Just That Place
Mayapur is just that place where you meet old acquaintances and anticipating that even new ones to become lasting friendship connections. Everyone here is a pilgrim in residence or have come from afar. You meet Aussies, Indians, Yankees, Canucks (Canadians), Ruskies, Euros, Africans, Spaniards, Chinese, everything that represents the globe.
After all, it is an international centre which draws people of the bhakti line. I wouldn't exactly call it the place for spiritual seekers because those who are visitors have actually found what they are looking for. It's Krishna!
When pacing up and down along the veranda, I pass by a room of brahmacharis (monks) who were listening to a recording of our guru, Srila Prabhupada. The message was, "Sri Chaitanya is teaching you how to love Krishna!"
That message just about sums up the reason for Mayapur existing. It is in this place that Sri Chaitanya began His mission. He was born just down the road, was raised here, and roamed the pathways in the area. How sacred are these grounds that benedicts the earth! And as there are many such tirthas (sacred spaces) that are identified by people of distinctive spiritual traditions around the world, we the Vaishnavas (followers of Vishnu) hold sacred to our hearts this vicinity of Gaudadesh and Mayapur as the domain where one becomes purged.
May the Source be with you!