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"The Name of Krishna and Krishna Himself are the same, and if you abuse those who are preaching Their glories, the Name will not be happy with you. The Name will not then appear in your heart."

- Srila Govinda Maharaj

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25 February 2018

Adhivas festival of Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama. Beginning of annual seven day festival.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
Sri Navadvipa-dhama-mahatmya and Sri Nabadwip-bhava-taranga. Two books of Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur including verse by verse translations: free pdf download. Very helpful for following the Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikramas taking place now in Nabadwip.

thumbAudio: Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama 1982 talk by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. "Kirtan, sankirtan, is the central service recommended by Mahaprabhu specially for Kali-yuga. Sankirtan: to listen and to reproduce what we listen to... We are to exert to our utmost for kirtan purpose. Kirtan means to preach, and that has been recommended as the highest method of our attainment specially for the beginners. Assert as much as you can. Engage every nerve for preaching, for spreading the truth you imbibe from the higher source."
Informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, 7 March 1982:
16+ minutes, 4 MB mp3 audio

 The Distribution of Love. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj speaks on the third day of Nabadwip Dham Parikrama, in 1982. (Posted on the Math's gaudiyadarshan.com website.)

 The Land of Sweetness. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj explains the essence of Sri Gauda Mandal.
"Gauda Mandal is Vraja Mandal. The word 'Gauda' comes from the word 'gud'. 'Gud' means misti, sweet. When something is sweet, it may be described by the synonym 'gud'. Gud represents sweetness. So Gauda Mandal: "the sweet land". There is no sweetness anywhere like that found in Vrndavan and Nabadwip." Read more... (Posted on the Math's gaudiyadarshan.com website.)

14 February 2018

Sri Sri Shivaratri (optional fast). Disappearance of Sripad Yudhamanyu Prabhu Seva Vikram.

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

Vaishnava Shiva. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj explains Lord Siva's position as the best of Vaishnavas. Posted on the Math's 'GaudiyaDarshan.com' website.

Lord Shiva's pranam mantra, composed by Srila Govinda Maharaj just before the installation of Lord Shiva by Sri Govinda Kunda, Nabadwip, in 1983.

Please also see, Siva: Installation of Sri Sadashiva Gangadhar, Nabadwip.

5 February 2018

The 145th 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.

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 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.

1 January 2018

New Year's Day.

thumbNew Year's Resolution: Full Surrender. Starting the new year with focus on Sri Sri Prapanna-jivanamrtam. Audio with transcription. Informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, 31 December 2000, posted on the Math's premadharma.org website.
Excerpt:
"We can make our plan and programme for new year today. We will be fully surrendered to Lord Krishna, and fully surrendered means we will realise what full surrender is. Guru Maharaj's books always help us. Guru Maharaj (Srila Sridhar Maharaj) expressed the mood of surrender in a special way especially in Prapanna-jivanamrtam. We should read Prapanna-jivanamrtam at least today with attention. There we will get direction for our coming year. We must be able to satisfy Lord Krishna by the grace of my Guru Maharaj. I have no power over anything, but I believe full power is with him. You are all sons of nectar, and if you will connect with his divine book [Prapanna-jivanamrtam], you must be supremely benefited."

[Sri Sri Prapanna-jivanamrtam free downloads: complete book pdf format; complete spoken book two separate readings available, mp3 audio format.]

Wishing a spiritually prosperous New Year to all the devotees and sincere searchers worldwide, in remembrance of the holy feet of Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj and Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj and the ocean of generous, deep, affectionate guidance they have given to the whole world.
Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
thumbAudio: New Year's day discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj on his verandah in Nabadwip, 2008. Srila Gurudev explains that the New Year has started but we need to make some promise to ourselves. "Actually the best promise for everyone is written in Bhagavatam... that we have no other alternative except the service to the Lord."
Download, or listen online (30+ minutes, 7.1 MB mp3 audio)

thumbAudio: New Year's day discourse 1997. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's speech on Sri Govinda Dham's Deity's Installation Day in Murwillumbah, Australia on New Year's Day, 1997.
6 minutes, 1.4 MB mp3 audio.
33+ minutes, 8.2 MB mp3 audio

25 December 2017

Christmas Day.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
thumbAudio: Christmas discourse 2008 by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj on his verandah in Nabadwip. He explains that he is very much attracted with the character of Lord Jesus "because humility, tolerance and giving honour to others - nobody can do that, but he has done. Mahaprabhu Chaitanyadev said that this is the best policy to attract our God, Lord Krishna. We are telling 'Krishna', and they are telling 'God'."
Download, or listen online (30+ minutes, 7.1 MB mp3 audio)

31 October 2017

Ekadashi (in Nabadwip). Fast. Disappearance of Om Vishnupad Paramahamsa Sri Srila Gaura Kishor Das Babaji Maharaj. Appearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Dayita Madhav Goswami Maharaj. Sri Bhishma Panchaka.

thumbObeisances unto Srila Gaura Kisor Das Babaji Maharaj. Verses by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj and Srimad Bhakti Desika Acharya Maharaj offered in homage to Srila Gaura Kisor Das Babaji Maharaj. Complete with word-by-word translation and verse translations, posted on the Math's premadharma.org website.

3 September 2017

Appearance of Sri Vamanadev. Appearance of Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhu.

thumbExcerpt from a lecture in English in which Srila Gurudev recounts the story of Sri Vamanadev and Bali Maharaj given on 24 September 2007 in Lahta, Russia, with alternating translation into Russian by Srila Avadhut Maharaj. Transcript, video and audio posted on the Russian harekrishna.ru website.

thumbExcerpt about Sri Jiva Goswami from the same talk by Srila Gurudev of 24 September 2007. Transcript, video and audio posted on the Russian harekrishna.ru website.

29 August 2017

Sri Radhashtami. Srimati Radharani's appearance at noon. Fast until noon.

Sri Radhastami, St Petersburg, Russia, 19 September 2007, discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. Transcript and Russian translation, prepared by Tradish Prabhu and posted on the harekrishna.ru website.

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
 

...earlier updates >>


Please see our Earlier Updates for earlier updates this year and a full listing of thousands of earlier web-pages including pictures, reports, audios, videos, books, articles, etc. from Nabadwip, Kolkata and around the world. Plus a section of Srila Govinda Maharaj's World Tours with many links connected with his broad, affectionate preaching abroad.

If this is your first visit, you may be interested in the following articles:

If you are looking for news, you may be interested in these:

  • What's New? — for what's happening here at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip, India, and affiliated centres around the world. Includes topical pictures, dispatches, current events.
  • What was New? to look at entries over the last couple of years.
  • Archive Memories. Mainly with pictures going back to 1999.
  • World Tours page with information, dispatches and photos from all recent tours made by Srila Govinda Maharaj. News of any pending tours will also be posted here.

If you are looking for information, books, publicity material, etc. these may be helpful:

  • Books — for purchases, downloads, descriptions and excerpts.
  • Donations — can now be made efficiently on-line too.
  • Audio: several lectures by our Acharyas as well as morning classes by our sannyasi section, and kirttans. Spoken Books are also now available for free download.
  • Useful downloads, for pictures of our Gurudevas, pamphlets, diacritic fonts, mini-posters of quotations.
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"Knowledge is above power, and above knowledge is beauty, charm, love. That is the supreme."

- Srila Sridhar Maharaj

Main Vaisnava Dates:
(Nabadwip's Calendar. For local Ekadashi dates and paran times, please see the worldwide calendar calculations.)

February 2018 (continined)
25 Adhivas festival of Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama. Beginning of annual seven day festival.
26 Ekadashi (in Nabadwip). Fast. Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama begins. Parikrama of Sri Ishodyan, Sri Yoga Pith (Sriman Mahaprabhu's appearance place), Srivas Angan, Sri Nrisimha Mandir, Sri Advaita Bhavan, Murari Gupta Bhavan, Sri Chaitanya Math, the Temple of Sri Sri Gandharvika-Giridhari and Sriman Mahaprabhu surrounded by the Acharyas of the four Vaishnava sampradayas, Srila Prabhupad's Samadhi Mandir, Srila Gaura Kishor Das Babaji Maharaj's Samadhi, Sri Kazi Samadhi, Sharadanga Sri Jagannath Mandir, Sridhar Angan, Sri Simantadwip, Sri Rudradwip, and Sri Antardwip.
27 Dvadashi. Paran between 6:06 and 9:55 a.m. (in Nabadwip). Disappearance of Sripad Madhavendra Puri. Parikrama of Praudha Maya, Vriddha Shiva, Sri Vishnu Priya's Deity of Sri Gauranga, Sri Jagannath Das Babaji Maharaj's Samadhi Mandir, Sri Koladwip, and other places.
28 Parikrama of Sri Godrumadwip and Madhyadwip, Sri Surabhi Kunj, Suvarna Bihar Math, Sri Nrisimha Palli, Sri Harihara Ksetra, and other places.
March 2018
1 Adhivas observance ceremony of the appearance of Sri Gauranga. Parikrama of Sri Koladwip, Sri Ritudwip, Sri Jahnudwip, Sri Modadrumadwip, Old Sri Sri Gaura-Gadadhar Mandir, Vidya Nagar Sarvabhauma Gaudiya Math, Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur's appearance place, and the Deity served by Sri Saranga Murari and Vasudev Datta Thakur.
2 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 mahasankirtan. End of year 532 Gaurabda.
3 Sri Gaura Purnima paran between 6:03 and 9:54 a.m. Anandotsav of Sri Jagannath Mishra. Last gathering of the week-long yearly meeting at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math and yearly festival. Start of year 533 Gaurabda.
6 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. Pancham Dol.
   
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