Mukham karoti vacalam pangum langayate girim
Yat kripa tam aham vande sri gurum dina tarinam
Paramananda Madhavam Sri Caitanya Isvaram

In this festival, we offer and surrender many things to Lord Jagannath, Baladeva, Subadra and Radha Govinda. But the most significant offering is going on now. That is atma nivedan, surrendering the soul. Today you are all offering to the Lord especially to serve Him. That is not taking sanyas. Grihe tako bone tako sada Hari bole dako. Grihasta means, husband and wife unitedly serve the Lord. And this way, married or unmarried, everyone does service to Krsna. Now ordinarily, people do not know the reason why we have got this human form of life. But the main purpose of human life is to serve the Lord and to awaken our consciousness of Him. This way surrendering to the Lord, chanting Harinam we are protected from the sinful karma of Kali yuga. Are you all taking a vow to do this? Please raise your hands if you are. There are four regulative principles – no meat eating, no onion, garlic, eggs or fish. No intoxication. No illicit sex. No gambling. Also, you will assist me in serving and achieving Srila Prabhupada’s mission. Also, you will chant a minimum 16 rounds every day. Have you all taken a vow for this? This way, the human form of life gives a special opportunity to develop our consciousness of God. Caitanyadev said, kibo vipro kibo nyasi sudro keno nai, jei Krsna tattva veto sei guru hoi. Doesn’t matter whether you are a sanyasi or a grihasta. Vipra or sudra doesn’t matter. What matters is knowing about Krsna. You will please read the Gita and Bhagavatam and stay in Krsna’s service. Do bhakti vrksa or service in the temple. This way, if you take the names of Krsna, do service to Krsna, and read the teachings of Krsna, then you can go back to Krsna. Haribol! Now, those of you who have come and taken the vows will accept the initiation beads, and you will be incorporated into the guru parampara. One day if you are not able to complete your rounds one day, you can complete the remaining the next day. This way, when ladies give birth to children, I give them a break of 15 days. This way, all of you will make efforts to always stay in Krsna’s service. There may be many obstacles and tests in this path. But you should keep your minds firm and go ahead. Before I arrived here, you would all have heard the ten offences to the holy name and other rules of initiation and responsibilities to guru. I will not speak much now. Now in front of Jagannathdev, in front of Srila Prabhupada, I pray that everything is auspicious for you. I will chant Harinam once. You will not chant with me but chant after I finish. Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare.

Transcribed by Jayaraseshwari devi dasi
08 June 2019