25 SEPTEMBER 2019
GLORIES OF WORLD HOLY NAME FESTIVAL.
harer nama harer nama
harer namaiva kevalam
kalau nasty eva nasty eva
nasty eva gatir anyatha
For spiritual progress in this Age of Kali , there is no alternative, there is no alternative, there is no alternative to the holy name, the holy name, the holy name of the Lord. (CC Adi lila 7.76)
Kanhaiyalal is reporting from Vrindavana that on Holy Name Festival they did six hours kirtan daily and Bhagavatam classes by Sarvabhauma Prabhu.We welcome all of you chanters! We have received a wonderful report from Vrindavana.
World Holy Name Festival coordination is a global coordination , GBCs have assigned myself, Janananda Maharaja and Ekalavya Prabhu. Then on our behalf there are coordinators in different continents and countries. I cannot share the names of all those and several posts are also vacant for the same. For India Madhavi Gauri Mataji is communication coordinator and she is based in Delhi. We had some kind of state coordinators Padmamali Prabhu was coordinating, World Holy Name communication coordination providing inspiration to Holy Name efforts in the state of Gujarat and well at local level. There are many of them Parthasarathi Prabhu for Solapur, and like that particularly every town. Can’t say village and of course can’t say all the towns, many towns, many villages have coordinators. I personally came to
Yesterday evening we had a Grand finale kirtana at Krishna Balaram temple in the courtyard of Krishna Balaram temple in association and assistance of Pancagauda Prabhu, President of the temple.We had kirtana in the courtyard of Krishna Balaram temple with lots of temple devotees and visitors that officially we have concluded the World Holy Name Festival. World Holy Name Mahotsav ki Jai! Padmamali Prabhu has sent a quite an extensive report and then, he says this is not everything and he is gonna report more. Report of each, some six temples of Gujarat, their participation in their Nagar sankirtana, their Padayatras, their 64 rounds kirtanas and this and that, there is so much. This you will have to personally read through. It is quite a Mahabharata long, extensive report.
Final report from all of you, the participants of World Holy Name Festival, either global coordinators or national coordinators, state level coordinators, regional coordinators, local coordinators, you have to compile your reports along with photographs and/or videos and send them to be uploaded on the World Holy Name Festival website. I don’t know the technical ID or access maybe someone could type and explain how they could upload and where to send their reports.
So this could be finally reported to GBCs and ultimately to Pancatattva so all reports whatever has been sent thus far, has been noted. We are not able to. I am not God and you know that, I don’t even remember and I cannot recall or repeat or share all those reports, but be assured that if you have sent the report here it has been noted and we highly appreciate your participation in the World Holy Name Festival and reporting about the festival. Reports are still pouring in, bombarding in, I cannot keep track of this : Mukund Madhav from Hadapsar, Pune. 100 devotees participated in Nagar sankirtana yesterday. In the garden, 150 new devotees chanted. It is Paramatma Prabhu and Caitanya Jivan Prabhu reporting from Jalgaon. And then part of the report is that Ekendra Gaur who chanted 192 rounds yesterday. He was busy 22 hours to complete his 192 rounds. So congratulations, so I think he is, Ekendra Gaur is the top chanter and someone Shrikant Gangul from Ghangur, Bhiwandi near Mumbai was writing something and it wasn't clear.
He says he chanted 200 rounds but I am not sure, so Ekendra Gaur seems to be the winner chanting 192 rounds. Then Swarupanand is reporting of a rock show in the market, Greater Noida, 300 participants. I mean those who participate are devotees, not necessarily temple devotees or they already are guests. They are visitors. If they chant Hare Krishna they are all devotees. We are all devotees. All the souls are devotees of Krsna. So he said 300 devotees - temple devotees, congregation of devotees and brand new devotee visitors also. Madhavi Gopi from Thane has chanted 32 rounds or something like that everyday. Jahnavi Ganga chanted a lot of rounds. 52 rounds she is also from Thane. We have taken note of your lots of rounds of chanting. Acknowledging and reading last one hour from time to time I am reading Siromani from Baroda and others chanting.
Rohini Jadav is very active in reporting chanting with children. Lots of children chanted because of her. Ojasvini all the way from Russia was chanting 64 rounds every single day, sometimes more than 100. Madhavanandini has chanted extra rounds also from Russia . Who is that from Toronto? Nama Kirtana is originally from Baroda and he is now in Toronto also managed to keep some Nagar sankirtana, going and getting visitors to chant one round in the temple. Srimati Radhika from somewhere chanted 32 rounds. 48 rounds Suchitra Sakhi from Greater Noida. There is also a report from Italy, Nandalal Prabhuji. I saw him. He sent photographs doing the Nagar sankirtana on the streets of Milan.
Nagar sankirtana and report. Solapur Parthasarathi Prabhu wrote a report. It was very well planned like in the Gujarat temples, this temple also organised sankirtana, extra japas, walking every single day with participation of congregation of temple devotees. What I specially made note of was there were no rains in Solapur for some time. People were waiting where are the rains? Please send some rains.
All the farmers, everyone was awaiting, as soon as the devotees started performing World Holy Name Festival in Solapur, in Nagar sankirtana, from nowhere, the clouds appeared in the cloudless sky. Parthasarathi Prabhu writes they were experiencing clouds hanging right above the temple or where the kirtana was performed and soon there was rain. This happened several times whenever they used to start Nagar Kirtana or 24 hours sankirtana. The clouds gather and it rains so they had a realization of yagyatbhavati parajanyo the result of the yagya, the outcome of the yagya, sankirtana yagya also is parjanya, it rains. So this was first hand experience.Sometimes the rains may pour instantly, on the spot or the rains may happen the next day or next month, so the rains are the result of the sankirtana yajna.
Neetu Sharma from Greater Noida chanted. He is just a little boy, just 10 years old and he chanted 24 rounds yesterday and then Hardik Patel from America, originally from Gujarat. Hardik Patel has ended up in America and he bought, some sets of Bhagavatam and was distributing Srimad-Bhagvatam in Atlanta, America.So like that I am sure that there are more reports, I do not remember or also we don’t have so much time to share all those reports. I have a good excuse to say that we have less time, the fact is, I don’t remember because there are so many reports, and I am just overwhelmed and I cannot share all those reports. Ramvijay is writing something. He did nagar kirtana with Mukund Madhav. They say it did not rain while doing kirtana but in Pune also there was rain after doing kirtana and sankirtana. Any other devotees wish to write up quick. Because there is some outstanding report which I missed or was not reported you could do so in a few minutes that are at our disposal. Mahalakshmi is from Shirdhon Maharashtra. 60 devotees did japa.
Mahalakshmi is my disciple from my family, blood relations. So Mahalakshmi did that. Syamalangi is also reporting that Bhakti Vriksha celebrated in Dubai and Bhakti Vaibhav course for one week in Dubai and kids chanted. I missed Jayatirtha from Raichur. 2500 participants in kirtana. I missed the report. So we congratulate Jaytirtha Prabhu on celebrating World Holy Name Festival in Raichur. It is in Karnartaka. Also Vaikuntheshwar from Baroda chanted 64 rounds. Sneha Gupta reports four students did 8 rounds of mala. And Solapur had 30 Harinama kirtanas in these 7 days. Jagannath Gangul says he chanted 200 rounds. It took a lot of time. Then Aradhya Madhavi from Baltimore all the way from America started Japa marathon. It started at 4 am like that and it went on for a long time I suppose. Kirtanas, downtown kirtans also, there
were many kirtans in the temple for three days. Thank you from Aradhya.
Reports from Gondia say thank you for the Holy Name Festival in Gondia. ISKCON Solapur is presenting further details - 2 times 12 hours non stop kirtana. Ratnavali Madhavi is reporting that Bhakti Vriksha from Sector 50…. Reports are not staying on the screen for long because there is a big push from the bottom or somewhere, so we cannot keep track of the long reports coming in. This 12 hour Harinama by Krishna Nama Prabhu. This must be Beed. This was at Baroda. Kaviraj Goswami did 48 rounds and 1hour Bhagavatam reading.
So I think it is wonderful, great. We did it , not one person could doit. This was participation of all of you from everywhere, not just from India but all over the world devotees participated and the final score from Bangalore 8300 extra rounds chanted besides 16 rounds. More than 8300 rounds were chanted in Bangalore by the devotees. Antaryami Krishna from Shillong, first year in Assam, he also took part in World Holy Name Festival, this was the first time and I hope this is not the last time Thank you Antaryami. 32 rounds everyday last 4 days, and home kirtanas. There is also Neelambari Radha from Russia ,Moscow. So there is no end to this. Devotees from Satara are reporting.
From Latur 14 Nagar Kirtanas, 12 hours non stop kirtana. Radhika 32 rounds. Lalit Mohan 64rounds .Swaha Swaha, all these things taking place in a yagya. My daughter, Amulya can’t talk. She has a talking problem, but she did Japa fluently. Mahadev 48 rounds everyday from Greater Noida. Pandarinath from Sangli Padmamali from Gujarat reports that daily 1lakh people received messages, about Harinam sankirtana. That’s a big report.
Read Bhagavatam at corporates everyday, Lakshminath Prabhu from Bangalore. 32 rounds from Juhu Krishnalok and our Padayatras of course, you know all India Padayatra, Kanpur Padayatra, Maharashtra Padayatra, Tirupati Padayatra. They were on the road everyday. They travel for whole year, but especially during this World Holy Name Festival they made an extra effort to get people to participate in chanting, dancing. We should be remembering them. Those first year Padayatris are under going lots of inconvenience to bring the holy name to more towns and more villages. All glories to the Padayatra devotees.
Pandarinath Prabhu is proudly announcing that his wife Sridevi read Bhagavad-gita four chapters So Sridevi and Radhika Raman from Toronto earlier were in India and went to preach the glories of the holy name to family members. They are in need of the holy name he realised, so he fulfilled the demand. Fulfilled the supply, as there was a demand. Thank you Radhika Raman for the propagation of the holy name. Radhika Raman is in India now.
I think we will read the reports later on and we should stop here , it’s time for greeting the Deities in different temples. And I will make some concluding comments tomorrow about the World Holy Name Festival, on how we could possibly stay high forever and keep spreading and sharing the glories of the holy name with others. Also besides this charity begins at home. Besides, we chant for our own purpose, our own cause and we could keep chanting for others benefit , which is “Paropkar”. We will talk in the next session more about conclusion, putting comments on World Holy Name Festival.