Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Detailed description of HH Bhakti Charu Swami Maharaj's Global Spiritual Retreat at ISKCON Ujjain

In the last week of December 2014(25th-31st December), ISKCON Ujjain temple under the guidance of HH Bhakti Charu Swami Guru Maharaj, organized global spiritual retreat. For being the part of this divine spiritual festival, about 160 devotees came from different parts of the world including USA, Malaysia, Australia, Netherlands, UK etc. Devotees from ujjain and many students from Bhopal, Indore & other places also joined the festival for this retreat.
This global spiritual retreat is one of the most wonderful arrangements made by Guru Maharaj for spiritual upliftment of beloved disciples and many other devotees worldwide . Devotees of ISKCON Ujjain made very nice arrangements for accommodation, prasadam, personal care and other things. Guru Maharaj personally looked after each and every detail of the retreat. The main attraction of the retreat was seminar series on the topic "Stories from Srimad Bhagavatam". Guru Maharaj personally selected the topic after much consideration on the matter.
There were morning Srimad Bhagavatam classes on specific verses from canto 1, Chapter 1. Guru Maharaj very nicely and deeply described about essential principles to know and to follow while approaching Srimad Bhagavatam. He described in detail about following verses. 
SB 1.1.3: Significance of Srimad Bhagavatam.
SB 1.1.2: Who can relish and understand Srimad Bhagavatam.
SB 1.1.6: Qualification of SB speaker
SB 1.1.10: Need of Srimad Bhagavatm in the age of kali.
SB 1.1.14: Glories of holy name of the Lord.
SB 1.1.19: How one should relish glorification of supreme personality of Godhead.
SB 1.1.20 & 1.1.23: 
Morning & late afternoon seminar sessions were based on the topic "stories from Srimad Bhagavatam". Guru Maharaj gave classes covering the main stories in detail which comes in Srimad Bhagavatam. It was so nice to hear from Guru Maharaj about the wonderful pastimes of Lord and his devotees. One devotee was sharing that actually this is the perfection of life to hear from spiritual master then try to remember the wonderful instructions and narrations& then try to mold our life and our services according to those divine instructions.
In the evening time, Guru Maharaj led ecstatic kirtan almost everyday for 1 hour. He sang the vaishnava bhajan and then kirtan. It was accompanied by enthusiastic dancing of the devotees.
The retreat was filled with all the attractive features of krishna consciousness like chanting, kirtan, lecture and most delicious prasadam.
At the outset of the seminar, Guru Maharaj told that the purpose of this retreat was to give all the participants the experience of temple life so that they will forget their daily course of occupation and stay in the temple always. 
With so many examples and analogy, Guru Maharaj made the whole seminar period so much interesting and heart touching. When he used to narrate the pastimes, it was like he was personally seeing those pastimes happening in front of him & narrating to all devotees with so much of absorption. 
In the last session Guru Maharaja personally glorified many senior disciples.  described so many minute details of each devotee and what all services he was doing for the pleasure of Srila Prabhupada. At the end always Guru Maharaj was saying to many of them "Thank you very much for all your wonderful services for Srila Prabhupada". This most graceful gesture of Guru Maharaj touched the heart of many devotees.   
on 1st January 2015, there was initiation ceremony. 71 devotees were being selected for first initiation and about 30 devotees were selected for second initiation.

Many participants shared that it was one of the most spiritually enlivening experience of their life and that they are waiting for taking part of this event next year.

Thank you very much. Hare Krishna.
Your servant
Vamsidhari Das

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

HH Bhakti Charu Swami Maharaja's recent travelling summary.

HH Bhakti Charu Swami Maharaja after giving the Global Spiritual retreat at ISKCON Ujjain left for Mumbai on Saturday, 3rd January 2015. Thereafter HH left for Baroda from Mumbai via Train. After reaching Baroda Temple, next day Maharaj gave Srimad Bhagvatam class in the temple itself and in the evening Maharaj delivered prabhupada katha in Baroda temple. Then later maharaja gave a wonderful lecture in Maheswari bhawan at Surat. Then on the next day Maharaj gave a Srimad Bhagvatam class in surat on saturday. Then from maharaja left for his flight to singapore and landed there the previous night. Then today(13th January) Maharaj left for Hongkong in the morning itself. 

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

HH Bhakti Charu Swmai Maharaj at ISKCON Ujjain.

Recently HH Bhakti Charu Swami Maharaja gave annual Global Spiritual Retreat organised by ISKCON Ujjain in India, which held from 25th December to 31st December, 2014. Many devotees from different parts of the world booked for the retreat. The topic of retreat was Stories from Srimad Bhagvatam. Maharaj used to gave three sessions daily from 25-31st december. Also maharaja took all the devotees of the retreat for Ujjain darshan and picnic tour to Jagannath Mandir, Mahalaleshwar Jyotirlingam, Harsidi Mandir, Ram Gaht,(going past Narsingha Ghat), Sandipani Muni Ashram and Ram Janardan Mandir on 27th december. Then on the morning of1st January HH gave 1st and 2nd initiations to some fortunate souls. 

Friday, 19 December 2014

European retreat with HH Bhakti Charu Swami Maharaja

We are very pleased to announce that for this year's European Retreat with HH Bhakti Charu Swami Maharaja we are teaming up with the College of Vedic Studies (Bhaktivedanta Manor), to hold our retreat on the island of Iz. The Island of Iz is a beautiful island off mainland Croatia.
We all know that life can get really quite busy, what with work, family and friends. Often the sad reality is that the first thing to suffer is that which is most important in the ultimate sense, our Krishna consciousness. We all need some time in life to simply absorb ourselves in the practice and process of Krishna consciousness.
To this end, the European Retreat Team and CVS aim to bring you spiritual retreats that allow you to get away from everything else and simply reconnect with Krsna. In order to help that process, we have organised some of the best association (sadhu-sangha) available, in the form of HH Bhakti Charu Swami Maharaja.
We are pleased to be able to invite you to join us for this unique experience. As someone who has attended our Retreats in the past, we are offering you the opportunity to book your place as a "priority guest", before this retreat is made public to anyone else. Places are limited by hotel capacity and the priority-booking period will close on midnight Friday 19 December. After this date, bookings will be taken on a first come first serve basis via the Manor website.
The weeklong retreat will be packed full of kirtans, seminars, sangha and prasadam – providing you with a chance to experience an immersion in devotional life. All this within the beautiful, sunny surroundings of the island of Iz, this will be a week to remember!

The theme for the retreat will be “Understanding Krsna Consciousness through the Stories of Srimad Bhagavatam.” The Srimad Bhagavatam is the ripened fruit of all Vedic knowledge, and is replete with the pastimes of Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and His devotees. Referred to as the “spotless” Purana, the Bhagavatam is “directed towards bringing about a revolution in the impious lives of this world’s misdirected civilisation (SB 1.5.11).” Via this greatest of all literatures, we will have the opportunity to extract the essence of Krsna consciousness in both theory and practice.
Being a spiritual retreat, all guests are requested to prepare to attend all sessions as well as participate in the morning program (the timetable will be published shortly).
Croatia 2015 – the details
Dates: 9th – 16th May 2015
Venue: Iz Island, just off mainland Croatia
Charges: All-inclusive prices range from £355 to £455 room choice (see booking form for more details). Prices are for the whole "package". We regret that we cannot support UK devotees who choose to book alternative travel arrangements or offer reductions in price because of this. Charges fixed until 15 February 2015, after which charges increase by 15%. Devotees outside UK, deduct £160, all charges made in local currency.
The Practicalities
The outward journey (Saturday 9th May):
•    A coach from the Manor to London Stansted (leaving the Manor at 2.30pm)
•    Strictly no leaving cars parked at the Manor
•     A 2.5 hour flight from London Stansted to Zadar (Croatia) – Ryanair (landing at 10pmlocal time)
•    A 20 minute coach ride from Zadar Airport to the Ferry terminal
•    A 1 hour ferry to the island (expected arrival 1am local time)
Apologies, the timings are not ideal. There are only 3 direct flights per week by Ryanair.

The inward journey (Saturday 16th May):
•    A 1 hour ferry to Zadar port
•    A 20 minute coach ride from the Ferry terminal to Zadar Airport
•    A 2.5 hour flight from Zadar to Stansted – Ryanair (landing at 6.10pm local time)
•    A coach from London Stansted to the Manor (arriving around 9pm at Manor)
Link to booking form
To reserve your place:
Link to Video
A short video from last year’s retreat, with Gurumaharaja explaining the benefits of such events:
About the Venue
The island of Iz is located on the Adriatic, with superb scenery and clear blue waters. With only 200 people residing on the island, it is sure to be a peaceful 7 days. The hotel Korinjak is renowned for being the only vegetarian hotel in the Adriatic, and is well known for hosting yoga retreats.
The island and hotel combination are the venue of choice for annual Japa-Retreats organised by HH Sacinandana Swami Maharaja.   

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Bhakti Charu Swami Maharaja's schedule for December 2014 - January 2015

His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami Maharaja's schedule for December-January 2014 is as follows:

1st December - 3rd December => Los Angeles
4th December - 5th December => Dubai
6th December - 11th December => Ujjain
12th December => Mumbai
13th December - 21st December => Kolkata (and nearby area)
22nd December => Mumbai
23rd December - 2nd January => Ujjain
3rd January => Chennai
4th January - 6th January => Tirupati
7th January => Mumbai
8th January => Vadodara
9th January - 10th January => Surat
11th January => Kolkata
12th January - 14th January => Singapore
15th January - 31st January => Australia

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Book distribution by Bhakti Charu Swami Maharaja

Krishna Conscious Leadership by Bhakti Charu Swami Maharaja

His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami speaks about Vaishnava Sadachar at ISKCON Chowpatty on 12th Dec 2014. His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami describes elaborately on these divine devotional practices. There etiquettes are based on teachings of His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada, the founder of the International Society For Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). - See more at: His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami website -