Offerings to Srila Prabhupada written by devotees within the African continent can now be viewed online by following this link: Vyasa Puja Book 2017
Let us always keep the instructions of His Divine Grace at the forefront of our spiritual lives. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
The “Astounding Bhagavad-Gītā”
South African visit by His Grace Madhusevita Dāsa (BBT Trustee, GBC, Initiating Guru)
The highly esteemed Madhusevita Dāsa (Italy) has embarked on publishing the world’s largest format sacred text, the Bhagavad-Gītā as it is. As a dedication to our beloved Śrīla Prabhupāda, a team of the most qualified experts are currently working on the artistic rendering, engineering, graphics and maintenance of the “astounding” 2.8m x 2.00m Bhagavad-Gītā!
Madhusevita Dāsa will be visiting South Africa from 26 February 2017 – 9 March 2017 providing us all with an opportunity to engage in this offering to Śrīla Prabhupāda. Once published, this book will be a landmark in the history of Vaisnavism in general and of ISKCON in particular.
Visit www.astoundingbhagavadgita.com for more infomation.
Submitted by Vibhu Caitanya Das
The following is the acceptance talk that Jayadvaita Maharaja wrote for Vanity Karma being awarded the 2016 Benjamin Franklin Gold Award, by the Independent Book Publishers Association…
“I am grateful that my book has received this distinguished award. But I can’t claim the credit for it. The credit belongs not to me but to the sages whose wisdom the book brings together in dialogue.
The biblical book of Ecclesiastes asks in the clearest terms what the point of our life is and for what it is that we work so hard, day after day, in our lives under the sun.
And the Bhagavad-gita, the jewel of India’s ancient texts of wisdom, examines these questions with the understanding that each of us, though struggling in a world of birth and death, is a spiritual spark of consciousness, immortal and imperishable.
From the Gita we learn how our karma — what we do in our lives, and what comes back to us as a result — can be not for vanity — for nothing — but for the perfection of spiritual realization. And we learn how, under the sun, such realization gives meaning to our lives.
The Gita’s divine speaker, Sri Krishna, says, “This knowledge is the king of education, the most secret of all secrets. It is the purest knowledge, and because it gives direct perception of the self by realization, it is the perfection of religion. It is everlasting, and it is joyfully performed.”
So I owe the credit for this book, Vanity Karma, to the sages who have given us the wisdom of Ecclesiastes and the wisdom of the Bhagavad-gita, and most especially to my spiritual teacher, His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
Acknowledging where the credit rightfully belongs, I gratefully accept this award.”