Dear Friend of the Ashram,
Please accept my affectionate obeisances. I’m just sending a reminder that there are two beautiful holy days next week.
On Thursday, December 15th at 6 pm please join us in either Santa Cruz or San Jose for a beautiful celebration of the Divine Appearance Day of our beloved Srila Gurudev, Om Vishnupad Paramahamsa Parivrajakacharyya-varyya Astottara-sata Sri Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
Please come back again on Saturday, December 17th for the Disappearance festival of the founder of the Sri Chaitanya Math and worldwide Sri Gaudiya Maths, Bhagavan Sri Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Prabhupad.
These festivals are wonderful opportunities to honor our perfect divine masters. I pray you will be able to attend and enhance the mood of joyful devotion in our celebrations.
Yours in the Lord’s service,
Sushila Devi Dasi
Srila Gurdev’s Vyasa Puja
Om Vishnupad Paramahamsa
Sri Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj
Thursday, December 15th, 2016
Santa Cruz @ 6 pm
San Jose @ 6 pm
vara-tanum bhakty anvitam sundaram
vande visva-gurun cha
divya-bhagavat-premno hi bija-pradam
upadeksyanti te jnanam
“Exclusive devotion must come from the disciple towards the guru. It is said in the Svetasvatara Upanisad (6.23):
yatha deve tatha gurau
tasyaite kathita hy arthah
Bound by Affection An article by His Divine Grace, Srila Govinda Maharaj about his arrival at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math in 1947.
Audio: Sri Vyasa Puja, 1989. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj is glorified by Sripad Janardan and Sripad Ashram Maharaj, then Srila Govinda Maharaj speaks to the devotees in English and in Bengali. “Now Guru Maharaj is not in form of human body in front of us, but I know that his divine direction is always guiding us… We shall try to maintain our devotional life with the service of Guru, Vaishnava, Bhagavan. This is my birthday and I am very happy that all the Vaishnavas are very merciful and blessful to me. I am giving my full dandavats to all the Vaishnavas, Gurudevas and well-wishers. They do not take my offences, I know. My prayer is that, until death, if i can serve the Deities, devotees and the Math I shall be very happy.”
Informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, introduced by Sripad B.P. Janardan Maharaj and Sripad B.K. Ashram Maharaj. Nabadwip, 14 December 1989: 33 minutes, 7+ MB mp3 audio
Audio: Sri Vyasa Puja discourses by Sripad B.B. Avadhut Maharaj and Sripad Mahananda Prabhu with translation to Bengali by Sripad B.P. Tirtha Maharaj, on Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj’s 84th Appearance Festival. In addition Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj, Sripad B.P. Tirtha Maharaj and Sripad B.K. Tyagi Maharaj all spoke extensively, mainly in Bengali, chanting Srila Gurudev’s glories. Nabadwip, 30 December 2012: 31+ minutes, 7+ MB mp3 audio
Audio: Srila Govinda Maharaj speaking two days before his Sri Vyasa-Puja in 1999. “I am expecting so many devotees to come to my birthday festival and they will bring so many gifts to me, but what shall I give to them? … I think I can give some relief to them if they will follow me. … What is necessary to remove the obstacles in the path of devotion? Obstacle is asat-sanga, bad association. How much it can do wrong, we cannot conceive it.”
22 December 1999: 11+ minutes, 2 MB mp3 audio
Audio: Sri Vyasa-Puja 2009. English discourses at Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj’s Sri Vyasa-Puja Festival in the nat-mandir here at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. Includes Srila Govinda Maharaj’s own short talk in English as well as discourses by Sripad Goswami Maharaj, Sripad Acharya Maharaj, Sripad Avadhut Maharaj, Sripad Ashram Maharaj, Sripad Giri Maharaj, Sripad Parvat Maharaj and Mahananda Das. Nabadwip, 4 December 2009: 69 minutes, 12 MB mp3 audio
Audio: Preparing for Sri Vyasa-Puja.Morning class by Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj two days before the grand 82nd Appearance Festival of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
Nabadwip, 21 December 2010: 30 minutes, 5+ MB mp3 audio
Video slides. Sri Vyasa Puja festival of Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj celebrated in Nabadwip on 4th December 2009, with soundtrack of ‘Sri Guru Arati’. Srila Gurudev graced the devotees with his divine presence in the nat mandir on this historic occasion. 8 minutes, 14 MB ‘wmv’ video slide-show
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Srila Gurudev visits Sripat Bamunpara, the village of his holy appearance, and Nadanghat from where he came to Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math in 1947. Much to the delight of the devotees His Divine Grace Srila Govinda Maharaj personally attended these festivities continuing the celebrations of Sri Vyasa-Puja. Five web-pages including pictures, synopsis of events and interviews with devotees about the significance of Bamunpara.
Talk by Pujyapada Satprasangananda Prabhu (later to become Sri Nayanananda Das Babaji Maharaj) in glorification of Srila Govinda Maharaj in Nabadwip in 1986.
“Our Govinda Maharaj is now the chief inspiration behind that [Srila Sridhar Maharaj’s] preaching … He was an expert in kirtan and playing the mrdanga; his kirtan was always ecstatic. From the time of his coming here to Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, the Transcendental Service of the Deities Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gandharva Govindasundar became manifest more and more beautifully and gloriously. This gave us much joy. For this, Srila Sridhar Maharaj delegated all service responsibility of his Math, preaching and devotees to Govinda Maharaj…”
Vaishnava Thakur. Excerpt from Dignity of the Divine Servitor. Glorification of Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Maharaj from a lecture given by Sripad B.S. Goswami Maharaj on the Appearance Day of Srila Govinda Maharaj in San Mateo, California, 1990. (2.2 MB pdf file.)