May 2021

May 2, 20121: Lecture- What’s The Good News?

Dear devotees: Next Tuesday’s lecture [ May 4th, 2021 ] is entitled, “What’s The Good News?” These were Lord Balarama’s words as He encountered a group of cowherd boys upon His return to Vrindavan after many years in Dwarka. Stunned at seeing their beloved friend after so long the cowherd boys replied, “The good news is that You are home again!” We’ll happily share many more sweet Vrindavan pastimes in this lecture. It premiers at 3:30 pm on my YouTube channel.

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May 4, 2021: A Very Sad Day Indeed

A Very Sad Day Indeed
Dear Devotees,
Please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
HG Pankajanghri Prabhu, ISKCON’s most beloved Nrsimhadeva pujari, has departed from this world in Sri Dham Mayapur.
Having joined ISKON in the footsteps of his twin brother, HG Jananivasa Prabhu, in 1973, the two brothers dedicated their lives to serving the Lordships of ISKCON’s International Headquarters in Lord Caitanya’s divine abode of Sri Mayapur.
Pankajanghri Prabhu served not only the Lord, but devotees worldwide, who would turn to him in their time of need, begging him to offer their hearts’ prayers at Lord Nrsimhadeva’s feet. Every devotee who has visited Mayapur Dham will hold fondly the image of Pankajanghri Prabhu standing on Nrsimhadeva’s altar, offering prayers and puja on behalf of the devotees, and in turn, offering the Lord’s mahaprasadam to the devotees.
Not many of us, however, were aware that in the background, Pankajanghri Prabhu was also managing the pujari department for many years, ensuring that the service to Their Lordships continues efficiently while expanding and deepening exponentially. We are all indebted to Pankajanghri Prabhu for the great inspiration we derive from the beautiful darshans and festivals that can be experienced only in Sri Dham Mayapur.
Pankajanghri Prabhu also graced the devotees with weekly classes on Srimad-Bhagavatam and Caitanya-caritamrita. He was a founding board member and inspiration for Mayapur Academy, an international school for brahminical training, where he taught the proper mood and method of deity worship to hundreds of students as instructed by Srila Prabhupada.
Along with fifty years of steadfast service as a pujari, manager, speaker, and educator, Pankanjanghri Prabhu was also a dear brother, uncle, and friend to both the Mayapur community and ISKCON worldwide. Today is a heartbreaking day especially for the generations of Mayapurvasis who grew up in the affectionate shelter of such a loving and playful uncle.
It is rare indeed to find a personality with the combination of such
dedication, humility, joviality, and kindness. As Srila Prabhupada himself said in 1976, “The two brothers Pankajanghri and Jananivasa – there is no comparison.”
We join the worldwide family of Vaisanvas, especially HG Jananivasa Prabhu and the Mayapur community, in grieving the loss of a beloved godbrother and friend while simultaneously feeling gratitude for the mercy of Sri Nrsimhadeva, who kindly brought His dear servant home to Sri Dham Mayapur for a glorious departure befitting a dedicated devotee like Pankajanghri Prabhu.
Hare Krsna, Your servants,
Bhakti Caitanya Swami
Bhanu Swami
Revati Raman Das,
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May 4, 2021: Please Pray
Dear devotees: Today we lost yet another wonderful devotee to COVID-19 here in India. Sat Dharma Prabhu, a disciple of HH Swarup Damodhar Maharaja, left his body in the late afternoon in Sri Vrindavan Dhama. Please pray that he may attain the shelter of Sri Sri Radha Syamasundara in the spiritual sky. Also pray that his good wife and two fine sons, Ananda Murti dasa and Yogendra das find the strength to go forward.

May 5, 2021: Lecture- Endless Streams Of Milk
Dear devotees: This Friday’s lecture [ May 7th, 2021 ] is entitled, “Endless Streams Of Milk.” On Srimati Radharani’s request we’ll hear how Krsna began to play His flute causing His cows to soak the ground with endless streams of milk, which in turn created an ocean of milk. Moments later Lord Ananta-sesa appeared on the ocean singing Krsna’s glories with His thousands of mouths. What happens next is beyond description – but I will try my best to explain it all! Join us as we wander through various Vrindavan forests and hear their unique and wonderous tales. The lecture premieres at 3:30 pm on my YouTube channel.
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May 8, 2021: Tribute to H.G. Pankajanghri Prabhu

Dear Pankajanghri Prabhu,
Please accept my most humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
Though you have left this world and now are beyond our reach and pitiful cries, I have faith that through the transcendental medium you will hear my words.
Your sudden departure has left all of us – a worldwide community of Vaisnavas consisting of godbrothers, godsisters, friends, well-wishers, the young and the old – all with aching hearts. Perhaps most aggrieved are each and every member of our glorious Mayapur community who had the good fortune to see you day after day for years on end as you carried out your duties to the presiding deities of that transcendental abode.
All of us, without exception, respected you, honored you, and loved you beyond words.
The English writer, George Eliot, best captures the sentiments we struggle with now. She writes:
“Only in the agony of parting, do we look into the depths of love.”
And what exactly is our struggle? It is that we only have memories of your saintly character and selfless service to help us pass the time until we meet you again. Perhaps our only solace is knowing that you went to, for want of better words, a “better place.”
What is that “better place?” There’s no need to speculate. Srila Prabhupada made it very clear in a morning walk conversation in New York on July 11, 1976. A devotee asked him:
“Srila Prabhupada, if the spiritual master has a mission, is it proper for the disciple to think that he can take many births to help that mission of the spiritual master?”
Srila Prabhupada replied:
“When the spiritual master goes somewhere, his nearest assistants, they automatically go there to assist him. Just as when Kṛṣṇa comes, the demigods also come to help Him.”
So, our dear Pankajanghri Prabhu, you are there with Srila Prabhupada, either in this material realm or that place beyond this world of birth and death. No one can contest that fact, for His Divine Grace said of you and your illustrious brother:
“The two brothers Pankajanghri and Jananivasa – there is no comparison.”
Thus, if all of us who you left behind follow your example of selfless service to Sri Guru and Gauranga, we may one day have the association of the Supreme Lord and our beloved spiritual master Srila Prabhupada, as well as your “incomparable” self.
You once bestowed upon me a priceless gift of a large number of Srila Prabhupada’s transcendental hairs. I treasure that gift each day. Please allow me the good fortune to somehow repay you in a future birth or, better yet, in the spiritual sky in Vrindavan, that land of love and bliss.
I offer you my most respectful obeiances. And after that, I turn to your celebrated bother, Jananivasa Prabhu, and embrace him in love with all my heart and soul. May the Supreme Lord console him in his special time of mourning and watch over and protect him now and forevermore.
Your servant,
Indradyumna Swami

May 10, 2021: Lecture – Gopal Guru – A Child Instructs The Lord

Dear Devotees! Tomorrow’s lecture [ Tuesday, May 11th, 2021 ] is entitled, “Gopal Guru – A Child Instructs The Lord.” We begin with a description of a most amazing forest called Gauravana, where Lord Caitanya stayed for sometime during his visit to Vraja in 1515 AD. Then we follow the Lord to Jagannatha Puri and the Gambhira room, where He experienced Sri Radha’s love for Krsna. We’ll discuss a number of prominent devotees who assisted Him, including a young boy who once gave Mahaprabhu advice that touched the very heart of the Lord. Some very nectarean pastimes! It premiers 3:30 pm India time on my YouTube channel.

May 14, 2021: Preaching Adventures

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” [ Ibn Battuta, 1304-1368, Muslim Moroccan scholar ]
My dear Bada Haridas, my traveling companion! How I miss our preaching adventures! Waiting for those days again. Here we are outside of Leh, the historical capital of the Himalayan Kingdom of Ladakh, India.

May 18, 2021: Lecture- Once Upon A Time

In today’s lecture, “Once Upon A Time” we’ll be discussing how Visvakarma and the demigods rendered a very special service to Lord Krsna in Sri Vrindavan Dhama!

May 18, 2021: Genuine Friendship

My good friend, Mahasringa prabhu: I received news the other day that COVID-19 had taken you away too, as it has a number of my godrothers, godsisters, disciples and friends. I’m sorry it’s taken this long to say goodbye. But this time it was especially hard. We were friends; more so buddies. When we’d meet we’d always wrestle to see who was “the strongest”. Then we’d take prasadam together and talk about Srila Prabhupada, book distribution and preaching. I’ll miss those moments more than I can say. Genuine friendship is hard to find. Go well, my friend. I know we’ll meet again because our hearts are in the same place – service to Sri Guru and Gauranga.
With tears in my eyes ….
Indradyumna Swami

May 19, 2021: Lecture- It Will Always Be As You Wish

Dear devotees! This coming Friday’s class [ May 21st, 2021 ] is entitled, “It Will Always Be As You Wish.” These were the Gopis words to Krsna when He was testing their love for Him. This selfless love is the very essence of Sri Vrindavan Dhama. We’ll also explore the gopas [ cowherd boys ] unalloyed love for Krsna in a heart-warming pastime in a beloved garden called Vanacariya, in Vrindavan. And last, but not least, we’ll hear how Radha and Krsna once took on the mood of Sita and Rama in a very special place in Vraja that I won’t mention now! 3:30 pm India time on my YouTube channel. All glories to Srila Prabhupada, the merciful revealer of the dhama!

May 20: I Am Your Devotee

“O Supreme Lord! O Visnu! I bow down to You. O Lord Nrsimhadeva, I offer my obeisances to You. I am your devotee. O Lord of Lords, I now express to You my heartfelt inquiry.”
[ Hari-bhakti-vilasa, Vilasa 14, Text 418 ]
namaste Bhagavan visno
nrsimha vapuse namah
tvadbhakto’ham suresaikam
tvam praprcchami tattvatah