MONTHLY ARCHIVE OF UPDATES

NOVEMBER 2018

 

Thu, 1 November 2018: (Manifestation of Sri Radha Kunda. Sannyas day of Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj)
En Route to Dvaraka
"I am speaking now from the train because this is an almost three-day journey from Kolkata to Dvaraka. I myself have never actually been to Dvaraka, but this year devotees told me, 'Maharaj, we want to go to Dvaraka with you,' that is why we have arranged some programme and going there now with more than two hundred devotees; but our main spiritual things, our target is always Vrindavan and Govardhan."
Download the audio (3.5 Mb, 10 min | 31 October 2018)

 


In honour of Sri Radha Kunda's manifestation day:

Dear and Dearmost
"Krishna said to Radharani, 'OK, so Your kunda is better, and My kunda is all poison, but if we mix some of the water from Your kunda into My kunda, then the kunda will be purified!'"
Download the audio (1.9 Mb, 6 min | 13 August 2009)

 


In honour of Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's sannyas day:

~ Pranam-mantra ~

gurvvabhista-supurakam guru-ganair asisa-sambhusitam
chintyachintya-samasta-veda-nipunam sri-rupa-panthanugam
govindabhidham ujjvalam vara-tanum bhakty anvitam-sundaram
vande visva-gurun cha divya-bhagavat-premno hi bija-pradam

"I offer my obeisance unto he who perfectly fulfils his Gurudev's most cherished desires; who is fully adorned with the blessings of his Gurudev’s associates; who is expert in all aspects of Vedic knowledge, both conceivable and inconceivable; who is the pre-eminent follower of Srila Rupa Goswami Prabhu's line; who is known as 'Govinda'—Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj; whose beautiful, effulgent, exalted form is infused with pure devotion; who is the Guru of the entire universe; and who is the giver of the seed of divine love for the Supreme Lord."

 

"The day after Srila Guru Maharaj gave Srila Govinda Maharaj sannyasa was Guru Maharaj's own Appearance Day and he was very happy on that day. Early that morning I went to see him and said, 'Srila Guru Maharaj, yesterday you gave Srila Govinda Maharaj sannyasa; but I think he took sannyasa many, many lifetimes ago.' He replied, 'Oh, you want to say that this is only being done to show the people who he is, but actually he is much more than that?' Srila Guru Maharaj was smiling and laughing, and on that morning, his own Appearance Day, he sat on his chair and for maybe two or three hours he talked about Srila Govinda Maharaj. This was the Appearance Day of the Guru but the Guru was doing kirtan of the disciple!"

{ Book Shelf }
An extensive selection of books, articles and poetry by His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj available for online reading and download, as well as purchase from any of our temples worldwide.

Biography of Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj
A glorification article that sprang forth from the interpretation of the Pranam-mantra of His Divine Grace and was originally published as an Appendix to the Revealed Truth.

 

Sannyas Day (20 photographs, 2.3 Mb)
Archive photographs taken on 6 November 1985, on the day Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj accepted the sannyas order from His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj.

 

Jaya jaya gurudever | জয় জয় গুরুদেবের
"All glory to the effulgent arati of Srila Gurudev taking place at the foot of Govardhan for the beneft of the world! All glory to the mine of joy, Sri Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami, who is the crown-jewel of Gurus!"

 

Fri, 2 November 2018: (Holy Appearance Day of Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, the Founder Acharya of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math)
A Night Talk in Dvaraka
"What to speak of Vrindavan, gopis, and so on, this is the highest place—we cannot even compare ourselves to Rukmini and Satyabhama. When Rukmini and Satyabhama saw Srimati Radharani, they actually surrendered to Her and the Vraja gopis. With this in mind we are going to their place."
Download the audio (0.7 Mb, 2 min | 1 November 2018)

Arriving in Dvaraka and Morning Parikrama
(1-2 November 2018 | 16 photographs, 1 Mb)
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj arrives with the devotees in Dvaraka after an almost three-day journey by train. Early next morning the parikrama begins from taking the darshan of the river Gomati and Lord Dwakarnath in the Dwarkadhish Temple.

 

 

~ Pranam-mantra ~

devam divya-tanum suchanda-vadanam balarka-chelanchitam
sandrananda-puram sad-eka-varanam vairagya-vidyambudhim
sri-siddhanta-nidhim subhakti-lasitam sarasvatanam varam
vande tam subhadam mad-eka-saranam nyasisvaram sridharam

"I offer my obeisance unto my lord, Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, whose speech is most pleasing; whose divine form is adorned with garments the colour of the newly-risen sun; who is an abode of intense, ecstatic devotion; who is the sadhus' sole choice; who is an ocean of renunciation and knowledge; who is a treasure-house of perfect conclusions; who is resplendent with pure devotion; who is the best of Srila Saraswati Thakur's followers; who is the giver of all good; who is the leading general of the tridandi-sannyasis; and who is my sole shelter."

 

The Root of Our Fortune
"Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj came in this world to rescue us, and he created our Guru—by his grace we have got shelter of our bona fide Guru. So, we must worship his lotus feet."
Download the audio (7.6 Mb, 22 min | 22 October 2011)

Make the Festival, with Heart and Soul
"I am telling to everyone who is staying in the temple, to every centre: you must make a festival for Srila Sridhar Maharaj. If you want to show that you want to serve Srila Sridhar Maharaj, then make a good festival on this day."
or Download the audio (2.3 Mb, 7 min | 15 July 2012)

{ Book Shelf }
An extensive selection of books, articles and poetry by His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj available for online reading and download, as well as purchase from any of our temples worldwide.

Biography of Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj
Srila Guru Maharaj's extensive recollections of his childhood and youth, as well as the coming to the lotus feet of his Gurudev and later on starting Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.

 

Photo Album: (35 photographs, 3.4 Mb)
A collection of selected photographs of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj is now added to the archive of photographs. (Part 1)

 

 


SONG: Jaya Guru Maharaja | জয় ‘গুরু-মহারাজ’ যতিরাজেশ্বর
"All glory to Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami, the leading general of the tridandi-sannyasis! You revealed your Pastimes in this world as the saviour of the fallen and delivered the sinful and unfortunate souls."

Sri-gaura-mandala majhe | শ্রীগুর্ব্বাবির্ভাব প্রশস্তি
"In Sri Gaura Mandal, there is a village called Hapaniya where my Lord, an abode of all good qualities, appeared. It stands on the bank of the Ganga, who is very merciful to the fallen souls; renowned in the whole world, this abode is a holy repository of knowledge and jewels of logic."

SONG: Krsna haite chatur-mukha | কৃষ্ণ হৈতে চতুর্ম্মুখ
"Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj is the embodiment of perfect siddhanta and the ultimate refuge for the sadhus who follow Sri Rupa..."

 

Sat, 3 November 2018:
Appearance Festival of Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj
(2 November 2018 | 17 photographs, 1.3 Mb)
The festival in honour of the divine appearance of Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj is observed at noon in Dvaraka, in the shade of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj's holy lotus feet and in the auspicious association of fortunate devotees.

Parikrama of Sri Dvaraka: Afternoon
(2 November 2018 | 47 photographs, 3.6 Mb)
After honouring the noon prasadam, devotees take a brief rest and in the afternoon His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj takes devotees to the temple of Sri Rukmini Devi in the north of Dvaraka and Sri Dwarkadhish Temple on the Bet island.

 

Sun, 4 November 2018: (Sri Rama Ekadasi)
"May our pilgrimage be successful"
"Actually, we are going to Dvaraka to learn something about the pastimes of Krishna. If we are fortunate, by Krishna's mercy, we can get the darshan of this place. We pray to Gurudev and to the Lord that our pilgrimage may be successful."
Download the audio (1.7 Mb, 5 min | 31 October 2018)

Parikrama of Sri Dvaraka (Day Two): Bhalka Tirtha
(3 November 2018 | 35 photographs, 2.6 Mb)
On the second day of the Kartik parikrama, His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj takes the devotees to Somnath (Prabhas-tirtha), a town 230 km to the south-east of Dvaraka.

 

· { DVARAKA RECORDINGS } ·


31 October 2018
(On the train Kolkata-Dvaraka)

MORNING

Kirtans: • Gurudev krpa-bindu diya • Sri Krsna-Chaitanya Prabhu jive daya kari • Thakura vaisnava-gana • Nitai gunamani amara • Jaya Radha Madhava • Hare Krishna maha-mantra.
Download the audio (4.9 Mb, 14 min | 30 October 2018)

Reading from Sri Garga-samhita, Dvaraka-khanda, beginning of the first chapter.
Download the audio (1 Mb, 3 min | 30 Oct. 2018 | Bengali)

En Route to Dvaraka
"I am speaking now from the train because this is an almost three-day journey from Kolkata to Dvaraka. I myself have never actually been to Dvaraka, but this year devotees told me, 'Maharaj, we want to go to Dvaraka with you,' that is why we have arranged some programme and going there now with more than two hundred devotees; but our main spiritual things, our target is always Vrindavan and Govardhan."
Download the audio (3.5 Mb, 10 min | 31 October 2018)

EVENING

Kirtans: • Gurudev krpa-bindu diya • Tulasi arati.
Download the audio (3.8 Mb, 11 min | 31 October 2018)

"May our pilgrimage be successful"
"Actually, we are going to Dvaraka to learn something about the pastimes of Krishna. If we are fortunate, by Krishna's mercy, we can get the darshan of this place. We pray to Gurudev and to the Lord that our pilgrimage may be successful."
Download the audio (1.7 Mb, 5 min | 31 October 2018)

Kirtans and arati: • Sri Guru-charana-padma • (Kiba) Jaya jaya Gorachander.
Download the audio (7.3 Mb, 20 min | 31 October 2018)


1 November 2018
(On the train Kolkata-Dvaraka)

MORNING

Kirtans: • Samsara-davanala-lidha-loka • Sri Krsna-Chaitanya Prabhu jive daya kari • Thakura vaisnava-gana • Akrodha paramananda • Gaurangera duti pada • Damodarastakam • Radhe jaya jaya madhava-dayite • He deva bhavantam vande • Siksastakam, verses 1-8 • Hare Krishna maha-mantra.
Download the audio (17.7 Mb, 50 min | 1 November 2018)

Morning class: His Divine Grace tells about the detailed route of the parikrama and speaks about the glories of Sri Dvaraka Dham where Lord Krishna spent most of His manifest pastimes and is eternally present, as well as relating briefly the pastimes of Sudama Vipra, and encouraging to see this parikrama not as pilgrimage but as an opportunity to do Dham-seva and to selflessly serve Vaishnavs.
Download the audio (8.5 Mb, 24 min | 1 Nov. 2018 | Bengali)

EVENING

Kirtans: • Sri Krsna Chaitanya Prabhu daya kara more • Ohe Vaisnava Thakura dayara sagara • Damodarastakam • Radhe jaya jaya madhava-dayite Gaurangera duti pada • Damodarastakam • Radhe Jaya Jaya Madhava • Nadia nagare Nitai • Jaya Radha Madhava • Hare Krishna maha-mantra.
Download the audio (14.8 Mb, 42 min | 1 November 2018)

Reading from Sri Garga-samhita, Dvaraka-khanda, chapter 10.
Download the audio (1 Mb, 6 min | 1 Nov. 2018 | Bengali)

 


Sri Ekadasi Guidance
Guidelines on how to observe and honour this holy day: Ekadasi takes an indispensible part in the life of a sincere practitioner. At Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Ekadasi and paran are observed with affection and without fail according to the dates given in the Calendar.

"Sri Ekadasi" (Sri Sri Prema Vivarta)
"One day, Gaurahari left the Gundicha Temple and sat in the Jagannath Vallabha garden. It was pure Ekadasi, and the Lord spent the whole day and night chanting the Name of Krishna..."

SONG: Suddha-bhakata | শুদ্ধ ভকত-চরণ-রেণু
"I carefully observe the holy days related to Madhava, they are the mother of devotion."

SONG: Sri hari-vasare | শ্রীহরি-বাসরে হরি
"On the holy day of Sri Hari, Sriman Mahaprabhu, the life and soul of the universe, began dancing..."

ADDITIONAL READING:

"Observing Ekadasi" (by Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj)
"Ekadasi Vrata: Make Your Guru Happy" (by Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj)
"No Other Shelter" (by Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj)
"Mahadvadasi" (by Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj)
"Ekadasi and liberation" (by Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj)
"Ekadasi Tithi: One of the Practices" (by Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj)
Yogini Ekadasi

 

Mon, 5 November 2018:
Sudama Vipra
"There was a brahman called Sudama Vipra. He was a friend of Lord Krishna who lived with his wife Satya in Sviyapur. One day, Sudama Vipra told his wife..."
Download the audio (2.6 Mb, 8 min | 2 November 2018)

 

Tue, 6 November 2018: (Offering lamps in the temples)
Srila Sridhar Maharaj's Line
"Who will be considered a member of Chaitanya Saraswat Math? I do not know who can follow that, this is up to them, but this is what happened and this was said by Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj himself."
Part one of the Bengali and English class. Full recording is here:
Download the audio (26.9 Mb, 75 min | 2 November 2018)

News from the Kartik parikrama party: on Sunday, 4 November, His Divine Grace and the devotees embarked on the train to Govardhan and shall be arriving at Sri Govardhan this afternoon to continue the parikrama and prepare for the grand Sri Govardhan Puja festival this coming Thursday, 8 November.

 

· { DVARAKA RECORDINGS } ·


2 November 2018

MORNING

Early morning kirtan before starting parikrama: • Sri Guru-Parampara. (After that, the parikrama to the Gomati River and Sri Dvarakanath Temple starts.)
Download the audio (5.4 Mb, 8 min | 2 November 2018)

NOON (festival programme)

Kirtans: • Jaya dhvani • Emona durmati.
Download the audio (2.4 Mb, 7 min | 2 November 2018)

Main class (Bengali and English): extolling the glories of Param Guru Maharaj Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj and his mission: establishing Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, his supreme gift to the world, relation with Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur, godbrothers and Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad.
Download the audio (26.9 Mb, 75 min | 2 November 2018)

Srila Sridhar Maharaj's Line
"Who will be considered a member of Chaitanya Saraswat Math? I do not know who can follow that, this is up to them, but this is what happened and this was said by Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj himself."

Kirtans:Sri-gaura-mandala majhe • Jaya dhvani.
Download the audio (3.9 Mb, 11 min | 2 November 2018)

AFTERNOON
(Beyt Dvaraka)

Reading from Sri Garga-samhita, Dvaraka-khanda, chapter 4-5 about Sri Rukmini Devi surrendering and arranging for Lord Krishna to accept her:
"O lotus-eyed Lord, I have selected You as my husband, and I offer myself unto You. Therefore, please come and take me as Your wife, before Sisupala, like the jackal plundering the lion's prey, suddenly touches me, who am to be enjoyed by You alone." [Sri Prapanna-jivanamritam].

Download the audio (5.4 Mb, 15 min | 2 Nov. 2018 | Bengali)

Reading from Sri Garga-samhita, Dvaraka-khanda, chapter 22 about the pastimes of Lord Krishna meeting with Sudam Vipra.
Download the audio (3.5 Mb, 10 min | 2 Nov. 2018 | Bengali)

Kirtan: Suno he rasika jan (first one and a half verses are cut).
Download the audio (1.2 Mb, 4 min | 2 November 2018)

Sudama Vipra
"There was a brahman called Sudama Vipra. He was a friend of Lord Krishna who lived with his wife Satya in Sviyapur. One day, Sudama Vipra told his wife..."
Download the audio (2.6 Mb, 8 min | 2 November 2018)


3 November 2018
(Somnath—Prabhas Sthan)

AFTERNOON

Kirtans: • Yasomati-nandana • Gaya Gora madhura svare.
Download the audio (2.7 Mb, 8 min | 3 November 2018)

Reading from Sri Garga-samhita, Dvaraka-khanda, chapter 13 about the glories of Prabhas tirtha (Somnath) and explaining the Gaudiya vision on the pastime.
Download the audio (2.3 Mb, 7 min | 3 Nov. 2018 | Bengali)

 

Wed, 7 November 2018: (Sri Dipavali, offering lamps in the temples)
Arrival at Sri Govardhan (6 November 2018 | 31 photographs, 3.3 Mb)
After more than a day-long train journey, His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj arrives with the devotees at Sri Govardhan and meets with the many devotees who came to join the rest of the parikrama.

Parikrama and Evening Programme at Sri Govardhan
(6 November 2018 | 89 photographs, 6.4 Mb)
After a few hours of rest, His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj starts Sri Giri Govardhan parikrama from visiting the temple of Sri Haridev, Brahma-kunda, Chakleshwar Mahadev, Manasa Ganga and bhajan kutir of Srila Sanatan Goswami. Extensive photographs from the parikrama and the evening programme at the temple of Sri Sri Anu Giriraj, Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.

Anniversary Festival in Orizaba
(27 October 2018 | 9 photographs, 0.8 Mb)
Devotees in Orizaba hold a grand festival in honour of the fourth anniversary of the day Their Lordships Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Radha Madan Mohan jiu arrived at the temple to give mercy to and take service from the devotees.

Parikrama of Sri Govardhan (7 November 2018 | 75 photographs, 6.5 Mb)
On the second day, His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj takes the devotees around the south-west part of Sri Govardhan to the Aanyor village, Sri Govinda Kunda (Madhavendra Puri's samadhi mandir and temple of Adi Gopal), Pushiri Kalota, and Sri Haldi Kunda.

 

Appearance of Sri Giriraj
"...When I was doing Govardhan parikrama, I was looking both sides, thinking (Gurudev was also thinking), 'You have made the temple in Govinda Kunda, but how you will bring Govardhan? How will you get Him?'"
Download the audio (1.4 Mb, 4 min)

Parikrama of Sri Govardhan
"How do we do parikrama? Govardhan is like a peacock, our temple is near Manasa Ganga, at the mouth of Govardhan, and we start the parikrama from the tail and do half portion one day, and the second half the next day."
Download the audio (2.8 Mb, 8 min)

The Aanyor Village
"During the parikrama, we pass a village called Aanyor when we go to see Govinda Kunda. One day, Madhavendra Puri was sitting there and chanting all day..."
Download the audio (2.1 Mb, 6 min)

Holy Places for Holy Deeds
"As long as there are the glories of the Lord in the world, there will be Ganga, there will be Yamuna, there will be Govardhan, but now is Kali-yuga, and the time is coming when the Ganges will disappear, Govardhan will disappear..."
Download the audio (2.1 Mb, 6 min)

 

Thu, 8 November 2018: (Sri Govardhan Puja)
Evening Programme at Sri Govardhan
(7 November 2018 | 39 photographs, 6.5 Mb)
Photographs from the evening class of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj and of the numerous service activities taking place at the temple in preparation to the grand Annakut Mahotsav (festival of 'rice mountain').

 

deve varsati yajna-viplavarusa vajrasma-varsanilaih
sidat-pala-pasu-striyatma-saranam drstvanukampy-utsmayam
utpatyaika-karena sailamavalo lilochchhilindhram yatha
bibrad gosthamapan mahendram adabhit priyan na indro gavam

"Indra became angry when his sacrifice was disrupted, and thus he caused rain and hail to fall on Gokula, accompanied by lightning and powerful winds, all of which brought great suffering to the cowherds, animals and women there. When Lord Krishna, who is by nature always compassionate, saw the condition of those who had only Him as their shelter, He smiled broadly and lifted Govardhana Hill with one hand, just as a small child picks up a mushroom to play with it. Holding up the hill, He protected the cowherd community. May He, Govinda, the Lord of the cows and the destroyer of Indra's false pride, be pleased with us."

—Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.26.25

 


Sri Govardhan Puja and Pastime
"Krishna said, 'If you worship Govardhan, all demigods' puja will automatically be performed!' Nanda Maharaj agreed. From then they started Govardhan puja. Today is that day. I am also going to explain today what is Govardhan. It is said that if anybody touches Giriraj, if anybody even hears about Giriraj's glories, they will go to Vaikuntha..."
Download (2.8 Mb, 8 min | 31 October 2016)

"Lord of Cows" [Loving Search for the Lost Servant]
'Different material tendencies and mental impulses may attack us—even Indra himself, the king of heaven and the controller of all ordinary activities, may attack us—but if we are attentive towards our goal, if we are careful to read the order of Krsna, He will protect us in the shade of His lotus feet. He will give us shelter under the shade of Govardhana Hill, where no Indra will be able to touch our heads. And with full faith that Krsna will give us protection, we should try to take shelter under Govardhana Hill and pray: "O Krsna, give me protection from all the difficulties that may come to attack me because of my leaving behind my ordinary obligations."'

This day in 2014:

His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj speaking in English and Bengali about the Govardhan Pastime of Lord Sri Krishna.
Listen online: Download (11 Mb, ~23 min | 14 November 2012)

Sri Govardhan Puja (Year 2014)
A joyful festival celebrating Lord Krishna lifting Sri Govardhan Hill and a parikrama to the holy places around Sri Govardhan. Day two of the annual Kartik Pilgrimage.

 

Sri Govardhan Parikrama: Day Two (Year 2014)
The Kartik Pilgrimage continues: the second part of the Parikrama around the holy places at Sri Govardhan. Among the numerous visited places on this day are Sri Uddhav Kunda, Sri Radha Kunda, Sri Kusum Sarovar.

 


This day in 2015:

Defeating the Pride
A Bengali class of His Divine Grace Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj:
• Mahaprabhu defeating Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya, Digvijayi Pandit, tricking thieves, teaching Prakasananda Saraswati a lesson • Bali Maharaj's surrender • teaching Indra a lesson (Govardhan Pastime) • strong faith in Deity service (Gopal Bhatta Goswami, Raghunandan Thakur) • rare and valuable life.
Download the audio (33.2 Mb, 97 min)

Sri Govardhan Puja (15 photographs, 1.1 Mb)
In the shelter of the lotus feet of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj, devotees celebrate Sri Govardhan Puja and worship the cows at Sri Gupta Govardhan temple at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat, Sri Nabadwip Dham. (Photographs taken on 12 November 2015)

 

Sri Govardhan Puja class (Archive video, Bengali)
An archive video recording of Sri Govardhan Puja day celebrated at Srila Sridhar Seva Ashram in Sri Govardhan Dham, in the shelter of the holy lotus feet of His Divine Grace Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj.

 

 


This day in 2016:

Observing and Celebrating Sri Govardhan Puja
Photographs of Sri Govardhan Puja festival observed at the temple of Mahaprabhu's Divine Water Play at Sri Nabadwip Dham in the shelter of the holy lotus feet of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Sri Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj.
(22 photographs, 1.3 Mb | 31 October 2016)

 


SONG: Sri Gupta Govardhan Arati
"All glories, all glories, to the grand arati of Sri Giriraj! In the midst of Sri Gaura-mandal, it brings auspiciousness to the entire universe."

SONG: Radha-kunda-tata | করাধাকুণ্ডতট
"The grove-dwelling on the banks of Radha-kunda, Govardhan Hill, the banks of the Yamuna River. I can never leave all these things so dear to me, without them I know I'll surely die."

SONG: Dasa-avatara-stotram | দশাবতারস্তোত্রম্
"I offer my obeisance unto Sri Krsna, who assumes ten forms and rescues the Vedas, upholds Mandara Mountain, uplifts the earth, rips apart demons, deceives Bali Maharaj, kills the ksatriyas, conquers Ravan, carries a plough, shows compassion, and annihilates the wicked."

SONG: Damodarastakam | শ্রীশ্রীদামোদরাষ্টকম্
"To the Supreme Lord, whose form is the embodiment of eternal existence, knowledge, and bliss, whose shark-shaped earrings are swinging to and fro, who is beautifully shining in the divine realm of Gokula, who [due to the offence of breaking the pot of yogurt that his mother was churning into butter and then stealing the butter that was kept hanging from a swing] is quickly running from the wooden grinding mortar in fear of Mother Yasoda, but who has been caught from behind by her who ran after Him with greater speed—to that Supreme Lord, Sri Damodara, I offer my humble obeisances."

Mayura mukuta | ময়ূর-মুকুট
"He wears a peacock feather crown and yellow garments. He holds the flute and lifts the Govardhan Hill! All glory to the son of Yasoda, Krishna, Murari. Glory to He who holds the flute and lifts the Govardhan Hill!"

 

Fri, 9 November 2018:
Sri Govardhan Puja Festival
(8 November 2018 | 108 photographs, 7.7 Mb)
The grand Annakut Mahotsav observed by the extremely fortunate devotees in the shade of the holy lotus feet of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj and in the association of Vaishnavs from all over the world at the temple of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math in Sri Govardhan Dham, Uttar Predesh.

 

Sat, 10 November 2018:
Sri Govardhan Parikrama
(9 November 2018 | 105 photographs, 7.7 Mb)
On the third day of Sri Govardhan Parikrama, His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj takes the devotees around the north-east part of Govardhan to take the darshan of the sacred places of the Lord's and the Lord's associates' pastimes.

Uddhav Kunda
"One day Krishna wanted to examine Uddhav. Uddhav was always with Krishna, and he had some pride because he thought, 'I am an intimate friend of Krishna.' So, Uddhav Maharaj went to Vrindavan, and as soon as he arrived, all gopis came to him..."
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Dear and Dearmost
"Today we are speaking about some of Krishna's childhood pastimes. We can actually get Krishna's mercy only through devotees. We always first take shelter of our Guru's lotus feet because otherwise, without this shelter, we cannot get any connection with this line."
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Sun, 11 November 2018: (Disappearance of Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad)
Sri Mathura Parikrama
(10 November 2018 | 94 photographs, 6.9 Mb)
The parikrama party leaves Sri Govardhan and continues the parikrama in places in the district of Mathura: Sri Uchagaon, Sri Varsana, Sri Nandagaon, and Kadam Khandi. The parikrama day finishes very late in the evening as His Divine Grace and the devotees arrive at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math in Sri Vrindavan Dham to continue Sri Kartik tour.

Sri Vrindavan Dham Parikrama
(11 November 2018 | 67 photographs, 4.9 Mb)
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj starts the last leg of Sri Kartik Parikrama in Sri Vrindavan Dham: today, among the places visited are Sri Imlitala, Chir Ghat, Keshi Ghat, Vishram-sthan, Kaliya Ghat, Srila Prabodhananda Saraswati Thakur's samadhi-mandir, and Srila Sanatan Goswami's Sri Madan Mohan Temple.

 

Sri Lalita Devi
"This is Uchagaon, Guru Maharaj's dearmost place. He said, 'First go to Uchagaon, then you can enter Varshana.' He explained that if you do not get the mercy of Lalita Devi, you cannot get the mercy of Srimati Radharani."
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Kirtans at Uchagaon
• Radhe Jaya Jaya • Radhe Govinda.
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Service Subordination
"We start service by the mercy of Nityananda Prabhu, by the mercy of Radharani. Without Their mercy we cannot do anything. One day, Sanatan Goswami came to Rupa Goswami. He asked him, 'For so many days I have not taken sweet rice..."
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Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj: Intimate Friend and More
"Srila Prabhupad A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj gave much respect to Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. You know when Srila Sridhar Maharaj and our Gurudev were in Kolkata, they lived together with A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj for many years..."
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Srila Swami Maharaj Prabhupad (Spoken on the appearance day)
"Without his mercy we would not have been able to think anything today, but we are very happy and we are making today a festival for Srila Swami Maharaj, on his appearance day. Everybody must pray for his mercy."
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vaisnavera guna-gana karile jivera trana
suniyachhi sadhu-guru-mukhe
"Singing the glories of the Vaishnavs rescues and protects the jiva soul. I heard this from the mouth of sadhus and my Guru."
"If we give some honour, give some glorification to the Vaishnavs, it is actually for our benefit. It is for our own benefit that we do some ceremonies, some festivals, glorifying the Vaishnavs. It is necessary for our spiritual life, and it is one of the bhaktyanga, one of the practising processes. That is why we make Vaishnavs' disappearance and appearance festivals."
(Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj)

 

namah om visnupadaya krsna-presthaya bhutale
swami sri bhaktivedanta prabhupadaya te namah
gurvajnam sirasi-dhrtva saktyavesa sva-rupine
hare-krsneti mantrena paschatya-prachya-tarine
visvacharya prabaryaya divya karunya murtaye
sri bhagavata-madhurya-gita-jnana pradayine
gaura-sri-rupa-siddhanta-saraswati nisevine
radha-krsna-padambhoja-bhrngaya gurave namah

"I offer my humble obeisances unto His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad, who is Krishna's beloved associate and who came down to this plane from Goloka. Taking the order of his guru on his head, he is the saktyavesa (empowered) avatar of Nityananda Prabhu personified. He distributed the Hare Krsna mantra all over the Eastern and Western world, delivering and uplifting all fallen souls. He is the best of millions of jagat-gurus, because he is the personification of divine mercy. He has distributed the sweet nectar of Srimad-Bhagavatam and the transcendental knowledge of Bhagavad-gita all over the world. He is constantly engaged in exclusive devotional service to Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakura, Srila Rupa Goswami, and Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu. I offer my humble obeisances unto Srila Prabhupada, who is like a bumble-bee always tasting the nectar of the lotus feet of Sri Sri Radha and Govinda."

 

SONG: Ye anila prema dhana | যে আনিল প্রেমধন
"I will break my head on a rock, I will enter into fire. Not finding the association of Sri Gauranga, who performed His Pastimes with all these associates, Narottam Das weeps."

SONG: Ei-bara karuna kara | এইবার করুণা কর
"O worshippable Vaisnava, be merciful to me this time. O saviour of the fallen, without you there is no one. If anyone comes to you, their sins go away."

SONG: Vaisnava thakura dayara sagara | বৈষ্ণব ঠাকুর দয়ার সাগর
"O worshippable Vaishnav, ocean of grace, be merciful to this servant. Give me the shade of your feet and purify me. I clasp your feet. Mercifully give me a drop of faith and bestow upon me the wealth of Krishna's Name."

SONG: Ki-rupe paiba seva | কিরূপে পাইব সেবা
"I am so wicked, how will I ever get service? I do not have any attachment to Sri Guru and Vaishnavs! It is not possible to conquer maya by engaging in maya. I see no other way to get relief except for the mercy of sadhus."

 

Mon, 12 November 2018:
Siksastakam
"We are singing the Siksastakam songs every day [in Kartik month]. Mahaprabhu is Radha-Krishna's combined form and Siksastakam is His teaching. It is very nice. We must practise these songs."
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Tue, 13 November 2018:
Sri Vrindavan Dham Parikrama
(12 November 2018 | 114 photographs, 8 Mb)
With an incessant flow of sankirtan and Hari-katha, His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj takes the devotees on an extensive tour of the holy places of Vrindavan: Sri Sri Radha Damodar Temple (samadhi mandirs of Srila Jiva Goswami, Srila Rupa Goswami, Srila Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami, bhajan kutir of Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad), Sri Nidhuvan, Sri Sri Radha Raman jiu Temple, samadhi mandir of Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami, Sri Sri Radha Gokulananda Temple (samadhi mandirs of Srila Lokanath Das Goswami, Srila Narottam Das Thakur, Srila Vishvanath Chakravarti Thakur), Sri Sri Radha Gopinath Temple, Sri Vamsi Vat, Gopeshwar Mahadev's Temple, Temple of Lala Babu, Sri Brahma Kunda, Sri Ranganath Temple, and Sri Govindaji Temple.

 

Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhu: The All-Rounder
"Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhu did everything alone—he cooked, did puja, cleaned the temple, brought water from the Yamuna, and also did personal service to his Guru. He was busy with his service from morning to night, and did everything alone."
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Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhu
"I have no power to say what kind of devotion to his Guru Jiva Goswami had. Jiva Goswami's service cannot be compared to anyone's service. Whatever order he would get, he would place it on his head and do it all the time—his mind never went to any other place."
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Srila Rupa Goswami Prabhu
"Tomorrow is Srila Rupa Goswami Prabhu's and Srila Gauridas Pandit's disappearance day. We want to say something about them because our Guru Maharaj Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj and our Gurupadpadma are Rupanuga-dhara—they are holding Srila Rupa Goswami's flag."
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Two Oceans of Pastimes
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj is speaking about the glories and pastimes of Srila Raghunath Das Goswami and Srila Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami on their disappearance day.
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Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami's Miracle
"You have heard about the Deity of Sri Radha-Raman in Vrindavan. When Gopal Bhatta Goswami lived in Vrindavan, he every day worshipped twelve pieces of Govardhan sila..."
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Srila Narottam Das Thakur's Separation
"How did he leave his body? It was unbelievable. It happened on the panchami (fifth) day of the Kartik month, that is today... One day, he was chanting and the devotees could see that he was saying, 'I want to go, I want to go.' He said this in front of everybody..."
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Gopeshwar Mahadev's Surrender
"...Lord Siva entered the rasa-mancha in this mood, and Krishna understood who had come. Everyone wondered where the new gopi had come from and why Krishna was giving her so much honour."
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Reforming Lifestyle
"There was one Lala Babu who loved fish and ate it every day. One time, he was talking to the fish seller. He had taken the fish from him but had not paid yet..."
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Wed, 14 November 2018:
Sri Vrindavan Dham Parikrama
(13 November 2018 | 79 photographs, 6.2 Mb)
On this day of Sri Vrindavan Dham parikrama His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj takes the devotees across the Yamuna River to the birthplace of Lord Krishna, Ramana Reti, Gokula Mahavan, Brahmananda Ghat, Sri Dauji Temple of Lord Balaram, Ravel (the birthplace of Srimati Radharani).

 

His Holiness Sripad Bhakti Kamal Tyagi Maharaj's
Preaching Tour in Colombia (Bogota, Paipa, Duitama, Medellin)
:
Part 1
82 photographs
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Part 2
82 photographs
5.7 Mb
Part 3
80 photographs
5.7 Mb

 

Thu, 15 November 2018:
Establishing Faith
"Krishna gave us this human body to serve, to come to Krishna consciousness, to chant the Holy Name of the Lord, to serve to Gurudev and to be established in our faith in our Gurudev and all the Vaishnavs. If you have faith, then the strongest faith is necessary."
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Sri Vrindavan Dham Parikrama
(14 November 2018 | 26 photographs, 1.5 Mb)
The last day of Sri Vrindavan Dham parikrama and the concluding day of the entire Sri Kartik Parikrama: His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj spends some time with the devotees, gives initiations and later in the day goes to the last three places of the parikrama (Sri Seva Kunja, Sri Banki Bihari Temple, and Sri Advaita-vat) and gives evening class.

 

 

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