MONTHLY ARCHIVE OF UPDATES

APRIL 2019

 

 

Mon, 1 April 2019: (Sri Papa-vimochani Ekadasi)
Morning Kirtans: Sri Ekachakra Dham
• Gurudev krpa-bindu diya • Sri Krishna Chaitanya Prabhu daya kara more • Ei-bara karuna kara Vaisnava Gosai • Akrodha paramananda Nityananda Raya • Yadi Gaura na ha'ta tabe ki ha-ita • Hari Haraye • Hare Krishna maha-mantra.
Download the audio (8.2 Mb, 23 min | 15 February 2019)

Guidance, Issue #18 (EPUB file, 0.8 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 2019. We pray this serves as a source of guidance, nourishment, and life to all the devotees and well-wishers worldwide.

All the previous Guidance issues, containing over a thousand lectures spoken by His Divine Grace, are available for download from the Library section of the website.

শ্রীগৌড়ীয়-পর্ব্ব-তালিকা ৫৩৩-৫৩৪
শুভ তিথি, একাদশী ও উপবাস তিথি, পরাণ সময় এবং আগামী বছরের মহোৎসব তিথি । এখন অনলাইনে পড়তে কিংবা PDF ডাউনলোড করতে পারেন ।
(The Bengali Vaishnava Calendar for the next year, 2019-2020.)

শ্রীহরিবাসর-ব্রত-তালিকা
৫৩৩-৩৩৪ শ্রীগৌরাব্দের (১৪২৫–১৪২৬ বঙ্গাব্দের) ব্রতগুল ও তার তারিখ এবং পারণের সময় ।
(The Bengali list of ekadasi and other fasting days for the current 2019-2020.)

2019-2020 Vaishnava iCalendar (For iPhones, iPads, Mac OS)
Vaishnava iCalendar is prepared and now available for download and upload on Apple mobile devices (iPads, iPods, iPhones, MacBooks, etc.). On computers: download and launch. On mobile devices: upload by clicking on the link above, through iTunes synchronisation or email. !Alert times have been updated.

 


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..."

ADDITIONAL READING:

"Observing Ekadasi" (by Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj)
"Ekadasi Vrata: Make Your Guru Happy" (by Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj)
"No Other Shelter" (by Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj)
"Mahadvadasi" (by Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj)
"Ekadasi and liberation" (by Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj)
"Ekadasi Tithi: One of the Practices" (by Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj)
Yogini Ekadasi

 

Tue, 2 April 2019:
Sri Gaura Purnima: Our Main Festival
"In the age of Kali, this is the main and the biggest of all festivals—the appearance day of Gauranga Mahaprabhu. Mahaprabhu shows us what is called separation and we must hanker for that, we must understand and realise this. We must come to this level."
Download the audio (1.5 Mb, 4 min | 14 March 2019)

Sri Ekadasi Programme in Bokaro
(1 April 2019 | 10 photographs, 0.6 Mb)
Devotees share photographs from the auspicious programme on the holy ekadasi tithi: "Madhava-tithi bhakti-janani yatane palana kari. I carefully observe the holy days related to Madhava—they are the mother of devotion."

 

SRI SRI NAVADVIPA-BHAVA-TARANGA

Sri Sri Navadvipa-bhava-taranga: Waves of the Ecstasy of Nabadwip
"The joy of devotion to Gaura will arise within the heart of those who read this Sri Navadvipa-bhava-taranga with faith. Sri Svarup Damodar will bless them, accept them within his group, and give them the shade of his feet."

 

Wed, 3 April 2019:
Great News from Uluberia
(31 March–2 April 2019 | 48 photographs, 3.7 Mb)
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj started preaching in Uluberia over twenty years ago, in 1990s, with just a handful of devotees. Since then, His Divine Grace brought innumerable devotees to the holy lotus feet of Om Vishnupad Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, and the Uluberia community of devotees has grown into several hundreds of members of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math family, many of whom we have had the fortune to meet during the main festivals of the Math. Following the mood of Sriman Mahaprabhu (who would appoint devotees as leaders, or 'gurus' of their locality—'yare dekha, tare kaha 'krsna'-upadesa amara ajnaya guru hana tara' ei desa'), His Divine Grace calls Sri Rama Krishna Prabhu (a disciple of Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj) the 'Guru' of Uluberia. This year His Divine Grace has finally shed his causeless and inconceivable mercy onto this community and inaugurated the construction of the long-awaited Temple of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. We are honoured and happy to share the first photographs from the site.

 

Thu, 4 April 2019:
Importance of Service Mood
"'I will serve; service is our life'—until and unless this desire, this mood comes to us, Krishna-katha will not enter our ears. At any time—whether I am thinking, sleeping, or eating, I always think, 'What is the next service? What is the next service?'"
Download the audio (1 Mb, 3 min | 14 March 2019)

 

SRI NABADWIP DHAM MAHATMYA (Appendix)

Sri Gaura Krishna Tattva
"Are Krishna and Gaura separate entities? Who came first, Sri Krishna or Sri Chaitanya? Why is it a disturbance to worship Gaura and neglect Krishna, or worship Krishna and neglect Gaura? In what plane do the associates in the Pastimes of Sri Gaura and the associates in the Pastimes of Sri Krishna reside together?"

The Land of Sweetness
"Sri Gaudiya Math's Dham-parikrama invites everyone to try for that, to try to acquire that wealth. However small, or of whatever character it may be, its object is connected with that highest plane given by Mahaprabhu Sri Chaitanyadev, the Lord of love and the distribution of love."

The Ten Offences to the Holy Dham
"Disrespecting Sri Guru and the sadhus, who are the revealers of the Dham. Considering the Dham temporary. Residing in the Dham and engaging in mundane activities. Considering the glories of the Dham exaggerated praise or imaginary..."

Glossary
"Dham lit. 'abode'; the homeland of the Supreme Lord where He performs His eternal Pastimes; a plane existing in the spiritual world that appears within the material world when the Lord descends to perform Pastimes."

Maps
The map and legend (including their footnotes) presented here have been reconstructed from Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur's 1888 publication of Sri Nabadwip- dhama-mahatmya and translated into English. Their size, proportions, and content have been preserved according to the original as far as possible.

(Thus ends the online publication of Sri Nabadwip Dham-mahatmya)

 

Fri, 5 April 2019:
Sri Godrumdwip Bhajan
"When Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur was staying in Godrumdwip, he wrote a song about Gurudev. When I read it, I was very pleased. This book is sold for ten rupees in the bookstore, but I thought, 'The price of this book is ten million dollars.'"
Download the audio (3.4 Mb, 10 min | 14 March 2019 | Incl. kirtan)

 

Sat, 6 April 2019:
Power of Purity
"Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur said that we have taken initiation from Gurudev, but have we actually become disciples of our Gurudev? That is the main question. When we take initiation, not everybody becomes a disciple."
Download the audio (1.2 Mb, 4 min | 14 March 2019)

Construction News from Sri Ekachakra Dham
(5 April 2019 | 19 photographs, 0.6 Mb)
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj travels to Sri Ekachakra Dham to supervise the progress of the ongoing construction. Sharing the photographs from the outbuilding kitchen site and more good news.

 

 

Sun, 7 April 2019:
From Sri Ekachakra Dham
(6 April 2019 | 12 photographs, 1 Mb)
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj gives initiation to a new member of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math and having checked the construction leaves in the early morning for a number of other places.

Grand News from Shimulia
(6 April 2019 | 9 photographs, 1 Mb)
After many years of earnest hankering and untiring effort, Sripad Sunil Prabhu of Shimulia has succeeded in rendering a grand and very magnanimous service to His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj: His Divine Grace comes to Shimulia to supervise the already ongoing construction of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math temple on the land donated by Sripad Sunil Prabhu. We are honoured to be sharing a few glimpses from the site.

Sri Nrisingha Palli—Kalna
(6 April 2019 | 7 photographs, 0.8 Mb)
Continuing his way, His Divine Grace then visits Sri Nrisigha Palli temple (we are happy to give more good news coming from the temple there), and after that briefly visits Ladies' Ashram in Kalna on the way back to Kolkata.

Nagar-sankirtan in Kolkata
(6 April 2019 | 10 photographs, 0.9 Mb)
Srila Bhakti Kusum Ashram Maharaj takes the devotees in Kolkata out to downtown Kolkata for preaching and book distribution. Sharing photographs from a lively nagar-sankirtan.

 

Mon, 8 April 2019:
Preaching Programme in Bakultala
(7 April 2019 | 36 photographs, 2.7 Mb)
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj and Srila Bhakti Kusum Ashram Maharaj, accompanied by fortunate devotees, participate in a large preaching programme organised by the devotees in Bakultala and Bhatnagar.

 

Tue, 9 April 2019:
Service with Heart
"We should realise, we should understand the places Gaura visited, the pastimes that are going on in each of those places and we should keep everything in our heart. Service should be coming from the heart. Remove bad elements from your heart and give some space for your worshippable Deity."
Download the audio (1.1 Mb, 3 min | 14 March 2019)

 

Wed, 10 April 2019:
Sri Madhyadwip
"Actually, there is one more dwip (island) nearby where we never go—it is Madhyadwip. Before, when we stayed at Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Kolerganj, we also did not go there, and this year we are thinking to go there..."
Download the audio (1.1 Mb, 3 min | 14 March 2019)

 

Thu, 11 April 2019:
The Right to Serve
"Who can give the right to serve Srimati Radharani, or Krishna also? Krishna is the property of Srimati Radharani and Srimati Radharani is non-different from Gurudev. So, if we properly surrender to the Guru, Gurudev can give us the permission, Gurudev can give us the right to serve the Lord."
Download the audio (1.5 Mb, 5 min | 14 March 2019)

Vaishnava Calendar (Google, android)
-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 your Google account, enter your login information
-The calendar will appear in your Google Calendar under "Other calendars"
-Final step, on your phone: 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.

Vaishnava Calendar (iCal, Apple devices)
-Follow the link above
-Wait for a pop-up window, tap "add all" on top. All calendar events should be added to your calendar smoothly.

Note: The permanent online link to to the offline calendar for mobile devices, the Ekadasi list, Bengali calendar and the Ekadasi list in Bengali, as well as the online calendar is in the top menu of the website.

 

Fri, 12 April 2019:
Spiritual Mockery
"Actually, we took initiation from a Guru, but it is not a real initiation—we only pretend to be disciples. The temple that Srila Guru Maharaj made and that Gurudev served is not for enjoyment—it is for service."
Download the audio (1.2 Mb, 4 min | 7 April 2019)

 

Sat, 13 April 2019: (Tomorrow is Sri Rama Navami, fast till noon)
Painful Day
"Our Gurudev's disappearance festival is very soon, that day is coming soon, next dvadasi. It is a very sad day for me. It is the most painful day in my life, and this very painful day comes every year..."
Download the audio (0.5 Mb, 2 min | 7 April 2019)

Arrival in Tarakeshwar (12-13 April 2019 | 27 photographs, 1.6 Mb)
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj and Srila Bhakti Kusum Ashram Maharaj arrive in Tarakeshwar to observe the forthcoming festivals of Sri Rama Navami and the holy disappearance day of Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj in the loving company of fortunate devotees and well-wishers.

 

Om Vishnupad Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's Books Online

Religion of the Heart Affectionate Guidance The Nectarean Glories of Sri Nityananda Prabhu The Divine Servitor
 
Dignity of the Divine Servitor Golden Reflections Divine Guidance The Benedictine Tree of Divine Aspiration

Revealed TruthThe Wonderful Nature of the Vaisnava • Life's Destination • Divine Message •  The Math Logo • Poem "A Wish"

All these books, as well as other publication from Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, are available for purchase at our main temples in India, as well as ONLINE from any country all over the world.

 

Sun, 14 April 2019: (Appearance of Lord Ramachandra, fast until noon)
The Seeds of Discord
"This animosity, these things have not grown overnight—it has been growing and increasing day by day, day by day. You did not see what was happening inside, and now that tree has grown very big!"
Download the audio (3 Mb, 9 min | 30 March 2010)

Evening Programme in Tarakeshwar
(13 April 2019 | 27 photographs, 1.6 Mb)
Photographs taken during the evening programme at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Tarakeshwar: His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj speaks online to the devotees in Ecuador giving six initiations, and later gives class, together with Srila Bhakti Kusum Ashram Maharaj.

 

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, Canto 9, chapters 10-11)


 

Mon, 15 April 2019: (Festival adhivas in Tarakeshwar)
Strong Faith and Chastity
"He may not be able to talk now like before, but he can see everything, and he is watching everything. I think those who say Gurudev is not here anymore have not got any connection with Gurudev. That is why it is necessary to have a strong faith."
Download the audio (1.9 Mb, 6 min | 30 March 2010)

Tarakeshwar: Preparation to Festival
(14 April 2019 | 47 photographs, 2.8 Mb)
The holy day of Sri Rama Navami day passes in various services around the temple and Hari-katha: devotees prepare decorations, arrange the kitchen for the festival while the new kitchen and goshala construction is proceeding swiftly.

 

Tue, 16 April 2019: (Sri Kamada Ekadashi, Divine Disappearance day of Om Vishnupad Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj)
"I Want to Forget"
"I want to go somewhere—I want to get some relief. When I am sitting in the office, I get some relief, but as soon as I go to my room, I again start remembering everything. I want to forget it, but I cannot... It is impossible to forget this. Such is my situation."
Download the audio (0.9 Mb, 3 min | 30 March 2010)

By Om Vishnupad Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj:

The Pain of Broken Hearts
"We always remember Srimati Radharani, Her associates and other Vraja gopis, but we forget about Nanda Maharaj and Mother Yasomati. It has come out of Radharani's mouth: 'We do not consider our heart's pain, but when we see Mother Yasoda's face and Mother Yasoda's situation without Your presence, our heart is breaking after breaking after breaking.'"
Download the audio (9.2 Mb, 36 min | 14 June 2007)

 


 

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."

 

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)

Separation Day
"Our supreme Gurudev, Om Vishnupad Jagad Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj accepted this day as the day to leave this world for his eternal abode, and he has left us, fallen souls, here to chant his glories..."
Download the audio (3 Mb, 9 min | 8 April 2017 | Bengali)

Make Service Your Goal, Means, and Sustenance
"Sacrificing his own life, forgetting his own happiness and comfort, Gurudev would go door to door preaching the message of Mahaprabhu: be merciful to the souls, chant the Holy Name, and serve the Vaishnavs. Besides this, there is no other religion."
Download the audio (3 Mb, 9 min | 8 April 2017 | Bengali)

Festival: Vision and Focus
"Gurudev's disappearance festival means Vaishnav seva. Vaishnav is the main focus for us. Appearance and disappearance look different, but following Vaishnavs' vision we think that on these two tithis Gurudev always takes worships from us."
Download the audio (1.8 Mb, 5 min | 16 April 2013)

Daily Practice: Observing Festivals
A page of the Daily Practice section dedicated to Vaishnav-seva and observing festivals. "Why are you making a festival? Making a festival means you are inviting many people and you are giving them some prasadam, engaging them in Krishna consciousness—it means practising Krishna consciousness."

Overpowered by Service
"You may have everything, but if you do not have mercy of your Guru, then you have nothing. Gurudev gave you all his blessings, and if we can serve him, we will get supreme benefit. You must always live remembering Gurudev's words."
Download the audio (4.1 Mb, 12 min | 8 April 2017 | Bengali)

Kirtan: Sri Rupa Manjari pada
"The lotus feet of Sri Rupa Manjari are my wealth, my bhajan (service), my puja (worship), the wealth of my life, and whatever ornaments I may have. Her lotus feet are the very life of my life..."
Download the audio (1.8 Mb, 5 min | 8 April 2017 | Kirtan)

Kirtan: Ye anila prema dhana
"I will break my head on a rock, I will enter into fire! Not finding the association of Sri Gauranga, who performed His Pastimes with all these associates, Narottam Das weeps."
Download the audio (1.8 Mb, 5 min | 8 April 2017 | Kirtan)

Kirtan: Sarvasva tomara
"I have offered everything at Your feet and taken shelter in Your home. You are my Master; please consider me Your dog. I will never think about my own maintenance; I will always remain within the shelter of loving attachment for You."
Download the audio (1.7 Mb, 5 min | 8 April 2017 | Kirtan)

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

 

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.

 

 


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..."

ADDITIONAL READING:

"Observing Ekadasi" (by Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj)
"Ekadasi Vrata: Make Your Guru Happy" (by Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj)
"No Other Shelter" (by Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj)
"Mahadvadasi" (by Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj)
" Ekadasi and liberation" (by Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj)
"Ekadasi Tithi: One of the Practices" (by Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj)
Yogini Ekadasi

 

Wed, 17 April 2019:
Grand Vaishnav Seva Festival in Tarakeshwar
(17 April 2019 | 55 photographs, 3.4 Mb)
This year, the holy disappearance day of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj is manifest on an ekadasi fasting day that is why the fortune is such that the festival is observed during three full days this year. Sharing photographs taken during the final, third, day of the festival adorned with many auspicious services culminating in a grand and auspicious Vaishnav seva.

Grand Disappearance Festival in Tarakeshwar
(16 April 2019 | 62 photographs, 4.2 Mb)
The grand festival in honour of the holy disappearance day of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj is spent beautifully at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math in Sri Tarakeshwar, at the holy feet of Sri Taraknath (Lord Siva). By the infinite mercy of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj, fortunate devotees spend this day in service and association of holy Vaishnavs.

Tarakeshwar: Festival Adhivas
(15 April 2019 | 30 photographs, 1.8 Mb)
Sharing photographs from Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Tarakeshwar, taken during the eve of the holy disappearance festival of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, observed by the devotees in the shelter of the holy lotus feet of Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj and the association of dignitary Vaishnavs.

 

Thu, 18 April 2019:
Appreciating Worship of Nrisinghadev
"Actually, you are very fortunate souls because you live near Laksmi Nrisingha, Pana Nrisingha temples. You should understand how much devotion Prahlad Maharaj has, and what his devotion, his desire and mood of devotion are like."
Download the audio (2.2 Mb, 6 min | 4 January 2019 | South India)

 

Fri, 19 April 2019:
Proper Care
"If we do not practise properly, we will forget our service, we will forget our practising life. We have to be careful—Maya Devi always sits near us and she can attack us at any time; she can take us away from the service of Krishna and use for her own service."
Download the audio (1 Mb, 3 min | 4 January 2019 | South India)

 

Sat, 20 April 2019:
Learning to Surrender
"Your mind always thinks, 'Shall I jump or not? Shall I jump or not?' but you must throw your mind into Krishna consciousness life, then you can understand everything. Mind is always naughty, but you have intelligence, sumedha."
Download the audio (1.5 Mb, 5 min | 4 January 2019 | South India)

Preaching Programme in Singur
(18 April 2019 | 47 photographs, 3 Mb)
Completing the grand festival at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Tarakeshwar, His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj continues his non-stop preaching programme and travels to Singur, a small town in Hooghly district to speak at a well-attended programme organised by the local devotees.

 

Sun, 21 April 2019:
Triumph of Life
"We are swimming in an ocean of illusory environment and we do not understand which way we must go, but we have finally got this human body; we must understand what is our duty in this human body—only sleeping, eating and enjoying like cats and dogs?"
Download the audio (1.7 Mb, 5 min | 4 January 2019 | South India)

 

Mon, 22 April 2019:
Crooked Service (1)
"We all—all over the world—are sons and daughters of the Lord, and we always serve or want to serve the Lord, but do we want to serve to fulfil our own desire or to fulfil Krishna's desire? You can understand this from the example of family life also..."
Download the audio (1.3 Mb, 4 min | 4 January 2019 | South India)

 

Tue, 23 April 2019:
Crooked Service (2)
"'What is devotion? What do you want—do you want to please yourself? Is this devotion?' You can see what is called vaishnavata (qualities of a Vaishnav) and how Vaishnavism is practised. We want to learn from great Vaishnavs."
Download the audio (2 Mb, 6 min | 4 January 2019 | South India)

Construction News from Sri Nrisingha Palli
(20 April 2019 | 9 photographs, 0.8 Mb)
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj pays a brief visit to Sri Nrisingha Palli temple of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math to check on the rapid construction of the living quarters atop the nat mandir.

Festival Adhivas in Mejhiari
(20 April 2019 | 43 photographs, 2.6 Mb)
This weekend, to the great joy of the all the devotees, His Divine Grace attends a grand festival in Mejhiari, a small town in the area of Katwa and to the east of Nabadwip. Sharing photographs from the adhivas (eve) of the festival.

Grand Deity Installation Festival in Majhiari
(21 April 2019 | 48 photographs, 3.6 Mb)
The festival in Majhiari culminates with the installation of Sri Sri Gaura Nityananda Prabhu's Deities: "Every day Nitai Gaura personally take service from you all. How fortunate you are! Gaura Nitai appeared in Mayapur and Ekachakra, but They have come here to take service from you." For the pleasure of Sri Gurupadpadma, devotees arrange a grand Vaishnav seva at the end of the programme including the Lordships' abhisekh, His Divine Grace's exclusive Hari-katha and arati.

 

Wed, 24 April 2019:
Who Is a Real Disciple?
"Srila Prabhupad teaches us that we do not discriminate who is a grihastha, who is a brahmachari, and who is a sannyasi. Those who are dearest to Gurudev, those who can serve Gurudev properly, who can follow his instruction properly, they are the real devotees."
Download the audio (0.7 Mb, 2 min | 4 January 2019 | South India)

 

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..."
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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..."
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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?"

 

Thu, 25 April 2019:
Flunkies of Flesh
"...Still, you are not running under the guidance of Guru and Vaishnavs—you are running under the guidance of your body. You are attached to your family life, but that kind of attachment should come to Lord Krishna, Gauranga Mahaprabhu, and Gurudev. Search for Sri Krishna Reality the Beautiful! Search where you can get real devotion!"
Download the audio (2 Mb, 6 min | 4 January 2019 | South India)

 

Fri, 26 April 2019:
A Heartfelt Appeal
"O Vaishnav Thakur! I surrender to you, only you can control my mind, and through your association my mind can get some service to you. When I see everything in this world, I feel very afraid. Please, Prabhu, take me. I want to go with you! Please take me from the illusory environment and engage me in your service!"
Download the audio (2.5 Mb, 7 min | 4 January 2019 | South India)


(Day One)
22 April 2019
16 photographs
1.3 Mb

Construction and Preaching in Uluberia
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj visits Uluberia to supervise the ongoing construction of the temple, as well as participate in a large public programme organised by the devotee community of the locality. Sharing photographs from the two days spent in Uluberia earlier this week.

(Day Two)
23 April 2019
25 photographs
1.9 Mb

 

Sat, 27 April 2019:
Nityananda Prabhu's Campaign
"You have no attachment to Nityananda Prabhu, to Gurudev! You are a sinner, you only come and go, come and go, how will you ever get relief? You do not understand how much you are suffering..."
Download the audio (3.6 Mb, 10 min | 4 January 2019 | South India)

 

Sun, 28 April 2019:
Foundation of Surrender
"When one surrenders to the Lord, even if they are unable to understand Krishna consciousness, if they practise sravanam, kirtanam, they too will get a great benefit through that. Through sravanam and kirtanam, we can clean our heart and understand what a devotee of Krishna is."
Download the audio (3 Mb, 9 min | 19 October 2018)


(Day One)
24 April 2019
22 photographs
1.4 Mb

Visiting Midnapore Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math
Following the trip to Uluberia, His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj stays for two days at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math in Midnapore. His Divine Grace has been preaching in this area for over twenty years, while the temple was restored and augmented by the construction of the nat mandir by His Divine Grace in 2012-2013.

(Day Two)
25 April 2019
44 photographs
2.8 Mb

Online Programmes
(27 April 2019 | 10 photographs, 0.8 Mb)
This Saturday, devotees at the temples in Venezeula, United Kingdom, and Colombia receive a special and long-awaited mercy from His Divine Grace in the form of his nourishing sweet Hari-katha. Sharing a few pictorial glimpses during the classes.

 

Mon, 29 April 2019: (Disappearance of Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur)
Strict and Straight Preaching
"This is what Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur teaches us: you cannot just close your mouth, you must do what is necessary—you must practise the real conception and you must preach it also."
Download the audio (1.6 Mb, 5 min | 19 October 2018)

 


In honour of Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur:

~ 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?"

 

Tue, 30 April 2019: (Sri Varuthini Ekadasi)
Do Not Ruin Yourself
"Maya (illusory environment) is always very active, and we can fall down any time. We must become servants of Nityananda Prabhu, servants of Gurudev, servants of devotees—if we can become their feetdust, that is sufficient for our spiritual life."
Download the audio (2.3 Mb, 7 min | 20 October 2018)

 


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..."

ADDITIONAL READING:

"Observing Ekadasi" (by Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj)
"Ekadasi Vrata: Make Your Guru Happy" (by Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj)
"No Other Shelter" (by Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj)
"Mahadvadasi" (by Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj)
"Ekadasi and liberation" (by Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj)
"Ekadasi Tithi: One of the Practices" (by Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj)
Yogini Ekadasi

 

 

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Mahaprabhu's Teachings to Srila Raghunath Das Goswami Prabhu
How to talk, how to dress, how to eat, and how to use one's earned wages..

 

Sri Sri Prema-Vivarta
“Brother, the Name of Krishna never appears in bad association: the letters of the Name may appear, but the Name never does.”

If you want to sing Sri Krishna kirtan, you must be very careful, very affectionate, and
do it with much love, then you will get the adhikar, the right, to sing Sri Krishna kirtan.

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