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A Blissful Week with Sripad Bhaktivedanta Siddhanti Maharaj

A Blissful Week with Sripad Bhaktivedanta Siddhanti Maharaj

December 18-24, 2023

Hello Friends & Members of Sacred Vedic Arts!

This last week has been full of blissful moments and memories with special visits from our beloved Sripad Siddhanti Maharaj, and the festivities aren’t over yet! Check out what we have planned for this upcoming week here at the SVA temple.

But first here’s a recap of what we’ve been up to:

Invoking Auspiciousness through the Sacred Fire

This past week, Sripad Siddhanti Maharaja performed a fire ceremony as oblation to their lordships Sri Sri Radha Krsna, and to fully sanctify the recent diksha initiations of twelve devotees in our sangha. Some of the new initiates were physically present and some, in their respective cities and countries, attended by zoom. All the devotees recited mantras and threw grains into the sacred fire.

Chant, Chant, Chant, Chant the Holy Names!

A roaring Kirtan ensued last Friday, and everybody was dancing and jumping in happiness. Sripad Siddhanti Maharaja raised the roof with his enchanting melodies and lovely explanation on the meanings of the Hare Krsna Maha-mantra.

Prasadam Distribution at the Women’s Shelter

On December 14th, we had the wonderful opportunity of cooking for 50 women at a women’s shelter in Pembroke Pines. Our dear friend Shekar Reddy and his organization arranged a holiday event there to distribute toys to the children while we cooked for the mothers and children and led a kirtan.

We gave everyone a small booklet, The Way of Love, and they immediately started reading it right when we passed it to them. All the women and staff enjoyed the flavorful pasta, salad, cupcakes, cookies and juice. After prasadam, all attendees chanted and danced with so much joy.

The Director of the facility told me (Vasanti dasi) that this was so different then any other program they’ve had and she’s never seen the women as happy as they were that day. I told her we could come every month and she was overwhelmed with gratitude!

We are thankful to Shekarji for inviting us there, sponsoring the prasadam, and providing this sweet connection.

After the event we had leftover prasadam (as they had told us to cook for 120 people), so we went to tent city, a homeless encampment, and served our friends there.

A Big Thank You to Everyone

This week we had so many new guests and we’re excited to keep cultivating friendships with all of you divine souls. On Friday morning we will be celebrating the advent of Srimad Bhagavad-gita by reciting the full book and we pray you will join us there.

A Call for Action

Some of our vital team members who live here at SVA will be leaving for the holidays and we would love to have some extra hands to help with cooking, kitchen prep, cleaning, organizing, yard maintenance, flower garland making, pujari services, chanting and dancing at kirtans and more.

Please contact Vasanti (347-727-8692) or Champak (617-230-7437) to inquire about services.

Aspiring to Serve,

SVA Newsletter Team

 

SLOKA OF THE WEEK:

oṁ namo bhagavate vāsudevāya
janmādy asya yato ’nvayād itarataś cārtheṣv abhijñaḥ svarāṭ
tene brahma hṛdā ya ādi-kavaye muhyanti yat sūrayaḥ
tejo-vāri-mṛdāṁ yathā vinimayo yatra tri-sargo ’mṛṣā
dhāmnā svena sadā nirasta-kuhakaṁ satyaṁ paraṁ dhīmahi

(SB 1.1.1)

“O my Lord, Śrī Kṛṣṇa, son of Vasudeva, O all-pervading Personality of Godhead, I offer my respectful obeisances unto You. I meditate upon Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa because He is the Absolute Truth and the primeval cause of all causes of the creation, sustenance and destruction of the manifested universes. He is directly and indirectly conscious of all manifestations, and He is independent because there is no other cause beyond Him. It is He only who first imparted the Vedic knowledge unto the heart of Brahmājī, the original living being. By Him even the great sages and demigods are placed into illusion, as one is bewildered by the illusory representations of water seen in fire, or land seen on water. Only because of Him do the material universes, temporarily manifested by the reactions of the three modes of nature, appear factual, although they are unreal. I therefore meditate upon Him, Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa, who is eternally existent in the transcendental abode, which is forever free from the illusory representations of the material world. I meditate upon Him, for He is the Absolute Truth.”