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Sun, 29 January 2023

Bhakta-Vatsala Krishna
"If the Lord catches somebody, He does not leave them. But it is necessary to become fit for being caught. Gurudev has given us the Holy Name, but can we keep this Holy Name? Our hearts are full of ego, lust, anger, greed, illusion, madness, envy, jealousy. What Gurudev gives can never stay in such a place."

 

In honour of the forthcoming grand festival of Sriman Nityananda Prabhu's appearance day:

 


24 February 2021
(Lord Varahadev's Appearance; Bengali evening class at Sri Ekachakra Dham)


Sri Ekachakra Temple
"It was Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur's desire to establish a temple in Sri Ekachakra Dham, but he did not live a long life—he only stayed in this world for sixty-four years—and he did not live to fulfil his desire. Yet by his mercy, by the mercy of Param Gurudev and by Gurudev's desire, we managed to acquire this land here in 2008."
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Parental Sacrifice
"Nityananda Prabhu's parents could not let the sannyasi go empty-handed, so they agreed to give him whatever he would ask for. However, the sannyasi asked for their only son, Nityananda Prabhu. They made such a great sacrifice in their life!"
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Full Service Sway
"Balaram (Nitai) arranges to appear as the elder brother to be able to serve the Lord. This is the glory of Sri Nityananda Prabhu. Nityananda Prabhu is hidden and extremely esoteric. We actually have no quality or qualification to speak about His glory."
Download / listen to the audio (1.9 Mb, 5 min | Bengali)

Life in Kirtan
"You have your mouth, but one will not hear the Holy Name coming out of it, only other talks come out of it. That is why, I always keep on telling you about Mahaprabhu's advice to Srila Raghunath Das Goswami Prabhu..."
Download / listen to the audio (1.4 Mb, 4 min | Bengali)

Please Give These Alms
"Our consciousness is covered by illusory environment, but Gurudev and Vaishnavs mercifully give us an opportunity to hear and speak about the Lord. I am asking you to give your mind, body, heart, everything at the holy feet of the Lord as alms for one-two hours. One day you will understand the benefit..."
Download / listen to the audio (2.2 Mb, 5 min | Bengali)

Remembering Glories of Sri Nityananda Prabhu
"This Sri Ekachakra Dham is a pure land. Sri Jagannath, Baladev, and Subhadra are also here. There is also Radha Kunda and Shyama Kunda here. Here is also Sri Ekachakleswar Sivji Maharaj.Here is also Kadam Khandi..."
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Sri Sivananda Sen's Mercy
"Sivananda Sen's house is in Kulingram. Mahaprabhu said, 'I love Kulingram devotees so much. I love even the dogs from Kulingram! I love even the parrots from Kulingram for they chant the Holy Name of Krishna!' It is near Jogram station. I have been to that place a few times when I was doing collection..."
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Sri Nityananda Prabhu's Eccentricity
"When Mahaprabhu took sannyas, He first came to Sri Advaita Acharya Prabhu's house, and from there He was going to go to Vrindavan. However, He changed His mind and finally went to Puri. On the way to Puri, Sri Nityananda Prabhu contrived a plan...."
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Srila Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami's Gratitude
"Srila Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami writes, 'I have got Sri Vrindavan Dham by the mercy of Sri Nityananda Prabhu. He ordered me to Vrindavan saying I would get all possible benefit there. When I came there, I attained the mercy of Mahaprabhu's dearmost devotees.'"
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Unblemished Nitai
"If Nityananda Prabhu had not come, we would not have known anything about the transcendental pastimes of Sriman Mahaprabhu. Fire can remove all impurities, but fire is not affected by that. In the same way, even if Nityananda Prabhu transgresses the religion of a sannyasi, He has no fault. He is higher than any rules and regulations."
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Sri Nityananda's Supreme Mercy
"Sri Nityananda Prabhu is my only hope. He is supremely magnanimous, He is merciful, and it is easy for us to receive His mercy. Sri Gaura Hari cannot reject somebody who has been approved by Sri Nityananda Prabhu..."
Download / listen to the audio (1 Mb, 3 min | Bengali)

Our Only Wealth and Shelter
"I am telling you that He is the greatest and most qualified personality on this path of devotion, and if we throw ourselves at His holy feet, our life will be successful. Our only wealth in spiritual life is to surrender everything and take exclusive shelter at the holy lotus feet of Sri Nityananda and Gurudev, who is non-different from Him."
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Mahaprabhu's Private Order
"One day, when They were in Sri Puri Dham, Mahaprabhu called Nityananda and spoke to Him privately. In those days, it was not possible for a sannyasi to mix with public closely, there were many rules and regulations for renounced persons. However, Sriman Mahaprabhu wanted the Holy Name to be preached in every corner of the world..."
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Nityananda Prabhu's Campaign
"Such was Sri Nityananda Prabhu's enthusiasm. From the beginning, He raised the banner of rescuing the fallen souls of this world and cleared the path for them to become attracted to the holy lotus feet of Sriman Mahaprabhu."
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Humility and Deep Faith
"We must always be humble. I have told you before: the higher a Vaishnav is, the more humility they have. Those who understand what Nabadwip Dham is, who have deep internal faith live in the land of Vraja."
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Save Yourself
"When will Sri Nityananda Prabhu give His mercy to me? When will I be free from material illusion? How can I save myself from this ocean of material existence? You must practise Krishna consciousness giving up all bad practices and embracing Krishna's family. You are uselessly wasting your time..."
Download / listen to the audio (10.5 Mb, 25 min | Bengali)

 


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."


 

Sat, 28 January 2023 (Appearance of Sri Advaita Acharya Prabhu)

Inane Interests
"The problem is that we live in this world, but we cannot understand anything. People are always busy with prajalpa (idle talks, gossips) and gramya-katha (village talks), all the time talking about this, about that. We must instead think, 'How can I find the Lord?'"

 

In honour of the forthcoming grand festival of Sriman Nityananda Prabhu's appearance day:

 


24 February 2021
(Lord Varahadev's Appearance; Bengali morning class at Sri Ekachakra Dham)


At Sri Ekachakra Dham: Morning Kirtans (Part One)
 Sri Dasavatara Stotram  Gaya Gaura madhur svare  Hare Krishna maha-mantra.
Download/listen to the audio (6 Mb, 15 min | Kirtan)

Clear Your Path
"It is necessary to always chant Krishna-kirtan. You are worrying about your money, food, clothes, gossips at every moment passing your whole life like that. It is necessary to control the six urges, it is necessary to correct six defects in yourself, and it is necessary to keep good association. Keep enthusiasm for Hari-katha, for the Lord's service. If you do not read about it, if you do not follow it, you will not get any result."
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Nurture Exclusive Desire
"Can you control all these senses? How is it possible to do it? If senses become very strong and we feel too much lust, anger, greed, illusion, etc., we will be removed from Krishna consciousness. There is ananya-abhilas (exclusive desire) and there is anya-abhilas (other desires)..."
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Sri Ekachakra Dham: Our Fortune To Be Here
"We have come here by a great fortune. If you only think about the dust of this holy dham, then you will think that you must circumambulate this holy abode walking on your head. The Lord Himself wandered in this land. Nityananda Prabhu is non-different from Mahaprabhu, the Lord Himself."
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Forging Your Destiny
"Not everybody comes to practise Krishna consciousness. Some come to goggle, some come for entertainment. There are different kinds of desires. Everybody does not have the same desires. That is why, we cannot bring everyone to this path. Those who have such fortune, who are destined to come, they come."
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Extreme Mercy
"Krishna is so merciful, but Gaura is even more merciful than Him.Gauranga Mahaprabhu and Sri Nityananda Prabhu distributed Krishna-prema without any price! They gave Krishna-prema to the entire world. This is so beautiful."
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About Nityananda Prabhu
"Srila Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami says that Nityananda Prabhu's glory is unlimited; if you get a slightest touch of His mercy, you will understand His glory. Nityananda Prabhu freely scattered His mercy to all fallen souls. The Lord came to this world to deliver all fallen souls."
Download / listen to the audio (8.2 Mb, 20 min | Bengali)

 


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


 

In glorification of Sri Advaita Acharya Prabhu:

Sri Advaita Acharya Bhavan
[From Sri Nabadwip Dham Mahatmya-Mukta-Mala, page 120; 75 Mb]
An extensive article in glorification of Sri Advaita Acharya Prabhu: "Sri Advaita Acharya Prabhu is the main trunk of the wish-fulfilling tree of devotion. He has two other names, Mangal and Kamalaksa. After his parents departed, he went to Sri Vrindavan, becoming immersed in the worship of Lord Krishna. Later, he returned to Santipur, and his manifestation (his glory) became known in Nabadwip."

Mad Nimai Pandita [From the Golden Volcano of Divine Love]
"Advaita Acarya was a great scholar and the most senior among Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's followers. He appeared in Navagrama in Sri Hatta, in the eastern province of Bengal, and resided in Santipura..."

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)

Fri, 27 January 2023

Connection with the Transcendental
"If you can submit everything at the holy feet of Lord Govinda, you can attain everything. There is no other way. Otherwise, you can chant the Holy Name of the Lord so much, but does it produce any difference? Does anyone become transformed by chanting these Names?"

 

In honour of the forthcoming grand festival of Sriman Nityananda Prabhu's appearance day:

Eternal Bond with Sri Ekachakra Dham
"I know many cannot come this year because of the situation, what can I say? It makes me very sad, and I miss them, but I hope that they will celebrate this day in their own centres, at their own homes. Every house should make a programme on this day, that is our happiness because we cannot conceive of anything in our life without the mercy of Nityananda Prabhu."

 


23 February 2021
(First class at Sri Ekachakra Dham; Bengali evening class)


At Sri Ekachakra Dham: Evening Kirtans (Part One)
 Sri Guru-parampara  Gurudev bada krpa kara  Sri Krsna Chaitanya Prabhu daya kara
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This Is Not a Playground
"You must come here surrendering your all—all your heart, soul, mind, everything—at the lotus feet of the Lord. We always blame the Lord for making us suffer, but we do not blame ourselves for not being able to surrender to the Lord. You blame the Lord, but have you become surrendered to the Lord? You must ask yourself this question."
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Wrong Worries
"You have no faith, that is why you have no devotion. Bhakti Devi always wants a clean place. Devotion (Bhakti Devi) does not stay where there is no faith—she runs away from such places. If you stuff the room with other things, then where will you seat your Thakur?"
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Pure Identity
"We must have jnana-sunya bhakti—'I do not know anything, I do not understand anything. O Lord, I am a low and fallen soul.' We must watch out that we do not get the ego that 'I have become a big Vaishnav!' What did Mahaprabhu say when describing His own identity?"
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Worshipful Devotion
"I will consider myself your slave, and I will leave all ego of guru. When Vaishnavs take prasadam, I will take the remnants of their prasadam. Such was Kalidas's character. How beautiful this is. Such are Nityananda Prabhu's associates."
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Meaning of Discipleship
"If you tell one word to the disciple, they get angry. They live as they please. We think that we sing a song and this is it, we have practised Krishna consciousness. No. Krishna consciousness means following what your Gurudev says and serving your Guru and Vaishnavs; it means to please them."
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Free Mercy, Exclusive Rights
"There is no one as merciful as Mahaprabhu is! To rescue such low and fallen souls as ourselves, He came to this world performing human pastimes. He went door to door calling out to everyone. But who has the right to chant kirtan?"
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Path of Devotion
"If I had not come to your house, you would not have come here today, you would not have got a chance to hear these holy talks, you would not have been able to get the mercy of Lord Nityananda Prabhu. That is why I roam the land, going house to house. This is all that I tell everyone: practise Krishna consciousness."
Download / listen to the audio (8.5 Mb, 21 min | Bengali)

Krishna Conscious Life
"We are alive in this world at the expense of killing so many jiva souls. The only way out of this kind of life is to turn your whole life into Krishna conscious life. It means that you will cook, you will work, you will do everything, but you will do it for the Lord."
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Sri Nityananda Prabhu's Glory (1)
"A low and fallen soul such as myself is not capable of glorifying Sri Nityananda Prabhu; however, if Gurudev and Nityananda Prabhu give their mercy and say something through my mouth, then only can it be possible."
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Sri Nityananda Prabhu's Glory (2)
"Many worship Gauranga bypassing the Guru, but Nityananda Prabhu said that this was thievery. It is impossible to get mercy without Nityananda Prabhu. We have not got there yet; we do what our minds wants. Gurudev gave me initiation, so this body is now his—I will do whatever Gurudev wants me to do."
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Sri Nityananda Prabhu's Glory (3)
"Apart from Srila Raghunath Das Goswami, there were other great personalities who received Sri Nityananda Prabhu's mercy. Two of them are Srila Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami and Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur. You know that Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur was the son of Narayani, Srivas Pandit Prabhu's niece..."
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Sri Nityananda Prabhu's Glory (4)
"Another person who received Sri Nityananda Prabhu's mercy was Srila Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami. Srila Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami said that there were only three persons in this world who knew Mahaprabhu, but Gurudev said that there was one more person. Who is it? Srila Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami himself."
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Clean Mood
"Always chant the Holy Name—when you are eating, when you are sleeping. Always keep your heart and mood clean. If we practise Krishna consciousness with proper decorum, then our ego will be removed."
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Thu, 26 January 2023 (Sri Vasanta Panchami)

Always Think about Hari-Katha
"Time is passing so fast. Time and tide wait for none. Today is passing, and when you go to sleep, you wake up to the next day. There cannot be forty-eight hours in a day. So, always think about Hari-katha."

 


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 Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur). In Affectionate Guidance, Srila Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj notes: "I heard from Srila Guru Maharaj that when his Godbrother, Srimad Parvat Maharaj, was a young boy, he used to live in the house next door to Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur. He told us, 'In my young age, I heard every night from about 2 a.m. until the morning, Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur would chant the Mahamantra on his rooftop, but you could hear that his chanting was more like calling, a heartfelt call to his Lord.' So we must be serious about our chanting, and we must make obeisance to Guru and Vaishnava."
Sri Saraswati Puja.


 

In Honour of Sri Vasanta Panchami:

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)

For further reading: See the extensive chapter "A Holy Day" in the Sermons of the Guardian of Devotion, Volume II, by Om Vishnupad Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj.

Sri Vishnupriya Devi:

Srila Pundarik Vidyanidhi: Srila Raghunath Das Goswami: Srila Raghunandan Thakur: Srila Visvanath Chakravarti Thakur: Sri Saraswati Puja:

 

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, 25 January 2023

Create a Relationship
"We have so many friends, relatives, and we are busy trying to satisfy and please them—we keep connection with them, but we do not keep any connection with our Guru and Vaishnavs. You think you have taken initiation or make a programme once a year, and that is sufficient, but it is not so."

 

—{ "Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address" }—

Joy of Good Association
"I do not want to go preaching alone, when there are only two-three devotees. I always want devotees' association. 'Ekaki amara nahi paya bala hari-nama-sankirtane. When I am alone, I get no strength to chant.' Devotees' enthusiasm gives me inspiration."
Download / listen to the audio (5.2 Mb, 13 min | 8 November 2020)

 

 


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, 24 January 2023

Internal and External Transformation
"Only taking initiation is not everything. It is necessary to please the Lord. What makes the Lord happy? 'I only took initiation, but I do not practise anything, I do not listen to what Gurudev says; I live as I please.' This is not right."

 

—{ "Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address" }—

Forgetting Yourself
"Give respect to everybody. Basically, tridandi sannyas means to be humble, tolerant, and give honour to others. However, I am bound to say that sometimes they take sannyas or saffron, and their ego becomes very big. They forget that they must serve more. It makes me very sad."
Download / listen to the audio (3.2 Mb, 8 min | 8 November 2020)

 

Mon, 23 January 2023

Listen with Your Heart
"Now please listen attentively, do not speak. Do not let your mind wander to other places and switch off your phones. Listen to Hari-katha for one hour. You have been chanting kirtans, and now you must listen attentively, with your mind and heart."

 

—{ "Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address" }—

"Service Is My Vow"
"Many people ask me, many people criticise me, but I am a fallen soul, I only know what Gurudev told me—he told me, 'Service is the vow, service is the life force, and service is the duty.' This is what I am following."
Download / listen to the audio (3.5 Mb, 9 min | 8 November 2020)

 


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."


Srila Gurudev's Pastimes (6)
"I remember Sripad Shanta Goswami Maharaj told a very nice story about a Guru and disciples. The situation is actually like that everywhere these days. All the disciples that there are now have enjoyment mood..."
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Sun, 22 January 2023

Life Suffused with Kirtan
"If you chant kirtans all the time, eternally, then some feeling will awaken within your heart. What is the use chanting only once a year? If you think it is all right to do so, then you can also eat once a year only. Can you live if you eat only once a year? So, just as you eat every day, you must chant kirtan every day, eternally."

 

—{ "Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address" }—

Srila Sridhar Maharaj: Powerful Preaching
"When Srila Sridhar Maharaj left his house and joined Gaudiya Mission, Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur was very pleased. Even before taking sannyas, Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj was a great preacher. He was always very enthusiastic to preach."
Download / listen to the audio (4.3 Mb, 11 min | 8 November 2020)

 

 


Today in the calendar: Gaura Pratipad. Disappearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Gaurava Vaikhanas Maharaj. Disappearance of 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, 21 January 2023

Ultimate Remedy
"I am asking you again and again: please come to this genuine path. Come truly, not to show anything to others. Mahaprabhu says, 'I have brought medicine to destroy illusion!' What is this medicine?"
Download / listen to the audio (12.3 Mb, 26 min | 15 February 2020)

 

—{ "Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address" }—

Srila Sridhar Maharaj: Appearance and Early Days
"The name of Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj's father is Upendra Chandra Bhattacharya. His birthpalce is in Hapaniya. His mother's name was Sri Gauri Devi. By the will of the Lord, when Srila Sridhar Maharaj appeared, he was the eldest son. How did his parents get this kind of son? There is some history behind it."
Download / listen to the audio (2.8 Mb, 7 min | 8 November 2020)

 

Fri, 20 January 2023

Gift of Willpower
"If you have no desire, then nobody can force you and you can never accomplish anything. It is necessary to want to change. Attachment to meat and fish is not this kind of addiction that cannot be given up—if we want, we can leave it."
Download / listen to the audio (12.3 Mb, 26 min | 15 February 2020)

 

—{ "Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address" }—

Our Great Fortune
"Today is a very auspicious day because tomorrow is the appearance day of our Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math's Founder Acharya—our Param Gurudev, Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. I am giving my full humble obeisance at the lotus feet of my beloved Gurudev, and our Param Gurudev...."
Download / listen to the audio (2.7 Mb, 7 min | 8 November 2020)

 

Thu, 19 January 2023

Move Forward
"If you go to primary school, it does not mean that you must stay there forever—you must progress to high school, then go to college and university. Similarly, you must move on in the line of devotion. You must progress to college and university. The problem is that you are not ready to give up small things to attain something big..."
Download / listen to the audio (12.3 Mb, 26 min | 15 February 2020)

 

—{ "Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address" }—

Service Hankering
"You can make your Guru happy even through some small service. The most important thing is that whatever service you do, you must do it with your heart. Whatever you do, do it properly. This is how you can make your Guru happy with your service."
Download / listen to the audio (3.5 Mb, 8 min | 1 November 2020)

 

Wed, 18 January 2023 (Mahaprabhu roams Rarhdesh for the third day before arriving in Shantipur; Sat-tila Ekadasi)

"Theirs Not to Reason Why"
"Why must we serve the Lord? What should be our motive? What will I get by serving Him? We always think of what we gain or lose by doing something. But Vaishnavs never think about themselves—they always think about the Lord, their Guru and other Vaishnavs..."
Download / listen to the audio (12.3 Mb, 26 min | 15 February 2020)

Part One of the recording (posted earlier):
My Question to You
"Once again, we have gathered here as each year. You have all assembled here—so many people listen to Hari-katha, listen to the message of the Lord. We have been practising hearing and chanting in the line of pure devotion for so many years, but...."
Download / listen to the audio (12.3 Mb, 26 min | 15 February 2020)

 

In memory of today's events related to Sriman Mahaprabhu's sannyas-lila:

Mahaprabhu's Stay in Shantipur
"Nityananda Prabhu understood devotees' feeling and somehow managed to take Mahaprabhu to Shantipur instead of taking Him straight to Vrindavan. In Shantipur, Mahaprabhu gave lecture, He sang and danced the whole day and night without stop..."
Download / listen to the audio (2.7 Mb, 8 min | 26 January 2018)

 


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?
"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)

 


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
 

Sri Upadesh 1
(Bengali)

Sri Upadesh 2
(Bengali)

Sri Upadesh 3
(Bengali)

Sri Upadesh 4
(Bengali)
 

Sri Puri Dham
Mahatmya-mukta-mala

(Bengali)

Sri Nabadwip Dham
Mahatmya-mukta-mala

(Bengali)

Sri Nabadwip Dham Mahatmya-Mukta-Mala (English)
[PDF, 73 Mb]

 

 

 

    

Archive of Updates
Ekadashi Guidance
Rules and Regulations
Chanting the Holy Name

Daily Practice
Sri Gaudiya Darshan
Bengali updates
Russian updates

      

      

Vice of Kali-Yuga
'The Kali-yuga's people are now addicted to ganja, whiskey, smoking—it is a very difficult situation. If you ask the Lord for other things, Krishna will give that to you, but He will withdraw devotion from you. You cannot do what is unfavourable to devotion..'

      

 

CALENDAR FOR 01/2023

MADHAVA

26 January (Thu). Gaura Panchami. Sri Krishna Vasanta Panchami. Appearance of Sri Vishnu Priya Devi. Appearance of Srila Pundarik Vidyanidhi. Appearance of Srila Raghunath Das Goswami. Appearance of Srila Raghunandan Thakur. Disappearance of Srila Visvanath Chakravarti Thakur. Disappearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Viveka Bharati Maharaj. Disappearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Svarup Parvat Maharaj. Sri Saraswati Puja.

28 January (Sat). Gaura Saptami. Appearance of Sri Mahavishnu Avatar, Sri Advaita Acharya.

29 January (Sun). Gaura Astami. Disappearance of Sripad Virendra Krishna Prabhu.

30 January (Mon). Gaura Navami. Disappearance of Srila Madhva Acharya.

31 February (Tue). Gaura Dasami. Disappearance of Srila Ramanuja Acharya.

 

FEBRUARY 2023

1 February (Wed). Gaura Ekadasi. Bhaimi Ekadasi.

2 February (Thu). Gaura Dvadasi. Varaha Dvadasi: Appearance of Lord Sri Varahadev. Paran is at 6:22–10:01 after the worship of Lord Varahadev.

3 February (Fri). Gaura Trayodasi. Sri Nityananda Trayodasi: Appearance of Sri Nityananda Prabhu. Fast until noon. Temple Anniversary: Sri Ekachakra Dham (installation anniversary of Sri Sri Guru Gaura Nityananda Prabhu).

5 February (Sun). Purnima. Sri Krishna's Madhurotsav. Appearance of Srila Narottam Das Thakur.

GOVINDA

8 February (Wed). Krishna Tritiya. Disappearance of Tridandi Swami Sripad Bhakti Premik Siddhanti Maharaj.

10 February (Fri). Krishna Panchami. The appearance festival of the founder of the Sri Chaitanya Math and worldwide Sri Gaudiya Maths, Bhagavan Sri Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Goswami Prabhupad. Temple anniversary: Sri Gupta Govardhan Mandir (Sri Govinda Kunda, Nabadwip). Disappearance of Srila Purushottam Thakur.

11 February (Sat). Krishna Sasthi. Appearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaj.

16 February (Thu). Krishna Ekadasi. Vijaya Ekadasi. Disappearance of Sripad Krishna Govinda Das Adhikari.

17 February (Fri). Krishna Dvadasi. Paran is at 6:14–9:59.

19 February (Sun). Krishna Chaturdasi. Sri Sri Shivaratri (optional fast). Disappearance of Sripad Yudhamanyu Prabhu Seva Vikram.

20 February (Mon). Amavasya. (Paran for those who fasted is at 6:12–9:58.)
Temple Anniversary: Sri Govinda Kunda in Sri Nabadwip Dham (installation anniversary of Sri Sadasiva Gangadhar).
Temple Anniversary: Sri Tarakeshwar (installation anniversary of Sri Sri Guru Gaura Radha Madan-Mohan jiu).
Temple Anniversary: Sri Kadigachha (installation anniversary of Lord Sri Sada Siva).

21 February (Tue). Gaura Pratipad. Disappearance of Vaishnav Sarvabhauma Srila Jagannath Das Babaji Maharaj. Disappearance of Srila Rasikananda Dev Goswami. Disappearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Dayita Madhav Maharaj.

22 February (Wed). Gaura Dvitiya. Appearance of Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Kusum Ashram Maharaj.

23 February (Thu). Gaura Tritiya. Temple Anniversary: Kaikhali, Kolkata (installation anniversary of Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gandharva Radha Ramanasundar).

24 February (Fri). Gaura Chaturthi. Appearance of Srila Purushottam Thakur. Disappearance of Sripad Tulasidas Das Adhikari Prabhu.

25 February (Sat). Gaura Sasthi. Disappearance of Sriyukta Tarangini Devi (originally on Gaura Panchami, but the previous day is viddha).

 

MARCH 2022

1 March (Wed). Gaura Navami. Adhivas festival of Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama. Beginning of the annual seven day festival.

2 March (Thu). Gaura Dasami. Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama begins. Parikrama of Sri Antardwip (Sri Chaitanya Math, Sri Nandan Acharya Bhavan, Puspa-samadhi mandir of Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad, Sri Yogapith, Srivas Angan, Sri Advaita Bhavan, Sri Gadadhar Pandit Bhavan, Akar Math Sri Chaitanya Math, Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad's Samadhi Mandir, Srila Gaura Kishor Das Babaji Maharaj's Samadhi, Sri Chand Kazi's Samadhi, Sri Jagannath Mandir, Sridhar Angan).

3 March (Fri). Gaura Ekadasi. Amalaki Ekadasi. Parikrama of Sri Simantadwip and Sri Rudradwip.

4 March (Sat). Gaura Dvadasi. Paran is at 6:02–9:53. Parikrama of Koladwip (Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Sri Buroraj Siva, Sri Prauddha Maya, Sri Vishnupriya Devi's house, and the samadhi-mandir of Srila Jagannath Das Babaji Maharaj).

5 March (Sun). Gaura Trayodasi. Parikrama of Sri Godrumadwip and Madhyadwip (Sri Subarna Bihar Gaudiya Math, Sri Surabhi Kunja Math, Sri Svananda-sukhada-kunja (bhajan kutir of Srila Bhakivinod Thakur), Sri Harihar Ksetra).

6 March (Mon). Gaura Chaturdasi. Sri Gaura Purnima Adhivas: the eve of the appearance of Sri Gauranga. Parikrama of Sri Koladwip, Sri Ritudwip, Sri Jahnudwip, and Sri Modadrumadwip (Sri Samudra ghat, Sri Sri Gaura-Gadadhar Mandir (Chapahati), Vidya Nagar Sarvabhauma Gaudiya Math, Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya's house, the Deity served by Sri Saranga Murari, and Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur's appearance place).

7 March (Tue). Purnima. Sri Gaura Purnima: Divine appearance of Sri Gauranga. Total fast until moonrise, then no grains (anukalpa). Grand festival at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math (the main festival of the year). Vasantotsav and Dol Yatra of Sri Sri Radha-Govinda. Special offering of worship and arati, reading Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita and engaging in maha-sankirtan. End of year 537 Gaurabda.

VISHNU

8 March (Wed). Krishna Pratipad. Paran is at 5:58–9:51. Anandotsav of Sri Jagannath Mishra. Sri Visva Vaishnava Raja Sabha. Start of year 538 Gaurabda.

12 March (Sun). Krishna Panchami. Temple Anniversary: Sripat Hapaniya Dham (installation anniversary of Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Radha Gopinath jiu). Appearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Sharan Shanta Maharaj. Pancham Dol.

FULL CALENDAR >>

 


THE TEN OFFENCES TO
THE HOLY NAME:
1) Criticise sadhus, Vaishnavs
2) Consider Lord Siva and gods to be independent of Lord Krishna
3) Consider Guru to be an ordinary mortal man
4) Criticise scriptures
5) Interpret the Name with the help of a dictionary, etc.
6) Consider the Name imaginary.
7) Sin and chant to remove the sin.
8) Consider chanting equal to pious activities.
9) Instruct faithless people in chanting, inattentive chanting.
10) Remain attached to things, your body, etc.


 

Bhakti Devi said, 'I do not come to a dirty place. I only come to a clean place.'
Then how to make our hearts clean? Through good association, sadhu-sanga.

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