The following is the Inaugural address given by His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj during the Chennai Ratha Yatra 14th January 2012



The following is the Inaugural address given by His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj during the Chennai Ratha Yatra 14th January 2012
Very happy to see all these nice devotees gathered to serve lord jagannath.I like to offer my respect to HH Bhanu Swami.He is very dear to Srila Prabhupada.
Prabhupad brought him to India with him.So we can’t imagine how dear he is.
I also like to offer my respect to HG Deena bandhu das.He settled in Vrindavan.
By staying so many years there he became vraja vasi.He can take us to the 12 forests of vrindavan.He sings vrindavan vraja bhumi bhajan and also callous how much love is.I like to also offer my respects to all the distinguished guest on the dias,Who are the President of Iskcon Chennai HG Sumithra Krishna das,Mr Sanghi is also present.Greet them all Haribol three times.Will you all be enthusiastic through out the ratha yatra.One thing is missing.There is no motor,no horses.we need some volunteers to pull the rath.You all be volunteers.ok.Seems we shall go on any way.Mr Sanghi major supporter of Iskcon Chennai.This ratha yatra is especially meant for everybody to render some devotional service to lord Krishna,balaram and subhadra.The secret to return to the spiritual world is to render some devotional service.There are many types of yogas.But those yogas do not lead us very far.Those who follow jnana yoga they can go up to impersonal jyoti and Sankaracharya said jnana yoga can only be practiced by sannyasi.But bhakti yoga has been successfully pursued by many men and women.
Lord Caitanya’s kirtan glorifies this that
“grehe tako vane tako sadha hari bole tako”
Whether you are grahastha or in the renounced order every one should chant
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
I remember this city of Chennai was called as madras very old city.This state of tamilnadu is very old.It is mentioned in the Mahabharat in kurukshetra war and Bhagavatapurana that Krishna married a princess from Chennai and made her a queen.
I think his name was salya.He was the king of Tamilnadu province.Somehow he joined gauravas army.He was a devotee of lord Krishna.He was the last general of the armies of the gauravas.So the position of shatriya is quite difficult. Wherever he goes he has to perform fight because he is a shatriya.If he dies in the war he goes to some higher planets.He knows there was no chance of winning against Krishna.Also lord balaram visited Chennai.Also lord caitanya came here to tamilnadu.His foot prints can be seen in the balaji temple.He spent four months of the rainy season in srirangam.So he must also visited Chennai,thiruparungkundram,mahabalipuram.So you all are blessed.Because lord caitanya Krishna avatar came here 500 years ago ,so see how fortunate you are to have the association of lord caitanya here,to have various avatars appear here,to have lord Krishna,lord rama,so tamilnadu is a very sacred place.This is a best place to render devotional service.Lord caitanya he comes after lord Krishna.He doesn’t think who is qualified,who is not qualified.He gives is mercy freely.All you need to do is chant the holy names
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
So especially in this kali yuga the chanting of lord krishna’s name is prescribed.Suka deva goswami says that this kali yuga is ocean of defects.But there is one good over riding quality.Kaler dose nidhe rajan astir eko mahan gunah one good quality everything else is bad.That good quality is kirtanad eva krishnasya mukta sanga param vrajet.Chanting the sankirtan of lord krishna’s holy name.That is the over ride maha good quality.Because by chanting Hare Krishna we get free from the contamination of kali yuga.We get free from the three gunas of material nature and we can achieve the supreme destination.Still there are many people who are not wise to this.They don’t chant.Not yet.But you tell them please chant.There is one associate of lord caitanya,he taught to some kazi.he said you are very learned,you are very religious,you are very handsome,you are very rich,you are very influential.I just have one request.Can I tell you? He said yes yes.Forget all this please chant hare Krishna.He said I chant hare Krishna tomorrow.The associate started telling haribol haribol haribol.You already started today you said hare Krishna.Don’t stop that.So much bliss there is in these two syllables KRS -- NA.
Those who chant with out offence they can understand or if you chant the names of lord caitanya you get advanced.So first we chant
jaya sri Krishna caitanya prabhu nityananda
sri advaita gadadhara srivasadi gaura bhakta vrinda
By lord caitanya and lord nityananda’s mercy we can immediately taste bliss of chanting.So today while you are pulling the rath you should chant the holy names
Jai Jagannath,Jai Baladev,jai Subhadra,
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
One other sacrifice you have to do.This is very important and very great sacrifice.At the end of the rath you should accept Krishna prasadam.You all look worried.
Because Lord Jagannath is benedicted that always his hands should be wet.Washing taking prasadam, washing taking prasadam…
If we don’t eat the prasadam that is not alright.So you have to do this sacrifice.Who are willing to take prasadam?
This is called yukta vairagya.Using our senses in the service of Krishna.So this is Lord Caitanya’s process we should chant hare Krishna and dance.We should engage in the devotional service to Lord Krishna and we should also listen to the teachings of Lord Krishna like Bhagavad gita and Srimad Bhagavatam.Ofcourse we should take prasadam.This ISKCON Chennai temple is established in the time of Srila Prabhupada.But in a rented house for a long time.Now under the direction of HH Bhanu Swami,HG Sumithra Krishna das they purchased a land,very scenic place.I don’t know is he translating rightly.He is not telling again.Scenic----ramyamana.So they were trying to build the temple and now the temple is ready to open.Due to the great supporters.So the date is set as 26th april.I like to thank all the donors and the leaders who are making this possible.To complete,something still needed to be finished.But they can finish.They are trying to finish soon so that they can open on 26th of april.They invited me for the opening.Will you all come? With these words I shall end my speech now.We have so many distinguished speakers here.
Hare Krishna

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