Dear devotees and friends of the Ashram,
On Tuesday the 18th of February there will be a small morning program in Santa Cruz honoring Sripad Bhakti Premik Siddhanti Maharaj starting at 10:30 am.
Also, please join us on Thursday the 20th for a festival celebrating Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur's Appearance Day. There will be celebrations in both Ashrams (Santa Cruz and San Jose). There are many wonderful resources posted about this celebration on the Math's website here
. There are so many that I am not linking to them individually but I do hope that you might take this opportunity to look back in time and listen to Srila Govinda Maharaj's talks about Srila Saraswati Thakur and read some of Srila Saraswati Thakurs essays.
"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."
–Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj
Yours in the Lord's service,
Sushila devi dasi
Disappearance of Sripad Bhakti Premik Siddhanti Maharaj
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
10:30 am in Santa Cruz
Sripad Siddhanti Maharaj served for many years as a very close servitor of Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda-Dev Goswami Maharaj and in the early years of ISKCON, served faithfully Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad.
Appearance Day of Bhagavan
Sri Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Goswami Prabhupad
Thursday, February 20, 2014
6 pm in Santa Cruz
sri siddhanta-saraswatiti vidito gaudiya-gurv-anvaye
5:30 pm in San Jose
bhato bhanuriva prabhata-gagane yo gaura-sankirtanaih
mayavada-timingilodara-gatan uddhritya jivaniman
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."
by Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj
Daily classes on
Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita
is always a good time for krishna katha and hearing Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita
with Janardan Maharaj's occasional comments and stories is a truly amazing way to spiritualize one's day.
If you can connect a USB drive in your car or play MP3 CDs, you can download the classes here
and listen while you drive. Just listening to a few verses a day of gaudiya vaishnava siddhanta
and gaura lila
is wonderful, what to speak of a chapter a day. Click here.
Dates to remember:
- February 18, 2014 – Disappearance of Sripad Bhakti Premik Siddhanti Maharaj
- February 20, 2014 – Divine Appearance Festival of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur
- February 21, 2014 – Appearance of Srimad Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaj
- February 25, 2014 – Ekadasi
- February 26, 2014 – Break fast from 6:42 to 10:16 am
- February 28, 2014 – Sri Sri Shivaratri
- March 1, 2014 – Amavasya, Festival of Sri Sadashiva Gangadhara in Navadwip
- March 2, 2014 – Disappearance Srila Jagannath das Babaji Maharaj
- March 6, 2014 – Disappearance of Srimati Tarangini Devi
- March 12, 2014 – Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama begins, Break fast 9:18 to 11:19 am