BY JEYANTHY PILLAI
A few weeks back Sahadev prabhu told me,” I wish we had brass Radha Krishna deities so we can do abhishek on Krishna Janmastami. The last two years we did abhishek on small deities but the paint work chipped off and it doesn’t like it is brass.”
I remember seeing Alka mataji getting her newly purchased 4 inch Radha Krishna deities blessed in Iskcon KL some years back. So I decided to see if she will lend them. I called her and she was happy to let us have them for the upcoming festival. Wanting to confirm their heights, I asked, “So they are about 4 inches, right.” She answered, “Oh mataji they are about 18 inches”. Puzzled I said, “When did they grow up?” She laughed and said, “Oh, I bought another set when I went to Delhi recently. By the way, you must have “Laddu Gopal” as well, after all it is Janmastami. I got a friend who has one and I will see if she will part with her Krishna.” The deal was done. Continue reading
From Ananda Vrindavan Champu by Srila Kavi Karnapura
Translated by Bhanu Swami & Subhaga Swami
Published by Mahanidhi Swami
At the time of His majestic birth Krishna employed His inconceivable powers to appear in a body of eternity, bliss and knowledge. Everyone in the maternity room swelled with joy upon seeing the Lord’s exquisite transcendental form that looked like a creeper of beauty.
Mother Yasoda resembled a lake of spiritual ecstasy in which a brilliant blue lotus of personified bliss had appeared. Neither the wind nor the bees relished the fragrance of that blue lotus. That unborn lotus was never touched by the waves of the modes of nature. Even Lord Brahma could not see it, what to speak of ordinary men.
After Yasoda and her family members fell asleep in the maternity room, Hari cried beautifully like a newborn baby. His crying sounded like the maha-vakya omkara announcing the auspicious arrival of His pastimes. Omkara is a transcendental vibration that had previously emanated from the mouth of Lord Brahma. When the ladies of Vrindavan heard the sweet sound of Krishna’s crying, they woke up and ran to see the Lord. With the mellow of their matchless overflowing affection they anointed His body. Continue reading
BY CHITRANGADA DEVI DASI
Whilst relishing the resplendent beauty of Sri Sri Radha Madan-Mohan on Their Jhulan made of green creepers and myriad coloured flowers in Ujjain on 2006 and 2007, my mind would travel to the home of Shanti Rupa mataji in SS3. I would imagine how sweet and beautiful Sri Sri Radha Gokulananda would look and wonder about the colour of Their Lordships clothes and what kind of jewellery They would be wearing. On Friday the 15th, my heart was replete with satisfaction. They were more gorgeous and sweeter than what my mind was capable of conjuring. Their Lordships exquisite beauty is indeed spell binding and I could not get enough of Their transcendental beauty. Continue reading
HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj talks about Bhakti, devotional Love for Krishna, to the beat of the Dub Style rhythm of Bhakti Sound.
BY JEYANTHY PILLAI
Never in my wildest dream have I ever thought I will be given the opportunity to perform an arati to a life size murthi of Srila Prabhupada. It was purely by the mercy of these loving devotees here. I felt totally unqualified to do this service so I just imagined my Guru Maharaj actually performing it and I was just his instrument. Continue reading