Holi 2014 at Radha Madhva Dham Austin, the US ashram of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj
Radha Madhav Dham USA, the main center of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu ji Maharaj in America, is pleased to present "Holi Hai", an exuberant and interactive celebration of the Indian festival of color, from 2 PM to 8 PM on Saturday, March 15, 2014. The program will be held at Radha Madhav Dham Austin's beautiful outdoor facilities and will comprise activities for all ages.
Ho, Ho, Ho, Ho, Holi Hai!
Come and join us for the most spectacular celebration of colors at Radha Madhav Dham Austin's beautiful outdoor facilities, which will comprise activities for all ages.
Play Holi 2014, the Festival of Colors, in the unique 'Braj style' that blends playfulness with devotion, so we can have tons of family fun while we do fond and loving remembrance of Radha and Krishna's Divine pastimes.
Schedule of Outdoor Activities at Radha Madhav Dham Holi
2:00 - 6:00 PM All Rides, Games and Booths Open
2:00 - 8:00 PM Food Court Opens
4:00 - 4:30 PM Dance Performances
4:30 - 5:00 PM Enactment of Holi Leela
5:00 - 5:30 PM Discourse on Significance of Holi
5:30 - 6:00 PM Dance Performances
6:00 - 6:45 PM Play Holi with Colors
6:45 - 7:15 PM Holika Dahan (Holi Bonfire)
Schedule of Activities Inside the Radha Madhav Dham Temple
2:00 - 4:00 PM Holi Bhajans (Kirtans) revealed by Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj
2:30 - 3:00 PM & 3:30 - 4:00 PM Introduction to Hinduism (in B Bay)
7:30 - 9:00 PM Arti and Satsang
So, bring your family, friends and neighbors and join the Holi 2014 celebration at Radha Madhav Dham Austin. Attendance and parking are free, and all are welcome. It's a joy you will love remembering.
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The Essence of the Gita Part 3, Chapters 13 - 18 with Swami Nikhilanand, sanyasi disciple and pracharak of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj
Venue: Hindu Temple of Fresno.
7699 E. Alluvial Avenue,
Clovis, California 93611
Dates and Times:
March 2 - 8, 2014
Sunday March 2nd, 11:00am - 12:30pm
Monday March 3rd, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Tuesday March 4th, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Wednesday March 5th, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Thursday March 6th, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Friday March 7th, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Saturday March 8th, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Contact: Monica Joshi (559) 325-2413
Swami Nikhilanand was first exposed to Hinduism at the age of 25. Since then, he has spent the last 15 yeas studying the philosophy of the Sanskrit scriptures and practicing bhakti under, the guidance of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj. He resides, at the largest Hindu ashram in the US, Radha Madhav Dham, In Austin, TX.
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: http://radhamadhavdham.org/video/live
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
Come celebrate a traditional, braj-style Holi at Radha Madhav Dham, the US ashram of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj
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.
"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 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!
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
Beautiful bhajans and inspiring discourses with Swami Nikhilanand, based on the teachings of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj
Topics: Sat. March 2: What is more important, Religion or Science? Sun. March 3: Can science prove the existence of God? Mon. March 4: Why are there so many forms of God? Tue. March 5: Why are there so many paths to God? Wed. March 6: Are all religions the same? What makes Hinduism great? Thurs. March 7: Why are there so many sects and sampradayas within Hinduism? Fri. March 8: What does Hinduism say is the ultimate aim of human life?
Dates & Times:
Sat & Sun, March 2nd & 3rd: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Mon - Fri, March 4th - 8th: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Venue: Garg Residence
801 Madre Street
Pasadena California 91107
(626) 319 2064
This will be fascinating discourse that Swami Nikhilanand Ji, a pracharak of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj, has presented in Hindu Temples throughout New York, Texas, Virginia and all over the country. It could be a life-changing opportunity for you and your family and friends to experience beautiful teachings of Hinduism and enjoy uplifting chantings of the names of God.
Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat (JKP) was founded by Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj, the fifth prime Jagadguru in the last 5000 years.Founded in 1990, the Radha Madha Dham Temple and ashram campus serves as the national center of Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat in the United States and is one of the largest Hindu temples in North America.
The exciting news for March 2013 is that Swami Nikhilanand, pracharak of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj, is coming to Long Beach, Canoga Park and Studio City, California in March 2013 for some beautiful lecture and kirtan series'.
1. The Soul's Quest for Happiness
Date: Sat., March 9th
Time: 4.00 - 5.30 PM
2. The Purpose of Meditation
Date: Sat., March 16th
Time: 4.00 - 5.30 PM
Venue: Trilogy Yoga
3141 E. Broadway
Long Beach California 90803
Contact: Cathy Stander (818) 825-8036
Both of these programs will include the use of kirtan (chanting) as an aid in meditation. Discourse by Swami Nikhilanand during his last trip to California:
1. March 15, 22 & 29: 3-part series at Follow Your Heart Yoga Studio, Canoga Park, CA
Where: 21835 Sherman Way,
Title: The Soul's Eternal Quest
When: Fri., March 15, 22 & 29
7:15 - 8:45 pm
Contact: Cathy Stander 815-825-8036
2. March 13, 20 & 27: Lionheart Institute, Studio City, CA
Where: 4370 Tujunga Avenue - Suite 150,
Mangarh, March 7, 2012: Largest Ever Cataract Camp Held at Jagadguru Kripalu Chikitsalaya - by Sushree Janeshwari Devi of JKP India
Lines of elderly villagers, following one another closely with hands on each other's shoulders, saying, "Radhey Radhey" in unison, were about to become some of the 756 successful cataract surgery patients during a 3-day eye camp.
The semi-annual Cataract Surgery Camp was held on March 5-7, 2012, in Bhakti Dham, Mangarh, India. The camp was conducted during the Holi Sadhana program attended by 3,000 devotees from different parts of the world. Dozens of visiting devotees were happily volunteering alongside the hospital staff during their 12-hour-long shifts in the Jagadguru Kripalu Chikitsalya (eye hospital). They participated in such tasks as feeding patients, filing medical charts, folding linens and sterilizing medical equipment.
Jointly sponsored by Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat, Bhakti Dham, Mangarh and Tilganga Eye Center, Kathmandu, Nepal, this free camp was the largest held in the three years since the camps began. During the camp, all patients received free cataract surgeries, prescription medications, follow-up care and dark glasses to wear during their recovery.
Chief surgeon, Dr. Govinda Paudyal, who traveled from Kathmandu with a team of six medical professionals, performed a record 247 surgeries in one day during the camp. "I would like to do this camp four times a year," he said. "We have never advertised this camp because the news travels by word-of-mouth. If we did, we would not be able to handle the number of patients who would show up for free surgeries," he added.
"There was another miracle story during this camp," said K. S. Rathod, a full-time volunteer at the hospital. "At the last camp, a 13-year-old girl's vision was restored after being told by doctors elsewhere that she would never see again. And today, a 10-year-old girl, who was also told by her doctors that her vision could not be corrected, was successfully operated on," he continued.
The cataract camps are one of the many charitable activities conducted by Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat. On March 13th, 2,200 widows of Vrindaban were fed at Prem Mandir in Vrindaban, and parcels of essential items for daily living, such as cooking vessels, clothing and bedding, were given free to everyone.
Gita Chapter 1, Part 6 - by Swami Nikhilanand, disciple of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj and sanyasi teacher at JKP Radha Madhav Dham
So far we have learned that the qualification for studying the Gita is to have faith in Shree Krishn, and to be surrendered to a God realized Saint. Only through the Saint's explanation can we understand the true meaning of the Gita.
The Danger of Learning Gita on One's Own
Learning from a true Saint also saves us from one dangerous pitfall: the pride of knowingness. If someone studies the Gita on his own, he is bound to develop a pride in his knowledge. It is human nature to want to be appreciated, so it is a common human fault to want to show our knowledge to others to gain their respect and admiration. However, the development of such vanity is the opposite of what happens when someone has truly understood the spiritual teachings of the Gita. (The previous article explained in detail that no matter how great a scholar a person is, they cannot read and understand the Gita philosophy correctly unless they are already God realized.)
Our pride of "knowing" actually takes us farther from God, instead of closer. The more humble we are, the closer we come to God. The more proud we are, the farther we are from God. When we are humble, we feel that we belong to God and we depend on him totally. This is surrender, and this type of surrender is the essence of the Gita. When we have pride in anything, then due to the pride, we feel that we are great, which means that we are not depending on God. In other words, the more pride we feel, the less surrendered we are. That means that someone who studies the Gita on his own and develops a pride of his learning is now farther from God than before he had studied the Gita. Ironically, even though he studied the Gita, which teaches surrender, he ended up being less surrendered by the end of his study.
It means that, to the extent someone has imbibed the knowledge of Gita, they will become equally humble. More knowledge means more humbleness. More pride means the presence of ignorance. So it means that a learned scholar who studies the Gita on his own and ends up with more pride, has increased his ignorance, not his knowledge.
The only way to avoid this is to learn the Gita or any Hindu scripture from a God realized Saint. The Saint, while imparting the knowledge, will also ensure the humbleness of his students and will not give knowledge to an unqualified person.
It is also important to keep in mind that we don't get anything simply by hearing, reciting or memorizing the Gita. The teachings of the Gita have to be understood and practiced every day in one's life. Only then will the knowledge of the Gita take root in our heart and only then will we realize the benefit of Krishn's teachings. In other words, the theory must be put into practice. For this too we need the guidance of the Saint. It is only by practicing the teachings of the Gita under the guidance of a Saint that we develop true humbleness and surrender to Krishn.
The Qualification to Know Gita: Be Like Arjun
Also please consider that if we were truly qualified to hear Krishn's teachings, then we would immediately get God realized by listening to them, in the same way that Arjun did. So if we do not get God realized when we study the Gita, it means we have not understood it yet. Anyone can study the Gita, whether they are a Sanskrit scholar or an illiterate person. However, the true Gita gyani is the one who, having learned the philosophy of the Gita, becomes humble, surrenders to Shree Krishn and becomes God realized.
Having understood the qualification for studying the Gita, we are now ready to start learning the main topics of the first chapter of the Gita, starting with the very first verse. But, please keep in mind that whatever I am sharing with you in this series is not my own interpretation of the Gita. I have not learned the Gita on my own. I am simply doing my best to explain in English what Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj has already taught the world through his speeches and books in Hindi.
Trying to study any Hindu scripture, including the Gita, on one's own leads to a dangerous pitfall: the development of the pride of knowingness. However, the presence of such pride is a sure sign of ignorance. In order to learn the philosophy of the Gita without developing our vanity, it must be learned from a true Saint.
Note: The entire Bhagavad Gita series by Swami Nikhilanand will continue, once or twice a week, for more than a year and will be an incredible study aid in learning the deepest aspects of Bhagavad Gita from one of the most profound and prolific speakers of Bhagavad Gita in the English speaking world today.
Step 3. Visiting www.JKP.org and www.RadhaMadhavDham.org to learn more about the teachings and national and international activities of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj and JKP Radha Madhav Dham or to purchase books and DVDs by Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj and JKP Radha Madhav Dham.