From tomorrow ( 5 oct 2017) begins the most holiest of months, Kartika. To make your Kartika more spiritually rewarding, HH Jayapataka Swami’s message on Damodar month:
H.H.Jayapataka Swami -2017 Damodara Month Message:
Damodhar month is a special month. Vishnu says, anyone who performs any spiritual activity in this month gets one hundred times the benefit. That means, in the Middle East, if you are buying a car for 6000$ ,you can pay 60$ to get the car. I asked Prabhupada what I should do for the Damodhar month. He said,”You are regular customer. These months give the new customers some special perks.For the regular customers, they are going to get all the deals, all the sales ,automatically”.So this is an opportunity to get new people to do some devotion for Lord Krishna. Especially this month of Damodhar, known as Karthik masa, it is prescribed to offer a lamp.Some people offer a cotton swab wrapped on a Tulsi twig to get a special boost; and some people offer a lamp, in a clay dona(cup).It doesn’t matter.This act of offering a lamp in this month of Damodhar gives you special blessings.The Damodhar Mahatmiya says that offering a lamp in this month of Damodhar, one can go to the spiritual world.(Their)Forefathers, they also benefit.So in ISKCON, we are encouraging different devotees to set some goal, “How many houses, how many lamps will be offered. Damodhar-desh, their goal is five thousand lamps.In Malaysia, they offer more than one hundred thousand. In every country they set the goal and they get the contacts of people who offer lamp to Yasoda and Damodhar. Prabhupada said to sing the Bhajan, “Namāmīśvaraḿ sac-cid-ānanda-rūpaḿ”. So we would like to hear what your goal is.
Pragosh Prabhu in UK, he welcomed the Bhakthi Vriksha group, the Bhakthi Vriksha groups working under the Bhakthi Vedanta manor. They use the month of Damodhar to get many contacts and then used it as a launching pad to distribute and to increase books. In the last two years they helped BhakthiVedanta Manor during the Marathon in Europe.So we are encouraging all to participate in this Damodhar Puja and and afterwards to participate in Book distribution.
Thank you very much