MONTHLY ARCHIVE OF UPDATES

JANUARY 2019

 

Tue, 1 January 2019: (Saphala Ekadashi)
Visiting Kadigachha Temple (1 January 2019 | 6 photographs, 0.5 Mb)
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj visits the temple in Kadigachha and supervises the rapid progress of the finishing construction of Lord Siva's temple.

 

Glimpse of Sri Ekachakra Dham
(1 January 2019 | 11 photographs, 1.4 Mb)
Sharing photographs taken this afternoon around the serene surroundings of the temple of Sri Sri Guru Gaura Nityananda Prabhu at Sri Ekachakra Dham.

 

Guidance, Issue #17 (EPUB file, 0.9 Mb)
An ePub file for offline reading on mobile phones and tablets containing the lectures of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj published here from October to December 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)
Issue #16, 2018/3 (ePub file, 0.9 Mb)
Special Edition: Sri Rupa-Sanatan Siksa (ePub, 0.8 Mb)

 

 

— · Invitation · —

ullanghyanghrim hi yasyakhila-bhajana-katha
svapnavach chaiva mithya
sri-nityananda-chandram patita-sarana-dam
gaura-dam tam bhaje 'ham

"By neglecting the lotus feet of Nityananda Prabhu all sadhana or bhajan (spiritual practices, services or worship) become an illusion, just like a dream. I worship and adore with all my heart that gracious giver of Sri Gaura, the benevolent bestower of His shelter to the fallen souls—Sri Nityanandachandra."
Dear Vaishnavs, Devotees, and Friends,
On behalf of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj, we humbly bow at your holy feet and extend a cordial invitation to please come and join the annual Festival of Sriman Nityananda Prabhu's appearance day that is manifest on 15-17 February 2019 this year and shall be held at Sri Ekachakra Dham.
Special programmes of worship, kirtan, parikrama, lectures, prasad distribution, as well as many other devotional activities will be held during the Festival. We shall feel obliged to have the kind company of you and your friends to enhance this great annual festival at our Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math Temple in Sri Ekachakra Dham, as well as the branches worldwide.

Sri Ekachakra Dham
Sree Chaitanya Saraswata
Krishnanushilana Sangha,
Garbhabas, Birchandrapur, Birbhum,
West Bengal, PIN 731245
Phone: +91 9836051708

If you have any enquiries,
you can get in touch with us at
info.at.scsmathinternational.com


Festival in 2015:

Adhivas (am)
Adhivas (noon)
Adhivas (pm)
Appearance Day

Festival in 2016:

Arrival
Appearance Day

Festival in 2017:

Arriving
Sri Varaha Dvadasi
Appearance Day
Final Day

Festival in 2018:

Arriving
Morning, Noon
Evening
Sri Adhivas Day
Morning
Parikrama
Noon Programme


 

Wed, 2 January 2019:
Depend On Your Guru
"Krishna has given all His power to our Gurudev, and all you need to do is to listen properly to his advice, his order. We are not independent. If we do some service under the guidance of Guru and Vaishnav, then we can realise everything properly."
Download the audio (2.1 Mb, 6 min | 17 October 2018)

Полагайтесь на гуру [17 октября 2018 г.]
«Кришна наделил Гурудева всей Своей силой, и все, что вам нужно, — это как следует слушать его совет, его указание. Мы не независимы. Если мы будем служить под руководством Гуру и вайшнавов, тогда мы сможем понять все как следует».

 

Thu, 3 January 2019:
Greatest Gift
"Who can understand the extent of Nityananda Prabhu's help to us? We can understand easily how merciful Gurudev is, how kind Gurudev is to us. He is giving us, presenting us such good things. We must only accept it."
Download the audio (2.4 Mb, 7 min | 17 October 2018)

Величайший дар [17 октября 2018 г.]
«Кто способен понять, как сильно Нитьянанда Прабху помогает нам? Мы можем с легкостью понять, как милостив Гурудев, как добр Гурудев по отношению к нам. Он дает, дарит нам такие хорошие вещи. Мы лишь должны принять их».

 

Fri, 4 January 2019:
Pure Surrender—Key to Pure Solution
"We should not bargain with the Guru—when Gurudev tells you something, you should listen properly and show with your action, with your service that you are a proper servitor of your Guru. You must show your Guru with your actions, 'I am not independent.'"
Download the audio (3.1 Mb, 9 min | 17 October 2018)

Чистое предание: ключ к чистому решению [17 октября 2018 г.]
«Мы не должны торговаться с Гуру: когда Гурудев говорит вам что-то, вы должны слушать как следует и показывать своими поступками, своим служением, что вы действительно слуга своего Гуру. Вы должны своими поступками показать Гуру, что „Я не независим“».

 

Sat, 5 January 2019:
Visiting Sri Godavari (Kovvur) (Day Three)
(5 January 2019 | 38 photographs, 3.5 Mb)
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj visits Sri Ramananda Gaudiya Math and the holy bank of Sri Godavari River on the third day of his South Indian preaching tour. There, His Divine Grace graces the fortunate souls with the extensive narrations of exclusive pastimes of Raya Ramananda and Sriman Mahaprabhu.

Evening Programme (Day Two)
(4 January 2019 | 24 photographs, 1.8 Mb)
The second day of the South Indian finishes with arati, kirtans, and a lively evening class at the house of Sri Padmavati Devi Dasi.

 

Preaching in Mangalagiri (Day Two)
(4 January 2019 | 39 photographs, 3.5 Mb)
In the afternoon on the second day, devotees take His Divine Grace to Mangalagiri, about twenty-five kilometres to the south-west of Vijayawada to visit the temples of Lord Nrisinghadev and Sriman Mahaprabhu.

Preaching in Vijayawada (Day One)
(3 January 2019 | 10 photographs, 1 Mb)
After quite a few years, His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj travels again to Andhra Pradesh (South India) on a preaching tour in the company of Their Holinesses Sripad B.N. Shanta Maharaj, Sripad B.V. Muni Maharaj, Sripad B.A. Paramarthik Maharaj and a few accompanying servitors. Sharing photographs from the first evening programme hosted by Sripad Venkata Krishna Prabhu.

 

Sun, 6 January 2019: (Appearance of Srila Lochan Das Thakur)
Turning Homebound
"We use our life to do nonsense thinking that we will go to heaven... This is not right because we all have come from the same family. We are now separate, going here and there because of our karma, but we must remember that we must get to our destination."
Download the audio (1.5 Mb, 4 min | 18 October 2018)

Разворачиваемся домой [18 октября 2018 г.]
«Мы тратим жизнь на несуразные вещи, думая, что попадем в рай... Это неправильно, потому что мы все из одной и той же семьи. Сейчас мы разрознены и скитаемся от места к месту из-за кармы, но мы должны помнить о том, что мы все должны добраться до нашей цели».

 

Lectures from South India (January 2012), published here earlier:

Vaishnav-Seva: Highlight of Life
"You must always do Vaishnav seva—without service to the Vaishnavs we cannot proceed in our spiritual life. How can you do Vaishnav seva? Vaishnav seva means following the order and advice that a Vaishnav gives you."
Download the audio (2.1 Mb, 6 min)

Tracing Our Roots
"We have all come from the same family. Wake up! This is not your real home! How many days will you stay here? We have all come from the same place—you have come from Me, and I have come to take you there!"
Download the audio (3 Mb, 9 min)

Serve, Chant, Remember
"We keep coming and going, we are always changing our address, but now that we have got a human body. If a fortunate soul can take and chant the Holy Name, they can go to their real home, it will not be necessary for them to suffer any more."
Download the audio (1.4 Mb, 4 min)

This Is Your Medicine, Take It
"So, I am praying to everybody—Mahaprabhu brought Harinam-sankirtan, this is your medicine, take it. If you take this medicine, you will be rescued from this world. When you get a good doctor and good medicine, your disease will be removed. How is it possible?"
Download the audio (1.1 Mb, 4 min)

Devotion to Devotees
"You must serve the devotees. Gurudev said, 'If you serve devotees, Krishna will come and serve you.' Why is it necessary to take initiation, why is it necessary to take a Guru? Why do we go to the temple?"
Download the audio (1.9 Mb, 6 min)

Priceless Wealth
"Many years ago, there was one brahmin who worshipped Lord Siva. One day, Lord Siva became very happy with his meditation and asked him, 'What do you want?' The brahmin said, 'I want some money'"...
Download the audio (1 Mb, 3 min)

Captured by Heart, Not Kartals
"You know that Radharani did not study at Cambridge or Oxford University—simply through service, through chanting, She captured the heart of Krishna. When you go to Goloka Vrindavan, there will be no kartals, no mridanga, only clapping and chanting."
Download the audio (0.7 Mb, 2 min)

Power of Surrender—and Faith
"The Lord can change everything. You think something is impossible, but nothing is impossible, anything can happen. But it all depends upon your faith. If you have the strongest faith and you surrender fully, then you will get a real benefit."
Download the audio (2.1 Mb, 6 min)

Initiation—Surrender of Heart
"If somebody wants to take this Holy Name, I am ready—Gurudev gave me this position to serve you all. It is not necessary to bring money, you can bring a few fruits, this is sufficient. We are not asking anyone for money—we are asking for your love and affection."
Download the audio (4.6 Mb, 14 min | Class + Kirtan)

Cultivate Your Heart
"It is necessary to cultivate your heart, to make it fertile. You have got a good seed, and you must increase, must grow your bhakti-lata-bij through sravanam-kirtanam. Only by chanting the Holy Name can you get the real benefit and go to your real home..."
Download (1.6 Mb, 5 min)

A Shift In Objective
"Worshipping Lord Ramachandra was in Treta-yuga, but we live not in Treta-yuga—we live in Kali-yuga and we must know what is the dharma of Kali-yuga. It is not like the tradition to come to a temple, pay dandavat and go. We must practise properly."
Download (1.4 Mb, 4 min)

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

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

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

 

Mon, 7 January 2019:
Price for the Advantage
"There are so many faults in the age of Kali, but there is also one great quality in it: Krishna Himself comes in the form of His Name. If we take shelter of the Holy Name—if we chant properly, without offence—then we can understand the real truth."
Download the audio (1.1 Mb, 3 min | 18 October 2018)

Morning in Vijayawada (Day Four)
(6 January 2019 | 15 photographs, 1.4 Mb)
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj gives first and second initiations and after prasadam leaves for the next city scheduled for his South Indian tour.

 

Arriving in Masulipatnam (Day Four)
(6 January 2019 | 26 photographs, 2 Mb)
His Divine Grace arrives in Masulipatnam and continues the preaching tour with the incessant merciful flow of Hari-katha and sankirtan, carrying the victorious banner of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math door to door, heart to heart: "As long as I have life in this body, I will go door to door telling, 'Krsna bolo, sange chala, ei matra bhiksa chai. I am begging you for one thing only: come with us and chant 'Krishna'! Come, come for Nabadwip Dham parikrama in the association of devotees!"

Цена преимущества [18 октября 2018 г.]
«В эпоху Кали существует множество недостатков, но в ней также есть и одно великое достоинство: Кришна Сам лично приходит в облике Святого Имени. Если мы примем прибежище в этом Святом Имени (если будем повторять Его правильно, без оскорблений), тогда мы сможем понять настоящую истину».

 

Tue, 8 January 2019:
At Mangalagiri (1)
"After Mahaprabhu took darshan of Nrisinghadev, He sat here at this place—you can see here the footprints of Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur established this place. We are very fortunate to have come here."
Download the audio (1.1 Mb, 3 min | 4 January 2019)

В Мангалагири (1) [4 января 2019 г.]
«После даршана Нрисингхадева Махапрабху сидел здесь в этом месте. Вы можете увидеть здесь отпечатки стоп Господа Шри Чайтаньи Махапрабху. Этот храм открыл Шрила Бхактисиддханта Сарасвати Тхакур. Мы очень удачливы, что пришли сюда».

 

Wed, 9 January 2019: (Disappearance of Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhu)
Sarveswar and Nirgun Krishna
"When we are born, our mothers tell me, 'This is your father,' and we believe it because only the mother knows who the father is. In the same way, we must believe properly what the scriptures say."
Download the audio (2 Mb, 6 min | 18 October 2018)

Last Programme in Vijayawada (Day Six)
(8 January 2019 | 17 photographs, 1 Mb)
Photographs taken during the last day of the South Indian tour: His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj visits devotees' home with sankirtan and gives the last evening class at the house of Srivas Prabhu before going back to West Bengal.

 

Сарвешвар и ниргуна Кришна [18 октября 2018 г.]
«Когда мы рождаемся, мама говорит нам: „Это твой отец“, — и мы верим этому, потому что только мать знает, кто отец. Точно так же мы должны верить как следует и тому, что говорят писания».

 


In honour of Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhu:

—: Pranam mantra of Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhu :—

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

 

Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhu
"I have no power to say what kind of devotion to his Guru Jiva Goswami had. Jiva Goswami's service cannot be compared to anyone's service. Whatever order he would get, he would place it on his head and do it all the time—his mind never went to any other place."
Download the audio (8 Mb, 23 min)

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."
or Download the audio (0.6 Mb, 2 min)

Protected Journey
Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj explains the pranam-mantra of Srila Jiva Goswami in the book Dignity of the Divine Servitor: "I offer my full dandavats unto the lotus feet of Srila Jiva Goswami who is the protector of our spiritual life. He rescues us from the whole illusory environment..."

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

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

 

Thu, 10 January 2019:
Primary Realisation
"What is the difference between those previous birds' and beasts' bodies and this human body? Krishna has sent us to a human body and He is examining us, He wants to see what we do after that. Some may see no difference..."
Download the audio (2.3 Mb, 7 min | 3 January 2019)

Первостепенное осознание [3 января 2019 г.]
«В чем разница между все предыдущими телами птиц и животных и этим человеческим телом? Кришна отправил нас в человеческое тело, и Он проверяет нас: Он хочет увидеть, что мы станем делать дальше. Кто-то, возможно, не видит никакой разницы...»

 

Fri, 11 January 2019:
Our Mission
"What message have I come to give you? I want to try to give you the message of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur, of our Gurudev and our Guru Maharaj. I want to give you the Hidden Treasure of the Sweet Absolute."
Download the audio (2 Mb, 6 min | 3 January 2019)

Наша миссия [3 января 2019 г.]
«Какое послание я приехал донести до вас? Я хочу постараться донести до вас то послание, которое несли Шрила Бхактисиддханта Сарасвати Тхакур, наш Гурудев и наш Гуру Махарадж. Я хочу дать вам „Скрытое сокровище Милого Абсолюта“».

 

Sat, 12 January 2019:
Arrival at Sri Ganga Sagar Math
(11 January 2019 | 19 photographs, 1.5 Mb)
Tirelessly continuing the preaching programmes, His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj sets off for Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math in Sri Ganga Sagar to observe the Deity installation festival. The devotees in Ganga Sagar have the joy of having His Divine Grace's darshan and association mostly only once a year, so this visit has been long awaited.

 

 

Sun, 13 January 2019: (Sriman Mahaprabhu leaves Nabadwip tonight to go to Katwa)
Sri Ganga Sagar Anniversary Mahotsav
(11 January 2019 | 38 photographs, 3.2 Mb)
Photographs from the festival in Sri Ganga Sagar Math observed at the holy lotus feet of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj in honour of the fourth anniversary of the temple inauguration: kirtans, class, arati and prasad-seva are among the many services devotees take part in on this auspicious day, a few devotees also receive first and second initiations.

 


Today:
"Just the day before He left to take sannyasa, from the afternoon until the evening, there was a spontaneous gathering of devotees in the home of Nimai Pandita. Nimai, knowing that early the next morning He would leave Navadwipa to take sannyasa, attracted His followers in such a way that almost every leading devotee came to see Him that evening..." (Continue reading >>>)

 

Mon, 14 January 2019:
Enjoyer, Controller, Provider
"Everything in this world exists for the Lord's enjoyment. Because of our ego we think these things are my things. Nothing in this world is yours. If you think that everything belongs to you and enjoy with everything, it means that you are attacked by Maya Devi."
Download the audio (1.8 Mb, 5 min | 3 January 2019)

Наслаждается, контролирует и заботится [3 января 2019 г.]
«Все в этом мире существует для наслаждения Бога. Из-за эго мы все время думаем, что что-то принадлежит мне. Ничто в этом мире не принадлежит вам. Если вы думаете, что все принадлежит вам, и вы наслаждаетесь всем, это означает, что вы находитесь под влиянием Майи Деви».

 


Today:
"According to solar calculation, it was on the day of Makara-sankranti, an auspicious conjunction of the stars, that Nimai Pandita went to Katwa to take sannyasa, the renounced order of life. Many men flocked there, until a huge crowd gathered. The ordinary public was very much enraged. Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu began performing kirtana, and the angry mob grew, sometimes creating a disturbance. In this way the whole day passed with no decision..." (Continue reading >>>)


 

Tue, 15 January 2019: (Sriman Mahaprabhu takes sannyas)
Chalking Out the Path
"Neither heaven no hell is our permanent, proper place. We come from the Lord and we should go back home—back to home, back to Godhead. Through the service to the Lord, to the Guru and Vaishnavs, you can go to your real place, which is Goloka."
Download the audio (0.9 Mb, 3 min | 3 January 2019)

Намеченный путь [3 января 2019 г.]
«Ни рай, ни ад не являются нашим постоянным, настоящим местом. Мы произошли от Бога, и мы должны вернуться обратно домой: назад домой, назад к Богу. Благодаря служению Богу, благодаря служению гуру, вайшнавам, вы можете отправиться в настоящее место: Голоку».

 

In honour of Sriman Mahaprabhu's sannyas:


Today:
"According to solar calculation, it was on the day of Makara-sankranti, an auspicious conjunction of the stars, that Nimai Pandit went to Katwa to take sannyasa, the renounced order of life. The ordinary public was very much enraged, and Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu began performing kirtan, chanting Hare Krishna and dancing madly. And the angry mob grew, sometimes creating a disturbance. In this way, the whole day passed with no decision. The night passed in sankirtana. And the next day, Nimai's will prevailed, although there was still some opposition. Next afternoon, the sannyasa function began..." (Continue reading >>>)


 

Sannyas Lila: Roaming the Land
"Mahaprabhu would go in a zigzag way—sometimes He went to the East, sometimes to the West, and the devotees followed Him not knowing where He was going..."
Download the audio (7.5 Mb, 25 min)

Sri Nimai Sannyas (English, Bengali, an audio recording)
Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj's poem expressing the grief-stricken hearts of the residents of Nabadwip: "Vishvambhar, the son of Jagannath Mishra, who resides in Nabadwip, Sachi's Nimai, has taken sannyas. A tumult of cries filled the sky—Sachi's Nimai has taken sannyas!"

From Sri Sri Prema Dhama Deva Stotram:
laksa-lochanasru-varsa-harsa-kesa-kartanam
koti-kantha-krsna-kirtanadhya-danda-dharanam
nyasi-vesa-sarvadesa-ha-hutasa-kataram
prema-dhama-devam eva naumi gaura-sundaram

"Sri Gaurasundara departed from Nabadwip and went away to become a sannyasi (monk), leaving behind his family members and friends whose eyes were filled with tears. He accepted the staff and waterpot as his only possessions, the emblems of a renunciate. When his long hair was cut off and his head was shaved, thousands of voices sang the holy names. The devotee's eyes shed rivers of tears, since they knew he was going into the world and leaving them behind. From that time, whoever saw him in the red garments of a sannyasi cried out loud in grief. I sing with joy the unending glories of my sweet Lord, my golden Gaurasundara, the one and only divine abode of pure love."

 

Wed, 16 January 2019:
Help Yourself and Help Others
"You have twenty-four hours a day, but these twenty-four hours are not for you. When you join Krishna's family, you can engage yourself twenty-four hours a day for the Guru. Those who have initiation should not only chant themselves, but they should also preach."
Download the audio (0.8 Mb, 2 min | 3 January 2019)

Помогите себе и остальным [3 января 2019 г.]
«У вас в сутках есть двадцать четыре часа, но эти двадцать четыре часа — не для вас. Присоединившись к семье Кришны, вы можете задействовать себя двадцать четыре часа в сутки в служении Гуру. Те, кто получил посвящение, должны не только повторять Святое Имя сами, но еще и проповедовать».

 

— · Sri Gaura Purnima Festival Invitation · —
nadiya udayagiri purna-chandra gaura-hari
krpa kari ha-ila udaya
papa-tamo haila nasa, tri-jagatera ullasa,
jagabhari hari-dhvani haya
"By His causeless mercy the full moon Gaurahari arose in the district of Nadia, which is compared to Udayagiri, where the sun first becomes visible—His rising in the sky destroyed the darkness of sin; all three worlds became joyful and chanted the Holy Name of the Lord."

Dear respected Devotees, Friends and Well-Wishers,

On behalf of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj, the Sevaite-President Acharya of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, we are humbly bowing down at your holy feet and extending an invitation to join our Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math during the annual week-long grand festival celebrating the Divine Appearance of Lord Gaurasundar. The parikrama shall take place on 16-22 March 2019 this year. While attempts are being made to have the festival held at Sri Nabadwip Dham (the headquarters), in case this does not prove feasible as yet, the parikrama and all programmes shall be held in full while being based in Sri Nrisingha Palli as last year.

The programme and schedule of the Festival:

16 March Adhivas (eve) of the festival of Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama.
17‑20 March Parikrama of the nine islands of Sri Nabadwip Dham. Evening Hari-katha (classes) from the holy lotus mouth of Sri Gurupadpadma and Vaishnavs.
21 March Main Celebration: Sri Gaura Purnima Festival (divine appearance of Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu). Day-long Hari-katha, kirtans, reading from the scriptures, services around the temple. Fast until moonrise, followed by a special arati and prasad-seva.
22 March Anandotsav of Sri Jagannath Mishra.

Every year we anxiously await this very special festival and joyfully witness and partake in numerous devotional programmes and services. Offering worship, parikramas, kirtans, lectures, prasad-seva and many other devotional activities are held during these days. Bowing at your feet, we kindly request you to find it possible to come and join Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math for this week. We shall feel obliged to have your and your friends' kind company at this time.

Shall you have any enquiries or wish to notify us of your arrival, we will be happy to hear from you at info.at.scsmathinternational.com.

 

Thu, 17 January 2019: (Sri Putrada Ekadasi)
Making Offering: Have Heart, Follow Rules
"Service means you must arrange everything, then it will be proper service. You may have a good heart, but it is necessary to know some rules and regulations. When you make an aparadh you have to suffer for it."
Download the audio (0.9 Mb, 3 min | 3 January 2019)

Бхога: от сердца и по правилами [3 января 2019 г.]
«Служение означает, что вы должны все устроить, предоставить, тогда это будет правильным, настоящим служением. У вас может быть хорошее сердце, но необходимо также знать некоторые правила и предписания. Когда человек совершает апарадху (оскробление), ему приходится за это страдать».

 


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, 18 January 2019:
Primary Qualities of Devotee
"If you go door to door but you do not practise properly, householder people will not give even one rupee to you. You must practise properly, behave properly—you must become a devotee. 'Devotee' means following Mahaprabhu's teaching. We come to Krishna consciousness to please Gurudev—not to please ourselves."
Download the audio (1.1 Mb, 3 min | 3 January 2019)

Главные качества преданного [3 января 2019 г.]
«Если вы ходите от дома к дому, но при этом сами не практикуете как следует, тогда люди не дадут вам даже одну рупию. Поэтому вам нужно правильно практиковать, нужно вести себя правильно: вы должны стать преданным. „Преданный“ подразумевает следование учению Махапрабху. Мы приходим в сознание Кришны для того, чтобы удовлетворить Гурудева, а не для того, чтобы удовлетворить самих себя».

 

All Glory to Sri Sri Guru Gauranga

— · Sri Ratha Yatra & South India Pilgrimage · —

gaura amara ye-saba sthane
karala bhramana range
se-saba sthana heriba ami
pranayi-bhakata-sange

"In the company of loving devotees, I behold all the places my Gaurasundar roamed during His ecstatic Pastimes."

Most respected Vaishnavs, Devotees and Well-Wishers,

We are offering obeisance at your holy feet and extending this Letter of Invitation.

It was in late 1950s that His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj started pilgrimage tours to South India, for the service and pleasure of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. Following the footsteps of Sri Gurupadpadma, His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj, the current Successor President and Sevaite Acharya of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, is organising an extensive two weeks' tour of South India that shall include Sri Puri Dham Ratha-yatra annual pilgrimage. The dates of the tour are from 29 June 2019 to 13 July 2019. It is His Divine Grace's earnest and express desire that anyone wishing to join this Parikrama is most welcome to come.

The schedule of the Parikrama:

  • 29 June (Sat) — train Kolkata (Howrah)-Puri.
  • 30 June (Sun)–3 July (Wed) — parikrama of the holy places in Sri Puri Dham.
  • 4 July (Thu) — the grand chariot festival of Lord Jagannath, Baladev, Subhadra Mayi.
  • 5–13 July — South Indian tour by an A/C bus:
    • Kurmaksetra, Srikakulam, Simhachalam, Kovvur (Godavari), Vijayawada (Pana Nrisinghadev and Laksmi Nrisinghadev temples), Srisailam, Ahobilam (Temple of Nava-Nrisingha), Tirupati.
  • 12 July (Fri) — train Tirupati-Kolkata (devotees can also take a return flight from Tirupati).

Those who wish to join the holy Parikrama are humbly requested to get in touch with us via any of the email addresses below. The total cost to be contributed towards the tour is $260, which includes all travel and accommodation expenses during the tour.

We pray that you find an opportunity to bless us with your association for the entire tour or any part of it.

Dates
29 June 2019-13 July 2019
Contact address
info.at.scsmathinternational.com

 

Sat, 19 January 2019:
Preaching in Sundarpur
(18 January 2019 | 16 photographs, 1.4 Mb)
Honouring the invitation of the devotees, His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj comes to Sundarpur (Murshidabad district) to preach to the devotees and friends of the community and give several initiations to new devotees.

Arriving In Sri Ekachakra Dham
(18 January 2019 | 5 photographs, 0.4 Mb)
After Sundarpur, Sri Gurupadpadma travels to Sri Ekachakra Dham, a little further to the north. Arriving rather late in the evening, His Divine Grace takes the darshan of Sri Sri Guru Gaura Nityananda Prabhu and gives evening class before retiring to rest.

 

Sun, 20 January 2019:
Purpose of Surrender
"You think, 'I am suffering from so many problems, so I must surrender to the Lord'—this is not devotion. You should surrender with heart and soul, with the devotion. You must surrender to the Lord to love the Lord."
Download the audio (1.1 Mb, 4 min | 3 January 2019)

Смысл предания [3 января 2019 г.]
«Вы думаете: „У меня так много проблем, я так страдаю, поэтому я должен предаться Богу“, — это не преданность. Предаваться нужно всей душой и сердцем, с преданностью. Предоваться нужно для того, чтобы любить Бога».

 

Preaching Day: Ekachakra—Ishwarpur—Bolpur
(19 January 2019 | 28 photographs, 2.2 Mb)
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj sets off from Sri Ekachakra Dham in the morning to attend further preaching programmes organised by the devotees in Ishwarpur and Bolpur, about 40 km and 60 km to the south of Sri Ekachakra Dham, respectively. His Divine Grace went there last time a year ago, so the devotees are overjoyed to have the darshan of the holy lotus feet of His Divine Grace and hear his Hari-katha.

 

Mon, 21 January 2019:
Always Chant the Holy Name
"Mind is always naughty, it always wants something. When your mind is disturbing you, loudly chant the Hare Krishna maha-mantra, then your mind will concentrate on the Lord."
Download the audio (1.4 Mb, 4 min | 3 January 2019)

Всегда повторяйте Святое Имя [3 января 2019 г.]
«Ум всегда непослушен, он всегда что-то хочет. Когда вас беспокоит ум, громко повторяйте маха-мантру Харе Кришна, тогда ум сосредоточится на Боге».

 

Tue, 22 January 2019:
Learn and Practise
"How will you serve the Lord? Come to the dearmost servitor of your Guru and surrender to that kind of Vaishnav—he can give you proper guidance. Read the books, pray to the Lord, and in that way you can remember the Lord. The best practice is sravan and kirtan."
Download the audio (1.3 Mb, 4 min | 3 January 2019)

Учитесь и практикуйте [3 января 2019 г.]
«Как служить Богу? Приходите к тому, кто является самым дорогим слугой вашего Гуру, и предавайтесь такому вайшнаву, он даст вам правильные наставления. Читайте книги, молитесь Богу, и таким образом помнить о Нем. Лучшая практика — это шраван и киртан».

 

Wed, 23 January 2019:
কৃষ্ণভক্তি বা গুরুভক্তি ?
"ভূল সিদ্ধান্ত নিয়ে কোন সময় চলবে না । অধিকার আগে অর্জন করতে হবে । আমাদের গুরু-ভক্ত হতে হবে, গৌর-ভক্ত হতে হবে, রাধারাণীর ভক্ত হতে হবে, তারপর তো কৃষ্ণভক্ত হব । আমরা কৃষ্ণপ্রেমদান পাব তো দূরের কথা, ব্রজগোপীদের দাসী হতে পারলাম না আর আমরা বলি কৃষ্ণপ্রেমদান পাব । হবে না ।"
Download the audio (24.1 Mb, 67 min | 18 January 2019 | Bengali)

 

Thu, 24 January 2019: (Appearance of Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami Prabhu)
At Mangalagiri (2)
"We come to preach Krishna consciousness in South India because Gurudev wanted this preaching in South India. We have visited some places here today, but actually we have no eyes. How can I see Lord Nrisingha, Pana Nrisingha or Laksmi Nrisingha?"
Download the audio (3.1 Mb, 9 min | 4 Jan. 2019 | Hari-katha + Kirtan)

В Мангалагири (2) [4 января 2019 г.]
«Мы приезжаем в Южную Индию проповедовать сознание Кришны, потому что Гурудев хотел, чтобы была эта проповедь в Южной Индии. Мы сегодня посетили некоторые места, но на самом деле у нас нет глаз. Как мы можем увидеть Господа Нрисингхадева, Панака Нрисингхадева или Лакшми Нрисингхадева?»

 


 

In honour of Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami Prabhu:

Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami's Miracle
"You have heard about the Deity of Sri Radha-Raman in Vrindavan. When Gopal Bhatta Goswami lived in Vrindavan, he every day worshipped twelve pieces of Govardhan sila..."
Download the audio (1 Mb, 3 min | 7 September 2013 | Bengali)

SONG: Sri Sad-Goswamy-Astakam | শ্রীশ্রীষড়্­গোস্বাম্যষ্টকম্
"I offer my respectful obeisances unto the Six Goswamis, namely Sri Rupa Goswami, Sri Sanatan Goswami, Sri Raghunath Bhatta Goswami, Sri Raghunath Das Goswami, Sri Jiva Goswami, and Sri Gopala Bhatta Goswami, who are always engaged in chanting the Holy Name of Krishna and dancing. They are just like the ocean of love of God, and they are popular both with the gentle and with the ruffians, because they are not envious of anyone. Whatever they do, they are all-pleasing to everyone, and they are fully blessed by Lord Chaitanya. Thus they are engaged in missionary activities meant to deliver all the conditioned souls in the material universe."

SONG: 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."

 


In honour of Srila Ramachandra Kaviraj's disappearance:

Power of Good Association
"You must see the sadhu with your ears. Every day you sing, 'Ramachandra-sanga mage Narottama Dasa: Narottam Das prays for the association of Ramachandra Kaviraj.' What does this mean? Why does Narottam Das always ask for the association of Ramachandra?"
Download the audio (1 Mb, 3 min | 12 March 2017 | Gaura Purnima)

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

SONG: Ye anila prema-dhana | যে আনিল প্রেমধন
"Where are my Raghunath Bhatta and Gopal Bhatta? Where is my Ramachandra Kaviraj? Where has the great dancer Sri Gauranga suddenly gone?"

 


In honour of Sripad Yadavendu Bhakti Chandan's disappearance:

Sripad Yadavendu Bhakti Chandan [GaudiyaDarshan.com]
"...He was a senior man, he was very experienced and honourable, but he treated me with humility and all his other good qualities. Later, I was his servant for one month in Vrindavan. Sometimes Srila Guru Maharaj told me, 'In the evening, give him a garland.' Guru Maharaj gave him the title 'Bhakti Chandan'."

In Remembrance of Sri Bhakti Chandan Prabhu [GaudiyaDarshan.com]
"Today, being separated from the direct affection of Srimat Yadavendu Bhakti Chandan Prabhu, we are bearing jewel-less hearts. Personally, I received so much of his auspicious association. When we have teeth, we do not understand their value. Today, if I could meet him again, then, just by getting a touch of his good association, I would attain even greater good fortune."

 

Fri, 25 January 2019:
নিত্য সন্ধানের সার
"সাৎগুরুর চরণে আশ্রয় হয়ে যদি নিত্যানন্দের ভগজ করি, গৌরাঙ্গের ভজন করি, বৈষ্ণব আনুগত্যে তাঁর সেবা করতে পারি, কৃষ্ণভহির্মুখ জীবকে এই পথে এনে তাঁদের সঙ্গে গিয়ে নিতাইগৌর হরিবল বলে যদি আমরা সেখানে পৌঁছাতে পারি, তাহলে আমাদের আর কোন দিন এই জন্মমৃত্যুজরাব্যাধি ভোগ করতে হবে না ।"
Download the audio (4.8 Mb, 14 min | 17 October 2018 | Bengali)

 

Sat, 26 January 2019:
Sri Ekachakra Dham 2018: Enthusiasm for Service
"It is necessary to do eternal daily service with sincerity. 'How can I use myself in the service of the lotus feet of my Gurudev? What service can be done through me?' We must think about this at every moment. We must live thinking about this."
Download the audio (2.1 Mb, 6 min | 27 January 2018 | Bengali)

Рвение служить
«Необходимо заниматься ежедневным служением с искренностью. „Как я могу использовать себя в служении лотосным стопам Гурудева? Какое при помощи меня можно сделать служение?“ — мы должны думать об этом каждую секунду».

 

Previous parts of this class:

(Part 1) Great Good Fortune
"By the mercy of Guru and Vaishnavs, by the mercy of the Lord, we have arrived in this Sri Ekachakra Dham where our most beloved Lord Nityananda Prabhu appeared. This is not a matter of small fortune—not everybody gets such fortune."
Download the audio (1.6 Mb, 5 min | 27 January 2018 | Bengali)

(Part 2) Bhava-Rog Doctor
"When you get sick, you see a doctor—the doctor gives you medicine, you take it and get well. Here, to cure your disease of material existence, the doctor actually comes to your house and tells you what things you must avoid to remove your illusory environment."
Download the audio (0.9 Mb, 3 min | 27 January 2018 | Bengali)

(Part 3) Foster Devotional Feelings
"What do I want? I do not want wealth, knowledge, beautiful companions—all these things that the outside people are so proud of... If you run behind the illusory environment—enjoyment and liberation—Krishna will give it to you, but what will you think after that?"
Download the audio (2 Mb, 6 min | 27 January 2018 | Bengali)

(Part 4) Association and Assimilation
"Remember Nityananda Prabhu's tolerance and patience. If somebody tells you something bad, you become upset, you get angry, but this is not your conception—your Gurudev never taught you this, Nityananda Prabhu never taught you this."
Download the audio (2.6 Mb, 8 min | 27 January 2018 | Bengali)

 

Sun, 27 January 2019:
Sri Ekachakra Dham 2018: All Loss, All Gain
"There are so many people, so gurus—they all stand in one line, but Bhakti Devi is guarding the door and does not let anyone enter. Bhakti Devi will let on the boat only those who have devotion, who have earned the qualification, who have the ticket, and others will be denied entry, they will have to go back."
Download the audio (2.2 Mb, 6 min | 27 January 2018 | Bengali)

Потерять все и обрести все
«Есть множество людей, множество гуру: они все стоят в одной очереди, но Бхакти Деви охраняет дверь и никого не пускает. Бхакти Деви пускает в лодку только тех, у кого есть преданность, кто заработал такое право, у кого есть билет; остальным же отказывают во входе, им придется возвращаться обратно».

 

Mon, 28 January 2019:
Sri Ekachakra Dham 2018: Crest Jewel
"Mahaprabhu gave Gaura-dham, Gaura-nam—He gave everything to Nityananda Prabhu. It is by the unlimited mercy of this Nityananda Prabhu that we have come to His dham and have got this opportunity to chant His glories. Come, come for Nityananda Prabhu."
Download the audio (2.2 Mb, 6 min | 27 January 2018 | Bengali)

Сокровище
«Махапрабху отдал все — Гаура-дхаму, Гаура-нам — Нитьянанде Прабху. Лишь по безграничной милости Нитьянанды Прабху мы приехали сюда в Его дхаму и получили эту возможность говорить о Его славе. Приезжайте, приезжайте для Нитьянанды Прабху».

 

Tue, 29 January 2019:
Sri Ekachakra Dham 2018: Capital Misjudgement
"A thief thinks every man steals. We think that everyone is like us. Some shave their heads during the shraddha ceremony and some shave their heads on Nityananda trayodasi—do you think it is the same?"
Download the audio (1.7 Mb, 5 min | 27 January 2018 | Bengali)

По себе не судят
«Вор, тот считает, что каждый ворует. Мы все время по себе судим. Кто-то бреет голову во время церемонии шраддхи (в честь усопшего родственника), а кто-то бреет голову на Нитьянанда-трайодаши. Вы думаете, что это одно и то же?»

 

Wed, 30 January 2019:
Sri Ekachakra Dham 2018: Muddled Mind
"Srila Prabhupad also told another story about Lalu and Kalu. We are like that too—even though we are taught to chant the Holy Name, but nobody wants to say Hare Krishna."
Download the audio (1.7 Mb, 5 min | 27 January 2018 | Bengali)

Увертливый ум
«Шрила Прабхупада также рассказывал еще одну историю про Лалу и Калу. Вот и мы такие же: хотя нас и учат повторять Святое Имя, но никто не хочет говорить: „Харе Кришна“».

 

Thu, 31 January 2019: (Sri Shat-tila Ekadasi, tomorrow paran is at 6:23-10:02 a.m.)
Sri Ekachakra Dham 2018: Evening Kirtans
• Sri Guru charana-padma • Sri Krishna Chaitanya Prabhu daya kara more • Ohe Vaishnava Thakura dayara sagara • Nitai-pada-kamala • Gaurangera duti pada • Jaya Radha-Madhava • Hare Krishna maha-mantra • Gaya Gora madhur svare • Hari Haraye • Hare Krishna maha-mantra
Download the audio (14.4 Mb, 40 min | 27 January 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

 

 

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Madhukori Bhiksa
'To do madhukori means like bees that go flower to flower and collect nectar drop by drop, the sadhus go begging for the service to the Lord, not for their own pleasure. They collect a handful at a time and give what they collect for the service to their Guru.'

 

Sri Sri Prema-Vivarta
“Every human being—if they have faith—is qualified to chant the Name.”

You cannot become Haridas Thakur just by external chanting on your mala
and doing nothing.

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