Italy - June 23, 2004
Tridandisvami Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja
[The largest of Srila Narayana Maharaja's
European hari-katha festivals was held in Italy last week, with
over 700 devotees and guests in attendance. The main theme of his
lectures was the glory of mahat-sanga, or sadhu-sanga (association
with self-realized souls), in continuation of the series of
classes he gave on the same subject in Badger three weeks earlier.
Because this was also the week of the Ratha-yatra festival in
India, he also spoke on that topic for two days. At the beginning
of his June 23 class, he made the following announcement to the
Very soon, before Navadvipa
parikrama takes place, we are going to establish a preaching
center there in Sri Navadvipa-dhama. We will perform
Navadvipa-dhama parikrama from there. We will try get at least ten
acres of land, where we will build a temple with a goshala,
kirtana hall, printing house, publishing department, guesthouse and
brahmacari ashram. These will gradually be developed, just as in
our Gaudiya Vedanta Samiti Devananda Gaudiya Matha.
I will soon be 85 years old. I have managed the Gaudiya Vedanta
Samiti for about 50 or 60 years. Now, in my advanced age, I can no
longer carry that burden. There is not so much time. I want to write
and publish many books, as did Srila Bhaktivedanta Svami Maharaja,
because my Gurudeva ordered me to do this. I also want to travel
throughout the world, to support and nourish devotees
And, I have decided to make this temple,
especially for the international assembly of devotees.
But that new temple wants so much money. All of you can personally
give at least a small donation. We are here in Italy for 7
days. If 500 persons donate something, we can purchase that land. We
can very quickly build a fence, and then the buildings and so on.
All will be done by the time of parikrama. Somehow I have promised
I have taken a vow that we must do parikrama from that place
this coming year. I request you all to help. Sannyasis should
inspire others to join in this big service of Sri Caitanya
Mahaprabhu and Sri Nityananda prabhu. I think you are happy to hear
this, so try to help me in this service.
Editorial advisors: Sripad Madhava Maharaja and Sripad
Transcribers: Vasanti dasi
Editor: Syamarani dasi