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16 August 2017
Sri Nandotsav. Sri Janmashtami paran (in Nabadwip) between 5:16 and 9:33 a.m. Appearance of Vishva-varenya Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad.
Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
Audio. Nandotsav and Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj's Appearance, 2000. Informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
"Today is Nandotsav, Nanda Maharaj's house festival for the birth of Lord Krishna. When Mother Yasoda got her senses back and she saw her child, a very sweet child, playing within His bed, she was very stunned to see the beauty of Lord Krishna as baby Krishna. Then she called everyone to see the new-born boy... Not only the cowherd boys and girls came to see the Lord, but also Shiva, Brahma, Indra and so many demigods also came in the form of humans as cowherders and they also danced in the courtyard of Nanda Maharaj."
24 August 2000, Saint Petersburg, Russia.
36+ minutes, 8+ MB mp3 audio
Audio: Historic recording from 1973 of Srila Sridhar Maharaj and Srila Swami Maharaj Prabhupad discussing together in Nabadwip, and Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad describing to the devotees how he came in touch with the Gaudiya Math and Vaishnavas. He describes the background history of his long relationship with Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj and very affectionately glorifies Srila Guru Maharaj: "from the very beginning I knew he was a pure Vaishnava and devotee..."
23+ minutes, 5.5 MB mp3 audio
Audio: Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad - grand Guru of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's sampradaya.
Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj recalls their intimate relationship and the lecture he gave when suddenly asked to speak at the opening of the Chandradoya Mandir in Mayapur. "There were many good and big servitors of Srila Saraswati Thakur present at that time, but Krishna chose Abhay Charan De (Srila Swami Maharaj), who was an unknown person. And now he is famous as a Devotee General of Srila Saraswati Thakur ... Everybody must pay obeisance to him."
Informal discourse. 20 July 1990:
29 minutes, 6+ MB mp3 audio
Audio: Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Prabhupad, always in Vrindavan. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj tells about a letter he received from Srila Swami Maharaj Prabhupad asking instruction from Srila Sridhar Maharaj whether he should stay and continue his preaching in the West or go to Vrindavan to leave his body there.
Excerpt from an informal discourse by Srila Govinda Maharaj, 12 March 1992:
8+ minutes, 2 MB mp3 audio
Old pictures of a visit of Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad to Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip. Pictures kindly sent by Jagamohini Devi Dasi in remembrance of Srila Swami Maharaj Prabhupad on his Disappearance Day Festival today (17 November 2012).
Historic photo of Srila Guru Maharaj with Srila Swami Maharaj Prabhupad on Srila Guru Maharaj Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Maharaj's veranda, Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip. This photo was received in response to the recent audio posting recording their informal discussion in Nabadwip.
Transcription: Srila Swami Maharaj's Unlimited Glories are being sung from World to World. Lecture by His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj on the Appearance Day of Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad, 21 August 2003, in St. Petersburg, Russia. Download here.
Excerpt from 'Our Fortunate Association' by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj about Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad. Illustrated article retyped and laid out by Parama Bhakti Dasi: 2.1MB PDF
Srila Swami Maharaj Prabhupad and Srila Sridhar Maharaj's relationship and an excerpt from the Guardian of Devotion magazine of San Jose, USA.
Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad inundated the world with Krishna consciousness. In the excerpt The Universal Conception of Guru from one of his essays, he smashes the sectarian misconception that the Spiritual Master is limited to a particular person, form, or institution, and establishes the universal conception of Guru. This lecture was originally published in The Harmonist in 1936, on the Advent Day of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur. It was reprinted as the Preface to Srila Sridhar Maharaj's Sri Guru and His Grace in 1983.
15 August 2017
Sri Sri Krishna Janmashtami. Complete fast until midnight, then no grains.
Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
Krishna's Supernatural Birth. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj describes Vasudev's vision in Mathura. Posted on the Math's gaudiyadarshan.com website.
Audio: Sri Krishna Janmastami, 2008. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj describes Krishna's janma-lila, birth Pastimes, and affirms that many research scholars, with their sadhana, have got much realistic ideal of Krishna, and that is the form of Krishna divided within three characters. One is He who is the Supreme, Brajeswar tanaya, the son of Nanda Maharaj and of Mother Yasoda; second is the son of Vasudev and Devaki, the Mathura Krishna; and third is Krishna the hero of the special kings' group and the creator of Kurukshetra fighting arrangements, the Dwaraka Krishna. These three characters of Krishna are positive and progressive and always eternal, transcendental. But Krishna who is Nanda Maharaj and Yasoda Devi's son is not leaving Vrindavan.
Informal discourse on Sri Krishna Janmastami, speaking live with the St. Petersburg Math via Internet from Kolkata on 24 August 2008:
30 minutes, 6+ MB mp3 audio
Audio: Janmastami evening class in St. Petersburg, 2007, by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj during his World Tour. Translated into Russian by Sripad Avadhut Maharaj in real time.
Download, or listen online (40+ minutes, 4.6 MB mp3 audio)
higher quality (7.3 MB).
Audio: Sri Krishna Janmastami morning, 2006. Morning informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj at our Dum Dum Park Temple, Kolkata. Later in the day His Divine Grace accepted the invitation mentioned in this talk, and went to lead the festival at our Kaikhali Temple, near Kolkata Airport.
"We will take anukalpa (a small amount of non-grains food) on Ekadasi, twice we are taking. But on Janmastami we are not taking that. On Janmastami we are completely fasting."
"Vedavyasa very cleverly expressed the character of Lord Krishna... Then we can understand what is the position of Lord Krishna and what is the position of Krishna's Rasa-lila. First we will see Him like a sun, from far, the fireball. The sun is a big fireball, but lookable from far, not near. Krishna's character is like that." (First uploaded on 16 August 2006, Sri Krishna Janmastami.)
or listen online (27 minutes, 3.1 MB mp3 audio)
higher quality (6.2 MB mp3 audio).
Video. Sri Janmastami day, live Internet address by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj from Kolkata, India, to the devotees
gathered in Saint Petersburg, Russia, to honour Lord Krishna's Appearance.
Sri Krishna Janmastami, Srila Govinda Maharaj's live address captured and presented by Vaidehi Devi Dasi:
42+ minutes, 49 MB 'mov' video
Video. Sri Janmastami day 2008, kirtan led by Srila Gurudev, Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, in Kolkata after delivering an informal discourse by Internet to the devotees
gathered in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Captured and prepared by Vaidehi Devi Dasi:
24 minutes, 26+ MB 'mov' video
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Audio: Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Maharaj speaking on 26th August 2005 from Nabadwip, the eve of Sri Krishna Janmastami, for Madhusudan Prabhu's Internet Radio website krsna.cc. (14+ minutes, 2.5 MB mp3 audio)
2 May 2017
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
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