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26 February 2017

Amavasya. Anniversary festival of the installation of Sri Sadashiva Gangadhar, Sri Govinda Kunda, Nabadwip.

Sripad Yudhamanyu Prabhu Seva Vikram passed away from this world yesterday, Sri Sivaratri. Initiated by Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad, he came to the shelter of Srila Guru Maharaj and Srila Gurudev in the early 1980s. Through his surrendered devotional mood and activities he received the specific grace of each of these three greatest Acharyas. Sripad Yudhamanyu Prabhu will be greatly missed by all Vaishnavas world-wide, and especially so by his wife Jivana Devi Dasi, and the many devotees of China whom he introduced and nourished in Krishna consciousness.
Also, in California, please see the announcement on the Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Seva Ashram's website, sevaashram.com.
Related to this day (the installation of Sri Sadashiva Gangadhar) from previous postings on the Math's websites:
Audio: Sri Govinda Kunda manifests, Lord Siva arrives. First part of the public discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj given on 3 March 2003, the day after the installation of Sri Gangadhara Sada-Siva here by Sri Govinda Kunda. Part one. (20 minutes. Streaming audio, or download and listen.)

Audio: Lord Siva appeared here yesterday. The second part of the public discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj at the Sevashram on 3 March 2003. (22 minutes. Streaming audio, or download and listen.)
Lord Shiva's pranam mantra, composed by Srila Govinda Maharaj just before the installation of Lord Shiva by Sri Govinda Kunda, Nabadwip, in 1983.

Pilgrimage to Sri Buroraj Shiva: Srila Govinda Maharaj's pilgrimage to ask permission of Lord Shiva at Jhamalpur for the inauguration of the Shiva Temple beside Sri Govinda Kunda, 2003.

Installation of Lord Shiva in his new Temple by Sri Govinda Kunda. Picture page of the programme opposite Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip, 2 March 2003.

25 February 2017

Sri Sri Shivaratri (optional fast).

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
thumbAudio: Lord Shiva. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj explains clearly the different aspects of Lord Shiva and his position as Rudra and Sadashiva. "The consciousness which is in connection with misconception - not proper conception but misconception - eternally connected, that sort of consciousness has got Shiva. And Sadashiva is a little higher consciousness of Shiva which is tending towards Vaikuntha service."
21 December 1981:
17+ minutes, 4 MB mp3 audio

 Audio: Sri Sri Shivaratri, 2009. "Another form of Lord Shiva is Gangadhar. According to what was revealed in my heart I gave that name to our manifested Deity of Lord Shiva: Gangadhar. Ganga Mayi, she comes down for rescuing the fallen souls and Lord Shiva takes her force in his hair ... Always our names (of the Deities) are perfect everywhere. Srila Guru Maharaj has given that inspiration to me and I am giving that name."
Informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj on Shivaratri evening, 6 March 2008.
7 minutes, 1.7 MB mp3 audio

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

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

17 February 2017

Appearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaj.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
thumbA Genuine Goswami. Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur's praise of Srila Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaj. Translated from the daily Nadia Prakas of 7 February 1929.

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Appreciate His Success and Rejoice. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj's article in praise of Srila Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaj. Translated from Sri Gaudiya Darshan of March 1956.

thumb A Purifying Sun. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's pranam-mantra for Srila Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaj.

16 February 2017

Panchami. The 144th divine appearance festival of the founder of the Sri Chaitanya Math and worldwide Sri Gaudiya Maths, Bhagavan Sri Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Prabhupad. Anniversary festival of the installation of Sri Gupta Govardhan Sri Mandir, Sri Govinda Kunda, Nabadwip. Disappearance of Srila Purushottam Thakur.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
thumbAudio: Glories of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur. Informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj in which he describes how Srila Saraswati Thakur changed the impression society had of the Vaishnavas - who used to be seen as low class. He established grand temples and utilised everything, including all the "fruits of technology", to spread Krishna consciousness all over the world. Now everybody sees how great is Vaishnava dharma: greater than great.
Informal discourse by Srila Govinda Maharaj on Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur's avirbhav, 1990:
53 minutes, 15 MB mp3 audio

Audio: Bhagavan Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur's divine appearance, 2005. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj sings the famous song Sri Dayita Das Pranati Panchakam composed by Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj about Srila Saraswat Thakur's divine appearance. Srila Gurudev then continues to extensively glorify Srila Saraswati Thakur.
"You are all in the group of Srila Saraswati Thakur's divine servitors, you all, all over the world. Not only our mission, so many missions manifested in this world after Saraswati Thakur and all is the divine group of Srila Saraswati Thakur's servants. And finally the whole world has got that ecstasy of the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra ... The supreme mantram in this age of kali yuga; that comes from Srila Saraswati Thakur through his divine associates. Then everything is very glorious today."
Informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj on Bhagavan Srila B.S. Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad's appearance day, 28 February 2005. A particularly clear recording:
49+ minutes, 11+ MB mp3 audio
You can follow the song by reading here Sri Dayita Das Pranati Panchakam (pdf file).

My Guru-Puja, by Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur, published in the English magazine The Harmonist as his response to his 58th Anniversary Sri Vyasa Puja celebrations, 26th February 1932. Available here as a 1.1 MB pdf document of the scanned pages.
Also now available as a text webpage.

My Advice. Principles taught by Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur published in the Bengali magazine Sri Gaudiya Darshan in 1956. Posted here in Bengali with English translation on the Math's gaudiyadarshan.com website. Succinct, clear and very important.

Audio: Srila Govinda Maharaj's talk and kirttan in our Govardhan Temple, chanting the glories of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur and Krishna consciousness on 26 February 2008. His Divine Grace was in the Temple for two hours, and later expressed his great satisfaction with the programme attended by devotees from all over the world.
46+ minutes, 5.5 MB mp3 audio or higher quality: 11 MB mp3.

Audio: Continuation of the Appearance Festival of Bhagavan Sri Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur, 26 February 2008, in Govardhan. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj invited Sripad Bhakti Sudhir Goswami Maharaj to address the devotees. His Divine Grace expressed his appreciation for this talk, then himself talked further before concluding by singing 'Sri Rupa Manjari Pada...."
37 minutes, 4.4 MB mp3 audio also in higher quality: 8.7 MB.

thumbSlide show of Srila Gurudev's last visit to Govardhan and photos of the Appearance Festival of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur during that same visit.
Slideshow (14+ minutes, 10.8 MB mov)
Webpage of photos

Archive Video:
This day in 1988 in Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math with Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj and Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
Archive footage of the Grand Appearance Anniversary of Bhagavan Sri Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad, prepared for the web by Sadhu Priya Prabhu: 20+ MB 'mp4' video file, 17+ minutes. (Download and view with a fairly recent version of QuickTime, iTunes, etc.)

Nabadwip. Picture slide-show of the Appearance Festival of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad held at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip. (2008) 2.6 MB 'mov' file, 5 minutes, slide show of forty-two pictures for Srila Govinda Maharaj to see and all to share. (Download and view with QuickTime, VLC, iTunes, etc.)

Audio: Appearance Day of Bhagavan Sri Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Goswami Prabhupad. Morning darshan by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj on his veranda in Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, 7 February 2007. "Today is a very auspicious day for us because our life and death, everything, is depending upon the mercy of Gurudev."
31 minutes, 3.7 MB mp3 audio also in higher quality: 7.3 MB.

Audio: Srila Govinda Maharaj's discourse at our Dum Dum Park, Kolkata, Temple on Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur's Appearance Day. (2004)
Part one: 15+ minutes, 2.6 MB mp3 audio.
Part two: 15+ minutes, 2.6 MB mp3 audio.
(Although these audio files recieved from Kolkata are of poor quality with considerable background noise and distortion, we hope the listeners may still appreciate sharing this holy discourse of His Divine Grace given on such a special day.)

Two essays by Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur have been added to the text library at the 'Sri Guru Vandana' website in honour of His Divine Grace's Appearance Day:
Sri Bhakti Siddhanta Vani and the Talk to Mrs. Nora Morell. Both of these articles have appeared in earlier editions of Sri Gaudiya Darshan.

Video: Festival news of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur's Appearance Day celebrations, 2004. The report is hosted by Vaidehi Devi Dasi from USA. (10+ minutes 3.6MB RealPlayer video download then play with RealPlayer.)

Appearance Day Festival in 2003 of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur, and the inauguration that day of The Lord's Pastimes in the new Temple in the centre of Sri Govinda Kunda. Web-page of pictures.

11 February 2017

Sri Krishna's Madhurotsav. Appearance of Srila Narottam Das Thakur.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
thumbAudio: Srila Narottam Das Thakur appearance day 2009. Srila Govinda Maharaj gives a beautiful talk on this day a year before his disappearance.
"'Sri Rupa Manjari Pada' is so famous, and 'Sri Guru Charana-padma' and 'Nitai-pada-kamala' and 'Gaurangera Duti Pada', etc. There are so many songs of Narottam Thakur. They are so famous, simple and perfect and we are singing every day Narottam Das Thakur's songs. And now I shall sing one song..."
Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, 9 February 2009:
20+ minutes, 4.8 MB mp3 audio

thumbSri 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.

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

9 February 2017

Appearance of Sri Nityananda Prabhu. Grand festival and installation anniversary of Sri Sri Guru Gaura Nityananda Jiu at Sree Chaitanya Saraswata Krishnanushilana Sangha, Ekachakra Dham.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
The Greatest Circumference. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj describes Sri Nityananda Prabhu's mercy. "Sri Nityananda Prabhu is there to consolidate the ground, the foundation. That will help us to make further progress." Read more... (Posted on the Math's gaudiyadarshan.com website.)

thumbAudio: 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).

Sri Varahadev's and Nityananda Prabhu's appearance, 1990. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj tells how Sri Sri Lakshmi Varahadev miraculously came to our Math, how supremely merciful Nityananda Prabhu is, and how, by His influence and grace, Srila Guru Maharaj took disciples.
Informal, extensive discourse on Nityananda Prabhu's appearance day, 11 February 1990. Despite missing parts in the original audio recording and varied quality, much of this valuable talk remains:
34+ minutes, 7+ MB mp3 audio

 Appearance Day of Sri Nityananda Prabhu. Extensive, beautiful glorification of Sri Nityananda Prabhu by Srila Govinda Maharaj in his morning darshan, 31 January 2007. (66 minutes, 7.8 MB mp3 audio also in higher quality: 16 MB.)

thumbAudio: 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

thumbAudio: 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.

thumb Ekachakra. Grand Installation Festival of Sri Sri Guru Gaura Nityananda at our Sree Chaitanya Saraswata Krishnanushilana Sangha, Ekachakra, on 16 February 2011. Extensive webpage of pictures of this glorious occasion which attracted a total of 41,000 people over the three day festival.

thumbVideo: Ekachakra Festival video of the grand opening of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math's temple in Ekachakra, the divine appearance place of Sriman Nityananda Prabhu. This film is made by Satya Sundar Prabhu and contains both a Russian and an English audio track, and is available for download to registered users of Vimeo (670 MB 'mp4' video).
For those with more limited Internet connections, this video is also available here with a similar picture size but much smaller file size (English only):
'Ekachakra': 12+ minutes, 33 MB 'wmv' video

thumbAudio. Sri Nityananda Prabhu's Festival, and Ashram Inauguration address. From his veranda in Kolkata on the morning of 7 February 2009, Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj spoke live via the Internet to the assembly in Ekachakra celebrating Sri Nityananda Prabhu's Appearance Day and the inauguration of our new ashram there.
Download, or listen online (23 minutes, 5.5 MB mp3 audio)
or:  higher quality (11 MB mp3 audio).

thumb The Nectarean Glories of Sri Nityananda Prabhu. Book offered to the lotus hands of Srila Govinda Maharaj focusing on the glories of Lord Nityananda Prabhu and expanded from the Bengali book 'Sri Sri Nityananda Mahimamrtam' compiled by Sripad B.P. Tirtha Maharaj for Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math and referred to by Srila Gurudev in today's Internet address to the assembly in Ekachakra.
This English edition is compiled by Kamal Krishna Prabhu from lectures of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, accompanied by a compilation of Scriptural verses, kirttans, and Sanskrit compositions glorifying Lord Nityananda Prabhu. 96 pages, 4 monochrome pictures. The complete book is available here to download for private reading by the devotees (4.6 MB 'pdf' file).

thumbThe Unlimited, Unconditional Mercy of Nityananda Prabhu, from a discourse by His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj on the Appearance Day Festival of Lord Nityananda Prabhu, February 15, 2003. Nabadwip, India. Two webpages of articles.

thumbAudio: Nityananda Prabhu's Appearance Day class by Devashis Prabhu given at the London Temple. "Srila Govinda Maharaj said, '...We are preachers of Mahaprabhu's conception, Nityananda Prabhu's conception, and you have to educate the people as to who is Lord Chaitanya and who is Nityananda Prabhu, because without that then what is the use of your worship of Krishna? Without the lotus feet of Mahaprabhu actually it is only imagination - that kind of worship is imaginary worship.'"
16 February 2011, London:
61 minutes, 11 MB mp3 audio

thumbAudio: Sri Nityananda and Ekachakra. A lively morning class by Sripad B.P. Tirtha Maharaj describing the nature of Nityananda Prabhu and the background of our connection with Him and with Sripat Ekachakra Dham.
2 February 2011, Nabadwip:
77+ minutes, 13 MB 'mp3' audio

thumbSri Nityananda Prabhu. Page prepared for the devotee children by Parama Bhakti Dasi. 213 K Acrobat PDF file.

thumb Sri Ekachakra Dham: Grand Inauguration Festival of the new ashram, Sri Hadai Pandit Padmavati-devi Smrti Kunja, held on the auspicious appearance day of Sri Nityananda Prabhu. Prasad was distributed to over 50,000 people during this glorious festival. (Four web-pages of pictures and captions by Malini Devi Dasi.)

8 February 2017

Appearance of Lord Varaha.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
Sri Varahadev's and Nityananda Prabhu's appearance, 1990. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj tells how Sri Sri Lakshmi Varahadev miraculously came to our Math, how supremely merciful Nityananda Prabhu is, and how, by His influence and grace, Srila Guru Maharaj took disciples.
Informal, extensive discourse on Nityananda Prabhu's appearance day, 11 February 1990. Despite missing parts in the original audio recording and varied quality, much of this valuable talk remains:
34+ minutes, 7+ MB mp3 audio

thumbAudio. Sri Varaha Dvadasi. Informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj on February 2006, Nabadwip. Srila Gurudev describes the different manifestations of Krishna-lila in Vaikuntha and the cause of Varahadev's appearance.
14+ minutes, 3.5 MB mp3 audio

thumb Lord Varaha's coming to our Nabadwip Math. Excerpt from Golden Reflections by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, in relation to Lord Varaha here at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip.

thumbSri Varaha Dev's Holy Appearance. Lord Varaha jumped in the Rasatala ocean to pick up the planet earth. The ocean prayed unto Lord Varaha: "O Supreme Lord, please protect me." Page prepared for the devotee children by Parama Bhakti Dasi. (201 K Acrobat PDF file.)

6 February 2017

Disappearance of Srila Ramanuja Acharya.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
thumbAudio: Sri Ramanuja Acharya (1983). "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

thumbAudio: Sri Ramanuja Acharya (1982). 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

Audio: "Ramanuja Acharya appeared for the correction of the Sankara Sampradaya." Morning talk by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj on his veranda in Nabadwip, 8 February 2006.
Download, or listen online (48+ minutes, 5.6 MB mp3 audio).

5 February 2017

Disappearance of Srila Madhva Acharya.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
thumbSrila Madhva Acharya. "Madhva Acharya established the difference between the servitor and the served. It is a very natural and real difference. The Lord and the servant. Real difference. The jiva is the servant, and there is the Lord to received the service. Not at any time he can be one with the Lord - this is blasphemy... Very strongly Madhva Acharya stressed this position."
22 February 1983:
15+ minutes, 3+ MB mp3 audio

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

3 February 2017

Appearance of Mahavishnu Avatar, Sri Advaita Acharya.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
From Affectionate Guidance, Chapter 15, by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj in relation to this day:

Chapter Fifteen: An Ocean of Mercy
(Web page prepared by Damayanti Devi Dasi)

thumbAudio. Advent of Advaita Acharya. Srila B.R. Sridhar Maharaj explains: "First, Advaita Acharya descends here and then He looks around and finds that people are all apathetic to the truth, to Narayan. They are very fond of worshipping so many demigods and going on with their temporary pleasure searching, mad with that without caring for their own soul or liberation, or the life after liberation: to have a proper adjustment in Krishna consciousness. He was very much disturbed by this scenery and he prayed very fervently for the Lord to come here and to preach the Supreme Name, Nam sankirtan, by which a general amnesty and a peaceful effort may be done to start a campaign towards home. Back to God, back to home - this Nam sankirtan. And Mahaprabhu with others they also gradually come down here and begin their Nam sankirtan."
38+ minutes, 8.8 MB mp3 audio

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

1 February 2017

Sri Krishna Vasanta Panchami. Appearance day of Sri Vishnu Priya Devi. Appearance of Srila Pundarik Vidyanidhi, Srila Raghunath Das Goswami, and Srila Raghu Nandan Thakur. Disappearance of Srila Visvanath Chakravarti Thakur, Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Viveka Bharati Maharaj, and Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Svarup Parvat Maharaj. Sri Saraswati Puja.

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

Srila Parvat Maharaj in His Abode. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj recounts the glories of his worshippable godbrother just after his departure. Translated from a Bengali editorial in Sri Gaudiya Darsan of 1957. "Srila Bhakti Svarup Parvat Maharaj, one of the itinerant Acharyas dedicated to fulfilling the heartfelt desires of the supremely worshippable Jagad-guru Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Prabhupad..." (Read more.) Posted on the Math's GaudiyaDarshan.com website.

thumbAudio: 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

From Sermons of the Guardian of Devotion, Vol. II, by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj in relation to this day:

Chapter Seven: A Holy Day
(Web page prepared by Damayanti Devi Dasi)

thumbAudio: Very auspicious day (1982). Srila Sridhar Maharaj chants the glories of personalities connected with Sri Krishna Vasanta Panchami. "Vishnupriya Devi's life is that of helping the fallen to go to the utmost, the highest domain of love where Krishna, Love Divine, is; where the jiva can be very, very near to Krishna. Mercy is over justice. Love is also over justice."
Srila Sridhar Maharaj's informal darshan, 30 January 1982:
(67+ minutes, 15.5 MB mp3 audio)

thumbVideo: Vasanta Panchami, 2009. Extensive informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj on Vasanta Panchami day, Kolkata, 2 February 2009:
 Part 1: 27+ minutes, 36+ MB mov video
 Part 2: 28+ minutes, 37+ MB mov video

thumbAudio: Vasanta Panchami, 2003. Srila B.S. Govinda Maharaj tells that this is the day of Krishna's vasanta Rasa Dance as well as the day of appearance and disappearance of several great Vaishnavas. It is Saraswati's puja day and Vishnu Priya Devi's auspicious appearance day. About Mahaprabhu's shakti, Vishnu Priya Devi, Srila Gurudev tells how she would not leave Mahaprabhu's house after His disappearance and would be chanting the Holy Name of Krishna one by one counting with rice grains and with the amount of rice chanted she would prepare bhoga to offer to Mahaprabhu. Gurudev tells that her service was very quiet but important and unique.
Excerpt from an informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj on Vasanta Panchami day, 5 February 2003:
43+ minutes, 10 MB mp3 audio

Audio: Sri Vasanta Panchami, 2011. Srila Bhakti Sudhir Goswami Maharaj explains how Srila Guru Maharaj refers to a verse of Srila Visvanath Chakravarti Thakur and applies it saying that Nimai Pandit on the eve of his sannyas had to give up the throne of love and affection that is the heart of Vishnu Priya... The Lord is the property of His devotees and principally of His sakti. What she possessed, she is willing to give that up (when Nimai Pandit left to take sannyas) so everyone else could be beyond liberated, that they can have that.
Informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sudhir Goswami Maharaj on 8 February 2011:
53+ minutes, 9 MB mp3 audio

15 January 2017

Remembrance of Sriman Mahaprabhu's sannyas-lila. Appearance of Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami Prabhu. Disappearance of Srila Ramachandra Kaviraj.

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.

13 January 2017

Sriman Mahaprabhu leaves Nabadwip in the night to go to Katwa to take sannyas.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
Audio: Sriman Mahaprabhu leaves to take Sannyas, talk from 1982. "This day in the year Mahaprabhu stayed the last day of His family stay. This afternoon He will meet many of His friends and will appeal to them fervently to take to Krishna Nama: 'Whatever you do, in every engagement, you try to take Krishna always with you. Eating, sleeping, working, whatever you are physically engaged in, go on with the consciousness of Krishna.' Then, by the end of this night he left Nabadwip for all."
Informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, 13 January 1982:
16+ minutes, 3+ MB mp3 audio

thumb 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."

thumbSri 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.

Read the following excerpt from The Golden Volcano, describing Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's Sannyas-lila, which begins with Him leaving His home in Katwa. Available as a pdf, or as a webpage from the very early days of scsmath.com, 1995.

In addition, fifty-seven illustrated web-pages of the full chapter 'A Tragedy of Separation' from 'Golden Volcano of Divine Love'.

Also, read Sripad Bhakti Prapanna Tirtha Maharaj’s answer to enquiries concerning the actual dates Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s Sannyasa Lila.

thumbAudio: Sannyas day of Mahaprabhu Chaitanyadev. "Today is such a fortunate day for the conditioned souls especially because Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu, who appeared with the heart and halo of Radharani, He has taken sannyas today." Srila Govinda Maharaj's informal darshan, 16 January 2008:
31+ minutes, 7.2 MB mp3 audio

thumbAudio: Nimai Pandit becomes Chaitanyadev. After taking sannyas, for three days Mahaprabhu was in Rarhadesh intoxicated with Krishna-prema, searching 'Where is Krishna?' He wanted to go to Vrindavan, Krishna is in Vrindavan. This was His mood.
Srila Govinda Maharaj's informal darshan, 14 January 2006:
45+ minutes, 7.9  MB mp3 audio

8 January 2017

Appearance of Srila Jagadish Pandit.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
Jagadish Pandit. A short excerpt from Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita about Jagadish Pandit, whose appearance is celebrated today.

1 January 2017

Disappearance of Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhu and Srila Jagadish Pandit. 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.

24 August 2016

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

9 June 2016

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

24 May 2016

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

18 April 2016

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

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

15 April 2016

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

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

23 March 2016

Sri Gauravirbhava Paurnamasi. Sri Gaura Purnima. Divine appearance of Sri Gauranga. Total fast until moonrise, then no grains. Grand festival at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. Vasantotsav and Dol Yatra of Sri Sri Radha-Govinda. Special offering of worship and arati. Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita reading and mahasankirtan. End of year 530 Gaurabda.

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


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

19 March 2016

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

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

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

8 March 2016

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

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

28 February 2016

The 144th divine appearance festival of the founder of the Sri Chaitanya Math and worldwide Sri Gaudiya Maths, Bhagavan Sri Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Prabhupad. Anniversary festival of the installation of Sri Gupta Govardhan Sri Mandir, Sri Govinda Kunda, Nabadwip. Disappearance of Srila Purushottam Thakur.

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

15 February 2016

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

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

9 January 2016

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

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February 2017 (continued)
25 Sri Sri Shivaratri (optional fast).
26 Amavasya. Paran between 6:06 and 9:55 a.m. for those who fasted. Anniversary festival of the installation of Sri Sadashiva Gangadhar, Sri Govinda Kunda, Nabadwip.
27 Disappearance of Vaishnava Sarvabhauma Srila Jagannath Das Babaji Maharaj, Srila Rasikananda Dev Goswami, and Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Dayita Madhav Maharaj.
28 Appearance of Srila Bhakti Kusum Ashram Maharaj.
March 2017
1 Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gandharva Radha Ramanasundar Jiu installation anniversary festival, at Sree Chaitanya Saraswata Krishnanushilana Sangha, Kaikhali, Kolkata.
2 Appearance of Srila Purushottam Thakur. Disappearance of Sripad Tulasidas Das Adhikari Prabhu.
3 Disappearance of Sriyukta Tarangini Devi.
7 Adhivas festival of Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama. Beginning of annual seven day festival.
   
NB Ekadashi, dvadashi and 'paran' dates and times given here are calculated for Nabadwip. Please consult your local Centres for local dates/times.
  'Fast' on Ekadahsi or Maha-dvadashi, refers to fasting from grains.
  'Paran' the day after such fasting days, refers to breaking fast with grains, after sunrise (unless otherwise stated) and before a specified time.
  Optional morning fast is observed in honour of prominent Vaisnavas on their appearance and disappearance days.
Full Vaishnava Calendar