Book Distribution in the Park, Oregon (9/25/12)

9/16/12

Distribution in the park.

Sriman Radha-Syam dasa brahmachari and Sriman Indra Bandhu dasa, of Sri Govinda Divya-vani Seva Ashram, distributing books.

Photos by Sriman Radha-Syam dasa brahmachari and Sriman Indra Bandhu dasa

The bright faced brahmacharis of our Salem, Oregon Ashram are endeavoring to fulfill Sriman Mahaprabhu’s desire:

tesam vicaratam padbhyam
tirthanam pavanecchaya
bhitasya kim na roceta
tavakanam samagamah

Dear Lord, Your personal associates, devotees, wander all over the world to purify even the holy places of pilgrimage. Is not such activity pleasing to those who are actually afraid of material existence?

PURPORT
There are two kinds of devotees. One is called gosthyanandi and the other bhajananandi. The word bhajananandi refers to the devotee who does not move, but remains in one place. Such a devotee is always engaged in the devotional service of the Lord. He chants the maha-mantra as taught by many acaryas and sometimes goes out for preaching work. The gosthyanandi is one Read More...

Sri Radhastami at Salem Ashram (9/30/12)

9/23/12
Sri Radhastami celebrated at Sri Govinda Divya-vani Seva Ashram in Salem, OR
Photos by Sriman Radha-Syam dasa brahmachari and Sriman Indra Bandhu dasa.


Sri Guru varga on alter.


Radha-Syam prabhu offers flowers.


Views from the Lord’s kitchen.


jaya śrī-kṛṣṇa-caitanya prabhu-nityānanda śrī-advaita gadādhara śrīvāsādi-gaura-bhakta-vṛnda!


Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in the Jarikanda forest.


Jaya Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaja!


Sri Guru varga and Srimad Bhagavatam.


A yummy kitchari.


Transcendental literature.


Transcendentally attractive prasadam.
Kitchari, smoked cheese, cucumber, water, flower, Tulsi leaves.

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Srila Sridhara Maharaja’s Appearance Festival (10/21/11)

10/21/11
Srila Sridhara Maharaja’s Appearance Day
Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math


The temple rooms of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math before the beginning of the festivities.


Gadaira Gauranga das preparing the ghee wicks.


Final prepping of the aroti tray.


Offering a flower during aroti.


Offering a fully lit ghee lamp.


A blazing good conclusion to the aroti.


Their Divine Lordships and our parampara.


Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gardarvika Giridharijiu ki jai!


Lila Sundari Devi dasi offers pushpanjali to Srila Govinda Maharaja.


Srila Giri Maharaja gives a talk on the occasion of Srila Sridhara Maharaja’s appearance day.


Our Divine Spiritual Preceptors.

Jagannath Mishra’s Second Initiation (6/13/11)

6/13/11
“Jagannath Mishra’s 2nd Initiation”
Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math


Srila Giri Maharaja giving the gayatri mantra to Sriman Jagannath Mishra Prabhu.


Srila Giri Maharaja giving instruction on how to chant the gayatri mantra to Sriman Jagannath Mishra Prabhu.


Sriman Jagannath Mishra offers obesiences at Srila Giri Maharaja’s feet before offering guru puja.


The customary guru puja.


Srila Giri Maharaja offers a helping hand.


Srila Giri Maharaja in a candid moment during the ceremony.


…here comes the dakshin plate!


The plate was accepted.


The initiation ceremony is almost complete. Sri Hari Nama Sankirtana concludes the event.

Srimati Divya Shakti’s Return To New Jersey (11/08/10)

11/08/10
Srila Giri Maharaja
“Srimati Divya Shakti’s Return to New Jersey”

For two weeks Srimati Divya Shakti Devi was engaged in, what can aptly be described as, a whirlwind fund raising tour of the West coast of the USA. From Portland, OR to Los Angeles, CA, and many points in between, she has been working tirelessly to raise funds for our future Math in Manhattan, New York, New York!

As this Math was born of the instruction of Srila Sridhara Maharaja, and Srimati Divya Shakti Devi was one of the original group of servitors he sent to assist me with its development, I thought it fitting she be here with us for the celebration of his divine appearance festival.

She arrived after an extraordinarily long series of flights and delay. Flying all through the previous night, she arrived a little after eleven in the morning at the Philadelphia International Read More...

Srila Govinda Maharaja’s Sannyasa Day: A Photo Journal (10/30/10)

10/30/10
Srila Giri Maharaja
“Photo Journal of Srila Govinda Maharaja’s Sannyasa Day”

In honor of the Sannyasa day of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundara Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaja on November 6, 1985, followed by the appearance day of Srila Bhakti Rakshaka Sridhara Dev-Goswami Maharaja, we are offering a short photo journal, containing previously unpublished photos, for the satisfaction of our Divine Masters and their devotees, friends and followers.

Srila Bhakti Sundara Goinvda Dev-Goswami Maharaja, the day after his sannyasa ceremony in November of 1985, preparing to speak at the function held in the Natha Mandira to commemorate Srila Bhakti Rakshakha Sridhara Dev-Goswami’s appearance day.


The day before, a local barber was called to help prepare Srila Govinda Maharaja for his sannyasa ceremony by shaving his head. Sripada Bhakti Read More...

Sri Krishna Janmastami Mahotsava, Aug. 24, 2008, New Jersey Math

We watch Srila Gurudeva's talk on the day of Sri Janmastami Adivasa.

Aug. 24, 2008
Sri Krishna Janmastami Mahotsava
New Jersey Math

We watch Srila Gurudeva’s talk on the day of Sri Janmastami Adivasa. Sri Sri Guru-Gauranga-Gandharvika-Giridharijiu ki jaya! Sriman Gokulananda reads Krishna’s appearance pastimes from Krishna Book. Prabhu Gadaira Gauranga Dasa offers aroti to the Lord. Sripad Giri Maharaja leads kirtan. The chanting practitioners.

Srila Sridhar Maharaja’s Disappearance Festival (8/1/08)

Prabhu Gokulananda offering puspanjali.

Aug. 1, 2008
Srila Sridhar Maharaj’s Avirbhav Mahotsav

Prabhu Gokulananda offering puspanjali. Prabhu Gadaira Gauranga offers arati to Srila Guru Maharaj. Srimati Lila Sundari Devi offers puspanjali to Srila Guru Maharaj. The chief cook at work. Prasad seva. After a full day of cooking, cleaning and Deity seva, Lila Sundari Devi never tires of serving the devotees.