Around 35 devotees participated in both events on Sunday and Monday - a nice crowd considering that the Corona restrictions are still going on in Germany! And the mood was very joyful, sweet and eager. It is a very young community, and most devotees have recently embarked on their devotional journey. In the following days I further offered several classes and also a matajis' sanga, which was well attended and received. And Saturday morning I participated in the harinam in the nearby city.
The month of August is marked with many important Vaishnava festivals, which Bhaktivenoda Thakura describes as the mother of devotion. When observed with absorption and endeavor in great determination, such events immensely draw bhakti from our hearts - we actually do something practical in devotion to make pleasing arrangements for the Lord and His devotees. Such events give the opportunity to practically apply our philosophy of understanding the Lord to be the supreme enjoyer. And we receive the direct experience of tasting so much joy and deep satisfaction, when we selflessly engage in His service.
Jhulan yatra prepares our heart in service and devotion to receive Lord Balarama Who is the personification of the service mood to Krishna. Srila Prabhupada describes in the purport to the SB.10.2.8, how the first six children of Mother Devaki who were killed by Kamsa represent the six demoniac qualities of lust, anger, greed, illusion, madness and envy. Symbolically, mother Devaki's constant fear of Kamsa was purifying her from the last traces of these unwanted qualities. Thus, a devotee should always be alert in fear of the contaminating effects of being in the material world, which gradually diminishes our material association. In this way, all the asuras of material association will be killed within our hearts, and we become naturally uninterested in material enjoyment.
On the 6th of August I took a train to Copenhagen/Denmark....
Your servant, Devaki dd