Dear devotees and friends,
Dear devotees and friends,
With the Bhakti Yoga Retreat this weekend and Sri Govinda Mela just around the corner the Seva Ashram is buzzing with activity.
Sripad Madhusudhan Maharaj, Sripad Nyasi Maharaj and Sri Vishakha Devi Dasi have arrived and are giving classes.
Something magnificent is manifesting on the hilltop after months of hard work on the part of Sripad Hasyapriya Prabhu and a hardworking crew.
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Dear devotees, friends and seekers,
We are very excited to host an event right in the heart of downtown Santa Cruz at the MAH in busy Abbot Square. This event will kick off our Sri Govinda Mela. We pray that everyone in Santa Cruz will come out for a wonderful evening.
Discovering what the timeless Vedas, Vedic literature, has to offer, from food, medicine, yoga to spiritual life, for the modern world.
Bhakti Connect presents this event with sponsorship from the Seva Ashram.
Guests speakers— Vedic literature expert, Srila Janardan Maharaj and Sanskrit scholar, Sripad Tyagi Maharaj
$10 General, $8 Student, FREE MAH members
April 20 Tyagi Maharaj arrives Bay Area.
April 20 – April 25- Soquel Seva Ashram & Local Bay Area Programs
April 21, Seva Ashram
April 22, Santa Cruz, Divinitree Yoga, 6 pm
April 23, Soquel Sunday Program
April 24-25-Seva Ashram
April 26-29 Cal Poly & San Luis Obispo, Monterey
April 26, CalPoly University Program, Noon- 3 pm
April 27, SLO Farmer’s market, booktable and kirtan, 6-9 pm
April 28, SLO Yoga Center program, 6:30-9:30 pm.
April 29, Monterey, Wave Street Studios, 6-9pm, $10 at door
April 29-May 1 ~ Soquel Seva Ashram
May 2-May 11 ~ Chico, Ashland, Mt. Shasta, Eugene
May 2- Chico, Hinduism Class, Chico State University, 5-6:15 pm
May 3- Chico, Public program, Unitarian Universalist Church, 6-9 pm
May 5-Ashland, Studio Z, 7-10 pm
May 6th—Mt. Shasta, Temple of Intention, 6PM (EKADASI)
May 7th-Ashland, Rasa Yoga, 1-4 pm
May 9th, Eugene, Heartwise Center, Nrisimha Chaturdasi, 7 pm
May 12-14, Whole Earth Festival, Davis, Book Table
May 14 11am-1 pm, Kirtan Workshop in the Experiential Space.
3:30-5:00pm, Organic Thought: Wellbeing Talk in the Experiential space.
May 15-21- Bay area programs (TBA)
May 15-21-Soquel Seva Ashram
May 21, Program at Shiv-Durga Hindu Temple, Sunnyvale
May 22-28 Tijuana/Las Vegas (TBA)
May 22, EKADASI
May 22-26 Tijuana
May 26-28-Lightning in a Bottle, Kirtan and Bhakti Yoga Classes
May 29-June 8, Salt Lake City
June 2-SCS Mission Evening Program
June 3-Wasatch Ayurveda &Yoga Upstairs, Bhakti Yoga Class & Kirtan, 7-9 pm
June 4-Sunday Program followed by Harinam Sankirtan in Liberty Park
June 8-11, Boulder
June 11-21, East Coast-Florida/NY/NJ
June 11-14 Florida, VA
June 16-18 New York City
June 18-21 New Jersey
June 21-return to Denver
June 22-return to SLC
June 23-25, SLC – California & Oregon
June 24-Drive, SLC-Pittsburg, CA
June 25- home program at Devahuti didi’s, Pittsburg, CA
Subject to change by the Will of Providence!
September 7 – Arrival in Santa Cruz
September 8 – San Jose: Harinam Sankirtan & Sri Lalita Saptami Program
September 9 – Santa Cruz: Sri Radhastami at 11 am and tentatively in the evening as well
September 10 – San Francisco: Harinam Sankirtan
I’m pleased to announce that Sripad Bhakti Kamal Tyagi Maharaj will probably be arriving today, September 7th at the Santa Cruz Seva Ashram. He’ll go to San Jose on Thursday the 8th for Harinam Sankirtan and Sri Lalita Saptami at the San Jose Ashram. Friday he will be in Santa Cruz for Sri Radhastami at mid-day and hopefully for the smaller evening program as well. Saturday he plans to go to San Francisco for Harinam Sankirtan.
Everyone is warmly encouraged to join with the Sankirtan parties in San Jose and San Francisco and of course to attend all the spiritual programs in the Ashrams.
Yours in the Lord’s service,
Sushila Devi Dasi
(Read the invitation below for details about the evening option and Sri Lalita Saptami classes)
Dear Devotees and Friends of the Ashram,
I hope you and your family will be able to attend the holy day of Sri Radhastami, the Divine Appearance of Srimati Radharani in San Jose or Santa Cruz. There will be programs at mid-day as well as a modest program in the evening in Santa Cruz led by Vidura Krishna Prabhu, Vrinda Devi Dasi, and hopefully Sripad Bhakti Kamal Tyagi Maharaj.
There will be modest programs for Sri Lalita Saptami on Thursday, September 8th. In San Jose Sripad Tyagi Maharaj will go downtown for Harinam Sankirtan and give a class at the temple. In Santa Cruz Sripad Sarvabhavana Prabhu will offer an evening class beginning around 7 pm.
“Srila Swarup Damodar Goswami said, ‘For the divine play of the Sweet Absolute, He wants to divide Himself as Power and Powerful, and that is Radha Krishna.’ When it was manifested we cannot say because it is eternal, it cannot be counted by our time and space theory, it is achintya, inconceivable. Radharani is the divine potency of Lord Krishna and She is giving all the happiness, love and all the affection to everyone for the service of Lord Krishna.”
Yours in the Lord’s Service,
Sushila Devi Dasi
Spiritual Nourishment from our Divine Guardians:
Audio. Sri Radhastami, Vrindavan, 1999. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj explains that Radhastami is when Lord Krishna the Supreme Personality of Godhead’s divine potency Radharani appears in a form for playing with the Lord. Srila Swarup Damodar Goswami said, “For the divine play of the Sweet Absolute, He wants to divide Himself as Power and Powerful, and that is Radha Krishna.” When it was manifested we cannot say because it is eternal, it cannot be counted by our time and space theory, it is achintya, inconceivable. Radharani is the divine potency of Lord Krishna and She is giving all the happiness, love and all the affection to everyone for the service of Lord Krishna. Improved quality audio of Srila Gurudev speaking by phone from Vrindavan to Madhusudan Prabhu in Hawaii on Sri Radhastami, 18 September 1999:
7+ minutes, 1.8 MB mp3 audio
Our Lord’s Beloved Power. “Today is Sri Radhastami, the Appearance Day of Srimati Radharani. In the Scriptures, especially Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita there is much glorification of Srimati Radharani … Where we see the supreme manifestation of madhura-rasa, there we see the manifestation of Srimati Radharani.” Chapter 12 of Affectionate Guidance by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj: 150 KB pdf document.
Radharani’s Paramour Love. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj describes the glory of madhura-rasa in Vrindavan. Posted on the Math’s gaudiyadarshan.com website.
Audio: Sri Radhastami. Today’s beautiful, special morning discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj at our Dum Dum Park Temple, Kolkata. 1 September 2006:
Download, or listen online (46+ minutes, 5.4 MB mp3 audio)
higher quality (10.7 MB mp3 audio)
Video: Sri Radhastami darshan, 2006, the full discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj at our Dum Dum Park Temple, Kolkata. QuickTime video posted by Jamuna Priya Devi Dasi on her verandaviews.com website.
Audio: Sri Radhastami Discourse 2004 by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
“Everything you want to know, you can understand through your Gurudev. And Gurudev’s position is always supreme. In the Scriptures it is said, (sloka) ‘If Krishna will be angry, Gurudev can save that person, Radharani can save that person. But if Radharani will be angry, Krishna cannot save him.’ (Sloka). Then our protection, our environment – everything – through Radharani’s mercy if it will come to us we will be so grateful, so fortunate and so good practitioners. We are practising service to Radha Krishna, and that is called Krishnanushilana: practising the procedure of satisfying Radharani and Sri Krishna.”
21 September 2004, Soquel, USA:
35+ minutes, 8 MB mp3 audio
Audio: Sri Radhastami discourses 2004 by Spd Goswami Maharaj and Spd Janardan Maharaj at the request of Srila Govinda Maharaj.
Then Srila Govinda Maharaj talks briefly then sings Sri Radhika-stava and Sri Radhastaka. 21 September 2004, Soquel, USA:
40+ minutes, 9+ MB mp3 audio
Video. Sri Radhastami discourse 2013, at Villa Govinda given by Srila B.S. Goswami Maharaj who has just arrived in Italy to join the extended 10th Anniversary celebrations of Villa Govinda.
Other video recordings as well as live coverage of particular events there, are available on the Italian Math’s ustream channel.
Scroll down for photos from the first leg of our preaching tour this summer. They were taken in April and May 2016 all over Northern California as a small group of devotees from our mission made a point of visiting old and new friends. Since then we’ve been many more places and are still on the road.
Sripad Tyagi Maharaj and Abhinava Sundar Prabhu from Australia are our inspirational kirtan leaders. Shanti Moyi joined us from Italy. Several ladies from the San Jose and Santa Cruz temples joined us as well including Divya Shakti, Kalindi, and Vimala Devi Dasis. Braja Mohini Devi Dasi from Salt Lake City is dedicated to organizing these outreach programs. To follow the tour and see more recent photos keep up with her FB page Bhakti Connect.
Cinmoy Dev Das
Please, accept our humble obeisances to your dedicated feet.
On behalf of Srila Bhakti Kusum Ashram Maharaj and Mexican devotees, we have the honor to invite you to the Kids and Youth Camp to be held near Tijuana, in Puerto Nuevo, this Summer, starting from July 22nd until August 7th.
By the Grace of our Gurudevas, we can offer a free accommodation and only it’s necessary that you bring a sleeping bag with you. Also we have a little list of hotels more or less nearby in case you want to have a reserved place. Please, call us at the Tijuana Sevashram phone number if you need more information (664) 608-9154.
We’ll have a daily program of classes, kirtan and prasadam, under the shelter of Srila Janardan Maharaj, Srila Ashram Maharaj and Srila Tyagi Maharaj, and many activities inside the Camp and also outside.
Hoping to have your wonderful association.
Jai Balai & the Tijuana Sevashram Community of devotees and aspirants
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Sripad Bhakti Kamal Tyagi Maharaj and several devotees including myself, Divyashakti Didi, Brajamohini Didi, and Govindanandini Didi, recently returned from an eight day preaching tour. Praying to Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Maharaj and Srila Bhakti Pavan Janardan Maharaj for their mercy, we tried to carry the message of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Harinam Sankirtan to the towns and villages of Northern California and Oregon. Lord Chaitanya Himself said,
pritivite ache yata nagaradi grama
sarvatra prachara haibe mora nama
“In every town and village, the chanting of My name will be heard.”
–Sri Chaitanya-bhagavat, Antya 4.126
Our first program was held in Sacramento at the Laxmi Narayan Mandir. Hari Balava Prabhu cooked and was able to offer the bhoga to Sri Sri Radha-Krsna. After a beautiful lecture from Bhakti Kamal Tyagi Maharaj, the devotees served our guests Mahaprasad.
From there the party continued to Chico where we met local devotees including Daitananda Prabhu in the park and performed Sankirtan.
Next, we traveled to the house of Bimal Krsna Prabhu and Ishtadevika Didi in beautiful Arcata. The sound of the Holy Name could be heard in downtown Arcata all afternoon, and after a wonderful lecture from Sripad Tyagi Maharaj at the Community Yoga Center, there was more rousing chanting of the Holy Name with everyone there dancing and singing.
Off to Eugene, where Sripad Mathuranath Prabhu and his family hosted Sripad Tyagi Maharaj and the devotees for the weekend. Harinam was performed downtown whereupon we met the host of a radio show who invited Sripad Tyagi Maharaj to speak live on the air to the people of Eugene. For over an hour one could hear the message of Mahaprabhu over the airwaves and online!
After another successful evening program at Freedom Yoga Center, we joined the masses at the Oregon Country Fair. As we paraded through the quirky festival chanting the Names of the Lord, many were captivated and began singing and dancing with us.
Before returning to Santa Cruz we made one last stop in Fairfax at the house of Anukulchandra Prabhu and Jenna for an intimate and sweet program. They invited their friends and were very pleased to have a comfortable forum for asking their questions about Krishna Consciousness to someone so qualified as Sripad Tyagi Maharaj.
On behalf of the whole group I would like to sincerely thank all those who helped us with this tour. We hope to see you all again soon!
Cinmoy Dev Das
Photos by Brajamohini Devi Dasi
All glories to Srila Bhakti Pavan Janardan Maharaj!
All glories to Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj!
All glories to Sri Harinam Sankirtan!
All glories to all the world devotees!