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All glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga

Reporter's Journal

Visits to Sri Chaitanya Saraswat centers throughout Mexico

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Acceding to the enthusiastic requests of numerous devotees, beginning with His Holiness Sripad Bhakti Kusham Ashram Maharaj, I have undertaken the task of recording events surrounding my travels to our many temples and preaching centers throughout the great country of Mexico.

By the mercy of Sripad Ashram Maharaj and the generous support and encouragement of many devotees such as Sriman Jaganath Swami and Sriman Jai Balai, I have been given the long sought opportunity to revisit the many saintly devotees of Mexico whose association I have been longing to receive for too many years.

In the course of this work I will no doubt fall prey to certain oversights, omissions and mistakes. I pray that the visitors to these pages as well as the devotees and friends I encounter in the course of my travels will kindly overlook these faults and excuse any offense.

Swami B.K. Giri

My trip begins by taking permission from His Divine Grace Jaya Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev Goswami Maharaj who happily agrees.


One last darshan of the exquisitely beautiful Divine Personages Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Radha Madan Mohanjiu, the life and soul of the devotees and the guardians of those on the path of sambandha jñan.


The residents of the Math continuously glorify the Lord and His devotees.


On our way to the airport to embark for Bangkok, we get one last look at our Kolkata home, Sri Caitanya Saraswat Krishnanushilana Sanga.


And we're off to Bangkok!


A long layover takes us to the Asia Airport Hotel, often used by devotees traveling through Bangkok. Here we met Tik (pronounced Teak) in the lobby who delivered Prabhu Paramananda's donation for Srila Govinda Maharaj's air conditioner and arranged for a proper meal for me from the hotel restaurant. Don't even ask how I managed to get this photo.


Back to the airport for the next leg of our journey, Seoul, Korea. I know you're wondering how it is that I'm traveling "Prestige Class" when I have neither prestige or class. Courtesy of Delta's frequent flyer program


Up, up and away!


Ahh, the "Upper Tier" of a 747, and these seats really do recline.


Umm, airplane food isn't always bad. We ate the avocado, not the mushrooms.

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