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April 30th 2003

Devotees dressed
for service, Soquel.

April 29th


April 28th


Excerpt from "Divine Guidance" by Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj:

Sravanam-kirttanam, etc. is bhakti-sadhana, but other kinds of sadhana exist under the guidance of different departments of Vedic knowledge, such as yoga-sadhana, jnana-sadhana, karmma-sadhana, etc. The intention of all these types of practice is to take us to a higher position. But the topmost position, and the actual need for our supreme transcendental benefit, is only bhakti-yoga. Without bhakti-yoga, other kinds of sadhana such as bhukti or mukti cannot give us the proper result. So if we try to practise sravanam, kirttanam, smaranam, vandanam, etc. — the nine kinds of bhakti-sadhana under the guidance of a proper sadhu — then we will easily receive the good result.



April 27th

  • Russian preaching by devotees of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. Sripad Bhakti Premik Siddhanti Maharaj sends pictures from his current preaching tour.

April 25th

  • Further travels abroad by Srila Govinda Maharaj may happen this year. From Govardhan there are now strong indications that His Divine Grace may travel this summer to Russia, London and Italy. Other destinations are also being discussed. There is not yet a fixed plan and programme, however if you are considering travelling to be with His Divine Grace this summer, you may wish to bear this possibility in mind. As soon as arrangements will become clearer we shall post information here as well as on the Math's 'World Tours' page.
  • Sri Govinda Kunda today, and the road outside. Pictures for Srila Govinda Maharaj to see, and for all to share.

Excerpt from "Divine Guidance" by Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj:

When attachment and attraction for mundane things live within our heart, they are called pishachi, witches. If witches have us under their spell, then how can Krishna-bhakti live there? Srila Rupa Goswami says it is not possible. Still, if we try with our best mood of service to attain that position, we must get it. It may be sudden or it may be after a long time, but if we try we must get that position, there is no doubt. That attempt is called sadhana. Sadhana is ‘the means to the end.’ Generally our sadhana guides us to the upper level, and prevents us from falling down to a lower level.


April 24th

April 22nd

  • Veracruz, México, initiation, festival, and signing of property to the Mission. (Pictures.)

April 21st


Excerpt from "Sermons of the Guardian of Devotion Volume III" by Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj:

"By proper knowledge, proper dealings and proper conduct they set everything in its proper position and create adjustment in the domain of maladjustment. This world is maladjusted, and the balancing agents, the unifying factors, are the Vaisnavas. Just as there is a germ, a virus that spreads a particular contagious disease, so there must be the opposite of that, something which emanates only a pure and healthy atmosphere, and that is the Vaisnava."


April 19th

  • Dispatch from Govardhan this morning:

    "We are here in Govardhan with Srila Gurudev, watching him reveal and manifest Sri Giriraj's Temple and Ashram. Wait till you see everything here! The dome on the Temple is gigantic and will have a five plus foot chakra on top! Now the walkway from the gate to the Temple is paved with lampposts along the sides. The kunda is being dug and gardens are being planned. Only now it is becoming VERY HOT, the temperatures are rising to serious levels and it is almost unbearable, still there's no stopping Gurudev! He's planning to be here for a little while longer..."
    — Bhakti Lalita Devi Dasi,
      Srila Sridhar Swami Sevashram, Govardhan.

  • Sri Sri Nitai-Chaitanya-Arati, en español. Una explicación del ‘Sri Sri Nitai-Chaitanya-Arati’ compuesto por Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj para el arati de las Deidades de nuestro Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, en Jagannath Puri.

Excerpt from "Centenary Anthology" by Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj:

So sincerity—sincere hankering after the truth—is needed if we are to go further. And that is made of sukriti—the grace of the divine agents who, by their nature, are wandering through this cursed land to help others who may not even know they are being helped.


April 18th

April 17th

  • Recent pictures of our Govardhan Temple and Ashram, posted on the web by Prabhu Vidyasundar who just returned from there to Canada.
  • La Manifestacion Del Sri Govinda Kunda La Llegada Del Señor Shiva. Un resumen del discurso dado por Su Divina Gracia Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, el 3 de abril de 2003, en la inauguración del Sri Sri Sadashiva Gangadhar Mandir (al día siguiente del Sri Shivaratri), frente al Sri Govinda Kunda, en Nabadwip.

Excerpt from "Centenary Anthology" by Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj:

na hi kalyana-krt kaschid, durgatim tata gachchhati
(Srimad Bhagavad-gita 6.40)
One who sincerely wants real good can never be deceived. When one is a real seeker of the truth, he can never be deceived. Krishna says: “My dear boy, one who is sincerely hankering after the truth can never come across misfortune. If apparently some misfortune comes to visit him along the way, that is to enhance his position for his improvement.”



April 16th


Excerpt from "Divine Guidance" by Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj:

Hankering is the main thing necessary to gain that transcendental knowledge. When that will reveal itself in our heart fully, other disturbances will automatically leave us, just as when the sun rises in the east, all darkness is dispelled from our section of the Earth. So it is necessary for us to have hankering for Krishna-bhakti.
We can see in the Vedas many varieties of auspicious practising moods. The Vedanta, Puranas, Upanisads, etc. are all always indicating the nirguna plane and trying to take us to that level. If we cannot stay in that nirguna level we will not receive the full result, therefore our activity, mood, and everything, whether viddhi or raga, should always be such as to try to take us to that higher level. But we must want it, then we can go there, otherwise not.



April 15th

April 14th

  • 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 composed by him for the Deities in our Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Puri.

Excerpt from Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's explanation of his composition 'Sri Sri Nitai-Chaitanya-Arati:'

When this type of arati comes and we stand in front of Nitai-Chaitanyadeva and do the arati, what do we do? We play the mrdanga and the karatals and we blow the conch. Externally it happens but also internally. With the panchapati, the ghee lamp with 108 wicks, we are doing arati. Externally we are doing this and internally we shall try to see that each lamp of that arati, is not only a lamp but it is the Vedas. The different parts of the Vedas that are existing within bhakti-yoga have taken form in each lamp as a bhakti-yoga lamp. The 108 Upanishads and all others are taking this form and worshipping the Lord through that arati.

Mobile phone era arrives in Nabadwip

April 13th
Gaura-ekadasi. Fast. Paran (breakfast) tomorrow by 8:06 a.m.


Excerpt from "Divine Guidance" by Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj:

The mercy of the sadhu and Guru takes us to the transcendental level. When we can stand firm in our position there, then Mayadevi will leave us. It is necessary to try to preach this type of conception. As much as we have it ourselves, we are to distribute this clear vision and give it to others. Everywhere there is some possibility, from the lowest level up to the highest; everyone can try to give some good to others. Actually our only life’s goal is Krishna consciousness, and it is coming through sadhu, Guru and Vaisnava. It comes from their mercy through our sincere activity of service to them.


April 12th

  • Audio: Part one of Krishna's Flute — Song of the Lotus Feet of Radharani by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. Accompanied by the full transcription, by the grace of Sripad Bhakti Sudhir Goswami Maharaj from his Daily Darshan Website. (19 minutes. Streaming audio, or download and listen.)
  • The Power of Association. Sripad Goswami Maharaj relays an instructive story told recently by Srila Govinda Maharaj. The latest entry on Sripad Goswami Maharaj's website which includes many of his personal reflections.

April 11th
Sri Rama-navami. Fast until noon. Appearance of Sri Ramachandra. Appearance at noon.


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April 4th

  • Audio: Lord Siva appeared here yesterday. The second part of the public discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj at the Sevashram, the day after Sri Sivaratri. (22 minutes. Streaming audio, or download and listen.)

April 3rd

  • Audio: Sri Govinda Kunda manifests, Lord Siva arrives. A public discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj given the day after the installation of Sri Gangadhara Sada-Siva here by Sri Govinda Kunda. Part one. (20 minutes. Streaming audio, or download and listen.)


April 2nd

Date: Wed, 2 Apr 2003 09:34:49 -0600
From: Home Comfort Vaishnava Forum
Subject: Home Comfort: New bookstore now online

Dear devotees,

Kindly accept my dandavat pranams. As a service to the Vaisnava community we have just launched the Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Bookstore online at

We aim to present a wide selection of the works of Srila Sridhar Maharaj Govinda Maharaj, as well as other publications from the Math.

Through our credit card payment facility you can have books sent to you within days of payment. We also offer non-credit card payment, as well as cheaper ground mail or more expensive express delivery. Regular worldwide shipping by airmail is included in our very reasonable prices.

To celebrate the opening of the bookstore, we're offering a selection of 6 important works by Srila Sridhar Maharaj and Srila Govinda Maharaj at just $15.95. This is a unique, short-time offer that will expire within a few weeks.

Please visit us online at:

With all due regards,
Premavatar das
The Home Comfort team



April 1st 2003


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