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,
Although I previously announced that we would honor the Disappearance of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur on Saturday in both our Seva Ashrams, the schedule has been changed. The festival in Santa Cruz will now be held on Sunday at the regular feast time of 11:30 am. The reason for this change is that the Ashram's annual Charity Christmas Dinner at the Beach Flats Community Center will be held during the day on Saturday. Many devotees participate in that program each year by cooking, serving, collecting toys for the children, and in other capacities.
Srila Janardan Maharaj has therefore decided that the Saturday celebration will be held in San Jose and the Santa Cruz celebration will be held on Sunday. Everyone from Santa Cruz is welcome to attend in San Jose on the 21st if they are inspired to. Srila Janardan Maharaj currently plans to lead the San Jose program on Saturday evening starting at 5:30 pm.
Please come to hear and sing the glories of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur. I know I am always mesmerized to hear about his divine qualities and pastimes and have faith that everyone who participates in some way will be derive nice spiritual nourishment from this celebration.
For information about helping with the Christmas Dinner in the Beach Flats, please call Vrinda Devi Dasi at 332-2860 or scroll down to see the poster.
Yours in the Lord's service,
Sushila Devi Dasi
Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur
Saturday, December 21, 2013
5:30 pm in San Jose
Sunday, December 22, 2013
11:30 am in Santa Cruz
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
“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.”
–Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj
Read Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur's biography on Gaudiya Darshan here.
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