in Sri Govinda Dham, Uki, Australia
28 December 2004
by Sadhu Priya Prabhu and Tusta Krishna Prabhu
Pictures by Anadi Krishna Prabhu and Sadhu Priya Prabhu
very powerful vibration could be felt at Sri Govinda Dham in Australia
on last Tuesday, when the energy started to gain momentum for
the anniversary celebration of the most important event for us
that has ever graced this planet: the divine advent of His Divine
Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
The whole temple was filled with beautiful decorations that were
put together with pure crystal devotion. Srila Govinda Maharaj's
vyasasan bloomed with the most exquisite flower arrangement that
seemed to be growing from Sri Gurudev's chair itself. While in
Mahaprabhu's kitchen the most incredible feast seemed to be almost
self-manifesting with all the devotees coming to contribute and
share their service with full humility and devotion.
As the devotees gathered for the program an explosive kirtan erupted
that shook everyone to the core, transporting us to the lotus
feet of Srila Gurudev where his incredible mercy could be felt
pouring down upon us. Then the kirtan wound up with a glorious
"Ki Jaya!" that left everyone feeling completely ecstatic
as all paid dandabat pranams with bursting hearts.
Then a number of the devotees gave heartfelt talks about their
personal connections with Srila Govinda Maharaj, and how they
came to surrender to such an incredibly divine line as the Parampara
of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.
The mood amongst the devotees seemed to be synonymous as each
gave their glorifications, sharing their own unique and personal
experiences they've had with Srila Guru Maharaj. Each reflected
upon the supreme gift held in the heart of our Divine Master who
is so dedicated in distributing the absolutely priceless connection
to take us back home to the topmost realm of the spiritual world,
from where He has descended.
A common conception that flowed through all who spoke was an immense
feeling of gratitude to Srila Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj and
his disciples, our Godbrothers and Godsisters who help to give
us the realisation of how important it is to have their association
in our devotional lives. As it is only through their love and
devotion for Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga that we can have a tangible
connection to our beloved Srila Gurudeva and the transcendental
Guru Arati then began with the harmonious mood of love and devotion
concentrated towards the centre, while individuals in their own
time approached the vyasasan to offer their respects in loving
Bhoga arati flowed into midday arati, which then erupted into
a raging kirtan winding the program up to its grand finale.
Afterwards, all of the devotees and guests gathered outside on
the veranda, where a four-piece devotee band gave a special performance,
singing rhythmic praises to Srila Govinda Maharaj, as everyone
began to honour the grand prasadam feast.
An indescribable day is all that really can be said at the end
of this festival. And then when one considers the global congregation
all celebrating this event of sublime love for our spiritual Master,
one can only feel complete awe and inspiration to continue on
this glorious path!!!!!!!!!
JAYA OM VISNUPADA PARAMAHAMSA
SRILA BHAKTI SUNDAR GOVINDA DEV GOSWAMI MAHARAJ!