Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Photos from Gaura Purnima

Sri Sri Radha Kalachandji and Their Associates received a beautiful new springtime colored, Harinama-themed outfit on Gaura Purnima.

Here is a view of the entire altar during the noon arati.

The stars of the day: Sri Sri Gaura Nitai, and Pancha Tattva. Pancha Tattva are our home program Deities, and usually stay in Srila Prabhupada's room. However, They get put on the altar on Gaura Purnima.

A close-up of Kalachandji.

A close-up of Srimate Radharani.

A close-up of Sri Sri Radha Govinda

Monday, March 24, 2008

Gaining Insight into Another Religion

Local reporter visits our temple for Gaura Purnima.

Black White Read LLC regular contributor Linda Marie Ford, a Catholic, gets an inside look at a Hare Krishna celebration.Read the whole story



Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Our trip to India

My family and I recently went to India for vacation, visiting family, and most importantly to visit the Holy Dham.  We flew from Dallas International, through London and Dubai and finally arrived in New Delhi.



Vrndavan was absolutely wonderful.  The weather was incredible.  Cool at night and through the morning and warming up to around 70 degrees by mid day.  Unfortunately, my wife (Gopi Gita dasi) and the kids got pretty sick the first week in Vrndavan.  I decided to take advantage and spend as much time at the Krishna Balaram Mandir.  Every morning there is an ecstatic morning program followed by Bhajans in the temple room. 

One day I took my older son (Vraja Kishor) to the Yamuna.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAlong the Parikrama Margh road, there is a Tamal Krishna Maharaj Memorial Park.   We also passed Kaliya Ghat and other famous places in Vrndavan.  Once at the Yamuna we took a boat ride to the other side and took bath in the Yamuna.


Temple along the Yamunua and the Yamuna at sunset.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnother day, we went to Govardhan.   Of course we passed Kusum Sarovara and at another spot we fed a huge gathering of monkeys.  The kids definitely had fun doing that.  Since most of us were sick, we did Govardhan Parikrama via car.  It felt odd doing so, but it was really the only way we were going to be able to do it. 



OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA After nearly a week in Vrndavan (not nearly enough time!) we then took a flight down to Kolkatta followed by a drive to Mayapur.  Unfortunately, Mayapur was my time to get sick.  So, I spent my week in Mayapur between my room and the temple.  I was not up for going our to any of the many wonderful sites like the Yoga Pita.  I did spend quite a bit of time in the temple itself and was able to record a number of Bhajans and of course the morning lectures.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEach night there were amazing bhajans in the Panchattatva Temple. One night I felt well enough to go down and record.  That night, Aindra Prabhu sang for over an hour followed by Naru Gopal Prabhu singing for nearly two hours.  During Naru Gopal Prabhu's bhajan, Bhakti Marg Swami engaged many of the devotees some amazing "fancy dance" moves.  I got a few of them on my video of that bhajan.  Both of these bhajans were incredible.  Hundreds of devotees attended.  4+ Mrdangas, tons of Kartals, Wompers, etc.  Everyone was singing at the top of their lungs.  Absolutely amazing!


Naru Gopal Prabhu


Bhakti Margh Swami

You can watch the Bhajans and Lectures I recorded while in India from my blog.  That link takes you to just the recordings I did in India.  Definitely take a look at the lecture by Sivaram Swami on Tamal Krishna Goswami's Dissapearance day and the Bhajans by Naru Gopal Prabhu, Aindra Prabhu, and the other Mayapur devotees.  They were absolutely amazing!

After a week in Mayapur it was time for me to return back to the material world and get back to work.  It always seems like one can never get enough time to spend in the Holy Dham.

- Rupa Madhurya Das

Thursday, March 13, 2008

ISKCON Dallas Gaura Purnima Celebration 2008

Come join the Dallas devotees in celebrating the Appearance Day of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu on Friday, March 21st, 2008. Highlights of the program will include: new outfit for Sri Sri Radha Kalachandji, classes and kirtans by H.H. Giriraj Swami and H.H. Indradyumna Swami, downtown noontime Maha Harinama, evening neighborhood parade with Gaura Nitai, and a free feast.

For full schedule, or more information, www.radhakalachandji.com, info@radhakalachandji.com, or 214-827-6330 x 216.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Home Program with HH Giriraja Swami

We had wonderful program Sunday mid day with His Holiness Giriraja Swami. He gave very nice lecture about chanting without offenses. The following is a great quote that Maharaja gave during the class about devotee relations. Haribol

[Child making some noise] Once Srila Prabhupada was giving a lecture and one of the children started to make noise. And Prabhupada said, "Please keep the child quite." So mother started to chastise the child. And then Prabhupada said, "You know in Vedic culture one cannot, one does not punish a child, young child." So then the husband of the mother started to chastise the mother [laughter] for chastising the child. And Prabhupada said, "You know we don't punish women," [laughter] So then the temple commander [laughter] started to chastise the husband and then Prabhupada said, "We don't punish brahmanas,"[laughter] and then he said, "Our whole society is nothing but women, children, and brahmanas so we cannot punish anyone." [Laughter] So we just gently correct them, offer obeisances and beg forgiveness and carry on.

Maharaja lectures from Dallas can be downloaded here. RadhaKalachandji.com
Your humble servant
Nityananda Chandra Das