24 hour Kirtan Vrindavana

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By Krishna Balarama devotees

When asked, ëWhat should we do for World Holy Name Day?í the only answer that came to mind was: ëWorld Holy Name Day? It is World Holy Name Daily for us, so why not come and join in with us every day ë at least for World Holy Name Day!í So, we suggested that all the temple departments could take turns helping to make our already continuous performance of sankirtan yajna even more inspirational and blissful on the occasion of a World Holy Name Day, and we were very pleased to see the wholehearted response. This event demonstrated the practical principle of unity under the banner of the Holy Name by engaging all the temple departments in performing 24 hour kirtan. We suggested that the temple managers should also participate at night, and were pleasantly surprised to find Devamrita prabhu (one of Vrindavan Yathraís co-temple presidents) and other members of the Vrindavan management team enthusiastically braving the night kirtan shift from 1A.M. till 3A.M. No one was sleeping. Everyone was fully absorbed and blissful. Unfortunately, we could not turn the day into a day of Brahma, but the temple management did agree to extend World Holy Name Day for an extra day, to maximize on the weekend pilgrim attendance.

One day in Mayapura, Prabhupada called in the G.B.C. members. It was in the afternoon, and it could be seen that he was feeling very blissful. He was hearing the kirtan in the temple. He said that everyone should come to Mayapura and chant twenty-four hours a day. He said, ìThe chanting, according to Bhaktivinoda Thakura, is the only solace. It is nothing material, the chanting. Ajamila called the name of Narayana and was saved.î Then a devotee said, ìIn America they are trying to chant more, twelve hours a day, trying to get a twenty-four-hour kirtan schedule.î ìYes, everywhere,î Srila Prabhupada said, ìthis chanting should go on. Instead of meetings, resolutions, dissolutions, revolutions, and then no solutions, there should be chanting.î

We understand that, in this age, all of our various devotional services are meant to bring us to the point of earnestly chanting the maha-mantra more and more. This was vibrantly exemplified on World Holy Name Day when all the different service departments of the temple assisted in the dayís performance of the Yuga Dharma, hari-nama-sankirtan.

On a daily average, Sri Sri Krishna Balaram Mandir receives thousands of visiting pilgrims; even more on weekends and festival days. Srila Prabhupada deemed the I.S.K.CON.-Vrindavan temple a lazy intelligent preaching project. Instead of our taking time, trouble, and expenditure, traveling here and there the world over, thousands and thousands of people from all over the world come to this temple due to the attraction of the Deities and the kirtan. In the west, however, people in general are not very much inclined to come to the temples, and so it is, therefore, necessary to take the temple to the people. It is necessary to go out to perform sankirtan of the Holy Name on the street to give as many people as possible the fortunate opportunity to come into contact with the transcendental vibration. It is nice that the G.B.C. has drummed up the World Holy Name Day idea, presumably with the good intention of, in some small way, increasing our regard for the chanting of the Holy Name. We should be careful, though, not to allow the World Holy Name Day proclamation to psychologically and, further, to practically relegate our concerted celebration of the Holy Name to an institutionally ritualized once-a-year hype. It is a regrettable, nay, reprehensible, clearly observable phenomenon that, since the disappearance of our founder-acharya, Srila Prabhupada, the Hare Krishna Movementís customary performances of nagar-sankirtan (congregational chanting and dancing in the streets) in most major cities around the world has come to a stand-still. Almost everywhere, public performance of yuga-dharma-hari-nama-sankirtan is conspicuous by its absence.

The members of Krishna Balaram Mandir 24 Hour Kirtan Mandala humbly beseech all devotees of the Krishna consciousness movement at every echelon to loyally re-institute, popularize, encourage, support, facilitate, and practically do public performances of nama-sankirtan on a daily basis. All individual, communal, institutional, and inter-institutional devotional inadequacies, anomalies, inequities, etc. as well as all domestic, public, socio-political, governmental, and inter-governmental irregularities of this age, can be positively surmounted by doing so.

Faith in the process of hari-nama-sankirtan is the fundamental root of the tree of Krishna consciousness, the strength of the Krishna consciousness movement ë its essential foundation. Let us not wait until the fag end of life, when varieties of physical and mental decrepitude will render our bodies inoperative, before wisely recognizing this principle. May our future observances of the here-to-fore yearly whooped-up World Holy Name Day help us to get at least a drop of the ocean of faith actually required to purely and powerfully propagate Lord Caitanyaís sankirtan movement of the Holy Name.

yajnaih sankirtana-prayair yajanti hi su-medhasah


Om Tat Sat


#hare krishna



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