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Covid-19 Urgent Appeal

Tuesday, April 27th, 2021

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Patients are dying without oxygen amid Delhi surge with 1 death every 5 minutes… (Source Global News). Join us to help ISKCON Dwarka, Delhi during this crucial time of need and make a difference.

India has an unwelcomed record of Covid-19 cases with over 400,000 new cases in a 24-hour period being reported on 3rd May. Over 3,500 people lost their lives to the virus in 24 hours earlier this week. The situation in Delhi worsens as the oxygen crisis deepens and more patients die (Source BBC News).

ISKCON Dwarka in Delhi, the epicentre of the pandemic, needs urgent funds…

The Lotus Trust (the welfare arm of ISKCON Bhaktivedanta Manor) has partnered with ISKCON Dwarka in Delhi to expand our initial fund-raiser in 2 primary ways:

  • Convert a university premise into a COVID nursing care center with an initial capacity of 250 beds (potential to increase to 1,000 beds) and provide the COVID care facilities free of cost to all comers (patients treated on first come first serve basis). We expect to care for roughly 2,500-5,000 patients over an initial 3-month period with a 250 bed set up.
  • Distribute free meals to the individuals and families that are not able to cook or afford food due to the current circumstances. We target a distribution of roughly 2.7m meals over the 3 month period.

How you can help?

This much needed initiative requires investment in 3 key areas.

  1. Set of the of nursing care facilities including the beds, dedicated oxygen cylinders and other basic facilities
  2. Running of the nursing case facility including the costs of the medical staff, housekeeping, medications, and food
  3. Cooking, packaging, and distribution of 30k meals daily

To achieve the above and sustain the care for 3 months will cost £1.85m.

Please support us with providing this much needed care directly to those who need it the most. You can support 1 patient, for 1 day, for as little as £11 and 100 hot meals for £55. Let us all come together to do our part by giving what we can.

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  • 1 patient for 1 day – £ 11.00
  • 1 patient for 3 days £ 31.00
  • 1 patient for 5 days – £ 51.00
  • patients for 5 days – £ 108.00
  • 1 oxygen concentrator – £ 501.00
  • 2 oxygen concentrators – £ 1,008.00
  • 1 Day Running Cost – £ 1,900.00
  • 1,000 meals – £550
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Progress so far (Week 2)

We have made significant progress towards these objectives and have a plan in place to ensure that we continue to deliver and raise the funds in parallel.

By coming together and through your generous donations we have:

  • Secured the facilities and oxygen concentrators.
  • Started treating patient with 50 beds functional and expecting another 100 by 9th May and another 100 by 16th
  • Started the daily cooking and distribution of 30k meals as of 26th
  • Raised almost £100k of funding as of 5th May from a standing start on 26th

This is a great achievement but we are we just at the beginning and work still needs to be done!

We kindly request that you help support The Lotus Trust in this mission and help India pull through this heartbreaking pandemic. It is time for us to come together as a global community to respond to the catastrophic impact of Covid-19 on people’s lives and help end this pandemic.

Your generous support will go a long way in providing life-saving treatment for the people of Delhi.

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http://thelotustrust.org/

Srila Prabhupada Festival

Monday, April 26th, 2021

OUR FOUNDER ACARYA – PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE”

I did not know whether to turn left or right” – is what Srila Prabhupada contemplated as he set his foot off the cargo ship after a 37-day rocky voyage to US.

A lot is said and written about his accomplishments in the western world. Hardly do we ever try to delve and celebrate his preparation to this milestone. Born in an affluent family, from carrying the freedom fighter spark to discovering the real purpose of human life to fulfilling a divine plan, his life epitomises that before our successes manifest externally, we need to internalise these through our perseverance, choices and responses. There are no short-cuts.

He left his own home but built a house where the whole world could live.
He sacrificed his own family but to unite the whole world as one family.
He lived with few dollars for sustenance but exhibited a life of substance.
He embraced poverty but gifted all of us a legacy of rich tradition.
He didn’t desire appreciation for himself but for the message he was carrying.
He tolerated rejection but accepting all is his universal message.

Clearly for him, our long-term gains were well above his personal short-term pains.

Knowing a personality with such saintly calibre is a very precious experience. Learning to follow his footsteps can be a lifetime.

Here at Bhaktivedanta Manor, we bring you 1st Annual “Srila Prabhupada Festival” to celebrate this glorious personality with this year’s theme as “Our Founder Acarya – Past, Present & Future”.

Hear from senior devotees who share their experiences on how Srila Prabhupada’s message and influence is timeless and continues to be the guiding beacon for many of us.

Register below to be a part of the festival and receive your pre-festival meditations by email.

Register for the event

Watch this space for more information and updates!

 

 

 

Offer a Prayer

Tuesday, April 20th, 2021

We learn prayers from our childhood. There are simple prayers of gratitude, prayers for the welfare of loved ones, and, of course, prayers for some cherished desire to be fulfilled. We offer prayers for forgiveness, and prayers for strength to change ourselves for the better. Atheists think that a prayer to God is sheer imagination. For centuries, however, thousands of sincere practitioners have accumulated definite evidence of the positive results of prayer. The real purpose of prayer is not to gain material resources or even spiritual salvation for oneself. The power of prayer is best utilised when we petition Krishna for things that will help us spiritually connect with Him. When we pray with devotion and desperation, Krishna hears.

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Prayers from Srimad Bhagavatam

  Prayers By Reference
1 Prayers by Vyasadev 1.1.1
2 Prayers by Arjuna 1.7.22-25
3 Prayers by Queen Kunti 1.8.18-43
4 Prayers by Bhishma 1.9.32-42
5 Prayers by Ladies of Hastinapura 1.10.21-25
6 Prayers by Sukadeva Goswami 2.4.12-23
7 Prayers by Kardama Muni 3.24.28-33
8 Prayers by Devahuti 3.33.2-8
9 Prayers by Dhruva 4.9.6-17
10 Prayers by Maharaja Prthu 4.20.23-31
11 Prayers by Vritrasura 6.11-23-27
12 Prayers by King Chitraketu 6.16.34-48
13 Prayers by Prahlada 7.9.8-50
14 Prayers by Gajendra 8.3.2-29
15 Prayers by Satyavrata 8.24.46-53
16 Prayers by Demigods 10.2.26-41
17 Prayers by Nala Kubera 10.10.29-38
18 Prayers by Brahma 10.14.3-39
19 Prayers by Wives of Kaliya 10.16.33-53
20 Prayers by Indra 10.27.4-13
21 Prayers by Gopis 10.31.1-19
22 Prayers by Akrura 10.40.1-30
23 Prayers by Muchukunda 10.51.45-57
24 Prayers by Rudra (Bana’s battle) 10.63.40-44
25 Prayers by by Vedas 10.87.21-41

Video: “Joyful in service and prayer  – the essence of bhakti”

“Prayers to the Supreme Cosmic Being” – (11th Chapter of Bhagavad-gita)

 

Daily Prayers

Prayer to Srila Prabhupada

nama om visnu-padaya krsna-presthaya bhu-tale
srimate bhaktivedanta-svamin iti namine
I offer my respectful obeisances unto His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, who is very dear to Lord Krsna on this earth, having taken shelter at His lotus feet.

namas te sarasvate deve gaura-vani-pracarine
nirvisesa-sunyavadi-pascatya-desa-tarine
Our respectful obeisances are unto you, O spiritual master, servant of Sarasvati Gosvami. You are kindly preaching the message of Lord Caitanyadeva and delivering the Western countries, which are filled with impersonalism and voidism.

Prayer to Lord Chaitanya

sri-krsna-caitanya prabhu nityananda
sri-advaita gadadhara srivasadi-gaura-bhakta-vrnda
I offer my obeisances to Sri Krsna Caitanya, Prabhu Nityananda, Sri Advaita, Gadadhara, Srivasa and all others in the line of devotion.

Hare Krsna Maha-mantra

Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare
O energy of the Lord (Hare), O all-attractive Lord (Krishna), O supreme enjoyer (Rama), please engage me in Your service.

Prayers to Lord Nrsimha

namas te narasimhaya prahladahlada-dayine
hiranyakasipor vaksah-sila-tanka-nakhalaye
I offer my obeisances to Lord Narasimha who gives joy to Prahlada Maharaja and whose nails are like chisels on the stonelike chest of the demon Hiranyakasipu.

ito nrsimhah parato nrsimho yato yato yami tato nrsimhah
bahir nrsimho hrdaye nrsimho nrsimham adim saranam prapadye
Lord Nrsimha is here and also there. Wherever I go Lord Nrsimha is there. He is in the heart and is outside as well. I surrender to Lord Nrsimha, the origin of all things and the supreme refuge.

tava kara-kamala-vare nakham adbhuta-srngam
dalita-hiranyakasipu-tanu-bhrngam
kesava dhrta-narahari-rupa jaya jagadisa hare
O Kesava! O Lord of the universe! O Lord Hari, who have assumed the form of half-man, half-lion! All glories to You! Just as one can easily crush a wasp between one’s fingernails, so in the same way the body of the wasplike demon Hiranyakasipu has been ripped apart by the wonderful pointed nails on Your beautiful lotus hands.

Jaya Radha-Madhava

(jaya) radha-madhava kunja-bihari
(jaya) gopi-jana-vallabha giri-vara-dhari
(jaya) jasoda-nandana, braja-jana-ranjana,
(jaya) jamuna-tira-vana-cari

Krsna is the lover of Radha. He displays many amorous pastimes in the groves of Vrndavana, He is the lover of the cowherd maidens of Vraja, the holder of the great hill named Govardhana, the beloved son of Mother Yasoda, the delighter of the inhabitants of Vraja, and He wanders in the forests along the banks of the River Yamuna.

Offer your food

Wednesday, March 31st, 2021

Offering Food

We eat food every day. Such eating can become a sacred activity when conducted with due care, attention and spiritual consciousness. Food prepared for and offered to Krishna with love and devotion becomes completely spiritualised. Such food eradicates our karma, purifies our mind, and is called Krishna prasadam, which literally means ‘the mercy of Lord Krishna’.

Krishna accepts only vegetarian food so read labels carefully because ready-made products may contain meat, fish, or eggs. When preparing a meal, use fresh, natural and wholesome ingredients. Cleanliness is also important. Wash your hands before you begin, and avoid tasting the food while cooking; the meal is for Krishna’s pleasure, so He should taste it first. For those who may not be experienced in vegetarian cooking, a variety of easy-to-follow recipes can be found in various Hare Krishna cookbooks.

 

Sacred food that purifies and elevates

Devotees of the Lord offer food to Krishna before eating it, a process that nourishes the body spiritually. By such actions, not only are past sinful reactions in the body vanquished, but he body also becomes immunised from the contaminations of material nature:

Lessons from the story of Sudama Vipra

This video is the delightful story of Sudama Vipra. He offered Lord Krishna all the food he could afford with humility and devotion. Although his offering was small and simple, Lord Krishna not only accepted it but rewarded him hugely:

The highest welfare work – the offering of Sudama Vipra

When Lord Krishna accepted a very humble food offering from Sudama Vipra, He declared “This chipped rice will not only satisfy Me, but the whole of creation”. Lord Krishna is the origin of everything, so when we offer Him something with love and sincerity, it is the highest welfare work.

The process of offering

It’s best to have a special plate reserved for Krishna’s offerings. Once everything has been cooked, prepare the plate and place it in front of His picture. While reciting the following mantras (three times each), you can then request Krishna to accept the offering.

nama om vishnu-padaya krishna-preshthaya bhu-tale
srimate bhaktivedanta-svamin iti namine
namas te sarasvate deve gaura-vani-pracarine
nirvisesha-sunyavadi-paschatya-desa-tarine

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. Our respectful obeisances are unto you, O spiritual master, servant of Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Goswami. You are kindly preaching the message of Lord Chaitanyadeva and delivering the Western countries, which are filled with impersonalism and voidism.

namo maha-vadanyaya krishna-prema-pradaya te
krishnaya krishna-chaitanya- namne gaura-tvishe namah

O most munificent incarnation! You are Krishna Himself appearing as Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. You have assumed the golden colour of Srimati Radharani, and You are widely distributing pure love of Krishna. We offer our respectful obeisances unto You.

namo brahmanya-devaya go-brahmana-hitaya ca
jagad-dhitaya krishnaya govindaya namo namah

My Lord, You are the well-wisher of the cows and the brahmanas, and You are the well-wisher of the entire human society and world.
You can also chant the Pancha Tattva and Hare Krsna mantras three times:

sri-krishna-chaitanya prabhu-nityananda
sri-advaita gadadhara srivasadi-gaura-bhakta-vrinda

I offer my obeisances to Sri Krishna Chaitanya, Prabhu Nityananda, Sri Advaita, Gadadhara, Srivasa and all others in the line of devotion.

Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare

After offering the food, wait at least five minutes for Krishna to accept the preparations. You can then transfer the food from the special plate and wash the dishes and utensils. Now you can serve the prasadam to your friends, family and guests! While you eat, try to appreciate the spiritual value of the food. Remember that the real purpose of preparing and offering food to the Lord is to show your devotion and gratitude to Him. Krishna is attracted by the devotion, love and sincerity of an offering. Krishna is complete in Himself – He doesn’t need anything – but out of His immense kindness He allows us to offer food to Him so that we can develop our love for Him.

Gaura Purnima Online

Friday, March 19th, 2021

Join us on Online Sunday 28th from 7am-7pm.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bhaktivedantamanor/live/

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Programme from Temple Room: Bhaktivedanta Manor Media – YouTube

Time Performance
07:00 Temple Morning Program
10:30 Srila Prabhupada Classes & Temple Productions
12:05 Welcome address by Her Grace
Vishaka Dasi – Temple President
12:18 Dance – Aparna Sambasivan
12:30 “Gauranga” by Keli Kanana das 
12:35 Kirtan – Pandava Sena
13:05 Kirtan- Shastra Sankirtan
13:40 Bhajans by Ambika Sharma
14:00 Cooking Demonstration – Veggie Steady Cook –
with Shivani Gadhvi-Vadera
14:25 Children’s nutrition and Q&A by Ushma Haria
14:55 The Manor Gurukul – Video Journey
15:25 School of Bhakti presents Live Panel Discussion and Q&A
16:55 Kirtan – Karunamayi Devi Dasi
17:25 Bhaktivedanta Manor Goshalla
17:30 Contemporary Songs – Jake Emlyn
17:55 Bhaktivedanyta Players – “Nimai born under a tree”
18:25 Mantra Choir – Jayadev Das
19:00 Gaura Arati with Live Kirtan by Rādhikā-Ranjana Dās

Offering Comfort and Advice

Monday, March 15th, 2021

On this page we are sharing a series short videos to help and inspire us in our spiritual lives:

“Joyful in service and prayer – the essence of bhakti”

“Lord Rama’s devoted monkey warriors”

Please view this beautiful short video made by devotees at Bhaktivedanta Manor.

A lesson from the Ramayan: Strength achieved by transcendence and strength achieved by one’s own endeavour produce different results. Lord Rama’s army of ‘monkeys’ were deeply devoted to Him, thus they were victorious against the sinful Ravana and his well-equipped armies. Today our war is largely an ‘internal’ one. With devotion as our weapon, we must try to overcome the negative qualities as represented by Ravana’s ten heads.

Chanting the Hare Krishna mantra attentively and without offence establishes us in our conditional position as pure, blissful spirit-souls. We are bathed in knowledge and love.

“…When the Supreme Lord reveals Himself to His devotee, there is Self-Realisation. Transcendence is revealed in the heart of the devotee. The Lord comes in the form of transcendental sound, which cleans the material dust from the mirror of the mind…”

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Health advice

Bhaktivedanta Manor is proud to have so many of its community members who work in the health profession on all levels. The below set of four videos include a variety of such devotees who, based on their knowledge and experience, offer their professional advise on how best to deal with the current challenges due to the Coronavirus: Physically, mentally and spiritually.

The videos are a collaboration between different health professionals who are part of Bhaktivedanta Manor’s community. The human connection has been a huge part of the yatra and its community are missing the opportunity to connect. Bearing this and the multiple physical challenges posed to devotees in the UK and beyond, they decided to try and reach out in an alternative way by each sharing some advice. Please view and share with others:

Health Advice Part 1: Introduction by Visakha Dasi

Health Advice Part 2: Well-being and mental health

Health Advice Part 3: General Medical advice

Health Advice Part 4: Multi professional advice


 

Other videos:

 

“The greatest wealth of this world – true devotee association”

One who takes shelter of Krishna’s true devotees, and sincerely worships Krishna, is never forsaken. We do not find any source of happiness from getting entangled in the ropes of karma in this world. We pray to be engaged in Lord Krishna’s service and likewise we pray for devotee association.

“The potency of devotee association” 

“Those seeking spiritual advancement should seek the association of those who are Krishna Conscious and who are engaging in devotional service…

“The most important department of science – Self-Realisation”

“…The purpose of human life and civilisation is to seek self-realisation. Otherwise, no matter how much material advancement is made, we will never be happy…”

“On the road to recovery with help from the Lord”

“…For many, the current situation continues to be draining: emotionally, mentally and physically. Knowledge however can help restore us…We need to depend on the will of Lord Krishna and also strive to be qualified to receive His mercy by building our personal character…”

“Be happy by following the process of Krishna Consciousness”

Initiated ISKCON devotees make life-long vows to abstain from eating meat, gambling, intoxication and illicit sex. In addition they chant 16 ’rounds’ of the Hare Krishna maha mantra every day. One doesn’t have to live as a renunciate, rather, one can get married and take responsibilities for one’s family and society as a whole. This is the formula for happiness.

“Controlling the restless mind”

In 6.34 Bhagavad-gita, Arjuna explains that “…the mind is restless, turbulent, obstinate and very strong, O Krishna, and to subdue it… is more difficult than controlling the wind”.
Arjuna speaks for us all when he describes the troublesome mind. However the easiest way to control the mind, as suggested by Lord Caitanya, is chanting “Hare Krishna,” the great mantra for deliverance, in all humility. The method prescribed is that one must engage one’s mind fully in Krishna. Only then will there remain no other engagements to agitate the mind.

“The Formula for Peace”

This informative piece explains that the formula for peace and prosperity in a nation is to realise everything is for God and by God. A land can be unified by knowing and living according to that principle, irrespective of nationality, race, gender and any other material designation.

“Prasad – Spiritualised Food”

This presentation, both beautiful and informative, explains that ‘prasad’ is the Lord’s mercy and something completely different from ordinary food. When foodstuffs are offered to the Lord according to specific standards and procedure, along with with devotion, it becomes spiritualised. That prasad has a huge purifying effect on all those who consume it

“The Potency of Worshipping the Deity – The Lord we can perceive”

This very beautiful video explains that the standard of Deity worship established by Srila Prabhupada means that They are not mundane statues, but non-different from the omnipresent Lord.

 

Chant on Beads

Friday, February 26th, 2021

Chanting on beads is known as japa and can be likened to the genuine call of a child for its mother. We whisper the sacred names and try to conscientiously hear the words. The human ear and mind are especially designed to receive these spiritual sound waves that flow from the spiritual world. You simply have to focus on the sound vibration – nothing else. By making a daily commitment to the process of japa meditation, we gradually free the mind, cleanse the heart, and come in direct contact with God. The early morning hours are considered the most  conducive  for  japa  meditation  since the mind can more peacefully flow towards Krishna during this time as the environment is quiet, the body is refreshed and the mind less distracted.

“Chanting Hare Krishna attentively and without offence establishes us in our conditional position as pure, blissful spirit-souls. We are bathed in knowledge and love…”

“…When the Supreme Lord reveals Himself to His devotee, there is Self-Realisation. Transcendence is revealed in the heart of the devotee. The Lord comes in the form of transcendental sound, which cleans the material dust from the mirror of the mind…”

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Need some beads?

Order online from the temple shop:

https://krishnashopping.com/collections/chanting-beads

Sri Krishna Haveli Complete

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021

We are happy to say that we have now successfully completed our purpose-built hall, the Sri Krishna Haveli, which will take the pressure off the main Grade II listed Manor building to provide a spacious environment that will allow you to fully appreciate your spiritual experience at Bhaktivedanta Manor. It is of course wonderful, much-awaited news, but like with many big projects there were some hurdles, heartache, and not to mention the pandemic, along the way.

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This is how it all came about…

If you have ever been to Bhaktivedanta Manor on a Sunday evening, I am sure you can relate to the frustration of trying to find a place for your shoes. And even more frustrating is trying to locate them on your way out! What to speak of queuing behind a crowd of hundreds of other people trying to squeeze into the temple room, many times feeling like it’s rush hour on a packed underground train, only to find that you can’t get in because there is a guest speaker visiting, with another couple of hundred devotees eagerly occupying every corner of floor space.

In 2007 the temple wrote to the local council requesting to build a small village or church style hall. The council responded by asking for the temple’s development requirements for the next 15 years. A complete needs assessment was carried out by Cottrell and Vermeulen in 2010, and an additional independent assessment was completed by Rasamandala Das, who consulted with various teams and the community at Bhaktivedanta Manor to establish that in the event of having extra facility, what they would use it for.

The various activities were put in order of priority based on how many times they had been raised and the attention that had been focused on them. These consultations moved forward to become a public brief and the planning application was put forward in December 2014. The most difficult task was balancing the needs of the temple and the local community. Ensuring that our facilities will be for housing the current needs of the temple and not to increase activities, planning was granted on 21st April 2016. This was the year ISKCON celebrated 50 years since its establishment.

After receiving more than 6 tenders from various contractors, the construction company Vascroft was chosen to proceed with building. A grand ground-breaking ceremony was held with guest of honour, David Cameron, the then UK prime minister.

Why Sri Krishna Haveli?

Havelis are traditional buildings that can be found in many places in India. The idea of a Haveli was inspired by Havelis of Keshi Ghat and Radha Raman temple, Radha Shyamasundar temple and Sri Radha Damodar temple. All these temples are ornate buildings which have Rajasthani post-medieval architecture, which was drawn from a variety of sources from Persia to India. They were generally built from stone and sandstone, with ornate windows and a little courtyard in the middle to keep it cool in the summer. In time, these Havelis became temples, devotional buildings that were very prominent around Vraj, Rajasthan and various other places.

Sri Krishna Haveli was designed so that it wold sit well between the rustic goshala and not overshadow Bhaktivedanta Manor, the mock Tudor mansion. To complement the local area and respect the culture of the locality, oak, timber, tile and traditional red brick with stone paving were chosen as typical of the area of Hertfordshire and wider England. The design was chosen to respect the past and to look to the future, representing authentic construction of today, with sustaining features and characters. Bespoke line patterns based upon Rajasthani and formal English patterns were created by Kishori Radha Dasi to maintain a devotional culture. Mouldings were carved in teak in India and sent to the UK to be further developed. You will see this in the inner ceilings of the veranda walk-way.

What’s going on at the Haveli?

You will be welcomed by a beautiful chakra garden with the heart chakra at the entrance. The heart is central to the Bhakti tradition as everything comes together in the heart.
There will be lively kirtans, classes by visiting speakers, weddings and other functions in the Kirtan hall which is a formal and high-quality room with beautiful wood panelling, a stage and lighting. To the rear there are dressing rooms for stage performers and brides and grooms to be.

The Seva hall is conveniently situated beside a fully equipped bespoke kitchen for easy access to serve prasad to all our guests. This hall can also be subdivided into three sections and can be used for clubs, yoga and childrens activities.

The upstairs learning area is called Bhakti Vidyalaya with two areas for teaching: the Atma Vidya and Paramatma Vidya rooms. Bhakti is the means through which the tiny soul and great soul come into each other’s company, through which revelation of divinity takes place. These rooms will be used primarily to host visiting schools that come to learn about Hinduism and the Bhakti Tradition. They will also be used by the School of Bhakti.

Outside there is an exciting space for children in the Haveli playground. This play area was designed with ideas from the children in the Gurukula School and Krishna Club. It is centred around Krishna’s childhood pastimes with the Aghasura and Bakasura demons and Kaliya the serpent. Made from old trees, it is an area where the children play and engage just like Krishna did with His friends. The playground serves as a safe space for children to play and creatively engage, focusing on the pastimes of Lord Krishna.

Farewell to the soldiers

Early in 2018, at the beginning of construction, His Grace Srutidharma das, then temple president at Bhaktivedanta Manor, was diagnosed with cancer. Serving the community for more than forty years, a stalwart leader and servant of all, he inspired and worked unwaveringly with others to turn this ‘from dream to reality’ as an offering to Srila Prabhupada and the community. He sadly passed away on 10th March 2020. We also lost Rameshwar das, shortly afterwards, who worked tirelessly to raise funds for this project.

A visit from the PM

As part of his election campaign in December 2019 Boris Johnson, inspired by the community activities at Bhaktivedanta Manor, visited the Sri Krishna Haveli. He was accompanied by Oliver Dowden, Culture Secretary, and Priti Patel, Home Secretary, as well as the Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire Robert Voss and other MP’s. During Mr Johnson’s visit he placed a garland around Srila Prabhupada and received blessings from Their Lordships Sri Sri Radha Gokulananda.

Opening Delayed

A three-day Haveli opening was planned and ready, when unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, cautions were put in place for the imminent government lockdown. All departments were set and raring to go to begin use of the new facilities, but the Lord had other plans. Many members of the community fell ill with the virus and we sadly said farewell to a few more dear devotees.

During this pandemic, the builders continued to work on the Haveli and completed June 2020.

Finances

The projected cost of the Haveli was initially £9.6 million and with design changes, price increases and additions, the final cost of the project is £10.65 million.

As the builders were on site we instructed them to complete ancillary projects, which have been in a state of disrepair and required to be done. The design & installation of the new children’s playground, resurfacing of both cark parks, with installation of E-charging points and new lighting. The ladies ashrama has also been renovated and its roof replaced. The temple building now has a beautiful paved path around it, for the pleasure of the Vaishnavas, who can now do parikrama safely, without stepping into potholes and puddles. The Manor school, Gift shop and the Bakery also needed to be relocated, so that they could continue to provide their services.

To make sure construction did not stop the temple raised a bank loan of £5 million. Most of the funds have been raised in the form of pledges, and the devotees are working very hard, encouraging donors to fulfill their pledges of support.

Thank You

This project has been the largest single project, since the time of George Harrison donating Bhaktivedanta Manor in 1973. Over the last 40 years we have seen incredible changes; through many trials and tribulations, the devotees have continued to remain focused on their duty and getting on with what needs to get done.

Despite the challenges of a world that is constantly changing, the devotion and determination of Krishna’s devotee will definitely ensure a bright future. As Lord Krishna says in the Bhagavad gita:

yatra yogesvarah Krishna yatra partho dhanur dhara
tatra srir vijayo bhutir dhruva nitir matir mama

Wherever there is Krishna, the master of all mystics and wherever there is Arjuna, the supreme archer, there will also certainly be opulence, victory, extraordinary power, and morality. That is my opinion.

Our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to you all for your unfailing support, which has made Bhaktivedanta Manor, an oasis of spiritual culture in the UK. Your sacrifices and seva for Sri Krishna, remain to your eternal credit. Hare Krishna.

February Challenge

Monday, February 1st, 2021

Sanga – Association is where our spiritual life flourishes and is nourished. Yes we practice our spirituality by going to the temple regularly, or by practicing at home, however history is testimony that those who have practiced in community have really experienced the joy of transcendence.

“Join is sanga” challenge is an opportunity for you to take up associating with like minded people who are very much involved in the day to day interaction with ‘regular life’ yet also interested in spiritual growth.

Our sanga groups are interactive, informative and immersive! We discuss modern life through the lens of ancient wisdom. We do immerse in the pages of the Bhagavad-Gita, Srimad Bhagavatam, and similar vedic texts, we have interactive discussions, and when the times allow (after COVID) delicious Krishna Prasad! A feast for the consciousness and the body!

So please stand up to the challenge! Brought to you by Bhaktivedanta Manor- Hare Krishna Temple.

If you are interested in joing a regular gathering or want to know more please contact: sanga@krishnatemple.com

Bhaktivriksa – Grow your tree of Devotion

Have you ever felt you wanted more advice and guidance on your spiritual journey?

Have you ever had questions on applying spiritual teachings in practical day-to-day life?

Have you ever felt the need to connect with more spiritually-minded people?

If you answered yes to any of the above, then Bhaktivedanta Manor is proud to offer the ‘Bhaktivriksha’ programme (meaning ‘Tree of Devotion’ ) which is a series of theme-based, interactive and thought-provoking sessions conducted through group discussions. Using the excerpts from Srila Prabhupada’s books, the participants not only get a chance to share their understanding of various aspects of Krishna consciousness but also learn practical application of these principles in daily lives. These sessions are open to one and all, regardless of your background and commitment level. 

You can start your journey through coming for taster sessions that last for 8-weeks (2 hours per week) and then review from there. 

The groups are limited to 20 people, first come first serve! 

Dont miss out on this unique opportunity! 

Please email: bv@krishnatemple.com for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

Nityananda Trayodasi celebrations

Tuesday, January 19th, 2021

Thursday, February 25th is the appearance day of Nityananda Prabhu. Nityananda Prabhu is non-different from Lord Balarama, who appears as the older brother of Lord Sri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. 

Join us for the festivities Online and get the causless mercy of  the all-powerful Nityananda Prabhu!

There will be extended darshan on Thursday 25th so please book your tickets and come take darshan. Tickets for Mangal Arati darshan will be released Wednesday 11am.

 Nityananda Prabhu by Visakha dasi

Nityananda Prabhu is non-different from Lord Balarama, who appears as the older brother of Lord Sri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. His internal potency, an expansion of Sri Balarama maintains the transcendental existence of all the planets in the spiritual sky, where all the living beings are eternally liberated souls. In the spiritual sky, the influence of the material energy is completely absent.

Outside the planets in the spiritual sky is the impersonal manifestation of Sri Krishna, which is known as the brahmajyoti. On the other side of Brahmajyoti is the spiritual Causal Ocean. The material energy exists on the other side of the Causal Ocean, without touching it. In the Causal Ocean is Maha-Vishnu, who is an expansion of Balarama. Maha-Vishnu places His transcendental glance over the material energy, which produces the entire cosmic manifestation.

Maha-Vishnu again enters every universe as the reservoir of all living entities, Garbhodakasayi Vishnu. From Garbhodakasayi Vishnu expands Kshirodakasayi Vishnu, the Supersoul of every living entity. Maha-Vishnu, Garbhodakasayi Vishnu and Kshirodakasayi Vishnu are plenary expansions of Sri Balarama, who is nondifferent from Nityananda Prabhu.The spiritual master is the representative of Balarama, the form of the Supreme Personality of Godhead who supplies spiritual strength, so Nityananda Prabhu is the original spiritual master. The spiritual master is the manifestation of the mercy of Krishna, and Nityananda Prabhu determinedly tries to help people by bringing them to Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s service. The debauchees  Jagai and Madhai were among the first such people, and they became exalted devotees due to the astounding mercy of Sri Nityananda Prabhu.

May the all-powerful Nityananda Prabhu also extend His causeless mercy to all of us!