Srila Prabhupada :
"No question of going into a secluded place. We should remaining the congested city and preach this Krishna consciousness movement without being affected by this contamination of city life. That is perfection. They shall not be contaminated, touched by the contamination of the city life, but still, they will go on with Krsna consciousness. That is perfection."
Bhagavad-gita 3.1-5 -- December 20, 1968, Los Angeles
anyabhilasita-sunyam jnana-karmady-anavrtam anukulyena krsnanu- silanam bhaktir uttama
[Cc. Madhya 19.167] "One should render transcendental loving service to the Supreme Lord Krsna favorably and without desire for material profit or gain through fruitive activities or philosophical speculation. That is called pure devotional service." Unless one is completely freed of all material desires, which are caused by the dense darkness of ignorance, one cannot fully engage in the devotional service of the Lord. Therefore we should always offer our prayers to Lord Nrsimha-deva, who killed Hiranyakasipu, the personification of material desire. Hiranya means "gold," and kasipu means "a soft cushion or bed." Materialistic persons always desire to make the body comfortable, and for this they require huge amounts of gold. Thus Hiranyakasipu was the perfect representative of materialistic life. He was therefore the cause of great disturbance to the topmost devotee, Prahlada Maharaja, until Lord Nrsimha-deva killed him. Any devotee aspiring to be free of material desires should offer his respectful prayers to Nrsimha-deva as Prahlada Maharaja did in this verse." SB 5.18.8
Srila Prabhupada: “When you go, preach, talk, put your arguments, logic, to the opposing elements, and you are sometimes forced
backward, sometimes you are defeated. Sometimes in arguments it happens. So
this is... Visvanath Cakravarti Thakura has commented that a devotee, when he goes to preach and he is attacked by the opposing elements, that is also culture of bhakti, devotional service. Not that when you go to preach, don't think that "I am wasting my time. Better to sit down in a place and chant
Hare Krsna, Krsna, Krsna, Krsna." These are all nonsense. You have to preach, face the opposing elements. That is better than chanting Hare Krsna.”
That is my Guru Maharaja's policy.
dusta mana! tumi kisera vaisnava?
pratisthara tare, nirjanera ghare,
tava hari-nama kevala kaitava
["My dear mind, what kind of devotee are you? Simply for cheap adoration you sit in a solitary place and pretend to chant the Hare Krsna maha-mantra, but this is all cheating."]
Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.2.46 -- January 30, 1971, Prayaga
His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada:
"I remember one of our teachers in our school life, he
instructed that "If you always think that 'I shall pass my examination
with distinction,' then you can pass in first division. If you think that 'I
shall pass my examination in the first division,' then you may pass in the
third division. And if you think that 'I shall some way pass my examination in
the third division,' then you will fail." That means if you expect more
than your capacity, then it may be possible that at the time of examination you
get the right number and pass your exam.
So the chanting of Hare Krsna mantra, Caitanya Mahaprabhu
has said, sada, kirtaniyah sada harih: not that two hours or one hour, but one
should practice. And that is the recommendation as it was followed by Haridasa
Thakura. But because we cannot do that, therefore we have to engage always in
the service of Krsna. That will make me remembering Krsna. Real fact is how to
Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.2.12–14 -- January 17, 1971, Allahabad
Quote from our beloved Srila Prabhupada:
"At the present moment, the world is inclined toward the democratic process, but the people in general are all contaminated by the modes of passion and ignorance. Consequently they cannot select the right person to head the government. " - 5.5.20
The next prediction to be fulfilled, which is already coming
to pass, is that because of the sinful activities of the citizens and the
government, rain will become increasingly scarce. Gradually there will be complete drought and no production of food grains. People will be reduced to eating flesh and seeds, and many good, spiritually inclined people will have to forsake their homes because they will be too harassed by drought, taxation and famine. The Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement is the only hope to save the world from such devastation. It is the most scientific and authorized movement for the actual welfare of the whole human society.
We will be celebrating the divine disappearance day of our spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada .
Thursday, November 3rd 6PM At our center .
Sri Govardhana Puja Festival !
This Monday the one and only Supreme Personality of Godhead Lord Sri Krishna will appear and perform one of His transcendental activities proving once again that He is indeed the Supreme Person.
Sri Krishna will exhibit His opulence of strength and lift Sri Govardhana Hill using nothing but his tiny left finger tip(pinky). He is inviting all His dear devotees and associates to join in a special dancing feasting chanting party under the Govardhana Hill (which by the way will be made out of sweets!) …
Please come at 5pm to the Hare Krsna Center on Monday 31st of October. It`s 1 min walk from metro Acadie – 7070 Rue Birnam (the front door will be open for all the good people)
Please bring with you brown sugar, fruits, milk and excellent mood!
Haribol! Chant and stay high forever!
Dear devotees, well-wishers and friends of the Hare Krsna Center Montreal!
Please accept my most humble obeisances at your lotus feet
All glories to the most beautiful acarya of all acaryas His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada!
The month of Karttika is getting more and more ecstatic and with so many of you taking up the process of japa and reading Srila Prabhupada’s books and visiting the temple on daily basis, we would like to invite you to take even more active part and kindly help us to organize the most ecstatic celebration of the Govardhana Puja festival for the pleasure of our beloved most enchanting and loveable Lord Sri Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
First of all, we should understand the seriousness of this celebration. Although certainly a very happy and jovial transcendental party where devotees can meet and serve together, every transcendental festival mentioned in the Bhaktivedanta Lives In Sound Society Vaisnava Calendar published on our website, is also an opportunity to please the Lord and acquire His special mercy. For any aspiring devotee, it is essential to take part in celebrating the Lord’s different festivals throughout the year. In fact, it is not only essential but some of the Vedic scriptures give a hint that failing to do so is actually an offense to the Lord. In the supplementary Vedic literature, there is a mention of a list of 32 offenses in the matter of serving the Lord. Number two offense is stated as follows: One should not fail to observe the various festivals for the pleasure of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, such as Janmastami, Ratha-yatra, etc. Srila Prabhupada quotes this in his Nectar of devotion in Ch.8. A sincere devotee will carefully take note of this. In fact, anyone with just a little sincerity and an open mind must feel what we all feel when associating with like-minded devotees and glorifying the Lord together- the feeling of home, security and non-judgmental, freedom-based, open-minded atmosphere. So it is not a question of force, but a spontaneous outburst of natural desire to take part in such festivity. But for those who feel weak and overwhelmed by the strong force of the material energy, Lord Krsna gives a stern warning and that especially in regards to the celebration of the Govardhana Puja, in the 10th Canto, 24th chapter of the Srimad Bhagavatam:
eso 'vajanato martyan
hanti hy asmai namasyamah
sarmane atmano gavam
"One who neglects the worship of Govardhana-puja, as I am personally conducting it, will not be happy. There are many snakes on Govardhana Hill, and persons neglecting the prescribed duty of Govardhana-puja will be bitten by these snakes and killed. In order to assure the good fortune of the cows and themselves, all people of Vrndavana near Govardhana must worship the hill, as prescribed by Me."
As you might know already every temple of Srila Prabhupada whether big or small is a direct expansion of the city of Vrndavana and as such it is duty of all the people of Montreal and also Vinodol in Slovakia to come and help us to celebrate the Lord on this auspicious day of Govardhana Puja. At least those who have a little faith and do not take Lord Krsna as an imaginary or mythological figure should take these statements of the Vedic literatures very seriously and come and take part.
In case you belong to such a group of faithful lovers of Krsna and are indeed awaiting the Govardhana Puja with great eagerness, Lord Krsna in the very same literature gives direct instructions on how to perform this festival. He says:
pacyantam vividhah pakah
sarva-dohas ca grhyatam
huyantam agnayah samyag
annam bahu-gunam tebhyo
deyam vo dhenu-daksinah
yavasam ca gavam dattva
giraye diyatam balih
"Prepare very nice foods of all descriptions from the grain and ghee collected for the yajna. Prepare rice, dal, then halava, pakora, puri and all kinds of milk preparations, such as sweet rice, rabri, sweetballs, sandesa, rasagulla and laddu, and invite the learned brahmanas who can chant the Vedic hymns and offer oblations to the fire. The brahmanas should be given all kinds of grain in charity. Then decorate all the cows and feed them well. After performing this, give money in charity to the brahmanas. As far as the lower animals are concerned, such as the dogs, and the lower grades of people, such as the candalas, or the fifth class of men, who are considered untouchable, they also may be given sumptuous prasadam. After nice grasses have been given to the cows, the sacrifice known as Govardhana-puja may immediately begin. This sacrifice will very much satisfy Me."
(KB 24: Worshiping Govardhana Hill)
Here’s further instruction from His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the top most acarya of recent times on how to celebrate the Govardhana Puja and we shall take inspiration from these invaluable instructions:
Prabhupada: Vegetarian food is very nice. We can give you vegetable menu, three hundred items at least.
Dai Nippon representative: Three hundred?
Prabhupada: Three hundred. Simply grains, fruits, and butter, that's all, and sugar. You give us these four items and we give you three hundred items. Yes. There is a ceremony in India, annakuta, Govardhana-puja. So in that ceremony, in each and every temple they prepare as many varieties as possible. Some of them prepare three thousand.
Dai Nippon representative: Three thousand.
Prabhupada: Yes. For weeks they prepare. And the competition is the more items the temple prepares, he becomes... [break] And distribution, prasada distribution, free of charges. It was a very nice system that nobody should remain hungry. That is the system. If there is any temple in any neighborhood, in that neighborhood nobody should remain hungry.
Conversation with Dai Nippon -- April 22, 1972, Tokyo
This Dipabali function can be observed on 21st October, and Prasad can be distributed on the 22nd October, during daytime, which is known as Govardhana Puja and Annakuta Ceremony. In India, in all Vaisnava temples, this ceremony is observed and 100's of people are given Prasad according to the capacity of the temple.
Letter to: Hansadutta -- Seattle 10 October, 1968
Yes, this Govardhana puja is a bona fide procedure, but such things cannot be held in your country. It requires good space to decorate the imitation hill of rice. So when we offer such hill of rice, there must be other things also -- a hill of capatis and other things. It is a huge affair. In India practically in all the Visnu temples this is observed and they spend huge amounts for this purpose and they distribute prasadam to thousands and everyone gathers to take even a little portion of it. If you can introduce this Govardhana puja, I have no objection, but it requires hard labor, good management and much money also. But the process is bona fide.
Letter to: Damodara -- Nairobi, Kenya 3 October, 1971
The effect of celebrating this festival is beyond our scope to understand as stated in the following quote:
From your report I can understand that you are very enthusiastic. I like also your idea of celebrating Govardhana puja. This should be our programme to attract the general mass of people. If we go on preaching vigorously as we have been for another 25 year then all these other so called religions will disappear. After all what do they have to offer. In the Christian religion all we see is Christ's picture as he was crucified, so how people can be attracted to such thing? There is no science, philosophy, music, art, Prasadam, it is no wonder that the people are rejecting this nonsense. Not that Christ himself was nonsense, but those who are preaching in his name they are nonsense because they do not follow even the simplest of his orders. "Thou shalt not Kill.'' I have met with so many Christians and when I ask them why Christians are killing they cannot answer. The first principle of spiritual life is non violence. They will say Killing in this matter means actually Murder, but accepting even this argument, it means that the society in which Christ was preaching were composed of Murderers, so what kind of men they were, and practically we see it is a fact that because they murdered Lord Jesus Christ. At any rate there is nothing in the world thAT CAN COMPARE WITH our Movement of Chanting and dancing. So Chant dance and when you get tired take Prasadm, this is our actual solid preaching work all over the world.
Letter to: Bhakta dasa -- Bhaktivedanta Manor 3 August, 1973
Therefore please do not delay and contact us immediately if you want to take part in the celebration and also organization of this festival and I promise you lots of realization and advancement in your Krsna consciousness by engaging in practical devotional service for the pleasure of the Lord in the association of devotees. These are the possible ways how to help(please do not hesitate to come up with new ideas!):
donations of cooking ingredients such as rice, dhal, ghee, butter, sugar, vegetables, milk, flour, semolina, fruits, flowers for Lord Caitanya alter, etc.
donations in cash
helping out with propagation of the festival in the streets of Montreal(printing flyers, hanging posters, advertising on FB or other internet websites
helping out in the kitchen on Monday
helping out with temple decorations
helping out with cleaning, pot washing etc
helping out with shopping for the ingredients.
inviting friends and family members to take part in the festival
You can reach us either by email, by phone or you can talk to us in person during your visits in the Center. All the organization must be clarified before Sunday the 30th of October.
PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU ATTEND THE UPCOMING SATURDAY LOVE FEAST where we can all together discuss and organize who will do what.
The festival will take place on Monday 31st of October 2016 at the 7070 Birnam Hare Krsna Center Montreal and starts at 5.00pm. See you soon!
HAPPY GOVARDHANA PUJA TO EVERYONE.
Your servant Purujit dasa
Just to sum it up:
EVENING PROGRAM: every day 6.00pm Gaura Aratika, Kirtan, Class, Offering of Lights, Small Prasadam
SANKIRTANA IN METRO:every day different times and different locations, please call: 438 9371080 for more info
FESTIVALS: please check the website on when and what time the Govardhana Puja, Srila Prabhupada's Disapperance Day, Rasa Lila Day Festival etc take place PLEASE COME ANDLET"S HAVE THE TRANSCENDENTAL TIME OF OUR LIFETIMES!!!!
Devotee (2): Srila Prabhupada, today is the beginning of urja-vrata. Can you describe what thatis, urja-vrata, how it should be observed?
Prabhupada: What is this?Gurudasa: They want to know urja-vrata.
Gurudasa: He wantsyou to describe what it is.
Devotee (1): And how should we observe it,
Prabhupada:Urja-vrata, you chant Hare Krsna twenty-four hours one month (laughter) That's all.
Gurudasa: Hare Krsna,Hare Krsna, Krsna...
Prabhupada: Yes. Don't sleep, don't eat. This is urja-vrata. Can you execute?
Devotee (1): I don'tknow. (laughter)
The Nectar of Devotion -- Vrndavana, October 18, 1972
The devotees from the Hare Krsna Center Montreal are inaugurating the month of Karttika by sankirtanachanting in the metro Guy Concordia at 3.30pm today Sunday the 18th of October 2016. Please come and join LordCaitanya's sankirtana movement daily by chanting Hare Krsna Hare Krsna KrsnaKrsna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare in the association ofdevotees for the benefit of all conditioned souls. Everyone is welcome regardless of race,gender, religious group, nationality, etc.
Another important function during the month of Karttika is to visit the temple of Krsna at least once a dayand offer Krsna a light. The Lord becomes very pleased to see a sincere effortto worship Him and bestows benediction of pure devotional service during thismonth if the offering is done with sincerity. Please do not miss a single dayand visit the Hare Krsna Center Montreal, which is a unique place where the bona spiritual master is respected with full awe and reverence and see the effect of how your Krsna consciousness florishes. Srila Prabhupada says:
In Vrndavana we shallhave Urja-vrata for one month. You also could observe urja-vrata here from thenext Ekadasi, one month. I have already instructed Karandhara to have a skylamp and put candle in the evening to the Deity for one month. Each one, asmall candle should... Departure -- LosAngeles, October 5, 1972
He also describes:
It is stated in the Hari-bhakti-sudhodaya, "Persons who are impelled by pure devotionalservice in Krsna consciousness and who therefore go to see the Deities of Visnuin the temple will surely get relief from entering again into the prison houseof a mother's womb." The conditioned soul forgets the trouble of livingwithin the mother's womb during birth, but it is a very painful and terribleexperience. In order to make an escape from this material condition, one isadvised to visit a temple of Visnu with devotional consciousness. Then one canvery easily get out of the miserable condition of material birth.
(NOD Going to the Temple of Visnu or to Places of Pilgrimage)
by Purujit Dasa
The month of Karttika also known as Urja vrata begins today on Sunday the 16th of October and willlast until the Rasa-Lila Day on the next full moon night. This month isespecially ausicious for those who want to get their devotional desires to befulfilled and any devotional service you might execute during this month isbelieved to be extraordinarily effective. Devotees of Krsna therefore makedifferent vows which they faithfully execute during this month. For example onemakes a vow to chant some extra rounds on the japa-mala, do some extra servicefor the temple of Krsna, read an extra chapter of the Bhagavad-gita etc. Thereis no restriction on what vows one should take as long as the service is doneunder the guidance of the bona fide spiritual master. The main point is toincrease our meditation on the Lord and elevate our consciousness more andmore. No devotee thinks he's perfect and any sincere devotee naturally takesadvantage of this auspicious month. Srila Prabhupada explains:
By nature, you say that you refused meat. Although you were born of a father and mother meat-eaters, still. What a horrible civilization they have made. He's human being born; making him animal
by culture. Instead of making him more cultured towards the spiritual life, making him redirected again to animal life. This is the civilization, Western civilization.
Room Conversation -- August 2, 1976, New Mayapur
To counteract the distress of this material body, one has to take on another distressed condition. Both situations are only illusion. There is no gain in taking on one trouble to counteract another trouble. The conclusion is that one cannot be perpetually happy as long as one exists in this material world. The only remedy is to get out of this material world altogether and return home, back to Godhead. 4.29.34
experience that although we try to keep the body in a comfortable position, it is always giving pain and is subjected to the threefold miseries. Otherwise, why are there so many hospitals, welfare boards and insurance establishments? Actually, in this world there is no happiness. People are simply engaged trying
to counteract unhappiness."
From Srimad Bhagavatam 4.27.29
We invite you for the blissful chanting of Hare Krsna and taking delicious prasadam (sanctified food) to:
La Place Commune
(fb page of the same name)
this Saturday (Aug.13th, 2016) at 12.00 pm!!!
don`t miss this Krsna Spaceship Party! :)