All glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga

Mexico again Recovers its Life

Dispatch by Jai Balai Prabhu

Yesterday, Srila Gurudev Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj arrived to our country which is infinitely and inconceivably graced with his divine presence.

He first arrived to Mexico City around noon where His Divine Grace was welcomed by Sripad Ashram Maharaj and Srimati Laksmi Rani Devi Dasi and high authorities representing the Government Secretary. In this regard, we can say that especially in Mexico the Government are always giving so much respect to Srila Gurudev. Recently, in the Seva Ashram of Soquel, a representative of the Consul of Mexico in San Francisco, California, came to the Seva Ashram of Soquel for getting the signature of Srila Gurudev for his Mexican visa, in that way giving special treatment to His Divine Grace to avoid the two hour journey from Soquel to the Mexican Consulate.

Srila Gurudev and his holy entourage arrived to Veracruz airport to 2.25 p.m. and were welcomed by some seventy devotees with an ecstatic and affectionate kirttan that penetrated every corner of the airport and created a wave of happiness. As soon Srila Gurudev came out from the VIP hall reception the devotees outside exclaimed, “Jai Gurudev!” and fell prostrated to his lotus feet.

The mariachis (a chanting group of men playing very traditional Mexican music) started to play joyful notes and songs. Srila Gurudev looked radiant and pleased. After giving his exalted darshan and merciful glances to everyone, he went with his entourage to the house where he will stay with the sannyasis and assistants of his entourage.

For the first time in the beautiful new Veracruz Temple there was a programme in the evening. With the blessings of Srila Gurudev and the auspicious and exalted presence of Sripad Parvat Maharaj from USA, and Sripad Trivikram Maharaj, who came from Brazil, the holy activities of this new Temple started. Sripad Trivikram Maharaj spoke about their recent visit to Venezuela with Srila Gurudev. After that, Sripad Ashram Maharaj arrived and there was a big kirttan followed by a short talk by His Holiness.

This morning some devotees get the first darshan of Srila Gurudev who looked extremely healthy and with a voice -- as Sripad Ashram Maharaj remarked -- very clear and strong. From his small sitting room and surrounded by some sannyasis, Srimati Madhuchanda Devi Dasi and Srimati Laksmi Rani Devi Dasi, he joked several times, and remembered the presence of his Srila Guru Maharaj.

At one point of his sweet and spontaneous conversation he remembered how many times he asked the same question to Srila Guru Maharaj and how many times he forgot the answer Srila Guru Maharaj gave. He said to us, like expressing some intimate and very personal sentiment for his Gurudev: “Now, to whom am I going to ask?” Looking from his seat to the open door of his room and noticing a picture of Lord Shiva, he quoted a sloka with exalted sentiment. He then mentioned his desire to visit this morning the new Veracruz Temple.

A couple of hours later Srila Govinda Maharaj arrived affectionately, accompanied by kirttan from his disciples, entering the Temple at around 7.30 a.m. First, he sat in the ground floor multipurpose room. Then he stood up and started to walk around the Temple where he heard how every place was created for a specific purpose. After visiting his own room in the building, Srila Gurudev, with the help of Sripad Ashram Maharaj and Sripad Akinchan Maharaj, amazingly started to climb the staircase. The staircase is at the rear of the building close to the kitchen. In the kitchen he saw the very clean and new furniture and paraphernalia for cooking for the Deities and devotees. Then he entered the big Temple room where he sat surrounded by sannyasis. He spoke about his happiness and the special mercy of the Lord in having this new Temple.

To our amazed and fortunate ears, he mentioned the names of the future Deities that will preside over this sacred place. He told openly that this morning in a dream he got the name for the Deities. It was an historical moment in which particularly Srimati Madhuchanda Didi, who took on this heavy work of constructing the Temple for pleasing Srila Gurudev, saw all her efforts being supremely crowned by the grace of Srila Gurudev who put his lotus feet at this place, and blessed it forever with his sweet and transcendental presence and sacred well-wishes.

The Temple is not fully finished, but looks already as a palace, as Sripad Jagannath Swami Prabhu -- one of the main helpers in this project -- mentioned.

Here in Veracruz the visit of Srila Govinda Maharaj has just begun, and already so many wonderful symptoms have appeared that show us the unlimited grace of Srila Gurudev and his worshipful Lords: Srila Param Guru Maharaj and Sriman Mahaprabhu.

All glories to the 21st World Tour of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj!

Asking forgiveness in my very insignificant attempt to serve you through this short report,

Jai Balai Das
Veracrus, Mexico. 21 November 2004

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