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31 May 2005
Audio: "Happy, Hopeful, Sweet Message" Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj speaking this morning from Calcutta for Madhusudan Prabhu's Internet Radio website (16+ minutes, 2 MB mp3 audio.)

Govardhan, series of pictures taken recently by Ranajit Prabhu.

30 May 2005
Audio: Morning class by Sripad B.S. Goswami Maharaj to the Western devotees in our Dum Dum Park Temple last week. His Holiness begins by answering the question:
"In the Gita is a verse mentioning the mind can be our best friend or our worst enemy, also we've heard Srila Gurudev say that until we reach the plane of ruchi, there can still be some lust. Then he goes on to say about cultivating dharma-buddhi. These are all nice things to read, but how do we actually practically do this in our spiritual life...?"

Download or listen online (67+ minutes, 7.9 MB mp3 audio).

29 May 2005
Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj leads the Sri Nrsimha-chaturdasi Festival at the Sree Chaitanya Saraswata Krishnanushilana Sangha in Dum Dum Park, Kolkata. Two pages of pictures, including several of His Divine Grace.

28 May 2005
Disappearance of Srila Ramananda Raya.
Ukraine, Sripad B.L. Akinchan Maharaj meets sincere seekers in Kiev and Zaporizhzhya (pictures). Plus recent daily web-logs ('blogs') on His Holiness' website with news and reflections on his current travels.

Siliguri, several pictures of our new Ashram for Srila Gurudev to see, and all to share.

27 May 2005
Porto Alegre, Brazil: Nrsimha-chaturdasi celebrations at the Srila Govinda Maharaj Seva Sangha run by Partha Sarathi Prabhu and Siva Nandini Devi Dasi.

En español: La llegada del nuevo año bengalí con Srila Gurudev en Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip. Artículo escrito por Rukmini Devi Das, incluyendo fotografías.

25 May 2005
Audio: Sripad B.L. Akinchan Maharaj reports on Srila Gurudev's health, the recent Sri Nrsimha-chaturdasi Festival in our Dum Dum Park Temple, and the beginnings of the Math's Website and its development over the past ten years, and about the preaching journey he is about to make to Ukraine and Russia. The interview took place over a somewhat crackly Nabadwip phone line the day after Sri Nrsimha-chaturdasi.

Listen now (RealMedia streaming audio), or:
Download or listen online (23+ minutes, 2.8 MB mp3 audio).

24 May 2005
We are ten years old today! Today is the the 10th Anniversary of the Math's official website, which has now been online since 1995! The site was set in motion by Sripad Bhakti Lalita Akinchan Maharaj when the World Wide Web was in its infancy, and was sponsored by His Holiness up until the time he took the renounced order, sannyas, in 2003. Kesavananda Prabhu of USA has generously sponsored the site since then.
Sripad Akinchan Maharaj writes:
"The Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math and Seva Ashram web pages were presented on the Internet for the first time on Apara Ekadasi, May 24th, 1995. We invite you to see what these original web pages looked like a decade ago, when they appeared on the Internet through the wonder of the World Wide Web...."

Tamil Website inaugurated introducing our Sri Guru-varga and Mission to the huge Tamil speaking population of southern India, Malaysia, Singapore and around the world. Translated by Pran Krishna Prabhu and Jay Vardhan Prabhu and produced in web format by Sachinandan Prabhu, the site was very happily received by Srila Gurudev Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj on Sri Nrsimha-chaturdasi.

Nabadwip, Sri Nrsimha-chaturdasi Festival held here at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math two days ago. (Pictures.)

Srila Srinivas Acharya's Appearance, illustrated article for the children devotees in honour of Srila Srinivas Acharya's Appearance Day yesterday, prepared by Parama Bhakti Devi Dasi of Holland:
"Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu spoke with them and said: 'Chaitanya Das, your wife is right. I want you to have a child and I want you to call the child Srinivas.' Both Chaitanya Das and his wife were very, very happy to receive this order from the Lord.
..." several recent updates on the Venezuelan Spanish language website include RealMedia video, mp3 audio, photos and the following articles:
Artículo: La historia de Prahlada Maharaj. Elaborado por Vaisnavi Devi Dasi en nuestra sección para los niños. (360K PDF documento.)
Artículo: Sigan a un Devoto Perfecto. Por Su Divina Gracia Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, Enero 6 del 2000 Nabadwip Dham. Artículo Elaborado por Rohini Nandana Das. (180K PDF documento.)

22 May 2005
Sri Nrsimha-chaturdasi: Appearance day of Sri Nrisimhadev. Full fast until after sunset, then no grains (anukalpa). Paran the next day, after sunrise and by 9:20 a.m.
The Holy Appearance Day of Lord Nrsimhadeva. Two page illustrated extract from a discourse given by His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj on Sri Nrsimha-chaturdasi day 1999, at Sri Govinda Dham, Murwillumbah, Australia.

En español: Srila Gurudev en Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip. Artículo escrito por Rukmini Devi Das, con las varias fotografías.

18 May 2005
Vrindavan, Deities' picture taken during Sri Chandanyatra, and construction pictures at the place of Srila Krishna Das Kaviraj, Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math and Mission.

Mauritius, Sri Rama-Navami festival report by Santa Krishna Prabhu describing the events of last month's festival at the Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Ashram, Long Mountain.

16 May 2005
Audio: Chalk Village, Deities' installation, interview with Sripad Bhakti Premik Siddhanti Maharaj of USA and Malini Devi Dasi of Malta of their experience at this recent festival. (12+ minutes, 2.3 MB mp3 audio.)

Please note that we have had no useable Internet connection at our Nabadwip Temple now for several days. Kindly bear with us....

14 May 2005
Yesterday's Installation Festival of Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Radha Shyamasundar at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Sankirttan Mahamandal, Chalk Village, near Islampur, West Bengal. Devotees from our Nabadwip and Dum Dum Park Temples join together with local and Western devotees at the inauguration of this new Centre in glorification of and service to Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. Two pages of pictures by Deva Bandhu Prabhu of Brazil and Malini Devi Dasi of Malta.

Russian mirror of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math's official website,, a project organised by Yadu Krishna Prabhu. It is updated regularly and, although for now it is not a full mirror, work is going on with fresh news with photos of Srila Gurudev and the Mission's world-wide activities available for all Russian-speaking devotees.
Address of new mirror site is

11 May 2005
Beginning of 21 days Chandanyatra of Sri Sri Jagannath Dev. Aksaya-tritiya – good day to start some works.
Ukraine, large scale preaching in Zaporozhye and Donetsk with guest lecturer Sripad Bhakti Sudhir Goswami Maharaj at a series of festivals organised by Sripad Bhakti Bimal Avadhut Maharaj and Sripad Bhakti Rasik Bhagavat Maharaj. Three pages of pictures with captions posted on the Russian devotees' website:

Siliguri, new Ashram with adjoining land for a future Temple. The new property is just across the road from the existing Centre in this thriving largely English speaking town at the foot of the Himalayas, near Nepal, Bhutan, China and Bangladesh.

Exemplary behavior. This latest blog by Sripad B.L. Akinchan Maharaj on his website is written in Calcutta in the association of Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. Sripad Akinchan Maharaj begins:
"We hear a tremendous crash! on the corrugated iron roof of the carport outside the window of Srila Gurudeva's veranda. We all momentarily start at the sound, then smile when we identify it: it is the sound of the beginning of the mango season." recent Spanish website updates include three photo galleries, plus:
Audio: Unidos en la Conciencia. Esta nueva sección será renovada semanalmente. En esta edición, una lectura dada por Sripad Janardan Maharaj en el Sri Chaitanya Sridhar Govinda Seva Ashram, Caracas, 2003.
Artículo: Ojos de loto—Lágrimas de Loto.
Gadadhar — El Correlativo extático de Mahaprabhu — por Sripad Bhakti Sudhir Goswami Maharaj. Traduccón elaborada por Vrinda Devi Dasi.

09 May 2005
Puri Pilgrimage programme 2005 from Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math Nabadwip for the Rathayatra Festival of Lord Jagannath. This year's pilgrimage departs from Nabadwip by bus on 4th July (3rd July for train passengers), and the return leg departs from Puri on 9th July. If you would like to participate, please see the additional information. Reservations need to be made soon.

'The Lotus feet of Gadadhar Pandit are our sole treasure'
by His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. Plus links to other articles about Sri Gadadhar Pandit, whose Appearance was celebrated yesterday.

Higher resolution picture of the Deities
here at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip, taken by Gaurachandra Prabhu (1375 pixels wide, 430K jpg picture).

07 May 2005
Vrindavan: our Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math and Mission including construction progress at the place of Sri Krishna Das Kaviraj. Pictures taken by Ranajit Prabhu.

Mexico: El Tajin preaching stall
at the site of the pre-Hispanic pyramids. Hundreds visited the preaching stall in aid of the new Veracruz Temple construction.

Czech Republic: Building of the Temple Room
at the Sri Sridhar-Govinda Sangha, Libecina. "With the increasing number of visitors to our centre, the necessity to build a spacious temple room arose. We have started to rebuild an extension of the house which was formerly used as a cowshed...." Pictures and web-page by Anasuya Devi Dasi.

05 May 2005
Sanskrit/Turkish/English edition of Srimad Bhagavad-Gita, The Hidden Treasure of the Sweet Absolute brings much satisfaction to Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj: "They have done what no other Math can do."

Eugene, Oregon, USA, The Golden Road Temple, now the residence of Their Lordships, Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Mahaprabhu Nitai-Gaurachanda. (Pictures.)

Four Articles for the Children devotees, prepared by Parama Bhakti Devi Dasi of Holland:
The Appearance of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. To protect the devotees and to show everyone the way of love of God, Lord Sri Krishna decided to come to this world. He came in the form of a devotee, as Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu....
"Mother could you grant Me one wish?"
Two Thieves.
One day Nimai was playing just outside the house when two thieves came. They thought to themselves: "Oh this child is wearing beautiful jewelry! Let's take Him along with us and steal all His jewelry...."
Naughty Nimai. Nimai was very fond of adventure. Together with His friends He would secretly enter the neighbouring houses and....

A prayer for a prayer. Radha Madhava Prabhu of Australia asks all devotees to make a combined prayer for the benefit of Srila Gurudev's health. recent Spanish website updates includes:
Artículo: La línea de la Devoción. Un artículo extraído de las 13 charlas de Srila Govinda Maharaj en india en el año 2000. Un Artículo elaborado por Rohini Nandana Prabhu. (PDF documento.)

02 May 2005
Recent pictures from Nabadwip and Dum Dum Park including the arrival of several devotees from Brazil, and various scenes from around the Math's grounds in Nabadwip.

In the last few days, Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj did not talk very much, complaining of a lack of air. But this morning he felt better and spoke to us. He was happy and enthusiastic and mentioned how theists are trying to perform some relief-work in this work but the atheists are doing everything to hinder that work. Srila Gurudev mentioned how some devotees are trying to build a dispensary in the neighborhood and how the atheists are doing everything to hinder it, creating obstacles and even charging to release the permits, but the atheists are building big buildings and they get permits without much problem.
Gurudev then quoted two verses from Gita: "yada yada hi dharmasya..." and "paritranaya sadhunam...." He explained how the sadhu has to suffer in this world -- and it is not some small suffering. He said that the word "paritranaya" means "much suffering." And when the sadhu's suffering comes to its maximum, then Krishna appears to release that suffering. We can see how the situation of suffering in this world is such that sometimes even sadhus are killing other sadhus.
Such suffering makes us humble and tolerant, and makes us offer sincere honour to all.
Seeing Srila Gurudev suffer makes us pray to Krishna to please dilute his suffering among all of us, his devotees around the world. If any of us would have to suffer for a moment what he is suffering we would probably drop dead.
At the same time, His Divine Grace remains always situated in a transcendental position untouched by anything belonging to this material plane. We can witness how infinite perfect knowledge, sweetness, affection and love constantly emanate from him. Seeing this, we wish to never go away from his lotus feet, but instead to stay serving him just like those few exalted souls that are serving him personally, trying to appease his suffering in this world. We cannot but offer our most humble respects to all those exalted and honourable devotees: Srila Gurudev's personal servants.
Dandavat pranams
Bhuvana Mohandas (of Brazil)
Sri Chaitanya Saraswata Krishnanushilana Sangha,
Dum Dum Park, Kolkata several recent Spanish website updates including audio, articles by devotees, picture pages and the translation of Srila Govinda Maharaj's article "Bound by Affection." The latest two updates are:
Darshan ayer de Sus Señorías Parama Karuna Sri Sri Nitai Gaurachandra.
Harinama en La Candelaria.

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