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Saturday, February 20th, 2016

Saturday, February 20th, 2016                                      
Mayapur, India

News from Mayapur 

Nityananda, long-time associate of Chaitanaya, was born in the late 15th century in the village of Ekachakra, some distance from Mayapur.  Today was His birth anniversary.

Amongst a host of credits, Nityananda was a great teacher of Hari-Nama, the chanting of the name of the Divine.  On this half-day fast, a gathering of the majority of the town of Mayapur assembled at the Pancha Tattva Hall for a ritual of Abhisekha, which is a bathing ceremony to honour Nityananda in His brass deity form.  At that time a lead singer said something before he began the song.  "Everyone sit down!"

Now, that didn't seem right to me. "Sitting down during a chanting session?” was my personal query, 'on the day of Nityananda, the explosive dancer?  What are we coming to?"  Some hours later I heard that three swamis (monks) in our order were all recovering from surgery-- from cancer or some other ailment. Their names are Jayapataka, Gunagrahi and Kadambha Kanana Swamis-- all dear friends.  To hear especially about my Dutch friend Kadambha was news.

One more piece of information that was new to me was hearing of the population of Mayapur.  From a mere almost zero population about 50 years ago to the present there's a blossoming of 5,000 people.

May the source be with you!

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