Our obeisances to you all. I am writing on behalf of the Italian devotees
here at Villa Govinda. As you all know, the festival is drawing near
and all of us are eagerly awaiting Srila Gurudev's visit! We are looking
so much forward to greeting all of the Vaisnavas who bless us with their
presence and we are praying for the opportunity to serve them.
the preparations for the festival we have realised that we must humbly
request a few things from the devotees who wish to come:
- Firstly, please
let us know as soon as possible if and exactly when you are coming,
so we can make arrangements for you.
- Secondly, there
are several types of accommodation available for the devotees according
to their situation. There are some beds available in the ashram
itself, but not as many as we would like to be able to offer. There
is space for some devotees to sleep on the floor in the prasadam
room, etc., as well as lots of room for tents. For any devotees
who would like a bit more space, there is also a beautiful organic
farm which is about fifteen minutes away by foot, which has several
beds available. The cost is 16 euro per person per night.
- If all devotees
could kindly bring their bedding (sleeping bag etc.), that would
be greatly appreciated, and any devotees who are happy to camp please
bring your tents.
- Another request
that we would like to make is if all devotees could bring a steel
plate, cup, bowl and cutlery. We realise that this is an unusual
request, but the local council has very strict garbage disposal
laws and the amount of plastic plates etc. needed for the festival
would be a problem.
One final plea
that we would like to humbly make to the world devotees is in the
matter of the cost of the festival. The costs of goods necessary for
the ten day celebration will be approximately $100 US per person.
We understand that devotees have different circumstances, so please
give according to your capacity. Any donations will be welcome and
We are praying
to have your association!
Your aspiring servant,
Shree devi dasi
for the Devotees of 'Villa Govinda,' Italy