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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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Also: thousands of earlier updates since 1995 listed month by month, year by year...
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16 January 2021

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

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

Excerpts from Srila Jiva Goswami writings and selected references to him in the books of Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj: Sri Sri Prapanna-jivanamritam, Loving Search for the Lost Servant and the Sermons of the Guardian of Devotion series.

13 January 2021

Amavasya. 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:

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

3 January 2021

Disappearance festival of the founder of the Sri Chaitanya Math and worldwide Sri Gaudiya Maths, Bhagavan Sri Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Prabhupad.

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

To Whom Shall I Convey My Joy? Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur expresses his joy and sorrow at completing his commentary on Sri Chaitanya-charitamrta. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj specially requested that this poem be recited on the disappearance day of Srila Saraswati Thakur. Posted on the Math's GaudiyaDarshan.com website.

Audio: Srila Prabhupad Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur's disappearance day, 1983. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj speaks about the last moments of his Srila Guru Maharaj in this world.
"We were rendering duty in his sick bed, I was also among them, my duty was from 2 o'clock at night to 4 o'clock in the morning. Just before 24 hours of his departure he called for me and asked me to sing a song: Sri Rupa Manjari pada sei mora sampada, this famous song which is supposed to be the highest realisation of any Gaudiya Vaishnava devotee. Then after 24 hours, on the first of January early morning he left the world."
Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur's disappearance day, 4 January 1983:
11+ minutes, 2.7 MB mp3 audio

thumbAudio: Srila Prabhupad Saraswati Thakur's life was so exalted from his birth.
"Do what is in favour of service to the Lord Krishna, and all the illusion, bondage, disturbance, material mentality, everything will disappear." Srila Govinda Maharaj, 23 December 2006.
(26 minutes, 3.4 MB mp3 audio also in higher quality: 6.3 MB.)

thumbAudio: Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur's totalitarian war against maya as it began through his preaching in Kolkata. Srila Govinda Maharaj, 20 December 2006.
(22+ minutes, 2.9 MB mp3 audio also in higher quality: 5.6 MB.)

thumbAudio: Disappearance Day of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur: "We are all connected spiritually and materially with Srila Saraswati Thakur, and so fortunate that still we are continuing and carrying his conception all over the world by the grace of Srila Guru Maharaj." Srila Govinda Maharaj, 8 December 2006.
(45 minutes, 5.7 MB mp3 audio also in higher quality: 11 MB.)

thumbSloka composed by Srila Gurudev, 30th December 2004. As the feast for Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad's tirobhava arrived, His Divine Grace Srila Govinda Maharaj spontaneously composed this sloka in his honour:

2 January 2021

Festivals at the appearance place of Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj and his youth Pastimes place: Bamunpara and Nadan Ghat.

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

thumbSrila Gurudev visits Sripat Bamunpara, 2009, the village of his holy appearance, and Nadanghat from where he came to Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math in 1947. Much to the delight of the devotees His Divine Grace Srila Govinda Maharaj personally attended these festivities continuing the celebrations of Sri Vyasa-Puja. Five web-pages including pictures, synopsis of events and interviews with devotees about the significance of Bamunpara.

thumbVideo slides. Sripat Bamunpara 2009, selected pictures of our Sri Chaitanya Sridhar Govinda Seva Ashram with soundtrack sung by Bhudev Prabhu.
6 minutes, 8+ MB 'wmv' video slide-show
(Download, or stream if you have the speed. View with VLC, Windows Media Player, etc.)

Sripat Bamunpara Festival 2004 in honour of Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's Sri Vyasa-Puja. Thirty-six pictures with captions sharing the event, which has again broken records for the largest single event held by the Math. Over fifteen thousand plates of Prasad were distributed.


The Grand Inauguration Festival of the Temple of Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Radha Gopinathjiu, presided over by His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj as part of His Divine Grace's 75th Appearance Day (74th Anniversary) Sri Vyasa-Puja Celebrations, 2003. Five pages of pictures of 11 December.


1 January 2021

The grand 92nd appearance day celebration of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math's Sevaite-President-Acharya, Om Vishnupad Paramahamsa Parivrajakacharya Sri Srimad Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. New Year's Day.

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

Audio: Glories of Srila Govinda Maharaj. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj tells several stories in praise of Srila Govinda Maharaj including his impressive lecture at the opening of the Chandradoya Mandir, Mayapur; the story of the miser from Rarhadesh who gave Srila Gurudev a cartload of rice saying that he had filled his heart with joy; the medicine he gave to Srila Sridhar Maharaj when he was very sick which, in the words of Srila Guru Maharaj, "gave me new life"; among others. Srila Sridhar Maharaj confirms "He has got something from his previous life... he has got some siddhi".
A talk given on the occasion of Srila Sridhar Maharaj's Vyasa Puja, a day after Srila Govinda Maharaj's sannyas ceremony. Nabadwip, 7 November 1985:
16+ minutes, 3.8 MB mp3 audio

thumbAudio: Sri Vyasa Puja, 1989. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj is glorified by Sripad Janardan and Sripad Ashram Maharaj, then Srila Govinda Maharaj speaks to the devotees in English and in Bengali. "Now Guru Maharaj is not in form of human body in front of us, but I know that his divine direction is always guiding us... We shall try to maintain our devotional life with the service of Guru, Vaishnava, Bhagavan. This is my birthday and I am very happy that all the Vaishnavas are very merciful and blessful to me. I am giving my full dandavats to all the Vaishnavas, Gurudevas and well-wishers. They do not take my offences, I know. My prayer is that, until death, if i can serve the Deities, devotees and the Math I shall be very happy."
Informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, introduced by Sripad B.P. Janardan Maharaj and Sripad B.K. Ashram Maharaj. Nabadwip, 14 December 1989:
33 minutes, 7+ MB mp3 audio
 
thumbAudio: Srila Govinda Maharaj speaking two days before his Sri Vyasa-Puja in 1999. "I am expecting so many devotees to come to my birthday festival and they will bring so many gifts to me, but what shall I give to them? ... I think I can give some relief to them if they will follow me. ... What is necessary to remove the obstacles in the path of devotion? Obstacle is asat-sanga, bad association. How much it can do wrong, we cannot conceive it."
22 December 1999:
11+ minutes, 2 MB mp3 audio

thumbVideo slides. Sri Vyasa Puja festival of Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj celebrated in Nabadwip on 4th December 2009, with soundtrack of 'Sri Guru Arati'. Srila Gurudev graced the devotees with his divine presence in the nat mandir on this historic occasion.
8 minutes, 14 MB 'wmv' video slide-show
(Download, or stream if you have the speed. View with VLC, Windows Media Player, etc. Mac users can also view with QuickTime Player after installing the free Flip4Mac.)

thumbSrila Gurudev visits Sripat Bamunpara, the village of his holy appearance, and Nadanghat from where he came to Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math in 1947. Much to the delight of the devotees His Divine Grace Srila Govinda Maharaj personally attended these festivities continuing the celebrations of Sri Vyasa-Puja. Five web-pages including pictures, synopsis of events and interviews with devotees about the significance of Bamunpara.

thumb Talk by Pujyapada Satprasangananda Prabhu (later to become Sri Nayanananda Das Babaji Maharaj) in glorification of Srila Govinda Maharaj in Nabadwip in 1986.
"Our Govinda Maharaj is now the chief inspiration behind that [Srila Sridhar Maharaj's] preaching ... He was an expert in kirtan and playing the mrdanga; his kirtan was always ecstatic. From the time of his coming here to Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, the Transcendental Service of the Deities Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gandharva Govindasundar became manifest more and more beautifully and gloriously. This gave us much joy. For this, Srila Sridhar Maharaj delegated all service responsibility of his Math, preaching and devotees to Govinda Maharaj..."

Vaishnava Thakur. Excerpt from Dignity of the Divine Servitor. Glorification of Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Maharaj from a lecture given by Sripad B.S. Goswami Maharaj on the Appearance Day of Srila Govinda Maharaj in San Mateo, California, 1990. (2.2 MB pdf file.)

Audio: Sri Vyasa Puja discourses by Sripad B.B. Avadhut Maharaj and Sripad Mahananda Prabhu with translation to Bengali by Sripad B.P. Tirtha Maharaj, on Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's 84th Appearance Festival. In addition Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj, Sripad B.P. Tirtha Maharaj and Sripad B.K. Tyagi Maharaj all spoke extensively, mainly in Bengali, chanting Srila Gurudev's glories.
Nabadwip, 30 December 2012:
  31+ minutes, 7+ MB mp3 audio

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"Knowledge is above power, and above knowledge is beauty, charm, love. That is the supreme."

- Srila Sridhar Maharaj

Main Vaisnava Dates:
(Nabadwip's Calendar.
Plus an extensive list of local Ekadashi dates and paran times worldwide.)

JANUARY 2021
13 Amavasya. Sriman Mahaprabhu leaves Nabadwip in the night to go to Katwa to take sannyas.
14 Appearance of Srila Lochan Das Thakur.
15 Remembrance of Sriman Mahaprabhu's sannyas-lila.
16 Disappearance of Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhu. Disappearance of Srila Jagadish Pandit.
24 Ekadashi. Fast (in Nabadwip). Appearance of Srila Jagadish Pandit.
25 Dvadashi. Paran (in Nabadwip) between 6:25 and 10:01 a.m.
28 Purnima. Pushyabhisheka Yatra of Sri Krishna. Disappearance of Sripad Bhakti Sharan Vaisnava Maharaj.
31 Appearance of Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami Prabhu. Disappearance of Srila Ramachandra Kaviraj.
FEBRUARY 2021
1 Disappearance of Sripad Yadavendu Bhakti Chandan.
3 Disappearance of Srila Jayadev Goswami.
5 Disappearance of Srila Lochan Das 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