Govinda Maharaj's health is quite good and has improved in Italy.
He's been going outside regularly, and the day before yesterday he
went with several devotees to a place on top of a hill looking down
over the city of Milan. That afternoon Srila Maharaj stayed at the
Ashram, but the devotees went for a very pleasant outing engaging
in Nama-Sankirttan at a lake called Como Lake beside the town of Lecco.
Yesterday morning we went with Srila Govinda Maharaj to one of the
local dairies where they treat the cows nicely, take them out to graze
and look after them in a more humane way. The owner and the manager
were there and gave Srila Govinda Maharaj a special tour and explained
the way in which they take care of the herd. Sripad Acharyya Maharaj
In the afternoons Srila Maharaj has been sitting outside with big
crowds. Yesterday he praised the Bengali book 'Paramartha-Dharmma-nirnay'
and said that on returning to India he would personally translate
it into English.
There have also been many initiations, and Srila Maharaj has said
many wonderful things. One such really beautiful quote he made in
an informal morning discussion is: "We are staying under the protective
shade of the umbrella of the Holy Name of Haridas Thakur."
The devotees have taken many photos and I'll ask them to send some
to show on the Math's Website.