I am aware that you are feeling my absence just as I am feeling the absence from you. But in the meantime this must be so and Krishna will provide for you as long as you keep chanting Hare Krishna.
NEW YEAR MESSAGE FROM GURUDEV
My Dear Devotees,
Please accept my blessings. All glories to Srila Prabhupad. A happy New Year to all of you!
When a Hare Krsna devotee wishes you a happy New Year, it is not just a wish for the upcoming year, but one that lasts a lifetime. How? The answer lies in Srila Prabhupad’s words – “Chant and be happy”. You do not have to do anything new to be happy. Just continually imbibe Srila Prabhupad’s words.
People make new year resolutions to do this and not to do that. We should also make a resolution – to chant and be happy. How is this possible? We should resolve to chant better in the new year. Better chanting is possible when some genuine introspection is done and we take stock of the offences which we are still committing against the holy name. During the new year we should resolve to avoid committing those offences. Set a goal to desire and endeavour to chant without a particular offence or offences.
Time and tide waits for no man. In this way time has taken us through the different phases of our lives – childhood, youth, middle and old age. Yet another year is passing by. This day marks the passing of the old year and the arrival of the new one. We are nearing our end bit by bit. In the new year we will all be saying “I am another year older.” Ensure that your endeavours are serious and heartfelt.
Time is a valuable resource and should be utilised to get things done as quickly as possible. Otherwise it is an opportunity lost. Time is Krsna. If we are not utilising our time for realising Krsna and developing our relationship with Krsna, then we have truly wasted our time. We should use all our time – months, days, hours and every moment realising Krsna, serving Krsna, talking about Krsna and chanting Hare Krsna. In this way we will always remember Krsna and never forget Him.
Wishing you all a very happy and Krishna conscious New Year!
Your well wisher, Lokanath Swami
Initiatives: A Spiritual Perspective
His Holiness is working tirelessly to preach and promote Krishna Consciousness in every town and village. His determination to serve his Spiritual Master is seen in many Spiritual Initiatives he has taken in the last many decades.
Srila Prabhupada’s greatest desire was to spread the chanting of the Holy Names all over the world. To fulfill this desire, Governing Body Commission (GBC) of ISKCON established World Holy Name Day to commemorate Srila Prabhupada Arrival anniversary to the west, during Srila Prabupada’s Centennial in 1996.
On September 2, 1984, devotees launched Padayatra at Dwaraka Dhama, India’s western most point. Since then it has been traveling all over the country, covering about 48,000 kilometers while distributing books and pamphlets in 10 languages. The Padayatra has successfully introduced or revived the chanting of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra.
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
And Be Happy
Vraja Mandala Darsana
A 30 – Day Parikrama Experience
Vraja-mandala Darsana has thirty chapters, one for each day of the parikrama. It will take you on the month-long journey with the parikrama party, giving you a feel for what it,s like to walk the pace, the sights, the sounds, and the smells of Vraja.
Lokanath Swami with his Spiritual Master Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Lokanath Swami became an initiated disciple of Srila Prabhupada in 1972. Srila Prabhupada ordered him to preach Lord Caitanya message by organising Padayatra (walking festival) worldwide
Nothing is relishable for a disciple than to glorify his spiritual master. Here are a few which speaks volumes of Guru Shishya relation.
Guru Maharaj, we really appreciate all your dedication and austerities you continuously perform to bring awareness of the real facts of life. You are teaching us and reminding us of who we really are, where we come from, what the purpose of this life human form is and how to revive our dormant love for Krishna. Through your effective and educational lectures, talking devotees to Holy places, by your heartfelt kirtans, we remain in touch with reality and not illusion. In this way attain the desired result, Krsna prema.
Indeed, the Lord cannot be separated from His devotees. He is never alone. Similarly, the guru cannot be separated from his disciples.We are always together. Throughtout my preaching tour & journey, I always felt your presence – especially, in the association of my dear godbrothers & godsisters
“Thank You Gurudev, for excelling at school in your hometown, Aravade so that you were allowed to go Bombay to study chemistry at one of the esteemed colleges. In this way Gurudev, by Divine arrangement you met your Guru Maharaja, HDG A.C. Bhaktivendanta Swami Srila Prabhupada and unbeknownst to thousands of men and women, their wheel of fortune had just commenced its rotation.
Guru Maharaj, even though we are kicked so much in this material world we are still want to remain here. As Srila Prabhupada says we are rotting in this material world. On this day of Vyasa Puja I pray at your lotus feet that bless me so that I can fulfill my initiation vows strictly.