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HH Jayapataka Swami maharaj Vyas Puja Celebrations report, April 3rd, 2012, Iskcon Temple, New Delhi
In Iskcon Delhi, Sri Sri Radha Parthasarthi temple, 63rd Vyasa puja of HH Jayapataka Swami Guru maharaj was celebrated today. The program started with mangala aarti at 4.30 am followed by darshan aarti. At 8 am, Srimad Bhagvatam lecture (recorded class of 20th March 2012 at Mayapur given by Guru maharaj) was screened at the temple hall.
At 9 am, devotees started assembling at the temple auditorium. All the sanyasis, senior disciples of Srila Prabhupada and other guests were received with sandalwood pulp, flower garlands and Narsingh oil. A melodious kirtan was performed by HG Sriniketan prabhu and his troupe. At 10 am, HG Vishnupalak Vishvambhar prabhu and Bhakta Chakravarty presented a Guru vandana dance. A loud applause from the assembled devotees followed.
Glorification of Guru maharaj started at 10.15 am.
HG Sridham prabhu enthusiastically came on the stage and with great happiness started chanting the names ‘Gauranga’ and ’Nityananda’ telling us that this is way Guru Maharaj chants. He mentioned that apart from handling several responsibilities in ISKCON like being a GBC member and BBT trustee, HH has been traveling from village to village to preach Krishna consciousness under the instructions of Srila Prabhupada; which is an extremely difficult task. He mentioned that, had it been for an ordinary person, he would have been on bed, but he has so much mercy of the Lord and Srila Prabhupada that he continues to glorify the Lord…in any circumstance he did not stop.
After that, HG Jitamitra Prabhu spoke on the significance of Vyasa Puja and quoting HH’s Srimad Bhagvatam lecture screened today, compared HH to a warrior who keeps fighting; like Srila Prabhupada even till the end was translating Srimad Bhagvatam, when his body was emaciated, it was only skin and bones. HH Jayapataka Swami is similar; he is fighting out inspite of such terrible health conditions.
HG Mohan Rupa prabhu glorified Guru maharaj stating that it is very difficult to preach in South India because of the predominant influence of karma kandis. Earlier very few temples and devotees were there in South India, but when Guru Maharaj placed his lotus feet, many temples have come up and numerous devotees have been initiated. He also said that, quoting the example of Srila Prabhupada’s statement on Dhruv Maharaja, that a devotee can stay at one place and control the whole universe. Similarly, Guru Maharaja can also stay at one place and still preach all over the world. Yet Guru maharaja travels all over the world, despite his health conditions, only to give his personal association to conditioned souls and lift them from their entanglements.
HH Gopal Krsna Goswami maharaj very enthusiastically glorified Guru maharaja for his firm dedication to Srila Prabhupada and preaching. He stated that HH just wants that Caitanya mahaprabhu’s message should reach every nook and corner of the world. He added that he is praying for his good health and continuing his preaching and serving Caitanya mahaprabhu and Srila Prabhupada. He appreciated that HH teaches that we should stay in ISKCON, read Srila Prabhupada books and work towards expanding the movement.
HG Sudarlal pr(senior disciple of HH Lokanath Goswami maharaj), HG Radha Damodar prabhu(GKG), HG Dinanayak prabhu and many other devotees glorified Guru Maharaj. Due to paucity of time, many disciples and devotees who did not get a chance to glorify Guru maharaj will be given an opportunity to offer their homages on 8th April 2012 at the next JSSS meeting.
Many devotees, disciples and well-wishers prepared several varieties of bhoga offerings and offered to Guru Maharaja. And then pushpanjali and aarti were performed. After the sankirtan, ekadashi feast prasadam was served to all the devotees.
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