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2016

 

 

JANUARY 2016

 

20 January 2016
Sivji Maharaj—Param Vaishnav [Translated from Bengali]
"Some say, 'You are a Siva bhakta, I am a Krishna bhakta!' You must not say such things. Siva and Krishna are not different from each other, and at the same time Krishna and Siva are one. Siva is an expansion of Krishna."

 

22 January 2016
All That Glitters Is Not Gold
"In Bardhaman district, near Durgapur, there is a small town called Mankar. In that town, there was once a brahman called Jivan Chakravarti. This Jivan Chakravarti worshipped Lord Siva..."

 

FEBRUARY 2016

 

13 February 2016
Vishnupriya Devi's Sacrifice
"We must remember in our life the sacrifice that Vishnupriya Devi made. This life is not for enjoyment, this life is for service. We should learn from the sacrifice of Vishnupriya Devi..."

 

14 February 2016
Carried Away
"If you have some desire and you do not get free from it, it will grow and become like a poisonous tree. If you make an offence to the Lord, Vaishnavs will remove your offence, but who will remove your offence if you offend Vaishnavs? Who?..."
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15 February 2016
What to Give and What to Take
"Your wife is a servant of the Lord and if you take her prasad, then you will not have the ego of a master. You always take, but you must not take, you must give... What can you give? You may have nothing, but you have sweet words, you have a heart."
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16 February 2016
Loves Me, Loves Me Not
"What people call love is actually enjoyment. Once, a girl was married off to a military man. The husband had to go for training, and the wife stayed alone at home for several years. She wrote to him letters every day..."
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17 February 2016
Sri Ekachakra Dham: History and Glory
"Our fortune is very good—we have come to the holy Dham of Nityananda Prabhu. You cannot come here unless you have a great fortune. Nityananda Prabhu's appearance day is on Saturday, but we do not know, we cannot recognise who will join the festival..."
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21 February 2016
At Nityananda Prabhu's Feet
"Today in a very beautiful way we have concluded the celebration of Sri Nityananda Prabhu's appearance festival. It is not every day that we can come to the lotus feet of Sri Nityananda Prabhu: we must pray to the lotus feet of Nityananda Prabhu."
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24 February 2016
Anukul and Pratikul
"Accept what is favourable to devotion and reject what is not favourable. Srila Sridhar Maharaj said that if you do both what is favourable and what is unfavourable, it will not work (the two do not go together)."
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25 February 2016
Managing or Damaging?
"We have all come here because we want be a servitor—we do not want to become a manager. I came here as a sweeper, and I want to die as a sweeper."
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28 February 2016
Srila Prabhupad: Embodiment of Mercy
"Today is the holy appearance day of Bhagavan Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Thakur Prabhupad, whom we are here to offer prayers to in the assembly of the devotees. He is Jagad Guru and what he gave to the world, no one else could ever give..."
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29 February 2016
Dedication to Service
"By the mercy of Gurudev we are given a tongue to chant the Holy Name, to chant the glories of the Guru and Vaishnavs, but if we criticise others and tell bad things about others, what is then the difference between the mouth and the other gates?"

 

MARCH 2016

 

1 March 2016
Vice of Kali-Yuga
"The Kali-yuga's people are now addicted to ganja, whiskey, smoking—it is a very difficult situation. If you ask the Lord for other things, Krishna will give that to you, but He will withdraw devotion from you. You cannot do what is unfavourable to devotion..."
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Chastity: Disciple's Virtue
"What is mainly necessary is chastity. If Gurudev told me not to go to a temple, how will I go there? Maybe Gurudev said it to me twenty-five years ago, but I will not forget it. I want to follow that instruction until my death."
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3 March 2016
A Humble Heart
"It is necessary to give honour to others. If you make so many offences, your heart becomes as hard as a thunderbolt, and as a result, kirtan, chanting of the Holy Name will not come to your mouth."
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4 March 2016
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."
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5 March 2016
Gift of Service
"Mercy comes through desire. If you have a strongest desire, you will serve your Lord, your Guru, and Krishna, Guru will take your service. But if there comes even a little distance from our service, Maya is always ready: as soon as Maya gets some place, you will be immediately attacked by her."

Effective Service
"If your mind wants to go somewhere or to do something, it is not service. What Vaishnav tells you, that is service." Do not become a victim of the half hen logic...
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6 March 2016
Vaisnav Ke? (An Appeal to Your Mind)
"We do not want to stay in the temple because there are so many rules and regulations—everything has to be maintained at a certain time, and if you live alone, nobody will tell you anything, but you will be losing your devotional activities. Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur said that nirjan bhajan is self-deception."
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10 March 2016
Hijack Scheme
"It is Gurudev's duty to hijack the conditioned souls—we do not hijack your money, your gold, your wealth or property, nothing like that—we hijack you from the illusory environment and bring you to Krishna's family, give you service."
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Beacon Light
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj is giving a concise account of the close relationship between Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math and Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad.
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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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11 March 2016
Digesting Gurudev's Love
"They cannot understand how much love and affection Gurudev has for them. They think Gurudev loves his disciples but not his godbrothers and godsisters, and that is why they left..."
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12 March 2016
Courtesy and Affection
"The Lord has at last given us a tongue, and by the mercy of the Lord, Gurudev we have got this Hare Krishna maha-mantra. With this mouth you say, 'You are a disciple of another sannyasi, I do not like you,' but this is not the courtesy, this is not our religion."
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Receiving and Transmitting
"When your dust is removed, the magnet will immediately catch you, but when there is a lot of dust, the magnet will not work. You should listen to Hari-katha, Krishna-katha—and you must listen properly, with your mind, speech, and body."
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Tackling Mood Swings
"Some day your mood is not good, but you should chant the Holy Name, chant and practise more and more. You should think, 'Why is my mind not good? Why is my mood not good? I must do more service, I must practise more.'"
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14 March 2016
Birth and Death (1): Family Bond
"If your relative dies today, what can you do? Nothing. If you have a strongest faith, then you know 'I have a service to my Guru. If he protects them, no one can destroy them.' Every time we change our body we always get a father and a mother, what can you do?"
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Birth and Death (2): As He Wishes
"I told him, 'Why are you talking like this? You will be OK, do not worry,' but who will listen to me? The Lord is the proprietor. 'Marabi rakhabi, yo ichchha tohara: You can kill me, You can protect me, it is up to You.'"
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Birth and Death (3): Games of Maya
"Maya is always testing whether you love me or you love your parents. If I lose my parents, I will get other parents next birth, but if I lose my Guru, if I lose Krishna, I will not get them again. You must decide what is important for you, but my feeling is like this."
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Birth and Death (4): No Fear
"Who can stop the one who has got mercy of Krishna? I did not personally serve my mother, but Krishna served her. Gurudev told me, 'If you serve Vaishnavs, Krishna will come and serve you,' and I believe it 200%. If you want relief from birth, death, disease, and old age problems, you must practise Krishna consciousness properly."
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22 March 2016 (English translation of Bengali lecture)
My Grief
"Today, by the mercy of Sri Gurupadpadma, by the mercy of Gaura Hari, you have successfully, beautifully and without any obtacles completed Sri Nabadwip Dham parikrama. It is a very happy, joyful day, but at the same time it is also a sorrowful day..."

Who Will Understand This?
"This relationship is not a two-day connection, this connection is not just to take initiation and go away, no. You must not only think like this, but you must understand it. What is the love of Guru? What do you receive from your Guru? You must always think about it."

Adopting the Process
"In this place (Koladwip) the process is pada-sevanam (serving the feet). It is necessary to practise this, and it is necessary to keep this in your heart. Who can give you the Lord? You cannot get the Lord through karma, yoga, or jnana."

Exclusive Line—Exclusive Dedication
"You must worship and serve the Lord, you must worship and serve your Guru. As long as you are alive you must come for this Nabadwip Dham parikrama. In this way you will get a relationship with the Lord. Be fixed and sincere in your practice and service."

 

24 March 2016 (Morning)
Sri Vishva Vaishnava Raja-Sabha
"Gurudev told me, 'The day after Gaura Purnima, you will sit together at Vishva Vaishnava Raja-Sabha,' and it is my duty to do that. We have come here to be together, and everyone can speak their own language—if it can be translated into English and Bengali, that is good for the mission."
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Over Service Hurdles
"When we came here, we did not know anything about Krishna consciousness, but everything comes by the mercy of Gurudev. Tolerance and patience are necessary. When you stay in a temple many problems will come, but you must not leave your service."
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(Note: Low quality audio, His Divine Grace's voice is hoarse after the parikrama days)

Dog Stories: Fortune and Perseverance
"1) For the Ratha-yatra last year, I bought only two hundred train tickets to Puri for the devotees, but soon after that I got some news... 2) Once two dogs wanted to go for Nabadwip parikrama from Dharmatala (Kolkata)..." Two stories with fundamental moral.
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(Note: Low quality audio, His Divine Grace's voice is hoarse after the parikrama days)

 

24 March 2016 (Evening)
Partake in Service Joy
"Gurudev's disappearance festival is very soon, on 18 April (Monday), and we are inviting everybody to take part in it. A festival means we come to serve. When somebody hears Hari-katha and gets pleasure serving the Lord, there is no one as fortunate as them."
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Be on Guard
"We have got an opportunity to serve the lotus feet of Gurudev, but if somebody leaves their service, it is their loss. Maya is always around you, and she is always searching for your weak point—she will always try to remove you from the service."
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Service Attachment: "I cannot stop his service!"
"You must understand what service mood is. Everybody must have attachment to their service. If in lieu of service you want liberation, enjoyment, and so on, you will get it, but you will forget devotion, you will forget the Lord."
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Real Kirtan, Real Joy
"You are practising, chanting the Holy Name, doing kirtan, but do not get any pleasure. Why are you not getting pleasure? When you do kirtan, you must feel so much joy and pleasure, but why do you not feel it?"
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Make the Best of Your Life
"Worship Krishna and your house will become Vrindavan, then you will not have to come again in this mortal world. As you saw, so you reap: you always have to change the 'dress', but you are not this body, you are a soul. How many days will we live in this world? What is this body for?"
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26 March 2016
Dignity of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math: (1) At the Roots
"...This is how we, very fallen souls, by the mercy of Gurudev also got an opportunity to take shelter of such a bona fide Guru as he is. That is our happiness, that is our joy, that is our great luck and great fortune."
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Dignity of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math: (2) Powerful and Bona Fide
"This is a real place, and we have come to such a beautiful place and have taken shelter of such a great, bona fide Guru. We cannot do anything ourselves, but our Guru is so powerful that he can take us from the illusory environment. This is our prayer and hope."
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Dignity of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math: (3) Our Practising Life Principle
"Krishna always tests us, but we cannot tolerate so much. Also we do not accept what is in favour of devotion properly—sometimes we accept what is favourable but sometimes we also accept what is unfavourable to devotion. This is bad."
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Dignity of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math: (4) Entering Service Planet
"We have joined this mission, we have accepted a Guru and taken initiation, but now we must serve our Guru. What Gurudev gave us is incomparable, inconceivable, and we must have faith in that. Practise properly, make your house a temple, then you can continue your practising life wherever you are."
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16 April 2013 & 27 March 2016
Weaknesses
"If in this life you think, 'This is my house, I will not leave this house,' then next birth you will become a lizard. Attachment is a very dangerous thing. The kind of attachment you have for your family life should come for your Guru, the Vaishnavs, and Bhagavan."
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28 March 2016
Be Wise
"Devotees gave me some advice and maya also gave me some advice, but I did not accept maya's advice. Actually what you do—what you accept and what you reject—depends upon you. You have some intelligence, and that intelligence comes through association..."
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29 March 2016
Collecting Jivas, Collecting Bhog
"Try to serve there—it is necessary to have the strongest practising and the strongest faith, these two are the main things. Try to find people through preaching, find people who would stay permanently at the temple, do proper service..."
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Clear Aim In Life
"Every devotee must have a target. If you get on a plane but then realise there is no pilot, how will the plane fly? If we have no aim in life, it will not take us anywhere. We must think, 'I have come to Krishna consciousness and I will practise it properly.'"
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MISC dates
Odd and Ends (5)
Several educating excerpts from the lectures of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj that were not included in the main posts:
• "He will arrange" • Initiation & Sisya's karma • No beads in the bathroom • Prerequisite for initiation • Acharya Board's function • "I am not doing anything" • Prasadam like nectar • Deceit-free service • A change of dress • No tilak—burning ghat • Depend upon your Guru.
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Odds and Ends (6)
Several educating excerpts from the lectures of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj that were not included in the main posts:
• Accept or reject? • Sincere service until death • The result of chanting • Seasonal fruit • Observing Ekadasi • What is devotion • ISKCON Ratha-Yatra • Three prayers on the way to Ekachakra • What is mercy?
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20 May 2016 (Sri Nrisingha Chaturdasi, Bengali class)
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..."
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21 May 2016
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..."
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A "Happy Style" Life
"If you come for devotional activities, you should not make yourself an enjoyer. Do not be a deha-rami, do not live like this. In heaven the demigods live in a very comfortable way, but sometimes they forget the Lord and become demons like it was with Jay and Vijay..."
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Preaching Guidance: Blood, Cockroaches, and the Core
"Give your blood to bring people, try, then people will come. By only doing puja and sitting in one place people will not come. If you practise properly yourself, what you say to others will work. If you have a strong desire to preach, then strong mercy will come to you..."
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Perils of Pleasure
"Someone lives in the temple but always thinks about their health, thinks about their body, about a comfortable life—we want to leave maya, but maya does not want to leave us..."
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JUNE 2016

 

19 June 2016
Service and Sincere Practice
"By the mercy of Nityananda Prabhu, Raghunath Das Goswami got some great mercy, and you can understand that he actually got that mercy through Vaishnav seva..."
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JULY 2016

 

2 July 2016
Disciple's Mood [Evening class in Bengali]
His Divine Grace is speaking at the end of the first day of Sri Puri Dham parikrama:
• day one summary, and programme for the next day • the fortune of making parikrama with the devotees • perfect mood of a disciple (humility, tolerance, giving honour to others) • avoiding offences • pastimes of Srila Jagadananda Pandit.
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3 July 2016
Sincere Practice [Evening class in Bengali]
His Divine Grace is speaking yesterday, at the end of the second day of Sri Puri Dham parikrama: reading from Sri Prema-Vivarta, mentioning among many points the pastimes of Sri Kasi Misra, Chhota Haridas, and the stories of Gita Samsar and the restless king.
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4 July 2016
Pastimes of Sri Saksi Gopal
"There were once two brahmans, an old and a young one. They both went on pilgrimage to many holy places and met in Vrindavan. The old brahman was very happy with the young brahman and promised in front of the Deity of Gopal to give his daughter to him."
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31 October 2016 (Sri Govardhan Puja)
Sri Govardhan Puja and Pastime
"Krishna said, 'If you worship Govardhan, all demigods' puja will automatically be performed!' Nanda Maharaj agreed. From then they started Govardhan puja. Today is that day. I am also going to explain today what is Govardhan. It is said that if anybody touches Giriraj, if anybody even hears about Giriraj's glories, they will go to Vaikuntha..."
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29 December 2016
New Year Message (1): Preaching News
"Actually, this year we are doing very well, preaching. Devotees are also preaching all over the world, and I am very happy with their activities. I am always running, I cannot and I do not want to stop my service until my death. This is my service."
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New Year Message (2): Inner Quality
"Bad association can damage your faith and spiritual life. Even if you think that some association is not good and you stay alone, that is good, no problem. Next year we will be aware of this—we will not do bad association and we will not criticise others, we must tolerate."
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ON THIS PAGE:

JANUARY
Sivji Maharaj—Param Vaishnav
All That Glitters Is Not Gold

FEBRUARY
Vishnupriya Devi's Sacrifice
Carried Away
What to Give and What to Take
Loves Me, Loves Me Not
Sri Ekachakra Dham: History and Glory
At Nityananda Prabhu's Feet
Anukul and Pratikul
Managing or Damaging?
Srila Prabhupad: Embodiment of Mercy
Dedication to Service

MARCH
Vice of Kali-Yuga
Chastity: Disciple's Virtue
A Humble Heart
Parikrama: Benefit and Benefactor
Gift of Service
Effective Service
Vaisnav Ke? (An Appeal to Your Mind)
Hijack Scheme
Beacon Light
Real Beauty
Digesting Gurudev's Love
Courtesy and Affection
Receiving and Transmitting
Tackling Mood Swings
Birth and Death (1): Family Bond
Birth and Death (2): As He Wishes
Birth and Death (3): Games of Maya
Birth and Death (4): No Fear
My Grief
Who Will Understand This?
Adopting the Process
Exclusive Line—Exclusive Dedication
Sri Vishva Vaishnava Raja-Sabha
Over Service Hurdles
Dog Stories: Fortune and Perseverance
Partake in Service Joy
Be on Guard
Service Attachment: "I cannot stop his service!"
Real Kirtan, Real Joy
Make the Best of Your Life
Dignity of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math: (1) At the Roots
Dignity of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math: (2) Powerful and Bona Fide
Dignity of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math: (3) Our Practising Life Principle
Dignity of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math: (4) Entering Service Planet
Weaknesses
Be Wise
Collecting Jivas, Collecting Bhog
Clear Aim In Life
Odd and Ends (5)

MAY
Perfect Attitude To Nrisinghadev
Using / Serving
A "Happy Style" Life
Preaching Guidance: Blood, Cockroaches, and the Core
Perils of Pleasure

JUNE
Service and Sincere Practice
Odds and Ends (6)

JULY
Pastimes of Sri Saksi Gopal

OCTOBER
Sri Govardhan Puja and Pastime

DECEMBER
New Year Message (1): Preaching News
New Year Message (2): Inner Quality

 

Sri Radhastami: Worship with Extreme Care
How to worship Radharani—how? Gurudev said, 'You must walk in Radharani's place on your head, not on your legs.' It is that kind of place, but how can we see it?

      

Chant the Holy Name at all times!

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