All glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga. Dandavat pranams
to all the Vaisnavas. So to begin I would like to mention that we are
fortunate in this world to be allowed the chance to glorify and visit
the holy place of the Divine Advent of Srila Acharyyadeva Om Vishnupada
Paramahamsa His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami
Maharaj. Those who have this opportunity are truly blessed! His Divine
Appearance is the saving grace for countless souls who are suffering
in this mortal world, and we who aspire to serve him are fortunate to
have his divine connection.
Srila Gurudeva's Appearance in this world has been glorified in Sripat
Bamunpara by a wonderful and effulgent Ashram and Temple to commemorate
the worship of his Divine Appearance and the service of Sri Sri Guru
Gauranga Radha Gopinathjiu.
At around 7.30 am we set off from our Mul Math here in Sridham Navadwip.
The journey was in two parts. We were first welcomed by Santosh Krishna
Prabhu and his honourable Vaisnava family at Arjjun Pukur not far from
the turning to Nadanghat. Our party was led by Sripad B.N. Acharyya
Maharaj, Sripad B.P. Aranya Maharaj, Sripad B.K. Giri Maharaj, Sripad
B.P. Tirtha Maharaj, Sripad B.A. Paramahamsa Maharaj, Sripad B.N. Narayan
Maharaj, Sripad B.A. Sagar Maharaj and many other honourable Vaisnavas.
Pukur is nearby Nadanghat and is in the area of many of Srila Gurudeva's
youth pastimes. The various dignitaries spoke and then we were served
delicious transcendental breakfast prasad of many preparations. After
a warm reception by all, we proceeded to Bamunpara the birthplace of
Srila Gurudeva. Maha-sankirtan followed with many devotees singing with
greater and greater enthusiasm, "Jaya Jaya Gurudeva!" "Nitai
Gauranga!" and the Hare Krishna Mahamantra. The devotees chanted
for at least one hour with some dancing and jumping in glorification
of our beloved master, while others stood nearby chanting and giving
We then sat down for kirttans led by our Bengali Sripad B.K. Giri Maharaj
and discourses by His Holiness and other sannyasis. Soon it was arati
to the Deities. As in the words of Srila Swami Maharaj Prabhupad: "Chant,
dance and honour prasadam." What a beautiful process our beloved
Master has given us for our eternal benefit.
We then honoured another wonderful grand feast. The festival was all
arranged and organised by our energetic manager Sripad B.N. Acharyya
Maharaj. As always, after the Vaisnavas were fed, all the local residents
honoured prasadam. As many as 15,000 were fed if not more! Well what
more can I say? I am not so qualified to glorify and give comment on
the Lord's pure devotee His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda
Dev-Goswami Maharaj's transcendental birthplace, though I pray that
he may accept this humble attempt.
Participating in such a transcendental festival for his honour and worship
is our great fortune in aspiring to receive his merciful, divine grace.
Oh beloved Master, we who are bound in the matrix of illusion pray always
for the privilege of serving your divine instructions, your Mission,
Their Lordships and all your faithful followers.
Yours in the service of Srila Gurudeva and the Vaisnavas.
Your aspiring servant,
Asraya Vigraha das
of New Zealand. Presently in Nabadwip Dham