Every second Saturday (starting June 10, 2017) of month, we encourage you all to attend Mangala aarti and enjoy association with devotees. We hear that during Brahma Muhurta, our mind is calm, refreshed and serene. Since our mind is like a blank paper, it is free from worldly impressions and we can infuse it with divine thoughts.
“In the early morning hours (known as brahma-muhurta) one should get up and immediately chant the Hare Krsna mantra, or, at least, “Krsna, Krsna, Krsna.” In this way, one should remember Krsna. Some shlokas or prayers should also be chanted. By chanting, one immediately becomes auspicious and transcendental to the infection of material qualities.” Chaitanya-charitamrta, Madhya lila 24:331
We invite you to come to the temple every second Saturday of month to experience the bliss.
We will start at 4:30 AM with Mangala aarti, participate in: Tulsi Puja, Group chanting, Srimad Bhagavatam class and breakfast will be served at 8:30 AM. When can one receive the mercy of Deities and association with like-minded devotees? Every second Saturday of the month – of course!
As we read in Srimad Bhagavatam (3.13.13), the importance of pleasing Krishna without which all the efforts are futile and one neglects their own interests.
yeṣāṁ na tuṣṭo bhagavān yajña-liṅgo janārdanaḥ
teṣāṁ śramo hy apārthāya yad ātmā nādṛtaḥ svayam
The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Janārdana [Lord Kṛṣṇa], is the form to accept all the results of sacrifice. If He is not satisfied, then one’s labor for advancement is futile. He is the ultimate Self, and therefore one who does not satisfy Him certainly neglects his own interests.
The Deities are in the “most merciful” mood during the mangala aarti phase. After the aarti, we pray to Lord Nrsimha, sing Guru Puja with like-minded devotees and the devotional mood in the temple is second to none. When we worship Tulsi Maharani in presence of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev, we feel content in our spiritual life. Chanting Mahamantra rounds with other devotees and receiving their mercy/association only enhances the meaning of congregational chanting.
So, please come and participate in this very special program at the temple – every second Saturday of month.
Note: If you are a member of our Bhakti Vriksha program, please inquire about Sunday Mangala Aarti program within your group. Every Sunday, you will have an opportunity to receive association and enhance your spiritual life.
Contact HG Guru Prasad Das at SelfDiscovery@iskconhouston.org for specific questions.
Please register (below) so that we can prepare breakfast for you and your family:
Photos from the first Mangala Aarti event (June): https://goo.gl/Xe5SJp
I do not know where I can write about managala artk experience !!!! It is like dream come true….I had the sincere desire to see all devotees get together at the lotus feet of Sri Sri Radha Nila Madhava in early morning and chant his name and glories….All other so called duty has no real value til the eternal dharma is performed. Krisha being in the center of our lives, when exibited in our daily life, it become perfect….If we start our day with perfect activity, our lives will be perfect where our lives will be filled with joy and eternal bliss which increase eternally practically every moment. We are seeker of this transcedental bliss and can be achieved thru this simple process chanting, dancing , hearing past times of Krishna, association with devotees and taking prasadam together. To become truly an follower of Srila Prabhuapda, it is absolutely essential to follow his instruction nicely. If we are sincerly looking forward for the personal hug from Krishna, we must concentrate to focus on devotional practice first without any other consideration and just simply following this principle other duties will become easy to perform. Let’s come together and create taste for chanting the pure name of Krishna and fulfill the long awaited desire to attain the pure LOVE of God in this life. Wish you all success….Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare….If we succeed in this one simple activity together Goswami Maharaja, all present Gurus and Srila Prabhuapda will be very happy…..
It is always a blissful experience when take darshan of the Lordships early in the morning. It’s auspicious to see Them first thing in the morning.
Even though it’s a drag to get up early and drive to temple, it feels worth that effort.
Difficult part is to sleep early the before day so that it will not be hard next day, but for me that is something I need to make the change in my schedule. This is something I have been wanting to do but somehow not happening. I do for 3 days and it goes back to square one afterwards. Of course this is my problem
Anyway that is my experience of mangala. Have the desire to attend at least once a week 😊. Thank you. Hare Krishna
Words can never be sufficient to write about the experience of attending Mangala Arotika and Chanting with devotees. I will try my best to express my heartfelt gratitude in few words.
I am greatly inspired to attend Mangala Arotika regularly since it imparts Sattva-Guna in us and eventually we can transcend the modes of material nature together .
His Divine grace Srila Prabhupada instructs us on how to bring people in sattva-guna.
” how to bring people in sattva-guna with brahminical qualifications.
Very neat and clean, rise early in the morning, see mangala arotika, in this way to stay in sattva-guna. ”
– ( The final lesson)
It was a blissful experience chanting around Tulasi maharani with all the devotees . Around 160 devotees attended the Mangala Arotika on Saturday 10th June and I could feel the exchange of love and joy while devotees were dancing in front of Radha Nilamadhava . I am sure Radha Nilamadhava must be very pleased to see so many devotees dancing and chanting together.
Bhagvatam class by HG Shyamsundar prabhu was so inspiring to serve the mission of Srila Prabhupada . His dedication and selfless efforts to bring the whole community together for the pleasure of sri sri Radha Nilamadhava touched my heart.
Come and experience jointly with other devotees the joy of greeting HIS Lordship and HIS associates first thing in the morning! Only then, will the rest of your day be perfect!
The soft chanting of so many devotees chanting together in the morning at the temple, sounded like the sweet humming of the bumble bees around Krishna’s lotus feet.
The blissful experience of chanting japa in the association of so many devotees together gave me the realization that Srila Prabhupada’s process is so wonderful. Chanting japa enhanced and sandwich between the mangala aarti at one end and Guru Puja and bhagavatam class on the other end.
This morning program is so potent that before chanting we take blessings from the guru from narasimha Dev from Tulsi Maharani and the Vaisnavas. Empowered with those blessings we take shelter of the Holy Name feeling inspired seeing other devotees chanting with determination. Then, we bathe our consciousness in the loving darshan of the deities during darshan aarti, and offer our gratitude in Guru Pooja to Srila Prabhupada. Then we hear the instructions from Srimad Bhagavatam to apply in our lives. The morning program instituted by Srila Prabhupada includes all the 64 items of devotional service.
I am grateful to all the devotees for coming together for the mangala aartis and grateful to syamasundara prabhu for bringing forth the significance mangala aarti to the congregation.
The association of so many devotees at the morning programs has been very inspiring and enlivening for me. I could feel the presence of Srila Prabhupada’s, Lord Caitanya’s & Sri Sri Radha Nila Madhava’s mercy flowing freely for all of us who were present… The whole experience was blissful & I could feel the chanting was of much better quality. It is also enhancing my gratitude to Srila Prabhupada for giving us such a practical & yet powerful process to take us back home back to Godhead & be engaged in the eternal association of Krishna.