MONTHLY ARCHIVE OF UPDATES

OCTOBER 2014

 

Wed, 1 October 2014:
Amara Jivana Sada Pape Rata
Followed by "Jaya Radha Madhava" and Hare Krishna maha-mantra: sung by Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj at the programme on the holy appearance day of His Divine Grace.
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Thu, 2 October 2014:
How to See the Guru: Chastity (Part 2)
The main quality of a sincere disciple explained by several examples: one-pointed attention, rejecting the unfavourable, intense attachment to service and devotees, faith, and careful choice of association.
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Fri, 3 October 2014:
শ্রীগুরুতত্ত্ব (ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রী শ্রীল ভক্তি নির্ম্মল আচার্য্য মহারাজের হরি-কথামৃত)
"এই মৃত্যুময় ও দুঃখময় পৃথিবীতে অমৃতময় আশা ও আনন্দের দিব্যদূত হলেন শ্রীগুরুদেব । তাপিত, পীড়িত জনগণের জন্য তাঁর আবির্ভাবই সবচেয়ে শুভ ও আনন্দদায়ক ঘটনা । এর তুলনা হতে পারে একমাত্র প্রভাতের শুকতারার সঙ্গে, যা কিনা মরুভূমিতে দিগ্​ভ্রান্ত যাত্রীকেও পথ দেখাতে পারে । শ্রীগুরুদেবের করুণাময় হস্তের কোমল স্পর্শই সমস্ত অশ্রুপ্লাবিত নয়নের অবিরাম অশ্রুকে মুছিয়ে দিতে পারে ।"
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Sat, 4 October 2014:
Sincere Surrender
Surrender means not pretending to surrender: we surrender fully (diksa-kale bhakta kare atma-samarpana), but after that when Gurudev tells us, "You can do this", we say, "Oh, Gurudev, I am tired..." What is the surrendered mood?

 

Sun, 5 October 2014 (Sri Ekadashi):
Impaled by Illusion
An extensive story that illustrates the extent to which a Guru goes to protect his surrendered disciple: "If a servant somehow falls down and goes to some other place, glorious is the master who grabs him and brings him back by his hair."
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Sri Ekadashi Guidance
Guidelines on how to observe and honour this holy day: Ekadashi takes an indispensible part in the life of a sincere practitioner. At Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Ekadashi and paran are observed with affection and without fail according to the dates given in the Calendar.

 

Mon, 6 October 2014:
See the Guru with Your Heart
"Arjun followed his Guru properly. What his Guru told him, he carefully listened to that through his mind and heart, and he followed properly his instruction, direction. This is necessary: you have to follow carefully what the Guru tells you."
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And: Watch or download the video

 

Tue, 7 October 2014:
  Sri Guru and His Grace
His Divine Grace Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj has been recently repeatedly stressing the importance of reading this holy book, recalling many examples and guidenlines found therein. Presented here in English for online reading, and in Bengali and English for downloading.
 

 

Wed, 8 October 2014:
Practical Questions
How to treat "non-devotees"? How to always remember Krishna? Why cannot we follow the instructions properly? How to survive in the material environment? How can we connect our daily activities with Krishna?
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Thu, 9 October 2014:
Good Association
How to get rid of bad feelings? How to know what association is bad and what association is good? And how can we become attached to service?
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Fri, 10 October 2014:
The Four Regulative Principles
The morbid consequences of neglecting the proper following of the four regulative principles—the four dwelling places of Kali Maharaj; and the affectionate advice on this matter.

 

Sat, 11 October 2014:
Bhukti, Mukti, Bhakti
What is mukti and what is bhakti? His Divine Grace Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj is reading from Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Adi-lila, Chapters 8 and 10, noting the exceptional character of devotion of Srila Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami and Srila Raghunath Das Goswami.
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Sun, 12 October 2014:
Lord Nrisimhadev and "Krishna in my heart"
Succint answers to two frequent questions: can we worship Lord Nrisimhadev, and can we think that Krishna is in my heart and be satisfied with that?
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Mon, 13 October 2014:
Disappearance Day of Srila Narottam Das Thakur
"If you are chanting, practising so much and have some material desires, you will not get the result—you will not get that kind of love, hapiness—but if you go to a Vaishnav, if you hear some Vaishnav-katha, Krishna-katha, then you will get true benefit. This is why we must always remember Vaishnavs' appearance, disappearance..."
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Ei-Bara Karuna Kara Vaishnava Gosai
"O worshippable Vaishnava, be merciful to me this time. O saviour of the fallen, without you there is no one. If one comes to you, one's sins go away. Where can such a merciful master be found?"
Ye Anila Prema-Dhana Karuna Prachura
"Where has Advaita Acharya, the Lord who mercifully brought the wealth of divine love to this world, gone? I will break my head on a rock, I will enter into fire—where shall I go to reach the reservoir of all qualities, Sri Gauranga?"
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Tue, 14 October 2014:
Initiation into Chanting of the Holy Name
An extensive talk given prior to Hari-nam initiation, explaining the goal, the path, and the means of attaining the highest benefit in one's spiritual life, as well as the primary practices of a sincere disciple.
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Wed, 15 October 2014:
Disappearance Day of Srila Raghunath Das Goswami,
Srila Krishnadas Kaviraj Goswami

His Divine Grace Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj speaking recently to the devotees of Bogota, Colombia, on the disappearance day of Srila Raghunath Das Goswami, Srila Raghunath Bhatta Goswami, and Srila Krishnadas Kaviraj Goswami.
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Announcement:

Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj's Appearance Day
This Friday, 17 October, we are celebrating the grand appearance day of Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, and we are cordially inviting all devotees and well-wishers to join the celebration, either in the central Math, Sri Nabadwip Dham, India, or in their local centres.
এই শুক্রবার ১৭ই অক্টোবর পরমকরুণাসাগর শ্রীমৎ নিত্যানন্দনন্দন ভগবান্ শ্রীল বীরচন্দ্র প্রভুর ও তদভিন্নবিগ্রহ শ্রীগুরুপাদপদ্ম ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রীশ্রীমদ্ভক্তিরক্ষক শ্রীধর দেবগোস্বমী মহারাজের শুভাবির্ভাব তিথি । এই মহোৎসবে আপনাকে সবিনয়ে সাদর আমন্ত্রণ জানাইতেছি ।

Sri Kartik Parikrama (22 October-8 November)
We are also inviting the devotees and well-wishers to join the annual Kartik Parikrama of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. Among the numerous holy places visited are Govardhan, Vrindavan, Haridwar, Gaya, and Kashi. The Parikrama Party starts off from Kolkata on 22 October, and the Parikrama begins from our Govardhan temple.
শ্রীশ্রীগোবর্দ্ধন, বৃন্দাবন, হরিদ্বার ও গয়া, কাশী পরিক্রমা নিমন্ত্রণ: ৪ঠা কার্ত্তিক (ইং ২২ অক্টোবর) বুধবার কলিকাতা (চিৎপুর) ষ্টেশন হইতে ট্রেন ছাড়িবে । শেষে ৮ই নভেম্বর । দর্শনীয় স্থানসমূহঃ রাধাকুণ্ড, শ্যামকুণ্ড, উদ্ধবকুণ্ড, কুসুমসরোবার, মানসগঙ্গা, নন্দপ্রাম, বর্ষাণা, কদমখণ্ডী, গোকুলা-মহাবন, দাউজী মন্দির, মথুরা, কাশী, এবং আরও অনেক ।

 

Thu, 16 October 2014:
On the Eve of the Appearance Day of Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj
Two lectures delivered by Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj on this auspicious day at Sri Nabadwip Dham in 2013, in Bengali, in the assembly of august Vaishnavs:
Morning: or Download the audio (12 Mb, ~26 min)
Evening: or Download the audio (18.3 Mb, ~40 min)

 

Fri, 17 October 2014: (Appearance Day of Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj)
Autobiography of Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj
Srila Guru Maharaj's extensive recollections of his childhood and youth, as well as the coming to the lotus feet of his Gurudev and later on starting Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.



Sri Guru Arati Stuti : or Download the audio (2.7 Mb)

Some preparations that are known to be favourite to His Divine Grace include: natural orange juice (with just a little sugar), cholar dahl (split chickpea dal), alu bhaja (deep-fried potato), muri, puri/luchi with alu bhaja, aloo dum, samosa, pineapple chutney, puspanna, chaunsa mango, gokula pitha.

Adhivas Day in Sri Nabadwip Dham
Photographs of the arati and evening programme at Sri Nabadwip Dham, India, on the eve of the holy appearance day of His Divine Grace Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, presided over by Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj.

 

Sat, 18 October 2014:
শ্রীশ্রীমদ্ভক্তিরক্ষক শ্রীধর দেবগোস্বমী মহারাজের শুভাবির্ভাব তিথি
ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রীশ্রীল ভক্তি নির্ম্মল আচার্য্য মহারাজের হরি-কথামৃত । A three-part lecture in Bengali language delivered by His Divine Grace Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj to the assembly of the Vaishnavs in Sri Nabadwip Dham on the holy appearance day of Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
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Appearance Day of Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj:
    ← Morning Programme | Noon Programme →
The photographs taken at the yesterday's programme at Sri Nabadwip Dham led by His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj and attended by the august Vaishnavs.
 

 

Sun, 19 October 2014: (Sri Ekadashi)
শ্রীশ্রীমদ্ভক্তিরক্ষক শ্রীধর দেবগোস্বমী মহারাজের শুভাবির্ভাব তিথি
ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রীশ্রীল ভক্তি নির্ম্মল আচার্য্য মহারাজের সন্ধ্যের হরি-কথামৃত । The evening Bengali lecture of His Divine Grace Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj given in Sri Nabadwip Dham on the holy appearance day of Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, giving affectionate guidance to all the assembled devotees on how to see Sri Guru, how to practise properly, and how to prosper in one's spiritual life.
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Mon, 20 October 2014: (Sri Ekadashi Paran by 9:28 am)
শ্রীহাপানিয়া গ্রামে (শ্রীশ্রীলভক্তিনির্ম্মল আচার্য্য মহারাজের হরি-কথামৃত, আর্কাইভ টেপ)
গৃহে থাক, বনে থাক, সদা ‘হরি’ বলে ডাক, সুখে দুঃখে ভুলো নাক বদনে হরিনাম কর রে । জীবন হইল শেষ না ভজিলে হৃষীকেশ, একবার নামরসে মাত রে ।
An archive recording of Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj's lecture at Sri Hapaniya Dham, the day after Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj's appearance—the Guru-disciple relationship, the stories of yajna-patnis and Satyakam, Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami's Deity, and the transcendental nature of Sri Hapaniya Dham are among the numerous topics covered therein:
Listen online: or Download the audio (28 Mb, ~62 min)

Numerous kirtans sung at the program above (including the special kirtan for Sri Hapaniya Dham, Sri Gaura-mandala-majhe Hapaniya gram):
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Tue, 21 October 2014:
The Key to Success: Mood vs. Background
There exists a belief that when one is born in a certain background, the background will dominate or predetermine their life and practices. Is it really so, and what is necessary to escape it? A simple story with a profound purport. (English and Bengali)
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Wed, 22 October 2014:
The Disciple's Mood and the Guru's Power
A sincere disciple's service mood can conquer the heart of Sri Guru and bring all auspiciousness—and what is the power of Sri Guru? (English and Bengali, the second part of the previous post.)
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Thu, 23 October 2014:
Morning, Noon, and Evening Arati Songs (Completed Pages)
"It may not be palatable every day, but it is necessary and very important to realise why we sing these songs every day—through that we can cross over the illusion."

শ্রীগৌড়ীয়-পর্ব্ব-তালিকা
(শ্রীগৌরাব্দ, পূর্ত্তাব্দ—৫২৮, প্রবৃত্তাব্দ—৫২৯, বঙ্গাব্দ—১৪২০-১৪২১, খৃষ্টাব্দ—২০১৪-২০১৫, শকাব্দ—১৯৩৫-১৯৩৬)
সব শুভাবির্ভাব, তিরোভাব, একাদশী, পারণ ও আরও অনেক মঙ্গল তিথি আছেন ।

 

Fri, 24 October 2014: (Sri Govardhan Puja)
Sri Govardhan Puja
His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj speaking in English and Bengali about the Govardhan Pastime of Lord Sri Krishna (archive recording of 14 November 2012).
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Sat, 25 October 2014:
শ্রীশ্রীশিক্ষাষ্টকম্ উপদেশ
"ন ধনং নজনং ন সুন্দরীং কবিতাং বা জগদীশ কাময়ে, মম জন্মনি জন্মনীশ্বরে ভবতাদ্ভক্তিরহৈতুকী ত্বয়ি । অপরাধ-ফলে মম চিত্ত ভেল বজ্রসম তুয়া নামে না লভে বিকার ।" ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রী শ্রীল ভক্তি নির্ম্মল আচার্য্য মহারাজের হরি-কথামৃত ।
Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj speaking in Bengali on the purport to several of the Siksastakam songs written by Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur (an archive recording of 2012).
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First Day at Sri Govardhan
After a long way from Kolkata and other cities, towns, and villages, the devotees finally arrive at the shelter of Srila Sridhar Swami Seva Ashram in Sri Govardhan Dham to begin the holy Kartik Pilgrimage.


 

Sun, 26 October 2014:

Sri Govardhan Puja
A joyful festival celebrating Lord Krishna lifting Sri Govardhan Hill and a parikrama to the holy places around Sri Govardhan. Day two of the annual Kartik Pilgrimage.

 

 

Sri Siksastakam Kirtans
Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu has granted eight verses to the world, and Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur has expounded on their meaning in his exquisite songs. These songs are chanted during Sri Kartik month and are presented here with the archive recordings of Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj's singing.

 

Mon, 27 October 2014: (Disappearance Day of Srila A.C. Bhaktivendanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad)

Ye Anilo Prema Dhana: Text |  Download

Sri Govardhan Parikrama: Day Two
The Kartik Pilgrimage continues: the second part of the Parikrama around the holy places at Sri Govardhan. Among the numerous visited places on this day are Sri Uddhav Kunda, Sri Radha Kunda, Sri Kusum Sarovar.

 

Perfect Character
"We sing [these songs], but it is not only singing—we have to practise it. Without practising we cannot become perfect." Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj speaks on the main qualities that are necessary for a sincere practitioner to nurture, and the main source of problems that is necessary to carefully avoid.
Listen online: or Download the audio (8.5 Mb, 18 min)<

 

Tue, 28 October 2014:
Sri Kartik Parikrama: Day Three
The Kartik Pilgrimage continues: the third day and the Parikrama Party takes a bus trip to Sri Uchagram and Sri Varshana, along with a number of places on the way.


 

Wed, 29 October 2014:
Ego: a Play of Kali
Ego does not depend on age, neither does one's status matter—the problem is the same, the remedy is the same.
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Thu, 30 October 2014:
Sri Kartik Parikrama: Day Four
The Kartik Pilgrimage continues: the fourth day takes the Parikrama Party to Sri Vrindavan Dham—Imlitala, temple of Srila Sanatan Goswami, and Kaliya-ghat are among the numerous visited places.

 

 

Sri Kartik Parikrama: Day Five
The Kartik Pilgrimage continues: the fifth day takes the Parikrama Party by bus up to the place where Vrisabhanu Raja found baby Srimati Radharani making several stops at the holy places on the way.

 

 

Fri, 31 October 2014:
Strong Foundation
A strong foundation in one's spiritual life is very important. How can it be built, and how can those who do not have such a strong foundation survive in their spiritual life?
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Dignity of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math: (1) At the Roots
'...This is how we, very fallen souls, by the mercy of Gurudev also got an opportunity to take shelter of such a bona fide Guru as he is. That is our happiness, that is our joy, that is our great luck and great fortune.'

 

Sri Sri Prema-Vivarta
“Eat food in the mode of goodness and reject intoxicants. Be kind to all beings and loudly chant the Name.”

If the sun is shining from one side and there is a wall, the sun rays will not fall on the other
side of the wall. Ego is also like that—through our ego we cannot see things properly.

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