MONTHLY ARCHIVE OF UPDATES

DECEMBER 2018

 

Sat, 1 December 2018:
Devotional Relationship
"Days are passing very quickly while we waste time on so many nonsense things, on sleeping, eating, enjoying. We must learn something from Gurudev. We must have full surrender, and surrender means not just saying it with your mouth—you must show what your surrender is."
Download the audio (2.7 Mb, 8 min | 16 October 2018)

Отношения преданных [16 октября 2018, часть 3]
«Дни проходят очень быстро, а мы тратим время на так много бесполезных дел, на сон, еду и наслаждение. Мы должны учиться на примере Гурудева. Мы должны предаться полностью. „Предаться“ значит не просто говорить на словах: мы должны показать, какое у нас самопредание».

 

— · Sri Vyasa Puja Invitation · —
Dear Godbrothers and Sisters, Devotees and Friends,
This year, the supremely auspicious day of the divine advent of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Ananta-sri-vibhusita Paramahamsa-kula-chudamani Jagad-Guru Sri Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj manifests on a Monday, 24 December 2018.
On this day, the members of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, under the guidance and in the shelter of the holy lotus feet of the worshippable President-Acharya, Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Sri Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj, shall hold a special programme of worship, revered offerings, kirtan, lectures, glorification of Sri Guru and Vaishnavs, as well as prasad distribution and many other devotional activities.
We shall feel obliged to have the kind company of you and your friends for this celebration to enhance this great festival at our centres in India, as well as branches worldwide.

 

Sun, 2 December 2018:
No Mercy—No Nothing
"We can practise Krishna consciousness life, we can practise the proper conception only by the mercy and will of Gurudev. Without the mercy of Gurudev, we cannot do anything. Without Gurudev's mercy it is impossible to serve Gurudev or understand Gurudev."
Download the audio (1.2 Mb, 4 min | 1 December 2018)

Нет милости — нет ничего [1 декабря 2018, часть 1]
«Мы можем практиковать жизнь в сознании Кришны, практиковать подлинное учение лишь по милости и воле Гурудева. Без милости Гурудева мы ничего не можем сделать: без милости Гурудева невозможно служить Гурудеву или понять Гурудева».

 

Mon, 3 December 2018: (Sri Utpanna ekadasi, tomorrow paran is 6:07-9:40 a.m.)
Preaching in Baduria (Khamarpara)
(2 December 2018 | 19 photographs, 2 Mb)
To the joy of the devotees and nourishment of all assembled fortunate souls, His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj attends two large preaching programmes in the district of Basirhat on Sunday.

In Earnest
"You should have some good brain to understand how to serve the Guru and Guru-varga. Ask your heart sincerely—how much of your life have you sacrificed for your Guru, for the Mission, for Krishna consciousness? Can you sacrifice 100% or even 50% of your life?"
Download the audio (2.1 Mb, 6 min | 1 December 2018)

Всерьез [1 декабря 2018, часть 2]
«Для того, чтобы понять, как служить Гуру и Гуру-варге, нужно иметь хорошие мозги. Спросите у своего сердца со всех искренностью: какой процент вашей жизни вы отдали вашему Гуру, миссии, сознанию Кришны? Можете ли принести в жертву 100% или хотя бы 50% жизни?»

 


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

 

Tue, 4 December 2018:
No Joyriding
"You must understand that devotees are giving money from their hearts so that you could come to India to serve me—so it is necessary to serve properly. When you come to serve your Guru, you must be serious: 'I will follow Krishna consciousness properly.'"
Download the audio (3.2 Mb, 9 min | 1 December 2018)

Не место для развлечений [1 декабря 2018, часть 3]
«Ты должен понять, что преданные дают тебе деньги от всего сердца, чтобы ты мог приехать в Индию служить мне; поэтому, когда ты приезжаешь, необходимо служить как следует Когда приходишь служить Гуру, нужно быть серьезным: „Я буду искренне следовать сознанию Кришны“».

Preaching in Basirhat
(3 December 2018 | 6 photographs, 0.6 Mb)
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj spends Sri Utthan Ekadasi in Basirhat, continuing the preaching programme there. Sharing a few photographs from the midday programme.

 


In Honour of Sri Narahari Sarkar:

Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj: "Narahari Sarkar belongs to the section of devotees who are more fond of Krishna-lila. Their vision is, 'We do not recognise You to be a sannyasi! You are that Krishna of Vrindavan, we know You well! Here, You have only put on a garment—You are wrapping Yourself in the garment of a sannyasi—but it is Your external acquaintance. We know well who You really are and we must admit that we do not like this forged identity of Yours.' This is their temperament. Rather, they feel much pain, 'What is the necessity for You to be practising penances as a sannyasi, going through so many hardships, not taking food properly, not resting in a proper bed, etc.? Our hearts are aching, but You do not care for that. How can we tolerate all these things?' That is their nature and complaint to Mahaprabhu. They feel that it is all a sham."

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.

Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhu [Purport to Sri Jiva Goswami Prabhur Sochaka]
"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)

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."

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."

 

Wed, 5 December 2018:
Preaching in Basirhat
(3-4 December 2018 | 6 photographs, 0.6 Mb)
Photographs from the last two programmes (Monday evening and Tuesday afternoon) held in Basirhat district and attended by His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj.

 

 

Thu, 6 December 2018:
Nurture Service Life
"It is necessary to have a strongest desire to serve. We must be serious in our spiritual life. For money, name and fame, for their own interest people go here and there, tasting everything like prostitutes. Krishna consciousness life is not like that."
Download the audio (3 Mb, 9 min | 1 December 2018)

Заботьтесь о служении [1 декабря 2018, часть 4]
«Необходимо иметь очень сильное желание служить. Будьте серьезны в духовной жизни. Ради денег, ради имени и славы, ради собственных интересов люди мечутся из места в место, пробуя все, как проститутки. Это не сознание Кришны».

 

Fri, 7 December 2018: (Disappearance of Srila Jagabandhu Bhaktiranjan Prabhu)
Auspicious Arrival: Kadigachha and Betur
(6 December 2018 | 17 photographs, 1.5 Mb)
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj makes a brief visit to the nearly completed temple of Sri Sada Siva in Kadigachha, as well as the temple in Betur.

 

 

Srestharyya Sripad Jagabandhu Das Adhikari (From The Harmonist)
"THE day before the close of the spiritual Exhibition that had been organised in the spacious compound of the Gaudiya-Math, which function formed the concluding, activity of the long series of the festivities of the auspicious Inauguration of the New Buildings of the Math, Srestharyya Sripad Jagabandhu Das Adhikari Bhaktiranjan, the donor and architect of those superb Buildings, took his departure from the scene of unique devotional labours with the supreme satisfaction that his soul had at last found and successfully performed his duty to Godhead and humanity...."

 

Sat, 8 December 2018:
The Tenth Offence
"Surrender is first and foremost. The tenth offence was kept for the last: if you chant the Holy Name but the mood of 'I' and 'mine' does not go away, then you must understand that your chanting is not the Holy Name, it has all been Nama-aparadh."

Десятое оскобление [2 декабря 2018]
«Предание важнее всего. Десятое оскорбление приберегли напоследок: если человек повторяет Святое Имя, но это настроение, когда человек только думает в рамках „я“ и „мое“, не уходит, тогда нужно понимать, что такое повторение не является Святым Именем, это все Нама-апарадха».

Vaishnav Seva in Vrindavan
(7 December 2018 | 5 photographs, 0.5 Mb)
Photographs from the Vaishnav seva festival held in the memory and honour of Sripad Daityadas Prabhu, a long term servitor in the temples at Sri Govardhan and Sri Vrindavan, who passed away on 4 December 2018.

 

Sun, 9 December 2018:
Preaching Programme in Tarakeshwar
(8 December 2018 | 20 photographs, 1.6 Mb)
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj attends a large preaching programme arranged by the devotees in Tarakeshwar. Sharing the photographs taken during the evening programme on the first day.

Evening arati
• Sri Gaura Arati (Kiba jaya jaya Gaurachander) • Sri Saraswat Arati (Jayare jayare jaya gaura-sarasvati) • Hare Krishna maha-mantra • Jaya dhvani.
Download the audio (10 Mb, 28 min | 8 December 2018)

Evening class
• Vandana • Jaiva dharma • Tarakeshwar temple background • Mahaprabhu's advent and stay in Puri • Human birth and promise • Sadhus' mission • Daily service in Krishna's family • Kali-yuga's dharma • Devotee and barber • Real connection through a real Guru • Harinam and Nama-aparadh • Conscious service
Download the audio (35.7 Mb, 99 min | 8 December 2018 | Bengali)

 

Mon, 10 December 2018:
"O Vaishnav Thakur!" [9 December 2018 | Tarakeshwar]
"We cannot have the darshan of Lord Siva with these eyes. Do we have the eyes? We have the eyes for maya—we always see the things of illusory world. Devotees pray to Lord Siva for forgiveness of their offences. If you ask him for forgiveness, he is very merciful, he can remove your offences..."

«О вайшнав тхакур!» [9 декабря 2018]
«Этими глазами мы не можем получить даршан Господа Шивы. Есть ли у нас глаза? У нас есть глаза для майи: мы только видим вещи иллюзорного мира. Преданные молятся Господу Шиве о прощении оскорблений. Если вы попросите у него прощения, он очень милостив и может устранить ваши оскорбления».

Preaching Programme in Tarakeshwar: Day Two
(9 December 2018 | 29 photographs, 2.7 Mb)
The second part of the preaching programme in Tarakeshwar: His Divine Grace leads Harinam sankirtan to the temple of Sri Taraknath Sivji Maharaj in downtown Tarakeshwar and blesses devotees with the further flow of Hari-katha.

Morning class
• Always chant Krishna Nam • Karma and seva: poison and benefit • Darshan of Lord Siva • Feet dust • Brahma's disillusionment • Maya Devi attacks the weak • Meaning of asirvad (blessing) • Jivan Chakravarti and Sanatan Goswami's touchstone • Having no faith is greatest offence • Mahaprabhu's talk with Ramananda Ray • Prahlad Maharaj's devotion • Jiva souls' coming and going • Indra's curse • Jaiva dharma • Humility • Read books and practise sincerely • Sanatan Goswami's Vaishnav seva • Draupadi's Vaishnava seva • Leaving visaya (Sanatan Goswami, Raghunath Das Goswami)
Download the audio (32.9 Mb, 93 min | 9 December 2018 | Bengali)

Morning programme kirtans
• Gurudev krpa-bindu diya • Ei-bara karuna kara Vaisnava Gosai • Akrodha paramananda Nityananda Raya • Gaurangera duti pada • Bhaja re bhaja re amara • Hare Krishna maha-mantra.
Download the audio (14.2 Mb, 40 min | 9 December 2018)

 

Tue, 11 December 2018:
What Is Vaishnav Seva? [9 December 2018 | Tarakeshwar]
"We did not come here to become Vaishnavs—we must become servants of the servants of Vaishnavs. We must not think how we can please ourselves—we must think how we can please our Gurudev. We must not only say, 'Oh, their feet dust is the means of my subsistence.' We must have faith."

Что такое вайшнава-сева? [9 декабря 2018]
«Мы не приходим сюда для того, чтобы стать вайшнавами: мы должны стать слугами слуг вайшнавов. Мы не должны думать о том, как нам получить удовольствие; мы должны думать о том, как нам принести радость Гурудеву. Мы должны не только повторять: „Пыль с их стоп — мои пять видов пищи“. Мы должны верить в это».

 

Wed, 12 December 2018:
Devious Distractor [9 December 2018 | Tarakeshwar]
"Chant Hare Krishna and Maya Devi will go away, but she will stand nearby—as soon as you get weak again, she will attack. She is always roaming everywhere waiting to seize you, and once she seizes you she will not let you go."

Козни Майи [9 декабря 2018]
«Повторяйте Харе Кришна, и Майа Деви уйдет, но она останется поблизости: как только вы снова ослабнете, она нападет на вас. Она всегда блуждает повсюду в ожидании, когда на вас можно будет напасть, и когда она вас схватит, она уже не опустит».

 

Thu, 13 December 2018: (Deity Installation Anniversary in Sri Puri Dham)
Sadhus' Blessing [9 December 2018 | Tarakeshwar]
"People come to me and ask, "Maharaj, give me your blessing (asirvad)." Do you know what kind of blessing we give? May you have a good husband, may you have a good wife, may you have a good job, etc.—we do not wish for this. Vaishnavs go house to house distributing such wealth to people by which all the things of this world seem insignificant."

Благословения садху [9 декабря 2018]
«Люди приходят ко мне, предлагают поклоны и просят: „Махарадж, пожалуйста, благословите“. Вы знаете, какое благословение мы даем? Пусть у тебя будет хороший муж, хорошая жена, хорошая работа — мы не желаем ничего такого. Вайшнавы ходят от дома к дому, раздавая такое великое сокровище, что, обретя его, все вещи этого мира теряют всякую ценность».

 


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."

 

Fri, 14 December 2018:
Wait No More [9 December 2018 | Tarakeshwar]
"You have found a bona fide Guru—there is no need to wait any longer! Take shelter of the lotus feet of Gurudev and all these miseries will be over. Have faith. Promise to me that you will not forget Krishna."

Не нужно ждать [9 декабря 2018]
«Вы нашли подлинного гуру: вам больше не нужно ждать, не нужно откладывать! Примите убежище у лотосных стоп Гурудева, и всем этим страданиям настанет конец. Верьте. Пообещайте мне, что не забудете Кришну».

 

Sat, 15 December 2018:
Our Identity [9 December 2018 | Tarakeshwar]
"As you sow so you reap—if I cannot chant the Holy Name in this life, I will have to come back next life. There are 37 000 jiva souls standing in the queue at every moment, and only one of them gets a human birth. What happends to the rest of the 36 999 souls?"

Кто мы [9 декабря 2018]
«Что посеешь, то и пожнешь. Если в этой жизни я не смогу повторять Святое Имя, мне придется вернуться в следующей жизни, и никто не знает, что за жизнь я получу. Каждое мгновение в очереди стоит 37 000 душ и лишь одна из них получает человеческое рождение. Что происходит с остальными 36 999 душами?»

 

 

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Nimai's Playground: Body, Mind, Soul
Nityananda Prabhu is remembering Pastimes of Mahaprabhu: 'He is the master, protector, and maintainer of the whole world. He is the shinning moon of Mayapur, dissipating the dark ignorance of the world, He is the source of all nectar for all of Nabadwip.'

 

Sri Sri Prema-Vivarta
“A proper renunciant easily attains devotion: everything they do is purified by devotion to Krishna.”

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 the Guru.

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