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Request for a Prayer for the Earthquake Victims
By Jashomatinandan Dasa

Dear Maharajas, Prabhus and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. Thank you very much for the positive response you gave to our appeal for you to invoke the blessings of the Lord on the quake hit people of Gujarat, by chanting the Holy Names. We got some fifty responses so far some from individual devotees and some from groups like -Pancaratna Prabhu, Mother Malati and Kala kantha Prabhu. We take the dust from your lotus feet and put it on our heads. Just as we didn't know how devastating a blow can be dealt by the lower material nature of the Lord, we can not estimate the power of higher spiritual nature to counteract all such material blows. As Lord Caitanya said , "The Holy Name alone can render all benedictions. And you have invested all your energies into these Names...." So no other remedial measures material or spiritual will be effective.

On the Gaura Purnima day, March 9th, we started shata koti Hari nama japa yagna (one billion Holy Names) to be completed within one year. We had a fire sacrifice with five fires for two hours and then started with tumultuous kirtan. His Holiness Maha Vishnu Swami (Elderly Gujarati Swamiji) chanted the first round on the beads walking on each of the 108 Granite steps prepared for this in one side corner of the temple. Then the abhiseka and Gaura arati.

We need to chant five hundred and eighty thousand rounds to complete one billion names. That means we need to chant approx. twelve thousand rounds per week. In the first two weeks since we began, we finished some twenty five thousand rounds easily making the target of twelve thousand rounds per week. We announced any one who finishes 108 rounds gets one Gujarati Bhagavad-gita as it is free. Already we have given out more than fifty gitas. It is so nice to see ordinary people getting addicted to chant the Holy Names.

We also completed a five-day kirtan festival and Ratahyatra on Ramanavami. param vijayate Sri Krishna Sankiratanam.

There are many institutions like Swami Narayans and Rama Krishna Mission which are more trusted by people for material welfare work and rightly so, but it is so wonderful to be entrusted with the Holy Name by Krishna Himself and His pure devotees. Indeed it is the prime benediction for humanity at large. It is the wealth of Goloka Vrindavan and only those eligible to be residents of Goloka can appreciate it. Hope you will keep praying for the afflicted souls of Kuccha, Gujarat and that will be their best bet. Thank you. Hari hari bol.

Your servant
Jashomatinandan dasa

© CHAKRA 14 April 2001

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