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All Blog Posts Tagged 'Ratha Yatra' (50)


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1978 Calcutta True Rath Story - Episode 21

Episode 21: Aftermath; A Short Harbinger

 Prabhupada: “Expert means whatever he is doing, he must do it very nicely That's all. Suppose you are sweeping this room. You can do it very nicely, to your best knowledge. That is expert. Then people will say, "Oh, you have very nicely done." Any…

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1978 Calcutta True Rath Story - Episode 20

Episode 20:  New & Improved 1979 Chariot

“Now you must all three, along with the other sannyasis, GBC members, and other leaders become very serious to actually give the human kind the greatest welfare, namely, this Krsna consciousness movement. Your task ahead is very huge, but it will be quite simple and easy if you simply do as I am doing. You must become conversant in every feature wherever it is needed throughout the society.…

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1978 Calcutta True Rath Story - Episode 19

Episode 19: The Return Parade - Back to Albert Street

“Perfect accounts means every information regarding financial and stock situation must be ready for immediate reference and not a single farthing should be wasted.” - Letter to: Rupanuga -- Gorakhpur 19 February, 1971

“Also I want that all centers follow the following procedure for handling…

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1978 Calcutta True Rath Story - Episode 18

Episode 18: Oh My Yantra-Deva*! Now What?

“Lord Sri Krsna encouraged Arjuna outwardly just to test Arjuna's sense of duty. It is not that Arjuna was incomplete in the sense of his duty, nor was Lord Sri Krsna unaware of Arjuna's sense of duty. But Lord Sri Krsna puts many of His pure devotees to the test just to magnify their sense of duty. The gopis were put to such tests as…

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1978 Calcutta True Rath Story - Episode 17

Episode 17: Let the Parade Begin… Plan B! 

“There is no harm. If one could not proceed, it doesn't matter. Failure is the pillar of success. Then try. Again you will try.” - Room Conversation with Madhudvisa and others -- August 17, 1977, Vrndavana

By then the ropes attached to the back of the cart had been retracted and the Gurukula kids dispersed into the crowds, hopefully under the supervision of their respective teachers.…

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1978 Calcutta True Rath Story - Episode 16

Episode 16: Brain Storming 

“Krsna is giving you chance because you want to serve. It is all Krsna's grace. Krsna says "tesam satatam yuktanam . . .'' Anyone who is sincerely engaged in My service I give him the intelligence. So if Krsna gives the intelligence who can compete with you? Krsna is the most intelligent.” -Letter to: Madhavananda: Vrindaban 16 September, 1974…

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1978 Calcutta True Rath Story - Episode 15

 

Episode 15:  Reactionary Response From My Mind: Cynicism

“In the Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu, the word dainya (humility) is explained as follows: "When unhappiness, fearfulness and the sense of having offended combine, one feels condemned. This sense of condemnation is described as dinata, humility. When one is subjected to such humility, he feels physically inactive, he…

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1978 Calcutta True Rath Story - Episode 14

Episode 14:  Maya's Attack! Feeling Helpless & Thoroughly Defeated!

“Outside the garden, when it was time to pull Jagannatha's car, all the workers called gaudas tried to pull it, but it would not move forward. 47 When the gaudas saw that they could not budge the car, they abandoned the attempt. Then the King arrived in great anxiety, and he was accompanied by his officers and friends.48 The King then…
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1978 Calcutta True Rath Story - Episode 13

Episode 13: Totally Out of Control – The Chaos Demon Strikes!

“The pullers of the carts were known as gaudas, and they pulled with great pleasure. However, the cart sometimes went…

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1978 Calcutta True Rath Story - Episode 12

Parade



(The 1977 New York parade was well managed, polite and had the mood of a proverbial Sunday walk in the park.  Everything was nicely arranged and in this photo you can see maybe 3-4 police officers just casually strolling along appreciating the beauty of the carts and the melodies of the chants.)

Calcutta Attendance



(This was the turn out I encountered the day of the parade.  Even the side streets were jam…

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Clearwater Beach Festival of Chariots and Ratha Yatra 2017

Ratha Yatra Festival

Saturday, May 6, 2017: A group of four of us drove the 168 miles from Alachua, Florida to Clearwater Beach, Florida. It was very beautiful as we drove for miles across Old Tampa Bay with the ocean on both sides of the road. As we neared the venue I saw Clearwater Beach Mayor George Cretekos walking down the street with a huge maha flower garland around his neck, and looking happy. Narayani devi dasi later told me that…

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1978 Calcutta True Rath Story - Episode 10

Episode 10: Excitement & Anticipation

“When one is sufficiently eager to achieve success in devotional service, that eagerness is called samutkantha. This means "complete eagerness." Actually this eagerness is the price for achieving success in Krsna consciousness. Everything has some value, and one has to pay the value before obtaining or possessing it. It is stated in the Vedic literature that to…

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1978 Calcutta True Rath Story - Episode 8

Episode 8:  Lessons from New York!

Comprehensive Parts List

()  I had to make a comprehensive parts list detailing out the size and length of every piece of lumber required to build the chariot. This was not only  needed to order the lumber, it was also how I was able to estimate the costs for every part and figure out quite closely how much the entire cart would cost to build.)

“At the present moment, India may be compared to the lame man…

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1978 Calcutta True Rath Story - Episode 7

Episode 7:  Where to Find Appropriate Talent?

B Board Cleaning

(This is another billboard design I put together but later realized was a bit too out of context and weird because the average person living in Calcutta doesn’t live on the third or fourth floor of a large apartment building as suggested by the top of the cart passing through the open window.   The original sketch was just a plain line drawing but I added the solid colors to enhanced the…

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1978 Calcutta True Rath Story - Episode 6

Episode 6:   Plan It... Do Your Best... and Pray Hard!

Board Participate

(When I heard that the temple intended to contract for some billboards to be erected around the city of Calcutta, I submitted a few sketches with ideas for what those billboards might look like.  In the top left corner of the drawing is a photo of how the artists interpreted this theme into a huge colorful billboard.)

So do it carefully...” - A phrase that…

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1978 Calcutta True Rath Story - Episode 5

Episode 5:  A Jumbo Rath for Calcutta

1971 Pishima At Parade

(This is a photo of Srila Prabhupada’s sister, Pishima, if you watch the video clip below yu will see her cooling the deities with a peacock fan in the opening shots of the first Calcutta Ratha-yatra in 1972. This clip is 5m:20s long.

 LINK:…

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1978 Calcutta True Rath Story - Episode 4

Episode 4:  Getting to Calcutta

1976 Mayesvara Initiation

(Vidyananda Prabhu took this photo of me in 1976 at the Krishna Balaram Mandir in Vrindaban when I got initiated.  I had completely forgotten I asked him to take a photo of me when Srila Prabhupada handed me my beads.  I was stunned with appreciation two years later when he finally gave it to me at some festival when our paths crossed again at an unplanned time! )

“Actually, one should undergo severe…

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1978 Calcutta True Rath Story - Episode 3

Episode 3: Finding My Way

1977 NY Jagannatha Cart

(The first photo shows how Jagannatha's chariot was intended to look in the 1976 parade before there were concerns about the central telescope being adequately strong enough to withstand wind forces.  (See Jayananda Story for Details))

“I am very glad to note your eagerness for expanding your service. This attitude is very nice and it is required of the devotee at every…

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1978 Calcutta True Rath Story - Episode 2

Episode 2:  Improvements Requested

Prabhupada: “Everyone engaged in some particular department, he must improve and... Then things will go on nice(ly).  - Room Conversation - April 22, 1977, Bombay

Prabhupada:Expert means whatever he is doing, he must do it very nicely That's all. Suppose you are sweeping this…

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1978 Calcutta True Rath Story - Episode 1

Episode 1: It Begins In New York

1976 NY-BalaramCart

(Mayesvara Dasa - I do not recall who gave me this photo but it is an excellent shot of Balarama’s Cart as it rolled down 5th Avenue.  Jambavan Prabhu is on the ground steering the…

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