31 Dec Wonderful World of Hare Krishna
Sent by His Grace Ramkinkar Dasa
(Click on the pictures to discover the Treasure House Of India’s Spiritual Wisdom as presented by ISKCON Founder Acharya Srila A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila PrabhupadaSirens of the Durban Metro Police escort broke the silence of the quite
Friday Midday, alerting over 150 devotees waiting in anticipation of the imminent arrival of His Holiness, Bhakti Charu Swami at a colorful reception held at Krishna Charan’s Home, in Durban North.
After a foot bathing ceremony and Guru Puja, Maharaj asked His Grace Shyamlal Prabhu, a disciple of Srila Prabhupada to speak.
In response HG shyamlal Prabhu said, “Maharaj I have come to hear”. Guru Maharaj immediately replied by saying, “I also like to hear sometimes”.
HG Syhamlall Prabhu spoke on the recent challenges ISKCON Russia faced with a court case to ban the Bhagavad Gita As It Is. The Court dismissed the Prosecution request of banning the Bhagavad Gita As It Is and ISKCON was Victorious.
“It is time to distribute and study Srila Prabhupada’s Books”, said Shyamlal Prabhu.
Guru Maharaj began his class by saying, “this getting together is very important because in this way we become aware of our relationships and spiritual responsibility. This awareness became very clear and obvious when I went to Cape Town for the last few days.
For a few years I did not go to Cape Town, although I come to South Africa a few times a year, some how I missed Cape Town. Since I am holding the retreat, those who want to be with me can come, but they were many who could not come. ‘Out of sight, out of Mind’ I had many close and deep relationships with many devotees there.
ISKCON is the only Movement in the planet that fosters personal relationships, while the whole world is deep into impersonally.
Maharaj invited suggestions on how the sanga can on a more regular basis continue to develop deeper personal relationships.
His Grace Ananda maya das suggested a once a month video conference. A day would be decided on the first week of the month.
Maharaj said he hoped the world was smaller so he could spent more quality time with everyone. But the only consoling fact is we are all connected to Krishna and only by Krishna Consciousness can we all be always connected.
Guru Maharaj informed the devotees that the Choparti Temple under the leadership of HH Radhanath Swami introduced 15 years ago a counseling system, that works amazingly in the science of devotee care.
One devotee takes care of 4 devotees in this way it multiplies and the care expands. Here most of you are in the grashasta ashram, so one grashasta should take care of 4 grashastas.
Guru Maharaj said, just consider the army, the structure they have starting from the regiment up to the general, at each level a leader has a group of soldiers he is responsible.
Surprising everyone, Guru Maharaj asked, how many of you have my telephone number? Very few devotees put their hands up. Emails takes so much of my time. I am also feeling bad that all of you wrote so many wonderful Vyasa Puja
offering and I did not reply.
Communications and transportation will in the very near future will come to an abrupt end. Farm community is the most important solution.
His Grace Jagananda Pandit gave a detail explanation of the resources that are being depleted at an alarming rate
Start with pilot projects have to go back to nature’s gift. The three most important things Krishna gave us, Food, water & oxengen.
Material world is darkness, Krishna created the sun and the sun becomes the source of life. The moon is the reservoir of nectar for vegetation. Krishna made the most wonderful arrangement.
Moses led the Jews from Egypt to Israel and the Lord provided for all their needs. Ultimately Harinam Sankirtan. We need to motivate the youth to get involved in Krishna Consciousness. In India farmers are being educated into organic farming and to depend on natural resources.
We need to motivate people to leave the cities and go back to the villages. Our process is sankirtan, glorify Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Mahaprabhu will plant a mango seed and immediately we would get trees full of mangoes with out skin and
seed. How delicious that would be. This is the Wonderful World of Hare Krishna.
The class ended with a sumptuous lunch prasadam. Guru Maharaj made it a point to meet all the devotees during lunch and thanked the cooks for their culinary
They were elated to receive Guru Maharaj’s blessings and mercy.
Happy New Year!
His Grace Jagananda Pandit receives HH Bhakti Charu Swami with a warm Hug.