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30 August 2004
Purnima. Appearance of Sri Baladeva. Fast until noon. End of Jhulan Yatra of Sri Sri Radha Govinda.
Audio: Srila Gurudev singing Sri Rupa Manjari Pada yesterday at the conclusion of a two hour interview for Bengal Television, and photos taken during his discourse in our Dum Dum Park Temple, Kolkata.

Download or listen online (8 mins, 1.9 MB mp3 audio).

London notice for pilgrims wishing to visit Srila Govinda Maharaj during his imminent visit in early September.

Soquel, California, notice for pilgrims wishing to visit Srila Govinda Maharaj during his expected visit after London, plus information of a local inn giving discount accommodation for our devotees (early booking is necessary).

28 August 2004
Audio: Sripad Bhakti Lalita Akinchan Maharaj and Sripad Yudhamanyu Prabhu Seva Vikram discuss several topics at our Dum Dum Park, Kolkata, ashram. They first met in South Africa over twenty years ago.

Listen now (RealMedia streaming audio), or:
Download or listen online (15+ mins, 1.9 MB mp3 audio).

Chinese newspaper article 'Civilized Jungle of Nationalism,' by Yudhamanyu Prabhu is much appreciated by Srila Govinda Maharaj. (Picture of Srila Gurudev with the newspaper, plus the article.)

Dum Dum Park constuction progress
of the new Seva Ashram in Kolkata, overseen by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj via pictures.

26 August 2004
Ekadasi. Fast. 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: Srila Govinda Maharaj speaking strongly today from Kolkata by phone for the Internet broadcasts hosted by Madhusudan Prabhu of Hawaii.

 'All Living Entities Have Some Duty.'
Download or listen online (23 mins, 2.7 MB mp3 audio).

Receiving recent Chinese newspaper articles from Yudhamanyu Prabhu, Srila Govinda Maharaj is very pleased to read the clippings. In one article, a Chinese student writes:

"We cannot control that higher beauty. This type of beauty controls us; we are servants of that beauty, not masters...."

25 August 2004
Tomorrow is fasting for Ekadasi for those following the Nabadwip Vaisnava Festival Dates.
Audio: Over one hundred new audio files added to the 'Sri Guru Vandana' website run by devotees of the Math. These include many kirttans sung by our Divine Guardians and by others including Bhudev Prabhu, the head pujari of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip Dham.
Over 2.5 gigabytes of audiobooks, photo series', kirttan recordings, PDF magazines and online articles are now available at 'Sri Guru Vandana.'

'Forgotten Promises,' the latest, extensive weblog of Sripad Bhakti Lalita Akinchan Maharaj, writing from Srila Govinda Maharaj's verandah in Dum Dum Park, Kolkata.
"Srila Guru Maharaj has given us several aphorisms: dive deep into reality; die to live; progress means elimination and new acceptance. What do they mean? These are not sound bites, but the distilled essence of our philosophy. If we meditate on these sutras they will revolutionize our conception of Krishna consciousness...."

23 August 2004
Video: Nabadwip News Report. A topical dispatch including progress of the newly started Prasad Distribution Hall at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.

Download and watch
(10 minutes, 10.5 MB, RealMedia file.)

21 August 2004
Audio, spoken book: The Search for Sri Krishna, Reality the Beautiful by Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, read by Sripad B.S. Tridandi Maharaj. The first parts and first chapter are now available for downloading or for listening online:

Title | Foreword | Preface | Introduction | Chapter One
(Total: 44 minutes, 5 MB, mp3 files.)

20 August 2004
Disappearance of Srila Vamsi das Babaji Maharaj.
Srila Govinda Maharaj watches a video of Nabadwip on his verandah at our Dum Dum Park Temple, Kolkata. (One recent picture.)

St. Petersburg's recent Vaisnava Festival led by the service of Sripad B.B. Avadhut Maharaj and the visiting sannyasis. (Pictures.)

19 August 2004
Audio: Informal interview with Sripad B.A. Paramahamsa Maharaj yesterday afternoon here at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. His Holiness discusses the recent Manasa-puja; upcoming traditional and Gaudiya Vaisnava festivals; the current gentle season of 'sarat kal' (the two months between the monsoon and autumn); and the considerable expansion of, and interest in, Krishna consciousness in India.

Download the interview or listen online
(21 minutes, 2.5 MB, mp3 file.)
Sripad Paramahamsa Maharaj and Subhash Prabhu

'Devotos pobres'. Un artículo adicional significativo relacionado con las Giras Mundiales de Srila Gurudev, escrito recientemente por Sripad Bhakti Lalita Akinchan Maharaj, desde Calcuta, India, y publicado en su página:, el día 7 de agosto de 2004.

18 August 2004
Audio: Srila Govinda Maharaj speaking today from Kolkata by phone for the Internet broadcasts hosted by Madhusudan Prabhu of Hawaii.

Download or listen online (13 mins, 1.5 MB mp3 audio).

'Amazing Grace.' Further recollections by Srila Govinda Maharaj from an earlier Tour, shared and substantially discussed by Sripad Akinchan Maharaj in his latest web log entry.

'Una Asombrosa Gracia.' Un artículo publicado por Sripad Bhakti Lalita Akinchan Maharaj en su web-site:, el día sábado 14 de agosto, desde Calcuta, India.

17 August 2004
On a sunny morning in Nabadwip, with the locals engaged in their lively traditional festival today of the worship of Manasa Devi, the snake goddess.
Russia, Sripad Bhakti Rasik Bhagavat Maharaj arrives safely on his first travels outside India, and immediately engages in preaching and in chanting the Holy Names at our St. Petersburg Temple. (Pictures.)
Italy, redecoration and renovation works get under way at our 'Villa Govinda Ashram' near Milan, as a team effort offered to the lotus feet of Srila Gurudev. (Pictures.)

15 August 2004
Nabadwip, pouring the first foundations of the new Prasad distribution hall.

14 August 2004

Dum Dum Park construction progress of the new Seva Ashram near the current Temple. (Pictures by Ranajit Prabhu.)
With the increasing likelihood of a further international tour by Srila Govinda Maharaj, here Sripad Akinchan Maharaj shares some recent reflections by Srila Gurudev of the hospitality and self-giving of the devotees on a previous World Tour. (The 'Poor Devotees' August entry on His Holiness' website.)

11 August 2004
Fast from grains for Ekadasi for those following the Nabadwip Vaishnava festival dates.
Breakfast tomorrow between 6:14 a.m. and 9:32 a.m.
Nabadwip, construction progress of the new Prasad distribution hall.

10 August 2004 .
Audio: Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj chanting slokas and glorifying Srila Rupa Goswami, Srila Guru Maharaj and Srila Swami Maharaj Prabhupad earlier this year in Nabadwip.

Listen now or download. (6+ minutes, 800 K mp3 file.)

Morelia, Mexico: the current visit by Sripad B.C. Parvat Maharaj to the devotional community there. Web page prepared and sent by Bhagavan Prabhu. (Pictures with story captions.)

9 August 2004
Caracas, Venezuela. A three page PowerPoint presentation showing the redecoration and expansion of Sri Sri Nitai Gaurachandra's Sri Chaitanya Sridhar Govinda Seva Ashram. (250 K PowerPoint presentation.)

Mexico's recent youth camp: extensive picture series posted on the web by Sripad B.C. Parvat Maharaj who helped lead this programme in Las Palma. (Pictures with story captions.)

8 August 2004
Audio: Srila Govinda Maharaj speaking today from Kolkata by phone for the Internet broadcasts hosted by Madhusudan Prabhu of Hawaii.

'Heart and Soul.' Download or listen online (12 mins, 1.4 MB mp3 audio).

Construction begins in Nabadwip of a new Prasadam Hall to help smoothen the distribution of feasts during festivals. (Pictures.)

Mexico, construction progress of the new Ashram in Veracruz. (Pictures.)

London, Harinama Sankirttan led by Sripad B.S. Tridandi Maharaj through the streets of the capital. (Pictures.)

Audio: Five additional kirttan recordings from the noon and evening programmes followed at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math have just been added to the audio library at the Sri Guru Vandana website. These were produced with the intention of being helpful for devotees to learn the kirttans that are sung daily here and in our temples world-wide.

7 August 2004
Srila Gurudev yesterday morning chanting japa at our Dum Dum Park Temple, Kolkata. (One picture, by Ranajit Prabhu.)

St. Petersburg, Russia.
Sripad Bhakti Sudhir Goswami Maharaj leads the morning Temple programme, and delivers a talk at an evening 'Mystic India' public programme in the city. (Pictures.)

Sripad Bhakti Kanan Giri Maharaj in Mexico on Srila Guru Maharaj's recent 16th Disappearance Anniversary telling the assembled devotees how he came to take shelter of the lotus feet of Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
Listen now or download.
(6+ minutes, 750 K mp3 file.)

5 August 2004
Italy, last Sunday's programme at our Villa Govinda Ashram near Milano, led by Sripad B.S. Tridandi Maharaj. (Pictures.)

6th Youth Camp at La Palma-Zirahuen, Mexico.
A four page illustrated report by the youth attending the current devotional training programme in the holy association of Sripad B.C. Parvat Maharaj of USA. (Right-click: 2.3 MB PowerPoint presentation download.)

Australia, Sri Govinda Dham. A recent programme at our beautiful ashram near Murwillumbah, N.S.W. (Pictures.)

2 August 2004

World Tour mini-addendum to yesterday's announcement. Srila Govinda Maharaj has for a long time received sincere, affectionate, devotional invitations from around the world, and yes he is discussing and considering invitations from the Americas and Europe in addition to the current plan of visiting London and California. But, as His Divine Grace himself points out, much depends on his health and it is not certain he will even leave India. The possibility does exist that if all goes well, providence may indeed add more devotional centres to the itinerary....

Audio: «Buenos días mundo». Un discurso de Sripad B.P. Janardan Maharaj en el templo de Sus Señorías Sri Sri Parama Karuna Nitai Gaurachandra, en Caracas, durante la ultima visita que hizo Su Santidad a Venezuela en el pasado mes de mayo. El discurso presentado ahora en el programa Buenos días mundo, consta de tres partes, y es acompañado de una breve introducción con la super noticia del momento: «Se ha confirmado la siguiente gira mundial de Su Divina Gracia Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Maharaj a Inglaterra, a los Estados Unidos de America, y seguramente a otos destinos del continente americano».
Buenos días mundo
(acoplamiento ha sido corregido), introducción por Sripad Ashram Maharaj. (10+ minutos MP3 de 1.3 MB.)
Parte 1 | Parte 2 | Parte 3 por Sripad Janardan Maharaj. (Total: 53 minutos MP3 de 6.1 MB.)

1 August 2004
A World Tour this year is looking increasingly likely.
News travels fast, and sometimes faster than reality. However it is confirmed that within the last week or so there has been a quantum jump in the likelihood of Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj travelling abroad this year. He has declared his holy wish to accept the invitations of the London and Californian devotees, and that travel arrangements be made, most likely for September.
However, Srila Maharaj has made it clear he is not considering this to be a wide-scale preaching tour, and that any arrangements be flexible so his travels can be adjusted according to his health en route.
Please consult with the local Centres in regard to likely dates and appropriate times to have His Divine Grace's darshan.
The programme may change by the will of providence.

Audio: The Wave of Love,
a further article by Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj in an early magazine from Kolkata, read by Sripad B.S. Tridandi Maharaj now back in London after his recent European preaching tour.

Listen now or download.
(6 minutes, 780 K mp3 file.)

What was New? July 2004 and Earlier updates, month by month....
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