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Mission of Chaitanya Saraswat Math

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
30 April 2013

 

Question: What will one learn when they come to Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math?

Chaitanya Saraswat Math teaches Sriman Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's conception.

Who is Chaitanya Mahaprabhu? He is actually the Lord Himself, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Radha-Krishna came in this world in their combined form as Gauranga Mahaprabhu. His main conception is to be humble, tolerant, and to give honour to others.

তৃণাদপি সুনীচেন তরোরিব সহিষ্ণুনা ।
অমানিনা মানদেন কীর্ত্তনীয়ঃ সদা হরিঃ ॥

trnad api sunichena taror api sahisnuna
amanina manadena kirtaniyah sada harih

One who is humbler than a blade of grass, more forbearing than a tree, who gives due honour to others without desiring it for himself, is qualified to always chant the Holy Name of Krishna.

(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Antya-lila, 6.239)

This is His main teachings.

Chaitanya Saraswat Math teaches simple living and high thinking. Actually we are not this body. The body is the made of different elements: ksitir apas tejo marud vyoma (ক্ষিতির, আপস, তেজো, মরুদ, ব্যোম, earth, water, fire, air, ether), but here at Chaitanya Saraswat Math you will learn who you really are. Just as we change our clothes, we always change our body. The lifetime is very short—always changing our body, sometimes we are born as a tree, sometimes as a bird or a beast, etc. but Chaitanya Saraswat Math teaches that we have come from the Lord and belong to one house—we are not Indian, we are not Hindu, Christian or Buddhist, we are servants of the Lord. We have forgotten that, and the devotees of Chaitanya Saraswat Math come to remind you that you are a servant of the Lord.

 

Question: What does a member of Chaitanya Saraswat Math pray for?

Krishna, the Lord Himself, came in the form of Name, and He teaches us,

সর্ব্বধর্ম্মান্ পরিত্যজ্য মামেকং শরণং ব্রজ ।
অহং ত্বাং সর্ব্বপাপেভ্যো মোক্ষয়িষ্যামি মা শুচঃ ॥

sarva-dharman parityajya, mam ekam saranam vraja
aham tvam sarva-papebhyo, moksayisyami ma suchah

Give up all kinds of religion and surrender to Me alone. I will liberate you from all sins, do not despair.

In Srimad Bhagavad-gita (18.66) Krishna says, "Surrender to Me." Krishna Himself came in this world, what did He teach going door to door? What did He order the devotees to pray for? He gave the Hare Krishna maha-mantra,

হরে কৃষ্ণ হরে কৃষ্ণ কৃষ্ণ কৃষ্ণ হরে হরে ।
হরে রাম হরে রাম রাম রাম হরে হরে ॥

hare krsna hare krsna krsna krsna hare hare
hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare

Krishna's Name, Beauty, Pastimes are nondifferent from Krishna. This maha-mantra is what we should pray. We chant this maha-mantra and do service, and when we do something, we do not do it for our own enjoyment—we do everything for the satisfaction of the Lord. This is the main prayer at our temple Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.

 

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