My first hosting family was Anadi Jagannath Prabhu and his good wife Vrinda Mataji. They had gotten married three years ago, and she was not going to work but staying at home. Every morning they had a shortened morning program in their home, and sometimes some neigboring devotees came to attend. This was setting a spiritual atmosphere in their home, which was also helpful and uplifting for me, even though I could not take part so much. Some afternoons Vrinda Mataji conducted a children's program with around 25 nice boys and girls gathering in their launch room. It was wonderful to see, how much effort she put into giving these children Krsna consciousness, even though she did not even have her own children yet. They were practicing a little drama about Lord Nrsimhadeva's appearance, and the kids were so absorbed and enthusiastic to play their roles. They loved the program and participated with full enthusiasm. Such experiences create deep Samskaras in the child's mind and heart, which are of eternal benefit.
I was very nicely taken care of by Vrinda Mataji and her good husband. Such care I most likely would have not been able to receive in any other part of the world! Often the ladies are also working, and people are so busy, that they cannot "adopt" a Chemo-patient into their family and give the necessary support and care. Once again I marvelled how Krsna had arranged everything to the very best!
Every Saturday evening Anadi Jagannath Prabhu and his good wife have been conducting a house program in their home, with many neigbors and parents from her children's program attending. On two such Saturdays I was invited to give the lecture, with almost 30 people gathering and listening with wrapped attention. The first Saturday was only eight days after my first Chemo - I was still feeling rather weak, but nevertheless managed to get through the program. The audience were educated and cultured people, and the mood was very nice and personal. Preaching is always the best medicine for me, disentangling the mind from mundane thoughts and anxieties.
On the 1st of June, one day before my second Chemotherapy I moved to the next family, who would take care of me for one month. I almost felt a little sad to leave Anadi Jagannath Prabhu and his good wife - we had had a nice time together, with lots of interesting exchanges and discussions......
Your servant, Devaki dd