Eighteen Days - Sri Panca Tattva's Mayapur Lila

IJiglrrccn Dd-ys - Sri Pnrr<a-ldlt!('s MAtApur-lilq

During the installation days, like rnany others, I also felt that the Paiica-tattva, Who are eternally residing in Sri Navaclvlpa Dhirna, have become manifest to our eyes. We became those bhagyabAn, rare fortunate persons, all by the mercy of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupicla.

Sitala Devr Dast


After the installation ceremony, I felt as if I didn't want to go home- I dicln't want to go back to ordinary life. I wanted to hold on to that precious experience-to stay in the awareness o[ Panca-tattva's presence. I began to think that the challenge now would be to rnaintain the experience . How to keep this iu our hearts, keep it alive, and spread it? This is the real work. A few days after, a friencl who had arrived after the installation mentioned that in a cliscussion with Jananivasa Prabhu, he had been lamenting that he hacl come late and missed all the nectar. ButJananivisa looked at him with rnild surprise, and conficlently comforted ]rim, "Oh no, don't worry. This is only the beginning. There will be plenty more." ln the weeks that followed the installation, I noticed that more devotees than usual seemed to be sitting and chanting in front o[ Panca-tattva-just taking shel- ter in Thern. I have also found this the most wonderful place to chant. One morn- ing, as I was chanting in front o[ their Lorclships, I was having difficulty focusing, ancl was just generally feeling low when my attention was drawn to Sri Advaita Acirya's pose. With His outstretched ann pointing towards Lord Caitanya, it seemed as if He were saying, "So, here He is. I brought Him down. Now are you goir-rg to love FIim?" SrI Aclvaita's huge black eyes, looking like deep, dark pools of Ioving kindness and ecstasy, seemed to smile wartnly with wisdom and humor. I was struck, and began to ponder. Who is this personality? He is Maha Visnu and


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