2010 Summer Marathon Message – Bhakti Chaitanya Swami


The following is a message from Bhakti Chaitanya Maharaja before the start of the 2010 Summer Marathon

Dear devotees,

Please accept my best wishes. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Shortly we will be starting Srila Prabhupada’s Marathon, 2010. It is a very
wonderful and very sacred event, a gift given to us by Srila Prabhupada to
give us the opportunity to surrender more to Lord Caitanya and Lord
Nityananda, and in this way make tangible spiritual progress.

We are called the Hare Krishna Movement. This means that we are not static,
but rather we are going somewhere. It means we are active and not passive.
Krishna consciousness is not like a spectator sport in which you come along
and sit around while you watch others do whatever is to be done. Krishna
consciousness is for full participation. We are all part of the programme,
and the more we can embrace this idea and absorb ourselves in that that
mood, the more we will experience transcendental pleasure ourselves. As Lord
Caitanya said:

ceto-darpana-marjanam bhava-maha-davagni-nirvapanam
sreyah-kairava-candrika-vitaranam vidya-vadhu-jivanam
anandambudhi-vardhanam prati-padam purnamrtasvadanam
sarvatma-snapanam param vijayate sri-krsna-sankirtanam

“All glories to the Sri Krishna sankirtana movement. It cleanses the heart
of all the dirt accumulated for many lifetimes and puts out the fire of
repeated birth and death. It is the ultimate of all transcendental
knowledge, it increases the ocean of transcendental bliss, and it gives us a
taste of the nectar for which we are always anxious.” (Siksastakam 8)

Please dive into the ocean of book distribution during this marathon. You
will be helping the fallen conditioned souls, pleasing Srila Prabhupada, and
doing yourselves a great transcendental favour.

Hoping this meets you well.

Your servant,

Bhakti Caitanya Swami

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