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1st International Bhagavata Mahotsava

From July 20th to 23rd, 2017

Dear devotees,

We have the pleasure of inviting you for a very special festival. A festival in which sravanam, hearing, will be the main focus. This hearing will not only be directly from the Srimad Bhagavatam, the ripe fruit of all vedic literature but also from that spoken by highly realized souls. Taking time out to just sit down and listen carefully to the transcendental glories of Lord Krsna will inspire and strengthen our spiritual journey. With the hope of serving the vaisnava community under the shelter of Sri Sri Radha Madana Mohan, we are honoured to organize such a festival.

“ Men become strong and stout by eating sufficient grains, but the devotee who simply eats ordinary grains but does not taste the transcendental pastimes of Lord Krsna gradually becomes weak and falls down from the transcendental position. However, if one drinks but a drop of the nectar of Krsna’s pastimes, his body and mind begin to bloom, and he begins to laugh, sing and dance.“ CC Madhya 25.278

Here is the Schedule of the program:

    Bhagavat Mahotsava    
         
  Thursday 20th  Friday 21th Saturday 22th Sunday 23th 
7:45 to 9:30     H.G. brajasunder Prabhu H.G. brajasunder Prabhu H.G. brajasunder Prabhu
9h30    breakfast  breakfast  breakfast 
11:00 to 12:00    Kirtan  Kirtan  Kirtan 
12:00 to 13:30    Mukunda datta Prabhu Mukunda datta Prabhu Mukunda datta Prabhu
13:30   Lunch  Lunch  Lunch 
16:00 to 17:00   Kirtan  Kirtan  Kirtan 
17:00 to 18:30 Kirtan  H.H. Rama Govinda Swami  H.H. Rama Govinda Swami  H.H. Rama Govinda Swami 
18:30 Opening of the festival and presentation of the 3 speaker’s seminar  gaura aratic & kirtan  gaura aratic & kirtan  gaura aratic & kirtan 
19:00 to 20:00       

Topics of the seminar

HH Rama Govinda swami – 10th canto chapters 24-25 Govardhana Lila

The theme of the pastimes of the Supreme Lord Sri Krsna in lifting Govardhan Hill to save the vraj vasis, His eternal associates and devotees, is that, when the living entity fully surrenders to the Supreme Lord Sri Krsna, then the Lord will take good care of His devotees “ yoga kshemam vahāmyahaṁ”.

Lord Sri Kŗșņa saw that His village elders and all the others were busy preparing for some yajna. Understanding that they were planning to perform sacrifice for the King of Heaven, Indra. The Lord wanted to establish that one need not worship the demigods, especially by His own pure devotees who appeared as His friends, elders and youngsters. Upon enquiring when King Nanda, father of Sri Krsna informed that they wanted to perform yajna for the pleasure of Indra, the king of heavenly planets. Lord Sri Krsna submitted to His village elders the case that the living entity takes birth, enjoys or suffers what is due only to his/her karma from previous lives. Therefore Indra, the king of Heaven, has nothing to do with the happiness and distress of the living entities. If a living entity does not have a good karma, King Indra can not give him happiness, because he is also bound by the laws of karma. One should worship the One which assists in the sustenance. For the vraja vasis, gopas and gopies, cows, brahmanas and Giri Govardhan are worshippable. Therefore, Lord Sri Krsna said, we should worship Govardhan Hill instead of King Indra.

Indra became angry and instructed the clouds named as “samvartaka” to release rain water. As the clouds released torrents of rain as thick as massive columns, the earth was submerged in a flood, and high ground could no longer be distinguished from low ground. How Lord Sri Krsna saved his pure devotees, the vraja vasis, from the anger of Indra and how Indra finally ashamed of his ignorance asked for forgiveness from the Supreme Lord Sri Krsna will be discussed elaborately during the course of katha.

Mukunda datta Prabhu – 10th canto chapter 21 – Venu Gita

Venu Gita, the song of the flute. It is one of the most important, sweet chapters of the Srimad Bhagavatam, the 10th Canto. Of course ordinarily one should go through the whole Srimad Bhagavatam, Canto 1 tos 9, and then humbly approach the 10th Canto, in the association of advanced devotees. In our ISKCON temples there are daily recitations of the Srimad Bhagavatam, from the first Canto till the beginning of the 10th Canto, with purports by Srila Prabhupada. His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada had introduced the Krishna book, which is actually the whole tenth Canto, wonderfully presented with philosophical points, relevant to the contents of the various chapters, pastimes etc. The tenth Canto is the essence of the Srimad Bhagavatam. And it is actually divided into three parts, Vraja-lila, Mathura-lila and Dvaraka-lila. Saci Nandana Gaura Hari, Who is non different from Sri Sri Radha Krishna, came to establish yuga dharma, the chanting of the Holy Names, in Vraja-bhava. So Vraja-lila is the essence of the tenth Canto. And in that Vraja-bhava Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu especially came to give unnata ujjvala bhava, the most bright, shining mood of loving affection of the gopis towards Svayam Bhagavan Sri Krishna. So in Vraja-lila the pure loving exchanges between Krishna and the gopis, as in the Venu-Gita, Gopi-Gita, Yugal-Gita etc. are the essence of the essences. Although from one point of view it is the highest mood reserved for advanced devotees, but if we humbly approach with the correct understanding we can see that is also applicable for common devotees, in the association of realized devotees. So I will present this beautiful chapter to the common devotees, showing the humble mood of the gopis, the topmost devotees, thinking themselves as not having much love for Krishna and seeing that others, even animals have more love for Krishna, are more fortunate than themselves. They have the highest level of humility, pakva dainatvta, ripe, mature humility, that means realized understanding of their spiritual identity, as insignificant servants of Krishna. They are most tolerant, not wanting any respect for themselves, but always showing respect for others, glorifying others and they are always glorifying Krishna, with their words, their thoughts and of course with their every action. And Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu showed us that mood and taught us that mood. Trinad api sunicena… always chanting the Holy Names, applicable for both the common devotees and the advanced devotees.

Brajasunder Prabhu – 10th canto chapter 12,13 & 14 Brahma Vimohana Lila

It Describes Lord Brahma’s attempt to take away the calves and cowherd boys, and it also describes the bewilderment of Lord Brahma and finally the clearance of his illusion.

Although the incident concerning Aghasura had been performed one year before, when the cowherd boys were five years old, when they were six years old they said, „It happened today.“ What happened was this. After killing Aghasura, Krsna, along with His associates the cowherd boys, went for a picnic within the forest. The calves, being allured by green grasses, gradually went far away, and therefore Krsna’s associates became a little agitated and wanted to bring back the calves. Krsna, however, encouraged the boys by saying, „You take your tiffin without being agitated. I shall go find the calves.“ And thus the Lord departed. Then, just to examine the
potency of Krsna, Lord Brahma took away all the calves and cowherd boys and kept them in a secluded place.

Chapter 12: The Killing of the Demon Aghasura
Chapter 13: The Stealing of the Boys and Calves by Brahma
Chapter 14: Brahma’s Prayers to Lord Krsna

About the speakers:

HH Rama Govinda Swami:

HH Rama Govinda Swami:

His Holiness Rama Govinda Swami is a sannyasa disciple of His Holiness Lokanath Swami. He is from Tirupati, South India and is very astute in Vedic literature and speaks many languages. He is talented at reciting the Bhagavatam in expert detail. He presents the topic with deep knowledge and colourful charisma. He preaches Krishna consciousness in Botswana, South Africa, Kenya and India.

HG Mukunda data Prabhu:

Mukunda datta Prabhu was born in Zurich, Switzerland in 1960. Since the age of 15 he was very interested in Indian music, culture and philosophy. In 1979 he met the devotees in Zurich and 1980 he joined our Vrindavan Temple.

H.G. Mukunda Dattta Prabhu

H.G. Mukunda Dattta Prabhu

He served in sankirtan mission for two years and became a bhakta leader. In 1983 he came back to Zurich, and continued after short while he became Pujari. Mukuda datta Prabhu kept on with pujari and preaching service while travelling in Europe and America. Later, in 1990, he joined the Deity Department full time serving Sri Sri Radha Shyamasundar. Two years later, he became Headpujari. Serving since then in that position. Always teaching in the VIHE, about Deity worship and Yajnas, samskaras etc. Acting also as priest for all the samskaras, since for than 25 years, performed more than 1000 yajnas!

HG Brajasunder Prabhu:

HG Brajasunder Prabhu

HG Brajasunder Prabhu

Joined ISKCON in the year 2002. Received Harinama and Brahmana Initiation from H.H. Radha Govinda Das Goswami in Year 2007 and 2011 respectively. Officially serving as a Corresponding Secretary to Sannyasa Ministry(Since July 2016) and Member of ISKCON Bureau, Legal department of ISKCON India since 2010.

Has completed his Masters Degree in Information Technology.

Also serve as an editor for NBS Magazine and Project Co-ordinator of Bhagavata Vidyalaya (A project to open Bhagavata Schools, having now 550 students doing self study courses on the Srimad Bhagavatam). He provides training for interested devotees keen on giving seminars on the Srimad Bhagavatam. For more details please visit our website: www.nbsmag.com

Seminar fees

Accomodation

Guest house – 25€ night/bed
ashram – with full bed – 15€ night/bed
ashram – with your own sleeping bag 10€ night

Prasadam 

10€ per day/person – half price for children under 16 years old
and free for children under 8 years old.

These prices are mainly covering the basic cost of the temple and we are humbly
asking for your kind donation to collect for the flight tickets of our speakers.

If you are interested to participate in this Semiars, please register with email latest until July 10th: Gaurahari.SNS@pamho.net

Please mention your arrival and departure dates and No. of the particpants.