By Kadamba Kanana Swami 

Madhava at home showed Sacinandana Maharaja the best of that little paradise called Mauritius, but when Madhava sat down for his kirtan, he was not from Mauritius at all, he was a resident of Vrndavana. Lokanatha Maharaja has a special rapport with the Mauritians, they know Maharaja’s tunes and on the first note they all exclaim in excitement, then soon things get to the ecstatic level. Bhakti Caitanya Maharaja was dancing with all the devotees with great enthusiasm and Sacinandana Maharaja took the devotees away, with his sweet melodies, to the world of Vrndavana. I gave an introductory talk based on the Caitanya Bhagavata where it is stated that sometimes Lord Caitanya is dancing wildly as if He wants to break the floor. The next day, the devotees broke the wooden floor in the pandal. Mahatma did a reggae tune and said, “You know, they like to dance.” Finally, BB Govinda Maharaja sang his melodies with deep concentration, first slow and meditative and then finally picking up to a powerful crescendo.

Now the news that I am getting is that all of Mauritius is talking about kirtan, all of the time!

Read Part 1 of Kadamba Kanana Swami’s description of the festival by clicking here.

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