♦ Golden Reflections ♦

This book was prepared and published by Sripad Mahananda Prabhu Bhakti Ranjan in 1992 to celebrate the Golden Jubilee, or 50th Anniversary, of the founding of the Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math in Sri Nabadwip Dham, West Bengal.

This book contains a series of reflections of Srila B.S. Govinda Maharaj on how the Math was founded and developed over the course of time, as well as affectionate guidance for the practitioners on how to proceed in their aspiring spiritual life.

Now, 20 years later, to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee, 70th Anniversary, we are presenting this book online, both for online reading and for downloading as PDF. The online text of the book is without amendments, 'as it is'.

Sri Rathayatra Day,
21 June, 2012

Cover of the book

(by Sripad Mahananda Prabhu Bhakti Ranjan)

(by Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj)

1: Earlier Days
(Part One of an interview with
Srila B.S. Govinda Maharaj)

2: Behind the Screen
(Interview, Part Two)

3: Step by Step
(The first of two discourses by
Srila B.S. Govinda Maharaj)

4: The Solution in a Nutshell
(The second discourse)

5: The Math Logo
(A short explanation)

-: Photographs from the publication
(The photographs presented in the book)


† A scanned copy of this book can be downloaded here (74.3 Mb); you can also buy the original book in our online bookstore.

Abbreviations used in the book:
Bg. — Srimad Bhagavad-gita
C.c. — Sri Caitanya-caritamrtam
Pj. — Sri Sri Prapanna-jivanamrtam

A short glossary for those reading for the first time (more rear words have inbuilt hints that appear when you hover the mouse over the word):
Math — a temple complex built for devotional practices.
Lila — pastimes, activities.
Dham — a holy, transcendental abode.
Vaisnava — a devotee/agent of Lord Vishnu, or Krishna.
Sloka — a verse cited from a holy scripture.
Parikrama — pilgrimage, or circumambulation, of a holy place.
Brahmacari — a celibate practitioner.
Sannyasi — a monk.
Prasadam — sanctified food offered to the Lord.
Saranagati — surrender.
Bhakti — devotion.

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