MONTHLY ARCHIVE OF UPDATES

OCTOBER 2020

 

 

Thu, 1 October 2020 (Sri Purushottam month)

Bhakta-Bhav
"We should always remember devotees' service mood. Embracing bhakta-bhav, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu appeared as a devotee and He shows what is the mood of a devotee. We can see His teachings and realise what is necessary to have if we want to have the mood of a devotee."
Download / listen to the audio (10.7 Mb, 26 min | 27 September 2020)

 

"Purushottam Month is a very auspicious month—just like niyom-seva, kartik-vrata, like Kartik month and Damodar month. This is a very auspicious month. At this time, all Gaudiya Vaishnavs follow this Purushottam month, they show their respect for Purushottam month from their hearts."

(Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj)

His Divine Grace mentions that the holy prayers of Sri Siksastakam can be sung during this month:

Sri Sri Siksastakam [all on one page, with audio]
"If you aspire to chant the Name of Krishna, then, with great care, become qualified to do so. Give up your false ego, and always consider yourself lower than grass, poor, needy, and mean. Practise tolerance like a tree..."
Song 1: Pita-varana kali-pavana gora
Song 2: Tunhu daya-sagara tarayite prani
Song 3: Sri-krsna-kirtane yadi manasa tohara
Song 4: Prabhu tava pada-yuge mora nivedana
Song 5: Anadi karama-phale padi' bhavarnava-jale
Song 6: Aparadha-phale mama chitta bhela vajra-sama
Song 7: Ga-ite ga-ite nama ki dasa haila
Song 8: Bandhu-gana! sunaha vachana mora

 

Fri, 2 October 2020 (Sri Purushottam month)

"My Nature"
"Whenever I get time, I like to read books. To this day, I still like reading. I have a habit to always read. Whenever some new books come out, I read it. Actually, I do not want to teach anybody, I want to learn myself more and more. That is my nature."
Download / listen to the audio (2.5 Mb, 6 min | 27 September 2020)

 

Sat, 3 October 2020 (Sri Purushottam month)

Good News
"I have got some good news today, not everybody may have heard it, so I want to tell you about it... I have been praying to Krishna for that—and now they have filed a case, I am sure one day justice will happen."
Download / listen to the audio (2.3 Mb, 6 min | 27 September 2020)

 

Sun, 4 October 2020 (Sri Purushottam month)

Father-Son Pastime
"It is stated in Sri Hari-bhakti-vilas that those who observe this ekadasi attain a liberated form upon leaving their body. I will be reading about a pastime of Sri Govinda from Gopal-champu by Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhu. Listen to it properly. This is a pastime of Nanda Maharaj and Lord Krishna, and it happened tomorrow, the day after ekadasi."
Download / listen to the audio (10.3 Mb, 25 min | 27 September 2020)

 

Mon, 5 October 2020 (Sri Purushottam month)

"Try Your Best"
"You must depend upon Gurudev in everything—give everything to your Guru. All Vraja gopis gave everything, their deha (body) and dehi (the very soul), to fulfil the desire of Lord Krishna. Our guru-varga are not ordinary persons. I am sure that those who follow Gurudev and have taken shelter at the lotus feet of Gurudev, will reach their destination."
Download / listen to the audio (2.7 Mb, 7 min | 4 October 2020)

 

Tue, 6 October 2020 (Sri Purushottam month)

Surrendered Soul's Solace
"Through our qualification, we will not get anything, but we can get everything by the mercy of the Guru. Yet, the problem is that some material things always come to our life. We are supposed to be surrendered souls—if you are a surrendered soul, then what should be your thoughts?"
Download / listen to the audio (1 Mb, 1 min | 4 October 2020)

A pearl of guidance: Meaning of Chastity
"Chastity is a very high thing. Those who have chastity, do not think about anything else, they do not want to hear anything else, they do not want to listen to anything else, they do not want to know anything else—they only know their Guru."
Download / listen to the audio (1.6 Mb, 4 min | 26 April 2020)

 

Wed, 7 October 2020 (Sri Purushottam month)

Approaching Bhagavatam
"One must not read Bhagavatam or give Bhagavatam class for money, wealth, property, pratistha, etc. You must listen to Srimad Bhagavatam from a pure Vaishnav who knows Bhagavatam and who knows the meaning of Bhagavatam."
Download / listen to the audio (1.4 Mb, 4 min | 4 October 2020)

News from Sri Nrisingha Palli: Construction Progress
(2-4 October 2020 | 11 photographs, 1 Mb)
His Divine Grace Sri Gurupadpadma Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj visits Sri Nrisingha Palli temple to observe the further progress of the construction works at the new 'Sri Bhakti Sundar Angan' guesthouse. Last week, the roof of the ground floor was successfully completed and we are delighted to share the photographs from the site.

 

Thu, 8 October 2020 (Sri Purushottam month)

Disciples' Dedication
"Devotees always want to learn—they want to know more. It is necessary to have desire to learn, to practise more and more; it will be good for us all. Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu Himself comes as a devotee and shows us what is necessary and how we must be practising. If we learn His teachings properly, we will get so much benefit through that."
Download / listen to the audio (1.7 Mb, 4 min | 4 October 2020)

 

Fri, 9 October 2020 (Sri Purushottam month)

Restaurant Devotion vs Pure Devotion
"We work outside, we do not cook and take some food in a hotel (shop, cafe, restaurant) where they mix veg and non-veg food. It is a problem. It is possible to do this for one-two days as an exception, but if you do it every day saying, 'Oh, I have no energy to cook!' This is wrong. It is better if you cook and do the offering, then it will be pure devotion."
Download / listen to the audio (1.8 Mb, 5 min | 4 October 2020)

Cooking: Integral Part of Practising Life
"You must understand that when you come to practising life, you will get some austerity. Try to practise properly. Try to change yourself. This is how you can proceed in your spiritual life. I know it is sometimes very difficult, but you must still try to follow what I am saying, you must still try to cook, try to serve. That is good for you—you will get more energy for service, you will get more happiness in your heart."
Download / listen to the audio (4.9 Mb, 12 min)

 

Sat, 10 October 2020 (Sri Purushottam month)

Unimaginable
"Separation is a very high thing, you cannot imagine it. What sort of separation is there in Vrindavan? When Uddhav Maharaj heard about it, he was astounded. Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu showed this separation mood in Gambhira..."
Download / listen to the audio (2.3 Mb, 6 min | 4 October 2020)

 

In honour of the forthcoming Grand Festival of the Divine Appearance of
Sri Gurupadpadma Ananta-sri-vibhusita Om Visnupad Paramahamsa-kula-chudamani Visva-varenya Sri Srimad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj:

 

— : This day in 2010 : —

My Joy and My Plight
"I have never wanted this—that I would sit in one place and everybody would come, pay obeisance to me. Never. I want to go and chant and dance everywhere, preach in the villages—this is my life. It is impossible for me, it is actually an austerity for me, but I have to keep Gurudev's word."
Download / listen to the audio (2.6 Mb, 8 min | 8 October 2010)

"I Need Your Mercy!"
"I am here today to get your mercy—I am here today to worship you, I have not come to take worship. I only want to serve the Vaishnavs, I have no other desire. I do not want anybody to do my puja, I want to serve you all."
Download / listen to the audio (2.8 Mb, 8 min | 8 October 2010)

His Divine Grace teaching the proper mood of observing Sri Vyasa Puja of one's Sri Guru when speaking about Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's divine appearance festival:

Gurudev's Vyasa Puja Is Coming
"Gurudev's lila is going on, but only the fortunate souls can see it, that is why we must engage everybody in service on his appearance day. Whatever capacity we have—in kaya, mana, vakya, body, mind, and speech—we must serve his appearance day, his birth day."

 


 

"Guru is the divine messenger of immortal hope and joy in this mortal and miserable world. His advent is the most auspicious and happy event to the suffering animation and can be compared to the rising of the morning star that can guide the traveller lost in the desert. A gentle touch of Sri Guru's merciful hand can wipe away the incessant tears from all weeping eyes. Oh the day when this poor soul realises the causeless grace of Sri Gurudev."

(Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, Sri Guru and His Grace)

 


 

Dear Devotees, Friends, and Well-Wishers,

Please accept our humble obeisance at your holy feet.

Bowing down at your holy feet, we would like to extend a humble and earnest invitation to your holy self to join the grand celebration of the holy appearance day of Sri Gurupadpadma Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Sri Srimad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj that mercifully manifests this year on 17 October 2020 (Saturday).

Although, due to the current government restrictions, it is not certain yet as to where the main celebration shall take place, the festival of Hari-kirtan, Hari-katha, and prasad-seva will be held in every temple, house and jubilant heart where Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math is established, and we shall feel blessed to have your holy association on this holy day.

As every year, this supremely auspicious day also offers us an opportunity of special service in the form of submitting written Sri Vyasa Puja Homage (heart-felt prayers, worshipful glorification, earnest expressions of honour, reverence, and adoration) unto the holy lotus feet of His Divine Grace. In this regard, we welcome all devotees and well-wishers to submit their offerings by 13 October the latest to be able to present it to His Divine Grace timely.

Taking your feet dust on our heads, we humbly pray that this supremely worshippable appearance day of Sri Gurupadpadma, celebrated with much joy and grandeur by the fortunate souls throughout the entire manifest creation, may pass auspiciously in Hari-katha, Hari-kirtan, and Hari-seva that are so dear to the hearts of Sri Guru, Vaishnavs, and the Lord.

Your aspiring servants at
scsmathinternational.com

Email address for enquiry and Sri Vyasa Puja Homage Offerings:
info.at.scsmathinternational.com

 

Sun, 11 October 2020 (Sri Purushottam month)

Loving Care and Service
"There is love and affection in Vaishnavism. This is what Mahaprabhu showed by His own example. Krishna shows it too—He is merciful even to those who come to kill Him. This is what true religion is. You should understand that Vaishnavism comes from the original source."
Download / listen to the audio (3.9 Mb, 10 min | 4 October 2020)

 

In honour of the forthcoming Grand Festival of the Divine Appearance of
Sri Gurupadpadma Ananta-sri-vibhusita Om Visnupad Paramahamsa-kula-chudamani Visva-varenya Sri Srimad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj:

 

His Divine Grace requests all the devotees and well-wishers worldwide:

"You can make guru-puja, it is not a problem, but do not make any festival this year because if you make a festival, there will be a large gathering. Be very careful with this festival. I am very concerned about it. Here also, so many branches are making a festival and inviting me, but I will not go—I am also not making any big festival because of the covid pandemic situation. I can meet and talk with you all on that day virtually, I can say something, that will be good in this way. Do not worry, you have time to make a festival next year, but in this pandemic situation it is not necessary to make a big festival. This is my request for everybody. It will be good for you."


Please note that every year, on this supremely worshippable occasion, we collect written Sri Vyasa Puja Homage (heart-felt prayers, worshipful glorification, earnest expressions of honour, reverence, and adoration) unto the holy lotus feet of His Divine Grace and hand it to His Divine Grace on the day of His Vyasa Puja. Therefore, we welcome all devotees and well-wishers who wish to submit their prayer offerings, to do so by 13-14 October the latest to be able to present it to His Divine Grace timely.
Email address: info.at.scsmathinternational.com


 

— : This day in 2011 : —

Sri Vyasa Puja Day: A Happy Day
"Today is a very happy day for me: everybody is giving their mercy to me. Also, I can see all the devotees today, they are happily enjoying the programme and glorifying Gurudev. That is my thing—I do not want my glorification, I always want to glorify my Guru."
Download (1.3 Mb, 4 min)

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 / listen to the audio (1.2 Mb, 4 min)

Kirtans: Vandana • Gurudev krpa bindu diya • Oh vaisnava thakura dayara sagara • Akrodha paramananda Nityananda Ray • Avatara sara Gora avatara • Hare Krishna maha-mantra.
Download / listen to the audio (6.6 Mb, 20 min)

My Great Fortune and Hope
"Actually I do not know when my birth day is, but Gurudev told me, 'This is your birth day,' and that is why devotees celebrate this day. Celebrating means what? Celebrating means devotees are giving mercy to me on this day and I am becoming indebted to them."
Download / listen to the audio (2.2 Mb, 7 min)

Sankirtan Yajna—Soul of Preaching
"Where it is allowed, you must do sankirtan in the street—there may be only five of you, but if you do sankirtan, people will come, even birds, beasts, trees will get benefit through your kirtan. If you sit in your house, no one will come—start the fire, wind will come."
Download / listen to the audio (1.7 Mb, 5 min | 28 September 2011)

 

Mon, 12 October 2020 (Sri Purushottam month; Tomorrow is Sri Parama Ekadasi)

"Please Be Careful"
"Please be careful. I am concerned about you all because if your health is good, then you can do more and more service. We have this body and disease will come, but we must not 'invite' disease ourselves. This is my request for everybody. If you can do what I am saying, I will be very happy."
Download / listen to the audio (1.6 Mb, 4 min | 11 October 2020)

 

In honour of the forthcoming Grand Festival of the Divine Appearance of
Sri Gurupadpadma Ananta-sri-vibhusita Om Visnupad Paramahamsa-kula-chudamani Visva-varenya Sri Srimad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj:

 

— : This day in 2013 : —

 

Sri Vyasa Puja Day: My Mood and Request
"Every day is a service day for me, but today is the day when I must serve devotees more. I do not know how much I can surrender, but Gurudev made me his dog, and that is why I am serving as his dog—I am still serving and protecting the temple as a dog..."
Download / listen to the audio (1.5 Mb, 5 min | 6 October 2013)

Sri Vyasa Puja Day: Appreciating Mercy
"You have already got it from Gurudev. We have lost our address and Krishna sent Gurudev to take us to our address. So, we already understand what is our real home. Always be successful in your spiritual life, always proceed in your spiritual life."
Download / listen to the audio (1.1 Mb, 3 min | 6 October 2013)

Sri Vyasa Puja Day: My Only Prayer
"I am very happy to see you all. You are celebrating this festival, but actually for me this day is not a day to take puja from others, but today is the day when I must give puja to all the devotees..."
Download / listen to the audio (1 Mb, 3 min | 6 October 2013)

Favourite Preparations
When asked, His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj replies, "When devotees give me something with affection, I take that." The following, however, is a list of preparations favourite to His Divine Grace that was provided by the servitors of His Divine Grace.

 

 

Tue, 13 October 2020 (Sri Purushottam month; Today is Sri Parama Ekadasi)

Sincere Chanting
"This Hare Krishna maha-mantra is not just alphabet letters—it is the pure Name. So, it must be chanted with service mood. If you always show that you are chanting japa, but your mind always goes to bad elements, your heart is covered by bad elements—that is not good."
Download / listen to the audio (1.6 Mb, 4 min | 11 October 2020)

"The Unrenounceable"
His Divine Grace reads a chapter from Guidance, Volume 3, for the benefit of all souls: "I will discuss today about kanak, kamini, pratistha, about anartha and paramartha. 'Even if you renounce everything, there is still something that cannot be renounced—that is either ‘paramārtha’ (greatest wealth; spiritual asset) or ‘parama anartha’ (greatest evil; unwanted elements)....'"
Download / listen to the audio (8.7 Mb, 21 min | 11 October 2020)

 

In honour of the forthcoming Grand Festival of the Divine Appearance of
Sri Gurupadpadma Ananta-sri-vibhusita Om Visnupad Paramahamsa-kula-chudamani Visva-varenya Sri Srimad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj:

 

— : This day in 2014 : —

 

How to See the Guru: Mercy
Clear guidance on how to understand who the Guru is, and how a sincere disciple should see the Guru: the Guru is not only a mahabhagavata (a great devotee), he is nondifferent from Krishna Himself.
Download / listen to the audio (6.4 Mb, 14 min)

How to See the Guru: Chastity
The main quality of a sincere disciple explained by several examples: one-pointed attention, rejecting the unfavourable, intense attachment to service and devotees, faith, and careful choice of association.
Download / listen to the audio (7 Mb, 15 min)

 

— : Vyasa Puja Adhivas day in 2015 : —

Your Fortune, My Fortune
"You have assembled here today for this occasion to give mercy to a fallen soul like myself. I feel humbled and very fortunate. It is very difficult to get the darshan of Vaishnavs. When I am giving initiation, do you know what I am remembering?..."

Be Conscious and Cautious
"To live eternally in Vraja, you must enter a relationship with your Guru, after that if you practise, you can understand your destination. How can we make Gurudev happy? If we can understand it step by step, then we will be able to understand the main teaching."

Greatness Is Not Measured by Cloth
"Religion means we must bring the jiva souls to Krishna consciousness. Gurudev gave this duty to me, and this is not only my responsibility, it is your responsibility too. Gurudev said, 'One does not become a sannyasi just by wearing a sannyasi's clothes.'"

Surrender: Eye-Opener
"'Do you not know who this is? Can you not recognise Him? He is the Guru of all, He is Lord Krishna Himself! He has come to this world to awaken the souls. He took sannyas from Keshav Bharati.' Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya did not believe it."

Mercy Means Anugatya
"It is necessary to always think about the order of your Guru. Guru's mercy means following the order of the Guru—if you follow the order of your Guru, then you get his mercy. You can go to the market, buy chanting beads and chant on them—but it is not the same."

Neither Cry nor Laugh
"You must ask yourself first, 'Do you love yourself or your Guru more? Do you love the Lord or yourself more?' Examine yourself. How long will you sleep in the lap of Maya? How long will you choke and struggle in the waters of Maya?"

Pure Current
"This Name was chanted in many villages, but with offence, and Bhaktivinod Thakur, holding the current of devotion, preached the pure Holy Name to this world just as Maharaj Bhagirath brought the Ganges to this world."

 


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"
"Ekadasi Vrata: Make Your Guru Happy"
"No Other Shelter"
"Mahadvadasi"
"Ekadasi and liberation"
"Ekadasi Tithi: One of the Practices"
"Yogini Ekadasi"
"Ekadasi: Historical Background"
"Ekadasi: Main Focus Is Service"
Ekadasi Struggle?

 

Wed, 14 October 2020 (Sri Purushottam month)

Parts of Service Life
"(1) Mahaprabhu said, "Follow pure ekadasi." If the ekadasi day becomes viddha, there is no fast on this day. (2) Someone will say that this is too much, this is fanaticism, but this is what real chastity is. (3) You have all these bad things in you, but if you surrender properly, you can transform everything into service."
Download / listen to the audio (1.8 Mb, 5 min | 11 October 2020)

News from Sri Nrisingha Palli: Construction Progress
(13 October 2020 | 39 photographs, 2.7 Mb)
Sharing photographs from Sri Nrisingha Palli temple with the news of the completion of the beautiful new residential top floor above the nat mandir and the commenced construction of the next floor of the new Guesthouse. His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj visits Sri Nrisingha Palli to supervise the works.

 

In honour of the forthcoming Grand Festival of the Divine Appearance of
Sri Gurupadpadma Ananta-sri-vibhusita Om Visnupad Paramahamsa-kula-chudamani Visva-varenya Sri Srimad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj:

 

— : Sri Vyasa Puja Adhivas in 2017 : —

My Service Day
"I am always with the devotees, I am always thinking about the devotees and I am always thinking about Gurudev. Actually, this day is my service day. I must serve my Gurudev more, I want to serve the devotees—this is how I want to celebrate this day. This is my happiness."
Download / listen to the audio (0.5 Mb, 1 min | 17 September 2017)

 

— : Sri Vyasa Puja Adhivas in 2018 : —

Meaning of Guru Puja
"We must understand the meaning of 'guru-puja.' If you only offer some arati to Gurudev, this is not guru-puja. Guru-puja means guru-seva. We must always think, "How can I please my Guru? What does Gurudev want? What does he like?" We must understand this and fulfil Gurudev's most cherished desires."
Download / listen to the audio (2.3 Mb, 7 min | Bengali | 9 October 2018)

Key to Guru Puja
"Gurudev had explained and taught me that when you make a festival not much is necessary—a festival means Vaishnav seva, bhakta-seva. Guru-seva is not engaging your Guru in service—it means serving your Guru, serving his devotees."
Download / listen to the audio (2.6 Mb, 7 min | Bengali | 9 October 2018)

Service Consciousness
"If we always practise and if we always serve Vaishnavs, then we can become worthy of a particle of dust from the lotus feet of Vaishnavs—that is sufficient for us. If you fast and offer some flower to your Guru but do not take part in service—it means you think about yourself, not about others."
Download / listen to the audio (2 Mb, 6 min | Bengali | 9 October 2018)

 

— : Sri Vyasa Puja Day in 2018 : —

Sri Vyasa Puja Speech
"Actually, all the devotees have come here from all over Bengal and many countries also and they are celebrating my birthday, but I am not thinking about my birthday because I do not want to take any puja from devotees. I always want to be servitors' servitor, I do not want to take any service from others."
Download / listen to the audio (5.5 Mb, 16 min | 10 October 2018)

 

Thu, 15 October 2020 (Sri Purushottam month)

Cruelty-Free Service Life
"We must give love and affection for everybody. There is a soul existing in the body of every bird, beast or any other living entity, and therefore Krishna is also present there. We have got this human body after 8,400,000 births, but our bad fortune is that we still cannot understand it."
Download / listen to the audio (2.1 Mb, 5 min | 11 October 2020)

 

In honour of the forthcoming Grand Festival of the Divine Appearance of
Sri Gurupadpadma Ananta-sri-vibhusita Om Visnupad Paramahamsa-kula-chudamani Visva-varenya Sri Srimad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj:

 

— : Sri Vyasa Puja Adhivas in 2019 : —

"I Want to Be a Good Follower of My Gurudev"
"I have never wanted to be a Guru, and to this day I still do not think that I am a Guru. I always think that I want to be a good disciple of my Gurudev—I want to be a servitor of Gurudev's devotees, I want to be a good follower of my Gurudev."
Download / listen to the audio (1.7 Mb, 5 min | 28 September 2019)

Guru-Disciple Bond
"You must understand purely what Gurudev needs, what is his connection, what Gurudev wants, what his heart wants and you must always fulfil his desire. That is what the relationship between the Guru and a disciple is."
Download / listen to the audio (2.1 Mb, 5 min | 28 September 2019)

 

Fri, 16 October 2020 (Adhivas of His Divine Grace's Sri Vyasa Puja)

"If You Love Me..."
"When you give some offering or puja to your Guru, you think it is only a photograph, but no, you must have strongest faith that Gurudev is there. You think, "We give a garland to Gurudev's photograph, it is just a formality, Gurudev does not really accept it"—why do you think so?"
Download / listen to the audio (1.4 Mb, 4 min | 11 October 2020)

 

In honour of the forthcoming Grand Festival of the Divine Appearance of
Sri Gurupadpadma Ananta-sri-vibhusita Om Visnupad Paramahamsa-kula-chudamani Visva-varenya Sri Srimad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj:

 

His Divine Grace requests all the devotees and well-wishers worldwide:

"You can make guru-puja, it is not a problem, but do not make any festival this year because if you make a festival, there will be a large gathering. Be very careful with this festival. I am very concerned about it. Here also, so many branches are making a festival and inviting me, but I will not go—I am also not making any big festival because of the covid pandemic situation. I can meet and talk with you all on that day virtually, I can say something, that will be good in this way. Do not worry, you have time to make a festival next year, but in this pandemic situation it is not necessary to make a big festival. This is my request for everybody. It will be good for you."


Please note that every year, on this supremely worshippable occasion, we collect written Sri Vyasa Puja Homage (heart-felt prayers, worshipful glorification, earnest expressions of honour, reverence, and adoration) unto the holy lotus feet of His Divine Grace and hand it to His Divine Grace on the day of His Vyasa Puja. Therefore, we welcome all devotees and well-wishers who wish to submit their prayer offerings, to do so by 13-14 October the latest to be able to present it to His Divine Grace timely.
Email address: info.at.scsmathinternational.com


 

— : Sri Vyasa Puja Festival in 2019 : —

Remembering Early Days
"Today's day is accepted as the day of my birthday. I do not know by what pull I have come here. "Krishna is my mother, Krishna is my father"—I knew that from my childhood, I had such sukriti. Since my childhood I have always been inspired to read Srimad Bhagavad-gita."
Download / listen to the audio (3.6 Mb, 10 min | Bengali and English)

Sri Guru: More than Lord
"Guru is called a holy embodiment of the Lord's mercy. You all worship or serve the Lord, but you will not get direct love and affection from the Lord. Because the Lord cannot give you direct mercy, He sends His close associate in the form of a Guru to this world."
Download / listen to the audio (3.6 Mb, 10 min | Mostly Bengali)

Intimate Service Mood
"Many are scared to speak to Gurudev, but what is there to be scared about? Are you afraid of the one whose shelter you have taken? Gurudev is called the centre, the very heart of the disciple. This is our line."
Download / listen to the audio (2.3 Mb, 7 min | Bengali)

On Lord's Order
"Whatever austerity comes, throw your happiness away, forget your own happiness or sadness and serve the Lord. The Lord has kept me alive, and you have all come here, you are giving me your blessing, then I am getting one more year of life."
Download / listen to the audio (1.8 Mb, 5 min | Bengali)

Unswerving Devotion
"I will tell you some examples of Guru-seva. There cannot be anything more important in your life than this. You must always remember this, then you will get supreme benefit. I always pray to the Lord that you may get relief from the illusory environment and come to serve the Lord."
Download / listen to the audio (4.8 Mb, 14 min | Bengali)

Great Advantage of Guru-Seva
"There are sixty-four devotional practices, and Prahlad Maharaj said among all those devotional practices Guru-seva has more importance. You must listen to what I am saying carefully. Remember it."
Download / listen to the audio (1.4 Mb, 4 min | Bengali)

Laws of Spiritual Kingdom
"When you aspire to enter Vrindavan's kingdom, you must apply for the visa at Radharani's lotus feet. When you get Her stamp of approval, then you can get the darshan of Vrindavan; and Radharani is Gurudev himself, so when you get his seal, then you can enter that domain."
Download / listen to the audio (1.3 Mb, 4 min | Bengali)

Service to Guru: Abode of Benediction
"Those who fail to practise various devotional practices very quickly attain all perfection just by serving their Guru. Those who are fortunate can embrace this in their hearts—if you are always busy trying to make your Guru happy, you can attain perfection in this very life."
Download / listen to the audio (1.4 Mb, 4 min | Bengali)

Supreme Desire of Supreme Lord
"You want to enjoy so much, but the Lord wants to enjoy with you all together and His desire is millions times stronger. That is why the Lord sends His associates to this world who come to engage you in the service of Lord and send You back to the Lord. We sit here amidst illusion and think, 'I want more,' But how much is your capacity to enjoy?"
Download / listen to the audio (1.5 Mb, 5 min | Bengali)

Entering Gurudev's Family
"Gurudev stretches his hand to you, but why do you not accept his hand? Gurudev calls out, 'Come, come! Come to my family!' Unless you enter this family, your anarthas will never leave you even if you chant millions of Holy Names with offences."
Download / listen to the audio (2.5 Mb, 7 min | Bengali)

Trade Secrets of Krishna Consciousness
"If one is to come to Vraja Krishna, one must imbibe the mood of Vraja. What does it mean to get the mercy of Nityananda Prabhu? If you can attract and give joy to Nitaichand with your kirtan, then you will feel taste and joy chanting kirtan—then you can get Radha-Krishna."
Download / listen to the audio (2.6 Mb, 7 min | Bengali)

Exposing Core of Disciple's Heart
"You do not enter into a relationship with the Guru just by taking a mantra from him. If you have love and affection for your Guru, then you have some relationship with your Guru, then your journey up the ladder of devotion has begun."
Download / listen to the audio (2.7 Mb, 8 min | Bengali)

Core of Mission's Heart
"If you take life away, is there any value in the body? The same is true for our spiritual life—if you remove Guru from your spiritual life, you remove life from your body. If you remove service to the Lord from a temple, this temple loses its very life."
Download / listen to the audio (2.5 Mb, 7 min | Bengali)

No Excuses
"We are always afraid of austerity, but we must accept any austerity, any unhappiness for the service to our guru. It is not a problem for us. Spiritual life depends on tolerance and on following the guru's instruction—always."
Download / listen to the audio (1 Mb, 3 min)

Sri Guru's Grace
"Gurudev is the embodiment, or incarnation, of the Deity. We sometimes make some mistake in the service to the Deities, and the Deity will not chastise you, but the Deity's main servitor (Gurudev) can always chastise you. That is his mercy."
Download / listen to the audio (1.3 Mb, 4 min)

Heed Your Call
"Spread Krishna consciousness. Spread Mahaprabhu's, Gurudev's and Guru Maharaj's message door to door in South Africa. Even if somebody kicks you out from their door, you must go there again and beg, 'I have come to you to give you real benefit, please take it.'"
Download / listen to the audio (1.3 Mb, 4 min)

Favourite Preparations
When asked, His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj replies, "When devotees give me something with affection, I take that." The following, however, is a list of preparations favourite to His Divine Grace that was provided by the servitors of His Divine Grace.

 

 

Sat, 17 October 2020 (Sri Vyasa Puja Maha-Mahotsav of His Divine Grace Sri Gurupadpadma)

Service Aspiration
"Serving your Guru, serving the Lord is the main thing. I have already shown you how you can go to the spiritual world. Whether you get there or not does not depend upon your age or life duration—it only depends on your service, it depends on your heart."
Download / listen to the audio (3.3 Mb, 8 min | 11 October 2020)

 

In honour of the Grand Festival of the Divine Appearance of Sri Gurupadpadma Ananta-sri-vibhusita Om Visnupad Paramahamsa-kula-chudamani Visva-varenya Sri Srimad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj:

 

 

pujya-sri-guru-varga-vandita-mahabhavanvitayah sada
paurvaparya-parampara-prachalita-prajya-pramurtakrteh
bhakter nirmala-nirjharasya nibhrtam samraksakam sadaram
vande sri-gurudevam anata-sira acharya-varyam nijam

"I bow my head in eternal obeisance to my Gurudev, the best of acharyas, Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj. He is the ever vigilant, stalwart guardian of the current of pure devotion whose highest form flows from our most worshippable Sri Rupanuga Guru-varga in their exclusive dedication to Mahabhav, Srimati Radharani."

 

В честь святого дня божественного явления Шри Гурупадападмы Ом Вишнупада Шрилы Бхакти Нирмала Ачарьи Махараджа мы с глубокой радостью представляем русский перевод беспрецедентного сокровища библиотеки Шри Чайтанья Сарасвата Матха: четвертого тома сборника «Наставления», выполненный по указанию Шрилы Ачарьи Махараджа и публикуемый в электронном формате.

Наставления, 1
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Наставления, 2
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Наставления, 3
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Наставления, 4
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For the eternal benefit and pure nourishment of all living souls, we humbly present the links to the book-form compilations of holy discourses and articles emanating from the holy lotus mouth and hand of Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj, available now for online reading, download, and distribution. May the divine glory of the transcendental treasure trove of these publications forever reside within the hearts of all fortunate souls:

Guidance 1
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Guidance 2
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Guidance 3
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Guidance 4
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Autobiography of Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj
To try to describe unlimited glories of a Vaishnav is a very challenging task, and because the nature of Guru is beyond what we can grasp with our material intelligence and beyond what we can perceive with our material senses, it makes the task even harder. Presented here is an autobiographical discourse of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj, the current Acharya and Sevaite of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.

Remembering Early Days
"Today's day is accepted as the day of my birthday. I do not know by what pull I have come here. "Krishna is my mother, Krishna is my father"—I knew that from my childhood, I had such sukriti. Since my childhood I have always been inspired to read Srimad Bhagavad-gita."
Download / listen to the audio (3.6 Mb, 10 min | 29 September 2019)

PHOTO ALBUM
The photographs presented in this dedicated photo album are only a few glimpses into a particle of the service and contribution that His Divine Grace has made. May they however become a source of inspiration for the service and dedication to the lotus feet of Sri Gurudev that His Divine Grace embodies.

 


KIRTANS:
Gurudev! krpa-bindu diya | গুরুদেব! কৃপাবিন্দু দিয়া
"When I examine myself for qualifications, I find none. Your mercy is everything. If you are not merciful to me, then, crying, I will no longer maintain my life."

 

Samsara-davanala | সংসার-দাবানল
"I offer my obeisance unto the lotus feet of Sri Guru, the ocean of goodness who assumes the form of a cloud of mercy to deliver the souls burning in the blazing fire of material existence."

 

Sri-guru-charana-padma | শ্রীগুরুচরণ-পদ্ম
"I carefully offer my obeisance to Sri Guru's lotus feet, which are the sole abode of devotion. O brother! By his mercy we cross over this world and reach Krishna."

 

Krsna haite chatur-mukha | কৃষ্ণ হৈতে চতুর্ম্মুখ
"Srila Govinda Maharaj's dear successor, who is devoted to practising and preaching his teachings, is Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj. All the Gurus in this succession are associates of Sri Gauranga—I pray for their remnants."

 

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! It is not possible to conquer maya by engaging in maya. I see no other way to get relief except for the mercy of sadhus."

 

 

Sri Rupa-manjari-pada | শ্রীরূপমঞ্জরী-পদ
"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."

 

 

Amara jivana | আমার জীবন
"My life is always engrossed in sin. There is not a trace of piety within it. I have caused others so much anxiety and trouble. Such a sinner as I is shunned by devotees, and is a constant offender."

 

 

Gurudev bada krpa kari | গুরুদেব! বড় কৃপা করি’
"When, O master, will you mercifully grant this servant the qualification to do this? Then my heart will become steadfast, I will tolerate everything, and I will serve the Lord sincerely."

 

Sun, 18 October 2020
"Inconceivable, Unbelievable, and Unimaginable"
"Everybody is giving their love and affection and all together making this day for me. Actually, I am getting shy to make my birthday festival, but devotees are always enthusiastic to make this festival, even in this pandemic situation..."
Download / listen to the audio (4.1 Mb, 10 min | 17 October 2020)

Sri Vyasa Puja Maha-Mahotsav Celebration (Kolkata)
(17 October 2020 | 45 photographs, 4.2 Mb)
Photographs from Sri Sevak Bhavan, Kolkata: fortunate devotees engage in numerous services in preparation for the festival and partake in joyous celebration of the holy appearance day of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj.

Sri Vyasa Puja Maha-Mahotsav Celebration (Soquel)
(17 October 2020 | 16 photographs, 0.5 Mb)
Sharing photographs from the grand celebration of the holy Vyasa Puja of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj observed by the devotees in the shelter and under the guidance of Pujyapad Srila Bhakti Pavan Janardan Maharaj.

 

Mon, 19 October 2020
Clearing Contradictions
"Everybody's vision and feelings are not the same. Sometimes, you look like a man, but at other times, you deal or talk with others like a demon. Krishna lives in all living entities. However, we sometimes see there is also a demon living in the heart of the jiva soul."
Download / listen to the audio (3.4 Mb, 8 min | 17 October 2020)

 

Tue, 20 October 2020 (Disappearance of Tridandi Swami Sripad Bhakti Dayita Damodar Maharaj)
A Very Busy Day
"Phone calls have been coming today from all over the world starting from 3:30-4 o'clock in the morning. Everyone is calling me continuously. Not only in foreign countries they are making big festivals today, but also in all the temples, centres here in India..."
Download / listen to the audio (1.5 Mb, 4 min | 17 October 2020)

 

Wed, 21 October 2020
Service with Full Enthusiasm
"The most important thing is that all the devotees are with me. 'Maharaj, where you are, that is Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math—and we will go wherever you are!' When I hear devotees say this, my heart overflows."
Download / listen to the audio (3.3 Mb, 8 min | 17 October 2020)

 

Thu, 22 October 2020
My Fortune and My Promise
"Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math is my real family. I am very fortunate and very grateful. I will try to serve all the devotees to the best of my ability until my death, until the moment I leave this body. That is my promise."
Download / listen to the audio (2.5 Mb, 6 min | 18 October 2020)

 

Fri, 23 October 2020
Rare Jewels
"I always remember so many great souls who are not with us anymore. So many householder devotees have made this kind of sacrifice—actually, they look like householders, but their mind, heart, their everything is more than a sannyasi."
Download / listen to the audio (7.6 Mb, 18 min | 18 October 2020)

 

Sat, 24 October 2020
Root of Devotion
"If you want to conquer illusory environment, it is necessary to have the mercy of Guru and Vaishnavs. Guru-kripa is the root of your creeper of devotion. If you cut your creeper at the root, your devotion, your practice will dry just like a tree dries up when uprooted."
Download / listen to the audio (2.2 Mb, 6 min | 18 October 2020)

 

Sun, 25 October 2020
Remembering Right Things
"First practise chanting the Holy Name, concentrate your mind on service, and when you come to the highest position in your worship (bhajan), then you can ask such questions. We must first practise Krishna consciousness properly, chant the Holy Name, because our heart, mind is always busy with nonsense things."
Download / listen to the audio (4.7 Mb, 12 min | 18 October 2020)

 

Mon, 26 October 2020 (Vijay Utsav of Sri Ramachandra. Appearance of Sri Madhva Acharya.)
Shifting Priorities
"Why is it necessary to be sad? It is maya that always makes us unhappy. Whether you are happy or unhappy, always remember Lord Krishna. That is the ultimate advice. Always chant the Holy Name, never forget the Lord—not when you are happy, not when you are sad."
Download / listen to the audio (2.4 Mb, 6 min | 18 October 2020)

 


Today in the calendar: Gaura Dashami. Vijay Utsav of Sri Ramachandra. Appearance of Sri Madhva Acharya.

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj: "Even if you do not know anything about the Vaishnav mentioned in the calendar, you must still give them 'jay' on this day."


 

In honour of Srila Madhva Acharya:

"Madhva Acharya also stayed here with his disciples for some time as a resident of the Nabadwip Dham. Gauranga-sundar mercifully revealed His most enchanting form to Madhva Acharya in a dream. Smiling, Gaurachandra said to Madhva Acharya, 'Everyone knows that you are My eternal servant. When I appear in Nabadwip, I will follow your lineage. Now, carefully eradicate illusionism and false scriptures from all regions, and establish the glory of the Lord's Deity form. Later, I will develop your pure conception.' Saying this, Gaurachandra disappeared. Madhva Acharya awoke and then fainted. Madhva Acharya then cried, wondering, 'Will I ever see that beautiful golden form again?' Then a divine voice came from the clear sky, 'Serve Me secretly, and you will come to Me.' Madhva Acharya became resolute and defeated the mayavadis in all directions."

Sri Nabadwip Dham Mahatmya, Chapter 15

 

Foundation of Surrender
"It is a very auspicious day today—the holy appearance day of Sri Madhvacharya, also today is vijaya maha-mahotsav of Lord Ramachandra. It is a very auspicious day, and we are getting some chance to speak some Hari-katha, to practise sravanam, kirtanam."
Download / listen to the audio (3 Mb, 9 min)

 

Tue, 27 October 2020 (Today is Papankusha Ekadasi; tomorrow paran is at 5:44-9:29 a.m.)
Messenger of Eternal World
"Please forgive my offence. Actually, I am just a fallen soul, I have no quality to speak anything in glorification of such a highly qualified personality who used to be a scientist previously and then a great preacher..."
Download / listen to the audio (4.6 Mb, 11 min | 26 October 2020)

Sri Uluberia Temple: Construction Progress
(24 October 2020 | 11 photographs, 1 Mb)
His Divine Grace Sri Gurupadpadma Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj pays a visit to Sri Uluberia Math to check the progress of the construction works—among the news is the continuing construction of the domes, completed plastering works on the second floor and preparation to laying marble on the floors.

 


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"
"Ekadasi Vrata: Make Your Guru Happy"
"No Other Shelter"
"Mahadvadasi"
"Ekadasi and liberation"
"Ekadasi Tithi: One of the Practices"
"Yogini Ekadasi"
"Ekadasi: Historical Background"
"Ekadasi: Main Focus Is Service"
Ekadasi Struggle?

 

Wed, 28 October 2020
Loving Service
"You are all liberated souls, you are trying to make your Guru happy—you are giving everything for the service of your Guru. You are doing this and getting taste. You can enter your home through your service mood."
Download / listen to the audio (1.7 Mb, 4 min | 25 October 2020)

A Separation Day
[An extensive discourse of Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, spoken on this day]
"Nobody can properly glorify the Vaishnav-mahima, then what can I say to you? I am always waiting for mercy—for causeless mercy. I have no qualification, causeless mercy is the only hope for me, and for others also. I am trying to express my heart today at the lotus feet of Vaishnavs. I pray they bestow their mercy, and that mercy cannot but be causeless. We are all unqualified, we cannot properly respect Vaishnavas, but by their mercy we can get that qualification, I have no doubt about it. Today is the disappearance day of Srila Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami, Srila Raghunath Das Goswami and Srila Raghunath Bhatta Goswami. It is very hard for a disciple for tolerate the disappearance of their Guru..."

 


Today in the calendar: Gaura Dvadashi. Ekadasi paran between 5:44 and 9:29 a.m. Disappearance of Srila Raghunath Das Goswami, Srila Raghunath Bhatta Goswami, and Srila Krishnadas Kaviraj Goswami.

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj: "Even if you do not know anything about the Vaishnav mentioned in the calendar, you must still give them 'jay' on this day."


 

In honour of Srila Raghunath Das Goswami:

Raghunath Das Goswami's Path
"We have no qualification to serve the Vaishnavs. If we do not got mercy from Vaishnavs, we cannot get service from the Vaishnavs. That is why we always make Vaishnavs' disappearance festivals and remember such days."
Download (3.7 Mb, 9 min | 8 October 2011)

Highest Designation
"We do not want to be a master, we do not want to be a Guru—we want to be a servant of the servant. This is the most important thing in our spiritual life. If we can become a servant of a Vaishnav, that is the highest, that is the best qualification..."
Download (1.3 Mb, 3 min | 8 October 2011)

Raghunath Das Goswami's Pastimes: Nectar of Devotion
"In Mahaprabhu's time, and even after that, everybody wanted to be a servant. Das Goswami Prabhu, Jiva Goswami Prabhu, and others, were all servants. If you hear about Srila Raghunath Das Goswami's pastimes you will get nectar."
Download (1.8 Mb, 4 min | 8 October 2011)

Humble and Chaste Service
"Wherever they are living now, we only want them to allow us to serve their associates, associates of our Gurudev, and our Guru. We do not want to enter their party, but we only want their service as a dog..."
Download (2.4 Mb, 6 min | 8 October 2011)

Wholehearted Engagement
"This day is a day of Vaishnav seva. Srila Raghunath Das Goswami Prabhu taught us what must be the quality of a Vaishnav and what must be the quality of your practising. What Das Goswami Prabhu showed, how he himself practised, is an example for us."
Download (2.7 Mb, 8 min | 9 October 2011)

Two Oceans of Pastimes
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj is speaking about the glories and pastimes of Srila Raghunath Das Goswami and Srila Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami on their disappearance day.
Download / listen to the audio (2.8 Mb, 9 min | 5 October 2014)

Srila Raghunath Das Goswami: Breaking Free
"He wanted to take a roundabout zigzag route, avoiding Nityananda Prabhu and going directly to Mahaprabhu, but every time he went to Mahaprabhu, Mahaprabhu rejected him and sent him back to his home...."
Download / listen to the audio (1.7 Mb, 5 min | 25 October 2015)

Real Mercy, Real Service
Real mercy: "Getting mercy means getting service: if you have service, you have mercy."
Real service: "Practise properly, keep proper association, and always avoid the Nama aparadh, seva aparadh, dham aparadh, Vaishnav aparadh. Chant the Holy Name properly, without deceit, and with proper attention and service mood."
Download / listen to the audio (1 Mb, 2 min | 30 May 2015)

Srila Raghunath Das Goswami Sochaka | শ্রীল-রঘুনাথদাস-গোস্বামি-শোচক
"When Raghunath Das heard that Rupa and Sanatan had gone to Vrindavan, he gave up all rights to his estate and the comforts of a life like that of Indra, and went to Mahaprabhu."

 

In honour of Srila Raghunath Bhatta Goswami:

A Separation Day
"Srila Raghunath Bhatta Goswami was born in Benares. His father's name is Tapan Mishra, he was a very good searcher and devotee of Krishna. Srila Raghunath Bhatta Goswami got an opportunity to serve Mahaprabhu, and Mahaprabhu was very affectionate to Raghunath..."

 

In honour of Srila Krishnadas Kaviraj Goswami:

Bhukti, Mukti, Bhakti
What is mukti and what is bhakti? His Divine Grace Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj is reading from Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Adi-lila, Chapters 8 and 10, noting the exceptional character of devotion of Srila Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami and Srila Raghunath Das Goswami.
Download / listen to the audio (8 Mb, 17 min | 6 November 2010)

Two Oceans of Pastimes
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj is speaking about the glories and pastimes of Srila Raghunath Das Goswami and Srila Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami on their disappearance day.
Download / listen to the audio (2.8 Mb, 9 min | 5 October 2014)

 

Prayers to Sri Vaishnav Thakur:

SONG: Sri Sad-Goswamy-Astakam | শ্রীশ্রীষড়্­গোস্বাম্যষ্টকম্
Download / listen to the audio (4.5 Mb)

"I offer my respectful obeisances unto the Six Goswamis, namely Sri Rupa Goswami, Sri Sanatan Goswami, Sri Raghunath Bhatta Goswami, Sri Raghunath Das Goswami, Sri Jiva Goswami, and Sri Gopala Bhatta Goswami, who are always engaged in chanting the Holy Name of Krishna and dancing. They are just like the ocean of love of God, and they are popular both with the gentle and with the ruffians, because they are not envious of anyone. Whatever they do, they are all-pleasing to everyone, and they are fully blessed by Lord Chaitanya. Thus they are engaged in missionary activities meant to deliver all the conditioned souls in the material universe."

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, 29 October 2020
Do Not Jump Into Maya
"If you send a letter to the Lord, you will not get any answer, but if you send a letter to your Guru, you will immediately get an answer from the Lord because Gurudev is the closest, dearmost friend of the Lord. We must proceed in our spiritual life following this process."
Download / listen to the audio (2.2 Mb, 6 min | 25 October 2020)

 

Fri, 30 October 2020
Srila Lochan Das Thakur Mahasay
"Srila Lochan Das Thakur is a follower of Sriman Nityananda Prabhu—he belonged to His line. Srila Lochan Das Thakur was born in Burdwan district and he was a disciple of Sri Narahari Thakur. The name of Srila Lochan Das Thakur's father is Sri Kamalakar Das, and his mother's name is Sri Sadanandi..."
Download / listen to the audio (3.7 Mb, 9 min | 25 October 2020)

 

Sat, 31 October 2020
About Sri Sri Gaura-Gadadhar
"Know your place when you serve, do not cross the line. Sri Sri Gaura-Gadadhar are extremely high Deities. They are worshipped only in very rare places, that is because the relationship between Sri Gaura and Sri Gadai is a very confidential, very high."
Download / listen to the audio (4.6 Mb, 11 min | 25 October 2020)

 


Today in the calendar: Purnima. Sharadiya Rasa Yatra of Sri Krishna. Disappearance of Srila Murari Gupta. Beginning of Urja Vrata, Damodar Vrata, Kartik Vrata and Niyam-seva Vrata.

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj: "Even if you do not know anything about the Vaishnav mentioned in the calendar, you must still give them 'jay' on this day."


 

In honour of Sri Damodar Month:

Damodar Month
"This Kartik month (Damodar month) is Krishna's dearmost month. There is Radha-Damodar temple near our Vrindavan temple and every Kartik we go for parikrama in Vrindavan. This year also we have a great wish to start Vrindavan parikrama in Damodar month."
Download / listen to the audio (2.4 Mb, 7 min | 25 October 2018)

Month of Service—Life of Service
"Today Kartik-vrata, or niyom-seva, starts. Our temple observes it from purnima to purnima, and some other temples do it from dvadasi to dvadasi. One day I asked Gurudev what niyom-seva meant..."
Download / listen to the audio (6.4 Mb, 14 min | 13 October 2019)

Damodarastakam
"We sing Damodarastakam about the pastimes of the Lord written by Satyavrata Muni every Kartik month. That is a very important song in our spiritual life."
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Attend to Kirtan—Attain Kirtan
"Who can understand these songs? We cannot even understand 'trnad api sunichena...' then can we proceed to the other songs? If we want to chant the Name of Krishna, then we must become like this—trnad api sunichena...—as we sing in this kirtan."
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Kartik Month Kirtans:
Following the tradition established at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, after the regular morning and evening kirtans, the following kirtans are chanted every day:

Morning:
Damodarastakam
"To the Supreme Lord, whose form is the embodiment of eternal existence, knowledge, and bliss, whose shark-shaped earrings are swinging to and fro, who is beautifully shining in the divine realm of Gokula, who is quickly running from the wooden grinding mortar in fear of Mother Yasoda, but who has been caught from behind by her who ran after Him with greater speed—to that Supreme Lord, Sri Damodara, I offer my humble obeisances."
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Sri Sriman Mahaprabhur Sata-Nama (nadiya-nagare nitai)
"In the towns and villages of Nadia, Lord Nityananda ecstatically dances and sings these names of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu: Lord Chaitanya is the beloved son of Jagannath Misra; He is Mahaprabhu, the great master, protector, and maintainer of the whole world...."
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Sri Krsner Vimsottara-sata-Nama-Sankirtana (nagare nagare gora gay)
"From village to village Lord Gaura sings these names of Sri Krishna: Krishna is the baby who feeds on the breast of Mother Yasoda. He is the son of Maharaj Nanda, dark blue like and indra-nila gem, and the life of the residents of Vraja."
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Evening:
Sri Sri Siksastakam
"If you aspire to chant the Name of Krishna, then, with great care, become qualified to do so. Give up your false ego, and always consider yourself lower than grass, poor, needy, and mean. Practise tolerance like a tree..."
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Odds and Ends (3)
Several educating excerpts from the lectures of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj that were not included in the main posts:
• Use time wisely • Joining the temple • Saving for the ticket • Caracas terrorists • Food for the coat • Chanting during lectures • Every insect has a purpose • Dayal Nitai Chaitanya dancing in your heart..

 

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