All glories to Sri Sri Guru and Gauranga!
Dear devotees, please accept my humble obeisances. With this brief report I would like to share with you some experiences from Vrinda’s summer mela 2004 in Germany.
In the afternoon on the auspicious day of Padmini Ekadasi, 28th of July, devotees from many places came together for this nice festival in the Kurukshetra Temple in Berlin. It was very nice to meet with spiritual sisters and brothers from different parts in the world, some knowing each other since before and some new. And nice to hear so many languages spoken – a real international gathering with the same goal of sadhu sanga; to be blessed with the presence of our Divine Spiritual Master, Srila Guru Maharaj, the association of the sannyasis B.V. Sadhu Maharaja, B.V. Vaisnava Maharaja and B.A. Kesava Maharaja, and all the beautiful Vaisnavas. So much nectar, so much inspiration, nourishment, sweetness for the soul…
After the devotees had found their place to stay, the festival started with bhajans, Gurupuja and a class. Berlin Yatra is now preparing for installation of the Deities Sri Sri Radha-Govindasundara, so during the mela, Guru Maharaj gave many inspiring lectures to prepare the devotees for that event. The last day everyone even had the opportunity to take darshan from the very beautiful Deities for a short while and to offer Them flowers, and we all hope that it will not take long time till They want to be installed in the temple.
After some nice prasadam this first day of the mela, the evening ended with George Harrison Tribute Show.
The following day, Thursday 29th, we took a chartered bus to Leuenberg in the countryside, where a new project for Conscious Art is taking place. Guru Maharaj gave a class, and later there was time for recreation in the beautiful nature and swimming in a lake for those who wanted. In the afternoon, prasadam, seminaries and agni hotra.
Friday was a day full of nectar, revealed by Guru Maharaj and Sadhu Maharaj. In the afternoon there as a nice Harinam Sankirtan in the centre of Berlin in the beautiful summer weather. A very beautiful sight, the colourful presence of the devotees who were singing, dancing and playing mrdanga, flutes, kartals, etc., in front of the Brandenburgertor… After the evening prasadam, Rasa Manjari Devi Dasi showed some of her latest clips from the trip in South America.
On Saturday afternoon, we all went on harinam to the adventure playground Humboldthain for Vivaha Samskara / Vedic weddings.
On Sunday morning we gathered on the same place, the adventure playground, where Guru Maharaj gave a class in the sunshine. After that, he had a special gathering with the children, and Sadhu Maharaj told about Krishna’s plays. After prasadam, the culture program took place with different musicians on a scene in the park. Campfires were lit and nice bhajans sung after darkness fell.
After some intensive days in nice spiritual atmosphere, Monday came, the final day of the mela. After darshan of the Deities and class with Guru Maharaj, there was a fire sacrifice and inaugurations. So beautiful, so inspiring, a moment of joy…
This was just a short report, and many things i still haven't mentioned here. Please, forgive any shortcoming in this try to report such an enriching event with my poor words.
I would like to congratulate and give my thanks to all the devotees of Berlin who arranged this mela very nicely, and thanks to all my sisters and brothers who blessed me with their association during these days. And also many thanks from my heart to my dear Guru Maharaj, for inviting me to this festival, and for blessing me with the Gaura-Nitay deity to make me company here in this remote place in the north of Sweden. And my sincere thanks to the Supreme Lord, who by His unlimited mercy, has given me such a beautiful spiritual family and from now also two nice god brothers for the mission in Sweden.
Humbly at your service,
Manah Siksa Devi dasi