19th February 2020 Mayapur Festival - Real United Nation Today is Vijaya Ekadashi that is why 500 devotees are chanting with us. From Delhi Noida we have Krsna Kanaiha who is my youngest disciple. From Mauritius we have Vishakha Mataji. We say we are from Mauritius or Delhi, but we are from Mayapur. We are living in foreign now. Our motherland and fatherland is Mayapur and Vrndavana Dhama. krsna mata krsna pita, krsna pran dhan Krsna is our mother and father. Ganga and Yamuna also flow in the spiritual world and belong to that place. We are conditioned to think that I’m from this country, I am a man or a woman. I’m here today and might not be in the evening also. mām upetya punar janma duḥkhālayam aśhāśhvatam nāpnuvanti mahātmānaḥ sansiddhiṁ paramāṁ gatāḥ Translation Having attained Me, the great souls are no more subject to rebirth in this world, which is transient and full of misery, because they have attained the highest perfection. [BG 8.15 ] We need to realise this truth while chanting. We need to transform this knowledge into wisdom as we chant. This is the purpose of chanting. It’s not only the Krsna realisation, but it is also self-realisation and then Krsna realisation. Along with that we have to realise our relationship with the Lord. God realisation, self-realisation and our relationship are to be understood. Those who realise themselves as servants of Krsna are free from miseries. jiver svarupa hoya krsneir nitya das Our relationship is not only with Krsna, but also with other living entities. We are relatives and then we become a family. It’s been said that vasudhaiva kutumbakam - meaning the whole world is our family. Jivas are not only on earth. They are all over the universe. We are part of the family. Father and mother are so big. Their family is so huge and it should be. High thinking versus low thinking which is ‘we two and our two or one’. We just think on this only and we don’t care about others. Therefore become Krishna conscious and then we start to remember and realise the real size of the whole family. We can experience this as we come to Mayapur as a global worldwide family. Practitioners from the whole world come over here and experience the international society. It is difficult to experience this in Mauritius, Ahmedabad, Vallabh Vidyanagar etc. This is the place of all the living entities. The jivas return to their place. We can experience this. There are so many devotees all over the world honouring prasada together; dancing in kirtana. We have prakrta and aprakrta relationships. This is the United Nations of the spiritual world. United Nations was formed in 1940. The number of flags are increasing. United Nations means there should be one flag. They wanted to unite the world, but they are failing in this. In Mayapur we have 1 flag - Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s Jayapataka. This is the real United Nation. We give preference to our self aham mamati. This is a narrow mind or low thinking. We have to raise ourselves and develop our Krishna consciousness. This is high thinking. This we experience in Mayapur. We have one flag in the flag hosting ceremony. The flag is Param Vijayate Sri Krsna Sankirtanam. The right resolution can only be found in ISKCON. All governments can’t come together. In Krishna consciousness all differences are dissolved. This is the real United Nations. In 1971 Srila Prabhupada conducted an initiation ceremony and there was a marriage ceremony also. The bride was from Australia and the bridegroom from Sweden. Srila Prabhupada said this is the United Nations. Srila Prabhupada gave us this Mayapur Festival. The founder of this Mayapur Festival is Srila Prabhupada. It started 48 years ago. There were only a few devotees like we have in this room. Those days only 40-50 devotees were there and we were so many devotees. Gradually the number is increasing and will keep on increasing. As one receives the holy name, he gets connected to Mayapur. When we preach then everyone will come to know about Gaurang, Nityananda, who are the fathers of Sankirtana. Then they will think that one day I will go to Mayapur. Then such Hare Krishna devotees will think that I will go to Mayapur just like the Muslims go to Mecca and Christians go to Jerusalem. In 1972 we had only 40 devotees. I have written the book ‘The Mayapur Vrindavan Festivals’. Please read this book. In that book all the descriptions are given, what devotees experienced. I have explained there was just a kutir, then came the lotus building. There was the long building which is known as the Cakra building. This book tells how the festival started and how initially we had only the hut then the Lotus Building was built then the long building was constructed. Do you know the long building is the same building which is known as the Cakra building. It is the longest building in Bengal. First walking Parikrama started in 1990. This year we have the 30th Anniversary. In the first Parikrama we had 100 devotees. This year we are expecting 10,000 devotees. Only after two years there will be 50th Anniversary of this festival. In 2022 there will be the TOVP opening so book your flights. Radha Govind will come to take you. Nitai Gaur Premanande Hari Haribol!