Gaura Purnima at SJMKL
Posted by iskconklnews on March 20, 2009
By Bhakta Gautam
Jaya Jaya Sri Caitanya Jaya Nityananda
Jaya Advaita Chandra Jaya Gaura Bhakta Vrinda
Dear devotees of Mahaprabhu,
Please accept my most humble obeisances. All glories to the lotus feet of Sri Guru and Gourangaa!
Sri Gaura Purnima festival, the most auspicious appearance day of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu, was celebrated with great pomp in Sri Jaganath Mandir in Kuala Lumpur on the 11th of March. Gaura Purnima is extremely important for Gaudiya Vaishnavas and marks the start of the new year for them. On this most auspicious day, we fast till moon rise and beg for the Lord’s mercy to enable us to dedicate our time and energy in Krishna katha and in His service.
This year, the festival’s colour theme was red and all events were very well organized, highlighting once again the dedication of our congregation to follow the standards of worship to the Lord set by Srila Prabhupada. Being a working day, festivities started at around 5:30 in the afternoon with a palanquin procession for our most merciful Lords Sri Sri Nitai Gaurasundar. As the devas were themselves all celebrating the most auspicious occasion by sending heavy rainfall, the palanquin procession was confined to temple premises. To the delight of all devotees assembled, traditional south Indian musical instruments were played to welcome Their Lordships in our midst. Devotees from Gauradesh led the harinam kirtan, which is most pleasing to Lord Gaura Hari, who appeared just to propagate the sankirtan movement for us fallen souls.
The palanquin procession ended at the pandal outside the temple hall for the abhishek ceremony of Their Lordships Sri Sri Nitai Gaursundar. An elaborate abhishek ceremony was performed by the priests of Sri Jaganath Madir. Everyone present was then very pleased to be given the opportunity of personally serving Their Lordships in the form of archa vigrha (deity) by performing abhishek. All this while, kirtan was jubilantly played to please Sri Gouranga, who is most satisfied by chanting of the names of Lord Hari. Simultaneously, guests took advantage of various stalls set up by our congregation. The stalls included a japa meditation run by Kumar Prabhu, who invited devotees to practise this most sublime form of worship recommended for Kali Yuga. The book stall was being looked after by VOICE boys and their main attraction was the new Bhagavat Gita interactive CD which eases access to this epic literature and makes its understanding sublime. Rasika Murari Prabhu took care of the video stall and provided live screening of the Gaura Purnima celebrations in Sri Dham Mayapur.
The abhishek ceremony went on till about 8 pm. An extremely elaborate and opulent feast was awaiting devotees after they broke their fast at 7:45 in the evening. The feast consisted of both ekadashi and non-ekadashi prasadam. It was prepared by devotees from Gauradesh, led by Talavan Prabhu and Prodeep Prabhu and overseen by Krishna Chandra Prabhu. The feast was very satisfying and showed the total dedication of devotees in arranging a feast for the pleasure of Sri Guru and Gouranga.
Following the feast was a very insightful and captivating class given by HG Ciranjiva prabhu on Gaura lila. Devotees were glued to their seats and all ears while Prabhu drew from his vast experience in both his material and spiritual life and guided us in the best path to successfully follow in our endeavours to please Guru and Gouranga. Prabhu gave plenty of practical examples which made us realize the importance of taking the shelter and association of senior devotees to make advancement in spiritual life. After the class, sayana arati was performed and an offering of more than 600 items was made for the pleasure of Their Lordships. Then HG Ciranjiva prabhu led an ecstatic kirtan which made all present dance and chant enthusiastically to please Lord Gouranga. The kirtan gave us forgetfulness of all material hankering and the taste of depending completely on the holy names to deliver us from our fallen condition.
After the resounding kirtan which the devotees hoped would never come to an end, there was a stage play performed by our congregation devotees depicting the pastimes of Lord Caitanya. The drama was very well enacted and costumes were very well done. The drama showed the dedication devotees put to perfect the finer details in making the play a total success. The audience was greatly appreciative of the lilas of Mahaprabhu. We were reminded of our dear Srila Prabhupada, who said that dramas on the pastimes of the Lord should be performed to attract fallen souls to His lilas and for them to develop some taste for the process of devotional service. Srila Prabhupada pointed that dramas are an excellent means of attracting guests and of giving them insights into the dealings of the Lord and His devotees.
This Gaura Purnima festival was a great success due to the hard work put in by our congregation. SJMKL leaders facilitated a medium for developing the perfect mood of devotion for Krishna propagated by Lord Caitanya Himself. This mood is summarized in the following verse:
trinad api sunicena
taror api sahisnuna
‘One should chant the holy names of the Lord in a humble state of mind, thinking oneself lower than the straw in the street. One should be more tolerant than a tree, devoid of all sense of false prestige, and should be ready to offer respect unto all others. In such a state of mind, one can chant the holy names of the Lord constantly’.
Sri Gaura Purnima Maha Mahotsava ki Jaya!!!
Sri Gouranga Mahaprabhu ki Jaya!!!
Sri Vaishanava Thakur ki Jaya!!!