Saturday, December 30, 2017

Mayapur Memories

I am in Mayapur today,  Isodyan building, room no: 1216. It is now 10:15 p.m.  Just 10 minutes back I completed my mandatory chanting of 16 rounds of Hare Krishna Mahamantra.  Me and my wife decided to spend 30th and 31st Dec in Mayapur, it is the best way to welcome 2018. It isn’t a new year according to Vaisnava calendar but nevertheless Srila Prabhupada taught us to utilize every occasion and opportunity to come closer to Lord Chaitanya.

We started from Kokata at around 6:45 a.m.  I was fearful because the devotees were traveling by bus.  I have motion sickness and I am always afraid to travel by bus. I am a very bad traveller.  But it is always nice to travel with the devotees so I agreed reluctantly. Praying to the Lord and after taking 1 stemitil I boarded the bus. But after sometime I was feeling sick but fortunately the bus stopped for  breakfast  and I quickly got down to breathe fresh air.  All the devotees were enjoying hot noddles but I could not. Once HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj was expalining that it is all our previous karma. Some devotees may relish malpua and crave for more. But some could not digest even a small morsel of it. I also wanted to enjoy noodles but I could not.

Again we boarded the bus, I took another stemitil. I had prepared few quiz questions and some DUMB Charade activity. HG Anant Bhagavan Prabhu asked me if I can conduct quiz. I agreed. All the devotees who were travelling were newly introduced to Krishna Conscisouness but they knew all the questions well. The level of questions were simple but they also need to be complemented for their knowledge about Krishna’s pastimes , Mahabharat and Ramayan. I have never palyed DUMB Charade so HG Anant Bhagvan Prabhu organized it. Later HG Sri Nitai Prabhu sang a very melodious kirtan which everyone enjoyed. I was constantly inquiring when are we going to reach Mayapur. And finally we reached Mayapur by 12:15 p.m. By the time we collected our room keys and prasadam coupon it was almost 1 p.m. So we rushed to Gada Bhavan for prasad. Prasadam as usual was tasty. After prasadam we took rest till 4 p.m. and then we had a class by HG Acharya Ratan Prabhu, co – director of ISKCON Kolkata. I was told to be part of one drama which the devotees were to present in the evening. I got the role of being the narrator. The devotees brilliantly performed the drama, everyone relished. We then took dinner prasadam at Gada Kitchen and  returned. The day was totally packed, in bus I was not able to chant so I finished my rounds late today.

Have to take rest early today because we want to attend tomorrow’s Mangala Arati.  Many new people have come with us, one of them is my colleague who works with me in IBM. He is also too eager to attend Mangala Arati in the morning. I am also too eager. Hope we will be able to shed our lethargy and be in the temple at 4:30 a.m.tomorrow to welcome Sri Sri Radha Madhav and Panca Tattva.



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