Thursday, 1 October 2009

We have arrived

Jay Kanhaya Lal ki
Nadia Godrume
Shenai Morning Raga in Mayapur
Shenai Evening Raga in Mayapur

Radha Madhava in Mayapur

We have arrived in Sri Dham Mayapur. It was a very long and tiring journey. It is now just after 2 PM and it is very hot. The taxi ride from Kolkata to Mayapur took us 4 hours, however, it was calmer than I have ever experienced and the road seemed to have lesser potholes than ever before. Perhaps I didn't notice them as I drifted in and out of a light slumber if that is at all possible in an Indian taxi.

After a refreshing shower and an hours rest we took darshan of Sri Sri Radha Madhava, Lord Nrisimhadeva and Panca Tattva. Varshana Kishori mataji was visibly moved seeing the Lords for the first time and we were of course in ecstasy being back in Mayapur. Being in the personal presence of the Lord is quite another experience than seeing a photo of Him. The entire atmosphere is just so enchanting, especially in the presence of so many wonderful Vaishnavas.

I thought how did it happen to be again in Sri Dham Mayapur. We had a little desire and before we really knew it we were back in the Holy Dham. It all manifested from this little and faint desire. Everything unfolded from there just like a lotus flower unfolds when the sun is rising. If Krishna reciprocates with such a little desire we can only imagine how He will reciprocate with even the slightest desire of us wanting to serve Him unconditionally. The Lord is so merciful that He makes all kind of arrangements to bring us back to Him.

When Gopa Kumar, after his long journey throughout the entire universe, finally arrived in Goloka Vrindavan Krishna explained to him that He personally made so many arrangements to bring him back into His association, however, Gopa Kumar never took up any of these arrangements. The same counts for us. If we truly knew how much Krishna wants us back with Him we would certainly faint. We just cannot imagine such a level of love.

After some ekadasi prasadam at Govinda's restaurant we went for the evening arati. Yes, my Lord, we are truly back. Thank you so much! Please protect all those who could not come with us this time but who asked us to pray for them. Please let them always remember Your merciful lotus feet.

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