February 2015

February 2, 2015

Before leaving Sridham Mayapura I visited the Bhaktivedanta Academy, one of several schools in our ISKCON community there. It functions as a traditional Vedic gurukula with education for both boys and girls. The day I visited the boy’s school they were receiving one of their teacher’s, Bhaktividya Purna Maharaja, who was returning from a trip way. The boys cooked a feast, received Maharaja, held a fire yajna and had a big kirtan. The jungle setting, the traditional architecture and the well trained students all provided a unique experience. Please visit: www.bhaktivedantaacademy.com.

Original comments and post on Facebook

February 3, 2015

Sri Prahalda das, from Australia, will be joining an illustrious group of kirtan singers leading bhajans for the annual Sadhu Sanga Retreat in Boone, North Carolina, USA over Memorial Day Weekend, from May 22 – 25, 2015. Over 2,000 devotees are expected. For more information and to register please visit: www.sadhusangaretreat.com

Original comments and post on Facebook

February 4, 2015

Govardhan Eco Village, situated in the Sahyadri mountains near Mumbai, is a model ISKCON farming community and retreat center. Yesterday my festival team and I took a break from our preaching and visited the community. We were treated to a 4-hour tour of the 75 acres, which include a beautiful temple, a gurukula, a center for Vaisnava studies, an Ayurvedic treatment center, a gosala for cows and a retreat center for learning yoga. Most of the food devotees eat is grown on the farm. A herd of healthy cows provide plenty of milk. All buildings and houses are built with mud-bricks made by the devotees. With much construction going on, they produce over 1,000 bricks a day. The project has received numerous awards from the Indian government for their contributions to ecology. We were deeply impressed by the entire project which serves as a true testament to simple living and high thinking. To learn more about Govardhan Eco Village please visit: www.ecovillage.org.in

Original comments and post on Facebook

February 6, 2015

he Radha Vrindavan Chandra Temple in Pune, India is situated on 6 acres of land just minutes from the center of the city. They have a congregation of over 2,000 members. 200 brahmacaris live permanently in the temple and construction is going on to eventually accommodate 100 families on the property. There is also a large gurukula on site. My festival group is in Pune to perform our drama, ’Usa and Aniruddha’ in a prestigious hall this evening. Taking advantage, I visited the temple this morning with Bada Haridas prabhu.I held an initiation and then we toured the temple grounds. The gardens and lawns are being developed nicely and beautiful relief panels depicting Krsna pastimes decorate the parikrama path around the deities in the main temple. There is a second temple with a deity of Balaji as well. One can’t help but be amazed at the magnitude of the project. To know more please visit: http: www.iskconpune.com

Original comments and post on Facebook

February 11, 2015

Kayla Mueller, who was recently killed while being held by the terrorist organization ISIS in Syria, spent 6 months as a volunteer worker in the Sandipani Muni school in Vrindavan in 2010. She was loved by both the teachers and the students. Please visit the following site to read a tribute about her service in Vrindavan: http://goo.gl/vR8VVG

Original comments and post on Facebook

February 11, 2015

Yesterday I went to a rough part of Mumbai to pick up a puja plate I had repaired in an old junk shop. Several ethnic groups live side by side in a tense neighborhood surrounded by poverty and filth. To my surprise I found Lord Jagannatha and Lord Balarama sitting in the midst of it all. Lord Jagannatha sat content with His beaming smile and benevolent face. All glories to the all-merciful Lord of the universe.

Original comments and post on Facebook

February 12, 2015

“If anyone thinks of Me, when in sound mind and body, as the very cause and all pervading personality of this universe and as one without birth, then I assure you that I will remember this devotee of Mine when upon his deathbed, lying helplessly like a stone or a log of wood. I will personally take this devotee to the Supreme Abode.” [ Varaha Purana – Sri Varahadeva Charama Sloka ]

Original comments and post on Facebook

February 13,2015

The following is my itinerary in Russia for the months of March, April and May. I shared it with a friend who said: “Look before your leap Maharaja. It’s not a good time to go to Russia.” I replied with a quote from Albert Einstein: “A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are built for.”

March – Siberian Region

12 March – flight Moscow – Tumen
13 March – program in Tumen
14 March – program in Tumen, night train to Omsk
15 March – program on Omsk
16 March – program in Omsk, Night train to Novosibirsk
17 March – program in Novosibirsk
18 March – program in Novosibirsk, night train to Krasnoyarsk
19 March – program in Krasnoyarsk
20 March – program in Krasnoyarsk
21 March – flight Krasnoyarsk- Irkutsk
22 March – Goloka Fest in Irkutsk
23 March – flight Irkutsk- Khabarovsk
24 March – program in Khabarovsk
25 March – program in Khabarovsk
26 March – flight Khabarovsk- Vladivostock
27 March – program in Vladivostock
28 March – program in Vladivostock
29 March – flight Vladivostock – Moscow
30 March – rest
31 March – flight Moscow – South Africa

April – Central and Southern Russia

8 April – flight South Arica to Moscow
9 April – rest
10 April – morning train to Nizhniy Novgorod, program in Niszhniy Novgorod.
11 April – program in Nizhniy Novgorod, night train to Kazan
12 April – program in Kazan
13 April – program in Kazan
14 April – flight Kazan- Moscow
15 April – Moscow
16 April – night train to Lipetsk
17 April – program in Lipetsk
18 April – program in Lipetsk
19 April – by car to Voronezh, Ratha Yarta in Voronezh
20 April – program in Voronezh, night train to Rostov
21 April – program in Rostov
22 April – program in Rostov
23 April – morning train to Krasnodar, car trip to Maykop
24 April – program in Maykop
25 April – by car to Krasnodar, program in Krasnodar
26 April – program in Krasnodar
27 April – flight Krasnodar- Sotchi
28 April – rest in Sotchi
29 April – rest in Sotchi
30 April – flight Sotchi – Ekaterinburg

May

1 May – rest
2 May – festival in Ekaterinburg
3 May – festival in Ekaterinburg
4 May – rest
5 May – flight Ekaterinburg- St.Petersburg
6 May – rest
7 May – program in St. Petersburg
8 May – Festival in St. Petersburg
9 May – Festival in St. Petersburg
10 May – Festival in St. Petersburg
11 May – flight St.Petersburg – Kaliningrad
12 May – program in Kaliningrad
13 May – program in Kaliningrad
14 May – flight Kaliningrad- Moscow
15 May – program in Moscow
16 May – program in Moscow
17 May – flight Moscow- Warsaw
18 May – flight Warsaw – USA

RUSSIAN

Март – Сибирский регион

12 марта – самолёт Москва – Тюмень
13 марта – программа в Тюмени
14 марта – программа в Тюмени, ночной поезд в Омск
15 марта – программа в Омске
16 марта – программа в Омске, ночной поезд в Новосибирск
17 марта – программа в Новосибирске
18 марта – программа в Новосибирске, ночной поезд в Красноярск
19 марта – программа в Красноярске
20 марта – программа в Красноярске
21 марта – самолёт Крсаноярск – Иркутск
22 марта – Голока Фест в Иркутске
23 марта – самолёт Иркутск – Хабаровск
24 марта – программа в Хабаровске
25 марта – программа в Хабаровске
26 марта – самолёт Хабаровск – Владивосток
27 марта – программа во Владивостоке
28 марта – программа во Владивостоке
29 марта – самолёт Владивосток – Москва
30 марта – отдых
31 марта – самолёт Москва – ЮАР

Апрель – Центральный и Южный регионы

8 апреля – самолёт ЮАР – Москва
9 апреля – отдых
10 апреля – утренний поезд в Нижний Новгород, программа
11 апреля – программа в Нижнем Новгороде, ночной поезд в Казань
12 апреля – программа в Казани
13 апреля – программа в Казани
14 апреля – самолёт Казань – Москва
15 апреля – Москва
16 апреля – ночной поезд в Липецк
17 апреля – программа в Липецке
18 апреля – программа в Липецке
19 апреля – на машине в Воронеж, Ратха-ятра
20 апреля – программа в Воронеже, ночной поезд в Ростов
21 апреля – программа в Ростове
22 апреля – программа в Ростове
23 апреля – утренний поезд в Краснодар, на машине в Майкоп
24 апреля – программа в Майкопе
25 апреля – на машине в Краснодар, программа в Краснодаре
26 апреля – программа в Краснодаре
27 апреля – самолёт Краснодар – Сочи
28 апреля – отдых в Сочи
29 апреля – отдых в Сочи
30 апреля – самолёт Сочи – Екатеринбург

Май

1 мая – отдых
2 мая – фестиваль в Екатеринбурге
3 мая – фестивальв Екатеринбурге
4 мая – отдых
5 мая – самолёт Екатеринбург – С.Петербург
6 мая – отдых
7 мая – программа в С.Петербурге
8 мая – фестиваль Вьяса-пуджи
9 мая – фестиваль Вьяса-пуджи
10 мая – фестиваль Вьяса-пуджи
11 мая – самолёт С.Петербург – Калининград
12 мая – программа в Калининграде
13 мая – программа в Калининграде
14 мая – самолёт Калининград – Москва
15 мая – программа в Москве
16 мая – программа в Москве
17 мая – самолёт Москва – Варшава
18 мая – самолёт Варшава – США

Original comments and post on Facebook

February 15,2015

This morning, just after mangala arotika in Sridham Mayapura, Mother Manorupa dasi left this world for the supreme abode. Her two sons, Sri Nama Vanamali das and Sri Paramahamsa Gaura das were by her side loudly chanting the holy names. Such an auspicious departure. Her husband, Prahlada Nrsimha das is now arranging for the funeral ceremony. Devotees knew her as the perfect disciple, the perfect wife and the perfect mother.

Original comments and post on Facebook

February 18,2015

Our 6 week festival tour in the Mumbai area is finally coming to a conclusion. Yesterday, while doing some errands, I took photos of life in the city, comparing old India with that of the new.

Original comments and post on Facebook

February 20,2015

The famous temple of Trimbakeshwar is situated 25 kilometers from the city of Nashik, in the state Maharashtra. Inside the ancient temple is one of the 12 famous Jyotirlingas, self manifested deities of Lord Siva, found in India. It has been a place of pilgrimage since time immemorial. The Pandavas stayed there for sometime during their exile and Lord Caitanya visited the temple during His tour of South India. While there He bathed in Kusa-varta, a small kunda which is formed from the waters of the Godavari, considered one of India’s most sacred rivers. By the causeless mercy of Srila Prabhupada we were also able to visit this holy place. While in the temple I prayed to Lord Siva to be kind and grant me eternal residence in Sri Vrindavan Dhama.

Original comments and post on Facebook

February 23,2015

Nashik was the abode of Lord Rama during His 14 years in exile and one of the most popular places of pilgrimage in present day India. The beautiful Pancavati forest once covered the entire area. Nashik is located on the banks of the sacred Godavari river and is one of 4 cities where the famous Kumbh Mela is held yearly. Our festival team spent the entire day visiting many of the holy places mentioned in the Ramayana. We saw the spot where Laksman cut off the nose of the evil rakshasi, Surpanakha. We visited the exact place where Ravana stole the Goddess of Fortune, Sita devi. We saw where Lord Rama killed Marici, who was disguised as a golden deer. And finally we took bath in the ghat where Lord Rama bathed daily in the Godavari river. It was a most fitting ending to our 6 week festival tour in Maharashtra.

Original comments and post on Facebook

February 24,2015

Dear Disciples: Gopati das, a dear disciple of mine, has recently created “Indradyumna Swami Radio” an online 24-hour internet radio service with my lectures and kirtans. The classes, in English with Russian translation, are from 1984 through 2015. Through the internet you can connect from anywhere in the world, at anytime. We will also make available the classes and kirtans of Bada Haridas prabhu, who is traveling with me most of the time.

From your laptop use this link:
http://tunein.com/radio/Indradyumna-Swami-Radio-s241970/

For iPhone or Android smartphones: download the free application “Tunein” and search for, “Indradyumna Swami Radio.”

For Windows Media Player or WINAMP use this link: http://195.62.63.238:8000/gurudev.mp3

Original comments and post on Facebook

February 25,2015

A very talented, devotional and much loved devotee, Rasika nam dasa, has left this world, apparently from a heart attack suffered while leading kirtan on harinam. The following is a beautiful video of how he came to Krsna consciousness. His short life was testament to the power of the holy names. The world is a touch darker now that this bright light in Lord Caitanya’s movement has left us.

Please visit: http://goo.gl/Wq4Bnx

Original comments and post on Facebook

February 28,2015

Tomorrow I am leaving Vrindavan. I have been fortunate to have spent much of the past 5 months in this transcendental abode. Today I went out to Radha Kunda to offer prayers of gratitude and ask blessings for my forthcoming preaching in the west. I also requested mercy to be able to return to Vrindavan again and again. I am forever indebted to Srila Prabupada for introducing me to the land of Krsna.

Original comments and post on Facebook