Preaching Programme in Uluberia Area
Tuesday, 12 January 2021
Uluberia, Howrah District, West Bengal
Photographs courtesy of Sripad B.N. Sadhu Maharaj
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."
mahanta-svabhava ei tarite pamara
nija karya nahi tabu yana tara ghara
"It is the general practice of all saintly people to deliver the fallen.
Therefore they go to people's houses, although they have no personal business
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."
Devotees held Vaishnav Seva programme in the area of Uluberia, not too far from the new temple.
To the joy of all the assembled devotees, His Divine Grace arrives and takes the holy Vyasa-asan
Sripan Rama Krishna Prabhu, the leading devotee in Uluberia district.
His Divine Grace chants kirtans and speaks Hari-katha addressing both the assembled devotees and the fortunate new souls.
Reading a Bengali article about the true meaning of hunger, written by Srila
Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur and included into a recently published
Bengali booklet "Parama-ananda-maya Dhamer Dan" (Gift of
His Divine Grace happily spends some time at the book table observing and assisting the service.
Devotees take His Divine Grace and all guests of honour to a nearby house where prasadam is arranged in a more peaceful environment.
Meanwhile, devotees arrange for a mass prasadam distribution at the place where the class took place.
Sripad Sajjan Maharaj distributing leaflets to some boys from the
neighbourhood. His Divine Grace often mentions, "Srila Bhakti Siddhanta
Saraswati Thakur said, 'I bring householder people's sons and turn them into
sannyasis and brahmacharis, and after that I again send them to
householder people to preach—I throw them into garbage, and they clean that
garbage and turn people into pure devotees.' Do you understand? This is what
Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur said."
Spending last minutes with the devotees before returning to Kolkata to attend to other services of the Mission.
Sripad Sajjan Maharaj is handing out (greenish) invitations to the forthcoming festival of Lord Nityananda Prabhu's appearance.
Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj:
"When we hear that there is a festival held in the Vaisnav tradition or
any other tradition, we understand the word ‘festival' (utsav) as a social
function, but when Vaisnavs make a festival, it is called ‘mahotsav' (‘grand
festival'). Vaisnavs make mahotsavs. In vernacular language it is often
called ‘mochchhav' and sometimes we hear people say, 'Oh, Vaisnavs 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 Vaisnavs
are served properly. Even if you serve non-Vaisnavs for all eternity, it
will be not be a mahotsav. Only when there is Vaisnav-seva, can it be a
mahotsav. The purpose of a mahotsav is to please Vaisnavs. 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 Vaisnavs—even if it is two-four Vaisnavs only, but if they are pure
Vaisnavs—then the purpose of the mahotsav is fulfilled."
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