Harinama Sankirtana And Food for Life in Mayapur Villages
Posted January 5, 2007
"When the tumultuous vibration of sankirtana resounded, all good fortune immediately awakened, and the sound penetrated the whole universe through the fourteen planetary systems." (Madhya Lila 11.216 and 217)
"The Lord ordered all the citizens of Mayapur-Navadvipa to chant the Hare Krishna mantra, and in each and every home they began performing harinama-sankirtana regularly. (Caitanya Caritamrita, Adi-Lila 17.122)
When the sankirtana movement thus started, no one in Navadvipa could hear
any sound other than the words "Hari! Hari!" and the beating of the mrdanga
and clashing of hand bells."
(Caitanya Caritamrita, Adi-Lila 17. 123)
"The news that you are able to keep up the prasadam program which is now up to 1500 persons on Sunday is very welcome and I hope you can continue this without stoppage." Letter to Jayapataka Maharaja and Bhavananda, 9 May 1974
"Regarding food distribution, they may come to take at our Temple. With travelling sankirtana we can distribute wherever we go..." Letter to Jayapataka Maharaja, Vrndavana, 28 September 1976
Shastra dasa started performing the Harinama alone riding on bicycle rikshaw and later Madana Mohana Prabhu from Canada joined him. They purchased their own flat rikshaw and sound equipment and going round Navadvipa, Svarup Ganj, Mahesh Ganj and other areas. Then they started adding small packets of dried Prasadam, then expanded into adding the traditional kichari FFL Prasadam as manpower increased. Many visiting devotees accompany the party and all agree that this is a wonderful program that should be expanded here in Mayapur. It also creates good relations among the temple and villagers.
Shastra dasa said he is inspired by his spiritual master HH Bhakti-Tirtha Swami and is collecting and distributing the prasadam on his behalf.
Shastra dasa can be contacted at Shastra.BTS@pamho.net for more exciting FFL and Harinam pictures in the Holy Dhama..
Attached are pictures of the latest Harinama/Food For Life program held in Navadvipa Town, near the boat ghat underneath the newly-erected Dioramas of Lord Caitanya and Nityananda. 800 people were fed that day.
Coming from the U.S, during my last visit to Sri Dhama Mayapur, I found this to be the most attractive, practical and great preaching programme. May Srila Prabhupada and Lord Caitanya bless these devotees to continue this programme and expand.