Prema devi dasi
|| Re: World Tour
« Reply #24 on: Aug 16th,
2002, 10:33pm »
Glories to Sri Guru & Gauranga!!!
to all the Vaisnavas around the world!! Somehow I have
been given this fortunate writing service opportunity
and I am trying to do my best at it and to allow you
all to be here in spirit, mood and heart. You are all
in my thoughts and prayers and I definitely know how
difficult it is to be apart 'in body' from Srila Gurudeva
but I know in heart and spirit you are ALL here. And
all of you are in my thoughts and prayers, whatever
it is worth. Believe me, I understand how difficult
it is to be away. I have not been to Nabadwip in five
years and not one day passes that I do not think of
the most holy dham in the world. I think of the amazing
fact that I am actually here in Russia with Srila Govinda
Maharaj and all the devotees and I give thanks every
minute for this opportunity.
here it goes....
and days have become one big blur. It was a few days
ago that approximately sixty devotees all took the trek
from St. Petersburg to Moscow by train. Boarding with
all the luggage was a humorous sitcom event. The Russian
devotees must think us American devotees are crazy --
will we ever learn to travel light?! We had four person
cars with bunk beds, another hilarious event. We were
all happy and smiling and graced with the presence of
Sripad Acharya Maharaj and Sripad Tirtha Maharaj. Don't
worry, many photos will eventually surface. The countryside
resembled so closely to India. It felt like we were
on the train to Jagannath Puri (There were even voices
of "chai chai" coming from someone.) Srila Gurudeva
traveled the next morning by flight and actually arrived
before us train folks.
place we are staying is quite tranquil: woods and a
big lake. The Russian devotees devised another large
outdoor kitchen and a pandal (tented) area with a stage.
The kids played with kittens and soccer balls.
The last two evenings were public programs. Although
Gurudeva did not attend, His presence was most definitely
felt as the Maharajs spoke so excellently and gave very
nice answers. The programs both ended in ecstatic kirttana
led by Acharyya Maharaj and Tirtha Maharaj. It's amazing
that the energy level is still so high. In the retreat
centre, they set up an altar for darshan and put a photo
of the deities from St Petersburg. I definitely miss
the Temple there and the beloved Deities. Srila Gurudeva
has been giving morning darshan and answering so many
questions. I hope the
notes are posted that Yudhamanyu Prabhu has been
taking. He just left today and we will miss him and
his excellent notes. One answer Gurudeva gave regarding
marriage was to have love, affection, tolerance and
chastity ... to help each other in spiritual life. Jaya!!
He also spoke about the rules and regulations and said
we must simply chant the Holy Name and not give up.
We must not allow ourselves to become discouraged if
we cannot do something. Keep chanting the Holy Name.
Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krishna Krsna Hare Hare, Hare
Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare!!!!!
Srila Gurudeva took a drive to the Jagannath Express
Restaurant. Only two car loads of VERY fortunate souls
accompanied Him. The report was of course all very exciting:
that Gurudeva really liked everything. He seems so very
happy here in Moscow too and has been talking about
the expansion of everything here and the expansion in
St. Petersburg -- more accommodations, bigger prasadam
facility, etc., etc. We cannot even conceive of what
Srila Gurudeva has planned but we know in fact by seeing
everything here that EVERYTHING AND ANYTHING is possible
by the will of our sweet Gurudeva and beloved Lord Krsna.
about fifteen of us came early into Moscow city. We
just toured Kremlin square. It's weird because when
I was a child I envisioned Russia to be very cold (in
weather and spirit) and everyone dressed in black and
grey, eating only bread. But it is quite the opposite:
colourful, fashionable and delicious sweets (especially
at Jagannath Express). Jagannath Express is even more
incredible than the
photos I previously had seen. Two floors of gift
shops, sweet table, salad bar, teas, goods, two restaurant
rooms and the most delicious foodstuffs!!! They treated
us all today to anything we wanted! Of course I must
say the ice cream ranked on top! Tonight one program
next door will happen from 7 p.m. to midnight!! I actually
am on my way now so I hope to report about the program
in the next day or so. It is in conjunction with the
celebration of India's independence and they are expecting
Sureswari D.D. and Divya Shakti D.D. have also been
given some great fortune of having our room directly
across from Gurudeva. We can walk outside our room and
there is Gurudeva in His chair talking and giving some
darshan. How cool is that?! This morning when we were
outside waving good-bye to Yudhamanyu Prabhu, Gurudeva
walked out on His balcony and waved to everyone with
a big smile! What a treat! A photographer from National
Geographic came and took some photos of Gurudeva and
then with all the devotees. Gurudeva said he really
liked photos with the devotees. How sweet!!
the news is Srila Gurudeva has arrived to the program
so I must go. I will write soon.
hope and pray this news will refresh, enliven and encourage
everyone to keep on trekking. Many times I feel it is
so difficult but with the association of our Gurudeva
and of each other we can do it. It is our life, our
only life. Never give up. Keep chanting. Keep in association.
Keep serving. You all inspire me to aspire to do those
dandavats to everyone.
Tunga Prema devi dasi