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27 October 2014

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

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
Audio: Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Prabhupad's disappearance day 1998. Informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj in our Vrindavan Temple on this day.
"What Srila Swami Maharaj has done, Guru Maharaj always told: it is not a man's work. No one human can do this job that Srila Swami Maharaj has done. It is my experience, unbelievably happy experience, I have seen everywhere has spread Krishna Consciousness, everyone knows now the Name of Radha Krishna, the Name of Nitai Chaitanya, Pancha Tattva. Even in front of the Kremlin they are telling Hare Krishna! The whole world now knows Hare Krishna! But it is not a man's job. The embodiment of Nityananda Prabhu can do it. We consider as Srila Guru Maharaj said, that he (Srila Swami Maharaj Prabhupad) is 'shaktyavesa avatar', that is, Nityananda Prabhu only can do this, to distribute Gaura Mahaprabhu, to distribute Radha Krishna devotion; it is not possible by man."
Vrindavan, 24 October 1998:
Part 1: 42 minutes, 10 MB mp3 audio
Part 2: 11+ minutes, 2+ MB mp3 audio

thumbOld pictures of a visit of Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad to Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip. Pictures kindly sent by Jagamohini Devi Dasi in remembrance of Srila Swami Maharaj Prabhupad on his Disappearance Day Festival today (17 November 2012).

thumbAudio: Historic recording from 1973 of Srila Sridhar Maharaj and Srila Swami Maharaj Prabhupad discussing together in Nabadwip, and Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad describing to the devotees how he came in touch with the Gaudiya Math and Vaishnavas. He describes the background history of his long relationship with Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj and very affectionately glorifies Srila Guru Maharaj: "from the very beginning I knew he was a pure Vaishnava and devotee..."
March 1973:
23+ minutes, 5.5 MB mp3 audio

Audio: Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad - grand Guru of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's sampradaya.
Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj recalls
their intimate relationship and the lecture he gave when suddenly asked to speak at the opening of the Chandradoya Mandir in Mayapur. "There were many good and big servitors of Srila Saraswati Thakur present at that time, but Krishna chose Abhay Charan De (Srila Swami Maharaj), who was an unknown person. And now he is famous as a Devotee General of Srila Saraswati Thakur ... Everybody must pay obeisance to him."
Informal discourse. 20 July 1990:
29 minutes, 6+ MB mp3 audio

thumbAudio: Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Prabhupad, always in Vrindavan. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj tells about a letter he received from Srila Swami Maharaj Prabhupad asking instruction from Srila Sridhar Maharaj whether he should stay and continue his preaching in the West or go to Vrindavan to leave his body there.
Excerpt from an informal discourse by Srila Govinda Maharaj, 12 March 1992:
8+ minutes, 2 MB mp3 audio

thumbHistoric photo of Srila Guru Maharaj with Srila Swami Maharaj Prabhupad on Srila Guru Maharaj Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Maharaj's veranda, Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip.

Excerpt from 'Our Fortunate Association' by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj about Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad. Illustrated article retyped and laid out by Parama Bhakti Dasi: 2.1MB PDF

Srila Swami Maharaj Prabhupad and Srila Sridhar Maharaj's relationship and an excerpt from the Guardian of Devotion magazine of San Jose, USA.

Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad inundated the world with Krishna consciousness. In the excerpt The Universal Conception of Guru from one of his essays, he smashes the sectarian misconception that the Spiritual Master is limited to a particular person, form, or institution, and establishes the universal conception of Guru. This lecture was originally published in The Harmonist in 1936, on the Advent Day of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur. It was reprinted as the Preface to Srila Sridhar Maharaj's Sri Guru and His Grace in 1983.

25 October 2014

Disappearance of Srila Vasudev Ghosh Thakur. Disappearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Sarvasva Giri Maharaj.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
Excerpt about Srila Vasudev Ghosh (today is his disappearance day) from Sermons of the Guardian of Devotion, Volume I, by His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj:


"In the Pastimes of Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu, one of the principal Gopis of Srimati Radharani, one of the asta-sakhis of Vrindavan, came here as Vasudev Ghosh. In appreciation of Mahaprabhu's descent here, he says, 'How could I keep up my life if Gauranga Mahaprabhu did not come down? If I did not come in touch with Gauranga Mahaprabhu, how could I live at all? That is so near to life, so near to vitality. It is the vitality of the vitality. If I had not come in touch with such a potent vitality, I should have been finished.' In this way, our intimacy may accommodate Sriman Mahaprabhu. Vasudev Ghosh said, 'I could not live at all if such nectar had not been extended into me. It would have been completely impossible to go on with my life.'"

24 October 2014

Go Puja (cow-worship) and Go Krida (the pleasure of the cows). Sri Govardhan Puja. Annakut Mahotsav: Grand festival and puja to Sri Sri Anugiriraj at Srila Sridhar Swami Seva Ashram in Sri Govardhan and Sri Gupta-Govardhan Puja festival at Sri Govinda Kunda in Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip.

A Dwelling Near Sri Govardhan. Srila Raghunath Das Goswami Prabhu's Sri Sri Govardhana-vasa-prarthana-dasakam. The preferred prayer to Sri Govardhan of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur. Posted on the Math's GaudiyaDarshan.com website.

Residence in Sri Govardhan. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj describes the respectful and liberal mood of the Lord's servants there. Transcription from an informal talk on 28 August 1983. Posted on the Math's GaudiyaDarshan.com website.
Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
Audio: Sri Govardhan Puja talk in 1982. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj discusses this lila and gives a phrase by phrase translation of slokas describing Lord Krishna's lifting of Govardhan Hill. Srila Guru Maharaj sheds new light on this Pastime of the Lord and chants the glories of the Govardhan-shila, referring to His worship by Mahaprabhu and Raghunath Das Goswami.
16 November 1982:
33+ minutes, 7+ MB mp3 audio

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

17 October 2014

Grand 120th Appearance Day Celebration of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math's Founder President Acharya, Om Vishnupad Paramahamsa Parivrajakacharya-varya Ashtottara-shata-sri Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. Appearance of Srila Virachandra Prabhu. Disappearance of Sripad Sakhi Charan Das Babaji Maharaj.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

16 October 2014

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

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

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

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

13 October 2014

Disappearance of Srila Narottam Das Thakur.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
Audio: Srila Narottam Das Thakur. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj extensively chants the glories of Srila Narottam Das Thakur. This discourse was first posted on the first day of Karttik 2013 as 'Karttik month. Narottam Das Thakur'.
42+ minutes, 10 MB mp3 audio

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

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

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

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

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

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

8 October 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5 October 2014

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

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

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

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

In specific regard to Srila Krishna Das Kaviraj from previous postings on the Math's websites:

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

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

Vrindavan. Grand Opening the Srila Krishnadas Kaviraj Goswami Memorialopposite our Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math and Mission, led by Sripad B.B. Avadhut Maharaj on behalf of Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. Report by Sripad Siddhanti Maharaj, pictures by Vrindavanesvari Devi Dasi. (2005)

3 October 2014

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

Jewel-like Truths. The fundamental principles of the school of pure devotion. On the appearance day of Srimad Madhva Acharya, Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj cited the following verses which summarise the primary conclusions of the Gaudiya sampradaya. Read more... Posted on the Math's GaudiyaDarshan.com website
Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
thumbAudio: Sri Ramachandra's Vijay Utsav and Sri Madhvacharya's Appearance, 1982. Informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj on this day describing the glories of Lord Ramachandra and of Sri Madhvacharya.
27 October, 1982.
Download, or listen online (48+ minutes, 11 MB mp3 audio)

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

25 September 2014

Appearance festival of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math Acharya and Sevaite Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj.

Nabadwip. Sri Vyasa Puja of Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj. A joyous and grand celebration was held in Nabadwip today in honour of the holy appearance of Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj. Devotees flew in from USA, Russia, and Malaysia, and also travelled across India to join the festival, which was also attended by dignitary sannyasis from Mayapur.

9 September 2014

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

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

8 September 2014

Disappearance of Srila Haridas Thakur.

Inconceivable Grace. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj summarises the departure of Srila Haridas Thakur. Partial transcription posted on the Math's GaudiyaDarshan.com website of the audio with summary posted in 2003 of Srila Gurudev's talk this day of 9 September 2003.

Grand Inauguration of the new West London Centre fulfilling one of the last wishes of Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
Sripad Devashis Prabhu wrote of the festival held on August 16th:
"It was one of the most wonderful events of my life and I think I will remember the day for as long as I live. I felt it was extremely blessed and joyful and really I felt Srila Gurudev was with us. All of the Acharyas and sannyasis spoke so nicely and even senior dignitary devotees from ISKCON spoke very eloquently and with much appreciation for Srila Guru Maharaj. Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Sundar Radha Giridharijiu shone resplendently in Their new home blessing everyone, and the Mahaprasadam was super excellent. In fact I can hardly remember such an extraordinary feast in my life."
Webpage of photos including a write up by Sripad Bhakti Vigraha Nyasi Maharaj.
Write up by Sripad Devashis Prabhu, the Secretary of London Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.
Video addresses sent for the occasion by:
  Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj: Part 1 | Part 2
  Srila B.B. Avadhut Maharaj
  Srila B.S. Goswami Maharaj
Selected audio recordings of leading devotees at the Festival:
  Devashis Prabhu (Master of Ceremonies)
  Srila B.P. Janardan Maharaj
  Srila B.K. Ashram Maharaj
  Sripad B.V. Nyasi Maharaj
  Srila B.V. Trivikram Maharaj
  Sripad B.C. Parvat Maharaj
  Sripad B.S. Tridandi Maharaj
  Sripad B.K. Tyagi Maharaj
  Sripad Kripamoy Prabhu.

7 September 2014

Appearance of Srila Sachchidananda Bhakti Vinod Thakur.

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

6 September 2014

Appearance of Sri Vamanadev. Appearance of Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhu.

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

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

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

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

2 September 2014

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

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

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

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

Audio: Sri Radhastami. Today's beautiful, special morning discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj at our Dum Dum Park Temple, Kolkata. 1 September 2006:
Download, or listen online (46+ minutes, 5.4 MB mp3 audio)
or:
higher quality (10.7 MB mp3 audio)

Video: Sri Radhastami darshan, 2006, the full discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj at our Dum Dum Park Temple, Kolkata. QuickTime video posted by Jamuna Priya Devi Dasi on her verandaviews.com website.

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

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

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

1 September 2014

Sri Lalita Saptami. Appearance of Sri Lalita Devi.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

30 August 2014

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

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

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

19 August 2014

Sri Nandotsav. Appearance of Vishva-varenya Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
Audio. Nandotsav and Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj's Appearance, 2000. Informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
"Today is Nandotsav, Nanda Maharaj's house festival for the birth of Lord Krishna. When Mother Yasoda got her senses back and she saw her child, a very sweet child, playing within His bed, she was very stunned to see the beauty of Lord Krishna as baby Krishna. Then she called everyone to see the new-born boy... Not only the cowherd boys and girls came to see the Lord, but also Shiva, Brahma, Indra and so many demigods also came in the form of humans as cowherders and they also danced in the courtyard of Nanda Maharaj."
24 August 2000, Saint Petersburg, Russia.
36+ minutes, 8+ MB mp3 audio

thumbAudio: Historic recording from 1973 of Srila Sridhar Maharaj and Srila Swami Maharaj Prabhupad discussing together in Nabadwip, and Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad describing to the devotees how he came in touch with the Gaudiya Math and Vaishnavas. He describes the background history of his long relationship with Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj and very affectionately glorifies Srila Guru Maharaj: "from the very beginning I knew he was a pure Vaishnava and devotee..."
March 1973:
23+ minutes, 5.5 MB mp3 audio

Audio: Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad - grand Guru of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's sampradaya.
Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj recalls
their intimate relationship and the lecture he gave when suddenly asked to speak at the opening of the Chandradoya Mandir in Mayapur. "There were many good and big servitors of Srila Saraswati Thakur present at that time, but Krishna chose Abhay Charan De (Srila Swami Maharaj), who was an unknown person. And now he is famous as a Devotee General of Srila Saraswati Thakur ... Everybody must pay obeisance to him."
Informal discourse. 20 July 1990:
29 minutes, 6+ MB mp3 audio

thumbAudio: Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Prabhupad, always in Vrindavan. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj tells about a letter he received from Srila Swami Maharaj Prabhupad asking instruction from Srila Sridhar Maharaj whether he should stay and continue his preaching in the West or go to Vrindavan to leave his body there.
Excerpt from an informal discourse by Srila Govinda Maharaj, 12 March 1992:
8+ minutes, 2 MB mp3 audio

thumbOld pictures of a visit of Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad to Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip. Pictures kindly sent by Jagamohini Devi Dasi in remembrance of Srila Swami Maharaj Prabhupad (2012).

thumbHistoric photo of Srila Guru Maharaj with Srila Swami Maharaj Prabhupad on Srila Guru Maharaj Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Maharaj's veranda, Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip. This photo was received in response to the recent audio posting recording their informal discussion in Nabadwip.

Transcription: Srila Swami Maharaj's Unlimited Glories are being sung from World to World. Lecture by His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj on the Appearance Day of Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad, 21 August 2003, in St. Petersburg, Russia. Download here.

Excerpt from 'Our Fortunate Association' by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj about Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad. Illustrated article retyped and laid out by Parama Bhakti Dasi: 2.1MB PDF

Srila Swami Maharaj Prabhupad and Srila Sridhar Maharaj's relationship and an excerpt from the Guardian of Devotion magazine of San Jose, USA.

Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad inundated the world with Krishna consciousness. In the excerpt The Universal Conception of Guru from one of his essays, he smashes the sectarian misconception that the Spiritual Master is limited to a particular person, form, or institution, and establishes the universal conception of Guru. This lecture was originally published in The Harmonist in 1936, on the Advent Day of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur. It was reprinted as the Preface to Srila Sridhar Maharaj's Sri Guru and His Grace in 1983.

18 August 2014

Sri Sri Krishna Janmashtami. Complete fast until midnight (then no grains).

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
Krishna's Supernatural Birth. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj describes Vasudev's vision in Mathura. Posted on the Math's gaudiyadarshan.com website.

Audio: Sri Krishna Janmastami, 2008. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj describes Krishna's janma-lila, birth Pastimes, and affirms that many research scholars, with their sadhana, have got much realistic ideal of Krishna, and that is the form of Krishna divided within three characters. One is He who is the Supreme, Brajeswar tanaya, the son of Nanda Maharaj and of Mother Yasoda; second is the son of Vasudev and Devaki, the Mathura Krishna; and third is Krishna the hero of the special kings' group and the creator of Kurukshetra fighting arrangements, the Dwaraka Krishna. These three characters of Krishna are positive and progressive and always eternal, transcendental. But Krishna who is Nanda Maharaj and Yasoda Devi's son is not leaving Vrindavan.
Informal discourse on Sri Krishna Janmastami, speaking live with the St. Petersburg Math via Internet from Kolkata on 24 August 2008:
30 minutes, 6+ MB mp3 audio

Audio: Janmastami evening class in St. Petersburg, 2007, by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj during his World Tour. Translated into Russian by Sripad Avadhut Maharaj in real time.
Download, or listen online (40+ minutes, 4.6 MB mp3 audio)
or:
higher quality (7.3 MB).

Audio: Sri Krishna Janmastami morning, 2006. Morning informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj at our Dum Dum Park Temple, Kolkata. Later in the day His Divine Grace accepted the invitation mentioned in this talk, and went to lead the festival at our Kaikhali Temple, near Kolkata Airport.
"We will take anukalpa (a small amount of non-grains food) on Ekadasi, twice we are taking. But on Janmastami we are not taking that. On Janmastami we are completely fasting."
And:
"Vedavyasa very cleverly expressed the character of Lord Krishna... Then we can understand what is the position of Lord Krishna and what is the position of Krishna's Rasa-lila. First we will see Him like a sun, from far, the fireball. The sun is a big fireball, but lookable from far, not near. Krishna's character is like that." (First uploaded on 16 August 2006, Sri Krishna Janmastami.)
Download, or listen online (27 minutes, 3.1 MB mp3 audio)
or:
higher quality (6.2 MB mp3 audio).

thumbVideo. Sri Janmastami day, live Internet address by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj from Kolkata, India, to the devotees gathered in Saint Petersburg, Russia, to honour Lord Krishna's Appearance.
Sri Krishna Janmastami, Srila Govinda Maharaj's live address captured and presented by Vaidehi Devi Dasi:
42+ minutes, 49 MB 'mov' video

thumbVideo. Sri Janmastami day 2008, kirtan led by Srila Gurudev, Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, in Kolkata after delivering an informal discourse by Internet to the devotees gathered in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Captured and prepared by Vaidehi Devi Dasi:
24 minutes, 26+ MB 'mov' video
(To download, right-click on the link, then 'Save Target As...' or similar wording.)

thumbAudio: Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Maharaj speaking on 26th August 2005 from Nabadwip, the eve of Sri Krishna Janmastami, for Madhusudan Prabhu's Internet Radio website krsna.cc. (14+ minutes, 2.5 MB mp3 audio)

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

31 July 2014

Disappearance of Srila Vamsi 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

26 July 2014

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."

New publication: 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.

12 July 2014

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.

29 June 2014

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

The Rupanuga Vision of Ratha Yatra. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj explains why Ratha Yatra is not conducted in Vrindavan and Nabadwip. Posted on the Math's gaudiyadarshan.com website.
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.

27 June 2014

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...

17 June 2014

Appearance of Srila Vakresvar 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.

13 June 2014

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.

11 June 2014

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."

9 June 2014

Nirjala Ekadashi. Fast (without water).

Related to this day from previous postings:
Nirjal Ekadasi article posted by Sripad B.L. Akinchan Maharaj on his iMonk weblog:

Today is ekadasi. Not just any ekadasi, but nirjal-ekadasi: a total fast, even from water. This Pandava nirjal-ekadasi takes place at the hottest time, usually in June, in the high summer season.
Srila Sridhar Maharaj explains the history behind this ekadasi:...

8 June 2014

Dasahara. 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.

31 May 2014

 Video: Rathayatra cart construction and Sri Sri Chandan Yatra in Puri. Each year local craftsmen construct by hand new carts for the Jagannath Rathayatra Festival, and each evening during the 21 days of Chandan Yatra take place boating Pastimes of the Lord on Narendra Sarovar as respite from the summer heat.
Footage of these events and of our Puri Math and of Puri scenes, taken in 2011:
11 minutes, 22 MB mov video
also in higher quality: 70+ MB mp4 video

 A reminder that if you wish to attend our annual pilgrimage for Sri Jagannath Rathayatra but have not yet informed us, kindly do so soon so we may serve you better. 23rd to 30th June inclusive:  

25 May 2014

Appearance of Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur.

thumb"Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur is so merciful to us, otherwise we could not have published this book, Sri Chaitanya-bhagavat. It is non-different from Srimad Bhagavatam. Srimad Bhagavat for Krishna lila, Chaitanya-bhagavat for Chaitanya lila. Srimad Bhagavat's form is explained as the body of Sri Krishna... Chaitanya-bhagavat is like that, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's whole form is inside there and we are so fortunate it has manifested through our society, and everybody is blessed by Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur."
Informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj on Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur's appearance day, 13 May 1996, at our Californian Soquel Ashram during his Divine Grace's 6th World Tour.
40+ minutes, 9+ MB mp3 audio
Related to Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur from previous postings on the Math's websites:
Audio: Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur's Appearance Day. Informal talk by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj over the phone with Madhusudhan Prabhu from Hawaii in May 2000.
"Vrindavan Das Thakur is the incarnation of Vedavyas for Chaitanya lila, and that Vrindavan Das Thakur, today is his appearance day. We are so happy when we are reading Sri Chaitanya Bhagavat, we cannot believe how sweet is this book... Actually, Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur mentioned about Sri Chaitanya Bhagavat: it is pure suddha bhakti grantha. Pure suddha bhakti -- not depending upon any reason. It is like Ganges water flowing from up to down... Vrindavan Das Thakur was direct and last disciple of Sri Nityananda Prabhu and very much intoxicated with the Pastimes of Nityananda Prabhu."
Dum Dum Park Temple, Kolkata, 30 May 2000.
Download, or listen online (20+ minutes, 4.8 MB mp3 audio)

Bengali: Sloka in glorification of Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur and Srila Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami composed by His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. Published in the introductions of our Bengali Sri Chaitanya-bhagavat and Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita. Srila Gurudev recites the verse and explains its meanings in the above audio (of 30 May 2000). Read here in Bengali: the Introduction of our Chaitanya Bhagavat.

Vyasa Avatar. The pranam mantra of Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur (English translation) composed by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, as well as a lecture in which Srila Govinda Maharaj explains the mantra's meaning. Posted on the Math's gaudiyadarshan.com website.

Flying in the Sky. Translation of a short excerpt from Sri Chaitanya-bhagavat in which Srila Vrindavan Das expresses his heart and the gist of his gift to the world. Posted on the Math's gaudiyadarshan.com website.

Introduction to Sri Chaitanya-bhagavat (English translation). Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's homage to Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur. Translated excerpt from the introduction by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj to Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math's Bengali publication of Sri Chaitanya-bhagavat. Posted on the Math's gaudiyadarshan.com website.

Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur's Appearance, illustrated article for the children devotees in honour of Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur's Appearance Day, prepared by Parama Bhakti Devi Dasi of Holland:
"When Mahaprabhu left this world Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur was about twenty years old. He was initiated by Sri Nityananda Prabhu. He was most probably the very last disciple Sri Nityananda Prabhu initiated...."

23 May 2014

 Four more Spoken Books added to our library of free downloads:
Divine Aspiration by Srila B.R. Sridhar Maharaj,
Divine Servitor and Divine Guidance each by Srila B.S. Govinda Maharaj,
and Hidden Treasure of the Holy Dham Nabadwip (Sri Nabadwip Dham Mahatmya and Sri Nabadwip Bhavataranga) by Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur.

God Is Not Dead - The Testimony of a Fortunate Seeker is a recently published book by Sripad Pushta Krishna Prabhu (Paul H. Dossick MD) especially directed towards newcomers to encourage them to make a sincere search after the truth. Pushta Krishna Prabhu was Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad's secretary for several years and more recently he received much affection and grace from Srila Gurudev Srila Govinda Maharaj. The book is available on Amazon. More information.

19 May 2014

Disappearance of Srila Ramananda Ray.

 Attractive Wall Calendar of the Math's Vaishnava Festival Dates up to next Sri Gaura Purnima, with Ekadashi dates for India, and including our present generation of Acharyas' appearance days. Produced by the Russian devotees. Available in two qualities:
Low resolution: both pages (webpage)
High resolution: page 1 | page 2.
Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
Text and Audio. About Sri Ramananda Ray from the book by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj: 'The Search for Sri Krishna, Reality the Beautiful.'
This chapter 'Reality the Beautiful' is available as a text 'pdf' file and as a reading, spoken by Sripad B.S. Tridandi Maharaj:
Part one (21 mins 2.4 MB mp3 audio).
Part two (21 mins 2.4 MB mp3 audio).

Meeting, teachings and qualities of Sri Ramananda Raya sweetly and authoritatively discussed in the chapter The Next Edition of Radha-Krishna's Pastimes of the book Revealed Truth by Srila Govinda Maharaj. 1.8 MB pdf file.

Audio. Srila Ramananda Ray's glories. Morning informal darshan by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj:
"After Mahaprabhu, Swarup Damodar disappeared. But Ramananda Ray was so strong and strict and affectionate natured. He managed everything there in Puri Dham and everything was very quiet. We do not know if it was Mahaprabhu's instruction to him or not, but practically we are seeing that if Ramananda Ray was not there, the whole situation would have been so much sad and intolerable."
Informal morning darshan, 25 May 2008:
41 minutes, 4.9 MB mp3 audio also in higher quality: 9.8 MB.

Audio: "Today is the Disappearance Day of Ramananda Ray. Two exclusive General Preachers and servitors of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu: one is Swarup Damodar, and another is Ramananda Ray."
Srila Govinda Maharaj's informal morning darshan, 7 May 2007.
(36+ minutes, 4.2 MB mp3 audio in higher quality: 8.4 MB.)

16 May 2014

 Sri Govinda Kunda, daily Chandan Yatra Pastimes. Sriman Mahaprabhu's water Pastimes in Sri Govinda Kunda taking place since 2 May, the beginning of the 21 days Chandan Yatra of Sri Sri Jagannathdev. Webpage of photos taken on Sri Nrsimha Chaturdashi, 14 May 2014, Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip.

15 May 2014

Disappearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaj.

Srimad Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaj from previous postings on the Math's gaudiyadarshan.com website:

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.

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.

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

14 May 2014

Sri Krishna's Phul Dol and Salila Bihar. Buddha Purnima: appearance day of Lord Buddha. Disappearance of Srila Parameshvari Das Thakur. Appearance of Srila Srinivas Acharya.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
thumbAudio: Srinivas Acharya and the stolen books. Srinivas Acharya, Narottama Thakur and Shyamananda Prabhu were sent by Jiva Goswami to preach in Bengal with the books of the Goswamis. On the way, the books were stolen by King Birahambir who had heard from his astrologer that those trunks contained a great treasure. Later, when meeting with the King, Srinivas explained the proper meaning of Srimad-Bhagavatam. The King was so impressed that he confessed to having stolen the books and took shelter at Srinivas Acharya's lotus feet and begged for initiation.
Informal discourse given by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj at our Temple in Dum Dum Park, Calcutta, 2001. Click on the link above to read more, or listen directly from here:
18+ minutes, 4.2 MB mp3 audio.

thumbAudio: Srinivas Acharya and and preaching in Bengal. Second part of the discourse. Srila Govinda Maharaj recites part of the Sri Sri Sad-Goswami-astak composed by Srinivas Acharya and tells the story of his preaching in Bengal together with Narottama Thakur and Shyamananda Prabhu. Click on the link above to read more, or listen directly from here:
9+ minutes, 2.2 MB mp3 audio.

13 May 2014

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

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
My Connection is All-in-All. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj explains how Prahlad Maharaj illuminates the meaning of Srimad Bhagavad-gita. Article posted on the Math's GaudiyaDarshan.com website.

Audio: Sri Nrsimha Chaturdasi, 1996 in Hawaii. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj speaks extensively about this day:
"Whoever is worshipping Nrsimhadev, all the disturbance in their spiritual life Nrsimhadev is ousting through His divine glance. This is very famous in India. Today the whole of India is worshipping Nrsimhadev and Prahlad Maharaj... The puja system of Nrsimhadev is organised in the Puranas in this way: first they will worship Prahlad then they will worship Nrsimhadev. Then Nrsimhadev will be very happy."
Lord Nrsimhadev's appearance day, 1 May 1996:
76+ minutes, 18+ MB mp3 audio

Harmonist article: Sree Nrisinghadeva in English, first published in May 1931.
"Sree Nrisinghadeva graciously made His Appearance in this world, that is to say to the actual view of unbelievers, at a very early stage in the evolution of the theistic consciousness of the human race."
500 K pdf file of scans of the original magazine (cleaned up and re-posted).

thumbAudio: Nrsimha Chaturdasi, 1982. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj gives an informal discourse at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math on this day in 1982. "When Prahlad Maharaj was tortured to the extreme by his own guardian, none could come to his relief. But Nrsimhadev came in the most trying moment. So, He is there. He is everywhere. He is all-conscious about our different stages. When our demand is very acute, very intense, He appears: 'I am your guardian, I am here, I am here!'"
6 May 1982:
37 minutes, 8.6 MB mp3 audio

Audio: Sri Nrsimha Chaturdasi. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj's informal discourse at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math on this day in 1983. Srila Sridhar Maharaj expresses the exemplary mood of prayer to Lord Nrsimhadev and how to honour this occasion. His Divine Grace mentions that Nrsimha Temples are more common in South India and touches on his own service there in earlier years.
Tape side one (4 mins 1 MB mp3 audio).
Tape side two (13+ mins 3.2 MB mp3 audio).

Video. Sri Nrsimha-chaturdasi Festival 2008 held at our Dum Dum Park Temple, and presided over by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. Video taken and prepared by Vaidehi Devi Dasi:
16+ minutes, 21+ MB 'mov' QuickTime video

'Bound by Affection' - Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj gives an historic account of the events that surrounded his first days at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math and of his coming to the Math on this day in 1947.

Audio: Sri Nrsimha Chaturdasi. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj chants the glories of Prahlad Maharaj, and relates the lila of Sri Nrsimhhadev's appearance, May 2007.
(45+ minutes, 5.3 MB mp3 audio also in higher quality: 10.5 MB.)

Audio: Srila Gurudev leading kirttan on Sri Nrsimha Chaturdasi at the conclusion of the first part of the early evening programme in the nat-mandir, May 2007.
(3+ minutes, 600 K mp3 audio)

Audio: Sri Nrsimha Chaturdasi informal morning talk by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj on his verandah in Kolkata, May 2006. Discussing his earlier days in Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math and the power of Srila Guru Maharaj.
Download, or listen online (37+ minutes, 6.5 MB mp3 audio).

Sri Nrisimha Chaturdasi. Hear Srila Govinda Maharaj's lecture on this day in 1999, also read a transcript by Sadhu Priya Prabhu of this talk.
Part one (15 mins 3.6 MB mp3 audio).
Part two (13+ mins 3.1 MB mp3 audio).

The Holy Appearance Day of Lord Nrsimhadeva. Two page illustrated extract from the discourse given by His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj on Sri Nrsimha-chaturdasi day 1999, at Sri Govinda Dham, Murwillumbah, Australia.

Audio: Sri Nrsimha-chaturdasi Bengali class by Sripad B.N. Acharyya Maharaj, and the final part of Kirttan leading up to the class here at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. This audio is posted by request, for our growing number of Bengali visitors to the Math's website.


Kirttan leading up to the class. Download or listen online(6+ minutes, 790 K mp3 audio)
Sri Nrsimha-chaturdasi Bengali class. Download or listen online(57+ minutes, 6.9 MB mp3 audio).

4 May 2014

Appearance of Sripad Shankar Acharya. Disappearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Vilas Gabhastinemi Maharaj.

 Invitation to our annual pilgrimage for Sri Jagannath Rathayatra in Puri from 23rd to 30th June inclusive. If you wish to participate in this year's Puri Pilgrimage, please let us know soon.  . In order to help cover costs, the requested donation is Rs2,500 which is inclusive of shared accommodation at our Sevak Bhavan Guesthouse in Puri, Prasadam, and local bus excursions from Puri. The donation does not include travel to/from Puri. Trains can be booked via the Web or from the tourist booking office on arrival in India.
If you would like to stay and serve at our Temples in India after the festivals, please contact us. Your service would be much appreciated.

29 April 2014

Amavasya. Appearance of Srila Gadadhar Pandit Goswami.

 Pandit Sri Gadadhar, the Lord's most intimate associate. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj describes the heart of the Lord's most intimate associate. Posted on the Math's GaudiyaDarshan.com website.

25 April 2014

Disappearance of Sriyukta Saurindranath Bhakti Varidhi Prabhu.

 Sripad Saurindranath Bhakti Varidhi. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj remembers an exalted servant of Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga.
"All of Srila Prabhupad's (Srila Bhakti Siddanta Saraswati Prabhupad's) associates, one by one, are taking leave from this mortal world and depriving the earth of its jewels. Without this great soul, the Gaudiya sampradaya and the servitors of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math are feeling an irreparable loss for which there is no solace." Read more...

20 April 2014

Disappearance of Sripad Krishna Das Babaji Maharaj.

 Fully Satisfied, Fully Surrendered. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj remembers his dear friend Sripad Krishna Das Babaji Maharaj.
"Always, to his last day, he maintained his pure, moral, social, educated character. He was a very good man and very strict. He was firm in his practice, very sincere, and very jolly. He tried to be satisfied under any circumstances." Read more...

28 March 2014

Festival in honour of Sriman Mahaprabhu's auspicious arrival at Varaha Nagar. Disappearance of Srila Govinda Ghosh Thakur. Disappearance of Sripad Satyendrachandra Bhattacharya Mahoday.

thumbThe Acharya of Srimad Bhagavatam. The glorious service of Sri Raghunath Pandit in Varaha Nagar. This Pastime of Sriman Mahaprabhu visiting Sri Varaha Nagar is described in Sri Chaitanya-bhagavat (Antya-khanda, 5.110–124). Translation plus an excerpt from a related commentary by Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur from Sri Chaitanya-charitamrta. Posted on the Math's gaudiyadarshan.com website.

18 March 2014

 The Land of Sweetness. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj explains the essence of Sri Gauda Mandal.
"Gauda Mandal is Vraja Mandal. The word 'Gauda' comes from the word 'gud'. 'Gud' means misti, sweet. When something is sweet, it may be described by the synonym 'gud'. Gud represents sweetness. So Gauda Mandal: "the sweet land". There is no sweetness anywhere like that found in Vrndavan and Nabadwip." Read more... (Posted on the Math's gaudiyadarshan.com website.)

thumbSri Gaura Purnima photos. Photos of the grand festival held for Sri Gaura Purnima at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math Nabadwip. Plus photos of day four of Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama as well as of Srila Acharya Maharaj's return to Nabadwip. Posted on the Math's gaudiyadarshan.com website.

16 March 2014

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 Dolyatra of Sri Sri Radha-Govinda. Special offering of worship and arati. Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita reading and Maha-Sankirttana. Start of 529 Gaurabda year.

thumbAudio: Sri Gaura Purnima, 1998. "Actually what Mahaprabhu has shown in His Pastimes, is the exclusive madhurya rasa lila... Radharani's heart and halo not will be manifested with a Yuga-avatar... The Yuga-avatar Krishna's action is to preach the Harinama sankirtan. What we are telling about Srila Swami Maharaj Prabhupad, that he, like Yuga-avatar, gave the whole Krishna conception to the whole world. It is also work of the Yuga-avatar. But the mood of Radharani with heart and halo, only Krishna with Radharani can represent this in front of us - not for us, but for His own interest. "
Informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj on Gaura Purnima day, 13 March 1998:
21+ minutes, 5 MB mp3 audio

 Celebrating Sri Gaura Purnima. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj describes the joy in the devotees' hearts. (Posted on the Math's gaudiyadarshan.com website.)

 iCal Vaishnava Calendar is now available to Gaura Purnima 2015, prepared by Sadhu Priya Prabhu, for automatic notifications of events on computers and portable devices. Download this iCal file (right click then 'Save Target As...' or similar wording) and add to your iCal application.

 The new Bengali Panjika is now available as a pdf file, being the Vaishnava Calendar from which the English edition is made. (Posted on the Math's gaudiyadarshan.com website.)

14 March 2014

Third day of Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama.

thumbNew Vaishnava Calendar up to Sri Gaura Purnima 2015 is now available here. The iCal version for automatic notifications will be available soon.

thumbAudio: Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama 1982 talk by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. "Kirtan, sankirtan, is the central service recommended by Mahaprabhu specially for Kali-yuga. Sankirtan: to listen and to reproduce what we listen to... We are to exert to our utmost for kirtan purpose. Kirtan means to preach, and that has been recommended as the highest method of our attainment specially for the beginners. Assert as much as you can. Engage every nerve for preaching, for spreading the truth you imbibe from the higher source."
Informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, 7 March 1982:
16+ minutes, 4 MB mp3 audio

 The Distribution of Love. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj speaks on this day, the third day of Nabadwip Dham Parikrama, in 1982. Posted on the Math's gaudiyadarshan.com website.

 Audio: Sri Madhavendra Puri's disappearance day, yesterday in Nabadwip. Informal discourses by Srila Bhakti Pavan Janardan Maharaj and Sripad B.K. Tyagi Maharaj, accompanied by a running translation into Telegu by Sripad B.N. Shanta Maharaj.
Nabadwip, 13 March 2014:
43 minutes, 6 MB mp3 audio

13 March 2014

Disappearance of Sripad Madhavendra Puri. Second day of Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama.

 The Door to Divine Love. The devotion in separation revealed by Sripad Madhavendra Puri. Excerpts from chapter four of Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita with commentaries by Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur and Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur. Posted on the Math's gaudiyadarshan.com website.

 Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama 2014. Several photos sharing Day One and Day Two of this year's parikramas, posted on the Math's gaudiyadarshan.com website.

12 March 2014

Amalaki Ekadashi. Fast. Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama begins.

thumbSri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj marvels at the expanding glory of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math:
"Krsna is so merciful and this year He has given us the opportunity to do Nabadwip Dham Parikrama again. This year the devotee section is over-flooded. They have very happily joined from all over the world, especially from the Nabadwip area and so many provinces in India. I am very happy to see this.
"This parikrama first started in 1948, by the grace of Srila Guru Maharaj, Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. At that time, we were very few..." Read more...

28 February 2014

Sri Sri Shivaratri. (Optional fast.)

thumbAudio: The position of Lord Shiva. "Shiva is the resident of no-man's land, neither Vaikuntha nor Devi-dham ... Shiva is the marginal position between the serving world and the enjoying world. That which is going towards the enjoying side, that is Rudra; and which is towards the serving side, that is Sada Shiva."
Informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, 21 December 1981:
18 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

16 February 2014

thumb"God Save Us From Our Friends." Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj speaks about the importance of working together in Krishna consciousness. Posted on the Math's gaudiyadarshan.com website.

14 February 2014

Purnima (full moon). Appearance of Srila Narottam Das Thakur. Sri Krishna's Madhurotsava.

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

12 February 2014

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.

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.)

11 February 2014

Appearance of Lord Varahadev.

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

8 February 2014

Disappearance of Srila Madhva Acharya.

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

4 February 2014

Sri Krishna Vasanta Panchami. Sri Saraswati Puja. Appearance day of Sri Vishnu Priya Devi. Appearance of Srila Pundarik Vidyanidhi, Srila Raghunath das Goswami, and Srila Raghunandana Thakur. Disappearance of Srila Viswanath Chakravarti Thakur, Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Viveka Bharati Maharaj and Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Svarupa Parvat Maharaj.

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

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

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

28 January 2014

thumbSouth India Preaching Programme 2014. Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj has recently been in Vijayawada, where Sripad Bhakti Niskam Shanta Maharaj and Sripad Bhakti Vijnan Muni Maharaj are currently preaching. There, the government of Andhra Pradesh has donated to the Math land atop a hill on the bank of the holy River Krishna for establishing a Temple. Web-page of pictures.

27 January 2014

thumbGangasagar annual festival, 2014. 100,000 plates of prasad distributed, nagar sankirttan, book distribution, preaching programmes and medical camp by the Math's devotees headed by Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya at this year's big five-day festival at the confluence of the Ganges and the sea. Two webpages of pictures by Shyamasundari Devi Dasi.

20 January 2014

Disappearance of Sripad Yadavendu Bhakti Chandan.

Sripad Yadavendu Bhakti Chandan. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj describes him as a prime example of humility and giving honour to others.
"He was a senior man, he was very experienced and honourable... I was his servant for one month in Vrindavan. Sometimes Srila Guru Maharaj told me, 'In the evening, give him a garland.' He was a very good man, and Guru Maharaj gave him the title 'Bhakti Chandan'." Read more...

16 January 2014

thumbAudio: Nimai Pandit reveals Himself as a Vaishnava. Srila Govinda Maharaj speaks just after giving Harinam initiation in Australia. He explains how Srivas Pandit was full of joy when he heard Nimai Pandit received initiation in Gaya and revealed Himself as a Vaishnava. Srivas Pandit expressed, "Krishna has given Nimai Pandit to us (within the Vaishnava group), then now we can do anything in Nabadwip ... we can happily live in Nabadwip and no one can compete with us." Srila Govinda Maharaj concludes: "When Krishna is giving that opportunity anywhere, the devotee is getting much happiness: 'Now a lost servant of Krishna has joined in Krishna Consciousness. It is the Lord's loving search for the lost servant.'"
Excerpt from an informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj in Australia, 3 January 1997:
8 minutes, 2 MB mp3 audio

13 January 2014

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

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

1 January 2014

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.


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Main Vaisnava Dates:
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October 2014
25 Disappearance of Srila Vasudev Ghosh Thakur. Disappearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Sarvasva Giri Maharaj. Bhratri Dvitiya krityam (festival where brothers and sisters honour each other).
27 Disappearance festival of Vishva-varenya Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad.
28 Disappearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Aloka Paramahamsa Maharaj.
31 Disappearance of Sri Gadadhar Das Goswami, Srila Dhananjay Pandit, and Srila Srinivas Acharya Prabhu. Sri Gopashtami, Sri Goshthastami, Go Puja, and Go Gras-dan.
   
NB 'Fast' on Ekadasi or Maha-dvadasi, 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