TOUR PHOTO REPORT
JULY 8-13, 2007
Hari-katha Festival with Srila Narayana Maharaja was held from July 8th
to July 14th in a scenic Holiday Park about 2 hours from Frankfurt.
There, approximately eight-hundred devotees and guests from all around the world
assembled for one of the largest devotional gatherings in the West.
Every evening at 5pm,
after the devotees had chanted their beautiful devotional songs accompanied by
mrdanga, harmonium and kartalas, Srila Narayana Maharaja began his discourses.
He spoke about the glories of Srimad-Bhagavatam, pure devotional service, and
the sweet pastimes of Sri Krsna. Almost every morning, from 10:00 am-11:45 am,
he held an audience for the devotees and guests of various countries; a few
countries each day.
presentation before class.
During the first
evenings discourse, Srila Narayana Maharaja explained how Sri Suta Gosvami
began his reply to the sages questions by first glorifying his own spiritual
master, Srila Sukadeva Gosvami. In this way he would receive power from his
spiritual master to speak. Sri Suta Gosvami said:
adhyatma-dipam atititirsatam tamo 'ndham
samsarinam karunayaha purana-guhyam
tam vyasa-sunum upayami gurum muninam
[Let me offer my
respectful obeisances unto him (Suka), the spiritual master of all sages, the
son of Vyasadeva, who, out of his great compassion for those gross materialists
who struggle to cross over the darkest regions of material existence, spoke this
most confidential supplement to the cream of Vedic knowledge, after having
personally assimilated it by experience. (Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.3)]
Bhagavatam is the very essence of the whole Vedic literature, the Puranas, and
Mahabharata, Ramayana, Bhagavad-Gita and all scriptures. The Srimad-Bhagavatam
is also like a lamp. By the help of a lamp we can see ourselves and others in
the darkness. By reading and following Srimad-Bhagavatam and hearing from any
bona fide Guru, we can see transcendental Krsna together with His associates and
taught his son with compassion, and with great mercy for the entire world and
all living entities. We should hear Srimad-Bhagavatam.
Srila Suta Gosvami
sa vai pumsam paro
yato bhaktir adhoksaje
occupation for all humanity is that by which men can attain to loving devotional
service unto the transcendent Lord. Such devotional service must be unmotivated
and uninterrupted to completely satisfy the self. (Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.6)]
You should try to be
like Pariksit Maharaja, who was going to die after seven days. He forgot to take
any prasadam, and he did not even drink any water, during that seven-day period.
He was not sleeping. Day and night he was engaged in hearing Hari-katha. After
seven days he left his body without any suffering and went to Goloka Vrndavana.
You should try to hear with the same absorption as Pariksit Maharaja.
Leaving the hall after class
As mentioned above,
each day Srila Maharaja gave his audience in the main hall and temple room for a
few different countries at a time. Devotees from the selected countries stood in
a line to give their offerings, ask questions, and express their hearts
sentiments to Srila Maharaja.
On July 12th,
four large buses took 300 devotees to the city of Kassel for harinama-sankirtana.
The devotees were led through the crowded streets of Kassel by a police escort,
and estatic kirtanas were led by Kisori-mohan dasa, Purandaracarya dasa and
Sripad Nemi Maharaja. The devotees chanted and danced through the streets for
about two hours, and a few devotees distributed flyers and books alongside the
party. Amazed, thousands of onlookers stopped to watch and listen to the
harinama, and many asked for books.
CLICK ON THE PICTURE TO SEE A CLIP OF THE HARINAMA MOVIE
On the last night of
the festival, Srila Narayana Maharaja told his audience,
I am very happy that
our festival is so successful. So many devotees from different parts of the
world have come here and are hearing patiently. Also, there have been no
complaints regarding the kitchen department. All are happy to take the very
delicious prasadam daily. I think it would be good if next year our festival is
here again, or in Italy.
All our sannyasis and
all speakers have explained Srimad-Bhagavatam very well. Especially, we
explained the very sweet pastimes of Krsna. On this world tour, I have spoken
about this topic in Houston, and now again. The subject matter is very vast. One
verse can take 7 days or one month to explain, but we have explained very
briefly. I wanted to explain Gopi-gita, Brahmara-gita and Uddhava-samvada, but I
could not. There was not sufficient time. What we could explain, we have, to a
certain extent. We have touched the ocean water, but not the ocean of rasa, the
sweet pastimes of Krsna.
My request is that
those who are hearing Hari-katha should take the essence of all our sweet
Hari-katha in their hearts. I have heard that in many places, many senior
devotees do not follow properly. They do not chant their guru-mantra, they smoke
and even gamble.
My request is that
you should be very careful regarding these things. Dont smoke marijuana or
cigarettes. Daily chant your diksa-mantras, and chant at least 16 rounds of
hari-nama. I will be happy if you chant more than this. Also, I want that all of
you distribute my books. First read them, take the essence and realize what is
in them, and then distribute them to others.
I want that everyone
in the audience brings at least one or two new devotees next year. This will be
a very great service to Krsna. To give donations for a mundane cause and to
build hospitals and so on is not equal to bringing an ordinary person to Krsna
consciousness. This will be a very great service to Krsna. Remember all this.
Dont be weak.
Brahmacaris and sannyasis should be very strong by hearing Hari-katha. They
should read about the lives of Srila Raghunatha dasa Gosvami, Srila Rupa Gosvami,
Srila Jiva Gosvami, and our other great acaryas. Those to whom I have given
saffron cloth (brahmacaris and sannyasis) must be very strong. If they are
thinking that there is some chance to fall down from their development in bhakti,
they should come to stay in India for some time, and thus they may be saved.
Pujyapad Madhava Maharaja, Sripad Brajanath dasa and Sri Prema Prayojana dasa
Reporter and typist: Vasanti dasi
Proofreader: Krsna-kamini dasi
Photographers: Sunanda dasa and Vasanti dasi
Movie filmed by: Padmini dasi
Editor: Syamarani dasi