The festival is over now, but not for the devotees who are going to serve Krishna even more in their daily lives. Janmastami time is a wonderful occasion to ponder on the wonder of Krishna consciousness and on how fortunate we are to be an ongoing receiver of this divine blessing. Increased chanting and hearing of the glories of the Lord, in the association of such a devoted and sincere follower of Srila Prabhupada as His Holiness Janananda Maharaja gave everyone increased feeling and inspiration to be engaged in the chanting of maha mantra Hare Krishna with greater focus and determination. The aim is to be pleasing to the Lord with both our activities and our prayers as well. We don’t pray for a better material facilities, but for the better attitude in our service to Sri Krishna. Our Sri Sri Radha Govinda looked so awesome and beautiful, that whoever saw Them, could not but be inspired.
The appearance day of Srila Prabhupada was yet another occasion to glorify His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada for bringing this Krishna consciousness to the West, but not only that. It was also an occasion to remember that he came with a mission, and our joining this movement means joining the mission to assist. And what is that mission? It is to spread the Guaravani, the message of the Golden Avatara, Sri Krishna Caitanya Mahaprabhu, the chanting of the holy name and also to dissipate the darkness of impersonalism and voidism. And so we did by going out to Cavan to chant the holy name and to give out some books as well. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
In general, we had wonderful three days of festival full of sunshine, and more than 200 guests came over to present themselves to Krishna and also to see Him. The atmosphere of the festival was great, there were many devotees feeling grateful and prasadam got a lot of praise. I loved the Janmastami cake that was a fruitful piece of art crafted by mataji NGM . I, being engaged in the cooking, have received those “prasadam” thanks, but to be honest, the secret of the wonderful taste of prasadam is in the mood of the devotees cooperating for the pleasure of the Lord, and this is what happened. I heard two devotees telling me, that this was the best prasadam ever… And yes, it was, because we all served together just to please Krishna and His devotees and the bliss of Krishna consciousness is ever increasing anyway… All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
Let there be all victory to this Sankirtana Movement of the Golden Avatara!
HARE KRISHNA HARE KRISHNA KRISHNA KRISHNA HARE HARE
HARE RAMA HARE RAMA RAMA RAMA HARE HARE!
thanks to Mahamantra
your insignificant servant
Gopala Acarya dasa