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MONTHLY ARCHIVE OF UPDATES

OCTOBER 2023

 

Sun, 1 October 2023

Appeal of Spiritual World
'We want eternity, we want love, we want affection, we want mercy and ecstasy. These are our hankerings, but this mundane world cannot successfully give any of these things to us. You can find some love in this world, but it is temporary and selfish. Real love comes from above, from the spiritual world.'
Download / listen to the audio (19.7 Mb, 42 min | Bengali | 8 December 2020)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Six Good Qualities
"You must always make yourself busy with the service of the Lord, with all kinds of devotional activities. When we pray in the Vaishnav song, we ask for six good qualities, and it is necessary to have such qualities."
Download / listen to the audio (2 Mb, 5 min | 10 May 2020)

 

 


Today in the calendar: Krishna Dvitiya. Disappearance of Tridandi-swami Srimad Bhakti Vilas Tirtha Maharaj [a dear disciple, associate, and Mission Manager of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur; his previous name is Sri Kunja Bihari Prabhu, affectionally called 'Kunja Babu'].

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."


 

In honour of Srila Bhakti Vilas Tirtha Maharaj:

His Divine Grace Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj:

"When Kunja Babu [later, Srila Bhakti Vilas Tirtha Maharaj] came to meet Srila Prabhupad, Srila Prabhupad could recognise that this young man would be able to help him a great deal. Our Guru Maharaj's nature was like that of a philosopher—he did not like to mix with the public, but Kunja Babu filled that side as he could mix with public and bring persons to Srila Prabhupad, enabling thus Srila Prabhupad to speak about the sastra. Srila Prabhupad wanted to speak about Mahaprabhu, but his temperament was such that he did not like to become involved with inviting people and taking responsibility for looking after them or their accommodation, feeding, etc. So, when Kunja Babu joined, he took up that responsibility. Srila Prabhupad got educated society ready to hear his speech about Mahaprabhu, and his style of speaking was a little philosophical, so he preferred educated society as his listeners. Kunja Babu did that service—he took the trouble of inviting, accommodating, and feeding the public. All these troublesome burdens were taken on by Kunja Babu.

"Gaudiya Mission had gradually grown from this combination—the material help of Kunja Babu and the spiritual work of Srila Prabhupad. They were the father and the mother of the mission, the cofounders of Gaudiya Math. The practical, material side of the service was done by Kunja Babu. Srila Prabhupad once said in Benares (I heard it directly from his mouth), 'I only want a good audience, and Kunja Babu has done that service to me the best. Amongst all my disciples, Kunja Babu has served me the best by bringing to me a good audience. I only want a good audience, nothing else, in this world, and in that direction, Kunja Babu has helped me greatly.'

"In the end, Srila Prabhupad Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur's order was to form a governing body of ten or twelve, and Kunja Babu had to manage as long as he lived. 'Kunja Babu's intelligence excells that of all,' this was told about him. We took it as Kunja Babu was the manager during Prabhupad's lifetime, but he was actually managing the whole institution, so he should be respected even though he was a grihastha and we were sannyasis. Later, many complaints were heard against him, but Srila Prabhupad had told us that Kunja Babu had to manage as long as he lived and that he should be respected. Srila Prabhupad did not select anyone as his follower acharya, that is why there was eventually a difference of opinion amongst us. There were also many ambitious sannyasis who were eager to go on as acharyas themselves. There were generally two parties, one accepting Vasudev Prabhu as the acharya, and the other one accepting Kunja Babu..."

 

His Divine Grace Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj:

"Sri Bimala Prasad got initiation from Srila Gaura Kishor Das Babaji Maharaj and later, when he took sannyas, he became known as Bhagavan Sri Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur. At some point, he promised that he would complete chanting one hundred crores Holy Names and after that start preaching Mahaprabhu's proper conception, but as he was chanting the Holy Name, one day Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gandharva Giridhari came in front of him and Srimati Radharani said, 'You must preach pure conception of Gauranga Mahaprabhu, the combined form of Radha-Krishna.' Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur said, 'I am alone, how will I preach?' After that so many great scholars (dig-pals) came to help him—our Param Gurudev Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj, Srila Bhakti Vilas Tirtha Maharaj, Srila Bhakti Dayita Madhav Goswami Maharaj, Srila Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaj, Srila Bhakti Prajnan Keshav Maharaj, Srila Bhakti Kamal Madhusudan Goswami Maharaj, Srila Bhakti Vichar Jajavar Maharaj, Srila Bhakti Kumud Shanta Maharaj and many others. This is how Prabhupad started preaching the proper conception in this world.

"In Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswat Thakur's time, the secretary of Chaitanya Math was a grihastha, his name is Kunja Bihari Prabhu (affectionately known as Kunja Babu), later he became Srila Bhakti Vilas Tirtha Maharaj. Kunja Babu could not always stay at the temple, but he always served Chaitanya Math from his householder life. Moreover, when he would come to visit Chaitanya Math, to see Prabhupad, at that time almost all sannyasis would give him their full obeisance.

 

 

Mon, 2 October 2023

Search for Reality the Beautiful
'Only when it comes to believing in God are we very unfortunate. Come to the faithful level and try from there. Srnvantu visve amrtasya putra: you are all the sons of nectar; you must search for Sri Krishna, Reality the Beautiful, and you will get everything.'
Download / listen to the audio (19.7 Mb, 42 min | Bengali | 8 December 2020)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

"May I Always Remain a Disciple"
"Actually, what I am telling is not so easy to practise, but I am also thinking that I must speak about it—if I keep telling about it again and again, then if I listen to it myself all the time, I will be able to practise it properly one day, too."
Download / listen to the audio (1.5 Mb, 4 min | 10 May 2020)

 

Tue, 3 October 2023

Faith Is Not Idleness
'Search for Sri Krishna, Reality the Beautiful, and you will get everything: the transcendental world will manifest itself to you, and you can get one of the five kinds of relationship with the Lord.'
Download / listen to the audio (19.7 Mb, 42 min | Bengali | 8 December 2020)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Be in Good Association and Be Good Association
"(1) Sometimes, we are staying with some bad association, sometimes we may live together, but we must ignore and avoid such kind of association. (2) It is necessary to be a proper mother—to be a mother like Yasoda, a mother like Sachi Mata, not a mother like Kaikeyi."
Download / listen to the audio (1.6 Mb, 4 min | 10 May 2020)

 

Wed, 4 October 2023

Supreme Religion
'The supreme religion for all humanity is that by which men can attain to loving devotional service unto the transcendental Lord. Such devotional service must be unmotivated and uninterrupted to completely satisfy the self.'
Download / listen to the audio (7.3 Mb, 16 min | English | 6 December 2020)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Krishna's Arrangement
"Krishna is always powerful, Krishna can do anything. Even what is meant to happen may not happen, and what is not mean to happen may happen. It is not necessary to be worried about it. Who will commit suicide, who will leave, who will stay—everything is Krishna's arrangement."
Download / listen to the audio (3.2 Mb, 8 min | 10 May 2020)

 

Thu, 5 October 2023

Eternal Memory of Nabadwip
'You must learn these things by heart. If anybody asks you about the nine islands of Nabadwip and which kind of devotion resides where, you must be able to tell it. Otherwise, it means that you do the parikrama of the nine islands, and you only walk and look around, gaping at nice buildings.'
Download / listen to the audio (10.8 Mb, 24 min | Bengali | 15 December 2020)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

First Requirement
"Your mind tells you, 'Oh, it is necessary to relax'—do not listen to your mind. Tell yourself, 'I have service, and I must do that service first.' It is necessary to do what is required, and your first requirement is your service."
Download / listen to the audio (1.2 Mb, 3 min | 10 May 2020)

 

—{ Sri Hari-Kirtan Mahatmya }—

Samsara-davanala
'I offer my obeisance unto the lotus feet of Sri Guru, by pleasing whom one can please the Lord and without pleasing whom there is no other way; I sing and meditate on his glory at the three junctions of the day.'


'If you do not understand the meaning of kirtans, it will not stay in your mind then. When you chant, you must understand the meaning of the kirtan, then it will stay in your heart. Common people do not understand the meaning of kirtans: they listen to kirtan bands, enjoy the tune, etc., but this is not the way to practise kirtan. When you chant kirtan, you must understand the meaning of what you are singing – some devotional feeling must come to your heart.'
—Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj

'Some gentleman was singing a song of Srila Narottam Das Thakur. When he finished singing, Srila Vamsi Das Babaji Maharaj remarked, "You have only superficially repeated the sound, but the real influence, the real impression, the inner voltage is unknown to you. Those who are hit by strong feeling suggested by this song can know the power underlying it, but you are merely repeating the sound physically, you do not feel the volt, the energy within it. The voltage of the meaning of this song has not struck your heart." He remarked like that. Ordinary men who exist on the surface only repeat sounds, but those whose hearts have been touched by the deep underlying meaning, they can understand what that song contains...'
—Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj

 

Fri, 6 October 2023

Siksastakam in Nutshell
'If our hearts are not clean, we cannot understand who we are, neither can we give place to the Lord in our hearts. We chant so much, we hear so many things from our guru, we hear so much about Krishna, but our hearts do not change even after hearing it.'
Download / listen to the audio (10.8 Mb, 24 min | Bengali | 15 December 2020)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Mahaprabhu's Teachings (1): No False Renunciation
"A house is not a place for only enjoyment—your house is Krishna's house, Vaishnavs' house, guru-varga's house, your house is meant for the service of the Lord. It is not necessary to show monkey renunciation—you can keep your house, enjoy your life but without material attachment. Be sincere in your heart, practise with heart and soul."
Download / listen to the audio (2.9 Mb, 7 min | 17 May 2020)

 

—{ Sri Hari-Kirtan Mahatmya }—

Sri Guru-charana-padma
'Make the teachings coming from Sri Guru's lotus mouth one with your heart and do not keep any desires. Attachment to Sri Guru's holy feet is the highest path: all aspirations are fulfilled by his mercy.'


'If you do not understand the meaning of kirtans, it will not stay in your mind then. When you chant, you must understand the meaning of the kirtan, then it will stay in your heart. Common people do not understand the meaning of kirtans: they listen to kirtan bands, enjoy the tune, etc., but this is not the way to practise kirtan. When you chant kirtan, you must understand the meaning of what you are singing – some devotional feeling must come to your heart.'
—Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj

'Some gentleman was singing a song of Srila Narottam Das Thakur. When he finished singing, Srila Vamsi Das Babaji Maharaj remarked, "You have only superficially repeated the sound, but the real influence, the real impression, the inner voltage is unknown to you. Those who are hit by strong feeling suggested by this song can know the power underlying it, but you are merely repeating the sound physically, you do not feel the volt, the energy within it. The voltage of the meaning of this song has not struck your heart." He remarked like that. Ordinary men who exist on the surface only repeat sounds, but those whose hearts have been touched by the deep underlying meaning, they can understand what that song contains...'
—Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj

 

Sat, 7 October 2023

Enriched with Service
'So many phone calls have been coming the whole day from early in the morning – they are giving me so many good wishes. It is giving me much inspiration and enthusiasm for service. I am getting power and much energy from the devotees.'

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Mahaprabhu's Teachings (2): Never Stop Your Krishna-Sankirtan
"Engage in Krishna-seva, Guru-seva, Vaishnav-seva always, non-stop. Chant the Holy Name when you are working, taking prasadam, cooking, cutting vegetables. Always chant the Holy Name, incessantly. Never stop your Krishna-sankirtan."
Download / listen to the audio (1.4 Mb, 4 min | 17 May 2020)

 

Sun, 8 October 2023

Internal Inconsistencies
'We say humbly that every jiva soul is part of the Lord, but sometimes, along with the Lord, there can also be some bad thoughts, some devil working in our hearts. That is a big problem. These things depend upon one's devotion and faith.'

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Mahaprabhu's Teachings (3): No Caste Consideration
"Those who come from a lower caste, who come from a mlechha family, who come from some bad family, are not unfit to worship the Lord—they also have the qualification, the right to chanting the Name of the Lord."
Download / listen to the audio (2.4 Mb, 6 min | 17 May 2020)

 

Mon, 9 October 2023 (Tomorrow is Indira Ekadasi)

Big Temple Is Not All
'Even if there is a small temple, a small place with five–ten people staying there, but if they always glorify Gurudev, always singing the songs of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and preach about Mahaprabhu, that is sufficient for us and that is more important for us.'

 

In honour of the forthcoming divine appearance day of our beloved Sri Gurupadpadma His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj:

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)

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."
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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."
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Kirtans
Vandana • Gurudev krpa bindu diya • Oh vaisnava thakura dayara sagara • Akrodha paramananda Nityananda Ray • Avatara sara Gora avatara • Hare Krishna maha-mantra.
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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."
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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)

 

 

— { All Glory to Sri Sri Guru Gauranga } —

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."

 

Dear Devotees, Friends, and Well-Wishers:

Please accept our humble obeisance at your holy feet.

We would like to extend a humble invitation to your holy self to join the celebration of the divine appearance day of Sri Gurupadpadma Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Sri Srimad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj that is manifested this year on 15 October 2023 (Sunday).

We earnestly pray that all devotees 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, who continues to guide, protect and watch over us, albeit unseen to our mundane eyes. On this holy day, as far as possible, please join and render assistance to the festivals observed in your communities and focus eternally in your lives on contributing the core ingredient of every service endeavour—your entire being, mind, heart and soul. In the words of His Divine Grace, "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."

Taking your feet dust on our heads, we humbly pray that this supremely worshippable divine appearance day of Sri Gurupadpadma, 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

 


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)

Guidance, Volume Four (English) [PDF, 4 Mb]
A holy book composed by Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj and published from Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math on the holy appearance day of Sri Gaurasundar in 2020 (835 Gaurabda). Translated into English and published, on the order of His Divine Grace, on the holy appearance day of Sri Gaurasundar in the same year.
   "Sri Gurudev is the only shelter for a disciple. Those who have become disciples live in complete adherence to their guru. If one retains independence, they cannot be called a 'disciple'—they can take the mantra, they can take initiation, but if they do not accept guidance or disciplining of Sri Gurudev, they cannot be called a real disciple. Gurudev has a vast wealth. Those who are born into his lineage, can get the right for his wealth. Gurudev's wealth is not temples, buildings, houses, money; his wealth is faith, devotion and love.
   "What happens after initiation? It is necessary to practise hearing and chanting, worship Deities and do service. You must serve with love, affection, extracting loving devotion from your very being. You must always think about what makes Him happy. You must be anxious to make Him happy and always be alert and conscious of His happiness. Sacrifice your selfish interests for His happiness, serve for His happiness."


Also available:
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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, 10 October 2023 (Sri Indira Ekadasi)

Servitor's Pride
'Gurudev always told that in this Age of Kali, it is very difficult to conquer Maya, the illusory environment, and it is very difficult to conquer pratistha (name and fame). You can conquer kanak (thirst for money) and kamini (attraction to women), but it is very hard to give up pratistha.'
Download / listen to the audio (8.2 Mb, 20 min | English | 17 October 2020)

 

In honour of the forthcoming divine appearance day of our beloved Sri Gurupadpadma His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj:

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)

2014

Part 1: 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 | 25 September 2014)

Part 2: 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 | 25 September 2014)

 


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.

Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj about fasting on ekadasi and accepting material facilities:

"One time, a devotee came here from Vrindavan on the day of ekadasi. He reached in the evening and, after taking a bath in the Ganges, attended kirtans, danced, circumambulated the temple and so on. Then, I asked him whether he would take any anukalpa [non-grain prasadam that is allowed to be taken on ekadasi]. He replied, 'Generally, I do not take anything, but if you like, then, of course, I must like anukalpa. Your will is greater than my fasting.' That was his decision.

"My Guru Maharaj (Srila Prabhupad Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur) always wanted maximum energy: you should take good food and do good service. That was his maxim. Krishna is not a liquidated party: take full prasadam and do full service. Do maximum service, and you should take whatever is necessary for that. You are to take it for the cause of Krishna, not for your own cause. You are Krishna's, so if you grow weak, His service will be hampered, and both you and Krishna will be losers thereby. 'My soldiers will be well-fed and well-working.' That was our Guru Maharaj's principle. Napoleon said, 'One full-fed soldier is equal to ten half-fed soldiers.'

"So, prasad-seva: if it is service, then it must be taken in a serving mood, of course. But, at the same time, the individual position of a devotee should be taken into consideration. Sahajiyas do not fast on ekadasi at all: "Oh, we are in Vrindavan, and there is no fasting in Vrindavan." But Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur, Srila Prabhupad did not like that—it is sahajiya (imitation) if you go on feeding your senses in the name of Krishna-bhakti (devotion to the Lord). For the service to Krishna, it is necessary to keep up the body and to provide nourishment to it, so we must take what is necessary for service. We do not like it if by fasting, a loss of energy is effected. If fasting does not hamper your service, you may go on fasting—perhaps, your Gurudev wanted that...

"For service, I must accept what is necessary to make me physically fit so that I can render more service. So, accepting material things is not objectionable. It is fruitful, not detrimental. Rather, it produces something of a pure character, which helps everyone. This is how a disciple receives and accepts things. At that same time, he may even blame himself, 'I cannot go on with my worldly life without the help of this or that!' He will blame himself, but the underlying spirit must be, 'If I do not take it, I shall be unfit; I will not be able to do my bit of service to the Lord, to my Gurudev.'

"Moreover, by taking up renunciation, I will be a loser. I will incur a loss for myself, for the world, and my Guru's service will be hampered. In this spirit, devotees are to take everything. For the cause of Krsna, for the cause of his Guru, they will accept anything.

"Suppose there is a very miserly karmachari (manager). Because he does not want to spend money, he may not attain a particular result; then, some difficulty comes, and the opportunity is lost. This manager will be responsible to the proprietor: 'Why did you not spend money? Why are you afraid of spending money from my store? Because of your miserly habit, the opportunity has been lost!' 'Why should you not spend My money for My interest?' So, to render service to Krishna, to my Gurudev, to Vaishnavs, to the world, to everyone, I must keep up this mundane body, and I am entitled to take something for that.

"Miserliness is mayavada; it is the renunciation spirit, and it will mar Krishna's interest. What we need is yukta-vairagya: I shall take from the store of Krishna to keep myself fit and to do service. It is Krishna's account, and if I do dot do that, I should be a separationist, a mayavadi, a renunciationist. I shall render maximum service to Krishna, and I must take without any hestitation whatever is necessary to make myself fit for the service; otherwise, I shall be punishable."

 

"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?
"Make the Teachings of Sri Guru Non-Different from Your Heart"
Ekadasi: Devotional Practice
Ekadasi Struggle?

 

"You do not need to know the meaning of each ekadasi tithi because if you know it, you will want to get this result, that result, etc."

(Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj)

Wed, 11 October 2023

Practise, Preach and Proceed
'We must always be careful. We must preach Mahaprabhu's message properly, and we must go door to door distributing His message everywhere. This is the main duty in our lives. If you make big buildings, big houses, what is the use if devotees do not live there?'
Download / listen to the audio (3.6 Mb, 9 min | English | 17 October 2020)

 

In honour of the forthcoming divine appearance day of our beloved Sri Gurupadpadma His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj:

12 October 2015 (Adhivas)

Sri Vyasa Puja, Adhivas Day (Bengali; the English is translation below)
His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj is speaking on the eve of His Divine Appearance Day.
Download / listen to the audio (32.5 Mb, 95 min)

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."

Thu, 12 October 2023

'I Am at Your Service'
'I have seen how many times Gurudev went abroad to reach out to you all, to touch your heart and how much love and affection he gave to you all. Gurudev chose me as his perfect dog for his service, and I am always at your service: you can use me in any way, in any place.'
Download / listen to the audio (3.7 Mb, 8 min | English | 17 October 2020)

 

In honour of the forthcoming divine appearance day of our beloved Sri Gurupadpadma His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj:

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 | 20 September 2017)

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 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)

Servitor's Livelihood
"Everything we have actually comes from our Guru. Without Gurudev's mercy we are nothing, we have no power. We are only instruments. I do not think that I am a Vaishnav, nor do I want to be a Vaishnav. I want to be a servant of the servant of Vaishnavs. That has been my desire from the beginning, since the time I started my temple life in 1992."
Download / listen to the audio (3.1 Mb, 8 min | 12 October 2018)

On Chastity
"Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj had many qualified scholarly pandit disciples, but he chose Gurudev. You can read many scriptures many times, you may know many things, but the Guru can understand who can follow his conception, who has chastity for him."
Download / listen to the audio (3.1 Mb, 6 min | 12 October 2018)

Mercy of Guru
"Without the mercy of the Guru, without the instruction of the Guru you cannot cross, you cannot overcome the illusory environment. We must understand clearly what is the mercy of the Guru."
Download / listen to the audio (1.8 Mb, 5 min | 12 October 2018)

Sat, 14 October 2023 (Sri Vyasa Puja Maha-Mahotsav Adhivas)

Serve Carefully
'You cannot proceed in your spiritual life, you cannot prosper in your spiritual life without service to Vaishnavs and devotees. It is necessary to serve devotees. This is the main thing in our lives. This is our Vaishnav culture.'
Download / listen to the audio (10.8 Mb, 23 min | English | 17 October 2020)

 

In honour of the forthcoming divine appearance day of our beloved Sri Gurupadpadma His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj:

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)

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)

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..."
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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."
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— { All Glory to Sri Sri Guru Gauranga } —

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."

 

Dear Devotees, Friends, and Well-Wishers:

Please accept our humble obeisance at your holy feet.

We would like to extend a humble invitation to your holy self to join the celebration of the divine appearance day of Sri Gurupadpadma Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Sri Srimad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj that is manifested this year on 15 October 2023 (Sunday).

We earnestly pray that all devotees 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, who continues to guide, protect and watch over us, albeit unseen to our mundane eyes. On this holy day, as far as possible, please join and render assistance to the festivals observed in your communities and focus eternally in your lives on contributing the core ingredient of every service endeavour—your entire being, mind, heart and soul. In the words of His Divine Grace, "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."

Taking your feet dust on our heads, we humbly pray that this supremely worshippable divine appearance day of Sri Gurupadpadma, 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

 


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)

Guidance, Volume Four (English) [PDF, 4 Mb]
A holy book composed by Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj and published from Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math on the holy appearance day of Sri Gaurasundar in 2020 (835 Gaurabda). Translated into English and published, on the order of His Divine Grace, on the holy appearance day of Sri Gaurasundar in the same year.
   "Sri Gurudev is the only shelter for a disciple. Those who have become disciples live in complete adherence to their guru. If one retains independence, they cannot be called a 'disciple'—they can take the mantra, they can take initiation, but if they do not accept guidance or disciplining of Sri Gurudev, they cannot be called a real disciple. Gurudev has a vast wealth. Those who are born into his lineage, can get the right for his wealth. Gurudev's wealth is not temples, buildings, houses, money; his wealth is faith, devotion and love.
   "What happens after initiation? It is necessary to practise hearing and chanting, worship Deities and do service. You must serve with love, affection, extracting loving devotion from your very being. You must always think about what makes Him happy. You must be anxious to make Him happy and always be alert and conscious of His happiness. Sacrifice your selfish interests for His happiness, serve for His happiness."


Also available:
বাংলা সংস্করণ
Русский перевод [Russian translation]
Traducción ESPAÑOLA [Spanish translation]


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.

 

Sun, 15 October 2023 (Sri Vyasa Puja Maha-Mahotsav: Grand Festival)

'My Actual Happiness'
'It is the quality that matters: devotees are giving themselves, giving their hearts to their guru... When I see devotees all over the world bowing themselves down at the lotus feet of Gurudev, that is my actual happiness, this is what actually pleases me.'
Download / listen to the audio (10.8 Mb, 23 min | English | 17 October 2020)

 

GUIDANCE, Year 2021 [epub, 13 Mb]
On this supremely auspicious day, we are presenting a full compilation of Hari-katha of His Divine Grace spoken during 2021, the last year of his manifest pastimes. We pray this treasure trove of divine discourses may eternally nourish and sustain devotees' hearts and souls. In the words of His Divine Grace, 'How can you get Gurudev's association? If you listen to Gurudev's Hari-katha, if you read his books, if you read the scriptures, then you will easily get his association! If you follow his order, you will get his association, you will get the energy – only like this, not in any other way.'

 

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."

prerakam prachya-paschatya-sisyanam bhakti-vartmani
bhakti-nirmalam-acharya-svaminam pranamamy aham

"I offer my respectful obeisances to Swami Bhakti Nirmal Acharya, who is energetically inspiring all of Eastern and Western disciples on the path of pure devotion."

Autobiography of Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj
To try to describe the unlimited glories of a genuine Vaishnav or Guru is a very challenging task, especially because Sri Guru exists on the plane beyond what we can grasp with our material intelligence or perceive with our material senses. Still, to remember the drops of the divine pastimes and transcendental glories of Sri Gurupadpadma, we present here an autobiographical discourse of His Divine Grace, begging him for his causeless mercy in the form of eternal service to his holy lotus feet.

Suggested kirtans:

Vandana
Sri Guru Parampara kirtan: Krsna haite chatur-mukha
Sri Guru-vandana: Gurudev bada krpa kari, Sri Guru-charana-padma
Sri Pancha-tattva-vandana: Sri Krishna Chaitanya Prabhu jive daya kari
Vaishnava-vandana: Kabe Sri Chaitanya more, Ki rupe paiba seva
Sriman Nityananda's vandana: Nitai-pada kamala
Sriman Mahaprabhu's vandana: Emona durmati
Other: E ghora samsare, Ei-bara karuna kara Vaishnava gosai, Sarvasva tomara
Closing: the Hare Krishna maha-mantra
Sri Jaya Dhvani.

 

 

In honour of the divine appearance day of our beloved Sri Gurupadpadma Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj:

Sri Guru-Tattva: The Captain of Your Boat
"If you serve your Guru properly, if you have devotion to the Guru, then you will be able to remove the bondage with the modes of material nature, and through that relationship with your Guru you can get service to the Lord and finally reach your destination."
Download / listen to the audio (8 Mb, 24 min | 22 July 2013 | Mostly Bengali)

Part 1: 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)

Part 2: 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)

Mon, 16 October 2023

Always Chant
'When you are resting, taking prasadam or even going to the bathroom, you can also chant the Holy Name at that time but without beads. Always chant loudly; when you see devotees, say, "Hare Krishna!" Always chant Krishna's Name, it is good for you.'
Download / listen to the audio (10.8 Mb, 23 min | English | 17 October 2020)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Mahaprabhu's Teachings (4): Pillars of Renunciation
"At first, Mahaprabhu told Srila Raghunath Das Goswami to go back to his house, but after that his house became unfavourable to practising Krishna consciousness, so Mahaprabhu arranged for Srila Raghunath Das Goswami to come and meet with Him. At that time, Mahaprabhu gave him advice, 'What will a vairagi do?'...."
Download / listen to the audio (2.3 Mb, 6 min | 17 May 2020)

 

Tue, 17 October 2023

Beauty of Lord's Incarnation
'When religion diminishes and irreligion comes into prominence, the Lord personally comes to this world, and when He cannot come, He sends somebody else. When the Lord comes, He assumes different forms. You must remember all incarnations by heart.'
Download / listen to the audio (26.1 Mb, 63 min | 21 April 2021 | Mostly Bengali)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Mahaprabhu's Teachings (5): Exclusive Dharma
"We must know the message of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, and we must know what for we must practise, what is necessary in our spiritual life, what are the main things in our spiritual life. Actually, there are not so many main things."
Download / listen to the audio (3.4 Mb, 8 min | 17 May 2020)

 


Today in the calendar: Gaura Tritiya. Departure of Sriyukta Radharani Devi Chaudhurani.

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."


 

Wed, 18 October 2023

Sevya and Sevak
'Why is Lord Krishna called sampurna-bhagavan (complete form of the Lord, or Supreme Personality of Godhead)? Because all five spiritual relationships are found in His pastimes, but you will not find this in the pastimes of Lord Rama.'
Download / listen to the audio (26.1 Mb, 63 min | 21 April 2021 | Mostly Bengali)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Questions and Answers
Can a lady lead Nagar-sankirtan? What is the difference between Gokula and Goloka? Guru as Radharani or Guru as Nityananda Prabhu? Diksa-guru and siksa-guru Ratha-yatra Daily kirtans.
Download / listen to the audio (4.5 Mb, 11 min | 17 May 2020)

 


Today in the calendar: Gaura Chaturthi. Disappearance of Tridandi-swami Sripad Bhakti Dayita Damodar Maharaj (a disciple of Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj and a sannyas disciple of Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami 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."


 

Thu, 19 October 2023

Dasarath's Morality
'In Krishna's pastimes, rules and moral obligations had no value because when you are bound by love to the Lord, you will not see any rules and regulations. The only rule and regulation is the service to the Lord.'
Download / listen to the audio (26.1 Mb, 63 min | 21 April 2021 | Mostly Bengali)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Our Mantra
"Our main mantra is this: we must concentrate our mind, all our senses, our everything in one place—at the lotus feet of Srila Gurudev. Srila Gurudev is our only hope, we have no other way. Only Sri Gurudev can take us to the Lord and engage us in the service of the Lord. We must have a greatest desire for that, then one day we will get an opportunity to engage in service."
Download / listen to the audio (2.2 Mb, 6 min | 24 May 2020)

 

Fri, 20 October 2023

Love and Rupture
'The secret purpose of Rama-lila is to set an example of these moral principles. Wherever Sri Ramachandra performed His pastimes—be it in Ayodhya, in Lanka, Dandakaranya or when slaying demoness Tadaka—He never broke the moral etiquette. But in Krishna's pastimes, rules and regulations have no value; this is the peculiarity of His pastimes.'
Download / listen to the audio (26.1 Mb, 63 min | 21 April 2021 | Mostly Bengali)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Exclusive Devotional Life
"Always keep yourself engaged in the services of the Lord from the beginning of the day, from the mangal-arati early in the morning, until you go to sleep. We must think, 'How can I serve devotees more? How can I follow Gurudev's guidance properly?'"
Download / listen to the audio (2.8 Mb, 7 min | 24 May 2020)

 

Sat, 21 October 2023

Spiritual Sincerity and Chastity
'Gurudev often spoke about is chastity and sincerity. Sincerity means, "I am doing this service, so I will do it every day." "Today I do it, tomorrow I will not do it." You cannot be like that. You know what chastity means in its material sense, in relation to the material world. But in the spiritual sense, it means being chaste to your gurudev.'
Download / listen to the audio (22.2 Mb, 43 min | 13 December 2020 | Bengali)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Dham-Seva
"There are many ways you can do dham-seva. Our guru-varga make temples in many holy places, and you can help and serve those places in whichever way you can, depending on how much capacity you have. Not everybody has the capacity to give money, but if everybody gives their heart, their support, that is sufficient."
Download / listen to the audio (3.7 Mb, 9 min | 24 May 2020)

 

Sun, 22 October 2023

Half-Hen Ill Logic
'We say that we respect Srila Govinda Maharaj, but we do not respect the person whom he seated as the guru – we do not respect and do not listen to the person whom he left to nurture and take care of you all. What is this? How does this work?'
Download / listen to the audio (22.2 Mb, 43 min | 13 December 2020 | Bengali)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Dealing with Misconception
"When you go to sell your things, you will always preach in favour of your things. Every shopkeeper always praises his own shop—one shopkeeper says, 'My shop's sweets are very nice,' and other shopkeepers will also say, 'My sweets are very nice,' and you can decide which is better only if you taste the sweets."
Download / listen to the audio (3.3 Mb, 8 min | 24 May 2020)

 

Mon, 23 October 2023

Purpose of Birth
'There is another thing you must always remember. Having gone through all those births, we have now got this birth in India. The meaning of this life is to do good for others. What does it mean? "Doing good for others" means that we must practise Krishna consciousness.'
Download / listen to the audio (22.2 Mb, 43 min | 13 December 2020 | Bengali)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Sri Ramananda Sambad
"Raya Ramananda is actually an incarnation of Visakha. Mahaprabhu meet Ramananda Raya for the first time on the bank of the Godavari in South India. Mahaprabhu was sitting and waiting for him..."
Download / listen to the audio (2.6 Mb, 6 min | 24 May 2020)

 

Tue, 24 October 2023 (Tomorrow is Papankusa Ekadasi)

Transform Your Life Inside and Outside
'It is my prayer to you all to leave your petty attachments and practise Krishna consciousness. If you serve the Lord, then whatever you do, you will do it for the Lord, and your whole life will become Krishna-centred. It is necessary to become Krishna conscious.'
Download / listen to the audio (22.2 Mb, 43 min | 13 December 2020 | Bengali)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Questions and Answers (1)
Do we come to this line by our free will or is it a pre-defined fate? Raya Ramananda's service Building temple against government rules? Drinking milk and suffering cows? Using Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math's name for preaching?
Download / listen to the audio (2.8 Mb, 7 min | 24 May 2020)

 


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

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."


 

Niti and Priti
"It was Ramachandra's vijay utsav yesterday, and we would like to clarify some things about Rama-tattva and Krishna-tattva. In Rama-lila, rules and regulations are the highest, and love and affection go down, but this is not the highest ideal..."
Download / listen to the audio (3.7 Mb, 9 min | 9 October 2019)

 

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."
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Wed, 25 October 2023 (Sri Papankusa Ekadasi)

Run behind Krishna
'Genuine devotees do not run behind money – rather, money run behind them. Devotees have the Lord. By seeing Him, you will not want to see anything else. He is so beautiful and so merciful that the whole world is mesmerised by it.'
Download / listen to the audio (22.2 Mb, 43 min | 13 December 2020 | Bengali)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Questions and Answers (2)
Reading scriptures on our own? News after the recent cyclone amphan How to keep service enthusiasm? Can we sew a white outfit for Srimati Radharani? How to recognise who is a Vaishnav? What does 'prabhu' mean in Srila Guru Maharaj's arati song?
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Sri Ekadasi Guidance
Guidelines on how to observe and honour this holy day: Ekadasi takes an indispensible part in the life of a sincere practitioner. At Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Ekadasi and paran are observed with affection and without fail according to the dates given in the Calendar.

Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj about fasting on ekadasi and accepting material facilities:

"One time, a devotee came here from Vrindavan on the day of ekadasi. He reached in the evening and, after taking a bath in the Ganges, attended kirtans, danced, circumambulated the temple and so on. Then, I asked him whether he would take any anukalpa [non-grain prasadam that is allowed to be taken on ekadasi]. He replied, 'Generally, I do not take anything, but if you like, then, of course, I must like anukalpa. Your will is greater than my fasting.' That was his decision.

"My Guru Maharaj (Srila Prabhupad Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur) always wanted maximum energy: you should take good food and do good service. That was his maxim. Krishna is not a liquidated party: take full prasadam and do full service. Do maximum service, and you should take whatever is necessary for that. You are to take it for the cause of Krishna, not for your own cause. You are Krishna's, so if you grow weak, His service will be hampered, and both you and Krishna will be losers thereby. 'My soldiers will be well-fed and well-working.' That was our Guru Maharaj's principle. Napoleon said, 'One full-fed soldier is equal to ten half-fed soldiers.'

"So, prasad-seva: if it is service, then it must be taken in a serving mood, of course. But, at the same time, the individual position of a devotee should be taken into consideration. Sahajiyas do not fast on ekadasi at all: "Oh, we are in Vrindavan, and there is no fasting in Vrindavan." But Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur, Srila Prabhupad did not like that—it is sahajiya (imitation) if you go on feeding your senses in the name of Krishna-bhakti (devotion to the Lord). For the service to Krishna, it is necessary to keep up the body and to provide nourishment to it, so we must take what is necessary for service. We do not like it if by fasting, a loss of energy is effected. If fasting does not hamper your service, you may go on fasting—perhaps, your Gurudev wanted that...

"For service, I must accept what is necessary to make me physically fit so that I can render more service. So, accepting material things is not objectionable. It is fruitful, not detrimental. Rather, it produces something of a pure character, which helps everyone. This is how a disciple receives and accepts things. At that same time, he may even blame himself, 'I cannot go on with my worldly life without the help of this or that!' He will blame himself, but the underlying spirit must be, 'If I do not take it, I shall be unfit; I will not be able to do my bit of service to the Lord, to my Gurudev.'

"Moreover, by taking up renunciation, I will be a loser. I will incur a loss for myself, for the world, and my Guru's service will be hampered. In this spirit, devotees are to take everything. For the cause of Krsna, for the cause of his Guru, they will accept anything.

"Suppose there is a very miserly karmachari (manager). Because he does not want to spend money, he may not attain a particular result; then, some difficulty comes, and the opportunity is lost. This manager will be responsible to the proprietor: 'Why did you not spend money? Why are you afraid of spending money from my store? Because of your miserly habit, the opportunity has been lost!' 'Why should you not spend My money for My interest?' So, to render service to Krishna, to my Gurudev, to Vaishnavs, to the world, to everyone, I must keep up this mundane body, and I am entitled to take something for that.

"Miserliness is mayavada; it is the renunciation spirit, and it will mar Krishna's interest. What we need is yukta-vairagya: I shall take from the store of Krishna to keep myself fit and to do service. It is Krishna's account, and if I do dot do that, I should be a separationist, a mayavadi, a renunciationist. I shall render maximum service to Krishna, and I must take without any hestitation whatever is necessary to make myself fit for the service; otherwise, I shall be punishable."

 

"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?
"Make the Teachings of Sri Guru Non-Different from Your Heart"
Ekadasi: Devotional Practice
Ekadasi Struggle?

 

"You do not need to know the meaning of each ekadasi tithi because if you know it, you will want to get this result, that result, etc."

(Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj)

 

Thu, 26 October 2023

Power of Kirtan
'If you chant the Holy Name earnestly, loudly, your kirtan will reach Goloka and the Lord – then the Lord will pull you out of here and bring you to Him! If we can attain this, we will not have to return from there to this world ever again.'
Download / listen to the audio (22.2 Mb, 43 min | 13 December 2020 | Bengali)

 


Today in the calendar: Gaura Dvadasi. Ekadasi paran is at 5:41:26–7:56:45. 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. 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 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..."
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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 Krishna Das 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
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"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 Thakur | (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?"

 

Fri, 27 October 2023

Become a Servant
'The Lord will certainly know you! If you can become His servant (das), the Lord will bring you to Himself, but if you call yourself Goldar, the Lord will not recognise you. Become a servant (das), not a Goldar, then the Lord will know you.'
Download / listen to the audio (22.2 Mb, 43 min | 13 December 2020 | Bengali)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Your Love and Affection
"I can see devotees' faces and remember Gurudev. When I see them, when I remember their good association, good things always come to my heart, to my mind. Because everybody is giving so much love and affection to me, I am alive and I can survive."
Download/listen to the audio (2.2 Mb, 5 min | 31 May 2020)

 

Sat, 28 October 2023 (Beginning of Sri Kartik Month)

Beg for Spiritual Life
'Our minds should always stay in holy places, where there are talks about the Lord, where there is Hari-katha, where Vaishnavs are. Our minds must be in the kirtan of the guru and Vaishnavs, in the Hari-katha of the guru and Vaishnavs.'
Download / listen to the audio (22.2 Mb, 43 min | 13 December 2020 | Bengali)

 


Today in the calendar: Purnima. Saradiya Rasa-Yatra of Lord Sri Krishna. Disappearance of Srila Murari Gupta. Lunar eclipse 01:05–02:24 a.m. (Nabadwip time). Beginning of urjja-vrata, damodar-vrata, kartik-vrata or niyom-seva.

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."


 

 

SRI KARTIK MONTH: 28 October–27 November

KIRTANS SUNG DURING KARTIK MONTH [text]
Morning kirtans [17 min, 8.2 Mb]: Sri Damodarastakam, Sri Sriman Mahaprabhur Sata-Nama, Sri Krsner Vimsottara Sata-Nama.
Evening kirtans [27 min, 12.5 Mb]: Sri Siksastakam.

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."
Download / listen to the audio (2.3 Mb, 7 min | 25 October 2018)

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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Siksastakam
"We are singing the Siksastakam songs every day [in Kartik month]. Mahaprabhu is Radha-Krishna's combined form and Siksastakam is His teaching. It is very nice. We must practise these songs."
Download / listen to the audio (3.1 Mb, 7 min | 25 October 2018)

 

In honour of Sri Murari Gupta:

'Murari Gupta was a great devotee of Lord Ramachandra. When Mahaprabhu heard Lord Ramachandra's glories from his mouth, He immediately wrote on his forehead "Rama-dasa" [an eternal servant of Lord Ramachandra].'

'Sri Murari Gupta wrote a book called Sri Chaitanya-charita. He belonged to a vaidya physician family of Srihatta, the paternal home of Lord Chaitanya, and later became a resident of Nabadwip. He was among the elders of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Lord Chaitanya exhibited His Varaha form in the house of Murari Gupta (described in Sri Chaitanya-bhagavata, 2.3). When Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu exhibited His maha-prakasa form, He appeared before Murari Gupta as Lord Ramachandra.

'When Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Nityananda Prabhu were sitting together in the house of Srivas Thakur, Murari Gupta first offered his respects to Lord Chaitanya and then to Sri Nityananda Prabhu. Nityananda Prabhu, however, was older than Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, and therefore Lord Chaitanya remarked that Murari Gupta had violated social etiquette, for he should have first shown respect to Nityananda Prabhu and then to Him. In this way, by the grace of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Murari Gupta was informed about the position of Sri Nityananda Prabhu, and the next day he offered obeisances first to Lord Nityananda and then to Lord Chaitanya. Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu gave chewed pan, or betel nut, to Murari Gupta.

' Once Sivananda Sena offered food to Lord Chaitanya that had been cooked with excessive ghee, and the next day the Lord became sick and went to Murari Gupta for treatment. Lord Chaitanya accepted some water from the waterpot of Murari Gupta, and thus He was cured. The natural remedy for indigestion is to drink a little water, and since Murari Gupta was a physician, he gave the Lord some drinking water and cured Him.

'When Chaitanya Mahaprabhu appeared in the house of Srivas Thakur in His chaturbhuja murti, Murari Gupta became His carrier in the form of Garuda, and in these pastimes of ecstasy the Lord then got up on his back. It was the desire of Murari Gupta to leave his body before the disappearance of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, but the Lord forbade him to do so (described in Sri Chaitanya-bhagavata, 2.20). When Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu one day appeared in ecstasy as the Varaha murti, Murari Gupta offered Him prayers. He was a great devotee of Lord Ramachandra, and his staunch devotion is vividly described in Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita (2.15.137–157):'

Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu embraced Murari Gupta and began to speak about his firm faith in devotional service. This was heard by all the devotees. He said, 'Previously I induced Murari Gupta again and again to be allured by Lord Krishna. I said to him, "My dear Gupta, Lord Sri Krishna, Vrajendra-kumar, is the supreme sweetness. He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the origin of all incarnations and the source of everything. He is pure transcendental love itself, and He is the reservoir of all pleasure. Krishna is the reservoir of all transcendental qualities. He is like a mine of gems. He is expert at everything, very intelligent and sober, and He is the summit of all transcendental humors. His character is very sweet, and His pastimes are melodious. He is expert in intelligence, and thus He enjoys all His pastimes and mellows."

'I then requested Murari Gupta, "Worship Krishna and take shelter of Him. But for His service, nothing appeals to the mind." In this way, he heard from Me again and again. By My influence, his mind was a little converted. Murari Gupta then replied, "I am Your servant and Your order-carrier. I have no independent existence."

'After this, he went home and spent the whole night thinking how he would have to give up the association of Raghunath (Lord Ramachandra). Thus he was overwhelmed. Murari Gupta then began to pray at the lotus feet of Lord Ramachandra. He prayed that death would come that night because it was not possible for him to give up the service of the lotus feet of Raghunath. Thus Murari Gupta cried the entire night. There was no rest for his mind; therefore he could not sleep but stayed awake the entire night.

'In the morning Murari Gupta came to see Me. Catching hold of My feet and crying, he submitted an appeal. He told Me, "I have sold my head unto the lotus feet of Raghunath. I cannot withdraw my head, for that would give me too much pain. It is not possible for me to give up the service of Raghunath's lotus feet. At the same time, if I do not do so I shall break Your order. What can I do?" In this way Murari Gupta appealed to Me, saying, "You are all-merciful, so kindly grant me this mercy: Let me die before You so that all my doubts will be finished."

'Hearing this, I became very happy. I then raised Murari Gupta and embraced him. I said to him, "All glories to you, Murari Gupta! Your method of worship is very firmly fixed — so much so that even upon My request your mind did not turn. The servitor must have love and affection for the lotus feet of the Lord exactly like this. Even if the Lord wants separation, a devotee cannot abandon the shelter of His lotus feet. Just to test your firm faith in your Lord, I requested you again and again to change your worship from Lord Ramachandra to Krishna." In this way, I congratulated Murari Gupta, saying, "Indeed, you are the incarnation of Hanuman. Consequently you are the eternal servant of Lord Ramachandra. Why should you give up the worship of Lord Ramachandra and His lotus feet?"'

Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu continued, "I accept this Murari Gupta as My life and soul. When I hear of his humility, it perturbs My very life."

(Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad)

Sun, 29 October 2023 (Sri Kartik Month)

Uncling from Maya
'We may hear only two things from our gurudev, but that can, and must, guide and mould our whole life. But the problem is that we cannot leave material world... We only want to eat well, dress well, live well, sleep well. This is how we are becoming deha-rami – we live only for pleasing our senses.'
Download / listen to the audio (11.8 Mb, 23 min | 13 December 2020 | Bengali)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Sacred Chamber of Devotional Mood
"When a country's soldiers join the military life, they promise that they will give their life for the country. In the same way, when we join Krishna consciousness, we must promise that we will give our life for Gurudev. This life is not for others! This life is for Gurudev."
Download/listen to the audio (2.1 Mb, 5 min | 31 May 2020)

 

SRI KARTIK MONTH: 28 October–27 November

KIRTANS SUNG DURING KARTIK MONTH [text]
Morning kirtans [17 min, 8.2 Mb]: Sri Damodarastakam, Sri Sriman Mahaprabhur Sata-Nama, Sri Krsner Vimsottara Sata-Nama.
Evening kirtans [27 min, 12.5 Mb]: Sri Siksastakam.

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."
Download / listen to the audio (2.3 Mb, 7 min | 25 October 2018)

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."
Download (0.7 Mb, 2 min | 7 November 2012 | Bengali)

Siksastakam
"We are singing the Siksastakam songs every day [in Kartik month]. Mahaprabhu is Radha-Krishna's combined form and Siksastakam is His teaching. It is very nice. We must practise these songs."
Download / listen to the audio (3.1 Mb, 7 min | 25 October 2018)

Mon, 30 October 2023 (Sri Kartik Month)

Surrender or Lose
'You have your mind, heart, body; what else do you have? Money, wealth, houses, cars – these are all temporary things. You must surrender your mind, heart and body to the Lord, you must surrender to the holy feet of the Lord, then only will we get genuine benefit. There is no other way to get such benefit.'
Download / listen to the audio (11.8 Mb, 23 min | 13 December 2020 | Bengali)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

"How Much Will You Sacrifice?"
"This human life is not for behaving like animals. We are not animals. We have some other service here. There are so many services. Do not be lazy. Krishna has given you this opportunity to pay more attention to the service of the Lord in your house."
Download/listen to the audio (3.1 Mb, 8 min | 31 May 2020)

 

SRI KARTIK MONTH: 28 October–27 November

KIRTANS SUNG DURING KARTIK MONTH [text]
Morning kirtans [17 min, 8.2 Mb]: Sri Damodarastakam, Sri Sriman Mahaprabhur Sata-Nama, Sri Krsner Vimsottara Sata-Nama.
Evening kirtans [27 min, 12.5 Mb]: Sri Siksastakam.

Tue, 31 October 2023 (Sri Kartik Month)

Control Yourself
'If you cannot control the urge of speech, the urge of anger, the urge of lust, the urge of stomach, what to speak of getting any result – whatever you have earned, or achieved, will all be destroyed.'
Download / listen to the audio (11.8 Mb, 23 min | 13 December 2020 | Bengali)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Service Abode of Eternal Happiness
"When transcendental feeling comes to you, you will not think about any disease or anything else. There is no suffering in the eternal abode of Goloka Vrindavan. We should realise the nature of that happiness. It is possible to understand that happiness through service. Pure spiritual souls are always happy."
Download/listen to the audio (1.9 Mb, 5 min | 31 May 2020)

 

SRI KARTIK MONTH: 28 October–27 November

KIRTANS SUNG DURING KARTIK MONTH [text]
Morning kirtans [17 min, 8.2 Mb]: Sri Damodarastakam, Sri Sriman Mahaprabhur Sata-Nama, Sri Krsner Vimsottara Sata-Nama.
Evening kirtans [27 min, 12.5 Mb]: Sri Siksastakam.

 

 

 

 

 

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Nityananda Prabhu's Marriage
'Everybody says that for the devotees Nityananda Prabhu never marries, but He has two saktis, Jahnava and Vasudha. They were actually daughters of Surya Das, Gauri Das Pandit's brother..'

 

Sri Sri Prema-Vivarta
“Brother, either serve Gora or serve society. The two never remain in one place together.”

You should use everything properly.

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