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JUNE 2024

 

Sat, 1 June 2024

Help Yourself and Others
'We are not going to be in this world for a long time. People live here for sixty, seventy or eighty years, but even a mosquito that lives for fifteen days or a month thinks, "I will live a long time!" Some of us live sixty, eighty or even a hundred years, but no matter how long you live, this life is temporary.'
Download / listen to the audio (25 Mb, 50 min | 12 January 2019 | Bengali)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Perfect Time For Preaching
"It is necessary to practise. Always practise Krishna consciousness, always remember the Absolute. Everything has its proper time and it is necessary to do things in good time. In this world, people say that the young age is for enjoyment, but this is completely incorrect. If you do not try to preach and practise from your young age, what will become of you in your old age?"
Download / listen to the audio (2.3 Mb, 6 min | 20 December 2020)

 

 


Today in the calendar: Krishna Navami. Departure of Sripad Santos Krishna 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."


 

In honour of Sripad Santosh Krishna Das-Adhikari Prabhu:

"Many do not know about the service of late Sripad Santosh Krishna Prabhu and he himself also during his life often said that he had not been able to become even an insignificant servant of the Math; but seeing how strong was his attachment to the interest of the Math in the many small services he did, it puts us to shame now. He never once even saw the accounts of his material property; neither did he ever try to increase his wealth even by a cent; but it is inconceivable how much this person tried, with heart and soul, to collect and beg for the Math. Nobody ordered him, nobody encouraged him—he took care of the Math's various paraphernalia like an expert householder of his own accord, he would be always seen very busy with all kinds of works of the Math; at the same time, he never once gave anyone even a slightest hint of the service and works he was doing. Some of us help the Math's preaching with some money, etc., give physical labour, but if we do not see any mention about us in a newspaper column, at the preachers' assembly at a holy dham, or in an eulogy written by Sri Guru and Vaishnavs, then we decide, 'There is no use serving the Math. They are prejudiced. They do not praise me, do not give me 'jay', so I better rough it at home than waste time, money and life for the interest of the Math.' However, the great soul who we have mentioned before, gave so much money for the service of 'Jayasri', continuously toiling as a low menial worker—it is impossible to mention everything. However, he never once said anything that would give a slightest hint that he wanted to see his praise in a newspaper column or even more so to see his name included in the Math's Calendar; but we have seen that his effort to look after the interests of the Math was gradually making him great."

(Om Vishnupad Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj, Guidance, Volume 3)

 

On passing away of Sripad Santosh Prabhu
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj's written statement addressing the worldwide devotee community in relation to the passing away of Sripad Santosh Krishna Prabhu, written on 2 June 2016.

 

Photo Album: In Honour of Sripad Santosh Prabhu
(45 photographs, 5.3 Mb)
A dedicated photo album prepared in memory and honour of Sripad Santosh Krishna Prabhu whose glories devotees remember and worship today all over the world.

 

Gaudiya Darshan: The Wonderful Nature of the Vaisnava
"There is no doubt that our Guru is supreme in our life, but the Vaisnava is also not less than that. The Vaisnava can give us Krsna. Guru always lives on a higher level of honour, but the Vaisnava is the general helper for the conditioned soul. The Vaisnava's position is very merciful for the conditioned soul. The Vaisnavas also very affectionately try to help each other..." >>>

Prayers to Sri Vaishnav Thakur:

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Sun, 2 June 2024

Beyond Body and Bondage
'Just like other species, we are called humans, and we have some names that we are called by. But all this is the identity of the body – you get a name when you come to this world. What was your previous identity? You are a soul, so where was your soul before that and where will it go after this life? Have you ever thought about this?'
Download / listen to the audio (25 Mb, 50 min | 12 January 2019 | Bengali)

 


Пандит Гададхар Госвами (часть 2)
«Среди дорогих спутников Шри Гауранги Шри Гададхар Госвами занимает высочайшее положение. Молясь обрести бесценное сокровище влечения, или любви, которую поклоняющийся испытывает по отношению к объекту своего поклонения, преданные Гауры показывают результат и метод невообразимого поклонения (поклонение Шри Гауранге) в строгой приверженности Гададхару».


 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Preaching Plan and Programme
"I have been attending some programmes before Gurudev's appearance day and I will have more programmes after the festival. I want to make an assembly Sri Dham Pracharani Sobha dedicated to the preaching of the glorification of Sri Nabadwip Dham, guru-varga, as well as the glory and teachings of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. This is my view and my idea."
Download / listen to the audio (4 Mb, 10 min | 20 December 2020)

 

Mon, 3 June 2024 (Sri Apara Ekadasi)

Do Not Cheat Yourself
'Lord Siva said, "In this world, there are many gurus who come to steal your wealth, but there are very few gurus in this world who come to remove your three-fold misery." There are many gurus roaming this world, but if we can take shelter of a bona fide guru and practise Krishna consciousness under his guidance, we will get supreme benefit.'
Download / listen to the audio (25 Mb, 50 min | 12 January 2019 | Bengali)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Keep Yourself Busy With Service
"You may have seen something, but it is not necessary to broadcast these things. This is called gramya-katha and prajalpa. This is not good for any devotee. Actually, devotees are always busy with their service, when will they get time for all this? Do not waste your time on others' faults."
Download / listen to the audio (2.5 Mb, 6 min | 20 December 2020)

 

 


Today in the calendar: Krishna Dvadasi. Fast on Apara Ekadasi. Appearance of Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur.

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

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

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


 

In honour of Sri Chaitanya-Vyas Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur:

~ Pranam-mantra ~

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

Composed by Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur:

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

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

 

Prayers to Sri Vaishnav Thakur:

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

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

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

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

 


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)

Tue, 4 June 2024

Your Life, Your Escape
'The Lord sends food and all facilities for us. But if you take something without giving it to the Lord, then you will be stealing and eating – you will be eating sin. We pray, "Gurudev, Please hijack me, please take me out of this illusory world and let me join service to Lord Krishna!"'
Download / listen to the audio (25 Mb, 50 min | 12 January 2019 | Bengali)

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Practical Choice
"(1) We cannot stop our spiritual practice. Otherwise time will pass and our life will finish while we are waiting for all the problems to go away. (2) Gurudev always thinks in a practical way—the worship of Radha-Krishna is very high, but the worship of Nitai Gaurachandra is simpler."
Download / listen to the audio (2.8 Mb, 7 min | 20 December 2020)

 

Wed, 5 June 2024

Keep Internal Purity
'It is our great fortune to have come to all these gurus and to have taken shelter in them. It is impossible to come to Gauranga bypassing the guru. We must always think about this. If we cannot live holding this within our minds, we will not be able to attain anything.'
Download / listen to the audio (25 Mb, 50 min | 12 January 2019 | Bengali)

 


Шри Чайтанья Матх (часть 1)
«По милости Шри Гурупадпадмы мы пришли сейчас в Шри Чайтанья Матх, где жил и проповедовал гурудев нашего Парам Гуру Махарадж, Ом Вишнупад Бхагаван Шрила Бхактисиддханта Сарасвати Тхакур. По сей день его ученики и ученики его учеников продолжают проповедовать на этой планете о Господе, спасая такие падшие души, как мы».


 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Embody Proper Conception
"Devotees must be always humble, it is necessary for everyone. Learn to be humble, tolerant and to give honour to others from Mahaprabhu and Gurudev. You must apply all these things in your life. These are the main things in one's life."
Download / listen to the audio (3.1 Mb, 8 min | 20 December 2020)

 

Thu, 6 June 2024

Embrace Devotion to Lord Krishna
'I told you yesterday about santa-rasa, dasya-rasa devotion, the same things that Mahaprabhu told many times. If we look at what Mahaprabhu said, we will find that He rejected many lower stages, but when it came to santa-rasa, dasya-rasa and sakhya-rasa, He accepted it as real devotion.'
Download / listen to the audio (25 Mb, 50 min | 12 January 2019 | Bengali)

Soul's Svakiya and Parakiya (By Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj)
"Informal respect comes according to the gradation of His dispensation and according to the gradation of my acceptance of that higher light (my attainment of the goal). We may give somebody formal respect, but there can be informal recognition towards another person also (that is an absolute consideration)."

Do Not Despair
"Do not discourage yourself. Sometimes Krishna tests us to see how much we can tolerate. Practise properly, chant the Holy Name properly without offences, and one day you will conquer everything, do not worry."
Download / listen to the audio (1.4 Mb, 4 min | 16 July 2017)

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

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Real Relationship
"It is not necessary to become a great guru—we must become great disciples. If you worship the Lord understanding your relationship with Him, then your ego will be removed. We must understand that we are servants of devotees. When this relationship comes, your ego will be removed."
Download / listen to the audio (1.4 Mb, 4 min | 20 December 2020)

 

Fri, 7 June 2024

Know Where You Belong
'They say, "Become a devotee of Krishna!" but first learn to serve devotees of Krishna's devotees, then only can you think of being a devotee of Krishna. We are all servants, lowly menial servants, but we forget this and think that we have become devotees of Krishna!'
Download / listen to the audio (25 Mb, 50 min | 12 January 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 }—

Try to Forget
"How can I tell you it is easy to forget it. It is not easy. Even I cannot do that, then how will you do it? When somebody abuses you, it is not something you can forget. It is not that easy... But at least you can try."
Download / listen to the audio (1.4 Mb, 4 min | 20 December 2020)

 

 


Today in the calendar: Gaura Pratipad. Manifestation anniversary of Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Radha Madan-mohan jiu at Sri Chaitanya Saraswata Krishnanusilana Sangha, Dum Dum Park, Kolkata.

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."


 

Remembering Their Lordships Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Radha Madan-mohan jiu at Dum Dum Park, Kolkata:

jayatam suratau pangor mama manda-mater gati
mat-sarvasva-padambhojau radha-madana-mohanau

'All glory to the merciful Sri Sri Radha-Madan Mohan! Though I am lame and wicked, They are my sole shelter, and Their lotus feet are everything to me.'

'Srila Guru Maharaj commented, "I do not want to go into the jungle of Acharyyas, rather I will keep myself to myself, maybe in a thatched house, but that must be very clean and very quiet." And for that he made Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. Not only that but he did not want to make many maths, that was his desire. But I was very enthusiastic to do something for the devotees and he mercifully gave me the instruction, "Yes, you can do one in Calcutta as the devotees' transit station, and one you can do in Puri and one in Vrindavan."'
(Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, Affectionate Guidance)
...'We have assembled to celebrate the anniversary of the Deity installation and temple inauguration today. As some of you may have heard before, in Gurudev's time, there was a Deity of Mahaprabhu installed at our temple in Kolkata, and after some time Sri Sri Guru Gandharva Radha-Raman were installed. Because at present that service is not running properly, I have brought the Deities here—I have installed here these Deities and gave Them the name. I have 'taken' Dum Dum Park Deities to Tarakeshwar (Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Radha Madan-mohan), and Kaikhali Deities to this temple here in Bankura (Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gandharva Radha-Raman).'
(Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj, Loving Interaction)
'The Deity of Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Radha Madan-Mohan will live here in this temple [in Tarakeshwar]. Do you know who served Madan-Mohan? There are three deities in the Gaudiya Vaishnav line—Radha-Gopinath, Radha-Govinda, Radha-Mohan. Madan-Mohan was served in His Deity form by Sanatan Goswami. There was a Muslim emperor whose wife became jealous of the grand temples of Vrindavan, she could not tolerate it and told her husband to break them. The Jaipur King took the Deity and left for Jaipur. This Madan-Mohan Deity will be installed here in Tarakeswar on 26 February 2017.'
(Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj, Message of Guru, Vaishnavs)
'The Deity of sambandha is Madan-Mohan; the Deity of abhidheya is Govinda, and the Deity of prayojan is Gopinath. "Ei tina thakura gaudiyake kariyachena atmasat—these three Deities have captured the hearts of Gaudiya Vaisnavs." (Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, 1.1.19) You can see that there are these three Deities (Madan-Mohan, Govinda, and Gopinath) installed in most places.'
(Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj, Proper Recipient for Proper Taste)

 

Sat, 8 June 2024

Result of Sadhu-Sanga
'Getting sadhu-sanga does not mean to just be in close proximity to a sadhu; otherwise, mosquitos can be also staying close to a sadhu, but they are only disturbing and biting – this is not sadhu-sanga. Sadhu-sanga means hearing what the sadhu says and living your life following it.'
Download / listen to the audio (25 Mb, 50 min | 12 January 2019 | Bengali)

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

 

—{ Sri Gurupadpadma's Worldwide Address }—

Bound by Loving Service
"It is necessary to understand how one should serve their Guru. You will serve your Guru with much love and affection. They do not know how close the relationship between Gurudev and me was. Gurudev gradually started to depend on me—when he came to Nabadwip, he would always depend on me in everything, and he said, 'I am coming here only because I know I can come and you will take care of everything.'"
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'Krishna's devotees are always addicted to Krishna's service, not to arepa..'

 

A devotee always engages the jiva souls in the service to Krishna,
in the service to Guru. It is a devotee's nature.

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