SEE VIDEO: http://youtu.be/Mj0cbCKizBs
First we'd like to thank Madhu Pandit dasa, Chancalapati prabhu and many others from Bangalore ISKCON group, as well as many other USA devotees, for making this temple possible with their support. The temple facility is super excellent as are the top class Krishna Balarama deities, Gaura Nitai deities, and Srila Prabhupada's murti. Also, top notch altars and interior decorations that are simply amazing.
There were several hundred guests, I don't know maybe as many as 300. Very nice assembly of vaishnavas of all ages. Many young couples with kids and babies (nice to know Srila Prabhupada will be worshipped by future generations). Elderly ladies with walkers were coming up to greet their deity, kids were jumping up and down in the kirtan, ladies formed little dance circles and raised their arms all together in unison in ecstactic dancing, nicely dressed brahmana men were chanting the Vedic mantras for intstalling the deity (thanks to Yasodanandana prabhu for getting all the proper deity installation process together), various men and ladies were taking turns and coming forward to lead the kirtanas spontaneously without any need for a big introduction, there was a big book table of Srila Prabhupada's books, some devotees were later going to be initiated as Prabhupada devotees, hey it was like ISKCON in the 1970s!
I had nice talks with a number of people who were very enthused by the whole "Srila Prabhupada centered atmosphere." One elderly lady told me she goes to Berkeley ISKCON and the problem there is: They do not enourage people, this is why, after decades they have ony a few residents at the temple, and only a few guests on Sunday -- when we had more guests here at opening day. Another person came up to introduce me to their 9 year old daughter, they said -- see how all these kids are running around here? I cannot have my kid running around at the bogus ISKCON guru's temples because I am afraid of molesters, in fact I cannot let her out of my sight at these bogus ISKCON's temples. Wow, how bad is that? The GBC has created and atmosphere where people are afraid for their kids, and dissenters to their molester infrastructure have to be afraid of being kicked out and / or beaten up. The GBC keeps saying they cleaned it all up, by keeping all the leaders of the molester infrastructure as their leaders? So this is good, people know there has not been any real reform.
Anyway, the feast was super excellent. Everyone was smiling, laughing and chanting in ecstacy, all round, superb job guys! Chanchalapati prabhu gave an excellent talk on the need to chant the name of Krishna, and his presentation was exactly like the lectures we used to hear in the 1970s. So this was all being done on opening day! No doubt we will have much more to report as the temple progresses. I am going to post more photos on facebook and produce a link here so you can see more photos of the program.
The new Prabhupada temple is located at: 1235 Reamwood Ave, Sunnyvale CA 94089. (408-657-8485).
*** Jaya, all glories to your services prabhus at the new temple! Simply wonderful! ys pd
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*** Bangalore Group's "Srila Prabhupada disappearance" video: http://youtu.be/V_67u2XkYNM