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
PENANG, MALAYSIA – You can be sure to be immersed in kirtan and dance during the Ratha Yatra in Penang Island. This festival was celebrated this year on 13 December. The chariot procession started at 5.30pm from the Dato Keramat Sivan Temple with crowd of devotees only enough to pull the chariots of Lord Jagannatha, Lord Baladeva and Subhadra Devi and Gaura Nitai. But within one hour the crowd swelled to about one thousand and when the chariots reached little India at about 8pm the crowd had jammed the streets. At Little India some tourists and onlookers joined the festival, singing and dancing with the devotees. Continue reading
BY YADUVHIR KRSNA DASA
SEBERANG JAYA, MALAYSIA – The devotees at the Bhaktivedanta Cultural Centre (BCC) got caught up with “Damodara Fever” and worked together to organize Damodara House Program and Harinam. For the first time, Damodara Harinam was introduced to the district of Seberang Perai which comprises Hujung Batu, Bagan Dalam, Kampung Manis, Taman Inderawasih, Kampung Bagan Serai and Mak Mandin. BCC managed to visit 616 houses and 4,679 people had the opportunity to offer ghee lamp to Lord Damodara. Continue reading
BY JANANANDA GOSVAMI
PENANG, Malaysia – known as the “Pearl of the Orient” during British times. In Seberang Jaya, a northern corner of Malaysia, unknown to the world, Srila Prabhupada’s wishes for Malaysia are gradually being unfolded. In 1971 when Prabhupada made his only visit to this country he requested the wife of the then chief Indian minister to help him in building a “Temple like this”, showing her a sketch of a typical Vrndavana Mandir. Continue reading
BY JEYANTHY PILLAI
The trip to Seberang Jaya (Butterworth), Penang on the 17th and 18th September was worth every moment. My husband drove our children and I there. We reached at about 2pm. A very large canopy with a special stage was set for the installation. The deities were kept in a separate area beside the main canopy area. Many matajis were preparing the flower garlands in the main temple area. The flowers were simply lovely; The matajis were really expert in tying the garlands and making the bouquets. The flower garlands reminded me of the ones that was used in the Chowpatty temple during Gaura Purnima this year. Others were busy drawing the rangoli patterns for the fire sacrifice. Dozens of beautifully decorated pots laid in the side of the main stage area. Prasadam was being prepared for devotees who were slowly trickling in for the festival.
A full scale installation of Sri Sri Gaura Nitai is scheduled to take place Seberang Jaya (Butterworth), Penang on Wednesday, 17th September – Thursday, 18th September 2008. Do not miss the rare opportunity in Malaysia.
Dr. B.L. Sharma, a Vastu Architect and Consultant from Jaipur, India who generously offered free services, mentioned that the land purchased was “Godsent”. He said the land has good Vastu and instructed accordingly.
Coinciding with the auspicious “Holy Names Week”, when the whole world is hearing and chanting the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra, Their Lordships, Sri Sri Nityananda Prabhu and Caitanya Mahaprabhu have chosen to make Their appearance in Malaysia at Bhaktivedanta Cultural Center (BCC) at Seberang Jaya, Penang.