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We conclude this series of posts with the Vyasa-puja address given by Giriraj Swami during this sweet ceremony.

Jan 012010
 

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On December 26, the devotees in South Africa held a wonderful Vyasa-puja ceremony for Giriraj Swami. This post has Bhakti Caitanya Swami’s talk on the meaning of Vyasa-puja and Giriraj Swami reading his Vyasa-puja offering to Srila Prabhupada.

Dec 302009
 

On December 24, at the Sri Sri Radha-Radhanatha temple in Durban, in the presence of several hundred devotees, His Holiness Giriraj Swami awarded sannyasa, the renounced order, to Brhat-mrdanga Prabhu, giving him the sannyasa name Bhakti Brhat Bhagavata Swami. The program featured talks by His Holiness Bhakti Bhrnga Govinda Swami, His Holiness Bhakti Caitanya Swami, His Grace Ramanujacarya dasa, His Holiness Bhakti Brhat Bhagavata Swami, and His Holiness Giriraj Swami.

Dec 212009
 

Giriraj Swami addressed participants on the opening day of the Couples’ Weekend facilitated by Karnamrita dasa and Arcana-siddhi dasi in Durban from December 18 to 20. “In materialistic marriages generally there are too many troubles and frustrations because the basic principle for both the husband and wife is their own personal sense gratification. Therefore there is inevitable conflict and divorce petition. But in a Krsna conscious marriage the basic principle is for both husband and wife to serve Krsna nicely and to help the partner advance in spiritual life. In this way both the husband and wife are true benefactors for one another and there is no question of any serious conflicts or separation.” (Srila Prabhupada letter)

Dec 202009
 

Here is Giriraj Swami’s arrival address, which was preceded by Bhakti Caitanya Swami’s introduction and talks by Karnamrita dasa, Arcana-siddhi dasi, and Cakri dasa, on Thurdsay, December 17, at Sri Sri Radha-Radhanatha temple in Durban, South Africa.

`duhkha-madhye kona duhkha haya gurutara?’
`krsna-bhakta-viraha vina duhkha nahi dekhi para’

Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu asked, “Of all kinds of distress, what is the most painful?” Sri Ramananda Raya replied, “Apart from separation from the devotee of Krsna, I know of no unbearable unhappiness.” (Cc Madhya 8.248)