A report with photos
European Festival - July 8 - July 15, 2005
The European Festival was held in The Hague, Holland on the coast
of the North Sea. 1,200 devotees and guests from around-the-world
attended the grand hari-katha festival with Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana
In the evenings, Srila Narayana Maharaja spoke about Ratha-yatra and
Sri Raya Ramananda Samvad. During the day he met with devotees,
performed initiations, marriages and first grain ceremonies.
On the last evening of the program, guru-puja was performed. After
that the organizer of the festival, Ashok Krsna dasa, honored Srila
Narayana Maharaja with a trophy and plaque, and he gave thanks to
the sannyasis and other organizers.
Srila Narayana Maharaja called on his spiritual daughter, Sita Thakurani
dasi (one of the leaders of the Gangamata Temple in London) to explain
the verse beginning, nanopacara-krta-pujanam arta-bandhoh
quoted by Sri Raya Ramananda to Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. After Sita
dasi spoke, Srila Narayana Maharaja said, I fear that she may
take the position of Syamarani. If women are not intelligent, how
could she speak like this? Although she is a baby (young), she is
speaking like this. I want all my daughters to be like her
Also, my sons should be more bold. They should learn all the
things she told, and they should preach everywhere as boldly as she
is doing. She has given me a proposal that a male can not easily give.
She said, Next year, please come to London. The whole world
can come, and I will manage everything. She is able to manage.
How strong she is.
My blessings to you, and to my daughters who are with you. All
should take lessons from her. If you know that you dont want
to be hogs, dogs, cats, donkeys and honkeys, then you should be bold
enough to be brahmacari. Why again become dogs and pigs? You have
tasted all these things in your previous millions of lives. Now you
should control your minds.
Srila Narayana Maharaja then called on his young spiritual son, Jiva-priya
dasa brahmacari, to speak something more on the same topic. After
he spoke, Srila Narayana Maharaja said, All my brahmacaris in
France, Germany, England, and everywhere in Europe and other countries
should be bold like him. They should try to know all these teachings
and preach my mission boldly. I am very happy that he expressed the
points very well, with no fear at all. Thank you.
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