Navadwip, India — Monday, February 28th

Srila Acharya Maharaj's miracle

The most common word that I heard used to describe the divine manifestation of the Sri Sri Guru Gaura-Nityananda deities and our new temple and center, Sri Hadai Pandit Padmavati-devi Smriti Kunja at our Sree Chaitanya Saraswat Krishnanushilana Sangha in Ekachakra dham, was "miracle."

If you look at the before pictures just two weeks before the festival and the after pictures on the day of the triumphant manifestation of Sri Sri Gaura-Nityananda, you will be forgiven for thinking that Srila Acharya Maharaj has performed a miracle in getting everything ready in time for the installation festival, but that is not the real miracle.

Before Srila Guru Maharaj established his prestigious Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math on the banks of the holy Ganges River here in Navadwip dham, he first went to Ekachakra to get the permission of the dhameshvara, Lord Nityananda Prabhu, to show us, by example, that nothing in our devotional lives should be done whimsically: that unless we have the permission, blessings, and goodwill of Guru (Nityananda Prabhu) and Vaishnava, our attempts to become Krishna conscious will not be successful.

In the beginning, the Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math was no more than a thatched hut with a tall bamboo flagpole, but because Srila Guru Maharaj is jnaninas tattva-darsinah (knows past, present and future) he composed this grand sloka foretelling the glories of the Math:

srimac-caitanya-sarasvata-mathavara-udgita-kirtir jaya-srim
bibhrat sambhati ganga-tata-nikata-navadvipa-koladri-raje
yatra sri-gaura-sarasvata-mata-nirata-gaura-gatha grnanti
srimad-rupanuga sri-krtamati-guru-gauranga-radha-jitasa

...Indeed the hearts of all beings, moving and still, marvel in the glory of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math as they take shelter in the soothing, affectionate shade of the victory flag that flies aloft and sings wholeheartedly to the world the ever-expanding renown of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math — bearing that banner of all transcendental benedictions, Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math ever shines resplendent in all its divine magnificence.

And so it has come to be. By the grace of Lord Nityananda Prabhu, Srila Guru Maharaj's mission is renowned worldwide, and by the grace of Srila Guru Maharaj and the untiring efforts of his dearest disciple, Srila Gurudeva, the mercy of Nityananda Prabhu (dayal nitai) has been distributed to the four corners of the world.

Now, continuing that tradition, Srila Acharya Maharaj has fulfilled the desire of Srila Gurudeva to establish a branch of the Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math at its inception, here in Lord Nityananda Prabhu's birthplace, and installed the exquisitely beautiful Sri Sri Guru Gaura-Nityananda deities at our newest temple in Ekachakra.

Nityananda Prabhu has triumphantly returned to Ekachakra to relieve the agony of separation felt by His mother, Srimati Padmavati-devi, and His father, Sri Hadai Pandit Ojha, and He has brought His Golden Lord Gaura(nga) with Him, to see His birthplace. This is the miracle that Srila Acharyadev, Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj has accomplished by the grace of Srila Gurudeva and Srila Guru Maharaj, and by his service and dedication to their Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math and mission.

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