Observed From Wednesday, August 6 - Sunday, August 10, 2014
Jhulan Yatra begins on Wednesday, August 6, 2014, and continues through Tuesday, August 10, 2014. Just five short days this year! Jhulana-yatra is a festival to celebrate Radha Krishna’s pastime of swinging on a golden swing every day until Balarama-Purnima. Please join in the queue to swing Sri Sri Radha Shyamasundara in Their beautiful flower-decorated swing, mornings at 7:30 a.m. and evenings at 7:00 p.m. Bring an offering of fresh flowers and fruits for the pleasure of Sri Sri Radhe Shyam.
Srila Prabhupada Vyasa Puja Book
Srila Prabhupada Vyasa-puja book - a collection of homages to Srila Prabhupada from devotees and temples all over the world is available in pdf format.
Don't Miss Lord Balarama's Appearance Day, Sunday, August 10, 2014
"Akrura then saw Krishna and Balarama in the village of Vraja, going to milk the cows. Krsna wore yellow garments, Balarama blue, and their eyes resembled autumnal lotuses. One of those two mighty armed youths, the shelters of the goddess of fortune, had a dark blue complexion, and the other's was white. With their fine featured faces They were the most beautiful of all persons. As They walked with the gait of young elephants, glancing about with compassionate smiles, those two exalted personalities beautified the cow pasture with the impressions of Their feet, which bore the marks of the flag, lightening bolt, elephant goad and lotus."
"The two Lords, whose pastimes are most magnanimous and attractive, were ornamented with jeweled necklaces and flower garlands, anointed with auspicious fragrant substances, freshly bathed, and dressed in spotless raiment. They were the primeval Supreme Personalities, the masters and original causes of the universes, who had for the welfare of the earth now descended in Their distinct forms of Keshava and Balarama. O king Pariksit, They resembled two gold bedecked mountains, one of emerald and the other of silver, as with Their effulgence They dispelled the sky's darkness in all directions." Ref: SB 10.38.28-33
This celebration will mark the fifth Balarama Purnima with our beautiful Lords on our altar, Sri Sri Krishna Balrama. The schedule for Sunday, August 10, 2014, is as follows: Fasting until noon.
- 4:30 a.m. - Managala Arati
- 7:20 a.m. - Guru Puja
- 8:00 a.m. - Deity Greeting, new outfit
- 8:30 a.m. - Srimad Bhagavatam Reading and Class
- 9:30 a.m. - Bhajanas and abhisheka by Temple pujaris
- 12:00 p.m. - Raj Bhoga Arati
- 4:15 p.m. - Maha Arati
- 5:00 p.m. - Announcements
- 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. - Kirtan procession with Sri Sri Krishna Balarama around the Temple property
- 6:15 p.m. - Children break Lord Balarama's honey pot
- 6:30 p.m. - Maha prasadam feast
The schedule for the remaining summer festivals is as follows:
Sunday, August 17, 2014 - Sri Krishna Janmastami
Monday, August 18, 2014 - Srila Prabhupada Vyasa Puja
Saturday, August 23, 2014 - Jacksonville Ratha-yatra
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - Sri Radhastami
To see the complete schedule brochure, click here.
Bhakti Yoga Immersion Retreat for Women
August 3-24, 2014
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Come join us for our Bhakti Yoga Women's Retreat this August. Enrollment is limited, closing in the first week of July.
Back to Godhead Magazine
Srila Prabhupada saw Back to Godhead magazine as the fulfillment of his request to "Study my books scrutinizingly and then give the purports in your own words." He was of course the first writer, printer, and distributor of Back to Godhead magazine, and encouraged his disciples to distribute it widely. In the early days of ISKCON, disciples went door to door with the magazine, and every harinama party had someone selling magazines to interested passersby. In those days Back to Godhead magazine was termed "the backbone of ISKCON." It was our first "book" for educating the general public on Krishna consciousness.
As times changed, sales have waned, and today there is a concentrated effort to invigorate distribution. The magazine is particularly geared for devotees and our large extended congregational members. You'll find interesting news from around the ISKCON world, relevant questions and answers, articles that delve into Vaishnava philosophy, and lots of gorgeous glossy photos.
Subscription Drive: Every temple in North America has been asked to commit to 30 new subscriptions a year for the next two years to give the magazine the financial base it requires to keep printing. If you don't currently subscribe, you can do so in our Temple Gift Shop, and at the book tent every Sunday. Single current issues are always for sale in the Gift Shop. As an offering to Srila Prabhupada for the 50th anniversary of ISKCON BTG hopes to show 10k subscriptions.