to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga
All Glories to The Guru of The Universes:
Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj
Dispatch by Pranesvari Devi Dasi
humble obeisances from the bottom of my overjoyed heart to Srila Gurudeva
Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj and to all the devotee
In times of chaos at different levels in Venezuela Their worshipable Lordships
Parama Karuna Sri Sri Nitai Gaurachandra bestowed mercy on this land one
more time: His Divine Grace Srila Govinda Maharaj finally arrived for
the spiritual joy and growth of all the devotees eagerly praying for this
miracle to happen once again.
All signs were auspicious since the early hours: a wonderful sunrise with
the hues of Srila Gurudeva's clothes, gentle breezes and showers to clean
and refresh the city of Caracas, then a spectacular sunset confirming
He was arriving to continue blessing our lives.
Excitement, tears, delight mingling with devotion, Love, surrender; children
gracefully decorated with tilak; Didis distributing flower petals to render
honour to His Divine Grace; Prabhujis eager to sing the Glories of The
Lord of The Universes....
Nearly everyone managed to make it to the airport, by any means and despite
cold and persisting rain around 9 PM. And many emotionally charged encounters.
In my case tears easily overflowed at the sight of devotees whom I hadn't
seen in almost twenty years, smart and dedicated teenagers whose baby
faces were still fresh in my mind.... Ever present souls and eager and
newly arrived ones, all connected by the link of genuine Affection, desire
and Faith which unleashed such a powerful energy being radiated and broadcast
all over the place.
A large "Welcome to Parama Karunaland" banner fluttered. Harinama
was happily going on. And finally the plane landed. Shortly afterwards
Purujit Prabhu showed up to indicate the door and a pastime started: for
a couple of times doors would open and hearts would stop beating... just
to find out Srila Gurudeva wasn't behind that door! Moving to another
door, then rushing downstairs another door... Another... Ecstatic!
When we finally came before His merciful glance, we offered our Love and
Devotion; you could feel the intensity, such a beautiful reunion! Sannyasis
headed by Sripad B. K. Ashram Maharaj and other devotees protecting Srila
Gurudeva as all of us as a crowd wanted to touch and see Him closer....
Even after such a long, tiring trip, Srila Gurudeva Lovingly addressed
the devotees and continually showered His mercy upon us. He accepted fragrant
garlands prepared with care and infinite Affection. He looked beautiful
and radiant, His great sense of humour was fresh and spontaneous as always.
Definitely His Holy Lotus Feet won't touch the floor while in Venezuela
He will only walk on the rug made of our Loving Hearts.
May Heavens bless us with His eternal guidance as we would be completely
lost without Him.
Dandavats pranams to all the devotees, with eternal gratitude for the
rarest, most valuable opportunity to meet real Vaishnavas in this lifetime,
Caracas, Venezuela. 12 November 2004