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His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Speaking online to San Jose
14 June 2015

 

I am inviting you all to come and join the festivals: Gurudev's appearance day, Gaura Purnima, etc. I cannot say now if it is possible for you to come and join the Ratha Yatra festival—it is going to be very crowded—but if you can tolerate the crowds, you can come.

I am going this year. I do not know if I am alive or not in fifty years, but this year there are new Deities (new kalevar) installed, and we will dance in front of Jagannath: "Jaya Jagannath! Jaya Baladev! Jaya Subhadra!"

Many years ago Gurudev sent me to Puri at the Ratha Yatra time, and I have not stopped since then: so many obstacles came to my spiritual life, but I never stopped going to Lord Jagannath.

Neither did I stop the Vrindavan tour. Gurudev sent me to make the Vrindavan and Govardhan tour, parikrama, so at the kartik time, after Guru Maharaj's appearance festival, we are also going to Vrindavan, Govardhan, Dvaraka, etc. If you want to join that program, it will be good for you. Come some time to make the parikrama around Vrindavan and Govardhan with the devotees:

গৌর আমার যে সব স্থানে
করল ভ্রমণ রঙ্গে ।
সে সব স্থান হেরিব আমি
প্রণয়ি-ভকত-সঙ্গে ॥

gaura amara ye saba sthane
karala bhramana range
se saba sthana heribo ami
pranayi-bhakata-sange

'Suddha-bhakata-charana-renu' by Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur

"I will visit the places where Mahaprabhu went in the company of devotees."

 

 

 

 

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