Bathing in the Holy Name
BY: ILA DEVI DASI
Dec 16, MAYAPUR, INDIA (SUN) “On Parikrama to Srimati Vishnupriya Devi’s Temple in Navadvipa, we bathed in the Holy Names of the Lord as part of our purification to fix our mind on devotional service - and with the Mayapur Nagar Sankirtan Department’s sound system, you are INDEED BATHING in the sound of the Holy Name!” - HH Kadamba Kanana Swami, Lecture, Sat 8 December.
HH Kadamba Kanana Swami explained further how we can never be as austere as Vishnupriya Devi, but we must choose a service and become fixed like her in that service. And all of us should become fixed like her in chanting our 16 rounds.
This inspiring lecture took place after a jubilant Harinama from Mayapur to Navadvipa, lead by HH Kadamba Kanana Swami and the members of the Mayapur Nagar Sankirtana (Harinama) Department. The Temple of Vishnupriya Devi became saturated with the Holy Names, with joyful devotees jumping and curious local dhamvasis looking on. Maharaja spoke about the wonderful consort of Lord Caitanya:
After Sri Nimai Pandit left Navadvipa, Vishnupriya adopted an austere and devoted life. She became as thin as the crescent moon before Amavasya (dark moon). Following a rigid sadhana (spiritual practice), she set aside one grain of rice for every round of Hare Krishna japa she chanted. In the evening, Vishnupriya Devi cooked these grains, offered them to her personal Deity of Mahaprabhu, and honored the remnants. Known today as Dhamesvara Mahaprabhu, Vishnupriya's gorgeous Deity of Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu resides in Navadvipa city in this Temple that we visited. Sriman Mahaprabhu receives regular worship and gives unlimited mercy. The pujaris kindly place His large shoes on everyone’s head.
“The Dham is jubilant, ecstatic, with huge flowers popping out of the ground to please Lord Caitanya. By associating with the Holy Dhama we are borrowing the bhava of the Dhama and we also become happy.” - HH Kadamba Kanana Swami
The Mayapur Nagara Sankirtana Department will accompany Maharaja again on further joyful
visits to sites around the nine islands, which take place on Saturdays in conjunction with the MIHE (Mayapur Institute for Higher Education.)
Other activities of the Department this past week include distribution of Kichari at Prashin Mayapur (Muslim Villiage across the Ganga) and Srinathpur (Opposite Yogapith) as well as Svarupganj (Godrumadvipa), as well as Harinam on Campus daily.
HH Kadamba Kanana Swami
The next exciting event in the Harinam Department’s storehouse of ecstatic events is the appearance of the Harinama Deities!!!! Watch this spot to read all about the arrival of the Deities that will accompany the Harinam Devotees wherever they go……
Due to the arrival of the Deities the Harinama party is now doing 7 days a week instead of 5, and twice daily sometimes. With the enthusiasm and expansion we hope to soon do FFL also 7 days a week.
In the Temple