Ayi dina! Ayi dina!

29 05 2010

Yesterday was the tirobhav tithi of Sri Madhavendra Puri. Last night I went to Vyas Ghera to pay my respects to the sitting place of Madhavendra Puri. I was immediately greeted by friendly babajis inviting me to sit for prasad. I told them that I would prefer a cool drink instead of eating and I was given a couple of glasses of some delicious, cold beverage.

śeṣa-kāle ei śloka paṭhite paṭhite |
siddhi-prāpti haila purīra ślokera sahite ||Cc 2.4.196

“Madhavendra Puri recited this verse over and over again at the end of his life and because of it he attained siddhi.

ayi dīna-dayārdra nātha he
mathurā-nātha kadāvalokyase |
hṛdayaṁ tvad-aloka-kātaraṁ
dayita bhrāmyati kiṁ karomy aham || Cc 2.4.197

“O my beloved Lord, the friend of the afflicted. He Mathura-natha!  When, when shall I see you? Without seeing you my heart is perplexed, my beloved, and I am very restless! What am I to do?

Sitting place of Sripad Madhavendra Puri near Shyam Kunda






Namacharya 108 Sripad Ramdas Babaji Maharaja tirobhav mahotsava

7 11 2009

Jai Nitai! Here is an invitation to all on the occasion of the tirobhav smaran mahotsav of Paramaradhya Sri Gurudevera Namacharya 108 Sri Sri Pad Ramdas Babaji Maharaja. It will take place at Sri Path Bari Ashram in Barahanagar, Kolkata on November 10-15.

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Disappearance day of Pandit Srimad Vaisnavacharan Das Babaji Maharaj

16 08 2009
Sri Sri 108 Pandit Vaisnavacharan Das Babaji Maharaj

Sri Sri 108 Pandit Vaisnavacharan Das Babaji Maharaj

Today is the tirobhav of  Sri Sri 108 Vaisnavacharan Das Babaji Maharaj Pancha Tirtha.

He took birth in Orissa and in his early life he received diksha from Sripad Ramdas Babaji Maharaj and was instructed by him to serve at Sri Path Bari Ashram in Baranagar.  After some time he went to Brindavan to study the Bhagavata and other Vaisnava sastras under the guidance of Sri Radhacharan Das Babaji (Rajani Baba). When his studies were complete he moved back to Path Bari Ashram. Sripad Ramdas Babaji Maharaj started the publication of a monthly Vaisnava magazine titled, Sri Sri Nitaisundar and  Vaisnavacharan Jetha was a major contributor to the magazine. He was a highly learned Sanskrit scholar and received the title Pancha Tirtha for his erudition.  He was famous for his Bhagavat katha and was deeply loved by thousands of friends, admirers, and disciples. He entered nitya-lila in 1987 at Sri Path Bari Ashram.

Pandit Vaisnavacharan Das Babaji

Pandit Vaisnavacharan Das Babaji

Pandit Vaisnavacharan Das Babaji

Pandit Vaisnavacharan Das Babaji





Sri Rupa Goswami ~ three intensely delightful verses

3 08 2009

Jai Nitai!

Yesterday was the day of Sri Rupa Goswami’s disappearance lila. Unfortunately I was unable to post anything about this immensely important event.  At Sri Path Bari ashram in Baranagar, Kolkata they actually perform his sucak kirtan today. I would love to be able to post the sucak kirtan that our lineage performs as found in Sri Guru Kripar Dana, but I don’t have a translation available to me. To honor Prabhupad Sri Rupa Goswami I will post these three exquisite verses written by Sri Govardhan Bhatta Goswami, the grandson of a disciple of Sri Raghunath Bhatta Goswami.

hitvA rUpa-padAmbujaM bhavati yo rAdhAGghri-dAsyotsukas
tuGgaM geham asau tanoti na kathaM ramye sthale saikate
bAhubhyAM tridivaM spRzen nahi kathaM no vA kathaM cchAdayet
tUrNaM bhUri-rajobhir ambara-maNiM paGguM na kiM cAlayet

Anyone who abandons Sri Rupa Gosvami’s lotus feet and still hopes to attain Radhika’s service may as well try building a skyscraper on a beautiful sandy beach. He may as well try to touch the heavens with his upraised hands, or try to cover the sun by throwing up fistfuls of dust, or try to make a lame man walk. Why not? He has just as much chance of success.

kaH zrI-bhAgavatasya tattvam amalaM boddhuM kSamo bhUtale
ko vRndAvana-mAdhurIM kalayituM vaktuM ca dhatte matim
goSThendrAmala-rUpam adbhutatamaM ko vA nayen mAnasaM
zrImantaM karuNAkaraM guNanidhiM rUpaM sa-bandhuM vinA

Who on this earth could ever understand the pure essence of the Srimad Bhagavatam, perceive the sweetness of Vrindavan, or inspire anyone else to speak of it? And who could bring the mind to meditate on the son of Nanda’s most wondrous beauty? Without the blessings of the most merciful and virtuous Rupa Goswami and his companions, no one.

vairAgyaM vidhi-rAga-bhaktim amalAn nAnA-rasAn dvAdaza
premAnaM vraja-vAsinAM zuka-mukhair viprarSibhiH saMstutam
gopInAM paramAM lasat-para-mahA-bhAvAM samarthAM ratiM
rAdhAyAm iha mAdanaM vada sakhe ko vetti rUpaM vinA

And, my friend, pray tell, who would know anything about renunciation, devotion on either the vidhi or raga marg, the twelve holy rasas, the prema of the Vrajavasis glorified by Suka and other seers, the supreme spirit of Mahabhava found in the gopis, or their competent affection, or Radhika’s madanakhya-mahabhava? If it weren’t for Sri Rupa?






Sri Sri 108 Govardhan Das Babaji Maharaj

21 07 2009

Jai Guru! Jai Nitai!

Today is the tirobhava of Sri Sri 108 Govardhan Das Babaji Maharaj. He was an exalted Vaisnava and a close associate and disciple of Sri Radharaman Charan Dev. My gurudev, Sri Sri 108 Hridayananda Das Babaji Maharaj received bhek from him.

~ Sri Sri 108 Govardhan Das Babaji Maharaj ~

Sri Sri 108 Govardhan Das Babaji Maharaj

 Entrance to his purna samadhi at Samaj Bari

Entrance to his pushpa samadhi at Samaj Bari

Purna samadhi

Pushpa samadhi





Kirtanacharya Sri Sri 108 Hridyananda Das Babaji Maharaj Tirobhav

3 06 2009

Jai Nitai!

We just returned from the tirobhav utsava of our gurudeva, Kirtanacharya Sri Sri 108 Hridayananda Das Babaji Maharaj at Path Bari Ashram, Baranagar, Kolkata. It was a three day event starting on the 28th of May. May 30th marked the second year since his disappearance lila. The first day there was adhivas kirtan. The second day mainly featured akhanda-Nam kirtan through the day and night. The final day started with nagar-sankirtan followed by more kirtan and guru-puja, then a feast.

Early photo of gurudev worshipped in his room. Raghunath Da his sevak standing on the left.

Early photo of gurudev worshipped in his room. Raghunath Da his sevak standing on the left.

Please follow this link for more information about the disappearance of our beloved gurudeva. Jai Guru! Sri Guru!