audio recording October 11, 2008
audio recording October 17, 2008
Satsvarupa dasa Goswami’s Vyasa-puja will be observed on Saturday, December 6. On that day and on Sunday, December 7, Satsvarupa Maharaja will be meeting with disciples and friends at Govinda’s Restaurant, 1408 South Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Govinda’s Restaurant is located at the corner of Broad Street and South Street in Philadelphia. Volunteers are invited to help in the kitchen. If you are interested in helping, please contact Haryasva dasa (tel.: 267-242-4805; email: ).
Scheduled Events (all events to be held at Govinda’s Restaurant, Philadelphia)
Saturday, December 6
10:00 – 12:00 P.M. Lecture by Satsvarupa Maharaja, with participation by disciples.
12:00 P.M. Puspanjali and gurupuja.
1:00 P.M. Feast.
4:00 P.M. Presentation and signing of a new book by Satsvarupa Maharaja.
7:00. – 8:30 P.M.: Japa meditation; Satsvarupa Maharaja will participate for 30 min during this japa period.
Sunday, December 7
5:00 – 7:00 A.M.: Japa meditation; Satsvarupa Maharaja will participate for some time during this japa period.
10:00 – 11:30 A.M.: Disciples’ meeting, facilitated by Haryasva dasa; Satsvarupa Maharaja will participate near the end of this period.
11:30 – 12:00 P.M. Satsvarupa Maharaja will chant japa with devotees.
12:00 – 12:30 P.M.: Kirtana.
12:30 P.M.: Feast.
Satsvarupa Maharaja in Italy
...The Ratha-yatra parade was led by Ravindra Svarupa Prabhu, who walked with two devotees on either side of him holding tall umbrellas over his head. Directly behind him was a Scottish bagpipes and drum band playing Hare Krishna tunes. Behind them was a cart carrying an amplified harmonium player and tabla player playing jaunty tunes loudly. Behind them, dancing to the harmonium, was a circle of Indian women doing a stick dance. Behind them was a white chariot pulled by a horse. This chariot usually carries Benjamin Franklin, but this year it carried Krishna and Arjuna. Benjamin Franklin walked on foot. Behind them was a group of young women in saris and cholis dancing freely from side to side in bouncing rhythms. Behind them was a crowd of people walking loosely and chanting Hare Krishna, and behind them came the first bearers of the ropes of the Jagannatha cart, which stretched a long way back to the cart itself, where Jagannatha, Subhadra and Baladeva rode, along with Prabhupada. The cart was decorated with many balloons. It was a dominating reddish color and moved slowly throughout the parade. In between the ropes was the main kirtana party, led by various singers, with a handheld microphone, mrdangas and karatalas. The procession was supposed to begin at 12:00 P.M., but it didn’t begin until after 12:30. Tachycardia- part 26 >
Tachycardia Diary entry - August 22, 2008
...The Janmastami-Vyasa puja celebrations were exhaustive but pleasurable. We read large chunks of the birth and childhood activities of Krishna and held sustained, fiery kirtanas with mrdanga, harmonium and karatalas. Four sannyasis were present, as well as devotees from Philadelphia and Washington. Baladeva and Mahahari cooked big feasts. Photos of the event are posted on the website. The sannyasis are still present, and I have lost my discipline for writing in the journal. Each day is filled with socializing, and no time or mind for writing. Soon it will quiet down. All over ISKCON, the festivals have been observed in the temples and communities with long hours of fasting and hard, ecstatic work of preparing and preaching to guests. Prabhupada’s Vyasa-puja was the day in which praises were sung in homages by all who were present. The beautiful Vyasa-puja book was our guide. On Vyasa-puja, my Prabhupada murti presided during the long recitation of mangala-carana prayers and puspanjali, showers of flowers, led by Jayadvaita Swami. For Janmastami and Vyasa-puja, we had lovely Radha-Madhava Deities, and on Janmastami, Lalita Madhava conducted an abhisekha, with everyone taking a turn and pouring many liquids on Their bodies. Tachycardia- part 21 >
Jayadvaita Swami baithing Radha Madhava
Satsvarupa Maharaja bathing Radha Madhava
After Prabhupada's Murti Puspanjali
Diary entry - December 25, 2008
Now that I have changed my plans for going to Vrndavana, my speaking to Krishna will be different. I anticipate speaking to Him in Vrndavana. The same obstacles will be there, such as my lack of love and surrender, but it may be easier talking to Him in the land where He lived and playes His pastimes. A place of pilgrimage is special. But I am not there yet. I am in my room, turning to You, Lord.... read more - part 66>>
Diary entry - October 27, 2008
...Giriraja Swami told me that Jayapataka Swami’s condition is entirely in Krishna’s hands, but there are little signs of improvement. The doctor at the site says there is some improvement in his consciousness. The doctors also say that in the case of stroke, the longer the patient survives, the greater the chances of recovery. In other words, if he survives the first seventy-two hours, then his chances increase, and so on. A doctor who is expert in stroke said that one third of the victims die, one third survive but do not retain normal quality of life, and one third recover all the way back to normal. Tachycardia - part 37>>
Diary entry on news about Jayapataka Maharaja
... We heard the bad news this morning about H.H. Jayapataka Swami’s stroke. He has always been kind to me, giving me big hugs when we meet. He is one of the greatest generals of the ISKCON movement, leading in making Life Members and disciples and in sheer traveling mileage all over the world. He is very dear to Prabhupada for his pioneering work in Mayapura. I join with devotees everywhere in praying for his recovery. Tachycardia - part 36>>
Diary entry - September 4, 2008
...I assert that his samadhi mandir and his private room are the best tirthas in Vrindavana and the ones I feel most comfortable in. I hope to repeat this pattern in my 2009 visit to Vrindavana. Go to these places within Krishna-Balarama Mandir and write. This book was written fifteen years ago, but it’s fresh and up to date. If I visit these places and write in January–February of ’09, it will probably be a repeat of the sentiments I expressed in 1993. Tachycardia - part 24 >
1. Tomorrow we go to the urologist’s office and the hospital for paperwork in preparation for the procedure I’ll undergo on September 16. Narayana-kavaca says after the procedure, I’ll be “out of it” for a few days.
Readings with Jayadvaita Swami, Gunagrahi das Goswami, Yadunandana and Dhanudara Swami at Sastra's house.
Diary entry - August 29, 2008
... August 29, 4:47 A.M. Last night we read the chapter where Mother Yasoda binds Lord Krishna. One verse described exactly how she looked while she was churning butter. She had flowers in her hair, her bracelets were jangling, she was perspiring, and her whole body shook. Prabhupada comments that if one wants to follow the maternal mood of Mother Yasoda, he should contemplate this verse very carefully. It is not that one can become Mother Yasoda; that is mayavada. But one can become like Mother Yasoda in that affectionate rasa in the material world. Mother Yasoda was using especially flavorful grasses for the cows so that the milk would be especially tasteful. She thought that since Krishna was going to other neighbors’ homes and stealing their butter and milk, maybe He didn’t like the milk ordinarily served at home, so she wanted to make it especially flavorful. While she churned the butter, Mother Yasoda sang songs of her own composition. These were poems about the activities of Krishna, such as His killing of Putana, Sakatasura, and Trnavarta. Prabhupada recom-mends that devotees should follow Mother Yasoda’s example and write poems about Krishna’s activities. Krishna was asleep in the room, but He woke up and went to His mother, demanding that she give Him her breast to suck. Mother Yasoda put down the churning rod and began nursing baby Krishna. But then the milk on the oven began to boil over, so she put the child down and went to take the pot off the oven. Krishna saw this as neglect and became angry. He bit His reddish lips and cried imitation tears. In His anger, He broke a butterpot, took the contents and went to eat it in another room. When Mother Yasoda returned to the churning rod and saw the broken pot, she knew it was the work of her Krishna. Tachycardia- part 22 >
Diary entry - August 22, 2008
...We three sannyasis talked a few hours last night. I mentioned I’m writing a journal, but neither of them showed any interest in reading it. Jayadvaita Maharaja spoke of the adventures he’s been having traveling in North America with the ISKCON youth group in their buses. He discussed his ongoing interest in the conspir-acy theory that the U.S. government was implicated in the bombing of the Twin Towers on 9/11/01, but then declared the talk was prajalpa. Gunagrahi Maharaja spoke of the difficulty of managing in Argentina. We mentioned the names of many different devotees and how they were doing. Probably tonight we will read outloud together from the Tenth Canto. I am going over to Sastra’s for lunch with them. Tachycardia- part 21 >
June 22nd, 2008 (mp3)
by Sastra dasa spring 2008 update
Spring 2008 update:
Satsvarupa dasa Goswami was in Mumbai (Bombay), Jagganatha Puri and Mayapur from mid January until mid February. (This trip is described in his India Journal 2008). For Bhaktisiddhanta's Appearance Day in Februaray 2008, he had the association of Gunagrahi Maharaja. In late March, he had week-long visits from Dhanurdhara Swami and Gunagrahi Maharaja. On Lord Ramacandra's Appearance Day, Satsvarupa Maharaja observed an intimate festival near his home in Delaware. He led kirtana and then related the pastimes of Lord Ramacandra. (Photographs of the festival are available on the Photo Albums page of this website.) Although large gatherings are a bit much for Satsvarupa Maharaja at present, owing to his health, he has been relishing small, personal gatherings and occasional meetings with Godbrothers, disciples and friends.
|Visit to Ireland and Radhadesh
Diary entry - August 10, 2008
.. Gopi-manjari cooked for us today. She said when she was in Ireland, most of the devotees referred to me as Satsvarupa Maharaja. When she said “Guru Maharaja,” Arjuna dasa explained, “Yes! It’s good to hear you say ‘Guru Maharaja.’” They are a coldhearted bunch. She asked me if I would be going back to Ireland. I said yes. But then I said they probably wouldn’t pay for my airfare, and I can’t afford to go there on my own funds. Yadunandana then said the devotees at Radha-desa would pay for my fare to go to Belgium, and from there I could go to Ireland. But I couldn’t even afford that — Belgium to Ireland to USA.. Tachycardia - part 18 >