MONTHLY ARCHIVE OF UPDATES

MAY 2020

 

 

Fri, 1 May 2020
Embarking On New Life
"Today is your chance, you have got this opportunity to be admitted to this spiritual school, but only taking initiation, only taking shelter of a Guru is not sufficient—you must serve under the guidance of your Guru after that."
Download the audio (2.5 Mb, 6 min | 26 April 2020)

 

Sat, 2 May 2020 (Appearance of Sri Jahnava Devi and Sri Sita Devi)
Go Forward
"Everybody is now staying at home—what are you all doing? Krishna has given you this time to practise. Chant the Holy Name, chant all kirtans, read books. Do whatever you can according to your capacity. Jump to the Lord and give everything to Him!"
Download the audio (2.6 Mb, 7 min | 26 April 2020)

 


Today in the calendar: Gaura Navami. Appearance of Sri Nityananda-shakti, Sri Jahnava Devi, and Sri Rama-shakti, Sri Sita Devi.

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 Sita Devi:

"Lord Ramachandra said to Sri Sita Devi, 'Loving devotion to Me is relished in two ways. O Sita, please hear My words. The joy felt during union with Me is called sambhoga. The joy felt during separation from Me is called vipralambha. My devotees, My eternal associates, desire sambhoga, and by My grace, they experience vipralambha. Devotees know that the sadness felt for My sake during vipralambha is actually the greatest joy. When sambhoga occurs after vipralambha, the happiness felt is ten million times greater than before. Separation from Me is the cause of that happiness. Accept this as truth; the four Vedas affirm it. During My Pastimes as Sri Gauranga, Mother Kausalya, who is known in the Vedas as Aditi, will appear as Sachi Devi. You will serve Me as Visnu Priya. In separation from Me, You will make a Deity of My golden form. In separation from You, I will make a golden Sita and worship You in Ayodhya. In exchange, You will make a Deity of My golden form and worship Me in Nadia. O Sita, these profound topics are very confidential. They will not be revealed to the public now. Nabadwip is very dear to Me: neither Ayodhya nor any other place is equal to it.'"

(Sri Nabadwip Dham Mahatmya, chapter 14)

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)

 

In honour of Sri Jahnava Devi:

Lord Nityananda Prabhu's Sakti
"The Lord has tried to save the souls bounded by maya in so many ways in this Kali-yuga. He was the only child of Hadai Pandit and Padmavati Devi and He left them when He was twelve. Later, He was introduced to Jahnava Devi."
Download the audio (4.7 Mb, 14 min | 29 January 2018 | Bengali)

Nityananda Prabhu's Marriage
"Everybody says that for the devotees Nityananda Prabhu never marries, but He has two saktis, Jahnava and Vasudha. They were actually daughters of Surya Das, Gauri Das Pandit's brother..."
Download the audio (1.2 Mb, 3 min | 20 September 2009)

 

Sun, 3 May 2020
World of Spiritual Practice
"Do you know what is the most important thing? The main thing is that we must practise Krishna consciousness... The problem is that we cannot tolerate anything, we have little patience. Can you not manage without grains on ekadasi? If you try, you definitely can."
Download the audio (2.9 Mb, 7 min | 6 March 2020 | Bengali)

হরি-ভজনের লক্ষণ (ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রীল ভক্তি নির্ম্মল আচার্য্য মহারাজের হরি-কথামৃত)
"যে ভাগবতের কথা গ্রন্থের লেখা আছে, সেই গ্রন্থ আমরা পছন্দ করি না । আমাদের পড়তে ভাল লাগে না, আমাদের কিছু শক্তি আসে না, সেবা-উৎসাহ নেই । আমরা অনেক দিন ধরে দীক্ষা নিয়েছি, কিন্তু আস্তে আস্তে ভজন-সাধন কমিয়ে এনেছি । আমরা সব সময় দেহের চিন্তা করি আর যারা এই পথে আসেন নি, তারা আবার ভগবানের সঙ্গে ছলনা করেন ।"

 

Stench of Barren Hearts
"Everybody offered obeisance to Srila Gaura Kishor Das Babaji Maharaj considering him a great sadhu. Seeing this, one man started imitating Babaji Maharaj—he made a small house nearby, dressed like Babaji Maharaj and started chanting Hare Krishna..."
Download the audio (1.9 Mb, 5 min | 4 March 2020)

 

Mon, 4 May 2020 (Sri Mohini ekadasi)
Your Golden Opportunity
"The whole world is shaking thinking we will die, but this is the time to chant the glories of the Lord—to glorify Bhagavan Krishna's Name, beauty, pastimes. That is why the Lord has brought this kind of situation (this lockdown) into our lives."
Download the audio (1.6 Mb, 4 min | 3 May 2020)

Initiation Ceremony in São Paulo
(3 May 2020 | 6 photographs, 0.5 Mb)
During the recent online class, Sri Gurupadpadma Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj gave Harinam initiation to two fortunate souls from São Paulo, Brazil, welcoming them into the family of the Lord.

 


 

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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

 

Tue, 5 May 2020
Pass Your Life in Service
"It is the religion of the ears, eyes, mind to always want to listen to some interesting things, to all kinds of stories, bad things; but we have no attachment to our service... If I am attached to my service, I will always ignore bad things, bad talks, stories. Now is the time. Pass your life in service."
Download the audio (2.7 Mb, 7 min | 3 May 2020)

 


Sri Nrisingha Chaturdasi (tomorrow): devotees observe complete fast on this day until sunset. At sunset, anukalpa prasad is taken (non-grain, similar to what is taken on an ekadasi). The fast is broken the next day, between 5:05 and 9:24 a.m. His Divine Grace comments that anything can be offered on this day. He also mentions that our Temple always makes a nice preparation of sweet rice, using best ingredients (best rice, milk, raisins, nuts, etc.) on this day.

 

Wed, 6 May 2020 (Appearance of Lord Nrisinghadev; Anniversary Festival at Sri Nrisingha Palli)
How to Increase Surrender
"Saranagati comes when you follow 100% what Gurudev told—you should try to follow 200%, then if your attempt will perhaps turn out less, it will be 100%. Always try to listen to what your Guru says, always think how to fulfil Gurudev's desire."
Download the audio (1.8 Mb, 5 min | 3 May 2020)

শ্রীনৃসিংহপল্লী (ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রীল ভক্তি নির্ম্মল আচার্য্য মহারাজের হরি-কথামৃত)
"শ্রীনৃসিংহদেব ও প্রহ্লাদ মহারাজের কথা খুব গুরুত্বপূর্ণ কথা, আপনাদের এই কথাগুলো মন দিয়ে শুনতে হবে এবং সব সময় মনে রাখতে হবে । যে শিক্ষা শ্রীল গুরুদেব আমাকে দিয়েছেন, সেটা অত্যন্ত গুরুত্বপূর্ণ শিক্ষা । যে কথাটা তিনি বলেছেন, সেটা আমি এখনও মনে রাখি এবং আপনাদের মঙ্গল প্রদান করবার জন্য এখন বলে দিচ্ছি ।"

Holy Darshan from Sri Nrisingha Palli Temple
(6 May 2020 | 25 photographs, 2.8 Mb)
Sri Gurupadpadma Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj comes to Sri Nrisingha Palli offer his respects to Lord Sri Nrisinghadev and supervise the ongoing construction works on the top floor. Sharing photographs taken this morning.

 


Sri Nrisingha Chaturdasi: devotees observe complete fast on this day until sunset. At sunset, anukalpa prasad is taken (non-grain, similar to what is taken on an ekadasi). The fast is broken the next day, between 5:05 and 9:24 a.m. His Divine Grace comments that anything can be offered on this day. He also mentions that our Temple always makes a nice preparation of sweet rice, using best ingredients (best rice, milk, raisins, nuts, etc.) on this day.

 


Today in the calendar: Gaura Chaturdasi. Sri Nrisimha Chaturdasi: appearance day of Sri Nrisimhadev. Full fast until after sunset, then no grains (anukalpa). Grand annual festival in honour of the Deity installation (Sri Sri Nitai Gauranga and Sri Laksmi Nrisinghadev, Prahlad Maharaj) at Sri Nrisingha Palli Temple.

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj: "We must fast from morning until sunset in the evening. Before sunset, you must read about the glories of Prahlad Maharaj and Lord Nrisinghadev, you can read about the appearance of Sri Nrisinghadev from Srimad Bhagavatam or any other book you have."

"It is necessary to offer a daab (a coconut with coconut water) with the bhog in the evening because Nrisinghadev is sweating very much and very angry because He had just killed an asura..."


 

In honour of Sri Nrisinghadev, Sri Prahlad Maharaj:

ito nrsimha parato nrsimho
yato yato yami tato nrsimhah
bahir nrsimho hrdaye nrsimho
nrsimham adim saranam prapadye
"Nrsimha is here, Nrsimha is there—Nrsimha is wherever I go. Nrsimha is outside, Nrsimha is within my heart. I am surrendered unto that primeval Lord Nrsimha."
Download the audio (2.4 Mb, 7 min)

 

 


 

29 April 2018: Inauguration of Sri Nrisingha Palli Temple (41 photographs, 2.8 Mb)
Long awaited and grand: His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Sri Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj inaugurates the temple of Sri Sri Nitai Gauranga and Sri Sri Laksmi Nrsimhadev in the presence of supremely fortunate assembled Vaishnavs. The Festival of Lord Nrisinghadev's appearance passes in a most glorious and auspicious way.

 


 

Festival of the Lord—for the Lord
His Divine Grace speaking on the adhivas of Sri Nrisingha chaturdasi in 2015: "You have all come here to observe this festival tomorrow. Amidst so many things you have come here thinking about the Lord. You have been planning it, you have been thinking about it..."
Download the audio (1.4 Mb, 4 min | 2 May 2015 | Bengali)

Perfect Attitude To Nrisinghadev
"I heard it directly from the lotus mouth of Gurudev, and these are very important and confidential words. You must listen to it with your heart because you cannot understand Nrisinghadev teachings with your common intelligence..."
Download the audio (1.4 Mb, 4 min | 20 May 2016 | Bengali)

Lord Nrisinghadev's Pastime
"Today is a very auspicious day, today is Lord Nrisinghadev's appearance day—the Lord appeared in this world on this day to protect His devotee..."
Download the audio (9.1 Mb, 23 min | 3 May 2015 | Bengali)

Lord Nrisinghadev
"'Please, remove the obstacles to pure devotion and bad elements from our society'—that is our only prayer to Lord Nrisinghadev."
Download the audio (0.6 Mb, 2 min | 5 may 2012)

Using / Serving
"You cannot use Nrisinghadev for your own purpose or benefit—you must serve Nrisinghadev. We must give something to our Guru and the devotees, we should not take so much from our Guru or take anything from the devotees..."
Download the audio (1.5 Mb, 4 min | 21 May 2016)

Entrance to Service Planet
"The main lesson today is to pray to the Lord and ask Him to remove material desires from our hearts. That is the glory of Nrisinghadev's appearance at Nrisingha Palli. I remember one time Gurudev asked devotees, 'What do you want?'"
Download the audio (1 Mb, 3 min | English and Bengali)

Lord's Care For His Devotee
"The Lord comes whenever His devotee calls for Him. To protect His devotee, the Lord took the form of Nrisingha—when it comes to protecting His devotees, the Lord does not remain idle."
Download the audio (1.4 Mb, 4 min | 2 May 2015 | Bengali)

Sri Vyasa Puja Speech
"I hear now they say that I have deviated from the Gaudiya siddhanta because I installed the Deities of Nrisinghadev in Nrisingha Palli in Nabadwip, Godrumdwip. What am I? Who am I? Is it possible for me to install Deities?"
Download the audio (5.5 Mb, 16 min | 10 October 2018)

 


 

শ্রীশ্রীনৃসিংহ-চতুর্দ্দশী (১৯৯০ সাল)
শ্রীল ভক্তিসুন্দর গোবিন্দ দেবগোস্বামী মহারাজ ভগবান শ্রীশ্রীনৃসিংহদেবের লীলা আর মহিমা বর্ণনা করিতেছেন এবং শ্রীমদ্ভাগবতম্ থেকে পড়িতেছেন ।
(Extensive Bengali lecture of Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, spoken in May 1990, describing the Pastimes of the Lord in His form of Sri Nrsimhadev and reading from Srimad Bhagavatam, Canto 7)
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(Evening of 22 May 2005)
২২ মে ২০০৫: শ্রীল গুরুমহারাজের বাংলা পাঠ এই শুভ দিনে । রেকর্ডিংটা ডাউনলোড বা অনলাইন শুনতে পারেন (ডানদিকে)।

Glories of Sri Nrisingha and Sri Prahlad Maharaj
[Bengali Class] His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj relates the pastimes of Lord Sri Nrisinghadev and reads from the scriptures on the holy day of Sri Nrisingha-chaturdasi on the evening of 22 May 2005, in the assembly of holy Vaishnavs at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math in Nabadwip.
Download the audio (20.1 Mb, 56 min | 22 May 2005)

Kirtan
His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj chants kirtan on the evening of 22 May 2005, in the assembly of holy Vaishnavs at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math in Nabadwip: the Hare Krishna maha-mantra and glories of Sri Prahlad Maharaj and Sri Nrisinghadev.
Download the audio (1.4 Mb, 4 min | 22 May 2005)

 


 

Sri Dasavatar Stotram | দশাবতারস্তোত্রম্
"O Hari! O Kesava! O Lord of the universe! You have assumed a half-man, half-lion form! All glory to You! You ripped apart the bee-like body of Hiranyakasipu with the amazingly sharp nails of Your beautiful lotus hands."
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Sri Nrisingha Palli Arati:
(1) Sri Sri Nitai Gauranga arati (Nrisingha Palli) | জয় জয় গুরুদেব করুণাসাগর
"Glory to Srila Gurudev, Sri Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, an ocean of mercy. He manifested the effulgent service of Sri Nitai Sri Gauranga-dev in Sri Nabadwip Dham for the benefit of the entire world."
Download the audio (2.4 Mb, 7 min | 16 March 2019)

(2) Sri Sri Laksmi Nrisinghadev Arati | শ্রীনৃসিংহ, জয় নৃসিংহ, জয় জয় নৃসিংহ
"All glories to Nrisinghadev! All glories to Nrisinghadev, who is the Lord of Prahlad Maharaj and, like a honeybee, is always engaged in beholding the lotus face of the goddess of fortune."
Download the audio (5.3 Mb, 16 min | 16 March 2019)

 


 

 

'Thanks' is not enough | 17 May 2015

Brazilian devotees helped me so much to buy the land in Nrisingha Palli. It was Gurudev's desire to have that land, and I am surprised how much they helped me. I did not hope to get that land beside the Nrisinghadev Temple, and now it happened. If I give 'thanks' to them, it is not very small. I cannot give thanks to them, it would be not perfect. They gave so much energy, funds, for that Nrisingha Palli land, and I am very happy. Before, Gurudev declared to everybody that we were getting a property of Nrisinghadev, but only now it actually came to the hand of our Chaitanya Saraswat Math. I am very pleased with that.

 

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Thu, 7 May 2020 (Appearance of Lord Buddha; paran is 5:05-9:24 a.m.)
Sri Nrisingha-Chaturdasi: Auspicious Day
"Today is a very auspicious day—the appearance day of Sri Nrisinghadev. Every year we make a big festival for Lord Nrisinghadev. On this day, I am also remembering our beloved Gurudev because he joined Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math on the appearance day of Lord Nrisinghadev."
Download the audio (2.3 Mb, 6 min | 6 May 2020)

Sri Nrisingha-Chaturdasi: kirtans
• Sri Guru charana-padma • Kabe Sri Chaitanya more karibena daya • Dasa-Avatara Stotram • Jaya Radha Madhava.
Download the audio (10 Mb, 24 min | 6 May 2020)

Kolkata: Sri Nrisingha-Chaturdasi Programme
(6 May 2020 | 7 photographs, 0.7 Mb)
Devotees happily observe Sri Nrisingha-chaturdasi in the shelter of the holy lotus feet of Sri Gurupadpadma Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj. In the evening, His Divine Grace bestows his causeless mercy on the fortunate souls all over the world and speaks about the glories of Sri Prahlad Maharaj and Sri Nrisinghadev in an online worldwide class.

 


Today in the calendar: Purnima. Sri Nrisimha Chaturdashi paran between 5:05 and 9:24 a.m. Sri Krishna's Phul Dol and Salila Bihar. Buddha Purnima: appearance day of Lord Buddha. Disappearance of Srila Parameshvari Das Thakur. Appearance of Srila Srinivas Acharya.

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 Lord Buddha's appearance:

SONG: Sri Dasavatar Stotram | দশাবতারস্তোত্রম্
"O Hari! O Kesava! O Lord of the universe! You have assumed the form of Buddha! All glory to You! Your heart filled with compassion, You decry the scriptural injunctions for animal sacrifice."

"At the beginning of Kali-yuga, the Lord will appear as Lord Buddha, the son of Anjana, in the province of Gaya, just for the purpose of deluding those who are envious of the faithful theist." (Srimad Bhagavatam, 1.3.24)

 

In honour of Srila Srinivas Acharya Prabhu:

Time for Sravan
"You must see the sadhu with your ears, because you cannot see a sadhu with your eyes. This is actually not a place for play or tourism, this is a place for sravan and kirtan. You must listen with your heart. One time, Acharya Srinivas was sitting with Narottam Das Thakur in one place..."
Download the audio (2.4 Mb, 7 min)

In Praise of Srila Narottam Das Thakur (From Affectionate Guidance, chapter 17)
Narottam Thakur's close associates and peers were Syamananda and Srinivas. These three great devotees were sent back to Bengal to continue the preaching of Mahaprabhu. The Bengali Vaisnavas were very eager to read the writings of Sri Rupa, Sanatan, Raghunath, Krishna Das Kaviraj, Lokanath Goswami, Gopal Bhatta Goswami, Prabhodananda Saraswati and the other Goswamis; so Narottam, Syamananda and Srinivas travelled from Vrindavan towards Bengal with many copies of those great books...

Composed by Srila Srinivas Acharya:

SONG: Sri Sad-Goswamy-Astakam | শ্রীশ্রীষড়্­গোস্বাম্যষ্টকম্
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"I offer my respectful obeisances unto the Six Goswamis, namely Sri Rupa Goswami, Sri Sanatan Goswami, Sri Raghunath Bhatta Goswami, Sri Raghunath Das Goswami, Sri Jiva Goswami, and Sri Gopala Bhatta Goswami, who are always engaged in chanting the Holy Name of Krishna and dancing. They are just like the ocean of love of God, and they are popular both with the gentle and with the ruffians, because they are not envious of anyone. Whatever they do, they are all-pleasing to everyone, and they are fully blessed by Lord Chaitanya. Thus they are engaged in missionary activities meant to deliver all the conditioned souls in the material universe."

 

Fri, 8 May 2020 (Disappearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaj)
No Such Thing As Personal Affairs
"You must be open—you must give everything to your Guru. Keep all your personal things, everything at your Guru's lotus feet. We must realise how we can involve ourselves, involve our own things in the service of the Lord."
Download the audio (0.8 Mb, 2 min | 3 May 2020)

 


Today in the calendar: Krishna Pratipad. Disappearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaj (a great prominent disciple of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad, and a sannyas disciple of Srila Bhakti Raksak 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 Saranga Goswami Maharaj:

divyam dirgha-bhujaravinda-nayanam sarasvatam sundaram
tejo-dipta-vapur budhaika-suhrdam karbura-garvapaham
pasandasura-chanda-danda-dalanam dambhadri-dambholikam
vande vandya-kulabja-bhaskara-vibhum saranga-gosvaminam

"I offer my obeisance unto the beautiful follower of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur, Srimad Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaj. He has a radiant form, long arms, and lotus eyes. He crushes the pride of the wicked and squashes the cruel oppression of the heretics and demons. He is like a thunderbolt on the mountain of hypocrisy. He is the sole friend of the intelligentsia and a shining sun above the lotus of the aristocracy."

(Composed by Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj)

Reviving Srila Prabhupad's Preaching
"...At that time Srila Sridhar Maharaj decided to go to Vrindavan and do bhajan, but when he got some akash dhvani, "What did I give you sannyas for? For your own self?" he hurried away from Vrindavan..."
Download the audio (1.2 Mb, 4 min)

The Root of Our Fortune
"Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj came in this world to rescue us, and he created our Guru—by his grace we have got shelter of our bona fide Guru. So, we must worship his lotus feet."
Download the audio (7.6 Mb, 22 min)

Godbrothers' Bond
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj tells about the close and reverent relationship that Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj had with his godbrothers, Srila Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaj, Srila Bhakti Kamal Madhusudan Maharaj, and Srila Krishna Das Babaji Maharaj.
Download the audio (1.7 Mb, 4 min | 19 September 2009)

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: 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."

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: 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, 9 May 2020
Everything Has Its Limit
"If you do wrong every day and you know it, it is not good. Mercy has its limit. Gurudev will not say anything, but he can tolerate it for some time, and if you keep on doing wrong every day, then Gurudev's tolerance has its limit. One day seva will run away from you."
Download the audio (1 Mb, 3 min | 3 May 2020)

 

Sun, 10 May 2020
Affection for Devotees
"Love and affection for devotees increases by serving without offence, by chanting the Holy Name without offence, by practising properly and by not keeping in your heart any bad intention: envy is a disease, pratistha is a very big disease."
Download the audio (4.8 Mb, 12 min | 3 May 2020)

 

Mon, 11 May 2020
Life Sacrifice
"Gurudev told me, 'If somebody wants to chant this Holy Name, if somebody wants to join the family of Krishna and wants to spend the rest of their life living a spiritual life, you can give initiation to them.' It is necessary to sacrifice your life for the service of the Lord."
Download the audio (3.6 Mb, 9 min | 3 May 2020)

সেবার প্রতি টান (ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রীল ভক্তি নির্ম্মল আচার্য্য মহারাজের হরি-কথামৃত)
"হঠাৎ করে যদি আপনাকে আজকে বলি যে, সকাল বেলা মঙ্গলারতিতে উঠতে হবে, উঠতে পারবেন না । সকাল বেলা ঘুম থেকে উঠতে অভ্যাস করতে হবে । উমুক করছে না, ও করছে না, এ করছে না, এ সব অভিযোগ দেওয়ার দরকার নেই—সে করছে না করছে, আমিই করব । কোন অভিযোগ নেই ।"

Sri Nrisingha Palli: Construction Progress
(11 May 2020 | 13 photographs, 1.6 Mb)
With the construction works continuing in full swing, almost all wall structures are nearing their completion. Sri Gurupadpadma Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj expressed his desire to finish the construction as soon as possible and is pleased to receive the news from the site.

 

Tue, 12 May 2020 (Disappearance of Srila Ramananda Ray)
Devotional Lifestyle
"By the mercy of Gurudev, you get the relationship with the Lord, and if you are a good practitioner, you will take care of your practising life by controlling these six urges. Those who can tolerate these six urges and who take shelter of the Holy Name of Krishna, are always victorious."
Download the audio (2.8 Mb, 7 min | 10 May 2020)

 


Today in the calendar: Krishna Panchami. Disappearance of Srila Ramananda Ray.

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 Ramananda Ray Prabhu:

sri-svarupa-raya-sanga-gambhirantya-lilanam
dvadasabda-vahni-garbha-vipralambha-silanam
radhikadhirudha-bhava-kanti-krsna-kunjaram
prema-dhama-devam eva naumi gaura-sundaram

Diving deep into the reality of His own beauty and sweetness, Lord Govinda stole the mood of Radharani and, garbing Himself in Her brilliant luster, appeared as Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. For the last twelve years of His manifest Pastimes He was deeply absorbed in union and separation, and He shared His heart's inner feelings with His most confidential devotees such as Swarupa Damodara and Ramananda Ray. Volcanic eruptions of ecstasy flowed from the heart of Sri Gauranga in the agony of separation from Krishna. This Golden Lord, who appeared like an intoxicated elephant, is none other than Lord Govinda. I offer my obeisances to that beautiful Golden Lord, Gaurangasundar, the divine form of Krishna prema.

Sri Ramananda Ray Prabhu
[By His Divine Grace Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj]
"Ramananda Ray was very strong and a very good administrator. He controlled the whole situation and the whole atmosphere after Mahaprabhu's disappearance and gave full nourishment to the devotees. Ramananda Ray stayed alive until finally, today, when everything had become peaceful and settled, he also disappeared..."

Visiting Sri Godavari (Kovvur)
(5 January 2019 | 38 photographs, 3.5 Mb)
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj visits Sri Ramananda Gaudiya Math and the holy bank of Sri Godavari River on the third day of his South Indian preaching tour. There, His Divine Grace graces the fortunate souls with the extensive narrations of exclusive pastimes of Raya Ramananda and Sriman Mahaprabhu.

Hari-Katha in Sri Kovvur (Godavari): Part One
"We are very fortunate to be able to come here for the first time, to be able to visit this place. I have no qualification, I am a very fallen soul, but by the mercy of devotees, I have come here with you all and I can pay obeisance such a great place as this..."
Download the audio (3.5 Mb, 10 min | 5 January 2019)

Hari-Katha in Sri Kovvur (Godavari): Part Two
"Today we are briefly reading the chapter that describes the meeting of Raya Ramananda and Mahaprabhu. Listen to it properly, it is the highest conception. 'Mahaprabhu was bathing and chanting the Holy Name, and at that time Ramananda Ray came—he came very gorgeously, with a band and party.'"
Download the audio (1.8 Mb, 5 min | 5 January 2019)

Hari-Katha in Sri Kovvur (Godavari): Part Three
"Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu then embraced Sri Ramananda Ray very firmly. Their natural love for each other was awakened in them both, and they embraced and fell to the ground."
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Hari-Katha in Sri Kovvur (Godavari): Sri Ramananda Sambad
"Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu ordered Ramananda Ray, 'Recite a verse from the revealed scriptures concerning the ultimate goal of life.' Ramananda replied, 'Devotion to the Lord is the execution of the prescribed duties of one's social position'..."
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Hari-Katha in Sri Kovvur (Godavari): Sri Ramananda Ray's Answers
"Later, Mahaprabhu again met with Ramananda Ray, and this time Mahaprabhu asked questions and Ramananda Ray gave answers... In the end, Ramananda Ray said, 'My dear Lord, please give up all these serious talks. Please do not conceal Your real form from me.'"
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Hari-Katha in Sri Kovvur (Godavari): Sri Ramananda Ray's Expertise
"Later, when Ramananda Ray stayed in Puri, one day a brahman named Pradyumna Misra came to Mahaprabhu and asked Him if he could hear Krishna-katha from Him. Mahaprabhu replied, 'I do not know Krishna-katha. Go to Ramananda Ray...'"
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At Ramananda Ray's Garden
"Pradyumna Misra came to Mahaprabhu and asked, 'Prabhu, can You speak some Krishna-katha?' Mahaprabhu replied, 'I do not know so much, but Ramananda Ray knows more than Me...'"
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Chapter 16: Reality the Beautiful
[From Search for Sri Krishna, Reality the Beautiful]
Ramananda Raya was a married man, but he was recognized by Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu as a master of his senses to the extreme degree. Once a brahmana priest named Pradyumna Misra came to Mahaprabhu and told Him, 'I would like to hear about Krishna from Your lips'..."

 

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: 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."

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: 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?"

 

Wed, 13 May 2020
Undevotional Lifestyle
"If we think that we have these faults, then we must always try to reduce them, we must always try to avoid these faults because these faults slowly, slowly destroy your devotion. It is necessary to control the six urges and it is necessary to remove the six faults."
Download the audio (2.4 Mb, 6 min | 10 May 2020)

ফাঁকি দেওয়া হবে না (ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রীল ভক্তি নির্ম্মল আচার্য্য মহারাজের হরি-কথামৃত)
"গুরুদেবের কাছ থেকে দীক্ষা নাম করে দীক্ষা আমরা অভিনয় করি । আমার কাছে ফাঁকি দেওয়া চলে কিন্তু ভগবানের কাছে আসল স্বরূপটা বেরিয়ে পড়বে । বেশি দিন ফাঁকি দিতে পারবেন না—বাজারে নকল জিনিস নিয়ে কয় দিন ঢুকে করবেন ? একদিন ধরা পড়ে যাবেন । যখন সময় হবে তখন আসল স্বরূপ বেরিয়ে পড়বে ।"

 

Thu, 14 May 2020
Six Good Qualities
"You must always make yourself busy with the service of the Lord, with all kinds of devotional activities. When we pray in the Vaishnav song, we ask for six good qualities, and it is necessary to have such qualities."
Download the audio (2 Mb, 5 min | 10 May 2020)

 

Fri, 15 May 2020
"May I Always Remain a Disciple"
"Actually, what I am telling is not so easy to practise, but I am also thinking that I must speak about it—if I keep telling about it again and again, then if I listen to it myself all the time, I will be able to practise it properly one day, too."
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Sat, 16 May 2020 (Disappearance of Sripad Santosh Krishna Das-Adhikari Prabhu)
Be in Good Association and Be Good Association
"(1) Sometimes, we are staying with some bad association, sometimes we may live together, but we must ignore and avoid such kind of association. (2) It is necessary to be a proper mother—to be a mother like Yasoda, a mother like Sachi Mata, not a mother like Kaikeyi."
Download the audio (1.6 Mb, 4 min | 10 May 2020)

 


Today in the calendar: Krishna Navami. Disappearance of Sripad Santosh Krishna Das-Adhikari 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."

 

 

 


 

In honour of Sripad Santosh Krishna Das-Adhikari Prabhu:

"Many do not know about the service of late Sripad Santosh Krishna Prabhu and he himself also during his life often said that he had not been able to become even an insignificant servant of the Math; but seeing how strong was his attachment to the interest of the Math in the many small services he did, it puts us to shame now. He never once even saw the accounts of his material property; neither did he ever try to increase his wealth even by a cent; but it is inconceivable how much this person tried, with heart and soul, to collect and beg for the Math. Nobody ordered him, nobody encouraged him—he took care of the Math's various paraphernalia like an expert householder of his own accord, he would be always seen very busy with all kinds of works of the Math; at the same time, he never once gave anyone even a slightest hint of the service and works he was doing. Some of us help the Math's preaching with some money, etc., give physical labour, but if we do not see any mention about us in a newspaper column, at the preachers' assembly at a holy dham, or in an eulogy written by Sri Guru and Vaishnavs, then we decide, 'There is no use serving the Math. They are prejudiced. They do not praise me, do not give me 'jay', so I better rough it at home than waste time, money and life for the interest of the Math.' However, the great soul who we have mentioned before, gave so much money for the service of 'Jayasri', continuously toiling as a low menial worker—it is impossible to mention everything. However, he never once said anything that would give a slightest hint that he wanted to see his praise in a newspaper column or even more so to see his name included in the Math's Calendar; but we have seen that his effort to look after the interests of the Math was gradually making him great."

(Om Vishnupad Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj, Guidance, Volume 3)

 

On passing away of Sripad Santosh Prabhu
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj's written statement addressing the worldwide devotee community in relation to the passing away of Sripad Santosh Krishna Prabhu, written on 2 June 2016.

Photo Album: In Honour of Sripad Santosh Prabhu
(45 photographs, 5.3 Mb)
A dedicated photo album prepared in memory and honour of Sripad Santosh Krishna Prabhu whose glories devotees remember and worship today all over the world.

 

Gaudiya Darshan: The Wonderful Nature of the Vaisnava
"There is no doubt that our Guru is supreme in our life, but the Vaisnava is also not less than that. The Vaisnava can give us Krsna. Guru always lives on a higher level of honour, but the Vaisnava is the general helper for the conditioned soul. The Vaisnava's position is very merciful for the conditioned soul. The Vaisnavas also very affectionately try to help each other..." >>>

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?"

 

Sun, 17 May 2020
Krishna's Arrangement
"Krishna is always powerful, Krishna can do anything. Even what is meant to happen may not happen, and what is not mean to happen may happen. It is not necessary to be worried about it. Who will commit suicide, who will leave, who will stay—everything is Krishna's arrangement."
Download the audio (3.2 Mb, 8 min | 10 May 2020)

একনিষ্ঠা ভজন (ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রীল ভক্তি নির্ম্মল আচার্য্য মহারাজের হরি-কথামৃত)
"একনিষ্ঠা ভাবে গুরু-বৈষ্ণব-ভগবানের সেবা করতে হবে । অনেকের বাড়িতে গিয়ে দেখেছি, দুর্গা, লক্ষ্মী, কালী, গনেশ, জগন্নাথ, কৃষ্ণ, সব এক ঘরে থাকে—ওরা ঠাকুরের মুসিয়াম সাজিয়ে রেখেছেন ! ওরা সবাইকে সন্তুষ্ট করছেন কিন্তু সবাইকে কি সন্তুষ্ট করতে সম্ভব ?"

 

 

Mon, 18 May 2020 (Today is Sri Apara Ekadasi, tomorrow paran is 4:58 and 9:22 a.m.)
First Requirement
"Your mind tells you, 'Oh, it is necessary to relax'—do not listen to your mind. Tell yourself, 'I have service, and I must do that service first.' It is necessary to do what is required, and your first requirement is your service."
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Sri Nrisingha Palli: Construction Progress
(18 May 2020 | 11 photographs, 1.2 Mb)
Photographs of the ongoing construction of the new top floor at Sri Nrisingha Palli Temple, Sri Nabadwip Dham. The works are continuing steadily with the walls now completed and preparations being made for the roof casting.

 


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 (by Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj):

"Observing Ekadasi"
"Ekadasi Vrata: Make Your Guru Happy"
"No Other Shelter"
"Mahadvadasi"
"Ekadasi and liberation"
"Ekadasi Tithi: One of the Practices"
"Yogini Ekadasi"
"Ekadasi: Historical Background"
"Ekadasi: Main Focus Is Service"

 

Tue, 19 May 2020 (Appearance of Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur)
Mahaprabhu's Teachings (1): No False Renunciation
"A house is not a place for only enjoyment—your house is Krishna's house, Vaishnavs' house, guru-varga's house, your house is meant for the service of the Lord. It is not necessary to show monkey renunciation—you can keep your house, enjoy your life but without material attachment. Be sincere in your heart, practise with heart and soul."
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Sri Uluberia Temple: Construction Progress
(19 May 2020 | 21 photographs, 2.4 Mb)
Sharing happy photographs of the ongoing construction of the new temple of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math in Sri Uluberia. His Divine Grace makes a brief visit to the site to check on the construction and give further instruction to the workers and devotees.

 


Today in the calendar: Krishna Dvadashi. (Ekadasi paran is between 4:58 and 9:22 a.m.) Appearance 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 Sri Chaitanya-Vyas 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)

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)...

 

 

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..."
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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."

 

Wed, 20 May 2020
Mahaprabhu's Teachings (2): Never Stop Your Krishna-Sankirtan
"Engage in Krishna-seva, Guru-seva, Vaishnav-seva always, non-stop. Chant the Holy Name when you are working, taking prasadam, cooking, cutting vegetables. Always chant the Holy Name, incessantly. Never stop your Krishna-sankirtan."
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কাঙ্গালী ভোজন কবে হ’বে ? (ভগবান ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রীল ভক্তিসিদ্ধান্ত সরস্বতী ঠাকুর প্রভুপাদের হরি-কথামৃত)
"তুই কিসের কাঙ্গাল ; কি তোর অভাব ; কি চা’স্ ? হায়, হায়,—তুই যে তোর এই জড় ইন্দ্রিয়গুলিকেই কেবল পরিতৃপ্ত কর্ত্তে চাস্ ; তাদের দুষ্ট ক্ষুধায় ইচ্ছামত ভোগ-সুখেরই অভাব অনুভব করিস্ ; আর, তাহা যথেষ্টরূপ যোগাইতে না পারিয়া তাহারই তরে আপনাকে কাঙ্গাল ভাবিস্ ! আয় মন, আয়, যাদি শ্রেয়ঃ লাভ করিবি,—আয়,—ভোজনের কাঙ্গাল হইয়া নয়, ভজনের কাঙ্গাল হইয়া আয়, আর পরমপাবন ভাগবত-জনের চরণে লুঠিয়া মাথায় তুলিয়া নে ।"

 

 

Thu, 21 May 2020
Mahaprabhu's Teachings (3): No Caste Consideration
"Those who come from a lower caste, who come from a mlechha family, who come from some bad family, are not unfit to worship the Lord—they also have the qualification, the right to chanting the Name of the Lord."
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Fri, 22 May 2020
Mahaprabhu's Teachings (4): Pillars of Renunciation
"At first, Mahaprabhu told Srila Raghunath Das Goswami to go back to his house, but after that his house became unfavourable to practising Krishna consciousness, so Mahaprabhu arranged for Srila Raghunath Das Goswami to come and meet with Him. At that time, Mahaprabhu gave him advice, 'What will a vairagi do?'...."
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Sat, 23 May 2020
Mahaprabhu's Teachings (5): Exclusive Dharma
"We must know the message of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, and we must know what for we must practise, what is necessary in our spiritual life, what are the main things in our spiritual life. Actually, there are not so many main things."
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Sun, 24 May 2020
Questions and Answers
Can a lady lead Nagar-sankirtan? What is the difference between Gokula and Goloka? Guru as Radharani or Guru as Nityananda Prabhu? Diksa-guru and siksa-guru Ratha-yatra Daily kirtans.
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আমাদের পরিচয় (ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রীল ভক্তি নির্ম্মল আচার্য্য মহারাজের হরি-কথামৃত)
"কৃষ্ণ আমাদের পালন করেন । আমরা ভাবি আমাদের পিতা-মাতা পালন করেন, আমাদের স্ত্রী-পুত্র পালন করেন কিন্তু এই জগতে কেউ কার নয় । যদি পিতা-মাতা আপন হত, তাহলে পিতা-মাতা আমাদের ছেড়ে চলে যান কেন ? পুত্র-কন্যা আমাদের ছেড়ে দিয়ে চলে যায় কেন ? এই জগতে আপন কে ? একমাত্র কৃষ্ণ ।"

 

 

Mon, 25 May 2020
Our Mantra
"Our main mantra is this: we must concentrate our mind, all our senses, our everything in one place—at the lotus feet of Srila Gurudev. Srila Gurudev is our only hope, we have no other way. Only Sri Gurudev can take us to the Lord and engage us in the service of the Lord. We must have a greatest desire for that, then one day we will get an opportunity to engage in service."
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Tue, 26 May 2020 (Disappearance of Srila Bhakti Gaurava Giri Maharaj)
Exclusive Devotional Life
"Always keep yourself engaged in the services of the Lord from the beginning of the day, from the mangal-arati early in the morning, until you go to sleep. We must think, 'How can I serve devotees more? How can I follow Gurudev's guidance properly?'"
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Today in the calendar: Gaura Chaturthi. Disappearance of Srila Bhakti Gaurava Giri Maharaj (Sripad Paramananda Vidyaratna Prabhu, a favourite and intimate 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 Srila Bhakti Gaurava Giri Maharaj (Sri Paramananda Prabhu):

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

(1) "Pramananda Prabhu came to Srila Prabhupad as a child. His age was thirteen only when he came to live with Srila Prabhupad. He was a very intimate devotee of Srila Prabhupad. One day, he came to Prabhupad after a walk in Radha Kunda and reported to Prabhupad that the Diwan of Bhaghpur state and the whole of his family were circumambulating Radha Kunda—he and his wife would lie down, place a stone ahead, get up, go forward, and again lie down at the place marked by the stone. Paramananda Prabhu said very ardently, 'They also regard Radharani so much!' Then Prabhupad came out from his inner quarter and said, 'Yes, but their concern for Radharani and our concern for Radharani is quite different. They come to Radharani because She is favourite to Krishna, but our position is the opposite—our interest is Radharani, and we worship Krishna only because He is favourite to Radharani (we have to connect with Krishna only because She likes Him).'"

(2) "One time, a letter came from one devotee with some complaint. Srila Prabhupad asked his servitor, 'Who has told this news to him?' The servitor said, 'Prabhupad, you yourself have written this news to him.' Prabhupad denied it, 'No, no, no. I never wrote this to him!'The servitor explained humbly, 'I remember how you dictated it and I wrote it. You gave the news to him.' Prabhupad denied, 'No, I do not remember it.' Then I [Srila Sridhar Maharaj] spoke—I said, 'Vyasa vetti na vetti va (He who has composed all Vedas may or may not know them).' Prabhupad laughed when he heard it. Paramananda Prabhu was there too, and he said, 'Sridhara sakalam vetti (Sridhar Maharaj knows everything).' I said, 'Paramananda prasadatah. (By the mercy of Paramananda Prabhu).'"

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!"

 

Wed, 27 May 2020
Dham-Seva
"There are many ways you can do dham-seva. Our guru-varga make temples in many holy places, and you can help and serve those places in whichever way you can, depending on how much capacity you have. Not everybody has the capacity to give money, but if everybody gives their heart, their support, that is sufficient."
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তোমার ট্রেনটা কোথায় ? (ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রীল ভক্তি নির্ম্মল আচার্য্য মহারাজের হরি-কথামৃত)
"যখন আপনারা গুরুর পাদে চরণাশ্রয় করেন, তখন গুরুদেবের কাছে আত্মসমর্পণ করেন আর গুরুদেব কী করেন ? উনি আপনাদেরকে টিকিট কেটে দেন । কিসের টিকেট ? বৃন্দাবন যাওয়ার টিকিট । কিন্তু সমস্যাটা হয়েছে যে, গুরুদেব আপানদেরকে বৃন্দাবন যাওয়ার টিকিতটা কেটে দিলেন আর আপনারা বৃন্দাবন না গিয়ে রাস্তায় মাঝখানে বর্ধমান নেমে গেলে অন্য দিকে ঘুরে বেড়ান ।"

 

 

Thu, 28 May 2020
Dealing with Misconception
"When you go to sell your things, you will always preach in favour of your things. Every shopkeeper always praises his own shop—one shopkeeper says, 'My shop's sweets are very nice,' and other shopkeepers will also say, 'My sweets are very nice,' and you can decide which is better only if you taste the sweets."
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Fri, 29 May 2020
Sri Ramananda Sambad
"Raya Ramananda is actually an incarnation of Visakha. Mahaprabhu meet Ramananda Raya for the first time on the bank of the Godavari in South India. Mahaprabhu was sitting and waiting for him..."
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Sat, 30 May 2020
Questions and Answers (1)
Do we come to this line by our free will or is it a pre-defined fate? Raya Ramananda's service Building temple against government rules? Drinking milk and suffering cows? Using Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math's name for preaching?
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Sun, 31 May 2020
Questions and Answers (2)
Reading scriptures on our own? News after the recent cyclone amphan How to keep service enthusiasm? Can we sew a white outfit for Srimati Radharani? How to recognise who is a Vaishnav? What does 'prabhu' mean in Srila Guru Maharaj's arati song?
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সুযোগ নষ্ট করেন না (ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রীল ভক্তি নির্ম্মল আচার্য্য মহারাজের হরি-কথামৃত)
"যারা কোন ঝামেলা, কোন কষ্ট চায় না, তারা মুক্তিকামী । ভগবান বলছেন, 'আমাকে তাদ্বারা পাবে না ।' যারা হাঙ্গামা-ঝামেলা এড়িয়ে চুপচাপ থাকতে চান, তারা ভগবানকে পাবেন না । সত্যিকারের ভক্তগণ বলেন, 'তোমার সেবা করতে গেলে যদি ঝামেলা আসে আসুক !'"

 

Sri Nrisingha Palli: Construction Progress
(30 May 2020 | 27 photographs, 2.6 Mb)
Sri Gurupadpadma Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj comes to Sri Nrisingha Palli to supervise the roof casting of the new floor, a crucial stage of the construction, and give further instructions to the workers.

 

 

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Parikrama: Benefit and Benefactor
'When I see some eighty-year-old lady walking before me and faster than me, I get so much energy from them. They get strength through chanting of the Holy name—this is the kind of change that comes. If you chant the Holy Name, the Holy Name will take you.'

 

Sri Sri Prema-Vivarta
“When materialists and speculators resort to apathy (towards the world), the wickedness of false renunciation arises in their minds.”

You think you will go to a secluded place to chant the Holy Name, but you will end up in a 'gita samsar'.

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