If you visited New Vrindaban this weekend, you would have known that something was different. Twenty-four devotees from the UK brightened the New Vrindaban atmosphere with their smiling faces, enthusiastic dancing and chanting in the morning programs, and their eagerness to serve. Headed by Atmanivedana Swami, the group consisted of brahmacharis young and old—senior devotees and second-generation younger devotees. A sponsor in the UK, suggested that they visit Srila Prabhupada’s projects in America, so they heartily agreed and were excited to see the grand pioneering projects on US soil for the first time. New Vrindaban was high up on their list of places to visit, so they got in touch with Jaya Krsna Das to arrange their trip. Since they were eager to serve during their stay, he arranged that they help with the Festival of Colors. In several vans they arrived just in time to set up and help with the festival.
After their welcome, they had a tour of New Vrindaban, Old Vrindaban, and the Palace of Gold.
The group had amongst them a talented party of actors belonging to the famous Bhaktivedanta Players, the renowned theatrical group that travels the world, touching the hearts of global audiences with their spectacular plays and drama performances. New Vrindaban visitors and devotees were spellbound by a professional performance called “Tales of Narada” during the Sunday Love Feast program. In the evening, a private gathering arranged by Jaya Krsna Das was held in their honor in which each of them expressed their stay at New Vrindaban in one word, using the words “love,” “pure,” “grateful,” “inspirational,” “memorable,” etc. They were addressed by Srila Prabhupada’s resident disciples: Varsana Swami, Nityodita Das, Yudhistir Das, Tapapunja Das, Gopisa Das, Sukhavaha Dasi, and Jayasri Dasi, who enlightened them about their experiences in New Vrindaban and with Srila Prabhupada.
After the group left to Gita Nagari on Monday, New Vrindaban residents appreciated their contribution during their short stay, having been touched by the group of warm, sweet, and cultured gentlemen.
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare