The 30th of January 2011 was a historical day for ISKCON in Brasilia. We installed our beautiful Pancha-Tattva Deities, brought from Mayapur (part of the original set of smaller replicas made at the time of the big Mayapur Pancha-Tattva).
It was also the first anniversary of the inauguration of our small but charming preaching center, very well located in the capital of Brazil.
Further, it was our first 6h Kirtan, which we hope to hold every month from now on for the pleasure of the Five Masters. The Deities were placed on the altar with their eyes closed and during the 6h Kirtan we awaited the moment of the installation.
Going beyond its six hours, the kirtan went on as the abhishek was carried out. Everyone had a chance to bathe Pancha-Tattva.
After the abhishek I gave a class, focusing on the variety of transcendental mellows one may experience in worshiping the Pancha-Tattva.
Then we had our first aratik, offered by Carana Renu Dasi, accompanied by the very enthusiastic kirtan of Devananda Das.
After the aratik and kirtan we served delicious and opulent prasadam prepared by Sri Vani Dasi, mother of the famous kirtaneer Amala Kirtan Das, with a cake made by Bn. Rukmini.
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Our Gaura Purnima Festival in Brasilia was the first major festival we’ve held at our new Hare Krishna center. Though we only used word of mouth and our email list to invite members one week before the event, we had more people than we could fit!
We started six hours before the publicly announced time so as to do Brasilia’s first 6 hour kirtan.
After the kirtan I presented a slide show lecture on Mayapur, since my wife and I just came back from spending two weeks there (she took lots of nice pictures while I was in the GBC meetings!). It was a presentation with a few fun additions. I surprised them with a bottle of Ganges water when I showed them slides of the Ganges river. Everyone had the chance to sprinkle some drops on their head. I also passed around a small twig of the neem tree from the Yoga Pitha when showing that. They loved it.
After the presentation on the glories of Mayapur Dhama, we had more kirtan! This time an ecstatic, massively energetic kirtan led by Devananda Prabhu, a devotee from Trinidad and Tobago currently residing in Brasilia.
The crowd jumped and danced with such enthusiasm, I feared for the structural integrity of the 3 story building in which our Hare Krishna center is located!
After the kirtan we served prasadam, including Lord Chaitanya’s delicious birthday cake.
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