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  • Madhava May 2006
    Greetings to Everyone: Sri Radhe Radhe!

    First, a word of introduction...

    Lake of Flowers Productions was founded to facilitate the availability of educational and inspirational media connected with Sri Chaitanya's tradition, Gaudiya Vaishnavism – a branch of Hinduism prominent in Bengal and Vrindavan, India. Kirtan, festivals, views from holy places... We film it all and bring it to you – without a cost!

    All video footage is published as: 1. DVD-quality MPEG2-files, 2. VCD-quality MPEG1-files, 3. x264-compressed AVI-files (recommended!), 4. Small MPEG4-files. All audio is available as: 1. Lossless FLAC, 2. MP3 VBR and 64kbps, 3. Ogg Vorbis. Currently hosting almost 100 GB and over 70 hours of free devotional media!

    Available at http://www.lakeofflowers.com/.

    :D
  • Madhava May 2006
    Here is last week's video release:

    Gauranga Jayanti - The Appearance of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (2005)

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    Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, also known as Gauranga on account of his golden effulgence, appeared in the land of Nadia, Bengal, to bless the people of this wretched age with the chanting of the divine Names laden with unprecedented amorous love for God, Krishna. His appearance is celebrated annually on the full moon day of the month of Phalgun.

    Total running time: 34:46 min

    http://www.lakeofflowers.com/entry/gaura-purnima
  • Madhava May 2006
    This week in audio:

    Festival of Siddha Baba of Surya-kunda (2005)

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    The festival of Siddha Madhusudana Das Babaji of Surya-kunda is one of the best attended and most beautiful festivals among the annual celebrations in Vraja. Devotees from all across Vraja-mandal gather to attend the occasion in Siddha Baba's sacred memory, many journeying on foot – on a pilgrimage within a place of pilgrimage. This is the audio-recording of 2005's festival.

    Total running time: 115:55 min

    http://www.lakeofflowers.com/entry/suryakunda-siddhababa-tirobhava
  • Madhava May 2006
    Usually our audio releases come out on Mondays, videos on every Thursday. This week in video:

    Festival of Siddha Baba of Govardhana (2005)

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    Siddha Krishna Das Baba of Govardhana was one of the four famous siddha-babas of Vraja. The festival is celebrated annually at Manasi-ganga, a lake said to have appeared directly from Krishna's thoughts, at Govardhan. This video features footage of the tirobhava-kirtan songs at a place near Siddha Baba's ashram, including a beautiful rendition of Thakur Mahashaya's Sri Rupa Paschate Ami.

    Total running time: 42:34 min

    http://www.lakeofflowers.com/entry/govardhana-siddha-baba-2005
  • Madhava May 2006
    Holi at Shyamasundar Mandir (Video: 2005)

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    Holi, the wonderful festival of colors, is celebrated in the village of Radha-kunda for several weeks, with the devotees going from one temple to the next, singing songs of Radha and Krishna enrapt in the joys of the festival. As the songs reach their pinnacles, color-powder flies in all directions, covering the atmosphere in multi-colored clouds! This entry also contains the suchaka-song of Rasikananda Prabhu and a parikrama-procession visiting different temples of the village.

    Total running time: 37:36

    http://www.lakeofflowers.com/entry/holi-shyamasundar-mandir
  • Madhava May 2006
    Kartta Sri Krishna Das Babaji's Tirobhava-festival (Audio: 2005)

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    Kartta Sri Krishna Das Babaji was a great leader among the Gaudiya Vaishnavas of Vraja in his era. With his great austerity, the ascetics of Radha-kunda were given the right to bathe in the sacred pond again. Towards the end of his life, Kartta Baba, then a renowned siddha-mahatma, settled at Nuton Ghera, Radha-kunda, where his memorial festival is annually celebrated.

    Total running time: 48:00

    http://www.lakeofflowers.com/entry/kartta-krishnadas-baba-tirobhava
  • Madhava May 2006
    Adhivasa-kirtana - The opening songs of a festival (Audio: 2005-2006)

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    This week, the second half of the Adhivasa-entry has been released with some three and half hours of kirtan, completing the series. Adhivasa-kirtanas mark the opening of a festival, occuring anywhere from a few days up to a month before the actual event. As festivals come in two flavors, the ananda-utsavas or festivals of joy, and the viraha-utsavas or festivals of separation, so there are distinct songs.

    Total running time: 501:24 min

    http://www.lakeofflowers.com/entry/adhivasa
  • Madhava May 2006
    Niyama-seva Parikrama - Circumambulating Radha-kunda (Video: 2005)

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    Niyama-seva, occuring annually in October-November, is a one-month period during which followers of the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition embark on pilgrimage, often to the sacred land of Vraja, leading a simple life full of austerity and increased spiritual practices. In the village of Radha-kunda, parikrama-processions around the village to the accompaniment of kirtan, with visits to different temples, are a daily event.

    Total running time: 58:02

    http://www.lakeofflowers.com/entry/niyama-seva-parikrama
  • Madhava May 2006
    Anyone downloading? :)
  • Madhava May 2006
    Gopala-prakata-lila - Discovery of Gopala (Audio: 2005)

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    Several times a year, on blessed days such as Maghi-purnima, the full-moon day of the month of Magh, devotees from Radha-kunda gather and circumambulate the Govardhan-mountain with a procession to the accompaniment of kirtan. A part of the yearly tradition is a stop at Govinda-kunda, where the kirtaniyas sing the touching story of Madhavendra Puri's discovering the deity of Gopala from Chaitanya Caritamrita.

    Total running time: 47:43

    http://www.lakeofflowers.com/entry/gopala-prakata-lila
  • Madhava June 2006
    Niyama-seva kirtana - Songs in the temples (Video: 2005)

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    The sacred month of Niyama-seva, occuring annually in October-November, is brimming with devotional festivity. In the village of Radha-kunda, the devotees circumambulate the village to the accompaniment of kirtan, stopping at different temples to relish songs authored by the blessed poets of the Gaudiya Vaishnava heritage. This is the first of a series of four compilations of songs. Kirtaniyas: Sanatana Das Babaji, Visvambhara Das Babaji.

    Part 1: Miscellaneous kirtan
    1. Jaya Jaya Guru Vancha-kalpataru (SD) • 2. Kirtan at Jagannath Mandir (VD) • 3. Keno Gelam Yamunar Jale? (SD) • 4. Shyama Teri Vamsi (SD) • 5. Yamunar Kinare (SD)

    Total running time: 18:49

    http://www.lakeofflowers.com/entry/niyama-seva
  • Madhava June 2006
    Gostha-lila - Krishna at the pastures (Audio: 2005)

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    Gostha-lila, or Krishna's leaving for the pastures with the cows and the calves, is a popular, recurring theme in lila-kirtanas, or songs describing his pastimes. This session, led by Anath Bandhu Das Babaji, was recorded on Gopastami at Radha-kunda.

    Total running time: 55:46 min

    http://www.lakeofflowers.com/entry/gostha-lila
  • Madhava June 2006
    Week 23 - A summer break

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    Lake of Flowers Productions will be on a summer break until Thursday, June 22nd, when our next video release will be coming out. It's not a holiday, really – we badly need some time to wrap together a number of other ongoing Gaudiya Kutir endeavors and also just try and tend to plain old "work for living", too.

    Madhavananda, the project director who's taking care of the release of new material, will be migrating to India mid-September and has a ton of things to wrap together before the grand occasion. We also hope to finish a number of DVDs and have them available by the end of the break. We Gaudiya Vaishnavas do not manifest four-armed Vishnu-forms, which severely limits our ability to multi-task.

    An audio release came out on this week's monday, the next new video comes out after the break. (Sorry – we just didn't have time to get the video processed for this week!) In the meantime, check out our older entries, and while you're at it, leave a review or two.
  • Madhava June 2006
    Donate for Lake of Flowers Productions

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    Lake of Flowers Productions is a project run by volunteers. It slices off a substantial amount of our time and also cuts a hole into our purses every so often when new equipment and so forth is required. To help in keeping Lake of Flowers Productions alive in full capacity, please consider donating — at least to help us break even with material costs.

    Read more: www.lakeofflowers.com/pool/donate
  • Madhava July 2006
    Niyama-seva kirtana - Songs in the temples #2 (Video: 2005)

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    The sacred month of Niyama-seva, occuring annually in October-November, is brimming with devotional festivity. In the village of Radha-kunda, the devotees circumambulate the village to the accompaniment of kirtan, stopping at different temples to relish songs authored by the blessed poets of the Gaudiya Vaishnava heritage. This is the second of a series of four compilations of songs. Kirtaniyas: Sanatana Das Babaji, Visvambhara Das Babaji.

    Part 2: In Praise of Gaura
    1. Goracanda Piritaho (VDB) • 2. Nitai Guna Mani • 3. Marame Legeche Gaura (SD) • 4. Dadhi Mangal at Raghunatha Das Gosvami's samadhi

    Total running time: 28:50 min

    http://www.lakeofflowers.com/entry/niyama-seva

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    Nityananda Trayodasi - 2006

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    Nityananda Trayodasi, the appearance day of the eccentric saint Nityananda, Caitanya Mahaprabhu's dear companion, is one of the popular celebrations of the spring, occuring on the light fortnight of the month of Magh. This is a recording of the kirtana at 2006's festival.

    Total running time: 61:56 min

    http://www.lakeofflowers.com/entry/nityananda-trayodasi-2006
  • Madhava July 2006
    Niyama-seva kirtana - Songs in the temples #3 (Video: 2005)

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    This is the third of a series of four compilations of songs from Niyama-seva. Kirtaniyas: Sanatana Das Babaji, Visvambhara Das Babaji, Vinoda Das Babaji.

    Part 3: In Praise of Radharani
    Six Hindi songs in praise of Radharani. (Can someone help us out with the song titles, please?)

    Total running time: 24:38 min

    http://www.lakeofflowers.com/entry/niyama-seva
  • Madhava July 2006
    Niyama-seva kirtana - Songs in the temples #4 (Video: 2005)

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    This is the fourth of a series of four compilations of songs from Niyama-seva. Kirtaniyas: Sanatana Das Babaji.

    Part 4: Padavali-kirtana
    1. Hari Hari Viphale Janama (SD) • 2. Bahuta Minati Koruto (SD) • 3. Sri Govinda Gopinatha (SD)

    Total running time: 33:45 min

    http://www.lakeofflowers.com/entry/niyama-seva
  • Madhava July 2006
    Rasa-lila kirtana

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    Rasa-lila, the circle-dance of Krishna and his beloved gopis, is one of the most popular themes in lila-kirtana, songs depicting Krishna's pastimes. This series of eleven songs was recorded at the Rasabari temple at Radha-kunda. Lead kirtaniya: Anath Bandhu Das Babaji.

    Total running time: 61:56 min

    http://www.lakeofflowers.com/entry/rasa-lila

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    With this entry, Lake of Flowers Productions now offers a round grand total of 100.8 GB of media for free download. :D
  • What a wonderful fantastic group of vaisnavas. What beautiful work. I am in the process of downloading your material and will write a review.

    Well done. I have 7 sons and 2 daughters and many your age, all raised with Radhe and Krishna. It is so refreshing to see new life springing up.

    I made a 16mm film on Calcutta Rathyatra in 1980 and donated it to Mayapur, and have made other successful documentary films in the 70's. So I know a bit about making films. You guys are great!

    Absolutely awesome.

    A new fan, happy to have just found you.

    Kaunteya das
  • Madhava July 2006
    Greetings Kaunteya, Sri Radhe Radhe!

    I am happy to hear that you are happy and inspired by these materials, it has been my sincere wish that they would inspire Vaishnavas worldwide and bring them some blessed waves of love from Vrindavan.

    I also read your introduction, thank you for writing that. I am assuming that you are no longer in Vrindavan these days? Assuming so, because you said you are downloading all those materials... :D

    -Madhava-
  • Thank you Madhava,

    Nice to meet you.

    I have viewed two of your films and 'Nectar of Sweetness' is how I feel after the experience. I am planning to view all your work. A wonderful concept and I am so pleased to have discovered the 'traditional vaisnava mood' here online. Well done.

    I am currently working in Ireland, my place of birth. I will eventually return to India.

    My wife and I travelled to many little temples in India in the 80's and discovered the traditional mood. It took us some time to 'sort' our heads and hearts, but we did eventually. The loving consciousness of 'loving the good' is vastly different from the sad consciousness of 'hating the bad', even though they may appear the same to many.

    We decided years ago to focus on the good only, no matter where it came from, and to ignore and at least not contribute to hating the bad. At least that is what we have tried to do. The experiences that happened to us have brought much joy.

    Radhe Radhe Krsna Krsna

    Kaunteya das
  • Madhava July 2006
    I'm pleased to meet you as well.

    Where were you based during your years in India, Vrindavan? The atmosphere is indeed different. It can be so simple and so powerful, fill you with inner peace, beauty and fulfilment.

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    In other news, our Lake of Flowers release schedule is changing to one weekly entry to have our available materials spread out over a longer period of regular releases, and to get some stress off my shoulders as I'm preparing for the move to Radha-kund mid-September.