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Hare Krishna In Hawkes Bay

From left: Shyama Devi Dasi, Kesava Prabhu, Yogamaya Dasi, Srila B A Keshava Maharaja, Prajadhara Prabhu, Marie Didi, Rasa Sundari Devi Dasi, Krishna Kirtan Prabhu, Navadvipa Chandra Prabhu, Tom Prabhu, Dharma Didi, Tracey Didi, and Yudhisthira Prabhu.

The Hawkes Bay devotees were blessed to have Maharaja come for another visit, to encourage and inspire the sincere Hawkes Bay seekers in their spiritual life and to share his spiritual knowledge and realizations with us all.

The first day Srila B A Keshava Maharaja was here we had a lovely Satsang at Krishna Kirtan Prabhu and Madhurya Lilas house. All the devotees enjoyed Maharajas blissful kirtan, wonderful talk, and the nectarian prasadam made by Krishna Kirtan Prabhu and Madhurya Lila Devi Dasi. Before hand we went for a nice walk into the countryside and had many interesting devotional talks and informal discussions while we were able to gaze upon the beautiful scenery of the Clive rivermouth and beach.

Second day we were all blessed to be able to witness the initiation ceremonys of Navadvipa Chandra Prabhu and Rasa Sundari Devi Dasi to our delight. It was so inspiring to see such sincere souls surrender unto the spiritual current, to make such an important commitment to Guru and Gauranga and to surrender unto the supreme desire of the Lord.


Navadvipa Chandra Prabhu waiting for Maharaja to chant on his beads


Rasa Sundari Devi Dasi listening to Maharaja talk about the initiation ceremony

Third day all the devotees were invited to Yogamaya Dasi and Marie Didis house for devotional Satsang. The devotees arrived and had a wonderful time listening to Srila B A Keshava Maharajas talk on the Bhagavad Gita by Srila Swami Maharaja Prabhupada. It was great to hear devotees submit questions to Maharaja and to hear his informative answers. Prasadam was brought along by all devotees and was honoured by all with great respect and appreciation! So nice to see such a wonderful community spirit in the Bay!

What a fantastically exciting few days the devotees had toghether in sanga! Jaya!

Thank you Srila B A Keshava Maharaja for blessing us with your inspiring devotional association and many thanks to all the devotees and sincere well wishers who contributed to making the gatherings extra special!

All glories to Sri Guru and Gauranga!

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