Gaura Purnima SJMKL 2011
Posted by iskconklnews on April 1, 2011
By Bhakta Mayank
Shri Gaura Purnima Mahamahotsava 2011
nama om vishnu-padaya
swamin iti namine
I offer my respectful obeisances unto His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, who is very dear to Lord Krishna, having taken shelter at His lotus feet.
namaste saraswati deve
Our respectful obeisances are unto you, O spiritual master, servant of Saraswati Goswami. You are kindly preaching the message of Lord Caitanyadeva and delivering the Western countries, which are filled with impersonalism and voidism.
I offer my respectful obeisances unto Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, Lord Nityananda, Sri Advaita, Gadadhara Pandit, Srivas Thakur, and all the devotees of Lord Caitanya.
Vanca kalpa tarubhyas ca
krpa sindhubhya eva ca
vaisnavebhyo namo namah
I offer my respectful obeisances unto all the Vaishnava devotees of the Lord. They are just like desire trees who can fulfil the desires of everyone, and they are full of compassion for the fallen conditioned souls.
Please accept my respectful obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
The morning of the 19th of March’2011 was a special one for Shri Jagannath Mandir, ISKCON, Kuala Lumpur. It was the first Gaura Purnima celebrations for the Sri Sri Nitai Sundar Gaura Hari after Their mercifully having graced the altar previous year, at the most auspicious Akshaya Tritiya and many devotees assembled in front of the altar to greet Their Lordships with a spirit of great anticipation and enthusiasm.
Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta Ādi 13.19
I offer my respectful obeisances unto the full-moon evening in the month of Phālguna, an auspicious time full of auspicious symptoms, when Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu advented Himself with the chanting of the holy name, Hare Kṛṣṇa.
The beauty and effulgence radiated from the ever beaming face of Sri GauraHari that the almost full moon, though shining bright in the early hours of the morning, appeared lurking behind the shade of the clouds. The devotees experienced great bliss being mesmerised in the beauty of the Lord and swayed to the Sri Gurvastaka led by HG Simhesvara Prabhu with great devotion.
The festivities had begun well in advance, all to culminate into this very day of the appearance of the Lord as the most munificent incarnation. The devotees got themselves completely drenched so as to cultivate the mood and to receive the mercy of the Lord in the same spirit with which Rupa Goswami prayed
namne gaura-tvishe namah
“I offer my respectful obeisances unto Sri Caitanya, who is the most merciful incarnation. He has appeared in a golden color for the purpose of freely distributing pure love of Krishna.”
The Navadvipa Manasa Parikrma was a special feature for the Gaura Purnima Festivities this year, where various speakers shared many wonderful pastimes of the Lord every evening, taking the audiences to a mental pilgrimage to the nine islands of the Navadvipa Dham. Each island representing one of the nine processes of devotional service.
The Harinaams and Book Distribution Teams headed by HG Krishna Candra Prabhu also extended the causeless mercy of Srila Prabhupada. The Harinaams were being organised at the nearby places throughout the month and thus many devotees engaged themselves into reaching out to others and at the same time praying for the mercy to reach within.
The 4-day kirtan conducted in the evening to beg the Lord for mercy were another special attraction. These festivities and preparation filled the devotees with great anticipation to celebrate the most auspicious day of the appearance of the Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
The mercy continued to flow after the Morning Program, where the devotees adored the beautiful Darshan of the Lord at the Darshan Arati. The morning discourse was given by HG Sudarshan Prabhu, and the devotees relished the nectar as they plunged in the ocean of wonderful pastimes of the Lord.
HG Krishna Candra Prabhu led a team for Harinaam and Book Distribution to a nearby area. With a slightly overcast sky and a light drizzle spreading auspiciousness to the occasion, devotees engaged themselves in many other services for the much awaited evening program.
The evening program commenced with the Palanquin Procession of the Deities around the temple area. The palanquin was accompanied by a Kirtan team, followed by many enthusiastic devotees holding flags, dancing and all the while loudly chanting the holy names.
By the time Palanquin reached back to the temple, the Programs had started off with the Tulasi Arati followed by Srila Prabhupada Guru Puja. The crowd gradually increased in numbers as the time approached for the deities to be taken for the Abhishek Ceremony, where they were bathed with varieties of items amidst the chanting of hymns by the temple-pujaris. Simultaneously with the Abhishek, many visitors and guests were entertained at various booths and book stalls. A pleasant chanting of the holy names and at the same time watching Their Lordships being bathed filled the hearts of the devotees with great pleasure.
It was an opportune moment and a matter of great honor for Shri Jagannath Mandir to welcome The Chief Guests of Honor, Dato Sri Tan Kishu accompanied by His family. His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada in his visit to Malaysia stayed at the residence of Dato Sri Tan Kishu.
After the Abhishek, the devotees broke the day long nirjala-fast (abstaining from even water). While the Deities were being dressed for the Darshan, The Gaura Purnima English Discourse was given by HG Simhesvara Prabhu. The Tamil Discourse was given by HG Shanti Rupa Mata Ji.
The festival continued with the Prasadam being served and at the same time stage presentations comprising of a bhajan performance by Mahesh Prabhu and a drama presentation depicting various childhood and youth pastimes of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu enlivened everyone, capturing the minds into complete absorption in the pastimes of the Lord.
Begging for a taste in the holy names, which Lord Caitanya had descended to propagate, the devotees bid each other a Happy Gaura Purnima and a Happy New Year.
Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta Ādi 13.21
All glories to Sri Guru and Gauranga!
All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
Nitai Gaura Premanandi
(An unworthy soul hereby seeks blessings of all the Vaishnavas in this insignificant endeavour to glorify the Lord, His Holy Name and His devotees.)