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25 April 2005
Pilgrimage to Sripat Bamunpara the Holy Appearance Place of Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. The pilgrimage earlier this month included visits to Nadanghat, from where Srila Gurudev walked to the Math, and Denur, where Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur wrote Sri Chaitanya Bhagavat. Web-pages of pictures with captions, and the full article by Srila Govinda Maharaj, "Bound by Affection," where His Divine Grace describes his early days.

Milan, Italy, Sri Gaura-Purnima at Villa Govinda, and other seva activities by the devotees there during a recent visit by Sripad B.S. Tridandi Maharaj. Pictures and web-page by Munindra Mohan Prabhu.

Veracruz, México, Sri Gaura-Purnima at the new Sri Chaitanya Saraswati Sridhar Seva Ashram de México, with programmes headed by Raghunanda Prabhu and Madhuchanda Devi Dasi.

Californian Website latest update:
Californian Vaishnava Wall Calendar.
For easy reference a wall calendar is now available (70K pdf file) with the main Vaishnava festival dates and fasting dates through to Sri Gaura Purnima 2006. This is in addition to the full list of dates for California already available on-line. These calendars have been prepared by Sripad B.P. Janardan Maharaj.

22 April 2005
All Glory to Sri Sri Guru-Gauranga
Dear Devotees and Friends,
Please accept our obeisances and respects as appropriate.
This year was our largest Sri Gaura-Purnima Festival ever. During this festival period, along with the Western and Eastern devotee-pilgrims came hundreds of letters for His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
As much as we would like to, regrettably we are unable to send a reply for each and every one individually, and pray the devotees will all be satisfied that Srila Gurudev acknowledges your kind concerns for his health and your affectionate well wishes. His Divine Grace sends his "affection, blessings, good will and love" upon you all.
-The Office Team
 22 April 2005
 Kolkata and Nabadwip

Malaysia: Sri Gaura-Purnima Festival and the next day's Anandotsav of Sri Jagannath Misra held at the Sitiawan Sri Chaitanya Sridhar Govinda Seva Ashram.

The Road to Calcutta, Sripad B.L. Akinchan Maharaj brings flavour of the journey to Calcutta, and news of the safe arrival of Srila Gurudev at our Dum Dum Park Temple. several recent Spanish website updates from Caracas. The latest include:
Distribución de Prasadam en los ancianatos. Articulo elaborado por Vrinda Devi.
Sri Rama-Navami. La celebración de la Divina Aparición de Sri Ramachandra en el Sri Chaitanya Sridhar Govinda Seva Ashram. Galería de fotos, 18 de Abril, 2005.

19 April 2005

Brazil: Srila Govinda Maharaj Seva Mandir, Porto Alegre, Sri Gaura-Purnima celebrations at our second Centre in Porto Alegre. Web-page by Partha Sarathi Prabhu.

Californian Website latest updates:
Gallery: Sri Gaura-Purnima Festival at the Soquel Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Seva Ashram. Two pages by Vaidehi Dasi of pictures with captions.
Article: The Advent of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
A summary of the section of Sri Chaitanya-charitamrta describing Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's Appearance.
Article: The Gift of Giving
by Krishnalata Devi Dasi on returning from visiting Srila Gurudev last month in Soquel. She begins her article:
"I returned with the same fire that burns ever so brightly in the Soquel devotees' service mood and desire to meet Srila Gurudev's expectations and needs. This is the fire of devotional service and dedication to Sri Sri Guru-Gauranga."

Article: Holiday Celebrations with Srila Gurudev.
Two descriptions of celebrations in Soquel in February this year: Lord Nityananda Prabhu's Appearance Day by Vrindavanesvari Dasi, and Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur's Appearance Day by Vaidehi Dasi.
Gallery: Sweet Sweet Honey Bees.
Hasyapriya Prabhu explains:
"Like all of the devotees in our community, the trees, the water from the land, even our honey bees who help pollinate the fruit trees are eagerly offering their 'fruits' to His Divine Grace." In these photos Hasyapriya Prabhu at the Soquel Ashram shares with us the process of making honey. (Pictures with captions).

15 April 2005
Bengali New Year's Day
Brazil: Sri Gaura Purnima at the Krishna Shakti Ashram, Campos do Jordao, Sao Paulo. Six web-pages by Ishanandini Dasi recording events on this special occasion.

The London website now has a UK What's New? page, which includes notification of the latest additions to the site:
Calendar Dates for U.K. with adjusted Ekadashi dates and paran times. Produced by Devashis Prabhu in pdf format .
Four picture pages of Srila Gurudev in London last month en route from USA to India. Web-pages by Saraswati Devi Dasi.

Soul-searching, the latest entry on the iMonk web-site of Sripad B.L. Akinchan Maharaj. Amongst His Holiness' reflections in yesterday's blog is:
"What transformation, if any, is the chanting of the Holy Name causing within me? Self-examination will reveal that. Srila Guru Maharaj says, 'We must go forward with our eyes open.' Our inner eye — introspection — will reveal our progress."

Canada, visit by Californian devotees Sripad B.P. Siddhanti Maharaj and Jagadananda Prabhu to the Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Sridhar Asan run by Vidya Sundar Prabhu and Amiya Kanti Devi Dasi in Surrey, British Columbia. Web-page by Vidya Sundar Prabhu. recent Spanish website updates from Caracas include a new feature 'Photo of the Day' (1024 x 900 pixels), and weekly audio classes (currently presenting Sripad B.S. Goswami Maharaj in Caracas). Other recent updates include:
QuickTime videoexplaining the projects at the Caracas Temple. (9 minutes.)
Caracas: Harinama en el Parque del Este. Galería de fotos.

14 April 2005

Nabadwip: Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, giving initiations and later taking in the fresh air by Sri Govinda Kunda.

Oregon, USA: Substantial article reflecting on the Sri Gaura Purnima Festival held at The Golden Road so soon after Srila Gurudev's return from the West Coast to India.

Porto Alegre, Brazil: Sri Gauranga Sundar's Appearance Festival at the Srila Govinda Maharaj Seva Sangha. Two pages of pictures with captions, prepared by Partha Sarathi Prabhu.

Czech Republic: Sri Gaura-Purnima Day at the Sri Sridhar-Govinda Sangha. Web-page by Anasuya Devi Dasi.

Russia: Sri Gaura-Purnima in Saint Petersburg with Sripad Srutasrava Prabhu. Two web-pages by Ananda Vardhan Prabhu. Page One | Page Two.

Russia: Moscow, Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur's Appearance Day celebration under the guidance of Sripad Avadhut Maharaj last month at the new Cultural Centre in the centre of the city. Web-page by Ashutosh Krishna Prabhu.

Malaysia: Sri Nityananda Prabhu's Appearance Day Festival held at the Sitiawan Sri Chaitanya Sridhar-Govinda Seva Ashram. Web-page by Ramaratan Prabhu.

12 April 2005

Audio: Krishna Is So Nice Srila Gurudev speaking yesterday from Nabadwip for Madhusudan Prabhu's Internet Radio website (5+ minutes, 840 K mp3 audio.)

Hapaniya Festival in pictures, including extensive excerpts from 'A Day in Hapaniya' by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.

Mexico: Sri Gaura-Purnima Festivals in Monterrey. Two pages of pictures with captions: Page One | Page Two. (Web-pages by Arjuna Prabhu.)

Mexico: 7th 'National Youth and Children's Camp' held at La Palma de Sandoval, Michoacán, under the guiding eye of Sripad B.K. Ashram Maharaj. (Web-pages by Bhagavan Prabhu.)

8 April 2005
UK: Sri Gaura-Purnima Festival at the London Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. (Pictures.)

California: Sri Gaura-Purnima at the San Jose, Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Seva Ashram. (Pictures.)

Several new postings from Nabadwip during the last couple of weeks on Sripad B.L. Akinchan Maharaj's website,

The Difference Between Gaudiya Math and Sahajiyas: "Our Prabhupada Did Not Allow These Things" by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj posted by Sripad B.S. Goswami Maharaj on his website recent Spanish website updates from Caracas include:
Venezuela: Festival de Sri Gaura Purnima 2005 en el Sri Chaitanya Sridhar Govinda Seva Ashram de Caracas.   Articulo elaborado por Laksmi Kanti Devi Dasi y fotografias de Purujit Prabhu.

2 April 2005
Dear Devotees and Friends,
Please accept our obeisance and due respects.
Here in Nabadwip we have been in the midst of the grand Sri Gaura-Purnima festivals under the auspices of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
Due to many services required during these festivals, the Math's office has been practically closed. Now that the Sri Gaura-Purnima celebrations are winding down, we hope to soon be back to normal with web-postings and correspondence. As an additional challenge we currently have a poor Internet connection which makes it difficult to receive large files or post web-pages. If you are sending pictures, etc. please ensure they are a maximum of 50 kilobytes each, otherwise we are unlikely to be able to receive them. See our Tips for multimedia for tips on how to process pictures for sending by email.
Hoping for your understanding, and hoping to be of service,
— The Office Team

  Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip

Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama, Day Three. Two pages of pictures with captions plus extensive excerpts from The Hidden Treasure of the Holy Dhama Nabadwip.

Australia, Sri Govinda Dham: pictures taken on Sri Gaura-Purnima day. recent Spanish website updates from Nabadwip include:
Festival en Sripat Hapaniya La Gran Aparición de las sagradas deidades, Sri Sri Guru-Gauranga-Radha-Gopinathjiu. Galería de fotos.
El Parikrama del Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, 2005. Galería de fotos (Completo).

Sri Vaishnava Toshani latest edition 'California Dreaming' begins:

"When his secretary tried to surprise him with the purchase of a new glucose checking device. Srila Govinda Maharaj was a bit displeased because he already had two such devices. He proclaimed, 'Nothing in this world can surprise me, except the fact that they are chanting the Hare Krishna mantra in China. That surprises me.'"

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