By Praghosa dasa
This year we had he largest gathering for the Dublin Ratha Yatra ever! It was a truly wonderful day beginning with lively kirtan as Lord Jagannatha ascended His chariot. 30 minutes later we were hearing the 1st citizen of Dublin waxing lyrical about how once he learned he would be attending today, he was eagerly awaiting the opportunity to help pull the Lord’s chariot! An avid walker and long term abstentionist from motorised vehicles, he was very impressed with such a grand vehicle having no horsepower. And so we began, gliding through the streets with not an inch of free rope available to pull from. With an ever crescending kirtan we eventually arrived at our destination, the splendid St Stephen’s Green park in the centre of the city. For the next 3 hours (with just a short pause for a powerful summer shower) all were captured by the multi generational cultural program from the quaint bandstand, as well as the various exhibits circled all around. As the pleasant evening drew to a close with many attendees and onlookers hesitant to leave, the Lord led the way although also appearing slightly reluctant to leave behind the summer sun and blissful festival-goers. So we are already looking forward to next year to experience yet again this unique spiritual and fun-filled festival! Continue reading
This year’s World Holy Name Festival is going to be bigger than ever. How are you going to spread the glories of the holy name this time?
Unfortunate events led to demolishing the kutir and samadhi on Saturday July 28 2018 at ISKCON Bhubaneswar temple. ISKCON founder acharya Srila Prabhupada stayed in 1977 during his visit to his last founded ISKCON project in the bhajan kutir Srimad Gour Govinda Swami single handedly constructed for him at this ISKCON property. Srimad Gour Govinda Swami’s siddha deha (spiritual body) was placed in samadhi in February 1996.
It Just Seemed so Right!
Swarupa das: Some time ago, a Saturday night I went to the ER with high fevers and cellulitis (swelling and redness due to infection in the blood). I was admitted and finally got to my room early Sunday morning. I was feeling pretty out of it most of Sunday and then the fevers began to subside as the I-V antibiotics began doing their magic. By Monday morning my head began to clear and I was only running a low grade fever. My wife brought my laptop in so I could get on the Internet, check emails, etc. while I was there.
Erecting a great wall versus character-building.
Laksmi Nrsimha Das: When the ancient Chinese decided to live in peace, they made the great wall of China.
They thought no one could climb it due to its height.
During the first 100 years of its existence, the Chinese were invaded three times. And everytime, the hordes of enemy infantry had no need of penetrating or climbing over the wall…
because each time they bribed the guards and came through the doors.
The Chinese built the wall but forgot the character-building of the wall-guards.
Thus, the building of human character comes BEFORE building of anything else..
Like one Orientalist said:
If you want to destroy the civilization of a nation there are 3 ways:
1. Destroy family structure.
2. Destroy education.
3. Lower their role models and references.
1. In order to destroy the family: undermine the role of MOTHER, so that she feels ashamed of being a housewife.
2. To destroy education: you should give no importance to TEACHER, and lower his place in society so that the students despise him.
3. To lower the role models:
You should undermine the Saints and Scholars, doubt them until no one listens or follows them.
* a conscious mother disappears,
* a dedicated teacher disappears, and
* there’s a downfall of role models,
Then _who_ will teach our children VALUES?
*Aren’t we being already invaded..?*
Pop-up Temple at Kensington Olympia, UK.
This year’s “Wellbeing Mind Body Spirit Expo” took place at Kensington Olympia last May. Kirtan London devotees organized a pop-up temple and Ananda Monet led kirtan on the main festival stage. The chorus comprised a talented team of Manor School alumni. As well as hosting kirtans, the pop-up Temple ran mantra meditation workshops, and no less than 400 of Srila Prabhupada’s books were distributed.
‘Superb’ Open Day in the Manor!
The annual Open Day held on Saturday 7th July was described as ‘superb’. In the middle of a heatwave, Bhaktivedanta Manor received a steady stream of guests throughout the day, many of them for the first time. Devotees from across the entire community teamed together to ensure the best experience for everyone. Guests enjoyed tours, ox-cart rides, ‘Meet the Monks’, a free veggie lunch and kirtans. Inside were ongoing hatha yoga sessions, reflexology and ‘drumfullness’ workshops (‘mindfulness’ with percussion by Jayadeva das!) Meanwhile, children were also treated to henna decoration, face-painting, a bouncy castle and the very popular Children’s Yoga sessions in the George Harrison Garden! Balaram Nityananda das reflected, “We were off to a great start, after chanting the Hare Krishna mantra on the BBC Three Counties Radio Breakfast Show during an interview about the Open Day! “The energy, vibrations and team-work on the day was exemplary. We really had the best attendance we could ever hope for because guests were so interested to learn more that they renounced watching a crucial England World Cup match!”