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नोएडा: ISKON की पहल, एक मंच पर सभी धर्मगुरु, दिया शांति का संदेश

इस्कॉन मंदिर के सूचना एवं जनसंपर्क अधिकारी बुधिमंता दास ने बताया कि इस्कॉन प्रबंधन ‘विश्व शांति सप्ताह’ मना रहा है. पहली बार ऐसे किसी कार्यक्रम की शुरुआत की गई है. विश्व इस समय रिसेशन, कोरोना और पॉलिटिकल वॉर से पीड़ित है. ऐसे में विश्व में शांति और प्रेम के लिए सभी धर्मगुरु एक साथ एक मंच पर आए हैं और शांति का संदेश दे रहे हैं.

नई दिल्ली/नोएडा: यूपी के नोएडा के सेक्टर 33 में बने इस्कॉन ने ‘इंटर फेथ कॉन्फ्रेंस’ कार्यक्रम का आयोजन किया है. इस दौरान सभी धर्मों के धर्मगुरुओं ने एक ईश्वर-एक अल्लाह-एक गॉड की बात की. सभी धर्मगुरुओं ने एक स्वर में आवाज बुलंद करते हुए कोरोना महामारी से बचाव के लिए ईश्वर से अपील की. हिन्दू, मुस्लिम, सिख और इसाई धर्मों के धर्मगुरुओं ने विश्व में प्रेम और शांति का संदेश देने के लिए ‘विश्व हरिनाम सप्ताह’ का आयोजन किया है.

‘सभी धर्म सुख और शांति के प्रतीक’इस्कॉन मंदिर के सूचना एवं जनसंपर्क अधिकारी बुधिमंता दास ने बताया कि इस्कॉन प्रबंधन ‘विश्व शांति सप्ताह’ मना रहा है. पहली बार ऐसे किसी कार्यक्रम की शुरुआत की गई है. विश्व इस समय रिसेशन, कोरोना और पॉलिटिकल वॉर से पीड़ित है. ऐसे में विश्व में शांति और प्रेम के लिए सभी धर्मगुरु एक साथ एक मंच पर आए हैं और शांति का संदेश दे रहे हैं.कार्यक्रम का मुख्य उद्देश्य सभी धर्मों की समानता को एक मंच पर लाना है कि सभी धर्म सुख और शांति का संदेश देते हैं. उन्होंने अंत में कहा कि सभी धर्म गुरुओं ने अपने-अपने धर्म के बारे में जानकारी दी. जिसका निष्कर्ष यह निकलता है कि धर्म नहीं सिखाता आपस में बैर करना.नोएडा इस्कॉन प्रबंधन ने ऐसा पहली बार किसी तरीके का आयोजन किया है, जब एक मंच पर सभी धर्मगुरु एक साथ आए और देश में शांति और प्रेम का पैगाम दिया.

The World Holy Name Festival of ISKCON inaugurated

The “World Holy Name Festival” under the aegis of the Harinam Sankirtan Ministry that is announced by the Governing Body (GBC) of the International Society of Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) was inaugurated at the hands of chairman of GBC. H.H. Ramai Swami Maharaj who is born in Egypt and is now residing at Melbourne, Australia. H. J. Pancharatna Prabhu from Toronto, Canada was Master of Ceremony and beautifully compered the program. First of all Swaroop Damodar Das from Dubai, who is an artist and a teacher, performed the Adhiwas Kirtan to the Mangalacharan. “Bodo Kripa Koile Krishna Adhmer Prati ….” this hymn was written by Prabhupada himself in the ship Jaldoot during his journey to America. Pancharatna Prabhu translated the hymn it into English as the Bhajan was in Bengali.

World Head and Minister of ISKCON Harinam Sankirtan Ministry, Srila Lokanath Swami Maharaj said in the preface that Srila Prabhupada stepped on the soil of America for the first time on this day, hence this day is celebrated as “World Holy Name Festival” by ISKCON for the past 24 years. Only after this, Prabhupada gave the whole world the gift of Harinam.

Ramai Swami Maharaj said in his address that Shukdev Goswami said to King Parikshit “kaler doṣa-nidhe rājann asti hy eko mahān guṇaḥ kīrtanād eva KRSNASYA mukta-saṅgaḥ paraṁ vrajet।। O king, although the Kali Yuga is the ocean of faults, yet in this age there is a good thing, only by performing Kirtan of Hare Krishna Mantra, one gets rid of human bondage and attains divine abode. That is why we should always chant the Hare Krishna Mahamantra.

The chief guest of the event was H.H. Bhaktichaitanya Swami Maharaj, from Auckland (New Zealand) who is also the Vice President of ISKCON Governing Body. He welcomed all the virtual devotees present and told that once Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was having a philosophical debate with his Guru Ishwarpuri and he said ” harer nāma harer nāma harer nāmaiva kevalam, kalau nāsty eva nāsty eva nāsty eva gatir anyathā” which means that in this Kali Yuga, only Harnaam, Harinam and Harinam can save us. There is no other way, no other way, no other way of salvation in Kaliyuga other than Harinam!. That is why interest towards Harinam must be increased.

After this, a video was shown in which senior ISKCON devotees and monks are chanting “World Holi Name Festival ki Jay” in their respective countries. Finally, Secretary of ISKCON Harinam Sankirtan Ministry H.G. Eklavya Das from New York, America thanked all the guests and even urged to those people who are not connected with ISKCON to participate in this program. He said that all you have to do is take a selfie video in which Your name, city name, state and country has to be told and you have say that ‘I dedicate this Hare Krishna Mahamantra for love and world peace Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare.” Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Hare Hare… this completes your video. This video can be sent through authorities of your nereby ISKCON centre or through email whnfestival@gmail.com. Your presence will be recorded by uploading this video on a centralized website.

While giving detailed information, the spokesman of ISKCON Harinam Sankirtan Ministry Dr. Shyamsundar Sharma said that in this whole festival two programs are very important. The first is Global Kirtan Connect and the second is on the last day of this festival i.e. Japathon. Both programs will take place from 12 noon to 1 pm according to Time Zone of each country. The program was earlier scheduled to begin in London and end in Paris. But due to some unavoidable reasons it has now been changed. Now this program will start from New Zealand and then will continue to Japan, Singapore, China, Russia, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Iran, Italy, Salvador New York, Toronto Chicago, Los Angeles, etc. Kirtan and chanting will be performed during this time. In this way, the whole earth will be garlanded with the Hari Nam. Daily programs of World Holy Name Festival from 5 pm to 9 pm can be seen live on Hare Krishna TV channel or Hare Krishna TV on YouTube.

For the first time in the history, ISKCON organizes “Global Kirtan Connect”

If there is no medicine for the epidemic, then prayers work. Corona has taken the whole world in its wake, in view of this and for love and world peace, ISKCON has organized this unique program “Global Kirtan Connect”. The program will begin in London and end in Paris. In its annual meeting of this year which was held recently, ISKCON’s Governing Body (GBC) has unanimously decided to open an ISKCON Kirtan Ministry, which was entrusted to Lokanath Swami Maharaj, a disciple of Srila Prabhupada. The “World Holy Name Festival ISKCON” celebrated every year will remain under this ministry. “Global Kirtan Connect” is part of this festival.

A meeting of preparations for the World Holy Name Festival ISKCON that will be held from 17 September to 23 September 2020 was recently conducted through a video conference in which more than 2000 members from 874 venues all over the world participated. The meeting was headed by H.H. Lokanath Swami Maharaja the world head of ISKCON Kirtan Ministry and the meeting was operated by Eklavya Das, Secretary, ISKCON Kirtan Ministry, New York, USA.

Padmamali Das from Ahmedabad (India) did the translation. Lokanath Swami Maharaja stated in the preface that the ISKCON founder A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada left India on 13 August 1965 for America and after completing a 35-day journey from the freighter Ship he laid his feet on US soil on 17 September 1965 for the first time. Remembering that auspicious day, this day was first celebrated as World Harinam Day by all ISKCON devotees and now a week-long special event is being celebrated as “World Holy Name Festival ISKCON”.

Giving detailed information of the event, Dr. Shyamsunder Sharma, head and spokesperson of the Global Media Communication Department of the World Holy Name Festival, said that the program “Global Kirtan Connect” will start on Sunday, September 20, 2020, which will be inaugurated in the United Kingdom (London) at 12 noon. In cities like Lisbon and etc that fall in the same time zone of London the program will start at 12 noon itself. In the countries where devotees will not be able to visit the temple due to Covid-19 or who do not have ISKCON temple in their cities or villages, they will all be connected to Kirtan through video conferencing. Devotees of every country connected to ISKCON will perform Kirtan and chant the Mahamantra Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare, Hare Ram Hare Ram Ram Ram Hare Hare. This will happen for an hour from 12 noon to 1 pm, according to their time zone. In India the time of inauguration will be 4.30 pm.

As soon as the programs of London etc. cities are over, the program will start at 12 noon in Durban (South Africa) and all the cities of the same time zone and will continue till 1 Pm. Thereafter Time Zone 3) Praeya 4) King Edward Point 5) Salvador 6) New York, Montreal, Toronto 7) Chicago 8) Guatemala City, 9) Los Angeles, 10) Unalaska 11) Adak 12) Honolulu, 13) Mid Way 14 ) Auckland 15) Port Villa 16) Sydney, Melbourne 17) Tokyo, Seoul 18) Singapore, Beijing (China) 19) Bangkok 20) Dhaka 21) Mayapur, Pandharpur, Mumbai, New Delhi, Vrindavan etc. 22) Tashkent (Russia) Karachi ( Pakistan) 23) Riyadh, Mosco, 24) Vatican City, Rome, Paris etc.

There will be a program from 12 noon to 1 pm at each place and the event will conclude in Paris of the last 24th zone. In this way, the whole world will be given a garland of Harinam so that all the countries get the protective shield of love and world peace. All programs will be according to the rules of the governments of each country. In few cities of some countries, if the government permits city sankirtan, then the devotees will roam around the whole city and perform sankirtana. The second main program “Japathon” will take place on 23 September 2020 on the last day of the week. This program has also been divided into 24 zones and from 12 noon to 1 pm in each zone all the devotees will chant the Hare Krishna Mahamantra, thus 24 hours of unbroken chanting will go on.

On 17 September 2020, the World Harinam Week will be officially launched in India. After that, a program of Japa Retreat will be held from 5 pm to 6 pm daily till 23 September 2020, where the keynote speakers will be Bhurijan Prabhu, Giriraj Swami Maharaj, Sachinandan Swami Maharaj, Mahatma Prabhu, Urmila Devi Dasi, Bhakti Vigyan Goswami Maharaj. Bhagavatam will be held in the context of Harinam every day from 6 to 7 pm, in which the speakers will be Vaisosika Prabhu, Ravindra Swaroop Prabhu, Bhakti Chaitanya Swami Maharaj, Narayani Devi Dasi, Indradhuman Swami Maharaj, Romapad Swami Maharaj, Jayadvaita Swami Maharaj. The Global Kirtan Mela will be organized from 7 pm to 8 pm in which BB Govind Swami Maharaja, Jivanatha Prabhu, Bhaktimarg Swami Maharaj, Bada Haridas Prabhu, Ruchira Devi Dasi, Bhakti Gauravani Goswami Maharaj and Kadamb Kanan Swami Maharaj will be performing the Kirtan. From 8 pm to 9 pm there will be a program of Hari Naam Mahatmya whose speakers will be Deen Bandhu Prabhu, Jayapataka Swami Maharaj, Kripamoya Prabhu, Rukmini Devi Dasi, Radhanath Swami Maharaj, Anuttam Prabhu, and Lokanath Swami Maharaj, all these speakers represent the whole world and are very important personalities of ISKCON.

To make this event a success, President of all ISKCON temples of the world, World Holy Name Festival Global Communication Head Srichaitanya Mahaprabhu Das, World Holy Name Festival India Coordinator Madhavi Gauri Devi Dasi, Head of Live Telecast Department, Paramparawani Das, Govind Charan Das etc. Many devotees are trying their best.

Dr. Shyam Sunder Sharma
Spokesperson and Head
Global Media Communication Department
World Holy name Festival and ISKCON Kirtan Ministry.
Mob. 9373102405