A Message from Ambarisa and Braja Vilasa Prabhus
Dear Worldwide ISKCON Devotees and Congregation,
Please accept our obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
We would like to wish you a happy Kartik month full of divine service to Lord Damodar, and hope you and your family are well and in blissful Krishna conscious spirits. This time of the year is always greeted with great anticipation and excitement by devotees eager to chant the Damodarastakam and remember the pastimes of the Lord with Mother Yashoda.
One important lesson to learn from this pastime is that Krishna responds to desire and effort in His service. These two elements, desire and effort, are essential in devotional service and play a key role in our progress towards love of God, Krishna prema. And therefore, it’s no wonder that the Lord tests us to see the extent of our strength of purpose and resolve in this regard, and rewards us accordingly. Krishna wants our love so we can join Him in His eternal lilas in the spiritual world and be happy, but He doesn’t force us to express it; it must come from our own heart. His job is to find ways to draw it out of us more and more as part of His lila.
The same principle applies to the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium. How much do we desire to build this for the pleasure of Srila Prabhupada and our acharyas, to fulfill their hearts’ desire to spread Krishna consciousness? The intensity of our desire and willingness to sacrifice must be there for it to manifest. And this pleases Krishna more than even the temple itself, just as Mother Yashoda’s sweat and tears pleased Lord Damodar more than being bound with the rope. Rather, He was bound by Mother Yashoda’s love, which overwhelmed Him.
We are making an appeal for help again to continue construction and open the TOVP on time in 2024, to relocate our beloved Mayapur Deities into Their long-awaited new home. This is the TOVP 2024 Marathon: “We run, you win!”. Our part is to run the marathon and build the temple on time, and your part is to help facilitate that, in which case you win; and we also win. Our slogan has always been, “The Temple Built by the Hands of Every Devotee.”
Our humble request to each and every one of you is to continue to support the TOVP. Some of you made pledges, but at some point stopped making payments. Some never even started their payments. Some have just a little ways to go to complete their pledges. And some of you have completed those pledges, for which we are grateful. Please re-evaluate your commitment to this project, strengthen and renew your level of enthusiasm, and show Lord Damodar that you really want this temple opened in 2024.
Please, kindly consider the above and go to the TOVP website: www.tovp.org during this auspicious Kartik time. You can begin or complete your pledges there or sponsor one of the many new options we have available for the TOVP 2024 Marathon. You can also sponsor a Nrsimha Brick to be placed under the Lord’s altar at the opening of the Nrsimha Wing in the Fall of 2023. Kartik is the best time for this kind of seva.
Thank you again and may the Lord bless you and your loved ones with unlimited mercy.
Braja Vilasa das
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