MONTHLY ARCHIVE OF UPDATES

APRIL 2017

 

Sat, 1 April 2017:
Guidance, Issue #10 (EPUB file, 0.7 Mb)
An ePub file for offline reading on mobile phones and tablets containing the lectures of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj published here from January to March 2017. We pray this serves as a source of guidance, nourishment, and life to all the devotees and well-wishers worldwide.

 

Vaishnava Calendar (Google, android)
We are sharing Vaishnava calendar in Google online calendar service that can be used in most android-based smartphones, as well as in gmail account. Here is how you can add it to your android smartphone:

-Follow the link above
-Click on a "plus" sign at the bottom of the page to add it to your Google Calendar page
-If you are not logged in Google account, enter your login info
-The calendar will appear in your Google Calendar under "Other calendars"
-On your phone: update/synchronise your google account calendar in the settings of your phone. Restart your phone if the Calendar events do not appear immediately.

Note: the calendar has notifications set for the major dates, but you need to see the calendar settings in your phone to make sure you get these notifications. You can also receive notification by email, see the settings in your online Google calendar.

 

Sun, 2 April 2017:
Where There Is a Will...
"If you try, you can do it. If you say, 'I will chant the Holy Name,' you will be able to do it, but if you do not have any desire to do it and say, 'I will not chant the Holy Name,' then no one can force you. Is it not so? There is one story about it..."
Download the audio (2.1 Mb, 6 min | 21 February 2017 | Bengali)

Preaching Programme in Bora Kamalapur
This morning, His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj is visiting fortunate devotees in Bora Kamalapur (Hooghly district) with nagar sankirtan and Hari-katha.
(2 April 2017 | 10 photographs, 0.7 Mb)

 

 

Mon, 3 April 2017:
News from Sri Nabadwip Dham
Sharing two more good news of our Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math: Sunday was not only marked with a sweet preaching programme, but also an extension of service paraphernalia of the Math, as well as a new brahmachari...
(2 April 2017 | 5 photographs, 0.3 Mb)

 

Tue, 4 April 2017:
Devotee's Humility
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj describes humility, one of the core qualities of surrender: "It is necessary to surrender fully, it is necessary to have saranagati. Saranagati means dainyata, humility."
Download the audio (1.7 Mb, 5 min | 21 February 2017 | Bengali)

 


Note: Some of the preparations known to be favourite to His Divine Grace Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj: Rice, mung or chana dal, stir-fried karela, sak, posto bora, aloo siddho (boiled potato, mashed with chilli and salt), cauliflower pakoras, singara (samosa), mixed vegetable subji, paneer rasa, boiled potato, tomato chutney, achar (pickle), avocado salad (with a little salt and olive oil), cucumber salad, mango, paramanna (sweet rice), rasagullas, sandesh, a cake, vanilla ice-cream.

 

Wed, 5 April 2017: (Sri Rama Navami—appearance of Lord Ramachandra; fast until noon)
Mind Matters
"If you make one step to the Lord, the Lord will make ten steps to you—but you have to make the first step. If you sit at home, can you hear Hari-katha? Some can hear the class from outside because we have loudspeakers, but their mind will be in some other place..."
Download the audio (1.9 Mb, 6 min | 21 February 2017 | Bengali)

Dasa-avatara-stotram | দশাবতারস্তোত্রম্
"O Hari! O Kesava! O Lord of the universe! You have assumed the form of Ramachandra! All glory to You! During the battle at Lanka You distributed to all the directions the most pleasing, crowning offering of the ten heads of Ravan, which were desired by the guardians of the directions."


 "Lord Ramachandra became King during Treta-yuga, but because of His good government, the age was like Satya-yuga. Everyone was religious and completely happy."
 "He was a saintly king, and everything in His character was good, untinged by qualities like anger. He taught good behavior for everyone, especially for householders, in terms of varnasrama-dharma. Thus He taught the general public by His personal activities."
 "Lord Ramachandra's spotless name and fame, which vanquish all sinful reactions, are celebrated in all directions, like the ornamental cloth of the victorious elephant that conquers all directions."
(Srimad Bhagavatam, 9.10-11)


 

Thu, 6 April 2017:
Remember Where You Belong To
"You must promise me now that if you go back to your home, you will serve the Guru, Vaishnavs, Bhagavan, that you will practise properly. Do not go back to the mundane world, do not go back to the attachment with the family life."
Download the audio (0.8 Mb, 3 min | 9 March 2012)

 

Fri, 7 April 2017: (Sri Kamada Ekadasi, Adhivas of Srila Gurudev's disappearance festival)
Adhivas at Sri Govardhan
On the second day of Sri Govardhan parikrama, His Divine Grace takes the devotees to Sri Radha Kunda, Shyama Kunda paying obeisance at and taking darshan of many temples and samadhi mandirs of our Guru-varga.
(7 April 2017 | 39 photographs, 2 Mb)

Arriving at Sri Govardhan
Sharing first photographs of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj's visit to Sri Govardhan—the beautiful temple compound, morning class, and a short afternoon parikrama visiting Sri Haridev Temple, Brahma Kunda, Chakleswar Mahadev's temple, Manasi Ganga.
(6 April 2017 | 28 photographs, 1.1 Mb)

 


Sri Govardhan parikrama classes (2015):

Appearance of Sri Giriraj
"...When I was doing Govardhan parikrama, I was looking both sides, thinking (Gurudev was also thinking), 'You have made the temple in Govinda Kunda, but how you will bring Govardhan? How will you get Him?'"
Download the audio (1.4 Mb, 4 min)

Parikrama of Sri Govardhan
"How do we do parikrama? Govardhan is like a peacock, our temple is near Manasa Ganga, at the mouth of Govardhan, and we start the parikrama from the tail and do half portion one day, and the second half the next day."
Download the audio (2.8 Mb, 8 min)

The Aanyor Village
"During the parikrama, we pass a village called Aanyor when we go to see Govinda Kunda. One day, Madhavendra Puri was sitting there and chanting all day..."
Download the audio (2.1 Mb, 6 min)

 


In honour of the eve (adhivas) of Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's disappearance festival:

Service in Separation
"If you follow your Guru's instruction, if you fulfil his desire, even after his disappearance, if you always think what will make him happy, then you will get his association, you will feel joy..."
Download the audio (5 Mb, 13 min | 22 April 2013)

 


Sri Ekadasi Guidance
Guidelines on how to observe and honour this holy day: Ekadasi takes an indispensible part in the life of a sincere practitioner. At Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Ekadasi and paran are observed with affection and without fail according to the dates given in the Calendar.

"Sri Ekadasi" (Sri Sri Prema Vivarta)
"One day, Gaurahari left the Gundicha Temple and sat in the Jagannath Vallabha garden. It was pure Ekadasi, and the Lord spent the whole day and night chanting the Name of Krishna..."

SONG: Suddha-bhakata | শুদ্ধ ভকত-চরণ-রেণু
"I carefully observe the holy days related to Madhava, they are the mother of devotion."

SONG: Sri hari-vasare | শ্রীহরি-বাসরে হরি
"On the holy day of Sri Hari, Sriman Mahaprabhu, the life and soul of the universe, began dancing..."

 

Sat, 8 April 2017: (Disappearance day of Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj)
Srila Gurudev's Disappearance Festival at Sri Govardhan
In the shade of the holy lotus feet of Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj, assembled fortunate devotees and Vaishnavs observe the holy disappearance day of our beloved Gurupadpadma Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
(8 April 2017 | 59 photographs, 2.3 Mb)

Srila Gurudev's Disappearance Festival at Sri Nabadwip Dham
Devotees observe the holy disappearance day of Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj at Sri Nabadwip Dham in a peaceful and beautiful programme including Hari-katha, arati and prasad seva.
(8 April 2017 | 18 photographs, 1.4 Mb)

 

gurvvabhista-supurakam guru-ganair asisa-sambhusitam
chintyachintya-samasta-veda-nipunam sri-rupa-panthanugam
govindabhidham ujjvalam vara-tanum bhakty anvitam-sundaram
vande visva-gurun cha divya-bhagavat-premno hi bija-pradam

"I offer my obeisance unto he who perfectly fulfils his Gurudev's most cherished desires; who is fully adorned with the blessings of his Gurudev’s associates; who is expert in all aspects of Vedic knowledge, both conceivable and inconceivable; who is the pre-eminent follower of Srila Rupa Goswami Prabhu's line; who is known as 'Govinda'—Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj; whose beautiful, effulgent, exalted form is infused with pure devotion; who is the Guru of the entire universe; and who is the giver of the seed of divine love for the Supreme Lord."

 

Biography of Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj
A glorification article that sprang forth from the interpretation of the Pranam-mantra of His Divine Grace and was originally published as an Appendix to the Revealed Truth.

 

Sri Samadhi Mandir Verses
Pages containing the verses that were selected to adorn the samadhi-mandir of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Jagad Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. May these pages please and nourish the Vaishnavs' hearts.

 


Srila Gurudev's Disappearance Festival, 2013
His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj speaking in Bengali at Sri Nabadwip Dham about the glories and pastimes of Srila Gurudev, Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, to the assembly of Vaishnavs on 23 April 2013.
download the audio (18 Mb, 53 min | 23 April 2013)

Srila Gurudev's Disappearance Festival, 2015 (morning)
Appreciating the good fortune and practice • Urging to preach for Gurudev • Separation from devotees—the most painful • Reading from Sri Sri Prema-vivarta (Chaters 6-10)
অত্যন্ত দুর্লভ সৌভাগ্য • ভক্ত বিরহ সবচেয়ে খারাপ দুঃখ • গুরু ভোগ জন্য নয় • শ্রীশ্রীপ্রেমবিবর্ত্ত থেকে পড়া: "জীব-গতি", "সকলের পক্ষে নাম", "কুটীনাটী ছাড়", "যুক্তবৈরাগ্য", "জাতিকুল" (অধ্যায় ৬-১০).
Download the audio (17.3 Mb, 51 min | 1 April 2015)
Kirtans: Sri Rupa-manjari padaSrimad Rupa Goswami Prabhur SochakaHari Haraye
Download the audio (8 Mb, 24 min | 1 April 2015)

Srila Gurudev's Disappearance Festival, 2015 (noon)
Raghunath Das Goswami's pain of separation and nourishment • Guru as nondifferent from the Lord • Srila Gurudev's coming to the Math, relationship with Srila Sridhar Maharaj, pranam mantra • The glory of the Math • Prayer to Srila Gurudev's feet and guidance for the devotees.
রঘুনাথদাস গোস্বামীর বিপ্রলম্ভব্যথা ও আশা • গুরুদেব সাক্ষাৎ ভগবান • শ্রীল শ্রীধর মহারজের সঙ্গে শ্রীল ভক্তি সুন্দর গোবিন্দ দেবগোস্বামী মহারাজের সম্পর্ক • মাঠের প্রচুর মহিমা • গুরুদেবের চরণে প্রর্থনা ও ভক্তের জন্য উপদেশ, ইত্যাদি.
Download the audio (21.1 Mb, 62 min | 1 April 2015)
Kirtans (preceding the lecture):
• Ye anila prema-dhana • Amara jivana sada pape rata • Jaya Radha-Madhava
Download the audio (7 Mb, 21 min | 1 April 2015)

 


SONG: Jaya jaya gurudever | জয় জয় গুরুদেবের
"All glory to the effulgent arati of Srila Gurudev taking place at the foot of Govardhan for the beneft of the world!"

Krsna haite chatur-mukha | কৃষ্ণ হৈতে চতুর্ম্মুখ
Samsara-davanala | সংসার-দাবানল
Gurudev! krpa-bindu diya | গুরুদেব! কৃপাবিন্দু দিয়া
Sri-guru-charana-padma | শ্রীগুরুচরণ-পদ্ম

SONG: Ye anila prema-dhana | যে আনিল প্রেমধন
"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? Where are the saviours of the fallen souls?"

 

Sun, 9 April 2017:
Odds and Ends (7)
Several excerpts that were not included in the main posts:
• Rupanuga-dhara • Cleaning • Practice at home • If Gaura had not come... • Practise chanting kirtans • Buy kirtan guide book • Stay on track • Your home is here • Blessing for progress, not regress • Actions speak louder than words • Temple is not a house for old cows • Ultimate obstacle • In the lap of Maya • Technology for service, not indulgence • Fateful change.
Download the audio (5.5 Mb, 17 min | Compiled on 9 April 2017)

Parikrama of Sri Govardhan
With incessant kirtan and flow of Hari-katha, Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj leads the devotees on the third part of Sri Govardhan parikrama taking darshan of the many groves, kundas and temples of the South-West part of Sri Govardhan Hill.
(9 April 2017 | 29 photographs, 1.3 Mb)

 

Mon, 10 April 2017:
Sailing or Treading Water?
"You say, 'Oh, I have no time,' but you have time for other things. It is necessary to practise. Gurudev said that wherever you are staying you must proceed with your spiritual life. We forget what Gurudev taught us, but where does that take us in the end?"
Download the audio (2 Mb, 6 min | 24 December 2010)

 

Tue, 11 April 2017:
Parikrama of Sri Mathura
Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj takes devotees to the next part of Sri Vraja Mandala parikrama visiting Unchagaon, Varshana, Nandagaon, Pavan Sorvar, Kadamba Khandi, and several other places.
(10 April 2017 | 25 photographs, 1 Mb)

 

Wed, 12 April 2017:
The Wheel of Time
"One day this whole world will also be demolished. After that, Krishna will be again alone. He will make Brahma, and Brahma will again create this environment. Everything will appear again..."
Download the audio (1 Mb, 2 min | 19 July 2013)

ভক্ত ও নাপিত (ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রীল ভক্তি নির্ম্মল আচার্য্য মহারাজের হরি-কথামৃত)
"আমি হাতটা মুখের সামনে তুলে কি আঙ্গুলটা গুণতে পারব ? না, হাতটা একটু দূরে রেখতে হবে । ভগবানের মন্দিরে গিয়ে ভগবানকে দেখেবে ? “ভক্তের হৃদয়ে গোবিন্দ বিশ্রাম করেন”—ভক্তের কাছে গেলে ভগবান দেখা দেবেন, তার ভক্তের সঙ্গই করে যেতে হবে ।"

 

Thu, 13 April 2017:
Balaram's Position in Kuruksetra Lila
"There are so many big stories in Mahabharat—it describes the fighting and so many other things—but if you read it you will see much contradiction about spiritual life."
Download the audio (1.8 Mb, 6 min | 19 July 2013)

 

Fri, 14 April 2017:
Habit Is Second Nature
"It is necessary to practise regularly, to make it your habit. Wake up early in the morning, do mangal arati, chant kirtans. Practising life is a beautiful life. If you can practise in this way in your house in the morning, you will get energy. Otherwise this life is nothing."
Download the audio (2.4 Mb, 7 min | 24 December 2010)

 

Sat, 15 April 2017:
Vaishnavs' Mercy Is Our Refuge
"Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj kept Gurudev, kept all the devotees here to serve this Math, and this is our only hope and refuge. The mercy of Vaishnavs is our blessing, this is our hope and prayer. We must always remember and think about this."
Download the audio (1.2 Mb, 4 min | 24 December 2010)

 

Sun, 16 April 2017: (Disappearance of Sripad Krishna Das Babaji Maharaj)
Practice Secures Your Life
"Always chant the Name of Krishna, chant kirtans, and you will see that you yourself will get energy and you will be able to stay in this line all your life until death. If you want to stay in this line, you must practise."
Download the audio (1.4 Mb, 5 min | 24 December 2010)

Sri Gaudiya Gitanjali
In honour of Sri Krishna Das Babaji Maharaj, we are presenting the index page for Sri Gaudiya Gitanjali song book that was initially compiled and published to preserve his holy remembrance. The page contains links to the kirtans that have been posted here so far and that are sung regularly at our Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. More kirtans shall be added in the course of time.

 

In honour of Sripad Krishna Das Babaji Maharaj:

Pranama-mantra:
saumyam sattva-tanum sahasya-vadanam kantham sutana-anvitam
krsna-ananda-karam ratantama-nisam nama-aksaram sundaram
sri-nandisvaram-asritam vraja-bhuvi gaure cha mayapuram
vande yukta-viraga-bhakti-lasitam sri-krsna-dasa-prabhum
"I am offering my obeisance to Sri Krishna Das Prabhu, whose form is very beautiful and auspicious, who always smiles and has a very melodious voice; who day and night chants the Holy Name in a very beautiful way, bringing about the nectar of Lord Krishna; who resides in Vraja during the pastimes of Lord Krishna and in Mayapur during the pastimes of Gaura; and who sports in devotion with proper renunciation."

The Root of Our Fortune
"Srila Krishna Das Babaji Maharaj was a good kirtaniya and a good singer, and that Krishna Das Babaji Maharaj would walk from Nabadwip to Hapaniya and chant Srila Sridhar Maharaj's song..."
Download (7.6 Mb, 22 min)

Get Cracking
"'Time has passed as I have been busy in my material life, and I have got nothing—only became burdened. What sort of world is this?' In this world there is no want of food, no want of money, no want of anything except only one thing..."
Download (1.8 Mb, 6 min)

 

Mon, 17 April 2017:
Fending Maya Off: Nourish Others, Protect Yourself
"Call devotees and bring them to the temple, help them keep connection. Maya is very powerful, but when devotees are with devotees, maya always runs away. We must worry about our quality. We can be small, but our line should be perfect."
Download the audio (1.2 Mb, 4 min | 28 September 2011)

 

Tue, 18 April 2017:
আমি তো সব ব্যবস্থা করি নাকি ? (ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রীল ভক্তি নির্ম্মল আচার্য্য মহারাজের হরি-কথামৃত)
"এক যে ছিল ব্রাহ্মণ, তার নাম ছিল অর্জ্জুন মিশ্র । তিনি প্রত্যেক দিন গীতা-পাঠ করতেন আর প্রত্যেক দিন ভিক্ষায় বেরিয়ে যেতেন । এক দিন গীতা-পাঠ করে এই শ্লোকটা দেখতে পেলেন, 'যারা অন্য চিন্তা বাদ দিয়ে আমার শরণাপন্ন হয়, তাদের খাবারটা আমি বয়ে এনে দেই'"...

 

Wed, 19 April 2017:
The Eyes to See, the Heart to Feel
"If you have love and affection for the Lord, then you will be able to recognise who has love and affection for the Lord. If you are a sincere seeker and have chastity, you will be able to understand who is senior, who is junior. It does not depend upon age..."
Download the audio (2 Mb, 6 min | 18 June 2010)

 

Thu, 20 April 2017:
Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya: "Please give me shelter!"
"You have heard about many pastimes of Mahaprabhu from Chaitanya-bhagavat and Chaitanya-charitamrita. He performed many types of pastimes, but you know that Sarvabhauma Pandit at first did not believe that Mahaprabhu was the Lord Himself..."
Download the audio (1 Mb, 3 min | 11 August 2003)

Religion of the Heart
This book was prepared and published first in 2006 by His Holiness Sripad Bhakti Premik Siddhanti Maharaj, and was received with great joy by His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. Presenting it now online for reading and downloading:
"We do not know how good we are, but I see that what comes from our kitchen is very tasteful for the jiva souls. I could not conceive that this book would be like this, and it is coming from Sripad Siddhanti Maharaj, then neither I, nor you know what will be inside, but when I have seen it, then I can say this book has come out perfectly."
(Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj)

 

Fri, 21 April 2017: (Disappearance of Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur; tomorrow is Sri Varuthini Ekadashi)

~ Pranam-mantra ~

dasa-vrndavanam vande krsna-dasa-prabhum tatha
chhannavatara-chaitanya-lila-vistara-karinau
dvau nityananda-padabja-karuna-renu-bhusitau
vyakta-chchhannau budhachintyau vavande vyasa-rupinau
sri-guru-gaura-gandharva-govindas cha ganaih saha
jayanti pathakas chatra sarvesam karunarthinah

"I offer my obeisances to Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur and Srila Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami, who made public the pastimes of the hidden avatar, Sri Chaitanya. They were both adorned with the mercy-dust of the lotus feet of Nityananda. I offer my obeisances to these two inconceivable sages who assumed the form of Vyasadeva, one—explicitly (Vrindavan Das Thakur), another—hiddenly (Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami). Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gandharva Govinda and Their associates are ever victorious and we, the students, pray for Their mercy."
(Composed by Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj)

Under a Haritaki Tree
"Vrindavan Das Thakur's mother's name is Narayani, and she was a niece of Srivas Pandit. Mahaprabhu always held kirtans in the house of Srivas Pandit, and Narayani lived in that same house. When she was very little, she got Mahaprabhu's mercy..."
Download the audio (2.6 Mb, 8 min | 31 December 2012)

Clasping Nityananda Prabhu's Feet
"Nityananda is nondifferent from Guru-tattva: without mercy of the Guru you cannot get the mercy of Krishna. When will Nityananda Prabhu give me some mercy? When will He be compassionate to me and relieve me from the mundane illusion?"
Download the audio (2.1 Mb, 6 min | 20 October 2015)

Vrindavan Das Thakur: A Life of Chastity
"Vrindavan Das Thakur is a disciple of Sriman Nityananda Prabhu and is the main servitor of Nityananda Prabhu. He has so much chastity for Him..."
Download the audio (1.5 Mb, 5 min | 18 May 2015)

Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur
His holy birthplace (Mamgachhi), his holy Deities (Sri Sri Gaura Nitai), his holy pastimes place (haritaki tree), and his holy samadhi (Denur)...

 

 

Composed by Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur:

SONG: Nitai amara dayara avadhi | নিতাই আমার দয়ার অবধি
"O brothers! My Lord Nitai's mercy is limitless! Bestowing His mercy upon the souls of this world He wanders from place to place perpetually offering the great treasure of ecstatic spiritual love to all."

SONG: Bimala hema-jini | বিমল হেমজিনি
"His spotless figure defeats pure gold! Various flowers garlands adorn Him highlighting His beauty, and, in His ecstatic thrill, the hairs on His body standing erect defeat the stamens of kadamba flowers! His body is covered with drops of perspiration..."

Prayers to Sri Vaishnav Thakur:

SONG: Ei-bara karuna kara | এইবার করুণা কর
"O worshippable Vaisnava, be merciful to me this time. O saviour of the fallen, without you there is no one. In every birth I aspire for the dust of your feet."

SONG: Ohe Vaisnava Thakura | (ওহে) বৈষ্ণব ঠাকুর
"O worshippable Vaishnav, ocean of grace, be merciful to this servant. Give me the shade of your feet and purify me. I clasp your feet. You can give Krishna, you have that power. Calling, 'Krishna!' 'Krishna!', I run after you."

SONG: Ki-rupe paiba seva | কিরূপে পাইব সেবা
"I am so wicked, how will I ever get service? I do not have any attachment to Sri Guru and Vaishnavs! Prabhu, you see no fault in others, you are the saviour of the fallen. Please deliver Narottam this time!"

SONG: Dhana mora nityananda | ধন মোর নিত্যানন্দ
"The feet dust of the Vaishnavs is where I sport and take bath, Vaishnavs' name is the water oblation. My mind is intently fixed upon the remnants of Vaishnavs, and I am elated hearing the name of Vaishnavs."

SONG: Ye anila prema-dhana | যে আনিল প্রেমধন
"Where has Advaita Acharya gone? Where are my Svarup, Rupa, Sanatan? Where is my Raghunath? Where are the saviours of the fallen souls?"

 

Sat, 22 April 2017: (Sri Varuthini Ekadashi)
Ekadasi Tithi: One of the Practices
"We follow viddhi-marga (we worship the Lord and Guru), that is why we follow Ekadasi. Also, because Mahaprabhu told to do so. We are devotees of Mahaprabhu, so we follow whatever Mahaprabhu tells us to do."
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Sri Ekadasi Guidance
Guidelines on how to observe and honour this holy day: Ekadasi takes an indispensible part in the life of a sincere practitioner. At Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Ekadasi and paran are observed with affection and without fail according to the dates given in the Calendar.

"Sri Ekadasi" (Sri Sri Prema Vivarta)
"One day, Gaurahari left the Gundicha Temple and sat in the Jagannath Vallabha garden. It was pure Ekadasi, and the Lord spent the whole day and night chanting the Name of Krishna..."

SONG: Suddha-bhakata | শুদ্ধ ভকত-চরণ-রেণু
"I carefully observe the holy days related to Madhava, they are the mother of devotion."

SONG: Sri hari-vasare | শ্রীহরি-বাসরে হরি
"On the holy day of Sri Hari, Sriman Mahaprabhu, the life and soul of the universe, began dancing..."

 

Sun, 23 April 2017: (Sri Ekadasi paran is at 5:39-9:28 a.m.)
Gaudiya Math—Transcendental Hospital
"In a mundane hospital, they cure pain in your hand today, but tomorrow you will have pain in your head. Who can give you real relief? Only Guru can relieve you from this material world, can cure you from the material disease of heart."
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Mon, 24 April 2017:
Perils of Pleasure
"Someone lives in the temple but always thinks about their health, thinks about their body, about a comfortable life—we want to leave maya, but maya does not want to leave us..."
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Tue, 25 April 2017:
Bond of Krishna-Katha
"When the taste for Bhagavat-katha, for Krishna-katha comes, there remains no taste for any other katha—if you see Him once, you will not want to see anything else. This is Krishna-prema."
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Wed, 26 April 2017: (Appearance of Srila Gadadhar Pandit)
Sober Up
"If you do not control the six senses, you are bound to be unhappy. Withdraw your affection from the world and dedicate it fully to the lotus feet of Krishna. Krishna may give you something and then take it away. Accept all such conditions as a source of joy."
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— { Pranam mantra of Sri Gadadhar Pandit Goswami } —

nilambhodhi-tate sada sva-viraha-ksepanvitam bandhavam
srimad-bhagavati katha madiraya sanjivayan bhati yah
srimad-bhagavatam sada sva-nayanasru-payanaih pujayan
gosvami-prabaro gadadhara-vibhur-bhuyat mad-eka-gatih

"On the shore of the broad blue ocean Gadadhar Pandit used to read Srimad Bhagavatam to Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, who was suffering from the great internal pain of separation from Himself (Krishna). Gadadhar Pandit supplied the wine of Krishna-lila to intoxicate his afflicted friend and give Him relief. As he read, tears would fall from his eyes like flower offerings onto the pages of Srimad Bhagavatam. May the pleasure of that brilliant personality, Gadadhar Pandit, the best of the Goswamis, be my only object in writing this book."

(Composed by Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj)

Sri Gadadhar Pandit's Life in Puri
A special discourse given by His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj for Sri Gaudiya Darshan, 1995, dwelling on "Puri Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math" and "Jagannathdev and His Dham."

Pandit Sri Gadadhar Goswami [Posted at Sri Gaudiya Darshan]
Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj's article on Srila Gadadhar Pandit's paramount sacrifice: "Pandit Goswami's life is a special offering of silent and complete self-sacrifice to his beloved. Only those who can taste unprecedented joy by appreciating the wonder within the ornament of contradiction in seeing the bag of a beggar on Laksmi Devi’s shoulder are fit to appreciate the extraordinary glory of Srimat Pandit Goswami's unprecedented personality..."

পণ্ডিত শ্রীগদাধর গোস্বামী ["Pandit Sri Gadadhar Goswami," the original Bengali article]
শ্রীল ভক্তিরক্ষক শ্রীধর দেব গোস্বামী মহারাজের প্রবন্ধ: "পণ্ডিত গোস্বামী চরিত্র নিজ প্রিয়তমের উদ্দেশ্যে একটী নীরব পূর্ণ-আত্মোৎসর্গময় উপটোকন বিশেষ । লক্ষ্মীদেবীর স্কন্ধ ভিক্ষার ঝুলি দর্শনে যাঁহারা বিরোধালঙ্কারের চমৎকারিতা হৃদয়ঙ্গমে যে অপূর্ব্ব সুখাস্বাদনে সমর্থ, তাঁহারাই শ্রীমৎ পণ্ডিত গোস্বামী অপূর্ব্ব ব্যক্তিত্বের অসাধারণ মহিমা অনুভবের অধিকারী ।"


Prayers to Sri Vaishnav Thakur:

SONG: Ei-bara karuna kara | এইবার করুণা কর
"O worshippable Vaisnava, be merciful to me this time. O saviour of the fallen, without you there is no one. In every birth I aspire for the dust of your feet."

SONG: Thakura vaisnava-gana | ঠাকুর বৈষ্ণবগণ
"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."

SONG: Ohe Vaisnava Thakura | (ওহে) বৈষ্ণব ঠাকুর
"O worshippable Vaishnav, ocean of grace, be merciful to this servant. Give me the shade of your feet and purify me. I clasp your feet. You can give Krishna, you have that power. Calling, 'Krishna!' 'Krishna!', I run after you."

SONG: Ki-rupe paiba seva | কিরূপে পাইব সেবা
"I am so wicked, how will I ever get service? I do not have any attachment to Sri Guru and Vaishnavs! Prabhu, you see no fault in others, you are the saviour of the fallen. Please deliver Narottam this time!"

SONG: Dhana mora nityananda | ধন মোর নিত্যানন্দ
"Nityananda is my wealth, Gaurachandra is my lord, my very life is the Divine Couple. Advaita Acharya is my strength, Gadadhar is my family, and Narahari is my play and pastimes."

 

Thu, 27 April 2017:
Remembering Sri Vrindavan
"'Radha-padankita dhama, Vrndavana yara nama.' You must always do Vrindavan parikrama with your head. Not with your legs, but with your head. We are joking about it, but actually you must remember in your mind, 'Oh, I am walking here with my head.'"
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Fri, 28 April 2017: (Appearance of Sripad Bhakti Vichar Jajavar Maharaj)
Vaishnav-Seva: Highlight of Life
"You must always do Vaishnav seva—without service to the Vaishnavs we cannot proceed in our spiritual life. How can you do Vaishnav seva? Vaishnav seva means following the order and advice that a Vaishnav gives you."
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Remembering Sripad Bhakti Vichar Jajavar Maharaj:

— { Pranam mantra } —

saumyam suddha-tanum sudhamsu-vadanam sarasvatam sundaram
namananda-puram prasanta-manasam samsara-santarakam
abalayad-bhagavat-padabja-madhupam dinarti-ham daivatam
vande bhakti-vicharakam prabhu-varam yayavara-svaminam

"I offer my obeisance unto my great master, the worshippable Srimad Bhakti Vichar Jajavar Maharaj. He is a beautiful follower of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur and has been a bee in the lotus feet of the Lord since his youth. He has a divine form and a moonlike face. He is filled with the Name's ecstasy and his heart is tranquil. He is gentle, he relieves the fallen of their distress, and he delivers the world."

(Composed by Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj)

Sripad Bhakti Vichar Jajavar Maharaj (by Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj)
"Srila Jajavar Maharaj joined the Gaudiya Mission of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur at a very young age. He could sing nicely, and he looked very simple—there was not a shadow of inauspiciousness in his body..."
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Sat, 29 April 2017: (Aksaya-tritiya)
Tracing Our Roots
"We have all come from the same family. Wake up! This is not your real home! How many days will you stay here? We have all come from the same place—you have come from Me, and I have come to take you there!"
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Sun, 30 April 2017:
Serve, Chant, Remember
"We keep coming and going, we are always changing our address, but now that we have got a human body. If a fortunate soul can take and chant the Holy Name, they can go to their real home, it will not be necessary for them to suffer any more."
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At Ramananda Ray's Garden
'Pradyumna Misra came to Mahaprabhu and asked, 'Prabhu, can You speak some Krishna-katha?' Mahaprabhu replied, 'I do not know so much, but Ramananda Ray knows more than Me...''

 

Sri Sri Prema-Vivarta
“Understanding that it is very difficult for a soul to find a sadhu, Krishna came to Nadia in the form of a pure devotee.”

If you want to be bigger than a Vaishnav, if you want to be a great Vaishnav,
that is not devotion.

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