inaketanarama Prabhu has
officially opened his Bristol Centre last Sunday. I was fortunate to be
there for the opening.
The building is in a
superb location being just at the end of Bristol's main pedestrian area.
It has therefore so much potential. We had a good turnout of devotees and
congregation. It was 'World Holy Name Day', a very appropriate time for
opening and inaugurating the centre. The future will show the real
significance of this. I was especially delighted to meet Dhirasanta Prabhu
amongst the invites. It was great to see him again after a very long time.
We are looking forward to visiting him at Tolcarne Angam next weekend.
The programme was simple
and effective, namely kirtan, kirtan and more kirtan. It was ecstatic.
After a good warm-up devotees decided to go on Harinam throughout Bristol.
I never knew Bristol was such a beautiful city with so much potential to
receive Lord Caitanya's mercy. Devotees were greeted and appreciated
wherever they went. The Harinam took us along the modern harbour front
with its many restaurants, bars and cafés. I can only imagine how packed
this tourist spot is on a Saturday afternoon. It has so much potential.
Minaketanarama Prabhu had wisely arranged many leaflets for the Harinam,
which were all distributed by our enthusiastic younger generation.
Gandharvika mataji did a really great job in getting everything ready for
the opening. It was not easy and the plumber left only days before the
opening. However, the toilet, shower and hand basin were all nicely
installed. After the Harinam there was prasadam. It was super delicious,
rice, subji, dhal, puris, cake and a superbly delicious dark coloured
halavah topped up with creamy srikant. It was this kind of halavah which
Krishna used to feed to his cowherd friends with His own hand.