Friday, 13 November, 2020
Panskura area, Purba Medinipur, West Bengal
Photographs courtesy of Sripad B.N. Sadhu Maharaj
bhakter nirmala-nirjharasya nibhrtam samraksakam sadaram
vande sri-gurudevam anata-sira acharya-varyam nijam
"I bow my head in eternal obeisance to my Gurudev, the best of acharyas,
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj. He is the ever vigilant, stalwart
guardian of the current of pure devotion whose highest form flows from our
most worshippable Sri Rupanuga Guru-varga in their exclusive dedication to
Mahabhav, Srimati Radharani."
mahanta-svabhava ei tarite pamara
nija karya nahi tabu yana tara ghara
"It is the general practice of all saintly people to deliver the fallen.
Therefore they go to people's houses, although they have no personal business
vaisnavera pada-dhuli tahe mora snana-keli
tarpana mora vaisnavera nama
vaisnavera uchchhista tahe mora mano-nistha
vaisnavera namete ullasa
"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 at the name of Vaishnavs."
gangara-parasa ha-ile paschate pavana
darsane pavitra kara—ei tomara guna
"If the Ganges touches someone, they are purified some time later; but one
becomes purified just by seeing you, O Vaishnava Thakur. Such is your power."
During the class, His Divine Grace speaks extensively on our true identity,
stressing, "You cannot know the Lord without knowing first who you are. We
are eternal servants of Krishna—eternal, not only for two days,
not just for three days or for one hour only, but eternal servants."
Sripad Sajjan Maharaj attending happily to the book table service.
Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj: "When we hear that there is a
festival held in the Vaisnav tradition or any other tradition, we understand
the word ‘festival’ (utsav) as a social function, but when Vaisnavs make a
festival, it is called ‘mahotsav’ (‘grand festival’). Vaisnavs make
mahotsavs. In vernacular language it is often called ‘mochchhav’ and
sometimes we hear people say, 'Oh, Vaisnavs are making a mochchhav today.
Come, we will get some prasād there,' but the real meaning and purpose of a
mahotsav is actually realised when Vaisnavs are served properly. Even if you
serve non-Vaisnavs for all eternity, it will be not be a mahotsav. Only when
there is Vaisnav-seva, can it be a mahotsav. The purpose of a mahotsav is to
please Vaisnavs. We see such mention in the scriptures. Srila Bhaktivinod
Thakur discussed this matter in his books very earnestly and gave it much
importance. He says that if one serves Vaisnavs—even if it is two-four
Vaisnavs only, but if they are pure Vaisnavs—then the purpose of the mahotsav
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