Friday 20 February 2015

Village Sankirtan Program

Devotees from Hare Krishna Village organized a Village Sankirtan Program in nearby Villages. Hundreds of Villagers attended the Sankirtan and Lecture, after lecture they took prasadam

English translation of above articles

A mass scale village sankirtan program and spiritual discourse on Srimad Bhagavatam was organised in Hathona on Monday. The devotees of Hare Krishna Village started from the Saligrama temple in the village doing sankirtan. The devotees actively participated in this sankirtan, chanting the Hare Krishna Mahamantra.

After the Sankirtan was over Dayalu Nitai Das, President of Hare Krishna Community said during the discourse that a momentary association of a saint changes the life a human being. The soul never becomes old and it is eternal and it can't even be destroyed by fire. He said that just by the chanting of Hare Krishna Mahmantra a man becomes purified. Everyone should get engaged in the service of the lotus feet of Lord Vishnu because Vishnu is master of the souls. The Lord's name is the only way for spiritual progress in Kali Yuga. In the end Maha-Arari was performed and prasadam was distributed. The program was attended by a large number of devotees.

Here are some glimpses of the program

Devotees doing Sankirtan in the temple

 Sankirtan in the village

Lecture by Dayalu Nitai Das, President, Hare Krishna Community Jaipur

Final Arati after the program

Saturday 14 February 2015

Krishna is doing everything

Harikesa: How does one stop cheating in a world of cheats?

Prabhupada: This material world is meant for cheating. You cheat, and others will cheat you. That's all. This is material world. It is not "how?" If you inquire, "How it is cold?"... The season is cold. There is no question of how. The place is for cheating and cheaters. So there is no question, "How it is cheating?"

Harikesa: So you can't stop the cold.

Prabhupada: Yes.

Harikesa: You can't stop the cheaters.

Prabhupada: No. Yes, it is not possible. But you can do everything by becoming Krsna conscious. That is the advantage of Krsna consciousness. Krsna says, aham tvam sarva-papebhyo moksayisyami [Bg. 18.66]. You cannot get out of sinful action, but Krsna can do it. Therefore He says, "I'll get you released." You cannot get released; therefore He says, "I'll do that."

Harikesa: So bringing it to a practical platform...

Prabhupada: Practical means it will be done by Krsna. Your only business is to surrender to Krsna. You cannot do anything. And as soon as you think that "I shall be able to do it," then you are a rascal. Immediately you are rascal.

Harikesa: So only a fully surrendered soul can do everything perfectly.

Prabhupada: Hm?

Harikesa: A fully surrendered soul is the only one who can do things perfectly.

Prabhupada: He cannot do anything, even in his... Everything is to be done by Krsna. But he has to apply his intelligence by Krsna consciousness. Even if he is intelligent, he cannot do anything.

Harikesa: Except surrender.

Prabhupada: Yes. He can surrender, and Krsna will do everything. You have to act very sincerely under the direction of Krsna, and then the war will be successful, as Arjuna did.

Harikesa: So imperfect activity is a sign of lack of surrender.

Prabhupada: Yes. [break] ...avasya raksibe krsna. Raksisyati iti visvasa-palanam. You work sincerely, devoutly, and have faith that "Krsna will save me from all dangers." Raksisyati iti visvasa-palanam. "I have surrendered to Krsna sincerely. Now Krsna will give me all protection." This faith, that is the beginning of devotional life. (aside:) Hare Krsna. Faith.

Harikesa: So this faith, is this sraddha or nistha?

Prabhupada: Sraddha. Beginning, sraddha. Then, when he is advanced, then he becomes fixed up. "Yes, Krsna is protecting me."

(Morning Walk - December 3, 1975, Vrndavana)

Wednesday 11 February 2015

'Demigods are also devotees'

Devotee: Srila Prabhupada, if... Since Krsna is the power that gives the demigods the ability to render everything, then why is it recommended in the Nectar of Devotion that a Vaisnava should worship Ganapati?

Prabhupada: Krsna worship, everyone. Just like we worship also ordinary man if it gives us facility to worship Krsna. We go to somebody and worship him, flatter him, because he will give some money, and it will be engaged in Krsna's service. The man is not worshipable, but he will help us to worship Krsna. Thereby he will be helped and we will be also helped, and Krsna will be satisfied. Krsna will be satisfied that "My devotee has brought some money from this rascal. All right." That is... (laughter) So Ganapati is also devotee. So Ganapati, it is not required, but sometimes we do. Just like gopis, they worshiped Goddess Durga, Katyayani. They did not require, but the social system is that. But they asked that Mother Katyayani, give us the opportunity to have Krsna as our husband." The aim is Krsna. Generally, they go to worship Devi Durga for asking material benefit. Dhanam dehi rupam dehi yaso dehi, the things which we want in material... But the gopis, they do not go for any material things. For Krsna. Similarly, we can go to any demigod. Why Ganapati? Everyone. But our prayer should be, "Please give us Krsna." Then it is correct.

Gurukrpa: When we were just traveling this last time and collecting, Srila Prabhupada, everyday we were offering some incense to Ganesa, and this prayer in the Brahma-samhita, yat-pada-pallava...

Prabhupada: Pallava-yugam vinidhaya kumbha...

Gurukrpa: We were saying this, saying, "Give us facility to collect nice laksmi to use to build the temple in Vrndavana."

Yasodanandana: To build the temple for Krsna and Balarama in Vrndavana.

Prabhupada: Yes. That is good. Whatever possible facility is available from any person, we beg for it for Krsna's service, not for our personal benefit. [break] ...they forget Krsna. They forget Krsna. When they go to worship some other demigod, they forget Krsna, kamais tais tair hrta-jnanah [Bg. 7.20], because they have got so strong material desires that they forget Krsna. That is harmful. Antavat tu phalam tesam [Bg. 7.23]. They get some benefit out of the demigod, but that will not stay. Alpavat, er, antavat. Antavat tu phalam tesam. But if you take Krsna, then it is not antavat, it will go on increasing. If you take to Krsna consciousness, it will never end. It will increase. Anandambudhi-vardhanam, increasing. The ocean does not increase, but Krsna consciousness is such a great ocean that it increases only. Anandambudhi-vardhanam.

Candanacarya: Is it not better just to say, "Krsna, whatever You decide. Whatever You give me, that I will accept." Like Kunti.

Prabhupada: Why shall I take from Krsna? You should give.

Candanacarya: No, I mean. Instead of praying to demigods to give me something, saying, "Whatever you decide Krsna."

Prabhupada: Oh yes. No. A devotee never prays to Krsna. They have to undergo so much trouble; still they never pray to Krsna. They know that "Krsna will give us ultimately protection. Let us do our duty." Tat te 'nukampam susamiksamanah [SB 10.14.8]. When a devotee is in difficulty, he is not disturbed. He thinks, It is Krsna's wish that I should suffer like like this. It is not suffering; it is my pleasure." Just like when a patient is undergoing surgical operation, there is pain, but he knows, "It is better for me." Therefore agrees, "Yes sir. You go on with your knife." So when you are surrendered to Krsna, and Krsna says that "I shall give you protection," so even in our distressed condition we must know that we are being protected by Krsna. We should not be disturbed. Because we create so-called distress and happiness. Actually this world is distress. Here the so-called happiness is also distress. So why a devotee should be disturbed by distressed condition? Harer nama harer nama [Cc. Adi 17.21]. [break]

(Morning Walk - January 10, 1974, Los Angeles)

Friday 6 February 2015

'Who is rich?'

Tamala Krsna: Impoverished means they are poor.

Prabhupada: Then what is the poor? What you are rich? You are whole day working day and night, and we are not working, getting our prasadam. I am poverty-stricken, or you are poverty-stricken? You rascal, whole day you are working...

Brahmananda: For a dry biscuit.

Prabhupada: an ass, and we are getting, sitting, chanting Hare Krsna and getting our food. So you are poverty-stricken or I am poverty-stricken?

Tamala Krsna: A poverty-stricken man has to work very hard.

Prabhupada: Yes.

Laksmi-narayana: But they will say, "Well..."

Prabhupada: They will say... First of all you see. You try to understand that this rascal is working day and night twenty-four hours for getting his food, and we are simply chanting Hare Krsna and getting our food. So he is poverty-stricken or I am poverty-stricken?

Brahmananda: That means we're the rich men.

Prabhupada: I am rich man.

Brahmananda: Rich man doesn't have to work, and everything comes.

(Morning Walk - July 11, 1975, Chicago)

Monday 2 February 2015

Nityananda Trayodashi 2015

                                                  Kirtan at the beginning of Program

Sri Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu & Srila Prabhupada divine darshan

"Nitai-Pada-Kamala"- Nityananda Prabhu

Tulasi Maharani dressed beautifully

The complete darshan

The people gathered for the special program

Abhishekam begins

                                                                     Flower abhishek


Special Offerings for special occasion

Final arati after abhishekam

Feasting at the end