17 July 2019
Utsava Gives Utsaha
Devotees are back from Pandharpur. Now they are joining us again on zoom conference. When I see you all chanting, I feel very happy.
How was the festival? From utsava comes utsaha. I hope it has inspired you in your devotional life. I hope you all have benefited from the festival. Lots of memories of Prabhupada were shared and some memories about myself were also shared. There was Prabhupada ghat opening, pandal programs and prasadam. Lots of association with devotees.
guhyam ākhyāti pṛcchati
bhuṅkte bhojayate caiva
ṣaḍ-vidhaṁ prīti-lakṣaṇam (NOI Verse 4)
Some rare souls managed to get darshan of Panduranga, lakhs of warkaris come for darshan, so having darshan of Panduranga, for all was not possible. I want you all to share your realizations about the festival. Some liked my kirtan, the management, the pandal programs, Prabhupada glorification, my house at Aravade, the lectures at Dehu. The Nityananda charan event, association of devotees, Srila Prabhupada ghat was liked by many devotees. Many were watching the festival online also. Some liked prasadam, 8500 devotees honored prasadam and all the prasad management was by Chowpatty devotees, Gauranga prabhuji and his team. I am grateful to them. They arranged breakfast, lunch and dinner. Some liked travelling with me for 3 days.
6000 books were distributed, Prannath Prabhu was in charge of book distribution. Some liked pada-puja. Bhakti Vedanta gurukul we have started. The padayatra bulls were attraction for the warkaris and some of you have not seen bulls.
‘Guru vidhi japa nidhi’ book published by Akinchan Bhakta Dasa, thanks to him. Also we have found marathi devotee who also wants to publish japa talk in marathi and also in English, work is going on.
To me the drama was inspirational it gave me boost, it was amazing. I was overwhelmed watching the drama. From that moment, I was not the same person any more. I thank Svetadvipa Prabhu from Pune.
Chandrabhaga temple was liked by many. Many books were published and one of them “Amcha Lokanath” in Marathi was liked by the Marathi devotees. Some said Vyasa puja event was memorable. 500 devotees walked from Dehu to Pandharpur, that was inspiring. Some liked adivasa in the evening and kirtan of Kamalochan Prabhu. Someone liked 70Kg cake. Someone said I was afraid of dancing but as I joined ISKCON I happily danced in kirtan. Istagosthi with devotees, arrival of All India Padayatra was liked by many. My dance was liked by some, I am an old man now.
‘Yadi prabhupada na hoite’ –then I could not imagine, this Pandharpur festival would not be there, so all credit goes to Srila Prabhupada ki ..jai!
I hope you all must have experienced priti lakshanam. Some liked Bhakti Vikas Maharaja books. 7000 prasad plates were distributed. 7000 japa malas were distributed by Keshav Prabhu’s team. We had 70 hours kirtan mela. And it was 7 days festival. 4 days in Pandharpur and 3 days in travelling we reached Dehu. Now your memories are unending.
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare
While chanting you have topics to remember to think about in Pandharpur. High thinking, you could remember those high point, those highlights of the festival.
You could read and also write down and post your comments about the festival. You could also share your memories about the festival that inspired you.