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

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July-August
2017

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 Sanatana Goswami
9 July 2017
Srila Sanatana Goswami's disappearance day

Srila Sanatana Goswami is one the six Goswamis of Vrindavan, the foremost followers of Lord Chaitanya. He received extensive instructions on the philosophy of Krishna Consciousness from Lord Chaitanya Himself and wrote many books, in the form of drama, poetry and philosophy, where he would describe the nature of Krishna and our relation to Him.
 

 




Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami
14 July 2017
Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami's disappearance day
Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami is one of the six Goswamis of Vrindavan, the principal followers of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. He was personally trained by Mahaprabhu and thus became an expert in the day-to-day practices of Krishna Consciousness. Later, among many other achievements, he compiled a book which clearly outlined the daily practices of devotees. He also worshiped the famous Deity of Radha-Raman.
   
  18 July 2017
The incorporation day of ISKCON

On this day 1966 Srila Prabhupada officially incorporated his International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON).
 



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.
   
   
   

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