Ecstasy in Rajkot

25th Apr 2004
Vajranga dasanu das

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev. 

It is always a pleasant feeling to see/hear the Lord's and His devotees' glorious activities. The following is a wonderful narration of the Sunday program at Sri Sri Radha-Nila Madhava temple in Rajkot, by HG Vajranga Prabhuji. As I had mentioned in his previous mail that he had recently visited Rajkot during Rama Navami, he was merciful enough to share his  realization he experienced at our temple there. Please relish the nectar. My sincere thanks to HG Vajranga Prabhu for taking us all to Rajkot with his amazing narration!

Thank you.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Kalacakra Krsna das.

Vajranga Prabhu's mail 

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my dandvat pranams. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev. 

I want to write on Sunday feast at Rajkot, it's really worth writing. In fact after attending the Sunday program I told Maharaj that I will post it on Granthraj and Maharaj told, "Yes you must write". 

I don't fine enough words to describe the enthusiasm of devotees there. 

It's Sunday morning, Mangal Aarti time. There are more devotees than normal days. After Guru Puja, Maharaj takes Bhagavatam class with love, for Him it doesn't matter whether it is Sunday or any other day, whether there are just 2 devotees or 20. He remains indifferent to all this. His aim--- to give out the nectar, and his expectation that everyone present should taste the nectar.

Their Lordship Sri Sri Radha Neel Madhav appears more beautiful then ever, with a soothing smile that even distracts the liberated souls! It was my first Sunday programme in Rajkot, I had only heard about it so far. It's 6 o' clock in the evening. I am standing in the balcony of the guesthouse, observing devotees in groups flocking in. It's really hard to believe, Prabhujis and Matajis young and old, kids coming in groups. Some devotees come in cars, some on bikes. I am so excited to see for first time after the opening ceremony of the temple so many devotees, more than 300. I feel the happiness like a shop-owner  who might feel when he sees so many customer coming in his new shop unexpected, really. I went down and was surprised to see the temple halll almost full. Maharaj is slowly  walking toward the temple, surrounded by devotees, as soon as he enters the temple, devotees are more than excited. Many fall down at his Lotus feet and takes his blessings. Maharaj as usual welcomes each and everyone and enquires about their well being. 

Sandhya Aarti begins, and devotees join the Arati, singing and dancing, with lots of enthusiasm. Then begins the most awaited Hari nām Kirtan with bangs of Mrdanga and kartal.. initially in slow pace and slowly picking up the tempo devotees just get lost in the nectarean ocean of the holy name, putting their best effort in singing and dancing, Prabhujis and Matajis...everyone is blissful, the atmosphere is that might be in Vrindavan. Maharaj is so joyful at this sight. He offers" saastang dandvat" to their Lordship Sri Sri Radha Neel Madhav after an hour of ecstatic kirtan, there is glorification of Sri Prahlad Nrsimha followed by pravachan by Maharaj. Its around 9.30 and prasadam prayers are being chanted, but still the devotees are in no mood for prasadam they still want kirtan.The most powerful weapon to win over the  ill affect of this Kaliyuga. Harer nāma harer nāma harer nāmaiva kevalam kalau nāsty eva nāsty eva nāsty eva gatir anyathā.  Such congregation you can only see in big temples. just seems that their Lordship Sri Sri Radha Neelmadhav has spread their mercy around! 

After the prasadam its around 11 pm devotees are busy cleaning the temple and doing other seva. Outside its very cool. Devotees are in no hurry to leave they sit around, some buying books and other gift items from the stall, soem discussing Maharaj's lecture.... 

I met Maharaj after the programme, you don't have to ask his feeling it can be easily read in his eyes, he is so content who else could be more happy than Maharaj? Before 2 years this was a barren land, and in such a short time a beautiful temple and such a big crowd all happening in front of Maharaj, what a great satisfaction.

This temple was built only by the devotion of Maharaj, and Lord Krishna being pleased by His sincere devotees came to reside there along with Srimati Radharani. 

Slowly devotees started leaving but with hope to meet next Sunday with same enthusiasm. It will never end.

Sorry for the long mail, even though many things I am not able to describe which one can feel only when he is physically present there.

Thank you so much. 
Your humble servant,
Vajranga dasanu das