will you choke and struggle in the waters of Maya?"
(Spoken on the adhivas of His Divine Grace's appearance on 12 October 2015)

 

Tue, 9 October 2018: (Sri Vyasa Puja Adhivas)
Pure Current
"This Name was chanted in many villages, but with offence, and Bhaktivinod Thakur, holding the current of devotion, preached the pure Holy Name to this world just as Maharaj Bhagirath brought the Ganges to this world."
(Spoken on the adhivas of His Divine Grace's appearance on 12 October 2015)

 

Wed, 10 October 2018: (Festival in honour of the Holy Appearance Day of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj)
Sri Vyasa Puja Festival
(10 October 2018 | 55 photographs, 4 Mb)
Photographs of the grand festival in honour of the divine appearance of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj celebrated in Kolkata in the association of Vaishnavas, devotees and well-wishers.

Sri Vyasa Puja Adhivas
(9 October 2018 | 33 photographs, 2.6 Mb)
Photographs from the eve of the divine appearance of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj observed by the Vaishnavas and fortunate devotees at the temple of Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Radha Madan Mohanjiu in Kolkata.

 

Preaching Programmes in Colombia
(October 2018 | 19 photographs, 1.1 Mb)
Devotees are sending photographs of the preaching activities in Paipa and Duitama, Colombia, for the pleasure of and as an offering to His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj.

 

 

pujya-sri-guru-varga-vandita-mahabhavanvitayah sada
paurvaparya-parampara-prachalita-prajya-pramurtakrteh
bhakter nirmala-nirjharasya nibhrtam samraksakam sadaram
vande sri-gurudevam anata-sira acharya-varyam nijam
"I bow my head in eternal obeisance to my Gurudev, the best of acharyas, Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj. He is the ever vigilant, stalwart guardian of the current of pure devotion whose highest form flows from our most worshippable Sri Rupanuga Guru-varga in their exclusive dedication to Mahabhav, Srimati Radharani."

 

Autobiography of Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj
To try to describe unlimited glories of a Vaishnav is a very challenging task, and because the nature of Guru is beyond what we can grasp with our material intelligence and beyond what we can perceive with our material senses, it makes the task even harder. Presented here is an autobiographical discourse of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj, the current Acharya and Sevaite of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.

PHOTO ALBUM
The photographs presented in this dedicated photo album are only a few glimpses into a particle of the service and contribution that His Divine Grace has made. May they however become a source of inspiration for the service and dedication to the lotus feet of Sri Gurudev that His Divine Grace embodies.

 


KIRTANS:
Gurudev! krpa-bindu diya | গুরুদেব! কৃপাবিন্দু দিয়া
"When I examine myself for qualifications, I find none. Your mercy is everything. If you are not merciful to me, then, crying, I will no longer maintain my life."

 

Samsara-davanala | সংসার-দাবানল
"I offer my obeisance unto the lotus feet of Sri Guru, the ocean of goodness who assumes the form of a cloud of mercy to deliver the souls burning in the blazing fire of material existence."

 

Sri-guru-charana-padma | শ্রীগুরুচরণ-পদ্ম
"I carefully offer my obeisance to Sri Guru's lotus feet, which are the sole abode of devotion. O brother! By his mercy we cross over this world and reach Krishna."

 

Krsna haite chatur-mukha | কৃষ্ণ হৈতে চতুর্ম্মুখ
"Srila Govinda Maharaj's dear successor, who is devoted to practising and preaching his teachings, is Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj. All the Gurus in this succession are associates of Sri Gauranga—I pray for their remnants."

 

Ki rupe paiba seva | কিরূপে পাইব সেবা
"I am so wicked, how will I ever get service? I do not have any attachment to Sri Guru and Vaishnavs! It is not possible to conquer maya by engaging in maya. I see no other way to get relief except for the mercy of sadhus."

 

 

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

 

 

Amara jivana | আমার জীবন
"My life is always engrossed in sin. There is not a trace of piety within it. I have caused others so much anxiety and trouble. Such a sinner as I is shunned by devotees, and is a constant offender."

 


THIS DAY IN 2010:
My Joy and My Plight
"I have never wanted this—that I would sit in one place and everybody would come, pay obeisance to me. Never. I want to go and chant and dance everywhere, preach in the villages—this is my life. It is impossible for me, it is actually an austerity for me, but I have to keep Gurudev's word."
Download the audio (2.6 Mb, 8 min | 8 October 2010)

"I Need Your Mercy!"
"I am here today to get your mercy—I am here today to worship you, I have not come to take worship. I only want to serve the Vaishnavs, I have no other desire. I do not want anybody to do my puja, I want to serve you all."
Download the audio (2.8 Mb, 8 min | 8 October 2010)

 


THIS DAY IN 2011:
My Great Fortune and Hope
"Actually I do not know when my birth day is, but Gurudev told me, 'This is your birth day,' and that is why devotees celebrate this day. Celebrating means what? Celebrating means devotees are giving mercy to me on this day and I am becoming indebted to them."
Download the audio (2.2 Mb, 7 min | 28 September 2011)

Sankirtan Yajna—Soul of Preaching
"Where it is allowed, you must do sankirtan in the street—there may be only five of you, but if you do sankirtan, people will come, even birds, beasts, trees will get benefit through your kirtan. If you sit in your house, no one will come—start the fire, wind will come."
Download the audio (1.7 Mb, 5 min | 28 September 2011)

 


THIS DAY IN 2013:
Sri Vyasa Puja Day: My Mood and Request
"Every day is a service day for me, but today is the day when I must serve devotees more. I do not know how much I can surrender, but Gurudev made me his dog, and that is why I am serving as his dog—I am still serving and protecting the temple as a dog..."
Download the audio (1.5 Mb, 5 min | 6 October 2013 )

Sri Vyasa Puja Day: Appreciating Mercy
"You have already got it from Gurudev. We have lost our address and Krishna sent Gurudev to take us to our address. So, we already understand what is our real home. Always be successful in your spiritual life, always proceed in your spiritual life."
Download the audio (1.1 Mb, 3 min | 6 October 2013 )

Sri Vyasa Puja Day: My Only Prayer
"I am very happy to see you all. You are celebrating this festival, but actually for me this day is not a day to take puja from others, but today is the day when I must give puja to all the devotees..."
Download the audio (1 Mb, 3 min | 6 October 2013)

 


THIS DAY IN 2014:
How to See the Guru (1): Mercy
Clear guidance on how to understand who the Guru is, and how a sincere disciple should see the Guru: the Guru is not only a mahabhagavata (a great devotee), he is nondifferent from Krishna Himself.
Download the audio (6.4 Mb, 14 min | 25 September 2013 )

How to See the Guru (2): Chastity
The main quality of a sincere disciple explained by several examples: one-pointed attention, rejecting the unfavourable, intense attachment to service and devotees, faith, and careful choice of association.
Download the audio (7 Mb, 15 min | 25 September 2013 )

Sri Guru-Tattva (Bengali class)
"এই মৃত্যুময় ও দুঃখময় পৃথিবীতে অমৃতময় আশা ও আনন্দের দিব্যদূত হলেন শ্রীগুরুদেব । তাপিত, পীড়িত জনগণের জন্য তাঁর আবির্ভাবই সবচেয়ে শুভ ও আনন্দদায়ক ঘটনা । এর তুলনা হতে পারে একমাত্র প্রভাতের শুকতারার সঙ্গে, যা কিনা মরুভূমিতে দিগ্​ভ্রান্ত যাত্রীকেও পথ দেখাতে পারে । শ্রীগুরুদেবের করুণাময় হস্তের কোমল স্পর্শই সমস্ত অশ্রুপ্লাবিত নয়নের অবিরাম অশ্রুকে মুছিয়ে দিতে পারে ।"
Download the audio (24.6 Mb, 54 min)

 

THIS DAY IN 2015:
Morning Bengali class: Download the audio (16.7 Mb, 49 min)
Evening Bengali class: Download the audio (14 Mb, 41 min)

 


Files for offline reading (all posts published on the website since July 2014):

Guidance: Issue #01, 2014 (ePub, 1 Mb): 26 July 2014 to 31 December 2014.
Guidance: Issue #02, 2015/1 (ePub, 0.8 Mb): January to March 2015.
Guidance: Issue #03, 2015/2 (ePub, 0.9 Mb): April to June 2015.
Guidance: Issue #04, 2015/3 (ePub, 0.8 Mb): July to September 2015.
Guidance: Issue #05, 2015/4 (ePub, 0.9 Mb): October to December 2015.
Sri Rupa-Sanatan Siksa (ePub, 0.8 Mb)
Guidance: Issue #06, 2016/1 (ePub file, 0.6 Mb): January to March 2016.
Guidance: Issue #07, 2016/2 (ePub file, 0.6 Mb): March to June 2016.
Guidance: Issue #08, 2016/3 (ePub file, 0.8 Mb): July to September 2016.
Guidance: Issue #09, 2016/4 (ePub file, 0.7 Mb): October to December 2016.
Guidance: Issue #10, 2017/1 (ePub file, 0.7 Mb): January to March 2017.
Guidance: Issue #11, 2017/2 (ePub file, 0.7 Mb): April to June 2017.
Guidance: Issue #12, 2017/1 (ePub file, 0.7 Mb): July to September 2017.
Guidance: Issue #13, 2017/1 (ePub file, 0.7 Mb): October to December 2017.
Guidance: Issue #14, 2017/1 (ePub file, 0.7 Mb): January to March 2018.
Guidance: Issue #15, 2017/1 (ePub file, 0.7 Mb): April to June 2018.
Guidance: Issue #16, 2017/1 (ePub file, 0.7 Mb): July to September 2018.

 

 

Thu, 11 October 2018:
Sri Vyasa Puja Festival: Evening
(10 October 2018 | 17 photographs, 2 Mb)
Additional photographs taken during the noon programme as well as the photographs of the evening class and prasad-seva that closed the grand celebration of the divine appearance of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj.

 

Fri, 12 October 2018:
Sri Vyasa Puja Speech
"Actually, all the devotees have come here from all over Bengal and many countries also and they are celebrating my birthday, but I am not thinking about my birthday because I do not want to take any puja from devotees. I always want to be servitors' servitor, I do not want to take any service from others."
Download the audio (5.5 Mb, 16 min | 10 October 2018)

Речь на Шри Вьяса-Пуджу
«Все собравшиеся преданные приехали сюда из различных уголков Бенгалии, а также разных стран, они празднуют мой день рождения, но я не думаю о своем дне рождении, потому что я не хочу принимать от преданных поклонение, будь то мои ученики, духовные братья или сестры».

 

Sat, 13 October 2018:
Servitor's Livelihood
"Everything we have actually comes from our Guru. Without Gurudev's mercy we are nothing, we have no power. We are only instruments. I do not think that I am a Vaishnav, nor do I want to be a Vaishnav. I want to be a servant of the servant of Vaishnavs. That has been my desire from the beginning, since the time I started my temple life in 1992."
Download the audio (3.1 Mb, 8 min | 12 October 2018)

 

Sun, 14 October 2018:
On Chastity
"Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj had many qualified scholarly pandit disciples, but he chose Gurudev. You can read many scriptures many times, you may know many things, but the Guru can understand who can follow his conception, who has chastity for him."
Download the audio (2 Mb, 6 min | 12 October 2018)

 

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj's Sri Vyasa Puja Celebration in Worldwide Centres:
Kiev
9 photographs
0.5 Mb
Moscow
5 photographs
0.5 Mb
Philippines
23 photographs
1.1 Mb
Soquel
14 photographs
0.5 Mb

 

Mon, 15 October 2018:
Mercy of Guru
"Without the mercy of the Guru, without the instruction of the Guru you cannot cross, you cannot overcome the illusory environment. We must understand clearly what is the mercy of the Guru."
Download the audio (1.8 Mb, 5 min | 12 October 2018)

 

Tue, 16 October 2018:
Guided Life
"Without Gurudev's mercy, we can fall down at any time as it happened to Eklavya who did not follow his Gurudev's instruction because he wanted to become more expert than his Guru—he was destroyed. It is necessary to practise under the guidance of Gurudev."
Download the audio (1.5 Mb, 5 min | 13 October 2018)

 

Wed, 17 October 2018:
Service to Gurudev's Mission
"Gurudev told his opinion, told to follow his instruction, and if you do not follow it, then whatever glorification you make it will not give any relief to Gurudev. If you want to help Gurudev's mission, then you must follow his instruction."
Download the audio (2 Mb, 5 min | 13 October 2018)

 

Thu, 18 October 2018:
Choose Your Association Wisely
"We should be careful with our association—we must always reject bad association because it can remove us from the spiritual service. We must see who gives a good instruction, who follows Gurudev's instruction and gives Gurudev's conception properly."
Download the audio (3.9 Mb, 11 min | 13 October 2018)

 

Fri, 19 October 2018:
ভক্ত-সঙ্গে ও গুরুর কৃপায় (ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রীল ভক্তি নির্ম্মল আচার্য্য মহারাজের হরি-কথামৃত)
"আমরা আজকে গুরুপাদপদ্মের কৃপায় খুব সুন্দর ভাবে গুরুপাদপদ্মের কথা ইংরেজিতে বলেছিলাম সাধুসঙ্গ সম্বন্ধে এবং আমরা কী ভাবে মায়া দেবীকে অতিক্রম করতে পারি : 'মায়ারে করিয়া জয় ছাড়ান না যায় সাধু-গুরুর কৃপা বিনা না দেখি উপায় ।'"
ডাউনলোড অডিও (5.7 Mb, 16 min | ১৫ অক্টোবর ২০১৮)

 

Sat, 20 October 2018: (Sri Papankusha Ekadashi)
Proper Adjustment
"We cannot understand properly what is necessary for our spiritual life because we are always attacked by the illusory environment—we work under Maya, and Maya always tries to remove us from our service: we always think about kanak, kamini, pratistha."
Download the audio (2 Mb, 6 min | 14 October 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

 

Sun, 21 October 2018: (Disappearance of Srila Raghunath Das Goswami, Srila Raghunath Bhatta Goswami, Srila Krishnadas Kaviraj Goswami)
Strongest Faith
"There are different kinds of faith—kamala-sraddha, taranga-sraddha, drdha sraddha, sudrdha sraddha. Depending on what kind of faith you have, that kind of devotion will come to you. Not everybody has the same faith for the Lord, for the Guru."
Download the audio (2.4 Mb, 7 min | 14 October 2018)

 


In honour of Srila Raghunath Das Goswami, Srila Raghunath Bhatta Goswami, Srila Krishnadas Kaviraj Goswami:

Raghunath Das Goswami's Path
"We have no qualification to serve the Vaishnavs. If we do not got mercy from Vaishnavs, we cannot get service from the Vaishnavs. That is why we always make Vaishnavs' disappearance festivals and remember such days."
Download (3.7 Mb, 9 min | 8 October 2011)

Highest Designation
"We do not want to be a master, we do not want to be a Guru—we want to be a servant of the servant. This is the most important thing in our spiritual life. If we can become a servant of a Vaishnav, that is the highest, that is the best qualification..."
Download (1.3 Mb, 3 min | 8 October 2011)

Raghunath Das Goswami's Pastimes: Nectar of Devotion
"In Mahaprabhu's time, and even after that, everybody wanted to be a servant. Das Goswami Prabhu, Jiva Goswami Prabhu, and others, were all servants. If you hear about Srila Raghunath Das Goswami's pastimes you will get nectar."
Download (1.8 Mb, 4 min | 8 October 2011)

Humble and Chaste Service
"Wherever they are living now, we only want them to allow us to serve their associates, associates of our Gurudev, and our Guru. We do not want to enter their party, but we only want their service as a dog..."
Download (2.4 Mb, 6 min | 8 October 2011)

Bhukti, Mukti, Bhakti
What is mukti and what is bhakti? His Divine Grace Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj is reading from Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Adi-lila, Chapters 8 and 10, noting the exceptional character of devotion of Srila Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami and Srila Raghunath Das Goswami.
Download the audio (8 Mb, 17 min | 6 November 2010)

Two Oceans of Pastimes
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj is speaking about the glories and pastimes of Srila Raghunath Das Goswami and Srila Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami on their disappearance day.
Download the audio (2.8 Mb, 9 min | 5 October 2014)

Wholehearted Engagement
"This day is a day of Vaishnav seva. Srila Raghunath Das Goswami Prabhu taught us what must be the quality of a Vaishnav and what must be the quality of your practising. What Das Goswami Prabhu showed, how he himself practised, is an example for us."
Download (2.7 Mb, 8 min | 9 October 2011)

 


Prayers to Sri Vaishnav Thakur:

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: 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: 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?"

 

Mon, 22 October 2018:
Beneficial Association
"What is association? What is good association? Sadhus always speak about Krishna-katha, Bhagavat-katha, about spiritual things. Bad association means you should not listen so much to gossips, do not listen to others criticising Vaishnavs."
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Sri Vyasa Puja Festival: Bokaro
(10 October 2018 | 18 photographs, 1.3 Mb)
Sharing photographs taking during the grand celebration of the divine appearance of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj in Bokaro, Jharkhand, earlier this month.

 

 

Tue, 23 October 2018:
Sincerity in Service
"We must understand what is favourable to devotion and accept it, and we must reject what is unfavourable to devotion. Sincerity, nistha, means when you do something, you must do it properly and do it regularly."
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Wed, 24 October 2018: (Beginning of Sri Kartik Month)
Association: Root of (Mis?)fortune
"First we must understand what is good association, what is bad association. When somebody is talking to you, what kind of talk are they doing? Is it actually beneficial to your spiritual life or harmful? Those who are always covered by the illusory environment cannot understand their Guru, their Gurudev's mercy."
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Kartik Month: Sri Sri Siksastakam
The eight verses spoken by Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and the songs by Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur written on those verses. These songs are chanted at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math during the Kartik month. Complete texts and the audio recordings of Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj singing the songs.

Attend to Kirtan—Attain Kirtan
"Who can understand these songs? We cannot even understand 'trnad api sunichena...' then can we proceed to the other songs? If we want to chant the Name of Krishna, then we must become like this—trnad api sunichena...—as we sing in this kirtan."
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Thu, 25 October 2018:
Improving Spiritual Life
"We do not think what is the service to the sadhu, what is the sadhu's priority. What for have we come to Krishna consciousness? We must first see to our spiritual life, we must not think about our material interest—we must follow Gurudev's instruction."
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Fri, 26 October 2018:
Rusty and Nasty
"What is spiritual life service? The main thing is that you must make your Gurudev happy. If we see how our Guru-varga preach Krishna consciousness, what they do to make their Gurudev happy, how they serve their Gurudev, then we can understand what service is."
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Sat, 27 October 2018:
What Is Service?
"Even if it looks like worship, but if it is what our mind tells us to do, it is not bhajan—service is serving Guru and Vaishnavs under the guidance of Guru and Vaishnavs; without guidance of the Guru it is not service."
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Sun, 28 October 2018:
Learn Siddhanta
"How much our Guru-varga has been trying to teach proper Krishna consciousness, to teach proper etiquette! Take Gurudev's instruction, take his association and you will become a proper devotee."
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Mon, 29 October 2018: (Disappearance of Srila Narottam Das Thakur)
শরণাগতের অর্থ (ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রীল ভক্তি নির্ম্মল আচার্য্য মহারাজের হরি-কথামৃত)
"আপনি আপনার কাজ করুন—যা কিছু করবেন, সব কিছু ভগবানের জন্যই করবেন । তাঁকে চিন্তা করে কাজ করুন । যদি শরণাগতি না হয়, আমাদের কিছু হবে না ।"
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Srila Narottam Das Thakur's Separation
"How did he leave his body? It was unbelievable. It happened on the panchami (fifth) day of the Kartik month, that is today... One day, he was chanting and the devotees could see that he was saying, 'I want to go, I want to go.' He said this in front of everybody..."
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"We have no quality, no qualification to serve the Vaishnavs. If we do not got mercy from Vaishnavs, we cannot acquire, or get, service from the Vaishnavs. That is why we always make Vaishnavs' tirobhav (disappearance) festivals and remember such days.

"We are praying to that Vaishnav Thakur [Srila Narottam Das Thakur], 'Wherever you are staying, Prabhu, wherever you are living now, we want to serve your servant! We want to serve your servant's servant.' We pray we can get some mercy and can serve him, can protect his line and preach about him."

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, please deliver Narottam this time!"

Ei-bara karuna kara | এইবার করুণা কর
"O worshippable Vaisnava, be merciful to me this time. In every birth I aspire for the dust of your feet."

Thakura vaisnava-gana | ঠাকুর বৈষ্ণবগণ
"Narottam Das says, 'Seeing and hearing about my situation, I am stricken with fear. Please rescue me and keep me by your side.'"

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

Nitai-pada kamala
"Always aspire for Nitai's feet. Narottam is very sad: 'O Nitai! Make me happy. Keep me beside your reddish feet.'"

Sri Krsna Chaitanya Prabhu daya kara more
"O Srinivas Acharya Prabhu! Be merciful! Narottam Das prays for the association of Ramachandra Kaviraj."

Gaurangera Duti Pada
"Whether he lives in a house or in the forest, Narottam Das begs for the association of one who calls, 'O Gauranga!'"

Sri-rupa-manjari-pada | শ্রীরূপমঞ্জরী-পদ
"O Rupa! Please be merciful to me, give me shelter at your lotus feet. Narottam is praying for your shelter."

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."

Hari haraye nama krsna | হরি হরয়ে নমঃ কৃষ্ণ
"Aspiring for the lotus feet of Sri Guru and the Vaisnavas, Narottam Das chants the Holy Name."

 

Narottam Das Thakur: Our Guru, Our Protector, Our Shelter
"Narottam Das Thakur is our Guru-varga. If you think how much he tried to preach, you will wonder, 'How is it possible?' You can understand how much he preached and how he protected our line if you think about his songs."
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Srila Narottam Das Thakur: Bona Fide Benefactor
"Who will you call a Guru? A Guru is not someone whose profession is to make disciples, who only takes your money. The Guru gives a conception, gives some wealth, property, with which you can go to your real home..."
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In Praise of Srila Narottam Das Thakur [From Affectionate Guidance]
"Today is the Disappearance Day of Srila Narottam Thakur, so I would like to say a few words to glorify him. Before Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur most of the Vaisnava songs came from Srila Narottam Thakur. But although he wrote many beautiful songs of devotion, Narottam Das Thakur was not just a song writer, he was a great pandit and more than that, he was a devotee of Sri Chaitanyadev."

 

Tue, 30 October 2018: (Disappearance of Srila Bhakti Vichar Jajavar Maharaj)
Damodar Month
"This Kartik month (Damodar month) is Krishna's dearmost month. There is Radha-Damodar temple near our Vrindavan temple and every Kartik we go for parikrama in Vrindavan. This year also we have a great wish to start Vrindavan parikrama in Damodar month."
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In honour of Sripad B.V. Jajavar Maharaj:

— { 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..."
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—: INVITATION :—
Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj's Appearance Festival

The holy appearance day of our supremely worshippable Om Vishnupad Sri Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, the founder and eternal guardian of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, falls on 2 November 2018 (Friday) this year. We would like to extend a cordial invitation to all devotees and friends to join us in the special worship, lecture, reading of scriptures, kirtan, glorification, bhoga offering, prasad distribution, and other practices of pure devotion on this holy festival that shall be held under the guidance and in the shelter of the lotus feet of Om Vishnupad Jagad Guru Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj at our Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math in India and all worldwide centres.

Some preparations that are known to be favourite to His Divine Grace include: natural orange juice (with just a little sugar), cholar dahl (split chickpea dal), alu bhaja (deep-fried potato), muri, puri/luchi with alu bhaja, aloo dum, samosa, pineapple chutney, puspanna, chaunsa mango.

Make the Festival, with Heart and Soul
"I am telling to everyone who is staying in the temple, to every centre: you must make a festival for Srila Sridhar Maharaj. If you want to show that you want to serve Srila Sridhar Maharaj, then make a good festival on this day."
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Wed, 31 October 2018:
Damodarastakam
"We sing Damodarastakam about the pastimes of the Lord written by Satyavrata Muni every Kartik month. That is a very important song in our spiritual life."
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Kartik Month:

Sri Sri Siksastakam
The eight verses spoken by Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and the songs by Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur written on those verses. These songs are chanted at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math during the Kartik month. Complete texts and the audio recordings of Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj singing the songs.

Sri Sri Damodarastakam
"To the Supreme Lord, whose form is the embodiment of eternal existence, knowledge, and bliss, whose shark-shaped earrings are swinging to and fro, who is beautifully shining in the divine realm of Gokula, who is quickly running from the wooden grinding mortar in fear of Mother Yasoda, but who has been caught from behind by her who ran after Him with greater speed—to that Supreme Lord, Sri Damodara, I offer my humble obeisances."
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Recognising Guru: What Is Your Obstacle?
'Brother, you see Bhakti Vinod Thakur as your father, but I see him as my spiritual master. That is the difference. What you see is a father (baba), and that is the obstacle (badha) that prevents you from getting Radharani (Radha).'

 

Sri Sri Prema-Vivarta
“[Sensualists] eat fancy food, wear fancy clothes, and accumulate immense wealth. Attached to the company of women, such fools roam about night and day searching for a mansion with a fancy bed.”

Gurudev's last word was, 'Do not see his fault, love him.'

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