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His Divine Grace Śrī Śrīmad Bhakti Dayita Mādhava Gosvāmī Mahārāja

Śrī Heramba Kumāra Banḍopādhyāya (Śrīla Bhakti Dayita Mādhava Gosvāmī Mahārāja) appeared on 18th November 1904, (Uṭṭhāna Ekādaśī) in an aristocratic brāhmaṇa family in Kāñcanapāḍa, East Bengal. 

 

He was saintly, forbearing, amiable and virtuous. His devout mother raised him with strong spiritual orientation, personally reading out many scriptures to him. She would also make him recite the Bhagavad-gītā daily...

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July 4, 2020

Mahaṛṣi Kṛṣṇa Dvaipāyana Veda Vyāsa is ādi-guru (the foremost guru). He is guru for all – karmīs (fruitive workers), jñānīs (impersonalists), yogīs (mystics) and bhaktas (devotees). Any karmī, who wants to spread the glories [about the process of reward seeking activities], cannot do so without the mercy of Śrīla Vyāsadeva. Whatever evidence [pramāṇa] he desires to present, he will have to take shelter of the scriptures composed by Śrīla Vyāsadeva. Similar...

July 4, 2020

Due to the brief association of Śrīmān Mahāprabhu, Śrīla Sanātana Gosvāmī understood and realized that Śrīmān Mahāprabhu’s dearmost scripture is Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam. Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam is so deep that one cannot understand it merely by reading it himself. One needs the association of high class devotees [Vaiṣṇavas] who are well-versed in it and being the direct manifestation of the Lord, Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam reveals itself according to one’s qualification

I specifically pray to them that they, being pleased, bless me that until the last moment of my life, life after life, I keep serving the devotees and Bhagavān; let my heart not wander anywhere even for one muhūrta [approximately one hour and thirty six minutes] aside from their service, because their service itself is topmost.

June 30, 2020

Everyone has a guru; whether one is a karmī (fruitive worker), a jñānī (impersonalist) or a yogi (mystic), every one accepts and regards śrī guru. However such a guru can’t take them to the eternal abode. It is said in the Bhagavad-gītā (15.6), ‘yad gatvā na nivartante tad dhāma paramaṁ mama’. Upon reaching that place one doesn’t need to return to this material world. That place is eternal. The word ‘guru’ is to be attributed only to that personality who h...

June 29, 2020

Śrīla Prabhupāda kept a complete record of his disciples’ preaching activities. Being highly pleased by the enthusiasm and expertise with which Śrī Narottamānanda Brahmacārī preached bhāgavata-dharma, he thus conferred upon him a Śrī Gaura Āśīrvāda certificate and the title ‘Bhakti Kamala,’ which means ‘the lotus of devotion.’ Śrī Śrīmad Bhakti Rakṣaka Śrīdhara Gosvāmī Mahārāja honored this title when he awarded Śrī Narottamānanda Brahmacārī with sannyāsa...

June 29, 2020

Nityā-līlā-praviṣṭa pūjyāpāda Śrīmad Bhakti Rakṣaka Śrīdhara Mahārāja, pūjyapāda Śrīmad Bhakti Vicāra Yāyāvara Mahārāja, pūjyapāda nāma-bhajanānandī Śrīla Kṛṣṇadāsa Bābājī Mahārāja, pūjyapāda Śrīmad Bhakti Dayita Mādhava Mahāraja and other prominent, intimate disciples of Śrī Śrīla Prabhupāda would always experience great delight upon hearing pūjyapāda Madhusūdana Mahārāja’s classes on Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam.

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January 31, 2020

When Śrīla Advaita Ācārya offered the 'śrāddha-pātra' (offering of oblations to the forefathers) to Nāmācārya Śrīla Haridāsa Ṭhākura, Śrīla Haridāsa Ṭhākura expressed some inhibition, “You belong to the society of brāhmaṇas and by this act of offering me the 'śrāddha-pātra' [Endnote 2], all will blaspheme you and this I cannot bear.” Śrīla Advaita Ācārya replied, “I will conduct myself in line with the op...

January 29, 2020

Today is Vasanta Pañcamī, the beginning of spring season. Today onwards, they will stop offering warm clothes to Lord Jagannātha. Today also happens to be the appearance day of Śrīmati Viṣṇupriyā Devī (Mahāprabhu’s śaktī), Śrī Puṇḍarīka Vidyānidhi, Śrīla Raghunātha Dāsa Gosvāmī and Śrī Raghunandana Ṭhākura along with the celebration of Sarasvatī-pūjā. Additionally, it is the disappearance day of Śrīla Viśvanātha Cakravart...

January 25, 2020

While Śrīla Bhakti Śaraṇa Śānta Mahārāja was constructing his maṭha in Māyāpura, he was residing in our maṭha. His specialty was that he would nurture small children, cultivating them spiritually, by teaching them how to perform bhajana. Upon being trained nicely however, some other devotees would later adopt the readily trained young devotees [to serve at their respective maṭhas]. Śrīla Śānta Mahārāja would never become u...

January 24, 2020

Śrī Śrīmad Bhakti Gaurava Vaikhānasa Gosvāmī Mahārāja appeared in this world in Baḍagaḍa-grāma, a village in the Gañjām district of Orissa, on the day of Kṛṣṇa Pratipadā during the month of Kārtika. He was born in an elite brāhmaṇa family, and his parents gave him the name Śrī Ujjvaleśvara Ratha. For generations, his forefathers had reverently carried out the momentous role of serving as royal priests for the king of Baḍag...

January 24, 2020

Pūjyapāda Mahārāja was naturally resplendent with the multitude of attributes found in Vaiṣṇavas, but in recalling his simple-hearted, amiable dealings and his sweetly peaceful presence, my heart becomes especially overwhelmed. After the disappearance of our most worshipful Prabhupāda, he bestowed sannyāsa to many of his prominent godbrothers, such as Śrīmad Bhakti-Dayita Mādhava Mahārāja (the founder of Śrī Caitanya Gauḍī...

January 23, 2020

Today we are remembering pūjyapāda Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Mahārāja. Nara means ‘human being,’ and ayaṇa means ‘shelter,’ and therefore when the sāstras mention the name Nārāyaṇa, it refers to a personality who is the true shelter of all living entities. Pūjyapāda Nārāyaṇa Mahārāja was like my satīrtha (godbrother). In his early days, when he was staying in Mathurā, we were once sitting together. I told him, “Mahārāja, bec...

January 20, 2020

Today is Pujyapāda Trivikram Mahārāja's appearance day. Both the appearance day and disappearance day of a Vaiṣṇava are auspicious. This is because both these days bring their remembrance, which is auspicious for us. But when they reveal their glories through their actions, only then we can follow their appearance and disappearance day. Otherwise, we wouldn't know anything. Who can know them if they don't rev...

January 18, 2020

Just see Locana Dāsa Ṭhākura’s sayutha niṣṭhā (niṣṭhā for his guru-varga). Does anyone ordinarily speak like this, with so much resoluteness? But Locana Dāsa Ṭhākura did. On one hand, Vaiṣṇavas are causelessly merciful even to the caṇḍālas and on the other they are not even willing to see the face of anyone who is averse to Nityānanda. This is simply niṣṭhā in Nityānanda and we can get such niṣṭhā only by hearing of their...

January 15, 2020

Śrīla Jayadeva Gosvāmī settled in a village called Cāṁpāhāṭī. It is known as the Śrīpāṭa of Śrīla Jayadeva Gosvāmī. We pay our respects there during the Navadvīpa parikramā. Śrīla Jayadeva Gosvāmī would make garlands using campaka flowers and offer them to his worshipable Deity, Śrī Śrī Rādhā Mādhava.

January 11, 2020

Just after his marriage, Śrīla Rāmacandra Kavirāja was following in a grand procession wherein people praised the couple for appearing as beautiful as Indra-Indrāṇi or Lakṣmī-Nārāyaṇa. However, when Śrīla Śrīnivāsa Ācārya saw [the procession], instead of praising the couple he became highly afflicted, thinking of the bridegroom becoming entangled in the material world. Realizing this, Śrīla Rāmacandra Kavirāja [the bridegr...

January 6, 2020

Bhagavān engages His devotee in service in order to bestow His mercy. Is He bereft of anything? Does He feel hungry? Even though Bhagavān is pūrṇa vastu (complete in Himself), He is hungry for the love of His devotees. To manifest the love of Jagadīśa Paṇḍita for Him and proclaim it to the world, Lord Jagannātha requested Jagadīśa Paṇḍita to take Him along and serve Him. He willingly left a place where He was getting multi...

December 28, 2019

Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī happened to meet that dig-vijayī [who insisted that Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī also sign the jaya-patra admitting defeat. However Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī decided to tame the dig-vijayī paṇḍita in a debate] Overwhelmed by his defeat, that dig-vijayī paṇḍita couldn’t help but pass stool. [In this way, Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī preserved the integrity of his spiritual master’s reputation and demonstrated the ideal behavior...

December 23, 2019

Śrīla Māheśa Paṇḍita renounced his home and wandered in different places until settling in Kāṭhālapurī. So today is the tirobhāva tithi of Śrīla Māheśa Paṇḍita, and there they still celebrate a festival. Because of Śrīla Uddhāraṇa Datta Ṭhākura, the entire of gold-merchant community got liberated and attained the mercy of Nityānanda Prabhu. He established the worship of the six-armed form of Mahāprabhu (Ṣaḍbhuja Gaurāṅga)...

December 22, 2019

Śrīla Aranya Gosvāmī Mahārāja never took a break from chanting the names of Śrī Hari, speaking Śrī Hari’s glories and pastimes, or serving Śrī Hari. He was fully engaged in these activities for all twenty-four hours of the day. Without fail, he would ask all those who approached him a question pertaining to Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava philosophy. He spared no one in this. Somehow or other, he would always initiate a spiritual discuss...

December 22, 2019

Actually, Devānanda Paṇḍita is a nitya pariṣada (eternal associate) of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu. But only to give us these teachings, he has enacted such pastimes. From Devānanda Paṇḍita’s pastime, we get to learn that no matter how many material qualities one may be adorned with, it does not guarantee development of bhakti. Initially, Devānanda Paṇḍita served the grantha bhāgavata but not bhakta bhāgavata. [Thus he had no...

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