Malaysia – Grand start of our new Temple building

BY JANANANDA GOSVAMI

The Temple Model

After years of planning and endeavour by many devotees in Malaysia, the moment everyone had been waiting for, the moment some doubted would ever happen, the moment which felt like Srila Prabhupada’s face lit up, the moment which beckoned the fulfilment of his desires finally dawned.

38 year earlier (almost to the day) on his visit to Malaysia Srila Prabhupada had come in anticipation of settling some land for a temple here. It didn’t fructify. Undaunted Srila Prabhupada expressed his eagerness when meeting with the wife of the leading Indian minister at the time.

As Prabhupada explained the process of Krsna consciousness he quoted many Sanskrit verses. Mrs Sambanthan said: “Yes that is so true. You quote Sanskrit so nicely Swamiji.” After some time Srila Prabhupada said: “So you are appreciating our philosophy very nicely. You must help us spread this Krsna consciousness movement.” She answered: “With your mercy, Swamiji.” Srila Prabhupada said: “Mercy is already there. You simply have to take it.” She answered again: “With your mercy Swamiji.” Then Srila Prabhupada gave an analogy. He said: “If someone is drowning in a well and crying out ‘Help’, and another person hears him and throws down a rope so he can catch it. If the person drowning in the well cries, ‘Help me take the rope’, it is not right. It is up to him to take the rope and be pulled out. The mercy is there. You simply have to take it and become freed from all illusion and lamentation.”

As Prabhupada continued talking he seemed very intent but at the same time acting nonchalant. Then a wonderful thing happened. Prabhupada asked for his white vinyl hand-case, and pulled out a paper and put it in the lady’s hand. He said: “I want a temple like this.” Prabhupada very much wanted this lady to help build a temple here in Malaysia. At the same time by his calm expression he seemed to be restraining his extreme enthusiasm. Continue reading

Sankirtan news from the Pacific Rim

BY JANANANDA GOSVAMI

Malaysia

December Malaysia – Rathayatra season. 3 a week. We attend 5 or 6 of them. Many of these festivals have been going on annually for 20-25 years. Penang is especially interesting as we get a lot of foreign tourists and Chinese taking part. There were several families of Iraqis pulling the cart – they were really wonderful people.

An interesting Rathayatra Hall programme in Malaysia

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Gaura Purnima in Klang

BY JEYANTHY PILLAI
pict0062KLANG, MALAYSIA – It was Gaura Purnima Smaran celebrated with a difference. We were literally dictated by their Lordships to do what They desired. ISKCON Klang had planned to get both Sri Sri Gaura Nitai for the usual padayatra procession around the neighbouring areas before performing the abhishek. But it didn’t quite turn out that way. Continue reading

The Black Outfit

BY JEYANTHY PILLAI

pict07481SUBANG JAYA, MALAYSIA – My children were so very excited to return after their maiden sojourn trip to Mayapur this year. Not that Mayapur was boring….far from it. They had an amazing time. It was like living in Srila Prabhupada’s books that we had painstakingly preached to the children all these years.  They even missed their monthly exams to see the Maha Abhishek for the Pancatattva. Their friends told them, “Your parents are really cool!” Continue reading

Nityananda Trayodasi in Klang

BY JEYANTHY PILLAI

pict0027KLANG, MALAYSIA – An intricately designed white dress with Holy Names sewn in various languages spoken here in Malaysia was embroidered  by our expert seamstress HG Vimala Madhavi mataji for Nityananda Trayodasi.

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The ‘Hare Krishna’ mahamantra was written in English, Malayalam, Telugu and Tamil on all the dresses of the deities here. White flowers, jewelleries set with gem stones and pearls added to the finishing touches on Their Lordships. Also see the beautiful blue patterns on Krishna’s arms done by Sahadev prabhu.

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