MONTHLY ARCHIVE OF UPDATES

JUNE 2017

 

Thu, 1 June 2017:
Sincere and Eternal Service
"Govinda always rests in the heart of His devotee. Always remember it and serve sincerely. On the days when there is service going on in some place, that place is Goloka Vrindavan, and this is not a matter of one day only—you serve the Lord constantly, eternally."
Download the audio (2 Mb, 6 min | Bengali | 27 May 2017)

 

Fri, 2 June 2017:
Irresistible Devotion
What kind of devotion and humility has the power to capture the Lord? What should be our attitude and mentality? His Divine Grace says, "This is what the scriptures say and it is necessary to listen to these things."
Download the audio (1 Mb, 6 min | Bengali | 27 May 2017)

 

Sat, 3 June 2017:
Devotees' Deities
His Divine Grace reminds us of the common grand heritage of Srila Sanatan Goswami, Rupa Goswami, Swami Haridas, Gauri Das Pandit, Dvijavaninath, Vishnupriya Devi, Srila Prabhupad and Srila Gurudev.
Download the audio (0.8 Mb, 3 min | Bengali | 27 May 2017)

 

Sun, 4 June 2017:
Sri Gita: Primary Scripture
"You can read Gita at any time, no problem. Gita is our primary scripture. Read Gita—memorise it and keep it in your heart; and not only to learn it by heart and keep it in your heart, it is necessary to follow what is written in Gita."
Download the audio (1.1 Mb, 4 min | Bengali | 27 May 2017)

In honour of Sri Ganga Mata Goswamini and Srila Baladev Vidyabhusan Prabhu, from the archive:

Ganga Mata Goswamini
"There was once a young girl, a daughter of a good Odisha king, who got much mercy from Jagannath. She always served in the Jagannath temple—made garlands and did whatever other service there was..."
Download the audio (1.6 Mb, 5 min | 24 September 2009)

From Sri Guru and His Grace:
"Srila Baladev Vidyabhusan's contribution to the sampradaya is no less important than that of the other great stalwarts in the line. Baladev Vidyabhusan was very akin to the Madhva sampradaya, but when he came in connection with Visvanath Chakravarti Thakur, he showed great interest in Gaudiya–Vaisnavism. He has also commented on the Srimad Bhagavatam and Jiva Goswami's Sat-sandarbha, and that enlightened thought is a valuable contribution to our sampradaya. We cannot dismiss him, he is our Guru."

 

Mon, 5 June 2017: (Sri Nirjal Ekadasi)
Sincere Practice
His Divine Grace speaks on what sincere devotional practice is and what it is not: "Do not keep material desires in your heart. You must remove all dirty things from your heart by continuously hearing Hari-katha—then the seed of devotion will sprout."
Download the audio (2.4 Mb, 7 min | Bengali | 27 May 2017)


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..."

 

Tue, 6 June 2017:
Jada-Vidya
"Material knowledge means all knowledge besides the knowledge about devotion. Our prayer is, 'When will we be able to give up such knowledge?'"
Download the audio (1.1 Mb, 3 min | Bengali | 27 May 2017)

 

Wed, 7 June 2017: (Chira-dadhi mahotsav of Srila Raghunath Das Goswami: Festival at Sri Panihati)
Preaching at Grand Festival in Sri Panihati
(7 June 2017 | 10 photographs, 0.6 Mb)
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj is attending the annual preaching festival in Sri Panihati distributing the mercy of the Lord in all fourteen directions.

 

Srila Raghunath Das Goswami Sochaka | শ্রীল-রঘুনাথদাস-গোস্বামি-
(This kirtan is usually sung on the day of Sri Panihati Festival)
"When Raghunath Das heard that Rupa and Sanatan had gone to Vrindavan, he gave up all rights to his estate and the comforts of a life like that of Indra, and went to Mahaprabhu."

Panihati
"We have been to Panihati for chira-dadhi mahotsav, it is the place where Srila Raghunath Das Goswami Prabhu received mercy of Sri Nityananda Prabhu. It is not so far from Dum Dum Park, and it is a very nice place, on the bank of the Ganges..."
Download the audio (3 Mb, 8 min | 3 November 2010)

Treading the Wrong Path
Trying to cut a shortcut and fostering chauvinism will not take you far: without getting mercy of Gurudev, your attempts to reach the goal will be thwarted; by discriminating against householders you can end up in hell.
or Download the audio (1 Mb, 3 min | 3 June 2015)

Srila Raghunath Das Goswami: Breaking Free
"He wanted to take a roundabout zigzag route, avoiding Nityananda Prabhu and going directly to Mahaprabhu, but every time he went to Mahaprabhu, Mahaprabhu rejected him and sent him back to his home...."
Download the audio (1.7 Mb, 5 min | 25 October 2015)

Real Mercy, Real Service
Real mercy: "Getting mercy means getting service: if you have service, you have mercy."
Real service: "Practise properly, keep proper association, and always avoid the Nama aparadh, seva aparadh, dham aparadh, Vaishnav aparadh. Chant the Holy Name properly, without deceit, and with proper attention and service mood."
or Download the audio (1 Mb, 2 min | 30 May 2015)

দণ্ড মহৎসব (ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রীল ভক্তি নির্ম্মল আচার্য্য মহারাজের হরি-কথামৃত)
"আপনারা বহু ভাগ্যের ফলে আজকে এখনে রঘুনাথদাস গোস্বামীর দণ্ড মহৎসব করতে আসলেন । দণ্ড মানে কি ? শাস্তি । এই শাস্তি এই জগতের শাস্তি নয়—এই শাস্তি যদি কেউ পেলে, ভগবদ-ধামে যাওয়া যায় ।"

মায়ার চিন্তা বা কৃষ্ণের চিন্তা ? (ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রীল ভক্তি নির্ম্মল আচার্য্য মহারাজের হরি-কথামৃত)
"আপনার যেটা দরকার প্রযোজন, সেইটা গ্রহণ করেন, এর বেশি দরকার নেই, তা ছাড়া আপনারা শন্তি লাভ করতে পারবে না । আমরা মায়ার কারা কিন্তু আমরা সবাই এক পরিবারের লোক—কার পরিবার? আমরা কৃষ্ণের সংসারের মানুষ, আমরা মায়ার সংসারের মানুষ নয় ।"

আমাদের একমাত্র উপায় (ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রীল ভক্তি নির্ম্মল আচার্য্য মহারাজের হরি-কথামৃত)
"কুটীনাটি যদি বাদ দিয়ে সরল ভাবে বৈষ্ণবের সেবা করেন, তাহলে দেখবেন আপনারা ভগবানকে লাভ করতে পারেন আর কোন দিন আর এই জন্ম-মৃত্যু-জরা-ব্যাধি ভোগ করতে হবে না । ভগবানের নাম ছাড়া কোন গতি নাই—এই কৃষ্ণনাম করলে অন্য কোন নামের ফল পাওয়া যায় ।"

~· FESTIVALS IN SRI PANIHATI : ARCHIVE PHOTOGRAPHS ·~

 

 

2009-2014
(105 photographs, 8 Mb)
Photographs of the festivals taken over the past several years when our Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math joined under the caring guidance of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj.

 

2015
(10 photographs, 1 Mb)
Photographs taken at the annual chida-dahi festival in Panihati, where Srila Raghunath Das Goswami Prabhu received mercy of Nityananda Prabhu.

 

2016
(17 photographs, 1.3 Mb)
Surrounded by his associates, servitors, and devotees, His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj takes part in the annual festival of flat rice and yoghurt in honour of Srila Raghunath Das Goswami.

 

Thu, 8 June 2017:
Unpretentious Mood
"It is not necessary to show detachment, just as it is not necessary to [externally] show love and affection. The jiva soul wants to serve the Lord, but it cannot because the illusory environment is always pressuring it—it cannot get out of it."
Download the audio (1.3 Mb, 4 min | June 2010)

 

Fri, 9 June 2017: (Anniversary day at Sri Parama Karuna Temple, Caracas)
"Nitai Gaurachandra! Nitai Gaurachandra!"
"...We are very fortunate that we can chant Their Names. Now is the age of Kali, so many things are coming, but if you chant Nitai Gaurachandra all your offences will be removed."
Download the audio (1 Mb, 3 min | 26 June 2010)

 


From the archive:

Parama Karuna Nitai Gaurachandra
"I am always with you, and truly my love and affection are always with you—I cannot forget your service, your love and affection, and how Nitai Gaurachandra constantly bestow Their mercy on you all."
or Download the audio (3.3 Mb, 10 min | 15 June 2011)

Glorious Parama Karuna
"It is such a glorious and happy day! Gaura Nitai wanted to come but They were searching who They would come with. When They finally got Gurudev's good association, They suddenly caught Gurudev's hand and came to Caracas."
or Download the audio (1.8 Mb, 6 min | 3 June 2015)

SONG: Parama karuna | পরম করুণ পহুঁ দুই জন
"Nitai and Gaurachandra are the two most merciful Lords. There are no benefactors in the three worlds as merciful as Them. Hearing of Their glory, birds and animals cry and stones melt."

 

Sat, 10 June 2017: (Disappearance of Srila Shyamananda Prabhu, Sripad Rishabdev Das Adhikari)
Sripad Rishabdev Prabhu: A Miracle Personality
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj is remembering the character and disappearance of Sripad Rishabdev Prabhu: "I have seen so many miracles in my life, and Rishabdev Prabhu is also one kind of a miracle personality. If you see what your scriptures say (they show so many rule and regulations) and if you see Rishabdev Prabhu's case, you will not be able to harmonise it."

Sripad Rishabdev Prabhu's Message
"Dive deep, do not be satisfied with the surface understanding. It is necessary for us to go to the core, and this is beyond all visual, mental, and objective understanding... I have no hope, or even necessity, to know Krishna, but if I can serve guru or the servant of the guru, then I feel this is the perfection."

VIDEO: Sripad Risabdev Prabhu's Message (~40 Mb | 23 min)
Sripad Risabdev Prabhu is speaking a few weeks before his departure on 17 June 2000 sharing his memories of Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad and the sum and substance of his practising life in Krishna consciousness.

 

 

Sun, 11 June 2017:
Your Chance—Your Choice
"When you become old and so many diseases come, how will you serve? When your health is bad, you do not feel like doing anything, you know it yourself. Now your health is good, but every day we waste our time on other things."
Download the audio (1.4 Mb, 5 min | 20 May 2017 | Bengali)

Going Home
Webpages with some useful information and advice for those travelling to India, as well as directions to our 'transit station' temple in Kolkata and the central Math at Sri Nabadwip Dham. The permanent link to these pages can be found on the "Contact us" page.
! IMPORTANT UPDATE:
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj extends his cordial standing invitation to all devotees who wish to come to our Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math's temples in India to serve long- or short-term and requests the devotees who are planning to come to kindly notify Purna Pragya Prabhu who is currently in charge of accommodation and takes care of all Western devotees in India, of their arrival so that the necessary arrangements can be made for your stay.

Purna Pragya Prabhu's contact information:
Email: scsmath.office-at-gmail.com
Phone/whatsapp: (+91) 79-0873-4576.

 

 

 

Mon, 12 June 2017:
Successful Life
"We have got a great fortune to serve the Guru and Vaishnavs, to follow and be chaste to the Guru and Vaishnavs, to live as the Guru and Vaishnavs tell us to live, and if we can use this opportunity, then our life will be successful."
Download the audio (0.9 Mb, 3 min | 20 May 2017 | Bengali)

 

Tue, 13 June 2017:
Chant and Remember
"Chant the Holy Name. Please always remember this. There are many kinds of devotional practices, it is not necessary to practise everything—if you can practise only one thing, it is sufficient."
Download the audio (1.3 Mb, 4 min | 20 May 2017 | Bengali)

 

Wed, 14 June 2017:
The Only Hope and Aspiration
"We have so many hopes—hundreds and hundreds of hopes appear within us—and how much suffering we get in return... Whatever your situation is, you must be happy and satisfied with that because whatever the Lord does, He does it for our benefit."
Download the audio (1 Mb, 3 min | 20 May 2017 | Bengali)

 

Thu, 15 June 2017:
Treading Wrong Path
"We want the mercy of Gurudev—'If you give me your mercy, then everything is possible, otherwise not.' You have heard also what happens to those who make offence to the feet of Guru and Vaishnavs..."
Download the audio (1.2 Mb, 4 min | 20 May 2017 | Bengali)

 

Fri, 16 June 2017:

Open Letter
from His Divine Grace
Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj:

All Glory to Sri Sri Guru Gauranga

Dear Devotees, Friends, and Well-Wishers,

Please accept my dandavat pranam at your feet.

All is well here in India as we are preparing to celebrate Sri Ratha-yatra festival very soon here at Sri Puri Dham.

I am writing to you all with an affectionate advice to please be careful with reading, hearing and spreading different kinds of information that is available on the internet, social networks, etc. Please apply common sense, chastity, and devotional discrimination when you come across resources and information online. I have told it many times that it is necessary to be careful with your association; it is always necessary to be conscious of this and to see where the source is.

I would like to make it clear to all the devotees that all news, official information, guidance or any other information related to Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, as well as my own activities, is always posted here at the official web site of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.

This advice also relates to making donations online. Those who wish to make a donation to the central Math in Nabadwip and its branches in India, can do so using the paypal facility at this website. These donations are received by me personally and are used for the service of the Temples as appropriate.

I pray this finds all devotees of our Mission well and strong in their service and practice.

Your well-wisher,

Swami B.N. Acharya

(16 June 2017)

Translations of the letter into Spanish and Russian are available here.

 

Sat, 17 June 2017:
Love the Lord
"Do you think if you have no money, no wealth, the Lord will not come to you? Those who have a high birth, knowledge and wealth are so proud of themselves, but the Lord is very merciful to those who are poor and needy."
Download the audio (1.6 Mb, 5 min | 20 May 2017 | Bengali)

 

Sun, 18 June 2017:
Chant and Be Chaste
"You must feel taste for the Holy Name, such taste must come. If you chant the Holy Name without offence, then taste will come. We always make offences, but if you chant the Holy Name more and more, then offences will go away."
Download the audio (0.6 Mb, 2 min | 20 May 2017 | Bengali)

SONG: Sujanarvuda-radhita-pada-yugam | সুজনার্ব্বুদরাধিতপাদযুগং
"He is the embodiment of Hari-kirtan. He mercifully relieves Mother Earth of the burden upon her. He is an associate of Sri Gaura, and more kind and affectionate than a father. Eternally I offer my obeisance to my master's feet."

 

Mon, 19 June 2017:
Rare Quality
"It is necessary to learn what the teachings of Mahaprabhu is and accept it. A devotee of Krishna is very rare, but one devotee is capable of delivering the entire universe."
Download the audio (1.2 Mb, 4 min | 20 May 2017 | Bengali)

 

Tue, 20 June 2017: (Sri Yogini Ekadasi)
Why Can We Not Get It?
"At Srivas Pandit's house there was a maidservant Duhkhi—she got Mahaprabhu's mercy. There was a Muslim tailor near Srivas Pandit's house—he too got Mahaprabhu's mercy. A great sinner Chand Kazi broke a mridanga, but even he got Mahaprabhu's mercy. Why can we not get it?"
Download the audio (1.2 Mb, 4 min | 20 May 2017 | Bengali)


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)

 

 

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My Home, My Family, My Place
'Who are my family members? Devotees of Krishna... Master, tie me in front of your door. When your enemy comes, I will keep them away from your house boundary. I will take the remnants of your devotees' prasadam, and when you call me, I will come to you dancing!'

 

Sri Sri Prema-Vivarta
“He is a deceitful sannyasi, but I love His Pastimes. His words are full of nectar.”

If you do not give up these four—dyuta, pana, striya, suna—it is bad for you,
and you can be attacked by Kali Maharaj.

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