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A new publication – Sri Samadhi Mandir Stotra Mala

In honour of the Anniversary of the Disappearance of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, a new publication is being made available by web distribution, Sri Samadhi Mandir Stotra Mala. This is the collection of verses on Srila Guru Maharaj’s samadhi mandir, The Temple of Union in Separation, in Nabadwip Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. The verses are presented in sequence and the book contains extensive commentaries of Srila Guru Maharaj as well as his successor Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, who designed and built the samadhi along with selecting all of these favourite verses of Srila Guru Maharaj.
Click here, or follow the page link to the left.

July 19, 2012   No Comments

Vaisnava calendar

This year the calendar has come in good time, which makes everything so much easier. Here is the ical version for download.

February 26, 2012   No Comments

Goswami Maharaj lectures complete list

All of the audio from Srila Goswami Maharaj’s lectures has now been prepared for the web, and is available for download below.

111111_GoswamiMj_Thailand — What is real kirtan?
111113_GoswamiMj_Thailand — The taste we all crave
111115_GoswamiMj_Thailand — Supreme benefit
111117_GoswamiMj_Thailand — What is initiation?
111119_GoswamiMj_Thailand — Who am I?
111121_GoswamiMj_Thailand — Deep feelings of devotees
111123_GoswamiMj_Thailand — Beyond our understanding
111125_GoswamiMj_Thailand — The difference between relative and absolute beauty
111127_GoswamiMj_Thailand — The role of concentration on the spiritual path
111129_GoswamiMj_Thailand — About Raghunath das Goswami
111203_GoswamiMj_Thailand — Die to LIve, practical tips?
111205_GoswamiMj_Thailand — How to stay when you want to leave?
111220_GoswamiMj_Thailand — How to cross over pride?
111222_GoswamiMj_Thailand — What is service?
111224_GoswamiMj_Thailand — The world of Krishna
111226_GoswamiMj_Thailand — Live every day as your last day
111228_GoswamiMj_Thailand — Which service is better?
111230_GoswamiMj_Thailand — How to live with loneliness?
111231_GoswamiMj_Thailand — New Year – New Leaf
120102_GoswamiMj_Thailand — Living an active spiritual life
120104_GoswamiMj_Thailand — Transcendental Relationship with Guru
120106_GoswamiMj_Thailand — Srimad Bhagavatam is the treasure of the Vedas
120112_GoswamiMj_Thailand — About Gopal Bhatta Goswami
120114_GoswamiMj_Thailand — Mahaprabhu’s last day in Nabadwip
120116_GoswamiMj_Thailand — How to use Intelligence in Krishna Consciousness?
120120_GoswamiMj_Thailand — How to be free of prejudice?
120124_GoswamiMj_Thailand — The potent nature of transcendental sound
120128_GoswamiMj_Thailand — Beginning of Spring in Krishna’s World
120130_GoswamiMj_Thailand — About Advaita Acharya
120202_GoswamiMj_Thailand — About Ramanujacharya
120204_GoswamiMj_Thailand — Artificial Intelligence and Levels of Divinity
120205_GoswamiMj_Thailand — About Nityananda Balaram
120207_GoswamiMj_Thailand — About Narottam Das Thakur
120209_GoswamiMj_Thailand — What is sin?
120211_GoswamiMj_Thailand — About Sripad Siddhanti Maharaj
120212_GoswamiMj_Thailand — About Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur
120214_GoswamiMj_Thailand — About Sri Giriraj Govardhan

February 17, 2012   No Comments

Sweet Downtown sankirtan

February 6, 2012   No Comments

Ekachakra Dham

Deities at SCSKS Ekachakra
It is so wonderful to remember the installation of the lifesize deities of Sri Nityananda and Sri Gaura, here at SCSKSanga Temple, Ekachakra.

February 5, 2012   No Comments

Latest lectures of Srila Goswami Maharaj

The audio files of Srila Goswami Maharaj’s latest lectures are now available to download. More are coming…
120102_GoswamiMj_Thailand — Living an active spiritual life
120104_GoswamiMj_Thailand — Transcendental Relationship with Guru
120112_GoswamiMj_Thailand — About Gopal Bhatta Goswami
120114_GoswamiMj_Thailand — Mahaprabhu’s last day in Nabadwip
120120_GoswamiMj_Thailand — How to be free of prejudice?

January 26, 2012   No Comments

Remembrance of Sripad Bhakti Sharan Baishnob Maharaj

Today is the remembrance day of the passing of Sripad Bhakti Sharan Baishnob Maharaj. Below is a new video posted yesterday on Vimeo by the studio here. You can see all their posts so far at http://vimeo.com/audioveda

January 20, 2012   No Comments

Alāta-ākāra

uddaṇḍa nṛtya prabhu koriyā huṅkara
chakra-brami bhrame yaiche alāta-ākāra

Śrī Chaitanya Bhāgavat, Madhya-khaṇḍa 13.82

WORD-FOR-WORD MEANINGS
uddaṇḍa—jumping; nṛtya—dancing; prabhu—Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu; kariyā—making; huṅkāra—loud vibration; cakra-bhrami—making a circular movement like a wheel; bhrame—moves; yaiche—as if; alāta-ākāra—circle of fire.

TRANSLATION
When Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu danced and jumped high, roaring like thunder and moving in a circle like a wheel, He appeared like a circling firebrand.

I recently saw a photo posted online by Satya Sundar Prabhu of the fireshow of our resident chef Vishakha devi dasi. A few days later while reading the Sri Chaitanya Bhagavat this section came up and it was interesting to discover this reference with regard to Mahaprabhu’s dancing. I’ve posted the photo below.

January 17, 2012   No Comments

2012

Well here we are in 2012, and the questions have begun about the end of the world. I thought this cartoon was a nice comment.

January 17, 2012   No Comments

Sri Nimai Sannyas

Śrī Nimāi Sannyās

Composed by
Oṁ Viṣṇupād Śrīla Bhakti Rakṣak Śrīdhar Dev-Goswāmī Mahārāj

miśra-suta viśvambhara nabadwīpa vāsa
śachīra nimāi ai karere sannyāsa
[1]

Śrī Viśvambhar, the son of Jagannāth Miśra, resides in Nabadwīp. Look over there! Śachī’s Nimāi has taken sannyās.

nyāya-dakṣa lakṣa lakṣa adhyāka trāsa
śachīra nimāi ai karere sannyāsa
[2]

As a preeminent prodigy in logic, He is feared by hundreds of thousands of scholars. Look over there! Śachī’s Nimāi has taken sannyās.

kandarpa jiniyā rūpa-yauvana-prakāśa
śachīra nimāi ai karere sannyāsa
[3]

The youthful beauty of His divine form surpasses that of Cupid. Look over there! Śachī’s Nimāi has taken sannyās.

sārā nabadwīpa kare andhakāra grāsa
śachīra nimāi ai karere sannyāsa
[4]

The whole of Nabadwīp has become engulfed by darkness. Look over there! Śachī’s Nimāi has taken sannyās.

kaṇṭaka nagare keśava bhāratī sakāśa
śachīra nimāi ai karere sannyāsa
[5]

(Śrī Viśvambhar) approached Keśava Bhāratī in Kāṭoyā (Katwa). Look over there! Śachī’s Nimāi has taken sannyās.

kṣubdha jana-sindhu tuṅga taraṅga prakāśa
śachīra nimāi ai karere sannyāsa
[6]

An ocean of deeply aggrieved persons followed in great waves (behind Śrī Viśvambhar). Look over there! Śachī’s Nimāi has taken sannyās.

uddhata janatā dekhāya bhāratīke trāsa
śachīra nimāi ai karere sannyāsa
[7]

Seeing this agitated mass coming towards him, Keśava Bhāratī became fearful. Look over there! Śachī’s Nimāi has taken sannyās.

krandanera uchcharola bharila ākāśa
śachīra nimāi ai karere sannyāsa
[8]

The tumultuous crying (of the people) filled the sky. Look over there! Śachī’s Nimāi has taken sannyās.

śire karāghāta kare antaraṅga dāsa
śachīra nimāi ai karere sannyāsa
[9]

Śrī Viśvambhar’s intimate servitors slapped their heads in dismay. Look over there! Śachī’s Nimāi has taken sannyās.

tāpa dagdha jīva-duḥkha-duḥkhī janollāsa
śachīra nimāi ai karere sannyāsa
[10]

The devotees who were absorbed in the mood of feeling sorrowful to see the sorrow of the conditioned souls burning in the fire of the threefold misery of material existence rejoiced. Look over there! Śachī’s Nimāi has taken sannyās.

uttarāyaṇa saṁkramaṇe sannyāsa prakāśa
śachīra nimāi ai karere sannyāsa
[11]

Śrī Viśvambhar revealed His Pastimes of accepting sannyās as the Sun completed its northern course (at the time of makara-saṅkrānti). Look over there! Śachī’s Nimāi has taken sannyās.

sundara chā̐chara keśa chā̐da mukhe hāsa
śachīra nimāi ai karere sannyāsa
[12]

The smile on Śrī Viśvambhar’s moon-like face was decorated by His beautiful curling locks (for the last time). Look over there! Śachī’s Nimāi has taken sannyās.

keśera karttane kibā premera ullāsa
śachīra nimāi ai karere sannyāsa
[13]

What sort of ecstatic joy born of divine love Śrī Viśvambhar exhibited as His beautiful hair was cut away! Look over there! Śachī’s Nimāi has taken sannyās.

krandane ākula loka keha vā udāsa
śachīra nimāi ai karere sannyāsa
[14]

(As Śrī Viśvambhar’s hair was cut) some people cried in great distress while others stood lifeless in shock. Look over there! Śachī’s Nimāi has taken sannyās.

keha kruddha keha mugdha kāra matta hāsa
śachīra nimāi ai karere sannyāsa
[15]

Some people became angry while some became astonished and laughed madly. Look over there! Śachī’s Nimāi has taken sannyās.

auddhatya karite dhāya bhāratīra pāśa
śachīra nimāi ai karere sannyāsa
[16]

Some scornfully ran after Keśava Bhāratī (once the ceremony was completed). Look over there! Śachī’s Nimāi has taken sannyās.

nadīyā paṇḍita dalera svastira niḥśvāsa
śachīra nimāi ai karere sannyāsa
[17]

All of the paṇḍits of Nadīyā breathed a sigh of relief. Look over there! Śachī’s Nimāi has taken sannyās.

nārī-gaṇa ninde vidhi sṛjila sannyāsa
śachīra nimāi ai karere sannyāsa
[18]

The women blasphemed Providence (the Creator, the Scriptures) for creating the renounced order of sannyās. Look over there! Śachī’s Nimāi has taken sannyās.

śrī-kṛṣṇa-chaitanya nāma haila prakāśa
śachīra nimāi ai karere sannyāsa
[19]

Śrī Viśvambhar’s Name ‘Śrī Kṛṣṇa Chaitanya’ was revealed. Look over there! Śachī’s Nimāi has taken sannyās.

muṇḍita hemāṅge śobhe aruṇa suvāsa
śachīra nimāi ai karere sannyāsa
[20]

Viśvambhar’s freshly-shaven golden form thus became beautifully adorned with saffron cloth. Look over there! Śachī’s Nimāi has taken sannyās.

kare daṇḍa kamaṇḍalu bhikṣuka prakāśa
śachīra nimāi ai karere sannyāsa
[21]

Viśvambhar’s divine form as a mendicant, replete with daṇḍa (staff of renunciation) and kamaṇḍalu (water-pot) in hand, was revealed. Look over there! Śachī’s Nimāi has taken sannyās.

kāṭoyā gaṅgāya kṛṣṇa kolāhalollāsa
śachīra nimāi ai karere sannyāsa
[22]

On the banks of the Ganges near Kāṭoyā (Katwa), Śrī Kṛṣṇa Chaitanya tumultuously called, “Kṛṣṇa!” in ecstasy (initiating a grand saṅkīrtan of Śrī Kṛṣṇa’s Holy Names). Look over there! Śachī’s Nimāi has taken sannyās.

pāpa aparādha bhikṣā sarvva-jīva pāśa
śachīra nimāi ai karere sannyāsa
[23]

Śrī Kṛṣṇa Chaitanya thus began begging all the jīva-souls to submit their sins and offences for purification. Look over there! Śachī’s Nimāi has taken sannyās.

sarvva-jīve yāchi dena kṛṣṇa-prema rasa
śachīra nimāi ai karere sannyāsa
[24]

He began chasing after all jīva-souls in order to distribute to them the sweetness of Kṛṣṇa-prema. Look over there! Śachī’s Nimāi has taken sannyās.

chauddaśa ektriśa śaka māghādya divasa
śachīra nimāi ai karere sannyāsa
[25]

Look over there! On this day in the month of Māgha in the year 1431 of the Śaka era, Śachī’s Nimāi has taken sannyās.

śrī-charaṇa-reṇu yāche rāmānanda dāsa
śachīra nimāi ai karere sannyāsa
[26]

Rāmānanda Dās begs for the dust of His holy lotus feet. Look over there! Śachī’s Nimāi has taken sannyās.

January 15, 2012   No Comments