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MONTHLY ARCHIVE OF UPDATES

DECEMBER 2022

 

Thu, 1 December 2022

Clouded Intelligence
"People come to the temple to serve the Lord, but they cannot leave their egos. Many people come to take initiation, but does everyone actually take it? Many only pretend that they take initiation. There is a limit to Gurudev's patience and tolerance."

 

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

Surrendered Soul's Solace
"Through our qualification, we will not get anything, but we can get everything by the mercy of the Guru. Yet the problem is that some material things always come to our life. We are supposed to be surrendered souls—if you are a surrendered soul, then what should be your thoughts?"
Download / listen to the audio (1 Mb, 1 min | 4 October 2020)

 


Today in the calendar: Gaura Ashtami. Disappearance of Srila Madhusudan Das Babaji Maharaj.

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

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

"Wake up, look into the calendar and give 'jay' to your Guru and Vaishnavs. Always pay obeisance to your Guru and Vaishnavs when you wake up in the morning, always give them 'jay'. Always keep faith and show respect to them. Always see the calendar—whose appearance day it is, whose disappearance day it is. Even if you cannot make a festival, at least you can give them 'jay', it will bring you benefit. When you give 'jay' to your Guru and Vaishnavs, it brings you sukriti. For example, today is the disappearance day of a Vaishnav—give 'jay' to him, remember him. We must always remember the words of Vaishnavs. If I remember the words of Vaishnavs, I get some benefit, some deposit through that."


Fri, 2 December 2022

Play of Maya
"Maya gets her power from the Lord, and having got this power, she can remove the soul from the service to the Lord and engage it in her own service. This is what is called Maya's play. You must fight against illusion—every day. How will you fight against it?"

 

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

Approaching Bhagavatam
"One must not read Bhagavatam or give Bhagavatam class for money, wealth, property, pratistha, etc. You must listen to Srimad Bhagavatam from a pure Vaishnav who knows Bhagavatam and who knows the meaning of Bhagavatam."
Download / listen to the audio (1.4 Mb, 4 min | 4 October 2020)

 


Today in the calendar: Gaura Navami. Appearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Kamal Madhusudan Maharaj.

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

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

"Wake up, look into the calendar and give 'jay' to your Guru and Vaishnavs. Always pay obeisance to your Guru and Vaishnavs when you wake up in the morning, always give them 'jay'. Always keep faith and show respect to them. Always see the calendar—whose appearance day it is, whose disappearance day it is. Even if you cannot make a festival, at least you can give them 'jay', it will bring you benefit. When you give 'jay' to your Guru and Vaishnavs, it brings you sukriti. For example, today is the disappearance day of a Vaishnav—give 'jay' to him, remember him. We must always remember the words of Vaishnavs. If I remember the words of Vaishnavs, I get some benefit, some deposit through that."


 

In honour of Srila Bhakti Kamal Madhusudan Maharaj:

Pranam-mantra of Srimad Bhakti Kamal Madhusudan Maharaj, composed by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj:

দীর্ঘং সৌম্যবপুর্নবারুণবহির্বাসস্ত্রিদণ্ডান্বিতং
দিব্যং শ্রীগুরু-গৌর-কীর্ত্তন-রসানন্দেন মত্তং সদা ।
শ্রীগৌড়ীয়-যতীন্দ্র-ভক্তিকমলং স্নিগ্ধং কৃপাবিগ্রহং
বন্দে শ্রীমধুসূদনং গুরুবরং বেদান্তবিদ্যাম্বুধিম্ ॥

dirgham saumya-vapur navaruna-bahir-vasas tridandanvitam
divyam sri-guru-gaura-kirtan-rasanandena mattam sada
sri-gaudiya-yatindra-bhakti-kamalam snigdham krpa-vigraham
vande sri-madhusudanam guru-varam vedanta-vidyambudhim

"I offer my obeisance unto the great Guru Srimad Bhakti Kamal Madhusudan Maharaj. His tall, tranquil form, adorned with a tridanda and garments the colour of the newly risen sun, is the embodiment of mercy. He is an affectionate king amongst the Gaudiya Vaishnava sannyasis, an ocean of Vedantic knowledge, and always rapt with the ecstatic taste of Sri Sri Guru-Gauranga's kirtan."

Invoking Vaishnavs' Mercy
"Today is Srimad Bhakti Kamal Madhusudan Maharaj's appearance day. Wherever he is staying now, whether in Goloka Vrindavan or anywhere else, we are praying to him, 'Wherever you are now, please give us some mercy.'"
Download / listen to the audio (4.1 Mb, 13 min)

Godbrothers' Bond
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj tells about the close and reverent relationship that Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj had with his godbrothers, Srila Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaj, Srila Bhakti Kamal Madhusudan Maharaj, and Srila Krishna Das Babaji Maharaj.
Download / listen to the audio (1.7 Mb, 4 min | 19 September 2009)

Sat, 3 December 2022

Answers to Many Questions
"You should get Guidance 3 and read it. There are many beautiful things written in it. At the end, there is a chapter called '108 Questions and Answers'. You should read it every day during the class. You can see there what is called sadhu-sanga and many other important things."
Download / listen to the lecture (19.7 Mb, 41 min | 12 January 2020 | Bengali)

 

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

Disciples' Dedication
"Devotees always want to learn—they want to know more. It is necessary to have desire to learn, to practise more and more; it will be good for us all. Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu Himself comes as a devotee and shows us what is necessary and how we must be practising. If we learn His teachings properly, we will get so much benefit through that."
Download / listen to the audio (1.7 Mb, 4 min | 4 October 2020)

 


Today in the calendar: Gaura Dashami. Disappearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Kusum Shraman Maharaj (a diksa disciple of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad, publisher of Nadiya Prakash; later, after Srila B.V. Tirtha Maharaj's disappearance, he presided over Sri Chaitanya Math in Mayapur).

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. If you remember the glories of Vaishnavs, if you speak about the glories of Vaishnavs, they can rescue you from all kinds of material bondage. We have heard a hundred times that if we glorify Vaishnavs, it gives great benefit, but even though we have heard it a thousand times, how much are we able to glorify Vaishnavs from our heart? How much can we serve Vaishnavs with heart and soul? This is the question."


 

 

All Glory to Sri Sri Guru Gauranga

Divine Appearance Day of Sri Gurupadpadma


Dear Devotees and Well-Wishers:

Humbly bowing down at your holy feet, we are extending a cordial invitation to attend the grand festival in honour of the holy appearance day of Param-pujyapad Parivrajakacharya-varya Visva-guru Om Vishnupad Sri Srimad Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj that manifests on 10 December 2022 (Saturday) this year.

Remembering the holy lotus feet of our eternal Divine Master, Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj, we pray that every devotee of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math may find a possibility to observe this day immersed in Sri Hari-katha, Hari-kirtan and Hari-seva, which are so extremely dear and pleasing to our Sri Gurupadpadma and entire Guru-varga, and remember the transcendental glories of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, by whose mercy the banner of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math was hoisted to fly high all over the world, through his sincere devotees, instructions, lectures and books.

Taking your feet dust on our heads, we humbly wish that this supremely worshippable divine appearance day of Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, celebrated with much joy and grandeur by the fortunate souls throughout the entire manifest creation, may pass auspiciously in every house and heart.

Your aspiring servants,
on behalf of SCSMathInternational.com

For enquiries: info.at.scsmathinternational.com

 


Satisfying the Lord
"Bali Maharaj asked Vamanadev, 'O brahman, what do you want? Tell me, and I can give You anything you wish.' Vamanadev replied, 'I do not want much. I know you have everything, but I want only something small.'"
Download / listen to the audio (2.7 Mb, 7 min | 30 August 2020)


We humbly share the following as general guidance on conducting festivals that we have learned from the association and eternal pastimes of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj. Generally, the programmes arranged and hosted by Sri Gurupadpadma would go as follows:

Assembling, gathering and welcoming all august Vaishnavs and devotees with obeisances, sweet words and garlands;
A brief introductory opening speech;
Chanting kirtans:

Vandana recital
Sri Guru Parampara kirtan
('Krsna haite chaturmukha')
Sri Gurudev's kirtan
('Gurudev! Krpa bindu diya' or 'Gurudev bada krpa kari')
Sri Pancha-tattva's kirtan
('Sri Krsna Chaitanya Prabhu jive' or 'Sri Krsna Chaitanya daya kara')
Sri Vaishnav Thakur's kirtan
('Kabe Sri Chaitanya more', 'Krpa kara Vaisnava Thakura' or 'Ohe Vaisnava Thakura')
Sriman Nityananda Prabhu's kirtan
('Nitai-guna-mani amar', 'Nitai-pada-kamala' or 'Akrodha paramananda')
Sriman Mahaprabhu's kirtan
('Gaurangera duti pada', 'Parama Karuna' or 'Emana durmati')
Sri Sri Radha Krishna's kirtan
('Jaya Radhe Jaya Krsna' or 'Jaya Radha Madhava')
Hare Krishna Maha-mantra
Class or reading from scriptures (glorification of Sri Gurupadpadma);
If other senior Vaishnavs are present, they are given turn to speak;
Concluding kirtan ('Hari haraye Nama Krsna', Hare Krishna maha-mantra);
Devotees chant kirtan and offer puspanjali (flower petals) to the picture of Sri Gurupadapadma;
Offering bhoga followed by arati worship (usually, such programmes take place at noon, so first bhoga arati is chanted, then the arati kirtans);
Distributing prasadam with care and affection;
Presenting daksin and/or auspicious items to senior Vaishnavs or devotees in general;
Affectionate farewell;
Completing cleaning, tidying and other services as required.

 

 

From the holy lotus mouth of Sri Gurupadapdma Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj:

"What did Gurudev leave us for? So that we join the festival, give some glorification, take prasadam, and leave? Our service does not finish there. We must distribute to others what Gurudev told all over the world, what Gurudev kept for us—his books, his audio and video recordings. What we invent or discover is not necessary to distribute; distribute what he told, what he invented and discovered, that is sufficient—people will be benefitted through that. That is necessary for us. We should understand what he wanted and what he did not want..."

"Gurudev, Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj always wanted to give some prasadam to the devotees, and I saw in Chaitanya-charitamrita, Prapanna-jivanamritam, and even Jagadananda Pandit's Prema-vivarta that if you have something, you must give it to others—if you have no wealth, you can give others some prasadam, and if you have no prasadam, nothing, you can give others sweet words. That is the main thing. You can make others happy with sweet words."

"All the devotees know how to cook, what is there to it? When Nityananda Prabhu is in Ekachakra, He likes roasted and mashed eggplant (begun pora), and when Nityananda Prabhu comes to Venezuela or Colombia, He takes arepa there. What is the problem? Nityananda Prabhu's taste is different—He can take different things from everybody and from everywhere as long as you cook it with heart. The main thing is to serve with heart—not to do anything artificially. When you do any service or cook anything, you must do it with heart, then it will be good for everybody, and then Mahaprabhu, or Krishna, or Nityananda Prabhu will be happy—They will enjoy, and Gurudev will also enjoy. This is the main advice how to do everything. It is necessary for us to understand this."

 

 

An extensive guidance on the proper service mood during the Vaishnav seva festivals is kept in the Daily Practice section of the website:

Observing Festivals
A page of the Daily Practice section dedicated to Vaishnav-seva and observing festivals. "Why are you making a festival? Making a festival means you are inviting many people and you are giving them some prasadam, engaging them in Krishna consciousness—it means practising Krishna consciousness."

 


Note: Some of the many preparations known to be favourite to His Divine Grace Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj include rice, mung or chana dal, stir-fried karela, sak, posto bora, aloo siddho (boiled potato, mashed with chilli and salt), cauliflower pakoras, singara (samosa), mixed vegetable subji, paneer rasa, tomato chutney, achar (pickle), avocado salad (with a little salt and olive oil), cucumber salad, mango, paramanna (sweet rice), rasagullas, sandesh, a cake, vanilla ice-cream.

 

Sun, 4 December 2022 (Sri Moksada Ekadasi)

Pure Kirtan Springs from Heart
"When you sing a song, it gratifies the senses of the singer and the listeners. But if you chant the kirtan of the Lord, Lord Nityananda Prabhu, Lord Gaura Hari, Lord Sri Krishna become happy. So, our guru-varga tells us to always chant such kirtan. It is necessary to chant kirtan with your heart."

 

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

Restaurant Devotion vs Pure Devotion
"We work outside, we do not cook and take some food in a hotel (shop, cafe, restaurant) where they mix veg and non-veg food. It is a problem. It is possible to do this for one-two days as an exception, but if you do it every day saying, 'Oh, I have no energy to cook!' this is wrong. It is better if you cook and do the offering, then it will be pure devotion."
Download / listen to the audio (1.8 Mb, 5 min | 4 October 2020)

 


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)

Mon, 5 December 2022

Loving Relationship and Obedience
"Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur says, 'By honouring the Lord's prasad I shall conquer all material diseases.' We take so much of Lord's prasad daily, but do our material diseases go away? It means that there is some error on our part. It is very easy to give advice or guidance to others, but it is very hard to imbibe it within your own heart."

 

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

Unimaginable
"Separation is a very high thing, you cannot imagine it. What sort of separation is there in Vrindavan? When Uddhav Maharaj heard about it, he was astounded. Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu showed this separation mood in Gambhira..."
Download / listen to the audio (2.3 Mb, 6 min | 4 October 2020)

Tue, 6 December 2022

Stumbling Along
"Surrender means you must be humble. You have a great hope to become a Vaishnav, but then you stumble over the 'trnad api sunichena' sloka. Practising Krishna consciousness following the whims of your mind is not real Krishna consciousness."

 

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

Loving Care and Service
"There is love and affection in Vaishnavism. This is what Mahaprabhu showed by His own example. Krishna shows it too—He is merciful even to those who come to kill Him. This is what true religion is. You should understand that Vaishnavism comes from the original source."
Download / listen to the audio (3.9 Mb, 10 min | 4 October 2020)

Wed, 7 December 2022

Build Service Relationship
"When Nityananda Prabhu becomes pleased, then we will build a service relationship with Him. We must chant Nityananda Prabhu's kirtan (sing the glories of Nityananda Prabhu); we must please Him."

 

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

"Please Be Careful"
"Please be careful. I am concerned about you all because if your health is good, then you can do more and more service. We have this body and disease will come, but we must not 'invite' disease ourselves. This is my request for everybody. If you can do what I am saying, I will be very happy."
Download / listen to the audio (1.6 Mb, 4 min | 11 October 2020)

Thu, 8 December 2022

Repairing Bad Fortune
"The Lord has made very beautiful arrangement for us, and He has sent us to this human birth, but if we misuse this human birth, then our fortune is very bad. Gurudev has given you shelter and got you a ticket to Vrindavan, but if you get off in Bardhaman in the middle of the way, then it is your misfortune."
Download / listen to the lecture (28.6 Mb, 60 min | 20 January 2020 | Bengali)

 

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

Sincere Chanting
"This Hare Krishna maha-mantra is not just alphabet letters—it is the pure Name. So, it must be chanted with service mood. If you always show that you are chanting japa, but your mind always goes to bad elements, your heart is covered by bad elements—that is not good."
Download / listen to the audio (1.6 Mb, 4 min | 11 October 2020)

 

 

Fri, 9 December 2022
(Adhivas of Om Vishnupad Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's Sri Vyasa Puja Maha-mahotsav)

Chastity and Purity of Association
"The religion of the soul is to serve the Lord, and if you do not serve the Lord, it means you are serving Maya. We want to leave Maya (illusory environment), but we cannot do it on our own."
Download / listen to the lecture (28.6 Mb, 60 min | 20 January 2020 | Bengali)

 

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

Parts of Service Life
"(1) Mahaprabhu said, "Follow pure ekadasi." If the ekadasi day becomes viddha, there is no fast on this day. (2) Someone will say that this is too much, this is fanaticism, but this is what real chastity is. (3) You have all these bad things in you, but if you surrender properly, you can transform everything into service."
Download / listen to the audio (1.8 Mb, 5 min | 11 October 2020)

 

In honour of the forthcoming holy appearance day of Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj:

My Service Day
"I am always with the devotees, I am always thinking about the devotees and I am always thinking about Gurudev. Actually, this day is my service day. I must serve my Gurudev more, I want to serve the devotees—this is how I want to celebrate this day. This is my happiness."
Download / listen to the audio (0.5 Mb, 1 min)

Our Divine Master
"Sometimes some problem comes in our spiritual life, but we should not be disheartened because of that. Gurudev said, 'Wherever you live you must continue your practising life.' We must follow this."
Download / listen to the audio (4 Mb, 11 min)

Gurudev's Teaching and Pastimes
"Srila Sridhar Maharaj always depended on Gurudev in everything. So many sannyasis, so many great scholars came to him, but he finally chose our Gurudev as his successor. We can see then how much love and affection he had for him."
Download / listen to the audio (3.7 Mb, 11 min)

A Perfect Disciple
"It is those who can take Gurudev's responsibility that can be a Guru. Only taking a mantra does not make one a disciple—one who can take their Gurudev's responsibility, who can take away pain from their Gurudev, is called a perfect disciple."
Download / listen to the audio (3.7 Mb, 7 min)

Golden Time for Golden Purpose
"I know you have taken initiation from Gurudev, I know you are serving Gurudev eternally (strictly every day without fail), you are worshipping the Lord eternally, you are chanting the kirtans eternally, but are you using your golden time to serve the Lord or to do something for your own self?"
Download / listen to the audio (1.5 Mb, 4 min | Bengali)

Emerging from Darkness
"Sixty thousand sages did a sacrifice for one thousand years(!), but even then they did not feel happy at heart. In the end, Sri Suta Goswami came there and explained that happiness was possible only through chanting the Holy Name. You must always keep this as the object of your eternal meditation."
Download / listen to the audio (1.7 Mb, 4 min | Bengali)

Leaving Maya's Shelter
"If some fortunate soul can come to take shelter at the holy lotus feet of Sri Guru severing the illusory bondage and keeping themselves in Guru's service, then they are very fortunate. There is no one in this world more fortunate than them."
Download / listen to the audio (1.1 Mb, 3 min | Bengali)

Sitting on Two Chairs
"There are gurus in this world who say, 'We do not prohibit anything. Eat and do whatever your soul pleases.' First know who you are, then do what your soul wants. Always remember this. But what is the use saying all this?... How long I have been telling you all this..."
Download / listen to the audio (1.7 Mb, 4 min | Bengali)

Deep Chastity
"No matter what you do and how much you do, if the Guru is angry, nobody can protect you. I must understand, 'I have taken shelter in a person, and as long as I stay in that shelter, even the Lord cannot do anything to me.' Remember what I am telling you all the time. Become surrendered..."
Download / listen to the audio (1.2 Mb, 3 min | Bengali)

Accept and Appreciate
"Whatever the Lord wishes, this is what will happen. You must always leave everything to the Lord. However the Lord keeps you, whatever situation the Lord creates, you must accept it. Do you understand it? Nothing is in our hands. We are only His servitors."
Download / listen to the audio (2.1 Mb, 5 min | Bengali)

Sat, 10 December 2022
(Om Vishnupad Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's Sri Vyasa Puja Maha-mahotsav)

Extent of Sincerity
"Many of us come to the temple, but do we all really practise Krishna consciousness? We must understand to what extent we are practising Krishna consciousness. We must think about the extent to which we have been able to become sincere and how much insincerity there is still left in us."
Download / listen to the lecture (6 Mb, 13 min | January 2020 | Bengali)

 


In honour of the holy divine appearance day of Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj:

 

gurvvabhista-supurakam guru-ganair asisa-sambhusitam
chintyachintya-samasta-veda-nipunam sri-rupa-panthanugam
govindabhidham ujjvalam vara-tanum bhakty anvitam-sundaram
vande visva-gurun cha divya-bhagavat-premno hi bija-pradam

"I offer my obeisance unto he who perfectly fulfils his Gurudev's most cherished desires; who is fully adorned with the blessings of his Gurudev’s associates; who is expert in all aspects of Vedic knowledge, both conceivable and inconceivable; who is the pre-eminent follower of Srila Rupa Goswami Prabhu's line; who is known as 'Govinda'—Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj; whose beautiful, effulgent, exalted form is infused with pure devotion; who is the Guru of the entire universe; and who is the giver of the seed of divine love for the Supreme Lord."

 

Question: It seems that we have one type of fear that having got some connection with your self we may lose that at death. I do not want to have connection with anyone else, I want to stay with you. So, I feel some type of fear...

Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj: Fear? But why have fear? I cannot understand it.

Devotee: Because if we do not finish our sadhana nicely, then next life we do not know where we will go—we may not find Govinda Maharaj there.

Srila Govinda Maharaj: What do you think about Govinda Maharaj?

Devotee: We think that we want to serve you.

Srila Govinda Maharaj: No, it is okay that you want to serve Govinda Maharaj, but what do you think about Govinda Maharaj? He is your guru, but in which form do you think about him? Do you think that Govinda Maharaj is a mundane man or an incarnation of the Lord coming in front of you to give you connection with Him? If you think he is an incarnation of the Lord, then he cannot leave your heart and you cannot leave your Lord. Even if you die, you will get that connection in another form, perhaps, but you will not be able to leave your Lord. When you have faith that the Lord always lives with you, then there will be no fear.

That is the main thing. By the mercy of Vaishnavs I also always feel that my Srila Guru Maharaj (Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj) is present with us. By the mercy of Vaishnavs and the supremacy of Srila Guru Maharaj, such feeling always comes to us that Srila Guru Maharaj has not left us, that he is with us.

I have service of Srila Guru Maharaj, and I must do that. Service to Srila Guru Maharaj is my only goal of life, and whichever way that service comes to me, I will try to serve.

Devotee: In my next life, I want to forever be a blade of grass wherever you walk...

Srila Govinda Maharaj: I do not want to wait for the next life. Actually, we must finish all our job here this life, then we shall all go to Goloka!

(8 June 1992)

 

Biography of Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj
A glorification article that sprang forth from the interpretation of the Pranam-mantra of His Divine Grace and was originally published as an Appendix to the Revealed Truth.

 

 


 

This day in 2010

Sri Vyasa Puja, 2010: Bengali Class
Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj's Bengali lecture given on the holy day of Sri Vyasa Puja of Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj on 23 December 2010:
Download (16.4 Mb, 46 min)

This day in 2011

Sri Vyasa Puja, 2011: Morning Kirtans
• Vandana • Krsna haite chatur-mukha • Samsara davanala-lidha-loka • Sri Krishna Chaitanya Prabhu jive daya kari' • Bhaja re bhaja re amara • Thakura vaisnava gana • Nitai-guna-mani amara • Emona durmati.
Download / listen to the audio (3.7 Mb, 43 min | 12 December 2011)

Sri Vyasa Puja Offering
"That day, in the heart of Gaura-desh, morning, noon, and evening as if merged and there sounded a stupefying song of flute. On this auspicious day, a ray of light fell from the sky. In the district of brahmans, in the house of a brahman, for the sake of jiva souls there took birth an unprecedentedly beautiful child."
Download / listen to the audio (3.7 Mb, 11 min | 11 December 2011)

Sri Guru's Order
"Wherever you live, you can practise your spiritual life. The main thing is to follow the order of your Guru. When you receive an order from Gurudev, that becomes your duty. Our Rupanuga-sampradaya Guru, he came from the transcendental abode, but when he was here we could not understand that..."
Download / listen to the audio (5.3 Mb, 16 min | 23 December 2013)

This day in 2014

Gurudev: His Example and Teachings
"Gurudev conquered the whole world with his love and affection. Many people throughout the world do not know English language or cannot fully understand it, but they could understand Gurudev through their heart."
Download / listen to the audio (5.2 Mb, 15 min | 8 December 2014)

Son of Lord Siva
"When Srila Param Guru Maharaj was a young boy, he worshipped Siva, and our Guru Maharaj, Om Vishnupad Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, was a son of Siva. That is why we are making a Siva temple on the bank of Govinda Kunda—for their happiness."
Download (1.1 Mb, 3 min | 11 August 2002)

This day in 2015

Sri Vyasa Puja Festival in 2015
His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj is addressing the assembled Vaishnavs on the appearance day of Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj (Bengali classes):
Adhivas: Download / listen to the audio (32.4 Mb, 95 min)
Morning: Download / listen to the audio (19.4 Mb, 57 min)
Noon: Download / listen to the audio (19.3 Mb, 57 min)
Evening: Download / listen to the audio (19.6 Mb, 57 min)

This day in 2021

শ্রীলগুরুদেবের মঠে আসা ও গুরু-তত্ত্ব-মহিমা
রীল গুরুপাদপদ্ম ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রীলভক্তিনির্ম্মল আচার্য্য মহারাজের শ্রীনৃসিংহপল্লীতে সকালের সময় হরিকথামৃত:
"আজকে মদীয় গুরুপাদপদ্ম ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ জগৎ-গুরু শ্রীল ভক্তি সুন্দর গোবিন্দ দেবগোস্বামী মহারাজের ৮২তম শুভ আবির্ভাব তিথি । এই শুভ আবির্ভাব তিথির উপলক্ষে আপনারা সবাই এখানে উপস্থিত হয়েছেন । গুরুদেবের এই তিথিতে অবলম্বন করে ৮২ বছর আগে বামুনপাড়ায় অবতীর্ণ হয়েছেন..."
Download / listen to the audio (16.4 Mb, 40 min | 1 January 2021 | Bengali | ১ জানুয়ারী ২০২১)

Gurudev's Appearance
"Today is 1 January, the first day of the year, and this is the day of my Gurupadpadma Om Vishnupad Jagad Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's appearance. Choosing this holy dvitiya tithi day, Gurudev appeared in this world 92 years ago."

Gurudev's Coming to Temple
"One day, Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj's preaching party came to Nadanghat on their way back from preaching. They did collection during the day, and in the evening they would give a class and chant kirtans at the house of some zamindar. When they came to Nadanghat, Gurudev came and sat at the programme, listening to the Hari-katha."

Perfect Adherence
"Within seven days after Guru Maharaj's coming to the temple, Srila Sridhar Maharaj told him, 'Do not follow what your mind tells you. You must do only what I tell you. Never do what your mind tells you to do.' Remember this."

Who Is Guru?
"Guru is the one whom the Lord has invested all his power. Once you get the mercy of the Guru, you will get all mercy. If Krishna bestows His mercy on any fortunate soul, then Guru teaches that soul everything in his omniscient (antaryami) form."

Sri Guru Tattva
"Souls wander throughout this universe, but if some fortunate souls take by Krishna's mercy the seed of devotion from Gurudev and practises Krishna consciousness, they can reach the Lord's abode! Do you understand what I am saying?"

Guru's Greed, Disciple's Greed
"These are desires or your tongue and mind! The souls never wants all this, but we are so greedy that we think that our mind and our soul are one and the same. People do not understand what is mind and what is the soul..."

Deceivers and Deceived
"If somebody lives in enjoyment, is foolish (ignorant of what one's duty is and what must not do) and lives following any other path except pure devotion, then even if this person is called a guru (in name only), it is the order of the scriptures that he must be given up."

Sri Vyasa Puja Programme: Noon Kirtans
 Gurudev, bada krpa kari  Sri Krsna Chaitanya Prabhu daya kara more  Ohe Vaisnava Thakura  Nitai-pada-kamala  Yadi Gaura na haite  Kena maya-jale paditecho  Nadiya-nagare nitai neche neche  Jaya Radha Madhava  Hare Krishna maha-mantra
Download/listen to the audio (22.3 Mb, 53 min | 1 January 2021 | Kirtan)

Satiating Hunger
"We have no attachment or love for what the great souls say. We only want food! What is the need to come to the temple for that? If you want to come to the temple for the benefit of your soul, then you can come, but do not come as a beggar for food—come as a beggar for spiritual life! Always remember this."
Download / listen to the audio (2.8 Mb, 7 min | Bengali)

Srila Gurudev's Pastimes (1)
"As you know, my Gurupadpadma came to the Math in 1947. They asked him, 'Will you come to the Math with us?' Gurudev said, 'Yes, I will come.' 'Will you go today?' 'Yes, I will go today itself!' Then, crossing across the river at Nagan Ghat, Gurudev came to this Math on the day of Nrisingha-chaturdasi. This was the first day he entered the temple."
Download / listen to the audio (2.1 Mb, 5 min | Bengali)

Srila Gurudev's Pastimes (2)
"Do you want to hear how Gurudev protected and looked after the temple? There are many naughty people in Kolerdanga, but Gurudev had such a tight grip on them that when he would come down from upstairs, people saw him and...."
Download / listen to the audio (1.3 Mb, 3 min | Bengali)

Srila Gurudev's Pastimes (3)
"When we offer arati to the Lord, we offer the pancha-pradip lamp and other items, and we always clean those items; in the same way, Gurudev takes us, cleans and polishes us and then uses for the Lord's service."
Download / listen to the audio (3.6 Mb, 9 min | Bengali)

Srila Gurudev's Pastimes (4)
"Many of you are older than me, and you have seen there was a big flood in 1987, and there was an even a greater flood in 2000. I had not come to the temple in 1987, so I did not see that flood, but I heard at that time there was no bamboo at the temple..."
Download / listen to the audio (0.8 Mb, 2 min | Bengali)

Srila Gurudev's Pastimes (5)
"Srila Gurudev travelled all over the world and established temples in more than 130 places, having travelled twenty-four times on world tours, having visited over a hundred countries total..."
Download / listen to the audio (1.6 Mb, 4 min | Bengali)

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..."
Download / listen to the audio (1.8 Mb, 5 min | Bengali)

Come as a Beggar
"Anyhow, much has been said today. I would like to read one article written by Srila Prabhupad Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur. Actually, no matter how many times I tell about it, it does not help... You must all listen to what Srila Prabhupad says."
Download / listen to the audio (1.5 Mb, 4 min | Bengali)

Know and Love the Lord
"May we love the Lord in the same way that we now love our house, wife, sons, friends, etc. When will this day come? Until and unless this day comes, you will have to keep coming to this material world and material family."
Download / listen to the audio (1.2 Mb, 3 min)

Grand and Joyous Festival
"I am very happy because the festival was very successful. Actually, we have seen such crowds before only in Gurudev's time in Nabadwip, and now is the first time we see it again at this Vyasa Puja festival of Srila Gurudev in 2021. Everybody is very happy with this festival."
Download / listen to the audio (2.1 Mb, 5 min)

Protecting Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math
"I have seen how Gurudev protects his temple, Srila Sridhar Maharaj's temple. In one sense, I am very unfortunate because I tried so hard to protect Gurudev's mission after Gurudev but could not do it. In another way, at least I could protect Gurudev's devotees."
Download / listen to the audio (1.8 Mb, 4 min)

Unblemished Sacrifice
"Today is Gurudev's appearance day. You all know everything—where Gurudev was born, how he came to the mission, etc. I do not want to describe so many things now. However, there are some who criticise Gurudev, and I would like to give some message to them."
Download / listen to the audio (3.8 Mb, 9 min)

"My Pride, My Joy and My Hope"
"I am very proud of you all. I do not know how many days I will be alive, but I want to preach until my death. And I only beg you for one thing—please give me your mercy so that I can serve my Gurudev and his mission like this until my death."
Download / listen to the audio (3.6 Mb, 9 min)

শ্রীলগুরুদেবের মঠে আসা ও গুরু-তত্ত্ব-মহিমা
রীল গুরুপাদপদ্ম ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রীলভক্তিনির্ম্মল আচার্য্য মহারাজের শ্রীনৃসিংহপল্লীতে সকালের সময় হরিকথামৃত:
"আজকে মদীয় গুরুপাদপদ্ম ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ জগৎ-গুরু শ্রীল ভক্তি সুন্দর গোবিন্দ দেবগোস্বামী মহারাজের ৮২তম শুভ আবির্ভাব তিথি । এই শুভ আবির্ভাব তিথির উপলক্ষে আপনারা সবাই এখানে উপস্থিত হয়েছেন । গুরুদেবের এই তিথিতে অবলম্বন করে ৮২ বছর আগে বামুনপাড়ায় অবতীর্ণ হয়েছেন..."
Download / listen to the audio (16.4 Mb, 40 min | 1 January 2021 | Bengali | ১ জানুয়ারী ২০২১)

 


SONG: Jaya jaya gurudever | জয় জয় গুরুদেবের
"All glory to the effulgent arati of Srila Gurudev taking place at the foot of Govardhan for the beneft of the world!"

Krsna haite chatur-mukha | কৃষ্ণ হৈতে চতুর্ম্মুখ
Samsara-davanala | সংসার-দাবানল
Gurudev! krpa-bindu diya | গুরুদেব! কৃপাবিন্দু দিয়া
Sri-guru-charana-padma | শ্রীগুরুচরণ-পদ্ম

Sun, 11 December 2022

"Please Wake Up"
"One moment you practise Krishna consciousness, but the next moment you speak about other things. To be able to worship eternally, it is necessary to have sincerity. You cannot get any result without sincerity. Your service must be eternal—you must serve every day without fail."
Download / listen to the lecture (6 Mb, 13 min | January 2020 | Bengali)

 


Today in the calendar: Krishna Tritiya. Festivals at Bamunpara and Nadan Ghat, the places of Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's appearance and youth pastimes.

"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."


 

Memorable Day In Bamunpara
"One morning Gurudev went to Bamunpara. Only Gurudev, his driver, me, and Gurudev's servant who cooked for him, went at that time. That day, Gurudev showed me that place in Bamunpara where Mahaprabhu passed after taking sannyas..."
Download / listen to the audio (1.7 Mb, 4 min | 17 January 2021)

SONG: Gopinath | গোপীনাথ
"O Gopinath, is this Your judgement? Seeing me averse to You, You abandon Your servant and do not grant him even a trace of mercy? O Gopinath, sit down in my heart, subdue my mind, and bring me towards You!"

 

 

Sri Bamunpara Temple (201 photographs, 7.5 Mb)
A dedicated photo album of Sri Bamunpara Temple, the holy birthplace of Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, manifest by the mercy and energy of Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj.

 

Sri Bamunpara Pilgrimage (36 photographs, 3.1 Mb)
Photographs taken today as His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj takes the devotees to the holy Sri Nandan Ghat and Sripat Bamunpara Dham.

 

Sri Bamunpara Pilgrimage (2014) (56 photos, 7.8 Mb)
Photographs of the last year's pilgrimage: Every year, on the day following the Vyasa Puja of Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, devotees come to Sri Bamunpara, the birth place of His Divine Grace, Nadan Ghat, the place of Srila Gurudev's childhood pastimes, as well as the nearby Sri Haritaki tree and Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur's house.

Mon, 12 December 2022 (Disappearance of Srila Prabhupad Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad)

Ten Offences
"This Age of Kali is an ocean of faults, but it has one great quality—the Supreme Lord appears in this age in the form of His Holy Name. We are chanting the Holy Name so much, but why are we not able to get any result? Why do we not understand anything?"
Download / listen to the lecture (4.9 Mb, 11 min | January 2020 | Bengali)

Love for Gaudiya [by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad]
"We pray that your practice, behaviour, language, taste, moral regulations and religious faith become aligned with the precepts of Gaudiya. Please gradually give up non-gaudiya elements within your Gaudiya identity and show the ideal of Gaudiya to the entire world. May you not mutilate the paramount ideal of the Gaudiya precepts by coveting to participate in that which is not Gaudiya."

গৌড়ীয়ে প্রীতি (ভগবান ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রীল ভক্তিসিদ্ধান্ত সরস্বতী ঠাকুর প্রভুপাদের হরি-কথামৃত)
"গৌড়ীয় ভাষার পাঠক, গৌড়-দেশের অধিবাসি, তোমাদিগের আচার, ব্যবহার, ভাষা, রুচি, নীতি ও ধর্ম্মবিশ্বাস গৌড়ীয়ের মত হওয়াই প্রার্থনীয় । তোমাদের গৌড়ীয় পরিচয়ে যাহা কিছু অগৌড়ীয়ের মত আছে বা হ’তে চলিয়াছে, তাহা ক্রমশঃ পরিহার করিয়া গৌড়ীয়ের আদর্শ সমগ্রজগতের দেখ্­বার মত কর ।"

 


Today in the calendar: Krishna Chaturthi. Disappearance festival of the founder of the Sri Chaitanya Math and worldwide Sri Gaudiya Maths, Bhagavan Sri Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Goswami Prabhupad.

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. If you remember the glories of Vaishnavs, if you speak about the glories of Vaishnavs, they can rescue you from all kinds of material bondage. We have heard a hundred times that if we glorify Vaishnavs, it gives great benefit, but even though we have heard it a thousand times, how much are we able to glorify Vaishnavs from our heart? How much can we serve Vaishnavs with heart and soul? This is the question."


 

In honour of Bhagavan Sri Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Goswami Prabhupad:

On Srila Prabhupad's Disappearance [by Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj]
"It happened at the meeting point between the two years. So many disciples from all over India flocked then, everybody came in pain and weeping mood. The whole small area of the samadhi was full, everybody was crying and weeping...."

 

sri-siddhanta-sarasvatiti vidito gaudiya-gurv-anvaye
bhato bhanuriva prabhata-gagane yo gaura-sankirtanaih
mayavada-timingilodara-gatan uddhrtya jivaniman
krsna-prema-sudhabdhi-gahana-sukham pradat prabhum tam bhaje
"I serve my lord, who is known as Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur. Within the Gaudiya sampradaya's lineage of Gurus, he shines like the sun in the morning sky. Through the sankirtan of Sriman Mahaprabhu he rescues the souls engulfed within the belly of the timingila of illusionism and bestows upon them the ecstasy of swimming in the nectarean ocean of divine love for Krishna."

About Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad
A brief biographical compilation dedicated to Bhagavan Sri Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad taken from a lecture of Om Vishnupad Jagad Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.

 

Srila Prabhupad's Glory (1)
"Acharya-vandana: If you can realise the meaning this song, you can get all glorification of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur. Sujanarvuda-radhita-pada-yugam: We sing it but we do not realise its meaning because if we realised its meaning, we would get taste singing it. We must sing it every day and be conscious of it."
Download / listen to the audio (3 Mb, 9 min | 25 December 2010)

Irreparable Loss
"We can pray, 'Wherever you are staying now, please shower your mercy upon us so we can be servants of the servants of your lotus feet, and so that we may not leave this line of devotion. Please, do not reject me. You can make me your foot dust...'"
Download / listen to the audio (0.7 Mb, 2 min | 25 December 2010)

Srila Prabhupad's Glory (2)
"Mahaprabhu predicted this, and Prabhupad fulfilled it through Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj, Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, Srila Gurudev. Now, in every village, all day, all night there is Hari-katha and kirtan going on."
Download / listen to the audio (2.9 Mb, 8 min | 25 December 2010)

Srila Prabhupad's Glory (3): Current of Pure Devotion
"Nobody can give what he gave to the world. He is the holder of suddha-bhakti-mandakini, holy Mandakini River of pure devotion (the very source current of pure devotion) and he brings its flow into the world."
Download / listen to the audio (1.3 Mb, 4 min | 25 December 2010)

Vaisnav Ke? (An Appeal to Your Mind)
"We do not want to stay in the temple because there are so many rules and regulations—everything has to be maintained at a certain time, and if you live alone, nobody will tell you anything, but you will be losing your devotional activities. Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur said that nirjan bhajan is self-deception."
Download / listen to the audio (6.3 Mb, 19 min | 6 March 2016)

At Sri Chaitanya Math [From Sri Nabadwip Dham Mahatmya-Mukta-Mala; 74 Mb]
An extensive article in glorification of Srila Prabhupad Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur, his mission and teachings compiled from the discourses of Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj and our guru-varga.

 

SONG: Jayare jayare jaya paramahamsa | জয়রে জয়রে জয় পরমহংস
"Glory, glory, glory to Sri Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Thakur, this great swan-like perfect personality, abode of highest mercy, who is the path and refuge for the low and miserable who have no refuge!"

SONG: Sujanarvuda-radhita-pada-yugam | সুজনার্ব্বুদরাধিতপাদযুগং
"I hold on my head the dust of his tremendous, wondrously purifying feet and eternally offer my obeisance to them."

SONG: Ye anila prema-dhana | যে আনিল প্রেমধন
"Where has Advaita Acharya, the Lord who mercifully brought the wealth of divine love to this world, gone?"

Sri Sri Dayita Dasa Dasakam (Text and Audio)
A poem composed by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj after the disappearance of his Divine Master Bhagavan Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad: "O Dina-nayana, wherever that great soul may be, please quickly take this servitor there."

Tue, 13 December 2022

If You Want to Get Right for Service...
"If you want to get the right to serve the Lord, you have to go through austerity and hardships. You must cook for the Lord, you must offer bhog for the Lord, you must offer worship to the Lord. You must practise eternally, every single day without fail."
Download / listen to the lecture (4.9 Mb, 11 min | January 2020 | Bengali)

 

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

Cruelty-Free Service Life
"We must give love and affection for everybody. There is a soul existing in the body of every bird, beast or any other living entity, and therefore Krishna is also present there. We have got this human body after 8,400,000 births, but our bad fortune is that we still cannot understand it."
Download / listen to the audio (2.1 Mb, 5 min | 11 October 2020)

Wed, 14 December 2022

Have Proper Motive
"Genuine Gaudiya Vaishnavs of Rupanuga Sampradaya worship Krishna only for one reason—out of love and affection. It is necessary to love the Lord. Do you understand what I am saying? It is necessary to hear about this and to have the proper motive."
Download / listen to the lecture (6.5 Mb, 14 min | 29 January 2020 | Bengali)

 

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

"If You Love Me..."
"When you give some offering or puja to your Guru, you think it is only a photograph, but no, you must have strongest faith that Gurudev is there. You think, "We give a garland to Gurudev's photograph, it is just a formality, Gurudev does not really accept it"—why do you think so?"
Download / listen to the audio (1.4 Mb, 4 min | 11 October 2020)

Thu, 15 December 2022

Leave World of Stool and Urine
"We must always think about these things. It is necessary to have a strong desire. It is necessary to try and try. You cannot understand how merciful the Lord is. The Lord is searching for us. We are the Lord's lost children who have left the Lord and come here, but we must again return to Him."
Download / listen to the lecture (6.5 Mb, 14 min | 29 January 2020 | Bengali)

 

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

Service Aspiration
"Serving your Guru, serving the Lord is the main thing. I have already shown you how you can go to the spiritual world. Whether you get there or not does not depend upon your age or life duration—it only depends on your service, it depends on your heart."
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Fri, 16 December 2022

Serve with Love
"You can even make a temple, but the Lord will not be pleased by that. It is necessary to feed the Lord, it is necessary to love the Lord, it is necessary to serve the Lord with faith and affection. The Lord must be served with love."
Download / listen to the lecture (6.5 Mb, 14 min | 29 January 2020 | Bengali)

 

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

"Inconceivable, Unbelievable, and Unimaginable"
"Everybody is giving their love and affection and all together making this day for me. Actually, I am getting shy to make my birthday festival, but devotees are always enthusiastic to make this festival, even in this pandemic situation..."
Download / listen to the audio (4.1 Mb, 10 min | 17 October 2020)

Sat, 17 December 2022

Repeated Prayer, Repeated Plight
"What I am saying now is important—it is important for those who want to practise Krishna consciousness, who want to get the Lord, who want to come to the Lord. Those who have no eagerness, who have no desire, who do not try will not be interested to hear it... "
Download / listen to the lecture (24.1 Mb, 53 min | 30 January 2020 | Bengali)

 

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

Clearing Contradictions
"Everybody's vision and feelings are not the same. Sometimes, you look like a man, but at other times, you deal or talk with others like a demon. Krishna lives in all living entities. However, we sometimes see there is also a demon living in the heart of the jiva soul."
Download / listen to the audio (3.4 Mb, 8 min | 17 October 2020)

Sun, 18 December 2022 (Tomorrow is Sri Saphala Ekadasi)

Watch What You Wish For
"Why should we practise Krishna consciousness? The people of this world worship the Lord for three reasons. Remember what these reasons are. We must always remember and keep this in our hearts."
Download / listen to the lecture (24.1 Mb, 53 min | 30 January 2020 | Bengali)

 

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

A Very Busy Day
"Phone calls have been coming today from all over the world starting from 3:30-4 o'clock in the morning. Everyone is calling me continuously. Not only in foreign countries they are making big festivals today, but also in all the temples, centres here in India..."
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Mon, 19 December 2022 (Sri Saphala Ekadasi)

Lord's Mercy
"The Lord is very merciful. You know that the Lord rescues and bestows His mercy even on those who come to kill Him—and not just those who come to kill Him, but those who come to kill Him when He was a small baby!"
Download / listen to the lecture (24.1 Mb, 53 min | 30 January 2020 | Bengali)

 

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

Service with Full Enthusiasm
"The most important thing is that all the devotees are with me. 'Maharaj, where you are, that is Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math—and we will go wherever you are!' When I hear devotees say this, my heart overflows."
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Today in the calendar: Krishna Ekadashi. Saphala Ekadashi. Fast. Disappearance of Srila Devananda Pandit (an associate in Sriman Mahaprabhu's pastimes) and Srimad Bhakti Prakash Aranya Maharaj (a diksa and sannyas disciple of Srila Prabhupad Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati 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. If you remember the glories of Vaishnavs, if you speak about the glories of Vaishnavs, they can rescue you from all kinds of material bondage. We have heard a hundred times that if we glorify Vaishnavs, it gives great benefit, but even though we have heard it a thousand times, how much are we able to glorify Vaishnavs from our heart? How much can we serve Vaishnavs with heart and soul? This is the question."


 

In honour of Srila Devananda Pandit:

Learn Proper Conception
"Sometimes we can unconsciously make an offence, but through good association we can hear and understand the proper guidance, proper etiquette. If we do not know it, then no matter how much we practise, how much we chant and how much service we do, we can still sometimes be doing some aparadh."
Download / listen to the audio (1.4 Mb, 4 min | 26 May 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 / listen to the audio (1.2 Mb, 3 min | 29 May 2019)

 


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)

Tue, 20 December 2022

Pure Ego
"'Having submitted my heart and soul to my Gurupadpadma, I have got this chance to perform archan for the Lord.' The final preparatory step is to make sure your mind is at the holy lotus feet of Sri Gurupadpadma."
Download / listen to the lecture (24.1 Mb, 53 min | 30 January 2020 | Bengali)

 

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

Importance of Vaishnav-Seva
"Gurudev always warned me when I made festivals, 'Be careful. You have invited many people, you have invited sannyasis and brahmacharis—you must give them good prasadam, you must give good respect to them. If you can please and make devotees happy, then you can succeed in your spiritual life.'"
Download / listen to the audio (3.9 Mb, 10 min | 17 October 2020)

 


Today in the calendar: Krishna Dvadasi. Paran is at 6:18–9:49. Disappearance of Sripad Bhakti Bhudev Shrauti Maharaj (a diksa and sannyas disciple of Srila Prabhupad Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati 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. If you remember the glories of Vaishnavs, if you speak about the glories of Vaishnavs, they can rescue you from all kinds of material bondage. We have heard a hundred times that if we glorify Vaishnavs, it gives great benefit, but even though we have heard it a thousand times, how much are we able to glorify Vaishnavs from our heart? How much can we serve Vaishnavs with heart and soul? This is the question."


Wed, 21 December 2022

Beautiful Pastimes (1)
"Today is the appearance day of Vishnupriya Devi. You know that Vishnupriya Devi, who is Maharabhu's potency, appeared in Nabadwip Dham as a daughter of Sanatan Misra. It is also the appearance day of Srila Raghunath Das Goswami, Pundarik Vidyanidhi and Srila Raghunandan Thakur, and the disappearance day of Sri Visvanath Chakravarti today."
Download / listen to the lecture (24.1 Mb, 53 min | 30 January 2020 | Bengali)

 

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

Good Heart Is the Soul of the Temple
"You get millions of people joining and chanting, 'Gaura Hari bol! Gaura Hari bol!' but if you sieve through this crowd, you will not find even one pure devotee there. Yet there can be just two-five people, but they worship and practise Krishna consciousness properly—they are my happiness."
Download / listen to the audio (1.6 Mb, 4 min | 17 October 2020)

 


Today in the calendar: Krishna Trayodashi. Disappearance of Srila Mahesh Pandit and Srila Uddharan Das Thakur (both are great followers of Sriman Nityananda 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. If you remember the glories of Vaishnavs, if you speak about the glories of Vaishnavs, they can rescue you from all kinds of material bondage. We have heard a hundred times that if we glorify Vaishnavs, it gives great benefit, but even though we have heard it a thousand times, how much are we able to glorify Vaishnavs from our heart? How much can we serve Vaishnavs with heart and soul? This is the question."


 

In honour of Srila Uddharan Das Thakur:

Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur writes in his Anubhasya, "The Gaura-ganoddesa-dipika (129) states that Uddharan Datta Thakur was formerly the cowherd boy of Vrindavana named Subahu. Uddharan Datta Thakur, previously known as Sri Uddharan Datta, was a resident of Saptagram, which is situated on the bank of the Sarasvati River near the Trisabigha railway station in the district of Hooghly.

"In the Chaitanya-bhagavata, Antya-khanda, Chapter Five, it is said that Uddharan Datta was an extremely elevated and liberal Vaisnava. He was born with the right to worship Nityananda Prabhu. It is also stated that Nityananda Prabhu, after staying for some time in Khadadaha, came to Saptagrama and stayed in the house of Uddharan Datta.

"In Saptagrama there is still a temple with a six-armed Deity of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu that was personally worshiped by Srila Uddharan Datta Thakur. On the right side of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is a Deity of Sri Nityananda Prabhu, and on the left side is Gadadhara Prabhu. Uddharan Datta Thakur was the manager of the estate of a big zamindar in Naihati, about one and a half miles north of Katwa. The relics of this royal family are still visible near the Daiìhata station. Since Uddharan Datta Thakur was the manager of the estate, it was also known as Uddharan-pur. Uddharan Datta Thakur installed Nitai-Gaura Deities that were later brought to the house of the zamindar, which was known as Vanaoyaribada. Srila Uddharan Datta Thakur remained a householder throughout his life. His father's name was Srikara Datta, his mother's name was Bhadravati, and his son's name was Srinivasa Datta."

(From a purport to Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita,
by Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad)

In honour of Srila Mahesh Pandit:

"Mahes Pandit, the seventh of the twelve gopals, was very liberal. In great love of Krishna he danced to the beating of a kettledrum like a madman."

Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakura writes in his Anubhasya, "The village of Mahes Pandit, which is known as Palapad, is situated in the district of Nadia within a forest about one mile south of the Chakadaha railway station. It is mentioned that Mahes Pandit joined the festival performed by Sri Nityananda Prabhu at Panihati. Narottam Das Thakur also joined in the festival, and Mahes Pandit saw him on that occasion. In the temple of Mahes Pandit there are Deities of Gaura-Nityananda, Sri Gopinath, Sri Madana-mohan and Radha-Govinda, as well as a salagrama-sila."

Thu, 22 December 2022

Beautiful Pastimes (2)
"We carry stool in our stomaches, but once we pass stool, if we look behind, we feel repulsed and hold our nose. In the same way, you must give up visaya (material world and everything related to it)—you must have no attachment to it."
Download / listen to the lecture (24.1 Mb, 53 min | 30 January 2020 | Bengali)

 

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

Avoiding Pratistha
"Without service to Vaishnavs, what can rescue us from this kind of illusory environment? Gurudev always said that it is very difficult in this age of Kali to conquer illusory environment, to conquer kanak, kamini, and pratistha. You can overcome kanak (attachment to money) and kamini (attachment to women), but it is very hard to give up pratistha (attachment to name and fame)."
Download / listen to the audio (2.2 Mb, 5 min | 17 October 2020)

Fri, 23 December 2022

Beautiful Pastimes (3)
"You do your puja, offer some flowers, ring the bell, offer bhog, and you think that it is all there is to it. You do not think how you can please the Lord. If you hear about the Lord and His devotees, it can bring you great benefit."
Download / listen to the lecture (24.1 Mb, 53 min | 30 January 2020 | Bengali)

 

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

Preach and Proceed In Your Spiritual Life
"You may have a small temple, you are just a few devotees there, but you can gather together and worship your Guru with heart and soul. Make festivals, give good prasadam, glorify our Guru-varga, sing some bhajans. This is what a temple is meant for. This is our life."
Download / listen to the audio (3.4 Mb, 8 min | 17 October 2020)

Sat, 24 December 2022

Take Service Seriously
"We have come here in this Age of Kali, having got a human birth after many lives. We only dance and chant, 'Hari bol! Hari bol!' but we have not learnt the meaning of what we are doing. Always chant the Holy Name. Take service to the Lord seriously—serve the Lord with love."
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—{ "Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address" }—

My Fortune and My Promise
"Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math is my real family. I am very fortunate and very grateful. I will try to serve all the devotees to the best of my ability until my death, until the moment I leave this body. That is my promise."
Download / listen to the audio (2.5 Mb, 6 min | 18 October 2020)

 


Today in the calendar: Gaura Pratipad. Appearance 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:

About Srila Lochan Das Thakur
"We must pray to Vaishnav Thakur, 'Wherever you are, Prabhu, please bestow your mercy on this fallen and low soul so that I may live this life serving you.' Srila Lochan Das Thakur composed Sri Chaitanya-mangala that contains even more pastimes of the Lord than Sri Chaitanya-bhagavata..."
Download / listen to the audio (5 Mb, 12 min | 2 February 2021 | Bengali)

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)

Sun, 25 December 2022

Value Your Time
"We have time to practise Krishna consciousness now, and we must value this time. Time and tide wait for none. Day by day, our age is not increasing—it is decreasing. We have to spend half of the time we are alive on sleeping, but how much of the other half of our time do we give to the Lord?"

"Merry Christmas"
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj is speaking on the Christmas day in 2006: "You must give honour to wherever there is some piety and religious manifestation. This is our religion. Today is a very big festival day here in Bengal as well as all over India. The whole world knows that it is the appearance day of Jesus Christ, and India celebrates this day now too."

 

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

Rare Jewels
"I always remember so many great souls who are not with us anymore. So many householder devotees have made this kind of sacrifice—actually, they look like householders, but their mind, heart, their everything is more than a sannyasi."
Download / listen to the audio (7.6 Mb, 18 min | 18 October 2020)

Mon, 26 December 2022

Gaudiya Vaishnavs' Service
"Taking shelter of Gurudev and surrendering to him, we should come to Gurudev and listen about the glories of the Lord not with the hope to get something but out of love. Gaudiya Vaishnavs and the Vaishnavs of Sri Rupanuga Sampradaya worship and serve the Lord out of love."

 


Today in the calendar: Gaura Tritiya. Disappearance of Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhu. Disappearance of Srila Jagadish Pandit.

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 Jiva Goswami Prabhu:

—: Pranam mantra of Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhu :—

yah sankhya-pankena kutarka-pamsuna
vivarta-gartena cha lupta-didhitim
suddham vyadhad vak-sudhaya mahesvaram
krsnam sa jivah prabhur astu me gatih
"With his nectarean teachings, Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhu revealed the Supreme Lord, Krishna, whose effulgence had been hidden by the quicksand of calculation, the dust storm of fallacious logic, and the ditch of illusionism. May he be my shelter."
—Sri Baladev Vidyabhusan

 

Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhu
"I have no power to say what kind of devotion to his Guru Jiva Goswami had. Jiva Goswami's service cannot be compared to anyone's service. Whatever order he would get, he would place it on his head and do it all the time—his mind never went to any other place."
Download / listen to the audio (8 Mb, 23 min | 2012)

Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhu: The All-Rounder
"Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhu did everything alone—he cooked, did puja, cleaned the temple, brought water from the Yamuna, and also did personal service to his Guru. He was busy with his service from morning to night, and did everything alone."
Download / listen to the audio (0.6 Mb, 2 min | 9 September 2011)

Protected Journey
Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj explains the pranam-mantra of Srila Jiva Goswami in the book Dignity of the Divine Servitor: "I offer my full dandavats unto the lotus feet of Srila Jiva Goswami who is the protector of our spiritual life. He rescues us from the whole illusory environment..."

Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhura Sochaka
A song composed by Srila Narahari Thakur in glorification of Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhu's life, character, and service. Bengali verses and English transliteration.

 

About Sri Jagadish Pandit:

Sri Jagadish Pandit
"Born in Guwahati, Assam, Sri Jagadish Pandit came to live in Nabadwip. Sri Jagadish Pandit and Hiranya lived together on the bank of the Gages near Sri Jagannath Misra's house, and Mahaprabhu would often come to visit them."
Download / listen to the audio (4.5 Mb, 11 min | 24 January 2021)

"Jagadish Pandit was formerly a great dancer in Krishna-lila and was known as Chandrahasa. He belonged to the village of Yasada-gram, in the district of Nadia near the Chakadaha railway station. His father, the son of Bhatta Narayan, was named Kamalaksa. Both his father and mother were great devotees of Lord Visnu, and after their death, Jagadish, with his wife Duhkhini and brother Mahesa, left his birthplace and came to Sri Mayapur to live in the company of Jagannath Misra and other Vaisnavas. Lord Chaitanya asked Jagadish to go to Jagannath Puri to preach the Harinam sankirtan movement. After returning from Jagannath Puri, on the order of Lord Jagannath he established Deities of Jagannath in the village of Yasada-gram."

"Sri Jagadish is described in the Gaura-ganoddesa-dipika (192) as follows: 'Sri Jagadish and Hiranya previously appeared as the wives of the yajnic brahmans of Vraja. The Lord asked for the grains they offered to Vishnu on the day of Ekadasi. Chandrahasa, the expert dancer and knower of the mellows of Vraja, has now appeared as Sri Jagadish Pandit.' Sri Nityananda Prabhu with His associates are the life and wealth of the most effulgent Sri Jagadish Pandit."

Jagadish Pandit and Hiranya Pandit—lived in Godrumadwip. Their house was some distance from the Lord's house. On the day of Ekadasi they arranged a large offering for the Lord. The injunction for fasting on Ekadasi is meant only for the living entities, but Lord Vishnu is beyond the jurisdiction of the rules and regulations that He has established. Since He is not bound to observe fast on Ekadasi, and since He alone is the enjoyer of all sacrificial offerings, all types of foodstuffs should be offered to Him on Ekadasi. On the day of Ekadasi the Vaisnavs give up all kinds of enjoyment and do not accept the injunction for honoring prasada as on other days, but Lord Sri Hari, the protector of the devotees, accepts the foodstuffs offered by His devotees on His day, Hari-vasara. Sri Gaura-Narayan also revealed His desire to eat those foodstuffs.

(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Sri Chaitanya-bhagavata)

 

No Other Shelter
"One time, when Nimai was three-four years old, He showed He was sick, and was crying so much. It was an Ekadasi day. His mother, Sachi Mata, asked Him, 'What has happened?' Nimai said, 'I want to go to Hiranya-Jagadish's house!'"
Download / listen to the audio (1.1 Mb, 3 min | 17 June 2001)

 

Tue, 27 December 2022

Perverted and Transcendental Charm
"What will you get by going there and staying in a hotel? All kinds of wrongdoings and atrocious things happen there. You will find only all dirty things there, but there is a very beautiful place right next to it, a place where Nitayananda Prabhu's worship is going on eternally."

 

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

Root of Devotion
"If you want to conquer illusory environment, it is necessary to have the mercy of Guru and Vaishnavs. Guru-kripa is the root of your creeper of devotion. If you cut your creeper at the root, your devotion, your practice will dry just like a tree dries up when uprooted."
Download / listen to the audio (2.2 Mb, 6 min | 18 October 2020)

Wed, 28 December 2022

Our Greatest and Only Friends
"Gurudev and Nityananda Prabhu are your greatest friends. They show us the road to Krishna, 'If you take this road, you will come to the Lord.' The holy lotus feet of Sri Guru and Nityananda are our only hope! There is nothing in this world except their holy lotus feet. Do you understand it?"
Download / listen to the lecture (30.6 Mb, 64 min | 7 February 2020 | Bengali)

 

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

Remembering Right Things
"First practise chanting the Holy Name, concentrate your mind on service, and when you come to the highest position in your worship (bhajan), then you can ask such questions. We must first practise Krishna consciousness properly, chant the Holy Name, because our heart, mind is always busy with nonsense things."
Download / listen to the audio (4.7 Mb, 12 min | 18 October 2020)

Wed, 28 December 2022

Our Greatest and Only Friends
"Gurudev and Nityananda Prabhu are your greatest friends. They show us the road to Krishna, 'If you take this road, you will come to the Lord.' The holy lotus feet of Sri Guru and Nityananda are our only hope! There is nothing in this world except their holy lotus feet. Do you understand it?"
Download / listen to the lecture (30.6 Mb, 64 min | 7 February 2020 | Bengali)

 

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

Remembering Right Things
"First practise chanting the Holy Name, concentrate your mind on service, and when you come to the highest position in your worship (bhajan), then you can ask such questions. We must first practise Krishna consciousness properly, chant the Holy Name, because our heart, mind is always busy with nonsense things."
Download / listen to the audio (4.7 Mb, 12 min | 18 October 2020)

Fri, 30 December 2022

Pull of Maya
"Having opened many temples, our Guru-varga has given us many opportunities for service, but what of that? Are you able to stay without illusory bondage? It is not easy for us to leave the world of Maya and come here. Maya will keep pulling you in the other direction."
Download / listen to the lecture (30.6 Mb, 64 min | 7 February 2020 | Bengali)

 

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

Loving Service
"You are all liberated souls, you are trying to make your Guru happy—you are giving everything for the service of your Guru. You are doing this and getting taste. You can enter your home through your service mood."
Download / listen to the audio (1.7 Mb, 4 min | 25 October 2020)

Sat, 31 December 2022

Wrong Preoccupation
"We always think about our bodies and homes—we always think how to live and sleep comfortably. We feel attached to trifle things. That is why it is necessary for everyone to take shelter of Nityananda Prabhu. The problem is that because of small, trifle things, because of various obstacles and problems, we cannot come to this line easily."
Download / listen to the lecture (30.6 Mb, 64 min | 7 February 2020 | Bengali)

 


One More Year Passed
As one more years draws to its end, His Divine Grace Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj muses on the value and meaning of life, quoting several Vaishnav songs: "Life is shaky—it is here now, and then it is gone. Serve the Lord's feet!"
Download / listen to the audio (2.2 Mb, 7 min | 31 December 2010)

Saltamami
"If you lose your capital every day, you will eventually have a zero balance, and the next day it will be -1, then -2—then it will be lost for your life. You have got some sukriti, that is all right, but every day you must earn more through your service."
Download / listen to the audio (2.8 Mb, 6 min | 25 October 2013)

New Year Message
"It is necessary to preach, follow, and practise Krishna consciousness more. Next year, with a good heart and good health, continue your service to Gurudev."
Download / listen to the audio (0.6 Mb, 2 min | 21 December 2014)

Your Home Is Ready—Are You?
"If you can practise continuously, with tolerance, humility, giving honour to others, removing all material desires, chanting the Holy Name properly, then Gurudev already has your home made there."
Download / listen to the audio (3 Mb, 9 min | 19 December 2015)

New Year Message (1): Preaching News
"Actually, this year we are doing very well, preaching. Devotees are also preaching all over the world, and I am very happy with their activities. I am always running, I cannot and I do not want to stop my service until my death. This is my service."
Download / listen to the audio (1.3 Mb, 4 min | 29 December 2016)

New Year Message (2): Inner Quality
"Bad association can damage your faith and spiritual life. Even if you think that some association is not good and you stay alone, that is good, no problem. Next year we will be aware of this—we will not do bad association and we will not criticise others, we must tolerate."
Download / listen to the audio (2.8 Mb, 8 min | 29 December 2016)

New Year Message
"Today is the last day of 2018 and tomorrow is the first of January of 2019. We are going to start a new year and I am praying to Gurudev, I am praying to everybody that next year everyone will continue their life and days for the service of Gurudev..."
Download / listen to the audio (3.6 Mb, 10 min | 21 December 2018)

New Year Message: "Service Is Our Life"
"Whatever problem comes, we will not go to any other line, we will not leave our line—we will follow that line which Gurudev shows us. That is our intention, that is our determination, and that is our promise. Whatever situation comes, let it come, we are always ready for it."
Download / listen to the audio (1.4 Mb, 4 min | 29 December 2019)

 

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

Do Not Jump Into Maya
"If you send a letter to the Lord, you will not get any answer, but if you send a letter to your Guru, you will immediately get an answer from the Lord because Gurudev is the closest, dearmost friend of the Lord. We must proceed in our spiritual life following this process."
Download / listen to the audio (2.2 Mb, 6 min | 25 October 2020)

 

 

 

 

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Parikrama: Benefit and Benefactor
'When I see some eighty-year-old lady walking before me and faster than me, I get so much energy from them. They get strength through chanting of the Holy name—this is the kind of change that comes. If you chant the Holy Name, the Holy Name will take you.'

 

Sri Sri Prema-Vivarta
“If you do not become single-minded, the plight of crossing a river in two boats will befall you.”

You are devotees of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, and Gurudev says that you are all in the ship of Chaitanya Saraswat Math, and everybody has to come under one umbrella.

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