MONTHLY ARCHIVE OF UPDATES

JUNE 2015

 

Mon, 1 June 2015:
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj speaking online to Johannesburg:
Real Mercy, Real Service
Real mercy: "Getting mercy means getting service: if you have service, you have mercy." Real service: "Practise properly, keep proper association, and always avoid the Nama aparadh, seva aparadh, dham aparadh, Vaishnav aparadh. Chant the Holy Name properly, without deceit, and with proper attention and service mood."
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Tue, 2 June 2015 (Deity installation anniversary in Caracas, Venezuela)
Parama Karuna Nitai Gaurachandra
"I am always with you, and truly my love and affection are always with you—I cannot forget your service, your love and affection, and how Nitai Gaurachandra constantly bestow Their mercy on you all."
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Wed, 3 June 2015
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj speaking online to Johannesburg:
You Heard It, You Know It—Now Follow
"It is very difficult to avoid Vaishnav aparadh, but if you do not avoid it, a very bad result will come to you. Chastity is the main thing—we do not go everywhere, we do not mix with everybody. We are a little bit different from other temples..."
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Thu, 4 June 2015
Sri Guru's Joy and Sadness
"When your preaching becomes more successful, when everyone proceeds in their spiritual life, when everyone is happy and increasing their service and spiritual life, then I become happy."
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Start the Fire
Answers to three question—accepting a guru, preaching to a child, and the meaning of Namabhas. "You first start the fire, the wind will come!"
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Online with Caracas, Venezuela
A few photos of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj speaking online with the devotees from Caracas, Venezuela, on the Deity installation anniversary, 2 June 2016.

 

 

Fri, 5 June 2015
Luchi Fried in Kerosene
"If anybody comes from another temple, or another society, and you are giving initiation to them, or you are recommending them for initiation, you must think first and clarify them."
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শাশ্বত সুখনিকেতন : ১ শোষণ, ত্যাগ ও আত্মনিবেদন (প্রথম অংশ)
"ভোগের জগৎ ও ত্যাগের জগৎ—এই দুই জগতের বাইরে আর একটি জগৎ আছে । সেই জগৎ হল প্রেমভক্তি ও আত্মনিবেদনের জগৎ । শোষণের স্তরকে পরিত্যাগ করে এবং ত্যাগের স্তরকেও পরিত্যাগ করে সেই আত্মনিবেদনের ভূমিতে প্রবেশ করতে হবে । আমাদের যে প্রকৃত স্বরূপ, আমাদের আত্মা, সেই জগতেরই বাসিন্দা । সেই জগতই প্রকৃত জগৎ আর এই জগৎ হল তার বিকৃত প্রিবিম্ব ।"

 

Sat, 6 June 2015
Gross!
One of the grossest things a disciple can do: "At the time of taking initiation we surrender to our Guru and promise him, 'I will serve you, I will serve your mission.' But when after that they go to another temple and do service there, they are just like a..."
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Initiations
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj is giving initiation to the fortunate souls who have come seeking shelter at the lotus feet of Sri Gurudev.

 

 

Sun, 7 June 2015 (Deity installation anniversary festival in Siliguri)
Great Expectations
"Always be humble, practise, and whatever result comes, Krishna will give it. Do not hope for so many things, like, 'I want to go Goloka Vrindavan.' Your duty is to only do service, to please your Guru."
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Mon, 8 June 2015
Glorious Parama Karuna
"It is such a glorious and happy day! Gaura Nitai wanted to come but They were searching who They would come with. When They finally got Gurudev's good association, They suddenly caught Gurudev's hand and came to Caracas."
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Tue, 9 June 2015
Spare Yourself
"Computer eats your brain. Gurudev told this to me. Devotees also want to engage me in computers, but I do not want to. Sometimes they give me a smartphone, but they do not understand why I do not take it."
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Wed, 10 June 2015
Treading the Wrong Path
Trying to cut a shortcut and fostering chauvinism will not take you far: without getting mercy of Gurudev, your attempts to reach the goal will prove futile; by discriminating against householders you can end up in hell.
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Thu, 11 June 2015
Simple-Hearted and Sincere Service
"Sometimes we lose our patience and think, 'Oh, I have been in Krishna consciousness for so many years, but I am not getting the result.' Of course: if you make so many offences, if you have so much deceitful devotion, how will you get the result?"
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Fri, 12 June 2015
Maya's Family vs. Krishna's Family
"You are hoarding money, things, property, and become so attached to it, but you will not get pleasure from that. Only when you become detached, when you realise that everything you have is for Krishna, for service to the Lord, will you get the proper happiness."
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শাশ্বত সুখনিকেতন : শোষণ, ত্যাগ ও আত্মনিবেদন (দ্বিতীয় অংশ)
"পরম মঙ্গলময় শ্রীভগবান হলেন পরম প্রেম ও প্রীতির আধার, তিনি যেখানে আছেন সেখানেই আমাদের প্রকৃত বাসভূমি, আমাদের স্বধাম, আমাদের সুখনিকেতন । সেই প্রেমময় ভগবানের কাছে, সেই নিজের গৃহে আমাদের ফিরে যেতে হবে । খোতায় আমাদের সেই গৃহ ?"

 

Sat, 13 June 2015: (Sri Yogini Ekadashi)
Sri Sri Prema-vivarta, chapters 4-7
His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj is reading from Sri Sri Prema-vivarta:
Chapter 4, "Gaura's Greatness"
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Chapter 5, "Transformations of Ecstasy in Service"
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Chapter 6, "The Journey of the Soul"
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Chapter 7 (part), "The Name is for Everyone"
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Morning Class in Sri Nabadwip Dham
Starting from today, His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj gives morning English class at the samadhi mandir of Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj.

 

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.

 

Sun, 14 June 2015: (Paran 4:56–9:24 a.m.)
Jive Daya, Name Ruchi, Vaishnava Seva
"If you have money, you can do Vaishnav seva; if you have no money, you can talk nicely, humbly, with the devotees. You can give benefit to the jiva souls by using everything for the service to the Lord. Always chant the Holy Name"—His Divine Grace gives guidance on how to increase the service mood and what to watch out for.
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Mon, 15 June 2015:
Squandering Your Fortune
"If you want to have some business, you need capital, but if every day you lose your capital, you will end up bankrupt. Because you have some previous sukriti you are now staying in the temple, but if every day you lose that sukriti, one day your balance will become zero."
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হরি-ভজন
ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রী শ্রীল ভক্তি নির্ম্মল আচার্য্য মহারাজের হরি-কথামৃত: "অসাধুসঙ্গে ভাই কৃষ্ণনাম নাহি হয় ।
নামাক্ষর বাহিরায় বটে তবু নাম কভু নয় ॥"
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Sri Sri Prema-vivarta, chapters 11-12
His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj is reading from Sri Sri Prema-vivarta:
Chapter 11, "The Light of Nabadwip"
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Chapter 12, "Glories of the Vaisnavas"
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Tue, 16 June 2015: (Disappearance of Srila Gadadhar Pandit and Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur)
শুধুমাত্র ভিখা
ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রী শ্রীল ভক্তি নির্ম্মল আচার্য্য মহারাজের হরি-কথামৃত: "রাধা-কৃষ্ণ বল সঙ্গে চল, এই মাত্র ভিখা চাই । সাধুসঙ্গ, নামকীর্ত্তন, ভাগবতশ্রবণ, মথুরাবাস, শ্রীমূর্ত্তির শ্রদ্ধায় সেবন ।"
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Harinam Initiations
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj is giving initiation to three sincere seekers from the Ukraine (recorded on 24 May 2015).
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Tarakeswar: Construction Progress
Devotees take another trip to Tarakeswar to oversee the construction of the new temple. The ground floor being roughly completed, the workers have moved on to constructing the next floor above.

 

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?"
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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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Wed, 17 June 2015:
Come to Your Senses
"You have got a human birth and it is an opportunity to finish your wandering throughout the samsar. This human birth is so auspicious, but if we do not worship the Lord properly, do not practise properly, then time and time again we will have to keep returning to this world of birth, death, old age, and disease."
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Thu, 18 June 2015:
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?"
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Fri, 19 June 2015:
Sri Sri Prema-vivarta, chapters 18, 20
His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj is reading from Sri Sri Prema-vivarta:
Chapter 18, "Sri Ekadasi"
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Chapter 20, "The Glories of the Name" (selected verses, Bengali mostly)
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শ্রী নির্জ্জলা একাদশী
ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ জগৎগুরু শ্রী শ্রীল ভক্তি নির্ম্মল আচার্য্য মহারাজ এই একাদশীর আখ্যান সম্পর্কে পড়ছেন ।
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পুরুষোত্তম-মাস
"এ বৎসর অধি-মাস বা পুরুষোত্তম-মাস সমুপস্থির হইয়া জীবের জাগাকে অধিক কৃষ্ণসেবানুকূল্যময় করিয়াছেন । পুরুষোত্তম-মাস, ভগবান পুরুষোত্তমের ন্যায় সর্ব্বগুণাধার এবং অন্যান্য সমস্ত মাসের মুকুটমণি স্বরূপ ।"

 

Sat, 20 June 2015:
Siliguri: Deity Installation Anniversary (67 photographs, 3.7 Mb)
Joyful and glorious celebration of the anniversary of Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gandharva Govinda Sundar Jiu's installation in the Siliguri branch of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math (taken on 7 June 2015).

 

An Afternoon in Sri Nabadwip Dham
His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj is overseeing the planting preparations at Sri Govinda Kunda and takes a regular walk around the premises. (Several photographs taken yesterday, 19 June)

 

 

Sun, 21 June 2015:
His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj speaking online to San Jose:
Attachment to Service or to the Self?
"They want some relation, but actually they take from the devotees more than they give. Such is this world, people always think about themselves. People do not serve properly—they come to use Gurudev, they do not come to surrender to Gurudev..."
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বামনদেব ও বলি মহারাজ
ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রী শ্রীল ভক্তি নির্ম্মল আচার্য্য মহারাজ ভগবানের লীলা ও বলি মহারাজের আদর্শস্বরূপ শরণাগতির সম্পর্কে বর্ণনা করেন ।
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Mon, 22 June 2015:
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."
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The Search for Sri Krishna Reality The Beautiful
This fundamental book is compiled from informal talks of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj and was presented to his holy lotus hands on 30 October 1983. Since then, it has been republished several times. Here we are presenting the latest, fifth, edition for reading and download.
Words of guidance: "We have so many books, but we do not read them. We did not print books to use them as a paper plate for chanachur or samosas. When you get time, read the books. It is very important." (Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj)

 

Tue, 23 June 2015:
Sri Govinda Kunda Marbling
Fulfilling the long-term heart desire of Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj has started marbling the steps around Sri Govinda Kunda. A truck full of marble has arrived today at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip.

International Festival of Yoga (71 photographs, 6.7 Mb)
From 19 to 21 June the devotees from Venezuela and Colombia took part in the International Festival of Yoga in Caracas, Venezuela. The devotees write: "We are very happy to offer this seva and our dandavat pranams to the lotus feet of our dearmost Srila Acharya Maharaj and to all the devotees of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math family."

Latest News
"There are many festivals going on here. A few days ago there was Panihati festival, after that, devotees went to Siliguri for the Deity installation festival, and now the Ratha Yatra festival in Puri is coming."
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Wed, 24 June 2015:
Lacking Manpower
"If you do not have so much manpower, do not make a temple in that place. First you must make devotees through preaching, then you can start a preaching centre."
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Gossip: Tolerate and Avoid
"Who is fighting, they can fight, but you should always avoid it. Gurudev's words are, 'Ignore it.' If you make yourself busy with service, you will have no time to listen to gossip..."
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Come and Join!
"It is going to be very crowded, but if you can tolerate the crowds, come. We will dance in front of Jagannath: 'Jaya Jagannath! Jaya Baladev! Jaya Subhadra!'"
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Thu, 25 June 2015:
শ্রীশ্রীপ্রেমবিবর্ত্ত, অধ্যায় ৬-১০
ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রী শ্রীল ভক্তি নির্ম্মল আচার্য্য মহারাজ শ্রীশ্রীপ্রেমবিবর্ত্ত থেকে পড়ছেন: জীব-গতি, সকলের পক্ষে নাম, কুটীনাটী ছাড়, যুক্তবৈরাগ্য, জাতিকুল ।
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Paving Progress
Despite the continuous rain, most of the area in front of the bhajan kutir of Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj has already been paved.

 

 

Fri, 26 June 2015:
দুঃখের শেষ
ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রী শ্রীল ভক্তি নির্ম্মল আচার্য্য মহারাজের হরি-কথামৃত: "এ ঘোর-সংসারে পড়িয়া মানব না পায় দুঃখের শেষ, সাধুসঙ্গ করি' হরি ভজে যদি তবে অন্ত হয় ক্লেশ ।"
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শ্রীশ্রীপ্রেমবিবর্ত্ত, অধ্যায় ১১-১৫
ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রী শ্রীল ভক্তি নির্ম্মল আচার্য্য মহারাজ শ্রীশ্রীপ্রেমবিবর্ত্ত থেকে পড়ছেন: "নবদ্বীপ-দীপক", "বৈষ্ণব-মহিমা", "শ্রীগৌরদর্শনের ব্যাকুলতা", "বিপরীত বিবর্ত্ত", "শ্রীনবদ্বীপে পূর্বাহ্ন-লীলা", "পীরিতি কিরূপ ?"
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Recent Preaching (43 photographs, 3 Mb)
Photographs of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj's village preaching taken earlier this month.

 

 

Sri Govinda Kunda Marbling
The works have commenced on marbling and paving the steps of Sri Govinda Kunda at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Sri Nabadwip Dham, India. Photographs taken yesterday, 25 June.

 

 

Sat, 27 June 2015:
In the Face of Austerity
"Some problem will come through your service—if everything always goes smooth it is not service. If your boat is going in the same direction as the current, your boat will go easily, but if the current is going in the opposite direction, then you will have to row hard."
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Paving Progress
The paving and marbling works are continuing steadily in Sri Nabadwip Dham.

 

 

 

Sun, 28 June 2015 (Today is Sri Padmini Ekadashi):
Enthusiasm for Service: the Yajna-Patnis
"One of the qualities that are favourable to devotion is enthusiasm. 'Oh, when will the day come? When will the day come? When will I do my service? When will I go to the temple?'—this kind of enthusiasm, utsaha, is necessary to have."
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Lured and Lashed
"If you enter the illusory environment, you become attacked by it and cannot run away from there—you get beaten so much but cannot run away; but the Guru can break the illusory environment and let us see the chinmaya dham, transcendental abode."
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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, 29 June 2015 (Paran is at 4:56–9:02 a.m.):
Enthusiasm for Service: Jar, Stool, Banana Skin
"Why do we not get energy? Why do we not get happiness through our service? Because we have some material desire inside—desire for something else. This material desire is like stool, discard it and you will get happiness."
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Tue, 30 June 2015:
Service: Faith and Surrender
"If somebody has Gurudev's photo, the Deities' photo in their house, they can worship themselves—their house becomes a temple. Even though they cannot come to the temple, they should cook for the Deities and take prasad. Not all devotees may be doing it, but it is necessary."
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Sure Is Only Death
"Krishna will protect you, Krishna will save you. If you are meant to die, you can go to even a rathole and die there. Nobody can protect themselves, you know that."
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Q&A: Friendship, Offences, Chastity, Dependence
His Divine Grace Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj is answering devotees' questions: Is friendship possible? Why do we lose enthusiasm? How does affection come? How to please Gurudev? How to preach to new people on the street? How to awake chastity and surrender?
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Bengali Section
Updated weekly, this part of the website is dedicated to the Bengali language posts created to spread the teachings of our Gurus and the Math among the Bengali-speaking audience. As before, the updates will be reflected on the main page (here) as well.

 

 

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Sanatan-siksa: Surrender in Good Association
'Giving up all bad association, giving up adherence to social rules of varnas and asrams, thus ridding yourself of all material possessions (attachment), take exclusive shelter at the lotus feet of Krishna.'

 

Sri Sri Prema-Vivarta
“A proper renunciant easily attains devotion: everything they do is purified by devotion to Krishna.”

Who is my friend? Who is my enemy? I am my own friend, and I am my own enemy.

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