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October - December 2009
Video slides. Recent pictures of Srila Govinda Maharaj taken during walks here around Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip, during December, with soundtrack 'Bhajahu re mana...' sung by His Divine Grace. Picture slide show by Malini Devi Dasi:
20 September 2009
8+ minutes, 14+ MB 'wmv' video slide-show
(Download, or stream if you have the speed. View with VLC, Windows Media Player, etc. Mac users can also view with QuickTime Player after installing the free Flip4Mac.)
Australia tour begins. Sripad B.K. Ashram Maharaj and Sripad B.N. Acharya Maharaj visit Sri Govinda Dham in preparation for the upcoming New Year's festivals. Many pictures taken by Nimai Chandra Prabhu and posted on his vaisnavadarshan.com website plus many, many photos listed there from our Centres in India over the last few months.
Malaysia receives the sannyasis Sripad Ashram Maharaj and Sripad Acharya Maharaj and Nimai Chandra Prabhu en route from India to Australia. Srila Govinda Maharaj was very pleased to see the turnout of devotees who greeted Their Holiness' in the middle of the night to spend a day in transit. Three zipped folders of pictures by Nimai Chandra Prabhu posted on his website: page 1 | page 2 | page 3.
Ekachakra. Construction progress at our Sree Chaitanya Saraswata Krishnanushilana Sangha, Birchandrapur, with less than a month to go before the big festival there for Sri Nityananda Prabhu's Appearance. In the meantime Srila Govinda Maharaj has again repeated his wish to visit Ekachakra soon. Two web-pages by Malini Devi Dasi.
Govardhan, Vrindavan and Northern India. Many Karttik Parikrama pictures taken and prepared by Gaurachandra Prabhu posted on the 'flickr' picture website.
Video slides. Sri Vyasa Puja festival of Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj celebrated in Nabadwip on 4th December 2009, with soundtrack of 'Sri Guru Arati'. Srila Gurudev graced the devotees with his divine presence in the nat mandir on this historic occasion.
8 minutes, 14 MB 'wmv' video slide-show
(Download, or stream if you have the speed. View with VLC, Windows Media Player, etc. Mac users can also view with QuickTime Player after installing the free Flip4Mac.)
Srila Gurudev visits Sripat Bamunpara, the village of his holy appearance, and Nadanghat from where he came to Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math in 1947. Much to the delight of the devotees His Divine Grace Srila Govinda Maharaj personally attended these festivities continuing the celebrations of Sri Vyasa-Puja. Five web-pages including pictures, synopsis of events and interviews with devotees about the significance of Bamunpara.
Video slides. Sripat Bamunpara selected pictures of our Sri Chaitanya Sridhar Govinda Seva Ashram with soundtrack sung by Bhudev Prabhu.
6 minutes, 8+ MB 'wmv' video slide-show
(Download, or stream if you have the speed. View with VLC, Windows Media Player, etc.)
Live Vyasa-Puja broadcast from Nabadwip with Srila Gurudev present here in Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math took place throughout the morning of Sri Vyasa-Puja day as best we could with the limited internet speed. It was a little choppy, but by the wish of many we shared a glimpse of today as it happened.
A short excerpt in English of Srila Govinda Maharaj addressing the assembly in the nat-mandir this morning and the first time His Divine Grace has publicly declared that he has chosen Sripad Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj as the next Acharya of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math:
3 minutes, 6+ MB 'mov' QuickTime video
Part of the blogtv broadcast is temporarily available for playback at our "Darshan TV" page: blogtv.com/people/DarshanTV_India.
Invitation to the 81st Appearance Day Festival (80th Appearance Anniversary) of His Divine Grace Om Visnupad Sri Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj from the 3rd to 7th December 2009 here at Sri Math, and at Sripat Bamunpara (his holy Appearance Place) and at our Temples in Kolkata.
We are very pleased to announce that His Divine Grace Srila Govinda Maharaj has repeatedly expressed his desire to be in Nabadwip this year for this occasion, health permitting.
Sri Vyasa-Puja written offerings soon please for His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's 80th Appearance Anniversary Festival, to be held on 4th December. Kindly email offerings (with a small picture of yourself) as soon as possible, please, to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Any offerings received after 28 November will be included in the digital offering although we will be unable to include them in the printed offering book due to time constraints by the printer.
Vyasa Puja compilations 2008 as a single pdf file (22 MB file, right click and save). Presented by Krishna Kanta Devi Dasi of Italy, this was originally available as a slide-show on the Villa Govinda web-site, villagovinda.org.
Vyasa Puja compilations 2007 is also available as a single pdf file (43 MB file, right click and save). Presented by Vrindavanesvari Devi Dasi of USA, this was originally offered to Srila Govinda Maharaj as a colour printed book.
Hapaniya festival held the day after Srila Sridhar Maharaj's holy appearance. As Srila Govinda Maharaj mentions in Affectionate Guidance:
"Srila Guru Maharaj's form is transcendental, never mundane, and on the Holy Day of his Advent we worship him in the same way as Lord Krishna or Mahaprabhu. Therefore, I thought that after his Appearance Day Festival, which we observed yesterday in Nabadwip, we should hold a festival here today for Guru Maharaj in the same way as Nandotsav, the festival held by Nanda Maharaj the day after Krishna's birth. Everything here is transcendental, and if we can have the vision to see this we must be spiritually benefitted. In this way we are trying to fulfil the desire of the exalted Vaisnavas."
Nabadwip. Sri Vyasa-Puja of Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj grandly held at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math with respected representatives from various Maths of Nabadwip and Mayapur attending to give honour to Srila Guru Maharaj on this special day. Web-page of pictures.
Video slides. Srila Sridhar Maharaj and Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math with soundtrack of Srila Govinda Maharaj leading Sri Guru Arati-stuti, prepared as a Sri Vyasa Puja offering by Manasa Krishna Prabhu of Australia:
11+ minutes, 22 MB 'wmv' video slide-show
(Download, or stream if you have the speed. View with VLC, Windows Media Player, etc.)
Also available as a QuickTime .m4v file for the iPhone, right click and download (82 MB).
Glorification of Srila Guru Maharaj on his Sri Vyasa-Puja Day. Two web-pages compiled by Jagamohini Devi Dasi, USA, and produced by Vidya Sundar Prabhu of Canada:
-) Your Fearless Lotus Feet. Translation of the Vyasa-puja offering composed in 1957 by
Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
-) The Nectar in the Life of the Surrendered Soul. Extensive offering by Jagamohini Devi Dasi, including many excerpts from our Srila Gurudevs and the Scriptures.
Invitation to Sri Vyasa-Puja of Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj to be held at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip, on 12th October 2009, and an opportunity for service.
Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj is likely to be at our Dum Dum Park Temple, Kolkata, for this auspicious occasion, but may go to Nabadwip if his health permits.
Venezuela. Sripad B.N. Acharya Maharaj arrives to a grand welcome and immediately joins lively programmes hosted by the devotees of 'Parama Karuna' Sri Chaitanya Sridhar Govinda Seva Ashram, Caracas. Slides, videos and live BlogTV broadcasts posted by Gaurachandra Prabhu on their paramakaruna.org.ve website and over two hundred pictures posted by Nimai Chandra Prabhu on his vaisnavadarshan.com website (currently in the 'What's New' section).
17 September 2009
Srila Gurudev returns to India. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj returned from Thailand this morning to the great joy of the local devotees. He was received at the airport with lively sankirttan, garlands, obeisances and tears of happiness. (Photo.) His Divine Grace is showing better health after staying the last two months at the Sri Chaitanya Sridhar Govinda Ashram on the outskirts of Bangkok. Srila Gurudev expressed how very pleased he is with the Ashram and with Paramananda Prabhu and Krishna Priya Devi Dasi who run the programme there. Recently the devotees purchased a neighbouring house which is currently being renovated in order to expand the facilities. Srila Gurudev is likely to stay in India for a month or more before returning to Bangkok.
Big cleanup, Srila Gurudev arrives and construction continues on the roof at the Dum Dum Park Sree Chaitanya Saraswata Krishnanushilana Sangha. Webpage of pictures.
Bangkok. Srila Govinda Maharaj gives initiations and gives brahmacharini cloth and the name Visakha Devi Dasi to Damayanti Devi Dasi of UK. Web-page of pictures. Soon afterwards Srila Gurudev confirmed he will return very soon to India, for a short time at least.
Singapore and Malaysia. Hundreds of photos of preaching by Sripad B.N. Acharya Maharaj representing Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj in these two countries. Sripad Acharya then went to Bangkok to pay his respects to Srila Govinda Maharaj before returning to India. Sripad Acharya Maharaj is due to visit Caracas for the last two weeks of September where grand programmes are arranged.
Pictures taken in Singapore and Malaysia posted by Nimai Chandra Prabhu as zipped folders in the current Archive Section of his website, vaisnavadarshan.com. These files are prefixed with 090904 to 090912.
Nabadwip. Web-page of pictures taken around Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. Plus an additional series of forty-one pictures taken on 10th September, and posted as a zipped folder.
Bonopukur and Simjali Crops Fields of the Math flourish with recent rains. Web-page of pictures for Srila Govinda Maharaj to see, and all to share.
Nabadwip, additional recent pictures taken at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. Posted by Nimai Chandra Prabhu as a zipped folder on his vaisnavadarshan.com website.
Kolkata pictures taken of roof-garden construction at the 'Sevak Bhavan' of our Dum Dum Park Temple. Posted by Nimai Chandra Prabhu as a zipped folder.
Article: The Ocean of Sri Radha’s Devotion. The Holy Appearance Day of Srila Sachchidananda Bhaktivinoda Thakur. An extensive article compiled and produced by Jagamohini Devi Dasi of USA.
Pictures. Appearance Festival of Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur held in Nabadwip and in Godrumdwip. Five picture series' posted as 'zip' compressed folders by Nimai Chandra Prabhu on his vaisnavadarshan.com website: part 1 | part 2 | part 3 | part 4 | part 5.
Pictures. Bangkok. The city of temples and of our Sri Chaitanya Sridhar Govinda Ashram. Webpage of pictures taken in August during Srila Govinda Maharaj's stay there.
Pictures taken around the Math for Srila Govinda Maharaj to see and all to share. Web-page of forty-pictures, with captions.
Additional recent updates
Sri Krishna Janmastami held here at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip. A selection from pictures sent to Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. Two web-pages of larger pictures.
Using diacritic fonts on Mac OSX. The same diacritic fonts made by the Math for Mac OS 9 also work in OSX, but the method is different. Given here is a step by step guide including eveything needed to type with the 'Centenary' font family.
Video: Japan Ashram Tour. Paramananda Prabhu introduces the Japanese Ashram project taking shape under the instruction of Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. Video by Vaidehi Devi Dasi.
16+ minutes, 22+ MB 'mov' QuickTime video
Video: Thailand. Initiation to a Chinese sincere seeker given personally by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj in his quarters at our Sri Chaitanya Sridhar Govinda Ashram, Bangkok. Jo Jo became Jasomati Mayi Devi Dasi on 1st August during this simple, sweet ceremony. Video by Vaidehi Devi Dasi.
12 minutes, 34 MB 'mov' QuickTime video
and smaller: 17 MB 'wmv' video
Video: Park scooter ride in Bangkok by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj on 1st August accompanied by his assistants and visiting devotees. Video by Vaidehi Devi Dasi.
7 minutes, 20 MB 'mov' QuickTime video
and smaller: 10 MB 'wmv' video
Our Annual Karttik Pilgrimage to Govardhan and Vrindavan this year is also scheduled to include Jaipur, Hrishikesh, Haridwar, Kasi, Gaya, etc. Departs from Howrah Station (Kolkata) on 16th October, returning 6th November. Requested donation is the same as last year at $130 equivalent, including Prasadam, shared simple accommodation and 2nd class non-AC travel. It is a busy time of year for travel in India so tickets need to be booked early. Although it is over two months before the pilgrimage, those wishing to participate should kindly let us know soon.
Showing better health in Thailand, Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj is currently staying at the Sri Chaitanya Sridhar Govinda Ashram, Bangkok. Srila Gurudev is clearly pleased to be in fresh air and in the association of the few attending and visiting His Divine Grace. Srila Gurudev routinely meets with the devotees and goes out and about in the local area. Three series of pictures are posted by Jamuna Priya Devi Dasi on her verandaviews.com website: 29 July | 23 July | 20 July 2009.
Video: Srila Govinda Maharaj sings 'Sri Rupa Manjari Pada...' at our Bangkok ashram during the Disappearance Festival of Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. Filmed by Jamuna Priya Devi Dasi and prepared by Nandapriya Devi Dasi.
7+ minutes, 13 MB 'wmv' video
or high quality posted on verandaviews.com by Jamuna Priya Devi Dasi:
67 MB 'mov' QuickTime video
Thailand. Report of the Disappearance Festival of Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. Manasa Krishna Prabhu describes the day's events and honours the devotees who helped make it all happen.
Nabadwip. 22nd Disappearance Festival of Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar-Dev Goswami Maharaj grandly held at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. This is the first festival in the Math to have been broadcast live via the Internet. Four pages of pictures taken by Nimai Chandra Prabhu and Divya Shakti Devi Dasi: Page 1: Early morning | Page 2: Bhajan kutir | Page 3: Assembly | Page 4: Arati and Prasad
Video: Setting the scene, Thailand. A five minute news presentation by Vaidehi Devi Dasi introducing our Thai Ashram in the context of the local culture and Srila Govinda Maharaj's previous visits there.
5 minutes, 8+ MB 'wmv' video
or high quality (it streams but is big - you may need to *download* it first, then play the saved file):
74 MB 'mov' QuickTime video
Srila Govinda Maharaj travels from Kolkata to Bangkok. Two series of two pages of pictures each, taken as Srila Gurudev heads off to to Thailand amidst obeisances, glorification and prayers: Series 1 | Series 2.
Invitation to the Disappearance Festival of Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, plus a service opportunity to donate directly via PayPal to Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj for this glorious occasion. This year we are hoping to broadcast at least part of the Nabadwip morning programme live via 'Darshan TV' from about 10:30am onwards..
Srila Govinda Maharaj has arrived safely in Thailand and will be at our Bangkok ashram for this special occasion.
A trip to Thailand is planned soon by Srila Govinda Maharaj. His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj surprised everyone by suddenly declaring his wish that arrangements be made to go to our Bangkok ashram immediately. His Divine Grace is accepting repeated invitations of Paramananda Prabhu to be there in better air and with excellent medical facilities.
In Thailand Srila Gurudev is expecting to maintain his privacy similar to his routine of recent months in India. Srila Gurudev has already expressed he is not going for giving discourses, etc. Still, for those who may be going please read the important alert given by Paramananda Prabhu regarding swine-flu and accommodation.
Puri, Sri Jagannath Rathayatra Festival. Two pages of pictures with captions, selected from over a thousand photos given to Srila Gurudev by devotees from Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math attending this year's festivals.
Kolkata. Srila Govinda Maharaj sees around the Sevak Bhavan of our Dum Dum Park Temple. He happily sat for a group photo, taken by Premadhama Prabhu of Colombia. (Web-page of pictures taken 15th June 2009.)
Nabadwip scooter ride by Srila Govinda Maharaj. Sharing an outing by His Divine Grace during his recent visit to Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. Web-page of thirty-five pictures.
Video. A rain storm in Nabadwip brings relief from this summer's strong summer heat. A reading from Srimad Bhagavatam about the rainy season in Vrindavan accompanies footage taken shortly before the main storm struck.
5+ minutes, 9 MB 'mov' QuickTime video
(Download, unzip, then view with VLC, QuickTime Player, etc.)
Srila Govinda Maharaj visits Nabadwip and fulfills his long-standing wish to again visit Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math after staying in Kolkata for over a year. His Divine Grace happily saw around the Math and the surrounding area before returning to the Dum Dum Park Temple ten days later. Picture series: arrival in Nabadwip.
Video. News of Srila Govinda Maharaj's travel to Sri Nabadwip Dham. Includes footage from Kolkata early that morning, the journey, and His Divine Grace's arrival at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.
7+ minutes, 14 MB 'mov' QuickTime video
(Download, unzip, then view with VLC, QuickTime Player, etc.)
Video. First day in Nabadwip. A gentle video sharing this historic day in Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. Includes noon arati and an afternoon scooter ride by Srila Govinda Maharaj around Sri Govinda Kunda.
8+ minutes, 14 MB 'mov' QuickTime video
Video. Interviews in Nabadwip with Ramachandra Prabhu and Nakula Prabhu who have both been serving Srila Govinda Maharaj in different capacities during recent months. They talk from beneath Srila Gurudev's veranda the morning after arriving from Kolkata.
9+ minutes, 16 MB 'mov' QuickTime video
(14 May 2008)
Disappearance of Srila Ramananda Ray
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.'
(8 May 2009)
This chapter 'Reality the Beautiful' is available as a text 'pdf' file and as a reading, spoken
by Sripad B.S. Tridandi Maharaj:
one (21 mins 2.4 MB mp3 audio).
Part two (21 mins 2.4 MB mp3 audio).
From previous years, relevant to Sri Ramananda Ray's Disappearance Day:
Audio. Srila Ramananda Ray's glories. This morning's 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.)
Sri Nrsimha-chaturdasi: Appearance day of Sri Nrsimhadev. Full fast until after sunset, then no grains (anukalpa).
The first 'Darshan TV' live weekly broadcast of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math was held on Sunday 10th May. It is broadcast from India on Sundays at 8pm Indian time:
Recent updates, to 6th May 2009
For a background to this project, and how the different communities can participate, please see the introduction by Vaidehi Devi Dasi. Our BlogTV broadcasts are based on Sripad B.S. Goswami Maharaj's successful broadcasts that he now gives from around the world on his preaching tours.
The date and time now in India is
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.
one (4 mins 1 MB mp3 audio).
Tape side two (13+ mins 3.2 MB mp3 audio).
From previous years, relevant to today (Sri Nrsimha Chaturdasi):
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
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: 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.
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.
one (15 mins mp3 audio).
Part two (13+ mins mp3 audio).
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.
Video. Sri Gaura-Purnima 2009 news presentation by Vaidehi Devi Dasi introducing the annual festival at our Nabadwip Temple celebrating Sri Gauranga Sundar's appearance. Includes footage of this year's programme and an excerpt from a recent informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj on his verandah in our Dum Dum Park Temple, Kolkata.
6+ minutes, 8+ MB 'wmv' video
Video. Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama Adhivas Celebration 2009. Inauguration of the festivals with discourses in English by Sripad Bhakti Pavan Janardan Maharaj, kirttans, arati, Temple parikrama and evening programme at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.
17+ minutes, 25 MB 'wmv' video
Puri Pilgrimage Invitation. Our annual week-long Sri Jagannath Rathayatra Pilgrimage departs from Kolkata on 21 June 2009. Please see the Invitation for further formation. If you would like to participate, kindly let us know soon.
Video. Opening of Sri Chandradoya Mandir in Mayapur, and the warm welcome extended by Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad to Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj and Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
Srila Govinda Maharaj recounts these events during an informal darshan on his veranda at our Dum Dum Park Temple, 11 January 2009.
13+ minutes, 17 MB 'wmv' video
Although Srila Gurudev continues to show delicate health, his doctors considered him stable enough to fulfil his long time need and wish to undergo cataract surgery. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj is pleased this first eye operation is now done and he is recovering well at our Dum Dum Park Temple. Srila Gurudev is ever appreciating the countless well-wishes of the devotees world-wide. (Pictures taken two days after the operation.)
Video. The Importance of the Grace of the Vaishnava. Informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj on his veranda at our Dum Dum Park Temple, 12 January 2009.
9+ minutes, 13.51 MB 'wmv' video
iCal version of the Vaishnava Calendar as followed at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip, up to Sri Gaura-Purnima 2010 is now available. On computers running iCal or Sunbird and on some portable devices, this file gives automatic notification of important dates for devotees.
Vaishnava Calendars in 'pdf' format are also now available with dates adjusted for London (see their website scsmathlondon.org) and for California (1.2 MB download).
Thousands of recent photos of Sri Nabadwip Dham (including Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama) and of Ekachakra, Bamunpara, Hapaniya, Kolkata, village preaching programmes, etc. taken by Nimai Chandra Prabhu and posted on his website vaisnavadarshan.com.
Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama 2009 of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math and the Sri Gaura Purnima Festival. 100 selected pictures taken by Malini Devi Dasi and Navanalini Devi Dasi covering this year's celebrations in Nabadwip. (4.2 MB zip file download, unzip, then view as a slide-show sorted by name.)
Karttik Parikrama. Day by day photo series' of the pilgrimage to Govardhan, Vrindavan, Haridwar and Gaya, led by Sripad Acharya Maharaj last autumn. Zip files of 650+ photos by Malini Devi Dasi (download, unzip, then view as a slide-show sorted by name):
The full Karttik Parikrama picture series is 26 MB
or download the individual segments:
01 Govardhan Parikrama (2 MB)
02 Sri Govardhan Puja (2 MB)
03 Govardhan Parikrama, part 2 (2 MB)
04 Varsana and Nandagram (2 MB)
05 Mathura (1 MB)
06 Vrindavan Pancham Krosa Parikrama (3 MB)
07 Vrindavan Temples' Darshan (2 MB)
08 Vrindavan Temples' Darshan, part 2 (3 MB)
09 Haridwar (3 MB)
10 Rishikesh (2 MB)
11 Gaya (2 MB).
Gaudiya Festival Dates for 2009-2010 as followed at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip.
Invitation to Sri Gaura-Purnima Festivals 6th to 16th March 2009 at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip. The largest attendance ever is forecast for this year's Gaura Purnima Festival. Although Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's health is still delicate, he may travel to Nabadwip shortly. Recently Srila Gurudev has repeatedly expressed his wish to be there.
Sri Ekachakra Dham: Grand Inauguration Festival of the new ashram, Sri Hadai Pandit Padmavati-devi Smrti Kunja, held on the auspicious appearance day of Sri Nityananda Prabhu. Prasad was distributed to over 50,000 people during this glorious festival. (Four web-pages of pictures and captions by Malini Devi Dasi.)
Thailand: Sri Nityananda Prabhu's Appearance Festival celebrated at the Sri Chaitanya Sridhar Govinda Ashram, Bangkok. Sripad Goswami Maharaj and Sripad Avadhut Maharaj led the programme attended by transiting pilgrims. (Web-page of pictures by Satyasundar Prabhu and Devaki Devi Dasi.)
Audio. Sri Nityananda Prabhu's Festival, and Ashram Inauguration address. From his veranda in Kolkata this morning (7 February), Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj spoke live via the Internet to the assembly in Ekachakra celebrating Sri Nityananda Prabhu's Appearance Day and the inauguration of our new ashram there.
or listen online (23 minutes, 5.5 MB mp3 audio)
or: higher quality (11 MB mp3 audio).
The Nectarean Glories of Sri Nityananda Prabhu. New book offered to the lotus hands of Srila Govinda Maharaj focusing on the glories of Lord Nityananda Prabhu and expanded from the Bengali book 'Sri Sri Nityananda Mahimamrtam' compiled by Sripad B.P. Tirtha Maharaj for Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math and referred to by Srila Gurudev in today's Internet address to the assembly in Ekachakra.
This English edition is compiled by Kamal Krishna Prabhu from lectures of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, accompanied by a compilation of Scriptural verses, kirttans, and Sanskrit compositions glorifying Lord Nityananda Prabhu. 96 pages, 4 monochrome pictures. The complete book is available here to download for private reading by the devotees (4.6 MB 'pdf' file).
Srila Govinda Maharaj is now in better health after his latest hospitalisation in mid-January with a lung infection. His Divine Grace is staying at our Dum Dum Park Temple, Kolkata, and is being affectionately cared for by a team of devotees.
In recent afternoons Srila Gurudev has graciously accepted the devotees on his veranda and, being in better physical health, he has been giving informal discourses regularly for the first time for almost a year. Some afternoons Srila Gurudev has asked the assembled devotees to chant kirttan in front of him.
Discussion of travelling abroad comes up from time to time. It is possible that after some time Srila Govinda Maharaj may go to Thailand for better air and further treatment. Still, nothing is decided, and it appears unlikely he will travel anywhere anytime soon. (Health report updated 4 February 2009)
Invitation. Ekachakra Grand Ashram Inauguration of Sri Hadai Pandit Padmavati-devi Smrti Kunja
in Birchandrapur, the village of the Divine Appearance
of Lord Nityananda Prabhu.
The Ashram has manifest by the divine wish
of Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj and will be inaugurated on the occasion of
Sri Nityananda Prabhu's Appearance Day Festival,
7th February 2009, in the presence of many dignitaries.
80th Sri Vyasa Puja Appearance Festival of Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj held at Sree Chaitanya Saraswata Krishnanushilana Sangha,
Dum Dum Park, Kolkata, Srila Govinda Maharaj is currently based in Kolkata in order to stay close to modern medical facilities. On the occasion of his Sri Vyasa-Puja he graciously accepted Guru-Puja and offerings from devotees.
Three web-pages of pictures taken by Sripad BC Parvat Maharaj
Nabadwip, Bamunpara and Ekachakra: Sri Vyasa Puja of Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. His Divine Grace could not attend the Nabadwip festival personally due to showing delicate health, however the festival celebrations went on grandly as though he were present.
Almost 200 pictures of the four-day festival taken by Malini Devi Dasi, Krishna Bandhu Prabhu and Indulekha Devi Dasi, separated into four zipped folders of photos (download, unzip, then view as a slide show sorted by name):
Nabadwip, Adivas - preparations and evening programme (1.6 MB),
Nabadwip Sri Vyasa Puja Day (2 MB),
Sripat Bamunpara Festival the next day (2 MB),
and Sri Ekachakra Festival the day after that (2 MB).
Video. The glories of the Hare Krishna Mahamantra. Informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj on his veranda at our Dum Dum Park Temple, 10 January 2009.
21+ minutes, 31 MB 'wmv' video
Video. The law of karmma and the will of Krishna. Informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj on his veranda at our Dum Dum Park Temple, 9 January 2009.
13 minutes, 19 MB 'wmv' video
Video. Service to the Vaisnavas. Informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj on his veranda at our Dum Dum Park Temple, New Year's Day 2009.
6+ minutes, 9 MB 'wmv' video
Video. The advancement of kali-yuga, and the glories of the Hare Krishna Mahamantra. Informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj on his veranda at our Dum Dum Park Temple, 9 December 2008.
8+ minutes, 12 MB 'wmv' video
(Download, or stream if you have the speed. View on PC or Mac with VLC, Windows Media Player, etc. but not WinAmp. Also QuickTime Player on a Mac OSX plays 'wmv' files after first installing the free flip4mac.)
Video. Harinam Sankirttan in the heart of London. Five minute video posted on the vimeo website by Jayanti Devi Dasi that brought a big smile to Srila Govinda Maharaj as he watched it during his hospitalisation late last year.
A Pilgrim's Medical Guide. An extensive listing of useful things to bring from home to help maintaining good health while in India. Includes additional health tips and considerable treatment advice. This page is posted by Srilekha Devi Dasi in her web-space, submissions.110mb.com/srilekha.
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