I had a great time in New Govardhana, offering a variety of programs at the temple, several house programs and also an outreach program with the volunteers. During my visit the community had a 2-day kirtan event scheduled which attracted many devotees to participate - even from other parts of Australia. Everybody seemed so eager to come together, and relieved that the Covid restriction had been taken off! It was a great opportunity for me to have a table offering the four books I have meanwhile published - I enjoyed connecting with many devotees who I knew from the "early days" and hadn't met for around 30 years, and established new relationships.
On the third day of the kirtan event we commemorated the Panihati chipped rice festival. I was invited to offer the morning class and relished commenting on one of my favorite pastimes which offers many valuable instructions for us all. Then we took small Gaur Nitai in procession into the fields, where devotees engaged in sportive fun activities and competitions. The joyful event concluded with a delicious feast, served in nature as a picnic.
On the 21st of June I moved on to visit the devotees in Brisbane....
Your servant, Devaki dd