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.
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 krsna–rupa 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
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.
Yours in the service of Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga
Sri Gopinath Gaudiya Math (President)
According to His Divine Grace Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur Prabhupada Christianity is an extended form of Vaisnavism So as this day is very dear to the Christians; and we are trying to be Vaisnavas we will gain spiritual benefit if we observe this day by chanting the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra.
First of all, I offer my due respect for a Merry Christmas Day.
Last night, I reached here in Moscow timely and safely. My present phone number +7 968 384 7030 and address : Bolshaya Cherkizovskaya 32-1 Apartment 124. I will leave this place on 26th of December evening and start for Kiev by train from Moscow to Kiev, Ukraine. In Ukraine, I will be available on phone number : +380 95 343 9140 until 5th of January, 2016. On 5th of January I will start for Johannesburg, South Africa. Please don’t feel any hesitation to contact me.
Yours in the Service of Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s Mission.
Sri Gopinath Gaudiya Math(President).
Dear Devotees and Well-Wishers,
All glories to Sri Brahman Madhva Gaudiya Saraswat Sampradaya (lineage). All glories to my beloved Grand Spiritual Master His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Swaraswati Goswami Thakur Prabhupada, and my beloved Spiritual Master His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Pramode Puri Goswami Maharaj.
I would like to share my concern about the upcoming Gaura-Purnima festival with you. During the festival we will be hosting mostly economically poor but spiritually sincere devotees. For the most part, these devotees are unable to afford the cost of their food and lodging during the ten days (March 15th to March 24th, 2016) of the festival. This year the program adds a special Nagar Samkirtan program at Kolkata on March 25th. We are expecting even more devotees than last year, an average approximately 2,500 devotees each day. We are therefore also expecting an increase in the quantity of bhoga/ingredients that will be required for the duration of the Gaura-Purnima festival.
The price of all ingredients has increased significantly, more than anticipated, and therefore we are humbly begging for your help (financially, physically, and mentally) in order to maintain the festival as we have maintained it over the last few years. I hope you do not hesitate to become involved, and will help us to collect ingredients or donate financially towards the purchase of ingredients in order to serve the Vaisnavas who will attend the Gaura-Purnima festival this March, 2016.
This year an average of 2,500 devotees will gather daily to participate in Navadwipdham Parikrama and the Gaura-Purnima festival activities under the guidance of Sri Gopinath Gaudiya Math.
In order to cater to an average of 2,500 devotees daily, offering them Prasad three times each day, and for other arrangements for the festival, the following items will be needed
|Description||Indian Rupee||USD (60R/$)|
|Deity’s outfits:||INR 70 000.00||$1166.66|
|Flower decoration and Deities’ garlands for festival period (10-days)||INR 90 000.00||$1500.00|
|Pandal and lighting for the entire festival||INR 130 000.00||$2166.66|
|Miscellaneous expenses for preparing prasadam for 2500 devotees (Remuneration of cooks and assistants)||INR 90 000.00||$1500.00|
|Rice (5,000 kilograms @Rs.40 per kilogram)||INR 200 000.00||$3300.00|
|Dal (1,200 kilograms @ Rs. 120 per kilogram)||INR 144 000.00||$2400.00|
|Potato (7,000 kilograms @ Rs. 15 per Kilogram)||INR 105 000.00||$1750.00|
|Wheat flour (500 kilograms @Rs.30 per Kilogram)||INR 15 000.00||$250.00|
|Paneer (5kg x10days plus 130kg Festival) Rs. 220 per kg||INR 39 600.00||$660.00|
|Milk (10 litre x 10 days plus 130 litre festival) Rs.40 per litre||INR 9 200.00||$153.33|
|Dahi Yogurt (3kgx10days plus 300kg festival)Rs. 125 per kg||INR 41 250.00||$687.50|
|Rasgulla (100x10days plus 6000 pieces for festival) Rs. 6each||INR 42 000.00||$700.00|
|Vegetable Oils (500 kilograms@ Rs.120 per Kilogram)||INR 60 000.00||$1000.00|
|Ghee (clarified butter) 60 kilograms @Rs.400 per Kilogram||INR 24 000.00||$400.00|
|Spices (salt, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger etc.)||INR 85 000.00||$1416.66|
|Vegetables (cabbage, pumpkin, tomato, spinach, others)||INR 110 000.00||$1833.33|
|Fruits for every days and Ekadasi& Gaur-Purnima’s day||INR 90 000.00||$1500.00|
|Mahaprabhu’s bathing ceremony (Mahabhisekh); RajBhog after Mahabhisekh||INR 25,000.00||$416.66|
|Sannyasa cloth Rs.300 x80||INR 24 000.00||$400.00|
|Sannyasa Donation Rs. 101 x 80||INR 8 080.00||$134.66|
|Brahmacari Dhoti Rs.350x 250||INR 87,500.00||$1458.34|
|Brahmacari Donation Rs.51x 250||INR 12,750.00||$212.50|
|Bengali (1000 pieces), Hindi (500 pieces) Magazine 1500 copies @ Rs.35||INR 52,000.00||$866.66|
|Fuel (Fire wood @ Rs.7.50kg for 20,000 Kg.)||INR 150,000.00||$2500.00|
|Total for the festival||INR 1 704 330.00
Please let us know of your financial capacity to help with this Gaura-Purnima festival as you will have the opportunity to serve many Vaisnavas, for Krishna’s pleasure. Your spiritual life will surely blossom by the blessings of the Vaisnavas.
When using the Pay Pal link please select Gift.
Even a dollar will help.
Or directly deposit into any of the following accounts:
1) Sri Gopinath Gaudiya Math Indian Account
This bank will accept only foreign currency (US Dollars or Euro)
Sri Gopinath Gaudiya Math. Post Office : Sri-Mayapur; District : Nadia (West Bengal);
Pin code- 741313; India.
SWIFT CODE: IOBAINBB001
Account Number: A/C. SB 21547
INDIAN OVERSEAS BANK
195/4, Rash Behari Avenue
KOLKATA. – 700019
BRANCH CODE: 013
2) US Bank Account
( This bank accepts only US Dollars)
Name: Asim Kumar Sau (Bodhayan Maharaj’s legal name)
Account # 01820-02328
Routing # 121000358
Bank of America
San Rafael Main Branch
1000 Fourth Street
San Rafael, CA
3) Canadian Bank Account
Name: Association TerraNation
(Bodhayan Maharaj’s association in Canada)
Account #: 05-65636
Routing #: 00696010
275 Main Street, Box 394
J6A 2S2, Canada
Thank you for your support!