The 123rd Vyasa Puja Festival of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada was celebrated on 25th August at Hare Krishna Village. Devotees performed Mahabhishekam of the Deity of Srila Prabhupada with the flower offerings from all the devotees who were present there at the temple. Some of the devotees presented their offerings and homage for Srila Prabhupada in the form of poems,paitings and beautifully composed prayers.
More than 500 food offerings were offered to Srila Prabhupada. All the devotees present performed long and grand sankirtan rocking the atmoshere of Hare Krishna Village with the holy names of Krishna.
At the end of this grand occasion, everyone was served delicious prasadam.
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Celebrating the Grand Appearnce of Lord Krishna, we organized the Janmashtami Festival on 24th August 2018 at Janaki Devi Public School, Jaipur. Hundreds of devotees, students and audience gathered together for this very special occasion. The festival startedi with video shows of ancient temples of Lord Krishna throughout India. Then we had grand sankirtan and bhajans by the devotees.
His Grace Raghav Pandit Prabhu came on to the stage next to deliver the festival lecture who explained the reason of appearance of Lord Krishna and His pastimes. He also emphasized on the importance of performing devotional service.He explained the necessity of rules and regulations in the devotional pratice. He also took on the doubts of the audience and answered them with crude examples.A live drama was performed by "Vaikuntha Players" depicting the Legend of the Appearance of Lord Jagannath in the Neelachal Kshetra or Jagannath Puri in Odisha.
After the end of the live drama, The Grand Abhishekam of Lord Krishna and Radha Rani took place, with audience also getting a chance to perform abhishekam of Their Lordship.
After the deities got ready, more than 1008 types of delicious food items were offered to Them and a Grand Arati took place.
At the end all the people gathered for the festival were distributed Sri Krishna Prasadam.
Yogeśvara: There's a theory of the psychologists that—in some ways it's similar to our idea—that people are conditioned, that according to their environment, according to their upbringing, according to their parentage and so on, they have a kind of way of acting and thinking. So their argument is that Kṛṣṇa consciousness is just another kind of conditioning, that you leave one kind of conditioning, a material conditioning, but then you also enter into another kind of conditioning when you live in the temple.
Prabhupāda: Yes. That is conditioning, certainly. The position is that you must be under certain condition. That is your position. So if you become conditioned by God, that is your perfection. And if you become conditioned by māyā, that is your trouble. You must be conditioned. That is your position. You cannot be independent. And therefore, if you become naturally conditioned, then that is your happy life. Just as child, he must be conditioned. But when he is conditioned by his parents, that is his perfection of life. Your position is that you must be conditioned. Why you are thinking to be independent? That is your rascaldom. You should always know that "I must be conditioned. That is my life." Mahātmānas tu māṁ pārtha daivīṁ prakṛtim āśritāḥ [Bg. 9.13]. Condition. Still conditioned, but daivīṁ prakṛtim āśritāḥ, under the spiritual nature. That is Mahātmā. Mahātmā is not independent. He is also conditioned. So first of all, we must understand that our natural position is to be conditioned. Now, why, where I shall be conditioned? Therefore Kṛṣṇa says, sarva-dharmān parityajya mām ekam [Bg. 18.66]. You condition here. "You become conditioned by Me. Then you will be happy." Those who are thinking that "We shall not be conditioned," they are still in māyā. You cannot be without condition.
nityo nityānāṁ cetanaś cetanānām
eko yo bahūnāṁ vidadhāti kāmān
(Kaṭha Upaniṣad 2.2.13)
So that one God is supplying the necessities of life. That is His condition. Suppose you are giving me all necessities of life. Then it is, the best part of my valor is to live under your control. That's all. I cannot be independent. It is not possible. That is the wrong philosophy, that these rascals are thinking of complete independence. That means they are becoming more and more conditioned by this material external energy.