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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Akhand namsankirtan program at Radha Madhav Dham, Austin, Dec 31 - Jan 1st 2012

Akhand Sankirtan at the ashram of Jagadguru Kripaluji Maharaj

Akhand Namsankirtan Program at Radha Madhav Dham, December 31, Noon - January 1, Noon 2012

At the JKP ashrams in India, a 24-hour akhand chanting (continuous, without break) is a special yet familiar occurrence for satsangis. Since 2005, Radha Madhav Dham, the official center of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj in the west, has been offering this same devotional opportunity, and participants come from all over Texas to partake of this special blessing. Beginning at Noon Dec 31st, for 24-hours, devotees chant to over 50 unique tunes of the mahamantra, "Hare Ram, Hare Krishn". At the conclusion of the chanting, participants are enchanted by a delightfully sweet jhanki (leela darshan) performance by devotee children.

As stated in The Divine Vision of Radha Krishn, The Grace of the Master shines in the heart of a devotee as the blissful experience of Radha Krishn love. The following are some experiences from past participants of the akhand namsankirtan:

I remember in one of Shree Maharajji's speeches, he said our mind is impure because of our material attachments, and it can be purified through continuous remembrance of Radha Krishn. He said, in the beginning, we have to do some effort to keep the mind engaged in remembrance, and slowly, affinity for the name of Radha Krishn is developed. Through the 24-hour “Hare Ram” sankirtan, these teachings helped me to increase my affinity for Radha Krishn.

After immersing myself in the 24-hour chanting at Radha Madhav Dham, I felt such a devotional upfliftment, my devotional mind had been revitalized. I felt Shree Maharajji closer to me than ever before and I also felt such a deep sense of happiness. I now truly understand the importance and the immence benefit that can be gained by akhand namsankirtan.

The akhand sankirtan program directly follows two of the most exciting events of the year at Radha Madhav Dham, the Christmas Retreat with Sushree Braj Banchary Didi Ji, senior disciple of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj (Dec 24 - 26) and Radha Madhav Dham's one-of-a-kind Winter Family Camp (Dec 26 - 31). Last year, Pooja (age 21) from New York commented:

The Family Camp was absolutely amazing! Every person could feel the amazing grace! New years was so awesome too - all the kids got up and started to dance before midnight in front of the Shrine singing loudly Radhey Radhey. It was so beautiful.

Now is a perfect time of the year to come stay at Radha Madhav Dham. Register for the Christmas Retreat by calling Lisa Ghosh at (713)-755-6588; register for the Winter Family Camp online at www.HinduFamilyCamp.org or by calling Radha Madhav Dham on (512)-288-7180. No registration is required for the Akhand Namsankirtan program, but if you would like to stay the night, please book your accommodation online as soon as possible or call Radha Madhav Dham at (512)-288-7180.

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