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August 31st 2003

  • Nabadwip, pictures today. Nat-mandir development, and two new arrivals....
  • Español. Translation of the dispatch accompanying the pictures of the St. Petersburg conference posted on 29th August:

    29 de agosto de 2003
      >> Rusia, Conferencia Religiosa
    celebrada el pasado viernes en la Biblioteca Pública de San Petersburgo con un panel de dignatarios oradores encabezados por Srila Gurudev. (Breve informe y fotos).

Seva Invitation

  August 30th
  • Mexico: Veracruz University Conference on "The necessity of a spiritual master." Sripad Bhakti Chandan Parvat Maharaj writes:
      The conference was organized by Madhuchanda Devi Dasi and her husband, Raghunandana Prabhu in a very short time period. The audience, mostly students in the Communications Department, were very enthusiastic and had some excellent questions after the talk. The Mexican devotees are unbelievable! What great service attitudes and moods of devotion!
  • Seva Invitation to the fifth annual Govardhan Mass Prasadam Distribution Programme. Prabhu Mathuranath writes:
      By the Grace of Srila Gurudev this service programme offers us a unique opportunity to engage in transcendental service in the Holy Dham under the shelter of Srila Gurudev during this coming Karttik month.
  • Español:

    29 de agosto de 2003
      >> Audio, Rusia. "¿Dónde encontraremos la concepción más profunda de Mahaprabhu?" Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami habla vía telefónica desde Moscú para Internet Radio conducido por Prabhu Madhusudan. Extractos:...

    25 de agosto de 2003
      >> Discursos del día de Janmastami. Extractos de los discursos de Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj en la Celebración de la Aparición de Sri Krishna.

Russia Conference

August 29th

  • Russia, Religious Conference held last Friday at St. Petersburg Library with a panel of dignitary speakers headed by Srila Gurudev. (Pictures and brief dispatch.)
  • Audio, Russia. "Where shall we get Mahaprabhu's conception in a very deep way?" Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj speaks by phone from Moscow for the Internet Radio run by Prabhu Madhusudan. Excerpts:
    We are now in Moscow. Very big meetings are being arranged. Here Sripad Avadhut Maharaj is making all arrangements.

    So many questions are coming. One question is: "Where shall we get Mahaprabhu's conception in a very deep way?"

    I can say to them, we can get Mahaprabhu's conception in Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita fully, and in Sri Brahma-samhita is what Mahaprabhu gave to Ramananda Ray.....

    Mahaprabhu accepted raga-marga happily, but viddhi-marga also is within Mahaprabhu's acceptance.

    Mahaprabhu was happy with Ramananda Ray and Swarup Damodar ... and Mahaprabhu was very happy Rupa Goswami properly presented His conception....

    Mahaprabhu embraced Rupa Goswami and told the others to give their blessings, and they all embraced Rupa Goswami. This kind of affection we will not see anywhere else....

    Srimad Bhagavad-gita, Sri Brahma-samhita and Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita — these three books are authentic books in the Rupanuga Sampradaya.

    If only one book we will read, then if we read Chaitanya-charitamrita ... an ocean of knowledge is there about Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and the Krishna conception, Krishna consciousness. Srila Guru Maharaj also said that if Chaitanya Charitamrita will stay but all other Scriptures will disappear, then no loss will come in this world about Krishna consciousness.

    It is necessary to read Chaitanya-charitamrita from a proper channel, a proper Vaishnava. Always it is necessary to read under the guidance of a qualified Vaishnava who knows the real meanings.

    Try to study Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita and Sri Brahma-samhita and Srimad Bhagavad-gita.

    In this way we are trying to give to the audience here this answer to their question.


August 28th

  • Srila Gurudev speaks:
    Morning Darshan
    by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
    Excerpt from 16th August 2003, St. Petersburg, Russia.

    If Guru is angry with us, then no one can save us. The symbol of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math shows that when the lotus is sheltered in the water of Guru, it will bloom by the light of the sun, Lord Krishna. But if you take the lotus out of the water, the sun will burn the lotus. We will always be under the guidance of Guru. We are not to make any offence to him.

    Guru is always representing Krishna. The non-different form of Krishna is in front of me, giving me service to Lord Krishna. The Guru’s position is as Krishna, through the human form. This is pure Krishna Consciousness. When my Guru is sick I cannot consider he is a sick man. I am thinking that he is only showing his sickness. I need to serve him, and for that he is sick. I cannot help Guru but I can serve Guru.

    Without questioning and without hesitation we should fulfil the desire of Guru. If I do this, sincerity will appear to me. We can stay anywhere, and even after the disappearance, Guru will always exist with us through his guidance. My Guru disappeared but I feel I am getting his association. I also feel his presence through my disciples and friends. Then it is not a question of where I shall stay. When I am far from Guru and when I am near Guru, I will always be with Guru.

  • Singapore, Sri Krishna Janmastami happily observed with a full-house of devotees at their Gokul Vegetarian Restaurant, Singapore. (Pictures.)

August 27th

    August 26th
  • 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. (Transcription.)
  • Dispatches from St. Petersburg, posted by Sripad Bhakti Lalita Akinchan Maharaj. Of particular current interest are his daily web logs of 13th to 20th August, giving flavour of the recent days on the World Tour with Srila Gurudev and the many devotees.


Gurudev's talks

August 25th




Big boat for Kunda

August 24th


Mexico City
St. Petersburg

Caracas, Janmastami

August 23rd

August 22nd
  • Russia, the Temple, hall and accommodation buildings of St. Petersburg Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. Recent pictures.
  • Nabadwip, Sri Nandotsav; yesterday's festival in remembrance of Sri Nanda Maharaj hosting a feast for Lord Krishna's Appearance the previous night. (Pictures.)

  "Prabhupad ... did such a great thing, and in every country we are following his footsteps."
–Srila Govinda Maharaj

August 21st
Sri Nandotsav. Appearance of Visvavarenya Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad.


August 20th
Sri Sri Krishna Janmastami. Complete fast until midnight (then no grains).

  • Audio, Russia. "My Guru Maharaj has given so much to us." Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj gives a second telehone discourse from St. Petersburg for the Internet Radio run by Prabhu Madhusudan. Excerpts:

    "I am sitting with so many devotees here in St. Petersburg.... Sripad Goswami Maharaj has given us a book, 'Loving Search for the Lost Servant,' and that is a very nice heading given by Srila Guru Maharaj .... and I am seeing here the loving search....

    "My Guru Maharaj has given so much to us. Once I said to Srila Guru Maharaj that what he had given us in thirty years, that was very hidden, but when the Westerners came for searching Krishna Consciousness, Srila Guru Maharaj opened his treasury for them, otherwise you will not get the Gayatri explanation. Guru Maharaj had previously told that explanation to only a few, and only maybe two or three persons could understand that....

    "When Srila Guru Maharaj wrote 'Gayatri Muralista-kirttana-dhanam Radhapadam dhimahi,' I put it in our Math logo....

    "Vyasadev wrote 'nigama-kalpa-taror galitam phalam...' but at that time we could not understand the whole meaning of that sloka, but when the Gayatri Mantram explanation was given by Guru Maharaj, then we were able to understand the whole thing....

    "We are trying to follow the method given by Veda-Vyasa, but we are always making some offences, and through those offences we are not proceeding so fast. But when offences will go, then we will see everything....

    "By the grace of Rupa Goswami we have got this divine presentation though Srila Guru Maharaj. Srila Prabhupada Saraswati Thakur chose Srila Guru Maharaj as his Sampradaya Guru, and everyone is respecting Guru Maharaj in that way. And we are fortunate that Guru Maharaj has given us fully, making open the treasures to the Westerners, and now I am seeing all the Western devotees are very much enlightened with Krishna consciousness. They are spending a few days with me, and I am surprised to see their mood of devotion. What more can I say! Krishna has already blessed them, Srila Guru Maharaj already blessed them, and I am extremely happy with them.

    "Jaya Srila Gurudev, Srila Guru Maharaj! All glories to Srila Gurudev! All glories to Sri Sri Guru-Gauranga!"

  • Venezuela prepares for Sri Krishna Janmastami. Pictures from Caracas Sri Chaitanya Sridhar Govinda Seva Ashram.


August 19th






August 18th

  • Audio, Russia. "Give this news all over the world...."Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj speaks by phone from St. Petersburg for the Internet Radio run by Prabhu Madhusudan. Excerpts:
    "I am very astonished to see the devotees' progress to the transcendental abode... Krishna Himself wants to sit in their hearts, otherwise it is not possible...

    "All over the world is now chanting the Hare Krishna Mahamantra, the life goal of the conditioned souls. Practising this Mahamantra they will get piety, and after liberation they will get service to Lord Krishna's abode. Eternity, love, affection, everything is waiting for them. Only a little time is necessary....

    "Give this news all over the world, that now the Russian devotees are proceeding so fast in Krishna consciousness...."
  • St. Petersburg. Preaching through theatre: attracting newcomers, and clearly pleasing the devotees in the audience....
  • Nabadwip, pictures today of progress with marble in the nat-mandir.
  • Español. Recent translations:
    14 de agosto de 2003
      >> Rusia, El Primer Fin De Semana En Rusia, por Vrindavanesvari Devi Dasioticias de San Petersburgo.

    12 de agosto de 2003

      >> Rusia. Queridos Devotos y Amigos... Por lo tanto oramos por su comprensión...


August 17th


August 16th

  • Sri Balarama's Appearance Day Festival headed by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj at the Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, St. Petersburg, Russia. (Pictures.)
  • 'Voices from Venezuela.' Impressions given by devotees interviewed at Lord Balarama’s Appearance Day Festival held at the Sri Chaitanya Sridhar Govinda Seva Ashram, Caracas.
  • Italy, headline news in two newspapers for our 'Villa Govinda Ashram' and Srila Gurudev's recent visit there.

August 15th


August 14th


August 13th

  • Mexico, Fourth Meeting of Youth and Children from all over Mexico, held at Michoacan. (Pictures.)
  • Australia, photos of the festival at 'Sri Govinda Dham' for Srila Guru Maharaj's recent Disappearance Festival.
  • E-mails sent to us yesterday may not have reached here! Part of the Math's Website was 'down' due to our provider moving the site to a different machine. If you sent us mail yesterday but have not received acknowledgment, please re-send it.

August 12th
Purnima. Appearance of Sri Baladeva. Fast until noon. End of Jhulan Yatra of Sri Sri Radha Govinda.

Dear devotees and friends,

Our due respects to you all. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj is keeping well and happy here in St. Petersburg. Srila Gurudev is certainly pleased to see the huge response to the call of Sriman Mahaprabhu's Mission and to receive the sincere offerings and letters through mail and brought personally with the devotees.

Indeed mountains of mail has come to his lotus hands in recent days while on Tour. There is a hive of activity taking place here, therefore we pray for your understanding that at present it is not possible to personally acknowledge each one. Naturally Srila Gurudev's grace is with all who have sent offerings and written him. As far as possible we shall try to keep you informed of His Divine Grace's pastimes during these special days.

Repeatedly praying for your understanding.
Sincerely and respectfully,
-The 'On-Tour Office Team'
 of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math
 currently in St. Petersburg, Russia



August 11th


August 10th


August 9th
Disappearance of Srila Rupa Goswami and Srila Gauri das Pandit Goswami.

  • Russia, St. Petersburg dispatch:

    Date: Sat, 9 Aug 2003 13:39:25 +0530
    From: Bhakti Lalita D.D.
    Subject: 9 August 2003, St. Petersburg

    All Glory to Sri Sri Guru and Gauranga

    After fulfilling the hearts' desires of all the devotees in Italy, Srila Gurudev, Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, continued on to St. Petersburg on Thursday. Sripad Avadhut Maharaj arranged for the festivities to begin today, which allowed some much needed quiet time for His Divine Grace after his journey.

    Just now devotees, friends and sincere seekers from all over Russia and neighboring ex-Soviet Union countries are flooding in, and from 'The West' many dignitary sannyasis and Vaishnavas are due to arrive within the next few days. All accommodation has been made available for everyone who wishes to participate in the festivals in Russia during this, His Divine Grace Srila Gurudev's 20th World Tour.

    With my obeisance,
  • Nabadwip, pictures today of the nat-mandir development, class held outside and Sri Govinda Kunda.
  • Venezuela, photos sent by Prabhu Purujit of Srila Guru Maharaj's Disappearance Festival held at the Sri Chaitanya Sridhar Govinda Seva Ashram, accompanied by a short write-up by Kamala Kanti Devi Dasi in English about the programme.
  • Español: article in Spanish by Prabhu Lalita Mohan describing the Disappearance Day Festival in Caracas.
  • Español. Translation of three recent articles linked from this 'What's New?' page:

    8 de agosto de 2003
      >> Italia. Artículos y fotos que reflejan esta histórica ocasión: 'Sintiendo el Villa Govinda Ashram’, reporte ofrecido por Vrindavanesvari Devi Dasi, incluyendo reflexiones de algunos invitados que comparten sus impresiones sobre Villa Govinda.

    7 de Agosto de 2003
      >> Italia, reporte desde de la rama italiana del Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math sobre la actual Gira Internacional de Su Divina Gracia Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj:
    Reporte de actividades en el Lago Como describiendo la visita del fin de semana pasado.

    4 de Agosto de 2003
      >> Reporte telefónico desde Italia,
    Prabhu Srutasrava nos ofrece una feliz perspectiva de los acontecimientos recientes durante el Tour de Srila Govinda Maharaj.


August 8th
Beginning of Jhulan Yatra of Sri Sri Radha Govinda and start of the one month festival of Sri Hari Smaran at Nabadwip, Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.

  • Audio: 'All Roads lead to Rome' Internet Radio talk from Italy by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, spoken by phone to Prabhu Madhusudan in Hawaii.
  • Italy. Articles and photos reflecting upon this historic occasion:
  • World Tours Index page updated with notification of the safe arrival of Srila Govinda Maharaj at the St. Petersburg, Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.

August 7th

  • Italy, pictures and a dispatch from this leg of the current International Tour of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj:
  • 'My last night in Turkey,' web-log entry of Sripad Ackinchan Maharaj relating the story of a big question from a little girl.
  • Pictures from Turkey of the last hours in the wonderful hospitality of the devotees of the Sri Govinda Math Yoga Centre extended to their sannyasi guests.
  • Noticias de Govardhan. Translation of the Govardhan dispatch posted yesterday here.


August 6th

  • Govardhan dispatch by Prabhu Janaki Vallabha of Italy; and recent Govardhan photographs taken by Prabhu Krishna Sundar of UK.
  • Turkey, reflections by Sripad Akinchan Maharaj on Srila Govinda Maharaj's 'parakiya' comment to the Turkish devotees, 'Secret Service, Attracted by Krishna's Flute.' With his visit to Ankara drawing to a close, Sripad Akinchan Maharaj continues with daily web-logs reflecting on the service and circumstance of the the local devotees.
  • Nabadwip pictures today for Srila Govinda Maharaj to see, and for all to share.

August 5th

  • Russia. Non-stop widespread preaching in preparation for Srila Govinda Maharaj's imminent arrival. Pictures of the devotees at a recent 'Ethnolife Festival' engaging in lectures, questions-and-answers, devotional theatre, Nama-Sankirttan and mass Prasad distribution.
  • Italy audio, 'live words' by phone from 'Villa Govinda Ashram' yesterday evening in a call to Nabadwip by Jamuna Priya Devi Dasi accompanying Srila Govinda Maharaj on his 20th World Tour. (165 K mp3 sound file.) Plus four related pictures.
  • Sydney, Australia: Sri Vijay Mahaprabhu having recently arrived from India, accepts service at one of the regular weekend programmes at the Sri Mandir given by Prabhu Muralidhar and Hari Vallabha Devi Dasi heading the local devotee community of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math:


August 4th


August 3rd

  • Nabadwip, pictures of refurbishing the nat-mandir and reconstructing the Charitable Dispensary's wall.

August 2nd


August 1st 2003

  • Nabadwip, face-lift and expansion of the nat-mandir of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math continues with the first marble slabs about to be laid on the floor.
  • Italy: This morning Srila Govinda Maharaj gave many initiations including several to a group that came from Hungary by the sincere preaching of Prabhu Aninda Sundar and his wife Madhava Dayita Devi Dasi.
    From Nabadwip, Sripad Bhakti Nirmal Acharyya Maharaj arrived safely at 'Villa Govinda Ashram' joining the Tour for the Italian and St. Petersburg sectors. More devotees are due to arrive today from USA and Europe.
  • Español. Translation of the recent U.K. Tour Report describing the children's performance of King Chitraketu's Pastimes.

    29 de julio de 2003
      >> Reino Unido. Informe del Tour: Pasatiempos del Rey Chitaketu, obra teatral presentada el fin de semana para la satisfacción de Srila Gurudeva por los jóvenes del Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math de Londres. Reporte de Vrindavanesvari Devi Dasi.


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