2 NOVEMBER 2019
RAJDHANI TURNS DHARMADHANI
I thank you all for chanting with me and with all the devotees from 450 other places. I congratulate all for chanting together. Devotees are chanting from al the way from Torrento. I extend my deep heartfelt gratitude for this.
prthivite ache yata nagaradi grama
sarvatra pracara haibe mora nama
In every town and village, the chanting of My name will be heard.”(CC Madhya 25.264) Devotees from all over the planet and from Delhi I can see Madhavi Gauri Mataji also chanting with us. I can see in Toronto that Radhika Raman Prabhu ji is offering arati to his Deities. So all those who are chanting, the Lord is seeing them all. It's not that only I am seeing you while chanting and feeling happy but even the Lord is looking at you. He is having his krpa-dristi vristya dinam batanu. In Damodara maas Lord Damodara is showering his merciful glance on us. Yasoda Damodara are
seeing with Their merciful glances to all those who are chanting. There is vristi. There is a lot of krpa.
Sankirtan Gaur Prabhu from Bangladesh runs a VOICE program for the youth in Bangladesh named 'Giri Govardhan'. He will be gathering 2000 youths from various places and they will be celebrating Annakut festival for Giriraja Govardhan. We thank him and congratulate him for that. Do you understand what Annakut is?
'Anna' is food and 'Kuta' means mountain. 2000 youths from Bangladesh will celebrate this Annakut festival. You can also call it Guru puja Mahotsav. In Gurugram which was previously known as Gurgaon, Bhagavat Katha is going on. Haridas Thakur Prabhuji is doing Bhagavat Katha over there in the presence of more than 300 devotees and they are also conducting the Deep daan everyday over there.
I am still in Noida temple here which is known as Govind-dham and I want to report one good news about yesterday's happening in Delhi. In Delhi there is one place known as Chippiwada. Chippiwada became ISKCON Chippiwada as there was an ISKCON temple inaugurated in Chippiwada yesterday. This is a temple where Prabhupada used to stay before going to foreign lands. In Vrndavana Prabhupada stayed in Radha Damodara Temple and whenever he came to Delhi he would stay in Radha Krishna temple in Chippiwada. He translated the Srimad-Bhagavatam over here and also published Back to Godhead magazines. Before going to US, Srila Prabhupada had made lots of preparations. Some of the preparations were also done from Chippiwada. So Chippiwada is a significant place in Prabhupada's pastimes.
This can be understood that even in Prabhupada's passport the address mentioned was that of Chippiwada temple address. So this place was very important for Prabhupada. Whenever he came and preached in Delhi, he would stay in Chippiwada temple and do book distribution from there. He used to distribute Back to Godhead magazines from there. It was from Chippiwada temple that Srila Prabhupada had gone to meet ex prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri. The place from where Prabhupada kept in contact with many politicians is Chippiwada. This place is near Jama masjid, near the Red Fort and is almost in Chandani Chowk. This place was taken over by ISKCON with a lot of effort by His Holiness Gopal Krishna Goswami Maharaja. Then a lot of renovations were done here and yesterday in the presence of many disciples of Srila Prabhupada this temple was inaugurated.
Earlier this place did not belong to ISKCON, but now it does. If you come to Rajadhani Delhi anytime you will notice that this capital city of India is turning into a Dhaamdhani. ISKCON is converting it into Dharmadhani. There are many temples of ISKCON over here.
Don't think that Delhi is just one of the cities or one of the capitals. There may be one or two temples. Delhi and its surrounding area is called Delhi NCR(National Capital Region). Many surrounding cities like Noida, Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Gurugram, Bahadurgarh are all collectively called NCR. In this NCR there are about 15 ISKCON temples. Some have been completed and some are under construction and still for some temples land is getting acquired. So there will be around 15 to 20 temples. And devotees are making successful efforts to turn this Rajdhani into Dharmadhani. This chain of temples is like a chain of restaurants or hotels. We are planning to start Padayatra in NCR which will keep going from one temple in NCR to other. In this capital last month only when a youth Festival was celebrated there were around 10000 youths who attended it and are getting interested in the Gaudiya Vaisnava philosophy. That time the whole of the NCR was vibrating to the rocking kirtana done by the devotees. Harinama is the sound of the Lord and this roaring of Harinama was spreading all over. There was a large amount of distribution of Srila Prabhupada’s books, especially the Bhagavad-gita.
Delhi Temple, Punjabi bagh temple all distribute lacs of Bhagavad-gitas during the book distribution Marathon in December. Everyone is getting ready from now for the book distribution Marathon this year. Yesterday I discovered that Noida Temple had given an order of 23000 Bhagavad-gitas which were delivered by BBT. Noida Temple has kept the target of distributing 50,000 Bhagavad-gitas and some other temple have their target as 1 lakh Bhagavad-gita distribution. So in the whole NCR around 4 - 5 lakh Bhagavad-gitas are distributed every year.
In Delhi NCR Gita Jayanti is celebrated, in Radha- Parthasarathi Temple. SrilaPrabhupada also worshiped Sri Sri Radha Parthasarathi, and he laid the foundation for the temple of Sri Sri Radha Parthasarathi in Delhi. In the beginning
there was no place for the temple and so the Lord used to stay at different places taken on a rental basis. Lord used to stay in the rental temples from Anand-Niketan to the Bengali market and from there to Babar Lane and then Lord reached 21A Phiroz Shah Gandhi Nagar. When ISKCON reached Lajpat Nagar I was given the Seva of being temple president over there. On 8 July 1978 I came to Delhi and since then Delhi Noida has been my base. Since we discussing book marathon I had the recollection of those memories of how Sri Sri Radha Parthasarathi would travel from one place to another.
But now Sri Sri Radha Parthasarathi have their own big palace. I am trying to explain how ISKCON is turning Rajdhani of India into Dharmadhani. There is a construction of so many temples where kirtana goes on and there is book distribution and prasada distribution, midday meal schemes where meals are served to the school children.
Recently in the Indira Gandhi National Stadium a Youth Festival was conducted by ISKCON in which almost 12000 youths had participated. There was a special program for them. Youth preaching is very actively done in the NCR region. There
are many projects of ISKCON going on in the NCR region and I said earlier, there are many temples in this region. When you chat with other devotees, many devotees from Delhi also are chanting with you.
We are also praying for the residents of this capital region. Pollution has increased to such a bad level in Delhi that yesterday there was a declaration of emergency. The Delhi region was converted into a poisonous gas chamber. The hole of the atmosphere is filled with polluted air due to which the government has declared an emergency for next 5 days where in all the schools will be closed and the construction sites will also be closed. All the devotees here are praying for the wellbeing of all the residents in the NCR region.
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare.
Remembering the residents of NCR region you all also please pray for them. Our prayers are also with them.
om sarve bhavantu sukhinah
sarve santu niramayah
sarve bhadrani pasyantu ma kasciddus khabhsgbhaveta
This is a prayer and also a high thinking. It is expected that Hare Krishna devotees will always have high thinking. Your thoughts are not selfish, but for welfare of everyone. Devotees thoughts are for the welfare of all living beings. Devotees are recognised as sarva-bhuta-hite. Those who keep thinking and acting on the objective of welfare of others. So you all such devotees with the high thinking please pray. Hare Krishna maha-mantra is also a prayer. The kirtana of Hare Krishna maha-mantra is a prayer and there are many other players also, but this is a foundational prayer. So please pray for peace around the world, for peace in India and for the fellow residents in the NCR region.