Wednesday, 7 October 2015

HH Bhakti Charu Swami Maharaj's European Spiritual Retreat 2016- Croatia

Dear Devotees
Following the success of last years European Retreat to Croatia, we have pleasure in inviting
you back for another wonderful and uplifting spiritual experience to the Island of Iz, Croatia for 2016!

For 2016, we plan to make the retreat even more special by celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Srila Prabhupada's arrival in Boston
the launch of a new book by HH Bhakti Charu Maharaja- further details to be revealed; and special classes!

The dates for the retreat will be Saturday 28 May to 4 June 2016- half term week, so family and children can come too!

To book your place, complete booking form using the link below:

To Pay (if you have already paid a deposit, please deduct this from the final amount payable)

Or, bank transfer: overseas transfers please ensure charges are paid by your bank

Account Name: Hare Krishna Arts & Publications Ltd
Account No. 80657907
Sort Code: 52-10-33
IBAN: GB08NWBK52103380657907


Or by cheque (UK devotees only) made payable to Hare Krishna Arts and Publications Ltd, 
and post to Retreat 2016, 43 Hamblings Close, Radlett, Herts. WD7 9JJ.

In case you missed last years retreat, or just want to relive the experience, check out the wide selection of Retreat Media:

We look forward to welcoming you all on this special 50th Anniversary Spiritual Retreat!
Book your place now, and avoid disappointment.
Any questions, please email
Your Servants

Retreat Team

Monday, 5 October 2015

Video of HH Bhakti Charu Swami Maharaj reading out Mohini's Offering at Srila Prabhupada Memorial Festival in Surat

Srila Prabhupada Memorial Festival and HH Bhakti Charu Swami Maharaja’s 70th Vyasa Puja Celebration in Surat

ß        HH Lokanatha Swami’s glorification of HH Bhakti Charu Swami Maharaja on His 70th Vyasa Puja celebration

Thank you for being with us. As soon as Bhakti Charu Swami is present and so many devotees have gathered here. Vyasa puja celebration ki Jai! Maharaja calls it Srila Prabhupada Memorial Festival. I feel so honoured there was an invitation and I was remembered. Bhakti Charu Maharaja is a very special Maharaja. In a very few months he had first, second and Sanyas initiation three in one! Srila Prabhupada’s only disciples from India were a few. I was from Maharastra but from the land of Gauranga and Srila Prabhupada’s birthplace Bengal was Bhakti Charu Maharaja who joined Srila Prabhupada. I remember seeing you in Kumba Mela in 1977, you were seeking God and a spiritual master, you were born a Maharaja.

HH Bhakti Charu Swami: Maharaja was a big Maharaja that time.

HH Lokanatha Swami: Soon after contact with Srila Prabhupada Bhakti Charu Maharaja became a confidential associate of Prabhupada, servant of Prabhupada, Bengali correspondent of Prabhupada. Bhakti Charu Maharaja was on the side of Srila Prabhupada moving like a shadow of Srila Prabhupada for the remaining days. He joined us a little later but once he joined up he made up for all the time. He loved Srila Prabhupada and Srila Prabhupada loved him so much. He is a Prabhupada’s man in Krishna Consciousness and Srila Prabhupada consciousness it’s not separate in all services he is rendering. During Srila Prabhupada’s centennial all the books Srila Prabhupada translated in English Bhakti Charu Maharaja translated in Bengali. It went through Bhakti Charu Maharaja’s heart and consciousness and mouth. Vaishnava songs that was Maharaja’s offering for Prabhupada’s 100th birth anniversary. Each devotee wanted to do a significant offering. Bhakti Charu Maharaja’s offering was to translate ALL books in Bengali. His Prabhupada consciousness is so amazing. Bhakti Charu Maharaja wanted to do the life of Srila Prabhupada and that is “Abhay Charan” such a major undertaking. Introducing Srila Prabhupada to the whole world in a medium where everyone likes to sit back, relax and watch. Bhakti Charu Maharaja gives many many courses like Srila Prabhupada the founder acharya around the worl he gave. After Srila Prabhupada’s departure he joined the managers of Srila Prabhupada’s ISKCON 28 years on the GBC, a very big responsibility. So much Prabhupada consciousness executing the will of Srila Prabhupada. Rupa Goswami was the one, he knew the mission of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Çré Caitanya, mano 'bhéñöam fully understood by Rupa Goswami and the will of Gauranga similarly Bhakti Charu Maharaja being with Prabhupada he imbibed the qualities of Prabhupada and realized the mission and the rest of life he continued the mission of Srila Prabhupada. Nothing else but that he is doing with every move he makes in service of Srila Prabhupada. To preserve, protect and propagate Hare Krishna movement far and wide by his life and teaching. Bhakti Charu Maharaja ki Jai! Your glories are Prabhupada’s glories. Prabhupada is glorious because of personalities like Bhakti Charu Maharaja. I could go on and on. He looks like Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur. I thought of it many times and it is the first time I said it.

ß        HH Bhakti Charu Swami’s glorification of HH Lokanatha Swami in love and appreciation

Lokanatha Maharaja is like Lokanatha Goswami Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s assistant. He was so humble when he was writing the Caitanya-caritämåta he told not to even mention his name and that is what we are seeing in Lokanatha Maharaja. This is sankirtan yajna and who is recognized as the sankirtan yajna samrat? It is Lokanatha Maharaja. Last night Lokanatha Maharaja led such a fantastic kirtan it went on for 3 hours! He is not seeking recognition, he is leading with his most wonderful kirtan. The world harinaam programme was started by Lokanatha Maharaja. Harinaam sapta. He went all over India to every town and village and who is still going all over the world organizing the most vibrant kirtans. In this way his wonderful chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra involved everyone to get into this movement. Please tell us about your days with Srila Prabhupada?

ß        HH Lokanatha Swami on his days with Srila Prabhupada

When Srila Prabhupada was travelling all over India in 1971 Amritsar, Delhi no more than 10 cities at a time he selected Surat as one of those cities for the Hare Krishna festival. Prabhupada went to Kumba Mela in 1971 and came to Bombay Hare Krishna festival that is where I saw Srila Prabhupada. I did not meet him face to face but I met his followers most were foreigners. In Bombay I saw the Hare Krishna kirtan performance and that left a deep impression on me with all their hearts and strength they were jumping up and down round and round. I come from a family with a kirtan background but nothing like Prabhupada’s followers. Igot converted right there and then. As a student of chemistry, biology and botany. European and American sadhus were in town. American scientists are ok but American sadhus were never heard of by the Indian people in Bombay. I was a curious Indian of Bombay and this perfomace of kirtan I was convinced they were sadhus and took up the chanting seriously and continued my college. When my roommates were gone I used to close the curtains and doors and chant exactly like the Hare Krishna sadhus by myself like a madman. Radhanatha Swami was in the same audience and came into contact with Srila Prabhupada also at that very same festival.

I was delighted to see Srila Prabhupada on Jaladutta boat here. Devaduta on Jaladuta messenger of Krishna. Prabhupada never thought small he was thinking big. He didn’t just do for Bengal But he was always thinking of the whole world, thinking like Krishna. Simple living and high thinking. What is high thinking? It is thinking like God. Thinking what is on Krishna’s mind. High thoughts Prabhupada thought like Krishna for Bhagavad Gita and then presented it as it is. High thinking is thinking for the whole world. To propagate Krishna Consciousness for the welfare of everyone on this planet like how Krishna would think. Vasudevkootambhakam, these are my people, that’s small thinking, narrow or low thinking when you say other people these people. Srila Prabhupada and Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu had magnanimous and broad thinking for the welfare of everyone no one should suffer. God thinks like this for His children säkñäd-dharitvena samasta-çästrair
uktas tathä bhävyata eva sadbhiù A Pure devotee is a true representative of Krishna excluded no one and founded International Society for Krishna Consciousness for the benefit of the entire world. He didn’t only preach in big countries but small islands like Mauritius and Fiji presenting Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, namaste sarasvate deve gaura-vani-pracarine nirvisesa-sunyavadi-pascate-desa-tarine. He protected Eastern countries also, Srila Prabhupada protected the whole population of the whole world gaura-vani-pracarine with the message of Gauranga. GAURANGA!!! In India Bengal is the best it’s the top of the list and Srila Prabhupada was born in Bengal Calcutta not far from Mayapur. He represented Gauranga like anything,sambhavämi yuge yuge Lord appears and returns to His own abode. Achryas are sent by Krishna from time to time to do the work of the Lord. Sadhus dealings are meant for dharma stapana, he is meant to establish principles of dharma. When Srila Prabhupada was on this plant, he was senapati bhakta of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s army a representative of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu propagating Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare. We cannot imagine Prabhupada ne hoite, Gauranga ne hoite. Radharani, Madhurya rasa, the world would have missed out on this. If Srila Prabhupada did not appear then there would be no Bhakti Charu Maharaja. We all would not be here, no tilaks, no neckbeads, this assembly would not have taken place. We thank Gauranga for sending Srila Prabhupada and making him an instrument in the hands of Sri Krishna and Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. We thank God also that we were brought into contact with Srila Prabhupada. tomära karuëä—sära whatever we are we are the make up of kindness of Srila Prabhupada we thank Gauranga for sending Srila Prabhupada, Your Bhakti Charu Maharaja, Our Bhakti Charu Maharaja, My Bhakti Charu Maharaja to come into contact with Srila Prabhupada. Srila Prabhupada is the cause of contact. Thank you Maharaja for your friendship and kindness to my lowness

HH Bhakti Charu Swami: Our Lokanatha Maharaja, My Lokanatha Maharaja, Srila Prabhupada’s Lokanatha Maharja. Can you give just 5 minutes kirtan?

ß        HH Bhakti Charu Swami

I am sure you all are so happy we had the association of HH Lokanatha Swami Maharaja. That is the effect of association of a sadhu. When a sadhu comes powerful Krishna katha and kirtan, it drowns our hearts in an ocean ofecstasy; we become free from materialistic way of life. We also have two very wonderful sadhus His Grace Vasugosh Prabhu who joined ISKCON at a very young age and Sankirtananda Prabhu I mean Sanskritananada prabhu. Vasugosh prabhu was brought up in Chicago and was the brightest boy in his school it was a loss for the Chicago community but a great gain for ISKCON. We can see how brilliant he is by the way he has accepted the lifestyle of Krishna Consciousness. What India rejected he has accepted whole heartedly. He does not only speak Sanskrit and Hindi fluently but he is showing the richness of the Indian culture as well because His father is Srila Prabhupada and his mother is the Vedas and the language of the Vedas is his mother.Thank you all very much. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

HG Vasugosh prabhu then gave a beautiful class and Sanskrit and then in Hindi which was appreciated so much by Guru Maharaja and all the devotees. HG Sanskritananada prabhu also spoke in Hindi and recited some slokas in Sanskrit which pleased Guru Maharaja very much.

(Excerpt taken from an e-magzine- Ocean of Nectar

Sunday, 23 August 2015

HH Bhakti Charu Swami in London

HH Bhakti Charu Swami in London

Revised date: Sunday 30th to Tuesday 1st September 
We are fortunate to have with us HH Bhakti Charu Swami giving the morning Srimad Bhagavatam classes at 7:30am and evening classes on Brahma Samita at 6pm.
Come along and take advantage of this opportunity to hear from Maharaja.

Monday, 17 August 2015

HH Bhakti Charu Swami Maharaja Glorifying Srila Prabhupada’s Journey to USA ISKCON 50th Anniversary of Srila Prabhupada’s Jaladuta Yatra at Kolkata, 13th August 2015

om ajnana-timirandhasya jnananjana-salakaya
cakshur unmilitam yena tasmai sri-gurave namah
nama om vishnu-padaya krishna-preshthaya bhu-tale
srimate bhaktivedanta-svamin iti namine
namas te sarasvate deve gaura-vani-pracarine
sri-krishna-caitanya prabhu nityananda
sri-advaita gadadhara srivasadi-gaura-bhakta-vrinda
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare                                             Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

Of all the time, this particular phase, which is known as Kali-yuga, is the most degraded. This is the age when adharma becomes perfectly established. As Krishna said, 
yada yada hi dharmasya
glanir bhavati bharata
abhyutthanam adharmasya
tadatmanam srjamy aham
[Bg. 4.7]
“When there is a decline of religious principles and irreligiosity (adharma) prevails, then in order to establish dharma, I descend Myself.”
Therefore, in this age to re-establish dharma Sri Krishna came as Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Appearing as Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Krishna gave the most wonderful gift to this world, which is called sankirtana yajna. It has been mentioned in Srimad-Bhagavatam,

kaler dosa-nidhe rajann
kirtanad eva krsnasya
[SB 12.3.51]

Kali-yuga is an ocean of sinful activities but in this age there is one great advantage, there is one great benediction: just by chanting the holy name of the Lord one can become free from material bondage and go back to the spiritual sky. 

Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s gift is so wonderful, that it not only takes one back to the spiritual sky, but it takes him to the topmost region of the spiritual sky, which is known as Goloka Vrindavan. In order to pave the way for the people of this age of Kali back to Goloka Vrindavan, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu came and inaugurated this sankirtana yajna. This sankirtana yajna, this process of sankirtana, the congregational chanting of the Hare Krishna Maha-mantra

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

not only takes one back to the spiritual sky, but gives him the opportunity to become involved in Radha-Krishna’s most intimate pastimes in Vrindavan

This gift of the Supreme Personality of Godhead had never been distributed before. Krishna came in various incarnations and delivered innumerable amounts of living entities, but never ever Krishna bestowed thisbenediction. Therefore this gift is considered to beanarpita, which had never been given before. And thatgift is the love of Krishna in Vrindavan in the most intimate relationship that Krishna displayed with the cowherd damsels of Vrindavan, Vraja gopis, in madhurya rasa. 

Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu distributed this only in India, but Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu predicted that it will be distributed, it will be broadcast all over the world in every town and village. 
prithivite ache yata nagaradi grama
[Chaitanya-bhagavataAntya-lila 4.126]
This prediction Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu made 500 ago and about 460 years back this had been recorded by Srila Krishna Dasa Kaviraja Goswami. This prediction was made at a time – what to speak of every town and village – when people did not even know how many continents were there. Columbus at that time had just discovered America. People were not aware of Australia. People were also not aware of Africa. At that time when Chaitanya Mahaprabhu made that prediction, that in every town and village it will be distributed, it appeared to be a poetic exaggeration. But the words of the Supreme Personality of Godhead never go in vain. Whatever He says becomes a reality, and in the recent past we have seen how this incredible prediction has become a reality.  

It happened in an amazing way, in the most inconceivable way: a 70 year old devotee of Krishna went to America in a cargo ship and he started his journey from this very place, Calcutta, Khidirpur Dock. On thisday, 13th August, Friday, 1965, Srila Prabhupada embarked on this voyage, not in a passenger ship, but in a cargo ship that carries goods from one port to another, from one continent to another. 

Srila Prabhupada persuaded the owner of ScindiaSteamship Company, Srimati Sumati Morarjee, to give him a passage to go to America. Although initially she was extremely reluctant to let Srila Prabhupada go on such a voyage, eventually she succumbed to his pressure and persuasion and she enabled him to go to America. 

Srila Prabhupada arrived in America, where he did not know a single person. The person, Gopal Aggarwal, who actually sponsored his visa was the only contact he had in America and he wrote a letter to him mentioning when he was arriving. Fortunately Gopal Aggarwalarranged some travel agency to receive Srila Prabhupada in New York harbor and arranged for a bus trip to Butler, Pennsylvania, where he was living. 

Srila Prabhupada not only did not know anyone there,Srila Prabhupada did not have any money. He did not have any foreign exchange whatsoever. All he had was 40 rupees, which had no value in America at that time. 

So in this way Srila Prabhupada at the age of 70 goes to America in 1965 and after an enormous struggle he established an institution with a handful of young Americans, young American boys and girls who became attracted to him. With them he started this International Society for Krishna Consciousness. 

This is another amazing happening: he started his movement, which he registered in 1966 as the International Society for Krishna Consciousness in a small little storefront in the Lower East Side of New York City, but he named his institution the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. Mind you, a small little storefront where he is situated, registering his institution, and he is calling it the International Society. Well, the lawyer who was registering the organization did not mind that so much, but he had difficulty in accepting “Krishna Consciousness”, so he advised him, “Please don’t call it the ‘International Society for Krishna Consciousness’, rather call it the ‘International Society for God Consciousness’ because people do not know who Krishna is.” And even Srila Prabhupada’s followers, young Americans who were following him at that time, agreed with that and said, “Yes, Swamiji, maybe it will be better to call it the International Society for God Consciousness.” 
But Prabhupada’s response was, “No, I have come here to make everybody understand that Krishna is God. People speak about God but do not have any understanding of who He is.” And Srila Prabhupada made that point, “I have come here to make everybody understand that Krishna is God.” 

And that’s what he did. That was the beginning of the fulfillment of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s prediction that the Krishna Consciousness Movement would spread all over the world in every town and village. Within the short span of 11 years Srila Prabhupada not only spread this movement practically through all the countries of the world, but he established 108 temples in all the major cities of the world.  This is how we can see that in order to fulfill his prediction, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu reserved the credit to one of His most intimate devotees and that is His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. 

In course of time we will see that the institution that Srila Prabhupada has established, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), is going to spread this movement all over the world, in every town and village, fulfilling the prediction of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. 


Thank you all very much! All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

vancha-kalpatarubhyas ca kripa-sindhubhya eva ca
patitanam pavanebhyo vaishnavebhyo namo namah