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In this lecture, Swami Nikhilanand, sanyasi disciple of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj and teacher at JKP Radha Madhav Dham, explains the philosophy of God realization and becoming a Saint. He shares the life history of Prahlad, an important Saints from the history of India and explains what we can learn from him to help us find God in this life. The life history of Prahlad, and the story of how he was saved by God from being killed by demons, is the real meaning of Holi. This lecture is based on the teachings of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj.

Experience Holi from your home!

Historic live streaming of Holi: Radha Madhav Dham's techies have been hard at work to make sure that each and every one of us can participate and feel included in their grand and joyous Holi celebration on March 30th, 2013. With today's advanced technology, now we can see, feel, experience and enjoy one of the best, most fun, most spiritual Holi celebrations in the whole world right from our own home!

Please distribute the link far and wide, so that as many people as possible can benefit from this historic opportunity to be part of the Holi celebrations in the very abode of Radha Krishna in the west:

Live Streaming of Holi 2013 from Radha Madhav Dham begins at 3:00 pm Central Standard Time, March 30th

International Time Conversions

Pacific Standard Time 1:00 pm Saturday March 30th
Central Standard Time 3:00 pm Saturday March 30th
Eastern Standard Time 4:00 pm Saturday March 30th
UK/Ireland 8:00 pm Saturday March 30th
Paris/Rome/Warsaw 9:00 pm Saturday March 30th
India 01:30:00 Sunday Saturday MARCH 31st
Kathmandu 01:45:00 Sunday MARCH 31st
Singapore/Beijing 04:00:00 Sunday MARCH 31st

Live Viewing Schedule

  • Chanting of Braj-style Holi songs and chants revealed by Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj
  • Listen to Swami Nikhilanand's talk on Holi 
  • Do arti of Shree Maharajji & Radha Krishna 
  • (Take a break from live broadcast during dinner) 
  • Watch glimpses of Krishna & gwalbaals 
  • See snippets of Holi play to a live band

Shared from Shree Kripaluji Maharaj blog

Come celebrate a traditional, braj-style Holi at Radha Madhav Dham, the US ashram of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj

Holi 2013 at Jagadguru Kripalu Maharajaji's ashram in Austin
Radha Madhav Dham, where the people are as diverse as the Holi colors; Let's Play

A conversation about Holi conjures up many different things for different people. Like all of our great Hindu festivals, Holi has numerous aspects; social, cultural, religious and spiritual. One thing that devotees and the community in America can enjoy in common though is the traditional Braj-style Holi at Radha Madhav Dham, the US ashram of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj. The thousands of people who come play Holi at this veritable Shangri-La of the Occident, and their reasons for coming, are as numerous and multifarious as the colors of Holi itself. That's what makes Holi at Radha Madhav Dham all the more unique, special and beautiful.

Holi 2013 at Jagadguru Kripalu Maharajaji's ashram in Austin
"Turn back my friend, or prepare to get colored!"

Swami Nikhilanand, sanyasi pracharak of Jagadguru Shree KripaluJI Maharaj, our dear Swamiji, explains:

"Hindu festivals are so many that they would be impossible to count, but almost all of them commemorate some leela or Divine historical event. Holi is the day that Krishna protected His devotee Prahlad from being killed in a fire. The true meaning of any Hindu holiday/festival is to remember that the aim of life is to find God. We are supposed to remember this all the time, but the various festivals help us to re-focus our energy in this direction."

The Holi plays of Radha Krishna, which took place from time to time during their life, 5000 years ago, illustrate some of the highest platforms of Transcendental bliss, the meditation of which reveals deep experiences in the heart of a Radha Krishna devotee. Having the chance to actually play Holi in such a spiritually charged atmosphere as Radha Madhav Dham, keeping the feeling that you are participating in a real Holi scene with Radha Krishna, watching Krishna leelas being enacted by the devotees, feeling the Holi colors pour down on your body, mind and soul and listening to Holi songs revealed by Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj from a live band are most conducive circumstances for feeling the sublime and all-enrapturing states of Radha Krishna love.

On the cultural and social level, nothing builds a lifetime bond with someone like throwing colored powered on them and having them throw colored powder on you. Nothing says "I love you!" like smearing moist powder in someone's face! And this is also a perfectly valid reason to participate in Holi. Building friendships, getting to know people you always wanted to but couldn't, leaving aside past prejudices and misunderstandings in the spirit of the celebration are all part and parcel of the overall Holi experience. Holi is one of those "holistic" experiences that you really have to take part in once to understand.

The most important thing about Holi is to make it your own. Make your own day which you'll always remember and think about. The Holi play this year will have many unique and enjoyable features including a live band singing Holi songs from Braj to liven up the environment. Attendees will also have the chance to participate in the traditional burning of demon Holika's effigy. This act helps to remind ourselves that evil always burns in the face of good. The deeper significance of Holi & Holika are included in the "Holi talk" by Swami Nikhilanand, which will be presented in English. A delicious Dinner Prasad cooked by the Austin community will be served after the temple program ends and before the outdoor Holi play begins.

Radha Krishna Holi 2013 at Jagadguru Kripalu Maharajaji's ashram in Austin
Radha Krishna Holi Darshan at Radha Madhav Dham, the US ashram of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj

The highlight of the Holi celebration is the chance to receive the Holi darshan of Radha Krishna, who are the very heart and soul of Radha Madhav Dham. Meditating silently on the beautiful scene or joining the chanting is a really wonderful experience.

The preparation for Holi is extensive and you really feel it on the day. You see it in the faces of the devotees, as weeks' of feelings of gulal making, days of food management and all the necessary preparations required for such an event are just released on the day. Everyone lets loose and looses themselves in the magic of the day. "It's all for Radha Rani", they say.

This year is expected to be the grandest and most colorful festival ever celebrated at Radha Madhav Dham. A devotee told me that all the rooms have been booked up, weeks in advance. So all you have to do now is mark you calendars, get your old clothes out, pack your bags and head home to Radha Madhav Dham! Jai Shree Radhey!

Holi Schedule 
3:00 p.m. Chant Braj-style Holi Pads and Chants revealed by Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj
4:00 p.m. Listen to Swami Nikhilanand Ji's talk on Holi
5:00 p.m. Enjoy delicious Dinner Prasad
6:00 p.m. Watch Holika burn in the Holi Bonfire
6:30 p.m. Celebrate with Holi Colors to a Live Band
7:30 p.m. Join Satsang in the Temple Hall

Take some time to listen to this incredible and informative series of discourses by Swami Nikhilanand, sanyasi disciple of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharajji. The title of the lecture series is "Why do devotion to Radha and Krishna?" and "Who are Radha Krishna?" and were recorded in December, 2012. This lecture series was given at JKP, Radha Madhav Dham, the USA ashram of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Maharajji during the 2012 Winter Hindu Family Camp at Radha Madhav Dham in Austin, Texas.

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