Our Ashram — Sri Sri Gour Govinda Gaudiya Ashram
By the desire of Srila Gour Govinda Swami Maharaj, Srila Prabhupada and Srila BV Narayana Maharaj Our Ashram is established. Srila BV Narayan Goswami maharaj wanted it to be the official head quarter of Orissan Preaching from so many perspectives like from communication point of view and historical point of view and spiritual point of view also. He wanted this Ashram to be the center for all major vaisnava festivals and and book publications . Srila Gour Govinda Swami Maharaj wanted to develop at least 108 namahatta centers in Orissan villages to restore the great vaisnava culture to the time of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and his associates. Both Srila Gour Govinda Swami and Srila BV Narayan Goswami Maharaj wanted me to sing the Vaisnava songs and Kirtans for propagating the mission of our previous Goudiya Vaisnava Acaryas in Orissa and abroad. We are trying to fulfill the desire of our Guruvargas by the help of this Ashram.
Already we have published some books in Orissan languages and preaching in villages and towns from time to time. Some of our activities are listed as follows:
In the morning we are concentrating on Japa meditation, atleast 16 rounds sincere chanting before any other programs. Without this nobody can fully absorb in other spiritual practices.
Chanting and singing the Sanskrit and Bengali prayers called stavas and stutis for one hour absorbing in the glories of Hari, Guru and Vaisnavas .
We share and discuss the topics from Srimad Bhagavatam, Sri Caitany Caritamrta and other vaisnava literatures. We focus more on the explanations of our Guru Vargas on the original texts than only reading.
Some time we simply convince people in general and distribute the books of Srila Gurudeva and Srila Prabhupada to public either in the towns or in villages. During this time we invite the sincere persons to our Ashram to participate in our spiritual activities and we try to solve their material problems and help them to enter in the spiritual way of life.
We visit different villages, which are not polluted so much by modern civilizations to preach Krishna consciousness. We gather sincere and eager persons and arrange some programs, which consists of bhajans, kirtans, hari-katha and Prasad distribution. We try to encourage people to follow their traditional vaisnava culture. Orissa was over-flooded with the sankirtan movement of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu 500 years ago. Therefore it has a very rich traditional culture of Vaisnavism. We try to help these simple villagers to follow the Vaisnava tradition and to understand the real happiness in the life. Therefore we establish small centers with a small group of new devotees called Nama-hatta Centers . Under our guidance there they chant harinama, learn bhajans and kirtans, discuss Bhagavatam and observe Ekadasi. Gradually it becomes a small temple and a source of inspiration to change the whole village to a Vedic village. It spreads from one village to another.
This is a very important preaching program. Under guidance of Srila Gour Govinda Swami Maharaj we visited all the places around Orissa which are purified by the foot dust of Mahaprabhu . We (a group of 50 devotees) chanting maha-mantra followed a chariot of Sri Sri Goura Nitai and Srila Prabhupada pulled by bullocks . We traveled from village to village and town to town with great sankirtans .Every evening Srila Gurudeva was enlightening us with the villagers by powerful harikatha. Devotees were so much enthusiastic that they forgot their pain of walking and were fully satisfied with whatever prasadam and accommodation available. This is PADAYATRA program. Many sincere souls become attracted to the sankirtan movement of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and dedicate their lives. Srila Gurudeva told us that Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Sri Nityananda Prabhu personally bestows their mercy to all the fallen souls who take part in this Padayatra program. In the following years we are tying to arrange this Padayatra again and invite the devotees around the world to join with us.
My Guru Maharajas Srila Gour Govinda Swami Maharaj and Srila BV Narayan Goswami Maharaj wanted me to preach krsna consciousness by singing the devotional songs. So for the pleasure of my Guruvargas if I get some time I compose the devotional melodies of Sanskrit, Bengali, Hindi and Oriya kirtans and record them with proper classical instruments in studio nearby. Srila Gurudeva often gave His blessings for this endeavour. I find these recordings have become the source of inspiration for many devotees around the world.
By the order of Srila Gurudeva BV Narayan Goswami Maharaj we translate the books of previous Acaryas from other languages to Oriya language for local preaching around Orissa. We have already published many of them. Presently we are trying to translate the oriya articles of Srila Gour Govinda Swami Maharaj to English language. These books are so much significant in our preaching activities.
We organize parikramas in Ksetra Mandala (Jagannath Puri dham), Gouda Mandala (Sri Navadvip Dham), Vraja Mandala(Sri Vrndavan Dham) and other holy places of India . With a small group of devotees we visit different holy places and discuss the pastimes and glories of the Lord there . This gives so much spiritual strength and enthuciasm to the devotees.
PREACHING IN WESTERN COUNTRIES
Sometimes we travel to English speaking countries and preach the teachings of our Guru Vargas. When devotees invite us, we fix our preaching tours. We perform harinam, kirtans and harikatha there. Sometimes we organize Lord Jagannatha’s Rathayatra there ,which is very famous. Sometimes we are invited to the radio and televisions for interviews there. We try our best to help devotees there and give our valuable time and association to them. We invite devotees to the holy dhamas in India.