Various factors hindered regular updates of Kadamba Kanana Swami’s travels but we are happy to catch up now. On 5 March, Maharaj left India and travelled down-under to Sydney, Australia. Here is a report written by Smitakrsna dd.
So, in modern times, we have what people call “the buzz words”! We have our favourite words; I don’t know whether I should mention any (laughter); may be not, it gets too touchy. But someone stated that the person who has had the greatest influence on this age was apparently Sigmund Freud – on the surface, it is certainly so. We are living in the age of psychology and now, all the terms that we are using are also psychological, like “sharing”. I was somewhere and there was a whole debate,
“You can’t say preaching, no! It’s not for this age, you don’t say it. It is all sharing now.”
Of course, Srila Prabhupada said “PREACHING’’ and definitely didn’t say “sharing’’ although he was very kindly sharing many things with us…
(Kadamba Kanana Swami, July 2003, Caitanya Chandrodaya Nataka Part 2)
It was with the word “PREACHING” in mind that Kadamba Kanana Swami flew to Australia. First he visited Govinda Valley, a beautiful retreat venue located south of Sydney, where he inspired the resident devotees with his association and Krsna katha.
On Saturday, 8 March, Maharaj then travelled to Sydney Temple where the first program he did was at a hall. In his lecture, he mentioned that even though we were meeting at a hall, we were spending our time glorifying Krsna and that is the way a devotee lives. The audience consisted of many new-comers as well as devotees who came along with their friends; and they had many questions to ask. Maharaj encouraged everyone to walk the path of truth by following the rules and regulations.
On the next day, Maharaj gave the morning Srimad Bhagavatam class at the temple and thereafter left for a programme at the house of a prominent devotee. The highlight of the programme was Maharaj narrating in Hindi the story of a sadhu and a mouse to explain punar mūṣiko bhava, meaning that we become small like a mouse again and again, when pride kicks us. Sunday concluded with more glorification of Krsna at the Sunday Feast lecture at Sydney Temple.
Kadamba Kanana Swami spent Monday in a recording studio with the Bhakti Yogis of Sydney to record his upcoming cd titled “Heart & Soul – 2014”. The cd will be made available digitally on KKS Blog. The writer of this report requests all our readers to keep their ears open for a complete new experience of beats and amazing tracks that were recorded at the Cronulla studio.
It is said that whoever sees or hears the madness of Lord Caitanya uproots the disease of repeated birth and death. While madness for others is a disease, the madness of kirtan of Kadamba Kanana Swami removes the influence of passion & ignorance of the conditioned soul and brings him or her to the lotus feet of Srila Prabhupada.
On Wednesday, 12 March, devotees gathered for a Kirtan Night that was organised by the temple. Maharaj inaugurated the program by explaining that in kirtan we are singing & making an offering, and at the same time, Krsna is revealing himself to us – so two things are happening at once. Everyone then absorbed themselves in the best form of glorification of Krsna in the way of chanting. Kadamba Kanana Swami then requested Sri Prahlad to lead kirtan and absorbed himself fully in the nectar of the transcendental holy name.
During his stay at Melbourne temple, Maharaj gave many Srimad Bhagavatam classes. The devotees went out on a harinam parade in the inner-city of Melbourne, to distribute the mercy of Lord Caitanya on His appearance day. The auspicious day ended with more kirtan by Maharaj during the abhishek ceremony of the all magnanimous Lord Caitanya.
Brisbane was the third city of Australia that got soaked with the mercy of Kadamba Kanana Swami, who travelled from Melbourne just to be there on time for the Sunday Feast lecture. Maharaj enthused devotees with his wonderful classes and kirtan. On Friday, Maharaj departs Australia for South Africa.
Here are photos from some of the programs. If you cannot view the slide-show below, then please visit flickr.