Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas Prayers

Today is Christmas day- the day celebrated as Jesus Christ's appearance day- so there was a festival program at the temple for Sri Sri Radha Kalachandji; though I didn't attend personally, I was in the pujari room and witnessed the abundance of gifts received by the Deities and Srila Prabhupada first hand on this momentous occasion. There were pressure cookers, food processors, juicers, towels, and all kinds of kitchen and worship paraphernalia piled on top of each other. It was nice to see the spirit of charity alive in Krishna Consciousness. Sometimes we hear people say, "Give to a good cause. This is for a good cause. etc." but only when we engage our mind, body and hearts in the service of the Supreme Lord, Sri Krishna, do we really support a good cause--our spiritual cause. Without God and a God-conscious society, every good cause will go on in vain without knowledge of the True Self and the spiritual reality, Sri Goloka Dham, every endeavor is simply a waste of valuable time and energy. Rather than pray for material enjoyment, I'd like to pray for my Self in hopes that I will one day make some spiritual advancement. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu indiscriminately gives away prema-bhakti, pure Love of Godhead to anyone... regardless of age, race, gender, background or creed simply out of compassion for the fallen souls of this Age. So I pray for the Mercy of the Two Transcendental Brothers, Bringers of the Holy Name,
"Please, My Lord Gauranga! Oh Son of Sachi, please engage me in chanting the Holy Name of Lord Krishna! Allow me to taste the nectar of Sri Hari Nam and uninhibitedly delve into that ocean of transcendental sweet ambrosia. Oh Thakur! When will I cry joyfully in ecstasy and develop symptoms of prema within my body after simply uttering the words, 'Nitai! Gaura! Gauranga!'? "
Touching the feet of the Vaishnavs, I pray that you will offer me your blessings and make my prayers come true, it is my only solace in Life.
Also, if you would like to similarly pray for pure love of Godhead, there is a beautiful bhajan/poem by Srila Narottam das Thakur called 'Gauranga bolite habe'.  
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