Events

New Vrindavan Living Name Retreat 2020

The Living Name Retreat 2020 is a continuation of previous retreats focusing on our personal relationship with the Holy Name. Whether you are a new practitioner or staunch follower of bhakti-yoga, the Living Name Retreat will help you take further steps in improving your chanting and thereby connecting with the Lord on a deeper level. Your experience will be enhanced in the association of devotees and kirtan lovers who are eager to relish the sweet taste of Krishna’s names, set in the tranquil countryside of New Vrindaban. Valuable insights and support will be offered by the retreat’s facilitator, His Holiness Sacinandana Swami, who is known for his resourceful and practical approach to teaching and guidance, infused with both humor and heart. Last year’s retreat included stirring dramas, melodious kirtans, interactive dialogue and a diverse range of other activities aimed at increasing our understanding and taste for chanting. Stay tuned for details regarding registration.

Save the date! Easter Weekend • April 9th-12th
Register— https://newvrindaban.com/living-name-retreat-2020/

VIHE International Vaisnavi Retreat 2020

International Vaisnavi Retreat 2020 in Govardhana

We wish to invite all interested ISKCON ladies, youth forum girls, and preachers to come and experience this wonderful opportunity for sadhvi-sanga in the holy land of Vrindavana, under the shelter of Govardhana.

HISTORY

The annual International Vaisnavi Retreat in Govardhana was started in 2011 by the Vrindavan Institute for Higher Education (VIHE) with the aim of facilitating spiritual association among women in bhakti. The retreat offers a wonderful opportunity for women from all over the world, who are eager for sadhvi-sanga.

The schedule is designed to maximize devotional synergy. Each retreat includes Krsna-katha, philosophical presentations and practical workshops by senior vaisnavis, sharing of realization by Prabhupada’s disciples, kirtanas, inspirational reading before japa, mridanga and kartala lessons, dramas and art exhibitions.

DATES
18 – 23 March, 2020

SPEAKERS
HG Yasomati Devi Dasi, HG Vraja Lila Devi Dasi

THEME
The theme of this year’s retreat is “avasya raksibe krsna” –The Art of Accepting and Giving Protection.

TOPICS
This year’s lectures and presentations will explore the following principles and practices:

Raksa – Protection by the Lord, the Ultimate Protection
A presentation on posanam, the 4th of the ten topics of Srimad Bhagavatam
With reference to the prayers of Laksmi Devi in Jambudvipa

On receiving protection
5 classes require protection
Protection of women and its purpose
Self-protection

On giving protection
What and whom to protect
Putting one’s own security belt first

Prayers for protection
Psychology & practice of self-defense

REGISTRATION

Fill the form to register for the International Vaisnavi Retreat 2020: https://forms.gle/RMcBibaHDYWsCFh99If you have any questions, please write to Madhurya Gaurangi Devi Dasi/ Balaji Priya Devi Dasi at retreats@vihe.org. You may also reach them on +91 7037488966 / +91 9821205738.

We look forward to your association in the 2020 International Vaisnavi Retreat. Please spread the word among your friends.

CONTACT INFORMATION
Registrations: retreats@vihe.org
Donations: +91 9368410776, donate@vihe.org (Radhapadadhuli Dasi)
General inquiries: +91 9821205738 (Balaji Priya Devi Dasi)
Service opportunities: +91 7037488966 (Madhurya Gaurangi Devi Dasi)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vihe.vrindavan

VIHE c/o ISKCON Goshala,
Parikrama Marg,
Raman Reti, Vrindavan,
Mathura Dist., 281121,
U.P., India

New Vrindaban Gaura Purnima 2020

Gaura Purnima (Monday, March 9)- The appearance anniversary of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.

Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is described in the Vedic scriptures as a covered incarnation of Lord Krishna, known as the Golden Avatar (“Gaura” or “Gauranga”). With the complexion of molten gold and the mood of an unparalleled devotee of God, he descended to earth on a full-moon night (Purnima) in the month of Phalguna more than five hundred years ago. Through his life and teachings, he epitomized that the essence of spiritual thought and enlightenment is love of God, which he widely broadcast through his disciples and followers. He initiated the sankirtan movement (“sanga” meaning group or community, and “kirtan” meaning chanting of God’s names) to encourage people to come together to glorify the Lord, which would be more potent than praying or chanting on one’s own. Through his campaigning efforts and desires to propagate Lord Krishna’s message, Lord Chaitanya transformed the lowest of men into servants of God. Therefore, it is easier to approach the Lord through His merciful incarnation of Lord Caitanya.
The day is spent in sankirtan, chanting the Lord’s holy name with others and feeling His presence. A divine bathing ceremony, called abhishek, will be held in the temple from 5–6pm. Anyone is welcome to bring food preparations and flowers and offer to Caaitanya Mahaprabhu throughout the day. Devotees fast till moon rise, and everyone is invited to a wonderful feast in the evening.

ISKCON Auckland Nityananda Trayodasi 2020

Lord Nityananda’s Appearance Day @ ISKCON Auckland.
Nityananda Prabhu appeared as Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s principal associate for spreading the congregational chanting of the holy names of the Lord. He appeared in the village of Ekachakra, now in West Bengal. He especially spread the holy name of Krishna throughout Bengal. His beauty was so enchanting, and He was so full of ecstatic love for Krishna that, wherever He moved, crowds of people would follow and become lovers of God. He is considered an incarnation of Krishna’s principal expansion, Balarama.

Program starts at 6pm.

Radhadesh Mellows 2020

The 11th annual kirtan festival, Western Europe’s meeting point for those seeking a profound chanting experience.