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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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19 June 2022

Appearance of Srila Vakreshvar Pandit.

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

Excerpt about Vakresvara Pandit from Sermons of the Guardian of Devotion Volume III by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
"Later on Mahaprabhu's intimate devotee, Vakresvara Pandit, came to Devananda's house. He came and had a private talk with Devananda, and Devananda was converted..." So, when Mahaprabhu after five years of sannyasa came again to visit this area, Kuliya here in Nabadwip Dham, Devananda fell at His feet, crying, "I have made such great offences!"

Vakresvara Pandit in Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita. Selection of verses where Vakresvara Pandit is mentioned, especially for his ecstatic dancing, in Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's Pastimes.


15 June 2022

Disappearance of Srila Shyamananda Prabhu and Sripad Rishabdev Das Adhikari.

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

thumbAudio: Syamananda Prabhu. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj tells the story of Syamananda Prabhu finding Srimati Radharani's ankle bell and receiving a special tilak mark on his forehead by the touch of that ankle bell. Srila Sridhar Maharaj explains that Syamananda Prabhu changed from sakhya-rasa to madhura-rasa "by a special dispensation of the Absolute."
30 July 1983:
13 minutes, 3 MB mp3 audio

Shyamananda Prabhu. Excerpt from Affectionate Guidance, Chapter 17, by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
"Narottam Thakur's close associates and peers were Shyamananda and Srinivas. From the inspiration of Srila Jiva Goswami and the other Vaishnavas, these three great devotees were sent back to Bengal to continue the preaching of Mahaprabhu."

Shyamananda Prabhu is mentioned several times in Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad's purports of Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita. Here are some of his comments on Shyamananda Goswami's contribution to the cult of Mahaprabhu's sankirtan movement.

Audio: "In my life I have seen so many miracles...." Morning informal discourse in 2006 by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj in glorification of Sripad Rsabhdev Prabhu of USA in remembrance of his passing away on this day in 2000.
12 June 2006:
Download, or listen online (29+ minutes, 3.4 MB mp3 audio).

Sripad Rsabhdev Prabhu's Disappearance. Announcement, glorification and Nabadwip Festival pictures of his auspicious passing away in 2000.

Audio: Sripad Rsabhdev Das Adhikari - an excerpt from the soundtrack of the Vimeo video of him speaking a few weeks before his passing away in 2000.
"Dive deep, don't be satisfied with the surface understanding. Religion is a prison. And we've picked up so much of the acculturation of Hinduism and what we consider to be the Vedic religion, but it's necessary for us to go to the core, and this is beyond all visual, mental, and objective understanding, and that is the subjective. We must go into the subjective evolution of consciousness, and dive deep into that reality, Reality the Beautiful, where Krishna is searching for His lost servant."
Download, or listen online (13+ minutes, 3.2 MB mp3 audio)

Video of the above talk by Sripad Rsabhdev Prabhu: 23 minutes, 58 MB QuickTime movie.

14 June 2022

Purnima. Snan Yatra (bathing) of Sri Jagannathdev. Disappearance of Srila Mukunda Datta and Srila Sridhar Pandit.

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

Audio: Informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj in remembrance of this day of the Snan Yatra of Sri Jagannath Dev and the disappearance of Srila Mukunda Datta and Srila Sridhar Pandit. Extensive interaction with Sripad Bhakti Sudhir Goswami Maharaj heading devotees gathered on Srila Gurudev's veranda at our Dum Dum Park Temple including Sripad B.L. Akinchan Maharaj, Sripad B.P. Siddhanti Maharaj, Sripad B.S. Niskinchan Maharaj, Sripad B.S. Jitendriya Maharaj and Sripad B.M. Mangal Maharaj. Informal discourse given on 11 June 2006.
Download, or listen online (35+ minutes, 4.1 MB mp3 audio).

Srila Sridhar Pandit. From the chapter The Real Judgment of Love in the book Heart and Halo, Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj illustrates the glories of Srila Sridhar Pandit with an anecdote from Sriman Mahaprabhu's Pastimes.

Srila Mukunda Datta. Compiled article describing the glories of Srila Mukunda Datta with links to further reading.


12 June 2022

Grand festival of Srila Raghunath Das Goswami at Sripat Panihati.

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

Audio: "Panihati Festival." Morning discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj in Dum Dum Park, 9 June 2006.
Download, or listen online (27+ minutes, 3.2 MB mp3 audio).

Panihati Festival, extensive article compiled and prepared by Jagamohini Devi Dasi about the event celebrated this day.
"Others, who could not find a place even on the bank, went into the pure water of the Ganges and began eating from their pots of rice. Raghava Pandit arrived and began to laugh with great surprise and amusement at the scene before him."

9 June 2022

Sri Ganga Puja. Appearance of Sri Ganga Mata Goswamini. Disappearance of Srila Baladev Vidyabhushan Prabhu.

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

Audio: 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).

Srila 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.

thumbAudio. The Gita, processes of interpretation, and Srila Baladev Vidyabhusan. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj talks about the hundreds of interpretations of the Bhagavad-gita and how Srila Sridhar Maharaj's translation of the Gita is "the original ideal where bhakti-yoga is established in every chapter."
And: "As Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur indicated, there are two explanations of the Gita, one is raga-marga and the other is vidhi-marga. He has given us two kinds of processes, one is Visvanath Chakravarti's and the other is Baladev Vidyabhusan's."
Baladev Vidyabhusan composed Govinda-bhasya interpretation of Vedanta-darsan in twelve days and with that book he challenged the Vaishnav schools in Jaipur, defeated them all, and established there the achintya-bhedabheda conception of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
42+ minutes, 9.9 MB mp3 audio

Srila Baladev Vidyabhusan, three excerpts from the book Sri Guru and His Divine Grace by Srila Sridhar Maharaj describing his qualities, glories and valuable contribution to our sampradaya.

Srila Baladeva Vidyabhusan, illustrated article for the children devotees in honour of Srila Baladeva Vidyabhusan's Disappearance Day, prepared by Parama Bhakti Devi Dasi of Holland.

thumbAudio. Sri Ganga Mata Goswamini. Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj describes the story of Sri Ganga Mata Goswami, the disciple of Sri Haridas Pandit of Vrindavan, and who was carried into the Jagannath Temple by the Ganges when she went to bathe in the Sweta Ganga kunda in Puri.
Informal talk on 24 September 2009:
19 minutes, 4.6 MB mp3 audio

Sri Ganga Mata Goswamini, short article introducing the life of the princess Sachi Devi who took sincerely to the renounced order of life and presently became known as Ganga Mata Goswamini. Compiled with the assistance of the Nilachala Puri Guide by Nowla Kisor Prabhu.

3 June 2022

Disappearance of Srila Bhakti Gaurava Giri Maharaj (Sripad Paramananda Vidyaratna Prabhu).

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

Sripad Paramananda Prabhu of Russia recalls:

Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj described to me some of the qualities of Srila Bhakti Gaurava Giri Maharaj (formerly Sripad Paramananda Vidyaratna Prabhu) while giving me my name at the time of initiation.

Sripad Giri Maharaj at the age of around twelve years old was one pointedly searching for a pure sadhu to take shelter of and serve. His good fortune brought him to the lotus feet of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur who, seeing his sincere mood, bestowed upon him much care and affection.

He was perhaps the second disciple of Srila Saraswati Thakur, who gave him the name Paramananda Das. Seeing his youth and capacity, Srila Saraswati Thakur arranged for his formal education. Some time after the completion of his education, Srila Saraswati Thakur conferred upon him the title 'Vidyaratna'.

While still quite young, Paramananda Prabhu joined in Vrindavan Parikrama organised by His Divine Grace. While at Radha Kunda, Paramananda Prabhu noticed the Diwan of Bharatpur and his wife engaged in dandavat parikrama of Radha Kunda, and was impressed to see their devotional mood.

Mentioning this to Srila Saraswati Thakur, Srila Saraswati Thakur explained to him that yes, they have devotion, no doubt, but their conception and our conception differ. As Srila Guru Maharaj, Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Maharaj describes in Loving Search for the Lost Servant:

At that time Prabhupad said, "Their angle of vision towards Radha Kunda and Radharani is different from ours. They recognise and revere Krsna. And because Radharani is Krsna's favourite, they also have some reverence for Radha Kunda. But our vision is just the opposite. Our concern is with Radharani. And only because She wants Krsna do we have any connection with Him."

And so, the Gaudiya–Vaisnavas know only Radharani. They are concerned only with Her, and Her duties, Her necessities. They are ready to serve Her in all respects and cannot contemplate any service without Her.

Like a calf, Paramananda Prabhu was the catalyst to draw this illuminating response from Srila Saraswati Thakur.

Srila Gurudev Srila Govinda Maharaj described him to be an eternal associate of Srila Bhakti Saraswati Thakur who later gave him sannyas and the name Bhakti Gaurava Giri Maharaj.

He was a constant companion and rendered all kinds of services to Srila Saraswati Thakur who treated him always with much affection.

Srila Giri Maharaj greatly appreciated Srila Guru Maharaj Srila Sridhar Maharaj's Sri Sri Prapanna Jivanamritam, and he was a great advocate encouraging devotees to daily read from this book.

30 March 2022

thumbWorldwide local Ekadashi dates supplement until Sri Gaura Purnima 2023, is now online.

Following Srila Gurudev Srila Govinda Maharaj's directives, only Ekadashi (or Mahadvadashi when applicable) days and their breaking fast times the next day are separately calculated for worldwide locations, other dates are followed according to the calendar of Nabadwip.

With appreciation to Sripad B.A. Dandi Maharaj who prepared this year's calendars despite facing considerable difficulties in the midst of war.

thumbNabadwip's Vaishnava Calendar updated with several amendments and re-uploaded.

26 March 2022

thumbNew Vaishnava Calendar 2022-2023 is now available here, with dates calculated for Nabadwip until next Sri Gaura Purnima (2023).
The list of worldwide local Ekadashi dates until 2023 will follow presently.

15 March 2022

Disappearance of Sripad Madhavendra Puri. 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.

thumbEspañol: 'El Tesoro Escondido del Santo Dham Nabadwip' (550 K pdf book). Las Visiones Trascendentales de Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur como son reveladas en Sri Nabadwip Dham Mahatmya y Sri Nabadwip Bhava Taranga. Esta versión en español fué traducida de la obra en inglés titulada The Hidden Treasure of The Holy Dham Nabadwip (25 MB pdf book), la cual tiene sus originales en bengalí. 

14 February 2022

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.

thumbArticle: "By the Grace of Nityananda Prabhu you will get everything" by Srila Gurudev, published in the June 2006 edition of Sri Gaudiya Darshan magazine produced by Sripad Devashis Prabhu.  
Download, or read article online (650 KB pdf file)

31 January 2022

thumbAudio: Glorification of Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur by Srila Gurudev Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, spoken on 12th April 2007, Nabadwip. Posted on the Absolute Sweetness website with upgraded sound quality, podcast link and additional notes and slokas.
Plus two more recordings posted within the last week on absolutesweetness.org each with notes and slokas:
Evening discourse with sannyasis, 11th April 2007
'Vaishnava-sanga', morning darshan, 11th April 2007. 

11 January 2022

thumb'How to Find Your Guru.' Srila Guru Maharaj Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj explains how to search in the proper manner. Transcript referred to in the following 'New Year's Best Wishes' talk.

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New Year's Best Wishes, a few words from Sri B.R. Madhusudan Maharaj, requested by the devotees, with well-wises for 2022 and reminding all of the substance and sweet mood of Srila Guru Maharaj's and Srila Gurudev's Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. 26 minute YouTube video.

5 January 2022

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

thumbSrila Jiva Goswami's pranam mantram explained by Srila Gurudev, Srila Govinda Maharaj. Composed by Srila Baladev Vidyabhusan before writing his Govinda Bhasyam, Srila Gurudev comments that Srila Guru Maharaj would become transformed when he would explain this verse.

4 January 2022

thumbAudio: 'Pure consciousness is giving us pure life..." Morning darshan by Srila Gurudev, 5th April 2007, Nabadwip. Newly posted on the Absolute Sweetness website, includes notes and slokas
Download, or listen online (43 minutes audio)

1 January 2022

Disappearance of Srila Mahesh Pandit and Srila Uddharan Das Thakur. New Year's Day.

thumbnewAudio, pictures and notes: Srila Gurudev reads and sings Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita after returning from the Ganges, 4th April 2007, Nabadwip. (With full photo gallery, notes and slokas) Posted on the Absolute Sweetness website. 
Download, or listen online (17 minutes audio)

thumbnewAudio: Three additional recordings of Srila Gurudev Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj posted on AbsoluteSweetness.org along with photos, notes and subscribe-able podcast link to the audio.
4 April 2007, informal darshan in Nabadwip, 46 minutes, with extensive notes and slokas.
Spoken 3 April 2007 in Nabadwip, 37 minutes.
Spoken 2 April 2007 in Nabadwip, 54 minutes.

Wishing a spiritually prosperous New Year to all the devotees and sincere searchers worldwide, in remembrance of the holy feet of Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj and Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj and the ocean of generous, deep, affectionate guidance they have given to the whole world.

 

...earlier updates >>


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Main Vaisnava Dates:
New Nabadwip's Calendar to 2023 (amended 23 April 2022).
Plus an extensive list of local Ekadashi dates and paran times worldwide to 2023.

June 2022
24 Ekadashi. Fast (in Nabadwip). Disappearance of Sriyukta Rama Devi.
25 Paran (in Nabadwip) between 7:24 and 9:26 a.m.
29 Amavasya. Disappearance of Srila Gadadhar Pandit and Srila Sachchidananda Bhakti Vinod Thakur.
30 Gundicha Marjan: cleaning at the Gundicha Temple at Sri Puri Dham, and cleaning of all Temples of the Lord.
July 2022
1 Ratha Yatra of Sri Jagannathdev. Disappearance of Srila Svarup Damodar Goswami Prabhu.
4 Hera Panchami. Sri Sri Laksmi Vijay (observed the following day in Sri Puri Dham).
7 Disappearance of Sripad Ajita Krishna Brahmachari.
9 Disappearance of Tridandi Swami Bhakti Kamal Madhusudan Maharaj. Disappearance of Sriyukta Krishnamayi Devi. Punar Yatra of Sri Jagannathdev (Return car festival).
10 Ekadashi. Fast (in Nabadwip).
11 Dvadashi. Paran (in Nabadwip) between 5:03 and 7:45 a.m.
13 Purnima. 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.
15 Disappearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Hriday Bon Maharaj.
18 Disappearance of Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami Prabhu.
21 Disappearance of Srila Lokanath Goswami Prabhu.
24 Ekadashi. Fast (in Nabadwip).
25 Paran (in Nabadwip) between 5:07 and 9:31 a.m.
28 Amavasya. Festival in honour of the disappearance of Om Vishnupad Paramahamsa Parivrajakacharya-varya Ashtottara-shata-sri Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
   
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