Tue, 23 May 2017: (Appearance of Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur)
Keep Yourself Afloat
"Krishna always wants service from the devotees. Because of their bad karma and because the illusory environment is very powerful, maya always removes everybody from their service. If you can come out of the illusory environment, Krishna again give you service."
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In honour of Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur:

~ Pranam-mantra ~

dasa-vrndavanam vande krsna-dasa-prabhum tatha
chhannavatara-chaitanya-lila-vistara-karinau
dvau nityananda-padabja-karuna-renu-bhusitau
vyakta-chchhannau budhachintyau vavande vyasa-rupinau
sri-guru-gaura-gandharva-govindas cha ganaih saha
jayanti pathakas chatra sarvesam karunarthinah

"I offer my obeisances to Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur and Srila Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami, who made public the pastimes of the hidden avatar, Sri Chaitanya. They were both adorned with the mercy-dust of the lotus feet of Nityananda. I offer my obeisances to these two inconceivable sages who assumed the form of Vyasadeva, one—explicitly (Vrindavan Das Thakur), another—hiddenly (Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami). Together with Sri Guru Gauranga Gandharva Govinda and Their associates are ever victorious and we, the students, pray for Their mercy."
(Composed by Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj)

Under a Haritaki Tree
"Vrindavan Das Thakur's mother's name is Narayani, and she was a niece of Srivas Pandit. Mahaprabhu always held kirtans in the house of Srivas Pandit, and Narayani lived in that same house. When she was very little, she got Mahaprabhu's mercy..."
Download the audio (2.6 Mb, 8 min | 31 December 2012)

Clasping Nityananda Prabhu's Feet
"Nityananda is nondifferent from Guru-tattva: without mercy of the Guru you cannot get the mercy of Krishna. When will Nityananda Prabhu give me some mercy? When will He be compassionate to me and relieve me from the mundane illusion?"
Download the audio (2.1 Mb, 6 min | 20 October 2015)

Vrindavan Das Thakur: A Life of Chastity
"Vrindavan Das Thakur is a disciple of Sriman Nityananda Prabhu and is the main servitor of Nityananda Prabhu. He has so much chastity for Him..."
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Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur
His holy birthplace (Mamgachhi), his holy Deities (Sri Sri Gaura Nitai), his holy pastimes place (haritaki tree), and his holy samadhi (Denur)...

 

 

Composed by Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur:

SONG: Nitai amara dayara avadhi | নিতাই আমার দয়ার অবধি
"O brothers! My Lord Nitai's mercy is limitless! Bestowing His mercy upon the souls of this world He wanders from place to place perpetually offering the great treasure of ecstatic spiritual love to all."

SONG: Bimala hema-jini | বিমল হেমজিনি
"His spotless figure defeats pure gold! Various flowers garlands adorn Him highlighting His beauty, and, in His ecstatic thrill, the hairs on His body standing erect defeat the stamens of kadamba flowers! His body is covered with drops of perspiration..."

Prayers to Sri Vaishnav Thakur:

SONG: Ei-bara karuna kara | এইবার করুণা কর
"O worshippable Vaisnava, be merciful to me this time. O saviour of the fallen, without you there is no one. In every birth I aspire for the dust of your feet."

SONG: Ohe Vaisnava Thakura | (ওহে) বৈষ্ণব ঠাকুর
"O worshippable Vaishnav, ocean of grace, be merciful to this servant. Give me the shade of your feet and purify me. I clasp your feet. You can give Krishna, you have that power. Calling, 'Krishna!' 'Krishna!', I run after you."

SONG: Ki-rupe paiba seva | কিরূপে পাইব সেবা
"I am so wicked, how will I ever get service? I do not have any attachment to Sri Guru and Vaishnavs! Prabhu, you see no fault in others, you are the saviour of the fallen. Please deliver Narottam this time!"

SONG: Dhana mora nityananda | ধন মোর নিত্যানন্দ
"The feet dust of the Vaishnavs is where I sport and take bath, Vaishnavs' name is the water oblation. My mind is intently fixed upon the remnants of Vaishnavs, and I am elated hearing the name of Vaishnavs."

 

Mon, 22 May 2017: (Today is Sri Apara Ekadasi, tomorrow paran is 4:57-8:21 a.m.)
Guru's Care for Mission and Disciple
"Gurudev said so many things, gave so much advice for our spiritual life. When I sat in front of him, I thought, 'His every single word is everything—just one his word is my wealth, his every word is very important for my spiritual life.'"
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Sri Ekadasi Guidance
Guidelines on how to observe and honour this holy day: Ekadasi takes an indispensible part in the life of a sincere practitioner. At Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Ekadasi and paran are observed with affection and without fail according to the dates given in the Calendar.

"Sri Ekadasi" (Sri Sri Prema Vivarta)
"One day, Gaurahari left the Gundicha Temple and sat in the Jagannath Vallabha garden. It was pure Ekadasi, and the Lord spent the whole day and night chanting the Name of Krishna..."

SONG: Suddha-bhakata | শুদ্ধ ভকত-চরণ-রেণু
"I carefully observe the holy days related to Madhava, they are the mother of devotion."

SONG: Sri hari-vasare | শ্রীহরি-বাসরে হরি
"On the holy day of Sri Hari, Sriman Mahaprabhu, the life and soul of the universe, began dancing..."

 

Sun, 21 May 2017:
Sharing, Shunning, and Shirking
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj answers questions about Srimad Bhakti Vinodaviraha Dasakam, detachment, and remembers naughty childhood pastimes.
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Sat, 20 May 2017: (Krishna navami. Remembering the passing away of Sripad Santosh Krishna Prabhu)
To Be or Not to Be—No Such Question
"Death is not a better option, it is actually worse for you. If we have service to Krishna, then we must engage ourselves in His service—why should we die? Krishna sends us here to serve Him, so we must chant His Name, we must serve Him."
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In honour of Sripad Santosh Krishna Prabhu:

On passing away of Sripad Santosh Prabhu
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj's written statement addressing the worldwide devotee community, in relation to the passing away of Sripad Santosh Krishna Prabhu, written on 2 June 2016.

Vaishnav-Seva in Honour of Sripad Santosh Prabhu
(40 photographs, 2.1 Mb)
Photographs taken on 9 June 2016 during the Vaishnav festival held in honour of Sripad Santosh Krishna Prabhu at Sri Nabadwip Dham in the shelter of the lotus feet of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj.

Photo Album: In Honour of Sripad Santosh Prabhu
(45 photographs, 5.3 Mb)
A dedicated photo album prepared in memory and honour of Sripad Santosh Krishna Prabhu whose glories devotees remember and worship today all over the world.

 

Gaudiya Darshan: The Wonderful Nature of the Vaisnava
"There is no doubt that our Guru is supreme in our life, but the Vaisnava is also not less than that. The Vaisnava can give us Krsna. Guru always lives on a higher level of honour, but the Vaisnava is the general helper for the conditioned soul. The Vaisnava's position is very merciful for the conditioned soul. The Vaisnavas also very affectionately try to help each other..." >>>

 

Fri, 19 May 2017:
Service to Tulasi
"If you can take care of your children, why can you not take care of Tulasi? Krishna knows everything, He is merciful, and He will remove your offence, but you must always cry, 'Prabhu, I do not know how to serve You! I am doing what I can, and if it is Your wish, You can take my service...' This is the service mood."
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Thu, 18 May 2017:
Bread of Life
"When I see people working so hard outside only for their food, I become sad. I am praying for everybody—try to understand how valuable this human life. You cannot even imagine how valuable this life is. If we lose this life on some other job, it will be bad for everybody."
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Wed, 17 May 2017:
Service Mood Brings Service Joy
"If you serve realising that this kind of service fulfils your Gurudev's desire and you feel pleasure and happiness coming to your mind and heart, then you can understand that your service mood is proper."
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Tue, 16 May 2017: (Disappearance of Srila Ramananda Ray)
Nurture Your Practice
"If you come to this line of service to the Lord and do not practise properly, you will not get any result. Practice is the main thing. You must make your family Krishna's family and give up what is unwanted and unfavourable."
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Prayers to Sri Vaishnav Thakur:

SONG: Ei-bara karuna kara | এইবার করুণা কর
"O worshippable Vaisnava, be merciful to me this time. O saviour of the fallen, without you there is no one. In every birth I aspire for the dust of your feet."

SONG: Ohe Vaisnava Thakura | (ওহে) বৈষ্ণব ঠাকুর
"O worshippable Vaishnav, ocean of grace, be merciful to this servant. Give me the shade of your feet and purify me. I clasp your feet. You can give Krishna, you have that power. Calling, 'Krishna!' 'Krishna!', I run after you."

SONG: Ki-rupe paiba seva | কিরূপে পাইব সেবা
"I am so wicked, how will I ever get service? I do not have any attachment to Sri Guru and Vaishnavs! Prabhu, you see no fault in others, you are the saviour of the fallen. Please deliver Narottam this time!"

SONG: Dhana mora nityananda | ধন মোর নিত্যানন্দ
"The feet dust of the Vaishnavs is where I sport and take bath, Vaishnavs' name is the water oblation. My mind is intently fixed upon the remnants of Vaishnavs, and I am elated hearing the name of Vaishnavs."

SONG: Ye anila prema-dhana | যে আনিল প্রেমধন
"Where has Advaita Acharya gone? Where are my Svarup, Rupa, Sanatan? Where is my Raghunath? Where are the saviours of the fallen souls?"

 

Mon, 15 May 2017:
Surrender—Can We Do It?
"We hear this, but can we do it? We do what we want. Gurudev tells us to do one thing, and we do the opposite. Following the whims of your mind on pretence of doing service is not service. Without following your Guru you will get nothing—you will get no result."
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Sun, 14 May 2017:
World of Faith and Humility
"For those who have faith, there exists a world of devotion. Faith can be acquired by sadhu-sanga, good association. If you have good association, if you accept the conception and practices of Mahaprabhu, you will get supreme benefit."
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Sat, 13 May 2017:
Control Your Urges
What are the urges? How to control them? "Tongue always wants to eat so many things, and the Lord gave us the remedy. If you want to get the Lord, you must understand the siddhanta (conception), you must accept and follow the rules and regulations."
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Sri Sri Prema-Vivarta
“Understanding that it is very difficult for a soul to find a sadhu, Krishna came to Nadia in the form of a pure devotee.”

      

Disappearance of Srila Haridas Thakur
'Prabhu, do not give me Maya. I know you love me so much, that is why I do not want to hear from You any further. Please give me some mercy—I want to go before You. Please, Prabhu, fulfil my desire.'

      

 

CALENDAR for 05/2017

22. (Mon) Krishna Ekadashi. Apara Ekadashi. Fast.

23. (Tue) Paran between 4:57 and 8:21 a.m. Appearance of Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur.

26. (Fri) Sree Chaitanya Saraswata Krishnanushilana Sangha, Dum Dum Park, Kolkata: Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Radha Madan Mohan Jiu's installation day festival.

29. (Mon) Disappearance of Srila Bhakti Gaurava Giri Maharaj (Sripad Paramananda Vidyaratna Prabhu).

 

CALENDAR FOR 06/2017

4. (Sun) Sri Ganga Puja. Appearance of Sri Ganga Mata Goswamini. Disappearance of Srila Baladev Vidyabhushan Prabhu.

5. (Mon) Nirjala Ekadashi. Fast.

6. (Tue) Paran between 4:56 and 9:23 a.m.

7. (Wed) Gaura Trayodashi. Grand festival of Srila Raghunath Das Goswami at Sripat Panihati.

9. (Fri) Purnima. Snan Yatra (bathing) of Sri Jagannathdev. Disappearance of Srila Mukunda Datta, Srila Sridhar Pandit.

10. (Sat) Disappearance of Srila Shyamananda Prabhu and Sripad Rishabdev Das Adhikari.

11. (Sun) Disappearance of Sri Gaurahari Bhakti Sampad Prabhu.

14. (Wed) Appearance of Srila Vakreshvar Pandit.

20. (Tue) Yogini Ekadashi. Fast. Disappearance of Sriyukta Rama Devi.

21. (Wed) Paran between 4:56 and 9:25 a.m.

24. (Sat) Amavasya. Disappearance of Srila Gadadhar Pandit and Srila Sachchidananda Bhakti Vinod Thakur. Gundicha Marjan: cleaning at the Gundicha Temple at Sri Puri Dham and all Temples of the Lord.

25. (Sun) Ratha Yatra of Sri Jagannathdev.

26. (Mon) Disappearance of Srila Svarup Damodar Goswami Prabhu.

28. (Wed) Hera Panchami. Sri Sri Laksmi Vijay (observed the following day in Sri Puri Dham).

 

 

FULL CALENDAR >>

 


THE TEN OFFENCES TO
THE HOLY NAME:
1) Criticise sadhus, Vaishnavs
2) Consider Lord Siva and gods to be independent of Lord Krishna
3) Consider Guru to be an ordinary mortal man
4) Criticise scriptures
5) Interpret the Name with the help of a dictionary, etc.
6) Consider the Name imaginary.
7) Sin and chant to remove the sin.
8) Consider chanting equal to pious activities.
9) Instruct faithless people in chanting, inattentive chanting.
10) Remain attached to things, your body, etc.


 

Sri-rupa-manjari-pada
'Whatever favourable there is in the rules and regulations, may it have its fulfilment in attaining her lotus feet. I want to see it with my own two eyes. The ecstatic beauty of this Rupa is such that my very life force is nourished by her moon-like self.'
শ্রীরূপমঞ্জরী-পদ

 

We cannot renounce anything. Whose property are you going to renounce?
Nothing is yours, so you cannot leave what is others'.

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