Report Kazan, Russia, 2016
Vyāsa-pūjā Report - 2016 for His Holiness Jayapatākā Swami Mahārāja from Kazakhstan Republic.
Vyāsa-pūjā was held on April 17, 2016 at 10 a.m at a Guru Āśrama of His Holiness Caitanya Candra Caraṇa Prabhu. The Guru Āśrama is located outside Almaty city in a beautiful location surrounded by the Zailiyskij Alatau mountains.
On Vyāsa-pūjā day It was a wonderful sunny weather. It seemed that the whole world: the sun, trees, grass, bushes blossomed, enjoying the appearance day of our Guru Mahārāja. The Vyāsa-pūjā was attended by students, grandchildren and nephews of the Guru Mahārāja, total about 40 devotees. The altar on which stood the image of Guru Mahārāja was decorated with great taste by Mother Gaura Candrikā Devī Dāsī and her assistant devotees. There were a lot of flowers on the altar. The celebration of Vyāsa-pūjā began with a kīrtana led by Caitanya Candra Caraṇa Prabhu. The kīrtana was so powerful that all presenting devotees left their seats and danced in ecstasy. Then, pupil of our Guru Mahārāja, Lakṣmī Priya Līlā Devī Dāsī told about meaning of Vyāsa-pūjā, about impact on the whole humanity and on each individual person, which the appearance of a true spiritual master has in their life. Then the devotees sang Saṁsāra-dāvānala-līḍha-loka... glorifieing the Spiritual Master’s quality and expressing gratitude to Him. After, the presenting disciples and grandchildren of the Guru Mahārāja read their offerings, expressing with words gratitude and admiration for His qualities, while many of present devotees were shedding a tear. Then all the devotees prayed to the Lord Narasiṁhadeva that would He defend the Guru Mahārāja, and chanted a japa for health of our Guru Mahārāja, sang a song glorifying Śrīla Prabhupāda, wrote by His Divine Grace Jayapatākā Swami Mahārāja, read and discussed the first text of "Vaiṣṇava ke?" Then Mother Gaura Candrikā Devī Dāsī led Guru pūjā and Caitanya Candra Caraṇa Prabhu held puṣpāñjali. After that there was a tasty prasādam. Also on the same day, in honor of the appearance day of His Divine Grace Jayapatākā Swami Mahārāja, there was an orchard planted on the territory of the Guru Āśrama. The holiday finished 3p.m., and then all devotees went on another holiday in Almaty city for the celebration of Lord Rāmacandra appearance."
In fact, it is a great blessing to celebrate the appearance day of the Gurudeva. Once again, I try to comprehend the importance of the appearance in our life the true Guru: try to value Him as a person again and again, and as the first Śrīla Prabhupāda’s servant, also I try to revise devotional service, which I do to satisfy the Gurudeva and It imposes strict demands on myself, on my sādhana.
With grate gratitude eternal servant of His Divine Grace Śrīla Jayapatākā Swami,
Lakṣmī Priya Līlā Devī Dāsī.
April 18, 2016
Īśa Gaurāṅgī Devī Dāsī