MONTHLY ARCHIVE OF UPDATES

FEBRUARY 2021

 

 

Mon, 1 February 2021
"I Want to Surrender"
"Gurudev, you have been so merciful to me—you have given me a place in Godrumdwip! You have ordered me to stay in this abode and chant the Holy Name. But I ask Gurudev, when will you give me the qualification to chant the Holy Name?"
Download / listen to the audio (4.4 Mb, 11 min | 31 January 2021)

Preaching Programme in Sitalpur
(31 January 2021 | 17 photographs, 1.8 Mb)
Sri Gurupadpadma Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj comes with his associates to a programme hosted by devotees in Bagnan/Sitalpur to meet with the devotees, inspire them in their practice of Krishna consciousness, as well as invite everyone to Nabadwip for Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama.

 


Today in the calendar: Krishna Chaturthi. Disappearance of Sripad Yadavendu Bhakti Chandan.

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 Sripad Yadavendu Bhakti Chandan:

Sripad Yadavendu Bhakti Chandan [GaudiyaDarshan.com]
"...He was a senior man, he was very experienced and honourable, but he treated me with humility and all his other good qualities. Later, I was his servant for one month in Vrindavan. Sometimes Srila Guru Maharaj told me, 'In the evening, give him a garland.' Guru Maharaj gave him the title 'Bhakti Chandan'."

In Remembrance of Sri Bhakti Chandan Prabhu [GaudiyaDarshan.com]
"Today, being separated from the direct affection of Srimat Yadavendu Bhakti Chandan Prabhu, we are bearing jewel-less hearts. Personally, I received so much of his auspicious association. When we have teeth, we do not understand their value. Today, if I could meet him again, then, just by getting a touch of his good association, I would attain even greater good fortune."

 

Tue, 2 February 2021
Our Plight and Plea
"We have a chaitya-guru in our heart, and we constantly pray, 'When will Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu give some mercy to me? When will I get the shelter of Guru and Vaishnavs?' We cannot reach the Lord (our real home) without Guru and Vaishnavs."
Download / listen to the audio (4.1 Mb, 10 min | 31 January 2021)

 

Wed, 3 February 2021 (Disappearance of Srila Jayadev Goswami)
Wealth of Nanda Maharaj's Yard
"You must worship the Lord through sankirtana-yajna. Practise singing devotional songs, it is good for you. Always remember the Lord and His devotees. Sing five songs in the morning, five songs in the evening—practise in this way, and it will give you much energy for service."
Download / listen to the audio (2.1 Mb, 5 min | 31 January 2021)

 


Today in the calendar: Krishna Shashthi. Disappearance of Srila Jayadev 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."


 

In honour of Sri Jayadev Goswami:

"When Laksman Sen was the king of Nadia, Jayadev Goswami was one of His subjects in Nabadwip. The wise Jayadev built a cottage on the bank of Ballal Dirghika and resided there with his wife Padmavati. While there, he wrote the Dasa-avatara-stotram, and this poem once came to the hand of Laksman Sen. The king read the poem with great joy and then asked, 'Who wrote this?' Govardhan Acharya said to the king, 'The great poet Jayadev wrote it.' The king asked, 'Where is this poet Jayadev?' Govardhan replied, 'He lives in Nabadwip.' Hearing this, the king secretly searched for Jayadev's home and then came there in the evening.

The king entered the cottage in the dress of a Vaisnava. He bowed to Jayadev and sat on one side. Jayadev understood that this man was the king and that he had come to him as a beggar in the dress of a Vaisnava. Within a short time, the king introduced himself and requested Jayadev to go to his palace. The wise Jayadev was extremely detached, and he did not agree to go to the home of any materialist. Jayadev, the great devotee of Krishna, then said, 'I will leave your province and go elsewhere. 'Association with materialists never results in good fortune, so I will cross the Ganga and go to Nilachal.' The king said, 'O master, listen to my words. Please do not ever leave Nabadwip. 'Please be merciful to me and act in such a way that your words will come true and my desire will also be fulfilled. On the other side of the Ganga, there is a beautiful place known as Champa Hatta. Please stay there for a couple of years. I will not go there according to my own desire; I will come to see your feet only when you desire it.' Hearing the words of the king, the great poet immediately replied in agreement. 'Although you are a materialist and this kingdom is yours, you are a devotee of Krishna and you have no material attachment. I called you a materialist to test you, but you heard this and tolerated it. I have now understood that you are a devotee of Krishna. You engage in material affairs but remain detached. I will stay in Champaka Hatta for some time. In secret, leaving your opulence behind, you may come to see me.'

"Through one of his ministers, the king happily had a house constructed in Champaka Hatta. The poet Jayadev stayed there for some time and served Sri Krishna according to the path of divine love. Padmavati Devi would bring loads of champak flowers, and Jayadev worshipped Krishna, the son of Nanda, with them. Jayadev offered worship with intense love, and eventually he saw Sri Krishna appear before him in a form the colour of a champak flower. The Lord's beautiful, golden lustre was completely enchanting, and His extremely beautiful face belittled millions of moons. He had wavy hair, long arms, and a beautiful flower garland around His neck. His body illumined the thatched hut of Jayadev. Seeing the form of Gauranga, Jayadev, the best of poets, fainted in divine love as tears streamed from his eyes. Seeing the Lord's form, Padmavati Devi fainted and fell to the ground.

"The Lord raised them both with His lotus hands and then mercifully spoke nectarean words. 'You are both My highly exalted devotees, and I desired to reveal Myself to you. Very soon I will take birth from the womb of Sachi Devi in Nadia. With all the devotees of all My previous Avatars, I will distribute the wealth of divine love through Sri Krishna-kirtan. At the age of twenty-four, I will take sannyas and then reside in Nilachal. There, immersed in intense divine love, I will deeply relish your Sri Gita-govinda with My devotees. I am telling you the truth: your Gita-govinda is extremely dear to Me. Nabadwip Dham is spiritual and supreme; I promise you that you will come here after leaving your body. For now, you two will go to Nilachal. Serve Jagannath there, and you will attain the fruit of divine love.'

Saying this, Gaurachandra disappeared. In separation from the Lord, Jayadev and Padmavati fainted. Regaining consciousness, they began to cry profusely. Crying and crying, they offered prayers. 'Alas! What a form we have seen! How will we now live in separation from Him? Why did the Lord order us to leave Nadia? We understand that we must have made some offence here. Nabadwip Dham is spiritual and supreme, and our hearts are dismayed at the thought of leaving. It would be better to become an animal or bird and remain here forever, meditating on the Dham. We can give up our lives, but we cannot give up the Dham—our attachment is so intense. O Lord! Sri Gauranga! Be merciful and keep us here at Your holy feet.' While speaking in this way, they cried aloud, and then they heard a divine voice. 'Go to Nilachal, and do not be sad or unsteady at heart. I will tell you two things. Some time ago, you both desired to stay in Nilachal for a few days. Jagannath has fulfilled this desire of yours, and He wants to see you. You two will please Jagannath, again leave your bodies, and then reside in Nabadwip eternally.'

Upon hearing the divine voice, Jayadev and Padmavati immediately left, and after some time, they turned and looked back at Nabadwip. They wept, and tears streamed from their eyes. Humbly, they spoke to the residents of Nabadwip. 'Please be merciful to these two souls. Please forgive us for the offences we have committed.' They walked away, looking back again and again at the eight-petalled lotus of Nabadwip. They went ahead and eventually did not see Nabadwip anymore. Crying, they crossed outside the land of Gauda. Some time later, they arrived in Nilachal and saw Jagannath with cheerful hearts. Glory to the poet Jayadev! Glory to Padmavati! Glory to Sri Gita-govinda! Glory to love for Krishna!"

(Sri Nabadwip Dham Mahatmya, chapter 11)

 

Who Will Understand This? (Continuation of "My Grief")
"Jayadev Goswami started composing this Gita Govinda in some other place, but he could not finish it there, so he came to Nabadwip to finish it. He sat there in Champa-hatti, but then he suddenly forgot what to write next..."

 

 

Thu, 4 February 2021
Pure Sambandha
"We cannot see, 'He is my master, and I am his servant' because we do not have this kind of eyes—our eyes are full of dust, full of ego, full of all kinds of illusion. But the problem is that we hold onto our ego..."
Download / listen to the audio (2.1 Mb, 5 min | 31 January 2021)

 

Fri, 5 February 2021 (Disappearance of Srila Lochan Das Thakur)
Blessing In Disguise
"Krishna will give so much austerity, but 'sukhe duhkhe bhule nako' (in happiness or distress, never forget the Lord)! When you are sad, you only think about Krishna, but when you are happy, you do not remember or pray to Krishna. So, Krishna always tests us..."
Download / listen to the audio (2.6 Mb, 7 min | 31 January 2021)

News from Sri Nrisingha Palli and Visit to Kalna Temple
(1-4 February 2021 | 33 photographs, 1.8 Mb)
Sri Gurupadpadma Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj spends a few days at Sri Nrisingha Palli temple commencing the construction of Prasadam Hall, supervising construction works at the Guesthouse and bestowing on the devotees the fortune of hearing exclusive Sri Hari-katha from his holy lotus mouth.

 


Today in the calendar: Krishna Ashtami. Disappearance of Srila Lochan Das Thakur.

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj: "Even if you do not know anything about the Vaishnav mentioned in the calendar, you must still give them 'jay' on this day. We must always remember disappearance and appearance days of all Vaishnavs. If we can remember such personalities, such great souls, it will bring a great benefit to our spiritual life."

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


 

In honour of Srila Lochan Das Thakur:

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

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: 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."

Composed by Srila Lochan Das Thakur:

SONG: Akrodha paramananda | অক্রোধ পরমানন্দ
"The anger-less, prideless, supremely joyful Nityananda Ray wanders throughout the towns. Going from door to door to the homes of the lowly and fallen souls, He distributes the Hare Krsna mahamantra."

SONG: Nitai gunamani amara | নিতাই গুণমণি আমার
"Nitai, the jewel of all good qualities, my Nitai, the jewel of all good qualities, brought a flood of divine love and inundated the earth. Lochan Das says, 'Anyone who did not serve Nitai knowingly committed suicide.'"

SONG: Parama karuna | পরম করুণ পহুঁ দুই জন
"Nitai and Gaurachandra are the two most merciful Lords, the crest-jewels of all Avatars, the only source of joy. 'Fallen into samsara, I never aspired for Their feet. Now Yamaraj subjects me to my karma,' says Lochan Das."

SONG: Ke yabi ke yabi bhai | কে যাবি কে যাবি ভাই
"The Lord's Names are the ferryboat, Sri Guru is the captain, and the outstretched arms in the sankirtan are the oars. All souls have been delivered by the winds of divine love, only Lochan Das has remained behind..."

 

vaisnavera guna-gana karile jivera trana
suniyachhi sadhu-guru-mukhe
"Singing the glories of the Vaishnavs rescues and protects the jiva soul. I heard this from the mouth of sadhus and my Guru."
"If we give some honour, give some glorification to the Vaishnavs, it is actually for our benefit. It is for our own benefit that we do some ceremonies, some festivals, glorifying the Vaishnavs. It is necessary for our spiritual life, and it is one of the bhaktyanga, one of the practising processes. That is why we make Vaishnavs' disappearance and appearance festivals."
(Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj)

 

Sat, 6 February 2021
Unconditional Life
"It is like selling ghee mixed with dalda. You think, 'No problem! I can commit sins the whole day and I will chant some Holy Names in the evening—all the sins will be removed!' If you think you can make the same offence day after day and as Gurudev is merciful he will forgive all offences, it is not good. We must try to serve Gurudev without any offence."
Download / listen to the audio (2.3 Mb, 6 min | 31 January 2021)

Preaching Programme in Hooghly
(5 February 2021 | 33 photographs, 1.8 Mb)
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj attends a preaching programme joyfully hosted by a group of devotees from Hooghly district and gathering a large audience of devotees from the area as well as many other fortunate souls.

 

Sun, 7 February 2021 (Tomorrow is Shat-tila Ekadashi)
Jewel of Sincerity
"We say we are searching for Sri Krishna, but in lieu of that we are searching for boys and girls. These are very hard words for me to say. If you want a wife, go outside and take some girl from outside, why do you do this at the temple?"
Download / listen to the audio (3 Mb, 8 min | 31 January 2021)

 

Bowing at the holy feet of all the Vaishnavs and devotees, we rejoice to share the news that by the boundless mercy of His Holiness Sripad Bhakti Nandan Sadhu Maharaj and contribution of many associate devotees, the library of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math is now enriched and embellished by a complete set of four jewel volumes of Guidance books in Spanish language.

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

Guidance Vol 1
(PDF, 1.5 Mb)
Traducción ESPAÑOLA
Русский перевод

Guidance Vol 2
(PDF, 3.8 Mb)
Traducción ESPAÑOLA
Русский перевод

Guidance Vol 3
(PDF, 3.7 Mb)
Traducción ESPAÑOLA
Русский перевод


Guidance Vol 4
(PDF, 4.7 Mb)
Traducción ESPAÑOLA
Русский перевод

 

Mon, 8 February 2021 (Today is Shat-tila Ekadasi, tomorrow paran is at 6:19-10:01 a.m.)
"Guru-mukha-padma-vakya chitete kariya aikya"
"I was at a programme the day before yesterday, and I was telling them that I had read a lecture of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur where somebody asked a question, 'What is good association? What is not good association?'"
Download / listen to the audio (2.2 Mb, 5 min | 7 February 2021)

 


Sri Ekadasi Guidance
Guidelines on how to observe and honour this holy day: Ekadasi takes an indispensible part in the life of a sincere practitioner. At Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Ekadasi and paran are observed with affection and without fail according to the dates given in the Calendar.

"Sri Ekadasi" (Sri Sri Prema Vivarta)
"One day, Gaurahari left the Gundicha Temple and sat in the Jagannath Vallabha garden. It was pure Ekadasi, and the Lord spent the whole day and night chanting the Name of Krishna..."

SONG: Suddha-bhakata | শুদ্ধ ভকত-চরণ-রেণু
"I carefully observe the holy days related to Madhava, they are the mother of devotion."

SONG: Sri hari-vasare | শ্রীহরি-বাসরে হরি
"On the holy day of Sri Hari, Sriman Mahaprabhu, the life and soul of the universe, began dancing..."

ADDITIONAL READING:

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

 

Tue, 9 February 2021
Internal and Eternal
"First, it is necessary to have sraddha. It is not necessary to show externally how much faith for the Lord you have—the question is how much faith do you have for your Guru, for your Master and for the worshippable Lord internally? However, the problem is our ego..."
Download / listen to the audio (1.8 Mb, 5 min | 7 February 2021)

 

Wed, 10 February 2021
Clearing the Path
"I am not saying I am perfect, so when I say something to you, I am giving advice to myself. If I tell, tell, tell, then one day I too will become clean. I know that all these things are easier said than done. So, I am saying all this for my own benefit."
Download / listen to the audio (1.2 Mb, 3 min | 7 February 2021)

Preaching Programme in Kolkata
(8 February 2021 | 7 photographs, 1 Mb)
Continuing Sri Nabadwip Dham Pracharani Sobha preaching programmes, His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj attends a preaching programme hosted by a group of devotees from the east of Kolkata.

 

Thu, 11 February 2021
Cause of All Causes
"We show so much devotion externally, but how much love and attachment to our Gurudev do we have internally? How much time do we give to him every day? Every day, we work the whole day running behind some kanak, kamini, pratistha, but do you have any time to spare for the Lord, for your Gurudev?"
Download / listen to the audio (1.3 Mb, 4 min | 7 February 2021)

Potato Collection in Tarakeshwar Area
(10 February 2021 | 54 photographs, 5.2 Mb)
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj continues the extensive collection for Sri Gaura Purnima festival: this time, Sri Gurupadpadma travels throughout Tarakeshwar area collecting potato from devotees and farmers, as well as preaching extensively and extending heart-felt invitations to Sri Nabadwip Dham parikrama: "Radha Krishna bolo, sange chala, ei matra bhiksa chai—I am begging you for one thing only: come with us and chant 'Radha Krishna'!"

 

Fri, 12 February 2021
Do Not Be Disheartened
"Those who cannot bodily join Sri Nabadwip Dham parikrama this year, can make this parikrama from their house. Do not be disheartened. If you have a great desire and a great fortune, you will be able to join Sri Nabadwip Dham parikrama next year."
Download / listen to the audio (1 Mb, 3 min | 7 February 2021)

 


Today in the calendar: Gaura Pratipad. Disappearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Gaurava Vaikhanas Maharaj and Sri Haripada Chaudhuri Das Adhikari.

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."


 

 

Sat, 13 February 2021
Forthcoming Festivals
"You can come and join Sri Nabadwip Dham parikrama. You have a great fortune to do so. Join, it is good for you. We are inviting you all—if you cannot come physically, you can join this festival through your heart, through your mind."
Download / listen to the audio (3.2 Mb, 10 min | 7 February 2021)

Potato Collection in Tarakeshwar Area: Day Two
(11 February 2021 | 57 photographs, 4.7 Mb)
Sharing photographs from the potato collection and door to door preaching that His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj mercifully undertakes every year for the benefit of all jiva souls.

Potato Collection in Tarakeshwar Area: Day Three
(12 February 2021 | 43 photographs, 3.3 Mb)
Sharing photographs from next day spent outside during the potato collection and door to door preaching: His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj tirelessly walks house to house, knocking on everyone's door and inviting every jiva soul to come and join Sriman Mahaprabhu's domain or at least participate in the service to His devotees and Mission.

 


Today in the calendar: Gaura Dvitiya. Disappearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Sharan Shanta Maharaj (an acharya of Sri Gaudiya Math).

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj: "Even if you do not know anything about the Vaishnav mentioned in the calendar, you must still give them 'jay' on this day. We must always remember disappearance and appearance days of all Vaishnavs. If we can remember such personalities, such great souls, it will bring a great benefit to our spiritual life."

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


 

Sun, 14 February 2021
On Importance of Chastity
"You have a soul, and you have a relationship with the Lord. Krishna says that He is chaste to His devotees, and if you want to be a devotee of Lord Krishna, then you too must have chastity. We sometimes want to please our parents, husbands, wives, but Krishna says, 'If you please Me, you will please everybody.'"
Download / listen to the audio (4.3 Mb, 11 min | 7 February 2021)

Potato Collection in Tarakeshwar Area: Day Four
(13 February 2021 | 42 photographs, 4.7 Mb)
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj spends the last day collecting, preaching, and purifying the holy land of Tarakeshwar before leaving for Kolkata to continue the numerous services there.

 

Mon, 15 February 2021
Study and Learn
"Gurudev always said: I am teaching so many things, but what have they understood? Somebody has been reading Ramayan the whole year, and after that they ask, 'Whose father was Sita Devi?' I have been teaching them Mahaprabhu's conception (be humble, tolerant, and give honour to others), and one year later they are asking such questions..."
Download / listen to the audio (3.9 Mb, 10 min | 7 February 2021)

Preaching Programme in Hooghly
(14 February 2021 | 12 photographs, 1.1 Mb)
Completing the four-day preaching programme in Tarakeshwar, His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj attends a noon programme in Hooghly District, nourishing devotees with Sri Hari-kirtan and Sri Hari-katha.

 


Today in the calendar: Gaura Chaturthi. Appearance of Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Pavan Janardan 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."


 

 

 

Tue, 16 February 2021
Holy Vasanta Panchami Day
"(1) Sri Pundarik Vidyanidhi Prabhu was the incarnation of King Vrisabhanu, and he is a great Vaishnav. (2) Nobody has been able to trace when Sri Vishnupriya Devi left this world. We have not heard it mentioned anywhere in the scriptures. We only know the avirbhav of Sri Vishnupriya Devi..."
Download / listen to the audio (4.2 Mb, 10 min | 14 February 2021)

 


Today in the calendar: Gaura Panchami. Sri Krishna Vasanta Panchami.
Appearance day of Srimati Vishnupriya Devi.
Appearance of Srila Pundarik Vidyanidhi Prabhu, Srila Raghunath Das Goswami, and Srila Raghunandan Thakur.
Disappearance of Srila Visvanath Chakravarti Thakur.
Disappearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Vivek Bharati Maharaj, and Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Svarup Parvat Maharaj (both are diksa and sannyas disciples of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur).
Sri Saraswati Puja.

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 Sri Vasanta Panchami:

Sri Vishnupriya Devi:

Srila Pundarik Vidyanidhi: Srila Raghunath Das Goswami: Srila Raghunandan Thakur: Srila Visvanath Chakravarti Thakur:

 

Prayers to Sri Vaishnav Thakur:

SONG: Ei-bara karuna kara | এইবার করুণা কর
"O worshippable Vaisnava, be merciful to me this time. O saviour of the fallen, without you there is no one. In every birth I aspire for the dust of your feet."

SONG: Ohe Vaisnava Thakura | (ওহে) বৈষ্ণব ঠাকুর
"O worshippable Vaishnav, ocean of grace, be merciful to this servant. Give me the shade of your feet and purify me. I clasp your feet. You can give Krishna, you have that power. Calling, 'Krishna!' 'Krishna!', I run after you."

SONG: Ki-rupe paiba seva | কিরূপে পাইব সেবা
"I am so wicked, how will I ever get service? I do not have any attachment to Sri Guru and Vaishnavs! Prabhu, you see no fault in others, you are the saviour of the fallen. Please deliver Narottam this time!"

SONG: Dhana mora nityananda | ধন মোর নিত্যানন্দ
"The feet dust of the Vaishnavs is where I sport and take bath, Vaishnavs' name is the water oblation. My mind is intently fixed upon the remnants of Vaishnavs, and I am elated hearing the name of Vaishnavs."

SONG: Krpa kara Vaishnav Thakura | কৃপা কর বৈষ্ণব ঠাকুর
"O Vaishnav Thakur! Please be merciful! Knowing the true relationship I will worship You and my ego will go far away. If I think, 'I am a Vaishnav,' then I will never stop expecting honour from others—my heart will become polluted by the desire for fame and I will end up in hell."

 

Wed, 17 February 2021
Extraordinary Qualities of Srila Raghunath Das Goswami
"Everybody must think about Srila Raghunath Das Goswami's lifestyle, how much austerity he faced. Srila Raghunath Das Goswami is a very extraordinary personality. He was extremely humble, tolerant, and always gave honour to others."
Download / listen to the audio (3.3 Mb, 8 min | 14 February 2021)

News from Sri Nrisingha Palli
(16 February 2021 | 24 photographs, 2 Mb)
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj pays a brief visit to Sri Nrisingha Palli temple before starting next series of preaching programmes. The construction is well underway with the Prasadam Hall's foundation being currently prepared and the Guesthouse's roof being virtually ready to be cast.

 

Thu, 18 February 2021
Hanker and Aspire
"If we try to get even one tiny drop of his mercy, that is sufficient for us. We always pray for his mercy because without the mercy of such Vaishnavs we cannot proceed in our spiritual life. We say these things, and it is very easy to say, but it is very hard to do this."
Download / listen to the audio (1.9 Mb, 5 min | 14 February 2021)

 

Fri, 19 February 2021
Keep Your Head at Vaishnavs' Lotus Feet
"Whether you are staying in a hot area or in a cold area where there is snow, it is not a problem—wherever you are, you must practise properly. We must pray for the mercy of Vaishnavs. Always sing, 'Kripa koro Vaishnav Thakur!'"
Download / listen to the audio (1.1 Mb, 3 min | 14 February 2021)

Rice Collection (Second Leg): Day One
(17 February 2021 | 22 photographs, 1.7 Mb)
Photographs taken during the second part of the annual rice collection campaign undertaken by His Divine Grace for the service to the devotees, Deities, and the Mission, as well as for the eternal pure benefit of the fortunate rice mill owners.

Rice Collection (Second Leg): Day Two
(18 February 2021 | 20 photographs, 1.2 Mb)
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj continues extensive preaching campaign in Burdwan (Bardhaman) District collecting rice bhoga for the entire year for the service of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math Mission.

 


Today in the calendar: Gaura Saptami. Appearance of Mahavishnu Avatar, Sri Advaita Acharya.

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


 

Love for Guru, Not Yourself
"To test Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Srila Advaita Prabhu one time started preaching mayavadi conception, and Mahaprabhu came to his house and beat him. Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu explained the glory of Sri Advaita Prabhu...."
Download / listen to the audio (3 Mb, 7 min | 14 June 2020)

The Eyes to See, the Heart to Feel
"In Mahaprabhu's time, Advaita Prabhu had a son called Achyutananda. One day, when Mahaprabhu came to Advaita Prabhu's house, Achyutananda asked his father..."
Download / listen to the audio (2 Mb, 6 min | 18 June 2010)

 

Sat, 20 February 2021
"Please Forgive Me"
"I do not have any devotion, any qualities or qualification to serve You! I am a fallen soul, and I am always torturing You so much (I cannot serve You properly)... I always make offences to You, but I am begging You to please forgive me my offences."
Download / listen to the audio (1.3 Mb, 3 min | 14 February 2021)

 


Today in the calendar: Gaura Ashtami. Disappearance of Sripad Virendra Krishna Prabhu.

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."


 

 

Sun, 21 February 2021
Renounce Pride, Not Practice
"We can read. Reading is not bad. And if you do not read, it is also not bad—then it will be jnana-sunya bhakti, 'I do not want to know anything, I only know service.' Other than this, reading is not a problem, but we must remember that we should not become proud."
Download / listen to the audio (3.4 Mb, 8 min | 14 February 2021)

News from Sri Nrisingha Palli and Ekachakra
(20-21 February 2021 | 21 photographs, 1.8 Mb)
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj comes to Sri Nrisingha Palli to supervise the construction works and shortly afterwards leaves for Sri Ekachakra Dham to commence the preparation for the forthcoming grand festival of Sriman Nityananda Prabhu's appearance.

Rice Collection (Second Leg): Day Three
(19 February 2021 | 29 photographs, 2.3 Mb)
Almost completing his grand annual pastime of collecting rice, His Divine Grace visits the last batch of rice mills, preaching and meeting with many devotees and gentlemen, spreading the message of Sriman Mahaprabhu and bestowing the mercy of service upon the fortunate rice mill owners in Bardhaman.

 


Today in the calendar: Gaura Navami. Disappearance of Srila Madhva Acharya.

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

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

Sri Nabadwip Dham Mahatmya, Chapter 15

 

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

 

Mon, 22 February 2021 (Tomorrow is Sri Bhaimi Ekadasi)
Lord's Arrangement
"Gurudev said from time to time, 'If one door closes, another door will open.' This is my hope. If some devotees do not help, it is not a problem—Krishna arranges everything for His service Himself."
Download / listen to the audio (2.7 Mb, 7 min | 21 February 2021)

From Sri Ekachakra Dham
(22 February 2021 | 23 photographs, 1.8 Mb)
Photographs from the pre-festival day at Sri Ekachakra Dham. As devotees busily engage in various services around the temple in preparation to the festival, His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj makes final arrangements for the festival and spends the evening with the devotees bestowing upon all fortunate souls the nectar of Sri Hari-kirtan and Sri Hari-katha.

 

All Glory to Sri Sri Guru Gauranga

— · Sri Ekachakra Dham Festival Invitation · —


 

His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj's Holy Guidance for the devotees worldwide:

"The holy appearance day of Sri Nityananda Prabhu is coming soon—there will be a big festival in Ekachakra on Nityananda Prabhu's trayodasi tithi. Ekachakra is the birthplace of Nityananda Prabhu, and we have a temple of Sri Sri Guru Gaura Nityananda Prabhu there that was founded on the appearance day of Sriman Nityananda Prabhu.

"We are inviting you all to join this festival—if you cannot come physically, you can join this festival through your heart, through your mind. I know that you cannot come for the Ekachakra festival this year because of the covid situation, but you must observe this day from your house. Make glorification of Nityananda Prabhu, speak about His glories, make some good prasadam for Nityananda Prabhu. Observe this day in this way, it will be good for you. You can make this festival from your house, you can remember this day very nicely. The festival is on 25 February, it is Thursday, a working day, but what can you do? Make the festival in the evening or in the morning then, it will be good, but you must remember Sriman Nityananda Prabhu all day, it will be good for you. We are very fallen souls—we cannot proceed in our spiritual life without Nityananda Prabhu's mercy. Therefore, we must remember Nityananda Prabhu properly, full day, on His appearance day."

PROGRAMME:

23 February (Tuesday) — Sri Bhaimi Ekadasi, fast.
24 February (Wednesday) — Sri Varaha Dvadasi, paran at 6:09 and 9:57 a.m. after the worship of Lord Varahadev. Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj about the appearance day of Sri Varahadev: "Varahadev is the master of Koladwip. Make a very nice sweet rice offering for Varahadev, with best rice, nuts, raisins, good milk, etc."
25 February (Thursday) — Sri Nityananda Trayodasi, fast until noon. Appearance day of Lord Nityananda Prabhu. His Divine Grace requests devotees to make a special, festive bhoga offering on this day and engage in Sri Hari-kirtan and Sri Hari-katha, constantly remembering Sri Guru and Sri Sri Gaura Nityananda Prabhu.

ullanghyanghrim hi yasyakhila-bhajana-katha
svapnavach chaiva mithya
sri-nityananda-chandram patita-sarana-dam
gaura-dam tam bhaje 'ham

"By neglecting the lotus feet of Nityananda Prabhu all sadhana or bhajan (spiritual practices, services or worship) become an illusion, just like a dream. I worship and adore with all my heart that gracious giver of Sri Gaura, the benevolent bestower of His shelter to the fallen souls—Sri Nityanandachandra."
Dear Vaishnavs, Devotees, and Friends,
On behalf of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj, we humbly bow at your holy feet and extend a cordial invitation to please come and join the annual Festival of Sriman Nityananda Prabhu's appearance day that is manifest on 22-26 February 2021 and shall be observed grandly at Sri Ekachakra Dham.
Special programmes of worship, kirtan, parikrama, lectures, prasad distribution, as well as many other devotional activities will be held during the Festival. We shall feel obliged to have the kind company of you and your friends to enhance this great annual festival at our Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math Temple in Sri Ekachakra Dham, as well as the branches worldwide.

Sri Ekachakra Dham
Sree Chaitanya Saraswata
Krishnanushilana Sangha,
Garbhabas, Birchandrapur, Birbhum,
West Bengal, PIN 731245
Phone: +91 9836051708

If you have any enquiries,
you can get in touch with us at
info.at.scsmathinternational.com


Festival in 2015:

Adhivas (am)
Adhivas (noon)
Adhivas (pm)
Appearance Day

Festival in 2016:

Arrival
Appearance Day

Festival in 2017:

Arriving
Sri Varaha Dvadasi
Appearance Day
Final Day

Festival in 2018:

Arriving
Morning, Noon
Sri Adhivas Day
Morning
Parikrama
Noon Programme

Festival in 2019:

Arriving
Sri Adhivas Day
Morning
Day After

Festival in 2020:

Arriving
First Day
Varaha-Dvadasi
Main Festival

 


Facing Austerity
"Whatever you want to do, you must have the strongest desire. Even in the material life, does anything come without austerity? No. Therefore, 'I want austerity! I want problems! If more problems come, it is OK, let them come! I want to see how many problems you can give me, Prabhu.'"
Download / listen to the audio (1.1 Mb, 3 min | 5 February 2020)

Distinction of Sri Rupanuga Line
"In this world, people serve the Lord in three ways. First, somebody worships the Lord because they are afraid. Second, people worship the Lord because have some material desire. Third, somebody worships the Lord out of duty. This is not right."
Download / listen to the audio (1.1 Mb, 3 min | 5 February 2020)

Treacherous Desires
"If you have some material desire and want it to be fulfilled, Krishna will give that to you happily. On the other hand, Krishna says, 'I am not a fool—why will I give them visaya? Instead, I will give them My lotus feet and make them forget visaya!"
Download / listen to the audio (1.4 Mb, 4 min | 5 February 2020)

Inconceivable Mercy
"We can understand Krishna consciousness if we have a desire to serve the Lord—if we have enthusiasm. You can see how merciful Lord Krishna is, but Mahaprabhu is more merciful than Krishna, and Nityananda Prabhu is even more merciful than Gauranga."
Download / listen to the audio (1.3 Mb, 4 min | 5 February 2020)

Victory over Visaya
"If we take prasad, all kinds of bad elements, bad diseases will be removed; if we chant the Holy Name, all Nama-aparadhas will go away; if we do service, all seva-aparadhas will go away—we do it, but why are we not getting the result?"
Download / listen to the audio (1.8 Mb, 6 min | 5 February 2020)

Power of Sukriti
"Sanda and Amarka taught Prahlad Maharaj nonsense things, but Prahlad Maharaj did not take that association. Prahlad Maharaj had some previous sukriti (actions related with the Lord), and through that sukriti he could receive the proper teaching from Narad Goswami."
Download / listen to the audio (1.4 Mb, 4 min | 5 February 2020)

Atma-Buddhi
"If you have fifty kilogrammes of rice on your head, you feel so much pressure—even if you come into an A/C room, you will not get any comfort there because you have heavy things on your head. We still have ego, we still cannot even understand that we are eternal servants of the Lord."
Download / listen to the audio (1.5 Mb, 5 min | 5 February 2020)

Buddhi-Suddhi
"You recite mantras for the archan, you chant that the cloth is clean, the chamara is clean, the peacock fan is clean, the pancha-pradip is clean, etc. Everything is clean, but do you ever think, 'Is my mind clean?'"
Download / listen to the audio (1 Mb, 3 min | 5 February 2020)

Zest for Service
"I think that the Lord arranges everything that is necessary for His service—only our desire, wish, will is necessary. If you have desire ('I will do it!'), you will succeed. It is necessary to have desire, otherwise sitting idle, laziness will not take you far."
Download / listen to the audio (1 Mb, 6 min | 5 February 2020)

 


Today in the calendar: Gaura Dashami. Disappearance of Srila Ramanuja Acharya.

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

Service: Faith and Surrender
"Gurudev told the story of Dhanur Das and his wife, Ramanuja Acharya's disciples, and how they maintained their family life..."

How to See the Guru: Chastity
"Ramanuja Acharya heard there was a Guru in Alwar (South India). He came to that Guru and asked, 'You know one mantra that can give liberation. I want to get this mantra...'"

Odds and Ends: Ramanuja Acharya's bed
"One time Ramanuja Acharya he went to Tirupati and stayed one month at one ashram there. He had a good servitor called Govinda who always served him..."

 

 

 

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Mind the Manners
'If you come to the temple and do not pay dandavat, it is one kind of offence, seva-aparadh. It is disrespect. Imagine I come to your house, but I do not talk to you. What kind of culture is it? '

 

Sri Sri Prema-Vivarta
“Crying, the Lord's angry Jaga says, 'O devotees! Serve the Name and chant the Name!'”

We cannot see or make out with our eyes who is a Vaishnav—even Brahma cannot recognise who is a great Vaishnav, or who is a servitor.

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