Over the last seven days, Kadamba Kanana Maharaja toured through Slovenia and Croatia, in the South-East region of Europe called the Balkans. On Monday (6 August), he arrived in Ljubljana, Slovenia’s capital city, where he spent a day enthusing the local devotees for the upcoming Janmastami festival. In his lecture, he pointed out the difficulty that we experience in focusing completely on the transcendental pastimes of Krsna . “We cannot just hear and chant all day when yesterday we were completely on the sensual platform. It is not possible. We all come from the sensual platform, all the energy was completely there and suddenly we are supposed to be just on the spiritual platform or at least on the intellectual platform… we were meditating like anything on the senses!” In conclusion, he said that we have to start from where we are at in our spiritual lives and do something meaningful for Krsna in this world.
Leaving the devotees with that message, the next day Maharaja departed to Mursko Sredisce in Croatia, where he stayed at the house of Igor, an aspiring disciple, to have some recovery time prior to the festivals. On his arrival day there, Maharaja started to play harmonium in the living room by himself. With time, devotees gathered and joined into what eventually developed into a three-hour, full on kirtana! He followed with a talk on the glories of Lord Krsna, further enlivening devotees in preparation for Janmastami.
The next evening, Maharaja crossed-over the border and entered Slovenia again to visit the near-by temple in Lendava. He led Gaura Arati and again focused on Krsna’s upcoming birthday in his lecture. On Thursday (9 August), we were back in Ljubljana to celebrate Adivasa, the auspicious invocatory ceremony to the weekend of celebrations, where Maharaja led bhajanas.
Friday – Janmastami!
Maharaja enthusiastically led the gurvastakam prayers as well as Prabhupada’s Guru Puja and thereafter gave an amazing class on the appearance and pastimes of Krsna. He quoted left and right from various acaryas, including many interesting and rarely heard details. His talk especially focused on Kamsa. He explained how a demon called Drumila tricked Padmavati, by taking the form of her husband Ugrasena, and impregnated her. Thus Kamsa was born as a powerful demon. Maharaja further explained how Kamsa defeated all the demons like Agasura and Kesi and then sent them to kill Krsna. But instead, all the demons were killed by Krsna who eventually entered the arena in Mathura, and after defeating the other wrestlers, with one big blow of His fist, He finished-off the mighty Kamsa, who was fear personified to the rest of the universe!
The evening program consisted of many items including bhajanas, kirtanas, a theater performance and a children’s dance. Maharaja delivered another talk, but this time mainly focusing on the various incidents around Krsna’s birth.
However, the main event of the evening then was the maha-abhiseka of Radha-Krsna, Giriraja and different Salagrama Silas. Maharaja led a powerful, ninety-minute kirtana at full-steam while all the devotees danced in ecstacy. The evening proceeded with a presentation on Vrndavana Dhama by HG Laksmimoni Mataji, a senior disciple of Srila Prabhupada, and concluded with the final midnight darsana and maha-feast.
The next day marked the celebration of Srila Prabhupada’s Vyasapuja. Both, HH Kadamba Kanana Maharaja and HG Laksmimoni Mataji gave wonderful, heartfelt offerings of appreciation to His Divine Grace. These recordings can be downloaded by clicking here. Please take the opportunity to listen to both speakers and become touched by their deep realizations of Srila Prabhupada. The day concluded with gurvastakam prayers, puspanjali and a guru-puja kirtana.
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