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APRIL 2023

 

Sat, 1 April 2023 (Adhivas of Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's Disappearance Festival; tomorrow is fast on Vyanjuli Mahadvadasi)

Devotees Are Devoted
'Wherever devotees go, they always chant the Holy Name of the Lord. Whatever pain, struggle or difficulty they face, they know that everything happens by the wish of the Lord. So, although he went to hell, he did not have any problem there, and he soon returned from there. The Lord protected him.'
Download / listen to the audio (38.3 Mb, 80 min | Bengali & Kirtan | 21 February 2020)

 

In honour of the forthcoming disappearance festival of Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj:

Service Challenges [Part 5]
"In my life I had to do all these hard, hard, very difficult jobs, and I was always successful. Anyhow but I did it. Whether it was getting building plans approved, whether it was any other job, everything was unhampered in the end."

Gurudev's Insight [Part 6]
"I have heard and learned a lot from Gurudev. Gurudev gave me so many instructions how to maintain the temple, and Gurudev is dur-darasi—he has a great foresight. He always managed everything very tactfully."

Gurudev's Loving Affection [Part 7]
"Sri Sivananda Sen understood it, Sri Jagadananda Pandit understood it, and Srila Sanatan Goswami also realised what is called Guru and Vaishnav's blessing in the world of devotion. I myself realised and understood it gradually too."

Nurturing Gurudev's Mission [Part 8]
"You cannot become a disciple just by taking a mantra from a guru. It is necessary to have and show your love, affection for your Guru, to take him as your own. If you care for and think about your Guru and Vaishnavs, then your Guru and Vaishnavs will care for and think about you..."

Sun, 2 April 2023 (Om Vishnupad Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's Disappearance Festival; fast on Vyanjuli Mahadvadasi)

Lord Is Always Merciful
'The Lord is always merciful to us. He is always with us. We must always remember this. Never forget this. You always forget everything – you are the soul who are forgetful of Krishna. I have mentioned the pastime of the demoness Putana today...'
Download / listen to the audio (38.3 Mb, 80 min | Bengali & Kirtan | 21 February 2020)

 


Today in the calendar: Gaura Dvadasi. Fast on Vyanjuli Mahadvadasi.
Festival in honour of the disappearance of Om Visnupad Paramahamsa Parivrajakacharya-varya Astottara-sata-sri Sri Srimad Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. Lord Krishna's Damanaka-ropana festival.


 

Om Vishnupad Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's Books Online

Religion of the Heart Affectionate Guidance The Nectarean Glories of Sri Nityananda Prabhu The Divine Servitor
 
Dignity of the Divine Servitor Golden Reflections Divine Guidance The Benedictine Tree of Divine Aspiration

Original SourceRevealed TruthThe Wonderful Nature of the Vaisnava • Life's Destination • Divine Message •  The Math Logo • Poem "A Wish"

 

 

In honour of Srila Bhakti Sundar 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 him 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."

 

"Do Not Despair"
"You have come to see me. I am your friend, your master, or your everything, I can feel that you feel it. There are so many devotees from different countries here. Different countries means different languages, different cultures, different lifestyles, different food—everything is different; but our conception is one, and that is Krishna consciousness. We have been practising for a long time, then we must have some Krishna-conscious mentality and we can proceed with that to our goal, which is the life of a servitor."

The Pain of Broken Hearts
"We always remember Srimati Radharani, Her associates and other Vraja gopis, but we forget about Nanda Maharaj and Mother Yasomati. It has come out of Radharani's mouth: 'We do not consider our heart's pain, but when we see Mother Yasoda's face and Mother Yasoda's situation without Your presence, our heart is breaking after breaking after breaking.'"

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.

 

Sri Samadhi Mandir Verses
A series of pages containing the verses that were selected to adorn the samadhi-mandir of His Divine Grace Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. May these pages please and nourish the Vaishnavs' hearts.

 

Prayers to Sri Gurupadpadma:

SONG: Sri Guru Parampara
"All the Gurus in this succession are associates of Sri Gauranga. I pray for their remnants."

SONG: Gurudev! krpa-bindu diya
"When I examine myself for qualifications, I find none. Your mercy is everything. If you are not merciful to me, then, crying, I will no longer maintain my life."

SONG: Gurudev bada krpa kari
"When, O master, will you mercifully grant this servant the qualification to do this? Then my heart will become steadfast, I will tolerate everything, and I will serve the Lord sincerely."

SONG: Samsara-davanala
"I offer my obeisance unto the lotus feet of Sri Guru, the ocean of goodness who assumes the form of a cloud of mercy to deliver the souls burning in the blazing fire of material existence."

SONG: Thakura vaisnava-gana
"Narottam Das says, 'Seeing and hearing about my situation, I am stricken with fear. Please rescue me and keep me by your side.'"

SONG: Nitai-pada kamala
"Always aspire for Nitai's feet. Narottam is very sad: 'O Nitai! Make me happy. Keep me beside your reddish feet.'"

SONG: Emona durmati
"O Lord! I am very wicked-minded and have fallen into this material world, but You have sent a great soul, Your associate (to rescue me)."

SONG: Ki jani ki bale
"I do not know by what force I have taken shelter within Your abode. Surely it is by Your mercy alone, for You are ever seeking the purification and deliverance of the fallen souls."

SONG: Sri Rupa-manjari-pada
"The lotus feet of Sri Rupa Manjari are my wealth, my bhajan (service), my puja (worship), the wealth of my life, and whatever ornaments I may have. Her lotus feet are the very life of my life."

SONG: Ye anila prema-dhana
"Where has Advaita Acharya gone? Where are my Svarup, Rupa, Sanatan? Where is my Raghunath? Where are the saviours of the fallen souls?"

 


The Seeds of Discord
"This animosity, these things have not grown overnight—it has been growing and increasing day by day, day by day. You did not see what was happening inside, and now that tree has grown very big!"
Download / listen to the audio (3 Mb, 9 min | 30 March 2010)

Strong Faith and Chastity
"He may not be able to talk now like before, but he can see everything, and he is watching everything. I think those who say Gurudev is not here anymore have not got any connection with Gurudev. That is why it is necessary to have a strong faith."
Download / listen to the audio (1.9 Mb, 6 min | 30 March 2010)

"I Want to Forget"
"I want to go somewhere—I want to get some relief. When I am sitting in the office, I get some relief, but as soon as I go to my room, I again start remembering everything. I want to forget it, but I cannot... It is impossible to forget this. Such is my situation."
Download / listen to the audio (0.9 Mb, 3 min | 30 March 2010)

Festival: Vision and Focus
"Gurudev's disappearance festival means Vaishnav seva. Vaishnav is the main focus for us. Appearance and disappearance look different, but following Vaishnavs' vision we think that on these two tithis Gurudev always takes worships from us."
Download / listen to the audio (1.8 Mb, 5 min | 16 April 2013)

Separation Day
"Our supreme Gurudev, Om Vishnupad Jagad Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj accepted this day as the day to leave this world for his eternal abode, and he has left us, fallen souls, here to chant his glories..."
Download / listen to the audio (3 Mb, 9 min | Bengali)

Make Service Your Goal, Means, and Sustenance
"Sacrificing his own life, forgetting his own happiness and comfort, Gurudev would go door to door preaching the message of Mahaprabhu: be merciful to the souls, chant the Holy Name, and serve the Vaishnavs. Besides this, there is no other religion."
Download / listen to the audio (3 Mb, 9 min | Bengali)

Overpowered by Service
"You may have everything, but if you do not have mercy of your Guru, then you have nothing. Gurudev gave you all his blessings, and if we can serve him, we will get supreme benefit. You must always live remembering Gurudev's words."
Download / listen to the audio (4.1 Mb, 12 min | Bengali)

Spiritual Mockery
"Actually, we took initiation from a Guru, but it is not a real initiation—we only pretend to be disciples. The temple that Srila Guru Maharaj made and that Gurudev served is not for enjoyment—it is for service."
Download / listen to the audio (1.2 Mb, 4 min | 7 April 2019)

Painful Day
"Our Gurudev's disappearance festival is very soon, that day is coming soon, next dvadasi. It is a very sad day for me. It is the most painful day in my life, and this very painful day comes every year..."
Download / listen to the audio (0.5 Mb, 2 min)

The Worst Day
"Today, my Gurupadpadma Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's tenth disappearance festival, tirobhav-tithi. I had never thought that this day when Gurudev leaves would come in my life one day. I lost the dearest personality in my life on this day..."
Download / listen to the audio (5.2 Mb, 13 min | 16 April 2019 | Bengali)

Unthinkable Situation
"Today is our Gurudev's disappearance tithi. Actually, never in my life did I expect that this day could come. When this tithi is coming, I always try to stay alone, but Gurudev gave me service to take care of you all, then how can I be cruel and stay alone?"
Download / listen to the audio (3.1 Mb, 8 min | 5 April 2020)

"Gurudev Is My Everything"
"We must not misinterpret what Gurudev told. Devotees all over the world can realise easily what is Srila Sridhar Maharaj's conception, what is Gurudev's conception, and they can understand whether they are following it or not. Your main focus must be always to please your Guru properly. Name and fame is for your guru—you must not preach for your name and fame, you must preach to please your guru."
Download / listen to the audio (5.8 Mb, 14 min | 5 April 2020)

Tirobhav kirtans
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj sings: Gurudev krpa bindu diya Emona durmati Ye anila prema dhana Sri rupa manjari pada Hari haraye.
Download / listen to the audio (9.6 Mb, 23 min | 5 April 2020)

Srila Gurudev's Tirobhav-Mahotsav
Om Vishnupad Jagad Guru Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj's Hari-katha: "Today is the holy disappearance day of Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. On this way, Sri Gurupadpadma left our sight... This is a very painful separation day. He is present now in his samadhi form, and from there he is bestowing his mercy upon us. He is present now in his eternal pastimes. The Lord, as well as all guru-varga, always stay in their eternal pastimes..."
Download / listen to the audio (28.1 Mb, 67 min | Mostly Bengali)

Gurudev's Disappearance [Part 1]
"Today is the holy disappearance day of Om Vishnupad Jagad Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. He chose this day and left our sight on this day, at 4:20-30 in the morning. He is present now in his samadhi form, and he is bestowing his mercy upon us from there. He always stays within his eternal pastimes...."

"Everything Plunged Into Darkness" [Part 2]
"When Gurudev left this world, I thought, 'Now there is no one left in this world who will chastise me.' I always spoke to Gurudev heart to heart, I told him about all happy and unhappy things, and when Gurudev left this world, I could not understand anything—what was going on, what was going to happen, everything plunged into darkness for me..."

Service Alertness [Part 3]
"I was always alert towards Gurudev—I know everything, what he likes, what he eats, etc. I knew what Gurudev liked to eat, and I would go to the market the day before his arrival, buy everything and have it kept in his kitchen. Gurudev always liked trees and cows..."

Service Milestones [Part 4]
"Gurudev brought me up, he taught me everything. Gurudev told about Vaishnav seva—how one must serve Vaishnavs, how one must serve devotees, how to manage the temple, etc. I have learnt everything from Gurudev. I always did whatever Gurudev told me."

Service Challenges [Part 5]
"In my life I had to do all these hard, hard, very difficult jobs, and I was always successful. Anyhow but I did it. Whether it was getting building plans approved, whether it was any other job, everything was unhampered in the end."

Gurudev's Insight [Part 6]
"I have heard and learned a lot from Gurudev. Gurudev gave me so many instructions how to maintain the temple, and Gurudev is dur-darasi—he has a great foresight. He always managed everything very tactfully."

Gurudev's Loving Affection [Part 7]
"Sri Sivananda Sen understood it, Sri Jagadananda Pandit understood it, and Srila Sanatan Goswami also realised what is called Guru and Vaishnav's blessing in the world of devotion. I myself realised and understood it gradually too."

Nurturing Gurudev's Mission [Part 8]
"You cannot become a disciple just by taking a mantra from a guru. It is necessary to have and show your love, affection for your Guru, to take him as your own. If you care for and think about your Guru and Vaishnavs, then your Guru and Vaishnavs will care for and think about you..."

 

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)

Mon, 3 April 2023

Worship Is Not Doll Play
'If you do not feel enthusiastic to serve the Lord, if you are not eager to serve the Lord, if you do not feel happy to chant the glories of the Lord, then you must understand that there is some fault in you. It is not possible to serve Krishna without sadhu-sanga because those who try to do that do not know proper rules and procedure.'
Download / listen to the audio (12.9 Mb, 29 min | Bengali | 22 February 2020)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Deep Service Mood
"Chatak bird always waits for rain, and we too should have this hankering for service. By hook or by crook, I always wanted to please Gurudev. It is necessary to have service mood, and to have service mood you must have love and affection and always engage in sravanam, kirtanam, smaranam, etc."
Download / listen to the audio (3.8 Mb, 9 min | 27 December 2020)

 

Tue, 4 April 2023

Believe and Surrender
'It is necessary to have faith and to surrender properly. It is necessary to stay within service at every moment. Many think, "I cannot do this", "I cannot do that", but we do not do anything! Gurudev does everything. If I do not do some service, the service will not stop – Gurudev will do it. Always remember this.'
Download / listen to the audio (12.9 Mb, 29 min | Bengali | 22 February 2020)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Ideal of Surrender
"Sri Sri Prapanna-jivanamritam is an important book in our line. There are so many highest things written here in a very beautiful way. I read it today again after many years, and I liked it a lot, I am thinking I must read it again and again."
Download / listen to the audio (2.1 Mb, 5 min | 27 December 2020)

 

 

শ্রীগৌড়ীয়-পর্ব্ব-তালিকা (১৪২৯–১৪৩০) [Bengali]
SRI GAUDIYA CALENDAR FOR 2023–2024 [English]
The calendar of auspicious days, festivals and fasting celebrated and observed at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math for the following year (Sri Gaurabda 537–538, or 2023–2024) is now available online. It can be viewed online and downloaded on mobile phones and tablets and as an illustrated brochure (see the links below or in the Calendar section).

His Divine Grace instructs: "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."

 



English (16 Mb, Updated 8 Mar 2023)
 
Calendar for the next year, prepared by His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Tilak Niriha Maharaj for Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math devotees worldwide (based on P.M. Bagchi calculations, as followed by our guru-varga). Presenting it today as a downloadable electronic PDF booklet in English and Bengali.
 
Bengali (14 Mb)

EKADASI LISTS:
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FOR MOBILE PHONES / TABLETS:
.ics File (Apple, Android) | Google Calendar.


 

Wed, 5 April 2023

Intoxicated with Animal Life
'Materialistic people are attached to material things and this material family life, always busy with their grandsons and granddaughters. It does not occur to them that "Here, look at this cow that goes out to eat grass on the street and returns to its cowshed in the evening! Are we not just like that?"'
Download / listen to the audio (12.9 Mb, 29 min | Bengali | 22 February 2020)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Spiritual Chastity
"Actually, Gaudiya mission is very big, and our line is the line of Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj—we find all perfection, all fulfilment in this line. Do not bring other conceptions to Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. Be chaste to our Guru."
Download / listen to the audio (4.3 Mb, 11 min | 27 December 2020)

 

Thu, 6 April 2023

Cherish Your Service
'Chatak birds always look at the sky, waiting for some raindrops to come. Just like such chatak birds, we must always be waiting, "When will Gurudev give his order to me?" This order is what mercy is. If Gurudev says, "Do this job," that is mercy. Mercy is service, nothing else. You can get the Lord through devotion, but what kind of devotion should that be?'
Download / listen to the audio (12.9 Mb, 29 min | Bengali | 22 February 2020)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

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 | 1 January 2021)

 

 


Today in the calendar: Purnima. Vasanta Rasa of Sri Krishna. Rasa Yatra of Sri Sri Balaram. Appearance of Srila Vamsi-vadananda Thakur and Srila Shyamananda 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."


 

In honour of Sri Syamananda Prabhu:

"Srinivas Acharya, Narottam Das Thakur, and Shyamananda Prabhu started for Vrindavan to have the darshan of Srila Rupa Goswami, Srila Sanatan Goswami, Srila Gopala Bhatta Goswami, Srila Raghunatha Bhatta Goswami and others who were there.

"When they were only a few miles away from Mathura, they heard that Sanatan Goswami had passed away. People were saying that that great Sanatan Goswami who was the prime minister and who had captured all people in the whole of Vrindavan within his heart—that Sanatan had passed away, a great disaster for the country. What to do then? Rupa, Raghunath, Jiva and Gopala Bhatta were still living, so Srinivas, Narottam, and Shyamananda dragged somehow on.

When they reached Mathura, they heard that Srila Rupa Goswami had left the night before that. Sanatana left on an ashari purnima, and Srila Rupa Goswami left after that on next dvadasi. They thought, "What hopeless and cursed souls we are! We have come so near, yet we could not see those two generals of Mahaprabhu!" Mahaprabhu sent two of his generals to Vrindavan to carry out His orders and establish the kingdom of the Gaudiya Vaishnavs there... So, they dragged their bodies to Vrindavan and came to Govinda Mandir. When they reached it, they found that an evening aroti was going on there in a very great splendour. There was a great crowd there—Srila Rupa Goswami had just passed away, so with that feeling of high bereavement, everybody was chanting his name madly. Srinivas, Narottam, and Shyamananda Prabhu were there, but Srinivas Acharya could not stand that sort of sentimental wave—he was standing aside and he fainted. When he regained his consciousness, he saw Srila Jiva Goswami with some of his followers...

In this way, Srinivas Acharya, Narottam Das Thakur, and Shyamananda Prabhu stayed in Vrindavan for one year—Srinivas Acharya took initiation from Gopala Bhatta, Narottam Thakur from Lokanath Goswami, and Shyamananda Prabhu from Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhu..."

(Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj)

"Sri Gauri Das Pandit is one of the twelve cowherd friends of Krishna in Vrindavan. Shyamananda Prabhu was his disciple and followed him in the sakhya-bhav (transcendental mood of friendship with the Lord), however when he later entered the association of Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhu, who was a follower of Sri Rupa Goswami, he exhibited madhura-bhav (transcendental mood of paramour relationship with the Lord). Shyamananda Prabhu was promoted to the manjari group by the mercy of Lalita Devi. Later, Shyamananda Prabhu went to preach with Srila Narottam Das Thakur and Srila Srinivas Acharya. Srila Narottam Das Thakur preached in Bangladesh, Srila Srinivas Acharya Prabhu preached in the north, and Srila Shyamananda Prabhu preached in Midnapore. They preached and protected our line, Rupa Goswami's line, the main conception."

(Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj)

Fri, 7 April 2023

Love Your Lord, Love Your Service
'Everybody can do service according to the capacity. Devotees love the Lord depending on the quality of their devotion. But we always pray to the lotus feet of the Lord but then do everything bypassing Him...'
Download / listen to the audio (12.8 Mb, 29 min | Bengali | 22 February 2020)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

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 | 1 January 2021)

 

Sat, 8 April 2023

Awaken!
'Every day, our days are passing – our life is passing as we spend it always thinking about our body, food, clothes, sleep and so on. Once my soul leaves this body – once it comes out – do you think this body will be able to say anything? It will not. Then, you can understand what our identity is. You must understand it from now on.'
Download / listen to the audio (9.1 Mb, 21 min | Bengali | 23 February 2020)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

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 | 1 January 2021)

 

Sun, 9 April 2023

Think About Yourself
'You must prepare, mould, yourself in this way. Think about these things, about yourself! You always think about your body; nobody thinks about themselves. This body will fall dead in a few days, but you worry so much what you will eat, where you will sleep, where you will stay. Always busy with these worries, you have no time to think about the Lord. As the result, we will have to come to this world again and again.'
Download / listen to the audio (9.1 Mb, 21 min | Bengali | 23 February 2020)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

"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 | 1 January 2021)

 

Mon, 10 April 2023

Walk the Walk
'If you are to go back to your home, you have to be prepared to walk the path. There is no plane you can catch to get there. Your home is in Goloka, Vrindavan, and you must walk there yourself. You must walk along and recognise the road step by step. Start walking now! Not tomorrow – now!'
Download / listen to the audio (9.1 Mb, 21 min | Bengali | 23 February 2020)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Good Mind, Good Heart
"So many things are bound to happen, but our duty is to practise properly, to chant the Holy Name, to follow all the rules and regulations. Sometimes, some problems come, some things can happen in family life, and it gives us a little pain, but when something bad comes, we should always ignore it."
Download / listen to the audio (1.7 Mb, 4 min | 10 January 2021)

 

Tue, 11 April 2023

Are You on the Right Path?
'We must follow the proper line. We go sightseeing, we go here, we go there, but this will take us nowhere. You go sightseeing, see some bus and, thinking that it looks very nice, jump on it, but that bus will take you only up to bhukti, mukti and various siddhis, but you will not reach bhakti.'
Download / listen to the audio (9.1 Mb, 21 min | Bengali | 23 February 2020)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Uninterrupted Service Life
"Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur so much reduced the rules and regulations. He even relaxed the rules of following ekadasi. All of our guru-varga, all followers of Sri Rupanuga line have already accepted and established all these things. We must try to follow the rules and regulations as much as we can, we must do our best in our practising life."
Download / listen to the audio (2 Mb, 5 min | 10 January 2021)

 

 


Today in the calendar: Krishna Panchami. Disappearance of Srila Krishnadas 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."


 

In honour of Sripad Krishna Das Babaji Maharaj:

Pranama-mantra:

saumyam sattva-tanum sahasya-vadanam kantham sutana-anvitam
krsna-ananda-karam ratantama-nisam nama-aksaram sundaram
sri-nandisvaram-asritam vraja-bhuvi gaure cha mayapuram
vande yukta-viraga-bhakti-lasitam sri-krsna-dasa-prabhum
"I am offering my obeisance to Sri Krishna Das Prabhu, whose form is very beautiful and auspicious, who always smiles and has a very melodious voice; who day and night chants the Holy Name in a very beautiful way, bringing about the nectar of Lord Krishna; who resides in Vraja during the pastimes of Lord Krishna and in Mayapur during the pastimes of Gaura; and who sports in devotion with proper renunciation."

The Root of Our Fortune
"Srila Krishna Das Babaji Maharaj was a good kirtaniya and a good singer, and that Krishna Das Babaji Maharaj would walk from Nabadwip to Hapaniya and chant Srila Sridhar Maharaj's song..."
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Get Cracking
"'Time has passed as I have been busy in my material life, and I have got nothing—only became burdened. What sort of world is this?' In this world there is no want of food, no want of money, no want of anything except only one thing..."
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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: Ye anila prema-dhana | যে আনিল প্রেমধন
"Where has Advaita Acharya gone? Where are my Svarup, Rupa, Sanatan? Where is my Raghunath? Where are the saviours of the fallen souls?"

 

Wed, 12 April 2023

Become Good Listener
'When will the inspiration to hear and glorify sadhus awaken within us? When we learn to serve the Lord with love. This is not some service that you do out of duty, out of fear or in the hope to get something in return. Those who listen about the Lord and serve the Lord with love feel very eager to hear and speak about the Lord, and as they listen and listen about the Lord, their devotion gradually increases.'
Download / listen to the audio (28.3 Mb, 58 min | Bengali | 23 February 2020)

 


Today in the calendar: Krishna Saptami. Disappearance of Srila Abhiram 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."


 

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Accommodating Heart
"(1) Now accommodation in Nrisingha Palli is not a problem for devotees. (2) Even if we do not know anything about the Vaishnav or events mentioned there, we can at least give 'jay' to them. (2) Vishnupriya Devi made a huge sacrifice for us because if she had not left Mahaprabhu, how would we have known about Mahaprabhu's separation pastimes?"
Download / listen to the audio (2.1 Mb, 5 min | 10 January 2021)

 

All Glory to Sri Sri Guru Gauranga

— · Announcement · —


Disappearance Festival of Om Vishnupad Paramahamsa
Parivrajakacharya-varya Ashtottara-sata-sri
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj


pujya-sri-guru-varga-vandita-mahabhavanvitayah sada
paurvaparya-parampara-prachalita-prajya-pramurtakrteh
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.

prerakam prachya-paschatya-sisyanam bhakti-vartmani
bhakti-nirmalam-acharya-svaminam pranamamy aham

I offer my respectful obeisances to Swami Bhakti Nirmal Acharya, who is energetically inspiring all of Eastern and Western disciples on the path of pure devotion.

Dear Devotees, Vaishnavs, and Well-Wishers,

Bowing down at your holy feet, we would like to extend a humble and earnest invitation to join the observance of the divine disappearance day of our beloved Sri Gurupadpadma Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Sri Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj, that manifests this year on 19 April 2023 (Wednesday).

We pray that devotees can render assistance to the festivals observed in their communities and focus eternally in their lives on contributing the core ingredient of every service endeavour—one's entire being, mind, heart and soul. In the words of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj, "Surrender to the Lord. Have full faith. You must surrender and give everything—your shyness, shame, fear, everything; keep everything at the lotus feet of Lord Sri Krishna, Srimati Radharani, or Gurudev. Give your everything, cent per cent."

His Divine Grace has many times instructed on how to hold special programmes and taught it many times by his own example. Usually such programmes consist of: kirtans, lecture or reading of scriptures, arati, pushpanjali (offering of flowers to a photograph), and prasad-seva (cooking a special offering, offering it at the altar or to a photograph, and distributing it to devotees).

We hope all devotees find an opportunity to observe this holy day for the satisfaction of Sri Gurupadpadma, keeping the divine Guidance on their heads: "Always sit amidst fire blazing on all four sides. This fire is Hari-katha, kirtan, service to the Lord, and service to the guru. You must progress in your practising life keeping the sacrificial fire of your service ablaze."

Your aspiring servants,
On behalf of SCSMathInternational.com

Email address for enquiry:
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)

 


Favourite Preparations
When asked, His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj replies, "When devotees give me something with affection, I take that." Presented on this page, however, is a list of preparations favourite to His Divine Grace that was provided by the servitors of His Divine Grace.


 

Thu, 13 April 2023

Eternal Engagement
'If you do not serve all the time – if you do not offer worship and bhog all the time, if you do not chant kirtans all the time – you will get rusty. And one year later, Yama will come pulling you and your life will come out. Everything must be done every single day without fail.'
Download / listen to the audio (28.3 Mb, 58 min | Bengali | 23 February 2020)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Material Affection
"You are showing some love and affection, but how are you doing it? Always be careful with giving 'love and affection'. There are brahmacharis, sannyasis living at the temple, and you should always keep some distance from them. We will stay together in a temple, but we must be always careful—we will not enter with anyone into a husband-wife relationship."
Download / listen to the audio (2.8 Mb, 7 min | 10 January 2021)

 

Fri, 14 April 2023

Serve Intently
'If you eat snacks, you get gas; similarly, if you gossip and talk about material things, the result of such activities will slowly take you away from the line of devotion. That is why always remember and follow Mahaprabhu's advice.'
Download / listen to the audio (28.3 Mb, 58 min | Bengali | 23 February 2020)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Coming Before Deities
"When you come in front of the Deities, you must always think, 'I must serve the Deities.' Some other thought can come because our mind is always naughty. What can we do? We will try our best so that only good thoughts come to our minds."
Download / listen to the audio (0.6 Mb, 3 min | 10 January 2021)

 

Sat, 15 April 2023 (Disappearance of Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur)

Worse Than Death
'If you do not listen to what your Guru tells you, your material desires will grow. You will get money, wealth, cars, but as your material attachment and attraction grows more and more, you will one day be removed from spiritual life and Krishna consciousness.'
Download / listen to the audio (28.3 Mb, 58 min | Bengali | 23 February 2020)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Sri Uddharan Datta Thakur and Sri Vakreshwar Pandit
"(1) Sri Uddharan Datta Thakur was a great Vaishnav, maha-bhagavat, and he always worshiped and served Sriman Nityananda Prabhu's lotus feet. (2) The birthplace of Sri Vakreshwar Pandit is in Guptipara, near Kalna. Sri Vakreshwar Pandit always danced during Mahaprabhu's kirtans—he was a great singer and dancer."
Download / listen to the audio (2.8 Mb, 7 min | 10 January 2021)

 

 


Today in the calendar: Krishna Dasami. Disappearance of Srila Vrindavan 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."

"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 Sri Chaitanya-Vyas Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur:

~ Pranam-mantra ~

dasa-vrndavanam vande krsna-dasa-prabhum tatha
chhannavatara-chaitanya-lila-vistara-karinau
dvau nityananda-padabja-karuna-renu-bhusitau
vyakta-chchhannau budhachintyau vavande vyasa-rupinau
sri-guru-gaura-gandharva-govindas cha ganaih saha
jayanti pathakas chatra sarvesam karunarthinah

"I offer my obeisances to Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur and Srila Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami, who made public the pastimes of the hidden avatar, Sri Chaitanya. They were both adorned with the mercy-dust of the lotus feet of Nityananda. I offer my obeisances to these two inconceivable sages who assumed the form of Vyasadeva, one—explicitly (Vrindavan Das Thakur), another—hiddenly (Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami). Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gandharva Govinda and Their associates are ever victorious and we, the students, pray for Their mercy."

(Composed by Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj)

Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur
His holy birthplace (Mamgachhi), his holy Deities (Sri Sri Gaura Nitai), his holy pastimes place (haritaki tree), and his holy samadhi (Denur)...

 

 

Land of Childhood Pastimes of Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur [From Sri Nabadwip Dham Mahatmya-Mukta-Mala] [75 Mb]
An extensive chapter about the pastimes and glory of Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur and two special profound dedicated articles presented in the book from the previous publications of our Math.

 

Under a Haritaki Tree
"Vrindavan Das Thakur's mother's name is Narayani, and she was a niece of Srivas Pandit. Mahaprabhu always held kirtans in the house of Srivas Pandit, and Narayani lived in that same house. When she was very little, she got Mahaprabhu's mercy..."
Download / listen to the audio (2.6 Mb, 8 min | 31 December 2012)

Clasping Nityananda Prabhu's Feet
"Nityananda is nondifferent from Guru-tattva: without mercy of the Guru you cannot get the mercy of Krishna. When will Nityananda Prabhu give me some mercy? When will He be compassionate to me and relieve me from the mundane illusion?"
Download / listen to the audio (2.1 Mb, 6 min | 20 October 2015)

Vrindavan Das Thakur: A Life of Chastity
"Vrindavan Das Thakur is a disciple of Sriman Nityananda Prabhu and is the main servitor of Nityananda Prabhu. He has so much chastity for Him..."
Download / listen to the audio (1.5 Mb, 5 min | 18 May 2015)

 

Composed by Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur:

SONG: Nitai amara dayara avadhi | নিতাই আমার দয়ার অবধি
"O brothers! My Lord Nitai's mercy is limitless! Bestowing His mercy upon the souls of this world He wanders from place to place perpetually offering the great treasure of ecstatic spiritual love to all."

SONG: Bimala hema-jini | বিমল হেমজিনি
"His spotless figure defeats pure gold! Various flowers garlands adorn Him highlighting His beauty, and, in His ecstatic thrill, the hairs on His body standing erect defeat the stamens of kadamba flowers! His body is covered with drops of perspiration..."

 

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."

Sun, 16 April 2023 (Fast on Varuthini Ekadasi; tomorrow paran is 5:19:08–9:30:42)

Increase Your Devotion
'...Not everybody is like that. That is why it is always necessary to practise. The practise of devotion to the Lord is this: taking sadhus' association, chanting the Holy Name of the Lord, listening to Srimad Bhagavatam, residing in Mathura and worshipping Deities with faith.'
Download / listen to the audio (28.3 Mb, 58 min | Bengali | 23 February 2020)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Best Turn In Life
"When I joined Krishna consciousness, my family said, 'That boy has lost his mind!' They did not even want to see my face, but now they understand that I made no mistake. It is necessary for some devotees to leave their family and join full time—it is necessary for the future of the Mission."
Download / listen to the audio (4.6 Mb, 11 min | 10 January 2021)

 

 


Today in the calendar: Krishna Ekadasi. Fast on Varuthini Ekadasi. Disappearance of Sriyukta Saurindranath Bhakti Varidhi 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."


 

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.

Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj about fasting on ekadasi and accepting material facilities:

"One time, a devotee came here from Vrindavan on the day of ekadasi. He reached in the evening and, after taking a bath in the Ganges, attended kirtans, danced, circumambulated the temple and so on. Then, I asked him whether he would take any anukalpa [non-grain prasadam that is allowed to be taken on ekadasi]. He replied, 'Generally, I do not take anything, but if you like, then, of course, I must like anukalpa. Your will is greater than my fasting.' That was his decision.

"My Guru Maharaj (Srila Prabhupad Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur) always wanted maximum energy: you should take good food and do good service. That was his maxim. Krishna is not a liquidated party: take full prasadam and do full service. Do maximum service, and you should take whatever is necessary for that. You are to take it for the cause of Krishna, not for your own cause. You are Krishna's, so if you grow weak, His service will be hampered, and both you and Krishna will be losers thereby. 'My soldiers will be well-fed and well-working.' That was our Guru Maharaj's principle. Napoleon said, 'One full-fed soldier is equal to ten half-fed soldiers.'

"So, prasad-seva: if it is service, then it must be taken in a serving mood, of course. But, at the same time, the individual position of a devotee should be taken into consideration. Sahajiyas do not fast on ekadasi at all: "Oh, we are in Vrindavan, and there is no fasting in Vrindavan." But Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur, Srila Prabhupad did not like that—it is sahajiya (imitation) if you go on feeding your senses in the name of Krishna-bhakti (devotion to the Lord). For the service to Krishna, it is necessary to keep up the body and to provide nourishment to it, so we must take what is necessary for service. We do not like it if by fasting, a loss of energy is effected. If fasting does not hamper your service, you may go on fasting—perhaps, your Gurudev wanted that...

"For service, I must accept what is necessary to make me physically fit so that I can render more service. So, accepting material things is not objectionable. It is fruitful, not detrimental. Rather, it produces something of a pure character, which helps everyone. This is how a disciple receives and accepts things. At that same time, he may even blame himself, 'I cannot go on with my worldly life without the help of this or that!' He will blame himself, but the underlying spirit must be, 'If I do not take it, I shall be unfit; I will not be able to do my bit of service to the Lord, to my Gurudev.'

"Moreover, by taking up renunciation, I will be a loser. I will incur a loss for myself, for the world, and my Guru's service will be hampered. In this spirit, devotees are to take everything. For the cause of Krsna, for the cause of his Guru, they will accept anything.

"Suppose there is a very miserly karmachari (manager). Because he does not want to spend money, he may not attain a particular result; then, some difficulty comes, and the opportunity is lost. This manager will be responsible to the proprietor: 'Why did you not spend money? Why are you afraid of spending money from my store? Because of your miserly habit, the opportunity has been lost!' 'Why should you not spend My money for My interest?' So, to render service to Krishna, to my Gurudev, to Vaishnavs, to the world, to everyone, I must keep up this mundane body, and I am entitled to take something for that.

"Miserliness is mayavada; it is the renunciation spirit, and it will mar Krishna's interest. What we need is yukta-vairagya: I shall take from the store of Krishna to keep myself fit and to do service. It is Krishna's account, and if I do dot do that, I should be a separationist, a mayavadi, a renunciationist. I shall render maximum service to Krishna, and I must take without any hestitation whatever is necessary to make myself fit for the service; otherwise, I shall be punishable."

 

"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, 17 April 2023

Real Substance of Devotion
'If I put on some ankle bells and started singing lila-kirtan, everybody would be riveted. ...Who can understand these things? Who will understand what I am saying? Who has the capacity to understand it? Who has got this kind of devotion to understand it?'
Download / listen to the audio (28.3 Mb, 58 min | Bengali | 23 February 2020)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Latest Events
"I am very happy to see you all after one week. I have been doing some preaching programme lately and came last night. It was Sriman Mahaprabhu's sannyas day recently. This year, I had to go to Nabadwip on this day because I have so much service there."
Download / listen to the audio (2.2 Mb, 6 min | 17 January 2021)

 

 

All Glory to Sri Sri Guru Gauranga

— · Announcement · —


Disappearance Festival of Om Vishnupad Paramahamsa
Parivrajakacharya-varya Ashtottara-sata-sri
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj


pujya-sri-guru-varga-vandita-mahabhavanvitayah sada
paurvaparya-parampara-prachalita-prajya-pramurtakrteh
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.

prerakam prachya-paschatya-sisyanam bhakti-vartmani
bhakti-nirmalam-acharya-svaminam pranamamy aham

I offer my respectful obeisances to Swami Bhakti Nirmal Acharya, who is energetically inspiring all of Eastern and Western disciples on the path of pure devotion.

Dear Devotees, Vaishnavs, and Well-Wishers,

Bowing down at your holy feet, we would like to extend a humble and earnest invitation to join the observance of the divine disappearance day of our beloved Sri Gurupadpadma Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Sri Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj, that manifests this year on 19 April 2023 (Wednesday).

We pray that devotees can render assistance to the festivals observed in their communities and focus eternally in their lives on contributing the core ingredient of every service endeavour—one's entire being, mind, heart and soul. In the words of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj, "Surrender to the Lord. Have full faith. You must surrender and give everything—your shyness, shame, fear, everything; keep everything at the lotus feet of Lord Sri Krishna, Srimati Radharani, or Gurudev. Give your everything, cent per cent."

His Divine Grace has many times instructed on how to hold special programmes and taught it many times by his own example. Usually such programmes consist of: kirtans, lecture or reading of scriptures, arati, pushpanjali (offering of flowers to a photograph), and prasad-seva (cooking a special offering, offering it at the altar or to a photograph, and distributing it to devotees).

We hope all devotees find an opportunity to observe this holy day for the satisfaction of Sri Gurupadpadma, keeping the divine Guidance on their heads: "Always sit amidst fire blazing on all four sides. This fire is Hari-katha, kirtan, service to the Lord, and service to the guru. You must progress in your practising life keeping the sacrificial fire of your service ablaze."

Your aspiring servants,
On behalf of SCSMathInternational.com

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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)

 


Favourite Preparations
When asked, His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj replies, "When devotees give me something with affection, I take that." Presented on this page, however, is a list of preparations favourite to His Divine Grace that was provided by the servitors of His Divine Grace.


 

Tue, 18 April 2023 (Sri Gurupadpadma's Tirobhav Mahotsav Adhivas)

Shameful
'"I am such a great offender, I feel so ashamed!" – such humility must come to us. "I am the biggest offender in the world, I am the greatest sinner, but I am not even trying to give up my offences and sins! It makes me feel even more ashamed. I am not even trying hard!" This is the truth, is it not?'
Download / listen to the audio (28.3 Mb, 58 min | Bengali | 23 February 2020)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

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)

 

 


Today in the calendar: Gaura Trayodasi. Manifestation anniversary of Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Radha Vrindavan-chandra jiu at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Uluberia.

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."


 

Wed, 19 April 2023 (Om Vishnupad Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj's Holy Disappearance Day)

Exclusive Self-Realisation
'If we think about the Lord, if we spend the whole day on the Lord, if we cook for the Lord every day, work for the Lord every day, if our whole life is for the Lord – when all our mind, body, soul and ego are for the Lord – then we will be able to understand how much illusion we were in.'
Download / listen to the audio (28.3 Mb, 58 min | Bengali | 23 February 2020)

 

pujya-sri-guru-varga-vandita-mahabhavanvitayah sada
paurvaparya-parampara-prachalita-prajya-pramurtakrteh
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."

 

 

 

 

"A disappearance day is also called viraha-tithi, a separation day. Viraha, separation, comes if there is relation—if you have some relation with the person, then separation comes. When and how does relation come? It comes through service. If you have no service, you have no relation; if you have service, then you have relation, and when there is relation, separation comes. No service—no relation. Remember this."

"You must always listen and speak about the Lord. Where will you find Gurudev? Gurudev has gone now. But you can get his association if you read his books. When I am not here, where will you get my association? I have books – if you read those books, you can get the darshan of your Gurudev and get his association every day. Guru is always with us; he always gives us instruction. If we remember his instructions, his words, if you read his books, we will always get his association through that."
~Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj

 

Autobiography of Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj
To try to describe unlimited glories of a Vaishnav is a very challenging task, and because the nature of Guru is beyond what we can grasp with our material intelligence and beyond what we can perceive with our material senses, it makes the task even harder. Presented here is an autobiographical discourse of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj, the current Acharya and Sevaite of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.

PHOTO ALBUM
The photographs presented in this dedicated photo album are only a few glimpses into a particle of the service and contribution that His Divine Grace has made. May they however become a source of inspiration for the service and dedication to the lotus feet of Sri Gurudev that His Divine Grace embodies.

 

The last recorded Hari-katha and Guidance of Sri Gurupadpadma:

Take Care of Yourself [Part 1 | 2 May 2021]
"...This is the situation now—we must all be careful. We must chant more and more, we must preach more and more, and we must practise more and more. Always continue following all the rules and regulations—we must distribute the teachings that we have got from our Gurudev to others."

Sadhus' Fight [Part 2 | 2 May 2021]
"This is a battlefield. We will not run away from the battlefield—we will always stand and fight against Maya. You can see everywhere that finally demons are always defeated by the sadhu. Om is always at the side of a sadhu. Please you all take care yourself. In this situation, everybody should practise on their own, do not be disheartened."

Be Exclusive, One-Pointed [Part 3 | 2 May 2021]
"If you think about good things, then all bad things will automatically be removed from you. Do not worry so much about this. When you think some anartha is coming, you must give more and more attention to practising—concentrate your mind on practising."

শ্রীগুরুপাদপদ্মের শেষ-কথা (ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রীল ভক্তি নির্ম্মল আচার্য্য মহারাজের হরি-কথামৃত)
[২ মে ২০২১] "এটা যুদ্ধক্ষেত্র । আমরা যুদ্ধক্ষেত্র থেকে কখনও পালিয়ে যাব না—আমরা দাঁড়িয়ে থাকব আর মায়ার বিরুদ্ধে যুদ্ধ করব । সর্বত্রই দেখতে পাবেন যে, অসুররা সব সময় সাধুর দ্বারা পরাজিত হন । যেদিকে সাধু, সেইদিকে সব সময় ওঁ থাকে । দয়া করে নিজেদের দেখাশোনা করুন । এই অবস্থায় সকলের নিজেই সাধন করতে হয়, নিরুৎসাহিত হন না ।"

 


KIRTANS:
Gurudev! krpa-bindu diya | গুরুদেব! কৃপাবিন্দু দিয়া
"When I examine myself for qualifications, I find none. Your mercy is everything. If you are not merciful to me, then, crying, I will no longer maintain my life."

 

Samsara-davanala | সংসার-দাবানল
"I offer my obeisance unto the lotus feet of Sri Guru, the ocean of goodness who assumes the form of a cloud of mercy to deliver the souls burning in the blazing fire of material existence."

 

Sri-guru-charana-padma | শ্রীগুরুচরণ-পদ্ম
"I carefully offer my obeisance to Sri Guru's lotus feet, which are the sole abode of devotion. O brother! By his mercy we cross over this world and reach Krishna."

 

Krsna haite chatur-mukha | কৃষ্ণ হৈতে চতুর্ম্মুখ
"Srila Govinda Maharaj's dear successor, who is devoted to practising and preaching his teachings, is Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj. All the Gurus in this succession are associates of Sri Gauranga—I pray for their remnants."

 

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! It is not possible to conquer maya by engaging in maya. I see no other way to get relief except for the mercy of sadhus."

 

 

Sri Rupa-manjari-pada | শ্রীরূপমঞ্জরী-পদ
"The lotus feet of Sri Rupa Manjari are my wealth, my bhajan (service), my puja (worship), the wealth of my life, and whatever ornaments I may have. Her lotus feet are the very life of my life."

 

 

Amara jivana | আমার জীবন
"My life is always engrossed in sin. There is not a trace of piety within it. I have caused others so much anxiety and trouble. Such a sinner as I is shunned by devotees, and is a constant offender."

 

 

Gurudev bada krpa kari | গুরুদেব! বড় কৃপা করি’
"When, O master, will you mercifully grant this servant the qualification to do this? Then my heart will become steadfast, I will tolerate everything, and I will serve the Lord sincerely."

 

 

SONG: Ye anila prema dhana | যে আনিল প্রেমধন
"I will break my head on a rock, I will enter into fire. Not finding the association of Sri Gauranga, who performed His Pastimes with all these associates, Narottam Das weeps."

 


Guidance Vol 1
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Sri Upadesh 1
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Sri Upadesh 3
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Sri Puri Dham
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Sri Nabadwip Dham
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Thu, 20 April 2023 (Appearance Day of Sri Gadadhar Pandit Goswami)

Keep Your Focus Straight
'We must understand these things so that we never try to run away from dangers. We must face and cross over all dangers. No matter what difficulties come, you must never place those difficulties on Gurudev's shoulders. Our focus must be to please the Lord.'
Download / listen to the audio (28.3 Mb, 58 min | Bengali | 23 February 2020)

 


Today in the calendar: Amavasya. Appearance of Srila Gadadhar Pandit Goswami.

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

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


 

In honour of Srila Gadadhar Pandit Goswami:

— { Pranam mantra of Sri Gadadhar Pandit Goswami } —

nilambhodhi-tate sada sva-viraha-ksepanvitam bandhavam
srimad-bhagavati katha madiraya sanjivayan bhati yah
srimad-bhagavatam sada sva-nayanasru-payanaih pujayan
gosvami-prabaro gadadhara-vibhur-bhuyat mad-eka-gatih

"On the shore of the broad blue ocean Gadadhar Pandit used to read Srimad Bhagavatam to Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, who was suffering from the great internal pain of separation from Himself (Krishna). Gadadhar Pandit supplied the wine of Krishna-lila to intoxicate his afflicted friend and give Him relief. As he read, tears would fall from his eyes like flower offerings onto the pages of Srimad Bhagavatam. May the pleasure of that brilliant personality, Gadadhar Pandit, the best of the Goswamis, be my only object in writing this book."

(Composed by Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj)

Sri Gadadhar Pandit: Mahaprabhu's Shadow
(A chapter from Srila Acharya Maharaj's Bengali book Sri Puri Dham Mahatmya-mukta-mala)
"Sri Gadadhar Pandit stayed with Mahaprabhu from his childhood. His father's name was Madhav Misra, and his mother's name was Ratnavali Devi. They lived in Mayapur near Jagannath Misra's house. Mahaprabhu could never stay without Gadadhar Pandit, and Gadadhar Pandit could not stay without Mahaprabhu even a moment too..."

At Sri Chatak Parvat and Sri Tota Gopinath Temple
His Divine Grace is speaking at the bhajan-kutir of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur and Sri Tota Gopinath temple on the first day of Sri Puri Dham parikrama, telling the pastimes of Srila Haridas Thakur's disappearance and Srila Gadadhar Pandit.
Download / listen to the audio (4.9 Mb, 13 min | 14 July 2015 | Bengali)

Sri Gadadhar Pandit's Life in Puri
A special discourse given by His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj for Sri Gaudiya Darshan, 1995, dwelling on "Puri Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math" and "Jagannathdev and His Dham." Later, this article was included in the compilation of lectures Affectionate Guidance (Chapter 23).

 

Pandit Sri Gadadhar Goswami [From Sri Nabadwip Dham Mahatmya-Mukta-Mala]
Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj's article on Srila Gadadhar Pandit's paramount sacrifice: "Pandit Goswami's life is a special offering of silent and complete self-sacrifice to his beloved. Only those who can taste unprecedented joy by appreciating the wonder within the ornament of contradiction in seeing the bag of a beggar on Laksmi Devi’s shoulder are fit to appreciate the extraordinary glory of Srimat Pandit Goswami's unprecedented personality..."

 

পণ্ডিত শ্রীগদাধর গোস্বামী ["Pandit Sri Gadadhar Goswami," the original Bengali article]
শ্রীল ভক্তিরক্ষক শ্রীধর দেব গোস্বামী মহারাজের প্রবন্ধ: "পণ্ডিত গোস্বামী চরিত্র নিজ প্রিয়তমের উদ্দেশ্যে একটী নীরব পূর্ণ-আত্মোৎসর্গময় উপটোকন বিশেষ । লক্ষ্মীদেবীর স্কন্ধ ভিক্ষার ঝুলি দর্শনে যাঁহারা বিরোধালঙ্কারের চমৎকারিতা হৃদয়ঙ্গমে যে অপূর্ব্ব সুখাস্বাদনে সমর্থ, তাঁহারাই শ্রীমৎ পণ্ডিত গোস্বামী অপূর্ব্ব ব্যক্তিত্বের অসাধারণ মহিমা অনুভবের অধিকারী ।"

 


 

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: Thakura vaisnava-gana | ঠাকুর বৈষ্ণবগণ
"O worshippable Vaisnavas, I offer you this prayer. I am very fallen and misbehaved. Destiny has immersed me in the fearsome ocean of material existence. Please grab me by the hair and pull me to the shore."

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
"Nityananda is my wealth, Gaurachandra is my lord, my very life is the Divine Couple. Advaita Acharya is my strength, Gadadhar is my family, and Narahari is my play and pastimes."

 

Fri, 21 April 2023

Remembering Devotees (part 1)
'All devotees are serving in one or another way. I am sorry that I cannot recall everyone's names, but you are all in my heart. There is one more thing I want to tell you. I do not know what I have been able to give to you, but I would like to ask you all for something...'
Download / listen to the audio (19.4 Mb, 43 min | Bengali | 9 March 2020)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Remembering Mahaprabhu's Sannyas-Lila
"Srila Param Guru Maharaj said that during this time Nabadwip was covered by thick clouds—there was no sun in the sky and everything was very dark. Even the sun too cried because the Lord had left Nabadwip. It was such a sad time, everybody felt very deep separation."
Download / listen to the audio (2.4 Mb, 6 min | 17 January 2021)

 

 


Today in the calendar: Gaura Pratipad. Appearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Aloka (Bhaktyaloka) Paramahamsa Maharaj (his brahmachari name is Sri Mahananda Prabhu; a diksa disciple of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhu and a sannyas disciple of Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, founder of Sri Paramahamsa Gaudiya Math in Sri Dham 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."

"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, 22 April 2023

Remembering Devotees (part 2)
'There are devotees who always do service, but their names do not come to my mind, and I feel very shy because of that. What can I do? I am very busy with so many things. Gurudev has given me many responsibilities, that is why I can forget something, but you are all in my heart. Always remember this. I have not forgotten any of you.'
Download / listen to the audio (19.4 Mb, 43 min | Bengali | 9 March 2020)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Ten Days in Shantipur
"...When Mahaprabhu came to Shantipur and the news about it spread everywhere, so many devotees started coming there—so many boats, full of people, came to Shantipur to see Mahaprabhu..."
Download / listen to the audio (2.2 Mb, 6 min | 17 January 2021)

 

 


Today in the calendar: Gaura Dvitiya. Appearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Vichar Jajavar Maharaj (a disciple of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad and a dear associate of Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami 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."


 

In honour of Srila Bhakti Vichar Jajavar Maharaj:

— { Pranam mantra } —

saumyam suddha-tanum sudhamsu-vadanam sarasvatam sundaram
namananda-puram prasanta-manasam samsara-santarakam
abalayad-bhagavat-padabja-madhupam dinarti-ham daivatam
vande bhakti-vicharakam prabhu-varam yayavara-svaminam

"I offer my obeisance unto my great master, the worshippable Srimad Bhakti Vichar Jajavar Maharaj. He is a beautiful follower of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur and has been a bee in the lotus feet of the Lord since his youth. He has a divine form and a moonlike face. He is filled with the Name's ecstasy and his heart is tranquil. He is gentle, he relieves the fallen of their distress, and he delivers the world."

(Composed by Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj)

Sripad Bhakti Vichar Jajavar Maharaj (by Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, spoken on Srila Jajavar Maharaj's disappearance day)
"Srila Jajavar Maharaj joined the Gaudiya Mission of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur at a very young age. He could sing nicely, and he looked very simple—there was not a shadow of inauspiciousness in his body..."
Download / listen to the audio (8.4 Mb, 25 min)

Sun, 23 April 2023 (Aksaya Tritiya: auspicious day to start new works)

Run from Maya, not from Home
'Guru Maharaj often said that foreign devotees have one advantage: they do not have so much attachment to their family, but Bengali devotees are very attached to their families. People do not have faith that the Lord will protect everything....'
Download / listen to the audio (27.2 Mb, 60 min | Bengali | 10 March 2020)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Heart-Breaking Decision
"Mahaprabhu's mother, Gadadhar, Brahmananda, Chandrasekhara, and Mukunda. Mahaprabhu told Nityananda Prabhu, 'Nobody except them knows about it.' Sri Sachi Mata cried so much and other devotees also tried to dissuade Mahaprabhu in so many ways..."
Download / listen to the audio (3.1 Mb, 8 min | 17 January 2021)

 


Today in the calendar: Gaura Tritiya. Aksaya Tritiya (an auspicious day to start some works). Beginning of the 21-day Chandan Yatra of Sri Sri Jagannathdev.

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."


 

Mon, 24 April 2023

Challenging Choice
'If you make a step towards Maya, she will catch you by your legs and pull you away to the prison-house. But if you make a step towards the Lord, the Lord will take you to the path of devotion and bring you to His own abode. Now you can choose – will you go towards Maya or towards the Lord?'
Download / listen to the audio (27.2 Mb, 60 min | Bengali | 10 March 2020)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Deceitless Dealings
"Everything is service, and it is necessary to always do service from your heart. Try to respect each other. It is very important. Do not create so many classes, divisions, and groups among devotees. It is necessary to be simple, without any deceit."
Download / listen to the audio (2.7 Mb, 7 min | 17 January 2021)

 

Tue, 25 April 2023

Always Keep in Touch
'Do not cheat me! I have entered into some relationship with you. You have done this parikrama for several days, and we have formed some relationship, so please keep in touch – phone me, write me letters or emails, try to find out how I am – so that this relationship does not break.'
Download / listen to the audio (27.2 Mb, 60 min | Bengali | 10 March 2020)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Deficiency in Practice
"We can overcome this situation, but we need to practise properly—we must serve devotees, we must preach for devotees. Practise very nicely. There are so many deficiencies in devotees. It is necessary to learn and practise."
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Today in the calendar: Gaura Panchami. Appearance of Sripad Sankaracharya. Disappearance of Tridandi-swami Srimad Bhakti Vilas Gabhastinemi 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."


 

In honour of Sri Sankar Acharya:

Hearing the name of Sri Sankar Acharya, Paramahamsa Babaji Mahasay offered his prostrate obeisance and said:

‘O great soul! “Sankarah Sankarah saksat” (Sankar is Mahadev-Sankar, Lord Siva, himself) – always remember these words. Sankar is a Guru of Vaishnavs, that is why Mahaprabhu spoke of him as an Acharya. Sankar is a perfect Vaishnav. When he made his advent in India, there was a very urgent need in a guna-avatara like him. At that time, discussions of Vedas and practices of varnasrama-dharma had become almost obliterated by the influence of Buddhist voidism, which is extremely atheistic. Although Buddhist doctrine contains some truth about jiva souls, that religion is quite temporal (non-eternal). At that time, almost all brahmans had become Buddhists and had almost completely given up Vedic religion. Filled with wondrous power, the advent of Sankar’s incarnation established the honour of Vedic scriptures and changed voidism into brahmanism. The work he performed is wonderful. India is eternally indebted to Sri Sankar for this great work. All works in the world can be divided into two types. Some works are related to some particular time (temporal), and some are not related to any time (timeless, eternal). The great work of Sankar’s incarnation is temporal, and many good results emerged from it. Sankar’s incarnation created a foundation upon which the incarnations of Sri Ramanuja, Sri Madhva and other great teachers later built the palace of pure Vaishnavism. Therefore, Sankar’s incarnation is the greatest friend of Vaishnavism and a predecessor acharya.

Sri Sankar revealed a conceptual path in this world, and to this day, Vaishnavs easily take advantage of its wealth. Sambandha-jnana (knowledge of the relationship) is extremely necessary for material conditioned souls. Vaishnavs and Sankar Acharya believe that gross bodies existent in this material world are different and separate from transcendental matter, but spiritually, there is no difference between a jiva soul’s internal and external identity. Both agree that giving up material world is called liberation (mukti), and up until attaining liberation, there is very much similarity between Sri Sankar and Vaishnav Acharyas. Sankar Acharya teaches that it is possible to purify one’s heart and attain liberation by practising God consciousness (by serving and worshipping the Lord), but only Sankar is silent about the transcendental path jiva souls face after attaining liberation. Sankar knew very well that if a jiva soul can progress on the path of liberation by serving the Lord, it will gradually, bound by the happiness of spiritual life, become a pure devotee. Therefore, when Sankar showed the path, he did not further reveal the mystery of Vaishnavs. Those who read and consider his commentaries very carefully can understand Sankar’s profound intention. But those who pass their time reading only the external parts of his teachings become driven away from proper Vaishnavism.

(From Jaiva Dharma by Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur)

Wed, 26 April 2023

Grand Assembly
'Today is anandotsav (joyous festival) of Sri Jagannath Misra, and Gurudev always made a Visva-Vaishnav Raja-Sobha ('Royal Assembly of Worldwide Vaishnavs') on this day. It is the day when Vaishnavs from all over the world assemble together...'
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—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Increasing Preaching Scope
"Yesterday I went to Nrisingha Palli for a short time, and tomorrow I am again going preaching for five days in Bankura and Bardhaman. In the meantime, Sripad Sajjan Maharaj is doing book distribution here in Kolkata...."
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Thu, 27 April 2023

What Is Your Greatest Joy?
'We must always think about it: what is our greatest happiness? I feel very sad because somebody left yesterday saying that his daughter-in-law was going to deliver a baby. Because his daughter-in-law had to give birth to the baby yesterday, he ran back home.'
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—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Distribute Krishna Consciousness!
"There are so many people suffering in this world—they too are searching for the main source, they too are searching for the hidden treasure. They wait for somebody to come and distribute it to them. Go and distribute this hidden treasure to everyone!"
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Today in the calendar: Gaura Saptami. Jahnu Saptami: Sri Jahnavi Puja (worship of the Ganga).

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

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


 

In honour of Sri Jahnavi Puja (Sri Ganga Puja):

"...While speaking, they went to Jan Nagar and saw the beauty of the hermitage of Jahnu Muni. Nityananda Prabhu said, 'This charming abode is known as Jahnudwip and Bhadravan. Jahnu Muni performed austerities here and saw the golden form of Gaura. Once, when Jahnu Muni sat here to perform his evening meditation, His copper vessel fell into the swiftly flowing River Ganga. The copper vessel fell into the river and floated away. Jahnu Muni then drank all the water of the Ganga with his palm. Maharaj Bhagirath thought, "Where did the Ganga go?" Bewildered, he began to think over the situation. Understanding that Jahnu Muni had drunk all the water of the Ganga, Maharaj Bhagirath became concerned. Sober Maharaj Bhagirath worshipped the sage for some time, and eventually the Ganga broke out of the sage's body. Thereafter, she became known as Jahnavi. The whole world now calls her 'Jahnavi'.'"

(Sri Nabadwip Dham Mahatmya, chapter 13)

 

Visiting Holy Places: Pleasure Hunting?
"'The trouble of visiting holy places is simply a mental delusion—all possible perfection is the feet of Govinda.' You can ask me, 'Maharaj, then why are you going there, why are taking us with you?' Do you know the answer?"
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Glory of Manasi Ganga
"This Haridev Temple is located to the south of Manasi Ganga. When it came to the temple of Asadi Purnima, Nanda Maharaj, Mother Yasoda and other Vraja-basis wanted to travel to the Ganges to bathe in her water..."
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Fri, 28 April 2023

Messengers of Highest Giver
'On this day, it is not only Jagannath Misra and Mother Sachi who rejoice. Yesterday was a happy day for all gods and goddesses, for the whole world, and today is a joyful festival, but seeing that everyone is rushing to leave and jump back into their material life, I feet very sad.'
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—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Offering Bhog on Ekadasi
"Sometimes, devotees live in their house and if they offer rice, dal, or kitchuri on ekadasi, how will they take it? They do not want to throw away food, so they do not offer grains on this day. However, if it is a temple with Deities, then we should offer everything, both ekadasi and non-ekadasi preparations."
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Sat, 29 April 2023

Love Your Service
'It is necessary to serve the temple and the mission with love and affection. Whether you are happy or unhappy, whether you are struggling or not – you must serve with love and affection. If you can do your service properly, that is sufficient.'
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—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

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."
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Today in the calendar: Gaura Navami. Appearance of Sri Jahnava Devi (Sri Nityananda-sakti) and Sri Sita Devi (Sri Rama-sakti).

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

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


 

In honour of Sri Sita Devi:

"Lord Ramachandra said to Sri Sita Devi, 'Loving devotion to Me is relished in two ways. O Sita, please hear My words. The joy felt during union with Me is called sambhoga. The joy felt during separation from Me is called vipralambha. My devotees, My eternal associates, desire sambhoga, and by My grace, they experience vipralambha. Devotees know that the sadness felt for My sake during vipralambha is actually the greatest joy. When sambhoga occurs after vipralambha, the happiness felt is ten million times greater than before. Separation from Me is the cause of that happiness. Accept this as truth; the four Vedas affirm it. During My Pastimes as Sri Gauranga, Mother Kausalya, who is known in the Vedas as Aditi, will appear as Sachi Devi. You will serve Me as Visnu Priya. In separation from Me, You will make a Deity of My golden form. In separation from You, I will make a golden Sita and worship You in Ayodhya. In exchange, You will make a Deity of My golden form and worship Me in Nadia. O Sita, these profound topics are very confidential. They will not be revealed to the public now. Nabadwip is very dear to Me: neither Ayodhya nor any other place is equal to it.'"

(Sri Nabadwip Dham Mahatmya, chapter 14)

Niti and Priti
"It was Ramachandra's vijay utsav yesterday, and we would like to clarify some things about Rama-tattva and Krishna-tattva. In Rama-lila, rules and regulations are the highest, and love and affection go down, but this is not the highest ideal..."
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In honour of Sri Jahnava Devi:

Lord Nityananda Prabhu's Sakti
"The Lord has tried to save the souls bounded by maya in so many ways in this Kali-yuga. He was the only child of Hadai Pandit and Padmavati Devi and He left them when He was twelve. Later, He was introduced to Jahnava Devi."
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Nityananda Prabhu's Marriage
"Everybody says that for the devotees Nityananda Prabhu never marries, but He has two saktis, Jahnava and Vasudha. They were actually daughters of Surya Das, Gauri Das Pandit's brother..."
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Sun, 30 April 2023 (Tomorrow is Sri Mohini Ekadasi)

Service Foundation
'It is possible to practise Krishna consciousness only when you have sincerity, anugatya (strict adherence, submission) and nistha (constancy). Serve according to your qualification. We do not want to be big things, it is not necessary. Only do the service that Gurudev has given you with your heart and soul.'
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—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Be Strong and Straight
"When you live at the temple, you engage only in sravan, kirtan, you take prasadam, and when you live in your house, you must engage yourself in the same way—even if you live as a householder, you should still do everything that we do at the temple."
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Luchi Fried In Kerosene
'If anybody comes from another temple, or another society, and you are giving initiation to them, or you are recommending them for initiation, you must think first and clarify them.'

 

Sri Sri Prema-Vivarta
“Brother, when you give up your pride, you will give up the world, and when you give up the world, your heart will become pure.”

Everything comes from Krishna, and He also gave the solution, the siddhanta—if we follow
that, we can overcome maya, we can overcome all problems.

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