New Montreal Temple Opening / Janmasthami Celebration
There will be kirtan, discussion on the pastimes of Sri Krsna and a sumptuous vegetarian feast. Everyone is invited to celebrate the next phase of our preaching efforts here in Montreal!
Lord Krsna says:
“One who knows the transcendental nature of My appearance and activities does not, upon leaving the body, take his birth again in this material world, but attains My eternal abode, O Arjuna.” Bhagavad Gita As It Is 4.9
So what is that transcendental nature of Sri Krsna’s appearance?
Why does Lord Krsna descent to mrtyu-loka, the planet of death, old age, disease and birth?
Krsna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. His appearance is completely on the spiritual platform. Out of His causeless mercy He descends as soon as there is some discrepancy in understanding of eternal life. Lord Krsna comes in order to teach real religion.
yada yada hi dharmasya glanir bhavati bharata abhyutthanam adharmasya tadatmanam srjamy aham (BG 4.7)
Lord Sri Krsna appeared on this day of Janmastami on this planet in this universe. And immediately after He appeared in another universe. Therefore Krsna’s pastimes are called Nitya Lila, eternal pastimes. They go on continuously without stoppage.
So Lord Krsna is coming to remind us: why are you rotting in this material world? There is the real world, the spiritual world waiting upon us where we can have direct personal association of the Lord.
We are running here after a little material pleasure in form of family, society, friendship, love. We trying to squeeze out some happiness, chewing the chewed by engaging in illicit sex. But what is that pleasure compared to the unlimited ocean of transcendental happiness Lord Krsna offers? The unending freedom, where no more birth, death, old age and disease is waiting upon us?
The Lord comes, He appears out of His causeless mercy to reclaim the fallen souls, to teach real religion. And this is something very practical. In the Bhagavad Gita Sri Krsna tells us exactly how we can come to Him:
We have to surrender to the Supreme Personality of Godhead in devotion. And Krsna is promising His protection unto such a surrendered soul: sarva-dharman parityajya mam ekam saranam vraja aham tvam sarva-papebhyo moksayisyami ma sucah Bhagavad Gita As It Is 18.66
So this day of Janmastami is an excellent opportunity to hear about the transcendental appearance of the Lord to mother Devaki and Vasudeva, hear His pastimes in the association of devotees and chant His holy names.
Sri Krsna Janmastami ki jaya!
See you on Sunday at Birnam Street at 5 pm!