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30 June 2006
Hera-panchami. Sri Sri Laksmi Vijay at Sri Puri Dham.
Audio: Today's Sri Laksmi Vijay morning discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj at our Kolkata Dum Dum Park Temple. The talk starts with Srila Govinda Maharaj describing Laksmi Devi's 'victory' over Lord Jagannath.
or listen online (18+ minutes, 2.2 MB mp3 audio)
or, higher quality (4.4 MB).
First Nabadwip Film Festival. Screening of two recent DVDs of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math at this festival proved a good opportunity to showcase the Math and stress the spiritual value of Nabadwip. The Nabadwip Film Festival received coverage throughout Bengal on television and in the newspapers, and nationwide publicity on All India Radio.
29 June 2006
Sri Jagannath Rathayatra Pilgrimage of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. First pictures of this year's Festival, dispatched by Purujit Prabhu of Venezuela.
Losing my sight, a blessing in disguise. Article from Malta by Malini Devi Dasi reflecting on how her sudden eye infection helped her keep sight of the treasure of Krishna Consciousness.
28 June 2006
Audio: "Krishna is Autocrat - not Democrat, Communist, or our Servant." Srila
Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj speaking
from Kolkata this morning with particular reference to Sri Jagannath Rathayatra, for Madhusudan Prabhu's Internet Radio website, krsna.cc. (20+ minutes, 2.4 MB mp3 audio.)
Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. Pictures taken today.
27 June 2006
Rathayatra of Sri Jagannath Dev. Disappearance of Srila Swarup Damodar Goswami Prabhu.
Audio: "For two or three days I am thinking it - how shall I say to the devotees? .... It is necessary to follow what I will say now. That will be so
important and so good for my friends."
Emphatic morning discourse given by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj earlier this year in Nabadwip. During the class we also hear briefly the voice of Dr. Dolgovinda Shastri, Srila Gurudev's Sanskrit teacher from fifty years ago.
or listen online (33+ minutes, 4 MB mp3 audio).
Lovingly maintained Bhajan Kutir and veranda of Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. A wonderful visit to the simple, clean and beautiful quarters here in Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math from which Srila Guru Maharaj delivered such deep, authentic transcendental truths to the world.
26 June 2006
Gundicha Marjana: cleaning Gundicha Temple at Sri Puri Dham, and cleaning all Temples of the Lord.
Porto Alegre, Brazil. New property for the Srila Govinda Maharaj Seva Sangha visited by Sripad B.V. Trivikram Maharaj and Sripad Srutasrava Prabhu on their current tour of the country. Web-page and narrative by Partha Sarathi Prabhu.
London Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math's website updated with a substantial page in honour of the disappearance day of Srila Gadadhar Pandit and Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur, and listings of upcoming summer events with an invitation for your participation. Their next public preaching programme is on 2nd July at the Brent Indian Association. The site is professionally maintained by Anindita Devi Dasi.
Nabadwip, cleaning the Temples in remembrance of Sri Gundicha Marjana taking place in Jagannath Puri today.
25 June 2006
Nabadwip, Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, green after recent rains; and construction progress. (Pictures.)
24 June 2006
Audio: Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj discussing Srimad Bhagavad-gita and how, in his young days, he heard it from Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad. Morning class from February this year.
or listen online (33 minutes, 3.8 MB mp3 audio).
Italy, promotion and publicity for Srimad Bhagavad-gita last weekend in the largest bookshop in central Milan. Report by Krishna Kanta Devi Dasi.
23 June 2006
Southern Brazil preaching tour of Sripad Bhakti Vijay Trivikram Maharaj and Sripad Srutasrava Prabhu, and hosted by Partha Sarathi Prabhu and Shiva Nandini Devi Dasi at the Srila Govinda Maharaj Seva Sangha, Porto Alegre. (Three web-pages of pictures with captions.)
Puri Pilgrimage starts out from Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip. (Pictures.)
22 June 2006
Complete Volume 1 and Volume 2 Sri Vyasa-Puja offering books.
235 illustrated pages of glorification of Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj by devotees from around the world offered for his holy Appearance Day 2005. Complied by Vrindavanesvari Devi Dasi of USA, these are now available in full for downloading and reading.
Front Cover (300 K pdf file)
Volume One (207 pages, 5.3 MB pdf file)
Volume Two (32 pages, 886 K pdf file)
Nabadwip, pictures today taken at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.
21 June 2006
Audio: First live class over the Internet from Kolkata to the West.
With the arrival of faster Internet access at our Dum Dum Park Temple, Sripad Bhakti Sudhir Goswami Maharaj tests the technology for live discourses from India. In coordination with Sripad Bhuvana Mohan Prabhu in Brazil, Sripad Goswami Maharaj delivered a class from our Temple in Kolkata to our Ashram in Sao Paulo. During the class, Sripad Goswami Maharaj mentions:
"Someone might be bewildered and think, 'Why are the sadhus using all this technology?' That also came in the time of Srila Saraswati Thakur, and his response was very surprising, original and instructive. He said, 'Actually, the latest technology should only be allowed to be used by sadhus, those who are Krishna conscious, because only they have a legitimate right to use it because they are conveying something substantial.' So we aspire to that, and we think that he may be blessing us with this attempt now....
"Srila Saraswati Thakur, we know that he would be pleased with this sort of transaction. He told that the printing press was the brihat mrdanga. We know a mrdanga, you can hear it for a block, a few blocks, but he said the printing press was the brihat mrdanga. But if that is the brihat mrdanga, then how shall we conceive of the Internet? As the maha-maha brihat mrdanga. Now we are beating that drum."
Praphulla Krishna Prabhu of Brazil was with Sripad Goswami Maharaj in Kolkata, and he introduces this lively, topical class:
or listen online (25 minutes, 3 MB mp3 audio).
Sri Guru and His Grace, read it again for the first time. In his recent imonk.net blog, Sripad B.L. Akinchan Maharaj stresses the importance of reading and rereading the books of the Math.
Construction progress at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip, followed by heavy rains yesterday evening. (Pictures.)
20 June 2006
Srila Govinda Maharaj's morning darshan last Saturday, summary by Vrinda Devi Dasi in English and Spanish on the Venezuelan website, paramakaruna.org.ve.
Additional updates on the Venezuelan website include pictures of Harinama Sankirttan at Caracas Airport as Sripad Janardan Maharaj and Purujit Prabhu head to India for Rathayatra.
19 June 2006
Audio: "We must be serious about the ruling of Mahaprabhu Sri Chaitanyadev... I want to give remembrance to everyone." This morning's class to the devotees by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. Praphulla Krishna Prabhu of Brazil reported, "Srila Gurudev was looking directly into the faces of the devotees one by one, stressing to them the importance of Mahaprabhu's teachings of humility, tolerance and giving honour to others."
or listen online (40+ minutes, 4.9 MB mp3 audio).
Sripat Bamunpara. Pictures today of our Sri
Chaitanya Sridhar Govinda Seva Ashram at the village of Srila Govinda
Maharaj's all-auspicious appearance.
18 June 2006
Saint Petersburg ecological programme on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, held under the guidance of Sripad Vijay Raman Prabhu. Over 200
people took part in this high profile programme which was followed by mass prasad distribution and a concert. Report by Shyama Mohini Devi Dasi and English web-page by Kundalata Devi Dasi posted on the Russian website, harekrishna.ru. [27 photos, 1.49Mb]
Daily seva life in the Saint Petersburg Seva-Ashram. Report by Ananda Vardhan Prabhu and English web-page by Kundalata Devi Dasi posted on the Russian website, harekrishna.ru. [10 photos, 757KB]
17 June 2006
Webpage Templates intended to be helpful for you to more easily make picture and report presentations to His Divine Grace Srila Govinda Maharaj. These three straightforward templates are accompanied by Standard Operational Procedures covering processing pictures and making the pages, to guide step-by-step through their usage. The 'SOPs' are made by Malini Devi Dasi, a professionally trained office administrator. She used one of these templates as the basis for her recent, acclaimed Italian report.
As with all our Tips for Creating Multimedia (currently: web-pages, pictures, audio, video and slide-shows)
we ask that if you know of good sources of related helpful information, please let us know.
Russia: Sripad Madhav Maharaj on
Preaching Tour in Khabarovsk. Picture report by Nayanabhiram Prabhu, posted by Kundalata Devi Dasi in English on the Russian website, harekrishna.ru.
Smolensk, Russia, ecological cleanup along the shore. Having armed themselves with 120-litre polythene bags, the devotees began the
ecological action of clearing the shore of the nearby lake. The action was headed by
Sripad Madhav Maharaj. After completing the cleanup, the devotees bathed in the lake and then went to the
farm of Shyam Gopal Prabhu for kirttan, class and prasadam. Pictures sent by Prithu Prabhu.
Nabadwip. Looking across the freshly poured first roof of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math's new guesthouse.
16 June 2006
Nabadwip, construction pictures for Srila Govinda Maharaj to see and all to share as cement is poured today to form the roof of the ground floor rooms of the new guesthouse.
Ukraine. Nagar-Sankirttan in Zaporozhye and distribution of flyers.
Report by Swarup Prabhu, pictures by Gandharva Devi Dasi, and web-page posted in English by Kundalata Devi Dasi on the Russian website, harekrishna.ru.
Ukraine. Nagar-Sankirttan in Kiev. Last Sunday devotees gathered to hold the weekly Nagar-sankirttan in the heart of Kiev.
Report by Anantadev Prabhu. Web-page posted in English by Kundalata Devi Dasi on the Russian website, harekrishna.ru.
15 June 2006
Second printing of Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita is very happily received by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. First produced by Sripad Swarupananda Prabhu, this second printing is prepared by Sripad Srutasrava Prabhu in close consultation with Srila Govinda Maharaj. This is the most sought-after Bengali publication of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.
Pictures of His Divine Grace receiving the new books are posted today on Jamuna Priya Devi Dasi's verandaviews.com website.
Venezuela. The several recent updates on the Spanish language web-site paramakurana.org including pictures of the grand Anniversary Festival of the installation of the Deities in Caracas; pictures of Harinama Sankirttan in the streets and at the university, articles and several new audio files of classes in Spanish by Sripad B.P. Janardan Maharaj during his current visit.
14 June 2006
Audio: Informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj last Thursday morning. Conversation between His Divine Grace and
Sripad Bhakti Sudhir Goswami Maharaj at our Sri Chaitanya Saraswata Krishnanushilana Sangha, Dum Dum Park, Kolkata. Srila Govinda Maharaj begins by discussing the colour of Arjuna.
or listen online (19+ minutes, 2.3 MB mp3 audio).
Red Square, Moscow. Our devotees headed by Sripad B.B. Avadhut Maharaj organised an International Festival in Red Square, in the heart of Moscow. Kundalata Devi Dasi writes:
"The whole festival was a wonderful opportunity for the Russian devotees to create a pleasant impression on the public authorities, and it was also a great source of attracting people to the forthcoming grand two month EthnoLand festival."
Web-page of report and pictures posted in English by Kundalata Devi Dasi on the Russian website, harekrishna.ru.
Moscow, daily programme with Sripad B.A. Madhav Maharaj at our Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Cultural Centre. Web-page of report and pictures posted in English on the Russian website, harekrishna.ru, by Kundalata Devi Dasi.
13 June 2006
The Four Deer at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip, photographed by Divya Shakti Devi Dasi.
Nabadwip. Construction progress of the new guesthouse, preparing to make the first ceiling. Pictures for Srila Govinda Maharaj to see, and all to share.
12 June 2006
Disappearance of Srila Shyamananda Prabhu and Sripad Rishabdev Das Adhikari.
Audio: Today: "In my life I have seen so many miracles...." This morning's informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj in glorification of Sripad Rsabdev Prabhu of USA who passed away on this day six years ago.
or listen online (29+ minutes, 3.4 MB mp3 audio).
11 June 2006
Snan Yatra (bathing) of Sri Jagannath Dev. Disappearance of Srila Mukunda Datta and Srila Sridhar Pandit.
Audio: This morning's 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.
or listen online (35+ minutes, 4.1 MB mp3 audio).
Mexico: Veracruz Ashram's development and Nagar Sankirttan in the city. Pictures sent by Madhuchanda Devi Dasi today.
10 June 2006
Audio: Today's informal morning talk by Srila Govinda Maharaj with the devotees on his veranda at our Dum Dum Park Temple, Kolkata, with extensive interaction with Sripad Goswami Maharaj who asked, "Are the Ashraya Vigrahas chit-shakti or jiva-shakti?" Srila Govinda Maharaj
discussed various topics throughout this morning's talks and explained, "All the Vraja Gopis and Vraja-basis have Prem to Krishna, and the extract of their Prem has taken form as Chaitanya Mahaprabhu."
or listen online (40+ minutes, 4.7 MB mp3 audio).
Sripad Avadhut Maharaj
in Bryansk, Russia. Series of photos by Nila Madhav Prabhu of public and home preaching programmes held in the city.
9 June 2006
Grand Festival of Srila Raghunath das Goswami at Sripat Panihati.
Audio: "Panihati Festival." This morning's discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj in Dum Dum Park.
or listen online (27+ minutes, 3.2 MB mp3 audio).
Kolkata. Srila Govinda Maharaj visits 'Sevak Bhavan' the newly completed addition to our
Sri Chaitanya Saraswata Krishnanushilana Sangha,
Dum Dum Park.
Smolensk, Russia. Immediately after his preaching tour in Ukraine, Sripad B.A. Madhav Maharaj
visited the Smolensk devotees in the first days of May. His Holiness shared
with the devotees impressions of his first wide-scale preaching. (Pictures.)
8 June 2006
Malaysia: Sripad Bhakti Chandan Parvat Maharaj's recent visit to our spacious new Centre in Klang on the west coast of Malaysia. The local devotees headed by Lalita Krishna Prabhu, Purna Prajna Prabhu, Krishna Ranjan Prabhu and their families, organised and made this centre possible in a very short time by the grace of Srila Gurudev.
Kuala Lumpur: Menara Maybank programme. Invited by staff of one of the principal banks in Malaysia, the programme was led by Sripad B.C. Parvat Maharaj in the bank's towerblock in the centre of the capital city.
Malaysia. Bukit Beruntung public programme led by Sripad B.C. Parvat Maharaj and organised by Balendranath Prabhu and family. Web-page by Rama Ratan Prabhu.
Smolensk, Nagar Sankirttan. 9th May was a big holiday in Russia and on this day the devotees chanted
together in Harinam in the nearby
central park of Smolensk. For the devotees of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat
was the 28th Harinam already this year since Sri Gaura-Purnima.
And on 1st of June, the devotees held their 37th Nagar Sankirttan
of this 521st year of Gaurabda.
7 June 2006
Far Eastern Russia: Sripad Bhakti Achintya Madhav Maharaj in Khabarovsk. Part 1: June 3rd-4th, 2006. Pictures and report by the Khabarovsk devotees, posted in English on the Russian
Tijuana, Mexico: Sripad Bhakti Kusum Ashram Maharaj
on a ten day visit to Tijuana. Pictures and captions sent by Jai Balai Prabhu.
Nabadwip: Pictures of construction and of the cleared mango tree that fell in a storm last month.
6 June 2006
Audio: Cuatro clases recientes con Sripad B.P. Janardan Maharaj en Caracas, en el website español: paramakaruna.org.ve. Formato MP3. [Four recent classes in Spanish given by Sripad Bhakti Pavan Janardan Maharaj on his current visit to our Sri Chaitanya Sridhar Govinda Seva Ashram, Caracas. MP3 audio posted on the Spanish website paramakaruna.org.ve.]
01 de junio de 2006 (3.4 MB mp3 audio);
02 de junio de 2006 (3.5 MB mp3 audio);
03 de junio de 2006 (3.5 MB mp3 audio);
04 de junio de 2006 (2.9 MB mp3 audio).
Nabadwip: Pictures of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math and the Deities, by Divya Shakti Devi Dasi.
5 June 2006
Audio: "Clean and clear vision will come through the mercy of Sri Gurudev." Discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj on Saturday morning in Dum Dum Park.
or listen online (27+ minutes, 3.2 MB mp3 audio);
or: High quality (6.5 MB).
Sri Gaura-Purnima parikrama. A further four pages covering the remainder of day one of the parikrama, including an extensive talk en route by Sripad Bhakti Sudhir Goswami Maharaj. During glorification of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur at Sri Chaitanya Math, Mayapur, His Holiness described the day he offered the book 'Search for Sri Krishna, Reality the Beautiful' to Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj:
"As we read to Srila Guru Maharaj the different parts of that book, we came to a picture of Srila Saraswati Thakur and read the caption to Srila Guru Maharaj: 'He declared totalitarian war against maya, illusion, including all other religious conceptions.'
"I was a little nervous at the time thinking, 'Is this the right way to portray him?'
"I looked at Srila Guru Maharaj for some approval, and Srila Guru Maharaj began to beam, and very happily he said: 'If you didn't say anything else, if all you said about my Guru Maharaj was this one statement, then he would be fully and properly represented there.'"
4 June 2006
Italy: Sripad Bhakti Sudhir Goswami Maharaj's recent visit
to Villa Govinda Ashram. Seven pages of reports and pictures of last month's Vaishnava Festival on the outskirts of Merate, near Milan, prepared and presented by Malini Devi Dasi of Malta. News report and pictures on every page:
Page 1: Arriving at the Ashram;
Page 2: Service, Sweet Service;
Page 3: Presentation of Srimad Bhagavad Gita
at the Merate Civic Centre;
Page 4: Nagar Sankirttan in Merate;
Page 5: The Sunday Feast;
Page 6: The Trip to Milano...;
Page 7: ...to the Planetarium.
3 June 2006
Jagannath Puri prepares for the big Festival. Divya Shakti Devi Dasi of America returns from Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Puri, after assisting Sripad B.N. Acharyya Maharaj prepare our Temple, Ashram and Sevak Bhavan guesthouse for the influx of pilgrims. Two pages of pictures with captions.
Mexico: Sripad Bhakti Kusum Ashram Maharaj arrives in Veracruz. Photos by Krishna Prema Tarangini Devi Dasi.
Mexico: Sripad Bhakti Kanan Giri Maharaj arrives in Mexico City. Photos by Sundari Devi Dasi.
2 June 2006
Audio: "Ramanujacharyya appeared for the correction of the Sankara Sampradaya." Morning talk by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj on his veranda in Nabadwip earlier this year.
or listen online (48+ minutes, 5.6 MB mp3 audio).
Mexico: Sri Nrsimha-chaturdasi Festival in Veracruz. Pictures sent by Krishna Prema Tarangini Devi Dasi.
Veracruz: Sripad Bhakti Kanan Giri Maharaj is guest of honour at the new Ashram, invited by the Veracruz devotees headed by Raghunandan Prabhu and Madhuchanda Devi Dasi.
Pitambar Prabhu leads nagar-sankirttan in Veracruz during the recent visit of Sripad B.K. Giri Maharaj.
Sripad Giri Maharaj and several of the servitors at the Ashram during His Holiness' last day in Veracruz.
1 June 2006
Auspicious Visit to China by representatives of our new generation of devotees. (Two pages of pictures and news.)
Sripad Yudhamanyu Prabhu Seva Vikram invited Damayanti Devi Dasi and Rasa Mayi Pandita Devi Dasi to come from India to give association to the new generation in China. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj happily blessed their journey and was very pleased to hear their enlivening reports and see their pictures.
Pandita Devi Dasi writes:
"Srila Gurudev Srila Govinda Maharaj has repeatedly expressed he is giving his full blessings to the sincere newcomers taking to Krishna consciousness there. He is very pleased with all news of Yudhamanyu Prabhu's service, and we feel fortunate to have been witness to these wonderful events."
Soquel, California. 'Vijay' the Chinese tractor
is inaugurated in service
at our Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Seva Ashram. Following Indian tradition, the devotees invoke an auspicious beginning to the service-life of the new tractor.
Chinese tractor arrives in California at our Soquel Seva Ashram. The tractor ordered by Hasyapriya Prabhu during his visit to China in November arrives safely and is unpacked and assembled by the Ashram's devotees.
Additional evening update:
Nabadwip guesthouse construction progress. Pictures for Srila Govinda Maharaj to see, and all to share.
31 May 2006
Audio: Sripad Bhakti Sudhir Goswami Maharaj addresses the devotees during a previous visit to Caracas, posted recently on the Venezuelan website, paramakaruna.org.ve. His Holiness speaks a sentence in English, followed by a devotee immediately translating that to Spanish to the audience, with occasional elaboration by Sripad Bhakti Pavan Janardan Maharaj.
His talk starts with the theme, "To the degree that one is in connection with Purity, one will feel himself impure."
Listen online (65 minutes, streaming mp3 audio).
Namahattas in Zaporozhye, the Ukraine, during the last two Sundays.
Picture-report by Swarup Prabhu posted on the Russian website, harekrishna.ru.
Nagar-sankirttana in Donetsk, the Ukraine.
Picture-report by Pitambar Prabhu.
"Donetsk devotees gathered together to hold a nagar-sankirttana. Swarup Prabhu from Zaporozhye arrived to inspire and help them...."
Tips For Pilgrims updated with with various information intended to be helpful for those visiting our Temples in India, including the section Directions to our Maths in India.
Additional evening update:
Nabadwip. Harvesting tal fruit from in front of the nat-mandir at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math on this hot, humid afternoon.