Saturday, December 14th
10:30 am in Santa Cruz
6 pm in San Jose
Dear Friend of the Ashram,
Please accept my humble obeisance at your feet. On behalf of Srila Bhakti Pavan Janardan Maharaj, we wish to extend an invitation to join our Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Seva Ashram in the devotional program in honor of the appearance of our most worshippable and beloved Gurudev, Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj which manifests on Saturday, December 14th this year.
I kindly invite you to participate in the special program of glorification, worship, kirtan, prasad distribution, and other devotional activities to be held on this auspicious day. We shall feel blessed to have your association and presence at either our Santa Cruz or San Jose Seva Ashrams. Yours in the Lord’s service,
Sushila devi dasi
vara-tanum bhakty anvitam-sundaram
vande visva-gurun cha
divya-bhagavat-premno hi bija-pradam
I offer my obeisance unto he who perfectly fulfils his Gurudev’s most cherished desires; who is fully adorned with the blessings of his Gurudev’s associates; who is expert in all aspects of Vedic knowledge, both conceivable and inconceivable; who is the pre-eminent follower of Srila Rupa Goswami Prabhu’s line; who is known as ‘Govinda’—Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj; whose beautiful, effulgent, exalted form is infused with pure devotion; who is the Guru of the entire universe; and who is the giver of the seed of divine love for the Supreme Lord.
Composed by Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Maharaj
Relevant links from Seva Ashram Post
Biography of Srila Govinda Maharaj “I worship the holy lotus feet of he who perfectly fulfills the most cherished wish of his divine master–who is adorned resplendently with the blessings of his guru varga…”
Sripad Hasyapriya Prabhu quotes Srila Sridhar Maharaj, “The safest and most fearless position is vipralambha. If we can stand firm and retain the memory of Gurudev in his separation, then we will have passed the highest test.”
Jagamohini Devi Dasi writes, “Srila Govinda Maharaj’s qualifications and glories are immeasurable. We have heard how at the tender age of seventeen he left his family and sought the shelter and spiritual guidance of Srila Guru Maharaj…”
At the Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math in Govardhan, when they started plowing the gardens with a big tractor suddenly a very large Giriraj Shila came out of the land!
In 1967 the land of the Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math was being threatened by the communist government in West Bengal. Here is the story of how Srila Govinda Maharaj had to prove in court who were the real owners of the Math’s land to protect it from the threat of government seizure.
On the occasion of the 85th anniversary day of the Divine appearance of Srila Govinda Maharaj, we would like to present these wonderful stories about the miraculous events that sometimes occurred around him.
Srila Govinda Maharaj tells the miraculous story of when Lord Shiva gave him the medicine to cure Srila Sridhar Maharaj who, due to ill health, was on the verge of departing from this world.
Srila Trivikram Maharaj tells the most wonderful story of the many miracles that happened during Srila Govinda Maharaj’s trip to the Krishna Shakti Ashram in Brazil in 1998 when a dead boy miraculously came back to life.
Sripad Madhusudan Maharaj tells the miraculous story when the dead phone spoke, giving Srila Govinda Maharaj the news about acquiring the land in Vrindavan adjacent to the Sri Sri Radha Damodar Temple.
The amazing story of when Govinda Maharaj lost his ornament in the Ganges and after praying to Mother Ganges, the ornament was returned to him. “Still I cannot believe what happened and which way it happened.”
The following is an excerpt from Revealed Truth, the latest book published by Sripad Tyagi Maharaj on Srila Govinda Maharaj’s lectures.
Vrinda Devi Dasi: All those who came in contact with Srila Gurudev, Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev Goswami Maharaj, across the world or at home in India, could clearly see his magnanimity, beauty and kindness. To try and describe his charm and affection feels like…a dwarf trying to touch the moon…
Sripad Vaishnav Maharaj gave a wonderful talk on Srila Govinda Maharaj’s Divine Appearance day in 2007. Here are some excerpts from that inspiring talk: “Everything transcendental is coming to us through Gurudev. He is…the center of our spiritual life, so everything has to be judged according to that.”
Srila Govinda Maharaj says, “Karmma and seva, action and divine service, are identical from the external perspective. Bhakti-yoga and karmma-yoga are the same apart from one thing—and that is the inner mood of the practitioner. The inner intention is the all-important, differentiating factor.”
Srila Govinda Maharaj describes how Sri Gadadhar Pandit was like Mahaprabhu’s shadow. He was always with Him. During their childhood they were students together, when Mahaprabhu took sannyas Gadadhar Pandit also took sannyas, and when Mahaprabhu decided to stay in Puri Dham, he also stayed.
December 7 – Ekadasi (fast from grains)
December 8 – Paran 7:14-10:24 (break fast)
December 14 – Appearance of Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj
December 16 – Disappearance of Bhagavan Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur
December 21 – Ekadasi (fast from grains)
December 22 – Paran 7:37-10:32 (break fast)