Celebrate Festival of Anartha-nivritti

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By Raxit Jariwalla

Dear Devotees,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

The Monthly Sankirtana Festival (MSF) of Anartha-nivritti*, which was held to celebrate the divine appearance of Lord Nrsimhadeva, was concluded yesterday (May 16th) at dusk, at which time the final results from the MSF were read out and offered to their Lordships at the ISV (Iskcon of Silicon Valley) temple in San Jose.

(*Anartha-nivritti is the process of freeing oneself from unwanted desires in the heart and the Lord who is the protector of His devotees helps them in this process).

Highlights Serving in the spirit of Nrsimhadeva’s causeless mercy and following in the footsteps of Prahlada Maharaj, ISV devotees worshipped Lord Nrsimhadeva by participating in two weekends of Sankirtana yagna. On Friday, April 29, they performed Hari Nama Sankirtana in Palo Alto and on successive weekends of April 30-May 1 and May 7-8, they did massive book distribution all over the Bay Area, including door-to-door distribution through several apartment complexes in South and East Bay. Books were also distributed at a Cherry blossom festival held in Cupertino.

During this MSF, ISV Motelgita and their collaborating teams in Texas, Ohio and Boston, dispatched 1385 Bhagavad Gitas in motels all across the US. ISV devotees also distributed books via the Smart Box placed in local establishments and shipped foreign language books to other devotees to facilitate the cause of book distribution. The Sunday school kids distributed 273 books through door-to-door Sankirtana and at other sites (meeting their goal of 250 books). In addition, one of the ISV devotees shipped a Bhagavad Gita and Back-to-Godhead magazine for the benefit of a prisoner.

Goals The Team ISV goals for this MSF were to:

1. Distribute 2500 Books
2. Write a story on Lord Nrsimhadeva for publication and have a flyer which announces our special deities
3. Make a list of new paraphernalia and ornaments for Lord Nrsimhadev and invite devotees to donate
4. Hear the pastimes of Lord Nrsimha via conference call, led by HG Vaisesika Prabhu

On the day of offering (Nrsimha Caturdasi), we were pleased to report that all of these goals were successfully met and we once again surpassed our book distribution target. The readings from the 7th Canto of the Srimad Bhagavatam, conducted by Vaisesika Prabhu, leading to the appearance of Lord Nrsimhadeva, were completed on the same evening.

Summary of Scores Here is a summary of the final results from our book distribution. In all,

• More than 70 devotees participated in book distribution
• Totally 4763 books were distributed and
• $5252 in Laxmi points (including donations) were collected

On behalf of team ISV, these results were offered to Lord Nrsimhadeva and Prahlada Maharaj, with expression of thanks to all devotees who participated in book distribution, to all who provided support services including MSF lunch preparation, and to all donors who contributed to this Sankirtana yagna.

Hare Krishna!

Yours in service, Raxit Jariwalla

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1 Akruranatha

The devotees who go out on book distribution at ISV often share their realizations in little articles or “GNABs” (’good news action broadcasts’). Here is one written recently by Poojha Priyadarshini:

“Hare Krishna Dear devotees,

“Please accept my humble obeisances! ALL Glories to Srila Prabhupad!!

“Last Saturday (May 7 2011) was an amazing day of book distribution and I would like to share a few of my realizations with you.

“Instead of having to go to the Himalaya mountains to perform fiercely, terribly hard austerities, we can gain more benefit simply by doing this fun and easy service of book distribution which pleases Prabhupad , Krishna, and us!! The ultimate goal of life is to please Krishna and he is better pleased through this service of book distribution than 100 Ashwamedha sacrifices.

“On Saturday we distributed books in Bernardo apartments in Sunnyvale , California where our dear Balaram Candra Prabhu had graced the residents for more than 20 years!. We were assigned by Nilesh Prabhu the apartment units we were to distribute to. On one occasion I met a Chinese person. He looked at the book and said,’I don’t understand what I should do.’ I said,’These books are very special. All you have to do is read them and take care of them.” He looked at me inquisitively and said,”OK,how much.’ I said, ‘thousand dollars++.’ ‘You must be kidding’, he replied. I added, ‘I am serious, these books are worth so much more. But for now you may pay whatever you feel from your heart.’ He gave me 10 dollars. ‘Thank you’, I said. Little did he know what great treasure he had received. But, he innocently took the book with gratitude. When he was talking to me he was searching for suitable words to express his thoughts so I concluded, it might help him to be able to read a book in his own language. I ran back to get a Chinese book, Shailesh Prabhu was aware that I was talking to a Chinese person and almost instantaneously a Chinese and Korean book popped out of the transcendental load of books he was carrying. I went back to the Chinese person’s apartment and handed over the book. Just as I guessed, he said ‘this will be very helpful to me, I can read better in Chinese than in English. I appreciate it.’”

(to be continued…)

Comment posted by Akruranatha on May 24th, 2011
2 Akruranatha

“…In the meeting with this one person, I realized how many facilities Srila Prabhupad has made for us to distribute books and reach out to the community in a most helpful way. He has directed the books to be printed in many different languages, and as this person said, be helpful. Srila Prabhupada’s dear disciple Vaishesika Prabhu has made many facilities available and taught us many innovative ways to perform book distribution so it is helpful to people.

“On another occasion, I met an Indian woman named Ashwini. Like a traditional Indian she invited me to come into her house as soon as she saw my tilak. At least in California, whoever sees the tilak is bound to ask what it means. So always have a description of tilak at hand! Few of them have some good karma so they even come to the point of wanting to have one on their forehead. So you might also consider having a ‘tilak kit’ in your pocket! I told her that I am from ISV (as she could see on my shirt) and we had a team of 20 or so volunteers going around and distributing books on Krishna. As soon as she saw Bhagavad Gita she remembered visiting ISKCON temple a few times back in India several years before. Then my mom walked in and elaborated on the matter. She got a Bhagavad Gita , gave her contact details, and expressed her gratitude by showing her excitement to visit our temple. I got the chance of putting it on her altar. I didn’t fail to notice that her altar was occupied by Shiva, his two sons and mother Parvati. I am sure they are all now satisfied by the appearance of their own Lord in the form of BG. But I still prayed that her altar be occupied by Krishna (& his dear servants) and she realizes that by satisfying Krishna all 33 thousand+ demigods are automatically pleased.

“I realized how people can be transformed, sooner or later, by visiting the temple just a few times. She had visited ISKCON temple a very long time ago and the impression was still in her heart. Prabhupad has created for us such an amazing environment to cultivate our love for Krishna in the best and easy way.”

(to be continued…)

Comment posted by Akruranatha on May 24th, 2011
3 Akruranatha

“…After all this fun, we got to relish lunch prasadam. This prasadam was cooked by Anu Mathaji. We had chapatis, rice, subji, sambar, and a sweet.

“Book distribution is not hard AT ALL!! It is easy and can be ‘joyfully’ performed!

“I encourage everybody to go on book distribution. Trust me; it is much better than sitting in front of a laptop doing the work assigned by your boss. ISV’s spirit is to go and reach out to the community with a helpful hand.

“Please Join ‘Team ISV’ in the effort to preach the message of Srila Prabhupad and Sri Gauranga all over the bay area and the whole world!

“Thank you very much for reading my insignificant realizations on Saturday’s ecstatic book distribution.

“With Gratitude,Your Servant,
Poojha Priyadarshini”

Comment posted by Akruranatha on May 24th, 2011
4 Akruranatha

p.s. Poojha Priyadarshini is one of the stars of ISV. She is currently about 12- or 13-years old, I think. Even as a 8- or 9-year-old girl (or maybe younger) she could recite whole chapters of Bhagavad-gita in Sanskrt. She sits and listens attentively in class. She is happy and well-adjusted and does well in school and gets along well with other kids, but she is just a natural devotee. She may have gotten some help from her mom in writing the above message, but I would not be surprised if she wrote it all by herself. She is that smart and talented. Her parents Sanatan-sundaram Das and Gandharvika Dasi are very proud to have such a nice daughter.

Comment posted by Akruranatha on May 24th, 2011

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