By Ramlakshman Das, Director-Secretariat, ISKCON Daiva Varnasrama Ministry-INDIA
On March 9th, we headed to “Ghanasyam,” a village named after a great saint in the morning. The evening program was arranged at 6.30pm at a marketplace in the interior part of the village.Vishnurata prabhu led an ecstatic kirtan for more than half an hour. Then His Holiness R.P.BhaktiRaghava Swami spoke on Srila Prabhupada teaching the topmost thing in spiritual life: developing love for God in simple and practical way, as taught by Lord Chaitanya. Five hundred years ago. In the end, he emphatically stated that cow protection is the means to achieve love of Godhead;
That the people living in the villages should take advantage of Srila Prabhupada’s motto: Simple Living and High Thinking.
On March 10th, we headed to the village named “kameena”. After breakfast in the morning. We reached the village in the afternoon, where Pankajanghri Prabhu (who resides in this village) gave us a warm reception. After offering Gurupuja to maharaj, devotees took a nap, so that they could be refreshed and ready to participate in the big evening program. In the evening the village kids performed dance and cultural programs for the villagers’ spiritual entertainment. As planned earlier, His Holiness spoke on Srila Prabhupada’s spreading of the teachings of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu throughout the world (as predicted by Srila Bhakti vinoda Thakura). In conclusion, His Holiness said that these teachings can be best practiced in the villages, as the rural setting is conducive to a life of spiritual enlightenment; that cow protection enables one to practice Krishna Consciousness more easily.
After Maharaja’s lecture two videos were shown:
1)Avanti Gurukula, and
2) Om Sri Surabhi Campaign.
On March 11th, all the villagers were invited to honor delicious Kichidi prasadam cooked with love and devotion. More than thousand plates of prasadam was distributed amongst the villagers.
Gomatha ki Jai!
Village preaching tour ki jai!
Srila Prabhupada ki Jai!!!