All Glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga!
Sushila Devi DasiDear Friend of the Ashram,

At yesterday's Sunday Feast Srila Janardan Maharaj announced the schedule for several festivals coming up in the next ten days. Thursday we'll celebrate his Vyasapuja in Santa Cruz and you're welcome to join the devotees at the temple at 6 pm.
     Friday is Vashant Panchami (in India that's considered the first day of spring) and there are many divine appearances and disappearances that day including Sri Vishnu Priya Devi's. There will be a program in the temple at mid-day and special prasadam, but please call ahead if you're planning to come so the cooks know how much to prepare. Friday night there is a public preaching program in downtown Santa Cruz at Louden Nelson at 6:30. It sounds like Janardan Maharaj will go (as he did last week). That's a great opportunity to honor the special festival day if you can't come at noon, and to invite your friends and family, since the downtown location is convenient.
     Sunday is a special festival day: the Appearance of Sri Adwaita Acharya so please come to the Sunday Feast. The following Saturday is the Appearance of Sri Nityananda Prabhu, so definitely try to make it for that festival at 10:30 in Santa Cruz and 5:30 in San Jose. The schedule is posted below.
 
Thursday February 14, 2013
6 pm in Santa Cruz:

Sri Vyasa-Puja Celebration for His Divine Grace
Srila Bhakti Pavan Janardan Maharaj


Srila Janardan Maharaj
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Friday February 15, 2013
10:30 am in Santa Cruz:

Sri Krishna Vashant Panchami
Sri Saraswati Puja
Appearance day of Sri Vishnu Priya Devi
Appearance of Srila Pundarik Vidyanidhi, Srila Raghunath das Goswami, and Srila Raghunandana Thakur

Disappearance of Srila Viswanath Chakravarti Thakur, Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Viveka Bharati Maharaj and Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Svarup Parvat Maharaj
 
Friday February 15, 2013
6:30-8:30 pm in downtown Santa Cruz:
In Search of the Hidden Treasure
of the Sweet Absolute
A night of Krishna-katha, kirtan,
dancing, and prasadam
Louden Nelson Community Center on Laurel St. two blocks from Pacific Ave.
For more information: click here

Sunday February 17, 2013
11:30 am in Santa Cruz


Appearance of Mahavishnu Avatar, Sri Adwaita Acharya

maha-vishnur jagat-karta
mayaya yah srjaty adah
tasyavatara evayam
advaitacharya isvarah

advaitam harinadvaitad
acharyam bhakti-samsanat
bhaktavataram isam tam
advaitacharyam asraye

"Lord Adwaita Acharya is the incarnation of Maha-Vishnu, whose main function is to create the cosmic world through the actions of maya. Because He is non-different from Hari, the Supreme Lord, He is called Adwaita, and because He propagates the cult of devotion, He is called Acharya. He is the Lord and the incarnation of the Lord's devotee. Therefore I take shelter of Him."

Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita: Adi-lila 1.12-13


Thursday February 21, 2013
Bhaimi Ekadasi

Friday February 22, 2013
10:30 am in Santa Cruz
Appearance of Lord Varahadev
Break fast 6:48 - 10:30 am after worship of Lord Varahadev.
 

Saturday February 23, 2013
10:30 am in Santa Cruz

 
Grand festival for the Appearance Day of Sri Nityananda Prabhu

vande sri-krsna-caitanya-
nityanandau sahoditau
gaudodaye puspavantau
citrau san-dau tamo-nudau

"I offer my respectful obeisances unto Sri Krishna Chaitanya and Lord Nityananda, who are like the sun and moon. They have arisen simultaneously on the horizon of Gauda [Bengal] to dissipate the darkness of ignorance and thus wonderfully bestow benediction upon all."

Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita: Adi-lila 1.2


Saturday March 2, 2013
10:30 am in Santa Cruz


Grand festival for the
Appearance Day of Bhagavan
Sri Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Goswami Prabhupad

Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur

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


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