MONTHLY ARCHIVE OF UPDATES

JUNE 2019

 

 

Sat, 1 June 2019:
Learn from Gurudev
"Sometimes, I remember how Gurudev would give all his life to the temple, he would give all his energy to the devotees, to the service of the devotees. This is a great example for us all. We must understand what is Mahaprabhu's conception and nature, what is Gurudev's nature, Guru Maharaj's nature..."
Download the audio (1.7 Mb, 5 min | 29 May 2019)

Saranagati, Song 21: Visrambhatmika (Confidence in the Lord's Protection)
"Ekhana bhujhinu prabhu! tomara charana: O Lord! I experienced only great distress in my independent life. All my distress has gone away by embracing Your feet. Your feet will surely deliver Bhakti Vinod from the dangers of material existence."

Visiting Sri Panihati
(30 May 2019 | 10 photographs, 1 Mb)
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj comes to Sri Panihati, lying to the north of Kolkata, to visit the house of Sri Raghav Pandit and the place where Srila Raghunath Das Goswami Prabhu finally attained the mercy of Sriman Nityananda Prabhu, as well as to arrange a preaching place for Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math at the annual chira-dahi festival of Srila Raghunath Das Goswami Prabhu on 15 June.

 

Sun, 2 June 2019:
Service Etiquette
"Gurudev always told us to serve devotees—rather than serve Krishna it is better if you serve devotees. The temple is for the service to devotees. If there are no devotees staying in a temple, then Deities do not stay there, only dolls stay there."
Download the audio (1.8 Mb, 5 min | 29 May 2019)

Saranagati, Song 22: Visrambhatmika (Confidence in the Lord's Protection)
"Tumi ta' maribe yare, ke tare rakhite pare: Who can protect one whom You will kill? The three worlds are subservient to Your will. You are the eternal master of Your devotees. Who can kill one whom You will protect? You are the author of all destinies."

 

Mon, 3 June 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 the audio (1.2 Mb, 3 min | 29 May 2019)

Saranagati, Song 23: Visrambhatmika (Confidence in the Lord's Protection)
"Atma-samarpane gela abhimana: By fully offering myself unto You, my false egotism has gone away. I will no longer make any arrangements to protect myself. Bhakti Vinod is one of Your cows in Gokul. O Kesava! Surely you will carefully protect him."

 

Tue, 4 June 2019:
Astonishing Service Mood
"I have seen your service mood, and the most important thing is that you do not do something externally—you do everything internally, with heart. I am quite astonished to see your service mood. You must continue practising in this way every day."
Download the audio (2 Mb, 6 min | 8 January 2019)

Saranagati, Song 24: Visrambhatmika (Confidence in the Lord's Protection)
"Chhodata purusa-abhimana: Abandoning the false ego of a male enjoyer, today I have become a maidservant, O Kan! In the groves of Vraja, under the guidance of Radha's girlfriends, I will engage in service, O Lord of Radha!"

 

Wed, 5 June 2019:
Great Fortune and Great Responsibility
"You are fortunate that the Deities are coming to your centre. I am telling to everybody: anyhow, whatever comes, be it in rain or in storm or whatever other problem comes, you must do your service with nista, sincerity. This is my humble request to you all."
Download the audio (1.4 Mb, 4 min | 2 June 2019)

Construction Progress in Uluberia
(4 June 2019 | 14 photographs, 0.5 Mb)
Photographs from a recent visit to Uluberia made by His Divine Grace to supervise the steady construction of the temple. Devotees show the construction progress and consult on the further works.

Online Programmes
(2 June 2019 | 7 photographs, 0.5 Mb)
This Sunday, His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj mercifully speaks holy Hari-katha to the assembled devotees in Ukraine and Colombia. Sharing a few glimpses of the holy darshan of His Divine Grace.

Visiting Sri Ekachakra Dham
(31 May 2019 | 5 photographs, 0.5 Mb)
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj visits Sri Ekachakra Dham to supervise the ongoing construction atop the nat mandir as well as the new nearly completed kitchen outbuilding. Sharing a few glimpses from the holy site.

News from Sripat Hapaniya Dham
(31 May 2019 | 14 photographs, 1.3 Mb)
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj visits Sripat Hapaniya Dham to look after the ongoing services, supply service paraphernalia, as well as welcome a new resident of the temple...

Saranagati, Song 25: Varjanatmika (Rejecting the Unfavourable)
"Kesava! tuya jagata vichitra: O Kesava! Your material creation is extremely variegated. I have wandered throughout this forest of birth and death according to the consequences of my actions and seen so many kinds of hoaxes. Bhakti Vinod has offered his respects to them all from afar and accepted the feet of Your devotees as his be-all and end-all."

 

Thu, 6 June 2019:
Take Care of Deities
"Being a pujari is a very responsible service—the Deities are like their small son and daughter—how will They survive without Their mother? You must be careful with this service. The Deities you have got are very special..."
Download the audio (1 Mb, 3 min | 2 June 2019)

Saranagati, Song 26: Varjanatmika (Rejecting the Unfavourable)
"Tuya bhakti-pratikula dharma yate raya: I will carefully abandon whatever I know to be unfavourable to devotion. This is my resolute vow. Falling at the feet of the Lord, Bhakti Vinod prays for the ability to abandon everything unfavourable to devotion."

 

Fri, 7 June 2019:
Arati of Sri Gaura Nitai
"The Deities are Gaura Nitai, so sing some Gaura Nityananda songs in the morning, at noon and in the evening. Which songs to sing is up to you, but sing this arati minimum in the evening."
Download the audio (0.8 Mb, 2 min | 2 June 2019)

Saranagati, Song 27: Varjanatmika (Rejecting the Unfavourable)
"Visaya-vimudha ara mayavadi jana: Both materialists and illusionists (mayavadis) are devoid of devotion and maintain their lives in vain. There is nothing more unfavourable to devotion than illusionism. Therefore, I never desire the association of illusionists."

শ্রীপুরীধাম মাহাত্ম্য-মুক্তা-মালা: মহাপ্রভুর পুরীতে যাত্রা : সাক্ষীগোপাল
"কটকনগরে এসে মহাপ্রভু সাক্ষী গোপালের দর্শন করার পর নিত্যানন্দ প্রভুর শ্রীমুখে গোপালের কথা শুনেছিলেন । শ্রীনিত্যানন্দ প্রভু তার আগে এখানে শ্রীলমাধবেন্দ্রপুরীর সঙ্গে এসেছিলেন ।"

 

Sat, 8 June 2019:
Questions and Answers
• How can I establish myself in the real faith in Guru? • How can a devotee develop real devotion and real saranagati to Gurudev and Krishna? • What activities would you like us as a community to do with the children to ensure their spiritual progress? • How should we treat devotees coming from another line?
Download the audio (2.6 Mb, 8 min | 2 June 2019)

Saranagati, Song 28: Varjanatmika (Rejecting the Unfavourable)
"Ami ta' svananda-sukhada-vasi: I am a resident of Svananda Sukhada Kunja and a maidservant of Sri Sri Radhika-Madhava's feet. I never desire to speak with anyone who is inimical towards Sri Radha. I never cast my glance towards Sakhi Sthali. If I see it, I am reminded of Saibya."

 

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Sun, 9 June 2019:
Do Not Compromise with Maya
"So many problems came in their time, and they did not back off—they spoke the truth; but we are ready to compromise our principles—we compromise what Mahaprabhu teaches us with other things. Srila Sridhar Maharaj saw a big dream that Mahaprabhu's proper conception would be preached all over the world by Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, and that is happening now. We must not surrender to maya."
Download the audio (3.8 Mb, 11 min | 7 June 2019)

মায়ার সাথে আপোষ করা যায় না (Do Not Compromise with Maya, Bengali class)
"আমরা সব সময় 'শরণাগত, শরণাগত' করি কিন্তু কইজন আমরা ভগবানের কাছে শরণাগত হয়েছি ? গুরুসেবার করিবার পরিবর্তে গুরুদেবের কাছে দীক্ষা নাওয়ার নাম করে দীক্ষা নাওয়ার অভিনয় করি । গুরুর সেবার পরিবর্তে গুরু-ভোগী, গুরু-ত্যাগী হয়ে পড়ি কন্তু গুরু-সেবী হতে পারি নি । নিজের স্বার্থ, নিজের ভাল-মন্দ জীবনটা কাটিয়ে গেলাম কিন্তু আমরা কখনই জীবে যে কী করে মঙ্গল লাভ হয়, সে চিন্তা করলাম না । সব সময় ভগবানের জন্য নিজের ভোগ-সুখ পরিত্যাগ করতে হয়, মায়ার কাছে সমর্পণ করলে হবে না ।"
Download the audio (4.2 Mb, 12 min | 7 June 2019)

Saranagati, Song 29: Anukulyatmika (Accepting the Favourable)
"Tuya bhakti-anukula ye ye karya haya: I will certainly perform with great care all activities that are favourable to devotion to You. I will carefully listen to discussions about You. Beholding Your abode, I will fill my eyes. Whatever I do that is favourable to Your devotees I consider to be favourable to devotion to You."

 

Mon, 10 June 2019:
Mahaprabhu's Attempt to Go to Vrindavan
"When Mahaprabhu decided to go to Vrindavan, King Prataparudra helped Him a lot. He set off from Puri and crossed the Chitrotpala River. Visiting Cuttack, Panihati, Kumarhatta, Kuliya, and Ramkeli, Mahaprabhu went back to Puri thinking, 'I must go to Vrindavan alone.'"
Download the audio (2.5 Mb, 7 min | 8 June 2019)

Saranagati, Song 30: Anukulyatmika (Accepting the Favourable)
"Godruma-dhame bhajana-anukule: In the abode of Godrum, which is most favourable to devotional service and non-different from Sri Nandisvar in Sri Mathura Mandal, I will reside in a small cottage in Surabhi Kunj on the bank of the Ganges, wearing tilak, a beautiful tulasi mala, and the garb most dear to Sri Gaurasundar's devotees."

 

Tue, 11 June 2019:
Purpose of Pilgrimage
"Material people think Vrindavan is a place for their enjoyment. They go to Puri, they bathe in the sea and see it as a place for enjoyment, but this is wrong—Mahaprabhu did not teach this, it is completely against Mahaprabhu's teaching."
Download the audio (1 Mb, 3 min | 8 June 2019)

Online Programme
(9 June 2019 | 6 photographs, 0.5 Mb)
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj mercifully speaks holy Hari-katha to the assembled devotees in Caracas, Venezuela, welcomes new devotees into the family of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math bestowing upon them the greatest gift of the Holy Name of the Lord, and also bestows service onto the fortunate souls who take second initiation.

Saranagati, Song 31: Anukulyatmika (Accepting the Favourable)
"Suddha-bhakata charana-renu: Pure devotees' foot-dust is favourable to devotion. Service to the devotees is the supreme fulfilment and the root of the creeper of prema. On days when I see devotional service going on within my home, I feel that Goloka has manifested there. Whatever Bhakti Vinod obtains that is favourable to the service of Krishna he accepts every day with the greatest joy."

 

Wed, 12 June 2019: (Appearance of Sri Ganga Mata Goswamini, disappearance of Srila Baladev Vidyabhushan Prabhu)
Mahaprabhu's Arrival In Vrindavan
"That same year, Mahaprabhu became determined that He would go to Vrindavan after Ratha-yatra alone. Ramananda Ray and Svarup Damodar requested Ballabhadra Bhattacharya to go with Mahaprabhu. Mahapabhu would roam around listening to the talks of parrots. He was very, very happy to come to Vrindavan."
Download the audio (2.5 Mb, 7 min | 8 June 2019)

Saranagati, Song 32: Anukulyatmika (Accepting the Favourable)
"Radha-kunda-tata-kunja-kutira: I will never abandon these things and go elsewhere. I will lose my life if I abandon these things. Bhakti Vinod says, 'Please listen, O Kan! All these things that remind me of You are my life and soul.'"

শ্রীপুরীধাম মাহাত্ম্য-মুক্তা-মালা: গঙ্গা মাতা গোস্বামিণী
"শচীদেবী রাজকন্যা হয়ে রাজশাহীতে (বর্ত্তমান পূর্ব্বপাকিস্তানে) জন্ম গ্রহণ করেছিলেন । যখন তাঁর বয়স হয়ে গেছে, তাঁর মা-বাবা তাঁকে বিয়ে দিতে চাইলেন কিন্তু তিনি দিব্য সুন্দরী রাজকন্যা হয়েও বললেন, 'আমি শ্রীকৃষ্ণের চরণে মনটা দিয়ে দিয়েছি । আমি কোন মর্ত্ত পুরুষকে বিয়ে করব না যে আমাকে ভোগ করবে, যে আমাকে ব্যবহার করবে! আমি সে সব চাই না ।'..."

 

In honour of Sri Ganga Mata Goswamini and Srila Baladev Vidyabhusan Prabhu, from the archive:

Ganga Mata Goswamini
"There was once a young girl, a daughter of a good Odisha king, who got much mercy from Jagannath. She always served in the Jagannath temple—made garlands and did whatever other service there was..."
Download the audio (1.6 Mb, 5 min | 24 September 2009)

From Sri Guru and His Grace:
"Srila Baladev Vidyabhusan's contribution to the sampradaya is no less important than that of the other great stalwarts in the line. Baladev Vidyabhusan was very akin to the Madhva sampradaya, but when he came in connection with Visvanath Chakravarti Thakur, he showed great interest in Gaudiya–Vaisnavism. He has also commented on the Srimad Bhagavatam and Jiva Goswami's Sat-sandarbha, and that enlightened thought is a valuable contribution to our sampradaya. We cannot dismiss him, he is our Guru."

 

 

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Vaishnava Frame of Mind
'This is Vaishnavism; this is humility and giving honour to others. The conception is very nice. I heard it from my Guru Maharaj. We must serve Nitai and Gaura, Nityananda means Guru-tattva, without service to the Guru we cannot get service to the Lord.'

 

Sri Sri Prema-Vivarta
“Even the mute and the deranged can still hear the Name, and this alone destroys all sins and gives rise to the true fortune of the soul.”

Chant the Holy Name at all times!

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