Granthraj Srimad Bhagavatam Ki Jai!!!

Dearest Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my prostrated obeisances at your lotus feet. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev.

For those who don't know me, I am Kalacakra das from Minneapolis. I am originally from South India and i got the greatest fortune to be initiated by our Gurudev H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj in June, 2001. Maharaj has been showering his mercy all the time on me just like he is doing for every soul he meets. Last year end, i had the fortune of attending Maharaj's Vyasa puja arranged wonderfully by the Singapore devotees under the leadership of H G Devakinandan prabhu. Again, i had a greater fortune to meet Srila Gurudev in Dwaraka and did a little travel with his holiness and attend the Juhu Ratha-yatra.

Maharaj was very merciful to give me nice instructions to follow and one of the vital instructions was "To not waste even a second without scrutinizingly studying this great literature Srimad Bhagavatam and propagate the message to the public at large". Maharaj was also stressing on the point that all of us should make it a point to discuss Srimad Bhagavatam and meditate on the important points from the Purports of Srila Prabhupada as much as we can and said this will please Maharaj very much. I am sure i am not qualified in any form, but by the causeless mercy of our Gurudev and Srila Prabhupada it is possible.

I was expressing my idea to start a email group to discuss the interesting points from Srimad Bhagavatam, to Maharaj and his holiness appreciated it very much and urged me to do so as soon as i can. I emailed to a few devotees asking if they would be interested in joining the group and they said they would love to. Then I took all the devotee's id from H G Devakinandan prabhu's email list and added your names to the list. Please excuse me for the default assumption, but if you do not want to be part of the group, please feel free to unsubscribe yourself.

My intention in starting this group is to freely share our thoughts and interesting points from Srila Prabhupada's Bhagavatam and also nice revelations and realizations that we came across either by ourselves, through others or by our association with our dear Maharaj. Most of us are in different parts of the world and are not able to share this great jewel among literature with each other. I sincerely hope that this forum would bring us all together, putting Krsna and Srimad Bhagavatam in the center.

To start with, here is a very important verse spoken by Lord Kapila to Mother Devahuti (SB 3.25.25) about the importance of discussing Krsna-Katha in a group of devotees.

satāṁ prasaṅgān mama vīrya-saṁvido
bhavanti hṛt-karṇa-rasāyanāḥ kathāḥ
taj-joṣaṇād āśv apavarga-vartmani
śraddhā ratir bhaktir anukramiṣyati

"In the association of pure devotees, discussion of the pastimes and activities of the Supreme Personality of Godhead is very pleasing and satisfying to the ear and the heart. By cultivating such knowledge one gradually becomes advanced on the path of liberation, and thereafter he is freed, and his attraction becomes fixed. Then real devotion and devotional service begin."

Please forgive any of my offenses and feel free to give me your feedback and suggestions on how to improve our discussions.

Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Kalacakra Krsna das