Today is the 5th day of the Navadwip Mandala Parikrama. It is so ecstatic to be in the Parikrama, to immerse in hearing the transcendental pastimes of Sri Mahaprabhu, sitting in the very same place where these pastimes took place,chanting and singing the holy names, walking in the dust of dhama, to take bath in the holy Ganga and be in the association of devotees. We really look forward to go on this special parikrama every morning. For us (the servants) it is special because we get to go along with Guru Maharaja and get to visit all the four parikrama groups everyday. Guru Maharaja had the darshan of Their Lordships and departed from Iskcon Mayapur at 7.30am. It was a breezy and sober morning after the stormy night. We headed towards Simantini to meet the Russian Party but they had not reached yet.
Ten minutes later the Russian Caitanya Army marched into the Simantini ground which is surrounded by old shabby buildings.Upon entering the ground and seeing Guru Maharaja waiting for them, the Russian ladies broke into a loud Uludwani. Probably they are telling Him that they are ready for the Uludhwani competition today with other parties. Guru Maharaja was requested to speak first. He addressed the devotees for 18minutes. At the end of the class Guru Maharaja highlighted," If one always thinks about his body and attached to material designation, it is difficult to enter the dham. If we get free from the illusion and if we see ourselves as the servant of servant of Krsna then we can see the esoteric dham and enter into Navadwip dham."
Then we got a call from the Hindi Party leader that they are on their way to Pancanan Tala.Guru Maharaja and the Hindi party reached Pancanantala at the same time. Parikrama devotees took darshan of Mahadeva Shiva whose temple is located on the shoulder of the main highway. After darshan, devotees gathered under the huge tent erected on the opposite side of the main road. After spending an hour with Hindi party, Guru Maharaja departed to meet the Bengali party at Campahatti. As soon Guru Maharaja's car entered the narrow brick road leading to Sri Gaura Gadadhara Temple, we heard a loud chanting of, Jaya Gaura Gadadhara! Gaura Gadadhara! Gaura Gadadharrrrr! Gauuura Gadadhara!!!!! When the devotee crowd sighted Guru Maharaja's vehicle, the chanting of Gaura Gadai became more louder along with Uludhwani and Haridhwani. These three auspicious vibration really takes one back to Caitanya era.
After having the darshan of Sri Gaur Gadadhara, Guru Maharaja gave a short discourse on the significance of this place. Our last party today is the International group and we are scheduled to meet them at Belpukur which is about an hour drive from Campahatti. So we put Guru Maharaja in his Tempo Traveller and served him lunch on the way to Belpukur. The road leading from the main highway to Belpukur is filled with lush greeneries all way long. Paddy field, mango groves, banana plantations, bamboo groves, lakes, streams and huts made out of bamboo and mud. What a wonderful site!!! Upon reaching the parikrama campsite at Belpukur, devotees were already seated in rows for their lunch. Guru Maharaja spoke for 10 minutes about Sri Madan Gopal Ji, the presiding deity of Belpukur and the significance of Belpukur. Madan Gopal was worshipped by the forefathers of Sacimata and Nilambara Chakravatry. He is being worshipped by the descendants of Nilambara Chakravarty since the last 1500 years.
During the class, Guru Maharaja recalled that there used to be storm (100km per hour) almost every year when the parikrama party reaches Belpukur. Later they found out that the temple hall roof of Madan Gopal Ji was leaking. After repairing and renovating the temple hall with concrete roof, there was no storm experienced. Last night there was a storm again which ripped of some of our parikrama tents... (With smile), Guru Maharaja continued that now our devotees found out that Madan Gopal Ji kitchen is leaking. So we need to repair it to keep the storm away. Actually this temple was taken over by Bhaktivedanta Swami Charity Trust and completed the restoration in the year of 1999. Guru Maharaja ended the class by 3.15pm and left to take darshan of Sri Madan Gopal Ji. I am sure many of you would have taken the darshan of Madan Gopal Ji during parikrama. But I would like to tell you again that He is extremely beautiful. He is the same Madan Gopal who is been worshiped and maintained so well for the last 1500 years. So don't miss Him next time when you come to Mayapur. Oh yes! forgot to tell you all, He will be giving His darshan in www. jpsdisciples. com tonight. So catch Him there. After the darshan, we put Guru Maharaja to sleep in the Tempo Traveller and commenced our journey to Mayapur.
Maha Varaha D