MONTHLY ARCHIVE OF UPDATES

APRIL 2018

 

Sun, 1 April 2018:
Jump!
"This depends on you, you must be strong. My words are very heavy—I say forget it, forget everything. You still hesitate, but what is the problem? Do service, and whatever food, prasadam, comes, take that. Even if you have nobody, you have Krishna."
Download the audio (1.9 Mb, 6 min | 22 February 2018)

 

Mon, 2 April 2018:
Another Plane of Existence
"He may be crazy, but Nityananda Prabhu wants his service, and Nityananda Prabhu is crazy Himself. You see, Bhaktivinod Thakur himself also says, 'When will I become crazy?' He is a magistrate, a very educated man, and what does he say?"
Download the audio (1.1 Mb, 3 min | 22 February 2018)

 

Tue, 3 April 2018:
Foul Pill to Swallow
"If you are attached with material things and have material desires, it is called anyabhilasita. It must be given up. And you must remember also what Chaitanya-charitamrita says..."
Download the audio (0.8 Mb, 2 min | 22 February 2018)

 

Wed, 4 April 2018:
Dangerous Deviation
"That is the conception. We must understand it and we must know it clearly within ourselves." His Divine Grace illustrates where good judgement is applicable and where it is groundless and inauspicious.
Download the audio (1.6 Mb, 5 min | 22 February 2018)

 

Thu, 5 April 2018:
Lift the Anchor
"First you must remove the anchor, then the boat can go. When you have so many material desires inside you, how will you go? You will chant and work the whole day, but there will be no result."
Download the audio (2.6 Mb, 8 min | 22 February 2018)

 

All glory to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga

Dear devotees,

Please accept my humble obeisance.

It is with a very saddened heart that I am writing to give the news that our worshippable Sripad Bhakti Bhusan Puri Maharaj, the faithful long-term servitor and manager of our Sri Puri Dham Temple, left his body on the morning of 5 April 2018 in the holy abode of Sri Puri Dham, in the association of Vaishnavs and devotees.

'duhkha-madhye kona duhkha haya gurutara?'
'krsna-bhakta-viraha vina duhkha nahi dekhi para'

"Separation from a devotee of the Lord is the saddest day in our lives."

Everybody who has visited our Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math temple in Sri Puri Dham cannot forget how affectionate and loving he was to all devotees and visitors and how year after year he was there to take care of all pilgrims during Sri Ratha Yatra and at other times. He has served the devotees, Deities and the temple of the Mission for many years and his humble mood and service shall forever be remembered, glorified and worshipped.

When Srila Haridas Thakur passed away, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu said, "Haridasa vina sunya haila medini: without Haridas, this world has become void." The loss of the association of Sripad Puri Maharaj is no doubt irreparable, but we pray that his example will always inspire all devotees in service to our Srila Gurudev and the Mission.

Your faithful servant,

Swami B. N. Acharya

 

In honour of Sripad Krishna Das Babaji Maharaj:

Pranama-mantra:
saumyam sattva-tanum sahasya-vadanam kantham sutana-anvitam
krsna-ananda-karam ratantama-nisam nama-aksaram sundaram
sri-nandisvaram-asritam vraja-bhuvi gaure cha mayapuram
vande yukta-viraga-bhakti-lasitam sri-krsna-dasa-prabhum
"I am offering my obeisance to Sri Krishna Das Prabhu, whose form is very beautiful and auspicious, who always smiles and has a very melodious voice; who day and night chants the Holy Name in a very beautiful way, bringing about the nectar of Lord Krishna; who resides in Vraja during the pastimes of Lord Krishna and in Mayapur during the pastimes of Gaura; and who sports in devotion with proper renunciation."

The Root of Our Fortune
"Srila Krishna Das Babaji Maharaj was a good kirtaniya and a good singer, and that Krishna Das Babaji Maharaj would walk from Nabadwip to Hapaniya and chant Srila Sridhar Maharaj's song..."
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Get Cracking
"'Time has passed as I have been busy in my material life, and I have got nothing—only became burdened. What sort of world is this?' In this world there is no want of food, no want of money, no want of anything except only one thing..."
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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?"

 

Fri, 6 April 2018:
Poorer Than the Poor, yet Richer than the Rich
"You would think, 'How will they live?' but Krishna arranges everything. 'Those who have nothing have Krishna.' That is saranagata."
Download the audio (2.1 Mb, 6 min | 22 February 2018)

In Honour of Sripad B.B. Puri Maharaj (25 photographs, 1.7 Mb)
Presenting a brief selection of photographs of His Holiness taken during 2008-2017 to retain the darshan of his holy feet for the benefit of the world.

 

 

Sat, 7 April 2018: (Disappearance of Srila Abhiram Thakur)
Wise up
"It is easy to understand what I am saying, and it is necessary to understand it. If you have one leg in one boat, and the other leg in another boat, what will be your position? You will fall down into the Ganges."
Download the audio (1.7 Mb, 5 min | 22 February 2018)

 

Sun, 8 April 2018:
Be Strong and Steady
"By hook or by crook, anyhow, we must use our life for service to the Guru and Krishna. Chant the Holy Name with humility, tolerance and giving honour to others."
Download the audio (1.5 Mb, 5 min | 16 July 2017)

 

Mon, 9 April 2018:
Preaching Programmes in Hooghly (13 photographs, 0.8 Mb)
To the great joy of the devotees and eternal benefit of all souls, His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Sri Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj visits Hooghly district and attends noon and evening programmes.

 

 

Tue, 10 April 2018: (Disappearance of Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur)
Do Not Despair
"Do not discourage yourself. Sometimes Krishna tests us to see how much we can tolerate. Practise properly, chant the Holy Name properly without offences, and one day you will conquer everything, do not worry."
Download the audio (1.4 Mb, 4 min | 16 July 2017)

 


In honour of 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)

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..."
Download the audio (1.5 Mb, 5 min | 18 May 2015)

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)...

 

 

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."

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, 11 April 2018:
Preaching Programmes in Tarakeshwar (9 photographs, 0.5 Mb)
The holy disappearance day of Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur is spent in several preaching programmes that His Divine Grace undertakes in the area of Tarakeshwar throughout the day.

 

 

Thu, 12 April 2018: (Sri Varuthini Ekadasi)
If You Want to Go Home
"In this age of Kali, to get your real home, to reach the place we all come from, the only religion is chanting the Holy Name, and if you want to chant this Name, this Name must come from a Guru-parampara..."
Download the audio (1.7 Mb, 5 min | 16 July 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..."

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)

 

Fri, 13 April 2018:
Great Fortune
"I think you are not ordinary souls. In this world there are millions of millions of people, there are so many big wealthy people, so many people who have a very big position in the country, but none of them are as fortunate as you are."
Download the audio (2.2 Mb, 7 min | 3 March 2018)

 

Sat, 14 April 2018:
Modern Milieu
"All over the world almost everybody runs behind money, runs behind property, gold, wealth. How many fortunate people are there who come to pure Krishna consciousness? The whole world is covered by the illusory environment, Kali Maharaj."
Download the audio (1.3 Mb, 4 min | 3 March 2018)

 

Sun, 15 April 2018:
"I Pray You Can Come"
"I am very glad that you come every year, and that every year you make the effort thinking, 'How can I come for the parikrama every year?' You are all in my heart, there is no doubt about it because we all come from the same family."
Download the audio (1 Mb, 3 min | 3 March 2018)

Standing Invitation
"You can make an announcement and tell everyone that I want devotees to come and stay here, do some service. It is my humble prayer to everyone—any time you want to come, I always say to you, 'Please come.'"
Download the audio (1 Mb, 3 min | 19 April 2015)

 

 

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Real Beauty
'In this material world we always run after beauty, smell, sound, and so on, but if you see Krishna's beauty, you will forget everything...'

 

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