Sri Gaura Purnima: Morning
Monday, 9 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."
nadiya udayagiri purna-chandra gaura-hari
krpa kari ha-ila udaya
papa-tamo haila nasa, tri-jagatera ullasa,
jagabhari hari-dhvani haya
"By His causeless mercy the full moon Gaurahari arose in the district of
Nadia, which is compared to Udayagiri, where the sun first becomes
visible—His rising in the sky destroyed the darkness of sin; all three worlds
became joyful and chanted the Holy Name of the Lord."
Vaishnavs and devotees chanting morning kirtans in the association of Srila Bhakti Kusum Ashram Maharaj.
Later on, at 8 a.m. His Divine Grace confers sannyas order onto Sripad Rajaram Prabhu from Ecuador. His Holiness now bears the name of Sripad Bhakti Bandhav Puri Maharaj.
His Divine Grace continues to give initiations until 1-2 p.m.
Sripad Puri Maharaj with his long-term friend, Sri Ananda Moy Prabhu
From early morning, devotees are reading Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita (parayan, reading the entire scripture continuously throughout the day)
Sripad Purujit Prabhu coming to pay his obeisance to Sripad Puri Maharaj.
Second initiation for lady devotees.
Balaram Prabhu is taking fruit from the offerings of the devotees to the kitchen. It will be later offered to the Lordships and distributed in the evening.
Sripad Paramarthik Maharaj is doing the fire yajna for Sripad Puri Maharaj and all the second-initiated male devotees.
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