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 !

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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