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MONTHLY ARCHIVE OF UPDATES

FEBRUARY 2024

 

Thu, 1 February 2024

Internal Meaning of Initiation
'I think that all of you have taken initiation and beads from Gurudev. One time, Srila Prabhupad Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur was asked, "Is everyone who has taken the mantra called a disciple?"'
Download / listen to the audio (62.9 Mb, 129 min | 31 December 2020 | Bengali)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Fruits of Inconceivable Mercy
"Nityananda Prabhu's and Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's mercy is inconceivable. Therefore, our devotees must always be inspired, must always preach properly. They should live and behave properly, they should do their service properly, and they should talk humbly."
Download / listen to the audio (1.9 Mb, 5 min | 23 August 2020)

 

 


Today in the calendar: Krishna Sasthi. Disappearance of Srila Jayadev Goswami Prabhu.

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

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


 

In honour of Sri Jayadev Goswami:

"When Laksman Sen was the king of Nadia, Jayadev Goswami was one of His subjects in Nabadwip. The wise Jayadev built a cottage on the bank of Ballal Dirghika and resided there with his wife Padmavati. While there, he wrote the Dasa-avatara-stotram, and this poem once came to the hand of Laksman Sen. The king read the poem with great joy and then asked, 'Who wrote this?' Govardhan Acharya said to the king, 'The great poet Jayadev wrote it.' The king asked, 'Where is this poet Jayadev?' Govardhan replied, 'He lives in Nabadwip.' Hearing this, the king secretly searched for Jayadev's home and then came there in the evening.

The king entered the cottage in the dress of a Vaisnava. He bowed to Jayadev and sat on one side. Jayadev understood that this man was the king and that he had come to him as a beggar in the dress of a Vaisnava. Within a short time, the king introduced himself and requested Jayadev to go to his palace. The wise Jayadev was extremely detached, and he did not agree to go to the home of any materialist. Jayadev, the great devotee of Krishna, then said, 'I will leave your province and go elsewhere. 'Association with materialists never results in good fortune, so I will cross the Ganga and go to Nilachal.' The king said, 'O master, listen to my words. Please do not ever leave Nabadwip. 'Please be merciful to me and act in such a way that your words will come true and my desire will also be fulfilled. On the other side of the Ganga, there is a beautiful place known as Champa Hatta. Please stay there for a couple of years. I will not go there according to my own desire; I will come to see your feet only when you desire it.' Hearing the words of the king, the great poet immediately replied in agreement. 'Although you are a materialist and this kingdom is yours, you are a devotee of Krishna and you have no material attachment. I called you a materialist to test you, but you heard this and tolerated it. I have now understood that you are a devotee of Krishna. You engage in material affairs but remain detached. I will stay in Champaka Hatta for some time. In secret, leaving your opulence behind, you may come to see me.'

"Through one of his ministers, the king happily had a house constructed in Champaka Hatta. The poet Jayadev stayed there for some time and served Sri Krishna according to the path of divine love. Padmavati Devi would bring loads of champak flowers, and Jayadev worshipped Krishna, the son of Nanda, with them. Jayadev offered worship with intense love, and eventually he saw Sri Krishna appear before him in a form the colour of a champak flower. The Lord's beautiful, golden lustre was completely enchanting, and His extremely beautiful face belittled millions of moons. He had wavy hair, long arms, and a beautiful flower garland around His neck. His body illumined the thatched hut of Jayadev. Seeing the form of Gauranga, Jayadev, the best of poets, fainted in divine love as tears streamed from his eyes. Seeing the Lord's form, Padmavati Devi fainted and fell to the ground.

"The Lord raised them both with His lotus hands and then mercifully spoke nectarean words. 'You are both My highly exalted devotees, and I desired to reveal Myself to you. Very soon I will take birth from the womb of Sachi Devi in Nadia. With all the devotees of all My previous Avatars, I will distribute the wealth of divine love through Sri Krishna-kirtan. At the age of twenty-four, I will take sannyas and then reside in Nilachal. There, immersed in intense divine love, I will deeply relish your Sri Gita-govinda with My devotees. I am telling you the truth: your Gita-govinda is extremely dear to Me. Nabadwip Dham is spiritual and supreme; I promise you that you will come here after leaving your body. For now, you two will go to Nilachal. Serve Jagannath there, and you will attain the fruit of divine love.'

Saying this, Gaurachandra disappeared. In separation from the Lord, Jayadev and Padmavati fainted. Regaining consciousness, they began to cry profusely. Crying and crying, they offered prayers. 'Alas! What a form we have seen! How will we now live in separation from Him? Why did the Lord order us to leave Nadia? We understand that we must have made some offence here. Nabadwip Dham is spiritual and supreme, and our hearts are dismayed at the thought of leaving. It would be better to become an animal or bird and remain here forever, meditating on the Dham. We can give up our lives, but we cannot give up the Dham—our attachment is so intense. O Lord! Sri Gauranga! Be merciful and keep us here at Your holy feet.' While speaking in this way, they cried aloud, and then they heard a divine voice. 'Go to Nilachal, and do not be sad or unsteady at heart. I will tell you two things. Some time ago, you both desired to stay in Nilachal for a few days. Jagannath has fulfilled this desire of yours, and He wants to see you. You two will please Jagannath, again leave your bodies, and then reside in Nabadwip eternally.'

Upon hearing the divine voice, Jayadev and Padmavati immediately left, and after some time, they turned and looked back at Nabadwip. They wept, and tears streamed from their eyes. Humbly, they spoke to the residents of Nabadwip. 'Please be merciful to these two souls. Please forgive us for the offences we have committed.' They walked away, looking back again and again at the eight-petalled lotus of Nabadwip. They went ahead and eventually did not see Nabadwip anymore. Crying, they crossed outside the land of Gauda. Some time later, they arrived in Nilachal and saw Jagannath with cheerful hearts. Glory to the poet Jayadev! Glory to Padmavati! Glory to Sri Gita-govinda! Glory to love for Krishna!"

(Sri Nabadwip Dham Mahatmya, chapter 11)

 

Who Will Understand This? (Continuation of "My Grief")
"Jayadev Goswami started composing this Gita Govinda in some other place, but he could not finish it there, so he came to Nabadwip to finish it. He sat there in Champa-hatti, but then he suddenly forgot what to write next..."

 

 

Fri, 2 February 2024

Amidst What Are You Sitting?
'You must be anxious to make Him happy and always be alert and conscious of His happiness. Sacrifice your selfish interests for His happiness, serve for His happiness. Just as people sit near a fire to keep themselves warm in winter, sannyasis also always sit amidst fire blazing on all four sides. What is this fire?'
Download / listen to the audio (62.9 Mb, 129 min | 31 December 2020 | Bengali)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Absorbed in Service
"Why will devotees leave their service? They must do their service until death! But such is human nature, what can you do?... When Krishna came to Vidura's house, Vidura's wife did not know anything, she was so overwhelmed and excited."
Download / listen to the audio (2.3 Mb, 6 min | 23 August 2020)

 

Sat, 3 February 2024

Karma-Misra Bhakti
'"I will serve the Lord, and I will get something from Him in lieu of that." This is their hope. Many of us also think that if we serve the Lord, we will go to Goloka Vrindavan. Even this is also not necessary. Even this should be given up. "Bhog tyag, tyag tyag": renounce enjoyment and renounce renunciation.'
Download / listen to the audio (62.9 Mb, 129 min | 31 December 2020 | Bengali)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Corrupted Life
"We are not political men. Our 'candidate' is only Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. We do not involve ourselves with politics or politicians. We do not want any political party movements. There is corruption in every country..."
Download / listen to the audio (1.8 Mb, 5 min | 23 August 2020)

 

 


Today in the calendar: Krishna Astami. Disappearance of Srila Lochan Das Thakur.

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

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


 

In honour of Srila Lochan Das Thakur:

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

Srila Lochan Das Thakur Mahasay
"Srila Lochan Das Thakur is a follower of Sriman Nityananda Prabhu—he belonged to His line. Srila Lochan Das Thakur was born in Burdwan district and he was a disciple of Sri Narahari Thakur. The name of Srila Lochan Das Thakur's father is Sri Kamalakar Das, and his mother's name is Sri Sadanandi..."
Download / listen to the audio (3.7 Mb, 9 min | 25 October 2020)

SONG: Ei-bara karuna kara | এইবার করুণা কর
"O worshippable Vaisnava, be merciful to me this time. O saviour of the fallen, without you there is no one. In every birth I aspire for the dust of your feet."

SONG: Dhana mora nityananda | ধন মোর নিত্যানন্দ
"The feet dust of the Vaishnavs is where I sport and take bath, Vaishnavs' name is the water oblation. My mind is intently fixed upon the remnants of Vaishnavs, and I am elated hearing the name of Vaishnavs."

Composed by Srila Lochan Das Thakur:

SONG: Akrodha paramananda | অক্রোধ পরমানন্দ
"The anger-less, prideless, supremely joyful Nityananda Ray wanders throughout the towns. Going from door to door to the homes of the lowly and fallen souls, He distributes the Hare Krsna mahamantra."

SONG: Nitai gunamani amara | নিতাই গুণমণি আমার
"Nitai, the jewel of all good qualities, my Nitai, the jewel of all good qualities, brought a flood of divine love and inundated the earth. Lochan Das says, 'Anyone who did not serve Nitai knowingly committed suicide.'"

SONG: Parama karuna | পরম করুণ পহুঁ দুই জন
"Nitai and Gaurachandra are the two most merciful Lords, the crest-jewels of all Avatars, the only source of joy. 'Fallen into samsara, I never aspired for Their feet. Now Yamaraj subjects me to my karma,' says Lochan Das."

SONG: Ke yabi ke yabi bhai | কে যাবি কে যাবি ভাই
"The Lord's Names are the ferryboat, Sri Guru is the captain, and the outstretched arms in the sankirtan are the oars. All souls have been delivered by the winds of divine love, only Lochan Das has remained behind..."

 

vaisnavera guna-gana karile jivera trana
suniyachhi sadhu-guru-mukhe
"Singing the glories of the Vaishnavs rescues and protects the jiva soul. I heard this from the mouth of sadhus and my Guru."
"If we give some honour, give some glorification to the Vaishnavs, it is actually for our benefit. It is for our own benefit that we do some ceremonies, some festivals, glorifying the Vaishnavs. It is necessary for our spiritual life, and it is one of the bhaktyanga, one of the practising processes. That is why we make Vaishnavs' disappearance and appearance festivals."
(Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj)

Sun, 4 February 2024

Beyond Jnana-Misra Bhakti
'The next kind of devotion is jnana-misra bhakti. Such devotees strive to accumulate some knowledge. They chant the Holy Name because they believe that the Holy Name can give them some knowledge. The followers of this line can also believe that man is God.'
Download / listen to the audio (62.9 Mb, 129 min | 31 December 2020 | Bengali)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Worshippable Sita Thakurani
"Advaita Acharya's wife, Sri Sita Thakurani, is worshipped by everyone all over the world. I have not read much about her, but we know that when Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was born, Advaita Prabhu sent her with some gifts to Jagannath Misra's house..."
Download / listen to the audio (3.1 Mb, 8 min | 23 August 2020)

 

Mon, 5 February 2024

Indomitable Power of Mercy
'We often chant, "Seva-adhikara diya, ei bara more kare daya. Please be merciful to me this time, give me the right to serve." Service is like that. If you have Gurudev's blessing, if you have Gurudev's mercy, nobody can do anything to you. Always remember this.'
Download / listen to the audio (62.9 Mb, 129 min | 31 December 2020 | Bengali)

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

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Service Succession
"Will you follow the instruction of the scriptures or will you follow your Gurudev's instruction? That is our question. What is important for you? You will never get the mercy of Krishna without worshipping Radharani..."
Download / listen to the audio (3.9 Mb, 10 min | 23 August 2020)

 

Tue, 6 February 2024 (Fast on Sat-tila Ekadasi; tomorrow paran at 6:20–10:00)

Learn to Behave as Sadhu
'One can bite, one can swear, one can say and do all kinds of things, but a sadhu's duty is to protect and save everyone. Sadhus must not change their nature. It is necessary to learn this kind of saintly behaviour. We must behave as devotees.'
Download / listen to the audio (62.9 Mb, 129 min | 31 December 2020 | Bengali)

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

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

No More Wasting Time
"Now, all countries are one by one lifting lockdown and we are again getting chance to preach and do sankirtan—we must restart our preaching. As it is, we have already lost almost six months of our spiritual time, we do not want to lose another moment."
Download / listen to the audio (2.8 Mb, 7 min | 6 September 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)

 

Wed, 7 February 2024 (Ekadasi paran is at 6:20–10:00)

Preparing for Festival
'We serve gurudev every day (we try as far as possible), but tomorrow is a special day, my gurudev's appearance day. I am praying to gurudev that the festival goes well tomorrow. Many came to me and said they wanted to take initiation, but I told them that I would give them initiation another day.'
Download / listen to the audio (62.9 Mb, 129 min | 31 December 2020 | Bengali)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Guru-Varga's Prasad
"We always tell what Srila Guru Maharaj, Srila Gurudev and all the godbrothers of Srila Guru Maharaj told about Srila Guru Maharaj, we always enjoy taking their prasad. That is our happiness. If we hear from our guru-varga and read their lectures, it is good for us."
Download / listen to the audio (4.5 Mb, 11 min | 6 September 2020)

 

Thu, 8 February 2024

External and Internal Opulence
'I do not want anybody's money and wealth. All I want from you all is your love and affection. If you have love and affection for your guru, if you have devotion and faith, then I do not need anything else. You have taken initiation, and if you have faith in your guru and love for your guru, I do not need anything else.'
Download / listen to the audio (62.9 Mb, 129 min | 31 December 2020 | Bengali)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Devotion to Devotees
"Some preach that you must become a Krishna-bhakta, but we do not preach like this; we preach that you must be Krishna's devotees' devotee. First become a Vaishnav-das, then a Guru-das, and only after that a Krishna-das. First you must be a servant of Vaishnavs."
Download / listen to the audio (4.5 Mb, 7 min | 6 September 2020)

 

Fri, 9 February 2024

Worship Nityananda
'You have arrived at the holy abode of Lord Nityananda Prabhu as the result of great fortune. If you discuss what Srila Narottam Das Thakur, Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur and Srila Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami wrote, you will see how they describe the qualities and pastimes of Nityananda Prabhu, and if you study these things, you will understand how necessary Nityananda Prabhu is in our lives.'
Download / listen to the audio (56.6 Mb, 111 min | 15 February 2019 | Bengali)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Service Zest
"Now disciples live in the lap of luxury. They blackmail Gurudev saying, "If I do not get this, I will leave the temple!" Such is the service in this world. If your service is conditional, then this is not the proper relationship between the Guru and the disciple. That is why doubts start coming, 'Will I enter that planet?'"
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Sat, 10 February 2024

Immerse Yourself in Exclusive Worship
'Do not follow your mind. What we practise is not the kirtan you find in this world – it is not the kirtan that is chanted to please your mind and the minds of others or for the sake of flowery words; this kind of kirtan cannot bring your highest benefit.'
Download / listen to the audio (56.6 Mb, 111 min | 15 February 2019 | Bengali)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Supreme and Inconceivable Glories of Sri Guru
"What are your glories, Gurudev? Your glories are known to all liberated souls—the entire Goloka-mandal sings your glories—but I am a fallen soul, how shall I talk about Gurudev? Gurudev's position is extremely high, talks about him are very high."
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Today in the calendar: Gaura Pratipad. Disappearance of Tridandi-swami Srimad Bhakti Gaurava Vaikhanas Maharaj and departure of Sri Haripada Chaudhuri Das-Adhikari.

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

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


 

Sun, 11 February 2024

Fill Your Heart with Kirtan
'If you do not want to fall prey to Maya, if you do not want to live in Maya's bondage, then you must always chant kirtan. Not only once a day, not only one time! You must always chant. We must genuinely hold onto Nitai's feet. It will not do if you just clasp His feet and then sit aside.'
Download / listen to the audio (56.6 Mb, 111 min | 15 February 2019 | Bengali)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Entering Transcendental Plane
"You cannot worship the Lord with a mundane body. Only an eternal, transcendental body can worship or serve the Lord. If you serve the Lord thinking that Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead and you give your everything for the service to Krishna, then your body becomes transcendental."
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Today in the calendar: Gaura Dvitiya. Disappearance of Tridandi-swami Srimad Bhakti Sharan Shanta Maharaj (an acharya of Sri Gaudiya Math).

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

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

"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."


Srila Gurudev's Pastimes (6)
"I remember Sripad Shanta Goswami Maharaj told a very nice story about a Guru and disciples. The situation is actually like that everywhere these days. All the disciples that there are now have enjoyment mood..."
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Mon, 12 February 2024

Mahaprabhu's Caution
'How necessary Nityananda Prabhu is in our lives! We must understand it. We must know why we worship Nityananda Prabhu. Seeing His external behaviour and clothes, people called Nityananda Prabhu "avadhut". Externally, "avadhut" is a person who does not follow any rules, who is beyond any standards or rules of this world; and internally, "avadhut" means He who can clean dirty, bad things – who can rescue and clean the fallen.'
Download / listen to the audio (56.6 Mb, 111 min | 15 February 2019 | Bengali)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Purposeful Preaching
"Preaching is necessary. When you preach, you get pleasure, you get everything. I have told you that when I tell something, I myself get energy—devotees listen to it and I am also listening to it and I myself become purified..."
Download / listen to the audio (2.6 Mb, 7 min | 6 September 2020)

Tue, 13 February 2024

Adjust Your Aspiration
'Many of us want to become Vaishnavs, but we do not know how one becomes a Vaishnav. Many want to become Vaishnavs without serving Vaishnavs, but Srila Prabhupad says that without service to Vaishnavs, you can never become a Vaishnav.'
Download / listen to the audio (56.6 Mb, 111 min | 15 February 2019 | Bengali)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Devotees' Core Principle
"All Gaudiya Vaishnavs follow ekadasi tithi, and it is good for you also to follow it because even Sriman Mahaprabhu Himself told to do so. If we want to follow Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, we must follow His instruction."
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Today in the calendar: Gaura Chaturthi. Appearance of Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Pavan Janardan Maharaj (a prominent disciple of Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad, a sannyas disciple of Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj as well as a close associate and dear friend of Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj and Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj; a guardian Acharya of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math).

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

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


 

 

Wed, 14 February 2024 (Sri Vasanta Panchami)

Meaning and Value of Fortune
'When Srila Raghunath Das Goswami fell at Nityananda Prabhu's holy feet in a prostrate obeisance, and Nityananda Prabhu put His feet on Raghunath Das Goswami's head. Nityananda Prabhu also kicked Sivananda Sen! He also sent Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami, an elderly brahman, to Vrindavan. What does it mean?'
Download / listen to the audio (56.6 Mb, 111 min | 15 February 2019 | Bengali)

 


Today in the calendar: Gaura Panchami. Sri Krishna Vasanta Panchami.
Appearance day of Srimati Vishnupriya Devi.
Appearance of Srila Pundarik Vidyanidhi Prabhu, Srila Raghunath Das Goswami and Srila Raghunandan Thakur.
Disappearance of Srila Visvanath Chakravarti Thakur.
Disappearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Vivek Bharati Maharaj and Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Svarup Parvat Maharaj (both are diksa and sannyas disciples of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur). In Affectionate Guidance, Srila Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj notes: "I heard from Srila Guru Maharaj that when his Godbrother, Srimad Parvat Maharaj, was a young boy, he used to live in the house next door to Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur. He told us, 'In my young age, I heard every night from about 2 a.m. until the morning, Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur would chant the Mahamantra on his rooftop, but you could hear that his chanting was more like calling, a heartfelt call to his Lord.' So we must be serious about our chanting, and we must make obeisance to Guru and Vaishnava."
Sri Saraswati Puja.


 

In Honour of Sri Vasanta Panchami:

Holy Vasanta Panchami Day
"(1) Sri Pundarik Vidyanidhi Prabhu was the incarnation of King Vrisabhanu, and he is a great Vaishnav. (2) Nobody has been able to trace when Sri Vishnupriya Devi left this world. We have not heard it mentioned anywhere in the scriptures. We only know the avirbhav of Sri Vishnupriya Devi..."
Download / listen to the audio (4.2 Mb, 10 min | 14 February 2021)

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

Sri Vishnupriya Devi:

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

 

Prayers to Sri Vaishnav Thakur:

SONG: Ei-bara karuna kara | এইবার করুণা কর
"O worshippable Vaisnava, be merciful to me this time. O saviour of the fallen, without you there is no one. In every birth I aspire for the dust of your feet."

SONG: Ohe Vaisnava Thakura | (ওহে) বৈষ্ণব ঠাকুর
"O worshippable Vaishnav, ocean of grace, be merciful to this servant. Give me the shade of your feet and purify me. I clasp your feet. You can give Krishna, you have that power. Calling, 'Krishna!' 'Krishna!', I run after you."

SONG: Ki-rupe paiba seva | কিরূপে পাইব সেবা
"I am so wicked, how will I ever get service? I do not have any attachment to Sri Guru and Vaishnavs! Prabhu, you see no fault in others, you are the saviour of the fallen. Please deliver Narottam this time!"

SONG: Dhana mora nityananda | ধন মোর নিত্যানন্দ
"The feet dust of the Vaishnavs is where I sport and take bath, Vaishnavs' name is the water oblation. My mind is intently fixed upon the remnants of Vaishnavs, and I am elated hearing the name of Vaishnavs."

SONG: Krpa kara Vaishnav Thakura | কৃপা কর বৈষ্ণব ঠাকুর
"O Vaishnav Thakur! Please be merciful! Knowing the true relationship I will worship You and my ego will go far away. If I think, 'I am a Vaishnav,' then I will never stop expecting honour from others—my heart will become polluted by the desire for fame and I will end up in hell."

 

Thu, 15 February 2024

Have You Found What You Are Looking For?
'We have lost our address, but the Lord is searching for us everywhere. There is a book called Loving Search for the Lost Servant: we are the Lord's lost children, but we have lost our Lord, so we are now searching for the Lord, and the Lord is also wandering everywhere, looking for us.'
Download / listen to the audio (56.6 Mb, 111 min | 15 February 2019 | Bengali)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Sustaining Mahaprabhu's Line
"Mahaprabhu's line was maintained by Srila Narottam Das Thakur, Acharya Srinivas, Sri Shyamananda Prabhu. After them, so much darkness came down upon the sky of Gaura-desh. The preaching movement again emerged through Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur."
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Fri, 16 February 2024 (Appearance of Sri Advaita Acharya Prabhu)

Follow and Preach
'It is not necessary to think about the water of a whole ocean – you can drink a glass of water and your thirst will be satiated. So, when we have our gurudev, Vaishnavs, the Lord and Nityananda Prabhu, what else do we need then?'
Download / listen to the audio (56.6 Mb, 111 min | 15 February 2019 | Bengali)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

"I Am Proud, I Am Astonished, and I Am Grateful"
"Wherever I may be, I come back to Kolkata on Sunday just to get your good association. I see your smiling faces and I know that your love and affection has no alloy—your love and affection is not cheating, it is actual love and affection."
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Today in the calendar: Gaura Saptami. Appearance of Sri Mahavisnu Avatar, Sri Advaita Acharya.

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

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


 

In glorification of Sri Advaita Acharya Prabhu:

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

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

Love for Guru, Not Yourself
"To test Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Srila Advaita Prabhu one time started preaching mayavadi conception, and Mahaprabhu came to his house and beat him. Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu explained the glory of Sri Advaita Prabhu...."
Download / listen to the audio (3 Mb, 7 min | 14 June 2020)

The Eyes to See, the Heart to Feel
"In Mahaprabhu's time, Advaita Prabhu had a son called Achyutananda. One day, when Mahaprabhu came to Advaita Prabhu's house, Achyutananda asked his father..."
Download / listen to the audio (2 Mb, 6 min | 18 June 2010)

 

 

Sat, 17 February 2024

Our Real Necessity
'In this world, there is much greed, lust, etc. for many things, but if we can leave this greed aside and practise Krishna consciousness, if we can serve devotees, if we can serve Nityananda Prabhu, then we will get the highest benefit. There are some spiritual things in this world, and if we come in touch with those things, then we will understand what the main gist, the main essence is.'
Download / listen to the audio (56.6 Mb, 111 min | 15 February 2019 | Bengali)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Ekadasi Struggle?
"You think that you will break ekadasi, that you will do what you like in your life, but you do not think that after that austerity will come—you have no idea what hell is like, what kind of austerity you will get there. What austerity is there in following ekadasi?"
Download / listen to the audio (2.5 Mb, 6 min | 13 September 2020)

 

 


Today in the calendar: Gaura Astami. Disappearance of Tridandi-swami Srimad Bhakti Prapanna Parivrajak Maharaj and departure of Sripad Virendra Krishna Prabhu.

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

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


 

Sun, 18 February 2024

Seek Soul's Fulfilment
'The mind and the soul are not the same. The soul is a particle of the Lord – what does the soul want? The soul wants to serve Paramatma, and the soul knows what the Lord wants – the mind does not know it. The soul is a particle of the Lord, but the mind is not (the mind is not related to the Lord).'
Download / listen to the audio (56.6 Mb, 111 min | 15 February 2019 | Bengali)

 


Today in the calendar: Gaura Navami. Disappearance of Sripad Madhvacharya.

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 Madhva Acharya:

"Madhva Acharya also stayed here with his disciples for some time as a resident of the Nabadwip Dham. Gauranga-sundar mercifully revealed His most enchanting form to Madhva Acharya in a dream. Smiling, Gaurachandra said to Madhva Acharya, 'Everyone knows that you are My eternal servant. When I appear in Nabadwip, I will follow your lineage. Now, carefully eradicate illusionism and false scriptures from all regions, and establish the glory of the Lord's Deity form. Later, I will develop your pure conception.' Saying this, Gaurachandra disappeared. Madhva Acharya awoke and then fainted. Madhva Acharya then cried, wondering, 'Will I ever see that beautiful golden form again?' Then a divine voice came from the clear sky, 'Serve Me secretly, and you will come to Me.' Madhva Acharya became resolute and defeated the mayavadis in all directions."

Sri Nabadwip Dham Mahatmya, Chapter 15

 

Foundation of Surrender
"It is a very auspicious day today—the holy appearance day of Sri Madhvacharya, also today is vijaya maha-mahotsav of Lord Ramachandra. It is a very auspicious day, and we are getting some chance to speak some Hari-katha, to practise sravanam, kirtanam."
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In honour of the forthcoming grand festival of Sriman Nityananda Prabhu's appearance day:

 


25 February 2021
(Sriman Nityananda Prabhu's Appearance Day; morning Bengali class)


Supremely Worshippable Day
"Today is the holy appearance day of Sriman Nityananda Prabhu—He without whose mercy this world is plunged into darkness, He without whose mercy we do not see and will never see any light, He without whose mercy the door of Goloka Vrindavan will never open for us, He without whose mercy we can never save ourselves from this illusory environment."
Download / listen to the audio (3.1 Mb, 8 min | Bengali)

Do Not Pass Your Life in Vain
"Each of you lives in a house—you are all proud of the place where you stay and call it 'home'—you live comfortably; but you come here and struggle so much. If you want this struggle to be worth it, you must take advantage of Hari-katha and kirtan."
Download / listen to the audio (1.6 Mb, 4 min | Bengali)

Cleanliness Is Next to Godliness
"You can see how you make your own bed—every day you first dust and clean it nicely, then you lie down. You must treat the Lord, the Deities like that too. The archan of the Deities means to keep the Deities' room clean. It is necessary to keep everything clean. Temple must be always clean and neat."
Download / listen to the audio (1.5 Mb, 4 min | Bengali)

Meaning of Discipleship
"You live at your house and you know how you serve your husband, wife, and children. In the same way, you must love the Lord with your heart and soul; you must love the Lord's temple with your heart and soul."
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Ask Yourself, "Am I Practising?"
"You must ask yourself, 'Have I become a surrendered soul?' I do not come to examine or test you, but you should ask yourself, 'Am I really practising Krishna consciousness? Do I live following what my Guru tells? Do I live in strict adherence to my Guru or not?'"
Download / listen to the audio (1.8 Mb, 5 min | Bengali)

Become Pure
"You must prepare yourself so that the Lord could accept you. If you do not clean yourself, do not make yourself pure, the Lord will not accept you. You do not become pure just by bathing in the Ganges. Your heart must become clean."
Download / listen to the audio (10 Mb, 24 min | Bengali)

Who Is Nityananda Prabhu?
"There is Gaurasundar, the original personality of Godhead, and there is also His personal expansion, Sri Nityananda Prabhu. So, Sri Nityananda Prabhu is Sriman Mahaprabhu's dearmost associate and the Lord Himself."
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How and When?
"When will my mind become pure and I behold Sri Dham Vrindavan? When will material desires leave me? There is meditation, knowledge, etc. in this world, but when will I leave all material things, when will my mind become pure and when will I be able to feel, see, know, etc. the wealth of Vaikuntha world?"
Download / listen to the audio (1.7 Mb, 4 min | Bengali)

Scattered Heart
"Just as an ant always crawls everywhere looking for a hole, Maya is also always around us, always looking for hole to catch you. As soon as you forget the Lord and think about something else, Maya will jump on you."
Download / listen to the audio (0.9 Mb, 2 min | Bengali)

Learn the Truth
"It is necessary to know what the truth is. Everything in this world that you see is false; the Holy Name is the only truth. Everything else that is created will go away. It is said in Srimad Bhagavad-gita also that everything in this world will be destroyed one day."
Download / listen to the audio (1 Mb, 3 min | Bengali)

What Do You Need?
"Those who desire the highest benefit need only one thing—the shelter of Sri Nabadwip Dham; their duty is to take shelter at the holy lotus feet Sri Gaura Nityananda; their duty is to serve Their Name, holy dham, and desire."
Download / listen to the audio (2 Mb, 5 min | Bengali)

Mon, 19 February 2024

Stay on Right Track
'Unless you practise Krishna consciousness, you can never get rid of anarthas. When other thoughts come to your mind, when bad thoughts come to your mind, when you are anxious because of some trouble, always loudly chant the Hare Krishna maha-mantra and kirtan. Sing loudly, strongly. If you do this, all evils within you will diminish.'
Download / listen to the audio (56.6 Mb, 111 min | 15 February 2019 | Bengali)

 


Today in the calendar: Gaura Dashami. Disappearance of Srila Ramanuja Acharya.

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 Ramanuja Acharya:

Service: Faith and Surrender
"Gurudev told the story of Dhanur Das and his wife, Ramanuja Acharya's disciples, and how they maintained their family life..."

How to See the Guru: Chastity
"Ramanuja Acharya heard there was a Guru in Alwar (South India). He came to that Guru and asked, 'You know one mantra that can give liberation. I want to get this mantra...'"

Odds and Ends: Ramanuja Acharya's bed
"One time Ramanuja Acharya he went to Tirupati and stayed one month at one ashram there. He had a good servitor called Govinda who always served him..."

 

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

 


25 February 2021
(Sriman Nityananda Prabhu's Appearance Day; noon Bengali class)


Sri Advaita Prabhu's Nityananda Stuti
"One day, Nityananda Prabhu came to have a meal in Sri Advaita Prabhu's house... Mahaprabhu saw them and laughed thinking, 'Maha Vishnu and the Lord have met, and They are having a fight!'"
Download / listen to the audio (7.4 Mb, 18 min | Bengali & Kirtan)

Sriman Mahaprabhu's Nityananda Stuti
"When Sriman Mahaprabhu was in Panihati, He sang in praise of Sri Nityananda Prabhu. Mahaprabhu says, 'Those have faith for Nityananda Prabhu, actually have faith in Me. You can never get Me without faith in Nityananda Prabhu.'"
Download / listen to the audio (7.4 Mb, 18 min | Bengali & Kirtan)

Approaching Nityananda Prabhu
"Srila Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami says, 'I am not fit to speak about Nityananda Prabhu's glory, which are as sacred as the topics of the Vedas, but I am speaking about it to reveal His mercy to the world. If there is any fault in what I say, please forgive my offence.'"
Download / listen to the audio (1.8 Mb, 5 min | Bengali)

Know Your Place
"Those who have the right to do something, they can do it. Many imitate Nityananda Prabhu and take two wives, for example. Those who have the right can do that, they can eat everything, but you do not have this right to cross the viddhi-marga. That is why we do not eat anything and everything without discrimination..."
Download / listen to the audio (1.4 Mb, 4 min | Bengali)

Amidst 'Dal' and 'Gal'
"People want very good quality ghee and good quality of rice. They say, 'Oh, I do not want to live at the temple! I would rather stay at home and eat nice ghee and nice rice!' Our life is not eternal: we will have to leave one day; but we are all eternal servants of Krishna, and not for two-three or four days only. No. We are eternal servants."
Download / listen to the audio (2.1 Mb, 5 min | Bengali)

Increase Your Fortune
"We have to leave this world, but how much have you chanted the Holy Name? How much have you listened to Hari-katha? You will have to answer these questions. You have come to this holy abode of Nityananda Prabhu by a great fortune."
Download / listen to the audio (6.2 Mb, 15 min | Bengali & Kirtan)

 

Tue, 20 February 2024 (Sri Bhaimi Ekadasi)

Approaching Nityananda
'I am very low! I am lower than Jagai, Madhai, outcasts and Muslim people! I do not have any qualities. I have committed too many sins in my life, that is why Nityananda Prabhu will not give me His mercy!'
Download / listen to the audio (44.4 Mb, 87 min | 17 February 2019 | Bengali)

 


Today in the calendar: Gaura Ekadasi. Fast on Bhaimi Ekadasi and in honour of Lord Sri Varahadev's appearance (tomorrow).

"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)

 

 

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

 


25 February 2021
(Sriman Nityananda Prabhu's Appearance Day; evening Bengali class)


At Sri Ekachakra Dham: Evening Kirtans
 Gurudev, bada krpa kari  Krpa kara Vaisnava Thakura  Parama Karuna pahu dui jana  Emana durmati  Janama saphala tara  Jaya Radha Madhava  Hare Krishna maha-mantra
Download/listen to the audio (15.3 Mb, 37 min | 23 February 2021 | Kirtan)

Free Yourself From Deceit
"In one or another, many do some service, and those who do service are very fortunate. If you behave deceitfully and try to cheat, you can never succeed like that—you cannot hide anything from Gurudev, you cannot hide anything from Nityananda Prabhu."
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Be Truthful, Pious, and Sincere
"You wear tilaks, wear beads on your necks, but inside you do wrong—one day, sooner or later, your character will be exposed. You will not get anything by hiding something from the Lord, and you cannot hide anything from Gurudev. What you do at your home or not do—Gurudev can understand everything. When you come to practise Krishna consciousness and do something wrong, keep some fault inside, then all fault falls on the body of your Guru. Your Guru has to suffer for your wrongdoing..."
Download / listen to the audio (2.2 Mb, 6 min | Bengali)

Chastity In Preaching
"We must serve Gurudev—we must not use Gurudev. We have not come here to do business, and we do not want to do anything covering up with the name of Gurudev. We must preach in the same way that Gurudev preached, and we must preach his teaching—we must understand properly, truly what Gurudev's teaching and preaching mood are."
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Cry, Pray, and Serve
"When will I leave material world and my mind become clean? When will material desires be removed from me? We must always cry and pray for this. We have become entangled in the material life just as ants get stuck in molasses..."
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Service: Labour of Love
"How many things one person must see to! Making temples, buildings is not a big matter, but it is important to maintain them. It is necessary to have service mood. Tad viddhi pranipatena, pariprasnena, sevaya."
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Service: Adherence and Attachment
"There is no Krishna consciousness without anugatya. You must remember this. If somebody practises Krishna consciousness without strict adherence and devotion to a Guru, it is Maya (illusion). Krishna consciousness means we must please our Gurudev."
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Forging Fortune
"It is natural one will leave; rather, it is unnatural (uncommon) that one would stay. How many people can stay at the temple? Who can tolerate the austerities and practise Krishna consciousness, do service? Who has such a fortune?"
Download / listen to the audio (1.5 Mb, 4 min | Bengali)

Concentrate Your Mind on Nityananda Prabhu's Service
"Many say, 'I will leave my family' by mouth, but in the meantime, the poison of material life is slowly growing... but if you listen to what the Guru and sadhus say and can put aside material desires—if Nitaichand gives His mercy—then all desires will become trifle. Therefore, concentrate your mind on the service of Nityananda Prabhu, always serve Nityananda Prabhu."
Download / listen to the audio (1.5 Mb, 4 min | Bengali)

Direct Your Mind to Bhagavatam
"Loving search for the lost servant. When a son is lost, the father searches for him—he gives an advertisement on TV, in newspapers, declares the boy missing, etc. In the same way, the Lord has lost His children, and He is searching for us everywhere, 'When will these souls start practising Krishna consciousness and come back to Me?'"
Download / listen to the audio (1.8 Mb, 5 min | Bengali)

Keep Yourself On Track
"Those who have wealth should serve with wealth; those who have a body should serve with their body; those who have a mind should serve with their mind; those who have life in them should serve with their life. Whatever your capacity is, whatever your qualification is, everyone must serve your Guru in that capacity. Actually, we have no qualification: Gurudev's mercy is everything. How can we get that mercy?"
Download / listen to the audio (2.1 Mb, 5 min | Bengali)

Are You Getting Off?
"Gurudev has got you a ticket to Vrindavan, but you get off half way to Vrindavan and go to Kashi. You must understand what I am saying. Gurudev has given you a ticket to Vrindavan, but you get off in Kashi. We must get on the train that Gurudev is taking us in. You must go with your Guru."
Download / listen to the audio (2.5 Mb, 6 min | Bengali)

Gentle Clean Hearts
"Many say with their mouth, 'I will leave my material life!' but you must get there to feel with all your being, all your heart that your family (your material life) is trifling. You must make so that all material desires become insignificant. May only attachment and devotion to the Lord come to you."
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Do Not Give Up
"Param Guru Maharaj (Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj) always said, 'Start the fire, and the wind will come on its own,' 'Even if your boat is sinking, keep rowing!' Srila Prabhupad also said, 'When you go to preach, you must sweat and fight to preach about the Lord!'"
Download / listen to the audio (1.6 Mb, 4 min | Bengali)

False Attachments
"We want to leave the material life, but the material life does not want to leave us. It is not so easy to practise Krishna consciousness. In Sri Bhakti Raksak Harikathamrita, Srila Guru Maharaj wrote about one story...."
Download / listen to the audio (1.6 Mb, 4 min | Bengali)

 

Wed, 21 February 2024 (Sri Varaha Dvadasi)

Ardent Appeal
'If you can understand the meaning of what we have been singing just now, you will like it very much. Take Sri Nityananda Mahimarita with you and read these songs – sing them every day at home. Singing them just once will not do; you must sing them every day.'
Download / listen to the audio (44.4 Mb, 87 min | 17 February 2019 | Bengali)

 


Today in the calendar: Gaura Dvadasi. Appearance of Lord Sri Varahadev. Ekadasi paran is at 6:11:11–9:57:25 after offering worship to Lord Varahadev.

Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj about the appearance day of Sri Varahadev: "Varahadev is the master of Koladwip. Make a very nice sweet rice offering for Varahadev, with best rice, nuts, raisins, good milk, etc."

 


 

Varaha Avatar
"Today is the day when we must worship Varahadev. He is the master of Koladwip, so today at the time of His worship we must make a special offering. The Lord took the form of a boar and killed Hiranyaksa..."

Lord Varahadev's Appearance
"Today is the appearance day of Lord Varahadev. There were two gatekeepers, Jay and Vijay, in Vaikuntha. They guarded the door of Lord Narayan's room and made sure no disturbance came to Lord Narayan and Laksmi Devi."
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SONG: Dasa-avatara-stotram | দশাবতারস্তোত্রম্
"O Hari! O Kesava! O Lord of the universe! You have assumed the form of a boar! All glory to You! The earth sits fixed atop the tip of Your tusk like a dark spot upon the moon."

 

His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj's Holy Guidance:

"The holy appearance day of Sri Nityananda Prabhu is coming soon—there will be a big festival in Ekachakra on Nityananda Prabhu's trayodasi tithi. Ekachakra is the birthplace of Nityananda Prabhu, and we have a temple of Sri Sri Guru Gaura Nityananda Prabhu there that was founded on the appearance day of Sriman Nityananda Prabhu.

"We are inviting you all to join this festival—if you cannot come physically, you can join this festival through your heart, through your mind. I know that you cannot come for the Ekachakra festival this year [...] but you must observe this day from your house. Make glorification of Nityananda Prabhu, speak about His glories, make some good prasadam for Nityananda Prabhu. Observe this day in this way, it will be good for you. You can make this festival from your house, you can remember this day very nicely. The festival is on [...] a working day, but what can you do? Make the festival in the evening or in the morning then, it will be good, but you must remember Sriman Nityananda Prabhu all day, it will be good for you. We are very fallen souls—we cannot proceed in our spiritual life without Nityananda Prabhu's mercy. Therefore, we must remember Nityananda Prabhu properly, full day, on His appearance day."

 

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

 


26 February 2021
(Festival at Sri Ekachakra Dham; concluding class)


Evening Kirtans: Sri Ekachakra Dham
 Gurudev, bada krpa kari  Ohe Vaisnava Thakura  Nitai-pada-kamala  Gaurangera duti pada  Yasoda Nandana Krsna  Hare Krishna maha-mantra
Download/listen to the audio (10.7 Mb, 26 min | Kirtan)

Main Festivals
"Without Nityananda Prabhu's mercy, we cannot enter the kingdom of spiritual life. It is first necessary to have Nityananda Prabhu's mercy, and Nityananda means Gurupadpadma. They are asraya-vigraha (worshippable embodiment of shelter)."
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Serve with Faith
"Initiation means service to the Guru. Service can be different—one can serve close to Guru, and one can serve from far too. We must have this faith: Krishna is my protector, Krishna is my maintainer. As soon as you lose this faith, Maya will catch you."
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Service Duty (1)
"We love our wife, sons, brothers, sisters, we have a relationship with them, but that kind of love must be there for our Guru, the temple, and the Lord. This is the Lord's house—this is what must be our consciousness like. We must prepare (mould) ourselves. If we can serve the Lord twenty-four hours a day, we will get the highest benefit."
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Service Duty (2)
"You are spending your life thinking all the time about material things, but one day will come when you will be asked, 'You have been at My place for so many days, what have you been doing there? How did you take care of My house?'"
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Heed My Word
"There is no lack of anything. Those who think this is some want are the ones who lack a lot: those who run behind money always feel they lack, and their lack will never be fulfilled. If you rely and depend on the Lord, then the Lord will no doubt arrange everything for you."
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Perverted Tastes and Habits
"Listen to what I am saying. If you do not learn to be like that, you will never be able to practise Krishna consciousness. Those who make offences against Vaishnavs can never get any good result—they cannot even chant the Holy Name no matter how much they count the beads."
Download / listen to the audio (2.1 Mb, 5 min | Bengali)

Snowball of Offences
"If you keep making and making offences, then these offences will go up to the Guru. You can never get any benefit like this. Such people become alienated from others—nobody likes them..."
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Path to Indigestion
"Can you eat the same amount as a young person? You cannot. Therefore, a young person has more qualification and right to eat than you. If you speak about things that are beyond your right, you will have indigestion—your devotion will be destroyed."
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Memorable Pastimes
"I have remembered one story that Srila Gurudev told me. The name of Srila Prabhupad's guru was Srila Gaura Kishor Das Babaji Maharaj. When Srila Gaura Kishor Das Babaji Maharaj came to Nabadwip from Vrindavan, people thought he was like a madman..."
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Kali Yuga Brahmans
"Who is great, a brahman or a Vaishnav? If you have 100,000 rupees, it automatically means you have 1,000 rupees as well. So, 1,000 rupees is brahman, and 100,000 rupees is Vaishnav—it means that those who have the qualities of a Vaishnav automatically have all qualities of a brahman."
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Thu, 22 February 2024 (Appearance Day of Lord Nityananda Prabhu; fast until noon)

How to Attain Mercy
'Not everybody can find Him. Nityananda Prabhu is a very hidden, esoteric personality. Everybody is looking for the treasure of divine love, but not everybody finds it – everybody finds treasures of lust, treasures of Maya, but it is not so easy to find the treasure of divine love.'
Download / listen to the audio (44.4 Mb, 87 min | 17 February 2019 | Bengali)

Sri Ekachakra Dham Parikrama
Coming down early in the morning, His Divine Grace leads Sri Mangal Arati of Sri Sri Guru Gaura Nityananda Prabhu and stays with the devotees to chant morning kirtans and speak Hari-katha in glorification of Lord Nityananda Prabhu. At about 9 a.m., everyone assembles in the courtyard of the temple to start the much-awaited parikrama of Sri Ekachakra Dham...
Download or listen to the recording of the entire parikrama, including kirtan and Hari-katha (Bengali) (47 Mb, 92 min | 7 February 2020)

 

Sri Nityananda Dvadasakam
"Dear Lord, O Nityananda Prabhu, emperor of the associates of Sriman Mahaprabhu! Graciously grant this fallen soul firm and faithful devotion for Sri Gauranga, the supreme embodiment of the taste of the sweet nectar of the ecstasy of Sri Sri Radha-Krishna's Pastimes. By neglecting the lotus feet of Nityananda Prabhu all sadhana or bhajan—spiritual practices, services or worship—become an illusion, just like a dream. I worship and adore with all my heart that gracious giver of Sri Gaura, the benevolent bestower of His shelter to the fallen souls—Sri Nityanandachandra."
Download or listen to the audio (2.7 Mb, 6 min)

The Nectarean Glories of Sri Nityananda Prabhu
Compiled from lectures of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, accompanied by a compilation of scriptural verses, kirtans, and Sanskrit compositions glorifying Lord Nityananda Prabhu, the book is now available for online reading.

 

 

At Sri Ekachakra Dham: Nityananda Prabhu's Kirtans
 Vandana  Krsna haite chaturmukha  Gurudev! Bada krpa kari  Sri Krsna Chaitanya daya kara  Kabe Sri Chaitanya more karibena daya [The following eight kirtans, rarely sung, are from Sri Nityananda Mahimamrta]  Nitai amara dayara avadhi  Nitai mora jivana dhana  Daya kare more Nitai  Jayare jayare jaya Nityananda Raya  Rarha majhe eka-chaka name achhe grama  Iha Kali-yuga dhanya  Ei bara karuna kara Chaitanya Nitai  Nitai Chaitanya donhe bara avatara  Hari Hari viphale  Jaya Radha Madhava  Hare Krishna maha-mantra.
Download/listen to the audio (23.3 Mb, 56 min | 24 February 2021 | Kirtan)


Over a hundred beautiful and important lectures spoken by His Divine Grace in Sri Ekachakra Dham during the Festival:

Arriving at Sri Ekachakra Dham
"Today, by our great fortune we have arrived here at Sri Ekachakra Dham, the land of Lord Nityananda Prabhu. The Lord Himself appeared here as Nityananda Prabhu, a son of Hadai Pandit and Padmavati..."

Varaha Avatar
"Today is the day when we must worship Varahadev. He is the master of Koladwip, so today at the time of His worship we must make a special offering. The Lord took the form of a boar and killed Hiranyaksa..."

Disturbance In Service
A short educational story that illustrates that there is no need to be afraid of obstacles. Even opposing elements can be seen as favourable.

Ekachakra Festival: Attachment To Prasadam
"The festival in Ekachakra this year was very successful, and we are also very happy that we could give some prasadam to the devotees. Yesterday by the evening everything had finished, but still, at 5-6 o'clock people came asking for a drop of prasadam."
Download / listen to the audio (2.8 Mb, 8 min)

The Supreme and the Tiny
"Who Sriman Nityananda Prabhu and Srimati Radharani will take service from, that is Their matter, but we should try heart and soul. We must do our duty."
Download / listen to the audio (2.9 Mb, 9 min)

Sri Ekachakra Dham: History and Glory
"Our fortune is very good—we have come to the holy Dham of Nityananda Prabhu. You cannot come here unless you have a great fortune. Nityananda Prabhu's appearance day is on Saturday, but we do not know, we cannot recognise who will join the festival..."
Download / listen to the audio (7.7 Mb, 23 min)

At Nityananda Prabhu's Feet
"Today in a very beautiful way we have concluded the celebration of Sri Nityananda Prabhu's appearance festival. It is not every day that we can come to the lotus feet of Sri Nityananda Prabhu: we must pray to the lotus feet of Nityananda Prabhu."
Download / listen to the audio (3 Mb, 9 min)

Sri Ekachakra Dham: Exclusive Land
"By the mercy of our Gurupadpadma, by a great fortune, we have arrived today at the holy land of Nityananda Prabhu. If you want to get the Lord, you must want the mercy of Lord Nityananda—without His mercy we cannot proceed, cannot progress in our spiritual life."
Download / listen to the audio (3.5 Mb, 8 min)

Cry and Call, "Doyal Nitai!"
"Who will give mercy to such a low fallen soul as myself except Nityananda? Except Nityananda, there is no one in this world who can give mercy to me. We must worship this Nityananda Prabhu."
Download / listen to the audio (5.3 Mb, 12 min)

Clean Heart, Open Door
"We are sitting in the nat mandir and this is not a place for idle talks. If you engage yourself in sravan and kirtan, then all dirt from your heart will go away, but if you do not clean the dirt from your heart, Bhakti Devi will never come there."
Download / listen to the audio (3.7 Mb, 8 min | Bengali)

Nityananda: Our All in All
"It is necessary to always meditate on this in your heart: 'When will Nitaichand give His mercy to me? When will my desires become insignificant? When will Nityananda be merciful to me and relieve me from the material illusion?'"
Download / listen to the audio (3 Mb, 7 min | Bengali)

Mercy Through Surrender and Service
"There is only one way how to get out of this suffering—we must take shelter of the lotus feet of Nitai. We must not use Nitai, we must serve Him. Only when you serve Him can you get His mercy."
Download / listen to the audio (3.5 Mb, 8 min | Bengali)

Chaste and Sincere Service
"We must be chaste, we must be sincere, we must accept these teachings. Taking shelter of Guru and Vaishnavs, serving the Guru and Vaishnavs is what is called bhajan. What service have we done at the temple of our Guru Maharaj? We must think about this."
Download / listen to the audio (1.4 Mb, 6 min | Bengali)

Highest Benefactors
"A Guru takes a disciple so that the disciple can serve the Lord. So, we must ask ourselves and judge it for ourselves, 'How much service have I done?' Who has the right to do kirtan? Those who have humility, tolerance and who can give honour to others."
Download / listen to the audio (1.2 Mb, 5 min | Bengali)

Sadhus' Target
"Sadhus come to hijack souls from the family of Maya and bring them to the family of Krishna—your father thought I had come to steal something from you, that I had come to take your money, but actually I had come to steal you."
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Beyond I and Mine
"We always take untruth as truth—we believe that His things are ours. We always think in terms of 'my' and 'I'. We are slaves of our tongues, but look at the examples of the Vaishnavs."
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"Please Do Not Forget"
"I am requesting you all—please do not forget service to the Lord. You can make a temple in your own room or house. When you do everything for the Lord, when you use your room for the Lord, then your room becomes a temple..."
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Eternal and Internal Devotion
"The house where the eternal service of the Lord is going on every day, where eternal kirtan is going on, is Goloka Vrindavan. Many of our devotees live like that. They offer the bhog to the Lord and do not take or enjoy anything except prasadam."
Download / listen to the audio (1 Mb, 4 min | Bengali)

Pandav Tala
"There is also Pandav tala near our temple. When the Pandavs were exiled from their kingdom, they started travelling to many different places, and when a few years passed, they came here to Ekachakra..."

Sriman Nityananda Prabhu' Festival: Anxiously Awaiting
"We had waited for this day all year thinking, 'When will this day come in our life? When will this festival come?' We have read about Sriman Nityananda Prabhu, glorified Sriman Nityananda Prabhu for these few days, but it is actually not so easy to glorify Him..."
Download / listen to the audio (2.2 Mb, 7 min | Bengali)

Our Hope and Heart-Felt Gratitude
"By the mercy of our Gurupadpadma, by a great fortune, we have arrived today at the holy land of Nityananda Prabhu. If you want to get the Lord, you must want the mercy of Lord Nityananda—without His mercy we cannot proceed, cannot progress in our spiritual life."
Download / listen to the audio (3.5 Mb, 8 min)

Learn from Mahajanas
"When I read about mahajanas (life history of many highly qualified gurus), I see how their life went and how difficult it was in so many ways. We can learn from them—we can learn to be humble, to be tolerant and give honour to others."
Download / listen to the audio (2.6 Mb, 8 min)

Seeking Mercy
"Be humble and try to understand the proper teachings that Gurudev gave you, and preach in this way. We did not come to this world for buildings or other things. Wherever we live, we must follow spiritual practice, that is the main thing in our spiritual life."
Download / listen to the audio (2 Mb, 6 min)

Revealing Nityananda Prabhu
"Chandrasekhar Acharya and Srivas Pandit went to search for Nityananda Prabhu, but they were unable to find Him because Nityananda's glories are actually very guro—very sacred and of a very high level. It is not easy to find Him."
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Mahaprabhu's Stay in Shantipur
"Nityananda Prabhu understood devotees' feeling and somehow managed to take Mahaprabhu to Shantipur instead of taking Him straight to Vrindavan. In Shantipur, Mahaprabhu gave lecture, He sang and danced the whole day and night without stop..."
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Preaching Ideal
"Our duty is to learn what the main teachings of Mahaprabhu are. For as many days you are alive in this world, you must preach Krishna-katha, Gauranga-katha, Guru-katha, Guru Maharaj's katha. If you preach that, what is the need for you to worry about your future?"
Download / listen to the audio (1.2 Mb, 4 min)

Learn and Distribute
"You must learn from Visvanath Chakravarti, from Prabodhananda Saraswati, from Gopal Bhatta Goswami, Rupa Goswami, Sanatan Goswami. If you learn what they teach, what they do, what their lifestyle is like, you can understand everything easily then."
Download / listen to the audio (1.6 Mb, 5 min)

Great Good Fortune
"By the mercy of Guru and Vaishnavs, by the mercy of the Lord, we have arrived in this Sri Ekachakra Dham where our most beloved Lord Nityananda Prabhu appeared. This is not a matter of small fortune—not everybody gets such fortune."
Download / listen to the audio (3.4 Mb, 10 min | Bengali)

Bhava-Rog Doctor
"When you get sick, you see a doctor—the doctor gives you medicine, you take it and get well. Here, to cure your disease of material existence, the doctor actually comes to your house and tells you what things you must avoid to remove your illusory environment."
Download / listen to the audio (0.9 Mb, 3 min | Bengali)

Foster Devotional Feelings
"What do I want? I do not want wealth, knowledge, beautiful companions—all these things that the outside people are so proud of... If you run behind the illusory environment—enjoyment and liberation—Krishna will give it to you, but what will you think after that?"
Download / listen to the audio (2 Mb, 6 min | Bengali)

Association and Assimilation
"Remember Nityananda Prabhu's tolerance and patience. If somebody tells you something bad, you become upset, you get angry, but this is not your conception—your Gurudev never taught you this, Nityananda Prabhu never taught you this."
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Enthusiasm for Service
"It is necessary to do eternal daily service with sincerity. 'How can I use myself in the service of the lotus feet of my Gurudev? What service can be done through me?' We must think about this at every moment. We must live thinking about this."
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All Loss, All Gain
"There are so many people, so gurus—they all stand in one line, but Bhakti Devi is guarding the door and does not let anyone enter. Bhakti Devi will let on the boat only those who have devotion, who have earned the qualification, who have the ticket, and others will be denied entry, they will have to go back."
Download / listen to the audio (2.2 Mb, 6 min | Bengali)

Crest Jewel
"Mahaprabhu gave Gaura-dham, Gaura-nam—He gave everything to Nityananda Prabhu. It is by the unlimited mercy of this Nityananda Prabhu that we have come to His dham and have got this opportunity to chant His glories. Come, come for Nityananda Prabhu."
Download / listen to the audio (2.2 Mb, 6 min | Bengali)

Capital Misjudgement
"A thief thinks every man steals. We think that everyone is like us. Some shave their heads during the shraddha ceremony and some shave their heads on Nityananda trayodasi—do you think it is the same?"
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Muddled Mind
"Srila Prabhupad also told another story about Lalu and Kalu. We are like that too—even though we are taught to chant the Holy Name, but nobody wants to say Hare Krishna."
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Clasping for Shelter
"It is said that Nityananda Prabhu is actually very hidden (esoteric)—it is very difficult to find Him. Unless one is a very fortunate soul, one can never find Him."
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You Be an Instrument
"Gurudev and the Lord are the drivers and we are only Their instruments. If you serve Vaishnavs, then the Lord Himself will come to serve you—the Lord Himself will come and do the service through you. It is necessary to have such faith, to always think about this."
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Hidden Practice and Broad Preaching
"We pray to you—wherever you go, wherever you stay, only chant Krishna's Name, chant 'Nitai Gaura Hari bol' to yourself. You do not need to show anything to others. If people criticise you, it will be your offence. You must keep your spiritual practice to yourself."
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Love to Death
"When the ego of servitors increases, the Lord can get annoyed. It happened to Uddhav Maharaj also—he thought, 'I always stay with Krishna, I am a big devotee!' but the Lord showed him that the gopis were the greatest devotees. But what are nowadays' wives like?"
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Ditching the World
"We have come here by a great fortune. Not everybody can come here. We must take the dust of this place, we must take prasad at this place. Do you see our condition? We must cry, 'When will material attachment be removed from my heart? When will that happen?'"
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Masterminding the Escape
"If you take a tip of a hair and divide it ten thousand times, this is the size of the soul—but we are so proud, we think we are so great. It is all useless. Only if you get the mercy of sadhus and Guru, can Maya be defeated. Otherwise not. Maya always surrounds us."
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Look for Purity
"You have two cups with milk. Both look the same, but if you drink one you will get nourishment and if you drink the other one that has snake poison in it you will die. If you hear the Holy Name, you will get benefit, but if you hear Nama-aparadh, you will die."
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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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Remembering Our Fortune
"We have come here by the mercy of Gurudev, by the mercy of Lord Nityananda Prabhu. Without their mercy we cannot be present here. Out of His mercy, Nityananda Prabhu has given us some small place at his birthplace where we can stay."
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Place of Pivotal Pastimes
"Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj was empowered to protect and distribute Sri Rupa-Raghunath line. He came here in Sri Ekachakra Dham before starting to take disciples, and every year he would send some small donation for the service of Nityananda Prabhu."
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First Memories of Sri Ekachakra Dham
"I had heard Ekachakra's name before and wanted to come here many times, but when I told about it to Gurudev, he said, 'What will you go there for?' Later, in 2004, Gurudev finally allowed it—he said, 'You can go with devotees and do some parikrama there.'"
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His Mercy Is Essential
"Nityananda Prabhu's mercy is essential in our lives. Mahaprabhu showed that it is not so easy to find this kind of personality, but Mahaprabhu found Him easily because They are very intimate."
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His Service Is Essential
"We must be humble, tolerant and we must give honour to others. It is necessary. Chant with heart and soul—it is necessary to serve Nityananda Prabhu with heart and soul."
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Servant or Merchant?
"Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur said that instead of serving Gurudev, Nityananda Prabhu, Krishna, we make Them serve us—we must not make Nityananda Prabhu, Gurudev our servants. Do not make Guru and Krishna your servant, a bribe-taker."
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Serve Nitai without Deceit
"By the mercy of Gurudev we have got an opportunity to serve this place—Nityananda Prabhu's appearance place—we must take advantage of this opportunity. We must understand how necessary it is to serve Sriman Nityananda Prabhu and His devotees."
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Nitaichand: Spotless Moon
"It is said that if someone cannot understand the character of Sriman Nityananda Prabhu, then they are making so much offence—because of that devotion can be removed from her or him."
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Nitaichand: Our Eternal Shelter
"We cannot conceive of it, but Guru-Nityananda is our eternal shelter. Gurudev is the eternal shelter of our life. Unless we can understand what the reality is, there is no other way for us to get relief from suffering."
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Nitaichand: Our Only Hope
"Our only hope is Sri Guru-Nityananda—if we serve Their lotus feet, we can increase our devotion, our spiritual life. That is the main thing about Nityananda Prabhu."
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Beware Imitation
"If you follow Narottam Das Thakur's advice, this is good, but if you think you want to do what Narottam Das Thakur did, if you want to become Narottam, then it is a very big problem. Do not imitate Nityananda Prabhu."
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Householders' Hypocrisy
"People think, 'If I become a sannyasi, I may fall down later, so better I become a householder!' Those who are interested in spiritual life do not live like that. One can never prosper or develop their spiritual life by hypocrisy."
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Bhakti Siddhanta Vani
"'How can we get qualities of a Vaishnav?' Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur told that many people do not want to be servants of Vaishnavs, but they want to be Vaishnavs—he said it is impossible to become a Vaishnav without service to a Vaishnav's servant."
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Eternal Rememberance
"When you remember devotees' pastimes, your heart becomes clean in this way—and this must be eternal. Sincerity is necessary. The main thing is 'kirtana prabhave smarana haibe'—you can remember the Lord's and the Lord's devotees' pastime through kirtan."
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Engage Yourself In Service
"Why are you afraid of me? If somebody is making some offence inside or doing something wrong, they will be afraid of me, otherwise no one should be afraid of me. I am sometimes angry with those who do not follow properly, but other than that I am not an angry man."
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Capture Nityananda Prabhu's Heart
"We must remember this Nityananda Prabhu's appearance festival every day—not only every day, but at every every moment. We can only try to serve Nityananda Prabhu's devotees, Nityananda Prabhu's servitor. That is our only hope. We must understand that this is the only way how we can please Nityananda Prabhu."
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Hope of the Hopeless
"We are fallen souls, we do not know so much about the culture, the rules and regulations, we do not know so many mantras, we do not do anything properly, but we have Nityananda Prabhu—we have hope that if we fully surrender to Nityananda Prabhu, then everything will be revealed."
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Purifying Shelter
"We are here now by the mercy of Nityananda Prabhu, and we always pray to Him, "I am a fallen soul, I have no quality and qualification, I am always making offence. Please forgive my offence, please take my service. Please give me shelter at Your lotus feet."
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Facing Austerity
"Whatever you want to do, you must have the strongest desire. Even in the material life, does anything come without austerity? No. Therefore, 'I want austerity! I want problems! If more problems come, it is OK, let them come! I want to see how many problems you can give me, Prabhu.'"
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Distinction of Sri Rupanuga Line
"In this world, people serve the Lord in three ways. First, somebody worships the Lord because they are afraid. Second, people worship the Lord because have some material desire. Third, somebody worships the Lord out of duty. This is not right."
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Treacherous Desires
"If you have some material desire and want it to be fulfilled, Krishna will give that to you happily. On the other hand, Krishna says, 'I am not a fool—why will I give them visaya? Instead, I will give them My lotus feet and make them forget visaya!"
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Inconceivable Mercy
"We can understand Krishna consciousness if we have a desire to serve the Lord—if we have enthusiasm. You can see how merciful Lord Krishna is, but Mahaprabhu is more merciful than Krishna, and Nityananda Prabhu is even more merciful than Gauranga."
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Victory over Visaya
"If we take prasad, all kinds of bad elements, bad diseases will be removed; if we chant the Holy Name, all Nama-aparadhas will go away; if we do service, all seva-aparadhas will go away—we do it, but why are we not getting the result?"
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Power of Sukriti
"Sanda and Amarka taught Prahlad Maharaj nonsense things, but Prahlad Maharaj did not take that association. Prahlad Maharaj had some previous sukriti (actions related with the Lord), and through that sukriti he could receive the proper teaching from Narad Goswami."
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Atma-Buddhi
"If you have fifty kilogrammes of rice on your head, you feel so much pressure—even if you come into an A/C room, you will not get any comfort there because you have heavy things on your head. We still have ego, we still cannot even understand that we are eternal servants of the Lord."
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Buddhi-Suddhi
"You recite mantras for the archan, you chant that the cloth is clean, the chamara is clean, the peacock fan is clean, the pancha-pradip is clean, etc. Everything is clean, but do you ever think, 'Is my mind clean?'"
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Zest for Service
"I think that the Lord arranges everything that is necessary for His service—only our desire, wish, will is necessary. If you have desire ('I will do it!'), you will succeed. It is necessary to have desire, otherwise sitting idle, laziness will not take you far."
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Grand Festival
"Without Nityananda Prabhu's mercy, without Gurudev's mercy, we are not able to do it. We do not know for how many days in this life we can do this service like this, but we are always enthusiastic, we are always trying to serve Gurudev or Nityananda Prabhu, and it is Their matter whether they will accept our service or not."
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My Gratitude
"So many devotees are helping us with this festival—somebody cannot help physically, but they are helping through their mind, through their funds, etc. I am not only thanking them, I am very grateful to them because they are doing so much for Gurudev."
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Guard Your Service Life
"Whatever problem comes, we will not run away from our service. Problems will always come—we are in the battlefield, and we will fight against maya until our death. That is our conception. We will not fight against men, but we will fight against ourselves."
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Do Not Fear Sacrifice
"Life should be for service. What the guru and Vaishnavs tell, that is service, and you must serve with love. You must sacrifice in your life. Those who can make sacrifice in their life, they get the real benefit."
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Hidden Service
"Srivas Pandit's faith is super strongest. Everybody's faith is not like that. When somebody puts some poison in others' brain, they change their mind. Our faith must be strong. Practise, practise and practise."
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Spiritual Promotion
"You struggle so much in your life, but how many days have we got in this lifetime? We do not want to be demoted. We want to be promoted, and this promotion will come through service—through the service to the guru and Vaishnavs. That is the main thing."
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Puja with Love
"Pujari must serve with love and affection. When you do puja, you must do it with love, wearing clean clothes, etc. Actually, I have always been afraid to do puja. I never go inside the Deities' room. Gurudev also said he was afraid..."
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At Sri Ekachakra Dham: Evening Kirtans (Part One)
 Sri Guru-parampara  Gurudev bada krpa kara  Sri Krsna Chaitanya Prabhu daya kara
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This Is Not a Playground
"You must come here surrendering your all—all your heart, soul, mind, everything—at the lotus feet of the Lord. We always blame the Lord for making us suffer, but we do not blame ourselves for not being able to surrender to the Lord. You blame the Lord, but have you become surrendered to the Lord? You must ask yourself this question."
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Wrong Worries
"You have no faith, that is why you have no devotion. Bhakti Devi always wants a clean place. Devotion (Bhakti Devi) does not stay where there is no faith—she runs away from such places. If you stuff the room with other things, then where will you seat your Thakur?"
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Pure Identity
"We must have jnana-sunya bhakti—'I do not know anything, I do not understand anything. O Lord, I am a low and fallen soul.' We must watch out that we do not get the ego that 'I have become a big Vaishnav!' What did Mahaprabhu say when describing His own identity?"
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Worshipful Devotion
"I will consider myself your slave, and I will leave all ego of guru. When Vaishnavs take prasadam, I will take the remnants of their prasadam. Such was Kalidas's character. How beautiful this is. Such are Nityananda Prabhu's associates."
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Meaning of Discipleship
"If you tell one word to the disciple, they get angry. They live as they please. We think that we sing a song and this is it, we have practised Krishna consciousness. No. Krishna consciousness means following what your Gurudev says and serving your Guru and Vaishnavs; it means to please them."
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Free Mercy, Exclusive Rights
"There is no one as merciful as Mahaprabhu is! To rescue such low and fallen souls as ourselves, He came to this world performing human pastimes. He went door to door calling out to everyone. But who has the right to chant kirtan?"
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Path of Devotion
"If I had not come to your house, you would not have come here today, you would not have got a chance to hear these holy talks, you would not have been able to get the mercy of Lord Nityananda Prabhu. That is why I roam the land, going house to house. This is all that I tell everyone: practise Krishna consciousness."
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Krishna Conscious Life
"We are alive in this world at the expense of killing so many jiva souls. The only way out of this kind of life is to turn your whole life into Krishna conscious life. It means that you will cook, you will work, you will do everything, but you will do it for the Lord."
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Sri Nityananda Prabhu's Glory (1)
"A low and fallen soul such as myself is not capable of glorifying Sri Nityananda Prabhu; however, if Gurudev and Nityananda Prabhu give their mercy and say something through my mouth, then only can it be possible."
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Sri Nityananda Prabhu's Glory (2)
"Many worship Gauranga bypassing the Guru, but Nityananda Prabhu said that this was thievery. It is impossible to get mercy without Nityananda Prabhu. We have not got there yet; we do what our minds wants. Gurudev gave me initiation, so this body is now his—I will do whatever Gurudev wants me to do."
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Sri Nityananda Prabhu's Glory (3)
"Apart from Srila Raghunath Das Goswami, there were other great personalities who received Sri Nityananda Prabhu's mercy. Two of them are Srila Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami and Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur. You know that Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur was the son of Narayani, Srivas Pandit Prabhu's niece..."
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Sri Nityananda Prabhu's Glory (4)
"Another person who received Sri Nityananda Prabhu's mercy was Srila Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami. Srila Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami said that there were only three persons in this world who knew Mahaprabhu, but Gurudev said that there was one more person. Who is it? Srila Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami himself."
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Clean Mood
"Always chant the Holy Name—when you are eating, when you are sleeping. Always keep your heart and mood clean. If we practise Krishna consciousness with proper decorum, then our ego will be removed."
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At Sri Ekachakra Dham: Morning Kirtans (Part One)
 Sri Dasavatara Stotram  Gaya Gaura madhur svare  Hare Krishna maha-mantra.
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Clear Your Path
"It is necessary to always chant Krishna-kirtan. You are worrying about your money, food, clothes, gossips at every moment passing your whole life like that. It is necessary to control the six urges, it is necessary to correct six defects in yourself, and it is necessary to keep good association. Keep enthusiasm for Hari-katha, for the Lord's service. If you do not read about it, if you do not follow it, you will not get any result."
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Nurture Exclusive Desire
"Can you control all these senses? How is it possible to do it? If senses become very strong and we feel too much lust, anger, greed, illusion, etc., we will be removed from Krishna consciousness. There is ananya-abhilas (exclusive desire) and there is anya-abhilas (other desires)..."
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Sri Ekachakra Dham: Our Fortune To Be Here
"We have come here by a great fortune. If you only think about the dust of this holy dham, then you will think that you must circumambulate this holy abode walking on your head. The Lord Himself wandered in this land. Nityananda Prabhu is non-different from Mahaprabhu, the Lord Himself."
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Forging Your Destiny
"Not everybody comes to practise Krishna consciousness. Some come to goggle, some come for entertainment. There are different kinds of desires. Everybody does not have the same desires. That is why, we cannot bring everyone to this path. Those who have such fortune, who are destined to come, they come."
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Extreme Mercy
"Krishna is so merciful, but Gaura is even more merciful than Him.Gauranga Mahaprabhu and Sri Nityananda Prabhu distributed Krishna-prema without any price! They gave Krishna-prema to the entire world. This is so beautiful."
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About Nityananda Prabhu
"Srila Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami says that Nityananda Prabhu's glory is unlimited; if you get a slightest touch of His mercy, you will understand His glory. Nityananda Prabhu freely scattered His mercy to all fallen souls. The Lord came to this world to deliver all fallen souls."
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Sri Ekachakra Temple
"It was Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur's desire to establish a temple in Sri Ekachakra Dham, but he did not live a long life—he only stayed in this world for sixty-four years—and he did not live to fulfil his desire. Yet by his mercy, by the mercy of Param Gurudev and by Gurudev's desire, we managed to acquire this land here in 2008."
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Parental Sacrifice
"Nityananda Prabhu's parents could not let the sannyasi go empty-handed, so they agreed to give him whatever he would ask for. However, the sannyasi asked for their only son, Nityananda Prabhu. They made such a great sacrifice in their life!"
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Full Service Sway
"Balaram (Nitai) arranges to appear as the elder brother to be able to serve the Lord. This is the glory of Sri Nityananda Prabhu. Nityananda Prabhu is hidden and extremely esoteric. We actually have no quality or qualification to speak about His glory."
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Life in Kirtan
"You have your mouth, but one will not hear the Holy Name coming out of it, only other talks come out of it. That is why, I always keep on telling you about Mahaprabhu's advice to Srila Raghunath Das Goswami Prabhu..."
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Please Give These Alms
"Our consciousness is covered by illusory environment, but Gurudev and Vaishnavs mercifully give us an opportunity to hear and speak about the Lord. I am asking you to give your mind, body, heart, everything at the holy feet of the Lord as alms for one-two hours. One day you will understand the benefit..."
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Remembering Glories of Sri Nityananda Prabhu
"This Sri Ekachakra Dham is a pure land. Sri Jagannath, Baladev, and Subhadra are also here. There is also Radha Kunda and Shyama Kunda here. Here is also Sri Ekachakleswar Sivji Maharaj.Here is also Kadam Khandi..."
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Sri Sivananda Sen's Mercy
"Sivananda Sen's house is in Kulingram. Mahaprabhu said, 'I love Kulingram devotees so much. I love even the dogs from Kulingram! I love even the parrots from Kulingram for they chant the Holy Name of Krishna!' It is near Jogram station. I have been to that place a few times when I was doing collection..."
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Sri Nityananda Prabhu's Eccentricity
"When Mahaprabhu took sannyas, He first came to Sri Advaita Acharya Prabhu's house, and from there He was going to go to Vrindavan. However, He changed His mind and finally went to Puri. On the way to Puri, Sri Nityananda Prabhu contrived a plan...."
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Srila Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami's Gratitude
"Srila Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami writes, 'I have got Sri Vrindavan Dham by the mercy of Sri Nityananda Prabhu. He ordered me to Vrindavan saying I would get all possible benefit there. When I came there, I attained the mercy of Mahaprabhu's dearmost devotees.'"
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Unblemished Nitai
"If Nityananda Prabhu had not come, we would not have known anything about the transcendental pastimes of Sriman Mahaprabhu. Fire can remove all impurities, but fire is not affected by that. In the same way, even if Nityananda Prabhu transgresses the religion of a sannyasi, He has no fault. He is higher than any rules and regulations."
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Sri Nityananda's Supreme Mercy
"Sri Nityananda Prabhu is my only hope. He is supremely magnanimous, He is merciful, and it is easy for us to receive His mercy. Sri Gaura Hari cannot reject somebody who has been approved by Sri Nityananda Prabhu..."
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Our Only Wealth and Shelter
"I am telling you that He is the greatest and most qualified personality on this path of devotion, and if we throw ourselves at His holy feet, our life will be successful. Our only wealth in spiritual life is to surrender everything and take exclusive shelter at the holy lotus feet of Sri Nityananda and Gurudev, who is non-different from Him."
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Mahaprabhu's Private Order
"One day, when They were in Sri Puri Dham, Mahaprabhu called Nityananda and spoke to Him privately. In those days, it was not possible for a sannyasi to mix with public closely, there were many rules and regulations for renounced persons. However, Sriman Mahaprabhu wanted the Holy Name to be preached in every corner of the world..."
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Nityananda Prabhu's Campaign
"Such was Sri Nityananda Prabhu's enthusiasm. From the beginning, He raised the banner of rescuing the fallen souls of this world and cleared the path for them to become attracted to the holy lotus feet of Sriman Mahaprabhu."
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Humility and Deep Faith
"We must always be humble. I have told you before: the higher a Vaishnav is, the more humility they have. Those who understand what Nabadwip Dham is, who have deep internal faith live in the land of Vraja."
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Save Yourself
"When will Sri Nityananda Prabhu give His mercy to me? When will I be free from material illusion? How can I save myself from this ocean of material existence? You must practise Krishna consciousness giving up all bad practices and embracing Krishna's family. You are uselessly wasting your time..."
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Supremely Worshippable Day
"Today is the holy appearance day of Sriman Nityananda Prabhu—He without whose mercy this world is plunged into darkness, He without whose mercy we do not see and will never see any light, He without whose mercy the door of Goloka Vrindavan will never open for us, He without whose mercy we can never save ourselves from this illusory environment."
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Do Not Pass Your Life in Vain
"Each of you lives in a house—you are all proud of the place where you stay and call it 'home'—you live comfortably; but you come here and struggle so much. If you want this struggle to be worth it, you must take advantage of Hari-katha and kirtan."
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Cleanliness Is Next to Godliness
"You can see how you make your own bed—every day you first dust and clean it nicely, then you lie down. You must treat the Lord, the Deities like that too. The archan of the Deities means to keep the Deities' room clean. It is necessary to keep everything clean. Temple must be always clean and neat."
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Meaning of Discipleship
"You live at your house and you know how you serve your husband, wife, and children. In the same way, you must love the Lord with your heart and soul; you must love the Lord's temple with your heart and soul."
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Ask Yourself, "Am I Practising?"
"You must ask yourself, 'Have I become a surrendered soul?' I do not come to examine or test you, but you should ask yourself, 'Am I really practising Krishna consciousness? Do I live following what my Guru tells? Do I live in strict adherence to my Guru or not?'"
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Become Pure
"You must prepare yourself so that the Lord could accept you. If you do not clean yourself, do not make yourself pure, the Lord will not accept you. You do not become pure just by bathing in the Ganges. Your heart must become clean."
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Who Is Nityananda Prabhu?
"There is Gaurasundar, the original personality of Godhead, and there is also His personal expansion, Sri Nityananda Prabhu. So, Sri Nityananda Prabhu is Sriman Mahaprabhu's dearmost associate and the Lord Himself."
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How and When?
"When will my mind become pure and I behold Sri Dham Vrindavan? When will material desires leave me? There is meditation, knowledge, etc. in this world, but when will I leave all material things, when will my mind become pure and when will I be able to feel, see, know, etc. the wealth of Vaikuntha world?"
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Scattered Heart
"Just as an ant always crawls everywhere looking for a hole, Maya is also always around us, always looking for hole to catch you. As soon as you forget the Lord and think about something else, Maya will jump on you."
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Learn the Truth
"It is necessary to know what the truth is. Everything in this world that you see is false; the Holy Name is the only truth. Everything else that is created will go away. It is said in Srimad Bhagavad-gita also that everything in this world will be destroyed one day."
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What Do You Need?
"Those who desire the highest benefit need only one thing—the shelter of Sri Nabadwip Dham; their duty is to take shelter at the holy lotus feet Sri Gaura Nityananda; their duty is to serve Their Name, holy dham, and desire."
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Sri Advaita Prabhu's Nityananda Stuti
"One day, Nityananda Prabhu came to have a meal in Sri Advaita Prabhu's house... Mahaprabhu saw them and laughed thinking, 'Maha Vishnu and the Lord have met, and They are having a fight!'"
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Sriman Mahaprabhu's Nityananda Stuti
"When Sriman Mahaprabhu was in Panihati, He sang in praise of Sri Nityananda Prabhu. Mahaprabhu says, 'Those have faith for Nityananda Prabhu, actually have faith in Me. You can never get Me without faith in Nityananda Prabhu.'"
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Approaching Nityananda Prabhu
"Srila Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami says, 'I am not fit to speak about Nityananda Prabhu's glory, which are as sacred as the topics of the Vedas, but I am speaking about it to reveal His mercy to the world. If there is any fault in what I say, please forgive my offence.'"
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Know Your Place
"Those who have the right to do something, they can do it. Many imitate Nityananda Prabhu and take two wives, for example. Those who have the right can do that, they can eat everything, but you do not have this right to cross the viddhi-marga. That is why we do not eat anything and everything without discrimination..."
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Amidst 'Dal' and 'Gal'
"People want very good quality ghee and good quality of rice. They say, 'Oh, I do not want to live at the temple! I would rather stay at home and eat nice ghee and nice rice!' Our life is not eternal: we will have to leave one day; but we are all eternal servants of Krishna, and not for two-three or four days only. No. We are eternal servants."
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Increase Your Fortune
"We have to leave this world, but how much have you chanted the Holy Name? How much have you listened to Hari-katha? You will have to answer these questions. You have come to this holy abode of Nityananda Prabhu by a great fortune."
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At Sri Ekachakra Dham: Evening Kirtans
 Gurudev, bada krpa kari  Krpa kara Vaisnava Thakura  Parama Karuna pahu dui jana  Emana durmati  Janama saphala tara  Jaya Radha Madhava  Hare Krishna maha-mantra
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Free Yourself From Deceit
"In one or another, many do some service, and those who do service are very fortunate. If you behave deceitfully and try to cheat, you can never succeed like that—you cannot hide anything from Gurudev, you cannot hide anything from Nityananda Prabhu."
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Be Truthful, Pious, and Sincere
"You wear tilaks, wear beads on your necks, but inside you do wrong—one day, sooner or later, your character will be exposed. You will not get anything by hiding something from the Lord, and you cannot hide anything from Gurudev. What you do at your home or not do—Gurudev can understand everything. When you come to practise Krishna consciousness and do something wrong, keep some fault inside, then all fault falls on the body of your Guru. Your Guru has to suffer for your wrongdoing..."
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Chastity In Preaching
"We must serve Gurudev—we must not use Gurudev. We have not come here to do business, and we do not want to do anything covering up with the name of Gurudev. We must preach in the same way that Gurudev preached, and we must preach his teaching—we must understand properly, truly what Gurudev's teaching and preaching mood are."
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Cry, Pray, and Serve
"When will I leave material world and my mind become clean? When will material desires be removed from me? We must always cry and pray for this. We have become entangled in the material life just as ants get stuck in molasses..."
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Service: Labour of Love
"How many things one person must see to! Making temples, buildings is not a big matter, but it is important to maintain them. It is necessary to have service mood. Tad viddhi pranipatena, pariprasnena, sevaya."
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Service: Adherence and Attachment
"There is no Krishna consciousness without anugatya. You must remember this. If somebody practises Krishna consciousness without strict adherence and devotion to a Guru, it is Maya (illusion). Krishna consciousness means we must please our Gurudev."
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Forging Fortune
"It is natural one will leave; rather, it is unnatural (uncommon) that one would stay. How many people can stay at the temple? Who can tolerate the austerities and practise Krishna consciousness, do service? Who has such a fortune?"
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Concentrate Your Mind on Nityananda Prabhu's Service
"Many say, 'I will leave my family' by mouth, but in the meantime, the poison of material life is slowly growing... but if you listen to what the Guru and sadhus say and can put aside material desires—if Nitaichand gives His mercy—then all desires will become trifle. Therefore, concentrate your mind on the service of Nityananda Prabhu, always serve Nityananda Prabhu."
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Direct Your Mind to Bhagavatam
"Loving search for the lost servant. When a son is lost, the father searches for him—he gives an advertisement on TV, in newspapers, declares the boy missing, etc. In the same way, the Lord has lost His children, and He is searching for us everywhere, 'When will these souls start practising Krishna consciousness and come back to Me?'"
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Keep Yourself On Track
"Those who have wealth should serve with wealth; those who have a body should serve with their body; those who have a mind should serve with their mind; those who have life in them should serve with their life. Whatever your capacity is, whatever your qualification is, everyone must serve your Guru in that capacity. Actually, we have no qualification: Gurudev's mercy is everything. How can we get that mercy?"
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Are You Getting Off?
"Gurudev has got you a ticket to Vrindavan, but you get off half way to Vrindavan and go to Kashi. You must understand what I am saying. Gurudev has given you a ticket to Vrindavan, but you get off in Kashi. We must get on the train that Gurudev is taking us in. You must go with your Guru."
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Gentle Clean Hearts
"Many say with their mouth, 'I will leave my material life!' but you must get there to feel with all your being, all your heart that your family (your material life) is trifling. You must make so that all material desires become insignificant. May only attachment and devotion to the Lord come to you."
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Do Not Give Up
"Param Guru Maharaj (Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj) always said, 'Start the fire, and the wind will come on its own,' 'Even if your boat is sinking, keep rowing!' Srila Prabhupad also said, 'When you go to preach, you must sweat and fight to preach about the Lord!'"
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False Attachments
"We want to leave the material life, but the material life does not want to leave us. It is not so easy to practise Krishna consciousness. In Sri Bhakti Raksak Harikathamrita, Srila Guru Maharaj wrote about one story...."
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Evening Kirtans: Sri Ekachakra Dham
 Gurudev, bada krpa kari  Ohe Vaisnava Thakura  Nitai-pada-kamala  Gaurangera duti pada  Yasoda Nandana Krsna  Hare Krishna maha-mantra
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Main Festivals
"Without Nityananda Prabhu's mercy, we cannot enter the kingdom of spiritual life. It is first necessary to have Nityananda Prabhu's mercy, and Nityananda means Gurupadpadma. They are asraya-vigraha (worshippable embodiment of shelter)."
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Serve with Faith
"Initiation means service to the Guru. Service can be different—one can serve close to Guru, and one can serve from far too. We must have this faith: Krishna is my protector, Krishna is my maintainer. As soon as you lose this faith, Maya will catch you."
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Service Duty (1)
"We love our wife, sons, brothers, sisters, we have a relationship with them, but that kind of love must be there for our Guru, the temple, and the Lord. This is the Lord's house—this is what must be our consciousness like. We must prepare (mould) ourselves. If we can serve the Lord twenty-four hours a day, we will get the highest benefit."
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Service Duty (2)
"You are spending your life thinking all the time about material things, but one day will come when you will be asked, 'You have been at My place for so many days, what have you been doing there? How did you take care of My house?'"
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Heed My Word
"There is no lack of anything. Those who think this is some want are the ones who lack a lot: those who run behind money always feel they lack, and their lack will never be fulfilled. If you rely and depend on the Lord, then the Lord will no doubt arrange everything for you."
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Perverted Tastes and Habits
"Listen to what I am saying. If you do not learn to be like that, you will never be able to practise Krishna consciousness. Those who make offences against Vaishnavs can never get any good result—they cannot even chant the Holy Name no matter how much they count the beads."
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Snowball of Offences
"If you keep making and making offences, then these offences will go up to the Guru. You can never get any benefit like this. Such people become alienated from others—nobody likes them..."
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Path to Indigestion
"Can you eat the same amount as a young person? You cannot. Therefore, a young person has more qualification and right to eat than you. If you speak about things that are beyond your right, you will have indigestion—your devotion will be destroyed."
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Memorable Pastimes
"I have remembered one story that Srila Gurudev told me. The name of Srila Prabhupad's guru was Srila Gaura Kishor Das Babaji Maharaj. When Srila Gaura Kishor Das Babaji Maharaj came to Nabadwip from Vrindavan, people thought he was like a madman..."
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Kali Yuga Brahmans
"Who is great, a brahman or a Vaishnav? If you have 100,000 rupees, it automatically means you have 1,000 rupees as well. So, 1,000 rupees is brahman, and 100,000 rupees is Vaishnav—it means that those who have the qualities of a Vaishnav automatically have all qualities of a brahman."
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Fri, 23 February 2024

Nityananda Prabhu's Campaign
'Nityananda Prabhu would embrace and give divine love to the untouchable, the worst kinds of people. He never considered who is high and who is low – He rescued everything. Today is the appearance day of this Nityananda Prabhu...'
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—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Redundant Rituals
"Those who do not follow Krishna consciousness, who are not devotees, can follow as many Hindu rituals and rules as they like, but we do not do it. We know that we are jiva souls—we are eternal servants of the Lord, and we always remember that."
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Sat, 24 February 2024

Varahadev's Appearance
'Today, the Lord appeared as Varahadev, assumed the form of a boar. Lord Varahadev is actually Lord Narayana or Vishnu. The original form of Lord Narayan or Vishnu is four-armed. I told you earlier that the body of the Lord is one but it manifests itself as two forms...'
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—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Primary and Paramount Necessity
"Teach Srimad Bhagavad-gita everywhere, it will be good. Most people cannot understand Srimad Bhagavatam or Chaitanya-charitamrita, it is very difficult for them, but everybody knows Srimad Bhagavad-gita, so everybody can easily understand its message."
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Today in the calendar: Purnima. Sri Krishna's Madhurotsav. Appearance of Srila Narottam 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 Srila Narottam Das Thakur:

Whole-Hearted Service
"Narottam Das Thakur was born in Sripat Keturi (Bangladesh) and in his life he composed many Vaishnav songs. Actually, all our Guru-varga serve the Lord and serve their Guru whole-heartedly, with body, mind, and speech."
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Narottam Das Thakur: Our Guru, Our Protector, Our Shelter
"Narottam Das Thakur is our Guru-varga. If you think how much he tried to preach, you will wonder, 'How is it possible?' You can understand how much he preached and how he protected our line if you think about his songs."
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Srila Narottam Das Thakur: Bona Fide Benefactor
"Who will you call a Guru? A Guru is not someone whose profession is to make disciples, who only takes your money. The Guru gives a conception, gives some wealth, property, with which you can go to your real home..."
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Srila Narottam Das Thakur's Separation
"How did he leave his body? It was unbelievable. It happened on the panchami (fifth) day of the Kartik month, that is today... One day, he was chanting and the devotees could see that he was saying, 'I want to go, I want to go.' He said this in front of everybody..."
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Srila Narottam Das Thakur: His Mission in Bengal
"Three persons had promised to stay in Vrindavan, but they left their promise and came to Bengal. When Narottam Das Thakur came to Bengal he found so many great devotees who were not getting good association. He kept Mahaprabhu's conception properly. We pray we can get some mercy and can serve him, protect his line and preach about him."
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Beware of Maya
"After some days there will come Guru Maharaj's appearance festival. We must honour his appearance day properly... Always, at all times, be alert, be aware of Maya. Maya does not mean some girl or a woman..."
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Kirtans: • Ye anila prema-dhana • Hari haraye nama krsna.
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Beware Imitation
"If you follow Narottam Das Thakur's advice, this is good, but if you think you want to do what Narottam Das Thakur did, if you want to become Narottam, then it is a very big problem. Do not imitate Nityananda Prabhu."
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In Praise of Srila Narottam Das Thakur [From Affectionate Guidance]
"Today is the Disappearance Day of Srila Narottam Thakur, so I would like to say a few words to glorify him. Before Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur most of the Vaisnava songs came from Srila Narottam Thakur. But although he wrote many beautiful songs of devotion, Narottam Das Thakur was not just a song writer, he was a great pandit and more than that, he was a devotee of Sri Chaitanyadev."

 

"We have no quality, no qualification to serve the Vaishnavs. If we do not got mercy from Vaishnavs, we cannot acquire, or get, service from the Vaishnavs. That is why we always make Vaishnavs' tirobhav (disappearance) festivals and remember such days.

"We are praying to that Vaishnav Thakur [Srila Narottam Das Thakur], 'Wherever you are staying, Prabhu, wherever you are living now, we want to serve your servant! We want to serve your servant's servant.' We pray we can get some mercy and can serve him, can protect his line and preach about him."

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, please deliver Narottam this time!"

Ei-bara karuna kara | এইবার করুণা কর
"O worshippable Vaisnava, be merciful to me this time. In every birth I aspire for the dust of your feet."

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

Dhana mora nityananda | ধন মোর নিত্যানন্দ
"The feet dust of the Vaishnavs is where I sport and take bath. My mind is intently fixed upon the remnants of Vaishnavs, and I am elated hearing the name of Vaishnavs."

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

Sri Krsna Chaitanya Prabhu daya kara more
"O Srinivas Acharya Prabhu! Be merciful! Narottam Das prays for the association of Ramachandra Kaviraj."

Gaurangera Duti Pada
"Whether he lives in a house or in the forest, Narottam Das begs for the association of one who calls, 'O Gauranga!'"

Sri-rupa-manjari-pada | শ্রীরূপমঞ্জরী-পদ
"O Rupa! Please be merciful to me, give me shelter at your lotus feet. Narottam is praying for your shelter."

Ye anila prema-dhana | যে আনিল প্রেমধন
"Not finding the association of Sri Gauranga, who performed His Pastimes with all these associates, Narottam Das weeps."

Hari haraye nama krsna | হরি হরয়ে নমঃ কৃষ্ণ
"Aspiring for the lotus feet of Sri Guru and the Vaisnavas, Narottam Das chants the Holy Name."

 

Sun, 25 February 2024

Vishnu, Krishna and Nitai
'If you understand this, nobody will be able to defeat you. Otherwise, people will say, "Oh, Vishnu and Krishna are the same", or, if you go even lower, people say, "Oh, Kali and Krishna are the same!" What kinds of things people say!'
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—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Continuing Service Movement
"We can practise Vaishnav-sanga, sadhu-sanga from anywhere. We must always remember Krishna, chant the Holy Name, practise and do our service from wherever we are. We must continue our service movement."
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Mon, 26 February 2024

Raghunath's Release
'Srila Raghunath Das Goswami tried to come to Mahaprabhu again and again, but he could not come to Him. Only having got Nityananda Prabhu's mercy could Srila Raghunath Das Goswami finally get service to Mahaprabhu.'
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—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Keep Your Guru In Your Heart
"Our hearts are always full of kanak, kamini, pratistha—we always think about our own enjoyment, we always think about our own safety. It is necessary to have the strongest faith. You must keep some place in your heart for your Guru."
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Tue, 27 February 2024

Flow of Nityananda Prabhu's Mercy
'There was one more person who received Sriman Nityananda Prabhu's mercy in a very wonderful way. That person is Srila Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami. Although he had never personally met Sriman Nityananda Prabhu, he received Nityananda Prabhu's mercy. How?'
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—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Unparalleled Vairagya
"Always read the pastimes of great Vaishnavs. We can read their biographies and see how much tolerance they have, how much austerity they got in their spiritual life. If we think about it, we will be astonished—we cannot imagine how austere their life is."
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Today in the calendar: Krishna Tritiya. Disappearance of Tridandi Swami Sripad Bhakti Premik Siddhanti 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."


 

Religion of the Heart
This book was prepared and published first in 2006 by His Holiness Sripad Bhakti Premik Siddhanti Maharaj. It was received with great joy by His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. Presenting it now online for reading and downloading:
"We do not know how good we are, but I see that what comes from our kitchen is very tasteful for the jiva souls. I could not conceive that this book would be like this, and it is coming from Sripad Siddhanti Maharaj, then neither I nor you know what will be inside, but when I have seen it, then I can say this book has come out perfectly."
(Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj)

 

Wed, 28 February 2024

Shower of Nityananda Prabhu's Mercy
'If somebody ever says anything about Nitai behind His back, they will have no relief in this world – there is nobody in this world who can save them! Go and be careful, and tell everyone what you have heard from Me.'
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—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Pillars of Devotional Life
"We must leave everything for the happiness of the Lord, for the happiness of our Guru. We must learn how previous Vaishnavs maintained their lives, and we must follow their example, their path. We must try to live and maintain our life the way sadhus do. We must try to do that. We must try to practise that."
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Thu, 29 February 2024

Krishna-Centred Renunciation
'I am not saying that you must leave your house and go live in the jungle. This is false renunciation. We are told by Srila Rupa Goswamipad to practise yukta-vairagya. It means, "Grhe thako, vane thako, sada Hari bole dako: whether you live in a house or in a forest, always call out the Holy Name."'
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Blessings and Guidance of Srila Prabhupad (spoken at the time of his departure)
'I have caused anxiety to many people because I was bound to tell the truth candidly; because I have told to practise Krishna consciousness without deceit, many people may even consider me their enemy. To become eager to sincerely serve Lord Krishna, leaving all other desires and deceit, I have caused various anxiety to many people. Some day or another they will understand what I am saying.'

শ্রীল প্রভুপাদের অপ্রকট-কালীন আশীর্ব্বাণী
"আমি বহু লোককে উদ্বেগ দিয়েছি, অকৈতব সত্য কথা বলতে বাধ্য হয়েছি বলে, নিষ্কপটে হরি-ভজন করতে বলেছি বলে অনেক লোক হয় ত' আমাকে শত্রুও মনে করেছেন । অন্যাভিলাষ ও কপটতা ছেড়ে নিষ্কপটে কৃষ্ণ-সেবায় উন্মুখ হবার জন্যই আমি অনেক লোককে নানাপ্রকার উদ্বেগ দিয়েছি । এ কথা তাঁ'রা কোনও না কোনও দিন বুঝতে পারবেন ।"

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

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

 


Today in the calendar: Krishna Panchami. Divine appearance festival of the founder of the Sri Chaitanya Math and worldwide Sri Gaudiya Maths, Bhagavan Sri Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Goswami Prabhupad. Manifestation anniversary of Sri Gupta Govardhan Mandir at Sri Govinda Kunda, Nabadwip. Disappearance of Srila Purushottam Thakur.

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

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


 

In honour of Bhagavan Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad:

"Today is a special day, Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur's appearance day. If he had not come, where would we get Srila Guru Maharaj, Srila Gurudev? If we do not get mercy from Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur, without Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur, we cannot think about Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj."

— Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj

 

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

Biography of Bhagavan Sri Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad
The first part of the biographical compilation dedicated to Bhagavan Sri Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad taken from a lecture of Om Vishnupad Jagad Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. The page shall be updated and expanded in the course of time.

Srila Prabhupad: Universal Benefactor
"This is how Prabhupad started preaching the proper conception in this world, and it is owing to him that we are here now, that we can preach now. That is why we must glorify Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur."
Download / listen to the audio (2.4 Mb, 7 min | 24 February 2019)

Seeking Srila Saraswati Thakur's Mercy
"I am very happy that we celebrate the days of Srila Saraswati Thakur, Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur together and I am very grateful that you have given me, a lowly person, an asan on this stage... What teachings did Srila Saraswati Thakur give to the world?"
Download / listen to the audio (2.3 Mb, 7 min | 16 February 2017 | Bengali)

Srila Prabhupad: Embodiment of Mercy
"Today is the holy appearance day of Bhagavan Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Thakur Prabhupad, whom we are here to offer prayers to in the assembly of the devotees. He is Jagad Guru and what he gave to the world, no one else could ever give..."
Download / listen to the audio (1.9 Mb, 6 min | 28 February 2016)

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

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

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

Illustrious Acharya
"I am offering my obeisance at the lotus feet of Bhagavan Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur whose disappearance day took place today. He is not an ordinary person of this material world—he came from Goloka Vrindavan, from the Lord Himself. When his job finished here, he passed the responsibility to his beloved disciples and went back to his own home."
Download / listen to the audio (2.1 Mb, 5 min | 3 January 2021)

Advent of Hari-Kirtan Murti
"We have heard about so many glories of Bhagavan Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur from many Vaishnavs, many scholars, and our Param Guru Maharaj (Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj) also described everything in his poetry."
Download / listen to the audio (3.7 Mb, 9 min | 3 January 2021)

Srila Prabhupad's Mission
"Srila Prabhupad taught what pure service is—he taught that everything could be used and is meant for the service of the Lord. He established sixty-four temples, and all the brahmacharis, sannyasis of these temples preached house to house and distributed Hari-katha."
Download / listen to the audio (2.1 Mb, 5 min | 3 January 2021)

Srila Prabhupad's Teachings
"Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj often said that Srila Prabhupad's word was very hard, like a stone or thunderbolt, but inside he could be soft as a lotus. Fathers are always very loving and affectionate to their sons, but Srila Prabhupad gave more love and affection that any father could give."
Download / listen to the audio (1.6 Mb, 4 min | 3 January 2021)

Unimaginable Service
"It is unforgettable. We do not know who Krishna and Gurudev take service from—only those who have some sukriti, who have some great fortune, can participate in service in their life. There are so many rich people, there are so many big people, but only a fortunate soul can do service."
Download / listen to the audio (5.1 Mb, 12 min | 3 January 2021)

Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur (Bengali class)
His Divine Grace Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj is speaking on this day in 2015 about Srila Prabhupad's birth, youth, initiation, Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur's founding the Yogapith temple, Srila Saraswati Thakur's preaching pastimes, divine power transmission, and vast contribution to the sampradaya.
Download / listen to the audio (25.4 Mb, 74 min | 9 February 2015)

 

Sri Guru Parampara | শ্রীগুরুপরম্পরা
"The follower of Srila Gaura Kisor Das Babaji, the great soul Dayita Das (Srila Saraswati Thakur), whose wealth is Sri Krsna-kirtan, fulfilled the desires of the whole world. He is the dearmost of Sri Varsabhanavi and is always engaged in Her service."

Sujanarvuda-radhita | সুজনার্ব্বুদরাধিতপাদযুগং
"My master, Prabhupad Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur, established the religion of the age, Krsna-sankirtan, and is the chief minister of the universal assembly of leading Vaisnavas. His lotus feet are worshipped by millions of virtuous souls and fulfil the desires of those who dispel souls' fears. Eternally I offer my obeisance to my master's worshippable feet."

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

Sri Bhakti Siddhanta Vani
"If someone does not consider it necessary to faithfully follow their Guru and the Vaishnavs, their endeavour to serve the Lord is not service to the Lord—it is service to maya."

 

 

 

 

 

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The Ultimate Obstruction
'Always avoid Nama aparadh, Vaishnav aparadh. Always. Hari Nam is conscious, He is nondifferent from Krishna, and Nam always considers whether one is an offender.'

 

If we imitate what Krishna does, then we become sahajiyas.

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