Celebration of Deepawali

Celebration of Deepawali

Diwali or Deepawali is the festival of lights. This festival is celebrated in the entire world with an extreme splurge. On this day people exchange best wishes and sweets with each other. Deepawali is the association of five festivals. It includes Dhanteras, Narak Chaturdashi, Deepawali, Govardhan and Bhai dooj.

Jollification Of Dhanteras


In our country, this festival is celebrated with extreme joy and happiness. The celebration of Deepawali starts from Dhanteras. And before this festival people do various preparation such as whitewashing their houses, cleaning etc.

On Dhanteras, people purchase multiple items required for Deepawali. On this day, no one lends their things to anyone. On this auspicious day, people buy new utensils, things, deities of Laxmi Ganesha to worship, sweets and gold and silver jewellery. The founder of ayurvedic medicine, Dhanwantari Vaidya, appeared with Amrit Kalash at sea. So Dhanteras is also considered as Dhanwantri Jayanti.

Importance Of Chhoti Deepawali

On the following day of Dhanteras comes Chhoti Diwali or Narak Chaturdashi. On this day, Lord Krishna killed Narakasur. Narakasur was a demon. On this day, Lord Krishna released the world from his terror. To commemorate the victory of good over evil, we celebrate this festival by lighting lamps.

Significance Of Deepawali

On the following day of Chhoti Deepawali, we celebrate Badi Deepawali. On this day, we forget our all grief and celebrate this festival with full enthusiasm. We celebrate this festival by returning Ayodhya of Lord Sri Ram with Sita Devi and brother Laxman after 14 years of exile. In another era, this was also the day when Lord Krishna performed His Damodar Lila of breaking the pots of butter and yoghurt and letting Himself be bound by Mother Yashoda. 

Preparation Of Deepawali

People make beautiful colourful rangolis at the entrance and light lamps at the centre of rangoli. Many people even make feet of Laxmi Devi at the door and decorate their house with a series of lamps. The light of lamps brighten the outside of the house and signifies the enlightenment of the inside. Everyone needs to be knowledgeable and happy. The gold and silver purchased in Deepawali signify prosperity. It is just an external wealth. The original required wealth in life is present inside us.

The True Wealth Of Life

In this material world, people are so obsessed with wealth, gold etc. But they do not understand the original wealth is love, peace, and harmony. There is no other wealth needed in life other than this to lead a happy life. So natural and actual luxury and the best knowledge make you realize what true life is and why it is so? And what should you do in life?

How A Person Can Attain True Happiness

A person’s character, peace and self-confidence is our actual property. When we proceed in life with the blessings of the Supreme Lord being a devotee, there cannot be any other wealth superior to this. You can realise it by serving Supreme Lord with complete love and devotion. One best example to understand the strength of the Supreme Lord is sea waves. When sea waves are attached to the sea, and a part of it also gets supreme power. We get the same strength from Supreme Lord when we stay connected with Him. So this festival of light illuminates our inside and outside both. It makes our life meaningful and shows the path to attain our goals.

Govardhan Puja

Jollification Of Dhanteras

With these illuminated lights on the next day of Deepawali comes Govardhan Puja. This festival is the real example of love and devotion towards the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna. People know this with the name of Annakut also. On Govardhan pooja Godhan, i.e. people worship cows. In Shastra cow is said to be as sacred as the holy Ganga. The cow is noted as the Swaroop of mother Laxmi. As Laxmi Devi provides happiness and prosperity, a cow gives us milk that enriches our health, true wealth. 

Supreme Lord Sri Krishna performed the Govardhan Leela to establish glory Giriraj Govardhan. A pure devotee of Lord Krishna doesn’t have to perform any of the ceremonial functions enjoined in the Vedas, nor is he required to worship any demigods.

Observance Of Govardhan Puja

On the day of Govardhan Puja, people make Govardhan mountain using cow dung. On this day, people worship and do parikrama and offer various types of delicious bhoga offerings. The bhoga offerings are stacked like a small hill and presented to the Lord. Then it is distributed to everyone as prasadam. Hence, this festival is also called Annakuta Festival. 

Bhai Dooj

 In this series of festivals, the last but the important festival is Bhai dooj or bhaiya dooj. This festival is the symbol of the unbreakable bond of brother and sister. On this day, married women invite their brothers to their home, do tilak and ask their brothers to have a feast. On this auspicious day, brothers and sisters who live in one house have a feast together. If a brother and sister take a bath at Yamuna river and take meals at the bank of the river, then it is considered most auspicious and fortunate. This festival is also known as ‘Yama Dwitiya.

In this way, this series of festivals of lamps is an association of five auspicious festivals. These festivals are related and linked to our lives’ phases and enhance our consciousness and strength. It helps us understand reality, and it shows the way to achieve our goal of life that is transcendental loving devotional service towards the Supreme Lord wholeheartedly. So come, let’s celebrate this festival of light with jubilance and try to lighten our inside that is surrendering soul unto the lotus feet of Supreme Lord Krishna and chant the glories of Sri Krishna by His Holy Names.

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna

Krishna Krishna Hare Hare

Hare Ram Hare Ram

Ram Ram Hare Hare.

I wish you a very Happy Krishna Conscious Deepawali.

Your Smallest act of Charity can make a difference and bring smiles to Needy Faces.

Kartik Maas: Bhishma Panchak Mahavrat

Kartik Maas: Bhishma Panchak Mahavrat

कार्तिक मास के अंतिम 5 दिन भीष्म पंचक या विष्णु पंचक के नाम से जाने जाते हैं। यह 5 दिवसीय व्रत उत्थान एकादशी तिथि से आरम्भ होता है और कार्तिक पूर्णिमा पर समाप्त होता है। हरि भक्ति विलास के अनुसार यदि कोई भक्त यह व्रत करने में सक्षम है, तो उसे भगवान श्रीकृष्ण की प्रसन्नता के लिए भीष्म-पंचक पर कुछ विशेष खाद्य पदार्थों से उपवास का पालन करना चाहिए। पद्म पुराण में कहा गया है कि जो भी भक्त इस ५ दिवसीय व्रत का पालन करते हैं, उन्हें इस तपस्या से आध्यात्मिक उन्नति एवं भगवान श्रीकृष्ण की शुद्ध भक्ति प्राप्त होती है।

कार्तिक मास के अंतिम पांच दिनों में यह व्रत पहले ऋषि वशिष्ठ, भृगु, गर्ग आदि द्वारा सत्ययुग में किया जाता था। अंबरीष महाराज ने यह व्रत किया और त्रेतायुग में अपने सभी राजसी सुखों का त्याग कर दिया।

भीष्म पंचक उपवास का पालन करने से व्यक्ति को चारों चतुर्मास उपवास का लाभ मिलता है यदि कोई उसका पालन करने में असमर्थ रहा हो। 

भीष्म पंचक का व्रत क्यों रखा जाता है?

भीष्म-पंचक मां गंगा एवं राजा शांतनु के पुत्र भीष्मदेव को समर्पित है। वह कुरु वंश में महान राजा भरत के वंशज पांडवों के ज्येष्ठ पितामह हैं। महाभारत एवं श्रीमद-भागवतम के अनुसार भीष्मदेव ने कुरु वंश का सिंघासन त्याग कर आजीवन ब्रह्मचारी रहने की प्रतिज्ञा की जिसका उन्होंने जीवनपर्यन्त पालन किया। गौड़ीय वैष्णव के अनुसार, भीष्मदेव कृष्णभावनामृत विज्ञान में बारह महाजन अधिकारियों में से एक के रूप में जाने जाते हैं। अपनी युवावस्था में उन्हें यह वरदान मिला था कि उनकी मृत्यु उनकी इच्छानुसार ही होगी।

महाभारत का युद्ध समाप्ति होने के जिस समय गंगा पुत्र भीष्म सूर्य के उत्तरायण होने की प्रतीक्षा में बाणों की शैया पर शयन कर रहे थे तब भगवान श्रीकृष्ण पांडवों के साथ उनके पास गए तथा युधिष्ठिर ने भीष्म पितामह से प्रार्थना की कि- हे पितामह, आप हमें राज्य चलाने संबंधी उपदेश देने की कृपा करें।

तब भीष्म ने 5 दिनों तक राजधर्म, वर्णधर्म, मोक्षधर्म आदि पर उपदेश दिया। उनका उपदेश सुनकर भगवान श्रीकृष्ण संतुष्ट हुए और बोले कि गंगा पुत्र आपने कार्तिक शुक्ल पक्ष एकादशी से पूर्णिमा तक 5 दिनों में जो धार्मिक उपदेश दिया है उससे मुझे बड़ी प्रसन्नता हुई है। इस कारण आपकी स्मृति में आपके नाम पर भीष्म पंचक व्रत का प्रारंभ होगा और इन पांच दिनों में भगवान हरि की पूजा करने और भक्ति सेवा में संलग्न भक्तों को मैं शुद्ध भक्ति का वरदान देता हूँ। पांडवों के युद्ध जीतने के बाद, भीष्मदेव ने अंततः शांति अनुभव की। वह पार्थ-सारथी के रूप में अपनी दिव्य विशेषता में भगवान श्रीकृष्ण के कमल जैसे चेहरे को देखते हुए अपना शरीर छोड़ना चाहते थे। यह भगवान श्रीकृष्ण के प्रति उनकी अटूट आस्था और भक्ति को दर्शाता है, जो जीवन की सर्वोच्च पूर्णता है।

पद्म पुराण में कहा गया है कि जो भी भक्त कार्तिक मास के अंतिम 5 दिनों में इस व्रत का पालन करते हैं, वह जीवन में आध्यात्मिक उन्नति करते हैं एवं बड़े से बड़े पापों से मुक्त हो जाते हैं।

भीष्म पंचक उपवास

हरि भक्ति विलास में भीष्म पंचक व्रत में कुछ खाद्य पदार्थों से भगवान केशव की प्रसन्नता के लिए अपनी क्षमता और समर्पण के अनुसार उपवास पालन करने के लिए कहा गया है। भीष्म पंचक उपवास की 3 श्रेणियां हैं।


उपवास श्रेणी-1

Bhisma Panchak Vrat

पांच दिनों में से प्रत्येक दिन गाय के पांच उत्पादों को पंचगव्य के रूप में ग्रहण किया जाता है।

  1. पहला दिन: गाय का गोबर (गोमाया)
  2. दूसरा दिन: गोमूत्र (गोमूत्र)
  3. तीसरा दिन: गाय का दूध (क्षीरा)
  4. चौथा दिन: गाय का दही (दही)
  5. पांचवां दिन: गाय के सभी उत्पाद मिश्रित (पंच-गव्य)

यदि उपवास की पहली श्रेणी आपके लिए संभव नहीं है तो आप फल, मेवा और जड़ ले सकते हैं जैसा दूसरी श्रेणी में वर्णित है।

उपवास श्रेणी-2

यदि कोई भक्त उपवास की पहली श्रेणी का पालन करने में असमर्थ हैं तो वह निम्नलिखित खाद्य पदार्थ ग्रहण कर सकते हैं-

आलू, शकरकंद, मूंगफली, सादा काजू, किशमिश, खजूर, केला कच्चा, मौसम्बी, संतरा, नाशपाती, सेब, चीकू, ताजा कसा हुआ नारियल, नारियल पानी। उपर्युक्त खाद्य पदार्थों को कच्चा, उबला या बेक किया जा सकता है। स्वाद के लिए समुद्री नमक का उपयोग कर सकते हैं।

इस श्रेणी में अमरूद, अनार, ककड़ी जैसे बहुत सारे बीजों वाले फल, दुग्ध उत्पाद एवं तेल का सेवन भी वर्जित है।

उपवास श्रेणी-3

यदि कोई भक्त उपवास की दूसरी श्रेणी का पालन करने में असमर्थ हैं, तो वह “हविश्य” ले सकते हैं जैसा कि निम्नलिखित पुराणों में संदर्भित है-

सन्दर्भ: पद्म पुराण, ब्रह्म खंड, अध्याय 23; स्कंद पुराण, विष्णु खंड, कार्तिक महात्म्य, अध्याय 32; गरुड़ पुराण, पूर्वा, खंड, अध्याय 123

श्री हरि-भक्ति-विलास में वर्णित हविश्य के लिए सामग्री (13.10-13) – हविश्य बनाने में निम्नलिखित सामग्री का उपयोग किया जा सकता है, जो इन वस्तुओं से बनी खिचड़ी की तरह है।

  1. चावल
  2. शुद्ध गाय का घी
  3. गाय का दूध और मलाई
  4. समुद्री नमक
  5. कच्चा केला
  6. गेहूं
  7. नारियल पानी
  8. फल (स्कंद पुराण, नागर खंड कहते हैं कि उन्हें एक छोटे से बीज के साथ होना चाहिए या केवल कुछ बीजों के साथ)
  9. जड़ें
  10. गन्ने से बने उत्पाद (गुड़ के अलावा अन्य पदार्थ)
  11. पालक का काला साक
  12. पिपली जड़ी बूटी

कार्तिक के महीने में हविश्य के हिस्से के रूप में निम्नलिखित अवयवों से बचना चाहिए:

  1. मूंग दाल
  2. तिल का तेल
  3. बेटा-शाका
  4. शष्टिका-शाका
  5. मूली
  6. जीरा
  7. इमली

भीष्म पंचक के लिए निर्धारित अर्पण

गरुड़ पुराण के अनुसार भीष्म पंचक व्रत के दिनों में भक्तगण द्वारा भगवान श्रीकृष्ण के समक्ष  निम्नलिखित फूल अर्पित किए जाने चाहिए।


  1. पहले दिन, भगवान के चरणों में पद्म (कमल) के फूल अर्पित करने चाहिए।
  2. दूसरे दिन, भगवान की जाँघ पर बिल्वपत्र अवश्य अर्पित करना चाहिए।
  3. तीसरे दिन, भगवान की नाभि में गंध (सुगंध) अर्पित करना चाहिए।
  4. चौथे दिन, भगवान के कन्धों पर जावा का फूल अर्पित करना चाहिए।
  5. पांचवें दिन, भगवान के सिर पर मालती का फूल अर्पित करना चाहिए।

Your Smallest act of Charity can make a difference and bring smiles to Needy Faces.

Importance of Gopashtami

Importance of Gopashtami

Importance of Gopastami – Gopastami is one of the most important and cheerful pastimes among all the pastimes of lord Shri Krishna. The eighth lunar day of Kartik month is known as Gopastami. It is believed that on this auspicious day Nanda Maharaj send his children Krishna and Balrama for the first time to herd the cows. Krishna now stepped into the age of kumara from pauganda. Till the age of pauganda, Krishna was a calf keeper. After stepping into the age of Kaumara, on the auspicious day of Gopastami lord Shri Krishna started to herd the cows. To witness this incident Shri Radharani took the form of his Sakha.

How Gopastami is celebrated

On this auspicious day, people worship cows. They offer fodder to cows. On Kartik month’s Shukla Ashtami tithi early morning people bathe cows, offer them flowers, and scents and decorate them with different clothes.

People feed fodder to cows and do parikrama, and then go after cows for some distance. Then in the evening when cows come back that time is known as godhuli muhurat. At that time also they are greeted and worshipped. After this, they touch their lotus feet and pray for their healthy and prosperous future. The charity is given in gaushala on this day.

In Srimad Bhagawatam, it is stated that lord Shri Krishna used to walk barefooted at the age of six keeping cows ahead. At that time even his footsteps were not properly developed. Krishna gets delighted when the foot dust of cows falls on him.
Krishna used to walk barefooted in dust leaving footprints of his lotus feet everywhere. This is the reason for the dazzling beauty of Vrindavan.

Krishna’s affection towards Cows

Jollification Of Dhanteras

It is said that Nanda maharaja had 9 lakh cows and lord Shri Krishna was aware of their names. All the cows were identified by their names. If any cow gets separated from the group then Krishna calls them back with their names. Due to this affection, Krishna is also known as Gopal or Govind.

Reason for the importance of cows 

Krishna was fond of cows. He used to apply gauraj tilak on his forehead. He showed his affection for gau seva through his words and pastime to people. In this way, Krishna and Balrama are the symbols of cow protection. In Hindu, culture cows are not considered an ordinary animals. Cows are considered mothers. It is said that by drinking cow’s milk our brain works more actively and we can analyse our shastra easily. In shastra, it is said that inside cows 33 thousand gods and goddesses exist. The cow is the symbol of our prosperity.

Objective of Gopastami

The main aim of Gopastami is to protect cows and provide service for their sewa. We should always try to provide a safe, loving and caring environment to cows as they are the favourite Krishna. It is said that in places where cow seva is done Lord Hari uses it to provide infinite grace. We are dependent on cows’ blessings. We should always provide service and take care of cows. Cows expand prosperity and establish spirituality in the surrounding. Whether we live in cities or villages consuming the milk of desi cow and using other dairy products made of it also contributes to the seva of cows. By doing so we are playing an important role in the country’s economy.

So on this auspicious day of Gopastami, let’s provide some service for the protection of cows. We can try to offer them a loving and protective environment. In this way, we can surely impress our Lord Krishna and get the lord’s blessings.

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna

Krishna Krishna Hare Hare

Hare Ram Hare Ram

Ram Ram Hare Hare.

Your Smallest act of Charity can make a difference and bring smiles to Needy Faces.

Maa Durga is the presiding deity of this material world

Maa Durga is the presiding deity of this material world

Maa Durga is a revered goddess for those who follow Sanatan Dharma. Hindus worship her all over the world in the form of Mother Shakti.

Generally, we have seen Maa Durga with ten hands with some weapons and ride over Lion, who displays his infinite powers. It is also concluded that she fights against demonic power who are trying to cause damages to peace, prosperity, and religion. Durga Puja, also known as Durgotsava or Shardotsava, is an annual Hindu festival celebrated in South Asia in which Goddess Durga is worshipped. 

Who is Maa Durga? 

According to Shastra, Maa Durga is an expansion of Mother Parvati, the wife of Lord Shiva. She takes the form of Navdurga and does all the upbringing of this world. Lord Sri Krishna also tells Arjuna in the Bhagavad-Gita, Chapter 9, text 10

mayadhyaksena prakrtih
suyate sa-caracara
hetunanena kaunteya
jagad viparivartate

This material nature is working under My direction, O son of Kunti, and it is producing all moving and unmoving beings. Therefore, by its rule, this manifestation is created and annihilated again and again.

Durga Devi is the presiding deity of this material world. It is also believed that the person who is getting diverted from the spiritual world of Lord Krishna and going against the rules, they sent to this material world of Goddess Durga. The comparison of this material world is made with Durg, a type of Fort. This Fort is the correctional home of all the rebellious souls, where they spend their lives protecting Durga Devi, facing the Tritaap (Adhyatmika, Adhibhautika and Adhidaivika).

The trident in the hand of Goddess Durga is a symbol of reminding all the rebels who have come into this material world of Lord through Tritaap (Adhyatmika, Adhibhautika and Adhidaivika). Maa Durga is worshipped to get rid of these tritapas.

When a person comes to this material world, they have to face many sufferings like birth, death, old age, diseases, adhyatmika, adhibhautika and adhidaivika miseries. Goddess Durga takes care of all these things.

Therefore, worshipping Goddess Durga will help them get rid of these sufferings. However, if you want a permanent solution, you have to come out of this material world. 

To get rid of the cycle of birth and death, people worship Goddess Durga. As a result, such living beings get an opportunity to do devotion to the Lord. As a result, they get rid of Mahamaya, the potency of the Lord, and come under the protection of his own Shakti, Yogamaya. 

Srimad Bhagavatam also mentioned that the Gopis worshipped Mother Katyayani to get Lord Krishna as their husband. It is also mentioned in Brahma Samhita, Chapter 5, Text 44-

srishti-sthiti-pralaya- sadhana-shaktir eka
chayeva yasya bhuvanani vibharti durga
icchanurupam api yasya che cheshtate sa
govindam adi-purusham tam aham bhajami

The external potency Maya who is of the nature of the shadow of the cit potency, is worshipped by all people as Durga, the creating, preserving and destroying agency of this mundane world. I adore the primaeval Lord Govinda in accordance with whose will Durga conducts herself.

The Lord presides over this material world objectively, and those who do not accept it are sent to this world of duality. Therefore, by coming in contact with a pure devotee, if the living entity understands that this material world is not his real home, he becomes free from here and goes to his original home in Vaikuntha or Goloka Vrindavana and attains bliss forever.

So on this Durga Puja, let us pray to Maa Durga to give us enough strength to get us out of this material world and go back home, back to Godhead. 

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This Dussehra Kill Your Ravana

This Dussehra Kill Your Ravana

Ashwin Shukla Dashami is known as Dusshera. It is one of the biggest festivals, also known as Dasahara, Dussehra, or Dashain. It is observed on the day of Vijaya Dashami, the tenth day of Navaratri. It is the occasion to glorify and rejoice in the victory of good over evil. On Dussehra, we burn effigies of Ravana outside in surroundings but nurture Ravana inside our hearts. That was Treta Yuga, where only one Ravana existed. Lord Rama assassinated him and acquired victory.

Types of People in Kalyuga

In Kalyuga, every human being has the mentality of Ravana inside. But, as we all know, two types of people exist in this universe- Sur and Asura. Those who worship the Lord are counted as Sur, and those who are not devotees or do not follow the Lord’s orders are considered Asura.

In different Yugas, Sura and Asura stayed in unalike places. In one Yuga, Sura lives on one planet, and Asura lives on another planet. Later on, Asura lived in one country and Sura in the other. But now the time has changed, Sura and Asura are present in every person concomitantly in this era. We all have Sura and Asura simultaneously in ourselves.

The nature and personality of a person totally depend on how strong and determined he is. The day we can kill the malicious, vicious behaviour, we can kill the Asura or Ravan from our selves and that day will be the real Dussehra for us. Do you know? It becomes very painless to do if you are a devotee and listen to Lord’s pastimes.

How You Can Kill Ravana Residing Inside You

One oil lamp is enough to end darkness, similarly to cease Ravana inside, one thought is enough, and we get that thought from our Shastra. In Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna tells us three ways to hell-lust, anger and greed. These three are clearly visible in Ravana, and by learning the lesson from his life, you can save yourself from its fury. In the 2nd chapter of Bhagavad Gita, Sri Krishna says about how declination of a person takes place, how a person starts to flunk.

A person’s declination starts by thinking about sexual desire. In creating, it is similar to a small seed. Still, if this seed slowly gets irrigated by contemplation, it becomes Asura. Ravana was also such type of giant Asura. Even many great deities palpitate by his name. He had done many austerity and Tapasya to acquire strength, but Ravana aimed to satisfy all sexual desires for an unlimited period. So his senses became the reason for his end.

Ravana had all the desirable things of this world. But on hearing about the beauty of Mata Sita from his sister Surpanakha, his mind filled up with sexual desire, and that is the beginning of his declination. He always considered himself as strongest, but he never had control over his senses.

Your Senses Could be the Reason for Your End

So it’s true that even if a person achieves victory in this whole world but if his mind is not in control of his will, he will indeed get defeated. Mata Sita is Lord Rama’s wife. If Ravana did not had any wrong intention and served her as he was a great scholar and he knew who is Sita mata, he might have become a devotee.

Still, due to lust he had chosen a wrong way and started thinking that he can get anything. Even after knowing who is Lord Ram, he had started thinking lord as his rival. He had decided to get Sita Mata and for that he was ready to stoush with lord Rama.

So in that condition, his lust  for her got transformed into anger and became the reason of his end. This only happens with us; when we get hyper, whatever we desire to get when we do not get that, we loose our temperament. Due to that anger, a person loses his ethics and morality that is the sense of thinking about what to do and what to not.

How Ravana Cheats

Ravana also forgot his ethics and made a plan and went to Marich. Marich acquired the form of golden deer. Ravana himself attained the form of a saint. He was the son of a brahmin and also was a great scholar. But lust, anger and greed deformed his personality.

Similarly, when someone’s heart gets filled with lust, his heart becomes filled with fraud. Then he starts to cheat everyone as Ravana cheats Mata Sita attaining the form of the saint. Ravana forcefully takes Sita Mata to Lanka with him. Sri Ram sends all soldiers of Hanuman Ji and Sugriva in all directions to search Sita Mata. Hanuman Ji crossed the sea and searched Mata Sita.

After reaching there, he gave Lord Rama’s message to Sita Mata. He destroyed Ashok Vatika. Later on, he burnt various places in Lanka. He gave a warning to Ravana that I am the slave of Sri Rama. So it will be better for you if you return Mata Sita. Otherwise, wait and see what Lord Rama will do with you.

Lust Leads to Declination

But Ravana was so indulged in it that he did not take that warning seriously. When Vibhisan tried to make it, he understood Ravana ordered him to get deported. His wife Mandodri kept on trying to make him understand that stay satisfied with me we have a happy family I will fulfil all your desire. Please let Sita go. Can’t you see the hanging rope on you? But Ravana was not ready to understand anyone’s advice, such as his wife, Hanuman Ji, Marich, and his own loving brother.

Such lust, anger and greed in our hearts are similar to Ravana, who steals bhaktirupi Mata Sita from our hearts. And we start to consider Lord as our enemy. And in such conditions, we don’t accept the words of saint and Shastra. There was no other way other than war. Ravan was seated on a wheeled carriage, and Ram was standing on land. In that condition, Indra dev sent the carriage for Lord along with the charioteer. It was a great war, and to witness that all the demigods even convene. It was the biggest war in history.

Lord said in Bhagavad Gita, chapter 4, verses 34

tad viddhi pranipatena pariprashnena sevaya
updeshyanti tegyan gyanistatva darshinen

If we desire to learn the truth, we have to take shelter under Guru and serve him courteously.

Lord Rama himself teaches us by showing his life as an example that if we want to defeat Ravana inside us, we have to serve a true devotee of the Lord as a guru. So, on being happy with Lord Rama, Muni awarded him Aditya Hriday Mantra.

Lord’s one name is Aditya, which means sun. As the sun vanishes all the darkness, a true devotee can acquire control over all such thoughts.

How Devotees Serve to Lord

During this war, Vibhisan reached there; he said to Rama that there is Amrita or nectar in Ravana’s heart. And on drying it, only Ravana can be killed from the heart. Here Vibhishan depicts the role of a true companion devotee.

It teaches us that while fighting with the Ravana inside us, we need devotee companions to remember what learning we obtained from Guru, Sadhu and Sastra.

Further, lord Rama used the arrow on Ravana given by Agasthya muni after reciting the mantras. As a result, Ravana falls from his chariot. The scene depicts as on beating Indra’s thunderbolt any mountain got diminished.

Ravana’s army was wailing, and Vanara Sena was Honouring Sri Rama.

In this way, Lord is teaching us how to win from internal Ravana along with external Ravana present in ourselves. We have to chant mantras because they will provide strength to us.

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare

This mantra smash lust, anger and greed as in Aditya Hridaya Mantra  Lord Vishnu’s strength is present. Similarly, in Hare Krishna, the maha-mantra concludes all the power of the Lord.

Three Things Needed To Kill Ravana Inside Us

  1. Divine the grace of devotees such as Agasthya muni.
  2. Vaishnav’s company, for example, Vibhisan
  3. Chanting of the Holy Name of the Lord

By following these three points in our life, we can defeat the Ravana inside us. And bring transformation from darkness towards light and celebrate Dusshera every day.

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World Holy Name Festival

World Holy Name Festival

The World Holy Name Festival is an annual event celebrated by followers of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) and devotees of Lord Krishna worldwide. This year, devotees worldwide will celebrate the “World Holy Name Festival” from September 17 to September 23, 2023, to honor the arrival of Srila Prabhupada in America on September 17, 1965.The main purpose of the World Holy Name Festival is to promote the chanting of the Hare Krishna Maha-mantra and the glorification of Lord Krishna.
It carries several key significances and glories:

Chanting the Holy Name

The primary focus of World Holy Name Festival is the chanting of the Hare Krishna Maha-mantra: “Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare, Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.” Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu emphasized that the chanting of the holy name is not limited by caste, creed, or social status. It is a practice that can be followed by people from all walks of life, making it inclusive and accessible to everyone.

Devotional Community

World Holy Name Festival brings together devotees from all over the world to engage in collective chanting and devotional activities. It strengthens the sense of community among devotees and allows them to share their love and devotion for Lord Krishna.

Outreach and Education

During this festival, ISKCON communities often engage in outreach activities, distributing literature about the philosophy and teachings of Lord Krishna and conducting educational seminars and lectures. It’s a time when people who may be unfamiliar with Krishna consciousness can learn about its principles and practices.

Spiritual Renewal

For existing devotees, World Holy Name Festival serves as a time of spiritual renewal and deepening of their relationship with Lord Krishna. It’s an opportunity to recommit to their spiritual practices and intensify their devotion.

Public Awareness

The festival helps raise public awareness about the ISKCON and its teachings. Through street chanting, book distribution, and prasadam (sanctified food) distribution, ISKCON communities share their spiritual culture with the public and promote a lifestyle of devotion and compassion.

Unity and Peace

Chanting the holy name is have the power to bring about inner and outer peace. Devotees pray for world peace during World Holy Name Week, emphasizing the idea that by connecting with the Supreme Lord through the holy name, conflicts and disturbances in the world can be mitigated.

Personal Transformation

Devotees often testify to the transformative power of the holy name in their own lives. They share stories of how regular chanting has brought them inner joy, improved relationships, and a sense of purpose.

Legacy of Srila Prabhupada

World Holy Name Festival also honors the legacy of Srila Prabhupada, the founder of ISKCON, who played a pivotal role in spreading the teachings of Lord Krishna and the chanting of the holy name worldwide.

In essence, World Holy Name Week is a celebration of the profound spiritual and devotional significance of chanting the Hare Krishna Maha-mantra. It serves as a time for devotees to come together in unity, reach out to the broader community, and deepen their commitment to the practice of bhakti yoga and devotion to Lord Krishna. Through this festival, the glories of the Holy name are celebrated and shared with the world.

“harer nāma harer nāma
harer nāmaiva kevalam
kalau nāsty eva nāsty eva
nāsty eva gatir anyathā [Adi 17.21]”

“In this age of quarrel and hypocrisy the only means of deliverance is chanting the holy name of the Lord. There is no other way. There is no other way. There is no other way.”

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