ISKCON-Ujjain update 6th September, 2010

ISKCON-Ujjain update 6th September, 2010

Article Sent By His Grace Mukunda Prabhu – Pictures : Nayika Mataji

*Guru Maharaj arrived on 31st August at Indore airport in the evening where
quite a few young students and grihastha families came to meet him. He drove
to Ujjain and later came down to the temple and greeted Their Lordships with
his melodious kirtan. *

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*From 1st September each morning we are attending Guru Maharaj’s Srimad
Bhagavatam classes at 7.45 am in his quarters and the same is being
broadcast over www.mayapur.tv.  We have the extraordinary opportunity in the
evening after sandha arati to have Guru Maharaj reading out the Essence of
the Bhagavat Gita chapter wise in Hindi followed by his reciting of the
verses and then the translation. Later he explains the important points in
the chapter and lastly makes us dance to the mahamantra. Some of us
contemplate among ourselves of having done some sukriti in our past to be
able to have the association and care of such a loving and merciful pure
devotee. *

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*Guru Maharaj remarked that this is his home and when he comes back from his
exhaustive missions he feels very tired and finds a little time to rest.
However he is training the devotees to take up the management of the temple
so that he can spend more time in travel and preaching. He repeatedly
stressed that we must remain united and take collective decisions and not
allow Kali to enter amongst us. His prediction was that in the near future
Ujjain will become a great city as such an attractive ISKCON temple has come
up. He cited the example of Juhu and the area around Ahmedabad temple which
were quite desolate spots but after ISKCON temples were constructed the
places have become the most attractive and developed areas of their
respective metros.*

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*Guru Maharaj also gave us an update of the grand success of the recent
convention held in Durban in the most gorgeous convention hall in the
southern hemisphere.  He mentioned that to attract the materialistic people
striving for better health and comfort topics like yoga, vastu, astrology
and ayurvedic medicine can attract them in a roundabout way to Krishna
consciousness.*

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*Janmastumi was celebrated with much piety and enthusiasm with Guru Maharaj
doing the avishek and also the avishek of Srila Prabhupada the following
day. Crowds swelled in the evening of Janmastumi and reached its peak at
midnight. The entire festival was smoothly conducted under the guidance of
H.G.Laxminath Pr and there was a feast both on Janmastumi midnight and the
following afternoon.

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*Devotees in Ujjain eagerly look forward to the coming of very big hearted
devotees like H.G.Priyabrata Pr and Radharani  Matagi  who splurge us with
mouth watering feasts and they have also donated a jumbo refrigerator at the
deity kitchen. Following in their footsteps today H.G.Sachimata Matagi
lovingly cooked and served pakoras to the devotees.*

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*Guru Maharaj has given all of his disciples a rare opportunity to read out
their Vyasa puja glorifications expressing their love and affection for
their spiritual master on the evening of Srila Prabhupada’s memorial
celebrations on the 17th instant. Devotees please send in your offerings to
H.G.Nandavraja Pr at “n.d.sarkar” <n.d.sarkar@gmail.com>,*

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*Photos taken by H.G.Nayika Matagi of the recent festivals can be viewed at
the following links *

http://picasaweb.google.com/harerama.harekrishna10/2092010KrishnaJanmastami#

http://picasaweb.google.com/harerama.harekrishna10/3092010SrilaPrabhupadaSVyasa
puja#

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*Mukunda das*