Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama: Day Three
Saturday, 7 March 2020
Nadia, West Bengal
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."
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."
gaura amara ye-saba sthane
karala bhramana range
se-saba sthana heriba ami
"In the company of loving devotees, I shall behold all the places my
Gaurasundar roamed during His ecstatic Pastimes."
At Lord Nrisinghadev's temple
His Divine Grace takes devotees by bus up to Gauranga Setu Bridge, after that the parikrama party walks into Sri Koladwip.
Sri Ganga Devi
Passing Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math Temple.
The first stop of the parikrama is Sri Vriddha Siva Mandir. His Divine Grace says everyone must pray to Lord Siva here so that we can come for the parikrama again.
The holy Deity of Sri Buroraj Siva (Vriddha Siva)
The banyan tree where Prauddha Maya resides.
The next stop is Sri Vishnupriya Devi's house.
The priest of the temple places the shoes of Sriman Mahaprabhu on the head of His Divine Grace.
...as well as on the head of Srila Ashram Maharaj
...Sripad Shanta Maharaj and other sannyasis and assembled devotees.
The next, and final, stop for the day is Srila Jagannath Das Babaji Maharaj's bhajan kutir and samadhi-mandir
At the end, devotees honour prasadam and return to Sri Nrisingha Palli by bus.
During the evening class.
Srila Ashram Maharaj is having a look at the third new publication for this year—Guidance, Volume 4, that has just come today.
The three new publications under His Divine Grace's arm: Guidance 4, Sri Upadesh 4, Sri Nabadwip Dham Mahatmya-mukta-mala
Sripad Shanta Maharaj is showing the fourth volume of Guidance.
His Divine Grace read the quote presented at the back of the book:
"Sri Gurudev is the only shelter for a disciple. Those who have become
disciples live in complete adherence to their guru. If one retains
independence, they cannot be called a 'disciple'—they can take the mantra,
they can take initiation, but if they do not accept guidance or disciplining
of Sri Gurudev, they cannot be called a real disciple. Gurudev has a vast
wealth. Those who are born into his lineage, can get the right for his
wealth. Gurudev's wealth is not temples, buildings, houses, money; his wealth
is faith, devotion and love.
"What happens after initiation? It is necessary to practise hearing and
chanting, worship Deities and do service. You must serve with love,
affection, extracting loving devotion from your very life. You must always
think about what makes Him happy. You must be anxious to make Him happy and
always be alert and conscious of His happiness. Sacrifice your selfish
interests for His happiness, serve for His happiness.
"Sannyasis always sit amidst fire blazing on all four sides. This fire is
Hari-katha, kirtan, service to the Lord, and service to the guru. You must
progress in your practising life keeping the sacrificial fire of your service
This book, compiled by His Divine Grace himself and containing extremely powerful and spiritually vital discourses, is now available for purchase at Sri Nrisingha Palli during the festival and will soon be available at the online bookstore as well.
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