Rama Navami

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 class:

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)

Published onWednesday, April 1st, 2020

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