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Monday, September 24, 2012

A unique retreat with Swami Haridas Ji!

Austin, Texas was treated to a 2-day Radha Ashtami retreat and celebration with Swami Haridas Ji, the Nepali preacher of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj. The program took place at Radha Madhav Dham, Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj's main ashram in the western world. We enjoyed discourses and kirtan by Swami Haridasji, outdoor chanting in the Maharas Mandal, hiking, parikrama, tours of holy places at Radha Madhav Dham, a magnificent Radha Ashtami leela performace and much more! The 2 day event has left everyone in Austin looking forward to Swamiji's return. Visitors from other cities/countries requested that Swamiji come to their places and establish new satsang centers. Swami Haridas Ji is returning to Nepal tomorrow, Monday, but here are some exclusive pictures and memories of this unique retreat:

Swamiji and devotees in"Radhey Radhey Govind" parikrama, drowned in the love of Radha Krishna
Chanting at Radha Kund
The whole atmosphere was permeated with the sound of drums, cymbals, the sound of "Radhey Radhey Govind" and the Divine Love of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj and Radha Krishna
As he was taking us to see Kalindi river (a representation of Yamuna river), Swamiji spontaneously started singing: Yamuna nikata tatasthita, vrindabana kaanane mahaaramye...
Swamiji pointing out the Kaliya Naag rock formation, a very large and unique cave that is shaped like Kaliya Naag
Walking deep into the wilderness of Barsana Hill forest with Swamiji
Having reached the peak of Barsana Hill, local devotees of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj relax with Swamiji and admire the landscape of Radha Madhav Dham below. Locals from Nepali, Indian and western backgrounds have been drawn to Swamiji's unique and approachable personality. Swamiji has just established a new Divine Club in Austin, where Austin's large Nepali community can have regular satsangs and listen to special discourses in their native tongue.
Mother Kirti and King Vrishbhanu holding baby Radha
Swamiji singing vandana from the Radha Madhav Dham stage before his grand Radha Ashtami discourse
Radha Ashtami discourse
Lord Shiv offers his respects to baby Radha during a brilliant leela performace. Devotees sang special Radha Ashtami songs revealed by Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj. Each line of the verse was depicted by the actors on the stages
A spectacular jhanki, performed by local devotees of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj, thrilled the hearts and minds of everyone present
Everyone came to do pranam to baby Radha
Swamiji throwing the celebratory loot in all directions. Everyone got something. No one was spared from Swamiji's abundant giving! Hundreds of devotees and guests from all over Austin came specially to experience the famous Radha Ashtami celebrations of Radha Madhav Dham, and to have the association of Swami Haridas Ji
Swamiji giving a brief talk to all the intensive participents at the Maharas Shrine. This Maharas Shrine is very special and unique as it was inaugurated by Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj himself during his stay at Radha Madhav Dham in 2007
Swamiji had everyone laughing all the time!

Moonlight joyous chanting and dancing of Hari Bol on the maharas mandal
Everyone danced and clapped in joyous abandonment

Baby Radha Rani in the arms of Mother Kirti

1 comment:

Krishna Shrestha, Kathmandu said...

many many many hearty congratulation &thanks to Swami Shri Haridasji for your misson in spreading SHRI MAHRAJ Ji's philosophy as projected by our GURU. waiting your arrival in Nepal