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Jul
21
Sun
Srila Gopala Bhatta Gosvami — Disappearance
Jul 21 all-day
Jul
22
Mon
SB 4.9.51-52
Jul 22 @ 6:00 AM – 7:00 AM
SB 4.9.51-52

Speaker: Vidagdha Madhava Prabhu

SB 4.9.51 The residents of the palace praised the Queen: Dear Queen, your beloved son was lost a long time ago, and it is your great fortune that he now has come back. It appears, therefore, that your son will be able to protect you for a very long time and will put an end to all your material pangs.
SB 4.9.52 Dear Queen, you must have worshiped the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who delivers His devotees from the greatest danger. Persons who constantly meditate upon Him surpass the course of birth and death. This perfection is very difficult to achieve.
Jul
23
Tue
SB 4.9.53-56
Jul 23 @ 6:00 AM – 7:00 AM
SB 4.9.53-56

Speaker: HH Bhakti Prabhupada-vrata Damodara Swami

SB 4.9.53 The sage Maitreya continued: My dear Vidura, when everyone was thus praising Dhruva Mahārāja, the King was very happy, and he had Dhruva and his brother seated on the back of a she-elephant. Thus he returned to his capital, where he was praised by all classes of men.
SB 4.9.54 The whole city was decorated with columns of banana trees containing bunches of fruits and flowers, and betel-nut trees with leaves and branches were seen here and there. There were also many gates set up which were structured to give the appearance of sharks.
SB 4.9.55 At each and every gate there were burning lamps and big waterpots decorated with differently colored cloth, strings of pearls, flower garlands and hanging mango leaves.
SB 4.9.56 In the capital city there were many palaces, city gates and surrounding walls, which were already very, very beautiful, and on this occasion all of them were decorated with golden ornaments. The domes of the city palaces glittered, as did the domes of the beautiful airplanes which hovered over the city.
Jul
24
Wed
Srila Lokanatha Gosvami — Disappearance
Jul 24 all-day
SB 4.9.57-62
Jul 24 @ 6:00 AM – 7:00 AM
SB 4.9.57-62

Speaker: Puskara Prabhu

SB 4.9.57 All the quadrangles, lanes and streets in the city, and the raised sitting places at the crossings, were thoroughly cleansed and sprinkled with sandalwood water; and auspicious grains such as rice and barley, and flowers, fruits and many other auspicious presentations, were scattered all over the city.
SB 4.9.58-59 Thus as Dhruva Mahārāja passed on the road, from every place in the neighborhood all the gentle household ladies assembled to see him, and out of maternal affection they offered their blessings, showering him with white mustard seed, barley, curd, water, newly grown grass, fruits and flowers. In this way Dhruva Mahārāja, while hearing the pleasing songs sung by the ladies, entered the palace of his father.
SB 4.9.60 Dhruva Mahārāja thereafter lived in his father’s palace, which had walls bedecked with highly valuable jewels. His affectionate father took particular care of him, and he dwelled in that house just as the demigods live in their palaces in the higher planetary systems.
SB 4.9.61 The bedding in the palace was as white as the foam of milk and was very soft. The bedsteads were made of ivory with embellishments of gold, and the chairs, benches and other sitting places and furniture were made of gold.
SB 4.9.62 The palace of the King was surrounded by walls made of marble with many engravings made of valuable jewels like sapphires, which depicted beautiful women with shining jewel lamps in their hands.
Jul
25
Thu
The incorporation of ISKCON in New York
Jul 25 all-day
SB 4.9.63
Jul 25 @ 6:00 AM – 7:00 AM
SB 4.9.63

Speaker: Narahari Prabhu

SB 4.9.63 The King’s residence was surrounded by gardens wherein there were varieties of trees brought from the heavenly planets. In those trees there were pairs of sweetly singing birds and almost-mad bumblebees, which made a very relishable buzzing sound.
Jul
26
Fri
SB 4.9.64-65
Jul 26 @ 6:00 AM – 7:00 AM
SB 4.9.64-65

Speaker: Bhrigupati Prabhu

SB 4.9.64 There were emerald staircases which led to lakes full of variously colored lotus flowers and lilies, and swans, kāraṇḍavas, cakravākas, cranes and similar other valuable birds were visible in those lakes.
SB 4.9.65 The saintly King Uttānapāda, hearing of the glorious deeds of Dhruva Mahārāja and personally seeing also how influential and great he was, felt very satisfied, for Dhruva’s activities were wonderful to the supreme degree.
Jul
27
Sat
Fasting for Kamika Ekadasi
Jul 27 all-day
CB Antya: 5.269
Jul 27 @ 6:00 AM – 7:00 AM
CB Antya: 5.269

Speaker: Puskara Prabhu

Caitanya Bhagavata

Starting with CB Antya: 5.269

Jul
28
Sun
Break fast 08:56 – 10:26 (LT)
Jul 28 all-day
Jul
29
Mon
SB 4.9.66
Jul 29 @ 6:00 AM – 7:00 AM
SB 4.9.66

Speaker:  Bhakta Sunil

SB 4.9.66 When, after concentration, King Uttānapāda saw that Dhruva Mahārāja was suitably mature to take charge of the kingdom and that his ministers were agreeable and the citizens were also very fond of him, he enthroned Dhruva as emperor of this planet.
Jul
30
Tue
Explorations in Sacred Listening
Jul 30 @ 6:00 AM – 7:00 AM

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Sacred Listening & Reflection Workshop.

by Girigovardhana Prabhu

Girigovardhana explains: “For me the very best part of my esanga experience is the discussion after the lecture. Today we will skip the lecture and jump right in! We will try to enrich our experience by using some of the elements of Sacred Listening where we cultivate a mood of deep listening and reflection.”

Jul
31
Wed
SB 4.9.67
Jul 31 @ 6:00 AM – 7:00 AM
SB 4.9.67

Damayanti Devi

SB 4.9.67 After considering his advanced age and deliberating on the welfare of his spiritual self, King Uttānapāda detached himself from worldly affairs and entered the forest.
Aug
1
Thu
SB 4.10.1
Aug 1 @ 6:00 AM – 7:00 AM
SB 4.10.1

HH Hanumatpresaka Swami

SB 4.10.1 The great sage Maitreya said: My dear Vidura, thereafter Dhruva Mahārāja married the daughter of Prajāpati Śiśumāra, whose name was Bhrami, and two sons named Kalpa and Vatsara were born of her.
Aug
2
Fri
SB 4.10.2-13
Aug 2 @ 6:00 AM – 7:00 AM
SB 4.10.2-13

Gaudacandra Prabhu

SB 4.10.2 The greatly powerful Dhruva Mahārāja had another wife, named Ilā, who was the daughter of the demigod Vāyu. By her he begot a son named Utkala and a very beautiful daughter.
SB 4.10.3 Dhruva Mahārāja’s younger brother Uttama, who was still unmarried, once went on a hunting excursion and was killed by a powerful Yakṣa in the Himālaya Mountains. Along with him, his mother, Suruci, also followed the path of her son [she died].
SB 4.10.4 When Dhruva Mahārāja heard of the killing of his brother Uttama by the Yakṣas in the Himālaya Mountains, being overwhelmed with lamentation and anger, he got on his chariot and went out for victory over the city of the Yakṣas, Alakāpurī.
SB 4.10.5 Dhruva Mahārāja went to the northern direction of the Himālayan range. In a valley he saw a city full of ghostly persons who were followers of Lord Śiva.
SB 4.10.6 Maitreya continued: My dear Vidura, as soon as Dhruva Mahārāja reached Alakāpurī, he immediately blew his conchshell, and the sound reverberated throughout the entire sky and in every direction. The wives of the Yakṣas became very much frightened. From their eyes it was apparent that they were full of anxiety.
SB 4.10.7 O hero Vidura, the greatly powerful heroes of the Yakṣas, unable to tolerate the resounding vibration of the conchshell of Dhruva Mahārāja, came forth from their city with weapons and attacked Dhruva.
SB 4.10.8 Dhruva Mahārāja, who was a great charioteer and certainly a great bowman also, immediately began to kill them by simultaneously discharging arrows three at a time.
SB 4.10.9 When the heroes of the Yakṣas saw that all their heads were being thus threatened by Dhruva Mahārāja, they could very easily understand their awkward position, and they concluded that they would certainly be defeated. But, as heroes, they lauded the action of Dhruva.
SB 4.10.10 Just like serpents, who cannot tolerate being trampled upon by anyone’s feet, the Yakṣas, being intolerant of the wonderful prowess of Dhruva Mahārāja, threw twice as many arrows — six from each of their soldiers — and thus they very valiantly exhibited their prowess.
SB 4.10.11-12 The Yakṣa soldiers were 130,000 strong, all greatly angry and all desiring to defeat the wonderful activities of Dhruva Mahārāja. With full strength they showered upon Mahārāja Dhruva, along with his chariot and charioteer, various types of feathered arrows, parighas [iron bludgeons], nistriṁśas [swords], prāsaśūlas [tridents], paraśvadhas [lances], śaktis [pikes], ṛṣṭis [spears] and bhuśuṇḍī weapons.
SB 4.10.13 Dhruva Mahārāja was completely covered by an incessant shower of weapons, just as a mountain is covered by incessant rainfall.
Aug
4
Sun
Sri Raghunandana Thakura — Disappearance
Aug 4 all-day
Sri Vamsidasa Babaji — Disappearance
Aug 4 all-day
Aug
5
Mon
SB 4.10.14
Aug 5 @ 6:00 AM – 7:00 AM
SB 4.10.14

Speaker: Jaya Jagadisa Prabhu (Santa Cruz, CA)

SB 4.10.14 All the Siddhas from the higher planetary systems were observing the fight from the sky, and when they saw that Dhruva Mahārāja had been covered by the incessant arrows of the enemy, they roared tumultuously, “The grandson of Manu, Dhruva, is now lost!” They cried that Dhruva Mahārāja was just like the sun and that now he had set within the ocean of the Yakṣas.
Aug
6
Tue
SB 4.10.15-30
Aug 6 @ 6:00 AM – 7:00 AM
SB 4.10.15-30

Speaker: HH Bhakti Prabhupada-vrata Damodara Swami

SB 4.10.15 The Yakṣas, being temporarily victorious, exclaimed that they had conquered Dhruva Mahārāja. But in the meantime Dhruva’s chariot suddenly appeared, just as the sun suddenly appears from within foggy mist.
SB 4.10.16 Dhruva Mahārāja’s bow and arrows twanged and hissed, causing lamentation in the hearts of his enemies. He began to shoot incessant arrows, shattering all their different weapons, just as the blasting wind scatters the assembled clouds in the sky.
SB 4.10.17 The sharp arrows released from the bow of Dhruva Mahārāja pierced the shields and bodies of the enemy, like the thunderbolts released by the King of heaven, which dismantle the bodies of the mountains.
SB 4.10.18-19 The great sage Maitreya continued: My dear Vidura, the heads of those who were cut to pieces by the arrows of Dhruva Mahārāja were decorated very beautifully with earrings and turbans. The legs of their bodies were as beautiful as golden palm trees, their arms were decorated with golden bracelets and armlets, and on their heads there were very valuable helmets bedecked with gold. All these ornaments lying on that battlefield were very attractive and could bewilder the mind of a hero.
SB 4.10.20 The remaining Yakṣas who somehow or other were not killed had their limbs cut to pieces by the arrows of the great warrior Dhruva Mahārāja. Thus they began to flee, just as elephants flee when defeated by a lion.
SB 4.10.21 Dhruva Mahārāja, the best of human beings, observed that in that great battlefield not one of the opposing soldiers was left standing with proper weapons. He then desired to see the city of Alakāpurī, but he thought to himself, “No one knows the plans of the mystic Yakṣas.”
SB 4.10.22 In the meantime, while Dhruva Mahārāja, doubtful of his mystic enemies, was talking with his charioteer, they heard a tremendous sound, as if the whole ocean were there, and they found that from the sky a great dust storm was coming over them from all directions.
SB 4.10.23 Within a moment the whole sky was overcast with dense clouds, and severe thundering was heard. There was glittering electric lightning and severe rainfall.
SB 4.10.24 My dear faultless Vidura, in that rainfall there was blood, mucus, pus, stool, urine and marrow falling heavily before Dhruva Mahārāja, and there were trunks of bodies falling from the sky.
SB 4.10.25 Next, a great mountain was visible in the sky, and from all directions hailstones fell, along with lances, clubs, swords, iron bludgeons and great pieces of stone.
SB 4.10.26 Dhruva Mahārāja also saw many big serpents with angry eyes, vomiting forth fire and coming to devour him, along with groups of mad elephants, lions and tigers.
SB 4.10.27 Then, as if it were the time of the dissolution of the whole world, the fierce sea with foaming waves and great roaring sounds came forward before him.
SB 4.10.28 The demon Yakṣas are by nature very heinous, and by their demoniac power of illusion they can create many strange phenomena to frighten one who is less intelligent.
SB 4.10.29 When the great sages heard that Dhruva Mahārāja was overpowered by the illusory mystic tricks of the demons, they immediately assembled to offer him auspicious encouragement.
SB 4.10.30 All the sages said: Dear Dhruva, O son of King Uttānapāda, may the Supreme Personality of Godhead known as Śārṅgadhanvā, who relieves the distresses of His devotees, kill all your threatening enemies. The holy name of the Lord is as powerful as the Lord Himself. Therefore, simply by chanting and hearing the holy name of the Lord, many men can be fully protected from fierce death without difficulty. Thus a devotee is saved.
Aug
7
Wed
SB 4.11.1
Aug 7 @ 6:00 AM – 7:00 AM
SB 4.11.1

Speaker: Tulasi Krishna Devi Dasi

SB 4.11.1 Śrī Maitreya said: My dear Vidura, when Dhruva Mahārāja heard the encouraging words of the great sages, he performed the ācamana by touching water and then took up his arrow made by Lord Nārāyaṇa and fixed it upon his bow.
Aug
10
Sat
Fasting for Pavitropana Ekadasi
Aug 10 all-day
Radha Govinda Jhulana Yatra begins
Aug 10 all-day
Aug
11
Sun
Break fast 06:08 – 10:27 (LT)
Aug 11 all-day
Sri Gauridasa Pandita — Disappearance
Aug 11 all-day
Srila Rupa Gosvami — Disappearance
Aug 11 all-day
Aug
13
Tue
Last day of the first Caturmasya month [PURNIMA SYSTEM]
Aug 13 all-day
Aug
14
Wed
(Fast today)
Aug 14 all-day
(yogurt fast for one month)
Aug 14 all-day
Jhulana Yatra ends
Aug 14 all-day
Lord Balarama — Appearance
Aug 14 all-day
Second month of Caturmasya begins [PURNIMA SYSTEM]
Aug 14 all-day
Aug
15
Thu
Srila Prabhupada\’s departure for the USA
Aug 15 all-day
Aug
23
Fri
(Fast today)
Aug 23 all-day
Sri Krsna Janmastami: Appearance of Lord Sri Krsna
Aug 23 all-day
Aug
24
Sat
Nandotsava
Aug 24 all-day
Srila Prabhupada — Appearance
Aug 24 all-day
Aug
26
Mon
Fasting for Annada Ekadasi
Aug 26 all-day
Aug
27
Tue
Break fast 06:13 – 10:26 (LT)
Aug 27 all-day
Sep
3
Tue
Srimati Sita Thakurani (Sri Advaita\’s consort) — Appearance
Sep 3 all-day
Sep
4
Wed
Lalita sasti
Sep 4 all-day
Sep
5
Thu
Radhastami: Appearance of Srimati Radharani
Sep 5 all-day
Sep
9
Mon
(Fast today for Vamanadeva)
Sep 9 all-day
Fasting for Parsva Ekadasi
Sep 9 all-day
Sep
10
Tue
(Fasting is done yesterday)
Sep 10 all-day
Break fast 06:17 – 10:24 (LT)
Sep 10 all-day
Sri Vamana Dvadasi: Appearance of Lord Vamanadeva
Sep 10 all-day
Srila Jiva Gosvami — Appearance
Sep 10 all-day
Sep
11
Wed
Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura — Appearance
Sep 11 all-day
Sep
12
Thu
Ananta Caturdasi Vrata
Sep 12 all-day

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