Friend of the Ashram,
I'm honored to announce that this Wednesday marks the beginning of Kartik month. Also, next week is very special. Thursday is Bahulastami and in Soquel there will be a special lunch offering in honor of the anniversary of the inauguration of Srila Gurudev's pushpa samadhi mandir and the day that both Srila Govinda Maharaj and Srila Janardan Maharaj took sannyas.
The following day, Friday October 17th, is the Grand 120th Appearance Day Celebration of Om Vishnupad Paramahamsa Parivrajakacharya-varya Ashtottara-shata-Sri Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. Please attend the evening programs in Soquel (Santa Cruz) or San Jose. There are some beautiful links below that I hope will fill your heart with inspiration.
Yours in the Lord's Service,
Sushila devi dasi
Please note that this month there may be delays on North Rodeo Gulch Road due to contruction.
Friday, October 17
Grand 120th Appearance Day Celebration of
Om Vishnupad Paramahamsa
Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj
Santa Cruz @ 6:00 pm
San Jose @ 5:30 pm
Audio: Hapaniya Festival, the day after Srila Guru Maharaj's Vyasa Puja 1989. Srila Govinda Maharaj describes the glories of Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj and his holy place of appearance, Sripat Hapaniya.
"Srila Guru Maharaj is transcendental form, not mundane, so when his appearance day comes we can worship him in the way of Lord Krishna or Mahaprabhu. I think it will be very good that if after the Nabadwip festival we make here, next day, a festival that will be like Nandotsav... Everything here is transcendental, if we can see that, we must be benefited."
Audio: Sri Vyasa Puja address, 1985, to the gathered assembly. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj expresses appreciation and makes a heartfelt appeal to the gathered devotees from India and around the world.
Sri Vyasa Puja, 7 November 1985 (excerpt):
8 minutes, 1.9 MB mp3 audio
Sri Guru Puja Editorial, 1956. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj describes the fortune of the soul with and without the grace of Sri Guru. Translated from the Bengali editorial published in Sri Gaudiya Darshan, November 1956, in honour of the appearance day of Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, and posted in English on the Math's gaudiyadarshan.com website.
1961 Vyasa Puja Offering. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's prayer on the appearance day of Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. Originally published in Sri Gaudiya Darshan of November 1961, and posted now with accompanying transliteration and English translation on the Math's gaudiyadarshan.com website.
Beginning of Urja Vrata, Damodar Vrata,
Kartik Vrata and Niyam Seva Vrata
Wednesday, October 8
"In the Padma Purana it is said, "The Lord may offer liberation or material happiness to a devotee, but after some devotional service has been executed, particularly in Mathura during the month of Karttika, the devotees want only to attain pure devotional service unto the Lord." The purport is that the Lord does not award devotional service to ordinary persons who are not serious about it. But even such unserious persons who execute devotional service according to the regulative principles during the month of Karttika, and within the jurisdiction of Mathura in India, are very easily awarded the Lord's personal service."
From Nectar of Devotion
The Month of Karttik
Selected references on the Math's websites:
Audio: Karttik month. Narottam Das Thakur. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj discusses in 1982 about the month of Karttik especially in relation to Srimati Radharani. His Divine Grace also extensively chants the glories of Srila Narottam Das Thakur in relation to his upcoming disappearance festival.
42+ minutes, 10 MB mp3 audio
The Holy Month of Karttik. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj's description of this month. Excerpt from Sri Chaitanya Saraswati Vol I in English and in Spanish (El Sagrado Mes de Karttik).
Audio: Saradiya Rasa Purnima and the beginning of Karttik. Morning informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj at our Saint Petersburg Temple, Russia.
7 October 2006:
Download, or listen online (19+ minutes, 2.2 MB mp3 audio)
higher quality (4.2 MB mp3 audio).
Audio: Karttik Month begins. Class given by Srila Bhakti Sundar Dev-Goswami Maharaj in 1989 about the Holy Month of Karttik. "This month devotees are getting the chance to consciously follow higher Vaisnavism."
14 October 1989, in Nabadwip.
Download, or listen online (22+ minutes, 5+ MB mp3 audio)
Audio: This auspicious month of Karttik, Damodar. Sripad Bhakti Pavan Janardan Maharaj giving a class at our Saint Petersburg Temple. English lecture with Russian translation by Kundalata Devi Dasi:
9 October 2006:
Download, or listen online (25 minutes, 4.3 MB mp3 audio).
Additional Kirttans are chanted throughout Karttik at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math: six in the morning and a series of eight each evening. These are listed in The Daily Programme available here in pdf format (45 K), which refers to the Kirttan Guide book, available in full here in pdf format (650 K).
Audio: Karttik Evening Kirttans. Siksastakam related kirtans composed by Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur, chanted here at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip, recorded and posted on the web in response to enquiries asking the tune to which these are sung.
Listen online (mp3 playlist)
Download (mp3 audio files):
Siksastakam Kirttans 1, 2 and 3 (9 minutes, 1.6 MB mp3 audio).
Siksastakam Kirttans 4, 5 and 6 (12 minutes, 2.1 MB mp3 audio).
Siksastakam Kirttans 7 and 8 (13+ minutes, 2.4 MB mp3 audio).
The Mahamantra chanted at the end (8+ minutes, 1.5 MB mp3 audio).
Please come chant at the temple! In Soquel the evening program starts with Arotik at 6 pm and the evening kirtans are sung after that until class begins around 8 pm.
Dates to remember:
- October 8, 2014 – Sharadiya Rasa Yatra of Sri Krishna. Beginning of Damodar Vrata, Kartik Vrata and Niyam Seva Vrata. Disappearance of Murari Gupta
- October 13, 2014 – Disappearance of Srila Narottam das Thakur
- Thursday, October 16, 2014 – Bahulastami, Sannyas day of Srila Govinda Maharaj and Srila Janardan Maharaj. Anniversary of inauguration of Srila Govinda Maharaj's pushpa samadhi mandir in Soquel.
- Friday, October 17, 2014 – The Grand 120th Appearance Day Celebration of Om Vishnupad Paramahamsa Parivrajakacharya-varya Ashtottara-shata-sri Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. Appearance of Srila Virachandra Prabhu.
- October 19, 2014 – Ekadasi
- October 20, 2014 – Paran from 7:22 to 9:45 am