LOK.MEDIA MONDAYS Volume 1

LOK.MEDIA MONDAYS Volume 1

Welcome to LOK.MEDIA MONDAY! We plan to offer you the latest news from LOK.MEDA every Monday.

LOK.MEDIA: We worked on our website. We added a photo gallery, and added a new blog template. We made several blog entries. We started a new blog category, “LOK.NECTAR” for Krishna conscious topics as inspired by my personal association with H.H. Lokanath Swami Maharaja. I have been with Maharaja continuously for the past year and I feel that this is a good opportunity to keep an account of some of Maharaja’s nectarian instructions.

We have begun work on a 16 page article for Back to Godhead Magazine on the Glories of Sri Pandharpur Dhama. Today, Dinesh Prabhu, a professional photographer arrived in Pandharpur to begin three days of shooting for the article.

Yesterday, H.H. Lokanath Maharaja requested me to prepare a short video giving a tour of Sri Pandharpur Dhama. Taking help of Bhakta Amit Prabhu and Bhakta Dhaval Prabhu, we got some beautiful footage. We premiered it online during Maharaja’s presentation on Zoom to the congregation of ISKCON Bergen County, New Jersey, USA.

LOK.STUDIO: This week, our team of three carpenters were hard at work. They put in two window frames designed to accommodate double glass windows. The butterfly doors (2 doors in one door frame), are hung in their frames. We constructed a shed to protect our Air Conditioning System.

This coming week we are looking forward to the visit of HG Sri Krishna Bhajan Prabhu from Pune who will help oversee the wiring for the AC system, as well as starting the next and final phase of the AC installation, which we plan to complete by March 14. Carpenters will continue their work by applying veneer to the doors, and completing the third and last window frame.

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Virtual Tour of Sridham Pandharpur

Virtual Tour of Sridham Pandharpur

A blissful morning in the springtime of ISKCON Pandharpur. His Holiness Lokanath Swami Maharaja is here, and everyone is dancing and singing. The cows are happy and feeding their calves. Devotees from Thane, Mumbai are visiting. Prabhupada Ghat is a wonder of the world. Chandrabhaga River is cooling to the eyes and soul.

Virtual Tour Of Sridham Pandharpur
vāma-bāhu-kṛta-vāma-kapolo

vāma-bāhu-kṛta-vāma-kapolo

March 5, 2021:  Sri Pandharpur Dhama.  This morning around 8:30 am, HH Lokanath Swami and I were doing some stretching and discussing yoga asanas.  Maharaja was bending his neck to the left and began chanting the following verse from Srimad Bhagavatam:

श्रीगोप्य ऊचु:
वामबाहुकृतवामकपोलो
वल्गितभ्रुरधरार्पितवेणुम् ।
कोमलाङ्गुलिभिराश्रितमार्गं
गोप्य ईरयति यत्र मुकुन्द: ॥ २ ॥
व्योमयानवनिता: सह सिद्धै-
र्विस्मितास्तदुपधार्य सलज्जा: ।
काममार्गणसमर्पितचित्ता:
कश्मलं ययुरपस्मृतनीव्य: ॥ ३ ॥
śrī-gopya ūcuḥ
vāma-bāhu-kṛta-vāma-kapolo
valgita-bhrur adharārpita-veṇum
komalāṅgulibhir āśrita-mārgaṁ
gopya īrayati yatra mukundaḥ
vyoma-yāna-vanitāḥ saha siddhair
vismitās tad upadhārya sa-lajjāḥ
kāma-mārgaṇa-samarpita-cittāḥ
kaśmalaṁ yayur apasmṛta-nīvyaḥ
The gopīs said: When Mukunda vibrates the flute He has placed to His lips, stopping its holes with His tender fingers, He rests His left cheek on His left arm and makes His eyebrows dance. At that time the demigoddesses traveling in the sky with their husbands, the Siddhas, become amazed. As those ladies listen, they are embarrassed to find their minds yielding to the pursuit of lusty desires, and in their distress they are unaware that the belts of their garments are loosening. (SB 10.35.2 – 3)
Maharaja went on to describe how Lord Krishna rests his left cheek on his left arm while playing His flute.  I was filled with wonder at the intricate details that Srila Prabhupada has invested in us of the glories of Lord Krishna.  Maharaja went on to explain to me about all the different Gitas (songs) in Srimad Bhagavatam.  This verse is from the Yugala Gita. “Yugala means two”, Maharaja continued.  “Two sets of gopis singing together…  And then the next set of two gopis sing together…”

For more information about all the Gitas (songs) in Srimad Bhagavatam, please refer here:

http://btg.krishna.com/gitas-bhagavatam

Special thanks to the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust for bringing us this wonderful literature, as delivered by ISKCON Founder-acarya:  His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

Musical Doors

Musical Doors

March 4, 2021:  Devotees in our Prabhupada Ashray ashram are asking when the wood work will be finished.  So much music from the sound of the electric tools trimming down the wooden doors!  Our carpenter assured me that only two more days and the doors will be finished.  4 doors.  16 hinges.  Then working on the third and last window.  Work is going on…

 

Work in Progress: Shed, Windows, Doors, Ceiling

March 3, 2021:  Nice pictures here!  Ceiling work continues with a metal framework installed. A two story scaffolding was constructed to build a shed to shield the AC system from the wind and rain. Carpenters are installing the double door and double glass window frames.  Doors are being made.