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27 December 2015

The grand 87th appearance day celebration of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math's Sevaite-President-Acharya, Om Vishnupad Paramahamsa Parivrajakacharya Sri Srimad Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.

thumbAudio: Informal discourse: Five kinds of relationship with Krishna, and our brightest prospect in this present age. His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj addresses a gathering at Sri Govinda Dham, Uki, Australia.
24 April 1999:
35 minutes, 26 MB mp3 audio

1 November 2015

Disappearance of Srila Narottam Das Thakur.

thumbThe early life of Srila Narottam Das Thakur summarised by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. Newly posted on the Math's gaudiyadarshan.com website.

24 October 2015

Disappearance of Srila Raghunath Das Goswami, Srila Raghunath Bhatta Goswami, and Srila Krishnadas Kaviraj Goswami.

thumbSinging in separation from Srila Raghunath Das Goswami. Added by Srila Govinda Maharaj to the Math's song book Sri Gaudiya-gitanjali to be sung on Srila Raghunath Das' disappearance day. Posted on the Math's gaudiyadarshan.com website.

21 September 2015

Sri Radhashtami. Srimati Radharani's appearance at noon. Fast until noon.

thumbSrimati Radharani, Her Divine Appearance. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj recounts the appearance of Srimati Radharani. Excerpt from a talk given on 27 August 1982, posted on the Math's gaudiyadarshan.com website.

20 September 2015

Sri Lalita Saptami. Appearance of Sri Lalita Devi.

thumbSri Lalita Devi, The Highest Standard of Service. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj illuminates the exalted character of Sri Lalita Devi. Excerpt from a talk given on 27 August 1982. Posted on the Math's gaudiyadarshan.com website.

3 July 2015

thumbThree Spoken Books: Complete readings of the following books added to our list of available Spoken Books free downloads page:

Inner Fulfilment
booklet compiled from Srila B.R. Sridhar Maharaj's publications.
Affectionate Guidance
by Srila B.S. Govinda Maharaj.
Sermons of the Guardian of Devotion Vol. IV
by Srila B.R. Sridhar Maharaj.

20 May 2015

thumbSpoken Book: The Benedictine Tree of Divine Aspiration, by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj is now available as a spoken audio book. The complete book narrated by Premananda Prabhu of Ireland (aac audio files):
  Introduction (and Back Cover)
  Chapter 1 Divine Benevolence Abroad (by Mohanananda Das)
  Chapter 2 Universal Grace
  Chapter 3 Demolishing Pillars of Ego
  Chapter 4 The Eye-Opener
  Chapter 5 Life's Destination
  Chapter 6 Reaping the Eternal Fruit
  Chapter 7 Our Super Benefit
  Chapter 8 Everyone's Real Friend (by Swami B.A.Sagar)
  Appendix 1 Acharya-charana-vandana
  Appendix 2 The Mahamantra
  Appendix 3 Dasa-vidha Namaparadha

3 May 2015

Sri Nrisimha Chaturdashi: Appearance day of Sri Nrisimhadev. Full fast until after sunset, then no grains (anukalpa).

thumbAudio: Sharanagati. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj explains that the Lord's lila cannot be measured by reason. Its flow is irresistible and causeless: "That causeless wave underground is connecting with the Absolute Will, and your attempt should be to reach to that plane, to submit to that plenary movement, to dance with that wave."
And:
"Sharanagati itself can give everything. Only sharanagati can fulfil all your desire. Other things will come automatically. You give your full attention to sharanagati ... You are to look out whether you are true there, that you may not deviate from that position of sharanagati."
Nabadwip, 4 and 5 May 1982:
28+ minutes, 16.4 MB mp3 audio.
9 minutes, 5+ MB mp3 audio (4th May)
28 minutes, 17 MB mp3 audio (5th May)

29 April 2015

Nepal. Our devotees are all accounted for and safe after the devastating earthquake in Nepal. Naturally we are all sad and concerned for the many deaths and injuries in Nepal and nearby regions, however it is with relief that by now our Nepali devotees as well as those known to be visiting from other countries have all given news that they are alright amidst so much destruction and loss of life.

1 April 2015

Dvadashi. Festival in honour of the disappearance of Om Vishnupad Paramahamsa Parivrajakacharya-varya Ashtottara-shata-sri Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.

Pure devotional mood. On this day remembering Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's disappearance in 2010, naturally much emotion as well as devotion may arise in the devotees' hearts. In the following informal discourse from 1997, Srila Gurudev addresses the subject of emotion and devotion, and beautifully chants the glories of unalloyed devotional service.
Informal discourse, 4 January 1997:
20 minutes, 9+ MB mp3 audio

11 March 2015

Yesterday's Hapaniya Festival. The grand annual festival commemorating the appearance of the Holy Deities of Sripat Hapaniya, Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Radha Gopinath Jiu at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Ashram, the appearance place of Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. The festival in pictures.

10 March 2015

Festival at the appearance place of Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, Sripat Hapaniya: grand appearance of the Holy Deities of Sripat Hapaniya, Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Radha Gopinath Jiu at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Ashram. Appearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Sharan Shanta Maharaj.

China Public Programme. Earlier this year, Srila Bhakti Pavan Janardan Maharaj and Sripad Yudhamanyu Prabhu Seva Vikram addressed a gathering at the Sino-India Yoga Association's Cunyuan yoga studio for the first public programme of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math ever to be held in China outside the local Ashram premises. Report and pictures by Nilamani Prabhu, attending this year's Sri Gaura Purnima Festivals in Nabadwip.

New book in Chinese: Home Comfort. Fully re-translated and republished by Sulakshana Devi Dasi under the guidance of Srila Bhakti Sudhir Goswami Maharaj, this brand new 2015 Chinese Edition is available for free download in both regular quality (2 MB pdf file) and higher quality (14 MB pdf file).

6 March 2015

Anandotsav of Sri Jagannath Misra. Last gathering of the week-long yearly meeting at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math and yearly festival.

 Sri Gaura Purnima grand festival at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. Yesterday's preparations and glorious celebrations in pictures.

5 March 2015

Sri Gauravirbhava Paurnamasi. Sri Gaura-Purnima. Divine appearance of Sri Gauranga. Total fast until moonrise, then no grains. Grand festival at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. Vasantotsav and Dol Yatra of Sri Sri Radha-Govinda. Special offering of worship and arati. Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita reading and mahasankirttan. End of 529 Gaurabda year.

 Audio: Glorification of Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. His Divine Grace describes the glories of this parikrama as well as the great benefit in devotional service that pilgrims receive by participating.
First broadcast on Madhusudan Prabhu's Internet Radio in 2001 as a RealMedia file, and now available to hear in mp3 format.
Nabadwip, 5 March 2001:
13+ minutes, 6.5 MB mp3 audio

New book: Sri Sri Prema-vivarta - Srila Jagadananda Pandit's love for Sriman Mahaprabhu. Verse by verse, word by word, English translation, published from Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip, today in honour of Sri Gaura Purnima.
Srila Guru Maharaj, Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, says about this book:
"Srila Jagadananda Pandit collected his notes on Sriman Mahaprabhu's Pastimes and teachings, and presented them in the form of a book named Prema-vivarta. This book was published by Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur and is full of Gaudiya siddhanta. ... Jagadananda is very sensitive about subtle things, and is known for his prema-vivarta, the peculiar characteristics of the reactions produced by his divine love."
Posted on our gaudiyadarshan.com website, books are available for purchase, and digital pdf copies are available for free download.

Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama - fourth day. Pictures from yesterday, the last day of this year's Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama. The devotees end up at the village of Mamgachi, the place of Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur's appearance, where lunch prasad is served before the return walk to Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math accompanied by nagar-sankirtan.

Useful Nabadwip 'Welcome Pamphlet' in pdf format made in the Math for pilgrims attending this year's Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama and Sri Gaura Purnima Festivals, and helpful to everyone around the world following this year's festivities at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. También disponible en español.

4 March 2015

Adhivas observance ceremony of the appearance of Sri Gauranga. Parikrama of Sri Koladwip, Sri Ritudwip, Sri Jahnudwip, Sri Modadrumadwip, Old Sri Gaura-Gadadhar Mandir, Vidya Nagar Sarvabhauma Gaudiya Math, Sri Vrindavan Das Thakur's appearance place, and the Deity served by Sri Saranga Murari and Vasudev Datta Thakur.

Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama - third day. Parikrama of Sri Godruma and Madhyadwip, Sri Surabhi Kunj, Suvarna Bihar Math, Sri Nrisimha Palli, Sri Harihara Ksetra, and other places. Yesterday's parikrama in pictures.

3 March 2015

Parikrama of Sri Godruma and Madhyadwip, Sri Surabhi Kunj, Suvarna Bihar Math, Sri Nrisimha Palli, Sri Harihara Ksetra, and other places.

Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama - second day. Yesterday's parikrama, followed by an evening programme in remembrance of Srl Madhavendra Puri's disappearance, held in our Centenary Memorial Building and led by Srila Acharya Maharaj and leading sannyasis from around the world. The day in pictures.

2 March 2015

Disappearance of Sripad Madhavendra Puri. Parikrama of Praudha Maya, Vriddha Shiva, Sri Vishnu Priya's own Deity of Sri Gauranga, Sri Jagannath Das Babaji Maharaj's Samadhi Mandir, Koladwip, and other places.

Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama begins. Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj leads the parikrama of Sri Ishodyan, Sri Yoga Pith (Sriman Mahaprabhu's appearance place), Srivas Angan, etc, and Sri Simantadwip, Sri Rudradwip, and Sri Antardwip. The day in pictures.

Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama - Adhivas day in Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip. Upwards of 150 devotees from abroad gather together for this year's Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikramas, joining with the thousands of local devotees for this annual event. The day in pictures.

1 March 2015

Ekadashi. Fast. Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama begins. Parikrama of Sri Ishodyan, Sri Yoga Pith (Sriman Mahaprabhu's appearance place), Srivas Angan, etc, and Sri Simantadwip, Sri Rudradwip, and Sri Antardwip.

Newly published Sri Navadvipa-dhama-mahatmya, and Sri Nabadwip-bhava-taranga. Revised and expanded edition of these two books of Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur including verse by verse translations. Available as a free pdf download and for purchase in printed book form. Very helpful for following the Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikramas taking place now in Nabadwip.

26 February 2015

thumbNew Vaishnava Calendar up to Sri Gaura Purnima 2016 is now available here.

The new iCal Vaishnava Calendar is now also available, for automatic notifications of events on computers and portable devices. Download this iCal file (right click then 'Save Target As...' or similar wording) then install.

 The new Bengali Panjika is now available as a pdf file.
2015–16 English Wall Calendar for Nabadwip: pdf download.
(These are both posted on the Math's gaudiyadarshan.com website.)

18 February 2015

Sri Sri Shivaratri. (Optional fast.)

 Audio: Indispensable Guidance. Initiation excerpts from Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj giving Harinam initiations in February 1998. Includes a brief mention about Lord Siva:
12 minutes, 5+ MB mp3 audio

9 February 2015

The 143nd divine appearance festival of the founder of the Sri Chaitanya Math and worldwide Sri Gaudiya Maths, Bhagavan Sri Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Prabhupad. Anniversary festival of the installation of Sri Gupta-Govardhan Sri Mandir, Sri Govinda Kunda, Nabadwip. Disappearance of Srila Purushottam Thakur.

thumbAudio: Glorification of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur and all the Rupanuga Dhara by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, explaining the substantial lineage of our sampradaya coming through Srila Saraswati Thakur.
A gem from 1982:
12 minutes, 3 MB mp3 audio

1 February 2015

Appearance of Sri Nityananda Prabhu. Fast until noon. Grand festival and installation anniversary of Sri Sri Guru Gaura Nityananda at Sree Chaitanya Saraswata Krishnanushilana Sangha, Ekachakra Dham.

thumbNityananda Prabhu's Appearance Day 1996. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj explains:
"Whoever is not respecting Nityananda Prabhu, he has no hope in spiritual life." And he stresses Sri Narottam Thakur's expression: "If you need the mercy of Krishna, if you need the mercy of Mahaprabhu, if you need the service of Radha-Govinda in Vrindavan Dham, you must worship Lord Nityananda."
Informal discourse by Srila Govinda Maharaj on Sri Nityananda Prabhu's appearance day, 02 February 1996, followed by him sweetly leading kirtan.
Part A was previously posted, and Part B is newly available. Recommended to listen sequentially:
Part A. (Previously posted:) 28+ minutes, 6.6 MB mp3 audio
Part B. (Newly posted:) 22+ minutes, 10+ MB mp3 audio

31 January 2015

Appearance of Lord Varahadev. Paran after the worship of Varahadev.

The importance of paran. Citing the observance of Sri Varahadev's appearance in relation to observing paran (breaking fast the day after Ekadashi by honouring grains), Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj explains the importance of paran. A transcript excerpt entitled 'Observance in Toto', posted on the Math's GaudiyaDarshan.com website.

26 January 2015

Appearance of Mahavishnu Avatar, Sri Advaita Acharya.

Audio: Sri Advaita Acharya's glories. Srila Bhakti Pavan Janardan Maharaj on this day last year discussing various aspects of Sri Advaita Acharya's nature and Pastimes.
Soquel, California, 6 February 2014:
56 minutes, 13+ MB mp3 audio

25 January 2015

Sri Krishna Vasanta Panchami. Sri Saraswati Puja. Appearance day of Sri Vishnu Priya Devi. Appearance of Srila Pundarik Vidyanidhi, Srila Raghunath Das Goswami, and Srila Raghu Nandan Thakur. Disappearance of Srila Viswanath Chakravarti Thakur, Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Viveka Bharati Maharaj, and Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Svarup Parvat Maharaj.

Audio: Raghunath Das Goswami. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj explains that Mahaprabhu Himself gave Srila Raghunath Das Goswami shelter under Swarup Damodar, but Srila Raghunath Das Goswami again came to Mahaprabhu and asked advice from Him:
"Mahaprabhu felt a little disturbed that, 'I have given you to Swarup Damodar. Crossing him you are coming to Me.' He was a little disturbed and said, 'Swarup Damodar knows everything - more than Myself. Still, if you have got special regard for My words then I, in a nutshell, say to you,
'gramya-katha na sunibe, gramya-varta na kahibe
bhala na khaibe ara bhala na paribe
amani manada hana krsna-nama sada la'be
vraje radha-krsna-seva manase karibe'
(Cc. Antya: 6.237)
"He told these four lines. Then again, because he had crossed the dignity of Swarup Damodar who was given as Guru to him, He again put him to the hand of Swarup Damodar. This formality Mahaprabhu observed - that Guru should not be crossed, his dignity should not be crossed or neglected in any way."
Srila Sridhar Maharaj, 30 July 1983:
17+ minutes, 8 MB mp3 audio

Sri Krishna's Vasanta Rasa, Part 1. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj illustrates the proper appreciation. Transcribed excerpt from an informal discourse on 31 January 2009. Posted on the Math's GaudiyaDarshan.com website.

15 January 2015

Remembrance of Sriman Mahaprabhu's sannyas-lila.

thumbRemembering Mahaprabhu's lila immediately after sannyas. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj explains how all Mahaprabhu's Pastimes are eternal and coexistent in space and time. And so, he explains that also today we can conceive that Mahaprabhu, after His sannyas, passed by Nabadwip and after midday crossed the Ganges and reached Advaita Bhavan, Shantipur, where he broke his fast, chanted and danced.
Nabadwip, 16 January 1982:
29+ minutes, 10+ MB mp3 audio

13 January 2015

Sriman Mahaprabhu leaves Nabadwip in the night to go to Katwa to take sannyas. Disappearance of Srila Lochan Das Thakur.

thumbSriman Mahaprabhu's Sannyas Lila. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj summarises the Lord's withdrawal from Nadia. Translated from the Bengali editorial published in Sri Gaudiya Darshan, January 1966. Posted on the Math's GaudiyaDarshan.com website.

9 January 2015

Disappearance of Sripad Yadavendu Bhakti Chandan.

thumbIn Remembrance of Sri Bhakti Chandan Prabhu. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj expresses his heartfelt appreciation for his exemplary godbrother. Translated from a Bengali editorial published in Sri Gaudiya Darshan, February 1956 and February 1966. Posted on the Math's GaudiyaDarshan.com website.

1 January 2015

Appearance of Srila Jagadish Pandit (and New Year's Day).

Wishing a spiritually prosperous New Year to all the devotees and sincere searchers worldwide, in remembrance of the holy feet of Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj and Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj and the ocean of generous, deep, affectionate guidance they have given to the whole world.
 

Please see our Earlier Updates for earlier updates this year and a full listing of thousands of earlier web-pages including pictures, reports, audios, videos, books, articles, etc. from Nabadwip, Kolkata and around the world.
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