Week Ahead 20 – 24 August

Dear Friends,

Thank you to the many devotees who helped in making the Janmashtami festival possible. It was our great pleasure to see so many at our festival. The community really took advantage of Janmashtami falling on a Sunday and we had a steady stream of visitors throughout the day with many worshippers spending the entire day at the lotus feet of Sri Sri Radha Radhanath. Srila Prabhupada wrote in the Nectar of Devotion that days such as Janmashtami are the mothers of devotion — they nourish our devotional creeper. 
On Srila Prabhuapda’s Vyasa-puja His Holiness Partha Sarathi Das Goswami reminded us of Srila Prabhupada’s pre-eminent position: all Vaishnavas are gurus as they teach Krishna consciousness; among the Vaishnavas there will be gurus;  among the gurus there will be acharyas, and among the acharyas there is the Acharya — Srila Prabhupada. This level of devotee can make necessary adjustments in the bhakti tradition according to the prevailing circumstances as Srila Prabhupada has done; most notably giving women equal opportunity to serve Krishna. 
We welcome His Grace Charudesna Prabhu today. He is a disciple of His Holiness Bhakti Tirtha Swami and will be taking sannyasa (renounced order) soon. Charudesna Prabhu is from Cote d’Ivoire and following in Maharaja’s foot steps, has spent time in Nigeria, Togo, Benin and Ghana. He will be giving talks at nama-hattas and BYS (Bhakti Yoga Society) on university campuses.
We want to connect more and more with you and want build a strong and healthy community. On Saturday we offer you, for the first time, “The Secrets of A Lasting Relationship”. His Subha Vilas Prabhu presents this two-hour seminar that will be useful in personal and professional relationships. He will reveal the six concepts that lead to having a lasting relationship, which includes actions and understanding:
1. Relationships never die a natural death – they are murdered by ego, bad attitude and ignorance. 
2. Acceptance, Acknowledgement, Appreciation, and it these three are not practiced then Alienation.
3. Only Attitude counts.
4. When we analyse others, those analysis are actually expressions or our own needs and values.
5. Focus on Strengths, Neglect the Weakness and Cultivate Appreciation
6. We prepare for everything in life: education, career, etc. but we do not prepare for our relationships. Introspection we prepare ourselves for a exceptional relationship.
Your Week Ahead
Wednesday, 20 August
6:30pm    Chatsworth, Unit 9/11 Nama-hatta with Charudesna Prabhu
Thursday, 21 August
Fast from all grains, beans and legumes
7:00pm    Lotus Park Nama-hatta with Charudesna Prabhu 
                   Rama-katha Decode the Labyrinth of Life with Subha Vilas Prabhu at Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple
                   Hear the pastimes of Lord Rama and how it applies to our lives based on his book, “Rise of the Sun Prince” 
Friday, 22 August
Break Fast 06:22 – 08:57
7:00pm     Newlands Nama-hatta with Charudesna Prabhu
Saturday, 23 August
3:00pm    The Secrets of A Lasting Relationship Seminar with Subha Vilas Prabhu at Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple
Sunday, 24 August
3:00pmSri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple Love feast with Subha Vilas Prabhu
Diarise this date
Saturday, 30 August, 1pm
Maha Istaghosti
Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple
What is a “istaghosti”? This is a wonderful platform for devotees to come together to share and discuss ideas to carry Srila Prabhupada’s desires forward. At this programme, leaders of ISKCON SA and KZN will present their ideas for the development of ISKCON here. Your contribution is most necessary and will be deeply valued. 
As always, we look forward to seeing you and hope this finds you in the best spirits,
Your friends at Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple
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