A New Year (Nava-varṣa)A Critique of the Book: A Virtuous Treasury of Proper Conduct (Samālocana: Guṇa-nidhi Sadācara)
Śrī Śrī Raghunātha Dāsa Gosvāmī Prabhu, Śrī Śrī Kṛṣṇa Dāsa Kavirāja Gosvāmī Prabhu and Śrī Śrīnivāsa Ācārya PrabhuŚrī Śrī Raghunātha Dāsa Gosvāmī Prabhu, Śrī Śrī Kṛṣṇa Dāsa Kavirāja Gosvāmī Prabhu and Śrī Śrīnivāsa Ācārya Prabhu

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This article, ‘Nava Varṣa’ (A New Year) was an editorial published in Sajjana Toṣaṇī, Vol. 7. Issue 1 in 1895. Herein, Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura reports on the ongoing service at Śrīdhāma Māyāpura and also discusses the disappearance of Śrīla Jagannātha Dāsa Bābājī Mahārāja.

(translated by Swami B.V. Giri)

Devotees! We are once again entering a new year. May Gauracandra, who is full for compassion for the fallen, make us happy by immersing us in His gift of pure bhakti.

In the past year many happy events have occurred. At Śrīdhāma Māyāpura in Navadvīpa, Śrī Gaura-Viṣṇupriyā have nurtured the devotees with supreme bliss. The Lord’s own associates have spread happiness through the world by organising an annual festival. Efforts are being made with special initiative for the construction of a divine temple and other buildings at Śrī Yogapīṭha, while deceitful persons are feeling particularly dejected due to their offences against Mahāprabhu. By the grace of the Lord, Māyāpura is manifesting. With this construction, the world will become full of riches. Yet despite this, the happiness of deceitful individuals is emerging as a great disturbance. Our Lord is extremely merciful. Punishment is effected in order to purify the hearts of such persons. In this regard, their future auspiciousness is certain, there is no doubt in this.

An ocean of bliss was overflowing in Śrī Māyāpura during the appearance day festival (Gaura Pūrṇimā). Kīrtana, saṅkīrtana and annotsava (prasādam distribution) were beautifully performed. The respected singers were especially encouraged as a large number of pure devotees gathered together and listened to the kīrtana. Year by year, the crowds are gradually increasing. Within a very short time, ancient Navadvīpa will once again reveal its own glories, which will be visible to the eyes of the world. There is no doubt about this. Throughout Bengal, unwavering faith is being born in regards to Śrīdhāma Māyāpura. Despite the various wicked attempts made by the selfish opposition parties, they remain unsuccessful. Whatever the Lord desires will happen. The desires of deceitful persons who are absorbed in wealth and women can never become strong.

Devotees! You must endeavour to carry out the desires of Mahāprabhu with sincerity. By the grace of the Lord, may auspiciousness always be upon you.

On the 14th of the month of Phālguṇa last year, on Monday, at 10 o’clock in the morning, the commander-in-chief of the devotees, Śrī Jagannātha Dāsa Bābājī Mahāśaya, left his earthly body in the sacred land of Śrī Navadvīpa-maṇḍala, at his bhajana-kuṭīra located in Koladvīpa, attaining the divine abode. The Vaiṣṇavas have taken special care to observe his departure as a grand separation observance. Siddha Bābājī Mahāśaya entered the spiritual world, leaving the land of Gauḍa in darkness. We can no longer observe his blissful dancing during kīrtana with our physical eyes. While residing in the spiritual realm, may he bestow his blessings upon us.

It is necessary for all the devotees to establish separate services in the nine islands of Śrīdhāma Navadvīpa, and to construct a cabutārā (raised platform) for the accommodation of Vaiṣṇavas for the time when they perform parikramā. By His mercy, the Lord is favourably disposed towards this.

We are joyfully announcing that one particular sevā to Śrī Gaurāṅga is manifesting at the villages of Pūrvasthalī and Mātāpura in Rudradvīpa with particular enthusiasm. The pure brāhmaṇas are unveiling a Deity at the ṭola (Sanskrit school) of the late Paṇḍita Durgā Dāsa in Pūrvasthalī. This endeavour is highly commendable and beneficial for the Vedic brāhmaṇas. For a long time, there has been a canal in Mātāpura known as Mādhāre Khāla. Legend has it that Jāgāi and Mādhāi’s house was on the banks of that canal. They were engage in their criminal activities there. Later, they built huts near Bārakoṇā Ghāṭa in the town of Śrī Māyāpura Nabadvīpa where they engaged in drinking and other wicked activities. Near to that canal at a place called Mādhāipura, some persons are engaged in preaching and have established some service. We are delighted in seeing this initiative.

(‘Nava-varṣa’ (A New Year) by Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura was published in Sajjana Toṣaṇī, Vol.7, Issue 1 in 1885, and translated into English by Swami B.V. Giri)
A New Year (Nava-varṣa)A Critique of the Book: A Virtuous Treasury of Proper Conduct (Samālocana: Guṇa-nidhi Sadācara)
Śrī Śrī Raghunātha Dāsa Gosvāmī Prabhu, Śrī Śrī Kṛṣṇa Dāsa Kavirāja Gosvāmī Prabhu and Śrī Śrīnivāsa Ācārya PrabhuŚrī Śrī Raghunātha Dāsa Gosvāmī Prabhu, Śrī Śrī Kṛṣṇa Dāsa Kavirāja Gosvāmī Prabhu and Śrī Śrīnivāsa Ācārya Prabhu

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