By Kadamba Kanana Swami
Krsna Matir Astu – May Krsna be on your Mind
Yesterday, Yamuna from South Africa brought Visnujana’s ashes to Mayapur. Today (24 November), we placed them in the Ganga. Many little particles of dust mixed with the sacred waters. I asked Mahaprabhu to be merciful on Visnujana.
Last night, we had a little program with the youth. Just some kirtan and some stories about Lord Caitanya. It is easy to be Krsna conscious – just some kirtan, some katha and some prasad.
The day before (22 November), we went on a parikrama with all the devotees from the Mayapur Institute and some others. First, we went to Suvarna Vihar. In Satya Yuga, King Suvarna Sena ruled from here. Just nearby, the Sarasvati (Jalangi) enters into the Ganga. This place was described in the Navadvipa Dham Mahatmya, but no one knew where it was, until Srila Bhaktisiddhanta discovered it. Later, Maharaja Suvarna Sen appeared in Gaura Lila as Buddhimanta Khan. By hearing about these devotees, we hoped that some desire for pure devotional service might awaken in our heart.
Next, we went to Harihara Ksetra. The Deity is half Visnu and half Siva. That means Sadasiva is an expansion of Mahavisnu and actually visnu tattva. Advaita Acarya is none other than Mahavisnu and Sadasiva. So we prayed to Advaita Acarya. You see, Advaita Acarya is very powerful, when he prayed for the Lord to appear, his prayers worked. Whether our prayers work or not is not so certain, but Advaita Acarya’s prayers definitely work. We asked Him to pray to Lord Caitanya to give us love of God. Then we had an ecstatic kirtan. It was hard to stop.
However, we did stop because we still wanted to go to Nrsimha Palli and we were afraid that we might miss the darshan. Once we got there, the kirtan exploded for a long time. Then we recalled how Bhaktivinode Thakur prayed to Nrsimhadeva, vigna vinasana, the remover of obstacles, to take away all anarthas and make him suitable for the pastimes of Radha and Krsna.
Yes, we also prayed like that, after praying in Suvarna Vihar for a desire for pure devotional service, in Harihara Ksetra for pure love of God and here we realized that we were still conditioned souls, “Oh Lord, please first remove the obstacles from our hearts and then give us love of God.”
We felt purified by the mercy of these places and the Deities and by hearing and chanting in the association of the vaisnavas.vancha-kalpatarubhyash cha kripa-sindhubhya eva cha
The vaisnavas are oceans of mercy and wish fulfilling desire trees.
It was a nice day!