Jananivasa Prabhu Speaks About the TOVP

Srila Prabhupada dans le trou

Srila Prabhupada dans le trou

In March 1972, we had the first ISKCON Gaura-Purnima festival in Sridham Mayapur. During that festival, small Radha-Madhava came from Calcutta and were presiding over the program. At that time, only the bhajan-kutir was on the land, so we had a big pandal program. It was in that pandal, either on Gaura-Purnima, or one of the days near it, that Srila Prabhupada performed the foundation ceremony for the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium. A hole was dug about 15 or 20 feet deep, and Srila Prabhupada personally performed the foundation ceremony and installed the deity of Ananta Sesa. There is a picture of Srila Prabhupada down the hole, and also pictures of the fire sacrifice that was performed. Bhavananda Prabhu was there and Acyutananda Prabhu was there. Srila Prabhupada invited all of his godbrother’s and many of them came and they helped with the program. At the end of the ceremony the hole was filled up, and Ananta Sesa is still there in that place.

Le lieu de la cérémonie était à l'est du bhajan-kutir sur le côté sud de notre terre. C'était à une cinquantaine de mètres du bhajan-kutir. À cette époque, nous n'avions que neuf bigas de terre, trois acres, qui était la parcelle originale que Tamal Krishna Maharaja avait achetée pour Srila Prabhupada. Le bâtiment du lotus était construit à une extrémité et la route de Bhaktisiddhanta était à l'autre extrémité. Là où se trouve le long bâtiment, c'était la limite nord.

Srila Prabhupada avec ses marraines lors de la cérémonie de fondation du temple du planétarium védique

Srila Prabhupada avec ses marraines lors de la cérémonie de fondation du temple du planétarium védique

Later in 1977, the last time Srila Prabhupada was here in Mayapur, it was presented to him that now we have more land on the eastern side, and it would be a much better location for the temple; not so close to the road and more space. Srila Prabhupada sanctioned that, but he never personally went out to the foundation laying ceremony. That was done on the edge of the little forest that is out near the Gurukula. Srila Prabhupada’s disciples laid that foundation and Anantadeva. But that very night, someone actually came and dug up the hole and stole Ananta Sesa. It was a very isolated place at that time.

Right now, we just had the ground breaking ceremony with Ambarisa Prabhu and Bhavananda Prabhu. Srila Prabhupada told Ambarisa to fund this temple, there’s footage of that, some film, and he has stuck it out all these years and is here right now and is coming up with the money. And I would say that Bhavananda Prabhu probably had more instruction about this Temple of the Vedic Planetarium than anyone else. Because he was always here, he was the co-director of Mayapur and he stayed here for many years while Srila Prabhupada was here. So Prabhupada would often tell him what he wanted. He wanted the temple with a big dome and the chandelier inside, the universe should be moving. There should be escalator, moving staircase. He gave the height and everything like that. He instructed Bhavananda that he wanted big Radha-Madhava and asta-sakhi, and Panca-tattva should be there, seven feet tall. And also Srila Prabhupada wanted a parampara altar. So he was telling so many things to Bhavananda about the temple. And Bhavananda is here after so many years. It seems like the original people that Srila Prabhupada entrusted with this work, somehow or another they have come together and it is starting to happen after all these years.

Srila Prabhupada est présenté avec le modèle de TOVP

Srila Prabhupada est présenté avec le modèle de TOVP

Il y avait une lettre de Srila Prabhupada à un Dinesh Babu dans laquelle il décrit notre projet Mayapur. Il a dit que nous obtiendrions de l'aide du gouvernement, que nous avons besoin de autant de terres et que nous dépenserons autant d'argent. Il a ensuite dit,

Les plans et les contemplations se déroulent en différentes phases, maintenant quand Caitanya Mahaprabhu sera heureuse, il sera repris.
Srila Prabhupada Une lettre à Dinesh Babu

Ainsi, même nous avions l'argent, la sanction du Seigneur Suprême est encore nécessaire. Sans Sa sanction, rien ne peut arriver. Il semble donc que la volonté du Seigneur Caitanya soit là maintenant. Le terrain est défriché, le modèle est accepté, les essais de pieux ont commencé. Tout le monde est d'accord, du moins toutes les autorités. Cela se produit maintenant, le désir du Seigneur Caitanya est là.

This is a very auspicious time, and historically important also. Finally, after all of these years, this temple is being built. There are predictions given in the Sri Navadvipa-dhama-mahatmya. Lord Nityananda Prabhu told Srila Jiva Goswami that after Mahaprabhu leaves, the Ganga will come and flood the whole area for a hundred years. Then for the next three hundred years, the Ganga will move around and all the pastime places get washed away. Then He said, after that, again the task of revealing the dhama will begin again in earnest. So that corresponds to exactly the time when Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura was here and he rediscovered the birthplace of Lord Caitanya. Then Nityananda Prabhu says many bathing ghatas will be built on the Ganga, which we are seeing happening now. Just a few days ago, I think it was the day of the ground breaking ceremony, we received confirmation from the Ministry of Tourism that they will spend several crores of rupees to build a nice ghata where Prabhupada’s ghata is. This is to promote tourism; bringing people by speed boat from Calcutta and other places. They were going to build it at some other location, but when they saw that everyone is coming to ISKCON anyway, they said if you give us the land we will do it for you. So this also seems right on time, and everything appears to be very auspicious. This is the prediction of Nityananda Prabhu, so it is happening.

…I would say that Bhavananda Prabhu probably had more instruction about this Temple of the Vedic Planetarium than anyone else. Because he was always here, he was the co-director of Mayapur and he stayed here for many years while Srila Prabhupada was here.

HG Jananivas Prabhu

Et Lord Nityananda dit également que de nombreux bâtiments résidentiels verront le jour à Mayapur. C'est ce que nous voyons aussi. Dès que vous venez à Mayapur, vous pouvez voir. Des centaines de maisons sont en train de monter, et ce sont tous des fidèles. Nityananda Prabhu a dit qu'ils auront tous des divinités dans leurs maisons. Vous allez dans l'une de ces maisons, vous verrez qu'elles ont toutes Jagannatha, Mahaprabhu, Nityananda ou Radha-Krishna. Et vous entendrez toujours le kértana venant de leurs maisons. C'est donc une autre prédiction qui se produit actuellement.

Ambarisa Prabhu pose l'une des grandes plaques de cuivre, avec divers signes védiques gravés dessus, à l'un des quatre coins du chantier de construction du temple.

Ambarisa Prabhu pose l'une des grandes plaques de cuivre, avec divers signes védiques gravés dessus, à l'un des quatre coins du chantier de construction du temple.

Puis Lord Nityananda parle de cet adbhuta-mandira. Prabhupada n'a jamais mentionné ce mot adbhuta. Mais en fait, il l'a dit en anglais. Adbhuta signifie étonnant ou merveilleux, et Prabhupada a dit merveilleux.

Vous, les garçons européens et américains, avez l'habitude de faire quelque chose de merveilleux, alors allez à Mayapur et construisez un gratte-ciel.

C'était son explication de l'adbhuta-mandira. C'est un projet très, très merveilleux.

Et Nityananda Prabhu a dit: gauranga nitya-seva haibe vikasa, that from this temple, service to Lord Gauranga will spread all over the world. How do you serve Gauranga Mahaprabhu? By chanting Hare Krishna. This is the main service. He has come to give this, the holy name. So from this temple, the chanting of Hare Krishna goes to every town and village of the world. Prabhupada described it as a flood of love of God. He said in a Sri Caitanya-caritamrita purport, “In Sridham Mayapur there is sometimes a great flood after the rainy season. This is an indication that from the birthplace of Lord Caitanya the inundation of love of Godhead should be spread all over the world, for this will help everyone, including old men, young men, women and children.” It will happen from this temple. So we have to build this temple, at least we can do that much. Then it is up to the Lord when the holy name spreads to every town and village. Of course, that is the ambition of every devotee in ISKCON, or at least it used to be. We are just longing for that day. This is our ambition, our dream.

Srila Prabhupada said that actually this temple already exists, Bhaktivinoda Thakura saw it. He said the Lord desires something, and by His iccha-sakti it automatically becomes manifested. But it exists spiritually. Bhaktivinoda Thakura could see. But we have to go and put the bricks and cement and everything. We have to build it up. Prabhupada said that just like Krishna showed Arjuna on the battlefield that He had already killed everyone, but Arjuna had to go out and fire his arrows and be the instrument. In that way he would get the credit. So Arjuna did that, and became the hero of the battle of Kuruksetra. So Prabhupada said in the same way, you have to go out and build this temple. If you don’t do it, somebody else will go out and build it later on, and they’ll get the credit. But better that you build it and get the credit. Prabhupada gave this instruction to establish this temple, and we can expect it to happen. It is all happening according to the predictions given.

Très probablement, c'est l'un des plus grands projets de prédication de notre temps. Suivant les traces de Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, qui a établi le premier temple à Sri Dham Mayapur, nous nous attendons à ce que tout le monde “contribute their mite” for the successful construction of Mahaprabhu’s temple.

Merci,
Hare Krishna