03rd March 2020
Memories of Mayapur Dhama
Hare Krishna. Today there are 441 participants. We spent a lot of days in Mayapur and during japa time, we were making a local call. We were residing in the same place where the Lord resides. It is the Lord's abode. That abode where only dhamvasis (residents or pil-grims) can live. Gauranga Mahaprabhu is the resident of Navadvipa Dhama. Not only Gau-ranga Mahaprabhu, but Lord Nityananda, Sri Advaita Acarya, Sri Gadadhara, Srivasa are also there.
panca-tattvatmakam krishnam bhakta-rupa-svarupakam
bhaktavataram bhaktakhyam namami bhakta-saktikam
I offer my obeisances unto the Supreme Lord, Krsna, who is non different from His fea-tures as a devotee, devotional incarnation, manifestation, pure devotee, and devotional energy.
Radha Madhava and Ashthasakhis were there. Because Vrndavana and Navadvipa are non different from each other, Gaura Nityananda is also there. Parikrama is still going on in Navadvipa Dhama. This is what I am missing. Some devotees of the zoom conference are present in the Parikrama. We spent a lot of days in the Dhama and we had many expe-riences. We can have these experiences as wealth. We had a local call there. Now we're in Pune and doing Japa, but the memories of Navadvipa Dhama are affecting me. Like the darsana of Navadvipa Dhama. I stayed near the Lord's place. I worshiped Sri Sri Radha Madhava with Ashtasakhis, sometimes Sri Pancatattva and sometimes Sri Prahlada Narasimha. There was a lot of kirtana in the Kirtana Mela. All of you must have seen the Kirtana Mela. There was sravanam, kirtanam and smaranam.
Then there was Sravan Utsava and I have memories from there. It is not possible to re-member (smaranam) the Lord without kirtana. First is hearing ( srvanam) then chanting the glories of the Lord (kirtanam) and then remembering the Lord (visnu smaranam). But Kirtana also requires smaranam ( remembering the Lord).
Many rituals were made after Sravan Utasava. The memories are still fresh. Whatever we heard. Hindi Bhagavatam classes were held there. Initially only Bengali classes were held, but then they started English Bhagavatam classes also and then further classes in Russian also. I am telling you all the important things which happened there.
There was ILS( ISKCON LEADERSHIP SANGHA). 1000 -1500 preachers and managers were assembled. Many senior leaders presented their seminars including me. I gave a presentation on "The bright future of ISKCON". We were preparing for the seminar and then I gave the presentation. Whenever we prepare for the seminar and give presentation, we get refined. This is going on for so many years and this year it was ILS and then Navad-vipa-mandala Parikrama. We did Parikrama also. It was a walking Parikrama. Thirty years ago, we were fortunate to get this Padayatra, walking Parikrama. This was the 30th Anni-versary of Navadvipa-mandala Parikrama. It is still going on. I left it in between.
There was a time when only we used to do Parikrama. But gradually everyone started or-ganising Parikrama. The devotees of Bengal and then Russian devotees also started and called it " Russian Parikrama". Hindi people also started their Parikrama 5-6 years ago. This year because it is 30th Anniversary, Parikrama will be completed exclusively for the devotees of South India.
Bengali devotees and devotees from Orissa are doing Parikrama. Different Parikramas are going on together. 3 Parikramas are held only by Hindi people. In total, there are 7 groups of devotees doing Navadvipa-mandala Parikrama together. One group is in Simantadvipa while the other is in Godruma dvipa. Third party in Madhya dvipa, fourth in Kola dvipa, fifth in Ritu dvipa, sixth in Jahnudvipa, seventh in Rudradvipa. It is a beautiful scene. Some can have darsana of this Universal form together. We can have door darsana.
7 parties together in different dvipas are doing Parikrama. It's very brightening. You are not leaving your homes. But some devotees who left their homes are laughing from Parikrama. Devotees don't want to leave the comfort zone of their home. More than 10,000 devotees came for Parikrama. But most of the people of this world didn't come for Parikrama. Not from Solapur also. They're laughing. They didn't come that's why laughing. Everyone should come in Navadvipa-mandala Parikrama or Vraja-mandala Parikrama. For the last 16 years, Parikrama in Jagannatha Puri is also started. Bhakti Purushottama Maharaja declared it'll be 16th Parikrama in Jagannathaq Puri. This year they're expecting 16,000 devotees in Jagannatha Puri Parikrama. Try to join the Jagannatha Puri Parikrama which is always held just after Kartik month. In Mayapur darsana of the Lord, aartis, kirtana, kirtana mela, Bhagavad classes, Srvana Utsava, ISKCON ILS and Navadvipa-mandala Parikrama are held. Finally, there'll be Gaur Purnima on 9 March.
Now we're in Pune. On the day of Gaur Purnima Gauranga Mahaprabhu will appear. We are preparing to bring the mood that the Lord is going to appear soon. Like Krsna, demi-gods appeared before Gauranga Mahaprabhu was going to appear. They were waiting for Mahaprabhu's appearance. Demigods were praying to the Lord. In the same way, all IS-KCON temples are preparing for Gauranga Mahaprabhu's appearance. This year we're pre-paring for Gaur Purnima in Pune. We've organised Gaur Bhagavad classes.
śraddhāvān jan he, śraddhāvān jan he
O faithful people, O faithful people, Please come!
Srila Bhaktivinoda declares
nadiya-godrume nityananda mahajana
patiyache nama-hatta jibera karana
(śraddhāvān jan he, śraddhāvān jan he)
In Nadiya Godruma the great soul Lord Nityananda has opened a marketplace to sell the holy name to the conditioned souls.O faithful people please come and take advantage of it.
In the same way, we can also say that in ISKCON Pune Radha Vrndavancandra ISKCON NVCC Pune has organised Gaur Bhagavad Katha which is started already. All the prepara-tions are made to welcome all the people, guests and devotees. Everyone come in large numbers and hear Gaur Bhagavad katha. All of you are welcome. I, the speaker of Bhaga-vad katha, am inviting all of you for this on behalf of this Bhagavad Katha committee. Again, of course if you're not able to come for Katha then sit into your comfort zone and at least hear Bhagavad katha on Facebook or any other social media. So that you can have darsana and sravan of Bhagavad katha.
Nitya Sakhi Mataji from Greater Noida has organised padayatra or Nama Sankirtana for more than 100 children. This is a part of Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s programme. By doing this service, you made Caitanya Mahaprabhu, all the acrayas happy and I am also very happy to hear this.
I am praying to all of you, to pray that today my god brother Sriman Yasomatinandana Prabhu has open heart surgery. We should pray together for him so that he can have a suc-cessful surgery. He is the zonal secretary of all the Gujarat temples. He is a very dear dis-ciple of Srila Prabhupada and one of my dear godbrothers. We can chant together for him once. This chanting is the only prayers we can do. Please join me, chant out loud, cry and pray.
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare
So we'll meet soon again.