On the 7th of July I flew to Christchurch/New Zealand to visit the devotees for one week. It is more than 30 years ago that I last visited here when attending a Vyasa Puja celebration. Then, some 10 years ago a terrible earthquake hit Christchurch and flattened a large part of the city, with more than 200 people losing their lives - by Krishna's mercy no devotees were harmed. But our temple was entirely destroyed, including their beautiful Lordships Sri Sri Gaur Nitai - it had been a devastating time for everyone.
On the 21st of June I arrived in Brisbane to visit the community of devotees for the following two weeks. Their beautiful Lordships Sri Sri Gaur Nitai will have to once again move to another location very soon - as if They are performing forever Their traveling Sankirtan pastimes...
In the beginning of June I visited New Govardhana for two weeks - a rural community in the subtropical North of New South Wales, a two-hour drive from Brisbane. It is situated in Australia's popular coastal hinterland and nestled in the foothills of the famous Mount Warning. Renowned for its beautiful surroundings, with hills and mountains covered by luxuriant, dense rainforest, it is the home of the exquisite Deities Sri Sri Radha Govardhanadhari, Sri Sri Krishna Balarama, Sri Sri Gaura Nitai and Giriraja. Their palace is on the top of one of the hills, offering a stunning view - truly a divine abode...
On the 1st of June I flew from Adelaide to Canberra, visiting the devotees once again after 15 years. Meanwhile the congregation has immensely expanded, and ISKCON has purchased a nice house in a good neighborhood. The big temple room with the beautifully carved altar with gold-plated domes and decorations - made by the devotees in Ujjain - offers a befitting home for Their beautiful Lordships Sri Sri Jagannatha, Baladeva and Subhadra and Sri Sri Gaur Nitai.
On the 25th of May, after spending six weeks in Melbourne, I flew to Adelaide to visit the community of Vaishnavas. It was 30 years ago that I visited here last! And meanwhile a lot has changed...
My time in Melbourne had come to an end - I spent 6 weeks in this amazing community, working on my next book and doing programs on the weekends.
On the 14th of March I reached Mayapur - after two years it felt simply wonderful to be back, like coming home. I immediately could feel a sense of deep confirmation that I would like to retire and leave my body one day in Mayapur - Krishna willing...!
I had decided to not only visit Mayapur and Vrindavan, but move on from India to Australia...
Since my last diary post some weeks have gone by, and life has once again drastically changed...
On the 10th of January I arrived in Simhachalam - it was good to visit again after 5 months' absence. Meanwhile the management had changed, with a new TP and Management Board put into place which definitely brought about a big improvement. Gradually things are becoming more systematic and structured - something a big project like Simhachalam certainly needs.
Devaki Devi Dasi's Travel Diary
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