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Dedicated to His Divine Grace A. C.

Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Founder Acarya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness
Contents:
Events …… 2 Nrisimhadeva being pleased with his devotee placed His
The Glories of Srila Madhavendra Puri….. 3 lotus like hands on the head of Prahlad Maharaj. The
Book distribution nectar……. 4 same hands covered with long nails, moments ago had
ripped open Hiranyakashipu's abdomen; was now
lovingly placed on Prahlad Maharaj's head and freed him
Prahlad Maharaj - from all material contaminations and desires, cleansing
him thoroughly.
the perfect devotee Prahlad Maharaj then started offering beautiful
prayers to His Lordship. Prahlad Maharaj's prayers
When the king of the demons Hiranyakashipu are a great lesson to devotees on how to pray and
asked for a boon from Lord Brahma that he what we should ask for. In his prayers he
should not be killed by any weapon; during mentioned how compared to the demigods he
the day or night; on land, in water, or in the was born in an asuric family and was unqualified
sky; inside or outside; or by any man or to appear before the Lord. However, there was
beast, he was actually inviting Lord hope for Him since the Lord is not satisfied with
Krishna, the Supreme Personality of one who possesses wealth, beauty, austerity,
Godhead to appear in a beautiful unique education, penance and mystic power but is
form. satisfied only by devotional service. Also, the Lord
The Lord appeared in a half man half being self satisfied (atmaram) is not in need of
lion form as Lord Nrisimhadeva to save service from anyone, but just by glorifying the Lord
His devotee a person becomes purified. He prayed to Lord
Prahlad Nrisimhadeva that
Maharaj from now that he had
his demoniac experienced all the
father worldly pleasures of
Hiranyakashipu. Lord Nrisimhadeva this world, he did not
When the Lord want to possess any
appeared in his fierce form as of them but only wanted
Nrisimhadeva, he satisfied every to associate with the
condition laid down by pure devotees of the
Abhisheka of Lord Laxmi Nrisimhadeva
Hiranyakashipu, thus keeping the Lord. along with Prahlad Maharaj
Prahlad Maharaj addressing word of his devotee Lord Brahma. Then he beseeched Lord
prayers to Lord Nrisimhadeva
It was Nrisimhadeva to give up His anger, now that Hiranyakashipu
dusk time when the Lord in His half had been killed and everyone was happy. Lord Nrisimhadeva
man-half lion incarnation took hearing his prayers was
Hiranyakashipu on His lap and tore so pleased with him
his abdomen using his long that He offered him
fingernails as a weapon. any benediction.
However, even after killing Although Prahlad
Hiranyakashipu the Lord's anger did Maharaj was only a boy,
not cool down, and the demigods when he heard the
were afraid to approach the Lord to benedictions offered by
pacify Him. Even Lakshmiji doubted Lord Nrisimhadeva he
whether this was her husband at all considered them
and was not ready to approach Him. impediments on the
Sri Sri Radha Gopinath
At that time Lord Brahma asked Prahlad being rescued by His Lord on Nrisimha Chaturdashi path of devotional
Prahlad Maharaj to appease Lord service. He only prayed
Nrisimhadeva. Immediately, Prahlad Maharaj very fearlessly went that the Lord remove all materialistic desires from his heart
near Nrisimhadeva and paid his obeisances. In this violent form and that his father be excused of his sinful activities; which
too, Prahlad was not afraid of Lord Nrisimhadeva, since he saw the Lord gladly fulfilled.
only the beautiful form of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
EVENTS

Sri Gopal dressed as Tirupati Balaji


'Jala Krida' - spring and water pastimes celebrated

The pastime of Nityananda Prabhu revealing


Navadwipa dham to Jiva Goswami

The pastime of kidnapping of Rukmini Devi depicted

Sri Gopal dressed as Srinathji

Sri Sri Radha


Gopijanavallabha The pastime of
dressed as Sri Nimai Pandit
Sri Sri Radha bargaining with
Ramana, Vrindavana SriKolavecha
deities during Sridhar
Chandan Yatra

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FEATURE

The Glories of Srila Madhavendra Puri


Srila Madhavendra Puri is a great spiritual master in the Brahma Madhva Gaudiya
Guru Parampara. He was the spiritual master of Srila Ishvara Puri, the spiritual master
of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (the incarnation of Krishna for this kaliyuga).

Srila Madhavendra Puri is described in the Chaitanya Gopal again appeared to Srila Madhavendra Puri in a dream and
Charitamrita as a desire tree of devotional service. Srila Bhakti ordered him to get Malaya chandan from Jagannatha Puri to cool
Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur (the guru maharaj of Srila His transcendental body. Immediately Madhavendra Puri left on
Prabhupada) explains that before the advent of Srila the long and difficult journey to Puri. On the way he passed
Madhavendra Puri, Krishna was worshipped alone. Srila through Remuna, where there is the beautiful deity of
Madhavendra Puri established the worship of Radha & Gopinath, who is offered a special preparation of kheer (sweet
Krishna together. rice) everyday. Madhavendra Puri desired to taste this prepa-
Srila Madhavendra Puri's love of God was very uncommon. ration so that he could offer it to his deity of Gopal. That night
Simply upon seeing the deity of Gopinath stole a pot of sweet rice and instructed
a dark rain-cloud the pujari to give it to Madhavendra Puri, thus getting the name
he would fall down of kheer chor Gopinath. Madhavendra Puri accepted the sweet
unconscious. Day rice, but immediately left the place to avoid glorification by the
and night he tasted villagers.
the nectar of At Jagannatha Puri with the permission of the king he brought
Krishna-prema and back one maund
thus remained (approx.11.2 kgs)
intoxicated, some- of sandalwood and
times laughing, twenty tolas
sometimes crying, (approx.11.6 gms)
and sometimes of camphor with
raising a tumul- the help of two
tuous hue and cry. men. Again Gopal
He would not beg appeared in his
for food. If dream and told him
someone offered to apply the chandan
him prasad without mixed with
his begging he camphor to the
Gopal in the form of a cowherd boy
would eat; oth- Gopinath deity at
offering milk to Srila Madhavendra Puri erwise he would Remuna, since He
fast. is non different
Lord Chaitanya, on his way to Jagannatha Puri, passed through from Gopinath.
Remuna, where He narrated the pastimes of Srila Madhavendra Puri
Madhavendra Puri, which He had heard from Srila Ishvara executed the order
Puri. and returned to
One night while in Govardhana, Madhavendra Puri dreamed Jagannatha Puri. The 'annakutta' festival organised by
that the Gopal deity was somewhere lost in the forest. He Srila Madhavendra Puri
Sri Chaitanya
immediately arranged for the excavation of the deity and Mahaprabhu greatly
installed the deity on the top of Govardhana hill. He arranged praised the pure devotional service of Madhavendra Puri. He
a massive abhishek ceremony for the deity with hundreds of called Srila Madhavendra Puri the most fortunate in all the three
pots of water from Govinda Kunda. The villagers brought worlds since Krishna personally appeared to Him in the guise
their entire stock of grains, fruits and milk products and of a cowherd boy, and gave orders to him three times in dreams.
offered it all to Gopal, not keeping back anything for them. All Gopal accepted his personal service and Gopinath stole kheer
the guests and neighbouring villagers were served the for him. Thus He pointed out the intense love exhibited by
mahaprasad of the deities. The merchants offered jewels and Madhavendra Puri for Krishna. All Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's
garments and one very rich kshatriya constructed a temple for devotees later followed in the footsteps of Madhavendra Puri,
Gopal. serving the Lord without personal considerations.

Vaishnava philosophy is very simple; God is great and everyone is his servant. Nobody can be equal to or
greater than God. This is the whole philosophy of the four Vaishnava sampradayas. -Srila Prabhupada

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BOOK DISTRIBUTION

Book Distribution nectar


Jagannatha Prem das, is a brahmachari at the Sri Sri Radha to them. Suddenly one eunuch asked her whether she was from
Gopinath temple who has successfully collected a large amount Hare Krishna? When she answered in the affirmative the
through Gita Daan. He explains, “Vraj Bihari Prabhu was telling eunuch started chanting Sri Guru Pranama mantras and said
me that due to the recent terrorist attacks, railway officials may 'Haribol'. Then Radhika mataji also started chanting and both
not allow us to put our book stalls at the eunuchs followed her.
the station. So, we may have to go shop
to shop and door to door to distribute Vamsidhar Prabhu, a counsellor at Sri Sri
Srila Prabhupada's Bhagavad Gitas. I Radha Gopinath temple, is another book
took this opportunity and started con- distributor who was distributing Srila
tacting my friends, relatives and other Prabhupada books at Vashi station. He
social organisations during the last few recounts an interesting incident. “Some
days of the marathon, and somehow Ticket collectors (TC) started harassing our
with the blessings of the Vaishnavas, I book distributors. Many a time they would
could collect some lakshmi as spon- come for surprise checks and finding the
sorship for Gitas, to be distributed devotees making announcements and dis-
among people.” tributing books, shout at them and
humiliate them in front of all the commu-
Radhika mataji, a book distributor at ters. All this while, the other vendors who
Sri Sri Radha Gopinath temple, narrates the following incident conducted their sales in the trains were spared, probably
while she was travelling back from Bhaktivedanta Hospital by because they bribed the TCs. I decided to do something about
local train. It was around 9.15 pm and the whole compartment this. I took this matter up with a very senior official in the
was literally empty. She was frightened to see two eunuchs sitting railways who was supportive to our cause. The next time the
nearby and she started chanting on her beads thinking that if she TCs accosted the book distributors; they just ignored them and
had a Bhagavad Gita or Krishna book, she would have offered it left them alone.”

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