By Janananda Gosvami
Let’s Join Hands Together for World Holy Name Week 2012
This year 2012 marks 45 years since Srila Prabhupada founded ISKCON and literally inaugurated the worldwide sankirtan movement by chanting in Tompkins Square Park. From those humble beginnings the movement spread and somehow or other we are here getting the opportunity to go “Back to Godhead”.
Just remembering what Srila Prabhupada did on our behalf awakens a deeper and deeper feeling of gratitude and indebtedness and furthermore a desire to do whatever we can to repay Srila Prabhupada.
In August 1976 Srila Prabhupada wrote:
“If you feel at all indebted to me then you should preach vigorously like me. That is the proper way to repay me. Of course, no one can repay the debt to the spiritual master, but the spiritual master is very much pleased by such an attitude by the disciple.
As one of Srila Prabhupada’s last instruction to us was to work cooperatively together, what better way to do this and try to pay our debt, than by us all coming together to participate in the yuga dharma - congregational chanting of the holy names - absorbing ourselves in the World Holy Name week and bringing auspiciousness to the whole world. “Our, this sankirtana movement is so nice that simply by chanting, the vibration will create an auspicious atmosphere,”
“Somehow or other if you can engage them in chanting and dancing, the whole world will be united.” [Srimad-BhÃ¤gavatam lecture, Bombay, December 27, 1974]
In the Caitanya Caritamrita Adi Lila 4.39-40 the mission of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu is explained
“Thus with two intentions the Lord appeared with His devotees and tasted the nectar of prema with the congregational chanting of the holy name. Thus He spread kirtana even among the untouchables. He wove a wreath of the holy name and prema, with which He garlanded the entire material world”.
“If the surface of the globe is over-flooded with the chanting of the Hare Krsna mantra, the people of the world will be very, very happy. (Purport to SB 4.24.11)
So let us overflood the world with the holy names and weave a sankirtan wreath around it.
- His Holiness Janananda Gosvami
All glories to Sri Sri Guru and Gauranga. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
The World Holy Names Committee proposes the following initiatives:
2. Harinam Sankirtan
3. 12-hour Kirtans
4. Global Prayer
5. Reciting the Glories of the Holy Names
The Japathon starts on the auspicious Disappearance Day of NamacharyaSrila Haridas Thakura (see Calendar) and continues for 10 days until the anniversary of the arrival of Srila Prabhupada, The Ambassador of The Holy Names, to the West. The Japathon is a chance for congregation members to join full-time devotees for japa. Haridas Thakura chanted more than 300,000 names of Krishna daily and was awarded the title Namacharya by Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Last year during the Japathon, ISKCON Puneâs congregation chanted 70 million Holy Names daily. None of us can be Haridas Thakur, but, collectively, we can chant millions and billions of Holy Names.
Last year, we encouraged temples to participate in a 50-man Harinam to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Srila Prabhupadaâs Sannyasa. Some temples organized Harinams on a daily basis, one temple organized a 500-man party, and some temples joined together for Harinam. This is a coordinated effort to push back maya and deliver the Holy Names into the hearts of every city. We suggest a 51-man Harinam for each Friday of the Japathon (see Calendar).
12-hour Kirtans. We suggest inviting your congregation to the temple for a day of kirtan, from 10 AM to 10PM (local time). We have scheduled these âsankirtan yajnasâ on each Saturday of the World Holy Names Week (a week which has now expanded to include two Ekadasis). We will post the schedules online as they become available.
Global Prayer â all the initiatives are meant to unite ISKCON and even non-ISKCON devotees in prayer. The more devotees that participate, the better. Instead of one temple doing a 12-hour sankirtan-yajna, we want to encourage *all* the temples to do a yajna (or going on Harinam) at the same time. With the different time zones, however, this becomes complex. This âGlobal Prayerâ, however, will take place on the Disappearance Day of Srila Haridas Thakur at noon GMT and go for 10 minutes. We ask all devotees everywhere to stop what they are doing (even if they are sleeping) about 5 minutes before 12:00 PM GMT: wash your hands and mouth, then chant for 10 minutes. If you find this enlivening, feel free to continue throughout the remainder of World Holy Names Week.
5. Reciting the Glories of the Holy Names â we ask that devotees who are giving class during World Holy Names Week to speak about the glories of the Holy Names.
Examples are these quotes (stolen from Indradyumna Swamiâs Facebook wall):
“The devotee should make it a regular practice to spend a little time alone in a quiet place and concentrate deeply on the holy name. He should utter and hear the name distinctly. It is impossible for the jiva to singlehandedly avoid and overcome the illusion of distraction. By the mercy… of the Lord, however, this is accomplished with ease.” [Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura ]
“Of all the names of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna is the most
important, as the Lord Himself has confirmed: ‘My dear Arjuna, ‘Krishna’ is the most important of all My names.’” [Srila Baladeva Vidyabhusana, Sri Vishnu-sahasra-nama-stotra, A Thousand Names of Lord Vishnu, text 20 ]
“In the teachings of Sriman Mahaprabhu, there are two principle instructions: developing a taste for chanting the holy names and displaying compassion for the fallen souls.” [Srila Bhaktivinod: Sri Caitanya…Siksamrita, 1.7 ]
“My only hope lies in the limitless nectar of Your Holy Name.” [Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur, Harinama Cintamani, Chapter One]
“O sadhu, if you cannot suddenly renounce this dreamlike world, then day and night meditate on Vrindavan. Worship Vrindavan’s king and queen and always chant Their holy names.”
“If the opulence or knowledge of many millions of universes were clustered together, they would hardly equal a small fragment of the glory of Krsna’s holy name. Krsna’s holy name is my life. It is the goal of my life. It is the means I will employ to attain the goal of my life.” [Srila Rupa Goswami, Padyavali, Text 23]
“Even if one distributes ten million cows in charity during an eclipse of the sun, lives at the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna for millions of years, or gives a mountain of gold in sacrifice to the brahmanas, he does not earn even one hundredth part of the merit derived from chanting Hare Krishna.” [Srila Sanatana Gosvami, Laghu-Bhagavatamrta]
Krishna is the original name of the Lord and all other names are simply part and parcel of that original name Krishna. The original name Krishna is more powerful than the other names and the result of chanting the name of Krishnais greater than that of chanting the other names of the Lord.” [Jiva Goswami, Sri Krishna Sandarbha]
The sadhu helps the fallen jiva to regain his natural state of freedom from sin, by the constant service of bringing about the descent of transcendental sound in the form of words uttered by his lips and the mahaprasada in the shape of food that is offered by him to the Lord. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta
“O people, please do not fear this blazing fire of sin! The monsoon clouds of Lord Govinda’s holy name will extinguish it with a flood of rain.” [Garuda Purana, cited by Srila Sanatana Goswami in Hari-Bhakti-Vilasa, 11th vilasa ]
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ISKCON’s World Holy Names Week 2012 — 5 Global Initiatives to Increase Auspiciousness on the Planet
The five initiatives for this year’s World Holy Names Week are:
4. Global Prayer
5. Sunday Kirtan
There are currently 67 temples across India and hundreds more around the world participating in this year’s World Holy Names Week. Chaitanya Mahaprabhu predicted that His Names would be chanted in “every town and village,” and Srila Prabhupada fulfilled Mahaprabhu’s prediction by starting ISKCON and carrying the Holy Names around the world (as the Ambassador of the Holy Names).
World Holy Names Week is organized globally but implemented locally, so readers are encouraged to contact their local temples or write to email@example.com.
1. Poster This is 17×22. It can be shrunk down to 8.5×11 for e-mail. There is a blank spot for temples to customize the poster.
World Holy Name Banner:
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