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- Srila Govinda Maharaj

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13 December 2018

Grand festival for honouring the appearance of Sri Sri Nitai-Chaitanya Jiu at Sri Puri Dham, Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.

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

Sri Sri Nitai-Chaitanya-Arati translation and explanation by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. His Divine Grace gives the background and meaning of this arati kirttan he composed for the Deities in our Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Puri.

dekho ore bhai,  tri-bhuvane nai
    emona doyala data
pasu pakhi jhure,  pasana vidare,
    suni jara guna-gatha

       ~Sri Lochan Das Thakur

"My dear brother, just try and examine this. Within the three worlds there is no one like Lord Caitanya or Lord Nityananda. Their merciful qualities are so great that upon hearing them even birds and beasts cry and stones melt."

7 December 2018

Amavasya. Disappearance of Srila Jagabandhu Bhakti Ranjan.

thumbPoem by Sripad Jagabandhu Bhakti Ranjan cited by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj as he discoursed about the paramount importance of service to Sri Guru. Posted on the Math's website.

5 December 2018

Disappearance of Srila Saranga Thakur.

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

References from Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita.
Translation and purport by Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad.

Adi-lila 10: The Trunk, Branches and Sub-branches of the Chaitanya Tree
Text 113:

The seventy-third branch of the original tree was Ramadas, the seventy-fourth was Kavichandra, the seventy-fifth was Sri Gopal Das, the seventy-sixth was Bhagavatacharya, and the seventy-seventh was Thakur Saranga Das.

Purport by Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad:

Another name of Thakur Saranga Das was Sarnga Thakur. Sometimes he was also called Sarngapani or Sarngadhara. He was a resident of Navadvip in the neighborhood known as Modadruma-dvip, and he used to worship the Supreme Lord in a secluded place on the bank of the Ganges. He was not accepting disciples, but he was repeatedly being inspired from within by the Supreme Personality of Godhead to do so.

Thus one morning he decided, ‘Whomever I see I shall make my disciple.’ When he went to the bank of the Ganges to take his bath, by chance he saw a dead body floating in the water, and he touched it with his feet. This immediately brought the body to life, and Thakur Saranga Das accepted him as his disciple. This disciple later became famous as Thakur Murari, and his name is always associated with that of Sri Saranga.

His disciplic succession still inhabits the village of Sar. There is a temple at Mamgachi that is said to have been started by Saranga Thakur. Not long ago, a new temple building was erected in front of a bakula tree there, and it is now being managed by the members of the Gaudiya Math. It is said that the management of the temple is now far better than before. In the Gaura-ganoddesa-dipika (172) it is stated that Saranga Thakur was formerly a gopi named Nandimukhi. Some devotees say that he was formerly Prahlad Maharaj, but Sri Kavi-karnapura says that his father, Shivananda Sen, does not accept this proposition.

To read more, please see the these sections in the online Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita of Iskcon's BBT Vedabase.

4 December 2018

Disappearance of Srila Narahari Sarkar Thakur and Srila Kaliya Krishnadas. Disappearance of Sriyukta Dhananjay Das Prabhu.

thumbSripad Dayita Das Prabhu (Dhakuram Prabhu) passed away this morning in Sri Vrindavan hortly before 9 o' clock. He had attended mangal-arati as usual and played the gong throughout.
He was very dear to Srila Gurudev Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Maharaj, and he was the long-time servitor of our large 'Srila Sridhar Swami Seva Ashram', Govardhan. After becoming aged Dayita Das Prabhu repeatedly lamented that he wanted to do so many services in the Ashram as he had always done, but his body was no longer able to do so. In recent years Dayita Das Prabhu moved to our smaller Vrindavan Temple where he continued in service until this day.

Describing Dayita Das Prabhu's nature, Srila B.P. Tirtha Maharaj writes:

Once the very elderly and dedicated Dayita Das Prabhu, affectionately known as Dhakuram Prabhu, came up to Srila Gurudev's room. As always, he made his way slowly past the seated devotees to the front of the room where he intently offered flowers to Srila Gurudev's lotus feet. Srila Govinda Maharaj always would give his attention to Dayita Das Prabhu's offering ... When Dayita Das Prabhu then carefully gathered up the offered flowers and left the room, Srila Gurudev commented that this prabhu is very dear to Srila Guru Maharaj.
Srila Gurudev once gave him the instruction that offered flowers have special respect, and since that time, many years ago, he has always gathered each tiny flower he offers and puts it in the proper place.
Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj said, "He breathes, so we breathe; he's alive and so we are alive." He is so humble, no one would know his exalted position.

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

Srila Narahari Sarkar Thakur in Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita. Selection of verses where Narahari Thakur is mentioned in Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's Pastimes.

Srila Narahari Sarkar Thakur is mentioned in the kirtans: Sri Gaura Arati by Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur, and Sva-Nistha by Srila Narottam Das Thakur.

23 November 2018

Purnima. Rasa Yatra of Sri Krishna. Installation anniversary of Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gandharva Rasa Bihari Jiu, Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math and Mission, Sri Vrindavan. Disappearance of Srila Sundarananda Thakur. Appearance of Srila Nimbarka Acharya. End of Chaturmasya and Niyama-seva vratas when began from Purnima (as in Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math).

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

Audio: Sri Vrindavan Dham. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj reveals Vrindavan Dham and talks about the meaning of having our temple at Seva Kunja. "Where we are living now it is Sri Rupa Saraswati Sridhar Seva Ashram... We have got this place for our spiritual practising life. But here to practise is very difficult because Vraja Dham is not mundane, it is the transcendental abode of Lord Sri Krishna, and Radharani's Pastimes here are going on day and night... This place is a very hidden and auspicious place. We can say it is Rasa Sthali of Radharani... Our Guru Maharaj was so merciful to us and by his grace we are here, but (be careful) not to make offense here."
Excerpt from an informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. Vrindavan, 24 November 1998:
10+ minutes, 2+ MB mp3 audio

Vrindavan Deities' Installation programme led by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. Two webpages of pictures taken on the day of Their installation, 23rd November 1999.

thumbAudio: Opening of the Vrindavan Temple building of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math and Mission, Seva Kunja, Vrindavan. Informal discourse by Srila B.S. Govinda Maharaj given in Vrindavan in 1999. "All the Vrindavan-basis are coming here and when seeing the Deities they are surprised. I am surprised first, because I cannot conceive this type of manifestation is possible in my fortune."
26 November 1999, (first uploaded by Madhusudan Prabhu on his website):
11+ minutes, 2 MB mp3 audio
Word by word transcription of this lecture in English and translated to Spanish.

22 November 2018

Disappearance of Srila Bhugarbha Goswami and Srila Kashishvar Pandit.

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

Audio: Srila Bhugarbha Goswami and Kashishvar Pandit's disappearance day, 1983. "Bhugarbha Goswami was a friend of Lokanath Goswami, the Gurudev of Narottam. They came from the same place and lived in Vrindavan together. Revered Vaishnavas of unassuming nature. Kashishvar Pandit was a god-brother of Mahaprabhu, a disciple of Iswar Puri. At the time of Iswar Puri's disappearance, he asked those two of his disciples, Govinda and Kashishvar: 'Go to Krishna Chaitanya and serve Him as long as you live.' So after the disappearance of Iswar Puripad, both of them went to Puri and surrendered themselves to the divine feet of Mahaprabhu."
Informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj in Nabadwip, 19 November 1983:
20 minutes, 4+ MB mp3 audio

Sri Bhugarbha Goswami. Excerpts from Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita.
"Bhugarbha Goswami, a disciple of Gadadhar Pandit, was always engaged in topics regarding Lord Chaitanya, knowing nothing else..." Read more.



21 October 2018

Disappearance of Srila Raghunath Das Goswami, Srila Raghunath Bhatta Goswami, and Srila Krishnadas Kaviraj Goswami.

thumbRecordings and photos of Srila Gurudev posted daily, as far as possible, by Jamuna Priya Devi Dasi from her extensive archive collected over several years of personal service to Srila Gurudev Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. newly established principally for sharing lectures of Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.

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- Srila Sridhar Maharaj

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December 2018 (continued)
7 Amavasya. Disappearance of Srila Jagabandhu Bhakti Ranjan.
13 Grand festival for honouring the appearance of Sri Sri Nitai-Chaitanya Jiu at Sri Puri Dham, Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.
15 Disappearance of Srila Madhusudan Das Babaji Maharaj.
16 Appearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Kamal Madhusudan Maharaj.
17 Disappearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Kusum Shraman Maharaj.
18 Ekadashi. Fast (in Nabadwip).
19 Paran (in Nabadwip) between 10:05 a.m. and 4:52 p.m.
24 The grand 90th appearance day celebration of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math's Sevaite-President-Acharya, Om Vishnupad Paramahamsa Parivrajakacharya Sri Srimad Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
25 Festivals at the appearance place of Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj and his youth Pastimes place: Bamunpara and Nadan Ghat. Christmas Day.
26 Disappearance festival of the founder of the Sri Chaitanya Math and worldwide Sri Gaudiya Maths, Bhagavan Sri Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Prabhupad.
January 2019
1 Ekadashi. Fast (in Nabadwip). Disappearance of Srila Devananda Pandit and Srimad Bhakti Prakash Aranya Maharaj. New Year's Day.
2 Dvadashi. Paran (in Nabadwip) between 9:49 and 9:55 a.m. Disappearance of Sripad Bhakti Bhudev Shrauti Maharaj.
NB Ekadashi, dvadashi and 'paran' dates and times given here are calculated for Nabadwip. For local Ekadashi dates and paran times, please consult your nearest Centre.)
  'Fast' on Ekadahsi or Maha-dvadashi, refers to fasting from grains.
  'Paran' the day after such fasting days, refers to breaking fast with grains, after sunrise (unless otherwise stated) and before a specified time.
  Optional morning fast is observed in honour of prominent Vaisnavas on their appearance and disappearance days.
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