All Glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga!
Dear Friend of the Ashram,

We had a lovely program for Sripad Siddhanti Maharaj on Saturday. Now please join us Monday evening for the Divine Appearance Day of Bhagavan Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur in the evening at 6 pm in Santa Cruz and 5:30 pm in San Jose. Scroll down to note the scheduled times for our upcoming Sri Gaura Purnima festivals.

sri siddhanta-sarasvatiti
viditau gaudiya-gurv-anvaye
bhato bhanur iva prabhata-gagane
yo gaura-sankirtanaih
mayavada-timingilodara-gatan
uddhrtya jivaniman
krsna-prema-sudhabdhi gahana sukham
pradat prabhum tam bhaje

“In the great Gaudiya Vaishnava teachers’ line, as Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati he is 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 teaching of Lord Gauranga to sing the holy name of Lord Krishna, he gave all the chance to dive in the ocean of love for Sri Krishna, the Supreme Person. Srila Bhakti Siddhanta, my lord, divine master, at his feet do I pray to serve him forever.”
–Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj

Yours in the Lord's service,
Sushila devi dasi

Divine Appearance Festival of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta
Saraswati Thakur


Monday, February 9, 2015
6 pm in Santa Cruz
5:30 pm in San Jose

Photos and videos of 2012 festival and pdf biography of His Divine Grace are available to view and download here.
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The principles taught by Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur can be read in a post called My Advice on GaudiyaDarshan.com. My Advice was originally published in the print magazine Sri Gaudiya Darshan, on February 10, 1956. The following is an excerpt:
 
"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."
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Directory of selected references to this day on the Math's website:
A video of this day in 1988 featuring Srila Sridhar Maharaj and Srila Govinda Maharaj, lectures by Srila Govinda Maharaj, and more.
 

Sri Gaura Purnima

The Divine Appearance Day of Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu



Thursday, March 5, 2015
(Total fast until moonrise, then no grains)

6 pm in Santa Cruz
5:30 pm in San Jose

 

Anandotsav of Sri Jagannath Mishra

Sri Jagannath Mishra and Srimati Sachi Devi with baby Nimai

Friday, March 6, 2015
10:30 am in Santa Cruz

If you didn't have a chance to come on Monday to hear the Divine Pastimes and Qualities of Sri Adwaita Acharya, listen to last year's lecture (recorded by Shambunath Prabhu):
 
140206 Adwaita Saptami.mp3 (33.7 MB, 56 minutes)


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