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December/January 2020-21

Vol 2 Issue 1


TALKS OF GOKUL Krsner-Matirastu

Editor's Desk Hare Krishna!! We hope that you are enjoying the newsletter and spending your day engrossed in Krishna conscious (Krsner-matirastu). The theme of this newsletter is 'Gita Jayanti' We have many puzzles & riddles to test your knowledge. We also have stories & comics for fun. Heartfelt thanks to all of you for your motivation and blessings and for giving us your valuable feedback/suggestions. You can access the online version of all newsletters here:https://iskcongurugram.com/media/ If you want your article or painting to feature in this Newsletter or for any other query, you may contact the editors:Pranav Handa pranav.handa.krishna@gmail.com Arindam Sharma arindamsharma05@gmail.com

 l o b i Har

Devotional Art Ram

Gaurangi Bavni




Gita Jayanti Celebration It was on the 25th of December. I woke up early in the morning. It was Gita Jayanti, the day when Lord Krishna spoke Bhagavad Gita to Arjun. I got ready and went to the ISKCON temple, Gurugram, with my parents. When I reached the temple, I saw that already 100 devotees were sitting to read Bhagavad Gita. We read all the 700 Sanskrit shlokas together in just 2.5 hours. After we completed the reading of the holy book, the entire temple hall swung with ecstatic kirtan. As the kirtan was going on, the pujaris of the temple started with Gita Jayanti Maha-Yagya. The atmosphere became so pure that it's indescribable. While the fire sacrifice was going on, I clicked pictures of the beautiful fire sacrifice and the devotees chanting and dancing. After the fire sacrifice, all the devotees sat together to honor Ekadashi prasadam. The experience was very memorable and joyful.

You can also check out the Gita Jayanti celebration at ISKCON, Gurugram:#ISKCONGurugramCelebration

Arindam Sharma

Sloka Memorization BG Chapter-7 Text-19

ब नां ज मनाम ते ानवा मां प ते । वासुदेव: सव म त स महा मा सु लभ: ॥ bahūnāṁ janmanām antejñānavān māṁ prapadyatevāsudevaḥ sarvam itisa mahātmā su-durlabhaḥ Translation After many births and deaths, he who is actually in knowledge surrenders unto Me, knowing Me to be the cause of all causes and all that is. Such a great soul is very rare.

Gita for Life

Fun of Vrindavan Radhika Keshari

Crossword Puzzle

Across 2. The teacher of Pandavas and Kauravas 6. Who could fight with 60000 warriors alone 10. The son of mother Ganga 11. Other name for Arjun: the son of pritha

Down 1. The conch shell of Krishna 3. Which tree is being talked about in the 15th chapter of BG (written in English) 4. The story teller to the elder father of Pandavas 5. The killer of the demon Madhu 7. Other name for soul 8. The eldest son of Dhritrashtra 9. Whose other name is Vrikodara: The voracious EATER

From Srila Prabhupada's Life

Gauranga Grover

Word Search

g the following wo n i d n i f rds Try

1. Arjun 2. Dhananjaya 3. Gita 4. Pandavas 5. Sanjaya 6. Prabhupada 7. Krishna 8. Kauravas 9. Parth Vrinda Dhasmana

Match If You Can Match 'Column A' with 'Column B' to complete the Shloka

Column A दे हनोऽ म यथा दे हे कौमारं यौवनं जरा

आभुवनालोका: पुनरावतनोऽजुन

धम े े कु

े े समवेता युयु सव:

मा ा शा तु कौ तेय शीतो णसुख ःखदाः

प ं पु पं फलं तोयं यो मे भ या य त

Column B तदहं भ युप तम ा म यता मन:

आगमापा यनोऽ न या तां त त भारत

मामुपेय तु कौतेय पुनजम न वते

तथा दे हा तर ा तध र त न मु

मामका: पा डवा ैव कमकुवत स य

P u e z z zle a M

Help the Devotees reach the person trapped in this maze of material suffering Gauranga Grover

Distribution Stories Arindam - While distributing Prabhupada books at the mall I met 3 youngsters. They were not interested to buy Bhagavad Gita from me because they thought it will not help in getting them a job. The job will only get us money but how to utilize that money and live our life nicely is taught in Bhagavad Gita. Unfortunately, people do not have this knowledge nor do they want to take it Keshav - I was distributing Bhagavad Gita and Krishna Book on Sohna Road Traffic light, Gurugram, with a team from ISKCON Gurugram. While distributing I met different kinds of people. Most of them were not in the favour of buying the Gita. Almost 50% of the people said that they already had Bhagavad Gita at their home, some were ignoring it, some were donating Laxmi. But with Krishna’s mercy, I was able to distribute 5 English Gita. First, there was an inhibition of selling Bhagavad Gita on the road. But when I saw everyone distributing Books I was inspired to distribute Gita too. It was such a memorable experience. Pranav - Once while distributing Bhagavad Gita I came across a couple who participated in a Gita quiz. One of the questions was in which scripture is the Bhagavad Gita spoken, they answered it as Ramayan. Ramayan and Mahabharat are our Indian history and culture and these days people are not much familiar with these. In schools, we are taught the history of European countries or of the Mughal invasions in India but our ancient and Vedic history is not taught. They are classified as mythology which is actually misleading.

Radhe Govind - While distributing, a person called me and asked what I was doing. I told him about the Bhagavad Gita marathon (Gita Jayanti) And after I told him he said that he would buy a Hindi Bhagavad Gita he took the Gita and kept it in his jacket. Actually a little while ago only a person on a bike had taken a Bhagavad Gita from a devotee and run away with it. So I was worried and prayed to Srila Prabhupada. To my relief, that man gave me the money immediately. It was my first Bhagavad Gita distributed that day and I was very grateful to Srila Prabhupada.

Arjun - While trying to distribute Bhagavad Gita I happen to talk to my friend's mom and told her if she would like to buy or sponsor Bhagavad Gita. She said that she would rather donate warm clothes to old age home people than donating a book. So I told her that donating clothes is a good idea but this book brings transcendental knowledge to us and helps us understand why we are suffering. Bhagavad Gita is the book of eternal wisdom that helps us to improve our consciousness so that we can not only improve this life but also our next life. Then she donated 5 books

Upakhyane Upadesha A family for the Gita

Moral of the Story An honest devotee must be careful. He must not fall under the clutches of illusory energy while pretending to acquire favorable objects for devotional services to Sri Hari. It is, therefore, most essential to pray for the mercy of pure devotees, constantly keeping ourselves in their uncontaminated association with complete loyalty & allegiance.

Answers of Last Issue Word Scramble

1. Putna 2. Kaliya 3. Aghasura 4. Trinavarta 5. Pralambasura 6. Dhenukasura 7. Vatsasura 8. Keshi 9. Bakasura 10. Kamsa

Maze puzzle

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Profile for ISKCONGurgram

Talks of Gokula : December/January 2020-21 Edition  

Talks of Gokula : December/January 2020-21 Edition