At Sri Nandan Acharya Bhavan

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama, Day Two
18 March 2019, Sri Nandan Acharya Bhavan

 

Jay Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj ki jay
Vishva-varenya Srila Guru Maharaj ki jay!
Jay Om Vishnupad Paramahamsa-kula-churamani Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj ki jay!
Jay Om Vishnupad Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaj ki jay
Jay Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Suhrd Akinchan Goswami Maharaj ki jay
All the assembled devotees ki jay!
Gaura Nityananda mandir samasta bhakta-vrinda ki jay
Gaura Nityananda mandir samasta sevak-vrinda ki jay
Jay parikrama-kari-bhakta-vrinda ki jay
Chaitanya Saraswat Math International ki jay
Harinam sankirtan ki jay
Srila Bhakti Kusum Ashram Maharaj ki jay
Sripad Bhakti Kamal Tyagi Maharaj ki jay
Sripad Bhakti Hriday Mahayogi Maharaj ki jay
Sripad Bhakti Amrita Paramathik Maharaj ki jay
Sripad Bhakti Vaibhav Parikvrajik Maharaj ki jay
Sripad Bhakti Nandan Sadhu Maharaj ki jay
All the sannyasi, all the brahmachari, all the Eastern and Western devotees ki jay
Samagata matri-mandala srotri-mandali bhakta-mandali ki jay [Glory to all the mother-like lady devotees, to all the listeners, and all the devotees]
Harinam sankirtan ki jay!
Nitai Gaura premanande Hari bol!

Srila Bhakti Kusum Ashram Maharaj: Jay Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj ki jay. Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj ki jay. Nitai Gaura premanande Hari bol.

You all know what place we have come to. This is Sri Nandan Acharya Bhavan, it is a very important place. What happened at this place?

As you know, Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu appeared in Mayapur, and Sriman Nityananda Prabhu appeared in Sri Ekachakra Dham (its present name is Virachandrapur). Nityananda Prabhu is Balaram. As we sing in a kirtan, "Balaram haila Nitai: Balaram has become Nitai." So, Nitai is Balaram, Mul-Sankarsan, and who is Mahaprabhu? A combined form of Radha-Krishna. Both Krishna and Balaram, Mahaprabhu and Nityananda Prabhu are two limbs of one form.

When Nityananda Prabhu left Ekachakra Dham and came here to the house of a devotee named Nadan Acharya, Mahaprabhu immediately understood that some great personality had come here. He told Chandrasekhara Acharya, Srivas Acharya and other devotees, "A great personality has come here, go and find Him!" They went to look for Him, but nobody could find Him. Nityananda Prabhu is very hidden—nobody can know His glories. Do you think everybody can have His darshan? Do you think everybody can get His mercy? So, when the devotees came back and said they could not find anyone, Mahaprabhu said, "I will go Myself!" and He came straight here. Nityananda Prabhu was sitting outside the house—They saw each other, embraced each other and then became overwhelmed with the asta-sattvik-vikar (divine ecstasy).

Those who have Vaishnav-anugatya (devotion and adherence to Vaishnavs) can see everything otherwise one cannot see anything—no matter how much you travel around, how much you hear, you will not get any result.

Who revealed this temple here? A godbrother of our Param Gurudev Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj—Srila Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaj. His previous name is Saranga Prabhu, and he took sannyas from Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. Sripad Bhakti Kanan Giri Maharaj, who used to lead our parikrama before, also took sannyas from Srila Sridhar Maharaj and used to live here at this temple, he was the main disciple of Srila Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaj. I will speak more a little later, now we must sing a kirtan here.

[His Divine Grace chants 'Parama Karuna pahu dui jana' with the devotees.]

So, as I have told you before, we have come here to Sri Sri Gaura Nityananda Mandir. This is the place where Gaura and Nityananda met each other, and this is also Srila Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaj's Math.

Srila Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaj is a disciple of Bhagavan Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Thakur. When Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur left for his eternal pastimes, Srila Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaj was a brahmachari, and he was a very powerful, very strong preacher. We know that he preached in Delhi and many other places, and he established many temples. After Srila Prabhupad disappeared, Srila Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaj, in his brahmachari time, left the temple and, dejected and pained, went back to his house. (His family house is in Patrasayer, near Betur in Bankura District; we now have a temple there.) However, Srila Sridhar Maharaj could understand that he was a great teacher, so he came to his house and asked him, "Prabhu, you are a great teacher, but you have left the temple and come to your house accepting householder life. Will you not consider coming back?" Then Saranga Prabhu said, "Maharaj, if you give me sannyas, I will leave everything and come back again." Then, Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj gave him sannyas and Srila Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaj came back to the temple life—he first stayed at other temples and from there helped Srila Sridhar Maharaj to make Sri Gaura Purnima festival and other programmes, and then he made this temple, Sri Sri Gaura Nityananda mandir, here. He also made other temples—in Kolkata, Jaipalguri, Delhi, Imlitala (Vrindavan) also and other places.

Try to remember this relation (sambandha-jnana)—only when you get sambandha-jnana can you have abhidheya-jnana (understand how to practise).

Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj was Srila Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaj's senior godbrother and sannyas-guru, but how much respect Srila Goswami Maharaj had for him as his sannyas-guru! We must understand this. Every year, Srila Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaj's disciples made a big opulent festival in honour of his appearance day, and Srila Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaj would always personally come and invite Srila Sridhar Maharaj to attend it. Not only that, whatever pranami, whatever presentation his disciples would give to him on that day, Srila Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaj gave everything to Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, his siksa-guru and sannyas-guru. One year, however, Srila Sridhar Maharaj could not attend his appearance day due to poor health, and Srila Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaj said that year, "Every year Srila Sridhar Maharaj, my siksa-guru and sannyas-guru, comes and I get one more year of life, but this year he could not come, so this must be my last birthday, I will not be alive next year." Srila Goswami Maharaj left that very year.

After Srila Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaj, Srila Bhakti Suhrd Akinchan Maharaj became the acharya of this temple. He loved our Gurudev very much. I remember in 1995, when we were celebrating the Centenary Festival, Gurudev told me, "Bhakti Suhrd Akinchan Maharaj and Bhakti Kumud Shanta Goswami Maharaj wanted to come. Go and bring them here." I took the temple's car (it is still in Nabadwip, it stands in the museum) and came here with a driver to bring Srila Bhakti Shanta Goswami Maharaj and Srila Bhakti Suhrd Akinchan Maharaj to that centenary festival...

 


At Sri Nandan Acharya Bhavan.


Srila Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaj's samadhi-mandir.

 

 

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Odds and Ends
'It does not look good for a saffron-clad brahmachari to go to a restaurant and take food there. Sitting there, gossiping and talking, is very ugly. They must be a little shy, they must think a little what they are doing.'

 

Ki-rupe paiba seva
'Maya, this witch, has put a noose round my neck, and, becoming blind and forgetting myself in the pleasures of the material world, I pass day and night.'
কিরূপে পাইব সেবা

If somebody does not like you, you must see: maybe you have some fault,
that is why they do not like you.

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