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On the most special occasion of Gaur Purnima festival, few congregation devotees of ISKCON Punjabi Bagh volunteered to sponsor 50% of the price for Chaitanya Charitmarita sets. According to Srila Bhakti Siddhant Saraswati Thakur Prabhupada, even if no other scripture is left but only Chaitanya Charitamarita, then it is no loss as Chaitanya Charitmrita is the essence of all scriptures.

Srila Prabhupada also wanted all ISKCON devotees to read this special storehouse of Gaur Lila, and he even took a break from translating Srimad Bhgawatam to complete his translation and commentary to this divine scripture.

The devotee community of ISKCON Punjabi Bagh was fortunate and elated in hosting HG Agnidev Prabhu for a special kirtan and discourse. Agnidev Prabhu is world famous for his energetic and heart touching kirtans which are loved by one and all.

The devotees danced in joy to the melodious tunes of Hare Krishna Mahamantra, the only hope for this age of Kaliyuga. The kirtan session left devotees highly nourished, happy and enthusiastic for the upcoming Gaur Purnima festival

When mercy is pouring from all directions (Mar 8, 2020)

24 Mar 2020, Posted by VANI Group in Mercy

Three bhakti vriksha groups from ISKCON Punjabi Bagh congregation assembled together a day before Gaur Purnima to kick start the celebrations in grand style. All the assembled members had brought their deities – Sri Sri Jagannath Baladev Subhadra and Sri Sri Gaur Nitai and organized a wonderful pre-appearance day bash for the lorships. The celebration started with an ecstatic kirtan celebrating the spirit of joy, as was done by the residents of Navadwip on the appearance of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. This was followed by 3 beautiful dramas organized by the members on the life and pastimes of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and his intimate disciples.

All the dramas contained a wonderful teaching – avoiding Vaishnav Aparadha, depending on mercy of the most merciful incarnation and determination in the path of devotional service. The performances left everyone in tears of joy as the actors so wonderfully displayed the sweet pastimes of the most munificent form of the lord. The dramas were followed by Nectarian discourse by HG Rukmini Krishna prabhu. The lecture was followed by cake cutting and a wonderful feast prasadam for everyone

Like every year, ISKCON Punjabi Bagh organized a special series of lectures on the divine pastimes of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu on the occasion of Gaur Purnima. This year the katha series was extra special due to special guest speakers – HH Guru Prasad Swami Maharaj and HG Agnidev Prabhu, along with temple Co-President HG Rukmini Krishna prabhu and Vice President HG Murli Krishna prabhu.

All through the year devotees eagerly wait to hear divine loving pastimes of Mahaprabhu and his associates, from Chaitanya Bhagawat and Chaitanya Charitamrita, often called by Prabhupada as the sweetest Bengali sweet. The devotees attended the sessions in large numbers and were totally immersed in katha and kirtan to build the right consciousness for celebrating Gaur Purnima

Appearing as the son of a king, Shri Narottama Dasa Thakura (Shri Thakura Mahasaya) showed all the bodily symptoms of a mahapurusha (an exalted divine person). He had long arms, a deep navel, golden-complexioh, beautiful eyes shaped like the lotus petals. In school, he was a sruti dhara (able to memorize whatever he hears) Although he quickly mastered Sanskrit and the Vedas, he hankered to serve Krishna. He was a lifelong brahmachari. By the mercy of the Holy Name Gaura-Nitai, Narottama became detached, left his opulent family, and ran to Vrindavana. He took diksha from Shri Lokanatha Goswami and siksha in Gaudiya philosophy from Shri Jiva Goswami.
When he arrived in Navadwipa-dhama all the Devotees asked him about the health and activities of the Goswamis in Vrindavana. They were eager to hear the news from Vrindavana. After visiting all of Gauranga’s pastime places in Gaura Mandala, Narottama Dasa did the same in Shri Kshetra Dhama (Jagannatha Puri). Then he went to see the Devotees and Shri Chaitanya’s pastime spots in Shantipura, Shri Khanda, Kanthak Nagar, Ekachakra, and Kheturi Gram.

In Kheturi, Shri Narottama Dasa Thakura arranged the famous Kheturi Mahotsava. This was the first “Gaura-Purnima” festival to honor the divine appearance day of Shri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. During the festival six Deities were installed: Shri Gauranga Deva, Shri Vallabhi Kanta, Shri Vraja Mohana, Shri Krishna, Shri Radha Kanta, Shri Radha Ramana. .

With his sweet voice Narottama Dasa began a wonderful kirtana. His chanting filled the heavens, and brought down tears of prema from the eyes of the Devotees, who were all sporting in the ocean of ecstasy. “In the midst of their kirtana, the munificent Shri Chaitanya Himself and all His personal associates appeared and joined in the sankirtana. Like a flash of lightning in the midst of a mass of beautiful blue clouds, Shri Chaitanya Himself appeared in the crowd of Devotees through a divine manifestation.” (Bhakti-ratnakar)

“At that time, although Mahaprabhu had ,left this world years before, many different devotees saw Mahaprabhu in different ways. Those of Sri Navadvipa dhama saw Him more intimately as Nimaicandra or Visvambhara, as they knew Him during His youth. Those devotees were attracted to Mahaprabhu in sakhya and vatsalya rasa. The followers of the six Gosvamis, who only knew Mahaprabhu as a sannyasi, related to Him in the mood of dasya rasa. And hundreds of devotees also worshiped Lord Caitanya in an aisvarya mood of awe and reverence.

Narottama Dasa Thakura
With his sweet voice Narottama Dasa began a wonderful kirtana. His chanting filled the heavens, and brought down tears of prema from the eyes of the Devotees, who were all sporting in the ocean of ecstasy. “In the midst of their kirtana, the munificent Shri Chaitanya Himself and all His personal associates appeared and joined in the sankirtana. Like a flash of lightning in the midst of a mass of beautiful blue clouds, Shri Chaitanya Himself appeared in the crowd of Devotees through a divine manifestation.” (Bhakti-ratnakar) (In the image: Harinaam Sankirtan, Siberia, Russia).

“This festival is considered a major achievment in Gaudiya Vaishnavism. Hundreds and hundreds of Devotees were invited, including direct disciples of Mahaprabhu, Nityananda Prabhu, and Advaita Acharya. At this time, many differences existed in the interpretation of Gaudiya Vaishnavism. Acharyarani Jahnava Devi came from Kardaha with her entourage. Presiding over all the Vaishnavas, she resolved their diverse conclusions into one consistent Gaudiya Vaishnava philosophy.

“For the first time, the festival featured many kirtana styles which integrated the glorification of Lord Chaitanya with the glorification of Lord Krishna and His pastimes. And because so many Vaishnavas were present at one place, it automatically made the Kheturi festival extraordinary. It also acted as an important step toward unifying all the Gaudiya Vaishnavas.” (Shri Navadwipa-dhama parikrama)

Narottama Dasa Thakura wrote many devotional songs about the spiritual master, the Devotees, devotional service, the six Goswamis, Gaura-Nityananda and Radha-Krishna. Although composed with sweet melodies in simple Bengali language, Narottama Dasa’s songs give shastric siddhanta and devotional inspiration. Shrila Prabhupada often sang these bhajanas. Considering them non-different from Vedic shastra, He quoted them in his Bhagavatam lectures. Prarthana and Prema-bhakti-chandrika are Narottama’s most famous works.

The following excerpt comes from Prema-bhakti-chandrika: “Radha and Krishna are my goal in life and death, and They are the masters of my breath. Performing my bhajana only for Them, I rise and fall in the ocean of prema. I pray that I can always maintain this conception within my heart as my highest ideal.

“Let me serve the lotus feet of Radha-Govinda. Let my mind be filled with dedication to Their divine forms that defeat the beauty of Cupid and Rati. With a straw between my teeth I fall at Their divine feet and present my humble appeal: ‘0 Kishora-Kishori! 0 son of Nanda Maharaja-Shyamasundara! And 0 daughter of King Vrishabhanu, Shri Radha. You enchant even Hari, and Your bodily complexion is the color of a golden lotus. 0 Krishna, with a bodily color like an indranila gem (blue jewel), Your beauty mocks Cupid.

‘0 topmost dancers Shri Radha and Shri Krishna-please dance within my mind. 0 You whose beauty increases the charm of Your dazzling ornaments, day and night I only wish that I shall go on singing Your glories in great ecstasy.”

Narottama Dasa serves Shrimati Radhika as Chamaka-manjari. His samadhi is in Radha Gokulananda’s Temple courtyard.

Premanjana Das from ISKCON Punjabi Bagh participated in a session organized in for a group of doctors and Medical officers at ESI Hospital, Punjabi Bagh on the topic of ‘Spirituality and Psychiatry’. For the spirituality part, Premanjana prabhu spoke on COMMUNICATIONS AND HEALTH CARE. The entire event was organized by Dr Rakesh Jangid (Head of Department- Psychiatry).

The participants were also introduced to the Japa meditation on Hare Krishna Mahamantra. If doctors who witness so many deaths become aware of the process of transmigration of soul, they can render best service to dying patients by chanting Hare Krishna Mahamantra at the most critical time.

The crowd was inquisitive, as well as objective and rational in analyzing the subject matter and the session received much appreciation from the authorities

Vartalaap – The Journey of Inspiration Dec 2019

17 Dec 2019, Posted by VANI Group in Vartalaap

ISKCON Punjabi Bagh released 2 new episodes of the unique talk show Vartalaap on its new Jigyasa youtube channel and across other social media platforms. This month’s episodes were very special, with special guests – HG Pankajanghri Prabhu and HG Gauranga Prabhu.

The devotee community are feeling extremely nourished and enriched by the experiences being shared by the leaders on this show and are feeling really inspired to further improve their personal practices and services. The next month will have 2 new episodes with esteemed devotees – HH Sachinandan Swami Maharaja and HG Amogha Lila Prabhu.

Sports Day for Teenage forum 8th Dec 2019

17 Dec 2019, Posted by VANI Group in IYF

ISKCON Punjabi Bagh organised a sports event for Teenagers forum on 8th Dec. The program began with Aerobic dance on madhavas tracks. This was followed by an engaging and creative activity, with devotees making an organ out of waste (making one sense organ) using stones and leaves. After the activity, there was a small discussion about the usage of that organ and its role in spirituality.

The event also comprised of fun-filled games – lemon spoon race, leg tie race, kho kho, calling out krsna names etc. and the participants thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The program concluded with ekadashi prasadam for everyone.

Devotees of ISKCON Punjabi Bagh participated in a mammoth Gita Yagya which marks the anniversary of this most historical conversation between Lord Krishna and Arjuna on the battlefield of Kurukshetra. Over 500 devotees recited the entire Bhagavad Gita and offered fire sacrifices with every sloka.

The event was made more special by the divine presence of HH Gopal Krishna Goswami Maharaja, HH Sachinandan Swami Maharaja and HH Bhakti Madhurya Govind Swami Maharaja and other Prabhupada disciples. The Yagya was followed by gratitude to various sponsors and contributors who help temple during Marathon each year.

This was followed by Prize Distribution of the Value Education Olympiad organized by ISKCON Punjabi Bagh, with participation from more than 6,000 students of 22 schools in Delhi. The Top 10 winners of the Olympiad were felicitated and handed over attractive prizes (Laptops, Bicycles and Kindles). The students also shared their experiences while preparing for the Olympiad and their parents were happy that their children could learn important values of life through this initiative.