Srila Gurudeva's Arrival to Saint Petersburg
Part 1. At the Airport
September 27th, 2006
Photos by Shyama Mohini Devi Dasi, Balavanta Prabhu
There were many rumors, much doubt and uncertainty, but nevertheless devotees never lost their hope to receive a special mercy from His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj and see him here, in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
To everyone's joy the happy news arrived that His Divine Grace is coming to visit Russian devotees. Vijay Raman Prabhu, the manager of the Saint Petersburg temple, has done quite impossible to finish the construction of the new head-quarters for Srila Gurudeva — personal room, "darsan-hall" and a kitchen. Those who attended August Vaisnava Festival remember quite vividly that just a month ago the whole construction was merely bare walls, but now everyone is bewildered and astonished to see how miraculously the building was transformed by Sripad Vijay Raman Prabhu's direction and earnest desire to serve Srila Gurudeva.
At his very first darsan at the temple of their Lordships Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Radha Madhava Sundarjiu, His Divine Grace expressed great happiness upon his arrival to Russian. His Divine Grace said:
Very good arrangement here and I was very much attracted by this Russian mission. Srila Guru Maharaj's glories of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math overflooded all over the world, specially in this Russia. Then if this time I shall not come, maybe in future cannot come. That was my thinking. Everyone told not to go out of India, but I cannot accept that. And I am thinking, when I have got birth, death must come one day — that maybe today or tomorrow. But if I shall not go now, maybe in future I shall be more sick. And Sripad Avadhut Maharaj (who was famous Jagannath Vallabha Prabhu), he is infinite enthusiasm, volcanic energy. We are all very much inspired for that. Then to give him more enthusiasm, more energetic atmosphere it was necessary to come here also.
Devotees headed by Sripad B.B. Avadhut Maharaj, Sripad B.A. Madhav
Maharaj and Sripad B.C. Bharati Maharaj have just arrived at the airport
Waiting for the cherished by all the devotees arrival of His Divine Grace
Joyful moments of the meeting
Heading to the car (Jaya Kumar Prabhu wheels Srila Gurudev)