At Chaitanya Math

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama, Day Two
18 March 2019, at Sri Chaitanya Math (Mayapur)

 

[Chanting 'Jaya Prabhupad! Srila Prabhupad!' His Divine Grace enters Sri Chaitanya Math, and, having paid obeisance at the samadhi mandir of Srila Prabhupad Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur, takes the devotees to the courtyard of Sri Chaitanya Math where he then sings 'Sujanarvuda-radhita-pada-yugam' and speaks about the glories of Srila Prabhupad:]

We have now come to Sri Chaitanya Math. Our Param Gurudev's Gurudev, Om Vishnupad Srila Bhagavan Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Thakur Prabhupad, stayed here, as well as in Kolkata sometimes. Srila Prabhupad preached from here, this is the headquarters of all Gaudiya Maths—from here, Srila Prabhupad established sixty-four temples all over India.

Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur prayed to the Lord, "Please send someone who can preach Your pure katha in this world," and after that Srila Prabhupad was born in Sri Puri Dham. He later stayed with Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur in Godrumdwip, and then came here to Mayapur, having established Yogapith and this Chaitanya Math. Through his devotees, Srila Prabhupad preached Hari-katha, sri-bhakti-siddhanta-vani, all over the world. Therefore, we are extremely indebted to Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur. Our Param Guru Maharaj wrote,

জয়রে জয়রে জয় গৌর-সরস্বতী ।
ভকতিবিনোদান্বয় করুণামুরতি ॥

jayare jayare jaya gaura-saraswati
bhakativinoda nvaya karuna murati

"All glory to the voice of Sri Gauranga, the embodiment of Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur's mercy, Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur!"

প্রকাশিলে গৌরসেবা ভূবনমঙ্গল ।
ভখতিসিদ্ধান্ত শুদ্ধ প্রজ্ঞান উজ্জ্বল ॥

prakasile gaura-seva bhuvana mangala
bhakatisiddhanta suddha prajnana ujjvala

"He manifested Sri Gauranga's service for the upliftment of the world. His teaching of devotion is pure, brilliant, and enlightening."

We sing this Saraswat Arati every day.

শ্রীগৌরাঙ্গ-পারিষদ ঠাকুর ভক্তিবিনোদ
দীনহীন পতিতের বন্ধু ।
কলিতমঃ বিনাশিতে আনিলেন অবনীতে
তোমা' অকলঙ্ক পূর্ণ ইন্দু ॥

sri-gauranga-parisada thakura bhakti-vinoda
dina-hina patitera bandhu
kali-tamah vinasite anilena avanite
toma' akalanka purna indu

"Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur is an associate of Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu and a friend of all low and fallen souls—to dispel all darkness of this dark age, he brought to this earth you [Srila Saraswati Thakur], a spotless full moon."

Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur brought this spotless moon, Srila Prabhupad, to this world, and this Prabhupad Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur gave the Holy Name to this world—to this day, his disciples and the disciples of his disciples are preaching about the Lord all over the world, they go begging door to door to rescue fallen souls like us.

স্থানে স্থানে কত মঠ স্থাপিয়াছ নিষ্কপট
প্রেমসেবা শিখাইতে জীবে ।
মঠের বৈষ্ণবগণ করে সদা বিতরণ
হরিগুণ-কথামৃত ভবে ॥

sthane sthane kata matha sthapiyachha niskapata
prema-seva sikhaite jive
mathera vaisnava-gana kare sada vitarana
hari-guna-kathamrta bhave

"Sincerely, you established so many temples to teach the souls loving service to the Lord. The Vaishnava residents of these temples incessantly spread the nectar of the glories of the Lord."

করিতেছ উপকার যাতে পর উপকার
লভে জীব শ্রীকৃষ্ণ-সেবায়

karitechchha upakara yate para upakara
labhe jiva sri-krsna-sevaya

"You are giving great benefit by helping other souls get service of Lord Krishna."

He engages everyone in the service of the Lord...

উঠরে উঠরে ভাই আর ত সময় নাই
'কৃষ্ণ ভজ' বলে উচ্চৈঃস্বরে

uthare uthare bhai ara ta samaya nai
'krsna bhaja' bale uchchaihsvare

Wake up, wake up, brother, there is no time! Worship Krishna!

He also spread Mahaprabhu's teaching,

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 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)

কুলিয়াতে পাষণ্ডীরা অত্যাচার কৈল যা'রা
তা সবার দোষ ক্ষমা করি ।
জগতে কৈলে ঘোষণা 'তরোরিব সহিষ্ণুনা'
হন 'কীর্ত্তনীয়ঃ সদা হরিঃ ॥'

kuliyate pasandira atyachara kaila ya'ra
ta sabara dosa ksama kari'
jagate kaile ghosana 'taroriva sahisnuna'
hana 'kirtaniyah sada harih'

"You forgave all the atheists of Kuliya village, despite their bad behaviour. Loudly you proclaimed to one and all: one who is more tolerant than a tree can always chant the glories of Lord Hari."

There were (and still are) many babajis, goswamis in Nabadwip town (Kuliya) who actually beat, attacked and tortured Prabhupad, but Prabhupad did not say anything—instead, he forgave them and declared that one must be humbler than a blade of grass and more tolerant than a tree. Always remember this.

 


Bhagavan Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad's samadhi mandir.

 


Approaching Sri Chaitanya Math.

 


In the courtyard of Sri Chaitanya Math.

 

 

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Sri Nadan Ghat
'This is a very auspicious place, a place of Gurudev's childhood. Here, Gurudev played and worked for a short time at the charitable dispensary. Remembering Gurudev, we come here every year on the day after his Vyasa Puja...'

 

Krsna haite chatur-mukha
'Jaya Dharma's renowned servant was Sri Purusottam Tirtha. After Sri Purusottam Tirtha came the learned Brahmanya Tirtha. Brahmanya Tirtha's servant was Vyasa Tirtha. Vyas Tirtha's servant was Laksmipati. After Laksmipati came Madhavendra Puri.'
কৃষ্ণ হৈতে চতুর্ম্মুখ

We must realise everything, we must practise our own spiritual life properly, and pray to the feet of Guru, Vaishnavs sincerely, not pretending or showing off.

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