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Volume #2018, Issue #003/September

I LOVE SRILA VAMANA


MAYAPUR! PRABHUPADA’S DVADASI
VAYASA PUJA

CELEBRATING THE APPEARA NCE DAY OF

ÇRÉ MATÉ RÄ DH ÄR ÄË É
At the Sri Mayapur Candrodaya
Mandir, Radhastami is
celebrated with great opulence.
The day before Radhastami,
the Radhastami celebrations
have already begun. The
Radha Premdan Kirtan Utsav
commences, and ecstatic kirtan
is performed all day as devotees
make preparations for the next
day’s festival. The climax of the
day’s Radha Premdan Kirtan Utsav
is during the adhivas ceremony
that evening. At that time, Sri Sri
Radha Madhava are honoured
with 27 auspicious items and
the devotees are encouraged to
prepare their consciousness for
Sri Radhastami the next day.

On Radhastami day itself, senior


devotees speak about the glories
of Srimati Radharani and Sri
Radhastami during Srimad
Bhagavatam class. This takes
place before Darshan Arati, which
is one hour later than usual in
order to allow Sri Sri Radha
Madhava’s pujaris to exquisitely
adorn the Deities in a new dress
and to transform Their altar with
elaborate decorations. Devotees
crowd into Radha Madhava’s
temple hall and call out to Sri Sri

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Radha Madhava as they wait to hearing about the appearance of (21 square feet) and the other
see Srimati Radhika and Her Lord Srimati Radharani. measuring 3 feet by 9 feet
Madhava. As the curtains of the (27 square feet).
altar are drawn back and Sri Sri A maha-abhiseka is performed
Radha Madhava are revealed, the for Radha Madhava and They A maha-arati is performed for
beauty of Srimati Radharani stuns are bathed with a variety of Radha Madhava and then a feast
all who are assembled. auspicious substances – panca is served to all of the devotees,
gavya, pancamrita, various fruit in various venues. Devotees then
Srimati Radharani is glorified juices, scented sugar syrups, and return to the temple to again take
and served in many ways in flower waters. Radha Madhava darshan of Sri Sri Radha Madhava
Sridhama Mayapur on Her divine are also given two kinds of and to engage in the kirtan which
appearance day. The Radha showers: sarva-aushadi and has been going on continuously,
Premdan Kirtan Utsav continues maha-aushadi, in which natural and which continues until late
throughout the day as devotees medicinal and herbal substances in the evening. At this time, all
glorify Srimati Radharani with are used to bathe the Lord. After of the devotees offer ghee lamps
Her holy name. A booth is set up being bathed in these various to the Deities, illuminating the
in the temple where devotees can substances, sandalwood paste temple with the flickering light
sponsor gifts to offer to Srimati is applied and then washed off of their offerings, and Srimati
Radharani, and hundreds of of Radha Madhava’s forms with Radharani is glorified through
these gifts are offered. Srimati a steady shower of Ganga water the singing of Sri Radhikastakam.
Radharani is given new cloth and known as sahastradhara. The This ecstatic kirtan concludes the
jewelry, such as shawls, bracelets, abhiseka finishes with a puspa- festivities.
necklaces, earrings, nose rings, abhiseka in which Radha Madhava
and anklets. She is given many are showered with flower petals
varieties of foodstuffs – numerous until They are almost completely
types of fruits, vegetables, and covered by what resembles a hill
sweets, and honey, ghee, and other of petals, and only Their lotus
auspicious items. Throughout the faces can be seen.
day, the devotees bring these gifts
onto the altar and offer them to Hundreds of bhoga preparations
Srimati Radharani. are cooked by the devotees of
the community and offered to
A special dance drama is Radha Madhava and Their Asta-
performed for the pleasure of sakhis. Among these offerings are
Sri Sri Radha Madhava and the two birthday cakes for Srimati
assembled devotees, in which Radharani, but these cakes are
devotees play the parts of not like most cakes. The double
Vrajavasis and demonstrate the layer cakes are massive, with
happiness the Vrajavasis felt upon one measuring 3 feet by 7 feet

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Celebrating the Appearance Day of Sri Madhava

JANMASTAMI
The annual celebration of glorious descriptions of the Lord’s is beautifully decorated with
Sri Madhava’s appearance is names, forms, pastimes, qualities, flowers. Devotees then perform
celebrated by tens of thousands etc. Thus, both the speaker and the various samskara ceremonies
of pilgrims who come from far listeners are relieved from their for the Lord according to Srila
and wide just to take darshan of burning suffering in this material Rupa Goswami’s Sri Krishna
Sri Madhava every year. From world by the soothing medicine Janma Tithi Vidhi, a book which
months before the festival, the of krishna-katha. describes the proper observance
lodging facilities of ISKCON of Sri Krishna Janmastami.
Mayapur are fully booked for On the morning of Janmastami
those wanting to participate in the pilgrims are up early, bathed
The festivities go on for two
the sweetest of festivals, but this and ready to see the Lord. Ladies
days, and throughout the entire
does not discourage the visiting and men stand in separate lines
celebration, ecstatic kirtan is
pilgrims to attend this festival. which extend from the mainperformed. This kirtan-mela
Rather, they find their shelter entrance of the temple all the way
continues until late into the
around the Mayapur campus to the Sulab Kitchen. These lines
night, leading up to Sri Madhava’s
grounds, and blissfully camp are sometimes over 450 meters
maha abhisek that takes place
inside their mosquito nets, long; that’s more than 1,475
at 10p.m. and continues almost
under the stars, anticipating the feet! The determination of these
until midnight. For the maha
upcoming appearance day of Sri devotees is certainly rewarded by
abhisek, Srimati Radhika joins
Madhava. the intimate darshan of the Lords
Her Madhava and comes down
in Their night outfits. from Their altar onto the snana-
For a week leading up to the vedi, the place where the abhisek
festivities, the daily Srimad During the day, Sri Madhava is performed.
Bhagavatam class becomes a and His consort are brought
sweet, nectar-filled narration and down from Their altar and Sri Sri Radha Madhava are bathed
saturates the devotees’ hearts with are seated on a throne that with panca-gavya – the five sacred

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items from a cow – and are then of colourful flowers and joyous names and glories of the Supreme
bathed with milk, yogurt, ghee, chants of “Jai!” and “Haribol!” Personality of Godhead in the
honey and sugar water, which are mood of sweetness, Sri Madhava.
known as the five nectars. They are Once the abhisek is completed,
also bathed with seasonal juices Their Lordships are taken back
from fruits such as mangoes, to the altar and are dressed in a
grapes, pomegranates, oranges, brand new outfit, and are then
watermelons, and papayas. Sugar offered bhoga lovingly cooked
syrup scented with saffron, rose, by the community. Over 400
aguru, musk and kusha grass, preparations are offered to Their
and fragrant flower waters made Lordships. Once the offering
with rose, bakul, lotus, jasmine, is done the conch shell blows,
and gandharaj is also used to announcing that Sri Sri Radha
bathe Their Lordships. The Madhava are finally ready to give

Divine Couple are also bathed Their midnight darshan. The


in green coconut water and are intensity of the kirtan grows with
given two kinds of showers: the devotees’ anticipation, and the
sarva aushadi and maha aushadi, final darshan of Radha Madhava
which use natural medicinal and and Their sakhis is ecstatic.
herbal substances to bathe the
Lord. After being bathed in these To conclude the festivities, the
various substances, sandalwood devotees are served a delicious
paste is applied and then washed anukalpa feast in the various
off of Radha Madhava’s forms kitchens of Mayapur. The
with a steady shower of Ganges devotees then retire for the
water. This grand abhisek is then night, their minds and hearts
concluded with a massive shower completely saturated with the

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The Appearance Days of the Sakhis

Tungavidya Devi Lalita Devi Visakha Devi


Tungavidya Devi is 15 days She is twenty-seven days old- Being born on the same day, she
older than Srimati Radhika, her er than Srimati Radharani, her is exactly the same age as Srimati
age being eternally 14 years, 2 age being eternally 14 years, 8 Radharani, being eternally 14
months and 22 days old. She months and 27 days old. She years, 2 months and 15 days
stands fourth on Sri Madhava’s stands directly next to Sri Mad- old. She stands directly next
right, on the far end. Her special hava on His right. She special- to Srimati Radharani on Her
service to the Divine Couple ises in serving tambula, betel left. She renders the special
is singing and dancing. In Sri nut to the Divine Couple. She service of vastralankara or
Dham Mayapur, she can be seen can be seen offering a chamara arranging for the clothing and
offering garlands or necklaces, (yak tail) whisk to Sri Sri Radha ornamentation of the Divine
and a basket or bouquet of Madhava on the altar in Couple. In Mayapur, she can be
freshly picked flowers. Mayapur seen offering a chamara whisk
to the Divine couple.

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Rangadevi and
Sudevi
Rangadevi and Sudevi gopis
are identical twins. The twins
are seven days younger than
Srimati Radharani, their eternal
age being 14 years, 2 months
and 4 days old.

Indulekha Devi
Indulekha Devi
Campakalata Devi
is three
days younger than Srimati
Radharani, and is eternally
She is one day younger than 14 years, 2 months, and 10 ½
Srimati Radharani. Her eternal days old. Indulekha Devi stands
age is 14 years, 2 months and next to Visakha Devi, second
13½ days old. She stands gopi on Srimati Radharani’s
next to Lalita Devi, second right. Her main service is to
on Sri Madhava’s right. She prepare nectarean foods for
especially serves the Divine the Divine Couple, and some
Couple by waving the chamara authorities say that another of
(yak tail) whisk and offering
jeweled necklaces. On the altar
her primary services is dancing.
In Sri Dham Mayapur, she can be
Rangadevi
in Mayapur, she can be seen Rangadevi is half a day older
seen offering a silver box full
offering jeweled necklaces to than Sudevi, thus she is
of tambula to Sri Sri Radha eternally 14 years, 2 months
Radha Madhava. Madhava. and 4 ½ days old. She stands
third on Srimati Radharani’s
Sudevi left. Her service to the Divine
Couple is supplying chandana,
Sudevi stands fourth on Srimati
or sandalwood paste. On the
Radharani’s left, on the far end.
altar in Mayapur, she can
Her service to the Divine couple
be seen offering beautiful
is jala-seva, or offering water to
garlands or necklaces to Sri Sri
the Divine Couple. Her service,
Radha Madhava.
as seen on the altar in Mayapur,
is offering beautiful baskets and
bouquets of flowers to Sri Sri
Radha Madhava.

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Celebrating Srila Prabhupada’s
V YA S A P U J A
Each day, starting one week offerings for the book, expressing
before the Vyasa Puja of His their gratitude and offering
Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta respect to Srila Prabhupada.
Swami Prabhupada, devotees
gather to honour Srila
Prabhupada with arati, kirtan,
personal offerings, and often
artistic presentations such as
dances and dramas. Different
facets of the community of
Mayapur, its schools, and
some of its departments take
turns hosting the Vyasa Puja
celebrations and honouring
ISKCON’s Founder-acharya.

The culmination of these


festivities is on Vyasa Puja day
itself, when the entire community
gathers in the temple to celebrate
and offer their gratitude to
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s
senapati-bhakta, Srila
Prabhupada. Senior devotees
glorify Srila Prabhupada, who
sits upon a specially constructed
dais decorated elaborately
with flowers. Abhisek for Srila
Prabhupada is then performed,
along with ecstatic kirtan, a
maha-arati, and the offering of
hundreds of sweet and savory
preparations. Devotees spend
the entire day immersed in
glorifying and serving Srila
Prabhupada, in whose debt we
all gloriously find ourselves.

The entire community


contributes to a Vyasa Puja
book which is offered to Srila
Prabhupada. The book is an
artistic masterpiece, its pages
intricately decorated with
original artwork. It takes a team
of devotees months to prepare.
Devotees young and old write

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OBSERVING SRILA
VAMANA BHAKTIVINODA
THAKURA’S 181ST
DVADASI APPEARANCE DAY
C E L E B R AT I O N S

brahmanas, who perform svasti


vacanam and then bathe the feet
of the young boy playing the part
of Lord Vamanadeva. One of
the priests then handfeeds Lord
Vamanadeva many varieties of
delicious prasadam, and He eats
until He is fully satisfied. He is
further worshipped with a Maha
arati, and then, He distributes
Srila Prabhupada said that to After the puspanjali and maha arati
His maha prasad to all of the
honour festivals such as Rama for Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura in
assembled devotees, who receive
Navami and Vamana Dvadasi, the Mayapur Candrodaya Mandir
the great good fortune of receiving
a small boy could play the part around midday, hundreds of
maha prasad from the hand of the
of Krishna’s incarnation and devotees from ISKCON Mayapur
Lord.
the devotees could worship and the local Gaudiya maths
him accordingly. So every year joined together in a wonderful
This wonderful festival helps
in ISKCON Mayapur, a young procession later that afternoon
devotees to meditate on the
gurukula boy takes on the role of to honour and celebrate the
form and pastimes of Lord
Lord Vamanadeva. 181st appearance day of Srila
Vamanadeva, whose pastimes
Bhaktivinoda Thakura. Hundreds
demonstrate many important
At midday on Sri Vamana of devotees participated in
lessons for devotees on the path
Dvadasi, the curtains of the altar the festivities and went on
of bhakti yoga.
are drawn back to reveal that procession from Bhaktisiddhanta
Lord Vamanadeva has appeared. Road, across the Jalangi river, to
A young brahmachari boy stands Surabhi Kunja. Various esteemed
on the altar, dressed in a saffron Vaisnavas spoke and preached the
dhoti and deerskin, and wearing glorification of Srila Bhaktivinoda
a flower garland. He carries a Thakura, appreciating his efforts
chatram, or umbrella, in one hand and major contributions to Sri
and a kamandalu, or waterpot, in Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s mission.
the other. This wonderful festival was
concluded with the distribution
Lord Vamanadeva descends from maha prasadam.
the altar and is received and
honoured by the priests and

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L Life in Mayapur I LOVE MAYAPUR!
By Gourangi Gandharvika Devi Dasi

F or me, Mayapur is not just a place to live, Mayapur is my home. How do I even start to describe
Mayapur Dham?

I came to Mayapur when I was 7 years old just for a visit, and I fell in love at once! And since that visit, I
have been living here. Now it has been 14 years and my feelings haven’t changed at all, in fact I love and
appreciate it more.

The beauty of Mayapur is that as a devotee, you do not need to lead two separate lives, one in the temple
and the other one at school or work. The whole community is striving for the same goal, we are all devo-
tees, and have the same lifestyle; it is an ideal place to advance in your Krsna Consciousness.

The devotees that I have grown up with in Mayapur have become my family, the school I studied in has
devotee teachers and students, the temple the home of my most beautiful and beloved Radha Madhava,
and the festivals that are celebrated here the grandest! There are always senior devotees and Maharaja’s
coming to give their association, courses and workshops offered, festivals, parikramas, kirtans, service
and the list goes on!

There is always something to do, some kirtan or event going on or a festival to prepare for. I am never
bored here. There is no place I would rather live in than in Mayapur Dham. When I think about what
my life would be without Mayapur Dham, I see no life and emptiness. There is just no life better than in
Mayapur for me. My greatest fear is if one day I will not be able to live and die in Mayapur. Mayapur is
my shelter, my home, my life and my everything.

There is so much to Mayapur Dham, I have only touched the surface of its glories. I am not a writer so I
have not sufficiently described the beauty of it and even if I was a writer there are no words to describe
what Mayapur is and what I feel about the dham. All I can say is that it changed my life and there is no-
where I would rather be than where I am now.

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has recounted his experience on
ACTIVITIES Mayapur Chandra’s Kartik Navad-
vipa Mandala Parikrama as fol-
27 SEP - ISODYAN lows:
PRASADAM OPENING
“It’s a very, very purifying program
Isodhyan Bhavan has just opened – getting covered with dust all day,
a prasadam outlet on the ground hearing the pastimes of the Lord,
floor for visiting devotees and chanting the holy names, in the
pilgrims. This is another prasad- association of the devotees, going
am outlet open to the public that temple to temple. It’s like the five
has been approved by the May- most favourable things for pure
apur Management. The prasadam devotional service all packed to-
hall is fully air conditioned, and gether in one… I would say it’s a
the diner set-up allows for com- must. Fifty percent of your life will
fortable seating for the 12 course be wasted if you don’t come on
meal, at only Rs.100. Mayapur Chandra’s parikrama.”

KARTIK NAVADVIPA
MANDALA
PARIKRAMA 2018

“Wandering in Navadvipa is the


best of all opulences, the best of
all religious principles, the best of
all kinds of worship, the best of
all perfections, the best of all glo-
ries, and the best of all oceans of
sweetness.” – Sri Navadvipa Sataka
by Srila Prabodhananda Sarasvati
Thakura

The Mayapur Chandra’s Kartik Na- NAMA-HATTA BHAVAN EVENTS FOR


vadvipa Mandala Parikrama offers
devotees the opportunity to visit
SEPTEMBER
the nine islands of Navadvipa in the
association of sincere devotees and
to hear the glories of the Lord in HOWRAH SANMMILAN
His pastime places from many se-
nior Vaishnavas. Navadvipa Man- 1,900 PARTICIPANTS
dala Parikrama is a great benedic-
tion for devotees, and is especially KOCHBIHAR SANMMILAN
favourable during the most auspi-
cious month of Kartik. Performing
700 PARTICIPANTS
Navadvipa Mandala Parikrama is
one of the most powerful ways to
WEST MEDNIPUR SANMMILAN
advance in spiritual life. This year, 3,700 PARTICIPANTS
the parikrama will be joined by
His Holiness Indradyumna Swami, EAST MEDNIPUR SANMMILAN
and will be held for 10 days, as op-
posed to the usual 6. 3,600 PARTICIPANTS
His Grace Pankajanghri Prabhu

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BÅHAD-MÅDAÌGA
The Epicenter and Its Waves

“My Guru Maharaja used to to distribute Srila Prabhupada’s ISKCON Mayapur’s Sankirtan
say that these literature are the books, as well as in the Nitai Pada Department operates ten travelling
‘Brhat Mrdanga,’ that is to say, Kamala boat. They would travel sankirtan bus parties, as well as
the big mrdanga, because like the from village to village, distributing eight of the approximately twenty
mrdanga which can be heard from Srila Prabhupada’s books and book tables within the ISKCON
a long distance, simply a few words spreading the mercy of Sri Caitanya Mayapur campus. They also
can have a tremendous effect Mahaprabhu. In these early days, manage a storehouse where their
on millions of people if they are only one of Srila Prabhupada’s many books are kept, and have
propagated widely.” books was published in Bengali: a building, Sankirtan Bhavan,
– Srila Prabhupada, Letter to the Gitar-gan, Srila Prabhupada’s where most of the one hundred
Niranjana, Los Angeles 21 May, poetic translation of the Bhagavad- brahmacharis who serve within
1972 Gita into Bengali. the department reside when they
are in Mayapur.
Sri Dham Mayapur is the Srila Prabhupada encouraged
birthplace of the sankirtan Mayapur’s devotees thus: The book tables managed by the
movement, the place where Sri Sankirtan Department are an
Caitanya Mahaprabhu and His “Take this opportunity for important feature of Mayapur’s
associates first began to broadcast preaching in Bengal. Especially preaching. Today, hundreds
the message of Krishna bhakti, please go from village to village of thousands of visitors come
and the place where their pastimes with a party of 5, 6 men and to Mayapur every year – all
continue to go on eternally. It is preach the message of Lord candidates to receive Srila
here that the brhat mridanga, or Caitanya Mahaprabhu with great Prabhupada’s mercy in the form
propagation of transcendental enthusiasm.” Letter to Bhavananda of his books! The book tables
literatures, has its heart, and the – Vrindavana, 10 November, 1976 successfully introduce many of
waves caused by the beating of this these visitors to Srila Prabhupada’s
brhat mridanga have now spread all
Over the years, the success of books, and have been so successful
over the world. ISKCON devotees Mayapur’s book distribution that recently an additional book
worldwide spread the teachings ofand travelling sankirtan parties table was inaugurated. A portion of
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu through has continually increased, and the devotees who serve within the
the distribution of transcendental
ISKCON Mayapur now has an Sankirtan Department are engaged
literature, and in the epicenter of
official Sankirtan Department to make sure Mayapur’s visitors
the sankirtan movement in Sri which oversees all of these receive books, but the majority
Dham Mayapur, the residents of preaching efforts. The Sankirtan of the sankirtan devotees travel
this holy place continue to do the
Department has only one purpose: and preach on the ten bus parties,
same. to please Srila Prabhupada by bringing the mercy of Sri Caitanya
distributing more and more of Mahaprabhu to those people who
Since the early days in Mayapur, his books. And they have been do not visit Sri Dham Mayapur.
residents of ISKCON Mayapur incredibly successful in this regard,
have made book distribution a as ISKCON Mayapur has achieved The ten sankirtan bus parties
priority, knowing how pleasing one of the top three yearly book travel year-round, throughout
book distribution is to Srila distribution scores every year for many different areas of India,
Prabhupada. In the 1970s, His over ten years. For the year 2016 including Assam, Odisha, Madhya
Holiness Jayapataka Swami and alone, Sri Dham Mayapur scored Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand,
other Mayapur devotees used to 684,775 book points. Meghalaya, Tripura, Bihar, and
set out from Mayapur in a van all over West Bengal. Six or seven

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devotees travel in each bus party, devotees in their service and
as well as Their Lordships Sri ensuring that their service is
Sri Gaura Nitai. Every day, the effective and progressive.
devotees rise early and perform
mangal arati together, chant their Another instrumental supporter of
japa, have darshan arati, attend Mayapur’s Sankirtan Department
Srimad Bhagavatam class, and is His Holiness Bhakti Purusottama
then honour prasadam and go out Swami, who helped found the
to distribute books for the rest of department and who stays with the
the day. sankirtan devotees when he is in
Mayapur and offers them continual
Their preaching is not without encouragement in their service.
challenges. Sometimes, the
devotees preach in dangerous Many thanks to the devotees who
areas. Once, while a devotee was serve within ISKCON Mayapur’s
distributing books inside of a Sankirtan Department, who
bank, a group of dacoits entered are surely greatly pleasing Srila
and robbed the bank. When the Prabhupada with their successful
police arrived, they thought that distribution of his books.
the devotee was one of the bank
robbers, and arrested him! By “I am most pleased especially to
the Lord’s mercy, everything was hear that you are distributing many
resolved and the devotee was set books. Go on increasing books,
free. This is just one example of the and go on increasing my pleasure.”
challenges faced by the sankirtan Letter to Giriraja -- Bombay 28
devotees, who despite such December, 1971
challenges, remain unperturbed
and enthusiastic in their service to
Srila Prabhupada.

Currently, the Sankirtan


Department is preparing for their
book distribution marathon,
which takes place every year in
December. This marathon was
first started in 1992 by His Holiness
Jayapataka Swami and other senior
devotees, and it has been incredibly
successful ever since, with Mayapur
scoring 251,888 book points in
December of 2016.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami is


a continual source of inspiration
and guidance for the Sankirtan
Department, and throughout
the year gives much thought and
time to the ongoing success of the
department. Despite the immense
services he does for ISKCON
worldwide, he is still regularly
involved with Mayapur’s Sankirtan
Department, encouraging the

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STOP CHASING
Soon he was becoming more and
AFTER THE more interested in philosophy and
REFLECTION OF THIS spiritual life. He started visiting the
local temple and gradually began
HAPPINESS chanting Hare Krishna. After some
Once there was a king who had
time he brought his gang members
presented his daughter, the princess, in the saint. He told the saint about the to the temple and introduced them
with a beautiful diamond necklace. The necklace and how he tried and tried to to Krishna consciousness. Before
necklace was stolen and his people in catch it, but kept failing. The saint then long they were all regularly visiting
the kingdom searched everywhere but told him that perhaps he should try the temple to render services
looking upward, toward the branches
could not find it. Some said a bird might like cleaning and driving. When
have stolen it. The king then asked them of the tree, instead of in the filthy river.
devotees asked them what they did
all to search for it and put a reward for The clerks looked up and true enough,
the necklace was dangling on the branch for a living, they simply answered,
$50,000 for anyone who found it. “God allows everyone to survive.”
of a tree. He had been trying to capture
a mere reflection of the real necklace all But there was a problem. The
One day a clerk was walking home along
a river next to an industrial area. This this time. burglar’s wife became disturbed to
river was completely polluted, filthy and see the great change in his character.
smelly. As he was walking, the clerk saw He was losing interest in his
a shimmering in the river and when he MORAL occupation. She worried about their
looked, he saw the diamond necklace. income. To make matters worse,
He decided to try and catch it so that he Material happiness is just like the her father was one of the biggest
could get the $50,000 reward. He put filthy, polluted river; because it gangsters in town. Infuriated to find
his hand in the filthy, dirty river and is a mere reflection of the TRUE his son-in-law breaking with their
grabbed at the necklace, but somehow happiness in the spiritual world. We tradition of thievery, the father-in-
missed it and didn’t catch it. He took can never achieve the happiness we law even threatened to kill him if he
his hand out and looked again and are looking for no matter how hard
the necklace was still there. He tried
didn’t stop his spiritual practices,
we endeavor in material life. Instead which his father-in-law considered
again, this time he walked in the river
and dirtied his pants in the filthy river we should look upwards, toward an insult to their great heritage.
and put his whole arm in to catch the Krishna, who is the source of real
necklace. But strangely, he still missed happiness, and stop chasing after the So the burglar was caught in a real
the necklace! He came out and started reflection of this happiness in the bind. But one day his wife went to
walking away, feeling depressed. material world. visit some relatives in Moscow, and
while shopping in a big market-
Then again he saw the necklace, right SANKIRTAN STORIES place she saw a young man carrying
there. This time he was determined to
CRIME FIGHTERS EXTRAORDINARY a stack of books. He was walking
get it, no matter what.
around without approaching any-
He decided to plunge into the river, By: Navina Nirada Dasa one. After he had walked past many
although it was a disgusting thing to people, he went straight up to her,
do as the river was polluted, and his During my last visit to Siberia, gave her a book, and said, “This
whole body would become filthy. He I heard the following story from is the best book in the world. You
plunged in, and searched everywhere the devotees there. A burglar who should read it, because you’ll real-
for the necklace and yet he failed. This belonged to a gang of thieves was ly like it.” The devotee didn’t know
time he was really bewildered and came in an apartment searching for her and had no idea her husband
out feeling very depressed that he could valuables when he heard a noise was already chanting Hare Krishna.
not get the necklace that would get him
at the door. He became scared and
$50,000.
started to climb out the window. The burglar’s wife was intrigued
Just then a saint who was walking by, Frustrated that all his trouble had that out of hundreds of people in
saw him, and asked him what the matter come to naught, he quickly grabbed the marketplace the devotee had
was. The clerk didn’t want to share the whatever was at hand—a book lying come up to her. She bought the
secret with the saint, thinking the saint on the kitchen table—and then ran book, Teachings of Lord Caitan-
might take the necklace for himself, so off. When the burglar arrived home ya. Then she went home and read
he refused to tell the saint anything. But and looked at the book, he saw that it cover to cover. Now convinced
the saint could see this man was troubled the title read Bhagavad-gétä As It Is. about the philosophy of Krishna
and being compassionate, again asked He didn’t have the slightest interest consciousness, she joined forces
the clerk to tell him the problem and
in such a book, but since he had with her husband and threw her fa-
promised that he would not tell anyone
about it. The clerk mustered some stolen it he figured he might as well ther out of the house.
courage and decided to put some faith read it, so he opened it and began.

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NUMBER OF VISITING PILGRIMS
SEPTEMBER
545,987

BOWLS OF KITCHARI DISTRIBUTED


FA C T S & F I G U R E S

SEPTEMBER
33,000

NUMBER OF VISITORS STAYING IN


MAYAPUR GUESTHOUSES
SEPTEMBER
46,002
SANKIRTAN BOOK POINTS
SEPTEMBER
55900.50

NUMBER OF NEW BHAKTAS JOINED


SEPTEMBER
1
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Management
Notification
As Reported by Mayapur Communication Office

Demigod pujas on E d u c a t i o n a l Shennai and


the campus institutions TOVP bell
Approved: His Grace booth Approved: His Grace Nitai
Harilila Prabhu to draft the Pada Kamala Prabhu will
proposal regarding demigod MAC members for find out why shennai is not
pujas on the campus. After educational institution
being played in the morning
checking with His Grace will discuss making the from Srila Prabhupada’s
Jananivas prabhu and His festival booth for all the Samadhi anymore.
Holiness Bhakti Vidya Purna educational institutions of

Swami and approval by MAC, ISKCON Mayapur. Approved: His Grace


the proposal will be sent O ne common booth for all Subheksana Prabhu will
to Festival committee and educational institutions for speak to His Grace Brajavilas
MDC. promotion during festivals. Prabhu regarding adjusting
the timing of the TOVP bell,
not to cause disturbance in

J a n m a s ta m i Kiosks late evening hours.

Shennai is being played again.


festival update MAC is requesting
Master Plan to give
Janmastami festival report solution for kiosks on the
was given by His Grace campus (sankirtan, books,
Madhava Gauranga Prabhu. information, etc.,) within
The security division did two weeks.
not face any problems and
festival organization was
very successful and smooth.

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“He Built a House in Which the Whole World Can Live"

“I have just now come to Mayapur and am very hopeful to regain my strength
and health on account of being in this transcendental atmosphere. Every moment
we are passing here in great delight”
- Letter to Mrs. Nirmala Singhal written from Calcutta June 01, 1973

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