Sunday 20th March
The Divine Appearance of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu
(Fast till moonrise)
On Sunday March 20th we are celebrating Gaura Purnima at Sri Sri Radha Gopinatha Temple in Sydney. Gaura Purnima is another very auspicious day celebrating the appearance of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu 525 years ago, who is Sri Krishna’s avatar for this age who descended in the guise of a devotee to teach by example how to practice and spread the ‘yuga dharma’ or principal method of realisation in this age of Harinama-Sankirtana – the congregational chanting of the Holy Names.
As kirtan spreads more and more throughout the world His prediction that every town and village would hear the mantra becomes increasingly prophetic, so don’t forget to mark this day in your calendar as an event not to be missed!
Gaura Purnima is the annual celebration of the Appearance of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. “Gaura” refers to Caitanya Mahaprahu’s golden complexion and “Purnima” refers to the full-moon night on which He appeared. On this special day, Krishna personally appeared over 500 years ago, in the year 1486 AD in Sridhama Mayapur, West Bengal, India. He was known as Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and acted as His own devotee. He came to this world to spread love of God through the congregational chanting of the Holy Names of the Lord.
Sri Caitanya’s teachings cover three main topics:
1. Knowledge of the soul’s relationship with Krishna,
2. The method of awakening that relationship, and
3. The awakened state of that relationship (pure love of God.)
Most of all he taught us that we gain full enlightenment simply by chanting the holy names of the Lord:
Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare