On August 21st Sunday at the Sri Sri Gaura Nitai Mandir, we celebrated the Divine appearance of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Bhagavan Sri Krsna. For the pleasure of the Lord we offered around 125 different items for His tasting satisfaction.Some of these treats included 60 different types of burfy, Gulab Jamuns, sweet rice, cakes, cookies, pies, fresh churned butter,an Indian sweet made for mothers with newborns, Roasted Gauranga Potatoes swimming in organic olive oil, butter and rosemary, nice rice, pakoras of three kinds, two kinds of spicy plum chutney, various subjis, garden saks made with lots of fresh spinach, a number of plates with fresh fruits, dried fruits, and various nuts.And too many more to list here. The devotees who came were very much pleased by the beautiful and fragrant floral arrangements made by Daria devi dasi, and in fact the entire temple room spoke of devotion from all the devotees present who also offered their services, brought various gifts, flowers, foodstuffs and other nice things for the pleasure of Lord Krsna. Everyone had a very pleasing and satisfying time, including all the new guests who left their addresses in our guest book all wanting to be in touch with our next festival. Srila Prabhupada following in the footsteps of Caitanya Mahaprabhu, has introduced these festivals in the western world and it is an astounding event to behold.
Where can you go to find this kind of opulence in somebody's "home"?? Even the churches, temples and mosques do not have the opulences that Hare Krsna devotees live with on a daily basis where every day is a festival spent upon service to the Lord. In the words of Bhaktivinode Thakur in his Jaiva Dharma---"His (the household devotee ) ambitions and hopes, activities, desires, hospitality and worship of the Lord are all carried out as a part of his main pursuit, rendering devotional service to Krsna, His entire life is a joyous festival consisting of compassion towards all living entities, chanting Harinama and serving the Vaisnavas." That about sums it up, dont you think?? Also,Much Thanks to all the devotees who participated and helped put on this festival-your service is appreciated greatly !! Hare Krsnayour humble servants,Damaghosa das and Daria devi dasi