Bhakti Retreat – USA

Hare Krishna Dear Devotees,

Caught in Rat race?

Tired of the routine?

Don’t know the essence of your being?

Uncover these and many more answers by getting in touch with your spiritual side.
Rare opportunity to immerse yourself in ecstatic kirtans,
​spiritual ​lectures, presentations, drama, dance, movies, games and Prasadam.
“There is no greater fortune than being in the association of glorious devotee families chanting the holy names and hearing the glories of the Supreme Lord (Krishna Katha) and His devotees.”​

There could be no better way to spend your long weekend (US Independence weekend) than by getting immersed in the nectar of Krishna Consciousness. Just like past 5 years, it is going to be a spiritually intense, but extremely blissful, ​4 days of devotee association with never to forget experience. We highly recommend participating for all 4 days to get the maximum benefit and ecstatic experience that you will start feeling in the first 2 hours of the early morning on first day itself during Group Japa (Mahamantra Chanting), Morning Aarti and Various Prayers in the association of devotees.
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HOW TO REGISTER

To serve you better, we require that every attendee registers by contacting us at usacanadabhaktiretreat@gmail.com
We have onsite accommodation available very conveniently located right at the retreat center only
​By registering, you will receive 4 days of onsite accommodation, 12 meals of prasadam (sanctified food), access to all the classes, seminars, kirtans, skits and many other Krishna Conscious activities — all these at a subsidized fee
The fee is just to cover the cost of the accommodation and facility.
Though we highly recommend to attend all 4 days but if you cannot attend for all 4 days due to unavoidable circumstances, please let us know what days you can attend and we will work with you to make sure you are not left out
Due to 4th July long weekend, onsite accommodation availability is limited. Please respond at the earliest to confirm your reservation

WHAT TO EXPECT

4-days Bhakti Retreat (वैष्णव मेला) with ​​His Holiness Kratu das Ji Maharaj​ ​​​includes:
Enlightening Seminars & Workshops​ based on the teachings of Bhagvat Gita, Srimad Bhagvatam, ​Chaitanya Charitamrita, ​​Raganuga Bhakti​, Prem Bhakti Chandrika​ and other Vaishnav scriptures applicable to ​​​dev​otees of all ages (Adults and Kids​)​
Group Mahamantra Japa (Chanting​) followed by Morning Aarti and Prayers (Sri Sri Gurvastakam, Srila Prabhupada Pranati, Panca-Tattva Maha Mantra, Sri Nrsimha Prayers, Sri Tulasi Pranama and Kirtan, Sri Vaisnava Pranama, Ten Offenses in Chanting the Holy Names, Sri Siksastakam) each morning
Learn how to recite and memorize Bhagvat Gita & Shrimad Bhagvatam shlokas easily and naturally (daily sessions for adults and kids)
​Special Spiritual Sessions & Workshops for Kids​
Heart-touching Bhajans & Ecstatic Kirtans
Bhajan Sandhya each night
Kids Jugalbandi on Mridanga and Kartal beats
Spiritual Treasure Hunt
Krishna Movie (Family Time after Dinner Prasadam each night)
Sports for Kids (Swimming under supervision, Badminton, Soccer, Kickball, Cricket)
Krishna Conscious Games (Shloka/Bhajan/Krishna Antakshari, Quizzes, Dumb Charades etc.)
Spiritual Picnic with Sumptuous Vegetarian Food (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Prasadam all days)
and ​a ​lot more..​.​
!!! Detailed day by day schedule will be available shortly !!!

LOCATION

Address of USA Canada Bhakti Retreat
“Shri Jalaram Dham”
222 Arsenal Rd, York, PA 17402 USA map

Very conveniently located in the heart of historic York city in southern Pennsylvania – just about 30 minutes from Lancaster airport, 35 minutes from Harrisburg airport, 45 minutes from Reading, 1.5 hours from Allentown airport, 1.25 hours from Baltimore airport, 2 hours from Philadelphia airport, 2 hours from Washington DC airport, 2.5 hours from Newark NJ airport, 3.25 hours from New York JFK airport

HIS HOLINESS KRATU DAS JI MAHARAJ:

His Holiness Kratu Das ji Maharaj was born in aristocratic Gujarati Gaudiya Vasihnava familiy and is an initiated disciple of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada, the founder Acharya of International Society of Krishna Consciousness(ISKCON). His permanent abode is in “Shri Vrindavan Dham” while He visits various places all over the world throughout the year for constant preaching activities (Srimad Bhagvatam Katha, Chaitanya Charitramrita Katha, Bhagvat Gita seminars, Bhakti Retreats, Bhajan Sandhyas, Kirtan mela and many other devotional activities).

Maharaj is one of the present initiating spiritual masters of ISKCON. He has his disciples in India, Damodardesh, America, Canada, UK, Europe, Saudi Arabia and various other countries around the world. Following the most important instruction of His Guru, He made spreading the teachings of Lord Chaitanya, the prime aim of His life at an early age.

Please plan to attend this spiritual retreat to get Maharaj’s divine association, and get spiritually rejuvenated.

CONTACT US

If you have any question about this Bhakti Retreat or need more information, please do not hesitate to write to us at usacanadabhaktiretreat@gmail.com


Thank You !
We look forward to serve you in this unique Bhakti Retreat !

Book Distribution

Book Distribution

The easiest way to preach about Krishna is by distributing literature about Krishna that is written by Srila Prabhupada in a simple, understandable language which can touch the heart of all the living entities. He is a pure devotee and he wrote his books in a pure way without any 4 defects. There are immense religious literature written by so many people but Srila Prabhupada’s literature touches living entities’ heart so when we give out a small or a big book, that is the topmost preaching, nothing can be a bigger preaching than distributing Srila Prabhupada’s books.
Srila Prabhupada’s books have everything in them, Srila Prabhupada says, “My books are like time bombs.” When a time bomb is placed somewhere and when the time comes, it explodes.” Similarily, books are at everybody’s home and one day, they will pick it up in their life because they have spent money.  When somebody spends money on something, they use it, so they will pick it up and start reading and that will change their heart because Srila Prabhupada has written this on a pure platform.

Books have changed people’s lives and we can see this in the world. “I travel a lot and I always bump into devotees in a place where I cannot perceive that devotees can exist in such a remote area”, so these Srila Prabhupada’s books are the best preaching. These are law books for next 10,000 years and it will change this Kaliyuga into Satyuga for 10,000 years. It is the golden age within Kaliyuga. Why? because of Srila Prabhupada’s previous acharyas, they all came with compassion.

“Param Karuna Pahu Dui Jana Nita Gaura Chandra”

‘Param Karuna’, they came with immense compassion for the living entity. There are many great, pure devotees in this lineage of Srila Prabhupada, so many pure souls, we have to learn about them especially Sri Rupa-Sanatana-Raghunatha Das Goswami, Shat Goswamis, they have left immense literature to do good to the living entities, so this literature should be distributed and that is the first clear preaching, we don’t have to open our mouth, all we have to do is to deliver these books to someone, it is that easy.
If we have money or we don’t have it, still we can spare some money. If we have some money, take a book and give out freely, if we can, otherwise, it is always good to charge a little token money but distribute these books and that is preaching and that will change the heart of the living entities. If we cannot do this, then Srila Prabhupada says, “Do second number preaching. First number preaching is that you distribute my books.”
“December Marathon is here and we don’t have to wait for the marathon. I ask devotees and they say, “I’ll distribute in marathon.” No! It is an ongoing process, everyday process; everyday one must distribute books with whatever capacity one has. If we can take out 10% income, with 10% of our income, we buy Srila Prabhupada’s books, that is preaching and Krsna will love you for that, He says:

“na ca tasman manusyesu
kascin me priya-krttamah”

“There is no man dear to me on Earth than the one who distributes this Bhagavad Gita, distributes the knowledge about Bhagavad Gita.” Distributing Bhagavad Gita and this is very essential, if we cannot do this then go on Harinama, go on the street, go to everyone, sit down and perform Hare Krishna Kirtan.

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

This is Harinama Sankirtana it has Krishna’s name and when Krishna is heard through Holy name, it will change the heart.

“ceto-darpana-marjanam bhava-maha–davagni-nirvapanam
shreyah-kairava-chandrika-vitaranam vidya-vadhu-jivanam anandambudhi-vardhanam prati-padam purnamritaswadanam
sarvatma-snapanam param vijayate sri-krishna-sankirtanam”

“ceto-darpana-marjanam”, so when we perform sankirtan, it cleanses the heart of all the living entities. Srila Prabhupada said, “Even the dog can take part in it.” Dog can hear, take part in it and if we cannot do this, then there is a third thing, the choice is ours, we want to do the first, second or the third one. The third thing, Srila Prabhupada says, “You distribute Krishna’s prasadam.” Offer prasadam to Krishna and distribute prasadam to all. We have to become compassionate and give out Krishna to everybody. When the love of Krishna overfloods our heart, then that overflowed love from our heart turns into preaching activity, into compassion to other living entities but first of all we have to reawaken that love in our heart. For that we have to make
“janma sārthaka kari”

We have to make your life totally successful, and it is the topmost duty of all of us. Prabhupada says, “All of you should be preaching.” This is a preaching movement and one must push and by pushing, we will become pure. By preaching, we will preach our-self first so it is very important. When we preach, we glorify Krishna, our purity will come fast and when we glorify the Holy name then it is we, who first get purified , then the others so it is our interest also . So Srila Prabhupada says, “ Distribute books, distribute books, distribute books,” and we have to take these Srila Prabhupada’s books and it is a very easy preaching. Any religious person, Hindu, Muslim, Christian should take out 10% of their income and use it in charity and what is that charity? To give out Krishna Consciousness, topmost charity. So with 10% of money, we buy Srila Prabhupada’s books and this is very very important.
Who cannot do? everybody can do. If not 10%, 5%, 1%, 1 pound but spare for some Srila Prabhupada’s books for delivering, very important process.
Who cannot do it? everybody can do. This is the process of this day and age, Srila Prabhupada brought all of us under one roof. Srila Prabhupada says, “If you give 1 hour lecture, what that 1 hour lecture will do? But if you give my books, whole life he would read and it will change his heart,” preach yourself and then give out Srila Prabhupada’s books, give it to others, very important.

Goverdhan Bhakti Retreat

Every year ‘Giri-Raj’, the king of the mountains, Goverdhan attracts thousands of pilgrims for its parikrama during the month of Kartik. Krishna declared it non different from Himself. For similar reasons and many other, HH Kratu Das Ji Maharaj brings his disciples here from all over the world for a ‘Bhakti Retreat’. Not only Braj, Delhi or India, disciples from America, Canada, Dubai also attend this retreat. HH Kratu Das Ji Maharaj makes sure that each of his disciples gets the nectar that he shares during these three days of Bhakti Retreat.

The retreats organised by HH Kratu Das Ji Maharaj are aimed at providing ‘Higher Education’ to his disciples. It is a cocktail of rigorous lectures, soothing kirtans and delicious prasadam.

Goverdhan Retreat’2015 was one such event too. Organised at Gangadham, it gave the disciples an opportunity to personally associate with HH Kratu Das Ji Maharaj and also with each other. The retreat started with a close study of the book ‘Ragvartima Chandrika’ by one of our profound Acharya Srila Vishwanath Chakravarti Thakur to know the various level of ‘Raganuga Bhakti’ and was followed by the sweet insight upon Madhavendra Puri’s devotion by HH Kratu Das Ji Maharaj’s disciple, HG Shyamananad Das. The following two days began with Mangla arati at 4:30am followed by Japa sessions in the association of each other.

The drama organised by IYF-C2C became a highlight of the second day. This drama showed the very dear Damodar Lila to everyone and also included some very new aspects to it. The evenings became very enthralling because of ‘deep daan’ and ‘Gopi Geet’ for all the three days.

HH Kratu Das Ji Maharaj personally took a session on ‘Attacks on ISKCON’ focussing on the reasons why people develop a tendency to leave this perfect organisation of ISKCON. He strongly stated at every point that this very organisation has everything to offer that one can desire for.

A very pragmatic, yet very warming seminar was organised by HG Shyamsunder Das, a very senior disciple of HH Kratu Das Ji Maharaj which started with a soft kirtan just using cymbals on Srila Prabhupada’s very famous melody, it was almost like being transmigrated to the Second Avenue street in Srila Prabhupada’s presence. It continued to brief all the youngsters as well as the seniors of the ‘Kirtan Standards in ISKCON’. It included very easy-to-follow tips on doing a kirtan and also some expectations of ISKCON from the kirtans we perform.

The evening gave way to a very deepening lecture by HH Kratu Das Ji Maharaj explaining about Krishna Prem, and the various steps a devotee under goes to achieve this ever Nectarean Prem.

The last day saw enormous amount of kirtan and organized dancing by IYF-C2C and abhishek of a beautiful pair of Sri Sri Gaur Nitai by HH Kratu Das Ji Maharaj. It was followed by a Parikrama of Giriraj ji in association of all the devotees.

I will not be wrong in saying that I saw some pairs of tearful eyes by the end of this retreat, as during these three days, the disciples lived almost like a family in close association of their eternal father, HH Kratu Das Ji Maharaj.

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