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Tue, 18 May 2021

Exclusive Path
"We may have entered the path of devotion, the world of devotion, however it does not take long to get removed from there. It is very difficult to progress down the path of devotion, but if is very easy to get removed from it. Remember this."
Download / listen to the audio (1.2 Mb, 3 min | 2 February 2021 | Bengali)

 

Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math: Gate to Bhakti-Jagat
"The day after tomorrow is the disappearance festival of Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. What did he make Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math for? What simple and sweet things did he give us for our spiritual life? It is necessary to understand this."
Download / listen to the audio (2.3 Mb, 7 min | 4 August 2013)

Guru-Bhakti, Guru-Drohi
"You must always go behind the Vaishnavs—do not cross the line. You have your limitation, and if you cross the line and exceed your limit, that will be a big problem for you. Devotion means living under the guidance of a Vaishnav."
Download / listen to the audio (2.6 Mb, 7 min | 22 September 2019)

 

Mon, 17 May 2021

Honouring Hari-Prasad
"We do not want to and must not stay even one day without Hari-katha. Our respectable host has called me and you all today not only for taking prasad. We have come here to take Hari-prasad—to honour the prasad of Hari-katha."
Download / listen to the audio (1.2 Mb, 3 min | 2 February 2021 | Bengali)

 

Ups and Downs of Spiritual Life
"We want quality, we do not want quantity. Do not follow, do not run behind maya (illusion)—do not run in a zigzag way after things, do not run behind gorgeous things. Simple living, simple heart, and without deceitful devotion—these are the main things in spiritual life."
Download / listen to the audio (4.7 Mb, 14 min)

Floating On the Surface
"You must understand our conception. We do not want to be very big or gorgeous, we do not want be imitators, we want to have the real thing. That is why you must understand our conception. You must read Srila Sridhar Maharaj's books, Gurudev's books, then you will get some idea. I have told it many times: read when you get time. Read the books, try to understand the conception."
Download / listen to the audio (2 Mb, 5 min)

 

All Glory to Sri Sri Guru Gauranga

Dear Devotees, Friends, and Well-Wishers,

Please accept our humble obeisance at your holy feet.

In view of the approaching grand separation festival of the divine disappearance of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj, the President and Sevaite-Acharya of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, on 20 May 2021 (Thursday) and following some enquiries from the devotees, we can humbly share the following as a way of general guidance on conducting festivals that we have learned from the association and eternal divine pastimes of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj. Generally, the programmes arranged and hosted by Sri Gurupadpadma would go as follows:

Assembling, gathering and welcoming all august Vaishnavs and devotees with obeisances, sweet words, garlands, chandan paste;
A brief introductory opening speech;
Chanting kirtans:

- Vandana
- Sri Guru Parampara kirtan
('Krsna haite chaturmukha')
- Sri Gurudev's kirtan
('Gurudev! Krpa bindu diya', or 'Gurudev bada krpa kari')
- Sri Pancha-tattva's kirtan
('Sri Krsna Chaitanya Prabhu jive', or 'Sri Krsna Chaitanya daya kara')
- Sri Vaishnav Thakur's kirtan
('Kabe Sri Chaitanya more', or 'Krpa kara Vaisnava Thakura', or 'Ohe Vaisnava Thakura')
- Sriman Nityananda Prabhu's kirtan
('Nitai-guna-mani amar', or 'Nitai-pada-kamala', or 'Akrodha paramananda')
- Sriman Mahaprabhu's kirtan
('Gaurangera duti pada', or 'Parama Karuna', or 'Emana durmati')
- Sri Sri Radha Krishna's kirtan
('Jaya Radhe Jaya Krsna', or 'Jaya Radha Madhava')
- Sri Rupa Goswami's kirtan
('Sri Rupa-manjari-pada')
- Viraha Giti
('Ye anila prema-dhana')
- Hare Krishna Maha-mantra
Class and/or reading from scriptures;
If any other senior Vaishnavs are present, they are given turn to speak;
Concluding kirtan ('Hari haraye Nama Krsna', Hare Krishna maha-mantra);
Devotees chant kirtan and offer puspanjali (flower petals) to the picture of Sri Gurupadapadma;
Offering bhoga followed by arati worship (usually, such programmes take place at noon, so first bhoga arati is chanted, then the arati songs);
Distributing prasadam with care and affection;
Presenting daksin and auspicious items to senior Vaishnavs or devotees in general;
Affectionate farewell.

 

 

From the holy lotus mouth of Sri Gurupadapdma Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj:

"Gurudev, Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj always wanted to give some prasadam to the devotees, and I saw in Chaitanya-charitamrita, Prapanna-jivanamritam, and even Jagadananda Pandit's Prema-vivarta that if you have something, you must give it to others—if you have no wealth, you can give others some prasadam, and if you have no prasadam, nothing, you can give others sweet words. That is the main thing. You can make others happy with sweet words."

"All the devotees know how to cook, what is there to it? When Nityananda Prabhu is in Ekachakra, He likes roasted and mashed eggplant (begun pora), and when Nityananda Prabhu comes to Venezuela or Colombia, He takes arepa there. What is the problem? Nityananda Prabhu's taste is different—He can take different things from everybody and from everywhere as long as you cook it with heart. The main thing is to serve with heart—not to do anything artificially. When you do any service or cook anything, you must do it with heart, then it will be good for everybody, and then Mahaprabhu, or Krishna, or Nityananda Prabhu will be happy—They will enjoy, and Gurudev will also enjoy. This is the main advice how to do everything. It is necessary for us to understand this."

 

 

An extensive guidance on the proper service mood during the Vaishnav seva festivals is kept in the Daily Practice section of the website:
Observing Festivals
A page of the Daily Practice section dedicated to Vaishnav-seva and observing festivals. "Why are you making a festival? Making a festival means you are inviting many people and you are giving them some prasadam, engaging them in Krishna consciousness—it means practising Krishna consciousness."

Favourite Preparations
When asked, His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj replies, "When devotees give me something with affection, I take that." Presented on this page, however, is a list of preparations favourite to His Divine Grace that was provided by the servitors of His Divine Grace.

 

 

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Today in the calendar: Gaura Panchami. Appearance of Sripad Shankaracharya (a highly empowered manifestation of Siva whom Lord Krishna sent to the earth to conceal the true purport of the Vedanta; He is renowned as the greatest proponent of impersonalism). Disappearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Vilas Gabhastinemi 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."


 

In honour of Sri Shankaracharya:

Sriman Nityananda Prabhu said: "O Jiva, from here, see Sri Sankarpur. See how far it shines along the bank of the Ganga. When Sankar Acharya was conquering all directions, he came there to conquer Nabadwip. At heart, Sankar Acharya was a great Vaisnava; only externally was he acting as a nondualist and servant of Maya. He was a highly empowered manifestation of Siva who was expert at preaching a conception of veiled Buddhism. Siva performs this duty according to the order of the Lord. When Sankar Acharya came to Nadia, Gaurachandra revealed Himself to Sankar Acharya in a dream and mercifully spoke sweet words to him, 'You are My servant, and following My order, you are very cleverly preaching illusionism. Nabadwip Dham is very dear to Me, and illusionism will never have a place here. Here, Vrddha Siva and Praudha Maya propagate imaginary interpretations of the scriptures. They deceive, however, only those who oppose My devotees. In general, My devotees reside here. This place is not for preaching misconception. Therefore, you should go elsewhere. Do not trouble the residents of Nabadwip.' Understanding the position of Nabadwip through this dream, Sankar Acharya went elsewhere, inspired with devotion."

(Sri Nabadwip Dham Mahatmya, chapter 15)

 

Sun, 16 May 2021

Where Will You Run?
"What is there to be afraid of? If you are to die one day, nobody can prevent that. Where will you run? There is no place for you to run to, brother—Yamaraj is always behind you. The only way to remove this fear of death is to practise Krishna consciousness, to serve the Lord."
Download / listen to the audio (1.7 Mb, 4 min | 24 April 2021 | Bengali)

 


 

My Grief
"Today, by the mercy of Sri Gurupadpadma, by the mercy of Gaura Hari, you have successfully, beautifully and without any obtacles completed Sri Nabadwip Dham parikrama. It is a very happy, joyful day, but at the same time it is also a sorrowful day..."

Sweet Dreams
"If Krishna calls, I am going, but those who are sleeping will sleep through the whole of their life. They will not be able to get there—they will come and go and will always sleep."
Download / listen to the audio (1.1 Mb, 4 min)

"I Want Purity"
"Gurudev gave me this position, and I am a serious Guru. I want to bring Srila Sridhar Maharaj's culture here again. If I die, it is not a problem, but I will bring Srila Sridhar Maharaj's pure conception."
Download / listen to the audio (1.3 Mb, 4 min)

Superior Vision
"Our line is Rupanuga sampradaya line—Srila Gurudev and Srila Guru Maharaj are holding this line and we are trying to serve them. You must remember Gurudev's words. Where we live is not a question—the main thing is that we must maintain our practising life."
Download / listen to the audio (2.3 Mb, 7 min | 25 September 2011)

 

Sat, 15 May 2021

Param Dayal Gurudev
"Gurudev's quality was such that he would accept everybody and take everybody on his lap through his smiling face. Gurudev gave respect even to those who were his enemies! He was extremely merciful."
Download / listen to the audio (1.6 Mb, 4 min | 24 April 2021 | Bengali)

 

Fri, 14 May 2021 (Aksaya Tritiya: a good day to start some works)

Gurudev: Surrounded by Affection
"Srila Gurudev loved Param Guru Maharaj so much—within just seven days after he came to stay at the temple, Srila Sridhar Maharaj declared that in the future this boy would be the next acharya after him..."
Download / listen to the audio (2.8 Mb, 7 min | 24 April 2021 | Bengali)

News from Sri Ekachakra Dham
(14 May 2021 | 9 photographs, 1.4 Mb)
Sharing a few glimpses from Sri Ekachakra Dham as the devotees slowly make the difficult adjustment in their eternal service life and find solace in various services around the temple...

 

 


Today in the calendar: Gaura Tritiya. Beginning of 21 days Chandan Yatra of Sri Sri Jagannathdev. Aksaya Tritiya: a good day to start some works.

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj: "Why do we recite Vandana? You must call Gurudev, the Lord through that vandana. Whenever you have to start some good work, what must you say? 'By remembering Guru, Vaishnav, Bhagavan, all obstacles are destroyed' (tinera smarane haya vighna-vinasana)."


 

Thu, 13 May 2021

Escaping Ocean of Suffering
"If we do not want to suffer this birth, death, old age, and disease, then we must take shelter at the lotus feet of Vaishnavs and Gauranga. We must always practise Krishna consciousness in strict adherence to the lotus feet of Sri Guru and Vaishnavs. There is no other way. This Kali-yuga is an ocean of faults, but at the same there is one great good quality in this age—it is easy to get the Lord in this age through sankirtan. If somebody can take the Holy Name genuinely, without offences, then they can attain the gift of prema."
Download / listen to the audio (1.8 Mb, 5 min | 24 April 2021 | Bengali)

 

For the consolation of the distressed and shattered:

Student: After the disappearance of the Spiritual Master, how should the disciples continue his Mission?

Srila Sridhar Maharaj: You must not neglect your conscience. You may go to fight as a soldier, to save your country, or your people, or your honour. Your environment does not depend on your whim. It may appear extremely perplexing, but you will have to face that. However complex the battlefield may be, as a soldier, you will have to fight. Otherwise you have no faith in your own cause.

There may be disturbances. Rather we say there should be, there may even be fighting amongst devotees, but we should not leave the preaching of Mahaprabhu, despite all differences. Disturbance must come, because our most beloved Guru has withdrawn from amongst us. Such a great curse has been thrown on our heads; should we like to live peacefully? In its wake disturbances must come, and we must undergo them. Still, we must remain sincere; we must face the difficulty in a proper way. It has come to train us to go in the right direction.

What we received from our Spiritual Master we understood only in a rough estimation. Now, things have come in such a way that we have to scrutinise ourselves in every position. We have to analyse ourselves. Atma-niksepa, self-analysis, has begun. We are under trial. What we received from our Spiritual Master, in what way have we received it? Properly, or only showingly? The time has come to purify us, to test whether we are real students, real disciples, or his disciples only in face and confession. What is the position of a real disciple? If we live in the society, what is the depth of our creed? In what attitude have we accepted his teachings? How deep-rooted is it within us? The fire has come to test whether we can stand. Is our acceptance real? Or is it a sham, an imitation? This fire will prove that.

So, we must not be afraid of any adverse circumstances. Krishna says in the Bhagavad-gita, "A happy ksatriya hankers for the battle you are facing (sukhinah ksatriyah Partha labhante yuddham idrsam)." Our karma has come to face us, to surround us, and we can't avoid it. These disturbances are a result of our own karma; they came from within us. So, we must not quarrel. We must act properly in dealing with that.

We have to scrutinise more accurately what we thought we understood. Everyone must ask himself, "Where am I? What is my real need? And how much am I hankering for the real thing?" All these things will be expressed and made public. So, this is the real field of sadhana, or practice. Our practice, our advancement, needs all these difficulties. Otherwise we may not know what is progress. We will become hypocrites and give the same adulterated thing to others. So, to purify ourselves it is necessary that so many disturbances come.

And God has no error. He commands the environment. It is not our responsibility. The responsibility of the environment does not rest upon us. Our responsibility is within ourselves alone. The environment is in the hands of the Lord. He has not done any wrong to me. If I am sincere, then I have to adjust myself with this environment and put my faith before Him. By our stand in any circumstances in the battle, our patriotism will be put to the test. We will be tested to see whether we are real soldiers or not.

Anything may come, but we will have to face that. I must not forget my Lord, my Guru, my Gauranga, my Radha-Govinda, under any circumstances. Under all unfavourable circumstances, I must stand with my head erect and say, "Yes! I am a servant of that clan, that sampradaya. Everyone may leave me, but I shall stand alone!" With this attitude we must march on, whatever the circumstances may be. Then the recognition may come in my favour, that, "Yes, under such trying circumstances he is still there." Our superiors will be pleased with us.

We must analyse ourselves. How much are we selfish? To what percent are our unwanted bad habits, anarthas, still present within our hearts? How much are the impurities of karma, jnan, mental desires, and other filthy things mixed with the real faith—that must come out, and that must be eliminated in different ways. If we want real good, no one can hinder us. With this spirit we must move, and then we will be able to understand what is what...

(Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, Sri Guru and His Grace)

 


Today in the calendar: Gaura Dvitiya. Appearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Vichar Jajavar Maharaj (a disciple of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad and a dear associate of Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami 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 Bhakti Vichar Jajavar Maharaj:

— { Pranam mantra } —

saumyam suddha-tanum sudhamsu-vadanam sarasvatam sundaram
namananda-puram prasanta-manasam samsara-santarakam
abalayad-bhagavat-padabja-madhupam dinarti-ham daivatam
vande bhakti-vicharakam prabhu-varam yayavara-svaminam

"I offer my obeisance unto my great master, the worshippable Srimad Bhakti Vichar Jajavar Maharaj. He is a beautiful follower of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur and has been a bee in the lotus feet of the Lord since his youth. He has a divine form and a moonlike face. He is filled with the Name's ecstasy and his heart is tranquil. He is gentle, he relieves the fallen of their distress, and he delivers the world."

(Composed by Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj)

Sripad Bhakti Vichar Jajavar Maharaj (by Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, spoken on Srila Jajavar Maharaj's disappearance day)
"Srila Jajavar Maharaj joined the Gaudiya Mission of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur at a very young age. He could sing nicely, and he looked very simple—there was not a shadow of inauspiciousness in his body..."
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Wed, 12 May 2021

Sri Guru Is All-in-All
"If we want to reach the Lord, we have to go through the medium of a Guru. First, it is necessary to take shelter at the holy lotus feet of Sri Guru, then you must take initiation. When you take initiation, it does not end there. You have got admitted into this transcendental university, and if you want to pass the exam, you must study your whole life. This studying is sravanam, kirtanam, smaranam, pada-sevanam, archanam, vandanam, dasyam, sakhyam, atma-nivedanam..."
Download / listen to the audio (4 Mb, 10 min | 24 April 2021 | Bengali)

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 ।"

 


Today in the calendar: Gaura Pratipad. Appearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Aloka (Bhaktyaloka) Paramahamsa Maharaj (his brahmachari name is Sri Mahananda Prabhu; a diksa disciple of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhu and a sannyas disciple of Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, founder of Sri Paramahamsa Gaudiya Math in Sri Dham Mayapur).

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."

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj remembers [mentioned in Centenary Anthology: "There was a very dear disciple of Srila Saraswati Thakur who lived in the same room with Srila Saraswati Thakur and received much affection from him—his name was Mahananda Brahmachari. We saw that lastly he came to Srila Guru Maharaj and said, 'Maharaj, I want to take sannyas from you. Please give me sannyas.' Srila Guru Maharaj gave it very happily and his name became Srila Bhakti Alok Paramahamsa Maharaj."


 

 

All Glory to Sri Sri Guru Gauranga

Dear Devotees, Friends, and Well-Wishers,

Please accept our humble obeisance at your holy feet.

We are writing to inform Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math family and well-wishers of the arrangements that are being made following the footsteps and supreme example of our beloved Sri Gurupadpadma Om Vishnupad Jagad Guru Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj. Following the guidance set by our beloved Divine Master Sri Gurupadpadma Ananta-sri-vibhusita Om Visnupad Paramahamsa-kula-chudamani Visva-varenya Sri Srimad Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj, the Acharya and Sevaite of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, a grand Vaishnav-seva Festival honouring the eternal glory of His Divine Grace is to be observed on the eleventh day following the calamitous events of His Divine Grace's disappearance, which falls on 20 May 2021 (Thursday), which is in accordance with what His Divine Grace had arranged for his beloved Divine Master Om Vishnupad Jagad Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj following the disappearance of His Divine Grace on 27 March 2010. We pray to all devotees and well-wishers that they try to find the strength to arrange the best possible festival with all proper decorum as taught by His Divine Grace himself, for his eternal pleasure and joy, taking all necessary precaution considering the pandemic situation.

Guidance on how such festivals are observed can be found in numerous photographs posted on the website, as well as in the written Daily Practice section of the website: Observing Festivals. Generally, it should consist of Sri Hari-kirtan and Sri Hari-katha that are so very dear to our Sri Gurupadpadma, followed by offering a special arati, puspanjali, bhoga, and distributing maha-prasadam. The most important service now is to remember the divine teachings of His Divine Grace and to try to carry the ever-victorious flag of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math following the earnest desire, eternal wish, and pure precepts of our beloved Sri Gurupadpadma His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj.

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"I can say to those of you who are helping and supporting my Guru, who are serving Gurudev's temples, that I will always be with you, and I am always with all of you too—wherever I go, wherever I am, I will take you all with me. Even if I die, I will take you all with me. I do not know how long I will be alive in this world, neither do you know how long you will stay in this world, but I will always be with you, I will always look after you."

(Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj)

 

Tue, 11 May 2021 (Appearance of Srila Gadadhar Pandit Goswami)
News from Sri Ekachakra Dham
(11 May 2021 | 10 photographs, 1.4 Mb)
In the morning, devotees arrange a temporary shelter over the holy samadhi of Sri Gurupadpadma Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj and start the daily worship...

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."

 


Today in the calendar: Amavasya. Appearance of Srila Gadadhar 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 Gadadhar Pandit Goswami:

— { Pranam mantra of Sri Gadadhar Pandit Goswami } —

nilambhodhi-tate sada sva-viraha-ksepanvitam bandhavam
srimad-bhagavati katha madiraya sanjivayan bhati yah
srimad-bhagavatam sada sva-nayanasru-payanaih pujayan
gosvami-prabaro gadadhara-vibhur-bhuyat mad-eka-gatih

"On the shore of the broad blue ocean Gadadhar Pandit used to read Srimad Bhagavatam to Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, who was suffering from the great internal pain of separation from Himself (Krishna). Gadadhar Pandit supplied the wine of Krishna-lila to intoxicate his afflicted friend and give Him relief. As he read, tears would fall from his eyes like flower offerings onto the pages of Srimad Bhagavatam. May the pleasure of that brilliant personality, Gadadhar Pandit, the best of the Goswamis, be my only object in writing this book."

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

Sri Gadadhar Pandit: Mahaprabhu's Shadow
(A chapter from His Divine Grace's Bengali book Sri Puri Dham Mahatmya-mukta-mala)
"Sri Gadadhar Pandit stayed with Mahaprabhu from his childhood. His father's name was Madhav Misra, and his mother's name was Ratnavali Devi. They lived in Mayapur near Jagannath Misra's house. Mahaprabhu could never stay without Gadadhar Pandit, and Gadadhar Pandit could not stay without Mahaprabhu even a moment too..."

At Sri Chatak Parvat and Sri Tota Gopinath Temple
His Divine Grace is speaking at the bhajan-kutir of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur and Sri Tota Gopinath temple on the first day of Sri Puri Dham parikrama, telling the pastimes of Srila Haridas Thakur's disappearance and Srila Gadadhar Pandit.
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Sri Gadadhar Pandit's Life in Puri
A special discourse given by His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj for Sri Gaudiya Darshan, 1995, dwelling on "Puri Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math" and "Jagannathdev and His Dham."

 

Pandit Sri Gadadhar Goswami [Posted at Sri Gaudiya Darshan]
Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj's article on Srila Gadadhar Pandit's paramount sacrifice: "Pandit Goswami's life is a special offering of silent and complete self-sacrifice to his beloved. Only those who can taste unprecedented joy by appreciating the wonder within the ornament of contradiction in seeing the bag of a beggar on Laksmi Devi’s shoulder are fit to appreciate the extraordinary glory of Srimat Pandit Goswami's unprecedented personality..."

 

পণ্ডিত শ্রীগদাধর গোস্বামী ["Pandit Sri Gadadhar Goswami," the original Bengali article]
শ্রীল ভক্তিরক্ষক শ্রীধর দেব গোস্বামী মহারাজের প্রবন্ধ: "পণ্ডিত গোস্বামী চরিত্র নিজ প্রিয়তমের উদ্দেশ্যে একটী নীরব পূর্ণ-আত্মোৎসর্গময় উপটোকন বিশেষ । লক্ষ্মীদেবীর স্কন্ধ ভিক্ষার ঝুলি দর্শনে যাঁহারা বিরোধালঙ্কারের চমৎকারিতা হৃদয়ঙ্গমে যে অপূর্ব্ব সুখাস্বাদনে সমর্থ, তাঁহারাই শ্রীমৎ পণ্ডিত গোস্বামী অপূর্ব্ব ব্যক্তিত্বের অসাধারণ মহিমা অনুভবের অধিকারী ।"

 


 

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: Thakura vaisnava-gana | ঠাকুর বৈষ্ণবগণ
"O worshippable Vaisnavas, I offer you this prayer. I am very fallen and misbehaved. Destiny has immersed me in the fearsome ocean of material existence. Please grab me by the hair and pull me to the shore."

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
"Nityananda is my wealth, Gaurachandra is my lord, my very life is the Divine Couple. Advaita Acharya is my strength, Gadadhar is my family, and Narahari is my play and pastimes."

 

Mon, 10 May 2021
Sri Gurupadpadma Enters His Eternal Samadhi in Sri Ekachakra Dham
(10 May 2021 | 24 photographs)
His Divine Grace Sri Gurupadpadma Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj arrives in his beloved Sri Ekachakra Dham to perform his last inconceivable manifest pastime in this world...

 

All Glory to Sri Sri Guru Gauranga

Dear Devotees, Friends, and Well-Wishers,

Please accept our humble obeisance at your holy feet.

With deep pain and sorrow we are bound to give the news that our beloved Sri Gurupadpadma, His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj, has chosen to withdraw from this world today, adorning with his painful pastime the holy day of Sri Krishna Chaturdasi of Sri Madhusudan Month (10 May 2021). His Divine Grace entered his eternal pastimes peacefully in hospital at 4.00 a.m. suffering a heart attack while undergoing treatment.

The holy body of His Divine Grace has been taken to his beloved Sri Ekachakra Dham and placed to reside there eternally in his holy and worshippable samadhi form.

We beg all devotees of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math to please take care of yourself and each other and to try to find strength to overcome this painful situation and to help each other carry on in a united way.

Your servants,
on behalf of scsmathinternational.com

 

"I can say to those of you who are helping and supporting my Guru, who are serving Gurudev's temples, that I will always be with you, and I am always with all of you too—wherever I go, wherever I am, I will take you all with me. Even if I die, I will take you all with me. I do not know how long I will be alive in this world, neither do you know how long you will stay in this world, but I will always be with you, I will always look after you."

(Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj)

 

For the consolation of the distressed and shattered:

"Wherever Gurudev keeps one, everyone must accept and follow it. This applies to every single practitioner. 'Guru krpa hi kevalam'—the mercy of Gurudev is all in all; but those who are clever at their practising life and service life, want to bring satisfaction and happiness to Gurudev. It is necessary to always be conscious, 'What is favourite to Gurudev?' For example, puspanna, khichudi and paramanna—these three offerings are given to the Lord. But what does my Lord love? What does He really like? If you know it and can arrange for such things, it is good. Those who are very observant in their service life, must always be alert towards such things."

(Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj)

 


 

"Having been taught Sril Bhaktivinod Thakur's exalted teachings and ideal, Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Prabhupad has made a great arrangement for the preaching of pure devotion—he established temples and centres in many countries and places all over the world and sent Vaisnav sannyasis to preach. He was an embodiment of bhagavat-vani (message of Srimad Bhagavatam). In his instructions he told, 'We have not come to become carpenters and builders. We are merely messengers of divine message. You will be abused and humiliated a hundred times, but you must never leave Hari-kirtan. As soon as we leave Hari-kirtan, the surrounding environment will come to attack you.' His ultimate advice for the surrendered souls was chaste adherence to the guru: 'Stay all together in strict adherence to the main shelter-giver (Sri Gurupadpadma), your only duty is to continue practising and preaching Sri Rupa-Raghunath's message.'"

(Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj)

 


 

"The disciples did many activities enthusiastically but they actually did not know what devotional service is. When Gurudev disappeared, his influence of covering the shortcoming in the disciples also withdrew with him. At that time some of the devotees got back their previous subtle position, and they became confused. Ultimately it depends upon their own karma, their good fortune, and also the quality of their practising life—these three will contribute towards a good result. It is necessary for the devotees to know very clearly what they want to practise, then they will not go off the track—and in that also their own good fortune and good activities are necessary, otherwise they will not reach their goal. We must be able to recognise what is what."

(Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj)

 


 

Question: It seems that we have one type of fear that having got some connection with your self we may lose that at death. I do not want to have connection with anyone else, I want to stay with you. So, I feel some type of fear...

Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj: Fear? But why have fear? I cannot understand it.

Devotee: Because if we do not finish our sadhana nicely, then next life we do not know where we will go—we may not find Govinda Maharaj there.

Srila Govinda Maharaj: What do you think about Govinda Maharaj?

Devotee: We think that we want to serve you.

Srila Govinda Maharaj: No, it is okay that you want to serve Govinda Maharaj, but what do you think about Govinda Maharaj? He is your guru, but in which form do you think about him? Do you think that Govinda Maharaj is a mundane man or an incarnation of the Lord coming in front of you to give you connection with Him? If you think he is an incarnation of the Lord, then he cannot leave your heart and you cannot leave your Lord. Even if you die, you will get that connection in another form, perhaps, but you will not be able to leave your Lord. When you have faith that the Lord always lives with you, then there will be no fear.

That is the main thing. By the mercy of Vaishnavs I also always feel that my Srila Guru Maharaj (Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj) is present with us. By the mercy of Vaishnavs and the supremacy of Srila Guru Maharaj, such feeling always comes to us that Srila Guru Maharaj has not left us, that he is with us.

I have service of Srila Guru Maharaj, and I must do that. Service to Srila Guru Maharaj is my only goal of life, and whichever way that service comes to me, I will try to serve.

Devotee: In my next life, I want to forever be a blade of grass wherever you walk...

Srila Govinda Maharaj: I do not want to wait for the next life. Actually, we must finish all our job here this life, then we shall all go to Goloka!

 


 

Question: Srila Sridhar Maharaj told Srila Govinda Maharaj that he would live until eighty-two years old, and he did. How many years did your Gurudev, Srila Govinda Maharaj, tell you that you would live?

Gurudev did not tell me that. Gurudev only said, "Krishna will save you." I never asked Gurudev, "How many years will I live?" Srila Gurudev told Srila Guru Maharaj, "You are giving me this position, but my horoscope says I will not live more than fifty or fifty-five," and Srila Sridhar Maharaj said to Gurudev, "Throw your horoscope away! I am giving you eighty-two years of life!" Gurudev saw my hand, but I never asked him how many years I would live. One day, he told me, "Bring your hands here." When I showed him my hands, he said, "Oh! Brihaspati is tunge." I asked him, "What does Brihaspati mean?" He said, "It means guru-kripa. Guru-kripa is very powerful [tunge—at its peak] in your life." After that, he told me, "Krishna will protect you, Guru Maharaj will protect you." He did not tell me how many years I would live and I never asked it either. I always think that it does not matter how many years I will live, it is not a question, the main question for me is how much service I can do for my Guru. I do not want to live two hundred years, all I want is to serve my Guru for as long as I am alive, until my death. This is the main thing for me.

(Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj, year 2020)

 


 

"Sri Gurudev is the only shelter for a disciple. Those who have become disciples live in complete adherence to their guru. If one retains independence, they cannot be called a 'disciple'—they can take the mantra, they can take initiation, but if they do not accept guidance or disciplining of Śrī Gurudev, they cannot be called a real disciple. Gurudev has a vast wealth. Those who are born into his lineage, can get the right for his wealth. Gurudev's wealth is not temples, buildings, houses, money; his wealth is faith, devotion and love.

"What happens after initiation? It is necessary to practise hearing and chanting, worship Deities and do service. You must serve with love, affection, extracting loving devotion from your very life. You must always think about what makes Him happy. You must be anxious to make Him happy and always be alert and conscious of His happiness. Sacrifice your selfish interests for His happiness, serve for His happiness.

"Sannyasis 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."

(Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj)

 

For the eternal benefit and pure nourishment of all living souls, we humbly present the links to the book-form compilations of holy discourses and articles emanating from the holy lotus mouth and hand of Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj, available now for online reading, download, and distribution in English, Spanish, and Russian. May the divine glory of the transcendental treasure trove of these publications forever reside within the hearts of all fortunate souls:

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

Guidance Vol 2
(PDF, 3.8 Mb)
Traducción ESPAÑOLA
Русский перевод

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


Guidance Vol 4
(PDF, 4.7 Mb)
Traducción ESPAÑOLA
Русский перевод

 

 

 

    

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Abhidheya:
the Main Practice
'Why do we do kirtan? Why do we do service? We must understand it, then we will get happiness through our service.'

      

Sri Sri Prema-Vivarta
“Leaving Maya behind, souls hanker for Krishna, and by continuously serving Krishna, they reach His lotus feet.”

      

 

CALENDAR FOR 05/2021

17 May (Mon). Gaura Panchami. Appearance of Sripad Shankar Acharya. Disappearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Vilas Gabhastinemi Maharaj.

19 May (Wed). Gaura Saptami. Jahnu Saptami. Sri Jahnavi Puja (Sri Ganga Puja).

21 May (Fri). Gaura Navami. Appearance of Sri Nityananda-shakti, Sri Jahnava Devi, and Sri Rama-shakti, Sri Sita Devi.

22 May (Sat). Gaura Ekadashi. No fast today (because of Dashami viddha at dawn).

23 May (Sun). Gaura Dvadashi. Mohini Ekadashi. Fast.

24 May (Mon). Gaura Trayodashi. Paran between 4:57 and 9:22 a.m.

25 May (Tue). Gaura Chaturdashi. Sri Nrisimha Chaturdashi: appearance day of Sri Nrisimhadev. Full fast until after sunset, then no grains (anukalpa). Grand annual festival in honour of the Deity installation at Sri Nrisingha Palli Temple.

26 May (Wed). Purnima. Sri Nrisimha Chaturdashi paran between 4:56 and 9:21 a.m. Sri Krishna's Phul Dol and Salila Bihar. Buddha Purnima: appearance day of Lord Buddha. Disappearance of Srila Parameshvari Das Thakur. Appearance of Srila Srinivas Acharya.

27 May (Thu). Krishna Pratipad. Disappearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaj.

31 May (Mon). Krishna Panchami. Disappearance of Srila Ramananda Ray.

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.


 

Ye anila prema-dhana
'Where has Advaita Acharya, the Lord who mercifully brought the wealth of divine love to this world, gone?'
যে আনিল প্রেমধন

 

If you do Nama-sankirtan without offence, you will get the wealth
of Krishna—Krishna prema-dhan.

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