We would like to invite you to a fantastic devotional event that will be taking place on the August bank holiday weekend, from Friday 28th till Monday 31st.
We will be hosting a unique ‘Krishna Balaram Retreat’ with special guest His Holiness Bhakti Caitanya Swami, in the beautiful countryside setting of Durham County.
The main theme of the retreat will be ‘Krishna Balaram lila’ because Lord Balaram’s appearance day will be taking place on the Saturday of the retreat. HH Bhakti Caitanya Swami is also well-known for his beautiful, descriptive recitations of Vrindavan lila, such as his famous ‘Demons of Vrindavan’ seminars.
The retreat itself will take place in Blackton Grange, a large, traditional, stone-built farmhouse, nestling within an 11 acre hillside estate in the North Penines Area of Outstanding Beauty, between the picturesque towns of Middleton-in-Teesdale and Barnard Castle.
The retreat will start on the Friday afternoon and will finish on the Monday afternoon, which as we said, is a bank holiday.
There are limited spaces available, a total of 47 beds in all, so it will be on a ‘first come, first serve’ basis. The total cost of the retreat, which includes 3 nights with full-Prasadam every day (breakfast, lunch and dinner), plus association of HH Bhakti Caitanya Swami and many wonderful devotees will be:
· £75 for adults
· £55 for children under 12 years old
· Free for children under 4 years old
To reserve a place for the retreat, we ask that devotees pay a deposit of half the total cost (non-refundable) by Saturday 30th May 2015.
We are attaching a poster with this email and we will also be sending a hard copy of the poster. We humbly request that you can please circulate this email amongst your congregation and that you could also place the poster on your noticeboard, to let everyone know about this wonderful opportunity!
Please contact either:
· Caitanya Vallabha das (firstname.lastname@example.org) -mobile: 07541994842
· Jagannathesvari Devi Dasi (email@example.com) – mobile: 07432660993
We cordially invite you to the next 8 Hour Kirtan taking place on 28th February 2015. The chanting will start at noon and go on till 8pm with lunch prasadam, served during the program, and a light dinner after the program. Don’t miss out on all the chanting, dancing and feasting fun!
We look forward to having your wonderful association.
Please let us know if you can make it so that we can make arrangements for prasadam.
Kindly spread the word or share the poster if you can.
Gaura Purnima - Appearance Day of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu
This festival celebrates the appearance of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. It is observed annually (in February – March) by Krishna devotees all over the world—especially in the area of Mayapur, India, the place where Mahaprabhu appeared in the year 1486.
Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is the Supreme Person, Krishna Himself, appearing as His own devotee, to teach us that we can gain full enlightenment simply by chanting the holy names of the Lord:
Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare
Those who witnessed Mahaprabhu’s pastimes saw Him dance and chant with ecstatic love for God, the likes of which had never been seen before. He encouraged everyone to follow this same process. He taught that anyone—regardless of background or spiritual qualification—could develop their innate love of God and experience great spiritual pleasure by chanting the Hare Krishna mantra.
The present-day International Society for Krishna Consciousness continues the work begun by Lord Chaitanya, who predicted that the chanting of the holy names of Krishna would spread all over the world.
Gaura Purnima means “golden full moon,” signifying that:
1) Lord Chaitanya was “born” during a full moon, and
2) The Lord blesses everyone with the soothing, moonlike rays of His sublime teachings.
1st February, 2015
This is the most glorious event of the appearance anniversary of Lord Nityananda. Nityananda Prabhu appeared as Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s principal associate for spreading the congregational chanting of the holy names of the Lord. He appeared in 1474 in the village of Ekachakra, now in West Bengal. He especially spread the holy name of Krishna throughout Bengal. His beauty was so enchanting and He was so full of ecstatic love for Krishna that, wherever He moved, crowds of people would follow and become lovers of God. He is considered an incarnation of Krishna’s principal expansion, Balarama.
26th January 2015
Advaita Acharya appeared in fifteenth century Bengal, India, as a teacher of Krishna consciousness. He is frequently mentioned in the biography of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Chaitanya Charitamrita, as an intimate associate of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and as an avatar of Krishna (specifically an incarnation of Sadashiva and Maha-Vishnu).
Chaitanya Charitamrita relates how Advaita Acharya was so pained to see the degraded condition of the people in Kali Yuga, the Age of Quarrel, that He fervently prayed for Krishna Himself to descend and remedy the situation. Sri Advaita worshiped Krishna on the banks of the Ganges with Ganges water and Tulasi leaves, crying out and begging for the Lord to come save the suffering souls. In response to Sri Adwaita Acharya’s devotion and compassion, Krishna decided to appear, in the form of His own devotee—Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
Advaita Acharya was the first among Mahaprabhu’s associates to appear within the material world. Some sixty years prior to Mahaprabhu’s own advent, Advaita Acharya had already begun chanting Krishna’s names in the streets with devotees and discussing scriptures on devotional service to Krishna.
Advaita Acharya’s name indicates that He is nondifferent—advaita—from Krishna, and spiritual master—acharya—because He taught devotional service to Krishna. Advaita Acharya lived in Shantipura and Mayapura, in what is now West Bengal, and was the head of the Vaishnava community of Nadia.
This Tuesday, December 2nd marks the supremely auspicious occasion of ‘Gita Jayanti’, the day Lord Sri Krishna spoke the sacred Bhagavad Gita, the ‘Song of God’.
Krishna first spoke this timeless knowledge to the Sun God millions of years ago, but when that knowledge became lost, He again spoke it to Arjuna 5000 years ago on the battlefield of Kuruksetra.
It is said that wherever there is Krishna and Arjuna, there will also certainly be opulence, victory, extraordinary power and morality. Therefore, whenever and wherever the Bhagavad Gita is recited, all-auspiciousness is manifest.
To celebrate this special occasion, on Tuesday 2nd we will recite the full Bhagavad Gita in it’s entirety, this will take about 3 hours! We will start at 5pm and finish at approximately 8pm, we will take a break halfway through and then we will finish with Prasad! (NB if you cannot come for the whole thing, please come for however much you can!)
Please come along and make everything auspicious!
– Caitanya Vallabha das
We cordially invite you to the next 8 Hour Kirtan event taking place on the 4th of October.
The program will start at 12 noon and go on till 8pm. Sumptuous lunch will be served during the program followed by light dinner prasadam.
“We should always remember the danger of Maya’s [material illusion’s] influence and endeavor to save ourselves from her great power. We must therefore always merge in the transcendental mellow of kirtana-rasa [the sweet taste of chanting the holy name], for kirtana-rasa is the safest situation within this material world.”
(Srila Prabhupada in Foreword of Songs of the Vaishnava Acaryas)
So, come to celebrate …the transcendental bliss of Kirtan-rasa by chanting, dancing and feasting to glorify Their Lordships Sri Sri Panca Tattva and our dear Srila Prabhupada!
We invite you to a 3 day seminar conducted by His Grace Suresvara Prabhu, here at ISKCON Newcastle. It will be presented in 3 sessions, the times and dates of which are as follows:
20th September 2014 [Saturday] ; 6 PM – 8PM
21st September 2014 [Sunday] ; 10AM – Noon
22nd September 2014 [Monday] ; 6PM – 8PM
Suresvara Prabhu joined the Hare Krishna movement in 1970 and received 1st and 2nd initiations from Srila Prabhupada in 1971 & 1972.
In 2011, while teaching at the Mayapur Institute for Higher Education, his concern over the lack of connection many younger devotees were feeling for our founder-acarya reached a tipping point, so that year he began researching and presenting the seminar, “Srila Prabhupada, Our Founder-Acarya.”
With the encouragement of the Mayapur Institute and the GBC committee, “Srila Prabhupada’s Position,” Suresvara Prabhu has been traveling the ISKCON world with the founder-acarya seminar helping devotees deepen their relationship with, commitment to, and love for our beloved founder-acarya, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
In this invite you can find attached a seminar overview [kindly forgive the font incompatibility] and Suresvara Prabhu’s picture.
To further encourage everyone, here are a few appreciations of the seminar by other devotees —
“Suresvara Prabhu’s seminar on the essential, profound and pivotal relevance of the founder-acarya to every ISKCON devotee’s life deeply entered the heads and hearts of all who attended. I recommend that ISKCON audiences somehow try to schedule all ten sessions, rather than just a quick synopsis.” (HH Devamrita Swami, January 2014)
“In October 2011 we at the Bhaktivedanta College were fortunate to experience Suresvara Prabhu’s founder-acarya seminar, which is dynamic, informative, and enormously relevant for all ISKCON devotees. I highly recommend this presentation to anyone interested in understanding more about Srila Prabhupada’s preeminent position in ISKCON.”
(HG Dinadayal dasa, Director of Online Learning, Bhaktivedanta College, Radhadesh) February 2012
“This inspiring presentation is a good start that takes us in the right direction–to the lotus feet of Srila Prabhupada, his personality, his mission and us.”
(HH Candramauli Swami) February 2012