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What was New?
June and July 2002

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July 31st 2002
  • Right: Sripad B.P. Tirtha Maharaj and Sripad B.N. Acharyya Maharaj, on their way to St. Petersburg to join the Russian leg of the Tour, receive a respectful sendoff by the Vaishnavas in Calcutta yesterday evening.
  • Latest London pictures from the current Tour. These include a children's play for Srila Gurudev's satisfaction and a 'Caption Contest' for the younger ones to answer.
  • With the conclusion of the London section of the Tour, the following is a summary of dispatches and pictures received so far in connection with this, the 19th World Tour.




July 30th

July 29th

July 28th

  • Five minute video sharing the big day of manually pouring concrete on the roof of the Sevashram (1.7 MB RealPlayer file download). Recorded on 26th July, this is a shortened version of a video on its way to Russia for Srila Govinda Maharaj and the Tour group.
    In addition there are three still pictures taken on the roof during the pouring of cement.
  • A snippet of news of the 19th World Tour, currently in London, is that by the considerate care of the many devotees gathered there, Srila Govinda Maharaj's health is keeping quite well. Yesterday he gave initiations to several fortunate souls. Although news from there is brief, we were brought relief to receive the comment, "I have observed Srila Govinda Maharaj's effulgence since arriving in London. It reminds me of the way Mahaprabhu showed His effulgence when He went in the assembly of Prakashananda."
  • London pictures of the initiation ceremony yesterday.
  • Eight pictures of today's progress at the Sri Govinda Kunda projects.



July 27th

  • The 19th World Tour of Srila Govinda Maharaj is currently in London. As one devotee put it, "A transcendental, blissful bomb has landed in London." So all we can do for now is trust that the old English proverb still holds good: 'No news is good news.'

July 25th

July 24th
Purnima (full moon). Disappearance of Srila Sanatana Goswami Prabhu. Beginning of Chaturmasya (when started on Purnima -- as followed in Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math).

July 23rd

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July 21st

  • Audio with transcript: "Where there is Devotion, there is always eternality." Especially spoken by Srila Govinda Maharaj for the Internet Radio hosted by Prabhu Madhusudan. Transcendentally powerful and significant answers to questions concerning eternity:
  • By the grace of Srila Govinda Maharaj and the family of Prabhu Sanatan in Calcutta, today a festival was held at our Dum Dum Park Temple in remembrance of Prabhu Sanatan who passed away last Sunday. Prabhu Sanatan was the President of our "Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math and Mission" in Vrindavan as well as a successful, respectable member of society and, most of all, a devotee very dear to Srila Gurudev.
    Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj personally arranged the garlanding of a large picture of Prabhu Sanatan, and led the programme for a full hour in the nat-mandir. A fire yajna was held for the departed soul, and with eight sannyasis in attendance, enthusiastic Sankirttan, grand offerings to the Deities, and a sumptuous Prasadam feast to conclude, everyone felt this day to be very special indeed.
    Right: Prabhu Sanatan in earlier days visiting our London Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.
  • More rain today, and more construction pictures of progress at the Sri Govinda Kunda projects.

July 20th

  • Construction in progress in the rain at the Sevashram and Sri Govinda Kunda projects. Pictures today.

July 19th

  • Construction in progress at the Sevashram and Sri Govinda Kunda projects, pictures today.

July 18th

  • Sriman Mahaprabhu, newly inaugurated, awaits completion of His own Temple in the centre of Sri Govinda Kunda. In the meantime He stands by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj in the grand 'Temple of Union in Separation,' Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip.
  • Morning photos: Shuttering continues despite rain, in preparation for the roof of the Sevashram on the banks of Sri Govinda Kunda, Nabadwip.

  • Evening photo series. Srila Govinda Maharaj takes a late afternoon walk by Sri Govinda Kunda and the new Sevashram.


  July 17th
  • Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj in Nabadwip. Pictures taken today.

  • Right: Laying concrete at roof height in the Deity room of the Sriman Mahaprabhu Chandan Yatra Mandir in Sri Govinda Kunda.

  • Spanish Website. By the sincere service of Gauranidhi Prabhu and Sundari Devi Dasi the Math's Spanish site has received a substantial face lift along with new material and recent picture pages in Spanish. This site is being updated most days.

  • El sitio del ahora ha sido traducido al español y es actualizado casi todos los días. La dirección web es: Cualquier sugerencia o queja es bienvenida. Si alguien desea participar, por favor no duden en contactarme ( --Sundari Dasi, Ciudad de México

July 16th

July 15th 2002

  • Prabhu Sanatan passes away. We report the passing away late yesterday afternoon in Calcutta of Prabhu Sanatan, a highly respected member of our Math and a much honoured associate of Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. By the invitation of his good wife our devotees chanted at a function at their residence before the body was taken for cremation. Prabhu Sanatan passed away suddenly from a long standing heart condition.
  • Puri Rathayatra pilgrims return. This morning our pilgrimage party returned to the Dum Dum Park Temple from attending the Sri Jagannath Rathayatra Festival in Sri Dham Puri with very enthusiastic reports of the events there. Sripad Bhakti Kiran Giri Maharaj, Sripad Bhakti Prasun Aranya Maharaj, Sripad Bhakti Prapanna Tirtha Maharaj and Sripad Bhakti Rasik Bhagavat Maharaj headed our group of over fifty devotees. They performed Gundicha Marjanam with Kirttan, also arriving and returning from our Temple with Kirttan at each step.
    Sripad Tirtha Maharaj recounts that the next day, the Rathayatra Day, the chariot of Baladev moved first, with our Kirttan party right in front. Then Subhadra's chariot moved, and our party chanted in front of Her for some distance too. Then the devotees joined the Jagannath Rath and stayed with the Jagannath Rath right up to the Gundicha Temple. This year Lord Jagannath graced the devotees with very pleasant weather for His festival: no rain and a cooling breeze from the ocean.
  • For those of you who faced a challenge to open the new 'Home Comfort' Devotees' Forum mentioned yesterday, then please go directly to the page which seems to open smoothly.


July 14th 2002

  • Several devotees have expressed their wish for a forum to associate with like-minded servitors and aspirants. Now the idea has been put into practise by the efforts of Premanidhi Prabhu and Anupama Devi Dasi (Germany), Arjjunananda Prabhu (Holland), and Premavatar Prabhu (Norway) who together have formed the 'Home Comfort' Devotees' Forum. They invite you to participate to make it a success in service to Srila Gurudeva:
  • Sevashram and Sri Govinda Kunda projects. Pictures today.

July 13th

  • Inauguration Festival Slide-show. Thirty-four pictures of yesterday's function held here at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math: Inauguration of Mahaprabhu's Vijay Vigraha with abhishek and Parikrama of Sri Govinda Kunda.
  • Pictures taken today: Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj outside the Sevashram by Sri Govinda Kunda.

July 12th
Rathayatra of Sri Jagannathdev. Disappearance of Srila Swarupa Damodara Goswami Prabhu.

  • Puri Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Jagannathdev, and His Dham: A discourse given by His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. (148K PDF document.) This article is reproduced from the Math's 'Sri Gaudiya Darshan' periodical.
  • A reminder of the audio "Proper Vision to see Lord Jagannath" spoken 11th January last year from Puri by phone for the Internet Radio seva of Prabhu Madhusudan of Hawaii. This audio is there for you to hear along with an accompanying transcript.
  • Today the Grand Festival for the Inauguration of Mahaprabhu's Vijay Vigraha with abhishek and Parikrama of Sri Govinda Kunda was held successfully here at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. Srila Gurudev headed the proceedings as well as the parikrama. His Divine Grace is particularly pleased by this glorious event. (Pictures will be posted tomorrow.)




July 11th 2002, Thursday:
Gundicha Marjanam: cleaning Gundicha Temple at Sri Puri Dham, and cleaning all Temples of the Lord.

  • In remembrance of Sri Gundicha Marjanam taking place in Puri today, devotees here in Nabadwip enthusiastically cleanse Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math -- inside, outside and all around....

July 10th 2002, Wednesday:
Amavasya. Disappearance of Srila Gadadhara Pandit and Srila Sachchidananda Bhaktivinoda Thakur.

July 9th

  • Tomorrow devotees are going from here and Calcutta to Puri in preparation for the Sri Jagannath Rathayatra Festival which starts on Friday. As a timely reminder of the mood of such pilgrimage, reproduced here is the chapter 'On the Way to Puri' from the book 'Divine Guidance' by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
  • With the recent initiation of three sannyasis by Srila Gurudev, the section of Srimad-Bhagavatam containing the song of the Avanti Brahmana has been much discussed. A summary article is reproduced here from a 1935 edition of 'The Harmonist' entitled 'The Story of the Tridandi-Bhikshu.'
  • Ten pictures of progress today of the Sri Govinda Kunda projects.

July 8th



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July 7th

  • Festival today, led by Srila Govinda Maharaj at our Kaikhali Temple, Calcutta, for honouring the third anniversary of the disappearance of Sriyukta Rama Devi (pictured right). At Kaikhali Srila Gurudev graced young Srinath from Madras with initiation (pictured left).

July 6th

July 5th
July 5th: Radiant, the three new sannyasis arrive in Nabadwip Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math to offer their obeisances to Sri Sri Guru-Gauranga-Gandharva-Govindasundarjiu and to Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj at his Samadhi Mandir. They received sannyasa two days ago (see below).

July 4th

  • Srila Govinda Maharaj's grace is extended to all quarters. New Zealand: Srila Gurudev gives second initiation over a distance of more than nine thousand kilometers to Prabhu Ramananda. Prabhu Namacharyya and Prabhu Purna Brahma carry out the fire yajna in Auckland. (Pictures)
  • As rain subsides, work resumes: Sri Govinda Kunda progress today.  

July 3rd

July 2nd

July 1st 2002

  • Sevashram and Sri Govinda Kunda projects today as slides (with commentary).

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June 8th

  • 19th World Tour looking increasingly likely. With Srila Gurudev's steadily improved health, over the last few days His Divine Grace has given strong indication he will accept an invitation to Russia and perhaps London this summer. Please see our World Tour section for more information and updates.
  • Sevashram and Sri Govinda Kunda pictures today.
    Video: In addition, as a video clip with commentary.

June 7th - Fasting of Maha-dvadasi. Appearance of Srila Vrindavan das Thakur.

June 6th

June 5th

June 3rd

  • Audio: Srimad Bhagavad-gita, Sanskrit. Invocation and the first half of Chapter Two, chanted by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
  • Two new printed books in the Slovak language arrived today: 'Bozske posolstvo pre oddanych' and and Sri Brahma-samhita. 'Bozske posolstvo..." is also on the Web, it is the translated 'Divine Message for the Devotees' by Srila Govinda Maharaj. Both books are produced by the service of Prabhu Madhavendra and Anasuya Devi Dasi of Slovak Republic.

June 2nd

June 1st

  • Newly printed book 'Premamay Anvesan,' the Bengali edition of 'Loving Search for the Lost Servant.' Translated by Devamayi Devi Dasi in consultation with Srila Govinda Maharaj. Published by Sripad B.P. Tirtha Maharaj who brought it here to Nabadwip to offer to the Deities today.


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