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27 May 2016

Disappearance of Srila Ramananda Ray (because the Panchami tithi on the previous day was viddha).

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
Text and Audio. About Sri Ramananda Ray from the book by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj: 'The Search for Sri Krishna, Reality the Beautiful.'
This chapter 'Reality the Beautiful' is available as a text 'pdf' file and as a reading, spoken by Sripad B.S. Tridandi Maharaj:
Part one (21 mins 2.4 MB mp3 audio).
Part two (21 mins 2.4 MB mp3 audio).

Meeting, teachings and qualities of Sri Ramananda Raya sweetly and authoritatively discussed in the chapter The Next Edition of Radha-Krishna's Pastimes of the book Revealed Truth by Srila Govinda Maharaj. 1.8 MB pdf file.

Audio. Srila Ramananda Ray's glories. Morning informal darshan by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj:
"After Mahaprabhu, Swarup Damodar disappeared. But Ramananda Ray was so strong and strict and affectionate natured. He managed everything there in Puri Dham and everything was very quiet. We do not know if it was Mahaprabhu's instruction to him or not, but practically we are seeing that if Ramananda Ray was not there, the whole situation would have been so much sad and intolerable."
Informal morning darshan, 25 May 2008:
41 minutes, 4.9 MB mp3 audio also in higher quality: 9.8 MB.

Audio: "Today is the Disappearance Day of Ramananda Ray. Two exclusive General Preachers and servitors of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu: one is Swarup Damodar, and another is Ramananda Ray."
Srila Govinda Maharaj's informal morning darshan, 7 May 2007.
(36+ minutes, 4.2 MB mp3 audio in higher quality: 8.4 MB.)

24 May 2016

Thirty-nine Indian language pdf books of the Math are now available for free download due to the care and dedication of Anand Prabhu of South India. These include books in Bengali, Hindi and Oriyan.

22 May 2016

Disappearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaj.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
thumb A Purifying Sun. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's pranam-mantra for Srila Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaj.

21 May 2016

Purnima. Sri Krishna's Phul Dol and Salila Bihar. Buddha Purnima: appearance day of Lord Buddha. Disappearance of Srila Parameshvari Das Thakur. Appearance of Srila Srinivas Acharya.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
thumbAudio: Srinivas Acharya and the stolen books. Srinivas Acharya, Narottama Thakur and Shyamananda Prabhu were sent by Jiva Goswami to preach in Bengal with the books of the Goswamis. On the way, the books were stolen by King Birahambir who had heard from his astrologer that those trunks contained a great treasure. Later, when meeting with the King, Srinivas explained the proper meaning of Srimad-Bhagavatam. The King was so impressed that he confessed to having stolen the books and took shelter at Srinivas Acharya's lotus feet and begged for initiation.
Informal discourse given by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj at our Temple in Dum Dum Park, Calcutta, 2001. Click on the link above to read more, or listen directly from here:
18+ minutes, 4.2 MB mp3 audio.

thumbAudio: Srinivas Acharya and and preaching in Bengal. Second part of the discourse. Srila Govinda Maharaj recites part of the Sri Sri Sad-Goswami-astak composed by Srinivas Acharya and tells the story of his preaching in Bengal together with Narottama Thakur and Shyamananda Prabhu. Click on the link above to read more, or listen directly from here:
9+ minutes, 2.2 MB mp3 audio.

Srila Srinivas Acharya's Appearance, illustrated article for the children devotees in honour of Srila Srinivas Acharya's Appearance Day, prepared by Parama Bhakti Devi Dasi of Holland:
"Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu spoke with them and said: 'Chaitanya Das, your wife is right. I want you to have a child and I want you to call the child Srinivas.' Both Chaitanya Das and his wife were very, very happy to receive this order from the Lord...."

20 May 2016

Sri Nrisimha Chaturdashi: appearance day of Sri Nrisimhadev. Full fast until after sunset, then no grains (anukalpa).

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
My Connection is All-in-All. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj explains how Prahlad Maharaj illuminates the meaning of Srimad Bhagavad-gita. Article posted on the Math's GaudiyaDarshan.com website.

Audio: Sri Nrsimha Chaturdasi, 1996 in Hawaii. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj speaks extensively about this day:
"Whoever is worshipping Nrsimhadev, all the disturbance in their spiritual life Nrsimhadev is ousting through His divine glance. This is very famous in India. Today the whole of India is worshipping Nrsimhadev and Prahlad Maharaj... The puja system of Nrsimhadev is organised in the Puranas in this way: first they will worship Prahlad then they will worship Nrsimhadev. Then Nrsimhadev will be very happy."
Lord Nrsimhadev's appearance day, 1 May 1996:
76+ minutes, 18+ MB mp3 audio

Harmonist article: Sree Nrisinghadeva in English, first published in May 1931.
"Sree Nrisinghadeva graciously made His Appearance in this world, that is to say to the actual view of unbelievers, at a very early stage in the evolution of the theistic consciousness of the human race."
500 K pdf file of scans of the original magazine (cleaned up and re-posted).

thumbAudio: Nrsimha Chaturdasi, 1982. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj gives an informal discourse at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math on this day in 1982. "When Prahlad Maharaj was tortured to the extreme by his own guardian, none could come to his relief. But Nrsimhadev came in the most trying moment. So, He is there. He is everywhere. He is all-conscious about our different stages. When our demand is very acute, very intense, He appears: 'I am your guardian, I am here, I am here!'"
6 May 1982:
37 minutes, 8.6 MB mp3 audio

Audio: Sri Nrsimha Chaturdasi. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj's informal discourse at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math on this day in 1983. Srila Sridhar Maharaj expresses the exemplary mood of prayer to Lord Nrsimhadev and how to honour this occasion. His Divine Grace mentions that Nrsimha Temples are more common in South India and touches on his own service there in earlier years.
Tape side one (4 mins 1 MB mp3 audio).
Tape side two (13+ mins 3.2 MB mp3 audio).

Video. Sri Nrsimha-chaturdasi Festival 2008 held at our Dum Dum Park Temple, and presided over by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. Video taken and prepared by Vaidehi Devi Dasi:
16+ minutes, 21+ MB 'mov' QuickTime video

'Bound by Affection' - Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj gives an historic account of the events that surrounded his first days at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math and of his coming to the Math on this day in 1947.

Audio: Sri Nrsimha Chaturdasi. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj chants the glories of Prahlad Maharaj, and relates the lila of Sri Nrsimhhadev's appearance, May 2007.
(45+ minutes, 5.3 MB mp3 audio also in higher quality: 10.5 MB.)

Audio: Srila Gurudev leading kirttan on Sri Nrsimha Chaturdasi at the conclusion of the first part of the early evening programme in the nat-mandir, May 2007.
(3+ minutes, 600 K mp3 audio)

Audio: Sri Nrsimha Chaturdasi informal morning talk by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj on his verandah in Kolkata, May 2006. Discussing his earlier days in Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math and the power of Srila Guru Maharaj.
Download, or listen online (37+ minutes, 6.5 MB mp3 audio).

Sri Nrisimha Chaturdasi. Hear Srila Govinda Maharaj's lecture on this day in 1999, also read a transcript by Sadhu Priya Prabhu of this talk.
Part one (15 mins 3.6 MB mp3 audio).
Part two (13+ mins 3.1 MB mp3 audio).

The Holy Appearance Day of Lord Nrsimhadeva. Two page illustrated extract from the discourse given by His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj on Sri Nrsimha-chaturdasi day 1999, at Sri Govinda Dham, Murwillumbah, Australia.

Audio: Sri Nrsimha-chaturdasi Bengali class by Sripad B.N. Acharyya Maharaj, and the final part of Kirttan leading up to the class here at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. This audio is posted by request, for our growing number of Bengali visitors to the Math's website.


Kirttan leading up to the class. Download or listen online(6+ minutes, 790 K mp3 audio)
Sri Nrsimha-chaturdasi Bengali class. Download or listen online(57+ minutes, 6.9 MB mp3 audio).

15 May 2016

Appearance of Sri Nityananda-shakti, Sri Jahnava Devi, and Sri Rama-shakti, Sri Sita Devi. Appearance of Srila Bhakti Sudhir Goswami Maharaj.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
thumbAudio: Srimati Jahnava Devi is mentioned by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj in part 2 of this talk about Srinivas Acharya over the phone with Madhusudan Prabhu in 2001. "When Narottam Das Thakur came back and inherited his fathers property, he made big arrangement to install six Deities at a time in different places. Jahnava Devi installed them all. She became the Acharya of all the Deities' installation." Dum Dum Park, Kolkata, December 2001.
Srinivas-Acharya-part2 (9+ minutes, 2.2 MB mp3 audio)
Also available Part 1:
Srinivas-Acharya-part1 (18 minutes, 4.2 MB mp3 audio)

thumb Srimati Jahnava Devi, guest of honour at Kheturi Gram Festival. References to her in the last two pages of the article prepared for the devotee children by Parama Bhakti Dasi in glorification of Narottam Das Thakur on his appearance day.

Excerpt about Jahnava-devi from The Nectarean Glories of Sri Nityananda Prabhu by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. Also available in pdf format.

13 May 2016

Sri Jahnavi Puja (Sri Ganga Puja).

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
thumbAudio: Glories of the Ganges. Informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj at our Dum Dum Park Temple, Kolkata on the day of Sri Ganga Puja, 2006:
Download, or listen online (12+ minutes, 1.3 MB mp3 audio).

thumbSrila Gurudev bathes in the Ganges near Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, accompanied by several devotees. Pictures and partial transcript of Srila Govinda Maharaj talking that morning of 4 April 2007 about the holy River Ganges.

11 May 2016

Appearance of Sripad Shankar Acharya. Disappearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Vilas Gabhastinemi Maharaj.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
thumbAudio: Causeless and Irresistible. Sripad Janardan Maharaj's class given on the appearance day of Sankaracharya, coinciding with the Sunday programme at our Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Seva Ashram, Soquel, California.
8 May 2011, Soquel, USA:
50+ minutes, 8+ MB mp3 audio

8 May 2016

Appearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Vichar Jajavar Maharaj.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
The Embodiment of Tranquility. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj glorifies Srimad Bhakti Vichar Jajavar Maharaj. Translated from a Bengali article originally published in Sri Gaudiya Darshan, May 1956, posted here in English on the Math's GaudiyaDarshan.com website.

thumbAudio. In remembrance of Sripad Jajavar Maharaj. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj tells about Sripad Jajavar Maharaj's comment of Srila Sridhar Maharaj uprooting the Benares' Mayavadis' conception, throwing it away and establishing Krishna Consciousness. This took place at the time Srila Prabhupad Saraswati Thakur wanted to establish a Math in Benares.
19+ minutes, 4.5 MB mp3 audio

Pranam mantra of Sripad Bhakti Vichar Jajavar Maharaj composed by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj and referred to by His Divine Grace in the 1987 recording below. Posted with English translation on the Math's gaudiyadarshan.com website, this mantra was first published on 10 May 1956 in Sri Gaudiya Darshan in an article commemorating Sripad Jajavar Maharaj's appearance day.

In praise of Sripad Bhakti Vichar Jajavar Maharaj. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj chants the glories of the last devotee to receive sannyas from Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur. An informal discourse recorded in 1987 at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.
MP3 audio with extensive summary notes (html link to summary and to 13+ minutes, 3 MB mp3 audio file).

6 May 2016

Amavasya. Appearance of Srila Gadadhar Pandit Goswami.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
Pandit Sri Gadadhar Goswami. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj's definitive article on Srila Gadadhar Pandit's paramount sacrifice. Translated from a Bengali article originally published in Sri Gaudiya Darshan, August 1956, and posted here in English on the Math's GaudiyaDarshan.com website.

 Pandit Sri Gadadhar, the Lord's most intimate associate. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj describes the heart of the Lord's most intimate associate. Posted on the Math's GaudiyaDarshan.com website.

Audio: Srila Gadadhar Pandit's Appearance Day. Informal talk by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj over the phone with Madhusudhana Prabhu from Hawaii. Dum Dum Park Temple, Kolkata, 2006.
Download, or listen online (20+ minutes, 4.7 MB mp3 audio)

 The Lotus feet of Gadadhar Pandit are our sole treasure. Excerpt from 'Divine Guidance'. Chapter Two, 'On the way to Sri Puri-Dham' by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
"Both the feelings of Mahaprabhu and the feelings of Gadadhar Pandit were described in a beautiful sloka by our Srila Guru Maharaj: 'The lotus feet of Gadadhar Pandit are our sole treasure. He resided by the ocean of Vipralambha which was manifest by his life and soul, Lord Gauranga, who took everything from him.'"

Puri Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Jagannathdev and His Dham. A Special discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj published in the Jagannathdev's Rathayatra edition 1995 of the Math's periodical, Sri Gaudiya Darshan. (144 K pdf file.)
"In His later pastimes, almost every day Mahaprabhu would go to the ocean and meet with Sri Gadadhar Pandit, and Sri Gadadhar Pandit would sometimes go to Gambhira and read the Srimad Bhagavatam to Mahaprabhu... Mahaprabhu considered every letter of Srimad-Bhagavatam to be a manifestation of Krsna, and when He heard it from Gadadhar Pandit’s lotus mouth He felt so much peace and felt Himself to be fully nourished. Sri Gadadhar Pandit served Mahaprabhu in this way."

'Srinivas Acharyya and the Stolen Books.' In this audio recording, Srila Gurudev, His Divine Grace Srila Govinda Maharaj, touches further on the Pastimes between Srila Gadadhar Pandit and Srinivas Acharyya.

thumbAudio: Srila Gadadhar Pandit. Evening class by Sripad B.S. Goswami Maharaj on Srila Gadadhar Pandit's appearance day this year. "Revealed truth is not to be received the same way that you are educated about any other subject... Srila Guru Maharaj says here that ten million cupids will faint to have a glimpse of the beauty of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu."
3 May 2011, Dum Dum Park, Kolkata:
63 minutes, 11 MB mp3 audio

thumbAudio: Gaur Gadadhar, the supreme worshipable Deity. Sripad Tyagi Maharaj reads a transcript of Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's lecture from 2006 on the occasion of Gadadhar Pandit's appearance day. "We are so fortunate that Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur has told us: 'Gaur Gadadhar is the supreme worshipable Deity in this world.' He (Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur) lived in Svananda Sukhada Kunja in Nabadwip and while living there he manifested Gaur Gadadhar puja. Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur's disappearance day is in the same day as the disappearance day of Sri Gadadhar Pandit."
3 May 2011, Nabadwip:
46 minutes, 10+ MB mp3 audio

'Lotus Eyes -- Lotus Tears: Gadadhar -- Mahaprabhu's Ecstatic Correlative,' an article by Sripad Goswami Maharaj:
'By the divine grace of Srila Sridhar Maharaj, such an astonishing conception was projected on the mirror of my conscious self -- so beautiful, luminous -- it penetrated the layers of dust and ego, covering my heart, providing a momentary glimpse into his conceptual domain.''Two Surrendered Souls,' Sripad Akinchan Maharaj reflects on this holy day in 2004 (also available on our local mirror):
'Srila Sridhar Maharaj says: "Gadadhar Pandit represents Radharani's mood, Her nature, Her heart." .... And at the conclusion of 'Heart and Halo,' Srila Sridhar Maharaj says that Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur identified Gadadhar Pandit with Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur. "That was the vision of our Gurudeva. He could see in them the same identity...."'

'The Hidden Chamber of Bhajan.' Sripad Goswami Maharaj recounts Srila Gurudev's response to a suggestion that a deity of Sri Gadadhar join the Mahaprabhu Vijay Vigraha at the Chandan Yatra Mandir in Govinda Kunda:
' "Why was the worship of Gaur Gadadhar not manifested in Mayapur? First one must become qualified about that conception. One must not only understand it theoretically but must have substantial feelings. The worship of Gaur Gadadhar was the deep bhajan of Bhaktivinoda Thakur hidden in his bhajan kutir."

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Main Vaisnava Dates:
(Nabadwip's Calendar)

May 2016 (continued)
27 Disappearance of Srila Ramananda Ray (because the Panchami tithi on the previous day was viddha).
June 2016
1 Ekadashi. Fast.
2 Dvadashi. Paran between 4:55 and 9:21 a.m. Appearance of Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur.
6 Sree Chaitanya Saraswata Krishnanushilana Sangha, Dum Dum Park, Kolkata: Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Radha Madan Mohan Jiu's installation day festival.
8 Disappearance of Srila Bhakti Gaurava Giri Maharaj (Sripad Paramananda Vidyaratna Prabhu).
15 Sri Ganga Puja. Appearance of Sri Ganga Mata Goswamini. Disappearance of Srila Baladev Vidyabhushan Prabhu.
16 Nirjal Ekadashi. Fast.
17 Dvadashi. Paran between 4:56 and 9:22 a.m.
18 Grand festival of Srila Raghunath Das Goswami at Sripat Panihati.
20 Purnima. Snan Yatra (bathing) of Sri Jagannathdev. Disappearance of Srila Mukunda Datta and Srila Sridhar Pandit.
21 Disappearance of Srila Shyamananda Prabhu and Sripad Rishabdev Das Adhikari.
22 Disappearance of Sri Gaurahari Bhakti Sampad Prabhu.
25 Appearance of Srila Vakreshvar Pandit.
30 Ekadashi. No fast (because of Dashami viddha). Disappearance of Sriyukta Rama Devi.
July 2016
1 Dvadashi. Ekadashi. Fast.
2 Trayodashi. Paran between 4:56 and 9:26 a.m.
   
NB Ekadashi, dvadashi and 'paran' dates and times given here are calculated for Nabadwip. Please consult your local Centres for local dates/times.
  'Fast' on Ekadahsi or Maha-dvadashi, refers to fasting from grains.
  'Paran' the day after such fasting days, refers to breaking fast with grains, after sunrise (unless otherwise stated) and before a specified time.
  Optional morning fast is observed in honour of prominent Vaisnavas on their appearance and disappearance days.
Full Vaishnava Calendar