Hare Krishna Devotees!
Its our fortune that Lord Caitanya’s Lotus feet is being installed in Aravade on 26 January in
presence of HH Lokanath Swami Maharaj, HH RamGovind Swami Maharaj and HG upraghunath prabhuji.
Become part of this transcendental event and take Lord Caitanya’s blessings!!
IMPORTANCE OF SRILA PRABHUPADA BOOKS
Abhay Charan De now known as H D G A C Bhakti Vedant Swami Srila Prabhupada was born on Sept 1,1896, in Kolkatta, India. His father Gaur Mohan De was a cloth merchant and mother was Rajani. Acc to Bengali tradition, his father approached an astrologer to calculate His horoscope.The astrologer predicted that at the age of 70 He would cross the ocean,become a great exponent of religion and open 108 temples.
Srile Prabhupada was a pioneer of ISKCON. His main mission was the printing and distribution of His Transcendental Books. This order was given to Him by His Spiritual Master H D G Bhakti Siddhanta Sarasvati Thakur Srila Prabhupada. Srila Prabupada would take rest around 10pm and rise about midnight and early morning hours to write His Transcendental books. He worked hard for our benefit, His books has saved the live’s of many conditioned souls. He changed the “Hippies” into ” Happies”. Srila Prabhupada wrote and published over 80 volumes of Spiritual Literature.He wrote Books with great care and devotion in translating the ancient Sanskrit Vedic Litratures into English.
Once of His disciple asked Srila Prabhupada :” How can I please You”?
Srila Prabhupada immediately replied : ” You can please Me the Most by reading My Books and following the instructions therein”. Our advancement in Krishna Consciousness is mainly by two reasons, Knowledge and renunciation, jnana & tyaga or tapasya which we get by reading His Books.
The Scriptures gives information about the Spiritual reality. His Books are real treasure to the modern society. His first Book was BACK TO GODHEAD, Books like Srimad Bhagavatam, Bhagavad Gita, Nectar Of Devotion, Nectar Of Instruction, Sri Caitanya Caritamrita and many more books has given the Divya gyan and has transformed the heart of the fallen soul to the Spiritual World ( Back to Godhead), to reunite our lost relationship with the Lord.
Srimad Bhagvatam – 18,000 verses 12 volumes. It is an epic Sanskrit history of Krsna’s incarnations, past times. Also gave wonderful example of the activities of the devotees and the Lord.
Bhagavad Gita As It Is – enlightens us the purpose of life and how to achieve ultimate success in this world and the next.
Sri Caitanya Caritamrita – a nine volume Bengali biography of the life and teachings of the Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
Nectar Of Devotion – is a summary study of Rupa Gosvami’s Classic Bhakti Rasamrit Sindhu an detailed description of the Science of Bhakti Yoga, an devotional service to the Supreme Personality Of Godhead Krsna.
Nectar Of Instruction – The Nectar of Instruction, contains eleven lessons in the ancient science of bhakti-yoga.This is an compact guidebook of essential spiritual teachings about how to choose a Guru, how to practice yoga, even where to live – originally written in Sanskrit by Srila Rupa Gosvami, now translated and illuminated by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, The Nectar of Instruction is the key to enlightenment for all seekers on the path of spiritual perfection.
Srila Prabhupada once said to his devotees that,” I will never die”. Physically he may have disappeared from sight but through His wonderful books we get the association of Dear Srila Prabhupada. His books are now published by the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust almost in 57 languages, 80 volumes with a billion copies sold.
So, after hearing from our previous acaryas, we should try to understand it through Srila Prabhupada’s teachings and example. With the Srila Prabhupada’s mercy we should implement in our day to day life and please our dear Srila Gurudev and Srila Prabhupada . In this way, we should begin and end with Srila Prabhupada’s books.
- By H G Srichandrika devi dasi
Hare krishna devotees,
Whenever we get money we can install Foot Print of Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Similar as Pandharpur temple.
It will add sanctity to that place as well as beauty—- HH Lokanath Swami Maharaj
As per his instruction, Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s lotus feet will be installed at ISKCON Aravade
by end of the year 2016. This will facilitate all visitors to know and remember Caitanya Mahaprabhu
and thereby to get His mercy.
Proposed plan for the project is as shown below:
Orders have already been placed and the work has been already started.
But we are in urgent need of funds about 7 lakhs.
Please refer to the attached pamphlet we have created for campaigning of this project.
We need urgent help from all the devotees in order to successfully complete the project
Before the end of 2016 as per the desire of Guru Maharaj.
Please help and contribute as much as you can for this wonderful project.
You can transfer laxmi to following account:
Account Name: Jay Kulkarni
Bank: State Bank of India, Ravivar Karanja, Nashik
Account Number: 20175154699
IFSC code: SBIN0018050
Deepavali ! Deepavali! Deepavali! What is this Deepavali? Is this only a festival that we have been following it since time immemorial. The word ‘ Deep’ means lamp and ávali’ means ‘rows of lamp’. So we can say “Deepavali”is a festival of lights. What is the significance of Deepavali? Let us go back to Tetra Yuga to Ayodhaya to find out.
Ayodhaya was ruled by King Dashratha, who was a great virtuous King. He had 3 wives and Kaikayee was his favourite, because she saved his life in the war at a very crucial time. King Dashrath granted her two boons. The King Dashrath had four sons, Lord Rama was the eldest and beloved of all. Sri Ram got married to Mother Sita, daughter of Janak Raja, Kingdom Mithila Nagri. Just before Rama’s Coronation Kaikayee reminded King Dashrath of his two boons. She told him to crown her son Bharat on the throne and second was to banish Sri Ram for 14 years exile to the forest. Ram gladly accepted his mother Kaikayi’s wish and left Ayodhaya accompanied by Mother Sita and Brother Laxman. The grief stricken Dashratha soon died in separation from his beloved son Sri Ram. After few years in the forest ,Sita Mata was lured by the demon King Ravana,Lanka. He was well known as Lankeshwar. Sri Ram with the help of Vanar Sena and General Hanuman, rescued Mother Sita And defeated Ravana. After completion of fourteen years of exile Lord Ram, Mother Sita and Brother Laxman returned to Ayodhaya.
So it is in their honor that “Deepavali” is celebrated.So it is in their honor that “Deepavali” is clelebrated. Deepavali signifies the victory of Good over Evil .While Lord Ramchandra was out of His Kingdom His brother son of Kaikayi took the charge of the Kingdom and on the day on which Lord Ramchandra took the charge of the Kingdom is observed as ‘Deepavali’. It is one of the auspicious festival, also known as festival of light.
Today in India during Diwali all the shops, homes,schools etc are decorated with flower garlands and light lamps.People prepare lots of sweets and offer it to the Lord. They draw rangoli outside their homes and also near the altar.They buy new things. People visit their friend and relatives house, to give warm wishes and sweets. Deepavali has become a day when all the darkness of life is destroyed and happy light of devotion appears.
Is this the only reason to celebrate Deeepavali? No! There are more historical reason too. Let us know what are the other reasons:
1) Goddess Laxmi’s Birthday – Godess Laxmi incarnated on the New Moon Day(Amvasya) of the Karthik month during churning of the ocean ( Samudra Manthan).
2) Lord Vishnu in his Fifth incarnation as Vaman avatar rescued Laxmi from King Bali.
3) Lord Krishna killed Narakasura: On the day preceding Diwali Lord Krishna killed the demon King Narakasur and rescued 16,000 Princess from his captive i.e Narak Chaturdasi.
4) The return of the Pandavas – Acc to the great epic Mahabharat it was Karthik Amvasya when the Pandavas appeared from their twelve years of banishment as a result of their defeat in the hands of the Kauravas at the game of dice (gambling).
5) The victory of Rama – Acc to Epic Ramayan ,it was the New Moon Day of Karthik when Lord Rama, Mother Sita And Brother Laxman returned to Ayodhaya.
In this way all over the country lamps are lit and homes,shops offices,streets are decorated and fireworks set off in honor of the Lord. This lightening of lamps during Diwali is of course a holy ritual but apart from that it gives a significant message i.e to introspect our dark heart of jealousy, hatred, envy, arrogance, lust, greed etc and lighten it with lamp of transcendental knowledge.
Let’s celebrate Deepavali in ISKCON Aravde on 31st octomber 2016
Special events – Govardhan puja, Gopuja, Katha of Giriraj, Maha-arti and Mahprasadam - By Sri Candrika Dasi
Rain couldn’t stop Hare Krishna devotees to celebrate Rathayatra in Sangli. Shri Jagannath Rathyatra was inaugurated in auspicious presence of HH Lokanath Swami Maharaj more than 600 devotees participated in Rathyatra Mathostav