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1 March 2015

Ekadashi. Fast. Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama begins. Parikrama of Sri Ishodyan, Sri Yoga Pith (Sriman Mahaprabhu's appearance place), Srivas Angan, etc, and Sri Simantadwip, Sri Rudradwip, and Sri Antardwip.

Newly published Sri Navadvipa-dhama-mahatmya, and Sri Nabadwip-bhava-taranga. Revised and expanded edition of these two books of Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur including verse by verse translations. Available as a free pdf download and for purchase in printed book form. Very helpful for following the Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikramas taking place now in Nabadwip.
Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama: Helpful for us to follow the parikrama with our hearts and minds:
-) Day by day write-up of Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama, by Malini Devi Dasi (of Malta).

26 February 2015

thumbNew Vaishnava Calendar up to Sri Gaura Purnima 2016 is now available here.

The new iCal Vaishnava Calendar is now also available, for automatic notifications of events on computers and portable devices. Download this iCal file (right click then 'Save Target As...' or similar wording) then install.

 The new Bengali Panjika is now available as a pdf file.
2015–16 English Wall Calendar for Nabadwip: pdf download.
(These are both posted on the Math's gaudiyadarshan.com website.)

19 February 2015

Anniversary festival of the installation of Sri Sadashiva Gangadhar, Sri Govinda Kunda, Nabadwip. Disappearance of Vaishnava Sarvabhauma Srila Jagannath Das Babaji Maharaj, Srila Rasikananda Dev Goswami, and Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Dayita Madhava Maharaj.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
Audio: Sri Govinda Kunda manifests, Lord Siva arrives. First part of the public discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj given on 3 March 2003, the day after the installation of Sri Gangadhara Sada-Siva here by Sri Govinda Kunda. Part one. (20 minutes. Streaming audio, or download and listen.)

Audio: Lord Siva appeared here yesterday. The second part of the public discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj at the Sevashram on 3 March 2003. (22 minutes. Streaming audio, or download and listen.)
Lord Shiva's pranam mantra, composed by Srila Govinda Maharaj just before the installation of Lord Shiva by Sri Govinda Kunda, Nabadwip, in 1983.

Pilgrimage to Sri Buroraj Shiva: Srila Govinda Maharaj's pilgrimage to ask permission of Lord Shiva at Jhamalpur for the inauguration of the Shiva Temple beside Sri Govinda Kunda, 2003.

Installation of Lord Shiva in his new Temple by Sri Govinda Kunda. Picture page of the programme opposite Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip, 2 March 2003.

18 February 2015

Sri Sri Shivaratri. (Optional fast.)

 Audio: Indispensable Guidance. Initiation excerpts from Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj giving Harinam initiations in February 1998. Includes a brief mention about Lord Siva:
12 minutes, 5+ MB mp3 audio
Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
thumbAudio: Lord Shiva. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj explains clearly the different aspects of Lord Shiva and his position as Rudra and Sadashiva. "The consciousness which is in connection with misconception - not proper conception but misconception - eternally connected, that sort of consciousness has got Shiva. And Sadashiva is a little higher consciousness of Shiva which is tending towards Vaikuntha service."
21 December 1981:
17+ minutes, 4 MB mp3 audio

 Audio: Sri Sri Shivaratri, 2009. "Another form of Lord Shiva is Gangadhar. According to what was revealed in my heart I gave that name to our manifested Deity of Lord Shiva: Gangadhar. Ganga Mayi, she comes down for rescuing the fallen souls and Lord Shiva takes her force in his hair ... Always our names (of the Deities) are perfect everywhere. Srila Guru Maharaj has given that inspiration to me and I am giving that name."
Informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj on Shivaratri evening, 6 March 2008.
7 minutes, 1.7 MB mp3 audio

10 February 2015

Appearance 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.

9 February 2015

The 143nd divine appearance festival of the founder of the Sri Chaitanya Math and worldwide Sri Gaudiya Maths, Bhagavan Sri Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Prabhupad. Anniversary festival of the installation of Sri Gupta-Govardhan Sri Mandir, Sri Govinda Kunda, Nabadwip. Disappearance of Srila Purushottam Thakur.

thumbAudio: Glorification of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur and all the Rupanuga Dhara by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, explaining the substantial lineage of our sampradaya coming through Srila Saraswati Thakur.
A gem from 1982:
12 minutes, 3 MB mp3 audio
Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
thumbAudio: Glories of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur. Informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj in which he describes how Srila Saraswati Thakur changed the impression society had of the Vaishnavas - who used to be seen as low class. He established grand temples and utilised everything, including all the "fruits of technology", to spread Krishna consciousness all over the world. Now everybody sees how great is Vaishnava dharma: greater than great.
Informal discourse by Srila Govinda Maharaj on Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur's avirbhav, 1990:
53 minutes, 15 MB mp3 audio

Audio: Bhagavan Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur's divine appearance, 2005. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj sings the famous song Sri Dayita Das Pranati Panchakam composed by Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj about Srila Saraswat Thakur's divine appearance. Srila Gurudev then continues to extensively glorify Srila Saraswati Thakur.
"You are all in the group of Srila Saraswati Thakur's divine servitors, you all, all over the world. Not only our mission, so many missions manifested in this world after Saraswati Thakur and all is the divine group of Srila Saraswati Thakur's servants. And finally the whole world has got that ecstasy of the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra ... The supreme mantram in this age of kali yuga; that comes from Srila Saraswati Thakur through his divine associates. Then everything is very glorious today."
Informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj on Bhagavan Srila B.S. Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad's appearance day, 28 February 2005. A particularly clear recording:
49+ minutes, 11+ MB mp3 audio
You can follow the song by reading here Sri Dayita Das Pranati Panchakam (pdf file).

My Guru-Puja, by Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur, published in the English magazine The Harmonist as his response to his 58th Anniversary Sri Vyasa Puja celebrations, 26th February 1932. Available here as a 1.1 MB pdf document of the scanned pages.
Also now available as a text webpage.

My Advice. Principles taught by Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur published in the Bengali magazine Sri Gaudiya Darshan in 1956. Posted here in Bengali with English translation on the Math's gaudiyadarshan.com website. Succinct, clear and very important.

Audio: Srila Govinda Maharaj's talk and kirttan in our Govardhan Temple, chanting the glories of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur and Krishna consciousness on 26 February 2008. His Divine Grace was in the Temple for two hours, and later expressed his great satisfaction with the programme attended by devotees from all over the world.
46+ minutes, 5.5 MB mp3 audio or higher quality: 11 MB mp3.

Audio: Continuation of the Appearance Festival of Bhagavan Sri Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur, 26 February 2008, in Govardhan. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj invited Sripad Bhakti Sudhir Goswami Maharaj to address the devotees. His Divine Grace expressed his appreciation for this talk, then himself talked further before concluding by singing 'Sri Rupa Manjari Pada...."
37 minutes, 4.4 MB mp3 audio also in higher quality: 8.7 MB.

thumbSlide show of Srila Gurudev's last visit to Govardhan and photos of the Appearance Festival of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur during that same visit.
Slideshow (14+ minutes, 10.8 MB mov)
Webpage of photos

Archive Video:
This day in 1988 in Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math with Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj and Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
Archive footage of the Grand Appearance Anniversary of Bhagavan Sri Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad, prepared for the web by Sadhu Priya Prabhu: 20+ MB 'mp4' video file, 17+ minutes. (Download and view with a fairly recent version of QuickTime, iTunes, etc.)

Nabadwip. Picture slide-show of the Appearance Festival of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad held at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip. (2008) 2.6 MB 'mov' file, 5 minutes, slide show of forty-two pictures for Srila Govinda Maharaj to see and all to share. (Download and view with QuickTime, VLC, iTunes, etc.)

Audio: Appearance Day of Bhagavan Sri Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Goswami Prabhupad. Morning darshan by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj on his veranda in Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, 7 February 2007. "Today is a very auspicious day for us because our life and death, everything, is depending upon the mercy of Gurudev."
31 minutes, 3.7 MB mp3 audio also in higher quality: 7.3 MB.

Audio: Srila Govinda Maharaj's discourse at our Dum Dum Park, Kolkata, Temple on Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur's Appearance Day. (2004)
Part one: 15+ minutes, 2.6 MB mp3 audio.
Part two: 15+ minutes, 2.6 MB mp3 audio.
(Although these audio files recieved from Kolkata are of poor quality with considerable background noise and distortion, we hope the listeners may still appreciate sharing this holy discourse of His Divine Grace given on such a special day.)

Two essays by Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur have been added to the text library at the 'Sri Guru Vandana' website today in honour of His Divine Grace's Appearance Day:
Sri Bhakti Siddhanta Vani and the Talk to Mrs. Nora Morell. Both of these articles have appeared in earlier editions of Sri Gaudiya Darshan.

Video: Festival news of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur's Appearance Day celebrations, 2004. The report is hosted by Vaidehi Devi Dasi from USA. (10+ minutes 3.6MB RealPlayer video download then play with RealPlayer.)

Appearance Day Festival in 2003 of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur, and the inauguration that day of The Lord's Pastimes in the new Temple in the centre of Sri Govinda Kunda. Web-page of pictures.

3 February 2015

Purnima. Appearance of Srila Narottam Das Thakur. Sri Krishna's Madhurotsav.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
Audio: Srila Narottam Das Thakur. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj extensively chants the glories of Srila Narottam Das Thakur. This discourse was first posted on the first day of Karttik 2013 as 'Karttik month. Narottam Das Thakur'.
42+ minutes, 10 MB mp3 audio

thumbAudio: Srila Narottam Das Thakur appearance day 2009. Srila Govinda Maharaj gives a beautiful talk on this day a year before his disappearance.
"'Sri Rupa Manjari Pada' is so famous, and 'Sri Guru Charana-padma' and 'Nitai-pada-kamala' and 'Gaurangera Duti Pada', etc. There are so many songs of Narottam Thakur. They are so famous, simple and perfect and we are singing every day Narottam Das Thakur's songs. And now I shall sing one song..."
Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, 9 February 2009:
20+ minutes, 4.8 MB mp3 audio

thumbSri Narottama Prabhor Ashtakam. In honour of Srila Narottam Das Thakur's appearance day, a composition about him in joyous remembrance by Srila Vishvanath Chakravarti Thakur. Posted on the Math's gaudiyadarshan.com website.

In Praise of Srila Narottam Das Thakur, chapter from Affectionate Guidance by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. (100 K Acrobat PDF file.)

1 February 2015

Appearance of Sri Nityananda Prabhu. Fast until noon. Grand festival and installation anniversary of Sri Sri Guru Gaura Nityananda at Sree Chaitanya Saraswata Krishnanushilana Sangha, Ekachakra Dham.

thumbNityananda Prabhu's Appearance Day 1996. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj explains:
"Whoever is not respecting Nityananda Prabhu, he has no hope in spiritual life." And he stresses Sri Narottam Thakur's expression: "If you need the mercy of Krishna, if you need the mercy of Mahaprabhu, if you need the service of Radha-Govinda in Vrindavan Dham, you must worship Lord Nityananda."
Informal discourse by Srila Govinda Maharaj on Sri Nityananda Prabhu's appearance day, 02 February 1996, followed by him sweetly leading kirtan.
Part A was previously posted, and Part B is newly available. Recommended to listen sequentially:
Part A. (Previously posted:) 28+ minutes, 6.6 MB mp3 audio
Part B. (Newly posted:) 22+ minutes, 10+ MB mp3 audio
 

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February 2015 (continued)
28 Adhivas Festival of Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama. Beginning of annual seven day festival.
March 2015
1 Ekadashi. Amalaki Ekadashi. Fast. Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama begins. Parikrama of Sri Ishodyan, Sri Yoga Pith (Sriman Mahaprabhu's appearance place), Srivas Angan, etc, and Sri Simantadwip, Sri Rudradwip, and Sri Antardwip.
2 Dvadashi. Paran by 9:54 a.m. Disappearance of Sripad Madhavendra Puri. Parikrama of Praudha Maya, Vriddha Shiva, Sri Vishnu Priya's own Deity of Sri Gauranga, Sri Jagannath Das Babaji Maharaj's Samadhi Mandir, Koladwip, and other places.
3 Parikrama of Sri Godruma and Madhyadwip, Sri Surabhi Kunj, Suvarna Bihar Math, Sri Nrisimha Palli, Sri Harihara Ksetra, and other places.
4 Adhivas observance ceremony of the appearance of Sri Gauranga. Parikrama of Sri Koladwip, Sri Ritudwip, Sri Jahnudwip, Sri Modadrumadwip, Old Sri Gaura-Gadadhar Mandir, Vidya Nagar Sarvabhauma Gaudiya Math, Sri Vrindavan Das Thakur's appearance place, and the Deity served by Sri Saranga Murari and Vasudev Datta Thakur.
5 Sri Gauravirbhava Paurnamasi. Sri Gaura-Purnima. Divine appearance of Sri Gauranga. Total fast until moonrise, then no grains. Grand festival at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. Vasantotsav and Dol Yatra of Sri Sri Radha-Govinda. Special offering of worship and arati. Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita reading and mahasankirttan. End of 529 Gaurabda year.
6 Paran by 9:47 a.m. Anandotsav of Sri Jagannath Misra. Last gathering of the week-long yearly meeting at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math and yearly festival.
10 Festival at the appearance place of Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, Sripat Hapaniya: grand appearance of the Holy Deities of Sripat Hapaniya, Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Radha Gopinath Jiu at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Ashram. Appearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Sharan Shanta Maharaj.
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NOTE: Srila Gurudev Srila Govinda Maharaj's disappearance day is the 2nd dvadasi after Sri Gaura Purnima. So, within a day (because of the particular way our calendar is calculated), we can understand his disappearance Festival will be on Wednesday 1 April 2015. The precise date will be confirmed with the publication of the new 2015-2016 calendar just before Sri Gaura Purnima.

   
NB 'Fast' on Ekadasi or Maha-dvadasi, 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.
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