ISKCON Bangalore conducted the Srila Prabhupada Ashraya ceremony on June 11, 2017.
This ceremony provides an opportunity to those who wish to formally take shelter of Srila Prabhupada and lead a Krishna conscious life at different levels.
This was the first Ashraya ceremony conducted for donors and life members of the temple, who were willing to take up the chanting of the Hare Krishna Maha mantra every day and follow a few other simple spiritual practices as part of their daily life.
Addressing the gathering in the ceremony, His Grace Madhu Pandit Dasa, Temple President said, “The Hare Krishna Maha mantra destroys the ill effects of Kali-yuga. The essence of Vedic knowledge and Vedic practices are included in the Nama Japa. The cause of our suffering is forgetfulness of God and ignorance that we are this body. If we chant the Hare Krishna Maha mantra and hear it nicely, we can come out of the ignorance and get self-realization. This life is a journey to understand Krishna, attain His lotus feet and attain eternal life.”
He stressed on the attentive hearing of the mantra by reiterating that, “The best way to be with God is to vibrate this sound and attentively hear the sound, then you are connected with God.”
Eighty-four aspirants committed themselves to Shraddhavan level (chanting a minimum of one round of the Hare Krishna maha mantra every day) and 15 aspirants to Sevaka level (chanting a minimum of four rounds of the Hare Krishna maha mantra every day) while they took oath in front of the Deity of Srila Prabhupada.
This was followed by Guru Puja to Srila Prabhupada.
Next was a spiritual talk by His Grace Chanchalapathi Dasa, Senior Vice President of the temple. He said that coming in touch with a pure devotee of Krishna is a rare occurrence. He briefly narrated the background of Srila Prabhupada, explaining how he came in touch with his Guru, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura and later on established ISKCON and spread the message of Krishna across the world. He then gave away the Sankalpa Patras to the aspirants in recognition of their spiritual commitments.