By Shastra dasa
HH Bhakti Purusottama Swami kindly sponsored new musical instruments and a Public Address System for the Nagara Sankirtan Department. An African djembe drum was sent from Ghana; combining the djembe drum and the accordion music for the kirtan is quite attractive for the local villagers as they love to dance and interact with the devotees. They usually beg us to visit on a regular basis. By the mercy of Lord Gauranga we covered seven Islands in the month of June. We hope this will please our Spiritual masters!!
Mahaprabhu kirtana-nitya-gita Vaditra-madyan-manaso rasena romanca-kampsru-taranga-bhajo vande guru caranaravindam
TRANSLATION Chanting the holy name, dancing in ecstasy, singing, and playing musical instruments, the spiritual master is always gladdened by the sankirtana movement of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Because he is relishing the mellows of pure devotion within his mind, sometimes his hair stands on end, he feels quivering in his body, and tears flow from his eyes like waves. I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of such a spiritual master.
A Russian and a South African devotee who are both good musicians came all the way from their countries to join Nagara Sankirtan Department increasing our number to eleven . We are expecting more devotees from all over the world as many are writing to come and join the harinam party in Mayapur. We are planning to expand to two parties as the number increases and keep expanding and expanding to many parties till we get fourteen parties as done by Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu 513 years ago in Mayapur- Navadvipa.
Room number 7 at the Brahmacari Ashram is donated for free to the NS dept and the members of NS are given Prasadam free of charge by the support of the Central management.
We distributed 5 000 plates of kitchiri and 6 000 packets of maha prasadam during the month of June. We do FFL twice a week and hope to get sponsorship that will enable us include the FFL along harinam anytime we go out.
Our specially designed rainproof Rickshaw is almost ready. It will be useful as we have entered the rainy season, we could go ahead with our harinam unabated without Lord Indra’s interference.
In the third week of June we started the boat harinam and FFL programme from village to village along the bank of Ganga. It is an exciting experience and we will share it with you later. About 50 devotees – mainly families with children and their parents from the Mayapur community – followed us. The harinam is side by side bridging the gap between the multi- dimensional classes and cultures of devotees in the community as well.
You need to watch it yourself on Sunday when the party finally settles in front of the Radha Madhava temple chanting while the pilgrims are taking prasadam offered by the FFL department to understand what I am hitting at…You will see both old and young dancing in ecstasy with their hands raise and stretched high into the sky sweating profusely, full of smiles, non-stop for hours until the Sandhya arati time when the Nagara Sankirtan party members leave to their ashrams..
In the month of June, the Nagara Sankirtan department co-ordinated and had harinam with 500 students who visited Mayapur, we chanted to the Nanda Acharya house and back, we had a programme with Sri Mayapur International School graduation ceremony doing harinam around the ISKCON campus and also the Community annual mini Ratha Yatra organized by SMIS pre-school authorities. (pics attached.)
We have devotees from the following countries manifesting the vision of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur’s prediction: Brasil, Bulgaria, Nepal, Italy, Australia, India, South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, Russia, Canary Islands and Ukraine.
“It was Bhaktivinoda Thakura’s aspiration that Europeans, Americans, and Indians all together dance jubilantly and chant “Gaura Hari”. So this temple, Mayapur Candrodaya temple, is meant for transcendental United Nations. What United Nations has failed, that will be achieved here by the process recommended by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, prthivite ache yata nagaradi grama, sarvatra pracara haibe mora nama. So you have come from all parts of the world and are living in this temple. So train these boys. I am very glad especially to see the small children from all other countries, and Indians, Bengalis, all together. Forgetting their bodily consciousness. That is the greatest achievement in this movement, that everyone forgets the bodily conception of life. Nobody thinks themselves here as Europeans, Americans, Indians, Hindu, Muslim, Christian. They forget all these designations, and simply they are ecstatic in chanting the Hare Krishna mantra. So kindly what you have begun do not break it. Continue it very jubilantly. And Caitanya Mahaprabhu, the master of Mayapur. He will be very much pleased upon you. And ultimately you will go back home, back to Godhead”????..17-08-1976. Mayapur—-Arrival address in temple by Srila Prabhupada.
Please just abandon all varieties of services, take a break from your busy schedule and come join the Mayapur Nagara sankirtan and bathe in the blissful kirtan of Lord Nityananda and Mahaprabhu. Everyone is welcome, including the Gurus and GBC members, for spiritual rejuvenation.
Papa tapa saba dure ja’be, sara-moy samsara ha’be, Ar kono bhoy nahi rabi, dubbe sukher pathare
By chanting the holy name all your sinful reactions and material miseries will be cast far away. This world will become full of wonderful meaning for you, there will be no more fear, and you will be immersed in the ocean of pure joy. (Baul-sangita Song 1)
Nama-sankirtanam visnoh ksut-trt-prapiditadisu
Karoti satatam vipras tasya prito hy adhoksajah
O brahmanas, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is beyond the touch of the material senses, becomes very pleased with a person who, in spite of hunger, thirst, and many troubles, continues to always chant His holy name.
Sarva-rogo pasamam sarvo padrava-nasanam Santidam sarvaristanam harer nama nukirtanam
The chanting of Lord Hari’s holy name cures all diseases, removes all obstacles, and rescues one from all calamities. (Brhad-Visnu P.)
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Contact address Shastra dasa (Nagara Sankirtan department) Shastra.BTS@pamho.net Phone call (+91)9732720429 YS Shastra dasa