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

This coming month of August Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Seva Ashram invites you to celebrate some grand festivals. Next Tuesday, August 6th, please join us in honoring the Divine Disappearance day of Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj at 6 pm. On August 21st we will celebrate Sri Baladev's Appearance Day and on August 28th Sri Sri Krishna Janmastami, Lord Sri Krishna's Appearance Day. The 29th of August is Sri Nandotsav as well as the Appearance Day of Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad. Since Janmastami is an overnight festival, it may be possible to arrange accommodations for guests who travel from far away. Please contact the Ashram soon if you are considering making a long trip to get here.

Of course the Sunday Feast is going on every weekend and Srila Janardan Maharaj has been giving very wonderful and enlivening classes. There are opportunities to come to the Santa Cruz Seva Ashram during the week as well. Sripad Parvat Maharaj reads Srimad Bhagavad-gita: the Hidden Treasure of the Sweet Absolute in the evenings at 8 pm every day except Tuesdays and Thursdays. On Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:00 pm Sripad Sarvabhavana Prabhu reads from the books of Srila Govinda Maharaj and Srila Sridhar Maharj. This month he will be reading the exquisite new publication of Srila Govinda Maharaj's holy talks entitled Revealed Truth.

In the San Jose Seva Ashram there are Friday evening Bhagavad-gita classes, morning and evening programs on Saturdays, and of course special celebrations for all the Vaishnava festivals. Please join the San Jose community of devotees as often as possible.

Yours in the Lord's service,
Sushila Devi Dasi

Image of Srila Sridhar Maharaj in his verandah
Disappearance of Srila Bhakti Rakshak
Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj

Tuesday August 6, 2013
6 pm in Santa Cruz
5:30 pm in San Jose


"Although he possesses the qualification of inconceivable potency, he is full of the utmost affection. All the ten directions are illuminated by the effulgence of his supramundane unalloyed perception. He is the dispenser of the genuine proper harmonious adjustment of all the Scriptures -- the Vedas, the Vedanta, the Upanishads, the Puranas, etc. headed by the Srimad-Bhagavata-Purana (Srimad Bhagavatam) which holds equal importance with the Vedas." (Pranati Dasakam, 3)
~ Srila Sridhar Maharaj's biography: click here
~ His Divine Grace's holy teachings: click here
~ Pranati Dasakam, ten prayers in glorification
of His Divine Grace by Srila Govinda Maharaj: click here
~ Janardan Maharaj's talk last year: click here
~ Srila Govinda Maharaj's talks and
more for this day on click here

Image of Sri Baladev with a plow
Divine Appearance Day of
Sri Baladev

(fast until noon)

Wednesday August 21, 2013
6 pm in Santa Cruz
5:30 pm in San Jose


Image of Krishna and Jasoda
Sri Sri Krishna Janmastami
(complete fast until midnight, then no grains)

Wednesday August 28, 2013
Starting at 6 pm with special arotik at
12 midnight in Santa Cruz
5:30-9 pm in San Jose


Dates to remember:
  • August 2, 2013 – Mahadvadasi (fasting)
  • August 3, 2013 – Break fast from 6:14 to 8:35 am
  • August 6, 2013 – Amavasya. Disappearance of Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj
  • August 10, 2013 – Disappearance of Srila Vamsi das Babaji
  • August 18, 2013 – Break fast from 6:26 to 10:56 am
  • August 21, 2013 – Purnima. Appearance of Sri Baladev (fast until noon)
  • August 28, 2013 – Sri Sri Krishna Janmastami. Complete fast until midnight (then no grains)
  • August 29, 2013 – Sri Nandotsava. Appearance of Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad
  • August 31, 2013 – Ekadasi
  • September 1, 2013 – Break fast from 6:38 to 10:57 am
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Sri Sri Guru Gaurangasundar San Jose Seva Ashram
5:30 pm
Saturday Feast

in San Jose
269 E. Saint James St.
San Jose, CA 95112

(408) 288-6360
Group photo at the Ashram.
11:30 am
Sunday Feast

in Santa Cruz
2900 N. Rodeo Gulch Rd.
Soquel, CA 95073

(831) 462-4712
Sarvabhavana Das
Evening Class with
Sarvabhavana Prabhu

Reading books by:
Srila Govinda Maharaj
Srila Sridhar Maharaj
Tuesdays and Thursdays
From 7-8:30 pm
Santa Cruz
Kumkum Devi Dasi
Morning Darshan of
Sri Gaurangasundar

*Mongal arotik
*Morning kirtans
*Reading from:
Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita
Sri Chaitanya Bhagavat
Saturdays 6:30-9 am
San Jose
The Hidden Treasure of the Sweet Absolute cover
Class on

Mahatma Gandhi: "My spiritual dictionary"
Fridays 5:30 pm
San Jose
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