20170106Jayapataka Swami gave a talk at ISKCON’S 50TH Anniversary Celebration.

20170106Jayapataka Swami gave a talk at ISKCON’S 50TH Anniversary Celebration.

Koncham Koncham Tamil. I only know a few words. [applause] Vanakkam [Tamil]. [applause] So I would like to first of all thank those who have graced this occasion. Thank Padmaśrī Bhakta-vatsalam for his enthusiastic lecture on Hare Kṛṣṇa mahā-mantra. [applause] and to the sponsor of this program, the owner of this hotel. [applause] This is our 50th anniversary of the registration of ISKCON. [applause] So we want to thank all of you who are present. 50 years ago Prabhupāda went to the West. With in one year he registered, he registered the International Society of Kṛṣṇa Consciousness, in July 1966. So he had the vision, that this society would be all over the world and his ship stopped in Colombo and then in Cochin. He went by sea ship and it was a very difficult journey for him. He had heart attacks. He thought that he would not survive to reach America, but Kṛṣṇa came to Him and showed the vision that He was the captain and that He was crossing the ocean peacefully. After that the Atlantic Ocean became peaceful like the Pacific Ocean and when he got to America he told that his mission was to change the way the people think. So he told them, “I am not Indian, you are not American, we are not Chinese, the Russian because we are not the body” and it was shocking that no one told them that they were not the body before. Prabhupāda established 108 temples and as was saying before, he traversed the world 12 times. So he was worried that his movement would continue on and he told us that, “If you can make the movement expand – I will be happy, but at least preserve what I have given.” and now ISKCON has about 700 temples you so, thousands of small groups, Nāmahaṭṭa, Bhakti-vṛkṣas, counselor groups and our basis is this medicine, chant Hare Kṛṣṇa. This is the dharma for the yuga, “kalau tad hari kīrtana,” we should chant the Hare Kṛṣṇa mantra in this age of Kali. So this revolution that Prabhupāda brought to the West, one Indian could change the whole history of the world. the whole history of the world So we are celebrating the joy of devotion in this 50th year at this public program. One of the name of the Lord is Tri-yuga, because in the Satya, Tretā and Dvāpara-yuga, He proclaims that He is the supreme personality of Godhead, but He comes in the kali-yuga as the channa-avatāra, as the hidden avatāra. So Caitanya Mahāprabhu is that hidden avatāra, but in the Brahma-vaivarta Purāṇa, Kṛṣṇa predicted that one of His devotees would come 5000 years after the start of the Kali-Yuga. Lord Caitanya came after 4500 years. He didn’t go to the West, but His message was taken to the West 500 years later by His Divine Grace Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda and he taught the Bhagavad-gītā and the Bhāgavatam prāṇam. So in this way he gave the world the topmost scriptures of India. He told that this is not a secretarial religion. People from any tradition can practice bhakti yoga. Hare Kṛṣṇa is in Sanskrit which is the mother tongue. So this chanting has proved so effective that now people are using it all over the world. Lord Caitanya there is a song, where He says, “enechi auṣadhi māyā nāśibāra lāgi’
harināma-mahāmantra lao tumi māgi” that take this chanting of Hare Kṛṣṇa, this is the medicine for the disease of Kali-yuga. So Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura, who wrote the song, he said that he fell at the feet of the Lord and he begged for the holy name and he got it, and he got it, and he got it, all of you can get it, just ask. So this is also predicted by Nammālvār, this is predicted in the Vedas, so we are very glad that we are celebrating our 50th year of progress and we hope that in the future generations, many hundreds of years, many 10,000 years, we will go on. In the Brahma-vaivarta Purāṇa, it was predicted that 10,000 year golden age will be ushered in by this saint who spreads the holy name all over the world. One can get back to the spiritual world, simply by chanting, the easiest way ever. Thank you very mach. [Transcription by Sadānanda Kṛṣṇa Prema Dāsa]

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