“You started 108 temples all over the world. Today, you have over 700 centers worldwide. But now, here comes the most important center of them all, the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium.”
We have something very special for you today. A brand new film from Kriyate, called “For Tomorrow”, was released on the disappearance day of Srila Madhavendra Puri, which is also the celebration of Sri Advaitacarya’s Shantipur festival. This film reveals the timeless sacred beauty of Mayapur through the innocent eyes of a young boy, Purushottam. As Srila Prabhupada
wrote in the fifth Canto of the Bhagavatam, Mayapur is the best among all the places in the universe:
“Within this universe this earth is the best planet and that on this planet the land of Bharata-varsa is the best; in the land of Bharatavarsa, Bengal is still better, in Bengal the district of Nadia is still better, and in Nadia the best place is Navadvipa because Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu appeared there to inaugurate the performance of the sacrifice of chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra.
Therefore this is the best among all the places in the universe. The Krishna Consciousness movement has established its center in Mayapur, the birthsite of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, to give men the great opportunity to go there and perform a constant festival of sankirtana-yajna and to distribute prasada to millions of hungry people hankering for spiritual emancipation. This is the mission of the Krishna Consciousness movement.
We first get an intimate glimpse into the daily lives of the Gurukula students, who have come from all over the world but now call Mayapur home. As they study, worship, serve and play, these most fortunate children are learning to please Krishna together in a most auspicious, idyllic atmosphere. Then we follow Purushottam on his first tour of the Temple of the Vedic
Planetarium, a profoundly moving experience which strengthens his faith and gratitude to Srila Prabhupada.
Afterwards, he shares his realizations about the importance of the new temple and the role it will play in spreading Krishna consciousness around the world. He prays for empowerment to take up responsibility, and to find a way to contribute in the future that will make Srila Prabhupada proud. His optimism and earnest anticipation for the new temple is both touching and
We are reminded that there is no age limit for loving Krishna, and that this temple is not only for us but will be a legacy and shelter for our children and for so many future generations of devotees. Mayapur is already a spiritual sanctuary in this bleak age of Kali-yuga, and it will only flourish more and more as we unite to build our future together. Like Purushottam, we should all seriously engage our time and energy to serve Sri Mayapur Dham in whatever way we can, to ensure that the TOVP is finished as soon as possible.
Krishna is not ungrateful but rather He sees all our efforts and appreciates our sincere service. Simply He wants to see that we are engaging our time and energy in His service. And you always remember to abide by the laws of Krishna as described by His bona fide Representative, and the passage of going back to Godhead is assured. This is Krishna’s Mercy.
(Letter to Devananda – 23 Nov, 1968)