7th September 2002 - Guru Maharaja's visit in Finland - by Muniraja

Dear Vaisnavas and Vaisnavis please accept our humble obeisances. All glories
to Guru Maharaja all glories to Srila Prabhupada all glories to Sri Sri

Sri Krsna Caitanya Prabhu Nityananda Sri Advaita Gadadhara Srivasadi Gaura-
Bhakta-vrnda. Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare
Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare.

Guru Maharaja arrived to Helsinki at Thursday 29th August. He gave the first
lecture on Friday morning from Srimad Bhagavatam.
Two lectures at Janmastami, one on Srila Prabhupada`s appearance day, and
since that two lectures from Bhagavad-gita. Following the schedule
TP (Tattvavada prabhu) made for him.

What comes to these lectures, Guru Maharaja remains the same.
His intelligence is so deep and sharp. We exchanged some realizations with
Tattvavada pr. and discussed that some questions and points which might be
speculated and endlessly turned this way and that way among the temple
devotees, are always answered perfectly and sharply by Guru Maharaja.
Fortunate persons can realize how his answers are actually coming from

Once again there is so much transcendental knowledge and nectar in these
lectures, that we cannot but briefly mention some points here, but better you
ask from tape ministry in near future. Bh. Jani is trying to send them to
this conference to be downloaded.

Doubts were dealt with in Bg.4.39-40. Bhagavatam lectures have been given from
2.2.37-2.3.7. This long verse, or verses 2.3.2-7 on Srila Prabhupada`s
appearance day made special impact on me. What a spiritual masterpiece of

Starting from different Vedic paths to mayavada philosophy to Rama-Krsna and
culminating in glorification the greatness of Srila Prabhupada. It was highly
appreciated by the devotees. There was also PhD Kimmo Ketola in the audience.

One day while driving we had discussion with Guru Maharaja. Among other
points he mentioned that it is very important that devotees have their own
actual bhajana, some thing, some aspect of devotional for which they really
give their hearts to. "Like myself. This puja of mine, I really
like it...if somehow, because of travelling, I cannot do the full puja, I
really feel something missing."

Yes. We were blessed to assist Guru Maharaja in cleaning his yajna parapher-
nalia, arranging flowers, ghee, tulsi leaves etc. Opening the altar in the
morning, and closing it in the evening etc. We have realized that every time
you meet Guru Maharaja, you learn new aspects of his glorious qualities.
This time I became more aware how, besides of being great lecturer,
philosopher, excellent bhajan singer, he is also very, very pakka, expert in
deity worship and in his puja and very attentive to the details.

Our sannyasa-room is quite small and that`s why Guru Maharaja`s Deities were
situated in our temple room. Puja has been performed usually after
mangala-arati and devotees have been quite impressed, from fire-yajna and
hundreds of mantras, Purusa-sukta, Brahma-samhita and others recited from
memory. Devotees have been honoring caranamrita and making varoius questions
concerning the Deities. The worship makes the whole atmosphere of the temple
so pure and transcendental.

Guru Maharaja also asked us to polish their Lordships Sri Sri Laksmi-Sesa-
Sayi on the auspicious Janmastami day.

On Wednesday 4th. Guru Maharaja visited Bhrgu Muni prabhu and Bhn.Laura`s
place. Guru Maharaja honored nice pizza and salad and excellent ice cream.
About ice cream Guru Maharaja said it must be from the shop, not bona fide,
since it is so good, although it turned to be done by the hosts.
There were different discussions, between upcoming devotional school classes
for devotee children to present bogus-avataras in India and of course
overview of Bhrgu`s ever expanding and nectarean Vaisnava library.

In general the week went peacefuly. Guru Maharaja takes walks every day,
and honors prasadam usually in the afternoon and evening.

He went to Odessa on Friday 6th, but will come back for three days on 11th.
And he will spend the auspicious Sri Radhastami festival here.

Tattvavada prabhu will probably send another text, within a few days,
describing more about the festivals and darsans etc.

Hare Krsna.

Your servant
Muniraja das brahmacari

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