As every year, I played the Master of Ceremonies opening the program by sharing visions and thoughts on the topic of the grhastha ashram.
A team of Bangladeshi devotees helped me in arranging the entire program: overseeing the construction of the pandal, arranging the prasadam, leading the introductory kirtan, serving the prasadam and working out the best prices for all the arrangements. It is a great relief for me to have their help - some were especially coming to Mayapur to help me with this event.
For the remainder of my time in Mayapur I received almost every day devotees in my place at the goshala - either for breakfast, lunch or an afternoon snack. It felt great to catch up with devotees who I had not seen for some time - from all corners of the world, and also to establish new contacts and relationships. It is one of my favorite pastimes - to receive especially my seniors and equals, serve them prasadam and get their uplifting association. The six loving exchanges of giving and accepting prasadam, revealing one's mind in confidence and inquiring confidentially, and exchanging gifts are such important ways of building personal, trusting and affectionate relationships. Some days I was also invited for lunch to the homes of various devotees who live in Mayapur.
Gaur Purnima quickly approached, and I joined the celebration in the park at Rasamrta Kunj. Many devotees from the Mayapur community came together to bathe Their Lordships Sri Sri Gaur Nitai. Prithu Prabhu gave a nice lecture, and Pancharatna Prabhu performed a little drama on Advaita Acarya calling out for the Lord to appear. The event was concluded with a most delicious feast - the best Gaur Purnima feast I had ever tasted in my whole devotional life....!
My time in Mayapur had come to an end - it had been an intense yet very productive, rewarding and sweet time, with wonderful opportunities for service and preaching. Its highlight was certainly the publication of my first book, with all the 1000 copies printed in Kolkata already distributed. And I had another 1000 copies awaiting me in Europe.....
On the 3rd of March I flew off to Dhaka/Bangladesh..........
Your servant, Devaki dd