The rain does not seem to be letting up and it reminds one of the seven-day devastating rainfall in Vrindavan, when Indra thought he could teach Krishna a lesson. In remembrance of this pastime we can also take shelter of Krishna and make our way to the temple and not be deterred by the rain. The residents of Vrindavana left their palatial homes, made their way under Govardhana and simply took shelter of Krishna’s beautiful smiling face.
We can welcome Lord Ramacandra into our homes on Tuesday, 13 November.
Srila Prabhupada says about the Diwali celebration:
“Diwali ceremony can be observed in the temple by illuminating 100’s of candles in different parts of the temple, and offering a special prasad to the Deity. This ceremony was observed by the inhabitants of Ayodhya, the Kingdom of Lord Ramachandra, while Lord Ramachandra was out of His Kingdom due to His 14 years banishment by the order of His father. His younger step-brother Bharat, took charge of the Kingdom and the day on which Lord Ramachandra took back the charge again from His brother, and seated on the throne, this is observed as Diwali, and Deepavali. Deepavali means the same thing – Deepa means candles, and vali means numerous. When numerous candles are lighted, it is called Deepavali”
Also, Mother Yasoda bound Sri Krishna on Diwali day…so we can meditate on how Krishna can become bound by the love of His devotee.
There is an exciting week ahead:
Wednesday, 7 November Sri Bahulastami (the appearance of Sri Radha Kunda) Special class by Jasacinandana Das at 7pm Shallcross Nama-hatta’s Diwali Celebration Shallcross Community Hall at 5.30pmThursday, 8 November Virabadra Goswami appearance (Lord Nityananda’s son)Friday, 9 November ISKCON VRF hosting special evening “Unwrapping the Gift of Kartik” class by Jaisacinandana Das at 7pmSaturday, 10 November Ekadasi You are invited to spend the day hearing and chanting at they temple. Look out for our float on the Durban Diwali Parade Prade starts at 10am on Prince Edward StreetMonday, 12 November Morning class by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami PrabhuapdaTuesday, 13 November Diwali Mother Yasoda binds KrishnaWednesday, 14 November Govardhana Puja Go Puja Greeting Their Lordships Sri Sri Radha Radhanath in Their new outfit at 8am Sri Sri Radha Radhanath program starts at 10am. Devotees may bring offerings no later than 11am. Govardhana Parikrama at 12.30pm New Jagannath Puri programme starts at 6.30pm
We wish you a blessed week ahead.
Your friends at Sri Sri Radha Radhannath Temple
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