27 Feb His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami Maharaj’s Call, Srila Prabhupada’s sharp transcendental Wit and Sri Sri Radha Radhanatha Chandan Yatra 2012, Chatsworth, Durban, Republic Of South Africa
Article Sent By His Grace Ramkinkar Prabhu
Please accept our humble obeisances all glories to Guru Maharaj and Srila Prabhupada.
His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami Maharaja urges India to become proud of its spiritual culture.
A just call made by Guru Maharaj on Indian soil.
When the world was befret of India’s Rich Spiritual Culture, Srila Prabhupada India’s own son, Spiritual Master, Ambassador, the Perfect Acarya and Founder Acarya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness successfully planted the seed of Krishna Consciousness in every major city and continent of the World. It is now time for India to heed the call made by His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami Maharaja to become proud of its spiritual culture.
In Durban, South Africa, today, HG Vibu Caitanya prabhu, Vice President at Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple, began the Sunday Love Feast program by relating a pastime of Srila Prabhupada’s interview with a presenter that belittle his guests at a Radio Station in LA. Srila Prabhupada was warned about his attitude.
Srila Prabhupada was not deterred but turned the tables on the interview team.
A highlight from a recent class in Mayapura by His Grace Badrinarayana Prabhu definitely shows how India can be proud of Srila Prabhupada as the most eminent ambassador of India’s spirituality:
The first thing (an American journalist) said (to Srila Prabhupada in an interview) was, “Your coming here to America and you are coming from India, what can you possibly teach us? We already have religious institutions. We
have our understanding of God and you are coming from a place where the death rate is so high. What can you teach us?” Prabhupada said, “Death rate is the same everywhere – one hundred percent.” [Laughter]
So the man was a little taken by that. There was a little pause then he came back and he said,
“According to your cosmology you say the world is flat.”
Now they are actually talking, it is a long story but the plane of the solar system, all the planets, – that is relatively flat.
That is what the Vedas are talking about. But this man misunderstood. He thought it meant the planet earth. So he said, “You say the world is flat.” Prabhupada replied,”Everywhere I walk it is.” [Laughter]
So he had a lady assistant. He was a little stunned so she came in as his partner to fill the gap and she said, “Why do you shave your head?” Srila Prabhupada replied, “Why do you shave your legs?” [Laughter] Prabhupada said, “Better have warm legs and cool brain.” [Laughter] So the show host had recovered and he came back one last time and in a very exasperated voice he said, “What would happen if everyone in the world became Krishna conscious?” Prabhupada said, “Don’t worry there will always be fools like you who won’t.”
[Laughter] The man was just shut down. That was it. And for the next ten minutes Prabhupada spoke uninterrupted. He owned the station.”[Laughter]
His Grace Vibu Caitanya prabhu went on to narrate the wonderful pastimes of Madavendra Puri with Lord Gopinath from Caitanya Caritamrita, the Chandan Yatra, the Lord sealing the sweet rice for Madavendra Puri and many more.
On 8 March 2012 the observance of Sri Gaura Purnima.
In a few weeks SSRR will be hosting the 24th Ratha Yatra Festival of Chariots at the Old Durban Drive Inn, Beach Front during the 6th to 9th April 2012.
Procession at 1.30pm sharp on Friday and on Monday at 5pm. There is ample service available for everyone. He requested the the devotees to inform other devotees in Johannesburg, Cape Town and other Cities of the time and date of the Chariot parades.
On 4th March 2012 a Special Istagosti will be held during the Sunday Love Feast program. Inputs are welcomed to guide management.
The evening program concluded with a slide presentation of future programs, Kirtan led by HG Sundaralal das from Mauritius followed by excellent Prasadam.
Ramkinkar das & Team