Saturday, Jun 06 1998

Location: Nova Gokula Farm Brazil

Friday, 5 Jun 98

Camp: ISKCON Sri Sri Radha Gokulananda Temple at Nova Gokula Farm Brazil.

As I am travelling in South America Krishna Kumari dd from Mayapur sent me a letter which contained a nectarean description of the Puspa Dol Mayapur Deity festival going on that I wanted to share with all of you.

It is an austerity for me to leave the holy dham and travel to different parts, but if I can bring the nectar of Sridham Mayapur to the Devotees then it is an austerity that is worthwhile.

Here is the nectar:

Tonight Small, Small Radha Madhava are in their house of flowers. It is most exquisitely constructed with looped and twisted garlands of tuberose and marigolds interspersed with Goloka Champa, roses, jasmine and spider lilies. A delicate curtain of tuberose is tied at both sides through the opening of which we can view the Divine Couple. Sri Sri Radha Madhavas’s asana is richly decorated with fragrant flowers. Above Their head hangs an umbrella of madhavi lata. Blooming while lotuses adorn the top of the asana.

Their Lordships are wearing clothes of pale yellow and silver lace. They have diamante crowns studded with rubies. Madhava wears a necklace of gunga berries and one of pearls. In one hand Radha offers betel nut to Krsna and in the other She holds a Pink rose. Their garlands are completely sweet-single stands of tuberose with frangipanis formed into “lanterns”. Their Lordships look so beautiful, smiling through Their flower archway, cooled by water droplets from a tinkling fountain.

I hope this finds you blissful and healthy in Krishna consciousness.

Your ever well wisher,
Jayapataka Swami

Thursday, May 21 1998

Location: Damodara desh

Srila Acharyapada's Visit to Damodardesa.

Srila Acaryapada arrived in Damodardesa (Dubai) on the 20th of May from Doha. The flight arrived at 12.20am. In spite of his incessant travelling , especially when the flights are at odd hours, Srila Acaryapada was still ever smiling, showering his blessings on few who went to the Airport to receive him. We reached Panicker prabhu’s house at about 2.30am and Srila Acaryapada immediately came into the altar room and started inquiring about the well being of all the devotees present there. Finally we requested him to take rest as the morning program had to start at 5.30 am. Srila Acaryapada promptly woke up at 5.15am with a sleep of only 2 hours and was ready for the class at about 5.45am. About 75 devotees turned up for the morning program, which included about 30 devotees from a neighboring city Shyamadesa (Sharjah).

Srila Acaryapada gave a wonderful class on the 1st canto, 8th chapter, 27thh verse from Prayers of Queen Kunti, wherein he very nicely explained that how if we understand that Supreme Lord Krishna as the proprietor of all that be, then we need not give up anything artificially. What we have to give up is the sense of proprietorship and thus become an akincana devotee of the Lord.

We had the good fortune of having HH Bhakti Vikasa Swami Maharaj who also joined the class in the end and spoke about how everyone is united on the platform of Krishna Consciousness.

After the class both Srila Acaryapada and Bhakti Vikasa Maharaja had their breakfast.

At about 9.30am Srila Acaryapada gave a wonderful show on the ISKCON CD interactive. It was really enlivening and wonderful. We told Srila Acaryapada to take rest as he had take a flight the same day at 2.55pm for LON, but he simply went on with the show for the pleasure of all the devotees. Finally the show was ended at about 11am and then Srila Acaryapada went around and met all the devotees inquiring about their well being and showering his mercy upon everyone. The amount of Love, Care and attention he gives to everyone is phenomenal and this transcendental quality of his endears him to one and all.

Finally Srila Acaryapada had his lunch prasadam at about 12.15 pm and at 1pm left for the airport to catch a flight to LON.

This was yet another wonderful and a transcendental visit by Srila Acaryapada encouraging us to serve him more and more in expanding the preaching mission of Caitanya Mahaprabhu, for which he is working tirelessly without giving any due consideration to his own self.

Tuesday, May 19 1998

Location: Krishna Katha Desh

Every Town & Village - Jayapataka Swami Traveling Preaching Diary

Camp:18-5-98 Krsna Katha desh

Dear Godbrothers and Godsisters

Here is a short report on Srila Acharyapada’s ecstatic Preaching tour . Although unqualified and useless ,I have been requested to write few lines as diary .Here it comes !

HDG health is OK and his foot is almost back to normal ,sometime there is swelling and so HDG wear a strap band to support the ligament , His mood is always merciful .

We had a nice program in Bangalore Temple with initiation ceremony and a lot of preaching .The Temple authorities schedule HDG time up to the limit ! Bangalore Temple is very beautiful and the Presiding Deities very merciful , Special feature the enchanting sweet smile of BALAJI Srinivasa GOVINDA , The Devotee chant every morning the wonderful prayers of Vishnu Sahasranama for the pleasure and glorification of Their LORDSHIP.

GOVINDA! GOVINDA! GOOOVINDA!

Yesterday we left Bangalore in the evening flight at 8-15 and reached Bombay at 10-45 , the devotees received HDG with enthusiastic kirtan in the airport, by the time we took rest was 12-45 .We got up at 2-00am to catch the flight to Dubai and connection to Doha . Very little rest but somehow by the transcendental potency of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Lord Nityananda we are still going strong . Today reaching Doha at 10-00 am local time , the Devotee received us and took us in Vaikunthapathi’s house , here we had to enter in civil dress because the government is quite strict , and they do not sympathize with other religious groups.

Tonight we will have program and the mercy of the Lord will continue to flow in this side of the globe too. Time to time I’ll try to give report of our Glorious Master Transcendental activities . Please bless me to continue to be the witness of this wonderful most ecstatic tour.

I Gangadas always desiring the Vaisnavas blessings beg to remain your servant/ Haribol !