A Monthly e-Magazine by 

Radha Krishna Temple of Dallas

                      Issue: 30

                     April 2019
In This Issue
रमन्ते योगिनो यस्मिन् नित्यानन्दे चिदात्मनि।
इति राम पदेनाSसौ परब्रह्मभिधीयते।।

ramante yōginōyasmin nityānande cidātmani |
iti rāma padenasau param brahmābhidhīyate ||
(Shree Rāma Purvatāpnniya Upanishad)

"The Parabrahman that is infinite, immeasurable, eternal, and forever blissful, the one whom yogis devote themselves and meditate continuously, that Parabrahman is denoted by the word Rām, on whose enchanted form the yogis meditate and go into raptures."
From the Editor's Desk
The all-pervading Supreme Lord resides in our heart, playing hide-and-seek. If we can discover Him, we can attain the infinite, eternal bliss. However, our finite mind and intellect cannot realize Him, unless He bestows His grace upon us. He does that on only one condition - nishkām prem (selfless love).

It is our love for God that "opens the door to the impossible and makes way for the inaccessible, "elucidates Swami Mukundananda ji. When Shree Ram descended, He bestowed upon us that rare opportunity to fill our heart and mind with that selfless love.
Bhakti Ras 
Why Does God Descend?

On the ninth day of the Chaitra month, when the Lord manifested in His four-armed form, Mother Kausalya pleaded:

तजहु तात यह रूपा |
कीजय सिसुलीला अति प्रियसीला यह सुख परम अनूपा ||
tajahu tāta yaha rupā
Kijai sisulilā ati priyasilā yaha sukha parama anupā ||
"Please give up this form, O Lord, and begin your childish sport, which is so dear to a mother's heart. The joy such pastimes bring to me is solely unparalleled."

At her request, the all-pervasive Lord, at His own will, turned into baby Shree Ram and began to cry. Mother Kausalya's joy knew no bounds as she took Him into her lap. She was blessed to feed Him, bathe Him, and rock Him to sleep. The Purushotham (Supreme Divine Personality,) who measured the three worlds with three steps in Vamana avatar, allowed Kausalya to teach him how to walk. The Sarva Vidyā Pravartak (the originator of knowledge) willingly became a disciple of Vasishta Maharishi. Why does He perform these leelas (pastimes?) Or for that matter, why does He descend?

There are several reasons for His descension, but the most important of all is, as Vyas Bhagavan says: 

श्रवणस्मरणार्हाणि करिष्यन्निति केचन
ṣravaṇasmaraṇāhāṇi kariṣyanniti kechana (Bhagavatam - 1.8.35)
"You descend for the welfare of the suffering souls, giving them a chance to relish the sweetness of devotion by hearing, remembering, and worshiping you."

Out of His causeless mercy and benevolence, He descends in His loving form to nurture love in our hearts. He makes one soul his father, another mother, another brother, and another friend, yet another servant or beloved. Hiding His almightiness and bound by the love of these blessed souls, He displays amazing leelas, which become a basis for our bhakti (devotion.) Hence, Saint Tulsidas, states:

राम एक तापस तिय तारी, कोटि खल कुमति सुदारी
rām eka tāpasa tiya tārī, nāma koṭi khala kumati sudhārī
"In his descension period, Lord Ram helped only one Ahalya. However, since then, by chanting the divine name 'Ram,' billion fallen souls have elevated themselves."

Therefore, when we contemplate on His name, form, virtues, pastimes, abode, and His saints, the joy we attain is boundless. Why is that so? It is because He is an ocean of infinite bliss, and we souls are his tiny parts. Therefore, we are naturally drawn to this bliss of the sweet Supreme Lord!
Upcoming Events 
April 12th (Fri) to 14th (Sun) - Ram Navami Mahotsav

April 12th (Fri) -
  • 6 pm: Durgha Ashtami Havan ($51 seva)
  • 7 pm to 8.30 pm Ram Bhajan
  • Mahaprasad will be served
April 13th (Sat) - 10:00 am to 12.30 pm:
  • Abhishek, Shree Ram Birthday Celebration, Ram Bhajan, Cultural Program
  • Mahaprasad will be served
April 14th (Sun):
  • 10:30 am to 12:30 pm - Ram Bhajan, Cultural Program and Aarti
  • Ram Navami Seva: Yajman $501; Mukhya Yajman: $1001; Phal Phool: $101
April 18th (Thu) & 19th (Fri) - Hanuman Jayanti Celebration
 April 18th (Thurs)
  • * 6:30 pm to 8.30 pm - Hanuman Chalisa, Tel Sindoor Abhishek
  • * Hanuman Jayanti Seva: Yajman: $501; Phal Phool: $101
April 19th (Fri)
  • * 5.30 pm - Sundar Kand
  • * Mahaprasad served
  • * Sundar Kand Yajman: $501; Phal Phool Seva: $101

April 26th (Fri) - Satsang with Swami Mukundananda
  • 7.30 pm - Enlightening Discourse and Soulful kirtans
  • Mahaprasad will be served after program
For Yajman and sponsorship opportunities, please call 496 795 9130
Weekly Temple Events
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Hanuman Chalisa                   - Tuesdays 7:15 pm
Lalita Sahasranamam             - Fridays 6:45 pm
BG Study Circle                       - Saturdays 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Vishnu Sahasranamam           - Sundays 9:30 am
Weekly Satsang                      - Sundays 10:30 am
Radha Krishna Abhishek        - 2nd Thursday 6:30 pm
Akhand Kirtan                         - 2nd Friday 7 pm to midnight        
Yoga Classes                          - Mondays 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm and Saturdays 8 am to 9:15 am


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