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Sat, 26 November 2022

Our Exclusive Duty
"People can open many temples and do many things, but our duty is to serve devotees, to cook and offer bhoga to the Deities, to take care of all temple services properly. We can see how the great Vaishnavs lived. We must think about their example and follow it."

 

—{ "Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address" }—

Bhakta-Bhav
"We should always remember devotees' service mood. Embracing bhakta-bhav, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu appeared as a devotee and He shows what is the mood of a devotee. We can see His teachings and realise what is necessary to have if we want to have the mood of a devotee."
Download / listen to the audio (10.7 Mb, 26 min | 27 September 2020)

Fri, 25 November 2022

Cannot Have Your Feet in Two Boats
"You must serve and worship Nitai if you are to cross over this ocean of material existence. There are certain things that are against spiritual life, against Krishna consciousness. You must always keep away from anything that is against devotion. Always accept what is favourable to devotion and always reject what is unfavourable to devotion."

 

—{ "Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address" }—

Adjusting with Others and Yourself
"If somebody preaches, it is good! Why will we criticise them? People come for Krishna consciousness and we do not care who comes from what country, who is lower, who is lowest. Only if somebody is bad association, you must always avoid such association."
Download / listen to the audio (2.3 Mb, 6 min | 20 September 2020)

Thu, 24 November 2022

Know Your Place
"Srila Narottam Das Thakur sings, 'My mind dwells within the courtyard of Vrindavan.' We sing it, repeating his words, but does it mean that we also dwell in Vrindavan? We can only think about this high ideal. Those who have the right can meditate on that; otherwise, if you meditate on this without first attaining the qualification, you will be going down the path of imitation. Live according to your capacity."

 

—{ "Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address" }—

Awkward Medicines and Health Issues
"You must maintain this body well. If the doctor has prescribed some medicine for your disease, then you should take it because it is necessary for your health, but if the doctor prescribes eating meat, etc., you should not follow it."
Download / listen to the audio (1.2 Mb, 3 min | 20 September 2020)

 


Today in the calendar: Gaura Chaturdasi. Disappearance of Sri Jagabandhu Bhakti Ranjan (originally on Amavasya, but the previous day is viddha).

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 Sripad Jagabandhu Bhakti Ranjan:

Srestharyya Sripad Jagabandhu Das Adhikari (From The Harmonist)
"THE day before the close of the spiritual Exhibition that had been organised in the spacious compound of the Gaudiya-Math, which function formed the concluding, activity of the long series of the festivities of the auspicious Inauguration of the New Buildings of the Math, Srestharyya Sripad Jagabandhu Das Adhikari Bhaktiranjan, the donor and architect of those superb Buildings, took his departure from the scene of unique devotional labours with the supreme satisfaction that his soul had at last found and successfully performed his duty to Godhead and humanity...."

Wed, 23 November 2022

Service Eyes
"If you come to the Deity, thinking, 'I am coming to see the Deity,' or, 'I will go to see Jagannath,' you cannot get the darshan of Lord Jagannath or the Deity like this. If you come to see Jagannath, you will see some wooden Deity—you will not see Jagannath, the Lord."

 

—{ "Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address" }—

Repository of Nectar
"Gurudev explains this sloka very nicely. When somebody is taking and relishing honey, some drops fall from their mouth, and Srila Sridhar Maharaj is collecting these drops. This is actually the essence of our spiritual life."
Download / listen to the audio (1.3 Mb, 3 min | 20 September 2020)

Tue, 22 November 2022

Coming to Ganga Sagar
"Many people want to come to Ganga Sagar. There is a common thought that you should visit all the holy places many times but come to Ganga Sagar only once. Why only once? Because it is very hard to come here, so when people came here once, they did not want to come back..."

 

—{ "Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address" }—

Repository of Nectar
"Gurudev explains this sloka very nicely. When somebody is taking and relishing honey, some drops fall from their mouth, and Srila Sridhar Maharaj is collecting these drops. This is actually the essence of our spiritual life."
Download / listen to the audio (1.3 Mb, 3 min | 20 September 2020)

 


Today in the calendar: Krishna Trayodashi. Disappearance of Srila Saranga Thakur.

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 Saranga Thakur:

"I Am Saranga's Murari!"
"Remembering the last day of Nabadwip Dham parikrama, I want to tell you some very important thing. We always glorify Mamgachhi (Modadrumdwip) and speak about the birthplace of Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur, but there is also one small temple beside it..."
Download / listen to the audio (1.8 Mb, 5 min | 4 January 2020)


Sri Saranga Thakur's Math in Mamgachhi (Modadrumdwip).

Mon, 21 November 2022

Increase Glory of Temple
"You should print and distribute books. A temple is meant for preaching. When devotees stay at the temple, they must preach the whole day. You must think how you can increase the glory of the temple. You must preach for the temple nicely, beautifully."

 

—{ "Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address" }—

Best Behaviour
"Everybody must live in harmony with each other. If we think we have become great devotees, it is wrong because we are fallen souls and we are only trying to serve our Guru under his guidance. This is our main aim in life. We must fight against ourselves."
Download / listen to the audio (2.7 Mb, 7 min | 20 September 2020)

 


Today in the calendar: Krishna Dvadasi. Paran is at 5:59–7:32. Disappearance of Srila Narahari Sarkar Thakur. Disappearance of Srila Kaliya Krishnadas.

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 Narahari Sarkar Thakur:

Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj: "Narahari Sarkar belongs to the section of devotees who are more fond of Krishna-lila. Their vision is, 'We do not recognise You to be a sannyasi! You are that Krishna of Vrindavan, we know You well! Here, You have only put on a garment—You are wrapping Yourself in the garment of a sannyasi—but it is Your external acquaintance. We know well who You really are and we must admit that we do not like this forged identity of Yours.' This is their temperament. Rather, they feel much pain, 'What is the necessity for You to be practising penances as a sannyasi, going through so many hardships, not taking food properly, not resting in a proper bed, etc.? Our hearts are aching, but You do not care for that. How can we tolerate all these things?' That is their nature and complaint to Mahaprabhu. They feel that it is all a sham."

Strongest Faith (3) Raghunandan Thakur
"Mukunda's son Raghunandan also has full faith. One day, when he was ten years old, his mother said to him, 'Raghunandan, I am very busy today. I have cooked the offering, but I have no time to offer it to the Deities. You can offer today...'"
Download / listen to the audio (1 Mb, 3 min | 10 March 2015)

Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhura Sochaka
A song composed by Srila Narahari Thakur in glorification of Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhu's life, character, and service. Bengali verses and English transliteration.

 

In honour of Srila Kaliya Krishnadas:

Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj: "Nityananda Prabhu accepted everyone but would chastise those who were offensive. Mahaprabhu showed some caution in distributing Krishna-nama and Krishna-prema: He followed the rules and regulations of sannyas life very strictly and because of this Mahaprabhu could not give shelter to offenders. When Mahaprabhu went to South India He took Kaliya Krishna Das with Him. In Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita he is referred to as Kala Krishna Das. On their tour Kaliya Krishna Das suffered some disturbance with some women and Mahaprabhu rescued him from that. Later when they returned to Jagannath Puri Mahaprabhu said, "I want to leave this boy Kaliya Krishna Das, he was irresponsible and greatly disturbed our mission. I don't want to keep him with Me. I do not want to be responsible for him." Kaliya Krishna Das, as an eternal parsad devotee (of Sri Nityananda Prabhu), played this role in the Lord's drama. At that time Nityananda Prabhu did not leave him, He told Mahaprabhu, "If You do not want to keep him it is no problem, I will take him. I will send him to Nabadwip to give news to Sachi Mata and the other devotees that You have come back from South India." In this way Nityananda Prabhu showed His extreme mercy and Kaliya Krishna Das spent the rest of his life with Nityananda Prabhu. So even when Mahaprabhu is angry, Nityananda Prabhu keeps devotees at His lotus feet. The conditioned souls can have much hope when they see the very deep and merciful character of Sri Nityananda Prabhu."

(The Divine Pastimes of Sri Nityananda Prabhu)

 

Sun, 20 November 2022 (Sri Utpanna Ekadasi)

Root of Unhappiness
"Those who steal something may continue stealing, but they feel disturbed inside and worry that their crimes can become exposed. Those who commit offences never feel happiness or peace. Such life is a sign of bad intelligence and bad fortune."
Download / listen to the lecture (14.2 Mb, 30 min | 12 January 2020 | Bengali)

 

—{ "Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address" }—

Pillars of Devotional Life
"We must leave everything for the happiness of the Lord, for the happiness of our Guru. We must learn how previous Vaishnavs maintained their lives, and we must follow their example, their path. We must try to live and maintain our life the way sadhus do. We must try to do that. We must try to practise that."
Download / listen to the audio (3.3 Mb, 8 min | 20 September 2020)

 


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?
"Make the Teachings of Sri Guru Non-Different from Your Heart"
Ekadasi: Devotional Practice
Ekadasi Struggle?

 

"You do not need to know the meaning of each ekadasi tithi because if you know it, you will want to get this result, that result, etc."

(Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj)

 


Guidance Vol 1
(PDF, 1.5 Mb)
Traducción ESPAÑOLA
Русский перевод

Guidance Vol 2
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Traducción ESPAÑOLA
Русский перевод

Guidance Vol 3
(PDF, 3.7 Mb)
Traducción ESPAÑOLA
Русский перевод


Guidance Vol 4
(PDF, 4.7 Mb)
Traducción ESPAÑOLA
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Sri Upadesh 1
(Bengali)

Sri Upadesh 2
(Bengali)

Sri Upadesh 3
(Bengali)

Sri Upadesh 4
(Bengali)
 

Sri Puri Dham
Mahatmya-mukta-mala

(Bengali)

Sri Nabadwip Dham
Mahatmya-mukta-mala

(Bengali)

Sri Nabadwip Dham Mahatmya-Mukta-Mala (English)
[PDF, 73 Mb]

 

 

 

    

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Success, Attachment,
Fearlessness
'Maya Devi always takes our time to engage us for herself. Success in our spiritual life depends upon the devotee—how many percent can you give to your Guru, to the Lord?'

      

 

CALENDAR FOR 11/2022

KESHAVA

20 November (Sun). Krishna Ekadasi. Utpanna Ekadasi. Disappearance of Sriyukta Dhananjay Das Prabhu.

21 November (Mon). Krishna Dvadasi. Paran is at 5:59–7:32. Disappearance of Srila Narahari Sarkar Thakur. Disappearance of Srila Kaliya Krishnadas.

22 November (Tue). Krishna Trayodasi. Disappearance of Srila Saranga Thakur.

24 November (Thu). Gaura Chaturdasi. Disappearance of Sri Jagabandhu Bhakti Ranjan (originally on Amavasya, but the previous day is viddha).

29 November (Tue). Gaura Sasthi. Sri Jagannathdev's Oran Sasthi. Temple Anniversary: Sri Puri Dham (installation anniversary of Sri Sri Guru Nitai Chaitanya Prabhu).

 

DECEMBER 2022

1 December (Thu). Gaura Astami. Disappearance of Srila Madhusudan Das Babaji Maharaj.

2 December (Fri). Gaura Navami. Appearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Kamal Madhusudan Maharaj.

3 December (Sat). Gaura Dasami. Disappearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Kusum Shraman Maharaj.

4 December (Sun). Gaura Ekadasi. Moksada Ekadasi.

5 December (Mon). Gaura Dvadasi. Paran is at 6:08–6:55.

NARAYAN

10 December (Sat). Krishna Dvitiya. Appearance day of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math's Sevaite President Acharya, Om Vishnupad Paramahamsa Parivrajakacharya Sri Srimad Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.

11 December (Sun). Krishna Tritiya. Festivals at Bamunpara and Nadan Ghat, the places of Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's appearance and youth pastimes.

12 December (Mon). Krishna Chaturthi. Disappearance of the founder of the Sri Chaitanya Math and worldwide Sri Gaudiya Maths, Bhagavan Sri Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Goswami Prabhupad.

FULL CALENDAR >>

 


THE TEN OFFENCES TO
THE HOLY NAME:
1) Criticise sadhus, Vaishnavs
2) Consider Lord Siva and gods to be independent of Lord Krishna
3) Consider Guru to be an ordinary mortal man
4) Criticise scriptures
5) Interpret the Name with the help of a dictionary, etc.
6) Consider the Name imaginary.
7) Sin and chant to remove the sin.
8) Consider chanting equal to pious activities.
9) Instruct faithless people in chanting, inattentive chanting.
10) Remain attached to things, your body, etc.


 

If you think you know everything, that is a big problem. That is ego, and the ego eats
everything, takes everything away—your ego takes you to hell! Ego is the only problem.

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