In those days, we drove there to go on collection to establish various projects in Australia as well as to build Mayapur. Reflecting back, it was rather courageous of our former temple president to send us two young girls off on our long journey - in a rather clapped-out Holden, without AC....! Already in those days, I have always welcomed challenges and adventures in Krishna's service...!
I was so fortunate to make the vases for the altar for Radhastami, and I offered the morning class remembering the glories of Srimati Radharani. During the main festival program Jagattarini Mataji gave the talk and I was at my book table, distributing lots of copies of my books and connecting with devotees - well-known faces from the early days, as well as many new encounters.
During the following days, the devotees kept me busy with various home programs and a seminar at the temple which were exceptionally well attended, with lots of books going out. It seemed as if the devotees were starving of association - Perth is rather isolated, and no preachers had visited here for the last three years because of the pandemic.
It also serves as a unique preaching tool, as non-devotees are also coming to visit the gallery. Recently, the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, visited the gallery and was full of praise and adoration - something that hit the news...!
On the 12th of September I flew back to Sydney to offer a Holy Name Retreat at New Gokula....
Your servant, Devaki dd