- Tuesday, 12 June 2007
- Last Updated: Tuesday, 12 June 2007
Photo Tour Report
BIRTHDAYS, GRAINS, AND GRATITUDE
Please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Sri Sri Guru and Gauranga.
Please forgive us. The last harikatha mailing you received, which stated in the Subject section, "Birthdays, Grains and Gratitude" was actually a San Francisco report called "Meaningful Meditations". There was a technical confusion in our sending, and therefore it went out with the wrong title. Now, you are really receiving the "Birthdays" tour report.
Please pray for us that we can perfect our skills in sending out the hari-katha lectures to our ever-growing list.
Your aspiring servants,
The hari-katha team]
On June 12th, after a four-hour drive
from San Francisco, Srila Narayana Maharaja arrived in Badger, New Vraja. About
200 devotees greeted him with a loud and blissful kirtana.
He began by saying, I am very happy that so many devotees are here more than in San Francisco and Los Angeles, and more than in other cities. I am seeing old faces, and some new also. I consider this place to be Vraja (Vrndavana), and that is why I come here. This is my 12th year here. When I first came to America (in 1996), I also came here. Iskcon leaders tried to ban me from coming. They warned the devotees, Dont give a place to Narayana Maharaja, but Nirguna prabhu hosted me. I cannot repay him.
This place is Vraja because Giriraja Mountain is here, Yamuna River is also here, and all kinds of natural facilities are here.
In Srimad-Bhagavatam it has been written that Sri Krsna took birth in Gokula from the womb of Mother Yasoda, and Baladeva Prabhu took birth from the womb of Mother Rohini. Six or seven days after Krsnas birth, the sage and astrologer Gargacarya went to Gokula. Nanda Baba worshipped him with great respect, bathed his lotus feet, sprinkled the foot-bathing water on his own head and on the heads of his relatives, and prayed to him, You have nothing to take from anyone. You are self-satisfied. You have no desire to take anything from anyone. You come in the homes of householders, who are always sinking in their relationships between their children, wives, fathers, and household jobs. They have no time to go to sadhus, so sadhus mercifully come to their houses.
residents of America and other countries did not invite Srila Bhaktividenta
Swami Maharaja. Still, even in his advanced age, he went door-to-door
everywhere. He had nothing to take, but everything to give.
Each morning around 6 am, he went for his morning walk, and during the day he met with devotees and continued his translation of our acaryas commentaries on Srimad-Bhagavatam.
When he returned from his walk on June 21st, he met two devotees whose birthdays were on that day. He gently threw flowers on their heads and blessed them (with utterances of ancient Vedic mantras) to be happy in this life and in their transcendental lives.
Srila Maharaja patted the baby on the head and then replied, You should preach my mission. You are qualified. And also, distribute my books here and there. Have you done so before?
Dayanidhi dasa replied, Previously; in New Zealand.
Srila Narayana Maharaja said, You should do more. (Indicating Dayanidhis wife Mohini dasi:) She is very qualified. She should preach everywhere. She can sing; she can do drama plays; she can give class; she is qualified in so many ways. Here in Badger she should make a very high class of drama related to the gopis.
After his morning walk on June 22nd, Srila Maharaja visited the home of Sripad Prana Kisora dasa and Campakalata dasi. About 150 devotees were present, singing beautiful devotional Bengali bhajanas as they waited for Srila Maharaja to arrive. After Srila Maharajas arrival, Prana-kisora dasa and his family performed a foot-bathing ceremony and offered arati.
[*Endnote: According to Vedic culture, at this time (called anna-prasana) it is customary to offer the child both coins and books in order to get some indication of the future tendencies of the child. On one side there are coins and on the other side a scripture. At this time the child also receives his first grains.]
Pujyapada Madhava Maharaja, Sripad Brajanath dasa, Sri Prema-prayojana dasa