November 2009


‘When Krishna and His eternal servants descend in His many lilas, they come in a very revolutionary mood. Their lives and examples go against the grain of material culture, because they bring the culture of the spiritual world. They come to create the atmosphere of the spiritual world, to share the culture of our original home with us’
(Bhakti Tirtha Swami, Reflections on Sacred Teachings, Vol. VI, Radha-Sunya: Missing Mercyp.112)

‘Spiritual life is not a matter of reform; it is a complete revolution’
(Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur Maharaja)

‘Conversion’ means ‘the other way around’. Genuine spiritualists are not interested in attracting followers, wealth or fame to themselves. They are not interested in converting the masses so-to-speak. They want to change the hearts of worldly persons, to fan the spark of spirituality that is there. They want to convert material consciousness to spiritual consciousness and, in this sense, create a revolution within this material world.

The VEDIC CITY PROJECT TEAM is proud to announce the launch of ‘HARI HARI’S Vegetarian Oasis’ at ‘THE CODFATHER VILLAGE’ – no. 1, 1st Ave (off Rivonia Road, 400m past the ‘Morningside Centre’), Morningside. Doors open at 7pm on 7 December 2009. World-renown kirtan singer KARNAMRITA DASI will launch ‘HARI HARI’S’ with a concert of heart-melting devotional chants. Tickets are R100. FREE SNACKS, refreshments and chai tea will be served after the concert in the area in front of ‘HARI HARI’S’.

For a preview of some of the songs Karnamrita will be performing, please see http://www.karnamrita.com.

For details of how to get to the concert, please see http://www.vediccity.org.za, ‘Events’ page.

Yours in service,
Mukunda Charan Das
Director, Vedic City Project Team

‘To try to transform the world and its institutions, which are engaged in a struggle for power resulting in the misuse of power; to try to create a culture of responsibility where people are literally trying to facilitate others; and to reach out and care is the real point of our preaching. Real leaders are not those who want to lead because they feel they have to dominate, coerce and impose. Real leaders are those who are not even interested in leading, but at the same time they are not willing to stand back and watch things happen while complaining from the sidelines. They get involved because they want to guarantee that the processes of facilitation and caring go on. They are trying to see to the welfare of others. That kind of leader is very rare because generally a leader imposes in some way.’

His Holiness Bhakti Tirtha Swami, Reflections on Sacred Teachings Vol. 6, Radha-Sunya: Missing Mercy, p.103

Jananivas prabhu sharing his realizations on Mayapur and Devotional Service at the Pune Yatra, Mofatlal Bungalow, January 2007

Jananivas prabhu spoke on thirty-five years of service in Mayapur, the birthplace of Lord Chaitanya. He said, ‘Ganga was right on our doorstep.’ Prior to his coming to Mayapur, he had attended the Gaura Purnima (Appearance Day of Lord Chaitanya) in Calcutta. Jananivas just wanted to be absorbed in devotional service. The pujari (priest of the Deity) in Mayapur left, and he had to do everything. He thought he was just going to spend two years as pujari Maypur…but twenty years passed. Jananivas, ‘If we engage ourselves in devotional service, we become timeless.’ ‘Everything goes by’ wherever devotional service is going on. The essence of Sri Mayapur Dhama and the essence of the Appearance of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is Devotional Service. Our project is to build a spiritual city in Mayapur. This was predicted by Lord Nityananda in Navadvipa Mahatmya. Lord Nityananda’s exact words were that service to Lord Chaitanya will spreacd all over the world from this Temple in Mayapur. And the main service He has given is nama-seva, the chanting of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra. The chanting of the Holy Names of Krishna can be done anywhere, anytime and by anyone.

What is the best thing you can do for others? Birth, death, disease and old age are solved by chanting. The body is only a symptom of the problem. Therefore, hospitals and schools etc. cannot solve the problem (of the body). This is the simple method Chaitanya Mahaprabhu has given to solve the problems of life. Our business is ‘to give others what we have been given.’ Srila Prabhupada (the founder of the Hare Krishna Movement) has set up ISKCON for people to take to this simple process…and give it to others. Anyone can go back to Godhead if they follow this process according to their capacity.

Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is not considering our disqualification, He’s offering, He’s giving it freely – we just have to accept it. If we think we need siddhis, to go back to Godhead, we’ll get them. Krishna says, ‘as you surrender unto Me, I reward you accordignly.’ Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s not seeing that. He’s seeing, ‘Here’s an eternal servant’. We simply have to accept the yuga-avatara’s (incarnation of God for this modern age, the Age of Kali) ‘wonderful gift’. Srila Prabhupada said, ‘The process is simple. But I didn’t say it was easy.’

Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya noted that it was not mentioned in the Vedas. As a result of this, he hit his head against the wall. Just accept the service of Lord Chaitanya. It’s not written in the Vedas. It is freely given.

In the Siksastakam (the 8 prayers written by Lord Chaitanya), it is stated: You can show Your affection for Me, or, You may never show Your affection. So, whatever Your situation, Lord, I am still Your enternal servant. Please accept me.

When Prabhupada wanted Harikesh to preach in Russia, Harikesh said, ‘They eat only meat in Russia.’ Prabhupada responded, ‘Then eat meat.’ Harikesh retorted, ‘What about my consciousness?’ Prabhpuada replied, ‘To hell with your consciousness! Go and preach!’ This is the message of Pancha Tattva. This is the message of Mayapur. Nothing else can counteract the Age of Kali. Only Krishna Himself. But He has come – as His Holy Name.

‘This is the only thing they need – and you’ve got it!’ If you have this conviction, then you can have compassion for other living entities.

‘Radhanath Maharaja has got me out of my resting place. Go, and preach!’