Launch of the First-ever Vaishnava Arts Event on the Festival of Inspiration
If you feel stagnant, wish to be taught a brand new ability, or simply wish to have a good time, then this Mother’s Day New Vrindaban has one thing very particular for you!
Announcing the first-ever VAISHNAVA ARTS FESTIVAL (on the Festival of Inspiration) from Friday, May sixth by means of Sunday, May eighth, 2022.
Art is an important a part of any tradition, and in Vaishnava tradition, all artwork is supposed for the pleasure of Krishna. In Vrindaban, Srimati Radharani and her buddies knew methods to please Krishna by means of shows of assorted arts.
Srila Prabhupada wrote: “Srimati Radharani was totally certified in these [sixty-four] arts, and due to this fact, by Her super-excellent transcendental qualities, she may appeal Krishna who’s the charmer of the three worlds.”
(Letter to Syama Dasi in February, 1970)
For the pleasure of Krishna, devotees of all ages will probably be internet hosting workshops the place you may be taught a complete vary of arts together with effective artwork, literary, musical, culinary, and performing arts in addition to the artwork of mediation. And a Mother’s Day particular – the Art of Motherhood (and Fatherhood) in Krishna consciousness.
The thought for this distinctive pageant was conceived years in the past by Kalakantha das, a disciple of Srila Prabhupada, and was set to launch in 2020, however the pandemic delayed the plans.
Now, with nice pleasure and anticipation, the occasion is lastly prepared for all to get pleasure from.
There may also be two ecstatic shows about Srila Prabhupada by his direct disciples: “A Shower of Mercy” by Malati dasi and “ISKCON’s Founder-Acharya” by Suresvara das.
We interviewed Kalakantha das to get some insights into this occasion:
1. Tell us one thing about your journey in Krishna Consciousness.
Since 1972 once I first purchased and browse Sri Isopanisad I’ve had the nice fortune to serve Srila Prabhupada by working to unfold Krishna consciousness. I’ve served as a e-book distributor, temple president, author, and an initiating religious grasp.
2. How did the concept of a Vaishnava Arts Festival come to your thoughts?
Anuradha Mataji and I got here up with the concept simply earlier than the pandemic struck. The Festival of Inspiration was a Mother’s Day establishment in New Vrindaban for a few years, attracting hundreds of devotees. However, when the Sadhu Sanga Festival in North Carolina started, it was too shut time-wise and geographically, so the Festival of Inspiration shut down. The all-day kirtans on the Sadhu Sanga Festival are unimaginable, but we missed the mental stimulation and interplay of the various seminars on the Festival of Inspiration. So we got here up with the concept of particularly specializing in Vaishnava Arts and determined to place it into movement this yr when the Sadhu Sanga Festival is transferring to Utah.
3. How can we persuade devotees in modern occasions to make the most of their skills for the pleasure of Krishna?
By encouraging Vaishnava Arts we hope to encourage devotees to make use of their skills in inventive methods for serving Krishna. Every devotee wants a devotional pastime to maintain pleasure and stability in religious life. And Srila Prabhupada inspired us to grow to be proficient in lots of arts. He stated we must be a ‘jack of all trades and a grasp of 1.’
4. The pandemic has actually delayed the launch of such an thrilling endeavor. Was there any particular thought behind the introduction of the occasion on Mother’s Day?
New Vrindaban hosts the Festival of India on Mother’s Day weekend for 2 causes:
A) It is an opportunity to have fun Motherhood in all its elements
B) It is an efficient weekend to have fun earlier than the summer time crowds start packing New Vrindaban
5. The occasion consists of big alternatives for everybody to serve the Lord. What are your expectations relating to the extent of participation?
With the anticipated modest turnout for this yr’s post-pandemic, the revised occasion will give everybody who comes a once-in-a-lifetime alternative for private consideration and instruction from a few of the most certified lecturers in ISKCON.
6. Considering the success of this excellent occasion, what are your future plans?
Based on this yr’s occasion we are going to plan for future festivals accordingly.
And now for the perfect half – The pageant is totally FREE! You simply must e-book your lodging for Friday and Saturday nights. Accommodation contains breakfast and lunch all through your keep. In the night, Govinda’s Restaurant and Govinda’s Express snack bar will each be open in your eating pleasure.
So, please come uncover your hidden skills, discover ways to use them within the service of Krishna, and BE INSPIRED!
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