two pages of pictures
of yesterday's Disappearance Festival of Srila Guru Maharaj.
pictures of the London Play performed by the devotee children.
described in the article 'King
Chitraketu's Pastimes' posted yesterday.
World Tour dispatch:
30 Jul 2003 15:38:13 +0530
From: Bhakti Lalita Devi Dasi. 'Villa Govinda,' Italy
Subject: Reporting From Italia
All Glory to Sri Sri Guru and Gauranga
Reporting today from the beautiful, charming SCSAshram Italia.
Here so many Vaishnavas from all over the world are assembled
at the holy lotus feet of Srila Gurudev in his own 'Villa Govinda'
where Sri Sri Guru-Gauranga-Gandharvva-Govindasundarjiu and
Giridhari-Gopaljiu are constantly being worshipped and glorified
with natural affection. His Divine Grace is extremely pleased
with Krishna Kanta Didi, Munindra Mohan Prabhu and his devoted
serving group. Together they presented this very palatial Ashram
[in the Milano countryside] to Srila Gurudev, demonstrating
exemplary service under life threatening circumstances, thereby
completely capturing his heart.
Yesterday we observed the holy Disappearance Day of Srila Param
Guru Maharaj, Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj under the
direction of his most favourite and beloved associate-servitor
His Divine Grace Srila Gurudev, Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami
We are all counting our blessings in this super-surcharged atmosphere
with the remembrance of Sri Vrindavan.
30 July 2003
Amavasya. Disappearance of Om Vishnupad Paramahamsa
Parivrajakacharyya-varyya Astottara-sata Sri Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar
Festival of Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. Pictures
of the early
morning preparations at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip.
The festival was held smoothly today in dignified style with guests
from all over Nabadwip, Mayapur and West Bengal attending, and pilgrims
from around the world. The main programme was held at Srila Guru Maharaj's
Samadhi Mandir, The Temple of Union in Separation, followed by a grand
Prasadam feast in the Centenary Memorial Building of Srila Guru Maharaj.
Tour Report: King Chitraketu's Pastimes depicted at the weekend
for Sri Guru's pleasure by the youngsters of London Sri Chaitanya Saraswat
Math. Report by Vrindavanesvari Devi Dasi.
Srila Govinda Maharaj
graciously spoke for the Internet by phone to Madhusudan Prabhu
shortly before leaving from London.
His Divine Grace has since arrived safely in Italy, where the first
news to arrive is: "all is well and beautiful here."
World Tour: Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj and
his holy entourage are preparing to observe the Disappearance Festival
of Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj tomorrow at the Villa
Govinda Ashram in Italy. Meanwhile here in Nabadwip the decorations
are up, and a sizable congregation has already gathered in preparation
for the Festival.
Preaching through yoga. Rohini Shakti Devi Dasi, invited to
a winter festival by a top Brazilian magazine, takes the opportunity
to introduce Krishna consciousness to sincere seekers.
making room for more in the nat-mandir of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat
Math. Pictures of the Math including the recently begun remodeling of
of Srila Govinda Maharaj with the devotees in London.
Five recent reports translated into Spanish by the service of Kamala
Kanti Dasi of the new Sri Chaitanya Sridhar Govinda Seva Ashram in Caracas,
de Julio de 2003:
desde Londres recibidas esta mañana
de Julio de 2003:
Reporte de la Llegada de Su Divina Gracia por Vrindavanesvari
Dev Dasi, acompañando la gira desde EE.UU.
de Julio de 2003:
Akinchan Maharaj reportando desde Ankara, Turquía, "¡Que
día tan extraordinario!
de Julio de 2003: Eugene, Oregon, EE.UU.
de julio de 2003: Portland, Oregon, EE.UU.
>> Oregon, EE.UU. Dos programas públicos
celebrados conjuntamente por los devotos de Portland y Eugene,
narrado en palabras y fotos: una noche en Portland, y luego
al día siguiente el 'Festival Krishna de Verano' en Eugene
en un salón público en el centro del pueblo.
Harinam-Sankirttan in Turkey. Pictures and report by Sripad
Akinchan Maharaj reporting from Ankara, "What a remarkable day!"
Ceremonia de Instalación
de Sri Ananta Sesa para el nuevo Templo, el segundo templo más
grande de la Misión en Mauricio. Amalendu Prabhu hace el reporte
de este gran festival:
news update received this morning:
23 Jul 2003 01:28:41 +0530
From: Bhakti Lalita Devi Dasi, Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math,
Subject: Reporting From London
All Glory to Sri Sri Guru and Gauranga
Divine Grace Srila Gurudev and Co. (Sripad Goswami Maharaj,
Sri Ranajit Prabhu, Jamuna Priya Didi [and myself]) all arrived
safe and sound in London yesterday morning. It is always very
nice to be here where it feels like home under the loving care
of Sripad Devashis Prabhu, Lavanya Mayi Didi, Dwarakesh Prabhu
and the impressive, august Vaishnava assembly of Sri London
Srila Gurudev is in good health and spirits. He immediately
went into his normal routine, waking up before sunrise and delivering
early morning darshans. Throughout the day and night, he is
meeting with devotees publicly and privately in a constant flow
of Harikatha, soothing the hearts and minds of everyone. Nothing
can eclipse the shining rays of the sun.
22 Jul 2003, evening
Londres, Reino Unido: Sripad
Paramahamsa Maharaj llega a Londres e inmediatamente se dedica a
predicar enérgicamente. (Translation of yesterday's posting of
Sripad Paramahamsa Maharaj's arrival in UK.)
público vespertino en Carmel, California. (Translation of
yesterday's posting of the Carmel programme.)
UK: Sripad Paramahamsa Maharaj arrives and immediately engages in
preaching with full energy. Prabhu Devashis writes:
Tue, 15 Jul 2003 19:06:39 +0100
From: Devashis das, London Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math
Subject: Paramahamsa Maharaj's auspicious arrival
Sripad Bhakti Amal Paramahamsa Maharaj arrived here in London
on schedule from South Africa, safely and well. The devotees
gave His Holiness an honourable reception at Heathrow Airport
early in the morning.
After arriving at the London Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Sripad
Paramahamsa Maharaj spoke to the devotees and guests about the
glories of Sri Sanatan Goswami Prabhu (this being his disappearance
day). He also shared stories about his recent devotional adventures
in Venezuela and South Africa. We then had a lively kirttan,
honoured prasadam and soon afterwards drove to Brighton to join
in seva at the Temple's stall at the Brighton 'Peace Festival.'
A party from our Math had been there since the morning. Everyone
busily preached until closing time at 8pm. We finally arrived
back at the London Math after midnight due to delays caused
by summer holiday traffic and various roadworks along the way.
Yesterday (Monday) evening we held our regular meeting at Hampstead
Town Hall. His Holiness spoke there and answered questions along
with Sripad Bhakti Swarup Tridandi Maharaj and myself. Sripad
Paramahamsa Maharaj then led kirttan with his characteristic
enthusiasm. All the crowd were very satisfied by this evening
with a difference.
Tomorrow, Sripad Maharaj is billed to speak at the Upton Centre
near to our Math. We have arranged a programme there called
"The Search for Sri Krishna Reality the Beautiful."
So this is the news, and I have taken some photographs and will
send them to Srila Gurudev shortly.
Now we are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Sripad Bhakti Lalita
Akinchan Maharaj from South Africa. Everyone here is keen to
make the most of the association of these honourable sannyasis
during their few days stay en route to the next leg of their
World Tour enthusiasm
is setting in, and with just days to go before the arrival of
Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj and his entourage,
hosting this 'advance party' of sannyasis is very welcome. Not
only do we have the opportunity to serve the sannyasis and gain
from their association, but also this is a chance to test everything
is ready for the big event to come.
Samara, Siberia: cinco días de predica en el mayor festival
anual de verano en Rusia. (Spanish translation of the Samara
Summer Festival preaching report posted two days ago.)
of email address of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math:
Purnima (full-moon). Disappearance of Srila
Sanatana Goswami Prabhu. Beginning of Chaturmasya (when started on Purnimaas
followed in Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math).
Siberia: five days of preaching at the biggest Russian Summer festival
of the year.
Fri, 11 Jul 2003 18:09:11 +0400
From: B.B. Avadhut Maharaj, Siberia, Russia
Subject: Samara Summer Festival preaching report
Our summer time in Russia is very short and it is a great time
for preaching, especially at the country festivals. So this
year we are participating in several festivals.
we visited the biggest Russian festival, in Samara, mid-Russia.
It is a musical festival and is attended by upwards of 300,000
people. We brought fifty devotees from Moscow, St. Petersburg,
Siberia and other places and put up our pandal (large circus-style
tent). For five days the devotees engaged in preaching, including
distribution of prasadam and books. We are sending some pictures
along with this letter.
Every night we held devotional drama performances such as 'Prahlada
Maharaj Lila,' 'Ramayana Pastimes,' etc. and big sankirttan
with more than 1,000 people chanted and danced with us.
Everybody liked our programmes in particular and sincerely invited
us to continue longer and longer.
Rainbow.'Distribución de Prasad en el Evento Rainbow
(Rainbow Gathering), Utah, EE.UU., celebrado del 21 de Junio al 7 de
Julio de 2003. Artículo por Mathuranath Das. Traducción:
Kamala Kanti Dasi, Caracas, Venezuela. (Spanish translation of the article
Sayan Ekadasi. Fast. Break fast tomorrow by
6:57 a.m. (and after sunrise).
Rainbow Festival's 'Simply Wonderful' devotees' preaching kitchen
has again proved a great success this year. Sripad Bhakti Premik Siddhanti
Mon, 7 Jul 2003 12:59:03 -0700 (PDT)
From: Siddhanti Maharaj, Utah, USA
Subject: Rainbow Festival preaching success
The Rainbow Festival has just finished. It was very wonderful.
Nitya Hari Prabhu and all the devotees did a miracle service
there. In fact the leaders of the Rainbow Festival announced
publicly it is the Krishna people and the chanting of Hare Krishna
that is the spiritual inspiration and basis of all the 20,000
people that gathered at this year's Rainbow Festival. They made
a public statement that they appreciate so much the Krishna
people coming and giving their guidance, food, and goodwill
to so many people.
Nitya Hari Prabhu as well as all the different Krishna groups
have really done a miracle with their service this year as well
as other years. Some pictures will follow soon. I'm sure that
everyone feels it is very important we have a presence there
Turkey: recent pictures from the Sri Govinda Math Yoga Centre
where Sripad Paramahamsa Maharaj and Sripad Akinchan Maharaj are due
to visit later this month before joining with Srila Govinda Maharaj
on his 20th World Tour.
Poster and invitation to a public event 'Evolution of Consciousness'
to take place this Friday, 11th July, in Carmel, about 50 miles
south of our Soquel Ashram. Sripad Bhakti Pavan Janardan Maharaj will
be the guest speaker at the programme. Divya Shakti Devi Dasi and other
devotees have been diligently passing out fliers for this event for
several weeks. Prabhu Gaurahari designed and printed the poster for
pictures of the last day of the recent visit by Srila Bhakti
Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. In addition a grand feast was held
on the last night of Srila Gurudev's visit. Srila Govinda Maharaj personally
hosted and supervised a special feast of Sri Sri Nitai-Chaitanyadev
Prasadam for devotees from all Gaudiya Maths of Sri Purusottama Dham.
Sripad Bhakti Sudhir Goswami Maharaj commented that in all his years
of seeing Vaishnava festivals, this feast was 'amazing, so honourably
held, and so smoothly carried out.' All the Vaishnavas were satisfied
and fully nourished by this special manifestation of Srila Govinda Maharaj's
exemplary Vaishnava hospitality.
fifty-six pictures of the devotees gathering in Michoacan from
around the country to engage in service, improving facilities for the
National Youth Summer Camp to be held from the 19 of July to the 2nd
South Africa, Sripad Bhakti Lalita
Akinchan Maharaj, on his current preaching tour with Sripad Bhakti
Amal Paramahamsa Maharaj, meets with the devotees who first gave him
books on Krishna consciousness, and reflects upon his joining the Mission
some twenty-two years ago.
Puri bus pilgrimage party starts on the return leg of the tour after
a very full and successful programme throughout the last four days and
Wed, 2 Jul 2003 10:24:32 +0530
From: Bhakti Lalita Devi Dasi, Jagannath Puri
Subject: Sri Jagannath Festival
we are here in Sri Dham Puri at the lotus feet of Sri Guru and Sri
Sri Nitai-Chaitanyadev, participating in the extended Rathayatra
festivities under Their direction. It was a very spontaneous movement
by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj from Kolkata,
full of suspense and mystery. Suddenly His Divine Grace said "Jagannath
is calling!" and somehow in the last minute we were able to
get the necessary reservations on the plane and train to come....
night, just after the massive crowd considerably dispersed and after
our devotees returned from performing kirtan before the Rath carts
in the journey of Their Lordships, His Divine Grace personally took
a small group of devotees for darshan of Lord Jagannath, Subhadra
and Baladev just outside of the Gundicha Temple. Their Lordships
traveled from Their main Temple to Gundicha Temple very quickly
this year [within approximately four hours] and spent the entire
night in the middle of the road seated on Their carts seeing everyone.
Also today Their Lordships will mercifully see everyone with Their
big eyes, giving Their darshan without restriction out on the roadside
in front of the Gundicha Temple.