Construction Pastimes

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Ekachakra—Worldwide, 21 February 2021, part 6

 

They have finished the goshala today. We have made a new goshala here in Ekachakra, because there are so many cows now, and the old goshala had become too small. So, I have expanded it.

In 2011-2012 I made the boundary wall on top of nat mandir. Before that, I planned that I would rent a helicopter for Gurudev to come and the helicopter was supposed to land on top of the nat mandir. A helicopter driver had come to inspect the place and told me not to make the boundary wall on the roof. Unfortunately, Gurudev was very sick and could not come. So, last year I made another floor there for the Indian devotees. The nat mandir is very big, so we could make additional twenty-two rooms, and each room is four-five hundred square feet. It is a very big dormitory to provide accommodation for the Indian section.

Actually, it all happened by the mercy of Gurudev and by the mercy of Nityananda Prabhu. When I first came here to buy the land, I spent one night sleeping under the bakul tree (the place where Nityananda Prabhu played, it is also called nari-pota). I slept under some tarpaulin one night. I remember I could not sleep the whole night because of mosquitos—sometimes I slept under the tarpaulin and sometimes went to the car, and the whole night I was waiting when the morning would come. The next day I rented a house to stay in.

Question: Do we fast on Nityananda Trayodasi or can we take breakfast?

Actually, we fast. If somebody cannot fast, they can take something, but actually we fast until noon on this day. The Gaudiya Math temples fast on this day like on Nrisingha-chaturdasi—Nityananda Prabhu is Lord Baladev's avatar, so they fast from morning to evening, and they take some anukalpa in the evening. But Gurudev said, "Nityananda Prabhu's appearance is at noon, like Srimati Radharani's appearance, so you can fast until noon and then take prasadam." This is what we do. We follow what Gurudev said, we do not follow what other temples do. That is some distinction of our temple. We follow what Gurudev says. Other temples fast the whole day from morning to evening on Vamana-dvadasi, Baladev Purnima and on Nityananda Trayodasi, but we follow what Gurudev told us.

Are there any other questions from any devotees today?

Srila Janardan Maharaj: I have one question. When are you going to start construction in Mayapur?

Maharaj, I have started it, but then there is some problem related to the political party. When the election results are declared, I will be able to resume the construction. Also, it is necessary to collect more money. If more devotees can help, then it will be possible. If every devotees gives about one thousand dollars one time, then it is possible to resume the construction. Some devotees give more than that—they give five, ten, twelve thousand dollars, but there are only few of them. If everybody gives one thousand dollars, then it will be sufficient. Indian devotees cannot help so much—they come and give five hundred, two hundred or one hundred rupees' pranami...

 

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