Shri Jagannath Rath Yatra – 2018

Shri Jagannath Rath Yatra – 2018

When the pangs of loving separation touch it’s crest, even the Lord of the Universe become a puppet in the hands of His lovers. Becoming blind to all the impediments, He walks. Walks with such majesty and reverence, that the world comes out on the streets to become an attestant to such amorous exchanges.

This Lord of the Universe, Sri Jagannath becomes the cause and means to deliver all of these attendants who sing and dance in His glory.

This is the Maha Jagannath Rath Yatra.

By the auspicious blessings and presence of HH Kratu Maharaj, the yearly Rath Yatra was organised in Ashok Vihar on 14th January’18. With over a 500 people participating in the Yatra by various means, this day gave celestial bliss to all who became a part of it and even the one who got an opportunity to be an onlooker. The Yatra commenced with some ambrosial words from the lotus mouth of HH Kratu Maharaj in the glory of Sri Rath Yatra, making all the dancing and singing more meaningful. Continuous Harinaam Kirtan and dancing embellished the Mahotsava. The Yatra terminated with some more euphoric kirtana, Jagannath ashtakam and bhajans by HG Deenanayak prabhu.

Illimitable Prasadam maintained Sri Jagannath-Sri Baldev and Subhadra Maharani’s image of being the all-provider.

All glories to the most loving Lord!

All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

New Temple Opening in Aligarh

New Temple Opening in Aligarh

From Aligarh to ‘Hari’garh!

From West Virginia to New Vrindavan; Lord Krishna has spread His causeless mercy through Srila Prabhupada in every part of His creation. Now, it was time for Aligarh to become Harigarh.

Lord Sri Hari sent His representative, HH Kratu Das ji Das Ji Maharaj to carry out this most auspicious task and materialize or better so spiritualise the words of Lord Chaitanya and Srila Prabhupada who prophesied the existence of Krishna’s temple with the echoes of Harinaam in every town and village of the world.

Dayalu-Shyam also decided to make another elevated soul a part of these divine arrangements by making him the medium through which ISKCON got the land for the construction of its temple. This divine personality is, Dr. Varshney who had a deep desire just like Srila Prabhupada to make this temple a centre of Vedic education, especially Bhagwad-Gita, for all, hence giving the temple its name ‘Gita Gyan Mandir’.

After the Bhumi Pujan on 13th November, 2015 in the presence of HH Gopal Krishna Goswami Maharaj, HH Navyogendra Swami Maharaj and HH Kratu Das ji Das ji Maharaj Himself, the temple saw its opening in its first phase on 30th November, 2017. The preparations for this day had begun almost a year ago when HH Kratu Das ji Maharaj had fixed the date for this divine occasion to take place on the most auspicious day of Mokshda Ekadashi, Sri Gita Jayanti. As planned by HH Kratu Das ji Das ji Maharaj and His disciples, the day witnessed an attendance of almost 10, 000 devotees from Aligarh, Delhi and Vrindavan. A Gita yajna set up in 13 Yajna sthalis was performed with the recitation of all shlokas of Sri Bhagwad Gita by Gurukul students from ISKCON Vrindavan. The most awaited installation of the deity of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada followed by Sri Krishna and Arjuna in their one- of- a- kind rare darshan took place in the temple hall. There was a 12 hour kirtan performed by HH Kratu Das ji Das ji Maharaj’s disciples and many other visiting devotees in the temple hall.  A Bhagwad Gita katha by Maharaj’s disciples on the entire Bhagwad Gita was steady in the lawns followed by some beautiful cultural performances by Maharaj’s youth club, IYF C2C.

This day became more glorious with the presence of two more disciples of Srila Prabhupada- HH Deena Bandhu prabhu and HG Dadhi Bhaksha prabhu . Some other great personalities like HH Bhaktianugraha Janardana Swami Maharaj from Vrindavan, HG Mohan Rupa prabhu- President of ISKCON New Delhi, HG Krishna Bhakta prabhu- President of ISKCON Noida also graced this event.

Continuous ekadashi prasadam was served the entire day to all the devotees visiting the temple.  __ commented “The programme was very well organized and managed”. Another devotee from Peru who was attending the programme also added that the arrangements were fulfilling and the prasadam was delicious. He also commented that he has never had such beautiful darshan of Krishna Arjuna.

It was a joyous day for HG Rasraj prabhu, the president of ISKCON Aligarh who had been working very hard for years to make this event a grand success.

 

 

Shri Vyas Puja 2017

Shri Vyas Puja 2017

Only with the mercy of Srila Vyasa Dev are we able to get an access to the most treasured scriptures. These scriptures are not only precious but a backbone of all our knowledge philosophy.
However, it is only when Srila Prabhupada and Our Spiritual Masters become merciful upon us and guide us to bring these scriptures into our life, that we are able to lead a blissful life according to the instructions of the Supreme Lord himself.
To Thank Our Spiritual Master, HH Kratu Maharaj who has imparted the injunctions of thes scriptures to us, we celebrate His Vyas Puja Mahotsav every year with great pleasure and delight.
This year it was celebrated in the lotus feet of Srimati Radharani in Sri Vrindavan dham.
The two day festivity comprised of endless glorification of Srila Gurudev by His divine Godbrothers and many of His disciples and followers. Many hearts melted to realise their good fortune they have after hearing these glorifications.
A grand cultural performance was put up by Maharaj’s young disciples and followers, members of IYF C2C which consisted of His favorite pastimes in the form of dance and drama.
The Charan Abhishek and guru arati made many eyes teary and brought an end to this auspicious event.
All glories to Srila Gurudev !

Krishna doesn’t keep, He only gives !!

Krishna doesn’t keep, He only gives !!

Do not think that Krishna will give us less than what we give Him.
If we take 1 step towards Krishna, then He will take 10 steps towards us. 
Krishna’s most important Dharma is that He is Bhakta Vatsal, He is Kripalu, He is Karuna Sindhu, Krishna gives us more than what we deserve but we have to learn to dovetail it with Krishna. Like Srila Prabhupada, He left everything and then Krishna gave Him more than He could earn in pharmacy or any other business.
So we should not be afraid to dovetail everything to Krishna, not that Krishna will run away with our money, house, family or friends, He will just purify and give it to us back in many million folds. This is Krishna’s nature, He doesn’t want to see His devotees suffer and no devotee suffers.
Dhruva Maharaj, he left his father, mother, kingdom and family and at the end, Krishna gave him everything.
Gopis, they gave up everything for Krishna and at the end Krishna says, ” I am yours and I cannot repay your debt, I am eternally indebted to you”. Same thing with Hanuman, Ramchandra couldn’t pay His debt to Hanuman, He eternally remained indebted to Hanuman.
So when we give it to Krishna, do not think that Krishna will snatch it away or run away with it. No ! He is Kripalu and His most important Dharma is that He is Bhakta Vatsal.
Krishna doesn’t keep, He gives, this is His nature, His Dharma, Bhakta Vatsalta.
Become a Prasaditarian !!

Become a Prasaditarian !!

You are what you eat..
Suppose we don’t eat anything for 1 month, what will happen? Our body will shrink and probably die also, so our body is made up of what we eat.
The dearmost thing to us is our body and we put garbage in it. Is it a good idea? No, there is a natural fuel for the body. First we can say vegetarian but before vegetarian, we should only eat Krishna prasadam, in the human form of life. We should only eat food offered to Krishna. Why? Because Krishna says He has made a cycle –
” annad bhavanti bhutani
parjanyad anna-sambhavah
yajnad bhavati parjanyo
yajnah karma-samudbhavah “
By yagya, rain comes, from rain grain, from grain life and if we are alive, we can perform yagya and from yagya rain, this is the cycle. So we are supposed to perform the yagya, means offering to Krishna but we break that cycle. Because we break the cycle, Krishna says that the person is a thief, why? Because Krishna is the one who gives rain, when we perform yagya- “Hare Krishna , Hare Krishna , Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare. Hare Rama, Hare Rama , Rama Rama, Hare Hare”. And when rain comes, then grains come but that grain is supposed to be offered in the yagya but we just consume it, without offering to Krishna. That means we are breaking the cycle.
So it is Krishna who gives this and without giving it to Krishna, we swallow it, then Krishna says that we are a thief. If the food is not offered to Krishna, then invariably we are eating the sins, that means we are very sinful.
It is Krishna’s and we should offer Him back and then He gives us in the form of prasadam and by that prasadam, we can purify our body. A body’s natural food in the human form of life is Krishna Prasadam, we should be Prasaditarian, not just vegetarian. One relieves himself from all sinful reactions by offering food to Krishna first and then taking the prasadam. Those who cook for their belly, they are invariably eating sins.
Our body, consciousness, intelligence and mind become polluted by eating polluted food. Whatever we eat, that kind of consciousness we will attain.