As the world continues to valiantly fight the pandemic battle, we all have near and dear ones who are reeling under its impact. People have been affected, nations are in turmoil, and economies have been devastated. Yet the human spirit endures. Heroes in the form of frontline workers, healthcare providers, and countless souls endeavoring to help have exemplified traits of strength and resilience.
Like the changing seasons, both good and bad; happiness and sorrow; and victory and defeat are built into the human experience. Hence, challenges are an integral part of life. Today, as we combat the coronavirus, qualities such as tolerance, inner-strength, and courage are indeed the need of the moment. By being calm and mentally strong, we can all do our part to become part of the solution.
In these calamitous times, let us be even more inspired to take the shelter of dharma as our solution. Lord Krishna, in the Bhagavad Gita, explains that it is beholden upon human beings to perform yajna (sacrifice). Through yajnas, the celestial gods are pleased, and they shower prosperity upon the people of the earth.
Reader, of all the yajnas, the most important is the chanting of the holy names of God. This can either be done individually, as japa, or congregationally, as sankirtan. The latter, Sankirtan Yajna is pronounced in the sacred books as the supreme dharma of this age.
As a prayer for the wellbeing of all humankind, JKYog is organizing an akhand (non-stop) Sankirtan Yajna, or the sacrifice of the devotional chanting of the holy names of God. The 24-hour Mahamantra Kirtan Mahayajna will be from Friday, May 14th 7:00 PM CDT till Saturday, May 15th 7:00 PM CDT (Saturday, May 15th 5:30 AM IST till Sunday, May 16th 5:30 AM IST).
Highlights include special inaugural live address, to initiate the Mahayajna, by Swami Mukundananda, continuous 24-hr kirtan of Hare Ram, Hare Krishna Mahamantra, poornahuti, and concluding chanting and address by Swamiji. You can join from the comfort of your home. Watch the promotional video for details. Click here to participate. Jagadguru Kripalu University recently contributed ₹25 lakh to CMRF to strengthen Odisha’s effort to save precious lives from Covid-19. The subsequent donation will go to the PM Relief Fund. To be a part of the noble efforts, please find links here to take part in seva opportunities in the Mahayajna or donate and help in any way possible.