Written by Nimai
From Sweden, Maharaj travelled to Radhadesh in Belgium where the Radhadesh Mellows Kirtan Festival took place (29-31 January). Devotees travelled from all over Europe and UK to attend the festival. We arrived on Thursday, and even though the official start of the festival was on Friday, Maharaj led an enthusiastic kirtan on Thursday night. The next morning, he gave a Bhagavatam class where he pointed out how we always find ways to justify our sinful activities but by the mercy of Caitanya Mahaprabhu we have gotten the opportunity to escape the network of material entanglement. Maharaj then spoke about “leaving no stone unturned” giving the example of Prabhupada. During the lecture, he further elaborated on this theme.
For three consecutive days, Maharaj led kirtan for one hour as part of the festival. The room was packed with devotees and the atmosphere during the kirtans was just amazing. On Sunday, Maharaj sang his new and mellow tune in public for the first time. In the beginning, people struggled to follow the melody, but after Maharaj gave instructions on how to sing it, eventually it became very sweet!
That day, Maharaj took lunch in Anandini’s house together with Niranjana Swami, Chandramauli Swami, Bhakti Caitanya Swarup Swami, Sacinandana Swami and Yadunandana Swami. They had some funny conversations and told each other a few stories. It was amazing to see all these great souls together at one table.
The next day (01 February), Maharaj left Radhadesh to visit the UK before his trip to India.