D ear devotees today Navadvipa Mandala Parikrama moved from the wonderful island of Jahnudvipa to Modadrumadvipa which corresponds to the process of dasyam, servitorship.
Before introducing today’s events we’d like to share how last evening H.G. Rajendranandana Prabhu enlightened everybody.
The topic of the lecture was: Lord Caitanya gives his mercy to the most fallen. He said: “When Krishna manifested His pastimes only very few people, His eternal associates recognized Him as the Supreme Personality of Godhead. He wasn’t sharing love of Himself. As Srila Prabhupada says Lord Krishna demanded that we surrender unto Him. Lord Caitanya is different. He is in the mood of the highest devotee Srimati Radharani. His mercy is a bottomless ocean; even a drop of it can drown the entire world. But are we experiencing it? Why not? If we sleep through our devotional life, how do we expect to make considerable progress? We must realize how we are suffering, how we are helpless. And sincerely pray. Lord Caitanya has given us the most powerful prayer the maha mantra. This is what we should pray for here in Jahnudvipa…
This morning the main stop was at Mamgachi, Srila Vrindavana das Thakur’s birthplace. We heard from His Holiness Bhakti Purusottama Swami (Sri Navadvipa Mandala Parikrama Coordinator) that Modadrumadvipa is the most beautiful island of Navadvipa filled with an abundance of trees. In Treta Yuga Lord Ramachandra came here during His exile with Sita devi and Lakshmana. At that time Lord Rama revealed to Sita Thakurani about His appearance as Gauranga . He says: “When I appear here again in the Kali Yuga I will take sannyasa, thus making my mother and my wife cry in separation.” Sita said: “If you know you are going to take sannyasa then why will you marry? Why will you be so cruel to your wife?” No one was prepared for what Lord Ramachandra responded:” By their own efforts my devotees attain me, but it is by my special mercy that they temporarily or apparently loose me. Even higher than service in union with me, is service in separation from me. Therefore to give them the highest pleasures I make my devotees cry for me” This is what Lord Caitanya came to give.
Later on, at the end of the day about 12 Srila Prabhupada disciples who were walking with us, disclosed to our group the sweetest memories of their first days in ISKCON. There were: HH Bhakti V.V.Narasimha Swami, HH Maha Vishnu Swami, HH Kavichandra Swami, HG Sauri Prabhu, HG Paranjana Prabhu, HG Sikhi Mahiti Prabhu, HG Tribhaga Ananda Prabhu, HG Padmalocana Prabhu, HG Jananivas Prabhu, HG Pankajanghri Prabhu, HG Surabhi Mataji, HG Srikama Mataji .
HG Pankajanghri: “I came to Mayapur and what happened was that Jananivas kidnaped me and I have been assisting him ever since.”
HG Janinavas Prabhu:” I had been in India for around 1 year when I met the devotees in the Puri Ratha Yatra. I met one Australian bhakta who answered all my questions so nicely. I asked “Why do you only chant Krishna’s names? What about Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva?” He answered “We chant Krishna’s name because He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead.” I was so touched by that answer. In moments I purchased a back to Godhead for 2 rupees, and after a few steps somebody wanted to buy it from me, so I sold it. 3 days later I joined the temple. Just see the power of book distribution”.
The Katha was delivered under a huge banyam tree, and from there the party moved through the beautiful landscape of Sri Navadvipa Dhama till Pratapnagar, again we stayed in ISKCON’s own land. Pratapnagar is such a Paradise, very nearby the Ganges shore; many devotees went to take bath in the Ganges after reaching the Camp.
Today’s evening class will be given by HH Bhakti Vigna Vinas Narasimha Swami Maharaj. He is one of our speakers coordinator, he stays in the camp and he comes every year for Sri Navadvipa Mandala Parikrama, his speech is always full of spiritual strength, Maharaj speaks fluent Chinese and he brings a lot of devotees from his preaching field (China) to Parikrama.
Tomorrow morning we are leaving Pratapnagar by boat. This is Parikrama lifestyle and because of that some devotees just asking themselves ‘why should we stop, let’s just move forward with kirtan, prasada and katha in the association of wonderful devotees’. In this ways our desires becomes purified, and our eagerness to serve Krsna increases more and more.