East coast trip report

6 months, 1 week ago by srinath in Personal Sadhana Reports

Dear Guru Maharaja 

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada! All glories to you!

We are in Charlotte airport, after attending Sadhu Sanga, waiting for our flight to Dallas. In today's Bhagavatam class, Vaisesika prabhu was telling how you inspired him to systematically study Srila Prabhupada's books. I have also been reading SB by your inspiration. I will be completing Canto 3 Chapter 16 (The Two Doorkeepers of Vaikuṇṭha, Jaya and Vijaya, Cursed by the Sages) this week.

HpS -ASA -- AGTSP! Paoho….. Just eight more Cantos and we can join the squirrels watching the Rasa-lila!

We left Dallas 10 days back on Nrsimha chaturdasi to attend my younger brother, Sriram's graduation, in Connecticut. My parents are also here for his graduation and will be with us in Dallas till the beginning of November.

I have dry eyes and I had gone to the doctor to get my glands cleaned on Nrsimha Chaturdasi. Inspite of the anesthesia, I almost passed out because of the pain. For some reason, I was just singing Jaya Radha Madhava all along. Just before I was going to pass out, I blurted it out to the doctor. But I could feel that probably (the mind or intelligence) was instructing my mouth to blurt out the words. It was as if I was observing all this outside of my body. It was a surreal experience.

HpS - Incredible. I have a drainage duct in the right eye blocked, so I get too much fluid. Our Mercedes just went to the shop for repairs.

For this Nrsimha Chaturdasi, I memorized the following verse from Prahlad Maharaja's prayers and it couldn’t have been more appropriate for my situation. 

evaṁ sva-karma-patitaṁ bhava-vaitaraṇyām

anyonya-janma-maraṇāśana-bhīta-bhītam

paśyañ janaṁ sva-para-vigraha-vaira-maitraṁ

hanteti pāracara pīpṛhi mūḍham adya

My dear Lord, You are always transcendentally situated on the other side of the river of death, but because of the reactions of our own activities, we are suffering on this side. Indeed, we have fallen into this river and are repeatedly suffering the pains of birth and death and eating horrible things. Now kindly look upon us — not only upon me but also upon all others who are suffering — and by Your causeless mercy and compassion, deliver us and maintain us.

HpS - So, so, so beautiful.

Guru Maharaja, you always say that the body does not get disease, it is the disease. We have been realizing that more and more. Especially, this Nrsimha Chaturdasi was intense. It will be 2 years since my initiation next week. Any little progress I have made is only because of your mercy. Thank you so much Guru Maharaja for accepting me as your disciple and giving me shelter at your lotus feet. 

I am hoping to come and meet you in Houston on 8 June with Divya and my parents.

HpS - 1-4PM is the Open House at the Goswami Academy!

Your servant

Srinatha Krsna dasa

HpS - My respects to your parents and congratulations to your Brother.