ISKCON MAURITIUS NEWS
GITA Champions League
Exam Date: Saturday, 26th April 2014
Time: 10am to 11.15am
Examination Centre: Mauritius College, Girls Department
Curepipe Road, Curepipe.
Participants who have registered for the Gita Champions League competition are hereby requested to reach the examination centre by 9.30am. Please bring along your id/student card and index number.
Contact: Tel: 59051408 / 59090446
Fri 11th April
9.45 am: Arrival and reception at Arvind prabhu's res in Mahebourg
6pm: Drama and prasadam at Remi Ollier Kalimatha Mandir, Rue Labourdonnais, Mahebourg.
Sat 12th April
Morning prog (4.30am to 8am): at Arvind prabhu's res
9 am: Hiking at Valley de Ferney (booking required)
Lunch at Blue Bay
5.30pm: house prog and prasad at Dinanath pr res in Flacq
Sun 13th April
Mangal arti at Dinananth pr res
Walk in Flacq
Guru puja, class and breakfast at Amar pr's res.
1pm-2pm: Lunch and youth meeting at Nista Mataji's res in Ecroignard
6pm: house prog and prasad at Sounittee Seebaluck Mataji's res, Medine, Camp de Masque
Mon 14th April
Mangal arti at SS Krishna Balaram Temple
Walk to Flacq
Depart to airport at 7am.
For more information pls call Kala dasa on 5422 4119
"The Flying Sadhus", a group of international devotees who travel the world performing harinam sankirtan and distributing Srila Prabhupada's books are in Mauritius for a few weeks. They started their world tour in New York City in Sept 2013 and so far have traveled to Mexico, Peru, Brazil, Australia, Malaysia, India and now Mauritius. The members of the Mauritius leg of the world tour are: Visnujana Prabhu (Slovakia), Syama Rasa Prabhu (Croatia), Gaurakaruna Prabhu (Czech Rep.), Harinamananda (Australia),Yamunacarya Prabhu (Slovakia) and his wife Radha Kishori Sundari (Peru). On March the 31st they will travel to South Africa and then 12 countries in Europe.They are going out to different towns and villages every day so please join them and flood Mauritius with the nectar of the holy names.
Attractive first, second, third prizes at national and college levels as well as other consolation prizes.
Phone: 9051408, 7384502, 9134206
THE WHY OF THE GITA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE, GCL
Today’s world is moving at an incredible pace. We are all bombarded by an incredible amount of information - emails, newspapers, magazines, news, TV channels, movies, cinemas. Not to speak of the content – violence, crime, accidents, wars, drug abuse, rape, suicide.
In Mauritius, December is hot and sunny and in the south of the island, at Mahebourg, is a beautiful esplanade by the sea where a cool breeze blows. A perfect place and a perfect time of year for a festival! Sundara Lala Prabhu, co-Temple President of the Sri Sri Radha Golokananda temple and coordinator of a two-day annual festival on the Mahebourg waterfront explains, “ December is a month of enjoyment. Everyone is attracted to the festivities of Christmas and New Year, so this festival gives a spiritual alternative: hearing, chanting, dancing and feasting for Krishna! The devotees and guests, especially the youth, who attend this festival, become fully satisfied by the spiritual enjoyment they experience that they are no longer attracted to the mundane end of year fever.
According to the Mahabharata, Lord Krishna spoke the Bhagavad-gita in 3137 B.C. However, the knowledge contained within its seven hundred transcendental verses was actually spoken long before that. In Verse 4.1 of the Bhagavad-gita, Lord Krishna says that he “instructed this imperishable science of yoga to the sun-god, Vivasvan, and Vivasvan instructed it to Manu, the father of mankind, and Manu in turn instructed it to Iksvaku”.
The observance of Ganga Snaan, on Sunday the 17th of November 2013, marked the end of Kartik. Since Mother Ganga flows into the Indian Ocean the Hindu Mauritians have a tradition to celebrate Ganga Snaan by going to the sea side to offer oblations into the water. Crowds fill the beaches throughout the day and the devotees distribute thousands of bhajias (fried savouries) and juice to everyone.
Intrepid ISKCON Guru and GBC Bhaktimarga Swami, known colloquially as “The Walking Monk,” is planning his next big adventure. Bhakti Marga Swami intends to cross the United States to promote the 50th anniversary of ISKCON Founder Srila Prabhupada's arrival in the US.
Srila Prabhupada's room just after devotees unlocked it for the first time in 25 years. The pyramid in the center is a sacred dome indicating that the Deities' altar is directly below.
The 20 year anniversary of the campaign to save Bhaktivedanta Manor in Aldenham has been celebrated in Parliament.
On March 16, 1994 over 36,000 Hindus marched in Westminster against Hertsmere Council’s decision to close the manor because of complaints from local residents about the increasing volume of traffic, especially around festival time.
However months before the deadline devotees and well-wishers both nationally and internationally expressed their concerns to the Government and more than a hundred members of Parliament joined the list of supporters.
The ISKCON Strategic Planning Team (STP) was formed with the goal of establishing an ISKCON leadership that is accountable and has a clear, meaningful, and realistic vision. One of the team’s activities is to assist those leaders to move forward by looking at ISKCON’s past and learning from its mistakes so as to chart a better course for future generations. Working towards that goal the STP organizes an International Leadership Sanga (ILS) in Sri Mayapur Dham every two years. The second ILS was inaugurated on Sunday, February 16, 2014 in Sridham Mayapur. Close to one thousand ISKCON delegates from around the world converged to spend eight days together sharing their experiences and inspiring each other to build the future of ISKCON.
Bhakta Tim, a former inmate, was recently released from the Federal Correctional Institution in Rochester, Minnesota -- but not before planting over thirty Tulasis and establishing worship of the sacred plant there.
Devotees and ISKCON supporters and members worldwide are hearing more and more about the progress of the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium, and in great anticipation await its completion. This historic landmark project is the fulfillment of the vision of Srila Prabhupada, our acharyas and Lord Nityananda Himself, and will certainly be ISKCON’s foremost preaching project for spreading the sublime teachings of Gaudiya Vaishnavism throughout the world.
The President of Mauritius H.E Mr. Kailash Purryag along with his wife Mrs. Aneetah Purryag, Dr. Arye Kumar Jagessur (Mauritian ambassador to India) and the officials from the embassy visited ISKCON Delhi yesterday evening. A brief report recounting their visit is presented below.
Submitted by admin on Thu, 10/03/2013 - 07:17
Some people ask: “Why does Krishna insist repeatedly in the Bhagavad-gita readers that he is God? Why does he need to prove his position?”
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In "Serving the Supreme Scientist", Aja Govinda Das recounts the impact of Krishna consciousness in his life and how he hopes to utilize his education in Krishna's service.