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"Through the Pancatattva - Sri Krishna Chaitanya, Prabhu Nityananda, Sri Advaita, Sri Gadadhara, and Srivasa Thakur - the Hare Krishna Mahamanta is distributed in this mundane world. But if you make any offence to Them, the Mahamantra will not be happy with you, and He will not manifest Himself in your heart."

- Srila Govinda Maharaj

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27 April 2015

Appearance of Sri Nityananda-shakti, Sri Jahnava Devi, and Sri Rama-shakti, Sri Sita Devi. Appearance of Srila Bhakti Sudhir Goswami Maharaj.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
thumbAudio: Srimati Jahnava Devi is mentioned by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj in part 2 of this talk about Srinivas Acharya over the phone with Madhusudan Prabhu in 2001. "When Narottam Das Thakur came back and inherited his fathers property, he made big arrangement to install six Deities at a time in different places. Jahnava Devi installed them all. She became the Acharya of all the Deities' installation." Dum Dum Park, Kolkata, December 2001.
Srinivas-Acharya-part2 (9+ minutes, 2.2 MB mp3 audio)
Also available Part 1:
Srinivas-Acharya-part1 (18 minutes, 4.2 MB mp3 audio)

thumb Srimati Jahnava Devi, guest of honour at Kheturi Gram Festival. References to her in the last two pages of the article prepared for the devotee children by Parama Bhakti Dasi in glorification of Narottam Das Thakur on his appearance day.

Excerpt about Jahnava-devi from The Nectarean Glories of Sri Nityananda Prabhu by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. Also available in pdf format.

25 April 2015

Sri Jahnavi Puja (Sri Ganga Puja).

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
thumbAudio: Glories of the Ganges. Informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj at our Dum Dum Park Temple, Kolkata on the day of Sri Ganga Puja, 2006:
Download, or listen online (12+ minutes, 1.3 MB mp3 audio).

thumbSrila Gurudev bathes in the Ganges near Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, accompanied by several devotees. Pictures and partial transcript of Srila Govinda Maharaj talking that morning of 4 April 2007 about the holy River Ganges.

23 April 2015

Appearance of Sripad Shankar Acharya. Disappearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Vilas Gabhastinemi Maharaj.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
thumbAudio: Causeless and Irresistible. Sripad Janardan Maharaj's class given on the appearance day of Sankaracharya coinciding with the Sunday programme at our Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Seva Ashram, Soquel, California.
8 May 2011, Soquel, USA:
50+ minutes, 8+ MB mp3 audio

21 April 2015

Beginning of 21 days Chandan Yatra of Sri Sri Jagannathdev. Aksaya Tritiya: a good day to start some works.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
Video. Sriman Mahaprabhu's journey to the centre of Sri Govinda Kunda beginning His Sri Chandan Yatra lila on 4th May 2003.
18 minutes, 36 MB QuickTime video. (Download and view with the freely available VLC, QuickTime, iTunes, etc.)

Also, the Lord's return journey three days later:
11 minutes, 21 MB QuickTime video.

20 April 2015

Appearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Vichar Jajavar Maharaj.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
The Embodiment of Tranquility. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj glorifies Srimad Bhakti Vichar Jajavar Maharaj. Translated from a Bengali article originally published in Sri Gaudiya Darshan, May 1956, posted here in English on the Math's GaudiyaDarshan.com website.

thumbAudio. In remembrance of Sripad Jajavar Maharaj. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj tells about Sripad Jajavar Maharaj's comment of Srila Sridhar Maharaj uprooting the Benares' Mayavadis' conception, throwing it away and establishing Krishna Consciousness. This took place at the time Srila Prabhupad Saraswati Thakur wanted to establish a Math in Benares.
19+ minutes, 4.5 MB mp3 audio

Pranam mantra of Sripad Bhakti Vichar Jajavar Maharaj composed by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj and referred to by His Divine Grace in the 1987 recording below. Posted with English translation on the Math's gaudiyadarshan.com website, this mantra was first published on 10 May 1956 in Sri Gaudiya Darshan in an article commemorating Sripad Jajavar Maharaj's appearance day.

In praise of Sripad Bhakti Vichar Jajavar Maharaj. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj chants the glories of the last devotee to receive sannyas from Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur. An informal discourse recorded in 1987 at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.
MP3 audio with extensive summary notes (html link to summary and to 13+ minutes, 3 MB mp3 audio file).

18 April 2015

Amavasya. Appearance of Srila Gadadhar Pandit Goswami.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
Pandit Sri Gadadhar Goswami. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj's definitive article on Srila Gadadhar Pandit's paramount sacrifice. Translated from a Bengali article originally published in Sri Gaudiya Darshan, August 1956, and posted here in English on the Math's GaudiyaDarshan.com website.

 Pandit Sri Gadadhar, the Lord's most intimate associate. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj describes the heart of the Lord's most intimate associate. Posted on the Math's GaudiyaDarshan.com website.

Audio: Srila Gadadhar Pandit's Appearance Day. Informal talk by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj over the phone with Madhusudhana Prabhu from Hawaii. Dum Dum Park Temple, Kolkata, 2006.
Download, or listen online (20+ minutes, 4.7 MB mp3 audio)

 The Lotus feet of Gadadhar Pandit are our sole treasure. Excerpt from 'Divine Guidance'. Chapter Two, 'On the way to Sri Puri-Dham' by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
"Both the feelings of Mahaprabhu and the feelings of Gadadhar Pandit were described in a beautiful sloka by our Srila Guru Maharaj: 'The lotus feet of Gadadhar Pandit are our sole treasure. He resided by the ocean of Vipralambha which was manifest by his life and soul, Lord Gauranga, who took everything from him.'"

Puri Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Jagannathdev and His Dham. A Special discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj published in the Jagannathdev's Rathayatra edition 1995 of the Math's periodical, Sri Gaudiya Darshan. (144 K pdf file.)
"In His later pastimes, almost every day Mahaprabhu would go to the ocean and meet with Sri Gadadhar Pandit, and Sri Gadadhar Pandit would sometimes go to Gambhira and read the Srimad Bhagavatam to Mahaprabhu... Mahaprabhu considered every letter of Srimad-Bhagavatam to be a manifestation of Krsna, and when He heard it from Gadadhar Pandit’s lotus mouth He felt so much peace and felt Himself to be fully nourished. Sri Gadadhar Pandit served Mahaprabhu in this way."

'Srinivas Acharyya and the Stolen Books.' In this audio recording, Srila Gurudev, His Divine Grace Srila Govinda Maharaj, touches further on the Pastimes between Srila Gadadhar Pandit and Srinivas Acharyya.

thumbAudio: Srila Gadadhar Pandit. Evening class by Sripad B.S. Goswami Maharaj on Srila Gadadhar Pandit's appearance day this year. "Revealed truth is not to be received the same way that you are educated about any other subject... Srila Guru Maharaj says here that ten million cupids will faint to have a glimpse of the beauty of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu."
3 May 2011, Dum Dum Park, Kolkata:
63 minutes, 11 MB mp3 audio

thumbAudio: Gaur Gadadhar, the supreme worshipable Deity. Sripad Tyagi Maharaj reads a transcript of Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's lecture from 2006 on the occasion of Gadadhar Pandit's appearance day. "We are so fortunate that Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur has told us: 'Gaur Gadadhar is the supreme worshipable Deity in this world.' He (Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur) lived in Svananda Sukhada Kunja in Nabadwip and while living there he manifested Gaur Gadadhar puja. Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur's disappearance day is in the same day as the disappearance day of Sri Gadadhar Pandit."
3 May 2011, Nabadwip:
46 minutes, 10+ MB mp3 audio

'Lotus Eyes -- Lotus Tears: Gadadhar -- Mahaprabhu's Ecstatic Correlative,' an article by Sripad Goswami Maharaj:
'By the divine grace of Srila Sridhar Maharaj, such an astonishing conception was projected on the mirror of my conscious self -- so beautiful, luminous -- it penetrated the layers of dust and ego, covering my heart, providing a momentary glimpse into his conceptual domain.''Two Surrendered Souls,' Sripad Akinchan Maharaj reflects on this holy day in 2004:
'Srila Sridhar Maharaj says: "Gadadhar Pandit represents Radharani's mood, Her nature, Her heart." .... And at the conclusion of 'Heart and Halo,' Srila Sridhar Maharaj says that Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur identified Gadadhar Pandit with Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur. "That was the vision of our Gurudeva. He could see in them the same identity...."'

'The Hidden Chamber of Bhajan.' Sripad Goswami Maharaj recounts Srila Gurudev's response to a suggestion that a deity of Sri Gadadhar join the Mahaprabhu Vijay Vigraha at the Chandan Yatra Mandir in Govinda Kunda:
' "Why was the worship of Gaur Gadadhar not manifested in Mayapur? First one must become qualified about that conception. One must not only understand it theoretically but must have substantial feelings. The worship of Gaur Gadadhar was the deep bhajan of Bhaktivinoda Thakur hidden in his bhajan kutir."

15 April 2015

Disappearance of Sriyukta Saurindranath Bhakti Varidhi Prabhu.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
 Sripad Saurindranath Bhakti Varidhi. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj remembers an exalted servant of Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga.
"All of Srila Prabhupad's (Srila Bhakti Siddanta Saraswati Prabhupad's) associates, one by one, are taking leave from this mortal world and depriving the earth of its jewels. Without this great soul, the Gaudiya sampradaya and the servitors of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math are feeling an irreparable loss for which there is no solace." Read more...

14 April 2015

Disappearance of Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
Audio: Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur, 1982. A wonderful discourse by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj about Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur spoken on his disappearance day.
"His heart is so full of devotion towards Nityananda and Sri Gauranga. We pray to him for a drop of that kind of pure and intense devotion towards Gaura-Nityananda from his feet." In the latter part of this recording Srila Guru Maharaj recites and explains the pranam mantrams to Sri Sri Nitai Gauranga composed by Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur.
18 April 1982:
36+ minutes, 8.9 MB mp3 audio

Flying in the Sky. In honour of the disappearance day of Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur, 2012, the translation of a short excerpt from his book Sri Chaitanya-bhagavat in which he expresses his heart and the gist of his gift to the world. Posted on the Math's gaudiyadarshan.com website.

Introduction to Sri Chaitanya-bhagavat (English translation). Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's homage to Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur. Translated excerpt from the introduction by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj to Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math's Bengali publication of Sri Chaitanya-bhagavat. Posted on the Math's gaudiyadarshan.com website.

1 April 2015

Dvadashi. Festival in honour of the disappearance of Om Vishnupad Paramahamsa Parivrajakacharya-varya Ashtottara-shata-sri Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.

Pure devotional mood. On this day remembering Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's disappearance in 2010, naturally much emotion as well as devotion may arise in the devotees' hearts. In the following informal discourse from 1997, Srila Gurudev addresses the subject of emotion and devotion, and beautifully chants the glories of unalloyed devotional service.
Informal discourse, 4 January 1997:
20 minutes, 9+ MB mp3 audio

11 March 2015

Yesterday's Hapaniya Festival. The grand annual festival commemorating the appearance of the Holy Deities of Sripat Hapaniya, Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Radha Gopinath Jiu at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Ashram, the appearance place of Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. The festival in pictures.

10 March 2015

Festival at the appearance place of Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, Sripat Hapaniya: grand appearance of the Holy Deities of Sripat Hapaniya, Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Radha Gopinath Jiu at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Ashram. Appearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Sharan Shanta Maharaj.

China Public Programme. Earlier this year, Srila Bhakti Pavan Janardan Maharaj and Sripad Yudhamanyu Prabhu Seva Vikram addressed a gathering at the Sino-India Yoga Association's Cunyuan yoga studio for the first public programme of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math ever to be held in China outside the local Ashram premises. Report and pictures by Nilamani Prabhu, attending this year's Sri Gaura Purnima Festivals in Nabadwip.

New book in Chinese: Home Comfort. Fully re-translated and republished by Sulakshana Devi Dasi under the guidance of Srila Bhakti Sudhir Goswami Maharaj, this brand new 2015 Chinese Edition is available for free download in both regular quality (2 MB pdf file) and higher quality (14 MB pdf file).

6 March 2015

Anandotsav of Sri Jagannath Misra. Last gathering of the week-long yearly meeting at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math and yearly festival.

 Sri Gaura Purnima grand festival at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. Yesterday's preparations and glorious celebrations in pictures.

5 March 2015

Sri Gauravirbhava Paurnamasi. Sri Gaura-Purnima. Divine appearance of Sri Gauranga. Total fast until moonrise, then no grains. Grand festival at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. Vasantotsav and Dol Yatra of Sri Sri Radha-Govinda. Special offering of worship and arati. Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita reading and mahasankirttan. End of 529 Gaurabda year.

 Audio: Glorification of Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. His Divine Grace describes the glories of this parikrama as well as the great benefit in devotional service that pilgrims receive by participating.
First broadcast on Madhusudan Prabhu's Internet Radio in 2001 as a RealMedia file, and now available to hear in mp3 format.
Nabadwip, 5 March 2001:
13+ minutes, 6.5 MB mp3 audio

New book: Sri Sri Prema-vivarta - Srila Jagadananda Pandit's love for Sriman Mahaprabhu. Verse by verse, word by word, English translation, published from Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip, today in honour of Sri Gaura Purnima.
Srila Guru Maharaj, Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, says about this book:
"Srila Jagadananda Pandit collected his notes on Sriman Mahaprabhu's Pastimes and teachings, and presented them in the form of a book named Prema-vivarta. This book was published by Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur and is full of Gaudiya siddhanta. ... Jagadananda is very sensitive about subtle things, and is known for his prema-vivarta, the peculiar characteristics of the reactions produced by his divine love."
Posted on our gaudiyadarshan.com website, books are available for purchase, and digital pdf copies are available for free download.

Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama - fourth day. Pictures from yesterday, the last day of this year's Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama. The devotees end up at the village of Mamgachi, the place of Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur's appearance, where lunch prasad is served before the return walk to Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math accompanied by nagar-sankirtan.

Useful Nabadwip 'Welcome Pamphlet' in pdf format made in the Math for pilgrims attending this year's Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama and Sri Gaura Purnima Festivals, and helpful to everyone around the world following this year's festivities at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. También disponible en español.

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"Love is a plain truth that should attract everyone. Even more than general love, Divine Love will attract all normal persons, it cannot but be."

- Srila Sridhar Maharaj

Main Vaisnava Dates:
(Nabadwip's Calendar)

April 2015 (...continued)
25 Sri Jahnavi Puja (Sri Ganga Puja).
27 Appearance of Sri Nityananda-shakti, Sri Jahnava Devi, and Sri Rama-shakti, Sri Sita Devi. Appearance of Srila Bhakti Sudhir Goswami Maharaj.
29 Ekadashi. Fast.
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Dvadashi. Paran between 8:26 and 9:26 a.m.

May 2015
3 Sri Nrisimha Chaturdashi: Appearance day of Sri Nrisimhadev. Full fast until after sunset, then no grains (anukalpa).
4 Paran between 5:07 and 8:30 a.m. Sri Krishna's Phul Dol and Salila Bihar. Buddha Purnima: appearance day of Lord Buddha. Disappearance of Srila Parameshvari Das Thakur. Appearance of Srila Srinivas Acharya.
5 Disappearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaj.
   
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