Sri Sri Guru-Gaurangau Jayatah!
It is my inconceivable fortune to be able to be here in Veracruz, Mexico, engaged in a personal service to Srila Gurudeva, Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, as his translator to Spanish. Indeed those who can perform some direct seva to the pure Vaisnava are such fortunate persons.
After the breathing difficulties natural of arriving and staying for a day in Mexico City at 2,200 meters of altitude, His Divine Grace is feeling very well. He is very happy to see the serving mood of the Mexican devotees and the extremely efficient arrangements offered to him by the devotees lead by Sripad Ashram Maharaj, Laksmirani Didi, Maduchanda Didi and others.
The house they arranged for him is very opulent, and he has excellent private quarters and a great hall for giving lectures every morning and afternoon.
Now, I am writing you this email to tell about the grandiose event that took place yesterday. Señora Rafaela Montalbo, who is the Mayor and main representatives of the city of Boca del Rio, in Veracruz, came to take darshan from His Divine Grace and offered him the Key to the City. The Mayor, a lady, made the following introductory speech, which I translated for the benefit and happiness of all devotees:
The whole ceremony was filled with the natural affection always emanating from Srila Govinda Maharaj. At the end, he mentioned how he was considering that as Boca del Rio has a lady manager, the place of our higher aspiration also is managed and controlled by a lady, Radharani.
pointing to her saffron-coloured dress, "I knew that from before."
Please forgive my poor English. I am writing moved by the best spirit of seva to Srila Gurudeva and the Vaisnavas.
-Bhuvan Mohan Das
Slightly updated 28 December 2000
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