Bhakti Marga Johannesburg Temple Inauguration
Be Apart of the Blessing!
Jai Gurudev Dear Bhakti Marga Family,
It is with great pleasure that we would like to share with you the progress of the Bhakti Marga Johannesburg Temple Inauguration journey.
As you know, for the last year we have been looking for a new home for our beloved ‘Jwala Narasimha’. Many attempts were made by devotees and followers alike but none were successful and so we stopped looking for some time and decided to focus all our efforts on the new Ashram in Durban – Sri Vishwananda Nilaya. Sri Vishwananda Nilaya remains the main focus for South Africa and this temple in Johannesburg is just one step in the Divine plan for South Africa.
In August 2018 Guruji expressed His wish for a temple for Jwala Narasimha and Radha Krishna in Johannesburg and said He will be coming in March 2019 to inaugurate the temple. This news threw us into a bit of a panic as 7 months to find the right property and get a temple ready for inauguration seemed like a major stretch. The property search was back on and hugely intensified this time, looking only at already developed properties as per Guruji’s instructions! Several properties were found and shared with Guruji but for some reason or another did not materialize. Then finally on the 30th of September we knew we had found the perfect place when we walked into the house in Emmarentia. We immediately called Guruji on video call and showed Him the entire house, and He said, “stop looking and put in an offer this is the one”! He then said, “and by the way I’m coming in the beginning of Jan 2019 as it’s the only time I have available”.
We immediately put in an offer at well below the asking price (as this was already much more than we planned to spend) and explained to the owner that we are purchasing the house for our Guru to build a temple and spoke to him about Guruji and His mission. The owner then expressed that he was hoping for more, but he feels somehow that this is Divinely inspired and despite the fact that he is Muslim by faith he really wants to support us. It was so wonderful to witness because it was evident that without even meeting Guruji he could truly feel His love and he wanted to be a part of it. We then explained to him that Guruji is coming to open the temple from the 8th of Jan and we need to do some major renovations to be ready for the temple opening.
After the excitement of the moment, finding the right property, putting in the offer and it being accepted the “reality” of the situation started to dawn upon us – we had 3 months to be ready for the temple inauguration and 4 darshans in South Africa. In addition to this we had just committed to spending way more money than we had. Needless to say, panic kicked in and as the mind does it started spewing out all of the reasons why this was a bad idea. Such as; we won’t even be able to take transfer by Jan let alone construct for the temple, where will we get the money, it’s a quiet neighborhood the residents will give us endless issues, its residentially zoned, the architect scared us silly (which turned out to be nothing in the end), it does not have enough accommodation, it does not have enough parking….
The list of garbage the mind spewed out continued but really what it all boiled down to was, a lack of trust that if He wants it, He will take care of everything. And so, after a slight speed wobble we were back on track and met with the owner to discuss all of our concerns. The owner bent over backwards and helped us quickly find a solution for every single concern we had. On top of it all he agreed to give us immediate access to start construction with only an offer to purchase signed and not even proof that the funds were available to pay for the house. He also is not charging any occupational rent and agreed to do the construction at cost price – we liked the work of his builder and agreed.
Right from the beginning and then over and over and over again through this entire process Guruji has continually showed us that He is taking care of everything and in spite of our fears and doubts we just need to say yes and allow Him to work through us all.
Guruji then gave very specific instructions on forming a new trust, the Sri Vishwananda trust, and purchasing the property directly into the trust. Of course, this would further delay the transaction by around a month and a months delay when you only have 3 months is a hell of a lot! But never the less at each step we followed His instruction, and EVERYTHING worked out despite all the odds being against us.
As this is written on the 17th of Dec 2018 transfer of the property has not even been logged and the construction is about 70% complete!
Through Guruji’s amazing grace the following has been achieved to date:
- Guruji personally sponsored the Radha Krishna Deities and they are in the final stages of carving.
- Property purchase has been agreed at R3m and the bond secured (R 1.3 million in donations received so far and the remaining R 1.7 m bonded).
- Construction of Altar for Deities and general maintenance about 70% complete
- The pool is filled and the Yagna hut is being built.
- An international tour has been organized to allow overseas devotes the opportunity to experience the temple opening and bring in additional funding to help pay for the temple construction and opening.
- The owner of the house “just happens” to own a very lovely guest house that can accommodate 100 people less than 2 km from the temple and has agreed to give us accommodation at R 300 per night. This means Devotees and followers can stay close to Guruji just as they would in Springen and really be immersed in the experience and not worry about traveling backwards and forwards.
- Devotees and Followers have been generously supporting the temple journey every step of the way through getting sponsorships such as architectural services, sponsoring household items such as lights, paint, plumbing items, tiles, roofing, furniture etc. and not to forget the actual service (seva) in painting, tiling, cleaning etc. – It’s been so wonderful and brought the whole community together!
We are now reaching the final stages of preparation, literally 23 days before Guruji’s arrival and we are still in need of -+R450K to have everything ready for final temple construction, all the temple opening prayers and the Darshan events in January 2019. To this end we would like to offer everyone the opportunity to be part of the blessing, be it for the Darshan’s preparation, Temple construction or Temple Inaugural Prayers. We welcome and appreciate all sponsorships and donations provided by individuals and collective groups.
Every donation, regardless of whether in cash, seva, or both is greatly appreciated and recognised as an offering of your love.
We have put together a few options on how you can be part of the blessing by helping to sponsor and donate towards the Bhakti Marga Johannesburg Temple inauguration & Darshans. Select the ones that best suit you!
Sponsoring Items for Guruji such as washing basin, plumbing & Bedding & other Temple Construction. A min donation of R500 would be most appreciated.
Temple Inauguration Pooja:
Be one of 10 Sponsors for a day for the Temple inauguration Pooja: A minimum of R1000 towards the Pooja ingredients, Parsad Ingredients, flowers, garlands, Décor, security, other consumables.
Be one of 10 Sponsors for the Deities, Jwala Narasimha and Radha Krishna’s clothing. This is being purchased in India. A minimum donation of R750 would be appreciated.
Artisan for the day:
Sponsor a cleaner or artisan to help get the temple looking spectacular for Guruji’s Visit. A minimum of R150 / day for 1 person. We require at least 7 cleaners / artisans for 10-15 days.
Gift of Love:
Help us build a home for Jwala Narasimha & Radha Krishna by contributing R100 or whatever you can afford.
Encourage your friends and families to join in and let’s welcome all with open arms to our new temple as we continue to grow as a community and build Bhakti Marga SA together.
In Summary All donations for the Guruji’s January Visit for our Temple Inauguration will be used in the following ways:
Temple Construction costs
Temple Puja items
Flowers & Garlands
Decorations for Temple & Darshan;
Prasad ingredients and much more.
You can either make a cash donation or make an electronic transfer in advance. Details are as follows:
Sri Vishwananda Trust, First National Bank, Branch Code: 250655
Acc No: 62794148116, Ref: Name (option selected)
Thank You! Jai Gurudev! With Love!