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Tue, 9 August 2022 (Disappearance of Srila Rupa Goswami Prabhu, Srila Gauri Das Pandit)

 


Today in the calendar: Gaura Dvadashi. Paran between 5:14 and 9:33 a.m. Disappearance of Srila Rupa Goswami Prabhu. Disappearance of 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. 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 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."
Download / listen to the audio (1.4 Mb, 4 min | 29 July 2012)

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!'"
Download / listen to the audio (1.3 Mb, 4 min | 29 July 2012)

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."
Download / listen to the audio (2 Mb, 6 min | 13 June 2015)

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..."
Download (1.7 Mb, 5 min | 21 September 2009)

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..."
Download / listen to the audio (2.5 Mb, 8 min)

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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Mon, 8 August 2022 (Sri Pavitraropani Ekadasi, tomorrow paran is at 5:14–9:33)

Gurudev's Coming to Temple
"One day, Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj's preaching party came to Nadanghat on their way back from preaching. They did collection during the day, and in the evening they would give a class and chant kirtans at the house of some zamindar. When they came to Nadanghat, Gurudev came and sat at the programme, listening to the Hari-katha."
Download / listen to the full class (16.4 Mb, 40 min | 1 January 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 :—

(8 August—10 September)

9 August (Tue) Disappearance of Srila Rupa Goswami, Srila Gauridas Pandit
12 August (Fri) Appearance of Lord Baladev (fast until noon)
19 August (Fri) Appearance of Lord Sri Krishna (Sri Janmastami)
(fast until midnight)
20 August (Sat) Sri Nandotsav, Appearance of Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad
3 September (Sat) Appearance of Sri Lalita Devi
4 September (Sun) Appearance of Srimati Radharani (Sri Radhastami)
(fast until noon)
7 September (Wed) Appearance of Srila Jiva Goswami, Lord Vamanadev
8 September (Thu) Appearance of Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur
9 September (Fri) Disappearance of Srila Haridas Thakur

 

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

Follow Rules and Regulations
"You must follow rules and regulations. Always. Follow rules and regulations properly. This is good for everybody. Our line is strict about it and we should follow these things. I know it is easy to say it, but it is hard to follow it."
Download / listen to the audio (4.7 Mb, 12 min | 23 June 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

 

"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)

 

Sun, 7 August 2022 (Tomorrow is Sri Pavitraropani Ekadasi)

Gurudev's Appearance
"Today is 1 January, the first day of the year, and this is the day of my Gurupadpadma Om Vishnupad Jagad Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's appearance. Choosing this holy dvitiya tithi day, Gurudev appeared in this world 92 years ago."
Download / listen to the full class (16.4 Mb, 40 min | 1 January 2021 | Bengali)

 

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

Special Day of Special Mercy
"By the mercy of Gurudev and Lord Jagannath, Baladev, Subhadra, we are present here today, and, even though we are so far, we pay our obeisance to Them from here. I spend this Ratha-yatra time in Puri every year, but even though this year we could not go there, my mind, my heart, and everything is still in Puri with all the devotees."
Download / listen to the audio (4.7 Mb, 12 min | 23 June 2020)

 

Sat, 6 August 2022

Be Undefeatable
"Chant sixteen rounds or more in this way every day. Chant the Holy Name, and Krishna will reveal Himself in your heart, you will be successful in your spiritual life. If you chant this Holy Name without offences, you will get the result quickly."
Download / listen to the full class (2 Mb, 5 min | 28 February 2021)

 

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

Observing Gundicha Marjan
"Tomorrow is Gundicha Marjan, everybody will join it. You should clean the place where you are staying, and also clean your heart through chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra. Clean your hearts through sravan and kirtan, through practising."
Download / listen to the audio (0.8 Mb, 2 min | 21 June 2020)

 


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."


 

Fri, 5 August 2022

Live Sincere Devotional Life
"Roaming around the universe, we somehow, by some fortune, have come to the holy feet of our Gurudev. I wish everyone lived without pain and sadness, but people consciously drink poison—they know it, they have heard about it, but they are taking poison... We must practise Krishna consciousness."
Download / listen to the full class (16.2 Mb, 39 min | 25 January 2021 | Bengali)

 

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

Mandakini Dhara
"The main thing is that Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur brought to us the pure current of Mandakini, proper consciousness, and this current is still flowing in this world allowing us to get some taste of the nectar that was distributed by Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur. What he has given us has never been given by anybody in this world."
Download / listen to the audio (3.9 Mb, 10 min | 21 June 2020)

 

Thu, 4 August 2022 (Disappearance of Sripad Ananga Mohan Das Adhikari)

Come for Nabadwip Dham Parikrama
"We have come today here as part of our Nabadwip Dham Pracharani Sobha. We have come to call you to Nabadwip Dham parikrama. If you want to get relief from the roaming of this material world (samsara-parikrama), you must circumambulate Sri Nabadwip Dham."
Download / listen to the full class (16.2 Mb, 39 min | 25 January 2021 | Bengali)

 

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

Without Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur Our Line Is Nothing
"Today is the disappearance day of Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur—he left us and entered his nitya-lila on this day. He is doing service in his abode now, but he is still bestowing his mercy on all devotees and on us. We cannot even think of our line without Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur. He is the main personality in our line."
Download / listen to the audio (3.4 Mb, 8 min | 21 June 2020)

 

Wed, 3 August 2022

Qualification for Chanting Holy Name
"In this age of Kali, except for chanting the Holy Name, there is no other way, no other way, no other way. Who has the right, or qualification, to chant the Holy Name? It is written very beautifully here."
Download / listen to the full class (16.2 Mb, 39 min | 25 January 2021 | Bengali)

 

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

Questions and Answers
How to be tolerant internally, not just show it externally? What is sahajiya bhajan? How can we use everything in service, even sad and dangerous things? How can we know that Gurudev is happy with us? Western style offerings are out of place in India? How can my child get sukriti to live in Krishna consciousness? How to concentrate on Krishna consciousness when mind is distracted?
Download / listen to the audio (12.8 Mb, 31 min | 14 June 2020)

 


Today in the calendar: Appearance of Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Vijay Trivikram 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. 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."


 

 

Tue, 2 August 2022

Know Thyself
"What is the difference between humans and animals? The difference is spiritual life, service to the Lord, something that we do not do. We do not genuinely associate with sadhus. When will we understand all this? We will be able to understand this when can learn our real identity."
Download / listen to the full class (6.5 Mb, 16 min | 25 January 2021 | Bengali)

Entering Higher Study
"Why do the teachings of Sri Rupa-Raghunath not enter our ears? What is the purpose of this body? How can one live in Mathura? What is the result of sincere service? What is the reason of our suffering? What is devotion?"
Download / listen to the audio (1.4 Mb, 4 min | 5 January 2020)

 

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

Treasure of Devotion
"Everybody will die one day, but you have got this human body, so what is your duty? We are not meant to live like cats and dogs. We have got so many facilities—eyes, mouth, ears, etc. What will we do with them?"
Download / listen to the audio (2.5 Mb, 6 min | 14 June 2020)

 

Mon, 1 August 2022

Religion of This Age
"If we do not chant the Holy Name of the Lord in this age of Kali, then we will not be able to escape this illusory world. It is necessary to chant the Holy Name, that is why the Lord Himself comes as the Holy Name in this world."
Download / listen to the full class (6.5 Mb, 16 min | 25 January 2021 | Bengali)

 

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

Our Greatest Aspiration
"We sometimes cannot consider ourselves a proper disciple—we always consider ourselves a guru. That is the problem in our life. We have no quality, no qualification to serve Vaishnavs, but the Guru and Vaishnavs are always very kind, they will accept our service, so relying on their kindness, we will try to serve them properly."
Download / listen to the audio (2.5 Mb, 6 min | 14 June 2020)

 


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 recognised 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 the 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 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 Bhaktivinod 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, offer it to Sri Sri Nitai-Gaura, and 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 lives. 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)

 

Sun, 31 July 2022

Way Out
"Kama means thinking about your own happiness and enjoyment, but prema means thinking about the happiness of the Lord, about the happiness of Gurudev. The problem is that we never think, "What makes Gurudev happy?"—we only think about our own happiness."
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—{ "Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address" }—

Service Eagerness and Attachment
"This pure conception of Krishna consciousness is very sweet. It is necessary to connect with it and to have faith, proper surrender, humility, tolerance, and to give honour to others. Be patient. Do not be proud. Always reject pratistha. We are tiny servitors, but we will try to do small service."
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Sat, 30 July 2022

Remembering Mahaprabhu's Sannyas
"Today, Mahaprabhu left Katwa after taking sannyas. He left Nabadwip on the day of Sankranti. On the eve of Sankranti, each of our temples offers lau-payesh (lau cooked in milk with sugar). Do you know why?"
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—{ "Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address" }—

Love for Guru, Not Yourself
"We are becoming very selfish—we always think about ourselves, about our own happiness, but we do not know whether happiness will come or not. The happiness you get in this material life is very temporary. We must realise what it means to be a proper disciple and we must try to be proper disciples of our Guru."
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Fri, 29 July 2022

Be Sincere and Studious
"If you feel no taste when you chant the Holy Name, this is because you have various diseases inside you. That is why you must always practise sravan and kirtan in holy association and try to remove your offences."
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—{ "Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address" }—

Service Code
"We always do service with some little fault, little mistake, and the Lord does not easily accept such service, but if we ask great Vaishnavs, Gurudev, for forgiveness, they will always forgive us. That is why, it will be good if we serve the Lord through Gurudev."
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Sri Radhastami: Worship with Extreme Care
How to worship Radharani—how? Gurudev said, 'You must walk in Radharani's place on your head, not on your legs.' It is that kind of place, but how can we see it?

      

Sri Sri Prema-Vivarta
“When materialists and speculators resort to apathy (towards the world), the wickedness of false renunciation arises in their minds.”

      

 

CALENDAR FOR 08/2022

8 August (Mon). Gaura Ekadasi. Pavitraropani Ekadasi. Beginning of Jhulan Yatra of Sri Sri Radha-Govinda. Start of the one-month festival of Sri Hari Smaran.

9 August (Tue). Gaura Dvadasi. Paran is at 5:14–9:33. Disappearance of Srila Rupa Goswami. Disappearance of Srila Gauri Das Pandit Goswami.

12 August (Fri). Purnima. Sri Baladev Purnima: Appearance of Lord Sri Baladev. Fast until midday.

19 August (Fri). Krishna Astami. Sri Sri Krishna Janmastami: Appearance of Lord Sri Krishna. Complete fast until midnight, then no grains (anukalpa).

20 August (Sat). Krishna Navami. Paran is at 5:18–9:33. Sri Nandotsav. Appearance of Vishva-varenya Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad.

23 August (Tue). Krishna Ekadasi. Annada Ekadasi.

24 August (Wed). Gaura Panchami. Paran is at 5:19–8:21.

 

CALENDAR FOR 09/2022

1 September (Thu). Gaura Panchami. Appearance of Sri Sita Devi, the consort of Sri Advaita Prabhu.

3 September (Sat). Gaura Saptami. Sri Lalita Saptami: Appearance of Sri Lalita Devi.

4 September (Sun). Gaura Astami. Sri Radhastami: Appearance of Srimati Radharani. Fast until noon.

6 September (Tue). Gaura Ekadasi. Parshva Ekadasi.

7 September (Wed). Gaura Dvadasi. Appearance of Lord Sri Vamanadev. Paran is at 5:24–9:32 after the worship of Lord Sri Vamanadev. Appearance of Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhu.

8 September (Thu). Gaura Trayodasi. Appearance of Srila Sachchidananda Bhaktivinod Thakur.

9 September (Fri). Gaura Chaturdasi. Disappearance of Srila Haridas Thakur.

10 September (Sat). Purnima. Vishvarup Mahotsav. End of the one-month festival of Sri Hari Smaran.

12 September (Mon). Krishna Dvitiya. Disappearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Vilas Tirtha Maharaj.

21 September (Wed). Krishna Ekadasi. Indira Ekadasi.

22 September (Thu). Krishna Dvadasi. Paran is at 5:28–9:29.

26 September (Mon). Gaura Pratipad. Appearance festival of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math's Successor Sevaite President Acharya, Ananta-sri-vibhusita Om Visnupad Paramahamsa-kula-chudamani Visva-varenya Sri Srimad Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj.

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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.


 

Mayura-mukuta
'All glory to the beloved of the gopis, to He who enjoys playing His vamsi flute. Glory to He who holds the flute and lifts the Govardhan Hill!'
ময়ূর-মুকুট

 

My mind, my heart do not want to go outside the temple, but what can I do? For service to the Lord I have to go outside, but I do not like that outside world any more, I cannot tolerate it.

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