Guest Star Hema Malini Supports ISKCON Naperville

Guest Star Hema Malini Leads ISKCON Naperville Event, images by 

May fifteenth, 2022 marked an vital time in historical past for ISKCON Naperville (Illinois, USA); a particular fundraising dinner for the development of the brand new Sri Sri Radha Shyamasundar Temple, with Member of Parliament and Bollywood star Hema Malini headlining this system.

The fundraising occasion was held at Ashyana Banquet Hall. The giant banquet room was stuffed with promise and pleasure, as all who attended have been anticipating the completion of this vital venture. Temple President Premananda Devi Dasi addressed the gang of over 500 by reminding them what introduced all of them collectively: “Why construct this temple? When Srila Prabhupada based this establishment, he listed seven functions of ISKCON”. She then reiterated Srila Prabhupada’s fifth said function: “To erect for the members, and for society at giant, a holy place of transcendental pastimes, devoted to the persona of Krishna. ISKCON Naperville represents exactly this.” She concluded “We are right here to serve individuals of all backgrounds. We are right here to serve all of you, the group, current, and future generations. We keep dedicated to serving you as His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada taught us.”

What made this yr’s fundraising occasion exceedingly extra memorable, was the attendance of famed Member of Indian Parliament and esteemed Bollywood actress, Hema Malini. She started her profession as a Bharatanatyam dancer. She was in a position to land her first movie position as a dancer in 1963 and has appeared in nearly 200 motion pictures all through her profession.

Hema Malini is from a household of South Indian Vaishnavas. She grew to become a pal of ISKCON throughout her visits to the ISKCON Juhu Beach Temple in Mumbai. Her father, she famous, had met Srila Prabhupada.

In current years, Malini grew to become the Member of Parliament of the Mathura-Vrindavan district. (She additionally owns a house in Vrindavana, close to the ISKCON Krishna Balaram Temple). She defined, “I used to be supplied another locations, however I refused. I mentioned I’m not concerned with being a politician or Member of Parliament from anyplace. If it’s given to me, Matura, then I’m as a result of it’s Krishna’s place and I’m linked to Krishna. I wish to serve there, not as a politician, however you need to be politically linked so you’ll be able to do numerous work with the assistance of our authorities.” In addition, she has additionally been serving to clear up the Ganga and Yamuna rivers other than supporting many extra vital tasks in Vraja and her constituency.

Also in attendance have been our Governing Body Commissioner and ISKCON Communications Director Anuttama Dasa and his spouse, Rukmini Devi Dasi. Anuttama Dasa said to the viewers: “The ISKCON society addresses these basic points – How do I get the envy out of my coronary heart? How do I get the anger out of my coronary heart? How do I get the greed out of my coronary heart? So that I can change into a power for change, for the higher – and the way can we try this as a group?”

Hema Malini and Anuttama Dasa, Photos by Tarin Butterfield

ISKCON Naperville devotees have been working tirelessly to assist Prabhupada’s mission. “The world is searching for that kind of management. By constructing the temple that you simply’re all contributing to, it turns into a spot the place we will come collectively and present our appreciation to Krishna for all of His many presents. We can also come collectively and say, ‘Lord, I wish to be a power for good on this planet,’” mentioned Anuttama Dasa.

The three-story temple will embody a industrial kitchen, snack bar, school rooms, yoga studio, multipurpose corridor, reward store, a youngsters’s playground – and most significantly, the massive marble Deities of Sri Sri Radha Shyamasundara. The temple won’t solely be a spot of worship, however a pillar of the group selling goodwill amongst individuals of all faiths. With the assistance of beneficiant donors and hardworking devotees, the temple building is scheduled to conclude this upcoming winter. Hema Malini expressed her nice fortune to have been current on the unveiling of the temple signage by stating, “It was so fantastic to be there, it simply felt like I’m nonetheless in Vrindavan due to the identical environment.”



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