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Updates, late 2008
Srila Gurudev is recovering back at the Dum Dum Park Temple, Kolkata, after being in hospital for two weeks in November. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj is feeling considerable relief. In hospital he received constant monitoring for two days before being transferred to a private room. He then underwent further tests, scans and x-rays to determine the cause of pain. His Divine Grace is now feeling more comfortable after doctors acted on the test results. May the devotees' prayers aid Srila Govinda Maharaj's quick recovery. (28 November.)
September - October, 2008
Video. San Jose, USA. Last year's talks by Srila Govinda Maharaj and Sripad Goswami Maharaj during the Anniversary Celebration of Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Sundar's Auspicious arrival there at the Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Seva Ashram.
Video captured and prepared by Vaidehi Devi Dasi:
32+ minutes, 63 MB 'mov' video
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Video slides. Malta: Sripad Goswami Maharaj's visit and devotional activities of the local and visiting devotees. Produced by Malini Devi Dasi:
9+ minutes, 59 MB 'wmv' video slide-show
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Video. Italy, Summer Camp 2008 held at Villa Govinda near Milan and organised by the devotees of the London Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. A short documentary video prepared by Saraswati Devi Dasi of the devotional activities of the children - and adults - participating in this year's event.
9+ minutes streaming video posted on the Vimeo website
Sripat Hapaniya Festival in honour of the Holy Appearance of Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. Web-page of pictures posted from Hapaniya.
Nabadwip. Sri Vyasa-Puja Festival of Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj held in a sweet, dignified atmosphere in Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math with representation from many Missions from India and world-wide. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj wanted to attend the festival here but his health did not permit travel from Calcutta. (Web-page of pictures.)
Nabadwip. Sri Vyasa-Puja Festival. Many pictures posted by Nimai Chandra Prabhu on his website of today's events from early this morning, as well as countless pictures from Nabadwip, Ekachakra, Hapaniya, Bamunpara and Kolkata taken in recent weeks, sharing his frequent visual news reports to His Divine Grace Srila Govinda Maharaj.
Sri Vyasa-Puja video Internet broadcast by Sripad Bhakti Sudhir Goswami Maharaj from our Calcutta Temple. Public Internet video BlogTV broadcast recorded and available for viewing on His Holiness' blogtv.com webpage.
Plus weekly live broadcasts on blogtv each Saturday evening given by Sripad Bhakti Sudhir Goswami Maharaj from our Kolkata Temple. His Holiness gives a class and responds to questions posed by viewers. He plans to continue this as a regular live broadcasts each Saturday at 8PM Indian time: http://www.blogtv.com/people/goswami.
The latest broadcast was recorded and is online at his blogtv.com address.
Early October: Srila Govinda Maharaj is settling in at his new veranda in the Sevak Bhavan of our Dum Dum Park Temple, Kolkata. After recent successful treatment and observation in hospital, Srila Gurudev returned to his new spacious quarters where he is under doctor's orders to take complete rest and continue under medical supervision. Recent pictures taken on the veranda are posted by Jamuna Priya Devi Dasi on her verandaviews.com website.
Invitation to Sri Vyasa-Puja of Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj to be held at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip, on 23rd October 2008, and an opportunity for service.
Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj has expressed his wish to go to Nabadwip for this festival, but due to showing poor physical health His Divine Grace may be at our Dum Dum Park Temple, Kolkata, for this auspicious occasion.
Invitation to the annual Karttik Pilgrimage organised by Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. This year's itinerary is as follows:
26th October: depart by train from Kolkata, heading first to Govardhan, then on 1st November to Vrindavan followed by shorter visits to Haridwar, Hrishikesh, Kashi, Gaya and Prayag, returning to Kolkata on 14th November.
Please see the Karttik Pilgrimage Invitation for further information, and kindly let us know soon if you wish to participate.
Invitation to serve in California, extended by Hasyapriya Prabhu to the world-wide community of devotees to help manifest a grand Temple project on the Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Seva Ashram's extensive property near Santa Cruz. Hasyapriya Prabhu writes:
"Srila Gurudev has given his blessings for us to undertake this ambitious project and to build this grand temple at our Soquel Ashram, and he has predicted that we will be successful and that the beautiful Seva Ashram will be known throughout the world."
Mid-September: Srila Govinda Maharaj is showing improved health daily after recent cause for concern when Srila Gurudev felt abnormal breathing difficulties. Doctors quickly brought him relief and they are pleased with the results of various follow-up tests. Currently His Divine Grace is under observation and treatment in what is considered the best hospital in Kolkata. Srila Gurudev appreciates and acknowledges the devotees' sincere prayers helping him return to stronger physical health. (Picture taken 17 September 2008.)
Video. Singing kirttan live to Russia via the Internet, Srila Govinda Maharaj continued after his talk from Kolkata to the assembly of devotees in St. Petersburg on Sri Krishna Janmastami. In the middle of this video we share interaction between Srila Govinda Maharaj and Sripad Avadhut Maharaj; then Srila Gurudev concludes by leading 'Jaya Radha-Madhava....'
Sri Krishna Janmastami kirttan, 2008, by Srila Govinda Maharaj via Internet, captured in Kolkata by Vaidehi Devi Dasi and Ranajit Prabhu:
24+ minutes, 24+ MB 'mov' video
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