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Dinabandhu dasa
The Forest of Material Existence, 1996,
oil on canvas, 80 x 108

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August - September

Festivals are an important part of our tradition. These colorful events are celebrated for the glorification of Krishna in his different forms and incarnations.


Srila Rupa Goswami

4 August 2017
Srila Rupa Goswami's disappearance day

Srila Rupa Goswami appeared in 1489. He was chief among the six Goswamis of Vrindavan, the foremost followers of Lord Chaitanya. He was renowned as a great scholar and devotee of Lord Krishna. Together with his elder brother, Sanatana Goswami, he once served as a high-ranking officer under Hussain Shah. After meeting Lord Chaitanya, however, both brothers abandoned their posts to dedicate themselves to presenting Lord Chaitanya's teachings systematically by (1) uncovering Lord Krishna's lost places of pastimes; (2) installing Deities and establishing Their worship; (3) writing devotional literature; and (4) teaching the rules of bhakti-yoga, or devotional service. Srila Rupa Goswami wrote many books, including Bhakti-rasamrita-sindhu (“The Nectar of Devotion”), which gives the essence of all scriptures regarding bhakti-yoga. He left this world in 1564.


Sri Balaram

7 August 2017
Lord Balaram's appearance day

Krishna never appears alone when He manifests and enjoys His eternal pastimes; His brother Balaram always comes with Him. Balaram acts as an elder brother for Krishna, protecting and serving Him in whatever way possible.




Sri Krishna's abhisheka
15 August 2017
Sri Krishna Janmastami - Lord Krishna's appearance day

When Lord Krishna descends into this world He does it in a way that is relishable for His devotees. Therefore He displays the pastime of taking birth and manifests His form as a child and then as a beautiful youth with a glowing complexion the color of rain clouds. He plays a flute, attracting the hearts of all. His cheeks are brilliant, His smile enchanting. He wears a peacock feather in His curly black hair and a flower garland around His neck. His beautiful garments are the color of lightning.
Fifty centuries ago Krishna revealed His transcendental form to the residents of the land we now call India, and He lived there for 120 years, sometimes showing and sometimes hiding His divinity. Since then the day of His divinde appearance has been celebrated in this world as Sri Krishna Janmastami - Lord Krishna's appearance day.

Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada's appearance day
His Divie Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada is the Founder-Acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). He was born of devoted Gaudiya Vaishnava parents in Calcutta, India, in 1896 and named Abhay Charan. From His earliest days Abhay was extremely fond of Lord Krishna.

In 1922 he met his soon-to-be guru, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur who became his link with the Brahma-Madhava-Gaudiya Sampradaya. Within ten years he not only initiated him as a disciple but gave him a life mission: to explain the universal message of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in the English language and to help the world with this knowledge.

After this, Prabhupada dedicated his life to fulfilling the order of his spiritual master. In 1965, at age sixty-nine, alone and with only forty ruppes in his possession His Divine Grace came to America. He founded ISKCON and in the decade that followed established 108 temples in major cities around the world.

What Prabhuda achived in twelve years is legendary. He left this world in 1977 in Vrindavan, India, having circled the globe fourteen times - writing books, translating scriptures, giving lectures and personally guiding his disciples all the while.


Srimati Radharani
29 August 2017
Radhashtami - Srimati Radharani's appearance day

Radharani is the eternal consort of Sri Krishna. It is said that if you wish for entrance into the circle of Krishna's close friends and servants, you need the recommendation of Srimati Radharani. She is extremely merciful and may grant this wish to a sincere soul. Therefore we celebrate this day for the pleasure of Srimati Radharani, trying to also obtain Her mercy.

Lord Vamana
3 September 2017
Lord Vamana's appearance day
Lord Vamana is one of the ten principal incarnations of Krishna (dasavataras). He appeared in the form of a dwarf in order to reclaim this world for His devotees, after materialistic persons had taken charge of it.

Srila Jiva Goswami's appearance day
Srila Jiva Goswami is an eternally liberated associate of Lord Krishna who appeared to join the Lord when He came five hundred years ago as Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.

Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur
4 September 2017
Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur's appearance day
Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur, the father of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur, is one of the most celebrated teachers in the disciplic line coming from Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. He wrote dozens of books, poems and songs, established the theological basis of Krishna Consciousness amongst his contemporary scholars, and preached throughout India the divine message of Krishna Consciousness.

Srila Haridas Thakur
5 September 2017
Srila Haridas Thakur's disappearance day
Srila Haridas Thakur is the namacarya, the teacher of chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra. He was appointed to this position by Sri Chaitasnya Mahaprabhu and taught not only through his words but especially by his own example.

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