MONTHLY ARCHIVE OF UPDATES

DECEMBER 2019

 

 

Sun, 1 December 2019
Love Your Service
"The main thing is that we must do the service that the Guru and Vaishnavs want me to do and engage me in. The Guru and Vaishnavs tell us to do something, we may feel unhappy doing it, but we must not leave the service because of that."
Download the audio (1.3 Mb, 3 min | 10 October 2019)

 


 

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Mon, 2 December 2019 (Anniversary Festival in Sri Puri Dham)
Always Ready, Always Eager
"We must be like soldiers—we must be always ready to serve the Lord, to serve Gurudev's mission. We do not come to judge who is a Vaishnav and who is not a Vaishnav—we cannot understand it, neither is it our duty to do it. Our main question is how much we can do for the service to our Guru and Vaishnav."
Download the audio (1.1 Mb, 3 min | 10 October 2019)

Preaching Programme in Tarakeshwar
(1 December 2019 | 34 photographs, 3.7 Mb)
His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj attends a large Vaishnav seva programme in the suburb of Tarakeshwar lovingly organised by the local devotees.

 

ভঞ্জিপুরে হরিকথা (১) (Bhanjipur/Tarakeshwar Preaching Programme, part 1)
ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রী শ্রীল ভক্তি নির্ম্মল আচার্য্য মহারাজের পদ্মমুখনিঃসৃত শ্রীহরিকথামৃত: "আমি জানি আপনারা গৃহস্থ ভক্ত—দীক্ষা নিয়ে কেউ বাড়িতে গুরুদেবকে ফুল দিচ্ছেন, ঠাকুরকে পূজা করছেন, ঠাকুরকে ভোগ দিয়ে প্রসাদ পাচ্ছেন, সেটা আমি অস্বীকার করছি না । কিন্তু সেটা সম্পূর্ণ নয় । সম্পূর্ণ জিনিস তো কখন হবে ? যখন আপনারা নিজের মন, প্রাণ, হৃদয়, দেহ, আমা, বুদ্ধি, অনঙ্কার, সমস্ত কিছু গুরুদেবের চরণের, গোবিন্দের চরণের সুখে নিবেদন করবেন ।"
পাঠ শুনতে/ডাউনলোড (10 Mb, 24 min | 1 Dec. 2019 | ১ ডিসেম্বর ২০১৯)

 


Puri Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math: Jagannathdev and His Dham
Chapter 23 from Affectionate Guidance by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj that relates the history of our Puri Temple, Deities and the proper mood when visiting Sri Puri Dham.

SONG: Jaya guru maharaja karuna-sagara | জয় গুরু মহারাজ করুণাসাগর
Sri Sri Nitai-Chaitanya arati: "Glory to Guru Maharaj, Sri Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, an ocean of mercy. He manifested the effulgent service of Nitai Chaitanyadev in Nilachal for the benefit of the entire world."

SONG: Parama karuna | পরম করুণ
"Nitai and Gaurachandra are the two most merciful Lords. They are the best, the crest-jewels, of all Avatars and the only source of joy."

 

Sri Puri Dham: Page 1 | Page 2
Darshan of Sri Sri Nitai Chaitanyadev and Their Chaitanya Saraswat Math temple in Sri Puri Dham (photographs taken and posted in 2015 at the time of Sri Puri Dham pilgrimage).

 

 

Distributors of Mercy
"Today is the appearance day of Nitai Gaurachandra in Puri. Actually, you know that Deities always come through devotees—the Lord takes the hand of His devotee and comes in the form of a Deity..."
Download the audio (0.6 Mb, 2 min | 11 December 2010)

First Visit to Sri Puri Dham
"This temple was made by the mercy of Gurudev, although it is a very small temple, but it is very nice and sweet. I came to Puri first time through service—without service Gurudev would not have sent me here and I would not come myself."
Download the audio (0.7 Mb, 2 min | 6 April 2013)

 

On the Way to Sri Puri Dham (Divine Guidance, chapter 2):
"We are not going sightseeing but we are going to a place of pilgrimage, a holy place. Going there will purify us—body, mind, and soul."

 

Tue, 3 December 2019
Disciple's Sambandha, Abhidheya, Prayojan
"The relation between a disciple and the guru is eternal. You must understand this relation and you must understand that this relation is eternal. If you want to surrender properly, you must give your body, soul, mind, ego—everything—to your Guru."
Download the audio (1.6 Mb, 4 min | 10 October 2019)

Preaching Programme in Tarakeshwar
(2 December 2019 | 18 photographs, 2.1 Mb)
Photographs taken during the late morning and afternoon preaching programme attended by His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj in the suburb of Tarakeshwar, hosted by the local devotees.

 

ভঞ্জিপুরে হরিকথা (২) (Bhanjipur/Tarakeshwar Preaching Programme, part 2)
ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রী শ্রীল ভক্তি নির্ম্মল আচার্য্য মহারাজের পদ্মমুখনিঃসৃত শ্রীহরিকথামৃত: "মনুষ্যজন্ম লাভ করে আপনারা ভাল বুদ্ধি এবং সৎসঙ্গ পেয়েছিলেন—এইসব সুযোগ আপনাদের কাছে এসেছিল কিন্তু আপনারা এই সুযোগটা হেলায় হারিয়ে ফেলেছেন । এই দুঃখের জ্বালায় জল পেয়ে যদি পরম ধামে নিত্যপরমশান্তি পেতে চান, তাহলে এখন থেকে হরিভজন আরম্ভ করুন—তবেই নিত্য বাস্তব কল্যাণ আপনাদের সাধিত হবে ।"
পাঠ শুনতে/ডাউনলোড (18.5 Mb, 44 min | 1 Dec. 2019 | ১ ডিসেম্বর ২০১৯)

 

 

Wed, 4 December 2019
Pure Kirtan Comes from Pure Heart
"Kirtan is not singing. Kirtan means making the Lord happy. You must be a proper, honest disciple. Your heart must be open. If you have something in your heart, if your heart is dirty or there are many obstacles in your heart, then you will not be able to hear Gurudev properly—it will go into one ear and out the other."
Download the audio (1.9 Mb, 5 min | 10 October 2019)

 

Thu, 5 December 2019
Atyahara
"I used to think before that atyahara means eating too much, but here Srila Rupa Goswami and Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur explain it very nicely. If you translate the word 'atyahara', it means 'eating too much', but it is not only that."
Download the audio (1.6 Mb, 5 min | 22 September 2019)

Grand Preaching Programme in Bokaro
(3-4 December 2019 | 45 photographs, 4.3 Mb)
To the unlimited joy of the devotees, His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj extends a touch of his holy lotus feet to the land of Bokaro and the hearts of all the fortunate souls assembled at this large preaching programme organised by the Vaishnavs for the joy and service to Sri Gurupadpadma. Praying for the feet dust of these exalted Vaishnavs, we humbly present a few glimpses of the programme.

 

Fri, 6 December 2019
Wrong Endeavour
"Proper devotees pass their time with Krishna-katha, and at all other times they chant the Holy Name or think about their service, about spiritual things. A person may be doing some pious activities, but it is not devotion. Bhakti means doing service to the Lord under the guidance of a guru."
Download the audio (1.2 Mb, 3 min | 22 September 2019)

 

Sat, 7 December 2019
Surrendered Soul's Appeal
"A jiva soul is greater than Maya because it worships the Lord, but Maya is very powerful as she gets much power from the Lord. So, sometimes a jiva soul that is covered by the illusory environment gets caught in the net of Maya..."
Download the audio (1.5 Mb, 4 min | 22 September 2019)

 

Sun, 8 December 2019 (Today is Sri Moksada Ekadashi tomorrow paran is at 6:10 a.m. and 9:02 a.m.)
Mano-Dharmi'ness
"We must understand what is unfavourable to our devotion because if we keep those unfavourable things in our hearts, it will gradually cause a big problem for us. Actually, we do not know what is good for us, that is why we sometimes become mano-dharmi..."
Download the audio (1.9 Mb, 5 min | 22 September 2019)

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
Ekadasi: Main Focus Is Service

 

Mon, 9 December 2019
Devotion Is Not a Show
"We do not want to be like Ekalavya—we do not show that we are great devotees. We sometimes hear somebody say, 'Oh, he is doing so much tapasya!'; demons also do so much tapasya—even more than demigods—but they are not devotees."
Download the audio (0.9 Mb, 2 min | 22 September 2019)

Online Preaching Programmes
(7-8 December 2019 | 10 photographs, 1 Mb)
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj speaks to the devotees worldwide enthusing everyone to practise and preach pure Krishna consciousness and bestowing the Holy Name to a newly joining devotee.

 

Tue, 10 December 2019
Guru-Bhakti, Guru-Drohi
"You must always go behind the Vaishnavs—do not cross the line. You have your limitation, and if you cross the line and exceed your limit, that will be a big problem for you. Devotion means living under the guidance of a Vaishnav."
Download the audio (2.6 Mb, 7 min | 22 September 2019)

 

Wed, 11 December 2019
Keep Good Association
"You must always keep good association. Even if somebody is doing pious activity or any good works—if they are not a devotee, always avoid their association. On the other hand, somebody can be a great sinner doing some wrongful works but if this person is a devotee, you can accept their association."
Download the audio (1 Mb, 3 min | 22 September 2019)

বোকারো সংঘে হরিকথা (Bokaro Preaching Programme)
ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রী শ্রীল ভক্তি নির্ম্মল আচার্য্য মহারাজের পদ্মমুখনিঃসৃত শ্রীহরিকথামৃত: "আপনাদের উৎসাহ-উদ্দীপন দেখে আমরা এই বছরে আবার এসেছি । আপনারা অনেকই সুন্দর ভাবে প্রত্যেক সপ্তাহ, প্রত্যেক দিন ভগবানের নিত্য সেবা, ভগবানের কীর্ত্তন, ভগবানের পূজা করেন । আমি খুব খুশী এবং আনন্দিত যে, প্রতিবছর আপনারা অনেকই এখান থেকে বৃন্দাবন ও পুরীধাম পরিক্রমায় যান ।আপনারা এতক্ষণ ধরে আমার জন্য অপেক্ষা করছেন, তাই আমি তাড়াতাড়ি এসেছিলাম…"
পাঠ শুনতে/ডাউনলোড (26.9 Mb, 70 min | 4 Dec. 2019 | ৪ ডিসেম্বর ২০১৯)

 

 

Thu, 12 December 2019 (Tomorrow is the adhivas day of the grand festival)
Steadying Your Life
"Srila Rupa Goswami Prabhu says there are six obstacles in our spiritual life. Among those six obstacles, there is laulancha, having a very unstable mind, being greedy and having many material desires. Sometimes your heart or mind can be unsteady, and sometimes your intelligence can also be unsteady. This is very bad for us."
Download the audio (2.3 Mb, 6 min | 22 September 2019)

 

Fri, 13 December 2019 (Adhivas, eve, of the grand appearance festival of Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj)
On Humility and Patience
"Those who have no patience cannot be successful in any kind of life, spiritual or material. A practitioner of Krishna consciousness must have patience—through patience the person can control not only himself, but also the whole world, the whole universe."
Download the audio (1.6 Mb, 4 min | 22 September 2019)

The Divine Account [From 'The Divine Servitor']
"Krishna and Krishna-nama are non-different. He, in the form of Nama, always wants to distribute His mercy to the fallen souls. By coming in touch with Srila Guru Maharaj already we have a connection to go there. It is only necessary for us to have a little strength to tolerate the speed of our journey. That is our only duty, and who cannot so tolerate will fall down. Every jiva-soul has freedom, that is he is free not to take hold of a pillar, stick or other handhold and so he falls down by the wind."

 

Om Vishnupad Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's Books Online

Religion of the Heart Affectionate Guidance The Nectarean Glories of Sri Nityananda Prabhu The Divine Servitor
 
Dignity of the Divine Servitor Golden Reflections Divine Guidance The Benedictine Tree of Divine Aspiration

Revealed TruthThe Wonderful Nature of the Vaisnava • Life's Destination • Divine Message •  The Math Logo • Poem "A Wish"

All these books, as well as other publication from Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, are available for purchase at our main temples in India, as well as ONLINE from any country all over the world.

 

In honour of Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's holy Sri Vyasa Puja:


This day in 2011:

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

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

Practise. Serve. Believe.
"You have come here to serve the Lord and you have come to a real, bona fide Guru. This is your Math, you have received so much blessing from Gurudev. You must think that this Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math is a ship, and the captain of this ship is Gurudev. If we can stay on this ship, we can reach the place that this ship is taking us to."
Download the audio (13.9 Mb, 41 min | 11 December 2011 | Bengali)

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

 


This day in 2014:

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

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

 


This day in 2015:

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

 

Sat, 14 December 2019 (Grand appearance festival of Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj)
Be Straight and Open
"Sometimes Sriman Mahaprabhu also explained what is called vaishnavata, qualities of a Vaishnav. Their mind will always be simple, their heart will always be open—that is Vaishnavata. It is not good to have a crooked ('zigzag') mind or heart."
Download the audio (2.3 Mb, 6 min | 22 September 2019)

Sri Nrisingha Palli: Sri Vyasa Puja Festival
(14 December 2019 | 58 photographs, 5.7 Mb)
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj presides over the grand festival in honour of the divine appearance day of Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj in Sri Nrisingha Palli observed in the worshippable company of dignitary Vaishnavs and supremely fortunate devotees.

Sri Nrisingha Palli: Sri Vyasa Puja Adhivas Day
(13 December 2019 | 56 photographs, 5.3 Mb)
Photographs taken during the adhivas (eve) of the holy appearance day of Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj spent in numerous services in the shelter of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj's holy lotus feet. This day also also becomes special for our Mission as Sripad Ramanuja Prabhu accepts the renounced order of life from His Divine Grace. He now bears the graceful sannyas name of Sripad Bhakti Ujjval Sajjan Maharaj.

Sri Puri Dham: Sri Vyasa Puja Festival
(14 December 2019 | 11 photographs, 1.1 Mb)
Sharing a few glimpses from Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math temple in Sri Puri Dham where assembled Vaishnavs and devotees observe the divine appearance day of Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj in class, kirtan, arati and prasadam distribution.

 

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

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

 

Question: It seems that we have one type of fear that having got some connection with your self we may lose that at death. I do not want to have connection with anyone else, I want to stay with you. So, I feel some type of fear...

Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj: Fear? But why have fear? I cannot understand it.

Devotee: Because if we do not finish our sadhana nicely, then next life we do not know where we will go—we may not find Govinda Maharaj there.

Srila Govinda Maharaj: What do you think about Govinda Maharaj?

Devotee: We think that we want to serve you.

Srila Govinda Maharaj: No, it is okay that you want to serve Govinda Maharaj, but what do you think about Govinda Maharaj? He is your guru, but in which form do you think about him? Do you think that Govinda Maharaj is a mundane man or an incarnation of the Lord coming in front of you to give you connection with Him? If you think he is an incarnation of the Lord, then he cannot leave your heart and you cannot leave your Lord. Even if you die, you will get that connection in another form, perhaps, but you will not be able to leave your Lord. When you have faith that the Lord always lives with you, then there will be no fear.

That is the main thing. By the mercy of Vaishnavs I also always feel that my Srila Guru Maharaj (Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj) is present with us. By the mercy of Vaishnavs and the supremacy of Srila Guru Maharaj, such feeling always comes to us that Srila Guru Maharaj has not left us, that he is with us.

I have service of Srila Guru Maharaj, and I must do that. Service to Srila Guru Maharaj is my only goal of life, and whichever way that service comes to me, I will try to serve.

Devotee: In my next life, I want to forever be a blade of grass wherever you walk...

Srila Govinda Maharaj: I do not want to wait for the next life. Actually, we must finish all our job here this life, then we shall all go to Goloka!

(8 June 1992)

 

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

 


 

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

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

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

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

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

Son of Lord Siva
"When Srila Param Guru Maharaj was a young boy, he worshipped Siva, and our Guru Maharaj, Om Vishnupad Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, was a son of Siva. That is why we are making a Siva temple on the bank of Govinda Kunda—for their happiness."
Download (1.1 Mb, 3 min | 11 August 2002)

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

 


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

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

 

Sun, 15 December 2019
"You Will Be Successful"
"I am very happy to see you and to hear that you are trying to preach, it is very nice. Try to preach there little by little, and it will be even more successful. Try to preach about Gurudev, about Gaura Nityananda, and I will be very happy."
Download the audio (1.2 Mb, 3 min | 7 December 2019)

 

Mon, 16 December 2019 (Disappearance of Bhagavan Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur)
Our Reality
"Gurudev is actually the disciple's heart, so we must worship Gurudev very carefully and follow his instruction properly. We exhaust ourselves spending this life on ourselves, but you must think about Him who does everything for you, about our controller. We must think about Him and we must chant His Name. That is our reality."
Download the audio (2.3 Mb, 6 min | 8 December 2019)

On Srila Prabhupad's Disappearance [by Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj]
"It happened at the meeting point between the two years. So many disciples from all over India flocked then, everybody came in pain and weeping mood. The whole small area of the samadhi was full, everybody was crying and weeping...."

 

sri-siddhanta-sarasvatiti vidito gaudiya-gurv-anvaye
bhato bhanuriva prabhata-gagane yo gaura-sankirtanaih
mayavada-timingilodara-gatan uddhrtya jivaniman
krsna-prema-sudhabdhi-gahana-sukham pradat prabhum tam bhaje
"I serve my lord, who is known as Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur. Within the Gaudiya sampradaya's lineage of Gurus, he shines like the sun in the morning sky. Through the sankirtan of Sriman Mahaprabhu he rescues the souls engulfed within the belly of the timingila of illusionism and bestows upon them the ecstasy of swimming in the nectarean ocean of divine love for Krishna."

About Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad
A brief biographical compilation dedicated to Bhagavan Sri Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad taken from a lecture of Om Vishnupad Jagad Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.

 

Srila Prabhupad's Glory (1)
"Acharya-vandana: If you can realise the meaning this song, you can get all glorification of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur. Sujanarvuda-radhita-pada-yugam: We sing it but we do not realise its meaning because if we realised its meaning, we would get taste singing it. We must sing it every day and be conscious of it."
Download the audio (3 Mb, 9 min | 25 December 2010)

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

Srila Prabhupad's Glory (2)
"Mahaprabhu predicted this, and Prabhupad fulfilled it through Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj, Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, Srila Gurudev. Now, in every village, all day, all night there is Hari-katha and kirtan going on."
Download the audio (2.9 Mb, 8 min | 25 December 2010)

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Tue, 17 December 2019
Chastity—Core of Devotee's Heart
"We must be humble, tolerant and give honour to others; we must not see others' faults, we must not see who is doing what—they can do anything they want, but we will practise properly. We must follow Gurudev's instruction, follow what Gurudev told—that is our vision, that is our chastity."
Download the audio (2.4 Mb, 6 min | 8 December 2019)

Preaching Programmes in Singapore
(7-14 December 2019 | 65 photographs, 6.3 Mb)
Photographs from recent preaching undertaken by Sripad Bhakti Niskam Shanta Maharaj and Sripad Bhakti Vijnan Muni Maharaj to Singapore on behalf of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj to nourish the devotees and spread Harinam sankirtan.

Kolkata: Sri Vyasa Puja Festival
(14 December 2019 | 5 photographs, 0.5 Mb)
Striving to serve and please His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj, devotees celebrate the holy appearance day of Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj in Dum Dum Park, Kolkata.

 

Wed, 18 December 2019
On Deity Service
"I am very happy to see that your proper service to the Deities. What does Deity service mean? It is not necessary to know so many mantras—if your heart, mind, everything is for the Deities, it is sufficient."
Download the audio (1.6 Mb, 4 min | 8 December 2019)

 

Thu, 19 December 2019
Self-Centred and Guru-Centred Life
"To be a proper disciple, it is necessary to have a proper character, to follow your guru's instruction properly, and to serve Deities, devotees, and Gurudev your whole life. And our most important duty is to preach Gurudev's conception, to preach what Gurudev told us."
Download the audio (2.1 Mb, 5 min | 8 December 2019)

 

Fri, 20 December 2019
Our Interest
"You have been working for your own pleasure your whole life, earning money and filling a bank account, but you will leave everything when you go to the cremation ghat. Why then do you not think of death and of what will happen to your body and soul?"
Download the audio (1.6 Mb, 4 min | 8 December 2019)

 

Sat, 21 December 2019
The Only Truth
"Sri Prahlad Maharaj says, 'Surrender to Vishnu, surrender to the Lord is the only truth, and everything else in this world is false, everything is perishable—everything else will pass and finish.'"
Download the audio (1.2 Mb, 3 min | 24 September 2019)

 

Sun, 22 December 2019 (Sri Saphala Ekadasi)
Mahaprabhu's Teaching
"Mahaprabhu told householder devotees—serve the Lord, serve devotees, always chant the Holy Name. Whatever naturally comes to you in your spiritual practice (sadhana), you must be satisfied with that. Always chant the Holy Name, always avoid the ten offences."
Download the audio (1.5 Mb, 5 min | 24 September 2019)

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
Ekadasi: Main Focus Is Service

 

Mon, 23 December 2019
Mahaprabhu's Instruction to Vairagis
"Commonly, when we are attracted to someone, we consider them our shelter. In the material world, people take shelter of so many material things and people, but there is only one main perfect shelter—Krishna."
Download the audio (2.8 Mb, 7 min | 24 September 2019)

Soquel (USA): Sri Vyasa Puja Festival
(14 December 2019 | 11 photographs, 0.6 Mb)
Photographs of the festival in honour of the holy appearance day of Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj observed by the devotees in Soquel, California, under guidance of Srila Bhakti Pavan Janardan Maharaj.

 

Tue, 24 December 2019
Transcendental Gift
"We must chant the Holy Name, and we must chant it properly. If we chant the Holy Name of Krishna in good association, offences will be removed from our hearts and then Bhakti Devi, who always wants a clean place, will sit in our hearts."
Download the audio (1.2 Mb, 3 min | 8 December 2019)

London (UK): Sri Vyasa Puja Festival
(14 December 2019 | 21 photographs, 2.2 Mb)
Photographs of the festival in honour of the holy appearance day of Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj observed by the devotees in London, UK, under the caring guidance of senior Vaishnavs.

 

Wed, 25 December 2019
Disciple's Service Mood
"The problem is that we are not very fortunate souls. If we were fortunate souls, then we would join this Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math service and we would get a great benefit for our spiritual life..."
Download the audio (1.6 Mb, 4 min | 8 December 2019)

Uluberia Temple: Construction Progress
(23 December 2019 | 8 photographs, 0.8 Mb)
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj visits Uluberia to check on the new temple construction progress and give further instructions to the workers.

Evening Preaching Programme
(23 December 2019 | 12 photographs, 1 Mb)
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj attends a preaching programme to a great joy of the devotees and guests who were fortunate to participate in Vaishnav seva and hear Hari-katha from the holy lotus mouth of Sri Gurupadpadma.

Visit to Midnapore Temple
(24 December 2019 | 6 photographs, 0.6 Mb)
To the joy of the Midnapore devotees, His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj pays a visit to the temple and gives initiation to a few fortunate souls.

 

 

Thu, 26 December 2019
Beyond Body Consciousness
"We should not be busy with our body—we should keep ourselves busy with service to our Guru and Vaishnavs. Life is very short, so do not waste your time on laziness, etc.—it is not good. We must spend time on the service to Gurudev."
Download the audio (1 Mb, 3 min | 8 December 2019)

Christmas Event in Soquel
(24 December 2019 | 10 photographs, 0.5 Mb)
Since 1990 the community of devotees from the Soquel Seva Ashram has been holding an annual event on Christmas Eve to nourish children with prasadam and gifts. Much to the joy of Srila B.P. Janardan Maharaj, all devotees and over 250 children very happily participate in this programme. We are honoured to be sharing photographs from this year's event.

 

Fri, 27 December 2019
Practitioners' Problem
"The problem is that we do not think, 'We are doing this service for the Lord, we are not doing it not for ourselves.' Sometimes, you keep on doing something wrong, and you think that since the temple manager is not doing or saying anything, it is not a big matter..."
Download the audio (1.8 Mb, 5 min | 8 December 2019)

 


In honour of Srila Lochan Das Thakur:

SONG: Ei-bara karuna kara | এইবার করুণা কর
"O worshippable Vaisnava, be merciful to me this time. O saviour of the fallen, without you there is no one. In every birth I aspire for the dust of your feet."

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

Composed by Srila Lochan Das Thakur:

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Sat, 28 December 2019
No Excuses
"We are always afraid of austerity, but we must accept any austerity, any unhappiness for the service to our guru. It is not a problem for us. Spiritual life depends on tolerance and on following the guru's instruction—always."
Download the audio (1 Mb, 3 min | 29 September 2019)

 

Sun, 29 December 2019 (Disappearance of Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhu)
Sri Guru's Grace
"Gurudev is the embodiment, or incarnation, of the Deity. We sometimes make some mistake in the service to the Deities, and the Deity will not chastise you, but the Deity's main servitor (Gurudev) can always chastise you. That is his mercy."
Download the audio (1.3 Mb, 4 min | 29 September 2019)

 


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."

 

Mon, 30 December 2019
Heed Your Call
"Spread Krishna consciousness. Spread Mahaprabhu's, Gurudev's and Guru Maharaj's message door to door in South Africa. Even if somebody kicks you out from their door, you must again go there and beg, 'I have come to you to give you real benefit, please take it.'"
Download the audio (1.3 Mb, 4 min | 29 September 2019)

Preaching Programmes in Uluberia
(29-30 December 2019 | 27 photographs, 3.1 Mb)
Devotees in Uluberia rejoice as His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj arrives at a large two-day preaching programme and nourishes devotees' hearts with all-auspicious Hari-katha.

 

Tue, 31 December 2019
New Year Message: "Service Is Our Life"
"Whatever problem comes, we will not go to any other line, we will not leave our line—we will follow that line which Gurudev shows us. That is our intention, that is our determination, and that is our promise. Whatever situation comes, let it come, we are always ready for it."
Download the audio (1.4 Mb, 4 min | 29 December 2019)

Guidance, Issue #21 (EPUB file, 1.1 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 2019. 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 fifteen hundred lectures spoken by His Divine Grace, are available for downloading from the Library section of the website.

উলুবেড়িয়ায় প্রচার (Uluberia Preaching Programme)
ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রী শ্রীল ভক্তি নির্ম্মল আচার্য্য মহারাজের পদ্মমুখনিঃসৃত শ্রীহরিকথামৃত: "সত্যিকারের হরিনাম নিয়ে সৎগুরুর আশ্রয় গ্রহণ করে হরি ভজন করার চেষ্টা করুন, ভগবানের চিন্তা করুন । তাতে আপনাদের পরম কল্যাণ বস্তু লাভ হবে । সাধুগুরু বৈষ্ণবগণের কথাগুলো আমাদের শুনে চলতে হবে ।"
পাঠ শুনতে/ডাউনলোড (15 Mb, 36 min | 30 Dec. 2019 | ১ ডিসেম্বর ২০১৯)

 

 


Other related posts:

New Year Message
"Today is the last day of 2018 and tomorrow is the first of January of 2019. We are going to start a new year and I am praying to Gurudev, I am praying to everybody that next year everyone will continue their life and days for the service of Gurudev..."
Download the audio (3.6 Mb, 10 min | 31 December 2018)

New Year Message (1): Preaching News
"Actually, this year we are doing very well, preaching. Devotees are also preaching all over the world, and I am very happy with their activities. I am always running, I cannot and I do not want to stop my service until my death. This is my service."
Download the audio (1.3 Mb, 4 min | 29 December 2016)

New Year Message (2): Inner Quality
"Bad association can damage your faith and spiritual life. Even if you think that some association is not good and you stay alone, that is good, no problem. Next year we will be aware of this—we will not do bad association and we will not criticise others, we must tolerate."
Download the audio (2.8 Mb, 8 min | 29 December 2016)

New Year Message
His Divine Grace Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj addressing the devotees worldwide, expressing his wishes and blessings for the new 2015: "It is necessary to preach, follow, and practise Krishna consciousness more. Next year, with a good heart and good health, continue your service to Gurudev."
Download the audio (0.5 Mb, 2 min | 31 December 2014 | Video).

One More Year Passed
As one more years draws to its end, His Divine Grace Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj muses on the value and meaning of life, quoting several Vaishnav songs: "Life is shaky—it is here now, and then it is gone. Serve the Lord's feet!"
or Download the audio (2.2 Mb, 7 min | 31 Dec 2010)

Saltamami
"If you lose your capital every day, you will eventually have a zero balance, and the next day it will be -1, then -2—then it will be lost for your life. You have got some sukriti, that is all right, but every day you must earn more through your service."
Download the audio (2.8 Mb, 6 min | 25 October 2013)

 

 

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Sankirtan Movement
'A temple is a house. The householder devotees can cook and serve the Deity, and all the brahmacharis and sannyasis are not meant to only sit and do japa. Their place is in the street—chanting, dancing, and preaching!'

 

Sri Sri Prema-Vivarta
“You show the world you serve Gora simply by wearing tilak but secretly you misbehave. Gora will catch you, you thief!”

Radharani is dearmost to Krishna and because Gurudev is nondifferent from Her
Gurudev is also dearmost to Krishna. This is our conception.

HARE KRISHNA HARE KRISHNA KRISHNA KRISHNA HARE HARE | HARE RAMA HARE RAMA RAMA RAMA HARE HARE