Raftanam and the origins of Krishna West

Raftanam and the origins of Krishna West

Prabhupada left us with only nine forms of devotional service as is defined in the sastras:

śrī-prahrāda uvāca
śravaṇaṁ kīrtanaṁ viṣṇoḥ
smaraṇaṁ pāda-sevanam
arcanaṁ vandanaṁ dāsyaṁ
sakhyam ātma-nivedanam

Prahlāda Mahārāja said: Hearing and chanting about the transcendental holy name, form, qualities, paraphernalia and pastimes of Lord Viṣṇu, remembering them, serving the lotus feet of the Lord, offering the Lord respectful worship with sixteen types of paraphernalia, offering prayers to the Lord, becoming His servant, considering the Lord one’s best friend, and surrendering everything unto Him (in other words, serving Him with the body, mind and words)—these nine processes are accepted as pure devotional service. One who has dedicated his life to the service of Kṛṣṇa through these nine methods should be understood to be the most learned person, for he has acquired complete knowledge. (SB 7.5.23-24)

So, what is the problem? Problem is that these nine types of devotional service become boring very quickly. So, we need to add new forms of devotional service every now and then to have more fun. So far, pure devotees introduced Volleyballanam, Gymanam, Tenissanam and many others. What did Prahlada maharaja really know about devotional service? 😀 😀 😀

Now, before I continue, you have to understand that all gurus in ISKCON are pure devotees, because pure managers from the GBC body, who are pure devotees themselves made very smart decision to take upon themselves a task to decide who is a pure devotees. And Bir Krishna Goswami, being both member of the GBC and guru at the same time is certainly purest of the pure.

Therefore, when Bir Krishna Goswami introduces new form of devotional service, you should not have any doubts. And today, we are introducing the best way to perform devotional service so far, RAFTANAM. You can’t go wrong with raftanam, it is best way to serve Krishna. Srila Prabhupada played basketball and was doing some snowboarding, and his disciples are continuing to expand the unlimited universe of transcendental sports.

Today, we are introducing Raftanam from the official ISKCON Croatia photo gallery.

Origins of Krishna West

You see this genius in the photo in the orange shorts (orange means renunciation) ? This is 10 years ago, this is 2007, long before Krishna West movement was even conceived. But Bir Krishna is visionary, he knew Krishna West was coming. Besides, if you go rafting in your sannyasi dhoti, that is very bad idea. Dhoti can get you killed during rafting. Although danda could be useful since you can use it as a paddle.

Rafting initation

Of course, you can’t do anything in spiritual life without blessing of the higher authorities. This is especially true for raftanam, here is a rafting initiation where Bir Krishna Goswami gives rafting beeds to Raft das brahmacari.


rafting gopis

First offence in rafting is when you go rafting without rafting gopis. You should never do that. If you are not able to find rafting gopis to accompany you, then better stay at home, because your rafting we be shallow and dry. For rafting sadhaka, there is only thing that is more boring than going to rafting without gopis. And that is reading Prabhupada’s books.

Handling the fanatics

Well, what if you meet some neophyte who destroyed his life by reading Prabhupada’s books? He will surely protest because he is not advanced enough to understand confidential raftanam mellows. He will say things like “This is not devotional service, this is Maya.” And if you meet Hanuman, he might even say that your rafting guru is retarded.

So, only solution here if you meet such neophyte, you just need to smile, and you can only smile if you are 100% convinced that you are pure devotee and that you are fully dedicated in serving Krishna with your body, mind and intelligence.

Raftanam smile

Smile is the most powerful force in the universe. Look at Raft Goswami, is he completely convinced that Raftanam is the best form of devotional service.

Showing your legs to Raft Goswami – very important

It is very important that all raft gopis wear very short skirts, and even better is to just go straight to bikini, this is the highest level. And make sure you show your legs to Raft Goswami:

Final destination – raftanam bliss

Raftanam bliss

Tell me you didn’t remember Lord Ramacandra when you saw this beautiful green water.


All ISKCON gurus and sannyasis who decided that Bir Krishna Goswami is bonafide guru are welcome to come to Croatia and try Raftanam. Sannyasis can bring their female secretaries also, we are completely ok with that. You don’t have to be shy if you are sannyasi to bring your female secretary to raftanam. Main guru in Croatia travels everywhere with his female secretary and we all know this “divine lila”.

While you are rafting, you can dictate emails to your disciples how this material world is full of suffering, and all you need to do in Kali-yuga is to chant Hare Krishna. This will bring your disciples gradually all the way up to the raftanam platform.

And after you leave this body, you can go to rafting-loka, this is heavenly planet where Bir Krishna is head priest and presiding demigod is Raftisvara.

You can see rest of the photos at our official ISKCON Croatia Rafting gallery.

Oh yea, another important thing, they named their boat after me, so, I really felt I need to repay them by propagating Raftanam on my website: