Mother Kulangana

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It was with sadness and also joy hearing of the passing away of Mother Kulangara:
Sadness because she touched so many people’s hearts and inspired us all and the Manor will not be the same; and how by her actions alone taught us the meaning of pure devotional service.

But joy as she returned home; her Guru Maharaja Srila Prabhupada greeting and showing her the spiritual world the real perfection of life.
I wish to share some of my own personal memories of how Mother Kulangana inspired cared with just a few recollections
One remembers clearly our first meeting, I had been helping the food for all team and had cut myself and was sat outside the kitchen putting pressure on the wound; Mother Kulangana came with great concern seeing the cut she insisted on helping returning promptly with plasters & dressing. The following day she came to check everything was alright and handed me a lovely mangala arati sweets, her concern and sincerity shone she cared for each individual wanting nothing in return.
Each day I would be in the temple early and I was always humbled and amazed Mother Kulangana was always their doing her japa; I was determined one day I will arrive before her but no matter how early I arrived Mother Kulangana was their it inspired me and reminded me of the great importance of japa.
The opportunity to assist in the sweet mangala arati transfers at the Manor showed me Mother Kulangana devotion to her Guru Maharaja Srila Prabhupada and to Sri Sri RadhaGokulananda; she would not only make the sweets but would come just after arati to collect and pay for some of them. It was never for her own personal use but for visitors and friends; I remember her telling someone who told her to just take what she wanted, No I can never steal from my beloved Krishna I must pay for them this is devotional service.
So attentive was Mother Kulangana that on occasions in the morning as I was putting the sweets on the offering plate she would check, make sure Sri Krishna can see the picture I made them especially don’t put one on top of the other the colours will run. It reminded me and showed me the importance of the service and her loving advice making sure at each step one served Sri Krishna with the highest standards we were doing the service for Krishna.
It reminded me one day as we were in the temple room doing our japa their was a call from the pujari “where’s krishnas Sweet’s, Krishna needs his sweets”; Mother Kulangana was immediately rushing to the kitchen; I was unsure about helping as I wasn’t pujari clean she smiled “don’t worry Sri Krishna won’t” we sorted out the offering plates no time to make hot milk and Mother Kulangana dispatched myself and the pujari plates in hand running from the kitchen to the alter. I stayed on to set up all what was needed to clean and wash the deities, but even now I don’t know how Mother Kulangana got to the kitchen before me as we both set out at the same time, but in each interaction I learnt more about loving devotion and the joy of service just simply by her perfect example, greatness does not come from one telling you how great they are greatness comes from example, her love for her Guru Maharaja Srila Prabhupada and her love for Sri Krishna being her only motivation and one knew you were in the presence of greatness the humble servant of the servant of the servant who’s serving Sri Krishna.
This was her greatest beauty humble servant and ability to inspire everyone she met to also simply enjoy the joy of service
And this ability to inspire all to serve will be my lasting memory of the Manors greatest mother to all that came Mother Kulangana
And so now she is dancing and serving in the spiritual world simply because she humbly served here in the material world, the perfection of life.

Hare Krishna

First Ratha Yatra ever in York Uk

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Dear Prabhus
Pamho agtsp,

This Friday is a historical day , the first Rathayatra ever in York, and the beginning of the annual Northern Tour which will go on for the next 10,000 years.
We are renting a mini bus and taking Tribhuvanath Prabhus van.
Mahavishnu Swami , Janananda Swami ( join us on the way) the Ruci party, a drama group from Russia and a team of chanting devotees.

We are leaving Bhaktivedanta Manor 8am.

An update from our side – Lord Mayor of York has kindly agreed to come for the festival. We shall receive her at 12.45pm and she would be sharing her joy of having the Ratha Yatra festival in York. At 1pm we will begin with the opening ceremony which includes:
Blowing of Conchshell
Chanting of verses from Brahma Samhita
Offering and Worship of Lord Jagannatha
Traditional dance
Then we begin with pulling the chariot with all pomp and enthusiasm chanting the Holy Names of the Lord in the beautiful streets of York!

Liverpool Ratha Yatra – Chariot Festival

The procession will start outside M&S in parliament street towards Coney street via High Ousegate.

Yours Humbly
Parsharama

Cardiff Rathayatra 2017

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The summer here in Wales has been unseasonably wet, with rain more accustomed to April than August; until today when Sri Sri Jagganatha blessed the Welsh capital spreading his mercy and joy as Cardiff celebrated its 12 rathayatra

The rathayatra was opened by the High Commissioner for India here in the UK then a wonderful procession and the great chanting of the mahamantra whilst Sri Jagganatha blessed and captivated all, it was indeed a wonderful perfect time under a perfect summer sunshine.

Ending up at the picture’s Bute Park, were prasadam and information on the beautiful joy of devotion was shared.
For your pleasure here is the small video I took and pictures

Hare Krishna

Tolerance and Compassion

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Just ending a run of school and community visits, they always inspire especially some of the interactions and some very thoughtful questions.
One of the things I cover is the four regulative principles, however one never refers to them as regulative principles but as the four protections; normally including some statistical information and examples of how following protects from many social ills
There is however one that always brings the greatest discussion that of No Meat Eating, so for the past few years I’ve started to get them first to talk about and share experiences of their own pets. It always brings out a pause for thought and often continues well after the scheduled time.
Several years ago after one such presentation one individual felt somewhat cheated as he felt only one outcome of the way I introduced the concept of non meat eating, and found out my schedule for the next few months. It was challenging as each time his vocal interruptions and comments became more cutting;however I felt this is a great opportunity to learn tolerance, but also how to adjust each presentation to counteract his growing hostility.
So seeing him approaching me earlier on this week after another community presentation I was ready for another interesting interaction where he brings different reasons why everyone should eat meat. Surprisingly this was truly a sweet interaction, he thanked me for never throwing him out and always giving him some time to speak, by the way I’ve been vegetarian for over a year now which took me by surprise.
He started to explain that during each interaction he started to realise that his arguments failed each time, and that whilst he was getting angrier I had remained calm and that a the end of our last meeting I handed him a Gita and said one day he will be able to read it and understand.
He explained how much his health had improved since giving up meat and one day decided he would read the Gita, we sat as he had lots of questions based on what he had read; a truly remarkable change.
It reminded me that being more tolerant than a tree and full of compassion for the fallen conditioned soul is more than words we say every morning, but something we should put into practice as each person we meet no matter how hostile can one day make a start in a life of devotion.

Stonehenge and Glastonbury Festivals

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Summer Solstice Festival at Stonehenge UK
Each year on the longest day of the year, a great festival takes place at the ancient Stonehenge site. The “English Heritage” invite us to perform the Midnight Rathayatra and to do the mass Prasad distribution. Enjoy the video.

Glastonbury Music Festival .
Following In Tribhuvanath Prabhu’s foot steps, we maintain this dynamic preaching initiative, as when he was physically with us.
Enjoy the video

Your servant
Parasuram das

UK Rathayatra dates and call to help

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Hare Krishna

Rathayatra is one of the greatest opportunities to share the holy name’s of Sri Krishna, to see Sri Jagannath the lord of the universe and take amazing prasadam

Sadly Sheffield is not happening there a possibility of Leeds

Then we start the first Rathayatra in York, Friday 18th August (4 hour drive from the Manor, 192 miles)

After the Rathayatra we drive 2 hours, 85 miles to a camp site just outside of Newcastle; Saturday 19th August Rathayatra in Newcastle.

Then we drive to Lesmahagow Temple 3 hours, 128 miles; Sunday 20th August Glasgow Rathayatra, then onto Lesmahagow, Monday 21st August Edinburgh Rathayatra.

Tuesday 22nd August Food for All van returns to the Manor were devotees can return for Harinams at the fringe festival; Food for All will join devotees at the Fringe Festival on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

The fun if sharing the holy name’s doesn’t stop their, Yes there more

Saturday 26th August Manchester Rathayatra

Sunday 27th August Liverpool Rathayatra

Monday 28th August Pershore Rathayatra

We are in need of a camp site out side Newcastle such as Bobby Shsfto, Derwent caravan park, Newcastle for Friday 18th August

Then a camp site in between Liverpool and Manchester for the 26th and 27th August dates

If you can assist talk to HG Parsharama Das who can as always be found diligently preparing prasadam and distributing it throughout London

And if you can make it to any of the rathayatra’s come join us singing and dancing for Sri Jagannath and help engage everyone, you never know you could be the one who helps another start their own journey to self realisation

Hare Krishna

So what’s your latest realisation?

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One amazing devotee whenever he sees me asks what I believe to be one of the perfect questions and always leads to an interesting discussion, it simply goes “So what’s your latest realisations?”

This is the science of self realisation and each time we meet there’s always something new to change; however he will never accept an answer if it’s based on someone else’s realisations unless it’s facilitated a greater understanding.

So I shared this time the thoughts that as devotees we are actually facilitators to help those we meet advance in Krishna Consciousness, that as a devotee we help those willing to advance explore and have their own personal realisations.

I realised that we need to allow for mistakes and misunderstanding but to make sure that we’re always there; indeed this was one of the expert way the devotees inspired and encouraged me in those early days.

It’s good to share thoughts and realisations, it can allow one to develop, but the mistake is forcing views onto people it may work for a while; however when things get tough or problems arise because it’s not personal remaining determined on a spiritual path becomes hard.

It’s these personal realisations that have always helped me remain practicing Krishna consciousness being convinced that it’s the only way to escape the misery of material life.

I described how actually we go on a journey, we’re on our own personal journey and we assist others in their journey; both benefit, both learn and indeed strength comes in a friendship based on helping each other advance. Indeed I’ve seen a number of those individuals who once looked at me as a teacher of bhakti now surpassing me in their devotion and personal realisations, it does make me smile as I then learn from them.

But realisations also come out of mistakes sometimes one has to experience difficulties to deepen one’s relationship with Krishna and the devotees, understanding this one can allow and understand mistakes.

A spiritual journey has many twists and turns, and for me it’s always much sweeter when I see how many after many many years still practice and in their own way making progress, it’s a good question to ask “so share with me what’s your personal realisations?”; It’s the start of a wonderful conversation.

And over the years it’s also allowed for me to learn and at times be corrections, but never ever chastisement as this indeed benefits no one.

It reminded me that Srila Prabhupada said this is the science of self realisation, best facilitate this not force on our own realisations, facilitate the journey

That was my realisation on this time of asking, but who knows what it will be next time I’m asked.

Lord Nrsimhadev Harinam in Central London

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Dear Devotees,
Please accept my humble obeisances,
All glories to Srila Prabhupada

Here is a video of the powerful Harinam in Central London for Lord Nrsimhadev 9th May 2017.

Lord Caitanya organised His Harinam parties in a very exact way.

Technicalities of our Harinam.
This is what we done on the Nrsimhadev Harinam to avoid weak, slow, and yodelling Kirtan.
If Kirtan is so important , why not put the energy into it . A big sound system is required that doesn’t run out of battery, without taking away the spontaneous ras there is still a good idea to orchestrate the Harinam to some degree.

Govinda prabhu sang first, started in the key of F and then change to G as planned. A cheeky wink gave the musicians the time to change tune or key. Sruti Dhar Prabhu continued in the key of G. Then Tribhangananda Prabhu waited for his key , the key of G and as planned sang the Prabhupada tune, as did Sakshi Gopal Prabhu. Singing in the key of G is in my opinion the best key for male devotees to sing in, for street Kirtan. At least one female Vaisnava should sing and that was Ratnavali dasi who always sings in the key of D, ( gents and ladies generally sing in different keys). We controlled the mixing desk, and made the vocals dominate. In the future we wish to get five mrdangas , tuned together and played to a strong marching beat but right now our drummer Matt Prabhu, professional drummer from the band Razorlight, played the Tribhuvanath beat for the whole Harinam as did Ratnavali dasi which they perfectly done. The Tribhuvanath beat is a special powerful beat ideal for a marching Harinam. Because we grew up on this beat and because the festival team don’t play any other beat, this is what we choose. Tribhuvanath Prabhu left us 15 years ago, still his beat goes on which is made up of 3 different moves according to the speed of the Kirtan.

Enjoy the movie

Your servant
Parasuram Das

Intelligence

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How much weight do we put on our intelligence?

The other day I read about a young lady who was killed on the M4 a motorway I use regularly, why was she killed? Simply by exiting her car to chase a dog that was loose running across the lanes.
I’m sure normally speaking she wouldn’t entertain or think of leaving the safety of her car due to dangers involved; but her love of dogs made her intelligence temporarily disappear in regards to the real danger.

Then the sad news of a wonderful devotee who was killed upon his return to New Zealand at a local road junction, it’s unclear what happened or who is at fault; but as we know their is always need to be cautious before entering any junction. Again the intelligence is temporarily lost in regards the danger.

Material life is like this, we put lots of emphasis on our intelligence indeed each and everyone​ of us are a slave to our mind which leads us in so many directions, convincing us that our thoughts and our way is constantly right, indeed we then surround ourselves with like minded individuals who will validate our thought processes.

But disaster is always one step away, most of the time we can simply dust ourselves down say how much we’ve learned from the experience and carry on; sometimes sadly actions mean loss of life were upon the onlookers state how their superior intelligence means they wouldn’t make such mistakes.

It reminded me of the simple fact that devotional life isn’t always easy, for we actually if practicing correctly have to deal with the real self and our not so intelligent intelligence. Even the Guru’s mission is to help us overcome this faulty material intelligence and replace with spiritual intelligence.

Srila Prabhupada translated so much and took the time to explain the real meaning each verse and sentence designed to enhance our intelligence and explain how material nature works and how best to overcome it. Every situation is covered there is not one problem or circumstance that isn’t covered and in each turn a positive outcome can be seen, no matter what our own personal situation we can return home this lifetime.

Time and time again Srila Prabhupada reminds and requests we simply chant the holy name’s for in this age of Kali there is no other way, simple reading and chanting, offer our food to the lord.

But best of all we can share this amazing inspirational intelligence with everyone we meet freely and unconditionally just as Srila Prabhupada showed us, and make sure they leave with a book

Hare Krishna