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MONTHLY ARCHIVE OF UPDATES

AUGUST 2021

 

 

Sun, 1 August 2021 (Disappearance of Srila Lokanath Goswami Prabhu)

Srila Madhavendra Puri's Purity
"Srila Madhavendra Puripad said, 'I know Krishna has bestowed His mercy on me because He has given me the association of Nityananda. Wherever Nityananda's association is found, that place is most sacred and completely transcendental.'"
Download / listen to the audio (1.4 Mb, 4 min | 25 March 2021 | Bengali)

 


Today in the calendar: Krishna Ashtami. Disappearance of Srila Lokanath Goswami Prabhu.

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj: "Even if you do not know anything about the Vaishnav mentioned in the calendar, you must still give them 'jay' on this day. We must always remember disappearance and appearance days of all Vaishnavs. If we can remember such personalities, such great souls, it will bring a great benefit to our spiritual life."

"We should always check the calendar, and when we see some dates mentioned there, even if we do not know anything about the Vaishnav or events mentioned there, we can at least give 'jay' to them—that also brings some good sukriti, some purification to us. Seeing the calendar and taking devotees' names early in the morning, from the beginning of the day, is very good for all devotees."

"Wake up, look into the calendar and give 'jay' to your Guru and Vaishnavs. Always pay obeisance to your Guru and Vaishnavs when you wake up in the morning, always give them 'jay'. Always keep faith and show respect to them. Always see the calendar—whose appearance day it is, whose disappearance day it is. Even if you cannot make a festival, at least you can give them 'jay', it will bring you benefit. When you give 'jay' to your Guru and Vaishnavs, it brings you sukriti. For example, today is the disappearance day of a Vaishnav—give 'jay' to him, remember him. We must always remember the words of Vaishnavs. If I remember the words of Vaishnavs, I get some benefit, some deposit through that."


 

In honour of Srila Lokanath Goswami Prabhu:

In Praise of Srila Narottam Das Thakur
In this chapter of Affectional Guidance, His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj is describing the meeting of Srila Narottam Das Thakur with his Guru, Srila Lokanath Goswami.

Simple Service, Earnest Heart
"It is necessary to have the strongest faith. You cannot see everything with your eyes. We will serve Mahaprabhu, devotees, our Guru, and whether they accept it or not, that is up to them. Simple things are sufficient for us."
Download / listen to the audio (3.4 Mb, 8 min | 12 July 2020)

Overpowered by Service
"You may have everything, but if you do not have mercy of your Guru, then you have nothing. Gurudev gave you all his blessings, and if we can serve him, we will get supreme benefit. You must always live remembering Gurudev's words."
Download / listen to the audio (4.1 Mb, 12 min | 8 April 2017 | Bengali)

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?"

 

 

Mon, 2 August 2021

Prahlad Maharaj's Ideal
"My dear Lord, because I was born in an atheistic family I am naturally attached to material enjoyment. Therefore, kindly do not tempt me with these illusions. I am very much afraid of material conditions, and I desire to be liberated from materialistic life. It is for this reason that I have taken shelter of Your lotus feet."
Download / listen to the audio (11.6 Mb, 27 min | 25 March 2021 | Bengali)

 

Tue, 3 August 2021

Parikrama Schedule
"Today is Mahadvadasi, and everyone has been observing ekadasi-vrata today. 'Upavas' (fasting) means 'nikate vas' (staying close by)—it means staying closely engaged in service to the Lord. Everybody does some service according to their capacity."
Download / listen to the audio (3.8 Mb, 9 min | 25 March 2021 | Bengali)

Kirtans (evening programme)
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj chants:
Gurudev bada krpa kari Kabe Sri Krsna Chaitanya Prabhu daya kare more Parama Karuna Radha bhajane yadi mati Yasoda Nandana Krsna Hare Krishna maha-mantra.

Download / listen to the audio (11.1 Mb, 27 min | 25 March 2021 | Kirtan)

 

Wed, 4 August 2021 (Today is Sri Kamika Ekadasi, tomorrow paran is at 5:12-9:33 a.m.)

Away with Animal Ambitions
"When we joined, we had so much enthusiasm to chant the Holy Name, to do the parikrama, to join festivals at the Math, but we are losing this enthusiasm. This is our bad fortune. That longing for service that we had before is diminishing day by day."
Download / listen to the audio (2.8 Mb, 7 min | 25 March 2021 | 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"
"Ekadasi Vrata: Make Your Guru Happy"
"No Other Shelter"
"Mahadvadasi"
"Ekadasi and liberation"
"Ekadasi Tithi: One of the Practices"
"Yogini Ekadasi"
"Ekadasi: Historical Background"
"Ekadasi: Main Focus Is Service"
Ekadasi Struggle?


 

All Glory to Sri Sri Guru Gauranga

INVITATION to Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj's Disappearance Festival

Dear respected Devotees, Friends and Well-Wishers,

We are offering obeisance at your holy lotus feet and in eternal memory of our beloved Sri Gurupadpadma Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj humbly extend a letter of encouragement to observe the disappearance day of the most worshippable Founder Acharya of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Om Vishnupad Jagad Guru Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, which manifests on 8 August (Sunday) this year and will be observed in every branch of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math throughout the world.

Considering the ongoing difficult situation all over the world, many temples, centres, and devotees are currently constrained in their capacity to host large programmes, however it is good if this festival can still be observed within each temple, centre and heart of devotees according to their capacity. In India, as the lockdown has recently been extended further till August 15 and trains still remain suspended, holding a large programme is going to be unlikely, however the devotees shall be arranging the festival to the best of their capacity under the leadership of His Holiness Sri Srimad Bhakti Tilak Niriha Maharaj in Sri Nrisingha Palli, as well as every other temple and centre in West Bengali and other states of India.

Our beloved Sri Gurupadpadma Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj has many times instructed on how to hold special programmes and taught it many times by his own example. Usually such programmes consist of: kirtans, lecture or reading of scriptures, arati, pushpanjali (offering of flowers to a photograph), and prasad-seva (cooking a special offering, offering it at the alter or to a photograph, and distributing it to devotees).

We hope all devotees find an opportunity to observe this holy day for the satisfaction of Sri Gurupadpadma keeping the divine Guidance on their heads: "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 ablaze."

Date
8 August 2021
Email address for enquiry
info.at.scsmathinternational.com


Make the Festival, with Heart and Soul
"I am telling to everyone who is staying in the temple, to every centre: you must make a festival for Srila Sridhar Maharaj. If you want to show that you want to serve Srila Sridhar Maharaj, then make a good festival on this day."
Download / listen to the audio (2.3 Mb, 7 min)

Some preparations and items that are known to be favourite to His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj include: natural orange juice (with just a little sugar), cholar dahl (split chickpea dal), alu bhaja (deep-fried potato chips), muri, puri/luchi with alu bhaja, aloo dum, samosa, pineapple chutney, puspanna, figs (dumur), chaunsa mango.

 

 

Thu, 5 August 2021

Good Habits
"People do not practise Krishna consciousness earlier thinking they will practise it when they are seventy. If we do not get into habit of doing certain things, then we will never learn to do it later. It is necessary to have a habit."
Download / listen to the audio (3.6 Mb, 9 min | 25 March 2021 | Bengali)

 

Fri, 6 August 2021

Beware Bogus Life
"There are very few people who live in family and practise Krishna consciousness. I have no objection if you want to live in a family, but practise Krishna consciousness in purity. Make sure that not a single day passes without Vaishnav-seva and chanting the Holy Name. Do not live in a family only serving Maya."
Download / listen to the audio (3.6 Mb, 9 min | 25 March 2021 | Bengali)

 

Sat, 7 August 2021 (Adhivas of Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj's Disappearance Festival)

Breaking Free from Maya's Nest
"Having listened to Hari-katha, King Suvarna Sen eventually gave up worshipping Maya and started worshipping Gauranga. You too must practise Krishna consciousness. Even if you live at home, you must maintain your practising life."
Download / listen to the audio (3.7 Mb, 9 min | 25 March 2021 | Bengali)

 

In honour of the festival tomorrow:

What Is Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math and Its Distinctions
"To explain to this world what Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math is, what its purpose, preaching matter or distinctions are, is an extremely difficult task, but it is even more difficult to make those who are engrossed in and inspired by the commonplace ideas appreciate it even partially..."

Do Not Compromise with Maya
"So many problems came in their time, and they did not back off—they spoke the truth; but we are ready to compromise our principles—we compromise what Mahaprabhu teaches us with other things. Srila Sridhar Maharaj saw a big dream that Mahaprabhu's proper conception would be preached all over the world by Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, and that is happening now. We must not surrender to maya."
Download / listen to the audio (3.8 Mb, 11 min | 7 June 2019)

 


Autobiography of Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj
Srila Guru Maharaj's extensive recollections of his childhood and youth, as well as the coming to the lotus feet of his Gurudev and later on starting Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.

 

Photo Album: (35 photographs, 3.4 Mb)
A collection of selected photographs of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj is now added to the archive of photographs.

 

 

Our Literary Heritage
An extensive collection of publications and holy books most mercifully presented to us by devotees who tirelessly collected, transcribed, and presented carefully in a book-form the holy transcendental discourses of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj containing unprecedented and much appreciated and extolled by the entire Vaishnava universe siddhanta. We invite everyone to come in touch with the touchstones of these holy books and embrace the supreme nourishment and fulfilment that any sincere seeker shall find therein.

 

Sun, 8 August 2021 (Festival in honour of Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj's Disappearance)

Internal Relationship with Sri Guru
"Actually, Gurudev's property is not his temple, buildings, car, etc. All this is not Gurudev's property. Gurudev's property is his heart, his love and affection. Gurudev has given me some of that property and I must distribute it to you all."
Download / listen to the audio (1.6 Mb, 6 min | 1 January 2020)

 


Today in the calendar: Amavasya. Grand festival in honour of the disappearance of Om Vishnupad Paramahamsa Parivrajakacharya-varya Ashtottara-shata-sri Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, the illustrious worshippable Founder Acharya of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math Mission.

 

 

 


 

In honour of Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj:

~ Pranam-mantra ~

devam divya-tanum suchanda-vadanam balarka-chelanchitam
sandrananda-puram sad-eka-varanam vairagya-vidyambudhim
sri-siddhanta-nidhim subhakti-lasitam sarasvatanam varam
vande tam subhadam mad-eka-saranam nyasisvaram sridharam

"I offer my obeisance unto my lord, Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, whose speech is most pleasing; whose divine form is adorned with garments the colour of the newly-risen sun; who is an abode of intense, ecstatic devotion; who is the sadhus' sole choice; who is an ocean of renunciation and knowledge; who is a treasure-house of perfect conclusions; who is resplendent with pure devotion; who is the best of Srila Saraswati Thakur's followers; who is the giver of all good; who is the leading general of the tridandi-sannyasis; and who is my sole shelter."

What Is Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math and Its Distinctions
"To explain to this world what Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math is, what its purpose, preaching matter or distinctions are, is an extremely difficult task, but it is even more difficult to make those who are engrossed in and inspired by the commonplace ideas appreciate it even partially..."

Do Not Compromise with Maya
"So many problems came in their time, and they did not back off—they spoke the truth; but we are ready to compromise our principles—we compromise what Mahaprabhu teaches us with other things. Srila Sridhar Maharaj saw a big dream that Mahaprabhu's proper conception would be preached all over the world by Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, and that is happening now. We must not surrender to maya."
Download / listen to the audio (3.8 Mb, 11 min | 7 June 2019)

 


Autobiography of Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj
Srila Guru Maharaj's extensive recollections of his childhood and youth, as well as the coming to the lotus feet of his Gurudev and later on starting Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.

 

Photo Album: (35 photographs, 3.4 Mb)
A collection of selected photographs of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj is now added to the archive of photographs.

 

 

Our Literary Heritage
An extensive collection of publications and holy books most mercifully presented to us by devotees who tirelessly collected, transcribed, and presented carefully in a book-form the holy transcendental discourses of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj containing unprecedented and much appreciated and extolled by the entire Vaishnava universe siddhanta. We invite everyone to come in touch with the touchstones of these holy books and embrace the supreme nourishment and fulfilment that any sincere seeker shall find therein.


Exalted, Esteemed, and Inimitable
"We have no quality or qualification to glorify Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. He is a super personality. Srila Sridhar Maharaj conquered, possessed the heart of Srila Prabhupad Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur through his service and devotion."
Download / listen to the audio (3.1 Mb, 10 min | 26 July 2014)

Festival of Solemn Service
"Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj's disappearance festival is coming soon and all over the world devotees are making some ceremony on this day. No actual disciple wants to see their Gurudev's disappearance day—it is about the love and affection, about a good connection between the Guru and the disciple..."
Download / listen to the audio (2.9 Mb, 9 min | 28 July 2011)

Make the Festival, with Heart and Soul
"I am telling to everyone who is staying in the temple, to every centre: you must make a festival for Srila Sridhar Maharaj. If you want to show that you want to serve Srila Sridhar Maharaj, then make a good festival on this day."
Download / listen to the audio (2.3 Mb, 7 min | 15 July 2012)

The Root of Our Fortune
"Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj came in this world to rescue us, and he created our Guru—by his grace we have got shelter of our bona fide Guru. So, we must worship his lotus feet."
Download / listen to the audio (7.6 Mb, 22 min | 22 October 2011)

Spoken on the appearance day of Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj in 2020:

Our Great Fortune
"Today is a very auspicious day because tomorrow is the appearance day of our Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math's Founder Acharya—our Param Gurudev, Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. I am giving my full humble obeisance at the lotus feet of my beloved Gurudev, and our Param Gurudev...."
Download / listen to the audio (2.7 Mb, 7 min | 8 November)

Srila Sridhar Maharaj: Appearance and Early Days
"The name of Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj's father is Upendra Chandra Bhattacharya. His birthpalce is in Hapaniya. His mother's name was Sri Gauri Devi. By the will of the Lord, when Srila Sridhar Maharaj appeared, he was the eldest son. How did his parents get this kind of son? There is some history behind it."
Download / listen to the audio (2.8 Mb, 7 min)

Srila Sridhar Maharaj: Powerful Preaching
"When Srila Sridhar Maharaj left his house and joined Gaudiya Mission, Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur was very pleased. Even before taking sannyas, Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj was a great preacher. He was always very enthusiastic to preach."
Download / listen to the audio (4.3 Mb, 11 min)

 


Suggested kirtans:

 
Sri Guru Parampara kirtan
Arati kirtan
Guru-vandana
Pancha-tattva-vandana
Vaishnava-vandana
Srila Prabhupad's kirtan
Nityananda-vandana
Mahaprabhu-vandana
Radha-Krsna-vandana
Viraha-giti
Closing
Vandana
Krsna haite chatur-mukha
Jaya 'guru-maharaja'
Sri Gurvastakam
Saranagati kirtan
Thakura vaisnava-gana
Sujanarvuda-radhita
Nitai gunamani amara
Emona durmati
Radhe Radhe Govinda
Ye anila prema-dhana
Sri Rupa Manjari-pada
Hari haraye nama krsna
Hare Krishna maha-mantra
বন্দনা
কৃষ্ণ হৈতে চতুর্ম্মুখ
জয় ‘গুরু-মহারাজ’
শ্রীগুর্ব্বষ্টকম্
শ্রীকৃষ্ণচৈতন্য প্রভু
ঠাকুর বৈষ্ণবগণ
সুজনার্ব্বুদরাধিতপাদযুগং
নিতাই গুণমণি আমার
এমন দুর্ম্মতি
রাধে রাধে গোবিন্দ
যে আনিল প্রেমধন
শ্রীরূপমঞ্জরী-পদ
হরি হরয়ে নমঃ কৃষ্ণ

 


This day in 2013 (Bengali):
• Morning Bengali class of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj: (Download, 13.8 Mb, 40 min)
• Morning kirtans: (Download, 15.9 Mb, 47 min)
• Noon class of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj (includes a ten-minute archive recording of Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's Bengali lecture at the end, which was played during the class to the assembled audience): (Download, 11.5 Mb, 34 min)

Some preparations and items that are known to be favourite to His Divine Grace Srila Sridhar Maharaj include: natural orange juice (with just a little sugar), cholar dahl (split chickpea dal) or kolai dal (urad dal), alu bhaji (deep-fried potato chips), sukta, muri, puri/luchi with alu bhaja, aloo dum, samosa, pineapple chutney (anaraser chutney), puspanna, figs (dumur), chaunsa mango.

 

Relation With Guru: Watch Out
"Srila Gurudev gave much honour and much respect to everybody, both his godbrothers and his disciples. However, a disciple should also understand—if Gurudev gives me respect, it does not mean I will now jump and sit on his head."
Download / listen to the audio (2.4 Mb, 6 min | 19 July 2020)

 

Mon, 9 August 2021

Remembering Ekadasi Vrata
"Today is a shukla paksha (waxing moon) day, and it is a mahadvadasi. When you fast on ekadasi, it makes the Lord happy, so it is very good to observe this day. Ekadasi days are very dear to the Lord..."
Download / listen to the audio (10.5 Mb, 28 min | 25 March 2021 | Bengali & Kirtan)

Disappearance Festival at Sri Govinda Dham
(8 August 2021 | 20 photographs, 1.5 Mb)
Photographs taken during the festival in honour of the disappearance day of the Founder Acharya of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, observed by the devotees' community at Sri Govinda Dham Temple in Uki, Australia.

CENTENARY ANTHOLOGY: Part 2. Chapter 13. The Harmonizing Spirit
"Jesus's vision to Judas was something like: 'I am exploiting you, Judas. It is not that you are exploiting me, rather I am utilising you as a traitor to show the greatness of my life to the future world. I knew you were a traitor, but I did not disclose you. I still took you within my group of followers knowing full well that I am exploiting you.'" In perfect vision, in the full-fledged consideration, every atom is helping the Pastimes of Krishna. Whether it is direct or indirect—and although it seems to be indirect at present, a deeper vision will reveal that it is coming towards direct service."

The last recorded Hari-katha and Guidance of Sri Gurupadpadma:

Be Exclusive, One-Pointed [Part 3 | 2 May 2021]
"If you think about good things, then all bad things will automatically be removed from you. Do not worry so much about this. When you think some anartha is coming, you must give more and more attention to practising—concentrate your mind on practising."

Sadhus' Fight [Part 2 | 2 May 2021]
"This is a battlefield. We will not run away from the battlefield—we will always stand and fight against Maya. You can see everywhere that finally demons are always defeated by the sadhu. Om is always at the side of a sadhu. Please you all take care yourself. In this situation, everybody should practise on their own, do not be disheartened."

Take Care of Yourself [Part 1 | 2 May 2021]
"...This is the situation now—we must all be careful. We must chant more and more, we must preach more and more, and we must practise more and more. Always continue following all the rules and regulations—we must distribute the teachings that we have got from our Gurudev to others."

শ্রীগুরুপাদপদ্মের শেষ-কথা (ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রীল ভক্তি নির্ম্মল আচার্য্য মহারাজের হরি-কথামৃত)
[২ মে ২০২১] "এটা যুদ্ধক্ষেত্র । আমরা যুদ্ধক্ষেত্র থেকে কখনও পালিয়ে যাব না—আমরা দাঁড়িয়ে থাকব আর মায়ার বিরুদ্ধে যুদ্ধ করব । সর্বত্রই দেখতে পাবেন যে, অসুররা সব সময় সাধুর দ্বারা পরাজিত হন । যেদিকে সাধু, সেইদিকে সব সময় ওঁ থাকে । দয়া করে নিজেদের দেখাশোনা করুন । এই অবস্থায় সকলের নিজেই সাধন করতে হয়, নিরুৎসাহিত হন না ।"

 

Tue, 10 August 2021

Remembering Holy Nabadwip Dham
"You should study every day otherwise one year later you will forget everything and fall into illusory bondage of Maya. The holy scripture manifests itself in two forms—grantha-bhagavata (a book form), and Vaishnav-bhagavata (a holy devotee form); there is no difference between these two forms...."
Download / listen to the audio (2 Mb, 5 min | 26 March 2021 | Bengali)

Kirtans (evening programme)
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj chants:
Jaya dhvani, Vandana Gurudev bada krpa kari Kabe Sri Krsna Chaitanya Prabhu daya kare more Krpa kara Vaisnav Thakura Are bhai Nitai amara dayara avadhi Yadi Gaura na haite Radhe Jaya Jaya Madhava-dayite Janama saphala tara Hare Krishna maha-mantra.

Download / listen to the audio (16.3 Mb, 39 min | 26 March 2021 | Kirtan)

 

Wed, 11 August 2021

Do Not Shun Service
"We must always have attachment to spiritual life. Our attachment is always kept in some other place, whereas we have no attachment to the service of Krishna, to the practice of Krishna consciousness."
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Thu, 12 August 2021

Meaning of Chastity
"It is necessary to know what chastity is. You cannot only say 'Gaudiya,' 'Gaudiya' with your mouth—everybody says it, everybody chants kirtans, but why do we keep away from sahajiyas and other parties? We will never allow all these things to be mixed with our conception and line. Srila Sridhar Maharaj's line is the current of pure conception (suddha-siddhanta-dhara). There is no place for sahajiyas or mayavadis in it."
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Today in the calendar: Gaura Chaturthi. Disappearance of Srila Vamsi Das Babaji Maharaj.

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj: "Even if you do not know anything about the Vaishnav mentioned in the calendar, you must still give them 'jay' on this day."

 

 


 

In honour of Srila Vamsi Das Babaji Maharaj:

"In 1914, when Srila Prabhupad arrived a few days before the festival of Sriman Mahaprabhu's appearance, he met with Srila Vamsidas Babaji Mahasaya, an affectionate associate of Srila Gaurakishor Das Goswami Maharaj in the yard of a large gymnasium in Kuliya. At that time, Srila Vamsidas did not speak to anyone—he would only constantly sing on his own the verses from ‘Prarthana’ written by Srila Narottam Thakur Mayasaya for his holy Lordships Sri Sri Gaura-Nityananda whom he served with pure loving devotion. Seeing Prabhupad, Srila Vamsidas Babaji Maharaj became extremely happy and, overcome with feelings, said, 'My Gaura's very own has come.' After that, he cordially welcomed Prabhupad, gave him a place to sit and began to sing ‘Prarthana’ by Thakur Mahasay. It was heard that he would every day somehow gather champaka flowers, string them into two garlands and offer them onto the necks of Sri Sri Gaura Nityananda. After Srila Prabhupad had seen this service, he told us much about the loving service of Srila Vamsidas Babaji Maharaj and said that he was constantly engaged in a much cherished service in ardent adherence to Srila Narottam Thakur Mahasaya. Prabhupad also said at the time that outside people could not grasp the unholy practises that Srila Vamsidas Babaji Maharaj displayed in order to deceive the outside people. The activities and actions of a perfected Vaishnav of an unfathomable character can never be perceived by enjoyers, renunciates and imposter devotees."

(From 'Saraswati Jayasri')

 


 

Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj remembers:

Srila Vamsi Das Babaji Maharaj was the only sadhu who was regocnised by our Guru Maharaj (Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad) as a sadhu. Indifferent to the world, Srila Vamsi Das Babaji Maharaj lived a strict life of a babaji. He would be seen smoking publicly and living in his ashram with so many things scattered around it (fish scales, etc.) as he wanted to keep himself aloof from the society. He was indifferent to all those worldly things; he was actually searching after Krishna in his heart. Despite so many contradictory symptoms in his character, he had the recognition of our Guru Maharaj as a real living Vaishnava. Our Guru Maharaj rejected so many Vrindavan babajis as being imitators, but Srila Vamsi Das Babaji Maharaj was not an imitator—he really hankered for Krishna.

Once, there was an earthquake and a temple of Gaura Nitai was demolished. When somebody expressed their concern about the Deities inside the temple, Srila Vamsi Das Babaji Maharaj said to his audience, "Gaura Nitai are not the sort of children who would be bashed—They had already fled. Gaura Nitai are not some material substance that They would be smashed by a crushed temple."

Another peculiarity was that Srila Vamsi Das Babaji Maharaj had lived almost all his life in Nabadwip, but before passing away he went back to his own home somewhere in the district of Mymensingh (East Bengal, Bangladesh) and left his body there. Before he passed away, there were many itchy, blood-oozing sores on his body and he used to advertise it, "Come and see what type of a sadhu I am! You are yet to see it! You can see all this is the result of my bad karma! I am the worst type of man! Do not take me as a saint, as a sadhu—I am the worst of the worst! Otherwise, why would so many things have come to my body?" So, in the end, he went once to Vrindavan, then left it, went to his previous home, and left his body there.

Srila Vamsi Das Babaji Maharaj would roam the streets of Nabadwip half-mad. I have seen him several times when I came to stay here alone, and sometimes I used to come to his ashram. One evening, I was sitting here and saw him walking by very much enraged—he was shouting, "Why are you crowding here?! Can you not see that Rupa Manjari is here?! Why are there so many of you wandering here?!" He spoke, perhaps, in the mood of Yasoda, and it seemed apparently irrelevant—he said, "Sri Rupa Manjari has come here, why are you all crowding here? Go away!"

Another time, some gentleman was singing a song of Srila Narottam Das Thakur. When he finished singing, Srila Vamsi Das Babaji Maharaj remarked, "You have only superficially repeated the sound, but the real influence, the real impression, the inner voltage is unknown to you. Those who are hit by strong feeling suggested by this song can know the power underlying it, but you are merely repeating the sound physically, you do not feel the volt, the energy within it. The voltage of the meaning of this song has not struck your heart." He remarked like that. Ordinary men who exist on the surface only repeat sounds, but those whose hearts have been touched by the deep underlying meaning, they can understand what that song contains...

 


 

"For a particular purpose it may be all right to keep a beard, but that is not the custom, neither with the sannyasis, nor with the babajis. Srila Sanatan Goswami had a full beard and Mahaprabhu ordered, 'Take him to a barber and remove it.' Neither sannyasis, nor babajis keep such things. So, we do not like to keep it either. During the Chaturmasya, for the vrata, it is mentioned in the sastra that we can keep hair and beard, otherwise generally not. At the same time, it is not that if one keeps long hair and long beard he cannot be a Vaishnav. There was Vamsi Das Babaji Maharaj, an independent Vaishnav. Our Guru Maharaj (Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad) also gave respect to him as a Vaishnav, but he had a big beard and did not shave at all. He was very negligent, he did not follow any sort of fashion—he did not allow any barber to shave him. Still, he was a respectable Vaishnav. As for yourself, if you keep a beard only to satisfy the Muslims for the purpose of your service—if you approach them to collect money and you can render good service to your Gurudev through that, then, for this purpose, to keep the safety of your vocation, you may keep a beard."

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

 


 

It can sometimes be very hard for us to accept the different natures of the devotees in this Krishna consciousness mission. If someone will stick to only one attitude then he must be doomed to failure. There are many devotees—and many different natures. As an example you can see in our own Sri Guru-varga that Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur has one kind of nature, Srila Gaura Kisor Das Babaji Maharaj has another kind of nature, Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur's nature is of another type, and Vamsi Das Babaji Maharaj's nature is yet another. But they are all siddha-mahapurusas—perfected souls. Also Srila Jagannath Das Babaji Maharaj has another type of nature, and our Srila Guru Maharaj yet another. So who are you to follow?

You cannot follow the activities of anybody, but it will be good for your practitioner's life if only you take the guidelines from your Gurudeva and do not try to imitate anyone.

We heard that Vamsi Das Babaji Maharaj ate fish and would often smoke a water-pipe. He would light the tobacco first, then offer it to Sri Sri Nitai-Gaura, then he himself would take that. But if you try to imitate him you must fall down.

Devotee: Did They accept that offering?

Srila Govinda Maharaj: Yes, They accepted. Vamsi Das Babaji Maharaj's position was such that he was a paramahamsa Vaishnav in vatsalya-rasa, so Nitai-Gaura could not ignore his offering. But you cannot imitate him.

(Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, Golden Reflections)

 


 

Question: It was the disappearance day of Vamsi Das Babaji yesterday. Could you tell us something about that?

Actually, there are many followers of Mahaprabhu. Not so much is written about many of them, but because they are followers of Mahaprabhu we give their name in the panjika (calendar). We always pay obeisance to them because they serve Mahaprabhu. Gaura Kishor Das Babaji Maharaj, Jagannath Das Babaji Maharaj and others are our line and like many previous Gurus and babajis in our line, they lived and did bhajan in Radha Kunda, but after that they came to Nabadwip. We respect them as our Guru-varga, and that is sufficient for us, it is not so important to know the detailed history of their life. Sometimes, the description of their life is not written anywhere in the scriptures, but we always follow our Srila Sridhar Maharaj's panjika and we give their name in it.

(Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj, Odds and Ends)

 

Fri, 13 August 2021

Pastime at Gadigachha
"There is a village called Gadigachha within Sri Godrumdwip. I want to tell you about a pastime that happened at this place. One day, Durvasa Muni was resting in Kamyavan when a small demigod boy came there..."
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Sat, 14 August 2021 (Appearance of Srila Bhakti Vijay Trivikram Maharaj)

Glory of Sri Madhyadwip
"I would like to tell you about Sri Madhyadwip. It is an island of smaranam (remembrance of the Lord). Entering Sri Madhyadwip, Sriman Nityananda Prabhu told Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhu about the glory of this place."
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The last recorded Hari-katha and Guidance of Sri Gurupadpadma:

Take Care of Yourself [Part 1 | 2 May 2021]
"...This is the situation now—we must all be careful. We must chant more and more, we must preach more and more, and we must practise more and more. Always continue following all the rules and regulations—we must distribute the teachings that we have got from our Gurudev to others."

Sadhus' Fight [Part 2 | 2 May 2021]
"This is a battlefield. We will not run away from the battlefield—we will always stand and fight against Maya. You can see everywhere that finally demons are always defeated by the sadhu. Om is always at the side of a sadhu. Please you all take care yourself. In this situation, everybody should practise on their own, do not be disheartened."

Be Exclusive, One-Pointed [Part 3 | 2 May 2021]
"If you think about good things, then all bad things will automatically be removed from you. Do not worry so much about this. When you think some anartha is coming, you must give more and more attention to practising—concentrate your mind on practising."

শ্রীগুরুপাদপদ্মের শেষ-কথা (ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রীল ভক্তি নির্ম্মল আচার্য্য মহারাজের হরি-কথামৃত)
[২ মে ২০২১] "এটা যুদ্ধক্ষেত্র । আমরা যুদ্ধক্ষেত্র থেকে কখনও পালিয়ে যাব না—আমরা দাঁড়িয়ে থাকব আর মায়ার বিরুদ্ধে যুদ্ধ করব । সর্বত্রই দেখতে পাবেন যে, অসুররা সব সময় সাধুর দ্বারা পরাজিত হন । যেদিকে সাধু, সেইদিকে সব সময় ওঁ থাকে । দয়া করে নিজেদের দেখাশোনা করুন । এই অবস্থায় সকলের নিজেই সাধন করতে হয়, নিরুৎসাহিত হন না ।"

 

Sun, 15 August 2021 (Disappearance of Sripad Ananga Mohan Das Adhikari)

Association and Chastity
"What did Gurudev tell? He said: you must associate with those who are more senior than you are, you must observe and learn from those who have brought you to this line. Do you think you can become a sadhu just by dressing as one?"
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Mon, 16 August 2021

Service Formula
"There are only twenty-four hours in a day. Where do we find time for other things? Those who practise Krishna consciousness chant the Holy Name, have so many things to do. Where is there time for prajalpa (idle talks and gossiping)? Always think about your own spiritual life—think how you are practising Krishna consciousness."
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Tue, 17 August 2021 (Tomorrow is Sri Pavitraropani Ekadasi)

Serve with Loving Care
"You must be very careful that Deities do not become a burden and that you do not harass the Deities. You must serve Deities with faith. Serve the Lord dedicating all your mind, heart, soul, everything to the service."
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Today in the calendar: Gaura Dashami. Disappearance of Tridandi Swami Bhakti Prasun Bodhayan Maharaj (a diksa and sannyas disciple of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad).

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj: "Even if you do not know anything about the Vaishnav mentioned in the calendar, you must still give them 'jay' on this day. We must always remember disappearance and appearance days of all Vaishnavs. If we can remember such personalities, such great souls, it will bring a great benefit to our spiritual life."

"We should always check the calendar, and when we see some dates mentioned there, even if we do not know anything about the Vaishnav or events mentioned there, we can at least give 'jay' to them—that also brings some good sukriti, some purification to us. Seeing the calendar and taking devotees' names early in the morning, from the beginning of the day, is very good for all devotees."

"Wake up, look into the calendar and give 'jay' to your Guru and Vaishnavs. Always pay obeisance to your Guru and Vaishnavs when you wake up in the morning, always give them 'jay'. Always keep faith and show respect to them. Always see the calendar—whose appearance day it is, whose disappearance day it is. Even if you cannot make a festival, at least you can give them 'jay', it will bring you benefit. When you give 'jay' to your Guru and Vaishnavs, it brings you sukriti. For example, today is the disappearance day of a Vaishnav—give 'jay' to him, remember him. We must always remember the words of Vaishnavs. If I remember the words of Vaishnavs, I get some benefit, some deposit through that."


 

Wed, 18 August 2021 (Sri Pavitraropani Ekadasi, tomorrow paran is at 5:37-9:33 a.m.)

No Pain, No Gain
"People are so attached to their material things. Engrossed in the material world, we are so deeply attached to the material things that we cannot give our mind to the service of the Lord even for seven days."
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Question: We hear that Sri Hari Smaran festival has begun. What activities or reading do you recommend for us?

You can read Srila Sridhar Maharaj's book Sri Sri Prapanna-jivanamritam, that will be good. Sri Sri Prapanna-jivanamritam is a good book, you can read it and remind yourself of many good things (practise smaran). I have also given you some books—Guidance 4, Guidance 3. You can read all these books and you can get everything in them. My books are very easy to understand, I am not writing in very high language, it is easy to understand.

(Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj)

 

—: Sri Hari Smaran Month :—

(19 August—20 September)

19 August (Thu) Disappearance of Srila Rupa Goswami, Srila Gauridas Pandit
22 August (Sun) Appearance of Lord Baladev (fast until noon)
30 August (Mon) Appearance of Lord Sri Krishna (Sri Janmastami)
(fast until midnight)
31 August (Tue) Sri Nandotsav, Appearance of Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad (125 Years Anniversary)
13 September (Mon) Appearance of Sri Lalita Devi
14 September (Tue) Appearance of Srimati Radharani (Sri Radhastami)
(fast until noon)
18 September (Sat) Appearance of Srila Jiva Goswami, Lord Vamanadev
19 September (Sun) Appearance of Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur
20 September (Mon) Disappearance of Srila Haridas Thakur

 


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"
"Ekadasi Vrata: Make Your Guru Happy"
"No Other Shelter"
"Mahadvadasi"
"Ekadasi and liberation"
"Ekadasi Tithi: One of the Practices"
"Yogini Ekadasi"
"Ekadasi: Historical Background"
"Ekadasi: Main Focus Is Service"
Ekadasi Struggle?

 

Thu, 19 August 2021 (Disappearance of Srila Rupa Goswamipad, Srila Gauri Das Pandit)

Accepting the Rules
"If you only want to take initiation and then go back home and live as before, it will not do. You take initiation, then go back home and do not keep any connection with your Guru—there is no news about you for one-two years. I do not want your money, wealth, cars, houses, etc.—you must give your heart, your soul."
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Today in the calendar: Gaura Dvadashi. Paran between 5:37 and 9:33 a.m. Disappearance of Srila Rupa Goswami Prabhu and Srila Gauri Das Pandit Goswami.

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj: "Even if you do not know anything about the Vaishnav mentioned in the calendar, you must still give them 'jay' on this day."


 

In honour of Srila Rupa Goswami Prabhu:

 

Question: How can anarthas be removed?

Answer: If you loudly chant the prescribed number of rounds of the Holy Name of Krishna, unwanted habits and qualities will go away, and all materialism, etc. will run away—even those who are averse to the Lord, the outside people, will not be able to avert it then.

Question: How can one follow this advice if one is completely covered by anarthas?

Answer: Sriman Mahaprabhu bestowed all power to Sri Rupa Goswami Prabhu, and you must earnestly beg at the feet of this Sri Rupa Goswami Prabhu and his followers for this mercy of Mahaprabhu. Especially, we must with all our heart pray to Sri Nam Prabhu for His service. Nam Prabhu is Nami Prabhu (the Holy Name and He whose Name it is are non-different)—He will reveal Himself in your heart.

(Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj, Guidance 3)

 


Srimad Rupa-Goswami-Prabhura Sochaka
শ্রীমদ্রূপগোস্বামি-প্রভুর শোচক
"O my very goal of life, Sri Rupa Goswami! He is extremely merciful, an ocean of great qualities. Whoever gets his mercy, gets the feet of Chaitanya and attains Radha and Krishna in Vraja Dham (Vrindavan). His nature is such that he gave mercy to the worst, most sinful, fallen, miserable souls. How much more can one mouth possibly say? Please accept me! May I always, at every moment, remember your lotus feet—please hear this prayer of mine!"

Srila Rupa Goswami Prabhu (1)
"Tomorrow is Srila Rupa Goswami Prabhu's and Srila Gauridas Pandit's disappearance day. We want to say something about them because our Guru Maharaj Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj and our Gurupadpadma are Rupanuga-dhara—they are holding Srila Rupa Goswami's flag."
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Srimad Rupa-pada-rajah Prarthana Dasakam
"Srila Rupa Goswami is the mine of the most precious treasure, the leader of the associates of Lord Chaitanya. Despite my lowliness, when will—disregarding all my various qualifications and disqualifications—Srimad Rupa Prabhu grace me with the dust of his holy lotus feet?"

Srila Rupa Goswami Prabhu (2)
"We must all pray to Srila Rupa Goswami, 'Prabhu, wherever you are staying now, please forgive our offences. Please engage us to serve your servant, please tolerate us. Prabhu, please accept us as a dog at your lotus feet!'"
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Srila Rupa Goswami Prabhu
"He is actually an associate of Mahaprabhu. Before that, in Dvapara yuga, he was an associate of Krishna, and Krishna Himself sent him to teach us, the fallen souls. On his disappearance day we can ask him for some mercy so that we can continue our service to the Lord."
Download / listen to the audio (2.9 Mb, 9 min | 18 August 2013)

Rupa Sanatan: First Encounter
"Rupa and Sanatan stayed in Ramkeli-gram in Malda district, Gauda Mandal and worked for the emperor Hussein Shah. They heard that somebody tried to start kirtan, and, understanding that it had to be Mahaprabhu, they went to meet with Him."
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Service Subordination
"We start service by the mercy of Nityananda Prabhu, by the mercy of Radharani. Without Their mercy we cannot do anything. One day, Sanatan Goswami came to Rupa Goswami. He asked him, 'For so many days I have not taken sweet rice..."
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Dignity of the Divine Servitor: Descent of Knowledge
"When in Vrindavana, Rupa Goswami wanted to offer his Guru, Sanatan Goswami, some sweet-rice. He thought, 'My Gurudeva likes sweet-rice. If I can secure some milk, sugar, raisins, nuts, etc., I shall be able to make some sweet-rice, offer it to Krishna, and then to my Gurudeva.' A little later, a young girl, perhaps twelve or fourteen years of age, came to Rupa Goswami's bhajan-kutir in Kadam Kandi..."

Sri Rupa-Sanatan Siksa (EPUB file, 0.5 Mb)
"Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita: Sri Rupa-Satana Siksa, read and expounded by His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj." An electronic version of the published previously online matter available now for download, reading and worshipping on phones, tablets, eBook readers, etc.

 

 

SONG: Sri Sad-Goswamy-Astakam | শ্রীশ্রীষড়্­গোস্বাম্যষ্টকম্
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"I offer my respectful obeisances unto the Six Goswamis, namely Sri Rupa Goswami, Sri Sanatan Goswami, Sri Raghunath Bhatta Goswami, Sri Raghunath Das Goswami, Sri Jiva Goswami, and Sri Gopala Bhatta Goswami, who are always engaged in chanting the Holy Name of Krishna and dancing. They are just like the ocean of love of God, and they are popular both with the gentle and with the ruffians, because they are not envious of anyone. Whatever they do, they are all-pleasing to everyone, and they are fully blessed by Lord Chaitanya. Thus they are engaged in missionary activities meant to deliver all the conditioned souls in the material universe."

 

SONG: Sri Guru Parampara | শ্রীগুরুপরম্পরা
"Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is nondifferent from Sri Sri Radha-Krsna and is the very life of Sri Rupa's followers. Srila Svarup Damodar Goswami, Srila Rupa Goswami Prabhu, and Srila Sanatan Goswami Prabhu are dear to Visvambhar."

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. If anyone comes to you, their sins go away."

SONG: Vaisnava thakura dayara sagara | বৈষ্ণব ঠাকুর দয়ার সাগর
"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. Mercifully give me a drop of faith and bestow upon me the wealth of Krishna's Name."

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! It is not possible to conquer maya by engaging in maya. I see no other way to get relief except for the mercy of sadhus."

SONG: Ye anila prema dhana | যে আনিল প্রেমধন
"I will break my head on a rock, I will enter into fire. Not finding the association of Sri Gauranga, who performed His Pastimes with all these associates, Narottam Das weeps."

SONG: Sri Rupa-manjari-pada | শ্রীরূপমঞ্জরী-পদ
"The lotus feet of Sri Rupa Manjari are my wealth, my bhajan (service), my puja (worship), the wealth of my life, and whatever ornaments I may have. Her lotus feet are the very life of my life."

 

In honour of Srila Gauri Das Pandit Goswami:

At Gauri Das Pandit's House
"Gauri Das Pandit was a grihastha devotee who lived in Kalna. His brother was the father of Jahnava and Vasudha. Once, Mahaprabhu and Nityananda Prabhu came to Kalna by boat and decided to visit Gauri Das Pandit's house..."
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Srila Gauri Das Pandit's Gaura Nitai
The story of how Srila Gauri Das Pandit's Deities manifested Themselves at his house in Kalna.
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Fri, 20 August 2021

Plausible Priority
"We must take Krishna consciousness seriously. You come to Gurudev, take the beads and go away thinking you have become a sadhu—this is wrong.It is necessary to give priority to what your Guru says, and it is necessary to understand where the priority lies."
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Sat, 21 August 2021

Kirtans (evening programme)
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj chants:
 Gurudev bada krpa kari  Krpa kara Vaisnav Thakura  Gaya Gaura madhura svare  Hare Krishna maha-mantra.

Download / listen to the audio (5.8 Mb, 14 min | 27 March 2021 | Kirtan)

Guru-Pada-Asraya
"The root of devotion to the Lord is guru-pada-asraya. It is necessary to take shelter at the holy lotus feet of bona fide Sri Guru who exists within the current of the guru-parampara, who holds Sri Rupanuga line and the authentic conclusions of devotional teaching."
Download / listen to the audio (2 Mb, 5 min | 27 March 2021 | Bengali)

 


TOMORROW in the calendar:
Tomorrow is a grand festival in honour of the divine appearance of Lord Baladev. According to the rules established at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, all devotees observe a full fast until midday (after that, having made a special bhoga offering and arati, devotees honour prasadam).

Because of the sacred and esotetic nature of Sri Baladev Tattva that is not understood by common masses, His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj always held a more private programme on this day, unlike Janmastami, when a grand festival is always held for large audience.


Sri Sri Baladev Tattva
A beautiful and extensive chapter from Sri Guidance, Volume 4 (page 211): "Sri Gurudev is Bhagavat-prestha—the dearmost associate of the Lord. The worshippable object of service manifests within him. Therefore, Gurudev's appearance is Nityananda Prabhu's appearance, and at the same time that of Baladev. The power of Nityananda Prabhu manifests within Gurudev and eternally continues service line."

শ্রীশ্রীবলদেব-প্রসঙ্গ (শ্রীউপদেশ, চতুর্থ খণ্ড)
"পরমারাধ্যতম শ্রীল গুরুবর্গের শ্রীপাদপদ্মের কৃপা প্রার্থনা ক'রে শ্রীশ্রীবলদেব প্রভুর ভুবনমঙ্গলময়ী আবির্ভাব – তিথিতে ভগবৎ-কথা শ্রবণ করছি । শ্রীবলদেবই বলরাম, বলভদ্র ইত্যাদি নামে অভিহিত । কৃষ্ণের দ্বিতীয় বিগ্রহ হয়েও, কৃষ্ণ হয়েও ইনি কৃষ্ণের সেবা-বিগ্রহ রূপ ধরেছেন । কৃষ্ণ নিজেই অন্যরূপ ধরেছেন। লীলার পুষ্টিসাধনের জন্য তিনি বলদেবকে পৃথকভাবে প্রকট করেছেন । তাই কৃষ্ণাভিন্ন বলদেব। কৃষ্ণ তাঁর ঐ দেহে বিলাস করেন। আর তিনি কৃষ্ণের সেবাবিগ্রহ—তিনি সর্বশ্রেষ্ঠ সেবা-বিধানকারী ।"

 

 

Sun, 22 August 2021 (A grand festival in honour of Sri Baladev's appearance; fast till noon)

Priceless Wealth
"We also had much pride and ego at first—we were first in class, studied very well; but when we came to the lotus feet of Gurudev, seeing his vast knowledge we said, 'In front of him, I am just a baby.'"
Download / listen to the audio (1.4 Mb, 4 min | 27 March 2021 | Bengali)

Sri Sri Baladev Tattva
A beautiful and extensive chapter from Sri Guidance, Volume 4 (page 211): "Sri Gurudev is Bhagavat-prestha—the dearmost associate of the Lord. The worshippable object of service manifests within him. Therefore, Gurudev's appearance is Nityananda Prabhu's appearance, and at the same time that of Baladev. The power of Nityananda Prabhu manifests within Gurudev and eternally continues service line."

শ্রীশ্রীবলদেব-প্রসঙ্গ (শ্রীউপদেশ, চতুর্থ খণ্ড)
"পরমারাধ্যতম শ্রীল গুরুবর্গের শ্রীপাদপদ্মের কৃপা প্রার্থনা ক'রে শ্রীশ্রীবলদেব প্রভুর ভুবনমঙ্গলময়ী আবির্ভাব – তিথিতে ভগবৎ-কথা শ্রবণ করছি । শ্রীবলদেবই বলরাম, বলভদ্র ইত্যাদি নামে অভিহিত । কৃষ্ণের দ্বিতীয় বিগ্রহ হয়েও, কৃষ্ণ হয়েও ইনি কৃষ্ণের সেবা-বিগ্রহ রূপ ধরেছেন । কৃষ্ণ নিজেই অন্যরূপ ধরেছেন। লীলার পুষ্টিসাধনের জন্য তিনি বলদেবকে পৃথকভাবে প্রকট করেছেন । তাই কৃষ্ণাভিন্ন বলদেব। কৃষ্ণ তাঁর ঐ দেহে বিলাস করেন। আর তিনি কৃষ্ণের সেবাবিগ্রহ—তিনি সর্বশ্রেষ্ঠ সেবা-বিধানকারী ।"

 

 


Today in the calendar: Purnima. Appearance of Lord Baladev. Fast until noon. End of Jhulan Yatra of Sri Sri Radha-Govinda.

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj: "It is a very auspicious day in our spiritual life. We must do some service for Baladev Prabhu's appearance day. Remember this. If you only fast and give some flower to Gurudev, that is not sufficient. It is necessary to do some more service—do more and more service to our Gurudev. Baladev is Mul-Sankarshan, He controls everything, and He is also ashraya-vigraya (embodiment of shelter), non-different from Nityananda Prabhu and Gurudev. We always ask for the shelter at the lotus feet of our Gurudev, but the problem is that when we have got this shelter at our Gurudev's lotus feet, we forget to serve after that."


 

In honour of Sri Baladev Prabhu:

sphurad-amala-kiritam kinkini-kankanarham
chalad-alaka-kapolam kundala-sri-mukhabjam
tuhina-giri-manojnam nila-meghambaradhyam
hala-musala-visalam kama-palam samide
"He is adorned with a shining spotless crown, bangles, and ankle bells; His curly hair plays on His lotus cheeks, and earrings embellish the beauty of His lotus face; dressed in fine clothes of rich blue colour like that of a cloud, He is as captivating as a snow-capped mountain; He is also carrying a great plough and a club. This Balaram—One who fulfils all desires—do I offer my prayers to."

 

Today is a very important day in our spiritual life, in our practising life. This is our life: without Gurudev's mercy we have nothing. In India, some devotees are worshipping Radha-Krishna's Jhulan Yatra today, but we are making a programme for Baladev, who is nondifferent from Gurudev and Nityananda Prabhu. This is our line, the line of Rupanuga Guru-varga. We always first offer everything to our Guru. If you do so much for Lord Krishna but have no faith in your Guru, the result will be nothing; if you worship Gauranga Mahaprabhu without worshipping Nityananda Prabhu, the result will be nothing; and if you worship Krishna but do not worship Baladev, the result will be nothing too. Moreover, it says in the scriptures that if you worship Krishna and do not worship your Guru, you are actually a great sinner. So, we must always first offer our full obeisance, full dandavat to our Guru, to Nityananda, Baladev (Guru-Balaram, Guru-Nityananda).

(Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj)

 


 

Sri Baladev Tattva (1)
His Divine Grace reads to the devotees about Sri Baladev on Sri Baladev Purnima in 2018: "You cannot prosper in your spiritual life without taking shelter of Baladev. If you take shelter of Gurudev, then you will get everything."
Download / listen to the audio (5.2 Mb, 15 min | 26 August 2018 | Bengali)

Sri Baladev Tattva (2): Appearance and Pastimes
His Divine Grace reads to the devotees about Sri Baladev on Sri Baladev Purnima in 2018: "In Rama-lila, Laksman is younger than Ramachandra, so could not serve Ramachandra properly because a younger brother is always afraid of the elder brother. Therefore, in the pastimes of Krishna, Baladev became an elder son—when Krishna performed His pastimes, Balaram was always with Him."
Download / listen to the audio (4.9 Mb, 14 min | 26 August 2018 | Bengali)

Sri Baladev Tattva (3): Later Pastimes
His Divine Grace reads to the devotees about Sri Baladev on Sri Baladev Purnima in 2018: "Although Sri Baladev is Vishnu-tattva, He Himself serves the Supreme Lord Sri Krishna as His foremost servant. He also engages others in the service of Krishna and exhibits the pastime of acting as the original spiritual master. In spite of all this, during His manifest pastimes in this material world, He Himself performed the pastime of accepting a guru in order to teach the importance of taking shelter of a guru."
Download / listen to the audio (5.3 Mb, 15 min | 26 August 2018 | Bengali)

Baladev Purnima: A Special Day
"In India, some devotees are worshipping Radha-Krishna's Jhulan Yatra today, but we are making a programme for Baladev, who is nondifferent from Gurudev and Nityananda Prabhu. This is our line, the line of Rupanuga Guru-varga."
Download / listen to the audio (3.7 Mb, 11 min | 13 August 2011)

Devotion Conquers—Ego Repels
Lord Balaram, Kaliya-daman Lila, Saubhari Muni, Sudama Vipra, the sun, a vessel, a drum, a pig, and a drop of water—all these are woven together to guide us towards perfect devotion.
Download / listen to the audio (10.4 Mb, 30 min | 9 August 2014)

Asraya Vigraha Sri Baladev
"Without the shelter of Nityananda Prabhu, without the shelter of Baladev Prabhu, we cannot think about Krishna. We must understand how to serve, how to give nourishment to Baladev."
Download / listen to the audio (3.5 Mb, 11 min | 10 August 2014)

Sri Baladev Prabhu: Krishna's Merciful Alter Ego
"What is the glory of this pastime? It shows that Balaram ploughs and cultivates (karsan) and at the same time also attracts, pulls towards Him (akarsan). In other words, Baladev, or Gurudev, removes all bad elements from the hearts of practitioners."
Download / listen to the audio (2.9 Mb, 8 min | 15 August 2019)

Baladev Lila: "Can We Be Friends?"
"I want to tell a little bit about Baladev's lila from what is written in Srimad Bhagavatam. You have all heard that Kamsa sent so many demons to kill Krishna and Krishna killed them all, but Srimad Bhagavatam describes how Baladev killed Pralambasur."
Download / listen to the audio (2.3 Mb, 7 min | 15 August 2019)

Baladev Purnima: Double Festival in Russia
"Today, everybody is celebrating Sri Sri Baladev Prabhu's appearance day everywhere. Today is also the Deities' installation day in Saint Petersburg temple, our main centre in Russia. Even Madhavendra Puri showed us how important it is to serve the Deities..."
Download / listen to the audio (1.6 Mb, 5 min | 13 August 2011)

 

Last year's recorded Hari-katha of His Divine Grace in a class spoken on the adhivas of Lord Baladev's appearance:

Step Your Service Up
"We should not waste our time on our own enjoyment, we must give our time for the enjoyment and happiness of our Lord, our Gurudev. I know everybody will be working, it is Monday, the first day of the week days, but we must still do some service for Baladev Prabhu's appearance day. Remember this. If you only fast and give some flower to Gurudev, that is not sufficient."
Download / listen to the audio (3.8 Mb, 9 min | 2 August 2020)

Disciple's Core Quality
"To receive and digest chastisement, it is necessary to have tolerance. How many devotees can tolerate chastisement? Very few. When Gurudev chastises you, you must be quiet—you have no right to say a single word."
Download / listen to the audio (1.4 Mb, 4 min | 2 August 2020)

On Cows and Baladev-Tattva
"(1) Krishna likes cows, and if we can make cows happy, Krishna will always be happy. (2) Sachi Mata understood that Nityananda Prabhu was non-different from Baladev—that Baladev Himself had come as Nityananda Prabhu."
Download / listen to the audio (2.3 Mb, 6 min | 2 August 2020)

Sweeter Than the Sweetest
"Krishna's pastimes are very sweet. Krishna's beauty, Krishna's pastimes, Krishna's love, Krishna's smile, everything about Him is sweet, sweeter, and sweeter than the sweetest..."
Download / listen to the audio (1.7 Mb, 5 min | 2 August 2020)

Prasadam—Pivot of Practising
"You are not to take what is not offered to the Lord. Always take prasadam, then all your diseases will be removed. Always cook with care and always make sure what you have cooked is edible. If the cook is not good, then neither Krishna, nor Gurudev will be happy."
Download / listen to the audio (2.8 Mb, 7 min | 2 August 2020)

Clear Conception
"You can read Srila Sridhar Maharaj's book Sri Sri Prapanna-jivanamritam and remind yourself of many good things (practise smaran). I have also given you books—Guidance 4, Guidance 3. You can read all these books and you can get everything in them."
Download / listen to the audio (3.4 Mb, 8 min | 2 August 2020)

Ideal Service Mood
"In this world, there are all sorts of misconceptions prominent all over the world, but you must establish the conception of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, the conception of Srila Sridhar Maharaj, Prabhupad Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur. When you get some pleasure in your heart through service, then no matter how much disturbance comes, nothing will be able to stop you—you will still feel more and more enthusiasm, attachment and enjoyment through that service."
Download / listen to the audio (3.4 Mb, 9 min | 2 August 2020)

 


 

SONG: Sri Dasa-Avatara-Stotram | দশাবতারস্তোত্রম্
"O Lord of the universe! You have assumed the form of Balaram! All glory to You! On Your white body You wear garments the colour of clouds and the color of the River Yamuna when she is frightened by the striking of Your plough."

 

শ্রীআশ্রয়বিগ্রহ-শ্রীবলদেবের মহিমা
ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রী শ্রীল ভক্তি নির্ম্মল আচার্য্য মহারাজের হরি-কথামৃত: শ্রীআশ্রয়বিগ্রহ-শ্রীবলদেবের মহিমা আর শ্রীগুরুচরণ-সেবার অর্থ: শিষ্যের জীবন আর একমাত্র প্রবৃত্তি; এবং শ্রীল ভক্তিবিনদ ঠাকুরের শরণাগতির ১৯ গান "সর্ব্বস্ব তোমার চরণে সঁপিয়া".
• অডিও ডাউনলোড (35 Mb | 11 August 2014 | Bengali)

 

Mon, 23 August 2021

Temporal Distortions
"I have been talking for so many days, does anyone have any questions in the meantime? First become surrendered, then you can ask questions. One does not become surrendered just by paying a sastanga-dandavat..."
Download / listen to the audio (2.1 Mb, 5 min | 27 March 2021 | Bengali)

 

Question: We hear that Sri Hari Smaran festival has begun. What activities or reading do you recommend for us?

You can read Srila Sridhar Maharaj's book Sri Sri Prapanna-jivanamritam, that will be good. Sri Sri Prapanna-jivanamritam is a good book, you can read it and remind yourself of many good things (practise smaran). I have also given you some books—Guidance 4, Guidance 3. You can read all these books and you can get everything in them. My books are very easy to understand, I am not writing in very high language, it is easy to understand.

(Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj)

 

—: Sri Hari Smaran Month :—

(19 August—20 September)

19 August (Thu) Disappearance of Srila Rupa Goswami, Srila Gauridas Pandit
22 August (Sun) Appearance of Lord Baladev (fast until noon)
30 August (Mon) Appearance of Lord Sri Krishna (Sri Janmastami)
(fast until midnight)
31 August (Tue) Sri Nandotsav, Appearance of Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad (125 Years Anniversary)
13 September (Mon) Appearance of Sri Lalita Devi
14 September (Tue) Appearance of Srimati Radharani (Sri Radhastami)
(fast until noon)
18 September (Sat) Appearance of Srila Jiva Goswami, Lord Vamanadev
19 September (Sun) Appearance of Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur
20 September (Mon) Disappearance of Srila Haridas Thakur

 

Tue, 24 August 2021

Where Chaste Ones Never Tread
"It is necessary to listen to what Gurudev says. You cannot live following your mind. First, I must learn from my Gurudev what Gurudev says, what is Gurudev's line, then only can I try to say anything to others. It is not so easy."
Download / listen to the audio (2.9 Mb, 7 min | 27 March 2021 | Bengali)

 

Wed, 25 August 2021

Do Not Get Mixed Up
"Srila Lochan Das Thakur says, 'I will not go to the place where there is no Nitai. I will not see the face of those who are against Nitai.' Nitai means Gurudev. We must not even see the face of those who are against Gurudev."
Download / listen to the audio (2.4 Mb, 6 min | 27 March 2021 | Bengali)

 

Thu, 26 August 2021

Remembering Guru-Varga
"Today is a grand annual festival in honour of establishing the temple and inauguration anniversary of Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gandharva Radha-Raman. Many of you know that our Guru-varga Pujyapad Srila Bhakti Kiran Giri Maharaj stayed at the house of Sripad Ramanath Prabhu here, near Bankura."
Download / listen to the audio (1.9 Mb, 5 min | 26 January 2021 | Bengali)

 

Fri, 27 August 2021

Kirtans (Bankura Temple Anniversary Festival)
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj chants:
 Jaya Dhavani  Vandana  Krsna haite chaturmukha (Guru-parampara)  Sri Guru-charana-padma  Sri Krsna-chaitanya-prabhu daya kara  Kabe Sri Chaitanya Prabhu daya kara more  Nitai-pada-kamal  Emana durmati  Gaya Gaura madhura svare  Hare Krishna maha-mantra.

Download / listen to the audio (17 Mb, 41 min | 26 January 2021 | Kirtan)

Sacrifice For Preaching
"For example, people invite us for some programmes, and sometimes we do not like to take prasadam from the hands of certain people, but if we refuse to take it, the host will be dissatisfied, so we have to taste a little. Sometimes it is necessary to do this."
Download / listen to the audio (1.7 Mb, 4 min | 26 January 2021 | Bengali)

 


Today in the calendar: Krishna Panchami. Disappearance of Tridandi Swami Bhakti Vilas Tapasvi Maharaj (a disciple of Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj, Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, and a sannyas disciple of Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj—a great preacher and pioneer, the 'pillar' of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math in Brazil).

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj: "Even if you do not know anything about the Vaishnav mentioned in the calendar, you must still give them 'jay' on this day."


 

About Sripad Bhakti Vilas Tapasvi Maharaj:

Sripad Bhakti Vilas Tapasvi Maharaj was born on October 21, 1945 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Having been always eager to search for God and unsatisfied despite many material and academic accomplishments, Sripad Tapasvi Maharaj one day in 1973 came across Krishna Book written by Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Srila Prabhupad. Overwhelmed by the teachings of Krishna consciousness, His Holiness then joined ISKCON temple in Washington and subsequently received initiation into the Holy Name and the spiritual name Sri Ambujaska Das from Srila Swami Maharaj Srila Prabhupad. Following the initiation, His Holiness very actively took up preaching and propagating Krishna consciousness in Brazil.

After Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Srila Prabhupad's disappearance, Sripad Tapasvi Maharaj (Ambujaska Prabhu at the time), followed Srila Prabhupad's instruction and took shelter of Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, henceforth serving and preaching extensively on behalf of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. His name was subsequently changed to Sri Bhuvan Mohan Das. His Holiness continued preaching extensively, translating many of Srila Sridhar Maharaj and Srila Govinda Maharaj's publications into Portuguese, trying heart and soul to fulfil Srila Gurudev's every desire, opening many centres and bringing many fortunate souls to Srila Gurudev, as well as taking care of all the Brazilian devotees' spiritual welfare.

In 1994, His Holiness arranged Srila Govinda Maharaj's first visit to Brazil as a part of Srila Gurudev's preaching world tour. In the course of years that followed, surcharged with the mercy and affection of Srila Gurudev, His Holiness established preaching centres all over Brazil. In 2010, after Srila Gurudev's disappearance, together with Srila Trivikram Maharaj and Rohini Shakti Devi Dasi, Sripad Tapasvi Maharaj brought the successor President Acharya of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj, to Brazil, and it is during this visit that His Holiness finally received initiation into the renounced order of life (sannyasa) despite his deteriorating health at the time. A little over one month later, on 18 August 2010, His Holiness peacefully left his body surrounded by devotees chanting the Holy Name. His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj commented that with the departure of Sripad Tapasvi Maharaj, our Mission has lost one of its pillars.

Wherever His Holiness may be, we are remembering his holy lotus feet and pray for his mercy, as well as for the mercy of all those fortunate souls whom he has left behind to carry on his ardent preaching campaign for Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gandharva Govinda Sundar and Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.

 

Sat, 28 August 2021

Loving Interactions
"Sripad Giri Maharaj's diksa Guru, Srila Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaj, had very much affection for Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. One time, Srila Sridhar Maharaj went for Vrindavan parikrama together with Srila Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaj and his disciples..."
Download / listen to the audio (2.7 Mb, 7 min | 26 January 2021 | Bengali)

 

In honour of
the forthcoming festival of Sri Krishna Janmastami (Monday, 30 August)
:

Complete fast till midnight is spiritually auspicious and prescribed for all devotees whose health permits it and provided it does not interfere significantly with their service duties.

Those who cannot observe complete fast, can take anukalpa prasad (similar to what is taken on Ekadasi).

Medication can be taken even if you are fasting.

As per the instruction of and tradition established by Param Srila Guru Maharaj Om Vishnupad Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj in Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, devotees spend the day engaged in various services for the pleasure of Sri Sri Guru Gauranga and read Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita (not Bhagavatam) continuously from the beginning to the end (such reading is called 'parayan').

The appearance of Lord Krishna is at midnight, so, as each year in every branch of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, devotees hold a grand celebration offering a special arati and festive bhoga offering (grain and non-grain) to the Lordships at midnight.

After the midnight arati, devotees honour anukalpa prasadam (no grains, like on Ekadasi) and retire to rest to awaken for the mangal arati and continue the celebration the next day on Sri Nandotsav. The grain prasadam is kept aside and lovingly distributed to all the devotees the next day (on Sri Nandotsav, along with another special bhoga offering prepared on this day).

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj: "You must understand what we are making the Janmastami festival for. To show ourselves and our big ego? No. We are making this festival to give much nourishment to the devotees through Hari-katha, through Krishna-katha, by giving good things to them."

“ শ্রীকৃষ্ণজন্ম বিনা জীবের জীবন বৃথা” (শ্রীউপদেশ, তৃতীয় খণ্ড)
"আমরা ক্ষুদ্র ক্ষুদ্র ইন্দ্রিয়ের ব্যর্থ ও পরিণামে পরমদুঃখের সম্ভোগের পিপাসায় শ্রীকৃষ্ণের এক একটি ক্ষুদ্র নকল সংস্করণ সাজিয়া রহিয়াছি ! পরাৎপর-কৃষ্ণের পরিবর্ত্তে অসুর-কৃষ্ণের জন্ম আমাদের অস্মিতাকে গ্রাস করিয়াছে । সম্ভোগে মত্ত হইয়া আমরা কেহ মনে করিতেছি, কৃষ্ণভজনের প্রয়োজন কি ? আমাদের হৃদয়ে সম্ভোগের অসুর প্রতিমুহূর্ত্তে জন্মগ্রহণ করিতেছে, কৃষ্ণের জন্মে আমাদের প্রয়োজন কি ?"

 

Sun, 29 August 2021 (Sri Krishna Janmastami Adhivas)

A Hole In Surrender
"By the will of the Lord everything is good, but there is one shortage. There is a lack of service with firm determination. We are doing so much service, but instead of devotion our efforts come to karma-misra-bhakti. Everybody has devotion, but our devotion is mixed with material desires."
Download / listen to the audio (1.7 Mb, 4 min | 26 January 2021 | Bengali)

In honour of Sri Krishna Janmastami
(Hari-katha from the holy lotus mouth of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj, spoken in 2020)
:

Recommendation
Is "Madhava-tithi" only ekadasi? What is your advice to those who want to take initiation? What do we read on Janmastami day? Is it possible to take medication on Janmastami?
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Prayerful Meditation
"Lord Krishna and Srimati Radharani are our meditation, we always worship Them, but we do not want to become sahajiyas—it is not cheap, it is the highest attainment! We must pray to the Lord today. We must express what is our present position. We are in this situation at present—how can the Lord rescue us from this kind of situation?"
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Misconceptions about Lord Krishna's Appearance
"Without Lord Krishna's appearance life is meaningless. If you read Srimad Bhagavad-gita, you can easily understand the meaning of Janmastami and who Krishna is. People can say many things, but our vision is not like that—we see it in a different way."
Download / listen to the audio (8.1 Mb, 20 min | Incl. reading from Guidance 3)

Entering Another Plane
"If you can fulfil Gurudev's desire, if you can follow everything and become a 100% devotee, a surrendered soul, then you will have the strongest faith that what Gurudev said ('If you follow Krishna consciousness properly, you will not have to come again') is the truth."
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Mon, 30 August 2021 (Sri Krishna Janmastami)

Have a Heart For the Temple
"It is important to have a heart for the temple. You are staying in a room, and you must think this is your own room, you must take care of it as your own room. This is how love comes. You can take care of everything yourself."
Download / listen to the audio (1.5 Mb, 4 min | 26 January 2021 | Bengali)

"Without Lord Krishna Life Is Meaningless"
A beautiful and extensive chapter from Sri Guidance, Volume 3 (page 32): "We have no relation to the appearance of Lord Krishna any more. When a demon of enjoyment is born within our hearts at every second, what is the necessity of Krishna's appearance? When the soul becomes again favourable towards Lord Krishna, Lord Krishna appears at that time in the heart of this soul. By the mercy of Sri Gurupadpadma, Lord Krishna descends within the hearts of the souls covered by the darkness of ignorance every year in the rainy season."

 


Today in the calendar: Krishna Ashtami. Sri Sri Krishna Janmashtami (Appearance Festival of Lord Sri Krishna). Complete fast until midnight, then no grains.

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj: "We should actually be more affectionate with Nanda Maharaj and Yasoda. Tomorrow is actually the main day—today we are fasting for the Lord, but tomorrow we are making a festival for Nanda Maharaj." (Sri Krishna Janmastami: Service Festival)

 


 

dadhi-mathana-ninadais-tyakta-nidrah prabhate
nibhrta-padam agaram ballavinam pravistah
mukha-kamala-samirair asu nirvapya dipan
kavalita-navanitah patu mam bala-krsnah

"That child Krsna, who, awakening by the sound of butter-churning, stealthily enters the homes of the cowherd ladies, swiftly blows out the lamps with the breeze of His lotus mouth and devours the fresh butter—may He kindly protect me." (Composed by Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu)

he krsna karuna-sindho
dina-bandho jagat-pate
gopesa gopika-kanta
radha-kanta namo 'stu te

"O my dear Krishna, ocean of mercy, You are the friend of the distressed and the source of creation. You are the master of the cowherdmen and the lover of the gopis, especially Radharani. I offer my respectful obeisances unto You."


 

"We futilely enjoy many petty senses and the distress it causes makes us so thirsty that we create a petty phoney version of Sri Krishna. Because of our false identification, we are fed the idea that instead of Supreme Lord Krishna a demon-killer Krishna is born on this day. Being engrossed by enjoyment, does anyone of us ever think what is the necessity to worship Krishna? How many forms have we assumed being swooned by enjoyment and how long have we been rejecting the necessity of Lord Krishna's existence and appearance! We have no relation to the appearance of Lord Krishna any more. We merely spend our lives revolving within the cycle of birth and death. We are always busy reading the news about floods and famine, and just to get some happiness we become obsessed with various gross and subtle enjoyment. When a demon of enjoyment is born within our hearts at every second, what is the necessity of Krishna’s appearance? When the soul becomes again favourable towards Lord Krishna, Lord Krishna appears at that time in the heart of this soul. By the mercy of Sri Gurupadpadma, Lord Krishna descends within the hearts of the souls covered by the darkness of ignorance every year in the rainy season (August-beginning of September). His appearance occurs at midnight on the eighth lunar day of the dark fortnight in the month of Bhadra. Despite this calculation, Lord Krishna's appearance day occurs eternally. His appearance is not just some historical fact, it is an eternal truth."

(Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj, Guidance 3)

 


 

Some of the kirtans that can be sung on this holy day:

SONG: Sri Guru Parampara | শ্রীগুরুপরম্পরা
"By Krishna's association, Brahma became devoted to Krishna's service. By Brahma's association, Narad Muni became devoted... All the Gurus in this succession are associates of Sri Gauranga. I pray for their remnants."

SONG: Janama saphala ta'ra | জনম সফল তা'র
"The birth of one who, by good fortune, has once seen Krishna is successful. Developing the heart's eyes and seeing Krishna, such a soul abandons all delusions. Krishna is expert at play in Vrindavan..."

SONG: Suno he rasika-jana | শুনহে রসিক জন
"The transcendental qualities of Sri Krishna are innumerable. Krishna is the spiritual master of the entire universe, a wishfulfilling desire-tree, and the captain of the boat in the ocean of material existence."

SONG: He deva bhavantam vande | (হে) দেব ভবন্তং বন্দে
"The transcendental qualities of Sri Krishna are innumerable. Krishna is the spiritual master of the entire universe, a wishfulfilling desire-tree, and the captain of the boat in the ocean of material existence."

SONG: Jaya Radha-Madhava | জয় রাধামাধব
"Glory to Radha-Madhava, the beloved of Srimati Radharani! Glory to Kunja-bihari, the Enjoyer of pastimes in the groves of Vraja."

SONG: Yasomati-Nandana | যশোমতীনন্দন
"Sri Krishna, who is known as Kana, is Yasoda's darling son, Vraja's paramour, Gokula's delight, the gopis' life and wealth, the enchanter of Cupid, and the conqueror of Kaliya."

SONG: Hari he dayala mora | হরি হে দয়াল মোর
"O Hari! O my merciful Lord! All glories to You, the Lord of Radha! So many times I have avoided You, but this time please take me as Your own."

OTHER RELATED SONGS:
Dasavatara Stotram | দশাবতারস্তোত্রম্
Mayura mukuta | ময়ূর-মুকুট
Yasomati-Nandana | যশোমতীনন্দন
Sri Damodarastakam | শ্রীশ্রীদামোদরাষ্টকম্

 

In honour of the festival of Sri Krishna Janmastami:

Complete fast till midnight is spiritually auspicious and prescribed for all devotees whose health permits it and provided it does not interfere significantly with their service duties.

Those who cannot observe complete fast, can take anukalpa prasad (similar to what is taken on Ekadasi).

Medication can be taken even if you are fasting.

As per the instruction of and tradition established by Param Srila Guru Maharaj Om Vishnupad Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj in Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, devotees spend the day engaged in various services for the pleasure of Sri Sri Guru Gauranga and read Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita (not Bhagavatam) continuously from the beginning to the end (parayan).

The appearance of Lord Krishna is at midnight, so, as each year in every branch of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, devotees hold a grand celebration offering a special arati and festive bhoga offering (grain and non-grain) to the Lordships at midnight.

After the midnight arati, devotees honour anukalpa prasadam (no grains, like on Ekadashi) and retire to rest to awaken for the mangal arati and continue the celebration the next day on Sri Nandotsav. The grain prasadam is kept aside and lovingly distributed to all the devotees the next day (on Sri Nandotsav, along with another special bhoga offering prepared on this day).

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj: "You must understand what we are making the Janmastami festival for. To show ourselves and our big ego? No. We are making this festival to give much nourishment to the devotees through Hari-katha, through Krishna-katha, by giving good things to them.

 


 

    
Sri Krishna
Janmastami,
2019
(Tarakeshwar)
Sri Nandotsav,
2019
(Tarakeshwar)
     Sri Krishna
Janmastami,
2018
(Nrisingha Palli)
Sri Nandotsav,
2018
(Nrisingha Palli)

 


 

Sri Krishna Janmastami: Celebrate and Realise
"What we are making the Janmastami festival for? To show ourselves and our big ego? No, we are making this festival to give much nourishment to the devotees through Hari-katha, through Krishna-katha, by giving good things to them."
Download / listen to the audio (9.3 Mb, 27 min | 22 August 2011)

Sri Krishna Janmastami Message
"Good things are coming to us in the future. All devotees should stay together—we must all together celebrate this Janmastami vrata maha-mahotsav, serving Krishna's devotees with tolerance, humility and giving honour to others."
Download / listen to the audio (0.8 Mb, 2 min | 23 August 2019 | English)

"Raise the Anchor, Sir!"
"In the devotional line, this body is compared to a boat, and the helmsman of the boat is the Guru. If we can stay aboard the boat that Gurudev is sailing, then we can cross over the Viraja River and come to stay with Krishna in Goloka Vrindavan."
Download / listen to the audio (2.7 Mb, 8 min | 23 August 2019 | Bengali)

Gopal's Pastimes
"When Kamsa got the news of the child's birth, he was astonished that it was a girl, Maya. When he killed her, she rose in the air and said, 'He who will kill you already lives in Gokula.' After that, Kamsa began his atrocities. Who did he send first? Putana."
Download / listen to the audio (6.3 Mb, 18 min | 23 August 2019 | Bengali)

Lord's Stealing and Rewarding
"There are many other pastimes that Lord Sri Krishna performed. There was also a funny pastime at Chir Ghat. This pastime has a deep meaning. Many think this is funny, but actually it is not—this pastime is all about self-surrender."
Download / listen to the audio (1.5 Mb, 5 min | 23 August 2019 | Bengali)

Mercy Incarnate
"By a great mercy and fortune, we have got the darshan of sadhus, Guru and Vaishnavs in this lifetime. Having got their darshan, we have got everything! By getting their darshan, hearing Hari-katha from such Vaishnavs, hearing about such Vaishnavs' qualities purifies the heart."
Download / listen to the audio (2.2 Mb, 7 min | 23 August 2019 | Bengali)

Fall at the Lord's Feet
"It is my prayer to you all—please, always chant the glories of the Vaishnavs, Gurudev, and the Lord. We also pray to the Lord that you may all always engage in service, in Hari-katha, in the kirtan, and that not a single day may pass in your life without it..."
Download / listen to the audio (1.9 Mb, 6 min | 23 August 2019 | Bengali)

Sri Krishna Janmastami: No Pain, No Gain
"If we want to get the Lord, we must make an effort—we must practise bhajan, kirtan, worship, proper behaviour, Vaishnav seva, etc. We must try our best—we must worship, arrange programmes, practise sravan and kirtan, serve, offer bhoga, practise daily well."
Download / listen to the audio (1.8 Mb, 5 min | 3 September 2018 | Bengali)

Sri Krishna Janmastami: A Private Pastime
"Gopal performed many pastimes. You all know that it is going to be Radhastami, the appearance day of Srimati Radhika, in fifteen days. There is a story about how She appeared."
Download / listen to the audio (2 Mb, 6 min | 3 September 2018 | Bengali)

Sri Krishna Janmastami: Eternal Pastimes
"Krishna performed so many pastimes in Nanda-gram, but Kamsa would not stop. Kamsa kept trying to kill Krishna—he had sent many demons (Aghasur, enormous Bakasur, Vatsasur, etc.), but all of them were defeated by Krishna..."
Download / listen to the audio (3.3 Mb, 10 min | 3 September 2018 | Bengali)

Sri Krishna Janmastami: Adhikar For Abhisekh
"When people do Durga puja or some other pujas, they usually fast, so here too—if you are to do the abhisekh of Lord Sri Krishna in the evening, if you want to get this opportunity, you must fast the whole day; otherwise you cannot bathe the holy body of Gopal."
Download / listen to the audio (2.5 Mb, 7 min | 3 September 2018 | Bengali)

Kirtans
• Mayura-mukuta pitambara-dhari • Jaya Radhe jaya Krsna jaya Vrndavan • He deva bhavantam vande (Krsna Vandana) • Hari Haraye Namah Krsna • Hare Krishna maha-mantra.
Download / listen to the audio (6.3 Mb, 18 min | 3 September 2018)

"Tell me about Krishna!"
"Today is the adhivas of Sri Krishna Janmastami, it is a very good day and we must tell something about Krishna's pastimes. Who knows Krishna? Only Krishna's parsad (associate), can understand Krishna's lila."
Download / listen to the audio (1.7 Mb, 5 min | 13 August 2009)

Dear and Dearmost
"Today we are speaking about some of Krishna's childhood pastimes. We can actually get Krishna's mercy only through devotees. We always first take shelter of our Guru's lotus feet because otherwise, without this shelter, we cannot get any connection with this line."
Download / listen to the audio (1.9 Mb, 6 min | 13 August 2009)

Appearance of Lord Krishna
"This festival is celebrated all over the world, and you heard that even in Nabadwip Dham many people do not know about Krishna consciousness, do not know about Rupa Goswami's line, but they know Krishna and they fast the whole day and night for Krishna."
Download / listen to the audio (2.1 Mb, 7 min | 14 August 2009)

Emporium of All Rasa
"In Krishna-lila, everything is there—santa-, dasya-, sakhya-, vatsalya-, madhura-rasa—that is why Krishna is considered the Supreme Personality of Godhead."
Download / listen to the audio (2.3 Mb, 7 min | 20 August 2011)

Sri Krishna Janmastami: Service Festival
"We should actually be more affectionate with Nanda Maharaj and Yasoda. Tomorrow is actually the main day—today we are fasting for the Lord, but tomorrow we are making a festival for Nanda Maharaj."
Download / listen to the audio (2 Mb, 6 min | 22 August 2011)

Sri Krishna Janmastami: Our Fortune and Focus
"We feel very fortunate today to have got a bona fide guru and we are spending this day for Lord. Many people have a holiday today and are enjoying with material things, but Krishna's devotees' enjoyment is for Krishna. That is their hope, that is their fortune."
Download / listen to the audio (2 Mb, 6 min | 22 August 2011)

Krishna—Purnatama Bhagavan
"To protect religion and destroy non-religion, the Lord comes to this world again and again in different ages. On this day, taking a human form, Krishna appears to bestow auspiciousness onto the world and rescue the fallen souls."
Download / listen to the audio (6.1 Mb, 17 min | 28 August 2013 | Bengali)

Connect With the Centre
"We have some material desires and this is called bhava-rog (heart disease). Who can remove this disease? Who can be our doctor? Krishna can, but where will you get Krishna? You should think how many per cent you can surrender yourself. It depends on you."
Download / listen to the audio (1.7 Mb, 5 min | 28 August 2013)

Sri Krishna Janmastami: Surrender and Practise Daily
"We have to understand Krishna's Pastimes. We have to be niskama bhakta: we must have no material desire, and we must not ask Krishna for anything."
Download / listen to the audio (3.5 Mb | 18 August 2014)

Sri Krishna Janmastami: Path Back to Home
"We are taking so many things, but our hunger will not finish, there will always be some material desire. But if you surrender to Krishna, to His devotee, and if you worship Krishna, if you chant the Holy Name of Krishna, you will get real benefit, you can go to your real home."
Download / listen to the audio (10 Mb | 18 August 2014)

 

Tue, 31 August 2021 (Sri Nandotsav Festival)

Power of Service
"The name of Lord Krishna's Deity here is Radha-Raman. Those of you who have been to Vrindavan know that there are a lot of Deities in Vrindavan, but not all Deities there are original Deities. Radha-Raman is the only original Deity that stayed there."
Download / listen to the audio (1.9 Mb, 5 min | 26 January 2021 | Bengali)

Sri Krishna Janmastami Kirtans (Year 2020)
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj chants holy kirtan prayers on Sri Krishna Janmastami day in the company of august Vaishnavs and devotees all over the world: Jaya Dhvani, Vandana Sri Guru-charana-padma Kabe Sri Chaitanya more karibena daya Ohe Vaishnava Thakura Parama Karuna pahu dui jana Yasoda Nandana Krishna He deva bhavantam vande Janama saphala ta'ra Suno he rasika-jana Gopinath mama nivedana suna Jaya Radha Madhava Hare Krishna maha-mantra.
Download / listen to the audio (20.4 Mb, 49 min | 12 August 2020)

 


Today in the calendar: Krishna Navami. Sri Nandotsav. Sri Janmashtami paran between 9:24 and 9:32 a.m. 125th Appearance of Vishva-varenya Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad.

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj: "Today we are also making a big festival—we must make Nanda Maharaj happy." "We should actually be more affectionate with Nanda Maharaj and Yasoda. Tomorrow is actually the main day—today we are fasting for the Lord, but tomorrow we are making a festival for Nanda Maharaj."


 

In honour of Sri Nandotsav:

srutim apare smrtim itare
bharatam anye bhajantu bhava-bhitah
aham iha nandam vande
yasyalinde param brahma

"Those who fear rebirth in this world may follow the advice of the Vedic scriptures—others may follow the Mahabharata—but as for me, I follow Nanda Maharaja, in whose courtyard the Supreme Absolute Truth plays as a child."


Yasoda's Darling Krishna
"You know that Krishna was born from Vasudev and Devaki, but how fortunate Nanda Maharaj and Yasoda Ma are! They got Krishna as their son and could serve Krishna..."
Download / listen to the audio (1.4 Mb, 5 min | 13 August 2009)

Patita-Pavan
"We worship Lord Sri Krishna, who is so merciful, but Gauranga Mahaprabhu is even more merciful. Nityananda Prabhu said, 'Prabhu, what are you doing? If You do not rescue them, then why is Your name patita-pavan?'"
Download / listen to the audio (2.6 Mb, 6 min | 4 March 2020)

Krishna's Childhood Pastimes
"Although Krishna lived in Nanda-gram, He spent much time playing with His cowherd boyfriends in Gokul. He showed so many things in His pastimes—He played with cows and dust of Vrindavan (dhuli-khela), He ate soil, He killed demons..."
Download / listen to the audio (1.6 Mb, 5 min | 22 August 2011)

Sri Krishna Janmastami: Service Festival
"We should actually be more affectionate with Nanda Maharaj and Yasoda. Tomorrow is actually the main day—today we are fasting for the Lord, but tomorrow we are making a festival for Nanda Maharaj."
Download / listen to the audio (2 Mb, 6 min | 22 August 2011)

Rely On Gurudev
"Gurudev is nondifferent from Krishna; at the same time Gurudev is like Radharani. Many obstacles will come in our practising life, but if we remember Krishna, if we remember our Gurudev and if we serve our Gurudev, then they must protect us."
Download / listen to the audio (2.3 Mb, 6 min | 6 August 2002)

 

In honour of Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad's appearance:

namah om visnupadaya krsna-presthaya bhutale
swami sri bhaktivedanta prabhupadaya te namah
gurvajnam sirasi-dhrtva saktyavesa sva-rupine
hare-krsneti mantrena pascatya-prachya-tarine
visvacharya prabaryaya divya karunya murtaye
sri bhagavata-madhurya-gita-jnana pradayine
gaura-sri-rupa-siddhanta-saraswati nisevine
radha-krsna-padambhoja-bhrngaya gurave namah
"I offer my humble obeisances unto His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, who is Krishna's beloved associate and who came down to this plane from Goloka. Taking the order of his guru on his head, he is the saktyavesa (empowered) avatar of Nityananda Prabhu personified. He distributed the Hare Krishna mantra all over the Eastern and Western world, delivering and uplifting all fallen souls. He is the best of millions of Jagad Gurus, because he is the personification of divine mercy. He has distributed the sweet nectar of Srimad Bhagavatam and the transcendental knowledge of Srimad Bhagavad-gita all over the world. He is constantly engaged in exclusive devotional service to Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakura, Srila Rupa Goswami, and Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu. I offer my humble obeisances unto Srila Prabhupada, who is like a bumble-bee always tasting the nectar of the lotus feet of Sri Sri Radha and Govinda."

 


Beacon Light
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj is giving a concise account of the close relationship between Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math and Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad.
Download / listen to the audio (1.1 Mb, 3 min | 10 March 2016)

Srila Swami Maharaj Prabhupad
"Without his mercy we would not have been able to think anything today, but we are very happy and we are making today a festival for Srila Swami Maharaj, on his appearance day. Everybody must pray for his mercy."
Download / listen to the audio (2.9 Mb, 9 min | 15 August 2009)

 

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."

 

 

 

 

 

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Real Beauty
'In this material world we always run after beauty, smell, sound, and so on, but if you see Krishna's beauty, you will forget everything...'

 

Sri Sri Prema-Vivarta
“Gora Ray says to both householders and renunciants, 'Brothers, see to it that a day does not pass without chanting the Name.'”

If you have material desires in your heart, you will not get happiness. You will be doing something, but happiness will not come to your mind because of these desires.

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