The Golden Avatara
The Vedas explain that in different ages there are different methods for self-realization.. A very long time ago the process was meditation, it then changed to severe yoga practices to control the body and mind and later still temple worship became the path. This is the age of Kali-yuga, which means that the people are short lived more than in other ages and prone to quarrels over insignificant matters.
The Brahma-Vaivarta Purana predicted that a golden age would start 5000 years after Lord Krishna departed this world at the dawn of kali yuga and it would lasts approx 10,000 human-years. It also stated that Lord Krishna would send someone to dispell the dark age of kali with the golden era. That individual was Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu who appeared in West Bengal about 500 years ago. He inaugurated the process of self realization for this age, the congregational chanting of God’s holy names. (Sankirtan) Although the age of Kali is considered more problematic than any of the previous yugas, this particular age of Kali has one very great advantage. That advantage is that we need only take the chanting of God’s name seriously to earn the benefits of self realization. Lord Caitanya is known as the most munificent incarnation of God Because he came to give something that has never been given before! Simply by singing out the names of God in this age of Kali yuga, one can get all the same benedictions that had to be earned in previous millennias by undergoing very severe austerities.
In 1965 on the order of his spiritual master His Divine Grace A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami, brought Lord Caitanyas Sankirtan movement to New York and the Hare Krishna Movement formally began in the West. It was prophesied that the Hare Krishna mantra would spread to every town and village around the world and that is indeed what is now happening because of the extraordinary efforts of Srila Prabhupada. His Divine Grace often said that this mission of Lord Chaitanya’s could bring real peace to the world and it was therefore the real United Nations.
Uniting People of All Faiths
Lord Chaitanya appeared like a devotee but He is really Radha and Krishna combined as the incarnation of unalloyed Pure Love. He traveled all over India and transcended the caste system; uniting all people as servants of God, Krishna. There is a misconception that the Krsna consciousness movement represents the Hindu religion. However, Krsna consciousness is based on Sanatan Dharma (Eternal Religion) which reflects our original constitutional position as loving servants to the Supreme Personality of Godhead Lord Sri Krishna. Krishna Consciousness is our original consciousness. All faiths are teaching this and our mission is to unite individuals from all the diverse faiths under the single mission of restoring our lost loving relationship with that same Supreme Lord, regardless of which name we may identify Him with.
The appearance of Lord Chaitanya is celebrated in cities from all over the world with wonderful vegetarian food and robust dancing while celebrants joyfully chant the Hare Krishna Mahamantra: Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare, Hare Rama. Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare. The biggest festival is held near the birth site of Lord Chaitanya in Sridham Mayapura, India. Devotees and dignitaries go there from all over the world to join in the celebration where the biggest temple in the world is currently being built called the Temple of Vedic Planetarium. To see photos of this fantastic project well underway go here: https://tovp.org/
Chaitanya did many miraculous things similar to what the New Testament says Lord Christ did. However those pastimes pale in comparison to how he reconciled all the diverse teachings prevalent in India and solidified them into the most extraordinary international spiritual movement the world has ever know. Starting from virtually nothing, in just over 50 years the Hare Krishna movement is now well know and appreciated world wide. Come hear more about this extraordinary avatar of Lord Krishna at this next exciting gathering at the American Vedic Association.