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HH Bhakti Caru Maharaja travels all over the world giving wonderful classes, leading blissful kirtan and serving the vaisnava community. He is very attentive to keeping in touch with as many devotees as possible.
My family and I are currently based in Durban South Africa, we also have a home in Orlando Florida. I met ISKCON devotees in the early ‘80s and joined ISKCON at Soho Street London in the winter of 1984. I first visited Mayapura in 1988 and fell in love with the wholesome atmosphere of Vaishnava association and the dedication of the devotees living there.
Soon after my marriage in Mauritius to my wife Sucitra dd in 1991, we both relocated to Mayapura dhama and lived there until 1997. Our oldest daughter Champakalata dd was born in Mayapura on the ground floor of the conch building in one of the rooms adjacent to the diety kitchen and only feet away from Radha Madhava. Doing simple service as a pujari and gurukula teacher my family and I felt very happy and content with our life there. In 1998 we relocated to America and started a prasadam business so we could support ISKCON projects. Very soon after relocating we realized how much we missed Mayapura and how important the Mayapura project is.
Srila Prabhupada wanted all of his followers to visit Mayapura at least once a year to become spiritually surcharged. Srila Prabhupada’s vision and endeavour to create the Mayapura project reveals how massively important it is to the spreading of Krishna consciousness worldwide. The waves of service and devotion that emanate from Mayapura gain momentum with the coming and going of the global Vaishnava community. These transcendental waves will increase as the glory and fame of Mayapura increases. The challenge of embedding the existence of Mayapura into the minds of all human beings can gain a great leap of victory by the construction of this monumental temple of devotion and will signal an era of global Vedic revival.
We understand from the predictions in our scriptures that the construction of this temple will be a milestone on the road to a global renaissance in spirituality. The funding and building of the Mayapura TOVP by people of diverse ethnic, economic and geographic backgrounds, is a catalyst that will trigger a massive unleashing of the flood of bhakti, set to loosen the foundation of Kali’s grip on this World.
Srila Prabhupada created ISKCON to facilitate the rehabilitation of all misguided souls toward the lotus feet of Krishna. The implementation of World peace through God conscious lies squarely on the shoulders of the representatives of Lord Chaitanya which includes all of us. The urgency of this cause has been loudly articulated in the clear and powerful instructions of the greatest Titan of devotion – Srila Prabhupada. One of the most important instructions he gave, was that all of us – the global community of Vaisnavas, must cooperate to build this great temple.
As individuals making up this harmonious body of ISKCON, it is our filial duty to Srila Prabhupada to cooperate in this mammoth task. There is no greater opportunity, there is no better time, and there is no better project to support generously with all your heart. Make your contribution to the TOVP an evocation of your love for Srila Prabhupada, the parampara and Panchatattva.
Your servants, Guru Gauranga das, Sucitra dasi, Kamalata dd, Lalita dd
Do not concern yourself with students. Do not concern yourself with success. Do not concern yourself with numbers and accomplishments. Concern yourself only with the purity of your own meditation upon Nitya Prākaṭa Śrī Yugāla Rūpa Hari-Nāma Mahā-mantra (“The divine couple’s eternally manifest form as the Hare Krishna mahā-mantra”).
The entire world might chant on beads, follow ekadaśī or do a million other things; they may even all dance in spiritual ecstasy in nām-kīrtan and behold the incalculable beauty of Śrī Gaura Hari, and Śrī Śrī Rāsabihari-bihariṇī. But what benefit will that have for us if we still have not concerned ourselves with the purity of our own meditation upon Śrī Nāma?
We have one primary, sacred responsibility: to purify ourselves of ahaṅkāra (“self-centeredness”) and fill ourselves with prema śakti (“the empowerment of divine love”) emanating from Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī and amplifying through her devotees, and then to pour that prema from the golden pitcher of our hearts onto the lotus flower of Śrī Śrī Rādhā-Krishna Caraṇāmbujā.
We can help countless people gain an access to the entryway of Krishna Consiousness, we can become capable to transmit bhakti-latā-bīja (“the seed of the vine of spiritual devotion”) to innocent souls who have some inclination towards accepting it if and when we do not lose sight of the real priority and therefore endeavored with great effort, primary focus, and profound sincerity to remove the ahankāra from our hearts and replace it with the sincere aspiration for Krishna prema.
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