On the way to Ljubljana/Slovenia I decided to include a short visit to Zagreb/Croatia to give the Sunday feast lecture and a couple of temple programs. And it was nice to meet the devotees again....
During my writing retreat in Kharkov/Ukraine I managed to compile the preliminary manuscript for my upcoming book on the false ego. It gave me a great sense of victory. Of course, now it needs to be reviewed by senior devotees, so I can polish it up further and work through the text again. But at least the main part of compiling the basic script is done. And I also designed the book cover already....
On the 4th of July we celebrated the second anniversary of the installation of our large and beautiful Gaur Nitai Deities in Kharkov/Ukraine. It was a wonderful festival, and even though it fell on a working-day, it was well attended with most community members eagerly joining the event. We all feel immense gratitude, that the Lord has kindly appeared in our lives and accepts our humble attempts of serving Him. And our Vaishnava festivals are becoming sweeter and sweeter with every year - truly a glimpse into the spiritual world...
My time in Kharkov/Ukraine working on my book was fruitful. I managed to keep a good focus and was getting ahead quickly - more swiftly than I expected. And I am already looking forward to be able to present the book to the devotees...
On my arrival in Kharkov/Ukraine on the 6th of June the devotees gave me a heartfelt welcome, and I distributed some maha sweets from Sofia/Bulgaria to every one and all. It is my favorite loving exchange on arrival.....
This was my very first visit to Sofia/Bulgaria - I had met some Bulgarian brahmacaris in Mayapur, who requested me to visit their community. Now, after touring the Western world for the last two months, it was refreshing to be back in Eastern Europe, where the mood is always more eager in comparison.
On my arrival in Zurich/Switzerland I settled into the comfortable quarters of the guest room. The temple is a big old mansion not far away from the city center and provides wonderful facilities as the abode of Sri Sri Gaur Nitai and Jagannath, Baladev and Subhadra and Their devoted servants.
After Nrsimha Caturdasi I visited my mother for three days in her village near Tuebingen. We spent nice and harmonious days together, going for walks across the fields, taking nice prasadam together and reading spiritual literature - our relationship is becoming sweeter with every visit.
A visit to Simhachalam in Germany is for me a must for Nrsimhadeva's appearance festival - I would not want to be at any other temple for this event! What is in other places of the world a three-hour event - especially when it falls on a working day - is here a four-days' celebration! And what they all do with Lord Nrsimhadeva is simply astounding.....!
On the 7th of May I landed in Tampa/Florida and was excited to visit the devotees of the community in Alachua. This is one of the most prominent projects within ISKCON, with many well-known disciples of Srila Prabhupada living on the property and in the surrounding townships. It was a great honor for me to get the opportunity to offer humble service to the Vaishnavas here, and I felt greatly inspired to witness so many wonderful aspects of community development being established.
Devaki Devi Dasi's Traveling Diary
Devaki Devi Dasi is sharing her realizations and adventures in her Traveling Diary. Welcome to relish this nectar!