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Reason and Love

By Harmonist: August 8, 2016

By Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura, From an article called, “The Temple of Jagannatha at Puri” published September 15, 1871.

We do not mean to say that reason is a foolish principle. On the contrary we do not find better admirers of reason than our humble selves. We hold that man’s superiority among all created beings consists in man’s possessing the noble gift of reason.

What we maintain is this, that independent of this noble principle there is another higher gift in man which goes by the name of love. Reason helps love to maintain its proper bounds in the spiritual world. Love often tends to degrade itself by exercising its function on objects other then God and converts itself into lust for women, wine, meat and gold. Here reason advises her to rise higher till she reaches her proper sphere above.

Thus we find that the object of reason is to help love and not to create it. Reason may be properly styled as the servant of love and must always be subject to her in all her hopes, aspirations, and holy works.

The rationalist on the contrary considers reason as all and all. This is a degradation of humanity. The progressive rationalist, on the other hand, believes in the principle of love, but attempts to make her the maid-servant of reason. This is another error. He makes spiritual love sometimes a prisoner in the jails of reason! Love wants to soar on her spiritual wings to a realm where the jailer (reason) cannot go and the latter is sure to tie up her wings for fear lest she goes to an unworthy place.

Love utters sounds of a spiritual character peculiar to herself, but reason, having no previous experience of it, mistakes it for a disease and administers medicine for her cure. Thus it is that the natural strength of the queen of our soul is crippled by artificial administration of the dry principle of reason and she rests in us as if a bird taken in a cage. Oh! What a havoc doth reason commit by abuse of his power. Oh! Shame to the Rationalist! God help the man!!

Theist take care of those among you who mix with you only by assuming the name of theist but are in fact rationalists of a very dry character. They are divisible into two classes; the designing and the dupes. The designing theist is he who is in fact a rationalist but by assuming the name of theist wants to degrade the sincere by his bad influence. He that calls himself a theist in order to get rid of the name of rationalist but still holds love in subjection to reason, is a dupe because he is unable to find out his own position. The sincere theist should however take care of both of them and preserve the sovereignty of love over reason and his comrades.

New Krishna temple coming to Salt Lake City

By The Salt Lake Tribune: Jul 10 2016

(Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune) Vinita Sharma, left, and Priya Neema dance during the Kirtan ceremony blessing the area where the new Krishna Temple designed by Vaibhavi Devi will stand in Salt Lake City, Sunday, July 10, 2016.

Utahns gathered Sunday to celebrate a groundbreaking for a Krishna temple in Salt Lake City.

The event featured cultural dances and music followed by a community lunch.

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By Vrinda México: 31 May, 2016

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H.H. Srila Paramadvaiti Swami, Sripad Sannyasi Maharaja, Sripad Damodar Maharaja, Sripad Avaduta Maharaja at Vrinda Mission's Mexico Mandir

Delhi Stadium Event Honored Chaitanya Mahaprabhu

By ISKCON News: May 13, 2016

IIT Kharagpur students perform shadow drama on the Bhagavad-gita.

“Although the Bhakti movement has spread far and wide, not many people know its founder Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu – even in India,” says ISKCON’s communications deputy director in India, Yudhistir Govinda Das.

With the Festival of Inspiration in New Delhi this May 28th, he hopes to begin changing that. Supported by the Government of India’s Ministry of Culture, the event will take place at the Talkatora Indoor Stadium near Parliament. It’s expected to draw a full house.

The festival will commemorate the 500th anniversary of Sri Chaitanya visiting Lord Krishna’s home village, Vrindavana. But more than that, it will celebrate the timeless teachings of India – service, compassion and devotion to God – that the 15th century saint and Avatar exemplified and broadcast.

The Talkatora Indoor Stadium - photo by By Subhashish Panigrahi

It will also give people a rich experience of the Bhakti tradition through drama, dance and kirtan to inspire them on the path of devotion. Over 30 devotional artists from 20 countries will perform, and the message of inspiration will be supported in keynote speeches by some of India’s most distinguished political leaders.

Mahaprabhu’s Legacy

With ISKCON Communications and Delhi’s Sri-Sri Radha-Parthasarathi Mandir joining forces to spread the word about the event, many people will get the chance to learn about Lord Chaitanya’s legacy.

“We are organizing a press conference and pre-event media coverage, putting twelve large billboards up around the city, and producing promotional videos for social media and mobile platforms like Viber and WhatsApp,” Yudhistira says. “As a result, we’re expecting more than the venue’s 3,000-plus capacity. So we’ll be setting up hundreds of extra chairs and a big LCD screen outside for those who can’t get into the stadium.”

The Vaikuntha Players, who will be performing at the event, in their 'Ramayana'

The evening will run from 5:30pm to 8:30pm, launching with a mantra invocation by students of Mayapur’s Bhaktivedanta Academy. 

A fifteen-minute Powerpoint presentation on the life and legacy of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu will follow, informing the audience about how the Gaudiya Vaishnavism founder ignored the fantatical social systems of His time, and inspired and united people to chant God’s Holy Names regardless of race, gender, caste, religion or social standing.  

The presentation will end with a look at how later teachers such as Bhaktivinode Thakura, Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati, and finally ISKCON founder Srila Prabhupada continued Chaitanya’s movement.

A twenty-minute preview of the documentary Joy of Devotion, made for ISKCON’s 50th anniversary, will then be screened, showing ISKCON’s many achievements around the world in continuing Sri Chaitanya’s legacy.

The Bhakti Experience

After delving into Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s life and legacy, the Festival of Inspiration audience will get to experience His Bhakti tradition for themselves through a series of cultural performances.

Mayapur International Dance Group

Eight ladies from various former Soviet Union countries including Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Azerbaijan will deliver a Kathak dance on Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.

Indian drama group Vaikuntha Players, who routinely tour the country, will perform a play on Chaitanya’s life and contributions.

Students of the Indian Institue of Technology (IIT) in Kharagpur, West Bengal will present a special shadow drama on the Bhagavad-gita and its teachings of love and devotion that Lord Chaitanya espoused.

And the Mayapur International Dance Group, a kirtan troupe of devotees who have toured the country and appeared on national television, will bring their uniquely heartfelt brand of kirtan.

Governor Padmanabh Acharya, who will be speaking, offers arati to Srila Prabhupada at a previous ISKCON 50 event

Support From India’s Leaders

Not only is the Ministry of Culture supporting this celebration of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, but the last hour of the event will feature major Indian politicians speaking about His and Srila Prabhupada’s contributions.

Some have never participated in ISKCON public events before. There’s Venkaiah Naidu, Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and Urban Development. There’s Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Tourism and Culture. And, tentatively, there’s Loga Bala Mohan, Malaysia’s Deputy Minister of the Federal Territories.

Others have spoken at several ISKCON events before and are already good friends of the society, including Padmanabh Acharya, the governor of the Indian states Assam and Nagaland; and, tentatively, Mathura MP and film actress Hema Malini.

Devotee leaders like ISKCON India chairman Gopal Krishna Goswami, vice chairman Basu Gosh Das, and Lokanath Swami will also be present.

After the speeches, the event will close with a prasadam dinner. There will also be the Indian launch of ISKCON’s 50th anniversary magazine “The Hare Krishnas: Celebrating 50 Years.”

“This is the first time apart from Gaura Purnima that we are bringing Chaitanya Mahaprabhu out to the public on a national stage,” says Yudhistira. “We’re excited about educating people on His life, how Srila Prabhupada continued His legacy, and what ISKCON is doing today.”


By Gaudiya Mission (গৌড়ীয় মিশন): May 31, 2016

Different moods of the Supreme Lord Sri Krishna during Sri Chandan Yatra Shringar at Sri Rupa Gaudiya Math, Allahabad, India.

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