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Krishna’s Helpers

Friday, April 17th, 2020

Bhaktivedanta Manor is 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

phone / Whatsapp: 07579 776 925

 

Supporting The NHS

Saturday, April 11th, 2020

The Bhaktivedanta Manor Sankirtan department will be sending meditation care packages to NHS staff, Care Homeworkers, and all other key workers to support their overall well-being during these difficult times.

Srila Prabhupada commented that by sharing this message of devotional service we perform the greatest welfare work for humanity and quickly attain Krishna’s recognition.

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Wholesome Meals & PPE

Bhaktivedanta Manor is preparing and providing thousands of wholesome meals for the National Health Service together with Govindas kitchen of Avanti Schools

The Avanti School Design & Technology teams are making personal protective equipment for frontline workers to be provided to Northwick Park Hospital.

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

Temple open for darshan only

Monday, March 16th, 2020

As you may know, in their effort to contain the coronavirus the UK government has increased their restrictive recommendations.

Bhaktivedanta Manor is continuing to provide a spiritual service for the public during this difficult time, and to that end and until further notice we will adopt the following policies:

  • The Temple will be open only for darshan
    Monday to Saturday from 9am to 1pm and 4:20pm to 7:30pm.
    Sunday darshan will be from 9am to 8pm.
    (Please note: the elderly, sick, or those in contact with anyone showing symptoms are requested to postpone their visit to the temple.)
  • Daily on manor.media and Mayapur TV we will stream the aratis and the morning classes.
  • Visitors will receive a little prasad just after darshan.
  • During darshan hours, visitors will have access to the reception area, temple room, restrooms, Goshalla, and the Bakery.
  • Please note that all events and courses are postponed.
  • Also, we encourage our congregation to use online facilities rather than physically gathering.

We pray that all of you remain safely situated at the lotus feet of Srila Prabhupada and Sri Sri Radha Gokulananda. During this tumultuous time They are our lasting and stable shelter. We request everyone to take necessary personal precautions while also trying to help fellow devotees, neighbours, and those in society who are in need.

As far as possible, we at Bhaktivedanta Manor want to help you during this difficult time. We welcome you to contact us at help@krishnatemple.com and let us know what you need. We will try our best to assist you in whatever way we can.

your servant always,

Visakha Dasi

President, Bhaktivedanta Manor

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

Events Honouring His Grace Srutidharma Das

Wednesday, March 11th, 2020

It is with great sadness that we announce the departure of His Grace Srutidharma Das. He passed away on Tuesday 10th march at Bhaktivedanta Manor, the temple where he dedicated his life in devotional service. Having been diagnosed with cancer in early 2018, Srutidharma Prabhu’s condition meant he had to withdraw from active service. He then spent his time absorbed in Krishna consciousness. During this time he continued to inspire both guests and personal carers with his expressed love and deep gratitude. Without complaint he accepted his condition as the Lord’s mercy upon him, through which he might progress his inner life more deeply. In his final hours the devotees had gathered for kirtan, the temple deities Sri Sri Gaura Nitai, Sri Ram Sila, and Giri Govardhan had come to pay him a blessed visit. He received a beautiful garland brought by the head pujari and shortly thereafter he breathed his last. All glories to Srutidharma Prabhu. He spent his life selflessly serving at the holy dhama of Bhaktivedanta Manor, from which he has now departed. His passing was auspicious as was his life, in the holy place of Bhaktivedanta Manor Hare Krishna Temple.

 

Events Honouring His Grace Srutidharma Das

 

Kirtan: Congregational Chanting

Friday 13 March 7-9pm at Temple Room

Saturday 14 March 7-9pm at Sri Krishna Haveli – Bhaktivedanta Manor

Sunday 15 March 4-9pm at Sri Krishna Haveli – Bhaktivedanta Manor

 *Please note that all ceremonies are at the temple and crematorium. We request that you do not visit the family home.

 

Please follow Government guidelines regarding Coronavirus when visiting the Temple:
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

 

 

New Haveli Opening

Friday, February 28th, 2020

All events have been cancelled 

Temple Closure

 

We are very happy to announce that the Sri Krishna Haveli, the largest project in the history of Bhaktivedanta Manor, is now nearly ready.

This purpose-built haven will serve as a cultural centre, education facility and an events space to meet the needs of our wonderful community.

We will celebrate the opening of the facilities on Monday 9th March with a day of festivities together with Gaura Purnima  See the full schedule below:

[HOWEVER PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO WET WEATHER AND WATERLOGGED FIELDS, THE HOLIKA FIRE AND FIREWORKS ARE CANCELLED]

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!” 

Live Broadcasts

Friday, January 10th, 2020

Hare Krishna,

We would like to thank Navadvip Chandra das, who for the last 15 years has run the broadcasting of darshan, classes and other special events from the temple. He has moved on from this service and will be focusing his time in studying and teaching.

We are very grateful to Ram Lakshman das who has come forward to carry on this wonderful facility as it has become integral to the daily routine of many devotees. In the interim as he learns the new technologies and puts new systems and a team together, he will be running a basic broadcast on weekends and hopefully very soon a daily broadcast can be put in place.

If you have the time and desire to help, then please contact him on broadcast@krishnatemple.com.