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Rama Navami

Wednesday, April 1st, 2020

All glories to Lord Ramacandra on His divine appearance day! 

We wish all of you well and pray you perceive the transcendental blessing of Lord Rama upon you. Please meditate on this wonderful passage from Srila Prabhupada:

“The soldiers Lord Ramacandra recruited in the jungle were all monkeys and did not have proper equipment with which to fight the soldiers of Ravana, for Ravana’s soldiers were equipped with weapons of modern warfare whereas the monkeys could only throw stones, mountain peaks and trees. It was only Lord Ramacandra and Laksmana who shot some arrows. But because the soldiers of Ravana were condemned by the curse of mother Sita, the monkeys were able to kill them simply by throwing stones and trees. There are two kinds of strength — daiva and purusakara. Daiva refers to the strength achieved from the Transcendence, and purusakara refers to the strength organized by one’s own intelligence and power. Transcendental power is always superior to the power of the materialist. Depending on the mercy of the Supreme Lord, one must fight one’s enemies even though one may not be equipped with modern weapons. Therefore Krsna instructed Arjuna, mam anusmara yudhya ca: [Bg. 8.7] “Think of Me and fight.” We should fight our enemy to the best of our ability, but for victory we must depend on the mercy of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.” (SB 9.10.20, purport by Srila Prabhupada)

Today our common enemy throughout the world is the coronavirus, which has crossed all boundaries, whether those of nations, religions, castes, creeds, races, or genders. Our government health officials have given us ways to fend this virus off: maintain social distancing, wash your hands often, avoid touching your face, disinfect common areas. In the statement above, Srila Prabhupada offers us spiritual guidance for this pandemic namely, to increase our faith in Rama’s mercy by thinking of Him and depending on His shelter. In the final analysis, He is our ultimate protector and He offers us the ultimate protection.

Please join us Online from 7am at Bhaktivedanta Manor for greeting the Deities, guru-puja, and a special class by Bhakti Rasayana Sagar Maharaja devoted to the glories of Lord Rama. We will then perform Abhishek For Lord Ram at 11:00.

And on this auspicious day please bring your family together (in your home and over the Internet) to hear about the pastimes of Lord Rama, chant His names, and discuss His glories. Temporarily we are separated physically, but through the transcendental potency of hearing and chanting about Lord Rama, we can join our minds and hearts in His service and find solace at His lotus feet.

Spiritual Inspiration

– Online Morning Programme & Aratis – www.manor.media – Special Facebook Live Discussions – www.facebook.com/SoBhakti/ – Books available for reading & inspiration – www.vedabase.io – Online Courses (Launching Soon) – www.schoolofbhakti.com – Live broadcast from ISKCON Centres around the world- www.mayapur.tv

Krishna’s Helpers

Bhaktivedanta Manor is also reaching out to provide practical and spiritual assistance. Please contact our “Krishna’s Helpers” service and we’ll endeavour to mobilise our volunteers to help in whatever way we can. Pass on the message to those in need. (Email: help@krishnatemple.com / Whatsapp: 07579 776 925)

Bhaktivedanta Manor Update

Wednesday, April 1st, 2020

Dear Devotees,

Please accept our humble obeisances.  All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

We at Bhaktivedanta Manor are under lockdown and, under the guidance of the ISKCON Deity ministry and the GBC, we have simplified our Deity worship so that resident devotees can conduct the worship in a manageable and sustainable way. From the recent photographs of our beautiful Deities, one can see that They continue to be cared for with great attention and devotion. The cows are also being looked after and are producing abundant milk.

We are taking all the recommended precautions to prevent infection among our resident devotees, and any resident devotee who shows symptoms of COVID 19 is immediately isolated and in regular consultation with a doctor.

Although the UK Government is aiming to conduct 25000 a day, this target is not currently being reached. Consequently, not everyone in the UK with symptoms is being tested. The UK GBC has asked Temple Presidents to highlight confirmed cases of COVID19 to him so that help can be offered to the most vulnerable and those in need. There is some speculation around numbers of devotees with COVID19, however the majority remain unconfirmed. 

On the bright side, we’re happy to report that hundreds of devotees throughout the UK are participating in online sangas to chant japa together, have kirtan, and read and discuss Srila Prabhupada’s books. May we all continue to spiritualize the airwaves in this way!

Please take advantage of the following facilities to maintain your spiritual inspiration in these testing times:

– Online Morning Programme & Aratis – www.manor.media

– Special Facebook Live Discussions – www.facebook.com/SoBhakti/

– Books available for reading & inspiration – www.vedabase.io

– Online Courses (Launching Soon) – www.schoolofbhakti.com

– Live broadcast from ISKCON Centres around the world- www.mayapur.tv

Bhaktivedanta Manor is also reaching out to provide practical and spiritual assistance. Please contact our “Krishna’s Helpers” service and we’ll endeavour to mobilise our volunteers to help in whatever way we can. Pass on the message to those in need. (Email: help@krishnatemple.com / Whatsapp: 07579 776 925)

your servants at Bhaktivedanta Manor

Vedic Stories for Children

Saturday, March 28th, 2020

Since most of our temples and communities are currently in lock-down mode, The Bhaktivedanta Players have generously made their Vedic Stories for Children Audio series available to keep families enlivened and engaged in Krishna consciousness. Enjoy!

To download right click on a track and save it to your device.

Temple Closed to The Public

Friday, March 20th, 2020

Hare Krishna Dear Devotees, 

As you are all aware the Coronavirus situation is becoming more acute by the day. Though we wanted to avoid closing the temple, Government recommendations and concerns for the safety of our residents and guests has forced us to take this measure. 

Bhaktivedanta Manor will be closed to the public until further notice. 

Please take advantage of the following facilities to maintain your spiritual inspiration in these testing times:

– Online Morning Programme & Aratis – www.manor.media

– Special Facebook Live Discussions – www.facebook.com/SoBhakti/

– Books available for reading & inspiration – www.vedabase.io

– Online Courses (Launching Soon) – www.schoolofbhakti.com

– Live broadcast from ISKCON Centres around the world- www.mayapur.tv

Bhaktivedanta Manor is also reaching out to provide practical and spiritual assistance. Please contact our “Krishna’s Helpers” service and we’ll endeavour to mobilise our volunteers to help in whatever way we can. Pass on the message to those in need. (Email: help@krishnatemple.com / Whatsapp: 07579 776 925)

Srutidharma das

Thursday, March 12th, 2020

“This Life is for Serving Others”

Srutidharma Das, the beloved son of Raojibhai and Dhanlaxmi Patel, and younger brother to Mukesh, was born in Jinja, Uganda in 1958. As a twelve-year-old boy he made the journey to London with his family and grew up in Wembley.

Around the same time, the early devotees of Krishna came from America and eventually started a temple at 7, Bury Place near the British Museum. It was there, at age 19, that the young Shailesh Patel met Srila Prabhupada and became very impressed with his words and mission.

After graduating in biochemistry, Srutidharma was engaged in heart research. Some months later, he took part in the Mahabharata Youth Club, an initiative for the young people of Harrow, Wembley and Southall started by Akhandadhi Das of Bhaktivedanta Manor. Along with two friends he became an enthusiastic member of the youth club, taking part in energetic kirtans and plays. After Akhandadhi Das persuaded them to join the temple in 1980, the three friends became the first of many young devotees to become sadhus from the local community, much to the surprise of their families. The two friends eventually became Pranabandhu Das and HH Atmanivedana Swami.

Srutidharma quickly became an indispensable member of the outreach team and visited thousands of families in London over the next decade. He was known for his ability to present Krishna in an attractive manner and always had the right story or scripture verse for any occasion. He sang, acted in dramas, gave speeches to crowds great and small, conducted samskaras, and raised funds. No task was too big and no service too menial for him, and he turned his hand to a remarkable variety of initiatives and projects with enthusiasm and determination. In doing all this, he was always a charming gentleman to those he met, and a genuine sadhu. His skills and affectionate dealings with others impressed a generation of worshippers at the Manor, and when Srutidharma asked them to help Srila Prabhupada’s mission they would often accept the invitation, becoming donors, life members, ‘sevaks’ and patrons.

When Bhaktivedanta Manor was beset on all sides with challenges to its very existence, Srutidharma proved indispensable to the campaign to keep the temple open. Whether through a sponsored walk in 1989, fund-raising dinners, meeting members of Parliament and Hindu leaders, Srutidharma coordinated the campaign through various community networks. He spent months at the end of 1993 and early 1994 touring the country to request all Hindu groups to unite to demonstrate their concern and to fight the proposed temple closure. Eventually, his energetic campaigning and urgent request that each town send a coach or two to London brought 36,000 people onto the streets before the Houses of Parliament.

After the grand victory in 1996, Srutidharma and Pranabandhu jointly formed the Bhaktivedanta Manor Foundation (BMF). Two years later, in the Spring of 1998, Srutidharma was married to Sri Radhika Dasi. They shortly became the proud parents of a son, Nitai.

As a priest, chaplain to the Mayor of Harrow, interfaith leader and religious minister, Srutidharma was also involved in publishing. He became the head of publications and conceived, designed and edited a series of publications for the Manor, including paperback books, magazines, guides, leaflets, calendars, websites, and the famous Janmashtami Souvenir Book.

Srutidharma Das formally became the president of Bhaktivedanta Manor on the 18th of July 2010. Over the last ten years, and until only months before his passing, he continually expanded his range of relationships to include chaplaincy, visits to schools and businesses, sankirtan street processions, visiting members of Parliament, conducting corporate events, informal house gatherings and larger spiritual retreats. He was interviewed by newspapers, radio and television. He offered kind hospitality to visiting leaders of all religious groups and encouraged the congregation and volunteers in their spiritual lives. He met many dignitaries including chief rabbis, archbishops, two Prime Ministers, members of the royal family and Her Majesty the Queen.

Srutidharma Das gave his life selflessly and wholeheartedly in the service of Srila Prabhupada and Radha Gokulananda. For forty years he was a major pillar of the activities and achievements of Bhaktivedanta Manor, a genuinely warm and affectionate brother and spiritual teacher to thousands, and a sadhu who united all in service to Krishna, the Lord of his life.

By: Kripamoya Das

Manor Newsletter online

Friday, February 7th, 2020

You can find the February 2020 edition of Bhaktivedanta Manor’s community Newsletter at the following link:

February 2020 web

You can download this PDF file and access higher resolution images. 

Articles:

Prime Minister Visits Temple ……………………….. 1

Prime Minister praises Bhaktivedanta Manor ….. 3

Coming Closer to Krishna ………………………… 4

Gita Jayanti in the Shri Krishna Haveli ………….. 5

MP makes oath using Bhagavad-gita. …………. 5

Initiation ……………………………………………….. 6

Holy Name Weekend ……………………………….. 6

A Christmas Carol with a kirtan ………………….. 6

Radha Krishna Deaf Association’s global reach 7

Mantra Crew scales US Dance Chart ………….. 7

Maha Mantra re-enters Abbey Road Studios ….. 7

Winter Book Marathon ……………………………… 9

Following up on book distribution contacts ……. 9

Smiling Souls ………………………………………… 10

Little Avanti launched …………………………….. 11

ISKCON Law holds first Global Conference … 11

The Manor School enters exciting phase ……… 12

Pandava Sena Mentorship Retreat 2020 ……… 13

Shree Krishna Haveli project update…………… 14

Omnom ………………………………………………. 16

 

Bhugola- the Earth globe
 
Please also find below the link to Radha Mohan das’ latest Youtube video, based on Vedic astronomy. He provide facts and quotes supporting the notion that the ancient Vedic sadhus knew that the Earth is a globe, predating the Greeks. He has connected this presentation with some of his other ones such as Astronomy of the Bhagavat Purana and Invisible Realms in the Vedic Universe).
 

 

 

Coming Closer to Krishna

Wednesday, February 5th, 2020

Coming Closer to Krishna – new Temple President launches this year’s theme

Visakha Dasi has now been warmly welcomed as the new Temple President of Bhaktivedanta Manor. 

She is well known in the international devotee community for the time she spent as Srila Prabhupada’s photographer and as an avid writer for Back to Godhead magazine. In more recent years she assisted her husband, Yadubara Das, in producing the award-winning film, Hare Krishna! The Mantra, the Movement and the Swami Who Started It All. Her book Five Years, Eleven Months and a Lifetime of Unexpected Love: A Memoir, which depicts her time spent with Srila Prabhupada, has also received great reviews.

“The theme for the Temple community this year is Coming Closer to Krishna” she explained during the first meeting (Manor update) of the year attended by residents and staff members.

She asked those present what they felt they needed and expected from a Temple President. “What came out overwhelmingly was their need for unity in our large and diverse community,” Visakha Dasi explained. “They would like to see devotees of all ages, nationalities, races, genders, and backgrounds overlook these superficial differences and serve Krishna together. With this devotional mood we can all come closer to Krishna and enhance our community’s unity.

“I remember the first pandal [tent] program that Srila Prabhupada’s disciples organised in 1971. It was in Bombay, lasted 10 days, and was attended by 10,000 people each night and 20,000 on the weekends. On the final Sunday, an ISKCON devotee couple were married on stage – – one was from Australia and the other from Sweden. Srila Prabhupada remarked, “This is the real United Nations!” and in response 20,000 people cheered. It was incredible; the sound was tumultuous!” 

Manor Newsletter online

Wednesday, December 11th, 2019

The latest Bhaktivedanta Manor community Newsletter is now available at the link below:

(The PDF file is downloadable)

December 2019 web

Contents

Krishna Spectacular…………………………………………..1
Nine days of celebrations for the Lords of London……4
Dinner to celebrate 50 years of ISKCON UK……………6
Volume 3 of popular children’s CD released …………..8
Taking care of Krishna’s bees ……………………………..8
Remembering George Harrison……………………………8
Vedic Cosmology Conference in Florida…………………9
Another successful year for Bhakti Shastri Course…….9
Chasing Rhinos with the Swami – volume 2…………..10
Making a spiritual commitment ………………………….10
Parliament decorated by Manor team …………………11
Devotee nominated as a UN advisor……………………11
University students enjoy retreat………………………….12
DEVI National Launch………………………………………13
Watford Interfaith Walk ……………………………………14
Malaysian Civil Servants visit Manor…………………….14
Diwali prayers for Three Rivers District Council ……..14
Herts High Sheriff’s Civic Service ……………………….14
The Autumn Krishna festivals of sweets galore……….15
Mantras and meals in Margate ………………………….16
UK Hare Krishna Festivals …………………………………16
Crowd at Shaw Theatre enjoy evening of kirtan……..17
Glastonbury chariot ………………………………………..17
Shree Krishna Haveli project update……………………18

 

Sanctuary for the Soul

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

In the Hertfordshire countryside just north of London, Bhaktivedanta Manor, complete with its farmlands, beautiful gardens and temple is a real sanctuary for the soul. Open all year round to visitors and students of ancient wisdom, the temple offers a great experience with tours of the shrine, gardens and compassionate farm. See the rooms of the famous Hare Krishna guru Srila Prabhupada, to whom George Harrison gifted this iconic mock Tudor mansion. Visitors may participate in inspirational talks, yoga classes, mantra meditation, vegetarian cooking classes and various retreats.

Come and feel the peace, you certainly deserve it.