MONTHLY ARCHIVE OF UPDATES

OCTOBER 2018

 

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

 

Tue, 2 October 2018:
Guidance, Issue #16 (EPUB file, 0.9 Mb)
An ePub file for offline reading on mobile phones and tablets containing the lectures of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj published here from July to September 2018. We pray this serves as a source of guidance, nourishment, and life to all the devotees and well-wishers worldwide.

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 


Sri Ekadasi Guidance
Guidelines on how to observe and honour this holy day: Ekadasi takes an indispensible part in the life of a sincere practitioner. At Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Ekadasi and paran are observed with affection and without fail according to the dates given in the Calendar.

"Sri Ekadasi" (Sri Sri Prema Vivarta)
"One day, Gaurahari left the Gundicha Temple and sat in the Jagannath Vallabha garden. It was pure Ekadasi, and the Lord spent the whole day and night chanting the Name of Krishna..."

SONG: Suddha-bhakata | শুদ্ধ ভকত-চরণ-রেণু
"I carefully observe the holy days related to Madhava, they are the mother of devotion."

SONG: Sri hari-vasare | শ্রীহরি-বাসরে হরি
"On the holy day of Sri Hari, Sriman Mahaprabhu, the life and soul of the universe, began dancing..."

ADDITIONAL READING:

"Observing Ekadasi" (by Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj)
"Ekadasi Vrata: Make Your Guru Happy" (by Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj)
"No Other Shelter" (by Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj)
"Mahadvadasi" (by Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj)
"Ekadasi and liberation" (by Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj)
"Ekadasi Tithi: One of the Practices" (by Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj)
Yogini Ekadasi

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

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

 


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 


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

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

 


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

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

 


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

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

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

 


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

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

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

 

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

 


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

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

 

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

 

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OFFLINE READING, ePub:
(All lectures of His Divine Grace Om Visnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj posted here on the website)
Issue #1 (31 Dec '14)
Issue #2 (2015/1)
Issue #3 (2015/2)
Issue #4 (2015/3)
Issue #5 (2015/4)
Issue #6 (2016/1)
Issue #7 (2016/2)
Issue #8 (2016/3)
Issue #9 (2016/4)
Issue #10 (2017/1)
Issue #11 (2017/2)
Issue #12 (2017/3)
Issue #13 (2017/4)
Issue #14 (2018/1)
Issue #15 (2018/2)
Issue #16 (2018/3)

 


 

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.'

 

Sri Sri Prema-Vivarta
“Withdraw your affection from the world and dedicate it to the lotus feet of Krishna.”

We are preaching, but preaching for whom? For myself? Preaching what? Our own things? No, we must preach for our Gurudev.

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