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- Srila Govinda Maharaj

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23 May 2017

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...."

16 May 2017

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.)

11 May 2017

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.

10 May 2017

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...."

9 May 2017

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).

4 May 2017

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.

2 May 2017

Sri Jahnavi Puja (Sri Ganga Puja).

In appreciation of the senior Acharyas currently giving guidance, shelter and initiation in the exalted line of Srila Guru Maharaj Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj and Srila Gurudev Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
Throughout the last seven challenging years since Srila Gurudev's disappearance each of them has been tirelessly nourishing devotees by presenting Bhagavan Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur's noble mission given to us through Srila Gurudev and Srila Guru Maharaj.
We invite all devotees, established as well as newcomers, to get to know each of these senior Acharyas better and thus continue to find nourishment and shelter in the present age.
Here are some links (in alphabetical order) to start your acquaintance. These can be translated to other languages via Google Translate or similar.
With full obeisances to their holy feet and ever prayerful and hopeful for their grace to help us all, both individually as well as collectively, to continue in service and association within the devotional family established by Srila Gurudev and Srila Guru Maharaj:
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj: scsmathinternational.com
Srila Bhakti Kusum Ashram Maharaj: scsmathmexico.com.mx
Srila Bhakti Bimal Avadhut Maharaj: harekrsna.ru
Srila Bhakti Sudhir Goswami Maharaj: Theistic Media Studios 'livestream'
Srila Bhakti Pavan Janardan Maharaj: sevaashram.net
Srila Bhakti Vijay Trivikram Maharaj: scsmath.com.br
 
Related to this day Sri Jahnavi Puja (Sri Ganga Puja) 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.

1 May 2017

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

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Main Vaisnava Dates:
(Nabadwip's Calendar)

May 2017 (continued)
16 Disappearance of Srila Ramananda Ray.
22 Ekadashi. Fast. (In Nabadwip.)
23 Dvadashi. Paran (in Nabadwip) between 4:57 and 8:21 a.m. Appearance of Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur.
26 Sree Chaitanya Saraswata Krishnanushilana Sangha, Dum Dum Park, Kolkata: Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Radha Madan Mohan Jiu's installation day festival.
29 Disappearance of Srila Bhakti Gaurava Giri Maharaj (Sripad Paramananda Vidyaratna Prabhu).
June 2017
4 Sri Ganga Puja. Appearance of Sri Ganga Mata Goswamini. Disappearance of Srila Baladev Vidyabhushan Prabhu.
5 Ekadashi. Fast. (In Nabadwip)
6 Paran between 4:56 and 9:23 a.m. (in Nabadwip).
7 Grand festival of Srila Raghunath Das Goswami at Sripat Panihati.
9 Purnima. Snan Yatra (bathing) of Sri Jagannathdev. Disappearance of Srila Mukunda Datta and Srila Sridhar Pandit.
10 Disappearance of Srila Shyamananda Prabhu and Sripad Rishabdev Das Adhikari.
11 Disappearance of Sri Gaurahari Bhakti Sampad Prabhu.
14 Appearance of Srila Vakreshvar Pandit.
20 Ekadashi. Fast (in Nabadwip). Disappearance of Sriyukta Rama Devi.
21 Dvadashi. Paran between 4:56 and 9:25 a.m. (in Nabadwip).
24 Amavasya. Disappearance of Srila Gadadhar Pandit and Srila Sachchidananda Bhakti Vinod Thakur. Gundicha Marjan: cleaning at the Gundicha Temple at Sri Puri Dham, and cleaning of all Temples of the Lord.
25 Ratha Yatra of Sri Jagannathdev.
26 Disappearance of Srila Svarup Damodar Goswami Prabhu.
28 Hera Panchami. Sri Sri Laksmi Vijay (observed the following day in Sri Puri Dham).
   
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