Today is Gundica Marjana

Hare Krsna dear devotees,

Dandvat pranam.

Jai SriSriSri Jagannath Baladev Subhadramai. Jai SriSri Gaura Nitai. Jai Srila Prabhupad.

Since everyone is preparing hard for the upcoming Rath Yatra festival, till few mins ago I had decided to skip sending an email about today being Gundica Marjan day. But finally thought it is important to send the email especially due to upcoming Rath Yatra festival in Harrisburg…even if needed, let me send out a very short email instead of describing the whole pastimes in detail..and we can keep the detailed pastime for some other time (sounds like a materialistic poem – "pastime for other time" !!)

Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu would go to Gundica temple a day before Rath Yatra and along with his devotees would cleanup the whole temple nicely to receive Lord Jagannath after the Rath Yatra. In Jagannath Puri, Lord Jagannath ascends His chariot from the temple (which represents Dwarka) and goes to Gundica temple being pulled by his devotees to see Vrajbasis, especially Srimati Radha Rani at the Gundica temple (which represents Vrindavan). So Chaitanya Mahaprabhu would extremely hard to clean up the temple to get the place ready for SriSri Radha Krsna or Jagannath Dev meeting Srimati Radha Rani.

Mahaprabhu would chant Hare Krsna while He cleaned the temple in great jubilation. When the temple was thoroughly cleaned by Mahaprabhu it would become very purified, cool, and pleasing. So cleaning Gundica temple is like cleaning our heart. We need to do a through examination of contamination sitting in our heart and clean it up nicely for Krsna to come and reside their along with Srimati Radha Rani. We should clean our heart to receive the Supreme Lord and not only that, keep Him forever.

So what are the contamination in our mind..to name some – false ego which drives us to work for our own pleasure, greed, enviousness, the list can go on and email will become a mile long…we all know what is on our heart,,,,and what is the detergent that cleans our heart – ceto darpan marjanam…Harer Naam Harer Naam Harer Naam eva hi kevalam….chanting Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare, Hare Ram Hare Ram Ram Ram Hare Hare. Chanting =the Holy Name nicely everyday and serving the Lord nicely everyday is the only detergent soap that will clean our Gundica temple aka heart.

So, let us all prepare for tomorrow’s Rath Yatra and also all the days to follow by taking a bath in Hari Naam daily. Just like we clean our body by taking a shower, we clean our heart by chanting the Holy Name. Just as we dont do anything to make our body dirty but it becomes dirty at end of the day…similarly our heart also gets dirty without us noticing it. So cleaning it everyday by chanting the Holy Name is the best shower. Use the vaccum of Holy Name to suck out the enviousness, greed, anger, propensity for self enjoyment, etc. from each and every nook and corner of our heart…from each and every holes of our heart and make it pristine clean.

Another cleaning agent that aids in cleaning our heart is devotional service. Perform some devotional service, loving devotional service towards SriSri Radha Sharadbihari, Sri Jagannath Sri Baladev Sri Subhadraji and Their devotees,,,,and see how fast the heart gets cleaned. Tomorrow is a perfect opportunity for this. So let us all do this – chant nicely today and serve Lord Jagannath by doing our assigned services and looking for more service if we have time. Tomorrow is going to be a very busy day…so plan to get up early to finish Japa rounds,,,then come out and start serving Lord Jagannath..when the Deities arrive from Philadelphia…let us all take Their darshan with love and invite Them to stay in our heart forever. As we try to capture Lord Jagannath through our eyes, He is also capturing us through His big eyes (and I think that He brings His big-eyed brother and sister along with to help Him take our snapshots…Their big big eyes are like Mukundan Prabhu’s HD camera…recording us, snapping our pictures so that They can later on while sitting on Their altar discuss what all we did). Perform devotional service nicely tomorrow…so much that when we sit in our cars after the Rath Yatra is over..only energy we have left is to drive back home.

Nitai Gaura Premanandi Hari Hari Bol…Sri Jagannath Sri Baladev Devi Sri Subhadramai Ratha Yatra Mahotsav ki Jai…..Prerequisite of Gundica Marjan Mahotsav ki Jai !!!

begging you blessings, your servant,
Padmanabh das

Prashant Patel
Program Manager, Lenovo WW Maint Inventory
2020 Technology Parkway,
Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
Phone: (717) 610-2140, T/L: 471-2140

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