The whole process is, of this Krishna Consciousness movement, to meet the waves of material nature. The waves are called agitation by hunger and thirst, lamentation, confusion, illusion in so called love and affection, pangs of old age and disease and at last meeting with death. All these things can be changed simply by engaging ourselves in the service of the Lord which keeps us always in the transcendental position.
- REF. Letter to: Carol -- Nairobi 7 October, 1971
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A man was stuck on his rooftop in a flood. He was praying to God for help.
Soon another man in a rowboat came by and shouted to the man on the roof, "Jump in, I can save you."The stranded one shouted back, "No, it's Ok, I'm praying to God and he is going to save me."
So the rowboat went on.
Then a motorboat came by. The man in the motorboat shouted, "Jump in, I can save you." To this the stranded man said, "No thanks, I'm praying to God and he is going to save me. I have faith."
So the motorboat went on.
Then a helicopter came by and the pilot shouted down, "Grab this rope and I will lift you to safety." To this the stranded man again replied, "No thanks, I'm praying to God and he is going to save me. I have faith."
So the helicopter reluctantly flew away.
Soon the water rose above the rooftop and the man drowned. He went to Heaven. He finally got his chance to discuss this whole situation with God, at which point he exclaimed, "I had faith in You but You didn't save me. You let me drown. I don't understand why!"
To this God replied, "I sent you a rowboat and a motorboat and a helicopter, what more did you expect?"
Krishna has already descended in the form of His Holy Name. We have to take shelter.
Srila Prabhupada instructs:
"This material world is sometimes regarded as an ocean of nescience. In the ocean, however expert a swimmer one may be, the struggle for existence is very severe. Perfect knowledge, received from the Supreme Personality of Godhead, is the path of liberation. The boat of Krishna consciousness is very simple, but at the same time the most sublime.
The Lord desires the conditioned souls hovering in the material creation be reclaimed to go back home, back to Godhead, and thus He helps them by preparing the transcendental literatures like the Vedas, by sending missionaries of saints and sages and by deputing His representative, the spiritual master.
REF. SB 9.10.53
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JAPA YAJNA FOR WORLD PEACE AND HARMONY
A Unique program for mass distribution of the holy name
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Over 9000 rounds of the mahamantra were chanted by pilgrims on January 1st, at Hare Krishna Hill. This marked the beginning of ISKCON Bangalore's offering to World Peace & Harmony in the year 2000: the Shata Koti Nama Japa Yajna (Sacrifice to chant 100 crore holy names of Sri Krishna) in the Year 2000, in ISKCON's Harinama Mantap.
The Harinama mantap is just located before the pilgrims reach the first temple of Sri Prahlada Narasimha. Designed in South-Indian style, this has two sets of 108 steps. A recorded voice of Srila Prabhupada chanting the mahamantra with full clarity, resounds in the mantap, playing off a CD. One full round takes exactly 10 minutes - meaning that 1296 people can pass through the mantap in an hour, each chanting the mahamantra 108 times.
Day after day, devotees of the Sri Radha Krishna-chandra temple take turns in appealing to the visitors to participate in this yajna for world Peace, and to receive Krishna's blessings in His temple. Braving all types of weather, the devotees stand before the japa mantapa, enthusing visitors to participate in the Nama Japa Yajna.
In the year 2004 22,20,334 rounds of the mahamantra were chanted on the steps. In 2005, 13,48,082 rounds were chanted.
Each participant chants the Hare Krishna mahamantra (consisting of 16 holy names) 108 times as he passes through the Harinama Mantap.