MONTHLY ARCHIVE OF UPDATES

JULY 2018

 

Sun, 1 July 2018:
Preaching Programme in Betur (30 June 2018 | 38 photographs, 2.8 Mb)
The month of June ends with two large preaching programmes in Betur: one being a large Vaishnav seva at the temple of Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gandharva Radharamanjiu and the other being a public gathering near Betur.

 

Mon, 2 July 2018:
Guidance, Issue #15 (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 April to June 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)
Special Edition: Sri Rupa-Sanatan Siksa (ePub, 0.8 Mb)

 

Vaishnav Seva in Caracas (30 June 2018 | 34 photographs, 2.1 Mb)
Photographs taken last Saturday during the Vaishnav Seva programme held at the temple of Sri Sri Parama Karuna Nitai Gaurachandra Prabhu in honour of Sripad Hari Prasad Prabhu's disappearance.

 

 

Tue, 3 July 2018:
Where Shortcuts Fail
"Without mercy of Nityananda Prabhu, all your attempts will be nothing. His mercy is not a small matter—He is Guru-tattva, and it is a very big matter. It is actually very difficult to get Nityananda Prabhu's mercy."
Download the audio (2.4 Mb, 7 min | 28 June 2018)

 

Wed, 4 July 2018:
Serve Deity Properly
"You must serve the Deities properly. Those who are doing this service to the Deity must believe it and do this service properly, that is good for you. I have told many stories before—Arjun Misra, Mukunda Prabhu's son and others..."
Download the audio (1.8 Mb, 5 min | 28 June 2018)

 

Thu, 5 July 2018:
Two kirtans
His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj chanting "Gurudev, krpa bindu diya" and "Parama Karuna" kirtans with the devotees online at the end of the darshan.
Download the audio (2.7 Mb, 8 min | 28 June 2018)

 

Fri, 6 July 2018:
Unpretentious and Forgiving Heart
"We chant and practise so much, we do so much service, but nothing happens. You should read the life description of great souls, you should listen to their lectures—how did they serve the Lord? We must learn from this, we must learn to live in the plane of service."
Download the audio (2.3 Mb, 7 min | 22 June 2018 | Bengali)

 

Sat, 7 July 2018:
Srila Jagannath Das Babaji Maharaj's Pastimes
"What kind of character did Srila Jagannath Das Babaji Maharaj have? Somebody thinks they are a big Guru, they stretch their legs and tell others to wash their feet or they distribute their own prasad... But we pray, 'O Vaishnav Thakur, please give me your mercy so I can serve you!'"
Download the audio (2.8 Mb, 8 min | 22 June 2018 | Bengali)

 

Sun, 8 July 2018:
A Welcome Austerity
"We do not want Krishna, we want love for Krishna. Whatever problem, whatever disturbance comes, let it come. The Lord is testing us, 'If I give you much austerity, will you tolerate it? Will you tolerate this austerity and do the parikrama with My devotees?'"
Download the audio (4.9 Mb, 15 min | 20 June 2017 | Bengali)

আনন্দদায়ক কষ্ট (ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রীল ভক্তি নির্ম্মল আচার্য্য মহারাজের হরি-কথামৃত)
"আমরা কৃষ্ণ চাই না, কৃষ্ণ-প্রেম চাই । যত অসুবিধা হক, যত ঝামেলা হক । ভগবান এসব কষ্ট দ্বারা আমাদের পরীক্ষা করেন, 'তোমার যদি আমি অনেক কষ্ট দেব, সেই কষ্ট তুমি সহ্য করতে পারবে তো ? সেই কষ্ট তুমি সহ্য করে আমার ভক্ত-সঙ্গে পরিক্রমা করতে তুমি পারবে ?'"

 

Mon, 9 July 2018: (Arrival in Sri Puri Dham. Sri Yogini Ekadasi, tomorrow paran is 5:02-9:29 a.m.)
Yogini Ekadasi
"Do we fast on ekadasi because of the glories of ekadasi? They say if you do ekadasi, you will get this result, that result, etc., but we do not think about all these results. We follow ekadasi because our Gurupadpadma told us to. We fast for the pleasure of the Lord."
Download the audio (5.5 Mb, 16 min | 20 June 2017 | Bengali)

 

Lectures from or related to Sri Puri Dham:

On the Way to Sri Puri Dham
First Visit to Sri Puri Dham
Parikrama: Mood, Intention, and Prayer
Mahaprabhu Enters Sri Puri Dham


Lord Jagannath: Discovery
Lord Jagannath: Deity Appearance
Darshan of Lord Jagannath
Appearance of Lord Jagannath

Gundicha Marjan: "Let Jagannath Come to My House"
Gundicha Marjan: A Seat for Bhakti Devi

 

At Sri Chatak Parvat and Sri Tota Gopinath Temple
At Sri Alarnath
Raghav's Bags
Pastimes of Sri Saksi Gopal
Misconception and Misbehaviour
At Ramananda Ray's Garden
Strong Desire

Photographs of Sri Puri Dham pilgrimage from previous years:


Year 2008
(79 photos)
(7.9 Mb)

   


Year 2009
(163 photos)
(17 Mb)

   


Year 2010
(89 photos)
(11 Mb)

   


Year 2012
(84 photos)
(8.2 Mb)

   


Year 2014
(28 photos)
(2.5 Mb)

       


Year 2015
(5 pages)

   


Year 2016
(5 pages)

   


Year 2017
(6 pages)

 

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)

 

Tue, 10 July 2018: (Day Two of Sri Puri Dham Parikrama)
Arrival in Sri Puri Dham (8-9 July 2018 | 34 photographs, 2.9 Mb)
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj arrives at the temple of Sri Sri Nitai Chaitanyadev in Sri Puri Dham in the multitudinous company of devotees, and starts the annual parikrama of Sri Puri Dham from taking the darshan of the holy ocean, samadhi mandir of Srila Haridas Thakur and Sri Chatak Parvat.

 

Wed, 11 July 2018: (Day Three of Sri Puri Dham Parikrama)
Give Yourself to Service
"Through service you will get the result of any effort, of any religion, and whatever result of following the fourfold social division, but our mind is very naughty. You must give your mind to Krishna, but we instead keep it in all sorts of other places. Who are you cheating? Gora knows everything."
Download the audio (1.9 Mb, 5 min | 20 June 2017 | Bengali)

Sri Puri Dham: Day Two (10 July 2018 | 21 photographs, 2.1 Mb)
On the second day of Sri Puri Dham pilgrimage, His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj takes the devotees to the house of Sri Kashi Misra, Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya and Sri Jagannathdev's main Temple.

 

 

Thu, 12 July 2018: (Day Four of Sri Puri Dham Parikrama; tomorrow is Sri Gundicha-marjan)
Sri Puri Dham: Day Three (11 July 2018 | 24 photographs, 2.3 Mb)
The third day of Sri Puri Dham parikrama is spent several kilometers away from Puri, in Brahmagiri and Bhuvaneshwar, where His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj takes the devotees to the temples of Sri Alarnath, Sri Saksi Gopal, Sri Ananta Vasudev and Sri Lingaraj Siva.

 

Fri, 13 July 2018: (Day Five of Sri Puri Dham Parikrama; Sri Gundicha-marjan Mahotsav; Disappearance of Srila Gadadhar Pandir, Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur)
Sri Puri Dham: Day Five (13 July 2018 | 44 photographs, 3.4 Mb)
Photographs taken during the final day of the parikrama: devotees visit the temple of Sri Jagannathdev, Sri Chaitanya Gaudiya Math, the house of Sri Ramananda Ray and Sri Gundicha Devi's Temple. His Divine Grace leads the devotees with an unending flow of kirtan, Hari-katha, manifesting the pastimes that the fortunate souls get to behold.

Towards Destination
"During the gundicha marjan Mahaprabhu gathered all the dust together and said that dust was dharma, artha, kama, moksa, or bhukti-, mukti-, siddhi-kami. As long as you have these in your heart, we will not be able to get Krishna-prema. I have told many times that we want Krishna-prema."
Download the audio (2.4 Mb, 7 min | 24 June 2017 | Bengali)

Sri Puri Dham: Day Four (12 July 2018 | 12 photographs, 1 Mb)
His Divine Grace gives initiations for fifteen fortunate devotees. The day passes quietly and peacefully as the devotees take rest after the first three intense days of the parikrama and prepare for the final two days of the pilgrimage.

 


In honour of Sri Gundicha Marjan:

Gundicha Marjan: "Let Jagannath Come to My House"
"Another meaning of Gundicha marjan is cleaning the heart, and Mahaprabhu Himself was showing how to do it. At first He swept, then poured water and then with His own cloth, uttariya, He washed the temple. He was showing how thoroughly you must clean your heart..."
Download the audio (1.5 Mb, 5 min | 5 April 2013)

Gundicha Marjan: A Seat for Bhakti Devi
"What is the meaning of this Pastime? We have so much dust in our hearts, we must remove this dust. Once we clean the place in our heart, we can invite Bhakti Devi, the Lord, to come there. Unless you clean the place, Bhakti Devi will not come."
Download the audio (2.8 Mb, 7 min | Kirtan & Bengali class)


In honour of Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur:

— { Pranam mantra of Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur } —

vande bhaktivinodam sri-gaura-sakti-svarupakam
bhakti-sastrajna-samrajam radha-rasa-sudha-nidhim

"I offer my obeisance unto Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur, the embodiment of Sri Gaurasundar's potency. He is the king of all knowers of the scriptures of pure devotion and an ocean of the nectar of devotion to Srimati Radharani."

Srimad Bhakti Vinodaviraha Dasakam | শ্রীমদ্ভক্তিবিনোদবিরহদশকম্
"Alas, alas! O Bhakti Vinoda Thakura, O Supreme Guru, for twenty-two years this world has been plunged into misfortune, long grief-stricken in your intolerable separation. You are the divine potency of Sri Gaura, and you graciously made your advent in this earthly plane, being attracted by the living beings' virtuous deeds performed throughout many lifetimes. Where am I, so lowly and fallen, and where are you, the great soul who delivers the universe!"

Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur
"If Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur had not come in this world, where, in whose lotus feet would we have found our shelter? He gave us all these things and he gave us Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur. If you think about it, you can understand how much he gave to the jiva souls..."
Download the audio (3.6 Mb, 11 min | 3 October 2015)

Recognising Guru: What Is Your Obstacle?
"Brother, you see Bhakti Vinod Thakur as your father, but I see him as my spiritual master. That is the difference. What you see is a father (baba), and that is the obstacle (badha) that prevents you from getting Radharani (Radha)."
Download the audio (1 Mb, 3 min | 24 February 2013)

The Seventh Goswami [By Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj]
A summary account of Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur's service, life, and character. Originally published as an introduction to the first edition of Sri Nabadwip Dham Mahatmya published as The Hidden Treasure of the Holy Dhama Nabadwipa.

The Worship of Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur
[Sri Gaudiya Darshan, by Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj]
"Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur did so much seva for the sampradaya of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. He lived during a very heavy time period. He was a very exclusive devotee of Mahaprabhu and specifically worshipped Deities of Sri Sri Gaura Gadadhar...."

 


In honour of Srila Gadadhar Pandit Goswami:

— { Pranam mantra of Sri Gadadhar Pandit Goswami } —

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Prayers to Sri Vaishnav Thakur:

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

SONG: 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?"

 

 

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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)
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Issue #6 (2016/1)
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Watch What Your Wish For
'People pray, 'I want wealth, I want knowledge, I want a beautiful wife, I want to be admired.' And what did Mahaprabhu teach? 'I do not want wealth, knowledge, beauty, or to be a poet. I only want causeless devotion to Your lotus feet.'

 

Sri Sri Prema-Vivarta
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We forgot the Lord and are suffering now from the three-fold miseries...
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