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 !

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!

Why and how to perform the Shradh Ceremony?

Why and how to perform the Shradh Ceremony?

In Srimad Bhagvatam, it is mentioned that
“Devarṣi-bhūtāpta-nṛṇāṁ pitṝṇāṁ
na kiṅkaro nāyam ṛṇī ca rājan
sarvātmanā yaḥ śaraṇaṁ śaraṇyaṁ
gato mukundaṁ parihṛtya kartam” (SB 11.5.41)
Every human being is obliged and has an obligation? We are under whose obligation? Demigods – Sun God, He gives us heat and light; moon nourishes our eatables and like that Indra, Chandra, Surya, Brihaspati, they all are demigods and are supplying. They are supplying and they don’t send bill for what they are supplying so we are indebted to them.
We are obliged to cow and ox. Ox is tilting the ground and cow is giving us milk, butter, butter milk, ghee, etc. Mother Cow is nurturing us so we are under obligation to cow and ox.
We are indebted to our forefathers also. Why? because they not only brought us to this human form of life which is very rare and valuable but also nourished us, nurtured us. They provided us food, clothing and education so we are indebted to them.
Those who are cent percent surrendered and are serving Krishna, they are not under any obligation of “devarṣi-bhūtāpta-nṛṇāṁ pitṝṇāṁ na kiṅkaro nāyam ṛṇī ca rājan”. Why? Because they are surrendered and are serving Krishna. “Sarvātmanā”, the king is dependent on Krishna, demigods are dependent on Krishna and everybody else. Just by supplying food to the stomach, we automatically nourish our hands, nose, ear, whole body so simultaneously, serving Krishna, “sarvātmanā yaḥ śaraṇaṁ śaraṇyaṁ”, by surrendering to Krishna we pay up our debt.
Why perform Shradh Ceremony?
So that we can relieve our ancestors from the hellish conditions, suffering condition.
If we are not cent percent surrendered to Krishna then we must perform Shradh. Lord Ramchandra did, he performed for Dashrath Maharaj, pinda daan. There was no question of Dashrath Maharaj going to hellish conditions because Lord Ramchandra was his direct son. It is the greatest fortune to have Krishna as your son, God as your son, Dashrath Maharaj will never suffer from hellish conditions, go to hell, even then Lord Ramchandra performed shradh. Lord Chaitanya is God himself, he also went to Gaya to perform Shradh Ceremony for his departed father, Jagannath Misra. So if we are not cent percent surrendered then we must perform Shradh Ceremony to pay up our debt to our forefathers, to relieve them from their hellish conditions.
How to perform Shradh?
It is stated in Srimad Bhagvatam that one must call pure brahman and perform the ceremony. One must cook sumptuous, beautiful, tasty, rich prasadam and that one has to offer to Lord Vishnu. This is written in Srimad Bhagvatam that first one must offer it Krishna, Vishnu, Ram, Narayan, Laxman and then one must offer to the Brahmans. When Advaita Acharya performed Shradh Ceremony of his father, first, he offered to a vaishnava, not even brahmans and Srila Haridasa Thakur was the most exalted vaishnava present there; He was a Muslim, he was not within varnashrama even, not even a brahman but a pure vaishnava. After offering to the Lord, one must offer to the vaishnavas, then one must offer to brahmans and then to one’s relatives, after that one is supposed to offer to people in general, beggars and after everything is over, one is supposed to honour that prasadam and give dakshina to brahmans, vaishnavas, the best donation is to vaishnavas. One should do it with faith and that will relieve one’s ancestors from the pangs of maya, suffering.
Should we ever correct a Vaishnava ?

Should we ever correct a Vaishnava ?

We can only correct a Vaishnava,  if he is surrendered to us, otherwise, we may incur a Vaishnava Aparadha or we may get into a Vaisanava Aparadha.

The line is if he is surrendered, if he is ready to listen to us, ready to obey us.

‘Tad viddhi praṇipātena paripraśnena sevayā’ 
 BG 4.34

First is ‘praṇipātena’, Is he surrendered to us?  Is he going to listen to us? If not, then leave it to his Guru, to his superior and to his Krishna, Maya and everybody else.

Everybody has a different level. If we are on the same level or if somebody is surrendered to us, then we can instruct him, he will hear, he will listen and there would not be any aparadha but if he is not going to listen to us and if he is thinking that he is above us (he may/may not be), equal to us and we try to instruct him, then Vaishnava Aparadha may happen. Also because he is dear to Krishna, if he is a devotee and we are also dear to Krishna and both of us start fighting, then Krishna will never like it, Krishna doesn’t appreciate this.

If someone is ready to listen that means he is surrendered to us and we can instruct him but if he is not surrendered and doesn’t want to listen to us, then we should not get into any offence. Read More Teachings