MONTHLY ARCHIVE OF UPDATES

APRIL 2020

 

 

Wed, 1 April 2020
Where There Is a Will There Is a Way
"Answers to questions: How should we act if somebody offends us? How can we concentrate our mind when chanting? How can we get relief from ego? How should I instruct my child? How can we develop sincerity and enthusiasm in our service?"
Download the audio (2.2 Mb, 5 min | 28 March 2020)

Guidance, Issue #22 (EPUB file, 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 January to March 2020. 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.

 

Thu, 2 April 2020 (Appearace of Lord Ramachandra, fast till noon)
Advice to Householder Devotees
"The husband will work. The wife will cook, offer the bhog, take the offered prasadam first, and then the husband will take the remnants after her. That is Srila Gaura Kishor Das Babaji Maharaj's advice..."
Download the audio (1 Mb, 3 min | 28 March 2020)

 


 "Lord Ramachandra became King during Treta-yuga, but because of His good government, the age was like Satya-yuga. Everyone was religious and completely happy."
 "He was a saintly king, and everything in His character was good, untinged by qualities like anger. He taught good behavior for everyone, especially for householders, in terms of varnasrama-dharma. Thus He taught the general public by His personal activities."
 "Lord Ramachandra's spotless name and fame, which vanquish all sinful reactions, are celebrated in all directions, like the ornamental cloth of the victorious elephant that conquers all directions."
(Srimad Bhagavatam, Canto 9, chapters 10-11)


Niti and Priti
"It was Ramachandra's vijay utsav yesterday, and we would like to clarify some things about Rama-tattva and Krishna-tattva. In Rama-lila, rules and regulations are the highest, and love and affection go down, but this is not the highest ideal..."
Download the audio (3.7 Mb, 9 min | 9 October 2019)

Laksman's Grudge
"Sita Devi was crying so much, and Laksman could not bear the thought of doing it, but because Ramachandara was his worshippable Lord and his elder brother, he had to do it—but Laksman could not forget the kind of pain he got at that time..."
Download the audio (1.5 Mb, 4 min | 9 October 2019)

Hanuman's Service Drive
"I will give you some example of Hanuman's love for Rama, of his desire to serve Rama. We can see how much Ramachandra loves Hanuman and how much Hanuman loves Him. It is necessary to have such service desire."
Download the audio (2.3 Mb, 6 min | 2 March 2020)

Dasa-avatara-stotram | দশাবতারস্তোত্রম্
"O Hari! O Kesava! O Lord of the universe! You have assumed the form of Ramachandra! All glory to You! During the battle at Lanka You distributed to all the directions the most pleasing, crowning offering of the ten heads of Ravan, which were desired by the guardians of the directions."

 

Fri, 3 April 2020
Rama-Avatar
"Today is a very good day—the appearance day of Lord Ramachandra. There are different kinds of moods—santa, dasya, sakhya, vatsalya, madhura-rasa. Moreover, the Supreme Personality of Godhead and the Lord are also different. You can easily understand it from the difference between Rama-lila and Krishna-lila."
Download the audio (3.7 Mb, 9 min | 2 April 2020)

Sri Rama Navami Class in Kolkata
(2 April 2020 | 4 photographs, 0.3 Mb)
Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj mercifully speaks to the assembled devotees at Sri Sevak Bhavan in Dum Dum Park, Kolkata, on Sri Rama Navami day with the darshan being broadcast worldwide for the nourishment of the devotees.

 

Sat, 4 April 2020 (Sri Kamada Ekadasi; adhivas of Srila Gurudev's disappearance)
Reading from Guidance 4
"I am writing here something comparing the pastimes of Ramachandra and the pastimes of Krsihna-chandra, as well as Nanda Maharaj and Vasudev's vatsalya-rasa..."
Download the audio (5.3 Mb, 13 min | 2 April 2020)

Peculiarity of Lord's Pastimes
"I have read Ramayan, but I am telling you the gist point... There are many incarnations—Narayan, Ramachandra, Vamanadev, Balaram, and others, but Krishna is the full Supreme Personality of Godhead. However, Gaura-lila is even higher..."
Download the audio (7.6 Mb, 18 min | 2 April 2020 | Class and Kirtan)

 

All Glory to Sri Sri Guru Gauranga

— · Invitation Letter · —


Disappearance Festival of Om Vishnupad Paramahamsa
Parivrajakacharya-varya Ashtottara-shata-sri
Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj


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.

Dear respected Devotees, Friends and Well-Wishers,

We are offering obeisance at your holy lotus feet and on behalf of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj humbly extend a letter of encouragement to observe the disappearance day of our most worshippable and beloved Om Vishnupad Jagad Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, which manifests on 5 April (Sunday) this year, in every branch of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math throughout the world.

Considering the ongoing difficult situation all over the world, many temples, centres, and devotees are currently constrained in their capacity to host large programmes, however it is good if this festival can still be observed within each temple, centre and heart of devotees according to their capacity. In India, His Divine Grace comments that the situation is quite difficult because of the recently enforced national lockdown, however all services at the temples are continuing properly, the devotees are in good health and spirit.

His Divine Grace has many times instructed on how to hold special programmes and taught it many times by his own example. Usually such programmes consist of: kirtans, lecture or reading of scriptures, arati, pushpanjali (offering of flowers to a photograph), and prasad-seva (cooking a special offering, offering it at the alter or to a photograph, and distributing it to devotees).

We hope all devotees find an opportunity to observe this holy day for the satisfaction of Sri Gurupadpadma keeping the divine Guidance on their heads: "Always sit amidst fire blazing on all four sides. This fire is Hari-katha, kirtan, service to the Lord, and service to the guru. You must progress in your practising life keeping the sacrificial fire of your service ablaze."

Dates
4-5 April 2019
Email address for enquiry
info.at.scsmathinternational.com


Note: Some of the many preparations known to be favourite to His Divine Grace Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj: Rice, mung or chana dal, stir-fried karela, sak, posto bora, aloo siddho (boiled potato, mashed with chilli and salt), cauliflower pakoras, singara (samosa), mixed vegetable subji, paneer rasa, boiled potato, tomato chutney, achar (pickle), avocado salad (with a little salt and olive oil), cucumber salad, mango, paramanna (sweet rice), rasagullas, sandesh, a cake, vanilla ice-cream.

 

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.

 

Service in Separation
"If you follow your Guru's instruction, if you fulfil his desire, even after his disappearance, if you always think what will make him happy, then you will get his association, you will feel joy..."
Download the audio (5 Mb, 13 min | 22 April 2013)

Separation Day
"Our supreme Gurudev, Om Vishnupad Jagad Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj accepted this day as the day to leave this world for his eternal abode, and he has left us, fallen souls, here to chant his glories..."
Download the audio (3 Mb, 9 min | 8 April 2017 | Bengali)

Make Service Your Goal, Means, and Sustenance
"Sacrificing his own life, forgetting his own happiness and comfort, Gurudev would go door to door preaching the message of Mahaprabhu: be merciful to the souls, chant the Holy Name, and serve the Vaishnavs. Besides this, there is no other religion."
Download the audio (3 Mb, 9 min | 8 April 2017 | Bengali)

Festival: Vision and Focus
"Gurudev's disappearance festival means Vaishnav seva. Vaishnav is the main focus for us. Appearance and disappearance look different, but following Vaishnavs' vision we think that on these two tithis Gurudev always takes worships from us."
Download the audio (1.8 Mb, 5 min | 16 April 2013)

Overpowered by Service
"You may have everything, but if you do not have mercy of your Guru, then you have nothing. Gurudev gave you all his blessings, and if we can serve him, we will get supreme benefit. You must always live remembering Gurudev's words."
Download the audio (4.1 Mb, 12 min | 8 April 2017 | Bengali)

 

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 Samadhi Mandir Verses
Pages containing the verses that were selected to adorn the samadhi-mandir of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Jagad Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. May these pages please and nourish the Vaishnavs' hearts.

 

 


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

 

Sun, 5 April 2020 (Disappearance day of Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj)
The Worst Day
"Today, my Gurupadpadma Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's tenth disappearance festival, tirobhav-tithi. I had never thought that this day when Gurudev leaves would come in my life one day. I lost the dearest personality in my life on this day..."
Download the audio (5.2 Mb, 13 min | 16 April 2019 | Bengali)

 


From the archive, related to today's day:

The Seeds of Discord
"This animosity, these things have not grown overnight—it has been growing and increasing day by day, day by day. You did not see what was happening inside, and now that tree has grown very big!"
Download the audio (3 Mb, 9 min | 30 March 2010)

Strong Faith and Chastity
"He may not be able to talk now like before, but he can see everything, and he is watching everything. I think those who say Gurudev is not here anymore have not got any connection with Gurudev. That is why it is necessary to have a strong faith."
Download the audio (1.9 Mb, 6 min | 30 March 2010)

"I Want to Forget"
"I want to go somewhere—I want to get some relief. When I am sitting in the office, I get some relief, but as soon as I go to my room, I again start remembering everything. I want to forget it, but I cannot... It is impossible to forget this. Such is my situation."
Download the audio (0.9 Mb, 3 min | 30 March 2010)

Festival: Vision and Focus
"Gurudev's disappearance festival means Vaishnav seva. Vaishnav is the main focus for us. Appearance and disappearance look different, but following Vaishnavs' vision we think that on these two tithis Gurudev always takes worships from us."
Download the audio (1.8 Mb, 5 min | 16 April 2013)

Separation Day
"Our supreme Gurudev, Om Vishnupad Jagad Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj accepted this day as the day to leave this world for his eternal abode, and he has left us, fallen souls, here to chant his glories..."
Download the audio (3 Mb, 9 min | Bengali)

Make Service Your Goal, Means, and Sustenance
"Sacrificing his own life, forgetting his own happiness and comfort, Gurudev would go door to door preaching the message of Mahaprabhu: be merciful to the souls, chant the Holy Name, and serve the Vaishnavs. Besides this, there is no other religion."
Download the audio (3 Mb, 9 min | Bengali)

Overpowered by Service
"You may have everything, but if you do not have mercy of your Guru, then you have nothing. Gurudev gave you all his blessings, and if we can serve him, we will get supreme benefit. You must always live remembering Gurudev's words."
Download the audio (4.1 Mb, 12 min | Bengali)

Spiritual Mockery
"Actually, we took initiation from a Guru, but it is not a real initiation—we only pretend to be disciples. The temple that Srila Guru Maharaj made and that Gurudev served is not for enjoyment—it is for service."
Download the audio (1.2 Mb, 4 min | 7 April 2019)

Painful Day
"Our Gurudev's disappearance festival is very soon, that day is coming soon, next dvadasi. It is a very sad day for me. It is the most painful day in my life, and this very painful day comes every year..."
Download the audio (0.5 Mb, 2 min)

 


 

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."

By Om Vishnupad Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj:

"Do Not Despair" [NEW]
"You have come to see me. I am your friend, your master, or your everything, I can feel that you feel it. There are so many devotees from different countries here. Different countries means different languages, different cultures, different lifestyles, different food—everything is different; but our conception is one, and that is Krishna consciousness. We have been practising for a long time, then we must have some Krishna-conscious mentality and we can proceed with that to our goal, which is the life of a servitor."
Download the audio (9.8 Mb, 24 min | 12 January 2008)

The Pain of Broken Hearts
"We always remember Srimati Radharani, Her associates and other Vraja gopis, but we forget about Nanda Maharaj and Mother Yasomati. It has come out of Radharani's mouth: 'We do not consider our heart's pain, but when we see Mother Yasoda's face and Mother Yasoda's situation without Your presence, our heart is breaking after breaking after breaking.'"
Download the audio (9.2 Mb, 36 min | 14 June 2007)

 


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

Kirtan: Sri Rupa Manjari pada
"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..."
Download the audio (1.8 Mb, 5 min | 8 April 2017 | Kirtan)

Kirtan: Ye anila prema dhana
"I will break my head on a rock, I will enter into fire! Not finding the association of Sri Gauranga, who performed His Pastimes with all these associates, Narottam Das weeps."
Download the audio (1.8 Mb, 5 min | 8 April 2017 | Kirtan)

Kirtan: Sarvasva tomara
"I have offered everything at Your feet and taken shelter in Your home. You are my Master; please consider me Your dog. I will never think about my own maintenance; I will always remain within the shelter of loving attachment for You."
Download the audio (1.7 Mb, 5 min | 8 April 2017 | Kirtan)

 

Mon, 6 April 2020
Unthinkable Situation
"Today is our Gurudev's disappearance tithi. Actually, never in my life did I expect that this day could come. When this tithi is coming, I always try to stay alone, but Gurudev gave me service to take care of you all, then how can I be cruel and stay alone?"
Download the audio (3.1 Mb, 8 min | 5 April 2020)

Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's Disappearance Festival
(5 April 2020 | 9 photographs, 0.9 Mb)
Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj observes the holy disappearance day of Om Vishnupad Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj quietly in Kolkata, mercifully giving his holy darshan to fortunate devotees in the evening, speaking nourishing and heart-felt Hari-katha for everyone's eternal spiritual benefit.

 

Tue, 7 April 2020
"Gurudev Is My Everything"
"We must not misinterpret what Gurudev told. Devotees all over the world can realise easily what is Srila Sridhar Maharaj's conception, what is Gurudev's conception, and they can understand whether they are following it or not. Your main focus must be always to please your Guru properly. Name and fame is for your guru—you must not preach for your name and fame, you must preach to please your guru."
Download the audio (5.8 Mb, 14 min | 5 April 2020)

Tirobhav kirtans
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj sings: Gurudev krpa bindu diya Emona durmati Ye anila prema dhana Sri rupa manjari pada Hari haraye.
Download the audio (9.6 Mb, 23 min | 5 April 2020)

 

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj:

"I am praying to all the devotees all over the world—you must follow the government rules. I think almost all countries are in lockdown now. You must follow the lockdown rules because this dangerous virus is now all over the world. I have not got any news so far that any of our devotees are affected by it, so everybody is OK, we are also OK here, but we should be more careful. Always be careful. The government here has declared today that they are going to search some places and test everybody in the areas where coronavirus is spreading—if your test comes back negative, you will be quarantined for ten days, and if your test comes back positive, then it will be even stricter, then treatment is necessary. So, we must be careful. If you have to go to the market, wear a mask, keep social distance, and when you come back home, clean your hands. Always keep your hands clean—use hand sanitiser from time to time, wear a mask, wear gloves. It is necessary to do this. We must take proper care. This is my request to everybody all over the world. If you have to go out, go and come back quickly to your house and clean your hands. Take proper care of yourself. This virus can attack quickly and it spreads very quickly."

      

 

Wed, 8 April 2020 (Appearance of Srila Vamshi Vadanananda Thakur, Srila Shyamananda Prabhu)
"Try Your Best"
"We must try to rectify ourselves. We are everybody's servants. When you take initiation, you do not become a devotee—you only get admission into a spiritual school, but after that you must practise. You will become perfect through practise."
Download the audio (1.1 Mb, 3 min | 28 March 2020)

 


Today in the calendar: Vasanta Rasa of Sri Krishna. Rasa Yatra of Sri Balaram. Appearance of Srila Vamshi Vadanananda Thakur [the avatar of Sri Krishna's flute in the Pastimes of Sriman Mahaprabhu, he took care of Mother Sachi Devi and Visnu Priya after Sriman Mahaprabhu's sannyas; Sriman Nityananda Prabhu introduced him to Srila Jiva Goswami when he came to Nabadwip] and Srila Shyamananda Prabhu.

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj: "Even if you do not know anything about the Vaishnav mentioned in the calendar, you must still give them 'jay' on this day."


 

His Divine Grace
Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj
:

"Srinivas Acharya, Narottam Das Thakur, and Shyamananda Prabhu started for Vrindavan to have the darshan of Srila Rupa Goswami, Srila Sanatan Goswami, Srila Gopala Bhatta Goswami, Srila Raghunatha Bhatta Goswami and others who were there.

"When they were only a few miles away from Mathura, they heard that Sanatan Goswami had passed away. People were saying that that great Sanatan Goswami who was the prime minister and who had captured all people in the whole of Vrindavan within his heart—that Sanatan had passed away, a great disaster for the country. What to do then? Rupa, Raghunath, Jiva and Gopala Bhatta were still living, so Srinivas, Narottam, and Shyamananda dragged somehow on.

When they reached Mathura, they heard that Srila Rupa Goswami had left the night before that. Sanatana left on an ashari purnima, and Srila Rupa Goswami left after that on next dvadasi. They thought, "What hopeless and cursed souls we are! We have come so near, yet we could not see those two generals of Mahaprabhu!" Mahaprabhu sent two of his generals to Vrindavan to carry out His orders and establish the kingdom of the Gaudiya Vaishnavs there... So, they dragged their bodies to Vrindavan and came to Govinda Mandir. When they reached it, they found that an evening aroti was going on there in a very great splendour. There was a great crowd there—Srila Rupa Goswami had just passed away, so with that feeling of high bereavement, everybody was chanting his name madly. Srinivas, Narottam, and Shyamananda Prabhu were there, but Srinivas Acharya could not stand that sort of sentimental wave—he was standing aside and he fainted. When he regained his consciousness, he saw Srila Jiva Goswami with some of his followers...

In this way, Srinivas Acharya, Narottam Das Thakur, and Shyamananda Prabhu stayed in Vrindavan for one year—Srinivas Acharya took initiation from Gopala Bhatta, Narottam Thakur from Lokanath Goswami, and Shyamananda Prabhu from Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhu..."

      

 

Thu, 9 April 2020
Proper Service Is Chaste Service
"So, there are different ways to satisfy the Lord or satisfy your guru. There is not only one source. Whatever service Gurudev gives me, I must do it attentively, with faith, and without thinking about other things."
Download the audio (1.1 Mb, 3 min | 28 March 2020)

 

Fri, 10 April 2020
Be Careful and Wise
"Do not worry—Krishna will arrange everything. It is not necessary to think about anything. None of us knows what His arrangement is, but whatever arrangement it is, I can say that it will be good for devotees. Krishna is always with His devotees."
Download the audio (1.1 Mb, 3 min | 28 March 2020)

 

Sat, 11 April 2020
Charity Begins at Home: Practise Yourself First
"We can say many things, but the main thing is to what extent can we actually manifest it in ourselves? It is easy to say these things, but it is very difficult to practise these things in our life. To what extent do we practise it ourselves?"
Download the audio (4.3 Mb, 11 min | 4 March 2020)

 

Sun, 12 April 2020 (Disappearance of Sripad Krishnadas Babaji Maharaj)
Kirtan-Seva
"You must always remember how we must practise Krishna consciousness properly. It is necessary to wake up early, to come for the mangal-arati, to chant kirtans in the morning. Bhagavan Gaura Hari is always satisfied through kirtan-seva..."
Download the audio (2.1 Mb, 5 min | 4 March 2020)

 


Today in the calendar: Disappearance of Sripad Krishnadas Babaji Maharaj.

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj: "Even if you do not know anything about the Vaishnav mentioned in the calendar, you must still give them 'jay' on this day."


 

In honour of Sripad Krishna Das Babaji Maharaj:

Pranama-mantra:

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

The Root of Our Fortune
"Srila Krishna Das Babaji Maharaj was a good kirtaniya and a good singer, and that Krishna Das Babaji Maharaj would walk from Nabadwip to Hapaniya and chant Srila Sridhar Maharaj's song..."
Download (7.6 Mb, 22 min)

Get Cracking
"'Time has passed as I have been busy in my material life, and I have got nothing—only became burdened. What sort of world is this?' In this world there is no want of food, no want of money, no want of anything except only one thing..."
Download (1.8 Mb, 6 min)

Prayers to Sri Vaishnav Thakur:

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

SONG: Ohe Vaisnava Thakura | (ওহে) বৈষ্ণব ঠাকুর
"O worshippable Vaishnav, ocean of grace, be merciful to this servant. Give me the shade of your feet and purify me. I clasp your feet. You can give Krishna, you have that power. Calling, 'Krishna!' 'Krishna!', I run after you."

SONG: Ki-rupe paiba seva | কিরূপে পাইব সেবা
"I am so wicked, how will I ever get service? I do not have any attachment to Sri Guru and Vaishnavs! Prabhu, you see no fault in others, you are the saviour of the fallen. Please deliver Narottam this time!"

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

SONG: Ye anila prema-dhana | যে আনিল প্রেমধন
"Where has Advaita Acharya gone? Where are my Svarup, Rupa, Sanatan? Where is my Raghunath? Where are the saviours of the fallen souls?"

 

Mon, 13 April 2020
Stay Within Service Line
"Always remember that you are all members of this Chaitanya Saraswat family. If you leave this family, you will be in danger—you can be removed from the service of the Lord. Gurudev has taken you out of maya's family and made you all members of Krishna's family. This is your great fortune."
Download the audio (2.7 Mb, 7 min | 4 March 2020)

 

Tue, 14 April 2020 (Disappearance of Srila Abhiram Thakur)
"Give Me Your Mercy"
"I know what I am saying is heavy and you may not like it. When Gurudev gives you service, that is his mercy, but instead, when Gurudev gives you service, you forget about it. When you call me, you keep telling me, 'Gurudev, please give me your mercy!' but you think that it is not necessary to do what I have told you to do."
Download the audio (3 Mb, 8 min | 4 March 2020)

 

Pages dedicated to the spiritual practices that are recommended for the spiritual health of a disciple comprised of eternal instructions emanating from the holy lotus mouths of our Sri Guru-varga:
Introduction
Setting up the altar
Arati
Daily kirtans
Bhog, cooking, offering
Observing Ekadasi
Observing Festivals
Tulasi Devi
Four regulative principles
Scriptural regulations

 


Today in the calendar: Disappearance of Srila Abhiram Thakur.

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj: "Even if you do not know anything about the Vaishnav mentioned in the calendar, you must still give them 'jay' on this day."


 

From a purport found in Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita:

"Sri Ramadas, later known as Abhiram Thakur, was one of the twelve gopals, or cowherd boyfriends, of Sri Nityananda Prabhu. The Gaura-ganoddesa-dipika (126) states that Sri Ramadasa was formerly Sridam. By the order of Sri Nityananda Prabhu, Abhiram Thakur became a great acharya and preacher of the Chaitanya cult of devotional service. He was a very influential personality, and nondevotees were very much afraid of him. Empowered by Sri Nityananda Prabhu, he was always in ecstasy and was extremely kind to all fallen souls. It is said that if he offered obeisances to any stone other than a salagrama-sila, it would immediately fracture. It is also said that Abhiram Thakur had a whip and that whoever he touched with it would immediately become an elevated devotee of Krishna. Among his many disciples, Sriman Srinivas Acharya was the most famous and the most dear, but it is doubtful that he was his initiated disciple."

      

 

Wed, 15 April 2020
Soul-Searching and Hole-Searching
"You can examine yourself and check it yourself—you are practising Krishna consciousness, you are chanting kirtans, chanting many rounds of the Holy Name, but are you getting the result?"
Download the audio (1.2 Mb, 3 min | 4 March 2020)

 

Thu, 16 April 2020
Service Hardships
"If some obstacles or danger come when you are doing service to the Lord, this is the Lord's mercy. What is more important, the guru or his photo? What is bigger, the word of the scripture or the word of the guru?"
Download the audio (2.7 Mb, 7 min | 4 March 2020)

 

Fri, 17 April 2020 (Tomorrow is Sri Varuthini ekadasi)
Careless Life
"The Name of Krishna is so sweet. Always remember what I am telling you. When you lose appetite, you become worried, but when you chant the Holy Name less, it should worry you even more. Still, we do not want to chant the Holy Name..."
Download the audio (1.6 Mb, 4 min | 4 March 2020)

Late Afternoon Kirtans
Entering the assembly of Vaishnavs and devotees, His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj chants several kirtans before commencing the pre-arati late afternoon class: Parama karuna Gaurangera duti pada Yasosa Nandana Krsna Hare Krsna maha-mantra
Download the audio (7.7 Mb, 19 min | 4 March 2020)

 


Today in the calendar: Disappearance of Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur.

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj: "Even if you do not know anything about the Vaishnav mentioned in the calendar, you must still give them 'jay' on this day."


 

In honour of Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur:

~ Pranam-mantra ~

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Composed by Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur:

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

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

Prayers to Sri Vaishnav Thakur:

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

SONG: Ohe Vaisnava Thakura | (ওহে) বৈষ্ণব ঠাকুর
"O worshippable Vaishnav, ocean of grace, be merciful to this servant. Give me the shade of your feet and purify me. I clasp your feet. You can give Krishna, you have that power. Calling, 'Krishna!' 'Krishna!', I run after you."

SONG: Ki-rupe paiba seva | কিরূপে পাইব সেবা
"I am so wicked, how will I ever get service? I do not have any attachment to Sri Guru and Vaishnavs! Prabhu, you see no fault in others, you are the saviour of the fallen. Please deliver Narottam this time!"

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

SONG: Ye anila prema-dhana | যে আনিল প্রেমধন
"Where has Advaita Acharya gone? Where are my Svarup, Rupa, Sanatan? Where is my Raghunath? Where are the saviours of the fallen souls?"

 

Sat, 18 April 2020 (Sri Varuthini ekadasi)
Bankarai Krishna's Trick
"On the one hand, the Lord says He will not give you material things, and on the other hand, He says that He will give you material things. How can that be? Krishna is known as Bankarai, it means He is very crafty—whenever something goes one way, Krishna always finds a clever way around it."
Download the audio (3.5 Mb, 9 min | 4 March 2020)

Preaching at Sri Nrisingha Palli Temple
(18 April 2020 | 9 photographs, 1 Mb)
On the merciful order of Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj, devotees at Sri Nrisingha Palli start relief service in the area by taking up distribution of rice, potato, and a chance for eternal spiritual benefit among the people afflicted by the lockdown. [Apart from this, devotees in the temples around India are continuing the services steadily and peacefully in the eternal shelter of the holy lotus feet of Sri Gurupadpadma.]

 


Today in the calendar: Fast on Varuthini Ekadashi. Disappearance of Sriyukta Saurindranath Bhakti Varidhi Prabhu (a prominent disciple of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur and a close associate and supporter of Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj).

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj: "Even if you do not know anything about the Vaishnav mentioned in the calendar, you must still give them 'jay' on this day."


 

Sripad Saurindranath Bhakti Varidhi Mahodaya
"By attaining one drop of the firm constancy for endeavouring to serve Sri Gaura Krishna under the guidance of Srila Prabhupad and His associate—the Acharya of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math—that was observed in his life and up until his last moment, even a fallen soul like myself could become qualified for eternal good fortune and be supremely blessed."

 

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

 

Sun, 19 April 2020
Patita-Pavan
"We worship Lord Sri Krishna, who is so merciful, but Gauranga Mahaprabhu is even more merciful. Nityananda Prabhu said, 'Prabhu, what are you doing? If You do not rescue them, then why is Your name patita-pavan?'"
Download the audio (2.6 Mb, 6 min | 4 March 2020)

 

Mon, 20 April 2020
Stench of Barren Hearts
"The holy narrations about the Lord—Sri Rupa-Raghunath katha—will never enter our ears and will never take a seat within our hearts for as long as we have material desires. Srila Gaura Kishor Das Babaji Maharaj said very beautiful words..."
Download the audio (1.9 Mb, 5 min | 4 March 2020)

 

Tue, 21 April 2020
Chitraketu's Example
"Always remember this and always be alert. Whatever your situation is—whether you live in a forest, in a jungle or anywhere else—always chant the Holy Name, and you will get supreme benefit."
Download the audio (4 Mb, 10 min | 4 March 2020)

 

Wed, 22 April 2020
Live In Sadhu-Sanga
"It is necessary to keep good association. Do not gossip, do not discuss 'village talks,' 'village news'—only glorify Lord Krishna, only glorify the Supreme Lord, then you will get supreme benefit."
Download the audio (2.6 Mb, 7 min | 4 March 2020 | Bengali)

 

Thu, 23 April 2020 (Appearance of Sri Gadadhar Pandit Goswami)
Entering Line of Devotion
"Bona fide disciples always place the order of their Guru on their heads and follow that. Many think, 'I have taken initiation from a very big guru.' There is no question of somebody being a big guru or a small guru. When you get enrolled into a school, you must study and practise."
Download the audio (1.2 Mb, 3 min | 4 March 2020 | Bengali)

 


Today in the calendar: Appearance of Sri Gadadhar Pandit Goswami.

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj: "Even if you do not know anything about the Vaishnav mentioned in the calendar, you must still give them 'jay' on this day."


 

In honour of Srila Gadadhar Pandit Goswami:

— { Pranam mantra of Sri Gadadhar Pandit Goswami } —

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

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

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

Sri Gadadhar Pandit: Mahaprabhu's Shadow
(A chapter from His Divine Grace's Bengali book Sri Puri Dham Mahatmya-mukta-mala)
"Sri Gadadhar Pandit stayed with Mahaprabhu from his childhood. His father's name was Madhav Misra, and his mother's name was Ratnavali Devi. They lived in Mayapur near Jagannath Misra's house. Mahaprabhu could never stay without Gadadhar Pandit, and Gadadhar Pandit could not stay without Mahaprabhu even a moment too..."

At Sri Chatak Parvat and Sri Tota Gopinath Temple
His Divine Grace is speaking at the bhajan-kutir of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur and Sri Tota Gopinath temple on the first day of Sri Puri Dham parikrama, telling the pastimes of Srila Haridas Thakur's disappearance and Srila Gadadhar Pandit.
Download the audio (4.9 Mb, 13 min | 14 July 2015 | Bengali)

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

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

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

 


 

Prayers to Sri Vaishnav Thakur:

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

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

SONG: Ohe Vaisnava Thakura | (ওহে) বৈষ্ণব ঠাকুর
"O worshippable Vaishnav, ocean of grace, be merciful to this servant. Give me the shade of your feet and purify me. I clasp your feet. You can give Krishna, you have that power. Calling, 'Krishna!' 'Krishna!', I run after you."

SONG: Ki-rupe paiba seva | কিরূপে পাইব সেবা
"I am so wicked, how will I ever get service? I do not have any attachment to Sri Guru and Vaishnavs! Prabhu, you see no fault in others, you are the saviour of the fallen. Please deliver Narottam this time!"

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

 

 

Fri, 24 April 2020 (Appearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Aloka Paramahamsa Maharaj)
Qualities in Vaishnav Domain
"When it comes to Vaishnavs, there is no question of someone being small or big, this is not external, material world where people judge who is whose disciple, where people think that you must pay obeisance only to those who are older. Everybody has different kind of devotion, and everybody should be given honour."
Download the audio (1.6 Mb, 4 min | 4 March 2020 | Bengali)

 


Today in the calendar: Appearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Aloka (Bhaktyaloka) Paramahamsa Maharaj (his brahmachari name is Sri Mahananda Prabhu; a diksa disciple of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhu and a sannyas disciple of Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, founder of Sri Paramahamsa Gaudiya Math in Sri Dham Mayapur).

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj: "Even if you do not know anything about the Vaishnav mentioned in the calendar, you must still give them 'jay' on this day."


 

 

Sat, 25 April 2020 (Appearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Vichar Jajavar Maharaj)
Preparing for Parikrama of Antardwip
"Tomorrow is the parikrama of Sri Antardwip, it is the island of atma-nivedan, or saranagati. We sing about 'goptrtve varan' (embracing Lord's guirdianship), but these only words for us—we do not apply it in our own lives. We forget that Krishna protects us."
Download the audio (3.2 Mb, 8 min | 5 March 2020 | Bengali)

Evening Kirtans
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj chants the glories of the Lord and Vaishnavs amidst the holy assembly at the evening programme on the first day of Sri Nabadwip Dham parikrama: Vandanam Gurudev bada krpa kara Sri Krishna Chaitanya Prabhu jive daya kari' Thakura Vaishnava-gana Nitai-guna-mani amara Yadi Gaura na ha'ta tabe ki ha-ita Hari Hari viphale janama Hare Krishna maha-mantra
Download the audio (14.8 Mb, 36 min | 5 March 2020)

Evening Arati
Amidst holy Vaishnavs and fortunate devotees, His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj leads the evening arati at Sri Nrisingha Palli Temple chanting Nitai Chaitanya arati Gaura Arati and Saraswat Arati.
Download the audio (11.6 Mb, 28 min | 4 March 2020)

 


Today in the calendar: Appearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Vichar Jajavar Maharaj (a disciple of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad and a dear associate of Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj).

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj: "Even if you do not know anything about the Vaishnav mentioned in the calendar, you must still give them 'jay' on this day."

 


 

In honour of Srila Bhakti Vichar 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, spoken on Srila Jajavar Maharaj's disappearance day)
"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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Sun, 26 April 2020 (Beginning of 21-day Chandan Yatra of Sri Jagannath; Aksaya Tritiya)
Dham-Consciousness
"Walk here with your head and heart. Every single particle of dust here is the holy dust from the lotus feet of Vaishnavs and great souls who are here in Sri Nabadwip Dham. All demigods come here and roll in the holy dust of this abode, but we cannot see it."
Download the audio (1.8 Mb, 5 min | 6 March 2020 | Bengali)

Evening Kirtans
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj chants the glories of the Lord and Vaishnavs amidst the holy assembly at the evening programme on the second day of Sri Nabadwip Dham parikrama: Nitai-pada-kamala Emona durmati Janama saphala tara Narada-muni bhajaya vina Hare Krishna maha-mantra Suddha-bhakata charana-renu.
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সাধুসঙ্গের সর্ব্ব শ্রেষ্ঠ ফল (ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রীল ভক্তি নির্ম্মল আচার্য্য মহারাজের হরি-কথামৃত)
"যে গৌড়ীয়া-বৈষ্ণবগণ শ্রীরূপানুগ-ধারায় আচরণ করেছেন, তাদেরকে বাদ দিয়ে কিছু হতে পারে না । এই লাইনের বাহিরে গেলে আমাদের কোন কাজ নয় । কিন্তু এখানে একটা সমস্যা আছে । বহু ভাগ্যের ফলে আমরা এই মানব জন্ম লাভ করেছি কিন্তু খাওয়ার লোভে, অর্থের লোভে, মুক্তির লোভে, ভুক্তির লোভে, ভোগ-বাসনার জন্য আমরা এই সাধন-ভজনের ফল অবলম্বন করতে পারি না ।"

 


Today in the calendar: Beginning of twenty-one-day-long Chandan Yatra of Sri Sri Jagannathdev. Aksaya Tritiya: an auspicious day to start some works.

"I am Gora's!"
"Today is a very good auspicious day. Every year we make this festival, Sri Sri Chandan-yatra maha-mahotsav. It takes place in several places, and mainly this festival takes place in Puri. Gurudev also wanted to make this festival in Nabadwip."
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Mon, 27 April 2020
No Quarantine in Practising Life
"It has been one month now since we have been indoors. It is a little boring, but we cannot do anything. This disease can affect our body and make us sick, that is why we must be always careful. We keep social distance, but not mental distance—not heart distance."
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Construction News from Sri Nrisingha Palli Temple
(27 April 2020 | 12 photographs, 1.5 Mb)
Sharing happy news from Sri Nrisingha Palli Temple: soon after Sri Gaura Purnima Festival, Sri Gurupadpadma Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj has commenced construction works to arrange for one more floor atop sri nat mandir for devotees' accommodation during the festival. Although the works were halted by the country-wide lockdown, the construction has progressed quite rapidly with most walls already erected.

Sri Gurupadpadma's Darshan
(26 April 2020 | 8 photographs, 0.7 Mb)
Sri Gurupadpadma Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj showers his causeless mercy on the fortunate souls all over the world by bestowing upon them the eternal benefit of his nourishing Hari-katha and holy association.

 

Tue, 28 April 2020
Heart of Devotional Life
"We can leave this world at any moment, we do not even know if we will stay in this world until tomorrow; but even if we stay only until tomorrow, we can still chant the Holy Name, we can remember our guru-varga, their instruction—that will be good for us."
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Today in the calendar: Appearance of Sripad Shankaracharya (a highly empowered manifestation of Siva whom Lord Krishna sent to the earth to conceal the true purport of the Vedanta; He is renowned as the greatest proponent of impersonalism). Disappearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Vilas Gabhastinemi Maharaj (a diksa and sannyas disciple of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad).

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj: "Even if you do not know anything about the Vaishnav mentioned in the calendar, you must still give them 'jay' on this day."


 

In honour of Sri Shankaracharya:

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

(Sri Nabadwip Dham Mahatmya, chapter 15)

 

Wed, 29 April 2020
Proper Receiver and Proper Mother
"(1) To be a proper receiver actually means you must attentively concentrate your mind, concentrate your life and think only how to fulfil Gurudev's desire, how to make Gurudev happy, how to make the Lord happy. (2) If a mother becomes a good devotee herself, then she will be able to teach her children Krishna consciousness properly with her good association."
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আনুগত্যময়ী ভজন (ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রীল ভক্তি নির্ম্মল আচার্য্য মহারাজের হরি-কথামৃত)
"আসলাম, এক দিন শুধু নাচলে গাইলে, সাত দিন ধরে থাকলাম, এখানে একদিন কীর্ত্তন করলাম, একটু প্রসাদ পেলাম—সেটা প্রাণহীন করলে ঠিক মত ভজন হবে না । সন্ধ্যা হলে ঘণ্টা বাজান, একটু শঙ্খে ফুঁ মারেন, ফুলটুল দেন, ধূপ দেন, বলে আমাদের হরিভজন হয়ে গিয়েছে । হতে হয় না, হতে পারেও না ।"

 

Thu, 30 April 2020
Meaning of Chastity
"Chastity is a very high thing. Those who have chastity, do not think about anything else, they do not want to hear anything else, they do not want to listen to anything else, they do not want to know anything else—they only know their Guru."
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Today in the calendar: Jahnu Saptami. Sri Jahnavi Puja (Sri Ganga Puja).

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj: "Even if you do not know anything about the Vaishnav mentioned in the calendar, you must still give them 'jay' on this day."


 

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

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

(Sri Nabadwip Dham Mahatmya, chapter 13)

 

Visiting Holy Places: Pleasure Hunting?
"'The trouble of visiting holy places is simply a mental delusion—all possible perfection is the feet of Govinda.' You can ask me, 'Maharaj, then why are you going there, why are taking us with you?' Do you know the answer?"
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Glory of Manasi Ganga
"This Haridev Temple is located to the south of Manasi Ganga. When it came to the temple of Asadi Purnima, Nanda Maharaj, Mother Yasoda and other Vraja-basis wanted to travel to the Ganges to bathe in her water..."
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Niskam Bhakti: With Heart and Soul
'Do not show false renunciation, devotion must be in the heart. Love with heart and soul—serve heart and soul. If you show you are doing some service, but in your mind you are asking for something else from the Lord, from your Guru, it is not niskam bhakti.'

 

Sri Sri Prema-Vivarta
“Brother, leave worldly action, knowledge, yoga, and so on—leave them all behind and accept the Name as all-in-all. Then you will conquer samsara very soon.”

Nistha [be fixed]: what I will do, I will do that every day. 'I am only doing today,
next day I am not doing'—this is not devotion, this is emotion.

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