On this day Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the last incarnation of Lord Sri Krishna, appeared 500 years ago to deliver the most fallen people of the age of Kali, the age of quarrel and hypocrisy. In the Vedas it is described that in this age the production of vegetables and fruits is less than before. As such, all living beings, both men and animals, do not have sumptuous, nourishing food. Due to want of so many necessities of life, naturally the duration of life is reduced, the memory is short, intelligence is meager, mutual dealings are full of hypocrisy and so on. Additionally almost anyone who seeks for bonafide spiritual practice is cheated and coming to the platform of self-realization seems to be impossible. Therefore, the Lord appeared in His most munificent form as Lord Krishna Chaitanya to deliver the suffering conditioned souls by the simple and sublime process of Sankirtan Yajna – Congregational Chanting of The Holy Names of Krishna, The Supreme Personality Of Godhead and sumptuous distribution of Prasadam – foodstuff which is offered first to the Lord, sanctified by him and thus is free from any material reaction. Anyone who participates in such process, regardless of colour, cast, creed, nationality, gender, religion, beliefs or even type of material body whether it’s a human, demigod, dog, cat or a raccoon is automatically advancing towards the highest goal of life.
This process isn’t concocted but is approved by the Vedic authority. In The Brihad Naradiya Puranam it is said that in the Kali Yuga (the present Yuga or Age), when people in general are short-living, slow in spiritual realization, and always disturbed by various anxieties, the best means of spiritual realization is to chant the holy Name of the Lord. "In this age of quarrel and hypocrisy the only means of deliverance is to chant the holy Name of the Lord. There is no other way to success."
We meet at the temple at 12pm and from there we’ll all go and chant throughout the streets the sweet holy name of Krsna. Bring lots of energy to sing, chant and dance in ecstasy! After the sankirtan, devotees will return to the temple and the Gaura Purnima festival will continue by reading from Srila Prabhupada’s books about the blissful pastime of Lord Caitanya, more chanting and dancing and of course prasadam at the end! Please drop by, we will be going on celebrating up until 8.00pm. Everyone is welcome!