Nama om vishnu-padaya Krishna-preshthaya bhu-tale
Srimate Jayapataka Svamin iti namine
Nama acharya Padaya, Nitai Kripa Pradayine
Gaur Katha Dhama-udaya, Nagara Grama Tarine
We dedicate this website and its contents unto our beloved spiritual master, HH Jayapataka Swami Guru Maharaja, whose blessings and empowerment has enabled us ineligible fools to take up this project and serve our acharyas to our heart’s content. His Holiness has taught us how to love and engage oneself completely in the service of Sri Gaurasundara. An intimate associate of the Lord, he relentlessly executes his great services, not caring a bit for his advanced age or his difficult physical condition. His exemplary mood and instructions have been instrumental in us sustaining our spiritual lives.Just as the addition of a sugar crystal helps transform sugarcane juice into solid molasses, the causeless mercy of our Guru Maharaja has flooded our desert-like hearts with the ecstatic love of Sri Gaurahari. We hanker for his blessings and hope he accepts the offerings of us insignificant servants.
nama om vishnu-padaya Krishna-preshthaya bhu-tale
srimate bhaktivedanta-svamin iti namine
namas te saraswate deve gaura-vani-pracharine
We also dedicate this website to our dear spiritual grandfather and our beloved siksha Guru, His Divine Grace Abhaya Caranaravinda Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the greatest proponent of Krishna consciousness in this world.
Srila Prabhupada had established the ‘Bhaktivedanta Swami Charity Trust’ to unearth the holy pastime places of Gauda Mandala bhumi. In 1977, Srila Prabhupada appointed HH Jayapataka Swami Guru Maharaja as this Trust’s chairman for life. From Jharu Thakura’s Sripat in Hooghly to Krishnadasa Kaviraja’s Sripat at Jhamatpura (Burdwan) to Haridas Thakura’s residence in Phulia, we have noted how the ‘Bhaktivedanta Swami Charity Trust’ has played a key role in reviving these ancient spiritual sites.‘The Gaudiya Treasures of Bengal’ aspires to assist our Guru Maharaja and Srila Prabhupada in furthering their mission. During one of the conversations with his disciples in Mayapur ,Prabhupada expressed how millions of Bengalis were by birth the followers of Caitanya Mahaprabhu. He even predicted (Let there be a Temple – chapter 6 ; Srila Prabhupada Lilamrta) that a day would arrive when these bengalis would recognize and take up Krishna consciousness as the pure form of their own culture. He added that once Bengal accepts Krishna consciousness, the whole of India would follow. And when India gets reformed, the whole world would follow in her footsteps. If this project manages to fulfill even a tiny portion of Srila Prabhupada’s desires, we would consider ourselves successful and blessed.
Srila Krishnadasa Kaviraja mentions in his Caitanya Caritamrta, how simply by remembering the numerous associates of the Lord, one gets freedom from the entanglement of this material world. Such a person easily achieves the lotus feet of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, which is rare even for the greatest of the transcendentalists. He further explains that simply by remembering the holy names of these great personalities, one can achieve the fulfillment of all his desires.
ei tina skandhhera kailun sakhara ganana
yan saba smarane bhava-bandha-vimochana
yan saba smarane pai Caitanya charana
yan saba smarane haya vanchita purana
(Caitanya Caritamrta, Adi, 12.91-92)
‘The Gaudiya Treasures of Bengal’ has been striving to seek shelter of such great personalities throughout its spiritual journey. It is only with this objective of receiving their mercy and sharing it with others, that we have set out from our homes, trying to reveal to the world the mood and esoteric pastimes of these great men.The life and teachings, of these stalwarts inspire us to imbibe the same values and principles in our own lives and we pray that they mercifully bless us, so that we may forever contemplate upon their blissful pastimes.
Without the vast Treasure house of books left behind by Srila Prabhupada, this project would never have seen the light of day. Guru Maharaja and Prabhupada’s books and lectures have provided us with the much needed impetus, guidance and details to carry on. We did also go through a few books written by other authors in order to fetch some additional details. In this regard, we would like to especially thank Sri Rupa Vilasa das and Mr Baidyanath Bhowmick, whose books helped us enrich some of our articles.
We are very happy to inform you, that the team from ‘The Gaudiya treasures of Bengal’ have actually travelled to and visited all the various pastime places mentioned in this website. All the pictures that have been published here, are photographed by us. The content of each and every post has been carefully written and edited by our team members, who have worked tirelessly to make this project successful. In the course of our pilgrimage, we have been really fortunate to receive the association of numerous elevated souls who have dedicated their lives serving the holy Dhams. We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to these devotees, without whose support and blessings, ‘The Gaudiya Treasures of Bengal’ would not have been a reality.
We would like to also thank our parents (Mr Milon De & Mrs Priti De, Mr Tilak Biswas & Mrs Gopa Biswas) who have provided us with a good education and a nice upbringing. Their love and support has been pivotal in us trying to engage in the service of Sri Guru and Gauranga. We also thank all our friends and well wishers who have helped us in our endeavour. Last but not the least, we are exceedingly grateful to Google Maps for helping us navigate to remote corners of Bengal, without experiencing much difficulty.
About Us :
‘The Gaudiya Treasures of Bengal’ is owned, managed and operated entirely by us, husband and wife – Diptiman Gaurahari Das (Dwaipayan De) & Diptimayi Vishnupriya Devi Dasi (Debdatta De). We are insignificant servants of our Guru Maharaja hankering for his causeless mercy. Diptiman Gaurahari is employed as a Senior software Engineer in a reputed MNC. Diptimayi Vishnupriya serves as a dutiful homemaker. We leave you with the below excerpt (from ‘Kabe habe bolo Sedina Amara’) that expresses the burning desires in our heart.
kabe navadvipe, suradhuni tate,
gaura-nityananda boli’ niskapate
naciya gaiya, beraibo chhute,
batulera praya chariya bichara
kabe nityananda, more kori doya,
chharaibe mora visayera maya
diya more nija-caraṇera chhaya,
namera haat-ete dibe adhikara
kinibo, lutibo, hari-nama-rasa,
nama-rase mati hoibo bibasa
rasera rasika-carana parasa,
koriya mojibo rase anibar
kabe jibe doya, hoibe udaya,
nija-sukha bhuli’ sudina-hridoya
bhakativinoda, koriya binoya,
sri-ajna-tahala koribe prachara
Nitai Gaura Premanande , Hari Haribol !