What is Gurudeva doing? He is giving service to Krishna. For the satisfaction of Krishna he gives us a rope to rescue us, and he takes us as a flower-offering
to the lotus feet of Krishna.
— Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Maharaj
Dear devotees and friends of the Ashram,
We will soon celebrate the Grand 85th Appearance day of our beloved Srila Gurudev, Om Vishnupad Paramahamsa Parivrajakacharyya-varyya Astottara-sata Sri Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. Please join us at the Santa Cruz and San Jose Seva Ashrams on December 19th for a very special festival and feast in His Divine Grace's honor.
"Conditioned souls as we are, it is an honest fact that we have nothing to boast about. Yet, when we feel we are bereft, we are reminded of this poetic line, and we realize that our true wealth really is–
guru-gaurave garvvita dhanya mora
Blessed are we in Sri Gurudeva's bounty;
His divine treasure is our pride and glory.
With this conception, all our hopes, our prospects, our honor, our good name–everything will become as brilliant as the early morning sun…. In the presence of the self-effulgent sun we can never feel ourselves to be destitute."
–Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj
Forward to Sermons of the Guardian of Devotion Vol. 1
Seva donations for this most auspicious celebration can be made here.
For those of you who are interested, I want to be sure to mention that dozens of Srila Janardan Maharaj's morning classes have been recorded and posted online. Hearing Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita from him is truly amazing. Please download or stream them here.
Yours in the Lord's service,
Sushila Devi Dasi
Vyasapuja of His Divine Grace
Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj
Thursday, December 19, 2013
6 pm in Santa Cruz
5:30 pm in San Jose
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."
For articles by and about Srila Govinda Maharaj including his biography, click here.
Videos and lectures about his Vyasapuja day on SCSMath.com click here.
Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur
Saturday, December 21, 2013
6 pm in Santa Cruz
5:30 pm in San Jose
bhato bhanuriva prabhata-gagane
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
vilasatu hridi nityam bhaktisiddhanta-vani
–Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj
“With his first step, he vigorously cut asunder the whole plane of exploitation, and with his second, he put a stop to all the calculations of the different scholars with their different conceptions of salvation, liberated stages. With his third step, he minimized the hardness and stiffness of the rules and regulations of calculative devotional service, by a touch of the Divine Love: crossing Vaikuntha, he gave us the worship of Sri Sri Radha and Govinda.”
Read Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur's biography on Gaudiya Darshan here.
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