Gaura Purnima – Appearance Day of Caitanya Mahaprabhu
This festival celebrates the appearance day of Caitanya Mahaprabhu. It is observed annually (in February – March) by devotees all over the world, especially in the area of Mayapur in India, the place where Mahaprabhu appeared in the year of 1486. Caitanya Mahaprabhu is the Supreme, Lord Krsna Himself, appearing as His own devotee, to teach us that we can gain full enlightenment simply by chanting the holy names of the Lord. Those who witnessed Mahaprabhu’s pastimes saw Him dance and chant with ecstatic love for God. He encouraged everyone to follow this same process. He taught that anyone, regardless of background or spiritual qualification, could develop their innate love of God and experience great spiritual pleasure by chanting the Hare Krsna mahamantra.
To the present day, ISKCON continues the work begun by Lord Caitanya, who predicted that the chanting of the holy names of Krsna would spread all over the world. Gaura Purnima means the ‘golden full moon’ signifying that Lord Caitanya was born during a full moon, and the Lord blesses everyone with soothing, moonlike rays of His sublime teachings. Hopefully, those of you who observed this festival, managed to fast and chant the holy names all day.
Kadamba Kanana Swami spent this month in South Africa, where he visited many places, gave initiations, led harinams, kirtans and gave lectures. Please see links to these programs below:
12 March 2022 – Initiation Ceremony in WuSa House
13 March 2022 – ISKCON Lenasia – Sunday Love Feast
18 March 2022 – ISKCON Sandton – Caitanya Caritamrta Gaura Purnima Morning Class
20 March 2022 – ISKCON Pretoria – Embassy of the Spiritual World, kirtan and lecture
21 March 2022 – ISKCON Durban – Kirtan Festival
26 March 2022 – River Ranch program
29 March 2022 – ISKCON Cape Town – Kirtan and Lecture
30 March 2022 – Cape Town – Lecture on Srimad Bhagavatam 3.7.21
30 March 2022 – Cape Town – Spirit Matters – lecture
31 March 2022 – Lecture on Srimad Bhagavatam 3.7.22
Weekly Zoom Meetings
4 March 2022 – Brihad Bhagavatamrita
11 March 2022 – Sri Sri Sad Goswami-astaka
18 March 2022 – Sri Gaura Purnima evening
25 March 2022 – House Program in Umhlanga
Kadamba Kanana Swami will be in Europe in April 2022. Keep tuned in for more fabulous kirtans and lectures for this month.