is very difficult to get space here, but still Krishna has not given a
big accommodating house. Srila Guru Maharaj wrote in his divine will the
name of the London ashram. But that ashram was stolen. Now by the grace
of Swarupananda Prabhu, Sagar Maharaj, we have this house. It may be small
but it is a firm branch of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. By the prayers
and the service of the devotees we expect another place in the future,
but at least this is better than nothing [chuckle].
You are all born devotees. "Foreign West," Srila Prabhupad Saraswati
Thakur said when he gave charge to Sripad Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaj
and sent him to London. At that time I did not know any English, but that
expression I can remember. The strong desire of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta
Saraswati Thakur was given form by Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad.
We have entrance in this Western world by His Divine Grace: London, America,
Russia, Germany, Holland, in the time of Srila Prabhupad. It was very
rare to get Westerners, but by his strong desire and will, we have this
At that time Subas Chandra Bose, a great personality of India, went to
London to study. Some Westerners served him, and he was very proud. He
wrote to his brother, "I am getting service from Westerners."
But Prabhupad Saraswati Thakur and Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj made the
whole world servitors of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Now we are very proud,
you can say, that the devotees here are wholeheartedly trying to serve
Sri Chaitanyadev and Nityananda Prabhu and His glorious Sampradaya.
Prabhupad Saraswati Thakur made sixty-four centers in India. They were
divided by Srila Guru Maharaj, thirty-two given to Gaudiya Math and thirty-two
to Chaitanya Math. Srila Guru Maharaj divided the management and they
got that connection. Sixty-four maths were in India, but only one was
in London. Prabhupad left this world and gave full power to A.C. Bhaktivedanta
Swami Prabhupad for spreading Krishna Consciousness. Srila Swami Maharaj
was the best friend of Srila Guru Maharaj. Now we can say both fulfilled
the desire of Srila Saraswati Thakur.
Holding the exalted flag
We are the devotee section, the devotee's devotee holding the exalted
flag of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, proceeding now all over the world. Now
ISKCON has more than 300 centers, and we have more than sixty. We are
very little but very firm. You are all participating in that Sri Chaitanya
Saraswat Math. You are so fortunate, no doubt, to get the opportunity
to practice Krishna Consciousness in the line of Srila Guru Maharaj. In
the finest way we are satisfying Gandharva Govinda Sundar. At present
we also have seven or eight centers in India, but my full attention is
currently going towards Govardan.
bell room there is decorated in the style of Srila Rupa Goswami's Samadhi
Mandir. The domes are in the brihat mrdanga style you
can see on the Internet; every week there is a report. They are still
building that Govardan ashram. That is the last job I am taking to satisfy
the desire of Srila Guru Maharaj. Saraswati Thakur told Guru Maharaj:
the Sakhis and Radha and Krishna will live in Radha Kunda, and we are
the Manjaris, we will live a little far from Radha Kunda. That place is
at the lotus feet of Govardan. In the early morning we will collect some
flowers from Kusum Sarovar and we will go for service to Radha Kunda under
the guidance of Lalita Devi and the Sakhis.
Srila Guru Maharaj also ordered me, "If you want to make any ashram
in Vrindavan, you make in Govardan. That is our proper place." That
time I could purchase some land on the way of Radha Kunda, but many sound
disturbances are coming from the busy road, the lorries, the buses, and
the temples. For that I took a little hidden place, Srila Sridhar Swami
Seva Ashram. By the grace of the devotees we have that center. There are
two houses there: one big house in the name Srila Saraswati Thakur and
another named Srila Sridhar Swami Seva Ashram. When you get the opportunity,
come again and again and see the glories of that ashram, and try to give
your energy for Guru Maharaj's dear place here in London. It was the desire
of Saraswati Thakur to send Guru Maharaj to London.
Now our Devashis Prabhu wants to print quarterly the 'Gaudiya Darshan'
in the English language, and all dignitary devotees can help him through
their writing. And I think it will come as soon as possible. Prabhupad
Saraswati Thakur liked that very much in the English language.
by Vrndavanesvari dasi
22 July 2003