Tarakeshwar:
Sri Vaishnav Seva (Maha-mahotsav) in honour of the Holy Disappearance Festival of Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj

Wednesday, 17 April 2019,
Hooghly District, West Bengal

 

 

pujya-sri-guru-varga-vandita-mahabhavanvitayah sada
paurvaparya-parampara-prachalita-prajya-pramurtakrteh
bhakter nirmala-nirjharasya nibhrtam samraksakam sadaram
vande sri-gurudevam anata-sira acharya-varyam nijam

"I bow my head in eternal obeisance to my Gurudev, the best of acharyas, Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj. He is the ever vigilant, stalwart guardian of the current of pure devotion whose highest form flows from our most worshippable Sri Rupanuga Guru-varga in their exclusive dedication to Mahabhav, Srimati Radharani."

gurvvabhista-supurakam guru-ganair asisa-sambhusitam
chintyachintya-samasta-veda-nipunam sri-rupa-panthanugam
govindabhidham ujjvalam vara-tanum bhakty anvitam-sundaram
vande visva-gurun cha divya-bhagavat-premno hi bija-pradam

"I offer my obeisance unto he who perfectly fulfils his Gurudev's most cherished desires; who is fully adorned with the blessings of his Gurudev’s associates; who is expert in all aspects of Vedic knowledge, both conceivable and inconceivable; who is the pre-eminent follower of Srila Rupa Goswami Prabhu's line; who is known as 'Govinda'—Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj; whose beautiful, effulgent, exalted form is infused with pure devotion; who is the Guru of the entire universe; and who is the giver of the seed of divine love for the Supreme Lord."

jayatam suratau pangor mama manda-mater gati
mat-sarvasva-padambhojau radha-madana-mohanau

All glory to the merciful Sri Sri Radha-Madan Mohan! Though I am lame and wicked, They are my sole shelter, and Their lotus feet are everything to me.

vaisnavera pada-dhuli tahe mora snana-keli
tarpana mora vaisnavera nama
vaisnavera uchchhista tahe mora mano-nistha
vaisnavera namete ullasa

"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 at the name of Vaishnavs."

gangara-parasa ha-ile paschate pavana
darsane pavitra kara—ei tomara guna

"If the Ganges touches someone, they are purified some time later; but one becomes purified just by seeing you, O Vaishnava Thakur. Such is your power."

 

 


 


 


 


 

    

 

    

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

    

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

 


 


 


 


Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj: "When we hear that there is a festival held in the Vaishnav tradition or any other tradition, we understand the word ‘festival’ (utsav) as a social function, but when Vaishnavs make a festival, it is called ‘mahotsav’ (‘grand festival’). Vaishnavs make mahotsavs. In vernacular language it is often called ‘mochchhav’ and sometimes we hear people say, “Oh, Vaishnavs are making a mochchhav today. Come, we will get some prasad there,” but the real meaning and purpose of a mahotsav is actually realised when Vaishnavs are served properly. Even if you serve non-Vaishnavs for all eternity, it will be not be a mahotsav. Only when there is Vaishnav-seva, can it be a mahotsav. The purpose of a mahotsav is to please Vaishnavs. We see such mention in the scriptures. Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur discussed this matter in his books very earnestly and gave it much importance. He says that if one serves Vaishnavs—even if it is two-four Vaishnavs only, but if they are pure Vaishnavs—then the purpose of the mahotsav is fulfilled."

 


 


Vamsi-vihari Prabhu and Jayananda Prabhu

 

 

 

 

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