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August, 2011 newsletter of iskcon - juhu,Mumbai Vol. 1 Issue 3
Dedicated to his divine grace a.c. bhaktivedanta swami srila prabhupada
Krsna is everywhere. Simply you have to catch
Him. And Hes also ready for being caught. Suppose you are a devotee, if you want to catch Him, He comes ten times than you
desire. Hes so kind. Therefore, we have to simply receive Him.
- Srila Prabhupada
From the publishers desk:
Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura was an exhaulted Vaishnava personality. The father of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati,
spiritual master (guru) of Srila Prabhupada (founder of ISKCON), he was the pioneer of the program for benedicting the entire world of Krishna Consciousness by the instructions of Lord Caitanya.He was a highly respected magistrate by profession,
who also preached Vaishnavism and was a prolific Vaishnava writer. He wrote several Vaishnava books and songs which are read and sung till date by Gaudiya Vaishnava devotees across the world.Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura has set a great example for all. Although he had so many responsibilities as a magistrate, as the superintendent of the Jagannatha Temple, as a husband, as father of ten children still he expertly utilized his time in the service of Lord Krsna.He is credited with finding the exact birthplace of Lord Caitanya and is called the seventh Goswami as well.Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakuras disappearance day was celebrated on 1st July 2011. Devotees gathered in the temple hall to offer pushpanjali and arati to the beautifully decorated picture of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura. They observed fast till noon and took inspiration from his life and teachings; to keep in their minds and heart his glorious example: that even in various positions and demanding situations, more and more can be done to serve Krsna.
Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura disappearance day celebrations
Gundica Marjana: Enthusiastic cleaning at Sri Sri Radha Rasabihari temple!The observance of Gundica-marjana, the washing and cleansing of the Gundica temple(at Jagannatha Puri), takes place on the day before Ratha-yatra, in preparation for the arrival of the Lord. The activity of cleansing the Gundica temple is taken as not only a process for cleaning the temple complex, but also as a metaphor for how we should go about cleaning our own hearts. The temple was cleansed to make it a fit place for the Lord to reside. Similarly, each of us has to clean his or her heart to make it a fit place for the Lord.
Came 2nd July 2011, and the temple shone like a pearl. Devotees and congregation members d u s t e d , s c r u b b e d , washed and mopped the temple till everything was glistening. While the ladies kept themselves to the ground level, the
men showed a little more adventure and climbed up the dome and ladders to reach to the upper areas and arches. The pujaris cleaned the main altar and several other devotees scrubbed clean Prabhupadas Vyasasana, the marble pillars, courtyard, stairways, floor and the parikrama path. Many department members also cleaned their respective offices. Thus, they all hoped to clean their heart of the material desires and attachments, and increase their love for Krsna.
Jhulan Yatra: come swing the Lord! 09th Aug- 15th Aug; 7:30 to 9 p.m. (Saturday, Sunday & 15th July : 6:30 to 9 p.m.) Temple courtyard.
Balarama Jayanti: Dhwaja arohan - 13th Aug 2011 at 4:30 p.m.
Sri Krishna Janmashtami : 21st & 22nd Aug 2011- fasting till midnight on 22nd
Sri Nandotsava: Srila Prabhupada Vyasa Puja: 23rd Aug 2011- fasting till noon
Aug 2011Upcoming Events
During this festive month of August the temple will celebrate Jhulan Yatra, Balarama Jayanti, Janmashtami and Srila Prabhupadas appearance day. In this issue, we will take peek at the preparations leading to the festivities and some behind the scene action. Devotees at the temple are making extensive arrangements to host all well-wishers of Lord Krishna during these blissful festivals. Be a part of the festivities and be blessed. Hare Krishna.
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Vaishnava Calendar August 2011
03 Wednesday Srila Raghunandana Thakur
disappearance Srila Vamsidas Babaji
09 Tuesday Fasting for Pavitraropini
Ekadasi Beginning of Sri Sri Radha
Govinda Jhulan Yatra
10 Wednesday Breakfast 06:18-10:35 a.m Srila Rupa Goswami
disappearance Srila Gauridas Pandit
13 Saturday Lord Balarama appearance -
fasting till noon End of Jhulan Yatra Beginning of 2nd month of
caturmasya - fasting from yogurt
14 Sunday Srila Prabhupadas departure
17 Wednesday Simha sankranti (Sun enters
22 Monday Sri Krishna Janmashtami-
fasting till midnight
23 Tuesday Sri Nandotsava- HDG AC
Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada appearance day- fasting till noon
25 Thursday Fasting for Annada Ekadasi
26 Friday Breakfast 06:22-10:34 a.m
Getting ready for the festive season!
His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada Vyasa Puja ceremony 2011
Date: 23rd August 2011Venue: Sri Sri Radha Rasabihari temple courtyard
05:30 a.m..Mangala Arati led by Srila Prabhupada06:00 a.m..Soft chanting by Srila Prabhupada in Temple Room08:30 a.m..Darshan Arati08:35 a.m..Guru Puja09:30 a.m..Srimad Bhagavatam video lecture by Srila Prabhupada10:30 a.m..Vaishnava songs by devotees11:00 a.m..Glorification by Sannyasis, Senior Devotees, Disciples & Invited Guests01:00 p.m..1008 Bhoga offerings to Srila Prabhupada*01:15 p.m...Pushpanjali01:30 p.m...Srila Prabhupada Arati02:00 p.mPrasada
EVENING PROGRAM06:30 p.m...Tulasi Arati07:00 p.m...Sandhya Arati07:30 p.m...Kirtan08:00 p.m...Kalash Abhishek08:30 p.m...Pushpa Abhishek09:00 p.m...108 Deep Arati to Srila Prabhupada09:30 p.mPrasada
*Devotees, congregation, guests & visitors may bring offerings (flowers, fruits, food stuffs, etc) for the Bhoga offering .
Sri Krishna Janmashtami 2011
Date: 21st & 22nd Aug 2011Darshan open for all!
Timings: 8 a.m. to midnight
Program Schedule: 22nd August 2011
04:30 a.mMangala arti07:30 a.m...Guru Puja08:00 a.m...Darshan arati08:30 a.mDiscourse on Glories Of Lord Krishna10:00 a.m(onwards)...Kirtan & Bhajans06:00 p.m...Kalash Abhishek12:00 a.m (Midnight).Maha-abhishek12:30 a.m...Bhoga Offering01:00 a.m...Maha-arati
Watch the festivities & abhishek live on: www.iskconmumbai.com & Aastha TV from 4p.m. onwards
Life Members are requested to get their LM cards to avail of special darshan.
Sanskrit Word Of The Month:Abhishek - The most auspicious bathing ceremony of the Lord. The scriptures state that whoever witnesses the abhishek of the Lord, doesnt have to take birth again. The Lord is bathed with pancamrta, various juices and scented water, flower petals of various hues and scents. The carnamrata thus obtained when honored by the devotees relieves them of all their sinful reactions. ISKCON Juhu,
Hare Krishna Land, Juhu, Mumbai- 400049
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gChant: HARE KRISHNA HARE KRISHNA KRISHNA KRISHNA HARE HARE
HARE RAMA HARE RAMA RAMA RAMA HARE HARE & Be Happy!
Aastha TV covering pre- Janmashtami preparation
Our in-house tailor working on the Deity dress
Waterproof pandal being erected for the festival
A volunteer cleans grains for Janmashtami Bhoga preparation!
Painting and polishing of the temple complex
Temple managers meet to gear up for the big day!