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Bhisma Pancaka Vrata – 2019

Bhisma Pancaka Vrata – 2019
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The fasting starts on Ekadasi Day which is 8th November 2019 (Friday) and will continue until the 12th November 2019 on Rasa purnima Day (last day of caturmasya). The fasting is broken at sunset (or at moon rise) on Rasa Purnima day. Generally it is recommended to do full fast on Ekadasi and then the following days fruits and roots fasting. Or one can do all the days with fruits and roots fasting.

Levels of fasting:
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Devotees can choose whichever level of fasting as is convenient to them. It should not disturb their normal devotional service(s) and daily sadhana.

Level 1:

One can consume products of the cow (pancha-gavya) each for each day:

First day: Cow dung (Gomaya)
Second day: Cow urine (Go-muutra)
Third day: Cow milk (Kshiira)
Fourth day: Cow yoghurt (Dadhi)
Fifth day: All products of the ccow mixed (Pancha-gavya)

Level 2:

If one can’t follow level 1, one can take fruits and roots. Fruits with many seeds should be avoided like guava, pomegranate, papaya, cucumber etc. Boiled potatoes, raw banana and sweet potato can be taken boiled or baked. We can use sea salt for taste. Cashewnuts, raisins, dates can be taken. We shouldn’t take milk and milk products in this level of fasting. Coconut water and grated coconut can be taken.

Level 3:

If one can’t follow level 2, one can take “Havishya.”

References: Padma Puraana, Brahma-khanda, Chapter 23; Skanda Puraana, Vishnu Khanda, Kaartika Maahaatmya section, Chapter 32; Garuda Puraana, Puurva Khanda, Chapter 123.

Ingredients as mentioned in Sri Hari-bhakti-vilasa (13.10-13)
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The following are ingredients that can be taken during Bhisma pancaka. Havishya is usually made with rice and mung dal. For those following caturmasa from ekadasi to ekadasi, technically their Kartika masa is over by ekadasi, so they can take mung dal in their havishya. However, most devotees follow caturmasa from purnima to purnima, so mung dal would not be allowed in the havishya for Bhisma Pancaka. No oil is allowed. 
* Rice which is unparboiled – raw or polished, unpre-cooked.
* Ghee from cow
* ‘Saindhava’ salt (mineral salt)
* Ripe banana
* Kaala-shaaka
* Wheat* Barley
These ingredients are also allowed to be taken:
* Fruits (Skanda Puraana, Naagara Khanda says they must be with a small seed or with few seeds only)
* Mango
* Jackfruit
* Labali fruit
* Roots except ‘keaa’ (a type of grass or root)
* Pippalii
* Haritakii
* Naagaranga
* Ikshu-dravya or sugarcane derivatives (other than gur or mollasses)
* Whole milk with cream from a cow.   
The following ingredients are normally part of Havishya but have to be
avoided in the month of Kaartika:

* Mung dal
* Til oil
* Beta-shaaka
* Shashtikaa-shaaka
* Radish
* Jeeraa
* Tamarind

One should take bath in Ganges or a holy river every day and should offer tarpana 3 times for Bhismadeva by saying the following mantra:

Tarpana mantra(Tarpana is when the Brahmin thread is put backwards (if applicable) and water is taken in both hands. The mantra is chanted and then the water is offered with tilting both hands to the right and downwards so that the water flows down the right thumb. This is a way of offering oblations to the forefathers. You do that for Bhisma on Bhisma Pancaka.)

om vaiyaghra padya gotraya
samkrti pravaraya ca
aputraya dadamyetat
salilam bhismavarmane

Arghya

vasunamavataraya
santanoratmajaya ca
arghyam dadami bhismaya
ajanma brahmacarine

Pranam

om bhismah santanavo birah
satyavadi jitendriyah
abhiradbhiravapnatu
putrapautrocitam kriyam
** If you do not have any holy rivers nearby: Those who chant “Ganga, Ganga, Ganga” get the benefit of bathing in the holy river which can be done from anywhere. Devotees can bathe in any river, lake or the ocean. 

Offerings to the Lord:
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Devotees may offer the following flowers to the Deity:

On the first day, one must offer padma (lotus) flowers to the feet of the Lord.
On the second day, one must offer bilva (wood-apple) leaves of the thigh of the Lord.
On the third day, one must offer gandha (scents) to the navel of the Lord.
On the fourth day, one must offer java flower to the shoulders of the Lord.
On the fifth day, one must offer malati flower to the head (siro-desa) of the Lord.

When there is an overlap of days (tithis), then the flowers for the overlap days can be offered on the same day.
** If you do not have the flowers, then mentally offer the specified flower to the specified place of the Lord.

Reference: Garuda Puraana 

Registration for initiation on 21st August 2019

Dear Devotees,

Please accept our humble obeisances! All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

This is for your kind information that His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaja will give initiation on 21st August 2019. Devotees wishing to take shelter Harinam and Gayatri (Brahmin) initiation from H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaja on this occasion, are requested to carefully go through the following information.

** Date of Initiation: 21st August, 2019 (Wednesday)**

** Last date of registration at JPS office: 16th August 2019

** Last date of exam/interview at JPS office: 18th August 2019

Devotees wishing to take initiation on this occasion; have to register with JPS office by no later than 16th August 2019 by submitting your details through the online registration form click here 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdrIQSE7gEdmvAf5QRuayLGBuxzGC_nyWRFB6oYT4Q7ZoLh8A/viewform

For those who do not have internet access, may register by calling us on: (+91) 3472- 245277 during the office hours. You may also send a mail to jpsofficedatabasewbl@gmail.com and jpsofficemanager@gmail.com to register your name.

Working hours at JPS office: 10 am -5.30 pm (Mon-Fri); (Sunday closed, Saturday 10 am – 2 pm).

Please note that the completion of the ‘ISKCON Disciples Course (IDC)’ is mandatory to take initiation with effect from Janmastami 2015 as per the GBC mandate. For detailed information please visit the following link: http://gbc.iskcon.org/gbc_res/GBCRES14.html . Aspiring initiation candidates must show the original copy of the ISKCON Disciples Course completion certificate during the interview and submit a xerox copy of the same along with other initiation documents. NO INITIATIONS ARE ALLOWED WITHOUT IDC COMPLETION CERTIFICATE.

The candidates or concerned ISKCON temple/yatra/Bhakti Vriksha authority are requested to kindly be in touch with the JPS office for any clarifications or for any further assistance.

We advise not to book travel tickets in advance, for the initiation purpose, or make arrangements without contacting the JPS office before fixing your initiation exam/interview appointment time as well as to clarify your doubts, if any, in regard to the eligibility of the candidates and other procedures.

All are requested to cooperate with the JPS office to ensure a smooth initiation event.

Thank you.

For any initiation related queries please contact:

JPS OFFICE 106,
CHAKRA BUILDING
SRIDHAM MAYAPUR
NADIA, WEST BENGAL
ZIP CODE: 741313

E-mail: jpsofficedatabasewbl@gmail.com, jpsofficemanager@gmail.com

Phone: +91-3472-245277
(Contact Person Uday Gauranga das, Saci Janani dd)
Cell: +91 9333779181, +91 09444938679

Shelter and Initiations on 21 Aug 2019, Mayapur India.

Guru Maharaja will be giving shelter and initiations on 21st August, 2019 (Wednesday). Temple Presidents / Yatra Leaders / Congregational Heads are requested to get in touch with JPS Office in Mayapur on jpsofficedatabasewbl@gmail.com and jpsofficemanager@gmail.com

Update on Gaura Purnima Initiation schedule – 2019

Harinam Initiation

19th March, 2019 – Initiation for devotees from anywhere in the world including India except West Bengal. (last date of interview is 18th March)

24th March , 2019 – Initiation for devotees from West Bengal (last date of interview is 22nd March)

Brahminical initiation

30th March, 2019 – For all (devotees from outside of India and within India) – last date of interview is 28th March

(These dates are only for those devotees who have registered through JPS office. Initiation for namahatta devotees under Mayapur Central namahatta dept will be on separate dates. Namahatta devotees should contact Namahatta initiation coordinators: Hemaharipada das (09040333556) and Purnacandra Gaura das (09040200454)

Please note that the registration for Gaura Purnima initiation is over. Those who have registered before 31st January, 2019, are being considered for this Gaura Purnima initiation. However, if you still send your name, that will waitlisted for future initiation programs.

Gaura Purnima Initiation 2018

Dear Devotees,

Please accept our humble obeisances! All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

This is for your kind information that His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaja will give initiation on the most auspicious Gaura Purnima day on 2nd March 2018. Devotees wishing to take Harinam and Gayatri (Brahmin) initiation from H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaja on this occasion, are requested to carefully go through the following information.

**Date of Initiation: 2nd March, 2018 (Friday)**

** Last date of exam/interview at JPS office: 28th February (Wednesday)**

Devotees wishing to take initiation on this occasion; have to register with JPS office by no later than 15th February 2018, by submitting your details through the online registration form click here https://goo.gl/9BHpRF

For those who do not have internet access, may register by calling us on: (+91) 3472- 245277 during the office hours. You may also send a mail to jpsofficedatabase@gmail.com to register your name.

Working hours at JPS office: 10 am -5.30 pm (Mon-Fri); (Sunday closed, Saturday 10 am – 2 pm).

Please note that the completion of the ‘ISKCON Disciples Course (IDC)’ is mandatory to take initiation with effect from Janmastami 2015 as per the GBC mandate. For detailed information please visit the following link: http://gbc.iskcon.org/gbc_res/GBCRES14.html . Aspiring initiation candidates must show the original copy of the ISKCON Disciples Course completion certificate during the interview and submit a xerox copy of the same along with other initiation documents. NO INITIATIONS ARE ALLOWED WITHOUT IDC COMPLETION CERTIFICATE.

The candidates or concerned ISKCON temple/yatra/Bhakti Vriksha authority are requested to kindly be in touch with the JPS office for any clarifications or for any further assistance.

We advise not to book travel tickets in advance, for the initiation purpose, or make arrangements without contacting the JPS office before fixing your initiation exam/interview appointment time as well as to clarify your doubts, if any, in regard to the eligibility of the candidates and other procedures.

All are requested to cooperate with the JPS office to ensure a smooth initiation event.

Thank you.

For any initiation related queries please contact:

 

JPS OFFICE

106, CHAKRA BUILDING

SRIDHAM MAYAPUR

NADIA, WEST BENGAL

PIN: 741 313

E-mail: jpsofficedatabase@gmail.com

Phone: +91-3472-245277

Cell: 09126-495-325 (Whatsapp only)

Bhisma Panchaka initiation

It is, finally, decided that Om Visnuapada Srimad Jayapataka Swami Guru Maharaja will give initiation on Utthana Ekadasi (31st October 2017, the first day of Bhisma Panchaka) in Sridham Mayapur. Qualified candidates may contact JPS Office by 28th October.
Contact : 9126495325

Registration for Radhastami Initiation – 2017

Registration for Radhastami Initiation – 2017
Dear Devotees, 
 
Please accept our humble obeisances! All glories to Srila Prabhupada! 
 
We would like to inform that His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaja will give initiation on 29th August 2017, the most auspicious appearance day of Srimati Radharani. Devotees wishing to take Harinam and Gayatri (Brahmin) initiation from H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaja on this occasion, are requested to carefully go through the following information.
 
**Date of Initiation: 29th August, 2017 (Tuesday)**
 
** Last date of exam/interview at JPS office: 27th August (Sunday)**
 
Devotees wishing to take initiation on this occasion; have to register with JPS office by no later than 18th August 2017, by submitting your details through the online registration form click here
 
For those who do not have internet access, may register by calling us on: (+91) 3472- 245277 during the office hours. You may also send a mail to jpsofficedatabase@gmail.com to register your name. 
 
Working hours at JPS office: 10 am -5.30 pm (Mon-Fri); (Sunday closed, Saturday 10 am – 2 pm).
 
Please note that the completion of the ‘ISKCON Disciples Course (IDC)’ is mandatory to take initiation with effect from Janmastami 2015 as per the GBC mandate. For detailed information please visit the following link: http://gbc.iskcon.org/gbc_res/GBCRES14.html . Aspiring initiation candidates must show the original copy of the ISKCON Disciples Course completion certificate during the interview and submit a xerox copy of the same along with other initiation documents. NO INITIATIONS ARE ALLOWED WITHOUT IDC COMPLETION CERTIFICATE. 
 
The candidates or concerned ISKCON temple/yatra/Bhakti Vriksha authority are requested to kindly be in touch with the JPS office for any clarifications or for any further assistance.
 
We advise not to book travel tickets in advance, for the initiation purpose, or make arrangements without contacting the JPS office before fixing your initiation exam/interview appointment time as well as to clarify your doubts, if any, in regard to the eligibility of the candidates and other procedures.
 
All are requested to cooperate with the JPS office to ensure a smooth initiation event.
 
Thank you. 
 
For any initiation related queries please contact: 
 
JPS OFFICE
106, CHAKRA BUILDING
SRIDHAM MAYAPUR
NADIA, WEST BENGAL
PIN: 741 313
Cell: 09126-495-325 (Whatsapp only)

Balarama Jayanti Initiation Ceremony – 2017

Balarama Jayanti Initiation Ceremony – 2017
His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Guru Maharaja will give initiation in Sridham Mayapur on the auspicious day of Balarama Jayanti; 7th August 2017. Please contact JPS office for further details within 30th July 2017.
Initiation Coordinator: Mani Gopal das
JPS Office
Room#106, Chakra Building
Sridham Mayapur
P.S. This is a tentative schedule which may get changed depending on any unavoidable situation.

July 9 Initiation Cancelled.

Initiation, previously scheduled, on 9th July has been cancelled due to some unavoidable reason. We will post the update on it if the date of initiation is rescheduled.

ISKCON DISCIPLES COURSE (IDC) (ENGLISH) on 26th to 28th June 2017

ISKCON DISCIPLES COURSE (IDC) (ENGLISH) on 26th to 28th June 2017
Dear Devotees, 
Pamho. Al glories to Srila Prabhupada. 
 
Please note that IDC is mandatory for taking initiation from any ISKCON Gurus. In last 2.5 years we have received many requests from the devotees around the world to help them about how and where to do ISKCON Disciples Course.You can do this course under the supervision of your local temple authority or your may contact Mayapur Institute (MI) also. 
 
MI has organized the ISKCON DISCIPLES COURSE (IDC) (ENGLISH) on 26th to 28th June 2017. Interested devotees are requested to contact Mayapur Institute in this regard. Contact: Phone: +91 (3472) 245 784, E-mail: info@mayapurinstitute.org

TOPICS COVERED IN THE ISKCON DISCIPLES COURSE:

Guru-tattva and the Guru-parampara System

Srila Prabhupada ISKCON Founder Acarya and Preeminent Guru

Types of Gurus

Relationship between ISKCON Guru and ISKCON Authorities

Gurus outside of ISKCON

Guru-padasraya

Selecting a Guru

Following Initiation Vows

Guru-puja and Vyasa-puja

Worship of ISKCON Gurus

Guru-vapu and vani seva

Guru-tyaga

Developing Cooperative Relationships in a multi guru enviorment

Register Now – http://mayapurinstitute.org/course/iskcon-disciples-course-english/

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