MONTHLY ARCHIVE OF UPDATES

MARCH 2016

 

 

Tue, 1 March 2016:
Dedication to Service
"By the mercy of Gurudev we are given a tongue to chant the Holy Name, to chant the glories of the Guru and Vaishnavs, but if we criticise others and tell bad things about others, what is then the difference between the mouth and the other gates?"

Dedication to Service (Bengali class + evening kirtans)
 Adosa-darasi  Service mood  Tongue for service, not for stool  Srila Prabhupad's teachings  Nirjan bhajan and phalgu-vairagya  Approach to taking initiation  Mahaprabhu, the greatest donor
Download the audio (10.7 Mb, 32 min | 29 February 2016)

 

Wed, 2 March 2016:
Vice of Kali-Yuga
"The Kali-yuga's people are now addicted to ganja, whiskey, smoking—it is a very difficult situation. If you ask the Lord for other things, Krishna will give that to you, but He will withdraw devotion from you. You cannot do what is unfavourable to devotion..."
Download the audio (1.8 Mb, 6 min | 1 March 2016)

 

Thu, 3 March 2016:
Chastity: Disciple's Virtue
"What is mainly necessary is chastity. If Gurudev told me not to go to a temple, how will I go there? Maybe Gurudev said it to me twenty-five years ago, but I will not forget it. I want to follow that instruction until my death."
Download the audio (2.1 Mb, 6 min | 1 March 2016)

 

Fri, 4 March 2016:
A Humble Heart
"It is necessary to give honour to others. If you make so many offences, your heart becomes as hard as a thunderbolt, and as a result, kirtan, chanting of the Holy Name will not come to your mouth."
Download the audio (3.5 Mb, 11 min | 3 March 2016)

 

Sat, 5 March 2016: (Sri Vijaya Ekadasi)
Parikrama: Benefit and Benefactor
"When I see some eighty-year-old lady walking before me and faster than me, I get so much energy from them. They get strength through chanting of the Holy name—this is the kind of change that comes. If you chant the Holy Name, the Holy Name will take you."
Download the audio (1.6 Mb, 5 min | 4 March 2016)

News From Sri Nabadwip Dham (36 photographs, 3.2 Mb)
As the days pass and draw closer to Sri Gaura Purnima festival, the service activities condense and everybody is happily anticipating the arrival of the family, trying to make all necessary arrangements to serve them. Over a hundred devotees are expected to fly in from the West, and thousands are expected to flock from all over India.

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, 6 March 2016: (Sri Ekadasi paran is at 6:00–9:52 a.m.)
Gift of Service
"Mercy comes through desire. If you have a strongest desire, you will serve your Lord, your Guru, and Krishna, Guru will take your service. But if there comes even a little distance from our service, Maya is always ready: as soon as Maya gets some place, you will be immediately attacked by her."

 

Mon, 7 March 2016:
Effective Service
"If your mind wants to go somewhere or to do something, it is not service. What Vaishnav tells you, that is service." Do not become a victim of the half hen logic...
Download the audio (2.6 Mb, 8 min | 5 March 2016)

 

Tue, 8 March 2016: (Sri Sivaratri)
 

Sri Sivaratri (27 photographs, 2.3 Mb)
Photographs taken this morning and afternoon at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. Everything is proceeding peacefully and happily towards Sri Gaura Purnima Festival in the shelter of the lotus feet of Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj.
 

From the archive:
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..."
Download the audio (1.9 Mb, 6 min)

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."
Download the audio (2.2 Mb, 7 min)

From Sri Nabadwip Dham:
Shortly before the sun begins to approach the horizon, the devotees take bath, put on clean clothes and gather at the samadhi-mandirs for the evening arati. After the arati and the parikrama, everyone comes to the temple of Lord Sada Siva Gangadhar and offer their obeisances, prayers and offerings of the Ganges water, milk, etc. and some pranami. Devotees start chanting from 6 p.m. and carry on till sunrise for the pleasure of Sri Guru and Sri Sada Siva, praying for the mercy of the great Vaishnav Thakur.

 

Wed, 9 March 2016:
Vaisnav Ke? (An Appeal to Your Mind)
"We do not want to stay in the temple because there are so many rules and regulations—everything has to be maintained at a certain time, and if you live alone, nobody will tell you anything, but you will be losing your devotional activities. Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur said that nirjan bhajan is self-deception."
Download the audio (6.3 Mb, 19 min | 6 March 2016)

 

Thu, 10 March 2016:
POEM: Vaisnav ke? | বৈষ্ণব কে ?
"O naughty mind! What kind of a Vaishnav are you? You stay alone at home for your own fame and name—your chanting of the Holy Name is nothing but cheating."

 

Fri, 11 March 2016:
Knock, Knock! (Ahvana Poem)
"Who is your friend? Your friend has come to your house as a beggar and prays to you, 'Please chant the Name of Krishna! Come with us!' Just like a beggar he comes to you, but you cannot recognise him."
Download the audio (2.7 Mb, 8 min | 28 February 2012)

 

Sat, 12 March 2016:
Hijack Scheme
"It is Gurudev's duty to hijack the conditioned souls—we do not hijack your money, your gold, your wealth or property, nothing like that—we hijack you from the illusory environment and bring you to Krishna's family, give you service."
Download the audio (3.4 Mb, 10 min | 10 March 2016)

 

Sun, 13 March 2016:
Digesting Gurudev's Love
"They cannot understand how much love and affection Gurudev has for them. They think Gurudev loves his disciples but not his godbrothers and godsisters, and that is why they left..."
Download the audio (1.3 Mb, 4 min | 11 March 2016)

 

Mon, 14 March 2016:
Courtesy and Affection
"The Lord has at last given us a tongue, and by the mercy of the Lord, Gurudev we have got this Hare Krishna maha-mantra. With this mouth you say, 'You are a disciple of another sannyasi, I do not like you,' but this is not the courtesy, this is not our religion."
Download the audio (2.7 Mb, 8 min | 12 March 2016)

News From Sri Nabadwip Dham (19 photographs, 1.7 Mb)
The Math is getting full day by day as the pilgrims begin to flock from all over India and the rest of the world, warmly welcomed devotees from the UK and Mauritius are among the latest arrivals. Here are several photographs taken over the past few days.

 

Tue, 15 March 2016:
Receiving and Transmitting
"When your dust is removed, the magnet will immediately catch you, but when there is a lot of dust, the magnet will not work. You should listen to Hari-katha, Krishna-katha—and you must listen properly, with your mind, speech, and body."
Download the audio (1.3 Mb, 4 min | 12 March 2016)

 

Wed, 16 March 2016:
Tackling Mood Swings
"Some day your mood is not good, but you should chant the Holy Name, chant and practise more and more. You should think, 'Why is my mind not good? Why is my mood not good? I must do more service, I must practise more.'"
Download the audio (1.7 Mb, 5 min | 12 March 2016)

Evening Kirtans
Sri Guru charana padma • Sri Krishna Chaitanya Prabhu doya kare more • Ohe Vaisnava Thakura • Nitai pada kamala • Emona durmati • Gaya Gora madhur svare • Hari Haraye nama Krsna.
Download the audio (12.5 Mb, 28 min | 12 March 2016)

 

Thu, 17 March 2016:
Glowing Glory of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math
(43 photographs, 6.6 Mb)
Our Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math is glowing in its glory as the devotees arrive in bigger and bigger waves, slowly filling every nook and cranny of the temple. Everybody happily participates in the programme and His Divine Grace repeatedly encourages the devotees to think of the glory of Sri Nabadwip Dham, aparadh-bhanjan-pat, and practise properly, attending the programmes, classes, kirtans, services, and wear the ornaments of humility, tolerance and honour to others, forgetting own happiness and comfort.

Evening Class: Practise At Home And In the Temple
• Parikrama mood • Entering this world and body for service • Glories of Srimati Tulasi Devi • Importance of understanding the proper mood of the Math • Piety is the path to heaven, not to home • Parikrama is service, not business or pleasure • Practise at home and at the temple, not to waste time.
Download the audio (17.6 Mb, 52 min | 15 March 2016)

 

Fri, 18 March 2016: (Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama Adhivas)
Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama: Adhivas (44 photographs, 3.9 Mb)
Photographs taken throughout the day here amidst the thousands of Vaishnavs assembled from sorts of walks of life to take the dust of Sri Nabadwip Dham on their heads and visit the places of the Lord's Pastimes in the company of Srila Gurudev, the Lord's very own, and thousands of auspicious souls, including Lord Brahma, Siva, and others.

News from Sri Nabadwip Dham (25 photographs, 2.1 Mb)
As more and more devotees arrive, the number of happy and smiling faces is growing—everyone is happy to reunite with the family and meet new members. Everything is proceeding smoothly and happily towards Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama. Among the news are new publications that are presented to His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj at the end of the evening class: a new issue of Sri Gaudiya Darshan magazine, much and long awaited reprint of Sri Chaitanya-bhagavata as well as a Russian translation of the first volume of Srila Acharya Maharaj's Guidance.

· Sri Vaishnava Calendar for 2016-2017 ·
We have received and added the calendar of auspicious days celebrated and observed at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math for the following year, Sri Gaurabda 531 (2016-2017).

Evening Class: Remember Where You Are
• The eyes to see parikrama • This is your home • Kali-yuga dharma • Nabadwip's inner form • Happiness is service • Attachment to the Dham • Use everything for service to the Lord • Soldier of the Lord or of Maya?
Download the audio (17.2 Mb, 50 min | 16 March 2016)

 

Sat, 19 March 2016: (Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama, Day One, Amalaki Ekadasi)
Evening Class: Exclusive Surrender
A lively class of kirtans and Hari-katha: • No time • "If you chant the Holy Name during the parikrama, the Lord will personally take your hand and take you for the parikrama—legs are not necessary, nothing is necessary." • This life is rare and valuable, the Lord appears to give mercy to all • Exclusive surrender to the Lord • Sadhu-sanga is the remedy from all distress.
Download the audio (14 Mb, 41 min | 17 March 2016)

Evening class: Sri Nabadwip Dham Adhivas
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj is speaking on the eve of Sri Nabadwip Dham parikrama.
Download the audio (14 Mb, 41 min | 17 March 2016)

 

Sun, 20 March 2016: (Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama, disappearance of Srila Madhavendra Puri)
Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama: Day One (72 photographs, 6.5 Mb)
Sharing the glimpses of the first day of Sri Nabadwip Dham parikrama spent in the shade of the lotus feet of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj and the holy Vaishnavs. Parikrama of Sri Mayapur, Sri Simantadwip, Sri Rudradwip, and Sri Antardwip.

Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama: Day Two (43 photographs, 3.9 Mb)
Day two of Sri Nabadwip Dham parikrama takes the devotees to Vriddha Shiva, Praudha Maya, Sri Vishnu Priya's Deity of Sri Gauranga, and Srila Jagannath Das Babaji Maharaj's samadhi mandir.

 

 

Mon, 21 March 2016: (Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama, Day Three)
Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama: Day Three (55 photographs, 5.6 Mb)
Photographs taken during the third day of Sri Nabadwip Dham parikrama. The devotees visit Godrumdwip and Madhyadwip: Surabhi Kunja temple, Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur's Svananda Sukhada Kunja bhajan kutir, Hari Hara ksetra, Suvarna-bihar temple, and Sri Nrisingha Palli.

 

Tue, 22 March 2016: (Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama, Day Four)
Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama: Day Four (44 photographs, 4.6 Mb)
The concluding day of Sri Nabadwip Dham parikrama. In the shelter of the lotus feet of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj, the devotees visit Sri Samudra-ghat, Srila Dvija Vaninath's temple, Vidya Nagar (Srila Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya's Gaudiya Math and parental house), Sri Saranga Murari's temple and Sri Vrindavan Das Thakur's appearance place.

 

Wed, 23 March 2016: (Sri Gaura-Purnima; Fast till moonrise, then no grains)
Sri Gaura Purnima Mahotsav (51 photographs, 4.6 Mb)
Sri Gaura Purnima festival (the appearance day of Lord Gauranga) celebrated in the assembly of the stalwart Vaishnavs and under the guidance of the lotus feet of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj.

 

Sri Gaura Purnima Adhivas (8 photographs, 1.2 Mb)
Photographs taken at the evening programme on the eve of Sri Gaura Purnima, the divine appearance of Lord Gauranga.

 

 

 

From the archive:

Sri Sri Prema Dhama Deva Stotram (Download or read online)
"I offer my respects unto Sri Gaurangadev, who rose like a golden moon in Sri Mayapura in 1407 Sakabda, revealed the Pastime of accepting the garments of the renounced order, sannyas, in 1431 Sakabda in order to benedict the entire material universe, and disappeared beyond the ordinary vision of the people of this world in 1455 Sakabda. I offer my obeisances to that beautiful Golden Lord, Gaurangasundar, the divine form of Krishna prema."

তবে বন্দোঁ শ্রীকৃষ্ণচৈতন্য মহেশ্বর, নবদ্বীপে অবতার, নাম—'বিশ্বম্ভর'
An archive recording of Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj reading from the first chapter of Sri Chaitanya-bhagavat, Adi-khanda, where Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur describes the Lord's appearance.
Listen online or Download the audio (5 Mb, 15 min)

Far but Near
"Without his mercy we cannot be present here. Every year we think we will join this festival next year, but only Krishna knows whether we can join or not. Only by the mercy of Gurudev, by the mercy of Mahaprabhu can we be here."
Download the audio (1 Mb, 4 min)

 

Thu, 24 March 2016: (Srila Jagananth Mishra's anadotsav)
Sri Vishva Vaishnava Raja-Sabha
"Gurudev told me, 'The day after Gaura Purnima, you will sit together at Vishva Vaishnava Raja-Sabha,' and it is my duty to do that. We have come here to be together, and everyone can speak their own language—if it can be translated into English and Bengali, that is good for the mission."
Download the audio (3.2 Mb, 10 min | 24 March 2016)

 

Fri, 25 March 2016:
My Grief
"Today, by the mercy of Sri Gurupadpadma, by the mercy of Gaura Hari, you have successfully, beautifully and without any obtacles completed Sri Nabadwip Dham parikrama. It is a very happy, joyful day, but at the same time it is also a sorrowful day..."

 

Sat, 26 March 2016:
Evening Class: "Auspiciousness of Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama"
• No time • Service at parikrama and behind the scene • Srila Guru Maharaj: "I will invite personally [for Gaura Purnima]" • Auspiciousness of the parikrama • Sadhu's tolerance • Promise to Gurudev: "I will not run away—as long as I have a drop of blood in this body I will not leave your Deity, your mission, your devotees; I will not go anywhere" • Laksmi Devi sweeping the courtyard of Srimati Radharani • Parikrama programme.
Download the audio (15.5 Mb, 46 min | 18 March 2016)

Evening Class, 19 March (First Day of Parikrama):
Main class: "Practising Life"
• Second day parikrama programme • Vishnupriya Devi's sacrifice • Madhavendra Puri's position in sampradaya • Yuga dharma, Gauranga's avatara • Power of the Holy Name • Genuine doctor • Back to Godhead • Krishna's family and the story of 'Gita family').
Download the audio (22.5 Mb, 66 min | 19 March 2016)

Kirtan:
• Sri Guru charana-padma • Sri Krishna Chaitanya Prabhu daya kara more • Ohe Vaishnava Thakura dayara sagara • Nitai-pada-kamala • Emona durmati samsara bhitare • Suddha-bhakata-charana renu • Jaya Radhe Jaya Krishna • Hari Haraye.
Download the audio (15 Mb, 33 min | 19 March 2016)

About Amalaki Ekadasi:
Download the audio (1.7 Mb, 5 min | 19 March 2016)

 

Sun, 27 March 2016:
Evening Class, 20 March (Second Day of Parikrama):
"Madhavendra Puripad"
• Second day parikrama completed • Madhavendra Puri's pastimes • Sravan, kirtan are main practices • Real disciple is rare, real Guru is rare • Tulasi mala and homeless dogs • Srila Prabhupad's lecture in Murshidabad • Krishna's family and the story of 'Gita family').
Download the audio (16.8 Mb, 37 min | 20 March 2016)

Evening Class, 21 March (Third Day of Parikrama):
"Nimai's Pastimes and Stories"
• Welcome austerity for the Lord • Attraction to the Lord (Hari Hara) • Programme for the fourth day of parikrama and Gaura Purnima • Nimai eating a sannyasi's offerings • Nimai's horoscope • Rescuing Digvijari Pandit • Rescuing two thieves • Naughty Pastimes at the Ganges • Duhkhi becomes Sukhi • Faith: Mukunda's punishment and blessing • Faith: Brahmin and cobbler • Rupa Goswami cooks sweet rice • Sanatan Goswami's suicide • Govinda's service to Mahaprabhu • Guru and two fighting disciples
Download the audio (13.3 Mb, 37 min | 21 March 2016)

 

Mon, 28 March 2016: (Festival at Sri Hapaniya Dham)
Over Service Hurdles
"When we came here, we did not know anything about Krishna consciousness, but everything comes by the mercy of Gurudev. Tolerance and patience are necessary. When you stay in a temple many problems will come, but you must not leave your service."
Download the audio (4.5 Mb, 10 min | 24 March 2016)
(Note: Low quality audio, His Divine Grace's voice is hoarse after the parikrama days)


Sri Dham Nabadwip and Hapaniya: Last Festival
(34 photographs, 3.1 Mb)
Sri Gaura Purnima festival has finished and the devotees, overflowing with gratitude and appreciation for the festival, return to their homes and householder practice taking the lotus feet of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj in their hearts. Today is Sri Panchami Dol and the Deity installation at Sri Hapaniya Dham, the worshippable birthplace of Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. His Divine Grace takes the devotees to Sri Hapaniya Dham to participate in the festival and we are sharing some photographs taken earlier during Sri Jagannath Mishra anadotsav and today at Sri Hapaniya Dham.

 

 

Tue, 29 March 2016:
Dog Stories: Fortune and Perseverance
"1) For the Ratha-yatra last year, I bought only two hundred train tickets to Puri for the devotees, but soon after that I got some news... 2) Once two dogs wanted to go for Nabadwip parikrama from Dharmatala (Kolkata)..." Two stories with fundamental moral.
Download the audio (2.1 Mb, 5 min | 24 March 2016)
(Note: Low quality audio, His Divine Grace's voice is hoarse after the parikrama days)

 

Wed, 30 March 2016:
Be Wise
"Devotees gave me some advice and maya also gave me some advice, but I did not accept maya's advice. Actually what you do—what you accept and what you reject—depends upon you. You have some intelligence, and that intelligence comes through association..."
Download the audio (2.7 Mb, 6 min | 28 March 2016)

 

Thu, 31 March 2016:
Odd and Ends (5)
Several educating excerpts from the lectures of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj that were not included in the main posts:
• "He will arrange" • Initiation & Sisya's karma • No beads in the bathroom • Prerequisite for initiation • Acharya Board's function • "I am not doing anything" • Prasadam like nectar • Deceit-free service • A change of dress • No tilak—burning ghat • Depend upon your Guru.
Download the audio (5.7 Mb, 13 min)

 

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The Ball Is in Your Court
Now is the time to make the best of your good fortune: fulfil your Guru's desire, practise, and become successful!

 

Sri Sri Prema-Vivarta
“Service to Krishna and the sadhus is relishable to the soul. By simply opposing material nature, you end up completely disheartened.”

If you do today what your mind wants to do, tomorrow it will be something else, next day again something else—that is why the mind must be controlled.

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