In February, 2018, we formed the Audio Seva Team with a single goal: to organize Srila Gurudeva’s entire audio archive in time to offer it to him on his centennial – February 12, 2021. Frankly, we had no idea how to this mammoth task would be achieved. But we took the first step, with the conviction that Srila Gurudeva would surely help. We began by identifying the different stages involved. And more importantly, we automated the entire process to make it efficient and error free. This seva pans over three phases:
Phase 1: CONTENT REPORTING
Involves listening to each lecture and making notes about the topics discussed.
Phase 2: SOUND EDITING
Involves enhancing the audibility of Srila Gurudeva’s voice, reducing background noise, and removing unwanted parts such as blank spaces. To improve the most inaudible recordings, we’ve recruited professional sound engineers worldwide.
Phase 3: ORGANIZING THE ARCHIVE AND UPLOADING ONLINE
Involves labeling, systematically organizing and uploading the fully searchable archive online. All the lectures will be searchable by topics spoken, date, location, language, sound quality and so on. Just imagine looking up a keyword, say ‘vaisnava seva’, and getting 343 audio lectures where Srila Gurudeva has spoken on this topic! This is what we aim to achieve.
This archive will play a foundational role for many more services, especially publications, the very heart of Srila Gurudeva. So organizing the archive is just the beginning of many, many more services.
The Audio Seva is unifying devotees from throughout Srila Gurudeva’s worldwide family. And you can be a part of it. Please help in whichever way you can. If you cannot participate directly, you can help financially or by spreading the word on Facebook, WhatsApp or among those you meet. You never know who you might inspire. Every little bit helps. This cannot happen without your support.
A GREAT LOSS
It is with a heavy heart that we beg to inform the devotees of the passing away of our beloved Sriman Isa
Prabhu on September 28, 2018.
Isa prabhu gave his life and soul to Srila Gurudeva, Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja's tape ministry. He sacrificed so many things in life (like going to India and other festivals with Srila Gurudeva) to
devote himself to this service - with his mind, body, soul and little finances he had.
"IF DEVOTEES LIKE ISA WERE NOT THERE, WE COULD NOT HAVE PREACHED SO MUCH. THIS PREACHING WILL SAVE THE WORLD FROM THE EFFECTS OF KALI YUGA.” - SRILA GURUDEVA, HOUSTON, MAY 29, 2008.
Without Isa Prabhu’s efforts and guidance none of us would have had a chance to work together on this Audio Seva. He was so happy to see our progress in organizing and managing what he began about twenty years ago. Singlehandedly and painstakingly, he collected all these tapes and videos which we are now organizing. He was the pioneer of our Audio Seva Team, and now we deeply feel his loss. We can show some expression of gratitude for the unlimited nonstop service Isa prabhu has done by preserving, archiving, and cleaning the thousands of divine sound files of our beloved Srila Gurudeva, by serving together with even more gusto and give shape to what began as his dream.