Sri Sri Guru-Gaurangau Jayatah!


17th World Tour of
Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj


Graced with Nabadwip's Mood

Compiled from news clips from
Rayaram Prabhu and Chintamani Devi Dasi of Maui


Friday, 3 Nov 2000

"Aloha, Srila Gurudev and Devotees!" welcomed a colourful sign made by Rayaram Prabhu as Srila Gurudev, Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, arrived yesterday along with his entourage. From then on we have all remained in a state of shock that He is with us.

Srila Gurudev last night gave a very sweet talk, and he was so very intimate with the devotees. Sripad Bhakti Sudhir Goswami Maharaj was at Srila Gurudev's side and is so helpful to Him, also Chidananda Prabhu is always nearby. Sripad Paramahamsa Maharaj cooked and served with the energy of six men, plus he led kirttan with the energy of six more! Sripad Bhakti Sudhir Goswami Maharaj also led kirttan and it reminded us of the "old" days.

We had not talked with Sripad Goswami Maharaj in many, many years so it is really great to see him again. We are so fortunate to spend some time with Sripad Goswami Maharaj; that is pure nectar! He is staying with Rasa Priya Prabhu and Bona Devi Didi who live near us.

The Banyan House where Srila Gurudev is staying is less than a mile from our house; it's like Nabadwip is here. There was a delicious Prasadam feast last night cooked by the devotees. Rasa Priya Prabhu and Bona Devi Didi, and Madhusudan Prabhu and Sunanda Didi are responsible for everything happening here and we thank them very much for being such good organisers.

Sunday, 5 Nov 2000

Sooo much is happening. Sri Gurudev did not speak at the first public lecture yesterday because he was not feeling very well, but Sripad Goswami Maharaj, Sripad Paramahamsa Maharaj and Chidananda Prabhu all spoke and it was out of this world. They all are so eloquent.

The best thing in the world happened to us yesterday. Our lives are now complete because Srila Gurudev CAME TO OUR HOUSE!!! We can now leave our bodies happily.

Wednesday, 8 Nov 2000

A tornado of devotion has hit Makawao. Nrihari Prabhu and his wife Bhavatarini Devi Dasi arranged for a healer specialising in Chinese methods who is also a chiropractor, to render service to Srila Gurudev's body. The healer did two healings on Srila Gurudev. As a result Srila Gurudev really feels better and has more energy.

Srila Gurudev likes it here a LOT and told us he wants to come back and stay a month in Hawaii. We are still in shock that he is actually here and someday will return; and that by his direction we shall come to Nabadwip. He has come to our house, now we must go to his, which we also consider our home.

Jamuna Priya Devi Dasi told Rayaram Prabhu that she has never seen Srila Gurudev so relaxed. Srila Gurudev forgot he was in Hawaii and thought he was in India a couple of times, and automatically began speaking to us in Bengali. I loved it. He thought Hawaii reminded him of India and he felt comfortable here. We are so happy that he is actually having a good, restful time -- that is our joy. That is what we hoped for His Divine Grace on this trip to Maui.

We are still in shock he is here, but more shock will come, as Gurudev leaves today. We know we shall see Him soon and we are totally energised by the energy Srila Gurudev injected us with. We want it to stay forever.

All Dandavat Pranams Forever To All.

Your Friends and Servants Forever,
Love from Maui, and Aloha!
-Rayaram and Chintamani

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