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Systematic Training and Education is essential for proper growth in any field of activity be it education, administration, business or rendering service. A sound training helps the candidate to grasp the:
a) Knowledge of the subject
b) Necessary skills to implement it practically
c) Cultivate values and consistent attitudes.

With a similar objective, Full Time Vaisnava Training (FTVT) program was started in 2012 at ISKCON Punjabi Bagh. The purpose of the program is to train the participants in the various aspects of Healthy Living on all levels: Physical, Mental, Emotional and Spiritual. In Vedic times, such training would start at the age of 5 and would continue at least till the age of 25 and the student would be trained in principles of Sense Control, Cleanliness, Sensitivity and Respect. Such training would be essential to lead a peaceful and purposeful married life centered on devotional service to Lord Krishna.

The program helps the participants in knowing their natures, strength and weaknesses equip them in various skills as cleanliness, accounting, taking care of their health, time management, music, philosophy, etc and nurture the values of cooperation, respect, discipline, obedience and compassion. The participants are required to follow a strict schedule starting at 3.30am in morning to 9pm in night.

More than 40 participants have graduated the program so far.

We congratulate and wish all the best to following participants of this 2017 batch:
1) Padmabhushan Das : (B.tech- IIT Roorkee, M.tech IIT-Delhi)
2) Murari Sevak Das (Charted Accountant CA).;
3) Mitra Sudama Das: Professor in KD campus(IES coaching);
4) Neeraj: Manager in HDFC bank
5) Deepak ( MBA, HR Consultant)
6) Anupam Srivas Das (DU Graduate)
7) Raasprayana Das (BTech)

HG Amrit Gaur Das will be the facilitator of the program.

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It was certainly a scene of wonder, confusion, excitement and mesmerisation when 60 devotees from China visited ISKCON Punjabi Bagh. Devotees have certainly heard that Lord Chaitanya’s movement will spread in every town and village but to actually see devotees chanting Hare Krishna, putting Vaisnava Tilak and taking to devotional lives from all these different part brings one to the reality of this prediction.

HH Bhakti Vighna Vinashak Swami Maharaja took class sharing some of his experience of joining Krishna Consciousness and journey thereafter and his experiences of China inspired everyone in the class. The class was being translated in Chinese and Hindi language.

This visit was certainly historic because it became evident that real unity can be achieved only on spiritual platform. As one Indian gentleman shared in the class, “I used to consider China as India’s enemy but seeing and meeting these devotees have certainly changed my perception. “

Certainly, Srila Prabhupada has made a home in which whole world can live.

Initiated by Srila Prabhupada and preaching and singing in US, HG Agnidev Prabhu is renowned for his melodious Gaudiya Vaishnava kirtan.

ISKCON Punjabi bagh community was blessed to have Agnidev Pr’s association for 10 days during which Prji gave class and led Mangal Aarti, Guru Puja and evening Kirtans.

Prabhuji’s devotional singing of Hare Krishna Kirtans and Bonafide Bhajans composed by great saints in parampara took devotees on a journey to experience devotional mellows and the joy of devotion.

Srila Prabhupada writes, “the safest place in this material existence is to be in Kirtan rasa”.
For ISKCON 50, Legendary kirtaniya Agnideva prabhu offers heartfelt new album entitled “Prayer to the Lotus Feet of Lord Krishna.” This album is available at our Gift shop.

His recordings can be accessible on ISKCON Punjabi Bagh YouTube channel.

Gaura Purnima Festival Offer

02 Mar 2017, Posted by VANI Group in Audio Icon

kathancana smate yasmin
duskaran sukaran bhavet
vismate viparitan syat
sri-caitanyaa namami tam

Things that are very difficult to do become easy to execute if one somehow or other simply remembers Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. But if one does not remember Him, even easy things become very difficult. To this Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu I offer my respectful obeisances.(Sri CC Adi lila 14.1)

Reading “Sri Caitanya Caritamrta” is quite an easy way to bring rememberance of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu into our busy lives full of difficulties. This book, originally written in Bengali by Srila Krsnadasa Kaviraja Gosvami, is the principal work on the life and teachings of Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu.

Srila Prabhupada notes in the Preface, “I sincerely hope that by understanding the teachings of Lord Caitanya presented in this book, Sri Caitanya-caritamata, human society will experience a new light of spiritual life”. The heart of anyone who gives submissive aural reception to the pleasing and sweet pastimes of Lord Caitanya immediately becomes cleansed of all material contamination.(Srila Narottama Das Thakur in Prarthana)

On the eve of 50th Anniversary of Gaur Purnima celebrations in ISKCON we solicit everyone to embrace the mercy of the most magnanimous Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu by sanctifying your homes with the most sacred of all literatures ‘Sri Caitanya-caritamata’.

I want that every respectable person has a full set of Bhagavatam and Caitanya Caritamrta in his home.
(SP Letter to Alex, Bob, Drdhavrata, Gupta, Rsabhadeva, Stan — Bhuvanesvara 24 January, 1977)

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Guests

27 Feb 2017, Posted by VANI Group in Audio Icon

ISKCON Punjabi Bagh community was blessed to have the association of over 40 guests from various parts of world in last two months.

We would like to specifically mention about few guests who really touched and won the hearts of many devotees here:

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HG Sarvadrik Pr:

HG Sarvadrik Prabhu came in contact with ISKCON in July 1973 and was initiated in same year by Srila Prabhupada. Since then he is actively engaged in service to ISKCON and Srila Prabhupada .HG Sarvadrik Pr served as Head cook & Head Pujari in 3 temples St diego ; Portland , oregon; and 1 more temple.

Sarvadrik Pr ‘s father was a very successful orthopatic surgeon (Bone doctor ) in US Air force & later Professor in University of California

Following the Srila Prabhupada’s instruction that “Live in farms and preach in cities”, Prabhuhji is based in Srila Prabhupada village , a farm community in North Carolina in North America , and travels extensively all over the world especially India .

In his 2 months stay here at Punjabi Bagh, Prabhuji conducted more than 220 programs in Delhi-NCR.

Prabhuji’s deep desire to “Live like Prabhupada and to preach like Prabhupada” was reflected in his scholarly lectures and individual conversations. Through his simplicity, humility, preaching spirit, Prabhuji inspired & enthuses many devotees in their practice of spiritual lives. Wherever he went, devotee’s hearts were immediately attracted by his purity and devotion.

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HG Sukhvaha Devi Dasi (Susan Bauer)

Susan Bauer was Born and raised as Protestant minister’s daughter. Inspired by her father, she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Welfare from Pennsylvania State University. During her youth, she went on spiritual quest and accepted initiation into Gaudiya Vaishnavism, Bhakti tradition in India stemming from the 16th century and was given the name Sukhavaha Devi Dasi by HDG A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada. With her counseling skills coupled with spiritual knowledge, she was ordained an Interfaith Minister in January of 1992.

She is also an author of Revealing the Heart : Practice of Compassion , a memoir of her experiences integrated with her new discoveries in compassionate communication. She is also mother of three children and grandmother of two

Sukhavava Devi Dasi has been involved in number of social welfare projects across the globe including the Barsana Eye Camp and spiritual care department of Bhaktivedanta Hospital in Mumbai. She frequently speaks at leading spiritual communities on compassionate communication, emotional healing and building vibrant organizations.

It was certainly a rare opportunity for devotees here to get her association in mid feb for a week through her seminars and SB Classes where she shared her deep realizations in Krishna Consciousness.

Many devotees felt empowered from experiences she shared, techniques she explained, and counseling she offered. She has her own website: www.aheartconnection.com

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Dr Michael A. Cremo, also known as Drutakarma Prabhu is pioneer in integrating Science & Spirituality into a cohesive paradigm of reality.He is on the cutting edge of science and culture issues. In the course of a few month’s time he might be found on pilgrimage to sacred sites in India, appearing on a national television show, lecturing at a mainstream science conference, or speaking to an alternative science gathering.

Michael Cremo is a member of the World Archeological Congress and the European Association of Archaeologists as well as an associate member of the Bhaktivedanta Institute Specializing in history and philosophy of science. He has also authored more than 5 books, (prominently) Forbidden Archaeology which has been translated into more than 13 languages.

It was certainly a matter of great fortune to have his association for a week. Prabhuji gave SB classes, conducted seminars at various colleges like MAIT, USIT, etc. Despite his

 

 

Nityananda Trayodashi

25 Feb 2017, Posted by VANI Group in Festivals

Nitya-NandaOver 1500 people celebrated Nityananda Trayodashi (Appearance day of Lord Balaram in form of Nityananda Prabhu) with great delight on 9 Feb 2017 at ISKCON Punjabi Bagh to attract the causeless mercy of Nityananda Prabhu.

The festival began at 4am beholding the beautiful Darshans of Lord Nityanand Prabhu. He was adorned with dresses made up of dry fruits and flowers. The discourse by HH Bhakti Brihat Bhagawat Swami Maharaj, highlighting the confidential reasons of Lord Nityananda’s appearance mesmerized all. The audience also invoked the mercy of Gaur – Nitai with the darshan of their Abhishek Ceremony with various paraphernalia live in the temple Hall. The ceremony was concluded with grand arti of the Lordships and sumptuous Ekadashi feast.

Jagannath Rath Yatra Rohini

25 Feb 2017, Posted by VANI Group in Jagannath Rath Yatra

YatraRohini’s Jagannath cart festival

ISKCON Rohini congregation community celebrated its major festival Jagannath Rath Yatra on Sunday, 12th Feb 2017. The festival marked its beginning with melodious kirtans(devotional hymns in glorification of Lord) along with sanctified food for all the devotees followed by a short address on the history of this festival by HG Rukmini Krishna Prabhuji, Temple Co-president of ISKCON Punjabi bagh.

The Yatra started from Japanese park, sec 10 Rohini. It displayed main chariot of the deities- Lord Jagannath, Lord Baldeva and Mother Subhadra, whose ropes were pulled by fervent devotees. The parade route was 10km long and devotees recited Hare Krishna Mahamantra and ecstatically danced all the way. The route was beautifully decorated with rangoli and flowers and people welcomed the Lord of the Universe with great love and devotion.

This festival was attended by thousands of surcharged devotees and visitors from Delhi, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Gurgaon, Vrindavan and a few overseas devotees. On the way, 56 bhogaa were offered to the deities through a hydra crane and then the Lord Jagannath’s mercy in the form of prasad was distributed to all the devotees. The parade concluded at Japanese park with cultural programs and prasadam for all.

ISKCON organized its first Rath Yatra at San Franscisin 1967. The year 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of Rath Yatra celebrations. Historically, this festival is being celebrated since many centuries at Jagannath Puri. Spiritual life is full of blissful varieties of festivals each having a significant meaning and purpose to celebrate. 5000 years back, damsels of Vrindavan(Gopis) invited Lord Krishna to return to Vrindavan from Kurukshetra. In the same mood, devotees pull the chariots inviting Lord in their own hearts.
After the passing of chariots, roads were cleaned meticulously by devotees and Prasadam was distributed to general public. There was a cultural program consisting drama, dance, discourses and kirtans depicting the pastime of Lord Jagananth.

Seminar

25 Feb 2017, Posted by VANI Group in Seminar

seminarISKCON Punjabi Bagh organized a seminar on Stress management for the senior doctors of Guru Gobind Singh hospital, Raghubir nagar. It was delivered by temple co-president HG Rukmini Krishna Das and saw enthusiastic participation from over 35 doctors including various departmental heads.

The seminar concluded with one round chanting of Hare Krishna Mahamantra and distribution of sanctified food Being a doctor can be a very stressful job. Tight schedules, double shifts, managing work and personal life, high expectations, ghastly scenes, deaths, etc are some of the factors that contribute to stress. How to manage stress in a way that helps us to grow instead of jeopardizing our lives? What can we do in such moments?

Dr. Chetan, medical superintendent(MS) of the hospital, along with his staff members highly appreciated the talk and expressed his desire for recurring monthly sessions in the hospital. Many participants also bought Bhagavad Gita to get deeper insight into the topic and to imbibe the practical lessons from seminar into their lives.

Bhagawat Gita

25 Feb 2017, Posted by VANI Group in Bhagavad Gita

Gita copyThe community at ISKCON Punjabi Bagh came together to distribute 2,50,000 copies of Bhagawat Gita As It is by His Divine Grace A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada to the people in general in the months of December and January-2017.

Why are devotees so committed to this task?
“Transformations. Nothing gives us such satisfaction as to see people’s lives becoming transformed by the message of Lord Krishna. The knowledge really empowers the sincere reader.” Says HG Rukmini Krishna Das (Co-President) Besides, Bhagavat Gita can provide answers to all fundamental questions like the purpose of life, law of karma, Is there life after death, art of living, art of dying, the world and nature around, time, God, Soul, etc. The knowledge also helps an individual in dealing with food habits, lifestyle, time management, striking a balance, managing stress and anger, and similar areas of life.

How do they distribute such large quantity of books in just two months?
“We go practically everywhere. Stations, Jail, Homes, Shops, Offices, Kumbh Mela, Hospitals, Hotels, etc. We just show people the book, benefits it offers, and many people purchase.” Said Karuna Chandra Das, who distributed almost 30,000 copies.

This act of sharing knowledge has been considered one of the most sublime acts of compassion. Gyana Daan. (Chairty of Knowledge). Many members undertook great austerity and sacrifices in order to accomplish this task.

We would like to thank each one of our members who in any way contributed to this service. We would also like to thank every individual who received/accepted or purchased a copy of Bhagawat Gita and would encourage them to read it.

For any further inquiry related to subject matter, we encourage correspondence at info@iskconpunjabibagh.com