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31 December 2004
New sloka composed yesterday by Srila Gurudev. As the feast for Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad’s tirobhava arrived, His Divine Grace Srila Govinda Maharaj spontaneously composed this sloka in his honour:

Sri Vaisnava Toshani. Unshakable Devotion, the latest edition with insights including the Sri Vyasa-Puja held in the presence of Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj in California. This edition begins:
"Srila Guru Maharaj said to Srila Govinda Maharaj, 'Before leaving this world, my Guru Maharaj transferred the charge of the Rupanuga Sampradaya when he had me sing Sri Rupa Manjari Pada and he sent me you.'"

Californian Website latest updates:
Sri Vyasa-Puja Festival. Vaidehi Devi Dasi captures the excitement of the celebrations at the Soquel Seva Ashram. Pictures with captions.
The eve of Sri Vyasa Puja. Devotees at the Soquel Seva Ashram busily prepare for the Big Day. Pictures with captions.

Moscow. Sri Vyasa-Puja Festival, and a new devotional bookshop opened at our downtown Centre.

Caracas Sri Vyasa-Puja Festival with pictures and Spanish write-up, posted on the Venezuelan Paramakaruna website.

30 December 2004
Disappearance festival of the founder of the worldwide Sri Chaitanya Maths and Sri Gaudiya Maths, Bhagavan Sri Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Goswami Prabhupad.
Audio: 'About Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur,' a discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj uploaded today: (30+ minutes, 3.46 MB. Also available in high audio quality format, 13.8 MB.)

After the big Asian earthquake, all is well by the grace of Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga at our seaside Puri Temple as well as at our other Temples in India and associated Centres in the Asian region. The flood of concern by devotees from all around the world is much appreciated.

Sripat Bamunpara Festival yesterday in honour of Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's Sri Vyasa-Puja. Thirty-six pictures with captions sharing the event, which has again broken records for the largest single event held by the Math. Over fifteen thousand plates of Prasad were distributed.

The following material has been added to the Sri Guru Vandana website in honour of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur's Disappearance Day:
'Batasur' an essay By Srila Saraswati Thakur originally published in Sri Gaudiya Math's magazine, 'The Harmonist' in February, 1932.
Ten additional classic photos of Srila Saraswati Thakur have been added to the extensive Vaisnava Acharyyas photo galleries.

28 December 2004
The grand celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Divine Appearance of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math Acharyya and Sevaite Om Vishnupad Paramahamsa Parivrajakacharyya Sri Srimad Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
Nabadwip: today's Grand Sri Vyasa-Puja Festival summarised in thirty pictures.

Moscow Sunday Programme dedicated to the 75th Sri Vyasa-Puja Anniversary of Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.

One-day special offer, for this special Sri Vyasa-Puja Day of Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. The online Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Bookstore is offering the two newest books by Srila Govinda Maharaj at up to 45% off the regular price (depending on quantity, please see the links):

-) Bhagavat Darshan is an inspirational hardbound volume edited by Srutasrava Prabhu, with many photos and illustrations throughout.

-) Affectionate Guidance is an extensive 270 page anthology of conversations, discourses, interviews and letters by His Divine Grace Srila Govinda Maharaj, published by the Math.

Audio Archive updated with currently a selection of twelve recordings of Srila Govinda Maharaj. More than 100 audio recordings of Srila Govinda Maharaj's discourses are being numbered and will be made available through our audio library in the near future. These include old classics — some in higher audio quality than previously available — as well as new material that has not been available online previously.

Sri Guru Vandana Website special postings this Sri Vyasa-Puja Day by the Scandinavian devotees:

Audio: Srila Govinda Maharaj leading chanting in March 2004 of the slokas on Sri Gaura Purnima evening at the time of Appearance of Sriman Mahaprabhu. 34 minutes, mp3 audio.

Twelve new photos covering four decades, of Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj and his Divine Guardian Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
Twelve specially chosen high-resolution classic photos of His Divine Grace for printing, etc..

27 December 2004
Sri Vaisnava Toshani: 'Super Human Consciousness.' Quoting slokas recently recited by Srila Govinda Maharaj, Srutasrava Prabhu writes: "To be in the company of Srila Govinda Maharaj and hear him recite these expressions, with his fully blossomed smile, while still in great physical pain from his surgery, is something I could never imagine. Still, it is happening regularly. For the purpose of these pages, I thought I would make some notes of the exceptional things he says, but he says so many of them, it is difficult to chose from, difficult to remember and also difficult to locate them."

Caracas Children's Hospital special Christmas visit by the devotees reinforced with additional surprises for the children. They brought to the hospital not only the usual prasadam sweets and cookies, but also toys and balloons — along with a Kirttan led by Sri Ritu Raj Prabhu, and a special film star surprise....
Caracas: La visita al Hospital. "Este jueves 23 de diciembre la visita al Hospital estuvo reforzada inmensamente. Por la gracia y el esfuerzo de los devotos se les llevo a los niños del Hospital no solo los dulces que usualmente llevamos, sino juguetes, globos, y un kirtan liderizado por Sripad Ritu Raj Prabhu."

26 December 2004
Saint Petersburg Public Programme. Hundreds of people were introduced to the greatness of the Vaisnava culture of India at this public programme dedicated to the Sri Vyasa-Puja of Srila Govinda Maharaj. The cultural event included slide shows, a book stall, a gift stall and our devotees' enthusiastic example. (Pictures.)

Saint Petersburg street Sankirttan in the winter snow and rain. (Pictures.)

In the West Bengal countryside at our crops fields and Sripat Bamunpara yesterday with Sripad B.N. Acharyya Maharaj. Pictures for Srila Govinda Maharaj to see, and all to share.

25 December 2004
Californian Website: What's New! page latest updates:

Transcript: Srila Jiva Goswami's Appearance Day discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj at the Soquel Seva Ashram, 25th September 2004.

Audio: Sunday Feast talk by Sripad Bhakti Sudhir Goswami Maharaj on the deeper meaning of sadhu-sanga and other sublime topics, 5th December 2004. (67 minutes mp3 and RealMedia audio).

24 December 2004
Kolkata, Dum Dum Park: pouring the roof of the second storey of the new Seva Ashram.

Nabadwip construction progress of the new Prasad distribution hall. (Pictures.)

Picture of the new Porto Alegre centre opened in the southernmost capital city of Brazil for the transcendental pleasure of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.

23 December 2004
Dvadasi. Break fast with grains after sunrise and before 9:50 a.m. )
Three Mauritius preaching flyers that have been distributed widely on the island with good response. Each are four-sided and in colour, and can also form the basis for flyers for other Centres around the world:
-) Humbler than a Blade of Grass;
-) Unlimited Names of God;
-) Teachings of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.

Adhoksaja Prabhu Bhakti Bhusan reports from Mauritius:
     "The devotees are busy preaching house to house distributing pamphlets and bringing some collections for seva to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga. Construction of the Mandir is progressing.
  "On the last day of Karttik, the Mauritians celebrated Ganga snan by assembling at the seaside. Some twenty devotees including Sripad Bhakti Nandan Narayan Maharaj, distributed pamphlets with Harinama Sankirttan. Within four hours we distributed about 1500 magazines. Most of the people were very keen to receive the magazine and immediately started reading. In this way Guru Maharaj's grace is flowing to every part of Mauritius."

Sri Vaishnava Toshani new posting with current pictures and commentary. Srutasrava Prabhu writes from our Soquel Ashram: "Because our conception of master and servant is polluted by our competition on the plane of exploitation, it is hard for us to conceive of the happiness of the servant. Srila Sridhar Maharaj gave the example of Gandhi looking for a personal assistant, and the biggest personalities of the time applying for that position. Then, how special is it to be attached to a Vaishnava as his servant?"

Caracas: Pictures and Spanish article about a recent visit by the Venezuelan devotees to an old people's home, taking Prasadam and the Holy Name to the elderly. This is the latest posting on the Venezuelan devotees' Paramakaruna website.

Otorgando Auxilio a Todos. Luego de comenzar a realizar las visitas a los Hospitales y de poder percibir la atracción de los niños; Amita Sakti didi y Vrinda Devi didi pensaron en cómo podrían ofrecerles algún alivio a aquellas almas que ya están partiendo de este mundo, los ancianos....

22 December 2004
Ekadasi. Fast from grains. (Break fast with grains tomorrow after sunrise and before 9:50 a.m. )
Letter of appreciation by Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada to Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Maharaj. Written in 1955, Srila Prabhupada expresses his appreciation for the launch of the Sri Gaudiya Darshan magazine and reveals the intimate relationship between Srila Prabhupada, Srila Govinda Maharaj and Srila Sridhar Maharaj. This is posted on the Sri Guru Vandana website run by the Scandinavian devotees.

All English editions of Sri Gaudiya Darshan magazine published so far are now available on line, with the last two editions having just been uploaded on the Sri Guru Vandana website. This adds up to more than 260 pages of devotional reading material, including many valuable gems by the Acharyyas from Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur up to the present day, our dear Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
The two newly available editions — August 1996 and Sri Gaura Purnima 1997 — are both of good printing quality, and are excellent for on-screen viewing.

21 December 2004
Audio: Hearing from China. An interview by phone from China with Yudhamanyu Prabhu Seva Vikram accompanied by Daisy and Felix, two student newcomers to Krishna consciousness. They each give an insight into the spiritual aspect of life in China and of their own enthusiasm for devotional service having been introduced to the teachings of Lord Chaitanya.

Listen now (RealMedia streaming audio), or:
Download or listen online (13+ minutes, 1.6 MB mp3 audio).

Californian Website: What's New! page latest updates:

Audio: Sunday Feast (28th November) Pusta Krishna Prabhu reads from and elaborates upon The Nectar of Instruction by Srila Rupa Goswami. (mp3 and RealMedia audio).

Audio: Sunday Feast (20th November) Sarvabhavana Prabhu reads from Sri Guru and His Grace, and a recent pilgrim from Venezuela gives an enthusiastic description of the happenings during Srila Gurudev's recent visit (mp3 and RealMedia audio).

Vaisnava Toshani: In this latest web edition, Srutasrava Prabhu views through Scriptural vision topical events on tour with Srila Gurudev. "Srila Govinda Maharaj nectarizes all who come in contact with him by his dazzling smile and beautiful and unparalleled conceptions of pure devotion...."

20 December 2004
Visit to Sripat Bamunpara captured in eighteen pictures by Radha Madhava Prabhu of Russia.

Kolkata, Seva Ashram construction progress at our Dum Dum Park Temple. (Pictures for Srila Govinda Maharaj to see, and all to share.)

19 December 2004
Srila Gurudev in Veracruz, four pages of photos and captions of Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's recent visit to Veracruz,

Los gloriosos devotos, por Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, quien vino a su terraza del Seva Ashram de Soquel, y ofreció de improviso este resumen de su actual estado de salud y esta maravillosa glorificación de sus devotos servidores. (Translation of yesterday's posting by Srila Govinda Maharaj.)

18 December 2004
The Glorious Devotees by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj who came out onto his verandah at the Soquel Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Seva Ashram, and gave this impromptu summary of his current health and this wonderful glorification of his devoted servitors.

China: enthusiastic festival for Sri Vyasa-Puja of Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj held last month. Yudhamanyu Prabhu Seva Vikram sends a report and photos of the programme with forty-five Chinese and Tibetan participants.

Atraídos por el afecto. Algunas reflexiones sobre la visita de Srila Gurudev a Veracruz, México, del 20 de noviembre al 1o. de diciembre de 2004. Reporte por Jai Balai Prabhu.

16 December 2004
Venezuela Harinama Sankirttan through the streets of Caracas. (Pictures.)

Sri Govinda Kunda opposite Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. (Pictures.)

Nabadwip construction progress of the new Prasad distribution hall. Pictures for Srila Govinda Maharaj to see, and all to share.

14 December 2004
Srila Govinda Maharaj outside with the devotees at the Soquel Seva Ashram. Five pictures taken yesterday by Sripad B.P. Janardan Maharaj.

London website updated with pictures of the London Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math's beautiful Deities. (Pictures by Dwarakesh Prabhu.)

Philippines: presenting Krishna consciousness to the public. Gokulanananda Prabhu heads the preaching programmes augmented by a recent extended visit by Ratnanabha Prabhu from UK. (Pictures.)

13 December 2004
Srila Govinda Maharaj this morning (Nabadwip time) in the Soquel Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Seva Ashram, California, shortly after returning from hospital. (Two pictures.)

A strong recovery: the first firsthand report on Srila Gurudev's quick return to strength following surgery. Sripad Akinchan Maharaj brings life to all the eager devotees with his web-log posted this morning.

Veracruz newspaper article, English translation of the recent Spanish write-up in El Dictamen covering Srila Gurudev's visit, our Mission's activities and the grand opening of the Veracruz Temple.

Venezuela's website extensively updated with:
-) 40 pictures of Srila Gurudev recently in Caracas;
-) 200 pictures
as a 'Festival Tribute;'
-) Venezuelan Tour Diary
of Vidya Sundar Prabhu translated into Spanish;
-) Audio: all classes
in Caracas during the 21st World Tour;
-) Audio: mp3 kirttan recording.

11 December 2004
Srila Gurudev is recuperating after a successful operation in California following recent medical examinations in Mexico. Afterwards, smiling and sitting in a bedside chair, His Divine Grace was marvelling at the mercy of Srila Guru Maharaj, taking it that the success of the operation was due to Srila Guru Maharaj's incessant, unlimited mercy. Also, as Srila Govinda Maharaj himself recently said, he feels his recovery each time is very much helped by the prayers and affection of the devotees. Indeed, may your prayers and affection flow, so Srila Gurudev may return quickly to better health.

09 December 2004
Paran by 9:42 a.m. Disappearance of Srila Narahari Sarkar Thakur and Srila Kaliya Krishna Das.
Srila Gurudev back in California. Pictures of Srila Govinda Maharaj and the devotees outdoors after returning recently to the Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Seva Ashram, Soquel. This gallery is newly posted on the devotees' Californian website.

08 December 2004
Ekadasi. Fast from grains.
Sri Vyasa-Puja in California. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj is due to be in our Soquel Seva Ashram, USA, for his Sri Vyasa-Puja on 28th December, and not in India.
As most know, Srila Gurudev's health is often delicate, so his personal participation and the opportunity for darshan may be limited or even very limited. For further information of the programmes to be held there, and arrangements for pilgrims, please see the Soquel Sri Vyasa-Puja notice.
And a reminder that written Vyasa-Puja offerings by 12 December please in order to be included in the Special Edition to be offered to Srila Gurudev on his Appearance Day.

Sri Vaisnava Toshani web-magazine new posting by Srutasrava Prabhu accompanying Srila Govinda Maharaj in Soquel, USA. "The disturbances of material existence are unavoidable and not our concern. They can never check the flow of nectar that is Krishna consciousness...."

07 December 2004

Over 120 professional photos taken last summer in Jagannath Puri and Kolkata by Gaurachandra Prabhu are now available at the Sri Guru Vandana website of the Scandinavian devotees:

Jagannath Puri: a series of 89 high-quality photos taken this summer, and:
Kolkata (formerly 'Calcutta'): Photos of Srila Govinda Maharaj, his followers and friends.

Veracruz, photos of the recent opening of the new Temple by Srila Govinda Maharaj with guest of honour, the Mayor of Veracruz.

Veracruz, Mexico. Cobertura del periódico de la abertura reciente del templo de Veracruz.

06 December 2004
Nabadwip construction progress of the new Prasad distribution hall. Pictures for Srila Govinda Maharaj to see, and all to share.

Czech and Slovak websites fully revised and updated by the devotees of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, for the introduction and nourishment of sincere seekers.

05 December 2004
The Captain of our ship.... Substantial, informative and inspirational, this latest web edition of Sri Vaisnava Toshani with pictures, slokas and descriptions, gives an insight into Srila Govinda Maharaj's travels, including the recent prestigious inauguration of the Veracruz Temple in Mexico.

04 December 2004
Back to California. The first report of Srila Govinda Maharaj's return to the Soquel Seva Ashram. Sripad Akinchan Maharaj accompanied Srila Gurudev throughout the journey from Veracruz, and shares this in his latest web-log. Their day's travel ended with the welcome sighting of a deer in the driveway while approaching the Ashram.

Sydney City sunny Sunday street Sankirttan starting and finishing in Hyde Park and passing through Pitt Street Mall — the city's busiest shopping mall — and China Town. (Fourteen Pictures posted by Muralidhar Prabhu.)

By next weekend please, (12 December) for Vyasa Puja offerings to make it into the first volume to be presented to Srila Gurudev on his Appearance Day. Any received after that will be included in the second volume, which won't be completed until mid-January. Please don't hesitate.
Please send offerings as text in the body of an email to Kindly mention your country next to your name and attach a photo of yourself (in the form of a small JPEG).

03 December 2004
Srila Govinda Maharaj is now at our Soquel Seva Ashram, USA, having safely returned from Mexico and Venezuela.

Nabadwip, Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, general pictures today.

01 December 2004
Veracruz Temple opened in grand style by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, with guest of honour the Mayor of Veracruz. Srila Govinda Maharaj spoke at the function which was covered by local TV and media, and which was followed by a sumptuous feast. (Pictures and report please see the Sri Vaisnava Toshani web-magazine of 05 December.)

Veracruz. Further insights from Mexico into Srila Govinda Maharaj's recent health Pastimes in the latest two editions of the Sri Vaishnava Toshani web-magazine.
Regarding the earlier of these postings, Srutasrava Prabhu points out: "Srila Gurudev wanted these photos to be taken and wanted them to be shown. It is very important that everyone understands he needs some rest."

Nabadwip, yesterday's pouring concrete to form the upstairs floor of the second section of the new Prasad distribution hall. Pictures for Srila Govinda Maharaj to see and all to share.

Caracas. Browser incompatibility problems fixed so yesterday's six webpages now display properly of Damayanti Devi Dasi sharing recent days in Venezuela with Srila Gurudev and the assembled devotees.

What was New? in November 2004 and Earlier updates, month by month, year by year....
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