anarpita-charim chirat karunayavatirnah kalau
samarpayitum unnatojjvala-rasam sva-bhakti-shriyam
sada hridaya-kandare sphuratu vah shacinandanaha
"May that Lord, who is known as the son of Srimati Shacidevi, be transcendentally situated in the innermost chambers of your heart. Resplendent with the radiance of molten gold. He has appeared in the age of Kali by His causeless mercy to bestow what no incarnation ever offered before: the most sublime and radiant spiritual knowledge of the mellow taste of His service." (Cc. Adi, 1.4.)
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu (A.D. February 27,1486 to 1534) was born in Navadvipa, Bengal, on a full moon night during a lunar eclipse. It is typical for people in India to bathe in the Ganges during an eclipse and chant the holy names of God for spiritual purification. So, everyone in the area was chanting the holy names when He was born. His parents, Jagannatha Misra and Sacidevi, gave Him the name of Vishvambhara, meaning the support of the universe because astrologers had predicted His super human qualities, and that He would deliver the people of the world. He was also nicknamed Nimai because He had been born under a nima tree. He was later called the Golden Avatara because of His golden complexion caused by His devotional mood and ecstasy.
Lord Caitanya is considered and was established by Vedic scripture as the most recent incarnation of God. The Lord always descends to establish the codes of religion. This is confirmed in Bhagavad-gita (4.6-8) where Lord Krishna explains that although He is unborn and the Lord of all living beings, He still descends in His spiritual form in order to re-establish the proper religious principles and annihilate the miscreants whenever there is a decline of religion and a rise in irreligious activity.
Though there are many incarnations of God, all incarnations are known and predicted in the Vedic literature. Each incarnation performs many wonderful pastimes. But in Kali-yuga the Lord descends in the form of His own devotee as Sri Caitanya in order to show the perfect example of how devotional service should be performed, and to stress the chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra for this age by inaugurating the process of the sankirtana movement (congregational chanting).
This festival will be celebrated at the New York Hare Krishna Temple in Brooklyn on Friday Monday March 17, 2003.
Please come with your family and friends to take part in this auspicious festival.
Schedule of Events:
For further information, please contact the NY temple:
(718) 855-6714; (718) 875-6127
For this festival we invite devotees to come to the temple all day to help in services related to this festival.
** Please come by 7:00am to assist in the kitchen. You must wear devotional clothes (or traditional Indian clothes) in order to serve in the kitchen. **
** Please come by 10:00am to assist in the cleaning.**
** Please come to the temple by 7:00am wearing clean devotional dress. If you need put on tilak, then the temple can supply some for you.**