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Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj

Recent pictures in Sri Nabadwip Dham

Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip
Pictures taken 12th-25th August 2005
Web-page and pictures by Damayanti Dasi
Srila Gurudev graciously gave initiation recently to two sincere seekers who came from Sripat Bamunpara to meet with His Divine Grace. The evening before their initiation, Srila Gurudev spent over an hour happily talking with them, remembering some of the activities, people and places of his holy birthplace. His Divine Grace also expressed a desire to visit Bamunpara again soon, and to see his dear Deities: Sri Sri Radha Gopinath.
Sri Chaitanya Sridhar Govinda Seva Ashram, the beautiful Temple at Sripat Bamunpara.
Our dearmost Srila Gurudev, His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
Left: Srila Gurudev surveys the animal pen beside Sri Govinda Kunda, recently developed by Sripad B.N. Acharyya Maharaj for some future fortunate residents.
Srila Gurudev has been showing generally very good health and spirits these past few weeks.
As Srila Gurudev, who personally and lovingly designed every detail of the Samadhi Mandir has said: "Everything Guru Maharaj likes is inside here." This also applies to the many slokas inscribed around the Mandir's walls, which were chosen by Srila Govinda Maharaj because they are all dear to Srila Sridhar Maharaj.


Srila Gurudev pauses for some moments on his way back to the verandah one evening, as he often does, to read some of the slokas inscribed around the Samadhi Mandir. The top verse seen here is from Sri Chaitanya Charitamrta (Antya, 1.99), and was also included in the Vidagdha-madhava (1.15), a seven-act play written by Srila Rupa Goswami describing the Pastimes of Sri Krishna in Vrindavan:

tunde tandavini ratim vitanute tundavali-labdhaye
karna-kroda-kadambini ghata yate karnarbudebhyah sprham
chetah-prangana-sangini vijayate sarvvendriyanam krtim
no jane janita kiyadbhir amrtaih krsneti varna-dvayi

"I do not know how much nectar the two syllables 'Krish-na' have produced. When the Holy Name of Krishna is chanted, it appears to dance within the mouth. We then desire many, many mouths. When that Name enters the holes of the ears, we desire many millions of ears. And when the Holy Name dances in the courtyard of the heart, it conquers the activities of the mind, and therefore all the senses become inert."

The verse below is from Sri Brahma-samhita (5.38):

santah sadaiva hrdayesu vilokayanti
yam syamasundaram achintya-guna-svarupam
govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami

"The sadhus, their eyes tinted with the unguent of Love, see within their hearts that Syamasundar Krishna of inconceivable qualities; that Primeval Lord, Govinda, do I adore."

Early morning garland makers. To the right is Sachisuno Prabhu, an ever bright, constant and inspiring servitor of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.
Sachi Devi Dasi and Shyama Devi Dasi, who recently returned to the Soquel Ashram in California after a five week visit to India.
This morning: Sripad Acharyya Maharaj beside the gleaming 'new' mini-bus which he had miraculously converted from the temple's Tata truck (pictured right), to be used for the village preaching programmes which go out regularly from the Nabadwip Math.
Some moments later, Sripad Acharyya Maharaj departs for a five day visit to Singapore, where he will head the Janmastami Festivals this weekend organised by our devotees.

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