tvam nah sandarsito dhatr
kalim sattva-haram pumsam
"We think that we have met Your Goodness by the will of providence, just so that we may accept you as captain of the ship for those who desire to cross the difficult ocean of Kali, which deteriorates all the good qualities of a human being."
Now that the 23rd World Tour has started, the whole world is becoming most joyful to know that Srila Gurudev is coming to see those devotees that cannot come to India to see him.
As Srila Gurudev, Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, starts his tour we are reminded of the beautiful title of one of our books: 'The Divine Servitor.' So many times we have heard that just the titles of our books can give us so much guidance. And here we see how Srila Gurudev is taking care of his Srila Guru Maharaj's mission without even caring for his own health or comfort.
Yesterday he was saying that he had so many children, commenting on all the devotees that came from Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, China, Japan, Russia, America and India to see him and be with him in his first visit to Thailand. He said "The father is alone and he has so many children." And we see how he gives nourishment and guidance to all of us, so affectionately and so beautifully that the whole world is waiting to get the darshan of His Divine Grace.
Then we celebrated Srila Sridhar Maharaj's Disappearance Day, as Srila Gurudev reminded us how the appearance and disappearance of the Vaisnavas are not to be taken in any mundane sense. Their Pastimes and activities, just as their appearance and disappearance, are part of their divine, beautiful lila.
After the bhajans, Srila Gurudev sang "Sri Rupa Manjari Pada...," and gave a long lecture on Srila Param Guru Maharaj and his Pastimes and his associates, and how all Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur's disciples had much appreciation for Srila Sridhar Maharaj and Srila Gurudev.
Then we had an extraordinary prasadam feast made by the Malaysian devotees. Especially Jaya Sree Didi's cooking made everyone very happy as they were honouring prasadam. Truly not even in a 5 star
restaurant could one find such a spread.
Later on Srila Gurudev declare Paramananda Prabhu's house 'Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math' and said that from here our mission will expand all the way to Japan.
Everybody is very happy, especially to see Srila Gurudev looking well and pleased to be here.
I pray that the devotees won't take any offence in my little report about the first couple of days of Srila Gurudev’s tour.
Your aspiring servant
Vrinda Devi Dasi