For Lord Sri Balaram’s Appearance Day


Sri Balabhadra-stava-raja
The King of Prayers to Lord Balarama
>From Chp13, Sri Garga Samhita

Text 1

duryodhana uvaca

stotram sri-baladevasya
pradvipaka maha-mune
vada mam krpaya saksat
sarva-siddhi-pradayakam

Duryodhana said: O Pradvipaka, O great sage, please kindly tell me the prayer of Lord Balarama, which grants all perfection.

Text 2

sri-pradvipaka uvaca

stava-rajam tu ramasya
vedavyasa-krtam subham
sarva-siddhi-pradam rajan
chrnu kaivalyadam nrnam

Sri Pradvipaka Muni said: O king, please hear the regal and beautiful prayer of Lord Balarama, a prayer that brings liberation and all perfection.

Text 3

devadi-deva bhagavan
kama-pala namo ‘stu te
namo ‘nantaya sesaya
saksad-ramaya te namah

O master of the demigods, O Supreme Personality of Godhead, O fulfiller of desires, obeisances to You! O Lord Ananta Sesa, obeisances to You! O Lord Balarama, obeisances to You!

Text 4

dhara-dharaya purnaya
sva-dhamne sira-panaye
sahasra-sirase nityam
namah sankarsanaya te

O Lord who maintains the earth, O glorious Lord, O perfect and complete Lord, O Lord who holds a plow in Your hand, O Lord who has a thousand heads, O Lord Sankarsana, eternal obeisances to You!

Text 5

revati-ramana tvam vai
baladevacyutagraja
halayudha pralamba-ghna
pahi mam purusottama

O husband of Revati, O Lord Balarama, O elder brother of Lord Krsna, O Lord who holds a plow-weapon, O killer of Pralambasura, O Supreme Personality of Godhead, please protect me!

Text 6

balaya balabhadraya
talankaya namo namah
nilambaraya gauraya
rauhineyaya te namah

O Lord Balarama, who carries a palm-tree flag, obeisances to You! O son of Rohini, O fair-complexioned Lord dressed in blue garments, obeisances to You!

Text 7

dhenukarir mustikarih
kutarir balvalantakah
rukmy-arih kupakarnarih
kumbhandaris tvam eva hi

You are the enemy of Dhenuka, the enemy of Mustika, the enemy of Kuta, the killer of Balvala, the enemy of Rukmi, the enemy of Kupakarna, and the enemy of Kumbhanda.

Text 8

kalindi-bhedano ‘si tvam
hastinapura-karsakah
dvividarir yadavendro
vraja-mandala-mandanah

You are the Lord who broke the Yamuna and dragged Hastinapura. You are the enemy of Dvivida. You are the king of the Yadavas. You are the ornament of Vraja’s circle.

Text 9

kamsa-bhratr-prahantasi
tirtha-yatra-karah prabhuh
duryodhana-guruh saksat
pahi pahi prabho tv atah

You are the killer of Kamsa’s brothers. You are the supreme master, the Lord who went on pilgrimage, and Duryodhana’s guru. O master, please protect me! Please protect me!

Text 10

jaya jayacyuta-deva parat para
svayam ananta-dig-anta-gata-sruta
sura-munindra-phanindra-caraya te
musaline baline haline namah

O infallible Lord, greater than the greatest, O Lord whose glories are heard in all directions without limit, glory to You! Glory to You! O Lord served by the demigods, the kings of the sages, and the kings of the serpents, O powerful Lord who holds a plow and a club, obeisances to You!

Text 11

yah pathet satatam stavanam narah
sa tu hareh paramam padam avrajet
jagati sarva-balam tv ari-mardanam
bhavati tasya dhanam sva-janam dhanam

A person who regularly recites this prayer attains Lord Hari’s transcendental abode. All the strength in the universe is his. He crushes his enemies. He attains great wealth and a great dynasty.

Varuni Beverage for Lord Balaram

Small amount:

7 litres Milk
6 litres Yogurt
1 litre Cream
5 kg Runny Honey
1 kg White Sugar
1/2 bottle Rose water  (7 Roses brand is very nice from Mumbai – 7oz)

Larger amount:

25 litres Milk
15 litres Yogurt
3 litres Cream
10 kg Runny Honey
3 kg White Sugar
1 bottle Rose Water

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A message from Srila Bodhayan Maharaj on His Appearance Day

All Glories to Sri Brahma Madhva Gaudiya Saraswata Sampradaya (lineage). All Glories to my beloved Grand Spiritual Master, His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Siddhanata Saraswati Goswami Thakur PRABHUPADA, and my beloved Spiritual Master, His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Pramode Puri Goswami Maharaj.

 

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The ultimate controller of the entire universe(s), the eternally worshipable forms for all Gods and Goddesses (the Devas and Devis), and the ultimate Guru (Spiritual Master) of our lineage (Parampara) is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna. In order to deliver people from the influence of this age of quarrel and hypocrisy, known as Kali-Yuga, Lord Sri Krishna appeared in the form of Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu with His intimate associates and abode here in this material world in order to spread the glories of the Hare Krishna Mahamantra throughout every town and village. The Hare Krishna Mahamantra is the one and only mantra which exists here in this world that can transport all living entities from the material world to the eternally blissful spiritual abode, GolakaVrindavan.

 

Each of us are actively engaging every moment of our lives in trying to achieve the taste of eternal bliss. However, due to the influence of illusion (maya) we are attacked in every conceivable way, and consequently we then give in to laziness and intentionally convince ourselves with so many excuses to avoid chanting the Hare Krishna Mahamantra. Instead of focusing on chanting throughout our day we all dedicate ourselves to chasing after material name, fame, and distinction. The influence of illusion(maya) tells us again and again that material name, fame, and distinction are the pathway to reaching eternal bliss. As a result of this influence, we are wholeheartedly engaging all of our endeavors to satisfy these materialistic ambitions.

 

A traveler in the desert becomes extremely thirsty and finds himself running towards a distant mirage in hopes of drinking water only to discover that in fact there is no water and that he is running towards an illusion. In this way, eventually due to lack of water he is at risk of suffering the loss of this invaluable life, which is a rare and precious opportunity for each and every one of us. Similarly, almost all of us are in this desert of illusion (maya) and we are all chasing the fleeting mirage of name, fame, and distinction.

 

The Hare Krishna Mahamantra preaching movement of Lord Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is intended to inundate our dry and desert-like heart with a flood of transcendental nectar. The mellow of this nectar is only available to a person who has the tendencies of a Chaatak bird (Pied Crested cuckoo bird). The Chaatak is a peculiar Indian bird who is known by the fact that it will only drink rainwater which decends from the heavens. This is analogous to one who is connected with the Gaudiya lineage and is dedicated exclusively, without any hidden agenda for material gain (name, fame, and distinction), to continuing to chant the Hare Krishna Mahamantra, by which he can reach the spiritual world.

 

Such a devout soul who is optimistic about returning to the spiritual abode, Sri Goloka-Vrindavan, by maintaining extreme tolerance with respect to the varieties of material obstacles is much like the Chaatak bird who is always waiting for rainwater exclusively despite being surrounded by so many terrestrial sources of water such as rivers, lakes and ponds.

The founder of the entire Gaudiya Math and all of its branches, my Grand Spiritual Master, His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Thakur Prabhupada, and one of his dearest and most affectionate disciples, His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Pramode Puri Goswami Thakur, established Sri Gopinath Gaudiya Math in 1989 in Mayapur. As soon as we are able to serve all the members of our lineage with complete enthusiasm then we can achieve the mellow of Harinam Nectar. In this way we should pray to our Gurudeva, and by extension Lord Sri Krishna, from the bottom of our heart, then soon Lord Sri Krishna will appear to us in the form of Guru and scriptures (Shastra) and inform us as to how to recieve the mellow of Harinam Nectar into our hearts.

 

guru krsnarupa hana sastrera pramane guru-rupe krsna krpa karena bhakta-gane. Cc. Adi 1.45

 

 

The literal meaning of the above sloka/verse is: As per scriptures, Krishna will appear to us in the form of Guru, and that form of Krishna bestows His mercy onto all of us.

According to the above instruction from the Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita, we can understand that we should keep a clear understanding that Guru is non-different from Krishna, and is in fact a direct manifestation of Krishna. The importance of Guru as described in the above verse is that he is showing us by example that he is the servant of the servant of our lineage. If he is not, then Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Thakur Prabhupada said that the word Guru’s second syllable, ‘u,’ should be replaced with‘a’ and spelled ‘Garu.’ In the Bengali language ‘Garu’ means cow. This indicates the inferior quality of consciousness of such a person.

Today is the fourteeth waxing moon cycle day (Gour-Chaturdasi). Whoever assembles to offer due respect towards me and is praying for my spiritual well being and observing my birth day ceremony, I am humbly requesting that you all please remain on schedule to worship all the members of the Guadiya lineage, which is called ‘Vyasa-Puja’. Also, on my behalf, please pray to all members of our lineage that they allow me to be a real servant of my Guru, the real servant of Srila Bhakti Pramode Puri Goswami Thakur, as well as the entire parampara.

The Founder of Sri Gopinath Gaudiya Math, my Spiritual Master, has an exemplary quality – humility, the ornament of all Vaisnava qualities. Nowadays, the entire Gaudiya world shows deep respect for my Spiritual Master as an embodiment of the third sloka of Sikshastakam, which is composed by Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. The Present Acharya of Sri Chaitanya Gaudiya Math, His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti BallabhaTirtha Goswami Maharaj, as well as all other Vaisnava-Acharyas agree that the rare and bright Vaisnava quality of my Spiritual Master is the above opinion about his deep sense of humility.

Third Sloka of Sikshastaka is as follows:

trinad api sunicena

taror api sahishnuna

amanina manadena

kirtaniyah sada harihi

 

Translation: One should chant the holy name of the Lord in a humble state of mind, thinking oneself lower than the straw in the street; one should be more tolerant than a tree, devoid of all sense of false prestige and should be ready to offer all respect to others. In such a state of mind one can chant the holy name of the Lord constantly.

The four most prominent Vaisnava qualities are humility, tolerance, respect for all (even to people not deserving of respect from others), and blissfully chanting Hare Krishna Mahamantra constantly.

Whoever is representing that they are followers of Sri Gopinath Gaudiya Math should demonstrate these four qualities in every aspect of their life. This was taught and shown to us by my Spiritual Master in his life. As soon as we are able to establish these principles in our lives, only at that time can we be qualified as the real followers or servants of Srila Gurudeva, His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Pramode Puri Goswami Thakur.

Due to the influence of the present age, Kali-Yuga, we are all more or less unable to maintain the principles which our Srila Gurudeva showed to us by his example. We know from the instruction of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Thakur Prabhupada that as much as we distance ourselves from the lotus feet of Srila Gurudeva, that same level of material attraction will disturb us.

Today my humble prayer to all of you is to see that your main goal for observing the ceremony is to satisfy Sri Sri Radha Krishna only, and make me happy.

Please excuse me for any mistakes you may see in my writingm and bless me to carry the loving Mission of Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu with purity for the rest of my life.

Haribol

Yours in the service of Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga

B.B.Bodhayan

Sri Gopinath Gaudiya Math (President)

www.GopinathGaudiyaMath.com

For Sri Srivas Pandit Appearance Day

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The Pancha Tattva

“There is no difference between the energy and the energetic in regard to the Lord’s appearance as Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and His four associates — Nityananda Prabhu, Advaita Prabhu, Gadadhara, and Srivasa. Amongst these five diverse manifestations of the Supreme Lord (as the Lord Himself and His incarnation, expansion and energies) there is no spiritual difference. They are five in one Absolute Truth. For the sake of relishing transcendental flavors in the Absolute Truth, there are five diverse manifestations. These are called the form of a devotee, the identity of a devotee, the incarnation of a devotee, the pure devotee and devotional energy.

Out of the five diversities in the Absolute Truth, the form of Lord Caitanya is that of the original Personality of Godhead, Krsna. Lord Nityananda is the manifestation of the first expansion of the Supreme Lord. Similarly, Advaita Prabhu is an incarnation of the Supreme Lord. These three–Caitanya, Nityananda and Advaita–belong to the category of Visnu-tattva, or the Supreme Absolute Truth. Srivasa represents the pure devotee, and Gadadhara represents the internal energy of the Lord for the advancement of pure devotion. Therefore Gadadhara and Srivasa, although included in Visnu-tattva, are dependent, diverse energies of the Supreme Lord. In other words, they are not different from the energetic, but they are manifest diversely for the sake of relishing transcendental relationships. The whole process of devotional service involves a transcendental reciprocation in the relationship between the worshiper and the worshiped. Without such a diverse exchange of transcendental flavors, devotional service has no meaning.” [Teachings of Lord Caitanya, Chapter 17 by HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada]

Srivas Pandit’s Origins

srivasa-pandita dhiman yah pura narado munih
parvatakhyo muni-varo ya asin narada-priyah
sri-rama-panditah sriman tat-kanistha-sahodarah
namnambika vraje dhatri stanya-datri sthita pura
saiveyam Malini namni srivassa-grhini mata

Srivas is Narada, who plays such an important part in Krishna’s lila. Narada Muni’s friend Parvata Muni appeared as Srivas’ younger brother Ramai. Srivas’ wife Malini Devi was Krishna’s wet nurse in Vraja, Ambika. (Gaura-ganoddesa-dipika 90)

Srivas Pandit hailed from Sylhet. He later came to live in Nabadwip where he made an immense contribution to Gauranga lila. From the Chaitanya Bhagavata and Chaitanya Charitamrita we learn that Srivas had three brothers living with him in Navadvipa: Srirama Pandit, Sripati Pandit and Srikanta or Srinidhi Pandit. All four were participants in Mahaprabhu’s lila.

Gaudiya Vaisnava Abhidhana cites Prema-vilasa in saying that Srivas’ father was a Vedic Brahmin of the name Sri Jaladhar Pandit. Srivas Pandit was the second of five sons. The eldest son, Sri Nalina Pandit, had a daughter named Narayani, the mother of the author of the Chaitanya Bhagavata, Vrindavan Das. Narayani’s husband Vaikuntha Das Vipra died while she was pregnant with Vrindavan Das, so she left her husband’s house in Kumarahatta (Halisahar) and came to live with Srivas in Nabadwip.

Kirtan Pastimes at Srivas Angan

After a night of kirtan at Srivas’ house, when Mahaprabhu returned to external awareness, He would go with all the devotees to bathe in the Ganges. Sometimes the devotees would ceremonially bathe the Lord at Srivas Angan. One of Srivas’ servant girls named Dukhi would watch Mahaprabhu’s ecstatic dancing with tears in her eyes. She also performed the service of filling jugs of water from the Ganges for Mahaprabhu’s morning bath. One day, Mahaprabhu observed her devotion and was pleased; He changed her name from Dukhi (“unhappy”) to Sukhi (“happy”).

Another day, Srivas’ only son died while sankirtana was being performed in his house. Srivas was afraid that the sounds of mourning from the women’s quarters would disturb Mahaprabhu while He was engaged in singing the Holy Names. So he went directly into the house and tried to quiet the women by explaining spiritual truths to them. When they still didn’t stop their loud lamentations, Srivas threatened to throw himself into the river and drown if they did not stop making noise. This had the desired result.

Later on that night, however, the kirtan came to a stop and Mahaprabhu said, “Something doesn’t seem right. Has some tragedy taken place in the pandit’s house?” Srivas answered, “How can anything be wrong, when I have Your smiling face in my home?”

“However, some of the other devotees said, “Prabhu, Srivas’ only son died in the evening about an hour after sunset.”

Mahaprabhu asked, “Why did no one say anything before now?”

The devotees answered, “Lord, Srivas told us not to, because he was afraid that it would interfere with Your pleasure in kirtana.”

Mahaprabhu said, “How could I ever abandon devotees who love Me to this extent!” and started to cry. After this, He went inside and sat down beside the child’s dead body and brought him back to consciousness. He asked, “Child! Why do you want to leave the house of such a great devotee as Srivas?”

The dead child answered, “The few days that I was to spend in Srivas’ house are over, and now I am following Your wishes in going elsewhere. I am a living being without any independence; I cannot go against Your wishes. Please be merciful to me that I never forget Your lotus feet, wherever I go.”

When Srivas’ family members heard the child speak such wisdom, they immediately forgot their distress and stopped mourning. Mahaprabhu said to Srivas, “From this day on, Nityananda and I will be your sons. We will never leave you.”

[Excerpted from “Sri Chaitanya: His Life & Associates” by Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Maharaj]

Invitation for Gaur-Purnima Festival, 2016.

Dear Devotees, Friends and Well-Wishers,

All glories to His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Thakur Prabhupada and Guru-Parampara (disciplic succession).

Please accept the blessing of my beloved Srila Gurudeva, His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Pramode Puri Goswami Maharaj, and convey the same to all members in your congregation.

According to our tradition which was established by Srila Gurudeva , this year we are celebrating Gour-Purnima festival for 10-days from 15th (Tuesday) to 24th (Thursday) of March 2016 at our Sri Mayapur Temple, Sri Gopinath Gaudiya Math; Ishodyan, Nadia (W.B.), India.  It is my humble request that you attend the programs along with all your family members and friends and make this festival glorious by your presence.

According to the words of our Guru-Varga, we can be freed from our present difficult cycle of birth and death through the Parikrama (circumambulation) of Holy Navadwip (nine-Island). In order to deliver us, our merciful Guru-Varga implemented this festival so that we get the opportunity to uplift our present spiritual life and fulfil the main purpose of this human birth.

Festival Program:

Tuesday, 15th of March, 2016:

Adhivas (the preparation day); from Sunrise to Sunset non-stop Harinam-Samkirtan in front of Srila Gurudeva’s Samadhi temple.

Evening discourses from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

 

Wednesday, 16th of March, 2016

We will leave our Mayapur temple at 5:00 a.m. with Mahaprabhu’s palanquin to visit the islands Antardvip and Simantadvip.

Places to be visited:

a) Sri Chaitanya Gaudiya Math (Ishodyan).

b) The house of Nandan Acharya (Sri Sri Gour-Nityananda Mandir), the place where Sri Nityananda Prabhu and Chaitanya Mahaprabhu met for the first time and started the samkirtan movement.

c) The Yoga-Pith temple, the birthplace of Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.

d) The house of Srivas Pandit, Samkirtan-Rasa-Sthali, the place where Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu manifested Samkirtan the whole night with His close associates.

e) The house of Murari Gupta, the incarnation of Hanuman (Monkey God).

f) Sri Chaitanya Math, the parent temple of the entire Gaudiya Math. This temple was established by His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Thakur Prabhupad.

g) Sri Baladeva, Sri Subhadra, Sri Jagannath temple at Sar-Danga. This place is non-different from Jagannath Puri.

h) The house of Sridhar, Sridhar Angan.

j) The Bel-Pukur (the house of Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s maternal uncle). Here the four Kumaras (Sanak, Sanatan, Sanandan and Sanat Kumar) achieved perfection.

k) The Samadhi of Chand Kazi; then return to our temple.

 

Thursday, 17th of March, 2016

We will leave our Mayapur temple at 4.45 a.m. with Mahaprabhu’s palanquin to visit the islands Godrumdvip and Madhyadvip.

Places to be visited:

a) Sri Svananda Sukhada Kunja & Surabhi Kunja; the house and bhajan-kutir of Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur.

b) Suvarna Vihar, the palace of Suvarna Sen, a famous king in the Golden Age (Satya-Yuga), who got Sri Narada Muni’s mercy and received a vision (darshan) of the golden form of the Supreme Lord. In Mahaprabhu’s pastime Suvarna Sen appeared in the form of Buddhimanta Khan.

c) Narasimha-Palli, the place where Lord Nrisimhadeva took rest after delivering the demoniac Hiranayakashipu, the physical father of Bhakta Prahlad.

d) Hari-Hara Kshetra, the Deity of Half-Vishnu and Half-Shiva. Then we return to our Mayapur temple.

 

Friday, 18th of March, 2016

We will leave our Mayapur temple at 4.45 a.m. with Mahaprabhu’s palanquin in to visit the islands Koladvip, Ritudvip, Jahnudvip and Modadrumdvip.

Places to be visited:

a) The Prauda-Maya temple and Shiva-temple; presently known as PORAMATALA.

b) Sri Devananda Gaudiya Math; the place is representing the pastime of Sri Varahadev. Here five holy rivers meet together (Pancha-Veni); it is also the place of Devananda Pandit.

c) Sri Sri Gour-Gadadhara temple at Champahati and the house of the famous Vaisnava-poet Sri Jayadeva Goswami.

d) Vidyanagar, the place where all types of education were available in the Golden Age.

e) The place of Sarvabhouma Bhattacharya, the incarnation of Brihaspati, the spiritual master of the demigods.

f) Sri Jahnu-Muni’s Ashram and the house of Vrindavandas Thakur. Then we return to our Mayapur temple.

 

Saturday, 19th of March, 2016

Today is Amalaki Ekadasi’s fasting day. We will leave our Mayapur temple at 6.00 a.m. with Mahaprabhu’s palanquin to visit the island of Rudradvip.

Places to be visited:

Simuliya, Madhai-Ghat, Var-Kona-Ghat,

Bharadvajtila, the house of Jayadeva Goswami and

Rudradvip Gaudiya Math. Then we return to our Mayapur temple.

 

Sunday, 20th of March, 2016

Amalaki Ekadasi’s breakfast between 5:47 a.m. and 9:46 a.m. Today is the disappearance day of Srila Madhavendra Puri. We will observe the festival with discourses by prominent devotee speakers from 9:00 a.m. and then honor Mahaprasadam at 12:30 p.m.

 

Monday, 21st of March, 2016

We will leave our Mayapur temple at 5:00 a.m. by bus to visit Halishahar, the birth of place of Sri Iswara Puri, the spiritual master of Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Then we will visit Panihati, the place where Srila Raghunathdas Goswami arranged the Chira (flat-rice)-Dadhi (yogurt) festival following to order of Sriman Nityananda Prabhu. Afterwards we will return to our Mayapur temple.

 

Tuesday, 22nd of March, 2016

This is the Adhivas-day (preparation day) of Lord Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s 530-appearance day. In order to prepare ourselves for the observance of Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s appearance day tomorrow we will chant from sunrise to sunset non-stop Harinam Samkirtan congregationally in front of Srila Gurudeva’s Samadhi. Discourses will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

 

Wednesday, 23rd of March, 2016

The 530th Appearance Day of Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the incarnation of Divine Love (Prema-Purushottam). We will fast until moonrise and then accept anukalpa (Ekadasi-prasadam).

This day we will observe as follows:

  1. From sunrise to sunset Harinam Samkirtan congregationally in front of Srila Gurudeva’s Samadhi.
  2. From 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. non-stop Sri Chaitanya Bhagawata discourses.
  3. Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s bathing ceremony (Maha-Abhisekha) at 4:50 p.m. We will collect Holy Water from the Ganga river at 3:30 p.m.

 

Thursday, 24rd of March, 2016

Sri Jagannath Mishra Anandotsava; We will break the fast of the previous day between sunrise (5:43 a.m.) and 9:44 a.m.

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HDG Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saravati Thakura Appearance Day

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura was born in the holy pilgrimage place of Jagannatha Puri to Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, a great Vaisnava acarya in the line of succession coming from Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Although employed as a government magistrate, Srila Bhaktivinoda worked tirelessly to establish the teachings of Lord Chaitanya in India. He envisioned a worldwide spiritual movement and prayed for a son to help him achieve his dream. On February 6, 1874, in the sacred pilgrimage town of Jagannath Puri, where Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura served as superintendent of the famous Jagannatha temple, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta appeared in this world. He was given the name Bimala Prasada. At the age of seven, Bimala Prasada had memorized the more than seven hundred Sanskrit verses of the Bhagavad-gita and could speak illuminating commentaries upon them. Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, the author of many important books and other writings on Gaudiya Vaisnava philosophy, trained his son in printing and proofreading. By the time he was twenty-five years old, Bimala Prasada had acquired an impressive reputation as a scholar of Sanskrit, mathematics, and astronomy. His astronomical treatise, Surya-siddhanta, won him the title Siddhanta Sarasvati in recognition of his immense learning. In 1905, following the advice of his father, Siddhanta Sarasvati accepted spiritual initiation from Srila Gaurakishora dasa Babaji. Although Srila Gaurakishora dasa Babaji was illiterate, he was renowned throughout the continent as a great saint and Vaisnava acarya. Siddhanta Sarasvati, although a great scholar, exhibited humility and dedication in the presence of Srila Gaurakishora. Satisfied with such humility and dedication of his highly educated disciple, Srila Gaurakishora gave Siddhanta Sarasvati his full blessings and requested him to “preach the Absolute Truth and keep aside all other work.” Upon the disappearance of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura in 1914, Siddhanta Sarasvati became editor of his father’s journal, Sajjana-tosani, and founded the Bhagawat Press for the publication of Gaudiya Vaisnava literature. In 1918 Siddhanta Sarasvati accepted the renounced order of spiritual life, assuming the title Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Goswami Maharaja. For purposes of propagating Gaudiya Vaisnavism throughout India, he organized the Gaudiya Math, with sixty-four branches throughout the country. The headquarters of his mission, the Chaitanya Gaudiya Math, is located in Sridhama Mayapura, the birthplace of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta adjusted ancient traditions to conform with technological and social conditions of the twentieth century. He considered the printing press a most effective means of spreading this message throughout the world and was himself the author of many important translations, commentaries, and philosophical essays. He was the first spiritual teacher in this line to allow his renounced preachers (sannyasis) to wear Western clothes and travel in modern conveyances rather that on foot. Throughout the 1930s, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta expanded and increased his missionary work and succeeded in reestablishing Gaudiya Vaisnavism as the leading force in Indian spiritual life. On January 1, 1937, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura passed from this world.

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For Lord Nityananda’s Appearance Day

The Magnanimous Nature of Sri Nityananda Prabhu

by Srila Bhakti Raksaka Sridhara Maharaja

Today is the appearance day of Sri Nityananda Prabhu. He is supposed to be thenityananda incarnation of Baladeva in Vrajamandala. Narottama das Thakur says ‘Balaram haila Nitai’. Sanatana Goswami also mentions Nityananda Prabhu as the incarnation of Baladeva in Vrndavana, but some persons within the Gaudiya sampradaya preach that Nityananda Prabhu is the incarnation of Radharani.

So, a vehement protest is given from the side of the Gaudiya Math and we cannot recognize them as the true followers of Gaudiya Vaisnava faith and Mahaprabhu. Nityananda Prabhu took His birth in the district of Virbhum on the Western side of Katwa, north west of Ekachakra, where the Pandavas in disguise lived for sometime.

Nearby is also shown a tree where the Bakaraksasa was killed by Bhimasena. In Ekachakra near Garbhavasa and many other places, we can trace the pastimes of Nityananda Prabhu.

Nityananda Prabhu’s son establised a temple nearby, and Sri Murtis were installed by Him. About two hundred years ago there was a great storm in that area and many ancient arrangements were devastated. A big Zamindar and devotee of the Gaudiya Sampradaya came and restored the puja, the worshipping arrangements at Virachandrapura. All were desolated at that time.

Nityananda Prabhu’s mother’s name was Padmavati, and His father’s name was Hadai Pandit. Ojha was their title although now we do not find any such title.

When Nityananda Prabhu was about 12 years old one sannyasi came and begged Hadai Pandit for his son “I want your son.” The sannyasi came and begged for the child, only one son, and son like Nityananda Prabhu who was very charming. It was almost impossible to live bidding goodbye to such a son, but what to do? A sannyasi has come and asked for him and begging they could not avoid; they could not avoid the sannyasi, they had to give their only son to him. We are told, that sannyasi was no other than Sri Madhavendra Puri, the guru of Iswara Puri, Advaita Acharya, and Pundarika Vidyanidhi. That sannyasi came and took Nityananda Prabhu away from His house when he was only 12 years old; and Nityananda Prabhu wandered with him through the whole of India, visiting all the holy places.

Mahaprabhu did not visit so many holy places. He generally travelled through the south of India, not northern India entirely, only Vrndavana and Prayag. Dvaraka and Badrinarayana were excluded by Mahaprabhu, but Nityananda Prabhu visited all the holy places that exist in India. After Madhavendra Puri disappeared, he was wandering in the holy places. In the meantime Mahaprabhu coming back from Gaya began his Sankirtana Lila in Nabadwipa.

Nityananda Prabhu was wandering here and there and lastly he went to Vrndavana. He was searching for something because of His inner identification with that of Baladeva. When Krsna came he was feeling some tendency of attraction towards him. In the last period, he began searching in Vrndavana very scrutinizingly but did not find that. Then he got some inspiration, “Where to find Krsna?” ‘He is now in Nabadwip,’ “I shall go there,” with this inspiration in his heart he came to Navadwipa Dhama.

Mahaprabhu had already begun his sankirtana movement, and he had a dream at night that someone came in a chariot and at the peak of the chariot there was a palm tree; and he is searching, “Where is Nimai pandit’s house? Where is Nimai Pandit’s house?” Someone then said, “Here is Nimai Pandit’s house.” Mahaprabhu then told to the devotees, “A great personage has come here to Nabadwipa Dhama last night. You (Srivasa and others) try to find out that great person.” The followers tried their best, they searched in every nook and corner but could not find Nityananda Prabhu. They reported to Mahaprabhu “we tried our best but could not trace any noble person, any saint, or any big man.

“Then Mahaprabhu told, ‘Let us try with the followers.” He then went straight to the southern side of Nandana Acharya’s Bhavan. Mahaprabhu went directly to a particular house which is known as Nandana Acharya’s house, and there they found a new gentleman, stout and strong, and golden in appearance, sitting on the veranda of that house. The devotees of Mahaprabhu could then understand him to be the man of whom Sri Gaurangadeva was telling about. He was sitting there in red robes, all others were white dressed. Someone then chanted some Bhagavata sloka, and so many spiritual symptoms gradually appeared in his body.

They could then understand what a great man he is for he was filled with divine love. He was the agreed personage and gradually coming in intimate connection with him they could understand that he was Sri Nityananda Prabhu. Outwardly his movements were not like a scholarly person, or an ordinary man; he was surcharged with a high type of energy and divinity coming forth from his complexion.

Mahaprabhu gradually began preaching, Haridasa Thakura and Nityananda Prabhu were both given orders. “Go from door to door and request them to leave everything aside and take the name of Krsna. Whomever you may meet going from door to door, approach and ask them to take the name of Krsna leaving aside everything else.” At that time Nabadwip Dhama was mostly filled with trantrics, that is the worship of Sakti Devi and Maya Devi.

“This Maya is disturbing us, so we must take shelter under her feet. When she will be satisfied then she will loosen, open the door and we will get out and become Siva. By nature, by birth, jiva means Siva, Siva means the master of Maya. We are now in the clutches of Maya, misunderstanding. When the goddess of misunderstanding is satisfied with us, she will then withdraw and we shall find a door out, we shall go to the other side.

There are so many liberated souls there and we shall join them. They are all enjoying the position of Siva, the master of Maya. Maya cannot force them to do anything and everything as she wills, rather she serves her masters. Maya serves Siva, the liberated souls. Maya serves them though in the relativity of Maya, but they cannot control so they render some service to the liberated souls and they are known as Siva. Pasa baddho bhavet jiva pasa mukta Sadasiva.

When within bondage he is jiva, a fallen soul, when he is outside the bondage of this Maya, this misunderstanding, then he’s always Siva. He can then move here and there at his sweet will and Maya cannot force him, rather she will come to serve him, and that is liberation. We shall then serve Maya devi, and the tantric process involves something, in this way she will be satisfied.

They use many things, they may drink wine and eat meats. They offer them to the deities Maya, Sakti and Kali. They also enjoy the women in different moods. They think that the application of mixing with ladies is such, that they will get liberation from the charm of the ladies. In this way in their process, they approve of the wine, the meat and the ladies it seems to be very harmful to us but these are the underlying principles of the tantric upasana.

In our method, our process of approaching these things which we feel temptation for, we shall get liberation from them. They come to attract us towards them but by a particular process we shall handle them. We shall be masters of those poisonous things, and at that time Navadwipa was filled with such persons.

When Mahaprabhu, Sri Gauranga begun his preaching attempt that everyone should give up everything and take to the name of Krsna, Narayana, he then said, “Not only will you, be out of Maya but you will attain positive life in Vaikuntha, in Vrndavana.” That is higher attainment, and what is to be attained by worshipping the sakti in the method they are following, that is reactionary and sometime again they will have to evolve. This is mentioned in the sastra, but not very extensively. If you are very particular, then you will have to see that in the relativity of this negative world; but it is not safe.

You must enter the positive world then you will be safe. That is not only mere liberation, emancipation from the opposite forces, but practical participation in the serving line, which is very pure. Not to be non-selfish, but must be God-centred, God-serviced. The positive world is there and that is full of pervasive happiness, and that we can attain only through service. Here we are an enjoying unit, an exploiting unit, but it must be given up to get out of the reactionary tendency of life; but we must not wait on the fence, for that is not a safe position.

Then again, that is not paying much because withdrawal from the negative side is not enough. There is a positive world and that is meant for a real high form of life, and that can be attained through service. Service is great, to sacrifice ones own interest, not for any part but for the whole, the absolute good, that is great. Nothing can be compared to that. It is calculative and automatic. To reach the automatic stage of service with love is high pay; so give up all these habits and these former engagements with a lower standard of worshipping, penance and all these things. “Die to Live.” A radical change must be welcome in life.

Life is worth living, life is worth living and it is only open to the human section. In other species it is impossible to get a glimpse of such high light and to begin that way of life, for there are only a very few human beings in the creation. What are the number of human bodies, very small compared to the whole of creation, and that is the door to heaven so you must try to have a positive life. He is Krsna, He is all attractive, He is beautiful, He is the highest reality, He is all accommodating and most charming.

Our life will receive its fulfillment if we can approach that Lord, especially by taking His Holy name. In this age of Kali a special sanction has been given to us that by taking the holy name with satsanga, with the real saints, then we can make progress, enter and approach that high line of preaching.

Nityananda Prabhu was a dynamo of energy and Haridasa Thakura could not follow, a little trouble to carry out the order of Mahaprabhu, what to do?

One day there were so many gunda type persons, they came with an attacking spirit, “You are disturbing us, we are not religious and you have come to preach religion to us; what right have you got? Why do you come to disturb us? As a big society we are following a particular creed, and you are so bold as to blame us for not been religious men. You have come with a new idea of religion and we are to accept that, you fools!

If again you come here you will be taught a good lesson.” In this way they were threatened, but Mahaprabhu still says you must go. Then one day they met Jagai and Madhai. Jagai and Madhai were from Brahmin birth but they did not have any care for religion. They were also entrusted with some administration in the Muslim Government. They had some connection with the Government and they themselves were gundas, although Brahmins by birth. They used to take anything and everything. They were a notorious pair of gundas, Jagadananda and Madhavananda.

Then one day they met him “Oh! You rogues, we have heard of you, you have come to create a new religion here – Never! If we find you again on the street you will receive a licking and will have to weep.” Anyhow, they were given such warning. Nityananda Prabhu had to report every day what progress they had made in their preaching campaign and he almost challenged Mahaprabhu. He said “our life was saved today from the worst pair in the whole of Navadwipa Dham, but if you can deliver them, then I shall think that you have really come to render some service.

They are the greatest rogues ever found in this area and must be converted. If you can do that then we shall say that you have got some power with some objective, and you will be able to do something.” Mahaprabhu felt, “If it is Krsna´s will then everything will be possible.” They again went out preaching and they met those two gundas, Haridasa Thakura coming back and Nityananda Prabhu stood courageously. There was an earthen pot cast away after used on the side of the way. It was taken and thrown on the head of Nityananda Prabhu and his forehead was cut, blood oozing, Nityananda Prabhu standing.

Some person came to Gaurangadeva saying that Nityananda Prabhu was wounded by the rogues. Mahaprabhu very enraged and excited came there. There was blood oozing, “Who has caused this wound on the body of Nityananda Prabhu? I shall finish the whole town, come forward” Mahaprabhu was besides Himself. Then Nityananda Prabhu came, “No! No! Don´t be excited my Lord, in this incarnation we are not to use any force; remember it.” Nityananda Prabhu then reminded Mahaprabhu.

In the meantime there another man approached and told “No, no! They are red-clad mendicants what fame is there in striking them. They are not wholly established rich men or party men, only red-clad sannyasis – there is no credit by killing them or beating them,” and they took Jagai and Madhai away. Nityananda Prabhu then appealed to Mahaprabhu. “What to do, this is not proper. In this age in this time at this juncture what have we come to do, use force? Never!”

In the meantime Madhai came to hit Nityananda Prabhu but Jagai saved him by just opposing him and Mahaprabhu turned around suddenly, “You Jagai, you have protected my Nityananda.” Mahaprabhu then embraced him and Jagai fell at his feet and began to cry “Hare Krsna.” Mental transformation came in Jagai, then Madhai who was standing there said, “for this deed we are two, such a sin, and Jagai´s condition is such,” In that atmosphere his transformation also began.

Then Nityananda Prabhu came to recognize that in the same place with similar persons, one will gain and the other will fail and so he must also be saved.

Then Mahaprabhu said, “Nityananda Prabhu himself is pleading for you, and so you Madhai, you should also be absolved,” Mahaprabhu then embraced him, he also fell, began to weep, and took the holy name Krsna, and there was wholesale conversion of these two great demons. There was within minutes an uproar in the town. “Who is this Nimai Pandita, a scholar, so far we can understand but he is endowed with supernatural power. These two great demons, whoever they came across, or whoever would see them would enter their homes and close their doors, such demoniac persons they were, and they were converted by Nimai Pandita within one hour, what miraculous power.”

So in this way Nimai Pandit, got some footing there. Nimai Pandit is not an ordinary, he is not merely a scholar but he is endowed with some supernatural power, original power. Nityananda Prabhu was famous from that time. Although he was hit on the forehead and blood oozed still he had so much of an extraordinary, patient, forbearing and affectionate heart, that he recommended that gunda who had caused him mischief. Nityananda Prabhu´s position was very safe and very high, a divine position from that time. Nityananda Prabhu has neither an exploiting nor enjoying mood, he is wholeself given to Krsna. Sanatana Goswami has given this in his commentary: In the rasa lila of Krsna, Krsna was enjoying all the gopis, at that time Balarama also had his separate rasa lila.

It is also mentioned in Bhagavatam and other puranas, that Krnsa had His rasa lila and that Baladeva also had his rasa lila, but Sanatana Goswami has given the meaning. That is very fine, very subtle and very difficult to understand. Baladeva continued rasa externally, but in his heart he was making Krsna to participate in that rasa. He was not the party to enjoy the gopis. He is aloof, he is aside, he is only performing, managing the rasa lila with the gopis and Krsna. He is not only indifferent but with so much serving tendency and wholeself serving attitude.

In Vrndavan mandala in vatsalya rasa and sakhya rasa, they also have marriages, they have their sons, but not in any enjoying mood. There is union of men and women but not in an enjoying mood, or then they will have to be left here in the material world. Both parties meet and are united in a serving mood, that is particularly another type of mood, never an enjoying mood, or then they are not to be allowed to enter that domain.

They will be thrown here in the land of exploitation. When they go through the door of emancipation, liberation and enter Vaikuntha, from there also the exploiting tendency is eliminated, what avoidance! They are outwardly participating but internally in a serving mood. It may be impossible to think but it is such, not only the human form but also the birds and beasts, they are also apparently mixing in an enjoying mood, but really their mood is of service attitude. Such a wholesale transformation has to be effected in ones heart, mind and body, before wholly attempting to enter into that domain.

So Hegel said, “Die to live”, if you really want to live in that plane then you will have to die wholesale as you think you are in this life as flesh blood and bones. It is of opposite type, the purity is there, it can be measured; it is not non-scientific but it is really scientific. It is the process of “die to live”! And love is there, the dying tendency for the object of love, that is love proper otherwise it is imitation, it is hypocracy, it is conspiracy to ones own suicidal attainment. The pure thing is that if we have got faith for such divine conception of life then we should come to Bhagavatam, the last gift in the sastric world of vedic literatures.

Vyasadeva´s last gift in the world of vedic literatures is Bhagavatam. The Bhagavatam is so high, so high, prithi vite yata katha dharma nam chole. Our Guru Maharaj´s translation dharmah projjhito kaitavo all the words and tales that are running in this world in the name of religion, Srimad Bhagavatam says all is false, all is false, all is tampered with and not pure, not pure! The pure type of religion is not yet spoken. It is there, all self-centered, the current is towards the centre, not only selflessness but self sacrificing, self forgiving, self forgetfulness, in that way we are to start, we are to start, we are to go.

Sri Nityananda Prabhu came and appealed, “Come to Gauranga, He is the depot, He is the dynamo to send you there very easily. He sang these names of Gauranga on the banks of the Ganges.“Bhaja Gauranga, kaha Gauranga, laha Gauranga nam je jan Gauranga bhaje se amar pran; all you people come and take refuge under the divine feet of Gauranga, give up everything and come fall at the feet of Gauranga. Take His name, remember Him and throw yourself wholly at His disposal. He is my own life, I consider Him to be my life, my soul, my everything.” Nityananda Prabhu saying this began to roll at the door of the householders “Householders! You must do this.” He is rolling and crying, “Accept Gauranga, you don´t know what great benefit you will receive by doing this.”

He is rolling in the dust at the door of the householders with such an appeal. He came to the ordinary masses to give them shelter at the lotus feet of Gauranga, that is Nityananda Prabhu. He came to give Mahaprabhu even to Jagai and Madhai and he appealed to all from door to door to accept Gaurangadeva. You do not know what will be your prospect in life, the highest prospect in life! Nityananda Prabhu is our only hope, He is so benevolent, so generous, so gracious, that very easily we can draw his attention and we can get his recommendation. Gaurangadeva will not be able to disregard his recommendation, and when we have got the grace of Gauranga then the Radha-Krsna lila is within our fists. Nityananda Prabhu´s grace means to get Mahaprabhu´s grace within our clutches and to get Mahaprabhu, means to get Radha-Govinda, Vrndavana, and then everything is within our fists.

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For Sri Varaha Avatara Appearance Day

dvitiyam tu bhavayasya
rasatala-gatam mahim
uddharisyann upadatta
yajnesah saukaram vapuh

(S.B. 1.3.7)

“For the creation and for the welfare of the earth which had gone to the nether regions of the universe, the supreme enjoyer of all sacrifices accepted His second incarnation as a boar.”

Here, Lord Varaha is described as the second incarnation:

yatrodyatah ksiti-taloddharanaya bibhrat
kraudim tanum sakala-yajna-mayim anantah
antar-maharnava upagatam adi-daityam
tam damstrayadrim iva vajra-dharo dadara

(S.B. 2.7.1)

“The unlimitedly powerful Lord assumed the form of a boar for the rescue of the earth and pierced the first demon Hiranyaksa with His tusks.”

jalakridasu ruciram
varahim rupamasthitah
adhrsyam manasapyanyair
vamayam brahma-sajnitam
prthivyuddharanarthaya
pravisya ca rasatalam
damstrayabhyujjaharai na
matmadharo dharadharah

drstva damstragravinyastam
prthivim prathita paurusam
astavan jana-lokastham
siddhi brahmarsayo harim

(Matsya Purana 6.8-10)

“The Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is imperceptible to the mind, who plays beautifully in the water, and who is the knower of all knowledge, appeared as Varaha to save the life-giving earth. He entered into the depths of the ocean and rescued the earth with His tusks. Seeing the earth resting between the tusks of the Lord, the sages of Janaloka offered prayers to the most celebrated Sri Hari.”

Here, it is said that Lord Narayana, the cause of creation and destruction, appeared as Varaha:

vasati dasana-sikhare dharani tava lagna
sasini kalanka-kaleva nimagna
kesava dhrta-sukara-rupa jaya jagadisa hare

(Jayadeva’s Dasavatara Stotra)

“O Kesava! O Supreme Lord who have assumed the form of a boar! O Lord! The planet earth rested on Your tusks, and it appeared like the moon engraved with spots.”

When the Lord manifested in the womb of Devaki while she was in the prison of Kamsa, Brahma offered prayers to the Lord. This is the last verse of those prayers:

matsyasva-kacchapa-nrsimha-varaha-hamsa-
rajanya-vipra-vibudhesu krtavatarah
tvam pasi nas tri-bhuvanam ca yathadhunesa
bharam bhuvo hara yaduttama vandanam te

(SB 10.2.40)

“O supreme controller, Your Lordship previously accepted incarnations as Matsya (fish), Asvagriva (horse), Kurma (tortoise), Nrsimhadeva, Varaha (boar), Hamsa (swan), Lord Ramacandra, Parasurama and, among the demigods, Vamanadeva, to protect the entire world by Your mercy. Now please protect us again by Your mercy by diminishing the disturbances in this world. O Krsna, best of the Yadus, we respectfully offer our obeisances unto You.”

Notes:
1. In the depths of the Rasatala water, the demon Hiranyaksa misunderstood Lord Varaha to be only a boar, and considering Him to possess meager strength, spoke many deriding words to Him. The Lord, however, returned his taunts with equal vigor. Lord Varaha dodged the violent mace-blows of the angry demon Hiranyaksa, and thus a violent mace-fight began between the two. Lord Brahma prayed to the Supreme Lord that in the demoniac hours, the power of the demon would increase manifold. Therefore, before that time arrived, He ought to kindly kill the demon in the loka-samhara-karini hours and auspicious period known as abhijit.

2. Hiranyaksa displayed his prowess by using the mace and trident, and finally by casting illusions and striking hard with his fists, but the Lord killed the demon with the blow of His mace. This pastime has been described in the 3rd canto, chapters 18 & 19 of the Srimad-Bhagavatam.

Original article can be found at the link below:

http://www.sreecgmath.org/scgmtimes/scgmarticles.php?aid=101&docid=99