Deity Worship Seminar – 25-28.09.2015

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

Dear Devotees and Friends. Hare Krishna.

We are very happy to announce the upcoming seminar on Deity Worship and invite you all to attend. It is a great opportunity to learn and deepen your knowledge and experience with Arca Vigraha – the Deity form of the Lord.

Srila Prabhupada:

“He has agreed to be seen by us through the arca-vigraha, the Deity. We should not think that the Deity is made of stone. Even if it is stone, we should think that Krsna has made Himself visible before us like a stone because we cannot see beyond stone. That is Krsna’s mercy. Because our eyes and other senses are imperfect, we cannot see Krsna present everywhere in His original spiritual form. Because we are imperfect, we see the difference between things spiritual and material, but Krsna, being absolute, knows no such distinctions. He can become spiritual or material, however He likes, and it does not make any difference to Him. Being almighty and omnipotent, Krsna can change matter into spirit and spirit into matter. Therefore we should not think, as the atheists do, that we are worshiping idols. Even if it is an idol, it is still Krsna. That is the absolute nature of Krsna. Even if we think that the Deity is a stone, or a piece of metal or some wood, He is still Krsna. The understanding of this requires bhakti on our part. If we are a little thoughtful and philosophical, and if we are at all inclined toward bhakti, we can understand that Krsna is present in stone.”

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Sri Radhastami – appearance of Srimati Radharani. September 20th and 21st

Friday, September 11th, 2015


Srimati Radharani according to Srila Prabhupada

Adapted from a lecture by Srila Prabhupada given on Radhastami, the appearance anniversary of Srimati Radharani, on September 18, 1969, in London:

What is the position of Srimati Radharani? We should try to understand this today and offer our obeisances to Radharani. “Radhe vrndavanesvari:”

radhe vrndavanesvari

vrsabhanu-sute devi
pranamami hari-priye

Our business is to pray, “Radharani, You are so dear to Krishna. So we offer our respectful obeisances unto You:”

radhe vrndavanesvari

vrsabhanu-sute devi
pranamami hari-priye

Radharani is hari-priya, very dear to Krishna. So if we approach Krishna through the mercy of Radharani, then it becomes very easy. If Radharani recommends that, “This devotee is very nice,” then Krishna immediately accepts, however foolish I may be. Because Radharani recommends it, Krishna accepts. Therefore, in Vrndavana you’ll find all the devotees chanting Radharani’s name more than Krishna’s. Wherever you’ll go, you’ll find the devotees are addressing one another, “Jaya Radhe.” They are glorifying Radharani. They’re more interested in worshiping Her. This is because, however fallen I may be, if somehow or other I can please Radharani, then it is very easy for me to understand Krishna. Otherwise,

manusyanam sahasresu kascid yatati siddhaye
yatatam api siddhanam kascid vetti mam tattvatah

– Bhagavad-gita 7.3

If you go by the speculative process to understand Krishna, it will take many, many lives. But if you take to devotional service and you just try to please Radharani, then Krishna will be gotten very easily, because Radharani can deliver Krishna. She is such a great devotee, the emblem of maha-bhagavata (topmost level of devotion to Krishna). Even Krishna Himself, though He says vedaham samatitani (“I know everything”) cannot understand Radharani’s quality. Radharani is so great. Actually, Krishna knows everything, and in order to understand Radharani, Krishna accepts the position of Radharani in order to understand Her potency. Krishna thought, “I am full. I am complete in every respect, but still I want to understand Radharani. Why?” This propensity made Krishna obliged to accept the propensities of Radharani, to understand Krishna, Himself.

These are, of course, very transcendental topics. It is a great science. Only one who is advanced in Krishna consciousness and well conversant with the shastras can understand such things. But still, we can discuss from the shastra (scriptures). When Krishna wanted to understand Himself, He adopted the tendency of Srimati Radharani. And that is Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.

Radha-bhava-dyuti-suvalitam: Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is Krishna, but He has accepted the propensities of Radharani. As Radharani is always feeling separation from Krishna, similarly, in the position of Radharani, Lord Chaitanya was feeling separation from Krishna. That is the teaching of Lord Chaitanya – feelings of separation, not meeting. The process of devotional service taught by Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and His disciplic succession is how to feel separation from Krishna. And that is Radharani’s position: always feeling that separation.

Janmashtami weekend UPDATE

Friday, September 4th, 2015

Unfortunately, HG Kurma Prabhu has come down with sickness and will not be visiting for Janmashtami or Srila Prabhupada’s appearance celebrations.

We send our best wishes for a speedy recovery to him.

Srila Prabhupada’s appearance day, Sunday 6th September

Saturday, August 29th, 2015


Shri Krishna Janmashtami, Saturday 5th September

Saturday, August 29th, 2015


Srila Prabhupada on Janmastami

“One has to learn how Krishna takes birth. It is not an ordinary birth. Had it been an ordinary birth, then why should we observe the Janmashtami ceremony? It is Divine, Transcendental”

“We observe Janmashtami annually, but Janmashtami is ongoing at every moment. In the vast expanse of multiple universes, each moment that happens on this earth is replicated a hundred times over each and every second somewhere else. Meaning Janmashtami is every moment of everyday everywhere.”

“Janmashtami is the day Lord Krishna appeared five thousand years ago in India, Mathura. It’s a place about ninety miles south of New Delhi. Mathura still exists, and is eternally existing. Krishna appeared in Mathura in His maternal uncle’s house in a very precarious condition. That birthplace, Lord Krishnas’ birthplace, is now maintained very nicely. One who goes to India, they see. So anyway, Lord Krishna appeared on this planet five thousand years ago. It should not be understood just like we take our birth, Krishna does not take his birth like ours. That is also explained in the Bhagavad-Gita. When Arjuna inquired from Krishna, “My dear Krishna, You are speaking that formerly You spoke this yoga system of Bhagavad-gita to the sun-god. That means it is millions and trillions years ago You spoke. How can I believe it?” Because Krishna was contemporary to Arjuna, so he was thinking that “Krishna is my friend, is my cousin brother, how it is possible that He spoke this Bhagavad-Gita yoga to sun-god?” So what was the reply? The reply was this, that “You also appear many, many times; I also appear many, many times. The difference is that I can remember. You cannot remember.”

“That is the difference between God and ordinary living creatures, that we are also taking birth after birth. There are 8,400,000 species of life, and so long as we are in this material world, we are cycling round this universe birth after birth, but Krishna’s birth is not like that. If anyone wants to know God, or Krishna, in truth, not superficially, then he has to undertake the process of devotional service. In another place Krishna says, patram pushpam phalam toyam yo me bhaktya prayacchati [Bg. 9.26]. “Any person who gives Me a little fruit, a little flower, a little water, but with devotion, That is the only qualification”. So Krishna says, taya bhaktya upahrtam asnami. “Because he brings it with devotion and faith and love, I eat.” Krishna eats.”