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31 March 2004

  • The Deities here wearing Their new outfit received from Mexico, and first worn on Sri Gaura-Purnima morning. (100 K jpg picture.)
  • Parampara pictures in a row suitable for a small altar, that proved popular here during the recent festivals. (130 K jpg picture.)

30 March 2004
Sri Rama-navami. Fast until noon. Appearance of Sri Ramachandra. Appearance at noon.

Excerpt by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj with particular reference to Sri Ramachandra, whose Appearance is celebrated today:
  I was born at midnight, Saturday 10th October, 1895. Navami tithi [lunar day] under the same sign as Lord Ramchandra. Krishna-paksa [dark moon fortnight]. Sriman Mahaprabhu was also born on a Saturday. I was the second child. The first was a daughter, but she died early, so Ram Kavach [a protective mantram and amulet] was given to my mother for the protection of the next child, that is, myself. So I was born after my mother took Ram Kavach.
  ....When I was in my maternal uncle's house, for three years for early education in a primary school, I got some help from one of my aunts who taught me Ramayana and Mahabharata. That helped me a great deal. Already I had some affinity for all those things, some type of intuitive knowledge and partiality to ancient mythological teachings and culture of the orthodox section. From very childhood my tendency was with the culture of the orthodox section—Veda, Upanisad, etc., faith in God—all these things."
  .... "I like sacrifice in life. The magnanimous side. I had affinity for Lord Ramchandra, for the model Pastimes, but not so much Lord Krishna, because of His Vrindavan-lila. I could not accommodate why God should be a liar and a girl-hunter. I could not accommodate this. Though I saw Radha-Govinda murtis [Deities]—They seemed to be very, very charming. I found some mystic background there, but on the surface, I had more liking for Ramchandra than Krishna.
  ...My attraction to Krishna first came through Bhagavad-Gita, and then through Mahaprabhu. I liked Ramchandra for His magnanimity. I was mainly attracted by the self-giving ideal. So I liked Radharani very much, I liked Mahaprabhu very much, but my attraction to Krishna was less. My attraction to Krishna came through Mahaprabhu and through Radharani—from Their side. When I was nine or ten or so, there was a temple where Radha-Krishna Deities were installed in Jagadananda Pur, near Katwa. Every year in Karttik month my father used to read Srimad-Bhagavatam there. Sometimes I visited that temple with him, and I found some mystic atmosphere there. It seemed very mystical to me.
[From a recorded conversation with His Divine Grace, published in the 'Centenary Anthology' available from our online bookstore]

27 March 2004

Quote by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj:
  One who is conversant with the very object of the Scriptures, and who has practical experience, who is established in pure consciousness, is a genuine Guru. One should approach such a guide for his own relief, to understand what is the highest benefit in the world and how to attain it. This is necessary. It is real. It is not imaginary. At the same time, it is difficult. The Absolute Truth must be sought out through a real process, otherwise we shall go the wrong way and then say, “Oh, there is nothing here; it is not real.” So, only if we follow this real process of understanding the truth will we experience the real nature of divinity.

25 March 2004


23 March 2004

  • Srila Gurudev's afternoon walk to the Siva Temple by Sri Govinda Kunda today.
  • Three new Scandinavian publications made by devotees led by Omkarnath Prabhu and Premavatar Prabhu, were recently presented to Srila Govinda Maharaj. This includes the first-ever introduction to the Math in the Danish language, and an anthology of our Guardians' writings translated into Swedish. These will shortly be available through our Danish website and Swedish website.

21 March 2004

    Quote by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj:

20 March 2004

  • Srila Govinda Maharaj's parikrama of Sri Govinda Kunda this afternoon. (Pictures.)

    Quote by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj in Sri Gaudiya Darshan:
      In the last few days I have received four new publications from our devotees around the world, but I am finding that so few of our devotees are reading our books. It is not that these are to be opened and looked through, or read once; but they are to be read daily and repeatedly. I have been in the Mission now for fifty years and I am still reading Srimad Bhagavad-gita. By this I am surprised how much new light and inspiration is coming to me from the Gita.

    Now we have so many books from our Mission, around two hundred publications, but the devotees must constantly read and re-read these. This procedure is good for our devotees, and it is my desire that they will do so.

18 March 2004


17 March 2004
Ekadashi. Fast from grains.


16 March 2004
Dasam Dol. Festival at Appearance Place of Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, Sripat Bamunpara.


14 March 2004
Appearance of Srila Srivas Pandit.

  • Children’s Plays for Srila Gurudev’s Pleasure, a report by Kum Kum Devi Dasi of some of the events that took place this Sri Gaura-Purnima in Nabadwip.
  • Online Bookstore Offer. Ananta Press and Printing of California have just reprinted four books by Srila B.R. Sridhar Maharaj and Srila B.S. Govinda Maharaj. For a limited period, three of these books are now available from the Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Bookstore for just US$10, including world-wide postage.

11 March 2004
Festival at Appearance Place of Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, Sripat Hapaniya: Grand Appearance of the Holy Deities of Sripat Hapaniya, Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Radha Gopinathjiu at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Ashram.

  • A Day at Hapaniya, a lecture delivered by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj in October, 1989. First published in Sri Chaitanya Saraswati, Vol. I. (50K PDF file.)

09 March 2004

  • Four new sannyasis received initiation from Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj yesterday here at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math:
    • Prabhu Arun Krishna of our Dum Dum Park, Kolkata, Temple, became Sripad Bhakti Shobhan Jitendriya Maharaj;
    • Prabhu Jagadananda of West Bengal, India, became Sripad Bhakti Amrita Sagar Maharaj;
    • Prabhu Mukunda of UK, became Sripad Bhakti Sampat Madhusudan Maharaj;
    • Prabhu Nara Narayan of Mauritius became Sripad Bhakti Nandan Narayan Maharaj.

08 March 2004


06 March 2004

  • The Appearance of Sri Gaurasundar by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Maharaj. Translated from the original Bengali by Sripad Bhakti Madhav Puri Maharaj. First published in the Calcutta 1986 edition of The Guardian of Devotion. (60K PDF file.)
  • The Advent of Sri Sri Gaurasundar from the Sri Chaitanya-Charitamrita of Srila Krishnadas Kaviraj Goswami. Translated from the original Bengali by Sripad Swarupananda Prabhu. First published in Counterpoint (Vol. 1 No. 6). (55K PDF file.)
  • Second day of Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama and the third day of Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama. (Pictures.)

05 March 2004


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