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Sripad Goswami Maharaj's visit to Villa Govinda Ashram, Italy

Service, Sweet Service

May 2006

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Pictures and Webpage by Malini Devi Dasi

Over the next few days the number of devotees living at Villa Govinda increased daily, so that on the occasion of the presentation of our mission's Srimad Bhagavad Gita in Italian at the Merate Civic Centre, approximately thirty devotees were present. Leading up to this occasion, plenty of service opportunities were available for everyone, and on the evening the team effort contributed to the successful event.

Every morning and every evening Sripad Bhakti Sudhir Goswami Maharaj delighted the devotees with classes in Krishna consciousness, inspiring them and answering their questions.
The classes were given in English and were translated to Italian by Munindra Mohan Prabhu or Krishna Kanta Didi as necessity required.
All the devotees participated in the full temple programme in between service tasks around the Ashram.
The devotees cooked for Sri Giriraj and up to thirty devotees at a time, and then there were the guests to be considered.
Damodar Prabhu was often battling at the kitchen sink, always wearing a smile on his face.
Wood had to be chopped... as the weather was not always so sunny and warm - as we experienced most days while we were there.
Such a beautiful garden needs to be tended by the devotees' loving attention...
...and, like spiritual life, with the right care fruits may be reaped, as in the case of these organic strawberries grown in the vegetable garden.

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