SPIRITUAL SUNDAY MORNINGS
The time early in the morning, one and a half hours before sunrise, is called brāhma-muhūrta. During this brāhma-muhūrta, spiritual activities are recommended. Spiritual activities performed early in the morning have a greater effect than in any other part of the day.
Spiritual Sundays, our weekly Sunday morning sessions, are intended to uplift the body, mind and spirit of the devotees, everyone is invited to join us in participating in the entire morning program. The program begins at 5:00 am and concludes at 9:00 am, and followed by breakfast prasadam.
The most auspicious [mangala] beginning of the day starts at 5 am with the first arati offering to HDG A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada and their Lordships Sri Sri Gaura Nitai. The morning arati is spiritually surcharged with the singing of Guru-ashtakam, a song glorifying spiritual master while the pujari is performing grand arati with the offerings like incense, lamp, water, cloth, flowers, chamara (fan made of yak tail) and vyajana (fan made of peacock feathers). Attending mangala arati is the best way to begin one’s day.
Right after mangala arati, Lord Narasimha, half-lion-half-man form of the Supreme Lord, is worshiped with Narasimha kirtan.
Tulasi maharani is very dear to Lord Krishna and worshiping her helps one progress rapidly in devotional service. Devotees offer obeisances and prayers to Tulasi maharani before singing Tulasi arati kirtan. Further, devotees circumambulate (pradakshina) Tulasi maharani, which is considered to destroy all sins.
Japa [Mantra meditation]
Devotees assemble after the morning arati to chant Hare Krishna mahamantra. The Mantra Meditation starts at 5.30 am and devotees chant individually on their japa mala. Srila Prabhupada recommended that we chant at least 16 rounds of the Maha Mantra (1 round = 108 times) every day. The Mantra Meditation goes on until 7:10 am.
At 7:15 am, devotees assemble again in the main temple hall to attend the second arati of the day, darshan arati. After conch shells are blown, Lord’s darshan is opened and while playing the beautiful Govindam Adi purusam song.
In the scriptures, it is mentioned that the spiritual master is to be worshiped as good as the Supreme Lord Sri Krishna. Devotees sing the Guru vandana prayers to Srila Prabhupada and followed by Hare Krishna kirtans.
Srimad Bhagavatam Class
Srimad Bhagavatam is the commentary by Srila Vyasadeva on the Vedanta Sutras, the essence of the Vedas. As approved by Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, hearing Srimad Bhagavatam is a very important means to achieve self-realization and advance in the path of devotion. Every Sunday, devotees lecture on a verse of Srimad Bhagavatam in a systematic manner. Regular and attentive hearing helps achieve unwavering faith and devotion towards the Supreme Lord.
Srimad Bhagavatam begins at 7.45 am and ends at 9:00 am, after which breakfast prasadam is served to all the assembled devotees.
Spiritual Sunday Morning program is free and open to all.
We invite you to participate in Spiritual Sunday Morning program and experience the auspiciousness of a spiritual morning experience.
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