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Deity Worship Manual from Sri Krishna Balarama Mandir

128 page paperback book that completely documents the current Deity Worship standards and procedures at the ISKCON Sri Krishna Balarama Mandir, Vrindavana, India. Apart from one very serious mistake [please read the full description] it documents all prayers and mantras and procedures in Deity Worship and will be useful for anyone who wants to perform Deity Worship on a large or small scale.


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Author: ISKCON Krishna Balarama Temple Deity Department
Format: Paperback Book
Pages: 128
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Deity Worship Manual from Sri Krishna Balarama Mandir


This book fully documents the actual current Deity Worship standards, mantras and prayers used in the worship of Srila Prabhupada, Srila Bhaktsiddhanta, Sri Sri Gaura-Nitai, Sri Sri Krishna-Balarama and Sri Sri Radha Shyamasundar and the Gopis Lalita and Vishaka. It also documents the worship of the Srimati Tulsi Devi, the Salagrama Sila puja and the standards for worship of Srila Prabhupada in his Samadhi Mandir.

The mantras and procedures appear to be correct and in accordance with the teachings of Srila Prabhupada except for one very important mistake in the procedures for making offerings to the Deities.

Srila Prabhupada warned us:

"From now on unless I order you do something change or in addition, go on with the usual standard way. You manufacture ideas and then I have to waste my time. I have given you everything already, there is no need for you to add anything or change anything. Why you are asking these things? Who has given you such freedom?"

In 1975 at Srila Bhaksiddhanta's appearance day festival in Gorakhpur Prabhupada confirmed the process of offering prasadam to the Deities which we must follow:

"The process is that whatever we offer to the Deity, that is offered to guru. And guru offers to his guru. In this way goes to Krsna. We don't directly offer Radha-Krsna. No. We have no right. Neither He accepts in that way. The pictures of the acaryas, why there are? Actually, one has to offer the plate to his guru, and he'll offer his guru, he offers his guru, his guru. In this way it will go to Krsna. That is the process. You cannot directly approach Krsna or other subordinates to Krsna. That is not possible."

This is the system Srila Prabhupada teaches us for offering bhoga to the Deities. We are to first offer it to Srila Prabhupada and he will offer it to his spiritual master and in this way it will go to Krishna through the disciplic succession. When Srila Prabhupada disappeared ISKCON changed the system and started offering to the new 11 zonal acharyas instead of to Srila Prabhupada. This system was still in place in ISKCON up till the mid 90's but after so many of the "acharyas" fell down the ISKCON devotees no longer wanted to accept "prasadam" that was offered to ISKCON gurus as it was obvious many were not pure devotees and also the guru of the pujari was not the guru of many of the devotees in the temple and they did not like the idea of accepting prasadam offered to someone else's guru. So the GBC came up with a new system for offering prasadam to the Deities. And this new system is described in this book on page 30 which reads:

"Note: It should be understood that by the mercy of the spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada, we are able to engage in the service of the Lord in His arch-vigraha, like offering bhoga and therefore we ask his permission first in order to be able to serve. Then at the end, after the offering, we meditate that Srila Prabhupada and your spiritual master, where appropriate, are taking the remnants both in Krishna-lila and Gaura-lila after all the associates have taken."

This is unfortunately completely bogus, a complete concoction. Srila Prabhupada warned us in a 1973 letter to Dhruvananda:

"The greatest danger to our movement will come when we manufacture and create our own process for worshiping the deities. So don't ask any more new questions, whatever is going on, follow it just to the exact standard as I have given you, that's all."

The most essential part of worshiping the Deities is the process of making offerings to Them and unfortunately this change by ISKCON turns the whole Deity Worship process Srila Prabhupada gave us on its head. It is very unlikely that the bhoga is being accepted by the Deities when offered in this concocted way.

So please replace the last paragraph on page 30 of the Deity Worship Manual with:

"The process is that whatever we offer to the Deity, that is offered to guru. And guru offers to his guru. In this way goes to Krsna. We don't directly offer Radha-Krsna. No. We have no right. Neither He accepts in that way. The pictures of the acaryas, why there are? Actually, one has to offer the plate to his guru, and he'll offer his guru, he offers his guru, his guru. In this way it will go to Krsna. That is the process. You cannot directly approach Krsna or other subordinates to Krsna. That is not possible."

Otherwise this book appears to be a very valuable guide to the process of Deity Worship as established by Srila Prabhupada.

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Marie Glasheen - 01/08/2017 5 of 5 Stars!
This is a useful and interesting book, helps me understand what standard I can establish in my home
MK Radhakrishnan Radhakrishnan - 06/27/2016 5 of 5 Stars!
Very good book. Gives the knowledge of doing deity worship especially in a temple.
Vicky Gopal - 04/26/2015 5 of 5 Stars!
An Excellent book on the standard operating procedure for deity worship. Haribol
Sheela Khemani - 01/21/2015 5 of 5 Stars!
The book explanation is very good. And very helpful.
Karen Presta - 11/03/2014 5 of 5 Stars!
This manual has a good deal of helpful information in it.
Kris Drumm - 01/08/2014 5 of 5 Stars!
Namaste- the manual is very detailed and clear, and provides the practitioner with step by step procedures for traditional devotional practice. The swami whom I presented this gift to was pleased.
Mary Godwin - 06/19/2013 5 of 5 Stars!
Excellent book for anyone who is serious about Deity Worship. Will help you bring up your standard of worship. Heartfelt prayers, and information to help you advance your Krishna Consciousness.
Cheryl Hanlon - 02/12/2013 5 of 5 Stars!
***Thank you for the excellent service, the item arrived very quickly and the packaging was perfect***
MADHUMALA MADHAVAN - 01/20/2013 5 of 5 Stars!
Just what I had needed for my spiritual pursuit of everything that Lord Krishna is about. Ritual prayer in Sanskrit slokas helps me keep an ancient tradition of Sanskrit prayers in an ancient and sacred language and helps enhance my feelings for and communicate with Lord Krishna. The ritual of prayer helps enormously in healing as protected time with Lord Krishna every day in my making specific time for God as part of a structured schedule. Ritualistic prayer has been enormously suggested by my trauma counselor as contributing to serious healing for my mother and I.I am so glad to have a book to speak the slokas in prayer in ritual tradition while following Lord Krishna's philosophies in life which is the short answer for everything.Contributes to clarity of mind and single purpose and focus to my life.Great book with great quality printing for long term use. Felt good to also receive the book from holy Vrindavan in India. Thankyou.
cj gardiner - 02/20/2012 5 of 5 Stars!
wonderful i highly recommend this book. Its well put together and easy to read.gives great insight to the most sacred and personal service of their lordships. lots of sanskrit and hindi mantras with translations. a perfect pujaris companion at home or in main mundar.jai.
robert wilson - 02/18/2012 5 of 5 Stars!
Great book! Very advanced for a beginner like me. Once a week I practice with this book. Thank you for being there and helping me along as I learn more about Devotional Service.
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