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16 August 2017
Sri Nandotsav. Sri Janmashtami paran (in Nabadwip) between 5:16 and 9:33 a.m. Appearance of Vishva-varenya Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad.
Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
Audio. Nandotsav and Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj's Appearance, 2000. Informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
"Today is Nandotsav, Nanda Maharaj's house festival for the birth of Lord Krishna. When Mother Yasoda got her senses back and she saw her child, a very sweet child, playing within His bed, she was very stunned to see the beauty of Lord Krishna as baby Krishna. Then she called everyone to see the new-born boy... Not only the cowherd boys and girls came to see the Lord, but also Shiva, Brahma, Indra and so many demigods also came in the form of humans as cowherders and they also danced in the courtyard of Nanda Maharaj."
24 August 2000, Saint Petersburg, Russia.
36+ minutes, 8+ MB mp3 audio
Audio: Historic recording from 1973 of Srila Sridhar Maharaj and Srila Swami Maharaj Prabhupad discussing together in Nabadwip, and Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad describing to the devotees how he came in touch with the Gaudiya Math and Vaishnavas. He describes the background history of his long relationship with Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj and very affectionately glorifies Srila Guru Maharaj: "from the very beginning I knew he was a pure Vaishnava and devotee..."
23+ minutes, 5.5 MB mp3 audio
Audio: Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad - grand Guru of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's sampradaya.
Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj recalls their intimate relationship and the lecture he gave when suddenly asked to speak at the opening of the Chandradoya Mandir in Mayapur. "There were many good and big servitors of Srila Saraswati Thakur present at that time, but Krishna chose Abhay Charan De (Srila Swami Maharaj), who was an unknown person. And now he is famous as a Devotee General of Srila Saraswati Thakur ... Everybody must pay obeisance to him."
Informal discourse. 20 July 1990:
29 minutes, 6+ MB mp3 audio
Audio: Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Prabhupad, always in Vrindavan. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj tells about a letter he received from Srila Swami Maharaj Prabhupad asking instruction from Srila Sridhar Maharaj whether he should stay and continue his preaching in the West or go to Vrindavan to leave his body there.
Excerpt from an informal discourse by Srila Govinda Maharaj, 12 March 1992:
8+ minutes, 2 MB mp3 audio
Old pictures of a visit of Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad to Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip. Pictures kindly sent by Jagamohini Devi Dasi in remembrance of Srila Swami Maharaj Prabhupad on his Disappearance Day Festival today (17 November 2012).
Historic photo of Srila Guru Maharaj with Srila Swami Maharaj Prabhupad on Srila Guru Maharaj Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Maharaj's veranda, Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip. This photo was received in response to the recent audio posting recording their informal discussion in Nabadwip.
Transcription: Srila Swami Maharaj's Unlimited Glories are being sung from World to World. Lecture by His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj on the Appearance Day of Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad, 21 August 2003, in St. Petersburg, Russia. Download here.
Excerpt from 'Our Fortunate Association' by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj about Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad. Illustrated article retyped and laid out by Parama Bhakti Dasi: 2.1MB PDF
Srila Swami Maharaj Prabhupad and Srila Sridhar Maharaj's relationship and an excerpt from the Guardian of Devotion magazine of San Jose, USA.
Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad inundated the world with Krishna consciousness. In the excerpt The Universal Conception of Guru from one of his essays, he smashes the sectarian misconception that the Spiritual Master is limited to a particular person, form, or institution, and establishes the universal conception of Guru. This lecture was originally published in The Harmonist in 1936, on the Advent Day of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur. It was reprinted as the Preface to Srila Sridhar Maharaj's Sri Guru and His Grace in 1983.
15 August 2017
Sri Sri Krishna Janmashtami. Complete fast until midnight, then no grains.
Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:
Krishna's Supernatural Birth. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj describes Vasudev's vision in Mathura. Posted on the Math's gaudiyadarshan.com website.
Audio: Sri Krishna Janmastami, 2008. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj describes Krishna's janma-lila, birth Pastimes, and affirms that many research scholars, with their sadhana, have got much realistic ideal of Krishna, and that is the form of Krishna divided within three characters. One is He who is the Supreme, Brajeswar tanaya, the son of Nanda Maharaj and of Mother Yasoda; second is the son of Vasudev and Devaki, the Mathura Krishna; and third is Krishna the hero of the special kings' group and the creator of Kurukshetra fighting arrangements, the Dwaraka Krishna. These three characters of Krishna are positive and progressive and always eternal, transcendental. But Krishna who is Nanda Maharaj and Yasoda Devi's son is not leaving Vrindavan.
Informal discourse on Sri Krishna Janmastami, speaking live with the St. Petersburg Math via Internet from Kolkata on 24 August 2008:
30 minutes, 6+ MB mp3 audio
Audio: Janmastami evening class in St. Petersburg, 2007, by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj during his World Tour. Translated into Russian by Sripad Avadhut Maharaj in real time.
Download, or listen online (40+ minutes, 4.6 MB mp3 audio)
higher quality (7.3 MB).
Audio: Sri Krishna Janmastami morning, 2006. Morning informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj at our Dum Dum Park Temple, Kolkata. Later in the day His Divine Grace accepted the invitation mentioned in this talk, and went to lead the festival at our Kaikhali Temple, near Kolkata Airport.
"We will take anukalpa (a small amount of non-grains food) on Ekadasi, twice we are taking. But on Janmastami we are not taking that. On Janmastami we are completely fasting."
"Vedavyasa very cleverly expressed the character of Lord Krishna... Then we can understand what is the position of Lord Krishna and what is the position of Krishna's Rasa-lila. First we will see Him like a sun, from far, the fireball. The sun is a big fireball, but lookable from far, not near. Krishna's character is like that." (First uploaded on 16 August 2006, Sri Krishna Janmastami.)
or listen online (27 minutes, 3.1 MB mp3 audio)
higher quality (6.2 MB mp3 audio).
Video. Sri Janmastami day, live Internet address by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj from Kolkata, India, to the devotees
gathered in Saint Petersburg, Russia, to honour Lord Krishna's Appearance.
Sri Krishna Janmastami, Srila Govinda Maharaj's live address captured and presented by Vaidehi Devi Dasi:
42+ minutes, 49 MB 'mov' video
Video. Sri Janmastami day 2008, kirtan led by Srila Gurudev, Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, in Kolkata after delivering an informal discourse by Internet to the devotees
gathered in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Captured and prepared by Vaidehi Devi Dasi:
24 minutes, 26+ MB 'mov' video
(To download, right-click on the link, then 'Save Target As...' or similar wording.)
Audio: Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Maharaj speaking on 26th August 2005 from Nabadwip, the eve of Sri Krishna Janmastami, for Madhusudan Prabhu's Internet Radio website krsna.cc. (14+ minutes, 2.5 MB mp3 audio)
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
3 March 2017
New Vaishnava Calendar up to Sri Gaura Purnima 2017 is now available.
Vaishnava Calendars for Worldwide Locations with their duly adjusted Ekadashi dates are now also available.
New Bengali Panjika is now available as a pdf file as well as a single page list of Ekadashi dates in Bengali (calculated for Nabadwip).
1 March 2017
Sri Guru Gauranga Gandharva Radha Ramanasundar Jiu installation
anniversary festival, at Sree Chaitanya Saraswata Krishnanushilana
Sangha, Kaikhali, Kolkata.
Glorification of Sripad Yudhamanyu Prabhu Seva Vikram by the devotees in California and around the world.
Video of the Sunday programme at our Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Seva
Ashram, with several speakers headed by Srila Bhakti Pavan Janardan
YouTube videos in three parts: bhajans at the start of the programme | Srila Janardan Maharaj's talk | glorification by the assembled devotees.
Additionally, in Thailand, Srila Bhakti Sudhir Goswami Maharaj headed glorification of Sripad Yudhamanyu Prabhu on his Monday LiveStream televised broadcast (81 minutes), with audio available separately (70MB) for download or listening online.
26 February 2017
Amavasya. Anniversary festival of the installation of Sri Sadashiva Gangadhar, Sri Govinda Kunda, Nabadwip.
Sripad Yudhamanyu Prabhu Seva Vikram passed away
from this world yesterday, Sri Sivaratri. Initiated by Srila A.C.
Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad, he came to the shelter of Srila Guru
Maharaj and Srila Gurudev in the early 1980s. Through his surrendered
devotional mood and activities he received the specific grace of each
of these three greatest Acharyas. Sripad Yudhamanyu Prabhu will be
greatly missed by all Vaishnavas world-wide, and especially so by his
wife Jivana Devi Dasi, and the many devotees of China whom he
introduced and nourished in Krishna consciousness.
Also, in California, please see the announcement on the Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Seva Ashram's website, sevaashram.com.
1 January 2017
Disappearance of Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhu and Srila Jagadish Pandit. 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
24 August 2016
Sripad Bhakti Prasun Aranya Maharaj passed
away today in Nabadwip. Known as elderly ever since the early 1980s,
Sripad Aranya Maharaj was a disciple of Srila Guru Maharaj Srila Bhakti
Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj and was a senior Vaishnav resident
of the Math. He tolerated poor health for many years, and with his
passing he will be much missed by all devotees locally and abroad.
9 June 2016
Remembrance festival of Santosh Krishna Prabhu
is being held today around the world by the many devotees who knew and
respected this exemplary Vaishnava who passed away instantly in a
tragic road accident ten days ago. Santosh Krishna Prabhu lived in
Arjjun Pukur near Nadanghat in West Bengal, and was very dear to Srila
Gurudev Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. (Webpage of pictures taken on a spontaneous visit
by Srila Gurudev to his home in 2007.) Santosh Krishna Prabhu
continually served Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip, welcoming
devotees and visitors and selflessly rendering much valuable assistance
to Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj in the maintenance and
development of the Math and its various projects. We offer our
condolences to his devoted family in remembrance of Srila Gurudev's
special grace upon him.
24 May 2016
Thirty-nine Indian language pdf books of the Math are now available for free download due to the care and dedication of Anand Prabhu of South India. These include books in Bengali, Hindi and Oriyan.
18 April 2016
in honour of the disappearance of Om Vishnupad Paramahamsa
Parivrajakacharya-varya Ashtottara-shata-sri Srila Bhakti Sundar
Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
Audio: Srila Gurudev's message.
"We will spend our time for the service of Lord Krishna and will pray
to Him to give us good association and make a good environment for
maintaining the life of devotion."
Informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj on a Radio Talk, 4 October 2001:
15+ minutes, 7 MB mp3 audio
15 April 2016
Sri Rama Navami. Fast until noon. Appearance at noon of Sri Ramachandra.
Vaishnava Calendars for worldwide locations with their Ekadashi dates are now available.
If your location is not listed and you would like a calendar with
Ekadashi fasts calculated for your location according to the rules
accepted in Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, please feel free to contact
Sripad Tyagi Maharaj via the web form at gaudiyadarshan.com or Ashutosh Krishna Prabhu via email: email@example.com.
In addition the Calendars for Nabadwip have been updated, including the 'ics' iCal version and the wall calendar.
23 March 2016
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 530
Audio: "The advent of Mahaprabhu Sri Chaitanyadev.
Who was He and what for He came here? If we can understand it, then we
understand the inestimable, highest end of life. Our concern with
Gauranga and His birthplace, Nabadwip Dham, is of such importance."
Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj speaks on the eve of Sri Gaura Purnima, 2014:
27 minutes, 6 MB mp3 audio
New iCal version of Vaishnava Calendar up to Sri Gaura Purnima 2017 is now available here,
(ctrl-click, 'Save target' then install) for computers, iPads and
smart phones, for automatic notification of special events worldwide as
well as Ekadasi dates as followed in Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math,
Nabadwip, prepared by Sadhu Priya Prabhu of Australia.
(The new calendar is already posted and available as a regular webpage, and as a wall calendar, and as a single page list of Ekadashi dates calculated for Nabadwip.)
19 March 2016
Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama begins. Parikrama of Sri Simantadwip, Sri Rudradwip, and Sri Antardwip.
New Vaishnava Calendar up to Sri Gaura Purnima 2017 is now available here.
-) Also available as a wall calendar.
-) And as a single page list of Ekadashi dates calculated for Nabadwip.
New Bengali Panjika is now available as a pdf file.
-) And as single page list of Ekadashi dates in Bengali calculated for Nabadwip.
8 March 2016
Krishna Chaturdashi. Sri Sri Shivaratri. (Optional fast.)
Vaishnava Siva. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj explains Lord Siva's position as the best of Vaisnavas:
"You know that in Vrindavan Dham there is Raseshvar Siva, Gopishvar
Siva, and many other forms of Lord Siva. We worship these forms. We
offer pranam to Gopishvar Siva in this way: 'vindavanavani-pate jaya
Posted on the Math's gaudiyadarshan.com website.
28 February 2016
The 144th 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.
The Giver of our Fortune.
Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj lectures on the
appearance day of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur, 1982. Posted
on the Math's gaudiyadarshan.com website.
15 February 2016
of Mahavishnu Avatar, Sri Advaita Acharya (because the previous day was
viddha). Disappearance of Sripad Virendra Krishna Prabhu.
Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj explains the identity
of Sri Advaita Acharya. Posted on the Math's gaudiyadarshan.com
9 January 2016
Construction begins of the Philippines Branch
of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. Starting the New Year by getting
building of the new Ashram under way, Ratnanabha Prabhu and Ishani Devi
Dasi send a webpage of pictures of the first days of progress.
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