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5 December 2016

Grand festival for honouring the appearance of Sri Sri Nitai-Chaitanya Jiu at Sri Puri Dham, Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
Sri Sri Nitai-Chaitanya-Arati translation and explanation by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. His Divine Grace gives the background and meaning of this arati kirttan he composed for the Deities in our Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Puri.

dekho ore bhai,  tri-bhuvane nai
    emona doyala data
pasu pakhi jhure,  pasana vidare,
    suni jara guna-gatha

       ~Sri Lochan Das Thakur

"My dear brother, just try and examine this. Within the three worlds there is no one like Lord Caitanya or Lord Nityananda. Their merciful qualities are so great that upon hearing them even birds and beasts cry and stones melt."

27 November 2016

Disappearance of Srila Saranga Thakur.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
Srila Saranga Das Thakur in Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita. Verse and purport about Srila Saranga Das Thakur in Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's Pastimes.

26 November 2016

Disappearance of Srila Narahari Sarkar Thakur and Srila Kaliya Krishnadas. Disappearance of Sriyukta Dhananjay Das Prabhu.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
Srila Narahari Sarkar Thakur in Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita. Selection of verses where Narahari Thakur is mentioned in Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's Pastimes.

Srila Narahari Sarkar Thakur is mentioned in the kirtans: Sri Gaura Arati by Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur, and Sva-Nistha by Srila Narottam Das Thakur.

14 November 2016

Rasa Yatra of Sri Krishna. Installation anniversary of Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gandharva Rasa Bihari Jiu, Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math and Mission, Sri Vrindavan. Disappearance of Srila Sundarananda Thakur. Appearance of Srila Nimbarka Acharya. End of Chaturmasya and Niyama-seva vratas when began from Purnima (as in Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math).

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
Audio: Sri Vrindavan Dham. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj reveals Vrindavan Dham and talks about the meaning of having our temple at Seva Kunja. "Where we are living now it is Sri Rupa Saraswati Sridhar Seva Ashram... We have got this place for our spiritual practising life. But here to practise is very difficult because Vraja Dham is not mundane, it is the transcendental abode of Lord Sri Krishna, and Radharani's Pastimes here are going on day and night... This place is a very hidden and auspicious place. We can say it is Rasa Sthali of Radharani... Our Guru Maharaj was so merciful to us and by his grace we are here, but (be careful) not to make offense here."
Excerpt from an informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. Vrindavan, 24 November 1998:
10+ minutes, 2+ MB mp3 audio

Vrindavan Deities' Installation programme led by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. Two webpages of pictures taken on the day of Their installation, 23rd November 1999.

thumbAudio: Opening of the Vrindavan Temple building of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math and Mission, Seva Kunja, Vrindavan. Informal discourse by Srila B.S. Govinda Maharaj given in Vrindavan in 1999. "All the Vrindavan-basis are coming here and when seeing the Deities they are surprised. I am surprised first, because I cannot conceive this type of manifestation is possible in my fortune."
26 November 1999, (first uploaded by Madhusudan Prabhu on his krsna.cc website):
11+ minutes, 2 MB mp3 audio
Word by word transcription of this lecture in English and translated to Spanish.

13 November 2016

Disappearance of Srila Bhugarbha Goswami and Srila Kashishvar Pandit.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
Audio: Srila Bhugarbha Goswami and Kashishvar Pandit's disappearance day, 1983. "Bhugarbha Goswami was a friend of Lokanath Goswami, the Gurudev of Narottam. They came from the same place and lived in Vrindavan together. Revered Vaishnavas of unassuming nature. Kashishvar Pandit was a god-brother of Mahaprabhu, a disciple of Iswar Puri. At the time of Iswar Puri's disappearance, he asked those two of his disciples, Govinda and Kashishvar: 'Go to Krishna Chaitanya and serve Him as long as you live.' So after the disappearance of Iswar Puripad, both of them went to Puri and surrendered themselves to the divine feet of Mahaprabhu."
Informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj in Nabadwip, 19 November 1983:
20 minutes, 4+ MB mp3 audio

Sri Bhugarbha Goswami. Excerpts from Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita.
"Bhugarbha Goswami, a disciple of Gadadhar Pandit, was always engaged in topics regarding Lord Chaitanya, knowing nothing else..." Read more.

11 November 2016

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.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
thumbAudio: Srila Gaura Kishor Das Babaji Maharaj's disappearance, 1983. "Gaura Kishor Babaji asked our Guru Maharaj (Srila Saraswati Thakur): 'Don't go to Kolkata, remain in the Dham and go on chanting Krishna Nam. Why do you bother about that? ... Kolkata is full of filth, a filthy place, a place of business, the place of exploitation, mutual robbing, all these things - nastiest place. You avoid that.' But Guru Maharaj answered: 'I've got so much charm in your foot dust that by dint of your foot dust I can conquer thousands and thousands of Kali. They won't be able to disturb my attention from your holy feet. By the power of your foot dust I can conquer the whole world. Please bless me in that line.'"
Informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj in Nabadwip, 19 November 1983:
31 minutes, 7+ MB mp3 audio

Srila Gaura Kisor Das Babaji Maharaj's disappearance, 1982. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj speaks about Srila Gaura Kisor Das Babaji Maharaj's acceptance of Srila B.S. Saraswati Thakur as his disciple and the fact that "he did not extend his grace to many but to our Guru Maharaj". Srila Guru Maharaj explains that his temperament was 'nirapeksa', without caring for anything but the Lord and His grace.
Nabadwip, 27 November 1982:
17 minutes, 4 MB mp3 audio

Audio: Srila Gaura Kisor Das Babaji Maharaj's disappearance day, 2002. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj speaks shortly about Gaura Kisor Das Babaji Maharaj living in Kusum Sarovara. He mentions that Gaura Kisor Das Babaji Maharaj, Jagannath Das Babaji Maharaj and Bhagavat Das Babaji Maharaj were all siddha mahapurushas in Vraja Dham. But when Srila Gaura Kisor Das Babaji Maharaj went to Mayapur, after Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur and Jagannath Das Babaji Maharaj found the appearance place of Mahaprabhu, he did not come back to Vrindavan because he got inspiration from Mahaprabhu to stay in Nabadwip.
Govardhan, 18 November, 2002.
6+ minutes, 1.6 MB mp3 audio

thumb Srila Gaura Kisora Das Babaji Maharaj was the embodiment of worldly detachment and devotional attachment. He was the babaji disciple of Srila Bhagavat Das Babaji Maharaj, who was the babaji disciple of Srila Jagannath Das Babaji Maharaj. Full article.

8 November 2016

Disappearance of Sri Gadadhar Das Goswami, Srila Dhananjay Pandit, and Srila Srinivas Acharya Prabhu. Sri Gopashtami, Sri Goshthastami, Go Puja, and Go Gras-dan.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
thumbAudio: "Today... Srinivas Acharya Prabhu, Dhananjaya Pandit and Gadadhar Das Prabhu - these three parsada Vaishnavas of Mahaprabhu, disappeared. Gadadhar Pandit is considered to be the bhava - the internal serving mood - of Srimati Radharani, and the lustre, the outer part is said to be represented by Gadadhar Das Prabhu... We pray for his grace, that his grace will help us in our attainment of highest life.
"Dhananjaya Pandit was one of the twelve assistants of Nityananda Prabhu...
"Srinivas Acharya's father was a class friend of Nimai Pandit... Srinivas Acharya extensively preached Krishna Consciousness together with Narottam Thakur and Shyamananda Pandit."
Informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, 24 November 1982:
31+ minutes, 7+ MB mp3 audio

Revelation is His Will. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj describes Srila Srinivas Acharya's blessed fate. Short text posted on the Math's gaudiyadarshan.com website.

3 November 2016

Disappearance festival of Vishva-varenya Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
thumbAudio: 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..."
March 1973:
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

thumbAudio: 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

thumbOld 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).

thumbHistoric 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.

31 October 2016

Sri Govardhan Puja. Grand Annakut Mahotsav ('Rice Mountain Festival') at Srila Sridhar Swami Seva Ashram in Sri Govardhan and in the Temple in Sri Gupta Govardhan. Go Puja (cow-worship) and Go Krida (the pleasure of the cows).

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
Audio: Sri Govardhan Puja talk in 1982. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj discusses this lila and gives a phrase by phrase translation of slokas describing Lord Krishna's lifting of Govardhan Hill. Srila Guru Maharaj sheds new light on this Pastime of the Lord and chants the glories of the Govardhan-shila, referring to His worship by Mahaprabhu and Raghunath Das Goswami.
16 November 1982:
33+ minutes, 7+ MB mp3 audio

thumbAudio: About Sri Govardhan Puja (2005). Morning informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj the day before Sri Govardhan Puja. His Divine Grace explains that Srila Guru Maharaj, after coming out of the Gaudiya Mission, went to Vrindavan and brought to Nabadwip three small Govardhan Silas. Srila Guru Maharaj showed us the worship of Govardhan in Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, and presently the Deities of Mahaprabhu and Sri Sri Gandharva Govindasundar came to the Math.
Dum Dum Park, Kolkata, 2 November 2005:
14+ minutes, 3.5 MB mp3 audio

Video: Sri Govardhan Puja Lecture by Srila Govinda Maharaj.
His Divine Grace's lecture in Soquel California on the celebration of Sri Govardhan Puja. He shares a little about the exalted position of Sri Govardhan, as well as a description of the wealth of Krishna consciousness. (2008)

Audio of Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's Sri Govardhan Puja discourse and chanting 'Jaya Radha-Madhava....' (3 November 2005) in our Kaikhali Temple, Kolkata, in mp3 audio format plus fifty-two pictures taken that day, posted on Jamuna Priya Dasi's 'VerandaViews' web-log.

Morning darshan reflections: Sri Govardhan Puja. Morning darshan on 2 November 2005 with Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, reported by Kumkum Dasi staying at that time with His Divine Grace at our Dum Dum Park Temple, Kolkata

Illustrated article for children: Sri Krishna lifts up Sri Govardhan Hill. 330 K PDF document prepared for this festival in 2005 by Parama Bhakti Devi Dasi of Holland.

Beautiful Gopal. The story of the lifting of Sri Govardhan Hill told in pictures and words. Series of twenty-three web-pages, also intended primarily for the children. (First posted in 2002.)

Sri Sri Giriraj-Govardhan Arati composed in early 2002 by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj in glorification of Sri Sri Anu Giriraj presiding over the Srila Sridhar Swami Sevashram, Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math and Mission, Dasbisa, Govardhan. Composed in Bengali with transliteration and translation. (Posted 13 March 2002)

24 October 2016

The grand 122nd appearance day celebration of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math's Founder-President-Acharya, Om Vishnupad Paramahamsa Parivrajakacharya-varya Ashtottara-shata-sri Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. Appearance of Srila Virachandra Prabhu. Disappearance of Sripad Sakhi Charan Das Babaji Maharaj.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
thumbAudio: Sri Vyasa Puja address, 1985, to the gathered assembly. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj expresses appreciation and makes a heartfelt appeal to the gathered devotees from India and around the world.
Sri Vyasa Puja, 7 November 1985 (excerpt):
8 minutes, 1.9 MB mp3 audio

thumbSri Guru Puja Editorial, 1956. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj describes the fortune of the soul with and without the grace of Sri Guru. Translated from the Bengali editorial published in Sri Gaudiya Darshan, November 1956, in honour of the appearance day of Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, and posted in English on the Math's gaudiyadarshan.com website.

thumbAudio: Srila Sridhar Maharaj on his own Sri Vyasa Puja day 1985. A very sweet audio recording of Srila Sridhar Maharaj spoken on 7 November 1985, his own Vyasa Puja Day, that is referred to in Sripad Sagar Maharaj's article published in Dignity of Divine Servitor:
"The day after Srila Guru Maharaj gave Srila Govinda Maharaj sannyas was Guru Maharaj's own Appearance Day and he was very happy on that day. Early that morning I went to see him and said, 'Srila Guru Maharaj, yesterday you gave Srila Govinda Maharaj sannyas; but I think he took sannyas many, many lifetimes ago.'
"He replied, 'Oh, you want to say that this is only being done to show the people who he is, but actually he is much more than that?' Srila Guru Maharaj was smiling and laughing, and on that morning, his own Appearance Day, he sat on his chair and for maybe two or three hours he talked about Srila Govinda Maharaj. This was the Appearance Day of the Guru but the Guru was doing kirttan of the disciple!"
This recording is of only 26 minutes. If anyone has the remainder of this talk, please let us know so we can share that, too, for the satisfaction of Srila Guru Maharaj.
26 minutes, 6 MB mp3 audio

1961 Vyasa Puja Offering. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's prayer on the appearance day of Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. Originally published in Sri Gaudiya Darshan of November 1961, and posted now with accompanying transliteration and English translation on the Math's gaudiyadarshan.com website.

Audio: Hapaniya Festival, the day after Srila Guru Maharaj's Vyasa Puja 1989. Srila Govinda Maharaj describes the glories of Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj and his holy place of appearance, Sripat Hapaniya.
"Srila Guru Maharaj is transcendental form, not mundane, so when his appearance day comes we can worship him in the way of Lord Krishna or Mahaprabhu. I think it will be very good that if after the Nabadwip festival we make here, next day, a festival that will be like Nandotsav... Everything here is transcendental, if we can see that, we must be benefited."
Hapaniya, 24 October 1989:
29+ minutes, 6+ MB mp3 audio

Sri Vyasa-Puja Address in our Lahta Temple, Russia. Discourse given by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj in Saint Petersburg during the main festival programme of Sri Vyasa-Puja of Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. English class with Russian translation. Srila Gurudev then leads the singing of 'Sri Guru Arati-stuti' composed by himself in glorification of Srila Guru Maharaj. (2006)
Download, or listen online (47+ minutes, 6.1 MB mp3 audio)
or:
higher quality(11 MB mp3 audio).

Sri Vyasa-Puja Bengali class by Sripad B.N. Acharyya Maharaj in the nat-mandir of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math on the 111th Anniversary Festival of the Appearance of Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj (2006).
Download, or listen online (9 minutes, 1 MB mp3 audio).

A Day at Hapaniya, a lecture delivered by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj at the Advent Festival of Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, October 1989. First published in Sri Chaitanya Saraswati, Vol. I. (50 K PDF document.)

Our Wealth and Our Life: The Holy Appearance Day of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. Extensive, substantial article by Jagamohini Devi Dasi written for Srila Guru Maharaj's Appearance Festival, 2006.

Newly received pictures of Srila Guru Maharaj Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, kindly given by Kshamabuddhi Prabhu to share with the devotees worldwide.

Your Most Fortunate Position by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. This discourse was originally published in The Divine Message in 1984. (44 K PDF document.)

Sri Guru-Prasastih. Composition in glorification of the holy appearance of Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. Transliteration with English translation, originally printed in Srila Guru Maharaj, His Divine Pastimes and Precepts in Brief. (100 K PDF document.)

Srila Guru Maharaj Remembers. From a recorded conversation with His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, originally printed in Srila Guru Maharaj, His Divine Pastimes and Precepts in Brief. "I was born at midnight, Saturday 10th October, 1895. Navami tithi [lunar day] under the same sign as Lord Ramachandra...." (140 K PDF document.)

Srila Guru Maharaj's Bhajan Kutir decorated for His Divine Grace's 112th Sri Vyasa-Puja Festival (2006). (Pictures.)

Five pages of black and white archive photos and excerpts 'Meditations in Pictures and Words' of Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj.

23 October 2016

Bahulashtami. Manifestation day of Sri Radha Kunda. Sannyas day of Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
thumbAudio: Sri Radha Kunda's manifestation and Srila Govinda Maharaj's Sannyas Day, 1995. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj tells how, after Mahaprabhu, Sri Rupa and Sri Sanatan Goswamis revealed Sri Radha Kunda and set the Vaishnava standard in Vrindavan. He also glorifies extensively Srila Sridhar Maharaj and tells a story of a very sinful man, more sinful than Jagai and Madhai, who was converted into a Vaishnava by Srila Sridhar Maharaj in only one meeting.
Nabadwip, 17 October 1995:
20+ minutes, 5 MB mp3 audio

Receiving sannyas in 1985 on this day. A further chance to see the archive pictures from 1985 of Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj bestowing sannyas upon Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.

Audio: "My simple presentation on this day for you all." Early morning discourse given by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj at our Temple in Saint Petersburg. His Divine Grace reflects on topics from his first coming to Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math up until the present day, with a heartfelt description of how Srila Guru Maharaj Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj conferred sannyas upon him. English class with Russian translation:
Download, or listen online (33+ minutes, 3.9 MB mp3 audio)
or:
Download, or listen online (7.7 MB mp3 audio).

21 October 2016

Disappearance of Srila Bhakti Vichar Jajavar Maharaj.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
The Embodiment of Tranquility. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj glorifies Srimad Bhakti Vichar Jajavar Maharaj. Translated from a Bengali article originally published in Sri Gaudiya Darshan, May 1956, posted here in English on the Math's GaudiyaDarshan.com website.

thumbAudio. In remembrance of Sripad Jajavar Maharaj. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj tells about Sripad Jajavar Maharaj's comment of Srila Sridhar Maharaj uprooting the Benares' Mayavadis' conception, throwing it away and establishing Krishna Consciousness. This took place at the time Srila Prabhupad Saraswati Thakur wanted to establish a Math in Benares.
19+ minutes, 4.5 MB mp3 audio

Pranam mantra of Sripad Bhakti Vichar Jajavar Maharaj composed by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj and referred to by His Divine Grace in the 1987 recording below. Posted with English translation on the Math's gaudiyadarshan.com website, this mantra was first published on 10 May 1956 in Sri Gaudiya Darshan in an article commemorating Sripad Jajavar Maharaj's appearance day.

In praise of Sripad Bhakti Vichar Jajavar Maharaj. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj chants the glories of the last devotee to receive sannyas from Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur. An informal discourse recorded in 1987 at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.
MP3 audio with extensive summary notes (html link to summary and to 13+ minutes, 3 MB mp3 audio file).

20 October 2016

Disappearance of Srila Narottam Das Thakur.

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

Audio: "Narottam Das Thakur wrote many songs for the fallen souls. And showing himself as a fallen soul, he wrote about Krishna-lila, Gaura-lila and also Vaishnava-lila. Many things he composed. He was a great poet, good writer and great pandit, and he was supremely enlightened with Krishna-prem."
Informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj on Narottam Das Thakur's disappearance day, 27 October 1991, in Nabadwip:
26 minutes, 6 MB mp3 audio

Video: Vrindavan, in front the Mahaprabhu Deity worshiped by Srila Narottam Das Thakur, Srila Bhakti Sudhir Goswami Maharaj describes the glories of Srila Narottam Das Thakur during a visit there on his disappearance 2013.
This short video starts with the devotees paying obeisances at Srila Narottam Das Thakur's pushpa samadhi before going before the altar in the Sri Radha Gokulananda Temple.
Vrindavan, 24 October 2013, video prepared by the Russian team:
5 minutes, 11 MB m4v QuickTime video

Glories of Srila Narottam Das Thakur. Discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj on Srila Narottam Das Thakur's Disappearance Festival at our Saint Petersburg Temple in October 2006. Srila Gurudev follows on from a talk he asked Sripad B.P. Janardan Maharaj to give to the assembled devotees (available below). English lecture with Russian translation. (First uploaded on 22 October 2006)
Download, or listen online (24 minutes, 2.7 MB mp3 audio)
or:
higher quality (5.4 MB mp3 audio)

Sripad B.P. Janardan Maharaj's class about Srila Narottam Das Thakur just before Srila Govinda Maharaj spoke. English lecture with Russian translation. (First uploaded on 22 October 2006)
Download, or listen online (19 minutes, 2.2 MB mp3 audio)

Sri Rupa Manjari Pada sung by Srila Govinda Maharaj immediately after his discourse about Srila Narottam Das Thakur. (First uploaded on 22 October 2006)
Download, or listen online (9 minutes, 1.5 MB mp3 audio)

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

16 October 2016

Purnima. Sharadiya Rasa Yatra of Sri Krishna. Disappearance of Srila Murari Gupta. Beginning of Urja Vrata, Damodar Vrata, Kartik Vrata and Niyam-seva Vrata if begun from the purnima day, as followed in Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
Audio: Karttik month. Narottam Das Thakur. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj discusses in 1982 about the month of Karttik especially in relation to Srimati Radharani. His Divine Grace also extensively chants the glories of Srila Narottam Das Thakur in relation to his upcoming disappearance festival.
42+ minutes, 10 MB mp3 audio

The Holy Month of Karttik. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj's description of this month. Excerpt from Sri Chaitanya Saraswati Vol I in English and in Spanish (El Sagrado Mes de Karttik).

Audio: Saradiya Rasa Purnima and the beginning of Karttik. Morning informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj at our Saint Petersburg Temple, Russia.
7 October 2006:
Download, or listen online (19+ minutes, 2.2 MB mp3 audio)
or:
higher quality (4.2 MB mp3 audio).

Audio: Karttik Month begins. Class given by Srila Bhakti Sundar Dev-Goswami Maharaj in 1989 about the Holy Month of Karttik. "This month devotees are getting the chance to consciously follow higher Vaisnavism."
14 October 1989, in Nabadwip.
 Download, or listen online (22+ minutes, 5+ MB mp3 audio)

Audio: This auspicious month of Karttik, Damodar. Sripad Bhakti Pavan Janardan Maharaj giving a class at our Saint Petersburg Temple. English lecture with Russian translation by Kundalata Devi Dasi:
9 October 2006:
Download, or listen online (25 minutes, 4.3 MB mp3 audio).

Additional Kirttans are chanted throughout Karttik at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math: six in the morning and a series of eight each evening. These are listed in The Daily Programme available here in pdf format (45 K), which refers to the Kirttan Guide book, available in full here in pdf format (650 K).

Audio: Karttik Evening Kirttans. Siksastakam related kirtans composed by Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur, chanted here at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip, recorded and posted on the web in response to enquiries asking the tune to which these are sung.
Listen online (mp3 playlist)
or:
Download (mp3 audio files):
Siksastakam Kirttans 1, 2 and 3 (9 minutes, 1.6 MB mp3 audio).
Siksastakam Kirttans 4, 5 and 6 (12 minutes, 2.1 MB mp3 audio).
Siksastakam Kirttans 7 and 8 (13+ minutes, 2.4 MB mp3 audio).
The Mahamantra chanted at the end (8+ minutes, 1.5 MB mp3 audio).

13 October 2016

Disappearance of Srila Raghunath Das Goswami, Srila Raghunath Bhatta Goswami, and Srila Krishnadas Kaviraj Goswami.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
thumbAudio: Disappearance of three Goswamis. Srila Sridhar Maharaj talks about the exemplary lives of Sri Raghunath Bhatta and Raghunath Das amongst the Six Goswamis of Vrindavan; and Sri Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami to whom we are greatly indebted for he has given us Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita. Discourse by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sidhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj in remembrance of the disappearance festival of Srila Raghunath Das Goswami, Srila Raghunath Bhatta Goswami and Srila Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami on 25th October 1985.
Download, or listen online (57+ minutes, 13+ MB mp3 audio)

Audio: Chanting Srila Raghunath Das Goswami's glories. "Das Goswami declared: 'You (Radharani) will serve Krishna, You have got that capacity, it is natural. And if I serve You, if I utilise myself to serve You, so that that service through You may pass to Krishna, that will be the highest attainment of my fortune.'
"And still now that is the highest point of our achievement of the whole Gaudiya Sampradaya. He is the Prayojana Acharya, Srila Raghunath Das Goswami."
This talk begins with Srila Govinda Maharaj mentioning in Bengali that Srila Raghunath Das Goswami received initiation from Sri Yadhunandan Acharya but he showed so much devotion, unflinching love and respect for Rupa Goswami.
Informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, 14 August 1981:
27+ minutes, 6+ MB mp3 audio

thumbVideo: Srila Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami. Srila Sridhar Maharaj talks about Srila Krishna Das Kaviraj's prayer, after writing Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita, to receive the foot dust of all those who read this book at present and in the future. On the other hand, Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur prays to everyone to accept Sri Nityananda Prabhu and Sriman Mahaprabhu, but affirms that he would kick the head of those that do not accept Them. Srila Sridhar Maharaj gives a beautiful explanation of the meaning of such different Vaisnavas' moods.
15+ minutes, 30 MB m4v QuickTime video.

thumbAudio: Disappearance of Srila Raghunath Das Goswami, Raghunath Bhatta Goswami and Srila Krishna Das Kaviraj. Discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj in remembrance of the disappearance festival of Srila Raghunath Das Goswami, Srila Raghunath Bhatta Goswami and Srila Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami on 1st October 1990.
Download, or listen online (52+ minutes, 9 MB mp3 audio)

Audio: Extensive glorification of Srila Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami. Morning informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj at our Saint Petersburg Temple, Russia, in remembrance of the previous day's disappearance festival of Srila Krishna Das Kaviraj.
5 October 2006:
Download, or listen online (48+ minutes, 5.5 MB mp3 audio).

11 October 2016

Dashami. Vijay Utsav of Sri Ramachandra. Appearance of Sri Madhva Acharya.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
thumbAudio: Sri Ramachandra's Vijay Utsav and Sri Madhvacharya's Appearance, 1982. Informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj on this day describing the glories of Lord Ramachandra and of Sri Madhvacharya.
27 October, 1982.
Download, or listen online (48+ minutes, 11 MB mp3 audio)

thumbSri Madhvacharya in Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita. Selection of verses about Sri Madhvacharya where it is mentioned that Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu accepted the chain of disciplic succession from Madhva Acharya. Purports by Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad.

16 September 2016

Vishvarup Mahotsav. End of month-long festival at Nabadwip, Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
Audio: Description and glories of Sri Visvarup and Sri Haridas Thakur. Informal discourse on the Visvarup Mahotsav day, 2007, by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
Kolkata, 7 September 2006:
Download, or listen online (48+ minutes, 5.5 MB mp3 audio)
or:
higher quality (11 MB mp3 audio).

15 September 2016

Disappearance of Srila Haridas Thakur.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
Audio: Disappearance of Srila Haridas Thakur. 7 September 2006, morning extensive informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj at our Dum Dum Park Temple, Kolkata. As ever, exemplary glorification of the Vaishnavas and a further exceptional, heartfelt discourse.
Download, or listen online (48+ minutes, 5.5 MB mp3 audio)
or:
higher quality (11 MB mp3 audio).

thumbAudio: Srila Haridas Thakur, the first preacher of Krishna consciousness. Informal discourse given by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj in our Saint Petersburg Temple 9 October 2006. This is the talk referred to by Sripad B.P. Janardan Maharaj in his lecture posted on 13 October 2006. English class with Russian translation.
Download, or listen online (29+ minutes, 3.3 MB mp3 audio)
or:  higher quality (6.6 MB mp3 audio).

Srila Haridas Thakur's Divine Glories. Darshan with Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj reported by Sripad Bhakti Pavan Janardan Maharaj on Srila Haridas Thakur's Disappearance Day, 2005, while staying with His Divine Grace at our Dum Dum Park Temple, Kolkata.

Audio. Srila Haridas Thakur's disappearance day, 2004. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj says about Haridas Thakur: "Mahaprabhu used him as His dear commander for preaching, and he has shown so many miracles in his life ... Mahaprabhu Himself did Haridas Thakur's festival and then He said: 'Who have taken mahaprasad on this day in remembrance of Haridas Thakur and have joined this festival will get service in Goloka Vrindavan. This is my blessing to everyone.'"
Informal discourse by Srila Govinda Maharaj on Srila Haridas Thakur's disappearance day, 27 September 2004, at our Soquel Ashram, California:
32+ minutes, 7+ MB mp3 audio

The Disappearance Day of Srila Haridas Thakur 2004. Discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj on this day in California during His Divine Grace's 21st World Tour. Partial transcript by Amiya Kanti Devi Dasi posted on the Californian Seva Ashrams' california.scsmath.org website.

Audio: Srila Haridas Thakur's Disappearance Day, 2003. Discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj in 2003 at our Govardhan Srila Sridhar Swami Seva Ashram. This audio is accompanied by extensive summary notes in English and in Spanish intended to be helpful especially for those who may have difficulty understanding Srila Gurudev's intonation.

Srila Haridas Thakur, One of The World’s Greatest Saints, a biographical essay written by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur. Originally published by Sri Chaitanya Sridhar Sangha, The Netherlands, and now available for download to mark Srila Haridas Thakur's disappearance today: 5 pages, 80 KB pdf file.

Excerpts about the Pastimes of Srila Haridas Thakur and Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Selected verses and translations from Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita, collected by Malini Devi Dasi and included as one of her many webpages reporting our Jagannath Puri Pilgrimage last year.

14 September 2016

Appearance of Srila Sachchidananda Bhakti Vinod Thakur.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
thumbAudio. Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur's Appearance Day, 1981. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj tells us how Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur by the order of Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur took Gaura Kishor Das Babaji as Gurudev formally, but knowing Bhakti Vinod Thakur was his real guru from the internal consideration. He was filled with Bhakti Vinod Thakur in the spiritual sense. He installed many Maths where the name of the Deities were Vinod Vilas, Vinod Ram, Vinod Ananda, etc. He knew that his attempt to approach Radha Govinda and Mahaprabhu was inconceivable without Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur's intervention. He saw Radharani and Gadadhar in Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur - the highest ideal of Guru Tattva, in Gaura lila, Gadadhar; and in Krishna lila, Radharani. He also told once that if we rise a little higher and look, we shall find Radharani in Gurudev. The source of the grace of the guru is coming from the original source of service, so he used to see Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur under that light.
12 September 1981:
20+ minutes, 4.7 MB mp3 audio

Audio: Appearance of Srila Sachchidananda Bhaktivinod Thakur. 6 September 2006 morning informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj at our Dum Dum Park Temple, Kolkata. "Srila Guru Maharaj... mentions...: 'Not only is he (Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur) the giver of service to Vrindavan Dham, he can give service to Radharani.'"
Download, or listen online (34 minutes, 4 MB mp3 audio)
or:
higher quality (7.8 MB mp3 audio).

Audio: Srila Govinda Maharaj speaking on 26 September 2004 from our Soquel, California, Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Seva Ashram by phone for the Internet broadcasts hosted by Madhusudan Prabhu of Hawaii.
'Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur's Appearance Day.'
Download or listen online (23 mins, 2.7 MB mp3 audio).



Audio (in Bengali). In praise of Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur: a sloka by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, and a paragraph by Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur, both read by Sripad B.P. Tirtha Maharaj from the Bengali Sri Gaudiya Darshan magazines of 1955.
Download, or listen online (2+ minutes, 400 K mp3 audio)

Srila Sachchidananda Bhaktivinoda Thakur, the nineteenth century pioneer of Krishna consciousness, was born in 1838 in Bengal. He worked tirelessly to preserve the spiritual tradition and literature of India....

The Bhagavata - Its Philosophy, Its Ethics and Its Theology as edited and published by Sripad B.S. Goswami Maharaj in 1985 in a truly beautiful format. 35 pages in full colour: 23.8 megabytes pdf file.

Sri Dasa-Mula: The Ten Fundamental Divine Principles as translated and published by Sripad Swarupananda Prabhu in 1990. 15 pages, 0.5 megabytes pdf file.

'The Ten Fundamental Divine Principles' by Srila Sachchidananda Bhaktivinoda Thakur. English translation of 'Sri Dasa-mula' from the publication, 'Sri Chaitanya Saraswati, Volume I.'

Slides with audio: Srila Sachchidananda Bhaktivinoda Thakur's 165th Appearance Day Festival held at his Bhajan Kutir across the River Ganges in Godrumadwip. A large contingent from our Temple join a grand parikrama and assembly of Vaishnavas to honour this occasion.
19 September 2002, Nabadwip:
6+ minutes. 1.6 MB .mov QuickTime file.

13 September 2016

Gaura Dvadashi. Parshva Ekadashi. Fast. Appearance of Sri Vamanadev. Appearance of Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhu.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
thumbAudio. Sri Vamanadev and Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhu's Appearance Day 2002. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Maharaj explains:
"Srila Guru Maharaj (Srila Sridhar Maharaj) mentions that Jiva Goswami was protecting the pure Krishna conception as was given by Sriman Mahaprabhu. Under guidance of Sri Rupa and Sri Sanatan he was protecting everything. Sometimes I feel Srila Guru Maharaj is like Jiva Goswami when he is debating with others. Rupa Goswami Prabhu is not debating so much, he is avoiding. But Guru Maharaj is always in the spirit of Jiva Goswami. And Srila Saraswati Thakur's character was like that - always ready to fight. There is no end of Srila Jiva Goswami's glories."
Srila Govinda Maharaj additionally explains that today is also Vamanadev's appearance day, and that is a great fortune for this world. It is necessary to offer everything to the Lord, and this example was given to us by Bali Maharaj through the Pastimes of Vamanadev.
19 September 2002:
42 minutes, 9+ MB mp3 audio

Audio. Sri Vamanadev and Jiva Goswami's Appearance Day, 2003. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj recounts the story of Sri Vamanadev and Bali Maharaj and how Bali Maharaj is a great Vishnu-bhakta. As Vamanadev, Bhagavan has mercifully taken birth in this mundane world, and in this way many incarnations of the Lord happen from time to time in a cyclic way for the satisfaction of the devotees.
About Jiva Goswami Prabhu, Srila Gurudev glorifies his fine intelligence, knowledge of the sastras and service mood; and positions him as the protector of our sampradaya, always protecting the works of Sri Rupa and Sri Sanatan.
Govardhan, 6 September 2003.
33+ minutes, 7.7 MB mp3 audio

thumbAudio: Appearance of Sri Vamanadev and Srila Jiva Goswami, discourse by Srila Govinda Maharaj during their festival held in Soquel, USA, 2004. "Today is Jiva Goswami Prabhu's appearance day. All the light, all the strength, all the beauty and all the beautiful conception of Krishna Consciousness comes through Jiva Goswami Prabhu to us. That is our wealth, wealth of life, wealth of spiritual world. What Jiva Goswami Prabhu has given, no one has given."
25 September 2004:
33 minutes, 7+ MB mp3 audio

Transcript: Srila Jiva Goswami's Appearance Day discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj at the Soquel Seva Ashram, 25th September 2004.

9 September 2016

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

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
Audio. Sri Radhastami, Vrindavan, 1999. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj explains that Radhastami is when Lord Krishna the Supreme Personality of Godhead's divine potency Radharani appears in a form for playing with the Lord. Srila Swarup Damodar Goswami said, "For the divine play of the Sweet Absolute, He wants to divide Himself as Power and Powerful, and that is Radha Krishna." When it was manifested we cannot say because it is eternal, it cannot be counted by our time and space theory, it is achintya, inconceivable. Radharani is the divine potency of Lord Krishna and She is giving all the happiness, love and all the affection to everyone for the service of Lord Krishna.
Improved quality audio of Srila Gurudev speaking by phone from Vrindavan to Madhusudan Prabhu in Hawaii on Sri Radhastami, 18 September 1999:
7+ minutes, 1.8 MB mp3 audio

Our Lord's Beloved Power. "Today is Sri Radhastami, the Appearance Day of Srimati Radharani. In the Scriptures, especially Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita there is much glorification of Srimati Radharani ... Where we see the supreme manifestation of madhura-rasa, there we see the manifestation of Srimati Radharani."
Chapter 12 of Affectionate Guidance by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj: 150 KB pdf document. 

Radharani's Paramour Love. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj describes the glory of madhura-rasa in Vrindavan. Posted on the Math's gaudiyadarshan.com website.

Audio: Sri Radhastami. Today's beautiful, special morning discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj at our Dum Dum Park Temple, Kolkata. 1 September 2006:
Download, or listen online (46+ minutes, 5.4 MB mp3 audio)
or:
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Video: Sri Radhastami darshan, 2006, the full discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj at our Dum Dum Park Temple, Kolkata. QuickTime video posted by Jamuna Priya Devi Dasi on her verandaviews.com website.

thumbAudio: Sri Radhastami Discourse 2004 by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
"Everything you want to know, you can understand through your Gurudev. And Gurudev's position is always supreme. In the Scriptures it is said, (sloka) 'If Krishna will be angry, Gurudev can save that person, Radharani can save that person. But if Radharani will be angry, Krishna cannot save him.' (Sloka). Then our protection, our environment - everything - through Radharani's mercy if it will come to us we will be so grateful, so fortunate and so good practitioners. We are practising service to Radha Krishna, and that is called Krishnanushilana: practising the procedure of satisfying Radharani and Sri Krishna."
21 September 2004, Soquel, USA:
35+ minutes, 8 MB mp3 audio

thumbAudio: Sri Radhastami discourses 2004 by Spd Goswami Maharaj and Spd Janardan Maharaj at the request of Srila Govinda Maharaj.
Then Srila Govinda Maharaj talks briefly then sings Sri Radhika-stava and Sri Radhastaka. 21 September 2004, Soquel, USA:
40+ minutes, 9+ MB mp3 audio

Video. Sri Radhastami discourse 2013, at Villa Govinda given by Srila B.S. Goswami Maharaj who has just arrived in Italy to join the extended 10th Anniversary celebrations of Villa Govinda.
Other video recordings as well as live coverage of particular events there, are available on the Italian Math's ustream channel.

8 September 2016

Sri Lalita Saptami. Appearance of Sri Lalita Devi.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
Audio: Sri Lalita-saptami, Moscow, 1996: informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
"When Sri Radha Govinda are playing as paramour couple, at that time, if one drop of sweat comes in Their lotus feet, Lalita Devi takes lakhs of forms and quickly wants to remove that... That type of service eagerness and service capacity has Lalita Devi. For that, she is the General of all the sakhis and manjaris. They are respecting Lalita Devi as their guardian for the service of Radha Govinda."
Moscow, Russia. 19 September 1996.
25+ minutes, 6 MB mp3 audio

Audio. Sri Lalita Saptami, 2004. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj recites Srila Rupa Goswami's Sri Sri Lalitastakam slokas in glorification of Lalita Devi in which he lets us know of her supreme servitor position. Only by the mercy of Lalita Devi can one get service to Sri Sri Radha Krishna. All eight principle sakhis of Radha Krishna are under the guidance of Lalita Devi. Her position is such that she sometimes chastises Srimati Radharani and Sri Krishna, but it is all for Their satisfaction and joy, she has no other intention.
Informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj on Sri Lalita Saptami at our Soquel Ashram, California, 19 September 2004.
26 minutes, 6 MB mp3 audio

Lalita Devi's Glory. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj explains the position of the dearmost of Sri Rupa and Sri Radha. Posted on the Math's gaudiyadarshan.com website.

Sri Sri Prapanna-jivanamritam completed 70 years ago today (Lalita-saptami 2013). Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami writes at the conclusion of the book:
"At the charming new temple of the name Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, situated on the banks of the holy river Ganga, at Sri Dham Nabadwip, and in the association of the devotees, in the shelter of the lotus feet of the Divine Master and the Supreme Lord Sri Chaitanyadev this work was completed on the Holy Advent Day of Sri Lalita Devi - the seventh day of the bright moon of Bhadra in the year 457 Gaurabda (7th September 1943)."
And Srila Govinda Maharaj describes that this book "is the crown-jewel of divine literatures as the eternal elixir of life for the exclusively surrendered souls, the bestower of the perpetual relish of full-fledged nectar, and the awakening and sustaining fountainhead of life in Divine Consorthood."
(Sri Sri Prapanna-jivanamritam is available as a 14.7 MB pdf document.)

Audio: Sri Lalita-saptami, 2006. Morning informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj at our Dum Dum Park Temple, Kolkata. Included in this talk His Divine Grace chants the glories of Lalita Devi and relates his visit with Srila Guru Maharaj to the place of Lalita Devi in Vrindavan.
Download, or listen online (44+ minutes, 5.1 MB mp3 audio)
or:
higher quality (10.2 MB mp3 audio).

In glorification of Srimati Lalita Devi. An extract from 'Sermons of the Guardian of Devotion, Volume I' by His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
With additional links to three webpages posted on this day last year: 'We must follow the service mood of Lalitadevi' from 'Divine Guidance' by His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.


thumbAudio: Sri Lalita Saptami. Informal discourse by Sripad B.S.Goswami Maharaj in Nabadwip in the early morning of Sri Lalita Devi's Appearance Day.
14 September 2010 in Nabadwip:
12+ minutes, 2.9 MB mp3 audio

Lalita-saptami talk, 2011, by Bhakti Lalita Devi Dasi at our San Jose Seva Ashram, USA.
"This is the favorite day of Srila Gurudev... We've heard him say how Lalita Saptami was in his personal opinion more exclusive than Radhastami. More specific. We are in the line of Lalita Devi and anyone who has connection to Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj and his mission through Srila Gurudev and our acharyas will automatically go to the service group of Lalita Devi."
29 minutes, 19.9 MB mp3 audio posted on the Californian sevaashram.com website.

6 September 2016

Appearance of Sri Sita Devi, the consort of Sri Advaita Prabhu.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
Srimati Sita Thakurani, the Consort of Sri Advaita Prabhu. An extract from The Advent of Sri Gaurasundar, describing her going to the Lord just after His appearance. First published in Counterpoint (Vol. 1 No. 6), edited by Sripad Devashis Prabhu.

Darshan matutino: El día de la Aparición de Sita Thakurani con Su Divina Gracia Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj el día viernes 17 de septiembre de 2004. Traducción al español: Jai Balai Prabhu.

26 August 2016

Sri Nandotsav. 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

thumbAudio: 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..."
March 1973:
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

thumbAudio: 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

thumbOld 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).

thumbHistoric 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.

25 August 2016

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)
or:
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."
And:
"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.)
Download, or listen online (27 minutes, 3.1 MB mp3 audio)
or:
higher quality (6.2 MB mp3 audio).

thumbVideo. 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

thumbVideo. 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
(To download, right-click on the link, then 'Save Target As...' or similar wording.)

thumbAudio: 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)

thumbIllustrated seven page article about Sri Krishna Janmastami, prepared in 2006 by Parama Bhakti Dasi for the devotee children: 440 K PDF file.

24 August 2016

thumbSripad Bhakti Prasun Aranya Maharaj passed away today in Nabadwip. Known as elderly ever since the early 1980s, Sripad Aranya Maharaj was a disciple of Srila Guru Maharaj Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj and was a senior Vaishnav resident of the Math. He tolerated poor health for many years, and with his passing he will be much missed by all devotees locally and abroad.

18 August 2016

Purnima. Appearance of Sri Baladev. Fast until noon. End of Jhulan Yatra of Sri Sri Radha-Govinda.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
thumbAudio: Appearance of Sri Baladeva. Morning informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj at our Dum Dum Park Temple, Kolkata, 9 August 2006.
Download, or listen online (13+ minutes, 1.6 MB mp3 audio)
or:  higher quality (3.1 MB).

thumbAudio: Sri Balaram Pranam Mantra. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj reciting Baladev's pranam mantra, His names, His glories, His powers.
Download, or listen online (5+ minutes, 1.3 MB mp3 audio)

thumbSri Balaram's Pranam Mantram quoted by Srila Govinda Maharaj from Sri Garga-Samhita is given here.


thumbAudio: "Sri Balaram and Sri Nityananda Prabhu are non-different like Krishna and Mahaprabhu. Mahaprabhu's Pastimes without Nityananda Prabhu are not full... Baladev comes before Krishna and He is arranging everything for the service of Lord Krishna." Informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, 12 August 2003.
Download, or listen online (20 minutes, 4.6 MB mp3 audio)

Excerpts related to Sri Baladev compiled from books by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj.

Audio. Lord Baladev's appearance day, Thailand, discourse in 2009 by Sripad Vaishnav Maharaj (Srutasrava Prabhu at that time) glorifying the position of Sri Baladev, Nityananda Prabhu, and Sri Guru. A lecture on 5 August 2009 given during Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's last visit to Bangkok.
"So that Baladev, all of that shakti, all of that energy, is changed into merciful dispensation in the form of Nityananda Prabhu. And then Nityananda Prabhu has come to us as our Gurudev. The position of guru is the embodiment of Nityananda Prabhu's mercy dispensation, and in that way it is coming to all of us, without any consideration."
53+ minutes, 12 MB mp3 audio

15 August 2016

Disappearance of Srila Rupa Goswami and Srila Gauri Das Pandit Goswami.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
Audio. Srila Gauri Das Pandit. Srila Sridhar Maharaj describes how Srila Gauri Das Pandit, being Subal Sakha in Krishna's lila, could recognise Sriman Mahaprabhu and Nityananda Prabhu when They presented Themselves in his quarters in Kalna. They lived there for a while, but when They wanted to go from there, Gauri Das Pandit couldn't tolerate the prospect of separation. So, the Lords promised They would stay with him. Two murtis were carved in wood according to Their figures. They installed the murtis and were about to take leave. Still Gauri Das Pandit couldn't accept that, so Mahaprabhu and Nityananda Prabhu took the murtis' places and the murtis took leave. Yet, that was also not tolerable by Gauri Das Pandit. Finally, the murtis stayed with him for his worship.
Excerpt from Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj's informal discourse Nabadwip, 3 January 1982:
14+ minutes, 3.4 MB mp3 audio

Who is Srila Rupa Goswami? Excerpt from Sri Guru and His Grace by His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. "The most sacred type of pure service, which is not open even to the sakhis, is open to the manjaris. That is found in Radharani's camp. So, the position of the Rupanugas, the followers of Sri Rupa, is the most profitable position. That has been given out by Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. That has been shown by Him, and that is fixed as the highest limit of our fortune in Krishna's concern. This is unexpectable, undesignable and beyond hope, but our prospect lies there in that subtle camp of Sri Rupa Manjari, Rupa Goswami."

thumbSrila Rupa Goswami - The Flow of Mahaprabhu's Line. Excerpt from Affectionate Guidance by His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. 120 K pdf file.
"Rupa Goswami Prabhu is supreme in the preceptorial line of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Actually, no one says, 'Chaitanya Sampradaya'. Rather, the correct name is 'Rupanuga Sampradaya'. Mahaprabhu wanted to establish Rupa Goswami as the Guru of His sampradaya."

thumbSri Rupa's Feet. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj explains Srila Narottam Thakur's prayers to Sri Rupa. Posted on the Math's gaudiyadarshan.com website.

Audio. Srila Rupa Goswami disappearance discourse, 1994. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj talks about the exclusive position of Srila Rupa Goswami and the special affection Mahaprabhu had for him. Srila Gurudev says that Mahaprabhu, after reading the sloka Srila Rupa Goswami composed about His feelings in Jagannath Kshetra, asks Srila Swarup Damodar: "Oh Swarup, in which way can Rupa understand My mind?" Swarup Damodar replies: "Oh it is very easy to know, that is, Your full blessings he has got in Prayag. You have given everything to him." (09:55/14:47)
Informal discourse, 18 August 1994.
31+ minutes, 7+ MB mp3 audio

Audio: Rupa Goswami Prabhu's disappearance day, and disappearance of Gauri Das Pandit, a very good day for me. Morning informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj at our Dum Dum Park Temple, Kolkata, 6 August 2006.
Download, or listen online (27+ minutes, 3.2 MB mp3 audio)
or:
higher quality (6.3 MB).

thumbVrindavan. Photos of the Samadhi Mandirs of Srila Rupa Goswami and Srila Gauri Das Pandit on their disappearance day festival 2012. Web-page of pictures.

14 August 2016

Beginning of Jhulan Yatra of Sri Sri Radha-Govinda and start of the one month festival of Sri Hari Smaran at Nabadwip, Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
I do not make any show of Jhulana-lila. An excerpt by Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj from the article Fools Rush In Where Angels Fear To Tread:
 

   
Fools Rush In Where Angels Fear to Tread, by Srila B.R. Sridhar Maharaj. Originally published in Sri Gaudiya Darshan magazine, Srila Sridhar Maharaj's 8th Disappearance Anniversary Edition, 1996, this is the full article from which the above I do not make any show of Jhulana-lila was extracted. (15 pages, 98 K pdf/Acrobat Reader document.)

6 August 2016

Disappearance of Srila Vamshi Das Babaji Maharaj.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
thumbAudio. Srila Vamsi Das Babaji Maharaj. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj gives an informal discourse on this day in 1985.
"He was the only 'sadhu' who had recognition from our Guru Maharaj as sadhu - Vamsi Das Babaji. He was living in the strict sense the life of a babaji, indifferent to the world."
20 August 1985:
16 minutes, 3 MB mp3 audio

2 August 2016

Amavasya. Festival in honour of the disappearance of Om Vishnupad Paramahamsa Parivrajakacharya-varya Ashtottara-shata-sri Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
Sri Pranati Dasakam.Ten Prayers in glorification of Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, composed by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, and prepared here as an illustrated web-page by Jagamohini Devi Dasi of USA in remembrance Srila Guru Maharaj's Disappearance Festivals.

Archive Photos: Meditations in Pictures and Words. Five pages of extensive quotes and black and white photos of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj.

Audio. Srila Guru Maharaj's disappearance festival 1999. Kirtan and informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj on the Disappearance Festival day of Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, 1999.
"Srila Guru Maharaj's godbrothers like Krishna Das Babaji Maharaj, Madhusudan Maharaj, Paramahamsa Maharaj, etc. when they were giving lecture they would consider Guru Maharaj not only as Guru but as representative of Vrindavan Dham, and that he was born here as a manifestation of non-different form with Radharani. They were all godbrothers and we were very surprised to hear."
Srila Gurudev speaking in Saint Petersburg, 11 August, 1999:
33 minutes, 7.8 MB mp3 audio

Spoken: Pranam mantra and glories of Srila Guru Maharaj described in the Appendix of Sermons of the Guardian of Devotion Volume 2:
14 minutes, 3+ MB mp3 audio

Audio. Srila B.R. Sridhar Maharaj's disappearance festival, 1994, USA. Srila Govinda Maharaj glorifies Srila Sridhar Maharaj and relives the very day of his beloved Srila Guru Maharaj's disappearance.
These are two different recordings on the same disappearance festival day at our Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Seva Ashram, Soquel, California, 6 August 1994:
Part 1, 26+ minutes, 6 MB mp3 audio. Srila Govinda Maharaj describes how Srila Guru Maharaj nourished and harmonised Srila Saraswati Thakur's disciples of all ranks.
Part 2, 42+ minutes, 9.9 MB mp3 audio. Includes a description of Srila Guru Maharaj's disappearance. After the earthquake that shook Nabadwip Dham, Srila Gurudev knew that Srila Guru Maharaj was about to leave this world. Srila Gadadhar Pandit and Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur took this dark moon day, amavasya, for their disappearance. Srila Sridhar Maharaj had special affection for Gadadhar Pandit and Bhaktivinod Thakur, and chose this amavasya day to join with them.

Audio: Disappearance Festival Lecture in the nat-mandir of our Dum Dum Park Temple, by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj in glorification of Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. 25 July 2006:
Download, or listen online (32 minutes, 3.7 MB mp3 audio)
or:
higher quality (7.4 MB).

Audio: Srila Govinda Maharaj singing 'Sri Guru Arati-stuti' and 'Sri Rupa Manjari Pada' and 'Viraha-giti' at Srila Guru Maharaj's Disappearance Festival, 2006.
Download, or listen online (16+ minutes, 3.8 MB mp3 audio)

The Jewel in the Garland. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj speaking in 1992 on the Fourth Anniversary of the Disappearance Day of Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. This article first appeared in the 'Sri Govinda Dham Magazine, Sri Vyasa-puja Edition, 1994' published in Australia. Plus additional links in remembrance of Srila Guru Maharaj.

'The Sun Never Sets on the Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math'Transcription of a talk given by His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj on this Holy Day in 2003, at the Villa Govinda Ashram in Milan, Italy.

Audio. Srila Sridhar Maharaj's Disappearance Day discourse 2012
by Sri B.P. Janardan Maharaj at our Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Seva Ashram, Soquel, California. "So many of the exalted Vaishnavas in the line of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur came to get Srila Sridhar Maharaj's association at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. A multitude of many exalted Vaishnavas."
56 minutes, 32 MB mp3 audio, posted on California's sevaashram.com website.

In Glorification of Srila Guru Maharaj, an article by Sripad Bhakti Pavan Janardan Maharaj
speaking in glorification of Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj in 1994.

Remembering His Divine Grace. In honour of Srila Sridhar Maharaj's Disappearance Day, an article prepared by Jagamohini Devi Dasi in glorification of Srila Guru Maharaj: Remembering His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj.

Excerpts from Affectionate Guidance in glorification of Srila B.R. Sridhar Maharaj by Srila B.S. Govinda Maharaj. His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj talks about Srila Sridhar Maharaj's position among his Godbrothers, his active preaching and the beginning of the Math's Sri Gaudiya Darshan magazine.
Srila Govinda Maharaj quotes one of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur's principal preachers, Sripad Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaj: "We are preaching over the whole world, but from time to time we look to see whether Srila Sridhar Maharaj is happy with our preaching activities."

Sri Samadhi Mandir Stotra Mala in honour of the 2012 Anniversary of the Disappearance of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. This is a collection of all verses on Srila Sridhar Maharaj's Samadhi Mandir, The Temple of Union in Separation, in Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. The book contains the verses in sequence, and includes extensive commentaries by Srila Sridhar Maharaj as well as Srila Govinda Maharaj, who manifested the samadhi and selected all of these favourite verses of Srila Guru Maharaj.
Compiled and prepared by Sadhu Priya Prabhu, and posted on his lightningbeats.com website in Issuu format, where the pdf file is viewable within the browser.
The book is also available to downloaded: 184 pages, 17.9 MB pdf book.

9 June 2016

thumbRemembrance festival of Santosh Krishna Prabhu is being held today around the world by the many devotees who knew and respected this exemplary Vaishnava who passed away instantly in a tragic road accident ten days ago. Santosh Krishna Prabhu lived in Arjjun Pukur near Nadanghat in West Bengal, and was very dear to Srila Gurudev Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. (Webpage of pictures taken on a spontaneous visit by Srila Gurudev to his home in 2007.) Santosh Krishna Prabhu continually served Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip, welcoming devotees and visitors and selflessly rendering much valuable assistance to Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj in the maintenance and development of the Math and its various projects. We offer our condolences to his devoted family in remembrance of Srila Gurudev's special grace upon him.

24 May 2016

Thirty-nine Indian language pdf books of the Math are now available for free download due to the care and dedication of Anand Prabhu of South India. These include books in Bengali, Hindi and Oriyan.

18 April 2016

Festival in honour of the disappearance of Om Vishnupad Paramahamsa Parivrajakacharya-varya Ashtottara-shata-sri Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.

Audio: Srila Gurudev's message. "We will spend our time for the service of Lord Krishna and will pray to Him to give us good association and make a good environment for maintaining the life of devotion."
Informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj on a Radio Talk, 4 October 2001:
15+ minutes, 7 MB mp3 audio
 

15 April 2016

Sri Rama Navami. Fast until noon. Appearance at noon of Sri Ramachandra.

thumbVaishnava Calendars for worldwide locations with their Ekadashi dates are now available.
If your location is not listed and you would like a calendar with Ekadashi fasts calculated for your location according to the rules accepted in Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, please feel free to contact Sripad Tyagi Maharaj via the web form at gaudiyadarshan.com or Ashutosh Krishna Prabhu via email: ashutosh@harekrishna.ru.
In addition the Calendars for Nabadwip have been updated, including the 'ics' iCal version and the wall calendar.

23 March 2016

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 530 Gaurabda.

thumbAudio: "The advent of Mahaprabhu Sri Chaitanyadev. Who was He and what for He came here? If we can understand it, then we understand the inestimable, highest end of life. Our concern with Gauranga and His birthplace, Nabadwip Dham, is of such importance."
Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj speaks on the eve of Sri Gaura Purnima, 2014:
27 minutes, 6 MB mp3 audio


thumbNew iCal version of Vaishnava Calendar up to Sri Gaura Purnima 2017 is now available here, (ctrl-click, 'Save target' then install) for computers, iPads and smart phones, for automatic notification of special events worldwide as well as Ekadasi dates as followed in Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip, prepared by Sadhu Priya Prabhu of Australia.
(The new calendar is already posted and available as a regular webpage, and as a wall calendar, and as a single page list of Ekadashi dates calculated for Nabadwip.)

19 March 2016

Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama begins. Parikrama of Sri Simantadwip, Sri Rudradwip, and Sri Antardwip.

thumbNew Vaishnava Calendar up to Sri Gaura Purnima 2017 is now available here.
-) Also available as a wall calendar.
-) And as a single page list of Ekadashi dates calculated for Nabadwip.

thumbNew Bengali Panjika is now available as a pdf file.
-) And as single page list of Ekadashi dates in Bengali calculated for Nabadwip.

8 March 2016

Krishna Chaturdashi. Sri Sri Shivaratri. (Optional fast.)

thumbVaishnava Siva. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj explains Lord Siva's position as the best of Vaisnavas:
"You know that in Vrindavan Dham there is Raseshvar Siva, Gopishvar Siva, and many other forms of Lord Siva. We worship these forms. We offer pranam to Gopishvar Siva in this way: 'vindavanavani-pate jaya soma soma...'"
Posted on the Math's gaudiyadarshan.com website.

28 February 2016

The 144th 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.

thumbThe Giver of our Fortune. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj lectures on the appearance day of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur, 1982. Posted on the Math's gaudiyadarshan.com website.

15 February 2016

Appearance of Mahavishnu Avatar, Sri Advaita Acharya (because the previous day was viddha). Disappearance of Sripad Virendra Krishna Prabhu.

thumbDual Functions. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj explains the identity of Sri Advaita Acharya. Posted on the Math's gaudiyadarshan.com website.

9 January 2016

thumbConstruction begins of the Philippines Branch of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. Starting the New Year by getting building of the new Ashram under way, Ratnanabha Prabhu and Ishani Devi Dasi send a webpage of pictures of the first days of progress.
 

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December 2016
5

Oran Shashthi. Grand festival for honouring the appearance of Sri Sri Nitai-Chaitanya Jiu at Sri Puri Dham, Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.

7 Disappearance of Srila Madhusudan Das Babaji Maharaj.
8 Appearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Kamal Madhusudan Maharaj.
9 Disappearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Kusum Shraman Maharaj.
10 Ekadashi. Fast.
11 Dvadashi. Paran between 6:11 and 9:43 a.m.
15 The grand 88th appearance day celebration of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math's Sevaite-President-Acharya, Om Vishnupad Paramahamsa Parivrajakacharya Sri Srimad Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
16 Festivals at the appearance place of Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj and his youth Pastimes place: Bamunpara and Nadan Ghat.
17 Disappearance festival of the founder of the Sri Chaitanya Math and worldwide Sri Gaudiya Maths, Bhagavan Sri Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Prabhupad.
24 Ekadashi. No fast (because of Mahadvadashi). Disappearance of Srila Devananda Pandit and Srimad Bhakti Prakash Aranya Maharaj.
25 Mahadvadashi. Fast. Disappearance of Sripad Bhakti Bhudev Shrauti Maharaj. Christmas Day.
26 Paran between 6:21 and 6:29 a.m.
27 Disappearance of Srila Mahesh Pandit and Srila Uddharan Das Thakur.
30 Appearance of Srila Lochan Das Thakur.
January 2017
1 Disappearance of Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhu and Srila Jagadish Pandit. New Year's Day.
8 Ekadashi. Fast. Appearance of Srila Jagadish Pandit.
9 Dvadashi. Paran between 7:42 and 9:57 a.m.
   
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.
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