Dear devotees, friends, and seekers,
Thanks to everyone who came last Saturday for Nityananda Prabhu's Appearance Festival. Please join us again this weekend for the Appearance Day of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Goswami Prabhupad on Saturday at 10:30 am in Santa Cruz, or 5:30 pm in San Jose. Srila Janardan Maharaj will lead both programs. I hope you'll be able to join us for at least one of the celebrations. If you haven't been to one of our festivals yet, now is a good time. The programs will include kirtan, a lecture, questions and answers, and a vegetarian feast of Bhagavat prasad.
Yours in the Lord's service,
Appearance Day of Bhagavan
Sri Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Goswami Prabhupad
Saturday March 2, 2013
10:30 am in Santa Cruz
sri siddhanta-saraswatiti vidito gaudiya-gurv-anvaye
bhato bhanuriva prabhata-gagane yo gaura-sankirtanaih
mayavada-timingilodara-gatan uddhritya jivaniman
krishna-prema-sudhabdhi-gahana-sukham 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
The principles taught by Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur can be read in a recent 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.
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.
Friday evenings in San Jose: Class on Srimad Bhagavad-gita
*Practical and tangible approach to reality
*Enhanced lessons for the modern practitioner
*Mahatma Gandhi: “My spiritual dictionary”
On behalf of Kumkum Didi I'd like to invite you to attend a weekly class at the San Jose Seva Ashram on the holy scripture Srimad Bhagavad-gita
. For the satisfaction of Sri Sri Guru Gaurangasundar the class will be held every Friday evening from now on. For more information call Kumkum Didi at: (408) 288-6360 or click here
Dates to remember:
Every Friday – Bhagavad-gita class in San Jose
March 7, 2013 – Ekadasi
March 10, 2013 – Sri Sri Shivaratri
March 22, 2013 – Ekadasi
March 24, 2013 – Disappearance of Sripad Madhavendra Puri
March 27, 2013 – Sri Gaura Purnima: Divine Appearance Festival of Sri Gauranga (fast until moonrise)
March 28, 2013 – Anandotsav of Sri Jagannath Mishra