LOK.STUDIO Report:  


H.H. Lokanath Maharaja has engaged HG Prahlad Prabhu (ISKCON Pandharpur Temple President) and HG Krishnabhakta Prabhu (ISKCON Maharashtra Zonal Supervisor) in the LOK.STUDIO project as consultants and facilitators for the project.  We have begun weekly conference calls, along with HG Sri Krishna Bhajan Prabhu, our Conractor, and have high hopes that the project will be complete as soon as possible.


Lockdown is more relaxed now.  We are planning to resume work in the studio this week with completion of the AC installation, and installing polycarbonate windows in the protective shed around the outside of the studio. We have purchased the polycarbonate and it should be arriving soon.  Sujit, our carpenter who has been working in Pune on the studio desk, made from Birch Plywood, sent some photos.  It is starting to look nice.  


Amit Prabhu, our site supervisor, is planning to return to Pandharpur this week.  He has also been given the charge of looking after the laborers to make sure there is no inconvenience in their stay with us.



Hare Krishna!  Welcome to LOK.MEDIA Monday Vol. 5.  In this issue, we share the latest developments in ISKCON Pandharpur, our preaching activities, website, and LOK.STUDIO.


LOK.STUDIO:  Maharashtra is the number one COVID hotspot in the world.  For safety sake, we have sent our carpenters home until the current full lockdown is over.  Before they left, they built our custom ceiling tiles, which next need to be filled with polyester batting, and fitted into our ceiling grid.  We painted the interior of the studio a nice indigo blue, and outside a bright magnolia.  Amit Prabhu, our site supervisor and I began work on planning our wiring – electrical, data, and audio.  We are working to complete the wiring planning over the course of the next  week or so.  We have incorporated Aputure MC RGB lights into H.H. Lokanath Swami Maharaja’s online japa presentations, lighting up Tulasi devi in a variety of colored hues.  Shopping is going on to upgrade Jagannath Prabhu’s laptop with a new hard drive and additional RAM.  We are also shopping for a teleprompter and planning a new internet infrastructure.


Sanyasa Video:   We joined hands with HG Anant Vrindavan Prabhu, one of ISKCON’s premier creatives, who is helping us with the creative concepts and editing of the condensed version (6 and ½ minutes) of the Sri Krishna Chaitanya Swami sannyasa video.  We are planning for a version suitable for distribution to both devotees and non-devotees.  We shot additional B Roll sequences with Ajit Prabhu from LOK.ARCHIVES of the Chandrabhaga River, and additional scenes around ISKCON Pandharpur.


LOK.MEDIA website:  Information about Sri Krishna Caitanya Swami’s Sannyasa is on our homepage:  https://lok.media/We have booked a new web domain, skcswami.com and plan to shift all of the media about the sannyasa to this new domain.  Meetings are going on to plan how to develop this new website, soon to be under construction.


Guru Dakshina is being collected here:  https://lok.media/donation/  Please donate to support our efforts.




Hare Krishna!  Welcome to LOK.MEDIA Monday Vol. 4.  In this issue, we share the latest developments in our preaching activities, website, and LOK.STUDIO.


LOK.STUDIO:  We have purchased a professional light and light dome.  H.H. Lokanath Swami Maharaja is using this light for his morning japa sessions and japa talks.  For the first time, viewers online have a clear darshan of all the transcendental features of Maharaja’s face, especially his beautiful, soft and compassionate eyes.  We have started painting the studio.  Work is in progress on the electricity and wiring.  

Sannyasa Video:  We uploaded the live video feed of Sri Krishna Caitanya Swmai’s Sannyasa Initiation here:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sz_ouNQSGPY

Nice to see devotees are taking interest.  We have 13,302 views.   We are in the process of uploading high resolution files and pictures of the event.  We are producing a 7 minute condensed version of the video entitled “The Matchless Gift”.  We plan to have this ready next week.  

 LOK.MEDIA website:  Information about Sri Krishna Caitanya Swami’s Sannyasa is on our homepage:  https://lok.media/

 Guru Dakshina is being collected here:  https://lok.media/donation/


Sri Krishna Chaitanya Swami

Sri Krishna Chaitanya Swami

My sannyasa ceremony was completed on Gaura Purnima 28 March during the morning hours, beginning at 6:30 am.  I received the name Sri Krishna Caitanya Swami.  It was a beautiful ceremony on the banks of the Candrabhaga River on our Prabhupada Ghat.  H.H. Lokanath Swami sat on a Vyasasana decorated with roses and other flowers.  Tulsi Maharani was there on a beautiful teakwood table.  Padayatra Maharashtra was there bearing beautiful murthis of Sri Sri Nitai Gaurasundar and Srila Prabhupada.  The Padayatra Bulls were there, along with a cow.  


Senior devotees had come from all over Maharashtra including Satcidananda Prabhu from Nagpur, Keshava Prabhu from Pune, Ananta Sesa Prabhu from Amravati, Gaura Krishna Prabhu from Aravade, Krishna Bhakta Prabhu from Solapur, Sahasranam Prabhu from Ichalkaranji,  and many more.  There were around 60 devotees in attendance.  The fire sacrifice was conducted in the Sri Krishna Caitanya Chandrabhaga Temple.


Personally, I have a deep affection for Candrabhaga River.  She is my refuge and shelter.  For many months, the river has been practically dry.  Construction has been going on to make a new bridge and the Government had packed up her water behind an imposing dam.  But two days before Gaura Purnima, her water was released and opulently filled the river bed.  We decided to change the venue to the bank of the River.  Padayatra Maharashtra also miraculously turned up, so Srila Prabhupada and Sri Sri Nitai Gaura Sundar would also witness the ceremony.  I began my Krishna consciousness in ISKCON on Padayatra Europe.  I feel so blessed that my Sannyasa Ceremony was in the association of all these wonderful personalities.


After the Sannyasa Ceremony, I offered gurupuja to Srila Prabhupada.  H.H. Lokanath Swami Maharaja spontaneously had us get in boats and we crossed Chandrabhaga into Pandharpur.  We visited Vaikunthnath Mandir, Sri Sri Sita Ram Laxmi Hanuman Temple, and had a glorious darshan of Sri Sri Vithala Rukmayi.  Again traversing the Chandrabhaga River, we returned to ISKCON Pandharpur and had a dazzling darshan of Sri Sri Radha Pandharinath to conclude the program at 11 am.


I am especially grateful for the overwhelming response and support from the devotee community from around the world.  


Here is the youtube video that was live streamed.  We had thousands of attendees online.


Youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sz_ouNQSGPY


It is my duty to beg for guru dakshina for H.H. Lokanath Swami Maharaja.  Please donate here:  https://lok.media/donation/


Sri Krishna Chaitanya Swami

HH Jayapataka Swami Maharaja Blesses Me For Sannyasa

HH Jayapataka Swami Maharaja Blesses Me For Sannyasa

For more information and links to attend the sannyasa festival online: https://lok.media/

My dear Ekalavya das

Please accept my best wishes

All glories to Srila Prabhupada

Homebase :Sridham Mayapur

Camp :Sridham Mayapur

We see that being a Sanyasi we get some priority in preaching so you are always an active preacher. I hope this facility helps you to preach more. I am certainly happy to send you my blessings and best wishes.

The Sanyasa ashram means that one is very careful in associating with opposite gender and one had to be very careful as this is a kind of declaration of war against Maya so naturally you can be tested. I hope you are ready for that. 

Hope this finds you in good health and blissful krishna consciousness

Yours in service

Jayapataka Swami

JPS /rrsdb 

Dear Maharaja,

Please accept my most humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.  All glories to you, who inspire tens of thousands of devotees in Krishna consciousness.

As the GBC has approved me for sannyasa this year, our planned date of sannyasa is on Gaura Purnima.  The ceremony is planned in Sri Pandharpur Dham.  As per my research, I may be the first second generation ISKCON Sannyasi from North America.

You have always been my kind spiritual uncle, and benefactor.  I remember when we were on Navadwipa Mandala Parikrama together.  You asked me to put on the drama of Kolavechar Sridar.  His Holiness Kavichandra Swami was Kolavechar Sridar, and I was Mahaprabhu.  You arranged three little girl vaishnavis to be sellers in the marketplace.  Before the drama started, you sat and explained the whole lila to me for 10 minutes.  When the drama was taking place, it was magic.  It was as if the lila were taking place again, before our eyes. All the devotees were transfixed in Krishna consciousness.   I felt empowered by the mercy of Lord Caitanya. 

I am so grateful to your holiness for bestowing your mercy upon me.  It is my ardent desire that your holiness blesses my sannyasa ceremony.  Please pray on my behalf that, following in your footsteps, I can also become an able instrument in the hands of our beloved parampara, Srila Prabhupada, Gurumaharaja and all of Srila Prabhupada’s followers and preach Krishna consciousness all over the world.

Thank you very much.

Always seeking to be an atom of dust at your lotus feet and at the feet of your followers,

Your insignificant servant,

Ekalavya Das Brahmachari

Secretary, ISKCON Harinam Sankirtan Ministry

Good News!

I am overjoyed to share the news with all of you that I, Ekalavya Das, am about to receive sannyasa!  As a spiritual nephew and siksa disciple of H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaja, I have poured out my heart to Maharaja, my highly respected and worshipable spiritual uncle, in the following letter.

Maharaja’s flood of unlimited compassion upon this most unworthy soul manifested with a letter of blessings and sannyasa siksa.  I am sharing the two letters with you here.  Please find out all the details and online links for my Sannyasa Diksa on 28th March, Gaura Purnima here:  https://lok.media/

Seeking Blessings for my Sannyasa

Yours Servant

Ekalavya das

For more information and links to attend the sannyasa festival online: https://lok.media/