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Fri, 1 March 2024

Live for Guru
'We love ourselves more than anybody else – we do not even know what it is like to love others. People talk about love, but all the love in this world is just lust. Whatever you can see in this world is not love – it is full of lust. The real love is the love of Vraja gopis, Mother Yasoda and Nanda Maharaj. It is necessary for disciples to have this kind of love for their guru.'
Download / listen to the audio (16 Mb, 36 min | 1 January 2020 | Bengali)

 


Today in the calendar: Krishna Sasthi. Appearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaj (a great prominent disciple of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad, and a sannyas disciple of Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj.

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

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

"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."


 

About Srila Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaj:

divyam dirgha-bhujaravinda-nayanam sarasvatam sundaram
tejo-dipta-vapur budhaika-suhrdam karbura-garvapaham
pasandasura-chanda-danda-dalanam dambhadri-dambholikam
vande vandya-kulabja-bhaskara-vibhum saranga-gosvaminam

"I offer my obeisance unto the beautiful follower of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur, Srimad Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaj. He has a radiant form, long arms, and lotus eyes. He crushes the pride of the wicked and squashes the cruel oppression of the heretics and demons. He is like a thunderbolt on the mountain of hypocrisy. He is the sole friend of the intelligentsia and a shining sun above the lotus of the aristocracy."

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

 

"You should know who Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaj is and what is our connection and relationship with him. You must remember this connection because without the knowledge of the relationship (sambandha-jnana), you will develop neither the knowledge of abhidheya (goal) nor the knowledge of prayojana (means to the goal).

"Srila Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaj (his brahmachari name was Sri Aprakrita Prabhu) was a prominent disciple of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur. When Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur entered his eternal pastimes, Srila Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaj (Aprakrita Prabhu at the time), although a very senior brahmachari preacher, left the brahmacharya asram and went back to his house in great distress. His was born in a village called Patrasayer (our Betur temple is situated nearby). After some time, Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj come to Sri Aprakrita Prabhu and said, 'Prabhu, you are living a family life now, let it be, but if you stay here, who will preach the conception of Mahaprabhu and Srila Prabhupad in this world? You have so much qualification for service and preaching – you must come back.' Then, Srila Aprakrita Prabhu said, 'If you give me sannyas, I will leave my home and family and come back.' Srila Sridhar Maharaj agreed and gave him sannyas and the name Sri Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaj. From that time, he came back to his preaching services.

"Srila Goswami Maharaj began to preach in various places. Trying to fulfil the earnest desire of Srila Prabhupad to spread Krishna consciousness all over the world, Srila Goswami Maharaj even went to London, where he kept preaching and, eventually, after much effort and having tolerated much austerity, managed to open a small centre. He also has temples in Kolkata, Jalpaiguri and other places. In his lifetime, he established twenty-four centres in various places, among which is the temple in Imlitala, Vrindavan, where Krishna was sitting when He decided that He would steal Radharaṇi's heart and halo and come as Gauranga Mahaprabhu.

"Srila Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaj always helped our Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math in various ways, especially during parikramas and with collection. Later, he finally established this temple here, at the place where the first meeting of Sri Sri Gaura Nityananda Prabhu took place. Srila Sridhar Maharaj had come here together with Srila Goswami Maharaj to see the land, and he gave Srila Goswami Maharaj much advice on what kind of temple to make, on the size of the nat mandir and other aspects.

"There is much that can be said about Srila Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaj. After taking sannyas in 1940, he always kept in touch with Srila Sridhar Maharaj. Our Srila Gurudev, Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, said:

"'Once, Srila Goswami Maharaj gave a very special lecture. He explained that he and other great preachers were active in all directions, but they all waited to see what Srila Sridhar Maharaj thought about the quality of their preaching style. He used the phrase simha avalokana (a lion's glance), saying, "We are preaching over the whole world, but from time to time we look back to see whether Srila Sridhar Maharaj is happy with our preaching activities." "Simha avalokana" means when a lion goes some distance, it stops and looks behind to check the environment, then proceeds further, then again looks behind, and so on. In this way, Srila Goswami Maharaj described how all the preachers again and again looked towards Srila Guru Maharaj to see if their preaching had his approval. Srila Goswami Maharaj was the dearmost disciple of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Goswami Thakur – Srila Saraswati Thakur depended on his service. At the same time, although Srila Goswami Maharaj takes a unique position in Gaudiya Mission, he was very affectionate to our Srila Guru Maharaj. I have never seen him go against any decision of our Guru Maharaj; we can say he almost blindly followed whatever Guru Maharaj decided, but he was not a blind man – he had much faith in Guru Maharaj.'

"Moreover, one year, during the circumambulation of Vrindavan, Srila Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaj personally worshipped Srila Sridhar Maharaj with one hundred and eight lamps, incense and other paraphernalia on the occasion of Srila Sridhar Maharaj's appearance day. Srila Goswami Maharaj performed this function, joined by many of his disciples and other godbrothers.

"Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj was Srila Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaj's godbrother and sannyas-guru, but it is remarkable what kind of respect he had for Srila Guru Maharaj. Every year, Srila Goswami Maharaj's disciples would arrange a very fine Vyasa-puja celebration on the appearance day of Srila Goswami Maharaj, and Srila Goswami Maharaj would personally go to Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math to invite Srila Sridhar Maharaj to come to his temple on that day. Srila Sridhar Maharaj usually did not go to other temples, but he would always come to the temple of Srila Goswami Maharaj (this very temple where we are sitting now). Srila Goswami Maharaj not only invited Srila Guru Maharaj – he would give whatever presentations, whatever donations or gifts he had received from his disciples on that day to his sannyas-guru, Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj.

"One year, showing a pastime of feeling unwell, Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj could not come to the festival in honour of Srila Goswami Maharaj's appearance, and that day Srila Goswami Maharaj said, 'Srila Sridhar Maharaj has been coming every year, and I have been getting one more year of life, but since he could not come this year, I think I will not be alive next year.' And this is what happened – a few months later, on 26 May 1964, Srila Goswami Maharaj entered his eternal pastimes."

(From Sri Nabadwip Dham Mahatmya-mukta-mala by Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj)

 


 

Reviving Srila Prabhupad's Preaching
"...At that time Srila Sridhar Maharaj decided to go to Vrindavan and do bhajan, but when he got some akash dhvani, "What did I give you sannyas for? For your own self?" he hurried away from Vrindavan..."
Download / listen to the audio (1.2 Mb, 4 min)

The Root of Our Fortune
"Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj came in this world to rescue us, and he created our Guru—by his grace we have got shelter of our bona fide Guru. So, we must worship his lotus feet."
Download / listen to the audio (7.6 Mb, 22 min)

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

 


 

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: Ki-rupe paiba seva | কিরূপে পাইব সেবা
"I am so wicked, how will I ever get service? I do not have any attachment to Sri Guru and Vaishnavs! It is not possible to conquer maya by engaging in maya. I see no other way to get relief except for the mercy of sadhus."

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

 

Sat, 2 March 2024

His World, His Will
'Everything happens by His will. Nothing can happen without the will of the Lord. The Lord arranges everything, and in one moment you may not need to go anywhere anymore, all your work may finish. We do not have any power. We only think that we can do something because we are possessed by ego.'
Download / listen to the audio (16 Mb, 36 min | 1 January 2020 | Bengali)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Best Behaviour
"Everybody must live in harmony with each other. If we think we have become great devotees, it is wrong because we are fallen souls and we are only trying to serve our Guru under his guidance. This is our main aim in life. We must fight against ourselves."
Download / listen to the audio (2.7 Mb, 7 min | 20 September 2020)

 


Today in the calendar: Krishna Saptami. Annual three-day festival in honour of the manifestation of Sri Sri Gaura Nityananda and Sri Sri Gandharva Govinda-sundar jiu at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Seva-sadan in Sri Ganga Sagar.

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

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

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


 

In honour of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Seva-sadan in Sri Ganga Sagar:

Coming to Ganga Sagar
"Many people want to come to Ganga Sagar. There is a common thought that you should visit all the holy places many times but come to Ganga Sagar only once. Why only once? Because it is very hard to come here, so when people came here once, they did not want to come back..."

Gist of Pilgrimage
"What does it mean to chant the Holy Name? Service to Vaishnavs is at the root of everything. When Gurudev and Vaishnavs say something, you must follow it to a T. This is the meaning of visiting Ganga Sagar."

Ganga Sagar: Temple Inauguration and Preaching
Three pages and over 150 photos taken during the grand preaching programme at Ganga Sagar this year:
Part One (preparation to the temple inauguration; 27 Mb)
Part Two (inauguration, sankirtan, prasad seva, initiations; 29 Mb)
Part Three (Ganga Sagar Mela, worship of Ganga Devi; 14.5 Mb)
Also available for download as a single PDF (25 Mb).

Anniversary Festival at Sri Ganga Sagar Temple
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj leads the anniversary festival of the Deity installation at Sri Ganga Sagar temple of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.
(30 photographs, 1.9 Mb | 12 January 2017)

Arrival in Sri Ganga Sagar
(10 September 2018 | 10 photographs, 1 Mb)
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj is visiting the Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math Temple in Ganga Sagar, much to the joy of the devotees serving the Temple.

Arrival at Sri Ganga Sagar Math
(11 January 2019 | 19 photographs, 1.5 Mb)
Tirelessly continuing the preaching programmes, His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj sets off for Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math in Sri Ganga Sagar to observe the Deity installation festival. The devotees in Ganga Sagar have the joy of having His Divine Grace's darshan and association mostly only once a year, so this visit has been long awaited.

Sri Ganga Sagar Anniversary Mahotsav
(11 January 2019 | 38 photographs, 3.2 Mb)
Photographs from the festival in Sri Ganga Sagar Math observed at the holy lotus feet of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj in honour of the fourth anniversary of the temple inauguration: kirtans, class, arati and prasad-seva are among the many services devotees take part in on this auspicious day, a few devotees also receive first and second initiations.

Journey to Ganga Sagar
(11 January 2020 | 24 photographs, 2 Mb)
Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj takes the devotees on a memorable and happy journey to Sri Ganga Sagar Festival on a boat down the Ganges. Following the six-hour journey, everyone arrives happily at the temple.

 

Sun, 3 March 2024

Escaping Foreign Land
'We are possessed by a ghost, by illusion, and the Lord comes to this world and goes door to door, telling us, "This is not your home! You live in a house thinking it is yours, but you are only a guard in this house, you are not its owner. Come back to God, back to home." To return to your home, you must start preparing yourself now.'
Download / listen to the audio (16 Mb, 36 min | 1 January 2020 | Bengali)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Repository of Nectar
"Gurudev explains this sloka very nicely. When somebody is taking and relishing honey, some drops fall from their mouth, and Srila Sridhar Maharaj is collecting these drops. This is actually the essence of our spiritual life."
Download / listen to the audio (1.3 Mb, 3 min | 20 September 2020)

 

Mon, 4 March 2024

Non-Sectarian and Non-Liberal
'In the Age of Kali, there is no other path except the path of chanting the Holy Name. That is why we must always chant the Holy Name of Krishna – when we are eating, lying down, sitting or doing anything else. Try to also serve Vaishnavs and try to engage yourself in the brhat-mridanga of this Math.'
Download / listen to the audio (16 Mb, 36 min | 1 January 2020 | Bengali)

 



English (16 Mb)
 
Calendar for the next year, prepared by His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Tilak Niriha Maharaj for Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math devotees worldwide. Presenting it today as a downloadable electronic PDF booklet in English and Bengali.
 
Bengali (14 Mb)

EKADASI LISTS:
English | Bengali.


 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Awkward Medicines and Health Issues
"You must maintain this body well. If the doctor has prescribed some medicine for your disease, then you should take it because it is necessary for your health, but if the doctor prescribes eating meat, etc., you should not follow it."
Download / listen to the audio (1.2 Mb, 3 min | 20 September 2020)

 

Tue, 5 March 2024 (Tomorrow is fast on Vijaya Ekadasi)

Adjust Your Faith and Priority
'We must wear tilaks, neckbeads. Seeing you, people will criticise you, they will insult you. Let them say whatever they want, we do not have any objection. They do not feed us – Tulasi feeds us. Gurudev has given me Tulasi neckbeads and told me to wear them, then I will wear them. If you live practising Krishna consciousness like this, nothing bad can happen to you.'
Download / listen to the audio (16 Mb, 36 min | 1 January 2020 | Bengali)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Adjusting with Others and Yourself
"If somebody preaches, it is good! Why will we criticise them? People come for Krishna consciousness and we do not care who comes from what country, who is lower, who is lowest. Only if somebody is bad association, you must always avoid such association."
Download / listen to the audio (2.3 Mb, 6 min | 20 September 2020)

 

Wed, 6 March 2024 (Fast on Sri Vijaya Ekadasi)

Loud and Loving Call
'When you call your son, you must call him loudly; otherwise, your son will not be able to hear you. There are so many jiva souls who are also calling Krishna's Name – unless you call Krishna with heart and soul, with love and affection, Krishna will not give attention to your call.'
Download / listen to the audio (16.9 Mb, 33 min | 6 January 2019 | English)

 

 



English (16 Mb)
 
Calendar for the next year, prepared by His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Tilak Niriha Maharaj for Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math devotees worldwide. Available for download as an electronic PDF booklet in English and Bengali.
 
Bengali (14 Mb)

EKADASI LISTS:
English | Bengali.


 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Bhakta-Bhav
"We should always remember devotees' service mood. Embracing bhakta-bhav, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu appeared as a devotee and He shows what is the mood of a devotee. We can see His teachings and realise what is necessary to have if we want to have the mood of a devotee."
Download / listen to the audio (10.7 Mb, 26 min | 27 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 bath in the Ganges, attended kirtans, danced, circumambulated the temple and so on. Then, I asked him whether he would take any anukalpa. He replied, 'Generally, I do not take anything, but if you like, then, of course, I must take 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 Krishna, for the cause of their 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 held responsible by 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 not do that, I should be a separatist, a mayavadi, a renunciationist. I shall render maximum service to Krishna, and I must take without any hesitation 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)

 

Thu, 7 March 2024 (Ekadasi paran is at 5:58:13–9:51:19)

Transcending Bodily Existence
'What are you doing? Those who have not come to Krishna consciousness must understand this. We are living in this world, but we are killing millions and billions of living entities every single day to stay alive! How can you overcome and get relief from this kind of situation? Srimad Bhagavatam and Srimad Bhagavad-gita give an exact solution to this problem.'
Download / listen to the audio (16.9 Mb, 33 min | 6 January 2019 | English)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

"My Nature"
"Whenever I get time, I like to read books. To this day, I still like reading. I have a habit to always read. Whenever some new books come out, I read it. Actually, I do not want to teach anybody, I want to learn myself more and more. That is my nature."
Download / listen to the audio (2.5 Mb, 6 min | 27 September 2020)

 

Fri, 8 March 2024

Why Do We Suffer?
'You may think, "I have no money, that is why I am suffering," but people in rich countries have a lot of money, even here in India there are many businesspeople who have a lot of money – do you think they are not suffering? They are also suffering, and because they have so much money, they are suffering even more than us. Why?'
Download / listen to the audio (16.9 Mb, 33 min | 6 January 2019 | English)

 

CALENDAR UPDATE

শ্রীগৌড়ীয়-পর্ব্ব-তালিকা (১৪৩০–১৪৩১) [Bengali]
SRI GAUDIYA CALENDAR FOR 2024–2025 [English]
Prepared by His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila B.T. Niriha Maharaj, the calendar of auspicious days, festivals and fasting celebrated and observed at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math for the following year (Sri Gaurabda 538, or 2024–2025) is now available online. It can be viewed online and downloaded on mobile phones and tablets and as an illustrated brochure (see the links below or in the Calendar section).

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

List of Fasting Days for 2024-2025 | শ্রীহরিবাসর-ব্রত-তালিকা
A print-friendly PDF file in English and Bengali containing the list of the fasting days for 2024-2025 as observed at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Good News
"I have got some good news today, not everybody may have heard it, so I want to tell you about it... I have been praying to Krishna for that—and now they have filed a case, I am sure one day justice will happen."
Download / listen to the audio (2.3 Mb, 6 min | 27 September 2020)

 

Sat, 9 March 2024 (Sri Sivaratri, worship of Vaishnav Thakur Lord Siva)

Srimad Bhagavad-Gita's Message
'Even when you drink a glass of water, you must think that this water comes from Lord Krishna. You may think that you are drinking this water because this water is for you, but it is not so. Sometimes we cannot make a proper offering, but we have to take something (drink some water, for example) – even at that time we must offer it remembering Krishna, remembering gurudev, then we can take it. If you do not do this, it means you steal Krishna's things.'
Download / listen to the audio (16.9 Mb, 33 min | 6 January 2019 | English)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Father-Son Pastime
"It is stated in Sri Hari-bhakti-vilas that those who observe this ekadasi attain a liberated form upon leaving their body. I will be reading about a pastime of Sri Govinda from Gopal-champu by Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhu. Listen to it properly. This is a pastime of Nanda Maharaj and Lord Krishna, and it happened tomorrow, the day after ekadasi."
Download / listen to the audio (10.3 Mb, 25 min | 27 September 2020)

 

 


Today in the calendar: Krishna Chaturdasi. Sri Sri Sivaratri (optional fast). Departure of Srimad Bhakti Nivas Bhagavat Maharaj and Sripad Yudhamanyu Prabhu Seva-Vikram

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 Lord Siva:

devadidevam-ahibhusanam-indukasam
panchananam pasupatim varadam prasannam
gangadharam pranatapalakamasutosam
vande sadasiva-haripriya-chandramaulim

"The chief of the Devas, whose body is decorated by snakes, whose body shines like the moon, who has five heads, who carries his weapon known as Pasupat, who gives boons, who is of satisfied nature, who holds the Ganga on his head, who maintains those who give obeisance to him, who is easily pleased—I offer my obeisances to Sada Siva, who is dear to Hari, and whose crown is the moon."

 

"Usually, people worship Lord Siva for their own interest, but this is not a real worship. Do not do this. Do not make Sivji your servant by coming to him to get something in return for the puja. People say, 'Siva, give me this,' 'Siva, give me that'—Siva becomes their servant. However, our duty is to worship Lord Siva. I will worship Lord Siva, and whether he takes this worship or not, what he will give me or not give me, this is his matter. I do not care whether I like something or not, if he is happy to keep me in a bad condition, let him keep me in this way; and if he is happy to keep me in a good condition, let him keep me in this way. My happiness or unhappiness does not matter. We must always remember this."

~Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj

Sivji Maharaj—Param Vaishnav [20 Jan 2016 | Translated from Bengali]
"Some say, 'You are a Siva bhakta, I am a Krishna bhakta!' You must not say such things. Siva and Krishna are not different from each other, and at the same time Krishna and Siva are one. Siva is an expansion of Krishna."

"O Vaishnav Thakur!" [9 December 2018 | Tarakeshwar]
"We cannot have the darshan of Lord Siva with these eyes. Do we have the eyes? We have the eyes for maya—we always see the things of illusory world. Devotees pray to Lord Siva for forgiveness of their offences. If you ask him for forgiveness, he is very merciful, he can remove your offences..."

Sivji Maharaj and Nandi: Journey to Sri Nabadwip Dham
His Divine Grace Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj is telling how Sri Sada Siva Gangadhar and Nandi came to the Math: "So many things have happened, and it was all like a miracle..."
Download / listen to the audio (1.9 Mb, 6 min)

Gopeshwar Mahadev's Surrender
"...Lord Siva entered the rasa-mancha in this mood, and Krishna understood who had come. Everyone wondered where the new gopi had come from and why Krishna was giving her so much honour."
Download / listen to the audio (2.2 Mb, 7 min)

শিবজী মহারাজ : পরম বৈষ্ণব (ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রীল ভক্তি নির্ম্মল আচার্য্য মহারাজের হরি-কথামৃত)
"কেউ বলে, 'তুমি শিব ভক্ত, আমি কৃষ্ণ ভক্ত !' এরকম বলবেন না । শিব আর কৃষ্ণ আলাদাও নয়, আবার শিব আর কৃষ্ণ একও নয় । শিব হচ্ছেন কৃষ্ণের অংশবিশেষ । শিব ভগবানের সেবক, শিবজী মহারাজ পরমভক্ত ।"

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: 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."

Sun, 10 March 2024

Fulfil Your Quest
'Do you understand what I am telling? What is necessary to do now? Surrender to the Lord, surrender to a proper guru and chant the Holy Name. Does any of you want to again become cats, dogs and rats? Do you want that? Time is very short. Your land is already fertile, so put the holy seed in your hearts now.'
Download / listen to the audio (16.9 Mb, 33 min | 6 January 2019 | English)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

"Try Your Best"
"You must depend upon Gurudev in everything – give everything to your Guru. All Vraja gopis gave everything, their deha (body) and dehi (the very soul), to fulfil the desire of Lord Krishna. Our guru-varga are not ordinary persons. I am sure that those who follow Gurudev and have taken shelter at the lotus feet of Gurudev will reach their destination."
Download / listen to the audio (2.7 Mb, 7 min | 4 October 2020)

 

 


Today in the calendar: Amavasya. Manifestation anniversary of Sri Sadasiva Gangadhar at Sri Govinda Kunda in Sri Nabadwip Dham, Sri Sri Guru Gaura Radha Madan-Mohan jiu in Sri Tarakeshwar Dham, and Sri Sada Siva at the Kadigachha temple.

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."


 

Sivji Maharaj and Nandi: Journey to Sri Nabadwip Dham
His Divine Grace Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj is telling how Sri Sada Siva Gangadhar and Nandi came to the Math: "So many things have happened, and it was all like a miracle..."
Download / listen to the audio (1.9 Mb, 6 min)

Sri Tarakeswar Temple Inauguration
The grand festival passes beautifully and smoothly in the shade of the lotus feet of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Sri Srimad Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj with many thousands in attendance and an enormous prasad distribution. May these photographs nourish all those who have not been able to come and extend the joy reigning at the temple all over the world. (24 photographs, 1.5 Mb | 25 February 2017)

 

Lord Siva's Temple Inauguration in Kadigaccha
(5 March 2019 | 50 photographs, 3.8 Mb)
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj inaugurates a temple of Lord Siva in the quiet mileu of Kadigachha, a village in Burdwan, north-west of Kolkata, on the holy Sivaratri day. Devotees happily attend the festival of Hari-katha at the lotus feet of Sri Gurupadpadma and Lord Sada-Siva.

 

Mon, 11 March 2024

Path to Purification
'It is not every day that we get an opportunity to hear Hari-katha, to hear what Krishna told us. Moreover, we cannot hear Krishna's message and Mahaprabhu's message properly because our minds and other instruments (senses, etc.) are always busy with their own service.'
Download / listen to the audio (7.2 Mb, 15 min | 6 January 2019 | English)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

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

 

 


Today in the calendar:

Gaura Pratipad. Disappearance of Vaishnav Sarvabhauma Srila Jagannath Das Babaji Maharaj, Srila Rasikananda Dev Goswami and Tridandi-swami Srimad Bhakti Dayita Madhav Maharaj.

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

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


 

In honour of Srila Jagannath Das Babaji Maharaj's disappearance:

 

~ Pranam-mantra ~

gaura-vrajasritasesair
vaisnavair vandya-vigraham
jagannatha-prabhum vande
premabdhim vrddha-vaisnavam

"I offer my obeisance unto my lord, the ocean of divine love, Srila Jagannath Das Babaji Maharaj. He is the senior-most devotee, and worshipped by all who have taken shelter in Sri Nabadwip Dham and Sri Vraja Dham."

 

Srila Jagannath Das Babaji Maharaj's Bhajan Kutir
"This place where we are sitting now is the samadhi mandir and the bhajan kutir of Jagannath Das Babaji Maharaj. We are paying obeisance to his place. He is our Guru parampara..."

Srila Jagannath Das Babaji Maharaj
"One day Srila Jagannath Das Babaji received a divine call from Radharani saying, 'Why are you staying in Vrindavan? You must go to Nabadwip!' He could not walk, so his servant Bihari Das carried him in a basket on his head to Nabadwip."

At Sri Jagannath Das Babaji Maharaj's Samadhi (1)
"It is written in Puranas that holy places can purify you, but it will cheat you out of devotion. You will not get devotion by putting water on your heads. Devotion comes from the dust from the holy feet of Vaishnavs."
Download / listen to audio (3.1 Mb, 7 min | Bengali)

At Sri Jagannath Das Babaji Maharaj's Samadhi (2)
"When the scriptures and saints say something, it is necessary to believe it without any hesitation. Whom did Srimati Radharani choose, Her family or Shyama (the Lord)? She chose the Lord. You must think whom you will choose, your family or the Lord. You must choose Krishna and give up everything else."
Download / listen to full class (3.8 Mb, 8 min | Bengali)

At Sri Jagannath Das Babaji Maharaj's Samadhi (3)
"If you look at our guru-parampara photographs, you will see that the last photograph is that of Srila Jagannath Das Babaji Maharaj (we give 'jay' to him every day). Please listen to the description of his life. We must glorify Vaishnavs—the more we glorify them, the purer our hearts will be."
Download / listen to full class (1.5 Mb, 4 min | Bengali)

At Sri Jagannath Das Babaji Maharaj's Samadhi (4)
"Srila Jagannath Das Babaji Maharaj is a very famous personality. He came to Nabadwip from Vrindavan, and he lived his spiritual life in a very strict way—he practised Krishna consciousness properly."
Download / listen to audio (2.9 Mb, 6 min | Bengali)

 


 

In honour of Srila Bhakti Dayita Madhav Maharaj:

SRI NABADWIP DHAM MAHATMYA MUKTA MALA : ANTARDWIP
Srimad Bhakti Dayita Madhav Goswami Maharaj's Sri Chaitanya Gaudiya Math
"Srila Bhakti Dayita Madhav Maharaj was a very dear godbrother of the Founder Acharya of our Math, Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. Before taking sannyas, Srila Madhav Maharaj's name was Sri Hayagriva Brahmachari. We have heard about him from the lotus mouth of our Srila Guru Maharaj..."

 


 

SONG: Krsna haite chatur-mukha | কৃষ্ণ হৈতে চতুর্ম্মুখ
"The foremost devotees of Srila Visvanath Chakravarti Thakur are Srila Baladev Vidyabhusan and Srila Jagannath Das Babaji. All the Gurus in this succession are associates of Sri Gauranga. I pray for their remnants."

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

 

Tue, 12 March 2024

What Is Good Association?
'How can you get good association? Who should you associate with? If what somebody is saying is in favour of devotion, you must accept this person's advice; and if somebody is saying something that is not in favour of devotion, you should not accept it – even if it is your own relative, you must always avoid their association.'
Download / listen to the audio (7.2 Mb, 15 min | 6 January 2019 | English)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

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

 

 


Today in the calendar: Gaura Dvitiya. Appearance of Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Kusum Ashram 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, 13 March 2024

Stay Engaged in Service, Not Maya
'We must always engage ourselves twenty-four hours a day in service to our guru and Vaishnavs. Do not waste your time on nonsense talks, nonsense work, nonsense things. Maya is always searching for a gap. Maya is always waiting when you stop chanting Krishna's Name, when you want to retire from your service – as soon as she sees it, she will attack you.'
Download / listen to the audio (7.2 Mb, 15 min | 6 January 2019 | English)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

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

 


Today in the calendar: Gaura Tritiya. Manifestation Anniversary of Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gandharva Radha-Ramana-sundar in Kaikhali, Kolakta.

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."


 

Thu, 14 March 2024

Escape Ratty Life
'When you were born, you did not bring anything with you, and when your body falls dead, you will not take anything with you either. So, I do not know what for you are doing so much for your life here. Do not waste your time.'
Download / listen to the audio (7.2 Mb, 15 min | 6 January 2019 | English)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

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

 


Today in the calendar: Gaura Chaturthi. Appearance of Srila Purusottam Thakur. Departure of Sripad Tulasi Das Das-Adhikari 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."

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


 

Fri, 15 March 2024

Happiness amidst Sadness
'You must understand one thing. The line of devotion is one thing and being a big business man is another thing. I want to forget my own happiness! I want to do some good for everybody. I am trying. What can I do?...'
Download / listen to the audio (28.5 Mb, 56 min | 18 March 2019 | Bengali)

[First part of this lecture was published earlier: Future Vision]

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

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

 

 


English (16 Mb)
 
Calendar for the next year, prepared by His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Tilak Niriha Maharaj for Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math devotees worldwide. Available for download as an electronic PDF booklet in English and Bengali. [The mobile version is coming soon.]
 
Bengali (14 Mb)

EKADASI LISTS:
English | Bengali.

 

 


Today in the calendar: Gaura Sasthi. Disappearance of Sriyukta Tarangini Devi (on Gaura Panchami, but this tithi is viddha).

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

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

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


 

Sat, 16 March 2024

Smooth Parikrama Day
'Every year I see during our parikrama that when we come to some place, there are other parties there and we do not get a proper place (for example, in Yogapith or Chaitanya Math), but this time everything was quiet, so we could sit and talk briefly...'
Download / listen to the audio (28.5 Mb, 56 min | 18 March 2019 | Bengali)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

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

 

Sun, 17 March 2024

Chad Kazi Purified
'When Nimai heard Chad Kazi's mouth uttering the Lord's Name while describing those complaints, He was very pleased. He touched Chad Kazi and told everybody, "He has pronounced the Names of Hari, Krishna, Narayan, so all his sins and offences have been removed!"'
Download / listen to the audio (28.5 Mb, 56 min | 18 March 2019 | Bengali)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

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

 

Mon, 18 March 2024

Meaning of Vaishnav-Seva
'What did Mahaprabhu tell all householder Vaishnavs? He told, "Make sure that not a single day passes without vaishnav-seva and chanting the Holy Name." But you may wonder, "Where will I find a Vaishnav when I go home?"'
Download / listen to the audio (28.5 Mb, 56 min | 18 March 2019 | Bengali)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

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

 

Tue, 19 March 2024 (Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama Adhivas)

Sole Sustenance: Sravanam, Kirtanam and Smaranam
'You talk and talk and lose energy as the result, that is why you do not get energy to chant the Holy Name after that. The less you can speak, the better. The more you speak, the more wrong you do because when you talk a lot, it means you are talking nonsense. Always speak little. Instead, always chant the Holy Name – may our tongues be always taking Krishna's Name.'
Download / listen to the audio (28.5 Mb, 56 min | 18 March 2019 | Bengali)

 

In Honour of
Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama

"jaya navadvipa-dhama sarva-dhama-sara
jaya navadvipa-basi gaura-paribara
navadvipa sama dhama nahi tri-bhuvane"

'Glory to Nabadwip Dham, the quintessence of all abodes! Glory to the residents of Nabadwip and all holy family of Gaura! There is no other abode in the whole three worlds that could compare to Nabadwip Dham!'

(Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur)


Sri Nabadwip Dham Mahatmya-Mukta-Mala (English) [PDF file, 25 Mb; New Revised Edition]

A very special holy scripture presented to this world by His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj to nourish all jiva souls and bring eternal memory of Sri Nabadwip Dham to our hearts. Realising his long-standing desire, His Divine Grace has left for us this invaluable resplendent scripture containing all Hari-katha and Hari-kirtan that fill the entire land of Nadia during this special time of Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama.

(You can also download or read online Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur's Sri Nabadwip Dham Mahatmya, published earlier from our Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.)


Sri Dham Parikrama: Adhivas

'Appeal on Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama'
'Men and women, young and old, come right away! Come to the divine abode of wish-fulfilling jewels, the land of Sri Gauranga's advent! Come and circumambulate it in the company of loving devotees during the most auspicious time of your life, the day of Sri Gauranga's advent.'

Sri Gaura-Dham and Sri Bhaktivinod
'Thakur Bhaktivinod, an exclusive follower of Sri Gauranga and the holy embodiment of Nadia, prayed for the mercy of Sri Gaura-dham, which was all-in-all in his life, with a great hankering. What is that mercy of Sri Gaura-dham? What does it take to reside in Sri Gaura-dham? What sort of humility do the residents of Sri Gaura-dham possess? And by whose mercy does one attain residence in Sri Gaura-dham?'

About Dham Parikrama (Circumambulating a Holy Place)
Many can ask, 'Why is it necessary to travel to so many places? Especially since you can engage in the service of the Lord while living at home, why is it necessary to go anywhere else?'

 


 

Chapter One: The Glories of the Dham
"The glories of Nabadwip Mandal are unlimited. Brahma and the other gods do not know them. So, who can describe them? Ananta Sesa is unable to describe them with thousands of mouths. So, how will I, a tiny soul, be able to? By the will of Sri Chaitanya, the devotees have ordered me, and so I describe the glories of Nadia by their mercy."

Chapter Two: The Nature and Dimensions of the Dham
"Nabadwip Dham shines eternally within Gauda Mandal, and is served by Ganga Devi. I do not see anyone in the world during the Age of Kali as unfortunate, pitiable, and fallen as someone who does not serve such a merciful Lord and rejects such an inconceivable abode. Therefore, brother! Give up all other desires and attachments, and devote yourself exclusively to Nabadwip Dham."

Chapter Three: Instructions for Circumambulating the Dham of the Dham
"Devotees, listen! I will now describe everything within the thirty-two miles of Nabadwip. Circumambulation is always done in this way and is a source of unlimited joy for the soul. Those who traverse the one hundred and sixty-eight miles of Sri Gauda Mandal quickly attain the wealth of divine love for Gaura."

Chapter Four: Sri Jiva Hears the Glories of the Dham
"Jiva was young and had a beautiful figure. His extreme detachment was astonishing to see. After walking for many days, always filled with divine love, Jiva arrived in Nabadwip. He came to Barakona Ghat and asked everyone, 'Where is Nityananda Prabhu? Please show me.'"

 


 

Knock, Knock! (Ahvana Poem)
"Who is your friend? Your friend has come to your house as a beggar and prays to you, 'Please chant the Name of Krishna! Come with us!' Just like a beggar he comes to you, but you cannot recognise him."
Download / listen to the audio (2.7 Mb, 8 min | 28 February 2012)

"I am touching your feet—please come!"
"Gurudev says, 'I am folding my hands, I am touching your feet—please come at Gaura Purnima!' How many more times will you come to this world? Those who do this Nabadwip Dham parikrama with devotees do no have to wander any longer in these three worlds."
Download / listen to the audio (1 Mb, 3 min | 28 February 2012)

Prime Festival
"Gurudev wrote a very nice poem, you can read it and see how strongly he is writing about Sri Nabadwip Dham parikrima. And Gurudev told me to go door to door, come inside each door and please pull them to come and join Sri Nabadwip Dham parikrama..."
Download / listen to the audio (1.5 Mb, 5 min | 2 March 2020)

"I Will Always Be With You"
"I see how much energy you get despite all austerities and difficulties, and I feel very happy—it is on the strength of your energy, on the strength of your love and affection that we are going to start our Nabadwip Dham parikrama from tomorrow."
Download / listen to the audio (7 Mb, 20 min | 16 March 2019 | Bengali)

Beginning of Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama
Srila Bhakti Kusum Ashram Maharaj's speech in English during the evening class: "We feel we are very insignificant but very fortunate at the same time to be among you all, fortunate souls who are participating in this festival, who are present here on this historic day and at the festival celebrating the campaign of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and His associates."
Download / listen to the audio (4.6 Mb, 13 min | 16 March 2019)

Parikrama Is Not Sightseeing
"We have come here to serve the Lord, we have not come to see the Lord or the Lord's things—when such mentality comes to you, then it will be the parikrama of the holy abode, then it will be the darshan of the holy abode. The very dust there is not ordinary dust..."
Download / listen to the audio (2 Mb, 6 min | 16 March 2019 | Bengali)

There Is No Shame In Service
"All happiness and sadness comes and goes like cold and heat. Actually, happiness and sadness is not our line. Gopis ran behind Krishna having left all their shame, fear, everything—then what should we be ashamed of? What should we be afraid of? We must not be cowed down."
Download / listen to the audio (1.5 Mb, 5 min | 16 March 2019 | Bengali)

Abode of High Thinking
"We have got this place by the mercy of Nrisinghadev, and we take it as our debt, so even if we sleep here on the bare ground, it is still our fortune. This is what we have come for. Gurudev has given us this place, always remember this."
Download / listen to the audio (2.5 Mb, 7 min | 16 March 2019 | Bengali)

Photographs of this day in 2020:

Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama Adhivas
(4 March 2020 | 39 photographs, 3.5 Mb)
Photographs taken during the main programmes one the eve of Sri Nabadwip Dham parikrama from Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Sri Nrisingha Palli, in the shelter of and under the guidance of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj, as well as many venerable senior Vaishnavs and loving devotees.

Photographs of this day in 2019:

Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama Adhivas
(16 March 2019 | 59 photographs, 3.7 Mb)
The Adhivas (eve) of Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama is spent happily with more and more devotees flocking in from various corners of the world securing the glory of the Festival. His Divine Grace lovingly welcomes everyone and gives everyone an opportunity to engage in service of Sri Sri Guru Gaura Nityananda—sravanam, kirtan, smaranam, vandanam, dasyam, sakhyam, and atma-nivedanam—according to the devotees' fortune, hankering and qualities.

 

Wed, 20 March 2024 (Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama: Day One)

Sincerity vs. Excuses
'We do not get time to chant the Holy Name. We are so busy with our material lives and material problems that we do not find time to think about the Lord. We are very unfortunate. I do not believe in such things.'
Download / listen to the audio (28.5 Mb, 56 min | 18 March 2019 | Bengali)

 

In Honour of
Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama

"jaya navadvipa-dhama sarva-dhama-sara
jaya navadvipa-basi gaura-paribara
navadvipa sama dhama nahi tri-bhuvane"

'Glory to Nabadwip Dham, the quintessence of all abodes! Glory to the residents of Nabadwip and all holy family of Gaura! There is no other abode in the whole three worlds that could compare to Nabadwip Dham!'

(Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur)


Sri Nabadwip Dham Mahatmya-Mukta-Mala (English) [PDF file, 25 Mb; New Revised Edition]

A very special holy scripture presented to this world by His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj to nourish all jiva souls and bring eternal memory of Sri Nabadwip Dham to our hearts. Realising his long-standing desire, His Divine Grace has left for us this invaluable resplendent scripture containing all Hari-katha and Hari-kirtan that fill the entire land of Nadia during this special time of Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama.

(You can also download or read online Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur's Sri Nabadwip Dham Mahatmya, published earlier from our Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.)

 


 

At Sri Nandan Acharya Bhavan (1)
"As we proceed with our parikrama we do not stop and sit at all places, so why have we come here? Why are we sitting here? Because this is the place where Gaura and Nityananda's first meeting took place. This temple here was established by Pujyapad Srila Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaj..."
Download / listen to the audio (6.8 Mb, 16 min | Bengali)

At Sri Nandan Acharya Bhavan (2)
"This place is a very famous and very auspicious place because Gaura and Nityananda Prabhu met here for the first time when Nityananda Prabhu came to Mayapur from Sri Ekachakra Dham. One day, Mahaprabhu told all the devotees, 'Srivas, Chandrasekhara! Look, one great personality has come to the dham! You must find Him and bring Him here!'"
Download / listen to the audio (3 Mb, 8 min | Bengali & English)

At Sri Nandan Acharya Bhavan (3)
"I have seen how they do parikrama, how they walk from our Nabadwip temple, and many of you were there too at that time. I had the fortune to see all these great personalities, but they have left this world now leaving this fallen soul here with you all..."
Download / listen to the audio (1.5 Mb, 4 min | Bengali)

At Sri Nandan Acharya Bhavan (4)
"There is one more thing I have not told you about because when we were crossing the Ganges, everybody had not come yet. The place where we came crossing the Ganges is called Ganganagar..."
Download / listen to the audio (11.7 Mb, 28 min | Bengali)

At Sri Yogapith (1)
"By the mercy of Sri Gurupadpadma, we are continuing our parikrama of Sri Antardwip in Sri Nabadwip Dham. We have now come to this temple, which is the birthplace of Sri Sachinandan Mahaprabhu."

At Sri Yogapith (2)
"People used to think that the Ganges had taken Mahaprabhu's birthplace away. It is true that the Ganges can take some place, but the Ganges can also return it. I can tell you how this happened..."

At Sri Yogapith (3)
"Every year, when we come here, we read from Sri Nabadwip Dham Mahatmya about Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhu and the glory of Nabadwip. Please listen carefully."

At Srivas Angan (1)
"When you worship the Lord, you will be remembering the Lord... Where does the Lord stay? In Srivas Angan. The Lord said, 'I stay every day in Srivas Pandit's house—whenever devotees sing kirtan there, I will be present there.'"

At Srivas Angan (2)
"One time, Chad Kazi broke a mridanga. Fearful of his threats, devotees stopped kirtan at Srivas Pandit's house and were sitting silently. When Mahaprabhu heard that there was no kirtan, He was very angry..."

At Srivas Angan (3)
"One day, Mahaprabhu spoke to Srivas Pandit. 'Srivas, people say all sorts of things... Can you promise Me something?' 'What is it, Prabhu?' 'From tomorrow, you must not go begging again.' 'How is it possible, Prabhu?' Srivas Pandit replied..."

At Sri Chaitanya Math
"We have come to Sri Chaitanya Math, the first temple established by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur. When he was staying here (in a small bhajan kutir), he vowed to chant the Holy Name continuously during six years, six months and sixteen days..."
Download / listen to full class (4.9 Mb, 11 min | Bengali)

At Sri Jagannath Mandir
"It is in honour of this auspicious Phalguni Purnima that we are doing this Nabadwip Dham parikrama, and we have today come to this temple of Lord Jagannath, which is non-different from Lord Jagannath's temple..."
Download / listen to full class (3.5 Mb, 8 min | Bengali)

At Sridhar Angan (1)
"Coming to Sri Sridhar Prabhu's house, His Divine Grace sits down and reads from Sri Nabadwip Dham Mahatmya Mukta-Mala: Continuing our parikrama, we have crossed Sri Antardwip and have entered Sri Simantadwip. Sri Nityananda Prabhu and Sri Jiva Goswami Prabhu came to this village called Simuliya...."
Download / listen to full class (2 Mb, 5 min | Bengali)

At Sridhar Angan (2)
"The place we have come is situated within Simantadwip. This is the house of Sridhar Prabhu. We have struggled to come here, walking through the jungle, but Mahaprabhu would come here and take rest..."
Download / listen to full class (7.7 Mb, 12 min | Bengali)

At Sri Rudradwip
"Between Sri Antardwip and Sri Simantadwip (to the north-west), there lies one more enchanting island called Sri Rudradwip. We used to come here every year before, but we have not visited this place for many past years — we did not have that kind of sukrti. This year, we have got the fortune to come here again by the mercy of Sri Gurupadpama."
Download / listen to full class (5.2 Mb, 11 min | Bengali)


Photographs of this day in 2021:

Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama: Day One (23 March 2021 | 126 photographs, 13.3 Mb)
Photographs from the first day of Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama. His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj leads the devotees through Sri Antardwip, Sri Simantadwip and Sri Rudradwip visiting Sri Chaitanya Math, Sri Nandan Acharya Bhavan, Puspa-samadhi mandir of Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad, Sri Yogapith, Srivas Angan, Sri Advaita Bhavan, Sri Gadadhar Pandit Bhavan, Akar Math Sri Chaitanya Math, Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad's Samadhi Mandir, Srila Gaura Kishor Das Babaji Maharaj's Samadhi, Sri Chand Kazi's Samadhi, Sri Jagannath Mandir, Sridhar Angan, and Sri Rudradwip Gaudiya Math.

Photographs of this day in 2020:

Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama: Day Two
(6 March 2020 | 60 photographs, 6.3 Mb)
Photographs of the second day of Sri Nabadwip Dham parikrama. His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj takes devotees to Sri Antardwip and Simantadwip: Sri Chaitanya Math, Sri Nandan Acharya Bhavan, Puspa-samadhi mandir of Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad, Sri Madhai Ghat, Sri Yogapith, Srivas Angan, Sri Advaita Bhavan, Sri Gadadhar Pandit Bhavan, Sri Chaitanya Math, Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad's Samadhi Mandir, Srila Gaura Kishor Das Babaji Maharaj's Samadhi, Sri Kazi Samadhi,Sri Jagannath Mandir, and Sridhar Angan.

Photographs of this day in 2019:

Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama: Day Two
(18 March 2019 | 160 photographs, 12.2 Mb)
Sharing photographs of the second day of the Holy Sri Nabadwip Dham parikrama led by His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj and dignitary Vaishnavs through Antradwip and a part of Simantadwip: Srila Madhav Maharaj's Math, Nandan Acharya Bhavan, Puspa-samadhi mandir of Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad, Madhai Ghat(!), Yogapith, Srivas Angan, Sri Gadadhar Pandit's house, Samadhi-mandir of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur and Sri Chaitanya Math, Sri Jagannath Temple, Simantadwip.

 

Thu, 21 March 2024 (Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama: Day Two; Fast on Vyanjuli Mahadvadasi)

Always Think of Gaura Mandal
'If you hear about the pastimes of Gauranga Mahaprabhu, your heart will become clean. Once you hear the Holy Name of Gauranga, all material desires, all bad elements will go away from your heart. Those who always think about Gauda Mandal will go to Goloka Vrindavan – they will not have to suffer from birth, death, old age and disease anymore.'
Download / listen to the audio (9 Mb, 18 min | 19 March 2019 | Bengali)

 

In Honour of
Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama

"jaya navadvipa-dhama sarva-dhama-sara
jaya navadvipa-basi gaura-paribara
navadvipa sama dhama nahi tri-bhuvane"

'Glory to Nabadwip Dham, the quintessence of all abodes! Glory to the residents of Nabadwip and all holy family of Gaura! There is no other abode in the whole three worlds that could compare to Nabadwip Dham!'

(Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur)


Sri Nabadwip Dham Mahatmya-Mukta-Mala (English) [PDF file, 25 Mb; New Revised Edition]

A very special holy scripture presented to this world by His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj to nourish all jiva souls and bring eternal memory of Sri Nabadwip Dham to our hearts. Realising his long-standing desire, His Divine Grace has left for us this invaluable resplendent scripture containing all Hari-katha and Hari-kirtan that fill the entire land of Nadia during this special time of Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama.

(You can also download or read online Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur's Sri Nabadwip Dham Mahatmya, published earlier from our Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.)

 


 

Chapter Eleven: Sri Sri Koladwip, Sri Samudragad, Sri Champa Hatta
"Who can describe the glories of this place? It is not a holy place that is now simply a dry river. All souls who give up their life in the water, on the earth, or in the air here attain Sri Goloka Vrindavan."

At Sri Buroraj Siva's Temple
"Please listen to the glories of this holy place. This island is famous as Kuliya Hill because it is situated on a mountain-like elevation on the bank of the Ganges. Scriptures describe this Kuliya Town as Koladwip. Many things took place on this island..."
Download / listen to audio (4.5 Mb, 10 min | Bengali)

At Sri Jagannath Das Babaji Maharaj's Samadhi (1)
"It is written in Puranas that holy places can purify you, but it will cheat you out of devotion. You will not get devotion by putting water on your heads. Devotion comes from the dust from the holy feet of Vaishnavs."
Download / listen to audio (3.1 Mb, 7 min | Bengali)

At Sri Jagannath Das Babaji Maharaj's Samadhi (2)
"When the scriptures and saints say something, it is necessary to believe it without any hesitation. Whom did Srimati Radharani choose, Her family or Shyama (the Lord)? She chose the Lord. You must think whom you will choose, your family or the Lord. You must choose Krishna and give up everything else."
Download / listen to full class (3.8 Mb, 8 min | Bengali)

At Sri Jagannath Das Babaji Maharaj's Samadhi (3)
"If you look at our guru-parampara photographs, you will see that the last photograph is that of Srila Jagannath Das Babaji Maharaj (we give 'jay' to him every day). Please listen to the description of his life. We must glorify Vaishnavs—the more we glorify them, the purer our hearts will be."
Download / listen to full class (1.5 Mb, 4 min | Bengali)

At Sri Jagannath Das Babaji Maharaj's Samadhi (4)
"Srila Jagannath Das Babaji Maharaj is a very famous personality. He came to Nabadwip from Vrindavan, and he lived his spiritual life in a very strict way—he practised Krishna consciousness properly."
Download / listen to audio (2.9 Mb, 6 min | Bengali)

 

In honour of Srila Madhavendra Puripad:

Sri Madhavendra Puripad: One of a Kind
"Today is the festival in honour of Srila Madhavendra Puri's disappearance. We have got this opportunity today to hear about his disappearance. There is no one in this world who is as fortunate as Madhavendra Puri."
Download / listen to the audio (1.4 Mb, 4 min | Bengali)

Internal and External Struggles
"There must be no attachment; but there must be knowledge of the relationship that everything in this world belongs to Madhava—everything is His property, His wealth. Those who are possessed by envy and jealousy practise a false life, but we pray to the Lord that we can tolerate all unhappiness, all austerities, all suffering."
Download / listen to the audio (3.8 Mb, 9 min | Bengali)

Defining Disciples' Destiny
"In this external world, we have birth and death, but Vaishnavs are neither born, nor do they die. On account of their devotion and devotional practice, they can exceed the lifetime allotted to them by the Lord: through their devotion, by the blessing and mercy of the Lord they can exceed their allotted lifetime."
Download / listen to the audio (1.7 Mb, 4 min | Bengali)

Srila Madhavendra Puri's Purity
"Srila Madhavendra Puripad said, 'I know Krishna has bestowed His mercy on me because He has given me the association of Nityananda. Wherever Nityananda's association is found, that place is most sacred and completely transcendental.'"
Download / listen to the audio (1.4 Mb, 4 min | Bengali)

Sri Madhavendra Puripad
"Every year on the second day of the parikrama we celebrate this day—Sri Madhavendra Puripad's disappearance festival. Actually, Srila Madhavendra Puripad is the root of the wish-fulfilling tree of devotion..."
Download / listen to the audio (4 Mb, 11 min | 2 March 2015)

Loving Search for the Lost Servant
"When will you come to Me? When will you come to serve Me?"—the Lord goes to the extremes waiting for us to come to Him, so why is it that we still cannot come to Him?
Download / listen to the audio (3 Mb | 6 October 2010)

Srila Madhavendra Puripad: The Sprout of Love Divine
From Affectionate Guidance: "Today is a most auspicious day—the holy Disappearance Day of Srila Madhavendra Puripad. The sprout of divine love for Krishna (Krishna-premankur) appeared in this world in the form of Srila Madhavendra Puri. Mahaprabhu and Nityananda Prabhu glorified Srila Madhavendra Puri so much. Nityananda Prabhu and Advaita Prabhu were disciples of Srila Madhavendra Puri..."

 

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

 

Fri, 22 March 2024 (Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama: Day Three; paran is 5:43:44–5:45:45)

Samudrasen's Trick
'When King Samudrasen saw Lord Krishna, he was very happy and began to cry. He prayed to the Lord to see His Nabadwip pastimes and he got the darshan of Mahaprahbu's pastimes. After that, the Lord disappeared....'
Download / listen to the audio (9 Mb, 18 min | 19 March 2019 | Bengali)

 

In Honour of
Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama

"jaya navadvipa-dhama sarva-dhama-sara
jaya navadvipa-basi gaura-paribara
navadvipa sama dhama nahi tri-bhuvane"

'Glory to Nabadwip Dham, the quintessence of all abodes! Glory to the residents of Nabadwip and all holy family of Gaura! There is no other abode in the whole three worlds that could compare to Nabadwip Dham!'

(Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur)


Sri Nabadwip Dham Mahatmya-Mukta-Mala (English) [PDF file, 25 Mb; New Revised Edition]

A very special holy scripture presented to this world by His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj to nourish all jiva souls and bring eternal memory of Sri Nabadwip Dham to our hearts. Realising his long-standing desire, His Divine Grace has left for us this invaluable resplendent scripture containing all Hari-katha and Hari-kirtan that fill the entire land of Nadia during this special time of Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama.

(You can also download or read online Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur's Sri Nabadwip Dham Mahatmya, published earlier from our Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.)

 


 

At Sri Suvarna Bihar
"In Satya-yuga, there lived a king named Sri Suvarna Sen in this place. He had so much deep material attachment that he was always busy with the affairs of his kingdom, and he did not stop even when he became old. Although a materialistic king, Suvarna Sen had some good habit...."
Download / listen to audio (4.9 Mb, 11 min | Bengali)

At Sri Surabhi Kunja
"Continuing our parikrama, we have now come to Sri Surabhi Kunja in Godrumdwip. At this place, having received by the mercy of Surabhi Cow an order to engage in the worship of Gaura, Markandeya Muni took shelter in pure devotion. Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur built this Surabhi Kunja house in 1888, and it was from here that he started Sri Nama-hatta...."
Download / listen to audio (8.9 Mb, 19 min | Bengali)

At Sri Svananda Sukhada Kunja (1)
"In Vrindavan, on the bank of Sri Radha Kunda, there is Srila Prabhupad's bhajan-kutir, it is also called Svananda Sukhada Kunja. We have come here by a great fortune. This is Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur's samadhi mandir and bhajan-kutir."
Download / listen to audio (3.4 Mb, 7 min | Bengali)

At Sri Svananda Sukhada Kunja (2)
"Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur's writing is very beautiful. If you read his Jaiva Dharma and various songs, you can understand it. There are many external descriptions of Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur's life and work, but he is not that."
Download / listen to audio (9.2 Mb, 19 min | Bengali)

At Sri Hari-Hara Ksetra
"We have come here, Sri Hari-Hara Ksetra, as a result of a great fortune. Hari-Hara means the Lord united with Lord Siva. You have seen the Deity here: one side is black and the other side is white. I will tell you why it is like this."
Download / listen to audio (8.3 Mb, 18 min | Bengali)

 

Sat, 23 March 2024 (Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama: Day Four)

At Sri Chapahati
'Continuing our parikrama, we have come to Ritudwip. This place here is known as Chapahati, or Champahati. All six seasons (spring, summer, monsoon, autumn, late autumn, winter) exist here all together. A brahman called Dvija Vaninath lived here...'
Download / listen to the audio (6.3 Mb, 13 min | 19 March 2019 | Bengali)

 

In Honour of
Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama

"jaya navadvipa-dhama sarva-dhama-sara
jaya navadvipa-basi gaura-paribara
navadvipa sama dhama nahi tri-bhuvane"

'Glory to Nabadwip Dham, the quintessence of all abodes! Glory to the residents of Nabadwip and all holy family of Gaura! There is no other abode in the whole three worlds that could compare to Nabadwip Dham!'

(Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur)


Sri Nabadwip Dham Mahatmya-Mukta-Mala (English) [PDF file, 25 Mb; New Revised Edition]

A very special holy scripture presented to this world by His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj to nourish all jiva souls and bring eternal memory of Sri Nabadwip Dham to our hearts. Realising his long-standing desire, His Divine Grace has left for us this invaluable resplendent scripture containing all Hari-katha and Hari-kirtan that fill the entire land of Nadia during this special time of Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama.

(You can also download or read online Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur's Sri Nabadwip Dham Mahatmya, published earlier from our Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.)

 


 

At Sri Samudragad
"In ancient times, a king called Raja Samudrasen lived in this place, and this is how the place got its name. It is our greatest fortune that we are doing this parikrama today in the association of all the devotees and that we have got an opportunity to hear the glories of Sri Nabadwip Dham. If you keep faith in the devotees of the Lord, the Lord will certainly bestow His mercy on you."
Download / listen to audio (7.3 Mb, 16 min | Bengali)

At Sri Champahati
"The place here we have come to is called Champahati. There was a champaka flower garden here, and Srimati Radharani would come here every day and collect flowers for Lord Govinda. This temple of Sri Sri Gaura-Gadadhar was later established by Sri Dvija Vaninath Prabhu, an associate of Mahaprabhu."
Download / listen to audio (14.5 Mb, 31 min | Bengali)

At Sri Vidyanagar (1)
"You are struggling so much, walking all the way, but if your mind is not fixed on the holy place, then what benefit will you get? You come empty and then will go back empty too. When there is sadhu-sanga going on, you must listen to it."
Download / listen to audio (6.4 Mb, 14 min | Bengali)

At Sri Vidyanagar (2)
"Many people think that Mahaprabhu learned knowledge (vidya) in Vidyanagar. This is not so. Mahaprabhu never studied in Vidyanagar. He studied in Ganganagar. Vidyanagar is the place where all branches of knowledge appeared in this world."
Download / listen to audio (10.5 Mb, 9 min | Bengali)

At Sri Sarvabhauma Gaudiya Math
"Continuing our parikrama, we have come to Sri Sarvabhauma Gaudiya, which is the house and the birthplace of Srila Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya. In Kali-yuga, Brihaspati, the guru of all demigods, comes to this world as Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya..."
Download / listen to audio (15.8 Mb, 34 min | Bengali)

At Sri Mamgachi (1)
"Passing Sri Jahnudwip on our way, we have now come to the birthplace of Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur in Sri Modadrumdwip. Every year, we complete our parikrama here. We did not stop in Jahan Nagar this time because it is very hot, so I will speak about Jahnudwip here."
Download / listen to audio (3.6 Mb, 8 min | Bengali)

At Sri Mamgachi (2)
"After Sri Jahnudwip, we came to Sri Modadrumdwip (Mamgachi). So, we should speak also about the glories of this island. This island is non-different from Ayodhya. When Lord Rama lived in the forest together with Laksman and Sita Devi, they came here and, constructing a small cottage under a banyan tree, lived here for some time."
Download / listen to audio (2.6 Mb, 6 min | Bengali)

At Sri Mamgachi (3)
"At the temple of Saranga Murari, there lived a brahman and a great devotee called Saranga Thakur who served Sri Sri Radha Gopinath Deities. He served the Deities for a long time and eventually grew very old..."
Download / listen to audio (5.5 Mb, 12 min | Bengali & Kirtan)

At Sri Mamgachi (4)
"We have come to the temple (sripat) of Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur, who composed Sri Chaitanya-bhagavata. Srila Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami said that Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur is the Vyasa of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's pastimes."
Download / listen to audio (3.8 Mb, 8 min | Bengali)

 

Sun, 24 March 2024 (Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama: Day Five; Sri Gaura Purnima Adhivas)

At Sri Vidyanagar
'The place we have come is known as Saradapith (an abode of Saraswati Devi). All rishis and munis took shelter of avidya (ignorance) here. 'Avidya' means everything that is not transcendental knowledge (para-vidya), not devotional line...'
Download / listen to the audio (3.9 Mb, 8 min | 19 March 2019 | Bengali)

 

In Honour of
Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama

"jaya navadvipa-dhama sarva-dhama-sara
jaya navadvipa-basi gaura-paribara
navadvipa sama dhama nahi tri-bhuvane"

'Glory to Nabadwip Dham, the quintessence of all abodes! Glory to the residents of Nabadwip and all holy family of Gaura! There is no other abode in the whole three worlds that could compare to Nabadwip Dham!'

(Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur)


Sri Nabadwip Dham Mahatmya-Mukta-Mala (English) [PDF file, 25 Mb; New Revised Edition]

A very special holy scripture presented to this world by His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj to nourish all jiva souls and bring eternal memory of Sri Nabadwip Dham to our hearts. Realising his long-standing desire, His Divine Grace has left for us this invaluable resplendent scripture containing all Hari-katha and Hari-kirtan that fill the entire land of Nadia during this special time of Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama.

(You can also download or read online Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur's Sri Nabadwip Dham Mahatmya, published earlier from our Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.)

 


 

Chapter Six: Visiting Sri Ganga Nagar, Sri Prthu Kunda, Sri Simantadwip, Sri Visram Sthan, and Other Places
"The next day in the morning, Nityananda Prabhu left the Temple with Srivas and Sri Jiva. Ramadas and other devotees accompanied them, and they chanted the Name of Gaura as they walked."

At Sri Rudradwip
"Between Sri Antardwip and Sri Simantadwip (to the north-west), there lies one more enchanting island called Sri Rudradwip. We used to come here every year before, but we have not visited this place for many past years — we did not have that kind of sukrti. This year, we have got the fortune to come here again by the mercy of Sri Gurupadpama."
Download / listen to full class (5.2 Mb, 11 min | Bengali)

 


 

Sri Gaura Purnima Adhivas. Hari-katha spoken by His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj on the eve of the divine appearance day of Lord Gaurasundar:

YEAR 2016

My Grief
"Today, by the mercy of Sri Gurupadpadma, by the mercy of Gaura Hari, you have successfully, beautifully and without any obtacles completed Sri Nabadwip Dham parikrama. It is a very happy, joyful day, but at the same time it is also a sorrowful day..."

Who Will Understand This?
"This relationship is not a two-day connection, this connection is not just to take initiation and go away, no. You must not only think like this, but you must understand it. What is the love of Guru? What do you receive from your Guru? You must always think about it."

Adopting the Process
"In this place (Koladwip) the process is pada-sevanam (serving the feet). It is necessary to practise this, and it is necessary to keep this in your heart. Who can give you the Lord? You cannot get the Lord through karma, yoga, or jnana."

Exclusive Line—Exclusive Dedication
"You must worship and serve the Lord, you must worship and serve your Guru. As long as you are alive you must come for this Nabadwip Dham parikrama. In this way you will get a relationship with the Lord. Be fixed and sincere in your practice and service."

 

YEAR 2020

 

Be Studious, Be Serious
"Engage in eternal service, eternal practice of Krishna consciousness. The more you go towards Maya, towards material life, the more suffering and misery you will get from Maya. Do not see Gurudev as an object of enjoyment instead of serving him. Do not see the things that are meant for the service to the Lord as objects for your enjoyment."
Download / listen to the audio (2.7 Mb, 7 min | 8 March 2020 | Bengali)

Tolerate and Manage
"It is necessary to tolerate so many things and to have so much patience. When you have a body, you have to struggle and suffer—everyone struggles with their bodies in various ways and then leaves..."
Download / listen to the audio (1.2 Mb, 3 min | 8 March 2020 | Bengali)

Be Strict and Straight In Your Behaviour
"You put tilaks, chant the Holy Name on the beads, but be careful, make sure you do not behave in such a way that somebody can see your behaviour and say that you are doing wrong. At least, keep looking at your Guru's face—you must think, 'If I do something wrong, it will tarnish my Guru's name.' Always be careful with your behaviour. 'Sadhu' means 'sat', they will always live a pure (sat) live. Always try to live a clean, pure life."
Download / listen to the audio (3.1 Mb, 8 min | 8 March 2020 | Bengali)

Niskam Bhakti
"Call out to Gurudev in your heart. It is not necessary to say anything out loud. If you come to tell this to me in front of everyone, it means you want everyone to know it. Most of the time, instead of Krishna consciousness people put on a show and pretend, but unconditional service is not the same as conditional service."
Download / listen to the audio (1.6 Mb, 4 min | 8 March 2020 | Bengali)

 

YEAR 2021

 

Association and Chastity
"What did Gurudev tell? He said: you must associate with those who are more senior than you are, you must observe and learn from those who have brought you to this line. Do you think you can become a sadhu just by dressing as one?"
Download / listen to the audio (3 Mb, 7 min | 27 March 2021 | Bengali)

Service Formula
"There are only twenty-four hours in a day. Where do we find time for other things? Those who practise Krishna consciousness chant the Holy Name, have so many things to do. Where is there time for prajalpa (idle talks and gossiping)? Always think about your own spiritual life—think how you are practising Krishna consciousness."
Download / listen to the audio (3.4 Mb, 8 min | 27 March 2021 | Bengali)

Serve with Loving Care
"You must be very careful that Deities do not become a burden and that you do not harass the Deities. You must serve Deities with faith. Serve the Lord dedicating all your mind, heart, soul, everything to the service."
Download / listen to the audio (1.5 Mb, 4 min | 27 March 2021 | Bengali)

No Pain, No Gain
"People are so attached to their material things. Engrossed in the material world, we are so deeply attached to the material things that we cannot give our mind to the service of the Lord even for seven days."
Download / listen to the audio (2.6 Mb, 7 min | 27 March 2021 | Bengali)

Accepting the Rules
"If you only want to take initiation and then go back home and live as before, it will not do. You take initiation, then go back home and do not keep any connection with your Guru—there is no news about you for one-two years. I do not want your money, wealth, cars, houses, etc.—you must give your heart, your soul."
Download / listen to the audio (2.5 Mb, 6 min | 27 March 2021 | Bengali)

Plausible Priority
"We must take Krishna consciousness seriously. You come to Gurudev, take the beads and go away thinking you have become a sadhu—this is wrong.It is necessary to give priority to what your Guru says, and it is necessary to understand where the priority lies."
Download / listen to the audio (1.4 Mb, 4 min | 27 March 2021 | Bengali)

Guru-Pada-Asraya
"The root of devotion to the Lord is guru-pada-asraya. It is necessary to take shelter at the holy lotus feet of bona fide Sri Guru who exists within the current of the guru-parampara, who holds Sri Rupanuga line and the authentic conclusions of devotional teaching."
Download / listen to the audio (2 Mb, 5 min | 27 March 2021 | Bengali)

Priceless Wealth
"We also had much pride and ego at first—we were first in class, studied very well; but when we came to the lotus feet of Gurudev, seeing his vast knowledge we said, 'In front of him, I am just a baby.'"
Download / listen to the audio (1.4 Mb, 4 min | 27 March 2021 | Bengali)

Temporal Distortions
"I have been talking for so many days, does anyone have any questions in the meantime? First become surrendered, then you can ask questions. One does not become surrendered just by paying a sastanga-dandavat..."
Download / listen to the audio (2.1 Mb, 5 min | 27 March 2021 | Bengali)

Where Chaste Ones Never Tread
"It is necessary to listen to what Gurudev says. You cannot live following your mind. First, I must learn from my Gurudev what Gurudev says, what is Gurudev's line, then only can I try to say anything to others. It is not so easy."
Download / listen to the audio (2.9 Mb, 7 min | 27 March 2021 | Bengali)

Do Not Get Mixed Up
"Srila Lochan Das Thakur says, 'I will not go to the place where there is no Nitai. I will not see the face of those who are against Nitai.' Nitai means Gurudev. We must not even see the face of those who are against Gurudev."
Download / listen to the audio (2.4 Mb, 6 min | 27 March 2021 | Bengali)

 


 

Two special kirtans chanted at moonrise on the day of Sri Gaura Purnima (tomorrow):

Sri Sri Gaurasundarer Avirbhav Vasare
"Why has the Golden Sun appear today of all days clad in saffron garb? Why has exquisitely beautiful spring poured into this otherwise void world? Why have all the trees, shrubs, and creepers swell with beauty at this astonishing news? Why do bees and birds reel in joy like this, raising waves of their music?"
Download / listen to the audio (2.7 Mb, 7 min)

Sri Gaura Purnima kirtan
"By His causeless mercy the full moon, Gaurahari, rose in the district of Nadia, which is compared to Udayagiri, where the sun first becomes visible. His rising in the sky dissipated the darkness of sinful life, and thus the three worlds became joyful and chanted the holy name of the Lord."
Download / listen to the audio (11.5 Mb, 34 min)

 

Mon, 25 March 2024 (Divine Appearance of Lord Gaurasundar; fast until moonrise, then anukalpa)

Acquire Transcendental Vision
'Many say, "I have understood gurudev, I know gurudev!" but the glories of Sri Guru are sung by all Vedas – only those whom Sri Gurupadpadma has given his mercy can know his glory. You can never understand the transcendental, supramundane glory of Sri Guru with your fleshy body and fleshy eyes.'
Download / listen to the audio (53.2 Mb, 104 min | 21 March 2019 | Bengali)

 

Appearance of Sri Gaura
'The pious land of India, bearing the holy footprints of the holy Lord and His devotees, is the land of religion on this earth. Among the seven cities within India that can grant liberation, there is Sri Mayapur that is situated within Sri Dham Nabadwip, which is non-different from Sri Mathura Mandala. Sri Mayapur is situated in the centre of Sri Nabadwip Dham, that is why it is called "antar-dvip" ("inner island"). In this Antardwip, there lived Sri Jagannath Misra, a greatest scholar and a shelter of pure goodness and nobility...'

 

 

Two special kirtans chanted at moonrise on the day of Sri Gaura Purnima:

Sri Sri Gaurasundarer Avirbhav Vasare
"Why has the Golden Sun appear today of all days clad in saffron garb? Why has exquisitely beautiful spring poured into this otherwise void world? Why have all the trees, shrubs, and creepers swell with beauty at this astonishing news? Why do bees and birds reel in joy like this, raising waves of their music?"
Download / listen to the audio (2.7 Mb, 7 min)

Sri Gaura Purnima kirtan
"By His causeless mercy the full moon, Gaurahari, rose in the district of Nadia, which is compared to Udayagiri, where the sun first becomes visible. His rising in the sky dissipated the darkness of sinful life, and thus the three worlds became joyful and chanted the holy name of the Lord."
Download / listen to the audio (11.5 Mb, 34 min)

 

Sri Gaura Purnima Maha-mahotsav. Hari-katha spoken by His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj on the divine appearance day of Lord Gaurasundar:

 

YEAR 2015

 

Sri Gaura Purnima Programmes
Morning (kirtans, Bengali)
Kirtans: Vandana • Samsara davanala • Sri Krishna Chaitanya Prabhu jive daya kari' (Tilak Krishna Prabhu) • Bhaja re bhajare amar (Rama Krishna Prabhu of Uluberia) • Thakura Vaishnava gana • Nitai guna mani • Emona durmati samsara bhitare • Gaya Gora madhur svare.
Class: The glory of Hari Nam sankirtan and rarity of this life (not to waste time) • "I pray at your feet: think about Gauranga, think about Gaurahari, and think about the festival of Gaurahari" • Magnanimity of Mahaprabhu.
Download (24 Mb, 68 min)

Noon
Far but Near
"Without his mercy we cannot be present here. Every year we think we will join this festival next year, but only Krishna knows whether we can join or not. Only by the mercy of Gurudev, by the mercy of Mahaprabhu can we be here."
Download / listen to the audio (1 Mb, 4 min)

The Gift of Guru
"If Gurudev had not come, who would have been able to tell us about the glories of Gauranga?"
Download / listen to the audio (0.5 Mb, 2 min)

Stay On Board
The key how not to find yourself thrown off the board: take in the Captain's instructions and stay on board without discriminating against the members of the family.
Download / listen to the audio (1.5 Mb, 5 min)

 

YEAR 2017

 

Division Is Wrong Vision
"'He is my disciple,' 'He is not my disciple, I will not give class to him,' 'You must not go to his class because you are my disciple'—these kinds of things are not good at all for our spiritual life. We must realise what Gurudev's conception is and follow that."
Download / listen to the audio (1.9 Mb, 6 min)

Understanding Mercy
"Mahaprabhu said, 'Be humbler than a blade of grass,' but He was also angry with Madhai, and Nityananda Prabhu gave mercy to him, but at another time Nityananda Prabhu kicked Sivananda Sen's head. Chastising does not mean that Gurudev does not like you."
Download / listen to the audio (1.6 Mb, 5 min)

Service Pastimes
"I know Gurudev is giving me strength, this is how I am doing it. Also, all the devotees have love and affection for me, so many letters are coming from them—my health is not strong, but due to this mentally I am becoming very strong."
Download / listen to the audio (1.7 Mb, 5 min)

Protecting Purity of Conception
"Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Srila Prabhupad gave us some conception, some message, but maya always attacks us. If you listen to your Guru properly, if you serve your Guru properly, then you can easily understand everything. That is good for you."
Download / listen to the audio (3.2 Mb, 10 min | Incl. kirtan)

Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math Family Reunion
"Devotees came for the parikrama from so many different countries, from every village and every corner this year, and we are very happy with that. We want to show that we are together, that we are not breaking our unity."
Download / listen to the audio (4.4 Mb, 12 min)

Power of Good Association
"You must see the sadhu with your ears. Every day you sing, 'Ramachandra-sanga mage Narottama Dasa: Narottam Das prays for the association of Ramachandra Kaviraj.' What does this mean? Why does Narottam Das always ask for the association of Ramachandra?"
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YEAR 2018

 

Sri Gaura Purnima Festival: Miraculous and Marvellous
"I believe that wherever I go, devotees will always stay with me. If I can make my Gurudev happy, that is sufficient for me. If, by the mercy of Guru, Vaishnavs, by the mercy of devotees, I die serving devotees—if I can give even one drop of blood for the devotees—that is my happiness."
Download / listen to the audio (4.5 Mb, 14 min | Bengali and English)

 

YEAR 2019

 

My Happiness
"Despite everything, you are still following Gurudev's instruction. It my great happiness that we can go on this parikrama together, that we can celebrate Sri Gaura Purnima festival together. That is happiness for me."
Download / listen to the audio (1 Mb, 3 min)

My Hope
"When all the devotees are with us, when all the devotees' mercy is with us, we have nothing to worry about. I promise to all of you that as long as I am alive I will not run away. We hope that by Srila Gurudev's mercy, this problem will be solved soon and it will be overcome."
Download / listen to the audio (1.5 Mb, 5 min)

Birds of Feather Flock Together
"You can see also now that all those who are Gurudev's enemies—who were rejected by Gurudev, who Gurudev got pain from, all those who were ousted have now come together. It is their karma and they will get the result for that."
Download / listen to the audio (1.6 Mb, 5 min)

 

YEAR 2021

 

Sri Gaura Purnima Address (1)
"Actually, there is something I want to tell you all. You think you are taking care of your family, but I am also your family member—you must come here and take care of the temples. Keep connection with your Guru. I want your mercy, I want your assistance."
Download / listen to the audio (2.8 Mb, 7 min)

Sri Gaura Purnima Address (2)
"You have taken initiation, and you must now take care of the devotional seed properly. When you take initiation from your Guru, you enter a relationship with him, and you must maintain that relationship; otherwise all relationship will be gone."
Download / listen to the audio (3 Mb, 7 min)

 

Tue, 26 March 2024 (Sri Jagannath Mishra's Anandotsav; purnima paran at 5:39:46–9:41:36)

Emerging from Visaya
'"I am practising Krishna consciousness so much, but why is the Lord giving me so much unhappiness and pain?" We commit so many sins and we think, "Why does the Lord make me do all these sins?" If you want to find answers to all these questions, you must read holy books.'
Download / listen to the audio (53.2 Mb, 104 min | 21 March 2019 | Bengali)

 

 

Hari-katha spoken by His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj on this day:

 

YEAR 2012

 

Come to your home
"You have to be chaste, have to be clear. Take Gurudev's boat, and one day that boat will take you to Vrindavan. You have to believe that."

Remember Where You Belong To
"You must promise me now that if you go back to your home, you will serve the Guru, Vaishnavs, Bhagavan, that you will practise properly. Do not go back to the mundane world, do not go back to the attachment with the family life."
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YEAR 2013

 

Setting on the Right Track (1)
Lecture delivered at Sri Jagannath Mishra's Anandotsav in 2013: "We can realise it ourselves: how much can we proceed in our spiritual life and why did we come to Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math? Again and again we do Nabadwip Dham Parikrama, but how much can we use ourselves for the service to the Guru, Vaishnavs, and Bhagavan?"
Download / listen to the audio (6.1 Mb, 20 min | 28 March 2013)

Setting on the Right Track (2)
Lecture delivered at Sri Jagannath Mishra's Anandotsav in 2013, part two: "I am praying to you all that you do not forget your service to your Guru, to the Vaishnavs, Bhagavan. I am bowing at your lotus feet: if you serve my Guru, I will serve you my whole life; if you serve my Guru, I will sacrifice my life to serve you."
Download / listen to the audio (5 Mb, 15 min)

 

YEAR 2017

 

Jagannath Misra's Festival: Serving and Honouring Devotees (1)
"We are very happy today because we are going to celebrate the festival of Jagannath Misra's ananda-mahotsav. Today we are also making a special festival for our best friend Sripad Yudhamanyu Prabhu Seva Vikram..."
Download / listen to the audio (2.6 Mb, 8 min | 13 March 2017)

Jagannath Misra's Festival: Serving and Honouring Devotees (2)
"We are going to celebrate, but this celebration is not for our own happiness, it is for the happiness of the devotees, for the happiness of the Vaishnav Thakur. This is the main thing."
Download / listen to the audio (2.4 Mb, 7 min)

Mahaprabhu's Pastimes with Jagadananda Pandit
"When Sriman Mahaprabhu took sannyas, He followed all rules and regulations very strictly, but you have heard that Jagadananda Pandit always wanted to control Him..."
Download / listen to the audio (6.3 Mb, 19 min | Incl. kirtan)

 

YEAR 2018

 

Great Fortune
"I think you are not ordinary souls. In this world there are millions of millions of people, there are so many big wealthy people, so many people who have a very big position in the country, but none of them are as fortunate as you are."
Download / listen to the audio (2.2 Mb, 7 min | 3 March 2018)

Modern Milieu
"All over the world almost everybody runs behind money, runs behind property, gold, wealth. How many fortunate people are there who come to pure Krishna consciousness? The whole world is covered by the illusory environment, Kali Maharaj."
Download / listen to the audio (1.3 Mb, 4 min | 3 March 2018)

"I Pray You Can Come"
"I am very glad that you come every year, and that every year you make the effort thinking, 'How can I come for the parikrama every year?' You are all in my heart, there is no doubt about it because we all come from the same family."
Download / listen to the audio (1 Mb, 3 min | 3 March 2018)

 

YEAR 2020

 

Run from Maya, not from Home
'Guru Maharaj often said that foreign devotees have one advantage: they do not have so much attachment to their family, but Bengali devotees are very attached to their families. People do not have faith that the Lord will protect everything....'

Challenging Choice
'If you make a step towards Maya, she will catch you by your legs and pull you away to the prison-house. But if you make a step towards the Lord, the Lord will take you to the path of devotion and bring you to His own abode. Now you can choose – will you go towards Maya or towards the Lord?'

Always Keep in Touch
'Do not cheat me! I have entered into some relationship with you. You have done this parikrama for several days, and we have formed some relationship, so please keep in touch – phone me, write me letters or emails, try to find out how I am – so that this relationship does not break.'

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

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

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

 

Wed, 27 March 2024

Future Is Now
'There is some method how you can attain the highest destination. This method is constant chanting of the Holy Name. You must practise spiritual life all the time. You must think about Krishna all the time. "How can I serve Krishna? How can I come to the holy abode of the Lord? What will happen to me after I leave this body?"'
Download / listen to the audio (53.2 Mb, 104 min | 21 March 2019 | Bengali)

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.'

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

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

 

 

 

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Thu, 28 March 2024

Learn and Practise
'You can come to the temple and learn properly all the rules and practices. It is necessary to learn these things. If you want to preach, you must practise what you preach. Practising means you must listen to what your gurudev says and live following his instruction. If you do not follow gurudev's words, nobody will listen to you.'
Download / listen to the audio (53.2 Mb, 104 min | 21 March 2019 | Bengali)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

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

 

Fri, 29 March 2024

Scriptural Evidence of Mahaprabhu's Advent
'There is much evidence in various places, beginning from Mahabharata and Srimad Bhagavatam, that the Supreme Lord (Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu) comes in the Age of Kali. If we see those sources, we can understand that the Supreme Personality of Godhead personally makes His advent in Kali-yuga.'
Download / listen to the audio (53.2 Mb, 104 min | 21 March 2019 | Bengali)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

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

 

Sat, 30 March 2024 (Anniversary Festival at Sri Hapaniya Dham)

Mahaprabhu's Esoteric Nature
'Why is the Lord called Triyuga? In various ages, the Lord appears in various forms and colours, but this does not happen in Kali-yuga: the Lord manifests Himself as a hidden incarnation in Kali-yuga. He comes secretly as a devotee.'
Download / listen to the audio (53.2 Mb, 104 min | 21 March 2019 | Bengali)

 


Today in the calendar: Krishna Panchami. Manifestation Anniversary of Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Radha Gopinath jiu at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Asram in Sripat Hapaniya Dham and Pancham Dol festival. Appearance (avirbhav) of Tridandi-swami Srimad Bhakti Sharan Shanta Maharaj.

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

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

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

 


 

In honour of Sripat Hapaniya Dham:

 


Sri-gaura-mandala majhe | শ্রীগুর্ব্বাবির্ভাব প্রশস্তি
"In Sri Gaura Mandal, there is a village called Hapaniya where my Lord, an abode of all good qualities, appeared. It stands on the bank of the Ganga, who is very merciful to the fallen souls; renowned in the whole world, this abode is a holy repository of knowledge and jewels of logic."

Sripat Hapaniya Dham: parikrama kirtan
Recording of the kirtan during the parikrama of Sripat Hapaniya Dham Temple, led by His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj.
Download / listen to the audio (4.7 Mb, 14 min | 6 March 2018)

Sripat Hapaniya Dham: kirtans
• Sri guru charana • Sri Krishna Chaitanya Prabhu daya koro • Ohe Vaishnava Thakura dayara sagara • Nitai pada kamala • Emona Durmati • Gopinath (song 1) • Jaya Guru Maharaj • Sujanarvuda-radhita • Sri Gaura Mandala majhe • Jaya Radha Madhava.
Download / listen to the audio (20.2 Mb, 59 min | 6 March 2018)

Kirtan at Sripat Hapaniya Dham
• Ki rupe paiba seva • Gopinath, mama nivedana suna.
Download / listen to the audio (6.1 Mb, 15 min | 2 April 2021 | Bengali)

 

Sripat Hapaniya Dham: Highest Place
"Today is the pancham dol and it also the appearance day of Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Radha Gopinathjiu. This is a highest place and we must give respect to this place, Sripat Hapaniya Dham."
Download / listen to the audio (3.3 Mb, 10 min | 17 March 2017)

Sripat Hapaniya Dham
"We come here to pay obeisance to Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj because he is not an ordinary person. We come and pray to his family, we pay obeisance to them and beg them for mercy. That is why we come here."
Download / listen to the audio (6.4 Mb, 19 min | 28 March 2016)

A Day at Hapaniya [From Affectionate Guidance]
"Today we have very happily come to Sripat Hapaniya Dham. Our destination is Goloka, even if we may not know where Goloka is. However, we must know that the abode of Goloka has personally become manifest in this world as the abode of the Divine Master, the residence of the devotees and the Temple where the Deities are worshipped."

Remembering Srila Guru Maharaj (1)
"As each year, we have come today to the holy appearance place of Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj in Sri Hapaniya Dham, and our Gurudev made this beautiful Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Ashram in this place..."
Download / listen to the audio (1.2 Mb, 3 min | 2 April 2021)

Remembering Srila Guru Maharaj (2)
"From his childhood, Srila Sridhar Maharaj had a renounced mentality. He would wake up early in the morning and go to take bath in the Ganges (you know how far the Ganges is from here, but he would walk all the way there every day)..."
Download / listen to the audio (1.8 Mb, 5 min | 2 April 2021)

Remembering Srila Guru Maharaj (3)
"Srila Sridhar Maharaj was a great speaker—nobody could defeat him in Hari-katha. Many great scholars and knowledge-seekers came to his lotus feet from all over India and also abroad..."
Download / listen to the audio (2.1 Mb, 5 min | 2 April 2021)

Remembering Srila Guru Maharaj (4)
"Srila Sridhar Maharaj had a very profound vision—he could see the future. He also had a strong common sense. When Srila Sridhar Maharaj purchased the land of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math in 1941, and he knew that this temple would grow very big."
Download / listen to the audio (7 Mb, 17 min | 2 April 2021)

 


 

Sri Hapaniya Dham
(10 March 2015 | 3 Mb)
Headed by His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj and the august Vaishnavs, devotees visit Sri Hapaniya Dham on the holy installation day of Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Radha Gopinath Jiu.

 

Sri Dham Nabadwip and Hapaniya: Last Festival
(24-28 March 2016 | 34 photographs, 3.1 Mb)
Sri Gaura Purnima festival has finished and the devotees, overflowing with gratitude and appreciation for the festival, return to their homes and householder practice taking the lotus feet of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj in their hearts. Today is Sri Panchami Dol and the Deity installation at Sri Hapaniya Dham, the worshippable birthplace of Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. His Divine Grace takes the devotees to Sri Hapaniya Dham to participate in the festival and we are sharing some photographs taken earlier during Sri Jagannath Mishra anadotsav and today at Sri Hapaniya Dham.

Festival at Sripat Hapaniya Dham
(17 March 2017 | 40 photographs, 2.6 Mb)
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Jagad Guru Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj is taking devotees to Sripat Hapaniya Dham, the holy birthplace of Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, to honour the installation anniversary day of Sri Sri Guru Radha Gopinath Deities.

Festival at Sripat Hapaniya Dham
(26 photographs, 1.5 Mb | 6 March 2018)
Sharing photographs from the annual festival in honour of the installation anniversary of Sripat Hapaniya Dham Deities, Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Radha Gopinath.

 

Festival at Sripat Hapaniya Dham
(25 March 2019 | 47 photographs, 2.8 Mb)
The final day of the grand annual festival at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math concludes at Sripat Hapaniya Dham, the birthplace of Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj takes devotees to Sripat Hapaniya Dham to honour the installation day of the presiding Deities at the temple.

Annual Maha-Mahotsav at Sripat Hapaniya Dham
(14 March 2020 | 44 photographs, 4 Mb)
Supremely fortunate devotees come to Sripat Hapaniya Dham, the holy birth place of Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, and observe the annual vigraha-pratistha festival in the shelter of the holy lotus feet of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj, Srila Bhakti Kusum Ashram Maharaj and other senior Vaishnavs.

Festival at Sri Hapaniya Dham
(2 April 2021 | 20 photographs, 1.4 Mb)
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj comes to Sripat Hapaniya Dham together with his associates to attend the annual festival commemorating the Deities' Installation at the supremely holy appearance place of Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. Due to the pandemic situation, the festival manifests in a quieter and a little more reserved form without the overwhelming crowds usual for this festival.

 

Sun, 31 March 2024

Attaining the Unattainable
'Intelligent people will give up bad association and keep good association. By listening to the guidance of sadhus, they will break off the bondage of material desires that oppose devotion.'
Download / listen to the audio (53.2 Mb, 104 min | 21 March 2019 | Bengali)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Service Aspiration
"Serving your Guru, serving the Lord is the main thing. I have already shown you how you can go to the spiritual world. Whether you get there or not does not depend upon your age or life duration—it only depends on your service, it depends on your heart."
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'If somebody speaks bad about you behind your back or in front of you, always ignore it, always go forward and do your service. If you do it in this way, you can progress in your spiritual life.'

 

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