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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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7 July 2020

Disappearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Hriday Bon Maharaj.

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

Srimad Bhakti Hriday Bon Maharaj. In remembrance of the first godbrother of Srila Srila Sridhar Maharaj to be sent by Srila Saraswati Thakur to preach in the West. Two excerpts from our publications: one by Srila Sridhar Maharaj, the other by Srila Govinda Maharaj.

5 July 2020

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.

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

Audio. Vedavyas. Informal discourse by His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
"All the scholars in the world at present they admit that Vedavyas has distributed so many different thoughts. There is no one to compete with him in that matter... So many types of thoughts are represented by Vedavyas, in Mahabharat, Srimad Bhagavatam, so many Puranas, Vedas, Vedanta; all possible representations and considerations of all possible thoughts are represented by him alone. So he is master of all sorts of understandings. And he has given in his last days what is written in Bhagavatam: that love is all, Bhagavat Prem, Krishna Prem... 'The inner most hankering of every jiva soul is for this, for beauty and love, affection and harmony, not for power, not for knowledge or anything else.'"
11+ minutes, 2.5 MB mp3 audio

Audio: Sri Guru-Purnima day discourse. Amongst other topics, Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj describes a remarkable debate between Srila Guru Maharaj Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj and a big pandit. That pandit was so impressed by Srila Guru Maharaj that he wanted his association at the time of passing from this world.
And:
"Today is Sanatan Goswami Prabhu's tirobhav (disappearance), and Vyasadev's avirbhav (appearance) happened on this purnima (full moon). And Nityananda Prabhu today did Vyasa-Puja in the house of Srivas Pandit, and ... Srivas Pandit organised this by order of Mahaprabhu."
Srila Gurudev speaking on Sri Guru-Purnima, 30 July 2007:
9 minutes, 4 MB mp3 audio

Audio: Chaturmasya begins. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj speaks in 2005 about the rules of chaturmasya and our position as a practitioner. He affirms that vedic knowledge appears through Krishna and Vedavyas; and other great scholar personalities have notated it. He tells how Narad Muni instructed Vedavyas to feel in his heart through meditation and to write the pastimes of Lord Krishna for his full satisfaction; and how Jiva Goswami has shown us that when Mahaprabhu appeared everyone could understand what was the final advice of the scriptures, that chanting the Holy Name of the Lord is the process for all religions.
21 July 2005.
19+ minutes, 4.6 MB mp3 audio.

Srila Vyasadev. Selected excerpts by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj taken from the Sermons of The Guardian of Devotion series and Sri Guru and His Grace.

Srila Sanatan Goswami. Excerpts from Sermons of The Guardian of Devotion Volumes 1 and 2 by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj.

Audio: Vedavyas had so much experience. Informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj at our Dum Dum Park Temple, Kolkata, 24 July 2006.
Download, or listen online (13 minutes, 1.6 MB mp3 audio)
or:
higher quality (3.1 MB)

A short excerpt about chaturmasya by Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in his edition of Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita (Madhya-lila 4.169).

Audio: Beginning of Chaturmasya, the four months of the rainy season. Early morning informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, 11 July 2006, on his veranda at our Dum Dum Park Temple, Kolkata. The background sound is rain falling on the neighbouring roof.
Download, or listen online (16+ minutes, 1.9 MB mp3 audio)
or:
higher quality (3.9 MB).

Sanatan Goswami and the sweet-rice from the book 'Dignity of the Divine Servitor' by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.

28 June 2020

Disappearance of Sripad Ajita Krishna Brahmachari.

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

Audio:Glorification of Ajit Krishna Brahmachari Prabhu who passed away over thirty years ago. Morning informal discourse on Ajit Krishna Prabhu's disappearance day, 2006, by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj at our Kolkata Dum Dum Park Temple. His Divine Grace mentions, "Happily he was doing everything. That type of brahmachari was the wealth of our Mission." And: "I am fortunate that I have seen like him - a great Vaishnava. Very rare to get." While listening, please note that in Bengal the expression 'too much' generally means 'very much.'
Download, or listen online (26 minutes, 3.2 MB mp3 audio)
or:
higher quality (6.4 MB).

26 June 2020

Hera Panchami. Sri Sri Laksmi Vijay (observed the following day in Sri Puri Dham).

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

Audio: Sri Laksmi Vijay morning discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj at our Kolkata Dum Dum Park Temple, 30 June 2006. The talk starts with Srila Govinda Maharaj describing Laksmi Devi's 'victory' over Lord Jagannath.
Download, or listen online (18+ minutes, 2.2 MB mp3 audio)
or
higher quality (4.4 MB).

23 June 2020

Ratha Yatra of Sri Jagannathdev. Disappearance of Srila Svarup Damodar Goswami Prabhu.

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

thumbThe Temple of Jagannath at Puri(880 KB pdf file), an essay by Srila Sachchidananda Bhakti Vinod Thakur first published in September 1871, and reprinted in the Spring 1994 edition of 'Counterpoint' magazine.

thumbSri Jagannathdev, by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. An excerpt posted on jayasri.org from the Spring 1994 edition of 'Counterpoint' published by Sripad Devashis Prabhu.

Audio: Sri Jagannath Rathayatra. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj points out the generous opportunity given by Lord Jagannath for Westerners to have His darshan during this festival, and describes the correct mood for us when we come in front of Him.
Originally posted by Madhusudan Prabhu as part of his krsna.cc Internet Radio series. Srila Gurudev speaking on 8 July 2005:
12 minutes, 3 MB mp3 audio

thumbUnited Through Affection. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj summarises the hidden messages exchanged during Ratha Yatra. Posted on the Math's GaudiyaDarshan.com website.

Audio: "Krishna is autocrat - not democrat, communist, or our servant." Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj speaking from Kolkata with particular reference to Sri Jagannath Rathayatra, for Madhusudan Prabhu's Internet Radio website, krsna.cc, 28 June 2006. (20+ minutes, 2.4 MB mp3 audio.)

Audio: Srila Govinda Maharaj's discourse in our Kaikhali, Kolkata, Temple discussing Sri Jagannathdev's Rathayatra and the disappearance of Sri Swarup Damodar Goswami. Informal discourse, 19 June 2004.
Download or listen online (mp3 audio files):
Part 1 | Part 2 (Total 17 mins, 3.1 MB mp3 audio)

Audio: Srila Govinda Maharaj's message to the devotees over the phone with Madhusudan Prabhu from Hawaii. "When outside devotees want to go to Jagannath Puri, I am happily giving my consent to them, but they must be conscious about their transcendental feelings."
Quoting a sloka he says: "Who will see Jagannath in His chariot, they will never come back to this material feelings or world, they are all going to the transcendental plane."
A most encouraging talk by Srila Govinda Maharaj, 1 July 2008.
5+ minutes, 1.2 MB mp3 audio

On the Way to Puri (50K pdf file) chapter of the book Divine Guidance. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj addresses the mood pilgrims should adopt for their pilgrimage to Puri.
This article is also available as a text html page using the Math's 'Centenary' diacritic font, and as web-pages of gif images of the text.

Puri Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Jagannathdev and His Dham - excerpt from Affectionate Guidance. His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj advises the pilgrims about how to see Purusottam Dham. "They will see these places (of the Pastimes of Mahaprabhu and His associates) and try to feel in their heart the mood of union in separation shown by Sriman Mahaprabhu, and they will offer prayers to the associates of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. If they cannot go inside any of the places then they can see these places from outside."

Srila Govinda Maharaj in our Puri Math. Picture page of His Divine Grace on 30 June 2003 soon after his arrival in preparation for this year's Ratha Yatra programme.

Ratha Yatra Festival, Puri. Webpage of the Ratha Yatra Festival day 13 July 2003: Lord Jagannath in His chariot, the King of Orissa doing puja to Lord Jagannath, and our Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math party in the middle of the crowd of over a million people.

Audio: "Swarup Damodar, Mahaprabhu's second body." Sripad Bhakti Sudhir Goswami Maharaj speaking from Kolkata about Ratha Yatra day, Swarup Damodar's disappearance and his intimate relationship, 25 June 2006.
(47+ minutes, 5.5 MB mp3 audio.)

Extensive write-up of our Math's Sri Jagannath Rathayatra Pilgrimage including pictures and descriptions of many of the places visited by our annual pilgrimage. This is a ten-part lively, descriptive diary from 2005 by Malini Devi Dasi of Malta, which includes five pages of references from the Scriptures.

Lord Jagannath's Advent in brief. An article researched and compiled by Tusta Krishna Prabhu of Australia attending this year's pilgrimage, and amended by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Maharaj Dev-Goswami Maharaj.

22 June 2020

Gundicha Marjan: cleaning at the Gundicha Temple at Sri Puri Dham, and cleaning of all Temples of the Lord.

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

Sri Gundicha Marjan Lila Rahasya. Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur explains the secret behind the cleansing of the Gundicha Temple. An English translation of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur's commentary on Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita: Madhya-lila, 12.135 posted on the Math's Sri GaudiyaDarshan website.

Excerpts from Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita about the pastimes of cleansing the Gundicha Temple, Madhya Lila 12.

Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu washed and cleansed the Gundica temple with His devotees and associates. In this way He made the temple as cool and bright as His own heart, and thus He made the place befitting for Lord Sri Krsna to sit. Read more..

Pictures of Srila Govinda Maharaj in Gundicha. Srila Gurudev visiting Their Lordships outside the Gundicha Temple in the evening of Ratha Yatra Festival. 01 July 2003, Jagannath Puri, Orissa.

21 June 2020

Amavasya. Disappearance of Srila Gadadhar Pandit and Srila Sachchidananda Bhakti Vinod Thakur.

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

Audio: Glorification of Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur and Srila Gadadhar Pandit. During this hour long informal discourse Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj describes fine points of Srila Gadadhar Pandit's and Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur's moods of devotion.
Srila Govinda Maharaj humbly then discusses, with examples, how he composed slokas, built Srila Guru Maharaj's Samadhi Mandir, etc. due to reciprocation with the transcendental plane.
1 July 1992:
63 minutes, 14+ MB mp3 audio

Srila Gadadhar Pandit's and Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur's Disappearance Day. Extensive informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj on this day during his fifth world tour.
"Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur has shown exclusive service of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, that is: Gaura Gadadhar worship. Gadadhar Pandit and Mahaprabhu's connection was very intimate and affectionate..."
Venezuela, 8 July 1994, with Spanish translation.
Part 1, 38+ minutes, 9 MB mp3 audio
Part 2, 50+ minutes, 11.6 MB mp3 audio

Srimad Bhaktivinod-viraha Dasakam. Prayer of ten verses in separation from Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur composed by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. Illustrated webpage prepared by Jagamohini Devi Dasi.

The Ocean of Sri Radha's Devotion. Comprehensive compiled webpage in glorification of Srila Sachchidananda Bhaktivinod Thakur in remembrance of his disappearance this day in 1914. Content and layout prepared by Jagamohini Devi Dasi.

A wonderful excerpt about Sri Gadadhara Pandit from the book "Heart and Halo" by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj.

Disappearance of Srila Gadadhar Pandit and Srila Sachchidananda Bhaktivinoda Thakur. Two webpages compiled from Srila B.R. Sridhar Maharaj's writings, including links to further reading.

"Srimad Bhaktivinoda-viraha Dasakam" - "Prayer in Separation of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura" composed by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. Upon reading the original Sanskrit verse, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Prabhupada commented, "Now I am confident that we have one man who is qualified to uphold the standard of our Sampradaya."

Srila Sachchidananda Bhaktivinoda Thakur, the nineteenth century pioneer of Krishna consciousness, was born in 1838 in Bengal. He worked tirelessly to preserve the spiritual tradition and literature of India...

17 June 2020

thumb'Unity in Diversity.' Srila Gurudev Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj speaks on the need for harmonious dealings between different groups and missions within Krishna consciousness. One of many treasures constantly being revealed from the teachings of Srila Gurudev and Srila Guru Maharaj for the safe guidance of all devotees. Posted with video and full transcript on jayasri.org.

10 June 2020

Appearance of Srila Vakreshvar Pandit.

thumbUpdated Worldwide Ekadashi details and link, after the discovery of some errors in the previous computer automated calculations.

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.

6 June 2020

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).

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.

5 June 2020

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.

4 June 2020

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."

1 June 2020

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.

26 May 2020

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

About Srila Bhakti Gaurava Giri Mahaharaj, 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." Read more...

2 April 2020

Sri Rama Navami. Fast until noon. Appearance at noon of Sri Ramachandra.

thumb'iCal' version of the Nabadwip calendar (for calendar apps on computer and portable devices) is now available: the calendar .ics file and the same file zipped.

14 March 2020

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.

thumbThe cure of all disease, misery and fear. Chapter 12 'Glories of the Holy Name' of 'Sri Sri Prema-vivarta' by Srila Jagadananda Pandit.
Including:
Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu replied, "The glories of the Name of Krishna are unlimited. Even Krishna Himself does not know them. So, what can I understand? I am just a fallen soul.
"I can tell you what I have heard from the scriptures. Listen with faith, and you will cross over material existence.
"The Name always destroys all sin, cures all disease, relieves all misery, clears away the obstacles made by Kali, delivers the residents of hell, cuts away active karma, and removes all offences."
"...I speak the truth: 'Chant the Names 'Achyutananda' and 'Govinda' with faith. Cry and call out to Sri Madhusudan. Chanting the Name cures all diseases.'"
"...When those who are distressed, depressed, disheartened, fearful, or afflicted with a terrible disease see no help anywhere and chant 'Narayan' or 'Hari', they certainly become happy and free from sorrow."
And more... Please read the full chapter of 235 life-giving verses (1.1 MB pdf document).

10 March 2020

Anandotsav of Sri Jagannath Mishra. Last gathering of the week-long yearly meeting at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math and yearly festival. Start of year 535 Gaurabda.

thumbVaishnava Calendars for worldwide locations specifically calculated with local Ekadashi dates and paran times is now available up to the end of March 2021.

14 February 2020

Appearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaj.

thumbNew Vaishnava Calendar up to Sri Gaura Purnima 2021 is now available.

29 January 2020

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.

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 >>


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Plus an extensive list of local Ekadashi dates and paran times worldwide.)

July 2020 (continued)
7 Disappearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Hriday Bon Maharaj.
10 Disappearance of Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami Prabhu.
13 Disappearance of Srila Lokanath Goswami Prabhu.
16 Ekadashi. Fast (in Nabadwip).
17 Paran (in Nabadwip) between 5:05 and 9:30 a.m.
20 Festival in honour of the disappearance of Om Vishnupad Paramahamsa Parivrajakacharya-varya Ashtottara-shata-sri Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
24 Disappearance of Srila Vamshi Das Babaji Maharaj.
26 Appearance of Srila Bhakti Vijay Trivikram Maharaj.
27 Disappearance of Sripad Ananga Mohan Das Adhikari.
29 Disappearance of Tridandi Swami Bhakti Prasun Bodhayan Maharaj (because the Navami tithi on the previous day was viddha at sunrise).
30 Ekadashi. Fast (in Nabadwip). Beginning of Jhulan Yatra of Sri Sri Radha-Govinda and start of the one month festival of Sri Hari Smaran at Nabadwip, Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.
31 Paran (in Nabadwip) between 6:10 and 9:33 a.m. Disappearance of Srila Rupa Goswami and Srila Gauri Das Pandit Goswami.
August 2020
3 Purnima. Appearance of Sri Baladev. Fast until noon. End of Jhulan Yatra of Sri Sri Radha-Govinda.
   
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