~ Jagad Guru Chris Butler (Siddhaswarupananda Paramahamsa)

Sri Mayapur, the most prominent part of the famous city of old Nabadwip standing on the eastern side of the Ganges is well known as the holy birthplace of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Considerable portions of the old city were washed away by the Ganges in later times; nevertheless the original site of Sriman Mahaprabhu’s birthplace, the house of Jagannath Misra at Sri Mayapur, still stands to our great fortune. Here the Sri Vigrahas (images) of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and of his devotees are regularly worshipped. An off-shoot of the ancient Nim tree under which Mahaprabhu was born is still to be seen there and the soil under this Nim tree is considered highly sacred. Big Dharmasalas are being built here for the accommodation of growing influx of pilgrims. It is on this very site that the Advent Ceremony of Sriman Mahaprabhu is celebrated every year with great eclat during the Dol Purnima and a Mela is also held there at that time.

YOUNG and old, all are familiar with the name of Maharaj Ambarish, the world renowned devotee of Sri Hari. We, bound-jivas as we are and fallen under the clutches of Maya, suffer lots of miseries in this world knowing it to be our only resort and, for deliverance from those miseries, perform various sorts of good deeds; but it is an irony of fate that the same miseries trouble us again and again. However, we can get rid of the bounds of Karma (effects of the actions including those of previous births) if we study and follow the Bhaktas (devotees). Hence the life of a pure devotee is the only object of study for a jiva.

"Obeisance again and again to Lord Sree Hari, to Lord Sree Krishna Yadava, to Lord Sree Gopal, to Lord Sree Govind, to Lord Sree Ram and to Lord Sree Madhusudana."

Thus were the people of Navadweep exhorted by the Lord to sing Sankeertan in their homes. There rose, whereupon, a great din of Sankeertan to the accompaniment mridangas and Kartalas, and one could hear nothing else in the town but the chanting of the name. The Moslems who lived there were much incensed at this sound of Lord Sree Hari's Name, dinned into their ears by the voice of the multitude of devotees, and they approached the Kazi of the place to represent their grievance to him.

SRI Adwaitacharyya Prabhu is Maha Vishnu Himself who is said to have been the first material cause of the universe. So he is the same with the Godhead. The Spiritual Eternal form of Vishnu is the beginning of all and He Himself has no beginning. There is none with whom His paternity may be established, yet to develop the “Batsalya Rasa” ( the chief characteristic of which is affection ) and to develop the transcendental sentiments of the devotees of Batsalya Rasa, He, being the Father of all, makes appearances as the Son of His own devotee. Sri Adwaita Acharyya Prabhu appeared before the ordinary mortals at a very auspicious moment in the family of Kuber Mishra in the village of Nabagram near Sylhet.

Thakur Bhaktivinode 'the founder of the ‘Sajjanatoshani' made his auspicious advent into this world on the 2nd September 1838. He remained visible to us for a period of seventy-six years.

The seat of the family in which Thakur Bhaktivinode made his appearance is Calcutta but he first saw the light in the village of Birnagar (Ula) within Nabadwipamandal (the circle of Nabadwipa). One of the ancestors was the recipient of the special favour of Lord Nityananda, the Associated Counterpart of Mahaprabhu Sree Chaitanya. In boyhood Thakur Bhaktivinode resided in his maternal uncle’s house at Birnagar in the midst of opulence. He was overtaken by a sudden adversity in his eleventh year. Shortly after this he came to Calcutta.

People who are interested to study the Attibaris of Orissa will get light if they go through the following letter published in the “Progress” on the 18th August 1871. The word Attibari indicates that they are a set of people who care very little for their preceptors with their following and who entertain an idea quite independent of the prevailing sanctity though they base their thought on antique principles. In Bengal the epithet Attibari is given to the followers of one Rup Kabiraj who happened to have quarrelled with the following of Acharyya Srinibas on some religious practice which deviated him from the Srauta method. The Attibaris of Orissa in some places have identified themselves with their provincial cause of nationality but we entreat them to refrain from doing so for the sake of comparative significance of religious views which are common properties of all nations. The system of Bhakti has a special characteristic which should never be ignored in furthering a national sentiment of a particular province. The patient inquisitive readers will find substantial material when they go over this article for their future guidance; so we cannot resist culling it here in toto.
Ed. H.

Ours has always been the unmodifiable gold old policy, viz., to seek to offer to offer the Transcendental Sound. Who alone can enlighten us regarding our eternal spiritual relationship with the Absolute Person Sree Krishna. We have sought to do this by practising unconditional submission to the Lotus Feet of the Transcendental Spiritual Guide or the Sat-Guru in the line of Preceptorial Descent from Sree Rupa Goswami Prabhu, the authorised Acharya of the Universal Theistic Association of pure souls for the loving service of the Absolute available in the present Kali Yuga.