MONTHLY ARCHIVE OF UPDATES
Mon, 1 February 2016:Service Capacity
"You cannot ignore anybody. Not everybody is qualified to do the goshala seva, but everybody has some quality. You should test the person and depending on what quality they have you must use that quality for the service to the Lord, to Guru."
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News from Sri
Nabadwip Dham (9 photographs, 0.8 Mb)
Tue, 2 February 2016:Sincere Enquiry
"Life is always temporary, but how can you during this temporary life attain something eternal? This is what we must all understand. You must search for the eternal things, you must find where the original source is."
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Wed, 3 February 2016:Service Target
Question: It is said in the scriptures we cannot attain anything without the mercy of the spiritual master, how can we know that our service or our intention is reaching the heart of Gurudev?
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Thu, 4 February 2016: (Today is Sri Shat-tila Ekadashi)Happy Birthday
"On your birthday you can ask the Lord, ask Gurudev only, 'Prabhu, please engage me more and more in serving You. I am a fallen soul, I have no quality or qualification, but You can engage me.' This is the way to celebrate a birthday—by doing Guru-puja..."
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Latest from Sri
Nabadwip Dham (29 photographs, 2.8 Mb)
Sri Ekadashi Guidance
Fri, 5 February 2016:January Preaching, Bengali classes:
1. • Practising life without enjoyment and renunciation • Types of faith • Pariksit Maharaj, Khatvanga Maharaj • Rare human birth • Search for Sri Krishna • Kali-sthan • Pastimes of Lord Vamanadev • Devotee and barber
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2. • Sannyas types • Varnasrama • Vishnuduts and Yamaduts
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3 • Days are passing quick • The Holy Name does not come to the offenders' mouth • Bhakti-anukul, bhakti-pratikul • Illusory environment • Surrender and make the best of your life
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Sat, 6 February 2016:January Preaching, Bengali classes:
4. • The Lord's advent in different ages • Prescribed religion in each of the ages • Devotee's qualities • Sanatan Goswami Prabhu's five questions • Atma-satha
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5. • Wasting a minute, a day, a year, a life • "Durlabha manava-janma labhiya" purport • Illusory family attachment • Giving up meat, fish, etc. • Preaching and good association • Bhakti-anukul, bhakti-pratikul • South Indian brahman reading Gita • Sanatana Goswami and Ishan stopped by gundas • Haridas Thakur and Laksmihira
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6. • Give mind to the Lord • Loving search for the lost servant • Recruiting for spiritual world • Arjuna Mishra • Seva and karma • Satyavadi-gram
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Sun, 7 February 2016:January Preaching, Bengali classes:
7. Harinam initiation: • Origin of the Holy Name • Process of chanting • Four Kali-sthan • The ten offences • "Son of Lord Siva"
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8. Sri Ekadasi vrata: • Mahaprabhu's Pastimes on Ekadasi day (reading from Sri Sri Prema-vivarta) • How to observe Ekadasi
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9. Madhava-tithi, Madhava-tosani: • Importance of Guru (lotus and disciple) • Srila Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad's appearance and initiation • Srila Gaura Kishor Das Babaji Maharaj's pastimes • Rupa Goswami cooks sweet rice for Sanatan Goswami • Chastity • Raghunath Das Goswami's chastity • Dhanur Das and his wife's dedication • Detachment from the world and love for the Lord
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Mon, 8 February 2016:January Preaching, Bengali classes:
10. • Sincere practice • Guru-seva, Vaishnav-seva • Sat Guru, asat guru • Srivas Pandit's daily kirtan
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11. • Family life and connection with the Lord • Chapal Gopal's offence • Vaishnavs' importance • Disciple's responsibility • Serving, not enjoying • Anugatya bhajan • Vraja gopis' position • Tulasi seva
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12. • Madan Mohan and Sanatan Goswami • Sadhus' mission • Atma-satha • Worship of Krishna fulfils all other worships • Arjuna Mishra's story • Invitation to Ekachakra and Nabadwip festivals • Jivan Chakravarti
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Tue, 9 February 2016:All That Glitters Is Not Gold
"In Bardhaman district, near Durgapur, there is a small town called Mankar. In that town, there was once a brahman called Jivan Chakravarti. This Jivan Chakravarti worshipped Lord Siva..."
Wed, 10 February 2016:January Preaching, Bengali classes:
13. • Family life with detachment and with the Lord • Uncertain life • Follow doctor's prescription • Guru-tattva • Srila Prabhupad's "wasting rice" • Sadhus' mission • Prakasananda Saraswati and Mahaprabhu
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14. • Family life • Chastity • Guru-tattva • Surrender, giving up ego
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15. • Relief from material life • Atma-satha • Arjuna Mishra, Chapal Gopal • Prakasananda Saraswati • Pariksit Maharaj, Khatvanga Maharaj • Varnasrama dharma, Lord Vamanadev
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Thu, 11 February 2016:January Preaching, Bengali classes:
16. • Satisfying the Lord through service to Vaishnavs • Ramdas and Shyamdas story • Srila Rupa Goswami Prabhu's sweet rice • Vrindavan Das Thakur and Nityananda Prabhu • Nityananda Prabhu's marriage
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17. • Atma-satha • Loving search for lost children • Madhavendra Puri and Gopal's pastimes • Lord's love for Uddhava and gopis • Krishna's headache • Invitation to parikrama • Krishna's family
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Fri, 12 February 2016:Proper Detachment
"'Do not show your false renunciation to people. Serve accepting material things, but without attachment'—it is about emotion and devotion. Here it is said, 'Practise! Always practise,' and Das Goswami, Sanatana Goswami practised so much."
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অষ্টমোঽধ্যায়ঃ : তারকব্রহ্মযোগ
Sat, 13 February 2016: (Sri Vasanta Panchami)January Preaching, Bengali classes:
18. • Atma-satha • Prescribed religions • Loving search • Khatvanga Maharaj • Karma and seva • Reading from Srimad Bhagavatam about the grihastha's service • Doctor's prescription • Sadhu's qualities • Story about a restless king • Bhog tyag, tyag tyag • Yukta-vairagya • Invitation for Sri Gaura Purnima
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19. • Hari bhajan • Guru sambandha • Yukta-vairagya • Reading from Sri Sri Prema-vivarta and other scriptures
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20. • Taking shelter of Sri Guru • Giving up bad habits
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Sri Vasanta Panchami:
• Sri Vishnupriya Devi: Clearing Obstacles
• Srila Pundarik Vidyanidhi: Householders: Appearance Is Deceptive
• Srila Raghunath Das Goswami:
- Mahaprabhu's Teachings to Srila Raghunath Das Goswami• Srila Raghunandan Thakur: Vigraha Is Not a Doll
- Breaking Free
- Internal Transformation
- Running From Pratistha
• Srila Visvanath Chakravarti Thakur: Enthusiasm for Service
Sun, 14 February 2016:Vishnupriya Devi's Sacrifice
"We must remember in our life the sacrifice that Vishnupriya Devi made. This life is not for enjoyment, this life is for service. We should learn from the sacrifice of Vishnupriya Devi..."
Latest from Sri
Nabadwip Dham (49 photographs, 4.3 Mb)
News from Sri
Ekachakra Dham (9 photographs, 0.6 Mb)
Mon, 15 February 2016: (Appearance Day of Srila Advaita Acharya Prabhu)Carried Away
"If you have some desire and you do not get free from it, it will grow and become like a poisonous tree. If you make an offence to the Lord, Vaishnavs will remove your offence, but who will remove your offence if you offend Vaishnavs? Who?..."
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Tue, 16 February 2016: (Disappearance Day of Srila Madhva Acharya)What to Give and What to Take
"Your wife is a servant of the Lord and if you take her prasad, then you will not have the ego of a master. You always take, but you must not take, you must give... What can you give? You may have nothing, but you have sweet words, you have a heart."
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Wed, 17 February 2016: (Disappearance of Srila Ramanuja Acharya)Loves Me, Loves Me Not
"What people call love is actually enjoyment. Once, a girl was married off to a military man. The husband had to go for training, and the wife stayed alone at home for several years. She wrote to him letters every day..."
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Thu, 18 February 2016: (Tomorrow is Sri Varaha Dvadashi, fasting)Sri Ekachakra Dham: History and Glory
"Our fortune is very good—we have come to the holy Dham of Nityananda Prabhu. You cannot come here unless you have a great fortune. Nityananda Prabhu's appearance day is on Saturday, but we do not know, we cannot recognise who will join the festival..."
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Mustard Crops, Sri Nabadwip
Dham (5 photographs, 0.5 Mb)
Ekachakra Dham (25 photographs, 1.8 Mb)
Fri, 19 February 2016: (Sri Varaha Dvadasi, fast)Life for the Lord (Bengali class)
• Spiritual family life • Real and bogus gurus • Proper practice: what to accept and what to reject • Jive daya, Name ruchi, Vaishnava seva • Clearing yourself of other desires • Bhakti Vinod Thakur's prayers to Sriman Nityananda Prabhu • A disciple's surrender • Nityananda Prabhu's leaving home and preaching for Mahaprabhu.
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Nityananda Prabhu's Appearance Day is coming (Bengali class)
Sat, 20 February 2016: (Sri Nityananda Trayodasi)Appearance Day of Sri Nityananda Prabhu, Ekachakra
(55 photographs, 5.6 Mb)
This most auspicious day is spent in happy and peaceful service and nourishing Hari-katha here at Sri Ekachakra Dham. Throughout the day His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj speaks to the assembled devotees, telling about the pastimes of the Lord and describing at length the way to attain Lord Nityananda's mercy.
Sri Sri Nityananda Mahimamrita (scanned PDF, 12.9 Mb, Bengali)
The Bengali version of the book is now available for download. "The book The Divine Pastimes of Sri Nityananda Prabhu is 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."
Sun, 21 February 2016:Sri Varaha Dvadasi class
• Festival Programme (fast, paran, lectures) • Nityananda, Guru-tattva • Sat griha • Vamanadev and Bali Maharaj's surrender.
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Sri Ekachakra Parikrama 2016:
Sri Ekachakra Parikrama 2015:
Mon, 22 February 2016: (Appearance of Srila Narottam Das Thakur)· Sriman Nityananda Prabhu's Appearance day programme ·
• Jaya Jaya Gurudever arati ujjvala • Nitai guna mani amar • Emona durmati • Hari Hari viphale janama gainu • Gaya Gora madhur svare
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• Realise where you are and what you are doing • Nityananda Prabhu's blessing to Sivananda Sen • Raghunath Das Goswami • Serving or using Nityananda Prabhu? • Stolen kartals • Nityananda Prabhu and Jahnavi and Vasudha • Pandav-tala, Jagannath mandir, Sivji Maharaj temple.
Download the audio (17.7 Mb, 52 min | 20 February 2016) Noon class (after parikrama)
• Parikrama, sravan, kirtan as part of 64 bhaktyangas • Jivan Chakravarti's story • Short life, sincere service to Krishna • Sadhu-sanga • Service to the Lord.
Download the audio (11.8 Mb, 35 min | 20 February 2016) Evening class
• Sadhu-sanga is not only physical proximity • Using life and things for service • Shelter of Nityananda Prabhu's feet • Durvasa Muni and Ambarish Maharaj • Parikrama glory, invitation to Nabadwip.
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Thakur: Our Guru, Our Protector, Our Shelter
Tue, 23 February 2016:At Nityananda Prabhu's Feet
"Today in a very beautiful way we have concluded the celebration of Sri Nityananda Prabhu's appearance festival. It is not every day that we can come to the lotus feet of Sri Nityananda Prabhu: we must pray to the lotus feet of Nityananda Prabhu."
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Wed, 24 February 2016:Proper Practice (Bengali class)
• Practise at home • How Duhkhi became Sukhi • Gunarnava Mishra and Ramdas Minaketana • Faith and service • Sanatan Goswami's suicide • Reading from Sri Sri Prema-vivarta • Gora Daha • Gitar Samsara
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Thu, 25 February 2016:Anukul and Pratikul
"Accept what is favourable to devotion and reject what is not favourable. Srila Sridhar Maharaj said that if you do both what is favourable and what is unfavourable, it will not work (the two do not go together)."
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Fri, 26 February 2016:Managing or Damaging?
"We have all come here because we want be a servitor—we do not want to become a manager. I came here as a sweeper, and I want to die as a sweeper."
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Sat, 27 February 2016:News from Sri Nabadwip Dham (29 photographs, 2.8 Mb)
The hot days and at times rainy evenings before the Gaura Purnima festival are spent in various services around the Math: cleaning, painting, carpenting, marketing, preparing accommodation, and so on.
Sun, 28 February 2016: (Appearance of Bhagavan Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad)
"Today is a special day, Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur's appearance day. If he had not come, where would we get Srila Guru Maharaj, Srila Gurudev? If we do not get mercy from Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur, without Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur, we cannot think about Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj."
— Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj
Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur (Bengali
"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."
Sri Bhakti Siddhanta Vani
Mon, 29 February 2016:Srila Prabhupad: Embodiment of Mercy
"Today is the holy appearance day of Bhagavan Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Thakur Prabhupad, whom we are here to offer prayers to in the assembly of the devotees. He is Jagad Guru and what he gave to the world, no one else could ever give..."
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