Special Janmastami TOVP Seva Appeal
Janmastami, the most auspicious appearance day of the original Supreme Personality of Godhead Lord Sri Krishna is almost upon us. This particular appearance of Lord Krishna, which takes place once in a day of Lord Brahma, is of very special importance because it is followed by the appearance of His combined avatar form of Radha and Krishna, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
Lord Krishna comes to annihilate the miscreants and re-establish the principles of religion, and teaches surrender as the means of attaining Him through bhakti. Lord Caitanya, while maintaining the essence of this instruction, adds the special feature of bestowing Krishna prema in the mood of the Vraja Vasis freely to all through the chanting of the Holy Names, which even Lord Krishna does not reveal.
Along with the appearance of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, Lord Krishna sends His most confidential servants to help spread His mission like the six Goswamis, Narottama das Thakur, Srinivas Acharya, Krsnadas Kaviraja Goswami, Visvanath Cakravarti Thakur, and many other acharyas including our own beloved Srila Prabhupada. Lord Krishna confidentially reveals the purpose of the appearance of Srila Prabhupada in this discussion from Brahma-vaivarta Purana with Ganga Mata:
“On behalf of the sacred rivers (Yamuna, Kaveri, Godavari, Sindhu, Saravati and Narmada), Ganga Devi says, ‘Lord Krishna, we see that Your pastimes are ending and that people are becoming more materialistic. After You leave, all the sinful people of Kali-yuga will take bath in our waters, and we will become overwhelmed with sinful reactions.’
Lord Krishna smiled and replied, ‘Be patient. After 5,000 years My mantra upasaka (worshiper of the Holy Name) will appear and spread the chanting of the Holy Name everywhere. Not only in India but all over the world people will chant My Holy Names. By this chanting the whole world will become eka varna (one class or designation), namely, Hari-bhaktas, devotees of the Supreme Lord Krishna. Because the devotees of Hari are pure, anyone who contacts them will become purified of sinful reactions. These pure devotees will visit India and purify you of your sinful reactions by bathing in your sacred waters. The period of worldwide chanting of Hare Krishna will continue for 10,000 years.’”
Moreover, Lord Caitanya Himself foretells of the appearance of Srila Prabhupada in the Caitanya-mangala:
“I want to flood the whole world with the chanting of the holy names. I will personally preach and flood India with Harinama sankirtana. My senapati bhakta (Commander in Chief) will come, preach in distant countries and flood the world with the chanting of Hare Krishna.”
In this very special Kali-yuga we cannot separate the appearance of Lord Krishna from Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu and His associates. And Srila Prabhupada’s appearance and mission is the culmination of this ‘Road Show’ as it enters its glorious 10,000 year phase of the Golden Age. His Grace Ravindra Svarupa prabhu expounds on this in his treatise, Srila Prabhupada – ISKCON’s Founder-Acarya:
“Our Founder-Ācārya marked the beginning of his project with his first book, Easy Journey to Other Planets, and he continued his effort through the writing, printing and distributing of books and the simultaneous construction of a worldwide institution. His handiwork continues and now is at last crowned with its consolidating apex, the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium, which unifies both Bhāgavatam and Bhāgavata, book and person. It marks the core and center of the Founder-Ācārya’s creation, and it indicates the location of the true world-axis at sacred Śrīdhāma Māyāpura, the descended spiritual realm.”
The Temple of the Vedic Planetarium is the “consolidating apex”, the unification of the teachings of the Bhagavatam and the person(s) Bhagavat in the form of a temple that will preach the glories of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu and the process of Harinama sankirtana to the entire world for the next 10,000 years. It is our great fortune that we live at such a supremely auspicious moment in time. It behooves us all as followers of Srila Prabhupada to share this great opportunity and do all we can to make this great temple manifest.
We are now in a crucial stage of completing the external finishing work. Specifically, we are focusing on the production and installation of the dome and chatri Kalashes and Chakras by the end of the year. Whether you have already donated to the TOVP or have never done so, please take advantage of this auspicious time to make a donation specifically for the Kalashes and Chakras with a one-time donation or long-term pledge.
Go to this website address to show your support: https://tovp.org/donate/seva-opportunities/
Do the following:
1. Click on the Square Foot donation option
2. Click on Donate Now
3. Select your Payment Method
4. Scroll down to Other Donation Amount
5. Fill in Donor Information
6. Specify for TOVP Kalashes and Chakras in the Notes section