Los Angeles Festival 2006
June 8-12, 2006
Srila Narayana Maharaja arrived in Los Angeles on June 8, 2006. After
his morning walk on the next morning, he visited the Sri Sri Radha-Govinda
Gaudiya Matha, where Sri Sri Radha-Govinda preside along with Sri
Sri Gaura-Nitai and Lord Nrsmhadeva. The devotees present performed
guru-puja upon his arrival, and then he requested resident sannyasi
Avadhuta Maharaja and Temple President Niscintya prabhu to speak.
He himself then spoke for about ten minutes. He told the devotees
that he would be happy if they could easily maintain the temple and
that he would not be happy if they sell it.
In that regard he said, "I am very happy. This is a very good
location and a very good temple room. So many persons can sit here.
At the time of Srila Prabhupada Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja, his
disciples easily established so many Mathas (temples) here and there,
bigger than this one, and they very easily maintained them. So why
can you not do so?
"I will be happy if you can easily maintain this Matha and I
will come to this place. If you cannot, then sell it and make a smaller
place — but I will not be happy. I think so many persons
can sit here, maybe a thousand. If you try, you can easily do it.
I request you all to keep this Matha in any respect. At the time of
Prabhupada there were so many temples, everywhere in this world. Now,
the devotees cannot maintain them, but at that time they used to do
So everyone should try; begging here and there, and serving. I will
be happy if you can maintain, and keep this matha. Thank you."
After Srila Narayana Maharaja's talk, the LA devotees took him for
a tour of the temple, especially showing him the garden and restaurant/store.
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