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MONTHLY ARCHIVE OF UPDATES

AUGUST 2023

 

Tue, 1 August 2023

Who Are You? Where Are You?
'We are suffering from the agony of the three-fold miseries because we have forgotten the Lord. To give us a solution from this misery, the Lord Himself says that we must take shelter at His holy lotus feet.'
Download / listen to the audio (26.7 Mb, 64 min | Bengali | 20 November 2020)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Strict and Straight Preaching
"This is what Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur teaches us: you cannot just close your mouth, you must do what is necessary—you must practise the real conception and you must preach it also."
Download / listen to the audio (1.6 Mb, 5 min | 19 October 2018)

 

Wed, 2 August 2023

Enter Service Plane
'We must feel that the Lord is our own. We must feel a pull towards service. There must be seva-pravrtti, service mood, service drive. This is what we must be attracted and drawn to. Giving honour to somebody, or respecting somebody, means showing affection to them.'
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Love for Gaudiya [by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad]
"We pray that your practice, behaviour, language, taste, moral regulations and religious faith become aligned with the precepts of Gaudiya. Please gradually give up non-gaudiya elements within your Gaudiya identity and show the ideal of Gaudiya to the entire world. May you not mutilate the paramount ideal of the Gaudiya precepts by coveting to participate in that which is not Gaudiya."

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Do Not Ruin Yourself
"Maya (illusory environment) is always very active, and we can fall down any time. We must become servants of Nityananda Prabhu, servants of Gurudev, servants of devotees—if we can become their feetdust, that is sufficient for our spiritual life."
Download / listen to the audio (2.3 Mb, 7 min | 20 October 2018)

 

Thu, 3 August 2023

Taking the Holy Name
'Why do people chant the Holy Name but do not get the result quickly? Because they make offences. Learn the ten offences by heart and avoid them. If you chant the Holy Name in this way, you will get the result quickly.'
Download / listen to the audio (26.7 Mb, 64 min | Bengali | 20 November 2020)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Servant Consciousness
"This is the main thing that we must understand in our spiritual life. It is not necessary to be a Vaishanv—it is necessary to be a servant of a Vaishnav. Try to understand what the siddhanta, the main conception, is."
Download / listen to the audio (1.3 Mb, 4 min | 20 October 2018)

RUSSIAN TRANSLATION: «Сознание слуги»

 

Fri, 4 August 2023

My Worst Misfortune
'The Lord Himself says, "I have kept all My power within My Holy Name, and you can chant My Name at any time." You can chant the Holy Name at any and every time – when you are on a bus, when you are driving, when you are eating, lying down, sitting.'
Download / listen to the audio (59.8 Mb, 119 min | Bengali | 21 November 2020)

Stuck
"We must clean ourselves through sravan, kirtan, Hari-katha, otherwise no matter how much we labour, the result will not come."
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—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Traversing Maya-Samudra
"O Lord! I am doing so many offences—thousands of thousands of offences. I have already fallen into so much maya. I do not have any qualities—and I have no other way, I surrender to you, I am throwing myself at your feet! Please hijack me!"
Download / listen to the audio (1.7 Mb, 5 min | 20 October 2018)

 

Sat, 5 August 2023

Live for Service
'If we are walking down the street and see some cows' dung or dogs' stool, we do not step on it but walk around it. In the same way, many obstacles and bad, dirty things will come on this path of devotion. We must avoid all that. We must not smear those things on our bodies.'
Download / listen to the audio (59.8 Mb, 119 min | Bengali | 21 November 2020)

Practical Questions
How to treat "non-devotees"? How to always remember Krishna? Why cannot we follow the instructions properly? How to survive in the material environment? How can we connect our daily activities with Krishna?
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—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Appreciating Sadhu (1)
"You can get proper advice through good association, and you can become a proper servant of Vaishnavs through that. Without the association and advice of a proper, perfect sadhu, you cannot realise proper things. Everything comes from the sadhu."
Download / listen to the audio (2.5 Mb, 7 min | 22 October 2018)

 

Sun, 6 August 2023

Remembering Gadadhar Pandit
'You should accept even committing an offence for the service of the Lord, but you should never accept any offence for your own enjoyment. But we do just the opposite. We are not afraid to commit any sin for our own enjoyment...'
Download / listen to the audio (59.8 Mb, 119 min | Bengali | 21 November 2020)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Appreciating Sadhu (2)
"Maybe somebody's character is bad, but if they are surrendered to the Lord, you can say about them that they are a perfect sadhu because they are fully surrendered to the Lord, fully surrendered to their Guru."
Download / listen to the audio (2.5 Mb, 7 min | 22 October 2018)

 

Mon, 7 August 2023

Advaita Acharya's Mystic Personality
'Sri Advaita Acharya Prabhu is a particle of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Mahavisnu, the primeval all-cognisant Supreme Personality of Godhead; therefore, he belongs to Visnu-tattva, being non-different from the Lord.'
Download / listen to the audio (59.8 Mb, 119 min | Bengali | 21 November 2020)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Appreciating Sadhu (3)
"I am telling to everybody—give proper respect to the sadhu, do not make any offence to the sadhu. Only a sadhu can rescue you from all kinds of bad elements—he can remove all your bad elements if you surrender to him properly."
Download / listen to the audio (2.1 Mb, 7 min | 22 October 2018)

 

Tue, 8 August 2023

Kirtan – Highest Practice
'Kali-yuga people do not want to study, to learn anything. They do not want to read books. People are busy with their mobile phones, television, the internet and the wifi connection. Kali-yuga people's minds are always fickle. These fickle minds should always chant kirtan, then they will become peaceful.'
Download / listen to the audio (12.8 Mb, 31 min | Bengali | 27 November 2020)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Healthy Spiritual Life
"We do not know what is good, what is bad for our spiritual life. We sometimes want to eat some other food—we sometimes want to do some material things, we want some material enjoyment, but Gurudev will never advise to do what is bad for our spiritual life."
Download / listen to the audio (1.9 Mb, 5 min | 23 October 2018)

 

Wed, 9 August 2023

Three Pillars of Spiritual Life
'Mahaprabhu made such a nice arrangement for this Kali-yuga. In Satya-yuga, people used to meditate for thousands and thousands of years, famishing their bodies to almost nothing.'
Download / listen to the audio (12.8 Mb, 31 min | Bengali | 27 November 2020)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Exclusive Mood
"A devotee's heart, their life, mind, everything is surrendered to the Lord, and they always listen to Hari-katha, Hari-kirtan—they always spend their life in sravanam, kirtanam, and they always derive pleasure from it."
Download / listen to the audio (2.1 Mb, 5 min | 23 October 2018)

 

Thu, 10 August 2023

Outer and Inner Surrender
'Our main purpose in life is to be able to submit all these senses, submit everything that is good or bad within us, at the holy feet of our gurudev and the Lord. Our duty is to submit ourselves at the holy feet of the Lord. We must never forget this. We must always think about it.'
Download / listen to the audio (12.8 Mb, 31 min | Bengali | 27 November 2020)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Seek Sadhus' Shelter
"O Krishna! How will all those who are suffering so much from miseries caused by one's body, by the nature, and other souls, and so many problems in this mundane world be rescued from this kind of situation? — A sadhu will come for them..."
Download / listen to the audio (2 Mb, 5 min | 23 October 2018)

 

Fri, 11 August 2023

Drowning in Maya
'The more you run towards Maya, the more Maya will attack you. We say, "I will leave my family", "I will leave my family", "I do not want to live with my family", "I will do this, that" – and we want to leave our material life, we may have left it, but the problem is that material life is not leaving us.'
Download / listen to the audio (12.8 Mb, 31 min | Bengali | 27 November 2020)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

What Are You Doing?!
"We must practise in the way that Gurudev tells us to practise. Think properly about what Gurudev tells. You are always mixing with materialists, you are always looking at ladies—what are you doing?! You are taking poison! You must avoid all this!"
Download / listen to the audio (2.3 Mb, 6 min | 23 October 2018)

 

Sat, 12 August 2023 (Sri Parama Ekadasi)

Still Waters Run Deep
'We are attacked by six robbers who take everything from us. When lust attacks, you feel greed, hankering, you behave bad; when anger attacks you become angry, and so on. In my life, I have tried to raise so many people, I have tried to make good men out of them...'
Download / listen to the audio (12.8 Mb, 31 min | Bengali | 27 November 2020)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Mahaprabhu's Line
"Mahaprabhu is the example for us: the example of how we will practise spiritual life. Seeing His life and His teaching, we must understand clearly how we must practise spiritual life. Many obstacle will come: Maya is always ready to create obstacle and problems on our way towards spiritual life."
Download / listen to the audio (4.9 Mb, 12 min | 24 October 2018)

 


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

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)

Sun, 13 August 2023

Understanding Religion of Kali-Yuga
'So, today is Rasa Purnima. This day is celebrated in many places, that is why I said that I could give another class on this day. But at present it is very difficult to understand this movement of Krishna consciousness or the divinity of Lord Jagannath and Mahaprabhu. It is very rare to find this kinds of soul who will listen to the conception of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu properly.'
Download / listen to the audio (26.4 Mb, 49 min | English | 30 November 2020)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Preaching Current
"You can see these examples and understand that there are always some problems. You can see our guru-varga also. When Bhagavan Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur starting to preach the highest conception of Mahaprabhu, or when Bhaktivinod Thakur discovered Mahaprabhu's birthplace, so many problems came."
Download / listen to the audio (3.3 Mb, 8 min | 24 October 2018)

 

Mon, 14 August 2023

Who Is Mahaprabhu?
'Who is Chaitanya Mahaprabhu? I will quote you some examples of verses from many scriptures that appeared before Mahaprabhu came in this Age of Kali that prove that Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is the Lord. This Gaurahari is eternal. His name is eternal. His beauty is eternal. And His every associate is eternal. Everything about Him is eternal.'
Download / listen to the audio (26.4 Mb, 49 min | English | 30 November 2020)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Take Care of This Line
"I have told you some of the history of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. I am very unqualified, but Gurudev told me to take care of you all and to give what he has told me. I am paying my humble obeisance to all the devotees and requesting you to please take care of what Gurudev has told, take care of his words. This is my hope and my everything."
Download / listen to the audio (2.1 Mb, 5 min | 24 October 2018)

 

Tue, 15 August 2023

Understanding Lord Jagannath
'We use Lord Jagannath, we use Lord Nrisingha for our own interest, that is why we cannot see understand, we cannot realise, we cannot understand Lord Jagannath or Lord Nrisinghadev. "We only want to serve You" – this should be our only ardent, earnest request.'
Download / listen to the audio (26.4 Mb, 49 min | English | 30 November 2020)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Paramount Quality
"We have no quality or qualification, but we can surrender fully. If you take shelter in the guidance and at the lotus feet of such Guru (if you receive his guidance and listen to his advice or order), then Krishna cannot reject you."
Download / listen to the audio (1.8 Mb, 5 min | 20 October 2018)

RUSSIAN TRANSLATION: «Высшее качество»

 

Wed, 16 August 2023

Mahaprabhu's Mystic Pastimes
'You are all very honourable persons, and I would like to tell you about Mahaprabhu. So many of His pastimes took place in Puri and during the Ratha-yatra time.'
Download / listen to the audio (26.4 Mb, 49 min | English | 30 November 2020)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Damodar Month
"This Kartik month (Damodar month) is Krishna's dearmost month. There is Radha-Damodar temple near our Vrindavan temple and every Kartik we go for parikrama in Vrindavan. This year also we have a great wish to start Vrindavan parikrama in Damodar month."
Download / listen to the audio (2.4 Mb, 7 min | 25 October 2018)

 

Thu, 17 August 2023

Small Service, Great Heart
'There are so many pastimes that Mahaprabhu showed in Puri. One time, Mahaprabhu sent Pradyumna Misra to Raya Ramananda to hear Krishna-katha. There is also another Mahaprabhu's pastime that I would like to remind you of.'
Download / listen to the audio (26.4 Mb, 49 min | English | 30 November 2020)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Damodarastakam
"We sing Damodarastakam about the pastimes of the Lord written by Satyavrata Muni every Kartik month. That is a very important song in our spiritual life."
Download / listen to the audio (2.3 Mb, 7 min | 25 October 2018)

 

Fri, 18 August 2023

Love and Appreciate Mahaprabhu's Gift
'Mahaprabhu gives His own devotion, His own wealth and property. He is ready to distribute this kind of mercy, that is why He appeared in this Age of Kali. He comes to distribute the real sweet mood, divinity, and all transcendental wealth. This is the external cause. There is another, internal cause also.'
Download / listen to the audio (26.4 Mb, 49 min | English | 30 November 2020)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Siksastakam
"We are singing the Siksastakam songs every day [in Kartik month]. Mahaprabhu is Radha-Krishna's combined form and Siksastakam is His teaching. It is very nice. We must practise these songs."
Download / listen to the audio (3.1 Mb, 7 min | 25 October 2018)

 

Sat, 19 August 2023

Highest Devotion
'Krishna Himself showed the example of how much love and affection Vraja gopis have for Him when Narad Goswami came to see Him in Dvaraka. So, in short, we can say why is Vraja gopis' devotion the highest? Because Krishna Himself established this.'
Download / listen to the audio (26.4 Mb, 49 min | English | 30 November 2020)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Establishing Faith
"Krishna gave us this human body to serve, to come to Krishna consciousness, to chant the Holy Name of the Lord, to serve to Gurudev and to be established in our faith in our Gurudev and all the Vaishnavs. If you have faith, then the strongest faith is necessary."
Download / listen to the audio (1.9 Mb, 6 min | 26 October 2018)

 

Sun, 20 August 2023

Traversing Unconscious Lives
'Even though the souls born in a human body have more intelligence, they still behave like dogs and jackals. I feel much pain to see it. We took birth in this country to help others, but we do not even know what is good for us.'
Download / listen to the audio (13 Mb, 31 min | Bengali | 1 December 2020)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Maintaining Legacy
"There are certain things that have to be maintained and that are necessary for a practitioner's life, and you must follow these things properly. I am happy with all the devotees and I am trying to keep the Mission of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math as it was before."
Download / listen to the audio (3.6 Mb, 11 min | 26 October 2018)

 


Today in the calendar: Gaura Chaturthi. Disappearance of Srila Vamsi Das Babaji Maharaj.

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

 

 


 

In honour of Srila Vamsi Das Babaji Maharaj:

"In 1914, when Srila Prabhupad arrived a few days before the festival of Sriman Mahaprabhu's appearance, he met with Srila Vamsidas Babaji Mahasaya, an affectionate associate of Srila Gaurakishor Das Goswami Maharaj, in the yard of a large gymnasium in Kuliya. At that time, Srila Vamsidas did not speak to anyone—he would only constantly sing on his own the verses from ‘Prarthana’ written by Srila Narottam Thakur Mayasaya for his holy Lordships Sri Sri Gaura Nityananda, whom he served with pure loving devotion. Seeing Prabhupad, Srila Vamsidas Babaji Maharaj became extremely happy and, overcome with feelings, said, 'My Gaura's very own has come.' After that, he cordially welcomed Prabhupad, gave him a place to sit and began to sing ‘Prarthana’ by Thakur Mahasay. It was heard that he would every day somehow gather champaka flowers, string them into two garlands and offer them onto the necks of Sri Sri Gaura Nityananda. After Srila Prabhupad had seen this service, he told us much about the loving service of Srila Vamsidas Babaji Maharaj and said that he was constantly engaged in a much cherished service in ardent adherence to Srila Narottam Thakur Mahasaya. Prabhupad also said at the time that outside people could not grasp the unholy practises that Srila Vamsidas Babaji Maharaj displayed in order to deceive the outside people. The activities and actions of a perfected Vaishnav of an unfathomable character can never be perceived by enjoyers, renunciates and imposter devotees."

(From 'Saraswati Jayasri')

 


 

Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj remembers:

Srila Vamsi Das Babaji Maharaj was the only sadhu who was recognised by our Guru Maharaj (Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad) as a sadhu. Indifferent to the world, Srila Vamsi Das Babaji Maharaj lived a strict life of a babaji. He would be seen smoking publicly and living in his ashram with so many things scattered around it (fish scales, etc.) as he wanted to keep himself aloof from the society. He was indifferent to all those worldly things; he was actually searching after Krishna in his heart. Despite so many contradictory symptoms in his character, he had the recognition of our Guru Maharaj as a real living Vaishnava. Our Guru Maharaj rejected so many Vrindavan babajis as being imitators, but Srila Vamsi Das Babaji Maharaj was not an imitator—he really hankered for Krishna.

Once, there was an earthquake and a temple of Gaura Nitai was demolished. When somebody expressed their concern about the Deities inside the temple, Srila Vamsi Das Babaji Maharaj said to his audience, "Gaura Nitai are not the sort of children who would be bashed—They had already fled. Gaura Nitai are not some material substance that They would be smashed by a crushed temple."

Another peculiarity was that Srila Vamsi Das Babaji Maharaj had lived almost all his life in Nabadwip, but before passing away he went back to his own home somewhere in the district of Mymensingh (East Bengal, Bangladesh) and left his body there. Before he passed away, there were many itchy, blood-oozing sores on his body and he used to advertise it, "Come and see what type of a sadhu I am! You are yet to see it! You can see all this is the result of my bad karma! I am the worst type of man! Do not take me as a saint, as a sadhu—I am the worst of the worst! Otherwise, why would so many things have come to my body?" So, in the end, he went once to Vrindavan, then left it, went to his previous home, and left his body there.

Srila Vamsi Das Babaji Maharaj would roam the streets of Nabadwip half-mad. I have seen him several times when I came to stay here alone, and sometimes I used to come to his ashram. One evening, I was sitting here and saw him walking by very much enraged—he was shouting, "Why are you crowding here?! Can you not see that Rupa Manjari is here?! Why are there so many of you wandering here?!" He spoke, perhaps, in the mood of Yasoda, and it seemed apparently irrelevant—he said, "Sri Rupa Manjari has come here, why are you all crowding here? Go away!"

Another time, some gentleman was singing a song of Srila Narottam Das Thakur. When he finished singing, Srila Vamsi Das Babaji Maharaj remarked, "You have only superficially repeated the sound, but the real influence, the real impression, the inner voltage is unknown to you. Those who are hit by the strong feeling suggested by this song can know the power underlying it, but you are merely repeating the sound physically, you do not feel the volt, the energy within it. The voltage of the meaning of this song has not struck your heart." He remarked like that. Ordinary men who exist on the surface only repeat sounds, but those whose hearts have been touched by the deep underlying meaning can understand what that song contains...

 


 

"For a particular purpose it may be all right to keep a beard, but that is not the custom, neither with the sannyasis, nor with the babajis. Srila Sanatan Goswami had a full beard and Mahaprabhu ordered, 'Take him to a barber and remove it.' Neither sannyasis, nor babajis keep such things. So, we do not like to keep it either. During the Chaturmasya, for the vrata, it is mentioned in the sastra that we can keep hair and beard, otherwise generally not. At the same time, it is not that if one keeps long hair and long beard he cannot be a Vaishnav. There was Vamsi Das Babaji Maharaj, an independent Vaishnav. Our Guru Maharaj (Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad) also gave respect to him as a Vaishnav, but he had a big beard and did not shave at all. He was very negligent, he did not follow any sort of fashion—he did not allow any barber to shave him. Still, he was a respectable Vaishnav. As for yourself, if you keep a beard only to satisfy the Muslims for the purpose of your service—if you approach them to collect money and you can render good service to your Gurudev through that, then, for this purpose, to keep the safety of your vocation, you may keep a beard."

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

 


 

It can sometimes be very hard for us to accept the different natures of the devotees in this Krishna consciousness mission. If someone will stick to only one attitude, then he must be doomed to failure. There are many devotees—and many different natures. As an example, you can see in our own Sri Guru-varga that Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur has one kind of nature, Srila Gaura Kisor Das Babaji Maharaj has another kind of nature, Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur's nature is of another type, and Vamsi Das Babaji Maharaj's nature is yet another. But they are all siddha-mahapurusas—perfected souls. Also Srila Jagannath Das Babaji Maharaj has another type of nature, and our Srila Guru Maharaj yet another. So who are you to follow?

You cannot follow the activities of anybody, but it will be good for your practitioner's life if only you take the guidelines from your Gurudeva and do not try to imitate anyone.

We heard that Vamsi Das Babaji Maharaj ate fish and would often smoke a water-pipe. He would light the tobacco first, offer it to Sri Sri Nitai-Gaura, and then he himself would take that. But if you try to imitate him you must fall down.

Devotee: Did They accept that offering?

Srila Govinda Maharaj: Yes, They accepted. Vamsi Das Babaji Maharaj's position was such that he was a paramahamsa Vaishnav in vatsalya-rasa, so Nitai-Gaura could not ignore his offering. But you cannot imitate him.

(Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, Golden Reflections)

 


 

Question: It was the disappearance day of Vamsi Das Babaji yesterday. Could you tell us something about that?

Actually, there are many followers of Mahaprabhu. Not so much is written about many of them, but because they are followers of Mahaprabhu we give their name in the panjika (calendar). We always pay obeisance to them because they serve Mahaprabhu. Gaura Kishor Das Babaji Maharaj, Jagannath Das Babaji Maharaj and others are our line and like many previous Gurus and babajis in our line, they lived and did bhajan in Radha Kunda, but after that they came to Nabadwip. We respect them as our Guru-varga, and that is sufficient for us, it is not so important to know the detailed history of their lives. Sometimes, the description of their life is not written anywhere in the scriptures, but we always follow our Srila Sridhar Maharaj's panjika and we give their name in it.

(Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj, Odds and Ends)

Mon, 21 August 2023

Detach Yourself from Maya
'This life is not eternal, it will pass, and it is full of dangers – so many problems will come. But even amidst all the problems, try your best to take shelter of the Holy Name and carry on your life.'
Download / listen to the audio (13 Mb, 31 min | Bengali | 1 December 2020)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Beyond Ego and Prejudice
"We pray all the devotees of Chaitanya Saraswat Math will come again. I know some are a little disheartened, some want to stay alone, some live in a family as householders, but we do not look who is a householder, who is a brahmachari, who is a sannyasi."
Download / listen to the audio (2.8 Mb, 8 min | 26 October 2018)

 

Tue, 22 August 2023

Escape Parasitic Existence
'The Lord says, "I have created Maya, and through her, I will keep you away from Me. But I will also give you something by practising which you can reach Me and your home." Which will you take?'
Download / listen to the audio (13 Mb, 31 min | Bengali | 1 December 2020)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Honest Surrender
"Surrender comes through faith, and it is the most important thing for our spiritual life. When you surrender fully, do not take anything on your shoulder—give everything to your Guru, to your Lord—then you will see how happy you will be if you do that."
Download / listen to the audio (4.4 Mb, 12 min | 27 October 2018)

 

Wed, 23 August 2023

Path of Aural Reception
'If your phone battery does not have charge or if there is no network, then you will hear no sound. In the same way, if there is some adulteration, or impurity, in your chanting – if your chanting is not pure – you will not be able to reach the Lord. Pure chanting means chanting without offences.'
Download / listen to the audio (13 Mb, 31 min | Bengali | 1 December 2020)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Surrendered Soul's Stance
"It is not necessary to be a pujari—if we can become a dog of the Deities, that is sufficient for us. You can tie me and keep me near You, and I will not allow anybody who is against You to come close to You without Your permission. That will be my duty. I will honour the remnants of Your dearmost devotees."
Download / listen to the audio (1.6 Mb, 5 min | 27 October 2018)

 

Thu, 24 August 2023

Searching for Maya or the Lord?
'Therefore, we must search for the right thing. If we want to know something good, we must come to the person who knows it. You come to the programmes, you listen to Hari-katha, but none of you come to this line... Being controlled by some trifle greed, you cannot leave your material life and come to this line.'
Download / listen to the audio (13 Mb, 31 min | Bengali | 1 December 2020)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Pure Principles
"Mahaprabhu is the Lord Himself, but He served others and practised Krishna consciousness strictly—He preached very strictly and followed all rules and regulations very strictly. We should learn from our Gurudev, we should learn from our Guru-varga."
Download / listen to the audio (3.3 Mb, 9 min | 27 October 2018)

 

Fri, 25 August 2023

Search Out the Source
'Our relationship is spiritual: we are souls and we are related to the Lord. Until and unless we develop, or revive, this relationship in our hearts, we must keep looking for the source, which we have come from and which we must search out. We must search for that place.'
Download / listen to the audio (16.1 Mb, 40 min | Bengali | 2 November 2020)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

En Route to Dvaraka
"I am speaking now from the train because this is an almost three-day journey from Kolkata to Dvaraka. I myself have never actually been to Dvaraka, but this year devotees told me, 'Maharaj, we want to go to Dvaraka with you,' that is why we have arranged some programme and going there now with more than two hundred devotees; but our main spiritual things, our target is always Vrindavan and Govardhan."
Download / listen to the audio (3.5 Mb, 10 min | 31 October 2018)

 


Today in the calendar: Gaura Navami. Disappearance of Tridandi-swami Bhakti Prasun Bodhayan Maharaj (a diksa and sannyas disciple of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad).

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

"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."


 

 

Sat, 26 August 2023 (Tomorrow is Sri Pavitraropani Ekadasi)

Unique Gift to the World
'Vyasadev composed Srimad Bhagavatam from four main verses. Prior to that, he had already written many Puranas, including Padma Purana, Garuda Purana and Agni Purana, Srimad Bhagavad-gita and Mahabharata, but even having composed all those scriptures, he did not feel happy at heart...'
Download / listen to the audio (16.1 Mb, 40 min | Bengali | 2 November 2020)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

"May our pilgrimage be successful"
"Actually, we are going to Dvaraka to learn something about the pastimes of Krishna. If we are fortunate, by Krishna's mercy, we can get the darshan of this place. We pray to Gurudev and to the Lord that our pilgrimage may be successful."
Download / listen to the audio (1.7 Mb, 5 min | 31 October 2018)

 

Sun, 27 August 2023 (Sri Pavitraropani Ekadasi; Sri Hari Smaran Month)

March On
'We have come to this battlefield, and we must fight against Maya (illusory environment). We are fighters. Taking drums and karatals and chanting the Holy Name, we must fight against Maya. If you run away from this battlefield, you will have to surrender to Maya. We cannot do that.'
Download / listen to the audio (16.1 Mb, 40 min | Bengali | 2 November 2020)

 

SRI SRI PRAPANNA-JIVANAMRITAM
Preface
'It has been vividly illustrated herein that a life without surrender unto the lotus feet of Sri Krishna is utterly futile, and the most treasured perfection achieved through exclusive surrender has been revealed. This will especially encourage those who are aspiring to enter the land of devotion, drawing them onward to the lotus feet of Sri Hari.'

Publisher's Note
'Sri Sri Prapanna-jivanamrtam, The Life-nectar of the Surrendered Souls, is the crown-jewel of divine literatures as the eternal elixir of life for the exclusively surrendered souls, the bestower of the perpetual relish of full-fledged nectar, and the awakening and sustaining fountainhead of life in Divine Consorthood.'

Foreword
'Surrender is the indispensable necessity in the life of a devotee, and Life-Nectar of the Surrendered Souls will sustain and fortify the surrendered souls as the nectar in their lives of Positive and Progressive Immortality.'

 


Today in the calendar: Gaura Ekadasi. Fast on Pavitraropani Ekadasi. Beginning of Sri Sri Radha-Govinda’s Jhulan Yatra. Beginning of the month-long Sri Hari Smaran Festival at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.


 

Question: We hear that Sri Hari Smaran festival has begun. What activities or reading do you recommend for us?

You can read Srila Sridhar Maharaj's book Sri Sri Prapanna-jivanamritam, that will be good. Sri Sri Prapanna-jivanamritam is a good book, you can read it and remind yourself of many good things (practise smaran). I have also given you some books—Guidance 4, Guidance 3. You can read all these books and you can get everything in them. My books are very easy to understand, I am not writing in very high language, so they are easy to understand.

(Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj)

 

—: Sri Hari Smaran Month :—

(27 August—29 September)

28 August (Mon) Disappearance of Srila Rupa Goswami, Srila Gauridas Pandit
31 August (Thu) Appearance of Lord Baladev (fast until noon)
7 September (Thu) Appearance of Lord Sri Krishna (Sri Janmastami)
(fast until midnight)
8 September (Fri) Sri Nandotsav, Appearance of Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad
22 September (Fri) Appearance of Sri Lalita Devi
23 September (Sat) Appearance of Srimati Radharani (Sri Radhastami)
(fast until noon)
26 September (Tue) Appearance of Srila Jiva Goswami, Lord Vamanadev
27 September (Wed) Appearance of Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur
28 September (Thu) Disappearance of Srila Haridas Thakur

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

World Pandemic: Use Your Time Wisely
"All over the world, all devotees at this moment always think and are always afraid of COVID-19, coronavirus. We cannot do anything about it—when the time comes, we will have to leave our body. However, as many days as we may have, we must not waste our time! Now that all the devotees are always in their house, it is a good time—they can read many books such as Srimad Bhagavatam, Chaitanya-charitamrita and all our good books. They can concentrate their mind on Krishna consciousness and chant more rounds of the Holy Name. They can do more service in their houses."
Download / listen to the audio (3.7 Mb, 9 min | 28 March 2020)

 


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

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, 28 August 2023 (Srila Rupa Goswamipad's disappearance; Sri Hari Smaran)

Intense Service Life
'We must always practise Krishna consciousness. As long as you have service, you must always do service. Do more and more service. Day and night, always do more and more service. We must not make any excuses.'
Download / listen to the audio (16.1 Mb, 40 min | Bengali | 2 November 2020)

 

SRI SRI PRAPANNA-JIVANAMRITAM
(1) Prelude to Approaching Nectar
'An auspicious invocation, a humble petition, an introduction to the book and its chapters, and the theme of the philosophy of the book have, to the best of my ability, all been entered within this first chapter named Upakramamrtam or Prelude to Approaching Nectar.'

 


Today in the calendar: Gaura Dvadasi. Ekadasi paran is at 5:19:24–9:31:50. Disappearance of Srila Rupa Goswami Prabhu and Srila Gauri Das Pandit Goswami. Sri Sri Krishna's Pavitraropana Festival (the day when the holy thread is bestowed).

 

 


 

—: Sri Hari Smaran Month :—

(27 August—29 September)

28 August (Mon) Disappearance of Srila Rupa Goswami, Srila Gauridas Pandit
31 August (Thu) Appearance of Lord Baladev (fast until noon)
7 September (Thu) Appearance of Lord Sri Krishna (Sri Janmastami)
(fast until midnight)
8 September (Fri) Sri Nandotsav, Appearance of Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad
22 September (Fri) Appearance of Sri Lalita Devi
23 September (Sat) Appearance of Srimati Radharani (Sri Radhastami)
(fast until noon)
26 September (Tue) Appearance of Srila Jiva Goswami, Lord Vamanadev
27 September (Wed) Appearance of Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur
28 September (Thu) Disappearance of Srila Haridas Thakur

 

In honour of Srila Rupa Goswami Prabhu:

 

Question: How can anarthas be removed?

Answer: If you loudly chant the prescribed number of rounds of the Holy Name of Krishna, unwanted habits and qualities will go away, and all slothfulness, etc. will vanish—even those who are averse to the Lord, the outside people, will not be able to avert it then.

Question: How can one follow this advice if one is completely covered by anarthas?

Answer: Sriman Mahaprabhu bestowed all power to Sri Rupa Goswami Prabhu, and you must earnestly beg at the feet of this Sri Rupa Goswami Prabhu and his followers for this mercy of Mahaprabhu. Especially, we must with all our heart pray to Sri Nam Prabhu for His service. Nam Prabhu is Nami Prabhu (the Holy Name and He whose Name it is are non-different)—He will reveal Himself in your heart.

(Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj, Guidance 3)

 


Srimad Rupa-Goswami-Prabhura Sochaka
শ্রীমদ্রূপগোস্বামি-প্রভুর শোচক
"O my very goal of life, Sri Rupa Goswami! He is extremely merciful, an ocean of great qualities. Whoever gets his mercy, gets the feet of Chaitanya and attains Radha and Krishna in Vraja Dham (Vrindavan). His nature is such that he gave mercy to the worst, most sinful, fallen, miserable souls. How much more can one mouth possibly say? Please accept me! May I always, at every moment, remember your lotus feet—please hear this prayer of mine!"

Srila Rupa Goswami Prabhu (1)
"Tomorrow is Srila Rupa Goswami Prabhu's and Srila Gauridas Pandit's disappearance day. We want to say something about them because our Guru Maharaj Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj and our Gurupadpadma are Rupanuga-dhara—they are holding Srila Rupa Goswami's flag."
Download / listen to the audio (1.4 Mb, 4 min | 29 July 2012)

Srimad Rupa-pada-rajah Prarthana Dasakam
"Srila Rupa Goswami is the mine of the most precious treasure, the leader of the associates of Lord Chaitanya. Despite my lowliness, when will—disregarding all my various qualifications and disqualifications—Srimad Rupa Prabhu grace me with the dust of his holy lotus feet?"

Srila Rupa Goswami Prabhu (2)
"We must all pray to Srila Rupa Goswami, 'Prabhu, wherever you are staying now, please forgive our offences. Please engage us to serve your servant, please tolerate us. Prabhu, please accept us as a dog at your lotus feet!'"
Download / listen to the audio (1.3 Mb, 4 min | 29 July 2012)

Srila Rupa Goswami Prabhu
"He is actually an associate of Mahaprabhu. Before that, in Dvapara yuga, he was an associate of Krishna, and Krishna Himself sent him to teach us, the fallen souls. On his disappearance day we can ask him for some mercy so that we can continue our service to the Lord."
Download / listen to the audio (2.9 Mb, 9 min | 18 August 2013)

Rupa Sanatan: First Encounter
"Rupa and Sanatan stayed in Ramkeli-gram in Malda district, Gauda Mandal and worked for the emperor Hussein Shah. They heard that somebody tried to start kirtan, and, understanding that it had to be Mahaprabhu, they went to meet with Him."
Download / listen to the audio (2 Mb, 6 min | 13 June 2015)

Service Subordination
"We start service by the mercy of Nityananda Prabhu, by the mercy of Radharani. Without Their mercy we cannot do anything. One day, Sanatan Goswami came to Rupa Goswami. He asked him, 'For so many days I have not taken sweet rice..."
Download (1.7 Mb, 5 min | 21 September 2009)

Dignity of the Divine Servitor: Descent of Knowledge
"When in Vrindavana, Rupa Goswami wanted to offer his Guru, Sanatan Goswami, some sweet-rice. He thought, 'My Gurudeva likes sweet-rice. If I can secure some milk, sugar, raisins, nuts, etc., I shall be able to make some sweet-rice, offer it to Krishna, and then to my Gurudeva.' A little later, a young girl, perhaps twelve or fourteen years of age, came to Rupa Goswami's bhajan-kutir in Kadam Kandi..."

Sri Rupa-Sanatan Siksa (EPUB file, 0.5 Mb)
"Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita: Sri Rupa-Satana Siksa, read and expounded by His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj." An electronic version of the published previously online matter available now for download, reading and worshipping on phones, tablets, eBook readers, etc.

 

 

SONG: Sri Sad-Goswamy-Astakam | শ্রীশ্রীষড়্­গোস্বাম্যষ্টকম্
Download / listen to the audio (4.5 Mb)

"I offer my respectful obeisances unto the Six Goswamis, namely Sri Rupa Goswami, Sri Sanatan Goswami, Sri Raghunath Bhatta Goswami, Sri Raghunath Das Goswami, Sri Jiva Goswami, and Sri Gopala Bhatta Goswami, who are always engaged in chanting the Holy Name of Krishna and dancing. They are just like the ocean of love of God, and they are popular both with the gentle and with the ruffians, because they are not envious of anyone. Whatever they do, they are all-pleasing to everyone, and they are fully blessed by Lord Chaitanya. Thus they are engaged in missionary activities meant to deliver all the conditioned souls in the material universe."

 

SONG: Sri Guru Parampara | শ্রীগুরুপরম্পরা
"Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is nondifferent from Sri Sri Radha-Krsna and is the very life of Sri Rupa's followers. Srila Svarup Damodar Goswami, Srila Rupa Goswami Prabhu, and Srila Sanatan Goswami Prabhu are dear to Visvambhar."

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. If anyone comes to you, their sins go away."

SONG: Vaisnava thakura dayara sagara | বৈষ্ণব ঠাকুর দয়ার সাগর
"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. Mercifully give me a drop of faith and bestow upon me the wealth of Krishna's Name."

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! 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."

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."

SONG: 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."

 

In honour of Srila Gauri Das Pandit Goswami:

At Gauri Das Pandit's House
"Gauri Das Pandit was a grihastha devotee who lived in Kalna. His brother was the father of Jahnava and Vasudha. Once, Mahaprabhu and Nityananda Prabhu came to Kalna by boat and decided to visit Gauri Das Pandit's house..."
Download / listen to the audio (2.5 Mb, 8 min)

Srila Gauri Das Pandit's Gaura Nitai
The story of how Srila Gauri Das Pandit's Deities manifested Themselves at his house in Kalna.
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Tue, 29 August 2023 (Sri Hari Smaran)

Patience, Faith and Affection
'We must serve our guru. Until the guru is satisfied, you must carry on doing and doing your service. Do not lose patience. The problem is that we lose patience easily. We lack patience. Our patience will be tested many times, so we must have a lot of patience.'
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SRI SRI PRAPANNA-JIVANAMRITAM
(2) Nectar of Scriptural Word
'This second chapter, Sri Sastra-vachanamritam, The Nectar of Scriptural Word, describes surrender as corroborated in the Revealed Scriptures headed by the Vedas (Sruti) and the Religious Codes (Smrti).'

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

World Pandemic: The Only Relief
"In this situation that is happening in this world, only the chanting of the Holy Name, only service to the Lord can give relief to us. We must think about this, we must tell others to please avoid eating fish, meat, avoid this kind of sinful works."
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Wed, 30 August 2023 (Sri Hari Smaran)

Appearance of Lord Baladev
'Baladev Purnima is a very auspicious day. In Bengal and all over India, local devotees celebrate this day as Rakhi Purnima. But we do not follow Hinduism. We are followers of Vaishnavism and Mahaprabhu's line, Rupa Goswami's line, that is why we are celebrating Baladev Purnima on this day.'
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SRI SRI PRAPANNA-JIVANAMRITAM
(3) Acceptance of the Favorable
'Everything should be done that encourages the service of Sri Krishna and His devotee, and whatever is conducive to the state of exclusive surrender must be executed: such a firm conviction is called anukulyasya-sankalpah—Acceptance of the Favorable.'

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Nurture Faith and Faithfulness
"You can serve by following my instruction. My instruction is chanting the Holy Name, not to spend time always thinking nonsense things, and to always practise the panchanga. Do this properly, read our Math's books. I have published many books, read those books."
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—: Sri Hari Smaran Month :—

(27 August—29 September)

31 August (Thu) Appearance of Lord Baladev (fast until noon)
7 September (Thu) Appearance of Lord Sri Krishna (Sri Janmastami)
(fast until midnight)
8 September (Fri) Sri Nandotsav, Appearance of Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad
22 September (Fri) Appearance of Sri Lalita Devi
23 September (Sat) Appearance of Srimati Radharani (Sri Radhastami)
(fast until noon)
26 September (Tue) Appearance of Srila Jiva Goswami, Lord Vamanadev
27 September (Wed) Appearance of Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur
28 September (Thu) Disappearance of Srila Haridas Thakur

 

Thu, 31 August 2023 (Sri Baladev Purnima – full fast until midday)

Understanding Baladev's Glory
'Gurudev appears with the power of Nitai Thakur eternally. Baladev Prabhu does not appear now, Nitai Thakur is also not manifest, so Their pastimes have stopped – this is not true. Gurudev comes in the form of Baladev, in the form of Nityananda and brings the souls who have taken shelter in him to Gaurasundar. Their appearance pastimes are happening eternally – They eternally appear in the form of the guru.'
Download / listen to the audio (38.7 Mb, 72 min | English | 3 August 2020)

শ্রীশ্রীবলদেব-প্রসঙ্গ (শ্রীউপদেশ, চতুর্থ খণ্ড)
"পরমারাধ্যতম শ্রীল গুরুবর্গের শ্রীপাদপদ্মের কৃপা প্রার্থনা ক'রে শ্রীশ্রীবলদেব প্রভুর ভুবনমঙ্গলময়ী আবির্ভাব – তিথিতে ভগবৎ-কথা শ্রবণ করছি । শ্রীবলদেবই বলরাম, বলভদ্র ইত্যাদি নামে অভিহিত । কৃষ্ণের দ্বিতীয় বিগ্রহ হয়েও, কৃষ্ণ হয়েও ইনি কৃষ্ণের সেবা-বিগ্রহ রূপ ধরেছেন । কৃষ্ণ নিজেই অন্যরূপ ধরেছেন। লীলার পুষ্টিসাধনের জন্য তিনি বলদেবকে পৃথকভাবে প্রকট করেছেন । তাই কৃষ্ণাভিন্ন বলদেব। কৃষ্ণ তাঁর ঐ দেহে বিলাস করেন। আর তিনি কৃষ্ণের সেবাবিগ্রহ—তিনি সর্বশ্রেষ্ঠ সেবা-বিধানকারী ।"

 

SRI SRI PRAPANNA-JIVANAMRITAM
(4) Rejection of the Unfavorable
'The principle to reject everything opposed to the service of the Lord and His devotee, and to similarly abstain from everything opposed to an attitude of surrender, is known as pratikulya-vivarjjanam—Rejection of the Unfavorable.'

 


Today in the calendar: Purnima. End of Sri Sri Radha-Govinda's Jhulan Yatra. Appearance of Lord Sri Baladev. Fast until midday.

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj: "It is a very auspicious day in our spiritual life. We must do some service for Baladev Prabhu's appearance day. Remember this. If you only fast and give some flower to Gurudev, that is not sufficient. It is necessary to do some more service. Do more and more service to our Gurudev. Baladev is Mul-Sankarshan, He controls everything, and He is also ashraya-vigraya (embodiment of shelter), non-different from Nityananda Prabhu and Gurudev. We always ask for shelter at the lotus feet of our Gurudev, but the problem is that when we get this shelter at our Gurudev's lotus feet, we forget to serve after that."


 

In honour of Sri Baladev Prabhu:

sphurad-amala-kiritam kinkini-kankanarham
chalad-alaka-kapolam kundala-sri-mukhabjam
tuhina-giri-manojnam nila-meghambaradhyam
hala-musala-visalam kama-palam samide
"He is adorned with a shining spotless crown, bangles, and ankle bells; His curly hair plays on His lotus cheeks, and earrings embellish the beauty of His lotus face; dressed in fine clothes of rich blue colour like that of a cloud, He is as captivating as a snow-capped mountain; He is also carrying a great plough and a club. This Balaram—One who fulfils all desires—do I offer my prayers to."

 

Today is a very important day in our spiritual life, in our practising life. This is our life: without Gurudev's mercy we have nothing. In India, some devotees are worshipping Radha-Krishna's Jhulan Yatra today, but we are making a programme for Baladev, who is nondifferent from Gurudev and Nityananda Prabhu. This is our line, the line of Rupanuga Guru-varga. We always first offer everything to our Guru. If you do so much for Lord Krishna but have no faith in your Guru, the result will be nothing; if you worship Gauranga Mahaprabhu without worshipping Nityananda Prabhu, the result will be nothing; and if you worship Krishna but do not worship Baladev, the result will be nothing too. Moreover, it says in the scriptures that if you worship Krishna and do not worship your Guru, you are actually a great sinner. So, we must always first offer our full obeisance, full dandavat to our Guru, to Nityananda, Baladev (Guru-Balaram, Guru-Nityananda).

(Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj)

 


 

Sri Baladev Tattva (1)
His Divine Grace reads to the devotees about Sri Baladev on Sri Baladev Purnima in 2018: "You cannot prosper in your spiritual life without taking shelter of Baladev. If you take shelter of Gurudev, then you will get everything."
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Sri Baladev Tattva (2): Appearance and Pastimes
His Divine Grace reads to the devotees about Sri Baladev on Sri Baladev Purnima in 2018: "In Rama-lila, Laksman is younger than Ramachandra, so could not serve Ramachandra properly because a younger brother is always afraid of the elder brother. Therefore, in the pastimes of Krishna, Baladev became an elder son—when Krishna performed His pastimes, Balaram was always with Him."
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Sri Baladev Tattva (3): Later Pastimes
His Divine Grace reads to the devotees about Sri Baladev on Sri Baladev Purnima in 2018: "Although Sri Baladev is Vishnu-tattva, He Himself serves the Supreme Lord Sri Krishna as His foremost servant. He also engages others in the service of Krishna and exhibits the pastime of acting as the original spiritual master. In spite of all this, during His manifest pastimes in this material world, He Himself performed the pastime of accepting a guru in order to teach the importance of taking shelter of a guru."
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Baladev Purnima: A Special Day
"In India, some devotees are worshipping Radha-Krishna's Jhulan Yatra today, but we are making a programme for Baladev, who is nondifferent from Gurudev and Nityananda Prabhu. This is our line, the line of Rupanuga Guru-varga."
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Devotion Conquers—Ego Repels
Lord Balaram, Kaliya-daman Lila, Saubhari Muni, Sudama Vipra, the sun, a vessel, a drum, a pig, and a drop of water—all these are woven together to guide us towards perfect devotion.
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Asraya Vigraha Sri Baladev
"Without the shelter of Nityananda Prabhu, without the shelter of Baladev Prabhu, we cannot think about Krishna. We must understand how to serve, how to give nourishment to Baladev."
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Sri Baladev Prabhu: Krishna's Merciful Alter Ego
"What is the glory of this pastime? It shows that Balaram ploughs and cultivates (karsan) and at the same time also attracts, pulls towards Him (akarsan). In other words, Baladev, or Gurudev, removes all bad elements from the hearts of practitioners."
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Baladev Lila: "Can We Be Friends?"
"I want to tell a little bit about Baladev's lila from what is written in Srimad Bhagavatam. You have all heard that Kamsa sent so many demons to kill Krishna and Krishna killed them all, but Srimad Bhagavatam describes how Baladev killed Pralambasur."
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Baladev Purnima: Double Festival in Russia
"Today, everybody is celebrating Sri Sri Baladev Prabhu's appearance day everywhere. Today is also the Deities' installation day in Saint Petersburg temple, our main centre in Russia. Even Madhavendra Puri showed us how important it is to serve the Deities..."
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Hari-katha of His Divine Grace in a class spoken on the adhivas of Lord Baladev's appearance in 2020:

Step Your Service Up
"We should not waste our time on our own enjoyment, we must give our time for the enjoyment and happiness of our Lord, our Gurudev. I know everybody will be working, it is Monday, the first day of the week days, but we must still do some service for Baladev Prabhu's appearance day. Remember this. If you only fast and give some flower to Gurudev, that is not sufficient."
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Disciple's Core Quality
"To receive and digest chastisement, it is necessary to have tolerance. How many devotees can tolerate chastisement? Very few. When Gurudev chastises you, you must be quiet—you have no right to say a single word."
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On Cows and Baladev-Tattva
"(1) Krishna likes cows, and if we can make cows happy, Krishna will always be happy. (2) Sachi Mata understood that Nityananda Prabhu was non-different from Baladev—that Baladev Himself had come as Nityananda Prabhu."
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Sweeter Than the Sweetest
"Krishna's pastimes are very sweet. Krishna's beauty, Krishna's pastimes, Krishna's love, Krishna's smile, everything about Him is sweet, sweeter, and sweeter than the sweetest..."
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Prasadam—Pivot of Practising
"You are not to take what is not offered to the Lord. Always take prasadam, then all your diseases will be removed. Always cook with care and always make sure what you have cooked is edible. If the cook is not good, then neither Krishna, nor Gurudev will be happy."
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Clear Conception
"You can read Srila Sridhar Maharaj's book Sri Sri Prapanna-jivanamritam and remind yourself of many good things (practise smaran). I have also given you books—Guidance 4, Guidance 3. You can read all these books and you can get everything in them."
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Ideal Service Mood
"In this world, there are all sorts of misconceptions prominent all over the world, but you must establish the conception of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, the conception of Srila Sridhar Maharaj, Prabhupad Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur. When you get some pleasure in your heart through service, then no matter how much disturbance comes, nothing will be able to stop you—you will still feel more and more enthusiasm, attachment and enjoyment through that service."
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SONG: Sri Dasa-Avatara-Stotram | দশাবতারস্তোত্রম্
"O Lord of the universe! You have assumed the form of Balaram! All glory to You! On Your white body You wear garments the colour of clouds and the color of the River Yamuna when she is frightened by the striking of Your plough."

 

শ্রীআশ্রয়বিগ্রহ-শ্রীবলদেবের মহিমা
ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রী শ্রীল ভক্তি নির্ম্মল আচার্য্য মহারাজের হরি-কথামৃত: শ্রীআশ্রয়বিগ্রহ-শ্রীবলদেবের মহিমা আর শ্রীগুরুচরণ-সেবার অর্থ: শিষ্যের জীবন আর একমাত্র প্রবৃত্তি; এবং শ্রীল ভক্তিবিনদ ঠাকুরের শরণাগতির ১৯ গান "সর্ব্বস্ব তোমার চরণে সঁপিয়া".
• অডিও ডাউনলোড (35 Mb | 11 August 2014 | Bengali)

 

 

 

 

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Simple. Sincere. Sufficient.
'Srila Prabhupad said, 'Do not read so many books, and do not practise so many things.' Simple books are sufficient. You can recite, sing, and memorise daily songs, and practise every day.'

 

Sri Sri Prema-Vivarta
“Krishna may not give you friends and relatives, or He may give them and then take them away. Accept all such conditions as a source of joy.”

Think now what you will do—you will practise Krishna consciousness or not, you will use your property for service to the Lord or for another purpose.

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