Please accept my most humble obeisances. All glories to Srtila Prabhupada.
In the Caitanya Caritamrita it is explained that Lord Caitanya’s principle reason for taking sannyasa was to provide a better position for preaching. In the Caitanya Mangala Lord Caitanya explains an additional reason to His mother. The Lord said; “Most sons leave their families to gain wealth in the form of gold and silver and then bring that back to their parents; but I want to go and bring the wealth of Krsna prema”. So keeping these two objectives of the sannyasa asrama in mind I am trying to strike a balance between giving myself to others for preaching and to spend time for my own spiritual advancement and my physical well being.
I have made a special effort in Germany during the last year. It is a nice yatra and I am beginning to develop nice friendships both with the leaders as well as with the general devotees. Although there may be some struggle to maintain the rural projects over a whole things are going well in the Yatra, new devotees are joining and books are being distributed. I hope to be part of further development, I begin to feel at home there.
The Czech Republic is only right next door and thus a consistent preaching field with Germany, devotees of both yatras gather on the Nrsimha farm for festivals twice a year and I have taken it up as a service for quite some time now to be there twice a year. I am also regularly in the Czech Republic since I took sannyasa in ’97 and in a way have become part of the family. Nice devotees. When in Czech, Slovakia follows so sometimes I also visit there.
After 7 years I have resigned from managerial involvement in Spain, I will from time to time visit as a preacher.
Other countries in Europe that I regularly visit are Sweden and sometimes Finland, sometimes England and of course Radhadesh and Holland are on the agenda. Since quite some years I have been teaching a seminar in the Bhaktivedanta College. Teaching seminars or courses or holding retreats in general is a more relaxed way of preaching than festivals. As I am aging I find it a more conducive approach.
I am continuing my involvement in South Africa and made last year 3 visits or a total of 2 1/2 months there. I am cutting down a bit on travel though and will make it only two annual visits from now on. The Durban Ratha Yatra is of course a huge 4 or 5 day festival every year. We had a nice retreat on the South Coast. There are many wonderful devotees there and I would also like to help to develop Krsna consciousness among the local African people. So I am trying to support the Afrcian devotees and organize some preaching programs.
Then there are travels to India and also Australia once a year. Recently I met a senior vaisnava who asked me do you think that your travels are effective? What to say, I am an insignificant, fallen soul. And everything and everyone has its limits, but I think that ultimately the effect of all our endeavors, the faith that we can create in people, depends on our purity.
Toward the end of the year I sat down in Mayapur to study Caitanya Caritamrta, I am trying to write something about it. Writing doesn’t come so easy to me, I wouldn’t really call myself a writer, but it is a purification or my own bhajan. It is a way to become more absorbed in remembering and glorifying the Lord, something which I really need to do for the development of my own spiritual life. Additionally spending some time in the Holy Dhama is not a luxury, but an essential source of inspiration and purification.
I must say that the sannyasa asrama is the most wonderful of all asramas, because the only duty a sannyasi has, is to engage in pure devotional service.
Praying to Hari, Guru and Vaisnava that I may develop pure and unalloyed loving service to their lotus feet.
Kadamba Kanana Swami
(Feb 5th, 2009)