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Thu, 18 April 2024

Vasudev's Worship of Varahadev
'There is a pastime that happened in Satya-yuga here. Please listen to it. There was a young brahman called Vasudev who again and again served Lord Varahadev. He worshipped a Deity of Sri Varaha with various paraphernalia and always prayed to Lord Varahadev....'

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Search For Original Source
"We always want pleasure, happiness, love affection, but we will never get it from this material world. Our Gurudev has told us very clearly how we must practise, how we can attain our destination, where the source is and how to reach that kind of source. Those who can give proper attention to this, must succeed."
Download / listen to the audio (2.9 Mb, 7 min | 1 November 2020)

 

Wed, 17 April 2024 (Appearance of Lord Ramachandra; fast until noon)

Esoteric Nature of Koladwip
'We are present now in Koladwip, Kuliya Pahar. "Pahar" means a hill, and this Koladwip is also known as Govardhan Hill, and our Kolerdanga Math is known as the Gupta Govardhan (Hidden Govardhan) temple. If any of you who cannot do the parikrama of Vrindavan, you can circumambulate this holy abode and get the same result as circumambulating Sri Vrindavan Dham.'

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Our Main Problem
"Our main problem is that we are always busy with our body. Almost the entire world is always thinking about their temporary bodies. Such is our situation. Almost everybody here is very much attached to their body."
Download / listen to the audio (1.6 Mb, 4 min | 1 November 2020)

 

 


Today in the calendar: Gaura Navami. Sri Rama Navami: Appearance of Lord Sri Sri Ramachandra. Fast until noon.

 "Lord Ramachandra became King during Treta-yuga, but because of His good government, the age was like Satya-yuga. Everyone was religious and completely happy."
 "He was a saintly king, and everything in His character was good, untinged by qualities like anger. He taught good behavior for everyone, especially for householders, in terms of varnasrama-dharma. Thus He taught the general public by His personal activities."
 "Lord Ramachandra's spotless name and fame, which vanquish all sinful reactions, are celebrated in all directions, like the ornamental cloth of the victorious elephant that conquers all directions."
(Srimad Bhagavatam, 9.10–11)


 

In honour of Lord Ramachandra's appearance:

 

Rama-Avatar
"Today is a very good day—the appearance day of Lord Ramachandra. There are different kinds of moods—santa, dasya, sakhya, vatsalya, madhura-rasa. Moreover, the Supreme Personality of Godhead and the Lord are also different. You can easily understand it from the difference between Rama-lila and Krishna-lila."
Download / listen to the audio (3.7 Mb, 9 min | 2 April 2020)

Reading from Guidance 4
"I am writing here something comparing the pastimes of Ramachandra and the pastimes of Krsihna-chandra, as well as Nanda Maharaj and Vasudev's vatsalya-rasa..."
Download / listen to the audio (5.3 Mb, 13 min | 2 April 2020)

Peculiarity of Lord's Pastimes
"I have read Ramayan, but I am telling you the gist point... There are many incarnations—Narayan, Ramachandra, Vamanadev, Balaram, and others, but Krishna is the full Supreme Personality of Godhead. However, Gaura-lila is even higher..."
Download / listen to the audio (7.6 Mb, 18 min | 2 April 2020 | Class and Kirtan)

Niti and Priti
"It was Ramachandra's vijay utsav yesterday, and we would like to clarify some things about Rama-tattva and Krishna-tattva. In Rama-lila, rules and regulations are the highest, and love and affection go down, but this is not the highest ideal..."
Download / listen to the audio (3.7 Mb, 9 min | 9 October 2019)

Laksman's Grudge
"Sita Devi was crying so much, and Laksman could not bear the thought of doing it, but because Ramachandra was his worshippable Lord and his elder brother, he had to do it—but Laksman could not forget the kind of pain he got at that time..."
Download / listen to the audio (1.5 Mb, 4 min | 9 October 2019)

Hanuman's Service Drive
"I will give you some example of Hanuman's love for Rama, of his desire to serve Rama. We can see how much Ramachandra loves Hanuman and how much Hanuman loves Him. It is necessary to have such service desire."
Download / listen to the audio (2.3 Mb, 6 min | 2 March 2020)

Sri Dasavatara Stotram | দশাবতারস্তোত্রম্
'To fulfil the wish of great sages, You mercifully fight a battle, pleasing everyone with the tribute of Ravan's ten heads! O Kesava who assumes the form of Lord Rama! Glory to You, O Lord of the universe, O Hari!'

 

 

Tue, 16 April 2024

Praying to Buroraj Siva
'This Koladwip island is aparadh-bhanjan-pat, a place where all offences are forgiven. Coming to the temple of Buroraj Siva, we must offer our obeisances and pray, "Prabhu, may I be able to stay in the dham, may I be able to serve the dham. You are the guardian, the protector of the dham, so please allow me to come to this dham again."'

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Nonsense Sacrifice
"People used to cut people's necks, and now in lieu of that, since it is not possible to kill people, they kill a buffalo... People cannot control their material desires, anger, and many other bad elements within. They will suffer in the age of Kali!"
Download / listen to the audio (2.7 Mb, 7 min | 25 October 2020)

 

Mon, 15 April 2024

Build Good Habits
'When we were young, we acquired so many bad habits, that is why we have many bad habits now: we cannot chant kirtan, we cannot talk about the Lord, we feel sleepy most of the time. Why do we get sleepy? Because you have not waken up! You do not do service all the time...'
Download / listen to the audio (29.4 Mb, 58 min | 19 March 2019 | Bengali)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Sincere Ego-Free Relationship
"Everybody's focus must be one—everybody must think that we are all godbrothers and godsisters, and our main goal is to serve our Guru, to please our Guru. This is not a competition. This is not some fight. Do not become jealous. If envy comes to you, then you yourself will be getting pain from that—you yourself will be losing."
Download / listen to the audio (3.5 Mb, 9 min | 25 October 2020)

 


Today in the calendar: Gaura Saptami. Appearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Vilas Tirtha Maharaj [a dear disciple, associate, and Mission Manager of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur; his previous name is Sri Kunja Bihari Prabhu, affectionally called 'Kunja Babu'].

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."


 

In honour of Srila Bhakti Vilas Tirtha Maharaj:

His Divine Grace Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj:

"When Kunja Babu [later, Srila Bhakti Vilas Tirtha Maharaj] came to meet Srila Prabhupad, Srila Prabhupad could recognise that this young man would be able to help him a great deal. Our Guru Maharaj's nature was like that of a philosopher—he did not like to mix with the public, but Kunja Babu filled that side as he could mix with public and bring persons to Srila Prabhupad, enabling thus Srila Prabhupad to speak about the sastra. Srila Prabhupad wanted to speak about Mahaprabhu, but his temperament was such that he did not like to become involved with inviting people and taking responsibility for looking after them or their accommodation, feeding, etc. So, when Kunja Babu joined, he took up that responsibility. Srila Prabhupad got educated society ready to hear his speech about Mahaprabhu, and his style of speaking was a little philosophical, so he preferred educated society as his listeners. Kunja Babu did that service—he took the trouble of inviting, accommodating, and feeding the public. All these troublesome burdens were taken on by Kunja Babu.

"Gaudiya Mission had gradually grown from this combination—the material help of Kunja Babu and the spiritual work of Srila Prabhupad. They were the father and the mother of the mission, the cofounders of Gaudiya Math. The practical, material side of the service was done by Kunja Babu. Srila Prabhupad once said in Benares (I heard it directly from his mouth), 'I only want a good audience, and Kunja Babu has done that service to me the best. Amongst all my disciples, Kunja Babu has served me the best by bringing to me a good audience. I only want a good audience, nothing else, in this world, and in that direction, Kunja Babu has helped me greatly.'

"In the end, Srila Prabhupad Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur's order was to form a governing body of ten or twelve, and Kunja Babu had to manage as long as he lived. 'Kunja Babu's intelligence excells that of all,' this was told about him. We took it as Kunja Babu was the manager during Prabhupad's lifetime, but he was actually managing the whole institution, so he should be respected even though he was a grihastha and we were sannyasis. Later, many complaints were heard against him, but Srila Prabhupad had told us that Kunja Babu had to manage as long as he lived and that he should be respected. Srila Prabhupad did not select anyone as his follower acharya, that is why there was eventually a difference of opinion amongst us. There were also many ambitious sannyasis who were eager to go on as acharyas themselves. There were generally two parties, one accepting Vasudev Prabhu as the acharya, and the other one accepting Kunja Babu..."

 

His Divine Grace Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj:

"Sri Bimala Prasad got initiation from Srila Gaura Kishor Das Babaji Maharaj and later, when he took sannyas, he became known as Bhagavan Sri Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur. At some point, he promised that he would complete chanting one hundred crores Holy Names and after that start preaching Mahaprabhu's proper conception, but as he was chanting the Holy Name, one day Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gandharva Giridhari came in front of him and Srimati Radharani said, 'You must preach pure conception of Gauranga Mahaprabhu, the combined form of Radha-Krishna.' Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur said, 'I am alone, how will I preach?' After that so many great scholars (dig-pals) came to help him—our Param Gurudev Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj, Srila Bhakti Vilas Tirtha Maharaj, Srila Bhakti Dayita Madhav Goswami Maharaj, Srila Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaj, Srila Bhakti Prajnan Keshav Maharaj, Srila Bhakti Kamal Madhusudan Goswami Maharaj, Srila Bhakti Vichar Jajavar Maharaj, Srila Bhakti Kumud Shanta Maharaj and many others. This is how Prabhupad started preaching the proper conception in this world.

"In Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswat Thakur's time, the secretary of Chaitanya Math was a grihastha, his name is Kunja Bihari Prabhu (affectionately known as Kunja Babu), later he became Srila Bhakti Vilas Tirtha Maharaj. Kunja Babu could not always stay at the temple, but he always served Chaitanya Math from his householder life. Moreover, when he would come to visit Chaitanya Math, to see Prabhupad, at that time almost all sannyasis would give him their full obeisance.

 

 

Sun, 14 April 2024

Be Unwandering and Unwavering
'Our home is there. The place that you think is your home here is not your home: we always take what is not true to be true. This place here is not your home! You have lost your address. Your address is where the Lord is. This is where we must go. What for do we struggle and work so hard now?'
Download / listen to the audio (29.4 Mb, 58 min | 19 March 2019 | Bengali)

 


সম্পূর্ণ আনুগত্য (১ জানুয়ারি ২০২১)
"এক দিন শ্রীল শ্রীধর মহারাজ গুরু মহারাজকে ডেকে বললেন, 'বাবা, যেটা আমি বলব, সেটাই শুধু শুনবে । তোমার মন যেটা বলবে, সেটা তুমি কখনই করবে না ।' কথাটা মনে রাখবেন । আমিও সেটা বলি । আপনাদের মন যেটা বলবে, সেটা আপনারা কখনই করবেন না – যেটা আমি বলব, সেটাই আপনারা করবেন । কিন্তু আমরা ত উলটা করি ।"

О парикраме Дхамы
Многие могут задаться вопросом: «Зачем ездить по многочисленным местам? Особенно если можно заниматься служением Богу дома, зачем куда-то ещё ехать?»

Шри Ганганагар
По великой удаче и непостяжимой милости Шри Гурупадападмы, преданных и вайшнавов нам снова, как в прошлом году, выпал шанс посетить Шри Навадвип-дхаму, самое возвышенное святое место. Наш первый день — это парикрама Шри Антардвипа. Когда Шриман Нитьянанда Прабху обходил Шри Навадвип-дхаму вместе со Шрилой Дживой Госвами, Он сначала показал ему Шри Ганганагар, расположенный на окраине Шри Антардвипа.


 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Fundamental Mood of Kirtan
"The perfect mood is humility, tolerance and giving honour to others. Chant the Holy Name without offence, try to engage yourself in the service of the mission, of your guru. Chant without offence, serve without offence, and you will succeed in your spiritual life."
Download / listen to the audio (2.5 Mb, 6 min | 25 October 2020)

 

Sat, 13 April 2024

Madhavendra Puri's Pastimes in Odisha
'When Madhavendra Puri came to Odisha to collect Malaya sandalwood for the Lord, he first went to Lord Gopinath"s temple to offer his obeisance. Seeing that the Lord was offered sweet rice, he thought, "If I could try it, I would be able to make this sweet rice for my Gopal." But then he thought, "No, I am just greedy for food!" He quickly left the temple and quietly sat outside.'
Download / listen to the audio (29.4 Mb, 58 min | 19 March 2019 | Bengali)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

About Sri Sri Gaura-Gadadhar
"Know your place when you serve, do not cross the line. Sri Sri Gaura-Gadadhar are extremely high Deities. They are worshipped only in very rare places, that is because the relationship between Sri Gaura and Sri Gadai is a very confidential, very high."
Download / listen to the audio (4.6 Mb, 11 min | 25 October 2020)

 

 


Today in the calendar: Gaura Panchami. Appearance of Sripad Ramanuja Acharya. Appearance of Tridandi-swami Srimad Bhakti Hriday Bon Maharaj (a diksa and sannyas disciple of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad, the first Gaudiya Math preacher in the West).

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."


 

In honour of Sri Ramanuja Acharya:

Service: Faith and Surrender
"Gurudev told the story of Dhanur Das and his wife, Ramanuja Acharya's disciples, and how they maintained their family life..."

How to See the Guru: Chastity
"Ramanuja Acharya heard there was a Guru in Alwar (South India). He came to that Guru and asked, 'You know one mantra that can give liberation. I want to get this mantra...'"

Odds and Ends: Ramanuja Acharya's bed
"One time Ramanuja Acharya he went to Tirupati and stayed one month at one ashram there. He had a good servitor called Govinda who always served him..."

 


 

In honour of Sripad Bhakti Hriday Bon Maharaj:

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

When I got sannyas, Sripad Bon Maharaj was present there, as well as many others also. Sripad Bon Maharaj remarked, "Prabhupad has got a high satisfaction by giving you sannyas. We have never seen so much satisfaction in him at the occasion of any other sannyasi. He is highly satisfied with conferring sannyas to you."

....When Sripad Bon Maharaj returned from England, he put so many disturbing questions to our Guru Maharaj (Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad), "What do you know about that country? They are so brave, so gorgeous! Staying here, we cannot have any proper estimation of the civilisation in London at present. We are all ignorant. If we are to preach in London or Europe, we will have to be trained in a different way!" That was his advice to our Guru Maharaj, and Guru Maharaj, being pressed, rather attacked by his own disciple in such a way, withdrew himself by saying, "This is not our way of thinking. Our Guru Maharaj, Srila Gaura Kishor Das Babaji Maharaj, did not even know how to sign his name, but we think that all the scholarship, wealth, everything is there in a nail of his toe." Guru Maharaj represented himself in a mild and humble way, but there was also professor Sanyal present there, and he came out like a tiger at our Bon Maharaj, "Have you lost all you have got from Guru Maharaj?! You are bold enough to talk in such a boisterous way? Have you forgotten how to behave with your Divine Master?" He was furious; Bon Maharaj had to check himself. Anyhow, Prabhupad said about him, "Bon Maharaj went to preach in my first year in England and in my second year in England." Prabhupad had gone through it using Bon Maharaj.

So, when I heard that Sripad Bon Maharaj had returned from Europe and put forth so many arguments of the Western persons saying that they could not be answered, I wanted to hear what those questions were that could not be answered. He reluctantly spoke about the arguments he had had to face there, and I began to answer them one by one. Then, when Sripad Bon Maharaj could not say anything more, Srila Swami Maharaj [Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj], who was present at that round table meeting, said, "Here, Europe is defeated by Asia!"

* * *

...At that time, all the preachers had been taken back from the compass of the country and were concentrated to work in Kolkata—they used to have to go door to door collecting bhiksa (alms, donations). Sripad Bon Maharaj's party, he and one or two brahmacharis, went to some part of Kolkata for collection. Generally, seeing some gentleman standing by, one of the members of the party would run up to him and say something like, "We come from Gaudiya Math, we want to make some collection. Dear sir, you are a devoted person of this locality, please make some contribution." So, one time, Bon Maharaj asked some gentleman to give him some addresses of good benevolent gentlemen whom they could approach to get some money for their purpose. The gentleman showed Bon Maharaj the way saying, "Just go to that house, you will find the right person there." Bon Maharaj went there in good faith. When he knocked on the door, the door was open. A lady came out. Seeing him, she said, "Oh, you are a sadhu! What do you want from me?" The gentleman who had directed Bon Maharaj there, was laughing behind him—the lady was a prostitute. Bon Maharaj was perplexed—it was a lady. Anyhow, he still gave her the letter of invitation saying, "We have got such and such festival, we want you to come and we want to ask you for some contribution." I do not know if the lady had given him anything or not, but all the people around were laughing. After that, Bon Maharaj came back to Prabhupad and said, "Prabhupad, I will not go for any collection again." Prabhupad asked him, "Why? What has happened?" Bon Maharaj related the incident saying that some rogues had guided him to a prostitute's house. After that, Prabhupad delivered a lecture: "There are many of you who have left their own property, but still I send you out for collection. Do you think that I am doing wrong? I am not. The visayi (materialists) always want to entrap us within their material life, but we must learn to utilise everything and anything in the service of Krishna, then only are we saved; otherwise, if we leave, give everything away, all this visaya (material elements) will be left there and as soon as it gets any chance, it will come to bite me. So, whatever comes to us, we should deal with everything in such a way that rather, 'Whatever I shall come across, it will give me some impression to remember Krishna—everything should utilise me for a particular service to Krishna.' If left there, they will be enemies, but they should all be turned into friends. They will help me, remind me, excite me in the service of Krishna. We must have this kind of adjustment in this world. So, nothing should be left off. 'Nirbandhah Krsna-sambandhe yuktam vairagyam uchyate: when one is not attached to anything, but at the same time accepts everything in relation to Krishna, one is rightly situated above possessiveness.'"

 


Prayers to Sri Vaishnav Thakur:

SONG: Ei-bara karuna kara | এইবার করুণা কর
"O worshippable Vaisnava, be merciful to me this time. O saviour of the fallen, without you there is no one. In every birth I aspire for the dust of your feet."

SONG: Ohe Vaisnava Thakura | (ওহে) বৈষ্ণব ঠাকুর
"O worshippable Vaishnav, ocean of grace, be merciful to this servant. Give me the shade of your feet and purify me. I clasp your feet. You can give Krishna, you have that power. Calling, 'Krishna!' 'Krishna!', I run after you."

SONG: Ki-rupe paiba seva | কিরূপে পাইব সেবা
"I am so wicked, how will I ever get service? I do not have any attachment to Sri Guru and Vaishnavs! Prabhu, you see no fault in others, you are the saviour of the fallen. Please deliver Narottam this time!"

SONG: Dhana mora nityananda | ধন মোর নিত্যানন্দ
"The feet dust of the Vaishnavs is where I sport and take bath, Vaishnavs' name is the water oblation. My mind is intently fixed upon the remnants of Vaishnavs, and I am elated hearing the name of Vaishnavs."

SONG: Ye anila prema-dhana | যে আনিল প্রেমধন
"Where has Advaita Acharya gone? Where are my Svarup, Rupa, Sanatan? Where is my Raghunath? Where are the saviours of the fallen souls?"

 

Fri, 12 April 2024

Esoteric Glory of Modadrumdwip
'The island of Modadrumdwip is Ayodhya. In the past, when Lord Rama lived in exile, He came with Laksman and Sita Devi to this island. He constructed a house beneath a tree and stayed there for some time. One day, seeing various places of Nabadwip internally, Lord Raghunandan smiled gently...'
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—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Srila Lochan Das Thakur Mahasay
"Srila Lochan Das Thakur is a follower of Sriman Nityananda Prabhu—he belonged to His line. Srila Lochan Das Thakur was born in Burdwan district and he was a disciple of Sri Narahari Thakur. The name of Srila Lochan Das Thakur's father is Sri Kamalakar Das, and his mother's name is Sri Sadanandi..."
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Thu, 11 April 2024

Modadrumdwip's Ardent Brahman
'One time, there lived a great brahman devotee of Lord Rama in Modadrumdwip. When Mahaprabhu appeared at the house of Jagannath Misra, he was present at his house. When he saw the festival arranged in honour of Gaura's advent, he thought, "My Lord Ramachandra must have secretly appeared at the house of Jagannath Misra!"'
Download / listen to the audio (29.4 Mb, 58 min | 19 March 2019 | Bengali)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Do Not Jump Into Maya
"If you send a letter to the Lord, you will not get any answer, but if you send a letter to your Guru, you will immediately get an answer from the Lord because Gurudev is the closest, dearmost friend of the Lord. We must proceed in our spiritual life following this process."
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Wed, 10 April 2024

Remembering Chapahati
'I began telling you about a brahman's service and the result of service. There was a brahman in Dvapar-yuga who would serve the holy lotus feet of Radha-Govinda with champa flowers...'
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মঠে গুরুদেবের আসা (১ জানুয়ারি ২০২১)
"ওখান থেকে হেঁটে হেঁটে কোলের ডাঙ্গার মঠে চলে আসলেন । ওই দিন ছিল নৃসিংহচতুর্দ্দশী । সেই দিন তিনি মঠে হাজির হলেন । গুরুদেব বললেন যে, 'আমি বর্ধমানের ছেলে — প্রতিদিন তিনবার তো ভাত খেতাম আর একবার-দুইবার মুড়িও খেতাম । আর এখানে এসে দেখি যে, সাধুরা সারা দিন উপবাস করছেন !। কিছুই খায় না । কত দূর হেঁটে এসেছি, তারমধ্যে আমার খিদে পেয়ে গিয়েছে আর এখানে এসে তারা বলছেন "উপবাস" ! কেউ কিছু খায় না । কই আসলাম ?! ওরা কিছু খায় না ।'"

Шри Гаура-дхама и Шри Бхактивинод
«Шри Шрила Тхакур Бхактивинод, спутник Шри Гаура-Хари, появился в этом мире для того, чтобы проповедовать о святом имени, святой обители и святых желаниях Шри Гауранги Махапрабху. Его явление произошло в обители Шри Гауранги Махапрабху, в провинции, находящейся недалеко от Навадвипа».


 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Loving Service
"You are all liberated souls, you are trying to make your Guru happy—you are giving everything for the service of your Guru. You are doing this and getting taste. You can enter your home through your service mood."
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Tue, 9 April 2024

Answering the Call
'You go for the parikrama, and I take care of all your needs and facilities, but you cannot follow one simple order. What is called Gurudev's sadhu-sanga? Gurudev's and sadhus' order is to do service. This is what is called sadhu-sanga.'
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—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Shifting Priorities
"Why is it necessary to be sad? It is maya that always makes us unhappy. Whether you are happy or unhappy, always remember Lord Krishna. That is the ultimate advice. Always chant the Holy Name, never forget the Lord—not when you are happy, not when you are sad."
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Mon, 8 April 2024

Madhavendra Puri Meets Gopal
'When Srila Madhavendra Puri drank that milk, he became overwhelmed with divine love for the Lord. Gradually, he regained his senses and wondered, "The boy must have forgotten to come for the pot, but where do I find Him?"'
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—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Remembering Right Things
"First practise chanting the Holy Name, concentrate your mind on service, and when you come to the highest position in your worship (bhajan), then you can ask such questions. We must first practise Krishna consciousness properly, chant the Holy Name, because our heart, mind is always busy with nonsense things."
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Sun, 7 April 2024

Main Guru of Our Line
'Yesterday was the disappearance day of Srila Madhavendra Puripad, the main guru whose line we have joined. We always speak about Srila Madhavendra Puri when we come to Govinda Kunda in Vrindavan. It is of paramount necessity for us to speak about his character.'
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গুরুদেবের আবির্ভাব (১ জানুয়ারি ২০২১)
"আজকে মদীয় গুরুপাদপদ্ম ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ জগৎগুরু শ্রীল ভক্তিসুন্দর গোবিন্দ দেবগোস্বামী মহারাজের তিরানব্বইতম শুভ আবির্ভাব তিথি । এই শুভ আবির্ভাব তিথি উপলক্ষ্যে আপনারা সবাই এখানে উপস্থিত হয়েছেন । গুরুদেব এই কৃষ্ণ-দ্বিতীয়া তিথিতে অবলম্বন করে তিরানব্বই বছর আগে বামুনপাড়ায় (বর্ধমান জেলা) গৌরধামে অবতীর্ণ হয়েছেন ।"

Приглашение на парикраму Шри Навадвип-дхамы
«Обойдите эту божественную обитель, и вашим бесконечным странствиям по вселенной из жизни в жизнь придёт конец, уйдет болезнь материального существования, все страдания исчезнут, и перед вами (здесь на земле) предстанет Голока», — зовут преданные Шри Гауры.


 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Root of Devotion
"If you want to conquer illusory environment, it is necessary to have the mercy of Guru and Vaishnavs. Guru-kripa is the root of your creeper of devotion. If you cut your creeper at the root, your devotion, your practice will dry just like a tree dries up when uprooted."
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Sat, 6 April 2024 (Ekadasi paran is at 5:28:53–7:22:16)

Vrindavan Das Thakur's Sripat
'We have come now to the last place of our parikrama today. This is the birthplace of Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur. Prabhupad Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur established this temple here in Mamgachi within Modadrumdwip, a place of dasya-rasa (transcendental servitude to the Lord), the mood that we must always think about.'
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—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Rare Jewels
"I always remember so many great souls who are not with us anymore. So many householder devotees have made this kind of sacrifice—actually, they look like householders, but their mind, heart, their everything is more than a sannyasi."
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Today in the calendar: Krishna Dvadasi. Ekadasi paran is at 5:28:53–7:22:16. Festival in honour of Sriman Mahaprabhu's auspicious arrival (vijay-mahotsav) at Varaha Nagar. Disappearance of Srila Govinda Ghosh Thakur (Vasudev Ghosh's brother and a holy associate of Sriman Mahaprabhu; Mahaprabhu and Nityananda Prabhu would very happily dance to his kirtan). Departure (niryan) of Sripad Satyendrachandra Bhattacharya Mahodaya (a revered brother of Srila Sridhar Maharaj; he eventually took initiation from Srila Sridhar 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."

"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."


 

In honour of Sriman Mahaprabhu's auspicious arrival (vijay-mahotsav) at Varaha Nagar (from Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur's Sri Sajjan Tosani, Vol 9, Issue 12):

'To the north of the great city of Kolkata, there is a renowned village called Varaha-nagar. Four hundred years ago [as of 1898], there lived a fortunate learned brahman by the name of Raghunath. From his childhood, he received good association, as the result of which he developed faith in the scripture Srimad Bhagavatam. When he studied literature, grammar and other subjects, he tried his best to attain devotion to Krishna, following the advice "sa vidya tan-matir yaya" ("education is meant to awaken one's consciousness about the Lord"; Srimad Bhavagatam). A jiva soul attains taste for Srimad Bhagavatam as the result of great fortune. Srimad Bhagavatam is the crest-jewel among all scriptures that exist in the world. It is said in its second verse of the first canto that Bhagavatam contains the highest religion completely devoid of any deceit – the religion that is attainable by the sadhus who have no envy. The genuine substance that destroys the three-fold miseries and bestows the highest auspiciousness can be found in this Bhagavatam. Srimad Bhagavatam was created by the great sage Sri Narayan. If there is Srimad Bhagavatam in the world, what is the need for any other scripture? The Supreme Lord willingly becomes confined within the hearts of those who want to hear this Srimad Bhagavatam.

'This greatly fortunate brahman who resided in Varaha-nagar started studying Srimad Bhagavatam at a very young age (when he was a teenager). There is no doubt that he studied Bhagavatam from pure devotees because the Lord of our beings, Praneswar Gaurachandra, was extremely pleased with his explanation of Bhagavatam and thereafter named him Sri Bhagavata Acharya. It is easy to understand the quality of the scholar whom Mahaprabhu would give such a position by calling them Bhagavata Acharya. When Mahaprabhu was present in His Nabadwip pastimes, there was a renowned professor in Vidyanagar who was expert in all knowledge. His name was Devananda Pandit, and he was famous as an acharya of Srimad Bhagavatam. Everyone in Nabadwip would come to Vidyanagar to hear his lectures on Bhagavatam. Devananda Pandit was famously called an acharya (great teacher) of commentary on Srimad Bhagavatam even before Sriman Mahaprabhu's birth. Being a teacher Himself and a preacher of devotion, Mahaprabhu was extremely unhappy when He heard Devananda's lectures and nondevotional interpretations. A long time later, Devananda was converted to the pure devotional line by the mercy of Sri Vakreshwar Pandit. Learning later about the genuine meaning of Srimad Bhagavatam, he pleased my Mahaprabhu with his commentary on Bhagavatam.

Mahaprabhu, who would find faults with Nabadwip scholars' interpretation of Bhagavatam and taught the proper meaning of Bhagavatam to various scholars who came from other places – that Mahaprabhu bestowed upon Raghunath the title Bhagavata Acharya after hearing his explanation of Bhagavatam. Based on that, it can be concluded that according to the conception "vidya bhagavatavadhi" ("Bhagavatam is the utmost limit of knowledge"), there was no spiitual scholar at that time who could compare with Bhagavata Acharya.

'In Sri Chaitanya-bhagavata (3.5.109–121), Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur wrote about how Sri Bhagavata Acharya received Mahaprabhu's boundless mercy:

'"So, Sri Gauranga Hari spent several days in Panihati, bestowing His mercy on the entire village. After that, the Lord came to the house of an extremely fortune brahman in Varaha-nagar. The brahman was highly learned in Srimad Bhagavatam, so upon seeing the Lord, he began to recite the holy scripture. Hearing his recitation filled with devotion to the Lord (bhakti-yoga), Lord Gaurachandra Narayan became overwhelmed. Sri Gauranga Ray kept saying, 'Speak on! Speak on!' Overwhelmed, He always shouted and roared for joy, hearing the brahman's recital. Immersed in great happiness, the brahman read on, and the Lord danced, losing all external consciousness. As the Lord heard verses glorifying devotion, He kept fainting and falling on the ground again and again. This is how the Lord manifests divine love. The sight of Him fainting frightened everyone. The Lord, an ocean of qualities, continued listening to Bhagavatam and danced in this way for nine hours through the night. Eventually, He regained external consciousness and embraced the brahman with satisfaction. The Lord said, 'I have never heard such recitation of Bhagavatam from anyone's mouth! From now on, your name will be Bhagavat Acharya ("the teacher of Bhagavatam"). You have no duty other than this.' Hearing the Lord's befitting title for the brahman, everyone loudly chanted, 'Hari! Hari!'"

'After bestowing His mercy onto Sri Rupa and Sri Sanatan in the village of Ramkeli, Sri Mahaprabhu came to Sripat Santipur on the bank of the Ganges and spent there a few days. At that time, Sachi Devi came there, too; she cooked and fed the Lord during those few days. The twelfth day of the bright fortnight (sukla-dvadasi) in the month of Phalgun is the day when Sri Madhavendra Puri is worshipped. After the great festival arranged on that day, the Lord went to Srivas Pandit's house in Kumarhatta and spent there a few days. After that, He spent a few days Sri Raghav Pandit's house in Panihati and then arrived at Sri Varaha-nagar during the dark lunar fortnight (krsna-paksa) in the month of Phalgun. There, together with Sri Nityananda Prabhu and a few other devotees, the Lord stayed at the house of the great devotee Sri Bhagavata Acharya before travelling to Nilachal (Sri Puri Dham)....

'If we consider the associates of Krishna and Gaura, it is discerned that Sri Radhika's sakhi Shyama Manjari is Sri Bhagavat Acharya in the pastimes of Gaura. In the pastimes of Krishna, Shyama Manjari would sing about Krishna (i.e. the pastimes of Shyama) for Sri Radha-Krishna. Becoming Sri Bhagavat Acharya in Gaura's pastimes, he recited Srimad Bhagavatam for Gauranga, fulfilling his service. Sri Radha had bestowed this service upon him in Krishna's pastimes. In Gaura's pastimes, Sri Gadadhar Pandit Goswami took him as part of his own branch and bestowed upon him a suitable service to Sri Gauranga. The speciality of his service was such that when Sri Gauranga came with His associates to his kunja, he began to perform his eternal service of reciting Srimad Bhagavatam instead of serving the Lord by offering Him water (to wash His feet) and other paraphernalia. Sakhis' duty is the service given to them by Sri Radha – this principle was demonstrated in this pastime.'

'O brothers, residents of the great city of Kolkata! You are fortunate. You are living in a place that can be considered part of the Varaha-nagar village. Wherever Gaura performed His pastimes, all those places are none other than Sri Vrindavan. The seva-bhumi (land of service) of Sri Gauranga's greatest intimate associate Bhagavata Acharya is a highly adorable place. Make your hearts firm and come in touch with the darshan of this Varaha-nagar. O devotees residing in Kolkata! When will we all together become immersed in Krishna-kirtan at the transcendental kunja of Shyama Manjari? Our misfortune is that we leave aside this heaven and roam in search of heaven all over the country and abroad. Why do we forget the words of Sri Narottam Das Thakur Mahasay? He wrote:

'"Those who know this Gaura Mandal as a transcendental wish-fulfilling gem reside in Vrajapur."

'O brothers! The meaning of these words is oceanic! Please consider it attentively. Whether it is manifest or unmanifest, Vrajapuri is a holy abode of eternal pastimes. When Krishna became Gauranga, He came with His own abode, bringing it to Gaura-desh. Sachinandan Krishna performed His pastimes together with devotees in various places according to the devotees' internal divine moods – all those places are parts of Vraja (in other words, they are places of the Lord's pastimes). All are transcendental. Gaura Mandal is not one location: it is manifest externally as various places. The places where the Lord performed pastimes in His youth are situated on the 114.6 miles, or 184.5 km, (sola-krosh) of Nabadwip. Vrindavan, which is situated in Vraja, is also, inseparably, Nabadwip, situated on the nine islands. In the middle of Nabadwip is Sri Gokula Mayapur. Sri Gauranga accepted the service of each sakhi in their various kunjas on this land; therefore, Sri Varaha-nagar is also part of Gaura Mandal as service to Radha-Krishna, who manifest Themselves as Sri Gauranga, is going on there in the kunja of Shyama Manjari.

'We have revealed to you this very hidden secret. We hope that upon learning about this, Vaishnavs residing in Kolkata will show some transcendental mood. We are servants of their intrinsic divine perfection (svabhava-siddha). If we can get to know their mood, we can reveal to them some further hidden secrets about this matter.

'It is very rare to find Srimad Bhagavata Acharya's holy book Krishna-prema Tarangini, composed in Sanskrit. The copy that we have is full of mistakes, and in some places the meaning is not intelligible. If some great soul has another copy, please let us know; we can purchase it from them. We humbly pray that Vaishnavs may bestow their merciful glance on us upon hearing about this matter.'

 

Fri, 5 April 2024 (Fast on Papa Vimochani Ekadasi; tomorrow paran is at 5:28:53–7:22:16)

At Saranga Murari's Temple
'One time, there was a brahman called Saranga Thakur who served the Deities of Sri Sri Radha-Govinda and Mahaprabhu. Eventually, he became very old and could not serve his Deities properly, so he prayed to the Lord one day...'
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—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

My Fortune and My Promise
"Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math is my real family. I am very fortunate and very grateful. I will try to serve all the devotees to the best of my ability until my death, until the moment I leave this body. That is my promise."
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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.

Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj about fasting on ekadasi and accepting material facilities:

"One time, a devotee came here from Vrindavan on the day of ekadasi. He reached in the evening and, after taking bath in the Ganges, attended kirtans, danced, circumambulated the temple and so on. Then, I asked him whether he would take any anukalpa. He replied, 'Generally, I do not take anything, but if you like, then, of course, I must take anukalpa. Your will is greater than my fasting.' That was his decision.

"My Guru Maharaj (Srila Prabhupad Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur) always wanted maximum energy: you should take good food and do good service. That was his maxim. Krishna is not a liquidated party: take full prasadam and do full service. Do maximum service, and you should take whatever is necessary for that. You are to take it for the cause of Krishna, not for your own cause. You are Krishna's, so if you grow weak, His service will be hampered, and both you and Krishna will be losers thereby. 'My soldiers will be well-fed and well-working.' That was our Guru Maharaj's principle. Napoleon said, 'One full-fed soldier is equal to ten half-fed soldiers.'

"So, prasad-seva: if it is service, then it must be taken in a serving mood, of course. But, at the same time, the individual position of a devotee should be taken into consideration. Sahajiyas do not Fast on ekadasi at all: 'Oh, we are in Vrindavan, and there is no fasting in Vrindavan.' But Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur, Srila Prabhupad did not like that – it is sahajiya (imitation) if you go on feeding your senses in the name of Krishna-bhakti (devotion to the Lord). For the service to Krishna, it is necessary to keep up the body and to provide nourishment to it, so we must take what is necessary for service. We do not like it if by fasting a loss of energy is effected. If fasting does not hamper your service, you may go on fasting – perhaps, your gurudev wanted that...

"For service, I must accept what is necessary to make me physically fit so that I can render more service. So, accepting material things is not objectionable. It is fruitful, not detrimental. Rather, it produces something of a pure character, which helps everyone. This is how a disciple receives and accepts things. At that same time, he may even blame himself, 'I cannot go on with my worldly life without the help of this or that!' He will blame himself, but the underlying spirit must be, 'If I do not take it, I shall be unfit; I will not be able to do my bit of service to the Lord, to my gurudev.'

"Moreover, by taking up renunciation, I will be a loser. I will incur a loss for myself, for the world, and my guru's service will be hampered. In this spirit, devotees are to take everything. For the cause of Krishna, for the cause of their guru, they will accept anything.

"Suppose there is a very miserly karmachari (manager). Because he does not want to spend money, he may not attain a particular result; then, some difficulty comes, and the opportunity is lost. This manager will be held responsible by the proprietor: 'Why did you not spend money? Why are you afraid of spending money from my store? Because of your miserly habit, the opportunity has been lost! Why should you not spend My money for My interest?' So, to render service to Krishna, to my gurudev, to Vaishnavs, to the world, to everyone, I must keep up this mundane body, and I am entitled to take something for that.

"Miserliness is mayavada; it is the renunciation spirit, and it will mar Krishna's interest. What we need is yukta-vairagya: I shall take from the store of Krishna to keep myself fit and to do service. It is Krishna's account, and if I do not do that, I should be a separatist, a mayavadi, a renunciationist. I shall render maximum service to Krishna, and I must take without any hesitation whatever is necessary to make myself fit for the service; otherwise, I shall be punishable."

 

"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)

 

Thu, 4 April 2024

At Sri Jahnudwip
'So, passing Srirampur, the abode of Lord Ramachandra and Ayodhya, we have come to Jahan Nagar, or, in Vaishnavs' language, Jahnudwip. One time, seated on the bank of the Ganges, Jahnu Muni was offering arati to the Ganges...'
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—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Service with Full Enthusiasm
"The most important thing is that all the devotees are with me. 'Maharaj, where you are, that is Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math—and we will go wherever you are!' When I hear devotees say this, my heart overflows."
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Wed, 3 April 2024

Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya Converted
'Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya lived in the house together with his wife and brother-in-law, Gopinath Acharya. When Mahaprabhu was brought to their house, Gopinath Acharya spoke to Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya...'
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—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

A Very Busy Day
"Phone calls have been coming today from all over the world starting from 3:30-4 o'clock in the morning. Everyone is calling me continuously. Not only in foreign countries they are making big festivals today, but also in all the temples, centres here in India..."
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Today in the calendar: Krishna Navami. Disappearance of Tridandi-swami Srimad Bhakti Vigraha Bhiksu 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."

"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."


 

Tue, 2 April 2024

Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya's Plan
'Having heard that Mahaprabhu was going to make His advent in Mayapur, the guru of demigods, Brihaspati, left King Indra's assembly and took birth as Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya. He knew that Gaurasundar would come in Kali-yuga, so he thought...'
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—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Clearing Contradictions
"Everybody's vision and feelings are not the same. Sometimes, you look like a man, but at other times, you deal or talk with others like a demon. Krishna lives in all living entities. However, we sometimes see there is also a demon living in the heart of the jiva soul."
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Today in the calendar: Krishna Astami. Appearance of Srila Srivas Pandit.

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 Srivas Pandit:

Srivas Angan [From Sri Nabadwip Dham Mahatmya-Mukta-Mala, page 102] [25 Mb]
An extensive chapter about the numerous pastimes that took place at the holy residence of Sri Srivas Pandit in Sri Dham Mayapur.

Srivas Pandit's Devotion
"Srivas Pandit: 'You can get a son, a daughter, a father, a mother in every birth, but you will not get the Lord in every birth Lord. This life is very important, you can get the Lord in this life, then why should I misuse it? Why should I not use this opportunity?'"
Download / listen to the audio (1.7 Mb, 5 min | 19 July 2013)

Malini Devi and Vishvarup
"The name Srivas Pandit's wife is Malini Devi. You know, one time Malini chastised Srivas Pandit. Once, Vishvarup Prabhu, Nimai's elder brother, came to their house to ask Srivas Pandit for help..."
Download / listen to the audio (1 Mb, 3 min | 29 July 2012)

Why Can We Not Get It?
"At Srivas Pandit's house there was a maidservant Duhkhi—she got Mahaprabhu's mercy. There was a Muslim tailor near Srivas Pandit's house—he too got Mahaprabhu's mercy. A great sinner Chand Kazi broke a mridanga, but even he got Mahaprabhu's mercy. Why can we not get it?"
Download / listen to the audio (1.2 Mb, 4 min | 20 May 2017 | Bengali)

 

Prayers to Sri Vaishnav Thakur:

SONG: Ei-bara karuna kara | এইবার করুণা কর
"O worshippable Vaisnava, be merciful to me this time. O saviour of the fallen, without you there is no one. In every birth I aspire for the dust of your feet."

SONG: Ohe Vaisnava Thakura | (ওহে) বৈষ্ণব ঠাকুর
"O worshippable Vaishnav, ocean of grace, be merciful to this servant. Give me the shade of your feet and purify me. I clasp your feet. You can give Krishna, you have that power. Calling, 'Krishna!' 'Krishna!', I run after you."

SONG: Ki-rupe paiba seva | কিরূপে পাইব সেবা
"I am so wicked, how will I ever get service? I do not have any attachment to Sri Guru and Vaishnavs! Prabhu, you see no fault in others, you are the saviour of the fallen. Please deliver Narottam this time!"

SONG: Dhana mora nityananda | ধন মোর নিত্যানন্দ
"The feet dust of the Vaishnavs is where I sport and take bath, Vaishnavs' name is the water oblation. My mind is intently fixed upon the remnants of Vaishnavs, and I am elated hearing the name of Vaishnavs."

 

Mon, 1 April 2024

How Knowledge Attained Mercy
'One time, Upanisads stayed in a garden in Vidyanagar called Upavan and worshipped the Lord. They prayed, "When will Gauranga come in Kali-yuga?" Satisfied with their worship, the Lord appeared before them...'
Download / listen to the audio (7.9 Mb, 16 min | 19 March 2019 | Bengali)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

"Inconceivable, Unbelievable, and Unimaginable"
"Everybody is giving their love and affection and all together making this day for me. Actually, I am getting shy to make my birthday festival, but devotees are always enthusiastic to make this festival, even in this pandemic situation..."
Download / listen to the audio (4.1 Mb, 10 min | 17 October 2020)

 

 


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Sri Nabadwip Dham
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Sri Nabadwip Dham Mahatmya-Mukta-Mala (English)
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GUIDANCE 2021 (epub)
(Last update: 7 Apr. '24)

 


 

      

Strike While the Iron Is Hot
'You think, 'I will chant the Holy Name tomorrow—I will wait today, and from tomorrow I will start.' Are you sure you are going to be in this world tomorrow?'

      

 

CALENDAR FOR 04/2024

VISNU

17 APRIL (WED). Gaura Navami. Sri Rama Navami: Appearance of Lord Sri Sri Ramachandra. Fast until noon.

19 APRIL (FRI). Gaura Ekadasi. Fast on Kamada Ekadasi.

20 APRIL (SAT). Gaura Dvadasi. Ekadasi paran is at 5:15:35–9:28:55. Festival in honour of the disappearance of Om Visnupad Paramahamsa Parivrajakacharya-varya Astottara-sata-sri Sri Srimad Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. Lord Krishna's Damanaka-ropana festival.

23 APRIL (TUE). Purnima. Vasanta Rasa of Sri Krishna. Rasa Yatra of Sri Sri Balaram. Appearance of Srila Vamsi-vadananda Thakur and Srila Syamananda Prabhu.

MADHUSUDAN

29 APRIL (MON). Krishna Panchami. Disappearance of Srila Krishnadas Babaji Maharaj.

30 APRIL (TUE). Krishna Saptami. Disappearance of Srila Abhiram Thakur.

 

MAY 2024

3 MAY (FRI). Krishna Dasami. Disappearance of Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur.

4 MAY (SAT). Krishna Ekadasi. Fast on Varuthini Ekadasi. Disappearance of Sriyukta Saurindranath Bhakti Varidhi Prabhu.

5 MAY (SUN). Krishna Dvadasi. Ekadasi paran is at 5:05:06–9:23:52.

6 MAY (MON). Gaura Trayodasi. Manifestation anniversary of Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Radha Vrindavan-chandra jiu at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Uluberia.

7 MAY (TUE). Krishna Chaturdasi. Festival in honour of the disappearance of Om Visnupad Parivrajakacharya-varya Astottara-sata-sri Sri Srimad Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj.

8 MAY (WED). Amavasya. Appearance of Srila Gadadhar Pandit Goswami.

9 MAY (THU). Gaura Pratipad. Appearance of Tridandi-swami Srimad Bhakti Aloka Paramahamsa Maharaj.

10 MAY (FRI). Gaura Dvitiya. Appearance of Tridandi-swami Srimad Bhakti Vichar Jajavar Maharaj. Gaura Tritiya (falls on the same day). Aksaya Tritiya (an auspicious day to start some works). Beginning of the 21-day Chandan Yatra of Sri Sri Jagannathdev.

12 MAY (SUN). Gaura Panchami. Appearance of Sripad Sankaracharya. Disappearance of Tridandi-swami Srimad Bhakti Vilas Gabhastinemi Maharaj.

15 MAY (WED). Gaura Saptami. Jahnu Saptami: Sri Jahnavi Puja (worship of the Ganga).

17 MAY (FRI). Gaura Navami. Appearance of Sri Jahnava Devi (Sri Nityananda-sakti) and Sri Sita Devi (Sri Rama-sakti).

19 MAY (SUN). Gaura Ekadasi. Fast on Mohini Ekadasi.

20 MAY (MON). Gaura Dvadasi. Ekadasi paran is at 4:56:50–9:20:56.

22 MAY (WED). Gaura Chaturdasi. Sri Nrisimha Chaturdasi: appearance of Lord Sri Nrisimhadev. Full fast until sunset; then no grains (anukalpa). Sri Vyasa-puja festival in honour of the divine appearance day of Om Visnupad Paramahamsa Parivrajakacharya-varya Astottara-sata-sri Sri Srimad Bhakti Tilak Niriha Maharaj, the current successor President-Acharya of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. Manifestation anniversary of Sri Sri Guru Gaura Nityananda Prabhu and Sri Prahlad Maharaj and Sri Sri Laksmi Nrisimhadev at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math in Nrisingha Palli.

23 MAY (THU). Purnima. Nrisimha Chaturdasi-vrata paran is at 4:55:45–9:20:41. Sri Krishna's Phul-dol and Salila-vihara. Buddha Purnima: appearance of Lord Buddha. Disappearance of Srila Paramesvari Das Thakur. Appearance of Srila Srinivas Acharya.

TRIVIKRAM

24 MAY (FRI). Krishna Pratipad. Disappearance of Tridandi-swami Srimad Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaj.

28 MAY (TUE). Krishna Panchami. Disappearance of Srila Ramananda Ray.

 

JUNE 2024

1 JUNE (SAT). Krishna Navami. Departure of Sripad Santos Krishna Das-Adhikari Prabhu.

2 JUNE (SUN). Krishna Ekadasi. No fast.

3 JUNE (MON). Krishna Dvadasi. Fast on Apara Ekadasi. Appearance of Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur.

4 JUNE (TUE). Krishna Trayodasi. Ekadasi paran is at 4:54:40–9:21:20.

6 JUNE (THU). Amavasya.

7 JUNE (FRI). Gaura Pratipad. Manifestation anniversary of Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Radha Madan-mohan jiu at Sri Chaitanya Saraswata Krishnanusilana Sangha, Dum Dum Park, Kolkata.

10 JUNE (MON). Gaura Chaturthi. Disappearance of Tridandi-swami Srimad Bhakti Gaurava Giri Maharaj (Sripad Paramananda Vidyaratna Prabhu).

16 JUNE (SUN). Gaura Dasami. Dasahara, Sri Ganga Puja. Appearance of Sri Ganga Mata Goswamini. Disappearance of Srila Baladev Vidyabhusan Prabhu.

17 JUNE (MON). Gaura Ekadasi. No fast.

18 JUNE (TUE). Gaura Dvadasi. Fast on Vyanjuli Mahadvadasi.

19 JUNE (WED). Gaura Dvadasi. Vyanjuli Mahadvadasi paran is at 4:54:26–5:51:09.

20 JUNE (THU). Gaura Trayodasi. Danda Mahotsav ('Punishment Festival') arranged by Srila Raghunath Das Goswami at Sripat Panihati. Departure of Sripad Bhakti Vaibhav Parivrajak Maharaj.

22 JUNE (SAT). Purnima. Snan Yatra of Sri Sri Jagannathdev. Disappearance of Srila Mukunda Datta and Srila Sridhar Pandit.

VAMAN

23 JUNE (SUN). Krishna Pratipad. Disappearance of Srila Shyamananda Prabhu. Departure of Sripad Rsabhdev Das-Adhikari Prabhu. Krishna Dvitiya (falls on the same day). Departure of Sri Gaurahari Bhakti-Sampad Prabhu.

26 JUNE (WED). Krishna Panchami. Appearance of Srila Vakresvar Pandit.

FULL CALENDAR >>

 


 

Sri Gaudiya Calendar 2024–2025 (pdf)

 


 

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.


 

Without mercy of Lalita Devi, we cannot think about Krishna.

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