RSVP for special Bhakti Yoga Retreat with Swami Mukundananda ji, Oct 10 – 12, at Radha Madhav Dham.
SHREE KRISHNA JANMASHTAMI
Say Happy Birthday to Lord Krishna at Radha Madhav Dham, Austin!
Date: Saturday August 16, 2014
Time: 5.30 pm – 12.00 midnight
Venue: JKP Radha Madhav Dham
400 Barsana Road,
Shree Krishna Janmashtami is one of the most important days of the year for devotees of the personal form of God. It is the day that supreme God appeared in the beautiful form of Krishna and began revealing his childhood leelas, which charmed the heart of even God Shiv. He walked this earth for 125 years before returning to His Divine abode. The word ‘janm’ literally means ‘to appear’. It is a Divine secret that, although Shree Krishna appeared and lived on this earth for 125 years, He was never born. He appeared in front of His mother Devaki in His full-grown form, in complete decorations and attire, but He was never present inside her in the form of a fetus, nor was He born from her womb. In other words, His appearance was a Divine ‘birth’.
The age old tradition in India has been to celebrate Shree Krishna’s birthday on the 8th night after the August full moon. This is the significance of the word ‘ashtmi’, which means ‘eighth’. This festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm all over India, and especially in the place of Krishna’s childhood leelas, Braj, India.
5:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Youth Program on Outdoor Stage
7:00 pm Chanting starts inside the Temple
7:15 pm Janmashtami Lecture
8:15 pm Leela, Dances
9:30 pm Arti, Jhulan, Abhishek
10:00 pm Chanting continues
12:00 midnight Aarti
Radha Madhav Dham, founded by Prakashanand Saraswati in 1990 under the name Barsana Dham(originally called International Society of Divine Love since 1975). It is a large temple and ashram complex for his guru Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj outside of Austin, Texas. Radha Madhav Dham is a place of pilgrimage reminiscent of similar locales in India. In April 2011, JKP Barsana Dham was renamed JKP Radha Madhav Dham Radha Madhav Dham is the main US center of Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat. The ashram is led by a board of managing members, headed by board president Mr. Raj Goel. and vice president Diwakari Devi.
Radha Madhav Dham is the oldest Hindu Temple in Texas and the largest in North America — it is one of the largest Hindu Temple complexes in the Western Hemisphere. In 2013, Radha Madhav Dham was listed in Newsmax’s 13 Fascinating Cathedrals and Houses of Worship in America.
Radha Madhav Dham is a nonprofit, religious, educational, and charitable organization that follows the path of raganuga bhakti. The temple is involved in numerous charitable educational projects including JKP Education, which won the Nelson Mandela Peace Award instituted by the Economic Growth Society of India in April 2014.
Albany Hindu Temple, New York, proudly presents:
The Essence of the Gita: Chapters 13 – 18.
Discourse & Kirtan by Swami Nikhilanand of JKP Radha Madhav Dham.
Location & Time:
February 2 – 8, 2014
Sun, Feb 2nd: 1.30 – 2.30pm in the Temple
Mon & Tues, Feb 3rd & 4th: 6.30 – 7.30pm in the Cultural Center
Wed & Thurs, Feb 5th & 6th: 6.30 – 7.30pm in the Temple
Fri, Feb 7th: 6.30 – 7.30pm in the Cultural Center
Sat, Feb 8th: 6.30 – 7.30pm in the Temple
Address: Albany Hindu Temple,
450 Albany Shaker Road
Loudonville, New York 12110
Questions/Assistance: Prashant Kaushik MD (701) 202-7217
“As a flush to sizzle out the sinful earth
As droplets of water to a thirsty sailor
As a shower to the very desert
As guideline & pathway to hopeless travelers
As a drop of love to harsh hearts
GURU landed as the angel of lord!
Happy Jagadguru Diwas ” – Poem by Aaprisha Sharma from Nepal
In cities in India and around the world, the celebrations for Jagadguru Diwas 2014 and Makar Sankranti 2014 are huge. On this day, thousands of devotees take a holy dip in the Ganges and other holy streams. People offer thousands of their colorful oblations to the Sun in the form of beautiful kites. The act stands as a metaphor for reaching to their beloved God. In the ashrams of Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat, we mark this occasion in a joyous and colorful way; even more-so because it is the day when Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj, our Guru, was ordained as “Jagadguru” in 1957.
On Sunday, beautiful kites filled the skyline of Radha Madhav Dham USA and Radha Govind Dham New York and devotees of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj offered their respects to the lotus feet of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj.
In other news, Swami Nikhilanand Ji, senior preacher of Radha Krishna and sanyasi disciple of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj delivered a profound series of lectures on the significance of the life of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj. The 6-part series was delivered to devotees at Radha Madhav Dham. All speeches are available for viewing at Radha Madhav Dham’s youtube channel http://www.youtube.com/RadhaMadhavDham or Swami Ji’s blog.
On December 29th, America commemorated Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj, with flower offerings and shobha yatra at Radha Madhav Dham, Austin. Thousands of spiritual seekers who have been inspired by Shree Maharajji joined the special functions.
Bhakti in the age of Instagram
Bhakti in the age of Social Media: Several new social media channels have been launched to connect devotees and promote the path of Radha Krishna devotion in America. Most significantly, Radha Madhav Dham, which is the official center of Radha Krishna devotion in the west, has gone virtual with the introduction of Radha Madhav Dham Official facebook page and Radha Madhav Dham Official twitter page.
Radha Govind Dham New York has just launched on instagram, one of the most popular apps today, in addition to facebook and other social media. The instagram page contains regular inspirations by art extraordinaire, Bina. Instagram id is RGDNY. We would like all our readers to get active in Radha Madhav Dham and Radha Govind Dham New York social media. Download the app for instagram and get more inspired and connected with devotion.
New Year Kirtan at Radha Madhav Dham
Devotees of Shree Maharajji in America gathered at Radha Madhav Dham for 24 hour kirtan. Here is a clip of the climax of the long kirtan session for New Year 2014, where devotees expressed their love for Shree Maharajji and Radha Krishna through chanting and dancing.
Radha Govind Dham New York postpones Deity Establishment Ceremony; Grieves for Shree Kripaluji Maharaj
Dear Devotees and Friends of Radha Govind Dham New York
With profound grief, we inform you that Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj who was the fifth original Jagadguru in the last 5000 years, brought His visible pastimes on this earth to a close and left for the Divine Abode of Shree Radha Krishna, on November 15th, 2013.
Shree Maharajji as He was lovingly called by devotees all over the world was the embodiment of Radha Krishna bhakti and spent His entire life teaching and guiding souls to engage in selfless devotion to Radha Krishna.
As we grieve the physical departure of Shree Maharajji, the foremost authority of bhakti at the present time, Radha Govind Dham has decided to postpone the Diety Establishment Ceremony we previously announced for December 7 2013. Keeping in mind Shree Maharajji’s emphasis on the importance of satsang and kirtan, Radha Govind Dham New York will open its doors to public for the first time on that day and will remain open to serve as a center for Radha Krishna bhakti (devotion) as explained by the great Saints of Vrindavan and further expounded by Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj.
The opening program for Radha Govind Dham New York on December 7, 2013 has been changed to the following:
11 am- 1 pm : Kirtan and live discourse by Swami Nikhilanand Ji
1 pm – 2 pm : Lunch Mahaprasad
2 pm – 3 pm : Introduction to the mission and vision of Radha Govind Dham New York
Swami Nikhilanand Ji will also give live discourse on the Significance of Radha Krishna Devotion in Kaliyug from December 8-22, 2014. The discourse will be held daily from 7 pm – 9 pm followed by dinner prasad.
Radha Govind Dham New York
Shri Ram Mandir
Swami Nikhilanand was first exposed to Hinduism at the age of 25. Since then, he has spent the last 15 yeas studing the philosophy of the Sanskrit scriptures and practicing bhakti under, the guidance of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj. He resides, at the largest Hindu ashram in the US, Radha Madhav Dhan, In Austin, TX.
Sunday, November 3, 2013
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Govardhan Pooja will be celebrated the day after Diwali.
You can bring a special dish to offer to Govardhan Maharaj.
On this day, more than 51 dishes are prepared for offering Giriraj Maharaj. There will be kirtans glorifying Giriraj Maharaj in the Temple, along with a discourse and arti. Following the arti, there will be parikrama of Govardhan Hill. As we do parikrama from the Temple steps, we’ll sing bhajans and pads celebrating the greatness of Govardhan Hill and Shree Krishna’s pastimes with His Gwalbal friends. While showering flowers on Govardhan Hill, arti will be performed, after which we’ll sing a lively bhog as we offer Him a delicious meal of foods and sweets. Lunch prasad will be enjoyed by all those present. Bring your entire family to enjoy this lively celebration.
The Hindu festival of Govardhan Pooja commemorates a childhood leela of Shree Krishna. It is the day when Krishna convinced his father and the elders of his village to perform pooja of Govardhan hill instead of worshiping the celestial god Indra. All of the Brajwasis brought the food items which were to be offered to Indra, and offered them to Govardhan hill. There was a vast array of delicacies laid out at the base of Govardhan hill. To honor the faith of the Brajwasis, Krishna appeared on top of the hill in the form of Giriraj Maharaj (the personified form of Govardhan hill) and ate all of the food that had been offered. Then the Brajwasis performed parikrama (to circumambulate in a clockwise fashion) of Govardhan while singing its glories.
When Indra saw that the Brajwasis had been convinced by a “little boy” to stop worshiping Him, his pride was hurt and he wanted to assert his power (Krishna was 7 years old at the time of this leela). He made it rain torrentially for 7 days. In order to protect the Brajwasis from the downpour, Krishna lifted Govardhan hill on the little finger of His left hand and everyone took shelter under the mountain with Krishna. They all felt lucky to spend this time in close association with Krishna, and none of them felt hungry or tired. In the end, Indra realized that his power was nothing compared to Krishna, because Krishna is supreme God and Indra is only a celestial god who receives his power from Shree Krishna. To see the joyful reenactment of the this Govardhan Pooja, watch these highlights of a past celebration at Radha Madhav Dham.
Saturday, November 2, 2013
5:00 pm to 12:00 midnight
Celebrate the magnificent festival of Diwali
at Radha Madhav Dham
and enlighten your heart with the flame of devotion to God.
Come with your family and friends and celebrate Diwali at Radha Madhav Dham on Saturday, November 2, 2013. The very special Diwali program will include Dinner Maha Prasad, Sita Ram abhishek, satsang and Diwali speech by Sushree Diwakari Devi, cultural dances of India, a leela of Ram’s return to Ayodha & meeting with Bharat, fireworks, outdoor dandia garba danced to a live band, indoor continuous chanting until Midnight. Bhagwan Ram’s midnight Arti will conclude the 2013 Diwali celebration.
5:00 pm : Dinner Maha Prasad
6:30 pm : Sita Ram Abhishek
7:00 pm : Speech by Sushree Diwakari Devi
7:45 pm : Cultural Program and Ram leela
9:20 pm : Magnificent fireworks display
9:30 pm : Dandia Garba (dancing) outdoors on Maha Raas Mandal
along with chanting inside the Prayer Hall
12:00 am : Offer Arti to Bhagwan Ram
Diwali, also called Deepavali, is one of the most popular Hindu festivals. It is known as the festival of lights, which stems from its origin. Bhagwan Ram (Who is a more formal form of Shree Krishna) had been away in the forest for 14 years, and was now returning home to the city of Ayodhya. The happiness of the residents of Ayodhya knew no bounds as they cleaned every corner of their homes and decorated every building in the entire city with diyas (lights) in anticipation of Ram’s return. They wanted to welcome Him back with all their hearts. When Ram was entering the city, all the citizens wished to meet Him first. Seeing their desire, Ram multiplied Himself into as many forms as there were people and met them all simultaneously. Each person thought that Ram had come to them first. This was the scene as Ram returned to Ayodhya, and it is to commemorate this event that we decorate with lights on Diwali.
The use of lights on Diwali also carries a deeper philosophical meaning. Within each person’s heart, there lies the potential for both good and evil. These qualities are called sattva and tam in Sanskrit and they represent light and darkness, respectively. Developing the sattvic quality of one’s mind through good thoughts and actions, and through devotion to God, is like lighting up your heart, which drives away the darkness of tam. You can learn more about the true meaning of Diwali by reading this English translation of a Diwali message delivered by Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj (Light on the Occasion of Deepavali part 1 and part 2)
When Radha and Krishna were on the earth planet, They also celebrated Diwali in a special way. They went to Mansi Ganga (a large holy pond near Govardhan hill) and placed floating diyas on the water from opposite sides of the pond. Then They, along with all the Gopis and Gwalbals, created waves with their hands, causing the diyas to cover the entire pond.
World renowned ayurvedic teacher, speaker and author Dr Marc Helpern is to deliver an Ayurveda Workshop at the Ancient Yoga Center of Radha Madhav Dham ashram from Sept. 20 – 22, a first of it’s kind event for Texas. Dr. Halpern is the author of the critically acclaimed Healing your life, lessons on the path of Ayurveda and is respected as a powerful speaker who has devoted his life to applying Vedic knowledge for physical health.
The weekend ayurveda workshop will help participants learn how to integrate ayurveda in daily life and is particularly recommended for yoga teachers, yoga therapists, nutritionists and dietitians, holistic practitioners and healers, care givers and ayurvedic enthusiasts.
Some of the benefits participants will receive from attending the weekend workshop include the chance to enjoy ayurvedic meals for all body types, attend ayurvedic “dosha pacifying” yoga classes, hear inspiring reflections from Dr. Halpern’s own healing journey, relax and learn in the picturesque, retreat-like ashram setting of Radha Madhav Dham, learn through stimulating discussions how to integrate ayurvedic principles into daily living, explore ayurveda and how to apply the science of ayurveda to the holistic practice of yoga and yoga therapy.
Dr. Marc Halpern, D.C.,C.A.S.,P.K.S., (Ayurvedacharya) is one of the pioneers of Ayurveda in the West and is considered to be a pre-eminent practitioner and teacher of Ayurveda in the United States. He is one of the few Westerners ever recognized in both the United States and in India as an authority on the subject of Ayurvedic Medicine and was awarded the All India Award for Best Ayurvedic Physician.
Fellow author and ayurvedic scholar David Frawley writes:
“Prepare yourself for an amazing journey, as Dr. Marc Halpern walks by your side as you walk the Ayurvedic path of healing.”
Online registration is now available, and anyone who signs up before Sept. 10th will avail of an early-bird reduction.