INVITATION TO GAURA PURNIMA FESTIVAL Celebrating the appearance day of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu

 

The festival will be held at the Bhakti Yoga Centre

1 Bompart Street, Westdene, Bloemfontein. Tel 051 4477029

6:30pm BHAJANS AND KIRTAN

7:15 TALK ON THE TEACHINGS OF LORD CHAITANYA

8:00 ARATIKA TO SRI SRI NITAI CAITANYA CHANDRA

8:30 PRASADAM FEAST

 

The teachings of Lord Caitanya are practical demonstrations of Lord Krishna’s teachings. Lord Krishna’s ultimate instruction in Bhagavad-gitä is that everyone should surrender unto Him, Lord Krishna.

Lord Caitanya instructed the mass of people in the sänkhya philosophy of acintya-bhedäbheda-tattva, which maintains that the Supreme Lord is simultaneously one with and different from His creation. Lord Caitanya taught this philosophy through the chanting of the holy name of the Lord. He taught that the holy name of the Lord is the sound incarnation of the Lord and that since the Lord is the absolute whole, there is no difference between His holy name and His transcendental form. Thus by chanting the holy name of the Lord one can directly associate with the Supreme Lord by sound vibration. As one practices this sound vibration, he passes through three stages of development: the offensive stage, the clearing stage and the transcendental stage. In the offensive stage one may desire all kinds of material happiness, but in the second stage one becomes clear of all material contamination. When one is situated on the transcendental stage, he attains the most coveted position—the stage of loving God. Lord Caitanya taught that this is the highest stage of perfection for human beings. (Preface Teachings of Lord Chaitanya, by His Divine Grace Srila A C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Founder Acarya of The International Society for Krishna Consciousness)

Lord Caitanya Mahäprabhu should not be considered to be one of us. He is Krishna Himself, the supreme living entity, and as such He never comes under the cloud of mäyä. Krishna, His expansions, and even His higher devotees never fall into the clutches of illusion. Lord Caitanya came to earth simply to preach Krishna-bhakti, love of Krishna. In other words, He is Lord Krishna Himself teaching the living entities the proper way to approach Krishna. (From Introduction Teachings of Lord Chaitanya)

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