Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj

in Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip
Pictures taken between 30th August and 6th September 2005

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Srila Gurudev visits the residents of the goshalla.
Meanwhile, the first residents of new animal enclosure by Sri Govinda Kunda have arrived in Nabadwip: baby peacocks. Nearby, monkeys on the wall by the Kunda also try to see what's drawing everyone's attention.
Sunrise over Sri Govinda Kunda.
Three of the geese who live beside, and in, Sri Govinda Kunda.

Sripad B.N. Acharyya Maharaj and Sripad B.L. Akinchan Maharaj both returned to Nabadwip shortly after Janmastami from successful preaching in Singapore and Russia respectively. Here they are pictured speaking about the glories of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. Sripad Acharyya Maharaj spoke about the beginnings of our Math and its distinguished status locally, while Sripad Akinchan Maharaj referred to our Math logo, which illustrates the unique nature of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. His Holiness referred to Srila Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's own explanation (given in Golden Reflections):

Srila Guru Maharaj composed the following verse, and only he was able to:

gayatri muralista-kirttana-dhanam radhapadam dhimahi

I have never seen in any book from Mahaprabhu's time right up to Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur's time the type of explanation of Gayatri as given by Srila Guru Maharaj. Actually, Mahaprabhu is our parent, and the seeds came from Krishna. Madhavendra Puri was the sprout of those seeds, Mahaprabhu was the actual tree, and the fruits are Rupa Goswami, Sanatan Goswami, and others. Srila Guru Maharaj is also in the line of the fruits. It is not that the persons are the fruits, but what they gave are the fruits of Mahaprabhu's conception.

Om is the very gist of Gayatri, and from that Om come merciful rays like the rays of the sun. Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, where always Sankirttan is going on, is inside the flute of Krishna, and from there comes this sound Om. Om, the meaning of Gayatri, is coming from Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, and from here the explanation of Gayatri has been given by Srila Guru Maharaj: Gayatri muralista-kirttana-dhanam Radhapadam dhimahi.

"Radha-dasyam, the service of Srimati Radharani, is the ultimate meaning to be extracted from the Gayatri Mantra. That is the supreme end of our life. It cannot but be so."

-Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj

The position of Srila Guru Maharaj is like the water; the servitors of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math are like lotuses; and the position of the worshipful Supreme Personality of Godhead is the Divine Form of Radha-Krishna - Om. Everything is within Om. Om is coming from the flute of Krishna, and the meaning of Om, of Gayatri, is: Gayatri muralista-kirttana-dhanam Radhapadam dhimahi. Krishna's flute does not make any other tune except the glorification of Srimati Radharani, and that is the real meaning and gist of the Gayatri Mantram. The sun's merciful rays give nourishment to the lotus, but if there is no water then the lotus will be burnt by the rays of the sun.

The flute is the special symbol of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. Before we adopted the flute as our symbol, it was not to be found anywhere. Now many others also have copied this, but it first came from here, Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. What is the song of the flute? It is the glorification of Srimati Radharani by Sri Krishna - and this is depicted in the logo of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.


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