Photos From the First Part of Sripad Tyagi Maharaj’s West Coast Tour

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Scroll down for photos from the first leg of our preaching tour this summer. They were taken in April and May 2016 all over Northern California as a small group of devotees from our mission made a point of visiting old and new friends. Since then we’ve been many more places and are still on the road.

Sripad Tyagi Maharaj and Abhinava Sundar Prabhu from Australia are our inspirational kirtan leaders. Shanti Moyi joined us from Italy. Several ladies from the San Jose and Santa Cruz temples joined us as well including Divya Shakti, Kalindi, and Vimala Devi Dasis. Braja Mohini Devi Dasi from Salt Lake City is dedicated to organizing these outreach programs. To follow the tour and see more recent photos keep up with her FB page Bhakti Connect.

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Announcement from Srimati Sanatani Devi About Kitchen Seva

Sanatani devi dasi

Sanatani devi dasiDear Friend of the Ashram,

     We need kitchen help badly. Too much has fallen on Srimati Sureshwari Devi’s shoulders. Can you help this summer? Any day, any offering, any clean up–we can accommodate. You can call me to get on a schedule or speak to me or Sureshwari Devi in person at the Santa Cruz temple.
      We understand that summer is a busy time and schedules change. If you are able to come once or twice a month, we can work around that as well. We appreciate and honor all help and are very grateful.

Thanks so much,
Sanatani Devi Dasi

Looking for inspiration to cook? Here are a couple of Sureshwari Devi’s recipes online:

prasadam at the seva ashram

Invitation to 29th Kids and Youth Camp in Mexico

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Jai-Balai-Prabhu-thumbnailDear devotees,

Please, accept our humble obeisances to your dedicated feet.

     On behalf of Srila Bhakti Kusum Ashram Maharaj and Mexican devotees, we have the honor to invite you to the Kids and Youth Camp to be held near Tijuana, in Puerto Nuevo, this Summer, starting from July 22nd until August 7th.
     By the Grace of our Gurudevas, we can offer a free accommodation and only it’s necessary that you bring a sleeping bag with you. Also we have a little list of hotels more or less nearby in case you want to have a reserved place. Please, call us at the Tijuana Sevashram phone number if you need more information (664) 608-9154.
     We’ll have a daily program of classes, kirtan and prasadam, under the shelter of Srila Janardan Maharaj, Srila Ashram Maharaj and Srila Tyagi Maharaj, and many activities inside the Camp and also outside.

Hoping to have your wonderful association.

Dandavats.

Jai Balai & the Tijuana Sevashram Community of devotees and aspirants

Kids’ Camp at the Seva Ashram is June 16-19th

Radhika Devi Dasi

Radhika Devi DasiDear Friend of the Ashram,
 

     Dandavats. Kids’ camp is quickly approaching and we are looking forward to having all your association here at the Ashram. Camp is a wonderful opportunity to get the association of devotees and participate in some seva. We are asking families for a suggested donation of $50 per child to purchase food and materials for the duration of the camp. You can pay securely through the Ashram website, or give the money directly to Sripad Hasyapriya Prabhu or Srila Bhakti Pavan Janardan Maharaj upon your arrival. Of course all are welcomed to attend and no one shall be turned away. In addition if you have any desire to teach an activity or have materials that you can bring for the camp please email or call me at your earliest convenience. Camping is recommended. If you need a bed please contact Krsna Priya at kpdd8@yahoo.com.
Sincerely,
Radhika Devi Dasi
radhikirk@yahoo.com
(831) 566-5419
To donate online for kids’ camp go to SevaAshram.net/donate, choose “other” from the drop-down list of reasons, and type in “kids’ camp.”

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  • June 15, 2016 – Fasting on Nirjala Ekadasi. Dashahara. Sri Ganga Puja. Appearance of Sri Ganga Mata Goswamini. Disappearance of Srila Baladev Vidyabhushan Prabhu
  • June 16, 2016 – Break fast 5:51 – 10:42 am
  • June 16-19, 2016 – Kids’ Camp
  • June 18, 2016 – Grand Festival of Srila Raghunath das Goswami at Sripat Panihati
  • June 20, 2016 – Snan Yatra (bathing) of Sri Jagannath Dev. Disappearance of Srila Mukunda Datta and Srila Sridhar Pandit.
  • June 21, 2016 – Disappearance of Srila Shyamananda Prabhu and Sripad Rishabdev Das Adhikari
  • June 25, 2016 – Appearance of Srila Vakreshvar Pandit
  • June 30, 2016 – Fasting on Yogini Ekadasi. Disappearance of Sriyukta Rama Devi.
  • July 1, 2016 – Break fast between 5:54 – 10:18 am
  • July 4, 2016 – Disappearance of Srila Gadadhar Pandit and Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur

Disappearance of His Divine Grace Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj

Krsnapriya Devi Dasi

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Please join us in honoring Srila Gurudev’s Divine Disappearance

Srila Govinda Maharaj

All Glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga!

Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Seva Ashram

invites you to
join us in honoring the
Divine Disappearance of

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His Divine Grace
Om Vishnupad Paramahamsa Parivrajakacharya-Varya
Astottara-Sata-Sri-Srila
Bhakti Sundar Govinda
Dev-Goswami Maharaj

Monday, April 18, 2016
11 am in Santa Cruz
6 pm in San Jose

with Sevaite-Acharya
Srila B.P. Janardan Maharaj

and special guest speakers:

Srila Bhakti Kusum Ashram Maharaj
& Sripad Bhakti Kamal Tyagi Maharaj

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Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda
Dev-Goswami Maharaj

Sevaite-President-Acharya of the
Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math

gurvabhista-supurakam
guru-ganair asisa-sambhusitam
chintyachintya-samasta-veda-nipunam
sri-rupa-panthanugam
govindabhidham ujjvalam
vara-tanum bhakty anvitam sundaram
vande visva-gurun cha
divya-bhagavat-premno hi bija-pradam

     “I worship the holy lotus feet of he who perfectly fulfills the most cherished wish of his divine master–who is adorned resplendently with the blessings of his guru varga; who is adept in all Vedic conceptions, both conceivable and inconceivable; who is the faithful follower in the line of Sri Rupa; who is known as Srila Govinda Maharaj; whose beautiful divine figure revels in the mellows of divine love; who is the guru of the entire universe and the bestower of the seed of divine love for the Supreme Lord.”

Yours in the Lord’s service,
Sushila Devi Dasi

Vaishnava calendar:

 •    April 15, 2016 – Sri Rama-navami. Fast until noon. Appearance at noon of Sri Ramachandra.
•    April 17, 2016 – Ekadasi
•    April 18, 2016 – Paran 6:35-10:56 am
•    April 18, 2016 – Festival in honour of the disappearance of Om Vishnupad Paramahamsa Parivrajakacharya-varya Astottara-sata Sri Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
•    April 22, 2016 – Vasanta Rasa of Sri Krishna. Rasayatra of Sri Balarama. Appearance of Srila Vamsivadananda Thakur and Srila Syamananda Prabhu.
•    April 27, 2016 – Disappearance of Sripad Krishna das Babaji Maharaj
•    May 2, 2016 – Fasting on Varuthini Ekadasi
•    May 2, 2016 – Fasting on Varuthini Ekadasi. Disappearance of Srila Vrindavan das Thakur
•    May 3, 2016 – Paran 06:16-10:48 am
•    May 6, 2016 – Appearance of Srila Gadadhar Pandit Goswami

Sri Gaura Purnima Festival This Week

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Sri Gaura Purnima Festival

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Sushila devi dasiDear devotees and friends of the Ashram,

Please join us as the full moon rises for a grand festival honoring the auspicious occasion of the Divine Appearance Day of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Sri Gaura Purnima. The festival will begin Wednesday, March 23rd at 6 pm in Santa Cruz and San Jose and include a midday feast the following day in Santa Cruz. Please join us and bring your friends along too!

Yours in the Lord’s service,
Sushila Devi Dasi

vande gurūn īśa-bhaktān
īśam īśāvatārakān
tat-prakāśāṁś cha tach-chaktīḥ
kṛṣṇa-chaitanya-saṁjñakam
    “I offer my respectful obeisances unto the spiritual masters, the devotees of the Lord, the Lord’s incarnations, His plenary portions, His energies and the primeval Lord Himself, Sri Krishna Chaitanya.”
–First verse of Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita

Sri Gaura Purnima
The Divine Appearance Day of Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu
Wendesday, March 23, 2016

6 pm in Santa Cruz
6 pm in San Jose
(fast until moonrise)

Anandotsav of
Sri Jagannath Mishra

Sri Jagannath Mishra and Srimati Sachi Devi with baby Nimai

Thursday, March 24, 2016

11 am in Santa Cruz

Reading material:
     Sri Chaitanyadev and Sri Chaitanyadev: The Most Generous Absolute ~ 2 excerpts from Sermons of the Guardian of Devotion Vol. 1 by His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
Audio:
Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj leading kirtan chanting the Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita slokas Adi-lila:13, 89-124 at the time of moonrise on Sri Gaura-Purnima 2004.
34 mins 8.1 MB mp3 audio
Audio:
Kirtan chanted by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj on the Adhivas Day of Sri Gaura-Purnima Parikrama 2004: Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur’s compositions, Goptritve Varaha (Ki jani ki bole, tomara dhamete…) and Dainyatmika (Emona durmmati, samsara bhitare…).
10 minutes, 3 MB mp3 audio.
The words and translations are in our Math’s Kirtan Guide.
Audio:
Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita reading by Srila Bhakti Pavan Janardan Maharaj with wonderful commentaries from the teachings of Srila Govinda Maharaj, Srila Sridhar Maharaj, and Srila Prabhupad about these key first verses in the mangala charanam or auspicious invocation of the text:
     Adi-lila Chapter 1: The Spiritual Masters (46 minutes, 33.2 MB)
More:
     Extensive list of written, audio, and video materials related to Sri Gaura Purnima on SCSMath.com.


Important links:

Divine Appearance of Bhagavan Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur

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Sushila devi dasiDear devotees and friends of the Ashram,

Please join our upcoming festival for the celebration of The Divine Appearance of the founder of the Sri Chaitanya Math and worldwide Sri Gaudiya Maths, Bhagavan Sri Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Goswami Prabhupad. This year the occasion falls on Sunday, February 28th. Join us for a beautiful daytime program in Santa Cruz beginning at noon.

Yours in the Lord’s service,
Sushila Devi Dasi

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Divine Appearance Festival of Bhagavan Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Santa Cruz: 12 Noon
San Jose: 6 pm arotik, 6:30 prasadam, 7 pm kirtans and discourse

sri siddhanta-saraswatiti
vidito gaudiya-gurv-anvaye
bhato bhanuriva prabhata-gagane
yo gaura-sankirtanaih
mayavada-timingilodara-gatan
uddhritya jivaniman
krishna-prema-sudhabdhi-gahana-sukham
pradat prabhum tam bhaje

 

“In the great Gaudiya Vaishnava teacher’s line, as Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati he’s renowned. Like the radiant sun in the morning sky, he appeared to rescue all souls swallowed by the all-devouring impersonal philosophy. By spreading the teachings of Lord Gauranga to sing the Holy Name of Lord Sri Krishna, he gave all the chance to dive in the ocean of love of Sri Krishna, the Supreme Person. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta, my lord, divine master–at his feet do I pray to serve him forever.”
–Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj

“You are all in the group of Srila Saraswati Thakur’s divine servitors, you all, all over the world. Not only our mission, so many missions manifested in this world after Saraswati Thakur and all is the divine group of Srila Saraswati Thakur’s servants. And finally the whole world has got that ecstasy of the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra…. The supreme mantram in this age of kali yuga; that comes from Srila Saraswati Thakur through his divine associates. Then everything is very glorious today.” 
–Informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj
on Bhagavan Srila B.S. Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad’s appearance day, 28 February 2005.
A particularly clear recording:

 “We are not moralists or sinners, scholars or illiterates. We are carriers of the shoes of the Lord’s sincere servants who are initiated into the mantra “Kirtaniya sada Harih: the Lord’s Name is to be chanted constantly.”
     Do not criticise the characters of others; purify yourself. This is my advice.
In the policy of Mahaprabhu we do not find the policies of the ksatriyas, vaishyas, shudras, or yavanas. We understand from His teachings that He supported the highest of the rishis’ policies. Following His lead, we also will support Brahma’s policy: Bhagavat-dharma.
Serving the residents of Vraja who are heartbroken in separation after Krishna’s departure for Mathura is our highest ideal.”
–Excerpt from My Advice by Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur. Originally published in the print magazine 
Sri Gaudiya Darshan, on February 10, 1956.



Srila Janardan Maharaj’s Vyasapuja Celebration

Srila Janardan Maharaj

Sushila devi dasiDear Friend of the Ashram,

There will be a grand Vyasapuja festival for our dear and honorable Acharya Srila Bhakti Pavan Janardan Maharaj on Saturday the 13th of February, 2016. Please plan to come from 11 am to 2 pm.

We are expecting at least 10 devotees to join us for the celebration from Tijuana and so even though on the calendar Srila Janardan Maharaj’s Vyasapuja is on Friday the 12th, to accommodate our visitors from abroad the festival will be held on Saturday.

janardan-maharaj-name-by-parvat-maharajGrand Vyasapuja Celebration
honoring
Srila Bhakti Pavan Janardan Maharaj

Saturday, February 13th
11 am – 2 pm

Saturday is the holy day of Sri Krishna Vasanta Panchami, and the Appearance day of Sri Vishnu Priya Devi, Pundarik Vidyanidhi, Srila Raghunath Das Goswami, and Srila Raghu Nandan Thakur. It is also the Disappearance day of Srila Visvanath Chakravarti Thakur and Sri Saraswati Puja.

If you can help with decorations or other preparations please call (831) 462-4712. There are many opportunities for seva on this joyful occasion.

Yours in the Lord’s service,
Sushila Devi Dasi

The following is an excerpt from Srila Janardan Maharaj’s biography:

“His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Pavan Janardan Maharaj first joined the Krishna Consciousness Movement around 1970 in Europe, where he took shelter of the lotus feet of His Divine Grace Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad. He remained there actively helping with the preaching activities until Srila Swami Maharaj asked him and many other disciples to go to India to help expand the Mission there. Seeing that this was very important service Srila Janardan Maharaj immediately went there and helped with his full energy.

After serving in India for two years, Srila Swami Maharaj conferred the sannyas ashram on him and thus he began to lead various preaching and collecting programs throughout the length and breadth of India.

After doing all he could in that environment, he was asked by Srila Swami Maharaj to organize the program in Hong Kong, then finding that Srila Janardan Maharaj was fluent in Spanish, he was dispatched to South America where he headed many preaching programs and finally took full charge of the large Mission in Mexico….

…Srila Janardan Maharaj continued to travel and preach on behalf of Srila Govinda Maharaj and his relationship with him developed more and more and became deeper and deeper as the years went by. Srila Janardan Maharaj would visit India regularly and personally collected donations on behalf of the central Math. He would also participate in the Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math Nabadwip Dham Parikrama in a glorious way bringing so much inspiration to the devotees and much joy to Srila Govinda Maharaj’s heart.

Finally, before leaving this world, Srila Govinda Maharaj declared in his Last Will and Testament “And in America Sripad Janardan Maharaj is a perfect personality. He is a perfect gentlemen. He will be Acharya. He is Acharya already but has given all the respect to me; I am giving in return to him. Sripad Janardan Maharaj will become the Acharya and Sevaite of the Soquel Math.” So, under Srila Govinda Maharaj’s instruction, Srila Janardan Maharaj has continued to care for and serve his divine mission.”

Read articles by and about Srila Janardan Maharaj in the Seva Ashram Post…

Vaishnava calendar:
•    January 30, 2016 – Disappearance of Srila Jayadev Goswami
•    February 1, 2016 – Disappearance of Srila Lochan Das Thakur
•    February 4, 2016 – Shat-tila Ekadasi
•    February 5, 2016 – Break fast from 7:15 to 9:30 am
•    February 12, 2016 – Appearance Day of Srila Janardan Maharaj (celebration the following day)
•    February 13, 2016 – Sri Krishna Vasanta Panchami; Appearance day of Sri Vishnu Priya Devi, Pundarik Vidyanidhi, Srila Raghunath Das Goswami, and Srila Raghu Nandan Thakur…
•    February 15, 2016 – Appearance of Mahavishnu Avatar Sri Advaita Acharya
•    February 16, 2016 – Disappearance of Srila Madhva Acharya
•    February 17, 2016 – Disappearance of Srila Ramanuja Acharya
•    February 18, 2016 – Bahimi Ekadasi
•    March 23, 2016 – Sri Gaura Purnima

Important links:
•    Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math Homepage
•    Seva Ashram Homepage (news from California)
•    Seva Ashram Post (spiritual reading material)
•    SCS Math International (news from India)

Sripad Madhusudan Maharaj’s last visit

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Sushila devi dasiDear Friend of the Ashram,

Sripad Bhakti Ranjan Madhusudan Maharaj will be here this weekend and next week he is going on one last tour to Ukiah, Davis, and Chico before leaving the USA.  This is our last chance to show him a warm welcome and great time in Soquel.


Sripad Yudhamanyu Prabhu has returned from China and we also want to give him a warm welcome home.

Please come to the Sunday Feast. Let’s have a great turnout and a roaring kirtan!

Sincerely,

Sushila Devi Dasi



Vaishnava calendar:

  • January 19, 2016 – Ekadasi
  • January 20, 2016 – Break fast 7:26 to 10:41 am. Appearance of Srila Jagadish Pandit
  • January 24, 2016 – Purnima, Pusyabhisheka Yatra of Sri Krishna, Disappearance of Sripad Bhakti Sharan Vaishnav Maharaj
  • March 23, 2016 – Sri Gaura Purnima

Important links:

Sripad Madhusudan Maharaj in Ukiah, Davis, and Chico Next Week

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Braja Mohini didiDear Friend of the Ashram,

Next week Sripad Bhakti Ranjan Madhusudan Maharaj returns to Northern California for programs in Ukiah, Davis, and Chico to speak on the basics of Bhakti Yoga, the benefits of Kirtan, and the way to find the highest harmony though proper adjustment with the environment.
Culture a feeling of necessity for the most valuable thing!

“When everything is done for the Center of all Beauty, everything is beautifully done.”

– Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Maharaj

     Come and receive a clear vision of the sweetest ideal from the auspicious association of the Vaishnava sadhu. Learn the art of surrender to the Absolute Good and open the inner eye to Infinity. Experience through Bhakti how Beauty is above power and is the all-harmonizing principle.

Everyone is invited and the events are free. Followed by delicious vegetarian feasts.

Sincerely,

Braja Mohini Devi Dasi
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Kirtan & Bhakti Yoga Workshop
with Madhusudan Maharaj
Monday, January 18
‏6:30 – 8:30 pm
Yoga Mendocino
‏Mason St, Ukiah, California 95482

‪(‬707) 462-2580


The Highest Harmony
with Madhusudan Maharaj
Tuesday, January 19
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Community Pool Building
201E. 14th Street, Corner of B & 14th, Davis, CA 95616


Kirtan Revolution
Wednesday, January 20
7 – 9 pm
Yoga Center of Chico
Vallombrosa #150, Chico, California 95926



Vaishnava calendar:

  • January 19, 2016 – Ekadasi
  • January 20, 2016 – Break fast 7:26 to 10:41 am. Appearance of Srila Jagadish Pandit
  • January 24, 2016 – Purnima, Pusyabhisheka Yatra of Sri Krishna, Disappearance of Sripad Bhakti Sharan Vaishnav Maharaj
  • March 23, 2016 – Sri Gaura Purnima

Important links:

Bhagavad Gita Class Every Wednesday with Pusta Krishna Prabhu

Pusta Krishna Prabhu in San Jose
Cover of Srimad Bhagavad Gita

Srimad Bhagavad Gita: The Hidden Treasure of the Sweet Absolute

Srimad Bhagavad Gita: Hidden Treasure of the Sweet Absolute

Pusta Krishna Prabhu in San JoseStudy with Sripad Pusta Krishna Prabhu, who has 40+ years experience as in the Krishna Consciousness movement.

Wednesdays at 7 – 8:30 pm

at the Santa Cruz Seva Ashram

2900 N. Rodeo Gulch Rd.
Soquel, CA 95073

 

Sripad Madhusudan Maharaj’s West Coast Tour 2015

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All Glories To Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga

Cinmoy Dev PrabhuSripad Bhakti Ranjan Madhusudan Maharaj and the devotees have recently returned from a 10-day preaching tour starting in Arcata, California and ending in Fairfax, California at the house of Anukulchandra Prabhu and his wife Jenna. We also visited Eugene and Ashland in Oregon as well as Chico, Davis, and Penngrove in California where Maharaj distributed the mercy of Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga to many sincere seekers. We would sincerely like to thank all the wonderful people who helped to make this tour a great success.

Jai Gurudev

P.S. Click on the images below to see them at full size.

Hasyapriya Prabhu Visits China in 2015

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This Autumn Sripad Hasyapriya Prabhu visited Thailand, China, and India. Here are some photos from the celebration for Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj’s Divine Appearance Day with Yudhamanyu Prabhu and the Chinese devotees in Chengdu.

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karunya-ghanaghanatvam
praptasya kalyana-gunarnavasya
vande guroh sri-caranaravindam

I worship the lotus feet of the Divine Master, who is the ocean of auspicious qualities. Just to deliver all planes of life that are suffering in the forest fire of the material world, he, as the rain-cloud of mercy, melts to shower down the waters of compassion.

Tonight: Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur’s Disappearance Festival

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur

Sushila devi dasiDear Friend of the Ashram,

The temple was packed with sweet devotees at our festival for Srila Gurudev’s Vyasapuja just the other day. Today we will observe another special festival in honor of the disappearance of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur at 6 pm. Both the San Jose and Santa Cruz temples will start their programs at 6 pm. We hope to have your sweet association. Please bring your friends and family.

Below are all the special links posted on SCSMath.com for today.

Sincerely,

Sushila Devi Dasi

Disappearance Festival of
Srila Bhaktisiddhanta
Saraswati Thakur

Tuesday, December 29th at 6 pm
in San Jose & Santa Cruz


To Whom Shall I Convey My Joy? Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur expresses his joy and sorrow at completing his commentary on Sri Chaitanya-charitamrta. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj specially requested that this poem be recited on the disappearance day of Srila Saraswati Thakur. Posted on the Math’s GaudiyaDarshan.com website.

Audio: Srila Prabhupad Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur’s disappearance day, 1983. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj speaks about the last moments of his Srila Guru Maharaj in this world.
“We were rendering duty in his sick bed, I was also among them, my duty was from 2 o’clock at night to 4 o’clock in the morning. Just before 24 hours of his departure he called for me and asked me to sing a song: Sri Rupa Manjari pada sei mora sampada, this famous song which is supposed to be the highest realisation of any Gaudiya Vaishnava devotee. Then after 24 hours, on the first of January early morning he left the world.”
Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur’s disappearance day, 4 January 1983:
11+ minutes, 2.7 MB mp3 audio
thumbAudio: Srila Prabhupad Saraswati Thakur’s life was so exalted from his birth.
“Do what is in favour of service to the Lord Krishna, and all the illusion, bondage, disturbance, material mentality, everything will disappear.” Srila Govinda Maharaj, 23 December 2006.
(26 minutes, 3.4 MB mp3 audio also in higher quality: 6.3 MB.)
thumbAudio: Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur’s totalitarian war against maya as it began through his preaching in Kolkata. Srila Govinda Maharaj, 20 December 2006.
(22+ minutes, 2.9 MB mp3 audio also in higher quality: 5.6 MB.)
thumbAudio: Disappearance Day of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur: “We are all connected spiritually and materially with Srila Saraswati Thakur, and so fortunate that still we are continuing and carrying his conception all over the world by the grace of Srila Guru Maharaj.” Srila Govinda Maharaj, 8 December 2006.
(45 minutes, 5.7 MB mp3 audio also in higher quality: 11 MB.)
thumbSloka composed by Srila Gurudev, 30th December 2004. As the feast for Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad’s tirobhava arrived, His Divine Grace Srila Govinda Maharaj spontaneously composed this sloka in his honour:

Vaishnava calendar:

  • January 5, 2016 – Ekadasi
  • January 6, 2016 – Paran from 7:29 to 10:38 am
  • January 8, 2016 – Disappearance of Srila Mahesh Pandit and Srila Uddharan das Thakur
  • January 11, 2016 – Appearance of Srila Lochan das Thakur
  • January 12, 2016 – Disappearance of Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhu and Srila Jagadish Pandit
  • January 19, 2016 – Ekadasi
  • January 20, 2016 – Break fast 7:26 to 10:41 am. Appearance of Srila Jagadish Pandit
  • January 24, 2016 – Purnima, Pusyabhisheka Yatra of Sri Krishna, Disappearance of Sripad Bhakti Sharan Vaishnav Maharaj

Grand 87th Appearance Day Celebration of Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj

Srila Govinda Maharaj

All Glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga!

Sushila devi dasiDear Friend of the Ashram,

Please join us in Santa Cruz and San Jose on December 27th for the joyful celebration of our most worshipable acharya, His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj’s Divine Appearance Day. The Santa Cruz program will start at 11 am and the San Jose program will start at 6 pm.

Srila Gurudev stayed here in Soquel many times and this is such a special occasion to remember him. It’s also also a singular opportunity for our members and friends who joined more recently to experience his mercy.

This year the devotees of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Seva Ashram are arranging a grand festival accompanied by kirtan, special worship, glorification, revered offerings to the temple deities Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gandharvika Giridhari, and the distribution of mahaprasadam in San Jose and in Santa Cruz.

For articles about Srila Govinda Maharaj click here…
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Yours in the Lord’s service,
Sushila Devi Dasi
Srila Govinda Maharaj on Guru Maharaj's Veranda

Please join us
Bring your family and friends

The grand 87th appearance day celebration of
Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math’s
Sevaite-President- Acharya,
Om Vishnupad Paramahamsa Parivrajakacharya

Sri Srimad Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj

Sunday, December 27, 2015
11 am in Santa Cruz
6 pm in San Jose

gurvvabhista-supurakam
guru-ganair asisa-sambhusitam
chintyachintya-samasta-veda-nipunam
sri-rupa-panthanugam
govindabhidham ujjvalam vara-tanum
bhakty anvitam sundaram
vande visva-gurun cha
divya-bhagavat-premno hi bija-pradam

     “I offer my obeisance unto Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda DevGoswami Maharaj, who perfectly fulfils his Gurudev’s most cherished desires; who is fully adorned with the blessings of his Gurudev’s associates; who is expert in all aspects of Vedic knowledge, both conceivable and inconceivable; who is the pre-eminent follower of Srila Rupa Goswami Prabhu’s line; whose beautiful, exalted, effulgent form is filled with devotion; who is the Guru of the world; and who distributes the seed of divine love for the Supreme Lord.”

Vaishnava calendar:

  • December 21, 2015 – Ekadasi
  • December 22, 2015 – Paran from 7:24 to 7:31 am
  • December 27, 2015 – Grand 87th Appearance Day Celebration of Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj
  • December 29, 2015 – Disappearance of Bhagavan Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur
  • January 5, 2016 – Ekadasi
  • January 6, 2016 – Paran from 7:29 to 10:38 am
  • January 8, 2016 – Disappearance of Srila Mahesh Pandit and Srila Uddharan das Thakur
  • January 11, 2016 – Appearance of Srila Lochan das Thakur
  • January 12, 2016 – Disappearance of Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhu and Srila Jagadish Pandit
  • January 19, 2016 – Ekadasi
  • January 20, 2016 – Break fast 7:26 to 10:41 am. Appearance of Srila Jagadish Pandit
  • January 24, 2016 – Purnima, Pusyabhisheka Yatra of Sri Krishna, Disappearance of Sripad Bhakti Sharan Vaishnav Maharaj

Important links:

Arcata, Eugene, Ashland, and more! Sripad Madhusudan Maharaj’s tour of Northern California and Oregeon

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Sushila devi dasiDear Friend of the Ashram,

     I am pleased to announce that Sripad Bhakti Ranjan Madhusudan Maharaj will be doing a preaching tour of Northern California and Oregon starting today, December 4th. Cinmoy Dev Prabhu and Braja Mohini Devi Dasi have made the arrangements. For more information please feel free to contact them:
Cinmoy Dev Das (831-239-0235)
Braja Mohini Devi Dasi (408-966-7768)
Yours in the Lord’s service,
Sushila Devi DasiMadhusudan Maharaj tour poster 2015
    
     This is a rare opportunity to meet Sripad Bhakti Ranjan Madhusudhan Maharaj. He is highly regarded as an accomplished practitioner of Bhakti Yoga. He has demonstrated his integrity and dedication to service for the past three decades as the main secretary of the Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math of West Bengal India where he served under His Divine Grace Srila Sridhar Maharaj and His Divine Grace Srila Govinda Maharaj, who are two of the most elevated Bhakti Yoga Vaishnava Saints of the 20th Century.
     Sripad Madhusudan Maharaj will briefly explain the path of devotion and there will be Holy Kirtans of the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition and light refreshments ~ Prasadam.Hare Krishna!

Tonight in Arcata, California:
Community Yoga Center
890 G Street
Friday, December 4, 7-9 pm
Eugene, Oregon:
Freedom Yoga
Facebook event page
1633 Willamette St.
Saturday, December 5, 7 pm
Ashland, Oregon:
Community Acupuncture and Natural Health
258 A St. #21
Tuesday, December 8, 6:30-8:30 pm
Chico, California:
Chico Grange
2775 Nord Ave.
Wednesday, December 9, 6:30-8:30 pm
Davis, California:
Kaya Yoga
1505-D 5th St.
Friday, December 11, 7-9 pm
Penngrove, California:
Sonoma Yoga Martial Arts
10101 Main St.
Saturday, December 12, 9:30-11 am
Fairfax, California:
The house of Anukulchandra Prabhu and Jenna
Call for details.
Sunday, December 13, 5:30 pm

Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj’s Vyasapuja

Sushila devi dasi

Sushila devi dasiDear Friend of the Ashram,

I humbly invite you to please bring your family and friends on Thursday, November 5th, for the Grand 121st Divine Appearance Day of the Founder President Acharya of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Om Vishnupad Sri Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. The programs will start at 5:30 pm in San Jose and 6 pm in Santa Cruz. Scroll down for details.

Please come at noon on Wednesday as well, if you can, to the Santa Cruz Seva Ashram  for a special feast honoring Bahulastami, the sannyas day of Srila Govinda Maharaj and Srila Janardan Maharaj, and the anniversary of the inauguration of the Pushpa Samadhi of Srila Govinda Maharaj in Soquel.

The following Thursday, November 12th, we will celebrate Sri Govardhan Puja.

Srila Janardan Maharaj returned a few days ago from a grand festival in Veracruz, Mexico for the anniversary of the installation of the holy deities there.

Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gandharva Govinda Nandanandana

In his lecture at the Sunday Feast yesterday he mentioned that one of the limbs of sharanagati, or surrender, is to accept what is favorable to devotion. Observing vaishnava festivals, including the appearance and disappearance days of our guru parampara and vaishnava saints, is an example of something favorable that we can do in our spiritual lives.

krsna-karsnaga-sad-bhakti-, prapannatvanukulake
krtyatva-niscayas-canu-, kulya-sankalpa ucyate
“Everything should be done that encourages the service of Sri Krsna and His devotee, and whatever is conducive to the state of exclusive surrender must be executed: such a firm conviction is called anukulyasya-sankalpah–Acceptance of the Favorable. “
–Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj
(Sri Sri Prapanna-jivanamritam, 3.1)

With that, I hope you will join our upcoming festivals, and take advantage of the opportunity to associate with some very special visitors who will be travelling through the Seva Ashram this fall and winter.

Yours in the Lord’s service,
Sushila Devi Dasi


The Grand 121st Appearance Day Celebration of
Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math’s
Founder President Acharya,

Sri Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj
~
Thursday, November 5th, 2015
6:00 pm in Santa Cruz
5:30 pm in San Jose

devam divya-tanum suchanda-vadanam
balarka-celancitam
sandrananda-puram sad-eka-varanam
vairagya-vidyambudhim
sri-siddhanta-nidhim subhakti-lasitam
sarasvatanam-varam
vande tam subhadam mad-eka-saranam
nyasisvaram sridharam

“I fall at the feet of Srila Sridhar Dev, who with charming expression sings his songs of sweet nectar. Dressed in fine garments like the newly-risen sun, he is the true saint, the devotees have chosen. His detachment and knowledge are just like an ocean, the treasure-house of complete, perfect conclusions. Radiant in pastimes of loving devotion, the abode of pure ecstasy, bestower of good fortune; foremost true follower of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta, foremost great general of the whole renounced order, my lord and my master, my only shelter, I worship his feet, Srila Sridhar Dev.”

  • Many articles by His Divine Grace, Srila Sridhar Maharaj are on the Seva Ashram Post  click here
  • To read His Divine Graces’ biography click here
  • For the front page of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math click here


Vaishnava calendar:

  • November 4, 2015 – Bahulastami & Sannyas Day of Srila Govinda Maharaj & Srila Janardan Maharaj. Anniversary of the inauguration of Srila Govinda Maharaj’s Pushpa Samadhi Mandir at the Santa Cruz Seva Ashram. Noon feast.
  • November 5, 2015 – Grand 121st Appearance of Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. Apearance of Srila Virachandra Prabhu. Evening program.
  • November 7, 2015 – Mahadvadasi
  • November 8, 2015 – Paran from 6:42 to 10:08 am. Mahaprabhu’s auspicious arrival at Panihati
  • November 11, 2015 – Dipavali. Offering and placing lamps at temple
  • November 12, 2015 – Sri Govardhan Puja
  • November 13, 2015 – Disappearance of Srila Vasudev Ghosh Thakur
  • November 15, 2015 – Disappearance of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad
  • November 19, 2015 – Sri Gopastami, Go Puja, Disappearance of Srila Srinivas Acharya, Dhananjaya Pandit, Gadadhar Das
  • December 27, 2015 – Grand 87th Appearance of Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj
  • December 29, 2015 – Disappearance of Bhagavan Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur

Important links:

•    Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math Homepage
•    Seva Ashram Homepage (news from California)
•    Seva Ashram Post (spiritual reading material)
•    SCS Math International (news from India)

Puspanjali – Kathak Dance Performance on October 31st

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For more information about the event and who it benefits click here

Scroll down for a Goole map to the event

poster for puspanjali dance performance