Today is Janmastami 8/22

Dear devotees,

Hare Krsna.
Dandvat pranam. SriSri Krsna Chaitanya Nityanadou Jayate. Srila Prabhupad ki Jai.

Today is a busy day for devotees…preparing for celebrating the appearance day of our Ishtadev Sri Krsna.

Can you imagine how busy Srimati Radharani would be today preparing for the Janmastami festival. Sri Lalitaji and Sri Vishakhaji ofcourse assisting Srimati Radharani in Her preparations. As Rupanugas, as followers of Srila Rupa Goswami, whose eternal identity is of Rupa Manjari assisting Lalita Sakhi…we offer our services today to all Gopis preparing for Janmastami as servant of the servant of the servant of Sri Rupa Manjari. This is the frame of mind a devotee has on Janmastami and days before Janmastami.

But if we are not very familiar with all these intimate aspects of Sri Krsna Lila, we should still be very enthusiastic to celebrate the appearance day of Lord of our heart – Sri Krsna. Depending on what kind of relationship we have with Krsna…for example some Matajis think of Krsna as Laddu Gopal and take Him to be Their son…so all those Matajis and Prabhujis should be extra enthusiastic today to celebrate Janmastami. And you know how our faces should look like – if we have just had a big promotion or just made tons of money as profit on something…how our face will glow and will show to anyone who sees it that there is something worth sharing….similarly our faces should be giving away that we are very excited about Janmastami.

Srila Sanatan Goswami wrote Sri Krsna Lila Stava which is 108 obeisances to Sri Krsna based on the pastimes mentioned in 10th Canto of Srimad Bhagawatam. It is a wonderful book which starts from first chapter of 10th Canto and continues to the last one and has it divided into 108 obeisances in total. In the thirteenth obeisance (which is based on 3rd chapter) of Sri Krsna lila stava, Srila Sanatan Goswami writes –

bhadra Krsnashtami jata, prajapatyarksha sambhava
mahi mangala vistarin, sadhu citta prasadaka

O Lord Krsna, appearing on the eighth day of the dark moon in the month of Bhadra, when the star Rohini had appeared in the sky, You spread auspiciousness over the earth’s surface, and You pleased and pacified the minds and hearts of saintly devotees.

maharshi-manasollasa, santoshita-sura-vraja
nishitha-samayodbhuta, Vasudeva-priyatmaja

O Lord Krsna, when You appeared in the middle of the night as the dear Son of Vasudeva, You delighted the minds of the great sages and You pleased and satisfied the demigods.

Devaki garbha sad-ratna, Balabhadra-priyanuja
Gadagraja prasidasu, Subhadra purvajava mam

O Lord Krsna, O transcendental jewel, O Son of Devaki, O dear younger brother of Balarama, O elder brother of Gada and Subhadra, please be merciful and protect me.

ashcarya-bala mam pahi, divya-rupa-pradarshaka
karagarandhakaraghna, sutika-griha-bhushana

O ornament of (Devaki’s) maternity room, displaying Your transcendental form, You illuminator of the dark prison (of Kamsa), please protect me.

We look forward to serving all devotees and celebrating appearance of Sri Krsna togather tonight. I am attaching some pics of SriSri Radha Krsna for your meditation.

Sri Krsna Janmastami mahotsav ki jai !!!

Sri Nand ke Lala ki jai !!

Sri Yashoda dulal ki jai !!

Sri Devakinandan ki jai !!!

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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