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"The Name of Krishna and Krishna Himself are the same, and if you abuse those who are preaching Their glories, the Name will not be happy with you. The Name will not then appear in your heart."

- Srila Govinda Maharaj

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27 February 2021

Purnima. Sri Krishna's Madhurotsav. Appearance of Srila Narottam Das Thakur.

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

thumbAudio: Srila Narottam Das Thakur appearance day 2009. Srila Govinda Maharaj gives a beautiful talk on this day a year before his disappearance.
"'Sri Rupa Manjari Pada' is so famous, and 'Sri Guru Charana-padma' and 'Nitai-pada-kamala' and 'Gaurangera Duti Pada', etc. There are so many songs of Narottam Thakur. They are so famous, simple and perfect and we are singing every day Narottam Das Thakur's songs. And now I shall sing one song..."
Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, 9 February 2009:
20+ minutes, 4.8 MB mp3 audio

thumbSri Narottama Prabhor Ashtakam. In honour of Srila Narottam Das Thakur's appearance day, a composition about him in joyous remembrance by Srila Vishvanath Chakravarti Thakur. Posted on the Math's gaudiyadarshan.com website.

Sri Rupa Manjari Pada of Srila Narottam Das Thakur sung by Srila Govinda Maharaj. (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.)

25 February 2021

Appearance of Sri Nityananda Prabhu. Grand festival and installation anniversary of Sri Sri Guru Gaura Nityananda Jiu at Sree Chaitanya Saraswata Krishnanushilana Sangha, Ekachakra Dham.

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

The Greatest Circumference. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj describes Sri Nityananda Prabhu's mercy. "Sri Nityananda Prabhu is there to consolidate the ground, the foundation. That will help us to make further progress." Read more... (Posted on the Math's gaudiyadarshan.com website.)

thumbAudio: Sri Nityananda Prabhu's Appearance, 1982. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj explains his composition Sriman Nityananda Dvadasakam in glorification of Lord Nityananda Prabhu. A devotee reads the verses one by one, and Srila Sridhar Maharaj gives light to his writings.
This recording starts on the 3rd line of the 9th verse.
Nabadwip, 6 February 1982:
34+ minutes, 8 MB mp3 audio
You may also follow the verses by reading here Sriman Nityananda Dvadasakam (pdf file).

Sri Varahadev's and Nityananda Prabhu's appearance, 1990. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj tells how Sri Sri Lakshmi Varahadev miraculously came to our Math, how supremely merciful Nityananda Prabhu is, and how, by His influence and grace, Srila Guru Maharaj took disciples.
Informal, extensive discourse on Nityananda Prabhu's appearance day, 11 February 1990. Despite missing parts in the original audio recording and varied quality, much of this valuable talk remains:
34+ minutes, 7+ MB mp3 audio

 Appearance Day of Sri Nityananda Prabhu. Extensive, beautiful glorification of Sri Nityananda Prabhu by Srila Govinda Maharaj in his morning darshan, 31 January 2007. (66 minutes, 7.8 MB mp3 audio also in higher quality: 16 MB.)

thumbAudio: Sri Nityananda Prabhu's Appearance, 1996. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj recites Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj's entire Sanskrit poetry Sriman Nityananda Dvadasakam. Then, continues chanting the glories of Lord Nityananda. "Nityananda Prabhu is bestowing mercy upon the conditioned souls and taking the conditioned souls from a very low level to the higher level. And all is very happily happening by the grace of Nityananda Prabhu."
Nityananda Prabhu's appearance day, 2 February 1996:
28+ minutes, 6.6 MB mp3 audio

thumbAudio: Srila Govinda Maharaj sings Nitai Pada Kamala in a very sweet and unique way with no kartals or mrdanga and with only a few devotees present. Also Srila Gurudev chants the full Sriman Nityananda Dvadasakam composed by Srila Sridhar Maharaj.
Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, 14 May 1990, prepared for the web and posted on archive.org by Jamuna Priya Devi Dasi:
12+ minutes, 7 MB mp3 audio
And available here at a lower file size for those with slower or limited Internet:
2.9 MB mp3 audio.

thumb Ekachakra. Grand Installation Festival of Sri Sri Guru Gaura Nityananda at our Sree Chaitanya Saraswata Krishnanushilana Sangha, Ekachakra, on 16 February 2011. Extensive webpage of pictures of this glorious occasion which attracted a total of 41,000 people over the three day festival.

thumbVideo: Ekachakra Festival video of the grand opening of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math's temple in Ekachakra, the divine appearance place of Sriman Nityananda Prabhu. This film is made by Satya Sundar Prabhu and contains both a Russian and an English audio track, and is available for download to registered users of Vimeo (670 MB 'mp4' video).
For those with more limited Internet connections, this video is also available here with a similar picture size but much smaller file size (English only):
'Ekachakra': 12+ minutes, 33 MB 'wmv' video

thumbAudio. Sri Nityananda Prabhu's Festival, and Ashram Inauguration address. From his veranda in Kolkata on the morning of 7 February 2009, 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.
Download, or listen online (23 minutes, 5.5 MB mp3 audio)
or:  higher quality (11 MB mp3 audio).

thumb The Nectarean Glories of Sri Nityananda Prabhu. 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).

thumbThe Unlimited, Unconditional Mercy of Nityananda Prabhu, from a discourse by His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj on the Appearance Day Festival of Lord Nityananda Prabhu, February 15, 2003. Nabadwip, India. Two webpages of articles.

thumbAudio: Nityananda Prabhu's Appearance Day class by Devashis Prabhu given at the London Temple. "Srila Govinda Maharaj said, '...We are preachers of Mahaprabhu's conception, Nityananda Prabhu's conception, and you have to educate the people as to who is Lord Chaitanya and who is Nityananda Prabhu, because without that then what is the use of your worship of Krishna? Without the lotus feet of Mahaprabhu actually it is only imagination - that kind of worship is imaginary worship.'"
16 February 2011, London:
61 minutes, 11 MB mp3 audio

thumbAudio: Sri Nityananda and Ekachakra. A lively morning class by Sripad B.P. Tirtha Maharaj describing the nature of Nityananda Prabhu and the background of our connection with Him and with Sripat Ekachakra Dham.
2 February 2011, Nabadwip:
77+ minutes, 13 MB 'mp3' audio

thumbSri Nityananda Prabhu. Page prepared for the devotee children by Parama Bhakti Dasi. 213 K Acrobat PDF file.

thumb 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.)

24 February 2021

Appearance of Lord Varaha.

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

Sri Varahadev's and Nityananda Prabhu's appearance, 1990. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj tells how Sri Sri Lakshmi Varahadev miraculously came to our Math, how supremely merciful Nityananda Prabhu is, and how, by His influence and grace, Srila Guru Maharaj took disciples.
Informal, extensive discourse on Nityananda Prabhu's appearance day, 11 February 1990. Despite missing parts in the original audio recording and varied quality, much of this valuable talk remains:
34+ minutes, 7+ MB mp3 audio

thumbAudio. Sri Varaha Dvadasi. Informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj on February 2006, Nabadwip. Srila Gurudev describes the different manifestations of Krishna-lila in Vaikuntha and the cause of Varahadev's appearance.
14+ minutes, 3.5 MB mp3 audio

thumb Lord Varaha's coming to our Nabadwip Math. Excerpt from Golden Reflections by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, in relation to Lord Varaha here at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip.

thumbSri Varaha Dev's Holy Appearance. Lord Varaha jumped in the Rasatala ocean to pick up the planet earth. The ocean prayed unto Lord Varaha: "O Supreme Lord, please protect me." Page prepared for the devotee children by Parama Bhakti Dasi. (201 K Acrobat PDF file.)

22 February 2021

Disappearance of Srila Ramanuja Acharya.

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

thumbAudio: Sri Ramanuja Acharya (1983). "Ramanuja Acharya lived near about 125 years, we are told. Of all the acharyas, the first opposition was given from the Vaishnava section towards Sankar's mayavad, by Ramanuja Acharya." Informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, 23 February 1983:
28 minutes, 6.5 MB mp3 audio

thumbAudio: Sri Ramanuja Acharya (1982). Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj tells a short story about Sri Ramanuja Acharya and his desire to deliver the whole of humanity. "Ramanuja told: 'My master, your mantram is infallible. it will produce its desired result, I am sure of that, so let these persons get released. Be satisfied with their fulfilment of life. And by breaking your order, I shall have to go to eternal hell. I am ready for that, my master.' "
2 November 1982:
5+ minutes, 1.3 MB mp3 audio

Audio: "Ramanuja Acharya appeared for the correction of the Sankara Sampradaya." Morning talk by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj on his veranda in Nabadwip, 8 February 2006.
Download, or listen online (48+ minutes, 5.6 MB mp3 audio).

21 February 2021

Disappearance of Srila Madhva Acharya.

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

thumbSrila Madhva Acharya. "Madhva Acharya established the difference between the servitor and the served. It is a very natural and real difference. The Lord and the servant. Real difference. The jiva is the servant, and there is the Lord to received the service. Not at any time he can be one with the Lord - this is blasphemy... Very strongly Madhva Acharya stressed this position."
22 February 1983:
15+ minutes, 3+ MB mp3 audio

thumbSri Madhva Acharya in Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita. Selection of verses about Sri Madhva Acharya 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.

19 February 2021

Appearance of Mahavishnu Avatar, Sri Advaita Acharya.

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

From Affectionate Guidance, Chapter 15, by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj in relation to this day:

Chapter Fifteen: An Ocean of Mercy
(Web page prepared by Damayanti Devi Dasi)

thumbAudio. Advent of Advaita Acharya. Srila B.R. Sridhar Maharaj explains: "First, Advaita Acharya descends here and then He looks around and finds that people are all apathetic to the truth, to Narayan. They are very fond of worshipping so many demigods and going on with their temporary pleasure searching, mad with that without caring for their own soul or liberation, or the life after liberation: to have a proper adjustment in Krishna consciousness. He was very much disturbed by this scenery and he prayed very fervently for the Lord to come here and to preach the Supreme Name, Nam sankirtan, by which a general amnesty and a peaceful effort may be done to start a campaign towards home. Back to God, back to home - this Nam sankirtan. And Mahaprabhu with others they also gradually come down here and begin their Nam sankirtan."
38+ minutes, 8.8 MB mp3 audio

Audio: Srila Advaita Acharya appearance day, 2003. "If Advaita Acharya Prabhu was not merciful to us, we would not get Gauranga Mahaprabhu, and if we would not get Gauranga Mahaprabhu then we could not understand properly Krishna and Krishna-lila."
Discourse for a Radio Programme by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj in Kolkata. 8 February, 2003.
34+ minutes, 7.9 MB mp3 audio

16 February 2021

Sri Krishna Vasanta Panchami. Appearance day of Sri Vishnu Priya Devi. Appearance of Srila Pundarik Vidyanidhi, Srila Raghunath Das Goswami, and Srila Raghu Nandan Thakur. Disappearance of Srila Visvanath Chakravarti Thakur, Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Viveka Bharati Maharaj, and Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Svarup Parvat Maharaj. Sri Saraswati Puja.

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

thumbAudio: Sri Krishna Vasanta Panchami, 1984. Informal discourse on this special day of Sri Saraswati Puja and the appearance day of Vishnu Priya Devi, Pundarik Vidyanidhi, Srila Raghunandana Thakur and Srila Raghunath Das Goswami, and the disappearance day of Srila Viswanath Chakravarti Thakur, Srimad B.V. Bharati Maharaj and Srimad B.S. Parvat Maharaj.
Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj speaks extensively about all the above personalities, 7 February 1984:
Part A, 36+ minutes, 8.5 MB mp3 audio
Part B, 40+ minutes, 9.3 MB mp3 audio

From Sermons of the Guardian of Devotion, Vol. II, by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj in relation to this day:

Chapter Seven: A Holy Day
(Web page prepared by Damayanti Devi Dasi)

thumbAudio: Very auspicious day (1982). Srila Sridhar Maharaj chants the glories of personalities connected with Sri Krishna Vasanta Panchami. "Vishnupriya Devi's life is that of helping the fallen to go to the utmost, the highest domain of love where Krishna, Love Divine, is; where the jiva can be very, very near to Krishna. Mercy is over justice. Love is also over justice."
Srila Sridhar Maharaj's informal darshan, 30 January 1982:
(67+ minutes, 15.5 MB mp3 audio)

thumbVideo: Vasanta Panchami, 2009. Extensive informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj on Vasanta Panchami day, Kolkata, 2 February 2009:
 Part 1: 27+ minutes, 36+ MB mov video
 Part 2: 28+ minutes, 37+ MB mov video

thumbAudio: Vasanta Panchami, 2003. Srila B.S. Govinda Maharaj tells that this is the day of Krishna's vasanta Rasa Dance as well as the day of appearance and disappearance of several great Vaishnavas. It is Saraswati's puja day and Vishnu Priya Devi's auspicious appearance day. About Mahaprabhu's shakti, Vishnu Priya Devi, Srila Gurudev tells how she would not leave Mahaprabhu's house after His disappearance and would be chanting the Holy Name of Krishna one by one counting with rice grains and with the amount of rice chanted she would prepare bhoga to offer to Mahaprabhu. Gurudev tells that her service was very quiet but important and unique.
Excerpt from an informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj on Vasanta Panchami day, 5 February 2003:
43+ minutes, 10 MB mp3 audio

Audio: Sri Vasanta Panchami, 2011. Srila Bhakti Sudhir Goswami Maharaj explains how Srila Guru Maharaj refers to a verse of Srila Visvanath Chakravarti Thakur and applies it saying that Nimai Pandit on the eve of his sannyas had to give up the throne of love and affection that is the heart of Vishnu Priya... The Lord is the property of His devotees and principally of His sakti. What she possessed, she is willing to give that up (when Nimai Pandit left to take sannyas) so everyone else could be beyond liberated, that they can have that.
Informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sudhir Goswami Maharaj on 8 February 2011:
53+ minutes, 9 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

Srila Parvat Maharaj in His Abode. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj recounts the glories of his worshippable godbrother just after his departure. Translated from a Bengali editorial in Sri Gaudiya Darsan of 1957. "Srila Bhakti Svarup Parvat Maharaj, one of the itinerant Acharyas dedicated to fulfilling the heartfelt desires of the supremely worshippable Jagad-guru Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Prabhupad..." (Read more.) Posted on the Math's GaudiyaDarshan.com website.

15 February 2021

Appearance of Srila Bhakti Pavan Janardan Maharaj.

thumbSri Vyasa Puja of Srila Bhakti Pavan Janardan Maharaj. Joining Mahaprabhu's mission in 1970, His Holiness has been blessed by Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhu, Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj and Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. His Holiness is the most senior of our guardian Acharyas, preaches extensively worldwide and is the head of the Soquel Seva Ashram, California. Please see the biography and glorification of His Holiness posted on the Soquel Seva Ashram's website, sevaashram.net.

5 February 2021

Disappearance of Srila Lochan Das Thakur.

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

thumbTwo kirtans written by Srila Lochan Das Thakur in praise of Sri Nityananda Prabhu: Akrodha Paramananda and Nitai Gunamani Amara.

These compositions can also be found on pages 72-74 of The Nectarean Glories of Sri Nityananda Prabhu.

3 February 2021

Disappearance of Srila Jayadev Goswami.

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

thumbAudio: "Jayadev Goswami, a great devotee poet, was writing a book in Sanskrit about Krishna-lila, inspired by Him. Then he came to a place where Radha Krishna were in their secret union with so many sentiments and feelings coming and going. Krishna is trying His best to pacify Radharani in His favour with so much eagerness that He is about to say that 'I want to serve Your holy feet, please extend them to Me.' Jayadev could not write this. It came before his pen, but he shuddered, 'How can I say that Krishna, the highest God, will pray for the holy feet of Radharani to serve them? I can't!' He stopped there and went to take bath in the Ganges. In the meantime Krishna Himself came in the form of Jayadev himself..."
Discourse by Srila B.R. Sridhar Maharaj, 26 January 1983:
10 minutes, 2.3 MB mp3 audio

thumbExcerpts from the writings of Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj about Srila Jayadev Goswami, as well as an excerpt from Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita.

In addition is one of Srila Jayadev Goswami's compositions, taken from Gita Govinda, also by him, Sri Dasavatara-stotra.

1 February 2021

Disappearance of Sripad Yadavendu Bhakti Chandan.

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

thumbSripad Yadavendu Bhakti Chandan. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj describes him as a prime example of humility and giving honour to others.
"He was a senior man, he was very experienced and honourable... I was his servant for one month in Vrindavan. Sometimes Srila Guru Maharaj told me, 'In the evening, give him a garland.' He was a very good man, and Guru Maharaj gave him the title 'Bhakti Chandan'." Read more... (Posted on the Math's GaudiyaDarshan.com website.)

31 January 2021

Appearance of Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami Prabhu. Disappearance of Srila Ramachandra Kaviraj.

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

An excerpt from Sri Guru and his Grace, written by Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, about an important prayer found in the Hari-bhakti-vilasa of Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami.

Audio. "Gopal Bhatta Goswami was a very honourable Vaishnava and Mahaprabhu's parshad... He was always giving so much protection for Rupa-Sanatan's writings and Mahaprabhu's conception." Excerpt from Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's informal discourse over the phone to Sripad Madhusudan Prabhu on Srila Jiva Goswami's appearance day, 19 September 2002.
6+ minutes, 1.5 MB mp3 audio

Sri Gopal Bhatta Goswami was the son of Venkata Bhatta, a resident of Sri Rangam. Gopal Bhatta formerly belonged to the disciplic succession of the Ramanuja-sampradaya but later became part of the Gaudiya-sampradaya. Read more... Description given by Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad in his purport to Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita, Adi-lila 10.105.

21 January 2021

thumbnewAudio: Twenty recordings of Srila Govinda Maharaj and several photos, posted during the last month in the recently restarted flow of sweetness of Srila Gurudev's discourses and pictures available on AbsoluteSweetness.org.
The site now includes a podcast section with the option of sending automatic notification of newly published lectures.

16 January 2021

Disappearance of Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhu. Disappearance of Srila Jagadish Pandit.

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

Excerpts from Srila Jiva Goswami writings and selected references to him in the books of Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj: Sri Sri Prapanna-jivanamritam, Loving Search for the Lost Servant and the Sermons of the Guardian of Devotion series.

13 January 2021

Amavasya. Sriman Mahaprabhu leaves Nabadwip in the night to go to Katwa to take sannyas.

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

Audio: Sriman Mahaprabhu leaves to take Sannyas, talk from 1982. "This day in the year Mahaprabhu stayed the last day of His family stay. This afternoon He will meet many of His friends and will appeal to them fervently to take to Krishna Nama: 'Whatever you do, in every engagement, you try to take Krishna always with you. Eating, sleeping, working, whatever you are physically engaged in, go on with the consciousness of Krishna.' Then, by the end of this night he left Nabadwip for all."
Informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, 13 January 1982:
16+ minutes, 3+ MB mp3 audio

thumb Krishna's call. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj explains Sriman Mahaprabhu's motivations for taking sannyas. Posted on the Math's GaudiyaDarshan.com website:
"Not caring for the cold during this winter season at all, He went. There was so much heat within His body and mind. He was heated on one side by viraha, feeling separation from Krishna, and on the other side by the duty of preaching to the world about Krishna."

thumbSri Nimai Sannyas. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj expresses the grief-stricken hearts of the residents of Nabadwip in a Bengali poem published in Sri Gaudiya Darshan, June 1967. Transliterated, translated into English and posted on the Math's gaudiyadarshan.com website.

Read the following excerpt from The Golden Volcano, describing Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's Sannyas-lila, which begins with Him leaving His home in Katwa. Available as a pdf, or as a webpage from the very early days of scsmath.com, 1995.

In addition, fifty-seven illustrated web-pages of the full chapter 'A Tragedy of Separation' from 'Golden Volcano of Divine Love'.

Also, read Sripad Bhakti Prapanna Tirtha Maharaj’s answer to enquiries concerning the actual dates Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s Sannyasa Lila.

thumbAudio: Sannyas day of Mahaprabhu Chaitanyadev. "Today is such a fortunate day for the conditioned souls especially because Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu, who appeared with the heart and halo of Radharani, He has taken sannyas today." Srila Govinda Maharaj's informal darshan, 16 January 2008:
31+ minutes, 7.2 MB mp3 audio

thumbAudio: Nimai Pandit becomes Chaitanyadev. After taking sannyas, for three days Mahaprabhu was in Rarhadesh intoxicated with Krishna-prema, searching 'Where is Krishna?' He wanted to go to Vrindavan, Krishna is in Vrindavan. This was His mood.
Srila Govinda Maharaj's informal darshan, 14 January 2006:
45+ minutes, 7.9  MB mp3 audio

3 January 2021

Disappearance festival of the founder of the Sri Chaitanya Math and worldwide Sri Gaudiya Maths, Bhagavan Sri Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Prabhupad.

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

To Whom Shall I Convey My Joy? Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur expresses his joy and sorrow at completing his commentary on Sri Chaitanya-charitamrta. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj specially requested that this poem be recited on the disappearance day of Srila Saraswati Thakur. Posted on the Math's GaudiyaDarshan.com website.

Audio: Srila Prabhupad Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur's disappearance day, 1983. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj speaks about the last moments of his Srila Guru Maharaj in this world.
"We were rendering duty in his sick bed, I was also among them, my duty was from 2 o'clock at night to 4 o'clock in the morning. Just before 24 hours of his departure he called for me and asked me to sing a song: Sri Rupa Manjari pada sei mora sampada, this famous song which is supposed to be the highest realisation of any Gaudiya Vaishnava devotee. Then after 24 hours, on the first of January early morning he left the world."
Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur's disappearance day, 4 January 1983:
11+ minutes, 2.7 MB mp3 audio

thumbAudio: Srila Prabhupad Saraswati Thakur's life was so exalted from his birth.
"Do what is in favour of service to the Lord Krishna, and all the illusion, bondage, disturbance, material mentality, everything will disappear." Srila Govinda Maharaj, 23 December 2006.
(26 minutes, 3.4 MB mp3 audio also in higher quality: 6.3 MB.)

thumbAudio: Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur's totalitarian war against maya as it began through his preaching in Kolkata. Srila Govinda Maharaj, 20 December 2006.
(22+ minutes, 2.9 MB mp3 audio also in higher quality: 5.6 MB.)

thumbAudio: Disappearance Day of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur: "We are all connected spiritually and materially with Srila Saraswati Thakur, and so fortunate that still we are continuing and carrying his conception all over the world by the grace of Srila Guru Maharaj." Srila Govinda Maharaj, 8 December 2006.
(45 minutes, 5.7 MB mp3 audio also in higher quality: 11 MB.)

thumbSloka composed by Srila Gurudev, 30th December 2004. As the feast for Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad's tirobhava arrived, His Divine Grace Srila Govinda Maharaj spontaneously composed this sloka in his honour:

2 January 2021

Festivals at the appearance place of Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj and his youth Pastimes place: Bamunpara and Nadan Ghat.

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

thumbSrila Gurudev visits Sripat Bamunpara, 2009, 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.

thumbVideo slides. Sripat Bamunpara 2009, 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.)

Sripat Bamunpara Festival 2004 in honour of Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's Sri Vyasa-Puja. Thirty-six pictures with captions sharing the event, which has again broken records for the largest single event held by the Math. Over fifteen thousand plates of Prasad were distributed.


The Grand Inauguration Festival of the Temple of Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Radha Gopinathjiu, presided over by His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj as part of His Divine Grace's 75th Appearance Day (74th Anniversary) Sri Vyasa-Puja Celebrations, 2003. Five pages of pictures of 11 December.


1 January 2021

The grand 92nd appearance day celebration of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math's Sevaite-President-Acharya, Om Vishnupad Paramahamsa Parivrajakacharya Sri Srimad Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. New Year's Day.

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

Audio: Glories of Srila Govinda Maharaj. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj tells several stories in praise of Srila Govinda Maharaj including his impressive lecture at the opening of the Chandradoya Mandir, Mayapur; the story of the miser from Rarhadesh who gave Srila Gurudev a cartload of rice saying that he had filled his heart with joy; the medicine he gave to Srila Sridhar Maharaj when he was very sick which, in the words of Srila Guru Maharaj, "gave me new life"; among others. Srila Sridhar Maharaj confirms "He has got something from his previous life... he has got some siddhi".
A talk given on the occasion of Srila Sridhar Maharaj's Vyasa Puja, a day after Srila Govinda Maharaj's sannyas ceremony. Nabadwip, 7 November 1985:
16+ minutes, 3.8 MB mp3 audio

thumbAudio: Sri Vyasa Puja, 1989. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj is glorified by Sripad Janardan and Sripad Ashram Maharaj, then Srila Govinda Maharaj speaks to the devotees in English and in Bengali. "Now Guru Maharaj is not in form of human body in front of us, but I know that his divine direction is always guiding us... We shall try to maintain our devotional life with the service of Guru, Vaishnava, Bhagavan. This is my birthday and I am very happy that all the Vaishnavas are very merciful and blessful to me. I am giving my full dandavats to all the Vaishnavas, Gurudevas and well-wishers. They do not take my offences, I know. My prayer is that, until death, if i can serve the Deities, devotees and the Math I shall be very happy."
Informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, introduced by Sripad B.P. Janardan Maharaj and Sripad B.K. Ashram Maharaj. Nabadwip, 14 December 1989:
33 minutes, 7+ MB mp3 audio
 
thumbAudio: Srila Govinda Maharaj speaking two days before his Sri Vyasa-Puja in 1999. "I am expecting so many devotees to come to my birthday festival and they will bring so many gifts to me, but what shall I give to them? ... I think I can give some relief to them if they will follow me. ... What is necessary to remove the obstacles in the path of devotion? Obstacle is asat-sanga, bad association. How much it can do wrong, we cannot conceive it."
22 December 1999:
11+ minutes, 2 MB mp3 audio

thumbVideo 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.)

thumbSrila 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.

thumb Talk by Pujyapada Satprasangananda Prabhu (later to become Sri Nayanananda Das Babaji Maharaj) in glorification of Srila Govinda Maharaj in Nabadwip in 1986.
"Our Govinda Maharaj is now the chief inspiration behind that [Srila Sridhar Maharaj's] preaching ... He was an expert in kirtan and playing the mrdanga; his kirtan was always ecstatic. From the time of his coming here to Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, the Transcendental Service of the Deities Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gandharva Govindasundar became manifest more and more beautifully and gloriously. This gave us much joy. For this, Srila Sridhar Maharaj delegated all service responsibility of his Math, preaching and devotees to Govinda Maharaj..."

Vaishnava Thakur. Excerpt from Dignity of the Divine Servitor. Glorification of Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Maharaj from a lecture given by Sripad B.S. Goswami Maharaj on the Appearance Day of Srila Govinda Maharaj in San Mateo, California, 1990. (2.2 MB pdf file.)

Audio: Sri Vyasa Puja discourses by Sripad B.B. Avadhut Maharaj and Sripad Mahananda Prabhu with translation to Bengali by Sripad B.P. Tirtha Maharaj, on Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's 84th Appearance Festival. In addition Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj, Sripad B.P. Tirtha Maharaj and Sripad B.K. Tyagi Maharaj all spoke extensively, mainly in Bengali, chanting Srila Gurudev's glories.
Nabadwip, 30 December 2012:
  31+ minutes, 7+ MB mp3 audio

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Main Vaisnava Dates:
(Nabadwip's Calendar.
Plus an extensive list of local Ekadashi dates and paran times worldwide.)

FEBRUARY 2021
23 Ekadashi. Fast (in Nabadwip).
24 Varaha Dvadashi. Paran (in Nabadwip) between 6:09 and 9:57 am after the worship of Sri Varahadev. Appearance of Lord Varaha.
25 Appearance of Sri Nityananda Prabhu. Grand festival and installation anniversary of Sri Sri Guru Gaura Nityananda Jiu at Sree Chaitanya Saraswata Krishnanushilana Sangha, Ekachakra Dham.
27 Purnima. Sri Krishna's Madhurotsav. Appearance of Srila Narottam Das Thakur.
MARCH 2021
2 Disappearance of Tridandi Swami Sripad Bhakti Premik Siddhanti Maharaj.
4 The 148th divine appearance festival of the founder of the Sri Chaitanya Math and worldwide Sri Gaudiya Maths, Bhagavan Sri Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Prabhupad. Anniversary festival of the installation of Sri Gupta Govardhan Sri Mandir, Sri Govinda Kunda, Nabadwip(today because the Panchami tithi on the previous day was viddha at sunrise). Disappearance of Srila Purushottam Thakur. Appearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaj.
9 Ekadashi. Fast (in Nabadwip). Disappearance of Sripad Krishna Govinda Das Adhikari.
10 Dvadashi. Paran (in Nabadwip) between 5:56 and 9:50 a.m.
12 Sri Sri Shivaratri (optional fast). Disappearance of Sripad Yudhamanyu Prabhu Seva Vikram.
13 Amavasya. Paran between 5:53 and 9:49 a.m. for those who fasted. Anniversary festival of the installation of Sri Sadashiva Gangadhar, Sri Govinda Kunda, Nabadwip.
14 Disappearance of Vaishnava Sarvabhauma Srila Jagannath Das Babaji Maharaj, Srila Rasikananda Dev Goswami, and Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Dayita Madhav Maharaj.
15 Appearance of Srila Bhakti Kusum Ashram Maharaj.
16 Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gandharva Radha Ramanasundar Jiu installation anniversary festival, at Sree Chaitanya Saraswata Krishnanushilana Sangha, Kaikhali, Kolkata.
17 Appearance of Srila Purushottam Thakur. Disappearance of Sripad Tulasidas Das Adhikari Prabhu.
18 Disappearance of Sriyukta Tarangini Devi.
22 Adhivas festival of Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama. Beginning of annual seven day festival.
23 Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama begins. Parikrama of Sri Ishodyan, Sri Yoga Pith (Sriman Mahaprabhu's appearance place), Srivas Angan, Sri Nrisimha Mandir, Sri Advaita Bhavan, Murari Gupta Bhavan, Sri Chaitanya Math, the Temple of Sri Sri Gandharvika-Giridhari and Sriman Mahaprabhu surrounded by the Acharyas of the four Vaishnava sampradayas, Srila Prabhupad's Samadhi Mandir, Srila Gaura Kishor Das Babaji Maharaj's Samadhi, Sri Kazi Samadhi, Sharadanga Sri Jagannath Mandir, Sridhar Angan,  and Sri Antardwip.
24 Parikrama of Sri Simantadwip and Sri Rudradwip.
25 Mahadvadashi. Fast (in Nabadwip).
Parikrama of Praudha Maya, Vriddha Shiva, Sri Vishnu Priya's Deity of Sri Gauranga, Sri Jagannath Das Babaji Maharaj's Samadhi Mandir, Sri Koladwip, and other places. Disappearance of Sripad Madhavendra Puri.
26 Paran (in Nabadwip) between 5:41 and 9:42 a.m. Parikrama of Sri Godrumadwip and Madhyadwip, Sri Surabhi Kunj, Suvarna Bihar Math, Sri Nrisimha Palli, Sri Harihara Ksetra, and other places.
27 Adhivas observance ceremony of the appearance of Sri Gauranga. Parikrama of Sri Koladwip, Sri Ritudwip, Sri Jahnudwip, Sri Modadrumadwip, Old Sri Sri Gaura-Gadadhar Mandir, Vidya Nagar Sarvabhauma Gaudiya Math, Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur's appearance place, and the Deity served by Sri Saranga Murari and Vasudev Datta Thakur.
28 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 mahasankirtan. End of year 535 Gaurabda.
29 Sri Gaura Purnima paran between 5:38 and 9:41 a.m. Anandotsav of Sri Jagannath Mishra. Last gathering of the week-long yearly meeting at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math and yearly festival. Start of year 536 Gaurabda.
APRIL 2021
2 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. Pancham Dol.
   
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.
Full Vaishnava Calendar