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Sri Krishna Janmastami

 Śrī Kṛṣṇa Janmāṣṭami (A lecture delivered by Sri Srimad Gour Govinda Swami Maharaja on Śrī Kṛṣṇa Janmāṣṭami 18th August 1995 in Bhubaneswar, India.)    The Bhāgavata says, to hear this transcendental līlā-kāhāṇī of Bhagavān Kṛṣṇa is all-auspicious. If you hear with full faith and concentrated attention, all of the material contamination in your heart will be […]

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Lord Balarama – The Original Bhakta-Avatara

Painting © Vrindavan Das. Used with permission. Lord Balarāma  The Original Bhakta-Avatāra Evening lecture delivered by Sri Srimad Gour Govinda Swami Maharaja 21st August, 1994 in Barcelona, Spain   Today is a most auspicious day, the day that Lord Balarāma appeared. This morning we already discussed something about Lord Balarāma however I did not finish, […]

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The Confidential Meaning of Ratha-Yātrā

In 1991 Śrī Śrīmad Gour Govinda Swami Mahārāja established  the annual Ratha-yātrā in Bhubaneswar, which is held at the same time and date as the Jagannātha Purī Ratha-yātrā. The locals come in the 10’s of thousands each year to attend this festival. He also fulfilled Srila Prabhupada’s desire for a magnificent Temple in Bhubaneswar where lord Śrī Śrī Jagannātha, Baladeva, and Subhadrā-devī give darshan to […]

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The Mystery Behind Guṇḍicā-Mārjana-Līlā

The Mystery Behind Gundica-Marjana-Lila A lecture delivered by His Divine Grace Śrīla Gour Govinda Swami Mahārāja on 1st July 1992, Bhubaneswar, India.   Today is the day Śrīmān Mahāprabhu exhibited His līlā of guṇḍicā-mārjana, the cleaning of Guṇḍicā Temple, and tomorrow is Ratha-yātrā. When Mahāprabhu was in Purī, He would clean the inside and outside […]

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The Appearance Day of Lord Nṛsiṁhadeva

The Only Prayer that Everyone Should Offer yadi dāsyasi me kāmān varāṁs tvaṁ varadarṣabha kāmānāṁ hṛdy asaṁrohaṁ bhavatas tu vṛṇe varam     “O my Lord, best of the givers of benediction, if You at all want to bestow a desirable benediction upon me, then I pray from Your Lordship that within the core of […]

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Śrī Rāma-Navamī

Śrī Rāma-Navamī Today is Śrī Rāma-navamī, the appearance day of Lord Rāmacandra, who appeared in the Raghu dynasty. Lord Rāmacandra was the Personality of Godhead; He exhibited superhuman activities, which no human being, including the materially advanced Rāvaṇa, could perform. Lord Rāmacandra prepared a royal road on the Indian Ocean with stones that floated on […]

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The Garland of Prema-Nāma

The Garland of Prema-Nāma “Prema-bhakti is the essence of bhakti. If we prepare a garland of flowers, one thread is required and it is woven together. Similarly, when the question of nāma-prema-mālā comes, what is the thread of that garland? That thread is prema. The mālā is woven together with the thread of prema. It […]

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Anniversary of the 20th Disappearance Day

Anniversary of the 20th Disappearance Day ‘duḥkha-madhye kona duḥkha haya gurutara?’ ‘kṛṣṇa-bhakta-viraha vinā duḥkha nāhi dekhi para’ Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu asked, “Of all kinds of distress, what is the most painful?” Śrī Rāmānanda Rāya replied, “Apart from separation from the devotee of Kṛṣṇa, I know of no unbearable unhappiness.” On the Holy Appearance day of […]

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