18th July 2001 - Hare Krsna Boss
Haribol! PAMHO! AGTSP! AGTGM!
It's long ago since I have written the last letter to the
conference. But don't worry, GM is OK. Now I am writing from
On Sunday July 15 he has flied to USA for two weeks. What happened
from writing my last letter: GM stayed in Prague for almost
one week. He gave many wonderful lectures, but unfortunately I don't
remember them exactly and also I couldn't make notes,
because I was translating to Czech. Everyone who has ever translated
some lectures knows what it means...that everything gets
mixed up in the head. Sorry.
Few times GM went for the bike ride and he liked it, although he
was very tired after. Vasuman P. was regularly massaging GM
while in Prague. He is good at it and therefore it took him few hours
every time. We have left Prague on Sunday July 8. Just before
the departure GM got a nice donations from Govinda devotees. The one
was in Czech crowns, so on the way to Heidelberg we had to change it
On the borders a funny thing happened. When the German custom officer
was checking our passports, he saw GM's passport
but couldn't see GM who was sitting on the back seat. So he asked
Kusa: "Ahh...where is the Hare Krishna boss?" Then GM
wawed his hand at him and the officer was happy.
The way to Heidelberg took us 8 hours, because unfortunately we
have somehow lost our way at the highway crossing. When we
arrived there, the Sunday Feast Program was in it's height. Bhagavad
Dharma P. drove us to his flat, where we stayed overnight.
The next day morning he went with the car for technical inspection.
They have found few things to repair, so we have to come again.
This we will do in the August, before GM leaves the car at BDP for
selling. From that time on he wants to travell by plane, and
either train or with another devotees' cars (cars would of course be the
more preferable option).
Right after the inspection we continued to Radhadesh. On the way
there we have stopped in one lager to pick up some of GM's
personal belongings. Among them was also one sannyasi umbrella. At
first I didn't know what it is, so I have asked GM about it.
He told me that this is a sannyasi umbrella and he sometimes carries
it instead of danda. As to why, he told me that in one
Bhagavatam purport SP writes that sannyasi should carry either danda
or umbrella. And I remember that last year when he was
in Prague, he had it. And of course we were trying to figure out why,
because the whole time it didn't rain...
At Radhadesh GM stayed for 5 and half days. He gave three
wonderful lectures. One was on SB 2.9.28 and he spoke about how
SB is natural commentary on Vedanta Sutra. And how SB is the highest
evolution of Vedic knowledge. He discussed the
philosophies of leading Vaisnava Acharyas such as Ramanuja, Madhva,
Visnusvami and Nimbarka. Then the perfect philosophy
of SCM - the acintya-bhedabheda tattva. He spoke about the example of
an spider, how it relates to the Supreme Lord and the
process of creation, maintainance and destruction.
We have left Radhadesh on Saturday and on the way to Amsterdam we
have stopped in Den Haag to see the Ratha yatra. After
long searching we have finally find the place where it was held.
Unfortunatelly it was raining, so I had to carry an umbrella (not
the sannyasi one) over his head as we were walking thru the crowds of
people. Then we went to Amsterdam. Right the next morning
we have accompanied GM to the airport. He flied in the morning and
before he flied he jokingly grabbed Kusa behind his neck
and asked him: "So, Kusa, will you secure the car here so that nobody
wil steal it?" "Yes, of course..." Kusa replied. Then we have
waited untill the airplane disappeared in the sky...