ISKCON MAURITIUS NEWS
Forthcoming visit of HH Bhakti Anugraha Janardana Swami from 29 May to 06 June 2015.
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Sun 31st May to Tues 2nd June
Morcellement St. Andre
Sun 31 May: 5pm to 7.30pm
Kirtan, Lecture by HH Navayogendra Maharaja, Arti
Prasadam as from 5pm
Mon 1 June:7pm to 9.30pm
Kirtan, Lecture by HH Navayogendra Maharaja, Sketch, Arti
Prasadam as from 6pm
Tues 2 June: Snana Yatra Day
5pm to 9pm
Precession, abhishek and kirtan, Lecture by HH Navayogendra Maharaja, Arti
Prasadam as from 6pm
Forthcoming visit of HH Bhakti Anugraha Janardana Maharaja from 21 to 30 May 2015.
HH Bhakti Janardana Swami is Vice President at ISKCON Vrindavan, India. His Holiness, who has been serving ISKCON Vrindavan for many years, has been awarded sannyasa by HH Gopal Krishna Goswami Maharaj On 13th November 2013, on the most auspicious month of Kartik’s last Ekadasi day.
Born in Philippines, His Holiness has studied and graduated in Surveying Engineering.
Programme Schedule below:
Sat 23rd May 2015
Will be graced by HH Bhakti Anugraha Janardana Swami
2pm: Starting at LAvenir (Alouette Parking)
Towards Circonstance, St. Pierre Center
Ending at Lagrement Football Field
Programme will continue until 8pm with dance, music, sketches, kirtan and exhibitions
For more information please contact Sukdadev dasa 59187401, Vraja Dulal dasa 52517958 or Gokuleswar dasa 57388506
His Holiness Sacinandana Swami, Director of Kirtan Foundation in Mayapur, mentioned that in Germany, everyone recognizes Mauritius as a paradise island and they come here for holidays. He chose to come to Mauritius to give the greatest treasure, the congregational chanting of Krishna’s holy names through a Kirtan Mela, an annual event which Maharaja initiated in Mayapur in 2011.
The festival started on the 9th of April 2015 with the Adhivasa ceremony in the evening. It went on for 3 full days of non-stop kirtan from 10am to 10pm and sometimes even beyond.
Wed March 25th
Arrival at airport at 9.40
Greeting at Amar in Flacq
Thurs March 26th
4.30 am: Departure by bus from Krishna Balaram temple to Grand Bassin.
On the occasion of Sri Rama Nawmi His Holiness Bhaktimarga Maharaja will be presenting a drama, "The Little Big Ramayana", on Saturday the 28th of March at the Sri Sri Krishna Balaram Temple at 8pm. The drama will be followed by a dance and kirtan with Maharaja.
The following is a report ISKCON News received from ISKCON Nepal on April 29th, 2015:
"The devastating earthquake that took place on Saturday, 25 April 2015 has destroyed many houses and has disrupted basic services such as electricity, water and communication. The World Heritage Sites within Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur have been completely damaged. The ISKCON Temple in Kathmandu and Dharan, however, remain unscathed but the BBT building in Kathmandu has suffered cracks on the walls. Though many temples and deities within Bhaktapur Durbar Square have been reduced to rubble, the Jagannath Temple, which is under ISKCON management, has stood firm in the face of the earthquake, with minor damages to the roof. Many devotees have lost their near and dear ones and also their homes.
“The quake is now known to have injured at least 7,000 people. Vast tent cities have sprung up in Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, for those displaced or afraid to return to their homes. Several aftershocks have been reported – the latest on Monday night,” reported the BBC.
“Most of our congregation members are safe and around 400 of them have taken shelter inside the temple, explained Purusottama swami. “Temple authorities are also trying their best to help people in the affected areas by distributing prasadam (blessed vegan meals) to them.”
This is an excerpt from the Prison Ministry of Iskcon and their preaching in the Petersburg facility in Virginia, USA.
This article chronicles an excerpt from the message of Vrajendranandan Das about the recent visit of his team including Radhanath Swami with the Honorable President of India. Please find herewith his message to members of the Iskcon community at large.
By Vishakha Priya Devi Dasi
Shortly before passing away in Vrindavan, a devotee requested her spiritual master to establish a “Back to Godhead” clinic there for Srila Prabhupada’s followers.
A brave group of devotees have mounted a Food For Life effort and are preparing enough sanctified vegetarian food, or prasadam, to distribute to 600 to 800 people every day in the war-ravaged city of Donetsk, South-East Ukraine.
Moscow’s first ever Kirtan Mela, which ran from Friday January 30th to Sunday February 1st, drew nearly 2,000 devotees from around Russia – and like most ISKCON Moscow events, it was a colorfuly uplifting affair on a grand scale.
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Every December, the book marathon promises to be an exciting event. While travelling from door to door, village to village, through remote parts of India, we invariably meet someone who has been miraculously touched by Krishna’s mercy. One such person was Chandu, whom we met in Srirampur, Maharashtra. His tall posture and heavy built contrasted with his soft, humble demeanor. Curious to know his background, I requested him to narrate his story of choosing the path of Krishna consciousness.
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By Chaitanya Charan Das
The material world is like a jail; here we eternal joyful souls are sentenced to life in temporary miserable bodies. This jail becomes especially wretched in the present dark age of Kali because people live disharmoniously and incur grievous karmic reactions. The Puranas are replete with grim references to the miseries of Kali-yuga.
Yet Srimad Bhagavatam (11.5.36) sounds a dramatically different note, declaring this abominable age to be worshipable:
kalim sabhaajayanty aaryaa guna-jnah saara-bhaaginah
yatra sankirtanenaiva sarva svaartho 'bhilabhyate
“Those who are actually advanced in knowledge are able to appreciate the essential value of this age of Kali. Such enlightened persons worship Kali-yuga because in this fallen age all perfection of life can easily be achieved by the performance of sankirtana.”