30 November 2004
Opening Today! If you can make it to Veracruz,
Mexico, today (Tuesday), there will be a grand festival and
feast for the official opening of our new purpose-built Seva Ashram
there. Health permitting, Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami
Maharaj will personally preside over the function.
pages of pictures and descriptions about Srila Govinda Maharaj's
recent visit. These web-pages are presented by Damayanti Devi Dasi
who went with her family from London to Venezuela for the occasion.
New! page latest updates include:
Audio: Sripad Bhakti Sudhir Goswami
Maharaj's discourse at the Soquel Seva Ashram's Sunday
Feast, 7th November 2004 (71 minutes, mp3 and RealMedia audio).
progress of the new Prasad distribution hall. Pictures for
Srila Govinda Maharaj to see, and all to share.
Srila Govinda Maharaj's 21st World
Tour is on schedule, with His Divine
Grace continuing his travels by returning soon to our Soquel Seva
Ashram, California. Recently he was feeling unwell in Mexico, but
after caring medical attention His Divine Grace has now returned
to better health and expressed this to be "...by the prayers
and affection of the devotees." Sripad Akinchan Maharaj has
written from Veracruz reflecting on this Pastime in his latest
Sri Vyasa-Puja celebrations in
Nabadwip, Bamunpara and Kolkata for His Divine Grace Om Visnupad
Sri Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's 76th Appearance
Day Festival, 27th to 31st December 2004. Please note, that Srila
Govinda Maharaj himself is most likely to be in California for this
Written Sri Vyasa-Puja Offerings 'Now!' please. This year's
compilation is being produced in America as a special offering to
Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj befitting this historic
occasion. Therefore please send your offerings as soon as possible
preferably with an accompanying photo, so these can be included
for the satisfaction of our Divine Master. (For preparing photos
to send by email, please see our Tips
for Multimedia pages.)
Pilgrimage to Govardhan and Vrindavan. Pictures and captions
of this year's annual pilgrimage of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.
picture report sent by Madhuchanda Devi Dasi and Bhagavan
Prabhu sharing recent days in Veracruz with Srila Gurudev and the
New! page latest updates:
Audio: Appearance Day of Srila
B.R. Sridhar Maharaj (6th November). Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda
Dev-Goswami Maharaj and others address those gathered at the
programme in Soquel (mp3 and RealMedia audio) and:
afternoon's program in San Jose (mp3 and RealMedia audio).
Hall (5th November) His Divine Grace Srila Govinda Maharaj
addresses and leads in bhajan the gathered devotees and guests
at this programme in downtown Santa Cruz (mp3 and RealMedia
Disappearance of Srila Bhugarbha Goswami and
Srila Kasisvar Pandit
Vaisnava Toshani, latest posting from Veracruz on the 21st
World Tour of Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj: "The
pious country of Mexico assures its bright future with the wonderful
VIP treatment afforded to Srila Gurudev."
November 2004 .
'Veracruz overflooded by Srila Gurudev's Mercy.' Tour dispatch
by Jai Balai Prabhu. "The beauty emanating from Srila Gurudev's
sweet affection to his associates, disciples and friends attracts
everyone, therefore many devotees continue arriving from different
parts of Mexico and the world...."
Imminent Separation as Srila Govinda Maharaj prepares to fly
out from Caracas. Pictures and story captions capturing the last
moments of this visit by Srila Gurudev.
Paran (break fast with grains) after sunrise
and by 9:35 a.m.
Puja in Govardhan held at our Srila Sridhar Swami Seva Ashram.
(Pictures to accompany Krishna Chandra Prabhu's recent
'A Grand Reception.' Sripad Akinchan Maharaj's first web
log from Veracruz on tour with Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami
"When Srila Gurudeva finally takes my arm to support himself
and we step through the double doors into the airport arrival hall,
the tumult is stupendous as hundreds of devotees surge forward with
cries of 'Jai Srila Gurudeva!' and cameras flash as Srila Gurudeva
is garlanded, and bemused travelers crane their necks to see what
all the commotion is about.
"This is my first visit to Mexico. I have been all around the
world, on six continents, but I must say that I have never, ever,
seen a reception quite like this."
Gaudiya Darshan magazine: two more vintage issues are now
available for download at the Sri
Guru Vandana website maintained by the Math's Scandinavian devotees.
The 1983 edition and the 1995 Jagannath Rathayatra edition are now
presented as pdf files of good printing quality, and excellent for
Ekadasi. Fast from grains. Disappearance of
Om Vishnupada Paramahamsa Sri Srila Gaura Kisora das Babaji Maharaj.
Appearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Dayita Madhava Goswami
Maharaj. Sri Bhisma-Panchaka..
arrival of Srila Gurudev. 'Mexico again Recovers its Life,'
a dispatch by Jai Balai Prabhu summarising the first hours of Srila
Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's current visit to Veracruz.
Vaisnava Toshani the third posting within a week of this
newly launched web publication by Srutasrava Prabhu. "Srila
Gurudev departs from Caracas in the midst of tears of sorrow, and
arrives in Mexico to tears of joy."
Photos, story captions and brief report in this web-page by
Vaidehi Devi Dasi about the last day of Srila Gurudev's visit in
Karttik Evening Kirttans. Siksastakam related kirtans composed by Srila
Bhaktivinod Thakur, chanted yesterday evening 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.
online (mp3 playlist) or:
(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).
Rewarded.' Sripad B.L. Akinchan Maharaj reporting on the
arrival of devotees from Colombia and Peru on the last day of Srila
Gurudev's visit to Venezuela. "We may be separated from our
Gurudeva for some time (some of these devotees have not seen Srila
Gurudeva since he last visited Colombia in 1993) and so many obstacles
my prevent us from getting his holy darshan, but if we persevere
in our attempt, if we are sincere, the reward will be far greater
than we could ever imagine."
'One Day's News' on tour with Srila Govinda Maharaj. Vaidehi
Devi Dasi sent pictures and extensive captions: "What happens
in Caracas Venezuela is a very beautiful thing. Of course wherever
Srila Gurudev goes there is always so much light and happiness,
the days are filled with activities and especially service. Here
is what happened yesterday at both Srila Gurudev's headquarters
and at the Ashram...."
Class in Caracas. A summary by Madhavi Devi Dasi of a class
by Bhakti Lalita Devi Dasi to the lady devotees during Srila Govinda
Maharaj's recent visit.
Govardhan and Vrindavan Annual Karttik Pilgrimage, diary
dispatch phoned in by Krishna Chandra Prabhu transiting through
Kolkata just before flying back to England.
or listen online (24+ minutes, 3 MB mp3 audio).
two earlier interviews with Krishna Chandra Prabhu and Anindita
Devi Dasi in Nabadwip before going to Govardhan are posted in our
What's New? archives of 10th and
Vaisnava Toshani web-magazine
updated with a page of pictures, slokas and inspirational comment
from Caracas on Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad's Disappearance
Day Festival in Caracas.
Tour Diary updated with Vidya Sundar Prabhu's last in this
series of daily reports, written in the departure lounge at Caracas
Disappearance of Sri Gadadhara das Goswami,
Srila Dhananjaya Pandit and Srila Srinivas Acharyya Prabhu. Sri Gopastami,
Sri Gosthastami, Go puja and Go gras dan.
Tour Interviews. Older and newer generations of Venezuelan
devotees share Krishna conscious reflections with Vaidehi Devi Dasi
accompanying the Tour entourage of Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami
Tour Diary by Vidya Sundar Prabhu, updated with recollections
of Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad's Disappearance Day
Festival in Caracas.
new website: now includes live video feeds of special occasions
during Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's current
language website fully revised by Bala Krishna Prabhu and reloaded
onto the web: http://portugues.scsmath.org.
pictures for Srila Govinda Maharaj to see, and all to share.
'blog' by Sripad B.L. Akinchan Maharaj on his iMonk.net
website, reporting from Caracas on tour with Srila Govinda Maharaj.
Tour Diary by Vidya Sundar Prabhu, updated with a further
two days of entries of current events in Caracas on tour with Srila
of Magic with Srila Gurudev and his entourage smiling brightly
to see the tricks of Steve Blancoe, a local magician, upon whom
Srila Govinda Maharaj also played a trick.... Pictures and extensive
captions from Srila Gurudev's recent visit.
Bhandar' at the Holistic Living Festival, Fort Canning Centre.
Preaching with book and Prasad distribution from the most colourful
and vibrant booth at the Festival.
Disappearance festival of Visvarenya Tridandi
Swami Srimad Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad.
Srila Gurudev gives initiations, followed by a memorable
Sunday programme at the Sri Chaitanya Sridhar Govinda Seva Ashram,
Caracas. Web-page report with pictures and extensive captions by
Vaidehi Devi Dasi.
Vaisnava Toshani, the magazine printed by Sripad Srutasrava
Prabhu is newly published electronically at http://toshani.com.
The first web issue shares recent days in Venezuela with Srila Bhakti
Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
La gran inauguración de la 'Vía Govinda,'
Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Seva Ashram de Soquel. Reporte por Vaidehi
Tour information and notice for pilgrims in
English and Spanish.
If you are considering visiting His Divine Grace in Mexico later
this month, please see this Veracruz
notice for pilgrims which includes information about who to
contact, hotels, transport, climate, etc.
Porto Alegre festival for Sri Vyasa-Puja held earlier this
Website launched and offered to His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar
Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj by Gaurachandra Prabhu heading the web
design team at the Sri Chaitanya Sridhar Govinda Seva Ashram, Caracas.
The site http://www.paramakaruna.org.ve
includes up to date news in Spanish, pictures and audio of Srila
Gurudev's current visit to Venezuela.
Tour Diary by Vidya Sundar Prabhu, sharing current events
of Srila Gurudev and the devotees (in English). Additionally updated
this afternoon with a further two days of diary entries.
del Día en que Srila Gurudev recibió Sannyas
por Vidya Sundar Prabhu, California, Noviembre 5 de 2004.
Go-puja (cow-worship) and Go-krida (the pleasure
of the cows). Sri Govardhan-puja. Annakut Mahotsava: Grand
festival and puja to Sri Sri Anu Giriraj at Srila Sridhar Swami Sevashram
in Sri Govardhan and Sri Gupta-Govardhan-puja festival at Sri Govinda
Kunda in Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip. Balidaityaraj-puja.
Tour arrival dispatch: 'Venezuela, a land graced by Grace
Personified' by Pranesvari Devi Dasi.
Sri Vyasa-Puja Festival at the Krishna Shakti Ashram, depicted
in two webpages of pictures sent by Nanda Priya and Ishanandini
Sri Vyasa-Puja Festival at the Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Maha
Mantra Yoga Centre, Ankara.
Dipavali. Offering and placing lamps (or candles)
on Vishnu Mandirs.
Forthcoming Sri Vyasa-Puja compilation in glorification of
Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj:
A special request to please send written offerings early
(preferably as text in the body of an email) to:
so they may be included and printed in the anthology being prepared
this year by Vrindavanesvari Devi Dasi. This will be presented to
His Divine Grace on his holy Appearance Day, 28th December 2004.
Srila Gurudev likes photos, so please send a picture or two of your
good-self (as 'jpeg' files, not more than 100K each). Kindly submit
your offerings early so the compilation can be nicely prepared for
the satisfaction of our Divine Masters.
Tips for sending photos by email. Please send reasonably
small photos. As a general guideline, use a picture editing programme
on your computer to make each photo a maximum of 500 pixels wide,
then "Save As..." a jpeg file with a quality of 50 percent.
This will generally give a reasonable compromise between picture
quality and file size. Please see our Tips
for Multimedia pages for further useful guidelines.
is looking increasingly likely Srila Govinda Maharaj will be
in California for his Sri Vyasa-Puja this year. After visiting
Venezuela and Mexico, Srila Gurudev is likely to fulfil the devotees'
request to stay in America for the remainder of the year.
Gurudev ascends the Soquel Ashram's new pathway now completed
to the top of the hill. (Pictures.)
pictures for Srila Gurudev to see and all to share.
Follow-up interview. Summing up last weekend's festivals
in Nabadwip and Hapaniya, Krishna Chandra Prabhu and
Anindita Devi Dasi share these events and their pilgrimage
as they start for our Govardhan Math to continue the Karttik
now (RealMedia streaming audio),
or listen online (16 minutes, 2.7 MB mp3 audio).
Greatness of the Vaisnava, an excerpt from Divine Aspiration
by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, newly posted
on Sripad Bhakti Madhava Puri Maharaj's Cybertemple
of the Beautiful Goldenlord website. The excerpt begins with
the question to Srila Guru Maharaj: "On the path of devotional
service, how is one to improve his own condition?" Please take
the time to read this article.
Nabadwip, Sri Vyasa-Puja pilgrimage interview with
Krishna Chandra Prabhu and Anindita Devi Dasi, recorded here
in Nabadwip the day before Srila Guru Maharaj's recent Sri
now (RealMedia streaming audio),
or listen online (19+ minutes, 2.2 MB mp3 audio).
Sri Vyasa-Puja en el Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math y la Misión,
Seva Kunja, Vrindavan.
Paran after sunrise and before 9:30 a.m.
Subha Vijay festival of Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu at Sripat Panihati.
Sri Vyasa-Puja dispatch sharing Saturday's special events
at our Temple at Seva Kunja, in the heart of Vrindavan.
three pages of pictures of recent second initiations held
on behalf of Srila Gurudev at the Sri Chaitanya Sridhar Govinda
Seva Ashram, Krishna Shakti Ashram Shakti Ashram, Sao Paulo.
today's festival at the Holy Place of Appearance of Srila
Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
Sri Vyasa-Puja Festival for the 110th Appearance Day of
Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. (Pictures.)
Sri Vyasa-Puja Festival for the 110th Appearance Day of
Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. (Pictures.)
Sripad B.K. Ashram Maharaj in Morelia in these days leading
up to the prayed-for visit of Gurudev Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda
Dev-Goswami Maharaj to Veracruz. (Pictures.)
Grand 110th Appearance festival of Om Vishnupad
Paramahamsa Parivrajakacharyya-varyya Astottara-sata Sri Srila Bhakti
Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
Appearance of Srila Virachandra Prabhu. Disappearance of Sripad Sakhicharan
Das Babaji Maharaj.
Sri Vyasa-Puja grandly held here at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math
including early morning nagar Sankirttan, glorification by many
exalted devotees, presentation of written offerings submitted from
around the world, and special offerings to His Divine Grace Srila
Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, followed by mass Prasad
distribution on this, Srila Guru Maharaj's 110th Sri Vyasa-Puja
new photoseries of
Srila Guru Maharaj Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami
Maharaj posted on the Sri Guru
Vandana website in memory of His Divine Grace this Sri Vyasa-Puja
Manifestation day of Sri Radha-kunda. Sannyas
day of Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
Day of Srila Bhakti Sundar
Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, Sri Chaitanya
Saraswat Math, Nabadwip, 1985: an archive photo sent by Sripad B.K Giri Maharaj.
pictures of this historic occasion posted on the web previously.
Vyasa-Puja Festivals will be held around the world this Saturday
for Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj's Appearance
Day. As previously publicised, a
grand festival will be held here at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math
followed by the annual Karttik
Pilgrimage to Govardhan and Vrindavan.
In Soquel, California, devotees are converging from around
the world to attend the festival which will be blessed by the personal
presence of Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
In Vrindavan, Sripad B.P. Tirtha Maharaj is preparing a special
programme at our Temple at Seva Kunja.
Devotees are invited to participate to make the worldwide Vyasa-Puja
Festivals greatly successful for the glorification of Srila Guru
Maharaj for the satisfaction of the whole Sampradaya.
New! page inaugurated to facilitate identifying recently
added material featuring events associated with Srila Gurudev's
current visit. The latest updates include:
Video: Srila Gurudev in San Jose
(23rd October) at the 17th Street house that used to be the
ladies' ashram, and that is again back in devotees' hands
having been recently purchased by Braja Mohini Devi Dasi and
her husband Jayanta Krishna Prabhu. 3 minutes 39 seconds;
QuickTime MPEG-4 and RealMedia video.
Audio: Sripad BPJanardan Maharaj
lecturing at our Golden Road Centre in downtown Santa
Cruz, and Kirttan led by Raja Ram Prabhu. 44 minutes,
mp3 and RealMedia audio.
Three galleries of recent photos with captions of Srila
Gurudev and the devotees.
Dum Park, Kolkata, construction
progress of the new Seva Ashram close to the existing Temple.
progress of the Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math International, Long
Mountain. (Pictures sent by Adhoksaja Prabhu.)
Sagrado Mes de Karttik por Su Divina Gracia Srila Bhakti
Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
Gurudev's 21st World Tour looks likely to expand to Venezuela
within a couple of weeks, and possibly to Mexico later this month.
Please also note it is quite possible Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda
Dev-Goswami Maharaj may be in California for his Sri Vyasa-Puja
this year (December 28th). Prospective pilgrims to his lotus
feet for Sri Vyasa-Puja may wish to postpone purchasing air tickets
until plans are confirmed.
for pilgrims wishing to visit Srila Govinda Maharaj during
his expected visit later this month, plus information
of local hotels. (También en
the first days of Karttik. A
variety of pictures, and a reminder of this month's importance
given in the excerpt The
Holy Month of Karttik by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami
Maharaj. Additional kirttans are chanted here throughout Karttik:
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).
construction progress. Pictures series of pouring
the roof of the new Prasad distribution hall, and a further
series of the
progress downstairs in both sections of the new hall.
Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, four
day Vaishnava festival led by Sripad B.V. Trivikram Maharaj
on behalf of Srila Gurudeva. (Two pages of pictures.)
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