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Sri Nabadwip Dham

As the annual Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama begins, we remember the words of our guardians and the conception of Sri Nabadwip they have revealed to us. Srila Sridhar Maharaj says of Nabadwip:

“This Nabadwip Dham, on the banks of the Ganges, has such great value, especially for the realization of our highest self, as recommended by Sriman Mahaprabhu. It is the land of love, sweetness, charm and beauty – all are synonymous. It is heart-capturing. Our real existence is neither in our knowledge nor our power, but in our heart. Really, our proper identification is with our heart. So, in which direction our heart is moving, that is the all-important factor in our life. It is a heart transaction.

“Mahaprabhu recommended, ‘Don’t rely on your knowledge, reasoning capacity, or power, but the heart-transaction is all-important in you. The inner factor of your existence is in your heart. So try to guide your heart towards sweetness – towards home. And your real home is not here where we are wandering around with no certainty throughout eight million four hundred thousand species according to our karma. But only in the human birth, with the help of the Divine Agent, can we go back to our home: to home and affection.’

“Home is there, where the environment will take care of us, our fortune, and our comfort, independent of our consideration. The affectionate paraphernalia there will help us very lovingly. So we should make good use of this opportunity to go back to God, back to home, our sweet, sweet home.

“Mahaprabhu recommended the path: ‘With the help of the Divine agent and the revealed Scriptures, try to go there yourself. Your present position is uncertain. After death it is not fixed where you will be carried by the current of your previous karma, therefore try to utilize for the best whatever time is available before your death. You have free will, therefore those days before your death are to some degree in your hand to use, so that time you must utilize with the utmost care for God realization.’ There is nothing so important as this for all of us.

“The advice in common for us all is: ‘Give up all your duties and jump into the one duty, to go back home. There, everything is full and complete, and everyone will look after your real interest. So you must go there: back to God, back to home.'”