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- Srila Govinda Maharaj

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17 September 2018

Sri Radhashtami. Srimati Radharani's appearance at noon. Fast until noon.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:

Audio. Sri Radhastami, Vrindavan, 1999. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj explains that Radhastami is when Lord Krishna the Supreme Personality of Godhead's divine potency Radharani appears in a form for playing with the Lord. Srila Swarup Damodar Goswami said, "For the divine play of the Sweet Absolute, He wants to divide Himself as Power and Powerful, and that is Radha Krishna." When it was manifested we cannot say because it is eternal, it cannot be counted by our time and space theory, it is achintya, inconceivable. Radharani is the divine potency of Lord Krishna and She is giving all the happiness, love and all the affection to everyone for the service of Lord Krishna.
Improved quality audio of Srila Gurudev speaking by phone from Vrindavan to Madhusudan Prabhu in Hawaii on Sri Radhastami, 18 September 1999:
7+ minutes, 1.8 MB mp3 audio

Our Lord's Beloved Power. "Today is Sri Radhastami, the Appearance Day of Srimati Radharani. In the Scriptures, especially Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita there is much glorification of Srimati Radharani ... Where we see the supreme manifestation of madhura-rasa, there we see the manifestation of Srimati Radharani."
Chapter 12 of Affectionate Guidance by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj: 150 KB pdf document. 

Radharani's Paramour Love. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj describes the glory of madhura-rasa in Vrindavan. Posted on the Math's gaudiyadarshan.com website.

Audio: Sri Radhastami. Today's beautiful, special morning discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj at our Dum Dum Park Temple, Kolkata. 1 September 2006:
Download, or listen online (46+ minutes, 5.4 MB mp3 audio)
or:
higher quality (10.7 MB mp3 audio)

Video: Sri Radhastami darshan, 2006, the full discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj at our Dum Dum Park Temple, Kolkata. QuickTime video posted by Jamuna Priya Devi Dasi on her verandaviews.com website.

thumbAudio: Sri Radhastami Discourse 2004 by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
"Everything you want to know, you can understand through your Gurudev. And Gurudev's position is always supreme. In the Scriptures it is said, (sloka) 'If Krishna will be angry, Gurudev can save that person, Radharani can save that person. But if Radharani will be angry, Krishna cannot save him.' (Sloka). Then our protection, our environment - everything - through Radharani's mercy if it will come to us we will be so grateful, so fortunate and so good practitioners. We are practising service to Radha Krishna, and that is called Krishnanushilana: practising the procedure of satisfying Radharani and Sri Krishna."
21 September 2004, Soquel, USA:
35+ minutes, 8 MB mp3 audio

thumbAudio: Sri Radhastami discourses 2004 by Spd Goswami Maharaj and Spd Janardan Maharaj at the request of Srila Govinda Maharaj.
Then Srila Govinda Maharaj talks briefly then sings Sri Radhika-stava and Sri Radhastaka. 21 September 2004, Soquel, USA:
40+ minutes, 9+ MB mp3 audio

16 September 2018

Sri Lalita Saptami. Appearance of Sri Lalita Devi.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:

Audio: Sri Lalita-saptami, Moscow, 1996: informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
"When Sri Radha Govinda are playing as paramour couple, at that time, if one drop of sweat comes in Their lotus feet, Lalita Devi takes lakhs of forms and quickly wants to remove that... That type of service eagerness and service capacity has Lalita Devi. For that, she is the General of all the sakhis and manjaris. They are respecting Lalita Devi as their guardian for the service of Radha Govinda."
Moscow, Russia. 19 September 1996.
25+ minutes, 6 MB mp3 audio

Audio. Sri Lalita Saptami, 2004. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj recites Srila Rupa Goswami's Sri Sri Lalitastakam slokas in glorification of Lalita Devi in which he lets us know of her supreme servitor position. Only by the mercy of Lalita Devi can one get service to Sri Sri Radha Krishna. All eight principle sakhis of Radha Krishna are under the guidance of Lalita Devi. Her position is such that she sometimes chastises Srimati Radharani and Sri Krishna, but it is all for Their satisfaction and joy, she has no other intention.
Informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj on Sri Lalita Saptami at our Soquel Ashram, California, 19 September 2004.
26 minutes, 6 MB mp3 audio

Lalita Devi's Glory. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj explains the position of the dearmost of Sri Rupa and Sri Radha. Posted on the Math's gaudiyadarshan.com website.

Sri Sri Prapanna-jivanamritam completed 70 years ago today (Lalita-saptami 2013). Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami writes at the conclusion of the book:
"At the charming new temple of the name Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, situated on the banks of the holy river Ganga, at Sri Dham Nabadwip, and in the association of the devotees, in the shelter of the lotus feet of the Divine Master and the Supreme Lord Sri Chaitanyadev this work was completed on the Holy Advent Day of Sri Lalita Devi - the seventh day of the bright moon of Bhadra in the year 457 Gaurabda (7th September 1943)."
And Srila Govinda Maharaj describes that this book "is the crown-jewel of divine literatures as the eternal elixir of life for the exclusively surrendered souls, the bestower of the perpetual relish of full-fledged nectar, and the awakening and sustaining fountainhead of life in Divine Consorthood."
(Sri Sri Prapanna-jivanamritam is available as a 14.7 MB pdf document.)

Audio: Sri Lalita-saptami, 2006. Morning informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj at our Dum Dum Park Temple, Kolkata. Included in this talk His Divine Grace chants the glories of Lalita Devi and relates his visit with Srila Guru Maharaj to the place of Lalita Devi in Vrindavan.
Download, or listen online (44+ minutes, 5.1 MB mp3 audio)
or:
higher quality (10.2 MB mp3 audio).

In glorification of Srimati Lalita Devi. An extract from 'Sermons of the Guardian of Devotion, Volume I' by His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
With additional links to three webpages posted on this day last year: 'We must follow the service mood of Lalitadevi' from 'Divine Guidance' by His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.


thumbAudio: Sri Lalita Saptami. Informal discourse by Sripad B.S.Goswami Maharaj in Nabadwip in the early morning of Sri Lalita Devi's Appearance Day.
14 September 2010 in Nabadwip:
12+ minutes, 2.9 MB mp3 audio

Lalita-saptami talk, 2011, by Bhakti Lalita Devi Dasi at our San Jose Seva Ashram, USA.
"This is the favorite day of Srila Gurudev... We've heard him say how Lalita Saptami was in his personal opinion more exclusive than Radhastami. More specific. We are in the line of Lalita Devi and anyone who has connection to Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj and his mission through Srila Gurudev and our acharyas will automatically go to the service group of Lalita Devi."
29 minutes, 19.9 MB mp3 audio

14 September 2018

Appearance of Sri Sita Devi, the consort of Sri Advaita Prabhu.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:

Srimati Sita Thakurani, the Consort of Sri Advaita Prabhu. An extract from The Advent of Sri Gaurasundar, describing her going to the Lord just after His appearance. First published in Counterpoint (Vol. 1 No. 6), edited by Sripad Devashis Prabhu.

Darshan matutino: El día de la Aparición de Sita Thakurani con Su Divina Gracia Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj el día viernes 17 de septiembre de 2004. Traducción al español: Jai Balai Prabhu.

4 September 2018

Sri Nandotsav. Sri Janmashtami paran (between 5:13 and 9:32 a.m. in Nabadwip). Appearance of Vishva-varenya Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:

Audio. Nandotsav and Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj's Appearance, 2000. Informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
"Today is Nandotsav, Nanda Maharaj's house festival for the birth of Lord Krishna. When Mother Yasoda got her senses back and she saw her child, a very sweet child, playing within His bed, she was very stunned to see the beauty of Lord Krishna as baby Krishna. Then she called everyone to see the new-born boy... Not only the cowherd boys and girls came to see the Lord, but also Shiva, Brahma, Indra and so many demigods also came in the form of humans as cowherders and they also danced in the courtyard of Nanda Maharaj."
24 August 2000, Saint Petersburg, Russia.
36+ minutes, 8+ MB mp3 audio

thumbAudio: Historic recording from 1973 of Srila Sridhar Maharaj and Srila Swami Maharaj Prabhupad discussing together in Nabadwip, and Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad describing to the devotees how he came in touch with the Gaudiya Math and Vaishnavas. He describes the background history of his long relationship with Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj and very affectionately glorifies Srila Guru Maharaj: "from the very beginning I knew he was a pure Vaishnava and devotee..."
March 1973:
23+ minutes, 5.5 MB mp3 audio

Audio: Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad - grand Guru of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's sampradaya.
Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj recalls
their intimate relationship and the lecture he gave when suddenly asked to speak at the opening of the Chandradoya Mandir in Mayapur. "There were many good and big servitors of Srila Saraswati Thakur present at that time, but Krishna chose Abhay Charan De (Srila Swami Maharaj), who was an unknown person. And now he is famous as a Devotee General of Srila Saraswati Thakur ... Everybody must pay obeisance to him."
Informal discourse. 20 July 1990:
29 minutes, 6+ MB mp3 audio

thumbAudio: Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Prabhupad, always in Vrindavan. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj tells about a letter he received from Srila Swami Maharaj Prabhupad asking instruction from Srila Sridhar Maharaj whether he should stay and continue his preaching in the West or go to Vrindavan to leave his body there.
Excerpt from an informal discourse by Srila Govinda Maharaj, 12 March 1992:
8+ minutes, 2 MB mp3 audio

thumbOld pictures of a visit of Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad to Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip. Pictures kindly sent by Jagamohini Devi Dasi in remembrance of Srila Swami Maharaj Prabhupad on his Disappearance Day Festival today (17 November 2012).

thumbHistoric photo of Srila Guru Maharaj with Srila Swami Maharaj Prabhupad on Srila Guru Maharaj Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Maharaj's veranda, Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip. This photo was received in response to the recent audio posting recording their informal discussion in Nabadwip.

Transcription: Srila Swami Maharaj's Unlimited Glories are being sung from World to World. Lecture by His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj on the Appearance Day of Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad, 21 August 2003, in St. Petersburg, Russia. Download here.

Excerpt from 'Our Fortunate Association' by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj about Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad. Illustrated article retyped and laid out by Parama Bhakti Dasi: 2.1MB PDF

Srila Swami Maharaj Prabhupad and Srila Sridhar Maharaj's relationship and an excerpt from the Guardian of Devotion magazine of San Jose, USA.

Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad inundated the world with Krishna consciousness. In the excerpt The Universal Conception of Guru from one of his essays, he smashes the sectarian misconception that the Spiritual Master is limited to a particular person, form, or institution, and establishes the universal conception of Guru. This lecture was originally published in The Harmonist in 1936, on the Advent Day of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur. It was reprinted as the Preface to Srila Sridhar Maharaj's Sri Guru and His Grace in 1983.

3 September 2018

Sri Sri Krishna Janmashtami. Complete fast until midnight, then no grains.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:

Krishna's Supernatural Birth. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj describes Vasudev's vision in Mathura. Posted on the Math's gaudiyadarshan.com website.

Audio: Sri Krishna Janmastami, 2008. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj describes Krishna's janma-lila, birth Pastimes, and affirms that many research scholars, with their sadhana, have got much realistic ideal of Krishna, and that is the form of Krishna divided within three characters. One is He who is the Supreme, Brajeswar tanaya, the son of Nanda Maharaj and of Mother Yasoda; second is the son of Vasudev and Devaki, the Mathura Krishna; and third is Krishna the hero of the special kings' group and the creator of Kurukshetra fighting arrangements, the Dwaraka Krishna. These three characters of Krishna are positive and progressive and always eternal, transcendental. But Krishna who is Nanda Maharaj and Yasoda Devi's son is not leaving Vrindavan.
Informal discourse on Sri Krishna Janmastami, speaking live with the St. Petersburg Math via Internet from Kolkata on 24 August 2008:
30 minutes, 6+ MB mp3 audio

Audio: Janmastami evening class in St. Petersburg, 2007, by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj during his World Tour. Translated into Russian by Sripad Avadhut Maharaj in real time.
Download, or listen online (40+ minutes, 4.6 MB mp3 audio)
or:
higher quality (7.3 MB).

Audio: Sri Krishna Janmastami morning, 2006. Morning informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj at our Dum Dum Park Temple, Kolkata. Later in the day His Divine Grace accepted the invitation mentioned in this talk, and went to lead the festival at our Kaikhali Temple, near Kolkata Airport.
"We will take anukalpa (a small amount of non-grains food) on Ekadasi, twice we are taking. But on Janmastami we are not taking that. On Janmastami we are completely fasting."
And:
"Vedavyasa very cleverly expressed the character of Lord Krishna... Then we can understand what is the position of Lord Krishna and what is the position of Krishna's Rasa-lila. First we will see Him like a sun, from far, the fireball. The sun is a big fireball, but lookable from far, not near. Krishna's character is like that." (First uploaded on 16 August 2006, Sri Krishna Janmastami.)
Download, or listen online (27 minutes, 3.1 MB mp3 audio)
or:
higher quality (6.2 MB mp3 audio).

thumbVideo. Sri Janmastami day, live Internet address by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj from Kolkata, India, to the devotees gathered in Saint Petersburg, Russia, to honour Lord Krishna's Appearance.
Sri Krishna Janmastami, Srila Govinda Maharaj's live address captured and presented by Vaidehi Devi Dasi:
42+ minutes, 49 MB 'mov' video

thumbVideo. Sri Janmastami day 2008, kirtan led by Srila Gurudev, Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, in Kolkata after delivering an informal discourse by Internet to the devotees gathered in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Captured and prepared by Vaidehi Devi Dasi:
24 minutes, 26+ MB 'mov' video
(To download, right-click on the link, then 'Save Target As...' or similar wording.)

thumbAudio: Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Maharaj speaking on 26th August 2005 from Nabadwip, the eve of Sri Krishna Janmastami, for Madhusudan Prabhu's Internet Radio website krsna.cc. (14+ minutes, 2.5 MB mp3 audio)

thumbIllustrated seven page article about Sri Krishna Janmastami, prepared in 2006 by Parama Bhakti Dasi for the devotee children: 440 K PDF file.

...earlier updates >>


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(Nabadwip's Calendar. For local Ekadashi dates and paran times, please consult your nearest Centre.)

September 2018 (continued)
16 Sri Lalita Saptami. Appearance of Sri Lalita Devi.
17 Sri Radhashtami. Srimati Radharani's appearance at noon. Fast until noon.
20 Ekadashi. No fast (in Nabadwip) today (because of Vishnu-shrinkhala-yoga and Mahadvadashi the following day).
21 Appearance of Sri Vamanadev.Vishnu-shrinkhala-yoga and Vijaya Mahadvadashi. Fast (in Nabadwip). Appearance of Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhu.
22 Paran between 5:28 and 9:29 a.m. (in Nabadwip) Appearance of Srila Sachchidananda Bhakti Vinod Thakur.
23 Disappearance of Srila Haridas Thakur.
25 Purnima. Vishvarup Mahotsav. End of month-long festival at Nabadwip, Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.
27 Disappearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Vilas Tirtha Maharaj.
October 2018
5 Ekadashi (in Nabadwip). Fast.
6 Dvadashi. Paran between 5:33 a.m. and 9:28 a.m. (in Nabadwip).
10 Appearance festival of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math Acharya and Sevaite Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj.
12 Disappearance of Sriyukta Radharani Devi Chaudurani.
13 Disappearance of Tridandi Swami Sripad Bhakti Dayita Damodar Maharaj.
19 Vijay Utsav of Sri Ramachandra. Appearance of Sri Madhva Acharya.
20 Ekadashi. Fast. (In Nabadwip.)
21 Dvadashi. Paran (in Nabadwip) between 5:40 and 9:28 a.m. Disappearance of Srila Raghunath Das Goswami, Srila Raghunath Bhatta Goswami, and Srila Krishnadas Kaviraj Goswami.
24 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.
27 Disappearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Srirup Puri Maharaj.
29 Disappearance of Srila Narottam Das Thakur.
30 Disappearance of Srila Bhakti Vichar Jajavar Maharaj.
November 2018
1 Bahulashtami. Manifestation day of Sri Radha Kunda. Sannyas day of Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
2 The grand 124th 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.
3 Ekadashi. No fast (in Nabadwip) (because of Dashami viddha at dawn).
4 Dvadashi. Rama Ekadashi. Fast (in Nabadwip). Festival in honour of Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu's auspicious arrival at Sripat Panihati.
   
NB Ekadashi, dvadashi and 'paran' dates and times given here are calculated for Nabadwip. For local Ekadashi dates and paran times, please consult your nearest Centre.)
  '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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