The discomfort ISKCON faces due to the pandemic - individual and community-wise - is hardly comparable to the oppressions and torments of the past.
During these trying times of the pandemic, for devotees who are not working and stuck at home, ISKCON Nashik, India, is offering a great opportunity to participate in an online Chaitanya Caritamrta contest.
Love for the Lord is inherently present in us but due to our diseased condition we are not able to exhibit it or experience it now.
Once upon a time, this place was the centre of worship of the Buddhist Tantrics and the Kapalikas. But later, in the sixteenth century, when Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu appeared to propagate the Sankirtana Movement, Panihati became a major centre of the Gaudiya Vaishnavas
Chatigram (Chattogram), Bangladesh, was blessed by the divine appearances of some of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabu's important eternal associates such as Sri Pundarika Vidyanidhi Thakur, Sri Basudev Dutta Thakur, Sri Mukunda Dutta Thakur, Sri Dhananjaya Pandit, and so many other great souls.
On Saturday March 16th, just a few days before Gaura Purnima (Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s Appearance Day), around 250 people visited Manhattan’s Bhakti Center for the Roots of Kirtan festival – described as “dynamic, creative and overflowing with devotion.”
Kirtan is now available for all. But it wasn’t always like this. Before the 15thcentury, the chanting of God’s own holy names was a sacred activity reserved for the highest of ecclesiastic society in the inner sanctums of temples.
A new temple dedicated to Ganga Devi has recently been constructed by ISKCON Mayapur's Ganga Mata Seva Committee, where a Deity of Ganga Devi is worshipped along with Deities of Sri Sri Gaura-Nitai. This temple is only the beginning, for the committee has plans to construct a larger and more opulent temple for the worship of Mother Ganga.
Srila Visvanatha Chakravarti Thakura's Sri Gauranga-Lilamrita is a full day in the life of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu prior to His accepting the sannyasa order. A very sweet and rare manuscript.
A few hours north of Kolkata is the holy land of Navadvipa, also known as Sri Dham Mayapur, which is celebrated and worshiped by Gaudiya Vaishnava devotees because it was in this very place that Sri Krishna Caitanya Mahaprabhu appeared approximately five hundred years ago.
Tens and thousands of people were out on the streets in the night carrying torches in their hands ready to be part of an extraordinary movement. If they remain silent, lock themselves in their houses and give in to the draconian dictum, they would become like slaves without shackles.
This comic narrates the glories of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's astrological chart. Sri Nilambara Chakravarthy found esoteric and wonderful signs in every house of the child's astrological chart.
Chaitanya Mahaprabhu Illustrated Story - Navadvipa Before Nimai's Advent This comic narrates the pastime of Advaita Acharya pleading the Lord to descend to this world and liberate the fallen conditioned souls by distributing the Holynames of Lord Krishna to one and all.
A devotional classic Bengali film from 1959 portraying the life of the avatar of Radha-Krishna, Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu, from His birth in Nadia to His accepting of the sannyasa order. Bengali with English subtitles. Black and white, 80 minutes.
A beautiful meditation on the importance of glorifying God's names based on the prayer written by Lord Caitanya in the 16th century. Music by Gaura Vani and As Kindred Spirits, video by Karuna Productions.
“Although the Bhakti movement has spread far and wide, not many people know its founder Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu – even in India,” says ISKCON’s communications deputy director for India, Yudhistira Govinda Das. With the Festival of Inspiration in New Delhi this May 28th, he hopes to begin changing that. Supported by the Government of India’s Ministry of Culture, the event will take place at the Talkatora Indoor Stadium near Parliament. It’s expected to draw a full house.
Mantra Choir is a unique experience in community devotional expression. Sitting somewhere between Rock Choir and the popular kirtan performances, Mantra Choir blends the ancient euphoric call and response art of kirtan with upbeat counterpoint melodies to provide a beautifully rich sound and experience. In celebration of Gaura Purnima, the Mantra Choir team has just released a new piece "Mahaprabhu", involving over 400 musicians, singers and dancers from all over the world.
Mantra Choir performance of 'Mahaprabhu' involving over 400 musicians, singers and dancers from all around the World. Composed by Jayadeva John Ridhardson and arranged by Gareth Ryth Jones.
After years of struggles of various types, including having to overcome a number of legal hurdles, ISKCON has inaugurated the beginning of a grand project at Jagannath Puri by performing the bhumi puja and installation of Ananta Shesha on the 18 acre ISKCON project land in a grand ceremony.
Music by Guna-grahi & Kirtan for the Soul. Video by Blasieus.
English translation of the lyrics is in the video. The original Benglali is by Krsnadas Kaviraja (from Caitanya Caritamrta Antya.14.43-51), on behalf of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu who Krsnadas says composed and sang this song to his confidential friends Ramananda Raya and Svarupa Damodara.
In 1486, Krishna appeared as Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. While a renaissance of philosophical and theological thought was going on in the world, Shri Chaitanya ushered in a spiritual revolution through His personal interactions, philosophical discourses and most importantly His joyous public chanting and dancing.