All glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga

Nrsingha-chaturdasi Celebration with
Sripad Goswami Maharaj

Moscow, cultural center
"Sr Chaitanya Saraswati"
May 12, 2006
Pictures, report by Kundalata dd


brahmadayah sura-gana munayo ítha siddhah
sattvaikatana-gatayo vacasam pravahaih
naradhitum puru-gunair adhunapi pipruh
kim tostum arhati sa me harir ugra-jateh

How is it possible for me, who have been born in a family of asuras, to offer suitable prayers to satisfy the Supreme Personality of Godhead? Even until now, all the demigods, headed by Lord Brahma, and all the saintly persons, could not satisfy the Lord by streams of excellent words, although such persons are very qualified, being in the mode of goodness. Then what is to be said of me? I am not at all qualified.
[Srimad Bhagavatam, 7:9:8]

It happened so that for Sripad Goswami Maharaj the holy Appearance Day of Lord Nrsinghadev coincided with an arranged by Nalina Nayana Devi Dasi official appointment in an elite Moscow school, so he joined the devotees only at the end of the celebration. But even that was enough to fill the hearts of the guests with affection and joy that came from the narrations about the enchanting pastimes of the Lord, Who manifested Himself in the form of half-lion, half-man to protect His pure devotee Prahlad Maharaj. By the grace of His Holiness we all were reminded that the firm faith in Lord is capable of working real wonders, and that it is the faith in Lord that attracts His attention, mercy and protection.


Nrsingha-caturdasi fell on Friday, a working day,
so not many guests could manage to attend the temple
Waiting for the arrival of Sripad Goswami
Maharaj, Ram Ray Prabhu read out a chapter
from Srimad Bhagavatam (9:7), where
Prahlad Maharaj praises Lord Nrsinghadev:

balasya neha saranam pitarau nrsimha
nartasya cagadam udanvati majjato nauh
taptasya tat-pratividhir ya ihanjasestas
tavad vibho tanu-bhrtam tvad-upeksitanam

"My Lord Nrsimhadeva, O Supreme, because of a bodily conception of life, embodied souls neglected and not cared for by You cannot do anything for their betterment. Whatever remedies they accept, although perhaps temporarily beneficial, are certainly impermanent. For example, a father and mother cannot protect their child, a physician and medicine cannot relieve a suffering patient, and a boat on the ocean cannot protect a drowning man."


On this day we were all very fortunate to be under
the merciful and careful glance of Sri Nrsinghadev
Embarrassed by the camera Gauranga Haridasi Devi Dasi
and Raseshwari Devi Dasi
There were a lot to think about for us: why is this
incarnation special, why do we celebrate it with especial
joy, why does Lord so zealously protect His devotees, etc.
While the programme took its normal course,
downstairs Aruna Krishna Prabhu was greeting guests,
managing the book-shop and answering phone-calls
Everything is ready for Sir Nrsinghadev-puja
At last Sripad Goswami Maharaj arrived in the temple
and all the guest could hear the story of Lord Nrsinghadev's
Then Sripad Goswami Maharaj sang the bhajan
devoted to Lord Nrsinghadev
And then Nitaj Chand Prabhu,
our pujari started doing the puja
Fire offered to Lord, on the one hand,
can dispel the darkness of our ignorance,
and, on the other hand, to illuminate the path
to God, that is so far concealed for us...
...and we honour this fire with full respect
Singing the glories of Lord
Then the time for prasadam-seva came:

svadv-anna-trptan hari-bhakta-sanghan
krtvaiva trptim bhajatah sadaiva

Spiritual master always offers four kinds
of food to Krishna, and the disciple taking
this prasadam always pleases his guru

Jaya maha-bhagavat-prasadam-seva ki jaya!

Jaya Nrsingha-caturdasi-avirbhava maha-mahotsava ki jaya!
Jaya Sripad Bhakti Sudhir Goswami Maharaj ki jaya!
Jaya Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj ki jaya!


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