Dear devotees, friends and seekers,
Please join us for the super auspicious Appearance Festival of Lord Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu. Sri Gaura Purnima will be celebrated Wednesday evening, March 27 at moonrise. It is traditional to observe a fast until moonrise (or at least to observe an Ekadasi-style diet of anukalpa: fruits, nuts, roots (potatoes) and dairy). After the evening program there will be an anukalpa feast.
The day after the Lord appeared in the family of Sri Jagannath Mishra and Srimati Sachi Devi, Sri Jagannath Mishra held a grand feast. Thursday morning please come back to celebrate that special occasion, Sri Jagannath Mishra Mahotsava. I hope you'll be able to come for a little while even though it's a weekday. There will be a very grand prasadam feast.
Yours in the Lord's service,
Sri Gaura Purnima
The Divine Appearance Day of
Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu
Srimati Vishnupriya Devi's deity of
Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu in Koladwip
Wednesday March 27, 2013
6 pm in Santa Cruz
5:30 pm in San Jose
(total fast until moonrise, then no grains)
Sri Jagannath Mishra Mahotsava
Deities of Sri Jagannath Mishra and Srimati Sachi Devi
with baby Nimai in her lap worshiped
at Lord Gauranga's holy place of advent,
Sri Yoga Pitha in Mayapur
Thursday March 28, 2013
11 am in Santa Cruz
5:30 pm in San Jose
"Within the sacred land of India, the Holy Footprints of the Lord and His devotees are a place of pilgrimage for the whole world. The seven auspicious places in India which are said to award liberation, are all found within those footprints. Among those holy places is Sri Mayapur which is situated in Sri Nabadwip Dham. It is non-different from Mathura Mandal [Sri Vrindavan Dham].
Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur has written, “There is no other village in the world like Sri Nabadwip, where Lord Chaitanya Gosai has descended.” Truly Sri Nabadwip Dham is the best of all, and there is no other place like it, since the most magnanimous mercy-personified Sri Gaura Hari appeared in this part of the world.
He indiscriminately distributed to all persons, whether they were qualified or unqualified, the highest perfection of love of God which is difficult for even the demigods to obtain. He has so generously distributed this highest gift even to the most fallen. Therefore Sri Nabadwip is incomparable in the world."
by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj
Excerpt from the Appearance of Sri Gaurasundar
, originally published in The Guardian of Devotion
(1986) and included in Affectionate Guidance
Read the full text here
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
Saturday mornings in San Jose: Darshan with Sri Sri Guru Gaurangasundar
6:30 am Mangal Aroti
7:00 am Morning kirtans
8:00 am Class on the holy scriptures describing Lord Gaurangasundar's divine pastimes: Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita and Sri Chaitanya Bhagavat
There will also be a new Saturday morning weekly class that you are cordially invited to attend. It will go from 6:30-9 am. For more information call Kumkum Didi at: (408) 288-6360 or click here.
Dates to remember:
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