Ananda Sambada

Krishna Sent Him

Srila Gour Govinda Swami made his appearance into an ancient Oriya Vaishnava family famed for their devotional kirtans. He grew up surrounded by devotees, worshipping Sri Sri Radha Gopaljiu, chanting the holy names and reading Srimad Bhagavatam. Later in life, after becoming a wandering sadhu, he met Iskcon’s Founder-Acarya His Divine Grace Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Prabhupada and instantly surrendered at his lotus feet, recognizing him to be the topmost of Lord Krishna’s dear devotees. Srila Prabhupada offered to award Maharaja the order of Sannyasa at their first meeting and, himself, later commented about his disciple Srila Gour Govinda Swami, stating that ‘Krsna has sent him’.

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Ananda Sambada Newsletter

Ananda Sambada, est. April 1991, is a newsletter dedicated to the service of Sri Srimad Gour Govinda Swami, his disciples and his followers. Over the last thirty years, in our publication, we have published Srila Gurudeva's lectures and darshans, instructions from letters, recounting his amazing pastimes, and devotees' remembrances of him. We also always present news about the various temple projects in Orissa founded by Guru Maharaja, as well as information about his disciples, and even, on occasion, we have printed recipes that his cook Sadhu prabhu would prepare for him.

You can find several back issues of our Ananda Sambada newsletter on the website, and we will evetually be posting more as time goes on. Please visit us regularly, and sign up below for regular updates, and if you want to receive the newsletter whenever a new issue makes an appearance.

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Ananda Sambada Issue 36

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Latest News, Updates and Appeals

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Oriya Language Biographies of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu

Whilst the leading biographies of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu written in the Bengali language have been translated and are widely available in western languages, the Oriya language biographies, often written by eye-witnesses to the events, are not.

For the first time, these books are being translated into English, by our gurubhai, Jagannath Misra prabhu. He has already translated Maha-Bhava Prakash (click to read more) by Kanhaiya Kunthiya, including the introduction by the late Dr Fakir Mohan Das, which was often quoted by our beloved Guru Maharaja; and he has also completed the Vaisnava Lilamrta (click to read more) which was written by a direct disciple of Gadadhar Pandit, a personal assistant of Ramananda Raya, called Madhava Pattanayak, in 1535. He is presently translating the Gauranga Bhagavat, which was also written at the time of Mahaprabhu, by Bhagavan Das.

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Guru Maharaja Books

Many books of Guru Maharaja's lectures have been published by both Tattva Vichar Publications and Gopaljiu Publications. There are also a couple of Guru Maharaja biographies available in print form - 'When Good Fortune Arises' is a life and teachings book by Gopaljiu Publications, and the multi-volume biography by Tattva Vichar Publications is currently available as the volume one, part one 'Krishna lingita-vigraha, Always Embraced by Krishna', though volume one part two will be available shortly. Other volumes will be published over the next few years.