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DECEMBER 2021

 

 

Wed, 1 December 2021

Direct Your Mind to Bhagavatam
"Loving search for the lost servant. When a son is lost, the father searches for him—he gives an advertisement on TV, in newspapers, declares the boy missing, etc. In the same way, the Lord has lost His children, and He is searching for us everywhere, 'When will these souls start practising Krishna consciousness and come back to Me?'"
Download / listen to the audio (1.8 Mb, 5 min | 25 February 2021 | Bengali)

 


Today in the calendar: Krishna Dvadashi. Disappearance of Srila Narahari Sarkar Thakur and Srila Kaliya Krishnadas.

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. We must always remember disappearance and appearance days of all Vaishnavs. If we can remember such personalities, such great souls, it will bring a great benefit to our spiritual life."

"We should always check the calendar, and when we see some dates mentioned there, even if we do not know anything about the Vaishnav or events mentioned there, we can at least give 'jay' to them—that also brings some good sukriti, some purification to us. Seeing the calendar and taking devotees' names early in the morning, from the beginning of the day, is very good for all devotees."

"Wake up, look into the calendar and give 'jay' to your Guru and Vaishnavs. Always pay obeisance to your Guru and Vaishnavs when you wake up in the morning, always give them 'jay'. Always keep faith and show respect to them. Always see the calendar—whose appearance day it is, whose disappearance day it is. Even if you cannot make a festival, at least you can give them 'jay', it will bring you benefit. When you give 'jay' to your Guru and Vaishnavs, it brings you sukriti. For example, today is the disappearance day of a Vaishnav—give 'jay' to him, remember him. We must always remember the words of Vaishnavs. If I remember the words of Vaishnavs, I get some benefit, some deposit through that."


 

In honour of Srila Narahari Sarkar Thakur:

Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj: "Narahari Sarkar belongs to the section of devotees who are more fond of Krishna-lila. Their vision is, 'We do not recognise You to be a sannyasi! You are that Krishna of Vrindavan, we know You well! Here, You have only put on a garment—You are wrapping Yourself in the garment of a sannyasi—but it is Your external acquaintance. We know well who You really are and we must admit that we do not like this forged identity of Yours.' This is their temperament. Rather, they feel much pain, 'What is the necessity for You to be practising penances as a sannyasi, going through so many hardships, not taking food properly, not resting in a proper bed, etc.? Our hearts are aching, but You do not care for that. How can we tolerate all these things?' That is their nature and complaint to Mahaprabhu. They feel that it is all a sham."

Strongest Faith (3) Raghunandan Thakur
"Mukunda's son Raghunandan also has full faith. One day, when he was ten years old, his mother said to him, 'Raghunandan, I am very busy today. I have cooked the offering, but I have no time to offer it to the Deities. You can offer today...'"
Download / listen to the audio (1 Mb, 3 min | 10 March 2015)

Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhura Sochaka
A song composed by Srila Narahari Thakur in glorification of Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhu's life, character, and service. Bengali verses and English transliteration.

 

In honour of Srila Kaliya Krishnadas:

Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj: "Nityananda Prabhu accepted everyone but would chastise those who were offensive. Mahaprabhu showed some caution in distributing Krishna-nama and Krishna-prema: He followed the rules and regulations of sannyas life very strictly and because of this Mahaprabhu could not give shelter to offenders. When Mahaprabhu went to South India He took Kaliya Krishna Das with Him. In Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita he is referred to as Kala Krishna Das. On their tour Kaliya Krishna Das suffered some disturbance with some women and Mahaprabhu rescued him from that. Later when they returned to Jagannath Puri Mahaprabhu said, "I want to leave this boy Kaliya Krishna Das, he was irresponsible and greatly disturbed our mission. I don't want to keep him with Me. I do not want to be responsible for him." Kaliya Krishna Das, as an eternal parsad devotee (of Sri Nityananda Prabhu), played this role in the Lord's drama. At that time Nityananda Prabhu did not leave him, He told Mahaprabhu, "If You do not want to keep him it is no problem, I will take him. I will send him to Nabadwip to give news to Sachi Mata and the other devotees that You have come back from South India." In this way Nityananda Prabhu showed His extreme mercy and Kaliya Krishna Das spent the rest of his life with Nityananda Prabhu. So even when Mahaprabhu is angry, Nityananda Prabhu keeps devotees at His lotus feet. The conditioned souls can have much hope when they see the very deep and merciful character of Sri Nityananda Prabhu."

(The Divine Pastimes of Sri Nityananda Prabhu)

 

 

Thu, 2 December 2021

Keep Yourself On Track
"Those who have wealth should serve with wealth; those who have a body should serve with their body; those who have a mind should serve with their mind; those who have life in them should serve with their life. Whatever your capacity is, whatever your qualification is, everyone must serve your Guru in that capacity. Actually, we have no qualification: Gurudev's mercy is everything. How can we get that mercy?"
Download / listen to the audio (2.1 Mb, 5 min | 25 February 2021 | Bengali)

 


Today in the calendar: Krishna Trayodashi. Disappearance of Srila Saranga Thakur.

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. We must always remember disappearance and appearance days of all Vaishnavs. If we can remember such personalities, such great souls, it will bring a great benefit to our spiritual life."

"We should always check the calendar, and when we see some dates mentioned there, even if we do not know anything about the Vaishnav or events mentioned there, we can at least give 'jay' to them—that also brings some good sukriti, some purification to us. Seeing the calendar and taking devotees' names early in the morning, from the beginning of the day, is very good for all devotees."

"Wake up, look into the calendar and give 'jay' to your Guru and Vaishnavs. Always pay obeisance to your Guru and Vaishnavs when you wake up in the morning, always give them 'jay'. Always keep faith and show respect to them. Always see the calendar—whose appearance day it is, whose disappearance day it is. Even if you cannot make a festival, at least you can give them 'jay', it will bring you benefit. When you give 'jay' to your Guru and Vaishnavs, it brings you sukriti. For example, today is the disappearance day of a Vaishnav—give 'jay' to him, remember him. We must always remember the words of Vaishnavs. If I remember the words of Vaishnavs, I get some benefit, some deposit through that."


 

In honour of Srila Saranga Thakur:

"I Am Saranga's Murari!"
"Remembering the last day of Nabadwip Dham parikrama, I want to tell you some very important thing. We always glorify Mamgachhi (Modadrumdwip) and speak about the birthplace of Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur, but there is also one small temple beside it..."
Download / listen to the audio (1.8 Mb, 5 min | 4 January 2020)


Sri Saranga Thakur's Math in Mamgachhi (Modadrumdwip).

 

Fri, 3 December 2021

Are You Getting Off?
"Gurudev has got you a ticket to Vrindavan, but you get off half way to Vrindavan and go to Kashi. You must understand what I am saying. Gurudev has given you a ticket to Vrindavan, but you get off in Kashi. We must get on the train that Gurudev is taking us in. You must go with your Guru."
Download / listen to the audio (2.5 Mb, 6 min | 25 February 2021 | Bengali)

 

Sat, 4 December 2021

Gentle Clean Hearts
"Many say with their mouth, 'I will leave my material life!' but you must get there to feel with all your being, all your heart that your family (your material life) is trifling. You must make so that all material desires become insignificant. May only attachment and devotion to the Lord come to you."
Download / listen to the audio (1.9 Mb, 5 min | 25 February 2021 | Bengali)

 


Today in the calendar: Amavasya. Disappearance of Sripad Jagabandhu Bhakti Ranjan.

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 Sripad Jagabandhu Bhakti Ranjan:

Srestharyya Sripad Jagabandhu Das Adhikari (From The Harmonist)
"THE day before the close of the spiritual Exhibition that had been organised in the spacious compound of the Gaudiya-Math, which function formed the concluding, activity of the long series of the festivities of the auspicious Inauguration of the New Buildings of the Math, Srestharyya Sripad Jagabandhu Das Adhikari Bhaktiranjan, the donor and architect of those superb Buildings, took his departure from the scene of unique devotional labours with the supreme satisfaction that his soul had at last found and successfully performed his duty to Godhead and humanity...."

 

Sun, 5 December 2021

Do Not Give Up
"Param Guru Maharaj (Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj) always said, 'Start the fire, and the wind will come on its own,' 'Even if your boat is sinking, keep rowing!' Srila Prabhupad also said, 'When you go to preach, you must sweat and fight to preach about the Lord!'"
Download / listen to the audio (1.6 Mb, 4 min | 25 February 2021 | Bengali)

 

Mon, 6 December 2021

False Attachments
"We want to leave the material life, but the material life does not want to leave us. It is not so easy to practise Krishna consciousness. In Sri Bhakti Raksak Harikathamrita, Srila Guru Maharaj wrote about one story...."
Download / listen to the audio (1.6 Mb, 4 min | 25 February 2021 | Bengali)

 

Tue, 7 December 2021

Come to Give, Come to Take
"You must not only come, take prasad, and go. Learn something. Take something with you from here. When you come here, you must take something—what should you take? The dust from the devotees' feet and devotees' Hari-katha. There are no other talks. Except the talks about the Lord, everything else is gramya-katha!"
Download / listen to the audio (3 Mb, 8 min | 30 December 2020 | Bengali)

 

All Glory to Sri Sri Guru Gauranga

— · Sri Guru-Puja Maha-Mahotsav Invitation · —


Dear Vaishnavas,

Please accept our humble obeisance at your holy feet.

Our supremely worshippable Sri Gurupadpadma Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj's worshippable Gurudev and the exclusive predecessor President Acharya of the world-renowned Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math Mission, selected and appointed by Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, Param-pujyapad Parivrajakacharya Visva-guru Om Vishnupad Sri Srimad Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's 92rd holy appearance day manifests on 21 December 2021 this year.

We pray that every sincere devotee of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math may find a possibility to observe this day immersed in Sri Hari-katha, Hari-kirtan, and Hari-seva, which are so extremely dear to our Sri Gurupadpadma and entire Guru-varga.

Although there is currently no bona fide centralised outlet for service contributions in the Mission, we pray that devotees can render assistance to the festivals observed in their communities and focus eternally in their lives on contributing the core ingredient of every service endeavour—one's entire being, mind, heart and soul. In the words of His Divine Grace, "Surrender to the Lord. Have full faith. You must surrender and give everything—your shyness, shame, fear, everything; keep everything at the lotus feet of Lord Sri Krishna, Srimati Radharani, or Gurudev. Give your everything, cent per cent."

Taking your feet dust on our heads, we humbly pray that this supremely worshippable divine appearance day of Om Vishnupad Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, celebrated with much joy and grandeur by the fortunate souls throughout the entire manifest creation, may pass auspiciously in every house and heart.

Your aspiring servants,
on behalf of SCSMathInternational.com

Email address for enquiries: info.at.scsmathinternational.com

 


Satisfying the Lord
"Bali Maharaj asked Vamanadev, 'O brahman, what do you want? Tell me, and I can give You anything you wish.' Vamanadev replied, 'I do not want much. I know you have everything, but I want only something small.'"
Download / listen to the audio (2.7 Mb, 7 min | 30 August 2020)


In view of the approaching grand festival of the divine appearance of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, the predecessor President and Sevaite-Acharya of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, on 21 December 2021 (Tuesday), we humbly share the following as a way of general guidance on conducting festivals that we have learned from the association and eternal divine pastimes of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj. Generally, the programmes arranged and hosted by Sri Gurupadpadma would go as follows:

Assembling, gathering and welcoming all august Vaishnavs and devotees with obeisances, sweet words, garlands;
A brief introductory opening speech;
Chanting kirtans:

- Vandana
- Sri Guru Parampara kirtan
('Krsna haite chaturmukha')
- Sri Gurudev's kirtan
('Gurudev! Krpa bindu diya', or 'Gurudev bada krpa kari')
- Sri Pancha-tattva's kirtan
('Sri Krsna Chaitanya Prabhu jive', or 'Sri Krsna Chaitanya daya kara')
- Sri Vaishnav Thakur's kirtan
('Kabe Sri Chaitanya more', or 'Krpa kara Vaisnava Thakura', or 'Ohe Vaisnava Thakura')
- Sriman Nityananda Prabhu's kirtan
('Nitai-guna-mani amar', or 'Nitai-pada-kamala', or 'Akrodha paramananda')
- Sriman Mahaprabhu's kirtan
('Gaurangera duti pada', or 'Parama Karuna', or 'Emana durmati')
- Sri Sri Radha Krishna's kirtan
('Jaya Radhe Jaya Krsna', or 'Jaya Radha Madhava')
- Hare Krishna Maha-mantra
Class and/or reading from scriptures;
If any other senior Vaishnavs are present, they are given turn to speak;
Concluding kirtan ('Hari haraye Nama Krsna', Hare Krishna maha-mantra);
Devotees chant kirtan and offer puspanjali (flower petals) to the picture of Sri Gurupadapadma;
Offering bhoga followed by arati worship (usually, such programmes take place at noon, so first bhoga arati is chanted, then the arati songs);
Distributing prasadam with care and affection;
Presenting daksin and/or auspicious items to senior Vaishnavs or devotees in general;
Affectionate farewell;
Completing cleaning, tidying, and other services.

 

 

From the holy lotus mouth of Sri Gurupadapdma Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj:

"What did Gurudev leave us for? So that we join the festival, give some glorification, take prasadam, and leave? Our service does not finish there. We must distribute to others what Gurudev told all over the world, what Gurudev kept for us—his books, his audio and video recordings. What we invent or discover is not necessary to distribute; distribute what he told, what he invented and discovered, that is sufficient—people will be benefitted through that. That is necessary for us. We should understand what he wanted and what he did not want..."

"Gurudev, Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj always wanted to give some prasadam to the devotees, and I saw in Chaitanya-charitamrita, Prapanna-jivanamritam, and even Jagadananda Pandit's Prema-vivarta that if you have something, you must give it to others—if you have no wealth, you can give others some prasadam, and if you have no prasadam, nothing, you can give others sweet words. That is the main thing. You can make others happy with sweet words."

"All the devotees know how to cook, what is there to it? When Nityananda Prabhu is in Ekachakra, He likes roasted and mashed eggplant (begun pora), and when Nityananda Prabhu comes to Venezuela or Colombia, He takes arepa there. What is the problem? Nityananda Prabhu's taste is different—He can take different things from everybody and from everywhere as long as you cook it with heart. The main thing is to serve with heart—not to do anything artificially. When you do any service or cook anything, you must do it with heart, then it will be good for everybody, and then Mahaprabhu, or Krishna, or Nityananda Prabhu will be happy—They will enjoy, and Gurudev will also enjoy. This is the main advice how to do everything. It is necessary for us to understand this."

 

 

An extensive guidance on the proper service mood during the Vaishnav seva festivals is kept in the Daily Practice section of the website:

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."

 


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

 

 

Wed, 8 December 2021

Beyond Enshrouded Life
"Many do not want to practise Krishna consciousness because of all kinds of circumstances, but how many more days you are going to live like that? We have not come to this world to become brick-layers and carpenters (to run behind money and wealth). What have we come to this world for?"
Download / listen to the audio (3.9 Mb, 10 min | 30 December 2020 | Bengali)

 

Thu, 9 December 2021

Fatal Procrastination
"You must pray to Gurudev every day, 'Gurudev, when will my heart become steady? My mind, my heart are always fickle! My mind never knows any peace. When will I be able to tolerate everything? Sadness, austerity, pain, suffering—come what may, I will never leave you. Whatever comes in my life, even if I die, I will never leave your lotus feet!'"
Download / listen to the audio (5.5 Mb, 14 min | 30 December 2020 | Bengali)

 


Today in the calendar: Gaura Shashthi. Oran Shashthi. Grand festival for honouring the appearance of Sri Sri Nitai-Chaitanya Jiu at Sri Puri Dham, Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.

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. We must always remember disappearance and appearance days of all Vaishnavs. If we can remember such personalities, such great souls, it will bring a great benefit to our spiritual life."

"We should always check the calendar, and when we see some dates mentioned there, even if we do not know anything about the Vaishnav or events mentioned there, we can at least give 'jay' to them—that also brings some good sukriti, some purification to us. Seeing the calendar and taking devotees' names early in the morning, from the beginning of the day, is very good for all devotees."

"Wake up, look into the calendar and give 'jay' to your Guru and Vaishnavs. Always pay obeisance to your Guru and Vaishnavs when you wake up in the morning, always give them 'jay'. Always keep faith and show respect to them. Always see the calendar—whose appearance day it is, whose disappearance day it is. Even if you cannot make a festival, at least you can give them 'jay', it will bring you benefit. When you give 'jay' to your Guru and Vaishnavs, it brings you sukriti. For example, today is the disappearance day of a Vaishnav—give 'jay' to him, remember him. We must always remember the words of Vaishnavs. If I remember the words of Vaishnavs, I get some benefit, some deposit through that."


 

On the Way to Sri Puri Dham (Divine Guidance, chapter 2):
"We are not going sightseeing but we are going to a place of pilgrimage, a holy place. Going there will purify us—body, mind, and soul."

First Visit to Sri Puri Dham
"This temple was made by the mercy of Gurudev, although it is a very small temple, but it is very nice and sweet. I came to Puri first time through service—without service Gurudev would not have sent me here and I would not come myself."
Download / listen to the audio (0.7 Mb, 2 min)

 

Fri, 10 December 2021

Be Conscious
"Life is passing and we can leave at any moment, but we must think what is the purpose of getting this human birth? If we do not practise Krishna consciousness, if we do not serve the Lord, then such a life devoid of religion is an animal life."
Download / listen to the audio (3.8 Mb, 9 min | 30 December 2020 | Bengali)

At Sri Nrisingha Palli: Evening Kirtans
 Sri Krsna Chaitanya daya kara  Ohe Vaisnava Thakura dayara sagara  Niti-pada-kamala  Emana durmati  Jaya Radha Madhava  Hare Krishna maha-mantra.
Download/listen to the audio (10 Mb, 24 min | 30 December 2020 | Kirtan)

 

Sat, 11 December 2021

Resting on Illusory Laurels
"You think you have got initiation and now you are free, you have no duty. It is not like that. If you do not practise, if you do not live in Krishna consciousness, you will not get any result. How much time do you give to the Lord? How much time do you give to chanting the Holy Name? How many times do you think about your Guru during the day?"
Download / listen to the audio (2.9 Mb, 7 min | 30 December 2020 | Bengali)

 


Today in the calendar: Gaura Ashtami. Disappearance of Srila Madhusudan Das Babaji Maharaj.

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. We must always remember disappearance and appearance days of all Vaishnavs. If we can remember such personalities, such great souls, it will bring a great benefit to our spiritual life."

"We should always check the calendar, and when we see some dates mentioned there, even if we do not know anything about the Vaishnav or events mentioned there, we can at least give 'jay' to them—that also brings some good sukriti, some purification to us. Seeing the calendar and taking devotees' names early in the morning, from the beginning of the day, is very good for all devotees."

"Wake up, look into the calendar and give 'jay' to your Guru and Vaishnavs. Always pay obeisance to your Guru and Vaishnavs when you wake up in the morning, always give them 'jay'. Always keep faith and show respect to them. Always see the calendar—whose appearance day it is, whose disappearance day it is. Even if you cannot make a festival, at least you can give them 'jay', it will bring you benefit. When you give 'jay' to your Guru and Vaishnavs, it brings you sukriti. For example, today is the disappearance day of a Vaishnav—give 'jay' to him, remember him. We must always remember the words of Vaishnavs. If I remember the words of Vaishnavs, I get some benefit, some deposit through that."


 

Sun, 12 December 2021

The Way Out
"Maya also gets power from the Lord and does her job. People cry, shout, sleep, walk around, live a family life—what makes them do all this? Maya. The Lord says, 'I have created Maya, and you cannot overcome her. Yet, there is a way out...'"
Download / listen to the audio (1 Mb, 2 min | 30 December 2020 | Bengali)

 


Today in the calendar: Gaura Navami. Appearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Kamal Madhusudan Maharaj.

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 Bhakti Kamal Madhusudan Maharaj:

Pranam-mantra of Srimad Bhakti Kamal Madhusudan Maharaj, composed by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj:

দীর্ঘং সৌম্যবপুর্নবারুণবহির্বাসস্ত্রিদণ্ডান্বিতং
দিব্যং শ্রীগুরু-গৌর-কীর্ত্তন-রসানন্দেন মত্তং সদা ।
শ্রীগৌড়ীয়-যতীন্দ্র-ভক্তিকমলং স্নিগ্ধং কৃপাবিগ্রহং
বন্দে শ্রীমধুসূদনং গুরুবরং বেদান্তবিদ্যাম্বুধিম্ ॥

dirgham saumya-vapur navaruna-bahir-vasas tridandanvitam
divyam sri-guru-gaura-kirtan-rasanandena mattam sada
sri-gaudiya-yatindra-bhakti-kamalam snigdham krpa-vigraham
vande sri-madhusudanam guru-varam vedanta-vidyambudhim

"I offer my obeisance unto the great Guru Srimad Bhakti Kamal Madhusudan Maharaj. His tall, tranquil form, adorned with a tridanda and garments the colour of the newly risen sun, is the embodiment of mercy. He is an affectionate king amongst the Gaudiya Vaishnava sannyasis, an ocean of Vedantic knowledge, and always rapt with the ecstatic taste of Sri Sri Guru-Gauranga's kirtan."

Invoking Vaishnavs' Mercy
"Today is Srimad Bhakti Kamal Madhusudan Maharaj's appearance day. Wherever he is staying now, whether in Goloka Vrindavan or anywhere else, we are praying to him, 'Wherever you are now, please give us some mercy.'"
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Godbrothers' Bond
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj tells about the close and reverent relationship that Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj had with his godbrothers, Srila Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaj, Srila Bhakti Kamal Madhusudan Maharaj, and Srila Krishna Das Babaji Maharaj.
Download / listen to the audio (1.7 Mb, 4 min | 19 September 2009)

 

Mon, 13 December 2021

A Long Journey
"We have wondered throughout 8,400,000 species. It means we have been born 8,400,000 times. It is written in the scriptures, especially in Srimad Bhagavatam. Vishnu Purana says..."
Download / listen to the audio (1 Mb, 3 min | 30 December 2020 | Bengali)

Humbug
"Prabhupad told one story about bogus sadhus. There was once a landlord who had many good cows. He kept many cowherd men to take care of the cow and also a milkman who would come every day to milk the cows..."
Download / listen to the audio (2.4 Mb, 7 min | 1 June 2013)

 


Today in the calendar: Gaura Dashami. Disappearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Kusum Shraman Maharaj (a diksa disciple of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad, publisher of Nadiya Prakash; later, after Sripad B.V. Tirtha Maharaj's disappearance, he presided over Sri Chaitanya Math in Mayapur).

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. We must always remember disappearance and appearance days of all Vaishnavs. If we can remember such personalities, such great souls, it will bring a great benefit to our spiritual life. If you remember the glories of Vaishnavs, if you speak about the glories of Vaishnavs, they can rescue you from all kinds of material bondage. We have heard a hundred times that if we glorify Vaishnavs, it gives great benefit, but even though we have heard it a thousand times, how much are we able to glorify Vaishnavs from our heart? How much can we serve Vaishnavs with heart and soul? This is the question."


 

CENTENARY ANTHOLOGY: Part 2. Chapter 13. The Harmonizing Spirit
"Jesus's vision to Judas was something like: 'I am exploiting you, Judas. It is not that you are exploiting me, rather I am utilising you as a traitor to show the greatness of my life to the future world. I knew you were a traitor, but I did not disclose you. I still took you within my group of followers knowing full well that I am exploiting you.'" In perfect vision, in the full-fledged consideration, every atom is helping the Pastimes of Krishna. Whether it is direct or indirect—and although it seems to be indirect at present, a deeper vision will reveal that it is coming towards direct service."

The last recorded Hari-katha and Guidance of Sri Gurupadpadma:

Be Exclusive, One-Pointed [Part 3 | 2 May 2021]
"If you think about good things, then all bad things will automatically be removed from you. Do not worry so much about this. When you think some anartha is coming, you must give more and more attention to practising—concentrate your mind on practising."

Sadhus' Fight [Part 2 | 2 May 2021]
"This is a battlefield. We will not run away from the battlefield—we will always stand and fight against Maya. You can see everywhere that finally demons are always defeated by the sadhu. Om is always at the side of a sadhu. Please you all take care yourself. In this situation, everybody should practise on their own, do not be disheartened."

Take Care of Yourself [Part 1 | 2 May 2021]
"...This is the situation now—we must all be careful. We must chant more and more, we must preach more and more, and we must practise more and more. Always continue following all the rules and regulations—we must distribute the teachings that we have got from our Gurudev to others."

শ্রীগুরুপাদপদ্মের শেষ-কথা (ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রীল ভক্তি নির্ম্মল আচার্য্য মহারাজের হরি-কথামৃত)
[২ মে ২০২১] "এটা যুদ্ধক্ষেত্র । আমরা যুদ্ধক্ষেত্র থেকে কখনও পালিয়ে যাব না—আমরা দাঁড়িয়ে থাকব আর মায়ার বিরুদ্ধে যুদ্ধ করব । সর্বত্রই দেখতে পাবেন যে, অসুররা সব সময় সাধুর দ্বারা পরাজিত হন । যেদিকে সাধু, সেইদিকে সব সময় ওঁ থাকে । দয়া করে নিজেদের দেখাশোনা করুন । এই অবস্থায় সকলের নিজেই সাধন করতে হয়, নিরুৎসাহিত হন না ।"

 

Tue, 14 December 2021 (Today is Sri Moksada Ekadasi; tomorrow paran is after 7:53 a.m.)

Foul Feast
"There are many bizarre places in India—Garo, Khasi, Naga. In Nagaland, people eat cats and dogs! We were such people before, but now we have got wiser—we have taken birth in India..."
Download / listen to the audio (2 Mb, 5 min | 30 December 2020 | Bengali)

 


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, 15 December 2021

What Is Good for Me?
"We turned away from Lord Krishna a very long time ago, but if we really practise Krishna consciousness, then we will have no other desires. Those who have got taste for chanting the Holy Name of the Lord, who have got real taste for practising Krishna consciousness, they will not like to do or take anything else."
Download / listen to the audio (6.3 Mb, 15 min | 30 December 2020 | Bengali)

 

All Glory to Sri Sri Guru Gauranga

— · Sri Guru-Puja Maha-Mahotsav Invitation · —


Dear Vaishnavas,

Please accept our humble obeisance at your holy feet.

Our supremely worshippable Sri Gurupadpadma Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj's worshippable Gurudev and the exclusive predecessor President Acharya of the world-renowned Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math Mission, selected and appointed by Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, Param-pujyapad Parivrajakacharya Visva-guru Om Vishnupad Sri Srimad Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's 92rd holy appearance day manifests on 21 December 2021 this year.

We pray that every sincere devotee of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math may find a possibility to observe this day immersed in Sri Hari-katha, Hari-kirtan, and Hari-seva, which are so extremely dear to our Sri Gurupadpadma and entire Guru-varga.

Although there is currently no bona fide centralised outlet for service contributions in the Mission, we pray that devotees can render assistance to the festivals observed in their communities and focus eternally in their lives on contributing the core ingredient of every service endeavour—one's entire being, mind, heart and soul. In the words of His Divine Grace, "Surrender to the Lord. Have full faith. You must surrender and give everything—your shyness, shame, fear, everything; keep everything at the lotus feet of Lord Sri Krishna, Srimati Radharani, or Gurudev. Give your everything, cent per cent."

Taking your feet dust on our heads, we humbly pray that this supremely worshippable divine appearance day of Om Vishnupad Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, celebrated with much joy and grandeur by the fortunate souls throughout the entire manifest creation, may pass auspiciously in every house and heart.

Your aspiring servants,
on behalf of SCSMathInternational.com

Email address for enquiries: info.at.scsmathinternational.com

 


Satisfying the Lord
"Bali Maharaj asked Vamanadev, 'O brahman, what do you want? Tell me, and I can give You anything you wish.' Vamanadev replied, 'I do not want much. I know you have everything, but I want only something small.'"
Download / listen to the audio (2.7 Mb, 7 min | 30 August 2020)


In view of the approaching grand festival of the divine appearance of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, the predecessor President and Sevaite-Acharya of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, on 21 December 2021 (Tuesday), we humbly share the following as a way of general guidance on conducting festivals that we have learned from the association and eternal divine pastimes of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj. Generally, the programmes arranged and hosted by Sri Gurupadpadma would go as follows:

Assembling, gathering and welcoming all august Vaishnavs and devotees with obeisances, sweet words, garlands;
A brief introductory opening speech;
Chanting kirtans:

- Vandana
- Sri Guru Parampara kirtan
('Krsna haite chaturmukha')
- Sri Gurudev's kirtan
('Gurudev! Krpa bindu diya', or 'Gurudev bada krpa kari')
- Sri Pancha-tattva's kirtan
('Sri Krsna Chaitanya Prabhu jive', or 'Sri Krsna Chaitanya daya kara')
- Sri Vaishnav Thakur's kirtan
('Kabe Sri Chaitanya more', or 'Krpa kara Vaisnava Thakura', or 'Ohe Vaisnava Thakura')
- Sriman Nityananda Prabhu's kirtan
('Nitai-guna-mani amar', or 'Nitai-pada-kamala', or 'Akrodha paramananda')
- Sriman Mahaprabhu's kirtan
('Gaurangera duti pada', or 'Parama Karuna', or 'Emana durmati')
- Sri Sri Radha Krishna's kirtan
('Jaya Radhe Jaya Krsna', or 'Jaya Radha Madhava')
- Hare Krishna Maha-mantra
Class and/or reading from scriptures;
If any other senior Vaishnavs are present, they are given turn to speak;
Concluding kirtan ('Hari haraye Nama Krsna', Hare Krishna maha-mantra);
Devotees chant kirtan and offer puspanjali (flower petals) to the picture of Sri Gurupadapadma;
Offering bhoga followed by arati worship (usually, such programmes take place at noon, so first bhoga arati is chanted, then the arati songs);
Distributing prasadam with care and affection;
Presenting daksin and/or auspicious items to senior Vaishnavs or devotees in general;
Affectionate farewell;
Completing cleaning, tidying, and other services.

 

 

From the holy lotus mouth of Sri Gurupadapdma Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj:

"What did Gurudev leave us for? So that we join the festival, give some glorification, take prasadam, and leave? Our service does not finish there. We must distribute to others what Gurudev told all over the world, what Gurudev kept for us—his books, his audio and video recordings. What we invent or discover is not necessary to distribute; distribute what he told, what he invented and discovered, that is sufficient—people will be benefitted through that. That is necessary for us. We should understand what he wanted and what he did not want..."

"Gurudev, Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj always wanted to give some prasadam to the devotees, and I saw in Chaitanya-charitamrita, Prapanna-jivanamritam, and even Jagadananda Pandit's Prema-vivarta that if you have something, you must give it to others—if you have no wealth, you can give others some prasadam, and if you have no prasadam, nothing, you can give others sweet words. That is the main thing. You can make others happy with sweet words."

"All the devotees know how to cook, what is there to it? When Nityananda Prabhu is in Ekachakra, He likes roasted and mashed eggplant (begun pora), and when Nityananda Prabhu comes to Venezuela or Colombia, He takes arepa there. What is the problem? Nityananda Prabhu's taste is different—He can take different things from everybody and from everywhere as long as you cook it with heart. The main thing is to serve with heart—not to do anything artificially. When you do any service or cook anything, you must do it with heart, then it will be good for everybody, and then Mahaprabhu, or Krishna, or Nityananda Prabhu will be happy—They will enjoy, and Gurudev will also enjoy. This is the main advice how to do everything. It is necessary for us to understand this."

 

 

An extensive guidance on the proper service mood during the Vaishnav seva festivals is kept in the Daily Practice section of the website:

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."

 


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

 

 

Thu, 16 December 2021

Be Serious
"Krishna consciousness is not some tradition. You must take it seriously. You say you keep the Lord in your heart, but you must actually do that, not only say it. How will you keep the Lord in your heart? You must have space in your heart for that, but your hearts are all full of other things."
Download / listen to the audio (2.6 Mb, 7 min | 28 February 2021 | Bengali)

 

Fri, 17 December 2021

Quality Is Not Cheap
"You think you wake up in the morning at leisure, give some flowers, do some puja at 10 o'clock, then go to work, come back home in the evening, blow a conch, and that is puja. This is not Krishna consciousness."
Download / listen to the audio (1.5 Mb, 4 min | 28 February 2021 | Bengali)

 

Sat, 18 December 2021

Tie Your Mind
"If you associate with devotees, you will get devotion. If you keep listening to Hari-katha, you will gradually attain devotion. Ringing a bell, offering flowers, etc.—this is not devotion. Devotion comes from the heart."
Download / listen to the audio (2.4 Mb, 6 min | 28 February 2021 | Bengali)

 

Sun, 19 December 2021

Satiating Hunger
"We have no attachment or love for what the great souls say. We only want food! What is the need to come to the temple for that? If you want to come to the temple for the benefit of your soul, then you can come, but do not come as a beggar for food—come as a beggar for spiritual life! Always remember this."
Download / listen to the audio (2.8 Mb, 7 min | 1 January 2021 | Bengali)

 

In honour of the forthcoming holy appearance day of Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj:

Gurudev's Vyasa Puja Is Coming [21 December 2010]
"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."

Sri Guru's Order
"Wherever you live, you can practise your spiritual life. The main thing is to follow the order of your Guru. When you receive an order from Gurudev, that becomes your duty. Our Rupanuga-sampradaya Guru, he came from the transcendental abode, but when he was here we could not understand that..."
Download / listen to the audio (5.3 Mb, 16 min | 23 December 2010 |)

Love for Guru: Service and Commitment
"We are always busy with our own interest, with our own enjoyment, but we must understand: who do we love more, our Guru or ourselves? We must realise it for ourselves in our heart. If we love our Guru more, then we must serve more—we must give more time for our Guru."
Download / listen to the audio (4 Mb, 11 min | 7 December 2014)

Guru's Mission
"Who can understand Gurudev? Can we recognise the Guru with these material eyes? Can we recognise the Lord with these material eyes? Can you recognise the Lord with your knowledge? Never. It is to understand him with your heart..."
Download / listen to the audio (1.7 Mb, 5 min | 8 December 2014 | Bengali)

Mercy Is All in All
"You cannot know the Lord through your education, through your intelligence, or knowledge. You must feel it with your heart."
Download / listen to the audio (1 Mb, 3 min | 8 December 2014 | Bengali)

Gurudev: His Example and Teachings
"Gurudev conquered the whole world with his love and affection. Many people throughout the world do not know English language or cannot fully understand it, but they could understand Gurudev through their heart."
Download / listen to the audio (5.2 Mb, 15 min | 8 December 2014)

 

Mon, 20 December 2021 (Adhivas of Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's holy appearance day)

Srila Gurudev's Pastimes (1)
"As you know, my Gurupadpadma came to the Math in 1947. They asked him, 'Will you come to the Math with us?' Gurudev said, 'Yes, I will come.' 'Will you go today?' 'Yes, I will go today itself!' Then, crossing across the river at Nagan Ghat, Gurudev came to this Math on the day of Nrisingha-chaturdasi. This was the first day he entered the temple."
Download / listen to the audio (2.1 Mb, 5 min | 1 January 2021 | Bengali)

 

In honour of the forthcoming holy appearance day of Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj:

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)

Our Divine Master
"Sometimes some problem comes in our spiritual life, but we should not be disheartened because of that. Gurudev said, 'Wherever you live you must continue your practising life.' We must follow this."
Download / listen to the audio (4 Mb, 11 min)

Gurudev's Teaching and Pastimes
"Srila Sridhar Maharaj always depended on Gurudev in everything. So many sannyasis, so many great scholars came to him, but he finally chose our Gurudev as his successor. We can see then how much love and affection he had for him."
Download / listen to the audio (3.7 Mb, 11 min)

A Perfect Disciple
"It is those who can take Gurudev's responsibility that can be a Guru. Only taking a mantra does not make one a disciple—one who can take their Gurudev's responsibility, who can take away pain from their Gurudev, is called a perfect disciple."
Download / listen to the audio (3.7 Mb, 7 min)

Golden Time for Golden Purpose
"I know you have taken initiation from Gurudev, I know you are serving Gurudev eternally (strictly every day without fail), you are worshipping the Lord eternally, you are chanting the kirtans eternally, but are you using your golden time to serve the Lord or to do something for your own self?"
Download / listen to the audio (1.5 Mb, 4 min | Bengali)

Emerging from Darkness
"Sixty thousand sages did a sacrifice for one thousand years(!), but even then they did not feel happy at heart. In the end, Sri Suta Goswami came there and explained that happiness was possible only through chanting the Holy Name. You must always keep this as the object of your eternal meditation."
Download / listen to the audio (1.7 Mb, 4 min | Bengali)

Leaving Maya's Shelter
"If some fortunate soul can come to take shelter at the holy lotus feet of Sri Guru severing the illusory bondage and keeping themselves in Guru's service, then they are very fortunate. There is no one in this world more fortunate than them."
Download / listen to the audio (1.1 Mb, 3 min | Bengali)

Sitting on Two Chairs
"There are gurus in this world who say, 'We do not prohibit anything. Eat and do whatever your soul pleases.' First know who you are, then do what your soul wants. Always remember this. But what is the use saying all this?... How long I have been telling you all this..."
Download / listen to the audio (1.7 Mb, 4 min | Bengali)

Deep Chastity
"No matter what you do and how much you do, if the Guru is angry, nobody can protect you. I must understand, 'I have taken shelter in a person, and as long as I stay in that shelter, even the Lord cannot do anything to me.' Remember what I am telling you all the time. Become surrendered..."
Download / listen to the audio (1.2 Mb, 3 min | Bengali)

Accept and Appreciate
"Whatever the Lord wishes, this is what will happen. You must always leave everything to the Lord. However the Lord keeps you, whatever situation the Lord creates, you must accept it. Do you understand it? Nothing is in our hands. We are only His servitors."
Download / listen to the audio (2.1 Mb, 5 min | Bengali)

 

Wed, 22 December 2021

Srila Gurudev's Pastimes (3)
"When we offer arati to the Lord, we offer the pancha-pradip lamp and other items, and we always clean those items; in the same way, Gurudev takes us, cleans and polishes us and then uses for the Lord's service."
Download / listen to the audio (3.6 Mb, 9 min | 1 January 2021 | Bengali)

 


Today in the calendar: Krishna Tritiya. Festivals at the appearance place of Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj and his youth Pastimes place: Bamunpara and Nadan Ghat.

"We should always check the calendar, and when we see some dates mentioned there, even if we do not know anything about the Vaishnav or events mentioned there, we can at least give 'jay' to them—that also brings some good sukriti, some purification to us. Seeing the calendar and taking devotees' names early in the morning, from the beginning of the day, is very good for all devotees."


 

Memorable Day In Bamunpara
"One morning Gurudev went to Bamunpara. Only Gurudev, his driver, me, and Gurudev's servant who cooked for him, went at that time. That day, Gurudev showed me that place in Bamunpara where Mahaprabhu passed after taking sannyas..."
Download / listen to the audio (1.7 Mb, 4 min | 17 January 2021)

SONG: Gopinath | গোপীনাথ
"O Gopinath, is this Your judgement? Seeing me averse to You, You abandon Your servant and do not grant him even a trace of mercy? O Gopinath, sit down in my heart, subdue my mind, and bring me towards You!"

 

 

Sri Bamunpara Temple (201 photographs, 7.5 Mb)
A dedicated photo album of Sri Bamunpara Temple, the holy birthplace of Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, manifest by the mercy and energy of Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj.

 

Sri Bamunpara Pilgrimage (36 photographs, 3.1 Mb)
Photographs taken today as His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj takes the devotees to the holy Sri Nandan Ghat and Sripat Bamunpara Dham.

 

Sri Bamunpara Pilgrimage (2014) (56 photos, 7.8 Mb)
Photographs of the last year's pilgrimage: Every year, on the day following the Vyasa Puja of Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, devotees come to Sri Bamunpara, the birth place of His Divine Grace, Nadan Ghat, the place of Srila Gurudev's childhood pastimes, as well as the nearby Sri Haritaki tree and Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur's house.

 

Tue, 21 December 2021 (Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's holy appearance day)

Srila Gurudev's Pastimes (2)
"Do you want to hear how Gurudev protected and looked after the temple? There are many naughty people in Kolerdanga, but Gurudev had such a tight grip on them that when he would come down from upstairs, people saw him and...."
Download / listen to the audio (1.1 Mb, 3 min | 1 January 2021 | Bengali)

 


In honour of the holy divine appearance day of Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj:

 

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."

 

Question: It seems that we have one type of fear that having got some connection with your self we may lose that at death. I do not want to have connection with anyone else, I want to stay with you. So, I feel some type of fear...

Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj: Fear? But why have fear? I cannot understand it.

Devotee: Because if we do not finish our sadhana nicely, then next life we do not know where we will go—we may not find Govinda Maharaj there.

Srila Govinda Maharaj: What do you think about Govinda Maharaj?

Devotee: We think that we want to serve you.

Srila Govinda Maharaj: No, it is okay that you want to serve Govinda Maharaj, but what do you think about Govinda Maharaj? He is your guru, but in which form do you think about him? Do you think that Govinda Maharaj is a mundane man or an incarnation of the Lord coming in front of you to give you connection with Him? If you think he is an incarnation of the Lord, then he cannot leave your heart and you cannot leave your Lord. Even if you die, you will get that connection in another form, perhaps, but you will not be able to leave your Lord. When you have faith that the Lord always lives with you, then there will be no fear.

That is the main thing. By the mercy of Vaishnavs I also always feel that my Srila Guru Maharaj (Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj) is present with us. By the mercy of Vaishnavs and the supremacy of Srila Guru Maharaj, such feeling always comes to us that Srila Guru Maharaj has not left us, that he is with us.

I have service of Srila Guru Maharaj, and I must do that. Service to Srila Guru Maharaj is my only goal of life, and whichever way that service comes to me, I will try to serve.

Devotee: In my next life, I want to forever be a blade of grass wherever you walk...

Srila Govinda Maharaj: I do not want to wait for the next life. Actually, we must finish all our job here this life, then we shall all go to Goloka!

(8 June 1992)

 

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 Vyasa Puja, 2010: Bengali Class
Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj's Bengali lecture given on the holy day of Sri Vyasa Puja of Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj on 23 December 2010:
Download (16.4 Mb, 46 min)

Sri Vyasa Puja, 2011: Morning Kirtans
• Vandana • Krsna haite chatur-mukha • Samsara davanala-lidha-loka • Sri Krishna Chaitanya Prabhu jive daya kari' • Bhaja re bhaja re amara • Thakura vaisnava gana • Nitai-guna-mani amara • Emona durmati.
Download / listen to the audio (3.7 Mb, 43 min | 12 December 2011)

Sri Vyasa Puja Offering
"That day, in the heart of Gaura-desh, morning, noon, and evening as if merged and there sounded a stupefying song of flute. On this auspicious day, a ray of light fell from the sky. In the district of brahmans, in the house of a brahman, for the sake of jiva souls there took birth an unprecedentedly beautiful child."
Download / listen to the audio (3.7 Mb, 11 min | 11 December 2011)

Sri Guru's Order
"Wherever you live, you can practise your spiritual life. The main thing is to follow the order of your Guru. When you receive an order from Gurudev, that becomes your duty. Our Rupanuga-sampradaya Guru, he came from the transcendental abode, but when he was here we could not understand that..."
Download / listen to the audio (5.3 Mb, 16 min | 23 December 2013)

Gurudev: His Example and Teachings
"Gurudev conquered the whole world with his love and affection. Many people throughout the world do not know English language or cannot fully understand it, but they could understand Gurudev through their heart."
Download / listen to the audio (5.2 Mb, 15 min | 8 December 2014)

Son of Lord Siva
"When Srila Param Guru Maharaj was a young boy, he worshipped Siva, and our Guru Maharaj, Om Vishnupad Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, was a son of Siva. That is why we are making a Siva temple on the bank of Govinda Kunda—for their happiness."
Download (1.1 Mb, 3 min | 11 August 2002)

Sri Vyasa Puja Festival in 2015
His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj is addressing the assembled Vaishnavs on the appearance day of Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj (Bengali classes):
Adhivas: Download / listen to the audio (32.4 Mb, 95 min)
Morning: Download / listen to the audio (19.4 Mb, 57 min)
Noon: Download / listen to the audio (19.3 Mb, 57 min)
Evening: Download / listen to the audio (19.6 Mb, 57 min)

Unblemished Sacrifice
"Today is Gurudev's appearance day. You all know everything—where Gurudev was born, how he came to the mission, etc. I do not want to describe so many things now. However, there are some who criticise Gurudev, and I would like to give some message to them."
Download / listen to the audio (3.8 Mb, 9 min | 1 January 2021)

শ্রীলগুরুদেবের মঠে আসা ও গুরু-তত্ত্ব-মহিমা
রীল গুরুপাদপদ্ম ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রীলভক্তিনির্ম্মল আচার্য্য মহারাজের শ্রীনৃসিংহপল্লীতে সকালের সময় হরিকথামৃত:
"আজকে মদীয় গুরুপাদপদ্ম ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ জগৎ-গুরু শ্রীল ভক্তি সুন্দর গোবিন্দ দেবগোস্বামী মহারাজের ৮২তম শুভ আবির্ভাব তিথি । এই শুভ আবির্ভাব তিথির উপলক্ষে আপনারা সবাই এখানে উপস্থিত হয়েছেন । গুরুদেবের এই তিথিতে অবলম্বন করে ৮২ বছর আগে বামুনপাড়ায় অবতীর্ণ হয়েছেন..."
Download / listen to the audio (16.4 Mb, 40 min | 1 January 2021 | Bengali | ১ জানুয়ারী ২০২১)

 


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

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

 

Thu, 23 December 2021 (Disappearance day of Bhagavan Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad)

Srila Gurudev's Pastimes (4)
"Many of you are older than me, and you have seen there was a big flood in 1987, and there was an even a greater flood in 2000. I had not come to the temple in 1987, so I did not see that flood, but I heard at that time there was no bamboo at the temple..."
Download / listen to the audio (0.8 Mb, 2 min | 1 January 2021 | Bengali)

Sri Vyasa Puja Maha-Mahotsav Celebration (Soquel)
(21 December 2021 | 10 photographs, 0.5 Mb)
Sharing photographs from the celebration of the holy Vyasa Puja of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj observed by the fortunate devotees in the shelter and under the guidance of Pujyapad Srila Bhakti Pavan Janardan Maharaj.

Sri Vyasa Puja Maha-Mahotsav Celebration (São Paulo)
(21 December 2021 | 10 photographs, 0.5 Mb)
Photographs from the Vyasa Puja festival observed by the devotees at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math branch in São Paulo, Brazil, and shared here in eternal memory of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj.

 


Today in the calendar: Krishna Chaturthi. Disappearance festival of the founder of the Sri Chaitanya Math and worldwide Sri Gaudiya Maths, Bhagavan Sri Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Prabhupad.

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. We must always remember disappearance and appearance days of all Vaishnavs. If we can remember such personalities, such great souls, it will bring a great benefit to our spiritual life. If you remember the glories of Vaishnavs, if you speak about the glories of Vaishnavs, they can rescue you from all kinds of material bondage. We have heard a hundred times that if we glorify Vaishnavs, it gives great benefit, but even though we have heard it a thousand times, how much are we able to glorify Vaishnavs from our heart? How much can we serve Vaishnavs with heart and soul? This is the question."


 

In honour of Bhagavan Sri Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Prabhupad:

On Srila Prabhupad's Disappearance [by Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj]
"It happened at the meeting point between the two years. So many disciples from all over India flocked then, everybody came in pain and weeping mood. The whole small area of the samadhi was full, everybody was crying and weeping...."

 

sri-siddhanta-sarasvatiti vidito gaudiya-gurv-anvaye
bhato bhanuriva prabhata-gagane yo gaura-sankirtanaih
mayavada-timingilodara-gatan uddhrtya jivaniman
krsna-prema-sudhabdhi-gahana-sukham pradat prabhum tam bhaje
"I serve my lord, who is known as Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur. Within the Gaudiya sampradaya's lineage of Gurus, he shines like the sun in the morning sky. Through the sankirtan of Sriman Mahaprabhu he rescues the souls engulfed within the belly of the timingila of illusionism and bestows upon them the ecstasy of swimming in the nectarean ocean of divine love for Krishna."

About Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad
A brief biographical compilation dedicated to Bhagavan Sri Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad taken from a lecture of Om Vishnupad Jagad Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.

 

Srila Prabhupad's Glory (1)
"Acharya-vandana: If you can realise the meaning this song, you can get all glorification of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur. Sujanarvuda-radhita-pada-yugam: We sing it but we do not realise its meaning because if we realised its meaning, we would get taste singing it. We must sing it every day and be conscious of it."
Download / listen to the audio (3 Mb, 9 min | 25 December 2010)

Irreparable Loss
"We can pray, 'Wherever you are staying now, please shower your mercy upon us so we can be servants of the servants of your lotus feet, and so that we may not leave this line of devotion. Please, do not reject me. You can make me your foot dust...'"
Download / listen to the audio (0.7 Mb, 2 min | 25 December 2010)

Srila Prabhupad's Glory (2)
"Mahaprabhu predicted this, and Prabhupad fulfilled it through Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj, Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, Srila Gurudev. Now, in every village, all day, all night there is Hari-katha and kirtan going on."
Download / listen to the audio (2.9 Mb, 8 min | 25 December 2010)

Srila Prabhupad's Glory (3): Current of Pure Devotion
"Nobody can give what he gave to the world. He is the holder of suddha-bhakti-mandakini, holy Mandakini River of pure devotion (the very source current of pure devotion) and he brings its flow into the world."
Download / listen to the audio (1.3 Mb, 4 min | 25 December 2010)

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

শ্রীল প্রভুপাদের তিরোভাব তিথি
শ্রীল গুরুপাদপদ্ম ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রীলভক্তিনির্ম্মল আচার্য্য মহারাজের হরিকথামৃত শ্রীনৃসিংহপল্লীতে:
"আজকে প্রভুপাদের তিরোভাব তিথি । আমরা প্রার্থনা করি যেন উনি যেখানে থাকুন না কেন আমাদেরকের কৃপা করুন—তাঁর ধামের সেবা করতে করতে, তাঁর শ্রীচরণে সেবা করতে করতে আমাদের মঙ্গল হয় এবং যেন উনি আমাদেরকে এই জগৎ থেকে উদ্ধার করতে পারেন… এই দিনটা আমাদের পক্ষে খুব গুরুত্বপূর্ণ দিন ।"
Download / listen to the audio (23 Mb, 55 min | 3 January 2021 | Bengali | ৩ জানুয়ারী ২০২১)

Illustrious Acharya
"I am offering my obeisance at the lotus feet of Bhagavan Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur whose disappearance day took place today. He is not an ordinary person of this material world—he came from Goloka Vrindavan, from the Lord Himself. When his job finished here, he passed the responsibility to his beloved disciples and went back to his own home."
Download / listen to the audio (2.1 Mb, 5 min | 3 January 2021)

Advent of Hari-Kirtan Murti
"We have heard about so many glories of Bhagavan Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur from many Vaishnavs, many scholars, and our Param Guru Maharaj (Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj) also described everything in his poetry."
Download / listen to the audio (3.7 Mb, 9 min | 3 January 2021)

Srila Prabhupad's Mission
"Srila Prabhupad taught what pure service is—he taught that everything could be used and is meant for the service of the Lord. He established sixty-four temples, and all the brahmacharis, sannyasis of these temples preached house to house and distributed Hari-katha."
Download / listen to the audio (2.1 Mb, 5 min | 3 January 2021)

Srila Prabhupad's Teachings
"Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj often said that Srila Prabhupad's word was very hard, like a stone or thunderbolt, but inside he could be soft as a lotus. Fathers are always very loving and affectionate to their sons, but Srila Prabhupad gave more love and affection that any father could give."
Download / listen to the audio (1.6 Mb, 4 min | 3 January 2021)

Unimaginable Service
"It is unforgettable. We do not know who Krishna and Gurudev take service from—only those who have some sukriti, who have some great fortune, can participate in service in their life. There are so many rich people, there are so many big people, but only a fortunate soul can do service."
Download / listen to the audio (5.1 Mb, 12 min | 3 January 2021)

SONG: Jayare jayare jaya paramahamsa | জয়রে জয়রে জয় পরমহংস
"Glory, glory, glory to Sri Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Thakur, this great swan-like perfect personality, abode of highest mercy, who is the path and refuge for the low and miserable who have no refuge!"

SONG: Sujanarvuda-radhita-pada-yugam | সুজনার্ব্বুদরাধিতপাদযুগং
"I hold on my head the dust of his tremendous, wondrously purifying feet and eternally offer my obeisance to them."

SONG: Ye anila prema-dhana | যে আনিল প্রেমধন
"Where has Advaita Acharya, the Lord who mercifully brought the wealth of divine love to this world, gone?"

Sri Sri Dayita Dasa Dasakam (Text and Audio)
A poem composed by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj after the disappearance of his Divine Master Bhagavan Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad: "O Dina-nayana, wherever that great soul may be, please quickly take this servitor there."

 

Fri, 24 December 2021

Srila Gurudev's Pastimes (5)
"Srila Gurudev travelled all over the world and established temples in more than 130 places, having travelled twenty-four times on world tours, having visited over a hundred countries total..."
Download / listen to the audio (1.6 Mb, 4 min | 1 January 2021 | Bengali)

 

Sat, 25 December 2021

Srila Gurudev's Pastimes (6)
"I remember Sripad Shanta Goswami Maharaj told a very nice story about a Guru and disciples. The situation is actually like that everywhere these days. All the disciples that there are now have enjoyment mood..."
Download / listen to the audio (1.8 Mb, 5 min | 1 January 2021 | Bengali)

 

Sun, 26 December 2021

Come as a Beggar
"Anyhow, much has been said today. I would like to read one article written by Srila Prabhupad Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur. Actually, no matter how many times I tell about it, it does not help... You must all listen to what Srila Prabhupad says."
Download / listen to the audio (1.4 Mb, 4 min | 1 January 2021 | Bengali)

 

Mon, 27 December 2021

Ask Your Heart
"There is quality, and there is quantity. It is necessary to practise Krishna consciousness yourself, properly, genuinely. However, our heart is not attracted to that—our mind does not go to that, our entire being is not attracted to Krishna consciousness, to devotion..."
Download / listen to the audio (1.5 Mb, 4 min | 28 February 2021 | Bengali)

Sri Vyasa Puja Programme: Noon Kirtans
 Gurudev, bada krpa kari  Sri Krsna Chaitanya Prabhu daya kara more  Ohe Vaisnava Thakura  Nitai-pada-kamala  Yadi Gaura na haite  Kena maya-jale paditecho  Nadiya-nagare nitai neche neche  Jaya Radha Madhava  Hare Krishna maha-mantra
Download/listen to the audio (22.3 Mb, 53 min | 1 January 2021 | Kirtan)

 

Tue, 28 December 2021

Tired of Struggling?
"We must practise Krishna consciousness with religious determination, but the problem is that we cannot give up small things and cannot genuinely come to the pure path. We blame the Lord, 'Oh, the Lord is not taking care of me! The Lord is giving me hardships!' but..."
Download / listen to the audio (3.6 Mb, 9 min | 28 February 2021 | Bengali)

 

Wed, 29 December 2021 (Tomorrow is Sri Saphala Ekadasi)

Proper Worship
"Before you become a devotee of Krishna, you must become a devotee of Gauranga. What does Krishna Himself say? 'Those who say they are My devotees, are not My devotees. Those who are My devotees' devotees, are My real devotees.'"
Download / listen to the audio (1.5 Mb, 4 min | 28 February 2021 | Bengali)

 

Thu, 30 December 2021 (Sri Saphala Ekadasi)

Watch the Road
"If you do not understand what Krishna consciousness is—if you do not follow the proper line, what happens? If a train derails, it falls over. So, if we go off track—if we stop following the line of devotion—we too will fall over into a hole. We must follow the proper line that is described by the Bhagavatam."
Download / listen to the audio (1.7 Mb, 4 min | 28 February 2021 | Bengali)

 


Today in the calendar: Krishna Ekadashi. Saphala Ekadashi. Fast. Disappearance of Srila Devananda Pandit (an associate in Sriman Mahaprabhu's pastimes) and Srimad Bhakti Prakash Aranya Maharaj (a diksa and sannyas disciple of Srila Prabhupad Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur).

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. We must always remember disappearance and appearance days of all Vaishnavs. If we can remember such personalities, such great souls, it will bring a great benefit to our spiritual life. If you remember the glories of Vaishnavs, if you speak about the glories of Vaishnavs, they can rescue you from all kinds of material bondage. We have heard a hundred times that if we glorify Vaishnavs, it gives great benefit, but even though we have heard it a thousand times, how much are we able to glorify Vaishnavs from our heart? How much can we serve Vaishnavs with heart and soul? This is the question."


 

In honour of Srila Devananda Pandit:

Learn Proper Conception
"Sometimes we can unconsciously make an offence, but through good association we can hear and understand the proper guidance, proper etiquette. If we do not know it, then no matter how much we practise, how much we chant and how much service we do, we can still sometimes be doing some aparadh."
Download / listen to the audio (1.4 Mb, 4 min | 26 May 2019)

Learn to Give Honour
"Without thinking, we write something, we do something, we think something, and we consider that what we think is the highest. This is Vaishnav aparadh. You must learn to give honour to others. Even if the person is junior, even if they do not know anything, we must learn to give honour to others."
Download / listen to the audio (1.2 Mb, 3 min | 29 May 2019)

 


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?

 

Fri, 31 December 2021

Regulated Life
"There is a system, and it is necessary to follow the system. The scriptures say that when do-whatever-you-like gurus take disciples, then both the guru and the disciples go to hell. This is called sahajiya."
Download / listen to the audio (1.4 Mb, 4 min | 28 February 2021 | Bengali)

Guidance, Issue #29 (EPUB file, 1.1 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 October to December 2021. We pray this serves as a source of guidance, nourishment, and life to all the devotees and well-wishers worldwide.

Files for offline reading (all posts published on the website since July 2014):

2014
Guidance: Issue #01, 2014 (ePub, 1 Mb): 26 July 2014 to 31 December 2014.
2015
Guidance: Issue #02, 2015/1 (ePub, 0.8 Mb): January to March 2015.
Guidance: Issue #03, 2015/2 (ePub, 0.9 Mb): April to June 2015.
Guidance: Issue #04, 2015/3 (ePub, 0.8 Mb): July to September 2015.
Guidance: Issue #05, 2015/4 (ePub, 0.9 Mb): October to December 2015.
Sri Rupa-Sanatan Siksa (ePub, 0.8 Mb)
2016
Guidance: Issue #06, 2016/1 (ePub file, 0.6 Mb): January to March 2016.
Guidance: Issue #07, 2016/2 (ePub file, 0.6 Mb): March to June 2016.
Guidance: Issue #08, 2016/3 (ePub file, 0.8 Mb): July to September 2016.
Guidance: Issue #09, 2016/4 (ePub file, 0.7 Mb): October to December 2016.
2017
Guidance: Issue #10, 2017/1 (ePub file, 0.7 Mb): January to March 2017.
Guidance: Issue #11, 2017/2 (ePub file, 0.7 Mb): April to June 2017.
Guidance: Issue #12, 2017/3 (ePub file, 0.7 Mb): July to September 2017.
Guidance: Issue #13, 2017/4 (ePub file, 0.9 Mb): October to December 2017.
2018
Guidance: Issue #14, 2018/1 (ePub file, 0.9 Mb): January to March 2018.
Guidance: Issue #15, 2018/2 (ePub file, 0.9 Mb): April to June 2018.
Guidance: Issue #16, 2018/3 (ePub file, 0.9 Mb): July to September 2018.
Guidance: Issue #17, 2018/4 (ePub file, 0.9 Mb): September to December 2018.
2019
Guidance: Issue #18, 2019/1 (ePub file, 0.9 Mb): January to March 2019.
Guidance: Issue #19, 2019/2 (ePub file, 0.9 Mb): April to June 2019.
Guidance: Issue #20, 2019/3 (ePub file, 1.2 Mb): July to September 2019.
Guidance: Issue #21, 2019/4 (ePub file, 1.1 Mb): September to December 2019.
2020
Guidance: Issue #22, 2020/1 (ePub file, 1 Mb): January to March 2020.
Guidance: Issue #23, 2020/2 (ePub file, 1 Mb): April to June 2020.
Guidance: Issue #24, 2020/3 (ePub file, 1.3 Mb): July to September 2020.
Guidance: Issue #25, 2020/4 (ePub file, 1.1 Mb): September to December 2020.
2021
Guidance: Issue #26, 2021/1 (ePub file, 1 Mb): January to March 2021.
Guidance: Issue #27, 2021/2 (ePub file, 1 Mb): April to June 2021.
Guidance: Issue #28, 2021/3 (ePub file, 1.2 Mb): July to September 2021.
Guidance: Issue #29, 2021/4 (ePub file, 1.1 Mb): October to December 2021.

 


One More Year Passed
As one more years draws to its end, His Divine Grace Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj muses on the value and meaning of life, quoting several Vaishnav songs: "Life is shaky—it is here now, and then it is gone. Serve the Lord's feet!"
• or Download / listen to the audio (2.2 Mb, 7 min | 31 December 2010)

Saltamami
"If you lose your capital every day, you will eventually have a zero balance, and the next day it will be -1, then -2—then it will be lost for your life. You have got some sukriti, that is all right, but every day you must earn more through your service."
Download / listen to the audio (2.8 Mb, 6 min | 25 October 2013)

New Year Message
"It is necessary to preach, follow, and practise Krishna consciousness more. Next year, with a good heart and good health, continue your service to Gurudev."
Download / listen to the audio (0.6 Mb, 2 min | 21 December 2014)

Your Home Is Ready—Are You?
"If you can practise continuously, with tolerance, humility, giving honour to others, removing all material desires, chanting the Holy Name properly, then Gurudev already has your home made there."
Download / listen to the audio (3 Mb, 9 min | 19 December 2019)

New Year Message (1): Preaching News
"Actually, this year we are doing very well, preaching. Devotees are also preaching all over the world, and I am very happy with their activities. I am always running, I cannot and I do not want to stop my service until my death. This is my service."
Download / listen to the audio (1.3 Mb, 4 min | 29 December 2016)

New Year Message (2): Inner Quality
"Bad association can damage your faith and spiritual life. Even if you think that some association is not good and you stay alone, that is good, no problem. Next year we will be aware of this—we will not do bad association and we will not criticise others, we must tolerate."
Download / listen to the audio (2.8 Mb, 8 min | 29 December 2016)

New Year Message
"Today is the last day of 2018 and tomorrow is the first of January of 2019. We are going to start a new year and I am praying to Gurudev, I am praying to everybody that next year everyone will continue their life and days for the service of Gurudev..."
Download / listen to the audio (3.6 Mb, 10 min | 21 December 2018)

New Year Message: "Service Is Our Life"
"Whatever problem comes, we will not go to any other line, we will not leave our line—we will follow that line which Gurudev shows us. That is our intention, that is our determination, and that is our promise. Whatever situation comes, let it come, we are always ready for it."
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Today in the calendar: Krishna Dvadashi. Paran between 6:23 and 7:24 a.m. Disappearance of Sripad Bhakti Bhudev Shrauti Maharaj (a diksa and sannyas disciple of Srila Prabhupad Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur).

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. We must always remember disappearance and appearance days of all Vaishnavs. If we can remember such personalities, such great souls, it will bring a great benefit to our spiritual life. If you remember the glories of Vaishnavs, if you speak about the glories of Vaishnavs, they can rescue you from all kinds of material bondage. We have heard a hundred times that if we glorify Vaishnavs, it gives great benefit, but even though we have heard it a thousand times, how much are we able to glorify Vaishnavs from our heart? How much can we serve Vaishnavs with heart and soul? This is the question."


 

 

 

 

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Sri Nadan Ghat
'This is a very auspicious place, a place of Gurudev's childhood. Here, Gurudev played and worked for a short time at the charitable dispensary. Remembering Gurudev, we come here every year on the day after his Vyasa Puja..'

 

Sri Sri Prema-Vivarta
“[Sensualists] eat fancy food, wear fancy clothes, and accumulate immense wealth. Attached to the company of women, such fools roam about night and day searching for a mansion with a fancy bed.”

You must sacrifice your life and renounce all enjoyment of material things
for others' benefit.

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