All glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga

Mexico Overflooded by Srila Gurudev's Mercy

Tour dispatch by Jai Balai Prabhu,
Veracruz, Mexico. Tuesday, 23 November 2004

His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, our beloved Spiritual Master, is showering upon all his aspirant servants in Mexico so much grace. Inconceivable grace.

The beauty emanating from his sweet affection to his associates, disciples and friends attracts everyone, therefore many devotees continue arriving from different parts of Mexico and the world.

At the Veracruz Sunday program were over 150 devotees. The big, new temple room was filled with many joyful devotees relishing the exalted, inspiring talk given by Sripad Bhakti Sudhir Goswami Maharaj who was nicely introduced and glorified by Sripad Jagannath Swami Prabhu. Their hearts were moved. Sripad Goswami Maharaj started his discourse by trying to make us understand why Srila Gurudev gave the Names of the future Deities to be installed here: Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gandharva Nandanandana.

There were so many questions from the devotees, and everyone looked so happy after getting the round and final conclusions on themes like faith and real devotion. Jagannath Swami Prabhu's simultaneous and fine translation helped to carry the beautiful message of Sripad Goswami Maharaj's words to everyone. At the end, with enthusiasm everyone applauded in joy, and Maharaj humbly told us that whatever he was giving us he got it from Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad, Srila Sridhar Maharaj and Srila Gurudev.

A long, tremendous and completely happy kirttan followed led by Sripad Siddhanti Maharaj and Sripad Ashram Maharaj, which increased in enthusiasm at every moment. Then, a big feast was served with very delicious preparations prepared by Durlabha Prabhu and his cooking team. It was an unforgettable evening which overflood with waves of mercy coming from the holy presence in Veracruz of Srila Gurudev and so many Vaishnava sadhus.

The next day was Ekadasi, which started under the guidance of Sripad Parvat Maharaj and Sripad Siddhanti Maharaj who led with the kirttans chanted all over the world at the morning program in the Ashrams of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. They also chanted the specific songs for Ekadasi and for the month of Damodar. After that, Sripad Parvat Maharaj gave a charming talk narrating the Pastimes of the divine son of Mother Yashoda, Lord Damodar. Maharaj took us to the understanding of how the Lord is captured by the affection of His beloved pure devotee.

At noon, we had another program, this time with Sripad Akinchan Maharaj who answered many, many questions that arose from the great interest of devotees. They were captivated by Sripad Akinchan Maharaj's clarification of so many basic and high conceptions of the teachings in the line of the Rupanuga Sampradaya. Again, the devotees showed the satisfaction of their hearts by clapping and giving 'jayas' to His Holiness. Then we had bhoga-arati followed by honouring of anukalpa (Ekadasi non-grains prasadam).

In the afternoon, Srila Gurudev gave darshan to many devotees at the house in which he is staying. The full use of this house is kindly offered by Mr. Yunez for service to Srila Gurudev during his stay in Veracruz. Prabhu Satya Raj from Morelia offered on compact discs a book (Divine Message to the Devotees) and themes on Lord Chaitanya's Mission compiled by Sripad Ashram Maharaj when he registered the Mexican branch of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. The CDs included spoken transcriptions of these themes. Sripad Ashram Maharaj and Srimati Madhuchanda Didi presented to Srila Gurudev a humble donation that Purujit Prabhu of Venezuelan gave for helping the project of Veracruz Temple, in that way showing us in Mexico the way to humbly offer everything to Srila Gurudev.

Later, Srila Gurudev went for his second visit to the new Temple. There, he gave so much affection and love to the devotees who came alone or with friends or family unto his lotus feet from all Mexico. He sweetly explain how much he was happy with his devotees and followers here. He said how Venezuela, Mexico and Nabadwip have a channel of communication, and they have a special style of kirttan and dancing unique in the world. Also, he said that everyone who eats must work, must do seva. Srila Gurudev concluded his short talk saying that Sripad Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaj expressed he wanted to 'die in harness' -- to die working hard in seva. He invited us to pray to the Lord for asking to die like that.

Next, Sripad Janardan Maharaj gave a class that, as always comes from his holy lips, was sweet and substantial. At the end we held an enlivening kirttan led by Sripad Janardan Maharaj.

This morning, Sripad Srutasrava Prabhu gave a class that started in a simple way but led us to a moving and compelling necessity to surrender our lives to the Divine Affection of Gurudev. He explained that only affection can give us a relation with the divine plane.

Many devotees are arriving every day and the atmosphere is surcharged for the unlimited grace coming from the most worshipable personality in this universe, Srila Gurudev Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.

Asking for a drop of genuine aspiration for that divine plane of service to Sri Gurudev, and paying obeisances to all the devotee readers,

Jai Balai Das
Veracrus, Mexico. 23 November 2004

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