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Impressions from Delhi Math
Please accept my dandavat pranams. All glories to Srila Gurudeva and Srila Prabhupada. All glories to Sri Sri Guru and Gauranga. All glories to Sri Sri Radha-vinodehariji.
This morning, Brajanath Prabhu requested me to continue to write, so I am doing so, hopefully with more sensitivity towards the moods of various devotees. This is especially written for Srila Gurudeva’s Western disciples, because I am more familiar with their moods.
Those who read between the lines of yesterday’s report from Madhava Maharaja and Brajanath Prabhu will understand that yesterday was a “difficult day”. It was not easy to see a bright outcome in the long run.
The kirtan continued as usual, male and female devotees singing kirtan together for Gurudeva. During the morning, about 80 devotees from China came and took part in the kirtan in their very beautiful and heartfelt way. Some of their melodies were unusual – six bar, instead of the eight-bar melodies that we are used to.
In the evening, Kishori Mohan Prabhu confirmed that it had been a difficult day, “But it may have been a reaction to some medication. Maybe tomorrow will be better.” It was.
This morning, I was in my room when the devotees started Sri Gurvastakam outside Gurudeva’s room. Suddenly the chanting was interrupted by shouts: “Jay Gurudeva! Jay Gurudeva!” I rushed onto the balcony and saw Gurudeva standing inside the screen of his door and peering out at the devotees to see who were there, smiling and talking to them. What a sight for sore eyes! What a balm for aching hearts! (Madhava Maharaja smiled and laughed when he told me about it later. That was another miracle, to see Madhava Maharaja smiling and laughing.)
Later, Srila Gurudeva spoke to some devotees. He gave sannyasa to Vrajendra-nandana Prabhu, who is now Sripad Bhaktivedanta Niskincana Maharaja. Bhaktivedanta Niskincana Maharaja ki jaya! Srila Gurudeva also signed a new Russian book of his lectures. A devotee gave a donation to Srila Gurudeva and told him it was from a Chinese devotee. “Who?” asked Srila Gurudeva, and the devotee told him. “Hong Kong,” Srila Gurudeva corrected him.
In the evening Srila Gurudeva seemed more tired.
What does this mean in the larger context of Srila Gurudeva’s health? Who knows? Will he recover enough to go to Govardhan and leave there? Will he recover enough to continue with his writing and directing his mission? Who knows?
One thing is certain: Srila Gurudeva has not given up the desire to be with his devotees and enliven them. There is a big opportunity to take shelter of the holy name, plunge deep into the ocean of divine inspiration, offer Srila Gurudeva enlivening and encouraging services, and feel ourselves receiving his blessings.
Aspiring for service Sri Hari, Guru and Vaishnavas,
B V Nemi