17 May 2013
Sri Jahnavi Puja (Sri Ganga-puja).
Nabadwip. Chandan Yatra journey by Sriman Mahaprabhu from Srila Guru Maharaj's Samadhi Mandir 'The Temple of Union in Separation' to the 'Sriman Mahaprabhu Chandan Yatra Mandir' in the centre of Sri Govinda Kunda took place last Monday. Mahaprabhu will stay there alongside Sri Giriraj throughout the 21 days of Chandan Yatra and daily engage in boating Pastimes accompanied by Hari-nam sankirtan. Webpage of pictures.
15 May 2013
Appearance of Sripad Shankaracharya.
Disappearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Vilas Gabhastinemi Maharaj.
Shankaracharya's Himalayan cave beneath the ancient tree where it is said he meditated and wrote his famous Shanraka-bhasya commentary on Vedanta-darshan. Pictures taken this morning by Ananda Vardhan Prabhu of Russia as he researches the practicalities of organising devotional pilgrimages to the Himalayas.
12 May 2013
Appearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Vichar Jajavar Maharaj.
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.
11 May 2013
Pandit Sri Gadadhar Goswami. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj's definitive article on Srila Gadadhar Pandit's paramount sacrifice. Translated from a Bengali article originally published in Sri Gaudiya Darshan, August 1956, and posted here in English on the Math's GaudiyaDarshan.com website.
23 April 2013
Festival in honour of the disappearance of Om Vishnupad Paramahamsa Parivrajakacharya-varya Astottara-sata Sri Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
Audio: Disappearance Festival 2012 evening address in English by Srila B.B. Avadhut Maharaj in Govardhan, the day of installation of Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's murti in his pushpa-samadhi, Govardhan, and the second anniversary of His Divine Grace's disappearance.
"Without Guru Vaishnava we have no connection with this (divine) reality... but Guru will always come to you if you have eyes to see. We do not only see Guru in a murti form but in every disciple's heart."
Govardhan, 4 April 2012:
17+ minutes, 4 MB mp3 audio
20 April 2013
The Auspicious Advent of Sri Ramachandra ~ Guru of the Three Worlds by Jagamohini Devi Dasi. Originally posted as a webpage on Sri Rama-navami last year on our California Ashram's sevaashram.net website, this is now made available in simplified ePub format as well as a simplified html file for easy reading on portable devices.
19 April 2013
Sri Rama-navami. Fast until noon. Appearance at noon of Sri Ramachandra.
Audio: Sri Rama-navami, 1998. Srila Gurudev talks briefly about the life of Lord Ramachandra and calls our attention to the importance of Hanumanji in the Lord's Pastimes. "Hanumanji was the best servant of Ramachandra. Without Hanumanji we cannot worship Ramachandra, this is the main part of the story of Ramachandra's Pastimes. Without Hanumanji's satisfaction, if we will do anything it will not be fruitful. It is necessary to get mercy from Hanumanji. We are praying to Hanumanji to save our spiritual life and material life also."
Informal discourse in Govardhan by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj on Lord Ramachandra's Appearance Day, 2 April 1998:
6+ minutes, 1.5 MB mp3 audio
18 April 2013
Audio: Sri Gaura Purnima discourses 2013, Nabadwip:
Adivas of Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama: Srila Ashram Maharaj gives the history as to how Srila Gurudev started the Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikramas from Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.
14 minutes, 3.6 MB mp3 audio
2nd day of Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama: Sripad Tyagi Maharaj speaks at the Temple of Vishnupriya Devi's deity of Sriman Mahaprabhu:
9 minutes, 2.3+ MB mp3 audio
Sri Gaura Purnima: Srila Goswami Maharaj addresses all the devotees in the main programme on the evening of Mahaprabhu's Appearance Day and explains the supremacy of Mahaprabhu:
13 minutes, 3 MB mp3 audio
Gaura Purnima day: Srila Avadhut Maharaj briefly speaks following on from Srila Goswami Maharaj, discussing the appearance of Mahaprabhu:
3+ minutes, 900 K mp3 audio
Jagannath Misra's Anandotsav: Srila Acharya Maharaj stresses the main obstacles to receive pure devotion: kanak, kamini and pratistha. He then expresses the challenges he faces as the Acharya of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, and prays for Gurudev's grace and protection:
21+ minutes, 5+ MB mp3 audio
Sripat Hapaniya festival: Srila Janardan Maharaj speaks in glorification of Srila Guru Maharaj Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, and encourages the devotees to take shelter at his feet with all their capacity:
16+ minutes, 4 MB mp3 audio
15 April 2013
Appearance of Sripad Ramanujacharya and Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Hridaya Bon Maharaj.
Audio: Sri Ramanuja Acharya. "Ramanuja Acharya lived near about 125 years, we are told. Of all the acharyas, the first opposition was given from the Vaishnava section towards Sankar's mayavad, by Ramanuja Acharya." Informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, 23 February 1983:
28 minutes, 6.5 MB mp3 audio
Audio: Sri Gaura Purnima. Srila Bhakti Sudhir Goswami Maharaj reflects on Srila Sridhar Maharaj's teachings about how Nabadwip is for the benefit of the fallen section. A talk on the Appearance Day of Sri Gauranga Sundar, 25 March 2005:
45 minutes, 10.3 MB mp3 audio
Invitation to our annual pilgrimage for Sri Jagannath Rathayatra in Puri from 5th to 14th July inclusive (departing from and returning to Kolkata). If you wish to participate in this year's Puri Pilgrimage, please let us know soon. In order to help cover costs, the requested donation is Rs5,000 which is inclusive of shared accommodation at our Sevak Bhavan Guesthouse in Puri, Prasadam, and local bus excursions from Puri. The donation includes travel Kolkata to Puri to Kolkata by 2nd Class non-AC sleeper train.
If you would like to stay and serve at our Temples in India after the festivals, please contact us. Your service would be much appreciated.
28 March 2013
Anandotsav of Sri Jagannath Misra. Last gathering of the week-long yearly meeting at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math and yearly festival.
Mahananda Prabhu Bhakti Ranjan becomes Sripad Bhakti Ranjan Madhusudan Maharaj by receiving the holy order of tridandi sannyas yesterday from Srila Bhakti Sudhir Goswami Maharaj in the presence of all the Acharyas of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. The initiation took place on Srila Guru Maharaj Srila Sridhar Maharaj's veranda. "Srila Guru Maharaj and Srila Gurudev suddenly and powerfully made their wish clear in different ways, with the assertions of the Acharyas as the catalyst. I pray that they and all the Vaishnavas may give their grace at every step."
27 March 2013
Sri Gaura-Purnima. Divine Appearance of Sri Gauranga. Total fast until moonrise, then no grains. Grand Festival at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. Vasantotsav and Dolyatra of Sri Sri Radha-Govinda. Special offering of worship and arati. Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita reading and Maha-Sankirttana. Start of 528 Gaurabda year.
Audio: Sri Gaura Purnima 2004, most inspiring address to the devotees by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj in Nabadwip.
6 March 2004:
18+ minutes, 4+ MB mp3 audio
Audio:. Sri Gaura Purnima 1990. Srila Govinda Maharaj speaks at Sri Gaura Purnima, Nabadwip Dham. The first audio file is likely from Srila Gurudev's veranda on the day of the programme. Prepared and posted on the web by Jamuna Priya Devi Dasi.
12 March 1990, Nabadwip:
3 audio files posted on archive.org
iCal Vaishnava Calendar is now available for the year from this Sri Gaura-Purnima up to next Sri Gaura-Purnima, prepared by Sadhu Priya Prabhu of Australia.
26 March 2013
Adhivas observance ceremony of the Appearance of Sri Gauranga. Parikrama of Sri Koladwip, Sri Ritudvip, Sri Jahnudwip, Sri Modadrumadwip, etc.
Audio: Chanting Sri Madhavendra Puri's qualities. Sri Gaura Purnima adhivas day, 2003, Internet radio address by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
Srila Gurudev describes the Pastimes and glories of Sri Madhavendra Puri, then highlights the fortune of all the devotees in this present age.
First posted by Sripad Madhusudan Prabhu on his krsna.cc website.
19 March 2000:
24 minutes, 5+ MB mp3 audio
Grand celebrations under way in Nabadwip for Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama and Sri Gaura Purnima festivals led by Srila Acharya Maharaj and, from abroad: Srila Janardan Maharaj, Srila Ashram Maharaj, Srila Goswami Maharaj, Srila Avadhut Maharaj, Srila Trivikram Maharaj, Sripad Akinchan Maharaj, Sripad Parvat Maharaj, Sripad Bharati Maharaj and Sripad Tyagi Maharaj.
With thousands of Indians and over 300 Westerners present, this is likely to be the biggest festival ever held at the Math. Hundreds of pictures posted by Nimai Chandra Prabhu on his vaisnavadarshan.com website.
24 March 2013
Disappearance of Sripad Madhavendra Puri. Second day of Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama.
Audio: Srila Madhavendra Puri. Wonderful informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj about Srila Madhavendra Puri.
"Madhavendra Puri is accepted as the ankura (sprout) of Gaudiya Vaishnava faith, a sannyasi who got the spark of Vrindavan's love divine in his heart. He expressed symptoms in that way, and from him generally the Gaudiya Vaishnava school is traced."
8 March 1982:
37+ minutes, 8.6 MB mp3 audio
The pontifical position of Sri Madhavendra Puri, by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. This article first appeared in The Harmonist in February 1935. Reproduced here as a text webpage as well as scans of the original printing (500K pdf file).
New Vaishnava Calendar up to Sri Gaura Purnima 2014 is now posted here. The ical and printed editions will be available shortly.
10 March 20133
Sri Sri Shivaratri. (Optional fast.)
Audio: 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
2 March 2013
The 140th 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.
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.
28 February 2013
Disappearance of Tridandi Swami Sripad Bhakti Premik Siddhanti Maharaj.
Religion of the Heart, 2nd Edition by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, newly available as an improved quality pdf file (3.6 MB), as well as an additional pdf version formatted for iPhone, iTouch, etc. (1.2 MB).
This book is posted today
in remembrance of Sripad Bhakti Premik Siddhanti Maharaj who compiled it with so much heart and dedication, and who passed away on this day in 2010.
Ekachakra. Sri Nityananda Prabhu's Appearance Festival in over 300 pictures posted by Nimai Chandra Prabhu on his vaisnavadarshan.com website, with additional photos posted on the Math's gaudiyadarshan.com website.
27 February 2013
Audio: Attachment to the Lord is necessary. The day after Sri Nityananda Prabhu's Appearance Festival in Ekachakra, Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj gives a class to the many Western devotees gathered on his veranda. Recorded and prepared for the web by Mahamantra Prabhu.
24 February 2013:
40+ minutes, 9+ MB mp3 audio
25 February 2013
Purnima (full moon). Appearance of Srila Narottama Das Thakur. Sri Krishna's Madhurotsava.
Sri Narottama Prabhor Ashtakam. In honour of Srila Narottam Das Thakur's appearance day, a composition about him in joyous remembrance by Srila Vishvanath Chakravarti Thakur. Posted on the Math's gaudiyadarshan.com website.
23 February 2013
Appearance of Sri Nityananda Prabhu. Fast until noon. Grand festival and installation anniversary of Sri Sri Guru Gaura Nityananda at Sree Chaitanya Saraswata Krishnanushilana Sangha, Ekachakra Dham.
Audio: Sri Nityananda Prabhu's Appearance, 1982. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj explains his composition Sriman Nityananda Dvadasakam in glorification of Lord Nityananda Prabhu. A devotee reads the verses one by one, and Srila Sridhar Maharaj gives light to his writings.
This recording starts on the 3rd line of the 9th verse.
Nabadwip, 6 February 1982:
34+ minutes, 8 MB mp3 audio
You may also follow the verses by reading here Sriman Nityananda Dvadasakam (pdf file).
Audio: Sri Nityananda Prabhu's Appearance, 1996. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj recites Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj's entire Sanskrit poetry Sriman Nityananda Dvadasakam. Then, continues chanting the glories of Lord Nityananda. "Nityananda Prabhu is bestowing mercy upon the conditioned souls and taking the conditioned souls from a very low level to the higher level. And all is very happily happening by the grace of Nityananda Prabhu."
Nityananda Prabhu's appearance day, 2 February 1996:
28+ minutes, 6.6 MB mp3 audio
Audio: Srila Govinda Maharaj sings Nitai Pada Kamala in a very sweet and unique way with no kartals
or mrdanga and with only a few devotees present. Also Srila Gurudev chants the full Sriman
Nityananda Dvadasakam composed by Srila Sridhar Maharaj.
Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, 14 May 1990, prepared for the web and posted on archive.org by Jamuna Priya Devi Dasi:
12+ minutes, 7 MB mp3 audio
And available here at a lower file size for those with slower or limited Internet:
2.9 MB mp3 audio.
Sitio en la red en español, <<Sadhu-sanga>>, inaugurado hoy, el día de la Aparición de Sri Nityananda Prabhu, por devotos de México, con el fin de presentar artículos, extractos de libros y noticias en español. Con la devocional asistencia técnica de Srimati Tapananandini Devi Dasi, de Mérida.
Spanish 'Sadhu-sanga' website inaugurated today, Sri Nityananda Prabhu's appearance day, by the Mexican devotees for presenting articles, book excerpts and news in Spanish. 'Sadhu-sanga' is made with the devotional and technical help of Srimati Tapananandini Devi Dasi of Merida.
20 February 2013
Disappearance of Srila Ramanuja Acharya.
Audio: Sri Ramanuja Acharya. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj tells a short story about Sri Ramanuja Acharya and his desire to deliver the whole of humanity. "Ramanuja told: 'My master, your mantram is infallible. it will produce its desired result, I am sure of that, so let these persons get released. Be satisfied with their fulfilment of life. And by breaking your order, I shall have to go to eternal hell. I am ready for that, my master.' "
2 November 1982:
5+ minutes, 1.3 MB mp3 audio
19 February 2013
Disappearance of Srila Madhvacharya.
Selected references regarding Srila Madhvacharya in Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, compiled in remembrance of his disappearance day today.
17 February 2013
Appearance of Mahavishnu Avatar, Sri Advaita Acharya.
Audio: Srila Advaita Acharya appearance day, 2003. "If Advaita Acharya Prabhu was not merciful to us, we would not get Gauranga Mahaprabhu, and if we would not get Gauranga Mahaprabhu then we could not understand properly Krishna and Krishna-lila."
Discourse for a Radio Programme by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj in Kolkata. 8 February, 2003.
34+ minutes, 7.9 MB mp3 audio
15 February 2013
Sri Krishna Vasanta Panchami. Sri Saraswati Puja. Appearance day of Sri Vishnu Priya Devi. Appearance of Srila Pundarik Vidyanidhi, Srila Raghunath das Goswami, and Srila Raghunandana Thakur. Disappearance of Srila Viswanath Chakravarti Thakur, Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Viveka Bharati Maharaj and Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Svarupa Parvat Maharaj.
Audio: Sri Krishna Vasanta Panchami, 1984. Informal discourse on this special day of Sri Saraswati Puja and the appearance day of Vishnu Priya Devi, Pundarik Vidyanidhi, Srila Raghunandana Thakur and Srila Raghunath Das Goswami, and the disappearance day of Srila Viswanath Chakravarti Thakur, Srimad B.V. Bharati Maharaj and Srimad B.S. Parvat Maharaj.
Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj speaks extensively about all the above personalities, 7 February 1984:
Part A, 36+ minutes, 8.5 MB mp3 audio
Part B, 40+ minutes, 9.3 MB mp3 audio
5 February 2013
Audio: The key to open the chamber is with Sri Guru. Discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, 1 March 1990, prepared for the web and posted on archive.org by Jamuna Priya Devi Dasi:
16 minutes, 9.7 MB mp3 audio
And available here at a lower file size for those with slower or limited Internet: 3.8 MB mp3 audio.
3 February 2013
Disappearance of Srila Lochan Das Thakur.
Two brief excerpts about Srila Lochan Das Thakur from the writings of Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad.
Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
Two kirtans written by Srila Lochan Das Thakur in praise of Sri Nityananda Prabhu, Akrodha Paramananda and Nitai Gunamani Amara.
These compositions can also be found on pages 72-74
of The Nectarean Glories of Sri Nityananda Prabhu.
2 February 2013
Disappearance of Srila Jayadev Goswami.
Audio: "Jayadev Goswami, a great devotee poet, he was writing a book in Sanskrit about Krishna-lila, inspired by Him. Then he came in one place where Radha Krishna, they were in their secret union; so many sentiments, feelings, coming and going. Krishna, He is trying His best to pacify Radharani in His favour; so eager that He is about to say that 'I want Your holy feet, I want to serve Your holy feet, please extend them to Me.' Jayadev could not write - it came before his pen but he shuddered, 'How can I say that Krishna, the highest God, He will pray for the holy feet of Radharani to serve them? I can't' He stopped there and went to take bath in the Ganges..."
Discourse by Srila B.R. Sridhar Maharaj, 26 January 1983:
10 minutes, 2.3 MB mp3 audio
23 January 2013
Appearance of Srila Jagadish Pandit.
Jagadish Pandit. A short excerpt from Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita about Jagadish Pandit, whose appearance is celebrated today.
16 January 2013
Krishna's call. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj explains Sriman Mahaprabhu's motivations for taking sannyas. Posted on the Math's GaudiyaDarshan.com website:
"Not caring for the cold during this winter season at all, He went. There was so much heat within His body and mind. He was heated on one side by viraha, feeling separation from Krishna, and on the other side by the duty of preaching to the world about Krishna."
15 January 2013
Remembrance of Sriman Mahaprabhu's sannyas-lila.
Audio: Mahaprabhu's Pastimes of separation. Srila Guru Maharaj describes the last day of Nimai Pandit's stay at his home in Nabadwip and His recommendation that each day, whatever you do, to always go on with consciousness of Krishna. He describes the separation of his young wife Vishnupriya Devi Dasi, and how later Mahaprabhu left his sandals to help her get relief from separation.
Srila Guru Maharaj gives a summary of Mahaprabhu's activities in the years after receiving
Discourse by Srila B.R. Sridhar Maharaj, 13 January 1982, Nabadwip.
13 minutes, 3 MB mp3 audio
Sri Nimai Sannyas. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj expresses the grief-stricken hearts of the residents of Nabadwip in a Bengali poem published in Sri Gaudiya Darshan, June 1967. Transliterated, translated into English and posted on the Math's gaudiyadarshan.com website.
9 January 2013
Audio: Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur's disappearance festival 2013. Recent morning class by Sripad B.K. Tyagi Maharaj at our Nabadwip Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.
"Srila Sridhar Maharaj, after the disappearance of Saraswati Thakur, also composed a short verse: nikhila bhuvana maya ... the theme of which being: May 'Bhakti Siddhanta vani', may Prabhupad's teachings play within our hearts. Once he remarked that on this day Prabhupad became vani, or he assumed form fully as his expression, as his word ... Through the teaching of the guru we find the association of the guru, we find connection with the guru. So, Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math and all of its preaching is basically the expression of this prayer: May the word of Bhakti Siddhanta play within our hearts."
Nabadwip, 1st January 2013.
49 minutes, 11 MB mp3 audio
8 January 2013
Disappearance of Srila Devananda Pandit and Srimad Bhakti Prakash Aranya Maharaj.
Excerpt about Devananda Pandit from Sermons of the Guardian of the Devotion Volume III by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
"Mahaprabhu suddenly one day said, 'Oh, that Devananda Pandit, he teaches Bhagavatam to so many students, but he himself does not know its real purport. He is spreading poison in the name of Bhagavatam. I shall go and tear up his books!' Inspired one day with such a spirit Mahaprabhu suddenly ran towards that place, but Srivas Pandit, and others perhaps, stopped Him, saying, 'No, no, this won't look good for you.' "
5 January 2013
Sripat Bamunpara pilgrimage. A full day of kirtan and Hari-katha. Webpages of pictures with captions as several coach loads of devotees visit three special places associated with Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's young and youth Pastimes:
Nadanghat, where Srila Gurudev stayed immediately before joining the Math;
Sripat Bamunpara, Srila Gurudev's appearance place and our beautiful Sri Chaitanya Sridhar Govinda Seva Ashram;
Denur, the nearby place of Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur, the author of Sri Chaitanya Bhagavat.
3 January 2013
Audio: Sri Vyasa Puja discourses by Sripad B.B. Avadhut Maharaj and Sripad Mahananda Prabhu with translation to Bengali by Sripad B.P. Tirtha Maharaj, on Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's 84th Appearance Festival. In addition Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj, Sripad B.P. Tirtha Maharaj and Sripad B.K. Tyagi Maharaj all spoke extensively, mainly in Bengali, chanting Srila Gurudev's glories.
Nabadwip, 30 December 2012:
31+ minutes, 7+ MB mp3 audio
Nabadwip. Walking around Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math seeing the beautiful, neat and tidy grounds of the Math the day before Sri Vyasa Puja of Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. Two webpages of pictures with captions taken on 29th December.
1 January 2013
Disappearance festival of the founder of the Sri Chaitanya Math and worldwide Sri Gaudiya Maths, Bhagavan Sri Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Prabhupad. (New Year's Day.)
Audio: Srila Prabhupad Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur's disappearance day, 1983. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj speaks about the last moments of his Srila Guru Maharaj in this world.
"We were rendering duty in his sick bed, I was also among them, my duty was from 2 o'clock at night to 4 o'clock in the morning. Just before 24 hours of his departure he called for me and asked me to sing a song: Sri Rupa Manjari pada sei mora sampada, this famous song which is supposed to be the highest realisation of any Gaudiya Vaishnava devotee. Then after 24 hours, on the first of January early morning he left the world."
Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur's disappearance day, 4 January 1983:
11+ minutes, 2.7 MB mp3 audio
Nabadwip. Sri Vyasa Puja of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj held in a well-attended, sweet, lively festival in his dear Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. Three webpages of pictures with captions.
30 December 2012
The Grand 84th Appearance Day Celebration of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math's Sevaite President Acharya, Om Vishnupad Paramahamsa Parivrajakacharya Sri Srimad Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
Audio:Life is valuable. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj talking the day after his Sri Vyasa Puja held on New Year's day 2002. A most inspirational, heart-felt discourse given by telephone to Madhusudan Prabhu of Hawaii and first posted that day on his Radio Internet site, krsna.cc.
"Life is valuable. The scriptures say that when you are alive in a human body, you can do very much for yourself. Very much means that you can practise Krishna consciousness, and until death you can do that. Then, not to invite death but always invite service, good atmosphere, good health, and good situation - that is the desire of a servitor."
Nabadwip, 2 January 2002.
12+ minutes, 3 MB mp3 audio
29 December 2012
Audio:The Vaishnava is a wish-fulfilling-tree. Sripad B.K. Tyagi Maharaj gives a clarifying class about the basis of our Vaishnava culture, yesterday morning in Nabadwip Dham.
"The Vaishnava is also described, as we pray to him every day, vancha kalpa taru, a wish fulfilling tree... And this is the nature of Vaishnava; through them all our desires will be fulfilled... our desire for devotion, for the service of the Lord will be fulfilled."
Nabadwip, 27 December 2012.
62+ minutes, 14.4 MB mp3 audio
21 December 2012
Bangladesh preaching, second batch of pictures of the first preaching tour to East Bengal by Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, 4th to 20th December 2012. Two webpages with many pictures taken by Mahamantra Prabhu.
For devotees planning their pilgrimage for Sri Gaura-Purnima 2013,
The date of the Disappearance Festival 2013 of Srila Gurudev Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj is not yet precisely known due to the specific way our Math's calendar is calculated. However it is the 2nd dvadasi after Sri Gaura Purnima. So, within a day, we can understand his Disappearance Festival will be on Tuesday 23 April 2013. The exact date will be confirmed with the publication of the new 2013-2014 Calendar just before Sri Gaura-Purnima.
18 December 2012
Gaura-sasthi and Oran-sasthi. Grand
festival for honouring the appearance of Sri Sri Nitai-Chaitanya
Deities at Sri Puri Dham, Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.
Audio, spoken book: Heart and Halo by Srila B.R. Sridhar
Dev-Goswami Maharaj, read by Sripad B.S. Tridandi Maharaj.
This powerful small book is newly available in our spoken books collection for downloading
or listening online:
Foreword and Part I (62 minutes, 14 MB mp3 audio)
Part II (65 minutes, 15 MB mp3 audio)
Permanent Philippines Centre at Pandi, Bulacan. The name 'Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math Philippines Branch' was given by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Maharaj in Nabadwip 2005. Since then, the centre has been in rented property. Now it has moved to a permanent site with plans for extensive development. Webpage with pictures by Ratnanabha Prabhu and Ishani Devi Dasi.
14 December 2012
Bangladesh Preaching Programme. The first pictures of the first preaching tour of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math to East Bengal. Sripad Tyagi Maharaj and Santosh Prabhu head the group who are currently undertaking this two-week tour. Webpage of pictures with captions.
11 December 2012
Disappearance of Srila Saranga Thakur.
Srila Saranga Das Thakur in Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita. Verse and purport about Srila Saranga Das Thakur in Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's Pastimes.
10 December 2012
Disappearance of Srila Narahari Sarkar Thakur and Srila Kaliya Krishna
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.
6 December 2012
Sripad Bhakti Nandan Narayan Maharaj passed away early yesterday evening after suffering a stroke in Jagannath Puri. Earlier, as Nara Narayan Prabhu (a disciple of Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj), he ran the Sri Nitai Gauranga Mandir in the south of Mauritius. After being graced with sannyas from Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj he became a natural leader amongst the Mauritian devotees, and presently travelled extensively with the affectionate message of our Sri Guru-varga. He recently returned from South Africa to attend the Math's Kartik Pilgrimage before going on to Jagannath Puri.
5 December 2012
The Annual Kartik Pilgrimage 2012 with about 250 participants was held smoothly and successfully under the personal leadership of Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj. The following pages show some of the places visited and share some of the events that took place:
Govardhan parikramas. Three webpages of pictures with captions.
-) Vrindavan parikramas. Two webpages of pictures with captions.
-) Kurukshetra parikramas. Two webpages of pictures with captions.
-) Our devotees then proceeded on the last leg of this year's Kartik Pilgrimage: Haridwar and Rishikesh. Many pictures posted by Nimai Chandra Prabhu on his vaisnavadarshan.com website.
3 December 2012
Vrindavan. Installation Anniversary Festival of Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gandharvva Rasabiharijiu at our Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math and Mission, Seva Kunja. Webpage of pictures with captions.
Invitation to the 84th Appearance Day Festival (83rd Appearance Anniversary) of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Sri Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj from the 29th December 2012 to 2nd January 2013 here at Sri Math, and at Sripat Bamunpara (his holy Appearance Place). And an opportunity to send a service donation for this most auspicious occasion.
Sri Vyasa-Puja written offerings soon please for His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's Appearance Anniversary Festival, to be held on 30th December. Kindly email offerings (with a picture of yourself) as soon as possible, please, to
or through the Gaudiya Darshan website.
24 November 2012
Ekadasi. Fast. Disappearance of Om Vishnupada Paramahamsa Sri Srila Gaura Kisor Das Babaji Maharaj. Appearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Dayita Madhav Goswami Maharaj. Sri Bhisma-Panchaka.
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
17 November 2012
Disappearance festival of Visvarenya Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad.
Audio: Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Prabhupad's disappearance day 1998. Informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj in our Vrindavan Temple on this day.
"What Srila Swami Maharaj has done, Guru Maharaj always told: it is not a man's work. No one human can do this job that Srila Swami Maharaj has done. It is my experience, unbelievably happy experience, I have seen everywhere has spread Krishna Consciousness, everyone knows now the Name of Radha Krishna, the Name of Nitai Chaitanya, Pancha Tattva. Even in front of the Kremlin they are telling Hare Krishna! The whole world now knows Hare Krishna! But it is not a man's job. The embodiment of Nityananda Prabhu can do it. We consider as Srila Guru Maharaj said, that he (Srila Swami Maharaj Prabhupad) is 'shaktyavesa avatar', that is, Nityananda Prabhu only can do this, to distribute Gaura Mahaprabhu, to distribute Radha Krishna devotion; it is not possible by man."
Vrindavan, 24 October 1998:
Part 1: 42 minutes, 10 MB mp3 audio
Part 2: 11+ minutes, 2+ MB mp3 audio
Old pictures of a visit of Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad to Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip. Pictures kindly sent by Jagamohini Devi Dasi in remembrance of Srila Swami Maharaj Prabhupad on his Disappearance Day Festival today.
16 November 2012
Govardhan. Govardhan Puja at our Srila Sridhar Swami Seva Ashram presided over by Sri Sri Anu Giriraj. Two webpages of pictures with captions sharing the days events led by Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj.
14 November 2012
Go-puja (cow-worship) and Go-krida (the pleasure of the cows). Sri Govardhan-puja. Annakut Mahotsava: Grand festival and puja to Sri Sri Anu Giriraj at Srila Sridhar Swami Sevashram in Sri Govardhan and Sri Gupta-Govardhan-puja festival at Sri Govinda Kunda in Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip. Balidaityaraj-puja.
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
10 November 2012
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
9 November 2012
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.
Nabadwip. Sri Vyasa Puja celebrations led by Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj marking the 118th Appearance Day Festival of the Founder Acharya of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. Many pictures posted by Nimai Chandra Prabhu on his vaisnavadarshan.com website.
Audio: Sri Vyasa Puja address in Vrindavan 2012, by Sripad B.N. Shanta Maharaj during the festival attended by sannyasis, brahmacharis and devotees from practically all families of Gaudiya Vaisnavas of the area.
20 minutes, 4+ MB mp3 audio
Vrindavan. Sri Vyasa Puja celebrations held yesterday at our Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math and Mission, in glorification and honour of Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj's most auspicious advent in this world. Webpage of pictures.
8 November 2012
The Grand 118th Appearance Day Celebration of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math's Founder President Acharya, Om Vishnupad Paramahamsa Parivrajakacharya-varya Astottara-sata Sri Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. Appearance of Srila Virachandra Prabhu. Disappearance of Sripad Sakhicharan das Babaji Maharaj.
Audio: 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
4 November 2012
Disappearance of Srila Narottama das Thakur.
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 six days ago on the first day of Karttik as 'Karttik month. Narottam Das Thakur'.
42+ minutes, 10 MB mp3 audio
31 October 2012, also please see the updates for earlier this month.
Karttik pilgrims, please note! This year will be a large programme so please be prepared for crowded facilities at our Maths. Wintery nights have already arrived, therefore be sure to bring suitable warm clothing and bedding. If you are planning to come but have not yet informed us, please do so soon so we can better serve you.
29 October 2012
Purnima. Saradiya Rasa Yatra of Sri Krishna. Disappearance of Srila Murari Gupta. Beginning of Urja-vrata, Damodar-vrata, Karttik-vrata or Niyamaseva-vrata if begun from the purnima day, as followed in Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.
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
26 October 2012
Disappearance of Srila Raghunath das Goswami, Srila Raghunath Bhatta Goswami and Srila Krishna das Kaviraj Goswami.
Audio: Srila Raghunath Bhatta, Raghunath Das and Kaviraj Goswami's disappearance day (1985). 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.
About Raghunath Das Goswami, Srila Guru Maharaj explains that he is the Acharya of the prayojana tattva and has given us the highest reach of our spiritual realisation: exclusive dedication to Krishna's highest potency, Srimati Radharani.
"Das Goswami gave us an even clearer idea about Radha dasyam. As if he is giving a challenge to Krishna: 'If we don't find Radharani with You, we want to avoid You.' ... That is thought to the acme, the highest reach of Gaudiya Vaishnav theology ... And that is the gist of the teachings of Rupa Goswami as he was taught in Allahabad by Mahaprabhu on the banks of Yamuna and Ganges."
A further wonderful discourse by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj:
57+ minutes, 13+ MB mp3 audio
24 October 2012
Vijay Utsav of Sri Ramachandra. Appearance of Sri Madhvacharya.
Audio: Sri Ramachandra's Vijay Utsav and Sri Madhvacharya's Appearance. Informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj on this day in 1982 describing the glories of Lord Ramachandra and of Sri Madhvacharya.
Please listen attentively:
48+ minutes, 11 MB mp3 audio.
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