All Glories to Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj

Harinam Sankirttan and Preaching in Santa Cruz, California

2 January 2005
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On the day of Srila Gurudev's birthday several devotees made him beautiful cards. He received them with much love and affection. This is the card Vaisnavi Devi Dasi made.
Just two days after Gurudev's birthday there was a preaching program at a place called the 418 Project. It was organized by Arindam Das Prabhu to extend the preaching activities at the Soquel Seva Ashram.
Both Sripad Ashram Maharaj...
...and Sripad Siddhanti Maharaj were there to represent His Divine Grace at this event.
The devotees had sankirttan for about two hours. Many people were chanting, and accepting the Holy Name enthusiastically. Sripad Ashram Maharaj stood up at one point and everybody was dancing in a circle. The mood was very jovial.
Krishnapriya DD was there filming the program.
Madhumati arrived with Jagadananda Prabhu to preach and enliven the sankirttan party.
Muralimohan and Anandanidhi Prabhus.
After bhajans the Swamis spoke before the guests that had come for the show tonight. Everybody that came was aware that this was a benefit for the Seva Ashram in Santa Cruz.
After the preaching came the drumming. There were two bands that played that night. This group was called 'Goddess of Funk.' The lead singer introduced the band and said she was very happy to be here tonight to help the Ashram.
Jayalaksmi Didi, a disciple of Srila Govinda Maharaj brought her band 'Lost At Last.'
They chanted the Names of Krishna and Chaitanya, everybody there chanted along and danced.
Outside of the concert area is a restaurant called 'The Jumping Monkey' that the devotees have just opened. They will be serving Indian food in the future and inviting people to the ashram. Anupama Devi Dasi helps out at the restaurant by painting a mural of Hanuman on the wall. The work is in progress.

The event was successful in terms of the preaching and outreach that went on that night. We hope to see new guests at this coming Sunday feast. It was a very positive experience and it felt great to see so many devotees together at this event. Our well wishes to the devotees around the world!

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There was also an Indian clothes sale to help raise funds for the Ashram at this event.