MONTHLY ARCHIVE OF UPDATES

FEBRUARY 2015

 

Sun, 1 February 2015: Appearance Day of Sri Nityananda Prabhu
Sri Ekachakra Dham: Appearance Day of Sri Nityananda
To the joy of all the devotees worldwide, the day has come when the most merciful Lord has made His advent in the sweet and peaceful surroundings of Sri Ekachakra Dham. Fortunate are those who celebrate this day with joy, fortunate are those who come to witness this joy of the Vaishnavs.

The Nectarean Glories of Sri Nityananda Prabhu
Compiled from lectures of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, accompanied by a compilation of scriptural verses, kirtans, and Sanskrit compositions glorifying Lord Nityananda Prabhu, the book is now available for online reading.

 

Sri Ekachakra Dham: Varaha Dvadasi (Evening arati and class)
The busy day ends with a crowded arati, temple parikrama, and the lengthy class by His Divine Grace Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj and the assembled Vaishnavs.

 

 

Mon, 2 February 2015:
The first arati song sung three times daily at Sri Ekachakra Dham, led by Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj:
"Glory, glory to Gurudev, Sri Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, the ocean of mercy. He manifested the self-effulgent service to Guru Gaura Nityananda in Sri Ekachakra Dham for the benefit of the whole world."
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Tue, 3 February 2015:
Disturbance In Service
A short educational story that illustrates that there is no need to be afraid of obstacles. Even opposing elements can be seen as favourable.

 

Wed, 4 February 2015:
বহু সৌভাগ্য: নিত্যানন্দ প্রভু অবতীর্ণ হইয়াছেন
"ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রী শ্রীল ভক্তি নির্ম্মল আচার্য্য মহারাজের হরি-কথামৃত: ভৈমী একাদশীর মহিমা ও শ্রীনিত্যানন্দ প্রভুর আসন্ন আবির্ভাব ।"
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Thu, 5 February 2015
Ekachakra Festival: Attachment To Prasadam
"The festival in Ekachakra this year was very successful, and we are also very happy that we could give some prasadam to the devotees. Yesterday by the evening everything had finished, but still, at 5-6 o'clock people came asking for a drop of prasadam."
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Fri, 6 February 2015:
Nitai-Pada-Kamala
"Cooling like ten million moons, Nitai's lotus feet soothe the world with their shade. O brother! Without Nitai, you cannot reach Radha-Krsna. Firmly grasp Nitai's feet."
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Sat, 7 February 2015:
Nitai Gunamani Amara
"Nitai, the jewel of all good qualities, my Nitai, the jewel of all good qualities, brought a flood of divine love and inundated the earth."
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Sun, 8 February 2015:
Akrodha Paramananda Nityananda Raya
"The anger-less, prideless, supremely joyful Nityananda Ray wanders throughout the towns. Going from door to door to the homes of the lowly and fallen souls, He distributes the Hare Krishna mahamantra."
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Mon, 9 February 2015: Appearance of Bhagavan Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad
Sujanarvuda Radhita Pada Yugam
"My master, Prabhupad Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur, established the religion of the age, Krsna-sankirtan, and is the chief minister of the universal assembly of leading Vaisnavas. His lotus feet are worshipped by millions of virtuous souls and fulfil the desires of those who dispel souls' fears. Eternally I offer my obeisance to my master's worshippable feet."
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Tue, 10 February 2015:
Gaurangera Duti Pada
"One whose wealth is Sri Gauranga's feet knows the essence of devotion's rasa. The heart of one who hears Sri Gauranga's sweet Pastimes becomes pure."
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Wed, 11 February 2015:
Sri Bhakti Siddhanta Vani
A quote of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad that is printed and hung on the wall at the veranda of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj: "If someone does not consider it necessary to faithfully follow their Guru and the Vaishnavs, their endeavour to serve the Lord is not service to the Lord—it is service to maya."

 

Thu, 12 February 2015:
Village Preaching: Ananya-Bhakti Gram (Photographs)
A few days ago His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj completed a four-day village preaching tour, carrying the banner of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, spreading the glories of Sri Sri Guru Gauranga and the Holy Name, going house to house, heart to heart, to nourish and inspire the devotees.

 

Fri, 13 February 2015:
Best Service To the Guru
"When we make a festival for Gurudev, we offer him what he likes, and Gurudev is happy with that, but when will Gurudev be even happier? When will Prabhupad be even happier?"
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Sat, 14 February 2015: (Tomorrow is Ekadashi)
Chastity To Prasad
"If you take something from the hands of someone who is not a devotee—that reaction will come to you. This is why we do not take things from outside without discrimination."
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Sun, 15 February 2015: (Sri Ekadashi)
The Supreme and the Tiny
"Who Sriman Nityananda Prabhu and Srimati Radharani will take service from, that is Their matter, but we should try heart and soul. We must do our duty."
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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, 16 February 2015: (Paran by 9:59 p.m.)
An Afternoon At Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math
Several pictures taken around the Math at Sri Nabadwip Dham during one of the peaceful early spring days.

 

 

 

Tue, 17 February 2015:
Thakura Vaisnava Gana
"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."
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Wed, 18 February 2015:
Gopeshwar Mahadev's Surrender
"...Lord Siva entered the rasa-mancha in this mood, and Krishna understood who had come. Everyone wondered where the new gopi had come from and why Krishna was giving her so much honour."
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Sri Sivaratri
Lord Siva and Nandi on the auspicious day of Sri Sivaratri. Sri Nabadwip Dham.

 

 

Invitation:

Sri Gaura Purnima (28 February-6 March 2015)
We are cordially inviting all devotees, friends, and well-wishers to join the grand celebration of the holy appearance day of Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Sri Nabadwip Dham and the local centres worldwide and participate in the worship, lectures, kirtans, prasad seva, and other numerous services. Should you have any additional enquiries please contact us at info.at.scsmathinternational.com. As His Divine Grace Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj expressed last year, "We must celebrate this day with the same happiness we feel when a baby is born in our family."

নদীয়া উদয়গিরি পূর্ণচন্দ্র গৌরহরি
কৃপা করি হইল উদয় ।
পাপ তমো হইল নাশ ত্রিজগতের উল্লাস
জগ-ভরি হরিধ্বনি হয় ॥

যথাবিহিত সম্নান পূর্ব্বক নিবেদন—
বিশ্বব্যাপী নবদ্বীপ শ্রীচৈতন্য-সারস্বত মঠাদি প্রতিষ্ঠাতা আচার্য্য সভাপতি পরমারাধ্যতম ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রীশ্রীল ভক্তিরক্ষক শ্রীধর দেবগোস্বামী মহারাজের প্রতিষ্ঠিত ও প্রাক্তন সভাপতি আচার্য্য ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রীশ্রীল ভক্তিসুন্দর গোবিন্দ দেবগোস্বামী মহারাজের সংরক্ষিত শ্রীমঠের শ্রীনবদ্বীপধাম-পরিক্রমা ও ভগবান শ্রীশ্রীগৌরাঙ্গসুন্দরের ৫৩০তম শুভাবির্ভাব-মহামহোৎসব মঠবাসী, প্রাচ্য ও পাশ্চাত্য সেবক সেবিকাগণের উদ্যোগে সংকীর্ত্তন মুখে, আগামী ২৮শে ফেব্রুয়ারী ২০১৫ শনিবার শ্রীগৌরদশমী তিথি হইতে ৮ই মার্চ ২০১৫ শুক্রবার পর্য্যন্ত শ্রীমঠে বিশেষ পূজা, পাঠ, পারায়াণ, কীর্ত্তন, ভাষণ, শ্রীনবদ্বীপধাম পরিক্রমা ও মহাপ্রসাদ বিতরণ প্রভৃতি ভক্ত্যাত্মক সংকীর্ত্তপ্রায় মহাযজ্ঞে সংকীর্ত্তনতনু শ্রীশ্রীগুরু-গৌরাঙ্গ-গান্ধর্ব্বা-গোবিন্দসুন্দর তথা শ্রিগিরিধারী, শ্রীলক্ষ্মী বরাহদেব ও শ্রীগোপাল জিউ আদি শ্রীবিগ্রহগণের আরাধনার সপ্তদিবসব্যাপী বার্ষিক অনুষ্ঠান বিপুলভাবে অনুষ্ঠিত হইবে ।
শ্রদ্ধাবান্ সজ্জনগণ এই অনুষ্ঠানে যোগদান ও সর্ব্বপ্রকার সাহায্যদান করিয়া আমাদের উৎসাহ ও আনন্দবর্দ্ধন করিলে পরমানুগৃহীত হইব ।

 

Thu, 19 February 2015: (12th Installation Anniversary of Sri Sada Siva Gangadhar)
Sivji Maharaj and Nandi: Journey to Sri Nabadwip Dham
His Divine Grace Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj is telling how Sri Sada Siva Gangadhar and Nandi came to the Math: "So many things have happened, and it was all like a miracle..."
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Fri, 20 February 2015:
Preaching Programmes (Photographs, ~8 Mb)
A few days after the village preaching, His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj sets on another four-day preaching trip to nourish the devotees, invite everyone to join the oncoming Sri Nabadwip Dham parikrama, and collect some bhog for the festival.

 

Sat, 21 February 2015:
Genuine Line—Genuine Life
What is the pivotal point in a householder's life? What are the twenty-fours hours each day meant for? How can you know that the Name you chant is the actual Holy Name?
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Sun, 22 February 2015:
Continue Your Service, By Hook or By Crook
"Maya will always try to take you away from the service, but you must forcefully keep yourself within service—that will be good for your spiritual life."
"I am always with you all, and I always want to serve Gurudev's mission together. This is my wish. I want us to run this mission together and want the preaching to go on happily everywhere."
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Tue, 24 February 2015:
Strongest Faith in Guru
"I may not be fully qualified, but Gurudev is the most qualified devotee, a great Vaishnav, so if I have his association and have faith in him, he can give everything to me."
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Wed, 25 February 2015:
Vaishnava Calendar: Gaurabda 530, 2015-2016
The calendar for the current and next year, March 2015 to March 2016, listing the holy and auspicious days, as well as the fasting days of Ekadashi, to be affectionately honoured and observed by the devotees. Also available for download as a PDF in a poster layout, and in the iCal format for Mac OS.

 

Thu, 26 February 2015:
Mind and Heart: Be Careful
"So much unhappiness and so many problems will come through your service—it is impossible to harmonise with everybody, so some problem must come—but do not leave your service at that time."
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From Sri Nabadwip Dham:
As gradually all the corners of the Math get filled up with pilgrims from all over India and the number of attendees grows almost double each day, the programs continue in a joyful and glorious manner, the loud sounds of Hari sankirtan resounding throughout the day. Awaiting the Western groups to start flowing in any time now, the devotees are busily engaged in last preparations and grasp any service opportunity that comes along. When Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj was asked how many people were expected this year, His Divine Grace shyly chuckled and replied, "I cannot say [for sure]," and added that 15,000 invitations were distributed across India this year.

 

Fri, 27 February 2015:
The Auspiciousness of Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama
Recent Bengali class: His Divine Grace Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj is speaking briefly on the beginning of the Parikrama and the proper adjustment of life: life is for Krishna and anyone who does not help in that direction should not be considered one's own. (The quality of the audio improves towards the middle.)
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ভগবান কি চান ?
ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রী শ্রীল ভক্তি নির্ম্মল আচার্য্য মহারাজের হরি-কথামৃত:
"শ্রীকৃষ্ণচৈতন্য-দয়া করহ বিচার, বিচার করিলে চিত্তে পাবে চমৎকার ।"
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Sat, 28 February 2015: (Adhivas Day of Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama)
A Servitor's Mood (Govinda)
"For the service to the Lord, for the service to your Guru, you can make an offence, but for your own enjoyment you cannot make any offence. Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu showed this by the example of Govinda."
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কবে আমার প্রভুর কৃপা হবে ?
ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রী শ্রীল ভক্তি নির্ম্মল আচার্য্য মহারাজের হরি-কথামৃত: "যদি বিশ্বাস আমাদের থাকি, তাহলে আপনারা সহজে সব অনুমান কোরতে পারবেন ।" (শ্রীনবদ্বীপধাম পরিক্রমার অধিবাসের প্রভাতকালের পাঠ)
His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj is speaking in Bengali on the morning of the Adhivas Day of Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama and leading several kirtans afterwards in the presence of the august Vaishnavs.
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Family, Books,
Weeds, and Chanting
How to adjust with family members? How to bring them to Krishna consciousness? What to do if there is virtually no time to read books? How to get rid of the weeds growing in our heart? Does Gurudev accept our day-to-day material activities? What to think of while chanting the Holy Name?

 

Sri Sri Prema-Vivarta
“Give up attachment to material activity and endeavours based on knowledge and yoga. Avoid 'monkey renunciation', in which there is only bodily enjoyment.”

If you make one step to Krishna, Krishna will make ten steps to you.
He is always ready to come to you.

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