Febraury 1st, 2014
Srila Prabhupada once said, “Tax your brains how to spread this movement.” So today we loaded our devotees, puppets and musical instruments on carts drawn by camels and did harinam throughout the city of Vadodara, all the while announcing our festival tomorrow night. News of the extravaganza spread quickly and soon all local newspapers and television stations came out to interview us. Everyone we met on the streets promised to come. If they do, then our ‘camel caravan kirtan’ will have been a great success!
Febraury 2nd, 2014
This afternoon we again left the oasis of the temple and went with our camel caravan into the desert of material existence to distribute the refreshing nectar of Krsna’s sweet the holy names. Chanting and dancing along the hot pavement of Vadodara’s streets we invited the inhabitants of the city to our festival this evening. [ All photos by Ananta Vrindavan das ]
— with Syama Premi and Rasarani Priya Harrison.
February 3rd, 2014
Ananta Vrindavan dasa from Australia arrived two days ago to spend a week with our festival tour here in Gujarat. His photography is a work of art. He perfectly captured the mood of our festival in Vadadora the other night.
February 4th 2020
Bimal Prasad das, a wonderful disciple of Srila Prabhupada and a good friend of mine, passed away a few hours ago.
If tears could build a stairway,
and memories a lane,
I’d walk right up to Heaven
and bring you home again.
Few farewell words were spoken,
so little time to say goodbye,
you were gone before we knew it
and only God knows why.
Our hearts now ache with sadness
as tears begin to flow,
what it means to lose a friend like you,
no one will ever know.
[ Adapted, Author Unknown ] See Less
— with Noel Mcwhinney and Bimal Prasad Das.
February 4th 2020
Our last embrace. Hard to accept Bimal’s gone. I know Krsna’s instructions to Arjuna are not to grieve, but for the moment it’s all I can do. A friend like Bimal is hard to find. I miss you Mufasa.
February 5th 2020
In December, 1970 Srila Prabhupada visited Surat, Gujarat for two weeks with 25 of his western disciples. Following in their illustrious footsteps we went on Ratha Yatra the very day we arrived in Surat. We could feel Srila Prabupada’s mercy as we chanted and danced through the streets. We will have 5 festival programs in Surat; two in the same place Srila Prabhupada held his public lectures during his visit there. Our hearts are beating in great expectation! Srila Prabhupada ki jaya!
[ Photos by Ananta Vrindavan dasa ]
February 7th 2014
Srila Prabhupada visited Surat, Gujarat with 25 western disciples in December, 1970. He spent 14 days giving lectures in various places throughout the city. Today in an old house here in Surat, I found an album of 30 black and white photos taken during his visit that have never been seen before. Here is one photo of my good friend Giriraja Swami. I will post the rest of the album tomorrow along with photos taken by Ananta Vrindavan of our visit to the house where Srila Prabhupada stayed during his stay here. Pure nectar!
February 7th 2014
The other day we visited the house where Srila Prabhupada stayed with his Western disciples during a visit to Surat in 1970. Many of the local people vividly remembered His Divine Grace. To celebrate our visit we chanted in the same streets that Srila Prabhupada sent his disciples out to do harinam in 44 years ago. In this album I also include never-before seen black and white photos of Srila Prabhupada’s visit to Surat. [ Majority of Photos by Ananta Vrindavan das ]
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February 18th, 2014
After two months on the road, organizing 48 festivals throughout the state of Gujarat, I finally found myself back in Delhi, on route to Vrindavan. One kilometer out of the airport I suddenly told the taxi driver to stop, turn south and head towards Jaipur.
Surprised he said, “Sir, if I may ask, why Jaipur?”
“I want to see Radha Govinda, the beloved deities of Rupa Goswami,” I replied, “and report to Them about the services of our festival team over the last couple of months. I think They’ll be pleased.”
“Jaipur it is,” the driver said, as he put his foot down on the gas petal and we headed south for the blessings of the Lord
February 18th, 2014
After our festival tour in Gujarat concluded I headed straight to Jaipur to report the success of our efforts to Sri Sri Radha Govinda, the beloved deities of Srila Rupa Goswami. Bowing down before Him, I recounted each event we held and how the crowds seemed thrilled with every performance. I thanked Govindaji for the honor of serving His dearmost servant, Srila Prabhupada, by whose mercy alone the world is being inundated with the chanting of Lord Krsna’s holy names. Before leaving for Vrindavan I walked around the Pink City and took photos so all my friends and well wishers could appreciate the city’s unique culture and charm!
February 20th, 2014
On the way to the Delhi airport for a 20-hour flight, via Dubai, to Sydney, Australia. I’ll join my good friend Bada Haridas there for a 12-day tour to Sydney, Brisbane and on to Christchurch and Auckland, New Zealand. Wish us safe travels and good preaching!
February 24th, 2014
Home programs, with their simple formats of kirtan, class and prasadam, are a wonderful way for devotees of the Lord to associate. Here is one such program at the home of my disciples, Sakhi Rai das and Vraja Laksmi dasi. Devotees from Brisbane and the Gold Coast attended. Great photos by Ananta Vrindavan, as always.
February 28th, 2014
Bada Haridas and myself are enjoying the association of devotees in Auckland, New Zealand. Yesterday Kalasamvara prabhu showed us around ISKCON’s beautiful New Varsana community in the countryside. In the afternoon we went on harinam in the city with all the devotees. Krsna consciousness is expanding rapidly in the country known as the, ‘long white cloud’ by the indigenous Maori people.