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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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16 January 2020

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.

15 January 2020

Remembrance of Sriman Mahaprabhu's sannyas-lila.

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

14 January 2020

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.)

13 January 2020

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

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.

Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami's samadhi, his Temple and Deity of Sri Radharaman and related photographs taken in Vrindavan on his disappearance day festival 2012. Web-page of pictures.

6 January 2020

Appearance of Srila Jagadish Pandit.

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

Jagadish Pandit. A short excerpt from Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita about Jagadish Pandit, whose appearance is celebrated today.

1 January 2020

New Year's Day.

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.

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

thumbAudio: New Year's Resolution: Full Surrender. Starting the new year with focus on Sri Sri Prapanna-jivanamrtam. Audio with transcription. Informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, 31 December 2000, posted on the Math's premadharma.org website.
Excerpt:
"We can make our plan and programme for new year today. We will be fully surrendered to Lord Krishna, and fully surrendered means we will realise what full surrender is. Guru Maharaj's books always help us. Guru Maharaj (Srila Sridhar Maharaj) expressed the mood of surrender in a special way especially in Prapanna-jivanamrtam. We should read Prapanna-jivanamrtam at least today with attention. There we will get direction for our coming year. We must be able to satisfy Lord Krishna by the grace of my Guru Maharaj. I have no power over anything, but I believe full power is with him. You are all sons of nectar, and if you will connect with his divine book [Prapanna-jivanamrtam], you must be supremely benefited."

[Sri Sri Prapanna-jivanamrtam free downloads: complete book pdf format; complete spoken book two separate readings available, mp3 audio format.]

thumbAudio: New Year's day discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj on his verandah in Nabadwip, 2008. Srila Gurudev explains that the New Year has started but we need to make some promise to ourselves. "Actually the best promise for everyone is written in Bhagavatam... that we have no other alternative except the service to the Lord."
Download, or listen online (30+ minutes, 7.1 MB mp3 audio)

thumbAudio: New Year's day discourse 1997. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's speech on Sri Govinda Dham's Deity's Installation Day in Murwillumbah, Australia on New Year's Day, 1997.
6 minutes, 1.4 MB mp3 audio.
33+ minutes, 8.2 MB mp3 audio

1 September 2019

Spoken Book. In Search of the Original Source by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj as a spoken book (mp3 audio files) added to our list of audio books.

24 August 2019

Sri Nandotsav. Appearance of Vishva-varenya Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad.

newAudio and transcript: "If Srila Swami Maharaj had not come to this world, where would we be?" Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj's appearance day talk by Srila Gurudev, His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami, on Nandotsav day, August 1988.
Transcript and audio posted on Jayasri.org.

15 June 2019

Grand festival of Srila Raghunath Das Goswami at Sripat Panihati.

thumbSripad Bhakti Chandan Parvat Maharaj, resident of our Soquel, California, Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Seva Ashram, passed away early morning Friday 14 June. Since coming to Srila Gurudev's lotus feet in 1988 he rendered continuous sincere service in various capacities. His Holiness was beloved and dear to all the devotees.
For information of programs in his honour in California please see the Seva Ashram's website, and for a picture compilation in his remembrance a very presentable webpage dedicated to Sripad Parvat Maharaj on the SCSMathInternational website.

29 April 2019

Disappearance of Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur.

thumbnewAudio: Discourse on Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur's Disappearance Day, 2007. Glorification by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj of Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur on the morning of his disappearance day festival, 12th April 2007, Nabadwip. Audio and list of verses quoted by Srila Gurudev in this talk.
Additionally a further wonderful discourse (with quoted verses) by Srila Gurudev the following day when he also refers to this day.
Recent posts in the flow of sweetness of Srila Gurudev's discourses and pictures available on AbsoluteSweetness.org.

16 April 2019

(Ekadashi fast in Nabadwip). Festival in honour of the disappearance of Om Vishnupad Paramahamsa Parivrajakacharya-varya Ashtottara-shata-sri Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.

thumbWorld-wide calculations for 'Ekadashi' fasting dates until Gaura Purnima 2020 are now available. Other Vaishnava festival dates are observed on the same date throughout the world, but only the fasting for Sri Hari-vasara ('Ekadashi') are calculated according to local astrological conditions following the directions of Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.

10 April 2019

Appearance of Sripad Ramanuja Acharya and Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Hriday Bon Maharaj.

thumbnewVideo: Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj glorifying Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
On the day of his own Vyasa Puja in 1985, Srila Guru Maharaj spoke of the glories of his chosen successor Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. Srila Guru Maharaj's voice is set to footage of Srila Govinda Maharaj's Sri Vyasa Puja in 1987 at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip Dham.
Newly available video. Direct download or watch:
19 minutes, 64 MB mp4 video

Also available now on YouTube

21 March 2019

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 533 Gaurabda.

thumbnewAudio: Sri Gauranga's dancing mood. Informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj about Sri Gauranga as self-distributing ecstatic joy: "Taking His own Name He is dancing... that moving ananda, moving ecstasy. In my Premadhama-deva-stotram, I put that He is the ultimate reality, Absolute. Why? The two things presented in Him. One: dancing, in ecstatic joy feeling within Him. And: chanting, distributing that to the others."
Nabadwip Dham, 21 February 1982:
15+ minutes, 10+ MB mp3 audio

5 March 2019

Sri Sri Shivaratri (optional fast). Disappearance of Sripad Yudhamanyu Prabhu Seva Vikram.

thumbAudio: Sripad Yudhamanyu Prabhu Seva Vikram remembers Srila Gurudev Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj in this recorded interview posted on jayasri.org. (35 minutes.)

24 February 2019

The 146th 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. Disappearance of Srila Purushottam Thakur.

thumbAudio: Enlivening address to the international gathering, 1982, on the occasion of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur's divine appearance festival, by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj:
"Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur, one of the most courageous agents or recruiters, came here to recruit so many fallen souls to the highest level. And he had to fight with all the representatives of all different intermediary levels. Mostly he considered that mayavad was his greatest enemy."
Informal address to the devotees, 13 February 1982:
23 minutes, 16 MB mp3 audio

thumbAudio: Appearance Day Festival, 2007, of Bhagavan Sri Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Prabhupad.
Srila Gurudev sings Acharyya Vandana and Sri Dayita Das Pranati Panchakam.
Glorification of His Divine Grace in English, Nabadwip public programme.
Evening discussion with sannyasis.
Photos and audio posted on absolutesweetness.org.

19 February 2019

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

thumbSri Sri Narottama-Prabhor-Astakam. Eight verses in praise of Srila Narottam Prabhu, by Srila Visvanath Chakravarti Thakur. Posted today on premadharma.org.

9 February 2019

thumbSri Vyasa Puja of Srila Bhakti Pavan Janardan Maharaj.
Audio: "Remembering Srila Gurudev." In this exclusive interview with Srila Bhakti Pavan Janardan Maharaj, His Holiness shares his rich experience in over twenty years of association with Srila Gurudev, Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. Posted on the jayasri.org website.

27 January 2019

thumbNew Vaishnava Calendar up to Sri Gaura Purnima 2020 is now available.

26 January 2019

Disappearance of Srila Jayadev Goswami.

thumbSri Mangala-Gitam. A song of supreme auspiciousness, by Sri Jayadev Goswami with Kirtan illumination based on the commentary of Sri Prabodhananda Saraswati. Posted on the premadharma.org website.

1 January 2019

Disappearance of Srila Devananda Pandit and Srimad Bhakti Prakash Aranya Maharaj. New Year's Day.

thumbAudio: New Year's Day 2007, Nabadwip, morning darshan."Srimad Bhagavatam told this for everyone: year will be glorious if we will every day, every moment try to serve Lord Krishna and remember Lord Krishna." Posted on the Absolute Sweetness website.

thumbAudio: Morning darshan, 1st January 2002, Nabadwip:
Part one: Srila Gurudev discusses the worship of Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Radha Gopinathjiu in Hapaniya and other topics.
Part two: Srila Gurudev discusses Srila Krishnadas Kaviraj Goswami's Memorial Building and blessings of the venerable Vaishnavas.
Both recordings are posted on the Absolute Sweetness website.

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 >>


Please see our Earlier Updates for earlier updates this year and a full listing of thousands of earlier web-pages including pictures, reports, audios, videos, books, articles, etc. from Nabadwip, Kolkata and around the world. Plus a section of Srila Govinda Maharaj's World Tours with many links connected with his broad, affectionate preaching abroad.

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  • What's New? — for what's happening here at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip, India, and affiliated centres around the world. Includes topical pictures, dispatches, current events.
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  • Archive Memories. Mainly with pictures going back to 1999.
  • World Tours page with information, dispatches and photos from all recent tours made by Srila Govinda Maharaj. News of any pending tours will also be posted here.

If you are looking for information, books, publicity material, etc. these may be helpful:

  • Books — for purchases, downloads, descriptions and excerpts.
  • Donations — can now be made efficiently on-line too.
  • Audio: several lectures by our Acharyas as well as morning classes by our sannyasi section, and kirttans. Spoken Books are also now available for free download.
  • Useful downloads, for pictures of our Gurudevas, pamphlets, diacritic fonts, mini-posters of quotations.
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Plus an extensive list of local Ekadashi dates and paran times worldwide.)

January 2020 (continued)
15 Remembrance of Sriman Mahaprabhu's sannyas-lila.
16 Disappearance of Srila Jayadev Goswami.
18 Disappearance of Srila Lochan Das Thakur.
20 Ekadashi. No fast today in Nabadwip (because of Dashami viddha at dawn).
21 Ekadashi fast (in Nabadwip).
22 Paran (in Nabadwip) between 6:26 and 10:01 a.m.
25 Disappearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Gaurava Vaikhanas Maharaj. Disappearance of Sri Haripada Chaudhuri Das Adhikari.
26 Disappearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Sharan Shanta Maharaj.
29 Appearance of Srila Bhakti Pavan Janardan Maharaj.
30 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.
February 2020 (part)
1 Appearance of Mahavishnu Avatar, Sri Advaita Acharya.
2 Disappearance of Sripad Virendra Krishna Prabhu.
3 Disappearance of Srila Madhva Acharya.
4 Disappearance of Srila Ramanuja Acharya.
5 Ekadashi. Fast (in Nabadwip).
6 Varaha Dvadashi. Paran (in Nabadwip) between 6:21 and 10:01 am after the worship of Sri Varahadev. Appearance of Lord Varaha.
7 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.
9 Sri Krishna's Madhurotsav. Appearance of Srila Narottam Das Thakur.
12 Disappearance of Tridandi Swami Sripad Bhakti Premik Siddhanti Maharaj.
13 The 147th 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. Disappearance of Srila Purushottam Thakur.
   
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