We take great pride and joy in announcing the opening of our new Ashram in Salem, Oregon; Sri Govinda Divya-vani Seva Ashram.
The Missionary in Charge is His Grace Sriman Radha-Syam dasa brahmachari who is being enthusiastically and ably assisted by Sriman Indra Bandhu dasa brahmachari. Both men are disciples of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundara Govinda Deva Goswami Maharaja.
Over a period of many months I have observed Sriman Radha-Syam Prabhu and come to appreciate his staunch determination to strictly follow the Divine instructions of Srila Gurudeva and preach and distribute those teachings for the benefit of all souls. The name of the Ashram was the natural offspring of such enthusiasm and determination.
As a spiritually affiliated branch of our Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, we are offering all encouragement and support for its success and urge all the devotees, followers and supporters of Srila Govinda Maharaja’s preaching and relief work to follow suit.
I am very encouraged and happy to see the very enthusiastic and joyful preaching mood of the devotees in our new Ashram which, by all accounts, may soon become one of the primary outlets for the distribution of the books of our Sri Guru Varga, as Prabhu Radha-Syam has shown a great interest in attending to this important function for distributing this medicine for relief of the suffering condition of all souls of Kali Yuga.
I also find it appropriate that Sriman Radha-Syama Prabhu wear the saffron cloth of a brahmacari which signifies his serious intent to serve Sri Sri Guru Gauranga throughout this life in the spirit of anyabhilasita-sunyam, one who serves the Lord without any material interest.
Srila Govinda Maharaja’s appearance day celebration will thus be marked by two auspicious events for our Mission and especially those to be served by our new Ashram, the opening of the Ashram itself, and the acceptance of saffron cloth by Sriman Radha-Syam.