Arrivals and CC evening – 24 Apr 2014
Wednesday and Thursday were the days of arrival for all the devotees who came for the festival. Almost 180 friends and disciples of Kadamba Kanana Swami joined the party and filled the Radhadesh guesthouse and ashrams. It was a lovely sea of devotion and we all had the chance to meet friends.
Kadamba Kanana Swami gave the morning class 24 April, Srimad Bhagavatam 6.4.46.Download as mp3 (right-click, save as)
Later that the evening, Kunti Kumari organized a wonderful evening of Caitanya-Caritramrta katha. First, we had some intro bhajans, afterwards katha on the Caitanya caritramrta and then more bhajan. Finally, Gopali devi dasi was the host in our first CC Quiz. Sutapa’s team won after beating the other teams with the correct answers on even the Extra Hard Questions!!!
Intro CC Bhajans
CC Bhajans part 2
CC Quiz hosted by Gopali ddDownload as mp3
In between the CC programs, we had a super tasty dinner organised and prepared by Savitri dd. Our taste buds were going to heaven after relishing the super tasty lasagne and the tiramisu…
Vyasa-puja & Initiations – 25 Apr 2014
The next day the Srimad Bhagavatam class was on 6.4.47 and Kadamba Kanana Swami explained the theme of this festival, “a year of changes”.
At 10h00 the Vyasa-puja festival started with the abhisek, gurvastakam sung by Mayapur Chandradoya dasa and the intro by Sutapa dasa. After the introduction, the next part were the wonderful enlivening offerings, creative poems and even two raps by Gurudas and Prahlad (son of Premalata dd). It was again wonderful to hear all the stories and dedication that everybody shared. Kadamba Kanana Swami commented afterwards on the many offerings and talked about his realizations from our offerings. He quoted Sadbhuja, “We learned through our experiences,” and he explained that he felt the same way. Guru puja was sung by Dwarkadisha dasa and we all took our chance to offer flowers to Kadamba Kanana Swami. He even joined the kirtan afterwards.
The recordings of the whole vyasa-puja festival and offerings can be found here. (password protected)
After fasting comes feasting and we enjoyed a super excellent ekadasi lunch organized & prepared by Pradyumna dasa and his crew. Fried potatoes, two vegetable dishes, kofta, salad, raita and tea. But even if that was not enough, we got the birthday cake which was prepared by Gauravani dd. To top it off, we got shrikhand, carrot halava, oatmeal carob sweets and other milk sweets. Luckily we could eat it all.
The schedule was really packed and so was the temple room when the initiation ceremony took place in the afternoon. The yajna was performed by Dhira Krishna das and Kadamba Kanana Swami gave a wonderful introductory class for the initiates.Download as mp3
After the class the ceremony commenced with the name giving of the new initiates.
1. Sundari Sherreitt : Syamasundari devi dasi
2. Annamarija: Arati Devi Dasi
3. Petr Holubar : Purusatraya das
4. Petr Vanek: Purna Tattva das
5. Sibusiso Nkambule : Svayambhu das
6. Angelica Guerrero : Acintya Lila devi dasi
7. Marius Rastauskas : Murari Caitanya das
* known at time of publishing. List subject to change.
And the fire yajna concluded this very busy but very auspicious day only to be superseded by the next big event. The Kings Day Harinam.
After the Kingsday Kadamba Kanana Swami still had energy left to give the morning class on the Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila 22.142.
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