Srila Prabhupada in Mayapur

A collection of photos of Srila Prabhupada in Mayapur along with quotes about the TOVP and Mayapur project.

Srila Prabhupada in Mayapur A collection of photos of Srila Prabhupada in Mayapur and quotes about the TOVP and Mayapur Project “ I have given you the Kingdom of God (Mayapur). Now take it, develop it and enjoy it. ”

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Srila Prabhupada in Mayapur This book is a compilation of all Srila Prabhupada's known quotes regarding the ISKCON Mayapur project and the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium from his books, lectures, letters, conversations and morning walks, accompanied by photos of His Divine Grace in Mayapur. We hope this presentation will be inspiring to all the members and followers of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness now and into the future, and will remain a guiding light for the standards Prabhupada set for his Mayapur City, and his deepest desire to establish the World Headquarters of his organization in the most holy and sacred land of Sridham Mayapur for the pleasure of His Divine Grace Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati, our previous acharyas and Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. All Glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

The Mayapur Project

The members of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness should go to India during the birthday ceremony of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu at Mayapur and perform sankirtana congregationally. This will attract the attention of all the important personalities in India, just as the beauty, bodily luster and sankirtana performance by the associates of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu attracted the attention of Maharaja Prataparudra.

Caitanya Caritamrta - Madhya 11.96

Srila Prabhupada Arrival Address, January 15, 1976, Mayapur

Srila Prabhupada Lilamrta, Satsvarupa Goswami

Srila Prabhupada Letter to Mr. Hunter June 5, 1976

“ The International Society for Krishna Consciousness now has its world center in Navadvipa, Mayapur. The managers of this center should see that twenty-four hours a day there is chanting of the holy names of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra. ”

Caitanya Caritamrta - Adi 17.123

In Gorakhpur, 1971, Srila Prabhupada sang Jaya Radha Madhava for the first time in ISKCON to the Deities that were soon to be sent to Mayapur under his instruction to became the first Chota Radha Madhava worshiped there. After singing he made the following comment: “ This is actual picture of Krishna, Radha-Madhava giri- vara-dhari. Original Krishna this is. Radha-Madhava giri- vara-dhari. Vraja-jana-vallabha. His business is to please the inhabitants of Vrndavana. That's all. He has no other business. And the vraja-jana also, they have no other business than to please Krishna. That's all. This is original Krishna. ”

Purport to Jaya Radha-Madhava - February 14, 1971, Gorakhpur

On the third morning after introducing Jaya Radha-Madhava, Prabhupada again sang it with the devotees responding. Then he began to explain it further. “Radha - Madhava” , he said, “have Their eternal loving pastimes in the groves of Vrndavana.” He stopped speaking. His closed eyes flooded with tears, and he began gently rocking his head. His body trembled. Several minutes passed, and everyone in the room remained completely silent. Finally, he returned to external consciousness and said, " Now, just chant Hare Krishna." After this, the Radha-Krishna Deities of Gorakhpur became known as Sri Sri Radha-Madhava, and eventually made Their way to Mayapur.

Prabhupada Lilamrta

Srimad Bhagavatam Purport, 5.19.24

“ The best time and place is Mayapur on Lord Caitanya’s Appearance Day. That is not only the best for me but for everyone. Mayapur is meant for that. If possible, all devotees from all our centers should go for 8 days at that time. ”

Letter to Tamala Krishna Goswami - July 20, 1973

“ Otherwise, when funds are there we shall construct very nice centers in Vrndavana and Mayapur, that’s all. Let many foreign students and disciples come to India for staying with us in these places. We shall be content to sit down there, chant and have kirtana very vigorously 24 hours, if anyone calls us we shall go for a few days and have program. ”

Letter to Giriraja Dasa - December 28, 1971

“ Just like here at Mayapur, because we have this very nice house, people are coming to visit and stay. They attend the aratis and listen to my lectures, and take prasadam. If we did not have this house, then they would not come. So this is the meaning of a temple. There must always be activity. Not that we have a nice house for comfortable living. We simply want to bring people back home, Back to Godhead. That is the purpose of our temples, of our books, and our festivals, and preachings. ”

Letter to Uttamasloka Das - November 24, 1974

“ If you make it a first-class temple (Mayapur), there will be no lack of visitors for preaching, you will never even have to leave that place for preaching. And if you serve nice prasadam, the whole of India will come. So stick to our principles very rigidly, and everyone will come to see these American Vaisnavas. ”

Letter to Jayapataka Swami - July 30, 1972

May 17, 1972

Letter to Jayapataka Maharaja January 21, 1972

Following in the footsteps of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, we have constructed temples in both Vrndavana and Mayapur, Navadvipa, just to give shelter to the foreign devotees coming from Europe and America. Since the Hare Krishna movement started, many Europeans and Americans have been visiting Vrndavana, but they have not been properly received by any asrama or temple there. It is the purpose of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness to give them shelter and train them in devotional service. There are also many tourists eager to come to India to understand India’s spiritual life, and the devotees in our temples both in Vrndavana and in Navadvipa should make arrangements to accommodate them as far as possible.

Caitanya Caritamrta - Madhya 25.183

Letter to Dinesh Candra Sarkar, August 26, 1976

Jayapataka Swami: Prabhupada was so happy that we had cows. He said, "This is very auspicious." He said, "If the cows are grazing on the land where we're going to build the temple, then by passing cow dung and walking over the land it's going to make it very auspicious for the temple." Prabhupada wanted us to feed the local villagers. So even before we had a building, we had a big pot for cooking and distributing prasadam. Prabhupada used to go on walks, and he liked to walk along the pathways in between the fields. He called these the little highways. As he would be walking them, the villagers would offer him respect and pay obeisances. It was a very informal, friendly environment with all the local villagers. Prabhupada would walk out in the fields and then he would look and say, "Here there will be a spiritual city one day."

Following Srila Prabhupada, Remembrance DVD 4 - March 1973

Temple of the Vedic Planetarium

Srila Prabhupada Letter to Ramesvara, October 25, 1974

Room Conversation July 26, 1976, London

Bhumandala Diagram Discussion July 2, 1977, Vrindaban

Lowest of all is located Devī - dhāma [mundane world], next above it is Maheśa - dhāma [abode of Maheśa]; above Maheśa - dhāma is placed Hari - dhāma [abode of Hari] and above them all is located Krsna's own realm named Goloka. I adore the primeval Lord Govinda, who has allotted their respective authorities to the rulers of those graded realms.

Letter from Bhavananda to Ramesvara – October 25, 1974

Prabhupada Conversation June 15, 1976, Detroit

Letter to Tamala Krishna Goswami, September 16,1971, Mombasa, Kenya

Morning Class – CC Adi 1.6 , March 20, 1975, Mayapur

Srila Prabhupada Arrival Address, January 15 1976, Mayapur

“There is a Siddhaloka. We shall show how this planet works, Siddhaloka . The description of the Siddhaloka is there in the Srimad-Bhagavatam. The Siddhaloka persons, they can go from one planet to another without any machine, or airplane. Like the yogis, those who are perfect yogis, they can go from one place to another without any vehicle. There are many yogis still existing. They take bath in four dhamas — in Hardwar, in Jagannatha Puri, in Ramesvaram. And similarly ... yogis can do that. They attain anima-siddhi, eight kinds of perfection. So the Siddhaloka means they are bor n siddhas. They haven’t got to practice this mystic yoga system.” To illustrate this point he gave the simple, effective example of some siddhas that live within our immediate experience. He pointed out how birds and insects can fly automatically, but we c annot; we have to create so many big machines. Prabhupada’s idea in having a planetarium is to show that the statements made in the Vedic scriptures are authentic and based on scientific fact, not simply mythology, as commonly mis- understood. “There is no question of disbelieving,” he said. “It is not to be rejected, ‘Ah, there cannot be any ... This is unbelievable.’ We have got this information from the sastras. We are staunch believer: ‘Yes there are siddhas.’ That is called theism. One who believes in t he statements of sastra. “Very highly intelligent persons, thoughtful persons, philosophers, scientists, mathematicians — they are called also muni. They came also to satisfy the Lord. Not these ordinary munis, but very exalted munis and siddhas from Siddhaloka. There are many lokas, Caranaloka, others. They are all described. So if there is chance, we shall present these lokas, how they are situated, where they are situated, how they are moving, how the sun is moving around them. The sun is not fixed up; sun is moving. All these things, we have got such dream to show. If there is opportunity, we shall do. The modern scientists or astronomers, they say, ‘Sun is fixed up. The earth is moving.’ So we don’t say that. It has got its orbit. So there are so many things to be known still from Vedic literature, it is not yet unfolded, but we are trying.”

A TRANSCENDENTAL DIARY Vol. 1 - February 15, 1976, Mayapur

A Transcendental Diary, Vol 1 January 21, 1976, Mayapur

A Transcendental Diary Vol. 1 – February 2, 1976, Mayapur

In June, 1973 Prabhupada was in Mayapur and was staying in the Lotus building. That building was erected at the backmost border of our ISKCON land. The bhajan kutir was at the front border of the land next to Bhaktisiddhanta road. The empty land between consisted of many paddy or rice fields. It was all just empty flat fields where Prabhupada had planned for the main temple to be constructed. During a morning walk, Prabhupada and I were standing in front of the bhajan kutir. I turned to him and said, “Should we demolish this since we don’t use it anymore?” Prabhupada was quiet for a moment and then he said “No let the people see - this is what we were”, and then with a grand swing of his right arm he pointed up to his right and said, “and this is what we have become.” And of course , as we now know he was pointing directly to where the TOVP stands today.

Bhavananda Das

Bhavananda Das

Letter to Jayapataka Swami – June 1, 1974

Prabhupada: Yes. So we... We are... We have got very good scheme so that people from the world will come to see the Vedic idea of planetary system. This is the ambition. So you kindly help us.

Conversation with Vedic Astronomer, April 30, 1977

Srila Prabhupada in Mayapur Archival Videos

- Srila Prabhupada, 1976, Mayapur

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