On the 15th of October - a few days after returning to Simhachalam - I took a 7-hour train ride to the temple in Bad Oeynhausen to offer another Holy Name Retreat over three days. Even though the Corona restrictions had become tighter, a crowd of around 50 devotees assembled, most of them being of Russian descent. Some devotees had come a long distance and had accepted the austerity of a 9-hour car drive to participate. What a sign of determination and sincerity in deepening their relationship with the holy name...!
Shortly after returning from Vienna/Austria to Simhachalam/Germany at the end of September, I went on another trip to Czech Republic. We had scheduled a Holy Name Retreat over a long weekend on the farm outside of Prague. Despite the Corona infection rate increasing from day to day, it was rather well attended by around 35 devotees who are part of the farm community. Devotees from other parts of the country did not have the courage to come and attend.
The first two weeks of September I stayed in Simhachalam/Germany and continued working on my next book. Since I anticipated another Corona wave coming up in autumn, I decided to go once again traveling while the weather was nice - to use the time before life could become more restricted again.
After celebrating Radhastami in Tallinn/Estonia, I returned to Simhachalam - just in time for a grandiose two-day wedding celebration! Ananda Krishna Prabhu, who had been a brahmachari for 17 years, had decided to change ashramas and marry Tunga Bhadra Mataji. He is well known and appreciated through his popular youtube channel throughout Germany and Austria, and thus many devotees had gathered to celebrate the event.
After Janmastami I had a direct flight from Copenhagen/Denmark to Tallinn/Estonia with Air Baltic - the first flight I had dared to book after the Corona crisis had started. And four days before the scheduled journey the flight was canceled due to lack of passengers. I re-booked with Finnair via Helsinki, which fortunately operated. The flight from Helsinki to Tallinn had only six passengers! We were requested to take our seats in the very back - to balance out the luggage, which was in the compartment towards the front of the plane....
After a comfortable 8-hour train journey I arrived in Copenhagen on the afternoon of the 6th of August. This was my first visit to the Copenhagen temple - a nice Danish house in a quiet suburb of Copenhagen.
On the 31st of July I travelled by train from Simhachalam to Bad Oeyenhausen in Germany - around a 7 hour's journey from the South Eastern to the North Western part of the country. A Russian grihastha couple had purchased a hotel - outside of the city, on a hill and surrounded by forest. They have transformed it into a temple, and at the same time they also run it as a hotel business. It offers a great facility for programs and retreats and has become Chaitanya Chandra Charan Prabhu's base in Germany for the Russian preaching. He is a prominent diksa guru in Russia and Ukraine and also has Russian disciples in Germany and other parts of Europe.
After my visit at Goloka Dham I spent three days with my 90-year old mother in her nice village in the South of Germany. Now, during the second half of July, the weather was beautiful and sunny
After returning from our farm in Czech Republic to Simhachalam, I stayed only for two nights and ventured off again - to Goloka Dham in the South-Western part of Germany. It was a long train ride across Germany - from the most Eastern side to the most Western one. To travel by train is very comfortable in Germany - most trains have WiFi and go very smoothly. One can find the time to get a few things done...
After spending three months in Simhachalam/Germany, I am now making cautious first steps to move around a little. The Corona restrictions are easing up in many countries of the EU, and some of our temples can conduct regular programs again - at least for the time being. What a relief...!
Devaki Devi Dasi's Traveling Diary
Devaki Devi Dasi is sharing her realizations and adventures in her Traveling Diary. Welcome to relish this nectar!