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.”
Sri Caitanya Caritamrita Adi 5.5
eka-i svarupa donhe, bhinna-matra kaya
adya kaya-vyuha, krishna-lilara sahaya
eka-i — one; svarupa — identity; donhe — both of Them; bhinna-matra kaya — only two different bodies; adya — original; kaya-vyuha — quadruple expansions; krishna-lilara — in the pastimes of Lord Krishna; sahaya — assistance.
These two are one and the same identity. They differ only in form. Lord Balarama is the first bodily expansion of Krishna, and He assists in Lord Krishna’s transcendental pastimes.
Balarama is a svamsa expansion of the Lord, and therefore there is no difference in potency between Krishna and Balarama. The only difference is in Their bodily structure. As the first expansion of Godhead, Balarama is the chief Deity among the first quadruple forms, and He is the foremost assistant of Sri Krishna in His transcendental activities.
Just like last number of years, this year again we are planning to celebrate Lord Jagannath’s Rathayatra in Dublin.
(Festival of chariots – Indian festival) http://rathayatra.ie/about-
The Rathayatra is scheduled on Saturday, 29th August in Dublin.
The parade will start from Parnell Square at 11.30 AM and finish at St. Stephen’s Green Park at 2.30 PM, where you can then enjoy the stage program, which includes music, dance, drama etc and the free vegetarian feast.
The event includes:
1. Stage shows
2. Dance, music, and drama
3. Cultural presentations, marshal art, and kid’s performance.
4. Free vegetarian food
You along with your family and friends are invited to enjoy and celebrate this occasion.
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