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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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14 February 2018

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

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
thumbAudio: Lord Shiva. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj explains clearly the different aspects of Lord Shiva and his position as Rudra and Sadashiva. "The consciousness which is in connection with misconception - not proper conception but misconception - eternally connected, that sort of consciousness has got Shiva. And Sadashiva is a little higher consciousness of Shiva which is tending towards Vaikuntha service."
21 December 1981:
17+ minutes, 4 MB mp3 audio

 Audio: Sri Sri Shivaratri, 2009. "Another form of Lord Shiva is Gangadhar. According to what was revealed in my heart I gave that name to our manifested Deity of Lord Shiva: Gangadhar. Ganga Mayi, she comes down for rescuing the fallen souls and Lord Shiva takes her force in his hair ... Always our names (of the Deities) are perfect everywhere. Srila Guru Maharaj has given that inspiration to me and I am giving that name."
Informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj on Shivaratri evening, 6 March 2008.
7 minutes, 1.7 MB mp3 audio

Vaishnava Shiva. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj explains Lord Siva's position as the best of Vaishnavas. Posted on the Math's 'GaudiyaDarshan.com' website.

Lord Shiva's pranam mantra, composed by Srila Govinda Maharaj just before the installation of Lord Shiva by Sri Govinda Kunda, Nabadwip, in 1983.

Please also see, Siva: Installation of Sri Sadashiva Gangadhar, Nabadwip.

5 February 2018

The 145th 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.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
thumbAudio: Glories of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur. Informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj in which he describes how Srila Saraswati Thakur changed the impression society had of the Vaishnavas - who used to be seen as low class. He established grand temples and utilised everything, including all the "fruits of technology", to spread Krishna consciousness all over the world. Now everybody sees how great is Vaishnava dharma: greater than great.
Informal discourse by Srila Govinda Maharaj on Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur's avirbhav, 1990:
53 minutes, 15 MB mp3 audio

Audio: Bhagavan Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur's divine appearance, 2005. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj sings the famous song Sri Dayita Das Pranati Panchakam composed by Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj about Srila Saraswat Thakur's divine appearance. Srila Gurudev then continues to extensively glorify Srila Saraswati Thakur.
"You are all in the group of Srila Saraswati Thakur's divine servitors, you all, all over the world. Not only our mission, so many missions manifested in this world after Saraswati Thakur and all is the divine group of Srila Saraswati Thakur's servants. And finally the whole world has got that ecstasy of the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra ... The supreme mantram in this age of kali yuga; that comes from Srila Saraswati Thakur through his divine associates. Then everything is very glorious today."
Informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj on Bhagavan Srila B.S. Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad's appearance day, 28 February 2005. A particularly clear recording:
49+ minutes, 11+ MB mp3 audio
You can follow the song by reading here Sri Dayita Das Pranati Panchakam (pdf file).

My Guru-Puja, by Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur, published in the English magazine The Harmonist as his response to his 58th Anniversary Sri Vyasa Puja celebrations, 26th February 1932. Available here as a 1.1 MB pdf document of the scanned pages.
Also now available as a text webpage.

My Advice. Principles taught by Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur published in the Bengali magazine Sri Gaudiya Darshan in 1956. Posted here in Bengali with English translation on the Math's gaudiyadarshan.com website. Succinct, clear and very important.

Audio: Srila Govinda Maharaj's talk and kirttan in our Govardhan Temple, chanting the glories of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur and Krishna consciousness on 26 February 2008. His Divine Grace was in the Temple for two hours, and later expressed his great satisfaction with the programme attended by devotees from all over the world.
46+ minutes, 5.5 MB mp3 audio or higher quality: 11 MB mp3.

Audio: Continuation of the Appearance Festival of Bhagavan Sri Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur, 26 February 2008, in Govardhan. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj invited Sripad Bhakti Sudhir Goswami Maharaj to address the devotees. His Divine Grace expressed his appreciation for this talk, then himself talked further before concluding by singing 'Sri Rupa Manjari Pada...."
37 minutes, 4.4 MB mp3 audio also in higher quality: 8.7 MB.

thumbSlide show of Srila Gurudev's last visit to Govardhan and photos of the Appearance Festival of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur during that same visit.
Slideshow (14+ minutes, 10.8 MB mov)
Webpage of photos

Archive Video:
This day in 1988 in Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math with Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj and Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
Archive footage of the Grand Appearance Anniversary of Bhagavan Sri Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad, prepared for the web by Sadhu Priya Prabhu: 20+ MB 'mp4' video file, 17+ minutes. (Download and view with a fairly recent version of QuickTime, iTunes, etc.)

Nabadwip. Picture slide-show of the Appearance Festival of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad held at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip. (2008) 2.6 MB 'mov' file, 5 minutes, slide show of forty-two pictures for Srila Govinda Maharaj to see and all to share. (Download and view with QuickTime, VLC, iTunes, etc.)

Audio: Appearance Day of Bhagavan Sri Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Goswami Prabhupad. Morning darshan by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj on his veranda in Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, 7 February 2007. "Today is a very auspicious day for us because our life and death, everything, is depending upon the mercy of Gurudev."
31 minutes, 3.7 MB mp3 audio also in higher quality: 7.3 MB.

Audio: Srila Govinda Maharaj's discourse at our Dum Dum Park, Kolkata, Temple on Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur's Appearance Day. (2004)
Part one: 15+ minutes, 2.6 MB mp3 audio.
Part two: 15+ minutes, 2.6 MB mp3 audio.
(Although these audio files recieved from Kolkata are of poor quality with considerable background noise and distortion, we hope the listeners may still appreciate sharing this holy discourse of His Divine Grace given on such a special day.)

Two essays by Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur have been added to the text library at the 'Sri Guru Vandana' website in honour of His Divine Grace's Appearance Day:
Sri Bhakti Siddhanta Vani and the Talk to Mrs. Nora Morell. Both of these articles have appeared in earlier editions of Sri Gaudiya Darshan.

Video: Festival news of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur's Appearance Day celebrations, 2004. The report is hosted by Vaidehi Devi Dasi from USA. (10+ minutes 3.6MB RealPlayer video download then play with RealPlayer.)

Appearance Day Festival in 2003 of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur, and the inauguration that day of The Lord's Pastimes in the new Temple in the centre of Sri Govinda Kunda. Web-page of pictures.

31 January 2018

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)

29 January 2018

Appearance of Sri Nityananda Prabhu. Paran (in Nabadwip) between 6:24 and 10:01 am. 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.)

28 January 2018

Varaha Dvadashi. 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.)

27 January 2018

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).

26 January 2018

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.

24 January 2018

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

22 January 2018

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

thumbAudio: Extensive glorification of Srila Raghunath Das Goswami. Discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj in remembrance of the disappearance festival of Srila Raghunath Das Goswami, Srila Raghunath Bhatta Goswami and Srila Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami on 1st October, 1990.
Download, or listen online (52+ minutes, 9.4 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.

1 January 2018

New Year's Day.

thumbNew 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.]

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 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

25 December 2017

Christmas Day.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
thumbAudio: Christmas discourse 2008 by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj on his verandah in Nabadwip. He explains that he is very much attracted with the character of Lord Jesus "because humility, tolerance and giving honour to others - nobody can do that, but he has done. Mahaprabhu Chaitanyadev said that this is the best policy to attract our God, Lord Krishna. We are telling 'Krishna', and they are telling 'God'."
Download, or listen online (30+ minutes, 7.1 MB mp3 audio)

31 October 2017

Ekadashi (in Nabadwip). Fast. Disappearance of Om Vishnupad Paramahamsa Sri Srila Gaura Kishor Das Babaji Maharaj. Appearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Dayita Madhav Goswami Maharaj. Sri Bhishma Panchaka.

thumbObeisances unto Srila Gaura Kisor Das Babaji Maharaj. Verses by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj and Srimad Bhakti Desika Acharya Maharaj offered in homage to Srila Gaura Kisor Das Babaji Maharaj. Complete with word-by-word translation and verse translations, posted on the Math's premadharma.org website.

3 September 2017

Appearance of Sri Vamanadev. Appearance of Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhu.

thumbExcerpt from a lecture in English in which Srila Gurudev recounts the story of Sri Vamanadev and Bali Maharaj given on 24 September 2007 in Lahta, Russia, with alternating translation into Russian by Srila Avadhut Maharaj. Transcript, video and audio posted on the Russian harekrishna.ru website.

thumbExcerpt about Sri Jiva Goswami from the same talk by Srila Gurudev of 24 September 2007. Transcript, video and audio posted on the Russian harekrishna.ru website.

29 August 2017

Sri Radhashtami. Srimati Radharani's appearance at noon. Fast until noon.

Sri Radhastami, St Petersburg, Russia, 19 September 2007, discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. Transcript and Russian translation, prepared by Tradish Prabhu and posted on the harekrishna.ru website.

2 May 2017

In appreciation of the senior Acharyas currently giving guidance, shelter and initiation in the exalted line of Srila Guru Maharaj Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj and Srila Gurudev Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
Throughout the last seven challenging years since Srila Gurudev's disappearance each of them has been tirelessly nourishing devotees by presenting Bhagavan Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur's noble mission given to us through Srila Gurudev and Srila Guru Maharaj.
We invite all devotees, established as well as newcomers, to get to know each of these senior Acharyas better and thus continue to find nourishment and shelter in the present age.
Here are some links (in alphabetical order) to start your acquaintance. These can be translated to other languages via Google Translate or similar.
With full obeisances to their holy feet and ever prayerful and hopeful for their grace to help us all, both individually as well as collectively, to continue in service and association within the devotional family established by Srila Gurudev and Srila Guru Maharaj:
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj: scsmathinternational.com
Srila Bhakti Kusum Ashram Maharaj: scsmathmexico.com.mx
Srila Bhakti Bimal Avadhut Maharaj: harekrsna.ru
Srila Bhakti Sudhir Goswami Maharaj: Theistic Media Studios 'livestream'
Srila Bhakti Pavan Janardan Maharaj: sevaashram.net
Srila Bhakti Vijay Trivikram Maharaj: scsmath.com.br
 

...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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  • 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.
  • Tips for pilgrims — with practical information for pilgrims planning to visit our Temples in India.

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- Srila Sridhar Maharaj

Main Vaisnava Dates:
(Nabadwip's Calendar. For local Ekadashi dates and paran times, please see the worldwide calendar calculations.)

February 2018 (continined)
14 Sri Sri Shivaratri (optional fast). Disappearance of Sripad Yudhamanyu Prabhu Seva Vikram.
15 Amavasya. Paran between 6:15 and 9:59 a.m. for those who fasted. Anniversary festival of the installation of Sri Sadashiva Gangadhar, Sri Govinda Kunda, Nabadwip.
16 Disappearance of Vaishnava Sarvabhauma Srila Jagannath Das Babaji Maharaj, Srila Rasikananda Dev Goswami, and Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Dayita Madhav Maharaj.
17 Appearance of Srila Bhakti Kusum Ashram Maharaj.
18 Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gandharva Radha Ramanasundar Jiu installation anniversary festival, at Sree Chaitanya Saraswata Krishnanushilana Sangha, Kaikhali, Kolkata.
19 Appearance of Srila Purushottam Thakur. Disappearance of Sripad Tulasidas Das Adhikari Prabhu.
20 Disappearance of Sriyukta Tarangini Devi.
25 Adhivas festival of Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama. Beginning of annual seven day festival.
26 Ekadashi (in Nabadwip). Fast. 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, Sri Simantadwip, Sri Rudradwip, and Sri Antardwip.
27 Dvadashi. Paran between 6:06 and 9:55 a.m. (in Nabadwip). 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.
28 Parikrama of Sri Godrumadwip and Madhyadwip, Sri Surabhi Kunj, Suvarna Bihar Math, Sri Nrisimha Palli, Sri Harihara Ksetra, and other places.
March 2018
1 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.
2 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 532 Gaurabda.
3 Sri Gaura Purnima paran between 6:03 and 9:54 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 533 Gaurabda.
6 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. Please consult your local Centres for local dates/times.
  '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