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29 August 2015

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

27 August 2015

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.

26 August 2015

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:
 
Re-JhulanYatra
 
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.)

18 August 2015

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

14 August 2015

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 bySrila 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.

7 August 2015

Disappearance of Srila Lokanath Goswami Prabhu.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
Audio. "Lokanath Goswami Prabhu was a strict vairagi, so much so that he kept himself aloof from the public... He wouldn't keep company with anybody. He wanted to follow a strict programme of bhajan."
Excerpt from an informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj in Nabadwip, 6 November 1982.
6+ minutes, 1.5 MB mp3 audio

Excerpts related to Srila Lokanath Goswami from Golden Staircase by Srila Sridhar Maharaj and Affectionate Guidance by Srila Govinda Maharaj.

5 August 2015

Disappearance of Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami Prabhu.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
An excerpt from Sri Guru and his Grace, written by Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, about an important prayer found in the Hari-bhakti-vilasa of Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami.

Audio. "Gopal Bhatta Goswami was a very honourable Vaishnava and Mahaprabhu's parshad... He was always giving so much protection for Rupa-Sanatan's writings and Mahaprabhu's conception." Excerpt from Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's informal discourse over the phone to Sripad Madhusudan Prabhu on Srila Jiva Goswami's appearance day, 19 September 2002.
6+ minutes, 1.5 MB mp3 audio

Sri Gopal Bhatta Goswami was the son of Venkata Bhatta, a resident of Sri Rangam. Gopal Bhatta formerly belonged to the disciplic succession of the Ramanuja-sampradaya but later became part of the Gaudiya-sampradaya. Read more... Description given by Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad in his purport to Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita, Adi-lila 10.105.

Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami's samadhi, his Temple and Deity of Sri Radharaman and related photographs taken in Vrindavan on his disappearance day festival 2012. Web-page of pictures.

2 August 2015

Disappearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Hriday Bon Maharaj.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
Srimad Bhakti Hriday Bon Maharaj. In remembrance of the first godbrother of Srila Srila Sridhar Maharaj to be sent by Srila Saraswati Thakur to preach in the West. Two excerpts from our publications: one by Srila Sridhar Maharaj, the other by Srila Govinda Maharaj.

31 July 2015

Sri Guru Purnima. Appearance of Srila Vyasadev. Disappearance of Srila Sanatan Goswami Prabhu. Beginning of Chaturmasya (when started on Purnima as followed in Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math). Appearance of Srila Bhakti Bimal Avadhut Maharaj.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
Audio. Vedavyas. Informal discourse by His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
"All the scholars in the world at present they admit that Vedavyas has distributed so many different thoughts. There is no one to compete with him in that matter... So many types of thoughts are represented by Vedavyas, in Mahabharat, Srimad Bhagavatam, so many Puranas, Vedas, Vedanta; all possible representations and considerations of all possible thoughts are represented by him alone. So he is master of all sorts of understandings. And he has given in his last days what is written in Bhagavatam: that love is all, Bhagavat Prem, Krishna Prem... 'The inner most hankering of every jiva soul is for this, for beauty and love, affection and harmony, not for power, not for knowledge or anything else.'"
11+ minutes, 2.5 MB mp3 audio

Audio: Sri Guru-Purnima day discourse. Amongst other topics, Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj describes a remarkable debate between Srila Guru Maharaj Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj and a big pandit. That pandit was so impressed by Srila Guru Maharaj that he wanted his association at the time of passing from this world.
And:
"Today is Sanatan Goswami Prabhu's tirobhav (disappearance), and Vyasadev's avirbhav (appearance) happened on this purnima (full moon). And Nityananda Prabhu today did Vyasa-Puja in the house of Srivas Pandit, and ... Srivas Pandit organised this by order of Mahaprabhu."
Srila Gurudev speaking on Sri Guru-Purnima, 30 July 2007:
9 minutes, 4 MB mp3 audio

Audio: Chaturmasya begins. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj speaks in 2005 about the rules of chaturmasya and our position as a practitioner. He affirms that vedic knowledge appears through Krishna and Vedavyas; and other great scholar personalities have notated it. He tells how Narad Muni instructed Vedavyas to feel in his heart through meditation and to write the pastimes of Lord Krishna for his full satisfaction; and how Jiva Goswami has shown us that when Mahaprabhu appeared everyone could understand what was the final advice of the scriptures, that chanting the Holy Name of the Lord is the process for all religions.
21 July 2005.
19+ minutes, 4.6 MB mp3 audio.

Srila Vyasadev. Selected excerpts by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj taken from the Sermons of The Guardian of Devotion series and Sri Guru and His Grace.

Srila Sanatan Goswami. Excerpts from Sermons of The Guardian of Devotion Volumes 1 and 2 by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj.

Audio: Vedavyas had so much experience. Informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj at our Dum Dum Park Temple, Kolkata, 24 July 2006.
Download, or listen online (13 minutes, 1.6 MB mp3 audio)
or:
higher quality (3.1 MB)

A short excerpt about chaturmasya by Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in his edition of Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita (Madhya-lila 4.169).

Audio: Beginning of Chaturmasya, the four months of the rainy season. Early morning informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, 11 July 2006, on his veranda at our Dum Dum Park Temple, Kolkata. The background sound is rain falling on the neighbouring roof.
Download, or listen online (16+ minutes, 1.9 MB mp3 audio)
or:
higher quality (3.9 MB).

Sanatan Goswami and the sweet-rice from the book 'Dignity of the Divine Servitor' by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.

21 July 2015

Hera Panchami. Sri Sri Laksmi Vijay at Sri Puri Dham.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
Audio: Sri Laksmi Vijay morning discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj at our Kolkata Dum Dum Park Temple, 30 June 2006. The talk starts with Srila Govinda Maharaj describing Laksmi Devi's 'victory' over Lord Jagannath.
Download, or listen online (18+ minutes, 2.2 MB mp3 audio)
or
higher quality (4.4 MB).

18 July 2015

Ratha Yatra of Sri Jagannathdev. Disappearance of Srila Svarup Damodar Goswami Prabhu.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
Audio: Sri Jagannath Rathayatra. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj points out the generous opportunity given by Lord Jagannath for Westerners to have His darshan during this festival, and describes the correct mood for us when we come in front of Him.
Originally posted by Madhusudan Prabhu as part of his krsna.cc Internet Radio series. Srila Gurudev speaking on 8 July 2005:
12 minutes, 3 MB mp3 audio

thumbUnited Through Affection. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj summarises the hidden messages exchanged during Ratha Yatra. Posted on the Math's GaudiyaDarshan.com website.

Audio: "Krishna is autocrat - not democrat, communist, or our servant." Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj speaking from Kolkata with particular reference to Sri Jagannath Rathayatra, for Madhusudan Prabhu's Internet Radio website, krsna.cc, 28 June 2006. (20+ minutes, 2.4 MB mp3 audio.)

Audio: Srila Govinda Maharaj's discourse in our Kaikhali, Kolkata, Temple discussing Sri Jagannathdev's Rathayatra and the disappearance of Sri Swarup Damodar Goswami. Informal discourse, 19 June 2004.
Download or listen online (mp3 audio files):
Part 1 | Part 2 (Total 17 mins, 3.1 MB mp3 audio)

Audio: Srila Govinda Maharaj's message to the devotees over the phone with Madhusudan Prabhu from Hawaii. "When outside devotees want to go to Jagannath Puri, I am happily giving my consent to them, but they must be conscious about their transcendental feelings."
Quoting a sloka he says: "Who will see Jagannath in His chariot, they will never come back to this material feelings or world, they are all going to the transcendental plane."
A most encouraging talk by Srila Govinda Maharaj, 1 July 2008.
5+ minutes, 1.2 MB mp3 audio

On the Way to Puri (50K pdf file) chapter of the book Divine Guidance. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj addresses the mood pilgrims should adopt for their pilgrimage to Puri.
This article is also available as a text html page using the Math's 'Centenary' diacritic font, and as web-pages of gif images of the text.

Puri Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Jagannathdev and His Dham - excerpt from Affectionate Guidance. His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj advises the pilgrims about how to see Purusottam Dham. "They will see these places (of the Pastimes of Mahaprabhu and His associates) and try to feel in their heart the mood of union in separation shown by Sriman Mahaprabhu, and they will offer prayers to the associates of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. If they cannot go inside any of the places then they can see these places from outside."

Srila Govinda Maharaj in our Puri Math. Picture page of His Divine Grace on 30 June 2003 soon after his arrival in preparation for this year's Ratha Yatra programme.

Ratha Yatra Festival, Puri. Webpage of the Ratha Yatra Festival day 13 July 2003: Lord Jagannath in His chariot, the King of Orissa doing puja to Lord Jagannath, and our Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math party in the middle of the crowd of over a million people.

Audio: "Swarup Damodar, Mahaprabhu's second body." Sripad Bhakti Sudhir Goswami Maharaj speaking from Kolkata about Ratha Yatra day, Swarup Damodar's disappearance and his intimate relationship, 25 June 2006.
(47+ minutes, 5.5 MB mp3 audio.)

Extensive write-up of our Math's Sri Jagannath Rathayatra Pilgrimage including pictures and descriptions of many of the places visited by our annual pilgrimage. This is a ten-part lively, descriptive diary from 2005 by Malini Devi Dasi of Malta, which includes five pages of references from the Scriptures.

Lord Jagannath's Advent in brief. An article researched and compiled by Tusta Krishna Prabhu of Australia attending this year's pilgrimage, and amended by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Maharaj Dev-Goswami Maharaj.

17 July 2015

Gundicha Marjan: cleaning at the Gundicha Temple at Sri Puri Dham, and cleaning of all Temples of the Lord.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
Sri Gundicha Marjan Lila Rahasya. Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur explains the secret behind the cleansing of the Gundicha Temple. An English translation of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur's commentary on Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita: Madhya-lila, 12.135 posted on the Math's Sri GaudiyaDarshan website.

Excerpts from Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita about the pastimes of cleansing the Gundicha Temple, Madhya Lila 12.

Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu washed and cleansed the Gundica temple with His devotees and associates. In this way He made the temple as cool and bright as His own heart, and thus He made the place befitting for Lord Sri Krsna to sit. Read more..

Pictures of Srila Govinda Maharaj in Gundicha. Srila Gurudev visiting Their Lordships outside the Gundicha Temple in the evening of Ratha Yatra Festival. 01 July 2003, Jagannath Puri, Orissa.

3 July 2015

thumbThree Spoken Books: Complete readings of the following books added to our list of available Spoken Books free downloads page:

Inner Fulfilment
booklet compiled from Srila B.R. Sridhar Maharaj's publications.
Affectionate Guidance
by Srila B.S. Govinda Maharaj.
Sermons of the Guardian of Devotion Vol. IV
by Srila B.R. Sridhar Maharaj.

16 June 2015

Amavasya. Disappearance of Srila Gadadhar Pandit and Srila Sachchidananda Bhakti Vinod Thakur.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
Audio: Glorification of Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur and Srila Gadadhar Pandit. During this hour long informal discourse Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj describes fine points of Srila Gadadhar Pandit's and Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur's moods of devotion.
Srila Govinda Maharaj humbly then discusses, with examples, how he composed slokas, built Srila Guru Maharaj's Samadhi Mandir, etc. due to reciprocation with the transcendental plane.
1 July 1992:
63 minutes, 14+ MB m4a (aac) audio

Srila Gadadhar Pandit's and Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur's Disappearance Day. Extensive informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj on this day during his fifth world tour.
"Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur has shown exclusive service of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, that is: Gaura Gadadhar worship. Gadadhar Pandit and Mahaprabhu's connection was very intimate and affectionate..."
Venezuela, 8 July 1994, with Spanish translation.
Part 1, 38+ minutes, 9 MB mp3 audio
Part 2, 50+ minutes, 11.6 MB mp3 audio

Srimad Bhaktivinod-viraha Dasakam. Prayer of ten verses in separation from Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur composed by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. Illustrated webpage prepared by Jagamohini Devi Dasi.

The Ocean of Sri Radha's Devotion. Comprehensive compiled webpage in glorification of Srila Sachchidananda Bhaktivinod Thakur in remembrance of his disappearance this day in 1914. Content and layout prepared by Jagamohini Devi Dasi.

A wonderful excerpt about Sri Gadadhara Pandit from the book "Heart and Halo" by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj.

Disappearance of Srila Gadadhar Pandit and Srila Sachchidananda Bhaktivinoda Thakur. Two webpages compiled from Srila B.R. Sridhar Maharaj's writings, including links to further reading.

"Srimad Bhaktivinoda-viraha Dasakam" - "Prayer in Separation of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura" composed by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. Upon reading the original Sanskrit verse, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Prabhupada commented, "Now I am confident that we have one man who is qualified to uphold the standard of our Sampradaya."

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...

7 June 2015

Appearance of Srila Vakreshvar Pandit.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
Excerpt about Vakresvara Pandit from Sermons of the Guardian of Devotion Volume III by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
"Later on Mahaprabhu's intimate devotee, Vakresvara Pandit, came to Devananda's house. He came and had a private talk with Devananda, and Devananda was converted..." So, when Mahaprabhu after five years of sannyasa came again to visit this area, Kuliya here in Nabadwip Dham, Devananda fell at His feet, crying, "I have made such great offences!"

Vakresvara Pandit in Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita. Selection of verses where Vakresvara Pandit is mentioned, especially for his ecstatic dancing, in Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's Pastimes.

3 June 2015

Disappearance of Srila Shyamananda Prabhu and Sripad Rishabdev Das Adhikari.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
thumbAudio: Syamananda Prabhu. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj tells the story of Syamananda Prabhu finding Srimati Radharani's ankle bell and receiving a special tilak mark on his forehead by the touch of that ankle bell. Srila Sridhar Maharaj explains that Syamananda Prabhu changed from sakhya-rasa to madhura-rasa "by a special dispensation of the Absolute."
30 July 1983:
13 minutes, 3 MB mp3 audio

Shyamananda Prabhu. Excerpt from Affectionate Guidance, Chapter 17, by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
"Narottam Thakur's close associates and peers were Shyamananda and Srinivas. From the inspiration of Srila Jiva Goswami and the other Vaishnavas, these three great devotees were sent back to Bengal to continue the preaching of Mahaprabhu."

Shyamananda Prabhu is mentioned several times in Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad's purports of Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita. Here are some of his comments on Shyamananda Goswami's contribution to the cult of Mahaprabhu's sankirtan movement.

Audio: "In my life I have seen so many miracles...." Morning informal discourse in 2006 by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj in glorification of Sripad Rsabhdev Prabhu of USA in remembrance of his passing away on this day in 2000.
12 June 2006:
Download, or listen online (29+ minutes, 3.4 MB mp3 audio).

Audio: Sripad Rsabhdev Das Adhikari - an excerpt from the soundtrack of the Vimeo video of him speaking a few weeks before his passing away in 2000.
"Dive deep, don't be satisfied with the surface understanding. Religion is a prison. And we've picked up so much of the acculturation of Hinduism and what we consider to be the Vedic religion, but it's necessary for us to go to the core, and this is beyond all visual, mental, and objective understanding, and that is the subjective. We must go into the subjective evolution of consciousness, and dive deep into that reality, Reality the Beautiful, where Krishna is searching for His lost servant."
Download, or listen online (13+ minutes, 3.2 MB mp3 audio)

Video of the above talk by Sripad Rsabhdev Prabhu: 23 minutes, 58 MB QuickTime movie.

2 June 2015

Purnima. Snan Yatra (bathing) of Sri Jagannathdev. Disappearance of Srila Mukunda Datta and Srila Sridhar Pandit.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
Audio: Informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj in remembrance of this day of the Snan Yatra of Sri Jagannath Dev and the disappearance of Srila Mukunda Datta and Srila Sridhar Pandit. Extensive interaction with Sripad Bhakti Sudhir Goswami Maharaj heading devotees gathered on Srila Gurudev's veranda at our Dum Dum Park Temple including Sripad B.L. Akinchan Maharaj, Sripad B.P. Siddhanti Maharaj, Sripad B.S. Niskinchan Maharaj, Sripad B.S. Jitendriya Maharaj and Sripad B.M. Mangal Maharaj. Informal discourse given on 11 June 2006.
Download, or listen online (35+ minutes, 4.1 MB mp3 audio).

Srila Sridhar Pandit. From the chapter The Real Judgment of Love in the book Heart and Halo, Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj illustrates the glories of Srila Sridhar Pandit with an anecdote from Sriman Mahaprabhu's Pastimes.

Srila Mukunda Datta. Compiled article describing the glories of Srila Mukunda Datta with links to further reading.

31 May 2015

Grand festival of Srila Raghunath Das Goswami at Sripat Panihati.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
Audio: "Panihati Festival." Morning discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj in Dum Dum Park, 9 June 2006.
Download, or listen online (27+ minutes, 3.2 MB mp3 audio).

Panihati Festival, extensive article compiled and prepared by Jagamohini Devi Dasi about the event celebrated this day.
"Others, who could not find a place even on the bank, went into the pure water of the Ganges and began eating from their pots of rice. Raghava Pandit arrived and began to laugh with great surprise and amusement at the scene before him."

28 May 2015

Sri Ganga Puja. Appearance of Sri Ganga Mata Goswamini. Disappearance of Srila Baladev Vidyabhushan Prabhu.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
Audio: Glories of the Ganges. Informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj at our Dum Dum Park Temple, Kolkata on the day of Sri Ganga Puja, 2006:
Download, or listen online (12+ minutes, 1.3 MB mp3 audio).

Srila Gurudev bathes in the Ganges near Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, accompanied by several devotees. Pictures and partial transcript of Srila Govinda Maharaj talking that morning of 4 April 2007 about the holy River Ganges.

thumbAudio. The Gita, processes of interpretation, and Srila Baladev Vidyabhusan. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj talks about the hundreds of interpretations of the Bhagavad-gita and how Srila Sridhar Maharaj's translation of the Gita is "the original ideal where bhakti-yoga is established in every chapter."
And: "As Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur indicated, there are two explanations of the Gita, one is raga-marga and the other is vidhi-marga. He has given us two kinds of processes, one is Visvanath Chakravarti's and the other is Baladev Vidyabhusan's."
Baladev Vidyabhusan composed Govinda-bhasya interpretation of Vedanta-darsan in twelve days and with that book he challenged the Vaishnav schools in Jaipur, defeated them all, and established there the achintya-bhedabheda conception of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
42+ minutes, 9.9 MB mp3 audio

Srila Baladev Vidyabhusan, three excerpts from the book Sri Guru and His Divine Grace by Srila Sridhar Maharaj describing his qualities, glories and valuable contribution to our sampradaya.

Srila Baladeva Vidyabhusan, illustrated article for the children devotees in honour of Srila Baladeva Vidyabhusan's Disappearance Day, prepared by Parama Bhakti Devi Dasi of Holland.

thumbAudio. Sri Ganga Mata Goswamini. Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj describes the story of Sri Ganga Mata Goswami, the disciple of Sri Haridas Pandit of Vrindavan, and who was carried into the Jagannath Temple by the Ganges when she went to bathe in the Sweta Ganga kunda in Puri.
Informal talk on 24 September 2009:
19 minutes, 4.6 MB mp3 audio

Sri Ganga Mata Goswamini, short article introducing the life of the princess Sachi Devi who took sincerely to the renounced order of life and presently became known as Ganga Mata Goswamini. Compiled with the assistance of the Nilachala Puri Guide by Nowla Kisor Prabhu.

20 May 2015

thumbSpoken Book: The Benedictine Tree of Divine Aspiration, by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj is now available as a spoken audio book. The complete book narrated by Premananda Prabhu of Ireland (aac audio files):
  Introduction (and Back Cover)
  Chapter 1 Divine Benevolence Abroad (by Mohanananda Das)
  Chapter 2 Universal Grace
  Chapter 3 Demolishing Pillars of Ego
  Chapter 4 The Eye-Opener
  Chapter 5 Life's Destination
  Chapter 6 Reaping the Eternal Fruit
  Chapter 7 Our Super Benefit
  Chapter 8 Everyone's Real Friend (by Swami B.A.Sagar)
  Appendix 1 Acharya-charana-vandana
  Appendix 2 The Mahamantra
  Appendix 3 Dasa-vidha Namaparadha

3 May 2015

Sri Nrisimha Chaturdashi: Appearance day of Sri Nrisimhadev. Full fast until after sunset, then no grains (anukalpa).

thumbAudio: Sharanagati. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj explains that the Lord's lila cannot be measured by reason. Its flow is irresistible and causeless: "That causeless wave underground is connecting with the Absolute Will, and your attempt should be to reach to that plane, to submit to that plenary movement, to dance with that wave."
And:
"Sharanagati itself can give everything. Only sharanagati can fulfil all your desire. Other things will come automatically. You give your full attention to sharanagati ... You are to look out whether you are true there, that you may not deviate from that position of sharanagati."
Nabadwip, 4 and 5 May 1982:
28+ minutes, 16.4 MB mp3 audio.
9 minutes, 5+ MB mp3 audio (4th May)
28 minutes, 17 MB mp3 audio (5th May)

29 April 2015

Nepal. Our devotees are all accounted for and safe after the devastating earthquake in Nepal. Naturally we are all sad and concerned for the many deaths and injuries in Nepal and nearby regions, however it is with relief that by now our Nepali devotees as well as those known to be visiting from other countries have all given news that they are alright amidst so much destruction and loss of life.

1 April 2015

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

Pure devotional mood. On this day remembering Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's disappearance in 2010, naturally much emotion as well as devotion may arise in the devotees' hearts. In the following informal discourse from 1997, Srila Gurudev addresses the subject of emotion and devotion, and beautifully chants the glories of unalloyed devotional service.
Informal discourse, 4 January 1997:
20 minutes, 9+ MB mp3 audio

11 March 2015

Yesterday's Hapaniya Festival. The grand annual festival commemorating the appearance of the Holy Deities of Sripat Hapaniya, Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Radha Gopinath Jiu at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Ashram, the appearance place of Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. The festival in pictures.

10 March 2015

Festival at the appearance place of Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, Sripat Hapaniya: grand appearance of the Holy Deities of Sripat Hapaniya, Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Radha Gopinath Jiu at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Ashram. Appearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Sharan Shanta Maharaj.

China Public Programme. Earlier this year, Srila Bhakti Pavan Janardan Maharaj and Sripad Yudhamanyu Prabhu Seva Vikram addressed a gathering at the Sino-India Yoga Association's Cunyuan yoga studio for the first public programme of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math ever to be held in China outside the local Ashram premises. Report and pictures by Nilamani Prabhu, attending this year's Sri Gaura Purnima Festivals in Nabadwip.

New book in Chinese: Home Comfort. Fully re-translated and republished by Sulakshana Devi Dasi under the guidance of Srila Bhakti Sudhir Goswami Maharaj, this brand new 2015 Chinese Edition is available for free download in both regular quality (2 MB pdf file) and higher quality (14 MB pdf file).

6 March 2015

Anandotsav of Sri Jagannath Misra. Last gathering of the week-long yearly meeting at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math and yearly festival.

 Sri Gaura Purnima grand festival at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. Yesterday's preparations and glorious celebrations in pictures.

5 March 2015

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 mahasankirttan. End of 529 Gaurabda year.

 Audio: Glorification of Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. His Divine Grace describes the glories of this parikrama as well as the great benefit in devotional service that pilgrims receive by participating.
First broadcast on Madhusudan Prabhu's Internet Radio in 2001 as a RealMedia file, and now available to hear in mp3 format.
Nabadwip, 5 March 2001:
13+ minutes, 6.5 MB mp3 audio

New book: Sri Sri Prema-vivarta - Srila Jagadananda Pandit's love for Sriman Mahaprabhu. Verse by verse, word by word, English translation, published from Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip, today in honour of Sri Gaura Purnima.
Srila Guru Maharaj, Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, says about this book:
"Srila Jagadananda Pandit collected his notes on Sriman Mahaprabhu's Pastimes and teachings, and presented them in the form of a book named Prema-vivarta. This book was published by Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur and is full of Gaudiya siddhanta. ... Jagadananda is very sensitive about subtle things, and is known for his prema-vivarta, the peculiar characteristics of the reactions produced by his divine love."
Posted on our gaudiyadarshan.com website, books are available for purchase, and digital pdf copies are available for free download.

Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama - fourth day. Pictures from yesterday, the last day of this year's Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama. The devotees end up at the village of Mamgachi, the place of Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur's appearance, where lunch prasad is served before the return walk to Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math accompanied by nagar-sankirtan.

Useful Nabadwip 'Welcome Pamphlet' in pdf format made in the Math for pilgrims attending this year's Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama and Sri Gaura Purnima Festivals, and helpful to everyone around the world following this year's festivities at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. También disponible en español.

4 March 2015

Adhivas observance ceremony of the appearance of Sri Gauranga. Parikrama of Sri Koladwip, Sri Ritudwip, Sri Jahnudwip, Sri Modadrumadwip, Old Sri Gaura-Gadadhar Mandir, Vidya Nagar Sarvabhauma Gaudiya Math, Sri Vrindavan Das Thakur's appearance place, and the Deity served by Sri Saranga Murari and Vasudev Datta Thakur.

Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama - third day. Parikrama of Sri Godruma and Madhyadwip, Sri Surabhi Kunj, Suvarna Bihar Math, Sri Nrisimha Palli, Sri Harihara Ksetra, and other places. Yesterday's parikrama in pictures.

3 March 2015

Parikrama of Sri Godruma and Madhyadwip, Sri Surabhi Kunj, Suvarna Bihar Math, Sri Nrisimha Palli, Sri Harihara Ksetra, and other places.

Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama - second day. Yesterday's parikrama, followed by an evening programme in remembrance of Srl Madhavendra Puri's disappearance, held in our Centenary Memorial Building and led by Srila Acharya Maharaj and leading sannyasis from around the world. The day in pictures.

2 March 2015

Disappearance of Sripad Madhavendra Puri. Parikrama of Praudha Maya, Vriddha Shiva, Sri Vishnu Priya's own Deity of Sri Gauranga, Sri Jagannath Das Babaji Maharaj's Samadhi Mandir, Koladwip, and other places.

Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama begins. Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj leads the parikrama of Sri Ishodyan, Sri Yoga Pith (Sriman Mahaprabhu's appearance place), Srivas Angan, etc, and Sri Simantadwip, Sri Rudradwip, and Sri Antardwip. The day in pictures.

Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama - Adhivas day in Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip. Upwards of 150 devotees from abroad gather together for this year's Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikramas, joining with the thousands of local devotees for this annual event. The day in pictures.

1 March 2015

Ekadashi. Fast. Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama begins. Parikrama of Sri Ishodyan, Sri Yoga Pith (Sriman Mahaprabhu's appearance place), Srivas Angan, etc, and Sri Simantadwip, Sri Rudradwip, and Sri Antardwip.

Newly published Sri Navadvipa-dhama-mahatmya, and Sri Nabadwip-bhava-taranga. Revised and expanded edition of these two books of Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur including verse by verse translations. Available as a free pdf download and for purchase in printed book form. Very helpful for following the Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikramas taking place now in Nabadwip.

26 February 2015

thumbNew Vaishnava Calendar up to Sri Gaura Purnima 2016 is now available here.

The new iCal Vaishnava Calendar is now also available, for automatic notifications of events on computers and portable devices. Download this iCal file (right click then 'Save Target As...' or similar wording) then install.

 The new Bengali Panjika is now available as a pdf file.
2015–16 English Wall Calendar for Nabadwip: pdf download.
(These are both posted on the Math's gaudiyadarshan.com website.)

18 February 2015

Sri Sri Shivaratri. (Optional fast.)

 Audio: Indispensable Guidance. Initiation excerpts from Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj giving Harinam initiations in February 1998. Includes a brief mention about Lord Siva:
12 minutes, 5+ MB mp3 audio

9 February 2015

The 143nd 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.

thumbAudio: Glorification of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur and all the Rupanuga Dhara by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, explaining the substantial lineage of our sampradaya coming through Srila Saraswati Thakur.
A gem from 1982:
12 minutes, 3 MB mp3 audio

1 February 2015

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.

thumbNityananda Prabhu's Appearance Day 1996. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj explains:
"Whoever is not respecting Nityananda Prabhu, he has no hope in spiritual life." And he stresses Sri Narottam Thakur's expression: "If you need the mercy of Krishna, if you need the mercy of Mahaprabhu, if you need the service of Radha-Govinda in Vrindavan Dham, you must worship Lord Nityananda."
Informal discourse by Srila Govinda Maharaj on Sri Nityananda Prabhu's appearance day, 02 February 1996, followed by him sweetly leading kirtan.
Part A was previously posted, and Part B is newly available. Recommended to listen sequentially:
Part A. (Previously posted:) 28+ minutes, 6.6 MB mp3 audio
Part B. (Newly posted:) 22+ minutes, 10+ MB mp3 audio

31 January 2015

Appearance of Lord Varahadev. Paran after the worship of Varahadev.

The importance of paran. Citing the observance of Sri Varahadev's appearance in relation to observing paran (breaking fast the day after Ekadashi by honouring grains), Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj explains the importance of paran. A transcript excerpt entitled 'Observance in Toto', posted on the Math's GaudiyaDarshan.com website.

26 January 2015

Appearance of Mahavishnu Avatar, Sri Advaita Acharya.

Audio: Sri Advaita Acharya's glories. Srila Bhakti Pavan Janardan Maharaj on this day last year discussing various aspects of Sri Advaita Acharya's nature and Pastimes.
Soquel, California, 6 February 2014:
56 minutes, 13+ MB mp3 audio

25 January 2015

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 Raghu Nandan Thakur. Disappearance of Srila Viswanath Chakravarti Thakur, Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Viveka Bharati Maharaj, and Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Svarup Parvat Maharaj.

Audio: Raghunath Das Goswami. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj explains that Mahaprabhu Himself gave Srila Raghunath Das Goswami shelter under Swarup Damodar, but Srila Raghunath Das Goswami again came to Mahaprabhu and asked advice from Him:
"Mahaprabhu felt a little disturbed that, 'I have given you to Swarup Damodar. Crossing him you are coming to Me.' He was a little disturbed and said, 'Swarup Damodar knows everything - more than Myself. Still, if you have got special regard for My words then I, in a nutshell, say to you,
'gramya-katha na sunibe, gramya-varta na kahibe
bhala na khaibe ara bhala na paribe
amani manada hana krsna-nama sada la'be
vraje radha-krsna-seva manase karibe'
(Cc. Antya: 6.237)
"He told these four lines. Then again, because he had crossed the dignity of Swarup Damodar who was given as Guru to him, He again put him to the hand of Swarup Damodar. This formality Mahaprabhu observed - that Guru should not be crossed, his dignity should not be crossed or neglected in any way."
Srila Sridhar Maharaj, 30 July 1983:
17+ minutes, 8 MB mp3 audio

Sri Krishna's Vasanta Rasa, Part 1. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj illustrates the proper appreciation. Transcribed excerpt from an informal discourse on 31 January 2009. Posted on the Math's GaudiyaDarshan.com website.

15 January 2015

Remembrance of Sriman Mahaprabhu's sannyas-lila.

thumbRemembering Mahaprabhu's lila immediately after sannyas. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj explains how all Mahaprabhu's Pastimes are eternal and coexistent in space and time. And so, he explains that also today we can conceive that Mahaprabhu, after His sannyas, passed by Nabadwip and after midday crossed the Ganges and reached Advaita Bhavan, Shantipur, where he broke his fast, chanted and danced.
Nabadwip, 16 January 1982:
29+ minutes, 10+ MB mp3 audio

13 January 2015

Sriman Mahaprabhu leaves Nabadwip in the night to go to Katwa to take sannyas. Disappearance of Srila Lochan Das Thakur.

thumbSriman Mahaprabhu's Sannyas Lila. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj summarises the Lord's withdrawal from Nadia. Translated from the Bengali editorial published in Sri Gaudiya Darshan, January 1966. Posted on the Math's GaudiyaDarshan.com website.

9 January 2015

Disappearance of Sripad Yadavendu Bhakti Chandan.

thumbIn Remembrance of Sri Bhakti Chandan Prabhu. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj expresses his heartfelt appreciation for his exemplary godbrother. Translated from a Bengali editorial published in Sri Gaudiya Darshan, February 1956 and February 1966. Posted on the Math's GaudiyaDarshan.com website.

1 January 2015

Appearance of Srila Jagadish Pandit (and New Year's Day).

Wishing a spiritually prosperous New Year to all the devotees and sincere searchers worldwide, in remembrance of the holy feet of Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj and Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj and the ocean of generous, deep, affectionate guidance they have given to the whole world.
 

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

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August 2015 (continued)
26 Ekadashi. Fast. 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.
27 Dvadashi. Paran between 5:17 and 6:28 a.m. Disappearance of Srila Rupa Goswami and Srila Gauri Das Pandit Goswami.
29 Purnima. Appearance of Sri Baladev. Fast until noon. End of Jhulan Yatra of Sri Sri Radha-Govinda.
September 2015
3 Disappearance of Tridandi Swami Bhakti Vilas Tapasvi Maharaj.
6 Sri Sri Krishna Janmashtami. Complete fast until midnight (then no grains).
7 Sri Nandotsav. Sri Janmashtami paran between 5:21 and 6:48 a.m. Appearance of Vishva-varenya Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad.
9 Ekadashi. Fast.
10 Dvadashi. Paran between 5:22 and 6:49 a.m.
18 Appearance of Sri Sita Devi, the consort of Sri Advaita Prabhu.
20 Sri Lalita Saptami. Appearance of Sri Lalita Devi.
21 Sri Radhashtami. Srimati Radharani's appearance at noon. Fast until noon.
24 Ekadashi. Fast.
25 Dvadashi. Appearance of Sri Vamanadev. Paran between 5:29 and 9:31 a.m. after the worship of Sri Vamanadev. Appearance of Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhu. Shravan Dvadashi.
26 Appearance of Srila Sachchidananda Bhakti Vinod Thakur.
27 Disappearance of Srila Haridas Thakur.
28 Purnima. Vishvarup Mahotsav. End of month-long festival at Nabadwip, Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.
29 Disappearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Vilas Tirtha Maharaj.
   
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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