18TH SEPTEMBER 2019
WORLD HOLY NAME FESTIVAL
Hare Krishna! Good Morning!
Well, I am back, I think I had never left also. There are 400 participants The number has certainly dropped. I see Senapati bhakta. We have Dhira Prashant Prabhu with us 10,000 miles away chanting. I think the number has dropped, so, not a good sign. We had reached 700 and now it is so low. Some of you, those who are chanting are there and those who used to be there are not here now.
I was up to chanting and you hearing, sometimes there was live and some of you were chanting with me and may be the rest of the times it was not live, maybe you were hearing recorded Japa and Japa talk. But regardless of whether there is live or recorded, we were expecting you to continue to chant. And if I am not there, devotees around the world are chanting with you. All over India is chanting with you. The power of association is there that way, so many together chanting. Japa conference is the power association.
As I said I am back in India. I arrived just today, early yesterday morning, namely 17 September and it was also the day in 1965 that Prabhupada had reached America. Prabhupada was in America on 17 September 1965. 17 September, yesterday was the beginning of a global festival called the World Holy Name Festival. I also kind of returned on the 17th to India to inaugurate that festival of the holy name. We would like you all to be part of this World Holy Name Festival from 17 to 24 September wherever you are - whichever continent, country. temple, Bhakti Vriksa. We want you all to actively participate in this World Holy Name Festival.
We have been celebrating this festival every year for the past twenty years. We want more promotion and more participation in this festival this time. I would like you to make sure that your continent, your country, your temple authorities are aware and awake - Gaurachanda bole. Gaurachanda is calling. We want to celebrate the World Holy Name Festival and I want you to remind your temple authorities about this World Holy Name Festival.
This is a GBC initiative. This is one of the programs the GBC wants to see spread. The GBC had asked me to be the coordinator of this event and I want you to assist me to make this World Holy Name Festival a grand success. We want to let the world know that Srila Prabhupada was the Ambassador of the holy name. Srila Prabhupada gave the gift of the holy name to the whole world so we want to remember Srila Prabhupada for this contribution. We would like to be grateful for what Srila Prabhupada has done for the whole world by giving this wealth of the gift of the holy name.
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare
Hare Rama, Hare Rama
Rama Rama, Hare Hare
This holy name is the true wealth. You are just saying it, but I wonder if you realise that this is something very, very valuable. Your consciousness could get enriched by chanting, hearing and assimilating this Hare Krishna mahamantra. With great pride Srila Prabhupada preached and enriched the souls from the Western world. Prabhupada returned to India and he declared that he had made hippies into ‘happies’. This was Srila Prabhupada’s contribution - making hippies happies. How did Srila Prabhupada do this? He just asked them to chant the holy name and be happy. That was the exact same message to the world. If you wish to be happy, then there is only one way:
harer nama harer nama harer namaiva kevalam
kalau nasty eva nasty eva nasty eva gatir anyatha
In this age of quarrel and hypocrisy, the only means of deliverance is the chanting of the holy name of the Lord. There is no other way. There is no other way. There is no other way.” [Adi 17.21]
Time and time again I say that in order to be happy you have to be wealthy. It is an illusion that if you make more money, you will be happy and if you want to be happier, you have to make more money. It is a fact that you need wealth to be happy. Unfortunately the world does not realise what kind of wealth could make you happy. There is the mundane rupees, dollars, rubles which if acquired in abundance will make you happy. This is a big misunderstanding. You will have to realise what kind of wealth will make you happy. You have to come to the conclusion that spiritual wealth will make you happy. This spiritual wealth is Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna…… It is guaranteed that the more you acquire this wealth, the happier you will be. The rest of the world begins acquiring wealth at 9, 10 ,11 am., but the Hare Krishna devotees begin making money much earlier:Early to bed and early to rise, makes one healthy, wealthy and wise.
The wise thing that the Hare Krishna devotees do, is that they wake up early. It is quiet and peaceful in the early morning hours and the air is fresh. This gives you good health. You become wealthy because you start acquiring genuine, eternal wealth. It remains your property forever and remains with you as your soul, unlike whatever other mundane wealth you acquire. Now is the time for the World Holy Name Festival. We talk about Harinama Mahatmya, the glories of the holy name. Hare Krishna chanting is the real wealth as Gauranga Mahaprabhu and our acaryas have said. During this festival which lasts for one week or so, you should find out more about this festival from our website -www.worldholyname.org
On this website you will find different things which you could do during this festival. One part of this festival is that you have to take part, chant, hear and relish the holy name. The other part is that we want to share the sweetness of the holy name with as many others as possible. so it's time for Aachar and Prachar so it's time for chanting and propagation of chanting There is a practice of chanting and propagation of chanting.
Some World Holy Name Festival activities:
All the talks - morning Bhagavatam and evening Gita - should be harinama centred. Japathon -Japathon, chanting lots of rounds, yesterday I met some devotees and they are chanting 64 rounds as part of this festival. Its time for Japathon ,Japa Marathon and I think you could also submit your scores / chant extra rounds and submit your scores into the global harinama bank and let the world know.
Competition time to chant more and more japa Nagar Sankirtana - Street kirtana 24 hour or 12 hour kirtana Akhanda Harinama - eg. from mangala arati to sandhya arati One Day Padayatra Kirtana Mela Japa retreats - get together to improve your japa Revive the numbers on Let’s Chant Together. Spread the word around.
Respond on this Zoom Let’s Chant Together forum or on the website what you are doing and if you have any new ideas.
Devotees from Noida are going to different parks catching the morning walkers and getting them to chant one round at least. The temples in the NCR(National Capital Region) are getting together on Sunday for a Maha Nagar Sankirtana waking up Delhi, Noida and surrounding area. They are expecting 10 thousand devotees. So why not you? Your temple? I will also be there.
The devotees from the Noida temple are going on harinama twice daily - morning and evening. * Noida devotees are starting a 15 day Padayatra on the 29 September from ISKCON Noida to ISKCON Vrindavana. The sky is the limit to how much you could do. We would like you to be the
doer, especially participating in this festival. Get the devotee community, congregation fully involved in the next five to six days.
Report back to us by sending us your reports (temple wise or group wise) of every activity that was undertaken as part of this World Holy Name Festival. You do it, send it to us and we will share it with the whole world.
World Holy Name Festival Ki Jai
You could do 24 hours kirtan or 12 hours kirtan or morning mangala Arti to sandhya Aarti, shayan aarti, non stop kirtana , akhanda naam kirtan in the temple, on some occasion of the temple. You could do one day pada yatra in your town. Kirtan melas you could organise, you could have Japa retreat , get together and japa retreat for improving japa. As I said ,there is no limit, what or how much you could do sky is the limit. So, these many and many more could be done and we would like you to be the doer not just listener and just be the witness, be actually participating and specially get the devotee community, the congregation, your temple fully involved and dedicated to World Holy name festival for these five six days. And then we would like you to report back to us, all that you did: all the rounds you chanted or Hari Naams organised , one day pad yatras whatever, non stop kirtans are organised. So, at the end of this festival each one of you or it can be temple wise reports or group wise reports we would like to hear and share those with the world, what you did , you do it and you report back to us whatever our pleasure .
So, we have to revive the number of participants of this conference, this is also one project in this World Holy Name Festival, we can get back to our previous good scores 500s, 600s, 700 participants spread the word around remind others in your temple or the colony or association and get our numbers up And we could spend some time in the following sessions to hear, some scores or some innovative ideas, how we could or how you are celebrating this World Holy Name festival. You could be the part of this morning japa talk or japa time, for interactive response, what you are doing, what different things could be done, you have some exceptional ideas please share us.
During the day you could write on the website. Noida is organizing pad yatra from Noida to Vrindavan for 15 days. So, those who wish to join are welcome, you can join pada yatra from ISKCON Noida to ISKCON Vrindavan.
Vrindavan dham ki jai! It starts on 29th of this month.