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- Srila Govinda Maharaj

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25 June 2017

Ratha Yatra of Sri Jagannathdev and the disappearance of Srila Svarup Damodar Goswami Prabhu.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
Audio: Sri Jagannath Rathayatra. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj points out the generous opportunity given by Lord Jagannath for Westerners to have His darshan during this festival, and describes the correct mood for us when we come in front of Him.
Originally posted by Madhusudan Prabhu as part of his Internet Radio series. Srila Gurudev speaking on 8 July 2005:
12 minutes, 3 MB mp3 audio

thumbUnited Through Affection. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj summarises the hidden messages exchanged during Ratha Yatra. Posted on the Math's website.

Audio: "Krishna is autocrat - not democrat, communist, or our servant." Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj speaking from Kolkata with particular reference to Sri Jagannath Rathayatra, for Madhusudan Prabhu's Internet Radio website,, 28 June 2006. (20+ minutes, 2.4 MB mp3 audio.)

Audio: Srila Govinda Maharaj's discourse in our Kaikhali, Kolkata, Temple discussing Sri Jagannathdev's Rathayatra and the disappearance of Sri Swarup Damodar Goswami. Informal discourse, 19 June 2004.
Download or listen online (mp3 audio files):
Part 1 | Part 2 (Total 17 mins, 3.1 MB mp3 audio)

Audio: Srila Govinda Maharaj's message to the devotees over the phone with Madhusudan Prabhu from Hawaii. "When outside devotees want to go to Jagannath Puri, I am happily giving my consent to them, but they must be conscious about their transcendental feelings."
Quoting a sloka he says: "Who will see Jagannath in His chariot, they will never come back to this material feelings or world, they are all going to the transcendental plane."
A most encouraging talk by Srila Govinda Maharaj, 1 July 2008.
5+ minutes, 1.2 MB mp3 audio

On the Way to Puri (50K pdf file) chapter of the book Divine Guidance. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj addresses the mood pilgrims should adopt for their pilgrimage to Puri.
This article is also available as a text html page using the Math's 'Centenary' diacritic font, and as web-pages of gif images of the text.

Puri Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Jagannathdev and His Dham - excerpt from Affectionate Guidance. His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj advises the pilgrims about how to see Purusottam Dham. "They will see these places (of the Pastimes of Mahaprabhu and His associates) and try to feel in their heart the mood of union in separation shown by Sriman Mahaprabhu, and they will offer prayers to the associates of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. If they cannot go inside any of the places then they can see these places from outside."

Srila Govinda Maharaj in our Puri Math. Picture page of His Divine Grace on 30 June 2003 soon after his arrival in preparation for this year's Ratha Yatra programme.

Ratha Yatra Festival, Puri. Webpage of the Ratha Yatra Festival day 13 July 2003: Lord Jagannath in His chariot, the King of Orissa doing puja to Lord Jagannath, and our Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math party in the middle of the crowd of over a million people.

Audio: "Swarup Damodar, Mahaprabhu's second body." Sripad Bhakti Sudhir Goswami Maharaj speaking from Kolkata about Ratha Yatra day, Swarup Damodar's disappearance and his intimate relationship, 25 June 2006.
(47+ minutes, 5.5 MB mp3 audio.)

Extensive write-up of our Math's Sri Jagannath Rathayatra Pilgrimage including pictures and descriptions of many of the places visited by our annual pilgrimage. This is a ten-part lively, descriptive diary from 2005 by Malini Devi Dasi of Malta, which includes five pages of references from the Scriptures.

Lord Jagannath's Advent in brief. An article researched and compiled by Tusta Krishna Prabhu of Australia attending this year's pilgrimage, and amended by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Maharaj Dev-Goswami Maharaj.

24 June 2017

Amavasya. Disappearance of Srila Gadadhar Pandit and Srila Sachchidananda Bhakti Vinod Thakur. Gundicha Marjan: cleaning at the Gundicha Temple at Sri Puri Dham, and cleaning of all Temples of the Lord.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
Audio: Glorification of Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur and Srila Gadadhar Pandit. During this hour long informal discourse Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj describes fine points of Srila Gadadhar Pandit's and Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur's moods of devotion.
Srila Govinda Maharaj humbly then discusses, with examples, how he composed slokas, built Srila Guru Maharaj's Samadhi Mandir, etc. due to reciprocation with the transcendental plane.
1 July 1992:
63 minutes, 14+ MB m4a (aac) audio

Srila Gadadhar Pandit's and Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur's Disappearance Day. Extensive informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj on this day during his fifth world tour.
"Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur has shown exclusive service of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, that is: Gaura Gadadhar worship. Gadadhar Pandit and Mahaprabhu's connection was very intimate and affectionate..."
Venezuela, 8 July 1994, with Spanish translation.
Part 1, 38+ minutes, 9 MB mp3 audio
Part 2, 50+ minutes, 11.6 MB mp3 audio

Srimad Bhaktivinod-viraha Dasakam. Prayer of ten verses in separation from Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur composed by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. Illustrated webpage prepared by Jagamohini Devi Dasi.

The Ocean of Sri Radha's Devotion. Comprehensive compiled webpage in glorification of Srila Sachchidananda Bhaktivinod Thakur in remembrance of his disappearance this day in 1914. Content and layout prepared by Jagamohini Devi Dasi.

A wonderful excerpt about Sri Gadadhara Pandit from the book "Heart and Halo" by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj.

Disappearance of Srila Gadadhar Pandit and Srila Sachchidananda Bhaktivinoda Thakur. Two webpages compiled from Srila B.R. Sridhar Maharaj's writings, including links to further reading.

"Srimad Bhaktivinoda-viraha Dasakam" - "Prayer in Separation of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura" composed by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. Upon reading the original Sanskrit verse, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Prabhupada commented, "Now I am confident that we have one man who is qualified to uphold the standard of our Sampradaya."

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

Sri Gundicha Marjan Lila Rahasya. Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur explains the secret behind the cleansing of the Gundicha Temple. An English translation of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur's commentary on Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita: Madhya-lila, 12.135 posted on the Math's Sri GaudiyaDarshan website.

Excerpts from Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita about the pastimes of cleansing the Gundicha Temple, Madhya Lila 12.

Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu washed and cleansed the Gundica temple with His devotees and associates. In this way He made the temple as cool and bright as His own heart, and thus He made the place befitting for Lord Sri Krsna to sit. Read more..

Pictures of Srila Govinda Maharaj in Gundicha. Srila Gurudev visiting Their Lordships outside the Gundicha Temple in the evening of Ratha Yatra Festival. 01 July 2003, Jagannath Puri, Orissa.

2 May 2017

In appreciation of the senior Acharyas currently giving guidance, shelter and initiation in the exalted line of Srila Guru Maharaj Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj and Srila Gurudev Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
Throughout the last seven challenging years since Srila Gurudev's disappearance each of them has been tirelessly nourishing devotees by presenting Bhagavan Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur's noble mission given to us through Srila Gurudev and Srila Guru Maharaj.
We invite all devotees, established as well as newcomers, to get to know each of these senior Acharyas better and thus continue to find nourishment and shelter in the present age.
Here are some links (in alphabetical order) to start your acquaintance. These can be translated to other languages via Google Translate or similar.
With full obeisances to their holy feet and ever prayerful and hopeful for their grace to help us all, both individually as well as collectively, to continue in service and association within the devotional family established by Srila Gurudev and Srila Guru Maharaj:
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj:
Srila Bhakti Kusum Ashram Maharaj:
Srila Bhakti Bimal Avadhut Maharaj:
Srila Bhakti Sudhir Goswami Maharaj: Theistic Media Studios 'livestream'
Srila Bhakti Pavan Janardan Maharaj:
Srila Bhakti Vijay Trivikram Maharaj:

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- Srila Sridhar Maharaj

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(Nabadwip's Calendar. For local Ekadashi dates and paran times, please see the worldwide calendar calculations.)

June 2017 (continued)
24 Amavasya. Disappearance of Srila Gadadhar Pandit and Srila Sachchidananda Bhakti Vinod Thakur. Gundicha Marjan: cleaning at the Gundicha Temple at Sri Puri Dham, and cleaning of all Temples of the Lord.
25 Ratha Yatra of Sri Jagannathdev. And the disappearance of Srila Svarup Damodar Goswami Prabhu.
26 (Technically this is the disappearance tithi this year of Srila Svarup Damodar Goswami Prabhu, however he disappeared on the Sri Ratha Yatra day, as described by Srila Gurudev Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Maharaj).
28 Hera Panchami. Sri Sri Laksmi Vijay (observed the following day in Sri Puri Dham).
July 2017
1 Disappearance of Sripad Ajita Krishna Brahmachari.
3 Punar Yatra of Sri Jagannathdev (Return car festival). Disappearance of Tridandi Swami Bhakti Kamal Madhusudan Maharaj. Disappearance of Sriyukta Krishnamayi Devi.
4 Ekadashi. Fast. (In Nabadwip.)
5 Dvadashi. Paran between 7:56 and 9:27 a.m. (In Nabadwip.)
9 Sri Guru Purnima. Appearance of Srila Vyasadev. Disappearance of Srila Sanatan Goswami Prabhu. Beginning of Chaturmasya (when started on Purnima as followed in Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math). Appearance of Srila Bhakti Bimal Avadhut Maharaj.
11 Disappearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Hriday Bon Maharaj.
14 Disappearance of Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami Prabhu.
17 Disappearance of Srila Lokanath Goswami Prabhu.
20 Dvadashi. Kamika Ekadashi. Fast. (In Nabadwip.)
21 Paran between 5:06 and 9:31 a.m. (In Nabadwip.)
23 Amavasya. Festival in honour of the disappearance of Om Vishnupad Paramahamsa Parivrajakacharya-varya Ashtottara-shata-sri Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
27 Disappearance of Srila Vamshi Das Babaji Maharaj.
29 Appearance of Srila Bhakti Vijay Trivikram Maharaj.
30 Disappearance of Sripad Ananga Mohan Das Adhikari.
NB Ekadashi, dvadashi and 'paran' dates and times given here are calculated for Nabadwip. Please consult your local Centres for local dates/times.
  'Fast' on Ekadahsi or Maha-dvadashi, 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.
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