13 Jan Global Retreat Ujjain 2014 Glorification
During the last week of December 2014 (25th-31st December) ISKCON Ujjain temple organized the Global Spiritual Retreat under the guidance of His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami Guru Maharaja. About 160 devotees came from different parts of the world including USA, Malaysia, Australia, Netherlands, UK etc to take part in this spiritual festival. Devotees from Ujjain and many students from Bhopal, Indore & other places also joined the festival for this retreat.This global spiritual retreat is one of the most wonderful arrangements made by Guru Maharaja for spiritual upliftment of beloved disciples and many other devotees worldwide . Devotees of ISKCON Ujjain made very nice arrangements for accommodation, prasadam, personal care and other things.Guru Maharaja personally looked after each and every detail of the retreat. The main attraction of the retreat was the seminar series on the topic “Stories from Srimad-Bhagavatam”. Guru Maharaja personally selected the topic after much consideration on the matter.
There were morning Srimad-Bhagavatam classes on specific verses from canto 1, Chapter 1. Guru Maharaja very nicely and deeply described about essential principles to know and to follow while approaching Srimad-Bhagavatam. He described in detail about the following verses.
SB 1.1.3: Significance of Srimad-Bhagavatam.
SB 1.1.2: Who can relish and understand Srimad-Bhagavatam.
SB 1.1.6: Qualification of SB speaker
SB 1.1.10: Need of Srimad-Bhagavatm in the Age of Kali.
SB 1.1.14: Glories of the Holy Name name of the Lord.
SB 1.1.19: How one should relish glorification of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
SB 1.1.20 & 1.1.23:
Morning and late afternoon seminar sessions were based on the topic “Stories from Srimad Bhagavatam”. Guru Maharaja gave classes covering the main stories in detail which comes in Srimad-Bhagavatam. It was so nice to hear from Guru Maharaja about the wonderful pastimes of the Lord and his devotees. One devotee was sharing that actually this is the perfection of life to hear from the spiritual master then try to remember the wonderful instructions and narrations, then try to mold our life and our services according to those divine instructions.
In the evening time, Guru Maharaja led ecstatic kirtan almost every day for 1 hour. He sang the vaishnava bhajan and then kirtan. It was accompanied by enthusiastic dancing of the devotees.
The retreat was filled with all the attractive features of Krishna consciousness like chanting, kirtan, lecture and most delicious prasadam.
At the outset of the seminar, Guru Maharaja told that the purpose of this retreat was to give all the participants the experience of temple life so that they will forget their daily course of occupation and stay in the temple always.
With so many examples and analogy, Guru Maharaja made the whole seminar period so much interesting and heart touching. When he used to narrate the pastimes, it was like he was personally seeing those pastimes happening in front of him & narrating to all devotees with so much of absorption.
In the last session Guru Maharaja personally glorified many senior disciples. described so many minute details of each devotee and what all services he was doing for the pleasure of Srila Prabhupada. At the end always Guru Maharaja was saying to many of them “Thank you very much for all your wonderful services for Srila Prabhupada”. This most graceful gesture of Guru Maharaja touched the heart of many devotees.
On 1st January 2015, there was initiation ceremony. Seventy one devotees were being selected for first initiation and about thirty devotees were selected for second initiation.
Many participants shared that it was one of the most spiritually enlivening experiences of their life and that they are waiting for taking part of this event next year.
Thank you very much. Hare Krishna.