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Sankirtana yajna for Kali yuga

In the evening we had a pandala program in the garden at the front of the temple and several hundred people attended. The lawn stretches across the front of the entire building and the Tibetans gave us permission to use their side of it. Prabhupada likes the improved facility this building offers and many local people are coming every day to see the Deities. So it looks like our Delhi preaching is finally having some success. As Srila Prabhupada sat on the small stage, Lokanatha Maharaja led his men in an exuberant kirtana. After singing the standard prayers and the maha-mantra, he began chanting "gaura-nityananda bol, haribol, haribol; gaura-sriadvaita bol, haribol, haribol; gaura-sri gadadhara bol, haribol haribol ... with a lot of emphasis on the response of haribol, haribol. Srila Prabhupada suddenly signalled him from the stage to stop it; he apparently didn't like it, although he didn't say why. Srila Prabhupada spoke in Hindi for about forty minutes on Srimad-Bhagavatam 5.5.1. He described how Maharaja Rishabhadeva desired to instruct his sons and then retire for a life of austerity and self-realization. He explained that it was the Vedic system for brahmanas and kshatriyas to retire and worship Vishnu, but nowadays the varnasrama system has become a hodge-podge. Therefore Lord Caitanya has recommended the simple method of kirtana as the means to overcome the ocean of faults that is Kali-yuga. If we want to escape the miseries of life we have to voluntarily accept some difficulty, tapasya. And that is simple?just chant Krishna's name. "These foreign devotees," he told the audience, "have accepted four regulations: no meat eating, no illicit sex, no intoxication and no gambling. They have voluntarily given up. It is a little difficult to give these four things up, but they won't die from it. Nowadays the parents are giving meat from birth to the baby, meat powder. And mother and father drink liquor. 'soft drink' they call it. But they have given up. You also accept. Otherwise one day Yamaraja will come and say, 'Now become a dog.'" His lecture was well received, and after answering a few short questions, Srila Prabhupada retired to his room, leaving the devotees to chant and show a film.



Reference: Transcendental Diary Volume 4 by Hari Sauri Dasa