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3 July 2015

thumbThree Spoken Books: Complete readings of the following books added to our list of available Spoken Books free downloads page:

Inner Fulfilment
booklet compiled from Srila B.R. Sridhar Maharaj's publications.
Affectionate Guidance
by Srila B.S. Govinda Maharaj.
Sermons of the Guardian of Devotion Vol. IV
by Srila B.R. Sridhar Maharaj.

16 June 2015

Amavasya. Disappearance of Srila Gadadhar Pandit and Srila Sachchidananda Bhakti Vinod Thakur.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
Audio: Glorification of Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur and Srila Gadadhar Pandit. During this hour long informal discourse Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj describes fine points of Srila Gadadhar Pandit's and Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur's moods of devotion.
Srila Govinda Maharaj humbly then discusses, with examples, how he composed slokas, built Srila Guru Maharaj's Samadhi Mandir, etc. due to reciprocation with the transcendental plane.
1 July 1992:
63 minutes, 14+ MB m4a (aac) audio

Srila Gadadhar Pandit's and Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur's Disappearance Day. Extensive informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj on this day during his fifth world tour.
"Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur has shown exclusive service of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, that is: Gaura Gadadhar worship. Gadadhar Pandit and Mahaprabhu's connection was very intimate and affectionate..."
Venezuela, 8 July 1994, with Spanish translation.
Part 1, 38+ minutes, 9 MB mp3 audio
Part 2, 50+ minutes, 11.6 MB mp3 audio

Srimad Bhaktivinod-viraha Dasakam. Prayer of ten verses in separation from Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur composed by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. Illustrated webpage prepared by Jagamohini Devi Dasi.

The Ocean of Sri Radha's Devotion. Comprehensive compiled webpage in glorification of Srila Sachchidananda Bhaktivinod Thakur in remembrance of his disappearance this day in 1914. Content and layout prepared by Jagamohini Devi Dasi.

A wonderful excerpt about Sri Gadadhara Pandit from the book "Heart and Halo" by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj.

Disappearance of Srila Gadadhar Pandit and Srila Sachchidananda Bhaktivinoda Thakur. Two webpages compiled from Srila B.R. Sridhar Maharaj's writings, including links to further reading.

"Srimad Bhaktivinoda-viraha Dasakam" - "Prayer in Separation of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura" composed by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. Upon reading the original Sanskrit verse, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Prabhupada commented, "Now I am confident that we have one man who is qualified to uphold the standard of our Sampradaya."

Srila Sachchidananda Bhaktivinoda Thakur, the nineteenth century pioneer of Krishna consciousness, was born in 1838 in Bengal. He worked tirelessly to preserve the spiritual tradition and literature of India...

7 June 2015

Appearance of Srila Vakreshvar Pandit.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
Excerpt about Vakresvara Pandit from Sermons of the Guardian of Devotion Volume III by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
"Later on Mahaprabhu's intimate devotee, Vakresvara Pandit, came to Devananda's house. He came and had a private talk with Devananda, and Devananda was converted..." So, when Mahaprabhu after five years of sannyasa came again to visit this area, Kuliya here in Nabadwip Dham, Devananda fell at His feet, crying, "I have made such great offences!"

Vakresvara Pandit in Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita. Selection of verses where Vakresvara Pandit is mentioned, especially for his ecstatic dancing, in Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's Pastimes.

3 June 2015

Disappearance of Srila Shyamananda Prabhu and Sripad Rishabdev Das Adhikari.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
thumbAudio: Syamananda Prabhu. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj tells the story of Syamananda Prabhu finding Srimati Radharani's ankle bell and receiving a special tilak mark on his forehead by the touch of that ankle bell. Srila Sridhar Maharaj explains that Syamananda Prabhu changed from sakhya-rasa to madhura-rasa "by a special dispensation of the Absolute."
30 July 1983:
13 minutes, 3 MB mp3 audio

Shyamananda Prabhu. Excerpt from Affectionate Guidance, Chapter 17, by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
"Narottam Thakur's close associates and peers were Shyamananda and Srinivas. From the inspiration of Srila Jiva Goswami and the other Vaishnavas, these three great devotees were sent back to Bengal to continue the preaching of Mahaprabhu."

Shyamananda Prabhu is mentioned several times in Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad's purports of Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita. Here are some of his comments on Shyamananda Goswami's contribution to the cult of Mahaprabhu's sankirtan movement.

Audio: "In my life I have seen so many miracles...." Morning informal discourse in 2006 by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj in glorification of Sripad Rsabhdev Prabhu of USA in remembrance of his passing away on this day in 2000.
12 June 2006:
Download, or listen online (29+ minutes, 3.4 MB mp3 audio).

Audio: Sripad Rsabhdev Das Adhikari - an excerpt from the soundtrack of the Vimeo video of him speaking a few weeks before his passing away in 2000.
"Dive deep, don't be satisfied with the surface understanding. Religion is a prison. And we've picked up so much of the acculturation of Hinduism and what we consider to be the Vedic religion, but it's necessary for us to go to the core, and this is beyond all visual, mental, and objective understanding, and that is the subjective. We must go into the subjective evolution of consciousness, and dive deep into that reality, Reality the Beautiful, where Krishna is searching for His lost servant."
Download, or listen online (13+ minutes, 3.2 MB mp3 audio)

Video of the above talk by Sripad Rsabhdev Prabhu: 23 minutes, 58 MB QuickTime movie.

2 June 2015

Purnima. Snan Yatra (bathing) of Sri Jagannathdev. Disappearance of Srila Mukunda Datta and Srila Sridhar Pandit.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
Audio: Informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj in remembrance of this day of the Snan Yatra of Sri Jagannath Dev and the disappearance of Srila Mukunda Datta and Srila Sridhar Pandit. Extensive interaction with Sripad Bhakti Sudhir Goswami Maharaj heading devotees gathered on Srila Gurudev's veranda at our Dum Dum Park Temple including Sripad B.L. Akinchan Maharaj, Sripad B.P. Siddhanti Maharaj, Sripad B.S. Niskinchan Maharaj, Sripad B.S. Jitendriya Maharaj and Sripad B.M. Mangal Maharaj. Informal discourse given on 11 June 2006.
Download, or listen online (35+ minutes, 4.1 MB mp3 audio).

Srila Sridhar Pandit. From the chapter The Real Judgment of Love in the book Heart and Halo, Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj illustrates the glories of Srila Sridhar Pandit with an anecdote from Sriman Mahaprabhu's Pastimes.

Srila Mukunda Datta. Compiled article describing the glories of Srila Mukunda Datta with links to further reading.

31 May 2015

Grand festival of Srila Raghunath Das Goswami at Sripat Panihati.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
Audio: "Panihati Festival." Morning discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj in Dum Dum Park, 9 June 2006.
Download, or listen online (27+ minutes, 3.2 MB mp3 audio).

Panihati Festival, extensive article compiled and prepared by Jagamohini Devi Dasi about the event celebrated this day.
"Others, who could not find a place even on the bank, went into the pure water of the Ganges and began eating from their pots of rice. Raghava Pandit arrived and began to laugh with great surprise and amusement at the scene before him."

28 May 2015

Sri Ganga Puja. Appearance of Sri Ganga Mata Goswamini. Disappearance of Srila Baladev Vidyabhushan Prabhu.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
Audio: 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).

Srila 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.

thumbAudio. The Gita, processes of interpretation, and Srila Baladev Vidyabhusan. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj talks about the hundreds of interpretations of the Bhagavad-gita and how Srila Sridhar Maharaj's translation of the Gita is "the original ideal where bhakti-yoga is established in every chapter."
And: "As Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur indicated, there are two explanations of the Gita, one is raga-marga and the other is vidhi-marga. He has given us two kinds of processes, one is Visvanath Chakravarti's and the other is Baladev Vidyabhusan's."
Baladev Vidyabhusan composed Govinda-bhasya interpretation of Vedanta-darsan in twelve days and with that book he challenged the Vaishnav schools in Jaipur, defeated them all, and established there the achintya-bhedabheda conception of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
42+ minutes, 9.9 MB mp3 audio

Srila Baladev Vidyabhusan, three excerpts from the book Sri Guru and His Divine Grace by Srila Sridhar Maharaj describing his qualities, glories and valuable contribution to our sampradaya.

Srila Baladeva Vidyabhusan, illustrated article for the children devotees in honour of Srila Baladeva Vidyabhusan's Disappearance Day, prepared by Parama Bhakti Devi Dasi of Holland.

thumbAudio. Sri Ganga Mata Goswamini. Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj describes the story of Sri Ganga Mata Goswami, the disciple of Sri Haridas Pandit of Vrindavan, and who was carried into the Jagannath Temple by the Ganges when she went to bathe in the Sweta Ganga kunda in Puri.
Informal talk on 24 September 2009:
19 minutes, 4.6 MB mp3 audio

Sri Ganga Mata Goswamini, short article introducing the life of the princess Sachi Devi who took sincerely to the renounced order of life and presently became known as Ganga Mata Goswamini. Compiled with the assistance of the Nilachala Puri Guide by Nowla Kisor Prabhu.

20 May 2015

thumbSpoken Book: The Benedictine Tree of Divine Aspiration, by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj is now available as a spoken audio book. The complete book narrated by Premananda Prabhu of Ireland (aac audio files):
  Introduction (and Back Cover)
  Chapter 1 Divine Benevolence Abroad (by Mohanananda Das)
  Chapter 2 Universal Grace
  Chapter 3 Demolishing Pillars of Ego
  Chapter 4 The Eye-Opener
  Chapter 5 Life's Destination
  Chapter 6 Reaping the Eternal Fruit
  Chapter 7 Our Super Benefit
  Chapter 8 Everyone's Real Friend (by Swami B.A.Sagar)
  Appendix 1 Acharya-charana-vandana
  Appendix 2 The Mahamantra
  Appendix 3 Dasa-vidha Namaparadha

19 May 2015

Sree Chaitanya Saraswata Krishnanushilana Sangha, Dum Dum Park, Kolkata: Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Radha Madan Mohan Jiu's installation day festival.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
 Audio: Names of the Deities. This morning's informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj at our Dum Dum Park Temple, Kolkata. (12 September 2006)
Download, or listen online (15+ minutes, 1.8 MB mp3 audio)
or:
higher quality (3.6 MB mp3 audio)

Pictures, and lecture excerpt from the morning class given by Sripad Bhakti Sudhir Goswami Maharaj in glorification of the Deities' Names on this anniversary festival, 2008.

15 May 2015

Appearance of Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
Audio: Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur's Appearance Day. Informal talk by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj over the phone with Madhusudhan Prabhu from Hawaii in May 2000.
"Vrindavan Das Thakur is the incarnation of Vedavyas for Chaitanya lila, and that Vrindavan Das Thakur, today is his appearance day. We are so happy when we are reading Sri Chaitanya Bhagavat, we cannot believe how sweet is this book... Actually, Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur mentioned about Sri Chaitanya Bhagavat: it is pure suddha bhakti grantha. Pure suddha bhakti -- not depending upon any reason. It is like Ganges water flowing from up to down... Vrindavan Das Thakur was direct and last disciple of Sri Nityananda Prabhu and very much intoxicated with the Pastimes of Nityananda Prabhu."
Dum Dum Park Temple, Kolkata, 30 May 2000.
Download, or listen online (20+ minutes, 4.8 MB mp3 audio)

Bengali: Sloka in glorification of Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur and Srila Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami composed by His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. Published in the introductions of our Bengali Sri Chaitanya-bhagavat and Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita. Srila Gurudev recites the verse and explains its meanings in the above audio (of 30 May 2000). Read here in Bengali the Introduction of our Chaitanya Bhagavat.

Vyasa Avatar. The pranam mantra of Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur (English translation) composed by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, as well as a lecture in which Srila Govinda Maharaj explains the mantra's meaning. Posted on the Math's gaudiyadarshan.com website.

Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur's Appearance, illustrated article for the children devotees in honour of Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur's Appearance Day, prepared by Parama Bhakti Devi Dasi of Holland:
"When Mahaprabhu left this world Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur was about twenty years old. He was initiated by Sri Nityananda Prabhu. He was most probably the very last disciple Sri Nityananda Prabhu initiated...."

9 May 2015

Disappearance of Srila Ramananda Ray.

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.)

5 May 2015

Disappearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaj.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
thumbA Genuine Goswami. Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur's praise of Srila Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaj. Translated from the daily Nadia Prakas of 7 February 1929.

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Appreciate His Success and Rejoice. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj's article in praise of Srila Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaj. Translated from Sri Gaudiya Darshan of March 1956.

thumb A Purifying Sun. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's pranam-mantra for Srila Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaj.
 

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- Srila Sridhar Maharaj

Main Vaisnava Dates:
(Nabadwip's Calendar)

June 2015 ...continued
19 The extra month of Purusottama (until 16 July inclusive).
July 2015 (all)
12 Ekadashi. Fast.
13 Dvadashi. Paran between 5:03 and 7:52 a.m.
17 Gundicha Marjan: cleaning at the Gundicha Temple at Sri Puri Dham, and cleaning of all Temples of the Lord.
18 Ratha Yatra of Sri Jagannathdev. Disappearance of Srila Svarup Damodar Goswami Prabhu.
21 Hera Panchami. Sri Sri Laksmi Vijay at Sri Puri Dham.
24 Disappearance of Sripad Ajita Krishna Brahmachari.
26 Punar Yatra of Sri Jagannathdev (Return car festival). Disappearance of Tridandi Swami Bhakti Kamal Madhusudan Maharaj. Disappearance of Sriyukta Krishnamayi Devi.
27 Ekadashi. Fast. Sri Hari Shayan.
28 Dvadashi. Paran between 5:08 and 9:32 a.m.
31 Sri Guru Purnima. Appearance of Srila Vyasadev. Disappearance of Srila Sanatan Goswami Prabhu. Beginning of Chaturmasya (when started on Purnima as followed in Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math). Appearance of Srila Bhakti Bimal Avadhut Maharaj.
August 2015
2 Disappearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Hriday Bon Maharaj.
5 Disappearance of Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami Prabhu.
7 Disappearance of Srila Lokanath Goswami Prabhu.
10 Ekadashi. Fast.
11 Dvadashi. Paran between 5:15 and 9:33 a.m.
14 Amavasya. Festival in honour of the disappearance of Om Vishnupad Paramahamsa Parivrajakacharya-varya Ashtottara-shata-sri Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
   
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