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Divine Connection
International Society for Krishna Consciousness
Founder Acarya His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada www.iskcondc.com

Issue 10
FESTIVAL/ EVENTS
By Koumudhi Kammari very strictly and hopefully still be eligible to acheive liberation.” Srila Vyasadev told Bhīma that just by doing a small austerity, he cannot reach the same destination or get the same results as one who has been fasting completely every Ekadashi. Bhīma, the great warrior, was very frightened by this and began to shave like a leaf when there is a strong wind blowing. Bhīma said, “Oh Grandfather, I am incapable of fasting! Please tell me one day that I can fast that will give me the greatest benefit.” Vyasadev said, “You should fast completely on the Ekadashi that occurs during the light fortnight of the month of Jyeshtha (MayJune). And you should perform Achamana for pratiprokshana purification. While performing Achamana, you must only take the amount of water equal to the amount which is enough to submerge a mustard seed. One must not eat anything and on Dvadashi morning, you should bathe early and distribute gifts to the brahmanas. Then you should sit down and take prasadam joyfully with the brahmanas. Oh Bhīma, if you do what I told you, you will achieve the same benefit as one who fasted on all 24 of the Ekadashis!” Pandava Nirjala Ekadashi ki jay!

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Pandava Nirjala Ekadashi is the king of all Ekadashis. If one fasts completely on this Ekadashi, it is equal to have fasted on all of the Ekadashis. The following describes how this ekadashi came to be: One day Bhīma, the younger brother of Yu dh ist ir Maharaj, asked his grandfather, Vy asad ev, “Oh greatly in t el l i g en t and merciful Grandfather, being very religious, all my brothers, my wife, and my mother fast completely on every Ekadashi and they ask me to fast too, but I tell them that I cannot fast, for I cannot live without eating! Please tell me how I can attain the same thing they do without fasting!” Srila Vyasadev said, “If you want to go to the higher planets and avoid hell, then you have to fast every Ekadashi without fail.” Bhīma pleaded, “Oh great, respected sage, I cannot even live if I eat only once in a day. How then can I survive if I fast completely? I have a special digestive fire inside my stomach and only when I eat to my satisfaction, does that fire in my stomach become satisfied. Oh great Grandfather, I might only be able to fast on one Ekadashi. Is there any one Ekadashi that includes all other Ekadashis. I shall observe it

Poem Game 1—Jaya Kids Coloring Corner Acharya series Vegetarian Recipe Story 1— Devotion of Shyamananda Pandit Story 2— Panihati Festival Verse of the month Game 2—Word Scramble

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A Poem The Devotees of the Lord By Sruthi Mungara(13)
The devotees of the lord are so merciful The fruits they give to others are so bountiful Their hearts are so pure And they use Krishna's name as the lure When they cast their kind glance We can see that we have another chance

The devotees of the lord are so merciful They never do anything hurtful And when they smile Everything seems worth while

The devotees of the lord are so merciful And they are always loving And the devotees are always there for us By Pranesh Ambokar (6)

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(Jaya Prabhupada!!)
By Sunethra Ramkumar( 9)

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ACHARYA SERIES
By Dheeraj Kammari (12)

Krishna Das and Durika Dasi were the parents of Shyamananda Pandit. For a long time, they wanted children, but shortly after birth, each one of them passed away. Soon, a little baby survived and since this was their only baby, they named him Dhuki.

As Dhuki grew up, he didn’t have interests in playing all day. But he did like to hear pastimes of Caitanya Mahaprabhu, and was religious and scholarly. Shyamananda Pandit was born to become a great philosopher. When he was in his teens, his father told him to search for a guru. But the boy already knew who his guru was going to be. He replied that, “I already know Hridoy Caitanya is my guru.” After taking permission from his father, he went with a group of pilgrims to Ambika Kalana. There, he was initiated. After developing a strong love for Hridoy Caitanya under the instruction of his spiritual master, he went to Vrindavan to study under Jiva Goswami. There, he got the service of sweeping Kalpa Kunja Kutir where Krishna eternally performs His rasa lila with the gopis. One day, while sweeping, Shyamananda Pandit found an ankle bell which shone with brilliance. He knew this could only belong to Srimati Radharani, the eternal consort of Lord Krishna, because of its golden effulgence. In the mean time, Radharani found the ankle bell missing and sent Lalita Devi to find it. So Lalita Devi took a form of an old lady and went to Kalpa Kunja Kutir. When she saw Krishna Das, she asked him if he saw a missing ankle bell. Knowing that the ankle bell belonged to Srimati Radharani, he suspicious whether that the old lady was a normal person and asked for her real identity. When Lalita devi mercifully showed her spiritual form, Shyamananda Pandit gave it back to her. Since Krishna Das pleased Radharani, Lalita devi gave him the name Shyamananda Pandit, “one who gives pleasure to Shyama Radha.” She also gave him mercy by placing Radharani’s ankle bell on Shyamananda Pandits head, forming a permanent golden tilak mark on his forehead. When he went back to Jiva Goswami, Jiva Goswami immediately understood what had happened because he was a saintly person. When people saw Krishna Das and heard of his new name, they started to spread a false rumor, saying that Krishna Das took re-initiation from Jiva Goswami. When word came to Hridoy Caitanya, He became infuriated and thought how such a dear disciple could do such a thing. So He immediately sent five of his best disciples to find about this rumor. Later, He decided to go personally and challenged Jiva Goswami. He told his disciple that he would write “Shyamananda” across his chest and wash it off; if it didn’t come off, then he would accept Shyamananda’s explanation. Shyamananda asked for a little time before the challenge was to begin.He fell in deep trance and went to the spiritual world in the form of Kanika Manjari. There, he saw Radharani and told all of that was happening. Understanding the situation, she immediately called for Subal Krishna’s Friend, who told Kanika Manjari that by remembering him, the name wouldn’t wash off. Meanwhile, Jiva Goswami ordered the devotees to start chanting loudly. Shyamananda Pandit woke up after a while. In the beginning of the challenge, Hridoy Caitanya washed the tilak and the writing faded. But when Shyamananda Pandit remembered Subal, who was Gauridas Pandit in the material world, the writing became clearer. After a while, Hridoy Caitanya asked for forgiveness.. When his studies were completed, Shyamananda Pandit travelled to Orissa to spread the teachings of Lord Caitanya. He initiated many disciples: even the muslim pathans became devotees of Lord Krishna. Eventually the whole of Orissa turned into a vaisnava state. One day, Shyamananda received the message that his dear guru, Hridoy Caitanya had passed away. This broke his heart. Shortly afterwards, he heard that his dear disciple, Damodar, had also passed away. With this shock, he fell sick and never recovered. In the middle of the 17th century, Shyamananda Pandit passed away in a town called Narshingapoor.

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Moong dhal Halwa
By Sunethra Ramkumar (9) What you need: Yellow moong dal - 1 cup Milk - 3 cups Sugar - 3/4 cup Ghee - 3/4 cup Elaichi - 2 pinches Food Color (red or orange) - 1 pinch Cashew – a few

“A pure devotee has no demand from the Lord. His only concern is to serve the Lord sincerely and seriously, and he is not at all concerned about what will happen in the future.” From - (Sri Caitanya Charithaamritha, Antya Leela, Chapter – 5, Text – 71)
Contributed by ~ Sruthi Mungara (13)

Method: 1. Boil the moong dal with 2 cups of milk 2. Mash them nicely 3. In a nonstick pan, mix sugar and 1 cup of milk 4. Add the moong dal mixture 5. In between, add ghee slowly 6. When preparation becomes thick, add elaichi and food color 7. In the end, add cashew

Shyamananda Pandit went to Orissa to spread the teachings of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. In Orissa, people By Panchajanya Mungara (10) were living in fear of afghan rulers who did not like the devotees. One ruler was Sher Khan. Shyamananda Pandit had many disciples now. One day, he was having a kirtana party in the streets of Orissa. Hearing this, Sher Khan ordered his soldiers to stop the kirtana forever. Shyamananda didn’t care. The next day, he gathered even more devotees for kirtana. When Sher Khan heard this, he was infuriated and angry at the devotees for disobeying his orders. Then he threw the kartals in the river and broke the mridangas. Shyamananda Pandit started to shout the holy name of the lord and immedietly Sher Khan and his followers started to cough blood and their beards got on fire. Thus Shyamananda Pandit was saved by his devotion.

THE DEVOTION OF SHYAMANANDA PANDIT

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Panihati Festival
By Aayushi Jain(8)

Panihati is located on the banks of the Ganges 10 miles North of Calcutta, in West Bengal, India. It is the site of many wonderful spiritual pastimes of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and His close personal associates. Here’s how the Panihati festival came to be:

In the village of Panihati, Raghunath Dasa was astonished seeing Lord Nityananda as effulgent as hundreds and thousands of rising suns. Many devotees sat on the ground surrounding Him. Raghunatha Dasa offered his obeisances by falling prostrate at a distant place, and the servant of Nityananda Prabhu pointed out, "There is Raghunatha Dasa, offering You obeisances." Hearing this, Lord Nityananda Prabhu said, "You are a thief, you have to come see me. Come here. Come here. I shall punish you." Although the Lord called him, Raghunath Dasa didn't go near the Lord. Then the Lord forcibly caught him and placed His lotus feet on his head. He then said, “For your punishment, you have to make a festival and feed all my associates yogurt and chipped rice.”

Hearing this, Raghunath Dasa was greatly pleased. Raghunath Das brought chipped rice, yogurt, milk, sweetmeats, sugar, bananas and other eatables and placed them all around. As soon as the brahmanas and other men heard that a festival was going to be held, they eagerly began to arrive. Thus, there were innumerable people. Seeing the crowd increasing, Raghunatha dasa arranged to get more eatables from other villages. He also brought two to four hundred large, round pots. Many food preparations were made. After Nityananda Prabhu had changed His cloth for a new one and sat on a raised platform, the brahmana brought before Him the seven huge pots. On that platform, all the most important associates of Sri Nityananda Prabhu, as well as other important men, sat down in a circle around the Lord. Everyone was offered two earthen pots of chipped rice with condensed milk and chipped rice with yogurt. Those who didn't get a place on the platform gathered around. Some went to the bank of the Ganges and others, who could not get a place even on the bank of the Ganges, got down into the water and began eating their two kinds of chipped rice. At that time, Raghava Pandita arrived there to invite Lord Nityananda for a feast at his home. Lord Nityananda replied, "Let Me eat all this food here during the day, and I shall eat at your home at night."

When chipped rice had been served to everyone, Lord Nityananda Prabhu, in meditation, brought Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. When Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu arrived, Lord Nityananda Prabhu stood up. They then saw how the others were enjoying the chipped rice with yogurt and condensed milk. From each and every pot, Lord Nityananda Prabhu took one morsel of chipped rice and pushed it into the mouth of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu as a joke. In this way Lord Nityananda was walking through all the groups of eaters, and all the Vaishnavas standing there, were seeing the fun.

No one could understand what Nityananda Prabhu was doing as He walked about. Some, however, who were very fortunate, could see that Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu was also present. Then together, the two brothers began eating chipped rice. Lord Nityananda Prabhu ordered, "All of you eat, chanting the holy name of Hari.” Immediately the holy names "Hari Hari" resounded, filling the entire universe. When all the Vaishnavas were chanting the holy names "Hari Hari" and eating, they remembered how Krsna and Balarama ate with their companions, the cowherd boys, on the bank of the Yamuna.

Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Lord Nityananda Prabhu are extremely merciful and liberal. It was Raghunatha Dasa's good fortune that They accepted all these dealings. Who can understand the influence and mercy of Lord Nityananda Prabhu? He is so powerful that He induced Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu to come eat chipped rice on the bank of the Ganges. All the confidential devotees who were Cowherd boys, headed by Sri Rama Das, were absorbed in ecstatic love. They thought the bank of the Ganges to be the bank of the Yamuna. After Lord Nityananda Prabhu finished eating, He washed His hands and mouth and gave Raghunatha Dasa the food remaining in the four pots. There was food remaining in the three other big pots of Lord Nityananda, and a brahmana distributed it to all the devotees, giving a morsel to each. Then, a brahmana brought a flower garland, placed the garland on Nityananda Prabhu's neck and smeared sandalwood pulp all over His body, When a servant brought betel nuts and offered them to Lord Nityananda, the Lord smiled and chewed them. With His own hands, Lord Nityananda Prabhu distributed to all the devotees whatever flower garlands, sandalwood pulp and betel nuts remained.

After receiving the remnants of food left by Lord Nityananda Prabhu, Raghunatha Dasa, who was greatly happy, ate some and distributed the rest among His own associates. Thus ends the description of Lord Nityananda Prabhu’s pastimes in relation to the celebrated festival of chipped rice and yogurt. Panihati Festival ki jay!

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Verse of the month
(Verse 2.14)
“Srimad Bhagavat Gita- By His Divine Grace A.C.
Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

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By Mansi Suresh (9)

Cut the tiles and arrange them on the grid below by unscrambling them. Hint: There are FOUR words related to this month! These words have appeared at least once in this newsletter.

mātrā-sparśās tu kaunteya śītoṣṇa-sukha-duḥkha-dāḥ āgamāpāyino 'nityās tāḿs titikṣasva bhārata TRANSLATION

O son of Kuntī, the nonpermanent appearance of happiness and distress, and their disappearance in due course, are like the appearance and disappearance of winter and summer seasons. They arise from sense perception, O scion of Bharata, and one must learn to tolerate them without being disturbed.
MY REALIZATIONS

In this verse, Krsna instructs us that we should tolerate whatever difficulties or happiness comes our way. Just as summer and winter come and go, similarly, happiness and distress also appear and disappear. Lord Caitanya instructs us to be more tolerant than a blade of grass to all these temporary things. For example, devotees of the Lord wake up early and take a bath, even in the cold winters. Prabhupad also taught us how to tolerate: when his spiritual master asked him to go to the West and preach the Holy Name to everyone in America, Prabhupad took the instruction to his heart. He got on the Jaladutta ship to come to America. Even though he had a heart attack, Prabhupad did not go back to India. Instead, he tolerated everything, and prayed to Krsna. He was fixed to follow his spiritual master’s instruction; Srila Prabhupad was ready to tolerate anything, just for the pleasure of Guru and Krsna. In the purport, it is said that we have to do our duty properly; that way, we can please Krsna. Arjuna, who is a ksatriya, has to fight against his friends and relatives; he has to fight because it’s his duty. Similarly, we should all do our duties in a humble mood of service. For example, if we are students, then we should study properly and do nice devotional service, just to make the Lord happy.

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