Sat, 24 June 2017: Sri Puri Dham Pilgrimage, Day Four | Disappearance of Srila Gadadhar Pandit and Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur | Gundicha Marjan, cleaning of all temples of the Lord
Sri Puri Dham Parikrama | Day Four
Despite the rainy weather, the last day of the holy parikrama of Sri Jagannath Puri passes peacefully and happily in the shade of the holy lotus feet of Sri Gurupadpadma Srila Acharya Maharaj and in growing excitement and anticipation of Sri Ratha-yatra tomorrow.
(24 June 2017 | 22 photographs, 1.3 Mb)

Visited today:

Birthplace of,
Srila Saraswati
Thakur Prabhupad
 
Ramananda Ray's
home and garden
 
Sri Jagannath
Mandir

Sri Gundicha
Temple
 
Sri Indradyumna
Sarovar

In honour of Sri Gundicha Marjan:

Gundicha Marjan: "Let Jagannath Come to My House"
"Another meaning of Gundicha marjan is cleaning the heart, and Mahaprabhu Himself was showing how to do it. At first He swept, then poured water and then with His own cloth, uttariya, He washed the temple. He was showing how thoroughly you must clean your heart..."
Download the audio (1.5 Mb, 5 min | 5 April 2013)

Gundicha Marjan: A Seat for Bhakti Devi
"What is the meaning of this Pastime? We have so much dust in our hearts, we must remove this dust. Once we clean the place in our heart, we can invite Bhakti Devi, the Lord, to come there. Unless you clean the place, Bhakti Devi will not come."
Download the audio (2.8 Mb, 7 min | Kirtan & Bengali class)


In honour of Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur:

— { Pranam mantra of Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur } —

vande bhaktivinodam sri-gaura-sakti-svarupakam
bhakti-sastrajna-samrajam radha-rasa-sudha-nidhim

"I offer my obeisance unto Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur, the embodiment of Sri Gaurasundar's potency. He is the king of all knowers of the scriptures of pure devotion and an ocean of the nectar of devotion to Srimati Radharani."

Srimad Bhakti Vinodaviraha Dasakam | শ্রীমদ্ভক্তিবিনোদবিরহদশকম্
"Alas, alas! O Bhakti Vinoda Thakura, O Supreme Guru, for twenty-two years this world has been plunged into misfortune, long grief-stricken in your intolerable separation. You are the divine potency of Sri Gaura, and you graciously made your advent in this earthly plane, being attracted by the living beings' virtuous deeds performed throughout many lifetimes. Where am I, so lowly and fallen, and where are you, the great soul who delivers the universe!"

Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur
"If Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur had not come in this world, where, in whose lotus feet would we have found our shelter? He gave us all these things and he gave us Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur. If you think about it, you can understand how much he gave to the jiva souls..."
Download the audio (3.6 Mb, 11 min | 3 October 2015)

Recognising Guru: What Is Your Obstacle?
"Brother, you see Bhakti Vinod Thakur as your father, but I see him as my spiritual master. That is the difference. What you see is a father (baba), and that is the obstacle (badha) that prevents you from getting Radharani (Radha)."
Download the audio (1 Mb, 3 min | 24 February 2013)

The Seventh Goswami [By Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj]
A summary account of Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur's service, life, and character. Originally published as an introduction to the first edition of Sri Nabadwip Dham Mahatmya published as The Hidden Treasure of the Holy Dhama Nabadwipa.

The Worship of Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur
[Sri Gaudiya Darshan, by Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj]
"Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur did so much seva for the sampradaya of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. He lived during a very heavy time period. He was a very exclusive devotee of Mahaprabhu and specifically worshipped Deities of Sri Sri Gaura Gadadhar...."

 


In honour of Srila Gadadhar Pandit Goswami:

— { Pranam mantra of Sri Gadadhar Pandit Goswami } —

nilambhodhi-tate sada sva-viraha-ksepanvitam bandhavam
srimad-bhagavati katha madiraya sanjivayan bhati yah
srimad-bhagavatam sada sva-nayanasru-payanaih pujayan
gosvami-prabaro gadadhara-vibhur-bhuyat mad-eka-gatih

"On the shore of the broad blue ocean Gadadhar Pandit used to read Srimad Bhagavatam to Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, who was suffering from the great internal pain of separation from Himself (Krishna). Gadadhar Pandit supplied the wine of Krishna-lila to intoxicate his afflicted friend and give Him relief. As he read, tears would fall from his eyes like flower offerings onto the pages of Srimad Bhagavatam. May the pleasure of that brilliant personality, Gadadhar Pandit, the best of the Goswamis, be my only object in writing this book."

(Composed by Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj)

At Sri Chatak Parvat and Sri Tota Gopinath Temple
His Divine Grace is speaking at the bhajan-kutir of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur and Sri Tota Gopinath temple on the first day of Sri Puri Dham parikrama, telling the pastimes of Srila Haridas Thakur's disappearance and Srila Gadadhar Pandit.
Download the audio (4.9 Mb, 13 min | 14 July 2015 | Bengali)

Sri Gadadhar Pandit's Life in Puri
A special discourse given by His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj for Sri Gaudiya Darshan, 1995, dwelling on "Puri Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math" and "Jagannathdev and His Dham."

Pandit Sri Gadadhar Goswami
[Sri Gaudiya Darshan, by Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj]
"Pandit Goswami's life is a special offering of silent and complete self-sacrifice to his beloved. Only those who can taste unprecedented joy by appreciating the wonder within the ornament of contradiction in seeing the bag of a beggar on Laksmi Devi’s shoulder are fit to appreciate the extraordinary glory of Srimat Pandit Goswami's unprecedented personality..."

পণ্ডিত শ্রীগদাধর গোস্বামী ["Pandit Sri Gadadhar Goswami," the original Bengali article]
শ্রীল ভক্তিরক্ষক শ্রীধর দেব গোস্বামী মহারাজের প্রবন্ধ: "পণ্ডিত গোস্বামী চরিত্র নিজ প্রিয়তমের উদ্দেশ্যে একটী নীরব পূর্ণ-আত্মোৎসর্গময় উপটোকন বিশেষ । লক্ষ্মীদেবীর স্কন্ধ ভিক্ষার ঝুলি দর্শনে যাঁহারা বিরোধালঙ্কারের চমৎকারিতা হৃদয়ঙ্গমে যে অপূর্ব্ব সুখাস্বাদনে সমর্থ, তাঁহারাই শ্রীমৎ পণ্ডিত গোস্বামী অপূর্ব্ব ব্যক্তিত্বের অসাধারণ মহিমা অনুভবের অধিকারী ।"



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?"

 

Fri, 23 June 2017: Sri Puri Dham Pilgrimage, Day Three
Sri Puri Dham Parikrama | Day Three
Sharing precious glimpses of the third day of Sri Puri Dham parikrama during which His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj takes the devotees to the holy pilgrimage places in Bhubaneswar, that is about an hour bus drive to the north of Puri.
(23 June 2017 | 18 photographs, 1.2 Mb)

Visited today:

Sri Alarnath Temple

Sakhi Gopal Temple

Bindu Sagar Kunda

Sri Ananta Vasudev
Temple

Sri Lingaraj
Mandir

 

Thu, 22 June 2017: Sri Puri Dham Pilgrimage, Day Two
Sri Puri Dham Parikrama | Day Two
On the second day, His Divine Grace Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj takes the devotees to the house of Srila Jagadananda Pandit, Sri Siddha-bakul, Sri Gambhira, as well as the house of Srila Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya, Svetaganga Kunda.
(22 June 2017 | 32 photographs, 2 Mb)

Visited today:

Bhajan-kutir of
Srila Jagadananda
Pandit

Bhajan-kutir of
Srila Haridas
Thakur

Sri Gambhira

House of Srila
Sarvabhauma
Bhattacharya

 

Wed, 21 June 2017: Sri Puri Dham Pilgrimage, Day One
Sri Puri Dham Parikrama | Day One
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj blesses the fortunate souls by taking them around the holy sites of Sri Puri Dham, showering the nectar of Harinam Sankirtan and Hari-katha in all fourteen directions.
(21 June 2017 | 21 photographs, 1.2 Mb)

Arrival at Sri Puri Dham
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj, accompanied by his associates, fortunate devotees and pilgrims, arrives safely at Sri Puri Dham at the holy lotus feet of Sri Sri Nitai Chaitanya and gives the first evening class.
(20 June 2017 | 18 photographs, 1 Mb)

 

Visited this morning:

Samudra,
the holy ocean
 
Samadhi-mandir of
Srila Haridas Thakur
 
Sri Chatak Parvat
Bhajan-kutir of
Srila Prabhupad
 
Sri Tota-Gopinath
Bhajan-kutir of Srila
Gadadhar Pandit

 

Lectures from or related to Sri Puri Dham:

On the Way to Sri Puri Dham
First Visit to Sri Puri Dham
Parikrama: Mood, Intention, and Prayer
Mahaprabhu Enters Sri Puri Dham


Lord Jagannath: Discovery
Lord Jagannath: Deity Appearance
Darshan of Lord Jagannath
Appearance of Lord Jagannath

Gundicha Marjan: "Let Jagannath Come to My House"
Gundicha Marjan: A Seat for Bhakti Devi

 

At Sri Chatak Parvat and Sri Tota Gopinath Temple
At Sri Alarnath
Raghav's Bags
Pastimes of Sri Saksi Gopal
Misconception and Misbehaviour
At Ramananda Ray's Garden
Strong Desire

Photographs of Sri Puri Dham pilgrimage from previous years:


Year 2008
(79 photos)
(7.9 Mb)

   


Year 2009
(163 photos)
(17 Mb)

   


Year 2010
(89 photos)
(11 Mb)


Year 2012
(84 photos)
(8.2 Mb)

   


Year 2014
(28 photos)
(2.5 Mb)


Year 2015
(5 pages)

   


Year 2016
(5 pages)

 

Tue, 20 June 2017: (Today is Sri Yogini Ekadasi, tomorrow paran is at 4:56-9:25 a.m.)
Why Can We Not Get It?
"At Srivas Pandit's house there was a maidservant Duhkhi—she got Mahaprabhu's mercy. There was a Muslim tailor near Srivas Pandit's house—he too got Mahaprabhu's mercy. A great sinner Chand Kazi broke a mridanga, but even he got Mahaprabhu's mercy. Why can we not get it?"
Download the audio (1.2 Mb, 4 min | 20 May 2017 | Bengali)


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..."

ADDITIONAL READING::

"Observing Ekadasi" (by Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj)
"Ekadasi Vrata: Make Your Guru Happy" (by Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj)
"No Other Shelter" (by Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj)
"Mahadvadasi" (by Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj)
"Ekadasi and liberation" (by Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj)
"Ekadasi Tithi: One of the Practices" (by Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj)

 

Mon, 19 June 2017:
Rare Quality
"It is necessary to learn what the teachings of Mahaprabhu is and accept it. A devotee of Krishna is very rare, but one devotee is capable of delivering the entire universe."
Download the audio (1.2 Mb, 4 min | 20 May 2017 | Bengali)

 

Sun, 18 June 2017:
Chant and Be Chaste
"You must feel taste for the Holy Name, such taste must come. If you chant the Holy Name without offence, then taste will come. We always make offences, but if you chant the Holy Name more and more, then offences will go away."
Download the audio (0.6 Mb, 2 min | 20 May 2017 | Bengali)

SONG: Sujanarvuda-radhita-pada-yugam | সুজনার্ব্বুদরাধিতপাদযুগং
"He is the embodiment of Hari-kirtan. He mercifully relieves Mother Earth of the burden upon her. He is an associate of Sri Gaura, and more kind and affectionate than a father. Eternally I offer my obeisance to my master's feet."

 

Sat, 17 June 2017:
Love the Lord
"Do you think if you have no money, no wealth, the Lord will not come to you? Those who have a high birth, knowledge and wealth are so proud of themselves, but the Lord is very merciful to those who are poor and needy."
Download the audio (1.6 Mb, 5 min | 20 May 2017 | Bengali)

 

Fri, 16 June 2017:

Open Letter
from His Divine Grace
Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj:

All Glory to Sri Sri Guru Gauranga

Dear Devotees, Friends, and Well-Wishers,

Please accept my dandavat pranam at your feet.

All is well here in India as we are preparing to celebrate Sri Ratha-yatra festival very soon here at Sri Puri Dham.

I am writing to you all with an affectionate advice to please be careful with reading, hearing and spreading different kinds of information that is available on the internet, social networks, etc. Please apply common sense, chastity, and devotional discrimination when you come across resources and information online. I have told it many times that it is necessary to be careful with your association; it is always necessary to be conscious of this and to see where the source is.

I would like to make it clear to all the devotees that all news, official information, guidance or any other information related to Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, as well as my own activities, is always posted here at the official web site of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.

This advice also relates to making donations online. Those who wish to make a donation to the central Math in Nabadwip and its branches in India, can do so using the paypal facility at this website. These donations are received by me personally and are used for the service of the Temples as appropriate.

I pray this finds all devotees of our Mission well and strong in their service and practice.

Your well-wisher,

Swami B.N. Acharya

(16 June 2017)

Translations of the letter into Spanish and Russian are available here.

 

Thu, 15 June 2017:
Treading Wrong Path
"We want the mercy of Gurudev—'If you give me your mercy, then everything is possible, otherwise not.' You have heard also what happens to those who make offence to the feet of Guru and Vaishnavs..."
Download the audio (1.2 Mb, 4 min | 20 May 2017 | Bengali)


His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj extends his cordial standing invitation to all devotees who wish to come to our Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math's temples in India to serve long- or short-term and requests the devotees who are planning to come to kindly notify Purna Pragya Prabhu who is currently in charge of accommodation and takes care of all Western devotees in India, of their arrival so that the necessary arrangements can be made for your stay.

Purna Pragya Prabhu's contact information:
Email: scsmath.office-at-gmail.com
Phone/whatsapp: (+91) 79-0873-4576.

 

 

Wed, 14 June 2017:
The Only Hope and Aspiration
"We have so many hopes—hundreds and hundreds of hopes appear within us—and how much suffering we get in return... Whatever your situation is, you must be happy and satisfied with that because whatever the Lord does, He does it for our benefit."
Download the audio (1 Mb, 3 min | 20 May 2017 | Bengali)

 

 

 

    

Archive of Updates
Ekadashi Guidance
Rules and Regulations
Chanting the Holy Name

Daily Practice
Sri Gaudiya Darshan
Bengali updates
Russian updates

বাংলা আপডেট
Русские переводы

      

Sri Sri Prema-Vivarta
“The Lord bestows greater mercy upon the humble, and pride and humility do not co-exist.”

      

Strong Desire
'If you have this kind of strong desire, mercy will come. It is necessary to have such permanent, unflinching desire for service, for chanting or anything else.' What kind of desire is it?

      

 

CALENDAR FOR 06/2017

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).

 

CALENDAR FOR 07/2017

1. (Sat) Disappearance of Sripad Ajita Krishna Brahmachari.

3. (Mon) Punar Yatra of Sri Jagannathdev (Return car festival). Disappearance of Tridandi Swami Bhakti Kamal Madhusudan Maharaj, Sriyukta Krishnamayi Devi.

4. (Tue) Shayan Ekadashi. Fast.

5. (Wed) Paran between 7:56 and 9:27 a.m.

9. (Sun) Sri Guru Purnima. Appearance of Srila Vyasadev. Disappearance of Srila Sanatan Goswami Prabhu. Beginning of Chaturmasya Appearance of Srila Bhakti Bimal Avadhut Maharaj.

11. (Tue) Disappearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Hriday Bon Maharaj.

14. (Fri) Disappearance of Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami Prabhu.

17. (Mon) Disappearance of Srila Lokanath Goswami Prabhu.

19. (Wed) Krishna Ekadashi. No fast.

20. (Thu) Krishna Dvadashi. Kamika Ekadashi. Fast.

21. (Fri) Paran between 5:06 and 9:31 a.m.

23. (Sun) Amavasya. Festival in honour of the disappearance of Om Vishnupad Paramahamsa Parivrajakacharya-varya Ashtottara-shata-sri Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj.

27. (Thu) Disappearance of Srila Vamshi Das Babaji Maharaj.

29. (Sat) Appearance of Srila Bhakti Vijay Trivikram Maharaj.

30. (Sun) Disappearance of Sripad Ananga Mohan Das Adhikari.

 

CALENDAR FOR 08/2017

1. (Tue) Disappearance of Tridandi Swami Bhakti Prasun Bodhayan Maharaj.

 

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.


 

Ye anila prema-dhana
'Not finding the association of Sri Gauranga, who performed His Pastimes with all these associates, Narottam Das weeps.'
যে আনিল প্রেমধন

 

If you think you are doing it, then the burden will come to you, but if you understand
you cannot do anything and the Guru does everything, then what is the problem?

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