Thursday, March 31, 2016

Our News March 31, 2016

Gaura Purnim
WORKING TOGETHER - When our founder/acharya, His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada, was asked how we could thank Him for the many gifts He brings to our lives, one answer He gave was to simply cooperate with each other in spreading Krishna Consciousness whenever possible.  He set us up with all we need to develop Love of God and to share that ultimate gift with others. 
It seems the world of today needs a crisis or disaster to force us to overcome our self centered lives and cooperate with our neighbors.  Our challenge is to act on the orders of our acharyas and spread the gift of love we have so freely been given without being forced.  As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of ISKCON, may we emerge from our isolation and change the world some more!
Weekend retreat - His Holiness Devamrita Swami will be leading a retreat of 20-25 devotees this coming weekend, April 1-3 at Gita Nagari.  Mangal arti Prabhu has organized this event to energize the outreach personnel Maharaja has gathered to revitalize the urban preaching for our area.  We are grateful for their commitment to spreading the mercy to all.
Penn State program - Mangal Arti Prabhu and her crew of dedicated helpers have set up an evening program at Penn Stated University.  HH Devamrita Swami will be the featured speaker, and the attendees will be served home made Prasad after the event.  Six devotees distributed flyers and books  to promote the event. 
Appearance of Lord Ramcandra - Friday, April 15, 2016, we will celebrate Ram Navami at Gita Nagari Temple.  We will fast 'til sunset.  We will have  a class, kirtan, and feast.  
SHAPE art show - Friday, April 1st from 6-8 pm - Please join us for a special showing of the art ofSatsvarup das Goswami in Shippensburg, Pa at 19 East King Street.  Gita Nagari devotees will be leading Kirtan, so please help us vibrate the Holy Names.
COMMUNITY MEETING - Last Sunday, Cintamani Prabhu led the Sunday feast with a discussion of how we can reach out to each other in times of personal turmoil.  She evoked a great outpouring of feelings as we grappled with the untimely passing of one of our community.  Do you have someone to share your innermost struggles with?  Please take the time to develop a relationship where you can reveal your mind in confidence.  Our acharyas have informed us that this friendship is vital for our spiritual success.
Mother Parijata then led us in glorifying a vital member of our congregation, Cintamani Prabhu.  We are very fortunate to count Mother Cintamani as a jewel in the crown of Gita Nagari.  Thanks for all the love and friendship you bring to us!
THREE NEW MRDANGAS - Taraka Prabhu and his family donated 3 new mrdangas to the Temple.  We have had this need for many months, and they totally surprised us with three large gift boxes at Gaura Purnima.  Taraka Prabhu is another jewel in our family.  Thanks for your generosity and many kindnesses. 
Syama Gopa Rupa Prabhu, Taraka's amazing wife, has ordered a new set of The Srimad Bhagavatam to display in the Temple room.  Please remember, these scriptures are for display only.  Do not take them out of the case to read. Thanks.
PLANTING SEASON IS HERE! - If you see bright tractor lights in the fields late at night, you can be sureChad and Dhruva Prabhu are busy sewing seeds to bring crops to feed our wonderful cows with fresh hay.  Pray for dry weather the next two weeks!
THANKS FOR YOUR GENEROSITY - Many of you have given so much to help us protect our cows, keep the Temple Deity service strong, make our land productive, and host so many guests at Gita Nagari.  We are eternally grateful for your support and kindness!!!
Video for you - Taraka Prabhu dances for the pleasure of the devotees
Have a wonderful Krishna Conscious Week