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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.

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October 2014 ...cont.
13 Disappearance of Srila Narottam Das Thakur.
14 Disappearance of Srila Bhakti Vichar Jajavar Maharaj.
16 Bahulastami. Manifestation day of Sri Radha Kunda. Sannyas day of Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
17 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.
19 Ekadashi. Fast.
20 Dvadashi. Paran by 9:28 a.m. Festival in honour of Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu's auspicious arrival at Sripat Panihati.
22 Dipavali. Offering and placing lamps (or candles) on Vishnu Mandirs.
24 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.
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